DIY: Interactive Toy For Dogs

This is so simple, yet so clever!  Saffron LOVES interactive, food dispensing toys.  I think she’d prefer that all her food required some work to get to it, given how excited she gets when she sees me filling her Tricky Treat Ball or hiding a chew treat in a box.

This DIY interactive toy just requires a muffin tin and 6 smallish balls.

News Bites: Comfort Dogs Helping Boston, World’s First Dog, Deadly Cats, NZ vs Cats

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Five K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs are in Boston helping survivors of the bombings.  Two of the dogs were brought in from Newtown, Conn., where they were helping students and parents at Sandy Hook Elementary.  The dogs also help medical staff cope with the stress of treating so many casualties.  The K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs are part of Lutheran Church Charities.  You can keep up with them on Facebook.

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Altaiskull

DNA from 33,000 year old skull found in 1975 shows the animal was more closely rated to modern dogs than to wolves as was previously thought.  This, the Altai dog, is the 2nd oldest example of primitive dogs—the oldest is the Goyet dog.

Check out this post on primitive dogs in the Americas.

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coralcatCats kill way more animals than we thought.  Instead of killing 500 birds a year in the U.S., they’re killing 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion bird and 6.9 billion to 20.7 billion mammals.  Non-pet outdoor cats do most of the killing, but pet cats are responsible for 1/3 of the deaths.  All the more reason to keep your cats inside unless they’re supervised.

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Gareth Morgan, a New Zealand businessman & philanthropist, wants to ban cats from New Zealand because of their threat to the unique wildlife found there.  The facts are pretty stunning:

  • Cats have contributed to the extinction of 9 native bird species [3].
  • Cats impact on 33 endangered native bird species [4].
  • One feral cat killed 102 endangered native short tail bats in a week [5].
  • Cats kill native birds. In our cities domestic cats kill native birds faster than they can possibly breed [6].
  • Around 40% of New Zealand’s native land-birds are already extinct, and of the ones remaining 37% are endangered. [7]

A complete ban seems extreme, but a complete ban on any outdoor cats might be a good thing.  This would have serious implications for any trap & release programs dealing with feral cats.

Friday Fun: Murkin & His Kittens

Okay, Murkin might just be one of the biggest sweethearts ever!  His humans foster kittens before they’re adopted and he helps.  Murkin is SO gentle and careful.  Nothing phases him, even when he gets a kitten stuck to his foot in the 2nd video.  I’m melting!

 

Gorilla Glue Dangers

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(Please note: If you suspect your dog has ingested ANY Gorilla Glue or another diphenylmethane diisocyanate-based polyurethane glue, get her to a veterinarian immediately.)

I just learned that some dogs like the sweet smell & taste of Gorilla Glue and eating it can kill them. (It’s also possible cats like the taste too, so be careful with them too.)  The problem isn’t that the glue is poisonous though.  Gorilla Glue and other diphenylmethane diisocyanate-based polyurethane glues (Sumo GlueSticky Ass GlueElmer’s Glue-All Max) expand and harden on contact with moisture.  (The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services has an extensive extensive list of glues containing Diphenylmethane diisocyanate.)

When this glue comes into contact with saliva & gastric fluids, it expands & hardens in your dog’s digestive tract creating a deadly blockage.  Symptoms include:

  • vomiting
  • drooling
  • retching
  • loss of appetite
  • lethargy
  • bloated abdomen

Keep this type of glue well out of reach of your dog, quickly clean up any spills, and dispose of contaminated paper towel or rags where your dog can get to them.

If you suspect your dog has ingested ANY of this type of glue, get her to a veterinarian immediately.  Even a small amount of glue can be deadly.  Just 2-3 teaspoons turned into this 6×8″, 1lb. hard lump pictured below that had to be surgically removed.

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This video shows just how much a small amount of this glue can expand when it contacts moisture.

Friday Fun: Shih Tzu Puppy Play

Ok, 1st, I LOVE that this guy is down on the ground with his puppy like this letting her toodle around rather than picking her up!  2nd, the “whale eye” and paw pats this puppy is giving him are so stinkin’ cute!  To.  Die.  For.