Dear God…

April 8, 2010

Yesterday, my heart was wrapped in this song by Sarah McLachlan; it’s entitled Dear God. I could have filled a video with photos of my little Paketo, but as I started to work on it, another motivation came through me. It addressed an equal anger that’s inside me.

Our simple bounties

April 6, 2010

I am struck by how we overlook the simple bounty we have all around us. We take it for granted that the sun will rise each day, that our dog will poop outside and that our cat will sleep on top of us at night.

So, what’s new this week?

February 17, 2010

So, what’s new this week? Here’s a small capsule from the Bit-by-Bit Ranch…

Vaccinations: What you Need to Know

February 12, 2010

The most important thing for you to know is that annual revaccination of your pet is unnecessary! This information is based on scientific studies conducted by Dr. Ron Schultz, a very well respected veterinary immunologist.

Recipe: Kitten Milk

February 9, 2010

Kitten Milk Recipe

Recipe: Kitten Glop

February 9, 2010

Kitten Glop — a Kitten Milk Replacement recipe

Helping the Animals of Haiti

January 22, 2010

Just a quick post to give you some links to websites for updates on animal rescue efforts in Haiti following the recent earthquakes. If you know others I have missed, please let me know so we can add them.

Faces of the Homeless

January 5, 2010

Looking through some messages on Facebook this morning, I found a post that includes three photos: homeless women and their dogs — photographer(s) unknown. I was immediately drawn to the photos. In the hard times, the scenario could easily be any one of us. It could easily be me and my “kids,” knock on wood.

Iowa: Pet Food Banks, Pet Food Pantries, Pet Care

December 29, 2009

Iowa: Pet Food Banks, Pet Food Pantries, Pet Care

Ivermectin Poisoning from Parasite Prevention Drugs in Dogs

December 28, 2009

This toxic reaction occurs especially in dogs that are genetically hypersensitive to ivermectin, an anti-parasite medication most commonly used for heartworm prevention, or to treat ear and hair mites, which can lead to mange. Ivermectin prevents or kills parasites by causing neurological damage to the parasite, resulting in paralysis and death for the parasite. But dogs genetically sensitive to the medication have an anomaly that allows the ivermectin to pass the dog’s blood-brain barrier and into its central nervous system, which can be lethal for the animal.

Pet Food PantriesPet Food Pantries and Spay/Neuter Assistance for the US

December 10, 2009

Pet Food Pantries and Spay/Neuter Assistance for the US

Dogs, cats and swine flu’s promiscuity

December 1, 2009

Swine flu started in pigs (although we don’t exactly when or where), adapted to and passed to humans who returned the favor and passed it back to pig herds. Then we heard that turkeys in Chile had contracted the virus, followed by ferrets and a house cat.

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pets

November 30, 2009

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet, an ALL volunteer 501c3 nonprofit public charity formed in January 2005 after learning that military service members across the country had pets that needed a caring, loving, and safe home to care for them during the pet owner’s deployment to fight the global war on terrorism (combat or peace keeping missions), but had been unable to find someone to care for them.

Cutest Kitten Video? Maybe.

November 28, 2009

Cutest Kitten Video? Maybe.

The Special Needs of the Senior Cat

November 15, 2009

Just as people are living longer than they did in the past, cats are living longer too. In fact, the percentage of cats over six years of age has nearly doubled in just over a decade, and there is every reason to expect that the “graying” cat population will continue to grow.

FDA Alerts Pet Owners to Voluntary Recall of Premium Edge Cat Food

October 28, 2009

Diamond Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall on the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult cat food and Premium Edge Hairball cat food: RAF0501A22X 18 lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6 lb. The date of manufacture is May 28, 2009