You Know That Both Cedar and Pine Bedding Can Be Harmful
To Your Pets Health?
small animal owner should be aware of the following
facts: Pine shavings as well as Cedar, causes liver
disease in small animals. Most veterinarians have
been aware of the problems associated with cedar shavings
for years now, but it doesnt appear to be common
knowledge that pine shavings are equally dangerous
to our companion animals. In the late 1980s,
not knowing of these studies, the House Rabbit Society
of California discovered that rabbits who had pine
shavings in their litter boxes were coming down with
liver disease. The bottom line is, if pine and cedar
are too dangerous for laboratory animals that researchers
are planning to kill anyway, then they are certainly
too dangerous for our pets.
months profile is on: PEKINGESE
centuries, ownership of the Pekingese was restricted
to members of the Chinese Imperial Court. Venerated
as bringers of good luck, the elegant little lion
dogs lived a pampered and were not seen outside their
country of origin until after 1860. In that year,
British troops stormed the Summer Palace at Peking.
Most of the palace dogs were put to death to prevent
their live capture by the British. But five of the
little things were found guarding the body of their
mistress, an imperial princess, who had taken her
own life. These five Pekingese were bought to Britain
and they, plus a few imported at a later date formed
the basis of the modern Pekingese breed.
of the captured dogs was presented to Queen Victoria,
who named him Looty. Royal approval plus
the romantic legends surrounding the breed brought
instant popularity to the Peke. This self-important
toy breed weighs 14lb. maximum. Richly coated, all
colors are admissible. The peke carries himself proudly,
and while he may appear somewhat aloof with strangers,
the breed is loyal and protective of home and family.
The double coat should be brushed daily; eyes, ears,
and nose wrinkles checked regularly and gently cleaned
as needed. Exercise needs are minimal. This breed
does not like the heat.
Secrets of the Groom Shop
favorite grooming rules are the unwritten ones.
If youve been in this business long enough,
you probably know them all by heart, but let me
do a quick run through for any grooming greenhorns:
Buy extra towels during rainy season. No one walks
the dog when the weather is bad.
you hear the words Cocker Spaniel think
mat contests and piddle puddles.
you hear the words Lhasa Apso, think
steel jawed traps, even if they are outlawed in
you tell the owner you will call when the dog is
ready, expect that person to call you within two
hours to ask if their dog is ready.
always wince when you tell them its time to get
your dog neutered; women dont.
the owner tells you Fluffy is a little nervous,
get your animal handler gloves, a complete selection
of muzzles, and the Elizabethan collar.
groom the day after Thanksgiving. Leftover turkey
is the most effective laxative known to dogs.
matter what its name is, the one last dog
you squeeze in on a hair-raising busy day will hereafter
be known as Cujo.
most likely time for the plumbing to seize up, a
major flu epidemic to decline the staff, the dryers
to quit, the computer to crash and a plague of locusts
to attack is a holiday week.
most generous tipper drives an old economy car and
owns a sweet beagle that you can groom in fifteen
minutes, start to finish. The stingiest one, who
doesnt even tip at Christmas, drives a new
sports utility vehicle and owns a matted chow that
only comes in twice a year.
couples, even newlyweds always blame each other
for the deplorable condition of their dog: My
husband said he was going to brush it.
the day your old flame drops by, you will be having
the mother of all bad hair days and sporting a huge
cold sore on your lip.
smell is sweeter that puppy breath and none is more
toxic than Bulldog gas.
those days when you are on the top of your game,
there is absolutely no happier place to be than
a grooming shop and no job in the world better than