Gardening With Dogs Part II

You can have a nice garden and have dogs at the same time.  It takes a little work, some clicker training, & consistency, but it’s so worth it.  Imagine not constantly telling your dog “No”, not having a yard full of holes, or having your flower beds turned into dog beds.

Check out these really good suggestions for how you can train your dog not to garden.

You can bolster your training by employing these easy tips for keeping pets out of your flower beds.

Here are more great ideas on gardening with dogs. And check out what will be your garden’s best friend—the doggy digging pit!

Pet Food Recall: Iams Renal Diet Cat Food & Mice Direct Frozen Reptile Food

Iams is recalling their Veterinary Prescription Renal Diet Cat food due to salmonella contamination. FDA testing came up positive for salmonella in two lots. For information or a product refund call P&G toll-free at 877-894-4458 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST).  These are the effected lots (lot codes are on the lower right corner on the back of the bag):

  • Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5lbs, Lot Code 01384174B4, UPC Code 0 19014 21405 1
  • Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5lbs, Lot Code 01384174B2, UPC Code 0 19014 21405 1

Mice Direct is recalling frozen mice, rats, and chicken due to possible salmonella contamination. According to the FDA, Human illnesses that may be related to the frozen reptile feed have been reported in 17 states. The recalled product should not be fed to animals, even after heating in a microwave oven, since the heating may not be adequate to kill Salmonella. The recall is based upon sampling by the FDA of frozen mice. The company continues their investigation.

The frozen reptile feed was distributed in all states, except Hawaii, through pet stores and by mail order and direct delivery.

Frozen reptile feed was shipped in plastic bags with the following product codes:

  • M-SP100, M-P100, M-PF100, M-F100, M-H100, M-W50, M-A50, M-JA25
  • R-P100, R-F50, R-PUP50, R-W50, R-S50, R-M20, R-L10,R-J5, R-C5, R-M3 followed by E9, F9, G9, H9, I9, J9, K9, L9 or A10, B10, C10, D10, E10, F10, G10
  • whole frozen chicks in 25 count bags.

What you need to know about Salmonella

Salmonella can cause serious illness in cats and dogs and there can be cross-contamination to humans causing serious illness in humans.

We Like: We Three Cats

I’ve actually known about We Three Cats for quite a while (since 2008 when I asked for permission to use some of the images) and I’ve always wanted to write a post about the site’s extraordinarily talented painter/writer/illustrator/photographer, Jackie Morris.  It’s taken me this long to write because I’ve had an impossible time paring down what I want to mention (and despite the length of this post, I really did pare it down!) and maybe a little because We Three Cats is like an amazing secret door to another place where the air and the light and the people and the animals are just different enough from my every day life to be magical.  And you’re just not supposed to go blabbing about secret doors, right?  But then, I want you to also know about this place (the coast of Wales) and Jackie (be sure to read her alternative biographies too) and her 5 cats (which were until very recently 6) and her 3 dogs and her neighbor, Mr. Griffith and his cat. I hope you’ll take a good long look at Jackie’s world.  You should probably brew a pot of tea.

Sometimes the ginger kitties write the posts and every-now-and-then the dogs write. I usually can’t stand it when people write through the voice of their cat or dog because the animal ends up sounding dimwitted and lacking any dignity, but Jackie really captures the way I imagine our animals see the world.  Maybe the furred ones really are writing the posts.  Whoever is writing, it is often exquisite and is just as often quite funny.

Here are some of my favorites:

The ginger cats, the dogs, & Jackie talk long walks around their corner of the world and Jackie takes amazing photos of what they see.  Her photographs are beautiful—sometimes stunning, sometimes touching, sometimes fascinating.

She has illustrated and/or written many children’s books. Her newest book, Ice Bear, comes out this Fall.  Another recent one is about Snow Leopards.

Jackie asked if I’d consider linking to the cat toys for sale (of course!) from the The Snow Leopard Trust—the mice are really cute and you’ll be helping support Snow Leopard conservation and impoverished people sharing the same environment.  There are small felted mice & discounted misfit mice. If you live in Western Washington, you can visit their Seattle store.  You can also help by supporting the Snow Leopard Conservancy.

She has an interesting blog about her work called Drawing A Line In Time. And you can purchase Jackie’s art from her Facebook page and her website.  If you’re in the UK, you can see her work at Imagine Gallery in Long Melford, Suffolk.

These are some of my favorites: