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Home Made Dog Food

Home Made Dog Food: Dogs like me know we are loved when our humans make us our food.  Here is a quick and easy recipe for liver based dog food. However, chicken would work just as well.

Liver Veggie Dinner for Dogs

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Liver and Veggie Dinner

Louisdog here… I want to share one of my best recipes for home made dog food. This recipe is for

Liver Veggie Dinner

Homemade dog food is the best! I rrruff it much better than the commercial dog food. Whenever Mimi makes my food at home she is showing real love.

This recipe fur dog liver veggie dinner takes only a few minutes to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 1 package raw chicken liver
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • handful of green beans
  • handful of raw spinach
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1.  Heat olive oil in a frying pan.
  2. Add liver and vegetables
  3. Cook over medium heat until the liver is well done and the vegetables are medium-soft.
  4. Add the water toward the end of the cooking time.  This should make a nice sauce. If necessary add some more water.
  5. For smaller dogs: After cooking is complete, cool it and then chop the liver into bite-sized pieces.
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Cook it on the stove.

As you can see, I just woof this stuff!

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I rruff this recipe!

Leftovers

Depending on the size of your dog, you may have some of this homemade dog food left over. If you do, keep it in a tightly closed container for up to five days.

Notes

Also, it is impawtant to remember not to overfeed your dog.  I know because I have a tendency to gain weight and that is not good!  For more about this and pet obesity, you can read this article from Pet MD.

Kitties can eat this recipe if you remove the veggies. In other words, cats can have only the the liver. This is because kitties are carnivores and they do not require vegetables at all.  In our house, Mimi gives me the liver with vegetables and she picks out pieces of liver for the cat. This way the kitty and I are both happy and well fed!

Dog Food Recipes

Do you have a recipe for home made dog food that you would like to share? Just tell us in the comments!

Until Next Time,

From Vancouver, this is Louisdog Armstrong,

Louis the Blogging Dog

“Dogs, for a reason that can only be described as divine, have the ability to forgive, let go of the past, and live each day joyously. It’s something the rest of us strive for.” 
– Jennifer Skiff

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Dog Advertisements

Vintage dog advertisements provide a view into how people and dogs loved each other in the past, much as they do today.

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Woof I think we are!

Vintage Dog Advertisements

Vintage dog advertisements are cool. Dogs like them and so do their peeps. Mimi and I have been collecting vintage dog advertisements for awhile now, and here are a few that I would rruff to share.

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What dog doesn’t like train rides?

I’ve never been on a train, but I know how much I love car rides. Train rides are probably better!

This little grrrl reminds me of Anna. At four years old, Anna is the youngest member of our pack.

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What a nice dog to share his chair wid a sweet grrrl!

Mimi likes this one a lot because tea is one of her main interests. She drinks it all the time and even blogs about it at the White Rabbit Tea Shop.  Pawsonally, I like the dog!

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Watching the water.

 

This baby is just not happy. Back in the day, there were a lot of ads featuring crying babies.  I like this pawticular vintage dog advertisement because it is of Hires Root Beer, which they still make. I have no idea what it tastes like because dogs aren’t supposed to drink soda and I’m a good dog.

I also don’t know why they thought it was OK to give root beer to a baby. Just sayin’.

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Baby not happy!

This is a good one for dogs because most of us are interested in security. We work in law enforcement and we guard the places where we live. That is one of our great strengths. So it is good to see vintage dog advertisements that recognize this.

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Most dogs are into security.

 

The vintage dog advertisements with children in them make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I especially rruff this one because the dog looks a lot like me. I’m just whiter.

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What an adorable dog! The little grrrl isn’t so bad, either.

 

What dog doesn’t dream of joining the circus? None of us, unless our people come with us.  These three guys look quite happy, though. Pawbrolly because there are lots of  treats to be had.

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Woofing my head off! The grand circus!

I hope you enjoyed my vintage dog advertisements.  As Mimi says, they are an art form.  They show us a bit about what life was like in the past and they also show us that things haven’t changed a whole lot. People and dogs loved each other then just as they do today.

Until Next time,

From Vancouver BC,                                                                                   this is Louisdog Armstrong                                                                  Louis the Blogging Dog

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Pawlympics

Pawlympics

by Louis the Blogging Dog

The Official 2016 Pawlympics

The pawlympics is the animal kingdom’s answer to the regular and the Special Olympics. This coming August, dogs and other animals will have the opportunity to compete in a wide variety of events! 

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There is an amazing lineup of events, something for all four-footed, slithery and feathered folk, although it seems to me that mostly dogs will be competing.

The Pawlympics was invented in Blogville, a community of cool animals who have Blogger blogs. I only recently found out about them and I’m looking forward to being a part of their pack. I even created a little Blogger blog called Louisdog’s Life! This blog that you are reading now is on WordPress. I don’t think I can very easily follow the animals’ Blogger blogs from here. That is why I have the Blogger one; I want to be close to my new friends.

So far I have signed up for four Pawlympics events. These are Munro Bagging, Smileys, Stuffy Deading and Freestyle Napping.  If you want to you can read about these events on my Blogger blog.

I plan to register for a few more events. There is swimming, digging, sitting pretty and boxing just to name four of them.

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I have been training for the Pawlympics!

 

If any of the peeps reading this know of an animal who would like to participate, or any of the  animals reading this would like to join in the Pawlympics, you have until July 15th to enter the events.

You can see the list of all the events as well as directions on the Dory’s Back Yard website. That is the Blogville address where four hot dogs named Dory, Bilbo, Jakey and Artie can be found.

As you can probably tell, I am totally woofed about my new community! After all, I felt a bit alienated before. I didn’t know any other dogs with blogs. The Blogville dogs make me feel like I’m not alone.

Well that is all for now. I’ll be back soon and in the meantime I wish you all every possible woofiness!

Louis Dog Armstrong

Louis the Blogging Dog, or

 Just plain Louis for short!

 

 

Mindfulness in Dogs

Six Big Things Humans can Learn from Dogs about Mindfulness.
     By Louis the Blogging Dog
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Mindfulness is natural for dogs.

Mindfulness in Dogs

A lot of the people I know like to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a form of meditation or therapy that focuses on awareness and acceptance of incoming feelings and thoughts and not reacting to them. Mindfulness is popular because it is so good for peeps. It is meditative and it brings a sense of inner peace and serenity. There is more to it than that, however. When I was researching this article I learned quite a bit from the Berkeley University website. Yes, I AM a smart dog, aren’t I?
Dogs could teach people a lot about mindfulness. After all,  there isn’t a therapy called mindfulness for dogs because we dogs practice mindfulness naturally. We do it all the time.
There is a whole lot of mindfulness in dogs!
Dogs live in the present moment.  We are completely engaged in the here and now. We also have feelings and dog style thoughts.

Here are a few of the things that peeps could learn from dogs when it comes to mindfulness:

  1. Dogs accept themselves. For example, as a dog I don’t have an inner critic. I accept myself automatically and I never judge myself. In fact, it is very rarely that a dog will  judge any thing or any one. For example, I could judge Hazuzu, the kitty that I live with, but I don’t. I just accept him as he is, even though he can be extremely annoying in his own feline way.
  2. Dogs never hold a grudge.  They don’t hold onto negative thoughts and bad memories.
  3. Dogs practice forgiveness. They have a very forgiving nature that peeps could learn from.
  4. Dogs never obsess over what they don’t have or what might be lacking in their lives. In fact, all dogs are “cup half full” beings. They never feel that the cup is half empty.
  5. Another thing about mindfulness in dogs is that we never worry about the future. Why concern ourselves with what might never happen? We are never anxious and worried about tomorrow.
  6. A dog is always himself or herself, whichever the case may be. We never pretend to be something we are not. In other words, we are completely authentic and real. With a dog, what you see is what you get!
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Dogs live in the present moment, no matter who is watching.
So, if you are looking for a mindfulness teacher or if you simply want someone to hang out with in a mindful way, think about choosing a dog. Dogs practice mindfulness all day long every day. Mindfulness in dogs comes naturally and we would love to pass some of it on to you!
Signed in Wet, Slobbery Kisses,
~Louis the Blogging Dog

Dangers of Dogs Eating Cat Food

Dangers of Dogs Eating Cat Food

 The Biggest Dangers of Dogs Eating Cat Food

Does your dog eat the cat’s food?  This is dangerous! Here are the reasons why you should not allow this to happen!

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I won’t be woofing back any more kitty food!

As my loyal readers know, I am a small dog who lives with a gigantic three-year-old orange kitty named Hazuzu. Hazuzu eats dry cat food. He runs around outside for hours on end doing who knows what and he is very lean and muscular. He seems to always be hungry so there is usually a bowl of his food available to him. This kitty food was kept on the kitchen floor. so I would just help myself to it whenever I felt like having it, but not so anymore.

What happened is that I mentioned on my Facebook page that I had been eating cat food with hairball control. It was the hairball control part that had me worried. Several of my fans responded. They told me that cat food can lead to kidney failure in dogs. This freaked me right out! It also freaked out the two peeps in our pack. They felt quite bad for letting me have something that is so bad for me!

My peeps immediately started to place Hazuzu’s food up high where I can’t reach it. They knew that I wouldn’t listen if they simply told me not to eat it.

Mimi made up for depriving me by cooking some awesome healthy food for me, along with some peanut butter dog treats. I’ll share these recipes with you sometime soon.

Dangers of Dogs Eating Cat Food

My pack family did some research about the dangers of eating cat food. After checking out the most credible websites, this is what we learned:

  1. When dogs eat too much cat food they are likely to suffer from vomiting and diarrhea. These digestive problems are from the higher fat levels in the cat food.
  2. Dogs that eat too much cat food will probably become overweight. Like me. My ideal weight is around 10 pounds but sometimes I go up o 12 pounds. Until now, nobody knew why!
  3. Dog food contains important vitamins for dogs. These are not present in cat food
  4. Cat food is not balanced properly for dogs with respect to fiber, which is important for digestive health.
  5. Cat food contains more concentrated protein than dogs should have. If this extra protein is not eliminated quickly it will become urea in the dog’s body, where it can accumulate and create serious kidney problems. This can ultimately lead to kidney failure.

Why Do I Eat the Cat’s Food?

  • It tastes better than my dog food. Some think this is because it has so much protein but all I know is that cat food is delicious! I’m licking my lips just thinking about it!
  • It’s in my genes to forage around and eat different things.

What Can We Do About It?

Mimi and Eric handled the problem by moving the cat’s food to a high place that I can’t reach. It is now on a table, which is no challenge for the kitty. For us, this was the easiest way of stopping me from eating something that is dangerous for me.

Dog With a Mission

Louis Dog Armstrong is a dog with a mission and he wants everyone to know it!

I am a dog with a mission. In fact, I am absolutely passionate about it. I think about it early in the morning and long into the dog day afternoon. I know you are wondering what it is, at least I hope that you are. So I will tell you.

Mission Statement

My mission is to make this a better world for animals by educating humans and  encouraging them to have positive, healthy relationships with members of the animal kingdom.

By the animal kingdom I’m not talking about all nine to ten million species because I’m just taking baby steps here. After all, I am only one little white  dog and I don’t get any help, especially from the big orange cat I live with who ought to care more but he doesn’t.  He just reaps the benefits from all my hard work.

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Hazuzu, the Kitty I live with.

But enough complaining. By animal kingdom I mean the furry ones, the winged ones and the other ones like frogs, snakes, fish, dragonflies and butterflies. I am a passionate dog and I want to share with the human world some of the things that I know. I’m also a fun dog so I hope to have fun while I do it. I don’t want to be too serious. Some dogs are always serious, like Clancy, a Scottie dog that I know, but that’s not me.

When I first started this dog  blog it was more about how peeps could come to understand  dogs by first understanding a dog like me. It was after William Faulkner who said, “To understand the world you must first understand a place like Mississippi.”  Being a logical dog, I just thought it made sense to say, To understand dogs you must first understand a dog like me.”

By the way, most dogs don’t read William Faulkner and neither do I. But my peep loves the guy and she talks about him sometimes while I am lying around and listening.

Well, the Faulkner bit is why I first started blogging but I’ve learned a lot since then. I want peeps to understand dogs for sure, but I want to include the other animals as well.That’s the education part.

The relationship part is also important. I want to encourage humans to have positive, healthy relationships with animals.

So you see, I truly am a dog with a mission. Woof!!

How to Bath Your Dog

 Top 12 Tips for a Stress-Free Dog Bath

Make your dog’s bath a positive experience for you and your dog.  Here are 12 tips for the best bath time.

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White dogs need a lot of baths so it is no wonder that my peep and I have found some ways to give me a good bath without causing a lot of stress for either of us.  i decided to share what we have learned about how to bath your dog so your dog can have a safe and happy bath time that is free of stress.

Most dogs don’t need as many baths as I do, but they do need them. After all, dogs get smelly and dirty. Here are a few tips for how to bathe a dog.

How to Bath Your Dog

  1. Make bath time a positive and calm experience. If your dog doesn’t like the bath, speak in a quiet, reassuring voice and say things like, “What a good dog!” “Thanks for putting up with your bath!” and “You are going to smell so fresh and clean!” I always like it when the person bathing me talks to me this way.
  1. Before placing your dog in the water make sure everything you will need is within reach. What we use are:
  • Towel
  • Scissors (in case I have matts)
  • Dog shampoo
  1. The water temperature should be warm, unless the day is really hot. Dogs don’t really like hot water, but warm to cool (not cold) is fine.
  1. I don’t personally eat treats during my bath, but this is because I am a little nervous in the water and I only like to eat (even treats) when I am relaxed. However, many dogs love their treats in the bath and this helps them to have a happy bath time.
  1. The size of your tub depends on the size of the dog. The bigger the dog, the larger the tub you will need. I am a little guy, only 10 pounds, so I can bathe in a kitchen sink, but that might not work for your dog. The human bathtub is often the tub of choice for dogs, and when the weather is warm a dog can use a child’s wading pool, a baby bathtub, or many other larger containers outside in the yard, on a balcony, or a patio.  A garden hose can also be used outside to rinse a dog off on a warm day.
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Dog paddle, anyone?
  1. When the dog first gets into the water, make sure he or she is wet to the skin, all the way from the face to the end of the tail. You can pour water on the dog with a plastic container or a small pail.
  1. Once the dog is wet, wash him or her one section at a time with the shampoo. You can place an appropriate amount of the shampoo directly on the dog’s fur or you can pour it onto your hand and wash him or her that way. My peep washes my face with the shampoo on her hand, but then cleans the rest of me by putting the shampoo directly onto my coat. If you don’t want to put shampoo on your dog’s face you can just wash it with a soft cloth and water.
  1. It is best to wash the dog’s face first because the water will be clean. Then shampoo the chest, the back, the tail, the stomach the four legs and finally the rear end. If the dog is really dirty you might have to change the water part way through. Dogs can accumulate a lot of dirt! The water is easy to change if you are using the kitchen sink or the family bathtub.
  1. Make sure that you rinse the shampoo completely off of your dog because the residue might irritate the skin.
  1. After the bath, wrap your dog in a towel and begin to pat him dry. I like this part a lot because I get wrapped up all cozy and carried like a baby. After a few minutes, though, I start to wiggle around and I escape the towel. Then I run around the house for awhile until I get tired and fall asleep. I like my naps!
  1. Many people use a hair dryer to blow dry their dog’s fur. There is nothing wrong with this, but if you do it make sure that the dryer is set no hotter than medium and you keep it at least 10 inches away from the dog. I run away if they try to use this with me, but my friend Buddy likes the hair blower method and he looks really great afterward. It’s all up to the dog.
  1. It is a good idea to brush your dog’s coat after a bath. It will look so good! But be gentle!

These tips about how to bath your dog are based on my own personal experience as a dog that has been bathed many, many times. This is what works for me and I hope it will help you, too.  Woof!!

 

 

Calculating Dog Years

Calculating Dog Years

I spent some time this afternoon surfing the net. I came across what they call a “dog years calculator“.  Curious critter that I am, I took a look at it. Oh My Goodness!!!  I  am 8 years old in human years, but according to the dog years calculator I am 48!  And it gets worse. At 48, I’m considered to be a senior. Dogs don’t have long lives like their human companions.

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I’m a Maltipoo, which is a mixed breed, and a beautiful breed at that.  However, as a small mixed breed dog it is estimated that I will only live between 10 and 15 human years.

I don’t feel old now but I know that I am slowing down. I don’t bark as much as I used to. There was a time when I drove my family crazy, standing at the living room window and barking at everyone and everything that walked by. I just couldn’t help myself.

Another difference is that when I was a puppy I would sometimes try to run off. This worried my human family because  I was placing myself in danger. Once I jumped out of the car and ran across a busy street. Another time I ran all over the parking lot of a busy mall. Not good.

Now that I’m getting older I never do those things any more.  I have lost interest in exploring every single place.  Even so, my human pack insists that I be on a dog  leash for my own safety. I accept the leash because I love them,

Time passes fast when you’re a dog.  This is because dogs live in the moment and moments are never slow. I want to help make this world a better place for dogs while I still have the time. I have work to do.

In the meantime, if you want to know your dog’s age in human years, just try the dog age calculator.   Calculating dog years is interesting and fun. The years of a dog are definitely not the same as the years of a peep. Woof!

Signed in Meaty Dog Bones,

~ Louis the Blogging Dog

 

 

The Easiest Way to Have a Well Groomed Dog!

A Trip to the Dog Spa

What is the easiest way to have a well groomed dog?  Let somebody else do the grooming. This is what my peeps discovered today. Usually my big peep bathes me, which is not so easy because she has some trouble bending into the bathtub.  Also, I don’t like it when she messes around with my feet.  She is always concerned about the cost of things, however, so she has done all of my grooming herself for at least three years.

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This is me when I was a scruffy dog

Today it all changed. I woke up scruffy and I’ll go to bed looking like a dog from a magazine. This afternoon I spent about three hours at the Spa Dog Organic Dog Spa. I now smell delicious and I have the best furcut I have ever had. It’s awesome!

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A good philosophy for the planet

If you know me at all you will remember that I am usually a very scruffy dog. Yes I am loved to pieces by my peeps, but my bangs have mostly always been crooked and my fur is usually shaggy and uneven.  Although my big peep cuts them out when she finds them, I often have a mat or two.  However, big peep has been reading what I wrote about wanting to go to a doggy salon on my Facebook page and she finally realized that my looks are important to me, especially now that I am a little bit famous.

I know that what is in the inside of a dog is more important than the way a dog looks on the outside, but that shouldn’t mean that I can never spend an afternoon at the spa. A bit of pampering is good for a dog.

So this afternoon my big peep took me for a car ride to the spa. As soon as we arrived I felt comfortable with the place. Nice calming music was playing and I could tell that it was a safe spot for dogs. I also liked the fact that it smelled good in there.

The first peep I met there was Hilary. She held me and felt my fur while she and my big peep talked about me. I could tell that Hilary likes dogs, so I trusted her and didn’t try to get away. Then I met Kalee, the one who actually looked after me.

Kalee is good at dog grooming. If she was a dog you would give her a treat, but since she is a peep all you can do is say “thank you!” She gave me a bath with organic geranium and lavender shampoo that is specially made for dogs. Then she blew me dry, cut my nails, cleaned my ears and brushed my teeth.  She told me how good I am about 100 times!

My peep had asked Kalee to buff my nails but when she started I hated it and tried to make her stop by acting all stressed. Kalee understood and stopped, so I was happy. My peep was happy, also, because she never likes me to be too upset, especially is she is not around.

This is Kalee holding me before my grooming:

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I know that I am still cute when I am scruffy!

Here is a photo of Kalee and me after we were finished. What do you think? I feel so good about myself.  My fur is silky soft and I smell fresh and yummy.

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I’m the same dog on the inside but I sure look different!

Now you know the easiest way to have a well groomed dog. You go to the spa. The only hard part is paying for it, but if you ask me it’s worth it!

Before we left my peep noticed a petition on the counter, asking the government to stop the trophy hunting of wild animals in BC. She signed it because she says that killing animals just for their heads or their fur is barbaric.

By the way, I have no special relationship with Spa Dog  Organic Dog Spa. They did not give me anything except love and a great furcut. I did tell them that I am a blogging dog, partly because I needed Kalee’s permission  to put her photo on the internet (she is nice and did not mind).  However, I was treated exactly like all of the other dogs.

Spa Dog Organic Dog Spa is in Vancouver.  You can learn more about them here. My big peep says one main reason she chose them is because they use sustainable practices. For example, they have a refill program for shampoo bottles and they compost all of the dog fur that falls on the floor.  My big peep also likes to support independent local businesses.

 

 

 

 

The Saddest day of the Year

The Saddest Day of the Year

by Louis the Medicine Dog

The story of a beautiful love between a girl with leukemia and her dog and how Louis became a true medicine dog.

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Autumn with me at the Beach

December 3rd is always the saddest day of the year. The sadness overshadows everything,  It is the anniversary of the day when Autumn Rose left this world.

Autumn had a way with animals. She was about eleven years old when I was just a puppy, in fact she was there to comfort me on the day that I was taken from my mother.  I trusted her from the very first.

Autumn taught me some tricks, like “stay” and “leave it”.  She  ran as fast as she could with me and she would talk to me about all kinds of things, as if I were a human. We had a strong bond.

When she was almost 14 years old, Autumn was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia. She actually had two types of leukemia at the same time. However, she was strong and she fought it for four years.

Autumn spent many months, off and on,  in the children’s hospital.  Between these months, however, she spent time at home.  Whenever she was home, I was by her side every minute.  Everyone said that I was good medicine. In fact, this is how I became a true medicine dog.

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Autumn and I spent a lot of time together.

I would snuggle up with her when she was in bed or on the sofa. We would watch TV and movies together.  Most of the time Autumn was not strong enough to go for walks with me, but I didn’t mind. She loved me and I could feel it in my being. I knew she was not well because dogs know these things and I made it my business to make her happy. This is how dogs are with the peeps they love.

Three days before Autumn left this world, her cousin Brianne gave me a bath, blowed by fur dry and took me for a car ride to the children’s hospital. Normally only therapy dogs are allowed there, but as they considered me to be Autumn’s medicine dog they made an exception.  The doctors and nurses and the others who worked there treated me like part of their team. Autumn was in a hospital bed and she was hooked up to a lot of machines.  I could tell that her little body was badly hurt, so I was quiet and gentle. I loved her so much, as only a dog can! I think she was sleeping but it was a strange sleep because she knew that I was there.  Me being there made her happy inside even though she couldn’t show it. She wasn’t strong enough to open her eyes or move her head.

I lay beside her for a few minutes and I felt the presence of her love.  She was beyond using words but I understood from her that she will see me again, in another world.

That was exactly three years ago.  As a dog, I am proud that I had the chance to love Autumn and help her when she was sick. Everybody says I did a good job. Now that she has gone (for now), I do my best to help to help the peeps she left behind. I know when they are sad and in times like these I snuggle up to them and give them my best woofy kisses. Love will get us through it.

Rufff to All,

Louis Dog Armstrong

– Medicine Dog & Blogger