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Honorary Mutt: Blair the Service Dog

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When I was a kid I read a book about a girl whose dog — which had saved her life on more than one occasion — was starting to go blind. The dog was used to roaming the neighborhood on his own and she couldn’t bare to keep him cooped up in his old age. So she got him a seeing-eye-dog. It seemed far-fetched, even then. But now I see true stories like this where one dog is starting to lose its sight and it turns to a canine pal for help getting around.

This one takes things a step farther, where one rescue dog helps another with his blindness…and his seizures.

Check out the full story, and adorable video here.

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Writer. Editor. Storyteller.

I’ve had my dog for about three months. In this time I have discovered that she’s more or less fearless. Except for the normal wariness of vacuums and baths, nothing seems to phase her. I’m sure that part of it is her breed — she’s a Cattle Dog mix, and any 40 lb dog who is bred to take on a bull without backing down has to have nerves of steel — but I think part of it is that whoever had her before me, did a good job of socializing her. She seems to trust people implicitly. The day I picked her up at the Humane Society she allowed me to literally pick her up and put her in the car. (My dogs growing up would freak out if you tried to pick them up…even when they were old and having trouble getting around on their own.) Maybelle will…

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Pets: To Insure or Not to Insure?

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When I adopted Maybelle from the Connecticut Humane Society I was given a free month of Shelter Care Pet Insurance. When we went to our first visit with the vet she had a scratch on her eyeball — probably from one of the cats — and I ended up actually being able to get reimbursed for some of that visit thanks to the insurance. But when the insurance expired, I didn’t renew it.

And I’m still debating that decision.

If this doesn't make you want pet insurance nothing will.

Here’s the problem for me. When it comes to the dog, in order to feel as though I’m getting my money’s worth, I want the insurance to cover routine care as well as illnesses and accidents. I’m not even sure that’s true, but it’s how I feel. I started thinking about it again, though, when my cat came running inside  today with her tail bleeding. I didn’t think much of it at first. It  wasn’t bleeding profusely and she’s kind of nuts… she gets into all sorts of trouble. I figured she’d caught it on something. She was moving around just fine and didn’t seem completely angry when I tried to wipe it down. As the day went on I noticed how slow she was moving, and since both my cats were going to need some shots soon anyway… I called up the vet.  Read the rest of this entry

What’s Your State Dog?

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I don't really know what a Blue Lacy is but it's Texas' State Dog.

I didn’t even realize we had “State Dogs” but apparently we do. Some are pretty predictable. Maryland picked the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and the Catahoula Leopard Dog is claimed by Louisiana (my uncle had one, the old Cajuns called it a “Devil Dog”). Guess who claims the Boston Terrier? Others are a little more mystifying, like Pennsylvania’s choice of the Great Dane.

But while reading about State Dogs I learned about the Blue Lacey, Texas’ dog of choice. I had no idea that was a breed…and it kind of looks like a mutt with a fancy name.

As far as I can tell, Connecticut doesn’t have one. I’m guessing it’s because we never created a breed. So I’d like to nominate our mutts for the title.

Double Dutch Dog

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Not only is this dog a better jump-roper than I will ever be, but it gets to go to Dollywood this summer!

Is My Mutt a Designer Dog?

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Lily, a Cattle Dog/Corgi cross.

Normally, I find myself wondering about the sanity of people who buy “designer dogs” like Schnoodles and Cockapoos for thousand of dollars. I have plenty of objections but it’s mostly just that I can’t help but think, “It’s a mutt.” Obviously I think my mutt is priceless, but if someone tried to charge me thousands of dollars I probably would have laughed at them.

But today I find myself wondering if I inadvertently ended up with a “designer dog.”  Read the rest of this entry

Honorary Mutt: Paladin

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Any dog that can get shot more time than 50 Cent and come out this well on the other side of it is an honorary mutt.