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Passion to Give

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I know many people who are so passionate about dogs. They volunteer countless hours for dog rescues and shelters. What a blessing it is to have people like that in our world. Im am not just talking about these people but also the people that are passionate about world hunger, or drunk driving, rain forests or whatever it may be. There is not enough time to be able to actively work on all these things, thats what makes it so great that there are people out there doing something for what they feel passionate for.

Whatever your personal beliefs are, I dont think anyone can dispute that you just feel better when you are doing something to make a difference. It makes your life feel worth while. I am greatful to these people for making our world a better place for me, for my kids, and my animals. I hope that I am doing my part. I dont want to sit along the side lines wishing something was different. Lets get off our rear ends and do something about it!

Some of us our in positions in our lives where we may not have the time to do all we would like. Lets not have that as an excuse for doing nothing. There is always something we can be doing and maybe there will be a time when we can give more. The rewards are there if its 10min or 10hrs. The important thing is that we act.

How do I make sure I buy a healthy puppy?

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

This is a question I wish people would take more seriously when purchasing a puppy. Its crazy to think that it wouldnt be the highest priority when buying a puppy. Maybe people dont understand that all dogs are not the same. Some puppies have been so carefully breed that the odds are very high the pup will grow to a healthy dog and live a long healthy life, while other puppies are a time bomb just waiting for the irresponsible breeding to catch up to them. Im not saying that your puppy wont have any health problems but your odds increase dramatically that he/she will have a long full life if you buy from a reputable breeder.
So, how do you do it? I commented some on this in my last post but started thinking how important this really is and how little people seem to know about it. There are all kinds of breeders out there, unfortunately the majority of them are either just trying to make some money(puppy mills) or do not understand the importance of health checking before they breed their “best dog in the whole world” who (unknown to the owner) has a bad heart and hips, or other genetic problem. I dont blame these owners, they love their dog and probably have friends or family that love it as well and want one just like him/her so they decide to try for puppies. Most dont think that maybe there are some genetic issues to worry about…but now you do!
If testing hasnt beed done, dont buy the dog! Ask if the parents have been halter tested (heart test) and what were the results. For the larger breeds, ask if the parents have been tested for hip dysplasia. Do research on the breed you are looking at and see what type of genetic problems that breed is prone to and make sure the breeder has tested the parents for that condition.
All these tests are not cheap, so often these puppies will be more expensive than what you might find in the Sunday paper, but say its 3 to 4 hundred dollars more, isnt that worth 3 to 4 more years (or more) with your best friend? Not to mention the hundreds if not thousands of dollars you will save in vet bills? To me its a no brainer so Im not sure why so many puppies are sold by the puppy mills and backyard breeders. I truely think its just an education issue and hopefully the message can get out there. I want you and your dog to have the best experience possible for as long as possible. Be careful out there!

Dog Soup

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Combine 1 chicken liver, 1 giblet, 1 chicken heart, 1 chicken neck, 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley.

Cover and simmer until the giblet is tender.

Chop all the meat for dogs removing bones and mix with kibble; for cats, you may want to grind the meat in the blender.

As a pet owner, no doubt you want to give your dog or cat the best care possible. And caring for your pet means feeding him the best diet you can.

Animals, because they are color blind, choose their foods by smell. Most dogs like gamey flavors best, as well as liver, fat, garlic, onions, horsemeat, lamb, beef, cheese and fish. Cats enjoy chicken,liver, fish, turkey, lamb, and yeast, and prefer fresh to aged flavors.

Remember that cats are fussy eaters and it is not wise to continually feed them their favorite foods. Soon they will refuse to eat anything else; it is your job to see your cat has a balanced diet.

Animals do not need salt added to their diet as the natural salt in the food is enough for them.

Dogs may eat any vegetable they want, but cats should not have any starchy veggies, like peas and corn. Some dogs and cats even enjoy fruits!

It’s a good idea to always add a grain, such as Kibble, wheat germ, cooked oatmeal or whole wheat bread to meat dinners. For dogs use 75% carbohydrate foods (grains and vegetables) to 25% meat;for cats use half carbohydrate foods to half meat.

You will find, once you begin making your own pet foods, that it is really relatively simple and you will save some money as well. remember that all pet foods should be served at room temperature;don’t serve food cold from the refrigerator nor hot from the stove.

Incidentally, you should know that cats should be fed three times a day, while an adult dog needs only one meal a day.