July 1, 2020
The 4th of July is the busiest day of the year in shelters as many pets, fleeing the noise and lights of fireworks, get lost, injured, or killed. Here are some options to consider.
June 21, 2020
As I stepped out on the back stoop last night, something fell to the ground just in front of me landing with a bit of a thud. It was so odd to step out and be almost hit by something falling out of the sky. I looked up and saw nothing. At first glance at […]
December 11, 2019
It’s so tempting to share what we are eating with our canine companions, but when it comes to fruit, should we? Sometimes NO.
July 27, 2019
Just by virtue of living in the country, pet-sitting is a fluid responsibility. You never know who will be there or what to expect.
October 18, 2018
FREE and almost free rescue alert stickers! You download them, print them, add your info and put in a window or on your front door. Or order them online for a small fee.
September 25, 2016
A dosing guide for cats and dogs for several of the top flea medications.
August 25, 2015
I stumbled over this list of things owners of deaf dogs know all too well, but maybe didn’t realize about themselves. You Know You Have A Deaf Dog When … Your dog ignores you by turning his head. Your dog doesn’t care if her favorite toy has a squeaky or not. Your dog likes to […]
September 19, 2014
Having recently been through this, I researched remedies for canine constipation and here’s what I found (in no particular order). Select ONE remedy to try. The combination of remedies can cause things to go the other way and create severe diarrhea which could result in dehydration. If the problem continues for more than a few days, if there’s blood […]
February 25, 2012
Have you ever stopped to consider that the ivermectin you use to treat your horses for parasites could be dangerous to dogs that eat horse manure? We know how dogs love horse manure. So in hindsight, it makes sense that ivermectin in horse manure could pose a danger… and here is one such story.
August 5, 2010
Well folks, Faith has left Brantford! She flew out of Ontario yesterday afternoon to Calgary, the first stop on her journey to freedom. As we speak, she is starting the final leg to her new home in BC. BSL will not be hanging over her head anymore. From Faith’s perspective, she is a dog like […]
July 4, 2010
I left the city for the country 17 years ago — for the peace and tranquility, but there is certainly a lot of activity among the various species that I could easily not notice. But once I see it, I realize the country is just as busy as the city, but in a different way. The city is full of the sounds of cars and people and the noise associated with that. Stepping outside on a warm summer evening after a rain, the sounds of the frogs and cicada and such is practically deafening. Other nights, the quiet is so large it seems deafening if you can imagine.
April 22, 2010
I have to admit that I am always smitten by the underdog rescues. The ones that can test your meddle, but heap you with such passionate rewards. And when the opportunity arises to see the success of such efforts, it’s breathtaking and wordless at the same time.
April 2, 2010
Because the morning afforded it, I spent a little extra time in bed this morning snuggling with Ike and Maude, two of my rescued dogs. They aren’t anything special. They were born in the woods to a dog who had been dumped on the side of the road. They will likely live their whole lives and pass meaning very little to anyone… except me.
March 31, 2010
WHAT IF the city impounded your pet and wouldn’t let you have visitation… what would you do? WHAT IF your only alternative to save your pet from euthanasia was to sue the city… would you do it?
March 26, 2010
Let’s be clear: we are not killing homeless animals because they are homeless. We are not killing them because their population has exceeded available space in the pounds. We are not killing them because we have not instituted the proper programs and protocols. We are killing them for one reason: because they are not human.
March 26, 2010
Products intended to treat cats and dogs for fleas and ticks kill hundreds of pets each year and injure tens of thousands, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday as it outlined plans to make the products safer. The EPA said it will develop stricter testing and evaluation requirements for flea and tick treatments that are applied to a pet’s skin. The agency also will begin reviewing labels to determine which ones need to say more clearly how to use the products.
March 26, 2010
OpenCongress.org is a simple and easy way to let your representative know how important passing H.R. 3501 is to our local communities. Here is why…. since the down turn of our economy more cats, dogs and large animals are being surrendered, left – behind or abandoned.
March 11, 2010
People are often admired for their passion to a cause, a belief, an idea; respected even. But what of the passions that fail, falling short of their mark, their goal. Where does that energy go? I am in the throes of just such a failure (though my friend Viktor would tell me it is not a failure, but an outcome).
March 11, 2010
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
February 17, 2010
So, what’s new this week? Here’s a small capsule from the Bit-by-Bit Ranch…
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.
February 9, 2010
January 29, 2010, the FDA finished their investigation into Petag. Petag is the number one manufacturer of kitten and puppy milk in the world as per the company’s website. Their formulas — KMR and Esbilac — sickened and killed many animals in 2009.
December 29, 2009
In my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine Michael Vick as an inspiration — unless I misunderstand the definition of “inspiration.” If you feel something similar, please add your name to the petition and pass it along to your friends.
December 26, 2009
I feel I am being played by one of the greatest marketing campaigns to date: making Michael Vick look like an underdog in the Michael Vick dog fighting scandal. And while I hate giving him any mention at all, I also feel I do a disservice to the dogs he killed and the dogs he abused in HIS dog fighting participation to not make mention of this ridiculous ploy.
December 15, 2009
Sometimes I worry that I can’t seem to let go of the Michael Vick issue. I wonder if maybe I’ve written too much about it, and that at some point those of us who own and love dogs need to move forward – forgive and forget and get on with our lives.
December 11, 2009
Hundreds of dog lovers band together and donate old and used sweaters to be recycled and re-distributed as dogie sweaters to shelters all over the country. Released by- bignutshell.com
December 10, 2009
Pet Food Pantries and Spay/Neuter Assistance for the US
December 2, 2009
Great news! This assualt has been temporarily suspended pending review. Thanks to all that sent emails and made phone calls. It really worked! Here is more info on the Wild Horse and Burro Assault underway as explained in an earlier post. Sheryl Crow Asks President Obama & Secretary Salazar to Stop the Assault on America’s […]
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
October 28, 2009
In “Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living,” the Vales calculate the ecological paw prints of our pets. The authors encourage the green-minded to look at their decision to buy a companion animal like they would consider buying a plasma television or SUV.
June 15, 2009
Canine Underground Railroad is Traveling a Road Near You – In my search for a way to move my dogs and cats across country, I stumbled all these groups that transport dogs — and probably cats, too — from one side of the country to the other, north and south, east and west. And this is quietly going on all the time.
June 10, 2009
Diarrhea is the passage of loose, unformed stools generally occurring in more frequent bowel movements. It is the most common sign of an intestinal disease.
June 9, 2009
Once again, it is hurricane season. And as we learned from Hurricane Katrina, we need to plan ahead for our pets. If anything, Katrina opened the door for pets as more consideration is being given to their safe evacuation on buses and in motels, etc. Many people evacuating from the path of a hurricane will be packing their pets into their own vehicles as they head for safer ground.