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Dr. Reshma Bijlani

Veterinarian

Dr. Reshma Bijlani grew up in the San Fernando Valley and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego where she obtained degrees in Animal Physiology/Neuroscience and Political Science.

She then moved to London, England for veterinary school at the Royal Veterinary College.After receiving her veterinary degree, Dr. Bijlani completed a rotating medicine and surgery internship at the New York City Veterinary Specialists in New York, New York.Upon completing her internship, she returned to Los Angeles to practice veterinary medicine.

In her free time she loves reading and going to movies, hanging out with her new puppy Finn, relaxing on the beach and exploring exotic cuisines.

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Professional Anesthetic Dental Cleanings at AWC

Did you know periodontal disease is the most common disease in cats and dogs over the age of 3?

Let us professionally clean, polish, radiograph, and assess your pet’s teeth and oral cavity to treat and prevent further dental disease!

Dental care is necessary to provide optimum health and quality of life. There are serious potential local and systemic consequences from periodontal disease including pain, tooth root abscesses, loss of teeth, loss of tooth-supporting bone, liver, kidney, and heart valve disease, weight loss, and decreased appetite. Please call Animal Wellness Centers at 310-450-7387.(PETS) for more details.

*Pre-dental exam and pre-anesthetic blood are required prior to scheduling dental procedure.

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

 

 

Protect Your Pets – Get Them Microchipped

As we begin the new year, we are reminded of what we need to do to change for the better.  We are also reminded of who and what we hold near and dear to our hearts. This includes our furry loved ones.  Every year, there is an increase in pet theft and as we learn that this disgraceful crime is on the rise, we must take measures to keep our pets safe.

The American Kennel Club tracked 432 pet thefts in 2011, compared to 255 in 2010. That’s about an 85 percent increase! While some animals are snatched from their yards or during home invasions, opportunistic thieves most commonly steal dogs left in cars or tied up outside stores, much like this incident recorded a couple of weeks ago on surveillance camera.  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Marley, was shown being overwrought and then taken by a stranger in New York City.  7-year-old owner Mia Bendrat was devastated about her missing dog that was gone just a day before Christmas.  Thankfully, Marley was microchipped and returned to Mia after being sold to a woman who thought the deal was odd.

Unfortunately, the American Kennel Club has seen a rise of dognappings in shelters, which means safe zones for animals are now very limited.  There are many of ways to protect your animal, most important being microchipping. Here are important measures to consider to make sure your pet is safe from dognapping.

Protect Your Pet
Avoid becoming a victim of this heartbreaking crime!

  • Obviously, it’s best to leave your dog at home but if you insist on bringing your pet when running errands around town, visit pet-friendly establishments.
  • Keep a close eye on your pet in designated off-leash areas, where he/she could become a target for criminals looking to make a quick buck. (Pet thieves often try to resell—or even hold for ransom—stolen dogs.)
  • Avoid leaving your pet unattended in the front yard, especially if your lawn is exposed or accessible.
  • The same rules apply for leaving your pet tied up outside a store. In addition to being vulnerable to theft and teasing, your dog might escape or get injured.
  • Microchip your pet! Microchipping can often mean the difference between temporary and permanent separation from your furry friends.

If you are interested in microchipping your pet, call Animal Wellness Centers at 310-450-7537(PETS) to schedule an appointment for a complete check up and discuss microchip options.

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

Living with Urban Coyotes

 

There have been a handful of coyote sightings on the Westside lately. Are you concerned about them being in your neighborhood and worried about how to protect your pets? Want to learn tips for keeping coyotes out of your yard and neighborhood? Or are you a coyote advocate that would like to help restore peace between coyotes, people, and pets?

If so, please join us and the Humane Society for one of their free “Living with Urban Coyotes” seminars in southern California! There are three sessions:

1. Tuesday, August 14, at 7 p.m. in Huntington Beach»

2. Thursday, August 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Long Beach»

3. Thursday, August 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Long Beach»

If you’re concerned about coyotes and would like to learn how to prevent them from coming into your space and harming your pets and loved ones,  reserve your space now»

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

Loving Moment Between Man and His Sick Dog

Some of the best moments in life happen to be with our pets.  They are nature’s stress relievers, and the time spent with them make can make us very happy. Many times these moments are captured on film.  Here’s an article from the Huffington Post by Cavan Sieczkowski who reports on photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson’s captured moment between friend, John Unger, and his ailing dog.

Photo by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson of Stonehouse Photography

 

Unger’s adopted dog, Schoep (pronounced “Shep”), has trouble sleeping due to arthritis.  Unger found that putting Schoep in water relaxes him and helps him go to sleep.  In these warm summer evenings, Unger has been lulling Schoep to sleep by carrying him into Lake Superior. Hannah explains:

Schoep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Shep as an 8 month old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures.

It was later reported that Unger describes Schoep as a lifesaver.  In a devastating breakup, Unger was suicidal and felt that for whatever reason, Schoep snapped him out of it.

Souce: The Huffington Post

Keep an Eye on Your Pet – Dognapping on the Rise

Dognapping On the Rise—Protect Your Pet

Pet theft is on the rise. The American Kennel Club, which has been tracking pet thefts since 2007, reported a 32% increase in dog thefts last year.

While some animals are snatched from their yards or during home invasions, opportunistic thieves most commonly steal dogs left in cars or tied up outside stores. In the ASPCA’s hometown of New York City, dognappings skyrocket every summer as pet parents take advantage of nice weather to combine dog-walking with errand-running.

 

Protect Your Pet
Avoid becoming a victim of this heartbreaking crime!

  • When running errands around town, visit pet-friendly establishments or please leave your dog at home.
  • Keep a close eye on your pet in designated off-leash areas, where he could become a target for criminals looking to make a quick buck. (Pet thieves often try to resell—or even hold for ransom—stolen dogs.)
  • Avoid leaving your pet unattended in the front yard, especially if your lawn is exposed or accessible.
  • The same rules apply for leaving your pet tied up outside a store. In addition to being vulnerable to theft and teasing, your dog might escape or get injured.
  • Microchip your pet! Microchipping can often mean the difference between temporary and permanent separation from your furry loved one.

For more important information about what to do if your pet is missing, please read ASPCA’s article on Finding a Lost Pet.

Source: ASPCA Website

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

 

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Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

Heartbreaking Video of Dolphin and Dead Calf

On July 17, 2012, video footage of a dolphin’s mourning ritual over it’s dead baby calf was released all over the world after photographers captured these heart-wrenching moments off the Guangxi Zhuang coast in China.

Once a dolphin calf is born, sources say that mothers usually push their calf towards the surface of the water to breath. But according to the Daily Mail UK, scientists noticed a large gash across the calf’s belly, leading them to believe it was struck by a boat propeller that could’ve caused its death.  Sadly, instead of a mother trying to give her calf it’s first breaths of air, scientists believe this was actually a mourning ritual.

Dr. Christian Andres

Veterinarian

Dr. Andres earned his Associate of Arts Degree in General Science with Honors from Santa Monica Community College and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara before attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. He then completed his clinical year at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1999.

Dr. Andres practiced small animal medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio for several years before returning to Southern California in 2003, where he has lived with his wife, daughter, and son ever since.

Dr. Andres fills his leisure time with nature walks, trips to the Santa Monica Mountains, home repairs, and competitive games on XBOX Live! He is also a tennis addict and can be found on the tennis courts weekly!

Philosopher Slavoj Žizek on Animals

Excerpt from SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK:
God Without the Sacred: The Book of Job, the First Critique of Ideology
LIVE from the New York Public Library

Jacques Derrida, of whom I am otherwise rather critical, reported on a kind of primordial scene from his life. After awakening he went naked to his bathroom, where his cat followed him, then the awkward moment occurred. He was standing in front of the cat, which looked at his naked body. Unable to endure this situation, he did something—put a towel around his waist, chasing the cat outside, entering the shower. The cat’s gaze stands for the gaze of the Other. An inhuman gaze, but for this reason all the more the Other’s gaze in all its abyssal impenetrability. Seeing oneself being seen by an animal is an abyssal encounter of the Other’s gaze, since, precisely because we should not simply project onto the animal our inner experience, something is returning the gaze which is impenetrable, radically other. The entire history of philosophy is based, perhaps, upon a disavowal of such an encounter.

I remember a photo of a cat after it was submitted to some lab experiment in a centrifuge. I saw this photo thirty years ago. A cat, its bones half-broken, its skin half-hairless, its eyes helplessly looking into the camera. This is the gaze of the Other disavowed not only by philosophers but by humans as such. Even Levinas, who wrote so much about the helpless Other’s face as the original site of ethical responsibility explicitly denied that an animal’s face can function like this. One of the few honorable exceptions was here, Jeremiah Bentham, who made this simple proposal, “Instead of asking, ‘can animals reason and think? Can they talk?’”—all this humanist enterprises when you triumphantly say, No, they can’t, they just exchange signs, they don’t really talk and so on, we should, according to Bentham, ask, “Can they suffer?”

Human industry alone is continuously causing immense suffering on animals which is systematically disavowed. We know about it but we pretend not to know. Not only laboratory experiments but special regimes, for example, to produce eggs and meat, turning artificial light on and off to shorten the day, use of hormones, and so on. Beaks which are half-blind and barely able to walk, just fattened fast to be slaughtered and so on and so on. The majority of those who visit a chicken factory can no longer eat chicken, and all of us knows—all of us know what goes on there, but this knowledge has to be neutralized, again, so that we can act as if we do not know.

One of the ways to facilitate this ignorance is the Cartesian notion of animal machine. Cartesians already in the seventeenth century were warning people against compassion with animals. They claimed that when we see an animal emitting sounds of pain, we should always bear in mind that these sounds do not express any real inner feeling, since animals do not have souls. These are just sounds generated by a complex mechanism of muscles, bones, fluids, and so on. You can clearly see the origin of these sounds through dissection. The problem is that the notion of animal machine has to end up in La Mettrie’s notion of l’homme machine, of a human man, as a machine. If is one is a fully committed neurobiologist, exactly the same claim can be made about sounds and gestures emitted by humans when they are tortured. There is no separate interior domain of soul where pain is really felt. Such sounds and gestures are simply produced by the complex neurobiological mechanisms that constitute a human body.

So back to the gaze of the cat. What if the perplexity the human looking at the cat sees in the cat’s gaze is the perplexity aroused by the monstrosity of the human being itself? What if what we see in this abyss of the other’s gaze is our own abyss or to quote Racine, a wonderful line from Jean Racine’s Phædre: “Dans ses yeux je vois ma perte écrite,”

“In her eyes I see inscribed my loss.” Gilbert Keith Chesterton proposed such a reversal of perspective. Instead of asking what are animals for us humans, for our experience, we should ask what—or try to imagine what are we humans for animals? In his practically unknown essay “Everlasting Man,” Chesterton makes a wonderful mental experiment along these lines, imagining the monster that man might have seemed at first to the animals around him.

A quote: “The simplest truth about man is that he is a very strange being, almost in the sense of being a stranger on the earth. In all sobriety, he has much more of the external appearance of one bringing alien habits from another land than of a mere growth of this one. He has an unfair advantage and an unfair disadvantage. He cannot sleep in his own skin. He cannot trust his own instincts. He is at once a creator moving miraculous hands and fingers and a kind of cripple. He’s wrapped in artificial bandages called clothes, he’s propped on artificial crutches called furniture. Alone among the animal, man is shaken with the beautiful madness called laughter. As if he had caught sight of some secret in the very shape of the universe hidden from the universe itself. Alone among the animals, man feels the need of averting his thought from the rude realities of his own bodily being, of hiding them as in the presence of some higher possibility which creates the mystery of shame.”

So my point here is that if we try to imagine things like this, maybe this is the first step of wisdom, to extend this logic which was first formulated by Descartes, which is for me the origin of—and I use now the term in its positive sense, multiculturalism. When you find other people’s customs strange, remember how your own customs must appear strange to the same foreigners. We should maybe try just to imagine what kind of monstrosity we were and still are for animals. Maybe this is what we should read in the perplexed animal gaze.

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

Check out this post about AWC from Yo! Venice!

Situated on the border between Venice and Marina del Rey, Animal Wellness Centers is one of the fastest growing animal healthcare firms in California with a mission to revolutionize the veterinary industry.

Animal Wellness Centers

Over the past decade, in the most advanced animal care settings around the world, Dr. Annie Harvilicz developed the Animal Wellness Approach to animal healthcare, integrating five core elements into a comprehensive, holistic and new-to-world methodology that you can only find at AWC. Nutrition, Behavior, Traditional Medicine, Modern Medicine and Prevention are the key elements to this innovative approach and are consistently applied in each and every appointment you have with an Animal Wellness veterinarian.

Animal Wellness Centers

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Animal Wellness Centers also focuses on strengthening human/animal relationships. It is important to celebrate that humans are lucky to have such strong friendships and close bonds with animals, but must be mindful that they are “other nations” and as such, deserve the accompanying respect. We are all together in this “net of life and time,” and we should all strive to make the most of our lives. Animal Wellness Centers’ mission is to promote the quality of life of our companion animals by offering the best possible veterinary care and supporting wellness products and services. To book an appointment, call (310) 450-PETS or visit animalwellnesscenters.com. For more information on AWC, click here!

Thanks to Animal Wellness for sponsoring Yo! Venice! and also for keeping Flora the Yo! Venice! dog healthy and happy! Great place!

Animal Wellness Centers
4053 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles 90292

(310) 450-PETS

Mother’s Day Campaign by Special Guest, Lu Parker

Special Guest, Lu Parker

Hello AWC friends,

The Lu Parker Project officially launched our campaign with the goal to outfit every homeless dog in LA with a bed and to give Mom a FREE gift for Mother’s Day!

Today, I am asking if you could please help us by spreading the word to friends, family, and co-workers.

Down below is a flyer to share via email, FB or Twitter. Bloggers too! You can also send people directly to our website www.luparkerproject.org.

If you want to pass out fliers or hang posters, we can get them to you. Just let us know.

Thanks again as always!!! – We really appreciate everything you are doing for animals, especially the homeless ones.

Our deadline to sell and offer the free gift is Friday, April 27th. We are at 35 beds so far.

Don’t forget to Spread the Love!

XOXO,

Lu

California Lawmakers Move to Ban Bear and Bobcat Hounding

Feature post by Jennifer Fearing, California Senior State Director of the Humane Society of the United States.

Sending a pack of dogs into the woods to chase down and perhaps fight a bear or a bobcat remains legal in California, despite opposition by 83 percent of California voters. The state legislature is now moving to outlaw hunting with dogs, or “hounding.” This long overdue reform is Senate Bill 1221, and it needs your support to pass.

Please watch this video about hounding, and ask your California legislators to pass SB 1221 to end the practice of bear and bobcat hounding.

Hounding is an inhumane and unsporting practice that allows trophy hunters easy pickings at the expense of the safety of the dogs and other wildlife. The practice involves fitting dogs with high‐tech telemetry devices that allow bear and bobcat “houndsmen” to monitor the dogs’ movement remotely.

Dogs are released to chase frightened wild animals often for miles, across all types of habitat, including forests, private property, and into national parks. Dogs pursue their target until the exhausted bear or bobcat climbs a tree to escape or turns to confront the dog pack. Cubs or other animals who are unable to climb a tree may be mauled on the ground by the dogs. Following the radio signal on a handheld device, the hunter arrives at the scene to shoot the terrified animal off of a tree limb at point-blank range.

This is not “sportsmanship,” this is not fair-chase, and this does not exemplify the creed of being stewards of our shared wildlife, to which many hunters abide.

Bears, bobcats and other wild animals suffer immensely in the chase. It’s bad for the dogs, too. Viewed as hunting equipment rather than beloved members of the family, hunting hounds often live in pens or are tethered outdoors. They sometimes receive no exercise or socialization outside of hunting. Hunting hounds become lost in the chase and are sometimes never recovered. Dogs can be struck by vehicles or suffer from dehydration or die as a result of violent confrontations with wildlife.

Animal shelters have reported being overburdened by abandoned hunting dogs, particularly in rural areas during and at the end of the hunting season. These hounds arrive at shelters in poor condition, covered in ticks and fleas, and some have mange. Many are emaciated or test positive for heartworm. These dogs are often more difficult and even impossible to find homes for because they have little experience living as a household pet.

In a recent episode of National Geographic’s Wild Justice television show featuring the California Department of Fish and Game, a warden comes upon a bear hunting camp and says this of the tethered hounds: “I sure wouldn’t want to be one of these dogs. These dogs are chained up all night long. They work their asses off for their masters. And look how they’re treated. [Camera shows dirty/frozen water dish and underweight hounds]. These are just strictly for work. They’re tools. Just like throwing a wrench in a tool box.”

A Yosemite National Park ranger who cited houndsmen in four different incidents of bear‐hunting hounds running illegally in the park during the past two years said that “some of the dogs are really skinny” and that houndsmen may keep their dogs hungry to encourage their prey drive. In October of last year, Mendocino County Animal Care Services reportedly took in 30 hounds from a single kennel. Other California humane societies, SPCAs and animal care agencies have also experienced significant issues with hunting hounds, including picking up injured dogs who often go unclaimed by their owners causing a drain on shelter resources.

Hounding bears and bobcats is a reckless, inhumane practice, and it’s time to put a stop to it and institute fair-chase hunting rules in California. Please make a quick call to your California state legislators and urge passage of a Senate Bill 1221 to eliminate hounding from our fields and wildlands. In doing so, you can help end the unspeakable suffering of wildlife as well as the dogs that are abused in these “hounding” escapades.

Jennifer Fearing is the California senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

Don’t Shop ‘Til They Stop!

Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills and the first step to protesting against this horrible industry is to refrain from purchasing any product (food, toys, litter) from stores that sell puppies. By purchasing ANYTHING from a store that sells puppies, you are unknowingly supporting the puppy mill industry, where puppies are bred and left to live in horrible living conditions. Next time you see those adorable puppies in the window, think twice about purchasing a product there.

Dr. Annie and Animal Wellness Centers are active leaders in the fight to end puppy mill abuses. In 2010, we campaigned in favor of of Missouri’s Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, which establishes common sense standards for the care of dogs in Missouri. We were proud when Prop B passed in November 2011 with 52 percent of the statewide vote. It was favored by a majority of voters in 18 of 34 state Senate districts, and in a majority of House districts as well.

Did you know that Animal Wellness Centers has an array of pet products available? Instead of purchasing at a puppy pet store, you can find anything from food to toys to shampoos at AWC, including Dr. Annie’s quality line of health and wellness products. Just visit our Marina location or view or products online here.

Animal Wellness Centers is a puppy friendly pet store that respects the humane treatment of all animals. We’ve signed the The Humane Society’s “Puppy Friendly Pet Stores Initiative” and ask you to get the word out as well to stop puppy cruelty.

About the Program

The Puppy Friendly Pet Stores initiative asks dog lovers everywhere to work with their local pet stores to encourage them to implement a “puppy friendly” policy by refusing to sell puppies in their store. Stores that already do not sell puppies can sign up to show that they are taking a stand against puppy mills and to make official their policy of not selling puppies. Stores that do sell puppies should be encouraged to help end pet overpopulation by stopping the sale of puppies and supporting their local shelters and pet adoption programs instead.

Store owners and managers who sign The HSUS’ pledge receive a sign proclaiming, “We love puppies; that’s why we don’t sell them,” to display in the store, as well as free materials for their customers about how to adopt a dog or find a responsible breeder. The HSUS encourages shoppers to purchase pet supplies at stores displaying the puppy-friendly sign.

How You Can Help

You can help sign up stores in your community by taking a few simple steps:

  • Contact the Humane Society to get instructions and a copy of the invitation and pledge. Make sure to tell them your name, phone number, city and state.
  • Visit your local pet store(s) to explain the benefits of the program and invite them to sign.
  • Return the signed pledge to The HSUS Stop Puppy Mills campaign and HSUS will do the rest!

For more information on puppy mills, including signing a Stop Puppy Mills Petition, visit: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/

Download the invitation »
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Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

I’d Be Happy To Help With Any Herding…

Guest post by A. Border Collie

Lately, things have been a little slow. Just sort of been killing time by lying down, going on some walks, lapping up water. You know, same old, same old. I guess I’ve been a little bored, actually, and maybe feeling a bit antsy. You know what I mean by antsy, right? When you sort of want to get up and go, but you don’t really have anything to go to? It’s frustrating, right? Hey, actually, now that I have your ear, I’ve been meaning to ask: You don’t happen to have any herding you need a hand with, do you?

I only ask because it just so happens my calendar is wide open for the next few weeks, and if you have anything that needs herded, I would definitely be up to it. Really, there’s not a lot on my plate, and I figured this would be a great time to get in some quality herding, so you should definitely let me know if there’s work to be done. I’d be happy to lend a hand.

Any herding at all, really. I’m just trying to help.

Seriously, though, if you or anyone else has a bit of herding available, just let me know. I love herding. A lot. Big flocks, little flocks, any type of flock. You name it, I’ll herd it. Even if it’s just a one-off— a couple of sheep that need to be watched over for a few hours, or whatever—I’m ready to go. Seriously, anything. I mean, I’m here, I might as well herd, right?

Not just sheep, either. No way. I’ve been herding for years, and my feeling is they haven’t yet made an animal I can’t herd. I’d be happy to round up some cattle. I’m great with goats. Pigs, too. I’m not above herding pigs; I’ll circle ’em up and get them into one place without a single complaint.

I don’t mean to brag, but if you’ve got herding needs, I’m the dog for the job. I’ve got lots of field experience: I know the formations, I know how to hold a tight flank, and I certainly don’t tolerate stragglers. And I’ll prove it if you give me a shot. Seriously, just give the word, and I’ll head right out there to the huddle, get things under control with a few well-timed yelps, and we’ll be herding like there’s no tomorrow.

And I promise I won’t make a scene and bark like a madman, either. That’s not my style. You see, it’s all about picking and choosing the right times to bark, not using up all your ammo from the get-go by barking and snarling up a storm. Sure, you need to establish your dominance, but what happens if they start to get the idea that you’re all show? You don’t need that kind of risk, not when the herd’s on the line. The herding game is about gaining their respect. Once you lose it, you might as well be dead.

And, hey, no biting, gripping, or any other rough stuff. I swear on that. I know some border collies who play by their own rules, and to be honest, those dogs have terrible fetch and drive skills, which severely limits their eye-locking ability. I should stop there, because I’m starting to get pretty deep into herding theory, and this isn’t the place for that. All you have to know is that with me, what you see is what you get: top-notch, no-nonsense herding from a dog you can trust.

I should mention that if there’s no herding available, I’m pretty much willing to help out with anything. I’d be happy wrestle a branch away from you and then leave it somewhere, dig a series of holes, whatever you need. Really, I’ll do what needs to be done, but I have to say that my true passion is herding.

I can also herd geese. Forgot if I mentioned that.

Hey, I guess I’ve been blabbing for a while now. Obviously, I’ve made my case, so how about you just think things over for a bit and get back to me? Like I said, my schedule’s wide open, and no one’s going to do the job better, faster, or with more heart than me.

Oh, and my name’s Oreo, by the way. Great. Thanks so much for hearing me out. I really appreciate it.

Source: The Onion

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

In Loving Memory: Alice Schneider. We love and miss you, Alice.

Choose the People’s Hero

Do you know a courageous canine? Here are some of bravest dogs in the US that are nominated for the Fifth Annual Dogs of Valor Awards held by the HSUS. One of these sensational canine heros will win the title of Valor Dog of the Year.

Choose your favorite hero and vote for one of them here. Voting closes this Friday, March 9 at 5:00pm EST and the winners will be announced March 11.

Benny

Owner: Audrey Calloway
Mount Washington, KY

Last summer as Audrey mowed her 2.5 acre yard, her Labrador retriever, Benny, played near the house. As Audrey mowed the hill that ran beside the ditch and highway in front of her home, the mower’s plastic seat broke and slid off throwing Audrey into the path of the mower. Her left hand was completely severed. Bleeding profusely, Audrey crawled toward the road, collapsing in the ditch with her head on the side of the road. Benny dashed over and planted himself in the middle of the highway. A driver on his way to visit neighbors saw Benny and called them to see if the dog was theirs. Then he spotted Audrey. She was taken to the hospital, where they were able to save the rest of her arm.

Buddy

Owner: Ted Moss
South Milwaukee, WI

Late one night during a blizzard, Ted’s truck became lodged in a snow bank, so he and his 5-year old Labrador retriever, Buddy, headed home on foot. Two miles in and only two blocks from home, Ted collapsed. Buddy kept him warm, barking nonstop. Around 5:00 a.m., a concerned neighbor tried to bring her inside. She led him to Ted whose core body temperature was 68°, and his clothes were frozen to his body. At the hospital, his heart stopped twice. After a week, Ted finally opened his eyes—when he heard Buddy whine the first time she was allowed to visit him.

Chowder

Owners: Diana and Richard Carlino
Centerville, MA

Diana Carlino and her husband Richard were awakened by Chowder’s barking and agitation early one April morning. As she started to get up, Diana saw through her window that her elderly neighbor was clinging to her doorframe, her home in flames. The Carlinos rescued their neighbor moments before two windows exploded from the fire. The Carlinos credit Chowder not only with alerting them to their neighbor’s danger but also for saving their home from catching fire, too. The fire was so close the heat warped the siding on their house.

Fancy

Owners: Hank and Virginia Falls
Blue Creek, WV

Fifteen minutes before their alarm was set to go off, 3-year-old Fancy woke Hank and Virginia with barks and growls. Harley and Virginia couldn’t find anything wrong in the house, but the little dachshund continued to bark and look up at the attic door. Virginia then noticed a sound like crumbling aluminum foil. Opening the attic door, she was hit by smoke and flames. Virginia grabbed Fancy, woke her nephew and his girlfriend, and everyone escaped. By 9 a.m.—the time the alarm was set to go off—the roof of their farmhouse had caved in.

Hank

Owner: McKenzie
Kansas City, MO

McKenzie’s raging boyfriend threw her through a wall and hit her with a hammer. When Hank, McKenzie’s young Great Dane, crawled on her to block the blows, the man turned on Hank, shattering several ribs and a hip. He dragged the gravely injured dog into a busy street and left him for dead. Back at the house, the man told McKenzie that if she called her dog he would shoot them both. McKenzie escaped to drive to a police station, her attacker following with a shotgun. McKenzie and Hank received treatment and were reunited at an emergency shelter for victims of violent families.

Hercules

Owners: Lee and Elizabeth Littler
Hillsboro, OH

As Lee opened the back door to let the dogs out, he was taken aback to see Hercules, the sickly St. Bernard he’d adopted only 6 hours before, growl and charge through the screen door. Hercules then jumped off the side of the porch and over the outdoor stairwell leading to the basement. The next minute, he chased a man out of the basement and across the yard, biting his leg as he escaped over the fence. When the police arrived, they discovered that the intruder had already cut the phone and cable lines.

Mickey

Owner: Debbie Denning (Daughter is Codi Robertson, baby Wyatt)
Idaho Falls, ID

Seven months pregnant, Codi was feeling nauseated and decided to sleep on the couch. In the early morning hours, she had a seizure. She remembers calling out to her mother, Debbie, just before passing out. Debbie was asleep and couldn’t hear, but Mickey sprang into action and woke her. Debbie rushed Codi to the hospital, where her baby was delivered two months prematurely. If Mickey hadn’t acted quickly, both Codi and baby Wyatt could have died.

Quila

Owners: Terry and Clare Lamb
Calera, AL

Clare had been under the weather and was resting in bed. Suddenly Quila, began scratching Clare’s son Andrew’s leg and turning to the door. Andrew got his father, Terry, and they followed Quila into the bedroom. They found Clare hanging off the bed, her nails and lips blue and her skin pale and ice cold. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with a grand mal seizure and pneumonia. Clare was told that another 5 to 10 minutes without medical attention, probably would have killed her. Now that she’s back home, Quila never leaves her side.

Titan

Owners: John and Gloria Benton
Lawrenceville, GA

Leaving for the family store every morning, John tells his 5-year old pit bull, “Go take care of Grandma!” Then Titan curls up on the bed where Gloria is sleeping. But one morning last July, Titan ran back down the stairs. John says, “He’d run up a few flights of steps and run back down just to keep me from going to let me know something was wrong.” John found his wife unconscious on the floor with a bleeding head. Doctors said that Gloria had suffered a brain aneurysm and fractured her skull—and that had John not found her then, she would probably have suffered brain damage or died.

Trixie

Owner: Ida Moose
Little Rock, AR

One cold night, 78-year-old Ida and her elderly Cairn terrier mix, Trixie, went through the rain to fill the backyard bird feeder, when Ida collapsed face-down in the mud. The blind Trixie barked, but nobody came to help. Ida used a technique a physical therapist had taught her and “log rolled” to her house, but she couldn’t reach the doorknob. Trixie kept Ida warm for nearly 20 hours until someone heard her pleas for help. Doctors said Ida probably had a stroke and that it’s likely she wouldn’t have survived the night if Trixie hadn’t kept her warm.

Source: The Humane Society of the United States (www.humanesociety.org)

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

Commercial Sealing Industry Diminishes

Credit: HSUS, Brian Skerry

Special Guest Blogger, Rebecca Aldworth
Executive Director, Humane Society International/Canada

Days ago, I stood amidst the beautiful baby grey seals on Hay Island – a remote wilderness area off of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. As the trusting weeks-old pups played on the snow, touched noses and drifted off to sleep, I felt truly privileged to be there and to witness firsthand this stunning wildlife spectacle.

It wasn’t always this way. At this time of year, sealers normally descend on this tiny island with wooden bats and beat the defenseless pups to death. But in 2012, no companies stepped forward to purchase the furs of these baby seals, and the sealers decided to stay home.

The Hay Island seal pups are likely safe for this year. But within weeks, the much larger slaughter of baby harp seals is set to open on the ice floes off Canada’s east coast. If buyers emerge, sealers will set a deadly course for the seal nursery–and if that happens, we know what we will see.

For each of the past 13 years, I have witnessed the commercial seal hunt firsthand. This is a slaughter in which baby seals are routinely beaten and shot within view of each other, wounded and left to suffer in agony. Conscious seals are often impaled on metal hooks, dragged across the ice and cut open. The suffering is almost unimaginable.

The seals are killed for their fur, which is exported to fashion markets around the world. The skins of very young seals are the most valuable, and 98 percent of the seals slaughtered in the past five years have been less than three months old.

The Humane Society of the United States’ Protect Seals team is standing by, ready to expose the cruelty of this government-sanctioned carnage. We are doing so on behalf of the overwhelming majority of Canadians and people around the world who oppose the slaughter.

But as much as we dread the weeks to come, there is every reason for hope. Two and a half years ago, the European Union banned its trade in products of commercial seal hunts, and the impacts in Canada were immediate. The prices paid for seal fur plummeted and sealers said it wasn’t worth their while to participate in the hunt. More than 850,000 seals have been spared a horrible fate as a result.

Then, a few months ago, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Belarus banned their trade in harp seal fur – the primary product of the Canadian seal slaughter. Government officials said the decision could spell the end of commercial sealing, and the largest seal fur buyer in Canada immediately cancelled a plan to purchase 100,000 harp seal skins.

The closing markets aren’t the only reason to end the seal slaughter. Sealers are commercial fishermen who earn almost all of their incomes from selling seafood, and only a tiny fraction from killing seals. To give them a clear economic choice, nearly 6,000 companies, and more than 650,000 individuals, have pledged to avoid some or all Canadian seafood until the seals are protected for good.

Climate change is yet another factor sealing the fate of the industry. Harp seals rely on sea ice to give birth to and nurse their pups, and climate change is causing sea ice cover in the northwest Atlantic to diminish. In recent years, the lack of ice has caused up to 100 percent mortality in pups born in key whelping areas. Ultimately, the sea ice, and the surviving seals on it, is receding north, beyond the range of the commercial sealing industry.

The Humane Society of the United States is proposing a plan to move Canada beyond commercial sealing. Through a government buyout of the commercial sealing industry, the seal hunt would be ended, sealers would receive immediate compensation, and economic alternatives would be developed. The good news is, polling shows a large percentage of Canadian sealers are already in support of the plan.

We are so close to winning this campaign, and with your help, we know we can restore peace to the ice floes. Help us stop the slaughter. Please take action for baby seals today.

About Rebecca Aldworth & HSI Canada

Rebecca Aldworth is Executive Director of Humane Society International Canada (HSI Canada). For the past decade, she has been a firsthand observer of Canada’s commercial seal hunt, escorting more than 100 scientists, parliamentarians and journalists to the ice floes to witness the slaughter. Ms. Aldworth has founded two animal protection groups in Canada, and she is a recipient of the 2004 Jean Taymans award for animal welfare and in 2006 was named one of nine Eco Heroes by Alternet.

HSI Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across Canada. They are an effective voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI Canada works to protect all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy, and field work. HSI Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International — one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than 11 million members and constituents globally.

About Dr. Annie Harvilicz & Animal Wellness Centers

Dr. Annie Harvilicz is proud to serve on the Leadership Council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Annie and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind.

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