these dogs at the weddings sure were in the way at the wrong times, funny though.
would you like to raise money for senior dogs and their people? Doggies deserve new Homes and so do their people !!!!
Some cities are starting to fine owners of dogs for leaving their pets outside during the cold / heat. This is good. Pets can die outside in the cold / heat and they should also not be chained up and left outside 24/7.
And what I would like to know is: who is going to be held accountable for leaving people (some who also have pets) outside in the cold / heat without shelter????
Hypothermia can set in even in weather as warm as 50 degrees, but many cities don’t declare hypothermia alerts or winter emergencies,…
As the size of the average American family home has ballooned over the last half century—homes are now two-and-half times larger than they were in 1950—so too has the homeless population.
…More than 3.5 million people, including 1.35 million children, experience homelessness in the United States each year, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.
400+ women over the age of 50 are without homes in the Monterey Bay.
who is going to be held accountable for leaving elderly women out in the cold ????
Cici and I would love to start a non-profit, with your assistance, that would actually provide housing, tiny mobile homes, RV’s, campers, etc. for these women to have SHELTER, privacy and dignity. Don’t you think that elderly women, many with dogs, deserve homes to live out their life with grace?
Like Christine who has been sleeping outside in the cold and heat for two years now. And others sleeping in tents. One lady 75 years old while getting chemo and radiation treatments. Or an 82 year old woman who slept in her van for three years.
Won’t you help us Get Elderly Women OUT of the Cold ??? Thanks.
Please donate to Paypal via prmatchmaker at yahoo.com. Every share and/or donation will make a difference.
who let the dogs out?
check it out:
Cici’s surgery and vet care was completely unexpected and a very large expense for my very fixed and tiny income. Most of it has been paid but there is still about $350 left on the bill that I frankly need assistance with.
Here’s why she needed surgery:
Koda’s Legacy put up a chipin for us so that people can donate directly to the vet hospital. I would very much appreciate it if you can donate a few bucks and/or share with others so that Cici can continue to get the vet care that she needs.
Here’s the link: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/cici-s-surgery/171531
my poor little conehead is getting used to the cone AND still smashing into everything
OK, at first, initially Cici was eating well and everything was going smoothly after her ear surgery for the hematoma. But then, last Wed. morning, she threw up three times. And afterwards, I noticed she was also constipated. She kept down her breakfast but not her lunch.
I knew immediately the side effects of the drugs she was taking (an antibiotic and a steroid) and I stopped giving them to her. Did not ask the vet. I knew that i could not give her anymore drugs without food in her belly.
Then I checked her gums to make sure that they were not gray but healthy pink and kept her hydrated, full of water. Did not feed her anymore that day. I googled natural remedies for vomiting and constipation.
Then Thursday morning, she threw up again a tiny bit, there was not much left in her tummy. She went outside and did her business. And then she did not want to eat anymore at all the entire day and evening. I was OK with that because I figured that it would pass.
I had to call the vet for another reason and mentioned what was happening. The vet was not available but I kept on giving Cici lots of water and offering her food from time to time. No food, lots of water. To me, it was a good sign that she was drinking the water.
Finally, at 3 am, Cici decided to start eating again and i gave her a tiny meal of kibble, water and hot dogs, not the healthiest but what I could throw together. Friday morning, I gave her pumpkin and baby food, good for her belly.
The vet tech left a message that i should stop the pills and also to bring her into the office for her drain removal. This seemed earlier than i expected but i took her in. Do not know if the drain being in her ear was affecting her tummy upset but her ear looks good, like it is healing and the sutures will come out next. I also asked them to look at her anALS and they expressed them.
Although I felt sad and nauseous at times myself, I tried not to panic throughout this ordeal. And i think that served Cici well. I comforted her and kept her hydrated when that was all I could do for her. And I prayed for her tummy upset to be over soon.
I think it is important for pet guardians to keep a cool head, to learn the side effects of the medications their pets are taking and to have and implement a reasonable plan of action. Rushing Cici to the vet would not have helped her. Getting her there when I did made a lot more sense.
Have you ever had problems with your dog’s digestion and what did you do about it?
This is a Blog Hop via Fidose of Reality
In with the new, out with the old… well, while we are on the subject of old and new, let’s talk about older dogs.
Senior dogs. (Do senior cats count, too?) Of course they do silly. If you know me, you know that. Once upon a time, I was living in a place in the LA area and a neighbor cat was skinny, too skinny and was going around asking for food. It seemed that the cat was homeless. And I fed the cat every day. In a short time, I found out from other neighbors that they were feeding the cat, too. Yet, the cat remained skinnier than skinny. Bones and fur.
It was suggested to me that I maybe should take the cat to a vet to see what was up and I did. I found a vet who took a few looks and tests and delivered a heartfelt decision. The cat had late stage cancer. Nothing could be done to put the cat out of her suffering. There were expensive treatments but in the end none of it would prolong her quality of life. I cir, the vet cried and suggested that I take the cat to the Pasadena SPCA. Thinking back, do not know why the vet didn’t do the euthanization right there but maybe she would have had to charge me for it and I would not have been able to pay. Plus, I was not the owner.
Nevertheless, crying all the way, I proceeded to the shelter. There, they let me spend a few minutes alone with the cat to say goodbye. I did and did a prayerful meditation seeing the cat going up into the light and being greeted by friends, and surprising some of my relatives. Then, I handed the cat over to the technicians and they put her softly to sleep.
I cried all the way home. And a few days later, I ran into a woman neighbor who i got was the cat’s owner. She asked about the cat and I told her what happened. She cried softly and thanked me over and over again for doing what she could not do for the cat. Apparently, her daughter had a baby and they did not know what to do with this cat that they had for 18 years. So they threw the cat outside to fend for itself. An indoor loved cat thrown out onto the mean streets. That poor cat suffered for a year or two for no reason other than her owner did not know what to do. Imagine.
These kinds of scenarios makes me crazy. How could people possibly be so cruel. And yet it happens every day with once beloved pets. The family moves, an elderly person dies or the family has a financial loss. Or maybe they just do not want to take care of a senior pet any longer or do not know what to do so they toss the pet out with the garbage.
Thankfully, there are organizations like Peace of Mind Dog Rescue in Pacific Grove who think that these senior dogs are valuable, deserve much more than being tossed out onto the streets at the end of their lives.
POMDR rescues senior dogs, fosters them, and finds them forever homes for their golden years. They also help senior folks like me with their pets, getting them to the vet on time, assisting at times with a helping paw donation for vet care, and/or with much needed pet food or other items (collars, cones, kennels and more). POMDR is a 5013c and raises funds in numerous ways. One of the charitable organizations that helps to fund POMDR’s great work for homeless senior dog s is the Grey Muzzle Organization .
According to their website, “The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide. We are not a shelter or rescue. 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.”
Grey Muzzle funding supports the following senior dog programs nationwide.
Thankfully folks like POMDR and Grey Muzzle care about senior pets and take care of them in proper fashion. As Cici ages (she is now 7), I want to make sure that she is properly taken care of in her golden years, too. It is good to provide a will and instructions for others to know how you wish your beloved pets to be taken care of after your demise and / or if you become bedridden and/or unable to care for them any longer. It is a relief to me to know that I can count on POMDR and Grey Muzzle to care if / when I no longer am able.
Now, here is what YOU can do to make a difference in the lives of senior dogs, too.
My fellow pet blogger, Edie Jarolim recently decided it was time to bid adieu to her beloved senior dog Frankie. And she made sure that he had a special bone voyage sendoff. She had provided Frankie with the best of care for him throughout his life, administering insulin shots twice daily, needed for his diabetes. And so at the end of his life, she wanted to do something really wonderful for him. So she fed him ALL of his favorite foods that had not been able to eat during his last 30 days.
Now, Edie wants every senior dog to have a loving send-off like Frankie did. She started “Frankie’s Fund” via Grey Muzzle.
Every contribution that is made to them via Frankie’s Fund will go to help hospice care costs. Grey Muzzle volunteers lovingly take in dogs that may not have long to live and provides them with palliative care and a loving home.
All donations will make a difference. Grey Muzzle is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charity so contributions are tax deductible. When donating, please enter “Frankie’s Fund” in the slot under “I want my donation to be dedicated.”
Thank you. And if you can do a donation today, it will be a good way to say out with the old 2013 and in with the new 2014.
Happy New Year !
Update: Thanks everyone for posting about and sharing Tori’s fundraising info and donating to her vet care. they now have enough money to cover the cost of the surgery. However, Tori will need several months of after-care and continuous monitoring by the vet and lots of x-rays to make sure the bone graft is successful. If not, she may need another surgery. Any future donations received for Tori will be earmarked for her follow-up vet care.
This blog post is a heart felt plea. There are many animals in need and I do not usually ask for your help. But Tori is the sweetest dog living with enormous pain (and a great foster family who want to adopt her) and she needs your help. Can you please read her story and if you can, please do what you can to help her. If you cannot donate, please share her story with others. Thanks.
Angels usually do not need extreme makeovers. But Tori, an adorable and very sweet little 6-yr-old bichon girl, needs an extreme makeover of the pain relieving kind. Tori has everything a former shelter stray could want: a loving home with foster parents who want to adopt her, lots of toys, treats, yummy food, and a new best friend named Samantha. Tori has everything a dog could ever want – except a jaw bone that is.
Tori’s story starts out like so many others at the shelter – running scared on the mean streets of Fresno, fending for herself. Unknown at the time was the fact that she was unable to eat anything but the softest of food, which explains why she was a bony nine pounds when she was rescued.
Tori’s vet exam revealed that she was healthy but in need of a dental cleaning. She didn’t want her mouth touched, but that’s pretty normal for anyone who has bad teeth. Nothing could have prepared us for what we saw on the x-rays. One of Tori’s teeth had decayed and abscessed to the point that it fractured and completely deteriorated her lower right jaw.
The excruciating pain she must have been in for so long is unimaginable. It is amazing that she has never complained or shown even one smidgen of aggression or bad temper.
Tori is now on round-the-clock pain medication, but she needs surgery. The preliminary estimate was between $3,000-$4,000. We’ve been told that with surgery her prognosis is excellent . She will live a happy and normal life. BUT WITHOUT THIS SURGERY WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HER? The one thing we know for sure is that she can’t stay the way she is.
We decided to take a leap of faith (that’s where you come in!) Tori’s surgery is scheduled for October 16, but we desperately need your help!!
We hope that you will find it in your heart to help Tori’s makeover dream come true. Whatever you can spare will help, be it $5, $10, $50 or $500 on Tori’s behalf. Your donation is tax deductible and we will provide a receipt for your tax records. K9BFF is a 501c3 nonprofit charity (ID # 26-1185144), operated entirely by unpaid volunteers. 100% of your donation will go toward Tori’s vet expenses.
Imagine how great Tori will look and feel after her surgery! Just knowing that you helped make it possible, that you contributed to ending this angel’s suffering and giving her a new leash on life will be a divine gift.
Credit card payments can be made via Paypal on the website: www.k9bestfriendsforever.com
Checks can be mailed or delivered to K9BFF or directly to Tori’s vet (please specify it’s for Tori):
8839 N. Cedar Ave. #320
Fresno, CA 93720
Waterhouse Animal Hospital
1115 E. Champlain Dr.
Fresno, CA 93720
Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
Give a gift that changes a life… inspires hope and change… and is eco friendly
Gifts from Heifer International are the prefect way to show your mom, grandmother, aunt, or mother figure in your life that you care… fund a project in the USA, to give families in Arkansas and Appalachia in poverty, a leg up… or give a goat, chickens, geese, ducks, sheep, rabbits to help end World Hunger.
shopping at oxfamgifts.com for Mother’s Day can make a BIG difference.
Something as simple as a goat ($50) can be just what a family needs to fight hunger and poverty – in Sri Lanka, India and Kenya.
Give your mom a gift that keeps on giving… Kiva… loan money (loans as small as $25) to people around the world… you choose… and they pay the money back… helps people get a hand up out of poverty…
Give a bow wow of a paw print lavendar scarf… for the dog mama … Think Green
this scarf is made in the USA, made of eco friendly fabric and printed with water-based ink… it is soft, shiny, and this company also makes tee-shirts for a cause (endangered species, eat your veggies and other great topics)… tees are made either 100% from organic cotton, a blend of recycled plastic bottles (RPET) and organic cotton, or other eco-friendly materials. To make the RPET, recycled plastic bottles are melted down and then processed into a fine yarn which, in turn, becomes a soft and silky t-shirt. They are made with No pesticides, less plastic in landfills. It takes between 3 to 5 plastic bottles to make each RPET/organic cotton blend tee. After the bottles are melted, the plastic fiber is blended with organic cotton to give these tees their soft, silky feel. These tees can be washed and dried over and over and they won’t shrink, fade or lose their shape.
Does your pooch have an Easter bonnet or gift basket? Whether or not you celebrate Easter or Passover or whatever holiday or not, you can still have some fun with an Easter Egg dog hunt on Sunday, March 31… can be for treats, bones, toys, whatever gets your dog in the mood for fun…dogs love finding treats in the grass so why not give them some special time and treats to hunt for. Cici loves to sniff the grass at the park near our house every day and she comes up with all kinds of awful surprises. This could be a fun way to channel your dog’s inner sleuth in a positive way.
An Easter outfit with bonnet is optional, but here’s how to make a costume if you must
Your back yard or closest dog park or even a room in your home can suffice to be the place where your doggie will sniff out his prizes… If you want to take photos of the event, you probably should take them before the treasure hunt unless you want some photos of your dog with their goodies and their costume off.
an Easter bunny stuffed animal
a hardboiled egg or two
small bits of cheese cut up into squares
a bone (deer antler perhaps)
a few cookies (homemade or others)
chicken or turkey jerky or bits of hot dogs
some kibble thrown around in the grass
If your dog is a seder dog who celebrates Passover, the treats can be appropriate to that holiday. For instance, bits of gefilte fish, tuna, and/or salmon.
Popular Easter treats like jelly beans, marshmallow chicks and chocolate eggs can upset your dog’s tummy and make them sick. DO NOT give any dogs chocolate treats since chocolate is toxic for dogs.
If your dog is a piglet like Cici, do not toss out too many treats for your pooch to consume or they will eat all of it and then still want to eat their meals. These treats can replace one meal that you normally feed them.
On a larger scale, this can make a great charity fundraiser for your local pit bull rescue or shelter and an adoption event, to boot. For a community dog hunt, use plastic eggs and put the treats inside the eggs for the dogs to find. Have someone dress up as the Easter Bunny so pet guardians can take photos with the bunny and their pooches. Be creative. Offer fun dog activities such as agility, a parade, some donor booths filled with goodies and food for humans and pooches. Sponsors from the local community who donate will get Free publicity and a tax write off.
Please let us know about your event at home or in the community and send us photos of your dogs in bunny ears/outfits.
Below is one event taking place in the Sacramento area soon…
here is an event taking place in New Jersey
gotta love Polka Dot doggie biscuits…Life with Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume… grab the blog hop link