Hallowe’en pet safety tips

Dog House Furever

1. Keep the treat bowl up high and away from Fido and Fluffy – chocolate can be very dangerous for dogs and candies which contain artificial sweeteners can also cause problems. If think your dog or cat has gotten into the trick-or-treat haul and is acting unusual call your veterinarian.

2. If you are planning an incredible front yard display to scare the neighbourhood children make sure that power cords, wires and other decorations are kept out of reach of pets.

3. Place your lit pumpkins in a place where your pet can’t knock them over – kittens can be especially curious. To be especially caution you can purchase battery operated tea lights for your pumpkins.

4. As fun as dressing your dog or cat up can seem – it’s not always fun for them. If you do choose to dress your animal up see how they respond to the…

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Protect Pets and Farm Animals on Hallowe’en

Dog House Furever

Hallowe’en is not for pets.
Loud noises from fire-crackers, doorbells, and excited costumed children at their door are all strange and frightening to dogs and cats. Injuries or worse can easily happen when dogs or cats escape from the house or your control and dart into traffic. Unfortunately there have been cases reported where dogs were so panicked they have jumped through windows and screen doors. Farm animals can stampede and injure themselves. Pets and animals can become so startled they could run off and you may never see them again.
Whether you are going out trick-or-treating or handing out treats at the door, protect your dogs and cats by keeping them inside, and keep farm animals in the barn.
Dogs in costumes are cute but… they will be at a disadvantage when encountering another dog with their communication skills inhibited and a fight could erupt. So, dress them up…

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Sophies first photo’s


Bobby First Day Home, July 29 2005


First meeting Bobby at 6 weeks, July 2005

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Bobby at 6 weeks, Jluy 2005

Jasmine and the pudding cup

But, I wasn’t finished with it yet….

Owner of “Captain” arrested on unrelated charge

This BSPCA notice can be seen on the door of the owner of the German Shepherd found in the dumpster in Kitsilano

This BSPCA notice can be seen on the door of the owner of the German Shepherd found in the dumpster in Kitsilano

Photograph by: Submitted , Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER — Vancouver police arrested on an unrelated charge the owner of the German shepherd who died last week after being discovered in a dumpster with serious injuries.

Police arrested Brian Whitlock in Vancouver today for an outstanding criminal harassment warrant dating back to an April 4 incident, but while in custody SPCA investigators plan to interview him about his dog Captain’s death.

“It’s preliminary to come to any conclusions in this case, but we’re pleased we’re now able to have the opportunity to speak with him,” said Marcie Moriarty, the SPCA’s manager of cruelty investigations. “What I can say is that we haven’t received the final necropsy report that would absolutely rule out something like [Captain] being hit by a car -which is highly unlikely.”

Until the necropsy proves beyond a reasonable doubt that a human killed Captain, no charges will be laid Moriarty said.

Captain was suffering from serious cuts and bruises and was likely quadriplegic by the time he was rescued from a dumpster in Kitsilano on the 1400 block of Maple Street last Wednesday. On Thursday night he died of a heart attack, despite B.C. SPCA staff giving him CPR for more than 30 minutes.

Captain was discovered wrapped in a bloody blanket that covered his bruises and cuts — he was also underweight. A vet exam showed he had spinal cord damage and air around his lungs and was not likely to recover.

Meanwhile, a vigil for the two-year-old dog at 7 p.m. this evening brought hundreds out to a Kitsilano Beach.

Waving posters voicing their support for the German shepherd and the SPCA, people walked their pooches down to Hadden Park, one of Vancouver’s 35 off-leash dog parks.

Captain had more than one owner, according to information stored on the dog’s microchip, Moriarty said. The canine was once a police dog candidate but deemed too friendly, the SPCA said Thursday.

Under the Criminal Code, the maximum penalty for animal cruelty causing death is up to five years in jail and a lifetime ban on owning pets. A fine of up to $10,000 can also be imposed.

An online campaign has raised over $67,000 as of this evening for the B.C. SPCA’s investigation into Captain’s injuries.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and the offers of help we have received for this poor dog and for the support we receive for the thousands of other animals who suffer abuse and violence,” said Moriarty. “The reality is our constables do their work because donors pay for them to do the work. And we couldn’t investigate the 7,000 animal cruelty complaints a year . . . without the 100 per cent donor support.”

Donations to the organization’s cruelty investigations department can be made through their website at spca.bc.ca or by calling 604-681-7271.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Owner+found+Kitsilano+dumpster+arrested+unrelated+charge/6989698/story.html#ixzz21kmrGDmX

Canine Coolers

What to do when the high temperatures are threatening to melt your dog’s into a puddle? How about letting the canine crew dog-paddle around the pup pool then resting in the shade of a favourite tree with cool and refreshing poochie popsicles?

Paw-ty Punch

3 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) apple juice 3 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) cranberry juice 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Optional: Add low-fat yogurt for a healthy, creamy cooler and/or stud with berries for a flavour boost.

Cheeky Chicken

Cocktail Cooler
7 fl oz (200 ml) chicken soup, cooled

Chicken Soup

Makes: 3 1/2 pints (2 liters) Prep time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 30-35 minutes 1 free-range chicken, cut into quarters 2 carrots, sliced 3 1/2 pints (2 liters) cold water 2 Tbsp corn flour, diluted in 3 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) cold water 2 oz (50 g) cabbage, shredded 1 Tbsp dried oregano

1. Place the chicken pieces in a large saucepan with the carrots. Add the measured water and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the stock and set aside.

2. Bring the stock back to simmering point, add the diluted corn flour and stir until it has thickened. Add the cabbage and oregano and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to cool.

3. Discard the chicken bones and skin, and finely shred the meat. Add to the cooled soup.

Freezing Instructions
Mix the Paw-ty Punch or Cheeky Chicken ingredients together in a jug. Pour the punch, or the chicken soup, into popsicle molds or ice cube trays. If you want, replace standard lollipop sticks with rawhide chew sticks. Freeze and feed to cool your canines on hot summer days.

Recipe and photos courtesy of Pup Snacks: 35 Delicious and Healthy Recipes to Bark Home About by Stephanie Mehanna (Octopus Publishing Group, 2007)

*Photo Update* Happy news all wrapped up in Pink

“It’s a Girl (Brittany Spaniel!)”
Congratulations to our best friends/American cousins on the latest addition to their family!
Isabella joins her three brothers Ripley, Andy and Owen.
Sophie, Bobby and Jazzie are all thrilled to have a new cousin and send all their love to little Izzy.
Smoooooooches and hugs and lots of love, love, love from your Auntie Sue too!


When God had made the earth and sky
The flowers and the trees
He then made all the animals
And all the birds and bees
And when his work was finished
He said “I’ll walk this earth of mine
And give each one a name”

And so He travelled land and sea
And everywhere He went
A little creature followed Him
until its strength was spent.

When all were named upon the earth
and in the sky and sea,
The little creature said “Dear Lord”,
There is not one left for me”.

The Heavenly Father smiled and said
I’ve left you to the end.
I’ve turned my own name back to front
And called you “DOG”, my friend”.