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October 2008 Newsletter

October and Black Cats

It’s the month of Halloween so please be cautious about your cats (black or otherwise) that are outside. Even tortoiseshell cats can be targets of cruelty. Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Why Your Dog Needs a Bed
Courtesy of Doctors Foster and Smith

While most of us don't often think of our own personal bed as a cherished possession, it is probably one of the last pieces of furniture we would ever want to live without.

A good bed provides insulation, support for our backs and joints, warmth, and a feeling of security. When a dog has a bed of his own, he gets all of these benefits, and more.

When pet owners ask what items they need to purchase for their pet, a good dog bed is always at the top of the list - along with a collar, leash, and food and water dishes. Dog beds are so important that they aren't considered optional; but are, instead, a necessary piece of equipment for all dogs regardless of size, breed, or age.

Some of the benefits a dog bed offers your dog include:

  • Insulating your dog from the floor in both the winter and summer. In the wintertime, many small dogs love to curl up in a nesting-type bed like a Slumber Ball dog bed, which provides the warmth needed for both comfort and good health.
  • Providing your dog with his own private space and a sense of security.
  • Cushioning joints and bones - especially for older, arthritic, or overweight dogs.
  • Controlling the spread of hair and dander by concentrating it in one, easy-to-clean location.
  • Helping to prevent injuries by keeping your dog from jumping up and down from the furniture.

  • Protecting your outside dog. Outside dogs need a bed as much or more than inside dogs.

If you spend the time to research and purchase a bed that best suits your dog's individual needs, you will soon find that it is your dog's very favorite place to spend time.

Pets of the Month





Ellie and Harry






Ellie and Harry

Congratulations to Ellie and Harry!  They are gorgeous black cats that are hard to tell apart.  Ellie is on the left and Harry is on the right.  They were recently interviewed by their mom, Mary, and had this to say.

How we met our family:
Harry was adopted from Folsom Feline Rescue in July 2002. Ellie was adopted from the Folsom Cat Clinic in Sept 2002. They look like littermates, but are not. They definitely act like brother and sister.

What we have to say about the companion human(s) we share our home with:
She likes to spoil us with new toys and treats.

Our favorite hobbies:
Sleeping, eating, sleeping, playing, sleeping, cuddling. Did we mention sleeping?

Our favorite foods:
Harry goes bonkers over tuna and Ellie likes to snack on wheat grass.

Our favorite toys:
Ellie loves her laser toy and Harry loves his kitty teaser fishing pole toy.

Our most exciting adventures:
Harry: I like eating Ellie's food
Ellie: I like to ambush and pounce on Harry

Our idea of a perfect day:
When it's cold outside, we like to worship in front of the fireplace deities. When it's hot outside, we like to lounge on the cool tile floor

Secret skills or abilities that few people know about us:
Harry has the ability to turn invisible as soon as visitors arrive. Ellie has a super-charm magnet she uses to get cat treats. Neither one is a secret.

What I like most about my pet sitters:
Sandy, Janet and our other pet sitters are cat people. We can tell. They are patient when Harry is shy and fun for Ellie to play with. They take really good care of us.

Service Announcements

The holidays are creeping up and there is still plenty of time to make pet sitting arrangements.  Please let us know if your furry family needs visits from their favorite pet sitters!

Focus on Fundraising

The Sacramento SPCA's premier food and wine tasting event, Reigning Cats & Dogs, will be held Saturday, October 18, 2008 at the Sacramento Convention Center. This black-tie optional event hosts more than 1,200 guests and features samples offered from more than thirty award-winning wineries and microbrewers, and an equal number of gourmet restaurants. In addition to both a live and silent auction, an exclusive wine and art auction, raffle, live music and entertainment complete the evening.

To sponsor this event or donate items to the silent auction, or for more
event information, please call (916) 383-7387, extension 9102.

Doggie Dictionary

    1. Leash: A strap which attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.
    2. Dog Bed: Any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room.
    3. Drool: A liquid which, when combined with sad eyes, forces humans to give you their food. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and get the drool on the human.
    4. Sniff: A social custom used to greet other dogs, similar to the human exchange of business cards.
    5. Garbage Can: A container which your neighbors put out once a week to test your ingenuity. You must stand on your hind legs and try to push the lid off with your nose. If you do it right you are rewarded with margarine wrappers to shred, beef bones to consume and moldy crusts of bread.
    6. Bicycles: Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards; the person then swerves and falls into the bushes, and you prance away.
    7. Deafness: This is a malady which affects dogs when their person wants them in and they want to stay out. Symptoms include staring blankly at the person, then running in the opposite direction, or lying down.
    8. Thunder: This is a signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, rolling your eyes wildly, and following at their heels.
    9. Wastebasket: This is a dog toy filled with paper, envelopes, and old candy wrappers. It is important to evenly distribute its contents throughout the house before your person comes home.
    10. Bath: If you find something especially good to roll in, humans get jealous and use this degrading form of torture to get even. Be sure to shake only when next to a person or a piece of furniture.
    11. Lean: Every good dog's response to the command "sit!", especially if your person is dressed for an evening out. Incredibly effective before black-tie events.
    12. Bump: The best way to get your human's attention when they are drinking a fresh cup of coffee or tea.
    13. Goose Bump: A maneuver to use as a last resort when the regular Bump doesn't get the attention your require ... especially effective when combined with The Sniff. See above.
    14. Children: Short humans of optimal petting height. Standing close to one assures some good petting. When running they are good to chase. If they fall down, they are comfortable to sit on.
    15. Love: A feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction. The best way you can show your love is to wag your tail. If you're lucky, a human will love you in return


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