The Best of 2012

Well, it’s that time of year, when the ‘best of’ and ‘worst of’ lists are created and debated. I came across this list of the most liked animal stories on facebook according to Today and I just had to share it! It’s hard for me to pick between them, but I think my two most favorite are Emma the donkey with her prosthetic leg

Emma The Donkey And Prosthetic Leg

 

and John Unger soothing his severely arthritic dog Schoep in Lake Superior.

John Unger And Schoep In Lake Superior

 

Do you have any favorite animal stories of the past year? I’d love to hear them!

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Comedy Barn Canines

In case you needed proof that shelter dogs are ‘just as good’ as pure breds…

 

Sable the Crosswalk Cat

What a cool cat! Read about Sable here.

 

Sable the Crosswalk Cat

Published in: on December 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Why is Rudoloph’s nose red?

He has lots of tiny blood vessels in his nose to help protect him from the cold, of course! Check out the article here!

Also, see Santa feed the reindeer and make sure to check their FAQ for feeding times for your time zone!

Rudolph the red nose reindeer

New Michigan Dog Fighting Laws

So very proud that my state has passed three new laws that make it an even more serious crime to be involved in ANY way with dog fighting. Dog fighting is despicable, disgusting, and the ‘sport’ of cowardly people. You like to see fights? Get in there and fight yourself. Don’t force animals to bleed and die for your amusement.

 

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This should never be the fate of any animal.

Hopefully, as people become more aware of the reality of dog fighting (yes, it really is happening in your state, possibly even your city), we will be able to eradicate it and give these animals the happy lives that they deserve.

 

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Published in: on December 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Does Santa Bring Puppies and Kittens?

Does Santa Bring Puppies and Kittens?.

This is a great post listing some reasons why you should think twice about giving a pet as a Christmas gift. I’m not saying absolutely don’t give one, but there are a LOT of things to consider before doing it. Thousands of dogs and cats are relinquished to shelters every year after having been given as Christmas presents.

Here is the ASPCA’s stance on gifting a pet for Christmas.

Here is a really good article that goes into a bit more detail about what it costs to have a dog/puppy and what to consider about giving a dog as a gift. Most of the things to consider apply to cats, too, so don’t be fooled into thinking that cats are ‘easier.’ They just have their own set of needs.

I just want to reiterate that I’m not saying don’t give a pet as a gift, but I am saying be completely certain it’s the right thing to do for the gift recipient and for the animal. A pet is a life long commitment not only of time, but of money and emotional investment. A pet is a living creature that can’t simply be tossed away with wrapping paper if it’s the wrong gift for someone. They can’t be exchanged at a white elephant party. A pet is a gift that will be around for up to twenty years or more depending on the breed and species, so be prepared for a lifelong companion. If you decide a pet is the right gift, please consider adopting from your local shelter.

 

Christmas Kitten

Safe Flying With a Pet

Will you be taking your pet on a trip with you over the holidays? Here are some tips to help your pet have a safe trip if traveling by plane.

NEVER sedate your pet for a flight. The American Veterinary Medical Association states, “It is recommended that you DO NOT give tranquilizers to your pet when traveling by air because it can increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems.”

Make sure to check your pet carrier for BEFORE you go to the airport. Check it for holes, loose screws or seams, make sure the locks/latches work, etc. It needs to be like new if you’re going to use it.

NEVER take your pet out of its carrier unleashed in an open area. If security needs the pet taken out for screening, ask them to take you to a secure room first. Make sure the door of the room is securely closed and that there are no cupboards or windows open before you take your pet out.

Use zip ties on your carrier if your pet is flying as cargo or is being checked as baggage. Make sure the top and bottom are zip tied together as well as the door being zip tied closed.

Write your name, cell phone number, and post your pet’s picture on all sides of the carrier so that it is painfully visible. Make sure there are instructions on the carrier to contact you immediately for the handling of your pet. Keep your cell phone on as long as possible.

Let the pilot know you have a pet on board in cargo. They have control of the cargo habitat controls (i.e. heat and cooling)

Ask questions. Make sure people are aware you’re flying with a pet. Be polite, but be assertive. Do whatever you need to do to make sure your pet is taken care of properly.

These are just a few things taken from WhereIsJack.org.

Have a safe holiday traveling with your pet!

Published in: on December 13, 2012 at 11:57 am  Comments (1)  
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Holiday Pet Don’ts!

The American Veterinary Medical Association has a humorous picture that sums up the dangers of the holiday season for your cats and dogs. If you’re having a holiday party and your pets may be exposed to any of these dangers, you might want to put them in a separate room during the festivities or remind your guests not to feed your pets anything and to help you keep an eye on them.

 

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