Interview with Pam Hoffman

The past two days I have been posting about the Sadie Dog Fund. In 2007, Pam Hoffman wrote a book about her special needs cocker spaniel. With the proceeds from her Sadie Dog picture book, Hoffman created The Sadie Dog Fund, a non-profit organization that helps to save the lives of dogs by offering financial assistance for mobility solutions, therapies, or surgeries that are too costly for pet parents. Today it’s my pleasure to present an interview with her, in which she shares a little more about her personal life as well as talks about animal welfare. PERSONAL BACKGROUND ALLISON: … Continue reading Interview with Pam Hoffman

Review: Sadie Dog by Pam Hoffman

“Give them love. Keep them safe” is how Pam Hoffman signs every copy of Sadie Dog, a glossy picture book she wrote about her special needs dog. This heartwarming biography, with lavish illustrations, was written in honor of Hoffman’s loving cocker spaniel. “Once there was a cute little cocker spaniel named Sadie who was born on April Fools’ Day….” So begins the story of a lady and her beloved dog. As a teacher of writing clubs, I can tell you that describing one’s pet and more especially special moments with them can be a tough task. Hoffman perfectly helps readers … Continue reading Review: Sadie Dog by Pam Hoffman

How a Children’s Book Inspired The Sadie Dog Fund

My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs who are introverts is to let their passion guide them.  My passion for wanting to help save dogs’ lives and keep them at home is what drives me to continue with Sadie Dog Fund.  I am not paid to do this.  My reward is knowing that I have helped dogs. Shy. Quiet. Introverted. These probably aren’t the adjectives that you’d associate with the founder of a non-profit. Nor are these the descriptors you’d probably expect of an animal activist. And so it are these surprising traits that sparked my interest in interviewing Pam Hoffman. I … Continue reading How a Children’s Book Inspired The Sadie Dog Fund

Review: Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack

Years ago, I bought Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack because the topic interested me. When I lost my cat of eight years, I picked it up again to once again find comfort in it. The first few weeks after Lucy’s death, the personal stories of owners who had also suffered loss filled me with such uncontrollable grief that I had to put the book back on my shelf. Eventually though, I was finally able to read Grieving the Death of a Pet in its entirety. In the chapter about love, Carmack addresses the bond that develops between owner … Continue reading Review: Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack

Guest Post: 5 Ways Pets Help Those Struggling With Mental Illness

Aurora James believes there are no bad dogs. She created DogEtiquette.info to share her dog training tips and advice to dog owners everywhere. DogEtiquette.info welcomes and encourages anyone to use its infographics in their writing. It simply ask that you please cite and link to them as the source. It’s widely accepted that animals boost our mental health. So much so that airports now employ them to wander the terminals, soothing stressed passengers. For those of us who aren’t flying anytime soon, the American Psychological Association says that, when compared to people without animals, “pet owners had greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, … Continue reading Guest Post: 5 Ways Pets Help Those Struggling With Mental Illness

Cinder's Advice: Helping A Cat Recover After Surgery

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How can I help my cat recover from surgery? Recap of my previous two columns: A few days after I got adopted, I stopped feeling so good. The vet told my owners that I might have an allergy to dental plaque. Because plaque is full of bacteria, and because my immune system was overreacting to those bacteria, the vet prescribed yucky-tasting antibiotics to … Continue reading Cinder's Advice: Helping A Cat Recover After Surgery

September 28: World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day? Who wants to celebrate rabies? Well, some ‘holidays’ are about awareness rather than celebration. Although only a few people die annually in the United States of rabies, there were more than 6,000 reported case of animal rabies in 2014. Moreover, rabies kills over 55,000 people worldwide each year. What is rabies? It’s a viral disease that attacks the nervous system. Most often transmitted through saliva, there have been cases where it’s been passed through infected nervous tissue coming into contact with wounds in the skin or even through corneal and internal organ transplants. Rabies is a zoonotic … Continue reading September 28: World Rabies Day

Cinder's Advice: Giving Medication to a Cat

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell cat from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How can I get my cat to take medication? Recap of part one: A few days after I got adopted, I stopped feeling so good. Every time I bit into a treat, my mouth filled with pain. What the vet discovered shocked my owners and me. I’ll just say that I was very fortunate to have been adopted by people who loved … Continue reading Cinder's Advice: Giving Medication to a Cat

Dogs and the Meaning of Life

Shari is a survivor. She’s lost her parents, her home, and more. Through all these losses, her pets are what helped her to find the blessings of life. What follows is a glimpse into a life full of pain but also love and hope. Years ago, Shari and her husband had the country club life. But for all its perks, they also found it to be a life of constant stress. And so they decided to move from Nebraska to Missouri in search of “healing waters” and “a simpler life”. In the middle of this life transformation, which included moving … Continue reading Dogs and the Meaning of Life

Bonded by a Cancer Diagnosis

Jacki knew something was wrong with her dog. Vipere wasn’t acting right. He also had that look that dog owners sadly know all too well. Immediately, Jacki took Vipere to the vet. Blood work was done and Jacki was told to wait for results. In the meantime, Vipere got worse, and the two returned to the vet. X-rays showed that Vipere might have a blockage in the abdominal area, because the lymph nodes there were very swollen. Emergency surgery was scheduled. Instead of a blockage, the vet discovered that Vipere had lymphoma. Only two weeks prior, in October of 2009, Jacki … Continue reading Bonded by a Cancer Diagnosis

Review: Sadie Dog by Pam Hoffman

“Give them love. Keep them safe” is how Pam Hoffman signs every copy of Sadie Dog, a glossy picture book she wrote about her special needs dog. This heartwarming biography, with lavish illustrations, was written in honor of Hoffman’s loving cocker spaniel. “Once there was a cute little cocker spaniel named Sadie who was born on April Fools’ Day….” So begins the story of a lady and her beloved dog. As a teacher of writing clubs, I can tell you that describing one’s pet and more especially special moments with them can be a tough task. Hoffman perfectly helps readers … Continue reading Review: Sadie Dog by Pam Hoffman