PocketSuite for Pet Sitters

A new way to for pet sitters to communicate with pet owners is PocketSuite.  It will soon be available in the listings of PetsitUSA members.  The official description for the new app is below:

PocketSuite is the first mobile business management tool for pet sitters, walkers and trainers. PocketSuite gives today’s on-the-go professionals the power to schedule appointments, communicate with clients and accept payment, all from a single app. PocketSuite is the fastest, most convenient and most affordable way for pet professionals to run their business.

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Cindy Adams to Host 6th Annual Blessing of the Animals

Her Page Six column never fails to make the tongues of gossip hounds wag, but on December 7th entertainment journalist Cindy Adams will make tails wag at the sixth annual Blessing of the Animals….

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SPLUNC1: How lungs protect themselves from infection

SPLUNC1: How lungs protect themselves from infection
Scientists have taken an important step toward a new class of antibiotics aimed at stopping lung infections. They found that a protein found in large airways, called "SPLUNC1," binds to lipids critical to defending against bacterial and viral
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Antibody landscapes after influenza virus infection or vaccination
2World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Modeling, Evolution, and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK. 3Department of Viroscience, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam 3015 CE, Netherlands. 4Oxford …
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Wireless chip cures your staph infection then dissolves away
As bacteria get more resistant to antibiotics, researchers need to get more creative to clear them out. Researchers from the Tufts University and UIUC have definitely done that with a chip implant that can kill a localized staph infection with heat
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Halloween (2)

Here’s another photo of little Halloween, who we met yesterday.  She’s with her co-owner Richard (well half of him!) sitting on steps in the medieval village of Gorbio.  Halloween lives in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

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Arthur the Ecuadorian Stray Joins Team Peak Performance for Good

I don’t usually follow extreme sports much — or at all really — but it’s hard to resist the charm of Arthur, the stray dog who’s become an international sensation. Sweden’s Team Peak Performance was adopted by Arthur while they were competing in the Adventure Racing World Championship, a 430-mile trek through the Ecuadorian rain forest by bicycle, foot, and kayak.

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It all started with a meatball. Four days into the race, the team sat down to eat. Team captain Mikael Lindnord gave a canned meatball to a stray dog who was hanging around their encampment. From that point on, Team Peak Performance went from four members to five, even if the humans took a while to realize it.

"I didn’t understand that Arthur was following us until we were alone and he was still there," Lindnord said on the team's website. "At one stage, we had to take a break and the dog was totally wrecked. We opened two cans of food and let him eat, because he could find no food at all in the jungle."

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Mikael Lindnord and Arthur (Photo by Krister Goransson/Peak Performance)

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Arthur was determined to follow to the finish line, even when the team tried to get rid of him out of concern for his safety. When they reached the kayaking stage, organizers warned the team that the water would be unsafe for the dog, so they left him on shore. Arthur wasn't having any of that and just swam after the team.

"It was too heartbreaking, and we felt we couldn’t leave him," Lindnord said, "So we picked him up. We could hear the people cheer on the shore as we set off. But he was kind of in the way during the whole paddle, and we had to find different paddling techniques to not kick him off board. A few times he jumped in to the water and took a swim, and then he crawled back up again and was freezing so he got to wear our jackets. One time, we got quite close to land and he jumped off and swam to the shore, and we thought that was the last we were gonna see from him. But he ran on the road for a bit, and then he swam back to us."

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Team Peak Performance crossed the finish line two days after meeting Arthur. They didn't win -- they came in 12th in the 10-day race -- but you can't find any press about the team that came in first. The story of Arthur and his loyalty for the sake of a meatball captured the minds and hearts of the world, especially when Lindnord decided to take Arthur home to Sweden.

Crawling over mudslides and through dense jungle is one thing, but making your way through the bureaucracy to transport a dog from one country to another is truly fearsome. Doing it took an even bigger team; Lindnord and his colleagues used Twitter and Paypal to raise the funds needed to get Arthur to his new forever home.

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Even with the contributions from supporters, getting Arthur to his new home was no sure thing. Every time they made it past a bureaucratic obstacle, Lindnord posted an update on the team's Facebook page, letting everyone know that they were that much closer to their goal. Among other things, they got treatment for a months-old wound on Arthur's back.

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The team at the finish line. For Arthur, this was just the beginning of a much longer journey. (Photo by Krister Goransson/Peak Performance)

In the end, all that bureaucratic wrangling and crowdfunding worked, and Arthur is now in Sweden. Currently, he's in a 120-day quarantine, but when he's made it through that final obstacle, he'll be joining Lindnord and his family at their home in Örnsköldsvik.

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Arthur meets his public in Sweden.

There's a lot to feel good about in the story of Arthur and Team Peak Performance, but perhaps the best thing is this: The story does not end with them. Thanks to their experience in Ecuador, the team has established the Arthur Foundation to advocate for the rights of stray dogs. If you want to donate and help more stray dogs have happy endings, go to the website and hit one of the buttons at the bottom of the page.

Via NPR, Team Peak Performance Website, and Facebook

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sea-turtle-dog-lgWhy limit yourself to just being a human’s best friend…this dog is a sea turtle’s best friend, too!

Cairn Terrier, Ridley Ranger, is part of the team at Padre Island National Seashore working to save the Kemp’s Ridley, the most endangered sea turtle in the world.

According to Vetstreet.com, these rare sea turtles build their nests on the 80 miles of beaches of Padre Island. The park staff collects the eggs and incubates them to ensure some of the babies will survive. Then, once the little turtles have hatched, they are released into the water.

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Chronic Ear Infection

One reason for relapsing Otitis externa is failure to adequately clear the horizontal canal of debris, This can act as a nidus of infection. See the hairs an…
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Pet Food Recall: Limited Natura Dry Cat Food

Natura has issued a voluntary recall of 5 lots of dry cat food and dry ferret food due to vitamin insufficiency.  The official FDA report and list of specific products  is below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 24, 2014 – Fremont, Nebraska – Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility. Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals.

Pets can become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods. Early signs of vitamin deficiency may include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. If treated promptly, vitamin deficiency can be successfully reversed. The presence of excess minerals in these products poses no health concern.

There have been no reports of animal health concerns to date, but these lots do not meet our quality standards and should not be consumed by pets. No other EVO® products or lots are affected by this issue.

The affected product and lot codes are:

EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 15.4 LB 5148 541400 02/19/2016 4300A700D2
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700A4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700B4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700C4
EVO® Grain Free Ferret Food 6.6 LB 5148 542101 02/19/2016 4300A700D3

The problem was discovered during the investigation of an ingredient inventory discrepancy. Only these 5 lots are affected. These lots were distributed through independent retailers in CA, GA, MI, MN, NV, PA, TX, VT and Canada, as well as online. No other Natura products are affected.

Retailers have been contacted and are instructed to immediately withdraw these lots from store shelves. Consumers who purchased the product should discontinue feeding the product immediately and discard as normal household waste. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this incident. We are taking immediate corrective action as a result of our investigation.

For more information, consumers can reach Natura Consumer Relations at 1-855-206-8297, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST or visit www.evopet.com.

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logosIt was thrilling to see the following story on WTOC 11 about the Savannah portion of our 2014 Holiday Kibble Drop:

Halo, along with Freekibble.com, teamed up with our partners TailsSpin and Whole Foods Market in Savannah, GA to donate 10,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew to Savannah Pet Rescue Alliance.

As you can see from the video, it’s not just adults who care about homeless pets – but kids, too!

We love seeing some of the youngest fans of animals get involved with helping pets. It’s definitely a reason to cheer. Want to join in the fun?

Share a photo of your pet with the hashtag #HaloFeeditForward and we’ll donate a meal on your behalf to help nurture healthier, more adoptable animals.


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4 ways to keep your pets safe this summer

4 ways to keep your pets safe this summer
Video: Veterinarian Karen “Doc” Halligan from PetArmor shows Kathie Lee and Hoda how they can keep Bambino and Blake safe this summer from pesky parasites like fleas and ticks, as well as heatstroke and sunburn caused by too much time outdoors.
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Philadelphia Police Rock Ronald McDonald Socks, Show Their Silly Side For
These police officers spiced up their uniforms with a head-turning fashion statement — for a good cause. Wednesday marked the 40th anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House — a charity that provides temporary housing to families of sick children
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