Thursday, November 10, 2011

Things I see on my pet visits and dog walks...







What interesting things have you seen??


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Monday, October 17, 2011

Black Cat Bad Luck Extends Beyond Superstition

Chances are, you've heard the belief that if a black cat crosses your path, you will have bad luck.  Somehow, these cute, furry little creatures have even been labeled as demons.  Unfortunately, the myth may actually render bad luck to the cats.  
Some animal activist groups warn against those practicing dark magic, claiming some may use the cats for sacrificial means or some other form of cruelty and abuse.  They insist you keep your black cat inside during Halloween.  Many shelters will not adopt out black cats in October for this very reason.  I've never personally heard of this happening, and don't know if it is just another myth or not.   
However, I could see some kids grabbing black cats as pranks or even people adopting or stealing them for part of their decoration and then kicking them out once the party is over.  Black kitty or not, go ahead and keep your cats safe this Halloween, if for nothing else, from all the kids, the candy, and the chaos.   
And the next time a black cat crosses your path, smile, and don't rely on a cat for your luck, good or bad. 
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Friday, October 7, 2011

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month!

 
I cannot imagine life without dogs.  Each one of ours came from a different shelter or rescue group.  They are, as my husband likes to say, "genetic super stars!"  Though they all have wonderful personalities, they are very unique.  Since this month highlights shelter dogs, let's look at a few benefits of adopting.

  1. A match made in heaven - rescue workers work hard to match the right dog with the right owner.  They've gotten to know the dogs well, which means knowing their temperament, kid-tolerance, other pet-tolerance, personality, and more.  In addition, if for some sad reason, the arrangement does not work out, most will take the dog back to re-home.
  2. A special bond - Rescue dogs form a special bond with their owners.  Some of them have never known all the love, affection, and stability of a family, and once they do, they show their appreciation with that special rescue bond. 
  3. A clean bill of health - Rescue dogs are taken to the vet, given a check-up, made up-to-date on vaccines, spayed/neutered, and treated for any medical conditions, all before they are put up for adoption.  This isn't to say all rescue dogs are without health issues...rescue or not, there may be health concerns.  The difference is that with a rescue, you are made aware of any known issues and the treatment involved.
  4. A wonder to behold - It is a beautiful thing to be able to witness and be a part of the positive change and growth a rescue dog can go through as he settles into his new home and becomes more confident, bold, and happy.
There are many more benefits, but why don't you discover them for yourself!  

This week, I'd like to feature one rescue dog in particular named, Scooter.  He is currently being fostered by the rescue group, Georgia Canine Adoption Network.  This group is non-profit, all volunteer, no-kill, and cage-free.  All dogs are fostered by volunteers, and thus have the opportunity to be socialized, sometimes with other pets and/or children, and begin training on house-breaking and other basic commands.  Adoptions are held every month at the PetSmart across from North Point Mall.  You can see the schedule at their website.  In addition, you can follow their events, fundraisers, news, "happy tails," new additions, and more at their Facebook page.  
 

Now, back to Scooter!  This is his bio, taken from Petfinder:

Scooter is a 4 year old hound/mastiff/boxer mix. He was turned into a local animal shelter in terrible condition- he had heart-worms, very little hair and did not like other animals. Scooter has undergone a major transformation. He is completely heart-worm free, has a beautiful red coat of hair and likes playing with other female dogs. He is housebroken, loves to be with people and loves to go for car rides. The perfect home for Scooter would have a large fenced in yard, no small children but adults that want a large cuddly companion. He is current on all vaccines, neutered and micro-chipped. If you would like more information please contact Cindy at cindylisk@bellsouth.net. His adoption fee is $200. Please note that adoptions are not done on a first come, first serve basis, and filling out an application does not guarantee the adoption of any dog. We reserve the right to refuse any applicant, at any time, for any reason as we are looking for the best match for each dog. Thank you for your understanding. Our dogs all live in foster homes. Please contact the foster home email listed above for questions and an adoption application."
Share your experience in the comments section below!  In addition, you can send your adoption story, along with a picture of your adopted dog to: myrescuestory@aol.com for a chance to be featured in our blog!
 
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pumpkin, Pumpkin!

Pumpkin Pumpkin
big and round,
I'm glad you grow
upon the ground.
I'm glad you don't 
grow in a tree
for then you might
fall down on me.



It's time for pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie, boiled pumpkin seeds,..etc.  The whole family can enjoy pumpkins, including your pets!  Did you know those big orange fruits are good for more than just jack-o-lanterns and pies?  They are chock-full of nutrients, such as, vitamins C, K, and E, beta-carotene, fiber, antioxidants, and more.  But, the focus of this post is on the benefits they provide to your pets.

The fiber and high water content of pumpkins can be beneficial in treating and maintaining your pet's digestive health.  This includes diarrhea, constipation, and, for cats, hairballs.  Adding a little pumpkin into your pet's diet is an easy and healthy way to keep your pets regular.

Here is a guideline based on a pet's weight, but even just 1/4 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon can make a huge difference.
                  Less than 15 lbs - up to 2 teaspoons
                  15 - 35 lbs - up to 2 tablespoons
                  35 pounds and above - 2-5 tablespoons dependent on size of pet


Now, two VERY IMPORTANT things to note:

  1. Be sure to use pureed canned pumpkin or puree a fresh pumpkin on your own.  DO NOT USE PUMPKIN PIE FILLING.  It is not the same!  The pie filling has sugary additives that are not good for your pet.
  2. Serious cases of constipation or diarrhea require veterinary attention!  They can be indicative of serious, underlying issues and chronic situations can lead to more dire issues.

If you are wondering what you are going to do with all that pumpkin after you puree it, and your pet only requires a small amount each day, freeze it!  You can freeze it in ice cube trays.  Then, give one to your dog as a treat, or, place one in a plastic bag in the fridge or sink to thaw each day.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Does Your Dog Eat Grass?

Jake loves to take time to smell the roses ...um, eat the grass?

Does your dog eat grass?  It's not necessarily a bad thing.
Dogs will eat whatever satisfies their dietary needs...(and then some).  Before domestication, dogs ate grass, plants, berries, etc.  Sometimes, they eat grass to help with an upset stomach.  The grass or plant acts like a natural antacid.

So, when should you be concerned?

  • If your dog swallows whole chunks of grass and then vomits, this could be an indicator of a sick pup.
  • If your dog has a sudden increase in grass eating, this could indicate an underlying condition that he is trying to remedy on his own.
  • Always be careful your dog is not snacking on grass that has been treated with pesticides or chemicals.
But, in general, if Fido makes a little grass part of his daily diet, there is probably no need for concern.  You may want to try switching his food, since he might be attempting to make up for a missing ingredient.  Check out my post on dog food ratings for more info:  http://blog.abetterpetsitter.com/2011/02/how-many-stars-does-your-dogs-food-earn.html 

Happy Healthy Snacking!

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Monday, September 5, 2011

It's Hurricane Season! Do You Have a Plan for Your Pets?

Irene, Lee, Katia...no, it's not the start of an invite list...


it's the start of hurricane season.
Hopefully, you have a disaster plan in place for your family.  But, what about your pets?  Don't leave them behind!








Here is a list of things you can do to plan ahead.

1. Keep your pets up-to-date on vaccinations.  Some shelters require this.

2. Have your pets micro-chipped so they will always have identification.  Collars come off.

3. Have a pet carrier that will fit your pet at his current size.  That crate you used when your Great Dane was
    a 15 pound puppy will not do now that he is an 160 pound adult!

4. Keep a current photo of your pet.

5. Figure out now where you will take your pet, be it an animal shelter, friend, or relative located outside of  
    the danger area, and be sure to add the location into your evacuation route.

6. Make a supply kit that you can grab on your way out the door.



Here's what you will need for your kit:
  • Identification and copies of vaccine records
  • Large supply of food and water
  • Carrier/Crate
  • Leash and collar/harness
  • Any medications your pet is currently taking
Stay safe!


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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I'm in love!

Okay, so I love all my pet clients!  But, I recently had the pleasure of caring for 3 lovable shih tzus:  Benjamin, Delilah, and Lulu.  They were so sweet and so much fun!  Delilah made me laugh the way she played with her food.  Benjamin was always up for playing fetch or a snuggle.  Lulu loved her pet massages.  Here are a few pics and videos I wanted to share with you.  Enjoy!



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