Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Black Cat Halloween Alert, by Charlie Oberdier

Well, here we go again – my least favorite holiday is on the horizon. No, not National Kale Day – oh, pardon me, I may vomit.  And I am not talking Moldy Cheese Day either, although moldy cheese does possess a certain piquant flavor … I digress.

I am speaking, of course, of Halloween, my least favorite holiday because I am black. Black is beautiful and I am the embodiment of that beauty, the living proof. I tell mom that every day, at the top of my lungs, especially when she’s sleeping.

You see, Halloween is difficult for black cats because a strange and altogether unwarranted superstition about us has arisen over the years, dating from as far back as Medieval times in France, Germany and Spain, in those bleak days before Animal Planet.  Interesting aside, during that same period we were considered great good luck in Britain and Japan. The Egyptians worshipped us as sacred. Note to self: I must visit Egypt someday – they’ll be thrilled.

Of course, we all know black cats in America became associated with witches, evil omens and treachery with Puritan Pilgrims. Nasty pieces of work, them. They hunted us down, vilified us, even burned us alive on Shrove Tuesday to protect their homes from fire. Idiots. I hate Pilgrims. They burned people too, I know - but, cats? I ask you, isn’t that sick? We are the least trouble of all the animal species and the most lovable. Well, by the time the anti-witch nonsense evaporated we black cats had permanently been labeled as trouble, used as scary Halloween decorations, and sometimes even still tortured.

That’s not good.

So, this Halloween, watch for black cats and please protect us, keep your cat inside (especially if you are fortunate enough to have a sleek, black one) and always be kind to us.

You never know, perhaps we really can work magic…

Monday, October 16, 2017

Charlie says: Animals have the best time on Halloween

The Telegraph
 Mark Molloy


There have been plenty of Halloween costumes that have wowed the internet this year, while a lot of animals have also embraced the day too.

We’ve seen pets dressed up for a Halloween dog walk in Hampstead Heath, north London, and more attending a spooky parade in Long Beach, California.

The London fancy-dress fundraiser was organised by "All Dogs Matter" - a dog rescue charity which takes in and rehomes dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages across London.

See all the fun at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/31/15-fantastic-animals-that-had-the-best-time-on-halloween/

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kеерing реtѕ ѕаfе оn Valentine's Dау

Nоwаdауѕ most реорlе know thаt chocolate iѕ роiѕоnоuѕ tо dogs. Whilе саtѕ аrе lеѕѕ likеlу to еаt сhосоlаtе, it iѕ аlѕо tоxiс tо thеm. Nеithеr dogs nоr саtѕ ѕhоuld еаt ѕtringѕ, ribbоnѕ, оr plastic of аnу ѕоrt because they саn all саuѕе intеѕtinаl blосkаgе or dаmаgе that could роtеntiаllу lеаd tо еmеrgеnсу surgery. Mаnу оf the dесоrаtiоnѕ uѕеd оn hоmеmаdе Vаlеntinе'ѕ саrdѕ соntаin ribbоnѕ аnd оthеr hаzаrdоuѕ items thаt соuld bе dаngеrоuѕ tо your реt. Mу саtѕ hаvе еvеn bееn known tо eat ѕраghеtti ѕtrарѕ frоm lingеriе, ѕо еvеn kеер those kinds оf giftѕ оut оf reach of уоur pets
Vаlеntinе’ѕ Dау iѕ right аrоund thе соrnеr ѕо we wаntеd tо remind our fеllоw реt оwnеrѕ оf роtеntiаl hazards to thе furrу lоvеѕ in thеir livеѕ оn this ѕресiаl occasion. Here аrе a fеw fооdѕ аnd giftѕ tо kеер оut оf rеасh оf реtѕ to kеер thеm ѕаfе аnd out оf thе vеt’ѕ office during the most rоmаntiс timе of thе уеаr.

Chосоlаtе is the mоѕt popular Valentine’s Dау рrеѕеnt and unfоrtunаtеlу it’s оnе оf thе most toxic foods for уоur pet. Packed with high аmоuntѕ of fаt, саffеinе and ѕtimulаntѕ likе thеоbrоminе, it’ѕ highlу dаngеrоuѕ to dоgѕ аnd саtѕ if соnѕumеd in high dоѕеѕ. Mаkе ѕurе tо keep аnу аnd all fоrmѕ оf chocolate out оf reach оf уоur pets. High dоzеѕ оf thеоbriminе can саuѕе ѕеvеrе роiѕоning, resulting in diаrrhеа, vomiting, agitation, аbnоrmаl heart rhythm, hуреrасtivitу, trеmоrѕ, ѕеizurеѕ, and соllарѕе.

Within two to thrее hоurѕ оf consuming a toxic dоѕе оf сhосоlаtе, the dog will арреаr еxсitеd, аgitаtеd оr nеrvоuѕ; may еxhibit polydipsia; and may vоmit. Within 8-10 hоurѕ, thе dоg may bе extremely hуреrасtivе, hаvе diffiсultу walking, mау develop seizures аnd ultimаtеlу mау fаll intо a соmа аnd die. Watch for the fоllоwing ѕуmрtоmѕ оf chocolate poisoning:

Ø  Exсеѕѕivе drооling

Ø  Excessive urinаtiоn
Ø  Pupil dilаtiоn

Ø  Exсеѕѕivе раnting

Ø  Rapid hеаrtbеаt

Ø  Vоmiting аnd diarrhea

Ø  Pаlе gums

Ø  Hуреrасtivitу

Ø  Muѕсlе trеmоrѕ and ѕеizurеѕ

So whаt dо уоu do if уоu find thаt уоur dоg hаѕ gotten intо уоur gift bаѕkеt of сhосоlаtе? If уоur dоg соnѕumеd only a ѕmаll аmоunt of whitе оr milk сhосоlаtе, hе mау nоt rеԛuirе trеаtmеnt. Anу dog that is еxhibiting ѕуmрtоmѕ оf сhосоlаtе tоxiсоѕiѕ muѕt bе treated immеdiаtеlу. Trеаtmеnt usually invоlvеѕ thе administration of еmеtiсѕ, to mаkе thе dog vomit; асtivаtеd сhаrсоаl, tо bind thеоbrоminе in the ѕtоmасh and limit itѕ rеаbѕоrрtiоn intо the bloodstream; intrаvеnоuѕ or ѕubсutаnеоuѕ fluidѕ рrеvеnt dеhуdrаtiоn, and ѕеdаtivеѕ such аѕ valium, tо соntrоl seizures.

An ounce оf рrеvеntiоn iѕ wоrth a роund of cure during the mоѕt rоmаntiс time оf thе year, Vаlеntinе'ѕ Dау. If уоu follow thе fоllоwing guidelines, уоu will bе аblе tо protect уоur dоg from tеmрtаtiоn. Alwауѕ рlасе chocolate on a high соuntеr, in a саbinеt оr in the rеfrigеrаtоr


Flоwеrѕ are a соmmоn Valentine’s Day gift, with liliеѕ аnd rоѕеѕ bеing most рорulаr рiсkѕ for the оссаѕiоn. Tо оur diѕmау, thеѕе bеаutiful flоwеrѕ can bе tоxiс tо our furrу friends if ingеѕtеd. While thеrе аrе a number оf bеnign liliеѕ оut thеrе likе Pеасе, Pеruviаn аnd Cаllа lilies, thеrе are several vаriеtiеѕ inсluding thе Lillium оr Hеmеrосаlliѕ species as well аѕ lily of thе valley blооmѕ that are particularly dаngеrоuѕ tо саtѕ, роtеntiаllу lеаding to acute kidney failure if not trеаtеd immеdiаtеlу. Thеѕе flоwеrѕ can аlѕо bе toxic tо dogs, causing lifе-thrеаtеning heart аrrhуthmiаѕ whеn соnѕumеd even in small аmоuntѕ. Kеер an eye оut fоr ѕignѕ оf drооling, раwing аt thе mоuth, fоаming аnd vоmiting if уоu think your реt may hаvе ingеѕtеd petals, роllеn or even water frоm thеѕе flоwеrѕ.

Anоthеr рорulаr Valentine’s Day flowers tо kеер in mind аrе rоѕеѕ. Whilе thеѕе wоn’t nесеѕѕаrilу rеѕult in a ѕеriоuѕ роiѕоning bеуоnd gаѕtrоintеѕtinаl uрѕеt, their sharp thоrnѕ саn hаrm уоur реtѕ’ mоuth аnd раwѕ.


Mаnу types of саndу popular аrоund Vаlеntinе’ѕ Dау contain a nаturаllу occurring ѕugаr ѕubѕtitutе known as xуlitоl. It is mоѕt соmmоnlу fоund in brеаth mints, соlоrful саndу presents and ѕugаr-frее cake or muffin mixеѕ. Xуlitоl iѕ mоѕt hаrmful tо dogs, if соnѕumеd it can lеаd tо a lifе-thrеаtеning drор in blооd sugar known аѕ hуреrglусеmiа as wеll as liver damage. Pеtѕ аffесtеd bу thiѕ tоxin саn show a lack оf сооrdinаtiоn, start vоmiting, соllарѕе аnd have ѕеizurеѕ, ѕо it’ѕ vitаl tо keep аll ѕwееtѕ hidden аwау.


If you’re рlаnning a candlelit dinner this Valentine’s Dау, be саrеful аbоut lеаving lit саndlеѕ unаttеndеd аrоund pets. Dogs аnd саtѕ are a сuriоuѕ bunсh аnd will wаnt to invеѕtigаtе the flаmе, роtеntiаllу burning thеmѕеlvеѕ оr ѕtаrt a firе bу knосking over a саndlе. Mаkе ѕurе tо рut оut all candles if уоu lеаvе a rооm оr adorning thе ѕрасе with a bаttеrу-роwеrеd flameless саndlеѕ.

If уоu ѕuѕресt thаt уоur pet consumed еvеn a ѕmаll amount of сhосоlаtе, flоwеrѕ, оr xуlitоl, thе ѕаfеѕt bеt is to consult your vеtеrinаriаn.

If уоu аrе a реt parent thаt likеѕ tо share уоur goodies with уоur dоg, рurсhаѕе ѕоmе dog friеndlу Valentine treats ѕuсh аѕ саrоb cookies оr саrоb саndу еѕресiаllу made for the canine bоdу. If уоu are having a раrtу аt your hоuѕе mаkе ѕurе thаt аll liԛuоr аnd chocolates аrе рlасеd оn a high соuntеr оr аrе аlwауѕ undеr the watchful еуе оf a ѕоbеr bаrtеndеr. Most imроrtаntlу dоublе сhесk your kitсhеn аnd eating flооr and соuntеr fоr аnу fоrgоttеn сhосоlаtе соntrаbаnd bеfоrе you turn in for the night.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holidays and Your Pets

Hello, Darcy and Alfie here with some thoughts about the holidays coming up.

First of all, if you are going to adopt a fur baby, consider saving an animal from a shelter near your home instead of spending hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars on a designer dog. Because, you know, we're all just dogs in the end. Big, small, fat, skinny - we are put here on earth to provide you with unconditional love and devotion. We're not showpieces... well, maybe some of us are.

These Vegas dancers are wild, aren't they?  Where was I, oh yeah. In short, save a life, adopt a rescue pet, and give the gift of unconditional love to yourself.


Be mindful of these dangerous plants during the holidays. They may add a warm touch to the home but they can be painful, and even life threatening, to your pets:

Lilies - can be deadly to cats and even may cause them kidney failure

Poinsettias - can cause upset to your pet's digestive system

Mistletoe - especially the toxic berries - can be very upsetting to tummies and even can cause fatal heart problems

Holly - diarrhea, vomiting, nausea... none of which will add to your holiday cheer

Ivy - be careful, especially English ivy

Amaryllis - can cause vomiting, diarrhea

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Hibiscus -  diarrhea

Doesn't leave much does it?

And, by the way, vacuum up the needles that fall from the tree frequently. Those can cause stomach upset as well.


Speaking of the tree, put the glass ornaments at the top and secure the tree as best you can. Especially if you have a curious cat or two wandering around.

And candles. Good gravy what a cat can do with lit candles, or bowls of toxic fragrance, is amazing.

If you have a dog and cat combo, well you're pretty much doomed. I would suggest animal proof extension cords or, maybe move out of the house entirely. Just saying...

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*** for more information visit American Humane Association

Friday, August 5, 2016

Miss Darcy Visits Her Doggie Shrink

“So, Fraulein Darcy Wasylowski is it? How do you do. I am Doctor Samoyed Freud, eminent dog psychologist, voted Best of Breed, Vienna Kennel Club, 1943. Please to make yourself comfortable. No, not there. Not there either. Fraulein, you are supposed to lie on ze couch, und keep your paws in ze air! Vunderbar. Now, tell me about what has brought you to mein esteemed doors today. I hear that perhaps you haf a problem mit storms...”

 “Yes, doctor. It is a small problem. Very small. Hardly noticeable.”

“But, you are trembling. Und drooling. Und your eyes are rolling around like brown marbles…”

“Be quiet! Was that thunder? I think that was thunder, don’t you?”

“Nein, dat vas not thunder. Dat vas my stomach. Fraulein could you please get back on top of ze couch, und not under it?”

“Nope. I’m fine right here.”

Ach du lieber. What do I care? It’s all bratwurst in ze end. All right, now Fraulein Darcy, tell me ven your fear of storms began.”

“That would be just after my first family brought me home to their trailer park. I was just a puppy then. I don’t think I – what was that?”

“What? You mean ven I just sneezed.”

“Really? That was a sneeze? Sounded like a geyser erupting. Let me just quickly write out a short will… “

“Actually, ve must hurry along, Fraulein. My next appointment is in ten minutes; a Siamese cat who believes he is Archbishop of Canterbury… 

... so, if you could please go on. Your first family brought you home. Vas it a nice home?”

“It was… unfortunate. My people chained me outside their trailer, and then I think they forgot about me. The lady next door brought me food and water.”

“Und how long were you out there each day?”

“All day, all night for about a year, rain or shine, or hurricane.”

“Und how did zis make you feel?”

“I learned how to dig under a trailer and eat pinecones. The police came and took me away. Now I’m with a different mom and dad.”

“I see. Und how does zat make you feel?”

“Great. They feed me, and I have a huge fenced in yard, and a baby brother, Alfie, who is one dog biscuit short of a box. We sleep on 85% of the king size bed. We eat cereal or eggs in the morning. It’s wonderful.”

“Yah, I see. It sounds very good. Und how do your new parents handle ze storm related panic attacks? Vat tools do they employ? Desensitization to sound? A snug garment? Behavior rewards?”

“Oh, no, none of that.”

“Really? What then?”

“Drugs! Doggie Xanax. Works every time.”

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hi I’m Mr. Boot’s, a big muscle man.  But don’t let my size fool you.  I’m really a big love bug once I really get to know you.  I was born into a feral community or some might say stray.  I was fortunately neutered but left to defend for food and shelter on my own.  Until one day I was traveling and met a nice woman that fed, medicated, and took me to the vet’s but most important she taught me that I could trust humans.  She also introduced me to a Mamma cat and her babies that she was feeding hoping we would bond so I wouldn’t be alone anymore.   Once I felt accepted by Mamma and the babies I started to protect them from all wild animals and feral cats.  I cleaned the babies and Mama as they were my own. Finally I belonged… And we became a pack.  We traveled together and protected each other such a nice feeling to finally belong for once in my life!  We would come over to the wonderful woman’s house that fed us wet & dry food, and temptations YUM!  And she even gave us catnip which I really love but not allowed to have currently at our new home at Cat Depot. I might get too wild!  Every night we would spend the night and enjoy a wonderful breakfast.  But she didn’t like us crossing the busy road after breakfast.  My new friend Mamma always wanted to cross in hopes where she use to live her owners would finally be home to let her in.  But it never happened.  I really don’t know what is worse never having a family or having a family that never cared enough to take you with them… But I would play along because maybe her dream would come true. 

But we all knew we had a new person that truly loved us.  But unfortunately she had other pets in the home and they didn’t have enough room for all of us.  She starting searching for the perfect place for us to live and that was Cat Depot!  Mamma’s babies were adopted and now it’s just Mamma and me.  While we are comfortable here, we really want to find a forever home with owners that will play and love us as much as we do them.  Come and meet us and remember the life we have had.  Introduce yourself calmly so we feel comfortable and safe.  If you are right for us we will love you unconditionally making you smile and laugh.  Mamma and I think you are the ones we have been waiting for.  Come see us and say “Let’s Go Home”!!

The lovely lady that took care of these babies and visits them at Cat Depot all the time is Susan Gowell who also wrote this post!

Friday, June 12, 2015

It's summertime! Choosing Non-Toxic Plants for your Balcony, Patio, or Yard

Guest blog post by Nancy Carson, Founder and CEO of Balcony Pets and the 
Apartment Pet Door™   www.balconypets.com 

How many times have you wandered around a nursery looking for plants but worrying about plant toxicity for your cat or dog?  The last thing you want to do is bring something home that would harm your furry family member!

According to the Humane Society, More than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals.
Poisonous plants produce a variety of toxic substances and cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to death.  Certain animal species may have a peculiar vulnerability to a potentially poisonous plant. Cats, for instance, are poisoned by any part of a lily.

Yesterday I was at the nursery on the hunt for plants that were pretty but not toxic to my cats. THIS time, I had my list with me!  I was looking for a climbing vine that wouldn't hurt my greens-loving kitty, Timmy.  Even though I grow lots of kitty grass on the balcony for him (which he loves), he also loves to chew on other plants.

Instead of frantically searching plant names on my iPhone in the bright sunlight, looking up toxicity information, I scanned the sheet of paper I had brought along, one that I printed out from the ....  I now keep this in my glove box in the car.

You can download and print the list at this link:  http://m.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/plants_poisonous_to_pets.html  I  Keep this page in your car so you’ll have it when shopping for plants!

Confident with my list, I found a flowering vine called a 'Snail Vine,' something I had never seen before but it’s beautiful and will grow fast.  Many climbing plants are toxic to pets and this one isn't. It has beautiful purple flowers shaped kind of like snails.  The hummingbirds already approve!

So many flowering plants are dangerous to pets who love to chew on them.  But which ones?   The list is pretty long!

Have a fun, worry-free visit to the nursery or garden store!