Paws Not Claws Project 2009

Training your Pets – To Be The Best They Can.

Goodbye to Our Pets

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“A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered.” — Lacie Petitto

When we moved from Salinas to Greenfield we had to make some sacrifices, some of these sacrifices included stuff that we had collected over the years we had lived at the old three bedroom house. Other’s were just broken things that just did not serve much other purpose then taking up space. Finally; due to the restrictions on the new place here in Greenfield we had to let go of three of five pets. These pets included a calico cat named daisy, a ridgeback/golden retriever named annie, and a tortoise shell cat named Mona. These were sacrifices we did not want to make but we did not have another choice in the matter, since we had to move out of the old place because the rent became to high, and the place that was almost affordable was a two bedroom apartment in Greenfield, CA. That only allowed a max of two pets per household and were charged extra for pets by the property management company. Though those pets are never truly forgotten it was difficult having to surrender them to the SPCA of Monterey County, because there was no real other option. At the very least and this was the hope those pets may be able to find new homes with new families. Sadly that was not the case at all, as in the end the news was they had to put both Annie and Mona to sleep because of aggression and health problems. The only one that remained alive so far as we know is Mona and the hope is they were able to find her a good home. Once they were surrendered; there was no further communications of the state of things after being informed that both annie and daisy had to be put to sleep. There has been no further information from SPCA but the hope is at least Mona was able to find a new home, and hopefully is enjoying it and living the cat’s life.

In closing; and in remembering those pets lost, I just want other’s to know how difficult it can be but perhaps in other circumstances we would of been able to keep all five. Instead we are here today, and they are still remembered from a past life and an entirely different existence. May both Annie and Daisy rest in peace and find happiness in the world they find themselves in afterwards. And may Mona in her lovely disposition make another family happy.



K9s Trained to Detect Bed Bug Infestations

Bed Bugs in Your Home - Ways to identify them.One of the newest techniques, and perhaps the most effective, is the use of dogs trained to smell the bedbugs.  An article in the the NY Daily News and in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, dated January 11, 2010, Page D1, reports that Quest K9 Detectives is training beagles to find bedbug infestations.  At their high Springs training facility (called J & K K9 Academy) they train beagles to be able to inspect up to 120 hotel rooms per day. Trained beagles day inspect 20 fasters than humans, and more accurately and thoroughly.

via Bed Bugs Defined & Researched



Dog’s Truly can be helpful in more then one occasion, they are rescue dogs, investigative dogs, and just simply loving pets. Dog’s can make a big difference in life, so why not treat them as fair and without judgement as they do you?

Reading to Your Pets – They Understand …

The Student - The Cat That Pays Attention

One Smart Cat - Tortoise Shell

It is interesting to recognize, how a cat can understand and pay attention to what is being said and how it is being said, in example just the other day I was reading to our cat Mona, from Paulo Coelho’sThe Winner Stands Alone: A Novel, as she was resting and I was watching them. It was one of those rare occasions, those perfect days when all was silent around and just her and I relaxed there enjoying the moment that I decided to read.

To observe how she listened so intently and did not try to run off or go somewhere else instead she chose to sit there and take it all in. It got me to thinking about how smart cat’s truly are, as there mind is like a database always growing always remembering, nearly every experience he/she has had resides there in her mind for the 20 years of her life.

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To realize that even a pet, an animal is a sentient being, who is always learning throughout the preferably long years of her life, when well taken care of and in a better situation then some of the others who try to survive outside in the cold, harsh world, the paradise that has been paved, bringing car and people onto what used to be hunting grounds for her ancestors. At least as we people have adapted so has domesticated cats from an ideal hunter in a harsh environment to a pet who loves without condition but still has the ability to be the hunter her ancestors were.

In reading and educating yourself as well as educating your pet you build up a deeper bond then only those times where there is no talk just love, petting and hugging, but why not educate her as well, help your cat understand about the world around her. Since it is usually best to read a book out loud anyhow as often that is how the writer had put it together to hear it out loud is to notice more of what may be off even a little bit.

Similar to how a child – will listen depending on the tone of your voice it does not matter what you are reading, but she is hearing she is analyzing as best as a kitten’s mind can, as the tone was kept balanced she seemed more interested in each passing sentence, and each completed paragraph. It was remarkable to see how she just listened and followed the tone.

Taco Bell Chihuahua ~ Dies of Stroke

LOS ANGELES — Gidget the Chihuahua, the bug-eyed, big-eared star of 1990s Taco Bell commercials who was a diva on and off the screen, has died. She was 15. Gidget suffered a massive stroke late Tuesday night at her trainer’s home in Santa Clarita and had to be euthanized, said Karin McElhatton, owner of Studio Animal Services in Castaic, which owned the dog.

via Sun News

Do you remember the dog from the Taco Bell Commercials? Even if that dog had been long retired, from the center stage, that came from a pound simply because she was not what was considered a proper chihuahua, her design was wholly unique and her attitude similarly so. She even went so far as to play a male dog, and in that an accomplishment of a sort that only a true actor can grasp, to become what you are not for the sake of the screen and what they want you to be.

Honestly I faintly remember her, only the Phrase “Yo Quiero Taco Bell”, is really the only thing, as I did not pay to close attention to commercials as I have long been more of a reader then a watcher. Being that the case I felt an entry was warranted as she did have an effect. To go from a pound to a home to become a star is no small accomplishment even if it was partly her trainer and the rest in her personality. Surely she will be remembered, until the next Trending Topic flows by and perhaps then she will be forgotten, for now may she rest in peace.

Paws Not Claws – A Work in Progress …

As an extension of and this blog is planned on a new destination for more information on pets and care. This is only a very early draft but time will improve it for sure.