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Thursday, March 15, 2007


Okay Dragon, I know what you're thinking, go right ahead!

Spring is in the air! Forsythia and daffodils are in bloom! What are you most looking forward to now that nice weather is here? More outside time with your pets? Spring cleaning? I am happy to have nice weather, but I've already noticed that our back yard will need mowing soon. Not the grass, the weeds, as that is what the back yard is made of. I'm already having problems finding doggie diamonds in the rough, so it will soon be time to bug The Boss to drag out the mower! Of course, the new season also means ticks and other insects, but all in all I'll take the weather!

When I first got Catfish and he was so afraid of everything, I actually got a little push mower to cut the front fenced yard so he wouldn't be traumatized by the power mower! The Boss thought I was nuts, but it was good exercise. Now that Catfish is secure, The Boss uses the LOUD mower and Catfish simply runs back in the house for cover. Tarzan likes to watch and make sure The Boss is doing the job right!

Above is a picture of Tarzan (left) and Jane when I first met them. You can tell how afraid and wild he was. They wouldn't let us pet them for three months. I saw these two always together, but when I saw them have "relations" I was dismayed that wild kittens could be born. I trapped Tarzan and had him neutered. I trapped Jane, next, but the vet said she was possibly nursing babies in the woods, so I brought her back to see if she ever brought babies around. She never did, so I had to trap her again. This time she was wise to the trap, so I had to lay a cloth over the bottom so she'd walk over it. Sadly, one day, she disappeared and Tarzan was alone. I put a dog house in our carport for him and that's where he stayed almost 24/7. He and Catfish met from either side of the fence, and after Tarzan started to trust us, I brought him in with Catfish, and they've been buddies ever since.

posted by Sandy at 3/15/2007 09:38:00 AM


Blogger Alice said...

Now that it is getting warmer, I am planning a trip to the groomer for Max and Charlie, our two sheep dopplegangers. We used to get them groomed every two months in Fresno because of the heat and the foxtail weeds. The seedpods would cling to the fur and eventually dig into the skin. I was relieved to see that foxtails are not here in TN. I have tried clipping the dogs here at home and they look awful after I am done. I suppose it's noy a huge problem but I think I need them professionally groomed to start with and then I can do touch ups as needed. I hate it when their ears drag in the dog food gravy and then stiffens up. Plus I like to see their eyes and both of them have fur that hangs down over their eyes. Since I don't drive anymore, we will make appointments with PetSmart. I like the idea of watching the grooming.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

OK Pet People, I need your help. I have never had to deal with fleas until we moved here. The first time they EVER got fleas was at christmas when we went to GA. Thats how I found out the Oscar is allergic to flea shampoo. So now that we will have a yard, How do you get rid of the fleas outside? It might sound like a stupid questions, but I don't want them to get in the house and the carpet. I like to use organic stuff when I can, like fertilizer. I use fish emulsion (fish poop). It only smells for the first day and my plants love it. So do they make organic flea stuff and does it work? I'll take al the help I can get!!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Sandy, I had to really hunt to find Tarzan in the picture! It is so sad that his buddy Jane disappeared. I love the names you chose for them. We have friends that named two strays Tom and Jerry. Tom died from a snake bite but Jerry is still their fun loving barn cat!

We use Revolution drops on our girls for fleas. They are inside only girls but we are in the yard a lot and one year the girls got fleas from what we assume, was us bringing them in on our clothes! How sad they stay inside but we still must treat them. Revolution is a bit more expensive then the other brands but it treats more then just flea problems. What ever you do, Do Not wait for the fleas to get out of control! You will be sorry as it takes many days to rid a house of fleas!

I am in the yard a lot in the spring planting flowers and adding new landscaping projects to my surroundings! Spring is my favorite time of year because I enjoy watching everything wake up from its long winters nap. I also enjoy the songs that my many bird friends sing to me while I am in the yard working. Just makes me all fuzzy inside!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 1:07:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Adrienne, knock on wood, none of my pets have ever had fleas. For the cats, I too, like Skeeter, use Revolution, a drop once a month on their back takes care of everything, even ear mites if they are a problem.

The dogs are on Sentinel for heartworm, which also has a flea component in that it prevents any nits from hatching, so even if they would get adult fleas, the cycle is broken and they won't multiply. Most people use the once-a-month drop on the back, like Advantage or Frontline to ward of both fleas and ticks.

Of course, if they are in the house already, you have to get rid of them, and an exterminating service would be best. We have the "bug guy" come quarterly to do the inside of the house, and the new stuff they use has no smell and keeps all creatures away--like roaches and spiders, etc. I've also heard that if you have fleas you can leave a little light on at night and right under the light you put a pan of soapy water--the fleas go to the light and then water and then get drowned.

So basically, with fleas, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I live in the country, so I must deal with lots of insects and things, but so far, so good. Ticks are the things I hate most!

Friday, March 16, 2007 8:34:00 AM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Please don't talk about Spring when I'm shoveling out of 12 inches of snow.

Saturday, March 17, 2007 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Daisylou, sucks to be where you are now!

Saturday, March 17, 2007 7:50:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Daisylouu, I didn't mean that to sound so smart assed. I just am so ready for Spring but then we all know that will bring the storms so then it will suck to be us here in Clarksville.

Saturday, March 17, 2007 9:24:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

No, it DOES suck! Some people love the snow, but I just don't happen to be one of them....not that I'd rather have storms or tornados!

Saturday, March 17, 2007 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Serious note here. This is copy and pasted from an email I received from the Humane Society. It has links to the complete lists of the recalled pet foods.

"Many of you have probably heard by now… but several varieties of dog & cat food (specifically “cuts & gravy” style foods in can & pouch varieties) manufactured by Menu Foods have been recalled after several animals became ill and/or died. Menu is the leading North American manufacturer of wet pet food products sold by supermarket retailers, mass merchandise, pet specialty retailers & other resale/wholesale outlets… so this covers NUMEROUS brands."

See full press release here:

See recalled cat food list here:

See recalled dog food list here:

Sunday, March 18, 2007 2:07:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hey Guys! Is anybody else having a problem getting the info on the recalled pet food? I have gone online and it won't give me anything, just tells me to log onto the Brand name food sites and then they won't bring anything up either and the phone number to call has stayed busy!

Monday, March 19, 2007 4:39:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Pam, I just went onto the links I pasted up above, and each brand name I clicked on brought up a list of their recalled products. It gives the brand, UPC number, description, size of package, and the dates or other identifying numbers on the package. I didn't click on all 42 of the names on the cat food list, but a random sample of at least 15 and they all brought up a list. I don't know why you weren't able to do the same.

What brand(s) are you trying to look at? If I can find something on it, I'll post it here.

Monday, March 19, 2007 9:41:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Thanks Stacey but guess I don't need it after all since my girls have never had those pouches or cans. They only get ablout a teaspoon of canned Friskies, 9 Live, or Wiskas for thier brakfast treat and dinner treat. They eat thier hard food the rest of the time and I just put them all back on thier old food they were raised on which is Hills Prescription Diet. But on that,Sandy, you said your babies poop doesn't stink as much on it but mine does. It is just as bad as anything else we've tried. Other people haved said thiers loses some of the stink too but mine is bad. Of course it is mainly bad when Penelope had the bloody stools with her IBS so guess that is really the bad stuff.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 5:24:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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