Monthly Archives: August 2012

Happy Tails! – JUANITA

Basically, she is in heaven.  Not I, nor the dog-loving neighbors, could believe how well and how quickly she took to her new home.  Since driving away, she just relaxed and seemed to be totally content.  She has met at least fifteen dogs, with their owners, on our walks.  She is a veritable social butterfly.  No potty issues.  We take her out often, but she seems house-trained.
She loves Science Diet Healthy Mobility and it seems to agree with her.  She slept all night, even through the lightning storm, on her bed right beside ours.  Without any bias or prejudice whatsoever, I can say that she is the best dog in the world!  Thanks for all you’ve done for her, for us!
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Happy Tails! – ELROY


Elroy celebrates his 1 week anniversary with us today, and it already feels like he’s been with us forever!  He’s settled into his daily routine very comfortably and has already figured out clever techniques to get treats and extra belly rubs from us.  He’s also laid claims to a comfy bean bag we have at home (as seen in the picture) and loves taking his daytime naps there.
We are lucky enough to live in an apartment complex with a large doggie park and he’s been having fun making new friends everyday.  He even had his first play date with a beautiful golden retriever Veera.   He’s extremely sweet and a joy to be around.
Vish and I thank you all so much for bringing him into our lives.  Keep up the great work and we promise to visit soon!

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Happy Tails! – TUBA (pka Sunny)

Sunny’s name is now Tuba – and she is doing great!
She has settled in nicely with our family and most importantly, Levi is really crazy about her.

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Combatting Fleas

When I was a kid, my dogs had flea collars.  They smelled a little funny, but they made your parasitic problems vanish when you slipped them on.  Flash-forward 40 years and I’ve found out something I always suspected: many of the chemicals these collars contain may not be safe for animals or for anyone petting them.  In fact, according to research conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), chemicals in flea collars can be easily transferred to anyone or anything nearby.  “High levels of pesticide residue can remain on a dog’s or cat’s fur for weeks after a flea collar is put on an animal,” the research says.

Beware of dog, indeed.  Yet a house full of fleas or ticks isn’t a picnic either.  So what can we do to protect our families and our pets without turning our four-legged friends into walking Superfund sites?
Here’s what the experts suggest:

  • Comb your pet frequently using a fine-toothed flea comb.  It makes their fur shine and ferrets out the fleas and ticks, which you can drown in soapy water.
  • Speaking of soapy water, a bath does wonders because fleas can’t survive it.  You don’t need nor want a flea shampoo — that’s just more of the same toxins you’re trying to avoid in the first place.  Fleas give up the ghost in any soapy water, so make yours as safe as possible.
  • Wash pet bedding in hot water to get rid of eggs and larvae.  Thoroughly vacuum any areas your cat or dog frequent, and trash your vacuum bag when you’re done so fleas don’t escape back into your home.
  • Ticks and flea larvae hate hot, dry, exposed areas so keep the vegetation down outside and get rid of any debris in which they could live.  If you have an outdoor infestation, get some organic nematodes at a garden supply center and apply them to problem areas.

Even after all this, you may still need some chemical warfare.  Natural products made from cedarwood, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, and thyme are generally seen as safe for pets though you should always watch for allergic reactions.  The NRDC has two useful resources you can use to identify acceptable offensive strategies: this handy pocket guide (pdf) will steer you to safer flea and tick ingredients while this product-by-product guide offers the lowdown on virtually every solution on the market.  Use them to bite back at whatever’s biting your pet and make everyone’s summer a healthier one.

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http://www.seventhgeneration.com/learn/blog/natural-flea-and-tick-remedies-pets

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