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Do Animals Have Feelings?

This is a question that many people have an opinion about.

Having lived with dogs and cats for over half a century, they do have feelings. If you have been around animals and cared for them, you can’t help but notice they can feel when you are sad or happy that they have an empathetic reaction to their human.

Have you seen a dog or cat take care of their litter? Is it nature or are they imparting nurturing their babies.

I have seen instances, where animals stay with a friend, is hurt or killed and will not leave them.

I have seen instances where animal pairs bond so closely that they will whine if separated and will quit when reunited. Is that feelings or pack mentality.

I had an English Setter that would show emotion when I would. The worst thing I could do as far as letting her know I was upset with her was to ignore her. When I did she would lower her head and move to a spot and curl into a ball until I would talk to her.

I think that shows a level of emotion and feelings.

Most people that have animals in their homes feel they are family members, not just a pet that you can ignore or take to a shelter when you get tired of it.

I know people that have spent thousands of dollars on their animals at veterinarians for the treatment of cancer, joint problems, back problems, and more just they would for a loved one.

I have a friend that has a terrier that is a certified emotional support dog that will automatically migrate to a person that is not feeling well like a person who recently had a stroke and is rehabilitating with a physical therapist and nurses coming into the home as part of taking care of the stroke patient. The terrier comes down to see what is going on. He is the companion to a friend of the stroke patient. Is this feeling for the patient? What about the person that needs emotional support?

It is hard to believe that animals don’t have feelings when you see it daily as humans help animals and see animals move to humans for help when they are in a difficult situation.

I choose to believe that all animals have feelings because I have witnessed signs of it over many years.


What do you think?


©All rights reserved September 5, 2018 Robert Medak

How to socialize a puppy

All animals that come into your house need socialization for their emotional well-being, and for being part of the family, especially if there are other animals in the house.

One reason for socializing any animal you are considering adding to your family is to build trust between the animal and the family, also establishing an authority chain order.

Another part of socializing is training your puppy in the basic obedience commands.

  1. Sit
  2. Stay
  3. Come
  4. Heel
  5. Down
  6. Leave it
  7. No
  8. Off

Dogs need exercise, and leash training. Walks using leashes in your yard is one of the best ways to leash train a dog because they are comfortable in their own space.

If you have other dogs in the home, walking them on a leash with the new dog or puppy is a good way for the new dog to learn from the trained dog in the home how to behave on a leash, they should never pull hard on the leash.

Train your dog(s) never to leave a vehicle until you have their leash in your hand and ask them to come. This will stop them from jumping out and running around instead of being under your control.

If you already have a dog obedience trained, the new dog will pick up the habits of the dog already obedience trained dog in the home. If there is not a dog in the home, practice patience, never yell or strike the dog, instead, use positive reinforcement with praise for a command performed correctly.

Socializing a dog also includes playing with the dog, and not forgetting to play with the dog in the home, and watching how multiple dogs play together. See how multiple dogs react during feeding time, as some dogs may be food aggressive. If a dog is food aggressive, try separating them and see if that fixes the problem.

Dogs need sufficient cool water and shade on hot days, and their area cleaned regularly.

Robert Medak
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When was the last time you read a book?

Why should you read a book?

  • You can learn about other cultures
  • You can learn numerous subjects
  • You can visit other lands while sitting at home
  • You can expand your knowledge
  • It is entertaining
  • It will make you well-rounded in your knowledge
  • Reading is relaxing
  • Reading stimulates the mind
  • Reading helps you write better

What books to read?

Choosing a book for reading is up to the person, some people like fantasy, others mystery, or books about animals of the world, books about plants. The choices are limitless.

There are books for young children to adults.

You can have something to talk about with your friends if they read; they might even read the same books you do. It is a good thing to have something in common with your friends, and can talk about it face-to-face.

If there is something that interests you, like cats or dogs, the ocean, insects, birds, or something else, a trip to the local library will be a journey into knowledge by finding books on the subject and reading them to learn more about what you enjoy.

Reading a book isn’t just for school, but an extension of things from school.

Reading before bed is a way to relax and sleep better because you will be tired and it will be easier to fall asleep.

What you were reading may also help you with reading and understanding your schoolwork better.

Practice in everything makes you better at it.

Plan a trip to the library when the weather is good and pick out some books to read. You will enjoy it.


Robert Medak

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Christmas Time

English: Golden retriever fetching a tennis ba...
English: Golden retriever fetching a tennis ball from the ocean. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christmas is approaching, and many children are requesting a pet for Christmas.

If you receive a pet for Christmas, remember that a pet is not like a toy you get tired of and ignore; a pet is a part of your family for life and is a living creature that needs to be taken care of.

If you want a pet for Christmas, you should also be willing to take on the responsibility of taking care of your pet, and any other animals in your home. Never ignore your pets just because you get tired of them because the novelty wears off.

Dogs and cats can live for 15 to 20 years old, unfortunately the larger the dog the shorter the life span, some breeds as low as 10 years.

When you have a pet, you are responsible for the pet’s food, water, health, training, and emotional stimulus. Pets need someone to clean their living space, have toys to play with, someone to watch out for foods that can harm them, like plants, cleaning products, and other home hazards, and kept safe from other animals. Fish that a cat can reach is not a safe environment for your fish.

Once while getting licenses for my pets, a father, and his young son came to the pound saying they didn’t want their dog anymore. The dog was a young golden retriever, if no one adopted that dog, it could end up put to sleep.

Before you ask for a pet for Christmas, think about the fact you need to care for that pet for its lifetime.


Robert Medak

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A good starter pet for young children

For children around the age of eight a good starter pet is a hamster. Some parents may not believe so since hamsters are nocturnal. Put the hamster in the child’s room so they can watch over it.

English: A short-haired hamster (named "E...
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The hamster sound be placed in the child’s room and the child should be placed in the child’s room and they should be responsible for keeping the hamster’s area clean, the animal feed, watered, and the bedding clean and fresh.

Hamsters are also a good pet because they are active and should keep the child’s attention, while other pets may not. The hamster lives in a habitat that can be expanded giving the child a project and learning about the responsibility of caring for a pet.

Caring for a pet takes time and a degree of commitment. If a child has a hamster for a pet, over time parents can determine how committed to the care and feeding of the pet a child is and will not tire of the novelty of having a pet.

Since hamsters live for a relatively short time compared to other animals, and hamsters are easier to be adopted than many other types of animals. Adult dogs and cats as an example are harder to adopt since most people want a puppy or kitten.

Having a pet means that you are making a commitment to take care of that pet for its lifetime. Pets are not something disposable that you have for a short time get tired of it and then take it to the pound not caring what happens to the animal.

Think about this, most shelters are over populated and do not have the space for the pets they have now. If they need more space for unwanted pets the ones that haven’t been adopted may be put to sleep.

Please, if you get a dog or cat be sure to neuter the pet and remember that a dog or cat may live for 15 to 20 years. I have one cat that is 17-years old.

Robert Medak

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Are you diabetic?

Are you diabetic? Did you know that dogs and cats can be diabetic?

There are treatments for both humans and animals. There are medications or you will have to use insulin if certain medications don’t work. For dogs and cats you will have to follow the instructions from your vet, for humans you need to follow your doctor’s instructions.

By keeping blood sugar readings as well controlled as possible both humans and animals can live a long healthy life.

Some people are able to control their blood sugars by diet and exercise. Your vet may give you instructions about diet and exercise for your pet, and to possibly work to help the pet lose some weight if necessary.

In humans that develop Type 2 diabetes, losing weight, exercising, eating the right foods and monitoring your blood sugar are ways to put off or eliminate the possibility of complications of diabetes. You may be asked by your vet to monitor the blood sugar of your dog or cat that has diabetes.

Diabetes is not the death sentence it used to be before the advent of insulin and oral medications that can help control diabetes. It is just something that you do on a daily basis which doesn’t take much time, just a little thought about eating and exercise.

The right diet and exercise can do much for optimum health even if you don’t have diabetes. Even dogs and cats need regular exercise to remain healthy and at the proper weight.

Some breeds of dogs need more exercise than other breeds. When selecting a breed of dog, think about whether they need a large yard or a smaller yard. Cats and dogs should get daily stimulation and exercise to keep them healthy just like people do.

With care, both people and animals can live with diabetes or possibly reverse the disease with monitoring diet and exercise to maintain a normal weight.

How to Add a Second Pet to the Family

If you decide to add a second pet to the family, do so cautiously and slowly. It is best to allow the pets to meet in a neutral spot to avoid any territorial disputes. Some pets feel they need to guard their home and family. Bringing a new pet into the same space can cause problems if they are not watched closely.

The temperament in the pet you have, and the one coming into the family is important to think about. If you have an older pet, and the new one is much younger and full of energy, there could be problems with them adjusting to each other.

Whether the pet is male or female can make a difference when choosing a second pet. A neutered animal is less likely to have aggression problems. Is the new animal the same type as the one you have? You have a dog or a cat, and you want a second dog or cat. A dog may or may not accept a cat in the home. Two cats or two dogs may or may not get along with each other.

When adding a second pet into the family, do not forget about the one already there, this can cause problems. You should treat booth the same way and not leave them alone until you know that they will get along. Watch pets while you are near so that you can break them up if you have to. This is something to do whether the pets are new or have been in the family for some time. There may be some petty arguments from time to time. My pets do, but it happens less now than it used to. They are both male dogs.

If you are thinking about bringing a second pet into the home remember, let them meet in a neutral spot, watch how they interact, keep an eye on them, treat them equally, and there is a good chance that they will get along and become a great addition to your family.

Please consider a shelter for your new pet. Shelters are overloaded and you can save a life by adopting a shelter animal.

Robert Medak

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What is the Best Cat litter to Use?

There are many types of cat litter on the market, clay, “scoopable’, and clumping sand make up most of the brands. The problem with these is that the clumping ones use a chemical that is a bonding agent that is like cement and actually expands and should not be flushed as it can cause plumbing problems, not to mention if you have an animals that eats feces, this clumping litter can be harmful to the animal’s digestive system by causing blockages when the litter swells.

The clay litter contains Crystalline Silica that is carcinogenic when the dust is breathed in causing Silicosis. It is also non-biodegradable. Many clumping litters contain sodium bentonite which is the agent that bonds the litter. If it is in the brand you buy, it is hard on plumbing and can cause problems if animals eat any of it. Ant they cannot be composted.

The best and safest cat litters to use are plant-based litters. Plant-based litters are compressed pine, newspaper, corn cob, and one that many people do not think of, Wood Stove Pellet Fuel. Plant-based litters are biodegradable, safe for the environment, and there is little dust to worry about. It may take some time for your cat to become used to this change, but they will and like it.

The wood stove pellet fuel is inexpensive, easily found in a local hardware, or online. This is the same fuel that is used in some models of barbeques.  It breaks down into sawdust and is lighter to handle than most clay or scoopable litters, with a good deal less mess. It is also easy to tell when to change it, and it does hold down the smell in the litter box.

An animal rescue used it for multiple cats and it worked well for them. This is just something to think about