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My Heart is with Shelter Pets

Posted on October 31, 2010. Filed under: 1. Daily Life | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Today I went to the shelter with my sister to help her find the perfect little dog.  I volunteer at the San Diego Humane Society and absolutely love it, but as I walked through the halls today and looked at all those beautiful faces with soulful eyes looking back at me, it just broke my heart to know they were all waiting for homes. I wish I could adopt them all. It makes me sad to know that for whatever reason, these innocent pets were given up. I don’t want to judge anyone who had to make that difficult decision, and I respect the fact that they took their pet to a shelter, which is the responsible thing to do. However, it still tugs at my heart strings when I see these homeless pets. I wonder what their past life was like – What was their home like? What have they experienced before they arrived at the shelter? What are they thinking now? When I see them in their habitats, I envision them in a loving, warm home, wagging their tails with a smiling family. Pets are my passion. I want every one to be happy and healthy and experience a full life. Our shelters do the best they can, but it’s not the same as a home. I will continue to volunteer at the shelter – one of my favorite things to do – and encourage anyone looking for a furry family member to adopt a rescue. This is my way of doing what I can to make a difference in an effort that means the world to me.

Both my dog and cat are rescue pets, and I’m proud to say that! Rescue pets are the best – all they want is to be loved, and they love you unconditionally. I truly believe that they know they were rescued. If you are thinking about getting a pet, please consider rescuing one. BTW, the two dogs my sister loved have already found homes, which is wonderful, so she is going back this week to look again. Stay tuned!

– Michelle Brubaker

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Indy Tests Out Dazzle Dog Delight

Posted on October 28, 2010. Filed under: 2. Fun Pet Stuff We're Trying | Tags: , , , , |

Indy and Lola love to travel and we love to try out new things. I just discovered this fun website called DazzleDogDelight.com, which has some really unique pet products. For our recent trip to the Central Coast of California we tested out the Designer Travel Dog Food and Water Bowls.  These bowls are made out of actual seat belt material! So they’re heavy duty and not like those I’ve used before.The food bowl holds about 6-cups of kibble so depending on how much your dog eats, it’s good for an overnight. The top has a drawstring closure. The water bowl holds 65-0z. Now I did find the wire rim a little tricky to open without screwing up the shape, but overall these are great for a get-away with the furry kids. However, a little bulky if you’re trying to carry the bowls on a day hike.

What was the paws down favorite, or I should say Indy’s favorite was the plush character toys called Bottle Buddies. Indy, my 6-year old Border Collie has had a thing for plastic bottles ever since he was a puppy. I think he likes the crunchy sound.  Bottle Buddies are made with recycled bottles, so here’s a great use for all those bottles clogging up the landfills.  Indy immediately chomped onto the soft, crunchy and cute toy and would not give it back. It’s $8.99 and comes in three styles, Indy has the dog. Click here to watch video of Indy and his new best friend.

DazzleDogDelight was founded by Joy Randel and 5% of all profits go to the SPCA.

-Nina Jimenez

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Del Mar’s 3 Dog Walk

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: 1. Daily Life, 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: |

Last weekend I participated in Del Mar’s 3 Dog Walk.  The event who’s play on words for the Breast Cancer 3 day walk gives 100% of it’s proceeds to the Susan G Komen Foundation.  We did a short 10 block walk around downtown Del Mar and then schmoozed with different Vendors after the walk.  The event was small but great.  Many companies donated treats for the walkers both human and canine.  I have done the 3 day walk twice in the past and didn’t have anything planned to help the fight against breast cancer this year.  I am glad I participated in this event.  Here are some fun pictures from the walk.

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Don’t Let Halloween Spook Your Pets

Posted on October 21, 2010. Filed under: 4. Guest Bloggers |

Trick or Treat: Seven Ways to Keep your Pet Safe this Halloween

1.    Be careful with Halloween decorations.  Pumpkins and corn are considered to be non-toxic, but they can create gastrointestinal problems when ingested by a pet. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are swallowed. Additionally, curious pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire.

2.    Make sure your pet’s costume is safe. The costume should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow.

3.    Have pets try on costumes a day or two before wearing them. If the pet appears distressed, has an allergic reaction, or shows abnormal behavior, remove the outfit.

4.    Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small pieces that could lead to a choking incident. Poor fitting outfits can get twisted on your pet, leading to injury.

5.    During prime trick-or-treat hours, keep shy dogs in a separate room. Too many strangers can be scary and overwhelming for pets.

6.    When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, make sure that your cat or dog doesn’t run outside unexpectedly. Always make sure your pet has the proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can increase the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

7.    Sorry Fluffy, but Halloween treats are just for kids. If you have a pet in the house,  be mindful of the following:Tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers are a choking hazard for pets, in worst cases ingestion may cause intestinal blockage.

  • Chocolate can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Symptoms of significant chocolate ingestion may include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased thirst, urination and heart rate, and even seizures.
  • Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be poisonous to dogs. Even minimal amounts of xylitol can create a sudden drop in blood sugar, which leads to depression, lack of coordination and seizures. In cases of significantly low blood sugar, liver failure has been known to occur. Avoid lollipops and hard candies when you are around your pet.

-Camp Bow Wow

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Cleaning Up Pet Messes and Housebreaking Confusion

Posted on October 18, 2010. Filed under: 2. Fun Pet Stuff We're Trying | Tags: , , , |

For pint sized Lola there is one room, one spot in the house where she thinks it’s okay to do her business. The guest room is the least frequently used room and the farthest away from our family activities. Perhaps Lola believes this qualifies it as “outside.”  Fortunately, Lola does not have this housebreaking lapse anywhere else and when we travel she’s always on her best bathroom behavior. So how do I break her from sneaking off to go in this one spot in my house?

At one point it got so bad I had to get the carpet cleaned and bought an air humidifier to get rid of the smell. These days I keep a baby gate up to keep her away from that one spot. I realize in doing this I may be missing out on the opportunity to catch her in the act, but I couldn’t take it anymore. Eventually my false sense of security led to a set back when I forgot to put up the baby gate.  Sure enough I walked into the room and there it was, a small package from Lola in that corner, in that spot… in that room!

Although I missed the teaching moment, I did use it as a chance to test out the “RESOLVE Pet Stain” carpet stain remover I was recently sent. I followed the directions, picked up the poop, blotted up the residue, sprayed the area down, waited three minutes and than blotted it up with a damp cloth. No stain was left behind, but I could still smell the RESOLVE and I think I still detected some of Lola’s leftovers. I have a pretty sensitive nose so I asked my husband to take a whiff. He didn’t smell any dog poop or RESOLVE, so it seemed to work. I would definitely give this product positive marks for cleaning up pet messes.

"The Culprit"

"The Spot"

But Lola is still in the dog house and the real problem is not RESOLVED. Why does a certain 14-pound dog thinks a certain spot in the house is fair game for you know what?
Suggestions anyone for housebreaking an adult dog with selective bathroom habits…

-Nina Jimenez

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Doggie Parties

Posted on October 12, 2010. Filed under: 1. Daily Life | Tags: , , |

Working in the animal industry, of course most of our friends have pets.  Namely Dogs.  It has become very evident to me that whenever we have friends over, we have an unintentional dog party.  That is right, we are at that age where we don’t yet have kids running around, but instead…lots of dogs.  I guess the beauty of it is that the dogs don’t have to be left at home, and we still get to see all of our friends.  Moose gets his exercise playing with his buddies, but I think Faith just gets annoyed.  It’s ok, she will make it through the evening.

-Devon Gaudet

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Catch a Wave of Fresh Air, Be Part of a Good Cause

Posted on October 3, 2010. Filed under: 2. Fun Pet Stuff We're Trying | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I should have potty trained my cat, Cody, when he was a kitten, but I didn’t, so now I have to clean a litter box every day. It’s definitely not on the top of my list of favorite things to do, but it’s part of cat ownership, and I will do anything for my feline buddy.

I was recently introduced to JulAir – an air freshener that has a hint of jasmine and is made out of Australian tea tree oil. I have used it several times after cleaning Cody’s litter and have also used it on my dog, Dezi’s, bed and our kitchen trash can. It’s a light spray that smells great! I love the Australian branding with a Koala as the mascot and the tagline – catch a wave of fresh air. I studied aboard in Australia in college, so I have a soft spot for anything related to down under.

The JulAir Company is based in Santa Barbara, California. Bob and Julia Zeman, founders of JulAir were inspired to create their all-natural air freshener while walking on the beach and the woods near their home.

It’s about $9 for a 4 oz bottle – more than a bottle of Lysol, but in my opinion, JulAir is more effective. Also, JulAir donates a portion of each bottle to develop treatments and eventually a cure for Parkinson’s Disease and arthritis.

Cody gives this product a meow and two paws up!

Learn more about JulAir and try it for yourself.

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