Monday, February 28, 2011

Pet Oral Health Month

Astrea is all smiles after getting a hair cut and her teeth brushed.

It's the last day of February, BUT, it's still February - so it's still Pet Oral Health Month. I actually had no idea how important oral health is, until the vet brought Astrea's to my attention. When I first brought Astrea home she was having a flare up of demodectic mange. I did not want to put her through the dips that would clear it up and because I don't know her true breed putting her on ivermectin was too risky for me. I did some research and put her on a diet that would boost her immune system and get her little body fighting off the demodex. The diet was great for her immune system, but because it was all wet food she started to have plaque buildup on her teeth. The vet and I chatted and he recommended putting her on a diet that included more hard foods and supplementing with teeth brushing at home and what Astrea really liked, Greenie's Treats!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, we LOVE Greenie's in our house. Pill Pockets got Sancho through months of medications and the Greenie's Dental Chews keep Astrea's teeth clean and happy. Greenie's has teamed up with the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) in and effort to get the word out on not only why your pet's oral health is important, but how to know if the products you are using are truly effective.

The VOHC is an organization created by the American Veterinary Dental College
to recognize products that reduce plaque and tartar buildup. It is similar to the American Dental Association (ADA) for human oral care. The VOHC is an international organization of board certified veterinary dentists that has established strict testing protocols for products related to oral health. The VOHC awards a Seal of Acceptance to pet products that meet established standards in helping to delay
plaque and tartar. When purchasing products look for the VOHC seal so you know that you're buying a truly effective product.

So why should you care about your pet's oral hygiene?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Celebrity Sunday

Usually I use Celebrity Sunday to post pictures of a celebrity's pet. This week, I decided to do things a little different, I wanted to feature what Kaley Cuoco of "The Big Band Theory" is doing for animals. Last fall Kaley broke her leg while horse back riding. While recovering in the hospital from her accident Kaley's boyfriend, Christopher French - lead singer of Annie Automatic, played guitar for her. Kaley began to sing along to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Kaley later decided to record and release the song on itunes to benefit the Humane Society of America. Check out the video below of Kaley encouraging people to adopt a shelter pet and singing her version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Saturday, February 26, 2011

BTC: Stop Live Animal Sales on eBay

I love eBay. When I was in high school and college I support my live music habit by selling clothes, books, memorabilia, whatever on eBay. In the past few years I've switched to selling mostly on and I honestly had no idea that eBay allowed live animal sales. This week would like you to help encourage eBay to stop live animal sales.

eBay classifieds provides puppy mills and backyard breeders an online marketplace to carry out their unethical sales, yet eBay claims there are policies in place to protect animals and buyers. Because a federal law loophole requires no USDA regulation for online animal sales, this promise is impossible for eBay to uphold.

So how can you help?

First, sign the petition urging ebay to stop these sales.

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Then, take a minute to Tweet @eBay or write via snail mail
(e-Bay, Inc, 2145 Hamilton Ave, San Jose, California 95125) and encourage them to change their ways.

And of course - encourage your friends and family to always adopt, never buy!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Update: File this under Crazy

Remember my post from a couple weeks ago about the woman who tried to mail her son a puppy? Not only did she think she shouldn't be charged with animal cruelty, she tried to get the court to give her the puppy back! Luckily the judge said No. The puppy was taken to the local shelter and put on a hold until they were able to adopt him out.

Not surprising a TON of people locally and world wide wanted to adopt this little pup. So many people wanted the dog that the shelter held a drawing to decide who would be given the privilege of taking in the little dog. Close to 50 people showed up to the shelter for the drawing, but only 1 could be the winner. The 5-month-old schnauzer-poodle mix named Guess was lucky enough to go home with Terri Ford of Minneapolis. Ford said she plans to rename Guess, and hopes that he'll get along well with her black cat, Danvers.

Source: Huffington Post

Monday, February 21, 2011

Highlights of Having a Cat and Dog

My cat and dog do funny stuff all the time. Whenever really funny stuff happens I want to tell the world. I usually go update my facebook status and tell all those people. I realized tonight, I have this wonderful blog, so I don't have to overload my facebook friends with stories about my dog and cat. So now here I am. And tonight I can't stop laughing at Astrea and Ora.

Astrea is very spoiled with her three times a day walks, she was very upset when it was raining and we couldn't go. Usually I let Astrea off her leash when were almost home so she can take off running and run circles in front of our door before we go in. Sometimes she comes home very excited and Ora takes off running. Tonight Astrea ran in super excited and was jumping/running towards Ora. Before Ora could take off running Astrea slipped across the floor, right under Ora and took her out. Ora fell over Astrea and jumped back up freaking out. The problem is, Astrea thought Ora wanted to play. So Astrea jumped up twice as excited, and started jumping toward Ora. Now, I expected Ora to freak out even more but instead, she paused, punched Astrea in the nose and then ran off and hid into the closet. Astrea was so shocked she didn't know what to do. Astrea is currently sitting out side the closet patiently waiting for Ora to come out and play.

(I call this their awkward first day of school picture)

Mobile Monday

Astrea loves her baby. I say her baby, because even though he only comes over once a week, she definitely thinks he's hers. She's the best little mommy too. She sleeps with him when he naps, she comes to get me when he wakes up, she gives him lots of hugs and kisses, and she just adores him. I think this picture shows how much she loves him...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Celebrity Sunday

In the weeks since I first posted about Tori Spelling's gorgeous chicken Coco, she has posted even more fabulous pictures, so, Coco is back this week!

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Very Happy Ending!

If you ever wonder why you should get your dog microchipped, here is the answer.

Rio Linda, CA dog found in Tacoma, WA

A Rio Linda dog was found over 700 miles away in Washington after the Humane Society traced his microchip to his owners. Bear, a Padderdale Terrier, usually spent his days at his owner Brian Rapozo's shop, but on Tuesday, Bear went missing. Friday, a woman found Bear roaming around Lakewood, WA. and turned him in at the Tacoma animal shelter. Rapozo said long-haul truckers travel through Rio Linda and may have picked up Bear, or he may have stowed away. Rapozo is driving up to Tacoma Saturday to pick up Bear.

In the meantime, Bear is in good spirits, playing in his pen until he is reunited with his owner.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Stand up and Make a fuss!!

I have an on-going joke that I call 911 more than anyone I know. I guess it's not really a joke, it's true, I do. I've had to testify in court before because of it. I've had to fight back the urge to break into someone's car while waiting for the cops to show up because some idiot left their baby strapped into a car seat while they went into Blockbuster. I'm not afraid to call 911 when I see something wrong happening - and I encourage you all to do the same. One of my friends posted this article on facebook and I couldn't wait to share it with you all. Kudos to these folks who worked hard and stood up to a very scary situation to save this beautiful pup Blueberry. If you ever suspect animal cruelty is occurring, no matter how scary it is to call the authorities, please don't hesitate to do so.

Oakland: Neighbors honored for taping dog beating

Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer

For the neighbors, the worst part about the beatings was when they ended. Blueberry, a brown and white pit bull, would lie his bloody frame on the apartment balcony, his head against the metal bars, and shiver.

"It was so awful. ... It was never a case of should we do something, it was how," said Steelee Faltis, 32, an Oakland artist. "Talking to the dog's owner didn't work. But we knew that no one could argue with a video."

So Faltis, his brother and a friend kept a video camera on a nightstand for months, ready to record their neighbor attacking his dog in their quiet neighborhood just south of Lake Merritt.

Finally, on Feb. 19, 2010, they got it: a high-quality video of their neighbor, Charles Black, striking Blueberry repeatedly with an ax handle raised high over his head. In the film, the dog emits harrowing squeals and cries as it cowers against the blows.

'Took a lot of courage'

That video led to Black's conviction in January for felony animal cruelty, resulting in a four-year prison sentence. On Thursday, the Faltis brothers and their friend were lauded as heroes by the Oakland police and a slew of other organizations.

Vince Faltis, who recorded the video used to convict Black, was awarded $2,500 by the Humane Society, $1,000 of which he donated to the Oakland animal shelter.

"This case could not have been made without the efforts and of heroism of Vince Faltis," said Megan Webb, shelter director. "Charles Black is a dangerous man with a criminal record. It took a lot of courage to do what Vince did."

The Faltis brothers and Vince Faltis' girlfriend, Libby Van Horn, heard Black torture his dog for months from the balcony of his apartment. Sometimes the beatings were every week. Sometimes they were once every three or four months. They'd hear Blueberry's high-pitched yelps and cries.

"It was intolerable. Your eyes couldn't believe what you were seeing," said Van Horn, 27, a speech pathologist.

Steelee Faltis took a video on June 30, 2009, and brought it to Oakland's animal shelter. The images were too blurry to be useful, so Steelee Faltis obtained a higher-quality camera and the trio kept trying.

Still, the initial video was so horrific that Webb - who sees some of the city's worst animal cruelty cases - was haunted.

"The images and sounds of that dog kept echoing in my mind," she said. "The video was extremely disturbing. Even to this day I have a hard time watching."

An arrest, a recovery

Six months later, when Vince Faltis brought in the second video, authorities knew they had enough to pursue animal cruelty charges against Black.

Police came immediately and removed Blueberry from Black's care, bringing him to the shelter for treatment.

Blueberry has since recovered and been adopted by a local family.

Vince Faltis, 31, a union pipe fitter, said he hopes the incident will encourage other people to "stand up and make a fuss" when they encounter wrongdoing.

"We've lived in Oakland all out lives. I hella love Oakland," he said. "Maybe now when someone thinks of Oakland, they'll think of a place where we don't tolerate animal abuse."

Joining the dignitaries Thursday in applauding Faltis was Jarrod Cooper, former safety for the Oakland Raiders, who's a regular volunteer at the Oakland shelter.

"I know a lot of people who don't have the balls to do what these guys did," said Cooper, who awarded the Faltis brothers and Van Horn with free Raiders tickets and autographed helmets.

Steelee Faltis said he was thrilled with the award money and the gifts, but his thoughts remain with Blueberry.

"This is great," he said. "But it doesn't match the sigh of relief when that dog was finally taken to a safe place."

E-mail Carolyn Jones at carolynjones@sfchroniclecom.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pets of the Homeless

Pets of the Homeless is this weeks cause at Be the Change for Animals. Living in the Sacramento Area I see a lot of homeless people with their pets, and it absolutely breaks my heart. A few times I have stopped and offered whatever I have in my car for their animals (and the humans), and have been very surprised, yet delighted, to hear that the community at large (at least in Sacramento) is very giving to their pets. In Sacramento, we even have a wonderful group that operates a food bank for pets, Titanic's Pantry. But for those homeless pets that are receiving help in their community, there is Pets of the Homeless.

Pets of the Homeless is an organization that addresses the necessary care of pets who’ve become homeless with their owners. Much-needed food, supplies and veterinary care are provided through a network of voluntary businesses and caring individuals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Many of us are not aware of either the scope of the homeless problem, or ways we can help.

If you'd like to help please share, like Pets of the Homeless on Facebook, and follow Pets of the Homeless on Twitter. Also, watch the video below and visit and to learn how you can do more.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mobile Monday

Ora is slowly but surely getting more comfortable and making herself at home. She's finding new places to explore, getting braver on where she plays and sleeps. I send Astrea to daycare once a week to get her energy out and so I can have a day to get a ton of things accomplished without distraction. With Astrea out of the house things were already unusually quiet, but then I realized Ora was nowhere to be found. I knew she had to be in the house, but I couldn't find her in any of the usual places. After a few minutes of looking I found her in my closet, curled up in the box I keep my purses in. The sound from the first picture woke her up, so she took the opportunity to turn around and pose for a couple more...


Sticking her tongue out at me...


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Celebrity Sunday: Spartacus and Ice

My love for Coco and Spartacus is what first inspired me to do Celebrity Sunday, this past week I saw the greatest picture ever of Spartacus and his human dad, Ice T. I love that they both look totally ready to kick some ass. The only thing that could make this picture better would be if Coco was posing too.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

File this under CRAZY

First she tries to send her son a puppy THROUGH THE MAIL and now she wants the puppy back? This woman has got to be out of her mind...

Artificial Sweetener Danger

I saw this story on and thought it was very important to share with you all. Please be very careful with what your dog eats and what they can get into when you're not looking - there are a lot of foods/chemicals/additives that may not be harmful to humans, but are very toxic to our pets.

CARMICHAEL, CA - An 11-week-old German shepherd named Lutzow was happy and playful Monday afternoon, but died in his owner's arms the next day.

The two veterinarians who treated the puppy blame xylitol, a common sweetener, for Lutzow's sudden and painful death.

"Xylitol killed my puppy," said a heartbroken Judy Steinbrenner, who contacted News10 to make other pet owners aware of the danger posed by the naturally-occurring sugar substitute.

Xylitol is found in gum, mints, toothpaste and sugar substitute, among other products.

Dr. Laura Hart, a veterinarian with Reagor Pet Hospital, said even a small dose of xylitol can dangerously reduce a dog's blood sugar, and a larger amount can lead to liver failure.

Steinbrenner said she was aware of the danger and kept her products containing the sweetener out of reach of her pets. She believes Lutzow consumed the fatal dose of xylitol when he got into some picnic litter during a walk at a nearby park.

Julie Turner, a marathon runner, said her 2-year-old golden retriever named Kona had a close call involving xylitol when he chewed through several packages of a powdered energy drink she left on the kitchen counter.

"They pumped his stomach and treated him with activated charcoal," Turner said. She, too, was aware that xylitol can be deadly for dogs, but was unaware the powdered drink contained the sweetener.

Steinbrenner said she and her husband, Mike, paid hundreds of dollars to have Lutzow vaccinated against parvo, distemper and other puppy viruses. She never dreamed they would lose him to a common sugar substitute.

"He was protected from worms and fleas, and then killed by a stick of chewing gum," she said.

by George Warren,

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Check out my upgrade...

It's been two weeks now that Ora has been in an e-collar. Between the owie on the back of her neck and her spay, it's not going anywhere anytime soon - so I decided to give her an upgrade. She was starting to get a raw spot on the inside of her legs from trying to give herself a bath and was also getting a raw spot from where one of the buttons was rubbing against her chest. Lucky for me Western Feed, one of our local pet stores, had the Kong Cloud on hand for me. Ora is much happier with the new Cloud. She can walk normal, use the Litter Robot, give herself a modified kitty bath, but can't scratch at her owie or lick her stitches. It's perfect.


I think it kind of looks like she's wearing some form of kitty life preserver.

Wordless Wednesday


Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Fur February in Sac County!

It's Fur February at the Sacramento County Animal Shelter - that means half off all “animals with fur” – so, of course that means every animal at the shelter! This special runs through the end of the month! If you're looking for a new family member, head on down to the Sacramento County Shelter on Bradshaw or find them on petfinder to look for your new best friend.

And don't forget - if your favorite kitty friend isn't spayed or neutered yet, there are FREE mobile spay & neuter clinics this month! There are a limited number of appointments available so call 916-504-2844 to make you appointment today. There are no income guidelines. This clinic is for owned cats only! The clinic is located at 6015 Watt Avenue, North Highlands.

Everlasting Gobbstopper

I broke down and got Astrea a new toy for her birthday and because I'm back in school. She discovered Athena's Everlasting Treat Ball and loved it, so I thought that was a good choice. She is in LOVE with this thing. In love. So in love she has starting falling asleep and cuddling with it...



Tuesday, February 08, 2011

BTC: StreetZaps!

I am so glad that Be the Change for Animals decided to feature StreetZaps as their cause this week. If you recall I blogged about them at the beginning of December after I heard about Sammy, who passed away after being electrocuted in Seattle., an educational initiative led by public safety advocate Blair Sorrel, aims to reduce the year-round risk of injury and fatality from stray voltage for pedestrians and pets.

According to, any metal can deliver a shock including lamp posts, fire hydrants, manhole covers, pay phones, scaffolding, automated entrances, ATMs, and unmarked metal plates. Moisture increases the risk of shock while salt increases conductivity. Dog urine contains both. Mind where you walk and where your dog “goes.”

By using StreetZaps you can educate yourself on how to keep yourself, your kids and your pets safe from the threat of stray voltage. Help be the change:

1. Learn how to avoid trouble and dispel common misconceptions at the Street Zaps Safety Page.
2. View international shock alerts before walking in your city.
3. Report a shock so others may be spared. Street Zaps confirms and forwards your report to the proper Utility company.
4. Download the Street Zaps Flyer to share with a friend.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Support Bridgette, Don't Let this Cat Killer Go Free!

I never know if these petitions I sign make any difference, but sometimes I think it's nice just to see the number of people who support a cause or issue. I got this petition in my email this morning from a woman who volunteers at the animal shelter. I wasn't going to even click the link, but something made me go see what it was. This story just makes me absolutely sick.

After serving only 2 years and 5 months, Russell Swigart is up for parole this month. Swigart pled guilty in 2008 to 2nd degree breaking and entering, as well as 2 counts of animal torture. Swigart was convicted under Romeo's Law for stabbing Bridgett Wright's two pet beautiful cats to death. He was sentenced to 12 years - 10 years for the B&E and 2 for the death of the cats. Swigart was the first person to be convicted in Kentucky under Romeo's law.

Given this man's history I cannot believe he is already up for parole. I encourage you to sign this petition, if nothing else just to let Bridgett Wright know that we stand behind her and support her in her effort to keep a man who has absolutely terrorized her, behind bars.

This is Bridgett's Story...

My name is Bridgett Wright and I am the victim in this case. Swigart broke into my Lakeside Park condo, after sending me threatening texts that he "wanted me dead." He was armed with an 11 inch Buck Knife. I was out of town on a last minute business trip. When he saw I was not home, he took out his rage on two of the most important things in my life--Mr. Frank and Piggy. These were cats I adopted at birth & loved for nearly 8 years. Swigart then texted me saying, "You should get home and clean up the mess. Piggy & Frank have seen better days. I just stabbed your cats to death. Piggy put up a good fight, but Frank went out like a b****." I called the police & alerted my family. Driving home, from 3 hours away, was torture in itself. The only information confirmed by police, was that my home had in fact been violated. I didn’t know for sure if they were dead until I arrived home. It was the worst night of my life. When he does get out of jail—I will live in fear of this man.

Russell Swigart has a long history of stalking/threatening women and torturing or killing their pets. There are at least 5 other known women with pets that he has victimized. Swigart is mentally unstable and a danger to society. He needs to be stopped before he kills a person. I desperately need the support of all animal lovers and concerned citizens to urge The Kentucky Parole Board to deny his parole and make him “SERVE OUT” the remaining 10 years of his sentence! Please give your support by signing this petition today!!

The Kenton County Prosecuter, Justin Sanders, who prosecuted this case was quoted in the Kentucky Enquirer saying, "It is not unreasonable to believe that (Swigart) may even be a serial killer in the making," on January 26, 2011

I have a victim’s hearing on February 14th and need to raise at least 1,000 signatures before then. Please help!! Pass this along—together we can reach this goal!

Click here to read more about Swigart's history as an animal killer and please help support Bridgett by signing her petition.

Celebrity Sunday

Michelle Branch is one of my favorite people ever. Seriously. If I haven't mentioned it before here, Hanson is my favorite band. Yes Hanson, MMMBop Hanson. In fact, I have MMMBop tattooed on my middle finger. When Michelle Branch was still trying to come up in the industry and land a record deal she shared her independent music with Hanson fans. Sometimes I would imagine Michelle and I become dear friends, bonding over Hanson and I would travel the world with her as her back up singer. Obviously that didn't happen, but I still remember the first time I saw her perform. It was at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, my friends and I stood right at the stage singing along to the whole performance. I'm sure we looked a little silly because no one else was as into it as we were, but I didn't care.
That being said, all these years later, I still love Michelle Branch. I think that she is just fabulous and has grown into an amazing woman who should be a role model for any young girl trying to make it in the music industry. Recently Michelle opened a Tumblr account so of course, I'm following her there. When I read this post it made me smile to know that other people love the weekends for the same reasons I do...

Jan 22 -
Saturday morning snuggle fest: My favorite kind of mornings are the ones on weekends that are spent lazily lounging in blankets and robes, drinking cappuccino and watching cartoons with my daughter Owen (and our kitten Coco.) Nowhere to be, no plans for the day, the smell of breakfast being made and lots of possibilities.

As a side note, one of my friends pointed out that 9 years ago today I saw Michelle Branch at Slim's in San Francisco. Must be a sign that today is a Michelle Branch type of day...

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Cutest Twitter Pics

I never hesitate to tweet a #cutepic to @PeoplePets. This week I submitted my latest favorite and although it wasn't a daily winner... look who was a runner up this week!


Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Do you need financial assistance?

I'm on the board of the Animal Law Society at my school. We're planning a big event for this spring and we need to decide pretty quick which organization we will be giving our proceeds to. We still haven't decided, but an interesting conversation began during our discussion. Our adviser told us a story about a friend of hers...

Her friend had a dog that she loved very dearly. The dog went missing, but was located a couple days later at her local shelter. Unfortunately her dog was injured, but luckily the shelter provided prompt medical care and the dog was on his way to a full recovery. When the friend went to pick her dog up she received a bill for $400 in medical services. The friend was in financial crisis already at that point and didn't know how she would pay the bill. The shelter told her, her options were pay the bill and take her dog home or don't pay the bill and leave the dog at the shelter where he would likely euthanized. Luckily this story has a happy ending. The friend was able to find a way to pay the bill and get the dog back home to heal, but it begs the question, what happens when a person can't afford their animal's medical care?

Free Tilly

With the start of school and getting a new kitty I fell a little off the bandwagon with posting the causes featured at But I'm back on track and this week consider helping Free Tilly.

You have probably heard of Tilly. Tilly is the Killer Whale who inexplicably attacked and killed his trainer early in 2010. Tilly is a 22-foot, 12,000 pound Killer Whale, who has spent the last 25 years in captivity performing tricks for audiences. Animal Defenders International (ADI) claims that the tragic attack is a clear indication of Tilly’s frustration and a severely deprived environment. Like a dog in the shelter too long, or a person in prison, eventually the lack of space to be free gets to them. For a whale, small pools are no substitute for the ocean. wants you to let marine parks know that you refuse to endorse the use of captive marine mammals in entertainment. Ensure Tilly gets the rehabilitation he needs, so he might someday be able to go free. Sign the Free Tilly pledge and Subscribe to ADI’s Action E-News to learn more.


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