veterinary challenges 3 – the confusion grows

I’ve been doing my best to be a good a patient for my dog and follow doctor’s orders. Only feeding Hubbell the Royal Canin HP and Hill’s Hypoallergenic treats. And it’s killing me! This diet isn’t of the quality that I’m used to giving my dogs. (Jagger’s diet is unchanged.) It is now day 19 and there is no change to Hubbell’s bowel movements. Add to...
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veterinary challenges 2 – maybe it’s a food allergy?

Oh boy! Hubbell is now 15 days without a normal bowel movement. That’s a heck of way to start a new post, don’tcha think? 15 days! He is through the medications and bland diets that my vet at Indian Walk Veterinary Center prescribed.  And, while there are no other signs of illness – he is active, eating, drinking – there is clearly something wrong. Off to an internal...
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she said that i can’t be a “mother” to my dog

I recently started working with a new client who has 3 dogs, all the same small breed, 2 of which she rescued as adults. Her challenge? Two adult females jockeying for position and resource guarding “mom.” During my first conversation with her and her husband, I learned that I am not the first professional she has brought in for help. In the past, she has received consultation from a...
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veterinary challenges

We try so hard to do our best for our dogs to keep them healthy, mentally and physically. We feed only the best quality diets, ensure that they get plenty of exercise, give them all the love we have, a safe, warm home, and we get them to the vet for their routine health checks and vaccinations. What do we do when something is out of our control? Hubbell, my 11-month-old Golden, has a severe...
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8 years, 9 months, 19 days

That is how long I had the privilege of sharing my life with one of the most incredible creatures I believe to ever have been on this earth.  I called her Lucy. She was born on January 6, 2006. I brought her home on February 25th. I said goodbye on November 14, 2014. Many would refer to her as special, person-like, and soulful. She would come to touch the lives of dozens of people and their...
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so much to learn

There are so many smart, experienced, and talented certified dog trainers! Some in my surrounding area, many throughout the US and abroad.  I find them online.  I watch their videos and read their blogs.  I audit their training classes.  I haven’t been doing this as long as many of those that I “follow,” so it’s no wonder that I find myself thinking, “hmm…...
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