Monthly Archives: June 2010

J/D Feline


A innovative new diet to help with joint pain and mobility in cats. This extraordinary prescription diet is Hill’s feline J/D. J/D is clinically proven to improve mobility in as little as 30 days for your feline friend. It’s packed full of essential Omega-3 and 6 fatty oils that help your cat walk, run, play, and jump easier, plus it’s nutritionally balanced. Ask us about J/D and see if your cat would benefit from this great new food.

PS – J/D is also available for your canine companions too!

If you can…

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time.

If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than an poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no
prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics,
THEN, my friend, you are almost as good as your dog.

Canine Good Citizen

My family goes to the Mid-Atlantic Basenji club fun match every year and have the goodest time. We won best costume last year. My mommy was dressed as a queen bee and my sissy and I were bumblebees too. I even had a stinger on my butt.

There was this thing called the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test and mommy put my sissy and me in it. There were 10 different excercises that we had to do to prove to the judge that we are good doggies. I passed all 10 with flying colors and the judge gave me a pretty green ribbon. All the people at the match clapped for me and mommy was proud as a peacock.

My sissy failed one section. Mommy put her in a sit stay and every time she would get 10 feet away from her sissy would get up to follow her. I think Kylie was a duckling in a past life since she follows mommy everywhere she goes. Mommy said that’s OK, she will work with sissy and she will pass next time.

Fine by me, that means I have the spotlight all to myself.

For more information on Canine Good Citizen testing check out

The Price of Happiness

It’s easy to forget about long-term costs when you first see that fluffy tail and those big eyes. Educate yourself first, choose the right pet or breed, and learn how to reduce the expenses. If you’ve ever owned a big dog, you know they’re expensive to feed. So you might be surprised to know that your petite pussycat, who turns up her delicate nose at every other meal, is likely to cost you more over her lifetime than the typical large dog.

How can that be? Although cats typically eat less than most dogs and usually incur lower vet bills, they tend to live longer.
So while dog ownerships translates into a financial commitment of about $8,000 over the animal’s lifetime, the typical cat will set you back more than $10,000.

Lifetime pet costs:

Food* /Medical* / Litter* /Toys and Treats* / License*/ Insurance*

Small dog $55 / $210 / $0 / $40 / $15 / $225
Medium dog $120 / $235 / $0 / $55 / $15 / $225
Large dog $235 / $260 / $0 / $75 / $15 / $225
Cat $115 / $160 / $165 / $25 / $15 / $175
Guinea pig $105 / $70 / $415 / $30 / N/A / $0
Small bird $75 / $85 / $0 / $25 / N/A / $0
Fish $20 / $0 / $0 / $0 / N/A / $0
Rabbit $190 / $70 / $415 / $40 / N/A / $0

Misc*/ Annual expense/ Life span(yrs)/ Setup costs/Lifetime expense
Small dog $35 / $580 / 13 / $470 / $8,010
Medium dog $35 / $695 / 11 / $565 / $8,210
Large dog $45 / $875 / 9 / $560 / $8,435
Cat $30 / $670 / 15 / $365 / $10,415
Guinea pig $15 / $635 / 4 / $40 / $2,580
Small bird $15 / $200 / 15 / $70 / $3,070
Fish $15 / $35 / 5 / $200 / $375
Rabbit $15 / $730 / 10 / $325 / $7,625

*Annual expenses

Friend a Gorilla

The Uganda Wildlife Authority’s ” Friend a Gorilla” campain invites people with Facebook Accounts to add a gorilla to their friend list. This initiative will help raise funds for conservation efforts and promote tourism. View all the gorilla bios and select your new buddy at or visit their website at

New Thundershirt

Thundershirt is an excellent treatment for most types of canine anxiety. For many anxieties, we recommend just putting on a Thundershirt and observing the results (No training!)…You very well may see significant improvement for noise, crate, travel, barking and others with absolutely no training. For more complicated anxiety cases, we recommend using Thundershirt as part of a behavior modification program.

One thing is for certain, for a very large percentage of dogs, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a terrific calming effect. This has obvious benefits for most types of anxiety. But Thundershirt is also a very useful tool for managing excitability or hyperactivity with strangers, on the leash, or in a training environment. Thundershirt’s calming effect helps a dog to focus (or refocus) her energies in a more constructive direction, allowing training to be more effective.

For more information check out the website at tp://

(Ranee purchased a thundershirt for her mother’s doberman pinscher and was amazed by the results.)