Friday, November 28, 2008

New Organic Pet Treats

So Bright, LLC rolled out its new line of organic, holistic, and all-natural pet treats recently. Treats are available in three recipes for dogs and cats.

Evergreen, CO, November 28, 2008 --( So Bright LLC has introduced a new way to treat your dogs with SOrganic, SOHolistic and SONatural Baked Dog Treats. Each treat contains healthy wholesome ingredients that are both made and sourced in the U.S.A. All Treats are wheat and corn free and contain no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. Lastly the ergonomic shape of the treat fits perfect to the contour of your thumb to help with bating dogs. Each Treat line comes in three exciting recipes. Organic wet cat and dog food is also a part of the So Bright Line. (Beef, Liver, and Beef and Liver)

To purchase these treats, consumers can go directly to their website (

Just Say SO.

So Bright, LLC
Pete Thielmann

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mars Petfood Recall Update

Mars Petcare US Announces Extension of Voluntary Recall

Contact: Debra Fair at (973) 691- 3536

Franklin, Tennessee (November 25, 2008) —Today, Mars Petcare US announced an extension of a previously announced voluntary recall of dry cat and dog food products manufactured at its Allentown, Pennsylvania facility with “Best By” dates between August 11, 2009 – October 3, 2009. The pet food is being voluntarily recalled because of potential contamination with Salmonella. This voluntary recall affects product sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club, ShopRite Supermarkets, and Wal-mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This action is an extension of the voluntary recall issued on October 27, 2008 of all sizes of SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend dry cat food produced at the Allentown facility on August 11, 2008. We recently learned that an additional sample of SPECIAL KITTY® made on September 25, 2008 at the Allentown facility tested positive for Salmonella. There have been no reported cases of human or pet illness caused by Salmonella associated with products produced at this facility. Mars Petcare US is taking an additional precautionary action to protect pets and their owners by extending the October 27, 2008 voluntary recall to include all dry pet food product produced at the facility with “Best By” dates between August 11, 2009 and October 3, 2009.

Recalled Pet Food
The dry cat and dog food listed below are made at our Allentown facility and sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club, ShopRite Supermarkets, and Wal-mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia.

All code dates, regardless of brand, are listed in a similar format as noted below:
Consumers should look for “50” as the first two digits of the second line.
Best By AUG 15 09 (Sample)
50 1445 1

Berkley & Jensen Bistro Blend Premium Cat Food 21.6#
00000 20052

Berkley & Jensen Small Bites & Bones Dog Food 52#
00000 14958

Ol' Roy Puppy Complete Premium Dog Food 4#
81131 79078

Ol' Roy Puppy Complete Premium Dog Food 20#
81131 79080

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 4#
81131 17550

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 4.4#
81131 69377

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 8#
05388 67144

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 20#
81131 17549

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 22#
05388 60342

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 44.1#
81131 17551

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 50#
78742 01022

Ol' Roy High Performance Premium Dog Food 20#
05388 60345

Ol' Roy High Performance Premium Dog Food 50#
78742 05815

Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks & Gravy Premium Dog Food 22#
81131 69630

Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks & Gravy Premium Dog Food 50#
81131 69631

ShopRite Crunchy Bites, Bones and Healthy Squares Dog Food 20#
41190 04521

Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 3.5#
81131 17557

Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 7#
81131 17562

Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 18#
81131 17559

Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 3.5#
81131 17546

Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 7#
81131 17547

Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 18#
81131 17548

Special Kitty Kitten Premium Cat Food 3.5#
81131 17553

Special Kitty Kitten Premium Cat Food 7#
81131 17554

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at:

Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-568-4463 or visit

Media Statement
Contact: Debra Fair at (973) 691- 3536

For Immediate Release

The following statement was released by Mars Petcare US regarding the voluntary recall of dry pet food produced at its Allentown, PA facility.

As a precautionary measure, on October 27, 2008, Mars Petcare issued a voluntary recall of all sizes of SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend dry cat food product produced at our Allentown Pennsylvania facility on August 11, 2008. We were recently alerted by the FDA that an additional sample of SPECIAL KITTY® made on September 25, 2008 produced at the Allentown, PA facility plant tested positive for Salmonella.

Based on this information, we are taking an additional precautionary action to protect pets and their owners by extending the October 27, 2008 voluntary recall to include all dry pet food product produced at the facility with a “Best By” date between August 11, 2009 and October 3, 2009.

There have been no reported cases of human or pet illness caused by Salmonella associated with products produced at this facility.

This voluntary recall affects only products sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club, ShopRite Supermarkets, and Wal-mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia. No other customers and no other states are affected.

Only those products which were produced at the Allentown, PA facility between those dates are impacted. Consumers can continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of our other products.

As part of our commitment to our loyal consumers and their pets, we are continuously monitoring and updating our processes to be at the forefront of product quality, innovation, customer responsiveness, and manufacturing efficiency. In recent months, we have invested tens of millions of dollars in plant upgrades, new testing protocols, advanced associate training, and a new state of the art testing facility that will open in mid-2009.

We are working with affected BJ’s Wholesale Club, ShopRite Supermarkets, and Wal-mart locations to ensure that recalled products are not on store shelves. These products should not be sold in stores or fed to pets. In the event that consumers believe they have purchased products affected by this voluntary recall, they should return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. Specific product details and other information will be posted prior to the public announcement and can be found at

Monday, November 24, 2008

Eighth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Thousands of Champion Dogs From Around the World Compete for Top Honors and $225,000 at Eighth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

One of the World's Most Prestigious Dog Shows Descends on Long Beach, Calif.

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Kennel Club(R) (AKC) and Eukanuba today announced that nearly 3,000 award-winning canines will go head-to-head at the eighth annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 13-14. Recognized as one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world, this highly anticipated two-day event features dogs and handlers competing in a range of events all under one roof, including the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Invitational and the breed competitions that will lead to the crowning of the 2008 the Best in Show champion.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship also is host to the Eukanuba World Challenge, a colorful event showcasing top dogs from 52 countries all vying for prestigious international recognition. Rare breeds such as the Briquet Griffon Vendeen and the Xoloitzcuintl will compete against traditional favorites such as the Dachshund and Labrador Retriever for the title of "World Challenge Champion" and a total of $15,000.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be simulcast on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 from 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT). Highlights from the AKC Agility Invitational will air on Animal Planet on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Highlights:

Best in Show Competition - The country's top-25 dogs (based on breed points) from each of the 158 AKC recognized breeds are invited to compete, as well as every Best in Show winner from AKC all-breed shows held during the qualification period. Reigning National Specialty winners and breeder/owner handled Champions from the Bred-by-Exhibitor and/or Puppy Class also will work their magic to capture the coveted title of top dog. The owner of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show winner will receive more than $50,000, and the breeder/s of the Best in Show winner will be awarded $15,000.

AKC Agility Invitational-As one of the AKC's fastest-growing canine sports and one of the most exciting to watch during the two-day show, the agility competition demonstrates the athleticism and versatility of these fast canines as they race against the clock and overcome a challenging obstacle course of tunnels, weave poles, jumps and seesaws. It is a sport of physical skill, control, patience and most importantly, teamwork between handler and dog.

AKC National Obedience Invitational - Obedience trials demonstrate how useful a dog is as a valued companion. Accuracy and precision are essential, but the natural movement of the handler and the willingness and enjoyment of the dog also are important. To be invited to this prestigious competition, a dog and handler must be ranked within the top-10 percent of its breed or be ranked among the top-25 dogs nationwide.

Eukanuba World Challenge - The international challenge will feature top dogs from 52 countries and six continents. Watch and cheer on Charmin, the 2007 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show champion, as he represents the U.S. in this intense competition.

Junior Handlers -Top ranking preteen and teen handlers (ages 9-18), who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition will compete for prestigious wins and scholarship money.

AKC Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE)- Each year dogs are recognized for their outstanding contributions to their respective community. There are five categories the ACE Award recognizes - Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Therapy, Service and Exemplary Companion - these honorees and their owners will be on-hand in Long Beach to receive their awards and be recognized in front of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship audience.

AKC Meet the Breeds(R) - Showcasing nearly 150 breeds, including both adult dogs and puppies, reputable breeders will be on-hand to share their insights and expertise about unique canine characteristics. AKC Meet the Breeds is designed to teach responsible dog ownership while providing an interactive and fun experience for show attendees. Don't forget to check out one of the newest breeds recognized by the AKC - the Dogue de Bordeaux.

"Alongside our partners - AKC and Animal Planet - we're proud to host one of the most prestigious and well-respected dog shows in the world and celebrate all of the accomplishments of these remarkable dogs, their handlers, owners and breeders," said Dan Rajczak, general manager, Procter & Gamble Pet Care. "We're looking forward to cheering on all of these amazing dogs and watching which will emerge as the new 2008 AKC/Eukanuba National Champion."

This AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is a fun event for dog enthusiasts and families, and will take place Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. Show hours for all daytime activities are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST daily, and 7 to 11 p.m. PST for the televised evening events. Tickets can be purchased at the door and through Ticketmaster.

"The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is a unique experience for all dog lovers - whether they are watching the show on TV or enjoying it in person," said Ron Menaker, Show Chairman. "With nearly 400,000 square feet of event space, 3,000 dogs in competition, dozens of vendors, 148 educational displays, numerous demonstrations and now 52 international competitors in our World Challenge event, there is nothing that can compare to this complete canine extravaganza."

Four-Legged Fun Facts:

Breed Breakdown - Every one of the 158 AKC registered breeds will be represented in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship are entered to compete in various competitions, including: 33 Basset Hounds; 30 Border Collies; 30 French Bulldogs; 29 Havanese; 25 Rhodesian Ridgebacks; 25 Silky Terriers; and 25 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Working Dogs Lead the Pack - Each breed of dog is in one of seven groups, with the entry break down as follows: 322 Sporting; 359 Hounds; 348 Working; 289 Terriers; 331 Toy; 252 Non-Sporting; and 257 Herding.

Which Flag Are You Cheering For? Dogs from 52 countries will compete in the Eukanuba World Challenge from countries such as Australia, Ireland, Italy, India, Japan and New Zealand.

Athletes Rule! A total of 468 dogs will display their athleticism in the AKC Agility Invitational which includes 133 breeds from 42 states. Some dogs have traveled as far as Japan and Sweden to compete!

Manners Will Get You Everywhere! More than 100 obedience canines will work in-tune with their owners to win top honors in the AKC Obedience Invitational.

For more information about tickets, schedules, specific breeds, groups, competitions, winners and local competitors, please visit

The American Kennel Club (AKC), founded in 1884, maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world. Its rules and regulations govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year.

Eukanuba offers the most complete food lineup, delivering nutrition that is customized by breed and breed size as well as health and performance requirements. Eukanuba is a division of Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG). Visit us on the Web at or

Animal Planet Media, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications available in more than 95 million homes nationwide, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom.

Media Contacts:

Jason Taylor Eukanuba (937) 264-7436
Daisy Okas American Kennel Club (212) 696-8343
Melissa Berry Animal Planet (240) 662-2946

Heather Wilkins
(949) 809-6766

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Canine Separation: To Drug Or Not To Drug

I was reading an article called doggie drugs, it talks about a women whose collie, Labrador mix breed dog was diagnose with behavioral problems that is called canine separation anxiety.

This behavior happens when the owner leaves for a time and the dog will walk around either barking or howling and whining for their owner to come back. And at times the dog will even urinate all over the house and even start to have some kind of destructive behavior like biting on the furniture and ripping this apart.

I went on to read about the different kinds of drugs there are. One being called Reconcile which states: some of the reactions are calm or lethargy, reduced appetite, vomiting, shaking, diarrhea, restlessness, excessive vocalization, aggression and, in infrequent cases, seizures.

Wow that really makes me want to put my buddy on this stuff. Their own product label says that some of the dogs had bad seizures and even died.

So I went on to see if there were any more companies that produce meds for dogs and found Clomicalm that says it’s proven to be safe and effective in helping to relieve the suffering in and helping dogs with separation anxiety disorder return to a normal life. So I read their product label and it said that the product doses not act like a sedative and helps reduce the anxiety.
Clomicalm adverse reactions were: Letharygy/depression, vomiting, diarrhea, elevation in the liver enzymes, increased heart rate, decreased heart rate, increased thirst and confusion. These side affect symptoms don’t sound too good to me, and they even went on to say that liver disease has occurred. Now that’s what I want my dog to have, what a great product.

I checked out a few web sites on dog behaviors and found an old article by Stacy Conroy who had a nice training approach that didn’t call for any type of pharmaceutical drug, which goes on to show you that a little training can go a long way.

Then I found an article over at Canines of America which had some really good idea’s about helping your dog get though the separation anxiety, until I read it all the way to the bottom where it stated that sometimes you must consult a qualified animal behaviorist. That went on to say that Prozac might help.

Is that what people were giving their kids a few years back when they didn’t behave. I remember reading one time that the suicidal rate had gotten real bad from this stuff. I wonder about a dog doing this, knowing he couldn’t kill himself. Maybe it would make the dog more violent or something like that. Who knows about all this kind of meds for our dogs, I don’t really know the real outcome. I do know that after reading about all these side effects I will not and I mean will not give one of my dogs any of these drugs or any other type of drugs. I would work on some of the idea’s that talked about different ways to train their behaviors.

So think about your pet’s life before you decide to just drug your dog….

Read the article by Andy Blatchford here.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

So Michael Vick Thought It Was Funny Watching The Pit Bulls Fight

Michael Vick and his so called friends, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips though it was fun to watch the pit bulls fight. Well how come he is hiding in protective custody in Hopewell Regional Jail in Virginia? I guess he not man enough to face the jail house population is he. But it’s alright to let his dogs brutally fight each other and sit there and laugh.

So now you have your lawyers making a plea bargain looking for a suspended sentence. I only wish that I was the Judge, I would make your life so miserable that you would always remember what you did to those fifty three plus dogs and all those dogs you hung.

Read the article Brian Stanley here.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Newseum For Dogs?

First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets' Opens at the Newseum


Behind-the-scenes exhibit features, fortunately, no White House "leaks"

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Newseum has opened a new exhibit that takes a playful look at the history of canine companions in the White House. "First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets" features photographs and anecdotes about more than two dozen dogs and their owners, from George Washington -- who not only owned, but also bred, dogs -- to President-elect Barack Obama, who famously promised daughters Sasha and Malia that they had "earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House."

"First Dogs" opens with a popular inside-the-beltway quote, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog," often incorrectly attributed to President Harry S. Truman. The exhibit notes that when Truman received a cocker spaniel puppy, Feller, as a Christmas present in 1947, he promptly gave the dog away to his doctor.

Other presidential pups have fared quite nicely at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., including a pair of Scottish terriers. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fala had his own press secretary and President George W. Bush's Barney became an Internet sensation with his "Barney-cam" looks at life inside the White House.

President George H.W. Bush's English springer spaniel Millie "wrote" her own book, which became a bestseller and even outsold her owner's book.

Warren G. Harding's Airedale Laddie Boy, however, emerges as top dog among presidential pets. Laddie Boy had his own hand-carved wooden chair at Cabinet meetings. When Harding, a former newspaperman, died in office, newsboys across the country collected pennies to make a copper statue of his beloved pet.

The 40-foot-long Newseum exhibit features 24 photographs or illustrations, including the first presidential pet photograph. President Lincoln's mutt Fido was photographed in Illinois so Lincoln's sons would have a memento, since Fido was not making the trip to the nation's capital for the 1861 inauguration.

Exhibit visitors can vote for their choice of "First Dog" for the Obama family from five hypoallergenic breeds recommended by the American Kennel Club and a shelter dog.

"First Dogs" also includes a behind-the-scenes look at how President Gerald R. Ford dealt with the same issue facing President-elect Obama. Ford's photographer, David Hume Kennerly, was looking for a golden retriever for his boss in 1974 but didn't want to reveal who the owner would be. "Do they own or rent?" the breeder asked. "I guess you could say they live in public housing," Kennerly deadpanned. Ford named the dog Liberty.

"First Dogs" is scheduled to remain on display at the Newseum through March 2009. It is one of several exhibits and programs tied to the 2008 election and 2009 inauguration. The Newseum's display of Nov. 5 newspaper front pages from around the world drew thousands of visitors and international media attention. More than 700 election front pages are accessible via the "Today's Front Pages" section of A commemorative poster featuring more than two dozen of the election front pages is available in the Newseum Store.

In the News Corporation News History Gallery, visitors can see other historic election and inauguration headlines and front pages including:

RECOUNT, St. Petersburg(Florida) Times, Nov. 8, 2000
PRESIDENT ELECT KENNEDY, The Boston Globe, Nov. 5, 1960
DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN, Chicago Daily Tribune, Nov. 3, 1948
ROOSEVELT PROMISES SWIFT ACTION TO MEET NATIONAL CRISIS, Washington Times(Inauguration Day issue), March 4, 1933

Dozens of additional election front pages are featured in the searchable, digital displays of more than one thousand historic front pages in the gallery.

In the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater, visitors can see "Starting Anew: Inaugural Speeches," an original Newseum production that features highlights from past inauguration day speeches.

The Newseum will be open with special post-inaugural afternoon hours on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The Newseum will open at 3 p.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. Visitors will be able to enjoy highlights from media coverage of the inauguration and parade on the 40-foot-by-22-foot high-definition media screen, participate in inauguration-themed "Be a TV Reporter" interactive stations; and view hundreds of inauguration day newspaper front pages from around the world.

The Newseum, located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on interactive exhibits. The world's most interactive museum takes visitors behind the scenes of news and instills an appreciation of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit, is the main funder of the Newseum's operations. The Newseum, while independent of any media companies, receives additional support from foundations, media organizations and individuals.

SOURCE Newseum

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Vickie Reason elected Secretary Of The Board Of Directors For NAPPS

Tucson Pet Sitter Vickie Reason Appointed to the Board of Directors of Leading Industry Association

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vickie Reason, president of Happy Tails Pet Services in Tucson, Ariz., has been elected Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). As a member of the NAPPS Board, Reason will help shape the future agenda and direction of the association.

NAPPS is a national nonprofit trade association dedicated to promoting the concept of in-home pet care, supporting the professionals engaged in at-home pet care, promoting the welfare of animals, and improving and expanding the industry of pet sitting. NAPPS provides valuable credibility, networking and education to help foster the success of their members.

The NAPPS Board of Directors is composed of pet sitters, business owners, and entrepreneurs who are leaders in the at-home pet care industry. Unlike other national associations, NAPPS is the only nonprofit association run by members, for members. In this capacity, board members are responsible for helping to shape the agenda and direction of the association, providing tools and support to foster the success of members' businesses, promoting the value of pet sitting to the public, and advocating for the welfare of animals.

"On behalf of the association, I would like to thank Vickie for her service and commitment to NAPPS," commented Candance Labane-Godfrey, current President of the association. "NAPPS is fortunate to have such a dedicated individual working to further the goals of the organization and the interests of the industry."

Happy Tails has been serving pets and pet parents since 1995 with personal and caring service. Today, Happy Tails has some 40 professional animal companions who serve 1,500 clients in the Tucson area.

For more information about Reason and Happy Tails, visit For more information about NAPPS and the benefits of hiring a professional pet sitter, visit

Susan Reid Elected Treasurer of The NAPPS

Merced Pet Sitter Susan Reid Elected Treasurer of Leading Industry Association

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Susan Reid, owner of Reid's Pet Sitting in Merced, Calif., has been elected Treasurer of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). As a member of the NAPPS Board, Reid will help shape the future agenda and direction of the association.

NAPPS is a national nonprofit trade association dedicated to promoting the concept of in-home pet care, supporting the professionals engaged in at-home pet care, promoting the welfare of animals, and improving and expanding the industry of pet sitting. NAPPS provides valuable credibility, networking and education to help foster the success of their members.

The NAPPS Board of Directors is composed of pet sitters, business owners, and entrepreneurs who are leaders in the at-home pet care industry. Unlike other national associations, NAPPS is the only nonprofit association run by members, for members. In this capacity, board members are responsible for helping to shape the agenda and direction of the association, providing tools and support to foster the success of members' businesses, promoting the value of pet sitting to the public, and advocating for the welfare of animals.

"On behalf of the association, I would like to thank Sue for her service and commitment to NAPPS," commented Candance Labane-Godfrey, president of the association. "NAPPS is fortunate to have such a dedicated individual working to further the goals of the organization and the interests of the industry."

Operating since 2004, Reid's Pet Sitting is a fully insured, bonded and NAPPS Certified pet sitting company serving hundreds of pet loving clients in the Merced area. An active member of the community, Reid sponsors the annual Presents 4 Pets donation drive to benefit local non-profit shelters as well as a local American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Team for the human residents of Merced. Reid also holds certification in pet CPR and pet first aid and in 2008 was presented with the President's Commitment to NAPPS Award.

"Having served on the NAPPS Board for more than two years, I am honored to be given the opportunity to continue to serve NAPPS in this new position as Treasurer, as well as the opportunity to become an even more well rounded and informed business, for my clients," said Reid. "I continue to benefit from the experiences and education NAPPS offers professional pet sitters and am eager to share, with the public, the benefits and value of the professional sitter."

For more information about Susan Reid and Reid's Pet Sitting, visit or call 209-777-0872. For more information about NAPPS and the benefits of hiring a professional pet sitter, visit

Dogs Can’t Drive, Can They?

A dog named Bentley who was out sitting in a car passionately for his owner Bryan Maher out on Long Island, NY could not wait any long and decided to take drive in the coffee shop himself.

Well we all knows what happens when a dog drives. Oh Bentley drove though the patio area and into the storefront. So I guess he failed his driving lessons and will have his license revoked for that.

Read the article here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

So Why’s This Dog Famous

Photo by P. Kevin Morley

This little dog name Roo who is a five month old Chihuahua is one of the dogs that’s sits and waits to be adopted at the Richmond Animal League Shelter and now with his picture on the front page of a newspaper called the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

So now the world knows who Roo is and there is a list of people trying to adopt him. The director of development Susan Kelly said; we had an incredible response, He's the most popular dog in Richmond right now.

Don’t get me wrong cause I own a Chihuahua too, but why dose it take the posting of a dog on the front cover of a paper for people to come out and help rescue these poor animals that have a life sentence hanging over their heads before the are put to sleep. These dogs are only looking to find a home due to some unfortunate reason that put them their in the first place. I wonder how many people that are unable to adopt little Roo will chose to adopt another dog that’s in the shelter, or are they just wanting the dog for pride only?

Kevin M. Kilgore the chief of Hanover County Animal Control and a board member of the National Animal Control Association said; It is a national crisis, when mortgages go belly up, people are having to turn in their pets. They're going into rentals and temporary housing situations that will not accept animals.
So come on and Help Save Our Buddies

Read the article here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The DSPCA Rescue 35 Dogs From Dog Fighting Ring

Photo by

Working on a tip the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) inspectors were able to rescue thirty five dogs that were being used by a bunch of drug deals for fighting in Tallaght, S. Dublin.

There was also a report that some of the dogs were being used for badger baiting which is the cruelest type of sport that was outlawed a long time ago. The bottom line is that they fight to the end, how cruel is that.

Read the article here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Well Just Maybe The Words Getting Out About Pet Adoption

Just maybe with enough of us spreading the word about pet adoption our buddies will all have a place to call home.

Down in St. Johns County Animal Control in Florida, they are saying that they are having a boom in the adoption rate with a record of one hundred and forty one animals adopted last month. While over at the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania they had forty six animals adopted.

If all the adoptions centers could pull that many adoptions like what we see here ,then just maybe all the pets will have a home. Now that would be some great news and just think maybe all the people that work so hard in these shelters can catch up on a breather… They do have a life too you know, so keep the word going and help push the word PET ADOPTION

And remember that some shelters haven't been doing too well, like the shelters for Greyhounds.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Forget Bringing Me Toys, I want Dog Food

That’s just the way a little five year old named Alex Pletcher from Southampton Township, PA wanted it.
Little Alex didn’t want any toys for his birthday, this year he wanted dog food for the dog’s without mommies or daddies as Alex’s mom Rebecca said.

To read about a five year olds passion for our buddies is awesome and what a gift of love this child has given to help the dogs. I’ll bet the dogs over at the Better Days no-kill shelter were real happy too.

So a Big Thanks goes out to Alex….

Read the article by Dale Heberlig here.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Help Me I’m Stuck In A Pipe

Photo by Pat Auckeman

That’s what a dog called Lady was trying to say for a whole week until a miracle happened. A dog (basset hound) that was out walking with his owner sensed something was wrong and leads his owner to a rottweiler that had been stuck in a drainage pipe.
Now this wasn’t just any dog, it was a hundred pound dog. So you can imagine this poor big dog being stuck in a drainage pipe. It goes to show that dogs do have that natural sense or in other words that gut feeling when something is wrong.
A Thanks goes out to the Fire Fighters that help rescue our buddy from a long and lonely week of despair.

Read the article here.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Town Folks Rally To Help A Disabled Vet Get Some Of His Dogs Back

This is a sad story when you read how a disabled Veteran spent what little he had just to feed and care for his dogs. And then one day the Veteran was unable to care for his buddies and he had to give them up, which must have been real hard for a guy who even slept outside with his dogs.

Now you have a town that is trying to give back the love this guy had for his dogs by helping him build a fence for the dogs and bringing food for the dogs. Now if that doesn’t make your day to read about how so many people are giving from their heart to help this guy get some of his dogs back.

Read the article by Christi Lowe here.

I Just Had To Share This Video Of A Dog

I was checking out some Blogs today and came across a post by Jennifer Viegas over at Discovery News Blog. When I read an article about a dog that knows if you have any cigarettes on you.
I must say that this video is pretty amazing too.

Read the article by Jennifer Viegas here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

OK New Jersey Go Spoil Your Pets

Morris Animal Inn Reopens as Luxury Pet Resort

Champagne Celebration for VIPs (Very Important Pets) and their People Will
Mark Grand Reopening

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Morris Animal Inn, a 5-star
luxury resort and spa for pets, announces the completion of its
multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project. The full-service
country inn for dogs and cats offers the finest amenities for four-legged
guests anywhere -- including lodging, grooming, spa services, day care,
doggie day camp and more.

The state-of-the-art facility has doubled in size and offers a heated
indoor pool, whirlpool, pet suites with soothing music and videos,
skylights, indoor and outdoor play areas, pampering and activities
packages, daily maid and room service, Happy Hour with homemade pet treats,
tuck-in service and more.

Morris Animal Inn ( will roll out the
red carpet for a Grand Reopening Celebration for its VIPs (Very Important
Pets) and their people beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 20. The
private event will feature behind-the-scenes tours, a visit from the
"Puparazzi," a bone bar for dogs, music and refreshments. The media is

The United States pet industry continues to grow. Americans will spend
$43 billion dollars on their pets this year, and $3.2 billion on boarding
and grooming -- up 7 percent from last year, according to the American Pet
Products Manufacturers Association.

"Our Inn is not a typical boarding kennel but rather a first-class
experience for companion animals," says owner Walter Morris.

Located on a quiet country lane with over 12 acres, the new facility
was designed by Morris with state-of-art engineering to provide for both
the comfort and safety of his pet guests. The facility is
climate-controlled with purified air, smoke and sprinkler systems, back-up
generators, 24-hour surveillance cameras and the capability for daily
floor-to-ceiling sanitizing for the cleanest environment. Perimeter fencing
encloses the facility.

Spacious, comfortable and affordable accommodations range from $29 to
$52 for dogs, $23 to $49 for cats, depending upon size of the pet and
season. Additional add-on services are available.

Family-owned and -operated for over four decades, the Inn was
established by Walter Morris Sr., a professional dog handler who won "Best
in Show" at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Current
owners Walter Morris Jr. and wife Marianne built the current facility in
1986 and put years of experience into transforming Morris Animal Inn into a
luxury pet resort and spa.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Additional photos available upon request.

Morris Animal Inn is a full-service, luxury pet resort for dogs and
cats located in Morristown, NJ. Established in 1960, the country inn was
recently renovated and expanded into a state-of-the-art facility that
offers lodging, spa services, grooming, day care and camp. The
award-winning Morris Animal Inn is a charter member of the Pet Care
Services Association. For more information, call 973-539-0377 or visit


Kelly G. Vanasse

or Gina Ramos
973-539-0377 ext. 15

Dickinson Police Department Shock’s Animal Shelters By Euthanasia Pets On Their Own

The Town of Dickinson’s Police Department have now become in charge of animal shelters. When I read this article it really disturbed me to think that a Police department can just go into an animal shelter and kill these dogs and cats with no regards to the employees that run these shelters.

The president of Oreo’s Animal Rescue Tara Couch said; We are shocked and dismayed by what happened.
The Vice President of Pet Project Sharon Dorval said; Our group was actually devastated and in shock when we heard the news. Words can’t even describe it, that this could happen.
The Director of Oreo’s Animal Rescue Shelly Quandt said; Some of them could have been saved.

The acting chief of police Stuart Stenberg said; We have room for seven dogs and comfortably about six or eight cats.
I wonder if this guy has any pets, I guess he really showed the little kids in the area that animals are worthless. It’s sad to say that this acting police chief had no right what so ever to take this killing in his own hands.
To top it off he went on to say; We have by ordinance, ten days to hold a pet and see if the owner comes in to claim, and if not, after ten days, it can either be adopted out or euthanized.

I don’t know about you, but if I lived in that town I would start a petition and request that officer Stuart Stenberg not only be removed from his job, also find him as unworthy of being an officer of the law.

Read the article by Ashley Martin here.

So what’s your view on this heartless guy who did this cold blooded killing to our buddies?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Did You Tell Obama To Adopt A Shelter Dog Yet?

6,500 Animal Shelters Come Together for National Signature Campaign to Support Obama Adopting a Dog at a Shelter and 'Pardoning A Pooch' -

Press Conference at Los Angeles City Animal Shelter

DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 13, 10:00 A.M.

LOCATION: Los Angeles North Central Animal Care Center

13201 Lacy Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --, the
nation's largest non-profit pet adoption website, is spearheading a
national campaign and website called "" Using a
Barack Obama-themed campaign website and messages such as "Yes We Can
ADOPT," animal shelters around the country are gathering signatures of a
letter to be delivered to the White House in support of the President-Elect
adopting a shelter puppy. The website already had gathered over 5,000
signatures in just its first few hours.

In his first press conference, President-Elect Barack Obama stated his
interest in adopting a shelter dog, but expressed that his daughter Malia
is allergic to dogs and needs a hypoallergenic breed. Obama was concerned
that this was in conflict with his desire to adopt a dog from a shelter.
"Many pets in shelters across the nation are hypoallergenic purebreds and
mixed breeds," says David Meyer, President of "Common
hypoallergenic breeds include Poodles, Schnauzers, certain Terriers, and
mixes of those and many other breeds as well. There is no conflict at all
between needing a hypoallergenic dog and adopting from a shelter."

Obama's interest in adopting a dog has spawned an outpouring of support
in the animal welfare community and an avalanche of interest across the
country and the world. "Searches for adoptable pets have increased sharply
in the last week on our national pet-adoption website." adds Meyer.
"Certainly if the President-Elect realizes that he can easily adopt the dog
he needs from a shelter, he will inspire the whole nation to do the same,
and will help get the word out about the millions of pets in shelters who
do not get adopted each year." Meyer added with a smile, "Whether you were
a 'Bark' Obama or a 'McCainine' supporter, everybody can support shelter
pet adoption." is working with its 6,500 listed shelters to get as
many signatures as possible in the next days and weeks to impress upon
Obama the support of his adopting a dog or adopting a puppy from an animal
shelter, humane society, SPCA or pet rescue group. ( is the world's largest
nonprofit pet adoption web service, helping over 6,500 animal shelters and
pet rescue organizations find homes for pets by displaying photos and
descriptions of adoptable pets to over 1.5 million people a month seeking
to adopt a dog or adopt a cat.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Can They Make The 1 Million Pet Adoption Mark

Iam’s Home For the Holiday is trying to break last year’s adoption of 491,612 pets this year with a goal of 1 Million adoptions.

There are 3371 animal shelters and pet rescue groups that have enrolled in Home 4 the Holidays. So stop buying your dogs from puppy mills and help support the cause of giving a pet a chance to have a real home.

Check out the original shelter that inspired the whole campaign:
Helen Woodward Animal Center

The Great Dane Winner Is

Photo by Sun-Times

A little thirteen year old girl named Kayla Guerrero from Romeoville, IL has been chosen as the winner by the dog owner Diane Gilbert. Kayla who has had twenty nine heart surgeries due to being born with a congenital heart was given a puppy who she now calls Peyton.

When I read this article it just shows that a girl who has been though a lot for only being thirteen has now be given a new friend that she will have on her side to share her pain and joy. We all know that a dog will always cheer us up when times are bad and to think of the love that Diana has offered by this small token of giving.

Read the article by Monifa Thomas here.

A Sad note goes out for Gus, the worlds ugliest dog who had died from cancer…

Monday, November 10, 2008

Huntsville, Alabama Gets Tough On Dog Owners

Animal Service director Dr. Karen Sheppard said; We have been discussing it for about three years with our staff, officers and supervisors. We decided we wanted to raise the minimum standard of care for dogs in the community. Huntsville has a good animal cruelty law, but we felt it wasn't enough and this will make our minimal standards very specific. Now that the Huntsville City Council has voted unanimously to pass a new updated law for our pets.

So some of the new laws now requires owners to provide their pets with a secure water bowl or container that can't be tipped over and now you must feed them with the appropriate food to maintain the dog's ideal weight. Not some cheap food that doesn’t provide good nutrition.
You must have a large enough shelter for a dog to get inside and turn around with a floor, doorway, four sides, a roof and be clean and dry, along with a whole lot more.

It was nice to read about this law, I just wish more towns would vote for these type of laws. Just maybe our buddies would get treated better.

Finish reading about all the laws that were past by Yvonne Betowt here.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Stem Cell to Recall

Stem Cell Therapy Available in Tulsa Private Veterinary Practice

Stem cell therapy has been adopted by Southwest Veterinary Hospital, Inc. This new technology allows a pet's own fat cells to be used to spur healing of injuries and chronic, painful conditions.

Tulsa, OK, November 08, 2008 --( Southwest Veterinary Hospital, Inc has included stem cell therapy as a means to treat injured and arthritic patients. This technology was made available to small animal veterinarians in February of 2008. In July of the same year, Dr. Keith A. Bailey became credentialed in the use of this new regenerative therapy.

“This is an exciting time for veterinarians. The new techniques and new technologies allow us to provide more options for our clients who have injured and older pets,” says Dr. Bailey. “Our ability to provide great patient care is always improving.”

Degenerative conditions, such as hip dysplasia, were once considered manageable but not reversible. It was a matter of time before the pain of the condition and the limited quality of life forced people to make hard decisions about their companions.

Using stem cells to treat ligament, tendon and arthritic conditions stimulates healthy cells to grow within the compromised area and spur regeneration. The cells are not foreign to the pet, as they are taken from the pet’s own tissue. This technology avoids both the problems of rejection and the ethical concerns that many people consider when discussing stem cell therapy.

With this new technique, patients can have lasting relief in as little as three months. The entire process takes less than a week and is an outpatient procedure. For more information on stem cells, visit


Contact Information
Southwest Veterinary Hospital, Inc.
Dr. Keith Bailey

November 7, 2008 / 57(44);1200-1202

Update: Recall of Dry Dog and Cat Food Products Associated with Human Salmonella Schwarzengrund Infections --- United States, 2008

On May 16, 2008, CDC reported on a 2006--2007 multistate outbreak of infection with Salmonella enterica serotype Schwarzengrund that was associated with dry dog food (1). At the time of that report, a total of 70 cases had been reported from 19 states, with the last case identified on October 1, 2007. Subsequently, an additional case was identified on December 29, 2007. Epidemiologic and environmental investigations have suggested the source of the outbreak was dry pet food produced by one manufacturer, Mars Petcare US. This report updates the previous CDC report, provides additional epidemiologic findings, and describes additional actions taken by public health agencies and the manufacturer. In 2008, eight more cases have been reported, bringing the total number of cases in the outbreak to 79. On September 12, 2008, the company announced a nationwide voluntary recall of all dry dog and cat food products produced during a 5-month period at one Pennsylvania plant.* Dry pet food has a 1-year shelf life. Contaminated products identified in recalls might still be in the homes of purchasers and could cause illness. Persons who have these products should not use them to feed their pets but should discard them or return them to the store.

During 2006--2007, CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and multiple state health departments investigated reports to PulseNet† of persons infected with a strain of S. Schwarzengrund with an indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern.§ A case was defined as a laboratory-confirmed infection with the outbreak strain of S. Schwarzengrund in a person residing in the United States who either had symptoms beginning on or after January 1, 2006, or (if the symptom onset date was unknown) had S. Schwarzengrund isolated from a specimen on or after January 1, 2006. Investigators initially identified 70 cases, mostly in children. As a result of these findings, on August 21, 2007, Mars Petcare US (referred to as manufacturer A in the May 16, 2008 report) announced voluntary recalls of selected sized bags of two brands of dry dog food, both manufactured by the company at its plant in Everson, Pennsylvania. The recall was based on microbiologic testing by FDA, which found unopened bags of the two brands contaminated with the outbreak strain. Other brands of dry dog and cat food produced at the same facility were not included in that recall. The Everson, Pennsylvania, facility ceased operations during July--November 2007 to enable cleaning, disinfection, and renovation, and resumed normal operations in mid-November 2007.

Despite the 2007 recall, the outbreak strain of S.Schwarzen-grund was isolated from eight more ill persons during January--October 2008 (Figure 1), bringing the total number of cases to 79 in 21 states (Figure 2). The ill persons were residents of Pennsylvania (three), Georgia (two), New York (two), and Texas (one). The last reported specimen collection date was September 18, 2008. The only connection between the ill persons was infection with the outbreak strain; they shared no household or family contacts.

Among the eight ill persons, five were female. Among the seven whose age was available, the median age was 8 months (range: 4 months--39 years); six persons were aged <2 years. Of five ill persons for whom clinical information was available, all five had visited a health-care professional, two had bloody diarrhea (no information on symptoms was available for the other three), and one had been hospitalized. No deaths were reported. Of six households with pet ownership known, all six had pets (i.e., dogs, cats, or both), but no illness was reported in any pet. Pets in three households were being fed a brand of dry pet food known to be produced at the Everson plant. Investigators collected seven dog stool specimens and two samples of dry dog food from the homes of two Pennsylvania patients. None of the stool specimens or dog food samples tested positive for Salmonella. Bag lot numbers and "best by" dates could not be examined in these households because the dog food had been poured into plastic containers and the bags discarded. Consequently, investigators could not be certain that the dog food from the two households had been produced at the Everson plant, and, if so, whether the dog food had been produced after the plant was reopened in November 2007 or earlier.

After additional outbreak-linked illnesses were identified in 2008, FDA conducted another investigation. In August 2008, FDA found the outbreak strain of S. Schwarzengrund in multiple brands of finished product at the plant, prompting another recall of products by Mars Petcare US. On September 12, the company announced a nationwide voluntary recall of all dry dog and cat food products produced at the Everson plant from February 18 to July 29, 2008, when production again was suspended at the plant. In addition, Mars Petcare US has taken steps to ensure that recalled products are no longer on store shelves. On October 1, the company announced that the Everson plant would be closed permanently. The FDA investigation is continuing.

Reported by: M Deasy, M Moll, MD, V Urdaneta, MD, S Ostroff, MD, Pennsylvania Dept of Health. E Villamil, MPH, P Smith, MD, New York State Dept of Health. PulseNet; C Barton Behravesh, DVM, IT Williams, PhD, Div of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases, CDC.

Editorial Note:

This outbreak of human Salmonella Schwarzengrund infections has continued over a 3-year period, likely because of continued contamination in the Everson, Pennsylvania, pet food production facility. S. Schwarzengrund is a rare serotype of Salmonella. Although the outbreak PFGE pattern is the most common S. Schwarzengrund PFGE pattern in the PulseNet database, isolates with that pattern made up only 20 (4%) of the 498 S. Schwarzengrund isolates from humans submitted to PulseNet during 1999--2005, suggesting that the illnesses described in this report resulted from a common source.

Considering the wide distribution of these products and the relatively small number of cases, the attack rate for this outbreak appears to be low. However, only an estimated 3% of all Salmonella infections in the United States are laboratory confirmed and reported to surveillance systems (2). A low attack rate supports the hypothesis that infection might have resulted from practices in a limited number of households that brought humans into contact with the contaminated pet food and led to amplification of the organisms (e.g., cross-contamination in the kitchens or irregular cleaning of pet food bowls that might promote bacteria growth). In addition, the strain might primarily affect persons (e.g., young children) who are more susceptible to lower infective doses.

This outbreak is the first documented outbreak to associate human Salmonella infections with contaminated dry dog food and to trace human illness to a contaminated pet food plant. The original source of contamination and mechanisms for continued contamination in the Everson plant over a 3-year period are unknown. The absence of cases during January--March 2008 suggests that cleaning and disinfection of the plant might have had some effect. FDA is working with Mars Petcare US to better understand this problem.

Since 2006, at least 13 recall announcements involving 135 pet products (e.g., dry dog food and cat food, pet treats, raw diets, and pet supplements) have been issued because of Salmonella contamination.¶ These recalls have resulted from contamination with multiple serotypes of Salmonella and have been associated with multiple pet food manufacturing plants in the United States. Pet products typically are recalled after product testing indicates contamination with Salmonella. To date, no human illness has been associated with these other pet food recalls.

Although the last reported case in this outbreak was tested on September 18, 2008, additional cases might occur. The September 2008 recall involved approximately 23,109 tons of dry pet foods, representing 105 brands. However, dry pet food has a 1-year shelf life, and contaminated product might still be in the homes of purchasers and could produce illness.

State and local health departments that identify ill persons with the outbreak strain should query ill persons or their caregivers to find out about pet-related exposures, including brands of dry pet food used in the home. When possible, pet stool specimens and samples of dry pet food should be collected and submitted for laboratory testing. Hypothesis-generating interviews for enteric infections should routinely include questions on contact with pets and other animals, pet food, pet treats, and pet supplements.

Consumers and health departments should be aware that all dry pet food, pet treats (3), and pet supplements (4) might be contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella, and consumers should use precautions with all brands of dry pet food, treats, and supplements. In contrast, canned pet food is unlikely to be contaminated with such pathogens because the manufacturing process should eliminate bacterial contamination. To prevent Salmonella infections, persons should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap immediately after handling dry pet foods, pet treats, and pet supplements, and especially before preparing and eating food for humans. Infants should be kept away from pet feeding areas. Children aged <5 years should not be allowed to touch or eat dry pet food, treats, or supplements.

In addition to transmission of Salmonella from contact with dry pet food, humans can acquire Salmonella infection from contact with the feces of animals that acquired Salmonella infection from contaminated dry pet food or other sources. Effective hand washing after handling pets and animal feces will prevent such infections. Persons who suspect that contact with dry pet food or pets has caused illness should consult their health-care providers. Additional information on the transmission of Salmonella from pets to humans is available at


CDC. Multistate outbreak of human Salmonella infections caused by contaminated dry dog food---United States, 2006--2007. MMWR 2008;57:521--4.
Voetsch AC, Van Gilder TJ, Angulo FJ, et al. FoodNet estimate of the burden of illness caused by nontyphoidal Salmonella infections in the United States. Clin Infect Dis 2004;38:S127--34.
CDC. Human salmonellosis associated with animal-derived pet treats---United States and Canada, 2005. MMWR 2006;55:702--5.
Food and Drug Administration. The Hartz Mountain Corporation recalls Vitamin Care for Cats because of possible health risk. Rockville, MD: Food and Drug Administration; 2007. Available at

* The list of recalled products is available at

† The national molecular subtyping network for foodborne disease surveillance.

§ XbaI pattern JM6X01.0015.

¶ Available at

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Japanese Dog Star Dice-K Hideki Matsumoto Invade America

A Japanese TV show called Pochi-Tama stars Dice-K & Hideki Matsumoto have invaded America to do their show on the streets of America. They will be films though out the country.
So will you be lucky to have your dog on the show?

Read the article by Adam Koob here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Oklahoma Puppy Mill Owners Arrested For Starving Their Dogs To Death

A couple named Sue Davis and Randall Dick from Delaware County, Oklahoma were arrested when the police found ten dead dogs out of the ninety eight that they had on their farm.

The report also said that some of the dogs were eating the dead dogs just to eat. If this is one of the worst cases of neglect I don’t know. I hope that the Grove Humane Society can help these poor dogs and give them a chance of a better life.

Read the article Omer Gillham here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Did You Know That It’s Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

I almost forgot to post about this.

Yes this week Nov. 2 – 8 is the week that we show are appreciation to our local animal shelters for all the work that they do to help protect are buddies. Remember that a lot of the people that work in these shelters are doing it for love. So help put a smile on their faces for all that the do.

Check out for more info

Here is a direct link to Animal Shelter Planning Guide for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Massachusetts Voters Ban Greyhound Racing

With Massachusetts voters finally passing a law to ban the Greyhound racing they will have to close two dog tracks in 2010.

Christine Dorchak of the Committee to Protect Dogs said: Voters looked at the facts. They made a judgment based on the tracks' own information and decided we in Massachusetts could no longer tolerate an industry that causes thousands of dogs to suffer every day.

The general manager of the Raynham Greyhound Park in Raynham Gary Temple said: I feel so sorry for these over 1,000 people who are going to be losing their jobs in an economy that can't see another 1,000 people unemployed.

OK we know that jobs will be lost, but the dogs have suffered long enough just so some one can make a buck off these poor dogs. So we say Thanks to the voters in Mass. for caring about our buddies.

Read the article here.

Seniors Retire in Style at HarborPlace ... with Their Pets

Many seniors would like to live in a retirement resort, but do not want to leave their beloved pets behind. Now they don't have to. Small pets, dogs, cats, birds and fish are welcome at HarborPlace at Port St Lucie, a lovely Retirement Resort and Assisted Living Community.

Port St Lucie, FL, November 04, 2008 --( HarborPlace Retirement Resort and Assisted Living Community has made it easy for seniors to retire without leaving behind their beloved pets... they can move right in together.

Residents of HarborPlace live in lovely yet affordable surroundings while receiving all the personal assistance they need to keep their independence. No evacuations are required in the event of inclement weather. There are no large upfront costs like some retirement communities. It's what they've always wanted: a beautiful, friendly place to live, where someone else does the cooking, cleaning, and maintenance.

Several spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment plans, some even offering balconies or patios, are available. And all are pet-friendly, so seniors bring their small dogs up to 20 pounds, cats, birds, or fish with them.

Pet care services, such as walking, waste control, vet trips, etc., are available multiple times each day (for a small fee) through Kitten Sittin', Walk the Pooch, Pet Butler, etc. For dog owners' convenience, a new dog waste disposal system was recently installed in the back of the building near the garages. There is a dispenser for bags and a place to put the used bag.

Tour with family and friends (or alone if preferred), or call 772-337-4330 to request an information package. HarborPlace at Port St Lucie, 3700 SE Jennings Road, PSL, FL 34952.


Contact Information
HarborPlace at Port St Lucie
Nance Cox

Monday, November 3, 2008

So You Want To Give A Pet As A Gift For The Holidays You Should Read This First

Think Twice Before Giving Pets as Gifts This Holiday

American Humane Suggests Leaving Furry Friends Off of the Holiday List

DENVER, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- There is nothing cuter than a cuddly
puppy or kitten under the tree on Christmas morning, perhaps with a holiday
bow attached to its collar. And while that scenario makes a great holiday
card illustration, the American Humane Association cautions that the days
that follow can often result in a lonely pet facing an uncertain future at
the local animal shelter.

"There are millions of animals at local shelters that need homes.
However, giving a pet as a surprise gift is never a good idea, especially
during the holidays," says Marie Belew Wheatley, American Humane president
and CEO. "The holidays are stressful for everyone, including animals. By
surprising people with a pet, you are assuming they have the financial,
emotional and time resources necessary to care for an animal, as well as
the desire to care for a living being for the long term."

Before you pick out the perfect furry friend for a child, grandchild,
niece or nephew -- or anyone -- consider the following:

It's Personal

-- Choosing a pet is a very personal decision. It should not be made by
anyone other than those who will take care of the pet.

Not Much Different Than a Baby

-- Pets, especially young pets, require time, energy and money for
proper care. It can be overwhelming to a family, especially when it is a

All Are Not Created Equal

-- Before purchasing or adopting a dog or cat, take time to educate
yourself on different breeds, how to give an animal a safe and satisfying
home and the long-term commitment of owning a pet. The best pet for the
family is a decision only the family can make.

Pets Are Members of the Family, Too

-- Because many dogs and cats can live 15 years or more, the pet
becomes a part of the family. It is important to ensure that everyone in
the house can and is willing to provide a healthy environment for the pet.

The Holidays Aren't a Vacation for New Pets

-- Pets are not toys. Children can confuse proper treatment of an
animal with the excitement of new toys around the holiday. Pets need a
calm, safe place where they can feel comfortable and begin to acclimate to
their new surroundings. A less-hectic time of year is probably a wiser
choice to bring a pet in to into the home.

Time Is of the Essence When Training a New Pet

-- Since the holidays often come with travel and irregular schedules,
families may miss out on the best opportunity to train a young pet.
Shelters often consider poorly trained or poorly socialized animals not
adoptable, resulting in euthanasia. In most cases, this could be avoided
with more time training.

Owning a Pet Is Life Changing

-- When a pet does not work out for a family, it becomes someone else's
problem, usually the local animal shelter. In the months following the
holiday season, shelters see a sharp spike in animal surrender.

Overall, pets are a fun gift for humans but likely not for the animal.
Rather than a living "gift," consider books or videos about potential pets,
or pet supplies like toys. Should you decide that a pet is a good decision
for the family before the holiday season, check with the local shelter to
see if it will issue an "IOU". That way, the family can make the best
decision about the breed, age and size of the pet during a less stressful
and frantic time of year.

About American Humane

Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the only national
organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Through a
network of child and animal protection agencies and individuals, American
Humane develops policies, legislation, curricula and training programs to
protect children and animals from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The
nonprofit membership organization, headquartered in Denver, raises
awareness about The Link(R) between violence to people and violence to
animals, as well as the benefits derived from the human-animal bond.
American Humane's regional office in Los Angeles is the authority behind
the "No Animals Were Harmed"(R) end-credit disclaimer on film and TV
productions, and American Humane's office in Washington, D.C., is an
advocate for child and animal protection at the federal and state levels.
The American Humane Certified(TM) farm animal program is the nation's
original independent certification and labeling program for humanely raised
food. American Humane meets the strong, comprehensive standards of the
Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (does this need a
trademark?), has been awarded the Independent Charities of America's "Best
in America" Seal of Approval, and has met the stringent standards for
financial efficiency and accountability required by the American Institute
of Philanthropy to qualify as a Top-Rated Charity. Visit to learn more.

Mandy Melby
Carmichael Lynch Spong
(720) 946-6326

Kelley Weir
American Humane Association
(303) 925-9418

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Sad Time Has Come For A Florida Animal Shelter

It’s bad enough when animal’s shelters just kill the pets that people bring in due to not being adopted. But an animal shelter called the Florida East Coast Humane Society has just closed their doors after being in business for the last sixty five years.

They weren’t just any kind of shelter they were a no kill shelter that took the time to help give the abandon pets a chance to a new life in a new home. So due to running out of funds they have shut their doors.

Executive Director Cindy Bishop said: the goal for the shelter which used to be named the St. Augustine Humane Society is to reopen in six to eight months after a fundraising campaign.
Only time will tell if there are enough people that make a donation to help fund their cost of operation.

Read the article here.

Help them continue their life-saving mission and make a donation today!
Florida East Coast Humane Society
1665 Old Moultrie Road
St. Augustine, FL 32086

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of 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 friends, your entertainments, 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.
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. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
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.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

I Can’t Sell The Dogs, So You Take Them

That what a dog breeder named Galen Roumpf from Albuquerque, New Mexico did when he just dumped off a total of thirty three full grown Labradors that he couldn’t sell.
I know that times are getting hard, but if you are going to be a dog breeder you need to be held to a higher standard. I guess that the last fourteen years had gotten the best of Galen Roumpf who probably started out breeding just to make a few extra dollars.
That’s why all breeders need to be licensed and checked on more often by each state. After reading about so many of these puppy mills that treat these dogs so bad just to make a buck is upsetting. I guess we are just lucky to have animal shelters that will take a pet with no questions asked. So help support your local shelter, because they are all in real need during these times of hardship.

Read the article here.

When I watched this video I was laughing so hard, because we brought one of these Peticures for our dogs and it was just like the video.
I even had one of my dogs bite me pretty good. He said no-way are you using that thing on me. So like all those things you see selling on TV, are they just another piece of junk?
Yes our Vet will be doing their paws from now on.

Read the article Yvonne Zanos here.

Watch the video here.