June 23rd 2008 9:06 am
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Missy passed in the night on Saturday June 21st. We are all pretty upset about it, and I am having trouble talking about it with out balling. But we thought we whould let are Dogster pals know.
I hope are Angel friends will show her the way and take care of her, she will truely be missed. She had a long happy life, she was 10 when she passed. She actully just had her 10th Woofday.
Love you Missy, we miss you!
February 5th 2008 9:27 pm
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Can you belive it, I can't belive I Won Third Place! I did it even have to anything, just be my normal Cuddley Self! Thank you so much for my Star and choosing me for Third Place!
"Congratualtions on winning 3rd place in the Cuddle Pup contest. Here is a nice bright golden star for you!
Well I want to start off by saying how hard it was to judge. With 13 pages of entries but only 4 winners. Sometimes I wonder why I judge these things All of the entries were great and I finally managed to narrow it down to 4 pups but let me tell you it wasnt easy. Some pictures I liked alot but didnt place so I decided to have some Honarable Mentions as well who will be recieving a rosette from me.
So, now lets announce the winners.
In 1st Place:
In 2nd Place:
In 3rd Place:
In 4th Place:
Now for the honourable mentions who will all recieve a rosette from me:
Congrats to all of the winners. You should recieve your prizes within the next few days. If you have not recieved all of your prizes by the 7th please let me know.
February 1st 2008 7:30 pm
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I whould just like to thank Dog Park Playground Group for hosting this contest! And thank you so much for chooing me as the NonEdited Winner! It is such a honor, and thank you for my start! I whould also like to congradulate the other winners! Great photos guys!
And The winners Are!!!
1st place Missy 235148
2nd place Darby 622010
1st place Rosco 546085
2nd place Kodi 473355
Congratulations and your prizes are on the way!!!
My Star: “Congrats you won 1st place in Snow Bunny Nonedited at the Dog Park Playground”
January 30th 2008 11:48 am
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"Ok Pups!!! the results are in fur My Most Favorite Howliday Pressie Picture Contest!!!
Winner TrixieMae(xmas sweater) #313869
3rd Buddy Buckie Koops #416307
Co Winners: Tia's legacy #674438 and Harley#351835
2nd Co Winner: Liz(collar pic) #534753 and Rosie#522972
3rd Co Winners: Gibbon#238846 an Kilimanjaro Hoover#217270
and Missy TD #235148
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND PAWTICIPANTS!!
Thanks to All who Voted!!!!
first place winners will recieve a Star and Pic on group page
2nd will recieve a Rosette
3rd will recieve a Rosette
Thank You All Fur Pawticipating
“Congratulations Missy on Yur 3rd Place Win in DP Favorite Pressie contest! Hugs,Amber"
Thank you so much for picking me for third! And for my rossete!
January 20th 2008 4:59 pm
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Mom was watching on Dateline or something like that tonight. They were showing how the glachers were melting so fast because of us of corse. And how were scientists walked 5 years ago were there was ground is now water, or were there was snow is now green. And how the Penguin and other animal population has decreased by 50%.::o So mom went online to see how she chould help out more! And thought she whould share this with you! And hope you will try to help as well!
For more info go to: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/03/how-to-green-your-pe t.php
What’s the Big Deal?
Ah, the pitter patter of four-legged feet as they whip through your living room at overclocked speeds or uproot your prize gladiolas with manic fervor. But Snookiepuss and Mrs. Fluffypants are practically family, right? So why should they settle for anything less than top drawer when their health and wellbeing are at stake? Throw the planet a bone while you’re at it; we’ve got the goods on how to reduce your pets’ carbon paw prints—without making your wallet roll over and play dead.
1. Adopt from a shelter
Pet breeders have only one goal in mind—to raise large quantities of purebred animals for profit. They’ve also been pilloried for misdeeds such as overbreeding, inbreeding, poor veterinary oversight, lousy food and living conditions, overcrowding, and culling of unwanted animals. Why buy when you can adopt one of the 70,000 puppies and kittens born every day in the United States? Love knows no pedigree. Check out Petfinder.com to find your perfect match.
2. Spay or neuter your pet
Did we mention 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the United States? That’s 15 puppies and 45 kittens for every hairless biped that slides out of a birth canal. And “multiplying like bunnies” isn’t just any old trope. We don’t need any more homeless animals than we already have. As a bonus, spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by eliminating the possibility of uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancer, and decreasing the incidence of prostate disease.
3. Rein in your pets; protect native wildlife
Always keep your dog on a leash when outside, and confine your mangy feline indoors. Topped only perhaps by habitat destruction, cats are the biggest, baddest bird killers of all time. Even wind turbines have got nothing on them. While you may poo-poo high cat-related bird-mortality rates as collateral damage in the great Circle of Life, domestic cats do have an unfair advantage. Unlike wild predators, house cats are always well fed, well rested, and in tip-top fighting shape. They’re also present in more concentrated (and rapidly increasing) numbers than say, the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike.
That aside, two out of every three vets, according to the Humane Society of America, recommend keeping cats indoors, because of the dangers of cars, predators, disease, and other hazards. The estimated average life span of a free-roaming cat is less than three years; an indoors-only cat gets to live an average of 15 to 18 years. If kitty needs to heed the call of the wild, an outdoor cat enclosure is a good compromise.
4. Swap out the junk food
Most conventional pet-food brands you find at the supermarket consist of reconstituted animal by-products, otherwise known as low-grade wastes from the beef and poultry industries—you know, inedibles you wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot fork. In fact, the animals used to make many pet foods are classified as “4-D,” which is really a polite way of saying “Dead, Dying, Diseased, or Down (Disabled)” when they line up at the slaughterhouse. Unless that can of Chicken ‘N Liver Delite explicitly states that it contains FDA-certified, food-grade meat, you should know that its contents are considered unfit for human consumption—but apparently good enough for your cat or pooch.
Now, since nutrition is one of the key determinants of health and resistance to disease, ideally you’ll want your pet’s chow to be comparable in quality with what we would eat.
Natural and organic pet foods use meats that are raised in sustainable, humane ways without added drugs or hormones, minimally processed, and preserved with natural substances, such as vitamins C and E. Certified-organic pet foods must meet strict USDA standards that spell out how ingredients are produced and processed, which means no pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, artificial preservatives, artificial ingredients or genetically engineered ingredients.
(Hemp dog beds from Earth Dog)
5. Clean up their poop
Scoop up your doggie doo in biodegradable poop bags so your buddy’s No. 2 isn’t immortalized in a plastic bag, while deep-sixed in a landfill somewhere for hundreds of years. Cat owners should avoid clumping clay litter at all costs. Not only is clay strip-mined (bad for the planet), but the clay sediment is also permeated with carcinogenic silica dust that can coat little kitty lungs (bad for the cat). Plus, the sodium bentonite that acts as the clumping agent can poison your cat through chronic ingestion through their fastidious need to groom. Because sodium bentonite acts like expanding cement—it’s also used as a grouting, sealing, and plugging material—it can swell up to15 to18 times their dry size and clog up your cat’s insides. Eco-friendly cat litters avoid these problems; a happy cat is a cat that doesn’t claw your face off.
6. Give them sustainable goods
Your furry friends can get in on some saving-the-planet goodness, too—and have plenty of fun—with toys made from recycled materials or sustainable fibers (sans herbicides or pesticides) such as hemp. A hemp collar (with matching leash) is a rocking accessory for a tree-hugging mutt. These days, you can even get pet beds made with organic cotton or even recycled PET bottles.
7. Use natural pet-care and cleaning products
You don’t use toxic-chemical-laced shampoos and beauty products, so lather up your cats and dogs (or ferrets, rabbits, or hamsters—we don’t judge) with natural pet-care products, as well. And if your cat horks up a hairball, or Fifi doesn’t make it all the way to the bathroom, clean up the mess with cleaning products that are as gentle on the planet as they are on your critters’ delicate senses.
8. Pets, not fads
Sure, everyone’s ovaries ping when they see a five-year-old moppet cradle a tiny chick or a bunny during Easter, but nature dictates that baby bunnies grow up into rabbits, and little chicks into full-size chickens. Unless everyone involved understands that a pet is a long-term commitment that involves demands on both their time and money, you’re better off giving the kid a stuffed animal. Impulse buying (say, rushing out an grabbing the next available Dalmatian puppy after watching 101 Dalmatians) isn’t a good idea, either, as the large numbers of fad dogs that pass through shelters (often to their death) can attest. Repeat after us—especially you, Paris Hilton: Pets are not fads or fashion accessories.
9. Melt the ice, nicely
Use a child- and pet-safe deicer such as Safe Paw’s environmentally friendly Ice Melter. Rock salt and salt-based ice-melting products, which kids and animals might accidentally ingest, can cause health problems, while contaminating wells and drinking supplies.
10. Tag your pet
It might be a stretch to call inserting an electronic ID chip into your pet an eco-friendly move, but losing your buddy causes extreme emotional distress that turns you into nobody’s friend. Then there’s the paper waste from printing out Missing posters, the fuel cost of driving around your neighborhood trying to find them, the phone bill as you bawl your eyes out to everyone you know … well, you get the idea. Ask your vet for more info. For hanging tags, check out these recyclable (and recycled) aluminum ID tags and these WaggTaggs made from recycled silver.
Wanna Do More?
1. Compost their poop
American dogs and cats create 10 million tons of waste a year, and no one knows where it’s going, according to Will Brinton, a scientist in Mount Vernon, Maine, and one of the world’s leading authorities on waste reduction and composting.
Most of our pets’ poop either winds up in a landfill purgatory, where it’s embalmed practically forever in plastic bags, or sits on the ground until the next rainstorm washes it into the sewer where it can drift on down to rivers and beaches. You can compost the poop—just don’t use it with your vegetable garden, because the compost doesn’t heat up enough to kill pathogens such as E. coli., which could contaminate your homegrown produce and land up in your (very unhappy) belly.
If you have room in your backyard, you can bury an old garbage bin (note: far away from your vegetable garden) to use as a pet-waste composter. Or check out the Doggie Dooley. The makers of the Doggy Dooley also sell an enzymatic “Super Digester Concentrate” for your backyard pet septic system.
2. Be a pet chef
If you want to know exactly what is going into your furball’s food dish, or your pet suffers from allergies, you can always make your own puppy (or kitty) chow. If the idea of becoming a fulltime pet chef is just crazy talk, making the occasional meal or treat is completely doable. Those broccoli stalks left over from your last stirfry also make some tasty morsels for your pup.
3. Get crafty
Your cat will love you forever if you grow your own organic catnip or cat grass. Scrap yarn and fabric you might otherwise toss can also easily be transformed into pet toys with some basic crafty know-how. And they wouldn’t have had to be trucked thousands of miles just to get drooled on.
4. Get ticks off
While you don’t want to douse your pet in toxins, it is also important to keep the bugs in check. Pets can carry ticks, and ticks can carry Lyme Disease, a serious and poorly understood disease that attacks the nervous system. If you live in an area where Lyme Disease is a risk, be very cautious and seek sound advice on keeping ticks off you and your furry friends.
5. Offset your pet
Maybe Scruffy will only drink water from an electric-powered water fountain, or perhaps you have a self-cleaning litter box from before you went green—we all have corpses buried in our backyards. Why not purchase green tags, otherwise known as renewable energy credits, to offset your pets’ carbon emissions. Heck, buy ‘em for the whole family so no one feels left out. Or better yet, check if your state sells green power so you and your furry compatriots can go carbon neutral.
By The Numbers
1. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimates that domestic cats kill more than 39 million birds annually—and that’s just in Wisconsin.
2. There are over 66 million pet cats in the United States; approximately 35 percent are kept exclusively indoors.
3. Certain studies have shown that children who grow up with two or more pets are more than 75 percent less likely to develop allergies later in life.
4. Sixty percent of pet owners have a dog; on average owners have almost two dogs (1.7).
5.Over 5,500 puppies and kittens (compared with 415 human babies) are born every hour in the United States.
6. The U.S. Dept. of Health found that 28 percent of heart patients who were also pet owners survived serious heart attacks, compared with 6 percent of patients without pets.
7.In 1994, Time magazine estimated that as many as 25 percent of purebred dogs were afflicted with serious genetic problems.
8. Shelter workers nationwide are forced to euthanize an estimated 3 to 4 million homeless cats and dogs each year.::o
EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS! Eveing Recycleing!|$|=;
January 5th 2008 5:05 pm
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Can you belive it! One of mommys favorite pictures of me won 3rd! Thank you so much for hosting this contest and chooseing me for 3rd place!
Thank woo everywoo who entered! All the pictures were great.
The winners are:
1st place: Maxwell Joel
2nd place: Ozzie
3rd place: Missy TD
December 26th 2007 9:13 pm
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I was suprised today, I got a email saying that I got a Special Gift. Those are so much fun to get! So I wondered who I got one from, it was from my SPP. They finally revealed who they were to me, which was very exciting. I am so happy to know who had sent me all those great gifts all year. And I whould just like to thank them, for all the thought and time they took sending them to me.
I loved all of my gifts so very much and had so much fun reciving them, and opeing them! Thanks again best SPP in the world! Oh yeah I almost forgot my SPP is Sisqo!
December 9th 2007 7:15 pm
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To my suprise we opened up the mailbox and it was full! It had bunchs of Chrismas cards and a gift for me! It had no return address so I knew it was from my secreat pup pal!
Mom said we whould have to wait to open it till we got inside. So that got me so excited, and I started running towards the door, but mom was it walking fast enough. I had to keep running back to her to make her walk faster. Finally we got inside.
Mom told me to hold on just a sec and we whould open it. I was going in circles she was it opening it fast enough! Finally she got it opened and let me have a look! It had a very pretty scrapbook Chrismas Card, a pretty red bone picture frame, & and a pair of raindeer antlers. We both liked all that we recived. The antlers were perfect, mom bought humane ones last year to take pictures with and we broke them. But these were just are size!
Thank you so much SPP! I love all my gifts I get from you, you are the best!
December 5th 2007 10:42 pm
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Yesterday I helped mom make ornements for the 5 nursing homes that we are going to go to. Mom is going to hand out ornements and I am going to be giving some loveing to all the nursing home residents.
OH AND I AM NAKED! Mom chould it get me in to are normal groomer and took me to someone else this one time. She told her to leave her ears and face.
And that is right, all my fur is gone! I can't belive how cold it is with out it. And when mom came to pick me up she chould belive I was naked! Mom wanted to cry!
Normally I can't sleep with mom because it gets to hot, but I am sleeping with her now. It is to cold not to sleep with her, it is much warmer now.
Mom says it is hard to adjust to what I look like, she says I have it looked like this in many years. When we lived on the farm with her mom and they had to shave me because I went to the woods and got burs all over me.
But mom says it will be alright it will grow back, and she told me I was still beautyfull!
November 16th 2007 9:32 pm
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Mommy went to the doctor yesterday and found out it is a BOY!!!!!
They were kind of hopeing for a girl but whould be happy either way. But so far it is a very healthy baby boy.
The doctor doing the ultra sound said he whould it stop moving, and when they went to see what the sex was she said it was a boy and then he covered up his stuff with his hands. Mom thought that was very funny.
But mom says that having a boy evens the odds in are house alittle more since there is 3 of us girl dogs, 1 girl cat, & mom. So dad has another boy in the house.
Mom already started her gift registry at Walmart.com. and is so happy to be able to start buying things.
WE GET TO BE BIG SISTERS!
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