Violet's Vet

Violet's Vet

by Dr. Tony Calo

Friday, February 17, 2017

And Now a Word from Violet

Hello everyone. I know you have all become accustomed of hearing from my dad the veterinarian, but for today’s column, I am taking over. First and foremost, I want to apologize for the absence of the column for the past few issues. See, my dads, Tony and Connnor, were in a car accident. It was pretty serious and it had me, Daisy, and Henry pretty worried. My dads were taken to the hospital and although they did not have to stay there, Connor was hurt pretty badly. He was in and out of doctor’s offices several times a week (and still goes to see the doctor, but much less so). Happily, he is much better now. So, I thought since Tony is still pretty busy, I would give a bit more of a break, and write down some important thoughts from my own big head or things that I overhear with my big ears. I hope you enjoy it.

I’m Gretchen, a sweet friendly (and some may say needy) little lady who just wants to be with people. I enjoy being held or carried and being dressed in sweaters to keep warm. I crave attention and in my foster home it was the cats who gave me lots of attention. I would sit with the kitties at dinner time and we would all eat together. I want to love my new family and be able to feel happy about having a safe place to spend the rest of my golden years. I am hoping it does not take me long to find a forever home… Do you want me to live with you?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Baby it’s Cold Outside

Violet loves being outside

in the spring, summer, and fall. Her favorite pastimes – which include going on walks, going to the dog park, running at full speed in our yard, going swimming – are all outdoor activities. She gets to expend all of her energy and to experience all sorts of things thanks to being out and about in the world. She absolutely hates being outside in the winter, however. Her small body and her short coat make her very prone cold temperatures. She will literally run out to go to the bathroom, turn tail, and run back inside immediately to avoid being in the cold. In the months of December, January, and February, this obviously leads to large periods of time spent in the house. Being stuck in the house, in turn, leads to pent-up energy, boredom, and frustration. Unchecked, this can result in destructive behavior. It is not unusual for a bored dog to chew up shoes, remote controls, furniture. Violet and Henry especially loves destroying their dog beds in fits of boredom. So in an effort to keep the canine energy levels from building up too high and to keep boredom levels low, Connor and I have become innovative about ways to create winter quality time for the dogs.

Friday, December 23, 2016

New Friends • Mekhi and Henry

Mekhi the puggle here! Happy to meet ya’. I am a sweet, laid-back, and adorable guy looking for my forever home. I like long walks because I enjoy being able to smell all the cool scents around me using my beagle nose. I also like people who will give me attention, like head scratches and butt rubs. I may become vocal at times especially if I think you are ignoring me. But I’m so cute – why would you want to ignore me? What you may normally find me doing is lounging around on my comfy and warm blankets so I can stay warm on these chilly days. I will be a loyal companion to you, I just know it. So, stop in for a visit and I’m sure you’ll agree. See ya’ real soon!

Friday, December 09, 2016

Adopting an Older Dog

All three of our dogs came me as youngsters. Daisy was three-and-a-half months old. She pre-dated Connor. Connor and I adopted Violet when she was 11 months old. Henry was also just about 11 months old when he came to live with us. Adopting younger dogs is generally considered the traditional approach to adopting a canine family member. However, I find it increasingly more common to hear from clients that they adopted their dog at eight, nine, or ten years of age. I’m always happy and encouraged to hear about an older dog who was down in his luck getting a second chance at a stable and happy home.


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