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Shameless Cones

Shameless Cones
Rehab in Style
by Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker & Trail Guide

Bella, being highly interested in fashion, was recently searching her Haute Couture Haunts on Twitter, when she was introduced to Shameless Cones.  
Having had to wear an appalling plastic cone herself after an accident at the pedicurists, she immediately started Following them and they soon became friends.

Shameless Cones is a family-owned business that was bright enough to ask the question: "Why do e-collars have to be so butt ugly?"  Soon afterward, their newly launched R & D Department (comprised of various and sundry dogs) came back with the answer: "They don't." 

And so they launched an e-collar business they aptly named "Shameless Cones." Bella's favorite is the Sunflower design, featured below on a very happy dog!

Why, you may ask (besides them looking so cool) are colorful e-collars a plus for your dog? Well, that again, goes back to the genius of Shameless. You see, knowing both dog behavior and dog-owner behavior, they knew that owners respond emotionally to their pets. Seeing your beloved pet in an ugly, e-collar may illicit such thoughts as: "Man, you poor pathetic dog!" or "I'm so sorry I have to do this to you!" or, worse still: "It must suck to be you!" Needless to say, they were right! Our energy translates directly to our dogs.

I guarantee if you put your dog (or cat) in one of these cool cones you'll have nothing but smiles and positive energy oozing from your body. In fact, you may even start to wag! 

We hope you support our good friends at Shameless Cones. Please visit their great website to see all of their cool products. Personally, we can't wait to see what they come up with next. Bella is hoping to see a Court Jester line. Bailey wants an NFL line...

Be sure to forward this post to your vet so they too can spread the happiness. Rehab does not have to be a bummer when you accessorize it with a Sunflower Cone!

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin: Guest Speaker
by Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Dog Walker & Pet Sitter
This year's "Whiskers 'n Wags Jubilee," Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic's largest annual fundraising event, will feature CSU's very own Temple Grandin.
Grandin became widely known and loved after the critically acclaimed biographical film "Temple Grandin," winner of seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe, was released in 2010. The film featured Claie Danes who portrayed Grandin, a woman with autism who completely revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock. Grandin's work also earned her a place in Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World."
Grandin will discuss her recent book "Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals." Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and is being heralded as essential reading for anyone who's ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.

When: 3/3/12 @ 5:30 p.m. (register by 2/5/11)

Where: Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road
Cost:    $55.00/ea or $400.00 for a table of 8)
For Registration and Information:'
Phone: (970) 484-8516

2010's Most Unusual Objects Ingested by Pets

Pets Eat the Strangest Things
Subscriber: Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter & Dog Walker
Earlier this year, VPI Pet Insurance was in the news when they awarded a Lab named Ellie the 2010 the ‘VPI Hambone Award’ for having the most unusual health insurance claim of the year: Ellie ate an entire beehive of bees! Luckily Ellie consumed the beehive after an exterminator had sprayed it; however, she still consumed thousands of dead bees (and we're happy to report, she's doing just fine).
And now VPI brings us 2010’s most unusual ingested objects by pets. They say "pets," but we've got a sneaky suspicion they are referring to dogs!  VPI received nearly 2,000 foreign body ingestion claims this past year and policyholders spent almost $3M treating their pets for such claims. And the good news, all pets that ingested the crazy, and in most cases very unappetizing, items made full recoveries!
Among common items that pets consume, such as socks, hand towels, sticks, and rocks, the items listed below are particularly noteworthy. Let this incredible list of not-so-tasty snacks serve as a reminder that many dogs, maybe yours, will eat just about anything so be aware!
2010’s Most Unusual Ingested Objects by Pets
  • jellyfish
  • glue
  • tube of denture adhesive
  • dead poisoned vole
  • bikini
  • ink pen
  • plastic nose from teddy bear
  • magnetic purse clasps
  • baseball
  • glass Christmas ornament
  • hearing aid
  • bed sheet
  • box of pencils
  • avocado pit
  • dental floss
  • fishhook
  • tent door
  • toy squeaker
  • watch
  • 16 steel wool pads
  • sponge
  • tampon
  • 20 cherry pits
  • light bulb
  • barbecue brush
  • Frisbee
  • jumper cables
  • razor blades
  • uncooked rice (1 pound)
  • wallpaper paste
  • squirrel
  • balloon ribbons
  • bird (whole)
  • butter/sand
  • deer antler (partial)
  • extension cord
  • leash/3 sticks of butter
  • pin cushion
  • portion of wool rug
  • TV remote control
  • 10 quarters/one penny/one Canadian coin/three arcade tokens
  • foot-long submarine sandwich
  • fire log
  • wooden toy train
  • pine cone
  • round chew bone (whole)
  • caulk
  • eye glasses
  • money (paper)
  • oil-soaked dirt
  • rosary crucifix
  • 25 to 30 soiled diapers
  • bath bubble mix
  • bathtub cleaner/outdoor plants
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Behavior: Dog Park Tips

A To Do List for A Great Dog Park Visit
Subscriber: Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter & Dog Walker
I'd like to take my dog to the dog park, but I'm a little nervous about how he'll behave. Any suggestions on how to improve the odds that his visit will be an enjoyable one?

Teaching your dog key skills so that he will have a good dog park experience is important. At a minimum, be sure that you can call your dog to you and ask him to settle down. You will feel (and be) more in control of a visit to the park. But what about you? Here’s a rundown of things to remember when using the park.