Yeah Ellen! Halo Donates to Shelters & Postage Stamps Raise Adoption Awareness

Adorable Stamps Raising Awareness for Homeless Pets!

Adorable Stamps Raising Awareness for Homeless Pets!

The US Postal Service has teamed up with Ellen Degeneres, Halo Pet Food and Pet Finder to raise awareness about animal rescue with new stamps!

The “Stamps to the Rescue” campaign website states:

“In celebration of the new Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamps, the Postal Service™, together with Ellen DeGeneres and Halo: Purely for Pets, is giving shelter pets around the country a First-Class Meal.

During the launch of the stamps, Halo will be donating a million meals to animal shelters around the country.” 

That’s wonderful news, especially in this economy.  So many shelters are hurting and this donation can give them a bit of a boost. 

The stamps are adorable and the pets featured were all once homeless.  For more information about the pets, program and purchasing stamps click here.

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10 Things Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat.

Candy is dandy but not for your dog, Sandy. Photo shared through Morguefile.

As we researched pet food and treat recipes, we came across many articles with varying ingredients.  The question arose, “What is healthy for my pet to eat and what will be harmful?”  Thus begun the quest for do’s and don’ts of pet Nutrition and optimizing what is best.

So today let’s start with “No, No” ingredients

According to various sources, dogs should not have foods containing:

-Grapes and Raisins- Can damage the kidneys

-Garlic, Onions- Contain sulfates and dioxins which can lower red blood cell counts and cause anemia.

 -Chocolate, Coffe & Tea- among other things, they contain caffeine which can affect the heart and nervous system.

-Raw Eggs and Raw Fish- besides Salmonella from eggs, and parasites from fish, they can impede the absorption of vitamin B which can lead to hair and coat problems.

-Milk- Some dogs do not have enough  of an enzyme called lactase, which helps digest the milk.  Like people, some dogs are lactose intolerant.

-Mushrooms- Contain toxins which can cause your dog to go into shock.

Stay tuned for continuing information on our ongoing exploration of pet nutrition.

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Animal Abuse Registry, A Win for Pets & Children

Pets & Children, the defenseless. Photo shared via Morguefile

Perhaps you have heard of gateway drugs…you know, smoking marijuana “opens the gate” to other heavy drug use.  Now, authorities are taking notice that abusing pets is a potential “gateway abuse” that indicates other potential abuses the accused could be committing.

 An article recently published in the NY Times states:

 “Animal abuse is one of the four indicators that the F.B.I. profilers use to asses future violent behavior, so I don’t see why we should not use it too,” said Diana S. Urban, a Democratic state representative in Connecticut who sponsored a bill mandating that animal control workers and child welfare workers cross-report suspected animal, child or domestic abuse.   Frank R. Ascione, a professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work who has extensively studied the topic, said, “The research is pretty clear that there are connections between animal abuse and domestic violence and child abuse.”

 Identifying the abusers and making them accountable for their actions seems to be a growing trend among states.

 The NY Times also states:

 “The cost of building registries or mandating new reporting requirements has also been a concern.

According to a report issued by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2009, a registry there would cost the state $26,200 per year. Colorado conducted a similar analysis in 2002, which found the costs for developing and maintaining an abuser registry at $18,514 the first year and $10,994 for subsequent years.”

With some of the animal abuse cases we have covered on our blog and site, we have often seen lack of consequences for animal abuse.  Perhaps it’s a good idea to fine the abusers and have them split the cost of the database.  What do you think?

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Congratulations “I Have Cat”! Pet Blogger Support Saturday Featured Blog!

 

The Cats of "I Have Cat" Petie and Kip on TPPC.tv

From the blog: “I am a single female Manhattanite, and I Have Cat (s). I refuse to fall prey to the “Cat Lady” stereotype. I wear my cat-hair-free black clothing like a badge of honor. If you passed me on the street you would never know.  Having a cat is not exactly a dirty little secret. But still. People talk.  People shake their heads and warn that I will never again have good furniture or a man.  Is it true that a 4-legged ball of dander can take down a life so easily? I’ve set out to discover the truth.  About myself, my feline attachment, and the dog-eat-dog city against which it all goes down.”

“I Have Cat” is a great blog, written by the intelligent and humorous  Tamar Arslanian.  She was kind enough to provide us with  some of her favorite posts with  little previews and each post is better than the next.

The Long Soak is my first post ever and gets into how i started this blog in the first place.  A mission statement of sorts!

Covered in Cat Hair – my ongoing battle against looking like a crazy cat lady!

The 2nd of 9 lives – am I less of a stereotype as an unemployed single cat owner than I was before?

Felines and Valentines – where I decide to try and look for love among the pet lover set.

The Cat’s Meow – how men and women find different things attractive/willing to overlook different things in a mate.

About the author, Tamar Arslanian

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Green Pet-Dog Toy from Recycled Plastic Bottles

We were cruising around the web looking for some pet toys that are made from recycled products.  We found this earth friendly “Tree Hugger Squeaker” dog toy! The fabric is made from 85% recycled plastic bottles!  Now that is pretty impressive!  We found it on the Ecoanimal web site

Tree Hugger Squeaker Dog Toy-Green Pet Groovy!

They state:

“Put your pooch on the “Good List” this year with our eco friendly Tree Hugger. This adorable little pine tree toy is made from fabric, made from 85% recycled plastic bottles and filled with our non-toxic recycled poly-fill. Tree Hugger fits perfectly into any size mouth and is tough enough for even the roughest players. Let your dog make a statement with this green little tree – its fun , squeaky, and eco friendly! “

Machine Washable. Measures 9″. Made in the USA.”

That’s a 4 paws up on the Eco-Friendly Woofy Woo Scale!

 

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Shocking Horse Slaughter News

We ran across the attached link from one of our “LinkedIn” contacts, Brenda Shoss who is the Founder and President of the Kinship Circle charitable organization.  The post is regarding horse slaughter in Missouri. Her post  is shocking to say the least.    The Kinship Circle does a very good job of giving you all of the legislative contact information if you want to send letters or emails regarding a particular animal related issue.

The Dog vs The Cat!

This post was sent to us via email…And we did get a chuckle!

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary:

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8:00 am    –  Dog food!  My favorite  thing!
9:30 am     –  A car ride!  My favorite  thing!
9:40 am     –  A walk in the park!  My favorite  thing!
10:30 am    –  Got rubbed and petted!  My favorite  thing!
12:00 pm    –  Lunch!  My favorite  thing!
1:00 pm     –  Played in the yard! My favorite  thing!
3:00 pm     –  Wagged my tail!  My favorite  thing!
5:00 pm     –  Milk bones!  My favorite  thing!
7:00 pm     –  Got to play ball!  My favorite  thing!
8:00 pm     –  Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm    –  Sleeping on the bed!   My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary :

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Day 983 of my captivity.  My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.

In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a  mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet.

I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made  condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am.   UGH!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight.
I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event.  However, I could hear the noises and smell the food.

I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies.’   I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking.  I must try this again tomorrow —  but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and  seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously “special”.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For  now…

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Paw-T4 (Tasty Tuna Tidbit Treats) Recipe

Organic Pet Recipe Time! 

Fresh organic ingredients are best for people and pets.

With more and more pet food and product recalls, many pet owners are looking for safe, organic alternatives.  These alternatives include pet food, treats and homeopathic remedies they can make at home, using fresh, natural, organic ingredients.

 We wanted to share this recipe we found for treats.  

 Paw-T4’s     (Tasty Tuna Tidbit Treats)

 These treats are both cat and dog friendly! 

1 cup organic whole wheat flour
6 oz. can tuna in oil – undrained
1 Tbls. vegetable oil OR bacon grease
1 farm fresh organic egg

 -Combine all ingredients; mix well; add small amounts of water if mixture is too thick.
-Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/4″ thick.
-Cut shapes out of dough with a cookie cutter and place 1″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Cut them into large or small pieces appropriate    for your pet’s size.
-Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until firm.
-Allow to cool on wire racks.

 Store in tightly sealed container or best if in the freezer.  Will keep for several months in the freezer.

 Let us know what your pet thinks!  We would love to see your pictures!

Woofy Woo and Meow Too!

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Think Green-Give a “Recycled Pet” a forever home!

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Recycled Pets! Available at a shelter or rescue group near you!

They come in all shapes and sizes!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! You have probably heard that slogan by now…

So how can we apply it to our pets? In the most basic of manners…a “recycled” pet!

A gently used pet of your dreams could be waiting for you at a local shelter or rescue group. Wonderful pets end up in shelters for so many different unfortunate reasons. The economy, owner’s death and overpopulation are just a few of the reasons.

So why not “REDUCE” the homeless pet population!

“REUSE AND RECYCLE” a loving shelter pet into your home.

***A special thanks to all of the volunteers and donors who make the “Recycle” pet program work.

We know you give your time, money and hearts to make the world a better place for pets. Woofy Woo and Meow Too!

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