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 Meet the Shoplifting Husky ....


Husky return to scene of crime to turn herself in ...

What Happens to a Dog in a Hot Car?

Still not clear about what happens to a dog in a hot car then let me spell it out for you.  Don't do it, and watch out for it.

What happens to a dog in a hot car?
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How Hot is Your Car?

An enclosed car heats up quicker then you would think. According to a study by San Francisco State University the interior of your car can be 40 degrees higher then the outside temperature. For example if it is 80°F outside the temperature in a car raises to 99°F in just 10 minutes, and to 109°F in 20 minutes. Even leaving the window open a crack only helps by a few degrees.  

Watch this video to see how hot this car gets.

A dog's normal body temperature is between 101 to 102.5.  Placed into a car on a hot day, after a short time the dog could suffer nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage, or death.  

Maybe, your dog should not go for the ride, unless he is allowed into wherever you are going.

Animal Inspired Summer Reading List

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Summer is just around the corner and I have decided I need to start actually reading books.  Off  I went to the local bookstore and found a few to start with.

1. Rescuing Sprite by Mark R. Levin - A memoir of a Spaniel-mix adopted by the Levin family.

2. Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper - The life story of Homer the cat, the eyeless cat.

3. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris - A collection of animal based fables / stories.

Non-Animal Related

4. Mommy Millionaire by Kim Lavine - How she turned her kitchen table idea into a million dollars. Something I was told I need to read.

5.  Eureka! by Marlene Wagman-Gellar - The stories behind the ideas that shaped the world.

6.  Walt Disney an American Original by Bob Thomas - The biography of Walt Disney, just because I love Disney.

I will be very impressed If I get these all read, but it is good to have goals.  I will share a review of each.  What is on your reading list?

Don't Forget to Bring a Towel. Towel Day, May 25th

Towel Day is an annual tribute to the late author Douglas Adams.  On this day, Fans carry a towel with them to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author, as referred to in Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

And so it begins...

“ A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with. ”

— Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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A good dog will put up with a kitten up for a good time.

World Turtle Day - May 23rd

Happy World Turtle Day

Started 12 years ago by American Tortoise Rescue, to increase awareness and education on one of the world's oldest creatures. Turtles have been around for about 300 million years.  About half of 328 know species known today are listed as threatened or endangered.

Eastern painted turtle

If you would like to pitch in this World Turtle Day, here are five tips from the American Tortoise Rescue.

  1. Never buy a turtle from a pet shop, as it increases demand from the wild.
  2. Never remove turtles from the wild unless they are sick or injured. 
  3. If a turtle is crossing a busy street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going. 
  4. Report cruelty of turtles to your local animal control shelter. 
  5. Report the sale of any turtle of any kind less than four inches. This is illegal everywhere in the U.S.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week - May 20th - 26th

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  It is very important to help educate not only dog owners but non dog owners on how to prevent a dog bite.   An average of 45 million people are bitten by dogs a year.  800,000 Americans receive medical attention for those bites.  There are a number of things we can do to help lower these numbers.

1. Properly training your dog goes a long way.  Making sure your pet can understand and complete basic commands, like sit, stay and come.

2. Socializing your pet is important to enable them to feel comfortable in different situations. It’s essential to get them used to the common types of people, dogs, sights, sounds and physical handling and grooming that will be a sure part of their daily life. This does not mean that you should not be aware of your dog's body language at all times when you are in public.

3. Don't put your dog in a position where he or she might feel threatened or teased. Again your dog's body language will give you clues as to how he or she is feeling.

4.  Use a leash in public.  This does not mean that you should let your dog pull his extension leash to its maximum length while you are deep in a conversation unaware of his actions.

5.  Pay attention to your dog.  Puppies and dogs that are ignored, tied up or not exercised tend to turn into biters.

6. Spay and neuter your dog.

7. Don't approach, touch, or try to play with a dog that is sleeping or eating. Teach this to your kids too.

8.  Educate your children on how to approach a dog.  Kids get bitten on the face most often when trying to give hugs and kisses.  It is safe to show love with a scratch on the chest or side of the neck.  Remember if it is not your dog, ask permission of the owner first.

9.  Teach your child not to approach a dog they do not know that is off a leash.  Tell them to find an adult immediately.  In the same regards, don't approach a dog that is tethered or confined. Always ask an adult.

10.  If you are threatened by a dog, don't scream, avoid eye contact and back away slowly.

This is not all that can be done, but is is a good start.  The best thing you can do for you, your dog,  and everyone else is to properly care, train and love them. 

Armed Forces Day - May 19th

Today we honer all the members of our Armed Forces. According to the Defense Department, there are about 2,700 dogs serving worldwide. Roughly 600 of these dogs are deployed in designated war zones overseas, including Afghanistan, areas of Africa and Kuwait. Lets honor our four-legged soldiers.

Cleaning Dirty Doggie Toys

I don't know about you, but around here the doggie toys are tortured.  They are chewed, dragged, thrown and even peed on.  One of my monthly chores is to inspect and wash all the toys.

First I gather them all up from inside and outside, then sort then into three piles:
  1. Plush, fabric, and cloth
  2. Rubber, vinyl, plastic and nylon
  3. Broken, torn and small parts hanging or lose

Lets start with the first pile (plush toys).  These can be washed in the washing machine.  Place the toys into a garment bag or pillow case.  Place the laundry soap in first then the bag of toys.  I use the hot water cycle to help kill germs and bacteria.  Once washed place in dryer, again on the hot setting.  I usually let them sit for 10 to 15 minutes once out of the dryer to cool, before I give them back to the dogs.
The second pile of rubber and plastic toys take a little more work.  First prepare a bucket of warm water with 1/2 cup of baking soda.  Stir until baking soda dissolves, then place toys into bucket.  Let soak for 30 minutes.  Then use a scrub brush to get off any caked on dirt.  Rinse toys.  Rinse and refill the bucket with clean hot water.  Soak toys for another 30 minutes.  Again hand rinse the toys making sure there is no baking soda residue.  You can then dry them by hand or let them air dry.

As for the last pile of broken and torn toys.  Decide if you can sew fabric toys, if so take the time to do it now.  I know if I set them aside, I never get back to them.  If they are too far gone, trash them with any torn or broken rubber and plastic toys.
Now the best part is playtime, get out there and help your doggie make those toys dirty again.

International Give your Cat a Bath Day - May 17th

In keeping with yesterday's guest blogger's topic of cats, today is a day to remember how important is to properly groom your cats, Internationa Give your Cat a Bath Day.

Every cat owner needs some basic grooming supplies. A metal comb, sturdy stainless-steel combs with wide-set, round teeth are widely available. A brush with bristles that look like dozens of tiny bent nails. They resemble the rasps on a cat's tongue and serve the same purpose in grooming. Most cats enjoy the sensation of the brushing unless, of course, you hit a tangle or mat. 

Grooming Brush
You may also want to invest in a flea comb, particularly if you let your cat outdoors or live in a year-round flea climate (like southern Florida or Louisiana).

I know it sounds crazy to bathe a cat, but they benefit from it, when they are so dirty that they cannot clean themselves, when they have a substance on their fur that it would not be healthy for them to lick off or when there is a medical reason for a bath. 

Usually a cat bath is a two person job, one to help restrain and one to bathe. Before the actual bath, brush your cat all over to remove any tangles from his coat. Run some warm water into the tub or sink, lay in the towel. The towel is for the cat to grip its claws into, instead of you. Gently place your cat in the water, be sure to keep a secure grip on him! 

Use a gentle shampoo made just for cats. Thoroughly rinse out the shampoo, any left behind could irritate your cat's skin. Wrap your cat in a towel rubbing will cause tangles, so just keep patting. Use a soft brush to smooth your cat's coat.

A strongly recommend getting your cat use to a grooming routine as soon can.  The younger you can have them be familiar and comfortable with you helping to groom them, the easier it will be for you.

Let’s talk about cats - Guest Blog by Sandra Lindstedt

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are 86.4 million cats as pets in the US, with 52% of households having more than one (I am in this statistic with 4 cats of my own). Each year we spend approximately $175 on routine vet care for our cats, not to mention additional costs of toys, treats and grooming.

It’s a well known fact that pet ownership provides a wealth of physical and psychological benefits to humans. Having a pet in the household (and having a strong bond with your pet) lowers blood pressure and heart rate; a friendly, loving cat can help you fight depression and loneliness (how do they know when we are feeling blue?) and they can provide us with hours of entertainment and amusement.

Jay, the Big Guy
Many people think cats are aloof, independent creatures that don’t need their humans around much. While some cats fit that description, not all do. Two of my four, for instance, need quite a bit of attention and love and are lonely when I am not around. Some cats don’t do well physically or emotionally when left alone for long periods of time; inappropriate indoor spraying or urinating is a common problem for cats left alone for longer than a day or two. Some cats will refuse to eat which can cause a serious liver problem, hepatic lipidosis.

Cats are prone to obesity more so than dogs, as they typically get less exercise. It is a good idea to provide your cat with 10-15 minutes of exercise each day. You don’t have to purchase a leash and harness and take Kitty for a walk, though some people do, you can simply purchase some inexpensive interactive toys. In the wild, cats hunt and stalk their prey and domestic cats are no different. “Teaser toys”, wands with some type of string and a toy at the end, are very popular with cats. They love to chase, jump and attack the feathers or toy at the end. A simple laser pointer or flashlight beam can provide entertainment and exercise for your cat (Jay and China Cat Sunflower love to chase the flashlight beam up the wall!). All pet stores carry little fake mice with fur, some with beads inside to make noise. Toss the mousie and see if your cat will bring it back to you (Jay will return his bouncy ball so I can throw it again). Don’t want to spend money on toys? There are many household items that cats enjoy playing with – tin foil balls, ribbon, shoelaces or string (be sure that your cat does not ingest these items), the plastic pieces from a milk jug cap to name a few.

There are 41 pedigreed breeds registered with Cat Fanciers Association, and while not recognized by the CFA, the domestic short and long haired cats are the most popular. They are considered feline “mutts”. I admit, I have 3 of those mutts myself. Gemini is a tabby and Jay and China Cat Sunflower are tuxedos. Persians are the most popular breed registered with CFA and while beautiful, they require a lot of attention to grooming.

The average lifespan of a cat is 12-15 years. This depends on diet, whether your cat lives indoors or outdoors and genetics. If  your cat is allowed outside unsupervised there is a higher chance of it being injured or killed by wildlife or vehicles and coming into contact with diseased animals. It is best to leave Kitty inside where she will be safe, warm and under your watchful eye.

Doggie Cakes would like to thank Sandra for being our guest blogger.  She is a pet lover and owner of the Pet Nanny of Trinity. She offers dog walking, vacation pet sitting, overnight care and pet taxi service to to loving pet parents in Trinity, New Port Richey and portions of Holiday, Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs. Their professional staff is bonded and insured and certified in pet first aid/CPR by the American Red Cross.  Please follow her on facebook: The Pet Nanny of Trinity

Meet Sabrina

Our beautiful Sabrina came to us as a wedding present in December of 1995.  One of our friends know how much we loved animals and thought it would be great to give us two beautiful cats, a sister and brother.  I remember Jason's first words when seeing Sabrina, "That nose, she has to stay."  She is a wonderful mixture of Siamese and Manx. She is always near with lots of purrs and meows.   

Every since her younger years Sabrina assigns herself a job.  One of her favorites is alerting us to when the water bowls might be getting to low.  Oh and she will not stop until they are refilled.  She always  welcome any guests to our  home.  Please sit on the couch and she  might just give you a great back rub.

Here at Doggie Cakes Sabrina is the Scheduling Manger.  She always lets me know when I get of  task and closing time is near, which actually means it is time for dinner. We love her and is so happy that she is in our lives. (PS that is Dusty Bottoms in the background, but we will meet her another day.)

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the animal Moms.  I know my fur kids bring we great joy.  I am not sure how they do it, but they always mange to get me a card.  They are so sweet!