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Dog Fest San Diego Walk n Roll

This Saturday, November 22, Canine Companions for Independence is holding its annual Dog Fest at NTC Park at Liberty Station. 

The fun begins at 8:00 a.m. and includes a 1 1/2 mile walk, contests, vendor booths and lots of fun for you and your furry companions.

This is a wonderful way to get some exercise, spend time with your family, and raise some funds for this incredible organization.

Canine Companions for Independence supports people in need of assistance to improve their quality of life by raising and training wonderful puppies and then providing them to those who qualify.

A Prayer For Animals

A friend of mine gave me this copy of a poem purportedly written by Albert Schweitzer but possibly not. At any rate, it is definitely worth sharing.

   "Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering; for any that are hunted, or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death. We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful."

It's About Time

I read about this news this am in an article posted by Lisa Bernier of the "Bark Post".
The FBI just made animal cruelty a top-tier felony.

Last week the FBI re-categorized animal cruelty as a Class-A felony so abusers could potentially face jail time. This new listing makes it similar to major crimes such as assault, homicide and arson.
The FBI definition of animal cruelty is as follows:

"Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment.

Great New Technology to Get Lost Pets Back Home

 I found an interesting and exciting article in the digital version of "Veterinary Practice News" this morning. Apparently, a Los Angeles company is working on a new microchip that would be implanted in dogs and cats called "Escape Alert".
Traditionally, the rice-sized microchips that are currently implanted in our pets, contain only the information on who their owner is and how to contact them. In order to get our lost pets back, a good Samaritan would have to find our dog or cat,  take them to a veterinary clinic or shelter  and have them scanned for a microchip.

Pet Sitters International Convention

Forgive me for not blogging for a long time but I have been out of town visiting my family and most recently, attending the PSI convention in Indianapolis.
The convention was amazing. Of course it was extra special for me as I was crowned as PSI's Pet Sitter of the Year for 2013. They had a whole ceremony with pictures etc. which I hope to share with you soon.The line up of Speakers was awesome and I learned so much about caring for our wonderful pets. Topic sessions included: Geriatric Pets, Exotic Pets, Cats and Litter box issues, Aggressive dogs, Pet First Aid, End of Life Options for pets, Finding Missing pets, etc.
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