5 Reasons Why My Dogs Cannot Listen To Adele Music

5 Reasons Why My Dogs Cannot Listen To Adele Music

Dogs by their nature are happy creatures, full of love and joy. Not to say that Adele is not. But in listening to Adele’s music, it’s clear her heart has been broken. Broken beyond  repair. Broken to the point where maybe she needs to consider adopting a dog…a dog most certainly would cheer up Adele. But until then, I simply cannot risk my dogs listening to her music. Why? Well, here are my 5 reasons why my dogs cannot listen to Adele music. Learn why @mattiedog’s momma won’t let him listen to #Adele music! Click To Tweet 5 Reasons Why My Dogs Cannot Listen to Adele Music Reason #1: Hellos Going Unanswered When a dog hears someone say, “hello,” they just want to run to the door to greet them. To a dog ‘Hello’ is like the joyful ‘ding-dong’ sound of a door bell – ‘woowhoo, presents!‘ is all a dog thinks. But not when Adele says it… a ‘hello’ from Adel has Buckeye singing the blues, he’s as sad as sad can be. Buckeye is reason number one why my dogs cannot listen to Adele music. Reason #2: Not Responding Is Rude Teddy the rescue pup has a lot to be thankful for….but put on a little Adele, who simply just wants someone to respond to her hellos, and dang it, he gets the blues. Teddy is so danged bummed out by no one responding to Adele’s unanswered hellos that he writhes around in emotional agony. Teddy is reason number two my dogs cannot listen to Adele music. Reason #3 When You Have To Make Someone Feel Your Love, Well, That’s Sad Dogs love everything....
Careful, Your Dog Understands Your Moods!

Careful, Your Dog Understands Your Moods!

We humans really like to feel special, possessing qualities that separate us from other species. The ability to create language or to start a fire, morality and conscious awareness, the concept of time – these things we hold out as evidence of our uniqueness… our superiority, perhaps. Well, grab a hold of something sturdy because findings from a recent study are about to rock your world. We humans may not be all of that and a bag of chips. Careful, your dog understands your moods! Really, Dogs Understand What’s Going On? When Mattie spent a week in a critical care facility we had the strangest experience and slowly, we began to realize that he knew a great deal more about us than we thought. Not only did he somehow know when we were coming to visit him, but he also intently watched our faces when we spoke with his internist on five different occasions. The veterinarian made notice, “In my experience there are some animals who have an incredible bond with their human….Mattie is one of those cases.” I remember at the time feeling special…my little guy and I, we’re like that (visualize me sitting at my desk crossing my pointer and index fingers real tight). While there’s no denying that Mattie and I have a special bond, there’s emerging research that confirms that dogs can recognize emotions in humans….an ability previously thought to be solely attributed to humans. This fascinating study was conducted by a team of animal behavior experts and psychologists from the University of Lincoln, UK, and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In laymen terms, 17 dogs were...
My 14 Pound Spiritual Muse #MyPetIsMyHero

My 14 Pound Spiritual Muse #MyPetIsMyHero

Do you have a muse? If you don’t, you really should…a muse can take you from living your life to rocking your life! Why all of this muse talk, where is this coming from? It started with a discussion I was having with friends where one of them asked, “is your dog your hero?”  As an explorer of the human-animal bond, I adore these types of questions….actually, I encourage these types of questions. The answer to the question, ‘is your dog your hero,’ is yes – he is my muse and quite simply, he is also my hero. Mattie has given me the gift of joy, kindness, selflessness and the art of forgiving.  Mattie is my 14 pound spiritual muse, #MyPetIsMyHero!   Recently, I learned about Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food commitment to celebrating the very special connection that exists between humans and their animals. They are highlighting some of these special pet-based relationships on their new TV show, Hidden Heroes  and this made me wonder what specifically has created this bond between myself and my special, little fuzzy one. While I’ve published a book about Mattie’s adoption, and even written a blog posting remembering the day we found him, I’m not sure if I’ve shared with you the deep connection I feel when I look in to his eyes…or when I hold him close, or kiss him on his wet, cool nose. I love Mattie more than any woven together words can describe, but I’ll give it a try. When Mattie came in to my life I was recovering from a trauma….physically I was healed, emotionally I was not. And on the day that we brought Mattie home,...
Does The Design of Veterinary Clinics Have Psychological Impacts For Pets?

Does The Design of Veterinary Clinics Have Psychological Impacts For Pets?

In 2014 two of our dogs were diagnosed with cancer. It was a scary time. I accompanied our dogs to their oncologist appointments and worked hard to maintain a healthy, happy life for them. Two things made the difference for me during these visits: the experience of the speciality veterinarian and the environment in which our dogs received their care. I was calmed by the tone and tenure of my dog’s oncologist as well as the physical environment. I didn’t dread these visits, and that surprised me. One day while waiting for one pup to finish his treatment, I found myself taking in the facility and only then did I realize that the architecture and design of the office put me at ease. What works for humans may work for animals…does the design of veterinary clinics have psychological impacts for pets? The New Veterinarian There is a ‘fear-free’ movement taking hold amongst veterinarians, with a goal to reduce stress for pets during office visits. Dr. Marty Becker, a veterinarian in Idaho and chief veterinary correspondent for the American Humane Association, is championing the Fear-Free™ movement. In a recent interview Dr. Becker and some of his colleagues outlined their approach to veterinarian offices: Do away with stark white, as the color appears as a bright glow and can be scary to animals Pastel color paint Pastel scrubs and lab coats. Replace fluorescent lights, dogs and cats hear better than humans and these fixtures exude an unnatural buzz Reevaluate the need to raise an animal on a table for an exam, create a hygienic floor-level exam space Consider all background music and change to classical, more soothing tones (e.g. “Through...
Win A RemoteLync Smart Security System from Kidde

Win A RemoteLync Smart Security System from Kidde

As a pet parent who writes about pet first aid, the safety and security of our animals is pivotal to our sense of well-being. If you are a frequent visitor to our website, then we know you love pets and are also likely highly interested in learning more about how to keep your critters safe and sound. In this electronic age pet safety and home monitoring is right in the palm of your hand without monthly fees. This is your chance to win a whole new breed of home security – we’re partnering with Kidde to offer our readers a chance at a RemoteLync™ Monitor and RemoteLync Camera prize package worth $250. Yes howdy people, it’s Christmas all over again! Keep Safe and Rest Assured According to the National Fire Protection Association, a home fire starts every 86 seconds and the chance of a person experiencing a home fire in his or her lifetime is one in four. That is a lot higher than I would have thought, and those figures made me take stock of my home environment – I want to ensure my pet’s safety. Also, the most recent American Time Use Survey reported that the average employed person spends more than 12 hours per day away from home. That’s a lot of time away that you want to make sure your critters are safe and sound. The RemoteLync™ Monitor and RemoteLync Camera from Kidde helps watch over your home and alerts you to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and motion via a smartphone, so your dog can go back to, well, being a dog. #LetYourDogBeADog Social Media Contest To...

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