New Year’s Resolutions

Now that we’ve all made our New Year’s Resolutions, how are we going to keep them?  Let’s get our pets involved!  I saw a little clip on television that suggested ways to get your pets to help you keep your resolutions.

Like most people, I want to become more physically fit by exercising more and eating healthy.  Also the doctor seems to think my cholesterol number is too high, I suggested it was from Thanksgiving Dinner, he’s not buying it.

My dogs love to go for walks.  All I need to say in front of the dogs is the word “walk” and I have their full attention. They go crazy, tails wagging, running back and forth to the door with some howling thrown in the mix!  Their energy and excitement makes going for a walk enjoyable.  We all get the benefit of exercise and fresh air.

The dogs may also be helpful when it comes to eating healthy. They like to hang around the kitchen while I’m cooking.  After I’ve finished cutting up carrots or apples I always give them a couple of pieces.  Of course they can’t have chocolate and I don’t like to give them baked goods, I don’t want them to get overweight, it’s not good for them.  Hey, it’s not good for me either!  If I won’t give it to the dogs, I shouldn’t be eating it myself. 

Getting organized is another one of my usual resolutions.  I’m not sure enlisting the pets to help with this one will work out as well.  One of our cats tries to keep the counter and table clutter free.  I’m not fond of his methods as he throws everything on the floor.  New Years Day he sent a bottle of black glitter nail polish crashing on to the tile floor.  Yes, of course it broke and traveled across the tile.  I was able to get the black polish off the floor, however, we still have some glitter in the grout.  My daughter says not to worry about that, after all princesses live here!

I’m hoping my pets will help me stay on track.  What tips do you have for keeping our New Year’s Resolutions?

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Great Night At Work

Kate holding a boxer pup

My daughter, Kate, works at an Emergency Veterinary Clinic.  The Clinic is open when the regular veterinary offices are closed, overnight, weekends and holidays.  Most of the pets that come into the clinic are severely injured or seriously ill.

On this particular Saturday, a boxer had 5 puppies at home, had been laboring for a couple of hours and not making any progress, so her owners brought her and the puppies to the Emergency Clinic.  The Veterinarian took an x-ray and could see two puppies stuck, one in each uterine horn.

The staff members were not hopeful, usually puppies that have been stuck for a number of hours do not survive.  The Veterinarian started a cesarean section and pulled out, one, two and surprise three puppies.  Each puppy was handed to one of the staff members.  The puppies were rubbed and suctioned to stimulate their breathing.

Kate spent minutes rubbing and suctioning the puppy she was handed and rubbing some more and finally the puppy took a breath!

Happily the three puppies delivered by C-section all survived and after making sure they were latching on and nursing they were able to go home with their brothers, sisters, and lucky momma!

As you can see from the smile on Kate’s face – it was an awesome night at work!

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5 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet

Ella the Snow DogMost of us know the month of October for being Breast Cancer Awareness Month – and how could we miss it, really, with all of the outpouring of pink everywhere you turn throughout the whole month? The support for the cause is just astonishing – so many millions of people take part in this monthly activity to raise awareness about the disease that kills so many women.

But did you know that October is also National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? That’s right, the entire month of October is also dedicated to raising awareness about adopting pets rather than purchasing them. And if you’ve never adopted before, here are 5 reasons why you should consider participating in this wonderful one-month celebration!

Sad dogEvery Animal Deserves a Second Chance

When you walk into an animal shelter, you don’t know what each and every animal has been through until you ask a shelter worker, and many times, the story may surprise you.

Animals end up in shelters for a number of different reasons – whether they were abused by previous owners, found abandoned in the woods or on the street or just could not be taken care of properly by their previous owners. Whatever their reason for landing in a shelter, each one of them deserves a second chance in life, and you could be the one to give them exactly that by adopting them!

Plus, when you adopt one shelter pet, you’ll be saving two animals – the one that you adopt, and the one who you freed up a spot in the shelter for who needs to find a loving home, too.

USS Frank Cable Sailor plays with a kennel of puppies at the Guam Animals In Need animal shelterProceeds Benefit the Shelter, Too

Whatever fee you may have to pay to adopt your new furry friend, you’ll know that your money isn’t just helping you rescue your new best friend, but it’s also going directly back into helping the shelter, too.

Animal shelters are often busy and overcrowded and don’t have the money or resources to tend to each animal the way they need to be tended to. This is how so many shelter pets end up with the unfortunate fate of being euthanized – the shelter either runs out of space or runs out of resources. With a donation to the shelter at the time you adopt your new pet, you’ll know that the money is being used to help save other animals who need someone to give them their second chance.

Happy DogYour Pet is Likely to be Healthy

The great thing about animal shelters is that they care so much for the animals that come to them. Most animals are immediately given a medical evaluation at the time of their arrival to the shelter and are then cared for properly until their adoption.

Most pets that you adopt from a shelter will already be vaccinated, and should they require any special medications, they will likely be bundled in when you adopt, too. Plus, most are already spayed or neutered, which is one less cost you’ll have to worry about with your new pet.

Many shelters even go to the extent of listing the animal’s behavioral traits and making sure the potential step-parents know what to expect with the animal. This way, future owners will know exactly what they are getting into and if the particular pet they are hoping to adopt will really fit into their family.

feeling guilty?No Need to House Break

Although some puppies do end up in animal shelters and up for adoption, it’s more likely that you’ll find a more mature dog in a shelter than a baby one. But that’s OK, because the older the adopted pet is, the less house breaking effort you’ll need to put in!

Older dogs are often more calm and better trained than puppies, which can be a welcome change from a puppy for the right family. Plus, shelters offer a much more varied selection when it comes to available pets than any pet store would. You’ll find all sizes, shapes and breeds of dogs, and usually at about all ages. But remember – the older the pet you adopt, the more mature they will be!

Jason Edward's dog Duke lays on a big sloppy wet tongue kiss. Dog show in Morro Bay, 10 May 2009.  Best of Bay Pooch PageantYou’ll Have a New Best Friend

Shelter pets are surprisingly grateful when you take them away from the shelter and give them a warm and loving “forever” home. It’s almost like an animal instinct that they know they have been rescued and that they should be eternally grateful – they’ll shower you with kisses and affection like you’ve never seen in an animal before!

Owning a pet can be a truly rewarding experience that will benefit both you and your new pet. Make sure that as soon as you adopt, you apply the proper pet ID tags to your animal so you never lose them once you’ve already rescued them – you can check out Ketchum’s full line of cat tags and dog tags for the best quality products.

Celebrate Adopt A Shelter Dog Month and save a life!

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Lilly

    

 Lilly is my little rescue dog.  Looking at her Today you would never know she had such a rough start.  Lilly was a little stray living on the streets and not doing well.

     Lilly was hit by a car and fortunately, for her, she was picked up by a volunteer with the SPCA.  The volunteer was taking the injured puppy to the local Veterinary Office to be euthanized.  Lilly had been hit in the face and suffered a broken nose, some road rash, and was very malnourished.  Even though she was in pain she was wagging her tail and giving kisses.  Her wagging tail saved her life!  The Veterinarian decided to give her a chance and sent this picture to me.

     I had lost my best friend Gracie, another rescue, a few months earlier and had said “no more dogs.”  It took me about 3 minutes to name the scrawnie puppy Lilly and adopt her!

     When I brought her home, she came in the house, stole our Rottie’s toy and jumped up on the couch! They’ve been great friends from the start.

    The Veterinarian thought she was about 4 months old, she was so painfully thin, just skin and bones, it turns out she was probably over six months old.  I started bringing her to work with me so I could feed her every couple of hours.  I’ve had Lilly for over a year now, she’s filled out and looking beautiful.  She still comes to work with me everyday,  she runs through the building, greeting everyone, and rolling over for a belly rub!  Her joyful, tail wagging “Good Morning” is a great way to start the day.

    Lilly has found her “Forever Home” and I’m sure glad it’s with me!

 

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What Information Should Be Put On A Pet ID Tag?

Here at Ketchum, we specialize in manufacturing high-quality identification tags for all kinds of purposes. From firefighter accountability tags to rabies tags, we think it’s important to craft durable, long-lasting ID tags that can often mean the difference between life and death for both animals and people.

When it comes to pet ID tags in particular, people are often confused about what information to include on the small tag that gets attached to the pet’s collar. We can help clear up the wonderment for you, so you’re not overloading your pet’s neck with multiple tags to get all of their necessary information on them.

Your Phone Number

The first thing that most people do when they find a lost dog is look around to see if there’s any piece of identification on it that lists a phone number. When it comes to pets, most people are very understanding of the fact that they are a member of a family somewhere that is probably frantically looking for them.

Your phone number should be easy to read and in large enough print that people will see it immediately. Always include your area code, as your dog may end up traveling farther than you think he ever could. After all, the goal is to get your pet home safely if he ever gets lost, so your phone number may very well be the most important piece of information on animal ID tags.

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Including your name on your pet’s tag will help someone who finds him make sure they reach the right person at the number listed when they decide to call it. If you aren’t comfortable with putting your first and last name on the tag, simply use your last name.

Listing your pet’s name on his ID tag can be a bit unsafe – while on the one hand, a lost dog may be comforted by the sound of its own name, even if it’s coming from someone else’s mouth, on the other hand, listing your pet’s name would make it that much easier for someone who finds your pet to steal it. Ultimately, including your pet’s name on his ID tag is your decision and there is no real set standard for it.

City and State

It’s a good idea to at least include your city and state location on your pet’s ID tag, rather than your whole address. You don’t want people to stop by with your dog, and most are likely to call first before doing so anyway, but including a city and state will notify whoever finds your pet just how far the animal has traveled and how much additional help it may or may not need beyond simply taking it in and calling the owner.

Medical Information

If your pet requires any special medical attention, it’s extremely important to include it on his ID tag. That way, if he runs away from home, whoever finds him will know to either take him to a vet or return him to his owner immediately.

Some pet owners even include the phrase “Needs Medication” or “Special Medical Needs” on their pet’s tags regardless of whether the animal actually has a health issue or not. Most people will know to call the owner or a veterinary office immediately if they find a dog or cat with this phrase on its tag. It’s an additional insurance that if your pet is found, you will likely be notified immediately.

While there is no real industry standard for the information that should be included on your pet ID tags, these simple things can mean the difference between your pet being returned to you or going missing forever. And don’t forget – pet ID tags aren’t just for dogs, we make cat tags, as well!

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