For Martha Stewart Fans

A look back at Martha Stewart’s favorite animals

By Nara Schoenberg

Martha Stewart honored her chow chow, Ghenghis Khan, who died in an explosion at a Pennsylvania kennel, with a touching photo tribute on her blog.

We get to see the fluffy red pooch posing on one of Martha’s marble countertops and snuggling in the arms of a human friend.

But we don’t get to see Martha’s other notable animals—and there have been many, from the horses that dared not expose themselves to sunlight to the chickens that laid the eggs that launched a home-decorating trend.

Nostalgic? Curious?

Then check out Pets of Martha Hall of Fame.

Friesian draft horses The horses were kept out of the sun so that their immaculate ebony coats didn’t turn faintly red—and clash with Martha’s stylish gray mansion.

Chilean Araucana chickens The media mogul raised the birds and based a wildly popular paint palette on the colors of their eggs: pale blue, sea foam green and creamy beige.

Paw PawReal name: Kublai Khan Paw Paw Chow Chow Chow. A big favorite with Martha, who claimed she never had to raise her voice to him; he died of renal failure at age 12.

Chinchillas: These South American rodents (think rat-bunny) are nocturnal, active and—this from Martha Stewart Living—require some “special care.” At one point, Martha had 15.

The Secret to Easy Moving With Your Pets

When relocating, plan ahead to ensure the move is as easy and worry free as possible for you and your animal. Many dogs and cats can become overwhelmed and easily agitated during a move. Remember to consider their safety and well being during this often chaotic and difficult time.

If the trip to your new place is not a long, extended one, many dogs and cats can ride along with you. Obviously, if you are taking your personal vehicle and your animal is used to riding with you, this should be fairly easy. However, if you are utilizing a truck rental to move your belongings, you will want to check with the company. Different truck rentals for moving have different policies on animals. Ask them what they will and will not allow before deciding how to move your animal. Many moving truck rental companies can also provide you with tips on the best way to move with animals.

Identification tags are always important, but during a move, they are even more imperative. Always make sure that the ID tags on your animal and it’s carrying case are clear and that the information is up to date. When relocating, include the phone number and address to your new place, not your old one, so you can be found should your animal get separated from you.

If your relocation plans including flying to your destination, your animal can typically ride in the baggage compartment. Check with the airline ahead of time to find out about regulations concerning vaccination and other requirements. If the plane trip will be a long one or if your animal is not used to being in a confined carrier, it may become nervous. Your vet may feel it is necessary to tranquilize your animal for their own safety and well being.

If you have a small pet, such as a hamster, mice or a bird, their normal cage is typically the best way to transport them. Remember not to pack away their food, as they might need it during the trip. You will want to have plenty of water on hand, as well. Remember not to park in the sun or let the air conditioner blow directly on your petduring the ride.

One of the hardest animals to move with are fish. It is next to impossible to move a large aquarium safely if it is full of water. They are extremely heavy and fish are very delicate and fragile. You may want to consider giving your fish away to a good home and buying new ones after your move.

What to Do When Pets Eat Something They Shouldn’t

AAAAWWWWWEPlayful pets can eat a lot of things which they can’t digest. Sometimes these foreign objects can block their intestines and if immediate action isn’t taken, it could lead to death of the animal. Usually in serious cases, the foreign object must be taken out surgically.

Animals such as dogs and cats commonly chewing loose cords, especially those of the computer. Other things which get chewed are plants, wool strands, plastic bags, shoes, toys, purse straps, vinyl objects, leather objects, baskets, furniture, woodwork, and bed frames. Although preventative measures can be taken, and the house can be made relatively pet proof, still there are chances of accidents. Some animals either pass these objects through stool or vomit it out. Such incidents can happen anytime and the animal cannot be lucky every time. The objects can still remain in the body even after pooping and vomiting.

Vinyl and leather materials get stuck to the walls of the intestines. This condition is hard to be determined immediately as the animal doesn’t stop breathing or starts feeling dizzy. But by close observation if it is noted that the animal isn’t eating properly as it used to before, doesn’t defecate, and lies dull on the bed whole day long, means something is wrong. Since the animal isn’t in immediate danger, the owners need not panic. An x-ray and a blood test can explain the situation and the veterinarian can get a clear idea of what to do.  If the blood test comes out normal, it indicates that the animal still has time on hand and the foreign object can be removed with the help of some laxative. And if there is an indication of an infection in the blood, a sonogram or a barium x-ray can be done. The very last resort is surgery, and this should be done only when the animal refuses to eat anything. In situations liek this vomiting should not be induced as this could aggravate the condition. If the animal vomits by himself, it is okay.

Heavy duty materials block the intestine completely. Besides blocking or sticking to the walls of the intestines, some plants can also be toxic to the animal. Pet owners should become familiar with these plants, can refrain from planting such plants in their yard or home garden. Instead, most pets like to play in grass.

Plastic bags can also pose a big threat to the animal. But the rustling noises can make the plastic more attractive to your pet. Objects made out of plastic should be kept out of reach. Another precaution that can be taken is to treat objects that you don’t want chewed with bitter apple spray. They can be even cleaned with a disinfectant with a strong odor, but be careful of the type of disinfectant you use as some can be poisonous to your pet.

Since leather items are made from animal hides, they are a favorite for chewing. Shoes can be stored in high shoe racks, drawers, chest or even better, in walk –in closets, along with the purses.

A pet stands a better chance of recovering from eating something they shouldn’t have if it is attended to promptly. Make sure you post the phone numbers for your veterinarian, and also the emergency animal clinic, near your phone where they are easy to find in an emergency.

A talk with holistic vet and animal acupuncturist Rachael Feigenbaum

Whenever the doorbell rings, The Doone assumes it’s for her. She leaps out of her dog bed and darts down the stairs to see who has come over to play. This is followed by herculean efforts to plant her “nose missile” into the visitor’s crotch while I attempt to distract her with a squeaky toy. Her shenanigans are entertaining if the door ringer is a friend, but not so much if they are a skittish delivery guy or neighborhood proselytizer.

Dr. Rachael Feigenbaum of Lotus Veterinary House Calls.

Dr. Rachael Feigenbaum of Lotus Veterinary House Calls.

Luckily for both of us, when the doorbell rang last Wednesday morning, it really was for The Doone. I had scheduled a house call from holistic vet Dr. Rachael Feigenbaum. The Doone was long overdue for a checkup and her rabies vaccine had expired. Because I rely on holistic medicine to maintain my own health, I wanted to work with a vet who incorporated both western and alternative therapies into her practice.

While Dr. Feigenbaum was giving The Doone a full nose-to-tail inspection, I took the opportunity to pepper her with questions about her work with animals:

Pet Lovers Organization Gets $600K From Judge’s Estate

A North Platte organization that encourages people to spay/neuter their pets, adopt homeless animals and support the local animal shelter will receive $600,000 from the estate of the late Judge Earl Morgan.

Morgan’s family contested the will. A settlement was reached earlier this week. His estate was estimated at some $3.2 million. Morgan died June 20, 2008, He was 89.

Paws-itive Partners is Overcrowdinga small, volunteer group of animal lovers that was formed in 1998. It has struggled to raise funds and educate the public about responsible pet ownership, implement spay/neuter programs to control pet overpopulation, promote the adoption of homeless animals and to support the North Platte Animal Shelter.

President Diane Morales said the money would allow Paws-itive Partners to make serious plans for a sanctuary. She said the group would continue to raise money toward that end.

Article from North Platte Bulletin, Nebraska

Do Animals Have Rights?

blaze-cat-6-09I can never understand why many people see all animals as inferior creatures that do not have any rights. When I look at an animal, I see something that has many similarities with people. Sure, there are obvious differences between people and animals, but there are more things they have in common.

Both people and animals have the same physical features; eyes, ears, noses, mouths. Animals have to eat, drink and breath air to survive. They have to sleep to be able to function during the day.

And sure, animals can not talk to us, and tell us things they know. However…when a dog is struck, does he not recoil from the attack. When they are in pain, do animals not cry out? A dogs tail always gives away the fact that he is happy, or sad, or even ashamed of himself! Animals have their own sense of communications, words aren’t always needed.  Babies can’t use words either, but we don’t question their rights and our love for them. I am not comparing babies to animals, but I’m making a point that ALL living creatures have RIGHTS.

And many species of animal show parental instincts that match ours. For example; wolves, elephants, bears. There are videos of mother bears risking their lives to protect their cubs. There are videos of elephants comforting dying loved ones, saving their babies, and showing love towards each other in the truest sense!

Think to yourself, what is really so different between animals and people?

Pet Corner – Animals make difference in peoples lives


Animals can make all the difference for an individual living with a disability. There are certified trained service dogs that guide the blind; bring out-of-reach objects to individuals in wheelchairs; and some intuitive service dogs can detect and warn an epileptic of a seizure, minutes before it actually occurs. But even pets without special training can help individuals suffering from conditions such as depression, dementia, multiple sclerosis, cancer, stroke, heart disease and other debilitating circumstances.

Martha, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, depression and anxiety, reports that just brushing or petting her cat, Jingles, calms her and seems to take away her stress and her worries about the future. Jingles takes her mind off her problems, at least for a while. Actually scientists have found that handling pets can lower ones’ blood

Pets are also important because they have needs. They must be fed, groomed and in the case of dogs, they need to be walked. This makes having pets a way for the owner to get out in the fresh air and meet people. Mark, who is a stroke survivor says his dog, Rex, gets him out and meeting people even with his speech, which was impacted by the stoke. Mark explains, my dog makes it easier to talk to people. They focus on Rex rather than my difficulties with words.

In addition, pets are helpful in that they expect a routine. They are creatures of habit. They know when it is time to eat and when it is time to sleep. As a result, they can be a predictable feature in their owner’s life when so much else has become topsy-turvy with the disruption of an illness. Further, any pet owner will tell you that his or her pet makes a great listener, one who doesn’t judge and asks for little more than food, warmth, and some play and affection in return.

Today, the better nursing homes are aware of the benefits of having visiting and resident animals on the premises. Some floors have a cat that is free to roam and others welcome regular visits from licensed therapy dogs. Many of the elderly miss having a cat or dog of their own, and when they can hold or see animals in the nursing home, they can reminisce about a lifetime of animals they once loved and for which they dearly cared. When Douglas’s father was seriously ill in a nursing home, the resident cat would not leave his side until he passed. Apparently this was not the first time this same cat was drawn to the side of a dying resident.

Friends of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter  – 

Wounded Soldiers, shelter dogs help each other



WASHGINTON (Army News Service, March 4, 2008) – It’s a win-win situation for wounded and sick Soldiers recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and homeless dogs waiting for adoption at the Washington Humane Society.

Soldiers take classes in animal behavior and practice training dogs twice a week at the Humane Society. The dogs get training that makes them more adoptable and some much-needed attention.

The Soldiers get out of the hospital with something to take their minds off their treatments or medical boards. They get exercise, affection and some positive re-enforcement.

Read the complete article at Home Page of the U. S. Army.