Archive for June, 2012

4th of July and the Thundershirt

With the 4th of July approaching, my thoughts have been on all the dogs and cats who are frightened of the loud noises the fireworks make.  I’ve been seeing articles about these Thundershirts and, after reading reviews and articles about them, feel that I should spread the word.  This sounds like a great alternative to medicating your pet during these stressful times.

What is Thundershirt?

As seen on TV, Thundershirt is an affordable, drug-free solution for anxiety problems in dogs and cats. Thundershirt uses gentle, constant pressure on your pet’s torso (just like a constant hug) to help calm your pet. Unlike most anxiety calming products, Thundershirt does not contain any pheromones or drugs; thereby, leaving your pet calm but not lethargic. Thundershirt is great for dogs and cats with fear of thunder or fireworks (or any loud noise), separation anxiety, travel anxiety, crate anxiety, grooming, litter box problems, barking problems, hyperactivity, leash pulling, and even as a general training tool.

For: Dogs & Cats

Benefits:
Helps calm your dog’s or cat’s anxiety during stressful situations
Drug-free and easy-to-use
Recommended and used by veterinarians and trainers
Over 80% of dog owners report improvement in their dog’s noise anxieties when using Thundershirt

Great for dogs and cats with many anxiety issues, such as: fear of loud noises, separation anxiety, litter box problems, travel anxiety, crate anxiety, and more

How it works:
Thundershirt uses pressure to relieve anxiety. Experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and have been using pressure techniques for years on both animals and humans. Like acupuncture and acupressure does for people, applying pressure to dogs and cats has been proven to help calm them in stressful situations. In fact, 80% of dog owners who tried Thundershirt for a variety of anxiety problems noticed improvement in their dogs. Veterinarians and dog trainers use and recommend Thundershirt for anxiety too.

Cautions:
In severe cases of separation anxiety, it is recommended to use Thundershirt in conjunction with a training program.

Directions:
Before or during a stressful situation, place Thundershirt gently on your pet’s back and fasten the chest and torso straps

Instructions for dogs:

1.) Place the Thundershirt on your dogs back and wrap the short wrap under the torso

2.) Wrap the long flap under the torso and secure with fasteners onto the Short Flap. You should be able to easily slide your fingers between the Thundershirt and your dog’s torso.

3.) Wrap the Top Flap down onto the Long Flap and secure with fasteners. Adjust to improve the snug fit and keep Thundershirt securely in place.

4.) Wrap the Neck Straps around the front of the dog and secure with fasteners. You should be able to easily slide your fingers under the Neck Straps and should not feel restricting around your dog’s neck.

Instructions for cats:

1.) Place the Thundershirt on your cats back and lightly wrap the Neck Straps around the front of the cat and secure with fasteners. Should be able to easily slide two fingers inside Neck Straps.

2.) Wrap the Long Flap under the torso and secure with fasteners onto the Short Flap. Make a comfortable, snug fit.

3.) Wrap the Top Flap down onto the Long Flap and secure with fasteners. Adjust to improve the snug fit and keep Thundershirt securely in place.

Tip: If your pet seems nervous or anxious when he or she sees the Thundershirt, try putting it on the ground and giving your dog or cat a little food, using Thundershirt as a plate. This trick often works because many pets become more comfortable with and trusting of anything that they associate with food.

Note: The fasteners make Thundershirt adjustable for many different body shapes.

You can find the Thundershirt by clicking on www.thundershirt.com/

June 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm 1 comment

When is it too hot for your dog?

June 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Left a little too long alone

Don’t let this happen!  Be sure to hire The Road Runner Pet Nanny to keep your pet happy and occupied while you’re away!  I’ll give him lots of love and attention…and keep a clean and neat house too!

June 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

A day off

I’ve been working long hours here in Stockton but I managed to get a day off the other day.  I decided to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having.  I googled places to go and found that there was a park right here in Lodi where my hotel is.  So off I went.

It’s such a pretty little, peaceful lake.  I knew I made the right decision to come here.

Just on the other side of the lake is an interpretive trail that swings around little marshes and along the Mokelumne River.

After taking the little walk I settled down with a book and sat and enjoyed the rest of the time I had at the park.

After enjoying the day I decided it was time to go.  Just across the street is a little place called The Snowhite Drive In.  It has kind of a funky name and definitely a funky decor.  One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling is to find little, out-of-the-way places to eat.  I find that these places have the best food.  This was just the kind of place I look for.  I ordered their special hamburger and fries.  Well, I have to tell you that it was probably the best hamburger I’ve had in a long, long time!  I will definitely come back when I’m craving a great burger!

I thoroughly enjoyed my one day off!  Now, back to work!!!

June 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

The Healing Paws of Pets

After Sheryl Brerteton, 70, of Severn, MD., fell in January, her beloved black Labrador retriever, Remmy, was brought to her hospital bedside.

“We placed Mom’s hand on his paw so she could feel it,” says Brereton’s daughter, Ashley.  “Remmy kept his paw there as long as she needed.”

Hospitals have long recognized the comfort provided to patients by visiting cats and dogs.  A visit with Valentine lifted Ethel Chohen’s spirits during her stay at Washington, D.C.’s Sibley Memorial Hospital.  Now, though, more hospitals are allowing family pets to comfort patients during recovery or at the end of life.  “The pet is often the one to curl up by your side and wants to help you feel better,” says Donna Dishman, executive director of PAWS Houston.  The non-profit group began coordinating personal pet visits at Houston’s Methodist Hospital and expanded its program to other area hospitals and hospices.

The University of Maryland Medical Center allows pet visits for patients admitted for more than a few days, says the Rev. Susan Roy, director of pastoral care services.  The trend is toward “recognizing what is important to the patient and family so that those things [like pets] can be a part of assisting patient healing”, Roy says

Article by Susan Kreimer, AARP Bulletin, April 2012

June 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

Reward offered after dog hurt by explosive

With a crime rate of 73 per 1000 residents, Stockton has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  Here are a couple of signs I’ve seen here in Stockton.

 It doesn’t surprise me that this spills over into crime against animals.  Here is a story that was in the local newspaper, The Record, the other day.

STOCKTON (CBS13) – In a disturbing story of animal cruelty in Stockton, someone strapped an explosive to a dog and detonated it.

The dog survived the Wednesday morning blast and is being taken care of at Family Pet Hospital. While the veterinarian said the dog was extremely shaken, he said he does expect the dog to recover. CBS13 visited the dog, now named Rocket, on Thursday.

“This morning we received a call of an animal that was injured in the area of Bianchi and Townehome,” said Stockton Police Officer Joseph Silva on Wednesday.

When officers arrived at Townehome Drive and Bianchi Road at about 11:15 a.m., they found more than just an animal in trouble. It was a dog still smoldering after an explosive device was strapped to its body and lit.

“It’s being described as an M-80 type of device that was strapped to the dog,” Silva said.

The M-80 did not kill the small dachshund mix, but witnesses say the stunned and scorched pooch could hardly move.

“It was a very large open wound with burns, a lot of damage was done,” said Vet Tech Madison Phawn.
Two suspects, a man and a woman, ran from the scene.

Vets stitched a nearly foot long wound.

“It was a very traumatic experience,” said Phawn.

The explosive charred Rocket’s coat and doctor’s say the explosion may have damaged his hearing.

After an emergency surgery Wednesday night, Rocket is doing better than anyone expected.

“Very sweet and loving, even when he fist arrived he was pretty lovable,” said Phawn.

Police say the dog appears to be a stray with no tags.

The suspects are described as a black man, 25-30 years old, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and gray-black jeans, and a black woman, 20 years old, last seen wearing a gray tank top and blue jeans.

The last reports that I’ve heard is that they still haven’t found the people who did this to Rocket.  The good news is that there are many, many people who want to adopt him.  We wish you the best Rocket and hope your life from now on is a much happier one!

June 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment