Killian’s Wheels: Living With an IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) Dog

IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) and How to Take Care of Your Dogs: Killian

I did not seek out a special needs dog. I really wanted something easy. Killian was “whole” when I picked him out, sight unseen, on Petfinder.  I completed my application and paid my fee, and made my plans to drive the 250 miles to the shelter to pick him up. The day before I picked him up I received a phone call. Killian was not walking on his back legs. They wanted to know if I still wanted him. I called every veterinarian I knew, I googled the condition, and I decided that I would bring him home anyway. I drove … Continue reading

3 Games to Strengthen the Bond with Your Dog

Bond and Moments With Your Canine Friend

The relationship you have with your dog needs to be fostered just like any other relationship in your life; however, most of us have had lots of practice getting along with friends, partners, or parents, but few of us have taken the time to learn how to strengthen the relationship with our pets. I’ve learned over the years with my lab-mix Coco, that innovative games–keeping her mentally satisfied–goes a long way in making sure we get quality time together to bond. Here are our 3 favorite games and why they work to keep us close. 1. Hunting: Don’t let the … Continue reading