VeganMoFo, Day 29: Frugal vegans have spoiled vegan dog-kids.

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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Though I hope to eventually pen a piece about canine nutrition vis-à-vis veganism and vegetarianism, this isn’t it! Since I don’t have much time for background research, and don’t want to half-ass it, I’ll have to save that topic for another time. Instead of convincing you to feed your dog-kids a vegan or vegetarian diet – assuming you have dog-kids, that is – this VeganMoFo post is all about feeding your dog-kids a vegan diet (or foodstuffs), frugally.

Granted, commercial vegan and vegetarian dog foods are more expensive than their non-veg counterparts, and feeding your dog-kids a diet consisting solely of homemade food requires enough expertise that I don’t recommend it. Or rather, I can’t advise you on how to do it. You see, even though I occasionally feature recipes for homemade dog food, I primarily feed my kids commercial kibble: ’twas Nature’s Recipe Vegetarian formula for awhile, but we recently switched to V-Dog. Though it’s a little more expensive, it’s also confirmed vegan (DelMonte never would respond to my inquiries). The homemade goodies are more of a “topping,” if you will, to add a little variety to their meals. So all in all, we do spend a pretty penny on dog food in the Garbato-Brady household, homemade goodies notwithstanding.

Luckily, there are other ways to cut costs:

– Make your own dog treats. As with vegan dog food, vegan dog treats can be a little pricey, so you can save some cash by baking treats yourself. In contrast to food, which must meet your dog-kid’s nutritional requirements, treats are extras, so diy is just fine! Just go easy on the fat, salt, sugar and calories, mkay? Also, always check and double-check the ingredients to confirm that they aren’t harmful to canines.

Dogs also tend to be less discriminating eaters than people (well, me), so experiment with abandon, and don’t be afraid to substitute in less expensive ingredients when necessary. Chances are, your kids will enjoy whatever you create. Plus, is there anything cooler than giving your dog-kid a treat you baked especially for her, with nothing but love? (And an oven!)

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For treat ideas, check out It’s A Vegan Dog’s Life, Yummy for Dogs and the Innocent Primate Vegan Blog, for starters.

The obvious downside to baking your own biscuits is that they don’t keep as well as the store-bought stuff, so it’s a little harder to keep some on hand at all times (you never know when you’ll need to entice your dog-kid away from a found animal corpse, am I right?). However, this brings us to the next tip:

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It’s 4PM on a Friday afternoon…

Friday, May 29th, 2009

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…and I’m trying to clean out my inbox asap, so I can go spend the rest of the day playing with my furkids (who are stuck in the house on what is a gorgeous Midwestern day, as I plug away on my laptop out on the patio, because they cornered a rather large snake in the backyard, showing NO FEAR – even though the lil’est dog weighs in at a mere 13 pounds…but I digress).

Anyhow, I’ve been holding on to an old DDB newsletter for forever now, waiting for the perfect opportunity to blog their tips for “Having Fun With Your Dog!” (You might remember that I posted something similar on Valentine’s Day.) Well, the “perfect opportunity” has to to arrive, so eff it. Excuses, who needs ’em?

Having Fun With Your Dog!

There is nothing that brings us pleasure like watching our dogs enjoy themselves. Have fun with your pooch and remember, a happy guardian has a happy dog…so don’t forget to pamper yourself like you would your best friend!

Play with your Pooch!

* Bark! Ok, your dog probably won’t be fooled by your sorry attempt to imitate, but he may be intrigued.

* Hide the Treat Game. Hide a treat in a clever spot and see how long it takes for your dog to find it.

* Mail Dog- Attach a note to your dog and have him deliver to a family member…”Go find Daddy!”

* Read with your dog. Nothing is more relaxing than cuddling with your best friend and a good book. Curl up with a dog book, like Puddles on the Floor, or Every Rescue Dog Has A Tale. Stroke your dog as you read for a great stress reliever for both of you. *These are great books and your purchase helps dogs needing rescue.

Now go show your non-human animal friends some love, and give ’em extra smooches from Aunt Kelly.

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In which I toss Valentines Day to the dogs.

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Valentines Day? Meh. I’ve never been very big on the holiday. Through most of high school, I was boyfriend-less, and thus predictably unimpressed with February 14th. The husband and I have celebrated it on and off over the years, but mostly in a half-assed kind of way: vegan chocolates here, a dinner in there. One problem I’ve always had with V-Day is the idea of forced, scheduled romanticism. Why should the Mr. and I only go on dates or surprise one another with gifts on February 14th, eh? And why do so on a day in which the prices are all jacked up and the theaters and restaurants, obscenely crowded?

Additionally, in the few years since my budding feminism has blossomed into a thorny, black, man-hating rose, I’ve actively resisted engaging in a commercialized, wasteful and largely heteronormative holiday. Diamonds? Roses? Tacky Bandit Bears? Bargained sex? IBTP.

So, in keeping with my previous re- evaluation and -imagining of the wintry holidays, I’ve been thinking about celebrating Valentines Day in a different way. While I try to pamper my furkids – i.e., my dogs – on a daily basis, I thought it might be fun to celebrate them this Saturday. After all, there is no doggeh equivalent of “Mother’s Day” or “Grandparent’s Day” – so why not transform a lackluster holiday into it?

There are many ways you can toss Valentines Day to the dogs (or cats, rats, gerbils, pigs…whatever species your kiddos belong to). Dogs Deserve Better, for example, holds an annual Valentines Day card drive for chained dogs. During “Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week,” Valentines – complete with informational brochures, coupons for dog food, etc. – are delivered to the “owners” of chained dogs, with the ultimate goal of freeing these animals and bringing them back into the home. You can donate money to fund the effort, or volunteer by submitting the addresses of homes that have chained dogs, creating or delivering Valentines, and gathering donations of coupons and such. If your heart belongs to a species other than canine, you can donate your time or money to help a local or species-specific organization on or around the 14th.

As for your own furkids, here are four ways you can pamper them this Saturday. Since I’ve got five dogs, these are all canine-specific, but you can adjust accordingly.

Sunday Afternoon (original)

1. Take your dog for a walk or hike. Set some time aside for a leisurely stroll, walk, run or hike – or some combination thereof – and let your dog lead the way. Allow her to walk you, wherever she chooses to go (within reason, of course). If she wants to spend five minutes sniffing and marking that tree at the corner of the street, let her. It’s her day, remember? Just enjoy her company, the beautiful weather, the sights and sounds.

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WWYD?

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, y’all. I’ve been sick since Monday night, and feel ill-equipped to do much more than the daily link roundups. I imagine that the maxim against blogging while drunk includes blogging while drunk on NyQuil. Anywho, I have a number of post ideas on the back burner, so hopefully I’ll be coherent enough by mid-week next week to resume my regular blogging schedule.

Until then, did anyone happen to catch the latest installment of ABC News’ What Would You Do? Basically, it’s a hidden camera type show, wherein ABC News sets up various discomfiting situations in order to determine how the observers stooges will respond. For example, one segment that got some play on the feminist blogs involved a couple (of actors) who were seemingly out at a bar on a first date. When the woman excused herself to the restroom, the man (quite obviously) slipped something in her drink. Cue the crazy.

I only caught the last twenty minutes or so Tuesday night’s episode, but that was more than enough to make me wish I hadn’t. In the last segment, “Dog Left Inside a Hot Car,” a large, fluffy Golden Retriever is left inside a car parked on a suburban street on a hot summer (spring?) day. (The car actually has a hidden A/C unit cranked, and the dog’s trainer is lying on the backseat floor, covered by a blanket.) The windows are cracked so the dog’s barks are audible, and the dog’s “owner” walks to and from the car several times in order to see whether observers will confront him. Strategically placed hidden cameras record passerby reactions.

Unfortunately, ABC News doesn’t appear to allow embedding (grrrr!), so here’s the part where I send you to their website to watch the video.

So, what are your thoughts? How do you think the passerby handled the situation? Did the results exceed your expectations, or fall short? And wtf about those firefighters, eh?

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Would you buy a baby?: Adopt, Don’t Shop!

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

The Saturday before x-mas is reportedly “the biggest puppy buying day of the year,” according to In Defense of Animals (IDA). In response, the group has designated today the 1st Annual Nationwide “Adopt, Don’t Shop!” Day:

The Saturday before Christmas is the biggest puppy buying day of the year. This year, In Defense of Animals is teaming up with activists in dozens of cities around the country to educate the public about the horrors of pet factories and encourage people to adopt a homeless animal from a shelter or rescue group instead of buying one from a pet store.

What: December 20th, 12-3 pm
Where: Your local pet shop

Almost all pet stores around the nation are supplied by inhumane commercial breeding facilities (aka pet factories) where the breeding animals are imprisoned for life and used as breeding machines. Meanwhile, it’s estimated that nearly 5 million healthy cats and dogs (many of them purebred) are euthanized in American shelters every year simply because there aren’t enough homes for them. Make a commitment today to take action for the victims of pet factories and companion animal overpopulation today!

Join In Defense of Animals and friends at your local pet store to help end the abuses of pet factories.

You can find a list of events here.

Over at Vegan Soapbox, Elaine has a list of suggestions for online activism, including posting profiles of animals available for adoption on Petfinder and such. Which is a great idea; but first, let’s tackle a few myths about adopting vs. buying animals.

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IDA: Fourth of July Animal Safety Tips

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 4:25 PM
Subject: Fourth of July Animal Safety Tips

Keep Your Animals Safe On July 4th!

Photo via Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton

The Fourth of July can be one of the most dangerous and frightening holidays for animals. Loud explosions are terrifying to animals who don’t understand them.

With proper planning and some common sense, your companion animals can remain safe and secure on Independence Day. Here are some tips:

* First and foremost, leave your companion animals at home when you go to see fireworks! Resist the urge to take them to fireworks displays.

* Before you leave home for the fireworks, make sure your animals are indoors in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your companion animal could destroy or that would be harmful if chewed or swallowed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him/her company.

* Make sure your animals are wearing identification tags (and it’s even better if they’re also microchipped!) so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly.

* Do not leave an animal in your car. With only hot air to breathe, your animal friend can suffer serious health effects, even death, in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air or cooling, but they do provide an opportunity for your animal to be kidnapped.

* If you know that your animal becomes seriously distressed by loud noises, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.

* Never leave your animals outside unattended, even in a fenced yard, and especially not on a chain. With explosions occuring, animals who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death. (There are lots of other reasons to never leave your dog chained! Contact us if you want more information about the negative effects of chaining dogs.)

* If you find somebody else’s companion animals running at-large, either take them to the address on the tag, if you feel comfortable doing so, or bring them to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their human families.

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IDA eNews: 12-12-07

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

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Holiday Safety Tips for Animal Companions
Keep your whole family safe and happy during this special season
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But with all the tempting foods, exotic plants, and artificial decorations around, your animal companions may need a little extra protection to keep them safe and happy around this special time of year..

Cast Your Vote for IDA’s Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants in 2007 List
Help us publicize pachyderms’ paltry conditions in captivity
For the last few years, IDA has released its annual list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants to draw attention to the appalling treatment of Earth’s largest mammal in captivity…

Three Face Animal Cruelty Charges for Puerto Rico Bridge Massacre
Perpetrators could spend nine years in prison
The owner of Animal Control Solutions and two of his employees have been charged with animal cruelty for throwing dogs and cats off a bridge in Puerto Rico…

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IDA eNews: 10-31-07

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

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Date: Oct 31, 2007 7:08 PM
Subject: IDA eNews: 10-31-07

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IDA Action Alerts

IDA Seeks Whistleblowers at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
$2500 reward offered for evidence of animal cruelty at amusement park

Port Authority Exterminating Feral Cats at NY’s JFK Airport
IDA joins coalition to save cats and stop the killing

Rhode Island Woman Severs Stolen Parrot’s Leg
Take Action to urge prison sentence for animal abuser

Campaign News & Updates

Stay In Touch with IDA on Facebook
Networking site promotes friendship and animal advocacy

World GO VEGAN Days Wrap-Up
IDA holds outreach events, awards prize to winner of our e-Card contest

Cold Snap: Tips for Keeping Animals Safe & Warm This Winter
Protect your furry friends from frostbite, hypothermia & other seasonal health hazards

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Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Action Alerts

Animal Protection Institute (API): Urge USDA to Get Luna and Tonka off the Road
Please contact the USDA today and urge it to step in and require that Ringling Bros. retire Luna and Tonka from travel — for the elephants’ own health and well-being, and for the safety of the public.

Ecological Internet / Climate Ark: Protest Australia’s Ancient Forest Logging and Climate Change Eco-Hypocrisy
Dramatic efforts required to stop the expansion of Tasmanian old-growth forest logging by construction of a massive new paper pulp mill by Gunns Ltd

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell the NFL to Recognize Animal Abuse as an Offense Warranting Suspension–and More
PETA is calling on the NFL to add cruelty to animals—in all its forms—to its personal conduct policy.

Newsletters

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): News Alert: August 24, 2007
ASPCA Applauds Investigation of Vick Case/Pet Food Recall Update

Best Friends Animal Society: eNews, August 24, 2007
Hundreds of orphan pets rescued by Best Friends Network

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: Los Angeles Times front page on animal cruelty — 8/17/07
The article by John M. Glionna is headed, “A beastly kind of cruelty” and sub-headed, “Drive-by shooters, often youths, are killing farm animals in a growing wave of violence. The culprits may face only vandalism charges.”

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Thank the U.S. Attorneys in the Vick Case!
Sign our virtual thank you card for the U.S. Attorneys in the Vick case

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): An End to Animal Tests?
It could be a reality, but the agency charged with approving non-animal test methods—including many that are already in use in Europe—refuses to take action.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Help Remove Tonka and Luna From Travel With Ringling!
PETA is asking the USDA to immediately and permanently remove from travel two reportedly “dangerous” elephants traveling with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): URGENT: Ohio Judge Awards Custody of Abused Dog to Dog’s Convicted Abuser
Please ask Judge Robert Lyons to reconsider his decision to return China to Clark, which could put an animal who has already suffered so much in a grave situation.

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The Ad Council on Emergency Preparedness for "Pets"

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Sorta cheesy in a low budget kinda way, but it’s way cool that the Ad Council included an instructional video on emergency preparedness for pets companion animals in their emergency preparedness series!

Show ’em some love here.

Other vids in the series include…

* Emergency Preparedness – Ready for Listo (Spanish)
* Emergency Preparedness – Ready for Special Needs
* Emergency Preparedness – Ready for Older Americans
* Emergency Preparedness – Ready for America

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Friday, August 10th, 2007

Action Alerts

Animal Protection Institute (API): Urge Congress to End the Trade in Bear Parts
The Bear Protection Act, H.R. 3029 would protect bears by prohibiting the import, export, and interstate commerce of bear gallbladders and bile

Greenpeace: Project Hot Seat: August 27-31: Week of Local Action
We need to deliver Project Hot Seat lobby packets in local offices across the country during the last week of August. And we need YOUR help to make it happen.

National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS): Federal: Animal Protection Measures included in House Farm Bill
Please call your U.S. Senators today in support of keeping animal protection provisions in the final version of the bill!

People for the American Way (PFAW): Tell Congress: End Warrantless Spying on Americans!
Tell your Representative and Senators to stand up to White House fear mongering and abuse of power!

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): Hold the Antibiotics!
Sign our petition to the nation’s top fast-food companies urging them to help end this dangerous practice.

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Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Action Alerts

What do you think about the SCLC’s plan to honor Falcons player Michael Vick, who has been indicted on dogfighting charges?
Poll and story on AJC.com, 8/3/07

Environmental Defense (ED): Send Congress Their Global Warming To-Do List
We need your help to keep Congress focused on the need to pass strong global warming legislation this year.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Last Chance–Help Pass a Renewable Electricity Standard in the House Energy Bill
Urge Your Member of Congress to “Vote YES on RES!”

The Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS): Help End the Omak Suicide Race
It’s “The Deadliest Horse Race in the World” and it’s right here in Washington

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Friday, July 27th, 2007

Action Alerts

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Federal: The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Reintroduced in Congress

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Missouri: “Pet Friendly” License Plates Now Available

DawnWatch: MSN on budget and health benefits of vegetarianism 7/26/07

DawnWatch: Shocking poultry slaughterhouse footage on Fox and on A&E’s “The Two Coreys” reality show 7/25 – 7/29/07

DawnWatch: Adidas lobbies to overturn Supreme Court upheld Kangaroo shoe ban NY Times, LA Times, NPR — 7/24 -7/25/07

DawnWatch: NY Times lead story “Bringing Moos and Oinks Into the Food Debate.” 7/25/07

Earthjustice: URGENT: Stop the Countdown to Wolves’ Slaughter

Friends of Animals (FoA): Help Stop the Bush Administration’s Latest Debacle: Aerial Gunning of Greater Yellowstone Wolves

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge Congress to stop oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Faces Felony Dog Fighting Charges / Urge the NFL to suspend Michael Vick from play under strong suspicion of criminal activity

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Nike to Drop Vick NOW!

Rainforest Action Network (RAN): Tell Ontario to Stop First Nation Exploitation!

Save the Manatee Club: Ask Governor Crist to Appoint New FWC Commissioners / Ensure Balanced and Science-Based Leadership on Manatee Protection Issues

Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL): Contact Legislators on Behalf of Animals Used for Research NOW

The Wilderness Society: Help protect community forests and restore wildlife habitat

Working Assets / Act for Change: Tell Nike to Cancel Michael Vick’s Endorsement Contract

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Bread for the World: Fairness Amendment to Farm Bill Fails in House; Fight For Meaningful Farm Reform Continues

Corporate Accountability International: Pepsi Agrees to Reveal Sources of Aquafina Bottled Water / In Response to Think Outside the Bottle Campiagn, Agrees to Print ”Public Water Source” on Labels

Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Michael Vick & Dogfighting

Carnivals

Carnival of Hurricane Relief #98 (July 26, 2007 @ One Man Band)

Newsletters

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): News Alert, July 27, 2007

In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews, July 25, 2007

Petitions

STOP PUPPY MILLS!!!

CLARK COUNTY DOGS DESERVE BETTER

Stop Cruelty Taking Place on the Water

Help save Giraffes

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PETA’s Weekly eNews – 7/19/07

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

PETA’s weekly eNews (7/19/07) is now online; you can view the entire newsletter here.

Action alerts from this edition include the following:

* Tell the NFL to Suspend Michael Vick!

* You Decide! Tell Denny’s What You Think of Its Ringling Promos

* Ask Japan Airlines to Stop Transporting Dogs to Vivisection Labs!

* Join PETA and Stella McCartney for the World’s First ‘Virtual’ Anti-Fur Protest

* Urge the EPA to Ban the Notorious Bird Poison Avitrol

* Horse Used for Carriage Rides Collides With Taxi in New York City—Urge the City Council to Ban This Dangerous Relic

* Hurricane Season: Have a Plan for Your Companion Animal

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IDA eNews: 7-11-07

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Here’s the TOC from IDA’s 7-11-07 newsletter.

Click on the links to take action, or read the whole newsletter online.

IDA Action Alerts

Help Save Great Cats and Rare Canids; Urge congress to protect endangered species around the world

Oppose Destructive Longline Fishing on West Coast; Submit public comments to National Marine Fisheries Service before July 13

“Owner” Murders Husky with Chainsaw; Sign online petition urging prosecutor to seek maximum penalty

Campaign News & Updates

243 Goats Die in Truck Accident Tragedy; Trailer carrying more than 400 goats capsizes just outside of IDA headquarters

Help Your Animal Companions Stay Cool This Summer; Follow these tips for beating the heat while having fun

Food Industry Moves to Improve Animal Welfare; Compassionate consumers and animal advocates prompting companies to change

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ASPCA: Weekly eNewsletter, 7-6-07

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

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Date: Jul 6, 2007 7:00 AM
Subject: Summer Safety Tips for Dogs & Cats/Moderated Discussion on Pet Allergies

ASPCA WEEKLY UPDATE

July 6, 2007

Welcome to our weekly email newsletter, your source for the latest news from our animal welfare community and information on pending humane legislation.

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THE HEAT IS ON: SUMMER SAFETY TIPS FOR PET PARENTS

It’s summertime, and the living isn’t always easy for our animal companions. Dogs and cats can suffer from the same problems that humans do when the mercury rises–overheating, dehydration and even sunburn. Our experts offer some simple precautions you can take to keep your pets happy and healthy in hot weather.

ASPCA SUCCESS STORY OF THE WEEK: DOG’S BEST FRIEND

This gray kitten was taken home by the Kincaids only to be adopted by the family pooch.

PHILLY’S F.U.E.L. GALLERY PRESENTS “PUPPIES ARE BIODEGRADABLE”

This art show’s name makes you sit up and take notice, and that’s exactly the point. Artists passionate about animals plan to raise puppy mill awareness with a gallery show in the City of Brotherly Love.

NEXT THURSDAY: WE’RE TALKING PET ALLERGIES IN THE ASPCA ONLINE COMMUNITY

Can my dog be allergic to fleas? What foods cause allergic reactions? ASPCA Veterinary Dermatologist Dr. Jeanne Budgin will be standing by to answer your questions about pet allergies next Thursday, July 12, from noon to 2:00 P.M. EST.

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS: MAKE AN IMPACT WITH YOUR MEEZ!

How can you express your passion for animals to your friends–and the rest of the virtual world? Dress your Meez in ASPCA gear, of course!

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FEDERAL: DON’T LET SPECIAL INTERESTS COMPROMISE FOOD SAFETY & ANIMAL WELFARE

A dangerous provision inserted into the 2007 Farm Bill could squash the authority of states to enact food safety and animal welfare
legislation. Write to your representative today and urge him or her to oppose Section 123 in the Farm Bill!

MORE ALERTS FOR YOUR AREA…

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He is so getting laid tonight.

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

The husband spent the weekend in Vegas for his brother’s bachelor party. He sent me the following series of IM’s last night. Swoon. My hero.

(00:34:59) orzonal: hey
(00:34:59) kgarbato : Sorry, you missed me!
(00:35:47) orzonal: eh, brb, i need to get something to drink
(00:41:54) orzonal: eh, you’re prolly sleeping
(00:42:04) orzonal: had an interesting evening
(00:42:35) orzonal: josh and his friends decided to go to the playboy club..couldn’t pay me to go there, so I took off, and was taking a walk around the casino
(00:42:40) orzonal: outside
(00:43:29) orzonal: so I pass this car in a handicap spot, and I notice a young woman trying to, what looked like to me, feed a dog in a car
(00:43:56) orzonal: it looked a little fishy, but I thought maybe she was locked out or something and was trying to help her dog
(00:44:16) orzonal: turns out it wasn’t hers, but she’d been there waiting with the dog for like 45 mins
(00:44:34) orzonal: the bike security guys wouldn’t help her, so she was waiting with him
(00:44:53) orzonal: he had plenty of air, and I don’t think he could have died of heat..but it was in a casino parking lot?
(00:44:55) orzonal: !!
(00:45:17) orzonal: the woman, before I got there, went inside and got a bowl and put a water dish for him in the back seat
(00:45:20) orzonal: so..
(00:45:37) orzonal: i took a snapshot with my phone of the license plate and went to the concierge
(00:46:10) orzonal: they called security to go out there
(00:46:16) orzonal: i went back to the car
(00:46:22) orzonal: and waited to make sure security came
(00:46:23) orzonal: they did
(00:46:28) orzonal: with the old couple
(00:46:41) orzonal: the woman who had been waiting just went off of the old couple
(00:47:18) orzonal: at that point security asked the old couple to go home, and essentially kicked them out for the night

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Keep Your Pets Companion Animals Safe this Fourth of July

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Los Angeles – LA Animal Services is suggesting pet owners get their pets micro-chipped before the 4th of July. More animals are lost during the 4th of July celebrations than at any other time of the year. Loud noises from fireworks frighten animals due to their heightened senses of hearing, and they will do anything to escape the noise. This behavior is usually unpredictable and out of character, and it may include chewing through a leash, jumping through screens and glass windows, digging under a fence, jumping over a wall, bolting away from the owner, and running into traffic.

The good news is that there are many things you can do to help ensure your pet’s protection. Just follow these five simple guidelines to make July 4th a great holiday for both of you!

Don’t take your pet to fireworks displays. The explosions of the fireworks are loud to the human ear. Imagine how loud it sounds to your dog, who can hear sounds up to 60,000 cycles per second — that’s three times greater than the human ear can even register.

Do not leave your pet in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects, even death, in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen. This practice is also illegal in the state of California.

Keep your pets indoors in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals become destructive when frightened, so be sure you’ve removed any items your pet could destroy or may be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company while you’re attending 4th of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.

If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.

Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.

Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal care center, where they have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

Two forms of ID are always best when it comes to protecting your pet. If an individual finds your pet, the first thing he or she will look for is an ID tag. If your pet is taken to a shelter, it will also be scanned for a microchip. LA Animal Services micro-chips pets for $25.

(Via ms2 and the DDB mailing list.)

Additional resources:

Keep Your Pet Safe on July 4th, from the HSUS

4th of July Precautions for Pets, on iVillage

Excitement turns to fear for pets on Fourth of July, in the Oakland Tribune

Keep Your Pet Safe on the Fourth of July, from the Sacramento SPCA

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ASPCA: Weekly eNewsletter, 6-29-07

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

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From: ASPCA – news-alert [at] aspca.org
Date: Jun 29, 2007 7:00 AM
Subject: Fourth of July Safety Tips/Pet Food Recall Update

ASPCA WEEKLY UPDATE

June 29, 2007

Welcome to our weekly email newsletter, your source for the latest news from our animal welfare community and information on pending humane legislation.

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KEEP YOUR PETS HAPPY AND HEALTHY THIS FOURTH OF JULY

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with friends and family–including the four-legged
members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets.

ASPCA PET OF THE WEEK: ZEPPELIN’S LANDING

This kooky kitty girl brings a whole lotta love to her human family.

PET FOOD RECALL UPDATE

Pet parents, rest easy. In response to negative results from tests conducted by veterinary toxicologists at UC-Davis and the FDA, as cited in news reports, the ASPCA believes that fears of widespread acetaminophen contamination in pet food are unfounded.

WANTED: HEROES, TWO-LEGGED AND FOUR

We’re on the lookout for extraordinary pets–and people.

THE ‘A’ ASKS YOU: DID YOU TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK?

Take Your Dog to Work Day was Friday, June 22. Did you bring along your pup? Tell us about it at the ASPCA Online Community.

ASPCA® MISSION: ORANGE? AT WORK: MEET LITTLE MAN

This precocious pooch wriggled his way into the heart of a special pit bull lover, and a cross-country adventure ensued.

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TENNESSEE OKAYS PET PROTECTION ORDERS…

Bills allowing protection orders for pets are proving quite popular this year, and this session Tennessee joined the ever-growing pack of states recognizing that pets often get caught up in domestic disputes. Tennessee’s version (TN HB 1161/SB 196) is currently on Governor Bredesen’s desk, awaiting his signature.

…AND NEVADA PROTECTS PETS, TOO!

On May 15, Governor Jim Gibbons signed AB 282, authorizing courts to include protections for pets in orders for protection against domestic violence. With the link between human and animal abuse now well established, more and more states are stepping up for pets!

MORE ALERTS FOR YOUR AREA…

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