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Helping Pet Victims of Hurricane Dorian

Friday, September 6, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Hurricane Dorian took it’s toll on both humans and our furry friends. This devastating hurricane was one of the worst in history. There are many ways that you can help pets affected by the hurricane. has put together a comprehensive article with great information on how to help. Here’s the article for you.

How to Help Animals in Hurricane Dorian

If you have pets and are affected by the hurricane yourself or want to help animals in need from anywhere else, here is information on how to help animals in Hurricane Dorian. Here are lists of pet friendly shelters for evacuees listed by county as well as animal shelters you can help with donations or volunteering. As the hurricane moves north, this page will be updated to include Georgia, South Carolina and any other affected states.

If You Live in the Affected Area and Have Pets

If you live in the affected area, you know how important it is to find shelters that will let you stay with your pets. To the best of my knowledge this is a complete list of pet friendly shelters in the affected counties on the east coast of Florida as of late Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Pet friendly shelters in other affected states such as Georgia and the Carolinas will be added as the storm progresses. Some inland counties have been included here but I have not included every potential county in inland Florida.

Update: Some North Carolina and South Carolina Shelters have been added and Georgia will be added later.

Most shelters require pre-registration or calling ahead. Most require you to bring food for your pet, snacks for yourself as well as proof of rabies vaccine, and basic supplies such as water for yourself and your pet, leash, crate and water and food bowls.

Some locations such as the Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary in Rougemont North Carolina (see below) are private and offering room for large animals and livestock or other means of of helping out.

Airbnb Open Homes Program

Airbnb’s Open Homes program offers free housing for people displaced by Hurricane Dorian. Sign up on the Airbnb page for people displaced by Hurricane Dorian.

If You Want To Help From Any Location

Every time a hurricane hits there are pets and other animals stranded, lost or separated from their owners. Some people can’t take pets with them and turn them over to animal shelters and rescue organizations. Some pets and animals just get left behind or run off and get lost or stranded while scared from the storm. Whatever the cause, there are always animals in need in these events.

These shelters can always use volunteers, monetary contributions and people to foster pets until they can be reunited with their owners or adopted by someone else. Please consider these ways to help animals in the Hurricane Dorian area and across the country. Many shelters and rescue groups have wish lists where you can purchase needed items online from places like Amazon.

Pet Friendly Shelters and Rescue Organizations in Coastal North Carolina

Piedmont Animal Rescue in Mooresville North Carolina is opening an additional shelter on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd for 2 weeks, just to house pets displaced by Dorian. It is located at 110 Robinson Road, Mooresville NC beside Big Daddy’s on Highway 150. The phone number for Piedmont Animal Rescue is (704) 360-4262

Livestock and Horses

Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary in Rougemont North Carolina is offering their property if you want to camp in an RV or trailor and stay with your horses, livestock or other animals. They are located at 307 Bacon Rd, Rougemont NC, 27572. Their phone number is (919) 601-6990. Please consider donating to them or purchasing an item for them from their Amazon wish list.

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Some Positives and Negatives on Goldens

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The Golden Retriever is a big, beautiful dog with many appealing qualities. They were bred to be a hunting dog but make great family pets as well. It is a loving, intelligent, obedient breed with a trusting and gentle nature. Generally, Golden’s love people so don’t expect one to make a good guard dog. Their sweet personalities make Gold Retrievers popular pets. They’re not for everyone. For one thing, the shed a lot! If you’re a neat freak, don’t get a golden. The breed is also large and exuberant. One wag of that big tail can easily clear a coffee table.  They also have a tendency to get heavy if they don’t get enough exercise. Make sure you take them outside and toss some of their favorite dog toys around to keep them in shape.  Golden Retrievers  require a lot of room and a fairly clutter free environment.

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Kitty for Grandma

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you have an older relative, why not ask her if she would like a cat?  Older people who own pets tend to live longer independently than a senior who does not have any pets.  Studies also show that a pet can lower our blood pressure and heart rate and even reduce the frequency of a serious illness.  Your older relative may like the idea of owning a cat. It would keep both her mind and body more active.  A cat is easier to care for than a dog. If your relative indicates that she would like one, you may suggest a short haired cat. There is less grooming and less cleaning up to do. Get some cat toys for her to play with the cat in the evening. This is the best way to make sure that both the cat and grandma get a good nights sleep.

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Cats are Good Companions During Time of Loss

Monday, September 2, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Atlantis helping me with this blog.

Recently Jim and I lost a very good friend to cancer. These past few days have been quite difficult for us.  We go through a complicated mesh of emotions but generally a cloud of sadness looms overhead. Thanks to getting together with some  old friends over the past few days, the sadness has eased a bit but doesn’t go away. It varies in degrees for a long time.

Our pets could also ease that sadness. They provide us with companionship and comfort during these difficult times. A dog is a wonderful companion who is there for you no matter what. He always seems to understand what you’re going through and demonstrates compassion and loyalty throughout this difficult process. Cats are also good companions in times of loss. Even though they are more subtle, they are there for you and and provide a calming affect. It is comforting when a cat sits on your lap and gently purrs providing peace and serenity. Our pets help get you through the complicated emotional process of losing a loved one.

Here my cat Atlantis sits with me while I write this blog. I’m glad he’s here. His presence soothes and comforts me.

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Understanding Cat Behavior

Sunday, September 1, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Throughout the course of history, cat behavior has always fascinated people. Cats are independent but also still very social animals.  They combine a hunting instinct with playfulness. They love playing with their cat toys. While dogs belong to their master, cats are very territorial animals.  Cats like to stick to their home. That’s why they really don’t like to travel.  Cats see their home as a “sacred place.”  They mark it by rubbing, scratching and spraying.

They have an excellent memory of smells, sounds and sights.  They can return to their home from great distances. They don’t accept hierarchy from people.  You’re not their master but rather their equal.  Even though they can stay by themselves for a long time, they like company very much.  Cats are less responsive to vocal commands then dogs are but they can be taught to do tricks if rewarded.

Cats make great pets. You just can’t compare them to dogs. They are really very different yet still very loving and affectionate.

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It’s the holiday weekend and I have a suggestion for you. If you’re an animal lover, I suggest that you see the movie “The Art of Racing In the Rain. It’s a very emotional drama told from a dog’s point of view. It’s based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein and uses racing analogies to explain how to steer through life’s most difficult challenges. If you are looking for a light hearted movie, this isn’t the one for you. It is very emotional and I fought back tears throughout the whole thing. Racing in the rain is a metaphor for constantly steering through life’s challenges,and sometimes big challenges they are!

The dog narrates the movie and Milo Ventimiglia stars, with Kevin Costner as the voice of his loyal dog, Enzo.

A wonderful movie but remember to bring lots of tissues! Have a great labor day weekend!

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Really, How Old Is Your Cat?

Friday, August 30, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

older-catCats don’t receive mail from AARP, retirement centers or medicare.  Somewhere between the ages 7 and 12, they begin to show that they’re aging. As with humans, age is all relative. The old notion that one cat year is equal to 7 of ours is not reliable at all. A one year old cat is similar to a teenager.  A two year old cat is about 21 in human years. Each following cat year equal about 4 human years.  To reverse comparison, a 52 year old person is similar time wise to a 10 year old cat. A 65 year old person is about 13 in cat years.  You could say that 73 is the new 15 in cat years. How many cat years are you? Don’t  ask your cat, he’ll just meow to tell you it’s time for his cat treats!

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How to Handle a Jealous Cat

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Is your cat climbing on your laptop when you’re trying to work? Did you recently introduce a new dog or cat in the family and you suddenly see your cat chasing them or hissing at them? Does your cat try to swat your cellphone out of your hand while your on it? These are all signs of a jealous feline and it’s very common.

First of all find out what’s making your cat jealous and try to alleviate the problem. Once you notice that your cat is jealous of something or someone, it means that they feel that you are not paying as much attention to them as they might like.  Try spending more time with them. Buy them a new toy and spend time playing each day. Allow your cat to sit on your lap for a longer time. Make sure you give treats to each pet. It’s a delicate balance that takes some time to achieve.

It may not be easy to solve this problem because cats are complicated creatures but maybe you can make life a bit easier by trying to balance the attention and make sure you are giving your pets an  equal amount of your time.

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Is CBD Oil Safe For Pets

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The use of CBD oil has grown ten fold over the past few years. Lately, it’s being used for pets but is it safe? I’m re-posting an article written by Grace Kaucic of Bluebird Botanicals. This article was written on Feb. 4, 2019 and is one of the most comprehensive that I’ve found on this subject. Read through it and decide if CBD is right for your pet.


THC is the molecule that cannabis is most known for – the one that gets users high. CBD, however, is non-psychoactive. This molecule is found abundantly inside all forms of cannabis, including marijuana and hemp. It has become widely known in the U.S. and around the world over the past few years.

While the amount of hemp-derived CBD products for humans has grown tenfold over the past few years, what about CBD products for pets? Are they safe? Are they effective? And where’s the proof?

TL;DR: Yes, CBD is safe for pets! All vertebrates have a network of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors called the endocannabinoid system. This system enables CBD and other cannabinoids to interact with the brain and body and promote homeostasis. This makes CBD a safe and effective supplement to give to your pet

How does CBD affect pets?

Many people are learning that hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD have an effect on the brain and body, yet few people understand exactly why or how that happens. It’s not an innate quality in the chemicals themselves; it’s actually due to a special endogenous network of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors called the endocannabinoid system.

Due to cannabis prohibition beginning in the late 1930s, the government stifled research into the effects of various cannabinoids for decades. Humans didn’t understand how cannabinoids interacted with the body until 1992 when Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, known as the “father of cannabis,” began in-depth research into the plant. Mechoulam and his team ultimately found that there are naturally occurring cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors inside humans and animals alike.

The earliest animal found with cannabinoid receptors was the sea squirt, which evolved over 600 million years ago. However, all modern vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system. This means that CBD provides the same benefits for dogs, cats, horses, pigs, and even kangaroos as it does to humans.

The endocannabinoid system is comprised of thousands of receptors located throughout the brain and body.  None of the cannabinoid receptors are in the lower parts of the brain where breathing is controlled, making it physically impossible to overdose on CBD. As CBD continues to rise in popularity for human use, many manufacturers have begun creating CBD products specifically for pets. Bluebird’s Companion Oil, for example, is a simple blend of full-spectrum hemp extract based in organic hemp seed oil with no flavors, preservatives, or any other ingredients. Additionally, our Companion Capsules include this same CBD oil extract blended in hemp seed oil and provided in gelcap form for serving consistency.

What about side effects?

Many pet owners fear the possible side effects of giving CBD to their pal for the first time. If you go with a full-spectrum hemp extract for your dog or cat, it may contain trace amounts of THC.

Federal regulations stipulate that THC content must be below 0.3% by dry weight. This prevents most users from experiencing the compound’s psychoactive effects. However, keep in mind as you experiment with the number of servings that giving your pet too much at once may cause them to experience some of the psychoactivity. To avoid this, do not exceed the daily maximum number of servings listed on your bottle.

Choosing the right CBD oil for your pets

How can you know how much THC is in your pet’s product? Your CBD provider should be transparent about their products’ contents by offering lab test results for every product they sell. Consumer reports have revealed that many CBD products contain less cannabinoids than listed on their labels. Some falsely advertised products don’t contain any cannabinoids at all. Third-party lab tests will reveal the true potency of the product you purchase, including the concentration of CBD and THC. Additionally, these lab tests also reveal any possible contaminants in the product.

These could include:

  • Residual Solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Toxins
  • Fungus
  • Heavy Metals

Unfortunately, there aren’t currently any laws that require CBD companies to do third-party testing (or any testing whatsoever); leaving it up to the consumers to verify that their products are tested and safe for consumption.

At Bluebird Botanicals, we go the extra mile when it comes to third-party lab testing. All of our full-spectrum hemp extracts and supplements are tested for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial/microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides. Additionally, all of our test results are visible in the Bluebird batch database for every single product. We’re proud to be transparent about the process and the contents of every single product. We feel strongly that your furry family members deserve the best and safest products, just like the ones you would select for yourself.

CBD and pets: tips and tricks

Anyone who has ever fed medications to a pet knows how difficult it can be.

Luckily, many CBD products for pets out there can easily be added to food to avoid the need for awkward or traumatic delivery methods. Our Companion Oil can be added to canned pet food or drizzled on top of treats. You can also try inserting Companion Capsules into your pet’s favorite treat, or for particularly picky pets, use a plastic “piller” that veterinarians use to help pets swallow pills. Some pets may even enjoy the taste – you can manually open up the pill and sprinkle its contents on top of a meal, or place the oil into a spoon for convenient licking!

Related Article: 5 Easy Tips For Introducing Bluebird Companion CBD To Your Dog

The important thing to remember is to start low and go slow. To avoid overloading your pal with huge doses of CBD, you should always start with lower amounts and be consistent in the number of servings and times of day that they take it. After administering a serving, pay close attention to your pet and note any behavioral effects. Take special consideration of their personality and demeanor both before and after you start experimenting with CBD.

Over time, you can slowly increase the number of servings as necessary, as long as you stay under the daily maximum number of servings listed on your bottle. This will help you zero in on the CBD sweet spot for your pet. Also, consider the size of your pet when determining how much to give them. Due to FDA regulations, we do not provide recommendations for serving sizes based on weight, but keep in mind that larger animals will respond better to larger servings. Additionally, we always recommend that you consult with your veterinarian before making changes to your pet’s diet.

Thank you Grace Kaucic for providing this comprehensive information!

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Your Finicky Eater

Monday, August 26, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats more than dogs are noted for being finicky eaters. You bring home high quality cat food and prepare a variety for your feline friend and what do you get, a sniff, taste and then up goes the nose as your fussy eater struts away. I have two cats. One cat seems to like nothing, that’s right nothing. She nibbles throughout the day and night, so I don’t get too concerned. My Siamese cat, is new to our family so I’m still trying to figure out his eating habits. In his last days with his previous owner, I suspect that he wasn’t getting much of anything to eat because his owner was too ill to feed him. When we took him in, he ate like a dog. He gobbled up everything in his bowl so fast. Now that I’ve stabilized his diet, his eating habits have changed. He eats a little at a time throughout the day.

If your cat is finicky, that’s normal but here are a couple of reminders. If you decide to add a new food to your cat’s diet, do it gradually. A sudden change may upset his digestive system. If your cat stops eating all together, take him to the vet as soon as possible. There could be a serious underlying medical condition causing the problem.

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