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Pet friendly house plants





Excellent article with graphics below about keeping pets safe from plants and flowers, which ones are nontoxic and which ones are not safe for dogs and cats. Keep  your furry friends safe !


We gardeners can be a bit obsessive when it comes to our plants – we like them in the garden, on decks and patios, and inside to green up our interior living spaces. And for those of us who have them, we’re also obsessive about our pets – these furry companions provide us with affection, attention, love, and amusement, so we want to do our best to keep them safe. But what happens when our love of gardening threatens the health and safety of our beloved pets? That’s exactly what can happen when we use houseplants that have parts that are toxic to dogs and cats.

There are a number of potential pet toxins inside our homes, and plants make up a sizable portion of those toxins. Be aware of which plants are toxic, know the symptoms of pet poisoning, and have a plan in place in case of accidental poisoning, because the life and health of your pet may depend upon it.






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Party animals play it safe for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is almost here. No matter what your plans are, have you made plans for or with your pets/dogs? Cici and I will spend New Year’s Eve inside. And many people opt to stay home and have a party with a few friends. If you go out or stay inside, here are a few tips to keep the furry ones safe.

1. If you are going out for the evening, make sure that your pets are safe and secure inside the house. Perhaps hiring a pet sitter or boarding your pet is a good option, to keep your pets safe.  There may be fireworks and loud noises that will frighten your dog. The last thing you want is for your dog to run away.

2. Be sure your dog has her collar and current tags on with all of your pertinent info, phone numbers, etc. Even if your dog is microchipped, having this info on the tag/collar will help if someone finds your dog away from home.

3. Have a few pictures of each of your pets in different poses and settings to ensure that you’ll be reunited with a lost pet. You probably have a lot of photos of your pets either around your home or floating around in your digital camera.

4. Don’t drink and drive and do not give your pets any booze. Alcohol can be toxic to dogs.  Party snacks like chocolates, raisins, grapes, and more should stay out of reach, too. If you have guests over for the evening, keep your dog safely away from unsupervised drinks and snacks.

Help your human guests stay safe by following these tips:

Ensure that all guests have a ride to and from their destination in a car driven by a non-drinking designated driver

Plan activities that take the focus away from drinking, and make non-alcoholic beverages including water readily available

Serve high-protein snacks to slow down alcohol absorption

Stop serving alcohol at least 90 minutes before a party ends, and serve guests coffee or dessert

Take car keys from intoxicated guests who plan to drive home.

Be prepared to let your guests stay the night as an alternative to them driving home after drinking.

AAA offers free rides for the intoxicated.  Tipsy Tow service provides a complimentary ride and vehicle tow up to three miles from the point of pickup to drivers who have consumed alcohol on New Year’s Eve. Tipsy Tow service is available to members and non-members. Ask for a Tipsy Tow by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP (222-4357)

5.  Keep your pet in a separate room during the evening. Provide water, toys, a comfortable bed and litter for cats. Leave a television, soothing music or radio on to block out frightening noises. Not only will this keep your pet safely in the house, but will also help reduce his or her stress throughout the evening.

6.  Do you know how your pets respond to loud noises? Noisemakers, champagne corks and more can be dangerous for children and pets, especially if they shoot across the room or break into pieces. Keep children and pets away from these and also from fireworks.

7.  Party decorations such as balloons, streamers, party hats or confetti are not good for your dog’s digestive system. Keep pets in a separate room so they do not have access to the decorations. If they do swallow something, consult a veterinarian immediately.

8. Might be a good idea to tucker your dog out with a long walk or exercise session before the partying begins.

9. If your dog is invited to a dog party or event for New Year’s, or you decide to invite a few doggie pals over to your house, make sure that  all of the dogs are safe by providing healthy dog treats, lots of water, toys and games for them to play. Keep it short and fun and end it way before midnight.

Help your pet ring in the New Year with you by ensuring that he or she has a comfortable and safe evening.

Tomorrow we will highlight a few doggie items for bringing in the New Year with style. Stay tuned.


Filed under AAA, cats, dog toys, dog travel, dog treats, dogs, keep pets safe, pet sitter, Uncategorized

joy to the world

If you are traveling for the holidays or any time you drive with your dog, you must get this fantastic complete dog travel package from Bergan no pooch should be without… they thought of everything but the kitchen sink !

1. slobber bag (don’t you love that name?) with adjustable straps, easy breezy to carry all your dog’s favorite goodies in even to the dog park. It has a drool proof water resistant inner lining, is durable and  easy to clean

2. machine washable travel pad with soft fleece for comfort and water resistant, put on the floor or bed as makeshift bed or to cover furniture to keep dog hair off

3. bowls for food and water in various sizes and zips up to keep food fresh

4. a harness to keep your dog safe in the car. It comes in four fully-adjustable sizes:
– Xlarge: for pets 80-150 lbs
– Large: for pets 50-80 lbs
– Medium: for pets 25-50 lbs
– Small: for pets 10-25 lbs)

it is lightweight for comfort and meets or exceeds Pet Safety Durability Test. there’s even a Youtube video for people to see how to put the harness on the dog (people like me who are unable to figure out how to do the simplest things).

plus there’s a portable dog bed, seat protectors and more.

am telling you me and Cici are going to go for a ride just to give the package a workout… oh yeah, it’s raining, it’s pouring, all the dogs are snoring, but no worries everything is water resistant…  still, us humans prefer inside to outside when it rains.

good thing, we can use everything right here at home, too.

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puppy evac plan


Rule #1: If it’s not safe for you to stay where you are, it is not safe for your pets! Never leave your pets behind in a disaster.

The Humane Society offers this advice: “If you leave, even if you think you may be gone only for a few hours, take your animals. Once you leave your home, you have no way of knowing how long you’ll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able to go back for your pets. And leave early ¿ if you wait to be evacuated by emergency officials, you may be told to leave your pets behind.”

Rule #2: Find a safe place that will take your pets long before you need the service!

Most evacuation shelters will not accept pets, so it is up to you to know your options in advance. Check — do not assume that you can show up at a friend’s or family member’s home with a carload of critters and be welcomed. Check with area hotels. Don’t forget to ask if their “no pets” policy would be waived during a disaster; many would. Check with out-of-town boarding facilities, shelters and vets as local groups may fill up quickly or have to evacuate as well. Keep your “pet friendly” accommodations list with your families emergency preparedness kit — yeah, you need one of those too!

Rule #3: Have a pet evacuation kit already assembled, and keep it up to date!

No shelter is going to accept a pet with an out-of-date or unknown vaccination history. It’s unsafe for everyone, especially your pet. This file should include any chronic medical conditions, medications and other pertinent information about your pet. Make sure to have identification securely attached to your pet, as well as a recent photo and description, should you become separated. Sturdy leashes and a carrier large enough for your pet to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down in is a must. Cages for smaller animals must be escape-proof. Remember to include bedding, bowls, any pet medications and enough food, litter and water for at least three days. Other useful items for your kit include paper towels, newspaper, trash bags and household bleach.

Rule #4: Make arrangements with friends, family or neighbors to help each other should an emergency strike when one of you is not home.

Make sure your pets are well socialized and will go willingly with another person. Write a plan so that everyone knows how to reach one another and designate a meeting place should phone communication be impossible. Include the location of your disaster kits and give a key to your home to someone you trust nearby.

Whether you actually evacuate your home or ride out the storm in place, having a plan will alleviate much of the stress such situations create. Empower yourself by being familiar with your local emergency plans. Being prepared to follow them will make getting through any type of emergency a much safer, saner experience for everyone.

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my dog ate what?

should you or do you feed your dog raw soup bones (the marrow)???  well, sometimes I do… however, this past week cici had one and ate the whole thing… it was frozen, she ate it over a few hours, and it was large… a few hours later, she was panting and just plain acting weird, finally, she threw up a few times, and by about midnight, she finally stopped panting and came to bed… the next few days she had the runs (diarrhea)… I fed her lightly and was quite concerned that she might have swallowed a big chunk that might have gotten caught and clogged up her intestines… the vet said she would have to have x-rays ($100) and possibly exploratory surgery (thousands)… so if I EVER give her a raw bone again, it will be MUCH Smaller… and I will monitor her more often… I was watching her but was surprised when the whole thing was GONE…

The other night watched a show on National Geographic about stuff that dogs eat… and usually had to have surgery for because it threatened their life/health… $800 in $20 bills (the dog was able to throw those up like a doggie ATM), a huge spoon, a clothes hanger, fish hooks, thong underwear and other crazy things…

what’s the weirdest thing that your dog has ever eaten???




Filed under belly rubs, bones, dog crazy, dog treats, dogs

car seat belts for K9’s…

Given how much traveling we’ve been doing, it’s starting to occur to me that maybe I should get cici her own seat belt or seat or something… sometimes I strap her into the regular seat belt… and sometimes she has her own comfy back seat filled with fluffy pillows, blankets and sleeping bags… still a harness of some kind for safety purposes seems like a good idea… what do you think?

if you have a dog seat belt that you’d like me and cici to review, let us know…

here’s a few I found online…

dog car seats…


dog seat belts…





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