The Humane Society of Berks County (HSBC) announced that it will hold its annual Art for Arf’s Sake Art Auction on May 12th, 2012 at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, 136 N 6th St, Reading. The area’s premier arts and animal event, Art for Arf’s Sake raises more than $100,000 for the animals and programs of the Humane Society, which serves Berks and surrounding counties. For more information, go to www.berkshumane.net
(not exactly) In the spirit of the new Phillies 2012 season we wanted to share information about a great organization with you! The Utley Foundation was established to bring awareness to the increasing epidemic of animal cruelty. Its mission is to educate the community in the proper treatment of animals and raise funds for the fight against animal neglect, pain and suffering. For more information, go to www.theutleyfoundation.com
On Sunday, April 29 the Animal Rescue League of Berks County presents: Paws and Pose Champagne Brunch, Fashion Show & Auction at The Barn at Flying Hills The event will be from 12:00 – 12:45pm, champagne reception, 1:00pm brunch and fashion presentation and the cost is only $35 per person! The Bell Tower, Carriage House, Doris Berry Shoppe and Hutcheson Fine Jewelry so far have agreed to participate in the fashion show. Dori Martin Catering will be catering the event. Purchase tickets on-line: Paws and Pose Tickets Please note that you will not receive an email confirmation or tickets; we will have your name at the front door. For more information, call the Animal Rescue League of Berks County or go to their website at: www.BerksARL.org
Dear Daisy Dog: We are planning to buy a pure-bred golden retriever puppy. One breeder I called didn’t want to spend much time talking with me. How many questions may I ask without becoming a nuisance? Daisy Responds: Good breeders will answer all your questions – and then pose a bunch of their own. You should ask to see the puppies’ mother and as many relatives as possible so you can judge how well their temperaments match your family’s personality and lifestyle. Question the breeder about health problems in the line. How many have common golden problems, such as allergic skin disease, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism or cancer? How long do most of the breeder’s dogs live? Request copies of each parent’s certificates attesting that they have no inherited diseases. For example, the Canine Eye Registration Foundation certifies dogs that are free of inherited eye diseases. The pups’ parents also should have certificates from PennHip or the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, indicating the quality of their hips. OFA also maintains a registry for hypothyroidism. Ask how many of the breeder’s puppies have earned obedience, agility or working titles, so you’ll know how trainable your pup is likely to be. Also, ask to speak with others who have bought puppies from the breeder. Remember, you are adding a family member, so don’t hesitate to ask all the questions you need to make such an important decision
Dear Christopher Cat: We live in the country, and our cats enjoy venturing outdoors on nice days. As I plan my garden, how can I avoid plants that are toxic to cats? Christopher Responds: Many plants are toxic to pets, including chrysanthemums, clematis, coleus, daffodils, geranium, hibiscus, hosta, hyacinths, most ivies and lilies, peony, sweet William, tulips and vinca. You ask about pet-safe plants, but you also should ensure the safety of other elements of your garden. For example, cocoa mulch is toxic if ingested, because it contains theobromine and caffeine, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, elevated heart rate and seizures. Use a mulch of hardwood or pine instead. Insecticides and herbicides can pose problems too. Research on phenoxy-type herbicides shows they increase the incidence of cancer. Non-phenoxy herbicides, such as Roundup, do not increase cancer risk. Don’t use slug bait that contains metaldehyde, which can be fatal to pets and wildlife. Check the Internet or your cooperative extension service for safe alternatives. For a comprehensive list and photos of pet-safe garden plants, visit the Animal Poison Control Center. Finally, don’t forget to plant catnip, cat thyme and cat grass for your kitties.