Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mischief Monday: Christmas Delays!

It's pure coincidence that I recently found out that it is during this time that I should be sending out all my mails for Christmas.

Last year, we joined our first Christmas Card Exchange. Coincidentally, 364 days ago, I had done all these already.

LAST YEAR: A Whole Lot of Dog Christmas Postcards to Send Out

This year, I haven't even designed our post card yet. -___-

These are the days that I am glad that I write my posts as myself and not as Chooey. Because if it were up to her, you'd probably be reading a whole article of disgruntled dogs and an irresponsible Haopee.

So for those who will be receiving our cards late, I am now sending out my apologies for the delay.

We've joined the Monday Mischief bloghop.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets (Guest Post)

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You've made all of your holiday plans, baked your famous fruitcake and sent out invitations to your annual holiday festivities. But, in the rush of the holiday spirit, have you forgotten your four-legged friends? Dangers to your feline and canine companions abound when holidays and festivities come around.

Keep 'em secure

Keeping your pets safe over the holidays, especially when you are traveling or visiting relatives can be a bit easier if you have a reliable home security system. Securitycompanies.com is a valuable resource to compare what different home security companies can provide. Whether you are worried about a water pipe break, a fire or break-in, there are many ways to protect your home and pets when you're busy with holiday events.

Keep 'em safe

A lit Christmas tree is a fire hazard whether you have pets or not. There is always a risk the tree could be toppled, or an electrical cord could be chewed. Setting your tree in a corner, and having a secure base for the trunk will reduce the risk of damage. According to PetMD, you should tape any exposed indoor or outdoor wires to a wall or side of the house to prevent electrocution. The U.S. Fire Administration claims that 230 fires a year are caused by Christmas trees.

Keep track of 'em

Keeping track of your pets when you're out of town is something that will make most homeowners rest easier. While having a collar and tags is essential in case your furry friend wanders while you are out of town, microchipping your pets is the best way to ensure your lost pet returns home safely.

Other considerations

Other dangers to pets over the holidays include:

  • Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia are favorite holiday plants that are poisonous if ingested. Keep all of your holiday foliage out of reach of pets and children.
  • Resist the urge to put edible Christmas tree decorations on your tree. Your pet may not understand they're not to be eaten.
  • Never leave lit candles in your home. One wag of your cat or dog’s tail can send a candle tumbling and light your house on fire.
  • Keep pets away from your holiday present wrapping activities. Ribbons, bows and strings can be ingested and cause veterinarian assistance to remove.
  • Chocolate. Do not give your dog chocolate, even in brownies or cookies. While your cat probably wouldn’t care, your dog could get poisoned.

If you do decide to travel during the holidays and leave your pets at home, consider hiring a professional pet-sitting company. Organizations like the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters screen pet sitters to ensure your pet is cared for while you are enjoying your holiday activities.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Selfie Dogs

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How to Choose the Right Food for Your Pet (Guest Post)

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone for their compassionate comments last week. We are touched and blessed to have friends like you.

Today, I am posting a long due guest post from Devika who's also a pet lover. I think it's important for us to understand what we feed our pets.

A couple of years ago, I would just have assumed that buying any pet food is better than feeding them rice and vegetables my family normally eats... Now that I see the amount of fillers that some pet food companies use and the amount inorganic stuff that go in to preserve it longer, I am more aware of what I feed the dogs.

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The pet owners usually feel satisfied when they provide commercially manufactured pet foods to their adorable companions. They are convinced about the food being complete in every respect. A balanced diet would ensure a healthy and happy pet and that is what every pet owner wants.

They are guided by the smart marketing strategies that various pet food brands employ. Also it’s more convenient to feed the ready-made varieties of food to the pets.

The pet food market has increased drastically over the years. And as per some surveys, the increase is much more than the relative (estimated) increase in the number of pets. This shows that pet owners have become more and more dependent on them.

The blind trust doesn’t let people observe that the more mechanical stages a food item travels through, the more its quality gets affected.

Animal lovers, veterinary doctors and nutritionists have often pointed out the nutritional insufficiency of the popular pet foods.

It was only in 2007 that people were literally shaken out of their peaceful slumber. On March 16, 2007 the biggest manufacturer of wet cat and dog food recalled all its products from the markets. It was followed by further recalls by other pet food companies. 

This happened because reports of pets having kidney failures surfaced from across the world. Upon testing it was found that an organic base chemical called Melamine was present in the wheat gluten. Melamine is not poisonous on its own, but its synthesis with another contaminant - cyanuric acid may lead to kidney failure.

World over, people were shocked and they started questioning the standards and processes of manufacturing pet food.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) failed to regulate the pet food segment properly. 

There is an Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) which sets the - standards of nutrition, rules for conducting feed-trials and label requirements. This non-governmental association too failed in performing its duties efficiently. Another fact which came to light was that some very prominent brands outsourced the manufacturing of their products. This made the entire operation more cost-effective as the individual brands didn’t have to invest in costly machines. Also, the raw materials and other supplies could be purchased in bulk and this further lead to more savings.

A stricter regulation and examination process need to be implemented by the FDA on the manufacturing of pet foods. 

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As a responsible pet parent how should one ensure the health of one’s pet? It is difficult for people to read the food labels on the packages of pet foods. Also, the label generally doesn’t mention the actual source of the ingredients. However the source determines the quality of the food. 

What the pet food makers never want you to know: Find out

One may find words like meat meal, animal digest and meat by-product on the list. Meat by-product consists of the meat which is actually the trash of a slaughterhouse. In other words, it is the meat which is not considered fit enough for human consumption.

There is a category called ‘generic pet food’. The generic ‘meat meal’ comes from animals that have been killed in a road accident or euthanized..

A pet owner should be on the lookout for the best dog food available in the market. One can buy pet foods online in India as well as in most parts of the wo rld. But one should not completely depend on them. There are many home-made nutritious recipes which can be easily made to supplement the diet of your loyal companion. One’s little efforts will prove to be a blessing for one’s pet. 


Devika Sharma is a pet lover who loves to share interesting pet related stuffs. She is very enthusiastic to acquire and share knowledge about pet food & accessories etc. Follow her on Google+ to find variety of dog food, products and accessories etc.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Please Spend a Moment of Your Time to Pray for the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda

I apologized for remaining silent during these times. Before anything else, I would like to thank everyone who have personally emailed, twittered and messaged me to check on me, my family and our pack. We are, fortunately, lucky to have been spared by Typhoon Haiyan's wrath. Unfortunately, a lot of Filipino families have lost their loved ones, their homes and their pets because of the devastation it has caused.

Source: Philippines Star IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Yolanda's Trail of Destruction
My mom's house wasn't as lucky. A part of her roof flew and a wall had split in half. The strong winds and rains hit the island where my hometown is and the damage was overwhelming. Some friends and schoolmates of mine have had their homes wiped out because they lived in the area where the typhoon struck.  

For this, I am asking everyone to please pray for the victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda) that they may find the strength and courage to rebuild their lives and battle the hunger, sickness and loss they are currently going through.

I would also like to thank the countries who have provided the Philippines with foreign aid and assistance to get through this ordeal.

For those who wish to view the degree of devastation Typhoon Haiyan has caused in Tacloban City, please visit this ABC News Aerial Photo Compilation on Before and After Pictures Typhoon Yolanda.

To visit Philippine Star's full slideshow / album on Typhoon Yolanda's Aftermath, just click on the link.

If you wish to make a donation, kindly drop by Unicef, Philippine Red Cross or ABS-CBN Foundation (Sagip Kapamilya).
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

My Dog Goes Everywhere with Me: Camping Edition (and Halloween Greetings!)

Today's guest post is all about camping with our furry friend. 

Here's is last year's Halloween Wordless Wednesday picture

Before that, let me greet everyone a belated Halloween. We're currently busy with office stuffs and I hardly have the time to visit bloggies and check out your spookies.

According to DogFriendly.com, about 14 percent of Americans have traveled with their pet on a trip of more than 50 miles. At least 10 percent of those individuals travel by RV. Camping trips are among the friendliest ways to travel with dogs because more campgrounds accept pets. To ensure your camping trips are more successful, always call the campgrounds you will be using to make sure they allow pets.

Don't forget to travel safely with your dogs using award-winning dog travel products from Kurgo.

Before You Go

A trip to the veterinarian is essential before you take your dog on any trip. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on all his vaccinations and is in good health for the trip, as Dr. Foster Smith recommends. You will need to take along a copy of your dog's vaccination records. Your dog will spend a significant amount of time outside on a camping trip so be sure to ask about flea and tick prevention. It can often be difficult for pet owners to understand which flea and tick prevention treatments are best. Your vet can give you a solid recommendation. You should also purchase a dog tag that includes your cell phone number, name and address in case your pet is separated from you. Microchipping can also be ideal if it hasn't already been done.

What to Pack

As you pack your own luggage, equip your RV or prepare essentials for your tent, keep your dog in mind. Collapsible bowls can be the best option to save space. Bring plenty of food and fresh water, especially if you will really be roughing it. Thanks to helpful tips from Paw-Rescue.org, here some other essential items to pack:
  • One or two leashes
  • Poop disposal bags
  • Brush
  • Dog-friendly sunscreen
  • Tweezers for removing any ticks
  • Extra blanket or pet bed
  • Favorite toys
  • Lightweight crate
  • Dog life jacket for swimming and boating

Depending on the type of camping you will do, you may want to invest in a dog backpack so he can help carry a few items to your campsite. If there is anything else that comforts your dog, take it along to help reduce the stress, especially for a first trip.

You & Your Four-Legged Friend

Sitting around the campfire is a lot of fun, but you don't have to restrict yourself to your campsite while Fido is with you. It's no surprise that your dog loves walking. You can have a great time hiking with your pet with the proper precautions. Make sure you take plenty of water for you and your dog and keep him on a short leash. You may want to equip your him with hiking boots if he isn't used to long walks or if there's rough terrain. Always follow the trails to ensure everyone's comfort. Don't forget to pick up any waste along the trail.

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Water activities can be thrilling for many dog breeds. If you'll be boating, you will need to complete an online boating exam before you go, to ensure that you have the right licensing for countries like Canada. Keep your dog on a leash on the boat as well to keep him from jumping into the water. Swimming is another popular activity for dogs and their owners, so don't forget to pack a life jacket for each of you, to reduce the risk of accidents.

Author's Bio:

Carol Pash

Carol considers herself a free spirit who's passionate about animals, fashion, cupcakes, and traveling.

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