Monday, January 21, 2013

Care For Dying Pet. Rat Poison Fumes. Cowboy Code & 10 Commandments. Plush Fox's Fate. Taiwan Bans Seal Fur. Concorde. Draft Dodgers. Pork.


For “Mammal Monday”:

Hands-on Care for a Dying Pet

From me:  I sincerely hope that you are not going through this, but in case you are:

Pet Massage

“Medical massage for terminally ill pets can benefit dying animals and their families emotionally, psychologically and physically.

Based on the human hospice model, massage has been shown to provide a number of benefits for the terminally ill, including relieving pain, improving circulation, and increasing feelings of peace and comfort.

Many families who feel helpless as they watch over their dying pets are eager to learn simple massage techniques they can use to increase their pets’ comfort and maintain a physical and emotional connection.” Complete article at:


Canine patient emits toxic gas, sending veterinary staff to hospital

Common commercial rodenticide thought to be cause of poisoning.

“A dog thought to have ingested a toxic chemical created a dangerous situation at the Vail Valley Animal Hospital in Edwards, Colo., sending an emergency room doctor and three technicians to the hospital.  When the dog vomited up the chemical, it created toxic gas and caused respiratory distress to those attending to the animal.  When ingested, zinc phosphide forms a poisonous gas when it comes in contact with water.

Determine whether the ingested product contains zinc phosphide, which is used to kill rats, mice, moles and gophers. It is available as a dark-gray powder or grain-based pellet bait. Trade names include Arrex, Commando, Dexol, Kilrat, GophaRid, Phosvin, Ridall, Ratol and Sweeney’s Poison Peanuts. The chemical has an odor of fish, garlic or acetylene.”  More at:

From me: Please keep children and pets away from all rat poisons.



The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take unfair advantage.
He must never go back on his word or a trust confided in him.
He must always tell the truth.
He must be gentle with children, the elderly and animals.
He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
He must help people in distress.
He must be a good worker.
He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action and personal habits.
He must respect women, parents and his nation's laws.
The Cowboy is a patriot.”

The 10 Commandments ImageFrom me:  Sounds a bit like the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20:1- 17.   “And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
  5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

It would be great if people would try to live up to this!


Plush Fox's Final Fate

“Woody Harrelson narrates this video for The Humane Society of the United States, which takes a look at the cruelty of the fur industry via the experiences of one unfortunate stuffed animal.”

“Even some faux fur that comes from China is not 'man made', it is actual fur, from dogs and cats. Check EVERY faux fur item you buy by burning a single hair. If it smells like plastic, then it is. If it smells like our burnt hair, then it came from one of the Chinese animal markets.”


HSI Commends Taiwan for Historic Ban on Trade in Marine Mammal Products

Canadian seal products are among those prohibited

It is time for the Canadian government to face facts and end its support of the fading sealing industry. Katie Carrus/The HSUS

MONTREAL—”Humane Society International/Canada commends Taiwan for passing a landmark ban on trade in marine mammal products, including seal skins, but exempting products of traditional indigenous hunts. The Taiwanese Legislative Yuan passed the legislation with unanimous support following a multi-year campaign by Taiwanese animal protection group EAST in collaboration with HSI.

“The compassionate actions of the Taiwanese Legislative Yuan will save countless seals and other marine mammals from a horrible fate,” said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of HSI Canada. “The momentum to end trade in marine mammal products is growing and the sealing industry’s days are numbered. Instead of providing more pointless subsidies to artificially prop up this shameful practice, Canada should prohibit the slaughter and invest in a transition program for sealers.”  More at:


On This Day:

Concorde takes off, Jan 21, 1976:

“From London's Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris, the first Concordes with commercial passengers simultaneously take flight on January 21, 1976. The London flight was headed to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, and the Paris to Rio de Janeiro via Senegal in West Africa. At their cruising speeds, the innovative Concordes flew well over the sound barrier at 1,350 miles an hour, cutting air travel time by more than half.

The Concorde was not a great commercial success, however, and people complained bitterly about the noise pollution caused by its sonic booms and loud engines. Most airlines declined to purchase the aircraft, and just 16 Concordes were built for British Airways and Air France. Service was eventually limited between London and New York and Paris and New York, and luxury travelers appreciated the less than four-hour journey across the Atlantic.

On July 25, 2000, an Air France Concorde crashed 60 seconds after taking off from Paris en route to New York. All 109 people aboard and four on the ground were killed. The accident was caused by a burst tire that ruptured a fuel tank, creating a fire that led to engine failure. The fatal accident--the first in Concorde's history--signaled the decline of the aircraft. On October 24, 2003, the Concorde took its last regular commercial flight.”



Carter pardons draft dodgers, Jan 21, 1977:

“On this day in 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardons all Vietnam War draft dodgers. On his second day in office, January 21, 1977, he followed through on his promise.

In total, some 100,000 young Americans went abroad in the late 1960s and early 70s to avoid serving in the war. Ninety percent went to Canada, where after some initial controversy they were eventually welcomed as immigrants. Still others hid inside the United States. In addition to those who avoided the draft, a relatively small number--about 1,000--of deserters from the U.S. armed forces also headed to Canada. While the Canadian government technically reserved the right to prosecute deserters, in practice they left them alone, even instructing border guards not to ask too many questions.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Carter served on battleships and submarines for eight years, although he did not see combat. His pardon of draft dodgers enraged veterans and was cheered by amnesty groups. Critics argued that not only would the pardon encourage future draftees to defy the law, it was an affront to the men who served and died during the war.

Years later, Vietnam-era draft evasion still carries a powerful stigma. Though no prominent political figures have been found to have broken any draft laws, Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and Vice-Presidents Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney--none of whom saw combat in Vietnam--have all been accused of being draft dodgers at one time or another. Although there is not currently a draft in the U.S., desertion and conscientious objection have remained pressing issues among the armed forces during the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.”



Misty, Miss Priss and I enjoyed the sunny, warmer day with the windows and doors open with fresh air going through the house.  This is more like our TX winters.

I spent most of the day washing and folding clothes, and researching the dietary and health rules that are set out in the Bible.  They are all there for a reason.  If some of the cleanliness rules had been implemented down through the ages, we would have had many less deaths from plagues and war wounds. 

One interesting point that came to light was that upon autopsying it was discovered that 1 in 6 people in the USA were infected with trichina worms from eating pork:

“It is estimated that 10% to 20% of the adult population of the United States suffers from trichinosis at some time. In many people the disease exhibits no symptoms and is discovered only at autopsy. In others it causes diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms as the worms multiply in the digestive tract. When the larvae circulate through the bloodstream, the patient experiences edema, irregular fever, profuse sweating, muscle soreness and pain, and prostration. There may be involvement of the central nervous system, heart, and lungs; death occurs in about 5% of clinical cases. Once the larvae have imbedded themselves in the muscle tissue, the cysts usually become calcified; however, the infestation usually causes no further symptoms except fatigue and vague muscular pains. There is no specific treatment.

Bad Effects of Pork Consumption

Pig's bodies contain many toxins, worms and latent diseases. Although some of these infestations are harbored in other animals, modern veterinarians say that pigs are far more predisposed to these illnesses than other animals. This could be because pigs like to scavenge and will eat any kind of food, including dead insects, worms, rotting carcasses, excreta (including their own), garbage, and other pigs.

Influenza (flu) is one of the most famous illnesses which pigs share with humans. This illness is harbored in the lungs of pigs during the summer months and tends to affect pigs and humans in the cooler months. Sausage contains bits of pig’s lungs, so those who eat pork sausage tend to suffer more during epidemics of influenza.”  From:

Maybe that’s why I have never had flu, or a flu shot, as I don’t eat pork? 

Misty, Jan-2013

Any dog that can spread it’s back legs out like a frog, does not have hip dysplasia.

Misty enjoyed the weather so much that she had to go roll in the dirt.

Here she is, sunning herself by my front door yesterday.


Dizzy-Dick said...

Misty sure looks relaxed. And they talk about the "life of dog" as a bad thing. . . Our dogs our pampered and even have their meals cooked for them every day.

Jill said...

Just found your blog today. Lots of interesting stuff!

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comments, DD and Jill.

DD: Misty is a relaxed dog, but she really can get up speed when she is on her walk.
I don't cook for Misty, I just cook for both of us, but she gets good organic dog food, vitamins and treats, too.

Thank you Jill, yours is interesting, too.

Happy Tails and Trails, Penny