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June 5th, 2013     Volume 4, Issue 23 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 Pet Alert!
Charkley 4/19/2013 - Natura Pet expands recall to all lots of California Naturals, EVO, Healthwise, Innova, and Karma pet foods due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Charkley 4/17/2013 - Great Life Grain Free Buffalo and Dr. E's Grain Free Buffalo dog foods withheld from distribution due to unexplained odor.
Charkley 4/17/2013 - Breeder’s Choice recalls Active Care Healthy Joint Dog Treats due to mold.
Charkley 4/3/2013 - Bravo recalls three of its raw diets due to potential Salmonella contamination.
 If Dogs Could Talk


Leo Needs a New Home

This cute, one and a half year old playful and energetic boy has cerebellar hypoplasia, which will become neither worse nor better and will certainly not shorten his lifespan. Although unable to walk fully on his own, Leo loves to play and can even be quite rambunctious. He weighs about 25 pounds and lives in Berkeley CA.   

Leo is really sweet and loves to cuddle, especially laying on his back and wedged between your legs. He is very observant - watching everyone and everything around him. 

Things you may like to know about Leo:

  • Leo has a pretty consistent schedule which really helps in taking care of him.
  • He eats twice a day and can eat on his own if his bowl is placed for him.  
  • He can drink on his own, with supervision in case he loses balance and accidentally spills
  • He poops once a day when he is on his cart.  
  • Because he cannot walk on his own, he wears a diaper.   
  • He definitely loves rolling around on his cart, but enjoys spending time in his crib.   
  • He doesn't necessarily need to be watched all the time as he has a padded crib that he's safe to tumble around in. 
  • He naps most of the day.
  • He will be vocal when he needs something! 

Leo originally came from a rescue with his sister, who has now been successfully adopted into a forever loving home and we are praying we can find the same for Leo. We adore him and would love to keep him, but he needs more attention than we can provide, since we both work full time and have just had our first child. 

Leo is a special case and we are reaching out for help to find him the right kind of loving family home. Please help us by spreading the word and holding him in your hearts and prayers. Leo is an extraordinary dog and we are desperate to find him the best home.

If you can help us to help Leo, please contact:  

Martin Rossetti at rossetti.martin@gmail.com 
 Raw Knowledge

While Sunshine’s story does have a happy ending (she now resides with a loving, BARF World family) there are still hundreds of other animals suffering from abuse in this country, some of which never make it out of these abusive environments.

Animal Abuse: Recognizing The Signs And Doing Your Part To Help Stop It

By Amber Keiper

When I first heard the story of Sunshine, the black Labrador retriever from Northern California that shelter workers believed came from an abusive home, my heart just broke for her.

As a “mom” of two rescued pets, I felt that I just had to find out more about animal abuse in the United States and find a way to be able to do something to help stop it.

Statistics of Animal Abuse

After a friend’s cat was tortured and set aflame by what authorities believed to be a serial cat killer, Alison Gianotto started the website, Pet-Abuse.com as a way to raise public awareness about animal cruelty and offer guidance to individuals on how to report these crimes. This website also provides statistical information and a searchable database of animal cruelty cases in the US.

According to Pet-Abuse.com, the top 5 types of animal abuse are:
  1. Neglect and/or abandonment
  2. Animal hoarding
  3. Shooting
  4. Fighting (i.e. cock fighting, dog fighting)
  5. Beating

For those of us who cherish our pets and treat them like one of the family, it is unfathomable to think that someone would want to purposely harm an animal. Yet over the last ten years, there have been over 14,000 cases of animal cruelty reported across the country with 592 of those incidents occurring in 2012 alone (see map below).

In 2012 alone, there were a total of 592 reported instances of animal cruelty in the United States. The 47 areas highlighted in red involve cases where the alleged abuser either had a history of violence or involved a domestic dispute. (Map provided by www.pet-abuse.com.)

Telltale Signs of Animal Abuse

The first thing you can do to help stop animal abuse is to be able to recognize the signs. The ASPCA defines animal cruelty as “someone who intentionally injures or harms an animal or when a person willfully deprives an animal of food, water or necessary medical care.”

If you suspect an animal is suffering from abuse or neglect, ask yourself the following questions:

Are there physical signs of mistreatment such as wounds, scars, or loss of fur? Is the animal in need of major grooming, such as overly matted fur or overly long nails? Does it seem as though the animal is lacking of food or water? Are they extremely thin with ribs visibly protruding?

What is their behavior like? Do they show signs of weakness such as the inability to stand or walk? Do they seem aggressive or seem fearful when approached by their owner?

Are they living in a safe environment? Are they being left outside for prolonged amounts of time without access to food or clean water? Is the area where they’re being kept clean and safe from dangerous chemicals, glass or other harmful items? Is the animal being left out in the elements without proper shelter?

How to Report Animal Abuse

If you suspect that an animal is being mistreated, don’t be afraid to report it to the police or contact the local animal shelter for guidance. You may just help save an animal’s life!

The ASPCA website also offers 10 Tips for Reporting Animal Cruelty which can help point you in the right direction.

Helping Animals Who’ve Suffered From Abuse

For many animals that have endured repeated acts of abuse and mistreatment, certain situations can trigger anxiety and stress. Flower essences have been known to help treat pets that have been abused or suffered other trauma. Rescue Remedy is a well-known, natural stress relief spray that uses a unique blend of flower essences to help reduce stress in people and pets without the use of harsh chemicals or medication treatments.

Reiki therapy is another form of non-invasive treatment that has been known to help pets overcome emotional issues due to abuse and neglect. In fact, some animal shelters have begun using Reiki as a way to help ease stress in the animals in their facilities. There is a great organization called SARA – the Shelter Animal Reiki Association –that offers animal Reiki treatment and training in shelters around the world.


Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.. She and her husband have two former rescue animals that are now healthy and proud “BARF brats” – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”). For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.
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 Tail Us What You Think

A dog's prayer

treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in the entire world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me. 

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do. 

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls on my waiting ear. 

When it is cold and wet, take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to the bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow that rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your adoring worshiper. 

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I would not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger. 

And, beloved master, should the great master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you.
Hold me gently in your arms as your skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest- and I will leave knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

- FROM Bernard h. FROM Cambria height’s, NY

 Bark Out Loud

Seeing my dog the day I got back from Afghanistan

Wags of Wisdom

"They never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation."
- Jerome K. Jerome

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