Dog Helps Child Survive Mountain Wilderness

Photo credit: Info7

Photo credit: Info7

If you were lost and disoriented in cold woods at night, you might wish for a hero to keep you warm and safe. If your wish were granted, you might get a hero half as helpful and friendly as Max, the dog who saved a lost camper in northeastern Mexico in late July.

According to The Dodo, Juan Heriberto Trevino, age 14, got separated from his camping group. While collecting wood in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, Juan fell into a ravine. Luckily Max had followed Juan from camp and went down into the ravine with him so he wouldn’t be alone.

Max, a friendly Labrador Retriever, had met Juan earlier at camp. Now, he was Juan’s only companion in dark, cold woods. The pair found shelter under a tree while Juan prayed to be found.

Read more about Juan and Max’s camping story.

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Can You Love Both Cats and Birds!?

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There’s a quiet little war going on between the cats allowed outdoors and the birds and their nests, which the cats disturb or destroy.

There’s also a philosophical (and sometimes actual) battle going on between bird-lovers who want no domestic cats to be allowed outdoors and cat owners who let their cats roam either full time or part time.

There are actually many safety reasons for cats to be kept indoors – cars, other cats that have disease or are aggressive, wild predators, dogs, etc. – but there are people who believe their cats’ quality of a more natural life outdoors is worth take those risks – and in some settings these dangers are lower.

But the birds are always going to be in jeopardy from our kitties, who have a powerful inner drive to catch small prey.   When their victims are mice or rats or moles most of us are not overly bothered- but when wild birds’ nests are destroyed and birds of all ages are killed, it can be distressing for the cat owners, not just those who oppose their cats’ freedom.

A friend told me about the Birds Be Safe collar that can solve this problem. I immediately sent one to my friend Yvette in California, who adores her safely-fenced cat but she also adores wild birds, to which the cat get access through trees on the property.

This collar is terrific hope it will bring peace between the two species (and between the two factions of humans!) and save birds’ lives, while allowing the kitty cats have some freedom.

Training tip: When you first put one of these collars on your kitty offer her some Halo Liv-a-Little freeze-dried protein treats. It will be a positive association for your cat- and the name is just too perfect for the occasion!

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Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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Helpful Cats Hope To Win Top Award

Harri and Houdini

Photo credit: Cats Protection, www.cats.org.uk

Everyone knows that pets can be a great comfort to their people, but three special British cats are finalists for a top award due to their abilities to comfort and help children in their lives.

Houdini, a two-year-old gray cat with warm golden eyes is one of the finalists for the “Cat of the Year 2016” award in the “Furr-ever Friends” category at the Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards in August.

According to the Stoke Sentinel, Harri began suffering anxiety attacks after his mom, Kielo, broke her back. Kielo told Cats Protection that “the sound of his [Houdini’s] purr and the smell of his fur have a huge calming effect on Harri.” In fact, the family calls Houdini a therapy cat because of how much he helps Harri!

Read more about Harri and Houdini.

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Halo Joins Humane Society of the United States and Oprah in #MeatlessMonday Campaign

Wayne Pacelle talks to Oprah Winfrey on her show, Super Soul Sunday. The episode aired on August 21st on the OWN Network.

Wayne Pacelle talks to Oprah Winfrey on her show, Super Soul Sunday. The episode aired on August 21st on the OWN Network.

After being involved in the #MeatlessMonday campaign since 2011, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is continuing to spread the movement. Many celebrities like Laura Marano and Kate Mara have participated in the campaign. Now Oprah Winfrey recently reaffirmed her support of the movement.

Oprah recently interviewed president and CEO of HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, who is also the author of a new book, Humane Economy. Oprah asked what small things people can do in their lives to have a big impact for animals. He suggested that one easy, high-impact action would be to join our Meatless Mondays campaign. Right after the show ended, Oprah tweeted the following to her 33.5 million Twitter followers:

Halo is also joining #Meatless Monday with our Vegan Garden Medley recipe for dogs. It is a holistic alternative diet for protein-sensitive dogs and a complete and balanced all-vegan kibble and cans. Plus, there is no rice. We only use protein from lower-glycemic ingredients like chickpeas.

So if you’re thinking about joining the #MeatlessMonday campaign, include your dog! Give Vegan Garden Medley a chance and let us know what you (and your dog) think!

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Give Yourself the Gift of a Portrait of All the Dogs from Your Life

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More than a decade ago, when I was still living year-round in East Hampton, I discovered a dog portraitist of uncanny skill. Her name was Carol Saxe and working only from photographs, she was able to capture the distinctive essence of every dog she put into a painting – many of which were single portraits. I went to her studio to admire her work and happened upon a painting she was doing for a family that wanted a portrait in which they could see all the Corgis they had ever owned – even from the parent’s own childhoods. It sound like something Queen Elizabeth might want!

In this case, the people commissioning the portrait asked that all the dogs be placed as if they were alive at the same time – and put them at their current beach front house, which was a delightful background with a wide porch on a shingled house, overlooking dunes with beach grass and a wide beach below. Carol had painted this setting from a series of photos that were clipped to her easel, along with old photos and newer ones of the 8 or 10 dogs. She had gathered all the dogs of this family’s life into their current life and placed the Corgis judiciously around the property, some on a chair or bench, others under an umbrella, others playing with each other.

What I noticed straight away was that each of these Corgis looked subtly different from the others. None of them was a generic Corgi- each had his own coloring, tilt of their head, and expression: they were clearly each distinctive portraits. I wanted something just like that myself and decided on the spot to give it to myself as a gift – a way to look back on the many different dogs who had graced my life, from the several generations of Bedlington Terriers that began in my childhood, to the Golden Retriever Roma and her sidekick Cocker Spaniel Amalfi, to Yogi Bear the rescued Rottweiler and the series of rescued Weimaraners who followed Lulu and Billy Blue.

Here’s that portrait – and another more impressionistic one (above) she did of my two Weimaraner boys, Teddy and Billy Blue, along with Yogi Beat the Rottie – a wonderful triumvirate of big boys sadly long gone, but whom I can still gaze upon lovingly every day.

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Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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