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Memoirs of a Beloved Furry Friend

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Chubby was not just a dog. To Maria, a 23 year old photographer in Cleveland, Chubby was more than half of her life. But some things does not really last forever. Even life itself. For Maria it was a difficult decision to make. Over the years, Chubby has gone ill and her health deteriorated due to a disease – cognitive dysfunction, the equivalent of Alzheimer’s to humans.  Seeing her suffered despite her everyday usual routine cheering up Maria and making her day glow since she was a seven year old little girl.  Chubby was her best friend, a cherished little sister. They grew together, they have lived together along with their home grown family for the last 16 years. Chubby was her favourite part of her being, her life.

A Pound dog finds a home and a family.

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Her family got Chubby from a pound. They grew up and enjoy life together. She remembers disturbing her impatiently from her puppy naps just to be able to be and play with her,  Whenever there are guests visiting at their home, she would often greet, “Do you want to see my dog?!” rather than saying “Hi” first. Chubby has witnessed so far the most important part of Maria’s life.

Chubby’s Alzheimer

The dog has gone into life changing ordeal being at her old age. A couple of years back, cataracts strikes first followed by the loss of her hearing and other old age symptoms follows through. She lost traction of her paws, sleeplessness and just wanders going around in circles. An ordeal Maria couldn’t stand watching it and just simply broke her heart watching and thinking she’s suffering.  The Vet recommended a supplement and later on pills to help her out.  Chubby also cannot climb up anymore to her bed leading to a series of bed replacements to comfort her. Then she started throwing up and stopped eating.  Some medicines don’t seem to work for her soon. Her anxiety and sleeplessness continue. Maria knows time is coming soon to her beloved pet but somehow she has not anticipated it sooner.  Her blood works are fine but the x-ray reveals gallstones. Surgery was an option but Chubby was way too weak to go through it. The medicines might work but really no guaranty it could remove the stones.  For 3 day in a row she did not take any food. And the very tough decision has to be done.

Chubby’s memoir in images.

As Maria decided to choose the day for Chubby to be put down, she thought of documenting their last days together with the help of a friend photographer, Suzanne Price.  Some of Maria’s memoirs of her dearest best bud can be viewed through her website, just click the image of Maria and her late dog Chubby above to get to the link of her website.

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MARIA SHARP’S BLOG

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MILKOTEIN is a yummy long lasting all-natural dog treat with the highest level of protein that are great for growing bodies of your pets to keep them lean and fit. MILKOTEIN Dog Chews & Wonder Bites are made and distributed by PARASPETS LLC.

Doga: Achieving Harmonic Partnership Between Human and Canine

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Yoga + Dog = Doga

Doga is a form of yoga that allow you to practice yoga with your dog doing acts of meditation, gentle massage and relaxing stretches.

The activity has proven significant benefits both on people and with their canine pets. Below are the list of some of its beneficial values:

Improves the bond between human and canines.

  • Pet owners doing yoga with their dogs get to bond and build trust with their dogs in
  • an unusual way.
  • Reduces stress, anxiety and depression on both people and animal.
  • Improves the dog’s temperament and moods becoming calmer and sober making them easy to manage especially during obedience training.
  • The exercise could make your pet feel relaxed and happy while reducing pain and helping the body recover and heal after an injury.
  • Doga is an excellent way for dogs and their owners to have fun, bond and enjoy together.
  • Improved all around wellness.
  • Manage chronic health condition.
  • Reduce heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Doga can help calm down distressed and anxious dogs.
  • Doga stretches can help increase mobility and decrease stiffness in dogs with joint problems
  • Doga sessions can provide great socialization for dogs helping shy ones doggies come out of their shell.

Doga just like the regular Yoga exercise is a great way to letting everything go and attaining inner peace and toning your body balance with your spirit and soulful selves. The activity might just be the one you and your dog need to achieve that harmony needed living together with your best buddy in this world. So, why not spend Doga time together?

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Lactose Intolerance and Your Dog

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Summer is one of those months where some of our canine pals sometimes got to have the so called lactose intolerance.  Feeding them much ice cream and cold dairy products can make them uncomfortable and in pain because of the condition called lactose intolerance.

What is lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance or hypolactasia is the inability of adults to digest lactose. Lactose is the sugar found in milk and other dairy produce.

Why does the body need lactose?

Lactose is needed in the body because of their high nutritional value and bioactive properties in improving health and wellness. The lactase enzyme in our body system and those of our pets are in abundance at birth and helps us thrive on our mother’s milk.  But as we grow old the body production of the enzyme diminishes and drops to a level of about 10% of its peak production making us prone to lactose intolerance.

How does lactose intolerance affect dogs?

Lactose intolerance is a common digestion disorder in dogs because dogs don’t have the key enzyme called lactase needed to digest lactose. Since the undigested lactose can’t be absorbed by the body system it remains in the intestines causing symptoms like upset tummies, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea which can lead to severe dehydration. However, depending on the dog’s metabolism, the effect and symptoms varies in several ways for different type of dogs.

Lactose in milk.

Although lactose is found in milk, this does not however mean that milk is ‘unhealthy’ for dogs.  In fact it is an excellent source of protein and calcium for dogs that are able to tolerate it.

First aid and relief for lactose intolerance in dogs.

The best rule of thumb in detecting if your dog is lactose intolerant is simply to limit or discontinue feeding of the particular dairy produce to help your dog recover. While limiting is the immediate relief, moderation is the key to health in in the intake of lactose replenishing food.

Integrating protein and calcium rich dog treats.

Since most of our pets are no longer pups thriving on their mom’s breast milk for their natural healthy supply of protein and calcium needs. A brilliant way to integrate protein and calcium rich milk and dairy products in your pets’ diet is through giving them protein rich dog treats from time to time.  MILKOTEIN is unique all natural dog treat with the highest level of protein than any other products in the market today.

Milkotein on lactose intolerance.

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Milkotein is made from the hard variety of yak’s milk called Chhurpi. During the process of making the Chhurpi cheese, most of the lactose of the milk were retained and strained away on the whey residue of the cheese during the coagulation process. The resulting cheese is virtually lactose-free and therefore will not pose indigestion and lactose intolerance to your dog.

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Saving Excalibur! (Updated)

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Mom got infected for her dedication to care for the sick.

Teresa Romero Ramos, 44 a nurse from Spain was the first person who was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus outside West Africa. She got the virus from the Spanish missionaries Manuel Garcia Viejo and Miguel Pajares, both came from missions in West Africa. Ramos was the nurse assigned to care for the two missionaries which both have died from the virus last month. Along with her husband, Javier Limon, the couple were now in separate isolation in Carlos III hospital in Madrid.

Dad plead for help.

Recently, Ramos’s husband, Javier in an effort managed to forward a message from his hospital room claiming Madrid health officials are asking his consent to enter their house to get their dog whom officials thought might also be infected with the virus.  Javier told that before leaving the house and going to the hospital he had filled the bath and several buckets with water and left 15 kilo sack of dog food. He also left the terrace door open for the dog to do his necessities.  Javier could not agree on putting their dog down to solve the infection the easy way.  All he ever wanted was to also put the dog in quarantine like they did to him and his wife.  The officials later told him they will be getting a court order to enter their house and put down their pet dog, Excalibur.  Javier’s message was sent to his friends and colleagues with the appeal to get it on social media via a co-nurse of his wife. The recipient then confirmed the authenticity of the message before publishing it on social media.  Javier’s appeal were picked up by several Spanish newspaper. The daily El Mundo even managed to get a quick five-minute phone interview with Javier and posted it in their website.  Javier also told the reporter that his wife had followed all health safety protocols yet have no idea how they could have gotten infected.

According to the report sent by health officials in Madrid that, “although dogs can’t contact Ebola, it is possible they can transmit the virus to humans.”

An online petition have already attracted 255,000 signatures not to put down Excalibur, the dog thought by Madrid health officials could also have the Ebola virus just because his parents were under quarantine and believed to be infected with the virus.

Why do I have to suffer the consequence?

Animal activists rally over the internet to save the life of an innocent dog a few people in Madrid thought could be infected with Ebola.  The parents of Excalibur believed that their pet dog must also be given the treatment they now are getting, isolated and quarantined. For this they get to have that chance to live despite the deadly virus in their system.  All they request now was for their dog to have an equal treatment he need and killing the dog is not option just to give instant solution to the virus that was now in Madrid due to the negligence of a few human being.  Why must an innocent dog’s life be wasted as an easy solution to a human failure?

Update: as of Oct, 24, 2014

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GREAT NEWS!!!

The test result of Bentley, the quarantined dog of Nina Pham, the nurse that contacted Ebola caring for Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient who died in the US was released negative of the virus!

Now the thought about the case of Excalibur:   Had he been treated the same as Bentley, Excalibur must have been alive today. May Excalibur’s sacrificial death brought fresolution of this disease. RIP Excalibur!

Read more about it HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Update: as of Oct, 10, 2014

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the rainbow bridge opens wide for Excalibur

As the whole humanity worries about the effect of the Ebola virus, Spain has to do what has to be done in order to serve and protect the greater risk on the uncertainty and behavior of the threatening deadly virus to humans. Madrid, equipped with a court order got to the couple’s apartment and took the dog. The Regional Agency issued a statement that it had put down Excalibur, his corpse  was put in a biosecurity device and cremated last Oct. 7, 2014 in an authorized disposal facility.

Excalibur’s death sealed  what could have been the case of Ebola exposure through the canine of what experts say ‘they are uncertain of what risk that poses to humans.’

 

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Help, My Dog Can’t Hear!

A silent disability.

Deafness in dogs can generally be accounted due to genetic defects (congenital) or it can also be acquired due to trauma, accident, disease or old age. It can either be partial or complete hearing loss which could affect a single or both ears of the dog. Although breed is not a factor when it comes to the nature of disability, some breeds according to some veterinary medical articles are common to less pigmented dogs such as dogs with albinism condition or some commonly known white dog breeds like Dalmatians, Boxers, Maltese, toy and miniature poodles, Boston terrier, Australian shepherd, German shepherd, Jack Russell terrier, West Highland White terrier, Dachshunds, Collies and Cocker Spaniel.

Senior dogs are the most prone and likely to endure deafness during their old age. In some cases, deafness on dogs can be accompanied by other conditions such as low vision, partial or absolute blindness. Here are some insights and information why deaf dogs are equally capable as other abled dogs

Dogs are born deaf.

All dogs are effectively deaf when born because only after a few weeks that their ears would open. Through time, they will be able to develop their natural instinct on reacting to movements around them using their keen sense of smell and later on once their ears open, the hearing advantage follows.

Deaf and mute is not the case for dogs.

It is a myth and there is no truth that if a dog is deaf, it doesn’t bark and although there are certain breed of dogs that are sometimes called ‘barkless’ dogs They still bark, yodel or yelp because most dogs bark by their strong sense of instinct and their extra ordinary sense of smell reacting and sensing on movements around them and not necessarily through hearing.  And although they don’t have a complex system of communication like us humans where most of us are equipped with all five senses.  Dogs have a phenomenal sense of smell as much as 100 times better than us humans.

Right training.

Training a deaf puppy might be a little challenge using the right technique but it is not that unusual and impossible. Since deaf dogs have that generally the same phenomenal sense of smell dgets with that of the regular hearing dogs. It will just be a matter of knowing the right training and use of the right deaf dog signs could prove and enhance their ability and adaptability both on dogs born with hearing incapacity and those dogs who lost their sense of hearing over their lifetime. Remember that they only lost hearing of your voice but not their keen sense of seeing, excellent smell, instinct, obedience and adherence to your partnership remains. Aside from training a deaf dog through a professional deaf dog trainer, the treat reward system plays a vital role in training a deaf dog the correct way for enhancing his learning abilities. For nutritious dog treats, MILKOTEIN Wonder Bites will help in the reward system based training for your beloved deaf dogs. With MILKOTEIN’s highest level of protein of an all-natural dog treat. MILKOTEIN is ideal for the growing bodies of your pets to keep them lean and fit.

Technology.

In today’s modern world, gadgets and accessories that are enhanced with electronics and technological automation comes in handy also for especially handicapped pets like dogs with hearing incapacities. Some of these gadgets include vibration collars, laser pointers, etc. helps in catching their attention. But

Some of these gadgets include vibration collars, laser pointers and others that help in catching their attention. But do not be fooled by the notion that these gadgets will do all the tricks for you. Your constant pet parenting attention and training will still be required as guidance. Your dog’s adaptability to these gadgets still matters most. If it creates disadvantages instead of positive effects, discontinuance and switching to other training ideas can always be an option.

A loud cry for help and LOVE.

Caring and adopting a deaf dog maybe a bit different from those dogs who are able to hear.  But deaf dogs are absolutely and equally capable and able dogs. Through awareness and education and the right training, deaf dogs are capable of giving someone who are on the need for a true life companionship. Remember that they only lost hearing of your voice but not their keen sense of smell, excellent instinct, obedience, loyalty and their unconditional love for you which matters the most. A deaf dog may not be able to hear your voice but it definitely can see you through their loving eyes, smells and sniff your scent of companionship and hears you through their throbbing heart. Can you not hear their loud cry for help? Theirs was a world of silence, a world of empty noise but their affection, loyalty and obedience can be loudly felt with their greatest cry of LOVE. All it takes was just a pat, a hug and a HEART SHAPE hand signal from you!

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Why the Need for an All Natural Food Diet For Dogs?

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Natural dog food diet or sometimes called raw or barf diet is the all-natural food diet for dogs that will not only boost your pets health but are more practical budget wise and environmentally. The digestive system of our pet dogs and cats are basically unlike us humans who are used in cooking all our food. Our pets’ natural system of digestion basically are meant for raw food, not cooked and processed ones. This is generally what is meant by raw food.  Their direct descendants, the grey wolves are hunters and carnivores who feasted on raw meat, plants and fruits. Since the invention of fire by pre historic humans, cooked food was introduced to the human diet as well as to the food prepared for their domesticated pets.

But natural is not necessarily organic and safe. Many has misconceptions about natural and organic and some even used them interchangeably. Natural food are food that solely came or produced from a plant, animal or mined sources. Whereas, organic food are food that are grown and raised without the use of pesticides, chemicals and other synthetic ingredients.

Just the same, feeding our pets with an all-natural or regular diet should be taken seriously for the food they will eat will generally affect their health and wellbeing. Below are some food items that are to be taken or fed to our pets in moderation and with caution:

Sugar. These does not only mean the sugar in our table but generally food that convert into simple sugar in the bloodstream like sugar beets, molasses, grains and dairy produce.  Like in humans, too much sugar can lead to some serious health issues like diabetes.

Alcohol. The effects of alcohol to the human body as well as with the dogs are the same. It can therefore lead to damages of the liver, heart, brain and other vital parts.

Onions and Garlic. In all forms be it cooked, raw, powdered or dried can cause anemia.

Caffeine. All caffeined food like, coffee, tea and other caffeine based beverages can cause restlessness, rapid breathing and heart palpitations that could be fatal. No antidote was known to cure for dogs once ingested.

Grapes and raisins. These bunches are risky and can cause kidney failure to dogs.

Macadamia Nuts. The nut can cause paralysis of the dog’s hindquarters and is poisonous to dogs.

Gluten. Avoiding yeast and grains like whole wheat and corn can reduce skin irritations and allergies. Carbohydrates from grains are not needed since dogs get much of their energy from fats and protein.

Chemicals and additives. On reading with food labels, if you are not familiar or if ingredients cannot be read or pronounced never compromise buying it for your dog. Although it is always wise to research about it or consult your Vet before giving it to your pets. Go for natural preservatives like vitamin C, E or rosemary extract, and lime for they are known antioxidants.

Fats and Oils. Although these are food enhancers to the dog as well as helping the body in absorbing fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K, fats and oils help maintain your dog’s quality healthy and shiny coats.  But not all fats and oils are advantageous to your dog’s health. A balance of both Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are of best benefit. Omega 3 fats from fish oils, flaxseed and canola seeds. Omega 6 fats from pork, chicken, safflower and sunflower oils.

Avocado, Persimon, Peach and Plum. The substance called Persin found in the avocado fruit can be toxic in large amount to dogs.  The seeds can cause obstruction on the dog’s small intestinal canal. These fruits also contain dose of cyanide that can be tolerable in relation to a human body weight but lethal to animals like dogs and cats.

Raw Eggs. Regular and long-time feeding of raw egg can skin problem and to your dog’s coat.

Xylitol. A sweetening ingredient found in candies and gums. Can cause blood sugar to drop and eventually causes liver failure.

Theobromine. This substance in most kinds of chocolates including baking chocolate can cause abnormal heart beating, seizure and death.

Some caregivers prefer the all-natural diet for dogs due to their overall performance in the dog’s general health, strong immunity and combat against illness and diseases. But whether you are feeding and preparing natural or special diets for your pets, it is best to be always on the lookout for safety especially when buying by carefully looking and reading at the labels as well as choosing the freshest and the healthiest food available for them.

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All Natural Healthy Dog Treats???

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MILKOTEIN is a yummy long lasting all-natural dog treat with the highest level of protein that are great for growing bodies of your pets to keep them lean and fit. MILKOTEIN Dog Chews & Wonder Bites are made and distributed by PARASPETS LLC.

Essentials on Shaving Pets During Summer

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The heat is on!

And people are exploring ways to cool and somehow reduce the heat around. Most will head off to the beach to cool down, others would strip off into less clothes and body coverings and enjoyed showing off their skin for a tone. While some enjoy trimming off hair on their heads and go bald and blunt. People will do whatever they wish to do just to get some relief from the burning feeling of the summer heat. And since people are often times accompanied by their pets on getting some summer fun, the thought of shaving their furs and hairs can make them thought it would also be better for their pets to groom for summer and shave off to show some skin too. But hold onto that shavers and scissors tight! There are certain risks that you might just want to know about getting those hair that covers their body off them. Read on and be informed:

Double coats. Dogs and cats normally have double coats of hair and fur. This was their genetic design. These coats help them to cope with varied weather conditions.

Regular grooming. For breeds with natural thick coats, regular grooming could help them cope and regulate varied temperatures.

No close skin shaved. Leaving some allowance of short hair on their body can help them still shield on the attacks of various skin diseases like sunburn, dirt and allergies. Get a professional pet hair groomer to do this task to avoid overly doing the clipping and avoid hurting your pets.

Careful with clippers. They not only have sharp edges but improper use could only lead to some unwanted accidents.

Regular coat brushing. Though many may thought brushing their pets’ coat was a way to groom them, brushing will keep their coats shiny and tangle free. Regular coat brushing is also a healthy way to massage their skin and keep their body and skin healthy and clean avoiding skin diseases brought about by dirty and embedded dust and dirt where bacteria could thrive. Coat brushing also keeps free flowing air easily into their body refreshing and cooling them leisurely.

Regular bathing. The best way to cool our pets during hot summer season was to have a daily regular bath. This will condition their body to withstand summer heats. Pools and swimming adventures are great deals to have relief from the summer heat.

Shaded place. Keep their special place in the house away from direct sunlight and heat.

Plenty of water to drink. Always check their water bowl and fill clean, fresh often.

Our pets, generally dogs and cats have a certain natural way on how to deal with varied weather conditions. They do not cool nor warmth the way we humans do.  Shaving their furs and hairs do not basically improve temperature cooling down and in some instances can expose them to other health risks. Consulting and seeking the advice of your Vets would prove beneficial before trimming off their covers. We humans can cool off easily but not our pets. They will always be at our mercy for proper care in keeping them cool on hot summer days and warm on cold winter nights.

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