Tabby Cat Makes
Life Easier for Dying Veterans.
“Dorothy Rizzo, palliative care coordinator on the hospice unit, described the orange tabby as a much-needed normalizing factor in an otherwise somber environment. “There’s something about the presence of an animal that has a calming effect,” she said. “Watching the cat or petting him takes you out of the sad moment you’re in. Animals, like babies, are life-affirming in a way. “It’s not that Tom’s an especially cuddly cat,” she added. “He’s not into cuddling, but he’ll curl up right beside you.” – See the rest of the article at: http://1.usa.gov/1GJnSgF
We adopted a dog today! Her Mom has to go to assisted living and can no longer keep her. She is a five year old, eleven pound sweetie.
These are a few of the things that came with her that I will toss ASAP. We will feed her Orijen. Better food will be better for her body and better spirit.
Let’s start with the dog food. Pet food is listed by heaviest ingredient first. The first two ingredients are good, then it goes downhill from there. Ground rice, rice can be a good ingredient, but it needs to be whole, not partial. Soy is not digestible by dogs. Corn is the source of many allergies and it considered filler, cheap filler at that.
Dried plain beet pulp, beet pulp is the garbage leftover from making sugar. (It’s a win for the sugar manufacturers, get rid of their trash and cheap ingredient for pet food manufacturers.) Brown rice, that’s good, but it’s far down the list, so not really not much good. More corn, really? Dried peas and carrots are fine, but far down the list.
The actual kibble has three different colors, food coloring is not desirable in pet food, good pet food is not dyed.
Another way to know you have a garbage food in your hands is how much you need to feed your dog. Rachel Ray’s food says for a 12 pound dog 1 1/4 cups?? Orijen for 11 pound dog is 3/4 of a cup.
Better food means more nutrition is available for your dog’s body, which means less poo!! You are what you eat!
Dingo Twist Sticks. After I see they are made in China, all stop! China is not a place anyone’s food should come from. Rawhides made outside of the USA can be preserved with formaldehyde, a probable carcinogen. Then they are made with salt and sugar?? And more dye. If you give your dog rawhide it needs to come from USA or Canada.
By now you can guess what I have to say about milk bone.
I don’t really feel very secure walking a dog on a retractable leash. I’ll probably keep it, but not use it much.
We are so lucky to have a little girl like this come to us. Chon said maybe I would come home from my house sit in Forks with a dog. I told my girl friend I did animal rescue with and she found us a dog!
Two of us from the Friends of Forks Animals decorated a window in the Fern Gallery many years ago. The items were supplied by a local Vietnam K-9 Handler.
Go to learn more about Military Working Dogs. http://huff.to/1E5WrdR
This is what happens when I go digging in our pictures.
How To Train A Cat To Walk With A Harness
How do you train a cat to walk on a leash? It’s easier than you may think! These six tips tell you how.
1. You’ll need a harness that’s comfortable, sturdy and easy to put on. Cats tend to resist harnesses that slip over their heads. You’ll have better luck with one that has straps that buckle around the cat’s neck and middle. Harnesses with straps are also more secure.
2. Your cat will be more comfortable with his new harness if you leave it out for a few days so he can get used to it and it absorbs familiar scents before trying to put it on.
3. If your cat is eager to go out, sit next to the door with him and put the harness and leash on. Open the door, and tell him the two of you are going outdoors for a walk.
4. If your cat is timid and anxious, give him some wet food or treats to distract him while you’re putting the harness on. Let him walk around with the harness on. If he seems unhappy, take it off and try again another day. Don’t give up! He’ll get used to it.
5. Attach the leash to the harness and let the cat walk around the house, dragging the leash behind him. Make sure it doesn’t get caught on anything!
6. When your cat’s comfortable in his harness and leash, walk behind him holding the leash. Keep it slack, and don’t restrict his movement. Just let him get used to having you follow him.
When your cat is used to his harness and leash, you’re ready to venture outdoors. Remember, this is a whole new world to him, and he might want to stay close to the door at first. But he’ll soon be ready to start exploring, taking you right along with him.
Walking On The Wild Side With Kitty
Ilmari Karonen (Own work)
via Wikimedia CommonsI’ve been told that you can train a cat to go where you want to go by talking in a friendly voice and encouraging her to follow you. But I’ve never had much luck with this. Usually, the cat walks me — under bushes, through mud puddles, into neighbor’s yards… If we’re going in the direction of a place where we won’t be welcome or the cat will be in danger, I pick her up, and we go another way. She usually finds something just as interesting, and we’re off and running again.
Never tug the leash to keep to her on the route you’ve chosen. The harness can come undone If you pull on the leash too hard. And one unpleasant experience could make her hate walking on a leash forever.
When you train a cat to walk on a leash, your cat will discover a whole new world that the two of you will enjoy together.
Here is another great article on walking cats from the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/29/garden/training-a-cat-to-walk-on-a-leash.html?pagewanted=all
Yesterday I posted a video of a cat walking on a leash on my facebook page. www.facebook.com/pampurredpetcare
Missy and I know each other from pet sitting conventions. >^. .^<
It was cat tracks on cars that gave me the idea to use vinyl cat and dog prints on my car when I first began Pampurred Pet Care. Sandy and Glen Worsey from Cutting Edge Vinyl in Forks put them on my car. It was fabulous. Kids called it the Blue’s Clues car, LOL. She called me her “pet” project.
Sandy was the first one to update my logo. Cancer took Sandy about four years ago. She had a Seahawks themed funeral! Thank you again Sandy, you sure helped get my business off the ground the first time.