Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Watch the daily antics of Siku, a polar bear cub born back in November 2011 in the Denmarck Zoo. & PBI (Polar Bear International) join forces to help raise awareness on the dangers of global warming for polar bears. They have installed a webcam to follow Siku, several hours a day in hopes of inspiring people to help. Enjoy.



Monday, February 27, 2012

IOTD A Week In Review

These are last week's Petsjubilee team member's pawmotion items of the day. 

If you like any of the above items, please, click on the photos to get to the item's listing page on ETSY.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sasha Thinks Murphy's Law Isn't Funny.

Sasha here.  Some one named Murphy I hears comes up with these laws or rules and today wasn't funny at all.  Grandpa put the snow blower monster away in the big shed out back and we were groomed on Friday.  Mommy just got done packing up the winter boots and clothes.  Now, Charlie is sporting his spring short hair cut and even has his butt shaved.   Then, Saturday morning comes and mes and Charlie's wakes up to this mess.

Mommy says that it is Murphy's Law.  Well, I wants to let Murphy knows he is on my doxie POOP list for sure.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Happy Belated Valentine's Day

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pauline found this picture on facebook

Pauline from paulinesfashions wanted me to share this picture with you all.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Why Do Dogs Shed?

Shedding is a continuous process. This is a normal event in the life of a dog and it is largely influenced by daylight.

The number of hours a dog is exposed to sunlight in a day (photoperiod) triggers the shedding process.

It is more noticeable in outdoor dogs in the spring and fall. Indoor dogs shed more consistently but in lesser amounts because of the artificial light inside the house.

What can you do about shedding? Providing your dog is just a normal shedding dog, here are some tips:

1. The first thing you can do to reduce the amount of hair in your home is to brush or comb your dog on a daily basis. This will help more than anything to reduce shedding. You are basically controlling the shedding.

2. Feed your dog a good quality dog food. Don't skimp. Stick with one of the premium brands.

3. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Healthy bodies promote a healthy haircoat.

4. Don't let your dog get fat. Keep your dog at an ideal weight. Obese dogs have difficulty grooming.

Dogs shed. Nothing will change that. But regular grooming will make the biggest difference.

Alice England

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I have not treated my dogs for heartworm since moving from New Jersey to California. During a recent trip to the vet, I was informed that heartworm has been found in two surrounding counties. I have decided to start preventative treatment.
What is heartworm? Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a parasitic roundworm that is spread from host to host through the bites of mosquitoes. The heartworm is a type of filaria, a small thread-like worm. The definitive host is the dog but it can also infect cats, wolves, coyotes, foxes and other animals, such as ferrets, sea lions and even, under very rare circumstances, humans. Heartworm infection may result in serious disease for the host.
Dogs show no indication of heartworm infection during the 6-month-long prepatent period prior to the worms' maturation, and current diagnostic tests for the presence of microfilariae or antigens cannot detect prepatent infections. Rarely, migrating heartworm larvae get "lost" and end up in unusual sites such as the eye, brain, or an artery in the leg, which results in unusual symptoms such as blindness, seizures and lameness. But normally, until the larvae mature and congregate inside the heart, they produce no symptoms or signs of illness.
Many dogs will show little or no sign of infection even after the worms become adults. These animals usually have only a light infection and live a fairly sedentary lifestyle. However, active dogs and those with heavier infections may show the classic signs of heartworm disease. Early signs include a cough, especially on exercise and early exhaustion upon exercise. In the most advanced cases where many adult worms have built up in the heart without treatment, signs progress to severe weight loss, fainting, coughing up blood and, finally, congestive heart failure.
If an animal is diagnosed with heartworms, treatment may be indicated. Before the worms can be treated, however, the dog must be evaluated for heart, liver, and kidney function to evaluate the risks of treatment. Usually the adult worms are killed with an arsenic-based compound. The currently approved drug in the US, melarsomine dihydrochloride.
Prevention of heartworm infection can be obtained through a number of veterinary drugs. The drugs approved for use in the US are ivermectin (sold under the brand names Heartgard, Iverhart, and several other generic versions), milbemycin (Interceptor Flavor Tabs and Sentinel Flavor Tabs) and moxidectin (ProHeart) administered as pills or chewable tablets. Moxidectin is also available in both a 6-month and 12-month sustained release injection, ProHeart 6, ProHeart 12, administered by veterinarians.
All information was provided by Wikipedia, which was redirected from Heartworm.
I am waiting for the results of the boys blood tests and then we will start on the preventative treatment.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Handmade Products from PetsJubilee 2/20/12

Each weekday, the members of the Pets Jubilee Team on Etsy choose an item to promote from all of the active members. Here are last week's handcrafted items:

Please click on the image to go to the item and click on the name to visit their Etsy shop.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Many Pouts Of Sasha

Can we say DIVA!

I do believe Sasha is upset at me this time.  I think anyone could see that.

Even Charlie is taking the hint.

If you look very carefully, you can even see the tongue stick out at Mommy. 

Friday, February 17, 2012


When the internet first starting really catching on, critics complained that it isolated us. Instead of being out in the world meeting and interacting with real people, we were inside, holed up in front of a small screen, chatting with people who may or may not be whom they pretended to be; that it was an artificial existence. Later, when social media hit the www, skeptics were uncomfortable; you're putting too much of yourself out there for all the world to see. We share too much with total strangers. This is true, but I'm so thankful for it.

In 2008, I joined a wonderful community of artisans on Etsy. The people I met in those chat rooms and forums were all very wonderful, helpful, passionate people and I quickly became "friends" with some of them. I joined teams and made more friends. But, in 2009, I started my own team. A group of people who love and make things for pets. If you're a pet person, you know how easy it is to carry on a conversation with a total stranger as long as you're talking about your furbaby. A lot of people joined our team. Some come and go; some have moved on to other things and we miss them, but the core group; the incredible people who drop by our forum every single day and share their lives and their experiences, their good times and the bad ones, those people have become my very best friends. I do not know what I would do without them. They have gotten me through the toughest period of my life and continue to love and support me as I enter a new phase. I am so very thankful for all of them.
This past Tuesday, was, for most everyone, Valentine's Day. For me, it was the first anniversary of my husband's passing. I woke up crying that morning and really didn't stop until mid-afternoon when I think I just ran out of tears. It was an incredibly sad day. When my daughter came home from work, she presented me with a box that turned my whole day around. My dear, wonderful, thoughtful friends from my team, had all sent in gifts to one member who packaged the whole thing together and sent it to my daughter to give to me on Valentine's Day. These women & men, whom I've never met in person, are more than my very best friends. They are my family. To do such a wonderful thing for me; I was just speechless. No amount of words or thank you's seem to properly describe how I felt opening all of those gifts. I feel so blessed to know these people; and I thank God for bringing us all together.

This is a picture of all of the treasures I received:

Patty (Catcalls/DogBarks/thecatrack/mewmart) sent a mini doxie. Velvet assumed it was hers, she reached out to grab it with her teeth, but I stopped her, lol. She was in amongst everything the whole time. Just like a little kid, lol. I also want to thank Patty for putting the whole box together and shipping it to my daughter. Thank you!
Sue (Frumsglassmenagerie) sent a travel bag.
K (kceknits) sent a heart pin.
Kelly sent an angel and a magnet with a saying on it.
Janice (Dogsrule) sent origami hearts, a card with a saying on it, a small round piece of glass art and teeny tiny hearts.
Athena (SassySashadoxie) sent a book called "Bad Dog", and ACEO of Velvet, bookmarks and magnets featuring both Velvet and Sasha.
Pauline (Paulinesfashions) sent a book "Daily Wisdom to Satisfy the Soul".
Alice (MakingStuffwithLove/GrandmasBliss) sent a felted Velvet and a bag/sachet of really good smelling stuff that drove Velvet crazy. Both were in handmade bags.
Diana (DianaDesignsNY / StylinDogsBoutique) sent a Dog calendar and felt hearts.
John (TheHubbyShop) sent a scrabble pendant necklace with a picture of a beagle on it.
In addition to all of this wonderful treasure were cards full of love, support and encouragement.

To see all of the individual items, visit my flickr page.

Thank you so very much!

All my love,

Attack Of The Cute

Pauline from paulinesfashions wanted me to share these pictures with you all.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

How to hug a baby

I Thought you might like to know about this dog and his history.
I especially like the ending ..........

K9 above is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord..
. He's huge - part Boxer
and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the
scales at 200 lbs. His handler took the picture.
Brutus is running toward me because he knows I
have some Milk Bone treats, so he's slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn't stop, but he did.
Brutus was the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in
Iraq . His handler and
four other soldiers were taken hostage by
insurgents. Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal
that meant 'go away but come back and find me'.
The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus. He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of
one guard at one door and another guard at
another door. He then jumped against one of the
doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an
old warehouse) until it opened. He went in and
untied his handler and they all escaped. He's
the first K9 to receive this honor.

If he knows
you're ok, he's a big old lug and wants to sit
in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats..
K-9 Congressional Medal
of Honor Winner
you'd find this interesting.
about animal intelligence and bonding
with humans!

Remember that they can't do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!Instructions for properly hugging a baby with Brutus

1. First, uh, find a baby.

2. Second, be sure that the object you found
was indeed a baby, by employing classic sniffing

3. Next, you will need to flatten the baby before
actually beginning the hugging process.

4. The 'paw slide'= Simply slide paws around baby
and prepare for possible close-up.

5. Finally, if a camera is present, you will need to execute
the difficult and patented 'hug, smile, and lean' so
as to achieve the best photo quality.

It will be a shame if you
don't pass this along!!

Alice from makingstuffwithlove shared this with you this week.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has always been one of my favorites! I have enjoyed the show for many years and had the pleasure of attending when I lived in the area. It was soooo much fun! It is so cool seeing and learning about all kinds of dogs! I truly love them! Where else are you going to learn that one of the officers of the Titanic had a Newfoundland and the dog survived!

Over the past few year, controversy has started between PETA and the Westminster Kennel Club. PETA feels that some dog shows deter people from adopting shelter animals and buy from a reputable breeder. This year Westminster changed sponsors. They felt Pedigree commercials were too focused on adoption. The Pedigree commercials are real tear jerkers. Some of those dogs have "eyes" like one of mine and it gets me every time. They are very powerful. I am not too pleased about the sponsorship change.

I understand both sides of the debate. However I feel that PETA should be focusing its efforts to close puppy mills and target pet owners who do not spay and neuter their dogs. If all dogs, who were not going to be used for breeding purposes, were spayed or neutered, the shelters would not nearly be so full. There will always, unfortunately, be dogs who are mistreated, unwanted, their owner no longer unable to care for them, etc.

Both of my dogs were adopted - one from someone whose lifestyle did not have time for a puppy and the other was about to go a shelter or rescue because no one wanted him (very high energy puppy). How many other millions of dogs out there are like this?

I lucked out with my dogs. They can be a handful and bursting with energy and fun and playfulness with a bit of mischief. I would not trade either of them for anything!

I guess as with most things, it comes down to common sense.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Your SMILE for today.

First up is a video of my dogs, who love to roll on this bed spread, and they prefer it even more without clothes. Then you can see the strange way my mild mannered Giupetto likes to play. Since he is 3 months old he has growled while he plays, and note that he does not bite.

Hi Babies! Smile for the camera!

I'm not cute! I'm vicious! Rawwr Raawwrr! Alright fine, I'm cute.

Honey, I think you may have a fever.

Just one last hug before I go to school. K Bye mom!

No dog bed? No problem.

Baby is drowsing, cozy and fair
Mother sits near, in her rocking chair...

Need a bath?

My mom wants me to get braces, I'd rather just wear a hat.

A loving (and warm) family.

You go ahead on your vacation, I'll watch your fish for you.

He's right behind me, isn't he....

Just a little to the left! Now hold still!

Yoga kitty says: The key to innear health is inner peace.

Knock knock. We're cute. Give us candy.

Is it 8am already? Just 5 more minutes pleeeeeeeez

Mommy, I'm tiewwwwd. Cawwwy meeeee!

Keep your eyes closed for just 1 more second.
I promise the surprise is almost here!