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Those who love their pets tend to enjoy all animals. Our animal owners are no different. Check in on News-Herald staffers Robin Palmer and Cheryl Sadler as they share their own animal tales and announce upcoming events in Lake and Geauga counties.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer heat is dangerous for dogs

Pets Best Insurance cautions pet owners to keep animals safe in the summer heat.

Pets Best lists several warning signs of heat stroke among dogs, including:
  • Rapid breathing and heart rate
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Bright red gums
  • Seizures
  • Collapsing
More information from a Pets Best news release:
Among the most common and dangerous risks for canines is heat stroke, which occurs when a dog’s body temperature exceeds 106 degrees and it faces potential damage to the brain and other organs. Fair-skinned and short-coated white dogs are also highly susceptible to excessive sun exposure, which can lead to sun burn and skin cancer.

Many pet owners are likely unaware of how quickly heat stroke and other heat-related issues can occur in canines. The risks are especially high if a dog is left inside a car, even on days with mild temperatures. On a seemingly cool summer day of 68 degrees, the temperature inside a car can jump to 81 degrees within a mere 10 minutes. After an hour, the temperature inside the car can reach 115 degrees, a deadly level for dogs.

To prevent heat-related illnesses, Pets Best recommends avoiding outdoor activities during the middle of the day, when temperatures peak. It is also important to ensure dogs have access to shade and water while they enjoy the outdoors. If a dog is showing signs of heat stroke, pet owners should immediately move the dog to an air-conditioned area and seek veterinary care.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Moving sale benefits Caroline's Kids cat shelter

A moving sale to benefit Caroline’s Kids Pet Rescue will be Aug. 1 to 3 at 37455 Park Ave., corner of Park and Buckeye avenues in Willoughby.

There will be furniture, beds, small appliances, many brand new and gently used household and misc. items, tools, and much more.

All money raised will benefit the 280 cats at Caroline’s Kids cat shelter in Concord Township.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mutt Strut 2013 pledge walk helps Lake Humane Society


August 10, 2013: Lake Humane Society is hosting their 19th Annual Mutt Strut at Mentor Municipal Center on Saturday, August 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mutt Strut is an annual pledge walk benefiting the injured, abused and abandoned animals at Lake Humane Society, a non-profit animal shelter. Members of the community can show their support and attend this event after collecting donations for the animals. Walkers are welcome to bring their dogs along to join in on the day of fun (as long as they are dog and people-friendly)! Fundraisers who raise $25 or more get free admission and a complimentary Mutt Strut t-shirt (while supplies last).

Mutt Strut includes many fun activities, such as: live music by Dan McCoy, canine games and contests, information on Lake Humane’s programs and services, an agility course provided by our friends at PetWorks, face painting and crafts for the children, demonstrations, a Chinese Auction and so much more! To showcase some of the shelter’s adoptable dogs, LHS puts on an adorable runway show called “Project Ruffway.” But that’s not all! The event also features a huge variety of vendors who make up the “Mutt Mall” where guests can do some shopping for them and their pooch! The event is rain or shine!

Mutt Strut gives the community an opportunity to get involved and help support their local animal shelter. Lake Humane Society is a non-profit animal shelter which receives no government or state funding of any sort. The organization relies solely on contributions made by their community. 100% of the proceeds made at this fundraiser will go towards the care of the thousands of animals that enter the shelter each year. This event is loads of fun for families, people of all ages and their dogs. This year, raising pledges is easier than ever with the use of an online fundraising tool, FirstGiving.

To start raising pledges online today using FirstGiving, visit:

For more information, please visit Lake Humane Society’s website at: or call the shelter at (440) 951-6122. For regular updates, like their Facebook page at:

— Information from a news release

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Eat at Tony Sacco's and help Lake Humane Society

Tony Sacco’s and Lake Humane Society present

An Event to Benefit the Animals at Lake Humane Society

Thursday, July 25, 2013: Enjoy a delicious meal from Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza on Thursday, July 25th from 11:00 am-9:00 pm and 15% of your total bill (excluding tax and tip) will benefit the homeless animals at Lake Humane Society. Tony Sacco’s is located at Great Lakes Mall in Mentor (7850 Mentor Avenue). This fundraiser is valid on both dine in and carry out!

Tony Sacco’s will be collecting donations on behalf of the Lake Humane Society up until the event. To learn how you can help by making donations, check out Lake Humane’s Wish List which can be found on their website at

During this fundraising event, Lake Humane Society will be holding an Adopt-a-Thon inside the mall (near the Tony Sacco’s entrance). There will be a variety of different adoptable animals looking for homes and special adoption fees for the event. There will also be a bunch of information on the shelter for the supporters of the event to get more involved!

Lake Humane Society is celebrating their 75th year as a private, non-profit animal shelter in Lake County, Ohio. Lake Humane Society’s mission is to provide a gentle and caring haven for the homeless, abandoned, and injured animals of Lake County and persevere in defending and protecting animal life through education, integrity, and leadership. LHS is a non-profit humane society which relies solely on donations.

For more information, visit
— Information from a Lake Humane Society news release

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Event in Chardon to benefit blind cats

The Animal Clinic of Chardon will partner with the nonprofit, all-volunteer “Abandoned Animal Welfare” cat rescue organization for a benefit from noon to 4 p.m. July 14 at the clinic, 656 Water St. in Chardon.

The benefit’s proceeds will help the Mentor-based AAW, which recently merged with the Cleveland-headquartered Save Our Strays, to pay for the extensive care of five rescued blind brother-and-sister cats.

The three males and two females were confined in cages for seven years (from the time they were kittens).

At the time of their rescue in February, their cages were filthy, the cats were malnourished and sick, and they had massive eye infections.

They had varying degrees of blindness as kittens, but the untreated infections resulted in the complete loss of vision for two of them, and the ability to only see shadows for the other three cats. None of the males had been neutered and only one of the females was spayed. The cats were infested with fleas, worms, and other parasites.

Ray, an orange tabby, was in the worst condition. Further examination revealed that he had an old spinal injury and a possible abdominal mass.  Unfortunately, Ray was also suffering from quickly progressing kidney failure. Despite all the efforts of AAW and ACOC, this affectionate feline succumbed to the years of neglect and poor living conditions and died May 25.

“We take comfort in knowing that Ray’s last few months were the best he ever had,” said AAW founder (and Save Our Strays board member) Barb Clark. “He experienced petting, comfort, and love.  It was obvious that Ray cherished all the love bestowed upon him.  He would often fall asleep in the arms of a volunteer, which was his favorite thing to do.”

The two surviving males are currently in the cageless AAW facility, and the two females are in a foster home. Stevie, one of the blind male cats, will be at the event for attendees to “meet and greet.”

Clark said the benefit will help pay for the sizeable expenses of veterinary care, food, etc. for the blind cats. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the “Angel Fund,” a program at ACOC that assists with veterinary bills for people who cannot afford them, or for animals in need without homes.

Gertie, a canine “senior citizen” who was found nearly frozen to death this past winter, is one of ACOC’s most recent beneficiaries of the Angel Fund.
She will also be at the event for a “meet and greet.”

Tickets for the benefit are $25 for adults 21 and older, and $15 for ages 20 and younger.

The fee will cover wood-fired pizza (baked on-site and donated by Wood Fire Catering & Baking owner Mark Paluckas), soft drinks, and other refreshments for all attendees, but drinks with alcohol are only included for the 21 and over age group. (I.D. will be required.)

Two Reebok bicycles (one designed for a man, and the other for a woman) will be raffled off, and are currently on display at ACOC.

Raffle tickets, which are $10 each or three for $25, can be purchased in advance at the clinic or during the fundraiser).

There will also be a “money tree” door prize at the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets (or to make a tax-deductible donation to help the blind cats and/or the Angel Fund), call Melissa at 440-759-9872, or email

Reservations and payments (or donations) can also be mailed to: Abandoned Animal Welfare, P.O. Box 1152, Mentor, OH 44060.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Ponderings by Picasso

No, I haven't been on vacation or to some far-off country on sabbatical.

The reason for my lack of pondering is I've been dealing with some medical issues.

It seems that at age 16 (I know that's like a million in human years) my kidneys are slowly calling it quits.

To make up for their lack of ability, the human has been taking me to the vets for a "fluid" injection once a week.

I hate being stuffed in a carrier, forced to ride in a car and taken to a place that smells of dog.

Well, you know what they say about paybacks.

Each morning, and I mean the wee hours of the morning, I start waking up the human.

 I jump up on the bed and get right in her face and meow until she gets up and either gives me fresh food or water.

I repeat this annoying behavior every two hours.

As for my medical problem, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.

But, the human is.

Later, P.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fourth of July pet safety

The Fourth of July is a festive time, but it can be scary for pets. Check out these tips from Pets Best Insurance:

Pets Best previously published Top 5 tips for Fourth of July Pet Health and Safety, which are worth reviewing, even if your holiday celebrations aren't going to include your four-legged, furry friends.

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