Friday, October 30, 2009
PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services) and the Heartworm Project are once again teaming up for the third annual dog walk & reunion. This event will held Saturday, November 7, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia, SC.This year the dog walk has expanded; and the decision was made that a big name was needed to match the big fun!! POOCHAPALOOZA was the perfect fit! The day consists of a one mile dog walk styled poker run with the chance to win fabulous prizes; where a dog and his human walk a preset course stopping at each of the five sponsor checkpoints to receive a playing card. The best poker paw wins! There will also be an auction & dog show starring your pooch with lunch and goodie bag included. Families are welcome, and if you prefer not to bring your own pooch, you can Rent-a-Rescue Rover at the park for a nominal donation! The goal of PAALS and The Heartworm Project for hosting these events is to educate and enlighten the community on both a local and state level about their missions, goals and the unique services provided; as well as communicate the variety needs these nonprofits face and can fulfill. The various costs incurred to raise, train, house, transport and lend service dogs for adults and children with physical disabilities and special needs are as vast as are the costs of saving strays that have treatable medical conditions from being euthanized. “We’re so excited and grateful to be partnering this year with another worthy cause, The Heartworm Project. Both of our groups provide invaluable services in our community and are able to join forces with the help of our sponsors and our volunteers. The word really needs to get out about the differences our loving service dogs have made in the lives of the disabled, as well as the number of pets that have been saved by The Heartworm Project,” said Jen Rogers, Founder and Executive Director of PAALS.
today and then saw it on Facebook...) No Westmuttster this year.
Bummer. DB,Banshee,Snoopy,Ginger and I were looking forward to it! And it's such great PR for the SPCA. Oh,well.
From the Aiken Standard .
SPCA nixes 2009 Westmuttster show
And no Halloween carnival at Odell Weeks, either .....
There is a Halloween costume contest on Newberry st tomorrow at 530 PM (sponsored by PetSmart I think), but I dont dress my girls up in costumes (a bow or bandana, perhaps, but that's it). I just like to give them the chance to socialize with other dogs (and people) .... and we sure are lacking in events around here. Well, maybe once the Aiken dog park opens Dec.12 (and there is supposed to be a grand opening) more will start happening!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.
He said,''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?''The Six-year-old continued,''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
'Animals come into our lives as gifts from God, for companionship, to teach us, and to heal us. They deserve our very best efforts in caring for them'....Dr. Ihor Basko, DVM
"In less than 24 hours, four pet food companies [The Honest Kitchen Pet Food,Wysong Pet Foods,Nature’s Logic Pet Food,Mulligan Stew Pet Food] and one pet treat company [Complete Natural Nutrition] have agreed to participate in Pet Food Recall First Alert Program!
Unbelievable progress in less than one day! My thanks go out to all of you! Please keep sending your letters, telling your friends and family, and if you can write your newspaper and or TV stations please do. The more news about this the better!
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
Susan Thixton Truth about Pet Food Petsumer Report
SpokesPerson for Pet Food Recall First Alert
Monday, October 26, 2009
Susan Thixton Truth about Pet Food Petsumer Report
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
A new photo book details the stories of dogs rescued from streets and shelters and how they learned to give something back. Excerpted from the book To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission by Elise Lufkin, with photographs by Diana Walker.
Book Signing Nov.1, 5-7 PM, the Wilcox Inn (100 Colleton Avenue) to benefit Aiken SPCA. Serena, a local rescue dog who is a complex rated therapy dog will also be there! (Read Serena's story at pg. 8 in the Strays to the Rescue photo essay)
All Proceeds Benefit our Homeless Pets!
Various pet contests include
Handsomest Male, Prettiest Female, Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Person-Pet Combination Costume, and many more. Pet categories: Dogs, Cats, Other (ferrets, hamsters, birds, lizards, and any other type of pet). First place winners in all contests compete in their respective categories for BEST in SHOW. Prizes & ribbons will be awarded. (Small fee to enter contests; discount for entering multiple contests, discount for entering pets adopted from us. Please provide proof of current rabies vaccinations.)FREE Admission, but donations GLADLY accepted!Silent Auction, Raffles, Bake Sale, Vendor Tables, Refreshments, Shirts, Microchip Clinic & lots more.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Mattie the little dog from next door came through the fence at suppertime, played and ran with my girls ... they all play beautifully, the big dogs 'hold back' so Mattie can keep up, she jumps over them and runs under them and they generally have a ball. Someday I may figure out how to work my video camera and get some pictures of the dogs at play.
Getting dark earlier now, kennel the girls around 7 PM. Just time for about an hour run when I get home, soon will be dark when I get home (sigh).
The treatment used by the Holistic Vet Clinic is threefold:
1. The heartworm nosode is used on a declining schedule from daily to weekly over a three month period.
2. A product called Paratox (a homeopathic complex of several remedies) is
given orally or in the drinking water twice daily for 48 days.
3. Diatomaceous earth is fed in moistened food once daily for a month or
Statistics are not available as to what percentage of treated dogs test
negative after 6 months after completion of the treatment, but the percentage
seems to be over 75%.
HeartWorm Free™ by AmberTech alleges it can eliminate the heartworms slowly over a period of time allowing the dog's own immune system to help rid the heartworm from his or her body. Because this canine heartworm treatment works slowly your dog does not need to be confined and can continue to play as he or she normally would (not allowing over exertion such as racing or breeding). According to Amber Tech's studies, it can take 16 to 36 weeks to overcome heartworms with HeartWorm Free™ treatment.
HWF™ Organic Natural Ingredients:
GARLIC - Helps to repel parasites and has antimicrobial properties. Antioxidant, immunostimulant, lowers blood pressure, and overall tonic.
BLACK SEED - An overall tonic herb known for its effects on the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, liver, circulatory, and immune system. Anti-parasitic.
LICORICE - An anti-inflammatory and expectorant, controls coughing and has hormonal and laxative effects. It is further used to prevent liver toxicity and treat tuberculosis and adreno-corticoid insufficiency. Blood cleansing, supports lung tissue, and immunostimulant.
HAWTHORN - Supports and strengthens heart structure and overall heart functions (tonic). Improves coronary circulation, relaxes and dilates arteries, improves blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, antioxidant, nutritive.
HOPS - Used as a diuretic. It is known to be relaxing to the central nervous system, eases tension and anxiety, induces sleep. Tonic for the digestive system, eases irritable bladder syndrome, good for sluggish livers, and cleanses the blood.
SORREL - Diuretic, anti-cancer, laxative. Promotes detoxification and cell regeneration. Contains anti-oxidants, including chlorophyll.
APRICOT PITS - Antitussive, antiasthmatic, demulcent. Contain small amounts of natural occurring cyanide.
GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT - Anti-microbial activity against viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Also rids the body of microscopic parasites.
FLAVORINGS - To make the product more palatable.
ALCOHOL - Intensifies the herbs in the HWF™ tincture while acting as a natural preservative.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Treat an Old Dog
Through October 31!
Below are six dogs currently being helped by Grey Muzzle funding. Make a donation in honor of the dog that captures your heart.
We'll donate a comfy cozy new bed "treat" to two of these dogs:
- The dog with the most dollars in donations
- The dog with the highest number of donations.
Make even a small donation now, get your friends to help, and send your favorite oldster a restful treat for Halloween. We'll tally the results on October 31 so don't wait!
Click here for more details!
We are not a shelter or rescue group. Rather, Grey Muzzle funds programs such as hospice care, senior dog adoption, medical screening, and other special programs to help old dogs at animal welfare organizations across the country. Distributed through grants, all funds are provided through our fundraising efforts and the generosity of public donations.
The Grey Muzzle Organization provides funding for senior dog programs nationwide. Below you'll find a state-by-state list of the organizations that we've approved for funding, as well as other interesting organizations in the area
How to apply for a Grey Muzzle grant
Current grantees and projects
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
List of high quality pet food that contain ethoxyquin. (TOTW and all Diamond foods including Natural Balance contain it.) Wellness does not *(I emailed Wellness myself).
Leash). Be sure to read the comments!
Here's a link to it:
Saturday, October 17, 2009
The Blessing of the Animals at Our Savior Episcopal (Trenton SC) was a great success this year! The yearly event is sponsored by All God's Creatures, click here for photos. Here are some photos of 'my gang' ....
the first one is me, reading Genesis 20-25 (accompanied by Banshee and DB.) "20And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 22And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.23And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. 24And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good."
More photos in the next post!