Thursday, June 24, 2010

Willowick Police Dog

Officer Hirz and Recon the dog of the Willowick Police Department.

Recon has been trained as a dual purpose dog, Patrol and Narcotics Detection. Recon’s specialty training includes obedience, aggression/control, tracking, area search, article search, building search, and narcotics detection. Recon is the first K9 in the history of the Willowick Police Department.

Police Dogs

Here is two very fine officers. Both fully trained to protect.

Police Dogs are truly special animals.
To see them work is amazing, they listen to their handler at all times.
You don't want to get on the wrong side of this dog, he will do what he needs to do to stop a suspect clean in his tracks.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Yorkie mix

Some little dogs are just to cute.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Man Finds $58 Crumpled in Dog Poop, Returns it to Rightful Owner

A great human interest story about a very honest man.

DoodyCalls worker Steve Wilson probably never imagined scooping poop would be such a "green" job...

You never know what you’ll find when scooping dog poop. Steve Wilson, who works for Doody Calls Pet Waste Removal System, in St. Louis, recently saw something odd sticking out of a pile of poop from one of the pooches he scoops up after. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be money — quite literally cold, hard cash by the time he got to it, most likely. It was packed into the poop pretty well, but he managed to extricate it (I don’t even want to imagine this), sanitize it (ditto), count it — $58! — and give it back to the owner of the money-hungry dog, in a zipped plastic bag.

An AP story says some of the money was torn, but that the serial numbers were visible, so the owner can exchange it for better-looking (and smelling) bucks at the bank. (And now you know why your mom used to tell you to wash your hands after handling money.)

According to AP, the Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists says Wilson is the first person in his profession to find and report money in dog poop.

I imagine that some professional poop scoopers who find money would not hesitate to pocket it, at least after cleaning it. But Steve Wilson is one honest fellow. In fact, don’t you think Wall Street could use someone like him? If any firm is looking for an honest employee who doesn’t mind digging into messy money issues, Wilson is your man. (If you can overlook the money laundering…)
Story posted on Dogster -
If you see Steve give him a big congratulations for doing the right thing.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Natural Balance Dry Dog Food Recall

Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food recall. Best by date of June 17, 2011.

PACOIMA, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., of Pacoima, CA, announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, in 5-lb. and 28-lb. bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which a product sample with a "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, had a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product was originally manufactured on December 17, 2009, and is the only Natural Balance product being recalled.

Salmonella can affect animals and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. This product was manufactured on December 17, 2009.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Recalled products were only distributed in pet specialty stores in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The only product affected by the recall is the Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, product information as follows: Consumers who have purchased Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog formula with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. A separate letter and instructions will be forwarded to all relevant Natural Balance customers. For additional information, please contact Natural Balance Pet Foods Customer Service at (800) 829-4493 (8am – 5pm, PDT) or by visiting

The Natural Balance website provides a letter from President Joey Herrick; click here to read.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dogs that eat to fast

Digestion starts in the mouth with the saliva.
Fast eating decreases the effect of saliva. There are new food dishes that
have columns build into them. You pour in the food and your dog has to eat
around the columns. It slows down the dog. You can also use big rocks, no
jagged edges, cleaned and disinfected. Get a large dish or baking pan and
add 3 rocks. Same principal, your dog will have to eat around it.

Kibble doesn’t really clean the teeth. The dental cookies will. Also
something to chew. A chew toy, one of our pork hide bones. The more saliva
produced from chewing the better the teeth and gums.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Causes of obesity in Dogs & what to do about it

Studies show that one third of Americans are so overweight they are considered obese, but is this a problem among our beloved pets? The answer is yes! Although a little bit of extra weight on our pets may make them a little more cuddly or cute, it actually is detrimental to their health.

What are Some of the Major Causes of obesity?
• Overeating
• Lack of exercise
• Hormonal problems
• Improper feeding (such as leaving food down all day)
• Slowing down of metabolism (especially in older dogs)

We all know that food plays a major role in the overall weight of humans as well as animals, but the question is:

What should Pet Food Contain?
Just like humans, the amount of calories found in the food consumed, produces an increase or decrease in weight. Because an animal is fed the same food everyday unlike humans, it is vital to their health that each calorie be used to its best advantage. Many pet foods on the market today use fillers in their food which include empty calories that add to the weight of our pets. When looking for the meal your animal should eat every day be sure it is a food with calories that contain ample amounts of protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

How Can I Determine whether my Pet is Overweight?
An examination of your pet should be done regularly to check for obesity.

* Easy to feel ribs without excess fat VS. Difficult to feel ribs with excess fat.
* Viewed from the side, belly is tucked up VS. Viewed from the side, there is minimal to no tuck.
* Viewed from above, a noticeable waist in front of the hips VS. Viewed from above, no waist in front of the hips.

What to do if your Pet is Obese?
The first thing you should do is to see your veterinarian. This will rule out any health conditions and help you see that you find an accurate ideal weight. You will then need to find a weight loss pet food which has all the proper nutrients.
Our company offers a wonderful balanced weight loss formula for overweight pets, but still has all the needed nutrition.
Think fetch instead of treats and take more frequent walks. Treats that would not put on the extra weight would be things like carrots, ice cubes, or Life’s Abundance Wholesome Hearts Treats.
You should start seeing the weight come off in matter of a couple of weeks. Continue to monitor them, and they will be on their way to living a happy healthy life.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

“Ask Dr. Jane” conference call

Conference Call Reminder
Wednesday, June 16th at 8:30 p.m. EST

As you may have read in last month’s post to the Blog, vitamin E provides much-needed nutrition to our companion animals. In tomorrow night’s “Ask Dr. Jane” conference call, our very own pet product formulator will further discuss the unique nutritional advantages that this supplement offers.

We encourage you to join Dr. Jane tomorrow night, for what promises to be a call full of vital information.

We look forward to your participation tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. EST!
New Conference Call System
Please follow the instructions below to participate:

We are happy to announce a new conference call system that gives you the choice to participate in the calls by phone or online. This new system is not only flexible, but it could even save you money! Here's how it works:

Each announcement email will contain a unique conference call link. Click on the link a few minutes before the scheduled call. (If you click on it more than one hour before the call, you will simply get a reminder of when the upcoming call will take place.) The link will open a web page that says "Click here to listen in". When clicked, you will have the option to "Listen Live via Web" or "Listen Live via Phone", as noted below:

•If you choose "Listen Live via Phone", you have two options:
•You can use this general conference call number and ID: (561) 515-1695 and 224012#
•Or, you can dial one of the local phone numbers. On the "Listen Live via Phone" web page, click on the link that says "local dial-in numbers". If you find an appropriate local number, then you may not have to pay long distance charges. Use ID 224012# with local call numbers.

•If you choose "Listen Live via Web", keep the following in mind:
•There are no phone charges.
•This is basically a broadcast option since you will not have the ability to speak. The only way to comment or ask a question is by typing into a instant-message box.

Click for more information about participating in this call.
Please remember, Dr. Jane cannot legally advocate any treatment by phone or by email. We ask that you please refrain from asking Dr. Jane any diagnostic questions. If you have condition-specific questions about companion animals, either real or hypothetical, we strongly urge you to seek the medical advice and attention of your veterinarian.
National field rep Susan Potts, CPG
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

EXTREME POODLES, a TLC network Special

EXTREME POODLES, a TLC network Special about Creative Grooming and Barkleigh grooming events, will be featured this Sunday evening on TLC network at 9/8c, June 13th. This Special was filmed at the 2010 Groom & Kennel Expo in Pasadena California.

"We are very excited about EXTREME POODLES," says Sally Liddick, owner of Barkleigh Productions and publisher of Groomer to Groomer magazine, “It is a high quality production, and puts professional pet grooming in a positive light, and shares the joy that groomers have in their pets and those of their clients.”

When visiting Spotts Grooming ask about adding a little color to your dog.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

P&G Recalls Iams canned cat foods

P&G Recalls Specific Canned Cat Foods Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

CINCINNATI, June 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE: PG) is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Iams canned cat food in North America as a precautionary measure. Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats. Cats that were fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency.

The following Iams canned cat foods are included:

Product Name
Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food – all varieties of 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans

Date on Bottom of Can
09/2011 to 06/2012

This recall is limited to only Iams canned cat food distributed in North America. No other Iams pet food is involved.

Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

Consumers who have purchased canned cat food with these codes should discard it. For further information or a product refund, call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8826 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST).

Source: PR Newswire

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pippin of Pipschoice featuring Life's Abundance

Here he is, Pippin the spokes dog of Pipschoice featuring all natural Life's Abundance pet food.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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