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As the California fires continue to burn, two deaths have already been reported and more than three dozen have been injured including 18 firefighters. 

President Bush has declared a state of emergency for much of California and authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief.

So, what are California pet owners doing to keep their pets safe?  And how can pet owners everywhere prepare for future natural disasters? 

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From USA Today , an article citing several examples of dogs recently imported into the United States carrying rabies, explains the Center for Disease Control’s concerns about bringing stray dogs into the country and placing them up for adoption.

Importing dogs has been happening for years and has even led to agencies in Southern California to create the Border Puppy Task Force after they saw approximately 10,000 puppies over a span of one year being brought across the border from Mexico.

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Ben Roethlisberger is not only a football hero for the die hard fans of Pittsburgh, but he also has a genuine respect and admiration for animals. 

In 2006, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributed its first grant to help the Police Department in Roethlisberger’s hometown of Findlay, Ohio  replace their service dog, Flip, who was tragically shot and killed.

The grant also purchased a K-9 ballistic vest for the Findlay Ohio Police Department, and in 2007 the foundation will disperse additional grants to support or purchase service dogs and vests that assist police and fire departments in cities where Roethlisberger’s team will play throughout the season. 

These cities will include:

Cleveland, OH
Phoenix, AZ
Denver, CO
Cincinnati, OH
New York, NY/New Jersey
Boston, MA
St. Louis, MO
Baltimore, MD

A Steeler fan or not, that’s something we all should admire!

After recently losing my 11 year old Rottweiler, Brook, to cancer I found this article interesting and informative to share.    Brook’s abdominal cancer came as a great surprise, and very fast.  In about 6 weeks, we lost her.  

 MSNBC reports today about Tails of Hope Foundation, Inc. (“Tails of Hope”) a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the field of veterinary medicine and helping to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases affecting companion animals.  

As in human cancer, detection is the first step to recovery. Knowing what to look for could save your companion animal’s life. including what to look for and what to expect if your pet is diagnosed with cancer. 

The full article describes what to look for as common signs of cancer in your pet, and what to expect if you pet is diagnosed with cancer.    Thankfully there are organizations out there like Tails of Hope that can help with the research, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in our beloved pets. 

I miss you, big girl!

The rescue organization Mutts and Moms has taken back a dog recently adopted by Ellen DeGeneres and her partner Portia De Rossi, because DeGeneres gave the dog to her hairdresser’s family.  From Ellen’s website, she explains: 

“Here’s what happened. I love animals. I love animals. I rescue them and I’ve adopted so many animals and found so many animals homes over the years. On September 20, I adopted a dog from a rescue organization here in the area. I got it neutered, I got it trained and I paid my vet extra money to take it home to sleep in the bed with him at night instead of a cage. I spent $3000 on this puppy to acclimate it, to train it to be with our cats. It was just too much energy and too rambunctious. “

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SPECIAL NOTE:  Please remember to check our special lost pets section of Your Pet Friendly Community.  We have recently had an increase in reports of lost and even found pets and we want to do everything possible to help return lost pets to their worried owners.  It just takes a minute of your time, and you could help save a lost pet.  Thanks for doing your part! 

With help from a new book, dog owners can learn to respond immediately to injuries and illnesses affecting their pets.  By Stuart Hales, Content Manager, RedCross.org

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 — The instructions sound familiar—tilt the head back, pull the tongue between the teeth, and use your finger to check for and remove any foreign material or vomit from the mouth.

The warning, on the other hand, takes you by surprise—do not place your finger inside the mouth of a conscious victim or you may be bitten.

Bitten? Yes—if the victim is a dog.

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Cesar Millan posts a few tips on Yahoo Pets about how to choose the best kennel for your pet if you are traveling and can’t bring your pet along.   When leaving your pet in the hands of another person, such as a pet sitter or boarding kennel, it is important to visit the facility, ask questions, get a tour, and get recommendations from friends and neighbors.  And as Cesar points out:

Above all, trust your instincts. If something just doesn’t feel right, find another venue. You always want to leave your pet in a place where you feel confident about her safety and comfort. Remember, your pet can’t call you on the pay phone and complain if she’s not happy. She’s counting on you and your knowledge of her needs to make the right decision.

You can read the full story here.

Thank you,  Dogster for bringing to our attention a new website, www.DogsinDanger.com,  a nonprofit national shelter outreach program at the forefront of a grassroots movement trying to help shelters save the lives of millions of innocent dogs.

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A Pet Animal Protection Act proposal has been presented for review, and hopefully to be placed on the November 2008 ballot, to help protect shelter pets in California. 

From PetConnection’s blog, a summary of the proposal’s goal is that: 

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Meet Lana, a Pet Realty Network Member in Rhode Island. 

Now meet Lana’s two pugs – Olivia 3 yrs old, very serious and independent, and Kellee, 20 months, (loves her mom), a little clown, smiles, laughs, plays, and teases Olivia daily.

 

Both dogs love long walks at the park and socializing with their dog park friends. They are very intelligent, and Lana has been following Ceasar the guru of dog training, who teaches discipline, exercise, and affection.  Lana is “over the moon about my pugs!”  and also very passionate about her clients and their needs.  

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Columbus, OH – Join The Capital Area Humane Society, a participating shelter of The Pet Realty Network’s Lucky Day Campaign, at Easton for the 9th annual Halloween Pet Parade on Sunday, October 28 from 1pm-3pm, for a fun filled afternoon of scary ghosts, brawny superheroes and even pretty princesses, as they parade around the Town Square of Easton Town Center and compete to win fabulous prizes.

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