Friday, May 27, 2016

Cooper: A Rescue Dog's Tale Helps Pets in Need

Cooper: A Rescue Dog's Tale book cover image
Cooper: A Rescue Dog's Tale created by Timothy T. Civick and James S. Martinez is a coloring and activity book that helps educate people on how they can help in the rescue of pets.  The book is based on a true story.

Gina Dial, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for John Paul Pet, wanted to rescue Cooper, a one-and-a-half year-old Australian Shepherd.  She utilized her social media network in order to help rescue Cooper.  Once she realized how social media can aid pets in need, she inspired John Paul Pet to create the Passionate Animal Lovers (PALS) program.  The PALS program encourages people to join their state's respective Facebook page and share lost and found pets as well as pets needing forever homes.  You can find your stat'e PALS Facebook page HERE.  For every person who joins the PALS Facebook group, John Paul Pet will donate $1 to the Morris Animal Foundation, up to $5,000.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oscar Needs a Forever Home #OptToAdopt

Oscar

Angels with Paws
Lakewood, CO


Oscar is a very handsome brown tabby mancat seeking a human to spend his life with.  Angels with Paws estimates Oscar to be approximately two years old.  He is very sweet and loves attention.  He also gets along well with his feline roommates as long as they don't bother him.  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Milita's Monday

Hi everyone, it's Milita today!

A lot has happened since the Mom's last update about me.  

I continued to have asthma attacks nearly everyday, so the Mom called the cardiologist/lung specialists at VRCC where I had my heart ultrasound and asked them for suggestions.  The specialist recommended the Mom start me on Terbutaline again.  The Mom already had some (unexpired) Terbutaline from the last time I was on it, so she started me on it right away.  She also updated our regular vet about the medication change.

It only took a couple of days for the medication to start working, and I have not had any asthma attacks since Tuesday!  I really don't enjoy getting six pills a day (Prednisolone, Terbutaline, and Doxycycline - each twice a day), but the Mom is glad that all the medicine is helping me, and I am glad I am feeling better, too.

The Mom noticed that I seem to go into the pink cube when I feel crummy.  She says she likes it more than me hiding under the dresser, but it always makes her sad when I don't feel well.  I haven't been in the pink cube in about five days now, and that makes the Mom very happy.  I have even been out in the living room helping the Mom with whatever she is doing more often, which really makes her smile!

The Mom is trying to find where to purchase reasonably priced Flovent inhalers for me.  Dr. M, the specialists at VRCC, and the Mom all want to try the inhaler with me so that they can (hopefully) get me off the Prednisolone.  The Pred doesn't seem to be helping me as much as it used to, and they are all afraid of the risk of Diabetes for me.  I don't much like the sound of an "inhaler," whatever that is, but I don't think I have much choice in the matter.

FUNDRAISER FOR MILITA'S MEDICAL BILLS



By the way, we are still fundraising for all of my medical costs, including my chest x-rays, heart ultrasound, and medications.  If you would like to, you can donate to my medical costs HERE.  I really appreciate all of your care and support!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Dog Gone: A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home Book Review

Dog Gone: A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home book cover
I know, you're probably thinking, "Sierra, this is a cat blog.  Why are you featuring a dog book?"  And you're right.  Typically I feature cat books, but when I read the storyline for, Dog Gone: A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home by Pauls Toutonghi, I just couldn't resist!  Even if you're more of a cat person, I believe you'll enjoy this book.

About the Book: On October 10, 1998, Fielding Marshall was out hiking on the Appellation Trail with his six-year-old Golden Retriever mix, Gonker.  Fielding allowed Gonker to play off-leash as he always did when they went hiking.  However, this time, Gonker bolted into the woods, and he was gone - just like that.

Gonker has Addison's Disease, and if he isn't found in 23 days, he will die.

The search begins.  Fielding and his dad, John, scour the trail for days, tirelessly looking for Gonker with their other dog, Uli, in tow.  Meanwhile, at home, Fielding's mother, Virginia, sets up a command post and tirelessly works to find Gonker as well.  Virginia contacts everyone she can think of - police precincts, animal shelters and hospitals, newspapers, radio stations, park rangers, churches, general stores, and community centers.  She gets a local newspaper to print a story about Gonker, and it's picked up by the AP newswire.  She gets numerous tips - many of them of questionable authenticity - about Gonker.

Through the search, the family bonds like never before.  They realize they may not survive the loss of their dear companion, Gonker.

My Thoughts: What attracted me to this book initially was the fact that Gonker has Addison's Disease.  I have Adrenal Insufficiency, which is similar to Addison's Disease, and I can relate to the urgency this family faces in needing to find their beloved companion.  With Addison's Disease (and other adrenal insufficiency disorders), a pet or human must take regular medication for the condition.  If the medication isn't taken in time, the pet's or person's body goes into an adrenal crisis, which is life-threatening.

While I read this story, I could feel the love the Marshalls had for Gonker.  I could feel the family's urgency and their sadness at their lowest moments.

Even through the toughest moments, this story is full of hope and love.  The family's efforts to find Gonker truly show how much they love and care about him.  It warmed my heart that so many people pitched in to help find this precious dog.

I would have loved to hear more about life after the search was over.  Having said that, there is a brief Epilogue included in the book.

If you love animals, I believe you will really enjoy this book!

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of, "Dog Gone: A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home" by Pauls Toutonghi for a fair and honest review.  Receiving the book did not influence my opinions.  All opinion expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mancat Monday

Hi everyone, it's mes, Carmine today!

Mes thought my name was Carmine.......but lately, the Mom has taken to calling mes, "No pumpkin."  Whens did my name change to "No pumpkin?"

When mes heads toward the shower curtain to give it a chomp (don't worry, mes never tares any off to eat it), the Mom says, "No pumpkin," and takes mes away from it.

When mes tromps through the wet floor when the Mom is mopping, hers laughs, picks mes up, and say, "No pumpkin," and then gives my feets a bath!

When mes sticks my head in the food bowl before the Mom has mixed my meds into the noms, hers says, "No pumpkin, I have to put your meds in there."  But mes thought hers wanted mes to eat!

And when mes chases Lita, the Mom says, "No pumpkin.  Lita doesn't feel well right now."  

So when did my name become, "No pumpkin?"  Mes likes Carmine better! 

Speaking of Lita, did yous all read hers update on Friday?

Hers fundraiser is still going.  Yous can donate HERE.  Yous can also share the link if yous like!  We appreciate all of the donations that have come in so far!