Finding Comfort After Losing Your Beloved Pet – A Review of Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals

It’s a subject that NO pet lover wants to even think about, but one that we have all faced before, and one that (unfortunately) we will all face again. It’s Saying Goodbye to our beloved pets.

Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of Angel Dogs and Angel Animals, have written a powerful and emotionally charged book, Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals that’s full of great advice. Ironically, the book was sent to me to review for one of my blogs two days after my then 19 year old cat, Prissy, had a particularly bad stroke. She was still in really bad shape when I opened the package to reveal the particular title. While she pulled through the stroke and even celebrated her 20th birthday two months ago (!!!), at the time there was so much emotion running through my body that I threw the book in one of the bottom drawers of a dresser never used. It not only got the bottom drawer treatment – it got the bottom drawer treatment in a dresser I never think twice about!

I wanted the thought, and mere suggestion, that I could possibly one day have to say goodbye to this beautiful and sweet cat as far away from me as possible. Out of respect to the authors and publisher, I could not bring myself to throw it away – which is, of course what I wanted to do.

After Prissy healed – remarkably, at that – I rescued the book from its prison and decided to read it. I wanted to be able to share its wisdom and advice with people who were currently going through the hell I was so desperate to delay.

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is a perfect little book, with a cover so beautiful and peaceful that you find yourself staring at the scene. This book is all about finding comfort after losing your beloved pet.. I have had varying combinations of cats, dogs, rabbits, and hamsters since I was 3. The only constant has been cats. I have always, always had at least one precious cat. Currently I have three and they make my world a much sweeter place with their presence. Since I have always been surrounded by animals, I have had my experience with the sick feeling that comes from losing one.

Most pet lovers understand what you are going through when this happens, but there are some people who, while you are grieving (and yes, it is grieving) look at you as if to say, “So, get another one.” While they, honestly, do not mean to be insensitive, it does hurt for someone not to understand your pain.

That is one of the things I love most about Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals. The authors completely understand the pain – completely and totally. Their words are as comforting as a hug and their advice is right on the money. I wish I had this book during my previous pet losses, it would have been so comforting to have felt that hug!

This book offers comfort for those who have lost a pet to death as well as to those who have lost a runaway or “disappearing” pet. I know, from experience, that in a lot of ways, the second category is even worse. When you just do not know – the pain is excruciating – and you find yourself, helplessly, watching for days that turn into weeks and even weeks that turn into months.

Did I mention I have been there?!?!

Because of my ancient little Prissy, I have to admit that I read this book with tears running down my face. I did, however, find great comfort in knowing that others have walked the path I’m currently on as well as the one that is ahead, that I still cannot bring myself to think of. This is a very helpful and important book for every pet lover to have, especially if they are no longer able to avoid this path.

Steps on How to Create a Blog

Blogs are now very popular and there is no question that even very young people have blogs. But how do you create a blog?

First off, you need to find a blog provider that will suit your needs. These can be free but if you do not know how to use HTML, you have to either make do with the available designs or templates for the web pages or search for other providers.

If you want other features like music or videos in your blog, you may have to pay extra as these features eat up bandwidth and providers only offer free services for the basic ones.

How to create a blog is no daunting task, there is no need to have knowledge regarding hypertext markup language or HTML since many blog sites or hosts have designed their services to be very user friendly.

The next step to create a blog is that you have to try to identify who you are. How your blog will look will say a lot about you as a person.

Girls often use pink and other light colors for their blog page backgrounds. Serious types have dark colors and hues. Others prefer animation. This will really depend on your personality type.

Now you can go ahead and design your blog page or blog site. If you have basic knowledge on HTML, you can use this knowledge to add life to your blog site such as moving words or moving animation figures.

After this, you need to register a domain name that will identify the blog site as you. Although this is fully optional but is still highly recommended.

There are a lot of websites that offer free registration of domain names as long as the domain name is available. Once this is done, you can start blogging and publishing your thoughts everyday.

Common Household Substances Toxic to Our Companion Animals and What to Do About Them

Whew, that’s a long name, but exactly what this article is about. So why beat about the bush? Which brings me to, well, bushes. Plants to be exact. Did you know several of our most favorite indoor and outdoor plants are quite toxic to our furry friends?

But I’m jumping ahead of myself as plants are third on the list of the 10 most poisonous substances found around our homes.

Quick overview: This article will offer basic information on the ten categories of common household items which our companion animals respond to very poorly if ingested. Then I’ll offer some information on items to be found in a pet first aid kit and also what to do if your pet is accidentally poisoned.

The ten most poisonous substances categories:

Human Medications are by far the leading pet poison. This includes all medications – both over the counter (please read Tylenol and other analgesics, as well as allergy medications, etc. here) and your prescription medications. Our curious pet friends too easily scoop up any stray pill, cap or lozenge they find on the floor.

Insecticides are second on this list. Sadly, it is most often the misuse of products created and purchased for use on our pets that cause the most harm. Flea and tick products cannot be applied cross-species, as the ingredients differ. What works on a dog’s physiology is dangerous to cats, and visa versa.

Now, we’ve arrived at plants, which are number three and four.

Five most dangerous indoor plants:

1. Cyclamen (hits both indoor and outdoor list)

2. Amaryllis

3. Pothos

4. Dieffenbachia or Dumb Cane

5. Schfflera arboricola (umbrella plant)

Five most dangerous outdoor plants:

1. Lilies (hits both indoor and outdoor lists)

2. Tulip and Narcissus bulbs

3. Azalea and Rhododendron

4. Oleander

5. Chrysanthemum

Fifth on our list is veterinary medicines. It seems that anxious pet parents sometimes dispense improperly or misapply the prescribed medications, including nutritional supplements.

Rodenticides are the sixth most commonly ingested poison by pets. Because these poisons are meant to attract and poison other small furry creatures, it stands to reason rodenticides smell rather delectable. Use of rat and mice killer is one very important area to follow all directions explicitly.

Next are household cleansers. Such cleansers (bleach, laundry powders, disinfectants, detergents) usually live under counters, or on low shelves or cabinets. These low areas are easily reached by curious paws and noses. These substances not only burn when ingested but also burn when inhaled. So simply the act of sniffing them out, nosing around to see what’s there, can be dangerous to your pet.

We’re almost to the end of this list. Number eight is heavy metals. Mostly the dangerous metals are found in linoleum, consumer electronics and in older homes, the flakes or dust of lead paint.

Garden products – both fertilizer and weed killer – can cause gastric problems and sometimes gastric obstructions to our outdoor furry friends.

And lastly we come to common household chemicals. Antifreeze is the main culprit, here. Although pool and spa Chemicals, paint thinner and drain cleaners are all quite dangerous to our pets. All cause gastrointestinal upset and respiratory difficulties.

Now comes the good part – What To Do If Your Pet Is Poisoned.

First and foremost – Stay Calm. I know it’s hard to do, but panic blocks your ability to respond quickly and appropriately and increases your pet’s stress. So breathe slowly and move gently. Gather together a sample of what your pet ingested, if possible, including the container.

Then, if your pet’s symptoms are life threatening – you know the one’s I mean: seizures, difficulty breathing, etc. – immediately take your pet to your veterinarian, along with the sample of item ingested. Phone your vet while on the way. This helps the staff prepare for you.

Otherwise, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is your best bet for quality and timely information. They are available 24 -7, and charge a $65.00 consultation fee. Their number is: 1-888-426-4435.

To better serve you they will ask the following specifics: age, breed, species, sex and weight of the animal involved, symptoms displayed, and what was ingested, as well as other questions – depending on the situation.

A Pet First Aid Kit is helpful to have on hand to support your pet in times of physical need.

The most important items you’ll need in that first aid kit are the names, and phone numbers of both your veterinarian and the ASPCA Poison Control Center. Other items include hydrogen peroxide, saline eye solution, artificial tear gel to use following eye flush, mild grease-cutting dish washing liquid for bathing after skin contamination, forceps for stinger removal, muzzle to prevent nipping by an anxious pet, and a pet carrier.

If you found this article helpful please follow my blog, Animals Galore ( ), to learn other health, wellness and training tips for our companion animals.

And You Thought Animated Ink Blots Were For Kids – Think Again

The hackers, sploggers, spammers, and now the splotchers are all part of the new digital age. So, you’ve probably heard of the Captcha Codes, those are the questions they ask prior to posting a comment on blog, Internet forum, or a news article that you wish to comment on. Well, it appears that all the artificial intelligent software programmers have figured a way to beat those systems.

According to an interesting article in New Scientist Tech on Nov 3, 2009 titled; “Animated ink-blot images keep unwanted bots at bay,” the article stated that now that you’re using these inkblots, which are animated, and keep changing as Captcha Codes. Interestingly enough, someone from India, who teaches future animation students who will be working on projects of outsourced animation from US studios, came up with the idea at the Indian Institute of technology in Delhi.

This might be the answer to stop all the sploggers and spammers and turn us all into a bunch of splatter splotchers, as we take a visual look at the ever changing inkblot images on the page, prior to posting our user information. Personally, I can tell you this having run blogs, and Internet forums with tens of thousands of posts, if this works, it could revolutionize interactive websites online.

After all, it pays to stay one step ahead of those who would go out of their way to ruin our online communication, merely to post their garbage and trash all over our society’s digital written record. Indeed, I hope you will please consider this, and if it gets to be widespread use, I hope you will use this on your website as well, because I believe it to be a great idea. Please think on this.

How to Create a Favicon and Add It to Your Website or Blog?

Favicons, also known as favorite icons is a custom icon that is associated with webpage or a blog and usually appears in the URL window, next to the web address. It also appears at the open tabs and the bookmarked links. All major types of browsers have the ability to display them.

How To create Favicon ico file?
The blog or the website owner should first of all decide on the type of icon to use. The creation of this icon can be a fun activity for many people but others can opt to look for online companies to help them in creating it. It is important that they consider this careful and select one that they will not change and something that people can remember. Once they have found the one they like, they should shrink it down to the icon size. Some can also opt to use the animated favicon but should ensure that their browsers can support it.

Users can use a favicon generator to come up with the beat type of image for their websites and blogs. The generators allow the users to come up with new icons or convert the existing format to the ICo format. The users are only required to upload the image and the generator will create its smaller version and the user will now be able to upload it on their website or blog.

Uploading to the Blog and Website
Uploading the favorite icon to the website is very easy. The user will be required to upload it to the root of the website for those who are hosted by use of their FTP program. They may also place the code to between the HTML head tags in order for the icon to appear as desired.

For those users with WordPress blogs, there is an alternative method of adding the icon. They are required to upload the file to the themes folder or add the code to the header PHP file in the theme folder.

The selection of the right type of icon for their websites will enhance their visual branding and makes it easier for the visitors to remember not only the website but also the content by glancing at it. It is therefore recommended that the users ensure they have selected the icon that reflects the content of their site.