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Valentine’s Day Do’s and Don’ts for Pet Lovers with Videos and Photos

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By Dr. Becker

Many pet owners include their furry loved ones in Valentine’s Day celebrations.

And who better to celebrate on St. Valentine’s Day than the one devoted soul in your life who offers true unconditional love?

Valentine’s Day Do’s

If you’d like to do something special for your four-legged companion on February 14th, here are a few neat ideas:

  • Make an appointment to have professional photos taken of your pet, or hire an artist to paint a portrait of your dog, cat, or other favorite critter.
  • Make a permanent clay print of your pet’s paw with a special kit.
  • If your dog has a favorite activity like riding in the car, hiking a trail with you, or retrieving a tennis ball over and over and over (and over), carve out a couple hours on or around Valentine’s Day and indulge him.
  • Skip the heart-shaped carb-heavy pet treats and invest the money instead in a small amount of an excellent quality raw, canned or dehydrated dog or cat food.
  • Set aside 15 minutes to a half hour and give your animal companion your undivided attention. Don’t multi-task during this small window of time. Allow no interruptions. Do nothing but focus on your pet. Soak up her animal energy.
    You can spend the time just petting or massaging your pet, bathing or grooming her, or doing an
    at-home wellness exam. You can take your dog for a short, invigorating walk. Engage your kitty with her favorite toy. Chat with your bird. Set your pocket pet free to investigate a bit of the world outside her cage.

…and a Few Don’ts

Human celebrations of Valentine’s Day tend to involve things that can be harmful to pets, including potentially toxic flower and plant arrangements, chocolate, wine or other adult beverages, and candlelit dinners.

  • If you’re thinking of buying a plant or flower arrangement for your pet-owning sweetie, check the list of toxic plants for animals, or visit the ASPCA.org for their list of both toxic and non-toxic plants.
  • If candy is on your V Day shopping list, keep in mind chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs. And the darker the chocolate, the more toxic.
    Chocolate contains a caffeine-like stimulant substance that when ingested by your pet can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, racing pulse and seizures. Also, the fat content in chocolate can wreak havoc with a pet’s pancreas.
  • Needless to say, any sort of alcoholic beverage is dangerous for pets. And it doesn’t take more than a tiny bit to bring on vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, central nervous system depression, tremors, breathing difficulties and coma.
  • If dinner by candlelight is on the agenda for Valentine’s Day, be sure to keep the flames well out of the reach of curious pets. And safely extinguish burning candles before you leave a room.

Here’s wishing you and your loved one(s) (on two legs or four), a warm, safe and wonderful Valentine’s Day!

 

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Angel and Apachi (Valentine’s Day 2007)      -     Princess Giving Tim a Big Hug and Kiss

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Mama Angel and Angelina hugging before Game time    -    Papa Apachi and Angelina Sunning Themselves

Angel and Apachi Sharing a Nap in Tim’s Chair     -    Angelina and Princess Hugging as Pups

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Mini-Yorkie stomped to death protecting owner

Police are looking for several men who stomped to death a 4-pound mini-Yorkshire terrier that was trying to protect its owner from an attack in San Jose over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

The dog’s owner said he was walking the 6-year-old dog, Shadow, at Winchester Boulevard and Colonial Way about 2 p.m. Saturday when three men approached and asked if he was a gang member.

The owner, a 32-year-old floor installer who asked that his name be withheld for safety reasons, said he had denied gang involvement, but the men attacked him anyway.

The owner said he had tried to run with his dog but tripped, and the men began kicking and hitting him. He heard the small dog barking and trying to protect him.

The men beat him for about a minute. Once they ran off, the man said, he looked at his dog and "just saw a big puddle of blood."

The dog died on the way to a veterinary hospital, he said.

"He wasn’t making too many noises, but I could see his eyes and that’s when I broke down," he said. "They were still blinking a little bit, but so much blood was leaking out of him. I knew the moment he died in my arms. I heard him take his last breath and just kept thinking, ‘There’s no way this is happening.’ "

Capt. Jay Terrado of the San Jose Animal Care and Services agency said necropsy reports showed that Shadow died of head trauma and suffered injuries "consistent with being stomped and kicked."

"You can imagine the type of damage a full-grown adult can do to a small dog," Terrado said.

Witnesses told police that the men had been waving signs for a nearby car wash before the attack, Terrado said. The car wash was a fundraiser for the family of Ramon Ruano, a 20-year-old who was shot and killed Feb. 5.

Terrado said investigators were looking at all possible motives, not just a gang attack.

The owner said he had been wearing a red sweater and a red Boston Red Sox hat, which may have been a rival gang’s colors, but that he is not part of any gang.

"I’ve lived at my place for six years, and I’ve never had any problems," he said. "I’ve known that there were gangs around here, but come on – you see me walking a little mini-Yorkie down the street, you’re not going to think, ‘Oh hey, look at this guy.’ "

He took care of Shadow since he was a puppy, he said. He named him Shadow because the small dog followed him everywhere – "he was my shadow."

"He was so small," he said. "He was just a little baby dog. I can’t believe it."

Vivian Ho is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. vho@sfchronicle.com.

This article appeared on page C – 3 of the San Francisco Chronicle

In my book, there us no punishment harsh enough for these horrible men!

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