Sunday, March 14, 2010

Go Go Update

Okay, just a followup to a post from late last summer. Those of you who were with us here at Almost Perfect Pets then will remember the story I shared of my cousin getting a new (actually used) Jack Russell terrier named Go Go. Remember the skinny little girl whose photo I shared then?

Well, no more. Ms. Go Go is now a healthily filled-out, happy little dog who lives the Life of Riley with Cousin Chris. And here's the pic to prove it!

Go Go. She has a warm, stylin' jacket for the winter when she goes for walks, but indoors, it's au naturel!

Now if that ain't typical Jack Russell I'm-the-boss-of-you-and-everything-I-survey 'tude, then I don't know what is! She's definitely become the master of her domain. The light hitting her in this shot streams in from the front windows which are, happily, down at her level and allow her to see outside all day long -- pure puppy bliss! I think whoever designed them had a small dog.

I had the pleasure of the company of both galz -- Chris and Go Go -- a few weekends ago, when we all went for a long walk in between our most recent blizzard and this weekend's flooding rains. As we passed through the ever-cute village of New Hope, Pa., it was clear Ms. Go Go has stolen the hearts of all the residents and business owners she meets regularly on her sojourns into town. I am pleased to report that she has found a happy, loving home and my cousin once again has a sweet little Jack to share her life.

Find a friend at Jan's Funny Farm

When things get busy, I save up links for when I'll have time to post. Today's post is one of these. Back in late October, I came across a great post from Jan's Funny Farm, a blog about...oh, what else? Critters!

This particular post is titled "Rewards of Disabled Pets." Guest blogger Dr. Susan Wright discusses the extra effort required to live with disabled pets, and the extra rewards one earns through this type of care. Sound familiar? Thought it might. You'll enjoy this one.

Dr. Wright, a licensed veterinarian, writes on various topics for, which provides do-it-yourself underground electric dog fencing solutions and training for owners. Now I must admit, the jury's still out for me on the whole electric fence thing. I struggle with whether it's ethical -- it seems to me it must hurt the animal -- but then again, if it's the only viable solution to keep pups in the yard and out of the street and harm's way...isn't an electric sting better than a bumper bash or worse?

Dr. Susan Wright

But from what I've seen on the Web, Dr. Wright knows her stuff, and she talks here about having extra patience if you intend to work with special needs pets. She also gives a pretty good overview of common issues that can cause disability in dogs. Worth a read.