{Book Review} Graced With Orange: How Caring For Cambodia Changed Lives, Including My Own by Jamie Amelio

Graced With Orange: How Caring For Cambodia Changed Lives, Including My Own by Jamie Amelio My rating: 4 of 5 stars Imagine going to school and not knowing if the teacher would ever show up or having to split one pencil among yourself and your classmates. When Jamie Amelio happened upon this one Cambodian classroom,…

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Is Any One Allergic To There Pets And Still Keep Them?

Question by Brandi: Is Any One Allergic To There Pets And Still Keep Them?
Hi,i am allergic to my pets scratches ,,when they scratch me i get sort of a rash and itches :P
i have 3 rats 2 cats and a dog and some fish :)
anyone els like me and still keep there pets even tho your allergic?

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Answer by Elsa Layne
I’m allergic to various things, but you can never completely assess what the source of reaction is. But I will say this, nothing or nobody would keep me from my beloved fur faces!

There’s this girl who works at my vet clinic who sounds like she’s crying every time she answers the phone. She’s severely allergic but obviously deals with it.

If you are a person who gets allergy shots, what is contained in those shots are exactly the pathogens that cause the allergic reaction. The idea is to expose you with that pathogen until your body becomes desensitized to it. So in essence, keeping your pets might help you to overcome the allergy in time.

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Some wins feel extra awesome

When I decided to go to Otovalo, Ecuador for the latest World Vets trip, I knew it had a reputation for being one of the most busy trips. How that idea of being busy actually translates into bone numbing exhaustion is another story entirely.

Whether or not it was worth it depends on how you feel about what you have accomplished at the end of the day.

Located at approximately 8,000 feet up in the Andes, Otovalo has a long history as one of the most important crossroads in the range. Unlike the more tropical locations closer to sea level, the climate is unlike what you might expect when you hear “14 miles north of the equator.” It’s pretty cold, especially at night.


Otovalo, Ecuador July 2013. Photo by Stephen Tanahashi.

The people who live there are kind and welcoming, and despite their limited access to such things as veterinary care do care deeply about both their pets and the large street dog population. It was this concern and love of animals that drove Dr. Olga, a local MD in Otovalo, to approach the city administrators and ask them to stop poisoning street dogs as a form of animal control. “If I can get a spay/neuter organization in several times a year,” she asked, “Will you stop poisoning dogs?” They said yes.

In conjunction with local rescue organization PAE-Ibarra, World Vets has been doing campaigns in Otovalo four times a year.

The campaign lasts three days. During the latter half, the residents are invited to bring in their pets for sterilization, lining up hours in advance for a slot. The first day and a half, however, is reserved for street dogs.

Most of the dogs are friendly, allowing themselves to be rounded up by PAE volunteers and brought to the clinic. Without a city shelter, the dogs are sterilized, treated for parasites, and then returned to the streets after recovery. Most of the dogs, surprisingly enough, seem to be in fair condition as well.


From my station in post-op recovery, I heard murmurs and gasps, followed by the extended hum of a pair of clippers. I looked over, to see what all of us agreed was the most matted dog any of us had seen in our entire lives. She was, quite simply, one entire, solid dredlock over her entire little body.


She was shaved down to her skin until the clippers ran out of batteries, and then she underwent a spay. Over in recovery, one of the doctors who had a free moment patiently sat with her and cut away at the remaining mats on her feet and tail with scissors, doing his best to get her comfortable. We were all concerned that, although she was now clipped, she was now also going to be cold.

Then she hit a hard patch in recovery. I spent the next two hours helping her through that period, as she had a fairly hard time working her way through the anesthesia. Eventually I handed her to one of the local volunteers and asked her to just hold her and keep her warm and comfortable until the rest of the anesthesia wore off. We all felt just terrible for this little girl who had fought so hard at life.

I checked on her every few minutes, the volunteer patiently holding her for about three hours. And then I went over and she was awake, resting her head quietly on the woman who had nursed her so kindly.

“When should she get her dewormer?” asked the volunteer through a translator.

“Ideally tomorrow,” I said, “but since she’s a stray, we should probably do it now.”

She said something else, and the translator paused. Then she smiled.

“We can do it tomorrow,” she said. “This woman is adopting her.”


And that is how Serena’s worst day ever became her best day ever.

And that is how I answer the question of whether the 12 hour workdays were worth it.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Diet Can Help With Chronic Health Problems of Pets

 I have found that simple changes to the commercial diet may make all the difference is the world! A lab with chronic ear problems, a German Shepherd with chronic diarrhea, or a bulldog with skin issues may get better when fed a hypoallergenic diet( the best is salmon/potato)

However the best diet can be ruined by biscuits, treats, and chews that cause SO many problems!

Adding healthy oils to the diet can help the skin and coat! (olive, fish, coconut, canola)

Feeding sardines, herring, and eggs several times a week makes the body and coat happy!

Feeding baby carrots instead of biscuits and canned food instead of dry can help pets lose weight!

Feed raw meaty bones or raw chicken wings or thighs for healthier teeth and joints!

That’s what I talk about in “Dog Dish Diet” Ingredients, allergies, and easy home cooking. This info has saved clients and readers  hundreds and  thousands of dollars in vet bills!

Many clients like the idea of cooking wholesome healthy ingredients, so I also wrote about easy, economical slow cooking dog and cat food in “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet”

 Many vets believe that changing to a prescription diet will cure  health problems. Some believe food allergies and intolerance of ingredients are not the cause of many medical problems. I used to believe that way until learning about how simple changes to the commercial diet, adding healthy oils, avoiding allergenic treats and chews  may such a big difference! Some day vets will be taught in school how to harness the power of nutrition!( people doctors too!)

Many clients come in to thank me every week for saving them money and giving them a healthier pet!

click for healthier pet!


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Nice Pet Scratch photos

A few nice Pet Scratch images I found:

Pet of the Week: Winnie, #16213674
Pet Scratch

Image by LollypopFarm
Winnie is a six-year-old female Domestic shorthair mix. She was brought to Lollypop Farm as her family had no time for her. This beautiful girl with the sparkling green eyes loves to be brushed and to have her back scratched. Winnie will keep you company but also enjoys her solitude. She would do best in a home without dogs or other cats. Winnie is eligible for Lollypop Farm’s Seniors-for-Seniors program. An approved adopter, age 60 or older, can bring her home at no charge. Are you the perfect companion for Winnie? She’ll make a good one for you!


-”Ooh yeah, scratch that spot right there”
Pet Scratch

Image by JunCTionS
A very friendly dog that saw a group of physics students talking about him and came close to get his belly scratched. It’s a 15 second exposure I actually petted him on this one so he’d stay still for the shot.

In a trance
Pet Scratch

Image by leeno
Lailee scratches her leg like this and gets embarrassed if you watch her doing it. It’s like a habit or something.

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Pics We Love: Kids Who’ve Had Facial Surgery Meet Dogs Who Have Too

On July 17, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia threw a heartwarming party for its young patients. Dubbed the “Best Friends Bash,” the party allowed young human craniofacial patients to meet and interact with dogs who had suffered and recovered from similar injuries — canine craniofacial patients, as it were. 

As you can imagine, this went over quite well with the children. 

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“It was incredibly powerful watching these remarkable kids interact with these remarkable dogs,” said John Lewis, VMD, associate professor of dentistry and oral surgery at Penn Vet, who provided the dogs. “These canine patients serve as specialized therapy dogs, so children can really relate to them. Since the dogs and children are dealing with the same problems and treatments, there’s an instant bond that allows the children to realize they are not alone.”

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Dogster readers might remember Lentil from our earlier story. The French Bulldog puppy, who had surgery to repair his cleft palate and became a Facebook celebrity, joined three other stellar patients from Penn Vet: Georgia, a Gordon Setter who had a cancer removed from her upper jaw; Buddy, a Golden Retriever who had part of his lower jaw removed; and Rosie, a Golden Retriever therapy dog who had part of her foot removed due to a tumor. 

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The event was a hit with the kids, who loved interacting with dogs.

"It's really about the awareness of appearance," Scott Bartlett, Children's Hospital chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery, told Philly.com. "The dog is an ideal vehicle. They have unconditional love."

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Yellow Ribbons and Wishful Thinking

For families of veterans a yellow ribbon is an article of faith. How about for dog people?

For families of veterans a yellow ribbon is an article of faith. How about for dog people?

A movement that has been making the rounds for a while now is encouraging people to place yellow ribbons on dogs that need space. "Needing space" is a euphemism for dogs that display aggressive behavior toward other dogs and/or toward people. (Labeling dogs as aggressive is bad. So we give them a different label.)

While this idea comes from a sentiment that I can certainly empathize with, I think it is not only doomed to failure but that it actually has the potential to cause more problems than it solves

Yellow Ribbons Will Never be Widely Adopted

First there’s the issue of whether or not enough people will use this to make it a reliable tool. We can’t get people to stop buying dogs from pet stores and puppy mills. We can’t get trainers to stick to science to choose and discuss their methods. (This goes for trainers on both sides of the fence by the way. "Do as I Do Dog Training?" Really? Let’s start a new training method based on a couple of studies.) Hell, we can’t even get people to agree on administering vaccinations to prevent disease in our children, let alone our dogs.

But we’re going to get people to reliably put yellow ribbons on dogs that need distance from each other?

Right. The check is in the mail too.

False Security or Denial?

Do you believe that these ribbons would be, if they somehow gained widespread adoption, a trustworthy indicator of an aggressive dog? Do you think that the absence of a ribbon would be a good indicator of a friendly dog?

Go to any conference, or even a working seminar, that allows "friendly" dogs and objectively watch the dogs that (alleged) professionals decide to bring. Chances are you’ll see at least a few that honestly do not belong there. Strike up a conversation and the rationale for bringing the dog there will be appalling…if there even is any recognition that there is a problem.

The sad fact is that denial is a very powerful force, powerful enough to make the desire to have one’s dog with oneself more important than the comfort of the dog. People, especially dog enthusiasts are terrible at self-selection when it comes to their dog’s behavior. The sad fact is a creative explanation for a dog’s behavior is often an acceptable substitute for actually addressing the problem.

And what happens when it’s possible to place a warning signal on an aggressive dog? Who’s problem is the behavior then?

Your Dog is Your Problem

Whether your dog "needs space" or not, your dog is your responsibility. Period. Placing a warning on your dog so that others can look out for her, or relying on other people to tell you that it is safe for your dog is not a good idea. Either way, you are relying on the judgement of others.

Of course many of the ribbons’ advocates are thinking “but the ribbons are only meant to serve as a warning, not as a crutch!” But that’s how they are likely to be used, and at best they are a distraction from what we need to be teaching our clients to do, as well as doing ourselves.

In situations in which you will meet dogs that you are not familiar with:

If your dog does not want to interact with other dogs, keep her away from other dogs.

If your dog does want to interact with other dogs, keep her away from other dogs.

It’s really simple, and all you need to do is look out for yourself and your dog, which is what you should be doing anyway.

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Deer Tick Announces Instagram Contest for Sold-Out Newport Blues Café Tickets

Deer Tick Announces Instagram Contest for Sold-Out Newport Blues Café Tickets
This year, Deer Tick frontman John McCauley will return to the Newport Folk Festival to play a solo set on Friday. Fans of the band will also be excited to know the rest of Deer Tick will be on-hand to play a series of after-parties that, in true
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Deadly Deer Tick Virus on Rise in New York State
A new, potentially lethal tickborne threat known as Powassan or deer tick virus is emerging in New York's Hudson Valley, researchers reported. In an extensive 5-year project that involved collecting nymphal and adult ticks from multiple locations in
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Tick Population Up in Illinois
"The way to remove a tick is with a pair of tweezers," entomologist Linn Haramis said. "Grasp the tick firmly and just pull it out. If you don't have a pair of tweezers, use a tissue to protect your fingers from the tick. Simply grasp the tick and pull
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The Truth about Ticks and Lyme Disease in Marin County
Ticks pose a significant danger to both pets and humans in California. The blacklegged tick (scientifically known at the Ixodes pacificus), which is not uncommon across the state, carries Lyme Disease because it can contain the potentially fatal agent
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Mikey’s Story by Nicole Bruder

MikeyMikey’s Story
Sometimes you find the best things when you aren’t looking for them, and that’s exactly how I found Mikey. I was driving home on one of my rare days off and suddenly there he was, running down Richmond and Montrose near a Chase Bank with a clearly pregnant Chihuahua in tow. Of course, I pulled over, though I was surprised that only one other driver stopped with all the traffic in the area. Either no one else seemed to notice or care enough that these dogs, the tiniest of dogs, were loose and clearly terrified. The female was friendly enough thanks to some doggie treats, so I was able to get a slip-leash on her and walk back to my place. Mikey, on the other hand, was stand-offish, not letting me get close. Luckily, he followed us home. What a sight we must have made on the way!
By acting quickly, I was able to get the female into a no-kill shelter. Initially, I had planned to find a safe place for both of the dogs, but before I knew what hit me, Mikey, with his big, brown, cartoon-character eyes, had officially stolen my heart.

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