Owning a pet can and should be a very positive and rewarding experience for a child. Children learn responsibility, compassion and empathy through interacting and caring for a pet or human companion. In this issue we feature Lucky One’s ranch located in historic Vacaville. Lucky One is an ideal place where children can learn all aspects of raising animals while also experiencing the life and fun of a working ranch. There are many different types of animals on this ranch that will help enrich the relationship between children and pets. Lucky One is an ideal place to also host birthday parties or other events for children.
Also in this issue, we feature an article by Renee Gallegos on communicating with your pet. Most of us talk to our pets regularly and assume they understand what we are saying or trying to communicate. We are often surprised to learn how many words of our vocabulary that dogs really do understand. How the images in our mind often translate into communicating with cats is another new breakthrough in human pet communication. For more information on pet communication, please read the article by Renee Gallegos in this edition.
North Bay Water Service helps us get ready for summer fun with some great tips on how to have a healthy happy pool for you and your family.
Do you have a pet that is overly sensitive, frightened, easily alarmed or aggressive? The Rein Coat is a newly patented therapeutic calming harness and coat for pets. The Rein Coat stimulates the production of oxytocin, a naturally occurring neurochemical that is released by the brain. Oxytocin reduces fear and replaces anxiety with the feelings of safety, security and trust that calm fearful, overexcited and insecure animals. The Rein Coat is not only a therapeutic calming coat for cats and dogs – it is a high tech winter coat that keeps your pet warm and dry. With a built-in harness, you just slide the coat over your pet’s head, 2 buckles to click and you’re off. It’s easy, it’s fast and they are changing the lives of pets one at a time. Please read more about this wonderful new product.
For many people, losing a pet is one of the most difficult experiences. This issue will discuss one of the leading causes of death, funds that can help and a memorial page to honor your furry companion. To have your furry companion that has crossed over featured in a future issue, please contact me.
Lastly, Dr Palm with the SPCA of Vacaville and Cal West Pet Hospital writes about the benefits of Spay & Neuter. We continue with this topic because there are an estimated 12 million to nearly 100 million feral cats roaming nationwide. 800 cats and dogs are euthanized every hour in the United States because there aren’t enough homes. The SPCA of Vacaville offer Low Cost Spay/Neuter and more for your pets.
It is important when we discuss Spaying and Neutering that we also include the importance of Microchipping. If everyone spayed and neutered their pets and microchipped them, it would make a huge dent in the stray pet population. Microchips would reunite lost and runaway animals with their families. Irresponsible owners who abandon their pets might think twice about pet dumping. The fines and or jail time related to irresponsible pet ownership decisions are quite severe. Whether the microchip is ultimately used to reunite a family and a missing pet or to deter criminals from victimizing dogs or using them to victimize others, it’s hard to disagree that mandatory microhipping would be an essential step in humanizing our attitude towards our human companions. Overall, it would reduce strays, euthanasia rates, and shelter crowding—all problems that are getting worse.
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