Sunday, August 25: The “Swim With the Dogs” fundraiser will be held 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bernville Pool, on Front Street behind Umbenhauer Park. The cost is $5 for the first dog and $3 for each additional dog. Leashes are mandatory. For more information, call 610-488-0624. We hope to see you there!
How did Bernville get it’s name? In 1737, Stephanus Umbenhauer immigrated from Bern, Switzerland, and purchased 220 acres from Thomas Penn. In 1819, Stephanus’ grandson, Johann Thomas Umbenhauer, set aside 46 acres to be divided into 62 lots. On 24 August 1819, Peter Bennethum bought the first six lots. In January 1820, the town was named Bernville after Stephanus’ birthplace
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 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
June 12, 2012, 12:31 a.m. EDT
Ticks are everywhere this summer, and experts say the weather and a shortage of white-footed mice are to blame. Disease-carrying insects that burrow under human and animal skin, ticks are exothermic. That means they get their energy from heat. So the mild winter and pleasant spring has boosted the area’s tick population, said Dr. Kenneth DeBenedictis, director of epidemiology, infection control and prevention at Reading Hospital. Ticks live on the blood of mammals, and mainly the white-footed mouse, DeBenedictis said. But because oak trees produced fewer acorns last fall, something that fluctuates from year to year for unknown reasons, there are fewer of the mice, so more ticks are latching onto humans and pets for nourishment. And with many people enjoying the good weather, DeBenedictis recommends that everyone aggressively protect themselves from ticks. “The habitat here is extremely friendly for ticks,” he said. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it’s best to apply insect repellent with at least 20 percent DEET, an oil that repels ticks. Those spending time outdoors should also conduct a full-body tick check with a mirror and wash off as soon as they go inside. Pennsylvania is a main breeding ground for ticks because of the state’s high population of “tick food,” like deer, mice and squirrels, DeBenedictis said. Ticks are dangerous because they carry Lyme disease and the less-common Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Lyme disease initially causes fever, headache, fatigue, and a rash, according to the CDC, and can lead to heart, joint, and nervous system complications if left untreated. Rocky Mountain spotted fever comes with similar symptoms, but can be fatal if not treated within the first few days of noticeable irritation. Over the past decade in Pennsylvania, 2,000 to 6,000 cases of Lyme disease were reported each year, while 20,000 to 30,000 were reported nationwide in those years, the CDC reported. In Berks County, 518 cases were reported to the state Department of Health between 2007 and 2009, the latest years for which figures are available. Ticks are a big problem for pets in Berks County, said Dr. Lee Pickett, a veterinarian at Bernville Veterinary Clinic. She said most dogs that have been infected with Lyme disease come to her office limping from one leg to another, and can suffer from a fever and loss of appetite. Cats rarely get the disease, she said. “After (pets) go for a walk, run fingers through their hair and coat,” Pickett recommended. “Also, use a fine-toothed flea comb on the dog to pull out the ticks.” Since ticks thrive among vegetation, the CDC recommends that people keep their yards free of leaf litter, mow the lawn often and treat grass and plants with acaricide, a tick pesticide. DeBenedictis said people visiting other parts of the country, especially states in the north-central U.S., should also be wary of tick bites. “When people go on vacation, they forget,” he said. “They don’t bring caution with them.”
A long row filled with black and white Oreo cookies. Who can resist? That’s what we have here at the ARL – a kennel filled with black and white pets who are just as sweet and irresistible! Upon completion of an approved adoption application of a black and white pet, you get to pick from the Oreo cookie jar. Possible prizes are 50%, 20% or 10% off of the adoption fee, a bag of food, a collar, a toy, a bottle of pet shampoo or a bag of Oreos
A Dog’s Definition of a Leash: A strap which attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go!!
(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