Forget-Me-Not Friday

It’s another Forget-Me-Not Friday and we are, once again, remembering and honoring my Noah-baby. We love her and will never forget her. I invite all my followers to participate in Forget-Me-Not Friday if you’re so inclined. I would love the honor of sharing your beloved pet’s story and your story of how they impacted your life. If you’d like to participate, you can e-mail me at FluffybuttsFamily@mycompanymail.com.

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As I have not received any pictures or stories for Forget-Me-Not Friday just yet, this week will feature Noah, one of the first two cats with which I felt I had a bond.

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Noah was a kitten that was dropped off in the country between our house and our neighbor’s house.  She was small, probably about 2-3 months old.  We took her in to protect her when we noticed one of the neighbor’s children swinging her around by the tail.  We determined by her traits that she was perhaps a Chinese Li Hua, though possibly mixed with a common Domestic Shorthair tabby cat.

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All in all, she was a beautiful affectionate cat that loved her job as a mouser, vole hunter, bird catcher, and squirrel chaser.  My grandma’s cat, Zeela, took her in and nursed her as she had only recently had a small…

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Stinker (Literally)

So our Luna is a repeat offender poo-eater as some of you may have read about in earlier posts.  She is also a repeat offender poo-roller, meaning she just loves to go outside, find the stinkiest poo pile she can (from other dogs, not her own) and roll in it until it’s all over her neck and shoulders.  Eww, to put it mildly.  >,<

Today, however, she decided since she didn’t get to roll in any outside, she was going to get into the cat’s litter box in my room, pull out some semi-fresh poo, and roll in it on my cream-colored carpet!  😡  I was not happy about it, to say the least.  Thankfully, our odor and stain remover works quite well and pulled the stains out of the carpet like magic!  ^_^

That also meant that I had to give her a bath, which she wasn’t happy about since she hates baths and doesn’t much care for getting wet, either!  I can’t say I wasn’t feeling very vindicated giving her that bath 😛

Here’s a picture of her after her bath, all nice and happy and clean, and acting as if nothing even happened, the little dork!

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So here’s to all the poo-rollers like our Luna-lu, may they not roll in poo today 😀 😀

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National Kids and Pets Day

We know kids love pets (at least most do), so let’s see those kids and pets!

(These are my siblings not my kids since I don’t have any kids just yet.)

Happy National Kids and Pets Day!!

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Breed of the Week: Boxer

This is a bit late because I’ve been busy with a new babysitting job, but this week we’re taking a look at the Boxer because Luna is about 1/4 Boxer, as seen in her barrel chest (though that could very well also be attributed to her Whippet half) and bowed back legs.

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It can also be seen in the way she plays, using her front paws much like a cat to drag and paw at her toys and to “play-tap” or boop Pixie while they’re wrestling as seen below.

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Her short tail is also a trait from her Boxer heritage.  Boxers, as one might or might not know, were originally a cropped and docked breed (as in they’d crop the ears and dock the tail).  However, in a lot of countries cropping and docking has fallen out of favor and is even prohibited in some regions due to pressure from veterinary associations, animals rights groups, and the general public.  A line of naturally bob-tailed Boxers were developed in anticipation of this in the UK.  It is my belief her short tail comes directly from one such bob-tailed Boxer line.

My other reason to feature the Boxer breed is in memorial of our neighbor’s dog and Luna’s bestest play-buddy, Bella, who was tragically hit by a car.  Unfortunately, we don’t have pictures of her, but she did look a lot like the Boxer in the featured image above.

Originally bred as a guard dog, the Boxer of today is a favorite family companion largely due to their gentleness and near-legendary patience with children.

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Like any dog, they should not be left unsupervised with children.  Their large size and enthusiasm for play can cause them to knock over a toddler or small child, and accidents do happen, even with these gentle goofballs.  The gentleness and patience often also crosses over to include small dogs and puppies.

The Boxer looks imposing with their square head, muscular body, and large size, however, once more closely acquainted with the breed people often find them comical and a blast to play with.  Most Boxers are high energy dogs and require at least two walks a day and plenty of play time to prevent destructive behaviors such as chewing, digging, and excessive licking out of boredom.  A tired Boxer is a happy Boxer.

When excited, Boxers perform a little dance called the “kidney bean” in which they twist their bodies into a semi-circle and then turn in quick circles.  They’ll also make a sound that’s not quite a bark and sounds more like “woo-woo,” though they may also make this sounds when they want something.

When not playing, jumping about, running around, or generally goofing off, the Boxer can be found most often beside or even on their owner’s lap.  They bond closely with their people and want to be with them as often as they can.

My personal favorite trait of the Boxer is their tendency to make this super concerned face as well as the other comical expressions they make with their expressive eyebrows and wrinkly forehead (*squee!!*) as shown below.

Boxers are generally wary of strangers, but should not be aggressive unless a threat is present as they are not an aggressive or vicious breed.  This wariness of strangers and their loyalty and close bond to their family make them excellent guard dogs.  If an intruder is found, they will subdue and restrain them in the same manner as a Mastiff by cornering them and holding them in place until called off.

As natural a guard dog as they are, they are not suited to the outdoors as their thin coat makes them susceptible to frostbite in the winter and their short, squashed nose makes it difficult for them to keep cool during the heat of the summer.  This does not mean they cannot be effective guard dogs, just that they should be indoor guard dogs.

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Boxers should have a fawn or brindle-colored coat, most often with white markings known as “flash.”  The more white markings, the “flashier” the dog!  Although white Boxers do exist and are actually quite common, they are considered undesirable, especially in the show ring, as they are more susceptible to health conditions such as skin cancer and deafness.  Approximately 20-25% of Boxers are white and about 18% of those white Boxers are deaf in one or both ears.

 

Pet Black And White Boxer Ball Dog Run Snow PlayThe Boxer does not carry the gene for a solid black coat.  They do, however, have brindle Boxers whose coat might appear to be mostly black with fawn-colored markings.  Some like to call these reverse brindle Boxers.  That name is a misnomer, however, as the coat still has a fawn base with black stripe-like markings, the markings are just so numerous and so closely packed together that it appears to have a black or dark-colored coat.

 

Boxers may appear in events such as agility, obedience, and flyball.  They are also used as service dogs, guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, police dogs in K9 units, and occasionally as herding dogs for cattle and sheep.

If you are considering purchasing or adopting (please adopt!) a Boxer, remember that they are not for everyone.  These are high energy dogs that require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.  They also love to cuddle, which is great, except that they also drool.  Drool can be a deal-breaker for some people (excessive drooling is a deal-breaker for me unless the dog is going to be a mostly outdoor dog).  So please do your research!

Fun Fact:  Boxers are often called the “Peter Pan” of the dog breeds due to their playful nature and seemingly boundless energy.

Do you or have you owned a Boxer?  Please tell us about him/her in the comments below!  I’d love to hear about your experiences with the breed.

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Forget-Me-Not Friday

Well, looks like we’re coming full circle. Today we’re going to revisit the story of Coconut Baby, at least until I’m ready to tell the stories of a few of our other fluffybutts (they’re not easy ones). In the meantime, I hope some of you might feel like sharing your pet’s story on Forget-Me-Not Friday.

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I’ve decided to make a weekly event – Forget-Me-Not Friday. Forget-Me-Not Friday is about pets we have lost, whether they’ve passed over the Rainbow Bridge, got lost and were never found, or had to be given up for one reason or another.  Most of my posts will be limited to cats and dogs as they are what I know best.  Tell me about your beloved dog, your adorable cat, your favorite horse, your silly goat, your pet pig, your mischievous ferret, and send a picture with your story to FluffybuttsFamily@mycompanymail.com and I’ll post one picture and one story every Friday in memory of those pets.

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The first Forget-Me-Not Friday will feature Coconut Baby (Coco), my baby girl.  This is not an easy story to tell, but I feel it needs to be told.

My dad got Coconut Baby as a 2-month-old puppy, free even though she was purebred…

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Breed of the Week: Greyhound

In honor of this being Adopt a Greyhound Adoption Month, in this week’s Breed of the Week we’re featuring, you guessed it, the Greyhound!

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The Greyhound has a sweet, mild nature and makes an excellent pet.  Even though they have a reputation for being high-energy dogs, in reality a lot of them like to nap throughout the day (sometimes for up to 18 hours!) and are satisfied with a simple daily walk.  One could say they are sprinters, not marathon runners.  They have bursts of energy but tire quickly, thus the simple daily walk.

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Greyhounds are most known for their use in dog racing.  With their long legs, barrel-chest, flexible spine, and slim, aerodynamic build, the Greyhound can reach speeds in excess of 40 mph.  Modern Greyhound racing was introduced to the USA and England in the 1920s.  It quickly gained popularity among the masses and soon became legalized in many states and provinces.  However, in the 1970s, concerns were raised regarding the treatment of racing Greyhounds.  In September of 1975, an article was published called, “Greyhound Racing: Where Brutality and Greed Finish Ahead of Decency.”

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According to the ASPCA, 11,722 Greyhound injuries and 909 deaths were recorded between 2008 and 2015.  The injuries include broken legs, crushed skulls, broken spines, paralysis, and electrocution.  Although most deaths are largely attributed to the disposal of Greyhounds unfit for racing or breeding as well as the disposal of racing Greyhounds once they are no longer able to race due to injury or the fact that they can no longer race fast enough to be profitable, some dogs do die on the track from cardiac arrest.  They are trained to race so hard and so fast that their heart literally cannot keep up.

If that’s not enough to make one want to make Greyhound racing illegal, perhaps the treatment of the racing dogs, themselves, is.  Most racing Greyhounds spend up to 20 hours a day stacked in crates in a warehouse or else are kept in dirt pens with minimal shelter where there’s no heating or air-conditioning.  Many of the dogs also suffer from fleas, ticks, and internal parasites due to inadequate veterinary care.  They are routinely starved of affection and given only minimal amounts of food to keep them in “good racing condition,” with the often mistaken belief that starved and “lighter” means they will run faster (ridiculous, you can’t run fast if you’re too weak from lack of food).

The routine cruelty involved in Greyhound racing has, in recent years, resulted in the banning of Greyhound racing in all but six states: Alabama, West Virginia, Florida, Arkansas, Iowa, and Texas.  Over half of the tracks that are still active are located in Florida.

Greyhound racing is the main reason for this month being Adopt a Greyhound Adoption Month.  The Greyhound racing industry churns out thousands of dogs a year from over-breeding and several hundred of those dogs are discarded either because they are “unfit” to race or because they have been retired due to injury or due to simply not being fast enough.  These retired and rescued Greyhounds are the lucky ones.  Even with only 19 racing tracks still in operation, the ASPCA estimates that thousands of racing Greyhounds are destroyed each year.  This “sport” should not be legal and needs to be banned in every state.  To help in the fight to end Greyhound racing, you can donate to the ASPCA, here:  https://secure.aspca.org/donate/donate-201704-v1-t1-p1?ms=wb_con_button-greyhoundracing&initialms=wb_con_button-greyhoundracing&pcode=WEBMEMBER&lpcode=WEBGUARD

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Despite the cruelty, Greyhounds remain gentle, docile, mild-mannered, and loyal companions.  Most Greyhounds are friendly to both people and dogs, though they may have trouble with smaller pets such as cats, small dogs, rabbits, and rodents because of their intense prey drive.  For this same reason, they need a securely fenced yard with a 4-6 foot fence to keep them from racing after a passing stray cat, squirrel, or bird.  However, those lacking that intense prey drive can and do co-exist peacefully with small dog breeds and cats.  It’s simply a matter of finding a Greyhound with the right temperament for your lifestyle and current pets.

Greyhounds are usually very quiet and don’t bark often, though they may bark when a stranger approaches the house.  They might be aloof with strangers, but a Greyhound should never be aggressive toward them.  As with any breed of dog, purebred or otherwise, socialization is a must.  An adequately socialized dog will be confident around new people and other dogs and will, therefore, feel no need to run away or become aggressive.

Training should be gentle but firm.  Greyhounds do not respond well to harsh training and may become shy or timid with mistreatment, even if unintentional.  They often have a “what do I get out of this?” kind of mentality originating from their independent and often cat-like nature, and so training should be reward-based for maximum effectiveness.  The “sit” commands can be difficult to teach the Greyhound as it is not a natural position for them.  They may, instead, balance on their tail.  This should not be discouraged.  If the “sit” command seems too difficult or uncomfortable for them, perhaps replace it with the “down” or “lay” command.

They excel in dog sports, such as lure coursing, conformation, obedience, and agility.

If you are interested in purchasing or adopting a Greyhound, please do your research.  Though they are excellent dogs for first-time owners, it is better to be aware of their quirks and likely temperament beforehand to make training easier.  And please, before purchasing a Greyhound, please consider adopting one!  As stated above, hundreds, perhaps thousands of racing Greyhounds are discarded each year and are in great need of good, forever homes.  As might be noted by now, I am all for adoption.  So please, adopt a Greyhound.  Save a life!

Fun Fact:  Greyhounds are often affectionately described as “45-mile-per-hour couch potatoes.”

Do you or have you owned a Greyhound?  Please tell us about him/her in the comments below!  I’d love to hear about your experiences with the breed.

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