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The Wire Fox Terrier

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

WIRE FOX TERRIERA Wire Fox Terrier won best in show at the Westminster Dog Show this year. This dog is great for allergy sufferers because it doesn’t shed at all. The Wire Fox Terrier is a very energetic, friendly dog. They are great with children making them a great pick for a family dog. They make very lovable and devoted pets. They  are also hunting dogs and will hunt and kill rabbits and birds. Make sure you keep him on a leash because they love to explore. You can let him run free but make sure that your yard is fenced in. If you socialize him properly, he will get along well with other dogs but you must spend the time with him and be patient.  This is an intelligent breed that needs lots of exercise for both his body and mind. Keep him occupied with lots of toys and activity.

The Wire Terrier can live 15 years or longer which is a fairly long life span for a dog. You’ll have many years to enjoy him!

Remember, your pets count!

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ELDERLY CATWe don’t like to think about it but it happens. An owner passes away leaving an elderly cat to fend for herself. This is very sad  When adopting or taking in an elderly cat  who just lost their owner, there are some things that you should remember. Cats do grieve in their own way. Imagine a cat who is 16 or 17 and who spent all of those years with one owner now in the home of someone new.

First prepare an quiet area for her which is not stressful and will help with her transition.  Put objects in the area that she is used to like her cat bed, her own toys, blankets, scratching post etc.  Bring her cat carrier and put something in it that has the original owners scent on it like a towel or piece of clothing.  Bring some additional items from her original home and place them in her new area. If she was used to music, keep the radio on to keep her company. If you have other animals make sure that you keep them away from her for awhile. Use a baby gate to separate specific areas. Don’t lock her up in a room all by herself, make sure that she feels that she’s part of the family. This is a difficult situation but eventually even an elderly cat can adjust.

Remember, your pets count!

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ADOPT A PET, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy
Millie taking a rest from her hard day at work!

Millie taking a rest from her hard day at work!

About eight years ago, I adopted my second cat Millie. At the time that I adopted her she was only about two months old. We went to a craft show in Ocean City, Maryland and there was a cat adoption section set up at the entrance. We already had a cat and we had no intention of adopting another one.We saw this one cat, who looked so lonely. She came over and I stuck my hand in the cage. She rubbed up against my hand as if begging me to take her. We then wandered around the craft show, thinking about that poor little kitten. As we left, we saw her once again. She glanced up at us and gave us a tiny “meow.” We slowly walked to our car, I opened the door and went to start the engine. I was with my partner and we both thought the same thing. Lets go back in and adopt that poor little kitten! We shut the car door, walked back in, paid the $35 fee and walked out with Millie. Her name was originally Katrina because she was found  abandoned in a flooded area of New Orleans. We didn’t like to have her associated with such as catastrophic storm like Katrina so we changed her name to Mille. She’s been a member of our family ever since and is the sweetest little cat. Yes, she is small for a full grown cat but is happy and healthy, except when her “sister” Molly chases her around and swats her!

I’m so glad that we she was rescued her and wish that there were more people who would give a poor animal a chance like we gave Millie

Remember, your pets count!

 

 

 

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What To Do If You Find a Stray or Lost Pet

Saturday, February 8, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

LOST PETIf you’re a true animal lover, you would find it very difficult to drive away if you see a stray, or lost pet. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cat, dog or even a rabbit. You feel the need to do something. If you’re in your car, think about safety first and don’t cause a traffic accident.  Pull you car completely off the road, turn off the ignition and put on the parking brake.  Put on your hazard lights.   Now, consider the safety of the animal. A stray pet could be frightened, injured or both. You don’t want to scare it and have it run out into traffic.  Try to restrain the animal. Use a carrier if you have one. If not try to use anything to keep the animal from leaving the area.  Try luring it over with a cloth, rope or anything that you may have handy. Signal approaching vehicles to slow down.  Even if you get close enough to capture her, you still stand a chance of getting scratched or bitten. As you move toward her, speak in a calm, soft voice. Make sure that she sees you approaching at all times. If you have some food with you like a can of tuna, try using it to entice her.

If you’re sure that you can contact someone to come and get the animal soon, try to lure her into your car with food. Close the door and wait for help.  In most cases, it’s not safe to drive with a stray dog or cat in you car. The dog may become excited and cause you to have an accident. Cats usually don’t like cars. They may try to get under your dashboard or lodge themselves under the seat which can cause them injury when trying to extract them.

If you are able to transport the animal, take her to the nearest animal shelter. Call the shelter or agency first and let them know that you are bringing in a stray or lost pet. This way they will have time to make the necessary preparations. If you plan to keep the animal in the event no owner is found, notify animal control that you have the animal or that you have taken her to a veterinary hospital for treatment. You can usually place a free “found” ad in your local newspaper. Keep any identification, such as collar or tags, should any question arise later. If you have pets, they must not come in contact with the new animal until it is checked out by a vet and is given a clean bill of health.

Even though this seems like a daring event, you are really doing a great thing by rescuing a lost or injured pet. Just make sure that you follow these simple rules, don’t panic and don’t put yourself in danger.

Remember, your pets count!

The weekend is here and so is some great music. Listen to anyone of our  great internet radio stations!

EDGEWATER RADIO – America’s greatest hits of the 50’s 60’s 70’s and 80’s

CONSTANT COUNTRY KRS – Hot country hits, classics and new releases.

MOVIN EASY NET RADIO – Soft Rock from the 60’s 70’s 80’s and 90’s

DANCE FEVER 54 – Disco and dance classics. This station will keep you movin!

LINDBERGH RADIO – Rock and Alternative (Warning: some lyrics can be explicit, not recommended for children!)

Five Tips to Keep Your Dog a Healthy Dog

Friday, February 7, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

healthy pupThey say “a healthy dog is a happy dog” or is it the other way around?  All of us wish our pets would live forever and there are some things that you can do to make his years with you healthy years.

  1. Take your dog to the vet for a check up at least once a year. Work with your vet to ensure your dogs good health.
  2. Dogs can show signs of gum disease by the time they are four years old. Brush you dogs teeth regularly, daily if possible.  Always use a dog friendly toothbrush and toothpaste. Flavors like chicken and beef will entice him. Check your dogs mouth once a week. His mouth should be free of yellow tartar. His gums should not be swollen nor bright red or white. Provide lots of chew toys to keep his teeth and gums healthy.
  3. Stay away from dark chocolate or any chocolate for that matter. Chocolate can cause dangerous arrhythmia’s in dogs and can increase their heart rate and cause death. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage. Onions given in large amounts can damage your dogs red blood cells and cause anemia. Stay away from cheese steaks, this is a no no for dogs. (Sorry Fido’s from Philly!) Never give him mushrooms. These can cause shock and even death.
  4. Keep your dog’s weight in check. Just like with humans obesity can shorten your life and cause all sorts of problems.
  5. Feed him a nutritious diet. To make sure that his dog food meets his complete nutritional needs, check the label for the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement. Choose foods that list meat as the first ingredient.

Follow these simple steps and you can rest assure that you are doing the best you can to keep your best friend happy and healthy!

Remember, your pets count!

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PET SITTER 2Are you planning a trip soon? You know that you are placing a lot of responsibility in the hands of your pet sitter. You’re trusting this person to care for your precious pet while you’re gone.  You should help the sitter out by preparing your home properly. Start by doing an inspection of your home. Make sure that cleaning supplies and other materials that may be toxic to your pet are locked up.  Put poisonous plants out of reach. Lock outdoor gates and turn on any outside lights. In addition to leaving detailed contact information and detailed feeding and exercise instructions, make sure that you tell you pet sitter about any unusual circumstances like a door that doesn’t shut or a sink that doesn’t drain.  Make sure you tell the sitter where your pet supplies like pet food, dog leashes, dog water bowls and pet medication are kept. These small preparations will ensure the well being of your pet and will help ease your mind while you’re away.

Remember, your pets count!

How about music that is perfect for the office. Try MOVIN EASY NET RADIO it’s part of the EDGEWATER INTERNET RADIO NETWORK!

If you watched the super bowl, your probably enjoyed the commercials just as much as the game, maybe even more! The commercial that got me was the one with the puppy and Clydesdale horses. Budweiser PUPPY CLYDESDALEintroduced a lonely puppy to the beer company’s famous Clydesdales in order to make an ad that is cute, heartwarming and totally tear-jerking and it worked! The plot is a familiar one to anyone who loves to hear animal stories. At Sunny Farms the puppies are being adopted but one little pup has other ideas. The puppy decides to run through the field into a large barn containing Clydesdale horses. The puppy instantly bonds with one of the horses and this bond can’t be broken.

The horse owner constantly tries to return the pup to the adoption lady but has no luck. The pup finds his way back to the horse. One day the pup finally does get adopted and is headed away in the new owners car when the entire Clydesdale herd comes to save their little pup friend. No one in their right mind would  try to take on an entire herd of Clydesdales, so the little pup gets to stay on the farm with his horse pal!  The dog lady and horse owner get together and are a couple now and everyone lives happily ever after!

Happy endings do exist! A great commercial Who cares that it really wasn’t much about the beer as it was about the animals!

Remember, your pets count!

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Seizure Dogs – They are Truly a Treasure!

Sunday, February 2, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG CHILD 4So called seizure response dogs provide support for people with epilepsy by helping prevent unintentional injuries during and after a seizure. Some of these seizure dogs are able to predict when their owner is going to have a seizure.  The dog will alert the person by whining, pawing or circling. There are many stories of this happening but scientists are not sure as to how and why some dogs seem to have this ability. Many people suspect that the dogs respond to very subtle visual or hearing changes that occur during the early stages of a seizure. Some research suggest that the dogs are responding to psychological not epileptic seizures. Regardless, it shows how strong the bond can be between people and pets. These dogs deserve lots of love and appreciation. Give them a big hug!

Remember, your pets count!

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Millie and Molly Adjust to Their New House

Saturday, February 1, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT NEW HOUSEI purchased a new home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. During the past few weeks, I’ve been moving and setting up all of the necessary things like cable, electricity, heat, etc. Last night it was time to introduce my cats to their new “home away from home.” We took the 4 hour drive down as usual and Molly and Millie how no idea that they will pull up in a new location and enter a new house. As we drove down the street and turned into our snow covered driveway, my two pets were fast asleep. I turned off the alarm and slowly opened the door. First, I placed Millie’s carrier on the floor and slowly opened the door. She flew out of the carrier crying and crying. What happened?? Her whole world had been turned upside down, at least for a little while. She bolted across the living room and ran behind the couch. I then brought my older cat Molly in. She slowly emerged from her cage, stayed very low, meowed a few times and began going from room to room, totally baffled as to why she was brought here. I didn’t get too concerned. I filled their water bowl, kitty litter pan and put fresh food and snacks in their bowls. I placed their bowls in the laundry room which is just off the kitchen. I introduced each of them to their new dining and bathroom. They weren’t interested and continued investigating every nook and cranny. Millie finally stopped crying but hid under one of the beds. Molly began to adjust fairly quickly. As I relaxed and turned on the TV, Molly sprawled out, cleaning herself and seemed pleased with her new surroundings. Millie, on the other hand was still creeping from room to room wondering what she’s doing here.

As I write this, Molly seems to be adjusting nicely but is still investigating. Millie is not that comfortable, she’s under the bed but comes out and roams around for a few minutes at a time. I’m sure before long, she will adjust. At least I hope so!

When introducing a pet to a new house, make sure there is no moving going on, don’t make a big deal out of the new house, let them explore and wander around, and never just dump them in the house and go out right away. Stay with them for at least a day or so until they get used to it. Before you know it, the new place will become their new home. (keeping my fingers crossed!!)

Remember, your pets count!

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