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Be aware: Don’t risk your dog’s life in the summer heat


Lilac and April chilling out in the ac in Rosalie’s bedroom today – a sweltering summer day!

For people who love dogs and the outdoors, nothing is more fun than going out to run, walk or play with their beloved and eager pets.

But this summer’s heat already has proved deadly for dogs – and we’re not just talking about the tragic stories of pets locked in hot cars.

In various cases around the country this summer, dogs have died while on hikes with their owners or while left in the yard.

To protect your dog, it helps to learn more about how the heat affects them:

Dogs don’t have the same kind of sweat glands that humans have. In humans, the skin gets covered with sweat and the moisture evaporates, which has a cooling effect. Dogs don’t sweat, so there’s no cooling effect.

The main way dogs cool off is by panting — breathing in air rapidly to cool down. But on hot, humid days, dogs are sucking in hot, humid air, which doesn’t cool them down as well.

Some dogs pant better than others. Certain breeds such as pugs and English bulldogs, with very short snouts, don’t cool down nearly as efficiently with their panting, and are therefore at even greater risk in the heat.

Don’t be fooled when your dog seems so happy to go outside – this doesn’t mean they’re safe. Dogs love to play with their owners, and will follow them right up to the moment they collapse.

So how hot is too hot for your dog to spend time outside? There is no one answer. But it would be wise to consult the National Weather Service heat index, which shows conditions that require caution for humans. Generally speaking, if it’s hot for humans, it’s really hot for dogs.

Here are a few tips for keeping dogs safe in the hottest summer months:

Consider exercising your dog indoors during the worst months of summer.

At very least, find the coolest time of day possible if you choose to walk, run or play outside with your dog. This might be as the sun is rising or setting. Choose a place with water for your pet to drink, and shade.

Be all the more cautious if you live in a hot, southern state such as Florida, Georgia or Texas where cool times of day are hard to find. But don’t be complacent if you’re in a northern state such as New York, Minnesota or Michigan — mid-afternoon in August can be just as brutal.

If your dogs have labored breathing to begin with, they shouldn’t be exercising outside in the heat because they are even less able to cool down through panting. Be especially cautious if your veterinarian has said your dog suffers from laryngeal paralysis.

If your dog is overheating, you can hose her off with cool water. Never use ice water, which can actually make the problem worse. Your dog may be suffering from heat stroke if she lies down and won’t get up, is not alert and won’t stop panting. If this happens, put her in your car with the air conditioning on and drive to the nearest animal emergency hospital.

As always, it’s best to make regular visits to your family veterinarian for ongoing advice on the care of your pet.

Lilac is too cute!!!

Don’t forget to check out local gal Deb Young’s great work …

… on our circus FB page, located right here on this website! Deb is a long-time animal rights gal. She is smart and compassionate! Read what she’s posting – she knows her stuff! Learn all about the majestic wild animals caged, prodded, whipped, carted around in train box cars (where they often die from extreme heat or cold) by Ringling Brothers, Cole, down to those wretched, traveling kiddie zoos. Please boycott any “shows” that use wild animals. They destroy those animals – physically, emotionally, spiritually. EVERY day of their enslaved lives.

Please CLICK HERE to see our FB page.

Never attend or support in any way circuses that use wild animals!

Thank YOU!      – R. Tirella


Deb and her adorable Juno

I bought this two-fer lead at Pet Co …

… Wednesday so I can walk Jett and Lilac more easily around Woo. It’s going more smoothly by the day! They walk/run in front of me – I hold on for dear life!

Jett and Lilac at Pet Co where we practiced our walking. We looked pretty chaotic! Plus: Jett wizzed on a big bag of premium dog food, and Lilac, not fully housebroken and very nervous, took a huge poopy on the floor! DOGS KEEP IT REAL! LOVE MY DOGS!

– Rosalie Tirella

Vegan food fuels record-setting race across Appalachian Trail!

By Heather Moore

It takes the average hiker between five and seven months to travel the length of the Appalachian Trail (actually, the average hiker never even finishes it). Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek recently completed the 2,189-mile journey from Georgia to Maine in 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes. Beef jerky didn’t pass his lips once. Jurek thinks of food as fuel and only fills his tank with plant-based nutrition. And he’s not the only competitive athlete to champion a vegan lifestyle. Many popular athletes—from baseball and football players to boxers and bodybuilders—are taking advantage of performance-enhancing animal-free foods.

Plant-based foods provide athletes with the nutrients they need without the artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol they don’t. Vegans tend to have a lower body mass index than nonvegans, and studies show that plant-based foods can help reduce blood pressure, improve blood flow and boost athletic performance. An article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that a plant-based diet is “compatible with successful athletic endeavor.”

Vegan foods have propelled sports figures quite far. Jurek won the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run seven years in a row, setting a course record, and he’s represented the United States’ winning teams in overseas races.

His accomplishments are impressive—and so are those of other vegan competitors. Ultrarunner Patrick Sweeney recently raced from Los Angeles to Boston in 114 days—that’s more than a marathon each day. Ironmen Jason Lester and Rich Roll, who in 2009 was named one of the 25 “fittest guys in the world” by Men’s Fitness, completed five Ironman Triathlons—each on a different Hawaiian Island—in one week. Not to be left in the dust, vegan runner Fiona Oakes ran marathons on all seven continents and the North Pole, where she set a course record by 44 minutes.

These vegans are following in the footsteps of some true sports greats. Carl Lewis, Sports Illustrated’s “Olympian of the Century,” says that his best year of track competition was the first year that he ate a vegan diet, and Fauja Singh, who, at age 101, finished a 6.25-mile race in 1 hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds, credits his stamina and longevity to plant-based meals.

Ultramarathoner Dom Repta, who has run 100 miles in just under 20 hours, jokes that “vegan power” has turned him into a cyborg who suffers no injuries. While that may not be entirely true, vegan foods can protect against heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other debilitating diseases. That’s why former triathlete Brendan Brazier, the author of the Thrive book series and creator of the award-winning line of plant-based Vega nutritional products, says that whole plant-based foods are “proactive health insurance.” And since vegan athletes power up with healthy protein sources such as beans, lentils, tofu, pumpkin seeds and almonds, they have all the energy they need to be at their best.

Many other athletes thrive on vegan foods as well, including MLB pitcher Pat Neshek, NFL players Griff Whalen and Brandon Flowers, hockey great Georges Laraque, basketball stars John Salley and Salim Stoudamire, free-climber Steph Davis and Ultimate Fighting champ Mac Danzig.

In fact, some of the strongest athletes in the world are fueled by fruit, vegetables and other plant-based foods, including Patrik Baboumian, who broke the world record for the most weight ever carried by a human being, and all the bodybuilders on the PlantBuilt Vegan Muscle Team.

So, if you want to succeed in sports—and save animals to boot—pick a healthy vegan role model and follow his or her example. And even if sitting in the cheering section is more your style, you can still look and feel your best by eating vegan foods.

This just in! Too-cute pics of Chef Joey’s Abby and Vinny!

Joey rescued both of these beauties a month ago! They love their daily walks with Joey and visitors who give belly rubs! Pics by Chef Joey!




Never buy a puppy or dog from a breeder! Work to close puppy mills in the U.S!


Lights … camera … animal abuse?

By Jennifer O’Connor

Given how profoundly animals suffer at the hands of humans, you would expect to see them rebel if given the chance, as depicted in the new CBS television series Zoo. But even though the rebellious animal characters in Zoo are fictional, real animals still end up paying a price for it. Zoo producers force live animals to participate in the production instead of availing themselves of the high-tech non-animal options available.

It’s a shame that CBS is so out of touch. Every jaw-dropping chimpanzee and gorilla in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its sequel were created using computer-generated imagery (CGI), as were all the animals in last year’s film Noah. All the best commercials during the last Super Bowl used faked animal scenes. And has anyone seen the dinosaurs in a little film called Jurassic World?

In sharp contrast to the glamour associated with Hollywood, the day-to-day living conditions for animals used in movies, television shows and commercials are often grim. Some animals are taken from their homes in the wild. Most are kept in cramped enclosures and deprived of all that is meaningful to them, including natural social groupings and an appropriate environment.

Time is money in the entertainment industry, so there is a great deal of pressure for trainers to ensure that animals perform correctly in the fewest takes possible. These financial constraints can and do lead trainers to apply severe punishment and force during training sessions to ensure that animals perform on cue when they’re on the set.

The spirits of social and intelligent animals such as chimpanzees and orangutans must be broken before they can be used as “actors.” Eyewitnesses at California facilities that “train” (i.e., break) great apes have reported seeing workers severely beat baby chimpanzees and orangutans with rocks, broom handles and their fists. Beatings are meted out routinely in order to ensure that the animals remain compliant. After learning about the cruelty in the industry, every one of the top 10 U.S. advertising agencies signed PETA’s pledge never to use great apes in their work.

Between assignments, animals are often stored like props in small, barren cages. And when they are no longer of use, Hollywood animal trainers rarely provide them with appropriate lifetime care. Instead, they may spend the rest of their lives in deplorable conditions in backyard pens or cramped cages. Three chimpanzees used by the trainer who is currently supplying animals for Zoo, for example, were dumped at decrepit roadside zoos with appalling records.

And there is no comfort to be taken in the ubiquitous “No Animals Were Harmed” disclaimer by the American Humane Association (AHA). Having its representatives on the set is no guarantee that animals are safe. The AHA doesn’t oversee the off-site training of animals—where most abuse occurs—or the animals’ living and transport conditions. The AHA does not take into account a trainer’s record of animal-related offenses or violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. A scathing 2013 exposé that ran in The Hollywood Reporter concluded that AHA monitoring is woefully inadequate and that as a result, animals used in film and television are frequently put in dangerous situations, injured or even killed.

Technology has had a profound impact on the entertainment industry, and it continues to advance by leaps and bounds. Those who are still resorting to the use of live animals may as well go back to using 8 millimeter film—because that’s how far behind they are.

Milk makes you fat and doesn’t live up to its nutritional hype

 A blast from the past! This milk bottle and m b caddy can be had for a song at UNIQUE FINDS ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE GIFTS SHOP, 1329 Main St., Worcester. Open until 7 p.m. seven days a week! Great shop bursting with funky treasures! BEST PRICES!  – R.T.

By Michelle Kretzer

Let’s just clear this up: No one needs to drink cow’s milk. Ever.

It’s a calorie-rich, nutrient-poor beverage that’s been linked to numerous illnesses, and consuming it hurts both humans and bovine mothers.

So what about all the health claims for milk that we’ve been hearing ever since we could walk? The story of milk seems to have involved a lot of whitewashing:

During the dairy surplus of World War I, the “Dairy Division” of the Department of Agriculture began promoting milk in order to increase consumption. It worked.

Since then, our understanding of the impact of cow’s milk on human health has improved greatly. But the dairy industry is still spending millions of dollars every year to promote milk as a health food through a powerful lobby, the educational materials it sends to schools, and ads on TV, in print and online. And that incomplete and misleading information causes problems for parents and kids.

Despite the hype, cow’s milk actually robs our bones of calcium. Animal protein produces acids when broken down, and since calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer, you can see where this is going. Our bodies can use the calcium in milk, but they also take some from our own body stores to neutralize the acid before it’s eliminated. So every glass of milk we drink leaches calcium from our bones.

The dairy industry also promotes milk as a source of vitamin D, but this nutrient doesn’t occur in milk naturally and is only added later, in the same way that soy milk, orange juice, and cereals, bread and other grain products are fortified.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reports that milk has also been linked to colic, anemia, food allergies and digestive problems. And since cow’s milk is designed to suit the nutritional needs of calves, who gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months, it also encourages the development of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

And dairy farming isn’t kind to bovine mothers or their calves, either.

Cows produce milk for the same reason that human women do: to feed their babies.

In order to make mother cows keep producing milk, dairy farmers repeatedly artificially inseminate them and then take their babies away from them within 24 hours, which traumatizes them both. Female calves are killed immediately or are fed milk replacers (so that humans can steal the milk meant for them) and sentenced to the same fate as their mothers. Male calves are often sold to the veal industry, where they’re chained inside tiny stalls and kept anemic so their flesh will stay pale.

Cows have been known to escape from their enclosures and travel for miles trying to find their missing babies. One cow, Clarabelle, was just hours away from being slaughtered after her milk production had waned when she was rescued by a sanctuary. The sanctuary’s volunteers soon discovered that Clarabelle was pregnant. This loving mother had had her babies taken away from her so many times that this time, when she gave birth at the sanctuary, she hid her calf in a tall patch of grass a distance away. Of course, no one took that baby away. But the story for most cows on dairy farms doesn’t have a happy ending.

With mounting evidence that milk is a product of cruelty that actually does a body bad, it’s not surprising that consumption has dropped by 25 percent since 1975.

Nondairy milks, such as soy, rice, almond and coconut milks, meanwhile, have been flying off the shelves, averaging annual sales growth of 10.9 percent since 1999.

Many nondairy options are fortified with calcium and other vitamins, and several offer a lot of protein with fewer calories than dairy milk.

And of course, they’re all free of the saturated fat, cholesterol and cruelty associated with dairy products.

I visited the Worcester Animal Rescue League …

… at 139 Holden St. (Worcester), yesterday afternoon. They have so many adorable KITTENS looking for LOVING FOREVER HOMES! I had to snap some pics!

Stop by WARL today and cuddle these beauties!  Maybe take one home with you … .WARL is open to the public SEVEN days a week! – noon to 4 p.m. All cats (and dogs) up for adoption are spayed/neutered and vaccinated!

pics + text – R. Tirella







Yay, CNN!!!!!

We think it’s so important that mainstream media expose the REAL AMERICAN farming industry! American farms are not some bucolic fantasy! More American papers and tv news shows need to run reports like CNN’s (see below) so ALL Americans see what really goes on at these agri-complexes. Even family farms send their livestock to slaughterhouses. … Americans are good people and will demand changes, humane treatment of cows, chickens, pigs, lambs … . State houses to the White House – let’s bombard these American institutions with the truth! They MUST REPRESENT us, WE THE PEOPLE, and we the people DEMAND a new day dawn on factory farms. – R. Tirella


CNN investigative correspondent Chris Frates is being awarded the Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award by the National Press Club for his work to expose animal abuse in the meat industry.

Frates’ series gave audiences an eye-opening look at the pervasive abuse and neglect that animals endure on farms. One of his reports broke PETA’s investigation of a worldwide leader in pig production, which revealed that pigs who were severely sick or injured were commonly left to suffer for days before finally dying or being hauled to slaughter.

CLICK HERE to watch the video.