Raw, freeze dried, kibble, canned….

Let’s be honest. Most times we don’t put much thought into what we feed to our pets. We may see an ad on TV or hear one on the radio and we take for granted what we hear. By now most of us are smart enough to figure out that what they tell us usually isn’t the entire truth. So what do we do? Who can we trust? It’s not like we can ask our furry friends their opinion. I mean when was the last time you saw a dog or cat in the store perusing pet food labels in the local supermarket? That said…to the internet we go because everything on the internet is true right? Hours of research later you are still confused. Let me take care of that for you because hey, I have no life. So… I might as well help out the people that do have a life and are too busy to visit countless websites looking for something to keep your fur buddies healthy.

Truth be told the best and most healthy way to feed is to feed raw. Raw? WTH is that? Feeding raw is the practice of feeding dogs and cats a diet primarily of organ meat, raw meat and edible bones. It’s how out pets ancestors ate. Sometimes called the BARF diet. BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. Think of it as The Paleo Diet for pets. So why doesn’t everyone feed raw? Well, it’s expensive, time consuming and in all truth, it stinks. Tripe is the absolute best thing you can feed your pets according to the raw crowd. It’s hard to find, expensive and MAN does it reek! See the pattern here? Expensive, time consuming, stinks. Yippee!! Let’s all feed raw. If you have the money, time and the nose I highly recommend at least trying raw feeding.

Next up freeze dried or cold processed food. Similar to feeding raw only more convenient. It available in patty form or loose mix. Freeze drying is a different process than simply dehydrating. Freeze dried food is (obviously) frozen, then a process removes the moisture from the frozen material. Freezing the food before removing the moisture preserves more vitamins and minerals than a dehydrating process. Heat destroys many nutrients, so from a pet nutrition standpoint, reconstituted freeze dried food is as close to fresh as possible. There are several advantages to this type of food:

1. More bio-available nutrients, amino acids, and enzymes than commercial dry foods
2. Light weight – excellent for camping trips
3. Easy to store; takes up less room
4. Long shelf life
5. Highly palatable
6. Not subject to mold and spoilage

As I said earlier A true BARF diet – raw meat and bones – is simply beyond the scope of daily dog or cat feeding for many people. Freeze dried products that contain ground raw muscle meat, organ meats, and ground bones provide a similar nutrition as raw feeding without the mess. Freeze dried foods mimic the healthy diet of your dog’s or cat’s wild ancestors, and it fits neatly into your kitchen cabinet.

Finally Kibble and canned foods. There are many healthy options available in the kibble and canned food arena. However there are many, many more unhealthy to downright deadly choices. Here are a couple of links to earlier blogs in which I cover the subject.


Jean Hofve, DVM, co-author of Paleo Dog says:
“You may not realize it, but pet food is made primarily from leftovers from human food production, such as animal products that are unwanted or are condemned for human consumption. The type and quality of pet food ingredients can vary widely.
While it’s true that, in many cases, you get what you pay for—the cheapest pet food is most likely to contain the lowest-quality ingredients—in some cases you may actually be paying a premium price for mediocre foods from makers who spend a bundle on advertising and promotion.
That said, there are a few ingredients to look for on a pet food label that give a good indication of the food’s overall quality.
Animal Fat
Animal fat, also called tallow, is a product of rendering. In the rendering process, pieces, parts, and even whole animals are put through a gigantic grinder, then boiled in vats for 30 minutes to several hours. High heat is necessary to kill bacteria, viruses, molds, and other pathogens. The boiling process also allows the fat to separate and float to the top, where it is skimmed off for use in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, industrial lubricants, and, of course, pet food.
When a pet food company is using fat from a single species, it will say so, but when the ingredient is an inexpensive amalgam of whatever came through the door, the general term “animal fat” must be used. It’s not something you want your pet to be eating!
Meat and Bone Meal
Meat and bone meal, or MBM, is another product of rendering. It’s a single ingredient, and the term doesn’t infer a combination of “meat meal” (which is defined separately) plus bone meal. At the renderer, once the fat is removed from the cooking vat, the remaining material is pressed and dried to yield a fluffy brown powder—that’s MBM. It is a high-protein powder commonly used in lower-cost dog and cat foods. MBM is a generic term that can include any one species or a variety.
Both animal fat and MBM may come from any species of animal or from a wide variety of sources, including outdated supermarket meat, livestock that died on the farm, and restaurant waste, such as used grease from deep-fat fryers.
For many years, it’s been rumored that euthanized dogs and cats were being processed into pet food, although the pet food industry has always adamantly denied it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found no dog or cat DNA in the foods it tested. However, it did conclude that animal fat and meat and bone meal were the ingredients most likely to be associated with the presence of sodium pentobarbital—the drug used by veterinarians and shelters for euthanasia—in the food.
Animal Digest
This ingredient is a flavoring agent commonly sprayed on dry kibbles to make them enticing to dogs and cats. It’s made from a stew of animal parts broken down with the use of enzymes or chemicals. Again, the use of the term “animal” means that it may be derived from any one or from many species. This can be a problem if your pet is allergic to a particular animal protein.
Corn Products
Many forms of corn are found in pet foods, including whole grain corn, ground yellow corn (also called corn meal), corn grits, corn bran, corn flour, and corn gluten meal. It’s used primarily as a source of “energy,” which is simply another word for calories. The vast majority (85 percent) of corn in the U.S. is genetically modified (GMO). Moreover, most poultry and livestock in the U.S. are themselves fed GMO corn, so the chicken, beef, and other meat products in pet food are giving our pets double trouble. Corn gluten meal is especially problematic because it is used primarily as a cheap substitute for meat. Cats and dogs are by nature carnivores and do best with a meat-based diet.
Chemical Preservatives
Many pet foods still contain synthetic preservatives, such as BHA, BHT, propyl gallate, and ethoxyquin. Such chemical preservatives have been linked to a variety of health conditions, including cancer. Opt for foods that use only natural preservatives, such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C), tocopherols (vitamin E), and rosemary oil.
It definitely pays to be a label reader and to choose foods made from good-quality ingredients. It’s worth noting that dry foods are more likely to contain rendered ingredients and corn products, and cats in particular are better off with high-moisture foods such as canned, frozen, or homemade. By paying attention to what’s in your pet’s food, you’ll be ensuring your pet a long and healthy life.”

As I alluded to earlier Dogs and cats are a captive audience. They have no choice but to eat what we put in front of them. The same food, consumed day after day, week after week, year after year for a lifetime. It’s that cumulative exposure, that additive effect of using any artificial preservative relentlessly — especially when it’s suspected of causing cancer. So, avoid dog foods made with artificial preservatives.
Here is a link to a short video that touches on preservatives in pet food. https://youtu.be/HPsB0lRv8t0
The choice is up to you to give your pet the longest healthiest life you can. As Francis Bacon so profoundly stated “Knowledge is power.” I have given you a basic starting point to gain that powerful knowledge. The rest is up to you. Until next time!


Tips for keeping your dog safe in cold weather


Old man winter is here and lately with a vengeance. To keep your dog happy and healthy through the winter months here are some things you can do to help them out. It’s best to keep them inside but if for some reason you can’t……

1. Their fur just isn’t enough – Dog have similar needs to humans. Would you be warm enough in just a coat? If you’re cold they’re cold. Even dogs bred with thick and double coats still get cold. Dogs with short coats, puppies and older dogs need even more protection in cold temps. Consider a doggie jacket when going outside. Hypothermia and frostbite can come on quickly. Signs of hypothermia are: shivering, shallow breathing, weak pulse or lethargy. Frostbite most commonly occurs on their ears, tails, scrotum and feet. Some indications of frostbite are: discolored skin (red, pale, or grayish) swelling, or blisters.
2. Proper shelter – If it is not possible to bring your dog inside or if they will be outside for extended periods it is imperative that they have proper shelter! A proper shelter is just big enough for them to stand up and turn around. It must be well insulated, and have good bedding. Straw and blankets are best. Consider putting up a wind break if they are in a kennel or fenced area by using tarps. If you keep your dog and especially your cat in the garage in the winter make sure you check before you start your car. A warm engine is very inviting to them. We all know what that means.
3. Food and water – Dogs need more food during the winter months. They need the added calories to generate body heat. Depending on the dog the extra food can be as much as 30%. Make sure you check the water bowl often. Dogs cannot eat snow to provide water. If you can’t change the water often consider a heated water bowl.
4. Keep an eye on their paws – When you walk your dog in winter be aware of their paws. Chemicals like salt, magnesium, or calcium chloride used to remove ice from sidewalks can cause irritation to paws and can be toxic if ingested. Antifreeze has the same effect. Snow and ice can stick to the fur around their paws and cause lack of blood flow, cracking and frostbite. Check the paws when you get home and clean them. Trimming the fur around the paws helps or you can buy some doggie boots. If the paws get cracked or raw use a animal specific balm on them.
5. Winter wellness – Make sure your dog has had their wellness exam. Cold weather is harder on your body so it is logical that it would be “ruffer” on your dog too. The cold can irritate or worsen some conditions like arthritis. Go see your vet and make sure your fur buddy is go to go for winter.
6. Grooming – A properly groomed dog is something that is often overlooked in the winter. A longer coat is not necessarily the best thing for them. A well groomed coat is much better insulation than a matted out of control coat.
7. Keep them on a leash – More dogs are lost in the winter than any other season. Along with the leash make sure your dog has been micro-chipped and has an I.D. tag with your information on it.
8. Watch that heat source – Keep an eye on supplemental heat sources. Indoors, a fireplace is a great heat source but can easily cause severe burns on you and your dog. Make sure you have a screen for your fireplace and protection in front of other heaters. Outdoors, a supplemental heater can be a fire hazard.
9. Towel off when coming back inside – If you go for a walk and it is snowing or raining be sure to dry off your buddy when you come back inside. This also gives you a chance to check the paws and for signs of frostbite.
10. Never leave them in the car – Just like the heat in summer the cold in winter can be deadly for your dog. The temperature drops quickly in a car during the winter just like it heats up rapidly in summer. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR!

And finally. Here are some winter exercise tips from Ceasar Milan.

Well that’s just weird!!


Happy New Year everyone.(and by everyone I mean the three people that actually read this blog) I thought I might start off the new year with a little humor. Here are some strange, odd, weird and unusual laws pertaining to animals from around the country.

1. Animals in California are not permitted to mate within 500 yards of a church or school. – OK, what in the world is going on in California that this law had to be passed?
2. In Connecticut, dogs with tattoos must be reported to the authorities. – Are there random groups of tattooed dog gangs running around? Punks with paws so to speak.
3. In Sterling, Colorado, cats may not roam freely unless they are wearing a taillight. – I’m assuming that there was a problem with cats getting in rear end collisions.
4. In one Oklahoma town, dogs may not congregate in groups of three or more on private property unless they have a permit signed by the mayor. – Another dog gang related law. What is going on here?
5. Another Oklahoma ordinance forbids making “ugly faces” at dogs. – I think these “Sooners” have dog issues.
6. In Oklahoma, it is illegal to have the hind legs of any animal in your boots. – Seriously, what in the world is going on in Oklahoma?!
7. In International Falls, Minnesota, cats are not permitted to chase dogs up telephone poles. – There must be some bad ass cats in International Falls!!
8. Illinois purportedly has several unusual laws pertaining to pets: There, it is illegal to give a dog whiskey, to give a lighted cigar to a dog, cat or any other domesticated animal, to keep a smelly dog, or to take a French Poodle to the opera. – Illinois is so messed up that these laws are not surprising to me. My dog is gonna be upset when he finds out he can’t have his nightly glass of whiskey and cigar!!
9. In Arizona, donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs – Either Arizona has big tubs or small donkeys. Either way, it’s weird!
10. In Iowa, horses are not permitted to eat fire hydrants – Iowa horses bust have some strong chompers!
11. In Minnesota it is illegal to cross the border into Wisconsin with a chicken upon ones head – Wait, what!
12. In Nebraska it is illegal to fish for whales – ‘Cause, yeah, there are tons of whales in Nebraska. Or maybe they’ve been fished into extinction.
13. In Pennsylvania, a motorist seeing horses coming in their direction must pull off the road, cover/camouflage his car with a blanket or canvas in order that it blends in with the countryside until the horses pass. – Huh?
14. In Utah, Birds have the right of way on all public highways. – Finally, one that makes sense.
15. In Wyoming, You may not take a photograph of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit. – Well, yeah.
16. In Alaska, it is illegal to push a moose out of an airplane. – You guys do know moose can’t fly right?
17. It’s illegal in Florida to confine or tether a pregnant pig in a way that prevents her from turning around freely. – Because they want those those preggo porkers to be able to do the Hokey Pokey for cripes sake!!
18. In South Dakota, No horses are allowed into the Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants. – No one wants to see that!!
19. In Berkley CA, it is illegal to whistle for your escaped pet bird before 7:00 A.M. – OK, this IS Berkley CA. Surely this doesn’t surprise anyone.
20. In Arkansas, it is illegal to blindfold cows on public Highways. – Geeze people, the cows need to see where they are going.

Keeping your pets safe during the Holidays


The Christmas season is a time for celebrating, family gatherings, gift giving and if you are so inclined, God. Sometime pets are overlooked during this busy time. Here are some tips and hints to keep your fur buddy happy and healthy during the Holiday season.

1. Tinsel: probably the number one issue during the Holidays. Tinsel is shiny and dangles from the tree enticing your pet to play with it and sometime eat it. While playing with tinsel creates a mess once they eat it the problem begins. Tinsel can twist and bunch in your pets intestines and can be fatal. A trip to the Vet is a must if they ingest tinsel. Ornaments also fall into this category. Plastic, glass and aluminum ornaments can cause serious digestive issues as well if ingested. The can also cause cuts if broken and stepped on.
2. Holiday lights: Lights twinkle and shine and are enticing to cats and dogs. Chewing on electrical cords can be very dangerous. Not only can your pet get an electrical shock the can ingest the wire coating.
3. Candles: If you are one to burn candles be sure to place them high enough to not be reached by your pet. No only can your pet be burned a knocked over candle is a fire hazard.
4. Gift Wrap and Ribbon: Wrap and ribbon are like tinsel in that they can be ingested and cause serious intestinal problem.
5. Chocolate: Almost everyone knows that chocolate is harmful to dogs. The holidays provide lots of chances for chocolate ingestion. Chocolate contains fats and the most dangerous to dogs, methylxanthines caffeine and theobromide. According to Merck: “Theobromine and caffeine are readily absorbed from the GI tract and widely distributed throughout the body. They are metabolized in the liver and undergo enterohepatic recycling. Methylxanthines are excreted in the urine as both metabolites and unchanged parent compounds. The half-lives of theobromine and caffeine in dogs are 17.5 hr and 4.5 hr, respectively. Theobromine and caffeine competitively inhibit cellular adenosine receptors, resulting in CNS stimulation, diuresis, and tachycardia. Methylxanthines also increase intracellular calcium levels by increasing cellular calcium entry and inhibiting intracellular sequestration of calcium by the sarcoplasmic reticulum of striated muscle. The net effect is increased strength and contractility of skeletal and cardiac muscle. Methylxanthines may also compete for benzodiazepine receptors within the CNS and inhibit phosphodiesterase, resulting in increased cyclic AMP levels. Methylxanthines may also increase circulating levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine.”
6. Fat Trimmings and Bones: Fat trimmings both cooked and raw can cause pancreatitus. Certain bones are bad for dogs and cats. In particular turkey and chicken bones. So to be safe keep the holiday bones away from your buddies.
7. Toxic Plants: A lot of plants are toxic to pets. During the Holidays these plants are of more concern. Pine Needles (oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, trembling and posterior weakness), Holly (intense vomiting, diarrhea and depression), Mistletoe (significant vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, collapse, erratic behavior, hallucinations and death) and Poinsettia (irritation to the mouth and stomach and vomiting).
8. Water: Wait, what? There are lots of new sources of water around during the Holidays. Christmas tree stands and Potpourri being the most significant. Why you ask? Most people put chemicals in the water of the tree stand to keep the tree fresh longer. Bad for your pet! Potpourri may smell good but it’s not good if your fur buddy eats it or drinks the water.
9. Strangers: Having a lot of new humans around can be stressful to your pet. Some pets enjoy the attention but others do not. Make sure you have a safe retreat for them in case they get overwhelmed. Also try to keep their feeding and potty break schedules. That can cause undo stress as well.
Last but certainly not least of all of the things to keep your pet safe is dressing up your buddy. If you have read any of my blogs you know my disdain with this practice. If you must do it make sure they are safe. Especially if they are unused to wearing clothes, ribbons or God forbid, fake antlers! If your pet gets stressed and are wearing something they are unaccustomed to the clothing could get snagged and choke them. Here is a link to a checklist that covers the above and more: http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_HolidaySafety.php


Happy Holidays. Be safe and keep your furry buddies safe too!

Spay and Neuter Information


In my last blog I touched on spay/neuter statistics. In this blog I’m going to expand on those numbers and expel some myths about spaying and neutering.
In every community in every State there are animals sitting in shelters waiting to be adopted. Only half will be adopted. What that means is that the other half will be euthanized. Here are some statistics from the ASPCA :
Facts about U.S. Animal Shelters:
There are about 13,600 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent; there is no national organization monitoring these shelters. The terms “humane society” and “SPCA” are generic; shelters using those names are not part of the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States. Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement. These are national estimates; the figures may vary from state to state.
Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).
Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats).
About 649,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 542,000 are dogs and only 100,000 are cats.
Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner.
Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
Facts about Pet Ownership in the U.S.:
It’s estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat. (Source: APPA)
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 40% of pet owners learned about their pet through word of mouth.
The majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members. 28% of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 29% of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.
More than 35% of cats are acquired as strays. (Source: APPA)
According to the American Humane Association, the most common reasons why people relinquish or give away their dogs is because their place of residence does not allow pets (29%), not enough time, divorce/death and behavior issues (10% each). The most common reasons for cats are that they were not allowed in the residence (21%) and allergies (11%).
Facts about Pet Overpopulation in the U.S.:
It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; the average number of kittens is four to six per litter.
The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year; the average number of puppies is four to six.
Owned cats and dogs generally live longer, healthier lives than strays.
Many strays are lost pets who were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
Only 10%of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered, while 83% of pet dogs and 91% of pet cats are spayed or neutered.
The cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for a year.
There are some staggering numbers there!
Here are some more spay/neuter facts:
1. Spaying a female dog or cat before it’s first heat offers the best health options for your pet. Spaying help prevent breast cancer and uterine infections which is fatal in 50% of dogs and 90% in cats.
2. Neutering your male cat or dog prevents testicular cancer if done before six months of age.
3. Spayed female won’t go into heat.
4. Neutered males are less likely to roam and will be better behaved
5. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
6. The cost of spay/neuter is cheaper than the cost of caring for a litter.
7. Surveys show that as much as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered!
Not only does spaying/neutering your pet help your pet it helps your community. If there are less strays there is less damage to property, fewer car accidents involving animals, fewer dog attacks and bites, and less wildlife killed by stray dogs and cats.

So, spaying/neutering your pet helps it live longer, healthier, makes it less aggressive, keeps them closer to home, no marking or spraying and helps the community….. Tell me again why you didn’t spay/neuter your pet? No matter the excuse you give it’s not a good one. Please, take the time to talk to your veterinarian about spay/neuter before you decide to get a cat or dog.

If you happen to decide to adopt from C.C.H.S. all of our little fur buddies are spayed/neutered before they are available for adoption. They are also micro-chipped, have undergone a complete check by a local veterinarian, up to date on all shots and have been de-wormed.
Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog. I hope you learned something. Until next time, enjoy!

WHAT’S WAGGIN’ In the Clinton County Humane Society by Dixie

1 Ferne 8
Ferne, 5-year-old chocolate Lab mix, would make a great family pet. She is good with adults, kids and other dogs. She is housebroken and crate-trained. She is great off leash. Ferne is vet checked, up-to-date on shots, neutered/spayed and micro-chipped. Call 526-4500 for information about meeting and adopting her.
Other available dogs and puppies include Ferne, Presto and Sunbeam, Lab mixes; Brutus, Corgi mix; Bama and Rhya, German Shepherd mixes; Tinker, Terrier mix; , Cinnamon, Wire-haired Terrier mix; Tex and Jessi, Boxer mix; Mikka, Schipperke; Amarine, Shepherd/Terrier mix.

2 Pogo 7
Pogo, 7-month-old long-haired black kitten, is a playful, happy fella. He is health checked, up-to-date on shots, neutered, feline leukemia free and micro-chipped. Contact 526-4500 for adoption information.
Adoptable cats and kittens include Wilbur, white/buff; Ices, gray/white; Sheba, Siamese; Blaire and Elsa, black; Jackie, black tabby; and kittens Opie, orange; Bach, gray; Sousa, black tabby; Pogo, black; Arthur, black/wt; Shubert, brown tabby; Shawna, gray.
Most of the cats may be visited at the CCHS building during store hours.
Dogs are fostered with families and may be visited at the next Meet and Greet at the CCHS building at 1301 Apple Lane in Breese on Saturday, Dec 20, from 10 a.m. until noon or by appointment.
All CCHS pets are vet checked, up-to-date on shots, spayed/neutered and micro-chipped. Dogs are heartworm checked, and cats are also feline leukemia negative and litter box trained. If you are interested in adopting a CCHS pet, fill out an application online at http://www.ccilhs.org or pick one up at the building. You can call 526-4500 or email ccilhs@ccilhs.org or ccilhs@gmail.com for information or an appointment. Check out our pets on http://www.petfinder.com or http://www.adoptapet.com.

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This Kawasaki Teryx LE will be raffled at the CCHS fundraiser in March. Get your tickets now!

CCHS will raffle a 2014 Kawasaki Teryx LE at the Spring fundraiser in March with a $1000 bonus for the winner if he or she is present for the drawing.
Tickets are available now for $20 or 6 for $100 at the building at 1301 Apple Lane in Breese where the vehicle is displayed or at various locations as the vehicle travels around the county on weekends.
The Candy Lime Green 2014 Teryx LE features a 783cc 90-degree V-twin with digital fuel injection, FOX Podium shocks, double X frame design with ROPS cage. It comes with new seat covers, LED headlamps, steel front brush guard and secure latching doors. It has Electric Power steering, continuously variable transmission and dual front disc brakes.
Priced around $15,000, this stylish, rugged side by side could be yours for $20!

CCHS will hold their next Meet and Greet at their own building at 1301 Apple Lane in Breese Saturday, Dec 20, from 10 a.m. until noon.
CCHS cats and dogs will be ready to meet people, and pet nail trimming and micro-chipping will be available.
The CCHS store carries lots of Christmas gifts for pets or people, so guests can do a little Christmas shopping as well.

3 Scarlett adoption
The David White family gave Scarlett a loving home.

4 Cokie adoption 3
Judy Boehne adopted Cokie for her family.

5 Fancy adoption 1
Fancy is comfy with her new mom Bonnie Markus.

6 Oliver adoption 2
Oliver headed home with Kasey Kopp.

7 Wayne adoption
Wayne feels safe in the arms of adopter Greg Cugier.

8 Arena adoption 2
Michelle Kampwerth took little Arena home with her.

9 Skipp adoption 1
Shauna Gilliam added Skipp to her family.

Most of the cats may be visited at the CCHS building during store hours.
Dogs are fostered with families and may be visited at the next Meet and Greet at the CCHS building at 1301 Apple Lane in Breese on Saturday, Dec 20, from 10 a.m. until noon or by appointment.
All CCHS pets are vet checked, up-to-date on shots, spayed/neutered and micro-chipped. Dogs are heartworm checked, and cats are also feline leukemia negative and litter box trained. If you are interested in adopting a CCHS pet, fill out an application online at http://www.ccilhs.org or pick one up at the building. You can call 526-4500 or email ccilhs@ccilhs.org or ccilhs@gmail.com for information or an appointment. Check out our pets on http://www.petfinder.com or http://www.adoptapet.com.

CCHS will hold their next Meet and Greet at their own building at 1301 Apple Lane in Breese Saturday, Dec 20, from 10 a.m. until noon.
CCHS cats and dogs will be ready to meet people, and pet nail trimming and micro-chipping will be available.
The CCHS store carries lots of Christmas gifts for pets or people, so guests can do a little Christmas shopping as well.

CCHS is again running their straw bale collection campaign.
Anyone who has extra bales may drop them off at 1301 Apple Lane in Breese.
Folks who need them for pet bedding during the cold weather can pick them up there.

If your pet wanders off and is wearing a tag with his name and your phone number, all it will take to get him home is a phone call.
Another good way to improve your pet’s chances of getting home is to microchip him.
This tiny implant carries a number to identify your pet so the company where the chip is registered will contact you if your pet turns up at a vet, shelter or the police.
CCHS offers both tags and micro-chipping!

CCHS is loaded with Christmas gift ideas!
2015 CCHS pet calendars are available for $10 or 3 for $20 at the store at 1301 Apple Lane. Pick yours up now and get several for Christmas gifts for friends!
The CCHS cookbook Wags, Whiskers & Wecipes makes a great stocking stuffer for only $12! The cookbook contains recipes for appetizers, soups, veggies, entrees, breads, desserts, as well as treats for dogs and cats, and more!
For your humans CCHS has hoodies featuring the new heart/paw logo available or $25, as well as a few bright pink hoodies for $30, and other styles of hoodies and tees.
“Flash and Glow” lighted bracelets are great safety items so dog walkers who walk after dark will be more visible.

For Christmas get your pet the comfort of an “Anxiety Wrap, The Healthy Hug” vest to calm and sooth him if he is fearful of storms, car travel, separation and loud noises. Made of flexible, breathable fabric that is machine washable, this wrap may be the answer to your dog’s anxiety issues.
CCHS also carries a variety of pet toys, as well as leashes and collars in a number of styles and colors.
Check out the discount bins of collars for $3.50 and leashes for only $5, and take advantage of huge markdowns on CCHS apparel.
The store at 1301 Apple Lane is open Sunday through Friday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. until noon, and Monday through Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the store are used to help CCHS pets.

Regulations prevent the CCHS from accepting strays or drop offs. It is illegal to dump animals.

Keep informed at our blog at https://cchsil.wordpress.com which is filled with tons of helpful information for pet owners.
Keep up with us at our website ccilhs.org.
Friend us on Facebook.
Email us at ccilhs@ccilhs.org or ccilhs@gmail.com.
Phone us at 618-526-4500.
Contact us at our snail mail address Clinton County Humane Society, 1301 Apple Lane, Breese, IL 62230.

The next regular CCHS meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan 14, at 7 p.m. at the Bowling Alley in Bartelso.

Meet and Greets are held every first and third Saturday of each month.

If your health, finances or housing makes it necessary for you to surrender your pet, CCHS may be able to help.
You must provide your pet’s medical history from your vet, a photo and a completed surrender
application with information about your pet’s personality and training.
The surrender form is available online at http://www.ccilhs.org or at the building at 1301 Apple Lane in Breese.
There is no charge for surrendering your pet.

You can support the work of the CCHS by joining, fostering, donating, volunteering, purchasing CCHS merchandise, supporting fundraising events or sponsoring a pet.

No-kill, Low-Kill or Kill shelters. What’s the difference and which is best?

This is one of those issues like religion and politics that can create heated exchanges. The goal of most shelters and rescues is to find good homes for homeless animals. There are shelters/rescues for pigs, birds, horses, reptiles and every other domesticated and pet animals but I am going to focus mainly on the dog and cat shelters.
In this link you will find the differences between No-Kill, Low-Kill and Kill shelters:
Here is a parable about no-kill policies: You’re walking next to a river and you see a kitten floating past. You jump in and save the kitten. Then another one floats by, so you save that one, too. Then another and another and another float by, and you soon realize that you can’t save them all. So you run upstream to see who’s throwing kittens into the water—and you stop that person.
The sad reality is that there are approximately 600 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens killed each hour of the day in the U.S. Because there is simply not enough room in the shelters for them. Yes, this is absolutely unacceptable but is there a solution or a way around it? Hence the debate begins!
Some shelters euthanize just to make room for the new animals coming in. Some don’t euthanize at all. It may sound all fuzzy and warm to never euthanize an animal but what about those that are terminally ill? What about the animals that are so aggressive that they are beyond adoption? Who is to blame? Did you spay/neuter your cat or dog? Did you train them and do you really provide them with a good home forever? Are you part of the problem?

Here is a very informative and interesting article I came across while researching:

Answer to the Difficult Euthanasia Question
September 25, 2003
Every now and then I receive a letter asking why the LA/SPCA is still euthanizing animals and when are we going “no-kill.” Many people are afraid to ask the question, so I thought I’d share the substance of my response with you.
Every city has the unfortunate task of collecting stray and unwanted animals. The LA/SPCA assumes that duty for New Orleans and receives up to 1,000 animals each month. Shelters like these are called “open admission” shelters. They accept animals regardless of injuries, pedigree, or reason for surrender; they provide refuge for all. “Limited admission” shelters are often called “no-kill” shelters because they do not euthanize. These shelters cannot accept any and all animals as they would be forced to euthanize because of the sheer number of animals that require housing. Consequently, limited admission shelters must ration their intake, which leaves hundreds more animals for another agency to accommodate.
Unfortunately the inflow of unwanted animals continues to be far greater than the number of available homes for those animals. What is the most humane way to address the needs of all these surplus creatures? Shelters across the country accept 6-8 million cats and dogs each year. If the LA/SPCA alone receives a thousand animals in a month, where would they stack the animals until new homes are found? Sadly, there are not enough homes and there is not enough sanctuary land to house 6-8 million pets each year. Imagine if the nation stopped euthanizing for 4 years. Over that period, the country would be housing 24 million homeless dogs and cats. Is that reasonable? Is warehousing in the best interest of the dogs and cats? This is the difficult debate caused by owners who have neglected or refused to have their pets sterilized.
The LA/SPCA believes that every animal deserves a high quality of life. Living in cages over the long term does not support this principle. Since an agency in New Orleans must take in these animals, the LA/SPCA accepts the responsibility. If an animal must be euthanized, the LA/SPCA compassionately puts them down via injection, a traumatic method for staff but the most sensitive and dignified for the animal.
Euthanasia and sheltering are not the solution, but a temporary necessity. Spaying, neutering and education are the only answers to the deep rooted problem of overpopulation which is why the LA/SPCA invests so heavily in sterilization programs. Until all dogs and cats are sterilized or the numbers of homeless animals are significantly reduced, our community will continue to euthanize.
The ultimate goal is to be a city where adoptable animals are no longer euthanized by any agency. Until then, someone will be required to perform the tough task.
– Laura Maloney

C.C.H.S. Is a very small shelter. We are not no-kill but instead are low-kill. Very low kill to be precise. We can only provide for a small amount of rescued animals. We rely heavily on foster parents and volunteers and have ZERO paid employees. The more fosters we have the more dogs and cats we can help. We also rely on donations and fund raising. You won’t believe how much volunteering just a couple hours a month helps. Yes, this is an informative article but it is also a plea for help. Finding home for needy dogs and cats is gratifying but it’s kinda like bailing out a sinking boat with a spoon. The boat will sink unless you fill the gaping hole in the bottom. Finding a home for a cat or dog saves a life but spaying/neutering saves hundreds if not thousands of lives by preventing generations of homeless/unwanted animals. Spay and neuter clinics help. Spay and neuter laws help. It’s like the hole in the boat or the person throwing the kittens in the river. Stop it at it’s source and the problem greatly diminishes and possibly ends the need for euthanization. If you have questions or would like to volunteer please give C.C.H.S. A call @ 618-526-4500 or stop by 1301 Apple Lane in Breese. Before I go I will add a shameless plug. We have quite a bite of merchandise at C.C.H.S. We have shirts (for humans), collars, leashes, toys, treats and much more. Most of which is on sale. Shameless plug over. Thanks for reading. Until next time, enjoy.

Communicating with your Cat


Let’s face it cats are nothing like dogs and when it comes to communicating with humans it can be frustrating. Most cats are less vocal than dogs and tend not to vocalize with other cats. The exception is the Oriental breeds who can be extremely vocal and have large cat vocabularies. However, communicating with your cat is not as hard as you might think. Cats do send signals and whether vocal or not they do use body language. Here are some examples of cat vocalizations and gestures that will help to understand what kitty is trying to say.

1. Short meow: How youuu doin’
2. Several meows: OMG, where were you? I’m sooo happy you’re here!
3. Mid volume meow: I’m hungry, or let me outside. (a general plea for something)
4. Long drawn out meeeeeoooowww: Hey, you! You forgot to feed me! (a demand for something)
5. Low pitch meeeeooooww: Hey dummy, how lame are you, the service here stinks! (or a complaint)
6. High pitched RRROOOWWW!: Hey, you stepped on my tail! Watch it buddy! OUCH!
7. Purr: General contentment. Can also be used for fear or in pain.
8. Hiss: Get away from me! I will claw you up!
9. Clicking Sound: A sound used by felines when stalking prey.

Body Language and Gestures
1. Tail straight up or straight up with a curl at the end: Happy
2. Tail twitching: Excited or anxious.
3. Tail vibrating: Very excited to see you
4. Tail fur sticks straight up while the tail curls in the shape of an N: Extreme aggression.
5. Tail fur sticks straight up but the tail is held low: Aggression or frightened.
6. Tail held low and tucked under the rear: Frightened.
7. Dilated pupils: Very playful or excited. It can also indicate aggression.
8. Slowly blinking eyes: Affection, the equivalent of blowing a kiss
9. Ears pinned back: Fear, anxiety, aggression
10. Tongue flicking: Worry, apprehension
11. Rubbing head, flank and tail against a person or animal: Greeting ritual, ownership claim
12. Head-butting: Friendliness, affection
13. Face sniffing: Confirming identity
14. Wet nose kiss: Affection
15. Licking: The penultimate sign of affection. Or an indication that you need to clean up after a sardine snack.

Try not to confuse your cat with mixed signals. Use one tone for commands like DOWN or No and another for good kitty and here’s a treat. Cat respond on your body language as well as tone of voice. Unlike dogs cats like the high pitched voice. A good time to use it is when it dinner time or offering treats. A waving hand gesture also works well at this time.
For corrective measures use a firm, loud authoritative voice. Cats love to invade humans personal space. So when kitty keeps walking on the keyboard while you’re trying to work use a firm NO and push the cat away. A loud hissing or spitting noise works well too.
We all think of cats as aloof or finicky. As the old saying goes “Dogs have owners, cats have staff.” In other words you are your dogs master, your cat is your master. True or not cats can be communicated with and will love you more for understanding what they are trying to say.
Here is a link to a very good article that goes into more detail. Enjoy

Breed Quiz

Can you name the breeds shown?

American AllauntAlapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

Ambullneo Mastiff


American Bullador Hybrid

American Bully

American Panja Mastiff

American Pitbull Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier


Banter Bulldogge

Beabull Hybrid



Ca De Bou

Cane Corso

Dogo Argentino

Olde English Bulldogge



Spanish Alano

Staffordshire Bull Terrier



How did you do? Did you want to say Pittbull for all of them? Well if you did here is some news for you. Pittbull is a term used to describe a group not a breed. Like Retriever, hound or Shepherd. Bet you didn’t know that. All of the dogs above are and have been called Pitbulls. Here are their real Breeds:

1.  American Allaunt

2.  Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

3.  Ambullneo Mastiff

4.  American Bandogge Mastiff

5.  American Bullador Hybrid (Labrador-Bulldog cross)

6.  American Bully

7.  American Panja Mastiff

8.  American Pitbull Terrier

9.  American Staffordshire Terrier

10. American Bull Molosser

11.  Banter Bulldog

12. Beabull Hybrid (Beagle-Bulldog cross)

13.  Boerboel

14.  Boxer

15.  Ca De Bou

16.  Cane Corso

17. Dog Argentino

18.  Olde English Bulldogge

19.  Paterdale Terrier

20.  Preso Canario

21.  Spanish Alano 

22.  English Staffordshire Terrier

23.  Thai Ridgeback



Until Next time!!

Things People Do That Dogs Really Hate


There are a lot of things you do that your dog really doesn’t like, and you’re probably not aware of them. Here are a few things you can do or stop doing that your dog will thank you for.

1. Hugs – That’s right, hugs. People, well most people anyway, love hugs. It’s how we show affection. When you see a dog putting a paw or a leg on another dogs back it is a considered an act of dominance. A dog does not know you are trying to show some love they think you are showing dominance. They are genetically hardwired to think that way. While some dogs will tolerate a hug a lot of dog bites come from this act of human kindness.
2. Petting on the face and head – I’m assuming that you like most people don’t like being petted on the head. Dogs don’t like it either. A personal space issue that is annoying at best and painful at worst that most dogs just don’t care for. Give them a gentle pat on the back or a pat or rub on the old butt. It’s a much better sign of affection to them.
3. Staring them in the eyes – This is bad, especially for a dog that does not know you and it can cause aggression. Most will see it as an act of dominance and look away but others….. well, you know what it can lead to. Let’s face it, it’s creepy when a stranger stares at you right? The best way to approach a new dog is to stand at a slight angle, speak in a calm manner and let the dog come to you if they wish. Sometime this doesn’t work and you have to trust that the human is in control or it can be bad. Trust me on this one, I have the scars to prove it.
4. Going for walks with out letting them explore – It is important to have an obedient dog that walk well on a leash but it is also important that the dog be allowed to explore while still being obedient. It’s a good thing to let them explore the area once in a while. Dog see with their noses and smelling a tree trunk is kinda like seeing a sunset to us or checking their messages to see who was there. Some trainers recommend that you use a different collar and leash set up for “smell” walks. Use a longer leash but one that you still have control with. Please don’t use those retractable leashes, they are dangerous and you have very little or no control. (sorry, soapbox over) So instead of just a short potty walk, take time once or twice a week to let Ol’ Fido sniff until he is all sniffed out. He’ll thank you for it.
5. Keeping the leash tight – First off it is important to teach your dog to walk on a slack leash. If your dogs pulls constantly he needs leash training. Dogs are very intuitive and can read your tension level even through the leash. If you keep the leash tight they will read you nervousness or tension as being ready for fight or flight. A dog on a slack leash however will know that everything is OK and will remain calm. It takes work but it is best for you and your dog.
6. Getting right in their face – This goes along with hugging. They see it as aggression and dominance and makes them uncomfortable.
7. Using word more than body language – Dogs don’t understand language. Sure they will pick up a command like sit or stay but that is because you have trained them to respond to them by rewarding them for doing it. They understand the result not the words. Dogs are smart and have evolved to read human body language. They can read how you are feeling or thinking probably before you think or feel it. For instance, when a dog jumps on you or you say stay and put out a hand they read it as though you want to play or come to you. Try not to confuse them in your body language. Try this experiment: Go an entire day without using any words with your dog. You will realize just how much body language you use and the importance of it. You will probably hear a giant sigh of relief from your dog as well.
8. Not providing rules and structure – Canines are pack animals and pack have rules, structure and a pecking order. By not providing the same to your dog he is likely to be confused. You are (or should be) the pack leader and they look to you to know right and wrong just like children. Children with rules and structure have better social skills and behave better, are more polite and generally behave better. Dogs are no different. The only exception is, well, the exception. Dogs don’t understand exceptions to the rules. If they are allowed on the furniture after being bathed and groomed but not after playing outside it is confusing to them. A rule is a rule and they are not made to be broken in a dogs eyes.
9. Dog clothes – There are situations when dogs may need clothing. Short haired or thin coated dogs may need a coat in cold environments. However I have never seen a time when a silly Santa hat or pumpkin outfit is necessary. Sure it can be cute but trust me your dog hates it. An occasional photo op is Ok but please don’t be one of THOSE people. Ok, Ok it’s a pet peeve but dogs still hate it.
These are just a few of the things dogs hate and I hope this makes you aware of how you act/react influences your dog and that you will try harder for your dogs sake.

Here’s are some fun things dogs hate. Hope the give you a chuckle like they did me!

#1 Yelling at me for barking… I’M A DOG FOR DOG’S SAKE!!
#2 Taking me for a walk, but not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is this anyway?
#3 Blaming your farts on me…not ok!
#4 Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you’re not home
#5 Dog sweaters. Have you noticed the fur?
#6 The sleight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! What a proud moment for the top of the food chain.
#7 Taking me to the vet for “the big snip,” then acting surprised when I freak out every time we go back.
#8 Any trick that involves balancing food on my nose… stop, just stop!
#9 Getting upset when I sniff the crotches of your guests. Sorry, but I haven’t quite mastered that handshake thing yet.
#10 How you act disgusted when I lick myself. Look, we both know the truth, you’re just jealous.
Nevertheless, I am a dog. So I still love you!

Until next time!