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Can Dogs Suffer Strokes?

Dec 27, 2012

Dog care to avoid stroke

Dog care to avoid stroke

Human beings can relate to strokes. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain gets disrupted and shuts off the much needed oxygen supply to the tissue. The result can be deadly if not treated properly. Because of its rarity and inclination to happen mostly to humans, many a pet owner have wondered whether the same can happen to their animals.

Just like humans, it is very possible for dogs to have a stroke. There are basically two types of stroke; one where a blood clot travels to the brain and blocks the flow of oxygen-rich blood, and another where vessels in the brain rupture and cause hemorrhaging. Both instances can be fatal if not addressed in time.

What are the symptoms?

It’s essential that every dog owner know what symptoms to look out for when it comes to strokes. Symptoms will appear almost immediately, one of which is disorientation. This may come in many forms, some as subtle as turning the wrong direction when called, to eating out of only one side of their bowl. In more extreme cases, your dog may collapse and become unresponsive.

If the stroke isn’t as apparent or is left untreated because the signs are too subtle to notice at first, they may become lethargic and/or lose bowel control. If your well-trained pup suddenly starts urinating in the house or while they’re walking around, it probably isn’t their fault, so don’t make assumptions that they’ve suddenly decided indoors is their new potty. This may be as a result of the brain not getting enough oxygen to ensure proper motor skills and dexterity. They may feel dizzy and tired all the time and lose the ability to control their body movements.

In all cases where you suspect stroke, an immediate visit to the vet is strongly recommended. [tweet this].

For the most part, medications can be used to thin the blood to help get rid of the clot, if this is the cause. Because of the brain’s intricacy, surgery is not always the best option. Consulting with your veterinarian will narrow down your options and help you choose what is going to be the best solution for your dog’s recovery.

While strokes can prove fatal, if caught early enough and treated properly, it is possible for the dog to make a full recovery and enjoy many more years with you. Don’t assume that just because they’ve suffered a stroke that they aren’t going to be okay. Keep your thoughts positive and focus on helping your pup through it.

Don’t confuse one for the other

Strokes are indeed very dangerous, but there exists one condition that seems to result in almost identical symptoms. Vestibular disease can and is often mistaken for a stroke. It occurs when the brain doesn’t cooperate with the inner ear and basically results in a “super-drunk” state for your dog (minus the dangerous alcohol).

Unfortunately (or fortunately for the dog), treatment for this particular issue is to keep them comfortable, especially during an episode where falling down can prove dangerous. Such episodes can last for long periods, in which case it may be necessary to hand feed them (they might be picky because of the disorientation), but it’s crucial that you keep them nourished.

What to consider

One thing to consider is what types of dogs tend to be prone to having strokes. [tweet this].

Both young puppies and old dogs are naturally inclined to stroke. Injuries, such as broken bones, can also result in blood clots that can travel through the body to the brain, so be cautious with a dog recovering from a broken limb. When it comes to your dog’s characteristics, keep in mind that dogs with thick coats and short snouts (pugs and bull dogs) are at a higher risk due to their smaller respiratory system.

Take precautions

In all cases, be sure that you take care of your dog properly to prevent the chances of stroke occurring. Extreme temperatures, mainly hot weather, can result in over exertion. When your dog is having fun, they probably aren’t going to stop even after they begin to overheat. Proper diet and plenty of exercise are the best steps to prevention and will help keep your dog’s circulatory system functioning properly.

Be sure to keep an eye out for any change in your dog’s behavior. They adore habit and seldom change (unless some visitors arrive). So if you see your pup acting a little strange, take note and act on it to make sure they’re okay. At the end of the day, they trust you to take care of them and make sure they stay happy and healthy.

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Dec 25, 2012

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

While the weather outside is too nippy for my paws, the fire keeps us warm indoors as I’m busy playing with my new toys. Some fluff here, a few leftover pieces piled over there, and that awesome squeaking thingy is still stuck somewhere in here.

I tried bringing it to the old man to see if he could get it out for me, but he just tossed it across the room. Guess he thought it was a ball or something. I tried a couple more times before coming to the conclusion that the old man obviously wasn’t getting the gist of what I wanted him to do with it. So in the meantime, I’ll just keep trying to get this thing out on my own.

Besides, everyone else seems to be busy with something else entirely. My friends are over, Izzy brought his own toy, but Buck and Marty insisted on playing with one of mine. And that’s just the problem- it was one toy. Two dogs playing tug with my stuffed monkey toy. Sure it stretches out, but only so much.

“Hey, guys,” I said as a tuft of fluff spit out from under my tongue, “don’t tear my toys up.”

“But you’re, mhff, doing it,” Marty smarted back, quickly losing ground to Buck’s overwhelming weight advantage.

I stared down at my slowly disintegrating play toy. I guess nothing lasts forever anyway, and let them go about using the toys as they were meant for- amusement. But this operation of mine is a delicate process, so a quiet place will be necessary for optimal success. At least that’s my prognosis. You’re more than welcome to ask for a second opinion, but I’m the best in the field.

Once I moved to the adjacent room, I continued nibbling on the stuffed remnant’s ear, and that’s when Izzy hopped over me and stole my toy. I stared down at my empty paws in surprise. My ear twitched a little (the left one) and I slowly turned to view the interposing canine. He stared back; the only movement coming from his wagging tail.

“You!” I barked and gave chase. That was exactly what he wanted, of course. Izzy loved to prove his speed and ability. My short coat may be the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever laid eyes on, but his fluffy coat gave him a tactical advantage in the game of keep-away. Izzy would turn left, but his fur would make it seem like he was still moving right. We always make fun of him when he gets wet though. All that fur makes him look big, but once he’s soaked, he turns into a skinny little rascal and all us pups have a good laugh.

But he’s not wet today, and his fluff is just a blur of misdirection around the sofa and down the hall. But he made the mistake of rushing into the kitchen without being fully briefed on the present situation. The old man and his associates were planning something for this evening. I was aware of the food involved (obviously), and there were some strange decorations around the house (plus the lights from last week’s gift-giving occasion).

Due to the high number of individuals within the tiny room (I halted at the doorway), it didn’t surprise me that Izzy was snagged up within a matter of seconds. He might be quick, but you must be smart as well, especially during a game of chase. Debbie brought Izzy right to me, toy and all, of which I relieved him with a triumphant smile.

After the successful game of chase, I was able to focus on the immediate task of removing this squeaker from the remaining (and very slobbery) ball of fluff. Up on the couch in my secure spot, I stuck my snout in, digging for the treasure, but it wasn’t even a minute before I was interrupted again. Everyone was here now, plopping down on the couch all around me.

“Hey!” I yelped, “Delicate operation in progress here!”

But everyone ignored me and continued to make themselves comfy on the couch while I was relocated to the old man’s lap. Then the picture box came on, revealing a bunch of people standing and yelling, and a ball dangling in the air. It wasn’t just any ball; it was all lit up so it’s easy to see in the dark. I told the old man we should get one so we can play with at night, then returned my focus to the squeaker at hand.

I nudged further in, catching the edge with my teeth.


It slid away as I pulled.


The edge presented itself, and I tugged.


Almost there, but it’s caught on a thread.


I nipped the string and tugged the squeaker free at last!

“Happy New Year!”

Squeak, squeak, squeak!!


Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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We Love Being Dog Owners

Dec 20, 2012

Why we are dog lovers

Dogs are naturally inclined to support their companion. They care about you, even if they can’t say it. They always have time for you, though it has to be said that they may not want to take a bath when you want them to. But, for the most part, having a pet dog is possibly one of the best things that ever happened to its owner.

What is it about a dog that impacts our lives so splendidly? Sure, we love having a friend around that wants to do whatever we’re doing, but there are a few particular aspects that affect our lives in a healthy way.

Top 3 Reasons Why It’s Great to be a Dog Owner

1. Dogs make socialization easy

Who can resist patting a happy friendly dog? Dogs are an instant icebreaker. What kind of dog is that? What’s her name? We all have questions that spring to mind when we meet a dog owner walking their loveable dog. Any dog owner can testify to the fact that once you have a dog, it’s an instant conversation starter.

Some of the best places to meet other dog owners are at the park, through training classes, and even through online forums and discussions, posting a picture and your own story is a great way to start some conversation and talk about how great your pup is.

Not only is this good for you, but it is also great for your dog. Socializing and familiarizing with other people and pets helps your puppy to develop a friendly attitude that will likely turn them into an irresistibly loveable dog that wants to get out there and attract some attention for the both of you.

2. Dogs help you stay in shape

While dogs are a great way to socialize, they also have a positive effect on the body. Owners tend to maintain their health better than the average person. When we have a dog, we tend to go out for walks and enjoy a more active lifestyle. When we have a dog, we are naturally more inclined to live a healthy lifestyle.

They keep us motivated when we don’t feel like doing anything but watching a game or chatting with fellow dog owners online. While the average individual can stay at home today instead of going to the gym, we understand that it’s necessary to take our pup for a walk. Plus, it helps to reinforce this “encouragement to exercise” when they show up at the foot of the couch and drop the leash at your feet. It seems like it’s impossible to stay still when there’s a dog around because their main priority seems to include playing with you. Your dog just gives you the look that says, “Nope, it’s not time to sit down; we’ve got some walking to do and I’ve got to see what’s going on down the street.”

Additionally, studies have shown that young children exposed to pets tend to less likely develop allergies later in life. It seems a little strange, especially since most would regard dog fur and dander as instant allergy instigators. But during childhood, the introduction of pets can reduce the likelihood of developing allergies by one third and strengthen immune systems.

3. Dogs bring out positive feelings in people

While the body is important, it’s often that the inside matters even more. At times, we can feel a little depressed, perhaps because you caught the flu. Dogs instinctively seem to know that something isn’t right, and their special talents are needed.

Dogs are perfect for our heart and soul. They’re always there when we need them, and are loyal no matter what. When we’re feeling down, we can always depend on our dogs. They are always there to offer a few licks and hugs to make us feel better.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – A Pup’s Christmas Wish

Dec 18, 2012

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

My ears perked up and my eyes made a flutter

I could hear the old man rustling about somewhere or another

Plastic crinkled and paper ripped

I hopped down from the bed and almost tripped

As my paws clicked across the old wooden floor

Only pausing for a moment to sniff the air right outside the door

Surely this smell couldn’t be my favorite recipe

That’s only reserved for special occasions that include our good friend Debbie

And of course that must mean that other friends have made an appearance

A scent of theirs soon fills the air with a unique fragrance

Which means that this is one of my favorite times of year

One that includes presents, friends, and good cheer.


I soon find myself inspecting all the sights

A home that is full of people, dogs, and bright lights

Of course, there are goodies on the table that I can’t quite see

But that doesn’t stop my nose or my wishful doggy decree

Please, I ask the old man at first,

My best puppy-dog eyes which were well-rehearsed

He pats my head and continues to sip his tea

And does not succumb to my repeated plea

This is just the first attempt in this morning’s feat

Since I can always rely on one of our guests for a treat.


I patter away towards the kitchen to see

Two friends of mine, Buck and Christie

Buck lays lazily, his floppy ears mopping the floor

His eyes seem to wish for the same thing, and nothing more

“Treats?” I ask, to which Christie does reply

“Not right now, silly guy”

Woe is me, will anyone please pass me some goodies

After all, this is a special day that includes things like cookies

I saw you setting them out last night for a jolly big fellow

Dressed in a winter suit and a grand voice that would bellow

Whether he laughs or whispers, it seems he lacks an inside voice

I saw it on the picture box last night, ‘twas the old man’s particular choice.


While being turned down twice might seem like a deterrent

A good dog like me has a determination that remains fervent

So it’s off to check on yet another guest that has entered the scene

With arms full of assorted goodies that make my eyes gleam

Debbie and Izzy announce their arrival

A celebration that demands a toast that none can rival

Oh, I’m so happy to see you guys right about now

Because I could sure use your help getting a treat, if you’ll allow

But in all the commotion, I’m simply neglected

My needs are simple, yet always rejected.


Just a modest treat is all I ask of you

A crumb, a nibble, a couple of licks aren’t too much, it’s true

But the commotion only becomes disorderly

As boxes and bags pile around us abnormally

One for the old man and one for Christie

Then one for Debbie, then comes Izzy

Buck and I aren’t excluded

A box for each of us dogs, ribbons included

Then it’s time for each to open up their mystery treat

Each seems to possess that aroma, ever so sweet

The old man plucks the cover to expose the dish

A new toy to play with and my very own tasty Christmas wish!


Once the goods have satisfied my belly’s desire

I squeak my toy and rush around as the old man warms by the fire

His comfy seat is a favored spot where he observes

The fun filled expressions of his guests as they munch on hors d’oeuvres

After an excited romp about the room, over boxes and through debris

I hop into the lap of my faithful friend, confident that he loves me

Of this there is no doubt, regardless of abundant goodies and the occasional treat

It’s that special something we share that no other could ever repeat.


Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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Tips on Stopping the Pull and Tug

Dec 13, 2012

Proper dog care when your dog keeps tugging and pulling

Have you ever taken your dogs to the dog park and found that they are actually taking you to the park? They lead the way by tugging and pulling you. Basically, your dogs are walking you rather than you walking your dogs.

Unfortunately, tugging and tugging can quickly become an ingrained habit that becomes harder to break as it develops over time. It can cause harm to both owner and dog alike. For dogs, it can damage the dog’s windpipe. For dog owners, it can put them in harm’s way – like being pulled towards traffic on a busy street.

For this reason, it is essential that every owner take the time to train their dog to follow rather than lead them. After all, you’re responsible for their safety and health, so it’s up to you to make sure that they perform properly, especially when on their leash.

Effective Ways to Stop Your Dog from Pulling and Tugging  

1. Use a body harness 

It’s important to note that tugging on a collar is a danger to dogs on a physical level. Due to their determination to be a pack leader, they are going to tug with the full force of their body in order to be in the lead. What happens is that a collar will dig into their neck, restricting the airway (trachea) and causing slight damage. While it may start out as coughing and wheezing, over time this can wear down their airway, especially with larger dogs that have more weight to tug with.

For this reason, the use of a body harness will help during the training process. These are relatively inexpensive – usually about the cost of a collar, and will displace the force of the leash across their chest rather than solely on their neck (it’s still necessary to use a leash for their tags and license).

Be sure that it fits your dog snugly and won’t chafe them, such as in areas under their legs. If the harness has a metallic buckle, consider using a cloth or tape to secure it so that it doesn’t strike their chest or flanks when they’re moving around; this becomes more of an issue when there’s too much slack in the harness.

2. Stop, turn and go

While you’ve addressed your dog’s well-being, it’s still necessary to get your dog to stop taking you for walks. So, stop and think about why your dog is tugging in the first place. Basically, a dog is going to move in the direction where they think you are going (they just don’t have the patience to wait up for you and your two-leg speed). They see the destination and basically want to get there in a hurry. For most of us owners, we tend to just go along with them, but this only enforces the fact that perhaps they are in charge right now.

In order to stop this behavior, the best place to start is when your dog pulls, you stop. This will leave your dog tugging against you, but they won’t be able to move on. Another good technique is to change direction regularly. If they’re tugging forward, stop, turn around and go the other direction.

Start out on the sidewalk, where there is no apparent destination for them to see or note. Start walking in one direction and when they begin tugging, stop and move in the other direction. Do this several times until they begin to wonder where it is that you’re going. They’ll eventually begin to wonder what’s going on and look to you for the answer. This is exactly what you want to happen. In order to stop the pulls and tugs, you need your dog to focus on staying with you rather than getting to the destination as quickly as possible.

  1. 3. Use commands and treats

The preceding process can also be associated with commands, such as “stop” or “stay” when you stop. If you stop, give your dog a command to “halt” or “stay with me.” This will help them associate the fact that they need to pay attention to you because you have the answers they’re looking for. Additionally, the use of a treat will help incline them to listen to you during the initial stages of training. But you will want to eventually wean them off treats and for them to respond to you on command alone.

Next time you take your dog out for a walk, be sure that you’re the one leading the expedition. With a little training and the right tools to ensure their safety, you’ll be able to take charge of your dog and guide them instead of them dragging you along for the ride.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Dec 11, 2012

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

The cold woke me up again. Now usually, I’d be snuggled up on the couch with the old man, but he’s busy wrapping those silly boxes again. So, I’m left here alone, tucked in-between these two cushions. Right now, my main goal is to get back to that wonderful dream I was having before (I swear on my tail’s honor that I had dug up a bone bigger than me!).

But that’s not going to happen anytime soon so I’d better take care of this itch that just sprung up on my hip. They tend to be such annoying little tickles. With a few nibbles, it dissipates and I’m back to studying the old man again.

First he puts something in the box (nothing I find attractive). Then he puts the box on the paper and start’s covering it and putting that sticky stuff after to keep things in place. Occasionally, he messes up and makes a ball out of it, which is tossed to the side. At first, I took it as an invitation to play a game, but apparently those aren’t for me to mess with.

Though, I do remember the first time I discovered what that stuff was before it was balled up. A few strands were lying around, which mysteriously found their way onto my paws. Whew! I thought something was trying to get at me. After some wrestling and tugging at my paws (I do believe it managed to steal a tuft of my precious and quite lustrous fur), the strands came off. After that, I figured I’d be better off staying away from such annoyances.

Unfortunately, my time spent on this couch is always interrupted by something. This time it happens to be the one thing that isn’t just going to snag me from my ever so very comfortably warm spot, it is going to take me into the snowy tundra’s of the great outdoors.

Now during the warm weather, this is something I definitely look forward to. Perhaps a quick chat with Buck or even offering a greeting to other neighbors, including the always annoying Mr. Good Cat, make my day that much more interesting. But when it’s this cold outside, I tend to just wish I could take care of business inside where my paws won’t freeze off.

Up from my spot, the cold is already nipping on my left side (it’s always the warmest spot that gets coldest the fastest). I move quick, since the faster this goes, the quicker I’ll get back to snuggling in my spot. Down the hall and to the door which is breathing in the cold as we speak.

I pop my head outside and look both ways. Things changed last night. Usually, you can see the grass and some scattered leaves (some fresh dirt where I was exploring), but the situation outside has drastically changed. Snow, as the old man calls it. And while it excites him, it isn’t exactly my bowl of chow. It’s cold and wet and sticks to my paws.

I hop out onto the clear pathway, which has strangely resisted the magic of this snowy substance. Staying close to the side of the house, I look for a decent place to relieve myself. The garden hose is a no go. Pile of bricks isn’t enticing. Ah, the flower pot (which is home to a pile of snow instead of a flower) presents the ripe opportunity.

Done with business, I hurry back inside. And while the walk is clear, it still manages to neglect providing me with any traction. My rear paws lose their grip and my tail end hits the wet path with a “plop.” It’s just not my day.

Back inside, I get as far away from the door as possible. In fact, I go ahead and tuck back into my spot as best as I can. I lick my paws to warm them, and that’s when I discover the taste. My paws taste funny. They taste like people food. I can’t help but lick them, even after normal feeling comes back.

One thing does stop me though. The looming shadow of the old man hovers over me. “What are you doing, Rocky?” he asks.

“Getting warmed back up,” I inform while showing him my paws.

So, he helps me, and I didn’t even have to ask. A towel envelops me and he starts rubbing me all over while I try to get out. Of course, hide-me is a favorite of mine. All you need is a blanket and a doggy and you have an instant game that never gets old. Though when you stop to think about it, no game ever seems to get old if you’re a dog. And the ones we play together are the best – especially when it keeps my paws warm and toasty.


Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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Traveling for the Holidays

Dec 6, 2012

Dog care when traveling this holiday

With the holiday season here, many will be traveling to spend time with their family and friends. Whether you’re flying or driving, you’re probably going to find yourself in new surroundings. So, think about what will be necessary to help keep your dog safe during your holiday travels.

Practical Tips on Traveling with Your Puppy During the Holidays

Keep your pup calm and comfortable

Not all dogs like to travel. Some even get a little confused and distressed about the change. Dogs adore habit. They enjoy waking up in their familiar bed, eating at the same time, and using the same bathroom every day. For this reason, the changes that travel presents can make your dog a little uncomfortable.

During your travels, consider natural sedatives to keep them calm. Of course, always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any medications. It is your primary goal to make sure that your dog stays safe. Some dogs enjoy traveling, but may quickly become anxious and move around the vehicle (pacing) wondering why you aren’t going to the dog park today, which is why you need to make sure they’re secured during the journey.

Buckle your dog up

For dogs that are accustomed to traveling around with you, the use of dog safety belts – preferably ones that latch into the vehicle harness rather than tethering to another portion of the vehicle – is a great place to start. Just be sure that the harness doesn’t chafe them or give them too much room to move (such as allowing them to fall down between the seats and get stuck).

Of course, there’s also your vehicle to consider. Leather seats can be slippery for a dog, presenting an unstable sitting spot for the journey. A mat or a thick towel will help provide them with traction and keep your seat scratch-free.

One of the best ways to keep your dog safe is to put them in their crate, with the added advantage that it gives them a sense of security and familiarity. Unlike when using a safety harness, they can lie down and get comfortable during the trip. Plus they can play with a few toys that won’t fall down between the seats during the drive.

Keep a schedule

During your travels, dogs will still need to potty and eat just like you. Before you leave, feed them and give them plenty of time to take care of their potty business. Avoid feeding them too much while on the road, since safe potty areas won’t always be available.

Because your dog will inevitably need to go at some point, especially on a long trip, choose your potty areas wisely. Stay away from heavy traffic and open parking lots. These areas are commonly filled with debris and dangers, including broken glass and trash (you never know what your dog might pick up or stand on). Before opening any doors, be sure that your dog is on their leash, just in case they spot something that strikes their curiosity. And don’t remove their leash until they are secured in the vehicle again.

Plan an Airline friendly travel

Flying with your dog can be difficult these days, especially with all the rules and regulations. Keep in mind that not all airlines will permit dogs on board. Additionally, certain size and breed restrictions will apply.

Smaller dog breeds can sometimes make it into the cabin with you permitted they are small enough to fit in a crate under the seat. Also, remember that airlines reserve the right to reject any dog that they deem “aggressive” or unfit for air travel. So, before you make any arrangements, check out if your dog will be allowed to join you on the trip.

Prepare your dog for different environmental conditions

One thing to consider, especially during the holiday season, is the variable weather conditions you’ll be facing. While it might be warm and cozy in the car, the outside can be quite different. Snow, rain, and wind are all going to make it a lot cooler, so be sure that you’re ready for the unexpected.

Will your dog be warm when you let them out to potty? Will they stay dry? Some dog snow boots, a sweater, or a rain poncho might be wise additions to your travel kit. Consider where you’re going to be passing through and check weather forecasts when preparing essentials for your dog’s safety on the road.

Safety is the topic when traveling this holiday season, especially for your four-legged companion. The road will always present you with the unexpected, but as long as you and your dog are prepared, the journey is going to be an adventure that you both will remember.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Dec 4, 2012

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

I peeked around the corner and spied on the old man. He was up to his old tricks again. This one in particular starts off with a towel on the floor. Nothing is mentioned at this point. The old man does it as if it were the base part of any other normal day. But I already know what’s coming.

Then comes time to open the cupboard where he keeps those stinky soaps. Smelly and itchy, they seem far more effective at taking up space under the sink than getting rid of any stink. By this point, he’s already begging to keep an eye on me, as though he were ensuring his strategy had me fooled. But a clever dog like me is already putting things together as we speak.

The bathroom door closes and I hear the water begin to run and fill up the tub. He doesn’t want me to see what he’s doing, but he always underestimates my hearing. And at this time, I begin to apply my own strategy to the situation. The moment is right; since his next move was going to be the removal of my collar (I’d be naked) and then an involuntary dunk in the tub.

While I’m usually pretty good at handling bath time, when it’s freezing outside and cold inside, wet fur is not very comfortable for a dog to be hanging around in. All wet and smelly, the only good place to be is under the covers. But the funny thing is, that’s the exact spot I won’t be allowed in.

So, my plan is to hide. And the trick is to make it seem like I’m not trying to hide. Avoid my common comfy spots and find odd but perfectly acceptable areas. Luckily, one spot that was recently introduced is the shiny tree. Lights, balls, and bits of string dangle, making it a strangely attractive site. Now, the rule here is that I’m not supposed to play with the tree or do any letter writing on it. But, no one ever said I can’t get comfy under it. Plus, it is kind of warm under there.

I navigate a few of the paper-wrapped boxes and find an obscure spot to hide. There’s just enough room for me between a pair of boxes. Now with me in the middle, we make three. And the trick is to look like I’m just chilling here for the moment. Nothing important planned, this just happens to be a nice place to hang at.

I hear him call my name once. This is the harder part to play off. I can’t answer him because it’ll give position away, but at the same time, I’m faced with the fact that he’ll get mad eventually. So, I remain very quiet and very still. Head in paws, I peer out and search for movement out of the corners of my eyes.

Footsteps down the hall and my name is called again, but much closer this time. And it comes again. The third call sounds more distant, perhaps the spare room. Now he’s in the kitchen, getting a little closer. Finally, he enters the dining room. He looks in once and scans. After a brief moment he moves on. The obviousness of my particular placement has rendered me invisible. I’m a ninja dog.

Then the ball dropped. Not metaphorically, rather it was one from high up in the tree. It made little noise as it slid down. It wasn’t until it dropped on my head and I yelped in surprise that anything audible even occurred.

Back at the doorway, the old man eyed my position, which gave me only one choice. I had to play it off. Stretch out the paws and yawn like I just took a big nap. I think he’s buying it. Now for a tail wag. Slow and only a few tosses from side to side, like it’s a good thing he found me. Then make a play for the door, as if I happen to have an agenda that needs tending.

He stops me. “Whoa, can’t a dog get a drink of water? I was just going to satisfy a little thirst.” I tell him. It didn’t work though. I had put off the inevitable long enough to buy me only a few precious minutes. But, those are minutes that I won’t be a cold and wet dog struggling to dry up around the heating vents.

It was time. The collar was off and the tub awaited me. The water was hot, but the air was cold. One paw goes in the tub, then the other. I begged the old man not to do it, but he did it anyway. I faced the cup, the water, and the cold chill that it has right after it hits. Sure the water I’m standing in is warm, but for some wild reason, when it hits the fur, things get cold real fast.

I look up at the old man and give him the stare. I love you and you’re my best friend, but I’m still going to sit right on your pillow when I get out of here. Oh yeah. Just like last time.


Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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