Thursday, July 18, 2013

Letting Go

To let go isn't to forget, not to think about, or ignore.  

It doesn't le
ave feelings of anger, jealousy, or regret.  
Letting go isn't about winning or losing.  
It's not about pride and it's not about how you appear, and it's not obsessing or dwelling on the past.  Letting go isn't blocking memories or thinking sad thoughts, and it doesn't leave
emptiness, hurt, or sadness.  
It's not about giving in or giving up.
Letting go isn't about loss and it's not about defeat.  To let go is to cherish the memories, but to overcome and move on.  
It is having an open mind and confidence in the future.  Letting go is learning and experiencing and growing.  
To let go is to be thankful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry, and made you grow.

It's about all that you have, all that you had, and all that you will soon gain.  
Letting go is having the courage to accept change, and the strength to keep moving.  Letting go is growing up.  
It is realizing that the heart can sometimes be the most potent remedy.
To let go is to open a door, and to clear a path and set yourself free.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Boston Terrier Information

 Boston Terriers…
  • Are lively and active; generally NOT couch potatoes or over-the-top hyper
  • Are house pets and must be inside with air conditioning in the summer months and heat in the winter months
  • Are energetic but NOT jogging partners, as they overheat easily, especially in hot, humid conditions
  • Are amusing and can play on a moments notice, but can also settle down into your lap when playtime is over
  • Love to cuddle and give wet kisses
  • Are enthusiastic and occasionally rambunctious
  • Have a great sense of humor and can sometimes be mischievous
  • Are a great family pet. patient, tolerant, and reliable with children
  • Are eager to explore new things in their environment
  • Love to be the center of attention
  • Have a high degree of intelligence but can be headstrong
  • Often aim to please their owners
  • Do well with other pets, though they can play rough
  • Love for their owners to take part in their activities (playtime and one-on-one time is important)
  • Prefer sleeping in bed with their owners, usually under the covers
  • Are low-maintenance dogs with little grooming required
  • Have short hair and shed lightly
  • Are short muzzled known to snore, sneeze, wheeze, and snort
  • Do not bark much unless making you aware of the presence of another dog or person
  • Would prefer not to be away from the family for long periods of time
  • Are alert and quick to react to sounds
  • Are big dogs in little dogs’ bodies (average size is from 17 lbs. to 25 lbs., but they think they are Great Danes!)
  • Take pride in defending their master
Watch Animal Planet Video about Bostons

Common Boston Terrier Health Problems

Every breed has common health problems. For Boston Terriers, there are several:
  • Allergies (environmental or food-related): Ask your doctor about Benadryl and limited ingredient food, such as Natural Balance.
  • Luxating patella: Bad knee caps, which may require surgery due to discomfort and pain. This is common in small-breed dogs. This could be the issue if your Boston is only using three legs.
  • Tumors: This includes both fatty/benign and mass cell/cancer tumors.
  • Thyroid disease: Low thyroid is common. A dog may test in the low-normal range. Medication is recommended if 1.6 and lower. Tests should include the T4.
  • Heart disease: This could include a heart murmur, which requires medication, or congestive heart failure.
  • Kidney disease
  • Seizures: If you dog has more than one seizure in a 30-day period, consult your veterinarian immediately. Medication will be required, usually Potassium Bromide.
  • Eye injury
  • Breathing difficulties: Usually when stressed by exertion in hot and cold weather.
  • Reverse Sneezing: gulping air and wheezing.
  • Overheating: Bostons are indoor dogs and should not be left outside or in your vehicle for any length of time.
  • Anal gland infection
  • Gas: Bostons have sensitive stomachs, so feeding them the right food is important, Many foods will cause gas. Recommended dog food to eliminate gas problems in Bostons is Purina One Sensitive Systems, Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach, or Natural Balance.