® | March 3rd 2006 Newsletter
Programming with a Purpose

                        In this issue:

GOAT HELPS BOY COPE WITH A.D.H.D. Britt Savage gets the story...
HI - TECH VETERINARIAN Fixing what ails your Pet.
10 HUMAN HABITS THAT DRIVE CATS C-R-A-Z-Y!  Columnist Arden Moore explains...
PRODUCT REVIEW Dick Van Pattens Natural Balance Pet Food BOOK REVIEW Barking Up The Family Tree
THE FAIRY TALE ANIMAL HELPER - Once Upon Our Time with Dr. Rae Ann Kumelos.
EASY RECIPES FOR YOUR PUP - Put on the Apron and cook for your Dog.

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ASK "THE DOG BIBLE" ­ Based on THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You To Know by Tracie Hotchner

Puppy Kindergarten
If you were one of the lucky people who got a new puppy for the holidays, then you may have already started her in school ­ but if you haven't, there's no time like the present to get her socialized. Three to four months old is a great age to begin training your pup and teaching her the basics about life ­ but there is a big debate going on about whether puppies that age should get out and about ­ or be cloistered at home.

Isolate or Socialize?

Some experts say that to protect a young puppy's health he should be kept away from all other dogs and public places until his puppy shots are finished at 16 weeks. Other experts say that your puppy will be emotionally stunted unless he meets lots of dogs and experiences a vast assortment of social situations by the time he reaches 4 months of age. Both points of view can be defended. While there is well-documented proof that unsocialized dogs can suffer from a long list of problems (growing up to be nervous, timid, noisy, or aggressive, especially around new people or in new situations) it is also true that a young dog is physically vulnerable.

The Timing of Socialization Makes all the Difference

The paradox is that the most developmentally sensitive weeks in a puppy's life - when it is optimal to introduce him to places and things - are the very weeks when cautious caretakers recommend keeping your puppy virtually isolated because he is most susceptible to getting illnesses from other dogs. But research on canine development has shown that "appropriate positive socialization" (which ­ in everyday language - means "lots of happy adventures") has to happen during the window of opportunity that opens at 3 weeks and is at its peak between 12 and 16 weeks. Early socialization of puppies ­ getting them exposed to as many sights and sounds as possible ­ is fundamental to the youngster becoming a well-balanced dog. Experts agree that a puppy who is kept isolated will miss that developmental period and may grow up fearful of strangers, other dogs and much of the world around him.

There is also an entirely canine socialization that needs to take place at this tender age. There are many behavioral skills that dogs can only learn from other dogs - so puppies need to hang out with others of their own kind. Meeting members of his own species is vitally important before 16 weeks of age, because those weeks are followed by a normal and natural "fear period" in dog development, during which time they actually are not open to adaptation and learning.

Some Puppies Have Higher Need for Socialization

Stand-offish Breeds: there are aloof breeds of dogs who warm up quite a bit if they get a steady diet of socialization during those magic weeks. Puppy kindergarten helps smooth out the natural inclination of some kinds of dogs to be unsociable. Without that positive experience, those same dogs could wind up being less pleasant lifetime companions.

Pet Store Pups: The other group of puppies that has a lot to gain from puppy classes is those purchased at pet stores which come from puppy mills (because ALL puppies in ANY pet store come from wholesale brokers and breeders). These mass marketers of dogs raise puppies as livestock so that they lack positive early contact with people. In the institutional mass breeding operations, a dog does not interact with people, who are limited to workers who feed and clean the cages of hundreds of dogs. The important step of exposing young puppies to the sights and sounds of normal household life does not take place in a puppy mill ­ which means that young dog has started out with a social deficit that you need to overcome if your puppy came from a pet store.

What's the Worst that can Happen Medically?

Most of the infectious diseases that puppies are vaccinated against have fortunately become rare, even extinct (in good part because of aggressive vaccination habits in the past). Distemper has been almost entirely wiped out, parvo doesn't occur often (although it can be deadly to an entire litter), canine infectious hepatitis is practically unheard of and rabies is rare. Kennel cough (also called Bordatella) is the most dangerous illness that's out there for any dog, which means it can be even more serious for little puppies. It is a highly infectious air-borne disease that a dog can spread by coughing or even just breathing ­ and which is contagious before he even has symptoms himself. It can occur and be spread in crowded canine environments like shelters, doggy daycare facilities and dog runs.

What Should You Do?

What is the truth? Which side of this issue is "right" ­ or more right? How to resolve this dilemma for yourself? How precise are those critical weeks in a puppy's emotional development? How essential is it for her to get out-and-about - on the other hand, is the physical risk of mingling with other dogs that great? As with so many black/white controversies, both sides have a point but the gray area is where the answer lies.

Talk to your vet about how to resolve the problem, always keeping in mind that there are doctors who may know less about the social development of dogs than they do about "disease process" - so their point of view may be skewed towards the physical considerations. This conservative approach that some vets take weighs in favor of safeguarding puppies from infectious disease ­ while disregarding the importance of how a dog can suffer lifelong damage from early social isolation.

For most people the answer will be moderation: don't live locked away but do be careful where you take the puppy. That doesn't just mean choose a puppy kindergarten carefully, it means you need to think twice about taking the puppy into any public place where other dogs will be or have been. Veterinarians' waiting rooms are notorious places for the disease to spread ­ certainly NEVER let a small puppy down on the floor at the vet's and don't let him sniff or play with any other dog in there. Puppies are physically vulnerable and their immune systems are not fully up and running yet. It doesn't matter whether people tell you their dog has had vaccinations or is in good health ­ that dog can be carrying an infectious disease that his strong constitution isn't bothered by ­ but could knock a little puppy for a loop.

Make Your Own Puppy Play Group

If you can't find any puppy classes near where you live - or you don't want the responsibility of figuring out whether a puppy kindergarten is safe - you have the option of making your own puppy play group for dog-to-dog socialization. Just invite a few friends with healthy, friendly dogs, the younger the better , and let your pup take it all in.

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Veterinary Minute with Dr. Jim Humphries

Hi-Tech Veterinary Care

As human medicine races toward an ever-expanding horizon of technology, veterinary medicine is running a close second. But many veterinarians and pet owners wonder if "hi-tech" will replace "hi-touch".

Advances in human medicine seem to occur on a daily basis as research and new technology bring new possibilities and hope of healing. And veterinary medicine and surgery continues to follow closely behind. Within the past twenty years, new technologies in diagnostics and surgical techniques have made it possible to greatly extend a family pet or animal athlete's life and competitive career. But while these new technologies bring hope, they often come with a high price. And some veterinarians and pet owners are concerned that "hi-tech" with its high cost has taken away from the "hi-touch" that has been a cornerstone of what many deem "the compassionate profession."

When veterinarians began practicing just twenty years ago, the scalpel was their main tool in the operating room. Today, laser technology can make it possible to reduce surgical pain and bleeding and shorten surgery time. Endoscopy can retrieve objects from a pet's gastrointestinal tract and bypass surgery all together. Arthroscopes and laparoscopes make joint and abdominal surgeries almost seem like minor procedures.

Advances in diagnostics such as ultrasound, echocardiography, and even MRI's are becoming more and more accessible in veterinary medicine and detect disease processes much earlier. This means that illnesses such as cancer that once carried a grim prognosis for pets are now considered treatable and often with a good outcome. Tendon and bone problems that once spelled the end of a career for equine and canine athletes can be diagnosed much sooner, often before the animal has any pain, so that treatment begins before devastating trauma occurs.

Laser surgery uses a very intense beam of highly focused light that can cut through tissue. It is especially useful for very small, precise cuts for biopsies, eye surgery, and tumor removal. Because the lasers automatically seals blood vessels and nerve endings as it cuts, there is much less bleeding and pain. Many pet owners don't mind the additional cost of laser procedures and ask that laser be used on their pets for more routine surgeries such as spays and neuters.

Ultrasound or "sonography" is another advancement that was once found only at university veterinary hospitals or referral practices. Now the technology is considered a mainstream tool in many veterinary practices. A device called a transducer sends high frequency sound waves into an animal's body and measures and interprets the patterns reflected. A still or video picture is created on a monitor. Ultrasound is painless and is very safe on such delicate tissues like the eye, spinal cord, and fetuses. A special type of ultrasound called echocardiography allows a veterinarian to precisely measure heart chambers and view heart valve function which means much better diagnosis for common pet heart problems and more precise treatment.

Radio waves are even helping veterinary dermatologists identify and treat skin conditions in pets. Mainstream surgical techniques with a scalpel can alter or damage delicate skin tissue, making diagnosis difficult. Board-certified veterinary dermatologist, Dr. Lowell Ackerman, a Boston-based practitioner is thrilled with the advantages of radio waves. "With radio waves, I can cut out any mass or lesion in a cookie-cutter like pattern and not destroy any tissue that I send to a pathologist to be read and identified."

Even such advanced technologies like MRI's are beginning to be more common buzzwords and procedures in veterinary practice. MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, uses magnetic and radio wave technology to produce images of body structures and internal organs from many different angles. The technology goes to the atomic level, which produces much more detailed images than regular x-rays or even ultrasound.

But progress carries a price tag, and with health care costs rising in both human and veterinary medicine, some practitioners and owners wonder if they can afford these miracles of modern medicine and surgery. Will hi-tech replace good old-fashioned hands-on "hi-touch?" For example, laser surgery can add another $50-$200 to a surgical procedure. The cost of an MRI was once $1000-$1200, and even though it is now about half that cost, it is still considered too pricey for some owners.

Dr. Toby Rouquette, an emergency veterinarian practicing in Ft. Worth, Texas, is highly appreciative of new technologies which often makes his job much easier and provides much better patient care than ever before. "Technologies such as endoscopy, ultrasound, and sophisticated patient monitoring systems in both surgery and in our medical wards increases patient care and chances of survival in many cases. But not all clients can afford the additional expense of some procedures- we still need to be very good at traditional surgery, medicine, and diagnostics."

Some veterinary practitioners are also concerned that new diagnostic and treatment procedures may mean less hands-on expertise and by-pass the importance of interacting with their clients and patients. They worry that taking a very accurate history from an owner or performing a thorough physical exam may be skills that won't be emphasized enough in veterinary schools and teaching hospitals. It is precisely these skills that most pet owners appreciate as the reason many feel that veterinary medicine is often more compassionate than human medical care.

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ONCE UPON OUR TIME: The Fairy Tale Animal Helper

Before time. Beyond time. Once upon a time. When we read these words, we know we are in the realm of enchantment. Narratives that begin this way are fairy tales. Fairy tales are timeless and placeless; they evoke a realm where anything is imaginable and probable. There is a pause in eternity, a spaciousness of time to a fairy tale that allows for suspension of disbelief about what is or is not possible. In the world of fairy tale, animals talk with people to inspire, guide, assist, and protect. Might this have actually happened? And, if so, is this still possible today?

One way to interpret the fairy tale animal is as an image that conveys archetypal patterns-universal images and blueprints--that serve as reflections of our own inner nature. Marie Louise von Franz, the famous student of psychologist Carl Jung, discovered a remarkable fact about the role of the animal in fairy tales. In the many hundreds of stories she studied over the years, always on the lookout for some basic overall guidelines that could be applied to human behavior, she found only one rule for which there is no exception or contradiction: "if you do not listen to the helpful animal or bird, whatever it is, if any animal gives you advice and you don't follow it, then you are finished." Finished! It did not matter what the animal told the hero to do: lie, don't lie, fight, don't fight. What mattered was following the animal's advice. Not to do so invited certain disaster.

As psychologists, both von Franz and Jung interpreted this remarkable finding of the role of the animal in fairy tale as embodiment of our own animal instincts. We see examples of comparing instinctual animal behavior to our own in our everyday colloquialisms: "clever as a fox;" "the eyes of a hawk;" and "horse-sense." These instinctual and psychological perspectives hold value; they give us a language of analogy that is implicitly understood in our culture. Yet, they do seem to privilege human beings over our animal companions. What about the actual physical presence of a fox, hawk, or horse? Is their appearance or companionship in our lives reduced only to observing their instinctual characteristics for guidance in our actions? Does that mean that if I happen to see a fox in my backyard, I am to assume she is telling me to be clever and cunning in whatever I happen to be doing? Is this what the role of the animal helper in fairy tale meant?

That is one possibility. Another idea comes from the world of the shaman. The mythologist Joseph Campbell called the shaman a "walker of worlds between ordinary and non-ordinary reality." Shamans see the universe and all of the creatures in it as part of an interconnected web of life, or whole, based upon their own experiences within that web of life. A shaman's spirit journey into another realm allows him or her to directly experience the web of life and a mystical unity with all of nature. It is while in this intentional trance state that the shaman meets up with his animal spirit guide, in fairy-tale language, an animal helper, who in turn guides him/her in some area that will elevate and inspire his soul, and through him, enriches his community. In the fairy-tale world, this guidance and inspiration eventually culminates in a 'happily-ever-after' ending.

We see this shamanic 'walking between two worlds' motif in tales when the hero is out in a forest and suddenly finds himself in a timeless Otherworld, usually inhabited with talking animals that help him in his quest. (In Celtic tales, if these animals are white with red ears, then one knows they are in the land of faerie). In the Cinderella fairy tale, which is a story found in cultures all over the world, we see Cinderella traveling back and forth between the otherworldly realm of the magical ball and her mundane life in the cinder-ashes. In the Disney movie of this timeless tale, the version we in America are most familiar with, rats and lizards are transformed into horsemen and footmen who ferry Cinderella back and forth between the two worlds. In the Irish version, Cinderella is assisted by a tortoise-shell cat who gives her all she needs. The Egyptian Cinderella's wishes are granted from a tree that grows on the grave of her pet animal. In all these versions, she is helped by her animal friends. Might Cinderella be a shamaness, dancing between the realms in slippers of rainbowed glass, her various animal helpers partners on her enchanted dance card? We all know what it is like when we are engaged in an activity we love and lose all sense of time; it is magical. At that place and space, are we perhaps walking in the Otherworld of fairy tale? Might we be able, like Cinderella, to enjoy an enchanted Otherworldly state where we too can ask our animal friends for wisdom and guidance?

Maybe so. I do like the idea because Cinderella's Otherworld brings us a little closer to appreciating the animals that live with us in this world. Here is one more lens through which to view the fairy tale animal helper: dreams. Scholars speculate that fairy tales may have come from nighttime dreams in which a person was helped by an animal; the next morning over the day's chores, trips to the local well, or in gatherings with the royal court, the dream was then recounted, perhaps as fact, and a fairy tale was born. Today, in modern-day dream work when the focus is on the animal dreams of the individual, it is not just for the instinctual 'horse-sense' reasoning the animal brings, but to hear the actual voice of the animal in the dream. Just what is it that polar bear, tiger, lizard, dolphin, or ladybug is trying to tell you? In a harried and hurried society where we often do not take the time to pay attention to the natural world, whether it is the presence of our own cats and dogs, or the appearance of the fox in the backyard, our dreams can act as a radio through which other voices are broadcast. It is one place where we let go of the craziness of a busy day long enough for us to hear the wisdom and guidance of the animals. And, the animals need us to hear them, for their message and wisdom lies mute until the dream is engaged. And from that engagement-something we can actually do through journals, meditation, active imagination, even discussion over our modern-day wells and royal courts, the office water cooler--will emerge stories and images of divine guidance and inspiration in a fairy tale narrative to carry us back and forth between the otherworld of dream and into our waking lives.

Whether we choose to believe that the animal helpers of fairy tale are purely instinctual parts of the psyche, that they actually exist in the timeless realm of the Otherworld, or that they speak to us through our nighttime dreams, one fact remains consistent: their message is essential to our individual and collective well-being. Once upon our time, we can choose to follow in the dance steps of our fairy tale heroes and heroines. We too can choose to engage and embrace the four-footed, crawling, swimming, and winged helpers that consistently envelop and protect us in a timeless weave of inspired grace. And that is no fairy tale.

Authored by Rae Ann Kumelos, Ph.D. - This article first appeared in Best Friends Magazine in 2004.
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Barking Up the Family Tree: Kids and Their Animal Kinships
Mark J. Asher
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Mark Asher is at it again. First it was "Old Friends" a remarkable book of photographs of our older, faithful companions. Now he has created "Barking Up the Family Tree," a collection of photographs of children with their animals. You can see and almost feel the connection between the two. Also included are interviews with the children, with questions such as common interests with their animals, what the child has learned from their animal and if their animal were a person, who would they be? As usual, out of the mouths of babes

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ASK THE CAT COACH ­ Marilyn Krieger

Why Does My Cat Bite Me?
Dear Cat Coach,
I have a lovely five month old kitten named Teeko that I adore. I've grown very fond of this little girl. I got her when she was 5 weeks old from a rescue group and I had to bottle feed her for a few weeks. Here's the problem: Teeko bites me hard when I play with her, and sometimes she'll even attack and bite me while I'm sleeping. Her biting has become more frequent and severe, she'll sometimes bite me when I'm picking her up or just petting her. She has drawn blood on a number of occasions. Why is she doing this and what can I do about it?
Bandaged in Burbank

Dear Bandaged,
Teeko did not learn socialization skills because she was taken from her mother and siblings at a very young age. If you had been pulled out of school in kindergarten you wouldn't have learned how to play nice with other kids either. It will be your job to teach Teeko through positive reinforcement how to interact civilly with everyone around her.

Teaching Teeko to not bite will take a little work, consistency and patience. Everyone who interacts with Teeko will need to consistently follow the tips outlined below in order to successfully change her behavior.

Do not use hands when playing with Teeko. We have a phrase: Hands are for loving, Toys are for playing. Only use your hands for petting and loving Teeko. She needs to learn that hands are not toys or prey. Have a variety of different kinds of toys available for her to play with. Try to have multiple play sessions during the day and evening with her.

When holding or petting Teeko, watch her body language. Cats usually warn you in some way before biting. The warnings signs to watch for are: eyes dilating, tenseness, looking back at your hand, change of ear position to flat or turned, fixated staring at you, tail twitching. As soon as you see or feel any changes divert her attention by throwing a toy for her to chase. Throw the toy away from you horizontal to the floor. Don't throw a toy for her if she's already bitten you or is in the act of biting. You do not want to reward bad behavior. Divert her attention before she bites.

When she's biting you, yell owwww loudly, imitating a cat in pain. She should stop biting and back off from you.

Immediately after she's bitten you, disengage from her and give her a timeout. Do not interact with her. Leave the room for a few moments, or sit on your hands, or stand up and walk away from her. Do not punish her by hitting her, etc. Punishment will reinforce the behavior. After giving her a few minutes to calm down, come back in the room, speak calmly to her and interact a little with her. Don't attempt to pet her after she bites you. She needs a cool down, time out period.

Teeko will let you know if she wants to be petted. Respect her desires, don't pet her if she doesn't want to be touched.

Instead of abruptly stopping a play session, slow down the play gradually.

Praise her when she's being a good girl and not biting. When she stops herself from biting you, tell her she's wonderful, give her a treat that she likes.

If everyone in the household consistently follows the suggestions above, Teeko will learn that it is not appropriate to bite the hand that feeds her.

Marilyn Krieger is a Feline Behaviorist, Associate Member IAABC, Professional Member CWA. Do you have cat-behavior questions? Ask the Cat Coach. Every issue will answer 1-2 of your cat-behavior questions. Please send your questions to: You can find out more about The Cat Coach at © February 2006 by Marilyn Krieger, All Rights Reserved

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    G'day from downunder

    You know ­ the more we look at what's happening in the US, the more we see we have so much in common when it comes to our animals.

    We did a story on Pet Talk Radio! recently (PTR#160) ­ 'Pet Rescue To The Rescue'. Ultimately we hope our listeners were left wondering "why the heck do we need to rescue animals in the first place?"

    Our introduction highlighted several listeners who had written in saying how disgusted they were that so many animals are dumped (not surrendered) and that they not only wondered why this was happening but also what was being done about it.

    It seems that for some people, dumping an animal is much easier on the conscience than surrendering it to a welfare organization and the 'face to face shame' that that experience obviously brings ­ especially if the 'surrenderer' has to fill out a form stating why they are surrendering.

    In our on-line forum we've also had people saying the RSPCA (like your SPCA in the US) should be shut down because they 'kill' animals (euthanize them).

    But with limited or no government funding, where do they think all these animals are going to be kept - who is going to feed them - who will attend to their medical needs??? This is why we get so frustrated at the attempts by various animal welfare groups to 'save every animal' - it simply can't be done.

    Using just Aussie figures here - can you imagine if we stopped killing unwanted animals (in shelters) tomorrow, what would happen in 12 months time?... In Australia there would be 200,000 animals living in cages somewhere for the rest of their lives... the year after there would be about 400,000 within 5 years a million... see where we're going?

    Of course in the US you could multiply that by at least 20 times or more!

    Whilst we don't want to see ANY animal killed ever ­ sadly some animals have to be killed because there are not enough people now to take or keep the animals we have already.

    But saying all of that won't change the minds of the average pet owner like you or us ­ especially if they listen to our show or Hal & Judy on Animal Radio. but what CAN happen is that YOU take this ­ and similar messages ­ to your friends, neighbors AND state & federal governments and get them to see that the only way out of the problem is to educate kids that animals are not disposable items.

    We also need to educate them about de-sexing and why backyard breeding or puppy farming is just plain wrong. We also need to educate future pet owners that an animal is a lifelong commitment.

    Then and only then might we start to see a way out of what is a national ­ in fact an international - disgrace!
    As always we'll try and leave you on a lighter note
    We had a Japanese film crew come to our home studio last week ­ all 9 of them!... No-one spoke English and we don't speak Japanese (except to say Sushi Bar!)

    Somehow through sign language and lots of bowing, we managed to do an interview. We really can't figure out if we answered their questions properly or who will translate our answers back in Japan

    But the one thing it did bring home to us is that animals ­ our 4 dogs in particular ­ have no problems with language or ethnic background or pre-conceived ideas about people.

    They were just happy that there were more than enough new hands willing to pat and offer a cozy lap for a few hours while mom & dad 'worked'.

    Say's a lot about animals and what they can ultimately teach us doesn't it?

    Take care & hugs for your pets ­ Brian & Kaye

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    • Cleaning, Primping & Pet Grooming is becoming more and more a project we take on at home. We'll help you with our tips and product expose's. This Animal Radio Special airs May 6th.
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    • Equine Expose' (June 17th) More and more, horses are becoming popular among pet-guardians. Find out the ins and outs of loving a horse.
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    I remember the day my Dad came back from the grocery store, placed a brown bag full of food on the kitchen counter and announced: "This is for Crackers."

    Crackers was our family's rotund Beagle that my Dad affectionately nicknamed "Pickle Barrel." Our veterinarian told us that she was extremely overweight and needed to be put on a pound-slimming diet.

    Effective immediately, Dad ordered, we were no longer to succumb to Crackers' begging brown eyes by sneaking her portions of our meals: strips of bacon, bits of hamburgers, and ice cream cones. We became Crackers' personal chefs, preparing healthy, low-calorie meals of steamed brown rice, vegetables, lean ground beef and boiled chicken.

    Preparing "people food" for our family dog seemed strange at first, but then we saw the results: a happier, healthier ­ and slimmer Crackers who shed the "Pickle Barrel" nickname and who lived to be 16.

    Yes, folks, food is fuel ­ for people AND dogs. The right "fuel" keeps our dogs fit and frisky. Our dogs are full-fledged members of our families and deserve to be served nutritious, well-balanced meals.

    We are fortunate that dog food has become quite a popular subject to study. Veterinary nutritionists working for major commercial dog food companies have created a whole array of foods specific to a dog's age, health, activity level, and yes, even breed.

    Yet your dog deserves a variety, a periodic break from the same old chow found in his bowl. That's why I wrote, Real Food for Dogs: 50 Vet-Approved Recipes for the Canine Gastronome. This book, published by Storey Books, contains 50 veterinary-approved recipes sure to get your dog drooling with delight ­ and begging for seconds (but resist, resist). I'm happy to report that my book has been reprinted in four languages ­ English, French, German and Japanese!

    The beauty of this book is that the recipes are easy to make, easy to store the leftovers and easily edible for you, too! Now, I'm not saying that you'd give up a piece of carrot cake to snack on Great Gravy Cookies, BUT, you may find Chow Hound Chicken Soup or Canine Casserole doggone delicious. I know I do.

    Prepared these recipes once a week or for special occasions as a tasty substitute for commercial dog food that contains a necessary balance of nutrients. You'll be improve your relationship with your dog, hone your cooking skills (why not try out a new recipe on your chow hound?) and save some money on the weekly food bill. As for your dog, you may find him happily tail-tapping the kitchen floor, napkin tucked into his collar.

    Bone appetit! Arden Moore, author of Real Food for Dogs

    Doggie Chef 10 Commandments

    As you venture into the taste-filled world of homemade meals for your dog, please keep these 10 tips in mind:

    1. Wash your hands in warm soapy water and rinse well before handling food.
    2. Clean all produce in cold water to wash away any pesticides, dirt and bugs.
    3. Cut and remove fatty areas of meat and drain excess grease from cooked meats.
    4. Keep the recipe simple.
    5. Select fresh, and if possible, organically grown ingredients.
    6. Opt for variety.
    7. Always cook meat, seafood, poultry and eggs.
    8. Provide fresh, filtered water daily.
    9. Serve two or three small meals daily, not one large one. Eating burns 10 to 15 percent of ingested calories.
    10. Store leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for four days maximum or in the freezer.


    Dogs seem to be lousy spellers until you spell the word t-r-e-a-t. Before you can finish the final "t" most are making a hairpin turn around the kitchen chair and heading full throttle to you holding that tasty, homemade delight. Admit it, shouting the word, "Treat" also fills you with happiness as you watch your canine chum practically drool in anticipation.

    So, don your apron, warm up the oven, and bring out the mixing bowls. It's time for you to step into the role of doggie chef and your dog to become your treat taster! Here are three of my favorite recipes to share with you from my book, Real Food for Dogs:

    Recipe 1: Leap for Liver

    Foxi, a plump Pomeranian prefers to perch on the couch most of the day. But she perks up and starts yipping and prancing when her owner, Karen Cichocki, of Dyer, Indiana, brings out the liver from the refrigerator and the food processor. That tandem means only one thing: liver treats are soon on their way!

    "Foxi loves these liver treats as much as my husband, Rick loves my chocolate chip cookies," notes Cichocki. "I make enough in a batch to freeze some and hand them out as treats for Foxi."

  • 1 pound of sliced beef liver (save the juice)
  • 1 small box of corn muffin mix
  • {1/4} cup water
  • 1. In a food processor, blend the liver one slice at a time on high until liquefied. Add a little water as you add each slice.
    2. In a large glass bowl, pour in the corn muffin mix. Then add the liver liquid and mix thoroughly.
    3. Spray an 8{1/2}-by-11-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
    4. Pour the liver mix into the pan.
    5. Bake in the oven at 350{deg}F for 20 to 25 minutes until the middle springs back to your touch.
    6. Cool and cut into small cubes. Store cubes in freezer bags in the freezer.

    Recipe 2: Canine Casserole

    In my search for dog testers to try out this recipe, I found five very willing candidates at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center in Seal Beach, California. Rudy, a Labrador-Akita mix couldn't wait a second longer and actually leaped on top of the serving table before I could put the food bowl down on the ground. Laura, a German Shepherd mix with a touch of arthritis, and Roscoe, a Labrador-Pit Bull mix, demonstrated the best manners by slowly but methodically licking their bowls clean. Chinook, a Husky with one brown and one blue eye, won the speed contest, inhaling a full bowl within 33 seconds while Reeka, an Australian Cattle Dog mix, proved to be the most picky - she strategically nosed out all the carrots and gulped down the rest of the casserole.

    I wish to thank these five delightful dogs and all the volunteers at the Seal Beach shelter for the opportunity to "test market" this casserole:

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • {1/2} pound ground chuck hamburger
  • {1/2} cup carrots, finely chopped
  • {1/2} cup broccoli, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1. Cook the brown rice in a steamer.
    2. Cook the hamburger in a pan on the stove over medium heat with the vegetable oil. Add the garlic clove.
    3. Steam the carrots and broccoli
    4. Add all the ingredients together in a container.
    5. Allow to cool before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

    Recipe 3: Marvelous Mutt Meatballs

    Have some fun and hone your dog's fetching skills by popping a few of these meatballs into its mouth at dinner time.

  • {1/2} pound ground beef
  • {1/3} cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • {1/2} cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1. Preheat oven to 350{deg} F.
    2. Combine all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
    3. Scoop out by the spoonful and roll into mini-sized meatballs.
    4. Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonfat cooking spray.
    5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
    6. Cool and store in the refrigerator in a container with a lid.

    Is your favorite canine drooling for more delicious treats? You can order my book, Real Food for Dogs, through my e-commerce partner, Blubandoo at Or, visit my Web site: and send me an email. I'll be happy to autograph all book orders!

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    Let's talk more about the different forms of animal communication. You will remember the 3 forms of communication are pictures, words or feelings. When you communicate with animals, always accept your first impression, even if it's just a fragment of something. Communicating will become more complete and clearer as you practice. The following are fun exercises to do with your pet to help you know for certain what your primary form of communication is.

    The first exercise is visual input for pictures. Visualize a blank space or be aware of the image already in your mind. Ask your pet to send you a picture of what they would put into this space. In a relatively short time, a picture will pop into that space. State out loud what you see.

    Next try this exercise for verbal communication for words. Ask your pet to send you a word. Say the first thing that pops into your mind.

    Now try the following exercise for feeling impressions for feelings. Feel your body and emotions. Ask the your pet to send you a feeling. In a relatively short time, a feeling will pop into your awareness. State out loud what you feel.

    Some of the answers can be felt senses sent directly into your own body, mind, etc. So be sure to pay attention to how you are feeling after you ask a question. Be sure to ask the animal to wait to answer until you're through asking the question verbally or mentally.

    If you are stuck, it is always easier to receive answers to questions that can be answered yes or no. Usually the easiest way to receive these answers is through feelings in your own body. A feeling of ease/comfort/relaxation especially in the abdomen area means yes. A feeling of tightness/discomfort/tension especially in the abdomen area means no.

    If you are unsure if the answer is something you are thinking or your pet is thinking, ask: "Is this me? Is this you? " There are 2 simple ways of receiving this answer. One is through the above yes/no method. The other is ­ if the picture, word or feeling goes away in a short time, then it's the animal. If it stays, it is probably you answering the question the way you either want it to be answered or the way you are afraid it might be answered.

    Please remember all communication happens "inside"' so projecting a question or expecting an answer "outside" or "over there" (where your pet is physically located) will make communicating harder. Also, please give yourself permission to receive information from your pet. Have Fun!

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    Animal Minute with Britt Savage

    Behind a two-story house on a quiet cul-de-sac here in Clermont County, a boy jumps on a trampoline with his goats. They're David Valentine's 4-H projects, his pets. He lets D.J. and Blessing in the house to watch television, feeds them Tums and shares his sunflower seeds.

    The 2-year-old caramel pygmy and the 18-month-old American Alpine are also the only things that help the 12-year-old manage his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, David's mother, Patty, insists.

    But township zoning law says goats and a subdivision don't mix. That led the family this week to federal court, where an advocacy group for people with disabilities filed a federal lawsuit against the Miami Township trustees.

    The suit alleges that the township's refusal to allow the goats is a violation of fair housing laws. Patty Valentine says the family would have to move, which they can't afford to do, if David can't continue living here with D.J. and Blessing.

    David, a seventh-grader in Milford schools, keeps his grades up because he knows he doesn't get to play with or take care of the goats unless he does well in school, his mother says. Both goats have won ribbons at the Clermont County Fair. David and his dad, Dale, both showed them this summer and won.

    D.J. and Blessing aren't walking to the bus stop in the mornings with David anymore - the family is trying to keep them low-profile while the suits are pending.

    David thinks the goats motivate him more than the other pets because they're like a kid with ADHD.

    "They don't really listen very well,'' he said. "That's kind of like me.

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    Everything seems harmonious in your home until you get that look. That steady stare, that glowing glare, that do-you-mind look of disbelief and disgust . . . from your cat.

    Often without releasing a single meow, your cat conveys her displeasure in your lack of pet etiquette. Most times, feline housemates "tolerate" your follies and faux pas. But cats are candid creatures. They don't mask their feelings. They don't shrug off mistakes. From their vantage point, we often seem to try too hard ­ or not hard enough ­ to cater to their wants and needs. After all, we're only human.

    Certain human habits can unleash frustration in felines. To help identify them, Catnip turned to two cat experts: Alice Moon-Fanelli, PhD, a certified applied animal behaviorist at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and John C. Wright, PhD, a certified applied animal behaviorist and professor of psychology at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

    Our experts rate these Top 10 Pet Peeves:

    #1. Dirty litter boxes. Picture for a moment, your home minus a clean bathroom. Your only option: a pungent port-a-potty in the backyard. You find yourself wishing for the lung capacity of an Olympic swimmer so that you can hold your breath and complete your deed before you need to inhale. Disgusting, right? Some cats belonging to delinquent litter box-scooping owners feel the same way.

    "Cats are fastidious by nature so a dirty litter box is downright disgusting," says Dr. Moon-Fanelli. "They deserve a box that is scooped every day ­ and more than one box if there is more than one cat in the household."

    Solution: She offers a few other feline-friendly gestures: skip the perfume-scented litter, lose the lid (for many cats, the hooded boxes trap odors inside the box, causing them to gasp or, seek a new place to potty ­ like behind your sofa.). Win over your cat by actually cleaning the box and re-filling with clean litter once a week. Location is also key. Pick a private, quiet place in your home ­ not next to a noisy washer machine or deep in the dark corner of your basement.

    #2. Blaring music. As your cat naps on the sofa, you rudely slip in a Bruce Springsteen CD into your stereo and crank up the volume until your walls shake. Yowl! Your cat heads skyward, lands harshly and then dashes to the opposite end of your home. Reason: feline ears are much more sensitive than human ears. They have more hair cell receptors and their cone-shaped ears capture more sounds.

    "Playing loud music actually may be painful to them," says Dr. Moon-Fanelli. "I find that my cats are much more comfortable when I play classical or jazz music than when on play rock music on a high volume."

    Solution: Pump down the volume or wear headphones when you want to blare music. Or, Opt for classical or jazz radio stations or CDs. Cats seem to like these musical styles best, perhaps because they are rhythmical and don't pack surprise beats.

    #3. Tossing and turning in bed.
    Cats, the Rip Van Winkles of the companion animal world, can sleep 15 hours or more a day. One of their true life's joys is to snooze uninterrupted through the night curled up on your bedspread. That tranquility can be destroyed when you shift feet or flip from one body position to another under the sheets. As a consequence, your cat becomes nudged, shoved, or even worse, airborne. If would be as if someone roust you awake from a deep slumber by leaping up and down on your mattress. No wonder your cat reacts by toe pouncing or biting.

    "Generally, cats that get upset by your movement in bed tend to be ones that startle easily," says Dr. Moon-Fanelli. "Also, cats instinctively want to attack things that move ­ like feet under a bedspread."

    Solution: Sleep on your back and don't move a muscle. Or, more realistically, provide a cat bed in your bedroom or leave your door open for them to leave. If necessary, protect your toes by wearing thick socks.

    #4. Shouting. The human equivalent of cat fights -- yelling and speaking in loud tones during a spat with your spouse or your strong-willed teen-ager -- can cause cats to flee and often seek quieter places, like under your bed or deep in your closet.

    "When you fight with a teen-ager or a spouse, cats typically are not sure what's going on," says Dr. Wright. "They go from first being alert, to being interested, and then to being terrified. Cats love ritualistic activities, set routines. They usually don't know how to deal with an upset in routine, like their people yelling. The loud voices often freak them out and cause them to dart out of the room."

    Solution: Try to focus on solving problems in a civil tone, rather than yelling and finger pointing. If necessary, enroll in an anger management class ­ to benefit everyone in the household.

    #5. Super-stressed humans. Cats tune in like four-footed mood barometers. They know when you're happy, sad, angry, and bummed.

    "Cats read our body languages so well," says Dr. Wright. "When we're stressed, our muscles tend to be tight; our posture rigid and our pupils dilated ­ not inviting signs to a cat."

    Solution: Recognize that you can't totally control your life and more importantly, remember to savor positive moments and events. "When you come home from work, try to spend a few minutes with their cats," says Dr. Wright. "Spend quality time talking with your pets every night and think of good things that happened that day that you can share with your animals. They may not understand your words, but they do understand your tone. This activity can help reduce the stress in you."

    #6. Tardy feedings. Your alarm clock blares at 6 a.m. Five minutes tick off, then 10 and still no movement by you to get out of bed. Impatience swells inside your tail-thumping, hungry cat. More minutes pass and you still haven't made a move toward the cat bowl.

    "Cats are creatures of habit," says Dr. Moon-Fanelli. "They want to be fed at regular hours. If you get up and immediately feed your cat every morning, she gets into a routine and starts to expect to be fed within minutes of you waking up. When you miss the feeding schedule ­ or delay it, you can have one really upset cat."
    Solution: Stick with a regular feeding schedule that you can realistically maintain. For those times when you can't be home to open and serve some canned food, consider getting a timer dish that keeps the canned food chilled and ready for on-time servings. Or, enlist the help of a friend, relative or pet sitter to step in as surrogate chef for your hungry cat.

    #7. The carrier, the car, the veterinary clinic. These Three C's of Concern can cause panic in some cats. Unlike dogs, cats prefer to be homebodies.

    "We don't travel with our cats like we do with our dogs and usually the only time cats are in crates are when they must go someplace unpleasant ­ like a visit to the veterinary clinic," says Dr. Moon-Fanelli. "Also, many cats suffer from motion sickness."

    Solution: Convert your carrier from a place to avoid to a place of comfort for your cat. Select a model that is truly the cat's meow ­ cushy and well ventilated with a comfy towel or bedding inside. Leave it out and open in your house so your cat views it as no big deal. Entice the crate's cat appeal by placing treats and toys inside and placing it in one of your cat's favorite napping spots. Then get your cat accustomed to car rides gradually. During the ride, tune the car radio to a jazz or blues station at a low volume. Also, try to avoid any sudden, jarring stops.

    #8. Ill-mannered children. Children, especially those yet to reach their 10th birthday, seem determined to lunge at, loom over, and force bear hugs on cats. When a cat approaches, they can't resist the desire to grab, pat, dress it up in doll's clothes, or worse, give chase.

    Solution: "Your cat needs an escape route and a safe zone inaccessible by a young child," says Dr. Wright. "Once your child is old enough to learn and understand household rules, you need to teach them how to behave around the family cat. Say things like do allow the cat to come to you so you can play with it or don't disturb the cat when he is sleeping or eating."

    #9. Adopting another cat or a dog. It's truly a cat's life ­ until the day you come home cradling another cat or kitten ­ or worse, a D-O-G. The notion of sharing the home with another pet can cause many a cat to spit up a hairball or rip up the sofa arm in protest.

    "Introducing a new pet can really aggravate some cats," says Dr. Moon-Fanelli. "People tend to select cats primarily because they like the cat's looks and color instead of selecting based on a cat's personality."

    #10. Forced affection. It is easy to be guilty of committing this major cat sin. For many cat lovers who return home after a business trip, vacation, or simply a long workday, they tend to burst through the door, chase down their cats and engage in a big group hug. No surprise that your cats react by wiggling free and racing away. Once you calm down and sit on the sofa, magically, your cats will slowly approach and greet you on their own terms.

    "The more you try to force affection on your cats, the less they want to give you," says Dr. Moon-Fanelli. "Not all cats are lap cats or want to be held tightly and cuddled. Being overly affection can actually drive your cats from you. Play hard to get ­ in other words, act more like a cat, pretend not to care ­ and your cats will seek you out for attention and affection."

    Solution: Dr. Moon-Fanelli recommends that you let the two animals get to know each other initially by smell. Keep them in separate rooms and run a shirt or towel over both coats to exchange scents. Then, let them view one another from a distance. Cats are territorial, so make sure that the new pet has its own possessions ­ do not force them to share a bowl, toys or litter boxes.


    By heeding the advice offered and practicing good manners, people can bond closer with their cats. Happy, contented cats tend to exhibit less behavior problems.

    "Keep in mind that they are cats ­ not little adorable humans," says Dr. Moon-Fanelli. "By striving to learn animal behavior, you can better understand who they are, what their needs are, and really live harmoniously with them."

    Animal Radio special correspondent Arden Moore is the editor of Catnip, the national award-winning monthly published in cooperation with Tufts University's School of Veterinary Medicine. Arden has also authored more than a dozen books on dogs and cats and can be reached through her Web site:

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