Westie Dog and Walker Find Missing Woman

hazel the westOften when people walk their dogs, they’re in a hurry and wish that their dogs were a little bit less interested in everything off the path. Sara Wilce isn’t one of those people. She’s grateful that her dog, Dougal, has a keen interest in his surroundings. Recently the Westie became a hero when, during his morning walk, he spotted an elderly woman and her dog who had been missing for four days!

According to the Stroud News and Journal, Hazel Denham had last been seen at 1:20 the previous Tuesday afternoon as she headed out to walk her Poodle-Yorkshire Terrier mix, Bertie. Her husband, Richard Denham, reported her missing at 5:17 that evening when she and Bertie still hadn’t returned home. Richard is 85 and his wife is 71 with mild dementia. The Denhams live in Minchinhampton, an ancient hilltop town in the Cotswolds of England. When people learned that Hazel was missing, the community sprang into action. Volunteers and professionals with a number of agencies and services coordinated searching for the woman. Police officers and other officials gave out maps of areas where people should search. The National Police Air Service used thermal-imaging cameras to look for signs of Hazel and Bertie. The Search & Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) South Wales also participated in the search.

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Last Few Days to Use Halo June Coupons

Halo Pet food
For blog readers, newsletter subscribers and Halo social media fans only, we’re happy to offer this month’s printable store coupons for Halo products!

Remember, these coupons are only valid at stores where Halo is sold.

For Halo store locations, enter your zip/postal code here. Products sell out fast, so please call ahead to make sure your nearest retailer has what you need (if not, they can usually order it for you quickly).

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WHOLE Lot of Difference: Gifford Cat Shelter

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month

June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month and what better way to celebrate then to team up with a cat shelter and a Snapchat influencer to raise awareness and help feed our feline friends in need.

The Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton, MA was founded in 1884 and sponsored by Ellen Gifford. Its mission is to provide a safe haven for abandoned, stray, abused, neglected, unwanted and injured cats with the goal of re-homing and ending the needless killing of community and companion cats.

Halo is proud to partner with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to make a WHOLE lot of difference for shelter pets together.

Here’s what The Gifford Cat Shelter had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:

“Many strays have been eating poorly while on the streets and may be malnourished on arrival. It is common for them to have dental disease and they often develop upper respiratory infections in response to the stress they have endured. Some are found to be infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) which makes them more susceptible to infectious illness. Cats from hoarding or abusive situations may arrive in a quite malnourished state. In this type of cat population, good nutrition is especially important. High quality food is a foundation of returning these cats to optimum health and improving their resistance to illness.”

“High quality food is a foundation of returning these cats to optimum health and improving their resistance to illness.”

Gracie is a 5 year old cat, surrendered due to her owner’s illness and subsequent inability to care for her. She was diagnosed with diabetes just prior to being surrendered. Once at the shelter, we measured her blood sugar levels, started administration of insulin, and began to feed her measured quantities of Halo food, based on our veterinarian’s directions. Over the course of three months, Gracie’s blood sugar levels and need for insulin have decreased. We are hopeful that at some point, she will no longer require insulin and will maintain a normal blood sugar with proper diet alone. Gracie has remained happy and otherwise healthy during her shelter stay and we hope to find her a permanent home soon.

Gracie the cat

Martin is a 5-year-old cat who was found as a stray in a nearby community. On admission, he tested positive for FIV. His teeth were in very poor condition and he had significant ear mites. He also had a severe eye infection, felt to be due to a virus. During his three-month stay, his ear mites have been successfully treated and his teeth have been cleaned with some extractions done. He has undergone lengthy treatment for his eye infection, which is currently resolved as well. After spending many weeks in our quarantine area, Martin is now living in our FIV+ room and showing his true personality as a playful and loving lap cat. We anticipate that Martin will soon find a permanent home. Good nutrition has been a key component to his recovery. All FIV+ cats need high quality food and, in Martin’s case, it was even more helpful in promoting healing.” 

Martin the cat

Thank you Gifford Cat Shelter for making a WHOLE lot of difference for pets in your community.

As part of Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, the shelter is having a fundraising event on June 24th from 2-4pm hosted by MassLive.com and Snapchat sensation, Audrey Spencer better known as Cake1toDough1. To help celebrate and raise awareness, Audrey will be giving away two (2) $50 Halo Cat package for those who donate via GoFundMe.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.

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Keeping Pets Cool without Heating up Your Energy Bill

Dog drinking water

What is your pet’s “carbon paw print?”  Are you hurting your pocketbook and the environment by running air conditioning for your dog or cat more than you really need to? Are there alternative ways to keep your pets cool without leaving the air conditioner running all day when you are out?

I recently learned of an interesting Australian online publication called The Conversation, which had a good article called “Hot Dogs and Cool Cats,” which raises the issue of how to care for your pet’s health and comfort with less use of air conditioning.

Apparently in Australia there is concern about the overuse of air conditioners, which elevates costs and demands on energy resources and is also detrimental to the environment. I’ve not been aware that Americans look at air conditioning use as being bad for the environment, although I did recently read that the growing use of air conditioners in China is contributing to global warming because it raises the temperature in towns outside the increasing number of homes running air conditioners.

Air conditioning is certainly rough on the budget as electricity bills skyrocket during the summer months. While we want our dogs and cats to be comfortable indoors, there are ways to reduce heat stress in pets and lower energy demand in your home or apartment.

* Close drapes, pull down shades and shut all windows during the hot hours of the day – from early morning until the sun goes down.

* Give a summer shave or “puppy cut” to breeds of dogs with thick or long coats.

* Keep dogs and cats quiet during the hot periods of the day – exercise early in the morning and after the sun has gone down to keep them from getting over -heated during walks or play.

* Keep pets indoors during the day – don’t give them access to the hot outdoors where they can heat up without realizing it themselves.

* Take up carpets in some areas of your house, especially if you can provide uncovered tile flooring. Lying on cool tiles is like lying on a cooling pad!

* Fill water bowls with ice cubes so the water stays really cold during the day, or they can chew on the cube themselves.

* When you’re around, give your dogs ice-cold snacks like frozen broccoli florets, string beans or other frozen vegetables. They will enjoy the cooling effect while getting low calorie, vitamin-rich treats.

* Keep dogs indoors as much as possible on really hot days and keep them occupied with activity puzzle toys. I fill the puzzles with a mixture of a high quality freeze dried protein treat like Halo’s Liv-a-Littles, mixed with a ¼ cup from their meal time portion of Halo Healthy Weight kibble. A challenging game can burn up as much energy as a long run – and your dog stays a lot cooler!

Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Mother Cat and Kittens Rescued with Remote Control Car

Mama Cat in Pipe seen through remote control car with camera - Hope for Paws

Storm pipes can seem like a safe place to an expectant female cat looking for a place to give birth, but when heavy rains come they become full of dangers. This spring a rescue organization in Los Angeles, CA was contacted about a cat in a drain pipe. The rescue soon discovered that the situation would take ingenuity, patience, and a lot of hard work.

According to The Dodo, when Hope For Paws founder Eldad Hagar got to the drain pipe, he discovered that the situation was complicated. The drain pipe was long and had lots of debris scattered throughout. Plus, it wasn’t just one cat stuck in the pipe – it was a mama cat and her kittens! Eldad evaluated the situation and decided to return the next day with additional rescuers and supplies.

Eldad returned with fellow rescuers Loreta Frakonyte, Lisa Arturo, JoAnn Wilitz, and Kyle Schwab. In addition, they brought a remote control car, a flashlight, supplies to make a pole, blankets, and a cat cage. Kyle normally rescues dogs through Smashface Rescue, but was game to help this feline family in need.

Read more about the Remote Control Car Cat Rescue.

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