Greetings from Milwaukee! We’re in town to attend Summerfest (my first time), the world’s largest music festival. Summerfest is, unfortunately, not pet friendly. Ty and Buster told us they didn’t mind getting left behind as their taste in music tends to run towards the classical.
Without further ado, here is this week’s news.
OK. I read this blog post, tweeted it, and still can’t believe it. Last week at Laguardia Airport, “a pit bull escaped from its cargo crate and caused minor disruption on the runway before jumping into Flushing Bay and eluding New York and New Jersey Port Authority officials for 40 minutes before capture.” Now Continental is altering its Pet Safe Program and will no longer transport certain breeds if the pet is over 6 months of age or 20 pounds. Sounds like a cause for someone to champion over at Be the Change for Animals.
I’ve previously reported that Ty and Buster are not the most well behaved dogs – especially when it comes to walking on leash. I suspect we are not alone in this department. If we are, I hate all of you. If not, Elizabeth Dietz over at Today’s Woof wrote a great post on How to Train Loose Leash Walking. I’m already working on it!
I read several book reviews on Marcus of Umbria: Something Something Something About Love. Most of them made me feel like I was being dragged to and through a chick flick. Insensitive of me? Read on. I almost didn’t bother looking at one of the last reviews published – one by @RoxanneHawn. I’m glad I did. Roxanne reviews the story behind the story, that is, what happened to Marcus when he got back to the US. What Justine went through to rehabilitate Marcus goes beyond belief … beyond devotion. I was touched and moved to work harder on my own dogs’ relatively minor issues (see above).
Finally, the feel good story of the week goes to @DancingDogBlog for reporting about the prosthetic paws fitted to Oscar, a 2 1/2 year-old cat in Britain. Oscar lost both his back paws in a farmer’s combine. The surgery is considered to be an engineering feat, given the delicate structure of the bones that were drilled and tapped to receive the prosthetics. For those of you who saw Mary Haight’s post earlier in the week, it’s been updated to include a video of the operation and Oscar walking almost immediately after the procedure was completed.
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