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Are you looking for some gift ideas for a pet lover? We wrote this short, yet informative guide to present the latest and best gift ideas for your friends or loved ones who live with a companion animal.  

1. Pet Art  

A custom pet portrait would make a beautiful centerpiece in any pet lover’s home. There are as many types of pet art today as there are artists. Some sketch, others paint, while others specialize in digital art and more. There are also traditional media like canvas and less traditional options, such as metal and glass. There is even word art, where images are made from words. For example, a portrait of a dachshund can be made using the word “dachshund,” which translates as “ceiling dog” from German. 

A pet portrait is a meaningful keepsake, and there are thousands of pet art options out there these days. Simply get a photo of your friend’s or loved one’s pet and send it to the art studio of your choice. They’ll take it from there, delivering a beautiful portrait that will stand the test of time.    

Pet pic

(Image from ILovePaws.com website)

2. Baking Mold 

You could buy a mold for your pet-loving friend or relative to bake dog treats in the shape of paws or muzzles. Some molds even come with books of dog dish recipes. 

3. Pet Bed 

When it comes to pet beds, you can choose vintage-inspired beds, denim beds, hand-woven beds, and more. For example, dog beds in the shape of a suitcase are a nice option for a pet lover who’s also an avid traveler (and takes the pet everywhere they go, of course). Some merchants will also let you customize the bed’s colors and patterns. 

Denim beds are durable and stylish, making them an excellent alternative to a store-bought product. Denim can take lots of scratching. Some kinds even get better with every wash. 

Can you knit? If so, you could make a bed for your friend’s cat or dog. They’ll be completely delighted. Every time their fur baby dozes off in it, they’ll think of you. Why not throw in a thoughtful accessory, too? You don’t need more than basic sewing skills to make a pet pillow. 

4. Pet-inspired Wine Glass Sets

You might know someone who loves animals, as well as wine. Therefore, a pet-themed wine set could be a clever combination of their two loves! It would make the perfect present for your loved one, especially if you pair it with a bottle of good wine. 

5. Quick-Drying Towels 

Quick-drying microfiber fabric is any dog owner’s dream, this is especially true for owners of dogs with long hair. These towels are said to absorb water up to 10 times better than ordinary towels. For the perfect gift set, you can combine a microfiber towel with dry shampoo for dogs. Dogs will need freshening up on occasion, especially in hot weather. You can also make a homemade dry shampoo to keep your friend’s pet feeling nice and smelling good for longer.  

6. Pebble Pet Art

Yes, pebble pet art is becoming a thing – and it’s truly unique as a present and an art form. This type of art is created using driftwood and pebbles. There is a large variety of possible depictions, including ones with numerous pets. 

7. Personalized Cat or Dog Blanket

Most pets love cuddling. Dogs in particular are often guilty of stealing their owners’ blankets. This is why a cozy dog blanket could make a perfect gift! You can even order a handmade one with an interesting dog-themed pattern. It’s possible to customize it with the dog’s name after choosing the right size and color. 

Final Thoughts 

Are pet owners different from non-owners? Quite a few studies have shown that pet owners tend to be in better mental and physical health than people without pets. This could be a consequence of having a pet or the reason they got one to begin with. Either way, there’s a positive correlation between owning a pet and better health. In addition, research supports a connection between socioeconomic outcomes and emotional bonds with pets. Specifically, cat and dog owners tend to rate their economic and health status higher than non-owners. Differences in marital status and income might affect this.

 

 

 

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  • Before bringing a new cat home, prepare for a smooth transition with these essential cat supplies.
  • We consulted cat rescuers and a veterinarian to come up with this new cat checklist.
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The day you bring home your new cat is full of joy. But while you may be ready for snuggles and play from the moment your kitty arrives, most felines aren't as excited about moving day. Just when they were getting used to the shelter or foster home - bam - here comes another transition. And cats, they aren't the best at dealing with change.

Preparing for the arrival of your new cat ahead of time will help smooth their transition to your home. While it's a no-brainer that cats require a litter box and food, new cat owners may not realize that items like scratching posts, cat trees, calming pheromones, and toys can reduce stress and provide your pet with an enriching environment.

With the help of cat rescuers and a veterinarian, we compiled this new cat checklist to ensure you have the right supplies on hand.

Here are 19 cat supplies to stock up on when you adopt a new pet: A cozy cat carrier for your cat's freedom ride and beyond mr peanuts platinum cat carrier

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Mr. Peanut's Gold Series Expandable Carrier, available at Chewy, $50.99

A cat carrier is mandatory for bringing your cat home from the shelter, said Franušić. We love Mr. Peanut's refined, comfortable tote, which can unzip to expand to almost three times the size of a regular carrier, making it more comfortable for long travel days. 

A calming pheromone diffuser to decrease stress FeliwayClassic

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Feliway Classic Diffuser, available at Chewy, $29.99

You'll want to decrease stress and unwanted behaviors like urine spraying during your cat's first weeks at home. Veterinarian Andrea Moore, medical director at Pinnacle Animal Hospital in San Jose, California, and Danielle Carr, shelter manager at Town Cats in Morgan Hill, California, both recommend a calming pheromone like Feliway. Feliway mimics the F3 facial pheromones cats deposit when rubbing their cheeks against surfaces in order to mark them as safe.

A simple litter box for your cat to do their business natures miracle hooded litter box

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Nature's Miracle Oval Hooded Litter Box, available at Chewy, $29.99

When it comes to a litter box, all of our experts agree that simple is best. You want a box your cat can use "without having to do any tricks," said Moore. And even though self-cleaning litter boxes are convenient, Moore advises against them because the noises they make can frighten cats.

At the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Libby Farel-Friedman, who is the supervisor of adoption programs, recommends using a simple uncovered litter box. If you prefer your box to be covered to reduce smells or prevent your dog from getting inside, buy one like Nature's Miracle Oval Hooded Litter Box, which has a removable lid that can be added later on. 

Regular flea treatment to keep the itches away Seresto

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Seresto Flea and Tick Prevention Collar, available at Chewy, $59.98

Flea control is important regardless of whether a cat is indoor-only or goes outside. Most flea treatments are topical, but Seresto also makes a flea collar that many cat owners and veterinarians like. Not all cats will be comfortable wearing a flea collar, but for those that tolerate it, Moore said it's a good option.

A March 2021 investigation by USA Today reported 1,700 animal deaths and other adverse reactions linked to Seresto flea collars. It's unknown if the EPA-approved pesticides used in the collar caused these incidents and this story is still developing. Always speak to your veterinarian if you have concerns before using a product and only purchase Seresto collars from authorized retailers.

An unscented natural litter to make using the litter box appealing worlds best multiple cat litter

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World's Best Multiple Cat Unscented Litter (14 lbs), available at Chewy, $15.44

Moore avoids dusty litters, which can cause respiratory issues, as well as perfumed litters with a strong scent. All three of our shelter experts like litters made of natural materials like corn or grass, and Carr's favorite litters are made from pine wood. "I think they're really efficient at neutralizing odors and are really easy to scoop," she said. For more ideas, check out our guide to the best natural cat litter.

A flat, wide food dish to prevent whisker fatigue CatFoodBowl

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Dr. Catsby Cat Food Bowl, available at Amazon, $19.95

For cats with sensitive whiskers, brushing up against the side of a food or water bowl can cause pain and make eating stressful. To prevent "whisker fatigue," Moore suggested using a flatter dish without steep sides. 

Nutritious dry and wet cat food that your pet will love HillsScience

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Hill's Science Diet Dry Cat Food for Indoor Cats, available at Chewy, from $15.99

While many cats prefer dry foods, they are high in carbohydrates and calories. Feeding a diet that includes wet food can help to maintain weight and overall health, according to Moore. "Wet food is great for cats because it provides more moisture," she said. "It's especially important for males because you want them producing urine so they don't have urinary issues."

Franušić and Farel-Friedman recommended Hill's Science Diet, which comes in several varieties for cats with different needs. There are plenty of other high-quality options, including Nom Nom, a human-grade monthly cat food delivery service. 

Irresistible treats for training and high-stress situations Churu

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Inaba Churu Lickable Puree Natural Cat Treat, available at Chewy, $17.96

"We use Churu for clicker training and it works wonders," said Carr. Clicker training, a form of positive-reinforcement training that marks correct behaviors with a distinct clicking sound, is an excellent way to teach tricks and address behavior challenges in cats. Churu is great for stressful situations, too. "We have cats who are super stressed and we give them Churu, and it works so well to distract them from what's going on," said Carr. For more ideas, see our guide to the best cat treats.

Earthquake putty to keep knickknacks, vases, and picture frames from becoming playthings QuakeHold

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Quakehold! Museum Putty, available at Amazon, $3.97

Adhering your knickknacks to shelves and tables using earthquake putty ensures that your favorite picture frame or vase won't end up in pieces on the floor. "When you actually get a cat into your home, you find that they love to explore and get on top of things," said Lindsay Franušić, assistant manager of adoption programs, at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley in Milpitas, California. She told us that putty was a lifesaver for her.

 

Tasty dental treats to help promote a happy, healthy mouth Feline

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Feline Greenies Natural Dental Care Treats, available at Chewy, from $2.35

Keeping your cat's mouth clean is essential to its overall health. "Ideally, you should try to teach your cat to have its teeth brushed," said Moore. But if that proves too challenging, dental treats are the next best thing. She also recommended using a water additive for stress-free dental care. For more options, check out our guide to the best dental products for cats.

A reflective breakaway cat collar to hold your their ID tags Rogz

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ROGZ Reflective Cat Collar, available at Amazon, from $9.95

If your cat goes outdoors, they need a breakaway collar that will come undone if they get caught on a tree branch or fence, said Moore. We like this durable reflective collar by Rogz, which is the top pick in our guide to the best cat collars.

Stainless steel ID tags to make sure your cat gets home safely GoTags

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GoTags Stainless Steel Pet ID Tags, available at Chewy, $7.95

Even if your cat is microchipped, ID tags engraved with their name and phone number can help them make it home safe and sound. If your cat is indoor-only, Moore said they don't need to wear a collar or ID tags. Instead, microchip your cat so that they can be easily identified if they escape.

A comfy harness and leash set for taking your cat on a walk CatHarness

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Rabbitgoo Cat Harness and Leash Set, available at Amazon, from $14.98

For indoor cats, the outdoors is a fantasy world of sights, sounds, and smells that many find delightful. According to Moore, leash training "is a safe way to have [a] cat outside and a good activity for the cat and owner to do together." But because being on a leash is not a natural behavior for cats, guardians need to take the time to acclimate their cat to the leash.

A cat brush for removing excess hair and preventing hairballs 5eb032d0204ad3739e3594c7

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Safari Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush, available at Chewy, from $12.99

Cats are fastidious, and in the process of grooming, they consume a lot of hair. For long-haired cats, especially, "brushing is really helpful to remove the loose hair that is ready to shed that may get matted if not removed," said Moore. A good cat brush like the Safari Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush can help remove the excess hair and may reduce the frequency of hairballs. 

A scratching post for your cat to claw On2Pets Skyline Scratching Post

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On2Pets Skyline Sisal Cat Scratching Post, available at Chewy, $44.99

"Cats scratch as a scent marker, to help with their nails, and to relieve stress," said Moore. Plus, your cat will be less likely to scratch your furniture if they have other options. This cat scratcher from Max & Marlow includes a 26-inch scratching post plus two attached toys. For more ideas, check out our guide to the best scratching posts.

A cat wand for chasing, pouncing, and play DaBird

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GoCat Da Bird Pull Apart Wand, available at Petco, $8.95

"The best toys are the ones where you can interact with your cat. Playing with them helps you to bond better," said Farel-Friedman. Cat wands are a classic kitty favorite, and Carr recommended both Da Bird and Cat Catcher by GoCat. See our guide to the best cat toys for more options.

An interactive food puzzle toy to stimulate your cat’s hunting instincts Petsafe Egg Cersizer toy

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Petsafe Egg-Cersizer, available at Chewy, $5.99

"I think food puzzle toys are great," said Carr. "They're really good for cats who are overweight and for cats who are overstimulated. It's more natural, too, because [it mimics the way] cats have to work for their food in the wild." Moore suggested feeding kibble out of interactive food puzzle toys as well as — or instead of — treats.

A cardboard cat scratcher to promote independent play TurboscratcherCatToy

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Bergan Turboscratcher Cat Toy, available at Chewy, $17.98

All of our experts agreed that there is no such thing as too many scratchers. Carr likes the Bergan Turboscratcher which has a ball in the frame. "Cats get their scratch on while playing with the balls inside," she said. "They can play and entertain themselves so even if you're not home they have stimulation."

A cat tree tower for climbing, scratching, and play Armarkat

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Armarkat Classic Cat Tree, available at Petco, $55.06

"We definitely recommend cat trees," said Farel-Friedman. "They not only provide cats with the ability of choice, but they also provide them with exercise and stress relief." Dr. Moore agreed: "You want to have vertical space, especially people who have a small living area." The ideal tree has built-in scratching posts and plenty of spots to snuggle up. That's why we like the classic cat tree from Armarkat, which is the budget pick in our guide to the best cat trees.

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Working from home has some well-publicised advantages, such as time and money saved on commutes, but some people have also found innovative ways to use their time. From cat-napping to later-life learning, four readers share their highs and lows of working from home.

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Annie Forman’s cockapoo was not a pandemic puppy, but she became one: a furry lifebuoy to cling to during the first lockdown. Forman, 28, a receptionist at a GP surgery in a small Devon town, had grown up with dogs. They had never let her down, which she couldn’t say for some of the humans in her life.

So when in January last year, Forman moved from her parents’ dog-filled home to her own place, the first thing she did was get a puppy. “There was no way I was going to go anywhere in life without a dog,” Forman says on the phone. As she speaks, Nellie the cockapoo is curled up on her lap. “I’ve struggled with my mental health for many years, and dogs were what got me through it. That’s why it was a bit crap what happened – because everything that had made me feel better sort of got taken away.”

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  • Silvia Sanchez and daughter Arianna Pineda take care of Lexi, but will have less time at home for her now that the pandemic is easing. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    As the stranglehold of coronavirus stay-at-home orders begin to lift, in-learning school returns and businesses begin to loosen up, there’s a looming fear of anxiety hovering over what to do with long-time and recently acquired pets that have become accustomed to having their owners nearby 24/7.

    In a recent report “The Pandemic Pet Adoption Boom: What We’ve Learned, One Year Later” by Rover.com, 93% of those surveyed said their “pandemic pet” improved their mental and physical wellbeing and 80% said working from home during the quarantine was more enjoyable.

    Related: Services shelters are open anew, but by appointment only 

    But they were anxious about going back to in-person work and leaving their pets at home.

    Silvia Sanchez, 42, a mother of three who lives in Van Nuys, is among them.

    She adopted a 4-month-old Maltese poodle designer mix back at Christmastime after her 21-year-old daughter moved out in October and took the family’s dog, which made her 10-year-old daughter sad.

    The white furry Lexi had been tossed around by two previous owners before her cousin found the 5-pound dog and surprised her with it.

    “Nobody wanted her,” Sanchez said. “She was really sad and depressed.”

    Sanchez, an administrative accountant at a Woodland Hills furniture school, has been working from home part-time this past year, but expects to return fulltime to the workplace when her daughter starts in-class learning on April 22.

    For Sanchez the clock is ticking.

    She’s barely left the dog alone for more than an hour. Now she’s anticipating a dramatic change.

    “She’s so little,” Sanchez said. “I feel so bad for her. I cringe at going back to work and her staying here. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to leave her. I never had to do this.”

    Sanchez thought about getting another dog to keep Lexi company, but there’s no room in her budget for that expense.

    “This is my big dilemma right now,” she added.

    Los Angeles based Nicole Ellis, a certified professional dog trainer, a pet lifestyle expert and a Rover.com spokesperson, said as a dog trainer that makes her happy to hear because it means people are thinking about their upcoming challenges, which can lead to a proactive approach and stress-free animals.

    Ellis says simple steps can reduce anxiety not only for the pet, but its owner too.

    Not making a big deal when you leave the house and slowly working up to the amount of time the animal is left each day is going to set dogs up for success along with the lesser anxious cats that adjust easier to change.

    “If we are still working from home, right now it’s the perfect time to start this training,” Ellis said. “I recommend leaving for short periods of time, starting with something as short as five minutes and building it up and when we leave not making a big deal. We are sad to leave our animals but if we make a big deal … it gets them excited and we are gone and then they are stressed out.”

    Another step is to start a set routine for dogs and cats who are really good about keeping an internal clock in check. It might take back-to-work attitudes instead of the lounging-around routines many have fallen into.

    “If you know you will probably be starting work and leaving the house at 8 a.m., well let’s start not sleeping in, let’s start getting up and doing a routine because animals do really great on routine,” Ellis said. “They understand expectations. By getting them on that schedule, we are going to go on that walk in the morning and we are going to eat breakfast at this time and I’m not going to get home at 6 o’clock so we are going to eat dinner at 7 o’clock, the sooner we can start that and get our pets adjusted, especially on those weekdays, it’s going to help them adjust when we go back to work.”

    Ellis recommends those returning to the workplace think about their new schedule that might include long days, especially if the animal is particularly anxious as some adopted from a shelter tend to be.

    A dog walker, doggie play dates, doggie daycare and doggie puzzles could be part of the solution.

    Silvia Sanchez and daughter Arianna Pineda take care of Lexi, but will have less time at home for her now that the pandemic is easing. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Anxiety is not healthy for animals. Signs include excessive barking, pacing, howling and crying.

    Prevention is  key.

    “A dog walker (can) split up your dog’s day a little bit,” Ellis said. “Help him get some energy out so he’s not sitting by the door just waiting. He’s going to have fun going for a walk, expending energy and tiring himself out and if you are considering doing this, I suggest you do this even before you return to work. It’s a great time to create that positive association where you give your dog walker a few treats, you hand off your dog on a leash and your dog learns to trust this person. This is a person who takes you on really fun adventures.”

    Cats need routine just like dogs; breakfast and dinner at the same time for example, new toys and not making a big deal when you leave the house.

    “The more we stress out, the more we are going to make our animals stressed out,” Ellis said. “Take baby steps. The more we can plan, the better for cats and dogs.”

    Victoria Voith, a professor at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, a veterinarian and a diplomat at the American College Veterinarian Behaviorists, weighed in as to how all these changes of being home alone for a long stretch of time might affect pet behavior.

    She sees a distinct difference between dogs and cats having separation anxiety, although some cats can get distressed while others can cope being solitary.

    Some of the signs of stress in dogs are vocalization such as barking, whining or crying; elimination or defecating; and destructive behavior within minutes of the owner’s departure.

    Cats, if stressed, may spray an owner upon their return home.

    Voith believes cats suffer separation anxiety, but it isn’t as noticeable because they usually can’t be as destructive like dogs and their meows or plaintive cries don’t carry like a dog’s bark.

    “So, owners may not know that their cat is missing them,” she said.

    Voith cautioned in some cases there could be something physically wrong with the animal, so owners need to be on the alert for the distinction and perhaps have a veterinarian intercede.

    “Dogs become attached to owners and when it experiences separation anxiety it engages in excessive vocalization trying to get the parent to come back or the attachment figure to come back,” Voith said. “They may eliminate or defecate because they are nervous because the parent is not there and they may become destructive or hyperactive searching for the parent. When that fails, they may become depressed and not move at all for a while.”

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    Voith said neighbors will tell a dog owner if it is barking for long periods of time, but using a noise- or voice-activated recording device with a continuous feature or a video camera will help determine how long a dog is actually barking throughout the day.

    If a pet shows signs of distress, there are things an owner should not do like not suddenly putting the animal in a cage or crate and leaving it if it’s never been in one. But, if one decides to use one, it should be done gradually.

    “I like exercise pens … because they are bigger,” Voith said. “Suddenly confining them is not a good idea.”

    Voith is against using a punitive collar for shocking a dog if it is having separation anxiety.

    “Using a punitive technique when the dog is exhibiting signs of separation anxiety may stop the behavior but it doesn’t cure the separation anxiety,” she said. “The dog is still distressed even if it’s quiet.”

    Voith cautions against punishing a dog when the owner returns home if the animal has been destructive, because it can’t associate between that and what it may have occurred hours before.

    Another feature that can help determine if a dog is having separation anxiety is if the animal acts super exuberantly when the owner returns home that could last up to five minutes.

    “It’s an extremely boisterous greeting and it’s prolonged,” Voith said. “Even if a dog in the past has been good when left alone, if owners have spent continuous time with the dog for weeks or months it may exhibit distress when the owner leaves.”

    Voith said all is not lost because there is FDA approved medication for the treatment of separation anxiety in dogs to be used in conjunction with behavior modification to reduce its anxiety.

    “Stress can be severe but it’s usually treatable,” she added.

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    Wed, 14 Apr 2021 21:54:13 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Health Business News Education Government Pets Environment Los Angeles Sport Soccer Community Fda Pet Adoption Pomona Ellis Sánchez Woodland Hills LA County Lexi American College Van Nuys Los Angeles Daily News LA City Council Voith Western University of Health Sciences Top Stories LADN Hans Gutknecht Top Stories IVDB Los Angeles Daily News SCNG Top Stories Breeze Top Stories LBPT Top Stories WDN Top Stories SGVT Top Stories PSN LA Animal Services Coronavirus Many Southern California Silvia Sanchez Arianna Pineda Nicole Ellis Victoria Voith
    Find a friend: LA Animal Services shelters are open anew, but by appointment only https://www.dailynews.com/2021/04/14/find-a-friend-la-animal-services-shelters-are-open-anew-but-by-appointment-only/ As some in the community grappled with a need for emotional support and something positive in their lives since the pandemic quarantined people the past year, they turned to adopting an animal.

    To see how these pet parents were feeling about their new furry friends, the dog people at Rover.com surveyed over 1,000 U.S.-based pet owners and recently published, “The Pandemic Pet Adoption Boom: What We’ve Learned, One Year Later” report.

    Related: Headed back to work with pandemic easing? Here’s how to get over that pet-owner anxiety

    If anything, the report found 90 percent of pet owners remain completely happy with their decision to get a pandemic pet.

    More than half of them adopted 40 percent of the animals this past year from a rescue or nonprofit organization like LA Animal Services, which has been in existence for 153 years.

    The six shelters, now open by appointment only, were built within the past 10 to 15 years and comprise one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the U.S., serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls each year involving animals or people in danger.

    At the beginning of April 2020, the North Central Center in Los Angeles and the West Valley Center in Chatsworth were shuttered, but reopened last month.

    During the shutdown of those two shelters, a plea was put out to the community asking to help reduce the numbers of animals and nearly 23,000 dogs and cats were placed into homes or transferred to rescue partners or original homes.

    In 2020, 90.49 percent of the dogs and cats that came to the shelters were placed, compared to 87.86 percent in 2019.

    “We had a really great response from the community who came and adopted and fostered animals from us so we reduced the number of animals in all of our shelters,” said Annette Ramirez, interim assistant general manager for LA Animal Services. “In addition, we had help from the community if they found a lost cat or dog … not just immediately bringing that animal to the shelter, which maybe was taking it away from its community and making it harder for the owner to find it. (Instead, they) reached out to neighbors, walked the dogs up and down the streets to see if they could find the owner or anyone who recognized the dog.”

    Community members also had access to the facilities’ Shelter At Home program, which allows a finder to shelter a pet in their home and post information and a photograph of the animal on its website and Facebook page.

    “That allows the owner to still contact us as they normally would … because we post photographs of all lost animals within a couple of hours taking them in,” Ramirez said. “Unfortunately, oftentimes, animals don’t get reclaimed, but having the community members try to work finding the owners who are probably within a few block radius of where they found the animal, we are seeing a lot more animals getting reunited and it’s allowing us to focus our resources on those animals that truly need to be in a shelter system because they are sick or they are injured, or they are dangerous to be out in the public. We try to help them get through with whatever issue they are dealing with so we can make them adoptable.”

    One of the positive aspects of the pandemic on the shelters is the appointment-based system.

    “The shelter is much quieter allowing the animals to be calmer and not as stressed and it has allowed customers to receive one on one time with staff to better serve them and their needs,” Ramirez added. “We have found that the appointment system has actually been a great change for the animals and customer service and plan to keep this improved system in place.”

    Ramirez wanted to remind those people thinking about rescuing or adopting an animal that rabbits, hamsters, birds and reptiles are also available to take home.

     LA Animal Services shelters are open by appointment only,  located at:

    • East Valley Center – 14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys
    • West Valley Center – 20655 Plummer Street, Chatsworth
    • North Central Center – 3201 Lacy Street, Los Angeles
    • Chesterfield Square Center – 1850 W. 60th St. Los Angeles
    • West Los Angeles Center – 11361 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
    • Harbor Center – 957 N. Gaffey Street, San Pedro
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    The 6 best dog shampoos in 2021 for fleas and ticks, grooming, and skin irritation http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/gyh3-ifJ288/best-dog-shampoo
  • Bathing your dog regularly helps keep their skin and coat clean, healthy, and moisturized.
  • Dog shampoos are formulated to be gentle on a dog's sensitive skin and free from harsh ingredients and fragrances.
  • Our top pick is Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Pet Shampoo, which cleans and deodorizes without irritating sensitive skin.
  • This article was medically reviewed by Karie Johnson, DVM, veterinarian and co-founder of VIP Vet Visit, a mobile vet service in the south suburbs of Chicago.
  • Bathing your dog is a key aspect of responsible dog ownership. A good bath with a high-quality dog shampoo helps keep a dog's skin and coat clean and moisturized. Whether a dog bath is fun or feels like a chore to you, the shampoo product that you use plays a big part in maintaining optimal skin and coat health.

    Many dog owners use human shampoo on their dogs, but these products can damage a dog's skin and leave the skin vulnerable to problems like flaky skin and infections. The best option is to purchase a shampoo designed specifically for dogs. The products below are formulated for a dog's pH and gentle on sensitive skin.

    Keeping a dog's skin and coat clean is important, but know that you can have too much of a good thing. Too-frequent shampooing could strip their coat of the natural oils that nourish and moisturize the skin and coat. So, not only is it important to avoid bathing them too often but you also need to use a high-quality product when you do wash them.

    The shampoos recommended here are not intended to treat medical conditions. Speak to your veterinarian and read our guide to the best medicated dog shampoos if you are looking to manage a specific condition.

    Here are the best dog shampoos in 2021 Updated on 4/14/2021: We updated this guide to include additional product details. We are currently interviewing veterinarians and conducting product research for a larger update in late spring 2021. The best overall Earthbath dog shampoo

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    Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Pet Shampoo combines all the good things that you'd want in a dog shampoo into one product.

    Pros: All-natural ingredients, soap-free formula, relieves itching, soothes dry skin, promotes healing, moisturizes skin, pH-balanced to clean and deodorize, won't wash away flea and tick products,100% biodegradable, cruelty-free

    Cons: May not be suitable for dogs with allergies and extra-sensitive skin, scent may fade over time, may not be powerful enough for very strong odors

    When shopping for dog shampoo, look for a product that will clean and deodorize a dog's skin and coat without irritating their sensitive skin. We recommend Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Pet Shampoo, which is a gentle and effective formula for animals 6 weeks and older.

    The shampoo contains natural ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and aloe vera to soothe skin irritation, relieve itching, and moisturize a dog's skin The soap-free, pH-balanced formula effectively cleans and softens the coat, and vanilla and almond extracts leave a pleasing scent. It is light enough that it won't wash away flea and tick control products.

    In addition to being all-natural, it is 100% biodegradable and cruelty-free.

    The best for puppies Isle of Dogs dog shampoo

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    Isle of Dogs Tearless Puppy Shampoo gently cleanses a puppy's sensitive skin and coat and can be used as a face wash without irritating the eyes. 

    Pros: Gentle enough for puppies and as a face wash, fresh orchid scent, natural odor-neutralizing ingredients, lathers well for deep cleaning, no harsh fragrances

    Cons: Orchid scent may be overpowering, may not be powerful enough for strong odors

    Like adult dogs, puppies can have sensitive skin. To care for your puppy's skin, choose a formula that is strong enough for deep cleaning but gentle enough not to irritate or damage your puppy's skin. Isle of Dogs Tearless Puppy Shampoo is a puppy-safe shampoo that cleans and deodorizes without the use of harsh chemicals or fragrances.

    The shampoo is made with gentle cleansers that are safe for your puppy's sensitive skin and coat. It is a tearless formula that won't irritate their eyes if you use it as a face wash, and it leaves behind a fresh orchid scent. The formula's odor-neutralizing ingredients provide long-lasting freshness.

    Even though the shampoo can safely be used to wash your puppy's face, take extra care not to get the product in their eyes, nose, or mouth.

    The best for fleas and ticks Adams dog shampoo

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    Adams Plus Flea and Tick Shampoo is made with natural pyrethrins and an insect growth regulator to kill fleas on contact and provide 28 days of protection.

    Pros: Made with natural pyrethrins instead of synthetic permethrins, contains Precor insect growth regulator, kills fleas and ticks in all life stages, protects for a full 28 days, contains natural ingredients to soothe and moisturize skin, gently cleanses and softens coat, safe for puppies over 12 weeks

    Cons: Not recommended for puppies under 12 weeks, some users find the odor to be too strong, must  be worked into a thick lather for maximum efficacy  

    Not only can fleas make your dog's skin irritated and inflamed, but these tiny, pesky parasites can make their way into your pet's bedding, your furniture, your carpet — and eventually onto you.

    Adams Plus Flea and Tick Shampoo is a highly effective formula that kills fleas in all life stages and is also effective against ticks and chewing lice.

    Adams Plus Flea and Tick Shampoo contains natural pyrethrins to kill adult fleas, ticks, and lice in puppies 12 weeks and older. It also contains Precor, an insect growth regulator that prevents eggs and larvae from developing into biting adults. While these ingredients are safe for dogs, they are toxic to cats and potentially fatal. Never bathe your cat with this product.

    In addition to powerful active ingredients, this formula also contains natural ingredients like coconut extract, oatmeal, and aloe to help soothe and moisturize your dog's dry, irritated, and itchy skin. The gentle formula works into an easy lather to cleanse your dog's coat, leaving it soft, shiny, and clean. It also provides a full 28 days of protection against fleas, ticks, and lice.

    Be aware that flea shampoos kill adult fleas that are currently on a dog but are less effective — and harder to use — than flea preventatives. An oral or topical spot-on flea preventive is the best line of defense against fleas and should be the first choice to prevent flea problems on a dog.

    The best for sensitive skin 4 legger dog shampoo

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    4 Legger Conditioning Shampoo is free from the synthetic and harsh ingredients that might irritate a dog's sensitive skin.

    Pros: No synthetic ingredients, no detergents or sulfates, biodegradable and cruelty-free, gently cleanses and moisturizes, safe for dogs with allergies and sensitive skin, mild but pleasant scent, safe for puppies and dogs of all ages

    Cons: May not be strong enough for dogs with thick double coats, thin consistency

    Shampoos, particularly all-natural shampoos, that are free of harsh ingredients are generally the safest option for dogs with sensitive skin and seasonal allergies. Our recommendation for organic dog shampoo is 4 Legger Conditioning Shampoo because it is USDA-certified organic and free from synthetic ingredients that might irritate your dog's skin. This formula is safe for dogs in all life stages.

    4 Legger Conditioning Shampoo gently cleanses and moisturizes your dog's skin and coat, leaving them smelling fresh and clean. It is minimally processed, meaning that the ingredients remain as close as possible to their original, natural form.

    Ingredients are sustainably sourced and biodegradable.

    The best heavy-duty shampoo Synergy dog shampoo

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    With three times the cleansing action of ordinary dog shampoos, Veterinary Formula Triple Strength Dirty Dog Concentrated Shampoo tackles even the toughest dirt and odors.

    Pros: Contains three times the cleansing power of ordinary shampoos, lathers well for a deep clean, made with an exclusive "dirt repel" formula, natural ingredients to soothe and moisturize skin, doesn't leave behind a sticky residue, concentrated formula doesn't require mixing, does not remove topical flea and tick control treatments, gentle enough to be used frequently

    Cons: Triple strength formula may be too strong for dogs with very sensitive skin, bottle may leak when not stored or handled properly, green apple scent sometimes wears off quickly

    For a shampoo to take on even the dirtiest, smelliest of dogs but gentle enough to soothe and moisturize their skin, our top choice Veterinary Formula Triple Strength Dirty Dog Concentrated Shampoo.

    The Triple Strength Dirty Dog Concentrated Shampoo contains three times more active cleansing ingredients than the average dog shampoo. Free from harsh ingredients and irritating fragrances, this formula contains a variety of foaming agents and natural ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter to leave your dog's skin healthy and their coat clean.

    This shampoo also contains a "dirt repel" formula to keep your dog's coat cleaner longer.

    Despite this shampoo being heavy duty, it is gentle enough that it won't remove topical flea and tick control products on your dog's skin or strip away the skin's natural oils. Also, it can be used frequently, if needed. Always talk with your veterinarian about how often you should shampoo your dog.

    The best for sensitive skin Vets Best dog shampoo

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    The Vet's Best Hypo-Allergenic Dog Shampoo uses a soap-free, tearless formula that works fast to soothe dry and irritated skin.

    Pros: Hypoallergenic formula, soap-free, tearless, cleans and moisturizes sensitive skin and coats, helps relieve itching and dryness, does not interfere with flea and tick products

    Cons: Scent may be too strong for some people, may not be effective against severe allergic reactions, not recommended for nursing or pregnant dogs

    Seasonal allergies can cause dogs to feel persistently itchy, leading to constant scratching and licking that damages the skin and leaves it vulnerable to infection and other skin problems.

    Our top pick for a hypoallergenic dog shampoo that gently cleanses while soothing dry skin and relieving itching is Vet's Best Hypo-Allergenic Dog Shampoo. This soap-free, tearless formula won't interfere with your dog's flea and tick control products, either.

    Vet's Best Hypo-Allergenic Dog Shampoo removes allergy-inducing substances like pollen from the skin and features natural ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin E to soothe itching, relieve allergies, and moisturize dry and brittle coats. It won't irritate their sensitive skin or leave behind a sticky residue. Plus, it will leave them smelling clean and fresh.

    Read the original article on Business Insider

    [Author: insider@insider.com (Kate Barrington,JoAnna Pendergrass)]

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    You otter share with your furry pals https://boingboing.net/2021/04/14/you-otter-share-with-your-furry-pals.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=you-otter-share-with-your-furry-pals Given an otter a snack. It's just the right thing to do.

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    Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:15:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Food Video News Pets Otter chaos Too Cute To Starve
    Developed By A Veterinarian - Introducing ArmOR® Hand Gloves https://www.petbloglady.com/2021/04/developed-by-a-veterinarian-introducing-armor-hand-gloves.html Vet gloves

    Developed By A Veterinarian, ArmOR® Hand Gloves Provide Animal Handlers And Caregivers Much Needed Protection Against Bites And Scratches

    Unlike other bulky hand gloves ArmOR form-fitting, washable gloves are designed to provide the comfort, dexterity and protection needed to safely restrain and treat animals.

    Developed and designed to protect against animal related injuries, the ArmOR® hand gloves provide handlers and caregivers the protection and dexterity needed to properly restrain and perform procedures. These form-fitting gloves are comfortable and durable while providing protection from bites and scratches from finger tips to elbows.

     

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    “Being a vet is one of the top ten most dangerous jobs, and I can attest to that after suffering bites from a patient and the resulting infection that required extensive surgery and physical therapy to regain proper function of my hand.” says Dr. Laura Catena, veterinarian, founder and president of ArmOR Hand Gloves. “After that experience, I decided to develop a safe and effective glove that allows for proper animal restraint technique through the superior flexibility and dexterity the gloves provide.”

    Perfect for professional animal caregivers, pet owners, wildlife rehabbers, groomers and others, these gloves are constructed of all synthetic materials including Kevlar® and stretch Cordura and provide protection from the tips of the fingers to the elbows. Elastic wrists ensure a good fit for increased mobility while the rubber fingertips provide improved restraint control. The gloves are machine washable and can be wiped down to help prevent zoonotic and infectious disease transmission.

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    The ArmOR hand gloves are available in two different styles including The Original Animal Handling Glove (MSRP $150), which offers complete hand and arm coverage and is reinforced in high-injury areas to provide enhanced protection decreasing the chance of bites and scratches and the transmission of zoonotic disease.

    The second style, The Procedure Palpation Glove (MSRP $150), is the exact same glove as the Original Animal Handling Glove, except that the first three fingers are exposed. This allows for palpitation, vaccine administration, blood draws, toenail clipping, ear cleanings, placement of ET tubes or anything else you may need to accomplish in practice.

    These gloves are perfect for anyone that handles small animals. From vets to pet owners these gloves offer protection and mobility that make them perfect for a wide range of uses.

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    “ArmOR hand gloves were instrumental in over 650 wildlife rescues in 2020,” says Ben Nuckolls, of California wildlife encounters. “These are absolutely the best gloves.”

    “ArmOR gloves are a ,” added Catena. “Due to their superior flexibility and dexterity, they are compatible with low-stress animal handling techniques that cannot be achieved with bulky “welders” gloves. These gloves provide the ultimate protection, cost savings and low-stress handling.”

    Founded in 2015 by veterinarian Laura Catena DVM, the Pittsburgh-based ArmOR Hand Glove Company is dedicated to changing the way we provide protection for ourselves while caring for animals. ArmOR Hand gloves offer protection, cost savings, safety, low-stress handling and they are professionally endorsed.

    For more information please visit the website at www.armorhandglove.com or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/armorhandglove; Instagram @dr.lauracatena

    Check out their YouTube Channel!  How To Trim Your Pet's Nails

    Disclosure:  The nice peeps at ArmOR Hand Glove Company sent me a complimentary The Procedure Palpation Glove, which I am donating to a local wildlife rescue group, Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre 

     

    [Author: The Pet Blog Lady]

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    Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:54:01 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Health Facebook Cats Dogs California Pets Rescue Wildlife Care Nails Gloves Pittsburgh Trim Veterinarian Rehabilitation The Pet Blog Lady Catena Ben Nuckolls ArmOR Hand Fear Free Laura Catena Laura Catena DVM ArmOR Hand Glove Company Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre
    Washington, D.C. Dog Catchers, 1924 https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/washington-dc-dog-catchers-1924.html
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    Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:53:51 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Washington Pets PBurns Terrierman
    The 50-Year Lie About Recycling https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/the-50-year-lie-about-recycling.html
    Almost everything you separate out to “recycle” actually goes to a landfill. It’s mostly a feel-good pantomime.
    Metal and glass *can* be recycled, but most of the stuff you set out on the curb isn’t, as it’s too expensive to sort and ship.
    What about paper and plastic?
    There’s a massive glut of paper, and no one can afford to sort and transport mixed paper. Clean office paper, industrial scrap, and corrugated boxes have a value and a market. The rest of the stuff? Not so much.
    Ditto with the dizzying variety of plastics, which have to be sorted by type to be of value and use.
    A huge amount of plastic composites, coated papers, etc., are completely unrecyclable, as are foam containers, foam packing, and plastic bags.
    Clean milk jugs and plastic soda bottles are the only sizeable recycled plastic streams and if your household trash has much of either one, your diet needs a serious check.
    How bad is it? Many city managers say it costs more to recycle most items than to send them to the landfill, and if recycling is mandated, fees will have to be imposed.   From: Terrierman's Daily Dose To order the book..

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    Guns, Guitars, and Groceries https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/guns-guitars-and-groceries.html
    Zebulon, North Carolina, 1939.
    This is a country song waiting to happen From: Terrierman's Daily Dose To order the book..

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    Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:53:50 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Pets Zebulon North Carolina PBurns Terrierman
    Navigating the Duck Weed https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/navigating-duck-weed.html



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    The Surveyor of Highways https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/the-surveyor-of-highways.html
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    Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:53:48 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Pets PBurns Terrierman
    Winter Is Behind Us (**I Think**) https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/winter-is-behind-us-i-think.html
    Hostas coming up gangbusters. Everything is springing up and leafing out. Buds are swelling, birds are singing, bees are buzzing. We are now in the “April showers bring May flowers” part of our regularly scheduled program. From: Terrierman's Daily Dose To order the book..

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    Mon, 12 Apr 2021 17:54:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Pets PBurns
    The Kennel Club Disease Formula https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/the-kennel-club-disease-formula.html
    Would you build a house on a rotten wooden foundation?
    That’s what the Kennel Clubs do with nearly every breed, starting out with a small pool of closely related dogs (often less than 30).
    An example: the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever who manages to hit the trifecta of nonsense histories:
    1. a vague job no longer done;
    2. a named location without any supporting paperwork or much evidence of the dog in use there today, and;
    3. a claimed ancient lineage without any evidence and late Kennel Club registration.
    Over at the “Institute of Canine Biology” they summarize the deep inbreeding within the Toller gene pool ( https://www.instituteofcaninebiology.org/more-details... ):

     

    Summary
    Here is what we will learn from the analysis of the data below: 1) The entire breed descends from about 20 founder dogs 2) The database of the breed contains more than 28,600 dogs (through 2010) 3) There was a surge in popularity beginning in the 1980s 4) Over the course of the breed's history, only a small fraction of the available dogs produced offspring 5) Inbreeding increased rapidly after 1960 and has remained higher than 25% 6) The effective population size of the current population is only 27 dogs 7) The population in 2010 had the genetic diversity of only 2.1 dogs (and it can only go down). On average, the animals in the breed are more closely related than full siblings
    Founders:  
    All Tollers today can trace their origin to 9 dogs, 6 of which were full siblings. These dogs produced 81 registered offspring, 30 of which were bred. One of the founder dogs produced two puppies that were never bred, so today's breed descends from only 4 original lines.
    And what’s the result?
    As Embrace Pet Insurance notes:
    Pet insurance for Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers costs more than for mixed breed dogs. This is because Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are more likely than mixed breed dogs to make claims for hereditary conditions that are expensive to treat.

    No kidding.   From: Terrierman's Daily Dose To order the book..

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    Look at the Size of This Thing https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/look-at-size-of-this-thing.html
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    An Important Message from the CDC https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/an-important-message-from-cdc.html
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    In Good Hands https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/in-good-hands.html From: Terrierman's Daily Dose To order the book..

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    Dogwood Planting https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/dogwood-planting.html
    Sprout coming up nicely.
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    Mon, 12 Apr 2021 17:54:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Pets PBurns Terrierman
    Fire Up the Fox News Crack Pipe https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/fire-up-fox-news-crack-pipe.html
    Americans look down their nose at the fraying ends of other cultures, with little reflection on our own. Some rural back-country Chinese folks eat bats?
    Huh. In parts of back-country America people fuck sheep when they’re not diddling their sister and handling rattlesnakes.
    You did not know?
    I assure you, it’s true.
    In America, we hunt and eat every kind of wild and domestic animal, including animals so similar to humans (pigs and cows) they are used as body part replacements (dental implants and heart valves) for living people.
    You did not know?
    Now you do.
    They eat snake in country XYZ?
    They eat snake in America too (as well as the giant lizards called alligators).
    They eat rat in country XYZ?
    We do too.
    We even have Muskrat beauty queens, Nutria festivals, and possum fries.
    You want to talk strange religions? Fine.
    In America, the main religion is based on a talking snake.
    Adherents are told they are mud people cursed by a mass-murdering god who sent his “son” to be murdered before he returned as a zombie.
    To show their fidelity to this story, practitioners of this faith wear a copy of the murder weapon of their messiah around their neck.
    It’s strange stuff, but Americans manage to bridge the gap by never reading.
    My father’s job was to explain America to the rest of the world — how a country that said “all men are created equal” could in fact be the same country that built its economy on slavery and institutionalized racism and sexism.
    Strange stuff.
    How do you explain that the country that tells the world it was “founded on the rule of law” somehow forgot to mention all the stolen lands and broken treaties?
    Do people not know that the “rule of law” (and supporting religious texts) made it legal to own slaves and disenfranchise women?
    And now we face a new spate of xenophobia because a foreign microbe has been unintentionally spread around the world?
    Huh.
    There’s a story that the Cherokee, Chippewa, Choctaw, Sioux, Navajo, and Hopi have heard before .... only this time, it seems, no smallpox blankets were involved.
    And what is the solution?
    Why, it’s not to rush out and provide free health care for all, is it?
    No.
    Instead the same politicians who only 18 months ago were demonizing Medicare For All as “socialist healthcare,” decided to push through a $7.5 trillion government bailout, mostly to benefit Wall Street and big corporations.
    Apparently socialism is needed to save capitalism, but it can’t be used to save *you*.
    Think most Americans have thought about any of this?
    Nope.
    We don’t read much.
    We don’t Google.
    Instead, we believe in American Exceptionalism, which appears to be one hell of a drug.
    Fire up the crack pipe; let’s see what’s on Fox News.
    Meanwhile, Joe Biden has taken a cue from Will Rogers, who first coined the term “trickle down economics” and did not think much of it.
    Back in 1933 Will Rogers (a Cherokee who might have had something to say about our current pandemic) wrote of Herbert Hoover’s economic failures while foreshadowing FDR’s success:
    “The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would trickle down to the needy.  
    “Mr. Hoover was an engineer. He knew that water trickles down. Put it uphill and let it go and it will reach the driest little spot.  
    “But he didn’t know that *money* trickled up. Give it to the people at the bottom and the people at the top will have it before night, anyhow. But it will at least have passed through the poor fellows hands.  
    “They saved the big banks, but the little ones went up the flue.”
    Bingo. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, of course, did the exact *opposite* of Hoover, and watered things on the bottom. In his first year in office FDR stabilized farm prices and created the Works Progress Administration to fund the building of roads, schools, bridges and parks.
    He created the National Labor Relations Act, which enshrined union rights in the workplace even as it outlawed wildcat strikes that could cripple the economy.
    FDR created Social Security, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Civilian Conservation Corps.
    He put in place the Civil Works Administration, the Farm Security Administration, and the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933.
    The result was that America’s economy roared back to life, just in time to save the world.
    Now Joe Biden is set to follow the FDR model with an infrastructure package that will not only fix and expand America’s failing roads, ports, railroads and bridges, but which will also prepare for a future based on electric vehicles and bike paths, lead-free drinking water, better school buildings, a much improved electrical grid, and an internet-connected nation.
    The economic and intellectual strength of the plan is such that Fox News has fallen back to attacking Coca Cola and Baseball. I have no doubt they will be attacking “big hot dog” and “foreign apple pies” within the week. Meanwhile Tucker Carlson, the “face” of the Fox News network, is openly saluting Nazi “replacement” ideology.
    And what of the leadership of the Republican party?
    They are trying to whistle past pedophilia, human trafficking, insurrection, rape, money laundering, and insider trading charges which are now heaping up like hurricane timber at high tide.
    My suggestion: set the whole damn thing on fire. Start again. There is nothing left to the Republican Party or Fox News that is worth saving.
    Of course, some will disagree. The Fox News crack pipe is serving up one helluva drug. From: Terrierman's Daily Dose To order the book..

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    Australian dogs poo the weight of the Sydney Harbour Bridge each month. Where should it go? https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/apr/11/australian-dogs-poo-the-weight-of-the-sydney-harbour-bridge-each-month-where-should-it-go Pathogenic and methane-producing, poo is the worst part of pet ownership. But in South Australia, a group of enterprising pet owners are piloting solutions

    I’ve always picked up my dog’s droppings with bittersweet feelings. There’s the gratification of doing the right thing, and the guilt for contributing to plastic waste. This was eased somewhat by using biodegradable bags, but there’s more work to be done.

    Animal Medicine Australia estimates there are . A single dog produces approximately 340 grams of waste per day. That means Australia’s dogs drop a mind-boggling weight in poo, 1734 tonnes – equivalent to nine empty jumbo jets every day, or a Sydney Harbour Bridge’s worth monthly.

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    Tim Dowling: is the dog-fox friendship sweet – or a bad omen? https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/apr/10/tim-dowling-is-the-dogs-friendship-with-the-fox-sweet-or-a-bad-omen The fox looks at me. ‘You have to go,’ I say. But it doesn’t move

    The dog is barking. I have no idea what time it is – I went to bed late and fell asleep abruptly – but, judging from the blackness on the other side of the window, I’m confident that if I were one of my neighbours, I’d be pissed off.

    I sit up in bed. The dog is still barking. My phone says it’s 3.30. I pick my trousers off the floor and pull them on, because there are no dangers or demons in this world I am prepared to meet trouserless.

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    L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control offers a waiver of late pet licensing fees, April 15-June 30 https://www.dailynews.com/2021/04/09/l-a-county-department-of-animal-care-and-control-offers-a-waiver-of-late-pet-licensing-fees-april-15-june-30/  

    After five years, Nestor Flores, of Arleta, reunites with his bulldog Leela after receiving a call that his microchipped dog had been found wandering the streets of Sylmar. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Pet owners in all unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County, and certain participating cities within the county, will get a break on late fees if they are renewing pet licenses and also for new licenses, from April 15 to June 30 thanks to Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.

    The department understands that some pet owners may have delayed renewing or purchasing a new pet license since their family’s income may have been affected by economic issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year.

    Pet owners who live in these participating cities in Los Angeles County may apply for a late fee waiver: Agoura Hills, Azusa, Carson, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Habra Heights, Maywood, Palmdale, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates and Walnut. A list of unincorporated areas in the county may be found here: bit.ly/3uNHwpt

    In addition, the department’s seven animal centers will offer a free microchip for non-microchipped pets licensed during the time period. Microchipping — establishing ownership and a great aid in reuniting a lost or stolen pet with their family — is required in all unincorporated areas and also in many cities in Los Angeles County.

    The seven centers are in Agoura (29525 Agoura Road, (818) 991-0071), Baldwin Park (4275 N. Elton St., (626) 962-3577), Carson/Gardena (216 W. Victoria St., Gardena, (310) 523-9566), Castaic (31044 N. Charlie Canyon Road, (661) 257-3191), Downey (11258 S. Garfield Ave., (562) 940-6898), Lancaster (5210 W. Ave. I, (661) 940-4191) and Palmdale (38550 Sierra Highway, (661) 575-2888).

    Centers are open by appointment only. Click on the Animal Care Centers tab to find each center’s email for appointments: animalcare.lacounty.gov/#

    Access pet licensing records: animalcare.lacounty.gov/

    Questions about licensing, (562) 345-0400 or send an email to licensing@animalcare.lacounty.gov

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    The Best National Pet Day Deals 2021 https://www.petbloglady.com/2021/04/the-best-national-pet-day-deals-2021.html Petdealscover

    (Happiness is shopping for your pet!  Thank you, Sara, for providing us with the deals for National Pet Day!)

    By: Sara Skirboll , Shopping & Trends Expert at RetailMeNot

     

    Amazon : Check out the latest daily sales on Amazon’s Pet Supplies Top Deals page, and jump on the 40%-off Subscribe & Save promotion on a selection of Amazon Wag’s dog treats and food for first-time orders.

    BarkBox : They will send you a double first box for free with a multi-month subscription.

    Chewy.com : This popular pets destination is releasing tons of sales during the month of April. Check out Today’s Deals for the top daily deals to shop. This includes a BOGO for toys and grooming products, saving son flea, tick and heartworm treatments and medicines and more.

    GoodBoy : This site offers personalized supplements for your dog and is giving first-time customers a 15%-off discount when signing up for your pup’s personalized daily plan.

    HealthyPets : They have tons of treats and toys on clearance, plus free shipping on order of $49+!

    KitNipBox : Enter your email to get 15% off your first KitNipBox .

     

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    Petco : Get 10% off when you buy online and pick up curbside, plus buy any two toys, crates, collars or treats, you can get one free.

    Petmate.com : Get free shipping on orders of $49 or more and 20% off sitewide .

    PetSmart : If you buy online and opt for curbside pickup, you can get same-day delivery via DoorDash on top pet products with bonus discounts bundled in .

    Pet Supermarket : Get 30% off your first order with AutoShip, just use this exclusive promo code .

    PetSupplies.com : They are offering up to 55% off dog beds and 15% off toys and tunnels.

    Value Pet Supplies : Head over to their website to find tons of dog food and supplies on clearance.

    Wild One : Save $20 by purchasing Wild One’s bundle walk kits (with a leash, harness and poop bag carrier), which are on sale for $98. Shipping is free on purchases over $50. Enter you email for 10% off and a chance to win a $100 gift card.

     

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    Here Since the Beginning https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/here-since-beginning.html
    A Civil War battlefield groundhog at Antietam.
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    Wee Wolves Among the Bluebells https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2021/04/wee-wolves-among-bluebells.html From: Terrierman's Daily Dose To order the book..

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