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Monday, November 19, 2007

Holiday Pet News! Photo with Santa and more

Yes, it's that crazy time of year. Holiday madness. I know everyone will be busy with Thanksgiving and Christmas preparations and blog time may be limited.

But please take the time to take your pet to PetSmart on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard for pet photos with Santa Claus. Area shelters have certain days to set up, and proceeds of that day go to the shelter. Second Chance & Happy Tails is hosting the Santa pictures on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost is only $9.95 ($8.95 with your PetSmart Pet Perks card) and you'll get a framed digital print of your baby (or babies) with Santa Claus. Five dollars of each photo will go to the shelter.

Cats Are Us and the Humane Society usually have a day as well, so I'll post those dates when I learn about the.

TATTOO YOU. An interesting tidbit I received in an e-mail from
Amy of the Clarksville Humane Society:

"A while back I talked to Elaine (Humane Society director) about getting the vet clinics on board with doing some type of tattooing after they spay a pet. We just had Gracie, a new yellow lab on our website, spayed. They opened her up to find she's already been spayed. And, of course we're being charged full price for a spay. This happens frequently in the rescue world... and it's just NOT fair to these pets! I also spoke with Dr. Hackett at Eastview about the possibility and he felt the vet association would get on board with something like that. We could even possibly host a clinic where WE tattoo the pets & educate owners about the importance of it????? Owners could bring the spayed females to us to tattoo."

The Humane Society is going to try to set up an outreach program for this, first contacting vets, then trying to set up clinics. This will be a priority for them for the new year. If you'd like to help with the campaign, go to the Humane Society Web site at: or e-mail them

I think this is a great idea. I know tattoos are one method of permanent pet identification, but I don't think it's as popular as microchips or regular tags. This is really a good idea to mark a pet as spayed so they don't undergo unneeded surgery and the shelter doesn't waste money on an unnecessary operation. They struggle enough as it is.

I have Scooter microchipped, because I won one in a photo contest. The Boss said, "Why did you put it in Scooter? He's the one I don't want back if he gets lost!" I think he was only half kidding. Poor Scooter. I put it in him becuase he's my youngest. I know I always promote him as our difficult child, and he was, but he's a good dog, smart and much better now that he's been to dog training! But it's hard to lose a bad reputation once you have it! He'll always be my Dennace the Menace! In the picture above, Scooter poses in his deer hat in honor of Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer. (And Dragon, he is not forced to wear the hat in public--it is only for picture purposes!)

So, do any of you have your pets microchipped? Any special holiday plans?

And if you can't make it to PetSmart for Santa pictures, you can always just donate to the shelters through their Web sites or by sending a check the old-fashioned way. Our pets are lucky--they have good homes for the holidays. Let's all try to do what we can to help as many dogs and cats as we can find their forever homes too.

posted by Sandy at 11/19/2007 09:29:00 AM


Blogger B said...

Cats r Us is till looking for someone to put on the Satna suit--BERNIE!!!, why not relax that ole dragontale in a Santa suit for a good cause? How bout it ? I can't remember the date, but you know you'd love it. YOu can scope out winches all day, unless Stacey wants to wear an elf outfit and come along HA!Jeremy is back, and the babies ate him up when he walked thru the door Friday evening. We have had a wonderful weekend--I've been watching "HAZEL' all weekend on DVD and we have just had a slow and peaceful weekend. I am having a house guest for the holidays. My frat bro Dewayne is coming into town. He's going to brave the babies during the day. I told him they would show out for him the first couple of days. Hines is the one I'm worried about--it takes him so long to warm up. He's met Lucy, Charlie and Pearl. So Hines will be the challenge. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and enjoys themselves. My mom has to work,so no family dinner for us. We decided we would spend out day at Cats R Us, spreading a little holiday cheer to all the kitties and the doggies. I'm actually excited about it. We'll have a big cat/dog time.

Monday, November 19, 2007 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

B, you ole sweeties, what a wonderful thing to do on Thanksgiving! If I was cooking I'd have you over but we're going to my daughter's in-laws. I will have to make you guys a good dinner soon.
Sandy, I don't think I can take my girls to getphoto's ha. What a nightmare taht would be for all of us. Just took Brittany to the vet this morning for another UTI. Got a shot and has to go back again Wed. then agin Fri. or Sat. for the last one. Say a prayer for her to get well soon.
I love that idea of the tatooing! That would be a great way not to put the animals through unnescessary anesthesia and stitches. I hope all vets will get on board with that.

Monday, November 19, 2007 12:55:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

P.S. on the coupons that The Humane Society is selling to help the animals, I looked at all the things they ahve and won't use many so instead of buying one I'm going to donate a extra $20.00 to them instead and that 20.00 to keep. I challenge everyone on here to do the same if you don't want the coupon book. I need to go send my donation right now.

Monday, November 19, 2007 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

We are not doing anything special for thanksgiving. We are having nacho's during FOOTBALL and then the Forman is making a sheppards pie for dinner. I wanted to do all turkey fingerfood football party, but he wasn't up for it. The Foremans sister and her fiance' are supposed to visit for christmas and I want to do anything but traditional when they come. Little sis has never been very adventuress when it comes to food, so we plan on introducing her to new things. She only eats french fries and chicken fingers. NOT IN MY HOUSE!

We are planning on taking everyone to Petsmarts for pictures. I have the flyer laying on the dinning room table right now. I'll have to post the picture when we get it. The grandparents have been asking for pictures so now is a good time and for a good cause.

Skeeter, I actually pulled out our christmas stuff and started going through the boxes. That's a first for me! We haven't put up a tree in 2 years because of moving and all our stuff was in storage. I actually considered putting a few things out early. LOL!

Monday, November 19, 2007 2:35:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Sandy, I love the option to just donate instead of buying the coupon book. The professor is so finicky that we don't go to very many restaurants, just a select few. Anyway, I'm with you... donate but no thanks to the coupon book.

I had to change my email address. I hope you all got it.

Monday, November 19, 2007 8:42:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Sandy, unless Scooter specifically told you to go into the closet, get the antlers, and put them on his head so you can take a humiliating picture to post for the entire world to laugh at---it is a violation of S.A.F.E. Sandy, how more public can an online posting be??? Many more people will see him and laugh at his expense now than they ever would if you had taken him to the park in such a ridiculous outfit. You can see the look in his eyes, begging for someone to please save him from the constant embarrassment brought on by all the holiday seasons. Sandy, how would you like it if the Boss forced you to wear a Playboy bunny outfit on Easter and took pictures and showed it to ALL your friends (yes, all 2 of them), and your co-workers.

Please, Pet People, stop the madness!! No more! I will have to stop being Mr. Nice Guy and start issuing citations this time. You have all had your warnings in the past. S.A.F.E. is here to protect the Scooters of the world.

Monday, November 19, 2007 8:48:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

It's scary... I agree with Dragon here, although I usually think he's blowing hot air. I find it morally objectionable to dress up our pets. They have perfectly good clothes on as it is, just as Nature intended. The only thing we put on our dog children are their collars and we usually take them off inside the house. The jingling gets on my nerves... And I would never subject our kitty children to the humiliation of clothing of any sort even though the professor BEGS to dress them up so he can watch them fall over with mortification.

I'm with you Dragon.. write 'em up!

Monday, November 19, 2007 9:30:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Adrienne I am glad to see I am being a role model for you in the decorating department! LOL. Have fun going through all the boxes of collected treasures...

I think the antlers are cute and I would never dress an animal if they did not want to be dressed. Our family pet Molly loved wearing clothes. She would prance around and my brother’s dog loves to wear clothes also. But I know some that would not stand a collar much less clothes so for them, I say nothing but fur coats! My poor babies lost their fur coats with their hair cuts. But the Saint and I are paying for it at night when they snuggle up to keep warm and make our legs and arms fall asleep! Ouch, we may get a reprieve tonight. The temp today here in GA was close to 80 and tomorrow calling for 80 plus!

B, I hope you have fun with your friend! Remind him, No eye contact with Hines! That is the secret to success in his friendship, let him come to you and lick your toes at his pace.....

The Saints parents will be here sometime tomorrow. We are looking forward to their visit but they are bringing Minnie with them. Not that I mind but she is still not that social and barks and growls at people. I am not sure how she will react being in our house but we will do what ever it takes to make her feel welcome. The cats have claws and know their escape routes in case they have to make a quick get away from her. She likes cats and dogs and will probably try to play with them but her size may be a bit intimidating to them. They are use to Zip the Rat terrier and not a medium hound dog! I talked with Zips mommy and she wants to bring him over to meet her and if they get along well, we may take them on a walk together....

The Saints parents wanted to see the house decorated for Christmas so I put it all up. I put up 5 Christmas trees through out the house, strung 9 garlands over door and window frames, put up two Snow villages from my Dept. 56 collection, set out 5 small trees on the front porch, (the squirrels are already looking for the fake snow to steal for their nest) and we strung Christmas lights on the house and in a tree outside! I have done a total make over of the house and it shines with glitter and glow! I feel bad ignoring Thanksgiving decorations but I left our Fall Display in the woods by the street and also one Thanksgiving welcome sign at the front door! I have been one busy bee and get sad when I have to take it all down. We have collected ornaments from everywhere we have been to live and on travels but only get to see them for a few weeks each year so this year I will be able to enjoy them a bit longer!

Y’all cross your fingers for a good visit with Minnie!

Monday, November 19, 2007 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Skeeter, Thisis he perfect time for socialization with Minnie! Don't over do it, but taking her out of her normal surroundings and creating another positive experience will be good for her! Remember to try and ignore her bad behavior and reward her for the good behavior. Don't yell but be firm when you need to. You may also consider keeping her confined to a certain room or two at first to help her feel more comfortable. It will also give the cats time to adjust to her being in their house for an extended time. This could be really exciting for Minnie. Something else that works is to ignore her when she first gets there. Just like with Hines. Lets her know that it is not all about her. Of course the in laws have to be on the same page too.

Monday, November 19, 2007 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

well, Hines finally let Dewayne pet him last night and the bark alarm has been silenced--for now. Hope everyone has a great and safe holiday .
Dragon, you didn't make any comment on wearing the Santa suit!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 7:36:00 AM  
Blogger dragon said...

B, your right I didn't make any comment on the Santa suit. It's still up in the air on that one. we'll see.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 7:43:00 AM  
Blogger jdt said...

I have to disagree Dragon. My monsters LOVE their clothes. If I go to the drawers where we keep them, they go crazy for the clothes. They walk taller and seem much happier when they are wearing clothes. Two of them even get mad and growl at us when we try to take the clothes off them. I am so looking forward to their Christmas picture. We are still trying to pick out outfits. I will send it to Sandy to post once we take it!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 8:40:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

JDT, I am looking forward to seeing your "monster's" Christmas picture! I love your little monsters pics. They bring a smile to my face with their smiles!

Big Ole Dragon as Santa??? Just think of all the girly girls that may want to sit on Santas lap! Will Smokey go dressed as a elf?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 9:09:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I am going to do as you suggest. The ignoring her upon her arrival will be hard but I will have the Saint go along with your suggestion also. I bet it will work as it seems to with Hines. He did lick my toes as I ignored him so he was warming up to me as Minnie probably will.

Since we have spent some time with Minnie, she will remember us from our smell and be a bit assured we will not hurt her in any way. I hope having Zip-Zip over will be fun for her also....

Mom B says she is doing well in her training classes. She loves other animals, it is people she seems to have issues with and especially males. I think all will go smoothly with her visit. I just hope our girls can handle this.... Minnie may be in their sunroom and that bothers me a bit because that is their favorite place to be….

They are bringing Minnie’s corkscrew thing for the ground and we are expecting nice temps so we may spend a lot of time outside with her so that will give the girls a change to snoop around her kennel and be in the sunroom… They will probably sit in the window and watch our every move while we are outside!

I also worry about keeping control of her while outside with all the smells in the air around the house. The deer come regularly as do other critters in the yard and she is hound dog and may want to take off to sniff out those critters! The Saint always says it is a waste of time to worry about the unknown so I will try to not worry…. They will arrive some time this evening so I will just crank up the stereo and clean the house until they get here so as to take my mind off the worries!

Thanks for the advice and I will let you know how it goes...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 9:21:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Yes, ignore them. I noticed Hines barked a LOT less each time I met him. You just have to IGNORE him when he carries on and not pick him up and pet him and all that, because that is rewarding him for that behavior. Watch the dog whisperer! Ask Elaine! I know it's all our instict to try and shut them up by telling them too and engaging them--I know, I'm guilty of it, but he really has become much better. Some dogs, like Hines and probably Minnie too, (and Peanut) who are more shy and submissive, need to come to people, not the other way around.

My holiday: Since The Boss's mom died several years ago, we dont' really get together with his family much, and all mine live in PA. I haven't put up a stick of decorations in a few years. Besides, I'll be working Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Reminds me of the Air Force--24/7 365 days a year!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 9:40:00 AM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Warning to everyone: the next time skeeter mentions the 80 degree weather, I'm going reach through the computer and strangle her.

As for the "dressing of the dogs"....I must say Scootter-Pooter-Man loves ANY attention given to him, so even dressing him up as a fool with antlers makes him happy. When we were little, Sandy and I used to dress up our dog, Misty, and prop her in the corner of the sofa for pictures. She even wore a baby bonnet without complaint.

I dressed my dogs last year for a Christmas photo, had a Chrismas collar with bells on one and an elf hat on the other. I must admit, they both wanted the collar, and when I tried the hat on each of them, they looked quite embarassed. Who says dogs don't have feelings???

My Thanksgiving plans are quiet. The man, my mom, and I will go out to eat. My daughter will go with her boyfriend. Then I will watch the Jets stun the Dallas Cowboys much like they stunned the Steelers. Make sure you wear that Jets attire on Thanksgiving, dear Dragon, you brought them LUCK!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 5:15:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Minnie and the Saints folks arrived safely! Minnie was a good traveler and they had to make less stops then planned to stretch her legs with her good behavior....

She is still stand-offish to us but lets me walk into the room without much barking if any. The Saint on the other hand is another story. She barks really badly with him. We can only assume a male harmed her at some point in her young puppy life!

Right now mom B and the Saint are taking her for a walk in hopes she will warm up to him a bit....

The cats are terrified of her barking! Even our brave Sheba girl... Minnie is staying in her kennel at night in their sunroom and I hate that we have taken away their domain but Minnie is company and we must allow company to be happy. The girls can have their room back when Minnie departs. Anyway, the night went well. Never heard one peep from Minnies kennel the entire night, even when I had to get up to the sound of a cat barfing in the hall, she never made one sound.

I am not sure where Sheba slept as it was not with us (probably the upstairs storage closet) and Cheetah snooped around for a long time before she joined us in the bed. As I type, Cheetah is now hiding under the bedcovers in our bed and Sheba is under the covers to Mom and Dad B's bedroom. Mom is allergic to cats and I told them to not let her in the room but they allowed her to enter and we had to remove Miss Tuttles hibiscus plant (we got the plant for when we had Miss Tuttle and we still call it the Miss Tuttle plant) as she was nibbling on it... I told the Saint that is why they are not making much progress with Minnie as they let the animals get their way! LOL....

Okay, I need to go entertain Dad B....

Daisy, going to be 81 today... hee hee...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 8:41:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Daisy... The temp today was 76! What happened to winter in NOvember?

We all know that the Cowboys will stomp the Jets as they have most everyone else they have played!! They are 9-1! LOL!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 4:57:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

HOW 'BOUT THEM COWBOYS! THAT'S WHAT I CALL A SHUT OUT!!! I send my condolences to you Jets fans. Maybe next time.

Thursday, November 22, 2007 9:14:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

The Saint says.......

Friday, November 23, 2007 2:13:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Well, I love my Jets, win or LOSE!

Saturday, November 24, 2007 1:23:00 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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