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Eight Winter Petcare Tips

(Mother Earth News) Winter is a tough time for us all, but it can be especially hard on pets. Here are a few tips for protecting your pets this winter:

Keep pets indoors as much as possible during cold weather. Like humans, animals can get frostbite.

If a dog stays outside for the winter, it is important to provide an insulated home. Line the floor with cedar shavings or straw to ensure warmth. Check water often to make sure it has not frozen.

If your dog begins to shiver when you're out for a walk, bring it inside immediately.

Trim the long hair on the bottom of pets' feet to prevent ice balls from forming.

Road salt and other de-icing chemicals are damaging to pets' paws, and can be hazardous if ingested; wash your pets' paws after being outdoors. Use sand or a nontoxic alternative to salt when dealing with icy sidewalks.

Antifreeze is a poison, yet its sweet taste unfortunately attracts curious animals. Always clean any spills thoroughly. Or try a safer alternative, such as antifreeze made with propylene glycol.

Cats and wildlife seek shelter from warmth by crawling into available covered spaces, including vehicles. Banging on the hood of your car before starting the engine should scare out any stowaways.

Our smaller friends, such as birds, hamsters and guinea pigs, can be chilled if their cages are kept in drafty areas. Keep cages away from doors and windows in winter.

Safely destroy fleas on pets - Finally, a non-toxic, natural way to kill fleas, mites, chiggers and other parasitic insects on pets and in the house

by JB Bardot
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(The Best Years in Life) Nothing is more aggravating then finding fleas on the family pet. Even the best pet parents have their work cut out for them when flea season begins, and that doesn't include a possible infestation of chiggers or other creepy, crawling, mite-like invaders taking up residence in the home. Conventional flea treatments and topical applications may kill fleas; however, they can be dangerous for pet health. Insecticides leave toxic chemicals on pet fur and skin that eventually find their way into the animal's body, poisoning the liver. Other natural treatments may eliminate fleas in the yard, but can't be used in the house or directly on the animal. There is a way to treat pets and even barn animals that does work to eliminate the annoying, parasites -- and it's safe, natural and inexpensive.

Getting rid of fleas is a two-step process -- treat the pet and then, treat the house. The combination works, but both steps are necessary.

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Worst weeds for dogs? Foxtails are just a start

by Emily Green, Los Angeles Times

The Dry Garden: Worst weeds for dogs

A romp with your dog in the garden or park should be a happy thing. Life-affirming! Usually it is, until your dog encounters the wrong plant. Then it can swiftly become pain and suffering, first for the dog, then for your bank account. Inspired by my recent emergency room visit with terrier after what seemed like a Kodak moment in a meadow, this column is what amounts to a dog owner’s Most Wanted list of plants that gardeners should remove.

At the top of my list and also the lists of veterinarian
Nancy Kay and UC Davis weed scientist Joseph DiTomaso are foxtails. Depending on where you live, foxtails might be any number of grasses with needle-like seed heads. After a spectacularly wet winter and a mild, unusually long growing season this year, foxtails are still standing -- and at their most deadly: dry and brittle. The seeds are primed to embed themselves in your dog. In Southern California, DiTomaso said common foxtail-type grasses are wild barley, Hordeum murinum, and ripgut brome
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Eight Do-It-Yourself Doggie Projects

Are you a do-it-yourself person who likes to do projects and also owns a dog?  If so, check out these eight projects excerpted from a Care2.com article:

1. Dog Bed Craft Daisies has created an easy inexpensive pet bed to make.

2. Collar This tutorial form Sew4Home gives step-by-step directions for making an awesome collar. Here's a green suggestion from Sew4Home: "When this collar or leash starts to show wear, simply cut off the webbing/ribbon and reuse the hardware to make a new one."

3. Dog Tags Leave it to Martha Stewart to provide downloadable templates that uses easy-to-find materials to create a customized ID tag for your dog.

4. Biscuits Your pooches will love these healthy dog treats. Their breath smells great too!

5. Dog Food Make your own eco-friendly dog food. Your dog will thank you for this healthy meal. Also, check out these canine nutrition tips for keeping your dog healthy.

6. Booties Wintertime walks can be painful on sensitive paws. Some dogs love comfy boots. Also, check out the video on how to fit your dog for boots.

7. Dog Tent Here's a canine camp shelter that gives new meaning to the term "pup tent".

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Help your Pet Live Longer With Natural Preventative Care

What does doing natural preventative care for your pet mean? I once thought vaccinating, prevention medicines, and premium kibble were natural preventative pet care. Hardly.

Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical companies and the pet food industry have really pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes -but the wool is coming off! People are frustrated with the way traditional care has let them down and are seeking alternatives to help them not only give their pets more quality of life but longer lives. It seems as though we barely get our pets to a “settled” place in our lives before they’re gone. It doesn’t have to be like this.

Please don’t misunderstand, mainstream care does have its place but it should not be the only choice people and their pets have. In fact, I think it’s the imbalanced lean towards allopathic medicine rather than including homeopathic and naturopathic and alternative therapies that is a big part of the problem. At some point where do we stop and say, what happened to “first do no harm”?

Okay, so let’s start with what preventative, natural, holistic care means with a definition of the words holistic, preventative and natural which I obtained from my American Heritage Dictionary:

1. Holistic: emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts.

2. Natural: present in or produced by nature; not artificial or man-made; pertaining to or produced solely by nature or the expected order of things.

3. Preventive: designed or used to prevent or hinder; acting as an obstacle; precautionary; Thwarting or warding off illness or disease.

When we put all these definitions together: the whole of the parts working interdependently, without artificial ingredients or synthetics, in the natural order of things you will then ward off illness or disease! Now that we have the definition of natural pet care in place, let’s go deeper into the how to do this and thereby lowering the costs of your pet care and increase the longevity of your pets lives.

The first place to always start is with nutrition and that starts with what you are feeding your pets. My initial answer will be as species specific as you can get in a domestic setting. For dogs and cats that means that meat needs to be the primary ingredient of their food. Not kibble. Kibble isn’t fit for anything or anyone to eat. There a couple I will recommend in the light of a very reluctant pet owner not being able to stomach the idea of feeding raw meat to their dog or cat, but I will say that as long as you adhere to kibble your pets will experience the problems associated with food that their bodies weren’t designed to digest.

There are many different forms of feeding natural for example in dogs you can choose a B.A.R.F. diet which translates to Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and can also stand for Bones and Raw Food. This diet consists of all raw meats, veggies, dairy products, and nuts. Some adhere to strictly feeding raw meat and others to a cooked diet of meat and vegetables. I think that you’ve got to decide what will work in your household and do that and any of these, including the cooked diet is far better than any form of a kibble diet. Think of animals in the wild – they do not get kibble or pellets. Our domestic pets don’t need those things either!

I feed my dog a cooked meat diet along with a natural whole food liquid supplement. I also use essential oils to thwart parasites and help with the pain in his forelegs. He came to us as a very abused, starved, neglected nearly 5-month old puppy. Through trial and error we’ve found what keeps him healthy, strong and happy and he is completely natural. We do homeopathic for heartworm prevention. He actually runs with me and traditionally his breed is not a running breed – or so it’s thought! So you also need to include some precautionary nutrition along with natural feeding. For horses you always need to be concerned with worms but there are natural ways like using food grade (ONLY use food grade) diatomaceous earth –this also works well in cats, dogs and other warm-blooded animals but I prefer to use essential oils in my dog.

Next, I would question why vaccinating is touted as being so important to your pets health. Let me give you just a few examples, right from the experts themselves, of why vaccinating could be the very thing that is harming your pets rather than helping them:

Donna Starita Mehan, DVM - “Routine” vaccination has adverse side effects, either short or long term. With vaccines that are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity of these side effects in our pets has increased dramatically. Most of the problems involve the immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the immune system.”

Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, Ph.D. - “Annual revaccination provides no benefit and may increase the risk for adverse reactions. The percentage of vaccinated animals (those vaccinated only as puppies) protected from clinical disease after challenge with canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus in the study was greater than 95%.” Current and Future Canine and Feline Vaccination Programs. Dr. Ronald Schultz is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison. Schultz, R.D. – Current & Future Canine & Feline Vaccination Programs. Vet Med 3: No. 3, 233-254, 1998 more. A chart provided in the report shows immunity levels for all vaccines currently given to dogs lasting a minimum of 5 years with most lasting 7-15 years!

Don Hamilton, DVM - Yearly “boosters” are unnecessary, provide no benefit if given (will not increase immunity). Thus boosters are either a legal issue (Rabies) or a manipulation issue (inducing clients to come in for examination rather than directly suggesting an examination).

Charles E Loops DVM – “Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits. Vaccinations represent a major assault on the body’s immune system…. Vaccine induced chronic diseases range from life-threatening conditions such as auto-immune crises to conditions destroying the quality of life of an animal as in chronic skin allergies.”

These are just a few examples with veterinarians leading the way in sharing this information which I find interesting since vaccinations and surgeries are their bread and butter. A few of the holistic/homeopathic vets I know started in mainstream medicine and became frustrated and moved into the holistic arena so they could do their patients the most good. Feed correctly with proper back up supplementation and your pets will have natural immunities that protect them naturally from disease.

Another thing to do is to keep your pets stimulated mentally through exercise, play and training. Animals love to have a job and they love to be useful. The key to a good interaction here is training according to the natural interaction of the animal you own. What does that mean? For a dog it means approaching him or her using the “pack” mentality. For the horse it means approaching the horse the way another horse would.

It all makes common sense really. Good practical common sense, do away with all these synthetics, using the natural order of things, and all the parts working together means you don’t treat an illness, you treat the pet. I like what Dr. Shawn Messonnier wrote to one of the groups I belong to, “I don’t treat crystals in the urine, I treat the pet”.

That’s what holistic means: all the parts working together interdependently. So not treating the symptoms but caring for the entire animal is the answer to lowering your veterinarian costs and increasing the longevity of your pets lives.

About the author

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Dr. Kim Bloomer is a veterinary naturopath, and the creator and host of Animal Talk Naturally radio show. She hosts the show weekly with her like-minded colleague, Dr. Jeannie Thomason.

Dr. Kim is the co-author of the book Whole Health for Happy Dogs and author of the book Animals Taught Me That. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications including Animal Wellness Magazine, Natural Horse Magazine, and Dogs Naturally Magazine. She is an adjunct professor with Kingdom College of Natural Health.

Dr. Kim is trained and knowledgeable in the preventive, holistic health care of dogs and cats through proper species appropriate nutrition and other natural modalities. She is available for consultations on natural nutrition and holistic health care for dogs & cats via phone or email.

Dr. Kim and her husband are owned by a rescued Neapolitan Mastiff named Shadrach.

Visit her website at: Aspenbloom Pet Care

Visit Shadrach’s blog at: A Dogs View

Unrestrained Dogs in Cars Pose Risks to Themselves and Others

by Tony Isaacs

It is a common sight to see dog owners driving with dogs in their front seat or even in their laps, happily looking out the window. Yet, while many such dog owners might never drive anywhere without making sure that they and their children were buckled up for safety, they fail to consider that having their beloved companion unrestrained puts both their dog, themselves and any other passengers at risk.

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Rooney the life-saving dog is 'hero'

 
(iomtoday) A PORT Erin woman has described the dog that saved her life as 'my hero'.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, praised her boyfriend's Staffordshire bull terrier Rooney for dragging her out of the water after she injured herself in a fall on Castletown beach.

Three-year-old Rooney went missing for three days after the incident but was eventually re-united with the couple after a search by members of the public in Castletown.

The woman said she was glad that both she and Rooney were home safe and well after their ordeals.

She said: 'Rooney is my hero and I think he deserves some recognition. Staffies sometimes have a bad reputation, but he's wonderful.'

She has been walking Rooney on Castletown beach since he was a puppy.
On the day of the accident, they were walking along the beach as the tide was coming in at about 4.30pm.

She was looking at her mobile phone and didn't see a rock partly hidden by the waves. She tripped over the rock and fell badly, popping her right leg out of its socket.

She said: 'My leg was swinging loose and I was in so much pain I couldn't get up. The water was coming in around me, I was soaking and very cold.

'I was shouting for help and Rooney was barking. There was a man walking further up the beach but he didn't hear us, or else he didn't realise I was in trouble.'

Despite the fact he was wearing a muzzle, Rooney managed to drag the seven-stone woman up the beach, out of the incoming tide.

'He tried to move my arms and legs but I screamed and told him to stop,' she said. 'Then he got his head inside the hood of my sweatshirt and just started dragging me.

'I wasn't fully aware of what was going on but he must have moved me quickly because the next thing I remember was looking around and realising I wasn't in the water any more.'

She was able to reach her phone, which was wet and caked in sand. After a few attempts, she got through to the emergency services and an ambulance was sent to the beach.

But Rooney was not allowed into the ambulance and ran off once it had left the scene.

The woman was in hospital for five days and underwent a successful operation on her hip. She is already off crutches and healing well.
During that time, she and her boyfriend made a public appeal for help to find Rooney, who was found on Castletown beach three days later.

'He had made a little nest for himself in the rocks by the harbour and went back to the beach at the time we would usually go for a walk, expecting me to be there,' she said.

'He hadn't eaten in days because he still had his muzzle on, but otherwise he was healthy.'

She added: 'Rooney is such a sweetheart. He wouldn't leave me lying on that beach. He saved my life.

'I don't know what would have happened if he had not been there with me because I couldn't move. When you hear about amazing things like this it's hard to believe it, but this is really true.'

She thanked everyone who treated her at Noble's Hospital and everyone in Castletown who took part in the search for Rooney, saying they all did a 'super job'

Where Do Pets Go When They Dream?

Lab research indicates that they often replay past experiences

By Maryann Mott

FRIDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- How many pet owners have gotten a chuckle out of watching their dog sleep while its paws race frenetically in place?

Many figured that Rover was romping somewhere in dreamland, and scientists say they were right: Pets do dream while sleeping.

As dogs and cats doze, images of past events replay in their minds much the same way humans recall experiences while dreaming, said Matthew Wilson of MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory in Cambridge, Mass. That's because the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory, is basically wired the same way in virtually all vertebrates and mammals, he said.

"If you compared a hippocampus in a rat to a dog; in a cat to a human, they contain all of the same pieces," said Wilson, an associate professor of brain and cognitive sciences.

Like people, pets go through multiple stages of sleep, from periods of slow wave sleep to REM (rapid eye movement), where most dreaming occurs.

"From the minute your head hits the pillow and you're out, the dreaming process begins," he said.

Non-REM dreams consist of quick snapshots of things usually done that day. During the deeper sleep state of REM, dreams last much longer and tap into a vast pool of past experiences drawn from weeks, months, even years in the past.

REM occurs approximately every 90 minutes in people, and every 25 minutes in cats.

In dogs, research shows the frequency and length of dreams is linked to their physical size, said psychologist Stanley Coren, author of several books including How Dogs Think: Understanding the Canine Mind.

For example, he said, mastiffs and Great Danes might dream every 45 minutes for about five minutes, compared to their smaller canine cousins that enter a dream state every 10 minutes with episodes lasting less than 60 seconds.

Owners can tell if their dozing dog or feline is dreaming by looking for these clues: whisker twitching, paw tremors, irregular breathing and -- in dogs -- occasional high-pitched yips.

But what do our pets dream about? Researchers believe they know the answer. Older studies, done decades ago in cats, involved temporarily releasing the suppression of motor activity that happens during REM sleep so they'd act out their dreams.

What researchers witnessed is sleepwalking cats doing things they'd normally do while awake -- walking, swatting their forepaws, even pouncing on imaginary prey.

Similar research showed the same held true for dogs.

"Pointers point at dream birds, and Dobermans growl at dream burglers," Coren said.

Those experiments were not a demonstration of actual dreaming, said MIT's Wilson, but do suggest that in REM sleep the brain is functioning the same way it behaves during normal wakefulness. As early as 2001, he decided to find out if animals did in fact dream by eavesdropping on the sleeping brain.

Wilson used electrodes to record the brain activity of rats as they ran a circular track and later as they slept. He discovered, by examining more than 40 REM episodes recorded while the rats slept, that the sleeping rodents often appeared to replay images of navigating the track in real time. About 50 percent of the episodes repeated the unique signature of brain activity created as the animal ran. In fact, because records of the neural signals in both the sleep and waking states were so similar, Wilson said he could reconstruct where the dreaming rats were on the track and whether they were standing still or running.

This human-like ability to dream about actual experiences almost certainly applies to pets, he said.

"My guess is -- unless there is something special about rats and humans -- that cats and dogs are doing exactly the same thing," he said.

In the scientific community, animals are often thought of as reflex machines, operating by instinct alone. But this view is slowly starting to change, noted Wilson, as new information about dreaming in animals is unearthed.

Coren, the psychologist, agreed. He said that one of his heroes, Charles Darwin, "basically claimed if you can prove that an animal dreams, then, in effect, you can prove that's consciousness. Because after all, what is a dream other than a conscious image?"

Wilson's current work goes beyond analyzing dream content and relates to what's going on inside the brain during wakefulness. Using lab-built devices with an array of electrodes, he's found that rats appear to replay memories while doing normal, everyday activities like nibbling on food or sitting quietly. In other words, he said, they're thinking about the past, and possibly contemplating the future.

"The idea that rats may actually be thinking -- just as humans think when they're sitting, appearing not to be doing anything -- suggests the full range of cognitive abilities that we have," he said.

Wilson believes his work extends beyond using animal models to explore human memory and cognition. "It really is using animal models to study animal cognition," he said. "Understanding the differences will give us a better understanding of where we stand in the hierarchy of organisms on the planet."

More information

There's more on animals' sleep and dreams at the National Sleep Foundation.

SOURCES: Matthew Wilson, Sherman Fairchild Professor in Neurobiology, departments of brain and cognitive sciences and biology, Picower Institute of Learning and Memory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Stanley Coren, psychologist, author of books on animal behavior

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Natural Help for Canine Hip Dysplasia

by Luella May

Hip dysplasia, the most common cause of canine arthritis, is an ailment that affects generally large breeds of dogs. Causing high levels of pain and decreased mobility, it is a very debilitating condition that interferes with a dog’s ability to enjoy life. Although hip dysplasia is thought to be incurable, many dogs have been reported to have made remarkable recoveries through dietary changes, exercise and natural remedies.

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Sweet Adeline

posted by Susan Wagner Care2

A horse a day keeps the doctor away — that's my motto!

The weather's finally broken after a long harsh winter, and I'm itching to do a few farm visits. There's something special about springtime on a farm. It must be the new life all around - lambs, foals, calves and lots of daffodils and forsythia.

There's one special horse I can't visit this year. She's passed on, but her healing energy survives. Her name was Sweet Adeline, and she was one of the healing horses at Serendipity Stables in York, Ohio. I don't think the owner had any idea of how appropriate the name was at the time she chose it. Sweet Adeline is one of the most amazing creatures to ever to walk this planet. I don't make statements like that lightly. I was blessed to do energy medicine on Sweet Adeline a few times, and I have never felt anything so powerful before or since. I think she was helping me more than I was treating her.

Her miraculous story began as a healing horse — mostly for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She and her companions have helped hundreds of children from all over the world. One Sunday afternoon in 2002, Serendipity Stables was hosting its monthly open house. The barn was small and modest, no match for the F3 tornado that hit suddenly with 150 mph winds. All structures on the farm were destroyed, two horses were killed and three were severely wounded.

During this fateful day, serendipity put 12 people next to this amazing creature. As the storm hit, Sweet Adeline kicked three people to the ground to prevent them from running out of the barn, then pinned all of them between her body and the wall. She endured flying metal that turned into shrapnel, severely injuring her. Sweet Adeline never moved, saving the lives of everyone. The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association honored her with the Outstanding Animal Hero Award.

But her story doesn't end there! Two years later, Sweet Adeline had an accident that crushed a joint in her left rear leg. Orthopedic specialists suggested euthanasia. The odds of a successful surgery were slim, and even if they tried, it was very likely that one of her other legs would founder during the healing process. Horses need all four legs — they just can't survive on three. The veterinary recommendation was reasonable and compassionate, but they didn't understand that this was Sweet Adeline they were examining.

Donations came from everywhere for the surgery. She made it through, but the leg never completely healed. Unlike any normal horse, Sweet Adeline didn't let that stop her. She had more healing work to do. She toe-touched on that back leg for years, and all three of her other legs remained healthy. I always enjoyed the looks on my veterinary students faces when they would see her wobbling out of her stall. She was nothing short of a miracle in action.

Sweet Adeline lived for 4 years until the leg finally became too painful for her. I've heard stories of people photographing her empty stall, then seeing a horse standing there once the pictures were developed. Others have said they would catch a horse out of the corner of their eye. When they turned, it was gone.

Imagination? Perhaps. One thing I know for sure is that nothing can keep energy like that down. Wherever Sweet Adeline is right now, you can be sure someone next to her is healing.

Canine Cushing's can be Treated Naturally

by Luella May

Cushing's Disease is a common condition in older dogs. Too often, the symptoms are attributed to the normal aging process. Left untreated, canine Cushing's can lead to serious conditions such as diabetes, pancreatitis, heart disease, seizures, kidney failure, and nervous disorders. However, with the proper natural treatment, pets with Cushing's can go on to live a longer and more comfortable life.

The most common cause of Cushing's is a benign tumor in the pituitary gland. The tumor causes the pituitary gland to over secrete ACTH, (adrenocorticotrophic hormone) which, in turn, causes the adrenals to release excessive cortisol. Bec

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Flea and Tick Medications Harming Tens of Thousands of Pets

Due to an alarming increase in reports of injuries suffered by pets in the past few years due to the use of flea and tick control products, the Environmental Protection Agency reported on March 17, 2010 that they are planning to take stricter measures in the marketing of these products. The pets affected are in the tens of thousands. The EPA received 44,263 reports of harm suffered by pets in 2008. This number of these reports was a drastic increase compared to 28,895 in 2007. Pet owners reported skin irritations, burns, welts, drooling, vomiting, seizures, disorientation, neurological problems, and death. It is estimated that 600 of these injuries resulted in death.

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Beat Canine PVS with Special Attention and Tender Loving Care

by Luella May

Canine peripheral vestibular syndrome (PVS) is a condition that few people are aware of and the frightening symptoms often lead dog owners to believe that their pet has been poisoned or is having a stroke. Special attention to the affected dog’s needs and “tender loving care” offer the best chances of a full recovery or minimal lasting effects.

PVS usually gives no warning and strikes out of the blue. In just an instant, a perfectly healthy dog can become extremely ill. The symptoms usually include the following:

1. Staggering and falling.
2. Vomiting – May appear yellow and frothy.
3. Eyes moving rapidly from side-to-side.
4. Head tilts to one side.
5. Refuses food and water.

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Protecting Your Dog from the Scorching Heat of August

by Luella May

(The Best Years in Life) This summer has been abnormally hot and dry in much of the country, with very little rain or other relief and plenty of advisories to stay indoors.  Such heat can literally suck the life out of you the same way it does to the parched ground and withering plants - and it can do so for animals as well as humans, especially dogs which are normally kept outdoors.   As we head into August, usually the hottest month of the summer, there appears to be no relief in site for us or our pets.  Thus it is important to protect our beloved pets from the soaring temperatures.

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Dog Saves Life of 3-Year-Old Girl Lost in the WoodsDog Saves Life of 3-Year-Old Girl Lost in the Woods

Posted to Care2 Healthy and Green Living by Jerry James Stone

A toddler, lost overnight in the woods, with only a t-shirt to protect her from 30-degree weather, isn’t the kind of story that usually ends well. But it did for three-year-old Victoria. Thanks to her Queensland heeler named Blue.

“We have to give a lot of credit to Blue,” said Kim Rayfield, the girl’s aunt. “He pretty much stayed with her all night.”

Or maybe we should call him Lassie?

Victoria wandered away from her Cordes Lake home and got lost in the nearby mountains. She was off to find the family’s other dog, Rusty, who she mistakenly thought was lost. Not long after, her parents noticed her missing.

Some 15 hours later, she was discovered by searchers in a Department of Public Safety helicopter. They found her lying on the ground, face down. She had been lying amid the brush and rocks, with her feet frostbitten and her body in scratches. Blue was right at her side. The dog had been keeping her alert and warm all night.

At first, Blue seemed apprehensive, protective of Victoria, according to the newspaper. But then she smiled and Blue relaxed.

“I think once the dog realized we were there to help them out, he was very excited,” Department of Public Safety pilot Matthew Uhl said.

Victoria was treated for mild frostbite on her feet and was kept overnight for observation. She is expected to be fine.

Welcome back, Victoria! And great job, Blue!

Source: The Arizona Republic

What is Kitty Trying to Tell You?

By Allison Ford, DivineCaroline

I can barely stumble out of bed in the morning before my cat tries to strike up a conversation. As she goes through her busy day, she tells me when she’s ready to eat, when she wants to play, and if she’s in another room and sees a bug, she demands that I come vanquish it immediately. She doesn’t speak English, of course, but she’s trained me to correctly interpret every little sound she makes, from the meekest “meep” to the mightiest “MROW!”

Talk Kitty to Me

When cats communicate with each other, they do so almost silently. Felines mostly communicate through smell and body language, rarely having to raise their voices. Cats leave scent markers to tell other cats about their sex, their reproductive status, and their health, and when communicating face to face, they rely on a complex system of postures and body language to let each other know how they’re feeling. Cats are experts at communication, so with the exception of hisses and growls, most cat-to-cat interactions are wordless. When the humans enter the room, however, suddenly everyone’s got something to say. That’s because many of the vocalizations cats make are expressly for human benefit.

Cats start meowing when they’re kittens, in order to get their mother’s attention and food, and the most vocal babies are the ones who get the most of each. Domestic cats never grow out of this juvenile vocalization, because they’ve learned that it’s a pretty effective way to get what they want from people. It’s almost as if domestic cats think of us as mother figures, and they’re not afraid to let us know when they’re hungry, angry, or want some affection.

8 Remarkable Animals That Saved People’s Lives

Text by Bryan Nelson, MNN.com

(Mother Nature Network) Many people owe their lives to the tender protection and brave acts of other animals. Here’s just a small look at the stories of eight remarkable animals that have saved people’s lives.

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Little dog shows never-ending devotion

January 11, 10:12 AM by Sharon Seltzer, Pet Rescue Examiner

In classic Disney style, when an ambulance pulled up to the doors of Beverly Hospital in Montebello, CA on the night of New Year’s Eve, a small tan-colored dog trailed right behind. She circled around the emergency vehicle while a woman was transported inside and then waited all night outside the hospital doors.

The next day the hospital staff saw the same little pup standing by the doors again, eagerly looking at each person as they walked in and out.  For a week the dog, who was nicknamed, “Beverly” scanned the parking lot or stood outside the doors of the hospital looking for her owner. 

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Precious the Cat and Colloidal Silver

By Luella May

It is amazing how we can wake up on a given morning and take for granted that it will be just another day. Little do we know that part of our life is about to change. It might not be an overwhelming change, although sometimes just a small inconvenient change can turn out to be a thorn in one's side.

It all started about three weeks ago when I went on my routine weekly visit to a rest home. As I was in the midst of my bible study, the nurses rolled in a very unhappy Miss Linda. The nurses had forced her to take a bath and come out of her room. Miss Linda had fallen out of her bed within the week and hurt her back. Although I have heard of an ensuing depression after an elderly person breaks a hip, I have not heard of this happening from just hurting one's back. However, Miss Linda has lost her will to do anything, including eat. This presented a problem with regard to her pet, Precious the cat. She had also stopped feeding and caring for Precious. The nurses all seemed to have great disdain for this cat. Nobody would volunteer to feed or change the litter box until Linda recovered.

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Two Puppies Save Life of Young Boy

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