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Pets

by Jackie Dale



The Open House is fast approaching and will be here before you know it. Please, please, please think of something you could donate to our silent auction. The auction is the big money maker for The Cat House and we really need your donations. With the number of abandoned, rescued, and injured animals coming in, we need your help more than ever. I challenge everyone to find something they can donate to our auction.

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by Dorothy Wills-Raftery


Your dog suddenly goes into a seizure. What do you do? Do you call the vet? Is there something you can do to help? Are the blindness and confusion normal after a seizure? Can dogs with Canine Epilepsy live a normal life? What medications are available? Are there support groups and resources for families with epileptic dogs (Epi-dogs) to turn to? What triggers a seizure?

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Cosmo, The Talkative Grey Parrot

IN THE March 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets
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by Betty Jean Craige


When I started writing my Witherston Murder Mystery series—Downstream, Fairfield’s Auction, and Dam Witherston—I could use two hands to type. Now I am proceeding more slowly, at least during daylight hours, because Cosmo, my very talkative African Grey Parrot, wants to cuddle on my lap. If I don’t keep caressing her with my left hand she reminds me: “Cosmo wanna cuddle.” So I have learned to type with my right hand.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: Mama Mia

IN THE March 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Pam Burgraff-Woody


We had planned on taking a break from fostering while we moved so that we could get things set up at our new house. One text message changed those plans—and changed them fast!
There is always a wide range of emotions I go through when I hear the backgrounds of each foster we have helped, but some hit my heart more than the others. Momma Mia was one of them.

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by Alyssa Nader


Our featured rescue rat of the month had a terrible first roommate. He lived in a tank with a snake. This went on for two weeks: the snake was not interested in eating him. In spite of this, the snake was antisocial, cold-blooded, and still not a good roommate. Once the snake’s owner realized that his pet was not going to eat the feeder rat that he had purchased, he gave him to a friend, who named him Bacon. The friend wasn’t able to keep Bacon and the volunteers at Rattie Ratz took him in.

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by Lee Juslin


Dougal came into Greater New York/New Jersey Scottie Rescue at about seven years old.
His luck with finding a forever home had not been good. Dougal was turned into a shelter by his first owner but then adopted by a couple who owned a farm; not a working farm but a kind of a gentlemen’s farm. There were a number of various animals on the farm and sometimes Dougal was attacked or bullied.

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Valley Animal Center: Meet RiRi!

IN THE March 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Devon Predergast


RiRi is a two-and-a-half year old domestic medium haired cat that has been a resident at Valley Animal Center since May 2016. RiRi was rescued from the CCSPA, and when transferred over to our care, she was pregnant with six kittens. Unfortunately, for this mommy, four of her six kittens passed away.

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by Christina Morgan Cree


Have you ever seen a feral cat and noticed the tip of one of its ears is missing? That’s a good thing. It means someone has loved them by taking the time to humanely trap them and take them to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and treated for parasites. Love for the unloved kitties is what Project Purr is all about.

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Feral Paws Rescue: Caleigh

IN THE March 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Lupe Gore


Caleigh is a beautiful long-hair Calico who was rescued by Feral Paws Rescue from a kill-shelter in Los Angeles County in late 2011. She was brought to the main rescue in Fresno, and in early February 2012, Feral Paws Rescue received a call from a lady who was interested in their Rescue and wanted another cat to add to her existing family of a handful of mostly black cats. Feral Paws Rescue brought Caleigh over to the lady’s house, and it was love at first sight. At the time, it was estimated that Caleigh was three years old. No other history was known about her, but she quickly assimilated herself to living indoors with other cats and most of all to her new human as she wanted to be with her and followed her all over the house.

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by Wendy Hunter


People will do just about anything for their pets. You know what I’m talking about: You dress your dogs, coddle your cats, baby your birds, and pamper your ponies. You feed them filet, serve them salmon, shell their seeds, and core their crab apples. They snooze on your sofa, nap on your lap, squat on your shoulder, and nuzzle your neck. They’re spoiled rotten, and you know it. But the world’s a scary place. Would you rescue Fido from a flood? For sure. Would you scale a spruce to save Simba? Certainly. Protect Polly the parrot from predators? Positively. Battle bad guys for Black Beauty? You bet.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Bethany Blake


Daphne Templeton is the black sheep of the family. She’s a pet sitter/dog walker with a sister, Piper, who’s a veterinarian and a mother who is totally focused on being the best realtor ever. Piper lets Daphne live with her, rent free, and bails her out when the pet sitter VW van breaks down or runs out of gas. Two dollars worth of gas just doesn’t go as far as it used to.

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by Jackie Dale



On a cold rainy morning staff members arriving at work shortly before dawn discovered fourteen plastic tubs, each one containing a cat, including one young mother and two tiny newborns. Abandoning animals is a crime, but people often choose to dump cats instead of getting help with low-cost spay and neuter options. We are now facing a lot of unplanned expenses to provide food, shelter, vaccinations, and medical care.

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by Kathleen Costa


The worst feeling in the world is being helpless when a friend is in trouble. Caitlyn Hart sees the car her best friend, Tara, is in veer off the road to avoid an oncoming car and plunge down a ravine. EMTs arrive to rescue her from the car, but she’s lost a lot of blood, and Tanner, the driver of the car? Dead at the scene. Doctors say Tara needs a blood transfusion, but her rare blood type makes that a difficult task.

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Dachshunds: Breed Profile

IN THE February 25 ISSUE

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andPets
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by Lucille Solomon


Do you know a little dog with a deep bark (fools people all the time), a dog who rarely takes orders, but responds to requests made nicely (well, some of the time), and uses all passages and rooms like a racetrack?
If you said a Dachshund, aka a Dachsi, aka the Teckle, you are absolutely right!

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From Hell to a Slice of Heaven

IN THE February 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andLee Juslin
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by Lee Juslin


One day, Paula of Great Lakes Westie Rescue, received a call about a Westie with health issues that the owners wanted to turn over to rescue. The situation seemed a bit dodgy, but when Paula learned the Westie couldn’t walk and was most likely in pain, she made immediate arrangements to meet the owners and take the Westie.

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by Stephanie Cameron


Brittany contacted Rattie Ratz Rescue in October of 2015 after losing her last group of boys. While initially planning to take a break from owning rats, Brittany soon discovered that she missed having them in her life. Though their bodies are small and their time with us is short, the holes they leave in our lives are large.

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A Dog’s Purpose: Movie Review

IN THE February 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMovies,
andPets,
andSheryl Wall
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by Sheryl Wall



A Dog’s Purpose is a new movie based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron. It is about a dog that is trying to find his purpose in life. He is reincarnated several times throughout the movie into various dogs and experiences life with new owners. The movie particularly focuses on his life as Bailey with a young boy named Ethan. He is a devoted dog to his owners in all of his lives and learns the meaning of life through his experiences where he helps his owners learn to love and find happiness.

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by Lee Juslin


Riley, a black Scottie, came into rescue as an owner turn-in but with a worrisome background.
Riley’s owners were an older couple in their mid sixties who both had some health issues. The wife was in a wheelchair and dependent on her husband for care. When the husband went into the hospital, he left Riley at a boarding kennel the couple had used many times. Sadly, the husband died unexpectedly and the wife had to go into a nursing home, leaving Riley’s future uncertain.

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