Showing posts from August, 2011

Vick gets Big Bucks Contract

A story of one of Vick's Dogs that was rescued.

"Michael Vick sucks!" says Ozzie.

It was announced in the news this morning that Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick has been offered a six year, 100 million dollar contract. Now maybe most folks would say good for him he is a great player and deserves the mega deal he got. There are those who argue that he was punished sufficiently for his involvement in dog fighting and served 25 months in jail for his misdeeds to the dogs he owned. He has made a point to do public service speeches about animal cruelty and the evils of dog fighting. A changed man.... perhaps?

But those who love dogs may have a different opinion about the deal. One who can carry out dog executions and watch dogs duel to their deaths has some deep rooted evil in them that 2 years in jail just doesn't erase. At least in my book. Who wouldn't comply and do the time and present the image of an animal activist when they know he was in 19 million dollars in …

Good Bye Irene!

Irene exiting with much wind about her!

Ozzie told me he wants a "I Survived Hurricane Irene" t-shirt. Actually other than some water in the basement and being stuck in the house for a couple of days, we got off easy. Here in the North East there are folks still battling flooding as a result of Irene dumping anywhere from 5 to 10 inches of rain.Ozzie has been hesitant to go outside with all the wind and rain. This morning he spent a little more time doing his morning constitutional than usual. Maybe making up for lost time this weekend! Now its the chore of cleaning up debris left behind from Irene while looking at the last week of the official summer season. Why does the summer go so darn quick unlike the endlessly long months during the cold, dark winter?! Actually Ozzie enjoys the cooler temps and might go for a walk or two!
Hoping you all fared well this weekend and enjoy the sun last!

Ozzie and the Hurricane

Leaves and small
branches cover our deck.

Hurricane Irene has come for an extended visit in our area. It's still raining like cats and dogs (pardon the pun) and water is seeping up through the floor in the one corner of our basement since 3:00 AM. We are fortunate to still have power unlike thousands who are doing without. Though Irene may be heading north, we are still feeling the affects and have several hours ahead of her wrath. Ozzie seems to be weathering the storm pretty well from the couch, which is now command central in our house. We will keep you posted from this location and for folks in the NY/NJ area stay inside and off the roads today. A good day for baking cookies and watching movies I would say!

NJ Emergency Shelters Welcome Pets

Maryellen Small of Beachwood, a volunteer for the Ocean County Animal Response Team, carries supplies past a stack of pet carriers at the Red Cross shelter at the Poland Spring Arena in Toms River, where they are preparing for residents of Seaside, along with their pets, who have nowhere to go after evacuating ahead of hurricane Irene.

This is a special Hurricane Irene edition of RTOABD. I just wanted to make folks in New Jersey aware that local shelters set up for the pending hurricane allow you to bring pets. Yesterday Governor Christie announced just that. "No one should be staying in their homes in an endangered area because they feel like they can't bring their pets with them," Christie said.All shelters welcome our fur companions, though you must bring their supplies, litter, food etc. with you. Ozzie is all prepared for Irene. He has all his supplies of food and treats and will honker down with some of his favorite canine films such as Turner and Hooch. Ozzie…

Finally Friday and Waiting for Irene

The entire East coast is bracing itself for Hurricane Irene. With its sustained winds of 112 miles per hour, Irene is packing quite a punch! Today is the calm before the storm for us here in the NY/NJ area. A chance to run out and get supplies like batteries, water and of course doggie treats!We could have 6 to 12 inches of rain here and for us that means water in our basement. Everything down there will have to be moved out of the way of the deluge!The only one that seems to be unaffected by all the hurricane news is Ozzie. He is already in hunker down mode on the couch. Though I can see a problem when he has to go outside to poddy. He is not going to be happy about the driving rain in his face! If only Ozzie knew how to use the toilet, but then he never would go outside if he did!
By the way, I made the Paw-mesan treats yesterday and they were good! At least that's Ozzie opinion. I tasted them and they are pretty good but need a little something else to boost the taste for human …

Good Vibrations!

"What?! Did I miss something?"

Yesterday in the New York City metropolitan area there was a little rocking and rolling going on, and not the musical kind. An earthquake that centered in Virginia resulted in a little bit of rattling for local residents. Though it was strong enough in the DC area to crack the Washington monument here in our area it was quite mild resulting in no damages.

Now dogs and animals in general are suppose to sense earthquakes before humans do. If we had to use Ozzie as our quake barometer we would be out of luck. I believe at the time it hit he was fast asleep on the couch. Now after that event we have a hurricane to contend with. Hurricane Irene is baring down along the East coast for this weekend and there are warnings on TV to be prepared. For Ozzie that means plenty of doggie jerky treats and a supply of bullie sticks.

"Wait what is that rumbling aftershock perhaps?! No sorry it was just Ozzie getting off the couch!"

Dog-Nappings on the Rise

Good Monday morning to you! Phew that weekend went by fast. We had the A/C fixed on Saturday, thank goodness! It turned out to be a glitch in some bypass switch. It was a quick and cheap fix, thank goodness! Though our compressor unit is almost 20 years old and its just a matter of time. We may still get some life out of it at least until the end of this season. I didn't get around to making the Paw-mesan Tail Twisters. We were busy with gatherings, birthday celebrations etc. I will get to them during the week for sure and let you know how they turn out.

Now a cautionary "tale" of dog-napping. A man in Mesa Arizona had his proud brood of 6 English Bulldog puppies that he left unattended in his fenced in backyard. When he returned to check on them he discovered them all missing! They had been dog-napped! He reported the theft of his missing bullie pups to the police. He then went on line to a local site perhaps a Craig List and actually recovered two of the puppies the per…

Finally Friday and Ladies Man

Made it through another grueling week. What has made this one so tough was that the air conditioner has been on the fritz and we have to wait until Saturday for the repair man. Guess he is kept pretty busy this time of year! Luckily we have had some intervals of rain this week which had kept the temps down but made it uncomfortably humid.

Last night, Ozzie was entertaining some of his neighborhood friends from our front porch. First Katie the Terrier came by with her fur parents Tom and Patty. We were chatting when Bailey the Boxer came walking by with her fur mom Heather. It seems Katie gets very upset when Bailey comes around. Could it be she is jealous? Katie goes into full defense mode, growling and literally shaking. Maybe she is telling Bailey to" back off he's mine!". Bailey appears to pay no mind to the situation and approaches with her usual exuberance. I wonder what Ozzie is thinking at that moment? Probably knowing Oz he is saying "Girls, girls don't …

Can't Sleep a Wink Wednesday!

"Yawn" Excuse me, I am a bit sleep deprived this morning. Last night for some reason Ozzie could not settle down and get to sleep. I stayed up with him until midnight all the while watching him toss and turn on the couch then the floor. I could not stay awake another minute so I went upstairs to bed. Soon after Ozzie followed me and preceded to toss and turn on his blankets on the floor next to my side of the bed. Around 2:00 AM I could hear Ozzie's nails clicking on the wood floor as he wandered around the room. ""Okay Oz, let's try going downstairs to the couch." He followed me down and we both settled on the couch where Ozzie finally fell asleep. I woke up around 5:00 AM from a stiff neck and went back to my bed for a couple more zzzz's.

I wonder, does Ozzie have dog insomnia? Its possible! It is usually more common in older dogs who may be awaken by their aches and pains of old age. Ozzie's problem more likely stems from his inactivity. I …

Heart Worm Medicine All Year Around

We have a massive amount of mosquitoes in our neighborhood. I should know I have been bitten a zillion times this summer. Mosquitoes are the little demons that transfer the parasite that cause heart worm disease in your pet. The larvae make their way through your dogs bloodstream and grow and multiply in their heart and lungs. Coughing would be the first symptom of heart worm. This disease can be avoidable with medication that is given once a month. I give Ozzie his HW medication( Interceptor) year round to be sure that he is fully protected and have him tested every 12 months. Believe me you rather spend the money on medication than the costly veterinarian treatment that would be necessary if your pup or kitty had heart worm. Mostly you wouldn't want them to suffer when this is totally preventable. Take a moment to watch the PSA video at the American Heat Worm site and pass it along to your friends and family that have pets. It could save a pet's life! Right Oz? Arf!


Finally Friday and Chew Baby Chew!

Ah nothing like a good chew to start off your morning! That is what Ozzie is thinking here as he munches away on his nyla-bone. Bulldogs are chewers alright. They exercise their jaw and clean their teeth when they are engaged in a good chew. Not to mention relieving some stress! But what is the best chew bone out there on the market?

Rawhides come in all shapes and sizes and have the advantage of being tasty and relatively inexpensive. The bad thing about rawhide is that it can be quickly chewed up into small chunks and dogs have been known to swallow pieces too large that end up as an intestinal blockage. Bad bone! There are also a lot of cheaply made rawhides on the market with unwanted chemicals in them. I recommend to stay away from rawhide bones completely!

You may have seen those long white bones in pet-stores. They are beef leg bones and are very hard. They may be too hard for dogs to splinter and swallow but they present a danger of fracturing teeth. My vet said she has seen to…

Wordless Wednesday

Okay Mom, is it time for dinner yet? I'm starving!

Monday at Last!

The Beast of the East 2011 team

Hello Monday and another week ahead. The weekend was busy and for us and probably quite boring for Ozzie. Saturday was the 100 mile bicycle ride appropriately named Beast of the East that my husband and 13 of his friends do every year for the past 8 years. Its a bike ride from Flanders NJ to Seaside Park NJ. It is composed of 100 sweaty miles of grueling New Jersey road ways filled of drivers with road rage and distractions like texting and ordering pizzas! Definitely not a ride for sissies. The end of the ride is topped off with a barbecue hosted by Steve and Karen at their summer home in Seaside. It was a lovely evening as we dined al fresco and when we left it had just started to rain so good timing by Mother Nature. Ozzie was so happy to see us when we got in around at 11:20 PM that he practically jumped into my husbands lap. Not that he was alone all day he was with Grandpa but it's not the same as having Mom and Pop home. We felt guilty so w…

Tillman the Bulldog ..Ozzie's Cousin?

Just had to feature this latest video of Tillman the famous skateboarding bulldog. He looks so much like Ozzie I think they must be cousins! Though that is where the similarities end. Tillman's love for skateboarding is comparative to Ozzie's love of the art of napping!
Well this what Ozzie could do if he felt so inclined...not!

Finally Friday and Beast of the East

I thought I was the Beast of the East!?

This weekend is filled up with agenda already. Saturday is the famous "Beast of the East" bicycle ride. It's a 100 mile trek from Flanders NJ to Seaside Park NJ. The team of bikers are mostly composed of middle age men. We consider it a triumph when they all make it down there without EMS assistance! Well all kidding aside they do train and build up to it and its rather impressive that they do the ride in under 8 hours! I will ride down (in a car of course) and greet the weary road warriors at the end of ride barbecue. Ozzie will stay up north in the AC with Grandpa and do 100 winks on the couch!

Whatever you do this weekend have fun and stay safe and try to slip in a nap or two!

Words for Wednesday!

I was awakened this morning by the sounds of grunting. No I was not in the middle of a pig farm or in the Sumo wrestling tryouts for the Olympics. It was the sound of Ozzie trudging up the stairs in search of his morning breakfast. On mornings when I over sleep Ozzie will let me know that it is time to get up. He has to be hungry to make that journey all the way to the second floor! When he arrives in my bedroom he does not bark but does what I refer to as Bulldog speak. It is apparently common among Bulldogs and it is almost a language all to their own. I can only describe it as an attempt to talk. It is like someone trying to get words out of their mouth that don't quite make it! I find it amusing but I think Ozzie gets annoyed when I laugh. He is trying to tell me something important and he doesn't think its funny at all! I guess if there were subtitles under him it would say "Woman, get up and feed me!"
I haven't been able to catch Ozzie on film doing this bu…

Birthday Bully Boy

Wow that is quite the alliteration! Yes he was the birthday bully boy this Sunday. Recipient of presents and treats. He really likes tug toys it seems. We bought him one that promoted itself as practically indestructible. It seemed pretty tough but within an hour he had chewed a tear into the material. Oh well, unless its made out of Kevlar I assume Ozzie will destroy it! His dinner was a birthday beef burger and he had yogurt pupsicles for dessert. Life is good!

My husband and I have been kicking around the idea of opening up an Holistic pet food store for dogs and cats. We have looked at a couple of storefronts for rent and have worked up some numbers not really knowing how realistic they are. The places we have looked at lets say need some work and for the most part are a little high for a start up business. When we looked at our income numbers for the month it came out to only 500.00. Not really much of an income for all that investment and work. Hm, we may have to do a little mor…