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Tent City for the Homeless

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 9:28 AM Comments comments (197)
 At the beginning of October, San Diego opened a temporary residence (tent city) in Golden Hills for the homeless. They currently have 200 residents including 45 children and about 40 dogs. A plan exists to open a permanent camp site residence downtown on Dec. 1, 2017. There are plans for 2 more campsites after that, housing some 1000 homeless in the county. These campsites are sponsored and monitored by the Alpha Project.
Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services is commencing a campaign immediately to collect donations of dog food, and clothes and toys for the children. We will collect through Dec. 24 and deliver the donations to Alpha Square for distribution to the homeless residents. 
We ask that you open your hearts to these people especially the children and animals. We do not want $ donations; just dog food, blankets, clothes for children and toys and games for the kids for Christmas. If you can help please contact me at [email protected] and I will make arrangements to pick up your donation.
Thanking you in advance.

Plastic Liners in Litter Boxes

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 8:22 AM Comments comments (127)
      For the life of me I cannot figure out why people insist on putting plastic liners in their cats litter box. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever for several reasons:
1) Plastic is an unnatural substance for cats to eliminate on.
2) Cats have claws and like to cover up their waste. When they do so, they inevitably rip the plastic liner.
3) When the liner gets ripped, it makes a terrible mess to have to change it.
4) Since the liner does get ripped, the actual bottom of the litter box gets waste and litter on it and has to be cleaned anyway.
5) Cats do not like the feeling of the plastic and often rip it intentionally.
6) The liners never fit properly and become folded trapping excess urine and feces and making it much harder to clean out on a daily basis.
7) It becomes much more costly than just putting the litter directly in the litter box because once the plastic liner is ripped you can't just lift it out and put it in the trash,. You need to use another plastic bag to transfer the liner into so you don't have litter all over the floor as you take it to the trash.

As a professional pet sitter who has cared for hundreds of cats over the years and cleaned hundreds of litter boxes, I can tell you the plastic liners are just a bad idea all the way around.

Misleading Pet Food Websites

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 6:04 PM Comments comments (399)
There is absolutely no doubt that the huge multi-billion dollar pet food industry is so interested in the bottom line - profits- that they will deliberately mislead or even lie to consumers to make a buck. Here is just another example from Susan Thaxton's website - "The Truth About Pet Food."

"Not true Hill’s Science Diet
There is no excuse. No pet food company should make misleading or false statements to consumers on their website. Some examples of false statements from Hill’s Pet Foods." Check this out.

Companion Animal Nutrition and Wellness Institute

Posted on May 25, 2017 at 8:38 AM Comments comments (89)

Dr. Karen Becker, a holistic veterinarian, and the contributor of Healthy Pets on AND Dr. Donna Raditic, a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist, have teamed up to form an organization called Companion Animal Nutrition and Wellness Institute. Both veterinarians agree the foundation of the health of our companion animals is optimum nutrition. They also agree that there is insufficient independent research being done to compare the benefits of feeding dry food versus canned food versus raw or a fresh food diet.
In traditional veterinary training, there is very little information in the curriculum about nutrition and how to feed pets the best food possible to provide them with a long life free of disease.  All of the research done to date on pet nutrition, is funded by the large pet food companies that obviously have a vested business interest in the research. They do care about our pets but care more about the bottom line first. After all, they are in business.

Dr. Becker and Dr. Raditic started CANWI to create a research organization that receives no funding at all from government or pet food companies. The research will be funded entirely by pet parents whose only interest is in finding out how to feed their pets the best nutrition possible.

"Millions of pets have experienced the life-changing benefits of a fresh food diet, but critics say the benefits of fresh foods have not been researched. Until now. This will be the FIRST independent, unbiased pet food study comparing dry, canned and fresh food. Please help us fund this critical research project! This week, when you make a Donation to CANWI, will match funds to help get this critical research started."
I hope you agree that this type of research is essential to taking the best care of your Fido or Fluffy. Please donate today.

Click below to help enrich the lives of our furry friends!

Happy Easter

Posted on April 15, 2017 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (102)
 Happy Easter to you and to all of your family including the ones with fur, wings, or gills.
Just a reminder to make sure your furry kids, cats and dogs, do not get into the Easter chocolate. It is toxic to animals and can make them very ill. If you are having company, make sure the animals are kept safe and don't escape through open doors as you greet guests.
Lastly, bunnies make great pets and I encourage you to adopt a bunny this Easter but ONLY if you are ready to make it a lifetime commitment. DO not bring one home for the holidays and then get tired of it and return it to the shelter.
If you are traveling, stay safe.

An update regarding Support for responsible breeding

Posted on February 7, 2017 at 12:34 PM Comments comments (96)
Great news! The Board of Delegates approved the policy on "Inherited Disorders in responsible Breeding of Companion Animals".

" At its 2017 Winter Session today, the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) amended and approved a new policy on responsible breeding of companion animals. The policy reads as follows:Inherited Disorders in Responsible Breeding of Companion AnimalsTo maximize the health and welfare of companion animals, the AVMA supports research in genetic and inherited disorders to better educate the profession and breeders on identifying and minimizing inherited disorders in companion animal breeding programs.  To assist with this, the AVMA encourages veterinarians to pursue continuing education in the emerging area of genetic disease in companion animals. The AVMA also encourages veterinarians to educate breeders, companion animal owners, and the public on the responsibilities involved with breeding and selecting companion animals.The proposed policy was developed by the Animal Welfare Committee, which is comprised of members who represent varied species and practice areas, as well as those who share perspectives from the Student AVMA (SAVMA), state VMAs, and Veterinary Medical Association Executives. The proposed policy was amended during discussion in reference committees and was passed unanimously by the House of Delegates.  The new policy is consistent with existing policies or guidance provided by the American Animal Hospital Association and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.The new policy addresses responsible breeding for all companion animals, not simply dogs and cats. The purpose of this policy is to support responsible breeding practices that reduce or eliminate the health and welfare concerns associated with inherited conditions, not to condemn or stigmatize specific breeds.". 

This is wonderful. So many breeds that have been negatively affected by genetic disorders that could have been prevented with appropriate breeding, will now be able to live long healthy lives not condemned by their genetic make-up. 

Stop feeding your dog Evangers until you have read this report!

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (1)

This news from Susan Thixton today, a pet food advocate and the creator of

Test Results Show Pentobarbital in Evangers Dog Food 

On New Years Eve 2016, 3 pug dogs became ill – another died – believed to be linked to Evangers Pet Food. Lab results provided by the pet owner show the pet food contained pentobarbital – a drug used to euthanize animals.  

Please check out this link.


PET FOOLED- A must see video for every pet parent

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 10:18 AM Comments comments (102)
  Last evening I watched an incredible documentary on the pet food industry. This film, produced by Kohl Harrington, attempts to uncover the truth about the food that we have been feeding our  dogs and cats. I say attempts because it appears he is thwarted on many fronts by pet food manufacturers, AAFCO, and the FDA. It appears that the regulations we assume protect our pets from "bad things" being put in their food, do not really exist. The marketing and labeling of pet food is regulated but not the quality of the ingredients that the food contains. 
Susan Thexton, a pet food consumer advocate, established a website at that is loaded with information on the industry that makes and distributes the food which we give our "furry kids".
Since knowledge is power, I suggest every responsible pet parent who wants to ensure their loving companion is getting the highest quality food and not just hype, watch this film. It is available through and also check out Susan's website. If you are like me, you will be angry and shocked to learn the truth about the pet food industry, but this awareness will empower you to do something about it.

Support for responsible breeding

Posted on January 9, 2017 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (568)
Dr. Nancy Kay had some great news to share on her blog today and I am sharing the information with you as it is wonderful news. If any of you have a British Bulldog, King Charles Cavalier spaniel or any other breed of dog with inherited health issues , you will be happy to read this.

     Support For Responsible Breeding by Nancy Kay, DVMThe American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Animal Welfare Committee has proposed a policy pertaining to breeding of dogs, cats, and other companion animals. The policy titled, “Inherited Disorders in Responsible Breeding of Companion Animals” is up for approval when members of the AVMA House of Delegates meet later this month.The policy reads as follows:The AVMA supports the responsible breeding of companion animals such that only animals without deleterious inherited disorders are selected for breeding. Companion animals exhibiting inherited characteristics that negatively affect the animal’s health and welfare should not be bred, as those characteristics and related problems are likely to be passed on to their progeny. This would include inherited conditions such as brachycephalic syndrome, some joint diseases, bone deformation (e.g., radial hypoplasia “twisty cats”, munchkin), heart and eye conditions, or poor temperament (e.g., Springer rage syndrome). The AVMA encourages veterinarians to educate breeders, pet owners and the public on the responsibilities involved with breeding and selecting pets to ensure that they are not contributing to poor welfare issues.The potential impact of the policyAssuming the AVMA will adopt this policy in January (they darned well better!), how will this policy statement be put to use? It’s not as though the AVMA has any direct control over the actions of people who want to breed their animals.It sounds like the intent of this policy is to give veterinarians a kick in the pants to have more intentional conversation with their clients about breeding their pets (or not breeding them). Every veterinarian has exposure to irresponsible breeding yet, goodness knows, most of us have been far too silent on this topic. Guaranteed, there’s not a veterinarian whose been in practice for more than a few years who hasn’t been in the exam room with a sobbing client while euthanizing a beloved pet because of an inherited defect. And we’ve all examined animals with faddish extremes of conformation that we know will ultimately result in pain and suffering. How many of us have performed artificial insemination and cesarean sections on dogs who are unable to breed and whelp normally on their own?Without question the majority of veterinarians could be doing a much better job advocating for responsible breeding practices. Perhaps this AVMA policy will help us step closer to this goal.It’s about time!While I’m certainly pleased to see that the AVMA is considering this policy, part of me wants to ask, “Where have you been all my life?” To my way of thinking, not only is this policy a “no brainer” now, it would have been so when my career began some 30 plus years ago. Call me impatient, but I can’t help but wonder why good things take so friggin’ long to come to fruition within large organizations. The bottom line is, whether now or then, anything that favors responsible breeders and removes others from the gene pool makes really good sense.How do you feel about this policy? Thumbs up or thumbs down?If you would like to respond publicly, please visit: wishes,Nancy Kay, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog's Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award

Goodbye Too Soon

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 9:43 AM Comments comments (2)
Yesterday was a very sad day for me. I learned that one of my favorite "furry friends" passed over the rainbow bridge. Mongo was a beautiful Doberman Pincher with an incredible temperament and gentle nature. I have been walking him once a week for close to three years as well as caring for him when his folks went on vacation.
His dad called me yesterday and told me that Mongo had become ill last Friday and very quickly went downhill. They weren't quite sure of the diagnosis but it looked like lung cancer. His loving parents did everything they could possibly do to save him but the prognosis was bad and Mongo was suffering so they made the excruciating decision to let him go. He was only 5 years old.
I will miss him terribly.