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How to help your dog in the early stages of parvo

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We recently lost a dear dog to parvo…she was only 6 months old and I loved her dearly.  Her name was Mishka.  She had all the signs of parvo but I was not familiar enough with the symptoms to catch it in time to help her.  She has a sister, named Daisy… a day or two later, Daisy began showing the same symptoms.

With parvo, it is IMPERATIVE that at the very very first little bitty sign of ANYTHING not exactly right, or just a little off, with your dog… you must act immediately.  Of course the ideal thing is to take your dog to the vet right away.  At the first sign of them seeming “depressed” or lethargic… not interested in their food or treats… something is wrong.  If you wait  until they don’t eat, and begin vomiting, then you are in a race against time… and it happens very, very quickly.

The symptoms and stages are: 

1) listlessness, depression, just not seeming to be themselves

2) not eating

3) not drinking… vomiting everything back up

4) bloody diarrhea

parvo attacks their insides, making them bleed, sometimes even their heart.  You may notice a foul odor… from what I have read, this is what causes that odor.  They can literally drown.

If, for some reason, you are unable to get to a vet… let me share with you what we did for Daisy… and it saved her life.  We have one grave, with our dear pup Mishka, instead of two.  I read this online and wasted no time in trying it… and it worked.  I believe it only worked because I already knew what to look for and just as soon as I saw Daisy showing the same signs, I IMMEDIATELY implemented this.  Otherwise it would not have worked, if we had waited a day, maybe even hours, longer.  We had been watching her closely for signs, just in case, and we caught it within the first 24 hours.  Also, Daisy is a big dog… she is a mix of pyrenees and australian shepherd, with a few other things… so she is quite large.  At six months she has surpassed her mother!  I don’t know if a big dog stands a better chance of surviving?  This may or may not be a factor.  I only know that parvo can take down any dog and you must act quickly.  Again I stress… take your pet to the vet if you at all can.  The sooner the better, at the first signs of anything being wrong.

With that said…. this is what we did that saved our puppy.  I did a lot of research online to try and find what we could do to help her right away… and from what I gleaned off a few websites…. this popped up over and over so I felt we were on the right track.  We used Pepto Bismol… Pedialyte… and a turkey baster syringe.  Amazing that these three items saved her life!!  I also mixed up some beef broth to give her, so she would get some nutrition during the time she wouldn’t eat.

With the first note of listlessness and disinterest in her food…. we gave her one tblsp of Pepto Bismul with the turkey baster.  I held her while my sweetheart of a husband helped me…. he shot the pepto down her with the baster while I held her still and her mouth up.  This is to prevent the dog from throwing up, having diarrhea, and losing precious fluid and electrolytes.  Next we poured some pedialyte into a bowl, and since she would not drink on her own, we used the baster/syringe (we used the same kind that comes with the injectable marinade, and took the needle thingy off, just using the other part to pull up the liquid and shoot it down her) and we gave her half a small bottle (it came in a pack of four) of that.  There were a couple of times that she burped, about 20 minutes later, and sounded like she would throw up… but thanks to the pepto she didn’t.

We waited a couple hours and repeated the process.  A couple hours later, we did it again, but this time I mixed up a little beef broth for her, and we administered that to her as well.  By now it was getting late and she was in the house with us, so we just let her sleep on the couch, her favorite place :) bless her heart.   I got up several times to check on her during the night… she was sleeping well and peacefully so I waited until morning to give her anymore.

Imagine my surprise when morning came… she seemed better… interested in her water and sniffing for food!  She went and drank some water, on her own, which she had stopped doing the day before.  We were thrilled!!  We were going to give her a little more pedialyte but she seemed hungry.  We tested the waters and took out a tiny piece of bologna to see what her reaction would be.  She gobbled it up!!  We were so happy!!

We let her outside… she ran, played with her mom, and “gallumphed” all over the yard!! A few hours later she was chasing squirrels and (yuck) caught one.  So we figured, if she was up to some squirrel… a little bologna definitely would not hurt her!!

We watched her all day for any signs of the disease… she played… drank water…ate bologna and well, anything else that we would put in front of her, lol… she was back to herself.  We continued to watch her closely over the next few days and I was just amazed at how quickly she bounced back.  I just wish I had realized in time what was wrong with Mishka so I could have saved her too… but her spirit lives on in her sister.  She will never be forgotten. 

As I said… the vet is always best.  But there are instances sometimes when people can’t get to a vet, or just don’t have the money, or even transportation… and that is why I am sharing this success story with you… so that in that event, a dog doesn’t have to die for lack of resources.  Always watch your beloved pets closely… and when you notice a change in them, act immedately.  They are not like people.  People can be depressed, not feel like eating, etc., but its not always a serious thing… usually it isn’t.  We get headaches… we have bad days… colds… etc… we usually snap out of it.  Dogs are different… if they are not eating.. laying around… not outside chasing the cat… then something is very very wrong and you must act quickly.  Don’t wait to see what else they do or don’t do, because chances are if it is a big enough deal that they don’t want to eat… then it is pretty serious.

I will post some pictures here soon of our beloved Daisy.  She’s currently outside digging holes and chasing squirrels. :)  Every time I look at her… I am thankful she is still here… and amazed.

Here are pictures of our sweet Daisy girl :) 

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Reiki

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I would like to share a little with you all today about Reiki!  

One thing some of you may not know about me… for those of you who have been following my blog… is that I am a level 2 Reiki practitioner.  I love it!  Reiki has brought about many positive changes in my life, and I have had the wonderful opportunity to bring some healing to others, both human and animal.  I had my doubts at first, being raised in a very religious home and being taught to shun or look down on pretty much anything “in the world” that wasn’t explicitly listed in a holy book… I was hesitant to study Reiki. It was different and foreign to me, so I didn’t know if I could trust it.   There are a lot of things that I have missed out in life because of a strict belief system, or because of being fearful it might be “evil”…  and wanting to please those I cared about… but the past 14 months has been a time of finding myself and renewing interests that once I used to love, but out of fear that I might somehow be sinning, I had let them slip away.   I didn’t realize that in the process… it was my own self that was slipping away.  I was losing the essence of me… becoming someone I didn’t even know anymore, someone who was not full of compassion as I had once been, but more concerned with judgment and those things that go along with that.  I am grateful for this time of rediscovery… getting to know this brown eyed girl again for who she really is inside… not what everyone else wanted her to be… but who she was born to be.  And it has been a time of letting go of fears… and making new and wonderful discoveries.  Life is to be lived, not feared.  It is for sharing love and happiness … not looking down on anything that is different than you, or fearing it. Or making others feel less than they are, because you believe differently.  

Back to my topic! Sorry about that… lol.

During this time of rediscovery… I found something wonderful.  I actually found Reiki a couple years ago… but due to my belief system I never went further with it.  Now, though, it seemed like the point to get back to studying it… my heart was hooked… and I received my first attunement.  Shortly afterwards I received my second attunement.  It is amazing to me… each time I lay my hands on my little girl’s head to relieve her of a headache or fever… send a distant attunement to a friend for their pain relief… help my sick dog to get well… or lay my hands on myself when I burn myself cooking! LOL (which happens frequently).  There are so many instances that it has been such a beneficial, amazing thing to have.  And it is not me…. it is the Reiki that flows through me.  I have noticed that when I lay my hands on someone for healing, or send a distant treatment… I can feel such a hotness in my hands.  It’s not unpleasant, but it is very noticeable.  I can feel a warmth and a pulsation that doesn’t stop until I am done.

Reiki is healing energy… Rei is Japanese for Universal …. ki means spirit, energy or life force.  It was developed (re-discovered) by Dr. Mikao Usui, a theologist… the short version I will use here, is that he was searching for a healing modality that could be used to help others.  

To me, this means it is the closest you can get to God energy… the very energy that makes us live… breathe… the spirit that animates our bodies.  This is the healing power of the universe.  Many believe it is akin to the Holy Spirit… and perhaps even the way Jesus himself healed.  I believe this is entirely possible.  

Reiki is not massage.  It is a technique that encourages relaxation, stress reduction… and allows healing energy to flow into the body, helping it to heal.  It is not magic.  Sometimes it is instantaneous, but most of the time it takes a little time.  It has even been used in chronic conditions to help people, over a number of treatments.  Reiki is even being used in some hospitals and by some doctors and nurses!   The higher level of Reiki you are, and the more you use and work with it, the more healing energy you are able to use and share with others.  Reiki practitioners lay their hands on the person or animal that needs healing and the Reiki energy flows to wherever it is needed.  Reiki is not just about physical healing… it includes emotional healing as well.  It is not even something you have to believe in, or have faith in… it just is.  And it works.

A person receives the ability to use Reiki by an attunement.  It is simple and easy to do, and doesn’t require any special college degree or years of training.  From the moment you receive your first attunement, you are able to use Reiki for self healing and healing of others.  Typically the first level of Reiki is used to self heal and the additional, higher levels are for Reiki work as a practitioner.  Usui Reiki consists of three levels with the Master level allowing you to teach and attune others to Reiki.  

When we talk about attunements, you can think of it as tuning a radio to a certain station.  Perhaps you can hear a faint bit of music… or it blends into another station… just a little turn of the knob and you hear the music in full!  It is very similar with an attunement.  Everyone has the ability to use Reiki….  It is as natural as breathing!  Remember… it is the universal life energy.  What could be more natural?  An attunement simply tunes the receiver (the one desiring to learn Reiki) into the right “frequency” to enable healing to flow through our hands, and in some cases also our feet and eyes, as some are able to do.  Level 2 and up Reiki practitioners are able to perform distant healings and attunements as well.  Some use symbols and some do not.  There is no distance in spirit.

Reiki is not harsh, painful, evil, or scary.  It is a gentle, pure and loving energy.  It cannot harm you or those you lay hands on… it is only good.   There are hand positions that you use… each hand position is held for three to five minutes.  Reiki will go where it needs to but my personal belief is that the reason for the hand positions is A) we are able to focus the Reiki directly onto major areas of the body and B) it would be very uncomfortable to hold your hands in the same position for 30 or 60 minutes!  A typical Reiki treatment can last from a half hour to an hour, depending on how long the hand positions are held and whether or not you feel led to work on other parts of the body besides just the basic positions.  I also think that since the more you work with Reiki, the more healing energy flows through you… that when we put our hands on specific areas of the body, it enables the Reiki to get there more quickly and directly.  Imagine if you are a new practitioner and not yet accustomed to the flow of energy through your hands… maybe you only get a very small stream at first.  It would make sense to lay your hands where the pain was, or at least a few inches above, so that the energy would get there in a more direct and timely way.  But that is just my opinion.

When you go for a Reiki treatment, all clothes stay on.  The Reiki  practitioner may lay their hands directly on you (head, neck, shoulders, etc) or they may keep their hands a few inches above you, especially when it comes to other areas of the body.  There is to be respect and proper distance maintained at all times.  You will likely hear soft, meditative music playing, and you will be made to feel comfortable, in a relaxing environment.  

If Reiki is something you are interested in, I highly suggest some good books and further research.  You can find a lot of good info on google too.  My favorite book, though I have many, is Reiki, A Comprehensive Guide, by Pamela Miles.  If you could only read one book… this would be it.  Another one of my favorites is Reiki for Life:  The Complete Guide to Reiki Practice for Levels 1, 2 and 3  by Penelope Quest.   A third one is Living a Life of Reiki, by Shalandra Abbey.   One that I have not read yet but plan to is Reiki Nurse: My Life as a Nurse and How Reiki Changed It by Meredith Kendall.  I would highly suggest any of these books to someone seriously interested in learning about Reiki, whether for attunement or just personal study.

A final word about receiving attunements.  Some charge set amounts for their classes and attunements… others feel it should be freely given and received.  I received my attunements distantly, freely,  and I am so grateful, because I could not have afforded the class and attunement, or had a way to travel to get there.  I read everything I could beforehand, several books and articles, and it got so big on the inside of me that I felt if I didn’t receive my first  attunement soon I would go crazy!! I wanted this so badly!  I found a wonderful Reiki master who agreed to attune me for free, and the energy exchange here (for those that are concerned about such things)  is that I will also “pay it forward” and freely heal and attune others.  I consider it an honor and a privilege.  I am also a member of the Distant Healing Network, which allows people to send in reiki requests for distant treatment, who are unable to afford a treatment.  When I reach my master level I too will offer free attunements and teaching materials to those that happen across my path.  It will be my happy pleasure to give to others what was so freely and joyfully given to me!  Reiki is too wonderful not to share.  :)

If you are in need of a reiki treatment, or would like to try it for yourself, please feel free to email me at freespirit.amy@gmail.com,  and I would be more than happy to help you.

Blessings and Reiki hugs!

Amy

Breaking Investigation Reveals Cows Milked for Land O’Lakes Die Slow, Painful Deaths

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I received this disturbing information about suffering cows on a Pennsylvanian Land ‘O Lakes supplier/farm. Please take a moment to read this and think about the scenario. How would you feel? Please don’t say “It’s just a cow.” Every living thing has feelings, whether we choose to acknowledge the fact or not. How would we feel if someone bigger or more powerful than us took our freedoms away and let us suffer in pain needlessly….?  Words in red are emphasized by me.

Dear Amy,

A veterinarian who examined this weak, starving, dehydrated calf on the farm of a Land O’Lakes milk supplier found that his skin was scalded from the chronic coating of urine and feces. Learn more.

You probably recognize the name Land O’Lakes. You’ve seen the company’s butter and milk products lined up on grocery-store shelves, and you may even purchase its products for your family. Now, please consider the immense suffering of these cows―who are given little more than a numbered tag punched through their ears―documented by PETA during our new undercover investigation of a Land O’Lakes supplier.

On the supplier’s Pennsylvania farm, our investigation documented the suffering of cow #506, who gave birth after a nine-month pregnancy and then collapsed on April 11. A day later, she was found struggling outside without food, water, or shelter from freezing temperatures ―the flailing of her head had carved a small trench in the ground under her face. She was eventually shot and killed.

Cow #826 would not stand up when urged, prompting the farm’s co-owner to electro-shock her to her feet. Her condition continued to decline over the course of 21 days, until she was finally shot and killed. Like many other cows on this farm, she was not given veterinary care or put out of her misery in a timely manner. Instead, she was left to suffer for weeks.

While being milked by a machine, cow #36’s gangrenous, infected teat ruptured, and workers were told to “amputate” it by binding it with a tight elastic band. Her condition deteriorated over the course of 11 days, until she finally died.

These are the stories of just a few of the cows whose painful experiences our investigator documented on the farm of this Land O’Lakes supplier. Others suffered when their newborn calves were torn away from them shortly after birth or when their tails were tightly wrapped with elastic bands in order to “dock” them, and they were all forced to live in perpetually wet pens and sheds full of deep excrement, which leads to the spread of disease. Watch our investigation video to learn more.

This blatant disregard for animal welfare is routine in the dairy industry. Cows are kept constantly pregnant in order to make them continue to produce milk, and they are hooked up at least twice a day to machines that extract the milk intended for their own calves. When their exhausted bodies are “spent” and can no longer provide enough milk, they are sent to slaughter, usually for hamburger meat.

Please take just a few minutes right now to help cows like #506, #826, and #36 who are still suffering for Land O’Lakes products. Write to the company today. Demand that Land O’Lakes executives watch the horrific undercover investigative footage and adopt PETA’s 12-point animal welfare plan, which will eliminate some of the worst abuses of cows raised for milk. Of course, the best way for you to help prevent cows from enduring this type of abuse is to go vegan and stop consuming dairy foods. Explore our “Vegetarian Starter Kit” for recipes and tips and to get started today.

Thank you for speaking out for cows on dairy factory farms.

Very truly yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk
President

Over 4 million animals to be spared from animal testing!

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Over 4 million animals saved from animal testing!

This good news report from PETA:

For years, PETA has held meetings with top chemical companies, and through one of these meetings we learned that an absolutely massive animal testing program in Europe was going to cause even more animal suffering as a result of duplicative screening testing. PETA therefore coordinated a joint letter to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which oversees the program, asking that it intervene. Now, in a huge victory for animals, ECHA has announced a process that will spare as many as 4,410,000 animals from these cruel tests!

The joint letter from PETA, PETA Europe, and European animal protection groups sent to ECHA last month raised serious concerns about the likelihood that companies would conduct duplicative animal tests for some types of toxicity when registering their chemicals under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) and explained how the duplication could be avoided. On Tuesday, ECHA responded by instructing chemical companies not to conduct initial toxicity screens if they were proposing to conduct more comprehensive tests during later stages of the program.

Thanks to your support, more than 4 million animals will be spared the agony of being force-fed toxic chemicals over and over again via a tube inserted through their mouths and into their stomachs, a terrifying and painful procedure.

Thank you for all that you do to help us help animals.

Sincerely,

Tracy Reiman
Executive Vice President
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Schapelle Corby dying in Bali jail – help bring her home.

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Schapelle Corby dying in Indonesian jail

You may or may not have heard the story of Schapelle. She went to Bali on a vacation with two of her friends. When she got there, the authorities of Indonesia found 4.1 kg of marijuana in her bags… even though a Brisbane airport senior security officer says there is no way she could have smuggled it in from her departure point in Australia without that amount of drugs being detected through all the security checks.

This leaves the very ugly possibility that someone in Indonesia planted this upon her arrival. The court trial she was given was a kangaroo court for show only in the opinion of many.

1) There was NO DNA testing for her fingerprints on the drugs…
2) NO testing of the marijuana to find out what country it came from…
3) NO weighing of baggage to compare before and after weights. Any of this would have acquitted her but NOTHING WAS DONE. And not only this…
4) they BURNED THE EVIDENCE.

To a normal person, this smacks of injustice, politics and hidden affairs. She is paying the price of something bigger going on. She has asked them repeatedly to check the evidence! What criminal does that? Yet no one shows her fairness and her government does nothing.

Now she is dying in a terrible, tiny Indonesian jail cell and tries to kill herself constantly. She has been sentenced to 20 years in this place where toilets back up continually into her cell and not cleaned… full of rats, etc… and her mental stability has begun to detoriorate from that of a normal woman. She has tried to kill herself repeatedly. She has already served 6 years here… we must do everything we can to at least get her brought to her home country of Australia. We cannot idly stand by, doing nothing.

For more information, go here: http://www.freeschapelle.com.au/
There are several videos that show the story much better than I can tell it, as well as letters you can print and send, and a petition you can sign.

I keep thinking… what if this were me? Or someone I loved? What if all you did was go on a vacation holiday… and found yourself in a situation like this? Apparently it could happen to anyone. We must stand up for her and anyone in the future this might happen to! We must send the message that we are all of the same human family no matter who our relatives are or where we live… we will not tolerate this treatment of others.

Please blog it… twitter it… myspace and facebook it… anything we can do to make more people aware. She has been in there six years and last week was the first I had ever heard of it. Thank you for anything you can do to help get the word out.

Please watch the short video below. For more information, go here: http://www.freeschapelle.com.au/

To sign the petition to at least get her brought back to Australia, go here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-bring-schapelle-corby-home-a-free-woman



Help stop McDonald’s cruelty

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I just don’t understand… why… when there are much better… kinder ways… of dealing with animals, why in the world won’t the big companies do it? I guess they just don’t think, or don’t care. I hope it’s just that they don’t think until someone presents them with the information. The way I look at it is simple. What if it was me? How would I feel? Animals have feelings too. How would we like it if someone bigger and stronger than us just waltzed in, scooped us and our family members up, and treated us the way so many treat these animals, not caring as long as we were dinner…?  If you’ve never thought of it this way… it changes your perspective greatly.

This came from change.org… please consider signing the petition, and passing along to others.


Help Stop McDonald’s Cruelty Now!

To: McDonald’s Restaurant Owners

Sponsored by: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Almost everyone has eaten at McDonalds at least once, but many people don’t know about the horrific cruelty that goes into every portion of chicken served under the Golden Arches.

In the slaughterhouses of McDonald’s U.S. and Canadian chicken suppliers, birds are dumped out of their transport crates and hung upside-down in metal shackles, which often results in broken bones, extreme bruising, and hemorrhaging. Workers have the opportunity to abuse live birds, and birds have their throats cut while they are still conscious. Many birds are immersed in tanks of scalding-hot water while they are still alive and able to feel pain.

McDonald’s has the ability to end these abuses.

There is a less cruel method of chicken slaughter available to McDonald’s suppliers called controlled-atmosphere killing, or CAK, and it would cost the corporation nothing to demand that its suppliers use it. CAK would eliminate the worst abuses currently suffered by chickens killed for McDonald’s. In fact, a 2005 study about CAK produced by McDonald’s concluded that it is far better for animals than the current method of slaughter.

Write to McDonald’s now, and demand that it phase in the exclusive use of chickens killed by CAK by requiring that its suppliers switch to this method.

http://www.change.org/actions/view/help_stop_mcdonalds_cruelty_now_3

Ohio Petland closes after deliberate rabbit drownings

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For those of us who have been following this… the above article came from the Care2 network:

Ohio Petland Closes After Deliberate Rabbit Drownings

posted by: Heather Moore 23 hours ago

Ohio Petland Closes After Deliberate Rabbit Drownings
If you haven’t signed it yet, there is a Care2 petition calling on the Akron Municipal Court to punish former Petland employee Elizabeth Carlisle to the fullest extent of the law for deliberately drowning two rabbits at a Petland store in Akron, Ohio on July 28.

Carlisle posted a photo of herself, smiling and dangling two dead, soaking wet rabbits by their scruffs, on Facebook. She confirmed someone’s guess that she drowned the rabbits, and wrote: “the manager took the pic for me. [S]he reminded me that there were people outside as I was swearing at them to just hurry up and die but then she was so kind as to take this picture.”

Her other comments indicate that the rabbits had been allowed to “attack and eat each other” while in the store’s care and custody, and that they had sustained injuries as a result.

After being alerted to the photo, PETA asked Petland to investigate the incident, push for criminal charges, review the company’s procedures for treatment and euthanasia of sick/injured animals and stop selling rabbits.
Soon after, news reports indicated that Petland officials had permanently closed the Akron store because of the incident, claiming that it will not tolerate any abuse of animals in its care.

It’s a start! Petland still needs to take steps to ensure that abuse doesn’t occur in any of its stores nationwide. The chain has no business selling any animals—its staff clearly can’t supervise and care for them. The company has repeatedly been accused of selling sick puppies from puppy mills. (Petland claims it gets its puppies from “reputable breeder.” It’s irresponsible for anyone to breed animals considering that three to four million of them must be euthanized in shelters every year.)

In addition to signing the petition, people can help animals by urging the company to sell animal supplies—not animals.