Category: Pets and Animals

Safety For Your Pet and Yourself


One fallacy many people have is that all dogs are good swimmers. This is not the case. Although swimming is great exercise for your dog, a great way to spend some time with your pet, and a relaxing day of leisure, it also can be dangerous. Many breeds of dogs are built to swim and many are not. Often those that are not, are the dogs that have short pushed-in noses like Pugs, Bulldogs, and Shih-Tzus. Ones with short legs like Papillons, Basset Hounds, Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, and Pomeranians are not good in the water either. Dog breeds that love to swim include, Labrador Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniel, Spanish Water Dog, Irish Setter, Golden Retriever, Chesapeaske Bay Retriever and others. But do not assume that your dog is a good swimmer even he is one of these breeds. It may not come naturally to them.

Life jackets are available for dogs and are a very good way of assuring your pet to be safe.


There has been way too many times I have noticed a parent buckling their child into the proper car seat, yet the family pet jumps in and parks itself on the seat beside. I suppose the parent is assuming in an accident the child and she would be safe and that dogs are basically invincible. Not so.


a. Fender-bender in the city: The jar from the vehicle behind sends “Rover” flying into the seat ahead not only injuring (or worse) mom but as well as the dog.

b. Major Accident: Vehicle they are riding in is hit on the driver’s side. Mom belted in is jarred but will be fine, the crash has sent “Rover” flying into baby. Not fine!

c. Even Just Quick Maneuvering Around Something on the Road: Many unforeseen things occur putting everyone and your pet in danger. No one plans for this!

Be safe and remember not only to care for yourself and your children but the safety and comfort of your pet while traveling in a vehicle. Remember he is an integral part of your family too.


a. Consider the possibility of using a restraint whether it be a pet seat belt, car harness, pet car seat or a wire cargo barrier for your SUV. This looks after “Rover’s” safety while in the vehicle with you.

b. Another very important safety precaution is to not let your dog ride in the box of your pick-up truck unless they are in a cage/kennel. This has been noted as the primary cause of animal deaths in accidents.

c. Please don’t let your pet stick his head out the window while traveling. Although I am sure it is a great way to cool off it is similar to riding a motorcycle without a helmet and face guard. Debris on the road can quickly be thrown up. I’m sure we all have had rock chips in our windshield or worse.

Foreclosures and Animal Abandonement

When buying a home you always want to get “more than you bargained for” right? This year I purchased a home and got just that. The home we purchased came with a free cat!!

Missy, or Pissy Missy as she is affectionately known, is about 13 years old according to Vet, she has a spicy personality and hisses at us constantly. She backs down to no man or dog, she meows loudly when she needs to be fed and basically she thinks she rules the world. She was abandoned by the former owners of the home we purchased. The house was in need of repairs so each time (After closing) I went to the house I was greeted by a beautiful long haired calico cat who acted as if she owned the place. It was apparent she felt she belonged there.

After inquiring with the former owners I was told “The neighbor is taking her”. So… of course I introduced myself to each neighbor who informed me that the cat was very mean and they were NOT taking her, one kind neighbor offered to “get rid of her” for me. “No Thank you”.

So… each day while the home was being rehabbed, I came to the house to feed Missy not knowing what to do with her. I knew if I took her to the animal shelter she would be euthanized as with her spicy personality she would not be adoptable. Problem was… I was growing attached to this little schizophrenic cat with a bad attitude. She could be quite lovable and she was ALWAYs there waiting for me.

Being in the real estate business and having sold many repo homes, animal abandonment is nothing new to me. We have been left with horses, cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and most recently a gold fish. There are many laws realtors must follow when they are managing a home that has an abandoned pet. Contrary to popular belief, abandoned pets do not only come from repos, but often times are coming from standard sales where homeowners decide their pet will not be making the move with them. Seemingly nice normal people are leaving their pets behind.

If you are selling a home and you can not take your pet, I can only appeal to your conscience and say “Don’t leave that little animal behind to starve”. At the very least, take the pet to the shelter or call animal control to pick it up. There many no kill organizations you can contact as well. If you are buying a home, you may want to pay attention, if you see animals (cats more common) hanging out near the home each time you visit as they may be abandoned and waiting for their owner to come home. If the home is vacant or semi vacant and the animal is still there, question your real estate agent on the matter. Don’t close until the animal has been removed or at least a commitment made that it will be taken and handled properly. If you are an animal lover like me you will insist that the animal is treated properly.

Since inheriting Missy about six months ago I have ran into many more abandoned

Estate Planning For Pets and Domesticated Animals

Companionship animals play an important role in the lives of humans. Cats keep us company on the couch. Dogs play Frisbee with us at the park. Pets can even prolong a person’s life, lowering the risk of heart attack and rates of depression. Despite these beneficial effects in the lives of humans, more than 500,000 pets are euthanized in animal shelters throughout the United States annually because of the death or disability of the owner. How can pet owners prevent such a disaster from occurring? In this article, the author explores three ways to provide for financial support and care for your pet when you no longer can.

1st Solution: Give your Pet to a Friend or Relative Under California Probate Code, Section 6102, an outright gift to an animal is void. However, you can give your pet to a close friend or relative, along with funds to provide for their care. An attorney can help you draft language in your will or trust so that the gift will be valid. There are many downsides to giving your pet to a friend or relative. First, the friend or relative may not want to take care of your pet. Even if they express a desire today, your friend or relative may move away or face new life circumstances, making them unable or unwilling to provide proper care and support for your pet. Second, once your friend takes legal ownership of your pet, there is no guarantee that they will fulfill your desires, whether expressed orally or in a will. A worst-case scenario is an immediate euthanization of the pet upon a change of ownership, regardless of your best intentions.

2nd Solution: Give your Pet to an Animal Protection Organization The second solution is to give your pet to an animal protection organization. Many organizations exist throughout California, which provide either permanent care or adoption services. A lawyer can help you add language to your will or trust to legally give your pet to an organization like the San Francisco SPCA or Pets in Need of Redwood City. Many of these organizations may also enable you to specify the type of home that would be suitable for your pet. Others require a planned gift to be made along with your pet. Organizations include the SPCA, the Humane Society, the National Cat Protection Society, Pet Pride, Pets in Need, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and the California Feline Foundation. A gift to an organization like the SPCA is an excellent solution for many pet owners. Yet, for many, such a gift may not be sufficiently personal. Moreover, it cannot be guaranteed exactly how money for long term financial support will be provided and whether proper placement of the pet can be achieved.

3rd Solution: Pet Trusts The third solution is to provide for your pet under a pet trust. Under Section 15212 of the California Probate Code, trusts for pets are allowed for an animal’s lifetime. A pet trust is the best way to provide for one’s pets, offering greater certainty and provision than an outright gift to a friend or charitable organization. First, you can provide specific instructions on how your pet should be cared for. The trust may nominate potential caretakers, giving the trustee discretion to provide a suitable guardian and home. The trust can delineate how medical expenses, pet care, pet visits, and other duties are handled. Second, the Probate Code’s requirement that principal and income be paid out only for the pet’s benefit provides added certainty that money will go only for the pet. Third, the pet trust is more easily enforced than an outright gift. A regular accounting of expenses can be required, whereby a person designated in the trust, or a beneficiary, ensures that principal and income are paid for a pet’s benefit. Finally, a pet trust prevents your pet from falling through the cracks. Under the probate code, any nonprofit charitable organization that cares for animals, or a beneficiary or person designated by the trust, may make reasonable inspections to ensure that the pt, the books and records of the trust, and where the pet is living are proper. Pet trusts are not for everyone. Unfortunately, a pet trust that leaves a remainder to charity is not eligible for an estate tax charitable deduction. Moreover, the expenses associated with administering a pet trust may rule out their use unless they are funded with a relatively large amount of money. Finally, while enforcement mechanisms under a pet trust are better than the alternatives, there is still no guarantee that the trustee will act completely in the pet’s interest.

This article is intended to provide general information about estate planning strategies and should not be relied upon as a substitute for legal advice from a qualified attorney. Treasury regulations require a disclaimer that to the extent this article concerns tax matters, it is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law.

John is a California-licensed attorney concentrating in wills, trusts, estates, and the creation of business entities. A native of San Mateo, California, he holds degrees from Boston College Law School, UCLA, Sciences Po Paris and Woodside Priory. John founded the Law Offices of John C. Martin in 2008, guided by a vision of providing legal services that are highly personalized, cost-effective, and of excellent quality. While at law school, John was on the board of editors of the school’s international law review, and won multiple awards in oral advocacy. He is an active member of the Silicon Valley Bar Association, the San Mateo County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He has spent considerable time in France and Brazil and is fluent in French. Before founding the Law Offices of John C. Martin, John worked with a global top 50 firm. He has served as a legal clerk for a not-for-profit legal clinic. Prior to law school, John worked in the financial services industry.

The Maltese Dog Breed Makes A Great Pet And Show Dog

The Maltese is lovely, intelligent and playful as well as being cute cuddly – all characteristics that make a great pet! This breed originates from Italy and it is thought that it was first introduced in England by Crusaders returning from the Mediterranean. They were exceptionally popular with women who would carry them in the sleeves of their dresses! Not only a wonderful pet, this breed is also one of the most sought after show dogs.

A member of the American Kennel Club Toy Group, the Maltese was admitted to the AKC in 1888. They stand eight to 10 inches tall and weigh between 6 1/2 and 9 pounds. They can be long-lived if cared for properly and may have a life span of 15 years.

Though small, the mall tease Is fairly hearty and is well-known for his beautiful long white, silky coat. this breed has a single code of thick shiny hair which is very heavy and drapes down to the floor being over 8 inches long. The ears and tail are also thickly covered with hair and the tail drapes over the dogs back. The eyes are rather large, rounded and dark. This is a small dog but sturdy. Acceptable colors for the Maltese include white and light ivory.

The Maltese makes it great bad as it is gentle and loving as well as playful and lively. Devoted to their owners, these dogs are very intelligent and quite adept at learning tricks. Though small, they can be rather bold and will let you know if there are any suspicious noises about. They typically get along quite well with other animals, however some can be snappish and they may be difficult to house train.

with the Maltese Sea to need to watch out for a few health problems the strangest of which is that they can get sunburned a long the part down the middle. Other problems could include skin problems, eye problems, respiratory problems, tooth problems and slipped stifle.

The Maltese is active indoors but can do fine in an apartment as long as you take them for regular walks. This dog will be playful well into its older years so it kind of creates its own exercise and a yard is not necessary.

This breed does require a bit of grooming and should be brushed daily as well as have his eyes cleaned daily. Since the hair does fall into the eyes, some owners will tie the hair on the top of the head in a ponytail to make cleaning the eyes easier. To avoid staining of the hair, you should clean your Maltese around the mouth after each meal. You also need to clean the ears regularly and remove hair growing inside. They can be bathed or dry shampooed as often as you wish. The good thing is that despite their mass of hair they do not shed much.

Small Business Ideas That Involve Pets and Dye

There are many small business ideas out there and a lot of them involve pets. For example, you can have a dog grooming business. With a dog grooming business, you are doing dogs and their owners a great service by making their dogs look great.

But there is also this very unique business idea that is really starting to take the world by storm. This is dying pets whatever color their owners want them to be. Some even look like rainbows, may have a sports team logo painted on the side, and so much more. You would be amazed at what these individuals are able to do with an animal.

There is a lot of controversy about this sort of thing for the fact that many feel the pet must be miserable. However, they don’t act miserable. The dye that is used is not harmful and it will eventually wash out. The business owner can make thousands of dollars at a time. This is an expensive thing to do, but it is something that really makes animal owners very happy.

If you are not into this, then maybe you can try a business where you give dogs and cats excellent hair dos. People love their animals and they will do just about anything with them, so you might as well try getting into that type of business. It can be a lot of fun and it is really profitable. Just make sure you advertise and inform the public that you are not doing something crazy to an animal that will hurt them.

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Spirituality and Animal Connection

It is said that cats play a specific spiritual role in the lives of the people who own them.Their mission in life is to heal and comfort. I believe that all animals are spiritual and are here to rescue, assist and guide us in our journey of life. They help their people take on stress, worries and trauma of their owners to heal and comfort and that may be why they sleep so much… to recover from stress they have taken on for us from us.The bond between humans and their pets can be as deep and meaningful as human relationships. On a spiritual level I believe that animals are magnificent beings in their own right with emotional and spiritual lives; I believe that animals have souls.

I read somewhere once about people having out-of-body near death experiences and how individuals reported approaching a “tunnel of light” leaving behind their physical existence as the near death individual reported being greeted by their deceased family and friends and also their deceased pets which are a comfort to those of us that have lost a beloved pet.

As I am writing this today, something came to mind to me just today about my spiritual cat Joey. It has occurred to me just how safe and unconditional Joey’s love is. Our pets make it safe for us to give and receive love deeply. It seems that sometimes over a person’s lifetime we start building walls at a very young age. It happens without us even realizing it. With very little thought or effort the walls become higher and thicker each time we experience hurt and betrayal. Subconsciously we think that those walls will protect us from getting hurt: Actually what it does is cut us off from the flow of life and all its’ goodness.. If we are not living from the heart and our Divinity within, we are living with thoughts of the mind and giving external circumstances power to affect our life which cut us off from loving ourselves and others.

For me, it has been a time of grieving and letting go. It seems I didn’t have time to do that the first year of recovery from our fire. I am so amazed at the amount of grieving I have done since then. I realize now that I hardly cried those first 12 months after the fire. Now I cry a lot. That is a good thing, of course, as I go forward on this journey. Tears are said to be sacred. Through all of the trials and tribulations that have occurred, one thing that has become evident to me during the recovery and even now, is that Bob and I are closer in many ways. We are closer now than we have ever been in the first 23 years of marriage. I couldn’t exactly say that it was because of just one thing. I think that it has been a combination of many things during the recovery process. There were many bumps in the road during the recovery and there are bumps in the road now: but not so many as we use to have. Little petty things do not matter much anymore. We are grateful for what is right in the moments of each day.

It amazes me how life could change on a dime. Life as we knew it prior to the fire will never be quite the same. We have worked past the fears, the stress, and the pressure of recovery and somehow made it to the other side together. This experience was full of blessings, gifts and miracles. We work together, we cry together, we conquer together and we love together as we go forward. My cat Joey was instrumental in this healing process.

The last four years has opened my eyes, my heart and appreciation to the deep connection we have to animals. They teach us how to love, how to laugh and how to live.

Painting Gestures in Humans and Animals

Painting gestures is sometimes also known as gesture drawing. The two are similar subject areas in art but they are not exactly the same thing.

Painting gestures in humans and animals has a lot to do with how you intend to depict motion in your artwork. If it is a very realistic painting then you are in for a real labor of love. Many people use photographs and wooden artist’s models to get the posture just right. Then they faithfully replicate it on the paper as they see it.

Realistically capturing human poses is also known as mechanical drawing. The more faithful a drawing is to real life, the more mechanical it is. However even mechanical drawings are sometimes sketched quite fast. Many mechanical drawings are also used as the basis for the paintings that feature depictions of active humans and animals.

However true gestural drawing is also known action drawing for obvious reasons. It is all about capturing motion. This can be quite a difficult discipline to learn, especially in realism, because it is not really about representing something truly but rather drawing body movements. Your intention is to not really paint what something looks like but what something is doing.

A popular exercise for practicing painting gesture in humans is to get a model. The model should change poses every sixty seconds while you attempt to quickly capture what the model is doing on a sketch pad. You don’t have to use models for this. You can use pets or family members. You can also just sit in a public airport and sketch away.

Gesture drawing is based on the principle that movement is intangible. When you do gesture drawings you are trying to go beyond mere appearances and capture the very essence of your subject. Working very quickly is also very essential to doing this properly.

Some people do gestural drawing of inanimate objects to give them character and personality. In fact some of the best artists in the world are able to give human qualities to things that are not human at all using the principles of gesture drawing.

Most drawing masters suggest drawing what you love, whether it is nudes, cars, cats, flowers or monsters. This is the best way to master the complications of creating realistic gestural or mechanical drawings.

Household Pets and Allergens

No matter how clean the home, or how thoroughly dust mites and mould spores have been eradicated, no one who is an asthma sufferer should live in a house with an animal. About half of the people who have asthma are sensitive to allergens produced by animals, mainly cats and dogs. If a baby, who has a tendency to inherit allergies, is exposed to a cat within the first few months of life then there is an 80 percent chance that he or she will develop an allergy later on.

These animals are scrupulously clean and spend much of the day grooming them. But it is precisely their cleanliness that causes the trouble. As they lick themselves, they flick minute specks of saliva onto their coats. The saliva contains a protein that becomes airborne as it dries. This is the main allergen for those people who are affected and so it does not matter if the cat is long or short haired.

Cats produce more allergens than dogs and so more people are allergic to them because they clean themselves so much. Most people who have such an allergy know about it the moment a cat jumps on their lap and cat invariably seem to be attracted to people who do not like them. But you do not have to some into direct physical contact with the cat, nor does there even have to be a cat in the house.

Cat salivary protein has been found in houses where no cat has set a paw for many years. Salivary protein is the main allergen, but fur and animal skin scales, the mixture is called dander, can also cause symptoms, mainly because they too carry salivary protein.

Boxer Dogs Make Great Pets and Friends

How many times have you uttered the phrase “good dog”? As pet owners, sometimes we underestimate the role our dogs play in our lives. We have a four-year old white boxer dog named “Blizzard” in our family. Blizzard was rescued from a breeder who had the shameful idea to euthanize the less financially rewarding members of the pack. From that day on, Blizzard became a beloved family member. This article is a tribute to all the countless number of Blizzards out there for which the phrase “good dog” just doesn’t do the trick and for the parents, who know that boxer dogs make great pets and friends.

Getting Away With Everything

Now I take pride in the appearance of my home, but I cannot count the number of times I have happily washed thirty dollar throw pillows that I proudly display on our leather couch. A small sacrifice made for the love of a “good dog” who just isn’t comfortable anywhere else but perched upon these “must have” items. In my travels as a stay at home mom, I often glance over at him just in time to see a happy drool escaping his mouth. “Good dog”? I think not.

In our family, we all eat dinner together. This nightly ritual involves cleaning up after the toddlers- and Blizzard of course. As such, Blizzard gets his face wiped after a meal in the same manner as the kids. This habit developed in response to another pleasant surprise we stumbled upon a few years ago- catching him in the act of cleaning his own mouth on the kitchen tablecloth! Nothing says lovin’ like a ninety pound dog running his yuck mouth up and down expensive linen.

Unconditional Love

For me, what really opened my eyes to the love I feel for this animal was my experience during the last few weeks of my first pregnancy. As any woman who has ever had kids can relate to, there are more than a few long, monotonous bed retreats. And don’t you know Blizzard never left my side? It is with great pride that I dare say I owe my sanity to the dog. If I had to do another crossword puzzle without adoring glances from my boxer, I can honestly say I might not have made it.

Blizzard is more than a “good dog”. He is a member of our family. He has been a support system, a friendly ear, an audience, a trickster. My boxer, like many other boxer dogs out there deserves more than a simple “good dog”. And maybe, just maybe, he thinks of me as more than a “good human”.

Flea Control Tips For Pet And Home Owners

If you have read somewhere that getting rid of and keeping fleas at bay is easy, it is suggested that you treat it with levity. Contrarily, it is a task that calls for your utmost attention, especially if you love your pets dearly. It a task that require all arsenals to fight as it can cut short the lives of your lovely pet.

The source of flea’s infestation include but not limited to climatic changes, surroundings and lots more. Where you live is very important. Fleas love and desire a dirty environment to thrive. But when you take time to get your environment clean – both outside and inside, fleas find it hard living in such an environment. This is because you have goner against their main goal which is to feed and breed on fresh blood.

There are so many flea control methods out there that you can make use of in order to get rid of and keep the fleas at bay from your home and animals. You can either go for the natural methods or the chemical methods. You should know that these methods have their weakness and strength. Hence, it is advisable for you to see your vet before making use of any of the methods. But if you don’t want to spend more money with experts, you can try out any of the methods until you discover the best methods for you and your pets.

If your lovely pet has been infested with fleas, it is suggested that try out advantage flea control. Sure, a lot has been written on this method, but I need to say that many of the writers have not really tried it out. I have and it works. I want you too to try it out and you will be glad you did. It has the ability to kill fleas on adult and little pets. However, I will suggest that you read and understand the manufacturer’s instruction before using it. This is highly necessary. Don’t think you know how to go about using it. Read the instruction and it will save you a lot of headache in the process of eliminating the fleas.