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Pilots N Paws

Posted by on Aug 4, 2009 in Animal Rescue, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

Altruism is defined as an unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others. In this economy I am certain that we have seen altruistic behavior at its best. Neighbors helping neighbors and people stepping up to make life just a bit easier for others in need. The story I am about to tell you takes Animal Rescue to another level…like 10,000 feet to be exact! Consider this, pilots donating their time, planes, gas and miles to transport animals in jeopardy to a safe house in another city or state. Sound unlikely? Meet Pilots N Paws. This amazing effort, started by Debi Boies and her partner Jon Wehrenberg, began in February 2008…just a little over one year ago. Since then, over 1,000 animals have been air lifted out of precarious situations and flown to a forever home, foster home or non kill shelter. The website, www.pilotsnpaws.org, provides an online meeting space for pilots to connect with animal rescue volunteers and help to transport animals by air. Debi, cofounder of Pilots N Paws (a 501c3), is extremely low key. You will not find her story or her name on the Pilots N Paws website. And that’s how she likes it. During our interview, she made it clear, that it is not about her or what she does, but about the animals whose lives are saved on a daily basis. Debi founded Pilots N Paws after her adoption experience with Doberman Pinscher, Brock. Brock was in a Tallahassee shelter and had been used as a “bait” dog in the past. Debi (who lives in South Carolina) and her husband Bob were preparing to drive to Tallahassee to pull Brock out of his situation. This is where cofounder Jon comes in. Jon, a family friend, is an avid pilot living in Tennessee. He volunteered to fly to South Carolina, pick up Debi and Bob, and then fly to Brock in Tallahassee. He did and the rescue happened in just a couple of hours rather than in a couple of days! Thus, Pilots N Paws was born. As you can imagine, the heart warming stories abound and I was fortunate enough to speak with two pilots in between flights. It is clear that they love what they do and have a deep passion for saving animals in their own special way. Jeff Bennett, a pilot out of Big Pine Key, has rescued 81 animals since October of 2008. He doesn’t limit his rescue missions to dogs and cats however. Jeff’s count includes pythons, pigs and even a baby chick! Jeff says that the best part of his job is saving lives. His fondest memories are of animals that were on death’s door, next in line for euthanasia, and through his efforts are now protected. His farthest flight involved many legs…literally. From the Keys to Lakeland, Lakeland to Bambridge, GA, from Georgia to Alabama…and in Alabama he rescued 19 puppies. Seventeen of the puppies were flown to a rescue group in Tampa and two returned to the Keys. I asked Jeff if he receives feedback from adoptive families, shelters or rescue groups. He said occasionally… like the shepherd mix that he flew from Islamorada, FL to Philly. His owner contacted Jeff to let him know that the rescued dog was thriving. But, for...

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A Mosquito’s Filet Mignon!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2009 in Health & Wellness, Paws for Thought, Skin & Allergies | 0 comments

Is your pet the victim of fly by bitings?  Fleas may not be the problem…but an onslaught of mosquitos might be.    As you may or may not know, mosquitos carry heartworms from pet to pet (yes, cats are susceptible to heartworm disease as well).  Even if your pet is an “inside” pet, they are still susceptible to mosquito bites and should be on a heartworm preventative.  If you have an “outside” dog or cat, PLEASE get your pet protected by using a monthly heartworm preventative.  Heartworm disease is expensive to treat, hard on a pet’s body and can be deadly. There are a few basic things you can do to prevent your pet from being the daily special: Change outside water bowls two or three times a day.  This will prevent mosquitos from harvesting eggs in your pets H2O. Eliminate stagnant water from your yard.  Water buckets, wading pools, bird baths, wheelbarrows, clogged roof gutters, discarded tires, plastic containers or any water-holding container should be cleaned or emptied on a weekly basis.  We recommend twice or more a week. Keep your pets inside during dawn and dusk hours as these are peak mosquito feeding times. Neem to the Rescue If your pet does go outside, we recommend to spray them down with an all natural pest repellent such as one derived from Neem and Citronella.  Neem is a tree native to India whose oils, bark, sap, fruit, leaves and gum are used to naturally heal humans and pets in a variety of ways.  For the purposes of this article you should know that Neem is effective in warding off mosquitoes and is used to sooth and calm skin and coat issues such as insect bites and skin irritations. Ark Naturals has a great Neem spray and shampoo as well as a new product that hit the market called Flea Flicker Tick Kicker that will repel and kill fleas ticks and mosquitos.  Avoid sprays and repellents containing DEET.  Pets are extremely sensitive to DEET and can develop neurological problems if a DEET product is applied.  Lastly and most importantly, healthy pets are less susceptible to insects, disease and general maladies than are unhealthy pets.  Ensure your pet is in optimal health by feeding the correct diet, exercising appropriately and visiting your veterinarian annually.  These steps will go a long way in PREVENTING unwanted problems.  A healthy pet is a happy one and a happy pet means a content...

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Poochie Smoochie

Posted by on Jun 18, 2009 in Eyes, Ears & Teeth, Health & Wellness, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

Does Your Pooch Have Smoochable Breath? I think I hear a resounding “NO” screaming through the page from many of my readers out there. Even if your dog’s breath is minty fresh, pet oral hygiene should be taken seriously and monitored continuously. This will lead to not only pleasant breathe but could extend the life of your pet. How do you know if your pet’s dental health is less than pearly white? The first indicator is bad breath. I am not talking about typical doggie breath…but a can’t stand to be around you….odor that makes your pooches smooches something to be avoided. Also, discolored teeth, mouth pain, excessive drooling, bleeding gums or loss of appetite are all signs. As with humans, pets will build tartar and plaque if their teeth go uncared for. The build up of these two culprits may lead to gingivitis and then periodontal disease (gum disease). Gingivitis is treatable but Periodontal disease is not. It can be stopped and then managed by the proper professional treatment. You definitely do not want your dog or cat to get to this point. Poor dental hygiene can also lead to other problems such as Oro-Nasal Fistulas, Feline Odontoclastis Resorptive Lesions and finally Kidney, Liver or Heart Disease. The latter is life threatening and can lead to the death of the pet. It occurs by the bacteria gaining access to the blood stream through the compromised gums. Bacteria-laden plaque can actually lodge in the heart valves, liver, kidney and lungs. You will be happy to know that there are easy solutions to get you back on the road to pleasant doggie kisses. 1. Brusha Brusha Brusha- Yes, brush your pet’s teeth at least once a week. Use a special pet toothbrush or finger brush and pet toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste or baking soda. Not pet friendly. 2. H2O additives- There are many all natural products out there that you simply add to your pet’s water. So, as they drink throughout the day they are also cleaning their teeth. Many of my customers have tried this and have had wonderful results. A few great products are made by Triple Pet and Ark Naturals. www.triplepet.com, www.arknaturals.com 3. Mouth Sprays and Gels- If a toothbrush won’t work, an easier way may be to spray an all natural cleanser in the pet’s mouth or rub a gel on the teeth and gums with your finger. The PetZLife oral care gel and spray work wonders. These products are made with Grapefruit seed extract, Grape seed extract, Thyme oil, Neem oil, Rosemary oil, and Peppermint oil. www.petzlife.com This one is easy and highly recommended! 4. Rope toys and Chew Toys- Believe it or not play time can be a great time to get a bit of teeth cleaning in without your pet realizing it! While your dog is doing double duty as he earnestly chews his rope bone. 5. All Natural Dental Treats and Bones- Make sure that the dental treat you choose is highly digestible and made of all naturally products. These treats work but just make sure they will not lodge in your pet’s tummy or intestinal track. Flossie tendons by Merrick are wonderful as they help clean in between teeth. They are 100% beef tendon and digestible. Raw bones are great...

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Get Ready for Hurricane Season!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2009 in Environment, Paws for Thought, Safety | 0 comments

Hurricane Season is officially upon us and many are preparing their homes and their families for a potential storm. What about your pet? Do you have a plan for your four legged family members? To safely flee the scene with Fido in tow: • Know where you will go. You can’t leave your pet behind, because even if they do survive the storm they could escape through a broken window, door, etc. They could get lost or harmed by predators and unsanitary conditions. A few helpful pet travel sites I found are: www.pets-allowed-hotels.com, www.dogfriendly.com and www.pettravel.com • Get your pet an i.d. tag or better yet micro-chipped. Micro-chipping can be done at your veterinarian’s office or you can oftentimes find low cost micro-chip clinics around your area.  I personally love TAGG, a pet GPS tracking device, that lets you know where your pet is at all times. • Have a pet carrier handy to transport your pet easily. For this situation, a simple plastic or rubber pet carrier will be ideal. Bring a crate along that offers your pet ample room to stand up, turn around and lay down. • Take up-to-date photos of your pet from all sides. Take these with you along with pet meds, i.d. and ownership papers. • Create Pet Disaster Kit: this should include: meds, medical records, collar, leash, food/water dishes, 14 day supply of food and H2O, manual can opener, blanket, toy, cleanser and disinfectant to handle wastes. Make sure to bring your waste pick up bags. Canned and freeze dried pet foods are good to always have on hand this season. • Create Pet Medical Emergency Kit include tweezers; scissors; tape, gauze pads and a roll of gauze to clean and cover injuries; an antiseptic solution for cleansing wounds; alcohol pads to clean scissors, tweezers and hands; antibiotic ointment; buffered aspirin for pain and inflammation and Benedryl to reduce allergic reactions to insect bites; and a thermometer (the normal temperature in dogs and cats is between 101 to 102 degrees). Early preparation is key! Be safe this...

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