Heavy Petting – Loving your Pets

A week of Love from Bee Green FoodsGuest Blogger: Nadine M. Rosin

Hello, February! Love is abuzz! Can you FEEL it?

If you’ve ever watched a cat lolling in the sun, or seen a dog with its head out the window of a moving car, then you know that for our beloved pets, love is ALWAYS in the air. And not just on Valentine’s Day or during the Christmas season, but every day of every year – 24/7.

Our pets’ mantras are ones of enjoyment, play, adoration, and as they embody the best of our humanity – often better than we ourselves do – I believe we have much to learn from them.

Unlike most of us, our four-legged apostles remember that beyond the actions of other people (including their chosen diet lifestyle!) or outside circumstances, regardless of the state of the economy or worldly events, life is supposed to be fun and savored and appreciated – it is supposed to be lived with delight in this very moment wherever we are.

I have had the honor of living with several dogs throughout my life. Two of them, I consider my heart dogs; our souls connected beyond space and time and physical death.

They continue to teach me everyday the lessons of joy, living in the Now, forgiving everyone everything, and appreciating whatever is. All I have to do is think of them to consider that in any relationship, how I treat other people is far more important than how anything (like my hair or my house) looks or the differences in our lifestyle choices (though is you’re wearing alcohol-based perfume, I will be talking with you from a distance).

I keep them alive

– those furry bodhisattvas of mine – by remembering that a smile from the heart can go almost as far as an enthusiastic tail wag.

My second heart-dog, Buttons, is the subject of my book, The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood. It is the story of how we saved each other’s lives. In short – I helped her body heal itself of cancer. She helped my heart heal itself of fear. Both of us used an entirely holistic approach.

February is Buttons’ birthday month.

It is also the anniversary of her body’s death. I will always miss her physical presence, but her love can never die. I am so deeply appreciative to continue Buttons’ healing legacy by helping other pet parents, through my personal consultations, prevent their own pets from ever developing cancer or other degenerative diseases.

My Valentine’s Day wish is that every pet parent and their animals have at least as many happy and healthy years together as Buttons and I did (one week shy of nineteen) and I am committed to continuing help make that happen at every opportunity. In the meantime, I encourage you to please take a cue from your pets and have a VERY Happy Valentine’s Day…EVERY day of every year – 24/7.

Bio

Nadine RosinNadine M. Rosin is a certified holistic pets/toxic-free lifestyle consultant, pet bereavement facilitator, author & speaker.

Available for phone consultations, your next function or fundraiser

The Healing Art Of Pet Parenthood is a book about the human-animal bond, healing cancer holistically, and an empowering new take on pet loss.

The Mission Behind the Book:

  • Helping pet parents realize we may be unconsciously contributing to the skyrocketing increase of cancer in our pets by unknowingly creating highly toxic environments in our homes.
  • Providing comfort, camaraderie and validation for pet parents experiencing the devastating loss of a beloved pet.
  • Helping to remove the words, “It’s just a dog/cat” from the lips of non pet parents everywhere.

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Hollywood hounds

Check out the above link if you are considering buying a puppy. Beware of PUPPY MILLS!! See what employees at a famous pet store in Hollywood have to say to undercover investigators… Don’t take their word for it, WATCH THE VIDEO!!!
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Chihuahuas are fast becoming rising stars in the Hollywood Scene. These little dogs might be tiny but they hold mighty power for marketability. They are adored for their unique personalities and precious little bodies. They top the charts on the most pampered pooches of the rich and famous. Disney has recently released Beverly Hill’s Chihuahua, which will in no doubt increase the magnetic draw to these furry little friends.
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I will admit that I took my son to see this movie twice in one week. With the exception of one part that focused on dog fights, I laughed out loud through the entire movie and by the end was ready for a little bundle in my arms as well. Now I will say that a Chihuahua has been on our wish list for over a year so it really didn’t take much persuading. I am a believer of the old folklore that dates back to the 1950’s that Chihuahuas can cure asthma. Actually research shows that having these dogs around children can help with allergies and asthma. Being a lifelong animal lover and having a son with asthma, I thought what a perfect pet.
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We have had our Chihuahua now for a little over a week and every day, as well as every sleepless night, has brought new awareness of this breed. I will start off by saying that I love this puppy and I still believe it will recover and be a perfect pet. However, this puppy has been a lot of work due to its size and fragility. I think by now my car should be able to drive itself to Westover Animal Hospital. My veterinarian Dr. Henry Hart explained to me something that I had never thought of, “I look at toy breeds as premature babies. They often have underdeveloped organs and depending on the dog may need to stay with its mother for longer than the average 8 weeks. They need to be kept warm, well hydrated, and fed small meals often. Some states like Florida actually have a law prohibiting the sale of toy breeds before a certain age but Georgia does not.”
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“Dogs are the only species that range from one pound to two hundred pounds, for example a Chihuahua and a Great Dane. There are a few things that man has not considered when breeding, like underdeveloped organs and joint problems,” said Dr. Hart. “Within this weight range I consider the healthiest dogs to be those that are the average 35 – 40 pounds.”
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I had never looked at it in this way before. It seems like these tiny little dogs are cherished for their size and many feel like the smaller the better, as supported by the growing popularity of “tinys” and “teacups”. I spoke with a woman that breeds her pet teacup Chihuahua every year, and she said that she is constantly getting phone calls from parents that want a very small dog because they have a small child that would love to carry it around. “This is like handing over a premature baby that should be nursing still in the warmth of its mother,” she said.
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Another woman said giving your child a toy breed such as a Chihuahua is like buying your teenager a NASCAR as their very first car.
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Reports show that a fall from less than even two feet high on padded carpet can cause a break to the leg of a small dog. Puppies are not dolls, they wriggle when you least expect it and I myself have had my precious pup almost slip out of my arms. Pet Health Insurance is recommended for these tiny breeds. Putting a broken leg back together can require micro surgery and cost you around $2000.
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Fortunately, we have not had any accidents with our pup but we have struggled with what seems to be hypoglycemia, a very common condition and major concern in toy breeds that can lead to death. It is basically the inability of a puppy to maintain proper blood sugar levels. Most Chihuahuas will outgrow this condition as they get bigger and their organs develop but for some it can continue into their adult life. For us, it has been quite costly, very stressful and time consuming.
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So if you see me out and wonder why I’m not looking as cute and perky as Parris Hilton or Hillary Duff with my Chihuahua in arms, it’s because I have to syringe feed my pup every two hours through the night or he crashes. According to Dr. Hart, their little stomachs are so tiny that they can only handle a certain amount of food and they burn through this energy reserve quickly. My pup’s case is extreme and we feel like there may possibly be something else going on.
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This article is not to discourage anyone from adopting Chihuahuas or other small breeds. To the contrary, he is one of the sweetest little souls I have ever been touched by. Even considering everything we have been through, I am still glad he is a part of my family. I mostly want to raise the awareness of impulse “shopping”. The humane shelters were filled with unwanted Dalmatians after Disney’s 101 Dalmatians lost its flare. The main complaint was their hyperactivity and not enough time to walk them. I ask that you consider these issues first. Research your breed of choice and honestly evaluate your time and accommodations that you can provide for a dog.
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I also want to stress the importance of researching the background of who you buy from. It is sad to say that puppy mills are a major business. There’s a hip new lingo out now encouraging folks to “adopt not shop”. Hillary Duff has a picture on her blogsite of her newly rescued Chihuahua that came from a shelter. I happen to know of two Chihuahuas that are at the Albany Humane Society now and one with the Humane Society of Terrell County that are in need of good loving homes and they are past the fragile puppy stage.
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My sweet Poppi Seed has snuggled his way into the hearts of many. We appreciate your concern and your prayers. I will continue to keep current information and of course pictures posted to my blogsite. http://www.beegreenbuzz.blogspot.com/. For more information on Westover Animal Hospital please visit http://www.westoveranimalhospital.com/.


My heart has been stolen…

…by a 1 1/2 lb Chihuahua named Poppi Seed

I just wanted to write a quickie to let you all know that I have not fallen off the face of the earth forever. This little guy has come in and gobbled all my love (and extra time) right up! Many of you already know that this pup has come with his share of problems that has left me with not only a very sick pup but sleepless nights, a heart broken little boy and a nice vet bill.
Something has happened during our every two hour nightly syringe feedings! I have fallen in love with this babe. Whether it’s my first round in the night or the last one before day light, I never tire of seeing his sweet face. He opens my heart and brings me such joy.



I promise I will be back in the kitchen soon enough, whipping up new recipes to share but for now I am too exhausted and slightly intoxicated by puppy breath!
Poppi Seed’s full story will be in this week’s Albany Journal.