Thursday, December 31, 2009

Colored Pencil Pet Portrait

Just gave this colored pencil portrait to my grandson for Christmas. It took me about one week to complete. I used Prismacolor colored pencils and worked from a photo of Jo Jo (that's his cat's name).

My grandson was thrilled with the portrait and wants one of his other cat, Zoey.

If anyone is interested in a pet portrait, just email me for pricing at

A high quality photograph is all I need to get started.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Herbal Tea Offers Relief for Aging Dogs

I find myself steeping a hot cup of herbal tea to relax my nerves and warm my bones on cold, winter nights. I never thought about making a cup for my 15 year old beagle! Then I saw an advertisement for The Honest Kitchen’s new Herbal Tea for dogs. The Honest Kitchen makes holistic pet foods with human-grade ingredients.

This herbal tea for dogs is named Lithe and it is the first of its kind. Honest Kitchen’s tea recipe was developed to stimulate healthy bones and joint mobility in older dogs. The loose leaf tea is made by steeping in hot water just like you make your own herbal tea. The dog tea can be served at room temp or warm. It is also ideal for moistening dry dog food, especially if your dog has trouble chewing crunchy food.

The herbal tea for dogs is blended with anti-inflammatory ingredients that also promote a healthy circulatory system. These ingredients include:

*White willow bark
*Red clover

The cost for Lithe tea for dogs is $16 for 6 ounces and can be ordered online at The Honest Kitchen. I haven’t tried the tea yet but I’m planning on buying 6 oz. for my old beagle. He has trouble walking up and down the stairs now and is really lame when first waking up from a nap. Hopefully, the tea will alleviate his joint pain during the cold, winter months.

Next time you make yourself a cup of tea, include your dog as well.

Resource: Pet Gazette, Dec. 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Swine Flu H1N1 in Cats

Did you know that cats can be infected with H1N1 flu, as well as dogs, ferrets, and people? Does Your Cat Have Swine Flu written by Deborah Maher that tells you what to look for if you suspect your cat has the swine flu - H12N1.

This is good information to print and keep a copy for referring to if your cat becomes ill. Pass the link along to other cat owners you know.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Pig's Ears and Cow Hooves Recalled

The following pig's ears and cow hooves have been recalled. You might want to check to see if you have purchased any of these particular dog treats. They are packaged under various names, so check them out.

Pet Carousel, manufacturers of pig ears and beef hooves, has begun a recall of these products because the products may be contaminated with the bacteria Salmonella.

The affected pig ear products were packaged under the brand names Doggie Delight, Pork Tasteez and Pet Carousel.

The beef hooves were packaged under the brand names Choo Hooves, Dentley's, Doggie Delight, and Pet Carousel.

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