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"I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the
uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain
we knew better."
(George Bird Evans)
"Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are
subtle and will piss on your computer."
Pet Story: A NEW HOME FOR FREEWAY
Source: Pet Stories from PawFriendly.com
John, Peppy and I had recently moved to a small town in
Alberta from B.C. One evening while on an exploration of
the area by car I saw something out my window.
I yelled, "John! There is a kitten on the side of the
road! Turn around!"
John turned us around but we didn't see the kitten at
John then saw her on the other side! Much to our surprise
and delight, the wee thing had crossed the 110 kilometer,
very busy highway and survived.
I hopped out of the car armed with my warm, white sweater.
Frightened, hissing and tearing up the side of the ditch
covered in tall grasses, I watched this tiny bundle of
fur. I spoke softly, approached slowly and the feline
seemed to settle. I picked the scared little package
up and was rewarded with a couple of bites and scratches.
Still speaking softly I bundled the ball of fur in my
sweater and rocked, as one would a baby. She began to
Stepping back into the car, my husband and our
compassionate poodle x Peppy gave the kitten a look
over. Her left eye, which I thought was completely
missing, was actually just puffy, infected and pus-filled.
There was a scratch above her left eye. Chin raw. Pads on
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PHOTOS FROM PROUD PET PARENTS
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The following photos are all from Heather, who calls them, "the best pets on earth!"
"10-year-old Maggie May was a stray, and almost ended up being put down. Instead she and her very young
kittens came to live with us in early spring. The plan was I would find homes for the kittens, which
I did - with us! Whoever threw them away don't know what they are missing. They are great pets and so
smart. Had us trained in no time."
"5-year-old Elli, watching the others. When she was just a kitten, she started
hanging around our door. It was hard to catch her but we did and got her spayed as soon as she
was old enough. She still doesn't want to be picked up but loves to be brushed."
"Finnigan & Harley, both 9, playing in the fenced yard."
"Midnight, in a cat's bed. She was 15 years old on August 3rd, 2010."
DOG JOINT PROBLEMS: MANAGING CANINE ARTHRITIS
Adapted with permission from ScamperingPaws.com
Pet owners often first notice dog joint problems when
their dog is slow to get up, moves slowly or stiffly, or
refuses or is reluctant to climb stairs. Sometimes it's
the result of age-related degeneration, sometimes the dog
is born with it, and sometimes it's the result of a number
of other factors. Whatever the cause, it's important to
get your vet to determine whether or not your dog has
arthritis or some other type of joint condition. If your
dog has arthritis or stiff joints, you can help manage
the condition and keep him mobile with the following tips:
- Keep your dog at a healthy weight. Feed him a nutritious,
wholesome diet and if needed, manage his food intake if
he needs to lose a few extra pounds. Extra weight puts
additional stress on joints.
- Treat your doggie to fresh air and exercise. Keeping
his muscles strong will help to support his joints.
Plus fresh air and exercise is just as good for dogs
as it is for people!
However, don't overdo the exercise. Take 2 or 3 shorter
walks rather than one big long one. Let your pooch rest
a while if he seems tired. Try short swimming sessions
(water exercise isn't as hard on the joints).
Remember, exercise is important, but not to the point
where your dog gets hurt! Even dogs with joint health
problems may be enthusiastically ready to keep going
for what seems like a long time - reign them in for
their own good. Keep your exercise sessions smart
and appropriate for your dog's condition.
- Support your dog when he tries to get up onto couches,
into cars, onto beds, etc. Many pet supply stores now
sell dog ramps. These ramps are placed next to a high
object, like a bed or a car, to allow the dog to simply
walk up the ramp instead of attempting to jump (and if
you have a big dog, the ramp will save you from trying
to heave your dog into the car or onto the bed yourself).
- Investigate joint supplements such as glucosamine,
chondroitin, and MSM. Additional supplements like
wild salmon oil can also help to reduce inflammation.
- Try acupuncture. Acupuncture can help improve circulation
and relieve pain.
- Be open to homeopathic alternatives like Zeel or Traumeel,
both of which have received many positive reports from
dog owners who use them to help relieve their pet's
- Get your dog a comfortable bed, if he doesn't already
have one. A good, supportive bed can provide welcome
relief for sore joints.
Be sure to discuss treatment options with your vet. In
particular, check with your vet first before adding any
supplements to your pet's diet, especially if your dog
is already taking medications or has other health issues.
Article adapted with permission from ScamperingPaws.com,
a collection of tips and articles on dog training,
health, and behavior.
UPCOMING PET EVENTS
- November 6, 2010 - Calgary, Alberta: The Calgary Humane
Society's Cocktail for Critters fundraiser. This year
the theme is “Howly-wood, Lifestyles of the Furry &
Fabulous.” More info
- Ongoing to December 31, 2010 - Vote for your favourite
good cause in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge contest! Winners
receive much-needed funding for their projects.
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