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Monday Mentions: Cancer Support, Disaster Help & Furry Professional Ops

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Please take me home!

I’ve saved up lots of great info to share in today’s Monday Mentions. First, I had to share some of the puppy-licious pictures from this weekend’s adoption event. The babies mostly slept but finally woke up for some yappy-happy playtime. If you have a dog intent on breaking the bark-a-thon record, the latest puppies.About.com tips for curbing barks may help.

Older dogs benefit from a terrific promotion hosted by Morris Animal Foundation on Sunday, September 18, for a K9 Cancer Walk at the Cove at Concord Park in Knoxville. The event will benefit the Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, an initiative to fund research to prevent, treat and, ultimately, cure cancer in dogs. An estimated 50 percent of all dogs will battle cancer. All dog lovers are invited to attend and are encouraged to walk to celebrate the life of their canine best friend or walk in memory of dogs that have lost their battle with canine cancer.

Last week I talked about disaster pet preparation tips on the blog. The ASPCA has worked closely with the Joplin Humane Society and the last I heard, nearly 850 animals have since been rescued__with more than 200 beloved pets being reunited with their families. Here’s one story of a kitty and owner reunion!  Now the recent fires have displaced more families–and animals. Check out this video…and help if you can:

Some might be curious about those initials after my name, C.A.B.C.–that stands for Certified Animal Behavior Consultant (dogs and cats). I’m a professional member of IAABC. This professional membership organization promotes Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) principles in work with companion cats, dogs, parrots, horses and working animals.

In honor of Cat Adoption month in the U.S, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants have a “special deal” for Cat Division applicants. The application fee has been waived for all new members (to all divisions) throughout the month of June–YEEE-HAW!!! President Marjie Alonso writes, “Cats are currently the most popular pet in the United States and  it’s imperative that we support and educate regarding growing need  for feline behavioral assistance and services to help cat owners.  Learn more about joining IAABC here.

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Adopt a new friend, don't wait!

This past weekend I attended a puppy and kitten adoption and am pleased to say several fur-kids found new forever homes. But there are always so many more waiting . . . and after all, there’s still several days left in Adopt A Cat Month.

CATalyst Council is working with American Humane Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Petfinder.com to make this June the most successful Adopt A Cat Month® ever! Check out the official website here. Better yet, visit your local shelter this month to take home a new feline friend! Oh, and check out the fantastic how-to video on kitty carrier training at the end of the blog, courtesy of Catalyst Council folks.

Can’t adopt right now? No problem. Consider fostering. Everyone wants to help critters–well, those who read this blog do anyway! But it comes at a cost. Good news! Did you know that your expenses of caring for “foster animals” may be tax deductible?

Unable to foster? One of my fav organizations Alley Cat Rescue offers a brilliant alternative. You can have a virtual adoption and sponsor an ACR office cat or special needs kitty.

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions–and to stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!

Tuesday Tips: Disaster Preparation, Egypt and Fire!

Do you have a disaster plan for yourself and your pets? If not, make plans now! You never know when disaster will strike. For instance, I hadn’t a clue that the several “booms” yesterday followed by a power outage was more than a temporary inconvenience. Then I noticed smoke—outside—quite some distance from the house. No problem—the next door golf course often burned trash. But when the dog barked (GOOD BOY!), and I left my upstairs office to check, smoke had begun to come into the kitchen. Yikes! I grabbed my phone, and ran out to check – this video (about 3-4 minutes) will show you what I found.

We were lucky. Grass fires are common in North Texas, and other parts of the country. Would you know what to do if (heaven forbid!) your pets were caught in the burn? Here’s a brief first aid guide to treating pet burns and smoke inhalation, but I hope you’ll never need it.

On the same “disaster prep” theme, I wanted to update you on my friend and colleague Heike. She’s safe in Germany with her son Jan. But she had to leave her pets behind. Heike was prepared, though, and made arrangements for a neighbor to care for the kitties, and left her dog with Candy’s Kennel, a terrific facility. Enjoy the pictures.

Egyptian Persian mix Sir Kimo
Heike writes, “(above) our Egyptian Persian mix “Sir Kimo”, rescued on 31/12/2004 when we found him severely injured and undernourished on our staircase.”

Egyptian Siamese Miss Noha
“Our Egyptian Siamese, Miss Noha.”

Jan with dog Lucky

“My son Jan Henrik Syllwasschy and our dog Lucky “Woolsy” Syllwasschy.”

Donkey cart transport
“Typical transportation means, donkey & cart, often overloaded.  Also many other animals which do not directly work in the tourism industry, e.g. donkeys pulling carts, are suffering from overloading of vehicles, groundless punishments and beating, and malnutrition.”

Camels, Horses for tourists at Giza pyramids
“Camels & horses waiting for tourists @ Giza pyramids, very often undernourished even in good times. As tourists refrain from visiting Egypt these days, many riding stables let their horses and camels starve to death since they lack income and cannot afford the food for their animals. dpa and n-tv report on dying horses in the streets around the Giza pyramids, where usually horses and camels carry the tourists to the

Candys Kennel
“Candy’s Kennel, private kennel operated by Mrs. Hend Kotb, currently home to 30+ rescued dogs, all food/medical treatment/labor privately financed.” This is where her dog currently is being housed until Heike’s return (she hopes) this week. Few companion animals in Egypt have it so good, though. This article about Cairo’s cats will strike a chord with all animal lovers, and the efforts of a fledgling animal welfare effort give hope. Check out Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA).

Heike further writes, “The current political situation increases the suffering of the animals in Egypt.  Many animals are suffering from wounds resulting from bad saddles, or suffer from injuries of joints from overload or other abuse, resulting in terrible pain when carrying people.”

Check out the FaceBook page for The Egyptian Society for Animal Friends. Heike says, “ESAF are doing tremendous work to save horses/camels together with Brooke Hospital, and they have tons of pics on their page. You can contact one of their members Sonia Zollner for permission to use some pics in your newsletter. I have already written to her that we are raising causes, and just mention my name to her, i am sure she won’t object!”

So spread the word–and the furry love. Be prepared for the worst, hope for the best, and reach out to help when disaster strikes.