Wednesday, February 23, 2011

25 Abused Lions from Bolivia arrive in Colorado

This is a great story. Two animal loving celebrities joined forces to help rescue these 25 abused circus lions from Bolivia. Bob Barker and Jorja Fox arranged to help move these lions from a hellish condition. Bolivia has now passed legislation against keeping animals in containment in such conditions as this. The United States needs to pass legislation such as this. A good example of this is Billy the elephant in the LA zoo. He is all alone in concrete confine. This is true testament to what we can do to help animals in horrific situations. Kudos to Bob Barker and Jorja Fox!

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P. SOLOMON BANDA,Associated Press
DENVER (AP) - Twenty-five lions, most of them rescued from Bolivian circuses, began their new lives at a Colorado wildlife sanctuary on Thursday, pouncing in large, fenced areas and enjoying the feel of grass on their backs.
The 14 males and 11 females were flown into Denver International Airport on Wednesday afternoon and trucked to the Wildlife Sanctuary in Keenesburg, about 35 miles northeast of Denver.
On Thursday, Denver's KUSA-TV showed lion cubs roughhousing in the background as their mother looked toward the camera, relaxing behind the fence. Other lions, accustomed to being confined to small cages, sprawled on their backs, with their arms and legs in the air like the family dog.
The animals were rescued from deplorable conditions after a law was passed last year in Bolivia prohibiting all performances involving animals, Animal Defenders International said. Most of the lions were dehydrated and suffered from eye and foot infections when rescued, the group has said. David Kopp, chief of wildlife in protected areas in Bolivia's environment ministry, said 24 lions were rescued from circuses, while another former circus lion was saved from a zoo that was being closed down.
The rescue leaves Bolivia with three lions, which are in accredited zoos, he said.
When the lions landed at Denver's airport, the jetliner pulled into a maintenance hangar and police officers armed with assault rifles stood by as a precaution.
Former game show host Bob Barker and actress Jorja Fox of CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," the group's ambassador, were on hand to welcome the airlift, dubbed Operation Lion Ark. Barker, who helped finance the $200,000 effort, said he was excited to see the animals headed to a sanctuary where they will have room to roam.
"They will be the happiest little babies you ever met," he told reporters.
Barker said he hopes someday no circuses will have animal acts.
As the first caged animal was moved off the plane, Barker yelled, "Lion No. 1, come on down," mimicking the way contestants were introduced on "The Price is Right."
While three cubs were in one cage with their mother, the rest traveled in their own cages, accompanied by a veterinarian. Before leaving Santa Cruz, Bolivia, they were given sleep medication.
A 15,000-square-foot biosphere has been built at the sanctuary to help them adjust to Colorado's chillier climate. Once they do, the big cats will be able to roam around 80 acres at the sanctuary, home to about 270 wild animals, including other lions, tigers, bears and wolves.
Associated Press writer Sheila V Kumar contributed to this

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Larry the Cat-Chief mouser in London

Larry the cat is installed as Downing Street Chief Mouser
The latest holder of the post of Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office was installed when Larry the cat moved into No 10. February 21, 2011, 3:15pm
LONDON (Reuters) – Downing Street has a new occupant – a street-smart character with a license to kill.
Larry the cat has been brought in to the Prime Minister's official residence to clean up a gang of rats who have been openly parading in front of the TV cameras.
He had lately been living at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home after having been taken in as a stray.
He was recruited on Tuesday specifically for catching rats, but Prime Minister David Cameron's young children are believed to have been in favor of seeing him move in.
Larry will be looked after by Downing Street staff, who helped choose him, and will have the run of most of the offices and official rooms as well as the garden.
Battersea said Larry showed all the signs of the hunter instinct needed for seeing off rats as well as the right qualities in coping with the demands of daily life at Number 10.
"He's quite independent and has bags of character," it said in a statement. "I can definitely see Larry holding his own at Downing Street."
The BBC has shown footage of rats scuttling down the London street as correspondents reported live on camera.
Downing Street had asked for a cat that was happy meeting new people, but had few other requirements, the shelter said.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Nina Ottosson Dog Toys on Sale

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

EFAs for Dogs - Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids control many systems in your pet mainly the immune system and inflammatory response. They form healthy cell membranes for your pets' nervous system, adrenals, thyroid, skin, nails and hair. They build strong muscle mass, bones and teeth. They keep your dogs mucous membranes lubricated. Literally, these acids are the building blocks of all cell membranes. Essential fatty acids are only obtained through dietary intake and this dietary fat is very important as an energy source.
There are three main groups of acids- contained in the omega 3 chain- Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega 3 fatty acids cannot be synthesized in the body, thus must be supplemented in your pet's diet. Making sure your pet receives their essential fatty acids is all dependent on what you feed them. It is important to feed a very well-balanced food. Some low-fat dry foods may be lacking the necessary EFAs. Other factors such as certain diseases can impair absorption also. Diseases of the pancreas and liver, especially may cause impaired fat absorption resulting in impaired bodily utilization of these acids. Sources for omega 3 fatty acids are from plants and cold water fish.
The plant sources contain the ALA fatty acids, but flax seed oil is not assimilated or digested well in our pets, since the ALA must be converted to DHA and EPA to be of benefit. The best sources for omega 3 fatty acids is from cold water fish oils such as salmon, halibut, herring, cod and sardine. These contain DHA and EPA. DHA and EPA are the precursors to eicosanoids. Eicosanoids are formed by body tissues during self-healing responses to stimuli. These hormone- like substances act as natural anti-inflammatory agents.
Why are omega 3 fatty acids important as a nutritional supplement for dogs?
Originally the omega 3 fatty acids were known to help with a more lustrous, shiny coat for your pet. Now, researchers are finding that the addition of omega 3 fatty acids help with many other conditions such as allergies, auto-immune conditions, arthritis, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and rheumatoid arthritis.
Other new conditions are seeing the benefits of the addition of omega 3 fatty acids also.
Pets with cancer may benefit from fish oil supplements. They have been shown to slow the development and metastasis of certain cancers. Heart problems such as ventricular arrhythmia have been prevented and high blood pressure has been reduced by adding fish oil supplements to their diet.
It has been found that in addition to the effects on the developing immune system, that these fatty acids are also necessary for the development of healthy retinas and visual cortexes.
Yeast infections are also being treated with fish oil. The EFAs seem to slow down the growth of Malassezia pachydermatitis, which isa common yeast infection that is affects the skin and ears of dogs and cats.
Animal Essentials Ocean Omega Supreme - is a super premium quality fish oil supplement that is made from ethically wild-harvested Alaskan salmon and whole body Menhaden fish. This highest quality fish oil is tested for purity; analyzed for heavy metals and other known pollutants. This supplement is made in the USA. It replenishes the EFAs that are vital to the everyday health of your pet.
Animal Essentials Fish Oil Plus provides a well-balanced mix of EFAs. The fish shaped gel caps are derived from wild-caught sardines, mackerel and anchovies.These smaller cold water fish have lower levels of PCBs, mercury and other contaminants than larger predatory fish like salmon. These smaller fish are naturally high in levels of EPA/DHA than salmon oil. EFAs are necessary for healthy skin and coat, plus they help to regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol and build strong joint tissue. EFAs are beneficial for the skin and coat, heart and joints. Also, Omega 3 helps to regulate inflammation in the body. Plus, your dog will also have a better tolerance to flea bites and other allergens.
Another great source is Grizzly salmon oil. Grizzly salmon oil provides a wide range of omega-3, including the long chain omega 3s, EPA and DHA.
As our pets age, they face increased risk of heart disease, arthritis, loss of skin and hair coat shine, and a general overall lack of vim and vigor. By supplementing your dog's diet with these EFAs- omega 3 fatty acids you will help to rebuild those systems in your best friends body.
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Today, February 15th- Mickey's Pet Supplies will be donating 10% off all their sales to Paws For Life Rescue Organization today January 18th.!/ to help benefit a wonderful rescue group- We will doing ourdonation on every other Tuesday, beginnning January 18th.
Paws for Life Rescue and Adoption (PFL) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit animal welfare organization run by a group of hard-working, dedicated volunteers. PFL rescues homeless, neglected, abused and abandoned dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. PFL uses a network of loving foster care homes where animals stay until their forever homes are found.The organization’s mission is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. PFL believes in matching animals and families to find the right fit for everyone, promising to exhaust all efforts to place adoptable pets in lifelong, loving homes. PFL’s goal is to find the best homes possible for the homeless pets in our care.The organization focuses on humane legislation and education initiatives to permanently improve the lives, safety and future for companion animals in Michigan and surrounding areas.PFL has no paid staff and receives no government support. Every penny donated goes directly to the animals in our care, paying vet bills and purchasing needed supplies.In addition to rescue, PFL devotes resources to numerous local and national humane campaigns, such as End Dogfighting, Feral Cat TNR and Stopping Puppy Mills, as well as participation in community and National Disaster Animal Response Teams.So tell your friends and family and help support animals in need. They are always in need of funds to help treat neglected, abused and homeless animals.Shop every other Tuesday and 10% of all our profits will be sent to Paws for Life.Take a look at the wonderful adoptable cats and dogs on Petfinder from PFL

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Special- Pet Supplies

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Mickey's Pet Supplies is happy to announce that they now carry Sojos dog food and treats.

If you are looking for a balanced, high quality dog food Sojos has it.

Our customers are amazed with the fantastic results of feeding their dogs this raw dog food.

Your dog will have a healthier immune system, balanced weight, clearing up of allergies, fresh breath, increased energy and a healthy coat and skin.

Simply combine with water to make a great tasting homemade dog food.

This dog food is made with USDA freeze-dried raw meat (turkey or beef) and all natural ingredients.

They are also Grain-Free, which is great for dogs that have allergies or sensitivies to grains.

There are no fillers, no preservatives, no artificial colors. They only use wholesome and all-natural human quality ingredients.

Sojos dog food may look expensive, but when you compare that the 8 lb. bag actually makes 40 pounds of dog food, it is actually a great value.

Making this dog food only takes a few minutes and smell wonderfully fresh and tasty.

Our dog doesn't want to give up her bowl when she finishes her food.

Ask about our free samples. We will be happy to send you some.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cats and counters- How to keep them off

Repost of article by Gary Bogue
By Gary Bogue Contra Costa Times
Posted: 02/04/2011 01:00:00 AM PST
Cats vs. counters
On Friday I wrote about how to keep cats off the kitchen counters. Today, some of you have responded with your own ideas:
I resolved that problem by leaving strips, piles and balls of crinkly-sounding aluminum foil in all the spots where the cats would land when they jumped up on the counter. Cats, at least MY cats, hate crinkly-sounding aluminum foil.
Only had to leave the foil lying around for a couple of days and they stopped jumping on the counters. I keep it stashed in the hall closet, in case one of them starts feeling adventurous.

Here is a trick to make cats think twice about jumping on counter tops or furniture. Carefully set mousetraps upside-down on the forbidden surface. When the cat jumps up, the trap is harmlessly sprung. It leaves an impression on the flustered feline. (Zac in Alameda) (Once you set the upside-down traps on top of the counter, lay sheets of paper over the tops of the traps. It makes a lot more noise and also makes sure nobody's toes get caught in the bouncing traps. /Gary)
I kept a spray bottle full of water handy and spritzed our kitten with it whenever he got up on the counters. He had gotten to the point where he'd jump off as soon as he saw the bottle, and eventually gave up (at least when I was home), but now he is returning to his old ways, so the bottle is out again. (Joyce, San Ramon)
My method to stop my precious Siamese from jumping on my counter, newly refinished ebony piano and suede chair, and scratching on my office chair was to cover the surface with plastic bags. I put a plastic bag over the back of the office chair and used plastic wrap to cover the area on the piano and counter where she jumped up and
on the back of the suede chair where she scratched. She tried the area out once and never tried again. I don't know why it worked and I don't know where I got the idea but it worked for me. It looks pretty stupid but I only had to keep the plastic up for a short time. Worth a try. Good luck. (Paula L., cyberspace)
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dangers of antifreeze for pets

With winter in full force we thought we would talk about poisining by antifreeze.
Antifreeze is a common freeze preventative used in car engines. Its sweet scent and taste is appetizing to dogs and cats, who will drink the liquid if left unattended. Antifreeze is extremely toxic and causes kidney failure; even a small amount can be fatal to a pet in just a few days.
As little as two ounces of conventional antifreeze can kill a dog and only one teaspoon is enough to poison a cat. Toxicologists report that EG antifreeze, once inside the body, is changed into a crystalline acid which attacks the kidneys.
Treatment for this condition is dependent on how early the pet is seen after ingestion, but may include inducing vomiting, inserting charcoal in the stomach to bind antifreeze in the intestine, kidney dialysis, and even kidney transplantation.
Unfortunately, the kidney damage caused by anti-freeze is severe and permanent.
So, keep both new and used antifreeze in sealed containers, out of reach of pets. Clean up any spills of antifreeze on driveways and other surfaces. Keep pets confined when changing or working with antifreeze. Consider the use of alternative antifreeze products that are less toxic to pets. One company that we found is called Sierra Antifreeze. It is propylene glycol based and can be used for most winterizing needs. It is certainly less toxic than traditional antifreeze. But, the ASPCA says that any antifreeze is not truly non-toxic. Both propylene glycol and methyl alcohol have the potential to cause gastrointestinal irritation, central nervous system depression, and even death from respiratory failure in severe cases. No matter what the type of antifreeze you use, remember to keep your unused product away from pets.

If you suspect that your pet has drank anti-freeze, please rush them to the veterinary clinic immediately for treatment.

Signs of ingestion are:

  • Depression·
  • Staggering·
  • Vomiting·
  • Seizures·
  • Extreme Thirst·
  • Abdominal Sensitivity

Treatment for antifreeze poisoning needs to begin as soon after ingestion as possible to be effective.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Nina Ottosson Dog Toys 15% off

Happy Blizzard!

In celebration of being cooped up inside, we are offering 15% off all Nina Ottosson dog puzzle toys.

Great deal, especially when you combine 2 puzzle toys and get FREE SHIPPING.
We ship for free on your order of $75.

You will find the Dog Magic, Dog Spinny, Dog Brick, Dog Twister, Dog Tornado, Dog Casino and Dog Finder as well as the Dog Pyramid treat dispenser.

Use Coupon Code NINA15 at checkout. This expires February 7th.
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