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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Rescue Dogs Poem

This poem was sent to me by a really good customer, Bree Munger.
She does rescue work for RMGDR-

Here is the poem.

Taking care of rescue dogs
Is something I do best.
I know because I've done it,
And I've surely passed the test.
The dogs I've bathed, the food I've fed,
The vacuuming I've done,
And all to watch a frightened soul
Sit dreaming in the sun.
My own dogs I've neglected,
But I tell them everyday
That I love and cherish each of them
Though a new dog's come to stay.
I know they understand this,
For in their eyes I see
The love that I have given them
Come shining back at me.
Some people think I'm crazy,
Some others think I'm great.
But very few can understand
What really is at stake.
If I can love and help a dog
To find a better way,
My own life is much richer,
I look forward to each day.
So now you know my secret,
It's there for all to see,
The love I give, the life I save,
I do it all for me.
~~ Kathleen Parsons

Friday, March 23, 2007


Petfood maker Royal Canin hit with lawsuit
Canadian Press

TORONTO — A Canadian class action lawsuit has been filed against pet food maker Royal Canin Canada Co. on behalf of dog and cat owners claiming that certain products contain excessive amounts of vitamin D and have caused their pets to become sick or die.

Q: Spring's coming! And spring brings bees, hornets and all of their stinging relatives. What do you do if your pup gets stung?

A: First off, you should always call your vet. Some pups, like humans, are allergic to bee stings. Vets will have the best answers. If your vet okays it, for future bites, you can use Benadryl-type drugs (make sure to use the right dosage for your pet's size and use the type that doesn't have acetaminophen - the main ingredient in Tylenol), or use a paste of baking soda and water to reduce the swelling and itch. In case symptoms change or worsen, keep the number of a 24-hour vet on hand.

How do you pamper your pooch?

If it's with homemade treats and custom couture, we want to hear about it!

Your pet is special and let's face it...adorable. Of course, they deserve only the best! So, how do you pamper your pooch and coddle your kitty? If it's with homemade treats and custom couture, we want to hear about it! Selected pet photos and critter crafts will be showcased in an upcoming feature on

E-mail the following to us at: Please put "Pet Crafts" in the subject line.

* Your name.
* Your e-mail address.
* Your home address.
* Your pet's name and breed.
* Your crafty tips for creating handmade pet items.
* AND most importantly, we need photos of your pet enjoying their custom-made luxuries — e.g. collar, snacks, toys, bed, clothing, bowls, etc.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

New Ferret Painting and The Furetti Ferret Club

I had the priveledge of working on a new commission for a Ferret. Yes! You heard right. I took a photo that April Hampshire gave me of her ferret Isabella Gucci. Well- Isabella Gucci needed her portrait done so here is here before photo....

and the after painting!

Doesn't she look fab! Her mom April thinks so! Her mom April brought me a bag of Performance Dog Food for my old disc dog- Angel Marie, Lil' Angel's Mascoot! I hope it helps her arthritis! She is having alot of trouble getting up and down lately so I will keep you posted. Now- Check out

That is April's Ferret Club! It is way cool! You can get special discounts on portraits on that site!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Popular sweetener is toxic for dogs

By Sharon L. Peters, Special for USA TODAY

A sugar substitute found in a variety of sugar-free and dietetic cookies, mints and chewing gum is proving highly toxic, even fatal, to snack-snatching dogs.

Xylitol, popular in Europe for decades but a relative newcomer to the U.S. alternative-sweeteners market, can be "very, very serious" to dogs when ingested, says Dana Farbman, spokeswoman for the Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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"It doesn't take a whole lot (of xylitol), and the effects are so rapid that the window of opportunity to treat the dog is extremely small," Farbman says.

The ASPCA sent an advisory to veterinarians last August warning them about the potential for serious harm or death. Veterinarians have used a variety of means to get the word out, including posting signs in their offices and making copies of the bulletin for clients to augment the caution the ASPCA has posted on its website.
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Concerned that millions of people are still unaware of the risk, veterinarians with forums for widespread public announcements are spreading the word that way as well. Among them: Miami veterinarian Patty Khuly wrote about the problem on her blog, and Colorado Springs veterinarian Anne Pierce devoted her entire weekly newspaper column a week ago to xylitol.

Within 30 minutes of consuming a small amount of a xylitol-sweetened product, the ASPCA says, dogs can experience a dramatic drop in blood sugar, and they usually begin vomiting, become lethargic and can have difficulty standing or walking. Some have seizures, develop internal hemorrhaging and lesions and suffer liver failure. As few as two or three sticks of xylitol gum could be toxic to a 20-pound dog, the ASPCA says.

Immediate and aggressive veterinary treatment, which includes glucose drips and IV fluids, has proved effective in many cases.

The ASPCA's poison control unit is aware of 10 dog deaths from xylitol since 2002, and it has received scores of reports of dogs becoming gravely ill. But only a fraction of veterinarians and consumers alert the ASPCA when a dog becomes ill or dies from toxins, and there is no national clearinghouse tracking xylitol-suspected toxic reactions.

Moreover, it's not always entirely clear what caused the problem when a dog arrives at a veterinarian's office with seizures or liver failure. "I suspect that there are more cases than we know about because they come in with liver failure, and the owner is not aware of what has been ingested," Pierce says.

She believes that xylitol ingestion is "an emerging problem" and that the number of cases probably will increase with time, "depending on how widespread xylitol as a sweetener becomes."

Xylitol is an all-natural sugar substitute derived from beets, birch tree bark, corncobs and other natural sources. It's as sweet as sugar but has 40% fewer calories. Unlike sugar, xylitol does not require insulin to be metabolized.

Right now, xylitol is used mostly in cookies, candies, cupcakes and other sweets developed for people who have diabetes. It's also sold in bags of crystals for baking. Because of its bacteria-killing properties, it is put into some oral care products, including Tom's All Natural and Biotene toothpastes.

It also is beginning to be used in a broad assortment of products intended for the general public. Among them: Jello sugar-free puddings and a wide variety of sugar-free gums, including Trident, Orbit, Stride, Icebreakers and Altoids.

Makers of products with xylitol say their products are designed for people, including diabetes patients, who are seeking an alternative to sugar; they were never recommended for dogs and were never intended to be ingested by dogs. Owners should be careful because some dogs, Khuly says, "get into just about everything and eat everything they find."

There is no indication that any of the other sweeteners on the market adversely affect dogs. And there is no evidence so far that xylitol is toxic to pets other than dogs. But cats, for example, don't scavenge for sweets as dogs do, so it's possible there are risks that have not yet been discovered. For now, veterinarians advise pet owners to keep xylitol away from all animals.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Every home with dogs should have apple cider vinegar. It's a remedy with multiple uses for dogs: alleviating allergies, arthritis, establishing correct pH balance. You can also give apple cider vinegar to cats and horses.

As written in an excellent, 1997 article by Wendy Volhard:

"...If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly washes its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, the application of ACV may change things around. For poor appetite, use it in the food - 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 50 lb. dog. For itchy skin or beginning hot spots, put ACV into a spray bottle, part the hair and spray on. Any skin eruption will dry up in 24 hours and will save you having to shave the dog. If the skin is already broken, dilute ACV with an equal amount of water and spray on.

Taken internally, ACV is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. To check your dog's pH balance, pick up some pH strips at the drug store, and first thing in the morning test the dog's urine. If it reads anywhere from 6.2 - 6.5, your dog's system is exactly where it should be. If it is 7.5 or higher, the diet you are feeding is too alkaline, and ACV will re-establish the correct balance.

If you have a dog that has clear, watery discharge from the eyes, a runny nose, or coughs with a liquid sound, use ACV in his or her food. One teaspoon twice a day for a 50 lb. dog will do the job.

After your weekly grooming sessions, use a few drops in his or her ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections. Other uses for ACV are the prevention of muscle weakness, cramps, feeling the cold, calluses on elbows and hock joints, constipation, bruising too easily, pimples on skin surfaces, twitching of facial muscles, sore joints, arthritis and pus in the urine. There are also reports that it is useful in the prevention of bladder and kidney stones.

Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, mange, etc., are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out. Should you ever experience any of these with your dog, bathe with a nice gentle herbal shampoo -- one that you would use on your own hair -- rinse thoroughly, and then sponge on ACV diluted with equal amounts of warm water. Allow your dog to drip dry. It is not necessary to use harsh chemicals for minor flea infestations. All fleas drown in soapy water and the ACV rinse makes the skin too acidic for a re-infestation. If you are worried about picking up fleas when you take your dog away from home, keep some ACV in a spray bottle, and spray your dog before you leave home, and when you get back. Take some with you and keep it in the car, just in case you need it any time. Obviously for major infestations, more drastic measures are necessary. ACV normalizes the pH levels of the skin, makes your dog unpalatable to even the nastiest of bacteria and you have a dog that smells like a salad, a small price to pay! "

Cat plays piano

Feb. 21: The talented feline has a love for playing the piano, and her performance has become a hit on the Internet. WCAU's Ted Greenberg reports.

Click this link

Saturday, March 17, 2007

A work of ARF

The oil on canvas portraits of Lisa Manzione's "three girls," as she calls them, hang near the fireplace in her Delray Beach family room. She loves to glance over and admire them. "You can see their personalities in their eyes," says Manzione, who was so happy with artist Eric Bossik's work that she e-mailed copies to several friends. "When I die," replied one, "I want to come back as your dog."

Those three portraits -- at $700 a piece -- depict Manzione's dogs: the perpetually happy Dakota, the excitable Denver and the very regal Aspen, who always walked around with her snout in the air. Aspen died Feb. 10.

"Now that Aspen has passed away, I'm so happy I have it," says Manzione, vice president of a management company.

Pet portraits are just a small slice of the estimated $38 billion Americans spent on their pets last year, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. With 63 percent of U.S. households now owning a pet, up from 56 percent in 1988, more American households have pets than children.

Pet health insurance premiums totaled $160 million last year. Human fans of Paul Mitchell hair care products can now buy John Paul Pet shampoos and conditioners. And Omaha Steaks makes pet treats along with its signature rib eyes and filets.

So it's no wonder that South Floridians looking to immortalize their pets can choose between photographers, painters, even sculptors.

Stacia Goldman of Delray Beach freely admits that she treats Chanel, her Yorkshire terrier, like a child. Two years ago, she met a very nice guy with an English bulldog named Rocco.

"He used to say Rocco was the eighth wonder of the world," says Goldman. "It's his son. He adores that dog."

So when his birthday came along, Goldman commissioned Tamarac artist Jene Rizzo to paint his portrait. "He loved it! He just loved it. It's in his bathroom. For his next birthday, I figured I'd get one of Chanel."

Rizzo has been doing portraits since the late 1960s, first humans and now more and more pets. At the monthly Island City Art Walk in Wilton Manors, Rizzo's animal portraits attract attention as much for their $65 price tag as their style.

"For somebody that's got everything, what are you going to get them?" asks Rizzo. "At the Wilton Manors show, one of these high-priced Realtors took one of my cards. She said you can buy a basket of fruit but it's rotten in a week. But a pet portrait? This is forever."

Cheryl Gotbaum of Pompano Beach says she and her husband have six children between them. Choosing a personalized gift can be difficult, so the Gotbaums usually opt for cash. But when one of their sons adopted a new boxer puppy, Gotbaum called on artist Carol Ann Sherman of Delray Beach to capture Ulrich in watercolors. She's waiting for the hair on her year-old Papillion to grow in before Sherman does his portrait.

Gotbaum named her dog Sir Lancelot in part because he "rescued" her from empty-nester syndrome.

"We forget to play when we get older," says Gotbaum. "We don't go out and throw a ball in the backyard anymore. Bringing a playful creature back into our lives reminds us to have fun."

John Tanasychuk can be reached at or 954-356-4632.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Pet Expo!

I did the Denver Pet Expo this past weekend. It was a great show. Bob Payne from Tower Show Productions was handling the show and Thumbs up to Bob! He did a great job. I had lots of help at the show. My best friend Amy helped me set up- and did the show with me on Saturday. She was awesome. She really knows how to sell product. She lives in Florida and her boyfriend came to help as well! And of course, my loving husband Bill was there to help me set up and he worked the show with me on Saturday. On Sunday.... THe girls of Pop Art Pet helped me do my show. They are two of the nicest girls I have met in a long time. They are located at Check out thier website. They do computer generated art from your pet's photo. THey do a great job. Here is a picture of a painting they did for me of my dog and mascot Angel Marie.
They really captured her personality. I will be posting another blog with more information on Pop Art Pet and the art that they created for me. Thank you to Pop Art Pet.

Raisins and grapes toxic for dogs

Even if you don't have a dog, you might have friends who do. This is worth passing on to them.

I looked on Snopes and found it's true.
(Below written by a vet)

This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen >at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday. He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about
AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until >7AM.

I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject. We had her bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me - had heard something about
it, but....Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to give IV fluids at 1 ∏ times maintenance and watch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours. The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal less than 27) and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal).
Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production
after a liter of fluids. At the point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well as overnight care. He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values have continued to incr ease daily. He produced urine when given lasix as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and they still couldn't control his vomiting. Today his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220.. He continued to vomit and the owners elected
to euthanize.

This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins could be a toxin. Please alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very serious risk. Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats including our ex-handler's. Any exposure should give rise to immediate concern.

Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , Ohio

Monday, March 5, 2007

Hotels going to the dogs!

Lily was born in July 2000 and started working at Denver's Hotel Monaco two months later. Last week, she retired.

Who's Lily?

The Jack Russell terrier was the hotel's first "Director of Pet Relations." She spent six years greeting four-footed guests (the hotel allows them) and putting smiles on the faces of pet owners pining for beloved pooches back home.

Lily may be doggone, but her duties will be taken over by a 4-month-old golden Shih Tzu named Georgie.

Doggie goodwill ambassadors are a trend at Kimpton. The 5th Avenue Suites, now The Hotel Monaco Portland, has just tabbed a 4-year-old yellow Labrador named Art to be its pet relations top dog. Art was chosen in a competion that included fashion, talent and bark-off segments and benefited the Oregon Humane Society.

I've heard there are other hotel dogs out there. Raise your paws and tell us where else we can pet a pooch in the lobby!