Posts By: Mary Shafer

Are your pets afraid of storms?

Posted by & filed under boo kitty, fear, idgie, Rainbow Bridge, special needs pets, thunderstorms, weather, weave, winkie.

You know, I think it varies as much as it does with children and adult humans, whether pets are afraid of thunderstorms. But our recent rash of severe weather got me to thinking about how different it is for special needs pets–especially those with physical disabilities–to cope with this common fear. Winkie and Boo Kitty… Read more »

Fame Finds Frankie!

Posted by & filed under Animal Miracle Network, Barbara Techel, Frankie the walk and roll dog, National Disabled Pets Day.

Frankie has an important new job! Woot! Woot! Guess what, folks? Everybody’s favorite dachsie-on-wheels, Frankie the Walk n’ Roll Dog, has been named the official mascot of National Disabled Pets Day, the newly minted observation by the Animal Miracle Network! Check out their website, where you’ll see an absolutely ADORABLE photo of Frankie and her… Read more »

Great news from our neck of the woods

Posted by & filed under bcart, ears, emergency animal rescue service, heart and soul award, maryann hasbrouck, psart, uan, united animal nations.

When I’m not writing or blogging or playing with my kitties, I am the volunteer weather coordinator for our township’s Emergency Management Agency. Have been for about 6-7 years now. And in that capacity, I occasionally go to trainings at our county training center. Last year, I learned about a new program called BCART, or… Read more »

Woodson and We

Posted by & filed under hip dysplasia, john grogan, special needs pets, woodson.

John Grogan, author of Marley & Me Most of you have heard of John Grogan. He’s the author of the runaway (pun intended) bestseller, Marley & Me. What you may not have heard is that he’s now got a new yellow lab named Woodson. Turns out Grogan’s a fellow Pennsylvanian (go, Keystone State!), and when… Read more »

Good news for disabled pets!

Posted by & filed under disabled animals, Dr. Walton Schalick, good news for disabled pets, UW-madison, xenodisability, zoodisability.

Maybe things ARE changing for the better, at least a little. We’ve often mentioned on this blog the fact that disabled pets have a difficult time getting adopted from shelters, and how they constitute the majority of euthanized animals. But today I discovered some GOOD news on this topic and want to share it with… Read more »

Good night, sweet prince…

Posted by & filed under mountain observatory, mt. washington, nin, weather cat.

Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I can be a little obsessive. Nothing indiscriminate; I’m particular about these obsessions — animals, art, weather, chocolate — but they are obsessions, nevertheless. And weather, particularly severe weather, is one of the biggies for me. And so, when I read about the recent passing… Read more »