Sunday, July 29, 2012

Farewell To Alle

Not long ago, I asked for prayers for a wonderful dog, Alle. Alle was the long time companion of The Anchoress and her family. Alle has now crossed to rest in the loving arms of St. Francis. I can't give you a hotlink, but go to anchoress, and read a sublime tribute to an extraordinary dog. Two of my favorite bloggers have lost dogs this summer. I hope things to not come in threes.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cats! Cats! Cats!

This blog is dedicated to dogs and to dog rescue. Dog rescue can be a heartbreaking endeavor. But whenever I feel really down about all the dogs who need homes and all the thoughtless breeders who turn out puppies that have no hope for a decent life, I think about the challenges of cat rescue. So, with hope that Friends of Portia can lift the load of cat rescuers a tiny bit, please spread the word about some cats in need of homes. First cat is being well cared for, but he really needs a new home. He's a handsome white and black boy who isn't fond of other cats. He might be able to get along with a small dog or two. He is in good health and will be your devoted companion for years. Indoor cat only, please. Second cat is very likely more than one. She's a calico who appears to be pregnant. This is a cat who has suffered serious neglect and deserves a new start in life. Her rescue is being planned and she will be taken to a vet to determine if she is as pregnant as she appears to be. If so, before too long, there will be kittens looking for new homes. If you can open your home to one of these cats or kittens, please email me at

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bingley Report III

After all the concerns about Bingley,we are finally back to normal. Yesterday, Bingley had his dental and came through in great shape. He had only one extraction, which isn't bad for an ex-racing Greyhound who was nearly starved to death. He has resumed eating and has returned to his normal routine. This morning we took our walk with Marilyn, Hattie, Odie and Sophie and Bingley was fine. We did stay in the shade and left a little early. Dr. Pearson just called to check on Bingley. We are very grateful that we found such a competent, concerned veterinarian.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bingley Report II

Bingley had a full cardiology workup and it was discovered that the left side of his heart is enlarged and one of the valves isn't functioning properly. The cardiologist believes that with light anesthesia, the dental can be done, so that will be Monday morning. All paws crossed! Dr. Pearson believes that Bingley has some good years left and we are relieved about that. Will have to watch him carefully during the summer heat and not let him get over tired. But he's home now and acting like his normal self. What a great dog!

Bingley Report

Today, Bingley was supposed to have had his teeth cleaned. I had noticed recently that Bingley was panting at times that were not in any way associated with exercise, excitement or stress. I knew this was not a good sign and so I mentioned it to Dr. Pearson before she gave Bingley his pre-anesthesia examination. She found a heart murmur. So now, Bingley is having a cardiac work-up and we are anxiously waiting the results. The dental is postponed indefinitely. All paws are crossed.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Fourth!

The Fourth of July is just about the happiest holiday in the year. No stress of choosing gifts, no Lenten preparation. Just a big party. But if it's the best holiday for American humans, it's the most stressful for our pets. Every year, frightened dogs and cats do not survive the Fourth. They run and run in fear until they are struck by a car. Or they are picked up miles from home by an animal control authority, and if they are not claimed, they are euthanized. (How I hate the word "euthanized"). So think about your pets. If at all possible, make sure that they are not alone when the fireworks start. Right now might be a good time to check with your vet if you think a mild tranquilizer would help your nervous companion. Then enjoy the Fourth, knowing that on the Fifth, you will still have your faithful dog or cat by your side.