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Off to War? What About Your Family Pets?

March 30, 2010 12:21 pm

I read this article the other day and couldn’t help but get a little choked up. What an amazing idea, and something that should be implemented everywhere.

By John Yang, NBC News correspondent

When soldiers are sent to war, the military provides all sorts of help for those left behind--mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and children. But what about the four-legged family members?

That was the dilemma Staff Sargent Steve Meduna faced in January 2009 as he prepared to go to Iraq for the first deployment in his 15 years in the Minnesota National Guard: What to do about his 100-pound, two-year-old dog, Dozer--as in "bulldozer." Meduna was newly divorced and his father lived in a town home community that doesn't allow dogs, his brother had a small yard without a fence and his friends who had watched Dozer in the past were all guardsmen going to Iraq, too.

Then he heard about Guardian Angels for Soldiers' Pet, or GASP, a five-year-old network of volunteers who take in dogs and cats--and even horses and, in some cases, snakes and lizards--left behind when their owners deploy with the military.

"The pet is not considered or recognized as a family member," says Linda Spurlin-Dominik, a co-founder and the president of GASP. She started the group after hearing of the problems faced by one soldier from Ohio. A little research turned up reports of dogs and cats dropped off at shelters just before deployments or picked up by animal control--abandoned--right after troops leave an area.

"It's a warm feeling," she says of her work. "You've made a difference in someone's life and made their life just a little bit better when they get to see their pet again."

Meduna learned of GASP just before he deployed and happily left Dozer in the care of Mike and Jessie Siers of Big Lake, Minn. "It was a real weight off my back," he says.

The Siers kept Meduna up to date on Dozer with videos and photos posted on Facebook. At Christmas, they sent Meduna a photo of Dozer in a Santa hat--signed with Dozer's inked paw.

They loved having Dozer with them for 13 months, but knew it had to end. They hated to see him go, but, as Jessie said, "We're so happy that Steve made it back safely."

Before going to the Siers' to pick up Dozer, Meduna worried that his dog wouldn't remember him after being away for so long. He needn't have worried. As soon as Dozer caught a glimpse of his master, he bounded to Meduna's side and jumped--and licked--for joy.

After getting reacquainted, Dozer retired to a corner of the Siers' yard with a nylon chew bone that Meduna had brought for him as Meduna and Siers talked. At one point, Meduna turned toward his car to get something out of it. Yards away, Dozer saw him turn, dropped his bone and shot across the yard to Meduna's side.

He wasn't about to let his master get away again.

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Some Great Pet Christmas Shots

December 30, 2009 10:29 am

So you're taking a break from all the working out you've been doing with your new weights and ellipticals machine eh? Well, you've come to the right place. I've stumbled upon some great Christmas photos of pets that I'd like to share with you.

Some of these are just classic - perhaps they would have been better off posted a few days ago.. but hey, I'm still in the Christmas spirit.. are you? Enjoy these pictures.

I didn’t take your cookies Santa, really…

funny dog

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Shshshshshsh! Did you hear some noise in the chimney?

funny dog

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OMG! ‘Zat you Santa Claus?!?

lol catz

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I was told this is the latest fashion for Christmas 2009.

funny dog

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Quiet contemplation or phantom menace?

funny kitty

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Okay Santa, ready or not, here I come!

funny dog

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funny dogs

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New York, Milan, Tokio…Let it be Paris for this Christmas!

funny hamster

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All I wanted for Christmas…was in this cap on

cute cat

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What part of “I don’t like Xmas” you don’t understand?

angry doggy

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Kids, believe me - it’s much more fun to be naughty!

lol cat

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Smells like new collar. Oh well, my master was never notable for originality.

cute dog

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Okay, he will ask me: “Have you been a good little dog this year?” and I will look at him like this and say “Yes Santa!”

cute doggy

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cute doggy

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

funny pet

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Christmas Tree is junk! What about decorating a Christmas Dog?

funny doggy

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Uh-oh, I imagined you a bit differently Santa…

surprised cat

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Christmas angels

christmas angels

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Mine, mine, mine, mine!!!

lol mouse

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Cut gluss is awesome, but may I have a cheese next year? Please, please, please dear Santa!

cute mouse

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funny animal

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Going to the fancy polar fox party, you should make sure you fit the dress code.

funny polecat

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In this costume I’ll be a star at the Christmas party!

funny mouse

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No gift? Is that because of that broken vase? Why are you so cruel Santa?

funny cat

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Oh, these carols are so touching. I can’t help shedding tears!

funny dog

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Excuse me, has Christmas already come?


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Dear Rudolph, my mother says I have your eyes.

funny dog

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White Christmas makes me blue…

thoughtful cat

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Rare breed of elfs dogs

funny dog

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Grinch is a sucker comparing to me! Muahahaha!

artful cat

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Merry Christmas, my love!

lovely kitties

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Merry Christmas Everyone

December 24, 2009 6:05 pm

Merry Christmas Lily and Everyone!

Well it's finally here - Christmas Eve.

I'm not going to write much today as I still unfortunately have some errands to run (So much for being done on November 25th eh??). I did however, want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I've been run off my feet the last few weeks doing up photo shoots, picking up relatives in Halifax, shopping, helping others get their Christmas presents done, and working. Truthfully I really hope that over the next few days I get to just sit back, relax, and enjoy my Nephews 2nd Christmas along with the rest of  my whole family - home for the first time in a LOT of years :-)

So I'm off. Going to stop doing the computer and tech work - get Liz to stop doing her call center services and finish up wrapping & printing the presents and have myself a Rum n Nog!

Hope you and everyone else whom reads this blog has a safe and Happy Holiday.. including all those wonderful pets that are just waiting for adoption :-)

Holiday Hazards for Pets

December 11, 2009 4:33 pm

I decided I'd post something I found on the Westwood Hills website (Halifax Vet Surgeons), since I found that one of the beagles broke one of the lighting fixtures in the windows and I was pretty freaked out since I thought maybe one of them had something in a paw or something.

The Christmas tree sparkles in the corner of the living room, chocolates are placed on the coffee table and poinsettia’s decorate the dining room table. Sounds like the perfect setting for a Christmas party but it is also dangerous playing ground for our beloved pets. As much as we love to celebrate the holidays with our pets it is necessary to be aware of the common holiday hazards. Below, a few of the most common ones are briefly described. If you believe your pet has ingested a toxic substance or foreign body, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Christmas Tree

Tinsel makes a Christmas tree sparkle but did you know that it is also very hazardous to cats? Cats love to chase yarn, string and ribbon. Sometimes tinsel can fall onto the floor and cats see it as something to play with. If ingested, it can cause life threatening problems as it has the ability to lodge in the intestinal tract and often it requires surgery to remove. The most important thing to remember is that if you are able to see tinsel (or string, yarn, ribbon) coming from the hind end do not pull it as you can cause significant damage to the intestinal tract by trying to remove it yourself. It is best to call your veterinarian.

Christmas lights are pretty but they also mean electrical cords will be lying on the ground. Some pets love to chew and think that electrical cords make the perfect toy! Electrical burns can be painful and dangerous so be sure to cover cords up.

Also be sure to keep ornaments high enough that they aren’t knocked off the tree and shattered or swallowed. Broken ornaments can cause lacerations to paws or the mouth if stepped on or chewed and intestinal problems if swallowed.


Most people know that chocolate is dangerous to pets but the question is, how much is too much? The ingredient in chocolate that causes problems is called Theobromine, which is in the same family of potentially toxic chemicals as coffee, tea and cola soft drinks. The degree of toxicity depends on three variables-size of the pet, how much is ingested and the type of chocolate. Smaller animals take less chocolate to cause problems. Baker’s chocolate contains more Theobromine than milk chocolate. Symptoms of chocolate ingestion can include vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, hyperactivity and high doses may result in seizures.


Although a staple Christmas plant, Poinsettia leaves, stems and sap are all poisonous to animals. The most common symptom is vomiting and diarrhea but can include drooling, swelling of the lips and tongue and pawing at mouth.

Mistletoe is poisonous as well and symptoms of ingestion of this plant are similar to that of Poinsettia’s but can also lead to brain damage and even death. It might be best to kiss under a fake mistletoe this year.

There are many holiday hazards not listed in this article. Turkey, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic and chives are all things to keep your pets away from as they can be harmful if ingested. The best thing to do is to be aware of your holiday hazards and how to avoid them. It is important to enjoy the holidays and keep your furry friends safe!

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Does Anyone Make Their Own Dog Treats?

November 17, 2009 12:45 am

Well it's Christmas season, and that means that there will be lots of good eats over the coming months.. I can't wait! I'm actually curious if anyone out there has actually ever tried to create their own dog treats and if they've had any success at all. I really think that it'd be a great idea to make your own treats for all your friends pets'. I mean, you know as well as I do.. they're our family!!

Kind of like I'm doing for my close family friends this year, my folks friends I should say. We're all really close, but this year I'm hitting up the stainless steel drums and making our own wine! I really hope it turns out well, cuz if it doesn't.. we're screwed! I want to give them all a bottle of our first wine (if it's any good).. and a card. I think that's a pretty good idea to be honest.

Anyhow, back to Dog Treats.. yeah.. I was thinking when I was making the list of people I have to shop for that I'd need to get treats for my parents dogs, my ex-dog (weird I know), and my brothers dogs.. why not make our own and see if they like them? It's cheap.. and fun, and certainly has that 'personal touch'.