Wednesday, March 31, 2010

On The Web, You Are Who You Say You Are

Emphatic DOTOF to FBriend Melinda Hilterbrand, who asked, rhetorically: Is there anything better than a playful happy dog?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hugga-bull is donating 10% of ALL shirts sales for the months of MARCH & APRIL 2010 to: VILLALOBOS RESCUE CENTER - there are two great designs, this is the other design. You can order directly from the website now with paypal.

I am a supporter of all pit-bull rescues. and there are many. Villalobos Rescue Center is one of the first, and has a good reputation. Support 'em if you can.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dogs' Digestive Systems Are DIFFERENT From Ours

Good info:
Okay, we know we’re not supposed to feed our pets human food, but let’s face it, sometimes, it happens. You’re eating lunch and don’t quite feel like picking up the crumbs, so you let your pet play the vacuum cleaner role. Or the sneaky little guy takes some food off your plate when you aren’t looking.

Sometimes it’s not that big of a deal–there are some healthy “people foods” for pets (only small amounts though!). But there are also many foods that can be dangerous to our furry friends. If they do happen to get a hold of them, refer to the tips on page seven to keep them safe. Also, refer to page seven for the ASPCA’s list of 17 most common toxic poisonous plants.

In honor of National Animal Poison Prevention Week (March 14th-20th), here are the top 10 common foods that are most toxic to your pet:

Grapes and raisins
Can be toxic to dogs and cause kidney failure when they are ingested in large amounts. Researchers say there are still many unknowns about the toxicity of grapes and raisins, including whether only certain dogs are affected, but it is advised not to feed grapes or raisins to dogs in any amount.

While many pet owners say they feed their pets avocados with no problems, studies have shown that their leaves, fruit, seeds and bark can contain a toxin called Persin. According to the ASPCA, the Guatemalan variety, which is commonly found in stores, contains the most toxicity.

Yeast dough
Dough that is not cooked and contains yeast can rise in your pet’s stomach and cause pain in the stomach and potentially cause the intestines to rupture. This risk diminishes once the dough is cooked.

Onions, onion powder, and garlic
Can lead to gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage. Cats are more susceptible than dogs, but it is recommended that you not give cats or dogs large quantities of these.

Foods with a high salt or fat content
While pets do need certain kinds of fat in their diet, excessive fats can cause upset stomach and potentially inflame the pancreas causing pancreatitis. Salty foods can pose a risk for the development of sodium ion toxicosis, according to the ASPCA. Be aware that if your pet gets into food with a high fat or salt content, she could experience stomach problems including diarrhea and vomiting.

Left-over bones
Left-over bones pose a choking hazard to pets, and they can also splinter and puncture your pet’s digestive tract. Additionally if you feed your pet meat or eggs, make sure they are fully cooked. Undercooked or raw meat and eggs can contain harmful bacteria.

Sugarless Candies (or products sweetened with xylitol)
This compound can cause liver damage and even death in some more vulnerable dogs. Xylitol is in many products including gum, candy, sugar-free cookies and toothpaste.

Macadamia Nuts
Can cause weakness, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Symptoms generally last up to two days, and usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion.

Alcohol, Chocolate, Coffee
According to the ASPCA, the substances in these products, methlxanthines, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, and potentially death in pets. The higher the cocoa percentage, the more dangerous the chocolate is, making dark chocolate more toxic than milk or white chocolate.

17 Most common poisonous plants found in the home:
1. Lilies
2. Marijuana
3. Sago Palm
4. Tulip/Narcissus bulbs
5. Azalea/Rhododendron
6. Oleander
7. Castor Bean
8. Cyclamen
9. Kalanchoe
10. Yew
11. Amaryllis
12. Autumn Crocus
13. Chrysanthemum
14. English Ivy
15. Peace Lily (AKA Mauna Loa Peace Lily)
16. Pothos
17. Schefflera

What do you do if your pet ate something poisonous?

If your animal is having seizures or losing consciousness, bring him or her to your veterinarian or emergency vet center.

If your pet is not showing symptoms, but ingested something potentially toxic, call the ASPCA hotline at (888) 426-4435. Have the following information available: the species, breed, age, sex, weight, and information about the product exposure. It is best to have the package of the product available for reference.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Somebody, PLEASE, Find This Vivacious Boy A Home!

This young neutered male dog is available for adoption now at City of Sacramento shelter on 2127 Front St. Adult only home, this fun boy would be awesome for those single ladies out there.

Swear to god, people! This is a GOOD dog!~

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A right jolly pack of dogs at the beach!

And don't you wish you could shake all OVER like that?
DOTOF to FBPal Mimi Mikalski

Anecdote v Evidence? Annnh? This "Dog & Bunny Show"is sweet

Same old Dog & Bunny Show, later...

You may title this as you deem necessary:

DOTOF to FBPal Rebecca Nyberg...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

One Picture = 1,000 Dogs

Please, spay/neuter your animals (and yourselves, if you're really serious--me? oh, yeah, I been to the vet...)

Monday, March 8, 2010

"Breed Bans" Are Directed Against People, Not Dogs

There are laws forbidding the ownership of varying and different breeds of dogs all over the country. One breed is more often stigmatized, and ostracized (and seized and killed) than any other: American Pit Bull Terriers, aka "pit bulls."

Like my Budreau.

(There are two other "breeds recognized as pit-bulls, too: American Stafforshire and traditional old English Staffordshires; but "pittie" or "pibbuls" ar the most common). Buster Brown's dog, Tige, was a pit-bull, as was the dog in The Little Rascals, Petey. So, probably, was Sandy, Li'l Orphan Annie's dog.

If I took Budreaux even through Denver with me, he could be seized from me with no judicial appeal or proceding, and summarily destroyed for no other reason than "the breed" he belongs to.

Which an unexpectedly reveaing description of the dynamics involved. Cuz Denver a bourgeois town...

Because what the folks who 'outlaw" these dogs are doing is trying to outlaw the OWNERS.

Twenty-five years ago, when gangsta culture was just unfolding, with hip-hop/rappers in gaudy gold bangles, violent lyrics, and threatening gestures, the pit-bull was the dog of choice of the 'threatening, urban black man."

It's that association which now is what the rest of "Middull Murka" is punishing.

Terrified white bourgeoise can't keep the scary PEOPLE out, but they can keep their dogs out, and demonize 'em and kill 'em.

They're just lynching the dog, instead of the man...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Spend The Night In The Belly Of The Beagle

Man's best friend just got a whole lot bigger. Visitors to Dog Bark Park can see Sweet Willy, one of the world's biggest beagles, and sleep inside him too: The giant pooch is also a cozy bed-and-breakfast.

Perhaps more amazing is the fact that Dennis Sullivan, who runs the B&B with his wife, Frances Conklin, designed and created the pooch himself.

-- Kelsey Ramos, Los Angeles Times

Dog Bark Park Inn (in Cottonwood, ID) is a bed & breakfast guesthouse inside the World's Biggest Beagle. Guests enter the body of the beagle from a private 2nd story deck. Some of the dog's decorative furnishings are carvings by Dog Bark Park chainsaw artists Dennis & Frances. Inside and up another level to the head of the dog is a loft room with additional sleeping space plus a cozy alcove in the muzzle.