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I was shocked by that first photo, because the eco…

I was shocked by that first photo, because the economy is really improving, so I actually went on Zillow and searched for foreclosure and pre-foreclosure homes in Oakland, and there were plenty (over a 100) but not nearly as many as your visual seems to show? What am I missing? In my neighborhood in Oakland (not a great neighborhood, definitely not the toughest), houses are almost back to early 2008 values now and foreclosures are way down from where they were a few years ago.

Regardless, it is still a sad reality that many dogowners are forced to give up their beautiful dogs involuntarily when they lose their home, and I strongly support providing dog owners (rich and poor!) with as much support as possible. Thanks for all your hard work.
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Update

We got the results last week – it was a grade 1 tumour that hadn’t spread to her lymph node.  So it was the best we could have hoped for. We did not get clean margins (as expected) and it has a 12% chance of returning.  If that happens, we’ll have to decide what to do then.  Our options would be to do radiation, remove the tumour again or take the whole leg.  We aren’t going to worry about it unless it happens.

We went back this week for a bandage change and a recheck on the skin graft.  It’s looking good.  She thinks it is still all alive.  :)

For the most part Lacey is doing well.  She isn’t going too stir crazy, she doesn’t pout in the cone and when I take it off, she doesn’t lick at her bandages much. The stitches on her flank look fantastic and the ones from her lymph node are also doing OK.  She’ll be in a cone for about another 1.5 weeks and then we’ll get the stitches removed and she’ll be able to go back to life as usual.

That’s pretty much it. Life is feeling rather dull at the moment!
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CAT TOY WARNING… Crunchy Foil Balls Made by Go!CatGo! Contain Unknown Yellow Chemical

A yelCRUNCHY BALL YELLOW ON TOWELlow chemical or substance is bleeding from the foil balls and causing cats’ mouths and gums to turn yellow… but the balls are purple and green; so, what is it?   I can’t seem to find out because no one has returned my calls from the company!!! Has this happened to your kitty?  Did I mention the balls have such an awful taste?

On the day I became a kitty mommy, a little foil crunchy ball also came home with us… and for 12 years, I’ve been purchasing various sizes of crunchy foil balls.  They are one of the very few toys my furry baby has played with… ever!  My fiancé jokes how he uses them to floss, as Simon would eat a few bites then floss, eat a little more and floss his teeth again by crunching.  And that was his routine throughout the day, every day!

Needless to say, there has always been a lot of crunchy balls around my house and plenty of extras in the cabinets when a ball needs to be replaced.

On one occasion, dye from a green ball ran.  From that point forward, as bizarre as this may sound, before giving Simon a new ball, I licked each one as a test… don’t ask me why I didn’t just run it under water; I’m trying to think back if there was a reason for that weirdness!

My kitty has been very ill, but recently showed interest in a new ball… wooohooo!!!  With great excitement, I handed it to Simon, hoping to see him begin crunching away.  But he made a face… and I saw his mouth was yellow.  In disbelief that I hadn’t licked it first… I put it to my mouth and — blech!!!  I still taste that horrible mouthful of — chemicals is only way to describe it!  I flushed my kitty’s mouth and wiped the yellow coloring off of his gums, teeth, tongue and “tried” to swab the roof of his mouth.  If anyone has a suggestion to accomplish that… please do share!

Having read about this some time ago… unfortunately, this happened to another kitty and it underwent numerous tests to determine why his mouth suddenly turned yellow…. thankfully, I was aware and knew exactly what it was.   (And my lick test confirmed it.)   I still can’t rid my mouth of the horrible taste!!!

Please tacrunchy ball frontcrunchy ball backke a look at the photos inserted in this blog and view this video to see exactly what I am describing, sans the yellow mouth!  Remember, don’t panic if your pet’s gums, teeth, mouth, and even their paws suddenly turn yellow… first see if they have a crunchy ball that’s bleeding.  Whether the substance is toxic, I cannot answer that because I am still trying to ascertain what it is…  but will provide that info upon receipt.  If there’s no crunchy ball… I’d call the vet immediately, and internally, I, too, would be panicking!!!

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Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

Lori
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2015 Pet Sitting Business of the Year, Recipient – Awarded by NAPPS

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Soybean integrated pest management continues

Soybean integrated pest management continues
BATON ROUGE – LSU AgCenter entomologists are evaluating integrated pest management programs that crop consultants and farmers use to control pests in soybeans across the state. The project evaluates the tools growers are currently using and …
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School integrated pest management training set July 28 in Dallas
“All Texas public school districts must have an integrated pest management program and must appoint and train a pest management coordinator to oversee all pesticide and pest control operations,” said Janet Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service …
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#TruLoveIs Fresh Summer Food #Spon

This post is sponsored by Wellness. As always, we only share products that we use with our own pets. I love summer. It’s my favorite season for all the usual reasons: long days, outdoor fun,…



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DR. DONNA ON HALO’S VIGOR™ PET FOOD

Halo Pets’ in-house vet, Dr. Donna Spector, introduces Halo’s brand, Vigor™. Vigor is a way that Halo is helping health conscious pet owners include their pet in a healthy whole food lifestyle.

Watch the video to learn more about Vigor and its health benefits.

Learn more about Halo Pet’s Vigor™ natural pet food.

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Nothing Much

Not much is new or different….

Lacey’s fur has almost all grown back in on her back leg.  She has a small hard lump at the top of her skin graft that I’ve been telling myself is scar tissue.  It hasn’t changed in size at all so we are just keeping an eye on it for now.

Coulee is still on a restricted exercise diet.  Everything other than a 15 minute walk makes her stiff so we just go every few days for about 30 minutes or so.  We don’t play any fetch at all anymore but will occasionally engage in a game of catch.  It isn’t quite the same, but she still enjoys it.

I’m enjoying my summer off from photographing events.  Every time I see an agility photo I just smile and am thankful that I’m not spending weeks at the computer this summer.  I am however increasing my photography rates and sent my clients a notice about that, so I’m suddenly booking lots of sessions before the rates go up.  LOL

We have not been out camping nearly as much as I’d hoped yet, but we still have lots of time. We are still trying to figure out our summer vacation…  We can’t decide what to do or where to go but we are brainstorming ideas.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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The tale of two box turtles and what they tell us about dogs and wolves

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I keep running into this female Eastern box turtle when I am out and about. She is usually out looking for a place to lay her eggs, and because I know that her particular subspecies could become threatened in the near future, I don’t even touch her.

At one time in my life, I would have taken her home. Most rural children in my part of the world collect box turtles during the early summer and try to make pets out of them.

The truth is that this subspecies, the Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina), actually makes a terrible pet. They become deeply attached to their home range, and taking them from their home ranges stresses them so much that they become susceptible to disease and parasites.

The Eastern box turtle is a subspecies of the common North American box turtle, which used to range up into Eastern Canada as well as most of the Midwestern and Eastern US.  We know only about its range in Canada from remains that have been dated to the sixteenth century, but now it is experiencing lots of problems in its range in the US. In the neighboring state of Ohio, it is a “Species of Concern,” but it is still pretty common here. I’ve seen little, tiny hatchling box turtles that aren’t much bigger than a quarter, but these little turtles aren’t maturing many parts of their range.

So I don’t recommend that anyone keep pet Eastern box turtles, especially those from wild populations. Many states ban the practice now.

Even if you have a box turtle as a pet, it requires a large enclosure, a high protein diet, and relatively high humidity.

But not all box turtles subspecies have the same problem with attachment to their home ranges than the Eastern subspecies has.

In the South-Central US. there is another subspecies of the common North American box turtle, which is called the three-toed box turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis). I first saw these turtles at a pet store in Vienna, West Virginia, and I was amazed at how much they looked like the native subspecies. The main difference was they were mostly chocolate-brown in color and had three-toes on their back feet.

three-toed box turtle

I didn’t know at the time, but these three-toed box turtles were being offered as pets simply because they were found to be much better suited to captivity than the Eastern subspecies. They still require the humidity, the large enclosure, and the high protein diet.

However, they aren’t as greatly stressed from being removed from their native ranges, and as a result they are much better able to adapt to captive conditions.

When a three-toed box turtle is released into my part of the world, they often cross with Eastern box turtles. I have often suspected that the Eastern one at the top of this page might be a hybrid, simply because she lacks the extensive yellow markings on the head.

But that could simply be a variation in the Eastern subspecies.

Whatever the story of these two box turtles is I think they can tell us a lot about how to think of wolves and dogs.

Modern wolves are very difficult to domesticate, and they make terrible pets. Dogs, of course, do very well in the human environment.

Just like the box turtles, there are minor morphological differences between wolves and the less exaggerated breeds of domestic dog.

And when given the opportunity, dogs and wolves exchange genes.

I do not know how much DNA Eastern and three-toed box turtles share. My guess is they share far less than dogs and wolves do, simply because dogs and wolves are a highly mobile, relatively large species and species with those characteristics tend to have less diversity as a species. Regional box turtle populations are going to show greater distinctiveness than a wolf or dog population when compared to the entire species.

My guess is that the split between the two subspecies happened earlier than the split between dogs and wolves, too. T

But it’s not controversial that Eastern and three-toed box turtles are just separate subspecies. However, saying the same about dogs and wolves tends to launch people. That’s because there are political and sociological reasons for classifying dogs as a separate species from the wolf, which you can’t say about the two subspecies of box turtle.

But if we’re willing to say that these two box turtles are part of a single species, what level of mental gymnastics are we willing to engage in to keep wolves and dogs separate species?

I know the answer to that question, I’m afraid.


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‘Ours’ after two months

Some of you have kindly asked how ‘Ours’ = Bear (pronounced Orse) my newly adopted dog is coming along. Well here he is after two months here – he loves the garden, he plays BUT he is still terrified of any visitor and lives in fear of the someone coming through the front gate. But there is progress – and of course I’m in love!
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