How Many Spoons?

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dog spoons

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I’m going to explain something called spoon theory & how it applies to us good dogs. So first, what is this spoon theory. With humans it works like this, every morning, a human with a chronic illness wakes up with a certain number of “spoons.” Spoons represent the number of activities or interactions that they can handle in a day. Once they run out of these spoons, they need to relax & recharge. If they don’t, it could result in a physical or mental crisis.

The big difference between dogs & humans is humans can chose how they “spend” their spoons. They can plan the day to manage how the spoons will be used. Dogs don’t have this ability. For the most part our humans decide which path our morning walk will take, what & when we eat, who we can interact with & so on.

How many spoons a dog starts the day with really depends on the individual. Happy dogs may have many more spoons than say a fearful dog. A spoon is removed from a good dog’s collection every time they are expose to a situation that makes them uncomfortable.

Stress signals may include:

  • Stiff body
  • Ears pinned back
  • Whale eyes (wide eyes with lots of white showing)
  • Leaning away from you

If a good dog has run out of spoons it may react badly such as biting. But it’s not the dog’s fault, it’s reacting to being stressed beyond it’s abilities to cope.

As a dog parent, it’s your job to recognize stress signals in your dog & try to prevent situations (or people) that cause them anxiety. For your dog, this may mean scheduling your daily walk for a time when fewer bicyclists are on the trail, or leaving your dog home instead of taking them to the store with you. It could mean giving your dog “me time” when they can relax with a Knotty Toy or enjoy a nap.

Most importantly, it means being present with your good dog & knowing when to remove them from a situation. A dog isn’t able to say, “Hey, I’ve got one spoon left & if this kid pulls my ear one more time, I’m done!!” You are your dog’s spoon-monitor.

My huMom & I would like to thank the Facebook Group, “Naturally Ally“, for posting about this interesting topic. The group is run by the huMom of a fallen epi-warrior & focuses on natural & holistic approaches to fighting canine epilepsy.

CEO Olivia

 

Spring is Kitten Season

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Feral Kittens

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I have a serious topic. It’s spring & that means kitten season. Each year, usually starting in June, shelters & rescue groups are inundated with homeless kittens. Sadly, with such numbers, too many will be euthanized. It’s a terrible situation. Most animal shelters are already stretched to their limit at the best of times.

With kittens coming in off the streets, the risk of illness in the shelter increases. Most feral litters aren’t healthy. It’s common for feral kittens to have conjunctivitis & upper respiratory infections. Although both illnesses are easily treatable with antibiotics, infected kittens are usually euthanized. Shelters simply don’t have the budget or resources.

During “kitten season” the chances that an adult cat in a shelter will find a home typically drops—they get overlooked by potential adopters when cute kittens are in abundance.

What can be done? There are many ways you can help. First, spay or neuter your cat. It really is that simple.

Consider a donation to a local shelter. They are always in need. You could buy food or litter or simply make a cash donation. You could also volunteer & donate your time. Kittens need to be handled so they aren’t fearful of humans.

If there are feral colonies near you, find out if there is a Trap Neuter Release program (where feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered then released back into their colony). Maybe you could help out by doing vet runs. You can also become a feral colony caretaker, providing food & shelter.

Consider fostering a mother with kittens. This will ease some of the overcrowding at the local shelter. But be careful, kittens are very easy to fall in love with.

Finally, adopt, don’t shop. When you adopt from a shelter you enrich 3 lives, yours, the animal you adopted & the one you just made space for.

CEO Olivia

Have You Been Skunked?

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striped skunks

Good day everyone, CEO Olivia here. As you probably know, I have a degree in stinkology. It’s true, I’m a Stinkologist.

But there’s one stink that I don’t care for. There is a wild cat like thing called a skunk & they can spray you like a spritz bottle if they feel threatened. Whatever it is they’re spraying, it’s really hard to get off you & believe me, it’s nasty.

Thank goodness Dr. Becker has a recipe to get that stink off. I found a video which I’m sharing with you today. Just in case you set off a skunk.

Skunk Wash Recipe:

1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

1/2 cup of Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

1 tsp. of liquid soap (Dr. Bekker suggests Dawn Dish Soap, but we use Nature Clean all purpose soap because it’s chemical free)

Mix together to make a shampoo for your good dog.

Rinse well to remove the shampoo from the fur after.

You may need to double or triple this recipe depending on the weight of your dog.

Have a safe & skunk free day. BOL!

CEO Olivia