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QDear Dog Lady,
I lost my sweet Lucy almost two years ago and am now ready to add another wonderful dog to my life. I have two concerns/ questions on his/her well-being: 1) I have kept Lucy’s dog bed (in very good condition) and wondered if it would be confusing to my new dog since it would have Lucy’s scent on it. Should I get a new bed? 2) I am retired and am home most of the time, but I will soon be starting a temporary job that will last eight to 10 weeks. Since I do not yet have my new companion, should I wait until I finish my work assignment before bringing him/ her into my home? I would have about two-and-a-half weeks to spend with my new friend before I start working. I want to do whatever is best for my pet. attention to your new pet. For your peace of mind as well as your new darling’s, why not wait until after you finish your temporary job to bring the new dog into your life. Less stress all the way around.
Dear Dog Lady,
I work at a small software company where dogs are allowed. I only bring my Sheltie Liza when thunderstorms are predicted (because she goes nuts and chews things if left home alone) but some people bring their dogs every day. Having dogs around in the office makes for a nice atmosphere except when they steal food.
My boss’ Vizsla, Bongo, is the chief bandit. If I put any food on my desk, Bongo appears out of nowhere and grabs the bran muffin, sandwich, and my favourite chocolate yogurt. Even if the food is wrapped, he breaks into any bag, tears off the packaging, and consumes anything before I have time to stop him. We work in an open space so I can’t close a door and I don’t want to cause a commotion by yelling, “No!” or “Stop.” How can I discuss Bongo’s behaviour with the boss?— Mary, Los Angeles, CA A: Be direct with your boss. For your courage, you may end up as the office heroine because Bongo’s banditry probably impacts everyone. Tell your boss Bongo swipes any food not nailed down to your desk. (Actually, Bongo sounds like the type to gobble the nails too). Also, express concern for Bongo’s health because bran muffins studded with raisins and chocolate yogurt are not the best diet for a dog—both raisins and chocolate are toxic for canines. Most likely your boss is aware of the situation but hasn’t wanted to confront Bongo’s bad manners. Leave it up to her how to resolve the problem.
Allowing dogs in the office is a tremendous perk. Your boss, if she’s any sort of an enlightened manager, should realize that putting strain on the bowser benefit by inattention/lack of training is not in anyone’s best interest.
Dear Dog Lady,
My dog is a Newfoundland. She often experiences a skin infection in the form of angry red rings and flaky skin in the affected areas. I have been to the veterinarian’s office multiple times. They have given her antibiotics. This is very expensive because she has outbreaks multiple times a year. We don’t know what causes the outbreaks. I wonder if you know of any creams or remedies that could help with her symptoms. I don’t know what