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Cedar Oil Products


I had heard about Cedar oil products on numerous radio programs and then I checked out the website. The research was impressive as was the note that the U.S. Army had requested a non-toxic way to get rid of sand fleas for use in Iraq. Like all products featured on, we tried it first before so we could see if it works as well as it said.

I used it for flea control with all three of my dogs. I had particularly wanted to use a non-toxic flea control method on my alpha who is 14 ½. Not only did I find it effective, but one day, when wasps were building a nest on my back patio close to where my dogs relax, I knocked it down. The wasps came back the next day to the same spot and started to rebuild. The sprayed the area with Cedar Oil and they never came back. They did go to another area of the patio overhang and I sprayed that too. That was the end of their building efforts near the patio last summer.

A friend had a problem with flies on her older dog as she was sleeping in the sun.. She started spraying the Cedar oil on her before letting her go outside. The flies stayed away even on the hottest of days.



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From the inception of, we decided not to promote the use of costumes for dogs or anything that might cause a health and safety concern for dogs. We also decided to make sure that any products we do advertise have been tried by us first.

When a friend told me about Thundershirts® and that she wanted to get one for one of her small dogs because of excessive barking, I check out the site and ordered one. I found it very easy to put on my dogs.

I wrote about Stella with my article on liability and dogs on the Home page. I wanted to see if it would have a calming effect when I walked her. At first, I wasn’t so sure. Then, I adjusted the fit and made it more snug. We walked by my neighbors with their two dogs at whom she usually barks. This time, she just looked at them.

Upon returning home, I put it on Angel who is stressed out by Thunderstorms and loud noises. She usually starts playing with the other dogs after their walks. This time, she sat and then laid down in the hallway for about 15 minutes. As soon as I removed the Thundershirt® she started playing with them.

Then, I put it try it on Danny who is nervous when I use the vacuum or fold sheets. At 14 ½, she moves very quickly when I start either of them. Today, I was able to fold the sheets and she didn’t leave the room. A good start.

Is the Thundershirt® going to resolve your dog’s anxiety issues? I can’t guarantee it, but the website does have useful training tips to go along with using the Thundershirt®. Remember, when I made it a more snug fit, it was more effective.

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Ban On Pet Stores Selling Breeder Puppies


SECTION 1. Chapter 6.1 0 (Retail Sale of Dogs and Cats) to Title 6 of the Glendale Municipal
Code, 1995, is hereby added to read as follows:
6.10.010 Findings.
Chapter 6.10
Retail Sale of Dogs and Cats.
a. Existing state and federal laws regulate dog and cat breeders, as well as pet stores that sell
dogs and cats. These include the Lockyer-Polanco-Farr Pet Protection Act (California
Health & Safety Code section 122125 et seq.); the Polanco-Lockyer Pet Breeder Warranty
Act (California Health & Safety Code section 122045 et seq.); the Pet Store Animal Care Act
(California Health & Safety Code section 122350 et seq.); and the Animal Welfare Act
(“AWA”) (7 U.S.C. § 2131 et seq.).
b. The Lockyer-Polanco-Farr Pet Protection Act requires pet dealers (i.e. retail sellers of more
than fifty (50) dogs or cats in the previous year; not including animal shelters and humane
societies) to have a permit, maintain certain health and safety standards for their animals,
sell only healthy animals, and provide written spay-neuter, health, animal history and other
information and disclosures to pet buyers. If after fifteen (15) days from purchase a dog or
cat becomes ill due to an illness that existed at the time of sale, or if within one (1) year after
purchase a dog or cat has a congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the
health of the dog or cat, an owner is offered a refund, another puppy or kitten, or
reimbursement of veterinary bills up to one hundred and fifty percent (150%) of the
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purchase price of the puppy or kitten.
c. The Pet Store Animal Care Act requires every pet store that live companion animals
and fish to formulate a documented program consisting of routine care, preventative care,
emergency care, disease control and prevention, veterinary treatment, and euthanasia.
d. The PolanCO-Lockyer Pet Breeder Warranty Act offers protection similar to that of the
Lockyer-Polanco-Farr Pet Protection Act, except that it applies only to dog breeders who
sold or gave away either three litters or 20 dogs in the previous year.
e. The Animal Welfare Act requires, among other things, the licensing of certain breeders of
dogs and cats. These breeders are required to maintain minimum health, safety and
welfare standards for animals in their care. The AWA is enforced by the United States
Department of Agriculture (“USDA”). However, the AWA’s licensing and inspection
requirements do not apply to facilities that sell directly to the public, including the thousands
that now do so over the internet.
f. According to The Humane SOCiety of the United States, hundreds of thousands of dogs and
cats in the United States have been housed and bred at substandard breeding facilities
known as “puppy mills” or “kitten factories,” that mass-produce animals for sale to the public;
and many of these animals are sold at retail in pet stores. Because of the lack of proper
animal husbandry practices at these facilities, animals born and raised there are more likely
to have genetic disorders and lack adequate socialization, while breeding animals utilized
there are subject to inhumane housing conditions and are indiscriminately disposed of when
they reach the end of their profitable breeding cycle.
g. According to USDA inspection reports, some additional documented problems found at
puppy mills include: (a) sanitation problems leading to infectious disease; (b) large numbers
of animals overcrowded in cages; (c) lack of proper veterinary care for severe illnesses and
injuries; (d) lack of protection from harsh weather conditions; and (e) lack of adequate food
and water.
h. According to The Humane Society of the United States, American consumers purchase
dogs and cats from pet stores that the consumers believe to be healthy and genetically
sound, but in reality, the animals often face an array of health problems including
communicable diseases or genetic disorders that present themselves immediately after sale
or that do no surface until several years later, all of which lead to costly veterinary bills and
distress to consumers.
i. A 2005 undercover investigation of California pet stores revealed that nearly half of the pet
stores visited displayed animals that showed visible signs of illness, injury, or neglect, and
nearly half of the stores also sold animals showing clear symptoms of psychological
j. While “puppy mill” puppies and “kitten factory” kittens were being sold in pet stores across
the Los Angeles area during the past year, more than 100,000 dogs and cats were
euthanized in Los Angeles city and county shelters.
k. The homeless pet problem notwithstanding, there are many reputable dog and cat breeders
who refuse to sell through pet stores and who work carefully to screen families and ensure
good, lifelong matches.
I. Responsible dog and cat breeders do not sell their animals to pet stores. The United
Kennel Club (“UKC”), the second oldest all-breed registry of purebred dog pedigrees in the
United States and the second largest in the world, asks all of its member breeders to agree
to a Code of Ethics which includes a pledge not to sell their puppies to pet stores. Similar
pledges are included in Codes of Ethics for many breed clubs for individual breeds.
m. The cities of South Lake Tahoe, West Hollywood and Hermosa Beach have all adopted
ordinances prohibiting the retail sale of dogs and cats.
n. Across the country, thousands of independent pet stores as well as large chains operate
profitably with a business model focused on the sale of pet services and supplies and not on
the sale of dogs and cats. Many of these stores collaborate with local animal sheltering and
rescue organizations to offer space and support for showcasing adoptable homeless pets on
their premises.
o. An undercover investigation by the national nonprofit organization Companion Animal
Protection Society (“CAPS”) revealed that the largest dog brokering facility in the country
was replete with inhumane and substandard breeding facilities with multiple and repeat
violations of the Animal Welfare Act. It was found that the brokers and/or breeders did not
meet the minimum standards of care under USDA regulations.
p. A local inspection done by CAPS found that there was one pet store within the City of
Glendale that obtains some of its puppies from this large dog brokering facility.
q. The City Council recognizes that not all dogs and cats retailed in pet stores are products of
inhumane breeding conditions and would not classify every commercial breeder selling dogs
or cats to pet stores as a “puppy mill” or “kitten factory.” However, it is the City Council’s
belief that puppy mills and kitten factories continue to exist in part because of public demand
and the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.
r. The City Council believes that the elimination of the retail sale of dogs and cats from pet
stores in the City will also encourage pet consumers to adopt dogs and cats from shelters,
thereby saving animals’ lives and reducing the cost to the public of sheltering animals.
s. In light of the City’s goal to be a community that cares about animal welfare, the City Council
finds that the adoption of an ordinance prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats by a retail pet
store is necessary to promote community awareness of animal welfare and foster a more
humane environment within the City of Glendale community.
6.10.020 Retail Sale of Dogs and Cats.
a. Definitions. For the purposes of this Chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
1. “Animal shelter” means a municipal or related public animal shelter or duly incorporated
nonprofit organization devoted to the rescue, care and adoption of stray, abandoned or
surrendered animals, and which does not breed animals.
2. “Cat” means an animal of the Felidae family of the order Carnivora.
3. “Certificate of source” shall mean a document declaring the source of the dog or cat sold
or transferred by the pet store. The certificate shall include the name and address of the
source of the dog or cat.
4. “Dog” means an animal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora.
5. “Existing pet store” means any pet store or pet store operator that displayed, sold,
delivered, offered for sale, offered for adoption, bartered, auctioned, gave away, or
otherwise transferred cats or dogs in the City of Glendale on the effective date of this
Chapter, and complied with all applicable provisions of the Glendale Municipal Code.
6. “Pet store” means a retail establishment open to the public and engaging in the business
of offering for sale and/or selling animals at retail.
7. “Pet store operator” means a person who owns or operates a pet store, or both.
8. “Retail sale” includes display, offer for sale, offer for adoption, barter, auction, give away,
or other transfer any cat or dog.
b. Prohibition. No pet store shall display, sell, deliver, offer for sale, barter, auction, give away,
or otherwise transfer or dispose of dogs or cats in the City of Glendale on or after the effective
date of this Chapter.
c. EXisting Pet Stores. A legally existing pet store may continue to display, offer for sale, offer
for adoption, barter, auction, give away, or otherwise transfer cats and dogs for a period of one
year from the date the ordinance codified in this Chapter becomes effective.
d. Exemptions. This Chapter does not apply to:
1. A publicly operated animal control facility or animal shelter;
2. A private, charitable, nonprofit humane society or animal rescue organization; or
3. A publicly operated animal control agency, nonprofit humane society, or
nonprofit animal rescue organization that operates out of or in connection with
a pet store.
e. Adoption of Shelter and Rescue Animals. Nothing in this Chapter shall prevent a pet store or
its owner, operator or employees from providing space and appropriate care for animals owned
by a publicly operated animal control agency, nonprofit humane society, or nonprofit animal
rescue agency and maintained at the pet store for the purpose of adopting those animals to the
SECTION 2. Severability.
If any section, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this ordinance or any part
thereof is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid or ineffective by any court of law,
such decision shall not affect the validity or effectiveness of the remaining portions of this
ordinance or any part thereof. The City Council of the City of Glendale hereby declares that it
would have passed each section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause or
phrase thereof regardless of the fact that anyone or more sections, subsections, subdivision,
paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases be declared unconstitutional or invalid or ineffective.
SECTION 3. This ordinance becomes effective one year after its adoption.
Adopted by the Council of the City of Glendale on the 23rd day of
August , 2011.
I, Ardashes Kassakhian, City Clerk of the City of Glendale, certify that the foregoing
Ordinance No. 5748 was approved and adopted by the Council of the City of Glendale,
California, at a regular meeting held on the 23rd day of _-“A”‘u”‘g=u”-st=—___ , 2011, and that
the same was passed by the following vote:
Ayes: Manoukian, Najarian, Quintero, Weaver, Friedman
Noes: None
Absent: None
Abstain: None
City Clerk

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Halloween and Your Dog


With Halloween approaching, you have to stop and think about the safety of your pets. There are many things to consider regarding the safety of your dog(s) concerning candy, decorations, dog costumes, and trick-or-treaters.

Decorations: Something new in the house means that your dog is going to investigate it. Is your dog a chewer? If so are there any loose items on the decorations, like buttons or button eyes on a scarecrow? Toxic chemicals used in the dyes on the clothing are also a hazard. Can your dog reach a candle (especially if it is lit) and knock it over? An unlit candle can also be a hazard as these are often scented and might be perceived as a new chew toy.

Candy: Not only is candy, especially chocolate, not good for your dog, the wrappers, frequently discarded on a table or floor, are so strongly scented that your dog might mistake it for food. Candy and candy wrappers are a big problem throughout the entire holiday season.

Dried corn: Corn cobs are very dangerous to dogs as the cob, when swallowed, does not break down easily in the digestive track and could lead to a very expensive operation to clear it.

Jack o’ Lanterns: When lit with a candle, these can easily be knocked into and roll over causing a fire hazard.

When kids come trick-or-treating, your dog will probably react to the door knocks or doorbell. Upon opening the door, your pooch might try either run out through the door, or try and protect you and your property by lunging, snarling, and even biting a trick-or-treaters which could result in a big lawsuit.

Instead of taking your dog along as you accompany your child(ren), you should consider leaving your dog at home. There are so many new and different stimuli on Halloween with the crowded sidewalks, the new noises, and the many trick-or-treaters, and all of this might cause your dog a lot of stress and it could lash out at the children.

If your dog is wearing a costume, does it fit properly? Can it get its foot or nail caught and cause injury or panic which could result in running loose and getting it caught on a fence causing serious injury? Is it weather-proof? Can it snag its nails on loose weaves in the material? Finally, is it necessary to make your dog wear it?

It’s a good idea to leave the dog(s) in a quiet room with a bowl of water and a few toys. Some quiet music could also help calm your pet.

Caring For Your Older Dog


My goal for my own pets and my patients has always been to help them remain healthy, active and comfortable, even into old age.
Here are some simple rejuvenation tips you can use at home to improve your pet’s mobility.

These feet are made for walking

Just because animals are older doesn’t mean they shouldn’t exercise. Becoming sedentary with arthritis is a dangerous downward spiral. Arthritic animals that don’t exercise will deteriorate rapidly. Disuse atrophy of leg and back muscles destabilizes joints and the spine, causing unbalanced, hesitant or stilted gait patterns, increasing discomfort. Even gentle weight-bearing exercise strengthens muscles and circulates nutritive synovial fluid over the surfaces of the joint.

Confidence in the limbs comes from using the limbs, pure and simple. And don’t forget to make sure older animals have enough good-quality meat protein in their diet to maintain the muscles they are working to improve.

Take a walk on the wild side
Go on your walks where your pet can experience/smell/see something new. Keep his mind lively and his body will follow suit. Don’t neglect the daily outing. Take it slow, or take it short if you have to, but take it — and make it interesting.

Try moving off the beaten track
Dogs and cats benefit from challenging terrain. If you always walk on flat surfaces, it may soon be the only surface your pet can navigate. Make games include varying surfaces for indoor pets, or outdoors, maneuver your pet over tree roots, gravel, irregular ground. Step up and down curbs, go around posts, walk in short figure-8 patterns and go up or down inclines or driveways.

Massage the feet of older dogs and cats
Once a day, gently squeeze the feet and pull slowly down the toes of your geriatric dog or cat (take care to avoid getting bitten by foot-sensitive animals). This physical therapy trick can improve the neurological connection from the brain to the foot, improving leg mobility and foot placement (conscious proprioception).

Place toys or treats in places where it requires some effort to retrieve them and don’t forget to play with your aging cats. People play games with dogs in many life stages, but mature cats are often left to sleep all day. Don’t just put treats under their noses; make them do a little work for them. Place treats up a flight of stairs or on top of some climbing toy. Your cat will have to exercise to get to it. Those wire-bouncing fobs and little mouse toys are not just for kittens. And your cat may shed some unwanted weight as well.

Place carpets, runners, non-skid tape or paint, rubber mats or even yoga mats in slippery spots. Pads of older canine and feline feet can slip more on smooth surfaces. Adding area rugs and other non-skid floor coverings can help them get up and move more confidently. Non-slip booties, if they aren’t too bulky can also help. And make sure to provide good lighting to help failing eyesight.

Massage small circles with fingertips on either side of the spine to help with overall circulation, lymphatic drainage and spinal health. Little massage circles up and down the sides of the spine may invigorate circulation. Also pull gently in a smooth massaging stroke down the tail; I’ve found that this gentle traction can help to stretch the spine and improve intervertebral circulation. A supple spine can mean a more active dog or cat.

And one important addendum: don’t let your geriatric pet get overweight! With overweight dogs, you can simply feed less food and avoid carbohydrates and most loose the weight. If it’s hard to get the weight off, ask your vet to check for hypothyroidism or other health condition.

NOTE: Weight loss in cats must be carefully controlled or they can get ill — so check with your vet. I’ll devote a future blog here to the subject of weight loss and proper diet because it is so critical for vibrant health in all pets.

Follow these basic tips and you may be able to tell your elderly Rover or Felix to throw away his cane — at least for a few more years.
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Kroger Pet Food Recall


CINCINNATI, Ohio, – December 18, 2010 – The Kroger Co. said today it is recalling select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets. Kroger stores in the following states are included in this recall: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The recall also includes Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area); and Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.
Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., and Food 4 Less stores in California and Nevada.

Kroger is recalling the following items:
• Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128
• Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357
• Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152
• Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580
• Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903
• Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566
• Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563
• Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018
• Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559
• Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108

Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops. If your pet shows any symptoms of illness, including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea, please consult your veterinarian immediately.

The safety of our customers and their pets is important to Kroger. The company is using its Customer Recall Notification system to alert customers who may have purchased these recalled products through register receipt tape messages and automated phone calls. Customers who have purchased a recalled item should not use it and should return it to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Customers who have questions about this recall may contact Kroger toll-free at (800) 632-6900. For more information, please visit

Thinking About Starting Your Own Dog Rescue Group?


You’re thinking of starting a dog rescue and you aren’t quite sure where to begin. The pitfalls are many, but your heart is in the right place. Although many successful rescues are started as a personal quest and/or on a shoestring, you want to make sure that YOUR good intentions are not going to make you wind up as a hoarder (collector) causing even more problems for the rescued dogs. Also, many established, well-organized rescue groups are experiencing financial difficulties now. Here are things to consider before you begin:

• A dog rescue should be run like a business. If you do not have business acumen, then find a friend, a trusted friend, who does.

• Do you have enough money? When starting a small business, one is frequently told to have two years of capital available to sustain oneself for at least two years. It is a general consensus that it takes at least two years before a small business makes back its original investment money. Altruism aside, your rescue operation IS a business.

• Do you know how to organize fundraisers? You are going to need many to sustain your efforts. The purpose behind PawPassion’s “Dog Rescue” subpage is to let people like you from around America and Canada see what other rescue groups are doing and to share ideas.

• You will need to have a Board of Directors if you are planning on having a 501 (c) (3) which gives you non-profit status thus allowing your supporters a tax deduction for their donations. If you are not going to apply for a 501 (c) (3) then you will have difficulty getting donations, especially in a bad economy.

• An ideal member of your Board is a financial planner. These are people who frequently assist their clients with estate planning. They can possibly steer money toward your rescue. A PR (Public Relations) person who is REALLY media-savvy and good at marketing would also be an excellent choice to have on your Board.

• Do you have a location for your facility? Make sure your location is properly zoned. Anticipate expanding the size when you view properties. It’s always a good idea to view rural properties after it rains so you can get an idea of the drainage. If it is hot in the summer, have you considered your caged housing to include an indoor/outdoor access? Factor into the expenses to include fans, heaters, and air conditioners if necessary.

• Make a list of all potential expenses for EVERYTHING you will need for your facility. Fencing, concrete slabs, proper gating. How will weather affect your rescue facility? If it gets cold at your proposed location, you will probably need a generator in case the power goes out. Veterinary expenses, food, blankets, office equipment, should also be included.

• Do you have a lot of friends and supporters who could be foster parents?

• Take a trip to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah (on the Arizona border). It’s a great vacation area. If you can, attend their “How to Start Your Own Sanctuary” seminar.

• Visit and volunteer at local dog rescue organizations.

• Visit dog rescue websites.

© 2010, Bruce Malter,

Barbara Nullet of Mureille’s Place (a senior dog sanctuary in Pennsylvania) added “It is also a good idea to see how many rescues are already servicing your area. If there are already a few, you may want to consider joining forces with them instead of starting yet another rescue. Join a board of an already existing rescue to get the inside look at what it takes to run one.”

Ashley Greenspan of Barks of Love dog rescue (Orange County, California) added: “You have to blend the tugs at your heart with some thinking and planning INCLUDING BACK UP PLANS. You can’t fill your house up with dogs without a kennel license in most areas and even then, if you get smell and noise complaints, you still aren’t handling it right. If you have a dog disease emergency or a people emergency or a physical home structure emergency …. WHERE WILL THE DOGS GO? Might seem like negative thinking but IT’S ALL FOR THE DOGS so you have to do your homework and be ready for things you never ever dreamed could happen and more and have lots of RELIABLE partners.”

Pet shop owner ’sees the light’ and stops selling from puppy mills.


In this economy, most business owners would never stop selling a product that was bringing in 50 percent or more of its income. However, that is precisely what Rene Karapedian did with his pet store, PetRush in Glendale, California. His store offered customers the usual pet food and supplies. He was also selling breeder-supplied puppies, his most lucrative product. Because of a concerned local resident, Christy Schilling, Rene saw the light.

Christy, along with her friend Katya Lidsky – who is also an animal rescuer – walked into the store one day and talked with Rene about the cruelty involved with puppy mills. Rene, however, had been assured that his dogs were not from mills. He later found out that he had been deceived. After listening to them and now convinced that the puppy brokers from whom he had been buying had misrepresented the origin of the puppies, he began to work with Christy and Katya to convert his business to a humane pet store.

He and Christy decided to educate the public as well, so they started to work on getting a weekly mobile pet adoption at the Saturday Kenneth Village Farmers’ Market which is located in front of PetRush. Christy contacted Best Friends Animal Society and the Jason Heigl Foundation, an L.A. based pet rescue organization. After two months of work, they held their first mobile adoption program.

Rene went to the Riverside (California) Animal Shelter which receives a large number of dogs on a regular basis. Upon discovering the number of puppies that were being euthanized, Rene realized that he could bring many of them to his store and adopt them out instead of selling the breeder-supplied dogs. By putting the puppies in his store front window, people who would not otherwise visit a shelter could see lovable, cuddly puppies. The puppies in turn, could get used to people in their new ‘transition home.’

Rene still hasn’t made up for the income he lost when he stopped selling breeder-supplied puppies, but he is now offering more services to customers including grooming, doggy day care, training, pet sitting, and dog walking. He is hopeful that his business will increase. People, including myself, who had otherwise been avoiding his business because of the sales of breeder puppies, are starting to become customers.

Think about your community. Are there stores that sell breeder puppies? Think about how these two people, Christy and Katya, were able to convince a person who had been in the pet store business for more than ten years to make a huge change in the way he does business, and as a result, are saving many dogs. It might take a lot of courage to make that initial contact but there are a number of organizations such as Best Friends ( that can assist you in your area.
© Bruce Malter,

Pet Rush
1420 W. Kenneth Road
Glendale, CA 91201

Phone: (818) 956-0029


Surf dog Ricochet is Surfin’ Santa Paws


Inspiring kids to help others, while providing a positive influence of respect and responsibility toward animals

This is Surf dog Ricochet’s 3rd year as Surfin’ Santa Paws, and she’s changing things up! This year, she’s lending a helping paw to some very special kids with their howliday projects to help others. Check out the video!…
To learn more about this Surfin’ Santa Paws Giving Drive, cut and paste this link which includes the following giving drives…

– Elementary School toy drive for Children’s Hosp
– 17 yr old Patrick Ivison’s “Miracle Maker”
– 6 yr old Stevie’s kritter drive
– 11 yr old Cole’s toy drive for kids in hospitals
– 18 yr old Maria’s stuffed animal’s for elders/kids
– 10 year old Emersyn’s crafts for St. Jude’s Hospital
– And more

Let’s help kids realize what the howliday season is all about… pawing it forward! Learning about helping people & animals is paramount to their potential. We have the power to positively influence our children, and our future!

If you’d like to make a tax deductible cash, or in kind donation cut and paste this link, and choose the one(s) that touch your heart. If you’re a teacher, and would like to get your classroom involved, please email

Thanks so much for your support!

Happy Howlidays

Foxtails: Get Rid of Them Now


If your yard has foxtails, get rid of them now. Foxtails are of utmost concern to dog guardians because they can pose a serious threat to your dog’s life. This is particularly true for long-haired dogs.

A foxtail is a barbed cluster of grass that allows the plant to spread its seeds. The barbs in this cluster cause the foxtail to cling to fur. When your dog moves, it causes the foxtail to burrow into the fur. The foxtail moves in only one direction, which in this case means closer to the skin. Most of us have had to pull them from our socks and garden gloves. If they penetrate garden gloves (even those made of suede), you can appreciate how easily they can penetrate your dog’s skin.

They can also enter the nostrils and ears of your pet (another reason you shouldn’t let your dog stick its head out of the window while you are driving). When foxtails enter the body, they can endanger your dog’s life. When they enter your dog’s nose, the air flow of the breathing can force the foxtail further in toward the soft tissues and this, along with muscular movements, can allow it to enter organs, which can lead to infection.

You should regularly check your dog’s paws, especially the pads and between the toes. If your dog is sneezing and pawing at its nostrils, this could be a sign of embedded foxtails. If it is pawing the area around its eyes, there could be a foxtail lodged under the eyelid. If your dog is excessively shaking its head or favoring an ear, this could be another sign that a foxtail has entered your dog’s body. If a foxtail becomes lodged in the ear, it can puncture the eardrum and enter the middle ear. A discharge can also be an indicator of an embedded foxtail.

What can you do if you suspect your dog has been affected by foxtails? They are fairly simple to remove when they are in your dog’s fur either by gentle brushing or pulling them out individually. However, if they have entered the nostrils or ear canals, you must get your dog to a vet for proper removal before more serious damage occurs.

What can you do about foxtails? If they are in your yard, get rid of them now. They are easily pulled out after a rainstorm or when you water your yard. If there are foxtails near an alley, a park, or in a vacant lot where you walk your dogs, make a point of getting rid of them by good, old-fashioned pulling. It’s easier and better to get them while they are still green. In spring and summer, they dry out, become yellowish, and potentially more dangerous. If you are using your weed trimmer, remember to carefully pick up and dispose of foxtails properly.

© 2010 Bruce Malter,