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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!

Remember, your pets count!

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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.

Remember, your pets count!

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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.

Remember, your pets count!

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Choosing a Reliable Groomer

Sunday, August 25, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dog has long hair and if you don’t have time to give him regular baths, you may want to take him to a groomer on a regular basis.  When choosing a groomer, first ask about their experience.

  • How long have they been in the dog grooming business?
  • What kind of training did they receive? Are they certified by NDGAA or another organization?
  • Do they specialize in any breed size or particular breed of dog? Are there any restrictions on the types of dogs they work with?
Ask about their level of service like cleaning your dog’s ears, checking his anal glands etc.  Find out whether or not their fees are within your budget.
Safety is very important. I would ask the following questions.
  • Do they use a hand held dryer or a cage dryer? (I would prefer a hand held). If they do use a cage dryer, find out if someone always stays with the dogs. If they don’t, I would go elsewhere.
  • Do they sedate the dogs for grooming? If so, who does it and what type of training do they have?
  • Where do they keep the dogs when they’re  not being groomed or waiting to be groomed?
  • What happens in an emergency or if your dog is injured? Is there a veterinarian on call or does someone have first aid training?
  • How is their record keeping? Do they keep complete records like medical, vaccinations and grooming history?
All of these things are important to consider when choosing a groomer.
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Doggie Day Care May Not Be Good For Some Dogs

Saturday, August 24, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

You are very busy and are trying to decide whether or not to send your best friend to doggie day care. Before making this important decision, you must consider the fact that not all dogs may be suited for doggie day care. I found a website called which covered this topic quite well. Here’s the article from


Dog daycare is great for all dogs on paper, but in reality it’s not the right environment for some.

Let’s go over a few types of dogs that might not be a good fit for a group dog pack setting.

Very Anxious Puppies – Most puppies are happy-go-lucky and have no problem being let loose in a group of dogs. However, if your dog is viably uncomfortable around other dogs already, we want to proceed slowly or we risk doing negative socialization.

We might need to move a little more carefully and let him meet one dog, make a friend and then see how he can handle more. A little anxiety is okay and often can be improved with regular daycare visits, but if your dog is really freaked out we’re probably doing more harm than good. If you’re not sure, try him on a weekend at daycare or other slower time when there are less dogs there and see how he does (just note it may take a few visits for him to settle in and start to loosen up).

Fearful Adult Dog – Much like the anxious puppy, a dog that is afraid of other dogs is going to be overwhelmed in a pack setting. They need to be worked with on an individual basis with the right dogs to make sure we are helping and not making matters worse. Walking with other dogs works great.

Dog Reactive or Aggressive Dog – Obviously if your dog is grumpy with some or all dogs an off leash environment is not going to be the best place to work on it. Keep them home and find a local trainer to work with you and maybe you can improve the situation so you can eventually try it out.

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A purebred dog is eligible for AKC registration if it’s litter has been registered. When you purchase a purebred, you should get an individual Dog Registration Application from the seller. Once the application has been completed, you should submit it to the AKC along with the proper fee. You can also register a dog online. In about three weeks, you will receive your dogs AKC registration certificate.

When you fill out the application, you must remember that the application must be filled out jointly by the litter owner and the new owner. The application is color coded for the convenience of both parties.  The litter owner fills out the following information:

  • Sex of dog
  • Color and marking of dog
  • Registration type (Full or Limited)
  • Transfer date
  • Name and address of all new owners and co-owners
  • Signatures of all litter owners

The new owner fills out the following:

  • Name of dog
  • Signatures of all owners and co-owners
  • Payment information
  • Registration Options (For purchasing pedigrees and DVDs)

The new owner and litter owner must sign the application. Please be sure that all sections are completed and signed properly. The fee is non refundable and is subject to change.

Please note the following:

The buyer of an AKC-registrable dog should obtain the dog’s AKC papers from the seller at the same time the dog is purchased. If a dog is delivered or sold with the understanding that AKC papers will not be furnished, the buyer should sign a statement agreeing to this condition. This agreement should be kept in the seller’s records.

Information obtained from the American Kennel Club.

Once this is done, you can now enjoy your new puppy and pamper him with dog toys and treats.

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The Kitty Buffet

Thursday, August 22, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Now that we have two cats, I’m obsessed with making sure that they both always have enough to eat. My cat Millie who’s been with us for 15 years is a bit skiddish. She likes to sleep by herself, poop by herself and eat by herself. Atlantis our new cat is quite the opposite. He is extremely social and loves to be around people or other cats. He will try to socialize with Millie who really isn’t interested and if he walks into the room when she’s eating, Millie will leave the room. In order to ensure that both cats always have access to food, I’ve put Atlantis’s food in the dining room, Millie’s food in the laundry room and one bowl of dry food in our bathroom. It may be a little much but at least Millie can always eat in a quiet space. That’s not to say that Atlantis will take advantage of all food areas.

After we learn the unique personalities of our furry friends, we can make adjustments accordingly.

Remember, your pets count!

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This is a re-post to raise the level of awareness when it comes to the health of our beloved pets. Pay attention to symptoms that your pet may be having, don’t ignore them, you may regret it!

Our pets can’t tell us how they’re feeling. We need to know when our pets are ill and not ignore important, sometimes life threatening symptoms. Here is a quick checklist. If your pet has any unexplained symptoms such as the ones listed below, get him to a vet or animal hospital immediately. It’s always better to be on the safe side and get things checked out fast. Many animal hospitals and clinics are open 24 hours. It’s a good idea to check which ones are open in your area so that you’re ready in case of an emergency.

Symptoms to look for:

  1. Vomiting or Diarrhea
  2. Urinating more frequently
  3. Hair Loss or itchy skin
  4. Stiffness, lameness or difficulty with rising
  5. Coughing
  6. Lack of Appetite or Decreased Activity

If you notice any of these symptoms, get your pet in for a check up. Many times pet medication will take care of the problem, however any of these symptoms could be a more serious condition.

Remember your pets can’t dial 911!

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