This post was inspired by Sarah Kalnaj’s video seminar called The Language of Dogs: Understanding Canine Body Language and Other Communication Signals. You can pick up the DVD on her website: http://www.bluedogtraining.com/videos-dvds.html
My cat Edison broke his leg on a cold November night in 2011. I rushed him to the emergency vet around 11pm, where the doctor told me I was going to have to put him down or amputate his leg. The next day, I took my Edison to my regular vet, where the doctor told me to cast his leg for 6 weeks and he’d be fine! Turns out, Edison was fine, all it took was a cute festive cast and some TLC.
I learned after the traumatizing experience that you can’t always trust “professionals.” Sometimes you need a second opinion, and sometimes YOU have to decide what is best for your animals – after all, nobody knows your animals like you do.
Animals grieve like people do. Ask anyone who’s lost a pet in a household with multiple animals. Just like humans, each animal deals with loss and mourning differently.
When my cat Edison ran away in July 2013, I was devastated. I had a bond with Edison that was unlike any bond I’ve ever had with a cat. I mourned his loss for quite a while, and to be honest, I still do because I don’t know what happened to him.
Shortly after Eddy went missing, my younger cat, Sadie, became very depressed. She started howling everyday, multiple times a day. She became less active and started to gain weight. I sought help from my vet who suggested a low dosage of anxiety medications but I decided to get a second opinion.
(Published, June 2014)
This weekend was amazing. I had the chance to be a part of the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, one of the biggest, most fun dog competitions in the country. And I got to be behind the scenes 🙂
Pro Plan invited us to be VIP guests at the event, which took place in Huntington Beach, CA. It was a perfect day – 72 degrees and sunny. I really had no idea what to expect because the map seemed to show the event being held right on the beach…and it was! If you walked 10 feet behind the bleachers, you were standing in the sand.
When we arrived, we parked right next to the event, which was great because we didn’t have to walk far. I gathered all my stuff, put Wynston in the stroller, and we were off to see the wizard. Well, not the wizard, but our first mission was to find the VIP tent. Once we found it, Cory from Pro Plan greeted me and introduced me to some other Pro Plan staff. At that moment, I felt so incredible. It was such a tremendous opportunity to meet the friendly, smiling faces behind Pro Plan.