The truth about cats and dogs

Trevor the dog might get a little miffed that I scooped him on this one, but I was only able to do get ahead of him because of my opposable thumbs, I’m a bit more adept at the computer than he is I’m sure.

While there are dog people and cat people and I respect them both, however, I’ve always thought dogs were smarter. There, I said it. I love dogs because of how they enhance our lives. I used to tell my cat lovin’ friend, “Look at all the things dogs can do, they search and rescue, they help people see and hear. What do cats do?

“Cats are smart enough not to get put to work.” My friend would retort.

My answer to that was to quote Muriel Barbery who wrote, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog.” She wrote, “… Cats are fat windbags who eat designer kibble and have no interesting interaction with human beings. The only purpose of cats is that they constitute mobile decorative objects…” No, I don’t mean that, because deep down I’m a cat lover, it’s just that I’m highly allergic and that Muriel Barbery quote is always good for a chuckle.

According to a study by Oxford University, “Over millions of years dogs have developed bigger brains than cats because highly social species of mammals need more brain power than solitary animals.” Other animals that have developed larger brains are monkeys, followed by horses, dolphins, camels and dogs. The reasoning being is that the more social an animal is, the larger their brain is, relative to body size of course. A larger brain capacity is needed because social animals need to think more.

So there you have it, the truth about cats and dogs. I would suppose that’s why Mama got Trevor to write the column and Mr.Walter Croncat is just window decoration.

– Aunt B

Mama helps Isabelle find a new home

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Isabelle – Female, Terrier Mix

Isabelle is about a four month old twelve pound Terrier mix. Her adult weight will probably be somewhere around twenty pounds. She was an owner turn in along with her playmate Ollie. Isabelle knows basic manners and we have found her to be extremely bright. This cute as a button girl walks nicely on leash and likes other dogs. She probably would do best in an adult only home or a home where children are over twelve.

Adopt Isabelle today.

– Mama

Mama helps Vegas find a new home

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A few months ago, I sponsored “Vegas”, the little beagle and promised to help him find a new home. He hasn’t found his new home yet. Vegas was left by his previous owner when they moved. This pooch has typical Beagle behavior and walks with his nose firmly planted to the ground. Vegas would do well in a family with older children and probably would enjoy a canine companion. Come take a chance on Vegas! Vegas is eighteen months old and weighs thirty pounds.

If you are looking to add some puppy love to your family, please consider adopting a dog or a puppy from an animal shelter. Many animal shelters have purebred and ‘designer dogs’ who have been left by their owners (mostly because moving to an apartment that doesn’t allow dogs)

– Mama

Christmas time = puppy time

puppy Buying a puppy for Christmas? Before you walk into a puppy store and start coo-ing at the puppies like it was/is your firstborne child, consider a few minor details….

Consider adoption. Adopting a dog instead of buying one is one of the surest ways to find a dog that will best suit your needs. Many off the ‘caregivers’ to the dogs can give you tons of information about their temperament, behavioral patterns, and other important things like whether or not they like cats and children. To find the perfect match, you’ll want to choose the right one for you and your lifestyle. Animal shelters and animal rescues have dozens of dogs and many of them purebreds, just waiting for homes.

Want a puppy? Animal shelters and rescues have puppies too. Trust me. My golden retriever was only a few months old and still had his soft, fuzzy hair when I rescued him from an overcrowded animal shelter in Los Angeles.

Designer dogs. You can also find designer dogs and hypoallergenic dogs (for people who have sinus problems) at animal shelters and rescues. Really? Yep. Sometimes people pay thousands of dollars for a designer dog and then are unable to keep it. Guess where these expensive dogs end up? An animal shelter. I just sponsored a hypoallergenic dog that was left at an animal rescue shelter.

Adopted dogs cost a lot LESS. The adoption fee for adopting a dog cost anywhere between $35 and $200. If you buy a dog from a pet store, you’ll walk out paying anywhere from $800 to $2500.

Don’t be fooled by common claims made by pet stores when pushing their puppies. Despite what they may tell you, pet stores do sell puppy mill puppies.

Don’t be swayed by a great website or ad. Just because a website says great things about their “home raised” or “family raised” puppies doesn’t make it true. Many puppy millers pose as small family breeders online and in newspaper and magazine ads.

Avoid the temptation to “rescue” a puppy mill puppy by buying him. Even though your intentions may be good, don’t buy a puppy with the idea that you are “rescuing” him or her. Your “rescue” opens up space for another puppy mill puppy and puts money into the pockets of the puppy mill industry.

– Mama

He growls at her and she leaves him alone

I have two dogs. Timber is a 7 year old golden retriever mix. He is the most handsome, obedient, and independent dog I’ve ever seen. I also have a 1.5 year old purebred golden retriever. Bella is very sweet, disobedient, and very playful.

Timber and Bella get along very well. They chase each other in the yard, share toys, and play tug of war. They even drink from the same water bowl at the same time. Belle, my disobedient little girl is so cute, she likes to move her butt from side to side while drinking water. She also likes to leave a trail of water behind so everyone knows that she has quenched her thirst.

Every once in a while, Timber doesn’t want to play with Bella. When she tries to get him to play, he growls soflty and she leaves him alone.

I wished the ‘growl’ technique worked with other humans…

– Mama

Mama has a soft spot for Sonny

sonny1 When it comes to cute little dogs, I just can’t help myself. Sonny has stolen my heart. I hope he finds a good home soon.

Sonny appears to be a pure bred bi-color Australian Shepherd. He is highly sensitive and most intelligent. Aussies tend to do best in a home with adults and older children. Sonny loves all people, plays well with other dogs, and has excellent basic manners. He is nine months old and twenty three pounds.

Isn’t he the cutest thing?

– Mama

Liberty has a new home

liberty2 A few weeks ago, I contacted the Glendale Humane Society and sponsored Liberty, a two year old Aussie mix. Liberty found a new home. Mama is so happy that Liberty’s new parents rescued her instead of buying a dog from a pet store!

– Mama

How much is that doggie in the window? Ruff Ruff!

puppiescage Does your heart melt when you walk past a pet store and see all of the puppies playing in the window? (I can’t help but sing “How much is that doggie in the window? Ruff Ruff! The one with the waggily tail?” by Johnny Young)

I am a total sucker for adorable dogs, but what is not so adorable is the fact that the majority of them are bred in ruthless puppy mills. Yep. Ruthless I say! Dogs and puppies in puppy mills are not walked at all or shown any kind of love or attention, and the ‘mom and pop’ dogs don’t have the opportunity to use the bathroom outside of their cage for years at a time until they are sold to the pet store. The only reason dogs exist in puppy mills is for breeding purposes. You may have also noticed that a lot of puppies found at the pet stores have behavior issues and health problems. These issues are largely caused by the conditions they were born into.

Currently, legal agencies are getting more involved in busting these puppy mills.

So what can you do? Plenty. Don’t buy a puppy from a puppy mill. Adopt from the humane society or a rescue organization. But, but, I want a purebred. Don’t fret, you can still find a cute, lovable purebred puppy from a rescue organizations. There are rescue organizations for every type of dog you can imagine. My favorite purebred rescue organizations are: Golden Retriever Rescue, Great Dane Rescue, German Shepherd Rescue.

If you want to find a purebred rescue group near you, just go to Google.com and type in “Purebred Rescue Group” for the type of dog you are looking for…and as an added bonus, rescue dogs are much cheaper. You will pay between $200 and $400 for a purebred rescue dog instead of paying $1500+ at a pet store. The deal gets even better, the staff will give you detailed information about the personality and character traits of a specific dog.

Mama has two rescue dogs of her own! And I also sponsor dogs at no-kill animal shelters until someone adopts them.

Still not convinced that you should adopt instead of buying? Take a look at this video.

– Mama

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