I found Molly, the calico kitty, in a foreclosed home in the West Grove. The neighbors say that she was left behind by her previous owners—she was in pretty bad shape when I found her. It’s been about two months that I’ve had her now and she’s been spayed and given all of her boosters. My vet thinks that she is about six months old now. She is in perfect health and has an amazing personality, it’s just that I’m totally overloaded with my own cats and I just don’t have the space for her in my apartment. Molly has a very loving personality and would make a great addition to any pet lover’s life. Please forward to your list. If anyone wants to meet Molly I live on S. Bayshore Dr. in Coconut Grove. Call 305-903-5515 or e-mail Nella@NellaShap.com
Mars Petcare US Announces Nationwide Voluntary Recall
Franklin, Tennessee (September 12, 2008)-Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of products manufactured at its Everson, Pennsylvania facility. The pet food is being voluntarily recalled because of potential contamination with Salmonella serotype Schwarzengrund. This voluntary recall only affects the United States.
Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments,
including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Animals
can be carriers with no visible symptoms and can potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The company stopped production at the Everson facility on July 29, 2008 when it was alerted of a possible link between dry pet food produced at the plant and two isolated cases of people infected with Salmonella Schwarzengrund. Even though no direct link between product produced at Everson and human or pet illness has been made, Mars Petcare US is taking precautionary action to protect pets and their owners by announcing a voluntary recall of all products produced at the Everson facility beginning February 18, 2008 until July 29, 2008 when we stopped production.
The company is continuing to work collaboratively with the FDA to determine the nature and source of Salmonella Schwarzengrund at the Everson facility. Since it has not yet identified the source of the Salmonella Schwarzengrund at the Everson facility, Mars Petcare US does not plan to resume production out of a commitment to the safety of our pet owners and their pets, customers, and associates.
The top priority of Mars Petcare US has always been and continues to be the health and welfare of pets and their owners. Consumers can continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of the products produced at other Mars Petcare US facilities. Only those products which were produced at the
Everson facility are impacted by the voluntary recall.
Many of the brands involved in the recall are national brands produced at multiple facilities. Mars Petcare US will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are not on store shelves. These products should not be sold or fed to pets. In the event that consumers believe they have purchased products affected by this voluntary recall, they should return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.
Consumers should look for 17 as the first two digits of the second line in the UPC code. Sample: Best By Feb 18 09 17 1445 1. For PEDIGREE, the Everson code date format is as follows: Consumers should look for PAE on the bottom line - the sixth, seventh and eighth digits. Sample: PEDIGREE Small Crunchy Bites Best Before 02/2009. 808G1PAE01 12:00.
In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at: www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html.
In honor of National Feral Cat Day on Thursday, Oct. 16, the Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet will hold a $5 spay/neuter day for feral and stray cats in Miami-Dade County.
This will be the official kickoff for a year-long program dedicated to vaccinating and spaying/neutering the free-roaming cats of our community. Many thanks go out to the Swienton Family
Charitable Foundation for their $10,000 donation to the program.
"Feral cats are the same species as companion cats, but they live outdoors in family groups and have never been socialized to people,'' said Emily Marquez-Dulin, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. "As an organization that is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation, unless we sterilize the animals that live freely in the community we will not be able to make a dent in the cat overpopulation that is prominent in Miami-Dade County.''
National Feral Cat Day was inaugurated in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for feral and stray cats. Alley Cat Allies is the foremost authority on a program called TNR, Trap-Neuter-Return, a humane method of care that improves the lives of outdoor cats. With Trap-Neuter-Return, outdoor cats are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and
vaccinated. Cats that have undergone the procedure are eartipped - a small portion of the left ear is removed for identification.
To celebrate National Feral Cat Day, residents can humanely trap and transport cats to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and eartipped at the North Miami Beach location, 16101 West Dixie Highway or the Cutler Bay clinic, 10700 SW 211th St.
"Trap-Neuter-Return has the added benefit of ending the stresses and behaviors associated with breeding and makes the cats happier, healthier, and better neighbors,'' said Cindy Hewitt, Free-Roaming Cat Program Coordinator.
To schedule an appointment … maximum two; additional cats will be accommodated if space permits … call 305-696-0800. To borrow traps and learn more about trapping, please call Cat Network at
It's been five days now since my sweet Gracie took her last breath in my arms, and some kind people have sent poems to comfort me. There's a surprising amount of poetry for this sad event - way more than I imagined - but I have to say that for me, the most touching and poignant is the following, by Robinson Jeffers, whose long narrative poems I discovered as a moody teenager, and read endlessly.
This is called The House Dog's Grave, and it brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. I share it with one of the last pictures taken of my Gracie.
I've changed my ways a little; I cannot now
Run with you in the evenings along the shore,
Except in a kind of dream; and you, if you dream a moment, You see me there.
So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front door
Where I used to scratch to go out or in,
And you'd soon open; leave on the kitchen floor
The marks of my drinking-pan.
I cannot lie by your fire as I used to do
On the warm stone,
Nor at the foot of your bed; no, all the night through
I lie alone.
But your kind thought has laid me less than six feet
Outside your window where firelight so often plays,
And where you sit to read--and I fear often grieving for me--
Every night your lamplight lies on my place.
You, man and woman, live so long, it is hard
To think of you ever dying
A little dog would get tired, living so long.
I hope than when you are lying
Under the ground like me your lives will appear
As good and joyful as mine.
No, dear, that's too much hope: you are not so well cared for
As I have been.
And never have known the passionate undivided
Fidelities that I knew.
Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided. . . .
But to me you were true.
You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend.
I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures
To the end and far past the end. If this is my end,
I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.
Robinson Jeffers, 1941
Her name was Gracie, and she got it from another great female comic: Gracie Allen. If you're of a certain age, you'll recall the Burns and Allen show, which always ended with George Burns saying, "Say goodnight, Gracie,'' and Allen - in all her over-the-top ditsiness - would chirp, "Goodnight Gracie!''
Well, when this wonderful little dog came into my life nearly 15 years ago as a puppy no bigger than my size 5 1/2 shoe, she was already a vaudeville act. Irrepressible, attitudinal, fearless. I'll never forget her marching in the front door to my house, where three big dogs were already living, looking at them, me, the whole world with a look that said, "Do NOT mess with me. I WILL kick your butt!'' And then, if I recall, she took a running leap at a 65-pound Dalmatian's tail and grabbed it with her little puppy teeth.
That she lived to a ripe old age is, in part, testament to that wisdom and patience of that amazing Dal, Mickey, now long gone.
When it was time for the household to turn out the lights and go to sleep, Gracie was still looking for trouble. So we took to saying, Good NIGHT, puppy, which soon became, Good NIGHT, Gracie. It was perfect.
She was probably part Lab, part hound - mostly black, with a white streak on her chest, white feet, and a freckly nose. In old age, she was white in the face, on the legs, even in the inside of her ears - which became like a talisman to me. You remember your "blue blankee'' from childhood, or whatever it was that was soft and velvety and that you rubbed until it was in shreds? That's what Gracie's ears were to me: perfect little triangular blue blankies that fortunately, could not be worn to shreds.
As she grew to her full weight of 50-55 pounds, she found new worlds to conquer. No trash can was safe - especially if it contained used tissues or dental floss. And no style of can deterred her; she could flip any lid, or if that failed, dump the whole thing over.
She feared no dog. When my stepdog Harley - 130 pounds of wolf hybrid - came into her life six years ago, she "talked'' to him as she did to the other dogs and humans in her life: in a distinctive growl/squeak that contained no anger, but clearly said: I will be obeyed!
She was a nibbler of textiles, other dogs, and the occasional human body part. When she wanted me up in the morning, she come to the edge of the bed, bark in my face, and nibble on whatever limb was available. And she would not stop until I was vertical.
Her favorite place was the bed, so when she stopped jumping up into it earlier this year, I figured old age was catching up with her and got a fleecy dog bed for my bedroom floor. Then her back end began wobbling, which I figured was arthritis.
But it wasn't arthritis; it was bone cancer in her right hind leg. She also had age-related spinal deterioration that made her left leg unstable - and amputation of the right leg impossible. Chemo for a 15-year-old dog was out of the question.
With heavy-duty painkillers, we bought her some time, knowing what lay ahead. She began to lose control in every way, pinwheeling into things that fell on her or got her tangled up. With a breaking heart, I had to face the inevitable - as I've done with other dogs in each of the past three years.
The moment came this past weekend, after a breakfast of grilled sirloin and the absolutely verboten chocolate chunk ice cream - amid a flood of tears from me and her stepdad, Jake, and via the gentle, caring touch of Dr. Ron Tapper at Emerald Hills Animal Hospital in Hollywood. It was Ron who administered her first puppy shots so many years ago, and took such wonderful care of her in all the years between, and his kindness is a great comfort to me.
I also want to thank Dr. Michael Aronsohn of Animal Medical Center in Cooper City, who gave me an honest and realistic second opinion.
I have had nearly 20 dogs - also assorted birds and rodents - and I have loved them all. But a few have been The Great Dogs of My Life. Add Gracie to that list.
Goodnight, Gracie, my sweet, funny little girl. I will miss you forever.
Elephant cured of drug addiction
An Asian elephant that became addicted to heroin after being fed bananas spiked with the drug is to return home after undergoing a detox programme.
The four-year-old animal, called Xiguang, received methadone injections for a year at five times the human dosage, state media said.
It was illegally captured by traders in 2005 in south-west China.
When police arrested the traders and freed the elephant, it was found to be suffering from withdrawal symptoms.
The elephant's eyes kept streaming and he made continuous trumpeting noises, the Beijing News newspaper's website reported.
It is thought that the traders fed the elephant bananas laced with heroin to capture and control it.
Xiguang was sent to a wild animal protection centre on Hainan island in south-west China for rehab, the official Xinhua new agency said
He is expected to arrive at a wildlife park in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, on Saturday.
The Asian elephant is an endangered species, with only 25,600-32,750 left in the wild, according to the WWF conservation group.
Hollywood Animal Hospital, Broward's other 24/7 ER clinic, is at 2864 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, can do "minimal'' surgery in a blackout period. The number is 954-920-3556.