How Do You Show Your Pets That You Love Them

By Houndstooth

I don’t know about you, but our dogs are pretty spoiled.  I love all four of them deeply and for different reasons.  Each one of them is special to me in their own way.  Bunny is the sweetheart with a deep connection to me, Flattery is the court jester who keeps us entertained, Morgan is tough on the outside because she loves us so deeply on the inside and Küster is our dedicated working dog who loves everyone he ever meets.

Kissy Face -- Tales and Tails

Kissy Face

I’m not going to lie, our dogs eat better than we do.  I mean, I’ve spent the last two weeks making new recipes for healthy frozen treats for them while it’s been so hot and I’ve been on break.  They are better dressed than we are, too.  They have their own dresser full of fancy collars and accessories, not to mention the coats they have out in our closet to help keep them warm and dry in inclement weather.  Obviously, there are plenty of toys around here, too.  They get a lot of our time and attention, too.

I don’t think our dogs are wanting for too many things in life, truth be told.  It doesn’t matter to them if we’re driving cars that are ten years old or just came off the lot yesterday.  They could care less about what we wear or where we work, as long as we always come home to them and spend time with them.  I’m not saying this to sound conceited, I’m just saying what I think is true.  They all seem pretty happy with their lives here, and we are thrilled to have them with us.

A year ago, our lives were turned upside down by a devastating loss.  A year ago, on June 24, we went to the vet’s office worried about a limp that had developed and ended up going home one dog less with huge holes in our hearts.  We found out in one fell swoop that not only did Blueberry have osteosarcoma, but that she also already had stress fractures throughout her femur.  There was really only one thing that we could do for her, and that was to let her go before she woke up and felt more pain.

Smiley Blueberry -- Tales and Tails

Smiley Blueberry

I don’t question our decision.  I have heard far too many stories about dogs with osteo shattering their legs and meeting a painful and traumatic ending.  If we had taken her home that day, it would have been for us and not for her.  Our vet agreed with us and he told us he would have done the same thing if she were his.

Our vet knew Blueberry, and he knew her quite well.  She was his patient for eleven years.  He treated her through neurofibrosarcoma, a broken toe, a tooth abscess and several dental cleanings.  He also saw her when she was healthy when we went in for shots and annual check ups.  He knew what she looked like and acted like when she was healthy because we took her in to see him for those important annual exams.  When it was time to let her go, he cried with us in the exam room.

Blueberry in the Sunshine -- Tales and Tails

Blueberry in the Sunshine

One of the best gifts that you can give your pet is taking them in for those important annual check ups.  Your vet needs to know how your pet acts when he or she is healthy and happy to have a clue when something is wrong.  There are so many things that your vet can find early when you go in for those important yearly exams, and it’s important for you to touch base with your vet, too.  Sometimes we don’t see changes in our pets day to day behavior until someone trained to do so asks us those important questions.  So, today in Blueberry’s honor, we’re asking you to remember to go in and see your vet on a yearly basis.  Annual check ups are as important to our pets as food and love.  I read recently that vet visits are down significantly and today I wanted to remind our readers how valuable and important those visits are.  If you want some great resources and information on preventative health care, stop and look at Partners for Healthy Pets.  It’s so important to remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.



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  • Reilly & Denny Cowspotdogs

    Same here – my boys don’t do collars and fancy leads – mainly because they never wear them unless we go walking (their fur matts if left on) but there i NOTHING I won’t do to make there life happy and healthy.

  • Sally

    So true about the regular health care, and knowing how your pets normally behave. My George is such strong silent type that he doesn’t show signs of pain the way most dogs do, and this is useful for our vet to know. He knows that if I’m concerned, a seemingly fine dog needs a thorough going-over to find whatever it is. Sigh – dinner with dear friends this weekend might be our last visit with their hound who has osteo :-( They too are having to decide when time is up, and he’s already taking things very very quietly. We’ve talked about Blueberry…….

  • http://www.somethingwagging.com Pamela | Something Wagging

    Yes, the most important ways to show our animals we love them is by taking care of all the boring, expensive, and necessary duties like regular vet visits.

    Keeping them healthy and safe is the best thing we can do for them. No matter how much they try to tell us they’d just rather have ice cream. :)

  • Amy Boyer

    Are you a mindreader? Toby’s appointment is Thursday, and since that’s his day care day AND he rides there with our daughter, who is a vet tech at our vet next door to daycare, AND it’s 30 minutes away, I’ve been debating whether to drive in to be there at his checkup.
    Hmm, guess I’m taking my daughter out to lunch on Thursday :D
    Thanks for the timely reminder of the importance of meeting with the vet.
    I’m sorry for your loss of Blueberry. I’m glad you are at peace with the decision to let her go. Many people struggle with that and it makes the grieving even harder for them. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures of that sweet girl.

  • http://romp-roll-rockies.blogspot.com/ KB – RompRollRockies

    You are so right, and this post is a wonderful way to honor sweet Blueberry. I cannot believe it’s been a year…

  • Sue Dyer

    I can’t believe beautiful Blueberry has been gone a year. Seeing her photos always make me smile.

    I am taking Polly for her annual jabs and check over on Friday. I need to discuss an alternative to Frontline for fleas, as it doesn’t seem to be working. Hate giving Polly anything chemical, but haven’t come across anything natural that works as well.

  • Anna the GSD

    You know, as much as we hate having to go see Dr. Vet, I know mom does it cause she “loves” us. So sorry about the loss of Blueberry. I read that a while back and sent good vibes your way. It’s never easy losing a family member, but we always have memories (and fantastic pictures!) to put smiles back on our faces.

  • http://talesfromthebackroad.com Mary

    True advice. It can be hard to always keep up with vets and stuff, but so important.

  • http://thirtysevenandcounting.wordpress.com/ mrsbearfoot (Lindy)

    A nice, worthwhile/gentle reminder.
    So wonderful to see Blueberry in a post again, and I love her smiley face! I don’t ever remember seeing that photo before. ♥

  • jan

    Routine check ups are important also so that the dogs won’t be traumatized if something bad happens.

  • http://myrubicondays.blogspot.com/ Lara

    This is a wonderful post. I am sure to take my girls in at least once a year for check-ups, sometimes more as I like to break up their vaccines. I have also volunteered in vet’s offices and have a background in animal science as well as being very in-tune to changes in my animal’s behavior or appearance, so I feel confident that I pick up on most things on an intuitive level. Veterinarians have been surprised more than once by how quickly I noticed issues.

  • http://www.twogreyhoundtown.blogspot.com/ Patty

    It doesn’t seem like it has been a year since Blueberry passed. I was just looking at the photos yesterday of when we met Blueberry and Bunny.

  • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    I know how sad you are feeling today, and putting this reminder out is the perfect way to honor Blueberry. We’ve opted to do three year vaccines on the pets where we can, but they still go into the vet once a year for check ups. I think it is even more important as they get older.

  • Jackie Bouchard

    What an important post for folks. We definitely take our pups in every year. And, as you know, we’ve experienced the hell that is bone cancer. Sending big hugs. What a great post in Blueberry’s memory.

  • http://www.hazelstravelinglife.blogspot.com/ Hazel(Class A Greyhounds…)

    I’m happy to hear that your dogs are “spoiled”, and also that they have a dresser full of fancy “stuff”. I think you and Mr. Taleteller should have collars to match theirs when you go out with the dogs! I enjoyed the post about Blueberry, and agree with the annual vet visits.

  • Emma

    Still so sorry for your loss a year ago. Having something happen so suddenly is a hard thing to handle. We are spoiled to and it makes Mom happy, no regrets. Everyday is a gift and you need to live it as if it were your last. Don’t wait, just go with it. We try to live that way when we can.

  • Sara Blair

    Dogs should be spoiled! They spend so much of their lives waiting for us to come home, that spoiling them should be a given.

    What a great way to honor Blueberry, with a reminder of the importance of well visits.

  • http://ohmydogblog.com Maggie

    Such an important post and poignant reminder. My heart is with you on this difficult day. My angels are pretty spoiled, too, but they don’t deserve any less, in my opinion!

  • http://tailsofteach.blogspot.com/ Rebecca

    My close friend just lost one of her Dalmatians to that terrible disease, she was 10. Like you all she went in for a limp that they thought was just a torn/pulled ligament and left with a hole in their hearts. Such a terrible, terrible disease!! We started off our ownership with Tucker with a trip to the vet just so he could meet Tucker and also get a good check-up. This is a great reminder for all pet owners.

  • http://teamzerogravity.blogspot.com/ Team Zero Gravity

    Great post. I am at my vet at LEAST once a month for something. Granted, I have a lot of animals, but better safe than sorry. I like being on a first name basis with my vet :)
    I also believe in having multiple vets. We have our regular vet, our Chiropractic/sports vets and for my hounds, I also have an EXTREMELY experienced Greyhound vet I use for things like dentals that require anesthesia. Plus one of my hounds has a her heart vet (due to a heart condition). I like knowing there are other vets who know my animals as well should I feel like I need a 2nd opinion on something.

  • Bailey

    We have a great relationship with our Vet and I’m grateful we have her.

  • jana rade

    TIME. The most precious commodity one can give to another is time. Besides that, taking care of their well-being.

  • http://www.thelazypitbull.com/ Christina Berry

    This post is a beautiful way to honor Blueberry’s memory. Thank you for sharing her.