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Today is National Holistic Pet Day

Aug 30, 2010

photoLast week, we asked our readers for their Natural Holistic Resources and Remedies in preparation for today, National Holistic Pet Day!

Here are some sources:

And this resource comes from another reader:

Another basic part of the plan is to develop a holistic first aid kit. This should be an accessible kit available for emergency situations. You would want to include some of the following items: Bach Flower Rescue Remedy for Pets (calming flower essence), calendula ointment (speeds healing), hydrogen peroxide, gauze, bandages, blankets, water, and extra food. If your pet becomes stressed, try treating him/her with flower essence before using prescribed medication.

In fact, a great list of treatments exists – click here to access!

Here’s a snippet from that site…

Fur Balls

Feeding a good natural diet, will deter this problem as they will shed less fur and their digestive system will have acids for lubricating. To help a cat straight away for the first week, add 1/2 teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to their daily meals, which lubricates the system to help elimination through the digestive tract etc. Homeopathic Remedy for Fur Balls.

Tooth Plaque prevention & removal

Once again, feeding your pets with a preservative free and RAW meat diet, helps prevent plaque. The sugars that are added to the commercial foods actually cause the plaque bacteria. When sugar is combined it will form the hard plaque, which forms an acid – and it is the acid that eventually causes the decay.

Ear Mites / Infections

Mix 5% or 3% volume of hydrogen Peroxide with 1/2 teaspoon of wheat germ oil and add about 3 mls of water.
(Warm the mixture, by placing the small bowl onto a larger bowl of warm water)

If your cat or dog has an ear infection you may need to use a homeopathic treatment drops as well, if the infection is chronic.

For Ear Mites – use either a cotton ball or eye dropper, fill an eye dropper and gently trickle mixture into the ear canal (approx. half a teaspoon), let it run down into the ear for a few seconds. Then from the base of the ear gently massage it (hear the squishing sound). Massage for 2 to 3 minutes then let the cat or dog shake their head, do this procedure each day for 3 days then repeat same the following week.

For Ear Infections – do the same, except treat the ear every day until no more brown fluid is present or the wax has been cleared. It is important to put your pet on a natural raw meat/veg diet and food vitamin supplements, as many ear infections are caused from poor quality food/food allergy/low immune system.

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Readers Can Help Us Get Ready, Naturally!

Aug 27, 2010

photoAugust 30th is National Holistic Pet Day – a day to celebrate the growing interest in natural and holistic medicine and the animals that are treated holistically.

And, Readers, we need your help.  Do you have any special home remedies or natural sources to help keep our dogs healthy?

We are seeking natural ways to:

  • Reduce shedding
  • Clean your dog’s teeth
  • Keep them fit
  • Prevent cataracts
  • Soothe eczema
  • And, any others that you think we (dog lovers) should know about!

For example, I heard that “fish oil” in liquid format is great to reduce shedding by 80%.  Is that true?  Does anyone have examples?

I had also heard that the natural cures for eczema such as nutmeg, plant oils, turmeric, or oatmeal powder can be applied to relieve the symptoms.  Is that true?

And, that it’s great to have an indoor water fountain.  This can actually work as an air purifier and natural humidifier in your home. The negative ions being emitted by the fountain can attract the positive ions from these substances.

What remedies and natural sources have you heard of or confirmed for treating or taking care of your pet?

Please share in the comments below. Thanks!

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Tomorrow is Going to the Dogs – National Dog Day 2010

Aug 25, 2010

Tomorrow, Thursday, August 26th, is the day we honor dogs and all that they’ve meant in our lives.

Hug your pooch!  Spend time with your four-legged friend.  Or, go get your dog just a little gift.  Give thanks – for dogs!

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National Dog Day, Spoil Your Dog on this Day and Always!

Aug 23, 2010

Thursday, August 26th, is National Dog Day!

“Every dog has its day, but most importantly every dog should have a home.”

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.

photoDogs 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.

Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, National Dog Day was created to honor dogs more than we currently do, to give them “a day,” to show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other – for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives everyday in the most miraculous ways. National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe, and ”abuse-free life.”

National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban.” Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American’s have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying from pet stores, backyard breeders, the internet, newspaper ads, and puppy mills, and rather encourage those seeking new canine companions to verify that they are buying from a reputable breeder, educate themselves about their dog’s breed, and better yet – visit their local shelter or pure breed rescue group for a new furry family member that will be forever grateful. Millions of dogs are killed each year because they are unwanted. They are wonderful and viable, sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider adopting on National Day!

National Dog Day will also be many a dog’s birthday, and for all of them it will be akin to a “K9- 4th of July!”

Even citizens who are not dog owners will be encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter on National Dog Day.

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Tomorrow is National Homeless Pet Day

Aug 20, 2010

Over the years, the number of homeless pets has been growing and has actually reached the highest count so far.  Animal shelters and pounds have become packed and overcrowded which resulted to turning down and euthanizing these great pets! A lot of neglected, discarded, and abandoned dogs still suffer at the shelter on an empty stomach. With limited resources, shelters are struggling.

Each year, millions of dollars are being invested into animal shelters for care of homeless pets. You can help by donating or purchasing products were some funds are used to purchase pet food.

photoHow can you help?

First, begin by taking good care of your animal pets if you have one yourself. It’s surprising that many current pet owners will be the ones who make room in their homes to adopt a pet. You might be one of them.  Review your own home needs, abilities, and desires of your family and see.

Remember, to take care of your own pooch first
by ensuring that your dogs come with their respective tags for easier identification and can be returned in the event that your dogs get lost.  It is also recommended that you spay or neuter your dogs to make certain that the possibility of overpopulation is being controlled.

Second, adopt animals instead of buying them from a pet shop or a breeder. Imagine the world if each person would only adopt at least one pet, there will be no issue about having homeless pets in our society today.

Third, promote advocacy to your own family and friends. The best way to encourage them is by making them aware of the need.  By discussing the significance of proper animal care with them, you can make a real impact and increase the base of individuals taking a serious role in caring for homeless pets as you spread this important message.

Lastly, if you are capable and can share extra funds within your means, it is best to contribute to animal shelters. Most of these pet shelters are all lowly funded and are under pressure just to keep a small number of animal pets they have. As more people take part in this advocacy, the simpler it will be for pets to find homes.

Make this a part of your habit – not just because we are celebrating National Homeless Pet Day this week.  Always drop by the nearest pet shelter in your local vicinity first when you decide on a new addition to your family.  Just look at these faces!

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You Can Ring My Bell, Ring My Bell

Aug 18, 2010

Melodies from the late 70’s and early 80’s fill my head when I look at the title of this post.  And, yet it has been a super cool way that my sister and I have trained our Chihuahuas.

It started one day after Christmas when we were taking down Christmas ornaments.  I am one of those hokey Christmas people who don themselves with a holiday sweatshirt and even a bell necklace during the season.  So, I hung that bell around the handle of the backdoor just for a place to put it so that it wasn’t getting in the way (nor incessantly ringing whilst I packed ornaments).  Our pooch, Rocky, needed to go outside – so I opened the back door and in doing so “rang the bell.”

For the next week, the bell stayed there.  Too many holiday happenings and to much decluttering to put boxes and new found treasures away, that I didn’t even recall the bell.  As, it was hanging there, one afternoon, Rocky stood up on his hind legs and “rang the bell” that he need to go outside! What a huge epiphany for me! He had found another tool for communication!

Fast forward to gifting my sister and her husband their new baby Chihuahua a couple of years later.

They were having trouble with potty training, Li’l Bit (he was such a tiny guy)!  So, I shared the bell suggestion.  Li’l Bit would hear it when she would take him out for a walk or to go potty.  And, she would also put him through the motions of hitting the bell and praise him when he did!

Pretty soon, he was “ringing the bell!”

And, now that’s his signal to his “parents” – even if he just wants to go outside and have a look around (we know who rules that roost <smile>)!

If you’re looking for another way to communicate with your four-legged family member, perhaps they can “ring your bell.”

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National Homeless Pet Day, Sat., August 21

Aug 16, 2010

Saturday marks the annual National Homeless Pet Day, and even large retailers, like PETCO, honor the day with their National Adoption Weekend kicking off this Friday, August 20th.

photoHelping Out Homeless Pets without Having to Spend a Fortune

Animal welfare organizations have suffered massively due to economic recession as there are less people capable of donating financial assistance to them.  Simultaneously, animal pet shelters have been a witness in the growing number of pets being handed over to them as more families experience job loss and sometimes even lose of their own homes.  Considering these circumstances, people can still help out homeless pets in their own special ways without having to spend any money.

Simple, yet needs someone to do it

In fact, there is one of the simplest things you can do in order to help homeless pets that will only involve just few clicks on your computer.  There are specific websites created that aim to address this advocacy, particularly  This website intends to raise funds through web advertisers.  You can simply click on the button every day to help generate funds in providing care for animal shelters.  In addition, the site has been launched in collaboration with that has sponsored $100,000 shelter challenge, highlighting winners every week and the grand prize of $100,000.  Another search engine, has also helped by donating the proceeds of every search to dog charities.  There are also companies that offer opportunities to vote for numerous animal rescue organizations to earn grant money for their shelters. Or, to donate just from purchasing products your pet needs anyway, like at the  Petritionals Pet Rescue Fund.  Indeed, it is a fast and easy way of helping homeless pets and animal charities all over the world without spending a fortune.

Also, sharing these sites – passing them along to your contacts – friends and family members will help with awareness which is important to any fundraising and “friend”raising.

You can also save towels and old bed sheets if you are trying to clean out your closets and getting organized.  Simply drop them off in the shelters as these items can truly be used by animal pet shelters in addition to their existing bedding.  This will not only help you get rid of the clutter you have at home, but it is a big help for homeless pets, too.

You may also opt to save old newspapers as well and donate them to the nearest local shelter in your vicinity.  A lot of animal pet shelters and rescue organizations make use of old newspapers to line enclosures and sometimes cut them for kittens and puppies use.  Moreover, the coupons featured in Sunday newspapers that you do not plan to use can also be used by non-profit organizations.

By simply donating your time in these small ways, animal pet shelters will be more blessed with both financial aid and resources.  If you have more time to give or know of a group that could donate time and talent, these organizations also welcome volunteers to assist them in cleaning, walking, and socializing with dogs among the many other tasks they can do. A few hours of your time in a week can make a difference!

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Emergency Drive to Save Gulf’s Latest Victims: Abandoned Dogs

Aug 13, 2010

Shelters Forced to Destroy Nearly 200 Abandoned Gulf Coast Pets

To see the faces and those available for immediate adoption, visit here.

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Silent Victims of the Oil Spill

Aug 11, 2010

If the oil spill wasn’t enough, over 200 dogs and cats have been euthanized because their owners – shrimpers, fisherman, restaurants and all the ancillary boat and dock service providers around that industry – have been unable to work due to the intensely long oil spill and subsequent botched attempts to cap the continued release of oil.

Here are some silent victims that you might not be aware of that have not gotten the same coverage as the spill itself.  We hope we can make someone aware – someone who will make a difference – if only to just one.

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A Face and Paws of National Assistance Dog Week

Aug 9, 2010

One of our Facebook fans and avid blog readers shared their story.  We, the team at PorchPotty, thought it was a real-life story that would touch your heart this Monday morning as we “kick-off” National Dog Assistance Week.

Thank you to Paul Harpole for sharing!

Lady and Alex

Hi I’m Lady and I am a 3 1/2 yr. old German Shepard.  I am a very special dog with a very special job.  I am a Seizure Alert Dog for my 10 yr. old best friend, Alex Harpole. Alex received me from 4 Paws For Ability 2 1/2 yrs. ago.

I go to school with Alex everyday and even ride the school bus with him!  I really enjoy my job and do a great job doing it. I am able to let Alex’s parents, Carrie and Paul, and his teachers know 45 minutes before a seizure occurs!

I am very comforting to Alex also and sleep with him after his seizures to make sure he is okay and doesn’t feel alone. I am also very comforting to Alex during the several hospital and doctors visits he has on a monthly basis and help calm his fears during these times.

Alex and I have even felt like movie stars at times! We have been to Capitol Hill to share our story with our state legislators and  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  We have also been in spirits and on a poster 18,000 ft. to base camp on Mt. Everest!  We have been involved in 2 documentaries that are currently being entered into the National Film Festival and Emmys.  These documentaries are being used to spread awareness about Epilepsy and the jobs that special dogs like me have.

Then finally we were in a children’s book by Bearport Publishing last year called “Dog Heroes.”

Now, besides all the stardom I have really been a huge help and blessing to Alex and his whole family.  His seizures have reduced since I have been there with him, he has been able to quit wearing his protective helmet, his mommy and daddy don’t have to stay with him in his room all day just while he watched cartoons or play with his toys – he can now do that just like any other normal child with me by his side.

As for me being an Assistance Dog, I ask that this week you give an extra treat to any assistance animal you know.  We are able to perform jobs that even a human couldn’t do!

For more information on Alex’s Journey, visit here.

Paws & Kisses –

Lady Harpole

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