Being a native Chicagoan, I know that the extremes of winter and summer weather are as tough on our pets as they are on humans. I’ve dressed my dogs in traditional pet coats and sweaters, but they still shivered and rushed through their walks in the winter cold. I watered them and helped them find shade in the summer, but they still panted and stopped to rest far too often in the heat and humidity of the summer.
My beloved pets weren’t very comfortable, and in some cases they were risking potentially serious conditions like hypothermia and dehydration or heatstroke. Because I am passionate about the safety, health and comfort of my pets, I felt there had to be a better solution!
It seemed clear to me that existing pet clothes didn’t really do the job. Even the best winter pet apparel didn't specifically address canine physiology, and it didn't help at all in the summer. So, drawing on my longtime entrepreneurial experience and my love for our canine companions, I began to research a solution to the problem. I consulted with veterinarians and pet wellness professionals, pet products wholesalers and retailers, and pet apparel manufacturers.
What I learned is that dogs exchange heat in different ways than people, so while it's cute to dress our pets up in human-looking coats and sweaters, these just aren't as effective on dogs as they are on us. Dogs lose or gain most of their heat in the chest and abdominal region (the “core”), so covering their backs and sides doesn’t help them stay warm. Dogs also have a higher body temperature than we do (101°-103°F), so to help regulate body temperature they need more efficient as well as more localized heat protection in the winter than a coat or sweater can provide, and more concentrated cooling in the summer.
Inspired by hot/cold therapy wraps for humans, I developed a better solution: unique warming and cooling pet harnesses and coats, which incorporate patented gel pack technology to deliver heat or cooling where it’s needed most! Kumfy Tailz is the first pet apparel to specifically address canine physiology, and has been developed over a period of two years, in close consultation with Kumfy Tailz' licensed veterinarian adviser, Jennifer Henderson, DVM (Dr. Jen) and a variety of industry professionals.
We are absolutely committed to making quality products, and offering remarkable customer service. Throughout Kumfy Tailz' product design and development cycles, my overriding test has been: "is this what I would want for my dogs?" We've conducted extensive product testing, test marketed the product in a handful of locations throughout Chicago in summer and winter; and we've incorporated all of the feedback into the several evolutions of our prototypes.
Most importantly, our team uses the products ourselves, every day, on our dogs.
39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend:
Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers
By Dr. Judith Samson-French
A Must-Read For All Dog Lovers
A REALITY CHECK YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS:
WHAT YOU LEARN HERE COULD SAVE YOUR DOG’S LIFE
Many of us can’t imagine our lives without our dog. We share pictures of them with our followers on Instagram, repost cute BuzzFeed links featuring them on our Facebook feeds, and spoil them with treats and toys – all in exchange for the incomparable love, warmth and companionship that only a canine can provide.
But how much do we really know about our four-legged friends? And is it possible that we’re often inadvertently compromising their health, safety…even life?
In 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend: Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers, internationally renowned veterinary surgeon, researcher and philanthropist Dr. Judith Samson-French exposes what happens when the good intentions of well-meaning owners go awry. With case files from Dr. Samson-French’s practice, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend invites readers into a bustling veterinary hospital, where life-and-death are everyday realities that a little education in simple do’s and don’ts of responsible canine care would see avoided.
Tackling polarizing issues such as cancer treatment, adoption, greyhound racing, medical errors and choke collars head on, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is a compassionate but unflinching reality check that no dog owner can afford to miss.
A dog with no name will be fed for 3 days with the proceeds of sales of 39 Ways. Among the topics and themes explored in it are:
· How to play the role of the pack leader – not alpha dog – if you have multiple dogs to avoid BDLD (Big Dig Little Dog) deadly encounters
· Spills that can kill: which household liquids to keep away from your dog
· Gobble, Gobble: Why you should absolutely not allow your dog any fatty leftovers this or any other Thanksgiving
· The Irresistible Puppy: What to avoid when adopting
· And many, many more!
“Although identifying details have been altered to protect the anonymity of all involved, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is in no way a work of fiction,” states Dr. Samson-French. “The stories you will find on these pages, about more than 39 real-life canine companions, are all true. These events should not have happened, but they did, and our challenge now is to learn from them. By reading about these dogs, what went wrong for them and how it could have been prevented, I hope to empower you to protect your own pet from a similar fate.”
About the Author:
A veterinary clinician and surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Judith Samson-French owns and operates a veterinary hospital in the heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills. A graduate of McGill University (B.Sc.) and the University of Alberta (M.Sc.), she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College.
She is currently leading a groundbreaking project that involves implanting contraceptives in unwanted dogs to prevent the births of countless dogs with no names. The DWNN project has initiatives in Alberta, Labrador and Curacao, and profits from the sales of her books Dogs With No Names and 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend are donated to the DWNN charity, of which Samson-French is founder.
In 2013, Dr. Samson-French was awarded the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award, and featured in/on the National Post, CBC, Canadian Geographic, The Bark and more. She is also a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, and holds a Canadian Securities Course certificate – an education that has supported her work as a social entrepreneur and now sees her launch a Dogs With No Names jewelry line.
Bill would prohibit body-gripping traps on National Wildlife Refuges
Washington, DC, December 2, 2013 -- Born Free USA and The Humane Society of the United States, global leaders in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applaud U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) for re-introducing the Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act (H.R. 3513), and urge the bill’s swift passage. H.R. 3513 would ban all body-gripping traps — snare, Conibear, and steel-jaw leghold — from being used or possessed on National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs). This humane legislation addresses the inherent cruelty of body-gripping traps and seeks to ensure that all NWRs are safe havens for wildlife.
“The brutality of these barbaric traps is shocking. The animals caught in them suffer an agonizing, prolonged death,” said Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA. “These animals often remain trapped for days before starving or dying from exposure and massive pain. It is inexcusable to subject any animal to such a fate on lands intended for their preservation.”
Trapped animals can suffer severe physical injury, psychological trauma, thirst, hypothermia, and predation. Some animals chew off their own limbs to escape, only to die days later. The suffering caused by trapping is not limited to target animals, and this bill would also address the tragic “collateral damage” that can occur. Domestic pets, endangered species, and humans often become ensnared in traps, resulting in horrific injury or death. Animals and people should have freedom to enjoy these refuges without that danger.
“National Wildlife Refuges should be places of refuge for animals and the public, and the commercial trapping of animals for their fur pelts is inconsistent with that goal,” said Michael Markarian, Chief Program and Policy Officer for The Humane Society of the United States. “These traps are cruel and indiscriminate, killing or maiming any animal who steps into their path, including endangered species and family pets.”
A staggering 54 percent of the refuges within the National Wildlife Refuge System allow trapping on refuge grounds. H.R. 3513 will help ensure that wild animals will not be exploited on the only lands in the U.S. set aside specifically for their protection. Born Free USA and The Humane Society of the United States urge other members of Congress to follow Representative Lowey’s lead in supporting this compassionate bill.
Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of “compassionate conservation” -- the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son Will Travers, now CEO of both organizations. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, at Twitter twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and one Facebook facebook.com/BornFreeUSA.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty -- on the Web at humanesociety.org.
Saturday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2013.
Only 24 days left till Christmas.
There are 31 days left in the year.
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leanlix™ makes an ideal stocking stuffer
– especially for over-stuffed dogs
The low-calorie lick-able dog reward system, leanlix combats
pet obesity, which accelerates during the holidays
SEATTLE (Nov. 20, 2013) -- leanlix™, the innovative low-calorie reward and training tool for dogs, is introducing a new sweet potato flavor just in time for the holiday season, which can be a tempting time for overweight dogs.
leanlix was crafted to address pet obesity, the #1 concern of vets today. Studies show more than 54% of dogs are overweight and many are actually obese. During the holidays, dogs eat twice their normal amount.
“The holiday season can hit weight-troubled dogs with a double-whammy: a cornucopia of festive food and treat-happy guests, along with wintery weather which means less exercise and walks outside,” said Seattle entrepreneur Sharon Da Dalto, inspired to create leanlix by her food-motivated Labrador retriever, Grace. “All those turkey scraps, cookie crumbs -- and even too many healthy dog treats -- can pack pounds on your pooch.”
While most dog treats have 30 calories per serving, leanlix has 0 calories and 0 fat per serving (3 licks).
“More than just a lick-able treat, introducing leanlix into your dogs diet and exercise regimen can lessen the impact of the holiday pig out,” said Da Dalto. “leanlix makes a great holiday stocking stuffer for your dog, too.”
Dubbed Sweet Potato Rescue, due to Grace’s knack of “rescuing” the sweet potato when it falls from the kitchen counter, the new flavor smells a bit like caramel, or “candied yams, if you’re really feeling the season,” according to Da Dalto.
“Pair Sweet Potato Rescue with the turkey in our Dishwater Diner flavor and it’s a virtual holiday feast for your pet,” she added.
leanlix addresses three top trends in the pet industry: health, humanization and convenience. It’s low-calorie, gluten-free and fat-free with healthy ingredients such as probiotics for digestion, as well as antioxidants such as chamomile, freeze-dried strawberry and raspberry.
leanlix has fun “people” flavors with names all inspired by Grace’s antics performing, begging, scavenging and sometimes stealing for her favorite foods:
- Dishwasher Diner -- natural turkey flavor with chamomile
- ½ eaten p b and j -- all-natural non-allergenic peanut butter flavor with freeze-dried berry
- Grace –d-lux with cheese -- barbecue flavor with real natural cheese
- Run-a-way frank -- hot dog and bacon flavor with probiotic for digestion
- Bark B Q -- barbecue flavor with probiotic for digestion
- Sweet Potato Rescue (NEW!) – sweet potato flavor that dogs love.
leanlix comes in two sizes of recyclable plastic tubes: littlelix and biglix. littlelix (.15 oz.) resembles lip balm, while biglix (2.5 oz.) is like a big glue stick. leanlix tubes are solid and safe, whereas some competing products have a roller ball that might be harmful to dogs if swallowed.
“leanlix can be used by anyone with a dog where the concept of reward is important, including dog trainers, groomers, breeders and handlers, as well as ordinary pet owners looking for convenient, tasty motivation that doesn’t add to their dog’s waistline or makes a mess of crumbly treats in your pockets,” added Da Dalto. “Plus, leanlix features a lanyard design that can be worn around the neck, easily accessible while walking or working with your pet.”
leanlix products are already available in more than 100 specialty pet retailers coast-to-coast. Retailer customers may order directly through leanlix by calling (206) 445-2662.
leanlix™ is an innovative new low-calorie reward and training tool for dogs. Created by Seattle entrepreneur Sharon Da Dalto as a fun, healthy reward treat that can be licked by dogs, the original formulation of leanlix was crafted by a leading pet chemist in the industry to address the #1 concern of vets today: pet obesity. While most dog treats have about 30 calories per serving, gluten-free leanlix has 0 calories (3 licks per serving). leanlix comes in two sizes and fun flavors such as Run-a-way Frank, Bark B Q and Sweet Potato Rescue. A convenient tool for trainers, groomers, handlers and all dog lovers, leanlix is more than just a lick-able treat, it’s a fun part of an ongoing pet lifestyle program promoting diet along with exercise. leanlix is available from more than 100 specialty pet retailers in 29 states coast-to-coast. Retail customers may call (206) 445-2662 to order directly. For more information about leanlix, visit www.leanlix.com and www.facebook.com/leanlix
(Washington, DC – November 26, 2013) Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has released a legislative proposal to greatly increase logging on over two million acres of federal forests in Oregon by truncating or eliminating environmental reviews and protections for endangered species.
“Logging mature forests that are now protected would come at too a high a price in terms of lost habitat to endangered species such as the Marbled Murrelet, clean drinking water, carbon storage to protect the global atmosphere, and tourism and recreation. These forests are worth far more if allowed to grow,” said Steve Holmer, senior policy advisor with American Bird Conservancy.
Sen. Wyden’s plan ignores a large number of recent scientific studies and government rulemakings indicating additional wildlife habitat conservation is needed in Oregon. By increasing logging over such a large area, it undermines the Northwest Forest Plan, the regional framework protecting the old-growth forest ecosystem and endangered birds such as the Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl.
The Northwest Forest Plan protects many forests over 80 years old with the goal of allowing these stands to mature into old growth and over time provide additional habitat for listed species. Sen. Wyden’s proposal would eliminate the protection for much of the 80- to 120-year-old forests. This would prevent enough old growth forests from ever maturing and filling in the gaps in the heavily fragmented landscape to create the large blocks of wildlife habitat called for by the Northwest Forest Plan.
The scientific community has strongly weighed in against the intensive logging approach being proposed by Sen. Wyden; first in a letter supporting the Northwest Forest Plan, and then in a second letter opposing legislation to expedite logging of recently burned forests important to wildlife. Another letter from the Pacific Seabird Group raises concern about the impact the proposed increase of logging and the renewed use of clearcutting on federal lands would have on the Marbled Murrelet, a threatened seabird that nests in the top branches of mature and old-growth trees.
Conservation groups have echoed these concerns with letters calling for additional habitat protection for the Marbled Murrelet, and for implementation of Recovery Action 12 which calls for the protection of burned forests to meet the habitat needs of Northern Spotted Owls and their prey.
“Creating timber production areas blows a hole into the Northwest Forest Plan in an area critical to listed Northern Spotted Owls and Murrelets,” said Holmer. “Skirting the Endangered Species Act and shutting out the public from how their public lands are managed is a disappointing step in the wrong direction.”
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. ABC acts by safeguarding the rarest species, conserving and restoring habitats, and reducing threats, while building capacity in the bird conservation movement.
When the Horses Whisper
The Wisdom of Wise and Sentient Beings
Rosalyn W. Berne
Rosalyn Berne has always known that she was different from most people. Even as a child she was aware of things that others could not see or hear, experiencing the life force around her. But her special ability with horses was something that she would not fully recognize until she was an adult. Returning to Costa Rica―a once–visited sanctuary—she sought solace from the world and hoped to begin healing from a painful divorce and the subsequent breakdown of her family. Drawn to the horses that are part of the working farm-resort that was her retreat, she suddenly and unexpectedly received a gift―the ability to communicate with them. And what they said changed her life.
When the Horses Whisper shows the true power of horses. Once they realized that Rosalyn was able to ‘hear’ them they opened up completely, showing her a world of strength, beauty and, most importantly, love. She begins to realize how strong the bond is between horse and human and how anyone can communicate with them on a deeper level. She also learns how they can help humans to heal from loss and pain as she begins to recover from her own grief, including the loss of a child, a traumatic childhood encounter, and the end of her marriage.
As the story of each horse is revealed the author understands that they are telling her more than their own stories, they are teaching and helping her to rediscover her whole self, reminding her that she is part of a much larger universe. Proud and resourceful, the horses remind us all that creation is around us and within us at all times. In helping us to recover the pieces of ourselves that have been lost along our way, the horse’s teaching allows us to reconnect with our soul selves.
As the author continues to return to Costa Rica she is always met by old friends and introduced to new ones. Their stories are accompanied by photographs taken by the author’s daughter that illustrate the grace and spirit of each, beautifully recognizing the unique character of each horse. Filled with insight and hope When the Horses Whisper is an engrossing look into the heart of a horse and how the horse-human bond can change us all.
Rosalyn W. Berne, Ph.D.
Rosalyn W. Berne, Ph.D. explores the intersecting realms between emerging technologies, science, fiction and myth, and between the human and non-human worlds. As a university professor she writes and teaches about engineering and technology in society and the ethical implications of technological development, often using science fiction material in her classes. In her personal life she continues to discover the transformational nature of human-equine relationships, and offers facilitation and translation services for enhancing communication between horses and their owners. She is author of Nanotalk: Conversations with Scientists and Engineers About Ethics, Meaning, and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology (Erlbaum Press, 2005) and the novel, Waiting in the Silence (Spore Press, 2012). To Recreate Life from Life, Biotechnology and Science Fiction brings the non-fictional writing of research scientists together with Berne’s science fiction short stories (forthcoming from Pan Stanford Press).