Frolicking on the Beach

Amanda and I went out to the beach yesterday with Vito, Boone and Coulee.

Coulee was happy to be out running and swimming.  I’m not so sure she that happy to have the company though.  :)

Vito was his usual cute self.  When he wasn’t harrasing Coulee, he was off playing with toys by himself.

Boone had a tonne of fun frolicking in the water.  He is quite smitten with waves.

I wonder if Vito realizes that the toy is saving his life at the moment.  ha!

They all got pretty dirty.  But no one more so than V.

After we got back to the car we played around with Boone just a little more so that I could try and make a composite.  I’d been dying to try this but I wasn’t sure if I could make it work without a tripod.  I’m thrilled that I can.  I can’t wait to play more.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Samoyed Harley

Samoyed  Harley’s new look

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Cute Samoyed Harley has a new look! Do these glasses make me look smarter by any chance?

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Angie's List Report: Pet Dental Care

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this is one of my kittypoops, razmatazz, a.k.a. raz, razzypoo, and razmatizzle. she’s pretty old and used to be a stray, so she doesn’t get around well these days. i’m not familiar with taking care of older pets, so i’m trying to do my best and learn. beans and tima are so damn self-sufficient i don’t know why i’m even around.

i took her to the vet today because her claws were way out of control and growing into some of her paw pads. because she’s not flexible, she can’t sufficiently bathe herself, either. my vet, a crazy old dude, trimmed her nails and used a furminator on her to remove the badly matted areas on her shoulder blades and hips. i thought i was going to have to get her shaved, and i was dreading it. after a few minutes with that thing, though, they’re all gone. granted there are balding areas where the mattes came from, but they’ll grow back in.

i bought some oral drops with omega 3 for her super seborrheic dermatitis (otherwise known as the worst dry, flaking skin you’ve ever seen). baths are out of the question because she gets violent, but i do have some spray-on shampoo/conditioner i can use.

i also bought the mighty furminator and was able to get the two little matted areas on tima’s hips! i still can’t imagine why they would be there, but at least now they’re gone. huzzah for groomed kitties! i can’t wait to go to town and get rid of beans and tima’s ridiculous excess fur.

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Angie's List Report: Pet Dental Care
(WDEF) Too many pet lovers forget that animals require great oral care, too. Every pet builds up plague and gingivitis at different rates. Left untreated, it can cause problems. Vet Dr. Matthew Lemmons said, "If pets develop painful dental conditions
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Dental care for pets
If your pets breath could knock you out of your shoes, it's probably time for the veterinarian to take a look inside his mouth. Too many pet lovers forget that animals require great oral care, too. Every pet builds up plague and gingivitis at different
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Saskatoon Pet Dental Care Important for Pet Wellness
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, May 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Westward Animal Hospital in Saskatoon is educating pet owners about the importance of pet dental care for pet wellness. According to Dr. Cairo Parker, dental care helps to reduce the risk
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Kooly The Bear And Friends Give Back To America

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Community

I grew up in a small New England town, surrounded by what by today’s standards would be considered ‘nosey’ neighbors. To this day I remember their names, the Kerrys and Kellys and Jeffreys and their parents who had no problems doling out discipline, dinner, and hugs in equal measure.

I’ve lived in many places since then. I can’t tell you what my neighbors’ names were; I’m not sure I knew it even then. When I was in vet school, a five year old boy down the street drowned in his pool. When a similar event happened in my childhood, the community swallowed the family up and kept them close during their grief. Contrast that to my later experience; this boy, who lived maybe 6 doors away, I read about in the paper. Community has, in a lot of places, simply eroded in the face of our transient lifestyle.

Or, perhaps, it’s just transformed. The address I call home may have changed many times over the years, but the community that has embraced me online has been a constant since I first started an online journal 11 years ago. I don’t think people have given up on community at all, so much as they have simply transcended geographical lines, giving us the freedom to define our own borders. Our world is simultaneously expanded tremendously and compacted intensely.

We all have a role to play in our community.

Wildfire

I almost didn’t make it to BlogPaws this year, for various reasons that aren’t all that interesting, but I was very fortunate that my friends at Purina were generous enough to sponsor my attendance and make it possible. I put names to faces and met new friends from AAHA as well as the leadership at pet360, both committed to the pet community. I caught up with old friends from BlogPaws past (and this time no one crashed the pool after hours.) I went home, happy and tired in equal measure.

Then a tornado hit Oklahoma.

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“How can we help?” asked the BlogPaws leadership. And you know, we had some ideas.

Ideas are like wildfire. They can sputter and die on the ground, or, with enough kindling and wind, they can take the countryside by storm. As they have done in the past, BlogPaws mobilized the Blogger Disaster Response Network and supported the World Vets effort to send aid where it is needed most in the community. They planted the spark, and waited. And others joined in, AAHA and pet360 and all the individual community members so instrumental in spreading the idea through this, our amazing online community.

Disaster Response Recipients

Today is the last day of the World Vets fundraiser, and we are all so grateful for the support of this entire community in making it a success. Truly, we are a community that helps when it is needed.

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One of many pets in the midst of being reunited with their owners, thanks to tireless efforts from animal relief organizations. Photo: Boomer’s Animal Networking

World Vets has spoken with our members, our network, and the people at NARSC coordinating the national disaster response. We will be passing on 100% of the donations received in support of three tornado disaster response funds covering a wide variety of animal relief needs:

  1. Central Oklahoma Humane Society, one of the leading FEMA recommended local groups providing comprehensive support to displaced animals and getting them back to their owners;
  2. OSU Animal Relief Fund, providing veterinary care free of charge to the many injured animals both large and small;
  3. and Pampered Pets Veterinary Clinic Tornado Disaster Relief Fund, an AAHA member in Oklahoma who is donating needed supplies directly to affected individuals and smaller organizations in need.

We are tied not by our neighborhood borders but by something bigger. We are a global community. And I am so very proud to be a member of this wonderful group of people. Thank you everyone for your generous donations and your efforts to get the word out. It matters.

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Tinker was reunited with his owners at the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. Photo: Central Oklahoma Humane Society

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Bergener & Associates: Woman Who Almost Died After Contracting Hantavirus in June 2012 Seeks Compensation


Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

According to court documents, when Cathy Carrillo of Chino Hills and her family vacationed in Yosemite National Park in June of 2012, what should have been a fun trip turned into a nightmare after she contracted the deadly hantavirus. Two days after returning home the mother began experiencing flu-like symptoms including chills and a fever. When the illness escalated, she was admitted to the hospital where hantavirus was diagnosed.

Mrs. Carrillo remained in intensive care for three weeks, followed by ten days in rehab. According to documents filed with the Mariposa Court, almost a year later, she still suffers from exhaustion and diminished lung capacity; her attorneys claim that in all likelihood, she will never fully recover from the damage caused by the dangerous virus. Her family has incurred over $ 500,000 in medical bills, and can expect some longterm future expenses.

Mrs. Carrillo?s personal injury attorneys Mark Algorri of Dewitt Algorri & Algorri and James M. Bergener of Bergener & Associates allege that Mrs. Carrillo?s experience was a direct result of negligence by the Delaware North Company, the hospitality management company in charge of the hospitality services within Yosemite National Park. According to a January 25th complaint filed with the Mariposa Superior Court, case number 10302, the premium tent cabins in Yosemite Valley?s Curry Village, ?were in a defective and dangerous condition, with no warning given, so as to cause [Mrs. Carrillo] to contract hantavirus.? The Delaware North Company is named the defendant in the case.

According to the CDC website, hantavirus is transmitted by infected rodents, usually by way of their urine and droppings. The virus from the animal waste becomes airborne, allowing it to be breathed in by humans. After an investigation into the outbreak, the CDC concluded in September 2012 that during the summer season, a total of ten visitors to Yosemite National Park contracted the disease. Three of the victims passed away as a result. The agency went on to write that, “public health officials believe that 9 of the 10 people with confirmed hantavirus infection were exposed to the virus while staying at the Signature Tent Cabins in Curry Village.”

According to the Yosemite Park accommodations website, at the time of Mrs. Carrillo?s stay, the Curry Village tent cabins were constructed with double-walls and insulation between the two layers. Mice and other rodents allegedly lived and defecated in high numbers within the insulation. The website says that following the 2012 hantavirus outbreak, all of the Signature Tent Cabins were replaced by those with a single-wall design.

In the January 25 complaint filed with the Superior Court of California in Mariposa, case number 10302, Mrs. Carrillo?s lawyers claim that the Delaware North Company, ?knew and had been told by [...] both state and federal authorities and others, that the tent cabins posed an extremely high risk of hanta virus exposure to lodgers due to their design, construction, and maintenance before the subject incident; yet [Delaware North] failed to remedy the situation or even warn of the same.? The attorneys allege that the management company was repeatedly warned of the potential deadly risk to Curry Village residents but made no effort to repair or replace the defective tents until the 2012 fatalities.

According to the filed court document, by not acting, “[Delaware North] concealed this information from [Mrs. Carrillo], and misled her about the safety of the tent cabins in an effort to save money and make profit at the expense of human safety.” The Delaware North Company is a global hospitality management company, with locations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. On the company’s website it says the firm earns more than $ 2 billion in annual revenue.

On behalf of Mrs. Carrillo, the attorneys have filed a suit against the Delaware North Company for $ 3.5 million. Mrs. Carrillo?s personal injury team are confident that they can secure this sum from the defendant in the case for her past expenses, future medical costs, and pain and suffering. The scheduling conference to move the case forward is set for July 23rd in the U.S. District Court in Fresno.

In the meantime, the California lawyers say they are supportive of the measures Delaware North Company and Yosemite National Park have recently taken to prevent similar outbreaks among future park visitors.

Bergener & Associates is a personal injury law firm serving accident victims throughout California. The firm has collected over $ 40 million in settlements and verdicts for clients and their families. Specialties include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, semi-truck accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, and other personal injury claims. For a free legal consultation call 1-800-881-2021 today.







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PENGUIN USA IS KICKING OFF THE SUMMER READING SEASON WITH READ HUMANE

ReadFor the second year, Penguin USA is kicking off the summer reading season with Read Humane this month. Read Humane features six of Penguin’s best-selling romance and mystery titles produced as special Read Humane editions.

Each of the authors – including Read Humane spokesperson, Jill Shalvis, along with Linda O. Johnston, Miranda James, Leann Sweeney, Judi McCoy, and Ali Brandon – feature animals in their story lines.

The books are entertaining and Read Humane also has a serious mission. Penguin USA supports the fight against animal cruelty with a $ 25,000 donation to The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team.

Click here to read all the details on “Reading is Fundamental – For Animals | Wayne Pacelle: A Humane Nation”.

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Lucca the Three-Legged Retired Army Dog Has Been Nominated for a Hero Dog Award

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This Monday's miracle is a very special Monday Miracle, because it's also Memorial Day.

We know we've talked about Lucca before, but we felt she deserved special recognition on today of all days.

Lucca is a nine-year-old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix. She is now retired after serving in the United States Marine Corps for six years. During her service, Lucca was the victim of an explosion in Afghanistan. She suffered serious burns to her chest and torso, and her left front leg had to be amputated. However, her sacrifice helped spare the lives of the humans on patrol with her, and she was saved after being evacuated immediately. If that doesn't make her a Monday Miracle, we don't know what does!

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Lucca sporting "doggles" out in the desert.

Her injury occurred in March of last year, but she didn't officially retire until May 2012, when she was adopted by her original handler. In the past year, Lucca has been living the good life as a family pet and as an ambassador for all soldier dogs. She even got to ride on the "Canines With Courage" float in the Rose Parade, debuting a mock-up of the U.S. Military Dog Teams National Monument.

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Lucca out enjoying the good life. Retirement is awesome!

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Lucca, you look so happy!

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Lucca hanging with some new friends.

And now Lucca is up for a Hero Dog Award and we could not be more proud of her, but she needs your votes! Click here to cast your vote -- and pass this to all your friends!

Happy Memorial Day, Dogsters, and congrats to Lucca for being our extra special Memorial Day Monday Miracle.

Keep up to date with Lucca at her Facebook page.

Photos via Lucca's Facebook page.

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Greenies’ Home

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Greenies’ Home

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My secret life as a marathon runner for leukemia

This is a “day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep”, so I just want to say that I also have a maybe-not-so-secret-life as a marathon runner. It’s my way of fighting leukemia.

My first season was last year and I went from old and out of shape to youthful and so fit and trim! More than that, it entirely changed my life. What an incredible way to give back.

One of my teammates runs for her five-year-old son, Mason, who has survived the first 52 weeks of a 100-week chemotherapy plan. See his blog at http://mightymason.wordpress.com/

I am coming back this year as a mentor, meaning, I’ll help my little group of teammates learn how to raise money for their fight for leukemia.

I’m VERY excited and can’t wait to run with my long-lost cousin and many others in the San Diego Marathon on May 31 of 2009!!

See my blog on my Team in Training activities at http://SheCanRun.wordpress.com
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