Jessie’s Dorsal Laminectomy–Part Eight: Home Again

A wet snow and cold wind blew my Subaru south to Parker Animal Emergency & Specialty Center, where Jessie awaited me. He was able to return home on his third day of hospitalization and we were all anxious for his company. Both my other dogs, Bailey and Brillo, had moped around the house, uncomprehending and…

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Jessie’s Dorsal Laminectomy–Part Three: The MRI

  Dr. Curtis Probst of Parker Animal Emergency & Specialty Center, our veterinarian neurologist, examined Jessie in early December, 2016. He took my boy into another room to give him a detailed going over. I hate it when I am not allowed to see what the exam entails, and know why they are doing what…

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Jessie’s Dorsal Laminectomy–Part One: Our History Together

  Jessie, my former foster Lab mix, began showing signs of lower back pain the summer of 2016. His tail carriage was lower than his usual gleeful high waves. I could always see Jessie in a field of tall grass because the back-and-forth white tip was always bobbing higher than the seed pods. Instead his…

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Nine Years Since All Was Lost

  The call came mid-morning. A young Wheaten Terrier had just been “marked” for euthanasia due to “extreme fear” at the shelter where I volunteered. The foster care department director begged me to give her a chance, to “see what she’s like in a home.” Before all was lost. I am a fearful dog rehabilitator…

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The Effect Of Classical Music On Anxious & Fearful Dogs

Following a traumatic brain injury in 2001 I became unable to tolerate numerous routine sounds. Every day was torture as my brain chemistry ricocheted from deep depression to anxiety to extreme fatigue. The electrical impulses that conducted rational thought, emotion control and comprehension were broken in so many places I had trouble following conversations, seeing…

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Barking Dogs–Compassionate Understanding & Solutions

BARKING DOGS Whenever people live in close quarters with each other as in a residential neighborhood there will be many ways parties can annoy each other. One of the most common complaints is the barking of neighborhood dogs. Dogs bark for many reasons. Contrary to Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” movie, the “barking chain” of communication…

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Fearful Dogs and Small Children

Two weeks ago a milestone was reached in the life of my rescued Wheaten Terrier, Bailey. Six years ago she was left at the shelter I volunteered at. The relinquishing note from her former owners cited that they “wanted to have a child” so they “must get rid of the dog.” Bailey became catatonic in…

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Undersocialized Older Dogs

Dogs over the age of twelve weeks fight an uphill battle to accept new stimuli and experiences in stride. Those first weeks are the prime time to “socialize” a pup and exposing her to as many scents, sights, sounds, and cognitive stimuli as possible will give that little one conditioning that will make the entire…

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