Meet Phil!

Phil Selfie

I’ve had Phil and Linda for 9 years now. I’m not sure how old he is but I would imagine 11 or 12. They are both from the Furry Friends shelter in Chicago (now closed). Phil‘s personality is almost as big as his body (over 17 pounds!) and he tends to charm everyone he meets with massive size and expressive face. Phil is strictly an indoor cat. He loves being held, getting back scratches, and watching the garbage getting picked up by the city every Tuesday. He’s been known to play fetch, steal your glass of water and jump to the highest point in the house but mostly he just likes to snuggle with Linda or me and my girlfriend.

Phil 2

Phil 3

Start Young. As with most forms of “good behavior,” good traits are easiest to learn while your pet is young, so get her used to accompanying you in the garden at an early age. Work on setting boundaries and providing limits as to where the dog is allowed to be and where she is not. Want her to keep clear of your prized petunias? Teach her that with firm commands and rewards to reinforce obedience. And don’t assume puppies can’t learn. Even puppies as young as six weeks old can master basic commands.

Don’t Leave Your Dog Alone. Spend time with your pet in the garden to prevent them from associating the experience of being in your backyard with the experience of being unsupervised. Exercise together. Throw a ball around. Make them feel like “the outside” is an extension of their home as opposed to an unknown and untrusting place.   Supervise your pup’s playtime until she can be trusted to enjoy the outside without being destructive.


Use a Fence. When all else fails, protect your beds and borders with a low fence. You’ll be surprised at how even the most meager fence can be a visual barrier for your dog.Check your fence regularly to be sure your pet hasn’t dug an escape route.

Play with Your Dog. Dogs need physical and mental stimulation each day. So carve out time to give your dog a long walk or playtime each day. Active breeds can get restless and destructive if they are bored.Exercise your dog every day to keep her fit and content. Keep a stash of dog toys in your garden. These can be special toys your dog only gets to play with while she’s with you in the garden.

Grow Barrier Plants. Even the most rambunctious dog will avoid garden beds planted with tall, fragrant, or thorny plants. Barberries, roses, euphorbia, Joe Pye weed, and bamboo are just a few rugged yet beautiful plants dogs prefer to walk around rather than through.

Know Your Breed. Dogs have strong natural instincts you should be aware of before you turn them loose in your backyard. Terriers love to dig and if left unattended, can eventually turn your garden upside down. Be sure to give them lots of exercise and toys to chew on to keep excavation to a minimum.

Click here for a full list of toxic plants. Happy Gardening!

Meet Gruff!

A note from Gruff’s family:
My husband Dan and I meet Gruff in a Minneapolis animal shelter.  We had been looking for a small dog, but when we saw Gruff looking sweet in his red bandanna, we knew we would take him home. Gruff has become a huge part of our lives and life is never boring with Gruff. There was the time he got side-swiped by a car on the freeway on-ramp.  Or the time he fell through the frozen Mississippi river and had to be rescued by his mom.  And the time he chased the mailman onto the back of his van.  Oh, yeah and the time he got an entire Thanksgiving turkey carcass down off the kitchen counter.  Through all his mishap, we still love him and know that Campus Vet will always be there to help save the day.
gruff and dad
Like: Meat of all kinds, belly rubs, chasing squirrels up trees
Dislikes: Neighborhood Nemesis dog (name omitted to protect the dog), mail people, and not getting meat.
gruff on the beach
gruff running

Reposted from ~ July 18, 2014

By Alison Gwinn

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then cats and dogs must come from Jupiter. How else to explain some of their, well, alien behaviors? Just what, exactly, is a dog thinking when he rolls around in something stinky? If a cat naps on a computer keyboard, is it because she’s expecting an email? We went to the experts (the human kind!) for answers.

My dog seems to run in his sleep. Could he be dreaming?

Perhaps. “We can’t ­really ask them,” says veterinarian Melissa Bain, associate professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, “but
we think they dream.” That’s because their brain-wave patterns resemble those seen in people. “Dogs go through sleep cycles very similar to humans’, with periods of deep sleep and periods of rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep,” says Stephen Zawistowski, Ph.D., an applied animal behaviorist and science adviser to the American Society for the Prevention of ­Cruelty to Animals. “Dreaming happens during REM sleep, which is also when dogs twitch their legs, move their lips, or vocalize.” ­Wonder when your own dog might be dreaming? As a dog starts to doze, and his sleep becomes ­deeper, his breathing will become more regular, says canine ­behavior ­expert Stanley Coren in his book How DogsThink. “After a period of about 20 minutes,” Coren writes, “his first dream should start.”

Do dogs and cats have a sense of humor?

According to the experts we spoke to, studies have not yet been done to assess pets’ sense of humor. But if we’re talking about a sense of fun, then the answer is yes. We humans so prize fun in dogs, we’ve ranked the breeds on a playfulness scale. Among those at the top: Irish setters, English springer spaniels, Airedales, miniature schnauzers, and poodles. As for cats, says Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell, “The fact that cats live willingly with us is proof positive they have a sense of humor!”

What is my cat trying to tell me when he rubs up against my leg?

Cats have scent glands on both their cheeks and the base of their tails, and they are leaving their scent marks. “Rubbing against humans and other cats can help maintain the very important group scent that serves as a social glue,” says Nagelschneider. “Cats feel affiliated and relaxed with those that carry the group scent.  People have the same last name in families, but cats have “scent last names.” Rubbing can be proprietary in nature as well, and the cat may be claiming you if he or she rubs on you. This also goes for leaving their scent and pheromones on objects they want to claim to let other cats know they’ve been there. For example, a cat may mark a couch if they can’t mark you because you’re busy putting the groceries away.”

For more mind-blowing pet concepts check-out the full article.

julio with SJ

Here’s Julio giving hugs to SJ, one of the Campus Veterinary Tech Staff.

This month’s feature pet is Julio, a four year old Bengal kitty who is a member of the Orozco Family. Julio recently visited with Dr. Margo Reid and had his first dental procedure. While hanging out with the Campus Veterinary Clinic staff, Julio stole their hearts and the decision to make him the July Critter of the Month was unanimous. So without further ado, we present to you Julio’s Story, told in his own words:

This is my story!

Hi, my name is Julio and I am about 4 years old and I am “street smart” because my previous owners abandoned me, probably for health issues, and I was discovered by a “good Samaritan” who was walking his dog as I wandered the “mean streets.” I was placed in a foster home for Bengals in August of 2011. They called me “Lieutenant Julio” because I must know everything going on in the house.

                 I immediately reached out for my new mom when I saw her because I knew we would be a great team. I jumped into her arms to give her hugs and the deal was sealed. That was the day I adopted her. She also got me a step-brother named “Rusty” who mom says was too cute to pass up. He keeps me company and provides me with plenty of exercise.

                I follow my new mom everywhere, meowing, even into the bathroom. I love the water and she finally picked me up and let me take a shower. After she discovered how much I like water, she shares showers with me all the time. Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

For more info regarding the alluring and exotic nature of the Bengal cat check out our most recent newsletter. 

Living the dream, clearly.

Living the dream, clearly.

As you can see, Julio has found a kind & loving family in the Orozcos.

As you can see, Julio has found a kind & loving family in the Orozcos.

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