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Cat Processing 101
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All animals are processed thru a minimum of a two week quarantine when they come to Rikki’s. We cannot risk any of our residents catching something from "the outside world". Our residents are our first concern. When a new resident joins us they go into quarantine. In the case of cats, it’s usually two weeks, unless there are "issues". Like persistent worms, a bad case of ear mites, they get sick during their two weeks or they need additional veterinarian work like neutering or spaying or a current rabies vaccination or a dental.

We have an extensive parasite prevention program because we simply cannot afford to have all of our animals infected by parasites brought in by one animal. An otherwise healthy and "ready to go" cat receives two preventative parasite treatments as well as a physical and any needed vaccinations. They are treated for fleas and ticks, ear mites, mange mites, a whole host of possible internal parasites and given vaccinations. The typical cat will have his or her ears cleaned and mite prevention dripped in. They will receive a capsule of worming meds and 2 cc of liquid worming meds. They get an injection for mites and other parasites and one for distemper and those other nasty things. Then they get flea drops. If they didn’t come with a current rabies certificate or it’s due to expire soon, they also get a trip to the vet to update that. A full exam includes various body orifices being poked and prodded, otoscope in ears, thermometers in unpleasant places, eyes examined, mouth pried and held open so teeth can be examined – visually we hope but all too often with the ferals we get to feel first hand how well those teeth are working – stethoscope pressed against chest and abdomen, nails clipped – often after being extracted from human flesh.

And two weeks later it’s all repeated. And if all looks well at that time they get to move into their new cat house. We have 8 temporary pens for cat quarantine that can hold up to six cats each. Some will have to be quarantined in cages in our hospital. When a family comes in together we prefer to keep them together in a temp pen than in individual cages. it’s much more homey and much less scary. Lots of kitties who’ve come to Rikki’s in the last 8 months thank Ron for the temp pens.

These kitties have been captured in their temp pens and brought up to the hospital for "processing".

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The Killing Fields pt 2

I left off in part I of The Killing Fields with what you can do.  Here are a few such things.  
1. The only study that’s been conducted about the effects of irradiated food fed to animals was done so by NASA.  Contact them and request, under the Freedom of Information Act, the disclosure of that study.  After all, you paid for the research and it should be made available to all of us.  
2.  Stop sending petitions to politicians.  And money.  They no more care about you and your companion animals than Bill Clinton did Monica Lewinsky.
Proof in point.  Did you know that budget cuts from the Obama administration to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have been so severe that funding levels are at an all time low?  He’s been very busy spending trillions even in the midst of the World Health Organization’s 2010 report that cancer is, for the first time, the greatest scourge we’ve ever seen.  
According to their annual report, NCI gave only 5 billion dollars in grants last year.  This isn’t a political or party rant since I affiliate myself with neither.  But did you know that during the last presidential election, 2.6 billion dollars, half of what was set aside for cancer research, was put into the pockets of political consultants, lobbyists, corporations, unions, and whatever else it takes to win a presidential race?  
Let me restate that.  The U.S. government spent only $ 5 billion on cancer research last year.  Over half of that was spent on electing a president.  So while your loved ones are dying from the world’s deadliest disease, the fat cats keep enriching their lives at your expense.  
3.  Stop trying to get celebrities to join the cause.  I personally know of many celebrities who have lost companion animals to cancer.  So why don’t they step up?  
This has always been somewhat of a mystery to me but I think I have a pretty good handle on it now.  The only thing that celebrities give a shit about is image, brand and franchise and they’re afraid if they say, ‘Hey, my little Dachshund has cancer’ then the rest of the non-Dachshund and even non-animal loving community will strafe them with so much criticism and they crawfish.  
I suspect there are a few actors out there who really do care but their agents and the producers of their projects shut them down.  Think about it, if I’m, say, Jeff Bridges…  No, I need someone a little younger even though I love that man.  The Dude abides.  
If I’m Justin Timberlake, another man I have a bro-mance with but only because he’s a fairly decent golfer and one of the game’s biggest advocates, plus, he did one of the funniest skits on SNL. 
If I came out and said I lost a dog to lymphoma, the shitstorm that would ensue from all of the people (that’s most of you, by the way) who lost ‘human’ companions to the same disease would potentially devastate my career and all of the hanger-ons would shut me down.     
It’s a public stigma I’ve been branded with more times than I care to remember.  ’Oh, you’re the dog cancer guy’, I’ve been introduced as.  Or the the more insinuating, less kind, characterization that made me sound like a circus carny, the ‘Dog cancer boy’.     
I harbor no ill will towards celebrities and still hope we could one day host a ‘Celebrity Coming Out Party’ for those who lost a dog to cancer.  But that’d entail you to tell your agents and representatives to bugger off, have the courage of your convictions and damn the consequences.  
Next time.  Part 3. Keep the Pol Pot in Your Pants.   

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New York Pet Fashion Show Benefits Animal Haven Shelter

 Rescue Rovers will be the bee’s knees as they step out with stars and celebrity Spots in canine couture created by Ada Nieves and other top dogs of the pet clothing world at the New York Pet…

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Certified Pet Groomer and CEO of Avery?s Pet Styling Salon & Boutique Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Healthy During Harsh Winter Weather

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) January 15, 2013

In order to diminish the effects of the winter weather, Certified Pet Groomer and CEO of Avery?s Pet Styling Salon and Boutique, Taria Avery, suggests 3 basic tips for pet parents to get started with to help keep their fur-kids healthy and happy during the winter season.

1.) Brush or Comb Your Pet 2-3 Times a Week

Keeping your pet?s coat clear of knots and matts is as important as maintaining monthly baths. Using a brush is fine, but if your pet has long curly hair be sure to use a comb and take it all the way down to the skin. For some double coated dogs, excess oils can build up in their skin and may cause dry patches that may eventually contribute to hot spots if pet parents do not pay attention to their pet?s skincare regimen. On a double-coated dog, use a brush to remove the excess undercoat and to facilitate proper air circulation to the skin.

Cats require grooming too. Many cat owners believe their cats do a good enough job keeping clean, but they too need a thorough combing to help keep their skin and coat healthy.

2.) Set Aside 15 Minutes for Essential Care

In addition to brushing or combing, essential care includes clipping nails, brushing teeth, and cleaning out pet?s ears. This should be done about 1-3 times a week depending on your fur-kid?s specific needs. During the winter season, grooming nuances tend to get put off, but to keep pesky infections at bay it is critical to maintain essential care.

3.) Maintain Exercise Habits

Don?t let the blistering winter elements stop pets from getting the exercise they need. Pet parents can create in-house solutions to make sure their pets get the required exercise. For example, allowing pets to walk on treadmills is a great way to keep pets fit. But be sure to keep the treadmill on low speed, and discuss it with your Veterinarian before putting your pet on any exercising machine.

Avery understands pet grooming is just as important during the winter months as it is during the warmer seasons. Bitter cold conditions can have a harmful effect on a pet?s skin, coat and paw pads if not properly maintained. Unfortunately, pet parents may be tempted to skip out on winter grooming sessions assuming that allowing their pet?s fur to grow full is the best protection from intense winds and cold weather.

Lastly Avery says ?try to stick as closely to their normal grooming routine as possible. Make sure your fur-kid has access to fresh and clean water at all times, keep a space heater close by to provide additional warmth in the house if appropriate.? As the cold and snow set in, continue booking your regular grooming sessions, but use these tips to protect your fur-kid and supplement your existing maintenance schedule with your dog groomer or cat groomer.

More About Taria Avery of Avery’s Pet Styling Salon & Boutique:

Clients know Taria Avery, a Certified Pet Groomer, as the ?Fur Therapist.? She is the President and CEO of Avery’s Pet Styling Salon and Boutique, a state-of-the-art mobile grooming salon servicing the Greater Philadelphia metro area and southern New Jersey. She holds certifications in many key areas including CPR and first aid for animals, nutrition, animal behavior, aromatherapy, etc. Avery has been featured as a pet grooming expert for various media outlets including 6ABC News’ TV program “FYI Philly”, Philadelphia Magazine, Pet Product New International, Philadelphia CN8 Network “Your Morning” show, KYW NewsRadio 1060, The Philadelphia Tribune and Philly Fit magazine. Her discussion topics included the state of the pet industry, groomer certifications and tips for pet parents on selecting a groomer. Avery?s mission is to provide peace of mind for the pet parent by enhancing the health and wellness of their fur-kids with tender loving care.

Click here to watch Taria Avery on 6 ABC News’ “FYI Philly”.

[Click here to watch Taria Avery on CN8 Network's ?Your Morning Show?.

To contact Taria Avery for speaking engagements, advice columns or features please email taria(at)

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Dogs on the Titanic

Stories about the sinking of the Titanic seldom mention that there were dogs on the Titanic who also lost their lives when the ship sank.

News stories abound of the sinking of the mighty Titanic, the largest passenger steamship in the world at the time. On April 10th, 1912 the brand new luxury liner sailed off on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England headed for New York City. Four days into the crossing, at 11:40 p.m. on April 14th, she struck an iceberg and sank at 2:20 a.m. the following morning. The sinking of the Titanic was one of the worst maritime disasters during peacetime in history, claiming the lives of 1,517 people.

The RMS Titanic was an Olympic-class passenger liner owned by the White Star Line and carried 2,227 people on board. The casualty rate was unusually large due to the fact that the ship carried lifeboats for only 1,178 people.

What is not commonly known is that the designers and builders of the Titanic had installed the best kennel facilities available for pets belonging to its upper class passengers. Ten dogs boarded the Titanic but only three survived the sinking. Two small dogs were saved by their owners who were able to carry them in their arms when boarding a life boat. The third dog was a large Newfoundland dog owned by the ship’s first officer.

His dog, named Rigel, became a hero during the sinking of the Titanic. The story published in the New York Herald newspaper on April 21, 1912 read as follows:

“Not the least among the heroes of the Titanic was Rigel, a big black Newfoundland dog, belonging to the first officer, who went down with his ship, But for Rigel, the fourth boat picked up might have been run down by the Carpathia. For three hours he swam in the icy water where the Titanic went down, evidently looking for his master, and was instrumental in guiding the boatload of survivors to the gangway of the Carpathia.”

“Jonas Briggs, a seaman aboard the Carpathia now has Rigel and told the story of the dog’s heroism. The Carpathia was moving slowly about, looking for boats, rafts and anything which might be afloat. Exhausted with their efforts, weak from lack of food and exposure to the cutting wind, and terror stricken, the men and women in the fourth boat had drifted under the Carpathia’s starboard bow. They were dangerously close to the steamship, but too weak to shout a warning loud enough to reach the bridge.”

“The boat might not have been seen were it not for the sharp barking of Rigel, who was swimming ahead of the craft, and valiantly announcing his position. His barks attracted the attention of Captain Rostron and he went to the starboard end of the bridge to see where they came from and saw the boat. He immediately ordered the engines stopped and the boat came alongside the starboard gangway.”

“Care was taken to take Rigel aboard, but he appeared little affected by his long trip through the icy cold water. He stood by the raft and barked until the last passenger was taken aboard the Carpathia.”

So if a friend ever brings up the question “Where There Dogs on the Titanic?” you can answer that “Yes there were, and how could you not believe that a dog is man’s best friend?”

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Feeding Pets a Variety of Food Ingredients Help Them Stay Healthy

In Dog Dish Diet, I help pet owners understand that it is the allergens, carbohydrates, and the nature of dry food and especially treats that causes dry itchy skin, infected ears, obesity, urinary problems, and even seizures. Changing to hypoallergenic food (salmon/potato, rabbit/potato, chicken rice) and stopping treats and chews loaded with wheat gluten may really help some dogs. Adding eggs, sardines, raw meat, meaty bones, olive, and canola oils to a commercial diet may really increase the quality of proteins and healthy oils. These changes may be enough to help cure some ear, skin, and bowel problems. Feeding a moister hypoallergenic food with more oils (canned food, home cooked, and raw food) may help pets with more severe issues and urinary problems. I think that the better ingredients in raw and home cooked food may be best for organ health and preventing chronic medical problems and cancer.Instead of biscuits, feed turkey or chicken hotdogs, carrots, sardines, boiled eggs, or pieces of meat as “treats”.

Try a better commercial food, add some healthy food, feed some raw meat, or home cook a bit. Mixing hypoallergenic healthier commercial food with better proteins and oils will definitely prevent some medical issues. Raw food, home cooked, and canned  food are better choices for others. I think that home cooked and/or raw food are the best choices.

I have been receiving more and more letters like this.

Hi Dr. Greg.

I have switched over my dogs cooking for several years now and she is very healthy. People are surprised she is already 8 yrs old. My recipe is also using a crock pot and very similar to yours. Adding veggies, meats, gizzards, etc and sometimes oats and quinoa.

I have had numerous people in my apartment complex asking me to make it and have gladly given me money. I have researched the AAFCO guidelines which is a requirement for selling dog food. Crude protein content -a minimum of 12 percent, Crude fat content -a minimum of 5 percent, Crude fiber content -a maximum of 5 percent, Moisture content -a maximum of 65 percent. The food I make has enough protein and fat content to reach the minimums. The problem is the moisture content can not exceed 65 percent and fiber content cannot exceed maximum 5 percent. This is difficult considering how moist the food I make is and also has a lot of fiber content from the oats. Does that mean that I need to make it more “dry”, does it mean that I need to remove the “oats”?
It has been a frustrating road because I know that the meals that I make for my neighbors and my dogs are very healthy and much more nutritious than the kibbles and wet food that AAFCO considers complete and nutritious!
Anyway sorry for the long comment here but I was curious if you looked into this since you have a cookbook for dogs! Thanks again and I love your dogs so much! Take care!


My Reply:

Great job in cooking for your dogs! NRC and AAFCO guidelines are based on keeping animals from getting sick from deficiencies and help commercial companies sell food. If we consider what their ancestors ate, then carbohydrates may actually not be needed at all. Protein, fat, and moisture would be the diet! An all meat diet would contain much more protein and fat and a bit less moisture. Dogs are carnivores with an omnivore slant to help in times that prey are scarce.

I personally think that they can stay perfectly happy and healthy in a wide range of moisture, protein, and fat percentages above the minimum.Nutritionists argue about the right mix of ingredients in human nutrition and the NRC and AAFCO are certainly not the last word on animal nutrition. Commercial foods following their guidelines have created diets that cause allergies, seizures, bladder stones, urinary crystals, bowel problems, obesity, and diabetes in pets(30% of pets may have medical problems related to diet!) . Genetics and inbreeding share some of the blame.

My mixtures mirror prey, just as yours do. I use more eggs and sardines these days and feed raw meat several times weekly. I use veggies, even though some authors promote only raw food and think that dogs do not digest the complex carbohydrates in veggies well. I think veggies provide important nutrients like antioxidants and vitamins that may not be present in the processed, high grain, animal feed. (chicken,turkey,cow,pig,and sheep). If you vary meat and veggie ingredients and use 50%-80% meat and organs in the mix, your pets will be healthy!

I’ve seen quite a few urinary problems this winter!

Urinary crystals and stones are a common problem. They are found in dogs and cats that are peeing small amounts more often and straining to do so. Some dry commercial diets in some breeds can lead to urinary problems. Dogs and cats prone to urinary issues should be fed a moister, lower carbohydrate diet. In fact that same diet is healthier for all pets!

Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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Local bowling: Schermetzler earns plaque, wins 3rd Scratch Classic title

Local bowling: Schermetzler earns plaque, wins 3rd Scratch Classic title
The Bank First National Scratch Singles Classic was held at Meadow Lanes North recently with five bowlers making the semifinals, they're pictured left to right: Bob Leavy, Ryan Belinske, Marky Henrickson, Eric Puyleart, John Schermetzler, and
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Logan museum raising funds for plaque
The Gen. John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro is asking its Facebook friends to contribute $ 2each to raise funds for a bronze historical plaque. The total charge to place the plaque is $ 3,000. The museum has more than 1,600 Facebook followers.
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Orders, orders

You might think, because I blog, that all of my customers come from the Internet. Not so! Just about EVERYBODY I know who has a pet is on this food! Most of the time, I send them to the web and they order whenever they want. They like that independence. But for some, I help them keep the cost down by having it all shipped to me.

People tend to order a day or two before they run out of food. I can’t really stock lots of food at my house (I have some aggressive kitties who can even figure out how to open a bottle of the kitty supplements — there’s one at my side right now who is persistently ripping into a bag of hairball treats ). So I keep the 2 and 3 lb dog and cat sample bags in my car to give to people as they order, and then every two weeks I put in a very large order. When you order $ 500 at a time, S&H is free so that works out all around.

I came home Saturday to a long handwritten note in my mailbox from the neighbors to the north of me. It’s a mom and her two adult daughters and an aunt, all living in this house with its basement apartments. They are GREAT neighbors! Woo, read my story on 16 cookies at my marathon running blog!

Anyway, they have a kitty and a new therapy dog. They were already great fans of the cat food and Instinctive Choice and after trying a sample bag of the dog food, they wanted to order a 60-lb bag and some treats and porkhide bones.

Then, some friends from church called and they need another case of canned cat food and a bag of Life’s Abundance for their kitty.

We’ve picked up about seven new customers between Val and my friend Joyce and I this last week via the Internet.

So it’s keeping me busy but I LOVE it!
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Man Clinging To Boat Asks To Have Dog Saved First

When Earl and his black spaniel mix were fishing, the small boat capsized. When the boat flipped over, Earl put Lacy on top of the boat to make sure she stayed safe. He stayed in the water with his life jacket.
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