Tuesday, November 21, 2017


When cold weather hits, feral cats suffer—and unfortunately there are just too many feral cats for all of them to find safe, warm forever homes. Spaying, neutering, and cat adoption are critical to solving the problem long term, but many cat lovers take the extra step of buying or building outdoor winter shelters for the feral cats in their neighborhood. Check out these winter shelters for feral cats, and get inspired to make a homeless cat’s life more comfortable and safe this winter.


The folks at Bushwick Street Cats help further their mission to serve the feral cat population by teaching people how to make winter shelters out of a plastic storage bin and a flowerpot. Check out the DIY instructions


For very cold conditions, Neighborhood Cats has a DIY guide to create an ultra-warm shelter out of Styrofoam and linoleum tiles. Latex deck paint makes it cheerful-looking while sealing out the elements. See how to make one.


Give feral cats an outdoor shelter—in style! If you’re up for a more serious carpentry project, this A-frame made from recycled pallets will keep feral cats safe from the elements while looking great in your yard. (Note—you’ll have to add insulation to make this shelter suitable for outdoor cats in the winter.) See how on Pinterest.


A jumbo-sized clear plastic bin is the foundation for this winter cat shelter. Loaded up with straw for insulation, this shelter will ensure cozy days and nights for your neighborhood feral cats. See how it’s done.


Instead of tossing the cooler in the basement once beach season is over, why not convert it into a winter home for feral cats? (Hint: cat shelter experts suggest using straw instead of blankets for extra warmth and water-resistance.) Get step-by-step instructions.

For a look at all the wonderful ideas for feral cat shelters, go to: https://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/clearing-the-air/2016/02/10-awesome-winter-shelters-for-feral-cats/

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Flying with a pet for free is easier than you think


MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Forget a lack of leg room, the next time you fly you might have to share part of your row with a large dog or even a farm animal.

Those in the airline industry say the cabins are getting crowded with companion pets and say most of the people bringing them on board don't really need them.

"Dogs, we've seen monkeys, we`ve seen birds. There was a turkey on a delta flight once before," said Eric Goldman.

Passengers haven't been shy about sharing pictures of some of the emotional pets  on board.   There is even a hash tag on Twitter #ESAoftheday.

Eric Goldman travels about once a week for work and is one of those who has been documenting the ESA's.

Goldman has a pet allergy and says it appears animals have more rights than humans.

"The rules are the dog has to sit at the feet of the passenger in their space.  So, a lot of these dogs are intruding in other passengers area as well as being out in the aisle and getting in the way of the flight attendants," said Goldmann.

The Associations of Flight Attendants has noticed the increase in furry and feathered over the last few years.

"Noah's ark on our planes that is what we are hearing and flight attendants are saying it's out of control out there, " said Sara Nelson.
So much so, union president Sara Nelson says it's become a safety issue.

" Flight attendants have had to de-escalate more than ever before with conflict between passengers and this is one more irritant, "  said Nelson.

Thanks to the Air Carrier Access Act anyone can fly with an emotional support animals for free.   You just need a letter from a licensed medical professional.

As we found out it easier than you think.

We were also able to buy a service dog vest off Amazon-- no questions asked.

"It really is frustrating for us because we have had to work so hard for this," said Melissa Essary.

A couple of years ago Melissa and Brad Essary got a service dog from the group 'Retrieving Freedom' for their son Korben who has autism.

Jet keeps Korben from running off and calms him down when he has a meltdown.

"Training is very extensive for every single dog and of course Jet went through it  like a year and then not only him,  but we had to get through training," said Brad Essary.

The couple says the fake service animals are making it harder for people with legitimate service dogs to be accepted in public.

"It's not fair for people to try to take advantage of that and get a free ride," said Melissa Essary

Monday, November 13, 2017

Making Treats With Your Dog

Making Treats With Your Dog

If you are looking for instructions on how to make the perfect treats for your dog...this is not the article for you! If you want a good laugh and want to see my first attempt at this machine, stay with me!

  I was recently on an overnight with two of my favorite clients. We were looking for something fun to do when I looked down and saw Penny showing me this instruction book. You see, Penny is very food motivated much like myself and I knew I would love whatever she picked out because I knew it would involve food!

What a genius idea!! Let's see what Lexi has to say!

 Aunt Mary...I love all the cute little shapes! Look...there is a fire hydrant shape! Makes me want to go outside first.....pleeeeze??

 Okay girls....get ready to help me...man your stations!

We have to use only the finest ingredients and they need to be dog friendly. No chocolate chips will be in these cookies but look what we do have.....

Oatmeal is great for dogs! We will also use wheat flour, applesauce, olive oil and water.  Penny wants to add whatever is in the fridge but I talked her out of it!

Lexi is waiting patiently for the machine to heat up as I try to pour the batter in the molds. I did discover that I needed more water than what I had and that a squeeze bottle would be much  better than the spoon I was using. Of course, licking the spoon wouldn't happen if I had a bottle and the girls loved licking the spoon!

Ms. Penny is always anxious when there is food around but even she got tired of waiting for the cookies to cook. She decided to lay down and stare at me like she always does when there is food around!

The time had come for all of us to taste the finished product. Lexi went first and she ate it without a hitch. Penny was next and she gulped it down. (That is normal for her).  I decided to try it myself. Hmmm...not too bad but I didn't enjoy them as much as the girls did. I would have liked to use artificial sweetner but that's not good for dogs. Heck...it's not good for us either!

So this is what they looked like. As I said before, a squeeze bottle would have worked much better. They were soft and not as hard as I thought they would be. The girls still loved them but they pretty much love everything! All in all, it was a good time for the three of us this evening....I think I will try a different recipe next time.....hmmm....do they make dog friendly chocolate chips???

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