potsdam-kittens-lgThe Postsdam Humane Society recently took in a stray pregnant cat. She soon gave birth to three kittens and, in a sad but heartwarming twist of fate, ending up caring for six little ones!

“She was a mom that was surrendered to us pregnant because she showed up as a stray to someone’s home and they could not give her the attention she and her kittens would need,” the Potsdam Humane Society, told Love Meow.

The mama cat and her kittens were doing great. Then, sadly, a few days later, humane society workers brought in more kittens who had been found in the road after their mother had been hit by a car nearby.

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RPLN-NewLogo-ProudSponsor175x197In March, Levi joined The Expert Vet (of the Radio Pet Lady Network) in a 12-week weight loss program. We are happy to report that Levi has completed the program with flying colors and has become our latest and very successful member of the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge Club!

Levi had ballooned up from his younger years of 23 pounds to almost 30 pounds! While being this overweight carries many health risks, Levi also needed an eye surgery that his veterinarian would not consider doing unless Levi lost weight. It was imperative for Levi’s health—for several reasons—to get those extra pounds off.

Levi’s mom had read about our previous successes with Fritz and Faith and was thrilled at the chance to jump on the Halo weight loss bandwagon! Levi received a tailored weight loss plan using Halo’s Healthy Weight kibble, Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe canned food and fresh veggies as treats.

Weekly tips and guidance were provided through the normal “ups and downs” of weight loss. It is easy to get disappointed when the weight seems like it is barely budging in a small dog. Keep in mind—one pound of weight loss on a dog of Levi’s size is like 6 pounds of weight loss on an average sized woman! It may seem slow, but every ounce counts! Levi would often stay the same weight for a couple of weeks at a time and then drop close to 1 pound!

Our last update on Levi was in April and he had already lost a full inch around his middle and was down 2.5 pounds toward his goal weight.

On the last day of the challenge, Levi weighed 24.6 pounds—down about 5 pounds from his heaviest weight and back to an excellent and much healthier weight. Check out these before and after pictures! Way to go Team Levi!!

If you are interested in becoming our next participant, contact to learn more.



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newtraciepic2I’ve been taking tracking lessons with my darling four-month-old Weimaraner puppy Wanda, working with Kathy Jo Morgan, who is widely known as a tracking and Schutzhund trainer and competitor.

Lucky for me, she leaves her Florida home base (where she also breeds Belgian Malinois and Corgis!) and spends her summers teaching and training near where I live in Vermont. Kathy Jo tells me Wanda (and her rescued big sister Weimaraner, Maisie) both have “exceptional abilities,” but maybe she tells that to all dog Moms?! So now it’s up to me to find the time to make the pans of chicken liver bait you have to set out in your practice tracks!

But I got a surprise bonus with health advice when I showed up with Wanda one morning, who had a bit of goop coming out of one eye. I asked Kathy Jo’s advice about whether I should stop at the vet on the way home and get antibiotic ointment, which I used to have on hand for when any of my dogs had discharge from their eyes.

I was hoping for a different remedy, knowing that Kathy Jo has decades of experience with All Things Dog, and that she is firmly rooted in the holistic/acupuncture world of dog health. Sure enough, she cautioned me away from routine use of medicated ointments for basic eye goop and instead said that all the holistic practitioners she knows depend on Halo’s herbal eye wash. I thought I must have mis-heard her. “‘My’ Halo?!

I asked, thinking I was imagining that she was referring to the company I love for its philanthropy, that I blog for and whose kibble I feed to my dogs. “Yes, exactly,” she said. “I know you work with them. I thought you knew about their Cloud Nine Herbal Eye Wash? Everybody I know in the holistic world swears by it.” I was amazed and delighted – I knew that Halo had an all-natural eye wash, but I had no real experience with it. I couldn’t wait to try it!

And let me tell you: it is truly remarkable! By the following day Wanda had goop coming out of both eyes in the morning, so it was clearly a necessary intervention. I opened the little box and inside were two tiny bottles marked “#1 Everbright concentrate” and “#2 Goldenseal Concentrate.”

DFF-logo-ProudSponsor175x166I felt like Alice in Wonderland as I followed instructions to put 12 drops of #1 into the eye dropper bottle provided, fill halfway with distilled – or boiled – water, and apply 3 drops to each eye. I was to do this twice a day for three days, refrigerating and then warming the contents between applications – and then was to switch to concentrate #2 and do the same. Then I had to return to potion #1 and the whole cycle of Anitra’s acid/alkaline swing would be complete.

By the second day, the discharge that seemed to have increased in both eyes had begun to resolve, and by the time I was on the #2 drops, both eyes were totally clean in the morning. The directions also mentioned that after a few days the dog might swallow after the drops were applied, indicating that the tear ducts were open and flowing properly: sure enough, Wanda did just that.

My sister was visiting during this time with her two Brussels Griffons (both of whom eat Halo Small Breed kibble with all the human food that gets slipped to them!) and the littlest one, Sprout, had the regular occurrence of discharge from her eyes because of the smushed in (brachycephalic) face of the breed as well as all the hair around their eyes. Little Sprout started on drops #1 as Wanda graduated to drops #2, and it was a race to the finish line to see which would have healthier eyes sooner.

I will say that one thing you should teach a puppy or any dog to get used to is having ear drops and eye drops or ointment applied. You do it with the usual de-sensitization and positive association of getting used to being held still and then accepting having a dropper come towards your eye or ear and get a treat for being calm. Optimally you should practice this periodically so that when you need to restrain your dog to apply drops, they will not panic or resist but submit and wait for the treat as a reward.
Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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dylan-2-1434471612Sadly, all around the country, animals are in need. Thankfully, also all around the country, groups like Animal Rescue of the Rockies are working hard to help those pets.

Animal Rescue of the Rockies in Colorado recently launched a campaign on, Dylan Needs Help, to raise money for such a pet. Dylan was found with a severely infected right hind paw.

Although Dylan is currently in a loving foster home, slowly healing, veterinarians estimate that it will take four to five months for his paw to heal. And unfortunately, medical care and supplies can be costly for a rescue group.

Animal Rescue of the Rockies pulls homeless cats and dogs like Dylan from overcrowded shelters to give them space and time to find their forever homes. They’re working to raise $2,000 to pay for Dylan’s care during his recovery.

On, they describe Dylan as “loving, friendly,” and trusting. As Halo is’s founding sponsor, we hope that this adorable boy heals swiftly and finds his forever home soon. He appears to have a great spirit, and seems to deserve a great happily-ever-after.

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Dogs may be man’s best friend, but in one Louisiana family, the dog proved to be the bird’s best friend after scaring away a hawk that was attacking the family’s cockatiel.

According to, mixed-breed Jeanie is a tiny little shelter pup who manages just fine on three legs.

Born with a deformed front leg, vets removed her leg when she was very young, shortly after being rescued from the streets.

The gentle therapy dog, who frequently visits schools, libraries and nursing homes, lives with her family in Louisiana, along with an elderly cockatiel named Petie.

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