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  • Marleigh learns about fire ants

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    Wednesday November 14th, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Well, what a weekend this was. I took the girls on a road trip to Dallas and before we left, they must have read my post about not too much going on in our little family. At least, I know Marleigh did.

    Everything was going along just fine. The girls had made friends with the dogs of the family I was visiting, wrestling and playing chase the whole evening. I was so happy that everything was going well on this road trip!

    Those feelings vanished over night.

    The next morning we all went on a walk...

  • The Dreaded Grass Awn

    from PurinaCare Pet Insurance Blog

    Friday November 2nd, 2012 at 03:00 AM

    It's fall in New Mexico, and in addition to Halloween where ghosts and goblins show up, it's also grass awn season here and they show up in the strangest places.

    If you hike with your dog you probably know what I mean when I talk about grass awns. They get stuck in your socks and in your dogs fur, and sometimes they get stuck in other places.

    I was up in the mountains hiking with Miles over the weekend, and when I got home I was greeted by one of my daughter's buddies looking for a little free...

  • Why Not Take a Hike With Your Dog?

    from PurinaCare Pet Insurance Blog

    Friday October 26th, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    We took a great hike earlier this week with our good friends Phil and Martha and their dog Alice. Alice is a very lucky dog. She has a great job in the summer helping Phil spot fires from the Hillsboro peak fire lookout overlooking the Black Range in the Gila National Forest here in South West New Mexico. Our hike was in a super secret valley or arroyo known only to local archeology buffs. We live in an area that was home to the Mimbreno culture about 1000 years ago. Our area is rich in rock...

  • Maizie and Marleigh don't like my traveling - at all.

    from PurinaCare Pet Insurance Blog

    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 04:56 PM

    Maizie and Marleigh are acting out. And, they are doing do in the most inappropriate way ever.

    Ill admit it - I have been an absentee pet parent as of late. I have been traveling a lot for work and when I have been home I have been working. They havent been getting the attention they deserve, well, at least not what they are used to.

    Let me start by saying that both of these girls are housebroken. I made sure that this happened early on for Maizie and Marleigh. Thus, there is little to no...

  • Time to Get Moving

    from PurinaCare Pet Insurance Blog

    Friday October 19th, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    The Well Blog is out with another great post this week on the value of physical activity.

    Better yet, the post is accompanied by a photo of a dog with his leash handy looking forlorn and ready for a walk.

    The general thrust of the piece is that inactivity is bad for you. This article makes the case that sitting around on your behind watching TV is about the worst thing you can do for your health.

    I must admit that I watch TV. I'll be sitting around watching the St Louis Cardinals play the San...

  • Home Dental Care for Pets

    from PurinaCare Pet Insurance Blog

    Friday October 12th, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    My visit to the dentist went well yesterday - well, the day before yesterday. The Hygienist that cleaned my teeth gave me an A+ for my own dental hygiene efforts. She didn't have a lot of calculus to remove and my gums were in pretty good shape. If you'd like to get a similar report from your veterinarian on the condition of your pet's mouth there are a few things you can do at home between dental cleanings that will help and maybe extend the time between cleanings a bit. The best thing you...

  • The Long and Winding Road

    from PurinaCare Pet Insurance Blog

    Tuesday October 9th, 2012 at 03:36 PM

    Well, I am still traveling. I noticed something that was kind of funny - maybe more awkward, but still funny.

    I was having a conversation with a business partner while traveling and found myself in a very interesting exchange.

    The topic was how hard it is to be away from home; how you start to miss the little things that you never really thought of, like your own bed, routines, etc. Then the conversation switched to "kids". I put that in quotes because I think the concept of children comes in...

  • A Puppy as Therapy

    from PurinaCare Pet Insurance Blog

    Friday October 5th, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Since October is adopt a pet month I thought I'd share a heart warming story from the New York Times Well Blog on an adoption with a twist.

    There is a series on the blog about a young woman dealing with cancer. Called "Life Interrupted", the blog is about her dealing with cancer at a young age.

    I've been a loyal reader of this series of posts since the inception.

    The entry last week really caught my eye. It was about her new puppy and how the puppy has become an important part of her therapy.


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