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In memory of her late dog Sophie, Oprah Winfrey will dedicate an upcoming show to her dearly beloved pet who recently died at 13 years old of kidney failure.

Although Sophie as well as Oprah’s other 2 dogs were not products of puppy mills, and were instead purchased from breeders, Oprah’s recent investigation into puppy mills has made her a “changed woman” as she pledges that her next dog will certainly come from a pet shelter.

You can read more about this story here.

When a mortar attack recently killed 20-year-old Marine Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee in Fallujah and injured his bomb sniffing dog, partner, and best friend Lex, the strong bond between soldiers compelled the slain Marine’s family to adopt the 8-year-old German Shepherd even though he was still required to serve for two more years.   But with a little help from an Internet petition and a North Carolina congressman, the Marine Corps finally announced Lex could go home to Lee’s family. 

Read the full story here.

The small town of Hillsville, VA was recently declared a disaster area, requiring the help from the Red Cross, because of Horton’s Pups, a mass breeding farm otherwise known as a puppy mill in Hillsville, near Roanoke.

In November, after a 5 month investigation by the Humane Society of the United States, Carroll County Virgina found itself with 1,080 dogs — topping 1,100 after a few new births over the following days.   Over a dozen animal rescue agencies, from Virginia to Florida, agreed to care for and help adopt the dogs to new loving homes.

The Humane Society more conservatively estimates that, each year, 2 million to 4 million new pets are the products of puppy mills, most of them in eight states: Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The society’s investigation in Virginia uncovered hundreds of substandard operations, leading it to warn that Virginia was likely to join the list of the worst offenders.

  read the full story here.

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s WOODTV.com brings us a much needed heartwarming story for one cold, stranded puppy.   24 Hour News 8 photojournalist Bilal Kurdi uses his camera’s lights to shine down into a deep, muddy hole where a puppy was stuck — then crawled in to get the shivering dachsund.  read the full story here.

This young puppy was suspected to have been living off of scraps in the cold for days. The Ionia County Animal Shelter in Michigan said they will hold onto the puppy for about five days to give the owners a chance to claim it.  After that, it will be up for adoption.

From a study by The University of California, Davis it has been found that two chemicals that were present in recalled pet food during spring 2007 are relatively harmless on their own but, if combined, create a deadly mix when consumed by cats.

“The results of this study demonstrate that a single oral exposure of cats to melamine and cyanuric acid can result in acute kidney failure”

Read the full Press Release here.

Celebrities keep pets “cool” with proceeds benefiting the ASPCA.   A Press Release from ASPCA.com tells you more about Komfort Pets, the company who brought the first ever climate-controlled pet carrier, and their plans to auction off a celebrity signed pet carrier on eBay.     Read the rest of this entry »

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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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!

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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Thanks to the Hartford Courant for keeping us updated about this breaking story

The Bravo pet food company is recalling  some of its poultry products for dogs and cats
because of possible contaminated with salmonella and listeria monocytogenes.   The products in question are Bravo Original Formula Chicken Blend, Bravo Basic Formula Finely Ground Chicken, and Bravo Original Formula Turkey Blend.

The state Department of Agriculture, the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are working with Bravo to make sure all contaminated products are returned and destroyed, officials said.   Pet owners should return the unopened, frozen tubes of food to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

For more information please visit http://www.bravorawdiet.com/recallinfo.html

A few weeks ago,  we told you about how pets can become depressed during this time of year when kids are returning back to school, or going away to college.    Today, MSNBC’s Kim Campbell Thornton also tells us about Dog’s Back to School Blues, and offers some tips and advice about how to help your pet’s deal with your children returning to school. 

USA WEEKEND gives some advice if thinking of flying with your pets:

  • Consult with your vet to assess your pet’s ability to travel, based on his age and health.
  • All of your pet’s vaccinations should be up to date, and you should plan to travel with current health and rabies certificates issued within 10 days of your trip. These documents may be required for air travel and can be useful in the event that your pet needs medical attention on the road.

Follow this link for the full article, and to read more tips!

A “life coach for dogs” is what Oprah Winfrey calls her.  And other celebrities like Kelly Ripa, Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox, Nicollette Sheridan, Owen Wilson also trust in her expertise to help with their canine questions.

Who is she?  Celebrity dog trainer Tamar Geller (www.tamargeller.com) and she will read from and sign copies of her new book, “The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior”  7:30 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble at the Galleria, 3225 W. 69th St., Edina, Minnesota.   

Thanks to Twincities.com for this information.

According to a recent AOL news article and with a little help from Bankrate.com, they are reporting the two most common online pet scams are the Nigerian puppy scam and the Designer-mutt scam.  Consumers have lost hundreds to thousands of dollars on these scams when purchasing a puppy online, not to mention the emotional turmoil. 

Please read more about these, and other online pet scams so you can be informed, if you are considering purchasing a puppy online! 

Anyone who has ever dealt with a dying pet understands.  Which is why The Argus Institute  created a special Pet Hospice program, helping people deal with saying goodbye in a special way.  

The institute, associated with Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, is named after Greek hero Odysseus’ loyal dog, and was founded in 1984 on the notion that humans, just as they mourn relatives, mourn their pets.

In a Denver Post article, Gail Bishop, the Argus Institute’s clinical coordinator explains:    

“Losing an animal that loves and adores us and can’t wait to see us when we come through the door – we all had that love and acceptance when we were born, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to get that back. An animal brings extraordinary value to our lives.”

READ THE FULL DENVER POST ARTICLE NOW. 

Althought not on their official recall list, Wal-Mart quietly pulled Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading from their shelves on July 26th after customers said the products sickened their pets.   So why are we only hearing about it now?  Read the rest of this entry »

When your pet dies, how will you remember him, or her?

CNNMoney.com reports today that Paws & Remember a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based firm founded in 1997, provides pet memorialization services and can offer you packages ranging from $200 to $500, like the “simplicity” including cremation, an engraved birch urn and picture frame.   Read the rest of this entry »

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a well-prepared fire department’s use of their pet oxygen masks saving the lives of pets in a fire in Georgia.   

Yesterday, the story about the cat that survived a house fire in New Jersey by hiding in a couch made me finally pick up the phone to call my local Fire Department to ask the question. 

Does my Fire Department have pet oxygen masks?   Read the rest of this entry »

FoxNews.com reports that Shelley, a black standard poodle, along with another dog and three cats, will benefit from a $10,000 trust fund if her owners die before she does.  According to the report:   Read the rest of this entry »