Has anyone been watching, “Mob Wives” on VH 1? It’s a show about four women who have significant others or relatives in jail for various crimes. Now, they refer to “The lifestyle” as living with people associated with the mob.
OK…we take offense- “The lifestyle” to us means living with pets! Is there any other way? So join us in celebrating “The lifestyle” dear pet peeps!
This interesting information came from the New York Times. To read the full article, click the link below:
Armadillos have never been among the cuddly creatures routinely included in petting zoos, but on Wednesday federal researchers offered a compelling reason to avoid contact with the armored animals altogether: They are a source of leprosy infections in humans.
Using genetic sequencing machines, researchers were able to confirm that about a third of the leprosy cases that arise each year in the United States almost certainly result from contact with infected armadillos. The cases are concentrated in Louisiana and Texas, where some people hunt, skin and eat armadillos.
Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is an ancient scourge that has largely disappeared, but each year about 150 to 250 people in the United States and 250,000 in the world contract the illness. As long as the disease is identified relatively quickly, treatment with antibiotics – a one- to two-year regimen with three different drugs – offers an effective cure. But every year dozens of people in the United States do not recognize their skin lesions for what they are early enough and suffer lifelong nerve damage as a result.
Have you thought about putting your dog into a daycare program? Finding a good daycare facility for pets may be important for those pet owners who don’t have generous, pet loving relatives or friends in the area willing to care for their fur kids but they want to provide socialization, play and exercise for their pets during the day. Doggy daycare might not be an every day activity; however, we find many pet people want to treat their pets to day care on occasion.
We assembled five key tips for you to consider while you are on your quest for the perfect daycare experience for you and your pooch. You want to feel confident and at ease when you drop off your dog. Speaking from experience, the last thing you want is to feel like you are simply dropping off your dry cleaning. (Gasp!)
Make sure safety is a priority: Ensuring a safe atmosphere for your dog is top on our list. When you walk into the facility, observe the following:
Does the facility require behavior screening and copies of vaccinations?
Do they offer a large and small dog room with play groups?
Is the staff trained in dog CPR and first aid?
Does the environment appear safe from things on which dogs could potentially harm themselves?
Is there a doggy webcam you can access remotely?
Determine the value for service– With the economy the way it is, consumers want to feel as if they are getting value for the hard earned dollars they are spending. Understand what you are really getting for your money. Ask what the schedule is for your dog during the day and what activities your pet is participating in such as play/rest indoors/outdoors swimming/no swimming etc. Ask if snacks and meals are included and if there is a charge for administering medications.
Know and understand the rules of engagement– What are the rules for drop off and pick up times? What happens if you get hung up at work for an extra 10 minutes during pick up time? Will that translate to an extra day charge? Make sure you are completely aware of what their rules are and what packages are available. For example, a discount may be available for an advanced purchase of 5 or 10 visits.
Are ancillary services offered– What other services are available to you? Many facilities will offer additional services such as grooming, massage and training for additional fees. Taking advantage of these services might make you eligible for discounts and you would be saving on fuel and time by skipping an extra trip to the groomer.
Seek recommendations and referrals: Talk to your friends, coworkers and social media contacts. Check the internet for comments about the facility. A simple Google search of the facility name can turn up unexpected and surprising results, both good and disturbing.
Hopefully, using the tips above you can embark on a wooftastic daycare experience for both you and your fur baby.
Time to kick back and join us for a cocktail! The summer season is here at last. Show #21 is a kick off to the Memorial Day Weekend. Check out our drink special and doggie menu post if you need some recipe ideas.
Mayhem and hilarity is always on the drink special menu!
Doggy Daycare-How do you choose the right daycare for your pet?
Health Update-Mange! Oh My Dog! Wait until you hear this story. Also, diseases to be aware of during this season.
And currents news and events:
-Ligers…why not Tigons?
-Man eating giant gators
-Pony on a train
-A beautiful therapy dog story
-An ebay belt and a Gecko that makes a break for it
In preparation for our Yappy Hour Show, we want to share with you some of the NOM NOMS we will be preparing here at TPPC.tv Studios. Honestly, we will probably be pretty limited with time, but we wanted to at least have a fancy pants beverage. We will most likely have chips and salsa with some cheese and crackers or crudités while we are on the air.
We included a couple of dog friendly recipes just in case you want to make a little something special for the pups. Honestly, the pups might need to pry these tasty looking treats from our hands!
But don’t worry, if you are really pressed for time…beer, wine and Doritos, peanuts or Pub Mix will certainly fit the bill!
1 liter ginger ale, chilled
Three 12-ounce bags frozen cherries
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 cups purple grape juice, chilled
1 1/2 cups vodka
1/4 cup Cointreau or triple sec
Ice, for serving
Combine the ginger ale, cherries, strawberries, grape juice, vodka and Cointreau in a punch bowl or large pitcher and stir well.
Pour into ice-filled glasses and enjoy!
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 pinches ground cinnamon
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup milk
1 cup carob chips
Easy does it
Use a serrated bread knife to slice the biscotti log.
Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Place the peanut butter in a medium bowl and microwave at high power to soften, 5 to 10 seconds. Whisk in the milk, then stir the mixture into the dry ingredients.
Shape the dough into a long, flattened log and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes; remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Slice the log crosswise on an angle into 1-inch-thick pieces. Set the slices on their sides (they should look like biscotti) and bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes more. Transfer to a rack to cool.
Melt the carob in a microwave or on the stovetop over low heat. Thin the melted carob with 1 tablespoon water, if needed. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted carob over the biscuits. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
1 mango, chopped
1 banana, chopped
1/2 cup fresh berries, such as blackberries, raspberries or chopped strawberries
We have received so many emails in anticipation of our show on Thursday night, we just want to let you know Joe, AKA Rhino Bear, has returned from his mission circling the moon making sure, it is in fact glowing. Joe took his Hood Rat with him on the mission ONLY because the rat was insisting the moon was made of cheese. After a mouth full of moon dust, the Hood Rat is disappointed and slightly irritated. Make sure you pick up your dog’s poo…we can’t be responsible for any poop-tasing at this point.
You may have heard about Frankie, AKA Frankie the Walk and Roll dog and her good work on our radio show last week. She and her mom are two amazing Woofy Woo Crew members. Friend them up in our community.
Frankie the walk and roll dog ready for snuggletime
Banjo found in a plastic box with a create on the top
Banjo, a 13 year old Koala, was stolen from the Australian Reptile Park. Thieves used bolt cutters to gain access to his enclosure.
Luckily, Banjo was returned 2 days later. An anonymous caller said the koala was in a parking garage. Someone probably thought he would be a cool pet or took him on a dare. This situation ended well. We know so many of them don’t
A message on the Australian Reptile Park website stated that, after an inspection by mammal keepers and a veterinary consultation, operations manager Tim Faulkner said that “although tired, hungry and a little dehydrated it appears that Banjo has no signs of trauma or any long lasting ailments.”