Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Allison Herds Sheep But Lamo Doesn't Like to Be with Sheep

LAMO: Lamo likes to go for walks or 'walkies'.

He loves wearing his collar and leash. The rest of his pack, Wallace, Judy and Poppy.
Lamo loves to swim and play around with the ducks.

Lamo is part of the family.

JACK: Allison introduces six month old Jack. Jack's friend is learning from Jessie to be a sheep dog.

Jack likes to shake hands and loves to see people travel by on the canal.

Aside from herding the sheep into the pen, he likes to go for walks and tries to beat Jessie in a game of fetch. 

Lamo and Jack are Sheep.

Sheep are intelligent, sensitive, social and emotional animals. Some people think sheep are stupid due to their strong flocking instincts. It is not that they can't think for themselves but rather they instinct to flock serves as protection from predators.

Sheep can remember the faces of other sheep in their flock and human faces. They can recognize human facial expressions.

In West Yorkshire flocks of sheep have developed the skill to cross cattle guards to reach the yummy food on the other side according to a BBC report by rolling on their backs.

Sheep are quite intelligent creatures and have more brainpower than people are willing to give them credit for. National Sheep Association.

In a study published in the journal of Public Library of Science One, Professor Morton said, "They are quite intelligent animals – they seem to be able to recognize people and even respond when you call their name."
As a PETA advocate I suggest you read The Hidden Lives of Sheep. Sheep are often treated cruelly by farmers, skin carved without painkillers and more. Remember our motto: Be The Change. You Can Make A Difference.
And now more about Allison and Lamo. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Remember Me Thursday

Remember Me Thursday - Pet Adoption Awareness Campaign

I love my dogs, more than I can express.  When I see shelter and stray animals, I want to help them all.  They Deserve to be cared for and loved. If I see animal in harms way I will stop and help. Everyone one should. My Motto is :

Be The Change. You Can Make A Difference.

Remember Me Thursday is a pet adoption awareness campaign.  Start here and make a difference. Join others that have made a difference like Everything Rosie. Special needs animals especially are dependent on humans.  I am and have been Guardian to many special needs dogs.  My blog is dedicated to Sophie, a very special dog. I love them even more and their devotion is beyond measure.

Raise awareness. Pray for the lost and help make the present and future a better place.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. The time is always right to do what is right." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

What is “Remember Me Thursday – Light a Candle for a Pet”? From the website for the event:
“Animal lovers and organizations across the globe unite on the fourth Thursday of September to light a candle in remembrance of the millions of orphan pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and to shine a light on the millions of orphan pets still waiting for their forever homes.”

“Millions of shelter pets lose their lives each and every year. Join the awareness campaign – be a light for pets by promoting awareness about pet adoption. By remembering those we have lost, we can shine a light on the ones we can save.”

Helen Woodward Animal Center is uniting with animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations globally in a Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home. Word of the awareness campaign has spread in the form of celebrity social media posts and rescue facilities from New York City to Puerto Rico to Japan have joined the cause.

You can learn more by following both links above.
Thank you to Speedy The Cheeky House Bunny and Texas A Cat Austin for bringing this event to my attention.

Remember Me Thursday

By Mike Arms

Remember the day that we first met?

You said you loved me and I was your pet.

Remember how you played with me,

And promised together we'd always be?

But later, when you moved away,

You decided we could no longer play.

You dropped me off at a strange new place,

Although I cried, and licked your face.

Gentle hands took me from your sight,

But no one was with me through the dark night.

I remember I stayed in a small place for days,

And no one had time for my playful ways.

I remember when they said it was time to go,

I remembered your face...and wished it would show.

I will leave this world -- but, please, remember --

And light a candle, this Thursday in September.

Dogs are Angels. Say A Prayer.

Today say a prayer for all animals. Pray humans act humanely.

Pray their Guardians love and care for them.

And be Thankful.

Today I am thankful for all the dogs that have blessed me.

I deeply miss and love the ones that are dead.

I love and cherish the companions "the little boogers" that share my life with me now.

Well time to go - P is barking and if my dog translator is accurate she is saying, "You have JB, A and MG in the chair with you.  That is 3.  I am 1.  Stop ignoring me and pick me up.  Now would be good."

P is right.  She is one (1).
And every 1 animal is precious. Every animal deserves & requires love and care.
BE The CHANGE! You Can Make a Difference.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday Pet Blog Hop.

Saturday Pet Blogger Hop.
Welcome to the Pet Bloggers Pet Blog Hop co-hosted by Two Little Cavaliers, Life with DogsBaby Patches and of course Love Dogs and Animals! Join us every Saturday to meet new and old Pet Blogging furriends! You don’t even have to have a blog to join in the fun. You can join the blog hop to find new furriends by following the links left by bloggers.
Here is how you can join in on the FUN!

  1. Link up your blog name and URL using the Linky Tool below. You only need to add you link once to be seen on all the Pet Blogger Blog Hop Linky Tools for that week.
  2. Grab the Pet Bloggers Blog Hop button that our friends over on Life with Dogs Made for us and include it in your Friday Follow blog post so that your readers will know what is going on.
  3. Follow your co-hosts listed in the first 3 slots of the Linky Tool.
  4. Follow as many other blogs on the linky as you’d like.
  5. Take a moment to comment on the blogs telling them you’re from Friday Follow
  6. Follow back when you get a new follower through the Saturday Pet Bloggers Blog Hop!
So here is how it works, the list is new each week. Since the links do not carry over please link up with us each week to the post dedicated to the Pet Blogger Blog Hop. Everyone will be able to add and sees new links starting at 12:01 AM PST each week on Saturday. Links may be added all day Saturday and Sunday but the list will close by Monday. But as always the links will still be available to hop around and see anipals! Our hope is to make it easier for new and old anipals, pet bloggers, as well as pet lovers to find each other.

*Please be considerate and do not link directly to a giveaway post. Doing so does not allow others to comment on the post and forces them to look around your blog to find an appropriate place to post. One link per blog please!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

You Know You Are Loved.

If every item of clothing has dog hair embedded in the fibers,
You are loved.
If you continually find bird seed in your shoes,
You are loved.
If kitty litter is tracked around your house.
You are loved.
(Yes you are loved but cats expect to worshiped too!)
If pet fur clings to your eyelashes.

Honor the love and trust you are giving by helping.
You are loved. Unconditionally.



Dogs & Our Animal Companions Are Better People Than Us. Books.

Dogs & Our Animal Companions Are Better People Than Us. If you are a dog lover, you already know that dogs are better people than humans. Here are some wonderful books that help make the point.

“Dogs love and share and help and care. Dogs Are Better People Than Us. Dogs Make Us Better Humans.” Andrea Geist

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern. Funny, moving, and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt—showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.

The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of "Unadoptables" Taught Me About Service, Hope, and Healing by Susannah Charleson. “Charleson journeys into the world of psychiatric service, where dogs aid humans with disabilities that may be unseen but are no less felt. This work had a profound effect on Charleson, perhaps because, for her, this journey began as a personal one: Charleson herself struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder for months after a particularly grisly search. Collaboration with her search dog partner made the surprising difference to her own healing. Inspired by that experience, Charleson learns to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, often plucking them from shelters at the last minute, and to train them for work beside hurting partners, to whom these second-chance dogs bring intelligence, comfort, and hope. Along the way she comes to see canine potential everywhere, often where she least expects it – from Merlin the chocolate lab puppy with the broken tail once cast away in a garbage bag, who now stabilizes his partner’s panic attacks; to Ollie, the blind and deaf terrier, rescued moments before it was too late, who now soothes anxious children; to Jake Piper, the starving pit bull terrier mix with the wayward ears who is transformed into a working service dog and, who, for Charleson, goes from abandoned to irreplaceable.”

Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog by Susannah Charleson. Charleson first book. In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Susannah Charleson clipped a photo from the newspaper of an exhausted canine handler, face buried in the fur of his search-and-rescue dog. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Susannah was so moved by the image that she decided to volunteer with a local canine team and soon discovered firsthand the long hours, nonexistent pay, and often heart-wrenching results they face.

The Silence of Dogs in Cars by Martin Usborne. “Photographer Martin Usborne is on a mission to save as many animals as he can in 365 days. His aptly titled project—A Year to Help—began in July 2012 and will wrap up next month. The quest has sparked him to travel the world visiting rescue shelters in Spain and a dog meat restaurant and a zoo in the Philippines, as well as to launch a blog chronicling his adventures. In his just-released photo collection, The Silence of Dogs in Cars (Kehrer Verlag), he aims to capture the way in which we silence, control or distance ourselves from other animals. Mission accomplished.” — Abbe Wright.

    The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. “No other animal loves us in quite the same way as dogs love us. And it is mutual. Is it possible that we developed the capacity for love, sympathy, empathy, and compassion because of our long association with dogs? In "The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving", Masson considers the far-reaching consequences of this co-evolution of dogs and humans, drawing from recent scientific research. Over the past 40,000 years a collective domestication has occurred that brings us to where we are today - humans have formed intense bonds with dogs, and the adoration is almost always reciprocal. Masson himself has experienced a profound connection with his new dog Benjy, a failed guide-dog for the blind, who possesses an abundance of inhibited love. But Masson knows that the love he feels for Benjy - and that Benjy feels for all the people and animals around him - is not unique, but is in fact a love that only dogs and humans possess. With wisdom, insight, and a brilliant analysis of recent scientific research, the bestselling author delivers a provocative and compelling book that will change the way we think about love and canine companions.”



Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday Morning with the Family

Yesterday was a lazier than usual day.  I worked a craft show Saturday and was extremely tired, sore and just worn out.  The family understands.  We try to go outside each morning before it gets too hot.  Sunday I woke up later than usual, so it wasn't dark. I thought I’d grab a few photos of the family.
MG said, "Hey, me! Here I am." mg  025
Reply, “MG, I already have a pretty nice pic of you.”
MG, “Don't take a picture of her, take one of ME."023
J said, "I so glad we are outside. Are you going to pack boxes up again today or can we play.  Hey - don't you dare take my picture. See how fast I can turn around?"
JB, “Thank you for rescuing me from the yard and bringing out a cushion. Grumble, grunt.”
C, “Guess what I found? Water and mud. Cool, huh?”  A added, “I am so above all of this.”
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P, “Are you taking a picture of me? Does my tongue make me look fat?”
Hope enjoyed the millet and relegated Happy to the other side of the cage.  She was not in the mood to share.
And I say, I love my family and enjoyed the morning with the dogs and birds.  The fish did not get to come outside.

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What you Can do Today to Help Animals. BE THE CHANGE.

Our motto is:

What on small thing can you do today and every day to help animals?  It isn't a trick question.  I know I could list and list and list things you can do to make life better for animals.
But today and every day one thing you can do is find a charity, foundation, website that focuses on animal rights and care.  The Animal Rescue site routinely has a Shelter Challenge.  Based on votes shelters and rescue groups can be granted money or supplies. You can ask to be sent reminder emails every day for both the shelter challenge and the click to give food.
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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Adele's Story Update

adele 1 I introduced you to Adele and her true rescue story by Animal Allies of Texas in Act Now: Adele's Story . Adele was rescued from the hot Texas heat and lack of care on September 2, 2013.

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 Almost 2 weeks later her condition is guarded but improving. Her feet are swollen and oozing so the staff at Metro Animal Hospital carries her outside wrapped in towels. Slowly she is making progress. Her skin is crusty and with two treatments a day, the scabs are being sloughed off.

Animal Allies of Texas posted a video on Facebook yesterday. She wags her tale. As sick and abused as Adele is she appreciates a touch and a little scratch. Keep Adele in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to Donate for her care visit:

adele improving safe_image
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Poisoning Your Cat or Dog? Be Aware.

Is your pet food poisoning your cat or dog? Be Aware. Make your own treats.

In my household we try to live cruelty free thus we are all, including the doggies, vegetarians. As a vegetarian I buy specialty food and thus most treats are eliminated.  Below I’ll list some treat alternatives.
If you buy commercial treats for your pets, dogs or cats, be vigilant. Check the labels, be aware of recalls or concerns about products.  Raise your awareness: here is one of the best places to start, .

 Here are some of the most recent recalls.
·         Joey’s Jerky Chicken Jerky Treats Recall (9/10/2013)
·         Purina One Beyond Dog Food Recall (8/30/2013)
·         Iams and Eukanuba Dog and Cat Food Recall (8/14/2013)
·         Dogswell Recalls Dog and Cat Jerky Treats (7/27/2013)

Personally I would recommend you buy no animal foods from China. Along with the moral and ethical reasons, the majority (the not all) of animal/pet product recalls originate in China.
The care you take in feeding treats involves more than just ‘meat’ products. There is another dog treat to worry about, sweet potato treats. The VIN (Veterinary Information Network) reports health issues related to sweet potato treats.  FDA tests have shown sweet potatos are contaminated with phorate, a highly toxic pesticide.  

Dogs are experiencing kidney problems that can lead to death. Symptoms appear within hours or days after the treat is ingested: increased thirst, increased urination, diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy.

If your pet becomes ill after eating a treat see your vet immediately. Brands of sweet potato snacks allegedly impacting pet health:
·         Canyon Creek Ranch
·         Dogswell Veggie Life
·         Beefeaters Yams


Sweet Potato Treats
Buy yams or sweet potatoes and wash well.
Slice thin pieces and arrange on a baking sheet.
Cook for 45 minutes at 300 degrees.
Allow to cool then seal in ziplock bags.

Other Treat options:
Frozen Peas
I will take natural peanut butter and put a thin coat on pieces of dry pet food for my dogs.

Baked Cheerios
¼ to 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
2 Cups cheerios (or honey nut cheerios – I haven’t tried them but I don’t see why not)
½ cup oat flour (buy in a store or put quick oats in a food processor)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

In a microwave safe bowl heat peanut butter for about 1 minute.
Add all ingredients to peanut butter and mix well.
Form firm, small balls with your hands.
Put on a prepared baking sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Flours you can use: Durum, whole wheat, potato or rye flour. You can use all-purpose flour as well. 

Cheese Treats:
1 cup flour (see flours you can use)
½ cup evaporated milk
¼ cup grated cheddar
¼ cup parmesan (you can use Asiago but it has a higher moisture content and you need to offset with additional flour).
1 egg

Combine ingredients.
Form into small balls or roll dough and use dog bone cookie cutter.
Put on a prepared baking sheet.
Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.