Book Review You Know Your Dog Loves You Because
If you need a good giggle about some of the silliest (and, yes, documented by science) ways dogs prove their love for us in every day life, check out our book review! You Know Your Dog Loves You Because ... by writer Jeff Parks and illustrator Mark Sean Wilson might make a good gift for your loved ones of all ages. Here's why. [Also, news about our Mr. Stix at the bottom of the page.]
5 reasons to give a copy to someone you know
You Know Your Dog Loves You Because ... The Sweet, Silly, and Scientific Ways Our Dogs Show Us How Much They Love Us might just be the perfect gift. Here's why.
- It's affordable ($9.99).
- The humor works for grown-ups and older kids.
- Smaller kids can color in the cartoons.
- There really is science behind why dogs do what they do.
- You can even order a personalized illustration if there is one cartoon that sums up your puppy pals perfectly.
For example, we call Mr. Stix the "hamper Houdini" for his ability to fish my socks out of the laundry basket slats. Even when I'm standing right there, I cannot figure out how he does it.
I also think the illustrations provide opportunities for discussing dog behaviors in a healthier context so that solutions for addressing possible inappropriate or concerning behaviors -- destructive chewing, pulling way too hard on leash, storm phobias, food stealing -- come from a place of science and love (rather than punishment that so many people seem to go to first). [insert sad face]
Here's my crew posing with the book because the weather finally improved for a bit.
Quick News Update on Mr. Stix
I mentioned this on our Champion of My Heart Facebook page recently, but Mr. Stix is having a surgical skin biopsy next week, just before Thanksgiving. We've done everything the board-certified veterinary dermatologist has prescribed, starting in early August. No joke ... I have to remember to do like 10 things each day for his skin issues, but they aren't improving enough.
I had hoped to avoid such an invasive diagnostic -- removal of 2 to 5 hunks of skin (about the size of a pencil eraser each), but we'll send the samples off to a super-specialized, dog-skin pathologist. The goal is to get a precise diagnosis and treatment plan.
We are not looking for nor expect to find cancer, but they need to look at all layers of the skin and figure out what's what. Poor little dude. He hasn't been sleeping well for a couple of weeks now, and he winced and cried when I applied topical meds earlier this week, so we've added a pain med too, as needed.
We do NOT think this is allergies (food or otherwise) because he does not itch at all and has no other allergy signs elsewhere on his body. One of the working theories is that it's an ischemic reaction (basically like blood vessel inflammation) to a rabies vaccine he received in January 2020.
My goal is to get his permanent "nakey spot" back to smooth, pink, perfect skin. He'll never have hair there (because of whatever caused all his injuries before he was rescued), but we know that his skin can still be healthy ... because it was for a long, long time.
This photo is from May 2019 soon after his hip surgery. The haunch / leg area was shaved for surgery, but you can see the nakey spot on his flank.
Click through if you want to see how it looks now. It's kinda graphic, so fair warning.
People have asked about a possible auto-immune reaction to hardware from his orthopedic surgeries, but he no longer has any hardware in his body. The board-certified veterinary surgeon removed the plates and screws from his left front leg last fall.
So, more updates as news warrants on the dermatology front.