Sunday, December 9, 2018

Pet Holiday Safety

During the holiday season, celebrations and decorations can translate to pet safety hazards and it's not uncommon to see accidents related to foreign body ingestion, bone fractures and electric shock occur. 

Outdoor cats may seek warmth under the hood of a car. To avoid a surprise in cold weather, always check for sleeping cats. 

Bringing outdoor animals inside creates its own risks due to drier air and lower humidity in the winter months.  Brush pets more frequently and contact a veterinarian about introducing dietary supplements or prescribing a moisturizer.

Trees provide a great temptation for cats to climb and dogs to chew on, so holiday trees should be well secured to prevent accidents. Also, pets should not drink tree water, which may cause gastrointestinal upset.

Holiday ornaments should be hung out of pets' reach.  Ingestion of ornaments or broken glass (not to mention ribbons and bows) can lead to serious medical emergencies.  Pets, especially cats, can be tempted to eat tinsel, which can block the intestines.

Animals are attracted to bright, moving lights so candles should be kept on high shelves.  Candles as well as fireplaces should be constantly supervised since embers, sparks and wax can injure pets.

Other holiday products that can harm pets include snow globes (many which contain harmful antifreeze) and artificial snow, which can cause reactions if inhaled.

Holiday plants including ivy, holly, mistletoe, hibiscus, poinsettia, lilies and Christmas greens all have various levels of toxicity.  Position these high off the ground to avoid dangerous ingestion mishaps.

Fatty meats, gravies and poultry skin can cause pancreatitis, gastritis, enteritis, colitis and other gastrointestinal problems.  Bones put pets at risk for bowel obstruction or perforation and choking. No chocolate for four-legged friends.  It contains theobromine, which is highly toxic to dogs and cats when eaten in even small quantities. Pets can celebrate with home-cooked dog and cat treats.  Recipes are available on the Internet.

An influx of holiday guests may frighten or agitate animals, making them more prone to barking or even biting. Find a quiet room away from the crowd that pets can have to themselves.

Pets can easily slip out through an open door as guests come and go -- keep a steady eye on pets and be sure they are wearing current identification tags.

Have questions about pet care? Always consult your veterinarian.

Saturday, December 8, 2018


As anyone who has ever been around a cat
for any length of time well knows,
cats have enormous patience
with the limitations of the human mind.
― Cleveland Amory

Friday, December 7, 2018

Agreeable Friends

Animals are such agreeable friends – 
they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. 
– George Eliot

Monday, December 3, 2018

RIP Mr. President

In Memoriam
Miss You
Sully, the Service Dog, to President George H. W Bush

Friday, November 30, 2018


Take a moment or two for yourself,
just reflect on your path and where it is leading you.
If you are not happy with where it is heading,
choose a new path.
― Nyki Mack

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Throwback Thursday

Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend.
― Albert Camus

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Our Pets

Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.
― John Grogan

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The State Dog of Pennsylvania

The GREAT DANE, (Canis familiaris) was adopted as the state dog of Pennsylvania. 

The next time you visit the Governor's Reception Room in Harrisburg, look for a portrait of William Penn with his Great Dane.

Now a popular pet, the GREAT DANE was a hunting and working breed in frontier Pennsylvania.

GREAT DANES are considered canine GENTLE GIANTS and make great family pets.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Politically Speaking

A DOG is like a liberal, he wants to please everybody.
A CAT doesn't really need to know that everybody loves him.
― William Kunstler 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A DOG's Bill of Rights

  • I have the right to give and receive unconditional love.
  • I have the right to a life that is beyond mere survival.
  • I have the right to be trained so that I do not become the prisoner of my misbehavior.
  • I have the right to adequate food and medical care.
  • I have the right to fresh air and green grass.
  • I have the right to socialize with people and dogs outside my own family.
  • I have the right to special time with my people.
  • I have the right to be bred responsibly if at all.
  • I have the right to be foolish and silly, and to make my person laugh.
  • I have the right to earn my person's trust and to be trusted in return.
  • I have the right to be forgiven.
  • I have the right to die with dignity.
  • I have the right to be remembered well.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018


Pets reflect you like mirrors.
When you are happy,
you can see your dog smiling
and when you are sad, 
your cat cries. ― Munia Khan

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

One's Importance

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. 
- Unknown

Monday, November 19, 2018

Can You Hear The Purrs?

Dogs have hair.
Cats, fur.
Dogs whine, yip, howl, bark.
Cats purrr.
I say: No contest.
― Lee Wardlaw

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018


If you want to know the character of a man, 
find out what his cat thinks of him. 
- Anonymous

Friday, November 16, 2018

Mixed Breeds

Whether you call them mutts, Heinz-57 or designer dogs, mixed-breed dogs are truly special. 

Purebred dogs are a big deal to many people (AKC has over 100 recognized breeds to suit any lifestyle) but there are millions of mixed breed dogs that die in animal shelters each year because there are no homes available.

Each mixed-breed dog is unique; one of a kind. Even if you meet a similar dog, no two are quite the same. Purebred littermates are genetically unique, but your mixed-breed dog truly stands alone. It can be fun guessing the breed origins of your *bff. If you really need to know, ask your vet about DNA testing which can identify up to three breeds. 

Mixed-breed dogs do not generally come with a long list of hereditary problems. Not to say your mutt will be perfect, but mixed breed dogs are less likely to possess breed-specific hereditary health and behavioral problems. For instance, if your dog is a Great Dane mix, he could still have hip dysplasia, but it may be less severe because the breed has been diluted. And a Doberman mix may be less likely to have aggression problems than a purebred (though not all Doberman’s are aggressive.)

Though any dog may have serious hereditary problems, it really seems worth the risk to get a mutt. However, while the mystery of a mutt can be exciting, it is important to prepare yourself for a few surprises along the way.

It’s up to you whether you decide to get a purebred or not - there is no right or wrong decision. Follow your heart. 

No matter what type of dog you choose, your life will be forever changed!
Your mixed-breed dog will hold a special place in your heart – you will never find another quite the same.

*best forever friends

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Your cat's whiskers are far more important than you might think. 

The most sensitive hairs on a body are called tactile hairs. On cats they are commonly referred to as whiskers. They are found on their upper lip, their chin and where their eye brows would be. Take a look behind your cat’s front paws. There are also whiskers there! 

Usually cats have about 12 whiskers in four rows on either side of their muzzle. The top row of whiskers move independently of the middle row. They are all connected to nerve fibers deep inside your cat's skin. These very special hairs on their faces are extremely sensitive and can detect changes in air current and vibrations that help your cat to locate prey as well as a safe escape route, like furniture or the closest tree. The whiskers on their ankles helps them with captured prey in their clutches. Cats are farsighted and often can't see what's right under their noses and the whiskers help. 

Your cat's whiskers also communicate three distinct moods. Whiskers flat against the cheeks means shy. Fully fanned and a bit forward indicate a tense or excited cat and whiskers in a neutral position, as if when sleeping, means a calm kitty.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Old men simply need to touch
The brow of a dog,
To look into its eyes
To feel its lick
So that they may experience again
The freshness and joy of life.
– A Thousand Hounds, Merritt and Barth

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Tabby Cat

In America and other Christian countries, the TABBY cat has a legend of its own. As the Christ child lay in the manger, no animal - not even the gentle donkey or the faithful shepherd dog - could soothe Him to sleep. But when a little tabby jumped lightly into the manger and began to purr a lullaby, the Babe fell asleep at last. Ever since, all tabbies' foreheads have borne an in token for the Madonna's gratitude.

More CAT Lore

Thursday, November 1, 2018


CATS whose coats are red (orange), cream or calico can develop freckles as they age.
The spots can appear on the eyelids, mouth, nose and paw pads - all areas of exposed skin.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cats Witches N Halloween

A 17th century English woman, Joan Flower, along with her two daughters, was hung for practicing witchcraft. Joan and her daughters were employed by the Earl of Rutland and were accused of cursing his family. His sons had died, and his wife had become barren, and someone had to take the blame for it. It was said that the daughters had stolen some of the Earl's possessions and given them to their mother who rubbed them on the fur of her cat uttering curses. Nothing is recorded about the fate of the cat, but it is unlikely that it escaped with its life.

Witches and cats have had a long association with Halloween. Because cats are nocturnal creatures and do their roaming at night, they were seen as the servants of witches and out to harm those that the witches had cursed. It was also believed by some that witches had the supernatural power to change into cats and so more easily carry out their wicked deeds and escape detection. Mythical stories recount great gatherings of witches when the seasons changed, on the eve of May Day and on the eve of October 31 Halloween.

see also BLACK CATS pdf

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier Tuesday

With US elections just around the corner,
it seems fitting that the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier make an appearance.

They are affectionatly called "TEDDIES" and are playful, intelligent and versatile.

More about this breed can be found: HERE

Thursday, October 25, 2018


The cat is aloof.
He is not in the mood for petting.
Or anything else for that matter.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Pets N Pumpkin

Have Leftover Pumpkin Purée? No problem.

From: The Very Best Ways to Use Leftover Pumpkin ....

Mixed into dog and cat food.
When in doubt, look to your pets. More than one reader was quick to point out that pumpkin purée is pet-approved and makes a good treat for dogs and cats. "I mix it into my dog's food as a treat. She loves it and the fiber is good for them!" Another reader notes: "One of our fur kids is prone to tummy troubles and a spoonful of pumpkin with her meals really seems to help."

Monday, October 22, 2018

Relatively Speaking

Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity 
a human ever has to choose a relative. 
- Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Shakespeare Sunday

Thou callest me a dog before thou hast cause. 
But since I am a dog, beware my fangs. 
- Shakespeare

Monday, October 15, 2018


in the news
Will We Love Robot Dogs As Much As the Real Thing? 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Throw Away Dogs Project

  • save shelter dogs
  • train them
  • match them with law enforcement
  • they are a non profit

MISSION: t"repurpose, train and relocate unique dogs to positively impact our communities."

  • Once Throw Away Dogs rescues a K9 it is protocol to have the dog get acclimated to the new environment.
  • No training will begin until the dog feels comfortable and relaxed.
  • Some dogs come directly from owners who can no longer keep them and others are rescued from animal shelters when their lives are in danger.