Monthly Archives: September 2012

Wallace’s bucket list

Sweet Wallace has a bucket list… perhaps you can help make some of his dreams come true…Roo and Clara do not know how long he has to live since he was diagnosed with cancer but plan on his quality of life as their most important priority…

excerpt from book:

http://www.parade.com/news/2012/09/30-wallace-jim-gorant-excerpt.html

how to help

https://www.facebook.com/notes/wallace-the-pit-bull/how-to-help/10151181572582733

 

 

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Joint health for dogs

Had  a power outtage the other day then computer issues so have been behind in my blog posts this week.

 

Since I was told that Cici had a bit of arthritis, I have tried different supplements for her. When given the opportunity to try these Blue Label Glucosamine and Chondroitin treats, thought it would be a good idea. Cici LOVES the  soft chewable INhancer Hip & Joint Supplements.  She thinks that they are cookies and scarfs them up which is nice since they are supplements that are good for her.  Just use the nuggets as you would regular treats. No muss, no fuss, no disguising or having to put in a hot dog or a piece of cheese.

More info:

A daily nutritional supplement to provide dogs with the live enzymes, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that they require to enhance their immune system and to help keep their coat and skin in top condition. INhancer™ joint protection supplement is for high activity and older dogs: A daily nutritional supplement containing Glucosamine and Chondroitin from Shark which helps to maintain the elasticity of healthy joints in high activity dogs and helps to relieve the pain and rebuild the joints of older arthritic dogs.  For dogs with food allergies and sensitive stomachs. No corn and wheat.   100% human grade chondroitin and glucosamine. INhancer™ comes in the form of a soft nugget that dogs take as a treat. Chicken Flavor.  One nugget daily for each 10 pounds of the dog’s weight.

 

Ingredients:  Lecithin, Rice Bran, Oatmeal, Flaxseed, White Rice Flour, Chicken, Cod Liver Oil, Powdered Cane Molasses, Dried Eggs, Glycerin, Carrot, Celery, Beet, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Wheat Germ, Calcium Carbonate. Vitamin Supplements: Riboflavin, A, D3, E, B1, B12.
·  Vitamin A, an antioxidant, is a prime necessity for the immune system and overall pet health.  
·  Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, which plays an essential role in pet health and protection from damage of all cells.
·  Vitamin B5  is necessary to produce coenzyme-A and helps dogs to metabolize proteins,carbohydrates and fats.
·  Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) helps produce antibodies and red blood cells.
·  Vitamin B12 is essential for proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.
·  Calcium helps build bones and aids normal blood clotting.
·  Phosphorous is critical for the growth and maintenance of the skeleton.
·  Choline is sourced from lecithin, and helps build cells and nerve tissue.
·  Folic Acid helps produce red blood cells, build antibodies, and helps the growth and division of cells.
·  Iron promotes the utilization of oxygen 
·  Manganese improves the utilization of the B-complex vitamins and vitamin E.
·  Omega Fatty Acids produce healthy cell membranes, contribute to healthy brain and nerve cell development, fortify the immune system and are specifically helpful with skin disorders.  
· Selenium works in conjunction with Vitamin E to increase antibody production in response to antigens.
IN supplements are never cooked. Through their unique cold process, ALC INovators has found a way to produce supplements that maintain the integrity of their ingredients while also taking the form of a soft nugget that dogs take as a treat.

 http://www.inpetsupplements.com/supplement-dogs.php?cid=4

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Hershey’s law and Free Memphis

brilliant end BSL video…

D-Boy, the dog that took bullets to save his family.

Roberta Trawick was sitting on her couch in her Oklahoma City home in 2009 when an armed intruder busted through her front door and told her to get on the ground. Her 2-year-old pit bull

, D-Boy, then came charging into the room after the intruder, who fired multiple times, hitting D-Boy three times — including two shots to the head — but the dog continued to run after him. The intruder, apparently spooked, fled.“That dog saved my life and my family,’ said Trawick. “Without D-Boy, that guy could have shot me and my family.” The Trawicks had rescued the pit bull from an abusive home just three months before the break-in.Generous people helped pay D-Boy’s Vet bills. He recovered and his owner did not have to worry about paying for his bill.
URGENT: TAKE ACTION TO FREE MEMPHIS 
this is a Lennox type Belfast city Council type situation…
The welfare of Memphis should truly be the ultimate goal. There is absolutely no valid or legal reason why Memphis should remain in the shelter one more day or a secret location within the control of the town at taxpayer expense when a highly qualified, loving, experienced, breed savvy family is pleading with the township to bring Memphis back home forever.Allowing Jeff and Diana Coltenback to adopt Memphis is the ultimate win-win situation for everyone—for the taxpayers, for the town, for the Coltenbacks and most importantly, for Memphis.
 
Bloomfield, NJ Town Council Meeting tonight at 6:30….there is less than 6 hours to reach out to the council members.
Send polite email message to Mayor and Council asap… thanks.
bernardham@onebox.com, echalet@bloomfieldtwpnj.com, njoanow@bloomfieldtwpnj.com, cbernard@bloomfieldtwpnj.com, pdunigan@bloomfieldtwpnj.com, mvenezia@bloomfieldtwpnj.com, rbrown@bloomfieldtwpnj.com
Mayor Raymond J. McCarthy
Room: 209- 2nd. Floor,Municipal Building
1 Municipal Plaza
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Rosemary Brown, Secretary
Email: rbrown@bloomfieldtwpnj.com
Phone (973) 680-4080
FAX (973) 680-4040

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Dogs and birds and shuttle, oh my

Does your dog ever do weird or strange things?

Occasionally, Cici will run around the house barking for no discernible reason (today and yesterday afternoon). In the yard, too.

In the too smart for her own good category, lately, she stands by the glass door to the yard waiting for me to open the door for her.  Except when I get up to do so, she runs back to the chair I was sitting on and jumps up on it (her throne). She pretends to need to go out just to get me off “her” chair. Smart dog.

The other day I noticed a dead pigeon in our yard. I thought that Cici ate it and was all worried about it. All that was left of it was its wings. Turns out, we now think, a cat or hawk dropped the dead bird in our yard. Cici was sniffing at it but she did NOT eat it. Good dog.

She jumped in a UPS truck the other day for treats (the really nice driver lady stopped just for Cici) and she did not want to get out. What a great idea… a neighborhood treat truck for dogs.

what do you think of our new look?

Cici did not try to jump up to see the shuttle but this is a cool photo in the hood…

KSBW Producer Cassady Evers shot this cool photo of the shuttle flying over the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/monterey/Space-shuttle-Endeavour-swoops-over-Santa-Cruz-Monterey/-/5738820/16692046/-/8d32ayz/-/index.html#

Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code

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Chew on

Dog toys keep your dog occupied when you’re not around, and provide an outlet for energy and teach your dog and entertainment. Interactive dog toys with treats let dogs solve problems on their own and keep the mind and paws and mouth busy.

the Dog Miracle Puzzle from Nina Ottosson. This durable, cleverly constructed puzzle lets dogs seek out concealed treats by trying to move, lift or push aside durable, stackable bricks with their paw or nose. By changing the placement of the puzzle bricks and where the treats are concealed, pet parents can decide how difficult the game is going to be. The number of ways the bricks and hidden treats can be rearranged is virtually endless!

http://www.companyofanimals.us/products/toys-and-games/nina-ottosson-games/nina-ottosson-interactive-plastic-toy-dog-miracle

Cici was all gung ho for finding treats and eating them. She tore the bricks apart looking for them. Then she started chewing on the plastic bricks and I had to take the game away from her. Thankfully, I was there to supervise her. I would NOT advise leaving this toy alone with your dog for any length of time in case your dog enjoys chewing plastic (or anything she can get her paws/teeth on) as much as Cici does.

Star Spinner by Kyjen

Dog games develop cognitive ability in a fun way.

Enrichment toys were first implemented in zoos to eliminate boredom of captive animals. Every well-balanced animal needs stimulation and enrichment. Among the methods used to create stimulating environments are food puzzles. They encourage animals to interact with their surroundings while foraging for food. This allows them to use natural instincts that would help them survive in the wild…

http://www.kyjen.com/puzzle/

Again, Cici looked for the treats, was able to find them and within 2 minutes, she was done. There was no challenge for her. Maybe she has a mouth that just wants to chew and lick all of the time. Obsessed.  Her mouth keeps going and going and going.

I think the best “toys” for Cici are ones she can chew on…

and we finally found something safe she can chew on for hours and that lasts and lasts and lasts…  we tried Himalayan chews and she ate one in 10 minutes. I usually freeze soup bones but worry about her chomping off sharp pieces and swallowing them.  the antler does not do any of that. The antler does not break apart easily nor splinter.

The antlers are best for dogs that love to chew and aren’t picky…they keep your dog busy and out of trouble and will help to keep her teeth clean. The antler dog chews come right out of nature and are completely unprocessed.

  • Long-Lasting: Antler chews are long-lasting. They last much longer than bully sticks or chews made of compacted starch or rawhide.
  • Safe chewing: Deer antlers for dogs are much less likely to chip or splinter when they are being chewed than processed bones. The chewing action grinds the antler chew down slowly.
  • Healthy: Chew antlers contain many beneficial nutrients and nothing artificial.

  • Odor-Free: Antlers have virtually no odor or residue to get on your carpet or furniture.

  • Variety: Antler chews vary in shape, thickness and color. A benefit of purchasing multiple antlers for your dog is that no two are alike and your dog will enjoy the variety in his chews.
  • Antlers from Pet Expertise are the best quality: As antlers for dog chews are getting more popular and difficult to source, some other antler chew sellers are offering low quality, old, chalky, antler that is likely to splinter and crack. Other sellers offer antlers that are split down the center which can cause the antler to dry out quickly and become brittle. Rest assured that Pet Expertise antler is grade A, fresh antler from the USA only and will continue to be!
  • Antlers from Pet Expertise are economical: Pet Expertise was the first online retailer to offer high-quality, large antler chews and have been offering them since 2005 (they are their biggest seller.
  • Safe Chewing Hint: When giving your dog an antler (or any) dog chew, their trainer recommends the following: Supervise your dog. Do not allow your dog to attempt to break the chew in half with his back teeth. Do not allow your dog to consume more than 1/2″ to 1″ per day. If you need to get the antler away from your dog and he doesn’t know “drop it”, you can trade him for a tasty treat such as a piece of meat or cheese.

 

This is the XL. They are $16.75
http://www.petexpertise.com/dog-toys/antler-chews.html

clearly, Cici’s bliss is chewing an antler…  she has chewed on this one for the last few days, about 2 hours a day and there is no sign that this antler is any worse for the wear and tear of her chewing. She will have many more hours to enjoy this antler.  If/when we travel, I would take an antler with us for her to enjoy while I was driving.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND.   Four paws up !!!

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my dog is a paradox

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/dog_paradox

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Prayers for Wallace and Angus

Hector the pit bull’s much beloved brothers are having serious health challenges… please pray for them all and the entire Yori family…

Wallace has hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive cancer.  his best friend Angus tore his cruciate ligament.

I suggested the Conservative Manage Protocol for Angus and Jeff Stanford’s healing plan for Wallace.

http://celiasue.com/2012/09/08/conservative-management-for-acl/

http://celiasue.com/2008/10/12/5-tips-on-helping-a-dog-heal/

However, people have to do whatever they think best for their dogs.

How to help 

Here are some ways that people can help.

1.  ChipIn.  So far the vet bills total almost $6000.  If we can get help with even a portion of that we would feel so grateful. ChipIn For Wallace and Angus

2.  Buy Wallace’s book.  Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls– One Flying Disc at a Time   Make sure your local bookstores and libraries have it.  Read our story.  Share it with others.  Wallace has made a positive impact on this world and he has more to do.

Send stuffies or treats.  Wallace loves to destroy stuffed toys, with or without squeakers (they will be destroyed immediately so don’t bother purchasing expensive ones).  Treats must be grain-free and poultry-free.  Good brands for him are ZiwiPeakRaw Bistro Stix,Wellness Pure Rewards (venison/salmon)Pure Vita (beef liver/sweet potato).  No chews except for Zukes Z-Bones (he hardly has any teeth left).  You can send them to him at 4712 19th St SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

Continue to send him positivity and love.  Say prayers, wish him healing light, reiki, good thoughts… I believe all of that good energy is good for him.

Clara is currently doing a painting of Wallace and will be selling prints online to help with his medical bills.  Those should be ready next week if you are interested.

Hug your pets and be glad for every moment you have with them.  Their lives are too short and they deserve every ounce of goodness possible.

This is Wallace on his 10th birthday this year. He knows how to live life to the fullest and we want to help him do that for as long as he wants to.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/wallace-the-pit-bull/how-to-help/10151181572582733

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