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Hello Everyone - Here is some information on my availability, differences between dogs and cats, cat urinary issues, honey bees, 2 dolphin trips next year, dog TV, lost pets, workshops and more. Scroll down for all the news. Enjoy!
I’M IN A HOUSE NOW!!
I’m very happy to say that Bob and I closed on a wonderful home in NW Bradenton last month and we are finally feeling settled. It’s so great to have a real office again! I absolutely love the weather and all the tropical plants and critters. We have a nature preserve just down the street where I walk and ride my bike daily.
My phone number stays 941-752-5761 Please remember that I am now in the EASTERN time zone. Instead of setting office hours where you have to figure out the time zone differences, just feel free to call me between 8am and 6pm your local time, if you are in Canada or the US. To accommodate my West Coast clients who work Monday-Friday, I’ll be doing some consulting on the weekends. I’m just no good after about 8pm (and that’s 5pm for you PDT folks). So give me a call if you need some help and we’ll find a time that works.
I will be AWAY from June 1- July 29, in Bimini on the dolphin trip, and then I’m speaking at the Awakening to Animals conference in England. After that we will be visiting some friends and a dolphin or two in France. I will leave referrals on my voice mail for any help you need while I’m away. Call now to schedule a consultation in May before I go.
Good things to KNOW
Differences between Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats are very different creatures. I thought it would fun to look at some of these fascinating differences.
Dogs are easier to obedience train that cats.
Cats are easier to house train than dogs.
Dogs are social and want to be with their pack, wherever the pack is. Cats are solitary and their primary attachment is to their territory.
Dogs are scavenging carnivores, but they can survive on plants if they have to. Cats are strict carnivores and cannot survive without meat.
Dogs catch their prey by running it down and are are long distance runners, not sprinters. Cats creep up on their prey and catch it by surprise. They are sprinters and not distance runners.
Cats don’t burn fat efficiently and can’t be fasted. Without food, their bodies break down tissue which leads to a life-threatening liver condition.
Dogs can burn their fat reserves and can go far longer without food than cats.
Cats have retractable claws that stay sharp. Dogs have extended claws that become blunt from walking on the ground.
Dogs have 42 teeth. Cats have 30.
Cats can jump and climb, giving them more options when they need to hunt for food, or when they feel threatened. Dogs are earthbound, so they need their pack to hunt effectively. And when threatened, they are more likely to react with aggression because their ability to flee from a predator is limited.
Cats and Bladder Issues
The number one reason that cats go to the vet is for a bladder issue. This might be an infection, but it may also be cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder, or crystals or stones. All of these can cause pain and lead to soiling outside of the box.
Cats should have a slightly acidic urine pH, but those fed grain often have an alkaline pH which can cause some of these issues. Feeding a grain free diet will help with keeping their urine pH between 6 and 6.5 - the right range.
Urinalysis will tell the vet what’s going on in that tender bladder. Until now, cats have had to go to the vet to give a urine sample. Now you can do it at home with a nifty new kit. A client of mine tried this and it worked very well.
Save the Honey Bees
Honey Bees are dying at an alarming rate, and this winter marked the worst losses by far. Last week, the European Union took a major step to protect our bee population – placing a two year ban on the pesticides thought to be responsible - but the U.S. is still finding excuses for inaction.
No bees, no pollination, no crops, no food.......
Click here to sign this petition urging the EPA to take action now
Lost pet service
I recently had a “robo” call about a missing dog in my neighborhood. This service can call all landline phones within a certain area surrounding your home in a manner of minutes to let people know that your dog, cat, bird, or other pet is missing. There is more that they do, and I don’t have any personal experience with this company, but I thought it was a great idea and a way to cover a large area in a very short amount of time. I hope you never need to use it, but if you do, here’s the link:
PS - I don’t do lost animals anymore.
Videos and TV for dogs and cats
Environmental enrichment is important for pets – especially indoor-only kitties. Now there’s a YouTube channel with videos designed specifically for felines.
If your dog also needs something to do when she’s home alone or when you don’t have time to spend with her, you can sign her up for the DogTV network online or with your satellite or cable TV provider.
13th Annual Fairy and Human Relations Congress
June 28-30, 2013 http://fairycongress.com
Just because I can’t be there this year, doesn’t mean you should miss out on all the fun.
Awakening to Animals Conference
I will be speaking about Whale and Dolphin Spirituality and Consciousness at this exciting conference near Birmingham, England, June 22 & 23, 2013. We have a wonderful group of presenters. Check out all the details at
My friend Dawn Brunke just published a new tarot deck of animal cards. The illustrations and insights in this deck are wonderful.
Find out more at her website:
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