08.25.13

Dog Safety: play-dates, snakes, and shock collars

Posted in Dogs for dog lovers at 9:17 am by petArtist Cmoses

5 Ways to Avoid Disaster During Your Dog’s Next Playdate
Informative Dogster.com article…

The Potential Benefits of Shock Collars
This Care2.com article deals with protecting dogs from rattlesnakes… read that to include other possible dangerous critters such as porcupines, skunks, bees, bears (?) etc.

My take on shock collars–
Peaches enjoys a huge area of free run, including horse pastures, thanks to our invisible dog fence. IMO, being trained by a shock collar (humanely, sound signal warning plus intermittent-pulse shock) is far more beneficial to a dog than being run over by a car. The invisible dog fence is the greatest invention since sliced bread, if you want your dog to have freedom to exercise WITHIN BOUNDARIES and do not have a securely-fenced area.

I have seen dogs who had a short attention span be effectively trained to pay attention to master– and thus be kept out of trouble– through (humane and judicious) use of hand-held shock controllers. Both our English setters, who are fast-running dogs, learned safer behavior from shock collars.

In pretty much all cases, the judgment of the human handler is better than the dog’s, where the dog’s safety is concerned.

06.11.13

Fighting ticks and black flies on horses? (and mosquitoes in the yard)

Posted in Cats for cat people, Dogs for dog lovers, Horses for the horse crazy at 12:53 pm by petArtist Cmoses

I have pulled ticks off our horses at times, as well as off myself. It seems we can only keep our fingers crossed that no one (horse or person) contracts Lyme disease, as there are no vaccinations against it that I’ve heard of to date, except for in dogs.

It is a daunting challenge to protect a horse from ticks. Personally I think insect/fly sprays used on horses are virtually ineffective and don’t last longer than a few minutes. I have no idea how you would go about stopping ticks, OR how you could ever seriously inspect an animal the size of a horse. The ticks I have found on horses have been mostly by chance; they can be felt, and often cause a swelling or thickened area. But then, so do the biting black flies.

Sadly, New England states are epicenters for Lyme-disease-bearing ticks… although I have been in areas of Tennessee and North Carolina which had TONS MORE ticks (based on personal observations). Thank goodness there don’t seem to be so MANY ticks in south/central New Hampshire! It seems that Lyme has now spread as far south as Virginia, if not further.

Also sadly, poor horses are simply magnets for biting insects of all sorts. What a huge target they make! I HAVE found that “Swat” fly-repellent ointment (I use clear, NOT pink) is a great deterrent to black flies. I apply it inside my horses’ ears, on their sheath areas and inside thighs, and to chest and armpits if they get bite irritations there. Applying every few days seems to work because Swat is like vaseline and just stays in place. One of our boys has skin more sensitive than the other to fly bites, and he gets more bumps/itchy places.

Tips for Tackling Ticks

The Best Green Ways to Rid Your Yard of Ticks and Mosquitoes

Above articles [Care2] have several links to “green” tick and mosquito repellers, including DIY insect repellents you can make.

Has anyone tried any of these repellents with horses or dogs?

6 ways to beat mosquitoes naturally

See Peaches’ posts on Big Stinky and fly control.

See Bug products worth the cost and effort? at BestHorsePractices.com

12.27.12

Happy dog, TALL dog, existential French cat videos

Posted in Cats for cat people, Dogs for dog lovers at 9:22 pm by petArtist Cmoses

This pup is super-energetic and certainly LOVES to jump!

This is reputedly the world’s tallest dog…

Love this one, a philosophically-inclined cat…

11.11.12

Pet rescue New York after Hurricane Sandy

Posted in Dogs for dog lovers at 11:59 am by petArtist Cmoses

10.08.12

People Foods hazardous to dogs

Posted in Dogs for dog lovers at 11:51 am by petArtist Cmoses

14 Foods you should never feed your dog, which are harmful or toxic your pet.

Animal Poison Control Center 888-426-4435

05.22.12

Portraits With Pets on Facebook

Posted in ART for art's sake, Dogs for dog lovers, Horses for the horse crazy at 2:57 pm by petArtist Cmoses

Sharing my Facebook Page Portraits With Pets… you will need to be signed into Facebook to see everything.

Early 2012 Facebook album with some recent digital portrait commissions.

A few 2011 portrait commissions

Artworks and photos from a Corel Painter workshop I attended in October 2011…

Some 2010 pet portraits Facebook Album…

Earlier works (since 2004) may be found on my Portraits With Pets website. The Mini-Galleries page gives a quick overview of all the artworks.

Hope you will visit!

Baby animal videos, unlikely friends

Posted in Dogs for dog lovers at 2:56 pm by petArtist Cmoses


Puppy and parrot fight over yogurt


Really cute colt plays with pit bull in the pasture…


more of colt and pit bull.


This Pit bull loves giving kisses to a horse…

Another cute one here of calf and a dog… made even funnier by the cute hokey music!

03.23.12

Best and Worst ‘People’ Food for Dogs and Cats

Posted in Cats for cat people, Dogs for dog lovers at 8:30 pm by petArtist Cmoses

Worth reprinting… from Care2, By PetMD

Like buying candy for kids, we often think snacks that have been specially packaged for pets are the best treats in the world. Why would they want anything other than a tasty treat? But a lot of those packaged pet snacks and treats are the equivalent of candy. They are not a big deal, as long as you don’t do too much of it, since they are mostly devoid of nutritional value.

And just as we encourage kids to eat their veggies rather than another candy, we can also encourage a love for veggies in our pets. These low calorie, low fat, vitamin and mineral-packed “treats” are a great alternative to the packaged dog biscuits and kitty chews.

Which Vegetables Are Best and Which Vegetable Are Not Safe for Pets?
There are some plant foods that are toxic to pets, so you will want to be familiar with what to avoid and even prevent access to. If you are unsure, check with your veterinarian to make sure that your planned treats are not going to be harmful to your pet. Also keep in mind that while dogs are omnivorous and thus more open to trying different kinds of foods. Cats, on the other hand, are carnivorous. They are not just picky about what they eat — they are constitutionally incapable of digesting some types of foods.

Good Foods

Apples – without seeds or core (apple seeds contain chemical compounds that are poisonous to animals)
Blueberries
Strawberries
Watermelon – without seeds
Frozen bananas
Green beans
Carrots – raw or cooked
Sweet potato – cooked, cubed or mashed without butter or seasoning; regular potatoes are also good, but in limited amounts since they are high in sugar and can increase weight
Squash, zucchini
Lettuce
Spinach
Popcorn – unsalted and unbuttered
Catnip or cat grass

Bad Foods

Grapes and raisins – contain chemical compounds that are toxic to dogs
Garlic and onions – both have chemical properties that can be toxic and even life threatening to dogs and cats
Tomatoes
Avocado
Mushrooms – particularly wild mushrooms
Fruits with pits, such as peaches, cherries, and plums – in some cases the pit can be toxic or can simply present a choking hazard
Nuts – particularly macadamia nuts, which are toxic to pets

What is the Best Way To Feed These Types of Treats?
The foods should be baked or steamed, cut up into smallish pieces, and only given in small amounts at a time. This will prevent both choking and an overload of carbohydrate- and calorie-rich foods. You can give the vegetables and fruits by themselves, or you might mash or puree them and mix them up with the prepared food and given at meal times.

Replacing your pet’s dense, high fat packaged treats with healthy treats like fruits and vegetables will be one of the most beneficial things you do for your pet. Over the long term, your pet’s health and immune system will be stronger, aging will not be as severe, its weight will stay steadier, and if weight is already an issue, you may even see your pet’s weight become more manageable — if you stick to it and include moderate exercise.

With any change in diet, it is important to observe your pet for issues that can arise in response to the change. If your pet begins to show digestive or behavioral changes, stop feeding the new foodstuff and consult with a veterinarian if the problem does not go away in the absence of the added food.

03.18.12

Horses, dogs, cats and birds (interspecies play videos)

Posted in Cats for cat people, Dogs for dog lovers, Horses for the horse crazy at 7:46 pm by petArtist Cmoses


foal playing with dog


cat that loves horses


tug of war with pit bull


cat playing with bird


unusual animal friends (video slideshow)

02.05.12

Skidboot, a dog (video)

Posted in Dogs for dog lovers at 2:24 pm by petArtist Cmoses

Heartwarming dog story from Texas…


by texascountryreporter on youTube

Thank you SC for sharing!

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