Cyndi's Dog Sitting - Your pets become our  extended family
 
Quarterly Newsletter..........................................April & May 2012
  Your Best Friend
Volume 1, Issue 10                                                                                   May 2012
Inside This Issue
  • Accidental Deaths
  • Lots of Recalls
  • Ticks ! - Yuck !
  • Did you Know?
  • Thank You humane Society
  • Recipes for your Dog
Hi there !
Welcome, you may have noticed if you are a regular reader of my newsletters that this addition is a wee bit early. I could give you many reasons why but I'll only give you this one...Sometimes I feel that a monthly newsletter is sometimes too long to have to wait for the "news" let alone 3 months......So I'm early.
We will try Bimonthly Newsletters from now on......... 
I hope you enjoy my articles and information provided and you will be able to utilize some of this in your everyday life to strengthen the bond and care between you and your pet even more. I love sharing with you.
The heat is cranking up and around here it can sometimes be unbearable or fatal. Please remember....Do not leave your Pet or Children inside a hot car unattended even for a "minute"......Think, Think, Think. And have a great summer.
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Accidental Deaths
Lately I have heard some sad stories involving pets dying from Preventable Circumstances. I felt compelled to put in my 2 cents worth regarding this because many times its peoples ignorance that leads to disaster. You are better off, and especially your pet, if you are reminded of occasional dangers lurking everywhere about.
Again,it could be just as simple as thinking.
(1)...If your pet is not with you in your fenced yard then keep your pet on a leash. A loose pet, even for a short time can spell disaster. Recently I heard from a man that lived in a RV park that had recently adopted a shelter dog. She was a sweet dog. Very friendly and loved everyone. Since She was that way and everyone loved her and liked to see her, he didn't concern himself with a leash and sometimes allowed her to go visit the neighbors "unattended." He wasn't paying attention to her every move and a long story short she somehow got a hold of some "antifreeze" and was poisoned. The trip to the VET was unsuccessful and she died.
Again,it could be just as simple as thinking.
(2)...If you live in the desert WATCH OUT for Rattlesnakes and other predators. One man we spoke with lived next to the open desert. He didn't see anything wrong with letting his two miniature dobbies run free, to relieve themselves. Curiosity took hold and so did a "Rattler," directly to the face. A quick trip to the VET was useless and he died.  They are very much like small children. That's why we call them "our Fur Kids." Would you leave your 3 year old child next to a "Rattler?" If you live anywhere in this region WATCH your pets. Many people use the convience of a doggy door then don't think about watching their pets. This can be especially dangerous at night when large owls and hawks fly. They can swoop right down on a small pet and fly away with it in a heart beat. Also if you live in a remote area you must also concern yourself with coyotes and even a slight possibility of a cougar. Your pet may not be large enough to get over your fence but is it built tall enough to keep other animals out? Please keep this in mind when you allow your pet the freedom to go in and out at will.
Again,it could be just as simple as thinking.
(3)...Going for a Ride...Come on now people use some common sence here. If you have a pickup truck with an open bed and you allow your dog to ride back there Please tie them down on a short leash. They are curious all of the time and may jump or fall out. Not only are you putting your dogs life at risk but other people should he fall out while driving and they have to swerve trying to avoid hitting him. Don't be fooled just because you tie him in, make it short.
I witnessed a dobbie that was on a leash in the back of a pickup and the leash was too long and she managed to jump from the side of the truck and was hanging herself. She survived because the driver was alerted to this by other drivers and he stopped. I have seen people driving with their window rolled all the way down so their dog can hang out. Bad news and Sad news. I hear of cases from you, and I have personally witnessed a dog "accidentally" fall out or he saw something that excited him and he chased after it. He was struck by another car and was killed.
All dogs have a natural "prey drive" that directs their thinking. They seem to be unaware of or cannot assess the dangers around them. They only want what they want when they want it.
Again,it could be just as simple as thinking.
(4)...Keep up your poisons-Antifreeze-Ant powder-Rat poison-Yard fertilizers-Cocoa-Mulches These and other items can KILL your pet.
Again,it could be just as simple as thinking.
(5)...Put away your drugs and toxic foods. Pain relievers like Ibuprofin-Tylonal-Etc can kill a pet. It may be safe for people but not pets. Ask your VET what to give your pet for pain. Keep up your prescriptions-most are toxic and can kill. I have experienced while dog sitting, prescription drugs sitting on a coffee table !!!
Don't take a chance with chocolate, its poisonous to dogs, especially dark chocolate. Check out the ASPCA for a list of things  that are toxic to dogs if they eat it.
Here is a link to follow.  http//www.aspca.org
These are just a few things. A good rule of thumb I use and suggest- I think of a 3 year old kid and ask myself is this a safe environment for them? If not it's probably not safe for your pets.
Again,it could be just as simple as thinking.
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Lots of Recalls
Please folks take a few moments out of your busy day to check this link about pet food recalls. http//www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recalls/ Theyare increasing daily with a multitude of brands in the mix. You can also find a place on their website where if you request it they will automaticlly email you with updates & new recall information. Those few extra minutes could posably save your pets life.
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Ticks ! - Yuck !....(Dracula?)
ticks are small 8 legged paracites that drink blood to survive. They can't jump and they can't fly like a flea can, they climb. A myth is that they fall or jump out of trees onto their host. In reality they tend to atatch themselves schrubs or tall grass. They can live in dens of rodents and other small mammels. one type of tick can even live indoors. When a host walkes by the schrub or grass and rubs against it the tick climbs on, atatches itself and feeds. You should check your pet daily for ticks even if they are on a flea & tick control product.
With Lyme disease a tick must be atatched and active for a couple of hours at least to transmit the infection. that's why its important to check them often so you can get the tick off. To protect your pet, make sure he is on a tick control product (consult your VET for the right one) & keep him away from areas where exposure is high like tall grasses & wooded areas.
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Did you Know?
  • An estimated 8 billion, yes that is not a typo error, I said eight billion pounds of cat litter is used each year in the United States?
  • The average dog can understand about 150 words according to research and it tells us that their intelligence level is equivalent to that of a 3 year old child.
  • Bob says he had a Cat who couldn't understand even one word...Here Kitty, Kitty. It would never come. Before you call..He's only joking.
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Thank You humane Society
I want to say a very special thank you to those at the Humane Society of yuma that work so hard at trying to save our 4 legged friends. Their jobs have many rewards but also many heartbreaks. so many people just choose to turn a blint eye to the pet overpopulation & stray problems. They don't give a second thought to letting their pets have babbies, usually not knowing or caring what the future will hold for these new little ones, usually being turned out later to fiend for themselves.
Please get you pets "fixed." Please be a responsible pet owner. Please report any animal neglect or abuse you may witness and please pass on these statistics for the month of April 2012 from the Humane Society. This goes on every single month.This is a sad reality.
437 dogs turn into Humane Society of Yuma.
501 cats.
103 dogs that were adopted.
  28 cats were adopted.
134 animals released to rescue shelters.
  57 animals returned to owners.
525 dogs & cats EUTHANIZED.
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Recipes for your Dog
Fido’s Favorite Oatmeal Treats.
Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:
  • 1 c Uncooked Oatmeal
  • 1/3 c Margarine
  • 1 ts Bouillon Granules – can use up to 1 tbsp.           
  • 1 1/2 c Hot Water
  • 3/4 c Powdered milk
  • 3/4 c Cornmeal
  • 1 Egg, Beaten 3 c Whole Wheat Flour
Dog Food Recipe Directions:In a large bowl pour hot water over oatmeal, margarine, and bouillon
granules: let stand 5 min. Stir in powdered milk, cornmeal and egg. Add
flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead 3 to 4 minutes,
adding more flour if necessary to make a very stiff dough. Pat or roll dough to
1/2 inch thickness. Cut into bone shapes and place on a greased baking sheet.
Bake in a 325 degree oven for 50 minutes. Allow to cool and dry out until hard.We hope your best friend enjoys
this tasty dog food recipe!
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Bye for now
Cyndi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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