Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rejuv-a-Wafers - one of our new favorites!!

So, I have a confession. It's a controversial one, but it's time I admit it. Astrea is mostly a vegetarian. I know, not exactly a conventional way of feeding a dog - but we didn't get here purposely. I've talked many times about Astrea's weight struggles. Now, that I'm writing this I don't know if I've every really discussed her allergies, but Miss Astrea is a sensitive girl. She's had more than her fair share of ear infections, skin infections and hot spots. When I first brought her home she had was having a demodectic mange flare up. I fed her Honest Kitchen for her meals, and her little immune system got strong and fought off the mange. However, her little teeth were getting very dirty so I switched her to a dry food. After that, it was 2 years of trying to find a food that would keep her allergies under control, and then of course her weight.

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So how did we get to a vegetarian diet? After trying everything I put her back on Honest Kitchen and found she did best when I didn't add meat. Now that doesn't mean she never gets protein from an animal source. I say she's mostly a vegetarian, because when we visit family she does have some eggs or meat. And don't worry, she's been to the vet more than once since going veg and aside from needing to lose a couple more pounds, she's getting rave reviews for her health! But of course, I do worry about her getting all the nutrients she needs. Although the food she eats is incredibly healthy, it's made to have a protein source added in so I am concerned she's not getting enough protein. Also, because she eats a wet food and isn't a huge fan of chewing on bones, her breath can get stinky. So, I was very curious when the folks from Sun Chlorella contacted me to see if Astrea wanted to try Rejuv-a-Wafers.

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I'm cautious about the products that I'm willing to let Astrea try, and I've said no on more than one occasion. So I headed over to the Sun Chlorella website and started to read. Then I went to more websites and read more. I couldn't find a single reason why I shouldn't give Astrea the wafers. In fact, given her her skin issues and what it's done to her coat, I was anxious to try them and see what kind of difference it would make. When the wafers arrived, I was a little unsure if Astrea would eat them. Astrea is a picky girl and aside from one or two commercial treats, she really doesn't like any. She will take a carrot over a dog cookie any day of the week. She took the first wafer cautiously, dropped it on the floor and sniffed it for a bit, then gobbled it right up. The next day she had that wafer out of my fingers before I could even lean down to give it to her. So in the taste department, we had a hit. From there it was a waiting game.

Within a week or so I noticed Astrea's breath had greatly improved. I wasn't pushing her away anymore when she tried to give me kisses. And boy did I notice a difference when we took a week off from taking them. Her stinky breath made a come back, but as soon as we got back home and were taking the wafers again, things were great again. And the little miss is soft as can be! After a skin infection a while back, Astrea was left with a patch of coarse, grey hair on her back. The hair is still grey, but it is slowly becoming soft again. She's continuing to regain her puppy energy, and although she still likes to avoid spending too much time outside in the heat, I no longer have to force her to spend time out on a walk with me. So, we're still waiting to see in the long run what other positive changes we will see from the Rejuv-a-Wafers - but at this point we're thrilled and so happy with how well Astrea is doing!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Daddies to Be!

This has got to be the cutest, most wonderful thing I've read today.

Gay Penguin Couple Given Their Own Egg to Rear  

By Edmund Broch

Two gay Gentoo Penguins, that have for six years yearned to be parents, have been given their own egg to rear in Madrid, reports say.

The two male penguins, Inca and Rayas, met at Madrid’s Faunia Park six years ago, and have been inseparable since then. However, they have been building a nest every year in the hope of being able to nurture a young penguin, to no avail.

The Times reports today that zoo-keepers will place an egg in their nest, in order for them to become parents. Yolanda Martin, who takes care of the pair, told the newspaper: “We wanted them to have something to stay together for — so we got an egg. Otherwise they might have become depressed.”

Inca has apparently taken to the maternal role, perching upon the egg all day, while Ryas has assumed a more paternal role. However, Ms Martin takes exception to the label ‘gay’ for the penguins, and insists that they are merely ‘good friends.’ Local gay rights activists have taken the opportunity to point out that same-sex parents care as deeply and as well for their children as do heterosexual parents.

This is of course not the first time stories about gay penguins have surfaced (see related articles below). Buddy and Pedro, another gay penguin couple in Toronto, were separated briefly, much to the anguish of many, although they are set to be reunited at some point in the future.

Source: Pink News

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A man, a zebra and a parrot walk into a bar.

No really, a man in Iowa tried to take his zebra and parrot into a bar! Unfortunately for the man, the animals weren't allowed in and he was arrested for a DUI on his way back home. Check out the whole story by watching the video.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Swept Away...

This poor guy got a little too excited to play in the water, luckily the fire department and his owner were there to help.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

HAPPY DAY!!!

Normally I only post about Astrea and Ora's happy days and accomplishments - but today we're celebrating me!! I promised Astrea and Ora that I would never put them through the horror of taking the bar exam ever again - and I made good on that promise! Hooray for me - I PASSED THE BAR! I'm one swearing in ceremony away from being a 100% real life lawyer! Thank goodness for the two best study partners a girl could have asked for!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

One more reason to keep your dog safely restrained in the car

I've written her about car safety before, it's something that I feel very strongly about. It's not only important to keep your dog restrained, but be aware of your windows too. I hope this video will remind that no matter how well trained or well behaved your dog is - things can happen. This woman made this video to reach out to the good samaritans who helped her, but I think it's a great video to watch so you can hear first hand how accidents happen in the car. Thank goodness this pup was o.k., but remember it could have turned out very differently.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

True Love!

You know how I love the "odd couples." Check out this pair. They were so desperate to be reunited the goat was trying to climb over and the dog was trying to dig under to get to each other! Hopefully they will find a family that can give them a happy home together.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Happy Monday: Bathtime for Baby Sloths

I'm pretty sure this is the cutest thing I've ever seen. Now I truly understand why Kristen Bell lost her mind when she found out she was going to spend the day with a sloth.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Introducing....King Maximus

Ok, now officially, I would prefer that people do not breed their dogs. There are so many shelter pets looking for homes, and breeding does not help the situation. But I can't control the world, and I know that not everyone is running a puppy mill and there are responsible breeders. With that said - I can't help but to fall in love every time I see Spartacus and his son, King Maximus. Ice T and Coco decided to breed Spartacus His girlfriend was expected to have two puppies, instead she had six! Five boys and a girl. Ice and Coco decided to adopt one of the puppies and King Maximus was the lucky guy. Check him out...

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Help Save Our Oceans and Animals

I've been working hard for the past 6 months or so to try and really reduce the amount of garbage our house produces. I saw this picture and it just broke my heart.
Where your plastic ends up.
I realized that although my household is just one person and a couple of animals, I can make a difference. By recycling and composting, I've got to a point where I take my actual garbage out, maybe once a week, but usually less. I hope you'll watch this short video about the state of our oceans and animals. You can make a big difference by using a refillable water bottle, avoiding plastic as much as possible, and recycling!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Keep Your Dogs Safe This Summer!!

I was going to write two posts this week. One about dog treats and one about dogs in cars. Then I got lazy and I realized, there are already some good posts out there that cover all that you need to know. So I decided to just link you guys to a couple of posts I think you should read. First is a wonderful post about not leaving your dog in the car and the second is a post about the dangers of dog treats from China. I encourage you to read both these great posts and pass them along to your friends!

Don't Cook Your Dog!

Don't Cook Your Dog - A post from an animal control officer about leaving pets in the car and treatment for heat stroke. She did her own experiment and here's what she found:
I went about conducting my own experiment. I carry 2 thermometers, one for checking the internal temperature of the vehicles, one for checking animals temperatures.

I checked the temp in my truck cab with the AC running. 65*. I checked with the National Weather Service and at that time it was 102*. Then I parked the truck in the shade, turned it off, rolled the windows down 4 inches (open just enough for a large dog to stick his head out). In just these 5 minutes of preparation, the temp inside the truck was already 80*. In 10 minutes, the temp was 100*, with windows down and in the shade. That is only 2* degrees less than outside.

Now my 2nd experiment, I turned the AC back on, and moved to a Sunny location. Which is more typical of parking lots. It's rare to find a parking space in the shade at almost all big box stores. In the sun the temp when from the AC 65* to 100* in 5 minutes (truck off, windows rolled down 4 inches). In just 5 minutes, the temp climbed 35*! By the time it got to 10 minutes, the temp was at 120*. So in 10 minutes the temp went up 55* degrees!
You can read more at her post about how to treat a dog you suspect is suffering from heat stroke.

Stop buying dog treats made in China - Despite repeated warnings issued by the FDA, veterinarians are reporting new cases of dogs developing symptoms of kidney failure (Fanconi’s syndrome) similar to dogs who have been poisoned by Chinese-made chicken jerky treats, but this time they are being poisoned with a whole new class of treats: sweet potato treats imported from China. Read on at the site to see what brands you should be avoiding. The post goes on to discuss that the problems may not be limited to just jerky and sweet potato treats. So, be safe and know where your pet's treats are coming from.

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