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Our Family is small. Jim’s siblings live in Connecticut and mine in New Jersey. We live here in southern Delaware with our two cats Millie and Atlantis. Our little family enjoys a quieter, more peaceful life than we did in northern New Jersey. It’s so important to point out how our little furry friends complete our little family. We don’t have any children of our own so our pets are our children.

I’m a spiritual person and believe that our furry friends are an important part of the warm spirit that prevails and creates a cozy, positive atmosphere in our home.

Our pets provide unconditional love, affection and comfort and are an important part of any family. With the holidays approaching, there’s nothing better for me than having a cup of coffee, sitting by our tree with the fireplace on and our furry little friends sitting on our laps or around our tree.

Have a wonderful holiday with your beloved pets.

Remember, your pets count!

Keeping your holiday spirit alive — Edgewater Gold Radio is your holiday station playing he best music of the 50s through the 80s plus all of your holiday favorites. Listen to Edgewater Gold Radio on Alexa or listen from our website: Edgewater Gold

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Flying and Feeding Your Pet

Sunday, December 8, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The holidays are here and there will be lots of travel and also lots of traveling with pets. If you’re taking your pet on a plane, there are some things you can do to make feeding and providing water a bit easier. has provided some guidance to make this process a bit easier.

If your dog or cat is small enough to fit under the seat in a carrier, flying with a dog or cat may be a relatively practical option for you. However, call the airline before choosing to fly with your small dog or cat to make sure you are aware of that particular airline’s rules and regulations for pets.  You don’t want to assume you can bring your pet with you into the cabin and find out otherwise when it’s too late.

When flying with a dog or cat, it’s best to refrain from feeding them for 4-6 hours before flying. This will cut down on your pet’s need to go to the bathroom while in the air. And some pets, like people, experience motion sickness, so keeping your pal’s stomach empty just before and during the flight can help prevent nausea and vomiting, as well.

Freeze a small dish or tray of water for your pet before departure. That way, the liquid will be solid and not spillable while you make your way through the airport, security and boarding. It will melt by the time you’re both settled in on the flight and your pet gets thirsty.

Remember, your pets count!

Enjoy the 60s and 70s and lots of holiday music all weekend long on Edgewater Gold Radio.  Ask Alexa to “play Edgewater Gold Radio” or listen from our website Edgewater Gold

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After years of research, scientists have found that certain compounds in cranberries can prevent  urinary tract infections in humans. The compounds don’t actually kill the bacteria, it would take an antibiotic to do that but the cranberry compounds can act as a preventative. Amy Howell who is an associate research scientist at Rutgers University says that the disease causing bacteria cannot stick to the bladder wall and lose their ability to multiply. The bacteria is then washed out of your system. She says that the same process works in dogs. Not all cranberry products are equal. Ask your veterinarian for cranberry products that have hard hitting bio active properties. So hold off on the pet medication until you try a cranberry product for your dog’s urinary tract.

Remember, your pets count!

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My Talkative Boy

Thursday, December 5, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Our boy Atlantis

One thing a Siamese cat owner knows is that they love to talk …..a lot. My Siamese Himalayan “talks”‘ all the time. He meows when he’s hungry, he’ll meow when he’s bored, he’ll meow when we get home and most of all he’ll meow for attention. He is a very social creature and unlike our other cat loves to be around people. He’ll lie in the middle of the floor or on a chair in a room where there are many people while we’re entertaining. The noise and excitement doesn’t phase him in the least.

We love these qualities in our cat Atlantis. He shows so much love and affection that sometimes we mistake him for a dog! So if you don’t mind a vocal cat, a Siamese is a very smart, loving and dominant addition to your family. They can sometimes get a little jealous so we make sure that we show attention to both of our cats and make sure that one of them doesn’t feel left out.

Siamese cats also love it when you talk back to them. If there was a camera in my house. people would think that I’m a “crazy cat man.” I always answer Atlantis when he’s “talking.”

These are great qualities in our new little friend, we love him to death and are so glad that he’s now a part of our little family!

Remember, your pets count!

The oldies and holiday songs are playing all the time on Edgewater Gold Radio! We’re your oldies and holiday station! Ask Alexa to “play Edgewater Gold Radio or listen from our website: Edgewater Gold

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Protecting a Small Dog

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

A small dog is more at risk than a large one, especially at dog parks, dog runs and even at doggie daycare. It’s up to you to keep your little dog protected. There are several steps that you could take to do so. When choosing a dog day care facility, choose a place where dogs are screened for good social skills and lack of aggressive tendencies. If the big dogs and small dogs are kept in separate areas, your dog will be much less at risk. Make sure that you are very vigilant at the dog park. An irresponsible owner can show up anytime with an overly excited or badly behaved dog.

I once had my small dog in the park on his lease and the very irresponsible dog owner let his large dog in the park without a leash. The dog charged toward me and my little dog, knocked me over and had my little dog in it’s mouth. After I got up and charged at him, the he my little dog. Luckily my little dog got away with some cuts, although he was very traumatized. I think of that horrible day from time to time and still can’t believe how people could be so stupid and not use any common sense!  My advice would be to look for a park with a separate area set aside for small days to play safely.

Remember, your pets count!

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One of the first responsibilities of  pet owners is to protect them.  That means making sure that they don’t get lost.  There are many ways that a beloved pet can go missing.  This can happen if  friend or neighbor leaves a back door open or a dog escaping from the back of a car when the door is open. The list can go on and on.  We must cover all of our bases. First and foremost make sure your pet is wearing a collar containing all of his contact information. Name, Address, phone number and even email address.  It shouldn’t stop there. Take your pet to the vet and have him micro chipped.  It’s a simple process where a small chip containing all of your pets information is inserted under his skin. If your pet is found, a vet can scan him and get all of the information is one split second. The process is very quick and painless and it’s certainly well worth it.

Take the time and make sure that you give your pet the best chance of returning to his loving home if he gets lost.

Remember, your pets count!

Your holiday station is Edgewater Gold Radio. The greatest oldies and the best holiday music all in one place. Ask Alexa to “play Edgewater Gold Radio or listen from our website: Edgewater Gold

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Positive Reinforcement is Essential

Sunday, December 1, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Positive reinforcement is the single most popular method for teaching dogs to obey human commands. Harsh punishment and intimidation are more than inhumane – they create a suspicious, fear-based relationship between owner and pet. On the other hand, rewarding a dog with a treat or a scratch on the back provides incentive for him to repeat that behavior in the future.

Bear in mind that most dogs are food-driven, and they will do whatever it takes to chomp on some dog treats. Once you’ve found the type of treat – whether it’s rawhide bones or a chewable bite – that appeals to your dog, use it as the go-to reward. Since dogs don’t have the same ability to associate actions with consequences well after the fact, you should reward good behavior immediately.

Remember, your pets count!

Enjoy 60s 70s and holiday music all weekend long on Edgewater Gold Radio. Ask Alexa to “play Edgewater Gold Radio or listen from our website: Edgewater Gold

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