Friday, October 31, 2008

So Do You Take Your Pet When You Travel

Americans Turning to Fido & Fluffy to Ease Economic Woes

According to a survey by, 87% of American pet parents surveyed say that their pets help to ease the stress of economic woes.

South Portland, ME, October 31, 2008 --( With the volatility of the current economic situation, many Americans are experiencing great angst and uncertainty. Newspapers, television, around the water cooler – it seems everywhere they look; Americans are reminded of the economy’s instability. There seems to be no relief from this stress…or is there?

According to a survey by, 87% of American pet parents surveyed say that their pets help to ease the stress of economic woes. Research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. American pet parents are realizing this by turning to Fido & Fluffy when they need them the most.

“As a small business owner, I’m concerned about the economy. And that anxiety doesn’t help me to think creatively in order to move my business forward,” comments Glenna Martin. “I’ve started to bring my dog, Rex, to the office with me. He helps to ease my stress and that of my customers. He’s become an unofficial therapy dog!” adds Martin.

Further, the survey indicates that 65% of pet parents are partaking in more activities with their pets to help clear their head and unwind. In fact, science backs it up. “Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine - neurotransmitters that are known to have pleasurable and calming properties,” says MaryAnn Molloy of Healthy Body Fit Mind.

Dog parks, pet friendly beaches & hiking trails, games of fetch, and curling up on the couch with Fluffy are activities that not only help ease stress but they’re economical ways to have some relaxation and fun. “Watching my dog run around on the beach and frolic with other dogs makes me smile. They do not have a care in the world” says pet mom, Cindy Vazquez, “It’s truly therapeutic and it doesn’t cost me a dime!”

Given the current economic situation, will pet parents be deterred from including Fido & Fluffy in their travel plans? According to the survey, the answer is a resounding No! Ninety-five percent of respondents indicated that the economy will not stop them from bringing along their pet when they travel.

Man’s best friend is truly living up to its name. In times of need, pet parents quite literally feel their pet’s love. is the premier online guide for pet travelers and their people - offering resources to ensure pets are welcome, happy, and safe when traveling. Visit, to find a directory of pet friendly accommodations across the U.S., pet recreational activities, airline pet policies, pet sitters, pet travel supplies, along with other pet travel resources.


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Trips with Pets, Inc.
Ann Kelly

It's Not Only Chocolate That Kills Are Pets

Don't Let Halloween Kill the Family Dog - Posts Xylitol Health Alert for Canines

Don't leave Halloween goodies within reach of the family dog - they may contain xylitol, a common sweetener that can be toxic for canines.

Amherst, NH, October 31, 2008 --( posts a xylitol health alert page on their website ( to educate dog caretakers of the potential danger to their canines of this common sweetener. Xylitol, an all-natural sugar substitute, is increasingly found in many human food products, especially chewing gum and candy. While xylitol is safe for humans, it can be deadly for dogs. Just two or three sticks of gum sweetened with xylitol can be toxic to a 20-pound dog.

Veterinary findings show that xylitol can cause hypoglycemia in dogs, which may be severe. Clinical signs of xylitol toxicity may develop just 30 minutes after ingestion and may include vomiting, ataxia (uncoordinated movements), lethargy, and seizures. Liver dysfunction and/or failure may also occur.

In cases of xylitol ingestion, a veterinarian should be contacted immediately. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435 has excellent information in cases of xylitol ingestion and is open 24 hours a day; they may charge a $60 consultation fee.

Check Halloween loot! Dog caretakers are advised to look for xylitol in the fine print ingredient list of consumer products and to take extra care that their dogs do not have access to them. Make sure the holiday is safe for all family members – even the rascals with four legs.

### provides everything – products, services, and support – pet caretakers need to help their disabled, injured, or elderly pets enjoy healthy, happy, active lives. (888) 811-PETS.

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Lisa Murray

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wanted: Hong Kong’s Serial Dog Killer

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Hong Kong and many other people including the dead dog owners are looking for a serial dog killer.
He has been killing dogs though out the last nineteen years with over one hundred dogs killed.

What would make a person do something like this, you read about many serial killers but a dog serial killer? To think that this has been going on so long in the same area is unbelievable that they haven’t caught the killer yet.

Read the article by DPA here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Free Web Pages For Animal Shelters

Rescue Help for Homeless Dogs and Cats in Georgia Comes from New Hampshire

New Hampshire website development firm Bogart Computing creates free website for Dawson County Humane Society.

Litchfield, NH, October 28, 2008 --( Web visibility for stray animals is crucial in today’s world. Web site exposure is crucial to getting dogs and cats adopted. Every Animal Shelter needs a "top notch" web site to appeal not only to potential pet adopters, but also to volunteers and potential financial supporters.

The Dawson County Humane Society web site was in dire need of an overhaul when Bogart Computing came to the rescue. "Helping animal organizations is a passion for me," says Caroline Bogart. Caroline understands the financial constraints that many Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups operate under, and has donated her web design service to the Georgia Shelter.

"The Dawson County Humane Society website displays many pictures of animals and shelter volunteers. It offers visitors information on how to donate wish list items or money. Volunteers and adopters can fill out their applications right on the website," said Bogart. "Every animal shelter website should raise animal visibility, accept donations and encourage visitors to volunteer for the shelters many jobs."

"We were desperately looking for someone who would help us with our site when we found Caroline Bogart," said Brenda Lee. "Caroline jumped in with both feet and immediately went to work to create a beautiful web site that represents our shelter so well," says Candy Adams, President of the Dawson County Humane Society.

"It is great to know there are still people like Caroline that are willing to help the forgotten animals of the world," said Kay Harris, Shelter Director. "We will never be able to thank her enough!"

About Bogart Computing:
Bogart Computing is a website and freelance programming company offering expert web development, online store shopping carts and search engine positioning. They offer free websites to animal rescue and shelter organizations. For more info on Bogart Computing visit them at

About The Dawson County Animal Shelter:
The Dawson County Animal Shelter is run by the local Humane Society and is a 501c3 Non-profit organization and is home to between 160-175 homeless and abandoned animals. For information on how you can help the Dawson County, GA homeless animals, visit the new site at


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Caroline Bogart

I will say that it is very kind of Caroline Bogart to offer a free web page for animal shelters....Thanks for helping out our buddies....From all of us dogs...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

3 Different Stories About A Dog’s Life

A 4 Year Old Live Changes With The Help Of A Service Dog

Photo by Johnny Wagner

A four year old girl named Kylie Haas from Shannon Park, AK life has changed when the parents got a service dog named Millie. The parents dreams had come true when they seen their daughters life change ever since Kylie and Millie have been together.
Bruce and Heidi Haas were able to get the dog though Pawsibilities Unleashed in Frankfort, Ky. with the help of some caring people that helped in a fundraiser.
It’s just amazing that a dog, yes a dog can help change one’s life with joy and companionship.

Read the article by Mary Beth Smetzer here.

Owners Refuse To Take Their Lost Dog Back

Just because their dog had run away five times doesn’t mean that you disown him. That’s what a family from Spokane Valley, Texas said about their dog. Ruth Stalling was offered by Dr. Bill Trotter from the Bosque Animal Rescue Kennels in Clifton, Texas to have her dog brought back but she said No.
How do you just dump your dog like that, because he ran away while they were camping out in the woods. Maybe the dog got lost, that’s no reason to just dump the dog. I just don’t understand so people why they do things, it one thing if you are no longer to afford your pets and you bring them to a no kill shelter, but to dump them is really low.

Read the article by Pai Hallenberg Christensen here.

Troubled Kids & Troubled Animals

What happens when you put troubled kids and troubled animals together? Well over at a special place called Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita, CA. that helps bring kids that have been abused or neglected from the Pacific Lodge Boys home together to be with the animals that are in the same situation of being lonely and neglected.
Rebecca Alegria who is the assistant director of development for the Pacific Lodge Boys Home said; Their program almost mirrors ours. We take in abused and neglected boys, and they do the same with animals.
Jay Weiner from the Gentle Barn said; You look in their eyes as they're petting or hugging that animal, and you see a completely different little boy than the one who arrived filled with anger and mistrust. Whether they're from broken or foster homes, or whether they are blind, deaf, physically or mentally challenged, the animals love them just the same.
Now that’s what I call sharing the love from within and bring the joy to some lonely kids and animals together.

Read the article by Dennis McCarthy here.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wild Pit Bull Attacks On Site

This video shows a wild Pit Bull attacking a man and a woman who was the owner until finally the police come and try to shot the dog.

Warning this is a very graphic video ….

Friday, October 24, 2008

What Shot The Endangered Gray Wolf On Site

That’s what the Bush administration wants to do by passing a new proposal to allow more then eighty percent of Wyoming to have a shot the Gray Wolf on site policy.
I wonder why they waited to the end of Bush’s term to vote on this amendment, maybe they know that it will easily pass.
Read the article by Joel Achenbach here.

So what can we do to help fight to save these dogs from the open kill?

Here are a two links that are for the cause:
Western Watersheds Project's
Defenders of Wildlife

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ami Moore Joins PAWS Chicago's Junior Board

Ami Moore, the Chicago Dog Coach, Joins the Junior Board of PAWS Chicago as a Sign of Support for Their Mission to Save Homeless Pets

Ami Moore, The Chicago Dog Whisperer, joins PAWS Chicago's Junior Board as a way to support their mission to save homeless pets and provide low-cost spay and neuter services to the Chicagoland area. Ami Moore, The Chicago Dog Expert is a supporter of homeless pets and shelter animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits being spayed or neutered before they find their forever homes. "Altering animals that are homeless before they are released to new homes is a smart idea," says Ami Moore.

Chicago, IL, October 23, 2008 --( Ami Moore, The Chicago Dog Expert had a dream. The Chicago-based dog coach longs to see “a Chicago where dogs are welcome everywhere and citizens are not afraid of the well-trained, well-mannered dog that should be in public places.”

Ami Moore is seeing her dream come true one pet at a time through her own work as a dog behaviorist and dog therapist, and she believes strongly in the efforts of her neighbors at PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago. The organization’s mission is to stop the killing of homeless animals. Moore joined PAWS’ professional board in 2008.

“Without the support of people like you, PAWS Chicago would not be able to accomplish its mission,” a congratulatory letter read. As a member of PAWS’ professional board, Moore will assist in planning a variety of fundraising events which will have a direct impact on helping save the lives of thousands of homeless cats and dogs in Chicago.

In 2007, the PAWS Chicago Adoption and Humane Center was opened. The facility is the first cageless, no-kill shelter in the Midwest. “Their facilities are state-of-the-art – better than 95 percent of the homes that people in Chicago live in,” Ami Moore the Chicago Dog Whisperer says.

Animals at the PAWS adoption center live in “suites” and receive plenty of fresh air, exercise, toys, love and respect. Ami Moore believes the natural environment there is beneficial to both the animals and the individuals who are considering adopting a pet. In 2007, more than 1,600 animals found permanent, loving homes through the facility.

Due to the efforts of Ami Moore the Chicago Dog Whisperer, CASA-The Coalition of Animal Shelter Alliance, the Chicago Humane Society, the City of Chicago Animal Control and PAWS only slightly more than 400 animals were euthanized in the city of Chicago due to inability to find a home. Ami Moore the Dog Whisperer of Chicago says, “As far as I am concerned, Chicago has achieved the dream of being a no-kill city. In 2007, only slightly more than four hundred were euthanized in the entire city due to a lack of a home. I believe that we have the most impressive number of rescued animals in America. Chicago is the city that ‘Can Do and Does’.”

PAWS Chicago also operates the Lurie Family Spay/Neuter Clinic – the largest provider of free and low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for pets in the area. Last year, more than 14,000 surgeries were performed on the pets of Chicago-area families.

Most of those surgeries were performed for free for families who receive public assistance. “In 2008, our goal is to perform more than 16,000 surgeries, as spay/neuter is the only way to ensure the number of homeless pets killed each year continues to drop,” says Jessica Busch of PAWS Chicago.


Ami Moore, called the Chicago Dog Whisperer, is a Chicago-based professional dog behaviorist, expert dog coach, educator, popular speaker and author. Visit her Web site at or . Ami Moore, the Chicago Dog Whisperer, can be reached by calling 847-284-7760. CASA can be reached at

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Ami Moore

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Michael Vick Pleads I’m Guilty

The article says Michael Vick just wants to try and get an early release so that he can get back playing football. I hope no team hires him back after what he did to his poor dogs.

Read the article here.

Chained Dogs, What's Your Thoughts

Photo by Gratiot

Theirs a poll going on in Kings County, Washington about dogs being chained up.Should they make a law or not.
I personally think it’s cruel to leave a dog out side chained up all day. The article talked about how a German shepherd that was chained up had become vicious and attacked two people.
So what’s your opinion about a dog being chained up all the time, do you think it makes them more protective and they become more vicious. Or do you think it doesn’t matter.

Read the article by Kevin Ervin here.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Short Poem About A Dog Called Lucky

Lucky Dog....

Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you
Don't and you may even decide you need one!

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.' Lucky was a real
Character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.

Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the
Treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys. Lucky always
Stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay
In the box.

It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her
She was going to die of this fact , she was just sure it was

She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night
Before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck
Her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him.The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.

The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated
and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening
walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.

Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home,
Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her
Bedroom.So Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap. Lucky stood by watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.

When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong.
She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing Dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life. He had covered her with his love.

Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking
further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is
still cancer-free. Lucky? He still steals treasures and stashes them in his
Toy Box but Mary remains his greatest treasure. every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards they are the ones that care for us.

If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours! Live
Simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Crazy Women Hog Ties Dog And Sent It On Fire

Photo by the Denver Post

Yes I will call Tanya Martin from Lakewood, Colorado a crazy women for hog tying up her little Yorkshire Terrier named Bobo up and setting the poor dog on fire. This is so sick to even read about what she had done to the dog.
The dog had been burned over fifty percent of his body and his paws were coming off. They also said that the Bobo was in so much pain when he was brought into the Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital and if it wasn’t for the Fire fighters and medics the poor dog wouldn’t have had a chance.

Read the story by Terry Jessup here.
Warning the video is graphic

Photo by Preston Gannaway © The Rocky

Update: Bobo is getting more help with donations being sent in to help pay for his care.

Veterinarians Helping The Homeless Pets

Veterinarians Serving Pets of the Homeless

Carson City, NV, October 19, 2008 --( Feeding Pets of the Homeless awarded grants to seven veterinarians to treat and vaccinate pets of the homeless in their communities.

Dr. Kevin Stoothoff, South Ocala Animal Clinic, Ocala, Florida will implement a pilot program in the area. “I am excited to apply for this grant. Our community, like so many others, has many homeless people, who are unable to afford veterinary care or pet food.” wrote Dr. Stoothoff.

His objective is to help the pets which belong to the indigent people of Ocala. He will be working with two local agencies, Brothers Keeper and Interfaith, giving professional examinations, vaccines and minor medical treatment to dogs and cats weekly.

Dr. Wolf’s Animal Medical Center, Dr. John E’Esopo of Dedham, Massachusetts, plans are to set up a clinic and if they find that there is a great unmet need for care of pets of the homeless they will attempt to have these clinics on a routine basis at a local homeless shelter. Their objective is to reach as many needy pets, providing them with physical examinations, updating them on their vaccinations, screening them for diseases that are of community health significance (canine heartworm disease, feline leukemia virus). They will also provide relief for minor problems such as skin issues, ear infections and they will be trying to educate pet owners and provide help with any questions or concerns about the health of their pets.

Animal Medicine and Surgery Clinic, Dr. Ronald Chaikin of Brooklyn, New York will be using the funds so that his clinic will not be forced to turn away approximately 40 animals a week due to financial difficulties of the homeless and low income families in the area. Low income housing and apartment housing projects in his area are extremely strict and require pets to be up-to-date on vaccinations and care, including a current Rabies vaccination and also must be spayed/neutered. This presents a hardship for many of these well-meaning families because they cannot afford to properly immunize and spay/neuter their pets as they are financially compromised.

“Many of these owners are elderly and alone and the only love and companionship they receive is from their pets.” wrote Dr. Chaikin.

Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Suzanna Brown of Mays Landing, New Jersey will be working in conjunction with the Atlantic City Rescue Mission to hold a monthly clinic at the mission to give physical exams, rabies vaccinations, flea treatments, and grooming if necessary along with a collar and ID tag to pets of the homeless and those below the national poverty level in the area.
Grove Way Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Russell Hackler of Castro Valley, California has been treating a homeless woman’s dog that she rescued from a pit bull dog fighting ring. The neutered male canine has been suffering with a distressing case of yeast infection. If left untreated he would have passed away.

Dr. Lisa Levin, Spay Neuter Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona intends to provide wellness/preventive medical care in addition to minor medical/surgical care for an estimated population of 50-75 animals belonging to homeless individuals living at or very near to the downtown homeless shelter. The volunteers at the homeless shelter have offered their time to help and if necessary provide transportation to the clinic if more intense medical pet care is needed.

Genevieve Frederick, executive director, “Feeding Pets of the Homeless was formed less than two years ago and the response from the public has allowed us to help many homeless and less fortunate who have pets. With donations of pet food to members and with cash donations for medical care, we are expanding our program steadily and helping many pets. Pets of the homeless are nonjudgmental, offer comfort, and provide an emotional bond of loyalty. In some cases, they provide the homeless protection and keep them warm. We believe in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond which is very important to life.

More information about the mission of Feeding Pets of the Homeless, donating to the organization, grant applications, memberships, sponsorships and locations of pet food collection sites can be found at or call (775) 841-7463.


About: Feeding Pets of the Homeless is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) member organization. Our members collect pet food and deliver it to food banks and/or soups kitchens which have agreed to distribute the food to the homeless and impoverished. Headquartered in Carson City, Nevada, we coordinate and support our members. We accept cash donations for grants that we award to veterinarians who provide medical care to the pets of homeless. Locations of member collection sites and organizations that distribute pet food can be found at or call (775) 841-7463.

Contact: Genevieve Frederick, Founder/Executive Director
Feeding Pets of the Homeless
2255 Waterford Place
Carson City, NV 89703
(775) 841-7463
Fax (775) 841-7163

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Chillybuddy Cooling Jackets Helping Rescue Dogs

Search and Rescue Dogs Serve the Nation, with a Helping Paw from Chillybuddy Cooling Jackets

Search and Rescue Dogs take advantage of cheaper-than-wholesale prices to cool off in summer heat using Chillybuddy jackets.

Rockville, MD, October 18, 2008 --( It’s been a long, hot summer, especially for search and rescue dogs doing work in the field. Keeping these courageous pooches healthy in the heat has always been a challenge, but this season, SAR dogs had a secret weapon, the Chillybuddy Cooling Jackets, that helped them stay active and safe all summer long.

The Chillybuddy jackets, a light-weight mesh cooling jacket designed to keep a dog comfortable in hot weather and reduce the effect of exposure to the sun, were made available for the first time this summer at a special discount rate for SAR animals, far below wholesale prices, and the response has been tremendous.

“We’ve seen a great improvement in our dogs’ energy levels using the Chillybuddy jackets. They can work longer at the higher summer temperatures,” according to a SAR handler. One heroic dog, Willow, is a 14-year old Golden Lab who worked at the World Trade Center rescue in 2001. At her age, Willow doesn’t work missions anymore, but she still helps out new dogs entering their training and the jacket has helped her stay active for longer periods of time.

Chillybuddy Cooling Jackets are now the hands of more than 25 Search And Rescue Teams across the country and on the backs of more than 250 SAR dogs in the field. Chillybuddy plans to continue offering the same deeply discounted pricing on all its products for years to come.

“Search & Rescue Teams perform such a valuable function, saving lives in our country, and we’re very proud to do our part to help in their good work,” said Bob Stalick, President and General Manager of PT Bofabs. “It’s exciting to hear that search handlers have consistently responded with such praise, and we look forward to continuing our support of their efforts. After all, the animal product industry isn’t just about fun and frivolity, and here is an example of where we can really make a difference.”

Made in the USA, Chillybuddy products come in two styles and thirteen sizes, with custom sizing available. The Chillybuddy is a multi-layer patent-pending solution that can lower a dog’s coat temperature by 30%. Its outer layer is made of woven synthetic with an aluminized finish, and the twisted strands of the fabric function like thousands of tiny mirrors, reflecting wavelengths of light away from the surface. Inside, the jacket is lined with a cotton mesh, which can be wetted to provide substantial evaporative cooling. Unlike other wet jackets, the evaporation occurs in the shade of the outer layer, creating an unusually cool environment on the hottest days.

Chillybuddy Dog Engineered Gear offers two other products to help dogs stay healthy in the elements. The Chillybuddy Winter Jacket is a light-weight, waterproof jacket, engineered from tear-proof materials and perfect for keeping dogs warm in the harshest of environments. Rugged, durable and near impervious, the Chillybuddy Raincoat is a multi-layer jacket that quickly siphons off the water from even the most rigorous rainstorm. Chillybuddy jackets are available for purchase at select online sites and retailers. More details are available at

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Susan Hartzler

Hartz Mountain Recalls Rawhide Chips

There is a voluntarily recall by Hartz Mountain on their chicken basted rawhide chips with the lot code JC23282, UPC number 3270096463 for the possibility of Salmonella. They have found one bag that contained the Salmonella and to be safe they are recalling the lot.

Read the article here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Handicapped Pets Guide To Compassion

Free Manual for Teachers: Teach Compassion, Accept Differences, Make a Difference. Two-Week Curriculum Uses Disabled Animals as a Learning Tool. and 4th grade teacher Kathy Barton have created a free manual: How Do You Teach Compassion? You Show It. Downloadable for youth educators and leaders everywhere at, the two-week curriculum is modeled after the successful program Barton has used in her own classroom. The guide’s unique approach of using handicapped pets as a way for children to learn to accept differences and reach out to those less fortunate is a winner.

Amherst, NH, October 17, 2008 --( “The children learn a lesson that is invaluable,” says Barton, “that what they do in response to suffering matters. That everyone – even a young child – can make a difference. They learn the value of a life and that another’s injury or ill fortune can be an opportunity to lend a hand. If they can do that for a dog or cat, think of what it can mean for the world!”The manual includes a program description, objectives, skills the students will gain, materials needed, a list of daily activity suggestions, plans for organizing a fundraiser to help a handicapped animal, and information on how to arrange for a disabled pet to visit a classroom or group. Help your community spread the word about this valuable free resource. Compassion – Tolerance – Nonviolence – Change. The best teachers can come in unlikely guises.

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Lisa Murray

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Arts Fundraiser For The Animals Partners With Pets Unlimited for Animals and the Arts Fundraiser

San Francisco's Most Prominent Pet Enthusiasts Gather for the Second Annual
Concert at the Herbst Theatre on Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco-based , the largest vertical media network in the pet market,today announced their partnership with Pets Unlimited , the premier provider of comprehensive and humane animal treatment in the Bay Area, for their Animals and the Arts fundraiser this Sunday at the Herbst Theatre, in San Francisco.

"DogTime is proud to support Pets Unlimited and pursue our common
mission to provide dogs and cats with happy homes and healthy lives," said
DogTime CEO Trevor Wright. "By sharing high quality information with our
network of 180 pet-focused partner sites we are able to equip novice and
experienced owners alike with all the information needed to make them, and
their pets, very happy."

The second annual Animals and the Arts concert will feature Emmy(R)
Award- winning conductor George Daugherty, who founded the event in honor
of his beloved dog Toby. Joining him will be international opera sensation
Jennifer Holloway in her San Francisco debut; husband and wife opera stars
Kristin Clayton and Bojan Knezevic; mezzo-soprano Tamora Pellikka; pianists
Keisuke Nakagoshi and Marc Shapiro, clarinet virtuosa Ginger Kroft
Barnetson, and cellist Barbara Bogatin, plus a 30-member chamber orchestra
comprised of musicians from The San Francisco Symphony, The San Francisco
Opera Orchestra, The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, The Los Angeles
Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic, and The London Symphony Orchestra.
They are all donating their time and talents to help cats and dogs in need.

"DogTime has demonstrated its dedication to helping Pets Unlimited
achieve its ongoing goal of raising awareness and support for Pets
Unlimited's critical needs shelter and charitable veterinary care programs,
" said Joe O'Hehir, Executive Director, Pets Unlimited.
100% of all proceeds from the Animals and the Arts concert benefit the
Pets Unlimited no-kill animal shelter and charity care programs. Tickets
start at $35 and are available at City Box Office

About DogTime:
DogTime Media is the country's largest
vertical media network focused exclusively on pets and pet enthusiasts.
DogTime Media reaches 8.2 million(1) highly engaged consumers via its
network of more than 180 leading pet-focused websites and is anchored by, the premier destination for dog
people. DogTime Media actively supports the efforts of rescue groups and
shelters nationwide to significantly reduce the number of homeless and
neglected pets in the country. DogTime Media and DogTime are based in San
Francisco, CA.
About Pets Unlimited:
Since its inception in 1947, Pets Unlimited
has earned the reputation as the premier
provider of comprehensive and humane animal treatment in the Bay Area. The
organization has been instrumental in saving the lives of more than 250,000
dogs by running a state-of-the-art veterinary center and relies on
charitable donations. Pets Unlimited was recently named "Best Veterinarian"
by the San Francisco Bay Guardian "Best of the Bay" reader poll for the
fourth consecutive year.

1) Media Metrix 2.0, comScore Inc.

Simon Tonner
DogTime Media
P: 415-830-9304

Dog Save From the Tracks

An engineer has helped save the life of a dog that is being called Choo-Choo from being run over by another train in North Braddock, Pennsylvania.

There is also a reward for twenty-seven hundred dollars out there for the arrest of this sick person.
It bad enough when we read about the abuse that owners do to their dogs or even the report of the puppy mill owners shooting all their dogs so they wouldn’t be fined.
So I wonder what would make a person take their dog to a train track and tie her up, knowing that the dog had only given birth to puppies recently. Do they think that the dog wouldn’t know what was going on, because the poor dog has the same sense and feeling as we do? I just wonder if the dog will one day find that person who had tied her up.
Trust me a dog will always remember a person by their scent that makes up our very own characteristic, just like we do with DNA.

Read more about this poor dog here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Warning Deadly Dog Virus Spreading In Nevada

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A deadly virus called Canine Parvovirus has doubled in the past few months in Nevada.
Read the article by Patranya Bhoolsuwan here.

Over in Michigan Shelly Bawol from the Shelter to Home Ine. Has said that there is an increase of animals not having the right vaccinations that has gotten her worried due to the economy. The Shelter to Home Inc. will be having a fundraiser to help support the rescue of the pets in need.

Read the article by Rene Cizio here.

So Please Help Support Your Local Animal Shelter

Monday, October 13, 2008

From Lucky Dogs To Lost Dogs And Helping Dogs

Dogs are being kidnapped in the UK and one couple named Trevor & Michelle Deen was upset when they discovered that not only one dog, but nine of their dogs were stolen. Luckily they were able to get them back by the thief that stolen them.
Some advise is to have a microchip implanted or the old way is having your dog tattooed.
Read the article by Katie Norman here.

Ian Becker from the Southern Queensland has had enough of finding workers to work on his farm that he now has a team of dogs to do the work. Ian said that he wishes that the dogs knew how to drive the trucks and use computers.
That’s a laugh all right, it just shows that our buddies can do a lot more then people think they can.
Photo by NPD

For more of a laugh a Bloodhound named Rocky from Normandy Park, Wash. Who works for the police to help locate missing people was missing him self. They police even called out officers from other towns and a helicopter to help search for Rocky.
So after twelve hours of searching they finally found the dog. Now I think that’s funny, that the police dog escaped for a little R&R and it took the whole team to find him.

A Harborne based charity by the Friends of Animal Welfare with over 100 of the most pampered pooches was able to raise about fourteen hundred dollars for the local animal charities and fund care over in the UK.
Just a little note; There is a chemical called Permethrin that is used in flea treatment for dogs that will kill your cat.
So check out their site to read more about this product.

Ok this dog’s name isn’t lucky but it needs to be changed to lucky because this dog survived jumping off a forty foot high bridge and walked away from the fall.
Read the article by Kevin Duguid here.

Over in New Jersey the SPCA had their seventh annual Pet-A-Palooza at the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals this past weekend that help to raise about a grand for the cause.
They also dedicated a walking path that was built by a local Boy Scout troop. It just shows that when everybody chips in we can make life a little better for our friends.
Read the article by Jason Laday here.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Today's Dog Thoughts

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, 'My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.'

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: 'Which wolf wins?'

The old Cherokee simply replied, 'The one you feed.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Reiki For Dogs

Animal Reiki Founder Kathleen Prasad Speaks at 33rd Annual American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Conference - Reno, NV

How Reiki Techniques can be used for Balance, Relaxation and Support of Health and Well-Being of Animals. A growing number of veterinarians around the world are opening their minds and even offices to Reiki. In the United States alone, nearly 100 veterinarians are listed as Reiki practitioners with the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. “Reiki is a support in addition to conventional veterinary medicine,” says founder Kathleen Prasad.

San Rafael, CA, October 11, 2008 --( How Reiki Techniques can be used for Balance, Relaxation and Support of Health and Well-Being of Animals.

Reiki Master and published author, Kathleen Prasad will be presenting a seminar on Reiki for Veterinary Technicians, Monday October 13th at the 2008 Annual AHVMA Convention in Reno, NV held at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort.

A growing number of veterinarians around the world are opening their minds and even offices to Reiki. In the United States alone, nearly 100 veterinarians are listed as Reiki practitioners with the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (

Says Reiki Master and founder of Animal Reiki Source, Kathleen Prasad, “Reiki is a support in addition to conventional veterinary medicine.”

According to Dr. Lauren Chattigre, DVM, DVetHom, CVA, CVCP, Reiki Master, of the Cascade Summit Animal Hospital in West Linn, Oregon, openness to Reiki hinges on people’s acceptance of the unknown. “It’s just a question of people getting used to the idea, of people trying it and seeing the benefits. Change is slow, especially in scientific circles, you know. Acupuncture used to be not nearly as accepted as it is now. It’s just been a matter of time and trial and education and people trying it.”

For veterinarian Carolina Kliass of Sao Paulo, Brazil, it’s all a matter of letting people see the results Reiki can produce. In her private practice, Dr. Kliass uses conventional veterinary techniques in addition to Reiki, and occasionally flower essences and Homeopathy.

Dr. Kliass fondly remembers, one story of “a client I’ll never forget. It was a Boxer, she was 10 years old, who has since passed away. Each time Dr. Kliass visited the dog’s home for a Reiki treatment, “she turned and went to the special place that always we did Reiki. We always did Reiki there, or on the ground near the sofa or on the sofa. And she lay down and looked at me and said, ‘I’m here, work on me.’ It was so fun; she was amazing. She always respected the Reiki sessions; it was very nice. She was my darling. She was wonderful.”

Besides the warm emotional response the Boxer gave to Dr. Kliass during treatments, the dog responded well physically to treatments. “She had bone cancer, and the evolution was not so fast as was expected, because it’s a very aggressive disease, and it took more than a year until she passed away,” says Dr. Kliass. “And she was taking homeopathic remedies, too, but without Reiki, I think this period would be shorter, absolutely. A few months.”

Dr. Kliass believes the dog’s quality of life during her year of Reiki treatments was also enhanced: “This year period, she was great. She lived on a farm: a ranch, all hills up and down, and she walked all around with this cancer in her leg.”

Ms. Prasad will discuss what Reiki is, how it can support the animal patient in addition to what a typical Reiki treatment would be for an equine and canine patient. A preview of the upcoming Animal Reiki: The Basics and Beyond DVD will also be presented.

About Reiki: The name Reiki, pronounced ''Ray-key'', comes from the Japanese words ''rei'' meaning spirit, and ''ki'' meaning energy. It is usually translated as ''universal life energy.'' Reiki is also a Japanese holistic energy healing system that is gentle and noninvasive and yet yields powerful results for the body, mind and spirit.

About Kathleen Prasad: A life-long animal lover and an educator for fifteen years, as a teacher in the San Francisco public schools, she designed curriculum and community projects for her students in animal kindness, encouraging volunteer work in animal shelters. In 1998 she learned Reiki and began regularly volunteering Reiki with local shelter animals.

As a Reiki Master and author, Kathleen offers training programs, treatments and information about Reiki for animals. She has taught Reiki to staff at BrightHaven Healing Arts Center for Animals, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and The Elephant Sanctuary as well as individuals from all walks of life and from all over the world.

Inspired by her volunteer experiences, Kathleen chose to dedicate her teaching career to Animal Reiki full-time in 2002. She has authored two books, "Tails from The Source", a collection of stories about animals and the healing power of Reiki and is co-author of the book "Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life" and written many educational articles on animals and Reiki for holistic publications around the world. Her work has been featured in "The Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association", "Animal Fair", "The Whole Dog Journal", "Dog Fancy", "Animal Wellness Magazine", "Equine Wellness Magazine" and "Natural Horse Talk Magazine". She has been featured on radio shows as well as her local news.

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Kathleen Prasad

Friday, October 10, 2008

Free Online Dog Safety Program For Kids

Bark Busters Announces Dog Safety Program to Help Schools and Parents Keep Children Safe

World’s Largest Dog Training Company Offers Free Online Public Service Program for Children.

Englewood, CO, October 10, 2008 --( Liam Crowe, CEO and master dog behavioral therapist of Bark Busters USA — the world’s largest, most trusted dog training company — today announced the launch of the Bach & Buster Buddy Dog Safety Program™, a free online public service program designed to help educate children about dog safety and bite prevention.

Each year on average, nearly 5 million Americans are bitten by dogs with 800,000 of those seeking medical attention—and more than half of these are children. Of those who s medical attention, 386,000 require treatment in a hospital emergency department and about a dozen die. Such startling statistics prompted Bark Busters Home Dog Training to create this unique online public service program to help parents teach their children about dog safety.

“We understand that dog bites are a serious matter, and we believe that public education can prevent the situations that lead to dog bites,” says Crowe. “The Bach & Buster Buddy Dog Safety Program teaches children how to stay safe by learning the right choices to make when around familiar and unfamiliar dogs.”

Developed specifically for school-age children, the Bach & Buster Buddy Dog Safety Program provides fun, interactive dog safety activities online. Based on the same sound principles that have made Bark Busters a worldwide leader in dog training, the Bach & Buster Buddy Dog Safety Program helps children to understand a dog’s five senses, the causes for dog aggression, what to do when greeting or interacting with a dog, and the common body language warning signs to look for to avoid a dog bite.

The program offers an easy-to-understand, user-friendly online course starting with “Learn About Dog Safety,” and followed by “Pass the Dog Safety Quiz.” Once a child has completed the Dog Safety Quiz, he or she will be prompted to “Earn a Certificate of Achievement,” and finally “Become a Member of the Bach & Buster Buddy Club.”

Through the Bach & Buster Buddy Dog Safety Program, Bark Busters is striving to teach children about what to do and what not to do around dogs in order to prevent dog bites across the nation.

Bark Busters dog behavioral therapists are renowned authorities in understanding, correcting and managing dog behavior and creating a happy, safe and healthy existence for dog owners and their dogs. Their training techniques are one of a kind in that they train the dog owners to “speak dog.” For further information about Bark Busters Home Dog Training, call 1-877-500-BARK (2275) or visit To participate in the Bach & Buster Buddy Dog Safety Program visit:

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Macon County Mayor Holds Animal Shelter Hostage

You would think that in times like these a town wouldn’t be holding other towns hostage when it comes to fee’s charged at an animal shelter.
Well we have a Mayor named Robert Reichert from Macon County, Georgia that is trying to pull the stings on Bibb County with an increase in fee’s that are more then doubled the fee that has been charged for the last decade.

I thought that these shelters were there to help the unwanted or the abandon pets. Has this country gotten so bad that we forgotten the love for these animals. Most of the pets are in bad shape when they get to a shelter from either being under feed or abused. They go though some of the worst misfortune with their suffering of loneliness.

I guess some of us know what it feels like to be all alone at times with no hope. So just maybe we can offer some help to our buddies and adopt one of these pets and give them a chance of life, isn’t that what are looking for.

Did you know that if you have a pet that you befriend with it will help to change your whole life. I know that my dogs have helped me though many of hard times and I have read may articles on the gift that a pet brings into your heart.

Read the article by Matt Barnwell here.

Links to Adoptions - Adopt A Homeless Pet
Pets 911
Adopt Pets with Disabilities
Adopt Guide Dog for the Blind

Links to other countries
Dogs Trust

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

1st Animal Net Adoption Event

First Annual Pet 'Net Adoption Event To Be Held on Thursday, October 16

Pet-Centric Bloggers & Site Editors To Raise Voices In Unison To Shine
Spotlight on Animal Shelter Adoption

Organizer To Feature Event Hub At

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to heighten
awareness about animal shelter adoption,
(, the popular online destination for pet owners and
pet enthusiasts from NBC Universal Digital Media, has organized a landmark
consortium of some of the Web's favorite pet-focused sites to launch the
inaugural Pet 'Net Adoption Event on Thursday, October 16.

Each participating site and Weblog will highlight content devoted to
the topic of animal shelter adoption on this date, with hosting
a comprehensive one-page hub ( with
links to all of the special coverage.

"Due to the current troubles in the economy, animal shelters are full
to over-flowing and shelter adoption is mission critical for animal lovers
across the country," said Kim Jack Riley, editor-in-chief of
"Through the power of these diverse and robust voices being raised at once
online, we hope this experiment -- The Pet 'Net Adoption Event -- will help
focus some much-needed attention on the cause."

Sites slated to join in the event include: Cats (

-- Exotic Pets (
-- Veterinary Medicine (
-- The Daily Puppy (
-- The Days of Johann (
-- Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Pet Central
-- The Pet Haven (
-- (
-- PetLvr - The Blog (
-- Petopia (
-- PetPeoplesPlace (
-- Pets Channel (
-- PetsitUSA (
-- Polka Dot Pup (
-- Raise A Green Dog (
-- Rescue Me (
-- Thoughts Fur Paws (
-- YouPet (
About ( was created by NBC Universal, in
partnership with Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc., as a comprehensive
source of information and services that helps pets and their owners get the
most out of life. Offering customized content and a highly personalized
experience, is ranked among the top 10 pet Web sites and offers
unique editorial features, expert Q&A's, tools and how-to videos.

Lucy HandicappedPets New Mascot Adopts Crippled Dog as Mascot to Celebrate National Adopt-a-Dog Month
Pet Care Company Gives New State-of-the-Art Wheelchair to Rescue Dog to Kick-Off American Humane's National Adopt-A-Dog Month (October).

Amherst, NH, October 08, 2008 --( helped American Humane kick off Adopt-a-Dog month on October 1 by adopting a wheelchair-bound rescue dog named Lucy as its mascot and giving her a new Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair. Lucy, a dog injured and left to die in Puerto Rico, received the new state-of-the-art Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair to replace the duct-taped model she arrived in – and became’s poster dog. WMUR and CNN covered this joyous event.

For more information, contact Lisa Murray,, (603) 577-8854. was created by Mark C. Robinson to support caretakers of pets with special needs. provides everything – products, services, and support – pet caretakers need to help their handicapped pets enjoy healthy, happy, active lives. (888) 811-PETS

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Is The Winner Of The Woman of the Year Awards In London All About Dogs

Well it’s really about three different woman that have been working on helping the pedigree dogs in the UK.
There will be
Carol Fowler from the Wotton under Edge along with Beverley Cuddy the Editor of Dogs Today magazine and Jemima Harrison who was the director of Pedigree Dogs Exposed.

So will this years honor go to Carol Fowler for all the work she has put into her research about the disease called Syringomyelia in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels due to all the inbreeding. Carol has lobbied so hard to help the cause for better breeding of these dogs that now after the Pedigree Dogs Exposed showed on BBC.
Today the breeders and kennel club agree that more needs to be done.

Read the article by Jayne Bennett here.

Hey That’s Not The Real Rin Tin Tin!

Photo by Brett Coomer

If you are going to do a movie about Rin Tin Tin you could at least use one of the real dogs from the breed line.
The first Rin Tin Tin started back in 1918 when the dog was found in a kennel that was bombed out during the war in France that later became a hit in the movie in the nineteen twenty’s. So today with the breed line still going the owner named Daphne Hereford is suing the LA Company First Look Studios Inc. and four affiliates for using a phony dog that wasn’t from the real blood line.
I would agree with Daphne on her cause to show these producers need to think first before they try and ripe the public off with some fake dog.

Read the article by Mary Flood here.

Check out the real history of Rin Tin Tin here.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Pet Games Video Contest Winner Is Jesse

SOURCE: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.

Oct 06, 2008 08:00 ET
BISSELL® Selects Winner of the Pet Games Video Contest

Congratulations to Jesse, the Handstanding Jack Russell Terrier!

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--(Marketwire - October 6, 2008) - Jesse, a Jack Russell terrier from Litchfield Park, Ariz., has been selected as the winner of BISSELL Homecare, Inc.'s Pet Games Video Contest. Jesse will be featured nationally on the Lift-Off® Revolution® Pet Vacuum packaging and BISSELL will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of his owner, Heather Brook, to the pet cause of her choice. On October 7, Jesse will be in Phoenix for his photo shoot for the Lift-Off packaging, and Brook will present the $10,000 donation check to the AZ Jack Russell Rescue, Inc.

"The Pet Games Video Contest was a creative way to engage pet lovers across the country and increase awareness about BISSELL's commitment to providing pet owners with the best cleaning tools to care for their pets," says Jim Krzeminski, BISSELL's executive vice president of product development, sales and marketing. "Jesse is a talented dog who is great fun to watch. We are delighted to feature him on the Lift-Off vacuum and also support a great pet charity."

The contest gave pet owners the opportunity to share videos of their pets performing tricks, playing games or demonstrating a unique talent. Jesse outshone the competition with his flashy tricks that included performing walking handstands and jumping rope. Jesse has received many accolades for his talents: he recently jumped rope on the "Rachael Ray" show, was a finalist in a talent search contest with PETCO and won a nomination for the Worldwide FIDO competition.

In addition, Jesse passed the American Kennel Club's 10-Step Canine Good Citizen Program, which stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. The 10 steps included walking on a loose leash, accepting a friendly stranger and obeying certain commands. Brook maintains a special Web site for Jesse to post videos and photos and share updates -- Jesse has an extensive and growing fan base!

The recipient of the $10,000 donation is AZ Jack Russell Rescue, Inc., a non-profit corporation in Phoenix that is dedicated to helping displaced and abandoned Jack Russell terriers throughout the state. A portion of the donation will be used to finish remodeling the barn where Jack Russell terriers live while waiting for their new forever families to find them.

BISSELL is a supporter of charities across the country, with emphasis on
pet adoption. For more information about the contest and BISSELL's complete line of pet-care products, visit

About BISSELL Homecare, Inc.

A 132-year-old company, Grand Rapids-based BISSELL Homecare, Inc. is a floor-care innovator and international manufacturer of home-cleaning products, including sweepers, vacuums, deep-cleaning machines and cleaning formulas sold at retail locations worldwide. The company, in its fourth generation of family leadership, is the seventh-oldest privately held manufacturing company in the United States.

Beth Jester (616) 791-1572
Lisa Mabe (336) 774-9434
Kathleen Moriarty(336) 774-9215

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Jennifer Aniston & Norman Her Dog

Photo by Flynet

Theirs one lucky dog named Norman who is owned by a wonderful actress named Jennifer Aniston. Norman travels all over with Jennifer and now he has his own therapist that performs massages along with Reiki and acupuncture treatments. Not bad for a dog.

The real reason for the therapy is that Norman has been suffering with aching joints and stiffness, I guess from laying around while Jennifer is on set filming.

Read the article here.

Before I forget, remember that October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. So what are you waiting for, go get that dog that you always wanted and feel the love of owning a dog.

Water A Dogs Best Friend

A Chihuahua Holds Up In An Old Air Raid Shelter For 2 Weeks

A poor little dog named Olivia had gotten lost when he fell down an old shaft in an old air raid shelter. The article said that he must have survived on the rain water and bugs.
That must have been some kind of experience to live though even for a dog.

Read the article by Fiona Smith here.

Time Warp - Dog Drinking

Posted by biggles9

Friday, October 3, 2008

Mars Petcare Closes Their Manufacturing Plant In Everson, Pa.

I guess it was easier to close their plant that had a recall of their pet food recently then to try and better it’s self by trying to produce a high quality and safe dog food.

So the question is where are they going to product their pet food now? Will it be in some foreign country that has no real safety regulations? I don’t know about you, but I would have made that plant a top notch manufacturing plant and show the world that they really care for our pets instead of just walking away and leaving their employees with out a job.

Can we be sure that their food will be safe?

So how do we show this company that we are not going to take this,
maybe we start a ban on buying their products.

Tell what you think.

Read the article here.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Help Win Money For Your Local Animal Shelters

Help Your Favorite Animal Shelter
WIN $10K

Your local shelter has the opportunity to win $10,000 with local community support. Care2’s “America’s Favorite Animal Shelter” contest will award voters’ favorite local animal shelter or rescue group the grand prize, which will go a long way to help provide care to cats and dogs.

Care2 (, the largest online community of people passionate about making a difference, is holding the contest with to bring public awareness about the plight of homeless dogs and cats, as well as recognize animal shelters and rescue groups for their outstanding efforts in animal welfare.
In addition to the grand prize, Care2 is awarding $3,000, $1,000 and two prizes of $500 to the four runner-ups respectively. The winner of the contest is determined by its local citizens and supporters, who can vote for their shelter.
The contest aims to raise awareness about the importance of supporting pet adoptions and taking action to save homeless animals’ lives. All participating animal shelters and rescue groups, are part of the network.
How The Contest Works:

The contest runs from September 22, 2008 through November 1, 2008 on’s website. Anyone can simply go to and vote for their favorite shelter or rescue group. The shelter or group that receives the most votes nationwide wins the grand prize of $10,000.

Additionally, Care2 is giving away a total of $5,000 to the next four groups with the highest votes. And is awarding prizes of $1,000 at random each week during the contest period to ensure every shelter and rescue group has a chance to win, providing your local shelter another opportunity to support its causes.

More News About Animal Shelters

Photo by Jason Brown

Today’s Award Goes To

Little ten year old Joey Hagee for who has helped raise more then Two Hundred Dollars worth of dog toys and treats to help the Orphans of the storm animal shelter in Riverwoods, Chicago.
What more can I say that shows how just one kid can help out the cause to help support our buddies.
….. Great Job Joey…..
Read the article by Stephanie Kohl here.

Yes There Is Bad News Too

Fake Shelter Scam Hits PA

It’s bad enough that animal shelters are looking for all the donations that they can get these days. Well over in Pennsylvania the Latrobe Action For Animals Humane Society has been being scammed by someone who is using their name and logo for a fake web site.

How low can you get when you try and take away a life from a pet animal. I hope they catch this lowlife.

Read the article here.

Treasurer Embezzled Funds For Animal Shelter

The Humane Society for Newton and McDonald counties in MO had their fund money embezzled by their treasurer named Patsy L. LeSueur who stoled almost ninty grand that was to help build a new animal shelter.
This women just might have ruined a chance for life for the pets in the area, due to her greed. Hopefully the community can raise the money that is needed to complete their goal.

Read the story by Derek Spellman here.

How Do We Finnish Building The Shelter?

Over in Livingston Parish, Louisiana they are trying to figure out on how to complete their nearly completed shelter. The question is do they give back the money they received from the government or do they try and raise funds in this tight budget time.
The town council has rejected all kind of funding proposals to help complete the shelter. Where is the love for our buddies in this town, I wonder if anyone on the council owns a pet?

Read the article by Bob Anderson here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Britain Biggest Dog Owner Sends Out 'Save Our Samson'

Photo by Caters

Samson owners Julie and Ray Woods of Wyberton, Lincolnshire are seeking help to pay for surgery on a ruptured cruciate ligament on their six foot six inch Great Dane.

Julie and Ray are just appealing to anybody who can help pay for Samson’s surgery so that they don’t have to put the dog down. This is real sad to read about families that are unable to save their best friend.

Read the article here.

Who Has The Most Amazing Dog Video ?

Natural Balance Pet Foods Searches for the World’s Most Amazing Dog
Los Angeles, CA, October 01, 2008 --( One of the most incredible contests ever announced for pet lovers was unveiled today, with all dog lovers invited to enter the World’s Most Amazing Dog Contest for a chance to win a trip to Pasadena, CA. Contestants can go to for details on how to submit their World’s Most Amazing Dog video.

The winner and their dog will join Natural Balance on the Natural Balance float in the 2009 Pasadena Tournament of Roses® 120th Rose Parade ® (January 1, 2009). Winners also receive a year's supply of Natural Balance Pet Food, and will be staying at the beautiful Pasadena Hilton. Riding along with the winner will be two amazing skateboarding bulldogs - Tillman and Tyson, who have appeared in many programs including Oprah.

Visit the Natural Balance website for more information on the contest as well as information on Natural Balance Pet Foods' first float in the 2009 Pasadena Tournament of Roses® 120th Rose Parade ®. Be sure to tune in Jan 1, 2009 at 8AM PST to watch the Parade live.

For more info and links to Natural Balance,
visit or contact:
Betsy Martinbetsy@naturalbalanceinc.