Archives for January, 2013

Gypsy has a new job

Hello to All from sunny San Antonio!

Roxie and Gypsy are each 13 years old, so they are senior girls. We’ve determined recently that Roxie is starting to lose her hearing, but since we have always naturally used hand signals along with verbal commands, Roxie has no trouble understanding what we are asking her to do.

However, she has had trouble lately hearing the doggie dog open and close, so she is getting confused about coming back in at night. When the weather is warm, it is not so much of a concern, but when it is cold, I don’t want her stranded outside.

So, we have been asking Gypsy to “Go Get Roxie”. Gypsy barrels out the doggie door and manages to lead Roxie back inside. It is a great convenience for us, since Roxie does not hear us calling her, and we don’t want to go out into the cold to get her! I am extremely proud of Gypsy that she figured this out so quickly!

Here is a picture of the two of them: Gypsy on the left, and Roxie on the right.

I hope you and your dogs are doing well,


Jan 23, 2013 | Comments are off | Animal Communication, animal welfare, Dog Behavior, Home Health Care for Dogs

Tell Me Where It Hurts – book review

Hello Everybody,

On a suggestion from our niece, Allison, I recently read a very enjoyable book Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon. The premise is a chronicle of 24 hours in the life of an animal surgeon, Dr. Nick Trout. The book opens with a wake up call at 2:47 a.m. from the surgeon on duty, Dr. Sarah Keene, who is a first-year resident. Dr. Keene has an emergency situation with a ten-year-old German shepherd named Sage. Sage has life-threatening GDV, otherwise known as bloat, and Dr. Keene needs Dr. Trout’s expertise to perform the emergency surgery.

Dr. Trout keeps us updated on Sage’s progress throughout the book, and takes us through many other cases, including examples where euthanasia is the best option for the pet.

What comes through clearly is the author always advocates for his patient, the animal. Along with that, he has the responsibility to maintain an open line of communication with the pet’s guardian while being sensitive to their budgetary concerns and emotional concerns.

What was quite enlightening for me was Dr. Trout’s comparison of the job requirements of a human MD vs. a veterinarian. For example, a vet must learn the biology and physiology of multiple species, whereas an MD only learns the biology and physiology of one species. A vet cannot ask the patient where it hurts, which he compares to a pediatrician’s dilemma. The vet must take into consideration animal behaviors that would be detrimental to the patient’s progress, such as licking the wound, jumping on and off furniture, etc.

I found this book to be easy and fun to read, and one that any animal lover will enjoy.

Please give your dogs a hug for me,


In full disclosure, if you choose to purchase Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon through any of the links I have provided, I will receive an affiliate commission from

Jan 07, 2013 | Comments are off | Animal Communication, animal welfare, Dog Behavior, Holistic, Home Health Care for Dogs