Cody Visits Mom at Nursing Home

Cody Visits Mom at Nursing Home

Last December, my mom’s dementia had progressed to the point where I could no longer care for her in my home. I had to make the difficult decision to admit her into a nursing home. She accepted it with grace and adjusted quickly. Cody had a more difficult time adjusting to her absence. He would search for her all over the house. Many times I would find him lying in front of her bedroom door, whining softly. He just couldn’t understand why she was no longer here. A few weeks later, I took Cody to the nursing home to visit my mom. He was unsure of his surroundings at first. He found wheelchairs and walkers to be alarming. Then he caught sight of my mom in her room. His ears perked up, his tail wagged wildly and he howled with excitement. She looked over and her face lit up like a Christmas tree. “Cody!” she said, “Oh Cody, I have missed you so much!” He jumped right up on her bed and I couldn’t resist snapping this photo.

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Cooking for Dogs

Four years ago, I lost my beautiful, purebred Siberian Husky named Katie. As a puppy, she had a terrible time digesting commercial dog food so our vet put her on a prescription, low-residue dog food. This caused her to develop Cushing’s disease.

My current husky, Cody is a mixed breed, which I had hoped would be to his benefit. However, as he began to eat adult commercial dog food, he developed the same tummy troubles that Katie had.

I didn’t want to go the prescription diet route again, so I began to research how to cook real food for him. I now cook his food and bake his biscuits. If you are interested in all natural, real food recipes for your dog, click here  http://www.storenvy.com/products/2118444-25-doggy-love-recipes

My Puppy Forever!

Yesterday was Cody’s fourth birthday. Well, at least I think it was. I adopted him from our local shelter on October 9th and they said he was about two months old. So I decided that August 9th would be his birthday.

I remember the first day I saw him. My mom and I were so grief stricken over the sudden death of our beloved, purebred husky, Katie. We talked about getting an older dog and maybe a breed that was smaller than a husky. Then I called the shelter just to see what kind of dogs were available. They said that they had just brought in a litter of red and white husky mix puppies. I said, “We’ll be there in 45 minutes!” 

When we walked into the shelter, the puppies began to howl. The kennel worker put her hands over her ears, but to me, it was the sweetest music in the world. She explained that the puppies had not had much food and all of them were starving. Then she picked up one little fellow and said, “If we had gotten there 24 hours later, this one would have died.”

She put him into my arms. He was the skinniest pup I had ever seen. I could literally see every bone in his little 2 month old body. His neck was too scrawny for a puppy collar, so they gave him a kitty collar with a little tinkle bell. His enormous ears were all bitten up. The workers assumed the other puppies had driven him away from whatever food they had found. He had one blue eye and one brown, a typical coloration for huskies. 

I looked into those round eyes and I knew that he and I belonged together. Once the kennel worker put him into my arms, I never wanted to put him down. So I paid the adoption fee and walked out to the car with him. I named him Dakota, but it seemed like an awfully big name for such a little fellow. So I decided to call him Cody.

Looking at him today, it’s hard to imagine that he started off life this way. I guess it just goes to show what a little love can do!Image

Cody’s Best Friends

Cody's Best Friends

This is Cody’s red-haired girlfriend, Maggie. She is a hound dog mix that lives in our apartment building. Every day, these two look for each other as they go for a walk. Her owner, Cathy and I try to coordinate our schedules so we can walk together. Ain’t no love like doggy love!

Three Warning Signs of Doggy Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a serious matter. Dogs that suffer from this disorder cause damage that can cost their owners thousands of dollars. Even worse, some dogs are so affected by this anxiety, they have jumped through patio doors, which has left them with serious injuries.

Separation Anxiety is not to be confused with destructive behavior that results from boredom. Here are some signs that that your dog suffers from separation anxiety.

1. Your dog becomes agitated as you prepare to leave the house and cries when you are outside.

2. When you are home, your dog follows you obsessively and becomes upset if you are out of his sight.

3. He gives you an excessive greeting when you return home, even if you have only been gone for a few minutes.

The trouble with stopping this behavior, is that it takes place when you are away from your dog. How can you control his behavior when you’re not there?

Fortunately, there is help available. You can talk to your vet and get advice from professional trainers. They can help you work with your dog to eliminate this costly and dangerous behavior.

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