Pumpkin, The Halloween Cat

Written by Michael LaRocca


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In Taz's case, it also happened to be a male thing, andrepparttar only evidence he's ever given that he's an adult. He still looks and acts and vocalizes like a kitten, no doubt because his "mother" was a dog.

But Pumpkin never threatened back. He ignoredrepparttar 147735 hissing and moved away fromrepparttar 147736 attacks. Given his lack of aggression, I decided to just let him stay inside, Siamese be damned.

A month or so later, something strange happened. Taz started lying beside Pumpkin instead of lying beside Witchie. Oh, Witchie's face showed her outrage. Taz showed nothing but guilt. After a time, Taz started playing with Pumpkin. They became best buddies. I don't believe Taz was ever forgiven for that. Witchie can hold a grudge for years. She still hasn't forgiven me for bringing home uncivilized Bebe. (Half dachshund, half doberman, all moron.)

Once or twice, Taz and Pumpkin slept side by side on my chest betweenrepparttar 147737 two dogs. My sons wererepparttar 147738 same size, since Taz wasrepparttar 147739 runt ofrepparttar 147740 litter and Pumpkin was probably underfed as a baby. Before learning to hunt, of course.

I didn't show himrepparttar 147741 litter box, byrepparttar 147742 way. He found it himself. If he clawed something he wasn't supposed to, I scolded him once, verbally, and he never did it again. Again,repparttar 147743 gratitude thing. "Show merepparttar 147744 rules and I'll follow them; I'm just happy to be here."

Daddy had a problem with rats in his barn, so I told him he could borrow Pumpkin as long as he didn't shoot him. (Daddy doesn't like cats.) Nobody fed Pumpkin while he lived inrepparttar 147745 barn, but every time I went to visit, he was lying onrepparttar 147746 floor with a swollen belly. I took him home a week later, because he was going stir-crazy without human contact. Meanwhile, Daddy had no more rats.

Before I leftrepparttar 147747 barn, I held Pumpkin up to to my horse's face. He sniffed and sniffed, quite fascinated. Thenrepparttar 147748 head moved, and he realized that big thing was alive. It scaredrepparttar 147749 hell out of him. I rushed him home. He always loved riding inrepparttar 147750 truck. A day with Taz andrepparttar 147751 dogs, and he was restored to his good old Pumpkin self.

I think I had Pumpkin for a year. In a manner of speaking, as no one truly owns a cat, especially not an independent fellow like Pumpkin.

Pumpkin vanished for a few days, then came home looking skinny and with a stomach swollen as if he'd swallowed a tennis ball. A trip torepparttar 147752 vet confirmedrepparttar 147753 worst -- intestinal blockage -- and I maderepparttar 147754 hard decision. I borrowed Daddy's rifle and ended his pain myself. It was a sad day.

For several weeks after that, Taz kept looking atrepparttar 147755 door, waiting for his best friend Pumpkin to come inside. Finally I adopted another male fromrepparttar 147756 Humane Society, but that's another story.



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Arthritis Pain Relief For Dogs Ė Simple Home Remedies That Work

Written by Rose Smith


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* Reduce Excess Weight

Extra weight on a dog puts extra pressure onrepparttar joints and causes more pain and swelling. Begin by reducingrepparttar 147679 amount of treats given, cut back a bit on food, and provide a lower fat diet for your dog. Exercising is also important. If possible, take your dog out for several shorter 10 to 15 minute walks each day rather than going for one long walk. Another great strategy is to take your dog swimming. Theyíll getrepparttar 147680 exercise without stressingrepparttar 147681 joints. A bathtub works well for very small dogs. However, if your dog is a landlubber and hates water donít pushrepparttar 147682 issue.

* Keep Your Dog Warm and Cozy on Cold, Damp Days

Set up a soft bed or some layers of fleece inrepparttar 147683 area where your dog normally sleeps. If your dog usually stays outside, then provide an insulated dog house with soft bedding onrepparttar 147684 floor. Be surerepparttar 147685 doorway is somewhat sheltered and facing away fromrepparttar 147686 wind. Better yet, bring them inside when itís cold and/or wet.

* Apply Moist Heat

Apply a hot water bottle with warm water or use a towel soaked in warm water thatís been wrung out to your dogís aching joints. Moist heat penetrates deeply and provides welcomed relief. Do not use a heating pad as it may get too hot forrepparttar 147687 dog and burn them especially if your dog has limited mobility - they may not be able to get up and move away from a pad that is too hot.

* Raise Your Dogís Food and Water Dish

If your pet has arthritis in their neck or shoulders, consider raising their food and water bowls so they donít have to bend their head down to eat.

* Give Your Pet a Massage

Donít we all love to have sore muscles rubbed? Gently rub aroundrepparttar 147688 affected joint and massagerepparttar 147689 surrounding muscles. This gentle kneading andrepparttar 147690 heat from your hands should ease some ofrepparttar 147691 pain.

* Use a Ramp For The Stairs

If your dog has a hard time going up and down stairs, think about buying or making a ramp that can be laid overrepparttar 147692 stairs so your dog can more easily maneuver them. This is especially useful for when they need to go outside to ďdo their thingĒ or are required to jump into a truck for a trip torepparttar 147693 vet.

Additional alternatives include herbal and homeopathic products, acupressure, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. Safer and often just as effective, these are just some ofrepparttar 147694 things that you can do at home for your dog to give them relief from arthritic pain.

Is your dog sick and getting sicker by the day? Are you searching for answers & alternative solutions to your dog's health care problems? Rose Smith is the owner of Caring for Canines, a web site that focuses on holistic approaches to dog health issues. Visit us at http://www.caringforcanines.com


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