Ten Things All New Pet Owners Should Know

1. Your pet needs to go to the vet. Start saving now.
Every pet needs to be examined by a vet occasionally. Illnesses that are caught early are often treatable, and regular vet exams are your best weapon. Even the healthiest pet may have an accident, calling for immediate emergency care. Older pets may be in pain from age-related deterioration. Face it, you're going to have to take your pet to the vet sooner or later. Be prepared to pay for it!

2. You're the human, you set the rules.

Don't let your pet boss you around. Decide on the rules, and enforce them consistently. Don't let your pet get his way if it goes against the rules -- he'll just try that much harder the next time. Animals may not seem to have long memories, but they sure remember how they got their own way the last time!

3. Animals love a boring routine.

Pets want to know what to expect -- it makes them feel secure. Yours will be happiest if they are fed at the same time every day, sleep in the same spot at night, and can count on you to always come home at a certain time. They'll get by if the routine occasionally changes, but keeping their day predictable keeps them predictable, and happy.

4. Good food and lots of exercise equals a long life.
We all know we should eat healthy foods in moderation and get plenty of exercise. The same goes for our pets. Healthy living prevents illness, and you won't have to see the vet as often! If a small pet is confined to a cage, give it lots of space and things to climb on or explore, to encourage exercise. Reserve treats like dog biscuits for very special occasions.

5. Everything ends up in their mouths.
To you it's an electrical cord, but to your dog, it's a chew toy. Keep in mind that your pets will chew on anything, and keep dangerous items out of reach! Encourage them to chew on toys instead by providing lots of them, especially new ones once the old ones have lost their appeal.

6. Bacteria do not make good pets.

A clean environment keeps everyone happy and healthy. Pets are dirty, and need lots of cleaning. On a weekly basis, brush your dog's teeth, wash out the gerbil's water bottle, and scoop out the cat's litter box! If you don't, you're in for bacterial and parasitic infections, painful tooth decay, and the smell!

7. Tight security saves lives.

Keep your pet confined safely. Escape-proof all cages and fences, walk your dog on a leash, and keep your cat indoors. The outside world is full of speeding cars, unfamiliar animals, pesticides, and even pet thieves. Also, lost pets without tags usually end up being put to sleep at the shelter when they lose their way home. So, just in case, make certain all dogs and cats have sturdy collars with tags, or have been tattooed or micro-chipped.

8. A tired dog is a good dog.
Daily walks and fun romps in the backyard not only provide good physical exercise for your dog (and you!), but they also provide mental stimulation. A bored dog with pent-up energy, can lead to troubles. You will be pleasantly surprised by the difference a daily walk makes in your dog's behavior. If you are unable to walk your dog yourself (due to work schedule, illness, injury, etc.) ... hire a professional dog walker ... it will be money well spent!

9. Training, training, and more training.
Second to strays, owner surrender due to misbehaving dogs is the next reason most dogs end up in shelters. They may be a cute and funny little thing now, but a grown dog that jumps-up on folks, or that still potties in the house is not so cute. Start training early, and be consistent, so that that cute puppy becomes a wonderful dog.

10. It all depends on you!!
Ultimately, when you accepted this animal as a pet, you agreed to take care of him/her for the rest of their lives. This means feeding, habitat, health, safety, training ... you are responsible for it all. It takes a lot of time and money to care for a pet properly. However, it is certainly worth it! There are over 100 million households worldwide with at least one pet, and they can't all be wrong! Take care of your pets, so you can have a long, enjoyable life together.

Oh, and don't forget ... Hugs & Kisses ... if you own a dog like me, like it or not, lots of wiggle-butts & slobbery kisses come with life with a Boxer! =o)

date Thursday, December 30, 2010


Dr. Scott McKay with DrsFosterSmith.com 


Topics Include:

  • Frostbite: What are the signs of frostbite and what should I do if I suspect my pet has frostbite?
  • Paw Care: How do I take care of my dog’s feet in the cold?
  • Nutritional modifications that help during cold weather.
  • Extra Layers: Should I dress my dog for cold weather? 
  • Exercise: Is it ever too cold to take my dog for a walk? If so, how do I exercise exercise my dog indoors?
  • Hypothermia: Is there a danger of hypothermia for dogs, and how cold is too cold for outdoor dogs?

Very helpful and informative video ... big thanks to DrsFosterSmith.com!



Edited to add: 

~ Don't forget to keep an eye out for antifreeze—many dogs love the taste of this lethal liquid. Do not allow your dog to lick any liquids when outside, or in the garage ... because it may have antifreeze in it. Also, make sure to rinse-off  your dog's paws, legs, & belly after a walk, in case they walked in any antifreeze (or got road salt on them) ... if they lick their paws afterward they can be poisoned.  If your dog ingests even a small amount of antifreeze, take him to the vet immediately.

~ If you have a small breed, puppy or a short-hair breed ... invest in a coat or sweater that covers your doggie  to the base of his tail and under his belly (many do not). Booties are a paw-saver, too!

~ For rough, dry or cracked paw pads, try Mushers Secret or PETfection Paw Cream.  These are great products for paw care.

~ Puppies, short-haired dogs, and cats should be brought inside when the temp falls below 40F, all other pets when it is 20F or colder. For those pets that are kept outdoors, make sure to check their water bowl frequently and break the ice , if necessary, so that they have access to clean, fresh water.

~ Don't forget to slap-the-hood! Cats, and other critters, are attracted by the warm car engine and may curl-up under your car hood to take a nap.  Make sure to slap the hood of your car before starting it, so as to awaken any critters that may be hidden in there.

~ Lastly, do not let your doggies run off-leash in an unfenced area. The heavy snowfall can obliterate familiar scents and dogs can become disoriented and easily lost.

Hope you are enjoying the Winter Wonderland! =o)

date Tuesday, December 28, 2010



Small turtles are a source of a disease called salmonellosis in humans. Salmonellosis is an infection of the intestines caused by bacteria called Salmonella. Symptoms of the disease may include diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever and headache. Symptoms begin in 6 to 72 hours (usually 12 to 36 hours) after a person is exposed to Salmonella, and they generally last for 2 to 7 days.

Anyone can get Salmonella infection, but the risk is highest in infants and young children as well as the elderly, and people who have lowered natural resistance to disease due to pregnancy, cancer, chemotherapy, organ transplants, diabetes, liver problems, or other diseases.

Salmonella are naturally occurring bacteria in turtles and those with Salmonella usually do not appear sick in any way. In addition, turtles do not shed Salmonella all of the time. So, just because a turtle might have one negative test for Salmonella doesn’t mean that they are not infected. It could mean that the turtle was not shedding Salmonella on the day it was tested.

The sale of turtles with a carapace* length of less than 4 inches has been banned in the U.S. since 1975 because of the public health impact of turtle-associated salmonellosis. This regulation is enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in cooperation with State and local health jurisdictions. Experts estimate that the regulation has prevented about 100,000 cases of salmonellosis per year. However, there has been an increase in the sale of turtles in recent years.

Alert to parents and other persons responsible for the care of children:
  • The sale of small turtles for pets is illegal.
  • Be alert for turtles in petting zoos, parks, child day care facilities, or other locations where children may be.
  • If you come in contact or handle turtles or their housing, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

*Thick shell that covers the back of a turtle.

Article courtesy of:

Food and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine
7519 Standish Place, HFV-12, Rockville, Maryland 20855
Telephone: (240) 276-9300 FAX: (240) 276-9115

If you LOVE horses, and LOVE watching movies ... here is a list "to die for":

Horse Movies of the 1940′s
Horse Movies of the 1950′s
Horse Movies of the 1960′s
Horse Movies of the 1970′s
Horse Movies of the 1980′s
Horse Movies of the 1990′s
Horse Movies of the 21st Century

*A big thanks to The Equinest for compiling such an awesome list!

What is your favorite horse movie???

date Monday, December 27, 2010


Some dogs and cats eat waaaaay more than just pet food, according to Brea, California-based company Veterinary Pet Insurance’s “60 Most Unusual Ingested Objects” for 2010. The list, which included oddities such as jellyfish, jumper cables and a hearing aid, was derived from the company’s nearly 2,000 foreign body ingestion claims for the year.

Socks, hand towels, sticks and rocks were especially popular pet “snack” choices. Some pets ate multiple unusual items, such as the one that ingested an estrogen patch and a make-up brush.

In random order, VPI’s 60 most unusual ingested objects removed from dogs & cats bellies are:

  • jellyfish
  • glue
  • estrogen patch/make-up brush
  • tube of denture adhesive
  • dead poisoned vole
  • bikini
  • ink pen
  • plastic nose from teddy bear
  • magnetic purse clasps
  • baseball
  • glass Christmas ornament
  • hearing aid
  • bed sheet
  • box of pencils
  • popsicle stick
  • avocado pit
  • dental floss
  • coffee filter/coffee grounds
  • fishhook
  • pain relief tablet/B.B.pellet/highlighter
  • tent door
  • toy squeaker
  • watch
  • 16 steel wool pads
  • pseudoephedrine/sponge/snail poison/tampon
  • 20 cherry pits
  • light bulb
  • barbecue brush
  • Frisbee
  • jumper cables
  • razor blades
  • uncooked rice (1 pound)
  • wallpaper paste
  • squirrel
  • balloon ribbons
  • bird (whole)
  • butter/sand
  • deer antler (partial)
  • extension cord
  • leash/3 sticks of butter
  • pin cushion
  • portion of wool rug
  • tobacco
  • TV remote control
  • 10 quarters, one penny, one Canadian coin, three arcade tokens
  • foot-long submarine sandwich
  • fire log
  • wooden toy train
  • pine cone
  • round chew bone (whole)
  • caulk
  • eye glasses
  • money (paper)
  • oil-soaked dirt
  • sand
  • rosary crucifix
  • 25 to 30 soiled diapers
  • bath bubble mix
  • bathtub cleaner/outdoor plants
  • duck bone

VPI noted that all pets made full recoveries and received insurance reimbursements for eligible expenses (got to love pet insurance!). Collectively, VPI policyholders spent almost $3 million treating pets that ingested such foreign objects.

Sooooooo ... what's your pet's favorite "snack"?  Please feel free to share your stories!


Hey, Infiniti .... I am not seeing compost pile on the list ... guess it  was number 61 ... hehehe. ;-)

date Sunday, December 26, 2010


This has now become our family holiday classic ... enjoy!

Merry Christmas from Our Home to Yours,
~ Zena

date Friday, December 24, 2010


My heart is breaking ... our sweet, sweet Sheba passed away last evening ...

Just a tad short of 12 years old, Sheba was a grand ole' gal ... truly a queen ... a beauty in every way.

She was a quiet girl. An ever present family member, but never intrusive. Always wanted to be a part of everything, but never pushy about it. She was very easy going, and was a friend to all. She loved rides in the car, going places, cheese, cuddling on the blanket with us, going for walks with "Dad", playing with her toys, and LOVED helping to unwrap gifts ... gently taking the edge of the paper and peeling it away, never harming the gift or eating the paper ... she will be so, so missed when we all open gifts next week.

Sheba was soooo smart, a fast learner, and very obedient. She could be fully trusted to never harm or destroy anything in the house or car. It was "her" home, and she treated everything respectfully. She house-trained easily, and never intentionally pottied in the house. This was probably one of the hardest parts of her illness ... she hated that she had "accidents", and did not like being watched while she pottied outside (which she had to endure since her hind quarters had to be supported by us).

She was a "girlie" girl ... she did not like her feet getting dirty or wet, and took pride in being well groomed. She loved wearing her sweater, and her collar ... and tolerated her Christmas Santa hat. She hated the rain, and was terrified of storms ... we always knew when bad weather was on the way, because Sheba would try to herd us all down in to the basement where it was "safe".

Sheba was a great mom to Billy and Zena, and they seem lost today without her. She taught them well how to be good Boxers. She always let them have the best of everything (treats, toys, sleeping spot, etc.) ... however, they both respected her and knew, if she wanted to be, she was the Boss.

The photo above is one of the few full-on photos we have of Sheba ... she HATED having her picture taken. Many of the photos we have are of the back of her head.

Sheba loved life ... happy, and trying to play with her toys, right up to the end. She was so beautiful ... inside & out ... a beautiful Boxer ... a sweet ole' soul.

Final hugs & kisses were given to each other (one on Mom's cheek) ... teary good-byes said ... cheese treats and one last long car ride ... a short stop at the vet's ... cuddled in Dad's loving arms in the back of "her" truck, being lovingly stroked by all, she fell asleep one last time ...

We knew the end was quickly approaching for our sweet Sheba, and thought we were "prepared" ... guess we were wrong about that one. The pain & grief is so much stronger than I had expected. She was such a major part of our lives, that there is this "hollowness" in our home & hearts today. So many of the major events in our lives have had Sheba present in them.

You were greatly loved, our sweet, sweet, Sheba .... and you will be so greatly missed ... rose


date Wednesday, December 15, 2010


date Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Bailey in Ward, Colorado (8,700' elevation) during a blizzard in the late 1990's;
a local weatherman said it was the most measureable snow (if memory serves, it was 54" in 48 hours).

I just LOVE this video ... makes me smile everytime I watch it!

For those of you that missed it, 
we sure had a good time packing all the K-9 Care Packages yesterday!

A big THANK YOU to all who gave items, donated monies, 
wrote notes & Christmas cards,
and/or helped pack boxes.

As you can see by the pictures above & below, folks were very generous.

We have a total of 14 (fourteen) Care Packages to mail out to Military K-9 teams. 


There is just one more thing, besides finishing all the custom's forms (ugh!), 
that we need ...

We need monies to pay for the shipping.
It costs $12.50 to ship EACH box.

We have set-up special accounts at the bank & Paypal for "Operation K-9 Care Package", 
and have made a DONATE button for folks to easily donate monies online
via Credit Card, Debit Card, or PayPal.

For those wishing to send a check, click HERE for the address. 
Please make check out to "Operation K-9 Care Package".  Thank you!

We are at the cut-off date for getting the boxes to the Military K-9 teams before Christmas, so any monies you can donate ASAP would be great. We will mail each box as we get enough money to cover it. Any monies leftover will go towards future K-9 Care Packages.

Thank you for your generosity!

Boxer Hugs to All,


Six (6) K9 Care Package have been mailed ...YEAH!!! =o)  We have 8 more waiting for a sponsor to pay for shipping, so that they can be sent on their way to their Military Working Dog team.

Better late, than never ... right? 

Maybe we can keep this project rolling through-out the year and make these Valentine's, Memorial, July 4th, Labor Day, etc. care packages ... and show our K-9 soldiers some LOVE year-round!?! ♥ =o)


date Monday, December 6, 2010


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, except a wild-eyed Boxer named Mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
Not knowing the fawn and furry Boxer would soon be there.

The Lab and Kitty cat were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of secret treasures danced in the Boxer's head.
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had no idea the Boxer was getting ready to pull all of this crap.

When downstairs I heard such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Down the stairs I flew like a flash,
But the Boxer had already tore open the presents and was having a bash.

He lay their proud of himself as he chewed the fake snow.
I looked back down at the damage below.
When, what to my tired eyes should appear,
But the Boxer had decided to get up and eat our plastic reindeer.

With a hint of innocence, he was so lively and quick,
I thought it was a dream and gave myself a prick.
More rapid than a bear, his terror had already came,
And I shouted and called him a few choice names.

"Now, Mouse! ... I asked him to listen, but off he went!
Around the house I chased him until I was totally bent!
To the top of the stairs! Around the wall!
He dashed away, dashed away ... like he was laughing at us all!

His eyes full of joy-- how they twinkled! How merry!
His cheeks puffed out from the mouth full of paper, me so mad I turned red like a cherry!
The drool from his mouth dripped down in a steady flow,
And his chin white with toy stuffing looked like snow.

The ornament he held tight in his teeth,
Was just a preview of the damage as he tore down the wreath.
Glancing up into the kitchen I seen the eaten Santa doll with the little round belly,
He even ate our Christmas grape jelly!

It was just so much to take in, a right jolly night itself,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon let me to know I had a lot more to dread.

He barked not a sound, but went straight to his work,
Ripped down all the stockings ...with one jerk,
And laying his paw aside his nose,
And giving a nod, up the Tree he rose.

He tore down the tree, making a sound almost like a whistle,
And down it came, breaking our crystal.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he ran out of sight ...


~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~*~*~*~*~

date Saturday, December 4, 2010



I am one of those folks who never wins anything.  Imagine my surprise when I opened my email and saw  "Many thanks for your entry in DogTipper.com's weekly giveaway; your entry was selected at random as our winner!" Who? Me? I had to re-read it a few times before it sunk in ... I really won! 

I know some may be saying "Oh, a book ... OK", and not understand my excitement. But for me, this was the perfect book, at the perfect time. Our almost 12 year old Boxer is suffering with Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), a heartbreaking disease, similar to MS in humans. I am really struggling with many aspects of what she is going through.  So, I am very excited to see what advice I might glean from this book.

It's amazing what a big difference winning a little book can make, when one is walking through the Valley.

Thanks DogTipper!

date Friday, December 3, 2010


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Thanksgiving ... from Our Family to Yours!! 

date Thursday, November 25, 2010



I was feeling a bit down (it's been sorta rough around here lately) ... then I opened the link to this video ... it made my day!!!  Now I feel like waxing the floor with my white socks (Cruise will know what I mean)! If you are feeling a bit "blue", I hope it helps perk up your day too!
Enjoy!! =o)

date Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Credit: Courtesy of Charlene Cruff

This classy canine is Ginger . Her Style is More is More and her Fashion Hero is Carrie Bradshaw.

If your dog or cat is a fashionista, you should enter their photo in The World's Best-Dressed Pets photo contest.

Wonder if Ginger would like to be my new bff ...

date Monday, November 15, 2010



"Original Video - Met Jerry Miller the horses owner for the first time when he stopped by my barbershop today. Jerry said he saw the video on the TV and tracked me down.

Driving north on Highway 75 just north of 4 corners, 25 miles south of Topeka Kansas we found a horse in the back seat of a car. Rick and Mandi Potter, our kids Jade and Riley, and there friend Cheyenne thought it was pretty cool. Driving from Osage City north on 75 toward Topeka for a Walmart run Saturday November 6, 2:15pm, 2010.

Rascal the 15 year old horse and Jerry drive all over Kansas doing shows for folks. Rascal can do 40 different tricks and some say he's the smartest horse in the world. Jerry and Rascal live near Pomona Lake south of Topeka Kansas."


 Ain't Kansas grand ... if this were Texas now, that would be a BIG car with a BIG horse in it! Guess the old feller needed a little more "horsepower".



According to Rebecca Rescate, the founder and president of CitiKitty , "CitiKitty is the world's most complete Cat Toilet Training Kit. Save thousands of dollars ordinarily spent on kitty litter and toilet train your cat in just weeks with CitiKitty - life without a litter box is just a click away! Just $29.99 ... also available is the CitiKitty Automatic Toilet Flusher  for only an additional $189.00!!"

Yah, but what I want to know is "do they put the seat down"?

First that dog showing off all his tricks (see video below), and now super kitty using my water bowel to do her business in ...what's next, horses that paint pictures?

Actually, an indoor potty is an attractive idea ... I HATE the rain ... wonder if they make "CitiDoggy"?


By-the-way ... for those of you not wanting to cough-up the $29.99 for the CitiKitty training kit, here is a written how-to-guide from jazz great Charles Mingus ... a real cooool cat. ;-)

date Sunday, November 14, 2010


US in Afghanistan 2003, fair use
US Military in Afghanistan 2003

Remember Fallen Horses on Veterans' Day

Armistice Day, more commonly known as Veterans Day, provides us with an opportunity to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at the end of World War I and marks the day when millions of people worldwide stop to remember those who have served and died for their countries in military conflicts throughout history.
This Veterans Day, spare a few extra seconds to remember the countless number of horses that lost their lives in combat alongside the brave men and women who served their nations.
Equine disease and casualties were not light during World War I:
  • More than 1 million horses and mules served for Britain alone--only 67,000 of those survived the war;
  • Horse deaths were attributable to battle injuries, disease, and exhaustion;
  • Some of the major equine diseases and ailments that plagued the horses were equine influenza, ringworm, sand colic, fly bites, and anthrax; and
  • More than 725,500 horses were treated by the British Army Veterinary Corps hospital during war--more than half a million of those treatments were successful.
Historically, horses were an important part of the military, and their use in conflict dates back as far as 4,000 B.C. By the First World War, however, the cavalry was no longer one of the most effective military units. Instead, cavalry charges were abysmal failures, as the horse and rider were clearly no match against enemy machine guns, trench warfare, barbed wire, or tanks.
Despite the changing face of the traditional "war horse," horses were still used extensively in World War II, mainly for transporting troops and supplies, acting as scouts, and for reconnaissance.
Sadly, horses that did survive the war often were not returned home with the surviving soldiers. Thousands of former war horses were slaughtered, and the remaining horses were either sold or reassigned (e.g., sent to India as remounts for the British Army).
Horses, mules, and donkeys are still used today in the Middle East conflict for transportation and for transporting supplies through the often rough terrain.
Horses are included in a multitude of war memorials, yet few of these memorials have been erected in honor of the horses themselves. Notable exceptions are the Horse Memorials at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and at St. Jude-on-the-Hill in Hampstead, and the Animals In War Memorial in Hyde Park, London, UK. In the United States, a memorial to the horses that served in the American Civil War was completed in 1997 and stands in front of the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Va.
An organization called the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) formally recognized the importance of horses in war by awarding three horses who served in World War II with the "PDSA Dickin Medal," an animal's version of the Victoria Cross.
More information is available from the History Channel's 2010 documentary "The Real War Horse."

Very interesting!! I will definitely be looking up the documentary mentioned above!

Btw ... Being new to blogging, I am not sure if this is an encouraged practice, or not.  However, since more often than not, the article of interest is lost with the passing of time (i.e. website is closed), or I can no longer located it,  I am posting them here for posterity.  All articles are posted in their entirety, not edited, and are linked back to where I originally saw them, and credit is given to the author (if it is known).

date Thursday, November 11, 2010


Isn't it interesting how once you become aware of something in the world (that you were once oblivious to), you seem to see it popping-up everywhere? 

Such is the case for me with Military Working Dogs.  I knew they existed, but I never gave them much thought. I am actually sort of embarrassed to admit that. Especially since I come from a military family, and I have such a passion for animals (especially dogs).

But back to the point ... 

Following are a few stories regarding MWD's that have come to my attention within the last couple of days:

And last, but certainlly not least, is a story released yesterday about how the enemy uses dogs:

Failed Al Qaeda plot involved sewing bombs inside dogs

Last Updated: 11:29 AM, November 7, 2010
Posted: 9:33 PM, November 6, 2010

Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq tried to unleash deadly terror in the skies by deploying a pair of kamikaze canines on a US-bound plane, a French newspaper reports.

The diabolical plot failed because the bombs were so badly stitched inside the poor pooches that they died, said the respected Paris daily Le Figaro.

"This case illustrates the determination of al Qaeda militants, who are trying to circumvent terrorism controls by any means," French criminologist Christophe Naudin, an aviation security expert, told the newspaper.

RUH-ROH! Al Qaeda evildoers took advantage of Americans' sympathy for suffering dogs in Iraq to plant bombs in US-bound pooches -- and they would have gotten away with it, too, if not for some meddlingGIs.
RUH-ROH! Al Qaeda evildoers took advantage of Americans' sympathy for suffering dogs in Iraq to plant bombs in US-bound pooches -- and they would have gotten away with it, too, if not for some meddlingGIs. (Getty Images)

The plot unfolded two years ago, when al Qaeda bomb makers grabbed the two stray dogs off the street and surgically implanted powerful explosives and detonators in each.

The dogs were then placed in kennel carriers and sent to the Baghdad airport for a flight to the US. Le Figaro didn't say what city they were headed for. 

It's not unusual for dogs to fly from Iraq to the US. Several animal-rescue groups work to give Iraqi dogs new US homes, and US soldiers have also adopted pooches there. 

It's believed al Qaeda planned for the dogs to explode in flight. But before the dogs were put aboard their plane, US soldiers working in the airport's cargo area noticed they had died -- and soon discovered the bombs stitched inside them. 

US intelligence agencies shared the story of the dogs' cruel fate with other Western spy agencies and distributed necropsy photos of the dogs and bombs to aviation security professionals, Le Figaro said.

Also, the International Civil Aviation Organization alerted security agencies around the world of the possibility of kamikaze canine attacks. 

Details are still emerging of last month's terror plot in which Yemeni al Qaeda operatives stashed bombs inside computer printer cartridges, which they hoped to blow up aboard US-bound cargo jets.

That plot unraveled when Muhammad bin Nayef, a Saudi prince involved in intelligence work, learned of the plan and the packages' tracking numbers and passed them on to the CIA. 

Just as they tried to hide bombs in dogs' bodies, al Qaeda has also tried hiding bombs inside people. 

Last year, an al Qaeda suicide bomber tried to assassinate bin Nayef with an explosive device hidden in his rectum like a suppository. Bin Nayef was slightly injured in the attack.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/man_worst_fiends_in_dog_plot_1h93g9Om3R6t0AGAR7XOtI#ixzz14lK11Bzb

date Tuesday, November 9, 2010


This advertisement was originally released by BMW on April 1, 2008, but I thought it was still interesting, and relevant, today:

BMW has announced the first details of the new Canine Repellent Alloy Protection system. Designed to stop dogs fouling against the sparkling alloys of new BMW cars, the innovative Canine Repellent Alloy Protection system (C.R.A.P.) is the latest offering in the BMW EfficientDynamics programme.
Using the EfficientDynamics Brake Energy Regeneration system, energy that would normally have been lost during engine over-run and during braking is harnessed as Rim Impulse Power (R.I.P.) and stored for future use. Whenever a dog tries to relieve itself on the wheel of a suitably-equipped BMW, a small and relatively painless electric shock is immediately administered to the animal, thus deterring it from future fouling.

Dr Hans Zoff, Head of Automotive Security from BMW AG, said; “Research shows that most BMW customers like to keep their cars clean and dog fouling is a constant irritant. Not only does the Canine Repellent Alloy Protection system support this aim, but it does so using energy created through the EfficientDynamics programme. Beauty through engineering perfection – our philosophy in a wheel nut.”

date Monday, November 8, 2010


ORLANDO, Fla. – (Nov. 1, 2010)Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is always in search of stories, facts and achievements that are unbelievable. Company officials recently discovered a story involving a dog that was so amazing and unbelievable and was in so much distress, that they had to step in and help.

Ripley’s is donating money to help a neglected dog in Houma, Louisiana. A poodle was found in a ditch with fur so badly matted that it couldn’t even walk.  The dog was literally a living, breathing ball of hair.

Ripley. Yes there is a dog under there!
Staff at a local animal rescue group, My Heart’s Desire, rescued the dog, had his massive amount of tangled mane shaven off and gave him a very fitting name – Ripley.

According to shelter co-founder Tracey Lapeyrouse, they chose the name Ripley because “you would have never believed there was a dog under there. He didn’t even look like a dog. He looked like the elephant man. All you could see was his snout.” The company’s love for unusual animals comes directly from Robert Ripley himself, who owned many pets including a one-eyed dog name Cyclops.

Ripley has been given a good grooming, lots of TLC, and has been neutered. My Heart’s Desire is now looking for a permanent home for him.

Ripley Entertainment Inc., the parent of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is making a donation to the shelter and to Ripley’s future family. The company will give $400 to My Heart’s Desire and Ripley the dog will come with a gift card for a local pet store that his new owners can use for food, grooming, toys and other expenses.

“Ripley the dog is what Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is all about,” said Tim O’Brien, VP of Communications for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! “It’s unbelievable that a dog could even be in this condition, let alone survive and go on to potentially become a great pet for someone.”

Ripley - after the save and shave

This may not be the last time that Ripley the dog will hear from the people at Ripley’s. His story is being considered for the next Ripley’s Believe It or Not! book.

Anyone interested in making a donation to My Heart’s Desire should contact Tracey Lapeyrouse at tvlapeyrouse@hotmail.com or call the shelter at 985-226-4693. 

Press release and photos courtesy of Ripley's Newsroom.


Additional information via the Dailycomet.com:

Workers at St. John the Baptist Animal Shelter called Ms.Lapeyrouse about "Ripley", after finding him in a ditch outside the St. John facility. His fur was matted to the point that it was unable to walk.

Lapeyrouse said Ripley was socialized at one point because he seeks out the attention of people, but he remains timid. They're not sure if he was abandoned or on his own for a long time.

Ripley is unused to touch because of the time spent encased in that matted coat, Lapeyrouse said. The sensation of newspaper under his paws or even his ears touching his head confuse him and make him shake.

My Heart's Desire Co-founder Tracey Lapeyrouse holds “Ripley”.  (Emily Schwarze/Staff)


This is truly "unbelievable" ... unbelievable that an owner could allow this to happen, unbelievable that a dog could survive in this condition, and almost unbelieveable that the "after" photo is the same dog  as the one in the first photo.

He sure is a cutie!! 

date Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Little show off!


date Saturday, October 30, 2010


By Pet Industry News:

A 14-year study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association has managed to bust several canine nutrition myths.
Forty-eight pairs of Labrador Retriever littermates were followed. Among other things, the results suggested that a 25% restriction of food intake—or maintaining an ideal body condition throughout a dog's life—increased the median lifespan of a dog by 1.8 years and delayed the onset of chronic disease symptoms. "Knowing what to feed and how much to feed are equally important," said Mike Grant, PA, the nutritional science director for SeniorPetProducts.com "Your veterinarian is always the best way to get the correct information. They are up to date on all the new science."
Several nutrition myths were disproved during the study:

1) A raw meat diet is the only one for canines: Today's domesticated dogs are not true carnivores. They need small amounts of grains, like rice, oatmeal, pasta, vegetables and fruits to round out their dietary needs.

2) Raw eggs are an absolute no-no for dogs: Dogs are far less susceptible to Salmonella poisoning and the occasional raw or boiled egg is a good source of protein for canines.

3) Dogs should never have any dairy products: Some dogs may be lactose intolerant, but cottage cheese and yogurt are two low-lactose options that are high in calcium.

4) Fat only gives dogs empty calories: Fats are the main source of energy for dogs. Fat is also necessary for the proper absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K, especially in low-saturated forms such as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

5) A dog is unable to digest grains: This is partially true, but dogs can digest starch grains that have been converted by the cooking process. Rice is a better option than wheat or corn.

6) All commercial dog foods are bad: Research has shown that the quality of commercial dog foods is more than able to meet a dog's nutritional needs.

7) A diet must be specifically tailored to a dog's age or breed: In most cases, the same diet throughout a dog's life is sufficient. However, puppies need more food than seniors and older dogs may need nutritional supplements.

date Thursday, October 28, 2010


Pictured is a detector dog moving with a Marine unit. (Photo courtesy of US Marine Corps)


It has come to our attention that the 2,900 3200+ patrol, drug and explosive detection canines serving our country in Iraq & Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the world, are in need of care packages (i.e toys, treats, etc.). While our soldiers receive care packages, many Military Working Dogs (MWD) do not.

We'd like to change all that!

In conjunction with the Saint Paul Police Department, and the Twin Cities Boxer Club,  All God's Creatures Pet Services is proud to support our four-footed heroes and will be collecting dog toys and treats (and more) to send over to them.

* Items needed include:
  • Wubbas
  • Tennis Balls
  • Kongs
  • Kong 3" Balls
  • Squeaky Toys
  • Large Rope Pulls
  • Frisbee (aka Chuckit Squirrel)
  • Heavy-duty Chew Toys
  • Any TREATS in packages UNDER 1.5 pounds, or so ... we can not open a large treat box and divide it among several K-9 Care Packages (all treats must be in their original unopened package ... do NOT need to be refrigerated ... and NO rawhide chews or pork products, please.)
  • K-9 Booties (Lucky brand - size Large ... or MuttLuks - Black/Medium)
  • Foot Balms/Salve, and Antiseptic Sprays
  • Collapsible Nylon Dog Water Bowls
  • Dog Wipes
  • Dog Grooming Tools - Brushes & Combs
  • Doggie Shampoo/Conditioners
  • K9 Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
  • Cooling Vests by RPCM (size Large/Black)
  • Doggles
  • Dog Nail Clippers
  • Financial donations to help with shipping costs
  • A note of appreciation to soldier dog & handler

The deadline to deliver our donations is Friday, November 12th Saturday, December 4th. ... please contact us to make arrangements to collect your donation.


Cool graphic from the United States War Dogs Association 
showing some of  the different breeds of dogs that have served our country over the years.


It turns out that the initial invitation we received from the Saint Paul Police Department to join this fundraiser was intended as an inter-office memo only ... to collect "a few things" for a MWD team associated with one of their employees. They have informed us that they are over-whelmed by the response and "have plenty", and asked that we not submit anymore donations.

Well ... folks have been very generous and have opened up their hearts, and are submitting many toys, treats, monies, thank-you notes, supplies, etc. The love and desire to support our MWD teams has been so touching, and we are receiving calls & emails daily from those still wishing to give!

So ... we have contacted an official with the US War Dogs Association and will be receiving the names of SEVERAL MWD teams (dog & their soldier) who have made it known that they have no one "back home" that corresponds with them, and that they'd be so grateful to be thought of during this holiday season. The number of MWD team names that we will receive depends on the amount of donations we collect.  The more donations, the more soldiers we will be able to supply a K-9 Care Package to.

So keep sending in those donations!!  The deadline has been extended to Saturday December 4th.

Military canine with Doggles on. (Photo source unknown)

Edited to add:

If you would like to include a few items for the MWD's handler, here are some ideas (travel size items are very helpful and will allow us to put a variety of items in each care package & are easy for soldier to carry.):

  • Chap Stick 
  • Sun Block 
  • Baby Wipes 
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Cream 
  • Avon’s Skin-So-Soft 
  • Nail Clippers 
  • Clorox Wipes 
  • Saline Nasal Spray 
  • Breath Mints
  • Gum
  • Kleenex (Travel Size) 
  • Liquid Body Wash 
  • Cough Drops / Throat Lozenges 
  • Q-tips 
  • Hand & Toe Warmers
  • Small Mirrors 
  • Hair Bands   
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil
  • Microwave Foods (i.e. Popcorn or Easy Mac/Cheese) 
  • Flavored Coffee 
  • Tea
  • Flavored Oatmeal 
  • Powdered Gatorade 
  • Dried Fruits 
  • Instant Soup 
  • Lemonade Mix 
  • Crystal Light 
  • Chex Mix 
  • Pop Tarts 
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly 
  • Candy (no chocolate April - Sept. ... it melts!)
    *Only non-perishable foods. No aerosol cans, please.    
  • Crossword & Sudoku Puzzle Books 
  • All-in-one Tool 
  • Ankle Socks - green, black, white 
  • Disposable Cameras 
  • Stationary

Military dogs with weapons they found. (Photo source unknown)

(Photo source unknown)

               A Soldier with the 2nd Infantry Division and his military working dog clear a building in Diyala Province, Iraq                (Photo Credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Mulligan)

Joint Base  Balad, Iraq Staff Sgt. Philip Mendoza, 332nd Security Forces Group military working dog handler, pets his MWD Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmiller)

          U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Reese and his military working dog Grek wait at a safe house in Buhriz, Iraq, April 10, 2007.           (U.S.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall)

A special prayer goes to the family of Cpl. Kory D. Wiens, of Dallas, Oregon. He was just 20 when he and his war dog, Cooper, a yellow Labrador Retriever, were killed in action by an improvised explosive device in Iraq--July, 2007. The cremated remains of this soldier and his dog were buried together.
(Photo source - Army Times)

By Bruce Cameron

Posted: 08/24/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT Denver Post

I've read that an average dog possesses a vocabulary of 200-300 words, which is enough for him to have his own Twitter account. Most people won't buy their dogs a smartphone, though, so you don't see too many canines tweeting their friends unless they have access to a computer.

Here's an excerpt from a dog's wiki- dictionary of known words:

Sit (v): A word that means if you sit down your owner will give you a treat. Oddly, Sit works only some of the time. You can Sit all day while your owner is cooking tacos and he won't toss you one, even if you give him your most attentive expression. If, however, the owner starts saying "Sit!" and he has a dog treat in his hand, you're golden. Just make sure you pretend to take a long time to figure it out and you'll keep getting treats. The minute you give in and start doing it on command, though, he'll say "good dog" and there will be no treat involved. No one knows why people think that being told "good dog" is reward enough — would they go to work every day if instead of getting a paycheck, their bosses just said they were "good employees"?

Stay (v): This word makes no sense: It means that while your owners walk away, you're supposed to just sit there. This can't be right. Surely wherever they're going, the experience would be enhanced by having a dog present when they get there. If they don't want canine companionship, why did they get a dog? Also, there's no way to give a dog a treat if he Stays, because the owners have left. What good is a command if there is no treat involved? Worse, when Stay is over, the people will probably say "come," and then give you a treat. So at first, being with them is not good for a treat, and then all of a sudden it is. Probably if your owner tries to teach you to stay he is a mentally unbalanced person, so handle the situation however you need to in order to obtain a dog treat. (Once the reward for "Stay" migrates to "good dog" instead of "dog treat," we recommend you pretend you forgot what it means.)

Lie Down (v): First, some people say "lay down," which as any dog knows is bad grammar. Second, this one gets you a treat only after you've sprawled out on the floor, a position that makes it very difficult to chew. It's recommended you hold out for a treat before you Lie Down. Isn't that more convenient for everyone?

Bad Dog (n): The list of things you can do to qualify as a bad dog is so huge as to be completely bewildering. Your person left you lunch in the trash can when he went to work, so you helped yourself? Any reasonable dog would agree you showed excellent resourcefulness, but you guessed it, Bad Dog. Urinated in the house, which your person does all the time? Bad Dog. Barked at the mailman, who for all we know is on the verge of going postal? Bad Dog. You might as well give up trying to figure out what causes Bad Dog — you don't get a treat for being a bad dog; that's all you need to know.

Shake (v): Upon the command "shake," you're supposed to raise your paw and let your person grab it and drop it. It's a dumb way to earn a treat, in our opinion. If you show some initiative and, entirely on your own, paw your owner in the crotch, you probably won't get a treat (see Bad Dog).

Dinner (n): There simply isn't a finer word in the human vocabulary than "dinner." Most dogs try to explain this to their people by doing Sit, Lie down, Speak, Spin, Shake and Jump, but usually most people don't get it and serve dinner only once or twice a day.

Too bad they don't understand dog words.

date Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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