Healthy Pets

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Is Your House a Death Trap For Your Pet?

We all like to think that our home is a safe haven for both our family and our pets. In recent years there have been a lot of environmental skeletons coming out of the closets. There have been relentless hours of dedication and nonstop lobbying to stop the destruction that we are placing on this great planet of ours. As a result people have begun to listen and have begun to discover that much of what is happening in the world is not just affecting the planet, but is affecting the health and safety of each and every one of us.

There has been a lot of head way made during the last few years to take a closer look at what we are doing to ourselves. Just what are we exposing our bodies to. Along with this new look on life, we have begun to include taking a look at the lives of our pets. They are far worse off than we are really. At least we eventually recognize the physical signs that indicate something may be wrong in our homes. If we begin to develop allergies and experience breathing problems, then we are astute enough to start taking a look around the home to see if there is anything there that could be affecting us. Many times physical sign are not apparent, and our alert comes from generally not feeling well.

Our pets don't have the luxury of speaking out and telling us they don't feel well. Yet there could be and most likely is at least some environmental dangers within our home that is having some type of adverse effect on their health.

Perhaps you may be thinking that you have taken all the measures you can to provide your pet with a safe environment, but there may be more that you can do to ensure this. First step is to begin educating yourself as to what are the potential environmental dangers that may not seem significant to you as a human, but could be to your pet. A good example of this could be the many cleaning supplies that you use in your home. Discover Norwex. Our mission is to radically reduce the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning.  For more information go here.

Another issue that has just come to light recently is that many of the items in our homes, that were purchased before 2004, may have been treated with fire retardant chemicals. It has been discovered that dogs who lie on this type of furniture are showing higher levels of the chemicals in their system compared to humans. Now how good can that be for them? Protect your family and pet friends from harmful, toxic chemicals!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Do Animals Have Souls?

I have a close connection with my pets and enjoyed this article.  Maybe you will too!
The subject of animals having souls is cause for great debate for religions and individuals. Yet, if you have ever had a close relationship with an animal you know they have emotions and a soul. It is a scientific fact that energy cannot die, it only changes form. That applies to humans and animals.
Many people have faith and believe that when they shuffle off this mortal coil they will be in heaven. Faith applies in the belief that we will be reunited with our precious pets on the other side. St. Francis of Assisi is honored by the Catholic Church as the patron saint of animals. Why would there be a saint for animals if there was not a soul or spirit to these precious creatures?
I have never seen an animal place a baby in a bag and throw it into the water to drown. I have never seen an animal shoot a human being for sport. I have never seen an animal set fire to a human for enjoyment.
I have seen animals rescue humans and other animals. I have seen animals cry over the death of their beloved master or the loss of one of their own kind. I have seen mother animals care and nurture their children.
Many of you know that I have traveled into spirit countless times and I do see animals throughout the spiritual kingdom. So if you wonder if you will be reunited with your beloved pet the answer is YES.
If you have faith you will understand that these beautiful souls exist to show us an example of pure love and the power of the Divine. When they pass they go directly into spirit without any delays because of their purity.
When I was a young woman I had a marvelous and incredibly intelligent parakeet named Tweety. I was hospitalized for one month and during that time Tweety stayed in my parents' home. When I returned from the hospital and went up to the cage Tweety started crying. My mother exclaimed, "I have never seen a bird cry."
I had a dog, Lady, that had to stay with my parents when I traveled and she would lay by the front door waiting for my return, and not move except when they picked her up or when I would telephone and talk to her. My mother said Lady listened intently to every word I said and then went back to the front door.
My precious cat Isis woke me up and spoke to me in clear precise English and told me about a robber in our house.
I fell down and could not get back up and my little dog Julia laid right next to me until help came. She knew that I was in danger and she wanted to be a comfort to me. So we cuddled and I felt that magical LOVE energy between us that transcends all barriers and makes words unneeded. Thank you God for this miraculous experience.
Lady died in 1987 yet, in the year 2004 I saw her walking through a hallway in an apartment I had rented far away from where we had lived. It was as though she was looking at where I was and making sure I was okay even now.
I have a girlfriend whose puppy dachshund Kassidy and I talk regularly on the telephone. Kassidy cries until the phone is placed next to her ear and I ask her about her day and talk about different things. I talk with her about my admiration for her and her immense beauty and our ONENESS and we just share a long moment of LOVE that makes me laugh in JOY. Then she kisses the phone. You will note I said 'with' her, not 'to' her.
Recently I was a guest on a radio program and the host did energy vibrational healing at the end of the program. My girlfriend was listening to the program with Kassidy who when she heard me her ears perked up and listened carefully. When the host started the energy healing she closed her eyes. When it finished she opened her eyes and yawned totally refreshed. Even dogs understand energy coming to them. There are many people who cannot receive energy like that.
Native Americans always considered animals sacred especially the Buffalo, the owl, the eagle, and the cougar. Whenever they killed an animal they made a ceremony and honored the spirit of the dead animal for all that it was giving them. Every part of the animal was used to extend the life of the people. Native Americans have felt that the spirit of an animal can guide them and that they can take on the spirit of the animal.
In India cows, elephants, monkeys and mice are considered sacred. The cows the most sacred because it gives milk, which nourishes life. Gandhi advocated no cruelty to animals.
Many cultures throughout the world consider animals to be sacred. This has been going on since the beginning of time. Of course not everyone believes this to be true. There is great insensitivity to those who cannot see the beauty of life in the eyes of an animal. The loyalty and love an animal can give is so precious and their souls are precious to the Great Divine Spirit.
Not all precious pets are warm and furry. Here is a wonderful story from a friend of mine who told me about Alex, the pet box turtle her husband had when he was a boy. Alex had stubs for front feet and had no claws; however, he had survived for many years in the wild. When he lived with his human family, he taught himself how to go down the stairs, would warm himself by the fireplace. Alex also learned that he was to stay in his humans' room, as he would try to leave it sometimes, and be reminded of where he was suppose to be. He would turn around and go back into the room when directed to do so. He would also be quite the champion in turtle races as he would actually cut off the other turtles as a strategy to win.
He knew that he was taken care of and felt the kindness and safety of his adopted family who loved him.
Just picture a whale in the ocean their beauty and majesty is beyond compare and the intelligence that is there has been proven by many personal accounts of those who encounter them. The same can be said for the intelligence of dolphins and the countless times they have helped humans.
I cannot prove to anyone that they have a soul and as do animals. I know that what ever we believe we carry with us into the next dimension. So if you believe animals have souls you will be surrounded by many wonderful creatures in the spirit world. If you do not believe, it will be a cold place without the love of the special creatures that were given to us as examples of purity of love.
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Cherokee Billie has a doctorate in Naturopathic medicine with many areas of expertise and high educational background in many fields. Cherokee Billie is a world renowned Clairvoyant Psychic Medium who works with serious individuals interested in their search and quest for information. http://www.cherokeebillie.com

Saturday, May 14, 2011

How To Choose A Good Dog Breeder!

How To Choose A Good Dog Breeder!
This blog post tells me a lot about a good dog breeder.  If you don't know your dog breeder personally, ask many questions about how the puppies were brought up. Read this post for ideas.

Dog Talk: Diary of a Breeder

Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis
Where do doggies come from? There is no one right way to go about finding your dog. This week, let's shine a light on the work of responsible dog breeders and the impact it has on the dogs they bring into the world.

Steve and Kelly Porter of Aldergate breed Corgis. This is their philosophy, in their words, and it explains why they are among the best:

"From the moment puppies enter the world, they begin to learn and understand. At Aldergate, we work to get newborn puppies to be confident and comfortable with their surroundings. The result, we believe, is a firm foundation for training, which will ensure a happy, mentally healthy and eager-to learn-dog."

How do they build this confidence in their pups?

"We concentrate on exposing every pup to as many textures and sounds and experiences with people, animals and objects as possible -- all in an effort to increase each puppy's self-awareness and confidence."

The whole process is hands-on -- literally. Every day involves some degree of physical handling of the pups. Here's a snapshot of what the first few weeks of a pup's life look like in the hands of a responsible breeder:

Week One: It's all about sound. Puppies can't hear at this early stage in their development, but they can feel the vibrations. Soft music at night, talk radio during the day, light vacuuming around the "whelping box" are all techniques put to use at Aldergate. During this week, they also begin gently placing the pups on their backs, while not keeping them away from mom for too long.

Week Two: More handling! Daily activities include counting toes, trimming the hair between pads and toes, rubbing ears. This is the time to "vacuum, clean, sing, talk, turn that radio up!"

Week Three: This is where things get really fun, according to the Porters. "Add 'toys' to the whelping box and change them throughout the day -- an empty plastic bottle, a small log, a rope with knots tied into it. Make the whelping box an interesting place. Encourage them to explore. Make time for each puppy to be the only puppy in the world. We start with cuddle time and singing while rocking the puppy in our arms -- close to your face with eye-to-eye contact."

Week Four: The cuddling, singing and rotating of toys continues. Plus, it's umbrella time -- open and close it over the whelping box! Also, add a new play area for the pups to investigate. And finally, actual food! The Porters call it "puppy gruel," and they make sure "slow eaters get their fair share."

Week Five: Purposeful handling. "This is when puppies begin to gain confidence and trust in you," say the Porters. We "gently place them on their backs, making sure they become calm before setting them back on their feet. Each pup should have solo time with you. Switch the time of day each puppy gets time alone and mix up the playgroups so that only a few pups at a time are in the playground."

That's just a glimpse of the first five weeks, but it's a gauge to go by when looking for a breeder. If you choose to get a dog from a breeder, you want one who devotes the time to these small and meaningful gestures. You want one who, like the Porters, recognizes that "from Day One, you are raising a dog, not a puppy."

Woof! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dog Problems - The Fastest Way To Get Your Dog To Obey

Dog Problems - The Fastest Way to Start Getting Dog Obedience Results
Adam Katz
Want to know the fastest way to start getting dog obedience results from your pet?

Actually, it's the very same secret you need to know in order to not only have a successful relationship with your dog, but also a successful relationship with your spouse, your kids, your parents and your friends.

Have I got your attention?

Are you wondering: What one thing could it be? What one "element" could possibly be so powerful that it can completely change my relationship with my dog, my spouse, my children, and my parents and friends?

Aretha Franklin knew the answer: R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Without respect, you can't even begin to expect that your dog will listen to you, anywhere you go.

Forget about fancy techniques and tricks to get your dog to obey. Without respect, your dog will do none of it. (And the same for your spouse, you kids, etc...)

Respect is something that you cannot simply "ask" for. It must be demanded. It is an invisible aspect that other animals (including humans) immediately sense. However, when dealing with other animals that have a tendency to be more dominant, sometimes they will test you to see if you really deserve the R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

But let's stick with dogs for now. So, how do dogs do this? There are literally hundreds of ways:

- Reading your body language and how you carry yourself.
- By seeing if you give a command once, and then make them do it immediately, if they don't instantly respond.
- By correcting disrespectful and rude behavior when it happens... and not rewarding it, ignoring it, or letting it fester.
- By being the one who goes first, and is the first to reach for the prize. Remember: the lead dog always gets the best of everything. As a good leader, he may choose to share it with his pack, but he is always the one who makes that decision. If another dog sees him not being the decision maker, then the other dogs will lose its respect.
- Etc., etc, etc...
http://www.dogproblems.com/

Thursday, April 14, 2011

How much does your dog understand you?

How much does your dog understand you?
by C.Rogers Upson
There are those people who would have you believe that your dog cannot comprehend the human languages. I don't agree. 


Their understanding may not function quite the same as ours, but they are certainly capable of learning their own names, names for their toys, words for out, meals, ride, etc. The key is to use the same words consistently. 


If I were dropped into a foreign country, it would not take me long to learn the words for certain things. Most people are capable of that. If you were shown by example what the words meant, you could learn to cope with that society. 


I contend that the same holds true of dogs (and cats, although they are less likely to really care). If you say "out" to the dog and take him to the door consistently, why would he not learn what that word means? In fact, we had a dog once that quickly learned how to spell the word, too. We finally had to mis-spell the word to get it past her clever hearing and mind. 


Many trainers will tell you that the dog learns commands because of the tone of voice used. There is something to that, but I would suggest that the dog is smarter than that. For instance, I can tell my dogs to "move" when they are in the way of my path, and they will get out of my way. I can even tell them in a variety of words--"move it," "get out of the way," "excuse me," and other terms. My dogs have learned that they all mean the same thing. 


Where is the consistency, you ask? By using the same term frequently, and associating it with the other terms, they have learned a variety of commands that mean the same. Plus, I don't even have to use my command voice in those cases. Normal conversational tones will do. Why is this? 


It may well be because I actually talk to my dogs. I talk to them as I would to most people and they have learned a great many things. They know the names of specific toys; they know to go looking for toys if I ask them where something is; they know that if I ask them if they're ready for "supper," (or, breakfast--I feed twice a day) that a meal is coming. 


I can say things like, "go lie down," and they will. Mind you, they have been taught the term "down" as meaning lie down, but without putting it into a command tone, I still get pretty consistent results from the request. 


They can even learn the differences between colors. Recent studies have shown the dog can actually see colors such as blue, green, and, I think it is, yellow. So, if you have a blue ball and a green one, the dog can differentiate between them simply by color even if they are the same size, texture and shape. 


Now, I don't use "baby talk" with my dogs. "Does sweetums want (such and such)?" I suppose that if you did that all the time, it would work, but they are more likely to learn and respond to your normal conversational tones than such "sweet" talk. 


Talking to your dog also expands the thought processes. A dog that is tied to the doghouse in the yard, does not have the "educational" level of the dog kept in the house. The outside dog will function more on developed instinct than trained impulses. They also tend to make-up their own rules out there and develop their territory that they will defend. Sometimes, even from their people. 


So, the upshot is, keep the dog in the house and talk to him or her. You'll come to find that the dog's functional vocabulary expands over time. No, they cannot speak our language, so you'll have to learn some of theirs (looks, body-language, etc.) as well, but it's totally worth it to do so. 


C. Rogers Upson has been training dogs and studying them for nearly 40 years. Her website is http://www.dogpotentials.com and she has two dog-related stores at http://www.cafepress.com/keepbts (Keeping to the Borders) and http://www.cafepress.com/dp52 (Dog Potentials). 


This article resonated with me because our 2 housedogs definitely understood most of what we said. Talk to your dogs.  They are much like children in their learning processes.

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Blue, Blue Monday!

This is a blue, blue Monday for me!  We just got news our pup, Ryac died from complications of surgery.  He had swallowed part of a doggy toy and needed surgery to remove the object but couldn’t seem to recover from the surgery.  How my heart aches.  I need to remind myself, he was an animal, but somehow it doesn’t help the pain.  Time will heal the hurt.  A warning might be.. take any dog toy away that has been chewed in half by your dog.  Even though it may seem harmless, these little dogs can swallow large objects.