Good grass!

Ray has not been particularly active this past summer. I am guessing that having a thick double-coat in hot and humid conditions is a significant factor. Who knows what impact his tumor had on him earlier and, of course, he is not getting any younger. Continue reading

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Adopting Ray?

We often stop and chat with other dog owners when out with Ray on his walks. The conversations typically revolve around age and the dog’s background, and it is surprising how often we meet another “rescued” dog!

Sometimes I am asked how Ray and I met, or what made me decide to adopt him. I immediately relate the story that, contrary to what most people assume, Ray in fact adopted me. Continue reading

Ray – Decision Maker?

Our home is in need of some roof work and so, as is my practise, I invited quotes/estimates from three companies who had high BBB ratings.

Whenever a stranger comes to our home, we have to advise them in advance of possible reactions from Ray because, while he is Mr. Congeniality when out on walks, he is very protective when on “his territory”.  Continue reading

Heartworm!

Ray recently had his annual medical, and all the testing proved very good as he was declared to be in “excellent health”!  It will be very difficult (probably impossible) to erase the experience of working with Ray during his heartworm treatment program (full story is in his book “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” – click book cover over in right side column for more information). Continue reading

A trauma of dog ownership!

The following is copied from my book about Ray – “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” (Click book cover image in right column for more information).

To set the context: We had recently adopted Ray, and his first medical examination produced a positive test result for heartworm. Heartworm is terminal if not treated and, for a number of reasons, the treatment itself can be fatal. He had to be kept as calm as possible throughout the complete treatment period of six months. Continue reading