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03/02/2019
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10/08/2017

Many thanks to all my wonderful clients and their parents but I have decided to let the business remain closed so,that I can pursue my new career. It was a lovely experience and I’m so glad to have met you all. So many thanks!

Timeline Photos
07/09/2016

Timeline Photos

The Catington Post
03/11/2016
The Catington Post

The Catington Post

RECALL ALERT: Purina ProPlan and Beneful dog food recall.
See if your food is affected and then paw it forward.

North Carolina Shelter Project
02/25/2016

North Carolina Shelter Project

Unfortunately, due to the storms yesterday we've seen a number of lost pet flyers. If you come across a stray animal, especially one that looks fearful or panicked please take a look at these tips from the Missing Pet Partnership (link below). Many of our actions, although well intentioned, can make the animal feel threatened.

Here are just a few of their tips:

-do NOT call a panicked dog
-clear your throat or "sneeze" to get their attention, then look away
-try laying flat on the ground (of course always make sure you are safe in these situations!)
-keep super smelly, tasty treats with you, have the food out
-do NOT fixate all your attention on the dog
-keep in mind, while dogs typically run when scared, cats hide---so search under porches, garages, crawlspaces etc. Set food out & make use of humane traps.

http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/panicked-pets/

Planet Paws
02/15/2016

Planet Paws

THE MOST DANGEROUS PET CHEW EVER: RAWHIDE!

How can one of the most popular chew sticks on the planet be so dangerous for your pets, you ask? I mean, most dogs chew on rawhide for hours on end, and not only does it keep them busy, but they seem to last forever.

Well if you understood what it took to make this toxic “raw” leather stick, you would quickly understand what the problem is.

Aside from the horror stories circulating all over social media these days, of pets needing emergency surgery after consuming rawhide, the majority of pet parents today, especially the newbies, believe that this chew is some sort of dried up meat stick. Let me debunk that myth right away!

A rawhide stick is not the by-product of the beef industry nor is it made of dehydrated meat. Rather, rawhide is the by-product of the “Leather Industry”, so theoretically it is a leather chew. Sounds awesome, right?

“Producing rawhide begins with the splitting of an animal hide, usually from cattle. The top grain is generally tanned and made into leather products, while the inner portion, in its “raw” state, goes to the dogs.” TheBark.com

So, how does this leather, which is conveniently rolled up into pretty shapes, actually get made into those rawhide chews?

Follow along my friends and I will enlighten you on how this hide travels through a leathery process where it transforms from hide to a not-so beautiful, colorful, chew stick. Here is a paraphrased tutorial that was explained by the whole dog journal several years back:

STEP 1: Normally, cattle hides are shipped from slaughterhouses to tanneries for processing. These hides are then treated with a chemical bath to help “preserve” the product during transport to help prevent spoilage.

(No one wants to purchase a black, spoiled rawhide stick!)

Once at the tannery: the hides are soaked and treated with either an ash-lye solution or a highly toxic recipe of sodium sulphide liming. This process will help strip the hair and fat that maybe attached to the hides themselves.

(No, no one wants to see a hairy hide…)

Next on this glorious journey, these hides are then treated with chemicals that help “puff” the hide, making it easier to split into layers.

The outer layer of the hide is used for goods like car seats, clothing, shoes, purses, etc. But, it’s the inner layer that is needed to make the rawhide. (Oh and other things like gelatin, cosmetics, and glue as well!)

STEP 2: Now that we have the inner layer of the hide, it’s time to go to the post-tannery stage! Hides are washed and whitened using a solution of hydrogen peroxide and/or bleach; this will also help remove the smell of the rotten or putrid leather. Bonus!
(Research also shows that other chemicals maybe used here to help the whitening process if the bleach isn’t strong enough.)

STEP 3: Now it’s time to make these whitened sheets of this “leathery by-product” look delicious! So, here is where the artistic painting process comes in.

“Basted, smoked, and decoratively tinted products might be any color (or odor) underneath the coating of (often artificial) dyes and flavors. They can even be painted with a coating of titanium oxide to make them appear white and pretty on the pet store shelves.” - whole-dog-journal.com

“…the Material Safety Data Sheet reveals a toxic confection containing the carcinogen FD&C Red 40, along with preservatives like sodium benzoate. But tracking the effects of chemical exposure is nearly impossible when it’s a matter of slow, low-dose poisoning.”– thebark.com

Ok, now that these hides have been painted, it’s time for the final process.

STEP 4: Getting it to last forever!

Because the FDA does not consider these chews to be food, really it’s a free for all when it comes to the manufacturers of these leather strips, and the products they may want to add to these chews, to get them to last forever. Any sort of glue can be added here to get these bad boys to never come apart.

When tested: Lead, arsenic, mercury, chromium salts, formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals have been detected in raw hides. So it’s safe to say that any sort of glues can be used as well!

Finally, it’s time to package and attach all the glorious marketing labels to the product.

Check out the fine print warning that’s attached with some of these rawhides:
“Choking or blockages. If your dog swallows large pieces of rawhide, the rawhide can get stuck in the esophagus or other parts of the digestive tract. Sometimes, abdominal surgery is needed to remove them from the stomach or intestines. If it isn’t resolved, a blockage can lead to death.“

(Oh, how lovely…)

And there it is! It’s now ready to be shipped to store shelves where it can be purchased for our loving animal companions.

How do proactive veterinarians feel about these chews?

Here is world-renowned veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker's take on the matter:

“The name ‘rawhide’ is technically incorrect. A more accurate name would be processed-hide, because the skin isn’t raw at all. But the term “rawhide” has stuck.

Rawhide chews start out hard, but as your dog works the chew it becomes softer, and eventually he can unknot the knots on each end and the chew takes on the consistency of a slimy piece of taffy or bubble gum. And by that time your dog cannot stop working it -- it becomes almost addictive.

At this point, there’s no longer any dental benefit to the chew because it has turned soft and gooey, and, in fact, it has become a choking and intestinal obstruction hazard.“

P.S. Ready for the jaw dropper?

An investigation by Humane Society International stated in their report, “In a particularly grisly twist, the skins of brutally slaughtered dogs in Thailand are mixed with other bits of skin to produce rawhide chew toys for pet dogs. Manufacturers told investigators that these chew toys are regularly exported to and sold in U.S. stores.” – dogingtonpost.com

Rodney Habib Pet Health Site

"An educated, informed and well-researched community of pet owners can only put more pressure on the pet food industry to be better! When pet owners know better, they will only do better!"

101.3 The Brew
02/13/2016

101.3 The Brew

What Fresh Hell is This?
01/20/2016

What Fresh Hell is This?

It has the approval of the FDA (Friendly Dogs of America) .Rascal

Dog Health Center
01/20/2016
Dog Health Center

Dog Health Center

Being diagnosed with canine Arthritis does not mean that your dog's “life is over”

Far from it. Believe it or not, aging dogs like this one can actually recover from debilitating pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, hip dysplasia, and joint pain.

Love Me Furever Dog Rescue
01/04/2016

Love Me Furever Dog Rescue

This is what I ask of all my potential adopters. The dogs I take in have been thru hell. Given time to adjust, they will give you love like no other!!! If you are not willing to give them time to get used to a whole new life and be patient with them, I ask that you not apply for one of my babies. I have seen the love they have to offer after being abused, battered, and broken. I've seen it bc I've loved them, I've been patient with them, and I've done everything I can to make them know they are safe. If you do the same, you will not be disappointed if you adopt any of my rescue dogs!!! I can say from experience, they are all amazing and love with their whole hearts when given the chance!!!!!!! 🐾🐾🐾

Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue
12/20/2015

Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue

R.I.P. Sandy....You will always remind me of the frost on the ground when i see it as today was a frosty day and your coat was brown and white. We humanely euthanized Sandy, who was a recent owner surrender due to the horrible condition of his feet (one foot bone about to come through sole and other foot, half the coffin bone was missing due to lysis). Each step for him was pain. Today we took your pain away.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

LOL Network
12/20/2015

LOL Network

Good morning!

The Oatmeal
12/19/2015

The Oatmeal

Orange is the new cat. #kittyconvict

The Good Vet and Pet Guide
12/14/2015

The Good Vet and Pet Guide

I love this ..

Joe the Cat
12/04/2015

Joe the Cat

RESCUE, EXPLAINED.....

The neglect changes you.
The abuse hardens you.
The suffering breaks you.
The ignorance angers you.
The indifference disturbs you.
The injustice destroys you.

On a daily basis…your faith will be tested.
Your heart will be wounded....
Your soul will be altered.

On a weekly basis…you’ll question yourself.
You’ll question your strength.
You’ll question the world.

On a monthly basis…you’ll fall down.
You’ll get up.
You’ll go on…

On a yearly basis…you’ll look back…
You’ll see faces…
You couldn’t save them.
You’ll learn to mourn.
To grieve.
To sob.
You’ll learn to trust a little less.
To do a little more.
To fight a little harder.
You’ll learn to try.
To hope.
To pray.
You’ll learn to fail.
To succeed.
To accept.
You’ll learn when to hold on.
When to give up.
When to let go.
You’ll learn who you are.
What you stand for.
Why that matters.

Then… at times… you’ll forget why you matter.
You’ll question what you’re doing.
You’ll wonder if it’s worth it.

But…here’s the good news… When you forget…
When you question…
When you wonder…
All you have to do…
Is take a look around…
And you’ll see them.

You’ll see their faces.
You’ll see their smiles.
You’ll feel their love.

In their eyes, you’ll see their journeys…
You’ll remember their beginnings…
You’ll know how far they’ve come…
You’ll remember when they didn’t know you…
When they didn’t trust you…
When they’d given up.

You’ll remember how you healed them…
How you loved them…
How they loved you, too.
And as you look back…
You’ll want to move forward…
For them… and because of them.

In your darkest hours, you’ll look around…
To find the differences made…the hope given…and the lives saved…
Because you existed.
In those moments, when you look into their eyes…every doubt will be erased.
Every question will be answered.
Every worry will subside.
Because in that instant…in each of your hearts…
You both share the very same thought: “Every bit of pain was worth it…for this moment here with you.”
And honestly…no matter what else happens…
Those moments hold all the strength you need…
To keep going.

Rescue is pain.
Rescue is joy.
Rescue is worth it…because they are worth it.
And that’s the honest truth.

~ Ashley Owen Hill

North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare
11/29/2015

North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare

The American Kennel Club will profit from holiday puppy buying season.....unless you educate friends and family.

Three things to share:

AKC registered does not mean that puppies are well bred or well cared for. It means that AKC receives money for every puppy registered to them and nothing more.

There is no reason to register your new puppy with the AKC unless you plan to show the puppy in AKC shows.

Don't forget that shelters and rescues have purebred dogs too! Check them out.

Craigslist Pet Rescue

Animal Help Now
11/13/2015

Animal Help Now

Our iPhone app has been updated to allow users to search for assistance according to the type of animal needing assistance. If you haven't yet downloaded our app, please do! http://apple.co/1piICo0 (The Animal Help Now app is available for Android, too, so everyone can be prepared for a wildlife emergency: http://bit.ly/ahnowAndroid.)

Poison mushrooms
09/30/2015

Poison mushrooms

Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.
At approximately 11:15pm last night myself and Lauren Hashian Official had to make the painful decision to end Brutus' suffering by taking him off of life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. I held his lil' paw as he was finally at peace.

As all puppies and dogs do, he ate a mushroom while playing outside with his brother Hobbs. This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return.

I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil' family members.

Thank you Dr. Deckelbaum and Dr. West and the incredibly caring nurses and staff at The Animal Medical Center At Cooper City.
We'll always love you Brutus.. and you'll always be my lil' main man and rough housing Brute.

#RIPBrutus #WishICouldveSavedYouOneMoreTime

Friends of the Animal Shelter - FOTAS Aiken
09/22/2015

Friends of the Animal Shelter - FOTAS Aiken

WOW..FOTAS just received it's first check from Kroger's rewards program -- thank you supporters of FOTAS & Aiken County Animal Shelter for enrolling your Kroger card # so FOTAS and the Aiken County Animal Shelter can receive donations from your shopping dollars -- It's time to re-enroll or 1st time enroll -- Please click here
https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
and choose organization # 74741 ( Friends of the Animal Shelter)

The Animal Protection Society of Durham
09/18/2015

The Animal Protection Society of Durham

The Animal Protection Society of Durham
09/14/2015

The Animal Protection Society of Durham

Did you know that APS of Durham received 528 animals from the Durham community in the month of August? All of these animals belonged to someone once. More than half were stray.

Durham is and has always been a very progressive city in the south. We can end unnecessary pet homelessness in our community by keeping tags on our pets, investing in microchips, and spaying or neutering as soon as possible.

We should also continue being considerate pet parents by cleaning up after our pets and working on behavior issues early on. This will lead to more Durham landlords and businesses accepting pets, which will lead to fewer animals in our shelter.

We are so happy to serve the Durham Community!
Let's keep improving together :-)

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