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Monthly Archives: March 2009

I may reinstate “mingsdogblog” later, however the bulk of the dog liver disease related posts I made are on this blog.

I lost the domain and haven’t had time to keep blogging, however I will continue to respond to comments and questions regarding dog health issues. Good thing I still have this wordpress blog.

Original post below, with comment from today in parentheses:

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This is the first sample of the dog bed I asked my girlfriend to make. She sent me the pix and I must say the bed looks even more beautiful than I imagined.

The dimensions of the frame was made to fit a standard pillow. I recommend a gusseted one. The beautiful thing about this bed is that you can use a regular sham of your choice on a standard pillow.

It’s a bed that will last for generations. The Aspen is hand gathered from fallen trees in Colorado and each bed is a unique woodwork creation by  Elizabeth Battaglia, a furniture and jewelry designer with an eye for nature and beauty. See her site at

Standard pillow case sized bed

Standard pillow case sized bed

Winsworth & Nemo on the "standard" bed

Winsworth & Nemo on the “standard” bed

The sizes of frames will include:

#1)  Small Breed bed takes a Standard pillow: 20″ x 26″ ($275 for frame, $25 custom cover)

#2) Small-Medium Breed bed takes a European Square pillow: 26″ x 26″

#3) Small Breed 2-Dog Bed takes a Queen Pillow: 20″ x 30″

#4) Small Breed 3-Dog Bed based on King Pillow: 20″ x 36″

A friend sent me this video to cheer me up. It did the job. Who knew baby pigs were so cute, would be so attached to humans and could swim! Thanks for sending the link Dawn!

Without clicking on it, scroll over the link below. Then click “Play” in the pop-up window that appears.

Kingsford Goes to the Beach – video powered by Metacafe

If you simply click on the link, it will take you to Metacafe’s web page with the same video on it.

I had a friend who had two pot bellied pigs, but I only met them after they were large adult pigs and they were not as friendly as this little guy.

T, If you are reading this blog, Happy Birthday, again.

Anyone who sees this post, take a good look at the photo below because my sister might make me pull it off the site. She’s camera shy and very private, though if you know her, you know she’s neither shy nor private about her opinions. LOL.

So I guess I won’t say how old she is. Even though she thinks I’m a “crazy dog lady”,  I know she has a rapport with dogs. This photo should be proof enough. It was from a couple years ago. I couldn’t find a recent photo to use. The Min Pin’s are especially attached to her.

Willie thinks my sister is a big brown Min Pin

Willie thinks my sister is a big brown Min Pin

In case you were wondering,  she woke up from a nap to find Willie still asleep, hugging her neck and smiling.

Pictures say it all sometimes.

Just wanted to share two sets of photos today:

    1) I know a lot of dogs do this, but here is a photo of Bumper, my parents’ black Min Pin, on my sister’s lap in Ann Arbor, and right below it, a photo of Willie, my chocolate Min Pin on my husband’s lap yesterday in Colorado.

    Bumper the Black and Rust Min Pin in Michigan

    Bumper the Black & Rust Min Pin in Michigan

    Willie the chocolate Min Pin in Colorado

    Willie the chocolate Min Pin in Colorado

    2) My latest grooming creation as performed on Halle. I used Bumble & Bumble’s “Sumotech”  hair wax to get the bangs to stand up. Voila!

    My grooming hobby personified

    My grooming hobby personified

    I’m going to indulge myself in putting up another photo of my handiwork. I truly enjoy cutting my dogs’ hair, but it is a time hog because I do it for leisure and have absolutely no sense of urgency ;-)

    Halle stays perfectly still for grooming

    Halle stays perfectly still for grooming

    That’s a gooood giiirrrrlll.

Sofia, a Havanese on the Dog Liver Disease site accidentally got out during a trip out of town and was hit by a car. Thankfully and miraculously she is alive and seems not to have sustained any major physical trauma thus far.

When I read that she had been hit, I felt my heart skip a beat. I think anyone who has witnessed or lost a dog to a car accident, or even almost lost a dog to an incident with a vehicle will not forget that sickening feeling for the rest of his or her life. I know I won’t.

I’ve been meaning to put a post up as a salute Alice, the Border Collie whom I met last summer and whose owner I befriended and became bonded with forever in one of the best as well as most certainly the worst day for me last year.

As a result of my involvement with Alice’s passing last summer, I have become completely paranoid about dogs and cars, especially since Willie our Min Pin is an escape artist and runner, Russell the Morkie loves to run out and stand in the road whenever she gets a chance, and Halle is so tiny, she blends in with the dirt road at our summer place.

When I hear my husband coming up the driveway, I would run out with limbs akimbo scooping up small loose dogs like a maniac. Even crazy-smart dogs can’t fully wrap their heads around how deadly vehicles are, especially the ones they are familiar with. Why would a vehicle they wander under for shade suddenly be cause for alarm?

I’ve been putting off the tribute to Alice because every time I think about last summer I have feelings of despondency and nausea. How I cried. How Jeff cried. He didn’t leave the house for days and I was in shock for what seemed to be like an eternity. I couldn’t stop reliving the moment involuntarily. I was terrorized and haunted by my memories.

The feelings of terror and guilt are awful, but even most rural environments are not free of motor vehicles and the most vigilant pet owner cannot always anticipate or prevent an accident from happening.

I’m almost ready to write about Alice, but for now I just want to pray for Sofia and for her human parents to emerge as unscathed as possible.

Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments.

1) More soul searching

2) More thought or desire for having meaning in one’s life and actions

3) More frugality, reducing, reusing and recycling

4) Enjoying the “free” intangibles more: sunsets, friends, nature, walks, relationships

5) More creativity

6) More self-reliance and DIY (Doing it Yourself)

7) More gratitude for what one has

8) More empathy and compassion for fellow struggling humans

9) De-emphasis on material things

10) Discovering who your real friends are

11) De-emphasis on “financial net-worth” of a person

12) De-emphasis on status, prestige and luxury

13) More interest in energy conservation and renewable energy

14) More saving when possible

15) More paying down debt when possible

16) More use of debit cards and cash instead of cash when possible

17) More humility, less arrogance, fewer attitudes of “entitlement”

18) More depth of meaning and less superficiality

Things are pretty bad, but I’ve always found the worst times are the best times for personal growth. Our entire country probably collectively needed a real spanking anyway.

I believe that Americans will emerge more evolved from all that is going on. In some ways I do hope that things get worse in order to provide deep and wide impetus for moving our collective consciousness to the next level. Adversity is an amazing wake-up call, especially if it is systemic and pervasive.

Please feel free to share your “silver linings” in the comments!