For “Mammal Monday”:
When and How to Housetrain Your New Puppy
The goal of house training is to set your pup up to succeed rather than fail.
The ideal time to start housetraining your puppy is when she reaches 8.5 weeks of age.
By 8.5 weeks, most puppies’ brains are developed enough to begin learning to eliminate outside at appropriate times.
Crate training is an excellent tool for housetraining dogs.
The whole crating experience must be a consistently positive one for your puppy.
Successful housetraining involves establishing verbal potty cues and reinforcing desired behavior.” Complete article at: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/11/24/when-how-to-housetrain-your-puppy.aspx
Fourth of July Safety Tips
“For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:
Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.” From: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/july-4th.aspx
Do You Know What Food is Best for Your Senior Pet?
“Estimates are that in the U.S., 50 percent of dogs are over 6 years of age, and over 40 percent of cats are older than 7.
Based on these statistics, pet food manufacturers are very interested in figuring out how to develop and market formulas for senior pets. The industry has decided senior pet foods should address such common old age maladies as weight gain, declining immune function, declining cognitive function, and osteoarthritis.
Unfortunately, the end result in most cases will be yet more processed pet food with high fiber content and added supplements cleverly marketed to appeal to pet owners with aging dogs and cats.
The best nutrition for your older pet and pets at any age is fresh, moisture rich, species-appropriate food. Highly processed pet foods, no matter what special modifications are made to them, will never match the nutritional value of a balanced, species-appropriate diet.” Complete article at: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/06/20/aging-pet-food.aspx
A DOG'S LAST WILL & TESTAMENT
”Before humans die, they write their Last Will & Testament, give their home and all they have to those they leave behind.
If, with my paws, I could do the same, This is what I'd ask . . .
To a poor and lonely stray I'd give:
My happy home. My bowl & cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.
The lap, which I loved so much
The hand that stroked my fur & the sweet voice which spoke my name.
I'd will to the sad, scared shelter dog, the place I had in my human's loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.
So when I die, please do not say, "I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand."
Instead, go find and unloved dog . . . one whose life has held no joy or hope and give My place to him.
This is the one thing I can give . . . . .The love I left behind."
Tennessee Dog Rescue, Published on Jun 21, 2012 by hsus
“The Humane Society of the United States' Animal Rescue Team was called in by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department and Cumberland County Animal Control to assist in the rescue of 33 dogs.”
No fear mouse cuddles up next to kitten
More Wildlife will be Killed, if Prince Georges Cat Bill Passes
Cat with American Coot by Debi Shearwater
(Washington, D.C., June 27, 2012) American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has called on the Prince Georges County Council of Maryland to oppose a new bill that would exempt ear tipped cats from capture by animal control. If any were captured by accident, they would need to be returned to where they were picked up.
In a June 21 letter to the County Council regarding CB-41-202, the Ear Tipped Cats bill, ABC says that feral and free roaming cats, regardless of whether they are ear-tipped, pose a serious threat to birds and other wildlife.
“Numerous published, scientific studies have shown that outdoor cats, even well-fed ones, kill hundreds of millions of wild birds and other animals each year in the U.S., including endangered species. Birds that nest or feed on the ground are especially vulnerable to cat attacks,” said Darin Schroeder, Vice President for Conservation Advocacy for ABC.
The ABC letter says that feral cat programs that establish feral cat colonies are not humane to the cats or wildlife. Free-roaming cats are in constant danger of being hit by cars, contracting diseases and parasites, or being attacked by other animals or people. This is why feral cats have about one-third to one-fifth of the life span of indoor, owned cats.
Cats can transmit diseases such as rabies, toxoplasmosis, and cat scratch fever to humans. In fact, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that cats are the top carrier of rabies in domestic animals.
For even the best run colony, practitioners will admit that not all of the cats are trapped for vaccination, and the cat food left out for them attracts more cats, and even vermin. Colonies often become dumping grounds for unwanted pets, thus continuing the inhumane cycle.” More at: http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/120627.html
On This Day:
President Garfield is shot, Jul 2, 1881:
“On this day in 1881, President James A. Garfield, who had been in office just under four months, is shot by an assassin. Garfield lingered for 80 days before dying of complications from the shooting.
Garfield's assassin was an attorney and political office-seeker named Charles Guiteau. He was a relative stranger to the president and his administration in an era when federal positions were doled out on a "who you know" basis. When his requests for an appointment were ignored, a furious Guiteau stalked the president, vowing revenge.
On the morning of July 2, 1881, Garfield headed for the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad station on his way to a short vacation. As he walked through the station toward the waiting train, Guiteau stepped behind the president and fired two shots. The first bullet grazed Garfield's arm; the second lodged below his pancreas. Doctors made several unsuccessful attempts to remove the bullet while Garfield lay in his White House bedroom, awake and in pain. Alexander Graham Bell, who was one of Garfield's physicians, tried to use an early version of a metal detector to find the second bullet, but also failed.
Historical accounts vary as to the exact cause of Garfield's death. Some believe that the physicians' treatments—which included the administration of quinine, morphine, brandy and calomel and feeding him through the rectum--may have hastened his demise. Others insist Garfield died from an already advanced case of heart disease. By early September, Garfield, who was recuperating at a seaside retreat in New Jersey, appeared to be recovering. He died on September 19. Autopsy reports at the time said that pressure from the festering internal wound had created an aneurism that was the likely cause of death. Upon Garfield's demise, Vice President Chester A. Arthur became the nation's 20th president. Guiteau was deemed sane by a jury, convicted of murder and hung on June 30, 1882.
Garfield's spine is kept as a historical artifact by the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C.”
Johnson signs Civil Rights Act, Jul 2, 1964:
“On this day in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House.
In the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional. The 10 years that followed saw great strides for the African-American civil rights movement, as non-violent demonstrations won thousands of supporters to the cause. Memorable landmarks in the struggle included the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955--sparked by the refusal of Alabama resident Rosa Parks to give up her seat on a city bus to a white woman--and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech at a rally of hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., in 1963.
The most sweeping civil rights legislation passed by Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, the Civil Rights Act prohibited racial discrimination in employment and education and outlawed racial segregation in public places such as schools, buses, parks and swimming pools. In addition, the bill laid important groundwork for a number of other pieces of legislation--including the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which set strict rules for protecting the right of African Americans to vote--that have since been used to enforce equal rights for women as well as all minorities.”
As Jay is usually ‘sick’ on Sundays, I had booked Sam’s poodle Mikey for grooming. When I got up, I wasn’t really looking forward to grooming him, as he is hyperactive, big and strong. I covered the aquarium, which is in the grooming room with a pillowcase in case little bits of hair, clipper spray, etc, would get in there and hurt the blue fish. The fish seemed to be watching what was going on with me and this great big white dog. Well, he wasn’t white when he got here, but after three shampoos, he was. This time Mikey kept really still, so he was a pleasure to do. We had another downpour while I was grooming him, but it was over by the time I took him home.
That took most of the morning, and after I had eaten lunch and rested a while, I took Misty for a walk, and then messed about on the computer for the rest of the day.