Ask My Vet: Can dogs really predict natural disasters? Do they know when we’re ill?

Ask My Vet is a series based on questions I have—and maybe you do, too—about dogs. Katniss’ veterinarian, Dr. Katharine Kennedy of Arbor Animal Clinic here in Austin, provides answers and expertise as a part of this series. Question: Can dogs really predict natural disasters? Do they know when we’re ill? Dr. K: “It seems like everyone out there has an opinion on this topic, and no one has any peer-reviewed data to back it up. I do agree with the majority of those folks out there. There are too many cases of pets cuing humans in to impending change … Continue reading Ask My Vet: Can dogs really predict natural disasters? Do they know when we’re ill?

I’m nominated for an award, but it’s shockingly not ‘Worst Blog Ever’

So I got nominated for an award. Believe it or not, at least three people, not two, apparently read this blog. Those poor souls. “Tales of Tucker,” which I sort of consider as a sister blog to mine (though I’ve never actually told its author that), nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. According to the bylaws, I must: Thank whoever nominated me and include a link to his or her blog. Write a post and give a brief story of how my blog started. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers. Select 15 other blogs I … Continue reading I’m nominated for an award, but it’s shockingly not ‘Worst Blog Ever’

Another post, another Batman analogy; readers collectively roll their eyes, again

For every Batman there’s an Alfred. If you’re not familiar with Batman, or if you actually have a life and are interested in more than comic book characters, Alfred is Batman’s butler. Alfred raised Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, after Bruce’s … Continue reading Another post, another Batman analogy; readers collectively roll their eyes, again

My female dog has a red collar. Got a problem with that?

“I found your dog. He got out the side gate,” my neighbor said. “Thanks for finding her,” I replied gratefully. If you were really bored or having trouble sleeping earlier this week and read my previous blog entry to remedy either symptom, you discovered Katniss recently got loose. You also discovered there is no quicker way to doze off than reading “A Guero and His Perro.” You’re welcome, insomniacs. Or, I should say, insomniac, based on my readership. My neighbor, who is awesome because he 1.) found Katniss and 2.) enjoys an ice-cold Natty Light from time to time, is … Continue reading My female dog has a red collar. Got a problem with that?

Who let the dog out? Katniss runs away, sort of

The thoughts come and go, and they’re vividly terrifying—almost paralyzing—yet highly unlikely to occur, just like nearly all of my worries: What if something happens to my dog, Katniss? What if I can’t be there if she needs me? What if she runs away and doesn’t want to come back? Are we keeping her against her will? I think the reason I worry so much about her is because she is totally dependent on my wife and me for survival, and we raised Katniss from when she was a baby—well, she’s still a baby; we raised her from an 8-week-old … Continue reading Who let the dog out? Katniss runs away, sort of

Ask My Vet: Do dogs really age seven years every year?

Ask My Vet is a series based on questions I have—and maybe you do, too—about dogs. Katniss’ veterinarian, Dr. Katharine Kennedy of Arbor Animal Clinic here in Austin, provides answers and expertise as a part of this series. Question: Do dogs really age seven years every year? Dr. K: “The short answer: It depends. One human year could be equal to seven dog years at one stage of their life or 10 dog years at another stage of their life. The obvious point would be that dog life spans are significantly shorter than human life spans. They are longer today … Continue reading Ask My Vet: Do dogs really age seven years every year?

32 things you never knew about my dog, a.k.a. a few minutes you’ll never get back

To commemorate 30 posts of “A Guero and His Perro”—well, this actually post 32—here’s 32 random facts about Katniss that I find amusing. If you’ve been drinking enough cough syrup or if you’ve been exposed to certain fumes (see number 19!), maybe you’ll find them amusing, too: We can’t say the word “walk” around Katniss—we have to spell it out—otherwise she’ll whip herself into a frenzy thinking it’s time to go for a W-A-L-K. Katniss has a middle initial, P., which my wife has determined stands for multiple attributes: play; princess; parched (she needs more water than a redwood); poop/pee … Continue reading 32 things you never knew about my dog, a.k.a. a few minutes you’ll never get back

My dog won’t shut up, but it’s a blessing

Loyal readers of my blog—meaning my mom and the other two people per week who stumble upon “A Guero and His Perro” in search results for “most corny blog ever”—know that my dog and the subject of this blog, Katniss, is a whiner. If she’s hungry, thirsty, wants to play, wants attention, wants to go outside, wants a walk or is bored, she whines. Katniss whines more often than the Cleveland Browns fail, more often than the sun shines here in Texas and more often than readers roll their eyes while reading my posts. You just rolled your eyes, didn’t … Continue reading My dog won’t shut up, but it’s a blessing

My little pooper is pooped

We were in San Antonio part of Saturday and part of Sunday, and we decided to leave Katniss at PetSmart’s Doggie Day Camp. She had been there before and seemed to enjoy it. She had been acting up a little last week—whining even more than usual and waking me up more than usual at night—so being sans Katniss for a day was good for my wife and me. Even though were leaving Austin to spend time with family for a bit, the trip would still allow us some quality alone time, which we don’t normally get as Katniss’ parents—though we … Continue reading My little pooper is pooped

Ask My Vet: Can dogs only see in black and white?

Ask My Vet is a series I am starting based on questions I have—and maybe you do, too—about dogs. Katniss’ veterinarian, Dr. Katharine Kennedy of Arbor Animal Clinic here in Austin, provides answers and expertise as a part of this new series. According to AAC’s website, Kennedy “completed her undergraduate studies at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, North Carolina, where she worked on the college farm raising antibiotic- and hormone-free livestock. She graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 and worked in an urgent care facility in San Antonio before joining AAC.” Kennedy is affiliated with the … Continue reading Ask My Vet: Can dogs only see in black and white?