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An Open Letter to Animal Rescuers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 00:00

Dear Animal Rescuer,

This letter is to acknowledge the hard work you do each day keeping animals safe. I want you to know that your work has not gone unnoticed and I want to say thank you.

I know how many nights you've spent in your car, waiting for a stray cat to make the decision to enter a metal cage for a bite of food. I know that you are the first ones on the scene of disasters, long before HSUS shows up with their cameras. I know how many dogs and cats you've picked up from County at the twelfth hour, minutes before they were going to be euthanized, and I know how you often pay boarding costs out of your own pocket to give them a chance at life. I know that you spend hours late at night searching Craigslist for "free to a good home" ads because you are one of the few who realize these animals will be picked up and sold as lab animals, or used as bait animals for illegal dog fights, or worse...

I know how frustrated you are with humans, and that you are often called “crazy” or “eccentric” or “unbalanced” for your allegiance to animals. Please don’t worry… most people are not emotionally equipped to see the potential beauty of a mangy dog, or keep their compassion for a cat that has just bitten them. There are many humans who will never understand you.

But, I do...

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 17:37
5 Ways to Save Your Lawn from Pet Urine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00

If you have pets, and sometimes even if you don’t have pets, you may find that your backyard smells more and more like a dog kennel or litter box than a freshly cut lawn or a garden of beautiful roses.

It doesn’t have to be that way... There are many ways to take care of your yard without hurting the lawn and without impacting your pets health.

Pet urine can overpower even the healthiest lawn. There are many theories on why dog urine (and cat urine) effect common lawn grasses, and why some types of lawns don't seem to have much of a problem resisting urine (fescue, perennial ryegrass are two examples). But, if you're seeing brown spots on your lawn, we have solutions for you.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:56
Hit By A Flying Wolf: Book Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Those of you who have been with me from the beginning know that the reason I began PetsWeekly is because I had two wolf hybrids and a bunch of half-wild cats, and that our journey together is what brought this site to life. We had to learn how to live with three very distinct species (coyotes/wolves, cats and humans) in the same home. (See Falling Into the Food Chain)

I named my second wolf hybrid, Aquila. It is a roman cognomen, which means “eagle” in Latin and “Spirit” in other languages.  I called her that because the first time we met, she sailed over my head, out of the pickup truck of the woman who dropped her off to me. She was my “flying wolf.”

For this reason, I couldn’t wait to read renowned author Nicole Wilde’s most recent book, “Hit by a Flying Wolf: True Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Real Life with Dogs and Wolves .” When I finally got the chance, I was absolutely smitten with her humorous (and sometimes heartbreaking) stories of her life with wolves.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:52
GMOs in Pet Food: What they are and How they Impact our Pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a hot topic right now, but maybe not for the right reasons. We hear the term GMO and immediately assume it is terrible for us and for our pets. While we totally agree that is a dangerous movement, we believe it is dangerous due to its impact on our environment and society, as well as consumption, although the truth is, no one knows know for sure as there have been no long-term studies done. The most recent studies coming out are not exactly encouraging...

But, the fact is, we and our pets have probably been consuming GMOs for years without even knowing it. So, what is so bad about GMOs and why should we avoid them? Well, here’s a “quick overview to GMOs” we put together…

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 01:32
Traditional ID Tags for Every Pet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

This week, we were able to look at some “traditional” tags that are truly unconventional. Every animal needs an ID tag on their collar. It doesn't matter if they are microchipped or wearing a GPS tracker. If your dog escapes the yard or anything happens to you, people need to know that how to return your pet and whether or not it's had its rabies vaccination. That's a fact. If you don't have an ID tag on your pet, you need to invest in one of these right away.

We had the opportunity to look at a few different styles from WagTags and we are so very impressed with the quality that we had to pass the info along.

Most pet ID tags are made from soft aluminum or engraved plastic, and the lettering wears off in just a few months. Wag Tags are deeply engraved on durable, thick stainless steel. They also don’t hang off the collar and rub against other tags. These two factors help make Wag Tags so durable that they guarantee their tags will remain legible for the life of the pet. They are also lightweight, easy for pets to wear, and very beautiful.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:49
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