Sunday, July 12, 2009

Coco Mulch

It never hurts to post this info again!

Warning To Pet Owners !!

WARNING! Please inform every dog or cat owner. This is serious!?

Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.

Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) dcided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it."

*Snopes site gives the following information:

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called ' Theobromine' . It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.

Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine..


Friday, July 10, 2009

Yesterday, hundreds of dogs were rescued from fighting pits around the country.

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July 9, 2009
Dogfighters Beware

Dear Friend,

Yesterday went to the dogs -- some 450 of them -- when federal law enforcement agencies, along with The HSUS, The Humane Society of Missouri, and the ASPCA raided multiple dogfighting operations around the country in what was the largest single day of actions against this blood sport in American history.

Clearly, the law is on our side -- and with organized dogfighting illegal everywhere and a felony in all 50 states, never in our five-decade fight against this vicious and bloody activity has our message been stronger: dogfighters are a dying breed.

In my blog today, I share two reports from our people who helped lead the action in the field and helped rescue the dogs. Their personal accounts showcase the significance of yesterday's amazing efforts and what they really mean for the dogs. I hope you'll read their stories -- and those of the animals.

Thank you for all you do for animals.


Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

Copyright © 2009 The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) All Rights Reserved.
The Humane Society of the United States 2100 L Street, NW Washington, DC 20037 202-452-1100

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dogs of Germany

Finally here they are! The dogs of Germany. The dogs there definately have more freedom and you rarely see one misbehaving or acting aggrssively.

Look at all those people. They should take a rest

They come in all shapes and sizes.

Hey, when can I get out?

Time for a break

Friday, April 17, 2009

Hershey and Spike on Vacation

I have to send out a great big THANK YOU to my Mom and Dad!!!

Hershey and Spike had a great time with you. Spike was happy to be home, but at the same time I could tell he missed you guys terribly. Spike walks once a day here at home and he seems to be looking for that second walk. He got so spoiled walking 2 times a day.

I know he enjoyed the Frisbee games with Grandmom and Pop pop also.

His best friend Saddie will be greeted with so much joy when he sees her next, I can tell he misses her. He tries to get Hershey to play, but that's just not happening.

Hershey loved his walks on the wild side. He is bored on our walks compared to the fun he had at his Grandparents house. He came home in Great health and walking like a champ.

Henry is settling back in, I now make sure I bring him apple slices every morning, and he gets a snack in the afternoon now because he squeaks at me.

Thank you so much Mommy and Daddy. The peace of mind knowing my best friends are all being taking care of by the best people ever just leaves me speechless. You are the BEST!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I promised pictures and I couldn't get them up while I was in Germany, so I will post some now and some later. To start off I will show you the beautiful view we had. This view is what we saw everyday from the window of our friends house. They are very lucky. This is the Heidelberg Castle. It is beautiful. You can tour parts of it and the grounds are beautiful.

We visited Rothenberg also. This is a walled city and so neat to walk around. We stopped and had coffee at an outside cafe, had lunch and

of course didn't miss a chance for ice cream.

Keep checking back for more fun in Germany, I will even do a dogs in Germany post. There were so many there, I only got a handful of pictures, but I will be sure to post them.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Stay tuned

I will hopefully be learning how to get some pictures on this computer so I can post them here.  We are certainly enjoying ourselves.  

We had a girls day yesterday.  Al went into the IBM office here to visit friends.  All us girls went hiking, we hiked to three castles it was wonderful.  Spike would have loved running around in the castle ruins.

Today we are off to Rotenburg, It should be a great day.  The weather is beautiful.

My Mom and Dad seem to be surviving with 3 dogs.  Thanks so much for taking care of them I know they are in the best hands ever.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Aren't computers wonderful!! 

 Here I am sitting in the house of a wonderful friend in Heldleberg, Gremany, Overlooking the river, with the Caste in the distance and sipping a glass of wine.  We arrived Sunday morning, and spent the day with our wonderful friends, The Walkers!!  We will be spending the week here with them (thanks Michelle for putting up with us)

We walked into Heidleberg and had a nice lunch.  The weather is nice, a little overcast today, but warm.

Tonight I will get my first good sleep since leaving NC on Sat.  There is a 6 hour time difference, so our body clocks are a little mixed up.

Hershey and Spike are vacationing at Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop's house ( my mom and dad) and I am sure being spoiled.  Hopefully Spike is behaving himself!!  I am sure Sadie is keeping him in line. 
Hopefully  my mom will not be tripping over Hershey to much because as most of you know when food is concerned Hershey is all over it!!

I know the weather this weekend is supposed to be beautiful so get out ther and enjoy an active day with your dogs.  Remember the Easter egg hunt Next Sat.

Signing off for now, AUF wiedersehn

Friday, April 3, 2009


I hope all of you have a great Easter. Enjoy your spring break for any of you that are fortunate to have it this week. I will be on vacation until April 12 and classes will resume on April 18th

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sat classes March 28

YES classes will run as scheduled today!! I will be at the Kennel from 10am on so this is the last post I will make. If the rain starts and you are not sure, Please feel free to call me. 919-720-2559

Friday, March 27, 2009


OK, everybody keep saying no rain sat, no rain sat!!!

That is what I am saying and they keep changing it for tomorrow. They have changed it from rain to showers. If it is like today classes will all be on!!!! I will keep you posted.

No Rain Sat, No Rain Sat, No Rain Sat, No Rain Sat

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 2009

Come one come all and bring your dogs for a morning of fun!!!

AniMall's 3rd Annual Doggie Egg Easter Hunt is ON for 2009! On April 11th, bring your four-legged children to experience the fun of an easter egg hunt where they can follow their noses to easter eggs filled with tasty (and healthy) dog treats! Last year the Doggie Easter Egg Hunt was covered by NBC-17 news station and the News and Observer. Click here to view the News and Observer Story!

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009Time: Starts 10amLocation: Crowder District Park
Admission: $5 per dog

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Classes Sat March 14, 2009 Cancelled

All Calsses Cancelled for March 14

Unfortunately mother nature is not cooperating with our classes. I am going to have to cancel all classes for today.

I apologize for the inconvenience and will see you all next week. Stay warm and dry and have some fun indoors.

I will give the challenge today see if you can teach your dog a new trick or command!! You can show off these new talents next Sat!

Have a great Day!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Good News for Clover

It is wonderful news for Clover. She found a new home with lots of room to run and a wonderful family to take care of her. Reports from the new family are great and they say Clover is settling in very comfortably.

This picture says it all!!!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sat Feb 28 class Cancelled

As the rain gently falls in steady drops some dogs would prefer to stay dry inside, while others just don't care. As long as Spike is chasing his ball or Frisbee the weather is no concern.

Unfortunately the weather is not cooperating today. Since so far the weather people are right I suppose we will be looking at harder rains and thunderstorms later today, so I will have to call class off for today.

We will resume regular classes next Sat March 7th. Thanks and stay dry today.

Hide and seek, fetch up and down the stairs and a walk between the rain drops are all good things to do today. Of course curling up of the sofa with a good book or a great movie are also good options.

Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rally Trial Feb 7-8, 2009

Congratulations Colleen and Charlie!! Charlie got his 1st title in Rally level 1 (RL1) this means his signature can now read, Charlie, RL1 and he got a beautiful ribbon.

Congratulations to Gail and Stella!! Stella came in 4th place. She got a beautiful white ribbon and stuffed horse toy.

All in all it was a wonderful weekend and both Gail/Stella and Colleen/Charlie did a wonderful job!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Peanut Butter recalls

The list just keeps getting longer and longer In the Peanut Butter Corporation Recalls. I have included a link below. This link will take you to the FDA Web site that lists all the products. This includes human and pet products.

Stay Safe

Friday, January 30, 2009

peanut butter related recalls

So far this is a list of recalls that are related to the PCA peanut butter situation. These are the Pet product recalls that I can find at this point. I will update this list as more information becomes available. Click on the links below for complete information. Be careful what you buy for your pets and yourself!!!

Pet Food Product Recalls
Carolina Prime
Carolina Prime Pet
Grreat Choice
Happy Tails
Healthy-hide Deli-wrap
Shoppers Valu

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wonderful Snow

Ok, Ok no laughing I am a little late with this post, but things have been a little crazy. Now as I sit here with Hershey at my feet and Spike curled up under my elbow I am able to think clearly. Lets rewind a bit to last Tuesday when the beautiful snow came falling from the sky, schools were closed and the sound of children's laughter could be heard all around. The excitement of sledding and building snowmen was in the air.

As the snowballs were flying around my back yard and the girls and dogs were running around, (yes even Hershey gave into some running, maybe his foot was a little frozen) a smile crossed my face. How good it is to see Al and the girls and the dogs all running around in the pure clean snow. It always seems that the world is so at peace when it snows and that people have the chance to stay home and enjoy time with their families.

Hershey is familiar with the powdery white stuff growing up in PA and loves it. He especially likes to eat it, go figure, a Lab wanting to eat! Spike on the other hand has only seen a very light dusting of snow, so this was a wonderful new experience for him. He loved chasing his ball and then throwing it and watching it get buried. It was like a new game of find it every time he threw the ball. Snowballs were another fascination because they just disappeared. The sled was not so much fun for him, but he did love chasing the girls on it.

I hope you all had as much fun as we did and enjoyed the beautiful snow!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Rally Trial 1/17-1/18

Please join me in congratulating Charlie/Colleen and Gail/Stella in a successful Rally Trial this weekend. I was so proud of them. We all learned a lot and they were champs on the course.

The dogs did a wonderful job in the building and on the course. Stella showed us she could be very quiet and except a new situation, Wow impressive!!

Charlie was so relaxed and had no problem chilling out till it was his turn.

Both Gail and Colleen were calm and did a wonderful job. I think they had fun and they were sure great on and off the course!!

They were both happy to receive their ribbons and we look forward to the next trial in Feb. At the Feb trial they have the opportunity to get their Rally level 1 title. Very Exciting!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Classes for Sat Jan 17

All classes are canceled for this Sat Jan 17th.

Gail Knowlton and Stella along with Colleen Herbst and Charlie will be competing in the Rally trial at the Durham kennel club. I will be going along.

Please wish them luck in their 1st trial.

Happy New Year to all

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Just a reminder to start the New Year off with a click a day to help feed animals. This cost you nothing, just a minute of your time each day to go to this link;jsessionid=C4A533A0071E5FBCC01F53AF2EC4D70B.ctgProd02
and click on he purple box. Please try to commit to this every day it really helps out the shelters.