Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Have you seen this story yet? This poor little puppy got himself caught up in a cactus. Luckily, a very good samaritan heard his cries and not only rescued him from the cactus, but pulled nearly an entire bucket of cactus spines from the puppy before the more help arrived. The little pup, named Cactus Jack, was taken to the Arizona Humane Society’s Second Chance Animal Hospital where the rest of the spines were removed. Lucky for Jack there was no real damage and after a round of antibiotics he was given a clean bill of health! Watch the video below to see the excitement over who got to be the lucky family to take Cactus Jack home.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
During my last year of law school I was the Vice President of the group and between our fantastic board and members we worked our butts off to do some fun things - and help animals in Sacramento County. In conjunction with another club on campus we started an "Angel Tree" during the holiday season to collect gifts for shelter animals. We also did a spring cleaning drive to collect toys, towels and blankets, and we were even able to raise enough money to sponsor a habitat room at the County shelter. The last event we did was for Diversity Week to raise awareness of Animal-Assisted Therapy. At the time, two members of our campus community used assistance animals, and we thought it would be a fantastic idea to bring assistance animals (lots of doggies and even one mini-horse!) to campus to educate our community on the variety of help assistance animals offer. It mostly turned into a mass of students and staff cooing over the animals, getting some cuddles in and taking a minute to avoid the stress of law school.
This year, the animal law society has upped their game and I'm so proud! Following the lead of Yale and UConn - this year the McGeorge School of Law is offering their very first "Rent-A-Pet" Program! With the help of Lend-A-Heart Animal Assisted Therapy, students from McGeorge and the UOP main campus can take a break from the stress of finals by checking out an animal for a 25 minute session. I swear that having Astrea is the only way I made it through law school, so here's to hoping the event is a success and other students get the stress relief they so desperately need from these fantastic animals!
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The ladybugs were out in full force, this was one of many that had a rest on my arm.
Not one to sit still when there is a chance to run.
The happiest girl in the whole wide world.
And of course, sleepy as can be after playing.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
It's been a long time since I've had a moment of pure and utter panic with Astrea. In fact, now that I'm typing this, before this happened I don't know that she's ever done anything to scare me like this. But, we've all had those moments that just leave you absolutely frozen with panic and fear. You know, like when you're at the mall and can't find your kid? That kind of panic. That's what I experienced Wednesday night.
I've been spring cleaning. A lot. With nothing to do but job hunt and wait - I figured what a perfect opportunity to purge my house of junk, do the decorating I've been putting off and do that cleaning you never want to do, but has to get done. I've been going room to room so I can really focus and get everything done. It's all I've done for the past couple of days. Because I knew I was going to do this I didn't unpack when I got back from Carmel on Monday. Just set my bags on the floor and figured once I got to my bedroom and bathroom I'd put that stuff away. Because I leave my bags on the floor all the time I didn't think twice about it. I didn't think there was anything in my bags that Astrea would want, and she's not the kind of dog that goes searching through bags so I wasn't worried about anything.
After she had dinner Wednesday night Astrea disappeared into my bedroom. It's not uncommon for her to sleep on my bed, especially when it's rainy and cold like it's been. I made my own dinner, watched some TV and never once considered checking on Astrea. At some point she rejoined me in the living room. She was a little more barky than usual, but again, not uncommon since it's been rainy and she hasn't had the chance to get her energy out on her walks. By all accounts it was a pretty normal night - then I went into my bedroom.
All around the room I found pieces of a blue box. At first I didn't know what it was, then the panic started to set in. One of my friends had given me a box of chocolate for Easter. I completely forgot about it. It was in my unpacked bag that had been in the same, untouched spot since Monday. And now, all that was left was the box. I was really hoping that maybe she didn't get to the chocolate. Maybe she just tore the box open and that was that. I searched all under my bed, in the closet and bathroom looking for some left over chocolate. Nope. She ate every last piece of that stupid chocolate cross. I was cursing everyone I could while I collected the box and checked Astrea out.
She wasn't acting particularly weird. She wasn't especially thirsty. Wasn't panting. Wasn't showing any of signs of chocolate toxicity that I could tell, but it couldn't have been more than an hour or so since she ate the chocolate and I didn't know how long would take for it to get into her system. The worst part was, although I had picked up the box and read it, I convinced myself she ate an entire pound of chocolate. My first instinct was to rush her to the vet. But, the closest 24 hour vet that I know about is 30 minutes away, it was raining, and there was a good chance I was over-reacting. So, I calmed myself down, reminded myself that tons of dogs eat chocolate and nothing happens, and called the ASPCA Poison Control while searching the internet.
And here's what I learned:
1. I'm not the only person who does something stupid like this around Easter. With so much candy around this time of year, it's not uncommon for dogs to get into it.
2. Chocolate toxicity is based on several factors - type of chocolate, amount eaten and size of the dog. Once I got the package in front of me, I discovered that Astrea had not eaten a pound, but 2 oz of milk chocolate. Lucky for us 2 oz of milk chocolate in a 25 pound dog is not enough to cause real alarm.
3. There was a good chance she would have the poops, and I should keep a close eye on her, but chances are she would be fine.
So I covered the bathroom floor in potty pads, watched her carefully and had a terrible nights sleep. And she's fine. She got up a couple times in the night and pooped, but that was all. She was acting totally normal this morning, was perfectly happy to go to day care and aside from my own panic and anxiety, it was (luckily!) rather uneventful.
But I can't stress enough that although it was uneventful - we got very lucky. Had she got into a pack of gum, or more of a different type of chocolate this could have ended very differently. Astrea is sleeping next to me now and I'm so very thankful. So the moral of the story is this - no matter how much you trust your dog, the smell of a yummy treat may be too much for them to handle. Even if your dog hasn't done something before, doesn't mean they won't try it. In case of emergency, don't freak out. Stay calm, call the proper people and do whatever you need to do to tend to your pet.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
And while I was enjoying the beautiful Carmel weather, Astrea was getting some play time in with her favorite cousin, Ruca. As you can see, playing with a puppy exhausts Astrea.
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Before you decide to get a rabbit for a child this Easter, please understand that they do not make good “starter” pets for children.
Rabbits require a life time commitment of care and expense that is the same or greater than that of a cat or a dog. They need exercise, a proper diet, and spacious shelter that will protect them from predators and extreme weather conditions. Medical attention is sometimes needed and they should be spayed or neutered. Rabbits enjoy receiving affection from people, but some do not like being held because it instigates a feeling of being caught by a predator.
There are numerous domesticated rabbits that have been abandoned by their guardians. They cannot fend for themselves because they do not have the instincts to live on their own. Most will fall prey to predators and others will starve due to inadequate food source.
If your family is not prepared for the long-term commitment of a rabbit, please give your child a stuffed animal as an Easter gift. That way when the child loses interest, the live rabbit will not end up neglected or abandoned.
Should you decide that you are fully prepared to care for a rabbit and you wish to bring one into your family, never purchase a rabbit from a pet store. Instead, please visit your local shelter or rescue organization and choose to adopt one of last year's homeless "Easter Gifts". Educate yourself more at rabbitron.com.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Of course I took to twitter and posted why I'm a cat person, I may not make it onto a billboard in Times Square, but at least I was honest!