Gayle Martz

Does My Dog Dream?

A Deep Dive into Canine REM Cycles and Doggy Fantasies

Does my dog dreamm?Ah, the age-old question: Does my dog dream? Anyone who’s spent more than five minutes observing a sleeping pup can testify to the twitching paws, the muffled barks, and the occasional full-body spasm. It’s like watching a tiny, furry action movie unfold on your living room floor. But what’s really going on in the mind of your snoring furball?

The Science of Doggy Dreams

First, let’s break it down scientifically (don’t worry, there’s a punchline at the end of this nerdy tunnel). Dogs, like humans, go through different stages of sleep, including the famous REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage where dreaming is most likely to occur. In this stage, the brain activity of a dog is strikingly similar to that of a human, suggesting that they indeed experience dreams.

But what do dogs dream about? Based on the frequency and enthusiasm of those twitching paws, we can only assume they’re living out their wildest fantasies. Perhaps they’re chasing after that elusive squirrel they see every morning, or maybe they’re finally catching the mailman (and giving him a stern talking-to).

Doggy Dream Scenarios

Here are a few potential scenarios that might explain your dog’s dream-time antics:

  1. The Great Squirrel Chase: Your dog is the hero of the park, finally catching that pesky squirrel who’s been mocking them from the trees. There’s a parade in their honor, complete with kibble confetti and bacon-flavored trophies.
  2. Ultimate Fetch Champion: In this dream, your dog is competing in an international fetch competition. The crowd goes wild as your pup catches every single tennis ball with perfect precision. Take that, Lassie!
  3. The Food Wonderland: Your dog is in a world made entirely of food. Rivers of gravy, mountains of meat, and endless fields of bacon strips. Calories don’t exist here, only endless culinary delight.
  4. Postman’s Revenge: The tables have turned, and now your dog is delivering the mail while a tiny human barks at them from inside a house. Sweet, sweet justice.
  5. The Great Escape: A classic jailbreak scenario where your dog digs a tunnel under the backyard fence and roams free, exploring the neighborhood and making new canine friends. Perhaps they even team up with the local cat for a heist at the butcher’s shop.

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Gayle Martz

Why Dogs Have Wet Noses?

Why do dogs have wet noses?You may have pondered this while receiving a friendly snout boop or waking up to a slobbery alarm clock licking your face at the crack of dawn. Fear not, curious minds, for we are about to embark on a journey into the depths of wet nose wisdom.

First things first, let’s debunk the myth that dogs simply have an affinity for dunking their noses in water bowls. Sure, it’s a plausible theory, but have you ever seen a dog delicately sip water without splashing half of it onto the floor? Exactly. So, if it’s not a penchant for aquatic activities, what gives our furry friends their perpetually moist snoots?

The secret lies in a delightful combination of factors, starting with mucous membranes. Dogs have specialized glands in their noses that produce mucus, which helps trap scent particles and enhances their sense of smell to superhero levels. So, in essence, that wet nose is like a built-in radar system, helping your furbaby sniff out the nearest discarded pizza crust or hidden squirrel.

But wait, there’s more! Ever notice how dogs seem to be the ultimate heat-seeking missiles, snuggling up to warm spots like cozy blankets fresh out of the dryer? Well, their wet noses play a part in regulating body temperature too. The moisture helps dogs cool down by evaporating, sort of like their own personal air conditioning system.

Now, onto the fun part: practical applications of wet noses in everyday doggy life. Picture this: Rover is on high alert, patrolling the perimeter of the backyard for any signs of intruders (squirrels, delivery people, that pesky neighbor’s cat). Suddenly, he picks up a faint scent wafting through the air, courtesy of his trusty wet nose. With nostrils flaring and tail at attention, he embarks on a mission to investigate, guided by the olfactory prowess of his moist schnoz.

Of course, we can’t forget the comedic value of a wet nose in action. Whether it’s leaving a trail of drip marks on freshly mopped floors or turning innocent bystanders into unwitting targets during enthusiastic greetings.

So, there you have it, folks. The mystery of why dogs have wet noses has been sniffed out and solved, thanks to a little science and a lot of canine charm. Next time you find yourself face-to-face with a soggy snoot, embrace the moisture and revel in the joy of doggy companionship.

Gayle Martz

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Because Why Should Puppies Have All the Fun?

teach an old dog new tricksIn a world where wrinkles are often mistaken for roadmaps of wisdom and where “senior moments” become a regular part of our vocabulary, the idea of teaching an old dog new tricks might seem as improbable as teaching a cat to bark. But fear not, my fellow aging adventurers, because it turns out that the old dog is not as stubborn as we once thought.

Now, let’s talk about curiosity. Remember that thing that killed the cat? Well, turns out it’s the elixir of youth for us old dogs. Curiosity isn’t just for wide-eyed youngsters with their entire lives ahead of them. It’s for us, too, with our slightly creaky joints and a penchant for naps. Embrace your inner detective and start asking questions. Who knows, you might uncover the secrets of the universe or just figure out how to work that newfangled gadget your grandkids keep raving about.

Resilience—ah, the art of bouncing back like a rubber ball in a room full of enthusiastic puppies. Learning new tricks isn’t always smooth sailing. There will be moments when you’ll feel like throwing in the towel and retiring to your rocking chair for good.

And let’s not forget the growth mindset—a fancy term for refusing to accept that you’ve reached your peak at bingo night. It’s about embracing challenges with the enthusiasm of a kid in a candy store and seeing setbacks as mere speed bumps on the highway of life. Sure, your memory might not be what it used to be, but who needs to remember where they left their keys when you’re busy learning how to tango?

But what about the old dog? Can it really learn new tricks, or is it destined to spend its twilight years snoozing in the sun? Well, brace yourselves, because science says yes. The aging brain is like a fine wine—it only gets better with time. Sure, it might take a bit longer to pick up new skills, but who’s in a rush anyway? Life is meant to be savored, not sprinted through like a marathon. Just have plenty of your fur baby’s favorite treats in hand and a little patience and it’ll all go just fine.

In conclusion, my fellow old dogs and fur baby parents, let’s defy the stereotypes and show the world that age is just a number. So, grab your walking stick and your sense of humor, because the adventure of lifelong learning awaits. And who knows? You might just teach those young pups a thing or two.

Gayle Martz is developing supplements to extend the life of your dog!

What’s the only downside about owning a dog?

They don’t live as long as we would like. Smaller dogs often live from 10 to 15 years, while some larger breeds have a heartbreakingly short lifespan of as little at 6 to 8 years.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were supplements to extend your fur baby’s lifespan a few years? has been working diligently on this issue. As their slogan says, why not strive to be ‘Giving our best friends more time.’

They are developing drugs intended to help dogs live longer, healthier lives. By targeting the underlying causes of canine aging, they hope to prevent and delay the onset of many age-related diseases.

Loyal is a clinical-stage veterinary medicine company who is developing products based on decades of research. They expect to launch a series of products in 2025 and 2026. Some of these will be daily pills you’ll give your canine at home, while others will be administered by your vet.

They are also recruiting senior dogs to be part of a clinical trial.

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Gayle Martz

Introducing the Catsters: Dr. Lauren and Pancake & Tiller the Adventurers

catsterHi! My name is Lauren, and I’m a residency-trained feline veterinarian with a passion for cats, teaching, and adventure. When I’m not otherwise engaged, volunteering projects top my list as we get what we receive, and so many have helped me reach this point in my career.

I live with two cats (one occasionally grumpy and the other food obsessed, though I’ll leave it to you to decide which is which), and currently spend most of my time in the UK. I can often be found teaching, lecturing, or planning the next outdoor adventure.

I’ve been honored to work with various veterinary organisations and groups over the years, many of them non-profit. I highly recommend looking at the work these groups are doing, including the VIN Foundation, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the International Society of Feline Medicine and the Winn Feline Foundation. I’ve met some amazing clinicians and people in all of these groups, and cannot speak enough about the work they are doing for felines, and feline medicine, as well as the future of the profession that is caring for our cats. Ours is a difficult profession, and yet we often sit in the shadows compared to the work of our human-centric colleagues.

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Rescued dog finds out what love is

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Unidentified Canine Respiratory Illness

A new and unexpected respiratory illness is spreading amongst our doggie companions. Here is a video featuring Dr. Ann Hoenhaus discussing this new threat and what do do in terms of prevention.

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Never Stop Learning: Helpful Reads to Benefit You and Your Pets!

never stop learning

I oftentimes laugh when I think of the book that was published in the 90s titled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” My laughter comes from self-reflection because honestly, I would love if I learned everything in kindergarten. Life would be so much easier. I learn from my experiences. This is a nice way of saying I learn from my mistakes! And since mistakes are inevitable, I have dubbed myself “a lifelong learner”! It is also helpful that I love to read and stay updated on what is going on in the pet industry so I can continue to take great care of my dog, KoKo, and share this knowledge with others like YOU!

Below are recent articles that I found to be helpful, interesting, and entertaining.

Longing for Longevity

As you all know from reading my previous posts, I have been focusing on healthy habits for healthy aging because the longevity of our beloved pets is what everyone desires. I am not alone in my quest and enjoyed reading the article “How to Keep Your Dog Healthier for Longer” featuring some great advice from Brandon Stapleton, DVM, the head veterinarian for The Farmer’s Dog. While he hit on some points I’ve recently discussed, he also discusses new ones such as the importance of training your dog early to avoid trauma and keeping your dog away from dangerous objects and substances. It is worth the read and hopefully you might learn something that will benefit you and your pet! Read more

Gayle Martz

Gayle appears on the When Pets Fly podcast