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Plane Travel with Your Cat

Saturday, November 30, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT PLANEIf you’re like me, your pets have to go with you everywhere.  If I am flying and have to take my cat, I will never have her put in the luggage compartment. This can be dangerous. Sometimes pets are left on a hot runway waiting to be boarded for an hour or more.  You also run the risk of the airline losing your pet. I don’t trust them. I don’t even trust them with my luggage and prefer to carry it on with me!  Your cat can travel with you in the passenger cabin if you follow certain rules.  Cats must be kept in a sturdy cat carrier which is placed under the seat. Make sure that the carrier is not too large. The  maximum dimensions for any carrier are 21 inches long, about 13 inches wide and 9 inches high. Make your reservations as early as possible because the airlines restrict the number of animals allowed in the passenger cabin.  You also need to be assigned a seat that has room enough for you and your cat.  Zippered cat carriers work well on planes but make sure your cat cannot claw is way out and make sure that the zipper is secure.  Cat carriers must be ventalated on at least two sides.  Make sure that your cat is wearing a collar with an id tag and that the carrier is labeled with your name, address and telephone number.  Add about $50 to your ticket for a one way trip with your cat. Have a good flight!

Remember, your pets count!

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Holiday Shopping for Your Pets

Friday, November 29, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG XMASIt’s black Friday and there are millions of Americans hitting the malls today.  62 percent of U.S. households have a pet and for most of these pets, life is quite good.Pets in the United States get to see Santa — along with dermatologists, physical therapists and even pet sitters.  People and pets are living longer and the pet industry will make millions of dollars this holiday season. There are so many pet items to choose from for the holidays from the trendy, expensive scratching posts, dog coats and sweaters and dog carriers to the inexpensive chews and throw toys. I always make sure that both of my cats get their catnip toys every holiday. They even have a toy box. Even though I always put their toys back in the box, before you know it, I find them all over the house. This goes to show that our pets love their toys so make sure that you make it a happy holiday for them too!

P.S. I don’t envy all of those millions of people fighting traffic and crowds at the mall today. I think I will wait and enjoy my holiday weekend. I hope you do too!

Remember, your pets count!


002I woke up this morning only to find that my cell phone’s battery was completely dead and the plug was pulled out from the phone. I know that I connected it the night before so who could have done such a heinous act? The suspect is my cat Molly. You see, Molly likes things her way and when she doesn’t get them, she performs various deeds that will get my attention. I once had a Bose Radio and she learned how to turn it on and raise the volume so high at two in the morning that the entire town could have woken up to a symphony! I had to get rid of the radio! Molly wants me to get up at a certain time and when I don’s, she begins her “acts of terror” like throwing things off of my nightstand, meowing, sitting on my head and today, she happened to unplug my cellphone. How she does these things, I’ll never know but she’s still my lovable little girl! Who know what those paws will do next? Wait and see!

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FAMILY DOGThe death of a beloved pet is a heartbreaking experience and it’s something that you won’t get over quickly. It’s difficult to tell when you’re ready to get another pet. Some people will only wait a few days or weeks while others will wait months of even years.  First take some time to experience your grief.  It’s normal to be sad, angry and lonely for a while and it’s also okay to feel relieved. If your pet has been suffering, you may feel some relief that he is at peace and no longer suffering. This is perfectly normal. Don’t run out and fill the void right away. If you have another dog, consider the fact that dogs grieve too. A replacement may not be welcome right away. Watch your other pets behavior over the next few weeks. Look at their energy level, eating habits and overall personality. If you feel that they are acting normal, then consider another dog or cat.

If the pet that died was your only pet. Consider some things that you may have wanted to do but didn’t because you didn’t want to leave your pet. Take that trip or renovate your home. Whatever it is, it may help with your grief. Then consider adopting a new pet.  Once you feel that the time is right, then you can begin the process of choosing another dog or cat. Take your time, make sure that it’s a good fit. The new pet will never replace the one that died, but it will give you as much love and affection and it will be another added treasure to your family.

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American Hairless TerrierYou had a dog in the past and became so allergic that you spent more money on medication for your allergies then on pet medication for your dog. You now would like to adopt a dog again. Why not consider a hypo-allergenic dog. The American Hairless Terrier is excellent for allergy sufferers.  They have no body hair and no dander. American Hairless Terriers are playful, loving and very intelligent dogs. They also make excellent companions. If you have children, this is the dog for you. They are especially good with children. Unlike other dogs, if the American Hairless Terrier is frightened or gets overheated, he may break out in a sweat. They are not good swimmers so be aware of this if you are near water. They are somewhat territorial and need a human who know how to be his leader. These dogs will do well in an apartment but do need a fair amount of exercise.  A small yard would be ideal because they are active and like to play. So the next time you are shopping for a new family member, consider the American Hairless Terrier especially if you are an allergy sufferer.

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Aggressive Cats

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

AGGRESSIVE CATCat owners report that biting is one of the most common behavioral problems. It comes in second only to inappropriate urination. The reason for this is the cats have varied personalities just as humans do. Early experiences can have an impact on cat aggression but genetic diversity is the main cause of the problem. Some cat owners simply try to tolerate the behaviors but some can’t deal with them and try to find a cure. Aggressiveness can be a real problem for cat owners. Cat bites can hurt and lead to infections.

Don’t encourage any rough play, scratching and biting. Be sure that all family members understand this rule. You may try clapping your hands every time your cat tries to stalk you. Fill a can with pennies and rattle it when he does not behave. This will re-direct his attention.  These startling techniques can make your kitten shy. I would prefer not encouraging the behavior and wait until your kitten grows out of it.

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Safe Haven Animal Rescue …….Not so Safe

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG KILLEDI heard some very disturbing news today. Safe Haven Animal Rescue is an organization in Delaware that never believed in euthanizing any pet. In fact that was their main purpose. The held elaborate affairs such as dinners and auctions in order to fund a new, state of the art, no kill animal rescue facility. Due to bad management, and apparently misuse of funds, they closed their dogs and killed 19 innocent animals!  Here is a statement from the Delaware office of animal welfare.

The sad situation that unfolded at Safe Haven over the last several months was brought on by the failures of the dog control system and a lack in shelter oversight.  Recently Safe Haven found itself in a position where it was forced to close its doors.


They bragged that they had 120 dogs adopted. Not enough for me. Not one single dog should have been put down!  They should be ashamed of themselves. At one time, I supported Safe Haven. We attended their auctions and always gave them money. They began holding elaborate events like dinners which most people couldn’t afford. If they stuck to the basics, I’m sure they would have received more contributions. I’m extremely upset that these 19 innocent animals had to be put down. They clearly did not adhere to their word which always included the words “no kill.” Shame on them for their lack of compassion for these animals and lying to the public. If you want to voice your opinion, you can e-mail them at: [email protected]. I certainly did.

Remember your pets count and should not be put down for nothing!


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Five Great Thanksgiving Treats for Your Dog

Sunday, November 17, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG THANKSGIVINGAs you gather around the table with family and friends this Thanksgiving, lets not forget about our furry friends. It’s a special time for them too. After all, they were adopted and have a warm, loving home with lots of food and treats so why not make their holiday special as well?  Of course, stay away from treats that can harm your dog like chocolate and other food that may harm his stomach. Here are five great treats for your dog during the holidays.

  1.  Cooked vegetables like pumpkins, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, and peas are terrific options for cats and dogs.
  2. Bones and chews – don’t give your dog turkey bones as they may break and cause your dog to choke or injury to his intestines. Instead look for some tasty turkey flavored chews.
  3. Fresh turkey – remove the skin and bones and don’t give him turkey that has been sitting for more than two hours.
  4. Biscuits and other treats. You’ll find these at your local pet supermarket.
  5. Toys.  You can pick out a toy that your dog will “drool” over. This is a good option in place of food.

Have a great Thanksgiving with you family, friends and pets!

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OLDER DOG CHRISTMASLocal animal shelters are filled with cats and dogs abandoned due to the economic crisis. It really bothers me how many people got rid of their pets for financial reasons yet maintain an unlimited cellphone plan and mindlessly text all day! The fact is that many people will not adopt an older cat or dog for fear that it only has a few years to live. Remember cats can live as long as 20 years, so if you adopt a twelve year old cat and if it’s in good health, you can have eight good years with it. Giving a second chance to an abandoned older cat or dog is a very rewarding experience. Perhaps this holiday season, some can really help the animal shelters and adopt a needy animal. If you cannot adopt a pet due to allergies or financial reasons, animal shelters could use old blankets, food or anything else that you can donate. Spend your money on cat toys or a pet carrier instead of paying for minutes to mindlessly text all day!

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