Today I’m thankful for Amazon & Goodwill.
Well have you seen the prices of those comfy soft throw blankets that cats love?
WalMart may have them on sale for $3 during the holidays but they generally range from $5-$10 normally. I can go to Goodwill and buy them for $1-$3 a piece.
And since my Goodwill trips are generally bi-monthly you can imagine how I stock up when I do go. And the blankets aren’t just for me.. I normally by 10-30 blankets which I test for softness, I let my cats pick out 1 or 2, wash them and get then nice and folded and sent them off to Pet Guards Angels in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
I’ve been involved with Pet Guards for going on 5 years now and I do the Wishes for Kitties (1 birthday wish = $1 donation) and at least two Kitty Care Packages a year.
So I’m thankful I can get blankets for so cheap at Goodwill, it means a great deal to a shelter who relies on donations to get by.
Amazon is a life saver when it comes to getting cat toys and trees. Pet stores are crazy expensive and I don’t mind getting a bulk amount of cat toys, giving my cats some and sending them to the shelter.
Amazon also allows you to make wish lists which is very helpful when trying to help out the shelter (or when I want to put things on “hold”).
So thanks to both of these places I can give my cats and those looking for a home a better life.
I know, I know.. another dog related post… I’m sorry to all my cat lovers and small pet friends…I had to cover this topic. It’s been an issue since I was little back when I was petrified of dogs and now that I understand them more it’s still an issue.
Why don’t people have their dogs on leashes?
Not only are there laws for this, but there are people who are petrified of dogs (I was on that list) dogs can get into deadly situations without being on a leash, but yet people still let their dogs out to run free or walk them without a leash.
My neighbor did this often when I first moved into my house about 4 years ago, I repeatedly called animal services about it because I had seen the dog nearly get hit twice and gobbled down the cat food I left out for the outdoor cats I feed.
They have come out numerous times to speak with her and she did walk the dog on a leash for a while, but unfortunately she is one of those pet owners who sees walking the dog as an inconvenience. Which is extremely unfortunate for the dog, who is a handsome white pit bull named Repo.
He deserves better than that, he deserves a human who will take him out on a leash all the time.
But animals don’t give up on their humans, so I hope his human will realize that the leash is for his safety.
More reasons to leash your dogs:
*It’s the law In many areas, dogs must be on a leash. Many of the reasons for this are found below. It can be very costly if your dog is seen by an officer or ranger or if your dog is involved in an incident while off leash.
*Aggressive dogs Just because your dog is friendly does not mean that the dog he’s meeting is nice. If the aggressive dog is on leash and bites your off-leash dog, you will not be able to collect any money for your dog’s vet bills and you will likely be fined for having your dog off leash, even if your dog does not survive the attack.
*Fearful people Many people of all ages are afraid of dogs. Not only is it rude to allow your dog to frighten people, it could cost you. If your dog causes a fearful person to get hurt in an attempt to get away from your dog, you could be held liable for the medical bills. People have a right to protect themselves from a perceived threat, so even if your dog is friendly, if they see it as aggressive they can hurt or kill your dog in self-defense and you have no legal recourse.
*Poison Your dog could get into something poisonous like antifreeze or into dangerous trash like cooked chicken bones before you can stop it. This can cause large vet bills or death of the dog.
*Chasing Your dog could chase wildlife into a street. If your loose dog causes an auto accident, you can be responsible for the car repairs and medical bills.
- Leashes prevent your dog from chasing animals, people, or bikes.
- Its courteous to your neighbors, especially if they do not know your dog’s level of obedience.
- A single lost dog is one too many.
- When used properly, most canines don’t mind dog leashes or collars, in fact most like them.
- You can pull your dog back to protect them, should there be something dangerous in the environment.
- A dog leash could save your dog’s life.
(Taken from : http://www.puplife.com/pages/dog-leash-safety-tips)
Today I am thankful that animals forgive.
When animals are rescued from hoarding situations, they forgive.
When dogs are rescued from dog fighting rings, they forgive.
The countless times that animals have seen cruelty from humans and are rescued by a kind person, they forgive.
I think we as humans could learn a lot from animals as easily as they forgive.
They don’t give up on us and I think that’s awesome.
I wanted to cover this topic in light of the toddler dying from the gator attack in Orlando.
Please, please keep eyes on your pets when out in nature.
Since I live in Florida there are gators here so I can’t stress how much pet parents need to keep their eyes open. Gators blend very well in their environment so try to keep your dogs out of lakes, ponds, streams, etc because there could be a threat of a gator lurking in it.
So I wanted to share some information I found to help those who live in Florida or near areas where gators are known to lurk or for those thinking about visiting Florida.
(And yes, most of this information pertains to dogs, but can be used for cats if you happen to have a cat that likes to hike around on a leash or a guinea pig or ferret)
Facts & Safety Tips
- Leave alligators alone. Alligators are shy animals that usually avoid human contact.
- Pay attention. Keep an eye on your surroundings near fresh or brackish waters. Avoid vegetation-filled areas of rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water.
- Do not feed alligators. Feeding alligators is illegal. Alligators that are fed will come to associate humans with food and will lose their natural fear.
- Throw fish scraps into trash cans. Do not discard fish scraps in the water at fish camps or boat ramps—you will unintentionally feed alligators.
- Follow directions on signs. Do not swim outside of posted swimming areas.
- Swim during daylight hours only. Alligators are most active at night.
- Stay with children. Never allow small children to play unattended near water.
- Keep an eye on your pets. Dogs are in more danger from alligators than humans, because they resemble the reptiles’ natural prey. Do not let your dog swim in waters where you know alligators live.
- Remember the odds. You are more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by an alligator in Florida.
Call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission if you spot one in Florida, or if you have a nuisance gator in your area: 1-866-FWC-GATOR.
Here’s a wonderful article about gator safety and dogs from All Things Dog Blog
Now let’s not forget about snakes because not only is Florida home to the Diamondback and the Cottonmouth but there are several other states they reside in.
So here’s a helpful graph of how to tell the non-venomous from venomous snakes.
Avoid chance encounters with snakes:
- Keep your yard tidy by clearing away undergrowth, toys and tools that make great hiding places for snakes.
- Keep walkways clear of brush, flowers and shrubs.
- Clean up any spilled food, fruit or bird seed, which can attract rodents-and therefore snakes-to your yard.
- When walking your pet, keep him on a leash.
- Steer your pet clear of long grasses, bushes and rocks.
- Snakes can strike across a distance equal to about half their body length. If you see a snake, head back the way you came.
- Familiarize yourself with snakes who are common in your area. In the event of a bite, identifying the type of snake may help with your pet’s treatment.
(taken from: http://pets.webmd.com/snake-bite-safety-prevention-pet)
Just in case your dog ever gets bit when you’re not around, memorize these snake bite symptoms so you can identify the problem:
- Signs of pain
- Shortness of breath
- Low blood pressure
- Dead tissue surrounding wound
If you suspect your dog has been bitten seek immediate emergency veterinarian care. If you are able to kill or capture the snake then do so. Successfully identifying the snake will allow doctors to treat your pup all the better.
Here’s a very important number to remember:
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.
(Taken from : http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control)
Today I am thankful we have no storm damage.
The house I own sits on an incline which backs up to a lake (more like a pond, but it has an official name), I am really thankful there is no storm damage and for the most part my friends and co-workers were fine.
So I’m thankful for that.
After seeing this clip:
I wanted to share the information about what to do if you see an animal in a car during the summer:
Taken from http://barkpost.com/dogs-in-cars-2/
Basics to know:
If you see an animal in distress, call 911.
Most states allow a public safety officer to break into the car and rescue an animal if its life is threatened. Calling 911 is the first step to saving that animal’s life.
Know your state laws.
More and more states are adopting “hot car” laws that prohibit leaving a companion animal unattended in a parked vehicle, with six enacted in just the last two years and two more pending.
Although 20 states have some form of “hot car” laws, the laws differ drastically from place to place:
- Only two states—Wisconsin and Tennessee—have “good Samaritan” laws that allow any person to break a car window to save a pet.
- In 16 states, only public officials such as law enforcement and humane officers can legally break into a car to rescue an animal (Arizona, California. Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington)
- In New Jersey and West Virginia, no one has the authority to break into a vehicle to save an animal, not even law enforcement.
- Legislation is pending in Florida and New York to give would give any concerned bystander the legal right to help an animal in distress. Pending legislation in Pennsylvania would make it illegal to confine a dog or cat in a vehicle in conditions that would jeopardize its health but only a police, public safety, or humane officer would have the legal right to rescue the animal.
Penalties for hot car deaths of companion animals are still limited. Most states limit penalties to misdemeanors or civil fines and infractions, even for repeat offenders. Maine and South Dakota’s laws don’t impose a penalty at all.
Let people know it’s not okay to leave their pet unattended in a car.
When an animal dies in a hot car, most of their humans say they left them “just for a minute.” If you see someone leave their pet in a parked car, tell them that even if it’s a pleasant day outside, the temperature inside the car can skyrocket fast. Cracking a window doesn’t eliminate the risk of heatstroke or death.
If your state allows you to break the window to rescue the animal here are some of the things you should do:
- Checked to make sure the vehicle is actually locked
- Have a reasonable belief, based upon the known circumstance, that entering into the vehicle is necessary because the vulnerable person or domestic animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm
- Called 911 or law enforcement either before or immediately after breaking into the vehicle
- Use only the necessary amount of force to break in.
- Remain with the person, child or animal until first-responders arrive on the scene
I am happy to say that Florida just signed the bill back on March 2016 that will allow you to break into vehicles to rescue animals and people.
The new law is in direct response to a growing number of incidents where pets, children and others have died because they’ve been left in overheated cars, particularly under Florida’s steamy summer sun.
So please please if you are going to take your dog with you, make sure they can go into the store if not leave them home in the A/C. And if you see a dog in a car on hot day, call it in.
Remember you could be the one to save the dog’s life.
So today I’m thankful for Buttercup… the newest additional to the household, she’s the most timid, quiet member and I believe that she was abused as she flinched when I went to touch her. Mind you, I always let her sniff me before I touch her.
She came up to me last week while I was sitting on the couch in the den, I invited her up and she hopped up in my lap and let me just pet her. She was purring but very very softly. I had to leave my hand on her back just to tell.
She left for a bit and came back about twenty minutes later and stayed for a bit longer.
Poor sweetie had mats in her fur and I wanted a professional to take care of it.
But she was put in the master bathroom for a few hours and checked on repeatedly and was fine.
So I’m thankful for her coming around to me.
I’m going to still work with her, she’s letting me pet her and comes up when she wants attention and it’s just an awesome feeling.
What are you thankful for?