Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Happy Friday! I love catching up with my friend "Lab Lady" from Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. She always has a Labrador Retriever with her who is looking for humans to love and their "Forever Home!"  Meet Brownie!

Black Labrador Retriever
"Brownie"
(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

"Brownie"
(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Brownie is a 2-year-old Black Labrador Retriever who is looking for a single-family home is a rural or suburban setting.  He has no fence requirement! He is looking for a home with humans who will welcome all the love and affection he has to give! BARK!

Humans who meet this guy say he is just the most pawsome, barkingly sweet and gentle fella!

Brownie looks forward to his trips to the dog park with his buddies! He has pawsome leash manners too!

Brownie is doing great adjusting to his foster home. He loves romping and playing with the resident Labrador and meeting new friends at the dog park.

Brownie is crate and house trained. He prefers to sleep on his dog bed in his fosters room at night. He doesn't mind being crated during the workday.  He has learned some basic commands and will let you know when he needs to go out!

No cats for Brownie. He has no mini-human history so he approved for ages 10 and older.

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption, apply to meet or adopt Brownie, please complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application!

"Brownie"
(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

American Bulldog Adoption
"Yoyoma"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes
When my friend at Operation Paws for Homes told me that she was bringing Yoyoma to meet me, my human got all excited! At first, I was sure what to paws with him- he gets a bit weird sometimes.  He was thinking the pawsome, and one of his favorites, cellist, Yo Yo Ma. Barks, it is one pawsome dog who stopped by. Barks!  To me, he is more fun though! woof!

Yoyoma is a 2-year-old adorable American Bulldog mix who enjoys having belly rubs, bacon, going for car rides, chew toys, humans and helping a litter of puppies who came to the shelter with no momma!
American Bulldog Adoption
"Yoyoma"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes

She has met some mini-humans who were pawsome and respectful- they gave her belly rubs too! Barks!

She has been friendly with dogs she's met, except growly obnoxious ones-  can't blame her there! WOOF! 

She has a prey drive so she can't go home with a family who has small birds and cats as they would be too tempting for her!

She wants to let you know, she tested positive for heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is transmitted to a dog through a bite from an infected mosquito producing a positive test in six months. Operation Paws for Homes will treat her and provide two weeks’ recovery time prior to adoption. Potential adopters will receive detailed information on the disease and their role in completing the recovery process from the Operation Paws for Homes Heartworm Coordinator. With monthly preventatives, the disease is completely preventable. Read about heartworm disease here: Heartworm Society: Pet Owner Resources, Heartworm Basics.

Interested in a dog who has some basic training and loves to hang out with humans, Yoyoma's the girl for you!

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption, pawlease visit Operation Paws for Homes Dog Adoption Guide.

If you would like to apply to adopt Yoyoma, please complete the Operation Paws for Homes Dog Adoption Application.

American Bulldog Adoption
"Yoyoma"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes





Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, Prince William Humane Society

Cat Adoption
"Tiger Lily"
(C) Prince William Humane Society

BARKS! er, Meow, sorry- two of my cat friends at the Prince William Humane Society came by this week to meet you.  They are looking for humans to love and their "Forever Home!"

Meet Tiger Lily, a 3-year-old lady who is friendly, a little shy though, healthy, good with mini-humans and dogs. She is little box-trained, spayed and microchipped.  She is up-to-date on shots.

"Hokie"
(C) Prince William Humane Society
Meet my buddy Hokie!  She is between 10- and 15-years old. She is friendly and litter-box trained.

She is looking forward to laying around with her human on the couch and enjoying the day! MEOW!

Hokie is spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on shots.

If you have questions about these two cat friends of mine or would like to apply to adopt, please contact the Prince William Humane Society at www.pwhumane.org, Phone:  703-634-0880.



Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Harlequin Great Dane Adoption
"Harvey"
(C) Allen Pearson
WOOF! BARK!! This is my buddy and friend and "OH MY... WHAT A BIG GUY!" Harvey! I got the pawsome oppawtunity to meet Harvey at a photo shoot with my human a few weeks ago. Kind of odd to be the smaller dog in the party, but he's so cool it was good!

Harvey is a 2-year-old, Harlequin male Great Dane with natural ears.  He was surrendered to a shelter in pretty rough shape! His human stated he could no longer care for him.

Harvey has an amazing personality- and what fun he was when I met him! Woof! He is grateful for the pawsome love of his foster human who is teaching him how to manage in a loving home.  Barkingly, he currently lives with a male Boxer and a female Dane! He plays well with them and often initiates playtime! He loves tug-of-war! WOOF! His older sister is teaching him how to behave! He will do best in a "Forever Home" with an older dog to show him the ropes. He has not been in contact with dogs smaller than 70lbs. but his human thinks he'll be fine if the dog was accustomed to large dog play.
Harlequin Great Dane Adoption
"Harvey"
(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

He has not met a human he doesn't love. Barkingly, he isn't a fan of strange humans, as in he doesn't know them, getting in his face!

Harvey is learning to like baths.  Since he isn't used to them, it's had to be a slow process but he's learning personal hygiene is barkingly impawtant. It will not take much to get him into a routine!

Barkingly, Harvey likes to nuzzle his head into your belly for rubs and is a pawsomely huge Dane leaner!  He is quiet inside the home. Outside, he will occasionally bark at humans walking by.  He shows no prey drive in the yard!  WOOF!

Paws, Harvey is a really sweet Dane! He is currently on a "medical hold" and will be adopted with a training contract!

WOOF! If you would like to learn the process to adopt and a Great Dane and possibly adopt Harvey, pawlease visit Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Adoption Guidelines.



Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)

Cat
"Hobbs"
(C) Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)

HAPPY FRIDAY! I had a nice visit with a volunteer from the Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) this week. She brought by a meowingly pawsome fella name Hobbs for you to meet!

Hobbs is around 7-months-old, he is dog-friendly, mini-human friendly and dog-friendly.

Hobbs is one friendly and handsome fella who loves to sing his chirpy song as he plays around the house! When you hear it, he will soon appear with a ball in his mouth.

Hobbs is incredibly loving and affectionate with head and nose butts! MEOW! purr.  He will lay on your chest and lick your cheek with kisses!  He will curl up in bed with you and massage your neck and will warm your heart every day with his incredible spirit.

Purringly, he is loving with cats, dogs, and humans.

Please review HART's Kitten Adoption Policy!

If you have questions about Hobbs, please contact Bettina!

Interested in applying to adopt Hobbs, please complete the Homeless Animals Rescue Team Cat Adoption Application.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Product Review: I'm Not A Scaredy-Cat A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave by Max Lucado

"I'm Not A Scaredy Cat -
A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave"

(C) Max Lucado,
One of my human's favorite writers, Max Lucado, wrote an excellent new book for mini-humans! It is a fun read for mini-humans and their parents.

"I'm Not A Scaredy Cat A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave" features a pawsome cat who is big and strong.... except when... which take mini-humans through various situations where the cat isn't so brave. Instead of running and hiding or away from his fears, he prays to God for courage.

Sometimes mini-humans may be strong and full of life until something frightens them. The book was written to teach mini-humans how to be brave when they are afraid.  The cat reminds mini-humans throughout the book, "God is near, and loves them."

While reading the book, I realized the adult humans could learn a lesson from it too. Always remember to pray whether afraid, going through life's struggles, or feel a need to reach for someone to comfort you. God is always there.

To purchase a copy, pawlease visit, Amazon: Max Lucado. I'm Not Scaredy A Cat A Prayer For When You Wish You Were Brave.

If you would like to learn more about New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado, please visit www.maxlucado.com.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Replacing Fish Oil with...Cephalopod Oil!

Replacing Fish Oil with...Cephalopod Oil!

Intro to Fish Oil for Dogs
Like humans, Holistic health for dogs includes fish oil. Fish oil is not what it used to be, even when the quality is excellent.

The environment and climate change are--and should be--major considerations in all consumer choices, and specifically in choosing fish oils. From sardines to trout, mercury and radiation toxicity are reaching alarming levels. Poisoning and heavy metals is further exacerbated by overfishing.

So what is the best source? Currently, it turns out to be calamari, otherwise known as cephalopod, and commonly known as squid.

Squid oil provides the lowest or non-existent levels of mercury and toxicity and the right balance of Omega 3's and DHA/EPA. Plus, Squid populations are on the rise.

Ah, Omega 3's and DHA/EPA, things we see printed on so many food packages now, but also something most people know little about.

So why squid, why Omega 3, and why DHA/EPA?


(C) Peter Dobias, Used by Permission



Essential Fatty Acids
Like humans, your dog needs what are called "essential fatty acids." Understanding what fatty acids are and how the body--animal and human--needs them can be a highly complex scientific understanding. For now, the basics will suffice.

Good Fat and Bad Fat
The body needs fat. Some fat is synthesized by the body while other fat is not and needs to be obtained from the diet.

There is good fat and bad fat. Good fat is needed to build cells and nerves, and is "essential" for muscle, blood and just about every other part of the body.

Saturated fat and trans fat are considered the bad fats. Saturated fats are primarily fats that are animal and dairy-based, but also include tropical oils (coconut, palm, cocoa butter).

Trans fat (trans fatty acids) is found in foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. These are considered the worst fats, i.e., fried foods, margarine, snack foods, baked goods, and more. In other words, junk food.

Both saturated and trans fat can raise levels of "bad" cholesterol (known as LDL), while suppressing "good" cholesterol (HDL). Bad cholesterol levels can significantly increase risk of heart disease.

The three major classes of unsaturated fatty acids: omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9. Omega-6s and omega-3s are essential. Omega-9s are non-essential because the body can make them from other fatty acids.

EPA vs. DHA
EPA and DHA are derivatives of Omega-3, and are therefore the best of the “essentials.”

DHA improves skin, coat and nervous system function regardless of a dog's age. DHA improves cognitive ability and neurologic function, from increased memory to reducing dementia in older dogs.

EPA is the anti-inflammatory component of omega oils and great for joints, heart and blood.

Why Squid?
Squid offers the best in terms of Omega 3's, EPA and DHA, and sustainability. It's relatively free of toxins, depending on where it comes from. The northern seas of Scandinavia prove to be one of the best areas on the planet.


(C) Peter Dobias, Used by Permission


Benefits
The benefits of fish oil—and even more so, squid—are far ranging.

Reducing heart disease is at the top of the benefit list, helping to prevent irregular heart rhythm and acting as an anti-coagulant (preventing blood from clotting).

Pets get allergies too, and fish oil acts as an anti-inflammatory helping to reduce itchy, flaky skin. By lowering blood pressure, it also acts again as an anti-inflammatory in kidney ailments.

Reducing inflammation appears to be the major benefit, and along with allergies and kidney ailments, there has been noticeable improvement in joint and muscle tissue, as well as reducing the effects of other illnesses like pancreatitis and IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome).

Holistically, there isn't any area of a dog's health that isn't greatly improved through the use of high quality fish oils, especially squid oil.

Heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, arsenic and others, have infiltrated the environment at alarming rates. These metals are not easily broken down, ending up in food supplies, especially fish and fish oil.

Administration/Dosage
Fish oil should be protected from light, heat, and air, and best stored in dark bottles in the refrigerator. One or two month supplies are best to avoid rancidity.

There is such a thing as too much fish oil. Side effects can include: diarrhea, blood clotting problems, slowed healing of wounds, vitamin E deficiency, weight gain and possible immune system issues.

Problems can arise when fish oil is mixed with other supplements and medications. Other anti-inflammatory medications are especially known to create conflicts.

Always check with a vet for the right "cocktail" of supplements and medications, and the right dosages and scheduling.

For more information, please check out the following links: