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    dogs do speak

    Do you speak dog? Every dog makes sounds. How many sounds does your dog make? Is she a barker or howler? Do you ever wonder what your dogs sounds mean? Do you know what she is trying to say? Yes, I said say. Some people say dogs don't speak. I say they do, but only to those who listen. It's important to listen but it's even more important to understand what they are trying to communicate.  Sometimes they are communicating happiness and other times they are communicating fear. Do you know the difference?

    These are the five most common types of sounds your dog can make in order to speak with you.

     dogs kisses

    For many many dog years, dog lovers have been kissing their dogs to show the ultimate form on affection.   Ever hear the saying “A dogs mouth is nine times cleaner than a human” or “It’s okay to let the dog lick your wound”. Have you ever watched a dog give a baby a big kiss on the lips and think how cute.

    Well a study from the journal Archives of Oral Biology is now cautioning us from getting to affectionate. The study finds that people and pets exchange harmful mouth bacteria when they kiss.

    Also, as reported in The New York Times, letting your dog lick your face risks disease transmission, including diseases humans can't handle.  "There are some organisms unique to dogs that we were simply not meant to tolerate or combat," Dr. Neilanjan Nandi, an assistant professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine.

    Japanese Researchers examined dental plaque from 66 dogs. They also examined dental plaque in 81 dog owners. The research found human bacteria in the mouths of dogs and dog bacteria in the mouths of humans. The study demonstrates that germs can spread easily between a human and a dog by kissing. Some of the bacteria that is spread can lead to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease.

    Now for us dog loving kissing parents,

    With Thanksgiving approaching, it's a good idea to refresh our memory on the "Don’t Feed” list for our furry little friends. Okay, I think everyone knows to keep the chocolate away from our furry friends, but I’m going to say it one more time just in case. Our furry friends love to celebrate with us and there are many foods they can enjoy.  To see what they can eat, read more here.

    With the day being very busy with the hustle and bustle of making sure the turkey makes it in the oven on time and preparing the gravy, we thought this list could save your dog from becoming sick or even spending the night at your vets. 


    hero dog

    The hero dog -- name still a mystery -- was unveiled in a tweet, reading: “We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!”

    The photo was released hours after Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters during a briefing Monday that the dog “performed a tremendous service” and was “slightly wounded” but is now “fully recovering.”

     For more information read here about the hero dog.




    Now that we got Halloween out of the way and we kept our furry friends safe from all the chocolate, sweet treats and nightly goblins, it's time to talk turkey. With Thanksgiving approaching, I thought it was important that we reviewed the food our canines CAN enjoy during the holiday. Our furry friend loves to enjoy Thanksgiving just as much as us, does yours?  Before your dog starts begging for food, make sure you know what your loved one can enjoy. Yes, there are lots of goodies they can enjoy that day.

     First, I believe human food consumption for our furry friends is okay in moderation.  Second, know your dog. Some will suggest the dairy is not safe for your dog and if consumed, they will get an upset stomach or diarrhea.  My three dogs have always enjoyed a nice bowl of ice cream on a warm sunny day with no problems. Third, when in doubt, I always suggest checking with your vet. Some breeds can handle certain foods while others can't.