Hillary cat here, to those who know me, I have "spunk and attitude." Cedar dog asked me to write a blog 'cos I am one troubled feline. I think cats get a bad rap! Yesterday on TV, two pieces showed up. First thingie, Monday March 10th, Good Morning America (GMA, a program I don't usually watch & now I know why) segment was on brushing your pet's teeth. Now don't misunderstand I love my pooch bro and "big sis" big-time and they always get TV attention and phone calls and chatter about their lives. Me on the other paw, I have to scrape around on my own for everything. Someone tell me WHY felines are snubbed. I am so over it.
Pepper Roker dog
So this is the deal; Pepper Roker, that's Al Roker's dog, had his teeth brushed by dad in this pet health segment of GMA. First off, National Pet Dental Health month was February; I guess they just didn't have time in February to brush pet's teeth, and Pepper dog acted as though he had really not had his teeth ever, ever brushed. Yep, I'm saying it was all for the cameras. Then another dog appeared; the point, where were the cats? Now we need our "pearly whites" brushed too. See what I mean, we just don't count.
I want you to know, I do matter in my menage. I get to go along with the dog's, like now we are in Chicago. My Mom's do these great PetSaver, Pet First Aid classes. That's where pet parents learn how to save our lives if we get in trouble and Mom teaches how to do a Snout-To-Tail Assessment.Last night I was summoned to go along to class; they practiced identifying my vitals. That's when I was checked out from snout to tail to see if I have any injuries and a wellness check to create a base-line of my health. My vet says that is sooooo good cause then she knows when things change and are not-normal, like the early signs of some sickness or a big boob-boob. You really should think about taking one of these courses, they are paw-some! Mom teaches brushing the teeth too, cause just like human teeth and gums, ours need to be cared for on a regular basis too.
The other TV clip on pets yesterday was on felines; this report made us sound really creepy. The cat's name was Lux, a 22-pound Himalayan who lives in Portland, OR. They said Lux attacked their 7-month-old child, "scratching the baby’s forehead." Dad then kicked Lux “in the rear” and the cat “went off over the edge.” The dude called 911 saying Lux was “trying to attack us, he's very, very, very, very hostile.” The family fled, reportedly locking themselves in their bedroom with the baby and the family dog while waiting for the police. Oh well, what can I say! I don't excuse violence of any kind be it the cat or the human; this family may not be best suited for a cat in their family.
I feel better now! Getting things out and letting readers hear what's on my mind is really good for me. You got thoughts?
Puuurrs, Hillary cat
Mom and I had a message from a pal and her pooch a while back; her uneasiness, forgotten heroines. It turns out to be the incredible story of Irena Sendler and her dog. When we read this story we strained to imagine how Irena’s work took place each day; electing to put her and her companion animal in danger to support her WHY in the world. "Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to Glory." (Irena Sendler in her own words, photo to right is Irena in 2005)
Sendler was a Polish social worker who conceived extraordinary ways to sneak children out of the Warsaw Ghetto then guarded by Nazis. She protected them and moved them to safety. Irena and her network concealed these children in orphanages and convents.
Irena, the Social Worker
“Irena was the prime mover that saved 2,500 Jewish children,” reports Wiki, and credited with directly smuggling out hundreds of children herself. Sendler saved the names of the kids she smuggled out, hiding their names in glass jars and burying them under a tree in her backyard. Post-war she attempted to locate any parents that might have survived in an effort to reunite the families. Regrettably, most had been gassed. The kids she helped got placed into foster families or adopted.
Giles Milton an internationally best-selling author of popular history writes, “In 1943, Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo. They’d grown suspicious of her activities and realised she was working on behalf of Warsaw’s Jews. She was beaten, severely tortured by her guards and then sentenced to death for refusing to give them any information. News of her impending execution reached Żegota, the secret Council to Aid Jews, who managed to save her by bribing a German guard as she was led away to be killed. She was listed on the bulletin boards as among those who’d been executed, something that enabled her to live in hiding for the rest of the war.”
Sendler never won the Nobel Peace Prize despite being nominated for it in 2007. In our time there exists “Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project– and book by Jack Mayer all based on the True Story of the heroine and the Kansas Teens who “Rescued the Rescuer.” There is a play on her life presented around the United States, also a Hallmark movie, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler. The rescuer passed away in 2008 at 98 years old. Meet the personalities that have brought this story to life.
Tell us what you think! Will you share your WHY in today's world?
Sochi, Russiaauthorized a revolting practice; the genocide of stray dogs/cats.As a dog myself, I can’t get my muzzle around these stories coming out of Sochi, where the winter Olympic games will begin in a few days. Stray animals being exterminated to guarantee the safety of visitors and improve Sochi’s image to the global community? Russia has spent fifty-one billion dollars to ready for the 2014 Winter Olympics with the intent of marketing a “new Russia?” The slaughter of down-and-out animals is sanctioned in the “new Russia?”
Reports from the region say a private extermination company was hired to “scour” the city of thousands of homeless pets. The company owner described the animals as “biological trash,” he claims to use poisons and traps; others say dog hunting vigilantes are on the rise and it is not uncommon to find “poison-laced meat set in parks to kill off strays.”
Animals rights activists in Moscow claim, “Russians generally are irresponsible dog owners who, when they get bored of their home pet experiment, kick them out on the street, and parks are dumping grounds for unwanted dogs.” Sterilizations are not common practice; they are reported to be “too expensive.”
From (Doggone Green Headquarters)My Doggone Green Agenda unmistakably has not been adopted by the Russians, yet!! Vladimir Putin’s companion animals have a one-of-a-kind lifestyle as evidenced by photos of him frolicking with his dogs and let’s not forget, his political side-kick Koni who has greeted world leaders for years. Obviously the United Nations Canine Unit hasn’t been summoned to Russia either?
While witnessing something from “far away” how does your community address animal homelessness?What about the shelter killing of healthy dogs and cats? You will note I said “healthy.”
Cedar Dog & Kathy Deitsch
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Cedar Dog here; Mom’s back from Climate Leadership Training, Chicago. The 3-day gathering tackled the climate crisis head-on; taught by Climate Reality Honcho, former Vice-President Al Gore and his team of “bright sparks.” Worldwide, there are now 6,000 trained Climate Leaders in more than 100 countries and all 50 states. The work, educate on climate truth with acts of leadership, engaging and empowering people to build networks of reality, all the while inspiring solutions and action in local communities on climate change.
So what do Climate Leaders Do? They engage local media outlets, activate social networks and — most of all — inspire communities everywhere to join in and confront the most defining issue of our time, Climate Reality!
Cedar's transcriber here; Most likely you know me as Cedar Dog’s mouth-piece. That title role has been and continues to be the “ride of a lifetime.” Cedar Dog and I are dogged when it comes to caring for nature. We often say the challenge of our times is a lack of common sense and due diligence in matters of protecting the earth.
I am privileged to be Cedar Dog’s transcriber. Cedar and I lead the field in providing Eco-Solutions for a Pet’s Daily Life. We put our “paws” in it, highlighting how to better care for “mother earth,” ourselves, our pets; and then “taking action!” We choose to make a difference, both in a big way, and in a million little ways with thousands of other pets and their people.
Few human beings have the riches associated with being a transcriber for their pet. Pets are powerful teachers of unconditional love, forgiveness and loyalty.
We developed an eco-agenda to die for; we asked the questions:
How does your pet impact the earth?
How do you impact your pet’s health (and your own)?
What are you going to do about it?
Who will you tell?
Understand this, if you are not healthy, how can you be your best for your pet. In matters of your own health and well-being have you done your due diligence? What constitutes a healthy impact? What changes have you made in food and exercise? What have you done for your pet’s health?
Do you remain open to new information?
Do you take action daily as a devotee of planet earth? What eco-solutions do you practice each day?
Things take time, often extraordinary persistence and trust. Who we become in those moments measures the nerve or cowardice in each of us.
In the end it is about our connection with each other, with the animals, all of life and planet earth. It is about choice and believing you can matter, then doing the work, taking the actions and enjoying the ride? Who are you willing to become? Your pet(s) and the world need your gifts.
Cedar Dog's wants you to know, "It doesn't get any better than this." Imagine getting notes like this every morning in your in-box!
Me & Mom
..........From TUT today July 10th, 2013
“I just want you to know, Cedar Dog and Kathy, that those animals you've known, who've moved beyond the veils of time and space, were forever changed by your love, they're alive and well, and they've banded together to ask me a favor... that I make sure you get this message.”
Bark, meow, chirp, ergle -
The Universe, a Daily Note from the Universe
WHAT’S THIS TUT THING?
Mike Dooley is host to a community of half-a-million like-minded thinkers, "Tutters," Check out the Daily Notes from the Universe e-mailings. Dooley’s self-improvement books and events from TUT (Totally Unique Thoughts) believes that “everyone's special, that every life is meaningful, and that we're all here to learn that dreams do come true. We also believe that "thoughts become things," and that imagination is the gift that can bring love, health, abundance, and happiness into our lives.”
WOW, there is more! A Book from TUT you might want to share with your children, both 2 and 4-leggeds!
We have agreed pets make our lives so much better. Because your awareness about their care has advanced do you have the “the information and skills” to keep pace with their needs.
Case in point: would you know what to do when your pet needs you most?
Younger dogs are curious, active and quick, all the while doing some pretty silly things like swallowing a pair of your knee high stockings; would you know what to do? Or the car is leaking anti-freeze and your dog runs in the garage and rapidly laps up the spill. Now what?
What about emergency pet care, are you prepared? Allow me to share an experience I recently had as a 9-year professional pet sitter. I share this experience as it could have just as easily happened on your watch as a pet parent.
“The loud jarring screech from young dog Lucky was like he was being struck or attacked by another dog or a wild animal. I was just leaving that afternoon from a regular pet care visit. His squeal caused me to quickly re-enter the house. Looking out the back door, I saw him dangling from the fence-gate, upside down, his back left leg wedged tightly in the fence.
I instinctively knew, because of my first aid training, that any pet that is in pain or going to be moved into pain can and will bite. I hurriedly grabbed a leather lead from the tabletop; I used it as a temporary muzzle. I proceeded to free his leg from the fence. I was still bitten, ever so lightly.
At first he was hobbling, after a few minutes he put full weight on his leg. I was reassured when he reached over and licked my hand and arm; as if to say, hey that was a close call, you saved my life.
I did a snout to tail assessment to make sure that he had no tender spots or that he responded anywhere with discomfort. All seemed well.
When the vet checked him a few hours later he said there was no permanent damage due to his young age and mainly the quick reaction of getting him freed from the fence.”
Do you have a Starter First Aid Kit for your pet along with a muzzle for YOUR safety?
What about your Senior Pet-izen™, eelder pets require a different level of care; do you know those signs & symptoms and risk factors?
What about on-going dental care for your pets, things you can do regularly to avoid expensive dental surgeries and tooth loss. Just like us, if the mouth is filthy, and not cleaned up regularly gum disease and tooth loss occur. Periodontal disease causes more problems than tooth pain. Four-leggeds with unchecked gum infection may be at a higher threat for heart, kidney, and liver disease.
So, your best friend relies on you to do the very best for them. We invite you to look at your life and learn where you can do better for them. Our adage has always been, “When only the best will do.”
Pets improve our quality of life. It is our belief that as we surely advance our own lives that equal orbetter care be given our pets. Superior wellbeing and prevention matters; the components of quality nutrition, a strong immune system and exercise are basic.
As your awareness grows are you building a higher standard of care for your four-leggeds? For us, at a New Way to Life Pet Sitting and Pet Services, that translates into pet education for pet parents. We invite you to explore our website and sign up for the programs offered.
I am Lisa Faust, Cedar Dog's other Mom. I am a Master Instructor and I teach an incredible Pet First Aid Education Class that is both fun and valuable. I promise you will love it.
At the end of the day your pet greets you with unconditional love, forgiveness and loyalty. For starters, are you ready to pay it forward and learn to do “a snout to tail assessment” on your pet weekly?
Dog Doo-Doo cleanup is about water quality. Keep the storm water sewers free of dog waste asstorm drains do not connect to treatment facilities. Know this: Dog poop is not fertilizer; a yard with dog waste can be a danger-zone for kids and adults as harmful organisms can hang-out for a year or more. When poop on lawns, driveways and pavement mixes with storm water runoff, waterways suffer, as does the watershed. An example, 2 to 3 days of poop from a population of 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria and nutrients to temporarily close a lake or inlet for swimming. See this Winchester, VA city brochure on dog waste and the streams and ponds that are a part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the largest estuary in the United States.
Join me; I am on a Protect your Watershed crusade; no matter where you live you are in a watershed! I say learn about yours, where is it, adopt it, keep it healthy, safeguard and restore it; in fact start-up your own community Watershed Cleanup Day. Remember, “What happens above a watershed stays in the watershed.” Tell others to do the same.
A paw’s worth of education; what is a watershed? It’s the area that drains to a shared waterway; maybe a stream or lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or the ocean. The EPA says “a watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes, they cross county, state, and national boundaries. In the continental US, there are 2,110 watersheds; including Hawaii Alaska, and Puerto Rico, there are 2,267 watersheds.”
Here comes a stark truth. You care about the earth and are taking “greener” actions or so you say. Look how other people are making giant steps backwards with rubbishes in the river. This CNN article was sent to me by a Doggone Green Crusader and pet partner near the Mississippi River; Meet Me at the River. Get involved? Check out the Living Lands & Waters website; meet Chad Pregracke who is making a difference at www.livinglandsandwaters.org
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At fifteen, taking action and teaching; for this dog it is all about being sustainable & reminding others to do the same!
Today, April 1, Cedar Dog is 15 years old, well and in retirement. On occasion she appears at special events or at her college, Pets Gone Green University (PGGU). This girl’s 2011 and 2012 paw-suit was the founding of PGGU, a place for pets and their people to learn the fundamentals of greening your four-leggeds. That is learning how pets impact the earth, and how “their humans” influence their pet’s health. Her teachings focus on taking action and persuading others to do the same. In Cedar's words, "If you don't act, what are you doing? What are you waiting for? Who will you tell, and when?"
Cedar is an author and a pet therapy dog. In 2008 & 2009, she and her transcriber Kathy Deitsch wrote two books that teach pets and their people to shrink their carbon paw and footprints.
Okay, you care about the earth and you are taking “greener” actions. Maybe you are recycling, composting household organic waste, you purchase products made of recycled materials or you began growing some of your own food. Are you aware of Cedar's 5-point eco-agenda?
You care about your 4-leggeds; but then again do you know all of the Ways YOU impact their health? Knowing HOW YOU impact your pet's health and What You Can Do about it is essential.
First, we teach a PETSAVER ™ EMERGENCY CPR, FIRST AID course. Included in that workshop is a “snout to tail” assessment. Responsible, loving pet parents should know their pet’s health. The learned skill is a monthly maintenance practice; you are looking for any injuries your pet has not presented to you and you are creating a base-line awareness of your pet’s health. Consider it wellness exercises, not unlike you do for yourself.
You will also learn other valuable hands-on skills; how to restrain and muzzle your pet, knowing that if your furry one is in pain or will be moved into pain, she can and will bite. How do you assess your pet’s vitals? If you already know what is standard for your pet you can act quickly if your pet is presenting something unusual. What about choking management?
Why is this important you ask? Let me explain. My Chesapeake Bay retriever brother Ernie (who is now 5 years and a couple of months old) has “set off” several huge learning curves in our family. In his early years his lack of “sense” was frightening; it seemed he always knew how to get attention while terrifying all of us. He has swallowed a number of objects, the worst of which (not just once but several times) were women’s knee high hose. We are not talking socks here, rather everyday sheer beige hosiery. For some bizarre reason, no matter how careful we were, he would “sniff them out” and after a good chew swallow them. After the first incident, we set on a path to know First Aid for Pets. While there are a number of other “rather frightening exploits” with Ernie and other pets in our care as pet sitters, suffice it to say, all have survived, including Ernie.
To be really clear; this class is in no way a substitute for emergency veterinary care; you do need to know how to respond in an emergency. In some areas more businesses and vet offices are offering 911 services for pets. Having said that, look into those services in advance, have your veterinarian contact info near-by and easy to find and make it your job to know what to do in a crisis. There is no substitute for know-how!
So the question is; are you prepared to act in an emergency for your best friend? According to the American Animal Hospital Association, 1 out of 4 pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique was applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care. Pets are members of the family, your best friends and your life long companions; you would do anything to help them, Right?
Attend the next course, Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Wheat Ridge, CO. Better yet, register by phone now or at the website.
Rally-Round Cedar’s Crusade; Know YOUR PET’S Impact on the Earth; Know HOW YOU Impact Your Pet's Health; What are YOU DOING about it; share your new info with two other people; have them do the same. Help Cedar Launch April (and every month) Green Your Pet Month; know her Five Eco-Solutions for a Pets Daily Life?