Archive for September, 2011

My Traumatized Dog

My poor, traumatized dog.

I went out to the Just Between Friends Consignment event this morning and brought home . . .

A bouncy chair.

By his reaction, you’d have thought I brought home a giant poisonous spider/scorpion hybrid monster.

OMG! It plays music! It vibrates! Run for the hills!

Further adding to my theory that when we bring the baby home, he will run and hide in the closet, and not emerge for three months.

“Was he abused,” you ask?

No. Many people think that because their dogs are afraid of certain objects, that the dog was abused in its past, by that object, or something similar.

Very few dogs are truly abused. Observe a dog rescued from a puppy mill, and you will see an example of an abused dog.

My dog was probably simply un- or under-socialized as a puppy. Puppies go through a very important period in their lives, from about age 3 weeks to 12 or 14 weeks. Puppies who are exposed to as many new experiences, new objects, new people, new sights, new smells, etc., grow into confident adult dogs. That’s not to say that dogs who don’t get those new experiences are doomed, just that you get what I have — a dog that is afraid when it is exposed to new things, sights, smells or people. These dogs need a bit of extra positive reinforcement and encouragement when confronted with new experiences.

Dogs like mine will adjust more easily if changes are made, and new furniture/baby gear are brought in gradually, rather than all at once.

September 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm Leave a comment

Third Trimester

I’ve hit the third trimester! I feel like this pregnancy is flying by. These last three months will be busy ones, as my brother is getting married in three weeks.

I have a definite belly. I feel him moving a lot. We’ve chosen our pediatrician. And I still feel like I’m completely unprepared! Maybe because we don’t have much “baby gear” yet.

We still need to figure out childcare, as I’m pretty sure I will have to return to work after the baby is born.

I need to start thinking about what to pack in my hospital bag.

I’m very much a Type A, list-making person, and having no control over when the baby comes is a little nerve-wracking for me.

September 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

New resource for pet-owning parents and parents-to-be

The American Humane Association (not the same as the Humane Society of the United States) has published a free, downloadable booklet called “Pet Meets Baby!”

American Humane was established in 1877 to protect children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect. Today, they are leaders in research in human-animal interaction.

I read through the booklet, and was impressed with their information on preparing your pets as early as possible, and making changes gradually.  They also include information for a wide variety of pets — cats, dogs, rabbits, even birds.

Get your free copy at http://www.americanhumane.org/interaction/programs/humane-education/pet-meets-baby.html You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to read the booklet. Adobe Acrobat Reader is also free to download. Get it here.

September 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment


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