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~ Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole ~
Me, Myself, and I
Welcome to pampered pets.

The one & only group dedicated to pampered creatures big & small.

P.S Allow me some time to get those hearts out to you but u have my promise u will get urs :0)
Remember Love doesnt come easy :0)
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  • Heaven

    A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was just enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying and that his dog had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

    After a while they came to a high white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate between the arches that looked like mother of pearl, and that the street that led beyond the gate looked like pure gold.

    He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer he saw a man at a desk to one side.

    When he was close enough he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

    "This is heaven, sir," the man answered.

    "Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked.

    "Of course, sir. Come right in and I'll have some ice water brought right up." The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

    "Can my dog come in too?" the traveler asked.

    "I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

    The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going.

    After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, the man came to a dirt road which led through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

    "Excuse me" he called to the reader, "Do you have any water?"

    "Yes, there's a pump right over there." The man pointed to a place that couldn't be seen from outside the gate. "Come on in."

    "How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog.

    "There should be a bowl by the pump."

    They went through the gate and, sure enough, there was an old fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

    The traveler filled the bowl and took a long drink himself. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man, who was standing by then, waiting for them. "What do you call this place?" he asked.

    "This is heaven," was the answer.

    "Well, that's confusing," he said, "the man down the road said that was heaven too."

    "Oh, you mean the place with the street of gold and the pearly gates? That's hell."

    "Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

    "No. I can see how you might think so, but we're just happy that they screen out the people who would leave their pets behind......."

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  • Dear Dogs and Cats :)

    To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height.

    Dear Dogs and Cats

    The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest

    The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run

    I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed I am very sorry about this... Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep.

    It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

    For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years --canine or feline attendance is not required

    The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt I cannot stress this enough!

    To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following message on our front door:

    To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit & Like to Complain About Our Pets:

    1. They live here. You don't
    2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. ( That's why they call it "fur-niture." )
    3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people
    4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.

    Remember: Dogs and cats are better than kids because they:
    1. Eat less
    2. Don't ask for money all the time
    3. Are easier to train
    4. Normally come when called
    5. Never ask to drive the car
    6. Don't hang out with drug-using friends
    7. Don't smoke or drink
    8. Don't have to buy the latest fashions
    9. Don't want to wear your clothes
    10. Don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and...
    11. If they get pregnant, you can sell their children.....

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  • Christmas Dog...

    Tonight's my first night as a watchdog,
    And here it is Christmas Eve.
    The children are sleeping all cozy upstairs,
    While I'm guardin' the stockin's and tree.

    What's that now---footsteps on the rooftop?
    Could it be a cat or a mouse?
    Who's this down the chimney?
    A thief with a beard--- And a big sack for robbin' the house?

    I'm barkin', I'm growlin', I'm bitin' his butt.
    He howls and jumps back in his sleigh.
    I scare his strange horses, they leap in the air.
    I've frightened the whole bunch away.

    Now the house is all peaceful and quiet again.
    The stockin's are safe as can be.
    Won't the kiddies be glad when they wake up tomorrow
    And see how I've guarded the tree.

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  • Fish Poisoning - Toxic Water

    Olga by Olga
    Signs of Poison

    Toxicity levels vary depending on the species, the size, and the metabolic rate. The fish’s metabolism is more active in higher temperatures then in cooler environments, which allows toxins to act faster.

    Toxic substances come in contact with the fish through the gills, rather than the skin. This allows most toxins to act very rapid as they enter the bloodstream of the fish very directly. Any degree of poisoning will weaken the fish, making it vulnerable toward disease.

    Ammonia Poisoning

    Ammonia is highly toxic to any fish. Reasons for an ammonia poisoning include a new set-up (nitrogen cycle), an interruption of the beneficial bacteria (i.e. power outage, medication, filter exchange) or a change in the bio-load, if too many new fish have been added to the aquarium too quickly.

    The signs are a lethargic motionless fish hovering at the bottom of the tank, red gills and a lack of appetite. Advanced cases will show bleeding gills as well as external and internal bleeding toward the final stage before resulting in death.

    In addition to a water change, first aid can be given by lowering the pH to 7.0 or less. Toxic ammonia changes into ammonium at this level and is, at this stage, harmless and non-toxic.

    PH can be lowered by using distilled water for the partial water change.

    Nitrite Poisoning

    Nitrite is less toxic then ammonia, but still poses a significant health risk to the fish, and can be deadly in high doses or over long periods of time.

    Fish gasping for air at the water surface is generally a good sign of nitrite poisoning.

    Nitrite enters the bloodstream of the fish and binds hemoglobin cells - the oxygen carrying vessels of the fish’s body. In other words, high nitrite levels will suffocate the fish.

    The cause for nitrite poisoning is the same as described with ammonia poisoning.

    1 teaspoon of salt per 300 Gallons of water can help the fish to cope with nitrite toxins.

    CO2 Poisoning

    CO2 levels in excess of 25-30 ppm are dangerous for fish. Common signs for CO2 poisoning are an increasing and more rapid breathing, gasping for air, and a staggering swimming behavior – all leading to suffocation of the fish.

    CO2 poisoning can be caused by a malfunction of the CO2 reactor, or the inability of plants to absorb CO2 if the lighting is insufficient.

    A quick and long lasting solution is to heavily aerate the tank through surface agitation and air-stones. This will cause the CO2 to dissipate from the water.

    Hydrogen Sulfite

    In rare occasions, such as a severe lack of maintenance or an extended power outage, hydrogen sulfite can be formed in the gravel or within the filter.

    Hydrogen sulfite can be detected by its rotten egg like smell. Hydrogen sulfite transforms iron within the blood cells into sulfide which will lead to suffocation of the fish.

    The warning signs of hydrogen sulfite are the same as with nitrite poisoning in addition to the rotten egg smell of the water.

    Prevention is crucial; the gravel should be cleaned on a regular basis. In case of a power outage, the filter has to be rinsed out well, before re-starting it. This will help eliminate the toxins that are in the filter, instead of washing them into the tank.

    Chlorine, Chloramine, Heavy Metals

    All three of them are in general of no concern as the water usually is treated with a conditioner prior to use, eliminating this problem right from the start.

    Most tap water (city water) is treated with chlorine/chloramine to make it safe for human consumption. Unfortunately, our wet pets do not appreciate that. Chlorine/chloramine poisoning has similar signs as associated with nitrite poisoning. Chlorine/chloramine irritates the gills and blocks the oxygen carrying cells, again leading to suffocation. Additional to the fish gasping for air, a chlorine odor can be detected.

    If so, adding a water conditioner is imminent, as chlorine/chloramine can kill all fish within 24 hour
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  • Poisonous Plants that are Harmful to Birds

    Olga by Olga
    Balsam Pear
    Beans: Castor, Horse,
    Peas, Navy, Glory
    Bird Of Paradise
    Black Locust
    Blue-Green Algae
    Calla Lily
    Cherry Tree
    Christmas Candle
    Coral Plant
    Elephant's Ear
    Foxglove Hemlock
    Indian Turnip
    Ivy ** All Types
    Java Bean
    Jerusulem Cherry
    Lily of the Valley
    Mock Orange
    Morning Glory
    Narcissus Oak
    Poison Ivy & Oak
    Rosary Peas
    Sandbox Tree
    Skunk Cabbage
    Sweet Pea
    Virginia Creeper
    Yam Bean
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  • A Guide to Safe VS Toxic "Table Scraps" for Cats

    Olga by Olga
    Let's face it: some cats are inveterate "bums" and will beg and plead most appealingly while you try to eat. While I will (rarely) give a cat a tidbit of chicken or turkey from my plate, it's a practice I don't encourage as a regular habit for a few reasons. First, because cats need the nutrients specifically provided for them in good, premium cat foods, and any "extras" that they consume will take away their appetites for their regular meals. A sliver of turkey or chicken from your dinner plate certainly won't kill a cat, but you're helping him develop bad habits. What happens when Aunt Phoebe comes for dinner and Simon jumps on her lap to scarf up her meal?
    However, the main reason I'd discourage feeding cats "people food" is that there are a number of foods that are toxic to cats.

    You may have forgotten that the gravy slathered over your Thanksgiving turkey used broth that was flavored with onion, among other things. While it is tasty and harmless to humans, onions are very toxic to cats. The following is a list of foods that cats should never eat:
    Onions, Garlic, & Related Root Vegetables

    Onions contain a substance (N-propyl disulphide) which destroys red blood cells in the cat, causing a form of anemia called Heinz body anemia. Garlic contains a similar substance in a lesser amount.

    Tomatoes, Green (raw Potatoes)

    These foods are members of the Solanaceae family of plants, which includes the Deadly Nightshade, and contain a bitter, poisonous alkaloid called Glycoalkaloid Solanine, which can cause violent lower gastrointestinal symptoms. The Feline Future web site offers a rare description of a cat which was close to death from ingesting just one cherry tomato (See the link on the sidebar).


    It's becoming more widely known that chocolate is very toxic to both cats and dogs. Theobromine is the offending substance here. Janet Tobiassen Crosby, D.V.M. has an excellent article on the symptoms, effects, and treatment of chocolate toxicity.

    Grapes and Raisins

    These foods' toxicity has mainly been found in dogs, in quantities of varying amounts. The ASPCA advises: "As there are still many unknowns with the toxic potential of grapes and raisins, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center advises not giving grapes or raisins to pets in any amount." That's good enough for me.


    Although milk is not toxic to cats, it may have adverse effects. Simply put, adult cats fed a nutritious diet don't need milk, and many cats are lactose-intolerant, which means that the lactose in milk and milk products produces stomach upset, cramps, and gassiness. If your cat loves milk, and begs for it, a small amount of cream may be okay, two or three times a week. (The more fat in the milk, the less lactose.) Another compromise is CatSip, a product made from skim milk with an enzyme added that helps the digestion of lactose. Catsip is available in supermarkets such as Safeway, Albertson's and A&P, as well as pet products chains, such as PetSmart and Petco.

    These are the most commonly seen "people foods" that are potentially harmful to cats. The bottom link is to feed your cat nutritious food developed with his needs in mind and choose treats designed for cats instead of table scraps.
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