If you want to learn about holistic animal remedies and therapies that can help your animal live a longer, healthier, and happier life, this e-zine is for you. It will primarily focus on dogs, cats, and horses but if a reader wants to learn about rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, lizards, snakes, doves, parrots, etc., then I'll be more than happy to discuss health care for these animals as I've helped provide care for them for over 16 years.

This month's News is about pet toothpaste and cat vitamin recalls, canine rabies challenge studies, and SNAP clinic dates. Helpful Tips focuses on tips for giving and holiday tips and precautions for your pets. I also have exciting news to share so you will want to make sure you grab your cup of coffee or tea and read it all!

News from Abroad and Around Town
Pet Toothpaste Recall

PetEdge has recalled its 1.4 ounceTop Performance ProDental toothpaste with toothbrush kit for pets because of possible contamination with diethylene glycol, a chemical found in antifreeze and other solvents. If ingested, it can cause headaches, kidney failure, or death. Apparently, diethylene glycol is used as a substitute in toothpastes for the more expensive glycerin. The recall is a precaution as there have been no reports of any illness.
Item number: TP128
Beef Flavor UPC Code: 721343128151
Mint Flavor UPC Code: 721343128564
Consumers should discard product. Contact PetEdge at 888-211-8706 for questions or credit.

Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats Recall
Hartz is voluntarily recalling their Vitamin Care for Cats because of concern that one or more bottles in a lot of 3,600 could be contaminated with salmonella. Lot code SZ-16371, UPC #32700-97701 was manufactured by UFAC in Baconton, Georgia. The testing conducted by Hartz and UFAC has not indicated salmonella was present in any Hartz products but the testing conducted by the FDA revealed presence of salmonella. Consumers should discard product. Contact Hartz at 800-275-1414 for questions or credit.

Canine Rabies Challenge Studies Start
Dr. Ronald Schultz, leading authority on animal vaccines and Chair of the Department of Pathological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, has started the 5 and 7 year challenge studies. These publicly funded studies are being done to determine the length of immunity the canine rabies vaccine provides, since vaccine manufacturers are not required by the USDA to provide this information. The ultimate goal is to extend the time between state required vaccinations. For further information, contact Kris L. Christine, founder and co-trustee of The Rabies Challenge Fund.

Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) Free Houston Clinic Dates
For more info, contact SNAP at 713-862-3863.

  • Friday, December 7th Free Houston Cat Day for those not on government assistance. At the PetCo at I-10 and Uvalde. Arrive before 7am. Bring your cat in a pillow case or carrier. No food or water for your adult cat after 10pm the night before. Multiple cats will be accepted only if there are fewer than 50 people in line.
  • Sunday, December 9th Houston Discount Cat Day at the clinic at 1603 Shepherd Dr. Will spay or neuter any cat for $24 male and $36 female. An appointment is required.
  • Wednesday, December 12thThe mobile clinic will be at the PetCo at I-10 and Uvalde that day. The animals of qualifying low-income clients will receive free spay or neuter surgeries as well as free rabies vaccinations (if needed). Please see the mobile clinic's web page for information on qualifying.
  • Help support SNAP by getting a Kroger’s share card or a Randall’s Good Neighbor program card (#2593)

    Helpful Tips
    Great Ideas for Giving
  • The Animal Rescue Site needs help to meet their quota. By clicking on the button, their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. There is no cost to you and this is something you can do daily. Encourage family and friends to do so.
  • Horse on the Hill Gang
    The International Fund for Horses lobbies to protect horses from slaughter. IFH’s good friend from Texas says that for every $25.00 donated online between now and Christmas 2007, he will match it with a donation of $75.00 for their lobbying fund, giving your $25.00 contribution the value of $100.00. A $50.00 contribution will mean $200.00, and so on. It doesn't get much better than that!

  • Consider getting a share type card to use on purchases with businesses that donate to an animal related organization, such as the Kroger’s and Randall’s cards mentioned above.

  • If you are thinking of getting an animal for a gift for yourself or someone else, please consider adopting one from a shelter or rescue group. You can adopt just about any kind of domesticated animal and you will be giving those animals a chance at a new life. Animals want to be loved and have a “forever” home. Three of our four dogs are from shelters. Bandit, our 16 year old, is from the SPCA. Angel and Lady came from Pearland Animal Control. I have found the county shelter adoption processes to go more quickly and adoption fees less than those of city or non-profit shelters.

  • Consider a gift certificate for a family member or friend towards a holistic animal care workshop or consultation. Call or email me to arrange this.
  • Holiday & Cold Weather Tips & Precautions

  • Traveling: If you are traveling with your pet, there are some important things to remember. See the July issue that discusses tips for vacation and holidays.
  • Boarding or Pet Sitter: Many people board their animals when they are going on a trip. Try to find a boarding facility that does not require vaccinations with a note from a vet stating your animal is healthy or blood titer results, or at least one that the vaccination requirements are limited. If your animal is used to staying at home while you are at work, a pet sitter can be a wonderful alternative to boarding as your animal will be in the comfort of its own home while you are gone. Visit the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters to locate a sitter near you.

  • Cats: If you have a cat, it is best to bring them indoors if you are going to have freezing temperatures. Unfortunately, cats can freeze. If they are going to be outside, they should have a collar and tag. Also, outdoor cats do seek warmth and may sleep under the hood of a vehicle. Before you start your engine, bang on your hood loudly in case one is there. Sadly, fan belts can seriously injure or kill animals. Make sure you cat has a nice warm place to sleep.

  • Dogs: If you tend to let your dog run off leash in the snow or ice, be careful that they don’t run too far ahead. More dogs are lost during the winter than at any other time because they can lose their scent. Make sure your dog has a collar and tag. Consider getting some booties to protect their feet. Short-haired dogs could benefit from a coat when they go outside. Wipe their paws and stomach after they have been walking on snow or ice so they don’t get sore and bleed. Also, they may have walked on something harmful like chemicals on the ground and you don’t want them licking that off their paws.
  • Horses: Not all horses grow a nice winter coat during cold weather. Just because they had a great coat last year does not mean they’ll have one this year, especially if they are getting older. If their coat is too thin, you will need to provide them with a blanket. Outdoor horses also need a shelter of some sort to protect them from the weather.

  • Antifreeze: Most antifreeze contains ethylene glycol and this can be fatal to your animal if they ingest it. Watch for any on the ground. Consider using a product that contains propylene glycol instead.
  • Cars: Do not leave your animal in the car unattended during the winter. A vehicle becomes an ice box and your pet can actually freeze to death.
  • Plants: Some holiday plants are toxic to animals. Amaryllis can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, excessive salivation, and abdominal pain. Holly can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and lethargy. Live mistletoe can cause stomach and cardiovascular problems. Many types of lilies can cause kidney failure.

    Remembering 2007 and Looking Forward to 2008
    A Heartfelt Thank You
    I tell some people that the animal caregivers are just as important to me as the animals, and I truly mean that. I do not say it often enough. I care very much about others and it warms my heart to help them with their pets. There is no greater joy for me than to teach someone at my home or theirs, whether it is in a group or private setting, with someone that wants to learn, or a caregiver that wants to help their sick or injured animal. Sometimes, people find they are on their own special journey, and I’m so glad to be a part of that, because when you care about an animal’s body, mind, and spirit, some incredible things can happen in our own lives. Animals have the ability to do this in ways we never imagined.

    I want to say a special thank you to my students, clients, and those who are reading this newsletter. Thank you for coming into my life and letting me share with you a glimpse of all that can be for our animal friends. I appreciate those who have told their family, friends, or co-workers about me, my workshops, and this newsletter. You and your animals mean the world to me.

    Change in Business Name
    You’ll notice my new business name is The Lightfoot Way. I received this name and a special message during an angel session. I have always been very fond of the Native American culture. If you have been to my home, you will have noticed this. I think Lightfoot also signifies treading lightly on this earth, and that is exactly what I want to do. I also want to light the way for others and help them on their path to understanding and caring for their animals holistically, while also enhancing their own lives along the way.

    I have been blessed with teaching over 20 workshops this past year. I also was delighted to host a sacred geometry workshop with Michael Rhodes. The following are the all day workshops I taught in 2007:

  • Animal Communication: 9 Basic and 2 Advanced
  • Reiki: 5 Level 1 and 3 Level II
  • Canine Massage: 3 Basic
  • People have been interested in learning how to communicate with their animals more than anything else, and I see this desire continuing to grow as nothing compares to being able to connect with your animal on this spiritual level. I also do more animal communication sessions than any other type of consultation. While I will continue to offer the above workshops, I will be expanding and am excited to offer new ones, including some charity workshops. Some of the topics will be half day workshops. Look for:

  • Kinesiology (muscle testing)
  • Bach flower essences
  • Aromatherapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Homeopathy
  • Equine massage

  • While I teach kinesiology to my clients and those attending all day workshops as a bonus, this will be an in depth workshop, utilizing basic and advanced techniques.

    The planned workshop schedule for January-March 2008 is as follows (all are at my farm near Manvel/Alvin unless otherwise stated):

  • Canine Massage:
    Sunday, January 13th 9am-5pm
  • Sacred Geometry with Michael Rhodes:
    Saturday, January 19th 1-4:30pm $45
  • Sacred Geometry II with Michael Rhodes:
    Sunday, January 27th 1-4:30pm $60
  • Basic Animal Communication Benefit at Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue & Sanctuary in Montgomery:
    Sunday, February 17th 9am-5pm All monies will go to benefit this wonderful sanctuary.
  • Advanced Animal Communication:
    Sunday, February 24th 9am-5pm
  • Emotional Freedom Technique for People & Animals:
    Sunday, March 2nd 9am-5pm
  • Reiki I for People & Animals:
    Sunday, March 9th 9am-5pm
  • Basic Animal Communication:
    Sunday, March 30th 9am-5pm
  • Workshop fees for 2008 are:

  • All day (7 hours) workshops: $115 from 9am-5pm (previously 10am-5pm) with a $45 deposit. Host this workshop and attend f*r*e*e with 4-6 paying people.
  • Half day (4 hours) workshops: $65 from 9am-1pm or 1-5pm with a $25 deposit. Host this workshop and attend f*r*e*e with 4-6 paying people.
  • Introduction to Holistic Animal Care workshops: $25 from 5:30-7:30pm (other times possible) with payment in advance. Host this workshop, attend f*r*e*e, and receive half of the monies as my appreciation for letting me introduce others to holistic animal care.
  • Two day workshops: I will be offering a special 2 day workshop. This option is also available for those in another city outside the greater Houston area or another state. Host this workshop and attend f*r*e*e with 4-6 paying people within the greater Houston area and 8-10 paying people outside the greater Houston area, including another state. I would love to travel or fly to your home or business and teach a workshop. Please contact me if you are interested.

    If you are interested in signing up for a workshop, please click here.

    Exciting New Products

  • F*r*e*e E-book: I will be offering my f*r*e*e e-book in early 2008! I am so excited to share this with you. It will be available in pdf format. For those that would prefer a CD, it will be available for charge to cover processing and shipping.
  • CD’s & E-books: CD’s and e-books on animal communication, meditations, reiki, EFT, and kinesiology will be available for purchase in 2008.
  • Probiotics are very important to the health of your animals. The probiotics I like to use for small animals are Mitomax Premium probiotics One bottle of 40 capsules (one capsule a day for animals under 50#) is $16.99. You can get 10% off by using the coupon #IT08077 indefinitely. You can order them online by going on the company’s website or calling 1-877-879-6486. I now stock a small amount of this product for those that prefer to order from me. The price is $15.00. Priority mail shipping is $5.00 and regular shipping is $3.50. If you are interested in ordering from me, call or email me to arrange.

    Referral Credit
    Refer two people for a 1 hour session or workshop and receive $25 off of a session or workshop or a $25 gift certificate to pass on to a friend (makes a great gift!). Be sure to tell your referrals to mention your name.

    Due to my schedule, I am unable to offer the drawings any longer.

    Consider Having Your Own Website or Get Links for the Website You Have
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    Have your own website? You need quality links to generate traffic. SBI has a F*R*E*E program where you can get links relevant to your website. Click here to find out more.

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    Blessings to you and your animals this holiday season and coming new year!

    The Lightfoot Way