This year, Deaf Dog Awareness Week is from September 16th-20th. We will be featuring stories about some of our clients, patients and friends as well as other information about deaf dog education. If you know of any interesting stories, please email them to us so that we can share them. Outside of an obvious physical difference, deaf dogs are just your normal, everyday dogs. They do have a better excuse for not listening than most dogs, but they live in our houses, sleep on our beds, play with our children and ride in our cars. They go for walks, chase balls, bark at squirrels (yes, they do bark), and at the end of the day, they collapse in front of the TV with the rest of the family. They share our lives, and are our companions and friends.
National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage. You can celebrate by planning a fun activity with your dog or contacting one of the local shelter/rescue groups in our area to learn about the various ways in which you can help them. A few of our favorites are
Just 1 month away! Bring your family and friends to the annual Open House at Canine Partners for Life. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of the fantastic service dog recipients, puppies in training, and ask questions, all while learning about CPL and the special care these special dogs bring to a person’s life. As the afternoon starts to wind down you will begin to smell a special something in the air. That special something will be the day’s main attraction – Cow Bingo! What exactly is Cow Bingo? Simply put, the playing field is marked with randomly assigned squares and, at approximately 3:15 p.m., the cow is turned loose to do its thing. The first square fertilized with a “cow pie” will be the lucky winner of $5,000! The cost of a ticket is $10 each and there is no limit on the number you can purchase, but there are only 4,000 squares available. To learn how to buy tickets, go to http://k94life.org/cowbingo
International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family. During International Assistance Dog Week, we recognize and honor the hardworking assistance dogs; raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities; honor the puppy raisers and trainers of assistance dogs; and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities. There are many great assistance dog organizations and companies in the area including: www.k94life.org. To learn more about International Assistance Dog Week, go to: www.assistancedogweek.org
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.
Many of you have been asking us to keep you updated as we learn more about the pet food recall in our area. The following link has the most recent information we found from the company whose food has been recalled: http://diamondpetrecall.com Please let us know if you learn anything else so that we can share it with the community.
Vaccinations are a critical part of preventive care for your pet. Vaccines protect our pets from many diseases including rabies, distemper and Lyme disease (May is Lyme disease awareness month and we’ll have a full story about it tomorrow). Each dog and cat is different, so our veterinarians develop custom vaccinations plans for each pet. Our veterinarians will determine which vaccinations your pet needs and how often they will be administered. For more information about our vaccines, go to http://bernvillevet.com/wellness/vaccinations or call to schedule an appointment 610.488.0166
The picture below is Sixers star Evan Turner and his dog Brutus. Brutus is a 9 month old Cane Corso. The following link from CSN shows Evan at home playing with his with Brutus when he was just a puppy: http://www.csnphilly.com/sportsnetPhiladelphia/search/v/49451200/turner-and-pooch.htm
It’s Primary Election Day! We were wondering which politician was the most pet-friendly and that led to trying to guess which President had the most pets. This is what we discovered: Answer: Although we can’t say with absolute certainty, it seems like the correct answer is Calvin Coolidge (President from 1923-1929). Below are a list of his 26 documented pets (he may have had more!) 1. Rob Roy – White Collies 2. Prudence Prim – White Collies 3. Peter Pan – Terrier 4. Paul Pry – Airedale Terrier 5. Calamity Jane – Shetland Sheepdog 6. Tiny Tim 7. Blackberry – Chow Chows 8. Ruby Rouch – Collie 9. Boston Beans – Bulldog 10. King Cole – German shepherd 11. Palo Alto – Bird dog 12. Bessie – Collie 13. Rebecca – Raccoon 14. Horace – Raccoon 15. Ebeneezer – Donkey 16. Nip – Canary 17. Tuck – Canary 18. Enoch – Goose 19. Smoky – Bobcat 20. Tiger – Cat 21. Tax Reduction – Lion Cub 22. Budget Bureau – Lion Cub 23. Billy – Pygmy Hippo 24. A Wallaby 25. A Duiker (a very small antelope) 26. A Black Bear
Experts are saying that we are in store for a large spike in Lyme disease cases this spring. The surge is expected to begin in May and last until July. Call the hospital today to talk with our medical staff about whether your pet should be vaccinated against Lyme disease. Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world, and left untreated it can cause serious health problem for your pet. So why the projected big increase this year? According to HealthDay News: “The reason is that oak trees produced relatively few acorns this year, part of a normal cycle of boom and bust years for the acorn crop. But the small crop means trouble for the white-footed mouse, which feeds on the acorns. “We had a boom in acorns, followed by a boom in mice. And now, on the heels of one of the smallest acorn crops we’ve ever seen, the mouse population is crashing,” Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., said in an institute news release. “What does that have to do with Lyme disease? “Mice are the preferred host for black-legged ticks, which transmit Lyme disease. Black-legged ticks need a bloodmeal at three different stages — as larvae, as nymphs and as adults. As of the spring, the larval ticks that fed on 2011’s large mouse population will be looking for their nymphal meal. “This spring, there will be a lot of Borrelia burgdorferi-infected black-legged ticks in our forests looking for a blood meal. And instead of finding a white-footed mouse, they are going to find other mammals — like us,” Ostfeld added. Borrelia burgdorferi is the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Here’s a link to the full article.