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Is CBD Right For Your Pet?

Is CBD Right For Your Pet?

This is one of the things that I’ve always had questions about ever since the first time I heard about giving your pets CBD oil.  While CBD oils have a proven track record with people for relieving pain, inflammation, anxiety, and many of the major problems with cancer in humans, their is very little research into it effectiveness or safety with animals.

I know people who have used CBD for pain and inflammation cause by severe arthritis, and for the pain caused by Crones Disease for a long time.  Recently, I met someone who is using CBD for a senior female cat with extreme hip problems.  This pet parent decided to try CBD after the cat had a severe reaction to another medication commonly given to pets for this problem.  So far the results have been promising.  Because this is a subject of interest, I plan on keeping up on this very closely.

The articles below are the most informative articles I’ve found on the topic.

We Gave Maple the Cat CBD for Seizures. Here’s What Happened
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about treating pets with cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

The Science Behind Giving CBD & Cannabis to Cats and Dogs
A growing number of pet owners are using cannabis-derived products containing high doses of cannabidiol (CBD) and low or negligible doses of THC to alleviate pain, seizures, and other conditions. But what’s known about the science of cannabinoid medicine and pets?

Misty, Marty, and the Crew

Misty, Marty, and the Crew

I was checking some memory cards last night and I stumbled across these pictures, and I had to share them.  It was a pretty cool situation.

About 12 years back, when I still lived over in Eveleth, MN, I had a neighbor who had a pet ferret.  Mind you, I’ve always thought that ferrets were pretty cool, even though I really didn’t know all that much about them.

One afternoon, I took Misty and Johnny out in the hallway to run for a little while.  I did this every day, but I always kept an eye on them.

This handsome little fellow’s name is Marty, and he belonged to one of my neighbors.  This guy opened his door and Marty came flying out the door and down the hall and came face to face with Misty.  It was the craziest thing, and I was a little nervous at first.  Marty stood up on his hind legs, Misty stood up on her hind legs.  Marty sniffed Misty top to bottom and Misty did the same.  The next thing I and my neighbor saw was incredible.  Marty and Misty were running up and down the hallway playing together like they had been together for a long time.

One evening, Derek, Marty’s parent, came over to my place with a 12 pack of beer and a box full of snacks.  (The beer and the snacks do play into this.)  We sat and watched Misty and Marty bouncing all over the place.  They were having fun together and so were Derek and I.  I didn’t even mind having to clean up the mess when the two of them went flying across the coffee table and knocked over our beers and sending the snack bowl flying.

Before I could get the table cleaned up, Marty jumped up and started scarfing down the Cheetos that were lying all over, and then he moved over and started lapping up some of the beer.  Derek told me to just leave him be and Marty would clean up the table for me.  Marty did a pretty good job.  Derek and I sat talking and watching a couple of movies, and Marty and Misty bounced all over the place playing.

When it came time for Derek to leave, Misty and Marty had been quiet for a while and they were nowhere to be seen.  I called out for Misty and Derek called out for Marty, but neither of them came running.  We looked all over the place until Derek looked under the dining room table and there they were, curled up together napping in Misty’s kitty bed.  It was the most adorable sight.  Unfortunately the picture that I snapped didn’t come out very good.

Over the next couple of week, Derek and I went back and forth between apartments, and we always brought our kids along on the visits.  Johnny was a little leary of Marty for some reason, so he usually just sat up on the arm of the chair with me and watched from a distance.

One evening, I was on my way out the door to take out some garbage when Misty bolted out the door and down the hall where she stopped right in front of Derek’s apartment.  I knocked on Derek’s door, but there was no answer.  I told Misty we would try again later.  I took my garbage out and brought her back into the apartment.

The next morning I woke up to Misty sitting at the door and she was just howling like I had never heard before.  She wanted to get out of the apartment.  I opened the door and she went flying right down to Derek’s apartment.  She stood outside the door and she just continued to howl and meow as loudly as she could.

Derek opened the door, and he was in tears.  Sometime during the night Marty had died.  What was so strange was that Misty seemed to have known it.  Marty was wrapped in a towel lying on the kitchen table.  Misty jumped up on the table, laid down next to Marty and laid her head on the bundle.

Misty and Marty became the most unlikely friends, and I think that she knew something had happened.  How I don’t know, but she knew.

Misty moped around the apartment for about the next week or so, and I could tell that she missed her new friend Marty.  Derek spent the next couple of weeks staying with his parents.  His father was 94 and wasn’t doing very well, so he stayed there to help out.

One afternoon, Derek called and asked if I would come over and help him move Marty’s cage.  This cage was 3 x 3 and 6 feet tall.  He also insisted that I bring Misty with me.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to find when I got there, but Misty ran ahead of me the whole way down the hall.

Guess what I found when I got there?

The white faced baby was named Stanley, and the dark one was named Ollie.  So adorable!  Misty bathed and groomed both of them and then laid down a few feet away and just watched them.  They were both just babies and much smaller than Marty was.  I don’t think Misty knew what to think.

Derek brought Stanley and Ollie over to my place a few times over the next three weeks.  These little characters tore up everything!  They chewed a hole in the side of my couch and another in the back of my recliner, but I didn’t care.  My furniture at the time was crappy and they seemed to lift Misty’s spirits.

After three weeks, Derek moved down to Duluth.  His father had passed and he went to live with his mother and grandmother.  After that, whenever I took Misty and Johnny out in the hallway, Misty always made her way right to Derek’s door.  But it wasn’t the same and she knew it.  She missed her little friends and so did I.

I don’t think I’ll ever get a ferret, but I do remember these little guys fondly.

I’m adding this picture at 3:26 Pm.

Derek happened to see this post and sent me this picture about 20 minutes ago.  I had to throw it in.  This is one of the last pictures that he took of Ollie.  It looks like Ollie wanted to give us a picture to remember.

I love the tongue…

My Thankful Thursday

My Thankful Thursday

I was invited to dinner last night at the Bridgeside Super Club south of Grand Rapids on Pokegama Lake.  I have fond memories of this place for many reasons.  Years ago, I used to sell pull tabs here from a booth in the corner of the bar.  Then, a few years later when I was on hard times, Harry and Ruby, the former owner of the club put me to work in the kitchen washing dishes and prepping for the chef.

Last night I had the most incredible lobster dinner that I’ve had in years.

After dinner, we were all invited out to the deck overlooking the lake to enjoy a 40 year old bottle of brandy.  Then I learned the real reason that I was there.  My friends Steve and Amy, the couple who adopted Pedro, took on another cause that is near and dear to my heart.

Just a little background here.

The North Country Animal Rescue, north of Grand Rapids was on the verge of closing their door.  This shelter has been operating since 1978 from monies from the estate of a woman who passed away in 1976.  Before she passed she had 2 dogs and 23 cats.  Unfortunately the money finally ran out due to poor financial management in the last 10 years.

This is the front view of the shelter.

And a rear view.

Enter Steve and Amy.

A real estate developer has been making offers on the property where the shelter is located for nearly 8 years, but the people managing the shelter always refused to sell.  Now they were in a bad place, and the management was ready to sell out.

Steve wrote a check for $1.4 million to purchase the property.  Part of his decision was personal.  He knew the real estate developer very well and he didn’t want this guy to build another row of condominiums.  It was part of an age old battle between this developer and Steve’s father that had gone on for a great many years.

It is going to cost Steve approximately $4.5 million to update the main building and the surrounding facilities.  The surrounding facility have housed over 150 dogs and cats, and has housed horses, goats, and many others over the years.  He plans to expand all of these buildings.

I used to volunteer at this shelter, so I know that what he is planning is going to be on a grand scale, and I’m actually looking forward to helping out with what I can.

Steve and Amy also added another member to their family.

Molly is 14 years old, and according to the vet, if she receives good care, may live for another two or three years.  Steve and Amy took Molly in so that she could spend her remaining days not seeing the world through the bars of a cage.

Molly’s previous owner abandoned her in the bathroom of a gas station 4 years ago, and she has been at North Country ever since.  She is such a little lover and deserves to live out her remaining years with a loving family.

A quick update on Pedro:

Pedro will be going to a dentist tomorrow to have some teeth fixed.  Otherwise he is having the time of his life.  Steve had a catio built that I could only describe as a wonderland for any cat.  When I get a chance, I want to get some pictures of it.  From what Amy described to me, and knowing how Steve is, it has got to be close to a 5 star luxury hotel for cats.  I can’t wait to get out and see it.

I’m thankful today for people who have more money than they know what to do with, who use it to make lives better rather than to just make more money.

By the time everything is done, Steve figures that it will cost them nearly $8 million to fulfill their plans for the shelter.  They both consider it some of the best money they’ve ever spent.

Here’s hoping everybody has a great Thankful Thursday.  Mine started out great last night.

This Totally Infuriates Me!

This Totally Infuriates Me!

I realize that this article is from 2016, and some of you may have seen it.  When I first saw it on another blog, the person posted one picture, very little information, and no source links.  I just saw that somebody reposted this on Facebook with a link to the article.  I reposted the entire article here because it was too irritating to try to read it on the site with advertising popping up and sliding out about every 7 or 8 seconds.

I find it so infuriating that anybody would ever do anything like this.  I literally fell into tears when I read this.  I won’t say what I would do to a B@$&@*D like this because I’m quite sure I would get in trouble if I did.

This Poor Cat Was Thrown Out onto the Street with All of His Stuff

When adopting a companion animal, there are some people who may not realize how ill-prepared they are to care for another living being until it is too late. Unfortunately, this does lead to hundreds of dogs and cats being abandoned each year. In fact, it is estimated that there are now approximately 70 million homeless dogs and cats in the U.S. alone! Sometimes they are dropped off at shelters but sometimes their owners are so ashamed that they simply dump the poor creature on the street.

That’s what appears to have been the case for a cat who was spotted on the side of a street in Brooklyn, New York this week. Found sitting next to a box of cat supplies and a litter box, the feline had clearly been abandoned.

The male cat was heard crying frantically by passersby and shortly after, the Flatbush Area Team for Cats, or “Fat Cats,” posted photos of the kitty on their Facebook page. It seems that a street sweeper actually scared the adorable boy away, and so, Fat Cats urged people to keep their eyes out for the cat.

Concerned Brookylnites literally took to the streets soon after the Facebook photos posted, and looked for the cat high and low. They even found another stray cat, while they were on the hunt. This second cat, Martin, is currently in their care and is also in need of a loving forever home.

Seeing as though so many people concerned over the well-being of an animal they do not even know personally really should restore our faith in humanity – even just a bit! Instead of focusing on the flagrant neglect and cruelty this cat’s owner demonstrated by dumping the helpless animal on the street without food or water, we choose to celebrate those which are trying to help this cat get the love he deserves! We hope from the bottom of our hearts that this little guy is found soon and learns that there are some kind humans out there!

UPDATE: After many days of searching, the kitty who was abandoned with his belongings in the street – now named Nostrand after the street he was abandoned on – finally turned up in the backyard of a cat rescuer named Karen.

FAT Cats updated with the following:
“We immediately brought him to get vetted, and screened for a microchip. No microchip, but we are happy to say he is a healthy 1 year old male, FeLV/FIV negative, who was treated for fleas.”
“If you would like to donate for his vetting and eventual neuter you can do so here. We are an all volunteer group, no donation is too small and we are so grateful for anything”!

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The source for this article: The Best Cat Page

Pets & Tech

Pets & Tech

To me, it’s bad enough that our children are being mesmerized by smartphones, laptops, video games, and all of the other personal tech out there.  Far too many parents have gotten into the habit of using their devices as electronic babysitters.  Well, our cats are feeling left out.  Not any more.

 

I’m Cutting the Cord

That’s right!  Next month I’m leaving Mediacom Cable and switching over to a new internet service provider, and two streaming television services.

When I first signed up for cable, I signed up for a package that gave me my internet plus basic cable for $119.00 a month for 6 months.  After that it was supposed to go up to $129.00.  At six months they raised the price to $149.00.  I called them and mentioned that I was told that the price was only supposed to go up to $129.00 after the 6 month package special.  They lowered the price to the $129.00 and I thought that would be the end of it.  In month number 8, they raised the price back up to $149.00.  In month 9 it went up $10.00, and then it went up $15.00 a month after that.

As of now, I’ve had my cable for almost a year and a half, and I’ve been paying $195.00 month for quite some time.  To make matter even worse, the new bill always cuts on the first of the month.  I don’t get paid until the third.  So every month I receive bills for around $382.00 a month including the next month’s billing.  They also add a $25.00 late fee for each month that the bill isn’t paid right on the first.  I spoke to the customer service and pointed out that my bill was always paid on the third when I got paid, and I asked if there was any way they could take the late fees off of my bill.  They wouldn’t budge!

So next month I am switching my internet over to CenturyLink which is pretty much the only other provider in town.  I talked to their customer service who told me that their $45.00 a month service charge hasn’t gone up since the day they set up shop in Virginia.  With taxes and fees, the monthly charge comes to $58.00 a month.

As for the television part of the deal, I’m signing up for Netflix which has all of my favorite shows.  I’m also signing up for Hulu Live TV which gives me all of my local TV stations.  By switching services I’ll be saving a little over $76.00 a month.

I can’t complain about the quality of the Mediacom service.  It was always top notch.  It is just the price going up every month that I can’t deal with anymore.  Now I understand why I see so many of those DirectTV and Dish Network satellite dishes all over town.

I would have like to go with DirectTV, but the management company won’t let up put up a dish.  We suggested that they could put the dishes up on the roof where nobody would ever see them, but they didn’t want to do that either.

I think that Mediacom is going to get the picture that they aren’t the only game in town anymore.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they lose a few other customers in the building besides me.

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