Posts Tagged ‘Cats’

Yoda, the Cat, healed his heart while loving kittens

I was watching the TODAY show this morning and saw the most wonderful clip of a woman and her passion for Cats. She is in her late 30’s and she rescues adult cats from shelters. Love her!

She also fosters kittens and helps find them permanent homes.

She adopted an older cat, YODA, from a shelter. Yoda was showing signs of distress so she brought him to the Veterinarian. The Vet said Yoda had about 7 months to live as his heart was compromised.  She and her husband decided to keep Yoda until the end of his life and give him the best for the time he had left on this earth.

Fostering a litter of kittens, Yoda wanted to go into the “kitten” room.  He immediately became “papa” and started to attend to them. grooming them and hanging out with them day and night.  He was there for the kittens in a Papa sort of way.  They loved cuddling and sleeping with him.  Seven litters later and check-ups with his Veterinarian, Yoda’s heart was healing.

Healing. The condition was not there as it was before.  Wow…think about that!  ~ Caring for others and feeling of value~ BEAUTIFUL!

Love heals. Especially the sick heart.

4th of July and your pets – KEEPing THEM SAFE

Some pets do not tolerate loud noises well, and with the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and its fireworks and rowdy celebrators, your pet may be on edge. Above all, make sure your pet cannot escape the safety of your home. On the chance your pet could escape, ensure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag and have your pet microchipped, so if found, he or she can be easily identified as yours. Scared and frantic pets may run for blocks before realizing they are lost, so the importance of identification can’t be stressed enough.

What can you do to soothe your scared pet?

Make them comfortable in a room (DO NOT TAKE THEM TO PUBLIC EVENTS)…make sure they have plenty of water and food and turn the radio on. Not blasting but moderate noise. The bass can help flush out the big BOOMS that scare them when the fireworks sounds off.

VetriScience created Composure Chews, which contain vitamin B1, colostrum calming complex, and L-theanine with other tasty ingredients that your dog will take as a treat.

Bach Rescue Remedy contains rock rose, clematis, cherry plum, and star of bethlehem to help soothe and calm frayed nerves and provide a sense of security.

A Thundershirt is a compression garment that helps your pet feel safe. A lot of pets respond positively to just this shirt!

You can also provide your pet with a safe hiding spot to retreat to, a crate or box with blankets, a favorite closet, just knowing where in your home your pet feels safest and providing easy access to this spot during stressful times can help!

Talk to your vet about which remedy or combination might be best for your pet, and have a safe and happy holiday!  Think it out what is BEST for your pet!

Blue and Kona

Thanksgiving food is NOT for Pets

4 great tips that will help you and your dog have a wonderful and non eventual Thanksgiving.

What Not To Feed Your Dog

Your Thanksgiving meal, while delicious to you, will be on a dog’s no-no list.

1) No turkey, which is often stuffed and basted in fats to crisp the skin and make the meat moist. If you do give a small portion of turkey, make sure it is small, not fatty, and DE-BONED!

2) mashed potatoes with gravy and onions

3) stuffing (no raisins and no onions)

4) desserts

 Small, low-fat, non-spicy portions of food are the key to positive sharing.

 Here are some essential diet no-nos for the holiday season:

1. Avoid items that you know will upset your pet’s stomach. Not every pet’s gastrointestinal system is capable of taking on all foods and digesting or absorbing them properly. If you know your pet has had digestive sensitivities in the past, you should avoid new foods, especially in large portions, or combined with other new foods. Your holiday can be easily ruined by a carpet full of the resulting “reaction.”

2. Nothing with onions or other alliums (i.e., garlic, leeks, scallions). Though small, well-cooked portions of this plant group can be okay when pets are accustomed to them, larger quantities can lead to toxic anemia — especially in dogs. Also, be careful with turkey stuffing. Many stuffing recipes include onions.

3. No chocolate. Everyone knows that chocolate causes abnormally high heart rhythms in dogs, among other problems. But not everyone is aware that the kind of chocolate we bake with over the holidays is especially toxic. While an M&M or two may not hurt, a dog that snatches a large chunk of baking chocolate from the counter may end up in the ER. Be careful to keep ingredients out of reach when baking.

4. No grapes or raisins. These fruits have been found to cause kidney failure in dogs, and studies have shown that these products tend to cause problems when given in large quantities over a period of time, so there’s no need to risk it.

5. No xylitol. Most people don’t cook with this sugar substitute, but diabetics often do. Anything with xylitol in it is toxic and absolutely deadly to dogs. Sugar-free cupcakes, gums, and mints may also contain this product, so be careful all year round.

6. No macadamia nuts. As delicious as they are, we recommend you not offer them to your pet(s). That means that caramelized macadamia nut tart is off limits for your pet.

7. No alcohol. This is obvious. NONE! This “entertainment” to you may be deadly to your pet.

*******Feed your pet a regular diet on the Holidays, although tempting to share your feast. Best Dog &Cat food and Healthy treats

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DOG Grooming Tips-Easy to do!

Canine Grooming Tips by Dr. Jane from Life’s Abundance

Family Washing DogNo one likes a bad hair day … and that includes your dog. Just like with humans, the skin is the largest organ of a dog’s body. Every day, their skin and coats are exposed to UV rays, pollution, infectious agents, drying heat or wind. Because it can contribute to a dog’s overall health, grooming should be an essential part of companion animal care. While bathing a dog, I think all of us have experienced getting wetter than your dog, being interrupted by phone calls, or, worst of all, a sudsy canine tearing off, leaving a wet, sudsy trail behind him. As a veterinarian with a good deal of grooming experience, I can tell you that planning ahead can reduce unwanted problems and stress, so here are a handful of my best tips.


Unfortunately, bathing can be stressful for some dogs, as some just tolerate it better than others. For those pups who are particularly skiddish, consider brewing some chamomile tea to calm your dog. Thirty minutes before you bathe, give your dog a cooled cup of chamomile tea with honey, (and yourself) followed by a dog treat that’s rich in carbohydrates, like our Antioxidant Health Bars. The carbohydrates will help deliver the calming tea straight to your dog’s brain. Better yet, you can both sit down with some tea and play soothing music, to set a calming tone for your upcoming grooming session. You can also give your dog tea during the grooming session. As we’ve already mentioned, just make sure the tea has cooled off (no hotter than room temperature).

I recommend the use of a grooming apron with pockets that covers you from chest to mid-thighs, to protect your clothes. While you can always put your clothes in the laundry later, dog hair can be difficult to remove from a washing machine. A full apron not only protects your clothes, in the pockets you can keep treats, shampoo, conditioner and a brush. The treats you choose must smell appealing to your dog – like our Tasty Rewards Training Treats – and keeping them in your apron pockets will leave your hands free for grooming.

If your dog is of a long-haired breed, (Barbara has a cockapoo)  brush with a fine-tooth comb prior to bathing, so you don’t have to contend with knots while shampooing, potentially making a bad problem worse.


Whether you bathe your dog in the tub or the backyard, sit on a low stool to prevent stress or injury to your back and knees. If you’re outside, I advise that you use a six-foot leash. Tie it around your waist or hook it on your belt to free up your hands and prevent your dog from slipping away for a sudsy romp.

If you’re using water from an outdoor hose, keep in mind that, while it might be warm outside, the water will feel cold to your dog, not always without substantial discomfort. If at all possible, use tepid water, either by running extension hoses from the sink in your house, or simply bathe your dog indoors in a tub.

When you apply the shampoo, make small circles with a hairbrush with plastic nubs to distribute the shampoo evenly through the hair and onto the skin. This will also exfoliate the skin and allow the herbs in the shampoo to penetrate the skin. Leave the shampoo on for about three minutes, but don’t allow it to dry as this can irritate the skin. Our Revitalizing Shampoo suds well, rinses easily, and features rosemary to help increase blood flow, ultimately contributing to healthier skin and hair.

Most animals really don’t enjoy having their heads washed, so I suggest that you simply wet the head using a wash cloth. That way, you’ll be sure to prevent shampoo from entering the eyes or ears, making the entire experience more enjoyable for your canine companion.


I recommend towel drying your dog versus using a blowdryer, which can excessively dry or even burn skin, and frighten some dogs with the sound. The best method for towel drying is by patting rather than using a circular motion, which can often lead to matting. BE careful!

In most cases, you’ll be able to see an immediate change in your dog’s appearance following a bath. You’ll know that you’re using a high quality shampoo when your dog has a shinier, fuller coat, less dander and no more “doggie smell”. With moisture-activated odor neutralizers, our Revitalizing Shampoo features antioxidants and organic extracts of rosemary and sage, nutritive herbs that penetrate into the hair shaft and promote coat health. Also included are kiwi and mango essences, selected because they too enhance the health of the skin, as well as leaving your dog’s coat smelling clean and fresh.

You should not bathe your dog more often than every two-to-three weeks. If your dog’s coat could do with some freshening in between baths, use Bath Fresh Mist to neutralize odors and condition the skin and coat. This product is so simple to use … just spray and brush into in the coat. You will love the aroma and your dog will love the attention!

And what about you? Do you have any “must-know” grooming tips that you’d like to share with your fellow blog readers? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals!

Dr Jane Bicks Dr. Jane Bicks

your pet’s lymph nodes play an integral role in the immune system

Did you know that your dog’s lymph nodes play an integral role in his or her immune system? Fortunately, examining them is easier than you might think. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah’s joined by her lovable cohort, Alma, to show you exactly where canine lymph nodes are located so you can do a quick exam in your own home. Our good doctor reviews the normal sizes of these paired nodes, and how to know whether or not they’re inflamed. And, you’ll hear about common causes of inflammation, too. Most importantly, Dr. Sarah recommends that you make this check-up part of your monthly routine, to track possible changes in your dog’s health. This episode is jam-packed with information, so be sure to share it with your friends and family!

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Protect California’s Homeless Animals! Governor Brown has proposed weakening of the Hayden Act

There are many of you who are experienced and knowledgeable about the dog rescue community and I’m interested to know if and how this proposal would impact San Francisco Animal Care and Control and Grateful Dogs Rescue if passed. (?) Help!!!!

In an attempt to reduce California’s deficit, Governor Brown has proposed a substantial weakening of the Hayden Act, including sections that require shelters to care for homeless and lost companion animals for up to six days before euthanizing them. This holding period is crucial to allowing lost dogs and cats to be reunited with their families or adopted when they are unclaimed or abandoned.

Protect California’s Homeless Animals!

Protect California's Homeless AnimalsIn an attempt to reduce California’s deficit, Governor Brown has proposed a substantial weakening of the Hayden Act, including sections that require shelters to care for homeless and lost companion animals for up to six days before euthanizing them. This holding period is crucial to allowing lost dogs and cats to be reunited with their families or adopted when they are unclaimed or abandoned.

While California continues to grapple with serious budget concerns, lifting the Hayden Act’s mandate for humane grace periods before euthanasia would be irresponsible and short-sighted. Nearly 500,000 animals are euthanized in California’s municipal animal shelters annually, and more than twice as many are impounded. These animals have REAL FACES! Puppies and cats!  Look at them….they TRULY get killed. This is Not just a Number.

Think about it…half a million animals in California, alone!  Sad!!! Don’t breed…please rescue!!!

Eliminating the holding period would put thousands more animals at risk of being euthanized and prevent many families from being reunited with their lost companion animals.

Please take a moment today to contact Governor Brown and your state legislators.  Urge them to oppose any legislation that will remove existing protections for homeless and lost companion animals.

Former State Senator Tom Hayden’s message to Governor Jerry Brown urges the Governor to leave intact the law he wrote in 1998. watch it, NOW! Contact Gov Brown!!!

California’s homeless animals are wholly reliant on us to stand and speak for them. Please speak out today! This action is available to California residents only.


Natural Products for your Stressed out Pet

We live in a world of sensory overload. Human made sounds are constantly buzzing, beeping, dinging, and ringing. We treat ourselves with de-stressing techniques such as yoga, meditation, drinking green tea, etc. But, how about our pets? They don’t know what a text message sound or the buzz of the laundry machine finishing it’s cycle means. If they are lucky, they get a lot of exercise, but what about environmental enrichment that helps calm them?

We put domesticated dogs and cats in our human world and basically say, “Please adjust“. I feel it’s our responsibility as loving pet owners to provide them with natural remedies to relieve the stressful human world they live in with us. Recently on Good Morning America, Dr. Marty Becker, known as America’s Veterinarian, recommended four products that help de-stress pets. Each is a natural product that appeals to a different sense: auditory, tactile, olfactory, or visual capabilities.

Here are Dr. Becker’s recommendations of stress relieving calming pet products:

1. Scent: Feliway Electric Diffuser (for cats) and Adaptil (for dogs)

The scent hormone in the diffuser duplicates the smell of a cat’s natural scent glands and permeates throughout the environment. The diffuser helps to restore a feeling of calm in cats. Adaptil contains DAP® (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) and is recommended for preventing and reducing stress-related behavior in puppies and adult dogs. Dr. Becker sprays this on his hands to help calm his patients.

2. Sound: Through a Dog’s Ear

This specially designed and simplified classical music is clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Anxiety issues were greatly reduced with 85% of dogs when tested in their home environments, and over 70% of dogs in shelters calmed to the soothing sounds of Through a Dog’s Ear. As a side benefit, the music also calms the human nervous system.

3. Sight: Gentle-Leader Calming Cap

The Calming Cap reduces the visual stimulus that makes a dog agitated by filtering his vision. Like horses, sometimes reducing some of their visual stimulus helps to calm them. While the gentle fitting cap covers their eyes, it is sheer so they still have some visibility.

4. Tactile: Thundershirt

This pressure wrap uses gentle, constant pressure to calm dogs, effectively aiding anxiety, fearfulness, barking and more. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years. Originally developed to help dogs with thunder-phobia, it has also helped with many other anxiety issues. Kona has one!

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Chloe needs a home-TODAY! watch this

Circulate to your friends. PLEASE!  Contact me (the tab above on this website) to ask about adopting her and giving her a loving home! FOREVER! This video was taken on November 22-2011. She is about 3years old, spayed, well behaved, housebroken, etc. I have her at my house in Long Beach Cal.

Chloe needs a loving family that makes her part of the unit. The 2+ years she lived outside on a 6′ chain and not treated well.  This hurts my heart. She is so sweet! Hardly makes a peep. As far as I can tell she is Beagle and Lab…and??? A darling Mutt! She is a fast learner. I have had her a little over 48 hrs after we rescued her and she already is sitting at the curb as we walk the neighborhood. I have been walking her 3xs a day so she gets used to a leash.

My best advice would be a home without cats. She seems to want to chase them on our walks. She is friendly with kids.  Last night she slept the whole night on the dog bed by my feet. Never tried to get on the furniture or “push it”.  She even slept until I was ready to get up.   I think they know when you are giving them a second chance and are grateful for humans that come along to help out and find/give them a home.

Pass this out to as many people as you can!  Thank you!!!!

Fleas on your Pets? Dawn Dishsoap kills them.

Fleas are wingless insects that bite – piercing skin and sucking blood. Equipped with spiny hairs to anchor in a cat or dog’s coat, they are armored and resistant to crushing or scratching. Ever tried to smash one between your fingers? You can’t.  and when you open your deadly grip, they seem to laugh and pop away never to be found again. You have to squeeze and pop them between your fingernails…and it is a tad gross, although satisfying in a creepy way. They serve no purpose in the great chain of being, except to cause discomfort and spread disease. Whether that is true or not; it seems it could be true. They are pests and they Bug my pets!

One safe way to remove a sudden infestation is to shampoo your dog well with Lemon Joy or Dawn dish soap. These grease-cutting shampoos will kill existing fleas by swiftly destroying the cuticle on their exoskeletons, but you will have to act proactively to prevent further attacks in the immediate area.

You can also bathe your dog in Selsun Blue Shampoo to take away an itch.

source: Tips by Helen Fazio

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