Local pet advocates Enid Traisman and Rachel Bow have put together Portland’s first Difficult Pet Support Group, which we are very happy to hear is finally getting off the ground. We understand how frustrating and exhausting it can be as the guardian of a difficult pet, and this group provides a unique opportunity to connect with others in the Portland community who really understand the challenges you face living with and caring for such a pet. The Difficult Pet Support Group is dedicated to supporting you in managing and honoring your bond, no matter how delicate or difficult.
The first group meeting will be held on Monday, June 30th, at 7:00pm in the Dove Lewis Board Room (1945 NW Pettygrove St, Portland, OR 97209).
More information on the group can be found at their website:
The Animal Behavior Clinic is not directly involved in organizing the group, but the group’s founders – Enid and Rachel – are both incredibly compassionate, amazing people and come with a strong recommendation from Dr. Pachel and the rest of us at ABC. We hope this new resource will be able to make a positive impact in the lives of people and animals living together with behavior challenges, as we all learn to cope and strengthen our relationships together through the ups and downs of these journeys.
It is easy to say that a barking dog is “reactive” or “excited” and that a quiet dog is “calm” or “relaxed,” but do these words really work to describe the emotional state occurring in a dog exhibiting those behaviors? In her latest blog entry, Eileen Anderson discusses the oxymoron of “calm submissive” behaviors in dogs, and how important reading body language is to identify how canine emotional reactions and physical ones may not always match up in the way we sometimes think about these concepts.
The full entry is located here: http://eileenanddogs.com/2013/08/12/calm-submissive/
In many households, our feline companions are often considered to be independent – preferring time to themselves, able to take care of their own needs with minimal assistance, and generally running their own show. It can be easy for us as cat owners to associate this indifference with comfort – but that may not always be the case. In her latest Pet Talk article, Monique Balas of The Oregonian explores stress in cats, and how the ways we set up and manage our households may contribute to an uncomfortable feline environment. Along with other feline practitioners in the Portland metro area, our own Dr. Pachel was interviewed for this informative and helpful piece.
Full link: http://www.oregonlive.com/pets/index.ssf/2014/05/pet_talk_your_household_may_be.html