Next week we’ll be running a multitude of stories about International Assistance Dog Week and assistance dog organizations in our area. In the spirit of the Olympics, we just saw this video and we decided to share it with you. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-18832930 Friends Wendy Morrell and Karen Ruddlesden, from Dorset, nominated each other as torchbearers and they were both accepted. Wendy sustained a head injury in a sporting accident and uses a wheelchair, while Karen has Addison’s disease, sometimes referred to as a hidden disability. Both are strong advocates for assistance dogs, saying their dogs Udo and Coco have changed their lives. They carried the flame on Friday afternoon before the opening ceremony: Wendy in Upton and Karen in Poole.
I would like to introduce myself. I am a distinguished older gentleman who is at least 10 years old. My name is Stevie Wonder. I am neutered and I have clean teeth. Well, the few I have left are clean! I am sight impaired, but that doesn’t stop me. I like to be petted and sleep in my little bed. My favorite activity is relaxing. I would be a good companion for an older person or someone with a quiet home. I know I can’t see, but I deserve a home just as much as everyone else! No small kids for me! For more information about Stevie and to learn about other amazing things that Grey Muzzle is doing in our community, go to: http://www.berksarl.org/howtohelp.htm
Cody is the the First Whoodle (Wheaten/Poodle) we have seen here at Bernville. Specifically, a Whoodle (sometimes spelled Woodle) is the cross of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and any size Poodle. This bouncy boy was here for a recheck after his first yearly vaccine boosters. Cody just loved showing off the new tricks he is learning in puppy school. He is getting very good at heal, sit and stay, although at times he gets a little too excited and forgets. Although mom and dog are exhausted from keeping up with him he brings a joy to their home they wouldn’t trade for the world.
Fritz and Squirt came to Bernville by a few good samaritans who found them while hiking. They were very weak and sick when they came to us. Two weeks later we are happy to report that they are bouncy, happy and growing like weeds. These two handsome fellas are looking for their furever homes, they need a loving home with great people because they are partially blind from being so sick. Please call us at 610-488-0166 if you are interested in adopting these beautiful babies.
July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day. We shudder to think about it, but according to the National Fire Protection Association, each year more than 1,000 house fires are accidentally started by pets. As part of National Preparedness Month, we suggest you take a minute to pet proof your home against potential fire hazards—it could mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.Below are a few tips from the ASPCA about ways that you can protect your pet. Secure wires and cords. Cats are especially interested in playing with anything that looks like string. Keep electrical wires and power cords secured and out of your pet’s reach. Blow it out. Don’t leave lit candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock the candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders placed on a stable surface. Want to be really safe? Consider using only flameless candles. Cover it up. Pets are naturally curious and will investigate almost anything that has a scent. This includes your oven. Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. Believe it or not, exploring stove tops is the number one way your pet can accidently start a fire. Go crazy with the detectors. There is no such thing as too many smoke detectors. In fact, you should have at least one on each floor of your home. Out a lot? Consider using monitored smoke detectors. These systems send an immediate alert to a call center letting them know smoke has been detected. Stick ‘em up. Contact your local fire department to get a pet rescue sticker. It alerts rescue personnel that animals are inside your home. Write down the number of pets inside and attach the sticker to a front window or door.
Dear Daisy Dog: My small mixed-breed dog, Eddie, had a close call with heatstroke – inside my apartment on a day that was warm but not hot. I partially opened the windows when I left for work, and when I got home, I was shocked to find Eddie lying on his side panting, his eyes glazed over. I rushed him to the veterinarian who gave him emergency treatment for heatstroke. Please warn your readers about this danger. Daisy Responds: Thank you for sharing your harrowing experience. Even when it’s only moderately warm outdoors, the interior of a home or car can quickly become an oven. Heatstroke, an excessively high body temperature, can cause brain damage, kidney failure and, in half its canine victims, death. We dogs are particularly susceptible because we can’t regulate our body temperatures very well, especially if we’re young, old, overweight, have breathing difficulties, or have heart disease or other medical problems. Signs of heatstroke include rapid breathing and heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea – and then collapse. Treatment is aimed at lowering body temperature and preventing damage to the brain and other organs through intravenous fluids and medications. If Eddie ever has a repeat episode, spray him with a garden hose or immerse him in cool water – but not ice water – before you transport him to the animal hospital. Once he’s in the car, position him by the air conditioner vents.
Many of you have been asking about the Pedigree Pet Food recall. This link has the most current information. If your pet has eaten some of this food, please contact us immediately. http://www.pedigree.com/update
Please be safe during today’s festivities. If your pet is afraid of fireworks, make sure they are safe and sound in an escape-proof area—more pets get lost during July 4th celebrations than any other time of year!
Between July 1st & August 1st, 2012, every time a new Facebook post gets “LIKED” at www.Facebook.com/BernvilleVet, Bernville Veterinary Clinic, Spa & Resort will donate 1/6th of a bowl of pet food to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. By “LIKING” these stories every day and encouraging your friends to do the same, Bernville Vet can donate an enormous amount of food to pets in need! The more virtual “LIKES”…the more REAL food! There’d no cost involved, just 15 seconds of your time per day. Bernville Vet will pay for up to 1000 1/6 bowls of food in the month of July! Simply go to www.Facebook.com/BernvilleVet To learn more about the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, go to www.berksarl.org