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Helping Lost Pets

Chris De La Rosa has experience in finding lost cats and dogs. Please check out her website She is compassionate and has the tenacity of a terrier to keep at the search!

Nina gets a massage

Animal Massage Article in the Examiner
Please check out this article. Tracy Champion wrote about my animal massage business and animal massage in general

Dancin is too much…

Dancin is too much…..she is the pickiest of eaters. I, who work at Pet Elements the Best Pet Store in the Universe, bring home gourmet selections. This morning we went through Stella and Chewys, Primal, Instinct, raw, freeze dried, even her favorite Salmon cookies (which I consider the last straw), nope none would do. However, I had the smell of a Duck & Pea Pill Pocket on my fingers from giving Abby her medication. Yep, you guessed it. A Duck and Pea Pill Pocket for breakfast…

5 Pet Poisons Hiding in our Purse, Backpack or Work Bag

 According to the folks at Pet Poison Helpline, they talk frequently to terrified pet owners whose dog or cat found an enticing “treat” in a purse or backpack and gobbled it up.

A handbag or similar item lying open with contents exposed can prove an irresistible temptation to a confined, curious and perhaps slightly bored pet.

Top 5 Most Common Purse Items That Poison Pets

1. Human medications. About half the yearly calls to the Pet Poison Helpline are because someone’s pet ingested a medication found in a handbag, book bag, duffel bag, etc. Human pills come in bottles, and the sound of a rattling pill bottle is very similar to the noise some dog toys make.

Both over-the-counter and prescriptions drugs can be a problem. Very common OTC painkillers like Advil, Motrin and Tylenol, and human doses of prescription drugs for depression like Prozac and Effexor, can be toxic to pets.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil, Motrin and Aleve, can cause GI ulcers and kidney failure and are especially dangerous for kitties. Just one Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be fatal to cats, and larger amounts can cause liver failure in a dog.

Antidepressants are the No. 1 cause of calls to Pet Poison Helpline relating to prescription medication. Signs a pet has ingested one of these drugs include sedation, loss of coordination, agitation, trembling and seizures.

2. Asthma inhalers. If your dog bites into an asthma inhaler, it has the potential to result in acute, life-threatening poisoning. These inhalers contain highly-concentrated doses of drugs like albuterol (a beta-agonist) and fluticasone (a steroid). If a dog punctures an inhaler by biting or gnawing it, she can be exposed to a massive single dose of a powerful drug which can bring on vomiting, agitation, heart arrhythmia, collapse, and ultimately, death.

3. Artificially-sweetened gum and mints. Many “sugarless” gums and mints contain xylitol, a sugar substitute highly toxic to dogs. Even a small amount of xylitol can result in a dangerous blood sugar crash in canines, and larger amounts can lead to liver failure.

Symptoms of xylitol poisoning include vomiting, weakness, collapse, shaking and seizures. In addition to gum, mints and other sugarless candy, xylitol is commonly found in chewable vitamins, certain prescription drugs, dental hygiene products, nicotine gum and baked goods.

4. Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and other products containing nicotine. Did you know a small dog can die from ingesting just three cigarettes, depending on the brand? Chewing tobacco is also toxic to dogs and cats, and so are stop-smoking products like nicotine gum.

Signs of nicotine poisoning come on quickly and include elevated heart and respiratory rates, neurological symptoms, loss of bladder or bowel control, tremors, seizures, paralysis and death.

5. Hand sanitizer. Small bottles of hand sanitizer have become commonplace in purses, briefcases and backpacks. These products, which are used to kill germs, contain lots of alcohol. Alcohol (ethanol) is the germ-killing agent in these gels and liquids.

If your dog were to ingest a small bottle of hand sanitizer, it would be about the equivalent of a shot of hard liquor. This could cause a severe drop in your pet’s blood sugar, loss of coordination, loss of body temperature, nervous system depression, coma, and death.

An Ounce of Prevention

If your family is like most, chances are you can find an open handbag or other carryall bag within reach of your pet right now.

If so, you might want to designate a common surface in your home — close to the front door — as the “bag drop-off area.” It should be high enough that its contents don’t draw your dog’s attention.

If you have a curious cat, then the requirement should be that all bags are zippered or snapped closed before leaving them in the “bag drop-off area.”

Another option would be to create a “bag-hanging area” by installing pegs, coat hooks or similar heavy-duty hangers close to the front door, and assigning one to each member of the family.

Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian. You can visit her site at:

Her goal is to help you create wellness in order to prevent illness in the lives of your pets. This proactive approach seeks to save you and your pet from unnecessary stress and suffering by identifying and removing health obstacles even before disease occurs. Unfortunately, most veterinarians in the United States are trained to be reactive. They wait for symptoms to occur, and often treat those symptoms without addressing the root cause.

By reading Dr. Becker’s information, you’ll learn how to make impactful, consistent lifestyle choices to improve your pet’s quality of life.

Jake’s new cart from Pet Mobility Rehab Center

Jake and his new cart

Chris, Izzy, Jake and I drove to Whidbey Island today. Besides being a lovely drive we got Jake a cart.  Jake’s left hind leg has lost it’s proprioception, is shakey and weak.  He is unable to go on walks.  Since getting his cart a few hours ago, his spine is straighter and he walks better when not in the cart.  We stopped by to see our vet, Dr. Brian Rowse at Ballard Animal Hospital, on our way back into town. He was pleased to see how well Jake was moving in his new cart!

This is our third cart from PMRC.  If you go to, click on Success Stories and scroll down to the dachsie with the red and green toy you will see my Buddy. Buddy got his cart (an early model) right after back surgery. I attribute his quick recovery to using the cart. That was in 2002, Buddy has been walking ever since and is now 17 years old.  I believe that a cart should  be a part of any animals recovery from surgery to improve mobility. 

One of the saddest things is that people often wait too long before getting a cart. I know it is difficult to accept that one’s belove pet’s mobility is impaired, but denial won’t make them walk better.  Using a cart is liberating – Buddy used to chase Jake when he was in his cart.  It is truly amazing to see the light dawn on your pet’s face when he realizeds he can move again.

Several of my client’s have bought carts for their dogs.  Otis was a very old and wise Pug.  We used to call his cart his “little red sports car”.  Otis’s cart allowed him to explore his grandparent’s farm on his own, without being carried.  Nati (a Red Heeler) used to chase her sister, Bella, in her cart. 

Here are the 7 Myths about Carts from the PMRC website:
Myth # 1 Mobility-Impaired Pets Cannot Live Long, Happy, Lives in Wheelchairs
Myth # 2 Euthanasia is the Only Choice
Myth # 3 Pets Do Not Adapt to Wheelchairs
Myth # 4 Cage Confinement is Necessary After Surgery
Myth # 5 It’s Best to Wait Until My Pet is Unable to Walk Before Putting it in a Wheelchair
Myth # 6 Pets Become Dependent on Wheelchairs.
Myth # 7 It’s Best to Wait Until My Puppy or Kitten is Fully Grown Before Putting It in a Wheelchair
PMRC rents carts in addition to selling them.  They can ship the cart to you if you aren’t able to make the drive. 
Barbara Parkes, the owner of PMRC, has 40 year of experience in the pet mobility industry.  I just love her, she is compassionate and passionate about what she does. 
Pet Mobility Rehab Center

Energy work and the wolf

This is a wonderful example of energy work.

Life with our Beloved Pets

Debra, Rocket’s mom, sent this to me.  Someone sent it to her. I think it captures so much –

“If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember. The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may have asked opinions of many friends or done research finding a breeder. Or, in a fleeting moment, you may have chosen that silly looking mutt at the shelter, simply because something in its eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore…when you feel it brush against you for the first time, it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through many years to come.

The second day will occur years later. It will be a day like any other. Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow deliberate steps where you saw energy. You will see sleep where you once saw activity. You will begin to adjust your friend’s diet and you may add a pill to her food. And, you may feel a growing uneasy feeling until the third day arrives.

On this day, if your friend or your higher being has not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision of your own on behalf of your lifelong friend. Whichever way your friend leaves you, you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night.

If you are wise, you will let the tears flow freely as they must. If you are typical, you will find that not many family and friends will be able to understand your grief. But, if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul, smaller in size than your own, seems to walk with you at times, during the lonely days to come. At those moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary, you may feel something brush against your leg. And, looking down at the place where your dear friend used to lie… you will remember those three significant days. The memory will be painful. As time passes, the ache will come and go. You will reject it and embrace it and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache.

But, there will be a fourth day when, along with the memory of your pet, and piercing through the heaviness in your heart, there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with the pet we have loved and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living Love, like the heavenly scent of a rose. This Love will remain and grow, and will be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned. It’s the legacy our pets leave us when they go… and it’s a gift we keep with us as long as we live. And until we leave, perhaps to join our beloved pets, it is a Love we will always possess.”

Sale – Pet Prayer Flags   A special offer.
Our dog Grace, the love of our lives, has been diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition which requires expensive surgery. To to help us offset the costs we wanted to promote sales with this temporary offer. For a limited time we will be offering our PF02s at a substantial discount. All proceeds from this special will go towards her surgery. Please consider stocking up or mentioning these to your friends. We and Grace will always be grateful.

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