What do I mean by “cuteness”? Well, anthropologists tell us that humans are genetically programmed to be attracted to cuteness. This can be extrapolated to human-animal interaction, seeing as this is a dog’s blog. When a human sees puppies–newborn or any young pups, that human turns into a quivering mass of sentimentality–especially, women. They “oo” and “ah” and talk baby talk to the pups, all the while cuddling them in their arms. Pretty much the majority of pups put up with the slobbering but they would rather be sleeping or eating. And, that goes for many baby animals such as kittens and bunnies. Anthropologists tell us it has to do with the architecture of the baby’s face that triggers that “oo” or “ah” response from humans. There’s a lot more to it but I think I’ve covered enough to get my point across.
What point, you ask? That humans are programmed to take care or want to care for a puppy or a kitten or, of course, a human baby. This is the main reason, at shelters, in particular, puppies and kittens get adopted before their adult counterparts. Here’s my point: since you know these baby animals go like hotcakes, why not adopt an adult cat or dog? Do you know what a pain in the butt a puppy can be? Do you really want your good shoes chewed by puppies or kittens climbing your expensive drapes? Try keeping your Christmas tree intact with a kitten climbing it. Enough said.
Slip me some skin
Is you dog scratching and chewing his skin? Does he have bare patches with raw skin or sores? Whether Fido has fleas or he’s just plain dirty, remember that dogs get bitten by other bugs as well. If he has fleas, bathe him with flea shampoo or if his skin is compromised in several areas, then use a medicated shampoo. There are all kinds of products out there to treat your pet’s skin. However, you have to keep applying them. You might also consider clipping your dog’s hair. Don’t have clippers? You’ll have to buy one.
Instead of trying to guess the problem and spending all that money on clippers, and medications that might not work, take your dog to the Vet. There are a lot of skin problems that can occur in dogs as well as cats, so do your dog or cat a favor and get him proper medical care. I know firsthand how skin problems can get out of control. One summer, I was miserable, but my mom kept trying different things on her own, until her friend advised her to take me to the Vet. Within no time at all I was so much better. It was all about fleas and my skin’s reaction to them. Keep in mind there are other common skin conditions–it’s not always about fleas. There are bacterial and fungal infections; dandruff, dry skin, allergies, mange, scabies and more. You can use the following chart to assess your best friend (the canine one) and determine if you should take him to the Vet. Don’t let your pet suffer.
My friend, Emily, is moving to Texas real soon. Here’s hoping she has a great life and comes to visit. Emily and I are pals and we didn’t get to see each other to say our goodbyes, so I’m shouting out to you, Emily. I’m going to miss you. Let’s keep in touch through my blog, okay? Bye, Emily, Your friend, Shadow.
Learn something new
The Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) is a species of parrot found in Australia. It is common along the eastern seaboard, from northern Queensland to South Australia and Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas. Wikipedia
In the wild, this parrot feeds in flocks of about 20 parrots, but roosts in flocks of thousands of birds. Mating pairs stay together for life. The Rainbow Lorikeet has a life span of about 20 years. The Rainbow Lorikeet remains widespread and often common and is not considered to be of any concern by Birdlife International. However, some subspecies are threatened by the parrot trade and habitat loss. Wikipedia.