Tips for Traveling with Pets [infographic]
Tips for Traveling with Pets [infographic]
Please send your positive thoughts, love, prayers to Hector the pit bull today, he is having surgery and to his family, Roo and Clara Yori.
“Hector is scheduled to have a bone-marrow aspiration taken sometime after 10:30 a.m. He may also have his spleen removed depending on the results of the advanced diagnostics he will undergo.
“In addition to the recent medical concerns, Hector had faced issues related to his dog-fighting past by battling babesia, an infection of the blood that is often transmitted through fighting.
“Doctors from BluePearl are concerned that Hector could have an autoimmune condition that may have been triggered by the babesia.
“Hector is such a wonderful dog with an incredible story,” said Dr. Jen Myers, medical director of BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Minnesota. “Our hope is that with the treatment he receives, he’ll make a full recovery and will continue to have a much better life than where he came from.”
Well, the word is out. Gotta leave early in the morning for my vet appointment. They tell me I don’t get to eat breakfast?!
great discussion on pit bulletin legal news radio with Cathy Rosenthal
we have to not be emotional about these issues, just provide the info so people can feel that they are part of solving the problem (in the letter below I used her techniques for always associating pit bulls with positive, and reframing the question to educating people about dog bites, how media overreports on pit bulls and more.
letter to respond to:
Councilmember Madison Says City Can’t Wait, Pit Bulls Must Be Controlled Now
By RACHEL YOUNG
Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | 11:51 AM
Councilmember Steve Madison points to a pit bull attack this morning as further evidence that the City Council needs to pass his ordinance mandating all pit bulls be spayed or neutered.
Madison spoke this morning after a cyclist was forced to the roof of a car along Fair Oaks Avenue to escape the attack of three pit bull or pit bull mix dogs earlier today. Police officers shot all three dogs with a shotgun, killing one and injuring the other two.
“[Councilmember] Terry Tornek said the evidence doesn’t support it. I don’t know how someone could make that statement, it’s just so clearly false,” Madison said. “To me it’s a case where we should exercise our police power as a city, as a government to impose at least some modest regulation so that we address this.”
This attack comes on the heels of a similar report on Jan. 11 in which a growling pit bull trapped a man inside his car in Northwest Pasadena until the police arrived with a tazer gun. That dog shook off the tazer’s effect and ran away at that time, only to be captured days later.
“This is not something I’m making up. I don’t have anything against pit bulls per se, it’s just [that] no social scientist who looks at this data could draw any conclusion other than these dogs are very dangerous,” Madison said.
Madison pointed out that this attack comes just 36 hours before his colleagues had rejected a “modest” ordinance that did not impose a ban of pit bulls, but required them to be spayed and neutered. He noted that most of the “passionate pit bull lovers” were probably responsible and loving dog owners who already had their dogs spay and neutered.
“When you have a room packed full of passionate pit bull lovers and they’re telling you please don’t do this my dog is great, it’s easy just to put your finger in the wind and not act,” Madison said.
However, he said the conversation should be about the data and not each pit bull owner’s experience. He noted that last year 31 deaths in the country were caused by pit bulls. He also said five of five dog related deaths were caused by pit bulls last year in California, with three of those five being the family pet attacking a family member.
Madison says the City can’t wait six months to discuss a mandatory spay and neuter of all dogs because the problem right now is pit bulls.
“I’ve been working on pit bulls for years, everybody says ‘lets just study the issue.’ We don’t need to study this anymore. This is a clear and present danger and we need to act now. I’ll be happy to discus spay and neutering parakeets and lizards and goldfish and all the rest, but right now those aren’t the threats. The threats are pit bulls,” Madison said.
re: Councilmember Madison mandatory spay and neuter
Everyone in the community is concerned about aggressive dogs and stopping dog bites. No one wants their dog to be killed or shot by police who are trying to deal with the problem of dogs roaming the streets. The mandatory spaying and neutering proposal will NOT solve the problem since breed is NOT a factor when it comes to dog bites and attacks. Councilmember Madison says that breed is the problem but bites by pit bulls are overeported by the media. He is focusing on breeds instead of focusing on the real reasons for dog bites.
It is important to know the factors that lead to dog bites so that REAL solutions can be implemented.
My next door neighbor’s dog is the perfect example of a dog who is potentially dangerous because of all of the red flag factors. Red flags: He is not neutered. He is left alone and isolated in the yard 24/7 rain, cold, sunshine/heat, and he is not socialized, not trained on how to act towards people and other dogs. This is a powerful dog with a lot of energy who is never walked nor exercised. He is frustrated, crying, whining and often heard howling. He is miserable. And if and when he ever escapes his captors yard, he may hurt someone since he does NOT know how to behave. This is not his fault. It is the fault of his guardians who refuse to neuter him, train, exercise and/or take him inside. Their dog is a powerful Siberian Husky who weighs about 150 pounds. It is not how this dog looks that will cause him to hurt someone, it is how he is being mistreated.
Other factors that lead to dog bites include dogs that roam the streets in packs, dogs who are chained up in a yard who can become territorial, leaving a dog outside 24/7, female dogs with babies who protect their offspring, dogs who have been abused, neglected and/or terrorized by humans, sick dogs, starved dogs and dogs who are trained to attack humans and/or other dogs.
In a 2008 study published in Applied Animal Behavior Science, dog breeds were ranked based on their propensity for aggression toward owners, strangers and other dogs. The breeds with the highest likelihood of directing aggression toward strangers were dachshunds and Chihuahuas, with 20 percent of the sample attempting to bite or biting humans, compared with 7 percent for pit bulls.
Other breeds rated highest for aggression toward strangers included Doberman pinschers, rottweilers, Yorkshire terriers and poodles. The study states that “scores for stranger-directed aggression found among pit bull terriers were inconsistent with their universal reputation as a ‘dangerous breed’ and their reported involvement in dog bite-related fatalities.” The high aggression breeds identified in the study send people to the emergency room and, even when they don’t, they can instill a lifelong paralyzing fear of dogs in children who constitute the majority of dog bite victims.
It is also important to learn canine body language. Dogs exhibit body postures that forecast how they are responding. In other words, dog give warning signals before they bite. If a dog is staring intently, tail stiff up, and /or growling, it is best to back away slowly from the dog.
And just because a dog (like my neighbor’s) has red flags does not necessarily mean that they WILL bite, only that the likelihood goes up for each factor. And even then, some dogs will NOT bite. Take, for example, the former Michael Vick dogs. Despite the fact that they were chained 24/7, were unsocialized, untrained and had been terrorized, abused and traumatized at Bad Newz Kennels, none of these pit bulls showed any aggression. Eight of them have become therapy dogs. Many are living in homes with children, other dogs, cats and other pets.
History and statistics tells us that solving the wrong problem will not bring an end to dog bites. Breed is not a factor when it comes to dog bites so to demand mandatory spaying and neutering of any particular breed of dog will not end the problem.
(they published my letter)
Please share, lend your voice and tell Santa Ana supervisors in Orange County, California not to destroy ANY dog fighting dogs. They are having a meeting in a few days, January 28, and want to just kill all the dogs that have been seized from dog fighting rings. Write them off as dangerous, vicious and be done with the dogs. THIS IS NOT OK.
All of the former Michael Vick dogs are living role models and testimony to the idea that ALL of these dogs deserve a Second Chance at LIFE. It is not the dogs fault that they have been forced to fight other dogs. Penalize the dog fighters not the dogs.
Eight of the former MV dogs are therapy dogs. Many are living in happy, loving homes with kids, other dogs and cats, too thanks to BadRap, Best Friends, Monterey SPCA and all the others that saved their lives and gave them a second chance.
Dog fighting is a CRIME. Punish the dog fighters not their victims…
from Best Friends:
Dear Friends of Jonny Justice, Audie, Hector, Handsome Dan & Company. Remember when you helped us send hundreds of copies of ‘The Lost Dogs’ to the Obamas in 2011 to help educate our President about the plight of pit bulls? You can bet you helped seed the anti-BSL statement that came out of the White House during Obama’s second term, and we LOVE you for that. Creative, positive, political action WORKS.
Now we need you again. Do you have eight dollars to spare? The Orange County (CA) Board of Supervisors would like to destroy dogs that come from cruelty (dog fighting) cases in their county. We don’t know why. It could be that they aren’t aware that all dogs are individuals and survivors of terrible backgrounds defy the odds every single day. Please consider sending one or more of the board members a softcover copy of ‘Saving Audie’ – as a way to demonstrate what may be lost if they move forward with their no-mercy policy. If you order from Amazon today or tomorrow, they will get rec’v it in time for their meeting & vote on Jan 28. If you live in Orange County – please speak up. The dogs need you now! Thank you!
Hall of Administration
333 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Chairman Shawn Nelson (Fourth District)
Supervisor Janet Nguyen (First District)
Supervisor John Moorlach (Second District)
Supervisor Todd Spitzer (Third District)
Supervisor Pat Bates (Fifth District)
Beware, there is a dangerous Land Shark also known as a Bed Hog, that encroaches upon human beds and takes them over…once this infamous predator takes over, there is little chance for recovery
Once the Land Shark has found its way upon your bed and has its large rocklike butt near to your pillow, by your face, you can try these moves for possible success but do not budge a sliver or an inch or you will lose ground and then ALL will be lost and your place on the bed will be completely confiscated:
1. The push with both hands or wedge an elbow like a crowbar
2. Plop down right on top of the Land Shark with your entire body or your pillow
3. Cover the Land Shark with a blanket
4. Ask the Land Shark to move in a loud voice
The Land Shark has been known to respond in any of these ways:
1. ignores you
2. opens its eyes and looks bemused at your dilemma
3. refuses to budge one inch of space
4. may stand up and sit down in the exact same spot just to confuse you
5. a sneaky new trick is to stick its head underneath yours
If the Land Shark does NOT move away, it is likely that the next stage of infiltration will take place and you will likely experience:
being pawed in the belly region
licked, bathed and coated in saliva
a tail will be wagged directly into your face
a smelly toot sounding from its nether regions will emit directly into your face
If any and all of the above happen, it is useless to try to recover any ground. The bed is NOT safe for human habitation any longer.
Take the proper precautions or this too can happen to you.
Once the Land Shark has landed and taken over your bed like this, they are unlikely to move over any time soon. And they may hide underneath your blanket to fool you but eventually they will pant and you will know that they are still there.
So You Want to Travel to the Bay Area Pet Expo. Join the Club!
Think of the Bay Area Pet Expo and images come to mind: miles and miles of canine and feline and avian related tables filled with products galore, free product samples, contests, giveaways and happy dogs eating treats, wagging tails meeting other canines.
Before you attend this annual Santa Clara Fairground event (this year featuring Shorty Rossi and his pack of pit bulls), which takes place Saturday, January 11, from 10 am to 4 pm, here are some things to consider.
Get there early. There is no fee to attend but parking on the street fills up fast. Parking is $8 and the lot is very busy.
Make sure that your pooch is able, willing and ready to attend an event with hundreds of strange canines, felines and people. I had to park Cici outside tied to a pole for five minutes while I ran around inside and she was not a happy camper. Neither was the alternative (bringing her inside where the noise and excitement of meeting so many people, canines and felines in an enclosed space was too much for her). She was and I was not prepared for the chaos of the event.
There is a new Wags Hotel for pooches in nearby Redwood City. Your dog can play with other pooches for a few hours while you peruse, talk to dog experts and meet and greet at the Expo.
Your pet must be immunized in order to attend the event (and also to play at the doggie daycare), please bring proof of rabies and other vaccinations.
If you do not live in the area, and must stay overnight: (some hotels have group discount rates)
Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City is half an hour away from San Jose
San Jose area hotels have pet friendly lodging including :
Hilton San Jose
300 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95110
Pet Policy - Large pets up to 75 lbs, USD $75. Non-refundable fee. Bed and bowls limited.
2585 Seaboard Avenue
San Jose, CA 00000
There are no deposits or fees. Up to two domestic pets (cats or dogs) per room. When you check in, please let the front desk staff know.
2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110
Pet Policy - $50 nonrefundable fee. Pets under 100 lbs. welcome.
Pet Amenities - Pet bed pillow upon request, water, food bowls with mat, pet treat.
Points of Interest - Walking trails, dog parks, pet store (all within 4 miles)
Rates - Single, Double: starting at $89
The Pet Expo website has a link to the Fairfield Inn, San Jose Airport area
Pet Contest, Free Microchipping and Low Cost Vaccinations, Pet Talent, Pet Agility Demonstrations, Musical Chairs and more.
Shorty Rossi, the pit boss, runs Shortywood Productions, a Hollywood talent management company for little people, as well as Shorty’s Rescue, his pit bull rescue group.
Be sure to catch Shorty onstage, discussing his passion – rescuing Pit bulls! Stop by to get an autograph or picture with Shorty,, his dog Hercules and help support his charities!
Please visit Shorty’s site for more information: www.shortyrescue.com
Adopting a pet?
Bring a crate and/or leash with you for your new family member. Crates and pet carriers often sell out. Be a good girl scout and be prepared.
Take the Tully Rd. exit West. Proceed 1.5 miles. The blue arch of the Fairgrounds is visible on the left.
Some gifts for Cici this holiday season from our friends at Dogbook, a card and a bit of cash… thank you !!!
a lovely wooden tree ornament with her name on it from Marked Moments
and some yummy treats (we are also doing a giveaway for a bag of these)… just send us a photo of your dog in holiday attire (or near a xmas tree) and tell us why they’d love some treats.. (they could beg for their treats, and we will pick a winner by January 2, 2014.
Indigo Smokehouse Stripsmade with real, premium cut chicken and bacon that are sourced from the USA. These USDA inspected smoked and cured treats are free of by-products, wheat, corn, and soy as well as, no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives! What’s left is a deliciously meaty snack your pet will love. And indigo Smokehouse Strip are the first meaty treat of its kind that’s vacuum-sealsed for safety and freshness. And brought to you by PetSafe the makers of Lickety Stik!Chicken: Chicken, Brown Sugar, Natural Liquid Smoke, Water, Condensed Cultured Skim Milk, Sea Salt, Green Tea Extract, Rosemary Extract.
Cici loves them, thinks that they are woof woof yummy good… drool worthy even !!!
a few gifts have not yet arrived…maybe today…
Cici and I wish you all Happy Holidays and safe travels !!!!!
a doggie in Rohnert Park Animal Shelter named PIP that looks like my red toed girl… go get him a HOME !!!!
hopping along the blogging trail…
me from high school to now…
What’s your favorite non-animal related book?
I love to read, and do not do it enough. I LOVE Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle even though it is supposed to be a children’s book, it is about changing reality … amazing book, so inspiring. There is a dog in the book but not about the dog.
here are some other favorites: (some are funny books, hilarious, laugh out loud, others heartwarming and/or spiritual) the dog training book is a romantic comedy that is roll on the floor funny in some parts. books that touch my heart, open my heart, make me feel something
the good earth by pearl s. buck
healing from the ashes by rabbi Yonassan Gershom
full blast, full scoop, and 12 sharp of stephanie plum series by Janet evanovich
The Enneagram by Helen Palmer
The Tao of Equus by Linda Kohanov
dog training the american male by LA Knight
Fast women and other Jennifer Crusie books
What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?
I love movies and it seems that they have been putting them on all over TV again and again lately. #1 Love Actually. Also, Ghost, Sound of Music, Groundhog Day, Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle… again, the romantic comedies and movies with songs to sing a long to are fun too.
Who’s your favorite actor?
Hmmmm my favorite actor… (is this gender male or female?) well, ok, male would be someone hot and gorgeous like George Clooney or Richard Gere or Robert Redford, oh well, guys who have integrity in the films they do and actress would be Meryl Streep, she is soooo good in everything she acts in, well mostly
What makes you feel fabulous?
Physically, may sound strange but I have been running in my sleep, since I cannot do so here in the physical world yet due to physical limitations (can hardly walk). would love to do yoga again, ride a bike, ice skate, dance, all the fun things I used to be able to do…
Emotionally, giving, loving, creating something beautiful… heartfelt…
Professionally, personal connections with folks who appreciate my work is always good. And being able to inspire, encourage or help someone who will actually take the tips/encouragement and run with it, even in their own way.
What do you wish you were more skilled at?
I wish I could do more of the fun things I love to do. If I were more skilled at stuff I hate (math, techie stuff), I wouldn’t do them anyway LOL… I do wish my brain was friendlier and receptive to some things but a rose is a rose is a rose and an orchid an orchid, we each have our own individual special magic gifts to shine and bless others with ok, I guess I wish I could draw, paint more realistically… and take more photographs…
What’s your favorite holiday?
Well, I could say Thanksgiving since my birthday is either on it or around it… Xmas, my first one was 30 something years ago, it was very shiny and new to me then, now, hmmmm, I think July 4 is not it although I love the fireworks… perhaps my favorite holiday is Valentine’s day because I am a romantic person at heart and love love love LOVE… was just thinking of starting a new blog about Finding True Love, can a 60 something woman find True Love??? It is time for me to at least go on a DATE…
Chinese or Thai food… Pad Thai or chicken curry with egg rolls and rice. Yummy. Chocolate something for dessert of course.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love beach volleyball, watching the players in the sand slam dunk. Mostly, my free time is spent watching TV shows like Charmed, Masters of Sex, or NCIS, or movies
What one word would people who know you use to describe you?
I think most people think I am crazy. Hopefully though, they think I am funny, spunky and creative, too. My family (when they were alive) used to say I was too sensitive, my ex thinks I’m brilliant, other friends say I am pushy and I never wanted to be known as cute nor perky.
What is one thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of?
I’m very proud of the seminars and workshops I led, prayer warrior work I did traveling around the world for three years as well as the metaphysical meditation growth work (behind the scenes) and activism I’ve done over the years. It is all related to changing the world, creating a better more humane world to live in, one where EVERYONE is loved, belongs, is honored and cherished. We ALL deserve to be loved and respected and valued.
If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?
I would have a life partner to travel with in life and around the world. True Love Companion. A human BFF.
Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?
I love being in nature, whether that is with animals (dogs, cats, horses, dolphins, whales, whatever), connecting with other humans who like to have fun and laugh and share themselves, and of course chocolate makes me happy (nah)…
What’s one thing you could do to be more kind to yourself?
Stop focusing on what’s missing or wrong or bad in me and focusing on what is working, what makes me happier, solving problems instead of creating them with my fears and insecurities and anger.
Also forgiving myself and others.
Thanks, this was fun ! And this was a blog hop…. with AJ from I Still Want More Puppies, Jodi from Kol’s Notes, Mel from No Dog About It, Julie from The Daily Dog Blog, Jennifer from My Brown Newfies, Kim from CindyLu’s Muse, Lauren from Life With Desmond, Leslie from Bringing Up Bella, Jodi from Heart Like A Dog, Kristine from Rescued Insanity, Peggy from Peggy’s Pet Place, and Dawn from NEPA Pets.
|Earth? Where every day you get a fresh start, CeliaSue, every thought brings you closer, every word makes you more, every decision is the right one, every baby step makes it easier, every smile makes it happier, and, every tree knows your name.
Plus, I got you, babe -
to give her the pills or not to give her the pills, that be the question…
ok, cici has had this rather hard red looking growth on her right rear toe (why is it always something on that same foot?) for awhile now. I had asked the vet about it and she gave me some goop to put on it which I did haphazardly since Cici does not like me applying stuff to any part of her anatomy.
By the way, the thing looks smaller now.
I also sprayed and gelled the thing and it got bigger and bigger, so I got concerned that it was growing larger and called the vet to ask what she thought this thing was. She asked that i take a photo of it and send it to her so I did and i was told to come in for an appointment which i did yesterday. (How come I ask a question and do not get an answer?)
Now, before when i went to this same vet, I did not get a definitive answer / diagnosis about whether she had a tape worm or not either. And she prescribed antibiotics and steroids for her skin issues (itchiness and rashes). I gave them to her for a few days until i decided that the drugs were counterproductive and i went totally with giving Cici all natural treatments. Her skin cleared up, she gained back the weight, and her energy is zooming, puppylike feisty again.
Again, the vet did a few tests and still did not give me a definitive answer / diagnosis about her toe. It could be benign or malignant. It is some kind of sarcoma growth. Could have to have her toe amputated. But the vet was concerned about that the cells seemed to be growing in size. I may have mixed two treatments together that i should not have done in my overzealousness to spray and gel the toe whenever i could do so. But does this mean ANYTHING?
The vet advised me to stop treating the toe topically and again she prescribed antibiotics and steroids.
My dilemma is these drugs have harsh side effects and seem to be the “solution” to a myriad of problems without a definitive diagnosis. If I do not give the pills to Cici, will i be sorry later on? I am not a vet. If I do give Cici these pills will they solve anything?
We pet parents have to make sometimes life or death decisions about our beloved pets all of the time and we do not always get the best advice from experts. So what do we do?
Intuitively, I think or am I in denial? Cici’s toe growth is benign. So why then did i bring her to the vet? Shouldn’t i have expected the same result as last time from this vet? What do you do when you and your vet do not agree upon treatment? I have been to several vets in this area and one was supposed to be holistic but charges $350 for everything and also prescribed antibiotics and steroids, gave her a shot not a pill.
What do you do if/when you cannot find a vet who you agree with? Do you take it upon yourself to do the research necessary and hope for the best or do you rely upon the experts opinion or a combination of both????
I am feeling quite frustrated and not really wanting to go ahead with this pill regimen. But I also do not want my girl to suffer the consequences if I am wrong.
My precious baby deserves the best care I can get for her AND on a limited budget I can afford limited care. What would you do in my situation, dear readers?
Please send us healing light, prayers and clarity. Thank you.
HAPPY thanksgiving and Thanksgivukkah (chanukah)
IT has been kind of a canine holiday….
first, watched Lassie Come Home, not with Timmy but a kid named Joe in England… good movie
found out about Woofipedia
had lots of goodies to eat… and Cici gave me lots of kisses, wags and belly showing for some turkey
the dog show winner:
Jewel, a dominant American Foxhound won The National Dog Show during the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia cluster at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Jewel was selected by Best in Show Judge Randy E. Garren from among the seven canines emerging from the judging of over 1,500 dogs at the tradition-rich, all-breed show.
After successfully defending her 2012 Hound Group win at the show, Jewel edged out an ADORABLE with personality Bearded Collie, a Pekingese, a Norfolk Terrier, a Standard Schnauzer, a Bichon Frise and an Irish Water Spaniel on the Best in Show stage. Jewel also won the Hound Group at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this past February.