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A K9 holiday

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.

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Chicken lickin good

What is better than a chicken dinner? Baked or fried, roasted or drowning in gravy, side of mashed potatoes and biscuits, chicken dinner is yummy comfort food for humans and also dogs.

The good folks at Spring Naturals asked Cici to do a taste test on their Chicken dinner, kibble for dogs. They sent us a one pound bag and Cici scarfed it up with zest. She is a little fussy about her food sometimes. But I’d say that she gave this food four paws up.

What I like about the food is that it has chicken as the first ingredient and other good ingredients (flax seed, quinoa) that you don’t normally find in dog food. (see the complete list below).  I also like that there are no ingredients from China and that the food is made in the USA and there are no fillers such as corn or soy or wheat.

Spring Naturals prides itself on using only the highest quality ingredients from select suppliers located in the USA, Canada and Western Europe (vitamin/mineral mixes), and New Zealand (lamb). Each Spring Naturals product is made in the USA without any ingredients from China, to give pet parents complete confidence they’re feeding their pet the best possible diet.

The nation’s leading pet nutritionists have developed each of Spring Naturals’ recipes, and only real meat, poultry or fish is used as the #1 ingredient. Unlike other pet foods on the market, Spring Naturals does not contain meat, poultry or fish meals of any kind. Meaning, each Spring Naturals recipe is formulated without high glycemic ingredients like corn, wheat, soy, potato starch or rice.

The Spring Naturals’ line includes dry and canned dinners for dogs in Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Lamb and Salmon. Look for their recipes available in Whole Grain and Grain Free varieties, with an Organic line, too.

Fans of Spring Naturals can follow them at www.facebook.com/springnaturals or on Twitter @springnaturals. To learn more about Spring Naturals and their growing line of dinners and treats visit their website at www.SpringNaturals.com.


Chicken, chickpeas, peas, dried eggs, barley, oats, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dicalcium phosphate, quinoa, sun-cured alfalfa, flaxseed, natural flavors, calcium carbonate, salt, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomato pomace, potassium chloride, choline chloride, blueberries, cranberries, apricots, carrots, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, dandelion greens, chicory root extract, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract.

– Whole Grain Dry Dinners range from 4lb bags (beginning at $10.49, depending on recipe) to 26lb bags (beginning at $59.49, depending on recipe)
– Grain Free Dry Dinners range from 4lb bags (beginning at $10.99, depending on recipe) to 26lb bags (beginning at $63.99, depending on recipe)
– Organic Dry Dinners are coming soon and will range from 4lb bags (beginning at $28.99, depending on recipe) to 12lb bags (beginning at $79.99, depending on recipe)
– Whole Grain Canned Dinners come in 13oz cans and retail for $2.29 each
– Grain Free Canned Dinners come in 13oz cans and retail for $2.59 – $2.99 each, depending on recipe
– Organic Canned Dinners are coming soon and will be available in 13oz cans and retail for $2.59 – $2.99 each, depending on recipe
– Whole Grain treats come in 6oz pouches and retail for $7.99 each
– Grain Free treats come in 6oz pouches and retail for $8.99 each
– Organic  treats are coming soon and will be avaialble in 6oz pouches and retail for $9.99 each
(you can also purchase online at www.PetFoodDirect.com and www.PSCPets.com)


Cici relished eating it and so will your pooches.

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healthy pet food: what does that mean?

the article below discusses a popular cat food…and the ingredients that are in this pet food when it is advertised as if there is a lot of fresh seafood within… when there is a lot of other stuff mostly and barely a sliver of seafood.

cigarettes, lies and pet food ads, http://www.naturalnews.com/024​210_food_pet_cat.html, beware, read ingredients in pet food, don’t buy pet food from grocery stores or even regular pet food stores.

I was recently approached by the PR folks for Beneful. They’ve got  some new pet food they’re promoting and wanted to send me a sample so I could tell you all how yummy Cici thought it was. Since there was Healthy in the name of the product, I decided to check out the health of the ingredients. Unfortunately, I was correct in assuming that the ingredients were not at all healthy. The ingredient list was hidden, you have to click to see it. These people are so forthcoming about what a great product they’re offering pet owners NOT.

And of course, the manufacturer is Nestle’ who sends infant formula to the third world with ingredients that are not ok here and gmo-laden chocolate to our shelves. And Purina, these are the same folks.  But we’ve all seen their commercials for Beneful, with the cute dog and his owner playing with Mr. Fuzzy Blue man toy…  must be good food. Not if you think your dog deserves REAL protein, no grains and actual nutrition.


Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), rice flour, chicken, soy flour, water, propylene glycol, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, salt, phosphoric acid, animal digest, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried carrots, dried tomatoes, avocado, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, added color (Yellow 5, Red, 40, Blue 2, Yellow 6), Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

and this is what they tell you it has, yum, festive accents of avocado and tomato (does not say dried bits because then no one would buy it)…

Healthy Fiesta provides balanced nutrition to help keep your dog happy and healthy, made with wholesome ingredients including festive accents of avocado and tomato.

and golly gee whiz the other two “healthy” products Harvest and Radiance have remarkably similar ingredient lists, with a few variations… and yet this is what they advertise:

Healthy Harvest® dog food supports your dog’s health and happiness with its complete and balanced nutrition, featuring soy and other real, wholesome ingredients.

where? did I miss the real wholesome ingredients????  and soy is not wholesome, and whee is the complete and balance nutrtion, must be written in invisible ink???

and then there is the other product they wanted Cici to try, the prepared dog food that looks just like beef stew, hearty roaster… doesn’t that look and sound delish?

Here’s the ingredients for the so-called Premium dog food:

Water sufficient for processing, beef, wheat gluten, liver, green beans, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, carrots, barley, artificial and natural flavors, salt, calcium phosphate, soy flour, potassium chloride, added color, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin A supplement, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium selenite.


don’t think feeding your pet unhealthy junk food makes for a healthy happy pet, in my humble opinion.

Better to feed your dog a healthy food choice like Canine Health by Dr. Harvey’s… add meat/protein and oil and hot water, cook for 8 minutes and feed…

Canine Health is made from 6 certified organic grains, 9 vegetables and 14 herbs.

Dr. Harvey uses only the finest organic and all-natural human consumption ingredients in Canine Health. Canine Health is made with no dyes, no preservatives, and no chemicals.

what I have noticed with Cici is that she scarfs up all of the food from Dr. Harvey, licking the bowl clean, she loves this food. With a couple of other healthy raw dehydrated foods she eats, she leaves some of it at the bottom of the bowl and has gotten tired of it. With Dr. Harvey’s, I get the 5 pound bag which lasts about a month (less or more depends on the size/weight of your dog) and costs about $40 + the cost of the meat, and shipping the product to my home.  I also get her raw beef soup bones from the grocery store, freeze them and then give them to her. That way, the bones do not splinter and Cici does not choke on them. You can order the food directly from Dr. Harvey (he is really nice, I talked to him on the phone because I had questions and was impressed that he was so accessible) or from Amazon and/or your favorite online pet food company. I would NOT recommend doggiefood.com as it took Two WHOLE weeks to get the food.

Dogs, cats and snakes are carnivores, with sharp, interlocking teeth designed to grasp prey.

Cats and snakes are obligate carnivores, which means they must consume a meat diet to maintain health, whereas dogs are scavenging carnivores, who, in addition to a meat based diet, can consume other types of foods without dire consequences.

By nature’s design, rabbits and horses were never intended to consume meat. Dogs and cats were not designed to eat or digest grains. So, as you would expect, when you feed your dog and cat companions foods they were not designed to eat, you’re asking for trouble.


your pet eats too much dry food


You could also make homemade food such as the BARF diet (Bones and Raw Food):

In a blender or food processor make about 500 grams of crushed raw fruit and vegetables. The vegetables can include pumpkin, spinach, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, corn, squash, mushrooms, peas, beans, etc. Just about any vegetable you can find. The fruit can include apples, bananas, oranges (peeled), tomatoes, kiwi fruit, etc. Again, anything in season. It is very important that the fruit and vegetables are processed into a fine pulp so the dog can’t pick them out. It is also important that all the ingredients are raw, as many of the nutrients are lost when cooked.

Combine 1/2 kg of processed row fruit and veggie’s and 2 kg of raw lean meat and add bones. To this mix add the following: 5 whole raw eggs

3 table spoons of flax seed oil or Cod Liver Oil

3 tablespoons of brewers yeast

3 tablespoons of kelp powder

3 tablespoons of vitamin C powder

half a tub of plain yogurt or cottage cheese


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Are you a Super Hero or a Hot Dog?

How about a Super Hero Hot Dog, sounds like a new sandwich sensation… and while not on the subject, ok, I just love taking quizzes especially ones that tell me who I am related to a subject of importance like What SuperHero am I really, how old is my blog, how old my blog is in human years, how about dog years and/or is my blog rated family friendly, pet friendly, K9 or x-rated… 

Ok, so you will be happy to know that I am Mighty Mouse

look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Mighty Mouse, able to scale tall buildings in a single bound and who disguised as Cici the Wonder Dog (her faithful companion) fight a neverending battle for truth, justice and the American way… oh yeah, that’s Super what’s his name… is there a SuperDog hero? Super Mutt? Super Wonder Dog?


and by the way, here’s a new trick… put something dog-addictive into their toy to nibble, chew and entertain for hours… last night, watched the movie The Heartbreak Kid, which was kinda funny, while Cici was happily chewing on her new toy with a hidden turkey hot dog inside of it…  any other tricks to keep your dog occupied??? 


According to Wikipedia, Mighty Mouse originally had a blue costume with a red cape, like Superman; but over time this changed to a yellow costume with a red cape. As with other imitations of Superman, Mighty Mouse’s super powers allow him to fly, and make him incredibly strong and invulnerable. He has demonstrated the use of “X-ray vision” in at least one cartoon, while during several cartoons he used a form of super-hypnosis that even allowed him to command inanimate objects and turn back time (as in the cartoons The Johnstown Flood and Krakatoa). Other cartoons have him leaving a red contrail as he flies which he can manipulate like a band of solid flexible matter when he so desires. The initial formula consisted of an extended setup of a crisis which needs extraordinary help to resolve and Mighty Mouse appears to save the day.

Yup, that’s me, Mighty Mouse with my Wonder Dog…

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Foods that are Toxic for Dogs… from my vet…

I found this article helpful so I thought I’d share it with you…




Many pet owners are not aware of some foods that can cause serious illness in our pets.



Chocolate can be deadly to our pets due to theobromine, a cardiac stimulant and diuretic in chocolate. The highest concentration of theobromine is found in baking chocolate. A 20-pound dog will be seriously affected if it consumes just one quarter of a 10-ounce packet of cocoa powder or one half of a block of cooking chocolate. Semi-sweet and dark chocolate contain less, but more than is found in milk chocolate. A dog would have to consume relatively large quantities of dark and milk chocolate to experience toxicity. The size of the pet greatly impacts the severity of the impact. One candy bar eaten by a 100-pound Rottweiler may not cause any signs of illness while the same consumed by a  4-pound Yorkshire terrier could potentially cause death.


Symptoms of chocolate toxicity include staggering, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, tremors, fever, increased heart rate, seizures, and coma. Contact your veterinarian immediately. If the chocolate was eaten within three hours, it may be possible to induce the pet to vomit, to decrease toxicity.



Onion poisoning can occur after a single ingestion of a large quantity of onions (ie, 20 to 25 ounces of onion consumed by a 20-pound dog), or after repeated meals each containing small amounts of onion (5 ounces of onion fed to a 20-pound dog several days in a row). Garlic can also cause toxicity in pets, but must be consumed in very large quantities.


Pets affected by onion poisoning will develop hemolytic anemia. Symptoms include lethargy, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and discolored urine. A visit to the veterinarian is warranted. 



Grapes and raisins have been shown to cause acute kidney failure in pets. The exact dose of this food necessary to cause illness is unknown, though a small handful of grapes may be enough to cause toxicity in a 20-pound dog. Pets made ill by grape or raisin consumption are likely to begin vomiting, and you may notice grape skins in the material they bring up initially.


If you know your dog has consumed grapes, contact your veterinarian. Aggressive intravenous therapy may need to be initiated as soon as possible and continued for at least 72 hours. If the quantity consumed is large enough, and damage to the kidney is severe enough, even aggressive therapy may not save the pet.



Many types of nuts can be dangerous when consumed by pets. Even a small amount (one macadamia nut per pound of dog) can cause grave illness. Signs of this poisoning include fever, muscle tremors, weakness, and paralysis of the hind limbs. Some dogs may be unable to rise. Their limbs may be swollen and painful when manipulated. If treatment is sought quickly, your veterinarian may be able to induce vomiting before the nuts are absorbed.


Raw Eggs

Raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). A biotin deficiency can cause skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain salmonella, which can cause illness in pets.  If you feel you must supplement your dog”s diet with eggs, cook the eggs before serving. 


Raw Fish

Feeding raw fish can lead to a deficiency of another B vitamin, thiamine. This can manifest as pain along the spine that seems to radiate out from the muscles. Regularly feeding raw fish treats can lead to loss of appetite, seizure, and in severe cases, death.


Poultry Bones

Feeding pets chicken bones can lead to severe gastrointestinal damage. When cooked, the hollow poultry bones splinter into sharp shards as a pet chews them. When swallowed, these shards can lacerate and even penetrate the gastrointestinal tract. Surgery is often required and is invasive, costly and avoidable.


It is important for pet owners to monitor the foods their pets are consuming. During the holiday season, it is important that everyone be informed about the dangers these festive foods may pose to our pets. Ideally, pets’ meals should be restricted to a complete, balanced, high quality, species-specific diet for a long, healthy life.



From an article by Gary L. Ailes, DVM, titled “Dietary Dangers for Our Pets,” VRP Newsletter, Oct. 2007



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Happy Birthday to me and Jamie Lee… and Happy T-day to everyone else!

Today is my birthday and everyone is celebrating it…  we were going to be at the beach, Monterey, but we had to change our plans…


am making a turkey, have not made one in a LONG time, can’t remember when…  it’s cooking and smelling good… stuffing, cranberries, corn, and yams… and a chocolate cake, yum yum…me and my puppy wish you all a prosperous turkey day and good fortune !    



President John F. Kennedy (1917–1963)



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Barking at her own reflection… don’t worry, be happy

My friends had suggested that I take my dog on virtual walks, through a guided visualization, where she can run and play on the beach, as well as (I added this) play with other dogs. I also gave her a divine physical therapist, healer, trainer, and it was a lot of fun. Afterwards, believe it or not, her leg was stronger, she stopped hopping, and she even tried to climb this hill, which she has not done before. Some people may not think this means anything or think it’s coincidence, ok, that’s fine. For others, you know this works so I thought that I’d mention it. I will continue doing this.

My dog is bored and wants to run and play more than she can at this point, so part of doing this, is to help her dissipate some of the energy she has excessive amounts of, which leads to chewing up everything in sight and / or sticking her head under the bed and whining or growling or barking at me.

Speaking of barking, so funny, she saw her own reflection in the door to the laundry room and was barking at herself, thinking it was another dog, so i opened up the door so she could see that there was no dog in there… she sniffed around, looked confused, and looked at me, like what happened, where did the dog go? funny girl…

We did some training, stay and come and she did ok, but a few times, she just decided to mosy over, took her time, or she came before I told her to come… so this needs some work, she is still young…


dog self awareness…


dog training course

Countown to my birthday/Thanksgiving… got a huge turkey… so far no one to share it with… my friends are in Vegas or California or on the east coast, some in other countries, too. Dead relatives and the ones who are alive, never mind. I used to dread the holidays because it meant spending time with the family, now I’ve got no family to spend them with. Sad.

I would love to be at the beach, in Carmel, Monterey, Maui, Hawaii, any of the islands, in the Bay area, San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, Pacific Grove, for my birthday… have a reservation, but don’t know yet how that could happen due to circumstances. Being stuck in northern Nevada is ok. It’s quiet and peaceful here at least. Could be worse. Count my blessings.

Praying for a new car/SUV, silver one, good on gas mileage, a Hybrid, or efficient, low mileage used one, as well as my own home near the beach. I used to live in Bodega Bay at the beach. It was cold in winter but I loved it there, listening to the surf / waves at night, the deer would come to the lawn, there were rainbows. The stars. Sigh.

There are a lot of stars here at night, and weird animal sounds. Rumors of wild bears, coyotes, and horses.

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