Hanukkah Pet Safety While Lighting the Menorah

Here’s the first post by the newest blogger for PetsitUSA, Lori!


To everyone celebrating Hanukkah… please be extremely careful when
lighting Hanukkah candles, and follow these tips to help ensure your
family’s safety:

• Be certain your Menorah is well-balanced, sitting on a
non-flammable tray or plate, large enough to catch a candle
if one should fall, and on a flat, level surface with each
candle in securely.

• Remove any plastic wrapping from the candles before lighting them.

• Keep the Menorah away from curtains, hanging decorations, papers, or
any other flammable objects.

• Place the Menorah higher than your doggie may jump and away from
where your kitty’s paw may reach the flame!!! I highly recommend
keeping it out of their sight, preferably in a room where your pets
have no access, but you can still see the candles.

• Turn off ceiling fans before lighting the candles, and keep them off until
all have burned out.

• Always run the matches under water to be certain they are out
before discarding them in the trash. I typically leave the
matches in the sink or on the plate under the Menorah until
the candles burn out.

• Do not put the Menorah in an enclosed area while candles are burning or
after they’ve gone out. They may still be hot and flammable.

• A spinning Dreidel may peak your pet’s interest. Most Dreidels are quite
small and pose a choking hazard to your pet and possible blockage
or obstruction if swallowed.

• Chocolate Hanukkah Gelt – the enticing smell, shiny gold wrapping,
small size, and simple fact that it’s chocolate, all pose a risk to your

• Curling ribbon, bows, handles on gift bags all pose threats
of strangulation and may wrap around your pet’s intestines if
swallowed; never pull on a string or material hanging out of your pet’s
mouth or anus. Seek immediate veterinary care!

• Take this opportunity to change your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide
monitor batteries if you haven’t done so yet.

May each night of Hanukkah be brighter, every day you find reason to
laugh, your home filled with peace, and your face wet from doggie licks and
kitty nibbles!

Have a warm and wonderful Hanukkah!!!

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and pet parents informed!



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Man Gets 90 Days for Killing His Dog with a Sledgehammer

Rudolph Poppe, the 71-year-old man who used a sledgehammer to beat his dog Millie to death while neighbors watched, was sentenced Tuesday. Judge Rex Stacey gave Poppe 90 days in jail and five years probation, during which he won’t be allowed to possess alcohol or own a pet. Between the animal cruelty charge and a charge of obstructing the legal process (resisting arrest), Poppe originally faced as long as one year in jail.

Stacey said his motivation for the sentence was not just the violent death of Millie, but the fact that Poppe did it in full view of neighborhood children and their parents.

“I think about the kids in the neighborhood who saw this, whose parents pleaded with you not to do this,” Stacey is quoted as saying in the Shakopee News. “I was never intent on sending you to prison, but those kids … I want their parents to be able to tell them you went to jail for it.”

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Rudolph Poppe will get 90 days in jail and 5 years probation for killing his dog, Millie, in front of neighbors.

Animal lovers have rallied around Millie's death, demanding that Poppe be punished with the maximum sentence. The feelings of Millie's supporters so far seem to be somewhat mixed. On the Justice for Millie Facebook page, the moderators endorsed the sentence: "This is excellent news that he cannot own any animals for FIVE years," they wrote. "If he violates either probation imposition, he goes to prison. ... Thank you to everyone who supported Justice 4 Millie, signed the petition, attending hearings, and cared."

Many of the commenters, however, believe that the fact he didn't get the full year was a miscarriage of justice.


Millie, a 13-year-old Golden Retriever, had several medical problems, including great difficulty walking. Poppe apparently attacked her after she defecated inside the house. When the police arrived, Millie's head had been covered with a white plastic bag in an effort to suffocate her, and she had been struck several times with a sledgehammer.

In court, Poppe's lawyer said the defendant was just trying to put the dog out of her misery, and that he acted the way he did because of growing up on a farm. At a young age, the lawyer said, Poppe had watched his stepfather put a horse down in the same way. Stacey flatly rejected the argument in his decision.

"The way we treat our pets defines us," Stacey said. "You don't live on a farm, Mr. Poppe. You're not your stepfather. ... I'm doing a very specific thing. I'm judging you for what you did that day."

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One of Millie's many canine supporters. From Justice 4 Millie Facebook page

There's no way that this can be considered a happy ending. An elderly dog died brutally, and no amount of jail time can undo that. Perhaps the best thing to come out it is that Poppe will not own another dog any time soon. Our thanks and compliments to everyone who stood up for Millie and remembered her.

What do you think about the sentence? Let us know in the comments.

Via Shakopee News

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I maintained a premium listing on a green site last year and received lots of good new customers from it. So this morning, I am seeking out green directories and adding my HealthyPetNet link to them. In most cases, it’s free.

My target customers are people who are already committed to the health and wellness both of the environment and their pets.

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Decorating the Tree Safely with Pets in Your Home… By Lori Genstein – I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC

Chapman went home for the holidays and will learn about the hazards! He has a Mommy, Daddy, even a Christmas Tree!!! 

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As the holidays approach, and the decorating begins… please remember to do so responsibly, and may your holiday be joyful and safe!!!

A few recommendations I strongly suggest when decorating your tree with pets in the home:

1.  Avoid hanging any glass or breakable ornaments on your tree.

2.  All decorations should be hung at least a foot above your pet’s eye level… if one was dangling in front of my face, I’d want to play with it, too!

3.  Use bread or trash bag ties, as opposed to metal hooks, to hang decorations.

4.  Secure your tree with a tether from the ceiling, wall, or both, depending on the size, to avoid it falling if a pet jumps up or knocks into it when    playing.  Try to restrict playing in the area of the tree… good luck! hahah

5.  Do not leave any cords hanging or in sight of your pets.    (See photo above – kitty immediately went for the hanging lights!)

6.  Turn off all lights and decorations when leaving the room.

7.  Avoid using any tinsel, icicles, or curly ribbon due to risk of choking, obstruction, and strangulation.


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This last suggestion is not tree-related, rather, shopping/gift bag-related…

Snip the handles of all bags, or cut them off completely.

Animals are very curious, and most will stick their heads right in the bags…
My kitty usually goes right through the handles; hence, my extreme caution.
In my home, there are no bags allowed!!! Also, discard any plastic bags… again,
to keep your pets safe from being strangled, ingesting plastic, and suffocation.

Please add any tips I missed in the comments below.  Considering I’ve never had a Christmas tree, and this post is based solely on my observations and experience in pet-proofing others’ homes, I’m sure I’ve overlooked some. : )

See my previous blog post on Hanukkah Safety with Pets While Lighting the Menorah  http://www.petsitusa.com/blog/?p=5771

Wishing everyone and their pets a very Happy Holiday…

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe, and pet parents informed!

I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC


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Cool Healthy Pet images

A few nice healthy pet images I found:

PET scan of an healthy brain compared to a brain at an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Image by Institut Douglas
The figure shows MRI, and typical [18F]FDG images from a healthy volunteer and a Alzheimer Disease (AD) patient. The color scale express the rate of glucose utilization (from minimum to maximum). In these PET (Positron Emission Tomography) images (column 2 and 3), the white and red colors represent the regions of the brain with the highest glucose utilization rates while the green and blue represent the hypometabolic brain areas.
The arrows show the posterior temporo-parietal junction (lower row) and the posterior cingulate gyrus (top row).

PET SCAN d’un cerveau en santé en comparaison à un cerveau atteint d’Alzheimer à un stade précoce.

Pet Remembrance Day – Rebel
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Image by LexMonkey
This pic was taken at my grandparents’ house on my one-year birthday. That’s a tiny little LexMonkey petting a gigantic German Shepherd named Rebel.

Rebel is the first dog I have any memory of. In fact, I can vividly recall visiting my grandparents and being greeted with a healthy slobbering from Rebel’s tongue. I asked my mother why Rebel was licking me and she said those are doggie kisses. So I asked why he was kissing me and was told "Because he loves you." I’ve been an animal lover ever since.

As Rebel got older he fell victim to Hip Displaysia, as most German Shepherds do. He used to come back from the vet with bandages on his tail and backside. One day when I was about five or six, Rebel was gone. I was told someone had taken him from the backyard. I believed this lie for much longer than I should have, and kept my eye open for black German Shepherds to see if I could one day find him again.

Pet of the Week: Harmony, 5649475
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Image by LollypopFarm
Harmony is a 1-year-old female cat who was found in Henrietta as a stray.

This young kitty was pregnant when she was found, and now her kittens are healthy and she is ready to go to a new home.

Harmony is a very sweet and pretty cat, and she is certainly just as cute as any of her kittens! She took good care of them, so now she would love to be taken care of herself! Come meet her today!

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers ~ #Recipe Tested & #Reviewed

I decided that for NFL Gameday on Sunday I would make some of these delicious looking Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. They only had a few ingredients so I figured how difficult could it be right? And what could be better than cream cheese, jalapenos and bacon?

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  • 1 pound jalapeno peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
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  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chipotle powder
  • 1 to 2 pounds bacon

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A Viral Photo Helps the Internet’s 2 Cutest Pit Bulls Find a Home

Two dogs who became viral stars of the Internet have found themselves a new forever home.

Last week, a picture of siblings Jeffrey and Jermaine snuggling made them the Internet’s favorite Pit Bulls. It wasn’t just that they look adorable snuggling. After the two were taken in by Philadelphia’s Operation Ava, the staff began to notice how close they were. They never went anywhere without each other.

“They cuddled and wouldn’t leave each others’ sides,” Ray Little, Ava’s director of life saving said in an interview with Today.

It was even more than that; Little noticed that whenever they walked, Jeffrey walked behind Jermaine, his head resting on the other dog’s back. They realized that Jeffrey was blind, and Jermaine was helping his brother by acting as a seeing-eye dog.

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Jeffrey and Jermaine were very lucky to find a new home, thanks to their celebrity. Remember that there are still lots of other dogs hoping for forever homes, especially senior dogs. Old dog by Shutterstock.

When the picture and the story of the young dogs started spreading out over the web and through the media, Operation Ava was besieged with offers to adopt the pups. It wasn't just locals who wanted to adopt; the shelter got offers from throughout the United States and as far away Australia and South Africa. More than 10,000 people wanted to give Jeffrey and Jermaine their new forever home. After two months at the shelter, it was no longer a question of whether the dogs would find a home; it was only a question of which one.

Now the choice has been made: Jonathan Hochman and Veronica McKee, of Springfield, Pennsylvania. Claudia Gutierrez, the CEO of Operation Ava, told Yahoo Shine that it was a tough choice, but in the end it came down to instinct.

"We went through thousands of inquiries and hundreds of applications searching for the perfect match, and it really came down to gut instinct." Gutierrez says. "Jonathan and Veronica have a wonderful relationship, and I knew they had a unique understanding of the bond between Jeffrey and Jermaine."

Oddly, the two weren't aware of just what big stars their new dogs were, at first. They went to Operation Ava not because of the viral photo, but because a friend of theirs had adopted a Chihuahua there and had a good experience.

"Jeffrey and Jermaine came bursting into the room, and they were the cutest dogs ever," Hochman says.

They filled out an application and went through an interview, and they went home to await the results.

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The cuddle heard 'round the world.

Jeffrey and Jermaine are apparently adapting well to their new home, even though the shelter initially warned potential adopters that they would need a lot of patience for these particular dogs.

"The dogs are so adaptable. They are happy and really loving, and they are always together. They are usually touching and even eat out of the same bowl," says Hochman. "Jermaine will put his nose in the bowl, but he won't start eating until Jeffrey gets there, too."

Hopefully, those 10,000 people won't evaporate into the ether; there are certainly enough dogs who need to be rescued, even in the United States alone, to make them all happy. Jeffrey and Jermaine were very adoptable dogs because of their celebrity and the fact that they're only eight months old. Young dogs are often cuter and more desirable to people and much less likely to wind up living their lives in a shelter.

This is a good time for readers to remember that these next few days are the close of Adopt a Senior Dog Month, and they still have plenty of opportunities to give a dog -- of any age -- something to be thankful for. Check out our dog adoption section for dogs in your area who need a forever home, and if you want to help out a senior dog, Muttville has rescued more than 2,000 senior dogs and is always ready to help with more.

Via Operation Ava, Yahoo Shine, and Today

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