Saturday, March 19, 2011
Fantastic article with photo references from the ASPCA!
Happy National Poison Prevention Week! As pet parents honor this week by assessing animal toxins in their homes, the ASPCA wants to remind folks to take care when planning (or planting) their springtime gardens, too. Whether you’re blessed with balmy weather already or are patiently awaiting the first day of spring (March 20, holla!), please be mindful of the season’s toxic obstacles for our furry friends.
Last year, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center fielded tens of thousands of calls related to pets who accidentally ingested or came in contact with garden-related products, including insecticides, weed killers and pet-toxic plants. Don’t let your furry beloved become a victim of your green thumb—read our expert tips below.
- When designing and planting your green space, keep in mind that many popular outdoor plants—including sago palm, rhododendron and azalea—are toxic to cats and dogs, and may cause liver failure or heart problems.
- When walking your dog, take care to keep Fido off the grass and away from toxic lawn and garden products. Cocoa mulch—a byproduct of chocolate—is especially problematic because it attracts dogs with its sweet smell and can cause them gastrointestinal distress or more serious neurological problems if consumed in large quantities.
- Always store pesticides in inaccessible areas. The most dangerous forms of pesticides include snail bait with metaldehyde, fly bait with methomyl, insecticides with the ingredients disyston or disulfoton, mole or gopher bait with zinc phosphide, and most forms of rat poisons.
- Unattended garden tools may seem like no big deal, but rakes, tillers, hoes and trowels can be hazardous to pets and cause trauma to paws, noses or other parts of a curious pet's body. Please leave all unused tools in a safe area, not haphazardly scattered on the ground.
For a complete list of tips, check out our online guide to Pet-Safe Gardening. Now, get thee to a nursery and have a safe spring season!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Gautreau’s chef to appear on Top Chef Masters... (from the Blog of New Orleans)
The spin-off of Bravo's Top Chef series features established chefs competing in "quickfire" and "elimination challenges" for the charities of their choice. Zemanick will be competing for theLouisiana SPCA, and Currence, who currently runs the City Grocery Restaurant Group in Oxford, Miss., will compete for No Kid Hungry.
New Orleans chef John Besh competed on the first season of the show.
Aspen, is a tiny female dachshund/beagle mix puppy, approximately 8 – 10 weeks old found dumped in an ice chest of a truck. You can only imagine the truck owner’s surprise when he opened his ice chest to find this little puppy crying. Thankfully, he found this little angel, as the man usually just left his ice chest in the truck. However, when he returned home, he decided to unload it to take indoors. Aspen is now with Dr. Riedel of Furry Friends Animal Hospital, receiving the TLC she needs. She has been wormed, is up to date on vaccines, will be spayed and microchipped prior to adoption. If you need more information, please contact Furry Friends Animal Hospital, at 504-366-6060. Email sent from: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I received this email today from one of the clients that sent the original email regarding these two beautiful babies...I am working on it y'all!
I contacted Shelley directly because one of my friends tried calling but none of the contact info was working :(
She had already learned this and was hoping to be able to find out more. In the meantime, she gave me an email address but no one's had any luck with it.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I have received a few emails and blog posts today about the babies. I have sent email(s) to the contacts that sent the information to me. I will post as soon as I hear!
4:18PM today -
We haven’t been able to reach Tracey by phone or email. I just tried again. So far I haven’t gotten a bounce back like I did this am.
I’ll keep you posted. I want back to Melanie Manning who sent me the original email and she just has the same phone and email I do.
Dog stands by injured canine friend in Japan
March 16: A dog guards an injured canine friend in Japan. Rescue workers managed to get one dog to a shelter and the injured animal to a veterinary clinic. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.
I decided to drop by Lafreniere Park on the way home from the Vet in La Place. Wearing these two out is critical in getting things done in the afternoon. It was a very difficult walk... we ran into three/four groups of chickens. Henri likes chicken! It took all I had to keep my babies for eating them. Every day this week we have had a "I want to eat that" situation!
My poor Henri is having belly issues AGAIN and we had to get more medication! I was sure he was bad this morning when he did not want to eat his breakfast. Always something with my little boy!
Excerpt from Parkway Partners Newsletter.
Have you scheduled for the spraying of trees near you?
We are now in an extended period of high Buck Moth activity" according to Michael Carroll, Director of the New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board. "The caterpillars will go through five larval instars and become a stinging problem around the third instar."Parkway Partners, in conjunction with the city's parkways department, will begin spraying trees for the smaller caterpillars before they molt into the stinging form of the caterpillar. The flurry of activity when the caterpillars reach the stinging stage causes a backlog. It is advisable to sign up for spraying early as technicians will address trees in the order received. Spraying can only take place once the caterpillars have hatched. As the live oaks shed their leaves in March, the freshly hatched caterpillars feed off the tender new leaves. This destruction of the new leaf foliage stresses the trees. The caterpillars have no known predators in our environment as they are native to the orient. Continued and coordinated spraying in certain areas, such as St. Charles Avenue, has resulted in far fewer buck moths flying this past fall. We expect that this will translate into fewer caterpillars hatching through March. However, in certain neighborhoods, such as Algiers, there were large numbers of moths flying. A Buck Moth caterpillar sting is very painful for both humans and animals and causes inflammation that can last for several days. To treat the stings, scrape the stingers with a credit card, then stick adhesive tape on the sting, pulling it off repeatedly.
There is a single generation per year. For more information
and signup, go to our website at www.parkwaypartnersnola.org
<http://www.parkwaypartnersnola.org/> or call Burdette, 620-2224.
Save our Trees form
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
“Take a Spin for Your Cause!” in the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel…to benefit the Louisiana SPCA. From 6:00pm-9:00pm, drop-by the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St.) and a portion of the proceeds from your cocktail(s) will go to the programs and services of the Louisiana SPCA. Easy parking at the Hotel Monteleone or Solari’s Garage. Call 504.523.3341 for more info.
Honey Bun is one of 8 pups born 12/31/11 and is currently 8 weeks old. The mom was a stray female Labrador mix who is also up for adoption. This little sweetie is a little bigger than the pictures show from a few weeks ago! Please contact504-891-6774 or 504-343-3683. He is currently being fostered in New Orleans and we would love to arrange a meeting.
A fellow resident at 1**** Canal has a missing dog and desperately needs your help to locate her.
Rosie is a 5 year old tri-color Cavalier King Charles Spaniel weighing roughly 15 pounds. She is black and white, with tan markings on her face. She has been missing since March 12, 2011 and was last seen on the 2nd floor.
There is a generous reward offered for information leading to her return.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Some of you know me, most of you don't. I am reaching out to find a good home for my mother's dachshunds, Ren and Seamus. They are a brother and sister team that mom got last May - they will be a year old in April. Seamus has long hair and hazel eyes and Ren (short for Serendipity) is a short hair with black eyes.
They are blonde and beautiful, sweet, loving pups. They are fixed and AKC Registered (just trying to lay my hands on Seamus' papers, but I have Ren's in hand. My mom (their mom) passed away a week ago yesterday after a short (thankfully) bout with cancer and I can not take these guys in – the landlord has a no dog policy. I would prefer not to split them up as they are brother and sister and best friends and mom would have wanted them to stay together. They are up to date with their innoculations, etc. These are show quality pups and deserve a loving family. I have attached some pics to give you an idea of how cute they are and about how big (or small) they are. They will be free, of course, to someone who wants to love and nurture them in mom's stead.
Thank you for your help in spreading the word. I also have two breeding budgies and their 2 babies as well as a beautiful black and white long
haired cat (Approximately 5 years old) who need homes as well.
Tracey E Collins
504.583.0172 (C & W)