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Unusual Rescue, Dog Found In a Tree

The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team with Maggie the Dog that was found in a tree near Blanco River after  floods hit Wimberley. The team identified Maggie as the pet of the McComb family who went missing when their vacation home was swept downriver during the recent flood. Photo: Courtesy Photo, Courtesy

In the midst of the tons of debris and rubble, strewn across the landscape, a rescuer spotted an unusual sight: a dog in a tree. Certainly not something you see everyday!

The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team sprang into action, saving Maggie, a yellow Labrador belonging to the McComb family, in the Sunday rescue operation on the banks of the Blanco River.  Maggie is now staying with relatives as the fate of the rest of the family is still uncertain.

May 28, 2015 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets | , , , | Leave a comment

Texas teenager caught this record 14-foot-3-inch, 800 pound alligator

Texas Alligator

May 17, 2013 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animals, Just One More Pet, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | , | 1 Comment

Cop shuts down highway to save small dog, becomes Web hero

Police officer Kyle Jones of La Porte, Texas, shut down a highway on a rainy day to help a small dog find its way home.

Cujo's hero, Officer Jones

Unbeknown to Officer Jones, a nearby motorist took a photo of the officer’s kindhearted gesture. A short time later, the photo of Officer Jones attempting to wrangle the stubborn little pooch was at the top of the popular social network Reddit.

KENS 5 News, has more details. Cujo, the dog, had escaped his home on Monday morning. One of his owners, Jeremy Zapalac, organized a search party in the neighborhood. But after an hour, it started to rain. "He hates water," Zapalac said of the rat terrier.

The dog had wandered over to a nearby highway. Fortunately, Officer Jones saw the small dog, stopped his car (and traffic), and generally went the extra mile to make sure he got home safely.

"He’s not going to make it if I don’t do something," Jones said of the tiny dog. "When I saw it and saw the size of it, I immediately hit my lights and shut all the lanes off."

Jones wasn’t sure the dog would go with him, but it turned out Cujo was happy to see him. "You know how Chihuahuas are. You’re not really sure if you can trust ’em or not. But he kind of looked at me and said, ‘Man, I’m glad you’re here.’ He let me pick him right up. Stuck him in the back seat of the patrol car."

Jones handed Cujo over to an animal control officer who reunited the lost dog with his owners. They were clearly grateful. A few hours later, the owners sent a thank-you email to the police. It was published at The Huffington Post:

Just wanted to send a big thanks for the kindness shown to my "4 legged" son this morning! … As I was walking on Farrington side of park my husband drove up and said that Animal Control had just brought him home. He said an officer had seen him in the middle of Spencer Hwy. and the officer had stopped traffic to help our little guy! Words cannot describe how grateful I am for this wonderful, caring officer and his kind deed!! It is a wonderful feeling to know we have people like him looking out for us…

I kept reminding myself that he had his tag with his name, address & phone number. Then I would think of how small he is and worry all over again… After a bath and his arthritis medication he has been resting all day. Safe, warm, and home again. All because someone did care!

Again, our sincere thanks:

Don and Diwanna Zapalac and Family

h/t to Gary Patterson

February 17, 2013 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Republican’ Deer Repeatedly Destroys Texas Couple’s Front Yard Obama Sign

The Blaze:

Tom Priem, a software support engineer, and his wife, Beth, were sick and tired of constantly finding the Obama sign in front of their Austin, Texas home destroyed. They were certain it was a mischievous Republican who didn’t like President Obama. In fact, Tom even called a city hotline to report the incident in case it turned out to be a dangerous offender.

“The sign had holes poked in it like somebody had stuck a knife through it,” Tom Priem told Fox News on Friday. “At first I thought it was somebody who didn’t like Obama.”

So imagine the Texas couple’s surprise when they discovered the anti-Obama, sign destroyer was a buck. That’s right, as in the animal. Beth Priem was able to snap the following photo just moments after the sign was trashed on Wednesday (notice the crumpled Obama sign on the bottom right):

Tom and Beth Priem Snap Photo of Republican Deer Destroying Their Obama Sign

(Courtesy: Tom and Beth Priem/Fox News)

Thus concludes the deer’s nearly 10 day rampage against the Obama sign. What is still a mystery is why the animal seems to hate the Priems’ sign particularly, as other people on the street had signs up that went untouched.

“People across the street have signs and their signs have not been attacked… It’s just a weird thing. Maybe they don’t like something in the front yard where they graze,” Tom Priem speculated.

“It’s just a weird thing,” he added. “We were making fun of it, saying the deer must be a Republican.”

Video: Deer doesn‘t dig this dude’s display

His wife was able to catch the deer in the act, and on camera, on Wednesday thanks to the couple’s Yorkshire terrier, Charlie, who alerted her of the commotion outside, according to Fox News.

“Charlie chased him until the deer jumped the fence and got away,” she said, adding that she was “glad it wasn’t a human, either a silly kid or a strange adult.”

Tom and Beth Priem Snap Photo of Republican Deer Destroying Their Obama Sign

Hoping to keep the anti-Obama buck away from their sign, Tom and Beth have moved it closer to the house.

*Sounds like a Republican deer to me who just wants to stay on the right side of the street! Winking smile

September 23, 2012 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | , , , | 1 Comment

Now dogs Have a Food Truck of Their Own With Bow-Wow Chow

Austin’s food truck scene isn’t just for humans anymore. Bow-Wow Chow, a mobile food truck for dogs, officially opens for business on July 28 at Auditorium Shores, 920 W. Riverside Drive. The truck — which has been making trial runs around town since June — features baked treats for canines.

Folks in canine-loving Austin might not often think "This town needs something just for dogs." But that’s what went through Lara Enzor’s mind one day last fall when she was passing through one of the city’s many food trailer courts. She saw trucks offering tacos, Indian food and various culinary mashups for humans and nothing for our four-legged friends. That spark of a thought became Bow-Wow Chow, Enzor’s food truck that caters just to dogs, which Enzor says is a first for Austin’s mobile food scene.

"It’s kind of like an ice cream truck for dogs," says Enzor, who encourages owners to let their dogs come right up to the counter window for their treats, which come in minimal to no packaging to lessen the environmental impact. A single treat — all natural, preservative free and locally made in Austin — with a bottle of water is $1, three treats are $2 and the best-selling six-pack is $3. The Elvis special ($2) comes with one peanut butter treat, one banana treat and a water. Enzor also is offering a limited number of VIP leash tags for $10. Good through the end of the year, the tag can be used to get a treat when you don’t have any cash in your pockets.

"If the dog’s happy, the employee’s happy and everybody’s smiling," says Enzor, who already has a proven entrepreneurial record, having worked for several large pharmaceutical companies before opening her own business monitoring pharmaceutical trials.

Enzor, who grew up in Abilene and has a biology and chemistry background and degree, trusted her gut as she turned thought into action. In December, she found a former snow cone truck for sale in Florida on eBay and Craigslist, and she bought it sight unseen because she trusted the sound of the owner’s voice on the other end of the phone. Despite having 100,000 miles on it, the truck "is a pleasure to drive and purrs like a kitten," Enzor says.

She didn’t have to do much to the interior, which was already outfitted with sink, storage and even a freezer (she’s working with Groovy Dog to add ice cream to the menu). She sold most of the snow cone equipment — she kept the commercial hot dog machine, a hit at a recent party — and with the help of Full Moon Design, she had the exterior tricked out to reflect the new business. Her inspiration? Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine. Yes, she wants people to smile and laugh when they see the truck parked or driving down the road.

Two of the dogs on the truck’s cheery and colorful design were inspired by Enzor’s own 15-year-old fox terrier, Dottie, and Penny, a 3-ish miniature pinscher adopted from Austin Pets Alive. Rescue groups also are part of Enzor’s business plan, which is built on community and giving back. A portion of every sale goes to APA, and she plans to rotate the beneficiary group by month. Interested rescue groups can contact Enzor through her website (http://bow-wowchow.com), on which she also wants people to post photos or videos of their dogs at the truck.

So far, Enzor and her two employees have had the truck at Norwood Estate dog park on Saturday mornings and at dog meetups and other special events. "We’ve been so well-received," she says, "and we have some regular customers already."

Bow-Wow Chow had its official launch party at Auditorium Shores yesterday, on Saturday July 28th, after negotiations with the city, Enzor was granted a one-week permit to park at the popular dog-gathering spot.  Enzor plans to have the truck there from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day that week. Then she’ll see where the truck will go next.

"Wherever there’s a gathering of dogs, we would like to bring the party to them," Enzor says.

h/t to the Statesman

Related: 

Food Truck Caters to Austin Dogs


The local food truck scene isn't just for humans anymore. Bow-Wow Chow now caters to canine clientele.

For those that want to bake their own biscuits:

Gourmet Doggie Biscuits

For those of you who have always been curious as to how to make dog treats at home for your pet here is a basic recipe to get you started. With all the dog food & treat recalls that have caused severe conditions and even death; it is nice to know what is going into your pet. It is also a great gift for your pet friends!!

I N G R E D I E N T S

3 1/2 cup all-purpose (or unbleached) flour
2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup skim milk powder
1 tablespoon (or 1 package) dry yeast
3 1/2 cups lukewarm chicken or meat broth (about 2- 15oz cans)

1 egg beaten with about 2 tablespoons water (for egg wash)

I N S T R U C T I O N S

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Grease cookie sheets.

Mix together all dry ingredients.

Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm chicken or meat broth. Let yeast broth mixture set 10 min. Then stir in flour mixture until a soft dough is formed. If the dough is too sticky you can add more flour.

Roll resulting dough out 1/4″ thick. Cut dog biscuit shapes from dough. Put scraps back in bowl and re-roll out until all dough is used.

Brush biscuits with egg wash.

Bake on greased cookie sheets at 300 degrees for 45 min.

Then turn off oven and leave in overnight to finish hardening.

Makes 60 medium-sized biscuits**

Storing Dog Treats
In general you should store dog treats the same way you would homemade people cookies. That being said, there are two main variables that determine storage time – the amount and type of fat in the recipe and your local weather conditions. If your recipe uses fats such as butter, or meat bits or juices then it will be more prone to rancidity than a recipe that uses some vegetable oil or shortening. Your treats may mold or spoil much faster in humid or very hot climates.

Refrigeration and Freezing – Refrigeration will prolong the life of more fragile dog treats. Make sure to store in a tightly sealed container or zip lock bag. You can also freeze most treats in zip lock freezer bags. Allow to thaw completely before use.

Below are a couple “Goodie” questions from the ASPCA Poison Control Center Hotline Answered by Their CVT’s and Drs.

I have a Great Dane and a Weimie, and as strange as it may sound, they love gummy bears—stale gummy bears to boot. I end up using them as bribes sometimes, but never overindulge. They never get more than one a day. We have new puppies at our house who are five months old and only weigh about 30 pounds. They accidentally got one of the gummies the other night. Can the little bit of sugar and gelatin in the gummies hurt the pups?
—Laura

Your question is not as strange as you think. I have a young daughter who likes gummy bears, and my five dogs are always fixated on her when she eats them! To answer your question, as long as the gummies are not sweetened with xylitol (which can cause seizures and liver failure in dogs), and they are not consuming more than a couple here and there, gummies are not likely to pose a poisoning risk. Of course, these chewy goodies could potentially pose a choking hazard, so do be sure to supervise your dogs and puppies when offering them the occasional gummy.

As a side note, we did manage a case where a dog became very ill and died from eating more than a pound of gummies—so please do be sure to keep these treats your dogs treasure in a secure cabinet above the counter so they do not help themselves.
—Dana Farbman, CVT

Last year, I was shopping at a pet store, and I saw some holiday treats for dogs that contained ginger and cinnamon, things I wouldn’t feel comfortable feeding them. I also saw they’re coming out with chocolate treats for dogs—are they safe since they are made for dogs? Thanks.
—Theresa

In small amounts, these treats are likely to be safe (even chocolate). Some “chocolate” dog treats actually contain carob, which is safe. If these treats make you uncomfortable, I would stick to “traditional” pet treats.
—Dr. Eric Dunayer

JOMP

July 29, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, On The Lighter Side, Pet Friendship and Love, pet fun, Pet Nutrition, Pets, Unusual Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

1-in-10-Million White Buffalo Found Mutilated on Texas Ranch

    1 in 10 Million White Buffalo Found Mutilated on Texas Ranch

    The white buffalo calf, seen here in June, was found mutilated and skinned this week. (Image source: Fort Worth Telegram-Star)

    Officials in Texas are investigating the gruesome death of a rare white buffalo calf found mutilated and skinned on a ranch 50 miles outside of Dallas.

    Hunt County Lakota Buffalo Ranch owner Arby Little Soldier told KDFW-TV he and his wife returned from out of town to find the grisly discovery. The calf was considered sacred by some in the Native American community; its mother was also found dead the next day.

    According to KDFW, the non-albino white buffalo was given the name Lightning Medicine Cloud in a special ceremony last summer. The odds of a white buffalo birth are reportedly said to be 1 in 10 million.

    “My people – my brothers, my sisters – are hurt for what has happened here at this ranch,” Little Soldier told the station. “You don’t think things like this are going to happen to such a sacred animal, a sacred family.”

    The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the incident by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is conducting an investigation with the help of the Department of Homeland Security and the National Indian Council, KDFW reported.

    Little Soldier said the calf’s legend will endure at the ranch.

    “He was the hope of all nations,” he told KDFW. “You have taken the inner spirituality. You tried to stop what we‘re bringing back to y’all, but you just opened the doors to release the message to all people.”

    According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the calf’s father was killed last month by a lightning strike.

    See Video Here

    Source: The Blaze

    May 7, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Stop Animal Cruelty, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | , , , , , | 1 Comment

    PAWsome… President’s Day Pet Adoption Specials–Check in Your Area~~

    There are more pets and animals being given or returned to shelters all over the country… dogs, cats, horses, pocket pets, birds, reptiles, fish amphibians, zoo animals, domesticated cross-over animals and the list goes on.  If each have love in your heart and room in your home please adopt just one (or two) more pets.

    If you can’t adopt another pet consider fostering or donating money and supplies… or to someone with pets who is having a hard time keeping them.

    If you missed the main event or are gone for the holiday… some will honor the special for an extra day.

    Below are a few shelters and rescues sponsoring specials over President’s Weekend, but check in your area as well

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    Austin Animal Center offers ‘PAWSidents’ Day special Feb. 17-20

    The Austin Animal Center will observe Presidents Day with a $5 “PAWSidents” Day adoption special Feb. 17-20 on all ready-to-go pets.

    Visitors to the Center can meet Pawsidents such as George Waggington, Abraham Linkitten and James A. Garfield, unless someone has elected to take them home.

    Also, potential adopters have a chance to participate in Mutt Match from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Animal Center’s front entrance grounds. This will be an opportunity to take home an adult dog that is in foster care and talk to those who have taken care of it. Those fostering will be available to discuss a dog’s personality and training. The reduced fee of $5 applies to Mutt Match adoptions.

    All pets will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and will go home with a collar, tag and microchip. These services are valued at more than $200 and will help these pets stay healthy and safe.

    Visit the Austin Animal Center’s website to view pets available for adoption or on Facebook to meet these notable pets.

    The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    For more information about Animal Services and the Austin Animal Center, visit the Austin Animal Center website.

    About Austin Animal Services

    Austin Animal services runs the largest animal shelter in Central Texas, providing shelter to more than 23,000 animals each year and animal control services to all of Austin and Travis County. The Animal Center is an open-intake facility where stray and owned animals from Travis County in need of shelter are accepted regardless of age, health or species.

    Additionally, to help save animal lives the City of Austin entered into a temporary license agreement with Austin’s Pets Alive!, a non-profit animal rescue group, to operate the former shelter, Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., as an adoption site for City shelter animals that are at risk of euthanasia. The TLAC facility is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    • Are you looking to add a new furry member to your family? Check out these area adoption events in the Seattle area this weekend.

    Kitty Harbor will be hosting one more special adoption event this weekend on February 18 and 19, from 12pm-6pm both days. They will have over 70 cats and kittens available for adoption. Some of these wonderful kitties include the Siamese that were rescued from a camper in Auburn last month. Kitty Harbor’s adoption event will be located at 3422 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126. You can find out more at www.kittyharborseattle.org. This will be your last chance to adopt until Kitty Harbor reopens in June.

    Purrfect Pals has a kitten and cat adoption event every Saturday at the Everett PetSmart store. Once the kitties (babies and mammas) have been spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated, foster families bring them to this event to find loving forever homes. Some weeks there are 20-30 kittens available! In addition to all the medical care these cats have already received, they also come with a free vet check certificate and carrier for the ride to their new home. The Everett PetSmart is located at 1130 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett, WA.

    Pet Adventure will be hosting a cat adoption event this Saturday February 18th from 11am-4pm. This will mark their first adoption event with Purrfect Pals. For more information you can call Pet Adventure at 425-771-0676. They are located at 22803 44th Ave West E-5, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. You can find out more on their website or their Facebook page. Pet Adventure provides the best in dog and cat nutrition with premium holistic pet foods and treats. They also have a large selection of supplements, toys, grooming supplies, as well as a growing selection of foods for small animals, birds and fish.

    PETCO “Think Adoption First” National Adoption Weekend, starting at 12pm on Saturday February 18th. Visit the Purrfect Pals Adoption Centers at the PETCO stores in Kirkland (on 85th, near Costco), Northgate (on Northgate Way in the Target shopping complex) and Issaquah (on Gillman, next to ROSS). These events are sponsored by Purina Pro Plan, and will have plenty of wonderful cats and kittens ready to meet you and to be adopted into their forever homes.

    Dooley’s Dog House, February 19th. What better way to celebrate your 21st birthday than with an adoption event? This will be no ordinary adoption event…Phoebe the cat is turning 21 on February 19th and her family Chuck and Marti are throwing her a birthday party/adoption event. Purrfect Pals volunteers will be there to help celebrate, and to help with the adoption event from 10am-3pm. There will be a party from 3pm-5pm. Dooley’s Dog House is located at 1421 Market St in Kirkland, WA 98033. You can visit their website at http://www.dooleysdoghouse.com/. They are a store that strives to offer products and information that will improve the nutrition, limit the susceptibility to disease, and improve the quality of life of cats and dogs.

    Great Adoption Specials (Humane Society of North Texas)

    Are you looking for the purr-fect new addition to your home??
    HSNT is running a massive adoption event, lowering ALL adoption fees— now thru Presidents day (2-20)!!
    Located at: 1840 East Lancaster Ave in Fort Worth
    We have tons of adoptable pets available in all shapes, sizes, and ages.
    If you visit; we are sure that you will be able to find the pet you have been searching for!
    Every animal adopted will go home spayed/neutered, microchiped, current on vaccinations, and will get health insurance for 30 days plus a free vets office visit!

    ALSO, every animal adopted will go home with a FREE GOODIE BAG filled with great treats, toys, coupons to local pet places and more!
    >>>> All adoption fees are greatly discounted!<<<<
    **As always item and monetary donations are always greatly needed!**
    Thank you for choosing adoption!!!!!! 🙂

    • Location: Humane Society of North Texas
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    February 19, 2012 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal Abandonement, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pets, Stop Euthenization | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

    Texas Country – The Amazing Skidboot

    Video:  The Amazing Skidboot

    The Amazing Skidboot is the smartest dog you’ll ever see. He gained worldwide fame with his tricks, but had to give up performing once he started going blind.

    Skidboot died in 2007, but David Hartwig continues to perform with several of Skidboot’s offspring.

    Source:

    Texas Country Reporter episode #860, 2/21/2004.

    Related:

    A Dog’s Seeing Eye Dog

    Blind Pooch Gets Its Own Seeing Eye Dog

    January 22, 2012 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets | , , , | 1 Comment

    Winter and Holiday health hazards for animals

    TEXAS: With the arrival of the winter months and holiday season, there are additional health hazards that are of concern for animals; some are potentially fatal. A few of these health risks could be brought into the home inadvertently, thereby increasing a pet’s possibility of exposure. To keep the season safe, protect animals from contact with or ingestion of the following:

    1. Antifreeze – this mixture contains ethylene glycol, a product that can cause lethal kidney failure and metabolic acidosis (accumulation of acid in the blood and body tissues) if ingested. It has a sweet taste that attracts animals and can be toxic in small doses (i.e. 1-2 tablespoons can produce toxicity in a medium-sized dog). Antifreeze can be toxic even when diluted in water.At least one brand of antifreeze is available that uses propylene glycol for the active component as an alternative to ethylene glycol. Larger quantities of the propylene glycol-based antifreeze usually have to be swallowed to produce toxicity as compared to ethylene glycol-based antifreeze. Additionally, propylene glycol-based antifreeze does not metabolize in the animal’s system to form products that cause kidney damage; however, it can still cause illness and death via metabolic acidosis.An antidote is available for antifreeze poisoning, but early recognition of ingestion and immediate intensive treatment are imperative for the survival of the animal. The best medicine, though, is to prevent animals from being in contact with this toxic substance by having antifreeze changed by a professional who knows how to properly dispose of it. If individuals change their own antifreeze, they should not drain it into the sewer or leave it setting out in a pan for any amount of time (all it takes is a few seconds for an animal to ingest it). It is worth noting that some snow globes may contain this product as well, so keep them out of reach from your pets.

    2. Chocolate – Baker’s or baking chocolate is the form of chocolate that contains a higher concentration of stimulant (the obromine) than either semi-sweet or regular milk chocolate. The extent of toxicity an animal exhibits after consuming chocolate is based on a variety of factors, such as the type of chocolate ingested, the size of the animal, or an animal’s individual sensitivity to chocolate. Some typical clinical signs of chocolate toxicity include excessive excitability, restlessness, increased heart rate, muscle tremors, vomiting, and diarrhea. The last two clinical signs may be transiently present due to an animal consuming any amount of chocolate (i.e., any ingestion of chocolate may cause gastrointestinal upset, but not extensive toxicity). The literature gives a wide range of toxic levels, so a veterinarian should be consulted immediately to discuss the appropriate action to be taken if an animal has consumed chocolate. There is no specific antidote for chocolate toxicity. Animals can be treated by a veterinarian to address any clinical signs they are exhibiting; vomiting may be induced within 2-hours of the chocolate consumption depending on the amount ingested and other factors.

    3. Mistletoe – the berry of this plant is the most toxic component, especially if it is chewed instead of swallowed whole. If the berry is ingested in sufficient quantity, it can cause gastrointestinal and neurological signs, including convulsions.

    4. Poinsettia – whether or not this plant is toxic has been debated for years. The most recent findings are that it contains no toxic chemical. However, as with any plant that an animal is not accustomed to eating, it can cause diarrhea and vomiting (a protective mechanism to eliminate the foreign substance). Animals tend to be attracted to poinsettias, so it is a good practice to keep these plants out of their reach.

    5. Ivy – this plant is not acutely toxic, but it can cause gastrointestinal upset if ingested.

    6. Christmas cactus – this plant is nontoxic, but it can cause vomiting and transient diarrhea if consumed.

    7. Tinsel – cats in particular are attracted to playing with Christmas tree tinsel. If ingested, it can cause an intestinal blockage or intussusception (prolapsing of one part of the intestine into the cavity of an immediately adjoining part). If indoor cats are present, it would be prudent to avoid using strands of tinsel. It would also be advisable to place breakable ornaments at the top of the tree. An investment in shatterproof ornaments might also be worthwhile.

    8. Glow jewelry – dibutyl phthalate is a chemical contained in glow-in-the-dark jewelry, which are popular items at a variety of festivities. Although the chemical may have the potential to cause death via respiratory paralysis, cats generally will only ingest a minimal amount due to its unpleasant taste and the fact that only a small amount of the chemical is present in the jewelry. Cats that have bitten into the jewelry may exhibit heavy salivation, hyperactivity, and aggressive behavior, but they typically recover within minutes. Immediately after a cat happens to ingest this chemical, it helps to feed it small quantities of milk, canned food, or tuna juice to dilute the chemical in its mouth. Wash off any drops of the chemical that might be on the cat’s coat and flush the cat’s eyes with water if there has been ocular exposure. There is no known antidote for dibutyl phthalate; cats that have ingested large quantities should be closely monitored and given supportive treatment if warranted.

    9. Cold – the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Animal Welfare Act recommends that ambient temperature should not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, especially when sick, aged, or young animals are present. Additionally, animals should always be provided with adequate protection and shelter from the direct effect of wind,rain, or snow. Remember, animals in Texas are not acclimated to cold weather, so they must be protected from extreme weather conditions accordingly.

    If you know or suspect that an animal has ingested any of the above items (1-8), immediately consult a veterinarian, animal emergency clinic, or poison control center. The Central Texas Poison Center can be reached at 1-800-764-7661 (1-800-POISON- 1).

    Source: San Saba News & Star

    Related:

    Pet Food Recall (December 2011)

    Pets and Toxic Plants, including Poinsettias and Herbs We Cook With for the Holidays

    December 16, 2011 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Health, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , , | 7 Comments

    Dog Killers Convicted For Murdering Navy Seal Hero’s Beloved Companion

    Marcus Luttrell, a highly decorated Navy Seal and author of “Lone Survivor,” is still hurting three years after the murder of his beloved Yellow Labrador, DASY, by a group of thugs in Texas.

    Today, Luttrell has received some measure of closure, as two of the perpetrators who shot and killed his beloved companion have been sentenced to prison time.

    Luttrell, a true American hero who was the lone survivor from his fire team after an insurgent attack in Afghanistan, took the stand Thursday in the “cruelty to non-livestock animals trial” of Alfonso Hernandez, one of the two accused in the case.

    Hernandez was found guilty of a state felony by a Walker County jury.

    Marcus Luttrell

    Another suspect, Michael Edmonds, pleaded guilty to the same state charge two days prior and admitted he was the one who fired the shot that killed DASY.

    The night of the killing in April of 2009, Luttrell said he “heard a single gunshot, grabbed his pistol and ran next door to his mother’s residence to check on her. He then made his way down to the roadway, crawled underneath a fence and saw DASY had been shot.”

    “I saw my dog in a ditch and two men standing outside the car,” Luttrell said, with his new service dog by his side on the stand. “I could hear them laughing.”

    Law enforcement officers eventually caught up to the car with Luttrell’s help.

    “I wanted to take a shot at the driver, but I figured if I missed and shot out the back window, I would not be able to catch them,” he added.

    DASY given to Luttrell by friends to help him cope with the emotional and physical injuries he sustained while fighting in both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters as a Navy Seal. She was by his side in Texas for four years.

    Her name is an acronym of the initials of Luttrell’s team members who were killed in the firefight he described in “Lone Survivor.”

    Edmonds and Hernandez, who was charged as an accomplice, will have to wait for a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted before a punishment is handed down, which is expected to take place in February, according to the Huntsville Item.

    The charges carry a maximum sentence of up to two years in a state facility and a $10,000 fine.

    Here is a clip from 2009 in which Glenn Beck interviews Luttrell, who tells the story of his beloved canine companion’s murder, including his gut-wrenching statement that “I consider that dog like a daughter to me:”

    Video: Marcus Luttrell’s Dog Murdered by Punks in Texas (April 5, 2009) PART 1

    Uploaded by che10967 on Apr 7, 2009

    On April 5, 2009, four teenage males approached Luttrell’s property and fatally wounded his dog, Dasy, with a .357 Magnum revolver at approximately 1 A.M. Each letter of the name "Dasy" represents one of the fallen members of his team. She was given to him in recovery to help him through rehabilitation. Luttrell proceeded to track the individuals through four counties in his truck until Texas Rangers apprehended the individuals. Upon arrest, the suspects verbally threatened Luttrell’s life and taunted him. Alfonso Hernandez was arrested on-scene and charged with animal cruelty whilst Michael Edmonds has not yet been charged.

    Today on Glenn Becks show, he had former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell on to talk about what happened to him last week. You see it seems some dumb-ass punks were driving the Texas countryside, summarily executing dogs.

    Marcus chased these punks over four counties, and he nearly shot the driver. Finally the Rangers caught up with these punks in Huntsville, TX and the idiots in handcuffs were laughing about it. They said they would also kill Marcus. Do these douchebags not know about Marcus?

    Dickhead Alfonso Hernandez was charged with Cruelty to Animals and is facing up to two years in prison, and dickhead #2, Michael Edmonds, is currently on the run.

    Source:  The Blaze

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    Sample Comments:

    • What impresses me even more about this American hero is that he didn’t shoot them. He is a better man than I am for having the ability to restrain himself & not shoot them. Just an amazing man. He is the true definition of a man too. I wish him & his wife all the happiness they deserve.
    • BASTARDS
    • As another dog lover, that story of Marcus’s chase of those dog killers was beyond believe, when Glenn told it and played the 911 tapes etc.
      I wonder why it took so long to get justice for Dasy.
      It’s not like there was any question of what they had done. It’s too bad Marcus didn’t catch them before the law got them stopped. I’m sure he would have provided a little justice of his own, and very well deserved.

    This article does not give the actual sentence, too bad. It seems killing dogs is going out of fashion since Vick was sent away, but now he’s an adored hero for throwing a football around for millions each year. I will never forget or forgive Vick.

    • These Bastards killed one of his friends, a family member of a man who served to keep us free… who were willing to give it all.  The dog herself served in her own way and these leaches, who only take, killed her. 
    • Whatever sentence they got was not enough… It never is.  Remember the gal who cooked her friend’s kitten alive? She face a 10-year Sentence. She only got 1-year.  These people virtually always go on to be serial abusers of spouses, children, other pets and animals and to some degree most people they encounter.

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