The funniest thing that I noticed about Sibby

Hey guys! I’d like to introduce you to Sibby. Sibby is an 11 week old Siberian mix. Sibby was found at and rescued from a local shelter by her caretaker, Jenny. When she saw Jenny at the shelter, she begged and pleaded to go home with her, and Jenny couldn’t resist.

The funniest thing that Jenny noticed about Sibby is when she discovered herself in the mirror and thought she was face to face with another cat. Sibby hissed and folded her ears out, looking like a gremlin. Sibby is a very funny and cute kitty, a real treasure to Jenny.

Sibby was just one of many cats found at a shelter. My own cat was there for 4 months, and was THIS close to being sent to the pound, where she would have been put to “sleep” after another week or two. Every year thousands of cats are put to sleep. Please go to the pound and local shelters before you go to a pet store, where pets have garunteed good lives. You never know what treasures you might find. Thanks!!!

HOW CAN YOUR CAT BE CAT OF THE MONTH??? – When you send a picture of your cat, send a brief paragraph or two telling about the life and hobbies of your cat! Thank you for submitting your pictures and good luck.

Maximum lifespan of a domestic cat and dog

Did you know the maximum lifespan of a domestic cat is estimated to be as high as 25-35 years? Yet their average life span is only about 14 years. And did you know the maximum life span of a dog is estimated to be about 27 years? Yet the reality is that in our society their average lifespan is only about 13 years.

One of the most important things you can do to ensure your pet’s maximum health and longevity is to provide proper nutrition. Yes, genetics is an important factor in longevity, and we can’t do much about that. But numerous studies have shown that proper nutrition plays a vital role in ensuring a long, healthy and happy life for your pet. And that’s a factor you can do something about.

learn more Vitamins and nutrients critical to your pet’s well-being can be destroyed in the manufacturing processes of mass produced commercial pet foods. This can leave your pet lacking in necessary nutrients and endangering its potential lifespan.

Bruno’s Story Part 2 : A Story of Lost Dog and Being Found

In the meantime I had sent emails with a photo of him to every shelter I could think of, to vets in the area, the animal hospitals, I phoned as many places as I could find numbers for and asked them to be on the lookout for him. I placed an ad on Gumtree, placed alerts on all the online sites I could find. And then finally all I could still do was look for him around the neighbourhood.

When Bruno took off, he was wearing a collar with a tag that had his name as well as our cell number on it so I was hopeful that someone would see the tag and give us a call. Alas, it seems he lost the collar somewhere on his journey because when he was eventually found he was not wearing it.

When the call finally did come on the Wednesday after he disappeared, I nearly fainted! It was a man called Mark from the AACL in Epping and he told me that he was almost sure that a dog that he took in on Monday was my Bruno! He said that he received a call from a man called Kent who owns a wine-farm just up the road from us that he had a stray dog on his farm. Kent said he was about to let his horses out when he saw Bruno lying in the dirt road on his farm. He tried to approach him but Bruno, exhausted and hungry and still very scared, growled at him so he decided against it and called Mark who came to pick him up in due time.

About 5 minutes after Mark called me another lady from the AACL Epping branch phoned me and said that it was definitely Bruno that they had there and she recognised him from the photo that I sent them, down to the floppy ear! That phone call was one of the best phone calls I had ever had! We went and picked him up about an hour after we got the call and I was seriously shocked to see him – he almost did not look like my dog! He was scared and tired and his poor paws were raw from where ever he had been running – the pads had been worn off in places and were bleeding. He was also full of burrs and grass obviously from the fields he ran through before he got to the wine farm. I can only think that the only reason he could not go any further and lay down in that path was because he was dehydrated, hungry and in an enormous amount of pain!

We took him to the vet after we brought him home but the vet said that bandaging his feet would do no good – we had to get him to just take it quiet, and give it time to dry out and heal.

You cannot even begin to imagine the joy of having our baby home at last after living in so much panic and fear for his safety for the last 5 days. The first thing he did after I gave him some food and water was to jump up on his favourite place – our bed – and pass out fast asleep! For the next few days he was really hurting to walk and really lethargic but thanks to TLC and proper foodies he has light back in eyes. I see him looking at me sometimes as if he is wondering why I let him go out in the big cruel world out there all by himself – and I have to say sometimes I feel like I did. Hopefully we can put this absolute disaster behind us and move forward.

There are two things I learnt out of all this however, one is I will never leave them alone at home again on any night that there is any possibility of fire works, and if I absolutely have to, they will be locked inside the house.

Number two, never take things for granted – I never thought of looking for him any further than our immediate suburbs – it seemed highly implausible that he would be at a place like the AACL shelter in Grassy Park – but we found him in Epping! Epping is about 45 minutes drive away from us!

The lesson here is to not assume things. People pick up pets and drop them off where it is convenient for them; there can be a million scenarios as to where a pet might land up so don’t just look for your pet locally – get hold of all of the major shelters everywhere in your area! We were fortunate that the email I sent out was circulated to all of the branches of the shelters that received them but if it was not for that email, I don’t know if I would ever have found Bruno because I would never have thought of phoning Epping! Today Bruno is happily reunited with his mommy and daddy, 2 brothers and a sister but we were very fortunate that our story had a happy ending! I truly wish that for anyone else who has lost a pet.

Bruno’s Story Part 1 : A Story of Lost Dog and Being Found

When Bruno was about 6 weeks old we bought him from a bergie at Houtbay. My friends say we are probably the only people who go out to buy fish and chips and then come home with a puppy! To be quite honest with you, when the bergies offered him to us I said no at first because we had 4 kittens at home and I didn’t know how they would react to having a puppy around. However, when they walked away from me and I saw that face, I just knew I had to take him home with me. By the time I convinced my husband that we absolutely NEED that puppy the bergies had disappeared so we set out to look for them. Fortunately I found them about 15 minutes later and R30 later Bruno was ours! He was so small that my daughter Michelle could put him in the front of her jacket and carry him around like that.

The day we got Bruno was the start of many happy and funny days with him. He is a dog with the sweetest nature, full of mischief, very playful, loves cuddles and playing with mommy and daddy. He also adores home cooking! Bruno has absolutely changed our lives and he has taught us about what unconditional love really is.

He has a real fascination with any light reflections and he can run around the garden until he drops chasing after the reflection of a mirror on a wall or on the grass! I call him my “enlightened child” but jokes aside, he has the wise eyes of a very old soul. And anyone who tells you that a dog does not have a sense of humour has never met Bruno!

On November 5 while we were away from home there were fireworks in the area, really loud apparently, and my Bruno got spooked and managed to get out of our yard and disappeared down the road. That started a nightmare of 5 days that I would rather forget. It was the most traumatic time we had been through in a long time and just the thoughts of where he was and whether he was still OK and was he hungry were driving me insane. On top of that the what if’s and regrets of not being home or of doing things differently – it was pure torture!

We looked everywhere we could, drove through the neigbourhood calling his name. The problem with built-up areas though is that they are rather large and you just don’t have a clue where to concentrate your efforts to. Needless to say we did not find him and we spent a very miserable Sunday at home waiting for the print shop to open so we could get posters printed.

We spent the Monday putting up posters at all the places that we could think of that would accept missing dog posters. Most places were actually very helpful about it. We tied fliers to every important stop street at every entrance we thought he might have been seen but we still had no clue as to what direction he had taken.

In the meantime I had also sent out some emails and posted on Facebook about him being missing and so I came into contact with a whole lot of individuals that gave me so many tips and other information on how to go about trying to find him.

On Monday afternoon a kind individual phoned us to tell us that he saw Bruno on Saturday evening on a main road above our house – that at least gave us an indication of what direction he went into. But no matter how we searched it was to no avail. To be continued to the next post

Hairy herders corral coots

This could be construed as a terrible thing to say about one of our major industries, but golf courses in our area are going to the dogs.  Actually, they’re going  to the dogs everywhere.  It’s the latest trend – and it’s good.

Pacific Grove Golf Links has rented border collies and dog handlers to dissuade messy birds from eating the greens and leaving slimy calling cards for golf balls to traverse.  During hours of play, the border collies herd the birds – American coots – onto the golf course’s lake, and few coots seem to be taking up residence there this winter as a result.

Corral de Tierra Country Club, meanwhile, has its own border collie, Mickey, to make the course less attractive to flocks of Canadian geese.  In the off-season, Mickey – a club favorite – chases down pine cones tossed by Corral golfers and employees.  He also knows which golfers come to the course bearing dog treats.

Think of this as a full-employment act for border collies, a breed that is sometimes disdained for its obsession with chasing things.  Originally bred to herd livestock, and trained through the ages to do this without taking a chunk out of the profits (no nipping!), border collies are now being used nationwide to chase and herd wildlife away from areas where a danger or nuisance is posed, like golf courses and rural airports.

Use of the dogs for such chores has now reached such critical mass that when P.G.’s golf superintendent Mike Leach attended an industry convention recently, a display on border collies was side-by-side with the latest in golf courses mowers and tractors.

Pacific Grove’s municipal course first tried the border collie solution three years ago, but while the dog’s trial run was a success, managing the dog proved too labor intensive for Leach and his crew.  He reverted to a  less satisfactory solution of applying bird repellent to the course.  This season he was able to find a local border collie expert willing to rent his services.

Dog handler and owner Butch Wilson has seen, in the past few months, this niche business catch on with other local golf courses.  Even a city parks department is now using his services.

It’s a natural for this area.

Butch Wilson’s career has gone to the dogs

It’s easy to spot Butch Wilson and his border collie in their orange vests, a common sight at Crespi Pond on the Pacific Grove Golf Links. They’ve been employed to corral coots, geese and other offending birds that litter the greens with a spate of droppings daily. Wilson whistles from his golf cart and one of his five obedient workers lopes low around the course, herding the birds back onto the pond.

Since golfers are impervious to weather, the duo works rain or shine, Friday through Sunday and holidays. Occasionally Mimi, Butch’s wife, spells him.The barrel-chested 68-year-old man is proud of his cutting-edge migratory bird-control business, called PGDogs.

He also volunteers to keep San Carlos Cemetery clean for visitors who often thank him. Eyes brimming with tears he says, “My father was a chaplain at Robert Louis Stevenson School and it’s almost like an extension of that, to honor the people who come to pay their respects to loved ones.”

With a heart as wide open as Wyoming, his birthplace, he says, “I’ve always had a dog. Dad said, ’Every boy should have a dog and every dog should be named Shep.’ “Big grin, more misty eyes. The image of the man widens when he divulges that he wrestled steer in the rodeo and was a running back/defensive back at the University of Wyoming.

“I was brought up on an Indian reservation. My grandmother was half Mohawk. That’s why I’m always beating my tom-tom.” After military school he became an Air Force pilot, after that a cattle rancher, and then the owner of a bowling lanes in Cheyenne. For 14 years he worked for Pebble Beach Co., “I’m known as the singing gate person.” And then his knees and hips gave out.

“When my body started falling apart, I told people I’m going to the dogs.” Voila! His trendy new career emerged in October 2000 and has been written about in a national golf magazine.

Q: Did you invent your job?
A: In 1992 we got our first Belgian sheep dog. Then we got a border collie, Shep. We have five now. In ’94 I started doing herding. In October 2000, friends told me about using dogs on golf courses for migratory bird control. I thought that was something I would like to do. And since there are 18 golf courses within 15 miles of my house, it was an opportunity for a niche business. I’ve worked at Pasadera Country Club, Pebble Beach Golf Links and Cypress Point.

Q: Ever get bored out there?
A: Never. I love talking to golfers and seeing how happy they are to see the dogs keeping geese away. If someone pays $350 a round to play, they don’t want to step in goose manure… I watch the whales, deer, geese and all kings of ducks. According to birders’ magazines, Crespi Pond is one of the most popular birder places in the country.

Q: It seems I’m always _______.
A: At a golf course. This business is so busy right now. A biologist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife said California has two problem areas with resident Canada geese: Carmel Valley and the San Francisco Bay area. Now they’re getting a dog at Quail Lodge golf course. It’s developing all over the United States. People feeding wildlife is a real problem because they stop migrating. One goose per day eats over one pound of grass, destroys five square feet of turf and deposits over one pound of feces.

Q: How do you advocate animal welfare, or not?
A: All animals are just like all people and need to be treated humanely… We take very good care of our dogs. We have large vet and feed bills and this little business helps. We’ve won at sheep dog and cow dog trials.

Q: How can you get a dog not to eat a bird?
A: Border collies in the U.K. have been drovers for hundreds of years. They were taught not to bite them. They’re so smart they know what you expect. We don’t throw sticks for them to retrieve.

Q: What misinformation about migratory birds would you like to correct?
A: We herd them, not hurt them. The dogs never bite them and they come back later. The migratory Canada goose population has really dwindled, but the resident population has grown. They love the short succulent grass of cemeteries, parks and golf courses. We’re trying to get them to do migration so people shouldn’t feed them.

Q: What have you observed about golfers?
A: They really enjoy playing golf. It seems like a real love passion. They’ll throw clubs, have tantrums and blame it on their equipment. Or they talk to the golf ball and tell it to sit or get up.

Q: Can you estimate the number of balls at the bottom of Crespi pond?
A: I would say nearly one person out of every foursome hits one into the water. Once I watched a lady hit 13 into the water.

Q: While you’re keeping the course clean do you get showered with seagull droppings?
A: Mom always said, “I’m glad cows don’t fly.” A magpie dropped on my wife once. Seagulls can’t be driven away. They just come right back to their snack shack where people leave food out.

Q: You say your forte is horses!
A: Yes. They still sell a feed I developed call Wilson Horse Pellets. My father, C.E. “Coach” Wilson, came to RLS to coach and then was their chaplain. I worked at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center where I started driving horses and carriages for weddings, hayrides and competitions. I did some training, too. I worked on the biggest horse ranch in Oklahoma caring for racehorses, etc.

Q: Is rodeo a passion?
A: I started in high school. In college, I went on an athletic scholarship, I was president of the rodeo club and I won a belt buckle. I quit after college because my passion was flying and I didn’t want to get hurt.

Q: Your most memorable flight as a pilot?
A: Fire protection. We’d fly 150 knots 150 feet above ground, and drop 20,000 gallons of fire retardant in 20 seconds. Remember the Marble Cone fire in Big Sur? We dropped fire retardant from C-130s, Hercules, the same ones used as gun ships in Afghanistan now.

Q: What animal would you be and why?
A: A border collie. They’re the smartest animal. They have the reasoning ability of a 12-year-old child. And if they get hurt they can run on three legs. They’re amazing.

How To Spoil Any Cat

No matter what kind of cat you have, they all have one thing in common – They all like warm places. I suggest that you buy him or her a heating pad or a heated cat bed. One that warms up by itself is best, because cats are attracted to things ALREADY warm, not ones that may BECOME warm. I, myself, have yet to find one that you can plug into a wall and stays warm all the time. I usually use a heating pad, because they are everywhere and easy to find.

Most cats also have a nesting habit. They like to curl up in something that can surround them on all sides. You can make one at home that also has the heat factor by taking a blanket and making a little nest for your cat and placing a heating pad right in the middle. However if you have a cat that will repeatedly knock over your thoughtful resting spot, you might just want to buy one from your local supplier or from me’

Cats aren’t really that picky about where they sleep, so, of course, you can also get a heated DOG bed for your cat, and s/he will love it all the same!!!
This bed is a good choice because it plugs into the wall to safely warm dogs (and cats) as they nap.

All cats are picky about their food, too. My mom’s cat, Butthead (he got his name – I have the scars to prove it), will whine and whine if he doesn’t get his canned food in the evening. On top of THAT, he will only eat it if it’s shreaded or in little bits.

I found that no matter what cat you have, they are all attracted to the taste and smell of fish. When at the store (no, sadly, I don’t shop from my own site), I look for cans that say “Ocean Whitefish”, “Tuna”, or “Salmon”. I usually only buy the Ocean Whitefish or Tuna, but occasionally, I will buy Salmon as well.

Fancy Feast Marinated varieties offer full rich flavor in poultry fish or meat selections Sold in cases of 24 cans

Cats also like your leftovers. If you ate chicken or beef or steak for dinner, it’s OK to give your kitty the leftovers, BUT be sure that you carefully sort through it and make sure that there are NO bones or hard pieces in the meat that the cat can choke on. This is VERY important!!! Be sure to shred up the chicken or cut up the beef into little cubes so that the cat won’t take too big of a bite and choke! This meat is tougher than what you buy in the cans for your cat.
Make sure that you give your kitty your love and let him or her know that you will always be there to pet it and cuddle with it and love it and play with it and… yeah… you get the point. 🙂

How To Spoil a Lazy Cat

Lazy cats like to sit around and sleep all day. And bask in the sunlight and keep warm and be worshipped. Two of my favorite window perches are shown below.

This comfortable supportive cat perch mounts on virtually any window sill Includes all mounting accessories and complete instructions Cover is machine washable! A good choice, even if your cat doesn’t need the support.

Give your cat a bed with a view! This design is a hammock style, that your cat will love as it can position itself how it wants to lay and the bed will curve to the body of your cat!

I’ve also noticed that cats like being up high. Places like on top of the refrigerator, or up on a table, give cats comfort – and, possibly, the feeling of being important. =p Cats are vain animals, you are their servant! If your cat has a nesting habit on top of something, maybe you should put a towel or something up there to make him or her more comfortable. And DON’T forget to bow when you walk by!

Your cat spends so much time being lazy that s/he couldn’t possibly find the time to groom their coat! Cats also get comfort from being brushed, as it is similar to being pet. For short-hair cats, a soft bristle brush adds a glamorous shine to the coat. For long-hair cats, a stiff-bristle brush is almost a must! They don’t usually like it if they have a bunch of knots, but just pet them and slowly comb through their hair. Keep them groomed every day and they will not whine so much from being brushed.

This brush is purrfect for grooming either long-hair or short-hair cats. The bristles are tough enough to grip knots way down in long fur, but short enough not to bother the short-haired breeds. I, myself, use this kind of brush on either dog or cat.

Also, try to keep a heating pad out on low for your cat in a comfortable place so that they can be nice and toasty. It’s not necessary during hot summer days, but from fall through spring, I recommend it! Kitty will love you even more!

How To Spoil Your Spunky Cat

TOYS, TOYS, TOYS!!! Most hyper cats love toys! My cat, Bug, LOVES her dangle toy. It has a bell on the end of it, and when she hears it, she’ll come running! I can trail it on the ground or dangle it above her head, and she’s happy! She loves noise makers, ‘dangle’ toys, and teaser wands. The one shown below is all!
This toy takes teaser wands to the next level! Plush toys “buzz” and their eyes light up as kitty bats and chases

However, the battery in it might make the toy a little heavy and dangerous… so here’s another option. Choose from a variety of fun colorful textures in these extra-long teaser wands Made exclusively for PETsMART

Don’t forget to feed your cat the right type of food to make sure s/he lives a good, healthy life. It’s fine to occasionally give your cat wet food, but don’t turn him or her into a priss, because they will REALLY, REALLY, give “spoiled” a new meaning!

Pet Medications and Saving Money in Veterinary Bills.

Dr. Andrew Jones tells how to avoid traditional medication side effects, reveals alternative treatments for arthritis, allergies and cancer. The book promises to show how to save time and money while safely treating a beloved pet at home.

We love our pets more than anything else we own!

Dr. Jeff Serfas, of Forestburg Animal Hospital, has said, “Veterinary Secrets Revealed is the bible for solving your pet health problems with natural, at home remedies. Dr Jones shows you more ways to treat your pet at home than I knew existed. These are all practical remedies that really work. No pet owner should be without this e-book.”

The book covers several breakthrough treatments, such as a type of massage that calms aggressive pets; a cure for leaking bladders; a diet that stops cancer in its tracks; simple relief for constipated cats (I especially appreciated the advice on this); putting an end to vomiting and diarrhea; and many others.

According to Dr. Jones, “If you continue to have your pet treated the same way, you’re going to get the same results. What I’m offering you is the easiest, most risk-free way of treating your pet at home. You can see for yourself how our scientifically developed pet health care manual can help you cure your pet’s health problems at home, avoid unnecessary medication side effects, save money, and help your pet stay healthy.”

Dr. Jones also offers a free minicourse on how to examine your pet, make a diagnosis and treat your pet at home without a veterinarian,