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Holiday Things / Christmas Card to Group
« on: December 25, 2008, 03:55:41 am »
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! And have a wonderfulNew Year!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Decorating Tips for Dog People
« on: September 12, 2008, 04:00:43 am »
Saw this on another list and thought it was too good not to pass along. Actually I think many oft hese ideas were stolen from me!!!

Decorating when you have pets can provide unique opportunities to express
your own personal style and taste. Here are some tips I'd like to share:

1. Bare floors, without carpet or throw rugs, can give a nice open feeling
to a room. It can provide a soothing balance when you have many art objects
that reflect your love of animals.

2. Paw prints and nose smudges on glass doors and windows break up glare and
soften the light in a room.

3. Dog crates, when stacked three high, can add height to a room and pull
the eye up. If fastened securely to the wall, the top can provide a safe and
dramatic place for exotic plants or statuary that otherwise might be
molested by your pets. And up light can make it a real focal point. Cats
love to inhabit the upper crates, leaving the lower ones for the dogs.

4. Old towels and blankets thrown casually on upholstered furniture can add
a wonderful homey, country-quilt look to an otherwise bland room.

5. Common smooth upholstery fabrics can look almost velvety when lightly
textured with pet hair.

6. Vari-kennels, placed end to end and topped with plate glass can create an
unusual coffee table, one your friends will really remember.

7. Doggie beds, randomly placed around a room, can add color and texture,
much as throw pillows do.

8. Shredded or chewed books and magazines send a message to guests that they
are free to relax and feel at home.

9. Dog crates can make versatile end tables, and can be slip covered to
match any room decor.

10. There is absolutely nothing that makes a guest feel as welcome as three
friendly dogs hopping in his lap as soon as he sits down.

So throw away those videos by Martha and others, and express your own unique
tastes. Your home should reflect what YOU like!

FWIW  This came across a Saint Bernard discussion group I am on.

quoted below
June 19, 2008
 Media Inquiries:
Kimberly Rawlings, 301-827-6242
Consumer Inquiries:

FDA Requests Seizure of Animal Food Products at PETCO Distribution Center
Today, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Marshals seized various animal food products stored under unsanitary conditions at the PETCO Animal Supplies Distribution Center located in Joliet, Ill., pursuant to a warrant issued by the United States District Court in Chicago.

U.S. Marshals seized all FDA-regulated animal food susceptible to rodent and pest contamination. The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because it was alleged in a case filed by the United States Attorney that they were being held under unsanitary conditions. (The Act uses the term "insanitary" to describe such conditions).

During an FDA inspection of a PETCO distribution center in April, widespread and active rodent and bird infestation was found. The FDA inspected the facility again in May and found continuing and widespread infestation.

"We simply will not allow a company to store foods under filthy and unsanitary conditions that occur as a direct result of the company's failure to adequately control and prevent pests in its facility," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "Consumers expect that such safeguards will be in place not only for human food, but for pet food as well."

The distribution center in Joliet, Ill., provides pet food products and supplies to PETCO retail stores in 16 states including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

FDA has no reports of pet illness or death associated with consumption of animal food distributed by PETCO, and does not have evidence that the food is unsafe for animals. However, the seized products were in permeable packages and held under conditions that could affect the food's integrity and quality.

As a precaution, consumers who have handled products originating from the PETCO distribution center should thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap. Any surfaces that came in contact with the packages should be washed as well. Consumers are further advised as a precaution to thoroughly wash products sold in cans and glass containers from PETCO in the 16 affected states.

If a pet has become ill after eating these food products, pet owners should contact their veterinarian and report illnesses to FDA state consumer complaint coordinators. "

Saint Bernard Pictures / Roses are in bloom & it's Brec's birthday
« on: June 02, 2008, 04:24:47 pm »
Well, we really don't know when he was born so we gave him a one year birthday on the day he was adopted. This also happened to be my birthday too, what a present! So, today we are celebrating "Breccan Se's" (pronounced  Brek-awn Shay) third birthday and my, urhh, nevermind. Here are a few pictures of the birthday boy that I took today, to honor the occasion. I'll split them up into two posts. Here's wishing you many more big boy!

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Beautiful Gr Pyr in Ky shelter
« on: March 31, 2008, 10:34:38 am »
Anyone know of a rescue that can help this guy? Doesn't seem right to leave him to take his chances in a 'kill' shelter!   I'd be glad to help arrange transport if he had to come east through PA.

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