Quarterly Newsletter...................................June & July 2012
Your Best Friend
Volume 1, Issue 11 July 2012
Inside This Issue
- A time to say good-bye....(for now).
- Bad Bird / chicken treat warning!
- Whats in your dog food?
- Recipes for your Dog
A time to say good-bye....(for now).
Sometimes in your life it's hard to express in words what you truly want to say. As I write this, it is difficult to put into print an explanation of my thoughts, words, feelings and emotions for this topic is the hardest one to have to face...The loss of a loved one.
On June 22, 2012 we had to say Good-Bye to our beloved, fur-kid friend and companion of over 12 years...Reco. We were all a team, we played, ate and sometimes slept together. I believe we sought out our dreams together. We traveled 42 States and 156,000 miles together when we operated a classic car transport business and traveled and camped in our motor home. "Our little family." I know some of you can relate. Old age and illness took it's hold and his time had come.
Years prior I had shuttered at the thought of this day coming and quickly shoved it from my mind, hoping never to have to face it wanting to hide in my denial. But I knew the day would come. This is not the first time with this experience and I am learning to LIVE each moment as if it could be the last. This thought is helping me through the grieving process. How quickly time passes.
However, Many, Many tears later and the support of literally hundreds of people around the world through "Face book", my "website" and "networking" with my pet rescues and so on, I have been comforted in just realizing that Reco had made such an impact in so many peoples lives. Through our loss we have been given the gift of strength and friendship of others.
I have learned so much from Reco over the years. He was my inspiration to start "Cyndi's Dog Sitting." He showed me unconditional love, patience and tolerance of others and I am trying to learn these things as well. We had fun and laughed. Reco taught me to live in and enjoy the moment, today will never be again.
We loved our Reco, still do and always will.
I'll end this article with a poem I wrote inspired by Reco when he was 5 years old, and I was thinking about this day...June 22, 2012.
Golden Brown Eyes far distant stare
where have you traveled old wise one
Wag of your tail, slap of your paw
do you want to play my forever friend
Or rest in the grass as you do now
warming in the summer sun
content in the moment
never seeking the future as I do today
Wondering about tomorrow
longing for yesterdays precious memories
playing in the park chasing a ball
my companion, protector and guide
Great Spirit by my side
Forever watching over me
with those Golden Brown Eyes
and that far distant stare
I love you forever-my friend.
Reco at about 2 years old in Seattle
Thank you Reco for being "My best Friend". RIP my love. Forever yours, Mom, Dad and little brother "Reggie".
Are there Dogs in Heaven? - It wouldn't be Heaven without them.
Bad Bird / chicken treat warning!
The FDA has issued a 3rd. warning about the chicken treats made in China. There has been close to 1,000 pet illnesses and deaths that have been reported that cannot be explained. They still have not figured out the cause. Please use caution if you still are determined to give your pets chicken treats, but better yet still, stop giving them to your pets completely.These treats from China may be labeled as chicken jerky, chicken tenders or chicken nuggets. If you have been giving your pets these treats please be aware of the warning signs. These can occur within hours of eating the teats or within days:
- Decreased activity
- Decreased appetite
- Increase in urination
- Increase in water consumption
There are many suspicious chicken treats out there but the findings have determined the 3 treats most cited are:
- Waggin Train by Nestle Purina.
- Canyon Creek Ranch by Nestle Purina.
- Milo's Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats by Del Monte.
If you think your pet has been affected please do the following.
- Stop feeding the treats but keep them. Seal them up preferably in the original packaging. If your Vet wants them for testing this is an option. If not, hold on to them, the FDA may want them for testing.
- Take your pet to the Vet if he/she is showing signs of being poisoned. The Vet will want to possibly evaluate your pet.
- File a report with the FDA.
- Write down everything you can remember.
- When did you purchase the treats?
- When was the last time your pet ate them?
- How much did he eat?
- Write down the date you took your pet to the Vet and any information you received from the visit.
- Write down the information on the treat packaging. The UPC code / bar code. The lot number and the "best buy-by" date.
- Your Vet may help you file the report. Ask him.
- Have a copy of your pets medical records.
Call a consumer complaint coordinator for your area, also found on www.fda.gov
Whats in your dog food?
You are what you eat and the same holds true for your dog. Looking at the pet food ingredients label know that the higher up on the list an ingredient is, the MORE it is in the food. For example: If the label reads Rice, followed by Water and then Chicken and so forth, it means it is mainly Rice, then Water and Chicken.
When reading labels here are some things to avoid. "By products" or by "product meals". These things aren't fit for human consumption. They are created from the waste parts in the butchering process.
"Meat by products'- avoid it. It doesn't specify what the meat by product is. Manufacturers of cheaper foods have been known to get their "meat" supply from rendering mills and it means "road kill", "animals put to sleep", "sick animals that have past" and heaven knows what else. Anything for the "Business Buck"!
Meat by products are things like the liver, lungs, spleen, stomach and even bone.
If your dog food list any kind of "by product" as the main ingredient, pass on it. You want the first thing listed as "Meat" period. If it says chicken meal for example it is OK. Just don't confuse it with "chicken by product".
Stay away from artificial ingredients such as artificial dyes which are totally unnecessary.
Avoid fillers. They have little to no nutritional value and are added to the food to increase the volume or weight. Adding these only saves the manufacturer's money. These can include Soybean meal and flour, wheat glutens, wheat meddling and corn meal glutens.
Stay away from sweeteners as much as possible. Excess sugars can lead o obesity and diabetes. These can include cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
In conclusion, look for things on the label that are natural. Fruits, vegetables and whole meats that are described above. Flaxseed for digestive health, Kelp provides fiber and iodine, DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid) helps the development of your dogs brain.There are many good foods on the market today. Do your homework.
A healthy dog is a happy dog and a happy dog is a happy pet parent and like I mentioned at the beginning, "You are what you eat."
Recipes for your Dog
Bad Breath Banishers
Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:
- 2 cups brown rice flour
- 1 Tablespoon activated charcoal (find this at drugstores, not the briquets!)
- 3 Tablespoons canola oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2/3 cup low fat milk
Dog Food Recipe Directions:Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Combine flour and charcoal.
Add all the other ingredients. Drop teaspoonfuls on oiled sheet, about 1 inch apart.
Bake 15-20 minutes. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.We hope your best friend enjoys this tasty dog food recipe!
Bye for now