Sunday, May 13, 2012

Essay: Pet moms are real moms

My kids have fur. So what? That doesn't mean I'm not a mother, and you can't tell me otherwise.

By Dorian Wagner

I am the proud mother of two boys. I've raised them since they were little, and I would do anything in the world for them. They bring me joy, happiness, companionship, and unconditional love. In turn, they depend on me to provide for them, raise them right, and care for them.
My two sons are cats, but that does not mean that I am not their mother. I am a pet mom.
A few nights ago, a friend tagged me in a post on Facebook where she'd linked to a Huffington Post article, "Pet Parents Are NOT Moms." I chose not to read it, because I wasn't really in the mood to get mad. A couple days later, she tagged me again, wondering what I thought, because she knows Pimp and Moo are my children.
So I finally read it, and then calmly closed the page, refusing to comment. There were already 407 comments going straight to the writer's narrow-minded head, and I wasn't going to be one of them. The only way I could see fit to answer appropriately was with my own post, illustrating how not only are pet parents mothers, but that we don't deserve the kind of angry, ridiculous crap Susan Maushart chose to spew at us in her column. 
Maushart says she is a pet owner and regular mom, and that the two roles "have about as much in common as goldfish to Godzilla." Well, excuse me while I show you why Godzilla was apparently the biggest goldfish to ever grace the big screen.
Read the rest here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Long list of dog food recalls got you worried? Don't panic. Get the facts

Most of the foods were not processed or sold in Texas. Get the facts. will continue to monitor the situation.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

'Moment of Zen' from The Daily Cute

What "no-kill" looks like: Tippy lives at over-crowded shelter: Can you help?

KXAN Pet of the Week: Tippy

She's a 7-year-old miniature poodle

Updated: Saturday, 05 May 2012, 1:58 PM CDT
Published : Saturday, 05 May 2012, 1:56 PM CDT
from: AUSTIN (KXAN) -  KXAN pet of the week is Tippy.
Little Tippy was rescued from an unsanitary "puppy mill" situation near Austin a few weeks ago. She's a little shy - she hasn't had much experience out in the world, and she needs some dental work done, but she's just one of hundreds of wonderful pets of all shapes and sizes we have available right now for adoption through the City of Austin's Animal Services Department.
The Austin Animal Center, located at 7201 Levander Loop, has taken in 25% more animals in the last month than they did last year, so the new Austin Animal Center shelter in east Austin continues to be over-flowing, and they’re also housing dogs at the old shelter - Town Lake Animal Center on Cesar Chavez, near Austin High School.
Rowland says they also have hundreds and hundreds of pets in foster homes all over town, so there is NO SHORTAGE of animals to choose from.

Meet Piper the Painting Bulldog Saturday 1-3 p.m. at Just for Pets on Far West Blvd.

Meet him Saturday, May 12th from 1-3pm at Just for Pets in Northwest Hills Austin. 

Piper Stone original probably "untitled"

A Lofty Dog location for the rest of us: Lofty Dog on 2nd celebrates new store on Anderson Lane location Saturday

Saturday, May 12th from Noon to 5PM 
Grand Opening Celebration of Lofty Dog
 in the Village Shopping Center at 2700 West Anderson Lane, Suite 
402. Win Year’s worth of Natura Pet Food and other fantastic prizes!
Enjoy a tasty "Lofty Dog", adopt a pet, get training & grooming tips, enter the Ugliest Mug contest, and click here for more info!

Natural Balance Dog Food Recall: Product Sold in Texas

Natural Balance has just been notified by Diamond Pet Foods, one of our co-manufacturers, that certain Natural Balance dry food formulas produced in their Gaston, SC facility should be voluntarily recalled.

Although there have been no animal illnesses reported and none of our Natural Balance products included in the recall have tested positive for Salmonella, we have voluntarily initiated this recall as a precautionary measure.

Check this list of product affected.