The letter P brings us several amazingly fun topics…and it makes me happy.
Let’s kick things off with……Pinterest, the web obsession. I will not only eventually have to go to rehab for caffeine, but probably Pinterest as well. I know most of you are probably already pinning wonders, but trust me–Pinterest isn’t for everyone, so I totally get it if you’re not. Pin obsessed or pin resistant, I think you’ll still like my two pet-centric boards. I have one for Life with Arie and one I started with Examiner, about heroic dogs! The first one should make you smile, the second should make you tear up with happiness. I hope you enjoy both–feel free to repin and comment like a madwoman, dog, or man. If you’re on Pinterest and care to share, put a link to yourself in the comments!
Now onto Pet First Aid Awareness Month.
Have you noticed a few trends with pet safety in my posts lately? I’ve talked about icy concerns, what household items could be poisonous for your pets, and in my last post about medications and pets. From ears and nails to car harnesses and beyond, many of my April posts have tried to focus on health and medical care for your pets to Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Pet first aid is so important, because you never really know when you’re going to need it. When Arie was a pup she burned her paws on hot pavement (BAD mom for walking her in the late afternoon during a hot Georgia Summer) and we had to clean her paws with iodine, then coat them in Neosporin, then wrap them loosely with gauze, and put baby socks on them….oh yes. I bought baby socks to keep my dog from pulling on the gauze.
Socks and all, the knowledge was good to know in case I ever need to pass it on to someone who had a similar situation. I want to continue to learn more about Pet First Aid, and I especially want to take a Pet CPR class. What kind of first aid advice do you have to offer? Have you taken a CPR class? Let’s pool our knowledge, pet fans!
Next on our P list is the Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. This topic breaks my heart. I’ve seen so many stories lately about horrible things done to animals…there was even a puppy in my hometown that someone poured acid on…on purpose. Freddy, as he has been called, survived the incident and has been described as your typical loving puppy, though he has and still is living through some terrible pain. He was only six weeks old and three and half lbs when a good Samaritan found him with his burns and rushed him to a friend at Animal Control to see if someone could save him. He is expected, however, to make a full recovery. I found a link to the story with very tiny images for those of you, who, like me, can’t stand to look at such pain. If you want to help the rescue that is helping Freddy, and other severely abused animals in South Carolina, you can find them here. One thing we can do to help stop the abuse of animals is to ensure that people who abuse animals, like sex offenders, are registered for their crimes and prevented from adopting animals in the future just to cause them harm. You can learn more about that from Pet-Abuse.com.
Now, I don’t want to leave anyone in the dumps after such a serious moment…so instead we’re going to talk about other dumps. (you chuckled…you know you did.) That’s right. Poop. And prizes.
…I hinted that I would reveal one of the prizes for the giveaway basket in May on one of my social channels in my post yesterday or the day before. I failed. Instead, I’m revealing one today, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg for the basket of awesomeness that awaits one lucky winner. It’s…
Poopie bags!!! While not the most exciting or most enticing element of the epic giveaway basket, these little items are amazingly handy when you need them. The bone shaped holder can latch onto your leash, keys, purse, book bag, belt loop, etc. making baggies super convenient, and the rainbow of bags offers up 48 plastic baggies for you. Besides, let’s face it–If you’re going to be picking up poop, using a blue/yellow/green/or pink bag just makes it a little less nasty. Keep your eyes peeled for more giveaway surprises, and don’t forget to share your first aid tips!