OK, Desperado and Helpful Buckeye sat down to the Oklahoma State/Texas game last night, cheering for the Cowboys to beat the Longhorns so that our 2 favorite Cowpokes would be happy...and the door bell chimed. When Helpful Buckeye went to the door, this is what greeted him: So, I said to the dog, "Hey there, Mr. Labrador, what's up?" And he replied, "If you look at the new arrangement of your pumpkins, you'll see that the Cowboys are being eaten alive by the Longhorns." And so it came to pass that he was right! Sorry about that, Ken and Charlene. Anyway, I gave him two dog biscuits and told him to call me in the morning....
Helpful Buckeye has a confession to make. I did not read the book, Marley & Me, nor did I see the movie when it was in the theaters. It wasn't intentional, but it just didn't fit into my schedule at the time. Well, better late than never! Desperado had read the book and this week she brought home the DVD for us to watch. I must admit that I thought the movie started out a little corny with all the typical training mistakes the couple made with their Labrador puppy. However, I was quickly won over by the numerous dogs playing the role of Marley (22 yellow Labs) and the sincerity of the owners. The movie set a record for ticket sales for a Christmas day opening (2008). If you haven't read the book or seen the movie, pick up a copy and enjoy! There's a lot to learn about the relationship between a dog and its owners and this movie is a perfect place for that learning to begin.
The poll questions last week drew many responses, both here on the site and by e-mail. Of the 21 responses about doing CPR on your pet, 18 said you'd give it a try. I don't know if I'd want to be a dog or cat in the other 3 households! There were 29 responses to having a Halloween costume for your pet. Only 4 of you said you would be doing so. Don't forget to respond to this week's question in the column to the left...and remember, you can e-mail your response to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CURRENT NEWS OF INTEREST
1) While watching some of the World Series games, as well as several football games this past week, Helpful Buckeye happened to see several commercials for Progressive Insurance. In one of those, the woman tells us that they will insure your pet as well. I got on their web site to find out more information about the offer. They sent this e-mail
We know how much our customers love their dogs and cats. So, we’ve re-worked our insurance policy to cover not only the people in the car accident, but also the dogs and cats. Knowing that most people see their pets as family members, this just felt to us like the right thing to do.
Pet injury coverage is provided at no additional cost as part of collision coverage.
This coverage applies to dogs and cats owned by the named insured or resident relatives. The coverage will pay up to $1000 for reasonable and customary veterinary costs for pet injuries sustained in a covered or non-owned auto accident. It applies only if the pet's injury is sustained while the pet is inside the car during the collision. And will pay up to $1000 for loss of life if the pet passed away while in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
I hope this information is helpful.
Sincerely, Katrina F., Progressive Internet Representative
Now, Helpful Buckeye doesn't know very much about Progressive Insurance, but this approach does have some appeal, doesn't it? If you're looking for more information, go to: http://www.progressive.com/
2) The American Veterinary Medical Association has made available this podcast on Salmonella infections and concerns. With recurring news stories about food contaminations and the possibility of children contracting Salmonella from pet turtles, this topic needs to be reviewed. Listen to the podcast at: http://www.avmamedia.org/display.asp?sid=203&tid=207&NAME=Salmonella:_What_You_Need_to_Know
3) With all the e-mails being received by Helpful Buckeye about Swine Flu and its effects on pets and humans, this question and answer by James M. Steckelberg, M.D., an internist at The Mayo Clinic should be of good use to all of us
H1N1 flu (swine flu): Can you catch it twice? My children are just getting over the swine flu (H1N1), and I may have picked it up. If I get sick, is there a chance the kids will catch swine flu a second time, from me?
AnswerAfter being infected with the 2009 swine flu virus, your children can't catch the same virus again — not from you, not from anyone else. All flu viruses are that way. Once you're exposed to a flu virus, your immune system develops antibodies and memory cells unique to that virus. Your body can then defend itself if you're exposed to the virus again. This system of defense is known as acquired immunity. You also acquire immunity to flu viruses when you get a flu shot or take the nasal flu vaccine.
For the rest of the questions and answers about Swine Flu by several of The Mayo Clinic's specialists, go to: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/swine-flu/AN02039 and keep clicking on "Next Question"....
DISEASES, AILMENTS, AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Dogs' Social Lives and Disease Risks
Decreasing Disease Risks For Dogs, Their Owners, and Common Sense Measures For The Protection Of All
Common Sense Measures To Protect Your Dogs, Yourself, and Others
Allowing your dog to interact with other dogs can provide good opportunities for exercise and socialization that can help your dog's mental and physical well-being. However, these situations are also associated with some risk to dogs and their owners. By using good common sense, you can minimize the risks while still providing for your dog's well-being.
The AVMA would like to thank the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Robert Belden for their roles in developing this document.
1) The ASPCA has restructured their pet insurance plans to allow for pet owners to choose from 4 different levels of health coverage. For more about this interesting approach, go to: http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/pet-insurance-plans/pet-insurance-plans.aspx
2) The ASPCA also has this important information for pet owners about protecting your pets over the winter
Top Ten Winter Skin & Paw Care Tips
PRODUCTS OF THE WEEK
1) The ASPCA store has this interesting gizmo for the endless entertainment of your cat: http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com/index.php?productID=1697
2) Here's an interesting web site for pet accessories. Go to: http://static3.shopify.com/s/files/1/0014/8252/files/intro.html and click on "enter here" to view some of what the site calls "Psychedelic Furs"....
1) Imagine you've left your dog alone with the controller of your Xbox set-up. Do you think it could cost you some money? This guy's dog did just that by adding charges into his Xbox Live account, simply by chewing on the controller: http://www.switched.com/2009/10/27/controller-chewing-dog-spends-money-on-xbox-live/?icid=mainhtmlws-main-ndl2link5http%3A%2F%2Fwww.switched.com%2F2009%2F10%2F27%2Fcontroller-chewing-dog-spends-money-on-xbox-live%2F
2) Have any of our cat owners ever tried to build a cat tree? For a low-cost, family-friendly project, check out these simple suggestions: http://www.pawnation.com/2009/10/29/how-to-build-a-cat-tree/
3) With this being the 125th anniversary of the American Kennel Club, they have been running polls on many topics related to dogs on TV, in movies, and now, in songs. Go to: http://www.pawnation.com/2009/10/26/poll-what-is-your-favorite-dog-song/ and cast your vote for your favorite dog song. Helpful Buckeye's favorite of these is Shannon, by Henry Gross. You can follow the lyrics to Shannon in a previous issue of Questions On Dogs and Cats, that dealt with the death of a pet: http://questionsondogsandcats.blogspot.com/2008/10/i-can-see-ohio-columbus.html
4) Anybody with a camera (especially a digital one) and a pet is usually having fun taking photos of their pet. Here are 5 "Cool" ideas for things you can do with those photos: http://www.pawnation.com/2009/10/28/five-things-to-do-with-your-pets-photo/
5) Since diabetes is the 3rd leading killer of humans (behind heart disease and cancer) and is increasing among dogs and cats, this story about service dogs that have been trained to sense when their diabetic owner is having a problem is very informative: http://www.pawnation.com/2009/10/26/dogs4diabetes-help-manage-human-blood-sugar-levels/
6) Sharon Peters, one of the lead writers on pets for The USA Today, wrote this very enlightening article this past week on pet prosthetic devices: http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/pets/2009-10-27-dog-cat-orthotics_N.htm
After reading that article, you should go back to an earlier issue of Questions On Dogs and Cats, in which Helpful Buckeye also discussed pet prostheses: http://questionsondogsandcats.blogspot.com/2008/09/in-remembrance.html
The Pittsburgh Steelers had the weekend off and that should help many of our injured players.
The San Antonio Spurs have gotten off to a good start in the NBA season.
Tuesday, 27 October, 45+ MPH gusts...had to ride indoors!
Helpful Buckeye came across this anonymous quote about friendship: "Friendship isn't about who you have known the longest...but about who came and never left your side…."