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1. My favorite food seasoning is garlic.

2. Music is music to my ears.  (Hah!)

3. Lucky is something I’ve never been.

4. The welfare of children and animals is something I take very seriously.

5. Many people don’t really know themselves.

6. Frozen chicken breast was the last thing I bought at the store.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to lounging around watching tv, tomorrow my plans include catching up on my blog and everybody else’s and Sunday, I want to email the local candidates for city council about affordable housing!  (Super exciting weekend at The Muse Asylum!)

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From the BCSPCA.

Halloween Can Spook Animals

Some tips to protect animals over the Halloween Season

While Halloween is fun for trick or treaters, it can be a scary and dangerous time for pets and farm animals. “Loud noises can cause animals to panic putting both pets and children in danger,” says Lorie Chortyk, Director of Community Relations for the BC SPCA. Farm animals are at risk too. Dogs or cats could dart into traffic or jump through windows, while frightened farm animals could run into barbed-wire fences or other obstructions. Dogs can also act out of character at the sight of strangers in costumes coming to your door.

Keep Your Pet Inside

Prevent your pets from escaping or confronting trick or treaters by keeping them in a quiet room. You may consider disabling your doorbell for the night if your dog is the type that gets excited whenever it rings. Now is also a good time to make sure your pet has identification – a tag and a tattoo or microchip – in case your pet gets lost. Cats need identification too — indoor cats too — in case they bolt from fright.

Don’t Feed Candy and Chocolate to Pets

“Any sudden diet change will cause stomach upset in your animal,” says Dr. Jamie Lawson, BC SPCA Director of Animal Health. “Feeding animals candy can lead to health problems such as diabetes or obesity,” says Lawson, “and chocolate is especially dangerous because it naturally contains theobromine, an ingredient which is toxic to cats and dogs.”

Loud Bangs Panic Some Animals

Because exploding fireworks can affect pets in varying degrees be sure to spend time consoling your pets whenever there are loud noises. Some dogs will howl, while others might cower and whine. “I’ve seen cases where a dog has bolted in fear right through a screen door. The dog was gone for days just because of a loud bang,” says Dr. Dave Sedgman, veterinarian with Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops. “In extreme cases animals will try to dig into a hardwood floor or even jump through a plate glass window in fear.”

On Halloween night, leave your dog at home while trick or treating; bring dogs and cats indoors; and set off legal fireworks in areas away from pets and farm animals. By thinking about the animals, Halloween will be a safer and stress-free occasion, as well as fun for kids.

I am incredibly pleased to be attending a press conference this afternoon, announcing that Kamloops is getting a low cost spay/neuter clinic.  The BCSPCA bigwigs are coming up, schmoozing will happen.  We’ve been lobbying for a long time for this clinic, and it is going to make a huge difference in our community.  I would do backward handsprings, but I’d hurt myself.   So I’m settling for an enormous grin, and 13 Reasons to Spay/Neuter Your Pet.

1. By having your pets spayed and neutered, you will help to reduce the terrible overpopulation of companion animals.  In just seven years, one unspayed cat and her offspring can produce over 450,000 cats!  (Average litter of three, twice a year).  In seven years, one dog and her offspring can produce over 4,000 dogs!  (Average litter of four, once a year.)

2.  Your female dog or cat will live a longer, healthier life.  Spaying helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer, and eliminates the risk for ovarian and uterine cancer.  Spaying before your animal enters her first heat offers the best protection.

3.  Your spayed female won’t go into heat.  (I don’t know why anyone would want to go through a heat season, personally!)  In trying to attract a mate, the female cat will yowl and urinate more frequently (all over the house!).  The female dog will often have a week of bloody discharge, and she is fertile for approximately a week afterward.  While dogs generally come into heat twice a year, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season.

4.  Your male dog or cat benefits from neutering, too!  If he is neutered before six months of age, he will be protected from testicular cancer and less likely to develop prostate enlargement or prostate cancer.

5.  Your male dog will be less likely to try to escape to go and find a mate.  An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, and once he’s free, he can be hit by a car or get into fights with other males.

6.  Your male dog will likely be much better behaved, as well!  Neutered cats and dogs are better able to focus their attention on their human families, because they are free from sexual anxiety.  If a cat or dog is unneutered, they may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house.  Also, when indoors, male dogs may mount furniture and human legs when stimulated.  And importantly, many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering (preferably before six months of age).

7.  It is a MYTH that neutered dogs won’t be good protectors of your home.  A  neutered dog protects his home and family just as well as unneutered dog.

8.  It is also a MYTH that fixing your animal will make him/her fat.  Lack of exercise and overfeeding make pets fat, not spaying or neutering.

9.  Spaying and neutering is cost-effective.  The cost of spay or neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.  It is also less than the cost of treatment when your unneutered male escapes and gets into fights, or the cost of cleaning the carpet that your unspayed female keeps mistaking for her litter box, or the cost of cleaning bloody discharge from your carpet.

10.  Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to witness the miracle of birth.
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping teaches your children irresponsibility.  Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized for lack of a home knows that this is a dangerous MYTH.  There are many fabulous books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner.

11. A female pet does NOT benefit from having one litter before she is spayed. Allowing your female cat or dog to have a litter does NOT provide any benefits.  There are health risks to the mother during pregnancy and when giving birth.

12.  If you have more than one companion animal, they are more likely to get along better if they are spayed and neutered.

13.  Even rabbits should be spayed and neutered!  Check out why here.

Bonus:  You will be a responsible pet guardian if you have your pet spayed or neutered!

Thanks to the BCSPCA and the ASPCA for these lists.

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I just can’t seem to shake this flu.  I have a post I want to write about Donald Trump, and my brain is just not working.  I know that’s a mean teaser, but it’s about all I can write right now.  Please don’t desert me, readers!  Interesting posts will return, I promise!

What is the greatest value that guides your life?  Compassion.

Fill in the blank: If I could be anybody besides myself, I would be someone with no psychological baggage.  Or at least, different psychological baggage.

What is one item in your house that you should really throw out but probably never will?  There are too many items to list.  But just to give an example, my law school class notes.

Check out Fleur de Lisa’s great meme site!

I was watching Dannan eat a dog cookie on the linoleum today. He licked up all the cookie crumbs, which were spread out all over. And I thought, wow, what a great way to clean the floors; I should just sprinkle crumbs everywhere and let him lick them up. And I thought it was a really good idea.

1. Right now, I’m feeling like I’ve been run over by a train.
2. In bed with something hot to drink is where I want to be.
3. How does one manage to get sick every year, two weeks before one gets a flu shot?
4. Making lists and keeping a date book keeps me on track.
5. Please don’t tell me I need to get over it.
6. Watching dogs play fills me with joy.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to Penelope’s Ball (the SPCA Halloween party), tomorrow my plans include helping out at a Red Cross booth at the mall, and Sunday, I want to visit my parents!

Visit Janet’s great site!

…I forgot sneezing.

Thirteen Symptoms:

1.  Dizzy

2.  Headache

3.  Sore chest

4.  Lightheaded

5.  Queasy

6.  Shaky

7.  Sore throat

8.  Cough

9.  Runny nose

10.  Chills

11.  Body aches

12.  Hard to focus and concentrate

13.  Don’t even want to move

I swear, if the last couple of months indicates how many bugs I’ll catch this winter, I think I’ll just hibernate.

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