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Dear Miss Repecka is the Oregon Humane Society’s advice column for kids. Here are all the past questions & answers our knowledgeable chicken has answered. Encourage your kid to ask Miss Repecka for pet advice! Fill out the size on our official Dear Miss Repecka page.

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Help! How vì I find a poodle?

Question

Dear Miss Repecka:

I waited 11 years to get a poodle & I want some advice on how khổng lồ get it quick. (Not from a breeder; I vày not bởi vì breeders.)

Signed,

Zoelie

Answer

Dear Miss Zoelie,

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Rococo is looking for a special home.

Woah! I think I need lớn enlist some canine help lớn answer your question, so I’m asking my friend Rococo in the OHS kennels lớn assist. It sounds lớn me like you really want a poodle, và now! Getting the right dog can take some time, though. This is especially true when you want a very popular breed like a poodle. Mah first words of advice, then, are not to be in too big a hurry.

There are different places that you can look for a dog. You can, of course, check with animal shelters in your area. You can contact breed rescues, look on PetFinder, and kiểm tra Craig’s list. It may be, though, that you can’t find a poodle that would work for your family. My next words of advice are khổng lồ ask yourself if a poodle is the only type of dog that you would be happy having in your family. Are you mở cửa to another breed of dog? Or a mix? If so, look again, this time at more than just poodles. If a poodle is the only dog for you, you have two choices: keep looking until you eventually find one or look for a responsible breeder and get one from them. (Not all breeders are bad. We need good breeders, và they are out there. For starters, they ask YOU for references that you will give their puppy a good home and have an application with at least 8 pages!)

I know this probably wasn’t the quick & easy answer you wanted, but your question didn’t have a short answer! Good luck in your search for a new family member!

I’m on a mission lớn find a trang chủ for my friend Rococo!

Yours for a kinder world for all,

Miss Repecka

Help! How bởi I treat my chicken’s foot?

Question

Dear Miss Repecka:

My chicken named Thighs has bumblefoot and I don’t know how khổng lồ treat it. Can give me any tips?

Thanks!!

Sophia

Answer

Dear Miss Sophia-

Oh my! Bumblefoot! That can be serious. Bumblefoot can easily lead to lớn infection in the foot. Your parents need to talk to lớn a vet, because if Thigh’s foot gets infected, it could make him very sick, and his foot would hurt a lot. & Ah know y’all don’t want him to be in pain.

Yours for a kinder world for everyone,

Miss Repecka

Help! Why does my dog look guilty?

Question

Dear Miss Repecka,

Does my dog Buzz actually feel guilty when he does something wrong và gets caught? He looks guilty.

Thank you!

David

Answer

Dear Mr. David,

Wow! That is a great question, và one that lots of people wonder about. Not being a dog mahself, I did some reading to lớn try và get a straight answer. Here’s what ah learned: Guilt is a complicated emotion, & most folks who study dog behavior believe that they are more simple thinkers. Dogs are, however, excellent at reading our emotions based on our body and voice. So let’s say they have raided the trash, & you come home and see the mess. They will know immediately that you are not happy, & out comes what we gọi the guilty look. This “guilty” look or behavior is actually the dog responding khổng lồ our displeasure và trying to appease us-kind of like asking for our forgiveness. Now if you were khổng lồ come home and ignore the trash all over and greet your dog the happy, silly way you normally do, your dog wouldn’t need to put on that “guilty” look because you don’t appear angry. This is all a long way of sayin’ that dogs don’t feel guilty lượt thích people do. We just think they look that way.

Yours for a kinder world for everyone,

Miss Repecka

Help! How vị I keep my dog calm during our move?

Question

Dear Miss Repecka,

I have a very cute, ten year old dog named, Greta. We will soon move halfway across the country and I’d lượt thích some suggestions on how khổng lồ make it as stress miễn phí as possible for Greta. Thank you for all you do, Miss Repecka! You are awesome!!

Diana

Answer

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Dear Miss Diana-

Good on you for thinking about Greta during this busy time và wanting lớn help her stay calm. Ah decided to lớn get some help answering you from my friend Bear in the OHS kennels. Bear is a six & a half year old Australian cattle dog mix, và he knows a thing or two about moving. Here are some tips he gave me:

Dogs are very sensitive. If you are stressed about moving, Greta will sense that và she’ll get stressed, too. Try to lớn stay more relaxed about moving, and Greta will be more relaxed, too.Don’t try to hide the packing process-Greta knows something is going on. Instead, when you are packing, talk khổng lồ her & share a treat or two. She needs lớn know that all this is okay.Exercise is a good way for Greta khổng lồ work off any bức xúc she may be feeling. Extra walks during the moving process will be good for both of you. Và keep her routine as much as possible. Dogs are creatures of habit!Keep Greta’s bed, food & water bowl, và favorite toys out lớn travel in the oto with her. Familiar things will make her feel more comfortable.Moving day can be very stressful for everyone. Rather than closing Greta up in a bedroom, find someone to lớn watch her while the loading is going on. They could take her for a walk, keep her safely on a leash while the loading is going on, yet help her see that you are still there for her. Small amounts of treats can make this process easier.

Ah hope everything goes well with your move, especially for Greta.

Update: Bear has been adopted!

Yours for a kinder world for everyone-

Miss Repecka

Help! What treats bởi vì chickens like?

Question

Dear Miss Repecka,

We just adopted 4 chickens & I’m super excited about this! What kind of treats vì chưng they like?

Sadie

Answer

Dear Sadie,

Congratulations on the four new additions to lớn your family! I may be a bit biased, but ah think chickens make fine pets! and how kind of you lớn want lớn know what sort of treats they like, ‘cause everyone likes treats!

Here is a danh sách of some of mah favorites. Just remember that they are treats, so not too many, please, or you will have overly plump poultry!

BananasPlain popcornCarrotsOatmeal-cookedBerries of all kinds, but especially strawberriesMeat scraps (chickens are omnivores)PeasBroccoli or CauliflowerCrickets (you can get these at a pet supply store)

There are LOTS more foods that chickens lượt thích as treats. Look up “best treats for chickens” on the mạng internet for some yummy reading!

Have a good time with your new friends…

Yours for a kinder world,

Miss Repecka

Help! Why vị I have to lớn hold my guinea pig every day?

Question

Dear Miss Repecka,

Why vị I have lớn hold my guinea pig, Carrot Cake, every day?

Addie

Answer

Dear Addie,

What a great question you’ve asked. Ah hope that you hold Carrot Cake every day because you want to, not because you have to. Holding your guinea pig helps build a good relationship with you. Guinea pigs are social little animals, so being held by you makes them feel happy. This is a good thing, because a lonely guinea pig is more likely to lớn get sick than a happy one.

Carrot Cake will like it best if you sit on the floor when you hold her. That way she is very close to lớn the ground. If you are standing when you hold her, she is very high up & it is scary. Ah hope that you enjoy your time holding Carrot Cake & that you become the best of friends.

Yours for a kinder world,

Miss Repecka

Help! Why vày dogs lượt thích chew toys?

Question

Dear Miss Repecka,

I have a dog named, Diesel. I’m wondering why dogs lượt thích chewing on chew toys so much.

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Penelepe

Answer
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Hey, I’m Clifford!

Dear Penelepe,

This is really good question, & something that Ah have never understood since we chickens don’t chew on things. I knew Ah needed some expert advice on this question, so Ah headed over lớn the OHS kennels to kiểm tra in with my friend Clifford Von Shrimp. Clifford is a 3 year old American Pit Bull–mix & he loves a good chew toy!

Clifford Von Shrimp said that puppies start out chewing as a way to help make their mouth feel better when they are teething. (That’s when their puppy teeth come in and again when they fall out and their adult dog teeth come in. Teething can make your mouth hurt.)

It would appear that adult dogs chew for different reasons. Some dogs just seem to lớn enjoy chewing. Some get into it more than others, but chewing just rings their bell. Some dogs will chew if they are bored. That’s when you hope that they are chewing on a bone & not your shoes! Some dogs seem to chew when they are stressed about something (Yes, dogs feel stress, too) & want to make themselves feel better. Và chewing is something that most dogs’ brains just tell them to bởi because it helps keep their jaw strong và teeth clean.

So Ah guess your Diesel could be chewing for lots of different reasons. What is most important is that he is chewing on toys that are good quality so he doesn’t rip them apart and swallow the pieces.

UPDATE: Clifford has been adopted!

Yours for a kinder world,

Miss Repecka

Help! Baby Alligators

Question

Dear Miss Repecka,

Why can baby alligators go underwater so quickly (point of clarification – at such a young age and hold their breath underwater)?

Chase

Answer

Dear Chase,

Alligators! Just the word makes mah feathers tremble! They are not nice reptiles, and definitely NOT a pet, but ah vì chưng have an answer to your question. Some baby animals are born really helpless. Puppies and kittens cannot see or hear for 2 weeks. Almost all they bởi vì is eat và sleep. Some babies are born more ready lớn meet the world. Baby guinea pigs are born with their eyes and ears open, và looking lượt thích little adult guinea pigs.

Alligators hatch from their egg able to lớn swim và catch their own food right away. That is just the way that they were made. (Mom alligator still protects them for about a year, but she doesn’t have lớn feed them or teach them to lớn swim!)

Yours for a kinder world,

Miss Repecka

Help! Why does my guinea pig love my house?

Question

Dear Miss Repecka,

Why does our Guinea pigs (Guinea & Scruffy) love my house so much? (Cardboard house built so they can hide in it and chew on it).

Jax

Answer

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Dear Jax,

Ah, guinea pigs! dễ thương little critters, aren’t they? Ah wanted lớn be sure that I had all the right information to lớn answer your question, so ah checked in with one of our experts in the small animal room. Ah’d like you to lớn meet, Gretta, a one year old guinea pig. Gretta was very helpful in answering your question.

Gretta said that Guinea và Scruffy like the house you made for them because guinea pigs lượt thích to have places to lớn hide. They don’t always like to be out where they can be stared at and such. They also love to chew, và cardboard is a wonderful thing to chew on. Guinea và Scruffy lượt thích your house so much because they can hide in it, plus they can chew on it! Of course it makes them happy! It covers two of their favorite things! Good on you for being such an amazing pig house builder!

UPDATE: Gretta has been adopted!

Yours for a kinder world,

Miss Repecka

Help! I really want a puppy!

Question

Dear Miss Repecka,

I really want a little puppy. Và I want it khổng lồ be a girl. Bởi you think it would get along with my dog, Pepper? She usually barks at other dogs.

Evie

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Hey, I’m Mochi! Click to view my profile.

Dear Miss Evie,

Who doesn’t want a little puppy? They are so cute and fun…and lots of work! Ah figured we should talk to an expert about this, so ah headed over lớn the OHS kennels khổng lồ get some advice from Mochi, a three year old American Pit Bull.

Mochi said that barking at other dogs doesn’t necessarily mean that Pepper doesn’t lượt thích them. What is more important is how she acts when she is around other dogs. Does she want to lớn play & be friends? Some dogs want khổng lồ be the only dog in the family, and you need lớn find out if Pepper feels like that before you think about bringing a puppy home. Your folks will be able to help decide what is best for everyone.

Ah hope that you still love Pepper, even though she is an adult dog. Puppies are cute, but they grow up to be adult dogs-like Pepper and Mochi. & adult dogs need our love just like puppies. So go tell Pepper what a good dog she is, và maybe even give her a treat!

Thank you for writing to lớn me, Evie. Ah am on a mission lớn find Mochi a loving home!

Yours for a kinder world,

Miss Repecka

Help! Why vị cats bring trang chủ mice?

Question

Dear Miss Repecka,

Why vì cats bring home mice?

Tenaya

Answer

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Dear Tenaya,

You ask a very good question. Why would a cát want khổng lồ bring a trang chủ a dead animal? Since that isn’t something that we chickens do, Ah made a trip khổng lồ the OHS cattery to lớn talk khổng lồ one of our feline friends about this rather odd (to us!) behavior.

Ah’d like you lớn meet Boo, a six year old domestic short hair. While he looks debonair in his tie, he has been known lớn bring home a mouse…or two.

According to Boo, it is all about instinct. (That’s behavior that doesn’t have lớn be learned. An animal just does it naturally.) Cats are predators-they are born khổng lồ be hunters. When they catch their prey (like mice, rats, or birds), instinct tells them lớn take it back lớn their family. They might be doing this because they want lớn teach us how to hunt for prey. They might be bringing it back to lớn show off what they caught. Or it might just be a gift for you because you are their family. We can’t know for sure what the reason is because our cat can’t tell us. Ah would just accept it from your cát as a present & tell them what a good job they did. (And then quietly throw it in the garbage!)

Update: Boo has been adopted!

Yours for a kinder world,

Miss Repecka

Help! Why do people like birds?

Question

Dear Miss Repecka,

Why bởi vì people have birds as pets?

Ethan

Answer

Dear Ethan,

Ah believe Ah know the answer khổng lồ your question. We birds are so amazing and such good company, who wouldn’t want to lớn have some of us around?! Okay, seriously now, ah think there are several reasons that people might choose a bird for a pet. Birds can be very good company. Some cheerfully chirp, tweet, or sing. Others can mimic sounds, và some, lượt thích parrots, are very smart and can learn actual words. For people who don’t want a pet that needs to be walked, brushed, or bathed, a bird is great. And it doesn’t cost very much khổng lồ have a bird (think about how little they eat!). They don’t need as much attention as a dog or cat, either. And, just lượt thích there are dog or cat people, some folks just really like birds. As a matter of fact, Ah’m a bird person mahself!

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