As one of the humans in our house, I’d much rather find a pretend dead thing thoughtfully tucked in my shoe than a real dead thing. Our feline crew is hoping Santa brings them some wonderful Little Dead Things if they’re really good.
I found these wonderful prints on Etsy. Rachelle’s watercolor pet portraits aren’t like a lot of the portraits I’ve seen. For one, they’re not acrylics or oil, so she captures some different nuances than I’ve usually seen. Like those puddles of lips on the Pointer above.
She captures the softness of a Lab’s gaze, the focused stare of an orange tomcat—you just know there’s a bird he’s caught sight of, and that otherworldliness of Weimeraners.
The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 1-(888)-426-4435 is a great resource. It could save your pet’s life someday. They’re available 24 hours a day every single day of the year and have 25 veterinarians on staff—including nine board-certified toxicologists—and 13 certified veterinary technicians.
If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, follow these guidelines. Read them now, so if somethings does happen, you’ll be familiar with what to do. You’ll need to tell the hotline about the suspected poison and details about your pet. There’s also have a list of what to have in a first aid kit in case of poisoning. I thought I was prepared, but I hadn’t thought of a turkey baster to administer hydrogen peroxide.
Pet-proof your home after checking out their list of household hazards. Even if you think you know what to avoid, check out their list. You might be surprised by what’s on it and what’s not. Raisins, grapes, blue-green algae (in ponds)—unsafe. Poinsettias, silica gel, glow jewelry—non-toxic (could still cause upset tummies.)
These private animal control businesses—Animal Delivery and Animal Control Solutions—rounded up strays and confiscated pets from residents of housing projects. They were supposed to take the animals to various rescue groups who would then adopt them out. Unadoptable and sick animals were to be humanely euthanized.
That’s not what happened. It’s possible not a single animal was ever delivered to a rescue group and they certainly were not humanely euthanized. Instead, over time thousands were thrown off a bridge, injected with unknown substances by untrained staff, or buried alive.