Monday, February 8, 2016

10 Ways To Stand Up For Animals!

10 Ways To Help Animals Right Now!

Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, and even wild animals like lions, bears, elephants … and every existing living animal in the world are not very different from you and I. They all have the right to live without fear of being hunted, tortured or abused.

In our own homes, there is a reason that so many of us animal lovers treat our pets in the same way we treat our children, and why many of us consider them part of our family. Like children, dogs and cats need our protection, period. They are fully dependent on us for food, good health and safety.

My hope for our world is that we, collectively as a society realize that animals need our protection and that we work together to ensure that animals are treated with care, become vigilant about animal abuse in any shape or form, and punish those who harm animals in any way.

Nobel Peace Prize winner archbishop Desmond Tutu released a statement on animal welfare which was part of a foreword for the Global Guide to Animal Protection. In it, he wrote:

There are other issues of justice–not only for human beings but also for the world’s other sentient creatures. The matter of the abuse and cruelty we inflict on other animals has to fight for our attention in what sometimes seems an already overfull moral agenda. It is vital, however, that these instances of injustice not be overlooked.

I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: When It's Not Just Diarrhea

Like humans, it is normal for dogs to experience the occasional upset stomach, or episode of diarrhea, but experiencing severe symptoms, such as bloody stools, may be a sign of something more serious.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) refers to a group of gastrointestinal diseases that result in the inflammation of the intestines. The exact cause of IBD in dogs is unknown, but bacteria and nutrients normally found in the intestine are thought to be the cause of the abnormal immune response that causes inflammation.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter!

Our pets are part of our family, and just as we make provisions to keep our children warm and cozy in the winter, the same must be done for our dogs and cats. The frigid winter temperatures are not just inconvenient; they can be incredibly dangerous for our pets. Experts say frostbite can take hold in less than 15 minutes, and animals are not exempt from this despite their furry coats.
Frostbite is bad enough, but hypothermia is the most dangerous hazard when the weather gets this cold. Signs of hypothermia include violent shivering followed by listlessness, a rectal temperature below 95-degrees Fahrenheit, weak pulse, lethargy, and coma. It can become fatal very fast.
It goes without saying that every dog and cat needs to be indoors during cold temperatures like these. I would argue, however, that dogs and cats need to be indoors during any cold temperatures. If you are cold, they are cold, simple as that. Outdoors is no place for pets.
Here are some other tips to keep your precious pups and kitties contented and protected this winter:
Pay extra attention to puppies. Puppies are more susceptible to the cold than dogs due to their tender age. They will suffer from the harsh realities of the cold quicker and should not spend much time outdoors in harsh weather conditions. In addition, they may have some issues potty training during cold spells. Understandably, puppies may have more accidents in this weather.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Dog Scarves: Our New Line at BKLYN Handmade!

Being a model is hard work!
My daughters and I recently opened up an Etsy shop. It's a shop that offers our handmade crocheted items and we aptly named it BKLYN Handmade. We have been having a lot of fun crocheting infinity scarves, hats, cute braided ear warmers, and more. Our item are stylish and elegant, yet comfy and warm. (Here is a link that explains why we named it BKLYN Handmade.)

We recently worked our first vendor fair and had amazing results so we hope to get our Etsy shop sales up soon. We only just started it and have been told several times that it takes time.

In the meantime, as we crochet, Django, of course has been there every step of the way. Usually she will just sleep beside us, but often she will plop right down on our working we are using it! So we joke around that she is our assistant (although she provides more work not less!)

I have found crocheting to be a pure act of love. It might sounds strange but when we sold our items at the fair, many of which were our first accessories made, I felt a sense of loss at seeing them leave but a huge sense of happiness when thinking that they would be worn and enjoyed by the person buying them, or presented at gifts, which many of them were. So now, whenever I settle down to create a new piece, I get excited. Over the past few weeks, I have often wondered what Django would look like in one of our items. And then one night I had an idea....

What if we made scarves for dogs? Not the long scarves that need to be tied and have the potential to come loose, fall off, or worse, get stuck in something while they are running.

No, I wanted to create something warm and cozy, and incredibly cute but safe for Django and every other dog out there.

That night our new line of dog scarves was born.

We are busily creating a variety of colors an textures to satisfy every dog and dog owner. 

We are offering every size, from x-small for your tiny toy Chihuahua or teacup Yorkie to x-large for your giant Newfoundland or St. Bernard, and every size in between. Django, our smallish Lab mix tends to wear a medium, while Hayley, our Chihuahua/Eskie mix parades around in a small.

You can find our shop here: BKLYN Handmade. Please also peruse our human accessories, too! We are busily making more dog scarves every day, and also take custom orders, so please feel free to message us via Etsy. You can also ask us questions at the above "Contact Us" tab.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

8 Naughty Foods To Avoid Giving Your Dog During The Holidays!

The holidays are hectic. The shopping, the dinners, the packed living rooms and the variety of foods available, and the general sheer chaos of it all are a recipe for our pets to consume things they should not. Little fingers passing treats under the table and pups that help themselves to whatever drops to the floor can make your dog sick to her stomach, or worse.
The following foods, which can cause afflictions in dogs, ranging from mild tummy distress to death, are seemingly innocent and mild foods that might easily be considered harmless. This makes it all the more important that these foods stay on your radar.
Here are eight foods that dogs should not eat:
Luckily, many of us already know that chocolate is highly toxic for dogs. It’s the chemical theobromine that causes the distress. All types of chocolate are harmful. The worst offenders are dark chocolate, unsweetened baking chocolate, and chocolate mulch.

Ok, so what dog is gonna drink coffee? Well, that would be our lab, Django. If you have a coffee cup, she will try to get in your lap and lick it every time. Large consumptions of any caffeine (including those in energy drinks, sodas, cocoa, and even some medications) can cause death. And there is no antidote for caffeine overdose.


Seemingly harmless, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure. Even a small amount can make dogs sick. Repeated vomiting is a telltale sign.


Just like in humans, too much salt can cause heart, kidney, and liver problems in dogs. Dogs do not need additional salt added to their diet if they are consuming a nutritious dog food, which will already have a small amount of sodium included.
If your dog gets into a bag of chips or another salty snack, it’s OK, and there is no need to panic. Just replenish your dog’s water bowl to ensure that she has enough water to flush out the excess sodium. A dog would have to ingest a great amount of salt to get sodium iron poisoning.
Symptoms include excessive drinking, vomiting, and diarrhea. Too much sodium on a regular basis can also throw off a dog’s electrolyte balance.
Candy and Gum
…but probably not why your think. Any foods sweetened with xylitol can be damaging. Xylitol causes a dog’s blood sugar to drop and might also cause liver failure. As a result, many low-fat, diet snacks are off limits for dogs!
Macadamia Nuts
This seemingly natural food can be fatal to dogs. Just a few can make them sick, and if they eat cookies with chocolate in them, that ups the chance of the consumption being fatal.
Onions and Garlic
A little won’t do any long-term damage, but prolonged consumption of onions and garlic breaks down a dog’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.

Yeast Dough

Just like in an oven, if it ends up in a dog’s tummy, it will rise and expand, causing your dog’s belly to swell — and experience a lot of pain. Oddly enough, when the yeast ferments the dough, it produces alcohol, which might also cause alcohol poisoning.
All dog owners want to safeguard their dog’s health, and accidental ingestion of harmful foods often occurs as an oversight. If your dog starts experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, panting, sluggishness, or just doesn’t seem right, please call your vet. It’s also a good idea to keep the phone number of your local, 24-hour emergency vet in a handy place in your home.