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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sniff, you make my heart beat faster!


So... why is it OK? Hooman peeves.



I went to the store with momma. It was not such a wonderful trip.  I was there to see the gerbils. You know, I love them, but the deal is I can only visit them at the store. [Ehmmm Sarah, do you see what I have to deal with? Mrs. Darby, I think momma is a breedist.]

But back to my issues...
No, I am not being a snob or anything, but I do have some issues. Actually my issues are really a reaction to what I call poor manners by some hoomans. I am not being difficult, I have manners. I simply expect everyone to have them as well.

1. I don't come over and sniff and lick you, so why do you think you can come over and paw me?  I could be a biter!  I am not exactly thrilled by strangers pawing at me, without even an introduction.  I have no idea who you are or where your paws  hands have been.... You should ask momma if  it is ok to approach me. Show me the back of your hand, let me sniff you and come to you. Serioulsy!  Manners!!!!

2. Do I ask how old you are? NO! So what is the inquisition routine for?  A lady never tells her age! What if I did not want that red poodle to know my age? Hm? And what is it to you anyway? MANNERS!!!!

3. And this next question was UBER rude....I mean UBER RUDE... "is she "FIXED"?"
FIXED??????!!!!! I was never broken!!!  And do I ask you about your reproductive system? I am no working girl, I am a proud rescued dog. But ... let's say I was offended.. I am not ready or willing to share such degree of intimate information with any stranger... How would you like it if I ask you about your reproductive system?  Again... MANNERS!!!!

4, And now the ultimate outrage question....She is a rescued dog?  What's wrong with her?" SERIOUSLY???? The only thing that was wrong with me was a stoopid greedy hooman who wanted to breed me into the grave. The idea that any rescued dog necessarily has something wrong... is the fallacy that fuels overbreeding and greeders. [breeders who breed for greed]. Well... just so you know, I did not have to ask what is wrong with you.  I knew.  You lack manners and brains. Now, be gone and let me play with the gerbils... Auntie Robin... thank you for screening our adopters.  This person would never qualify.


'vie

Wordless Wednesday


Sooooooo has spring sprung or what?


'vie

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

BUT of Course!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/26/booming/old-dog-needs-6000-surgery-what-do-you-do.html?smid=pl-share



 Seriously, why would you do otherwise? HE IS FAMILY!!!!!!


  'vie

We PROTEST!


We, the three of us, together, would like to launch a formal protest.
We are pretty sure that momma lied.
We have never heard of a Passover Grooming. EVER.

We really do not believe that it is a tradition.
Like they thought about groomers in the desert.

We think momma LIED.
Flat out lied.

We want daddy to find her guilty of lying and we would like damages to be awarded.
7 chewies each.

Wendy is so traumatized she is hiding under daddy's chair. 

And we would like some chopped liver.

JD, Silvieon4 and the Wendy too.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Daddy's birthday started like this....


I want to lick that white stuff. It smells divine...
I volunteered to taste this stuff, but I got nothing but grief. Why do they always question my motives?


And I am not going to say anything, BUT he got to pick two things for breakfast????   I got the same old same old!


I really want to eat the cimmmmmanon thing!

Daddy, I am thinking of getting you this, can I borrow your plastic?


Lamborghini Reveals the Incredibly Limited Edition $4 Million Veneno Supercar
http://www.justluxe.com/lifestyle/luxury-cars/feature-1890818.php
 Lamborghini Veneno Supercar

pretty, no?

Fine, I am all behaved. Happy birthday Daddy, WE LOVE YOU, share?

Oh happy birthday auntie Karen too. [Does she know she is sharing birthdays with the daddy?]

'vie

Saturday, March 23, 2013

EDITORIAL



ARE YOU WOFFING KIDDING??????


I tried. For a while now I have been carrying around this heavy angry feeling that has been
percolating , churning, festering, marinating, macerating, incubating... fermenting [yes there is a point to this verbiage... trust me.]and  making me angrier by the day.

This whole thing is really messing with my cute factor. I can't be myself and lavish the world with my infinite cuteness when I am so bogged down by heavy heart and raging thoughts.

Soooooo, WHOMP.  Here it is.

Hoomans, hoomans who run stupid corporations, [no I will not grant personhood to corporate entities] you are drowning me in BS.  YES, BS. You know what that stands for.

How dare you.  You really think that you can finesse, manage, spin, spew, madison avenue, skirt, corn-hole ..blah blah blah... the reality of what you are doing?????

You have been producing CRAPOLA that you market as "nutrition" for animals. You spend more on this toxic waste's packaging than you do on the product inside it.  You spend even more on that fictitious spin you call advertising, and when your crapola is actually found to be toxic to both animals and hoomans, you have the unmitigated gall to play semantics and hide behind some FDA loophole so that you avoid the market shock of a RECALL!

COWARDS! LIARS! YES, MURDERERS. Look at my Butcher's bill.

Hmmm. you hide behind words like VOLUNTARY PULL,  WITHDRAWAL, [this one really frosted me...] to avoid saying what it really is. it is a RECALL.  You don't like the word? Stop producing and selling tainted garbage. Stop killing us. Stop lying to us. Do you hear me?  STOP LYING. Verbal vomit changes nothing. It is what it is.

Each time you lie, you should realize that the diminished faith doctrine kicks in. Yuh.  I made it up. But it is a real thing. Ask pet owners how they feed about you.  If you have the nerve... ASK.

Dog Food manufacturers now rank as the most corrupt and untrustworthy examples of corporate greed. They deserve criminal prosecution and I would love to hand the FDA some real teeth to do it.
[ Momma says any allusion to spheres or lack thereof by the FDA,  is not allowed... JD agrees.]

How long before you go into full production of SOYLENT GREEN? If you are not stopped, I say, soon...

And I am so insulted that you think you are getting away with it. I want apply the Erin Brockovich test and have you feast on what you produce to prove to me and the world that it is safe. Chuckle.

I am not alone you know, Why do you think Tasty Tuesday happened? And like Tasty Tuesday, there are a multitude of blogs, blog hops, recipe books, etc, all working to ELIMINATE the concept of CRAPOLA dog food.

A 16 BILLION DOLLAR industry that engages in such practices... I AM ASHAMED for you.

In case my readers want to know... here is a good list of who you are:
http://www.petfoodindustry.com/2012topcompanies.html

And here is a great dose of REALITY:

http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?more=1&p=359


WAKE UP!  YOU ARE NOT FOOLING ANYONE!

Just my humble opinion.
'vie

Friday, March 22, 2013

Recall---- Jones Natural Chews Co Recalls Woofers Dog Treats Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk


Recall -- Firm Press Release


FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Jones Natural Chews Co Recalls Woofers Dog Treats Because Of
Possible Salmonella Health Risk
 


Contact:
Consumer:
(877) 481-2663
(815) 874-9500 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 6, 2013 - Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 245 boxes of Woofers (beef patties) because it has the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by Colorado Department of Agriculture Feed Program which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.
The Jones Natural Chews Woofers were distributed in AZ, CA, CO, PA, VA, and WI. They were shipped to distributors and retailers between November 1, 2012 and November 12, 2012 where they were available for purchase.
Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) bulk 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008169, Lot 2962GPS-Best By 10/22/15 and Lot 2892PAL-Best By 10/15/15
***Woofers in bulk 50 count box may be sold individually***
Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 1 pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008657, Lot 3102, Best By 11/05/15.
Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 1 pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008183, Lot 2892BF-Best By 10/15/15, Lot 2962PWV-Best By 10/22/15, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15, and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15.
Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 2pack shrink-wrap, 25ct box, item UPC 741956008190, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15 and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased any of these woofers are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-481-2663, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Central Standard Time.

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Voluntary Withdrawal: Iams Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats

Iams Recalls Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats


FROM: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=196265&p=factset40


Proctor and Gamble has issued a voluntary market withdrawal of Iams Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats with certain “Impacted Lot Numbers” listed below.

These treats are being voluntarily withdrawn due to potential for mold growth. No other products are affected. Proctor and Gamble has not received any reports of human or pet illnesses. Product Description Impacted

Lot Number Iams Shakeables Turkey, 6oz
[2342]419715A
[2325]419715A
[2331]419715A
[2332]419715A
[2341]419715A
[3016]419715A
[3017]419715A
[3018]419715A
[3046]419715A

Iams Shakeables Lamb, 6oz
[2338]419715A

To find the lot code on your can, look at the first 4 numbers of the second line on the bottom of the can as they identify the affected lots.
 
Please stop feeding these products and bring any remaining Iams Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats affected by the voluntary withdrawal to your closest PetSmart store for a full refund. If you have questions about this voluntary withdrawal, please call Proctor and Gamble (Iams) at 1-877-894-4458.



FROM PETSMART...OTHER RECENT RECALLS/PULLS/WITHDRAWALS...

Voluntary Withdrawal: Iams Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats

Dear Bo

When a girl goes through this much trouble to get a date with you, you have to be a gentleman and respond.

And for dogness sake, demand a cell phone! Tell your security team to fetch one for you. I am just saying. Ramona, honey, I know you have fallen for dark and handsome, but have you ever considered a sweet wonderful Bichon? Curly and white are a delight!

I know lots of Bichon guys and I could set you up with one, I am not selfish, I share. You should look at the TBFR calendar and, ehmmm "shop"...

 Bo, hopefully you get to see this message, Ramona, call me girl, we should woof.
 'vie

Thursday, March 21, 2013

No means NO!

Puparazzi!!!! 'vie

THANK YOU COUNCILMAN DUMAN and MAYOR JOHNSON!!!!



THANK YOU COUNCILMAN DUMAN!!!

YOU ARE A HERO.
Thank you Mayor Linda T. Johnson

Erika S. Dawley
 YOU ARE A HERO.

SUFFOLK, Va. —
Suffolk City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday banning dog tethering. The ban goes in to effect Sept. 1.

Councilman Mike Duman, Your efforts and your work is much appreciated .WE LOVE YOU!
The ordinance makes tethering a dog a Class Four misdemeanor punishable by a $250 fine.

Hey Back yard breeders, did you get that???? {&*^$%^@! To you! ) Putting my paw down before momma sees what I am doing. Like I need fingers to get my message accross.... ha....

Nobody, no dog deserves to be chained outside. EVER. 
IT IS ABUSE!!!!

Vice Mayor Charles Brown, and councilman  Lue Ward  a big fat, loud, nasty raspberry  to you and... we will be voting... and we will not forget your VOTE. Want to dust off that resume? 

My Wendy Pooh was tied outside to a tree... UNFORGIVABLE....
Now the rest of VA.... ehmmmm tapping my paw..... Move it it is about time.... EVOLVE already

'vie

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A very comfy place to nap

Shhhhhh! I'm sleeping!



Momma is such a comfortable place to nap.

She LOVES it when I drool on her foot,
'vie



Tuesday, March 19, 2013

EVO, Innova, California Natural and Healthwise Dog Food Recall


Recall -- Firm Press Release


FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Natura Pet Issues Voluntary Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk


Contact
Consumer
800-224-6123

Media
Jason Taylor
513-622-3205
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -March 18, 2013 - Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling specific lots of dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated withSalmonella. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
These products were made in a single production facility during a two week window in December 2012. Routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture collected from a single retail location tested positive for the presence of Salmonella. As a precautionary measure, Natura is voluntarily recalling all products from this production window.
The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica. Product expiration dates range from 12/17/2013 – 1/2/2014. Product was distributed by Natura Pet Products between December 18, 2012 through March 15, 2013. No other dry food, canned food, biscuits, bars or treats are affected by this announcement.
A complete list of products in the scope of this recall are listed at the end of this release. Additional information on these products can be found at disclaimer icon www.naturapet.com.
Consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them.
For further information or a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).
Please see the Table of Affected Products.

Affected Products

Please download the appropriate PDF to see which products are affected by the voluntary recall.
Innova


On March 18, 2013, Natura Pet Products has confirmed it is recalling certain lots of four of its most popular dry dog foods due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link: 


Natura Pet Products Dog Food Recall

The expiration window for all affected products is 12/17/13 through 1/2/14.
BRAND PRODUCT DESCRIPTION SIZES LOT CODE(S)
EVO FERRET FOOD TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA 6.6LB 2355A70003, 3002A70003

EVO CAT & KITTEN TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA 4OZ, 2.2LB, 6.6LB, 15.4LB
2355A70003, 2355A70004, 2356A70002, 2356A70003, 2356A70004,
2366A70002, 2366A70004, 3001A70003, 3002A70003

EVO CAT HERRING & SALMON FORMULA 4OZ, 2.2LB, 6.6LB, 15.4LB 2357A70004, 2361A70002, 2361A70003, 2361A70004, 2362A70003

EVO DOG RED MEAT FORMULA LARGE BITE 6.6LB, 13.2LB, 28.6LB 2363A70001, 2363A70002, 2363A70003

EVO DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA 4OZ 2356A70004

EVO DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN SENIOR FORMULA 6.6LB, 13.2LB, 28.6LB 2356A70001, 2356A70002, 2356A70003

EVO DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA 4OZ, 6.6LB, 13.2LB, 28.6LB 2364A70002, 2366A70001, 2366A70003, 2366A70004

INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA 4OZ, 2.2LB, 6LB, 15LB 2362A70002, 2362A70003, 2363A70002, 2363A70003, 2363A70004

INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR 8 PLUS FORMULA 4OZ, 2.2LB, 6LB, 15LB 2353A70002, 2353A70003, 2353A70004

INNOVA CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA 4OZ, 2.2LB, 6LB, 15LB 2354A70002, 2354A70003, 2354A70004, 2362A70001, 2363A70001,
2363A70004, 2364A70003, 2364A70004

INNOVA PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA 4OZ, 6LB, 15LB, 30LB 2356A70001, 2356A70002, 2356A70003, 2356A70004

INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA 4OZ, 2.2LB, 6LB, 15LB, 30LB, 30LB BILINGUAL 2354A70002, 2354A70003, 2354A70004, 2355A70001, 2355A70002,
2363A70001, 2363A70002, 2364A70001, 3015A70001

INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR PLUS 11 PLUS FORMULA 4OZ, 6LB, 15LB, 30LB 2352A70001, 2352A70002, 2353A70001, 2353A70002, 2353A70003,
2353A70004

INNOVA DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE BEEF AND LAMB MEAL FORMULA 5LB, 12LB, 25LB 2361A70001, 2361A70003

INNOVA DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE HERRING AND SALMON FORMULA 4OZ, 5LB, 12LB, 25LB

2363A70002, 2363A70003, 2364A70002, 2364A70003, 2364A70004,
2366A70001, 3001A70001, 3038A70001

INNOVA DOG SALMON AND HERRING FORMULA 5LB, 12LB, 25LB
2357A70001, 2361A70001, 2361A70002, 2362A70004, 2363A70002,
2363A70003

INNOVA DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA 4OZ, 15LB, 30LB, 30LB BILINGUAL 2353A70001, 2354A70001, 2354A70002, 2354A70004, 3015A70001

INNOVA PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA 4OZ, 6LB, 15LB, 30LB 2356A70001, 2356A70002, 2356A70003, 2356A70004

CALIFORNIA NATURAL DOG KANGAROO & RED LENTILS GRAIN FREE 4OZ, 5LB, 15LB, 30LB, 30LB BILINGUAL 2362A70001,2362A70002, 2362A70003, 2362A70004, 3015A70001

HEALTHWISE DOG CHICKEN MEAL & OATMEAL WEIGHT CONTROL FORMULA 4OZ, 5LB, 17.5LB, 35LB 2361A70001, 2361A70002, 2362A70003, 2362A70004

HEALTHWISE DOG LAMB MEAL & OATMEAL FORMULA 4OZ, 5LB, 17.5LB, 35LB
2361A70001, 2361A70002, 2362A70001, 2362A70002, 2362A70003,
2362A70004

HEALTHWISE PUPPY CHICKEN MEAL & BROWN RICE FORMULA 4OZ, 5LB, 17.5LB, 35LB 2353A70003, 2362A70001, 2362A70002, 2362A70003, 2362A70004

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Just a few barks





I saw this story and my heart broke. How can you hoomans be sooo mean, ugly, vicious??? Ok ok I stand corrected How could THAT alleged hooman be so mean ugly and vicious? Momma had leaky eyes when she saw the story and was very sad and needed to be cuddled for a long time after. Daddy said it made his stomach flip... The only upside to this story is the recovery and the action of the mailman. Sir, thank you. Momma says that Karma will get the abuser. I want to believe that.

Federal criminal penalties for abusers.... NOW
Mandatory sentencing guidelines... NOW



 'vie

Lazy afternoon


JD getting his momma fix... Momma has these magical fingers. When she scratches your head, your tongue hangs out, your eyes get heavy and you... fall asleep like this....


And as long as she is scratching... you stay asleep in what I call a state of "mommaland".



Yea, I am bad.... I am the interloper.  BUT I want some momma time. 


This is the Wendy.... that sad pitiful look should not fool you. Not like it fools daddy. He immediately picks her up and cuddles her.  She is a master at the "Hold me daddy" ploy.

And before you feel bad for JD, my displacing him only meant he snuggled with uncle Phil.

Three hooooomans no waiting. It is good to have family.


'vie

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bravo! Recalls 2 lb Tubes of Chicken Blend-Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats (One Lot Code) Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk


Recall -- Firm Press Release


FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Bravo! Recalls 2 lb Tubes of Chicken Blend-Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats (One Lot Code) Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

 Bravo! Chicken Blend-Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats (label 1)
Contact:
Consumer:
David Bogner
866-922-9222
E-mail: info@bravorawdiet.com
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 13, 2013 - Bravo! is voluntarily recalling its 2 lb tubes of Bravo! Raw Food Diet Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats, product code: 21-102, batch ID code 6 14 12, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recall involves 2 lb. Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw diet tubes (chubs) made on June 14, 2012 only; no other products or sizes are involved. The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers, however routine testing by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture of product collected from a single retail location tested positive for presence of salmonella. While the testing discrepancy is unclear, in an abundance of caution Bravo is issuing this recall.
The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with this product.
The recalled product is distributed nationwide to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers, and can be identified by the batch ID code 6 14 12 located on the white hang tag attached to the bottom of the plastic film tube.
Pet owners should return unopened frozen tubes of food to the store where purchased for a full refund. Pet owners should dispose of opened tubes of product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the washed plastic batch ID tag to the store where purchased for a full refund.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at:
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048182.htm.
For more information on the Bravo recall, please visit www.bravorawdiet.com, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).
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Recalled Product Photos Are Also Available on FDA's Flickr Photostream.

On duty!

Alarm!  Alarm!  Big fat yellow cat across the street! Growl, attack mode, warn, I am serious, MY STREET!
BARK BARK BARK GROWWWWWWWWWWL.

Reinforcements arrive!

Stand down. Stupid cat went inside.

But just in case. Keep an eye out.


And that is how life plays out....

The security team: JD, 'vie and the Wendy too!

Pet Financial Aid Organizations

Pet Financial Aid Organizations


A worthwhile effort deserving of your help and support .


PLEASE keep them in mind when making donations.


'vie

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Back off JACK!


Listen up JD.  You need to back off.  I want to keep my ear smell and I am not happy with you trying to inhale it all.

Just BACK OFF.

Don't make me do something about it because you will be on the losing end, I promise.

[Mhhh. I guess that Prada perfume is really good. I must find some more stinky paper to rub on ....where are those magazines anyway?????]

'vie


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

worth the read


Premium Edge, Diamond Naturals and 4health Dry Cat Food Formulas Voluntarily Recalled Due to Possibility of Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)


Recall -- Firm Press Release

Diamond Naturals - KittenPremium Edge4health
FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Premium Edge, Diamond Naturals and 4health Dry Cat Food Formulas Voluntarily Recalled Due to Possibility of Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)


Contact:
Consumer:
888-965-6131

Media:
877-274-7391
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 10, 2013 - COLUMBIA, S.C. - Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling limited production codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Kitten Formula dry cat food, Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula dry cat food and 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula dry cat food. Tests conducted by the company indicated the products might have a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1). There have been no complaints regarding thiamine levels, or any other health issues, related to these products. In association with this voluntary recall, Diamond Pet Foods has tested all other Diamond brands for thiamine deficiency to ensure the safety of the cat food it manufactures. No other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods is involved in this voluntary recall.
Only product with the following Best By dates and Production Codes are included in the voluntary recall. Further distribution of these affected production codes has occurred through online sales. It is best to check the production code to determine if the product has been recalled or not.

ProductSizeProduction CodesBest ByStates
Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula18 lb. bagsNGF070310-Jul-2013Massachusetts
Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula6 lb. bagsNGF080215-Aug-2013,
16-Aug-2013
Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula6 lb. and
18 lb. bags
NGS010103-Jan-2014,
04-Jan-2014
Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma
Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula6 lb. and
18 lb. bags
NGS070210-Jul-2013Florida, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
Premium Edge Kitten Formula6 oz. samples,
6 lb. and 18 lb. bags
MKT090126-Sept-2013
29-Sept-2013
30-Sept-2013
02-Oct-2013
Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula6 oz. samples and 6 lb. bagsMKT090130-Sept-2013Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina
4health All Life Stages Cat Formula5 lb. and
18 lb. bags
NGF080214-Aug-2013,
18-Aug-2013
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

"At Diamond Pet Foods, we have a process where we continuously test our products, and this process allowed us to find the undesired levels of thiamine in some of our cat formulas. Our food safety protocols are designed to provide safe food on a daily basis," says Michele Evans, Ph.D., Diamond Pet Foods Executive Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance. "In the event an error occurs, we have the data to quickly alert pet owners, giving them the confidence they demand of a pet food manufacturer."
Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact the Pet Food Information Center at 1­888­965­6131, Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST. Consumers also may visit Website - http://www.petfoodinformationcenter.com for additional information.
Cats fed product with the previously listed Production Codes and Best By dates exclusively for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats in maintaining normal nervous system function. Symptoms of thiamine deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, falling, circling and seizures. Pet owners should contact their veterinarians immediately if a cat is displaying any of these signs. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency typically is reversible.
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Monday, March 11, 2013

An Experimental vaccine for leishmaniasis that stimulates dog’s immune system might also prevent spread of the parasite to humans


An Experimental vaccine for leishmaniasis that stimulates dog’s immune system might also prevent spread of the parasite to humans


Scientists at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) working with colleagues in Brazil and India, have shown that genetically modified, non-virulent experimental vaccine against visceral leishmaniasis triggers a stronger immune system response in dogs than does the currently used commercially available canine vaccine. The vaccine is based on the Leishmania parasite, the single-celled organism that causes the disease.
 
Visceral leishmaniasis is a tropical disease in humans caused by a single-celled parasite called Leishmania donovani, which causes about 500,000 infections and 50,000 deaths each year. A similar species of this parasite, Leishmania infantum, infects dogs. The parasite enters the body through the bite of a particular flea and spends part of its life growing inside a type of immune system cell called a macrophage. Then it escapes from the cell and continues to spread throughout the body.
 
The study’s finding that an experimental vaccine triggers a stronger immune response in dogs than the commercial one is important because dogs are a major source of human infections in tropical areas. Dogs also occasionally spread the disease in Northern Europe, the United States, and Canada. Drug treatment usually fails to cure infections in dogs and remaining parasites tend to grow resistant to drug treatment. Dogs can then pass on these drug-resistant parasites to humans.   
 
The FDA scientists compared the immunogenicity (ability to trigger immune responses) of the commercial vaccine (Leishmune®) in dogs with that of an experimental vaccine made from genetically modified and weakened live L. donovani parasites that lacked a critical gene called LdCen. Parasites lacking this gene (i.e.,LdCen-/- parasites), cannot grow and reproduce inside the macrophage, and eventually die.
 
Dogs vaccinated with the LdCen-/- parasites had a stronger immune response than those receiving the commercial vaccine. Specifically, their immune system produced more anti bodies and immune system cells called lymphocytes. There was also increased production of certain key chemical signals released by lymphocytes that help stimulate the immune response.
 
Overall, the findings of FDA scientists demonstrated the potential of the LdCen-/- parasite as a canine vaccine against visceral leishmaniasis and suggest that it is a good candidate for further evaluation to demonstrate its safety and effectiveness.
 
The FDA scientists are in the Division of Emerging and Transfusion Transmitted Diseases, Office of Blood Research and Review.
 
 
Title
 
“Induction of immunogenicity by live attenuated Leishmania donovani centrin deleted parasites in dogs”
 
Vaccine   Available online 8 February 2013
 
 Authors
 
Jacqueline Araújo Fiuzaa,b,c, Helton da Costa Santiagod, Angamuthu Selvapandiyane, Sreenivas Gannavaramc, Natasha Delaqua Riccib, Lilian Lacerda Buenob, Daniella Castanheira Bartholomeub, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveiraa, Hira L. Nakhasic, Ricardo Toshio Fujiwaraa,b,*
 
*Corresponding author
 
a Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Centro de Pesquisas René Rachou, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
b Department of Parasitology, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
c Division of Emerging and Transfusion Transmitted Diseases, Office of Blood Research and Review, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, Bethesda, MD 20892
d Department of Biochemistry and Immunology, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
e Institute of Molecular Medicine, 254 Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III, New Delhi 110020, India

Diggin' Your Dog Recalls Strippin' Chicks Pet Treats Distributed in Colorado and Nevada Due to Possible Salmonella Hazard


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FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Diggin' Your Dog Recalls Strippin' Chicks Pet Treats Distributed in Colorado and Nevada Due to Possible Salmonella Hazard

Contact
Consumer:
1-775-742-7295
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 7, 2013 - Diggin' Your Dog™ announced today that they are voluntarily withdrawing one lot of its Strippin' Chicks™ Pet Treats produced on 8-30-12 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The sample was obtained in Colorado and the company has accounted for its distribution in Colorado of this lot.
No other Diggin' Your Dog™ products, lots, or production dates are affected.
The lot being voluntarily withdrawn is: Strippin' Chicks™ Pet Treats 5 oz Bag. Lot Code 250322 Use By Date: 2-23-14.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Diggin' Your Dog™ takes the matter of consumer protection and safety very seriously and strives to deliver only the safest products available.
Diggin' Your Dog™ is committed to providing the highest-quality pet treats possible to their customers. As a precautionary measure, Diggin' Your Dog™ will continue to produce all products in very small, handmade lot batches.
No Other Diggin' Your Dog™ products are affected by this voluntary withdrawal. Customers who have purchased this lot code are urged to stop feeding the product to their pet, remove the lot code from the packaging, and discard the contents.
A full refund, plus $1.00 to cover postage will be received by mailing the UPC and lot code to:
Diggin Your Dog, LLC, PO Box 17306 Reno, NV 89511.
All refunds will be processed within ten business days (plus postage time).
Diggin' Your Dog™ values the efforts of all agencies dedicated to the safety of the industry and is committed to consumer safety at all levels.
For questions or more information, contact Diggin' Your Dog™.
By phone at 775-742-7295 Mon-Fri 8:30AM - 4:00PM Pacific Standard Time
Email us at info@dydusa.com.Diggin' Your Dog - Strippin' Chicks label


Recall -- Firm Press Release

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Diggin' Your Dog Recalls Strippin' Chicks Pet Treats Distributed in Colorado and Nevada Due to Possible Salmonella Hazard

Contact
Consumer:
1-775-742-7295
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 7, 2013 - Diggin' Your Dog™ announced today that they are voluntarily withdrawing one lot of its Strippin' Chicks™ Pet Treats produced on 8-30-12 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The sample was obtained in Colorado and the company has accounted for its distribution in Colorado of this lot.
No other Diggin' Your Dog™ products, lots, or production dates are affected.
The lot being voluntarily withdrawn is: Strippin' Chicks™ Pet Treats 5 oz Bag. Lot Code 250322 Use By Date: 2-23-14.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Diggin' Your Dog™ takes the matter of consumer protection and safety very seriously and strives to deliver only the safest products available.
Diggin' Your Dog™ is committed to providing the highest-quality pet treats possible to their customers. As a precautionary measure, Diggin' Your Dog™ will continue to produce all products in very small, handmade lot batches.
No Other Diggin' Your Dog™ products are affected by this voluntary withdrawal. Customers who have purchased this lot code are urged to stop feeding the product to their pet, remove the lot code from the packaging, and discard the contents.
A full refund, plus $1.00 to cover postage will be received by mailing the UPC and lot code to:
Diggin Your Dog, LLC, PO Box 17306 Reno, NV 89511.
All refunds will be processed within ten business days (plus postage time).
Diggin' Your Dog™ values the efforts of all agencies dedicated to the safety of the industry and is committed to consumer safety at all levels.
For questions or more information, contact Diggin' Your Dog™.
By phone at 775-742-7295 Mon-Fri 8:30AM - 4:00PM Pacific Standard Time
Email us at info@dydusa.com.