Archive for January, 2011

A Parker Trilogy

January 9, 2011

Saving Gracie

January 3, 2011

Just finished reading the book “Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills” by Carol Bradley. The book chronicles the amazing true story of the life of one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, born at a puppy mill and forced for six years to bare litter after litter of puppies in an unimaginable, caged and filthy environment. It also details the work of a brave team of people who inspected and closed the puppy mill – saving the lives of more than 325 dogs. And, highlights the angels – the veterinarians, shelter workers, foster pet parents and pet adopters – who spend countless hours and thousands of dollars to care and rehabilitate these voiceless souls day by day. After much time, patience and compassion, today the Cavalier, known as Gracie, lives with a loving family who didn’t know they could care for a pet as much as her. For those of you who love animals, I’d suggest you add it to your “must read” list.

Green is Good

January 3, 2011

Just like us, dogs have a tendency to gain weight as they get older. Given the Cavalier’s pleading brown eyes and tenacious treat petitioning, it is easy to love our dogs to death … literally. As a small breed, the Cavalier is known for gaining unwanted pounds easily. To keep Parker fit, we started incorporating green beans – in addition to carrots – into his diet. Both veggies are high-nutrient, low-calorie treats. Our vet notes that owners can feed overweight dogs up to 20 percent of their daily intake in green beans. It’s like a Special K diet for dogs, huh? I thought this article was pretty interesting, too.