So while I was out running errands today I saw a large German Shepherd in the bed of a small truck. The dog was pacing back and forth and was not in a crate or even tied up. I don’t condone anyone having a dog in the trucks bed confined or loose. This poor dog was freaked out! Each time the driver took off the poor thing would slide towards the back and crash into the lift gate. I tried my best to get up close to the truck but never got a chance. I wanted to tell the owner to put the poor dog inside with him where he would be safer. Even in the trucks seat he would still be in danger without the proper pet seat restraints. I am pretty sure it’s illegal to have your animal loose in a trucks bed? I searched online and found a petition that was closed to stop dogs being in the backs of trucks. But not sure what the outcome of the petition.
At least eight states have laws requiring owners to kennel or tether dogs or other animals that ride in a vehicle’s open areas, usually a truck bed, according to the Connecticut General Assembly. As of 2009, states with restraint laws include Connecticut, California, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Rhode Island. Fines range from $50 to $200.There are some exceptions to the California law which include dogs being transported for agricultural work or dogs used in hunting. California allows dogs to ride in the open if the vehicle’s sides are at least 46 inches high. The truck I saw today’s sides were no where near 46″ in height.
It makes me so mad that people think it’s OK to let your pet spend his or her time in the trucks bed. If the owner really cared about his pet being a potential projectile he would have left the dog home or put him inside with him. UGHHHHHHH!!!!!!
Well how crafty are ya?!!!! Would you like to make your fellow pet friends some cool bags to carry around with their pet’s items? YES? Well then check out these designs!
It’s always fun to make gifts for family and friends. Gifts that most will appreciate your time that you put into it. The love that went into homemade creations!
If you are finding it hard to come up with some ideas for the perfect gift for someone, how about a Mackerilla Bag?! They’ve got lots of patterns to choose from. From easy to intermediate.
Check out what sewing patterns are available on Craftsy Mackerilla page.
Or check out Craftsy’s other designers and see what they have. I hope you find the perfect gift this season for that special someone or someones!!!
You can also order the above fabrics and other designs here:
Another cool gift is a Gimpy Pet dog leash for your friends with disabled pets! On SALE now on ETSY! Also check out there other items.
What’s nice is that we at Gimpy Pets will donate a percentage of our sales to animals in need!
So today is my 49th birthday! I am still in shock that I am going to be 50 in one year. Not sad about it, just amazed! Many people freak out about getting old. I don’t! You can’t stop aging but you can make every day a great day! I look at all the women I have befriended over these last 14 years here in Santa Cruz, CA that are in their 60′s, 70′s and 80′s and I see how happy and relaxed they are. They have lots of fun by keeping busy with being creative and hanging out together all while having a good laugh! I told them I want to be just like them when I am their age! Yep, enjoy your life and do what makes YOU happy each and every day.
I look back at my last 30+ years of adulthood and I am happy to always have been there to help and care for sick, disabled and senior animals in need. I started out at age 22 with my first pet on my own who died after only 3 weeks later from distemper. I did everything I could to help him survive. After he died, I knew it was fate for little Steve to be my dog to spend his extremely short life with me. He for sure had the best 3 weeks of his life being loved and spoiled!
I never realized that helping animals was my truly my passion until I had adopted Detective Tinkerton a few years back. I am glad I grew into a caring person who has no ego, no jealousy and just wants to help others! Of course I am not perfect, no one is. We all make mistakes, but I truly feel enlightened, humbled, content (or what ever else you want to call it!) and I do feel sad for others that just don’t get it to what we truly put on this earth to do. Too many greedy, mean-spirited, insensitive people in this world who I hope will figure it out sooner than later in their own lives.
I know that one day soon I will be able to spend most of my time volunteering to do even more good in this world……………I hope many others will do the same!!
I’ve Facebooked on my Gimpy Pets page already about this subject, but feel this needs more discussion.
Recently in the town where I live their has been more and more people who are claiming that their pet has been stolen. Video surveillance of dogs being scooped up while waiting for their owners at the supermarket, flyers being passed out by frantic pet parents claiming that their dog was nabbed and postings attached to telephone poles in and around the neighborhoods.
What is going on?! Well, we are living in desperate times my friends and “Pet Flipping” is another way for criminals to make a buck.
What they are looking for are unaltered pure breeds that are posted on Craigslist. They can use them in some horrible back yard breeding hell. Or resell them for big $. They also are perusing shelters and claiming a dog is theirs or just stalking and stealing an animal from backyards. All too horrible to even think about your beloved pet being a pawn in some losers money scheme. And don’t think your pet is safe if it’s a mutt. They still can make a buck or two on them as well.
So with that being said, please, please, please NEVER EVER leave your pet unattended anywhere. Even in your vehicle! Not worth the risk. Leave them home or take them into the stores. More and more stores are letting people bring in Fido due to this new epidemic.
Spread the word to anyone you see tying up their dog to a pole or tree and then walking away. Stop them and tell them about “Pet Flipping”. AND! NO! There is NOT a microchip that has GPS. Some dog owners that I have spoken to about this will say to me “Oh! My dog is fine, I can locate him by his GPS microchip”. Microchips DO NOT have power so therefore you cannot locate them. The only way to find your pet is if someone takes them to their Vet and has them scanned. I don’t know why people are being mislead to think this?!!!!
There are tracking tags you can buy and track your pet if he wanders off with your smart phone. But all a criminal has to do is remove the tag or the dogs whole collar. So it has it’s limits.
So keep your furry children safe. Leave them home if you are sure you can not have them with you 100% of the time. You would never leave your human baby alone so why leave your pet alone!!
So last night we had a scare. Candy swallowed one of her dog treats and it got stuck and she was gasping for air! It was a soft treat (shown in photo here with her) and was flat and square. About 1″. She usually chews up her food, but for some reason she just gobbled up this treat and did not chew. I think she saw I had more in my hand and wanted to make sure she was going to get more.
Well, we remained calm and held her and followed the steps like on this link for choking dogs. She was not passing out so I knew she did have air going into her lungs. But she was for sure struggling. My husband did the wee little doggie Heimlich maneuver on her and it worked like a charm! She seemed to know she was in serious trouble and was very open to any and all help from us. WHEW!!!! Relief that she is fine and all went smoothly.
Now ALL treats will be broken down to tiny little pieces! Don’t need to go through this again!
This was just one reminder to always be up on any first aid and emergency preparedness for yourself and your pets!!!
Their are lots of websites out there that are very helpful!
Hey! Do you have a pet that needs a wee bit of extra assistance while out out on his or her walkies? Well my friend Cathy has this fantastic Santa Cruz Local business called Walk About Harnesses. Where she creates products for aiding disabled and injured pets. Her harnesses are used to aid senior dogs/cats with arthritis, general weakness, spinal injuries and hip dysplasia. They also help aid the pet owner from straining their back from lifting their pet improperly! A great idea and product for sure!!
She also has other products like doggie booties for sore little feet and compression sleeves for weak little legs! We here at Gimpy Pets give Cathy and her business a huge 4 paws up!!! Check her website out and see her latest product the Airlift 1! A walkabout harness with breathable fabric for the dogs days of Summer!!
Yes this is Eagan sitting in the sink! He was getting his daily sitz bath after he had a ruptured anal gland.
It happened so fast and he did not show any signs of trouble til it had gotten pretty bad.
With his overly furry behind, I had no idea their were any issues. He suddenly started to drop his bottom down on the ground and just sit still. I then thought he had a “Dark Passenger” dangling from his furry rear. But then low and behold, he had a red swollen spot on one side of his “B-Hole”.
Usually dogs will bite, lick or scoot on their backsides when their glands are bothering them. His became impacted and got bad very quickly so I got online and contacted my vet and did some research. This is where I found out about the sitz bath (please always check with your Vet before you do this!)
I warmed up the water and put in some Epsom Salts and sat him down into it. Thankfully Eagan is a trooper and sat still for the 5 to 10 minute bummy soak twice a day!
He then let me relieve the pressure and express the toxic poison from the wound. This could have been allot worse if I did not do the baths. I believe this was the key from having a even more horrible situation.
With a visit and meds from my Vet, Eagan was on the mend. Within one week of me cleaning out the wound and the bath soaks, Eagan was all healed up! My Vet was impressed and very happy when she saw him for his follow up visit.
SO!!! With all that being said, please check your pets butt, bumm, boo-hinder, pooper, etc…… and check for any swelling and redness. And always watch for the signs of an issue. Our Oonagh is a scooter (which is really lovely when she does it indoors on the rug! UGH! ). But thankfully Oonagh has not had any impacted gland problems. Maybe she just has an itch!!
Here are some great links to how to express anal sacs and if you have a ruptured anal gland issue with your pet:
BUT ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR VET IF YOU PET SHOWS ANY SIGNS OF ANAL GLAND ISSUES. I AM NOT A VET, JUST GIVING MY EXPERIENCE OF EAGANS SITUATION AS A DISCUSSION.
Well tis the season for hot cars and I don’t mean expensive sports cars! We had some neighbors who had friends over. They went out to lunch and left their 2 little dogs in their car. They thought they were fine since it was foggy out…….well the fog went away and the car started to heat up. Thankfully my neighbor Edna saw the pups in the car. They had the window cracked but that does not mean a thing! Did you know that it’s illegal to leave your pet in your car in California? Actually, in 14 states (AZ, CA, IL, ME, MD, MN, NV, NH, NJ, NY, ND, SD, VT, and WV) have statutes that specifically prohibit leaving an animal in confined vehicle.
Well thankfully we found the people who owned the car and basically shamed them for leaving their pets. We were just within minutes of breaking the window on the car.
Another sad thing is dogs getting hit by cars. Dogs that are not on leashes. People need to not just assume that their pet won’t run across the street. Any dog that sees a squirrel will make chase. I don’t care how well trained a pet is. When nature calls to do what is natural, they will bolt.
Our neighbor just informed me that they lost their little buddy from this exactly. Super sad. I have not seen their little dog in about a month and just found out that he ran out and got hit. Could all have been prevented if he was on a leash…………………..
So please always leash your pet and to rescue any pet that is confined to a hot car.
When to say goodbye to your beloved pet is never an easy thing.
I have done this too many times in my life and have become more accustomed to the timeliness of when to do it.
When a friend or stranger asks me how do you know when it’s time? My response is always “you will just know when it’s time”. Kind of a lame answer but it’s true. Pet owners know their pets best and know how they feel and when they are happy and sad or in pain, etc…
They figure it out to do what is best for their beloved furry friend in the end. Of course you always second guess your decision but you just have to remember your ending their pain and discomfort.
I came across this article that is a must read. Great info on this very difficult subject.
I know I have written up about fostering before. But felt like it was time to do it again.
On Facebook, their are many posts of animals in shelters that need help to get them out. Some are totally healthy but very afraid and some are complete trainwrecks from horrible abuse and neglect.
It always breaks my heart when I see these photos and read their stories. Even though it is hard to see, I am so glad we have Facebook to help promote these animals in need. Facebook is fantastic for so many things!
I have fostered a few dogs but I am a foster flunky!!! Hence why we have 4 dogs (Yes little Eagan is stayin!!!) !!! ;) But I always do my part in volunteering and promoting dogs to be adopted. Some people can get a wee bit over the top with promoting on Facebook and end up getting their page taken down by the Facebook Police!
If you can foster a dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, or what ever. Please do so! Their are soooooo many animals out there that need help! Even just sharing an animal on Facebook or doing an email blast to family and friends can help. So many more animals are getting seen and adopted due to the modern age of computers and social media!!
I volunteer for Paphaven.org. They are always looking for more fosters if you have the time and to spread some more love! :) If you just google about fostering in your area, I am sure you will find many links to websites of great rescues.
Here are a few other of my Facebook animal rescue friends that need fosters :
Muttville.org in San Francisco