Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day


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I have a special place in my heart for every single animal who has made an impact on my life, whether it was one I used to visit at the shelter, a friend’s pet or even my own like; Stewart, Sparkles, Shadow, Piggy and of course my dear girl Sparky. She was my sister, best friend, keeper of secrets, shoulder to cry on, and most of all family. I don’t regret anything that has ever happened in my life except ONE THING! It is that I left her to move to Fort McMurray for work. I worked shift work (21 days on 7 off) and with those 7 off I would go home to BC to see her and my dad. It seems that every time I returned to work my dad would tell me how weak/bad Sparky is getting for instance not being able to hold her bowels and getting sick all of the time. I returned home after my shift and she acted fine, she acted as if nothing was wrong. Some may say I am crazy but I’m 100% sure she knew that I needed her to be strong while I was home so she put on an act. This went on for quite some time, I treasured each day I had with her and before I would head back to work I would cuddle her and tell her to as silly as this seems “stay alive for me” as I couldn’t bare having her leave me. I didn’t think that the last time I was home and said those words to her would really be the last time I would say that to her.
PicMonkey Collage1I was up at work and my dad called me after I finished my shift telling me that Sparky had to be put down as she had just went downhill and there was no way to come back up. I couldn’t describe to anyone the pain I felt that day which continues to this day. I locked myself into my camp room for a few days and wouldn’t eat, drink or do anything but be sad. I would give anything to have one more day with her. I know everyone always has the fear of having someone you love leave you. Its something very hard and takes a lot of strength to return to normal but I will say that it does get easier and one thing that made me finally come to terms with that she was gone was getting a memorial tattoo on my foot (seen in the photo below). Every time I see it I smile as I remember all of the great times we had growing up. If you have this fear about adopting an animal don’t let this stop you from saving another life. Sparky’s memory will always live on and I will always continue to ADOPT animals without the fear of losing them. I want my furfamily members to live the best life they could possibly live!
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There is an online Facebook event going on right now where you can post a photo of the ones that have journeyed to the rainbow bridge. Click Here –> https://www.facebook.com/events/738793802913708/

Rainbow-Bridge-Day-hopWe are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by http://www.purrprintsoftheheart.com
I’ve added the link below where you can find other bloggers posts all about Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day.

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The K9 EPILEPSY Community ROCKS!


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“Seizures are the result of muscle responses to an abnormal nerve-signal burst from the brain. They are a symptom of an underlying neurological dysfunction. Toxic Substances, metabolic or electrolyte abnormalities and/or imbalances cause an uncoordinated firing of neurons in the cerebrum of the brain, creating seizures from mild to severe” (Quote Credit: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/overview.html).

We are forever grateful for the k9 EPILEPSY community. What is life like with a dog who has Canine Epilepsy? With Rolo some days are completely normal and some are immensely hard especially after & during a seizure, not to mention the constant worrying that comes from me at all times of the day. Pet parents of EPI dogs are strong, they have to be! Having to take care of a life that isn’t just feed, walk, play & sleep can sometimes get exhausting, but the look in their eyes shows that they are forever grateful for all that you do is well worth it. Those nights where you are woken up in the middle of the night because of a seizure and stay awake with them all through the night to console them, than drive to work and work a full day. That is love.  We adopted Rolo June 23, 2011 knowing that he had Canine Epilepsy. As soon as we adopted him I joined some EPI Communities on Facebook to chat with other pet parents as well as give and get advice when needed. We became friends with a whole bunch of them instantly! We may have never met but we all have a connection, and its the love for our EPI dogs. If you have an EPI dog check out some of the resources available online and on Facebook. They are so helpful and everyone is so amazing!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Special EPI Days:
March 26th – Purple Day
2nd Monday in February – International Epilepsy Day
August 8th – Ruger’s Paws (a day of kindness, started by EPI Warrior Ruger)
Month of November – Epilepsy Awareness Month
(for more information about any of these days,
email us info@confessionsofarescuemom.com)

Here are some of our favorite items available online that donate a portion of their proceeds to help out EPI Dogs, whether it is with research or providing financial assistance and medication. Do you have a company that donates a portion of your proceeds to Canine Epilepsy? Contact us and we will be sure to share it!

15-JanuaryCanine Epilepsy Calendar (I spy Rolo!)
This is a big fundraiser and sends donations to Emma’s Fund and The Wally Foundation. The calendars are high quality, glossy and  feature real dogs (and their friends) from the EPI-K9 Community. Get yours here –> Click Here
(Photo Credit Below: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com)

Arctichouse Publishing AKA The FiveSibes. Arctichouse Publishing has been very generous with donating proceeds from their EPI items to various Canine Epilepsy Resources. All of their items are available for purchase through their website –> Click Here

bookEPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life with Canine Epilepsy. This book features real life stories & photos about EPI dogs from all around the world including my very own Rolo. A Portion of the proceeds are donated to “Emma’s Fund” which is located at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, so they can continue to do research and trial work in the neurology field as well as Canine Epilepsy.

What’s Wrong With Gibson:
This book is perfect to explain to children what Canine Epilepsy is as told by the FiveSibes and their EPI Brother Gibson. A portion of the proceeds from this book are donated to “Emma’s Fund. We did a book review on this a while back. Check it out here –> Click Here

Purple EPI “Live Gib Strong” Bracelets: These comfy silicone bracelets are only $2 each and $1 from each bracelet is donated to various EPI Charitable Organizations. We got ours!

Live Gib Strong T-shirt: Raise awareness about Canine Epilepsy by sporting this adorable shirt around town. Again a portion of the proceeds are donated to “Emma’s Fund”

 knottytoysKnotty Toys for Good Dogs: Knotty toys makes help toys for your pets. They feel hemp is a safe, natural alternative to nylon or synthetics. All of their products are Eco-friendly, all natural, non toxic and handmade in Canada(woot woot!). $1 from each toy sold will be donated to the Wally Foundation. The Wally Foundation provides financial assistance to the owners of canine epileptics and dog rescue groups to obtain medications and veterinary services. These can be purchased here –> Click Here
(Photo Credit: Knotty Toys Facebook Page)

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Gibbie Snacks from House Woof Dog Biscuits in Vermont.

Gibbie Snacks are specially formulated for our EPI dogs.A 14oz bag holds handmade small cubed dog treats made with oatmeal, green beans, carrots, sweet potato, zucchini, parsley and lean beef. From every bag sold House Woof will donate $1.00 to the Wally Foundation. To order check out their site –> Click Here
(Photo Credit: http://www.housewoofdogbiscuits.com)

I want to share this piece from Victoria at Blu’s Tale Foundation, She is the EPI mom to Blu. Blu’s Tale Foundation was created to raise awareness about Canine Epilepsy and all that they do is inspiring! You can visit their Facebook page at : www.facebook.com/blustalefoundation

“What is Canine Epilepsy…..
I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately. I set up a support group because over Easter 2013 Rob and I went through something we have not been through since and would never want to go through again… Unfortunately many of our facebook friends go through it on a regular basis some every 10 days…. But that weekend taught us a lot and how there is not much out there for Canine Epilepsy, not much support, not much awareness and very little known about it….

So what is Epilepsy…. Epilepsy is a condition, its not a disease and its not an illness. Its not something you can catch, its not something you can cure. Epilepsy is a killer and many pups have sucomed to its curse. If you are lucky you can manage it with medication for how long nobody really knows, but you hope and you pray that you have just enough of the right combination of medication that will keep the seizures at bay without harming your baby. Because the other side to Epilepsy is the medication, some of the medication we have to give to our best friends becomes their enemy, worse than the seizure, some of the medication attacks their livers or their kidneys, so you see for some pups its the medication that takes them away from us.blu Many owners and pups live with Canine Epilepsy everyday… probably more than you can imagine… But live with it we do… We give our pups the medication they need all hours of night and day, every night and day without fail…. we watch over them constantly, the slightest twitch the slightest move and you watch, you wait. Its like a stalker, or a ticking time bomb, you think you have got rid of it but its always lurking about… Is it now, will it be tonight, will it be tomorrow or next week. You see our pups can not tell us, not one single word, and they never complain. Then out of the blue the seizure hits and you stay close by, you stay up all night to make sure they are ok, you wait and pray no more. When the next one hits you know it is going to be a long day and pray your pup is strong enough get through it. You get your diazepam, your honey, your ice cream, your ice pack, any slight hope that that one thing will give them just enough break so that they can gain the strength to stop that next seizure from coming…. but sometimes the seizures are to strong and fast and this is the time you know you need help. You take your pups to the vets, you know its going to cost the earth but you don’t care you just want the seizures to Stop… They take your baby with loving arms and they do all they can within their power…. You go home you cry, you ask why, you beg for it to stop, that you will both have the strength to get through the night to keep up the fight, you are in the loneliest place ever, you could be surrounded by people but you are alone…. then morning comes and sometimes your fresh start and you pray this is the time that we beat it, but its that one time, the hardest decision you will make in your life… your trusted friend, not very old the seizures have taken hold, and you summon all the courage in the world you know in your heart of hearts what must be done. You hold them tight and tell them they are the best in the world, there is no more fight, be free and collect your silver wings, you have done well my friend but its now time to sleep….

So the next time you are asked what is Canine Epilepsy please say it is a condition not an illness, not much is known, and no cure is found, but that I know the strongest fighters and the most dedicated owners, that fight each and everyday and will never give up the fight until we have won the day.
(Paragraph & Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/blustalefoundation)

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Happy #NationalDogDay


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Today is National Dog Day, even though I am sure all your dog lovers celebrate this daily. Today is a day dedicated on the “Pet Calendar” to our furries! This day was created back in 2004 by Colleen Paige, a pet & family lifestyle expert and big animal advocate. Does that name sound familiar? She also founded, National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day, National Cat Day and various other important pet days!

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“National Dog Day serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.” (Paragraph Credit: http://www.nationaldogday.com)

I want to share some of my all time favorite dog quotes:
“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source” – Doris Day

“I gave you my house when you were alone, When I walk thru the door it now feels like home, Tail wagging and waiting our bond quickly grew , Now tell me who rescued who?” – Unknown

“Saving just one dog won’t save the world, but surely it will change the world for that one dog” – Unknown

IMG_6434Looking for some ways to celebrate National Dog Day with your furry family members?
Check out National Dog Days official page for some ideas below.
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Pet Blogger Spotlight – Fur Everywhere


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Today on our blog we are learning all about fellow pet blogger; Sierra from Fur Everywhere. Which I think is a very fitting name for a pet blog! She blogs about all things cat and you can find an abundance of information on her blog page including product reviews & giveaways –> (http://fureverywhere.blogspot.ca/p/reviews-giveaways.html

*Who is filling out this interview?
Sierra Koester

*Where are you from?
Denver, CO.

*Tell me a little about yourself?
I am a cat lover and am owned by two kitties. I’ve always loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian when I was growing up. I’ve been a freelance writer and professional blogger since 2006 and love what I do. In addition to being a writer, I volunteer with a local cat shelter, Cat Care Society. I socialize the kitties in the shelter regularly, which makes them more adoptable, and I write blog posts for the shelter’s website.

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*What is your blog called?
Fur Everywhere.

*When did you start blogging?
I began Fur Everywhere in 2006.

*Why did you start blogging?
I’ve always loved kitties, and I wanted to share my passion with others. I began Fur Everywhere as a way to entertain cat lovers and to inform them about important cat issues.

*How often do you blog? Is it a set schedule or random posts?
I do my best to blog every weekday. I have a set schedule for the type of posts I will do each day. On Mondays, I participate in Mancat Monday. On Tuesdays, I participate in the Opt to Adopt blog hop, where bloggers features animals who need forever homes. On Wednesdays, I feature product reviews and giveaways. I remember my cat, Jewel, who went to the Rainbow Bridge last August, on Thursdays by posting photos and stories about her. On Fridays, I blog about a cat-related topic, such as a cat health condition, cat care tips, breed profiles, or cat behavioral issues.

*What is your blog about?
Fur Everywhere is all about cats.

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(Above Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/FurEverywhere)

*Do you have any animals?
Yes, I have two cats. Carmine is an adorable orange tabby, and Milita is a beautiful lynx-point Siamese.

*What do you hope to achieve with your blog in 2015?
I hope to continue to entertain and inform cat lovers. I want to continue to raise awareness about homeless cats who need loving homes as well, focusing specifically on senior and special needs cats. I also hope to work with more brands and book authors this year.

*Have you ever attended any Blog Conferences? If so, what ones and how was it?
I have not had the opportunity to attend any blogging conferences thus far. My dream is to attend a BlogPaws Conference next year. I would love the opportunity to meet my blogging colleagues and friends as well as to connect with brands and learn how to make Fur Everywhere an even better blog.

*Any special events or appearances coming up?
I will be working at some of Cat Care Society’s events this summer and fall. Specifically, I plan to work at Cat Care’s Festival of Felines and the Tails of the Painted Cats Gala. I also plan to attend Denver’s Pet Expo this summer.

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*What do you get inspiration from?
I get a lot of inspiration from Carmine and Milita. The kitties at Cat Care also provide me with inspiration. I regularly read cat books, magazines, blogs, and online articles that give me inspiration as well.

*Any advice for someone wanting to start a Pet Blog?
I would encourage anyone wanting to start an animal blog to connect with other bloggers. BlogPaws has a great community of pet bloggers who are happy to help you along the way. Additionally, the Cat Blogosphere is an amazing place to meet cat bloggers.

*What are some of your favorite pet blogs to read?
There are so many great blogs out there that it’s hard to pick favorites! I really love reading The Island Cats, Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows, Sparkle the Designer Cat Featuring Summer, The Conscious Cat, and Brian’s Home.

*Anything else you would like to add?
I want to say a big thank you to all of my readers who visit Fur Everywhere regularly. I appreciate you all so much!

*Come Connect With Fur Everywhere:
Website: http://fureverywhere.blogspot.com
Email: fureverywhere@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FurEverywhere?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FurEverywhere
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fureverywhere/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101435547963075029620/posts

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FMSPCA Paws in the Park August 29th!


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As you all know Rolo is a proud former resident of the Fort McMurray SPCA and he loves spreading awareness about all of their events. Join Rolo & I August 29th at Howard Pew Park (Located in Waterways) from 1:00pm-4:00pm for a fun-filled afternoon. This event is in support of..you guessed it! The Fort McMurray SPCA, after all they provide services to the abused, abandoned and homeless animals as well as educational programming for the youth in our region. This event is ALWAYS a ton of fun for every age and your pets are sure to have a blast as well.

logoWhat can you expect at this event:
*Fun Games & activities for the kids
*Bouncy Castle
*Come hungry! There is a BBQ
*Raffles & Amazing Silent Auction Items
*Get informed at some safety booths
*Enter your pet into the Bow Wow beauty contest
*Consult a Vet at the “Ask the Vet booth”
*Say Cheese in the photo booth
*Take part in the Pledge Walk!
(Photo Credit Above: FMSPCA Facebook Page)

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Todd Mills is an amazing photographer! He is always taking  photos at all of the Fort McMurray FMSPCA Events. Here are some links to past Paws in the Parks events:

2014: https://www.flickr.com/photos/70297805@N00/sets/72157647701169617
2013: https://www.flickr.com/photos/70297805@N00/sets/72157635495045851

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This year they Fort McMurray SPCA has added in a BBQ Cook Off competition in which people or businesses can participate for prizes (and of course bragging rights).
There are 2 categories (Chili or Ribs -$40 registration for 1 category) with prizes awarded to the top 3 scoring teams of each category selected by judges, as well as “People’s Choice” and “best of the day” selected by the public! Even though I am a vegetarian, Rolo is still licking his lips!
(Photo Credit: FMSPCA Facebook Page)

Join the Facebook Event —> https://www.facebook.com/events/1658552141027846/

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Pet Spotlight – Chico & Lucy


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Today on our blog we are spotlighting two adorable dogs who have been adopted into a fabulous home. Chico & Lucy are both rescues, one from the west coast and the other from the east coast. Learn all about them below, as told by their mom Patricia. Keep Calm & Adopt On!

*What is your name?
Patricia & Jeff Morrison (filled out by Patricia)

*Where are you from?
St. John’s, NL and live in Fort McMurray, AB
inthekitchen*What is your pet(s): (Age, Breed & Name)?
*Lucy – will be 10 on December 21 & she is Chihuahua mix
*Chico – estimated between 3-5 – we gave him his new birthday as July 18 (they day we got him and brought him home) and we said that he was 4 and celebrate July 18 each year after and he is also Chihuahua mix

*What are some interesting facts about your pet(s)?
Lucy was adopted as a pup from the SPCA Bay of Islands, Corner Brook, NL – she has many nicknames – Chicken Licken, Poopy Pants and my husband calls her the most spoiled dog in Fort McMurray. She Smiles!! And loves to suck her feet!!

Chico we recently rescued from the SPCA Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. I follow them on FB and saw Chico(Formerly Trick) and fell in love. I then found out he was being fostered in Vancouver so I started to talk to my husband Jeff. We decided to go through the adoption process and a couple of days later we were told that we could adopt! Within 5 days we were both on a plane to Vancouver where on July 18, 2015 we picked up our Chico. He came into the Sanctuary in PV with an injured leg. They operated and then aqua therapy but it didn’t work and ended with amputated. But you wouldn’t believe how resilient this pup is…nothing stops him.

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 *What is your pet (s) favorite treat?
both totally love leftover Keg Steak! (Rolo loves keg steak too!)

*What is your pet(s) favorite trick?
*Lucy smiles when she is happy
*Chico amazes up every day – he likes to jump after flies

*Where is your pet(s) favorite place to go?
they both love to hear – wanna go for a walk??

*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
would rescue always – would never purchase a particular breed (We like mutts too!)

onthe couch*What’s your favorite thing to do with your pet(s)?
love Saturday morning snuggles on the couch

*What is your favorite quote?
“A house is never lonely where a loving dog waits” and “You don’t own a dog, you have a dog and your dog has you”

*Do your pets (s) love to go for car rides?
Sometimes – not the ones that end in nail clipping or vet visits

*Anything extra you would like to add?
I think that giving more awareness to the SPCA PV would help so many more animals. How easy and affordable the adoption fees are considering costs of flights to get them here..

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Almost Dancing with #wild #animals


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Rolo and I love going out exploring behind our house in Fort McMurray as there is a trail system nearly 20 steps Untitledaway from us. I do prefer walking back there in the winter as its peaceful and the bears are sleeping. Normally I do bring bear spray and a little pocket knife with myself for safety as a precaution. The one time that I didn’t, something could have happened, which may have ended badly with an injury to myself, Rolo or both of us but thankfully we came home unharmed. Rolo and I set out on our little walk stopping various times to take some photos. We continued on down the pathway that lines the houses, woods on one side, houses on the other. We made it to our mark and turned around. Rolo’s sniffer was going crazy as always, so it really was like any other walk we have gone on. The area of town that I live in has it’s very own Facebook page, we always stay up to date with whats going on in the area, whether its garage sales, people out vandalizing or lost pets. It’s a great place for information.

Well just 5 minutes after we got home, someone posted that there was a pack of wolves that headed down right where we were, then headed into the bushes. Could have been wolves, could have been coyotes but still a wild animal is a wild animal and you should always take precaution, no matter what! I sat there thinking, what if? What if it was a pack of some sorts that ran into Rolo and I and started to surround us? Let me tell you, I wouldn’t care what type of animal it was, I would be there making sure they didn’t lay a paw on Rolo! Momma Bear instincts would kick in! No one knows what would have gone on and I am ever so thankful that we didn’t have a run in with whatever they were, especially a pack! It’s best to do your research online as to what to do with specific animals in your area.

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1. Do not wear headphones.
2. Make noise; talk loudly or sing.
3. Let someone know where you are going.
4. Bring along some bear spray.
5. Keep pets leashed.
6. Bring Cellphone, if service available.
7. Carry Bear Bells.

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1. First & foremost, Do NOT Panic and do NOT run.
2. Give the animal a way out, do not block an exit.
3. Slowly Back Away, backwards.

If you find the predator coming closer with interest, it’s time to intimidate by using noise and body language. Put your arms up in the air to make yourself look bigger.  Nearby stick? Grab it. Anything to protect yourself. Hopefully you or I do not ever run into an animal in the wild but it’s always best to be prepared and brush up on some information just in case. Stay Safe Everyone!

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