Breeze & Buttons

Hours after his birth, Breeze was found by a farmer, the new-born foal had been abandoned by his mother so the farmer took him to the Devon-based Mare and Foal Sanctuary where they cared for him.  One of the staff put a four foot giant teddy bear called Buttons into the stall with Breeze.

The foal instantly came up to him and found a comforting replacement for his mother… the two are inseparable!

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Epic Tiger Release in Far East Russia

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  • Inspiring!!

Allergies & Parasites In Pets

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Are on the Rise, Mostly In Dogs

Known high risk areas that can create allergies and parasites in pets are found in multi pet areas such as dog parks, apartments and golf courses, can create allergies and parasites in our beloved pets.  In summer, allergies and parasites are more prevalent, due to the heat and humidity, parasites lay eggs in the grass areas that can also contain pesticides, so eating grass is a common way for pets to contact allergies and intestinal parasites.

Allergy Symptoms

Scratching, itchy, runny eyes, itchy ears and infections, itchy back or base of tail, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, scooting. snoring, paw chewing and swollen paws, constant licking.

Causes:  chemicals sprayed on grass, pollens, dust and house dust, mold, cigarette smoke, food allergies, dander, rubber, plastic, perfume, feathers, fabrics
Parasite Symptoms

‘Scooting’ can possibly be caused by parasites/ worms.

A change in the dog’s appetite, losing it’s appetite, or he may show a sudden increase in hunger and might have parasites/ roundworms.

Dogs that have parasites/ worms will often throw up and the parasites can sometimes show up in a dog’s vomit.

Some pets don’t show any symptoms and others have diarrhea, lethargy and coughing.

 

You may want to consult your veterinarian.

Woofstock Dog Walk November 16 2013 Join Us!

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Woofstock November 16 2013
9am – 2pm at Tumbleweed Park

The Great Chandler Arizona Dog Walk
Bring your “Furry Friend” and walk to help disabled American Veterans.

Woofstock is a benefit to help fund the American Service Animal Society. Through donation we sponsor Disabled Veterans with Service Animals.

  • Concert for Critters (Some great Music)
  • Pet Contests
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Interactive Demonstrations
  • Dog Massages
  • Pet Psychic
  • Mini Bark Park
  • Lots of pet-friendly vendors.
  • Lots of Good Food
  • Woofstock T-shirts available for purchase
  • Raffle tickets available

We’ll see you there!!  For more information please visit: Woofstock 2013

Halloween … Pets and Owners … Contest!!

halloween-in-the-hillsCome join the Halloween fun, Costume contest for dressed pets and pet owners starting at 6 p.m., free but registration required. Check in from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Immediately following the costume contest businesses will be open for Trick or Treating. Games, pumpkin carving, petting zoo and Spider Village. Thriller dancers. Pet adoptions!  Located at:  Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills Thursday, October 31 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 2013

Pet Blessings and Adoptathon Saturday!!

st-francis-pet-blessing-adoptionsSt. Francis Festival
One Day Only!
Please Join us on Saturday October 26, 2013
From 10am-3pm

**Free Parking**
**Free Admissions**

Bring friends & family, including your four legged companions for…

Animal Blessings at noon & 2pm

PACC911 Animal Adoptions

Family priced food/refreshments

PACC911 dog wash

Souvenirs for pets & their people

Love St. Francis? Love the animals? Volunteers are needed!

Franciscan Renewal Center

5802 E. Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA
(480) 948-7460 / (800) 356-3247

St. Francis Festival, Animal Blessings & Pet Adoptathon

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Bring the family and join us for blessings and fun!   The St. Francis Festival of Animal Blessings and Adoptathon sponsored by PACC911 is an exciting one day event at The Casa in Scottsdale, Saturday October 26, bring your cats, dogs, rabbits, horses or any other pets and have them blessed!  There will be food, souvenirs and  lots of pets finding their new best friends, love and forever homes.   

Pet Blessings will be at noon and 2pm only.   We’ll see you there!!

 

 

Stingray Bay at the Phoenix Zoo

cownose-stingray                                                                                                                                                                                     Stingray Bay is an amazing interactive experience allowing you to touch the fins of our school of cownose stingrays through our touch tank.  The 15,000 gallon interactive tank and pool offers you the chance to watch these beautiful rays “fly” through the water, dip your hand in to feel their unique skin and get even closer as you feed fish and shrimp.  For more information and to experience these incredible rays, please visit the Phoenix Zoo.

 

 

 

 

Raptor Free Flight Lifts Off at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum … A Must See!!

barn-owlBirds of prey are lifting off for another season of Raptor Free Flight at the Desert Museum in Tuscon.  “What makes this exhibition so impressive is that the birds fly so precisely and so close that visitors are often brushed by feathers and can feel the rush of air as the birds fly just above their heads,” states Executive Director, Craig Ivanyi.  . Unlike similar avian shows, these demonstrations occur in the open desert showcasing natural activities of native birds as a narrator explains about their attributes, habitats and behaviors.  Two presentations are scheduled daily beginning, Saturday, October 19th and continuing through April 20th, 2014. All the birds in the presentation are native to the Sonoran Desert region. The demonstrations feature the only raptor species in the world to hunt as a family group using strategy, much like the way wolves hunt.  This year, the presentations will feature a family of six Harris’ Hawks  in what promises to be an extraordinary display, not only of their aerial skills but their matriarchal dynamics.   An amazing show and experience, come join us!!  For more information please visit:  Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Interactive Dog Toys, Chase Boredom Away!!

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Have you thought of interactive dog toys as a great way to keep your dog busy for hours?  Kong makes several varieties and sizes that can be filled with food, or treats.  This can be used for dogs that eat too fast and as long as some food falls out, this toy can keep your dog busy for hours.  Some toys have ridges on them to assist in cleaning the teeth and massaging their gums, a great healthy toy!

Central Phoenix – Newest Dog Park!!

hance-dog-parkBring your pooches and visit Phoenix’s newest dog park opened October 5:  Hance Park, 323 W. Culver St. Phoenix, 85003  Come join us and make new friends!!

Dog park features:

Separately fenced ADA-accessible areas for large and small dogs.  Large dog area is .76 acre and the small dog area is .23 acre.

Decorative wrought iron fencing.

Chilled water fountains with integrated drinking bowls at ground level for the pooches.

 Benches and picnic tables

18 large Pistache and Ash trees to shade you and your furry friends.

See you there!

 

Flaxseed Oil for Dogs and Cats

winston-healthy-dogVeterinarians are recommending flaxseed oil and its health benefits for cats and dogs, research shows  essential fatty acids (EFA) are very important to the health of our pets.  Flax seed oil can help regulate hormones, the nervous and immune systems, its also important in the healthy functioning of the cardiovascular system as well as being good for kidneys and can be used as an anti- inflammatory.  Cats and dogs having dry itchy skin and chewing on themselves may be missing essential fatty acids from their diet, adding just a bit to their food daily can help their coats become healthy and shiny.  For dosage and more information, please contact your veterinarian.

Barktoberfest 2013 Gilbert!!

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A great Barktoberfest party for dogs and their companions, come join in the fun Saturday Oct. 12 from 9-3pm at the Gilbert Civic Center.  Voted as THE best east valley place to hang out with your dog, so get ready for a woofin good time!!

 

 

EVENT SCHEDULE:

9AM – EVENT OPENS!

DOG AND BALLOON CONTEST* (ongoing event)

BOBBING FOR BONES CONTEST* (ongoing event)

10AM – LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST*

10:30AM  – CANINE IDOL CONTEST*

11AM – BEST DRESSED DOG CONTEST*

NOON – ALUMNI DOG PARADE – A PARADE FOR ALL FRIENDS FOR LIFE ADOPTED DOGS!

12:30PM – ADOPTION PARADE – FOR ALL OF OUR DOGS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION (if time allows)

1PM – GILBERT POLICE DEPARTMENT K9 DEMONSTRATION

2PM – BEST TRICK CONTEST*

2:30PM – RAFFLE DRAWINGS AND ONGOING EVENT WINNERS

3PM – EVENT IS OVER – DRIVE SAFELY!  WOOF!
BARK ON!

*$1 minimum donation for contests

Gabriel’s Angels Salud! 2013 Wine Dinner

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Friday October 11,  The 3rd annual evening of fabulous food and great wine all in support of Gabriel’s Angels, healing pet therapy for at risk children, these pets through their unconditional love touch children’s hearts and change their lives.   The event is from 6 – 10pm  at the Montelucia Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley.  For more information and tickets, please visit:  http://GabrielsAngels.org.  See you there!!

Dining With The Dogs Is Back … At Soul Cafe

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Have dinner on the back patio Saturday night September 5, bring your doggies and meet some of your neighbors and their dogs. We will have treats for the dogs and a fun dog menu too. Make your reservations soon we do fill up.   Please call the Soul Cafe  at:  480-585-6254  Scottsdale Rd and Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, see you there!!

 

Cutting Edge Osteoarthritis Treatment for Dogs

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A new osteoarthritis treatment for dogs is using stem cells.  This cutting edge therapy, AdiCell  uses stem cells, and other cells from the dogs own body to heal diseased joints.  AdiCell, is a very safe and minimally invasive treatment, completed in one day with an overnight stay at the veterinarian.   A significant improvement was found in 90% of the dogs in the study, and is proving to be a great alternative to invasive hip replacement surgery.

Happy Fish Tip!!

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It’s easy to have happy fish,  under stocking your fish tank  gives fish space to swim and encourages their colors and personalities to bloom!!  This also keeps a cleaner and clearer tank requiring less maintenance.

Cat Training Tip

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For cat training, It’s best to train kittens early in life to use a scratching post instead of your favorite furniture!!  Cat scratching is kitty exercise, it stretches and pulls the muscles in the front part of the body and great for nail health, helping to shed the old outer nail layers.  Scratching is a natural instinct and cats use it to mark their territory by leaving their scent through the glands in their paws.

Pet Health

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Pet colostrum is all about the pets we love, keeping them healthy with pet colostrum does make all the difference in their lives.  Nature’s finest potent immune builder, pure colostrum, repairs damaged tissue and promotes healing in the intestinal wall creating optimum pet health.  Living Stream Health’s  special for September is pet colostrum for your best friend’s health.  

 

 

Dog Whisperer Meetup

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Come join us Wednesday September 15 for our monthly dog whisperer online monthly meeting.  We work with behavioral issues with your best canine friend, be it a rescue or otherwise so your best buddy can be your greatest friend and companion.  Please visit:  Dog Whisperer for more information.

Bark In The Park Event!!

Bring your best canine friend and meet us at Chase field for the Dbacks and Rockies at 1pm, Sunday September 15, 2013.  Please join us in the fun for the pre-game puppy rally  and parade!

New Best Friend – Petsmart Adoptions

Wagging tails, lots of love and wet noses is what Petsmart Charities brings to their National Adoption weekend September 13 – 15 2013 all across the country.  Please check out your local Petsmart store to find your next best friend!

Guide Dog Month

September is National Guide Dog Month and is a celebration of the work of Guide Dogs in the United States  raising awareness, appreciation and support for guide dog schools across the United States, and was established as a fundraiser to benefit the non-profit guide dog organizations who are accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation.  This event is an awareness for all of us, each and every day.

Winslow’s Rural Animal Shelter Needs Help!!

Winslow Rural Animal Shelter, The Animal Care Facility is currently over flowing with DOGS!! We tried our hand at a “free” adoption day, however, we are still full and need  help, if any rescues are able to take in any dogs, we transfer for free! All of them are currently spayed/neutered and are fully vaccinated!! Please feel free to message me directly at jennelle.layne@ci.winslow.az.us or call the shelter at (928) 289-3232

Action Alert! Act Now to Ensure Mexican Grey Wolf Recovery!

grand-canyon-wolf-recovery-projectNeed Your Help by September 11, 2013.

The future of the Mexican Grey Wolf depends on your help and needs comments now.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed changes to the rules governing the Mexican Wolf reintroduction into the wild.  This proposal, with one very good and many very bad changes, is very important to the future of Mexican wolves.  Please visit  Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project to learn how you can help.