For “Mammal Monday”:
Bumper Snicker: "Dear Lord, please help me to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am.”
“HBO Documentary Film is a compelling and unvarnished portrait of our complex relationship to dogs. We’re a country of dog lovers, yet some 1.75 million homeless canines are euthanized every year.
"One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss & Betrayal" reveals the sobering realities behind America’s obsession with dogs. It uses startling images to show not only how far some dog lovers will go for their pets but also how far the nation has to go before it treats all dogs humanely.”
Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer:
Is 'Table Food' Really Bad for Your Pets?
Dr. Karen Becker a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian talks about table food for pets as offering treats. Dr. Becker dispels the long-held myth that “table food” is bad for your pets.
“Human, edible foods can be very healthy for your pets. Throw away the concept of “cat” food and “dog” food, and just think “food” -- food that grows in the ground or comes from animal products.
A whole generation of pet owners is afraid to feed anything but over processed rendered food to their pets. But there’s no way you can create abundant health in an animal by providing only the minimum nutrients it needs for survival.
Dogs and cats have a living food requirement, just like you do.
The food you feed your pet should be biologically suited to meet your dog’s or cat’s needs. Dog and cat chow may be nutritionally “complete,” but it is akin to your drinking a meal replacement shake three times a day for the rest of your life … or giving them to your kids in lieu of fresh foods.
Yet, many veterinarians will often recommend you feed your pets kibble or canned food for the rest of their lives. Some will go so far as to say that feeding your pet anything that doesn’t come from a bag or can will be harming your pet!” More at: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/10/10/Can-Human-Food-Be-Beneficial-for-Your-Pet.aspx
Can 'Human Food' Be Beneficial for Your Pet?
See video here: http://www.viddler.com/explore/mercola/videos/118/
Could Their Diet Be Causing More Harm Than Good?
"A growing number of veterinarians state that cheap processed pet food (kibbled and canned food) is the number one cause of illness and premature death in modern dogs and cats.” Buy organic, just as you would for people.
The Big Business of Pet Food Corporate Profits are Soaring… But How About Your Pet?
Your pet instinctively craves their ancestral diet for vibrant health and well-being. Sadly for your pets, the pet food industry is rapidly becoming Big Business. Big Business to the tune of $15 billion worldwide.
Behind closed doors, strategic acquisitions of smaller companies are quietly taking place – clearly to capitalize on the tremendous profits the pet food industry offers.
What most pet owners don't realize is that the pet food industry is actually an extension of the food and agricultural industries. Pet food provides these giant multinational corporations a very convenient and very profitable "built-in" market for wastes left over from their human food production.
But here's the problem… Your beloved pet was never designed to eat 'wastes'. Today's commercial pet food is a far cry from your dog’s or cat’s ancestral diet – the diet their species has thrived upon for thousands of years.” More at: http://gratefulpet.com/problemwithprocessedfood.aspx
What is the Meat in Your Pet's Food?
“I feel it's important for you to know the truth about the meat in your pet's food, whether you buy it from the supermarket or a specialty "natural" pet food store.
Protein in your pet's food comes in various forms – meat, poultry or fish, meat or poultry meal, and meat by-products.
In the food industry, only about 50 percent of every animal can be used as food for human consumption.
The remaining parts, or "by-products" – heads, feet, bones, feathers, blood, intestines, organs, fat scraps, even unborn fetuses – are used in pet food and animal feed.
The Pet Food Institute – the trade association of pet food manufacturers – acknowledges the use of by-products in pet foods. To quote them directly:
"The growth of the pet food industry not only provided pet owners with better food for their pets, but also created profitable additional markets for American farm products and for the byproducts of the meat packing, poultry, and other food industries which prepare food for human consumption."
Commonly you'll find meat meals in pet foods, including poultry meal, by-product meals, and meat-and-bone meal. 'Meal' signifies that these ingredients are not fresh; they are "rendered".
Rendering is the process where various ingredients are emptied into a large vat and boiled for several hours. These high temperatures can damage proteins and destroy natural enzymes.
From a health standpoint, denatured proteins from high processing temperatures can lead to food allergies and intolerances and inflammatory bowel disease.
But here's what's so controversial: In addition to food animal scraps, rendering, by law, can include grocery store expired meat (Styrofoam wrapping intact), road kill, diseased and disabled (and dead) cattle, and even euthanized pets.
Pet food companies claim they no longer process dead dogs and cats (insiders admit they previously did), but the FDA has found pentobarbital, the most common euthanasia drug, in rendered meat-and-bone meal and animal fat.
If your pet food label states one or more named meats such as "chicken" or "lamb", they are not by-products. However, they are still mostly leftover scraps and bones. "Chicken" consists of backs, spines and ribs, with minimal meat left on the bones. And yes, bones can count as protein!
Unless the label on your pet's food states that the food is "safe for human consumption", you can bet the protein source is less-than-optimal.” Complete article at: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/real-food-for-healthy-dogs-and-cats-cookbook.aspx
Finally, after years of being poked and prodded in a laboratory, these beagles are FREE!
“These beagles have known nothing except the confines of metal cages. They have known no soft human touch, no warm bed, no companionship, no love. They have never been outside or sniffed a tree or grass. Finally, after years of being poked and prodded, these beagles are FREE!”
Bringing Back The Wolves:
Former Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Mike Finley discusses reintroducing wolves to the park. http://player.vimeo.com/video/43724806?js_api=1&js_swf_id=vimeo_video_1
Inyo County's claimed Last Chance "highway" starts in the center foreground. (Ted Zukoski / Earthjustice)
“A 6-year legal battle to save some of Death Valley National Park’s wilderness areas from development paid off this week. In the end, the judge found the county missed the deadline for laying claim to most of the paths and didn’t have legitimate claims to the other because they just weren’t highways by any stretch of the imagination.
As a result, Death Valley will be spared the bulldozers and road graders that otherwise might have scarred it. Among the beneficiaries of this victory for the environment are not only visitors to the national park, but also the bighorn sheep, cougar, deer, coyote, badger and desert tortoise, and many other rare plants and wildlife.” Complete article at: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2012-june/death-valley-wilderness-is-safe
On This Day:
Napoleon defeated at Waterloo, Jun 18, 1815:
“At Waterloo in Belgium, Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history.
The Corsica-born Napoleon, one of the greatest military strategists in history, rapidly rose in the ranks of the French Revolutionary Army during the late 1790s. By 1799, France was at war with most of Europe, and Napoleon returned home from his Egyptian campaign to take over the reigns of the French government and save his nation from collapse. After becoming first consul in February 1800, he reorganized his armies and defeated Austria. In 1802, he established the Napoleonic Code, a new system of French law, and in 1804 was crowned emperor of France in Notre Dame Cathedral. By 1807, Napoleon controlled an empire that stretched from the River Elbe in the north, down through Italy in the south, and from the Pyrenees to the Dalmatian coast.
Napoleon returned to Paris and on June 22 abdicated in favor of his son. He decided to leave France before counterrevolutionary forces could rally against him, and on July 15 he surrendered to British protection at the port of Rochefort. He hoped to travel to the United States, but the British instead sent him to Saint Helena, a remote island in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa. Napoleon protested but had no choice but to accept the exile. With a group of followers, he lived quietly on St. Helena for six years. In May 1821, he died, most likely of stomach cancer. He was only 51 years old. In 1840, his body was returned to Paris, and a magnificent funeral was held. Napoleon's body was conveyed through the Arc de Triomphe and entombed under the dome of the Invalides.”
First American woman in space, Jun 18, 1983:
“From Cape Canaveral, Florida, the space shuttle Challenger is launched into space on its second mission. Aboard the shuttle was Dr. Sally Ride, who as a mission specialist became the first American woman to travel into space. During the six-day mission, Ride, an astrophysicist from Stanford University, operated the shuttle's robot arm, which she had helped design.
Her historic journey was preceded almost 20 years to the day by cosmonaut Valentina V. Tereshkova of the Soviet Union, who on June 16, 1963, became the first woman ever to travel into space. The United States had screened a group of female pilots in 1959 and 1960 for possible astronaut training but later decided to restrict astronaut qualification to men. In 1978, NASA changed its policy and announced that it had approved six women to become the first female astronauts in the U.S. space program. The new astronauts were chosen out of some 3,000 original applicants. Among the six were Sally Ride and Shannon Lucid, who in 1996 set a new space endurance record for an American and a world endurance record for a woman during her 188-day sojourn on the Russian space station Mir.”
Misty had her walk around here, as Jay called to say he was sick, so we didn’t go down there. Probably the Sunday morning sickness after a Saturday night! I would hate to be feeling ill all the time like he does, but he can’t stop drinking, so in frustration, he just drinks more.
Most of the time Candy, the nice little calico boarder, is loose in the grooming room, but when I feed her canned food twice a day, I shut the door on her cage. This is just in case Sadie, the diabetic cat, gets out of her big cage while I am tending to her needs. Then I take Prime into the room, still hoping that Candy and Prime will become friends so they can play together. But Prime just sits and looks at Candy, and Candy hisses at her, so they can’t be together yet. Prime will sit in there for a while, then she drums on the glass door with her front paws asking to come back into the house. As soon as Prime is out of there, I open Candy’s door so she can play outside her cage. Candy and Sadie are supposed to leave tomorrow.
My hurt hand didn’t stop me from getting some laundry and other jobs done around here. I am very careful not to let the wounds get wet. At night I put some coconut oil on it, as that is a good natural antibiotic, and makes it heal faster. To keep it clean when I am working, I spray it with Medi-quik and put a Telfa non-stick pad on it, held in place with some tape, so that it can still get air, and it is looking a lot better today.