Monday, August 29, 2011

"Fur-niture". Wet Fox! Don't Force Dog. Coolest Dog! Small Dog Syndrome? Itchy, Smelly Dog? NO Grains for Dogs, Cats. Mustang Round-Up. Water for Wildlife. Strawberries.

TO NON-PETS OWNERS who visit our homes.
(1) Don't complain about our pet. He lives here, you don't.
(2) If you don't want his hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it 'Fur'-niture.
(3) Chances are, I love my pet more than I like you.
(4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are family ..who are hairy, walk on all fours & don't talk back.

Firefox.   No! Wet Fox!

"Ocean City Patch editor Doug Bergen captured this image of a fox, apparently startled or flooded from his den by the storm Irene, in a parking lot in Ocean City, N.J."


Train your dog to do obedience commands.

Discover how your dog will do commands without force.
"Are you confused?  The problem with dog training is that there are a lot of different training methods and opinions.
Dog training doesn't have to be confusing or difficult.  I have put together this video for you to watch that sums up dog training in a nut shell, and makes it easy for anyone to train their dog."

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What is Small Dog Syndrome?

"It is unfortunate that so many people think that small dogs don’t need training.  Some small breeds need MORE training then bigger breeds.  I’ve noticed over my years of dog training how many people let their itty bitty dog get away with so much.

In the dog owners community, it is expected owners will not let a big breed dog get away with unwanted behavior.  Owners tend to work harder training a bigger breed dog because, well...  everything is 3x bigger than a small breed dog - including the jumping, mouthing and barking.

While these behaviors are not tolerated with big breed dogs, many small breeds get away them. Many lack training because people believe it is just as easy to pick up their small breed to stop those unwanted behaviors. Unfortunately, this does not STOP the unwanted behavior but can heighten the behavior to another level.  Such as, protecting the person that is holding them, jumping on everyone, mouthing when being petted, just plain ol’ not learning good manners.  Without training, small dogs can be nippy, yappy, aggressive with other dogs and unruly around small kids.

Getting Started.

Small breeds should not leave their mother until 12 weeks old, unlike bigger breeds that are ok to leave at 8 weeks old.  Their body weight and immune system aren’t as strong as a bigger breed dog.

Small breeds and children can be a bad mix, if you have young children under the age of 8, adding a small breed dog has to be carefully considered.  Young children tend to think they are stuff animals and love to carry them around.  If carried around on a regular basis, small breeds will wiggle their way out of those small young hands and unfortunately, can fall and injure themselves. When combining young children and small breed dogs rules, boundaries and limitations need to be set up right away.

Training Your Small Dog.  A Word About Training By Force.

Harsh physical force doesn’t make sense when you are working with a small dog (or any dog for that matter), using gentle touch when training your small breed is the only way to train, they are little. 
Small breeds have delicate throats, legs, spine and hips, jerking on a collar can cause serious harm to them. 
A choke collar, martingale collar or anything of the such should NEVER EVER be used (including on big breed dogs too), there are kinder, gentler ways to train."
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Itchy, Smelly Dog? This May Be the Problem... 

"On the immune system spectrum, balance is in the middle, and that's what you want your dog's immune function to be – balanced.
An underactive immune system can lead to yeast overgrowth, because it can't control the balance. The other end of the spectrum is an overactive immune response where allergies are present. This can also lead to problems with yeast.
When a traditional veterinarian sees a dog with allergies – a sign of an overactive immune system – he or she will typically prescribe steroid therapy to shut off the immune response. (This improves symptoms but does not fix the underlying cause of the allergies.)
When your dog's immune system is turned off with drugs, it can't do its job of regulating and balancing normal flora levels, so your pet ends up with yeast blooms.
When conventional vets see dogs with allergies and possibly secondary skin infections, often they prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotics are well-known to destroy all good bacteria along with the bad, wiping out healthy yeast levels in the process, so these drugs often make a bad situation worse.
Another reason an allergic dog, in particular, can end up with a lot of yeast is he can actually develop an allergy to his yeast. Intradermal tests often reveal that a dog is having an allergic response to his own natural flora.
This situation can be very problematic because the dog's allergic response can affect his whole body. These dogs are often red from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail – their entire bodies are flaming red and irritated.
So dogs with an underactive immune system or that are immuno-suppressed can end up with a yeast infection, as well as dogs that have overactive immune systems, or allergies."
See the complete article at:
Or it can be a food sensitivity:
"The primary food antigens are beef, corn, wheat, soy, eggs and milk. Those are the antigens tested for currently by the NutraScan. By the end of this year, Dr. Dodds hopes to introduce another 14 secondary food antigens to the program. She also has plans to expand the testing to include cats and horses."

Why Your Canine Was NOT Designed to Eat Grains!dogs crave meat
Your dog doesn't try to eat your meat just to be difficult. It's just that his or her body demands meat
for metabolism. Be sure your dog gets sufficient high-quality protein.

Your dog is a carnivore, not an herbivore.
"What difference does that make, you ask?

An herbivore is equipped to digest plant foods and cellulose because of the rumens they have -- the first division of the stomach of herbivores in which most food collects immediately after being swallowed, and from which it is later returned to the mouth as cud for more thorough chewing. Your dog doesn't have rumens to do this.

Secondly, your dog's pancreas is unable to secrete cellulase to split the cellulose into glucose molecules.
Lastly, dogs are not efficient at digesting, assimilating and utilizing plant material as a source of high quality protein (contrary to what pet food manufacturers would have you believe).
Plants like rice, soybean meal, wheat and corn have very limited usefulness in the meat-eaters diet. They are simply not good choices for a dietary foundation that optimally nourishes meat-eating animals."
 hunting dogs
No matter your dog's size, it still requires a diet very high in quality meat protein.

Bogus 'Protein' Beefing up the Label
"Enter... corn -- a cheap, plentiful "filler" product.
Fills the pet food bags, creating the illusion of giving more food for your money. And fills the pet's stomach, making your dog feel satisfied (for a time, anyway).
What's more, it contains just enough (low-quality) protein to enable the manufacturer to list it as a protein, 'beefing up' the protein quantities enough to label it as "complete and balanced".
Don't let them fool you!"

meat good for cats and dogs
These two are on the quality protein trail! Is your dog getting enough superior protein in its diet?

"Cheap ingredients based on plant products result in cheap pet foods -- which always turn out to be a poor choice for nourishing a meat-eater. Dogs (cats, too!) are livelier and healthier when meat, poultry, lamb and fish are the foundation of their diets.

In addition, corn is one of the most frequent genetically modified 'foods' there is.  Why would you want to give that to your precious dog?  If genetically modified foods aren't good for you, I'm pretty sure they're not good for your pet either.

Isn't it time we choose to feed our beloved dogs as the meat eaters they are -- and denounce the senseless practice of feeding them as if they're herbivores simply because it's cheaper to do so?

I believe that as our pets' caregivers, we have an obligation to discover what they really need nutritionally and provide it for them.  But it's much more than an obligation... You love your best friend, so why would you choose anything less than the best for them?     Liver may indeed be the best choice of all..."
More at:
Stop Senseless Deaths in Mustang Roundups.  Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site  
Stop Senseless Deaths in Mustang Roundups"The Bureau of Land Management uses dangerous and deadly techniques to round up wild mustangs. Put a stop to this cruel practice.
Nevada's Bureau of Land Management plans to herd a large group of mustangs out of their peaceful habitat—a practice that is responsible for the senseless injuries and deaths of thousands of these wild and beautiful creatures.

You can help the horses remain in their natural environment. Tell the BLM to put an end to their roundups, allowing the horses to run free where they belong.
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Energy company donates in support of county wildlife

"Key Energy Services of Houston is providing massive reservoirs to establish wildlife watering stations in Montgomery County, TX to help animals survive the ongoing drought.
The first in a scheduled series of watering stations planned by Key Energy Services has been installed to provide animals with a reliable and renewable source of fresh water.

“A lot of our employees live in Montgomery County and brought the idea of helping the animals through the drought to management,” said John Honeycutt, a senior official with Key Energy Services. “We recognized the need and our ability to help.”

The company secured a Frac tank – a massive waterproof container used at drilling sites as a fluid reservoir – and transported it to a rural location just outside The Woodlands. The structure, capable of holding thousands of gallons of liquids, was cleaned, filled with fresh water and connected to a trough accessible to area wildlife.

“We constructed platforms on the outside to allow smaller animals access to water,” said Honeycutt. “We also installed ladders and planks to enable animals to get out if they accidently fall into the water.”
Workmen attach water lines between the the water tanks and water troughs that keep the watering stations full.

“The ongoing drought has caused a great deal of hardship in the animal community,” she said. “We are very appreciative of what Key Energy is doing.”

In addition to the first completed watering station, the international energy company has volunteered to provide additional assistance. Meyer said the company plans to dispatch a large water truck to restore the pond at W.G. Jones State Forest off FM 1488."

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Another early morning screen-porch time for the cats and kittens, until the humidity rolled in.   Then the temperature started to rise, so I had to close up the house, and turn the AC back on.  It isn't cooler during the day, but the early mornings are quite pleasant for the first time in months.

The kittens are well behaved in the house, through I am still trying to teach them not to get up on the kitchen counters.   I have been letting them have the run of the house more and more.  As soon as they hear me getting a canned meal ready, they jump into their big cage to eat, and don't seem to mind being locked up for a while for the times that I can't keep an eye on them.  They like that big cage in the dining area, so the Grooming Room AC is still off.  The power companies are pleading customers to conserve.

As there was no one coming, I took a slow bubble bath and washed my hair.  When I tried to comb my hair, as wet hair should not be brushed, I could hardly get the wide-tooth comb through it.  Something wasn't right, so I found a different conditioner and left it on there for a while. Once it was rinsed off, my hair felt a lot better. 
I don't know what was wrong with the usual conditioner.  Does conditioner get old, or is my hair getting old?

Irene seems to have been tamer than expected, but is still causing a lot of trouble for a lot of folks with flooding, downed trees, and no power.  But as I understand it, 11 people have died because of the storm, so condolences to their families.  I spent some time looking at that, reading blogs, and the damage that the two tornadoes did to Goderich, Canada:  That city really got a beating.

The rest of the time it was just usual chores like laundry, changing sheets, cleaning my bathroom.  But when I went to cook the meat that I had left in the fridge overnight to defrost, it hadn't defrosted.  Looking in the freezer to find something else, I realized that there was a lot of space in there.  Now was a good time to defrost the deep-freeze.  For once I didn't have to load frozen food in ice chests.  Everything in the deep freeze fit in the fridge's freezer, and so I had that defrosted in no time. 
There are always several packages of cooked thinly sliced salmon in the freezer, and they defrost quickly, so that is always an easy meal.

The berries that we have been getting at the stores, are kinda tasteless, and not worth what they charge for them.   We used to have blackberries, strawberries and raspberries, that tasted like they are supposed to.  We had a farmer's market here, but it closed down, so I will have to look farther afield. 
The traditional strawberry season is from June until mid August, but new farming methods extends it from April until mid December.  "New farming methods", sounds like they do something unhealthy.   

I would like to find organic, as they are more nutritious:  But the season is over.

Even dried fruit has nitrites.  "It is essential, however, to not eat fruit dried with chemicals such as sulfur nitrite. Eat only naturally dried fruit." 

100% Certified Organic Freeze-Dried Strawberry SlicesThat is usually sun-dried, so I guess I
will go without berries, as there isn't any sundried fruit around here. 
If we had a Whole Foods, I could get freeze dried.

Time for me to get on with the day.

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