Pets On Trains Act Would Let All Aboard—including 4-legged Commuters

A Hospice patient named Joan who was suffering from epilepsy and didn’t have much time left wanted photos with her cherished Black Labrador Retriever named Joy. The dog was her best friend and even saved Joan’s life on multiple occasions. She would let Joan know when her blood sugar was low or she was about to have a seizure. Courtesy Sarah Beth Photography Ernhart’s pictures help owners remember their deceased pets at their best. Joan’s friend booked the memorable session with Ernhart as a gift. It inspired her to start offering her services at a special, discounted rate for people whose pets only have a limited time left. The next month, Ernhart took pictures of a canine lover with a dying Bernese mountain dog. She knew that this service should have a name but couldn’t think of one. “I wanted (the name) to be more of a celebration.

Purina Hosts First-Ever Better With Pets Summit to Showcase Positive Relationships Between People and Pets

Email the author | Follow on Twitter on November 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM, updated November 21, 2013 at 2:57 PM Does your dog wear a houndstooth sweater or an orange and blue jersey on game days in the fall? Help us show off the cuter side of the ultimate Iron Bowl by sharing photos of your pets sporting Alabama or Auburn gear. Take a photo and a share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #IronBowlPets. You can also email your photos at photos@al.com . If you want to upload your own photos directly to AL.com, you can do that, too. Just go to al.com/photos , click the orange “Submit your photos” button. Find your photo and choose “Iron Bowl Pets 2013” as your gallery. You will have to have a free AL.com account for this option.

Pitted fruits such as plums and apricots are dangerous because dogs usually will not spit out the pits, which can cause obstructions. Many pits also contain cyanide. Avocados are not recommended for any pet, as they are toxic to most animals. Yeast dough may look yummy to a dog, but bakers should be careful when baking around their pets, cautioned Sackman. Dough expands in the stomach and can cause blockage. It also can sit in the stomach and ferment into alcohol. Heinis warns about xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can be fatal to dogs. Found in chewing gum, bread, cookies and other products, xylitol can increase a dogs insulin blood level, causing his sugar level to drop, which leads to a hypoglycemic state. My dogs and I have a routine that they dont get to eat anything unless its put down on the floor and I let them have it, Sackman said. Sackman added that cats have problems with the same foods, but onions are particularly dangerous to them. Onions in high concentration can cause cats to go into hemolytic anemia, a breakdown of the red blood cells. One source is baby food, which can contain onion powder; that can be as bad as the cat getting into the stuffing for the turkey dinner.

Iron Bowl pets: Send us photos of your animals in Alabama or Auburn gear (photos)

Caesar Rodriguez would love to bring his dogs Minnie, Donald and Daisy on board. You should have your pet wherever you want to go, just like people with kids, Rodriguez said. The way the law is right now, only service animals are allowed in the waiting area and on board. Some say it should be all aboard but with limitations. Its kind of a fun idea to bring your pet, but I know an awful lot of people who dont like pets and may be nervous or even afraid to be sitting next to someones dog, sometimes big dog, said Christine Miller. Owners would pay a fee, and their pets would hop on a pet-friendly car. All pet carriers would have to adhere to Amtraks current baggage policy, and those pets cant travel more than 750 miles.

Keeping your pets holiday healthy

Michelle Mills

20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –Purina hosted the first-ever Better With Pets Summit on Nov. 19, bringing together remarkable thinkers from a wide spectrum of culture to help broaden and advance the way relationships between pets and people are viewed. The daylong event held in New York City featured 16 speakers, including academics, pet behavior experts, performance artists and scientists. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/64417-purina-better-with-pets-summit-nyc (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131120/MM19429 ) “Purina is dedicated to celebrating the many benefits of pet ownership, for both people and for pets, and sharing our belief that pets and people are better together,” said Steve Crimmins, chief marketing officer, Nestle Purina PetCare Company. “As a leader in the pet care industry, we are honored to bring together these remarkable individuals to share their unique expertise and experiences with pets.” Speakers and presenters included Beth Stern, an animal welfare advocate and author; Dr. Marty Becker, also known as “America’s Veterinarian”; Simon Tofield, cartoonist and author of “Simon’s Cat”; Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit; and several Purina scientists and researchers. Speaker topics included the healing power of pets, the exploding popularity of pets online, an understanding of pet pain management, and food trends for people and pets. Presentations included a live dance ensemble of the co-evolution of people and pets, a look at how human food can inspire the creation of pet food, and a view of the world from a dog’s perspective. “As an advocate for service dog accessibility, I know first-hand how pets help people, and people help pets -both emotionally and physically,” said John Hockenberry, host of public radio’s “The Takeaway” and master of ceremonies of the Better With Pets Summit. “The Better With Pets Summit is a great way for pet people of all backgrounds to advance conversations around people and pets.” For more information about the inaugural Better With Pets Summit, and to view and share presentations and performances from the event, visit http://www.BetterwithPets.com . About Nestle Purina Nestle Purina PetCare Company is a global leader in the pet care industry and promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestle Purina is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestle Purina is part of Swiss-based Nestle, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company.

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