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In these trying economic times, it’s often hard to care for beloved pets. And it’s devastating to give up a pet because of financial hardship, but the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years ("HAPPY") Act can help keep families together.

Tell the House of Representative to make pet care more affordable. »

The HAPPY Act would help people provide their pets with the quality of life they deserve and ensure that more pets can stay in their loving homes instead of on the streets or in already overburdened shelters.

Under the act, people could claim tax deductions for their pet care expenses and possibly take an annual income tax deduction for pet care expenses, including veterinary costs.

Tell your representative to support and cosponser the HAPPY Act for affordable pet care. »

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Did you know that 2 out of 3 animals who enter the shelter system never leave and that for needy or homeless families there are virtually no options for help to keep their pets!!

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December 19, 2010 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal Abandonement, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Animals Out of Time - To Be Euthanized, Dogs, Help Familie Keep Their Pets, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Outreach for Pets, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, We Are All God's Creatures | Leave a comment

Lily’s Kitchen – A Dogs-Only Restaurant Opens in London

Lily’s Kitchen may not be the world’s first restaurant for dogs, but it’s certainly the coolest one right now. Dogs get to eat for free, have their bellies rubbed and can even listen to a nice story. What more could they ask for?

Lily’s Kitchen recently opened on Pimlico Road, in London’s upscale Belgravia neighborhood, and dog owners were quick to have their pooches test out the menu, for free. That’s right, your four-legged friends get to sit at one of the restaurant’s three tables and fill up their bellies with organic food served by a waiter, and you don’t have to pay for it. It sounds to good to be true, but this is just a clever way a dog food company has found to promote their line of organic foods.

During the six week period Lily’s Kitchen is open, dogs will get the chance to be the stars, for a change, while their owners relax or take care of their daily chores. The dogs are served their favorite dishes in paper bowls, by waiters who actually love serving canines, because they never complain about the food, check or stuff like that. After they’ve filled their stomachs, dogs have a wide range of pleasant activities to enjoy. They can have their bellies rubbed, snooze on a comfy sofa, have their aches soothed by a holistic vet, or even enjoy a nice story, read to them by members of the restaurant staff.

While there are always those who complain this sort of things are just stupid, many London dog owners are already in love with Lily’s Kitchen. It offers them the chance to carry on with their daily activities, knowing their dear companion is well taken care of. So even though Lily’s Kitchen is just a temporary establishment, a permanent restaurant for dogs could prove quite profitable.

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Lilly's Kitchen Menu

Chowing Down at Lilly's Dog Restaurant

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Eating at Lilly's

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Photos by GETTY IMAGES via Daylife  -  Cross Posted:  Just One More Pet

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A Dog’s Rules For Christmas

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1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.

2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.

3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.

4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know:

a. Don’t pee on the tree

b. Don’t drink water in the container that holds the tree

c. Mind your tail when you are near the tree

d. If there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don’t rip them open

e. Don’t chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree

5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part:
a. Not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans

b. Don’t eat off the buffet table

c. Beg for goodies subtly

d. Be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa

e. Don’t drink out of glasses that are left within your reach

6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important:

a. Observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people’s houses. (4a is particularly important)

b. Respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house

c. Tolerate children

d. Turn on your charm big time

7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night.

DON’T BITE HIM!!

What Not To Do!! Winking smile

December 18, 2010 Posted by | animal behavior, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend | 4 Comments

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Left Your Pet at Home? More Hotels Offer Them

"Ms. Hansen, your fish are waiting in your room and will be happy to see you," a front-desk employee at Chicago’s Hotel Burnham told me last month as he handed over my room key. Burnham is one of 23 Kimpton Hotel properties participating in the chain’s Guppy Love program. New York City’s SoHo Grand Hotel likewise lets travelers choose whether to share their room with some of its "goldfish team members."

These days, the coziest hotel trend has nothing to do with plush mattresses or comfy slippers. It’s about catering to guests who had to leave their furry, feathered or finned family members at home. This spring the Fairmont in Sonoma, Calif., added a dog to its staff, a chocolate Labrador named Zeus who is tasked with such things as welcoming guests in the lobby and going on hikes with them — or what is referred to, in corporate jargon, as "interactive guest appreciation."(See pictures of presidential First Dogs.)

Unlike traveling with your own pet, hotel-centric critters offer low-level commitment — at Kimpton properties, the staff will clean the bowl and feed the fish for you — while still cozying up your room so it feels more like home. Research has shown that simply petting a dog can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and psychologists have long posited that the sight of fish swimming in a tank or bowl has a similarly calming effect. (Case in point: I relocated my fish to the windowsill so they could get a better view of Chicago’s architecture, and I of them.)

From Kenya to Canada, resident pets are upping hotels’ friendliness factor. Catie Copley, a black Labrador at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, is so popular with guests that they can sign up via e-mail (Catie has her own address) in advance of their stay to take her on walks around town. "She definitely gets booked up," says Suzanne Wenz, who handles the hotel’s public relations.(See photos of a real-life hotel for dogs in Australia.)

Meanwhile, Bachelor, a yellow Labrador at the Ritz-Carlton in Beaver Creek, Colo., is available for hiking and snowshoeing excursions as part of the hotel’s Loan-A-Lab program. He has even been incorporated into wedding ceremonies and proposals. The hotel gets its dogs from Colorado shelters, and although guests don’t have to pay to book some quality canine time, they are asked to make a donation to a local animal shelter. "We feel like we’re giving back," Parool Shah, the hotel’s p.r. director, says of the dogs. "We want to ensure that we give them a great life and a great purpose."

Out of concern for guests with pet allergies, hotels don’t allow staff dogs to enter their bars or restaurants. The same rule applies for the one luxury hotel I found — New York’s Algonquin — that has a resident cat. In addition to welcoming guests, Matilda’s official mission, according to her Facebook page, is "to nap in every corner of the hotel’s historic lobby." Nice work if you can get it.

Zeus joined the staff at the Fairmont in Sonoma, Calif., as the hotel’s canine ambassador

Caren Alpert Photography / Fairmont Sonoma Inn and Resort

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Thought of the Day 12.11.10 – Christmas for Pet People

“A hug from a child or a lick from a pet makes everything better including the holidays!”

(Consider adopting or fostering just one more pet for the holidays… the shelters are overflowing and 2 out of 3 animals who get into the shelter system never leave there alive!)

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Santa Photos With Fido or other Furry and Feathered Friends

Many places these days offer photos for pets with Santa.  Some do better jobs than others!!  Even within a chain like PetsMart, the quality of the photos varies with the group doing the photos in individual stores. (They are often amateur volunteers sponsored/run by local rescues inside the store)  And remember, most are Polaroid, so if they come out well have them copied or scan them in.

At our local Petsmart, you basically get a Polaroid of your dog sitting on Santa’s lap. Others may have a higher quality set up and better photographers, but don’t count on it.  Most allow and even encourage you to be part of the photo.

Some local malls have special ‘pets day(s)’ with the mall Santa and even some smaller pet store chains do Santa photos. The special “pictures with Santa” days during which dogs, cats and pets in general were allowed inside the mall is usually in the evening or off hours. They are also usually  sponsored by a rescue, so the proceeds go to a good cause. The pictures are usually okay, but not great. Nothing to write home about, but when you have x amount of dogs waiting in line and lots of stuff going on, even the best photographer may not manage making your dog look like Lassie, RinTinTin or the Beverly Hills Chihuahua…  after all half the kiddie photos aren’t much better.   But it is fun to have a photo with Santa!

Some of the photos of ourselves, our kids or our furkids with Santa aren’t the greatest, but as the years go by the old ones seem to get better and better! Winking smile And, over the years we have managed to get a few cute ones!

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Some places will allow you to bring your own camera and take a shot as long as you buy their package.  And definitely always, like with the human kids, be ready prepared to end up in the photo along with your pet(s).

Santa pet photos are usually with dogs, but I’ve seen people come in with cats, bunnies, ferrets pot belly pigs, birds, and even a fish bowl but I would suggest coming in at a slow time to do that, or the cats and birds will be spooked and even try to run or fly away.  I did see a Santa come for the day to an exotic bird shop where people came with their large parrots and cockatoos.

Even with dogs, remember there will often be lots of dogs in line and Santa can be a scary figure to some, just like he is for some children!

Some of the best Christmas and holiday photos are done at home or better yet by a professional; in a private session.

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Balzac (225 lbs) with Santa

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PetsMart and Santa Paws are just a few programs that take Pet Photos with Santa.  Often the proceeds go to help homeless pets in shelters and rescues or to supply needy families with food and needed supplies.

Merry Christmas… the Season has begun!

Critter for Christmas Gift… Not Best Idea! unless you know the person wants and pet and which one or kind they want; taking them to the shelter, a rescue of pet store an allowing them to choose the pet is always the best idea!!

Often Photos taken at home (without Santa) the the cutest and the least stressful!!

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There is always room for Just One More Pet!!

December 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

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A PET’S TEN COMMANDMENTS…

A PET’S TEN COMMANDMENTS…

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10 On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God’s critters.

There are many people who are finding themselves in the difficult place of having to give up their pets to foster care, adoption to drop them off at a shelter.

Sadly there aren’t enough fosters and not enough people have stopped to consider adopting just one more pet, temporarily take in a friend or family members’ pets who are in need, or have stepped up to demand that some of the ton of stimulus money we have spent and wasted be used for pets and animals to make sure that all facilities are humane and “NO KILL” facilities.  There should also be shelters for families that include accommodations for their pets.  Imagine losing your income, your home and often your transporation and then also having to give up a member of your family, just because they have 4-legs, feathers, or scales… especially if you are a child.

For the amount of money that Michelle Obama spent just on her Spain trip, let alone the ridiculous amounts spent on “extras” for the Xmas CHIsunsuccessful  trip to India, Indonesia and South Korea, virtually every pet/animal  facility in America could have been updated, enlarged and supplemented to stop the unnecessary killing that goes on daily all over America… and it would have created a heck of a lot of both temporary and permanent jobs!

Save a life and increase the love in yours by adopting or fostering just one more pet for the holidays or help a needy family keep their pets.

December 10, 2010 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rights And Awareness, animals, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Pet Adoption, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Owner's Rights, Pets, Political Change, responsible pet ownership, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | 2 Comments

Help Wild Horses and Burro Herds in Utah

ASPCA Urgent Alert

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Dear Animal Advocates,

We’ve been updating you all year about the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) efforts to remove wild horses and burros from public lands. Once again, we’re calling on animal advocates throughout the country to speak up on behalf of wild horses—this time, for at-risk herds living on public lands in Utah.

The BLM is required by law to create Resource Management Plans (RMP) for certain public lands and their use. An RMP determines appropriate wild herd management levels, meaning how many horses and burros can remain on the land. It is now time for the BLM’s office in Cedar City, UT, which handles ten Herd Management Areas in southern Utah, to create a new RMP.

Because Utah’s public lands have historically been managed to maximize livestock grazing, we are particularly concerned that this RMP will shortchange the horses who live there. While more than three million acres of designated wild horse habitat have been “zeroed out” over the past four decades, privately owned livestock graze 22 million acres of BLM-controlled lands in Utah.

The BLM is accepting comments on the Cedar City RMP for a limited time only. It is critical that the agency hear from you TODAY to ensure that Utah’s wild horses are not pushed out and placed in danger of being rounded up.

What You Can Do
Please take a few minutes to email the BLM’s Cedar City Field Office and encourage the agency to adopt a responsible RMP for southern Utah’s wild horses. Your support is an essential step in protecting and preserving wild horse and burro populations.

Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to learn more and to send your email. Thank you for taking action for America’s iconic wild horses.

Visit www.aspca.org

December 9, 2010 Posted by | Animal Rescues, Just One More Pet, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | Leave a comment