Shirle and David Koslowski were still nursing broken hearts after the loss of their 17-year-old mutt, Nico, when David started looking at rescue sites for another dog. It wasn't long before the sight of a 6-week-old puppy who'd been abandoned by the side of the road caught the couple's eyes on petfinder.com. They applied to adopt Mr. Shivers, the rat terrier-Chihuahua mix, and he quickly became a comfortable member of the Hampden family.
"When we first got him, he was only 8 pounds," says Shirle. "He would hide in blankets or between pillows and blend into them. We'd constantly ask, 'Where's Mr. Shivers?' only to find him hiding right in front of us." Shirle soon started a ""Where's Mr. Shivers?"
Facebook page to post pictures of the dog, and more than 250 people started following -- some even send in their own edited pictures to join in the fun.
"He's an old soul who seems to get commands from the get-go," says Shirle.
He fetches his toys by name and loves watching movies or TV shows, especially if there's an animal character. He's also a big snuggler, begging affection from both people and pets in his neighborhood. Currently a year and a half old, Mr. Shivers is a tiny dog who definitely lives large.
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--Kim Fernandez, for The Baltimore Sun (Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo /April 21, 2014)
How can I get my cat to stop tearing and eating paper?
The ingestion of any nonfood item is not a normal activity for a cat and should be diagnosed by your veterinarian to assess whether this is a medical, behavioral or nutritional issue.
You can assist with this diagnosis by logging and sharing the frequency, timing and consequences of this event. Does it happen each time there is paper in sight; is your cat alone when this happens; does this interfere with normal eating and elimination patterns of your cat?
Shredding and chewing paper could be the way your cat relieves his boredom. He may also be amused by the sound of the crinkling paper. Provide environment enrichment for your cat by providing safe cat toys. Change the location of his toys daily for him to seek out. Set aside time to actively play with your cat. This will provide him with a mental and physical substitute for choosing unsafe materials.
Be sure you are feeding nutritionally sound food to your cat. Again your veterinarian will recommend what is best.
Soon your kitty will be going "paperless." This week's expert is Betty Cox, hospital administrator at Cat Hospital at Towson (catdoc.com). To submit a question for a local animal expert, email email@example.com.
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