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  • Why Do Vet Bills Cost So Much

    from Fidose of Reality

    Monday January 26th, 2015 at 08:50 PM


    You show me your bill, Ill show you mine. My dogs vet bills, that is.

    There are a few things that are generally off topic for this writer: Namely, politics, religion, and finances. The latter goes out the window when it comes to providing a service of disclosure and information for todays modern pet parent. In the name of keeping dog moms and dads educated, were pulling back the money green curtain and dishing the dirt on how much that doggie in the window really costs.

    How Much Is that Doggie...

  • Five Ways to Score a Canine Touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday

    from Fidose of Reality

    Monday January 26th, 2015 at 12:06 PM


    Commercials, buffalo wings, halftime show, penalties and instant replay: These are a few of the elements people across the country will embrace on Super Bowl, Sunday, February 1st. Whether or not you like professional football (and I do), there is a slim chance you can escape the frenzy and hype that is Super Bowl week.

    No matter what team you cheer for and whether or not football is your thing, here are 7 ways to embrace dogs on Super Bowl Sunday.

    1 Help a Homeless Pet Score a Touchdown


  • Anatomy of a Dog with Irritable Bowel Disease: Final Chapter

    from Fidose of Reality

    Thursday January 22nd, 2015 at 09:53 PM


    These are the final pages of the diary of this dog mom who stood in a state of shock, disbelief, and numbing silence as my Cocker Spaniel of nearly 15 years was ushered out of her body.

    This is the final blog post in this 5-part series about having a dog with irritable bowel disease (IBD). I look back over pages and pages of notes. I read through the dated entries in a log book that had long since been filed away. I feel like this ink is barely dry on the pages of scribble with words like...

  • Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part 4 of 5

    from Fidose of Reality

    Wednesday January 21st, 2015 at 10:16 PM


    This little girl is forever missed and loved.

    Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) took my dog from me way too soon. In writing this 5-part series about this dreaded disease, which sounds nasty, can be, and has the potential to be fatal, I am learning, trying to understand, but find myself mourning the loss of my dog with all too real surfacing emotions.

    It is hard to difficult to write about that which:

    We dont understand how or why something happened; The topic is loss of a loved one;

    Although my...

  • Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part 3 of 5

    from Fidose of Reality

    Tuesday January 20th, 2015 at 10:09 PM


    photo courtesy Deposit Photos license.

    True health begins with a varied diet of fresh, whole foods; avoiding redundant vaccinations and persistent pesticides; promoting repair with natural therapies that help restore normal function.

    In researching this blog series on dogs dealing with Irritable Bowel Disease, the above statement from Dr. Bill Kruesi resonates so strongly, I am sharing it here. You can read the entire case study of a 4-1/2 year old spayed female German Shepherd who had never...

  • Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part Two of Five

    from Fidose of Reality

    Monday January 19th, 2015 at 10:03 PM


    Irritable Bowel Disease is manageable, but can be complicated to treat, sometimes leads to secondary gastrointestinal issues, and there are dogs who lose their lives to IBD-related issues. I am a dog mom who lost her one-week-shy of 15 years old Cocker Spaniel to IBD back in 2008.

    This is part two of a five-part series related to our dogs journey with IBD in an effort to help other dog parents dealing with this while understanding what exactly happened to our forever loved and eternally missed...

  • Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part One of Five

    from Fidose of Reality

    Sunday January 18th, 2015 at 09:01 PM


    On October 11, 2008, time stopped. My spouse and I stood byas the veterinarian stopped my dogs heartbeat, thus breaking our hearts in the process. To the best of my abilities, skills as a journalist, background in the dog world, and with all the professional veterinary contacts I have, as of this writing, in the over six years since my dog died, I have no idea what actually caused her rapid decline. The cause of her death remains euthanasia. This much I know is true.

    It is my intent that this...

  • Stop Putting Clothes On Dogs

    from Fidose of Reality

    Tuesday January 13th, 2015 at 06:47 PM


    I am the woman whose dog has been fitted for custom couture, fancy clothing, and whose dog wears one-of-a-kind creations to events while I wear off the rack.

    My dog walks the runway.

    I rent it.

    It is on this 14th day of January, that someone, somewhere had the notion to dub these 24 hours, National Dress Up Your Pet Day.

    Some dogs should not partake in this national unobserved-by-most-employers-but-a-day-of-rejoice for those who believe that Bark is the New Black.

    And then some dogs should...

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