October Golden Poodle awards

The Golden Poodle award goes to Houdini, the Australian Shepherd dog who not only was able to open two doors to escape from the humane society, but while he was free, he also demonstrated his marketing skills by charming a human into adopting him. Well played, Houdini, well played. The Lizard Brain award goes to…
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How many kitties does Teresa really have?

I’ve spent a lot of time this week at parties and music gatherings with my friends and the No. 1 question people always ask is, How many cats do you have?

Well, I never tell the number any more because people who don’t have pets or who only have one or two freak out to hear of any more than three, and I DO have more than three! I do rescue work with the help of a friend who owns a cat clinic and I have a $ 600 per month holistic pet food and litter bill, need I say more? There are CATS in my house … along with electric catboxes. It’s tidy and clean and most people come in and say, Gee, you can’t really tell you have cats here. So there!

The take-home message that surfaced was really that I need to help people understand rescue, so I steer the conversation to what kind of rescue work I do. One friend (who has gossiped about my kitties) said she didn’t even know that I did rescue! The nature of rescue is that you take in special needs kitties, get them better or socialized or whatever, and adopt them out.

So I talk not about the “numbers” but about the “work” and the “quality”, you know, like, two months ago someone brought me a little kitten that someone had locked in a carrier and thrown away in a dumpster, and I’m helping that kitten to calm down and be ready for adoption… and right before Thanksgiving, a sick cat went up a very tall tree and was stuck there for a week before the fire department came and shot it out of the tree with a high-powered firehose. (Don’t worry, they caught him in a net!). THAT kitty is doing much better and will be adopted out probably after the first of the year.

It makes for a much healthier, less gossipy kind of conversation.
A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Pet of the Week: Simba's 'mane' returning after flea treatment

Pet of the Week: Simba's 'mane' returning after flea treatment
Pet of the Week: Simba's 'mane' returning after flea treatment. Sunday News. Updated Oct 21, 2013 08:51. Lancaster. Simba, 2, is a handsome little lion waiting adoption. Related Topics. Pet of the week (350) · potw (34). Originally Published Oct 20
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Minneapolis ban lifted, but few flea markets hop to it
Flamingos and the Cabooze Music Club were the only two businesses in Minneapolis to apply for and be granted flea market licenses this summer despite the recent legalization, said Patrick Hilden, a city district supervisor for business licensing. “It
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What Constitutes Too Many Dog Accessories?

Today we have a special guest post brought to you by Collars and Tags. At a time when many of us are dressing our dogs for Halloween, this is a great topic to consider: what constitutes too many dog…



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Fan or Follower of Christ By Michaelle Bragassa-Holman {Guest Article}

Fan or Follower of Christ By Michaelle Bragassa-Holman What is a Christian? Does it simply mean that you believe in God? Do you make it a point to go to church on a Sunday morning? Do you take the time to pray at some point during the day? The word Christian in our modern society…



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Female Pacific Coast Tick

Check out these Tick images:

Female Pacific Coast Tick
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The Pacific Coast Tick is a three host tick which commonly feeds on rodents, especially squirrels, as subadults, and on cattle, horses, deer, and humans as adults. This is one of the most widely distributed ticks in California. It is found throughout the state except for the very dry regions of the central valley and the southeastern desert region.The only other areas it has been collected in are Oregon and Baja, Mexico (Furman and Loomis 1984).

Deer Tick at Newport Blues Cafe 7-28-2013
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Deer Tick after party (night 3 of 3) at the Newport Blues Cafe, following the 2013 Newport Folk Festival

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I had a moment

I had a moment. I admit it. A moment of just sheer utter sad, thinking on the amount of death and loss and unpleasantness that’s been floating about lately.

I thought of my daughter’s poetry book, which she started after Kekoa died to work through her grief. Just as she was finishing up with it, now she writes about Apollo.

I thought about the little shadow in the background that used to flit about.

I thought about the happiness certain things bring me and the kids.

I thought about the things that my life center around, my life’s work, and before you knew it I had driven somewhere I wasn’t planning on going, and walked somewhere I wasn’t planning on walking, and signed something I wasn’t planning on signing.

I thought I wouldn’t do this, but I did.

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This is Penelope. She is outgoing and awesome and I love her very much already.

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 I thought that might happen.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Book Review ~ For Every Season: Book Three in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series by Cindy Woodsmall

Title: For Every Season: Book Three in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Publish Date: August 20, 2013

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Nice Topical photos

Some cool Topical images:

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Viscotears Liquid Gel

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“So did you see that new Radiohead video with Thom Yorke dancing like he’s having a seizure?”
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Practical Nutritional Advice for Dogs

There are lots of myths out there about feeding our dogs. I’ve had many conversations with clients, breeders, trainers, and veterinarians about the best way to feed our domesticated predators. You probably are reading this, hoping that I can shed light on the many confusing perspectives in canine nutrition. Besides, I’m a veterinarian that has been in practice for over thirty years and considers nutrition to be one of the best tools we have to treat or prevent medical problems. The truth is that there are more questions than answers, but I’ll go over the most important things that I have learned.

What I have learned over the past ten years is that some individual dogs need different ingredients for better health and food allergies are far more common than I used to think.  Itchy skin, ear infections, nausea (eating grass and vomiting), diarrhea, and even seizures can be a sign that something in the food does not agree with your pet. Every dog can have the occasional itch, nausea, vomiting, or the runs from eating something they are not used to or allergic to. However, when the symptoms occur too frequently, or just don’t go away after treatment, then I always question if the ingredients may play a part. Many dogs are allergic to wheat, barley, or corn. Others may not tolerate beef or chicken in commercial dog food. Some dogs may be sensitive to additives or preservatives.

If your dog is suspected of having a food allergy, then you can try a limited ingredient diet. Taste of the Wild or its Kirkland alternative, salmon and potato diet has helped many dogs in my practice. Natural Balance limited ingredients also has duck/potato or fish potato that help others. Remember if you feed a healthier dog food; don’t forget to avoid treats containing the most common allergen wheat gluten. I have used baby carrots, sliced chicken or turkey hotdogs , or cooked and diced chicken as treats for training.

Don’t worry too much about adding healthy “human food” to a dog’s diet. If you want your dog to have a better coat, then you can add ingredients that contain healthy oils. For example, you may add olive oil(1 tbsp), fish oil capsules(1-2), an egg, raw or cooked chicken(4-8oz), canned herring(6-12 oz), or sardines(1 tin)to the diet. (Always try a small amount for a day or two to make sure that your pet can tolerate the ingredient!)The healthiest ingredients for dogs are meat, organ meat, fish, and eggs. Surprised grain or rice isn’t on the list? The ancestor of the dog rarely ate a helping of wheat, rice, barley, or corn. That is why those ingredients may be the most troublesome! (Beware: Many biscuits, dental chews, and pill pockets are wheat gluten based)

If you want your dog to lose a few pounds then you have to limit the amount of dry food. You can feed half as much dry food as usual and soak the remainder with warm water or combine with the same amount of green beans. You’ve just cut the calories in half! Canned food also has less calories then dry food and is just as nutritious. By the way, dry food probably does little for tartar. Dogs usually eat it way too fast! I recommend raw meaty bones or frozen chicken wings or thighs for dental health and joint nutrition. Baked and barbecued bones can be dangerous and dogs need to chew, not swallow larger bones. For dogs that like to gnaw on things, it’s a perfect way to keep teeth clean. I feed my dogs  raw chicken wings or thighs every week. Yes…a vet said that!

If you want more information about feeding your dog, home cooking for your dog, or figuring out what your dog is allergic to, check out my website and books. http://dogdishdiet.com/order-now

While you’re on  the website, be sure to download my free PDF, “ Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies” .In the download, I talk about common problems and over-the-counter medications that you can use!

Remember, health starts in the bowl!

Greg Martinez DVM

Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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