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Have you checked the RESCUE links we have provided for you?

We have made up a list (with the help of Haute Dog/Justin Rudd) of animal rescue sites.  All sorts-Dogs, cats, bunnies, reptiles, horses, pot belly pigs, etc. Remember to feed them the Healthiest food possible for their bodies.

Look at the top of our page and you will see the tab. Click on the tab after you read this. We will keep this as a Permanent Tab so you can come here anytime and see where there may be an animal companion waiting for you to adopt.

Pass this on to a friend who may be looking for a pet.

Many people are surprised that there are breed specific rescues.  Please don’t buy. They only way to curtail the Puppy mills and massive breeding is to go to a shelter and adopt.   So many wonderful souls made it their mission in life to rescue all types of animals-and look for new homes for them.

Do you realize that many people have given up perfectly good dogs to shelters or rescues? You’d be surprised to find purebreds at the local shelter.  Are you aware that mixed breeds can healthier?

Some people die and don’t make a plan for their pet.  Their extended families (if they have one) don’t want the pet. What happens then?  Hopefully someone will foster them til they find a good home. Look at the rescue sites.

Consider donating to these groups if you are not ready to take on a new pet.   Check out these sites (and I am sure there are more that we don’t have listed) first.  Make a pet happy with a new home. Open up your heart to the one that speaks to you, you will be so happy you did.  Remember to make a lifetime commitment to the pet’s natural life cycle, they are counting on you. Give them 100% and they will give that in return.

Pets make a wonderful companion for retired folks. Consider your parents as they age, it could provide a wonderful relationship for your parent and for the animal.

As the saying goes: WHO RESCUED WHO?

10 IMPORTANT things your dog will ask

10 things a DOG asks of it’s people……….(can apply to a cat)

1.   My life is likely to last 11 to 18 years.   Any separation from you will be painful for me.   It’s in my nature to be part of a pack and I hate being left alone.  Please remember this before you bring me home.  I am a LIFETIME commitment, not when it’s just convenient.

2.    Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3.    Place your trust in me—it is crucial for my well being.

4.    Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment.  You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends.  I have only you.

5.    Talk to me sometimes. Even though I don’t understand your words, I understand the tone of voice when it’s speaking to me.

6.    Be aware that however you treat me, I will not forget.

7.    Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones on your hand, but I choose not to bite you.

8.    Before you scold me for being “uncooperative” or “obstinate” or “lazy”, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I am not getting the right food or have been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting weak and old.

9.    Take good care of me when I get old, you too will grow old.

10.  Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say “I can’t bare to watch” or Let it happen in my absence”. Everything is easier for me when you are there.

-original author unknown-

Went to our local Animal Shelter yesterday, in Long Beach Ca

The animal shelter, SPCA of Long Beach, is so nice and clean and accomadating for the animals.  It is the ONE shelter I have visited that I can actually go near and Not feel devastated.  I usually have a hard time going to the pound or a shelter as I want to “rescue” them all.

Yesterday I went to the marketplace that is in the SPCA center.  I buy my dogs treats and some premium wet food as all the proceeds go to the animal shelter.  I like that.  In addition to feeding my dogs Life’s Abundance Holistic Pet food, I supplement it with other High Quality proteins.  As your Pet ages it is important to feed them Kibble as well as a Quality wet food. They need it for muscle mass as well and hydration. My girls are treated well…what can I say?  It is worth it! They give me a ton of love, pleasure and great company.

Visit your local pound, Shelter or SPCA when you want a new pet.      Please.

I was surprised and pleased to see that many people were there, looking and wanting a new pet to add to their family.

There are many wonderful animals that need good homes. They will be forever grateful.

I rescued my Moki when she was 6 or 7.  Adopting a “senior” dog is very rewarding!  And I still have her 9 years later!  The sweetest dog…EVER!

Animals are deep in my heart

My love and passion for animals – Can I tell you how it all started back in the 1980′s?

A darling Pomeranian puppy was given to me for my 30th birthday. I named him Tiamo. I wanted him to know “I love you” every time I said his name even though it was in Italian. He taught me how to love and adore animals. Even though I had adopted 2 cats a few years earlier, Tiamo was the 7 pound wonder that opened my heart.

I learned what it meant to be responsible for a Pet; the “parental” duties it took to be an awesome pet owner. The unconditional love I experienced was priceless. My heart grew bigger and bigger for dogs, cats, all pets!  I started to notice animals on many levels. I even started to follow a vegetarian diet, which lead to a vegan diet….all because I couldn’t eat animals because I connected with them in my heart. (**in recent years I integrated more animal protein into my diet).

Unfortunately, I needed to help Tiamo pass on when he was only 13 years old. That is on the younger side for a small dog. He had a collagen disease which compromised his cartilage; this made him age faster than normal. His body started to ‘give out’. It inspired me to pay attention to the health of mine and other people’s pets. Especially what was in the food they ate. Animals need our pure attention. I learned we all need to educate ourselves the best we can.

I still had my two cats and another pom (that we adopted from a Pomeranian rescue). Time moved forward and I noticed I became very involved in the animal world. Dog sitting, dog walking, rescuing, helping animals find a home, learning about better foods, how corn and other fillers were put into pet food, etc.

My caring and compassion is for all living things became more and more apparent.

I have been working massage and bodywork, since 1983. These (massage and animals) two passions seemed to weave in and out of each other. I noticed that people started to rely on me for “answers” or connecting them and building community for animals.  The Holistic care of humans and animals seemed to compliment one another.

Communities started to see me as an animal activist in the early 2000′s. This surprised me but I gladly opened up to it. I was just doing what was in my heart for these sweet creatures that couldn’t speak up for themselves. Teaching and working in my massage and bodywork practice, I also started to personally develop a conscious touch for animals, namely dogs and cats. I thought, if I can do it with humans, why not the animals? Animals are actually less resistant and more open to the energy exchange.

Now in 2011, my partner and I have a Golden Retriever/Labrador mix who is 16 years old and a Chocolate Labrador who is 6 years old; both rescues. We adopted Moki, the Golden, when she was 7ish. That is a story for another time. Kona, the Chocolate Lab was about 6 weeks old when we rescued her from a family that couldn’t keep her. We have given both of them a very loving FOREVER home. They are part of our family and consider them in all that we do.

In the past year I decided it was time for me to get out in the world more with Pets, their people and the animal world. In 2008, my partner and I moved to Southern California and needed a support team for our dogs and us. Being in Earthquake territory and not always being at home with them through out the day, we developed a PET EMERGENCY TEAM in our neighborhood, which has now expanded to the track of homes we live in Long Beach, Ca.

We are still building and creating this. Check it out.

http://www.edpehoa.org/neighborhood-pet-team.html

Announcing and Recently created, www.MyPetfirst.com there is a an offer you can follow this Pet Emergency plan for your family. Only $1.00!!!  There are ideas and suggestions on how you can start one in your community. We all have un-foreseen crisis that spring up and it is wise to have a plan. Do you have a plan in order? I encourage you to do this today.  We have a plastic container with extra dog food, blankets, water, water bowls, treats and meds.

Did you know that CORN and other fillers can affect your animal’s skin and coat? Does your dog have allergy, skin or coat issues? Check the ingredients. Try a NO-GRAIN food. It will most likely vanish. My vet had my 1 year old, Kona, on antibiotics three different times in one year!   I changed her food and the skin problem disappeared and her need for meds. Check your food and know what ingredients are in the product.

Dogs and cats are highly allergic to corn and other grain filler in commercial foods. Many Pet foods bulk it up with starchy fillers. A protein filler can be chicken beaks, chicken wings, bones, etc.  Not the actual meat of the animal stated in the food. Liver is ok…as long as they are organic.  If you see “animal digest” on the label as part of the ingredients, beware. This can mean there are rendered “diseased or dead” animals in there. Dead of course, but meaning that they could be pets that have been euthanized at the shelter.

My love for animals deepens every day. I help people all over the country to feel more connected to their animals, educate about Pets and even help with finding forever homes for them. A woman all the way across the continent, in CT, wrote and asked me what she could do about people dropping unwanted cats at the their barn. I gave her some suggestions that inspired her and, yes, she found them homes. That is a great feeling to be able to inspire, help people and find solutions.

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If your Pet could talk to you!

Voice of your PET :

1. My life is likely to last 10-18 years. Any separation
from you is likely to be painful. Please give me a FOREVER home.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of
me. Don’t expect me to get it the first time you ask.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my
well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. NEVER.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Maybe I am trying to communicate something important.

Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have
been in the sun too long, my back may hurt or my heart might be
getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old. Don’t leave me out in the cold.

10 On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please.
Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me
face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Your Dying Dog (or other pet)

Your Pet is a family member. They want to be with you their whole life. There are different stages they will go through. Please pay close attention to their changing needs. A yearly check up at your Vet is essential to their health.

Preparation

It is hard to prepare for the death of a beloved pet, one that has been like a member of the family for many years. However, since the life of a dog is much shorter in years than the average human life, pet owners know that one day they will experience this kind of death.

The Last Days

Perhaps your dog has shown signs of aging. He is not as agile, has grown blind, deaf, or has trouble with incontinence. Perhaps he has cancer or a disease that cannot be cured. You have been to the vet many times. The last days of your dog are here. Stay close.  Gentle Touch is assuring for your pet.

With the guidance of your vet, you may learn that it is in the best interest of your pet to euthanize him. If this is the case, once the drug is administered, death will be imminent and quick. Please try to BE WITH your pet when they are “helped to pass”.  Hold your pet is assuring and can be a way for completion for you and your pet.  Be brave in your heart, this for your life long family member. After all, would you want to die alone if you didn’t need to?  Before this happens, make sure you speak softly to your dog and tell him what a faithful pet he has been to you and your family.

Common Symptoms of Dying Dog

If your dog is sick, without a cure, you may have to watch him die naturally at home. As he declines, you may notice many of these symptoms.

  • Excessive sleeping
  • Limited movement
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Slower heartbeat
  • Incontinence
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Runny eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tail between his legs
  • Lethargy
  • Less coordinated than usual
  • Shaking or twitching

What You Can Do

Take time to make sure your dog is taken care of as he dies. Give him a good death. As you continue to watch for the many symptoms of dying dog, call your vet to make sure that what your pet is experiencing is normal. Ask questions. Your vet may give you some pills to ease your pet’s restlessness, or to alleviate any pain. The following suggestions will help as you prepare for your dog’s last days.

  • Keep him well hydrated even if he cannot get to his water bowl. Give him swallows or sips of water through a medicine dropper.
  • Even if he isn’t eating as much as he used to, provide food. If he cannot get to his bowl, bring it to him. Help him take some bites. Mixing dry dog food with water will make swallowing it easier.
  • If he is unable to go outside to urinate, surround him with waterproof pads. Doggie diapers are also a possibility.
  • Make sure he is comfortable.
  • Gently rub his fur and talk to him.
  • Clean his ears or brush his fur if he can handle the touching.  be gentle and mindful. Move slowly.

Sudden Death

Sometimes there is not an extended period of time when a dog is dying. Death is sudden and quick. When dogs have heart attacks, ingest something poisonous, or are hit by vehicles, death occurs immediately. This sudden death is a big shock to all who love the pet. Take time to go over what happened with family members. Do not place guilt or blame on anyone.

Support

When your canine dies, you will encounter all that is involved with dealing with a pet death. There will be sorrow and an empty feeling each time you are at home. Know that it is perfectly normal to miss your pet. You will see his leash, water bowl, or favorite chew toy and feel sadness. If you have children, make sure they understand that their dog is going to die. Helping children come to terms with the death of a pet is important. After death, allow them to hold a funeral or memorial service, should they wish to do so. Find creative ways to remember your furry friend. Speak often of him in fondness.

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