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Family dog exposes abusive babysitter

posted September 17th, 2013 by
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Dogs are loyal by nature and can be very protective of their people, especially children.

Recently, a family dog in South Carolina helped his owners expose their seven-month-old son’s abusive babysitter, according to WCSC.

Benjamin and Hope Jordan noticed that their dog Killian would become aggressive toward their babysitter to the point that he would have to be physically restrained.

The Jordans became suspicious and decided to use an iPhone to record the babysitter while they were at work. When they played back the recording, they were horrified to hear cussing and slapping noises and their baby crying in pain.

Stories like these never cease to amaze me. It is incredible what animals can sense, understand and even communicate to us as exemplified by Killian.

In fact, just do a quick Google search of ‘dog saves owner’ and you’ll find hundreds of stories about other heroic dogs.

A few that caught my eye:

Colorado floods: Denver police officer gives guide dog all the credit for saving man

Pet dog saves owner’s life after sniffing out her breast cancer

Chihuahua saves woman and baby from man trying to enter their car

Has your animal ever alerted you to a dangerous person or situation? Share it in the comment section below.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

 

Dogs and kids?

posted August 14th, 2013 by
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I recently stumbled upon an article headlined “The One Thing No One Tells You Before You Have Kids: Don’t get a dog.” Since I am expecting my second child any day and share my home with 6 furry children, I clicked on the title intrigued and already a little put off.

And then I read this:

“It’s not that I don’t love my dog. It’s just that I don’t love my dog. And I am not alone. A very nonscientific survey of almost everyone I know who had a dog and then had kids now wishes they had never got the dog. This is a near universal truth, even for parents with just one child, though I have more.”

I cannot disagree more. And my very nonscientific survey of almost everyone I know who has pets and kids also disagrees.

The writer of the article sounds like someone who was unprepared for the realities of pet ownership and parenthood. Neither are easy and both are very messy and chaotic.

And it’s always been my understanding that love can only grow, as was the case when my husband and I welcomed home our baby (human) girl two years ago.

There was so much more love in our home it almost burst. The love of parents for their daughter and her love for us, the love (and protectiveness) our animals clearly felt for her and her love and delight in them.

As she gets older, that love and bond they have gets stronger. And seeing how my animals love her makes me love them even more! See? Our house is going to explode from all the love when the second one arrives!

Our pets not only have a third person paying attention to them, playing with them, and most importantly sneaking them food under the table, but they go on on just as many family outings as they ever have. Maybe even more.

It’s been a fun summer of camping, parks and the drive-in. I’ve found that most places that it is acceptable to bring a kid, you can also bring dogs. Not that I’m comparing the two or anything…

And I certainly can’t imagine depriving my child of all of the unique learning experiences that come with pets. They were some of her first friends and continue to be her best buddies.

She loves to let the boys out of their crates first thing in the morning and pour food in their dog bowls.

She puts the cat food bowls on the floor and calls all four cats to come eat by name.

And she has learned that she can tell our dogs to sit before giving them a treat.

I think all of that is pretty impressive for a not quite two-year-old.

And I truly believe that her love of the animals in our home has sparked a love and curiosity of all types of animals. She has picked up and kissed a few large bugs in our backyard that I won’t even touch.

Having kids and pets is a juggling act. I’m not perfect at it. I get frustrated with all of the ‘children’ in my home at some time or another. But stop loving them? Never!

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Cover story video: Piper and GP

posted July 20th, 2012 by
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When I received my assignment for the latest issue of Tulsa Pets Magazine, I was thrilled!

My task was to interview Julie, a woman whose dog was mothering a baby goat. When I arrived at the interview I was absolutely tickled that she had not only brought along Piper, her pit bull, but also GP, the baby goat!

Though it won’t be quite the same experience I had in person, be sure to watch these videos of Piper with the goats. And don’t forget to read the story in the latest issue of Tulsa Pets.

-Lauren Cavagnolo

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Babies with pets healthier

posted July 9th, 2012 by
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When I first found out I was pregnant, one of the things I worried about was how my other babies would react to the new one. You know, all of my dogs and cats.

Well baby arrived and as it turned out I had nothing to worry about. And now, there is even less to worry about for families with both furry and human babies living under the same roof.

A new study has found that babies who live with pets, especially dogs, are less likely to get sick in the first year.

According to the article:

“The study of nearly 400 children found that dogs were especially protective, and the babies who lived with dogs during their first year were about one-third more likely to be healthy during their first year, compared to babies who didn’t have a pet in the home.” 

You can read the complete article here.

So far, this checks out at my house. Two dogs, four cats, one baby and only one cold in 11 months. Works for me!

Previous research has also found that children who live with pets during their first year are less likely to develop allergies.

And for anyone who is expecting a (human) baby and already has (furry) babies, check out these tips on preparing and introducing your pets to a new baby.

-Lauren Cavagnolo