March is poison prevention month. I’ve read some terrific posts this month sharing tips for how to keep your pets safe. You’ll find them here:
But I’m keeping my husband far away from them. He’s paranoid about poisoning Honey.
Whenever I give her some apple, he asks if it had a seed. After all, apple seeds contain cyanide. If I drop a little chopped onion on the floor, he shrieks and covers it with his foot in case Honey shows interest.
I don’t mean to make light of poison. People have tragically lost their pets due to poisoning. And that’s why awareness events are so important.
But is the greatest danger Honey faces due to poison?
Yesterday, as I rode up in front of the house, I heard a woof from the backyard. I assumed Mike had gotten home before me and let Honey out. But as I pushed my bike through the gate, Mike was nowhere to be found. I shouted for him as I entered the house. Nothing.
Mike had come home for lunch and forgotten to close the back door before he left. This was the third time in about a week. (Oh, and if you’re a burglar or dognapper, I live at 273 Blaire Street in Nome, Alaska.)
Each time, I was so relieved that Honey was still in the yard. Anyone could have come by and taken her. And she would have been happy to go with them.
But is it really likely that someone will steal Honey right out of my backyard?
What’s the Risk
Some people let their dogs roam the neighborhood without supervision. Others drive with their puppies on their laps and the window wide open. And some people feed their dogs Ken-L-Ration.
Everyone has a different idea of acceptable risk.
Mike’s frightened of poisoning Honey. I’m frightened of losing her. But Honey knows the real risk lurks in a bicycle cart.
What frightens you for your dogs?
Best City for Pet Travelers?
Our friends over at Go Pet Friendly have dedicated themselves to seeking out the best places to travel with your pet. But traveling the country with test dogs Ty and Buster was not enough. They’re crowdsourcing the best city for pet travelers by asking for votes.
My nominee, Cape May, New Jersey has made it through to round three in the brackets and is going head to head with St. Petersburg, Florida.
Trash talkin’ has gotten us this far so here’s why you need to go right now and vote for Cape May.
Trash talkin’ reason 1:
One of St. Petersburg’s biggest employers: the Home Shopping Network. What’s pet friendly about encouraging people to stay inside watching television for hours instead of going for a nice walk?
(not quite) Trash talkin’ reason 2:
According to Men’s Health magazine, St. Petersburg was America’s saddest city last year. Some things are too serious for even me to make fun. I find nothing funny about people suffering from depression and committing suicide. But having a fuzzy friend to care for can lift the blues. So I’ll gently suggest that St. Petersburg may need to become even more pet-friendly to provide the therapy its citizens need.
Trash talkin’ reason 3:
For years, St. Petersburg has been called “God’s Waiting Room.” Change it to “Dog’s Waiting Room” and we’ll talk.
Don’t delay. Vote for Cape May, New Jersey at the Best City for Pet Traveler’s brackets and explore all the other great places nominated by your fellow pet lovers.
And enjoy a taste of some pups enjoying Higbee Beach in Cape May.