Valentine day gift idea-PERSONALIZED

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Pet’s ID-How does a MICROCHIP work

MICROCHIP your pet. How does a MICROCHIP work?

This form of permanent ID can help your lost pet find it’s way home. They will thank you!
A microchip is a small implanted frequency device (RFID) about the size of a grain of rice. It is injected under the skin between pet’s shoulders. It is similar to getting a vaccination, no anesthesia is required. It is claimed that it is not a painful procedure…maybe like a sting. The MC is completely inert lacks a power source. To read the information on the microchip, a scanner that emits specific radio frequencies is passed over the pet. This ID number is then entered into a database where the pet owner’s information is stored. This is why it is VERY IMPORTANT to keep your information updated. Be a responsible pet parent, they depend on you.

Microchipping your pet is beneficial. One success story, a lost pet was taken to a veterinarian, they scanned it and the pet actually belonged to one of the vet’s other clients. They came and retrieved their pet who snuck out under the fence. I recently heard of a dog that was returned after 7 years of being gone! The owners were thrilled to get their pet back after showing up in a shelter.
Collars and name tags are important as well, but they can come off and Microchipping is double insurance in retrieving your lost pet.

After you have your pet Microchipped make sure you register the information properly. The information in the database associated with that number consists ONLY if provided by the owner. Again, register it and keep it up to date. Please be a responsible pet owner. Do it BEFORE you have to learn the hard/heartbreaking way.

Do you have a story you can share with us? see the area, below, to reply to this entry about Microchipping…tell us your story, it can help to educate others.

I am Microchipped

I am Microchipped, see my yellow tag? that is the external number about the ID that is in the internal chip.

source: myself, Barbara Tapella, and Dr. Jeff Rothstein, president of progressive pet animal hospitals in Michigan

Lost or found a dog?

What to do…Check Animal Shelters  
Be certain to check with every animal shelter or humane society in your vicinity daily, or at least every two or three days. Click here for a list of some of the local shelters. You must go in person, as it is very difficult for busy shelter personnel to identify your pet by phone. Take the extra time to visit each shelter to avoid an unfortunate oversight. Stray dogs picked up by animal control are often misidentified as the wrong breed, wrong age, or even the wrong sex. Check every department of the shelter, including the hospital room, holding area, or quarantine area. Don’t think that because your pet is purebred that he or she was stolen. The shelters are full of purebred animals of all ages waiting for their owners to pick them up!

Check the Shelter Websites
Many of the animal shelters now maintain their own websites, posting photos and information about the dogs at their facility. Click here for a list of some of the local shelters and their website addresses. While these can be useful, don’t rely solely on the shelter websites — not every dog in the shelter gets his or her photo and information posted! In some cases, by the time a dog is posted to the website, his or her time at the shelter is almost up!

Keep Checking the Shelters
Continue to check shelters for weeks after your pet has disappeared in case it has been temporarily taken in by someone. Even if your dog was wearing an I.D. tag or microchip, go to the shelter and look for yourself! We’ve seen dogs wearing collars and I.D. tags waiting at shelters for their owners to pick them up. If you have moved or changed your phone number, the shelter may have no way to get in contact with you.

Check with Neighbors
Someone may have taken your pet in with good intentions, especially if it was not wearing I.D. Take a photo of your pet door-to-door, covering several blocks around the area that it was last seen. Be sure to also check with neighborhood kids. If you found a dog, put them on a leash and walk around the neighborhood you found them in. Do this several times. Ask neighbors…”do you know this dog? I found it and I am trying to find it’s home”.

Check Local Parks and Schools
Stray pets are often attracted to areas where there are trash cans filled with discarded food and plenty of water to drink. Check locations near where the pet was lost that might be sources of an easy meal.

Post Notices
Type or print a bold poster containing your pet’s photo, so that it’s easily and quickly legible to passing motorists. Including a photo greatly increases your chance of recovery. Post copies of your poster at local veterinary offices, pet supply stores, animal shelters, groomers, grocery stores, busy intersections, etc. and throughout your neighborhood in highly visible places.

Call Lost & Found Services
In addition to your local animal shelters, some services and organizations take calls regarding lost and found pets, and can assist in recovery. Try these resources:
Call (888) 85FOUND
Call (714) 978-PETS

Place “Lost Dog” Ads in Local Papers
Some publications will run free “lost pet” ads for a few days. If not free, the cost is usually minimal, and well worth increasing the chances of recovering your pet.

Check “Found Dog” Ads
Check “found pet” ads in newspapers daily. Call any ad that remotely resembles the description of your pet, since the people placing the ad might not describe your pet accurately.

Don’t Assume Your Pet was Stolen!
Occasionally, we hear reports of puppies or toy-breed dogs having been stolen from their owners, but it is very uncommon for a large-breed dog such as a German Shepherd to be taken by a stranger. Often, owners assume that the reason their dog is suddenly missing from their yard could only mean that someone entered the premises and took the animal. In every one of these cases, we have found later that the dog either jumped the fence or escaped the yard in some other manner. In one case, the dog had gotten under the house and became trapped. Don’t assume that someone has taken your dog!

Don’t Give Up!
Depending on the circumstances under which your pet was lost, and where it has ended up, it could take several weeks, even months, for your reunion. For your pet’s sake as well as your own, never stop looking. When you do locate your pet, RUN — don’t walk — to the nearest pet supply store and get an I.D. tag on his or her collar IMMEDIATELY. An I.D. tag is the best way to help your pet to find his or her way safely back home. MICROCHIP!!!!!!!

Thank you!!!!! All the four legged creatures who need our voices! Baby Kona

Your pet and the Holiday season

Moki the Reindeer

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones…including your pet family! because they are family too.
With all the Holidays treats and dinners that are being cooked, remember not to give your dogs or cats any onions, chocolate, raisins, grapes, xylitol and cooked bones.

Do not leave your pets over night, alone and not fed. Contrary to some folks and their beliefs, pets need attention daily. Ask your neighbor to make sure your pets are fed and safe while you are gone. Yes, Cats can be left one night with plenty of kibble, water and warmth.

Need a special gift for your grand-dog or cat? We have special Holiday baskets at
Bully sticks are a great treat that dogs will chew on for hours. They are digestible.

WE Raised Donations for the ASPCA

We had so much fun walking in the mini marathon in Los Angeles California. So many wonderful people running and walking for the animals.   What a great feeling to know all this money was being raised to help the shelter and rescue animals. A heart felt and passionate issue for me. Please consider rescuing a shelter pet…don’t support breeding.  There are so many wonderful pets that need you and your loving care.  Feed your dog or cat with food and treats that have never been on recall!

Please throw your Rawhide chews away! Dangerous for your dog.

These are the most common rawhide risks:

Contamination. As with pet toys, rawhide chews can contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals. And, as with other pet (or human) foods, Salmonella or E. coli contamination is possible. Even humans can be at risk when coming into contact with these bacteria on rawhide treats. Are they from China?
Digestive irritation. Some dogs are simply sensitive or allergic to rawhide or other substances used in their manufacture. This can cause problems, including diarrhea or death.
Choking or blockages. Rawhide bones and other edible chews can pose a choking and blockage risk. In fact, this is a much bigger risk than contamination or digestive irritation. If your dog swallows large pieces of rawhide, the rawhide can get stuck in the esophagus or other parts of the digestive tract. Depending on its size and where it is located, a vet may be able to remove these pieces fairly easily through the throat. But sometimes, abdominal surgery is needed to remove them from the stomach or intestines. If it isn’t resolved, a blockage can lead to death. I have a friend whose dog died from this!

Go to the top of this page and look at the products you can buy thru this website. Bully Sticks are good chews and digestible!   

From pets.webmd and me!

I love connecting People with Pets…doing it from my heart

    We found a special couple to open their hearts and give another dog a home!  Yay! How good does this feel?   You know what I mean if you have ever found an animal in need.  You feel all that tension and anxiety, and ask “why did I get involved with this?”.  Then you stick with it, you get support and the magic starts to unfold, ending in a blessed act of kindness!  Another Happy Animal who is safe.

Your hope is raised and you are happy you got involved. You kick up your heels and feel like you contributed.

  The Internet is amazing, so powerful and reaches many miles and makes the limits much wider.  I often think about all the dogs, cats, pets that used to rely on the local classified ads in newspapers.  If you were lucky enough a person telephoned. “in the old days”….

I love doing this work for the animals- It takes time and tenacity.

Want to share this-My regular income is generated with my massage practice and has been since 1984.   In 2010, I created to educate, network and build community for the animals.   It helps to bring income & keep my heart projects alive. Please consider stopping by and looking at the Pet food I represent, or click google ads below, or buy from my affiliates, and/or order stuff through my link at Amazon (for anything you buy).   We all will benefit!

The pet food, supplements & treats I represent at Life’s Abundance is a human grade pet food that gets delivered right to your doorstep…on a schedule that you control.  The Holistic Vet that formulates it, Dr. Jane, donates, quarterly, to animal rescue groups. The benefits keep on coming!

Watch these short informative videos on the quality of our Pet food at Life’s Abundance. we explain why it’s premium pet food.  I would love it if you placed and order. It helps to generate some income for all the time and energy I (unconditionally) give everyday.

Please go to my site and check it out:
Thank you! Barbara Tapella

This is Barbara and Moki. She found Barbara & was adopted when she was 7 years old and lived a blessed life until she was 16.


Springtime, dog hikes and bees-


What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know About Bee Stings

Yesterday, I took my dogs,  Andy and Kona on a hike in Newport bay. We went off trail and suddenly I saw a few bees flying around. Maybe Kona knocked them as she ran down the path?  I had Andy on leash and he kept pawing his nose as he backed up toward me. I reached down and saw a bee embedded in his fur near his nose.  Poor little guy. I quickly pulled out a dog poop bag (plastic) and grabbed the bee and flung it a few feet to my right.  Then, I reached down to check Andy’s fur as I saw another black spot on his back, yes, another bee embedded!  At the same moment- BAM! something flew on my forehead…Yikes…I swished it away like you would move a fly from your face.  It didn’t move; I freaked. I got the plastic bag and pulled it off my forehead…I was stung! OUCH! Immediately painful, I pulled out a baggie from my back pack.  In it were some Lysol wipes, “just in case I needed them”.   I ran back to the main trail and stuck those wipes up to my forehead. (Andy seemed fine)  It felt good to apply – maybe the cooling and antibacterial helped it not swell too much?

Found this article about bee stings, I want to share the knowledge.

“Treating bee stings in dogs is not much different than treating humans who have been stung. The first priority is to to assess the dog for signs of allergic reaction. Dogs can be as allergic to bee stings as people are, resulting in a life threatening situation. Here’s what you need to know about treating bee stings in dogs. Dogs explore things with their mouths. They also defend themselves and hunt with their mouths. My own little dog will bite a fly (or a bee) out of mid air if it comes too close. This means that while humans often suffer bee stings on their feet and hands, dogs will typically suffer bee stings on their face, in their mouth and occasionally on the foot.

The behavior of a stung dog can be perplexing. They might bark in alarm or rub their face with their paws or on the ground. Assume a possible bee sting if they are suddenly behaving oddly after being in an area where they might have gotten stung.

Assessing The Situation : Is It An Emergency?
Your dog could be suffering an allergic reaction to the bee sting. Symptoms of allergy are difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, asthma-like symptoms,swelling beyond the area of the bee sting, losing consciousness, or excessive barking followed by fainting. Sometimes bee sting allergy in dogs can seem like seizures.

If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical treatment. Treating bee stings in dogs at home will not be sufficient in the event of an allergy - it is a medical emergency.

Treating bee stings in dogs who are having an allergic reaction includes epinephrine, steroids, and/or antihistamines. If you think your dog is having an allergic reaction, phone the vet -

Treating Bee Stings In Dogs: Non Emergencies
If you think your dog has been stung but he is not suffering from symptoms of an allergic reaction, you can treat the injury at home. If you can find the stinger, remove it without compressing the venom sac attached. Stingers can usually be removed by scraping the area gently with a fingernail or credit card. If the injury site is inside the mouth, observe the dog for symptoms of allergy for a few hours. The swelling from even a mild allergic reaction can restrict the airway.

If there are no complications, treating bee stings in dogs is the same as treating stings in humans. Ice can reduce pain, itching, and swelling. Baking soda paste can be applied to the sting site to counteract the venom’s acid.

resource-Sydney Ellis, Yahoo! Contributor Network

Spring is here, be careful w/ Cocoa Mulch and Pets

Toxic Deadly Mulch

The following article is from:
Consumer Reports.Org

Cocoa mulch is toxic to dogs
Pet owners beware: This warning is real

It’s mulching season, and this landscaping essential just can’t catch a break.

Is it true? The fact that fragrant cocoa mulch can kill dogs that eat it?   There is truth to the claim, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Some dogs are attracted by the mulch’s chocolate aroma, and according to a warning from the ASPCA in 2003, “Eaten by a 50-pound dog, about 2 ounces of cocoa bean mulch may cause gastrointestinal upset; about 4.5 ounces, increased heart rate; about 5.3 ounces, seizures; and over 9 ounces, death.”

Cocoa mulch is made from crushed cacao shells, which contain caffeine and theobromine, two compounds to which dogs are particularly sensitive. (These substances are also present in everyday comestibles like baker’s chocolate, chocolate bars and candies, colas, and tea.) Depending on the size of the dog and the amount of cocoa mulch it ingests, symptoms can range from stomach upset to cardiac arrest. Dogs metabolize the compounds slowly, so symptoms may take hours or even days to manifest themselves. The ASPCA’s advice: Avoid using cocoa mulch anywhere unsupervised dogs roam.

Other natural alternatives to cocoa mulch, like cedar chips and pine straw, are typically less toxic but still may contain resins and oils that trigger gastrointestinal disorders in pets that ingest them. And all mulches, including those made from recycled plastics (see our report, available to subscribers), pose a choking hazard, especially in pooches with less-than-discriminating palates.

If you suspect your dog has eaten cocoa mulch or any other toxic substance, immediately contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. The center, open 24/7 every day of the year, charges $55 per consultation.

Allergies are here in the environment that may be getting to your pet. Buy our Healthy treats for Dogs and Cats!

This dog can’t stay awake…ever feel like this?

This is so CUTE!!!!

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