Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Rufferences and Mews

Welcome to Monday Rufferences and Mews. (Formerly Rufferences and Resources.)
Here's what's going on this week.

Should you have your pet microchipped? I keep wondering about this with Kelly. Home Again website recommends this procedure. If Kelly should ever get loose, this would aid in her being safely returned. But for some reason I balk. Why? I'm not sure. It's inexpensive, and the chip is only the size of grain of rice. Are your pets microchipped? What are your thoughts?

Here's a new concept in finding lost pets: some dogs are trained to do the job! If you check out this book, you can learn how to train your pet to be a Dog Detective too.

Most of us have read the popular book, Dewey the small town library cat who touched the world. Did you know that there are more than 700 identified library cats in the world? And the story of Dewey is soon coming your way in the form of a new movie, starring Merryl Streep.

Was it practical or irresponsible for Reality TV parents Jon and Kate Gosling to add two German Shepherd pups to the family of 8 children? Well, now that Jon and Kate have separated, apparently the dogs are not working out. Shoka and Nala are being shipped away to a trainer for an "indefinite" amount of time.

Interested in celeb pets? Check out this site from People magazine.

Okay, the pictures of this are too cute. Three abandoned baby ducks. And their surrogate mom? A feather duster!

A new magazine, Cesar's Way, debuts with advice from Cesar Millan, Tips & Whispers, True Tails, and more.

Georgia is getting tough on the feral cat problem. New rules stipulate that all outdoor cats must be neutered and must have one ear clipped for ID. Regulations also state that if you feed a stray cat on your property for more than 3 days, you are the owner.

A five-year-old autistic boy in Columbia, Illinois just wants to take his service dog to school. The school district opposes. The battle is upsetting, and costing the family in legal fees. Do you think he should be allowed to bring the dog to school?


  1. We have plans to microchip soon. A guy at the vet's office was checking out Mauly. He said he had a similar breed dog, who was snatched. He later found his dog, but was unable to recover it. The local police would not intervene to return the dog to its owner. Technically, they had nothing to prove the dog belonged to him.

  2. It seems to me that there is no reason not to allow the disabled student to bring his pup? It's a very special circumstance. My school did not allow "anything with wheels" past the bike rack but that rule was clearly not applied to wheelchairs and that didn't seem to be confusing or wrong... This person has a much harder life than most and I vote that we, as a society, don't make it any more difficult than it has to be! By the way, I make pet toys and you can check them out through my blog if you are interested.

  3. Stacy, good point about microchipping. I never thought about it, what if your dog looked like a snatched dog, and someone tried to take her away? That would be awful.

  4. Good comment Ian, thank you. I agree, schools have to follow rules that benefit the majority, but each case needs to be evaluated individually, and maybe reevaluated if it turns out the boy and his pup don't work out at school.


Kelly and Ike say thank you for your comments!