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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Baby Foxes Love Playing With Ball!

These adorable fox kits are having a grand time playing with a ball...and each other! Enjoy!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

House With A Heart Provides Care And Love For Senior Dogs

Senior pooch well taken care of at HouseWithAHeart.com. Photo courtesy of Sher Polvinale, founder.

It's nothing short of amazing how some humans sacrifice so much to help animals in need, while others, at the first sign of extra work needed to care for a sick or aging pet, dump them off at a shelter. Sher Polvinale and her husband had been rescuing companion animals for over two decades before they decided to turn their home in a senior pet sanctuary, aptly called House with a Heart.

This recent article from the Huffington Post, says the sanctuary requires about 55 round-the-clock volunteers to help care for all of the animals this couple has taken in—mostly seniors and/or pets with special needs who suddenly found themselves at shelters when their owners chose to no longer care for them. The animals have a list of maladies including blindness, dementia and incontinence, and some require special carts for outside playtime. Have we mentioned that these people are saints?

Although the reasons why this haven is necessary confound us, it's a beautiful feeling to know that so many people open their hearts and their homes to help animals in need of care and love in their last days.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Decade Since Hurricane Katrina: The ASPCA Wants You To Be Prepared!

    With a little planning and preparation, we can all do better!

Ten years ago this Sunday, Hurricane Katrina barreled into Louisiana, leaving massive tragedy in its wake. The hurricane and subsequent levy break left nearly 2000 people dead and at least 600,000 pets deceased or homeless. A key finding from evaluating response efforts and interviewing residents of the hardest hit districts revealed that nearly half (44%) of the people who refused to evacuate said they did so because they could not bring their pets with them. Despite this tragic wake-up call and ten years of seeing other natural disasters cut paths of destruction, a recent poll shows that 35% of pet owners still don't have disaster preparedness plans in place.

But wait! The ASPCA is here to help you change that! First, check out their nifty, "When Disaster Strikes" infographic, which includes simple steps that can save lives in case of an emergency.

Then, please "Take the Pledge" to prepare for your pets in the event of a natural disaster and share the infographic on all your social media channels. Remember: Your pets lives may depend on it!

Many thanks to the ASPCA for taking the lead on natural disaster preparedness for you and your pets!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop: It's #NationalDogDay!

Woof, Woof! And hear ye, hear ye! It's National Dog Day and the good folks at BlogPaws are celebrating with a very special Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

What are you doing with your favorite pooch to help celebrate this big day? Let us know!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch... Parental Unit has promised me an extra long walk and a new bone to chew. And she's sharing one of her most favorite photos of me, taken by Rachel Lauren.

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to see who's hoppin' where!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hill's #FoodShelterLove Program Aims to Help Both Shelters And Cats!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® and The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Program, but Bocci's Beefs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

By one estimate, 3.4 million cats enter U.S. shelters each year for a variety of different reasons. But often these fabulous felines are simply strays, or pets that have been surrendered because of medical or behavioral issues. Hill's® Food, Shelter & Love® Program believes that proper nutrition plays a huge part in helping shelter cats get adopted to loving forever homes—the healthier and happier a cat is, the more likely she is to be adopted. And Hill's Food, Shelter & Love Program has donated over $280 million worth of Science Diet brand foods to nearly 1000 animal shelters across the country since 2002. This translates to helping over 8 million pets find their forever home!

Sometimes, particularly with felines, it can be hard to tell the difference between a medical problem and a behavioral problem because they often overlap. Take litter box "issues" for example. Parental Unit thinks our cat Bella, found on the street just about 11 years ago, is the perfect, sweet kitty (I beg to differ, but I'll save that story for another post!). But even the queen of our house at one time had a bit of a problem with her litter box manners, and occasionally still does.

What? You must be be confusing me with another kitty! I've never had any "issues", let alone with my litter box!

Parental Unit tells another tale: Ms. Bella occassionally urinates just outside the litter box on the newspapers I keep under the box. Her tests show that she's perfectly healthy, so there are no urinary tract infections or other medical conditions that might cause her to "miss" her box. After tracking these mistakes, they seem to happen when I  don't change her litter frequently enough. Although I clean her litter every day, I don't always scrub her box and completely change the litter as often as I should. Lesson learned: Most cats prefer their litter box scrupulously clean and sometimes will refuse to use it if it's not pristine.

                            Now that we have that settled, let's play!

We realize that not all litter box problems are this easy to resolve. If your cat suddenly starts using areas outside her litter box, the first step is to make an appointment with your veterinarian. Only your vet can rule out any medical conditions that may be causing these mishaps. There's also lots of expert advice on cats and litter box issues available for your reading pleasure. And making sure you can separate litter box fact from fiction is extremely important to help you and your cat resolve the problem. 

There's also a variety of foods especially formulated to support the health of the urinary system in otherwise healthy cats, like Hill's Science Diet Adult Cat Urinary and Hairball Control formula. As always, it's important to consult with your veterinarian to determine the best food for your cat.

We agree that proper nutrition combined with regular vet check-ups, a feline-friendly environment and minimal stressors will help your cat establish and maintain good litter box manners. We'd love to hear if your kitty has had any litter box problems and how you resolved them. Please let us know!

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