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Spring 2012 Newsletter

 
Happy Earth Day...Every Day!

Earth Day may have officially been designated as April 22, but we here at NBCAAM feel that we should celebrate the Earth every day!

"The earth is what we all have in common." - Wendell Berry 


We celebrate our Earth Dogs! 

Earth Dogs get their name from digging in the dirt (and going down in holes, etc.). Earth Dogs include Dachshunds and small terriers like Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Silky Terriers, Skye Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, and Wire Fox Terriers.


 
 In the Chinese Five Element Theory, the Earth element provides stability, groundedness and our root. The Earth is regarded as the center, balancing and stabilizing influence, just as the spleen and stomach (the two organ systems associated with Earth) are located in the center of the body.


Congratulations to the Most Recent Nationally-Certified Practitioners!  

Each of the following individuals understands the significance of maintaining the Standards of Practice and Ethical Code set forth by NBCAAM to assure the health and well-being of animals and support the professionalism of their respective disciplines. Congratulations to them all for their dedication! 

Lorna Boydston
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Animal Wellness Connection

Deer Park, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Lee Johnston 
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sound Dog Massage
Port Orchard, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage  


Susan Kasmin
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Ansonia, CT
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Catherine Kirkness
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Polly Klein
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Issaquah, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage


Valerie Ladymon
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sound Animal Massage

Freeland, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
When asked why Valerie wanted to take the NBCAAM exam, she answered " I believe that the NBCAAM examination is an excellent way to help uphold the high standards of this wonderful profession. It allows the professional to exhibit to themselves and the consumer their knowledge in this field. This certification helps to standardize the body of knowledge all practitioners need to provide outstanding care to their clients."


Jackie Limosani
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Pawsitively Peaceful Canine Massage

Park Ridge, IL
Graduate of Canine Massage Chicago
Jackie said, " I believe that the NBCAAM examination is an excellent way to help uphold the high standards of this wonderful profession. It allows the professional to exhibit to themselves and the consumer their knowledge in this field. This certification helps to standardize the body of knowledge all practitioners need to provide outstanding care to their clients."

Kira Matthews 
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Kaci Wicker-Thornhill
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Summit, MS 
Graduate of Equissage
Kaci said she was motivated to take the NBCAAM exam because, "I wanted to pursue the ultimate in excellence in my career field of equine massage and to know that I am offering my clients the best."
 
Cindy York  
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Richmond, ME 
Graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage

Debby Zuber
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sophie's Touch Canine Massage
Duvall, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 

Nationally Certified Animal Massage Practitioners:
 
USA

CONNECTICUT

Susan Kasmin
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Ansonia, CT
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

COLORADO

Marianne McClain
Nationally Certified Equine & Canine Massage Practitioner
Durango, CO
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

ILLINOIS

Jackie Limosani
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Pawsitively Peaceful Canine Massage

Park Ridge, IL
Graduate of Canine Massage Chicago

Denise Theobald
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Canine Massage Chicago
Chicago, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Massage Therapy

MAINE

Cindy York  
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Richmond, ME 
MISSISSIPPI

Kaci Wicker-Thornhill
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Summit, MS 
Graduate of Equissage
 
NEW JERSEY

Anne Angelo
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Intuitive Touch Animal Care
Morristown, NJ 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Faye Bader
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Central New Jersey
www.fayebader.com
Graduate of Hocking College
 
Lisa Madison
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Contented Canine Massage
Cherry Hill, NJ
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 

OREGON
 
Anita Kirk
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Pet Bath & Beyond
Newport, OR
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
Student of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

PENNSYLVANIA

Heather Manuel
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Balance In Motion - Equine & Canine Massage Therapy, LLC
Snoqualmie, PA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Jennifer Wheeler
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate of Hocking College

VIRGINIA

Kimberly Hellems
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Blue Ridge Animal Massage
Crozet, VA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 

WASHINGTON
 
Lorna Boydston
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Animal Wellness Connection

Deer Park, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Gretchen Dietz
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Wags n' Words and Wellsprings K9
Seattle, WA
Graduated from
 Northwest School of Animal Massage

Lynnie Ford
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Wag Wellness
Bothell, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage, currently at Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage
 
Kelly Frere
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
ProDog Massage
Bellingham, WA 
Graduated from 
Northwest School of Animal Massage

Collene Gaolach                                      
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Northwest Animal Holistic Health 
Seattle, WA  
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Janice A. Hill
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
SwimSpaw
Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Lee Johnston
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sound Dog Massage
Port Orchard, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Catherine Kirkness
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Polly Klein
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Issaquah, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Tara Kolesar
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Back in Stride Equine Massage Therapy

Redmond, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Valarie Ladymon
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sound Animal Massage
Freeland, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Terry Shuck
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Thunder Paws Animal Massage

Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Leanne Stevens
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
The Brown Dog
Suquamish, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Lori Stevens
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
www.seattlettouch.com
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 
 
Kendara Ann VanNorman
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
SwimSpaw
Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Debby Zuber
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sophie's Touch Canine Massage
Duvall, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
CANADA
 
Lorraine Serhienko
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Blaine Lake, SK and Vermilion, AB
Canada
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Nationally Certified Animal Acupressure Practitioners:

USA

CALIFORNIA

Nedra Abramson
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Acupressure for all Creatures
Reiki for All Creatures

Carlsbad, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Susan Holmes
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Heaven’s Gate Equine Acupressure
Quincy, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 

Karen Shaw

Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
West on the Wheel Acupressure
Marshall, CA
Graduate of and Assistant Instructor with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

COLORADO

Sharon Akiyama
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Denver, CO
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

ILLINOIS

Kathi Soukup
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
KS Equine Massage and Bodywork
Freeport, IL
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

KANSAS

Sheryl Mankel
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Connected-Healing
Wichita, KS
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

MARYLAND

Heather Amos
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Ellicott City, MD
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and Baltimore School of Massage

MONTANA

Leann "Lu" Garnas
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner,
Garnas Equine Therapeutic Services
Belgrade, MT
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
NEW YORK
 
Dara Fee
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Hampton Bays, Long Island, NY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Tenney Gravatt
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Lung Ta Wellness
Gardiner, NY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

OHIO

Diane Wilson
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Miami Valley Equine Acupressure
Yellow Springs, OH
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Lynn Caldwell 
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Miami Valley Equine Acupressure
Yellow Springs, OH
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

OKLAHOMA

Casie Bazay
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Oklahoma Equine Acupressure

Porter, OK
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

OREGON

Kim Bauer
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Animal Ease Therapies, LLC
Parkdale, OR  
Graduate of and Instructor with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
TEXAS

Anita Read
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Fort Worth, TX
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

WASHINGTON

Gail Court
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Pawsitive Points- Acupressure For Your Pets!

Edmonds, WA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 

Collene Gaolach
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Northwest Animal Holistic Health 
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

WISCONSIN

Brenda Utzerath
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Modern Dog
Beaver Dam, WI
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 

WYOMING

Laura G. Canapp
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
The Healthy Horse

Dee Dee Sorsby
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Equine Mobile Massage of Jackson Hole, Inc.
Wilson, WY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and Western Montana School of Equine Massage  

ARGENTINA

Antonio Palacio
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba 5152
Argentina

 Click here for more information on NBCAAM Members




NBCAAM Member School Schedules




Hocking College's Equine Health & Complementary Therapies Curriculum



Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute Hands-On Training Schedule 



Northwest School of Animal Massage's Schedule



Doggone U of Animal Massage at Bancroft's Calendar



Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage's Calendar



Massage Awareness Courses



PetMassage Courses


NOTENBCAAM appreciates the generous support of these schools and businesses, but this does not indicate endorsement. Please do your research to ensure a school meets your educational needs as well as the legal requirements within your region.

 


Business Supporting Members




The NBCAAM Board
 
Co-Chairs

Amy Snow 
Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Larkspur, CO

Susan King
Companion Chi

Cary, NC

Vice-Chair 

Tina Romine
Hocking College

Nelsonville, OH

Secretary

Lisa Malone
Equishen

Dallas, TX

Treasurer

Sharon Romines
Sacred Breath Massage
Duvall, WA

Members at Large

Kim Bauer 
Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Animal Ease Therapies, LLC

Parkdale, OR

Lola Michelin
Northwest School of Animal Massage
Fall City, WA

Lisa Ruthig
Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Lively Dog

Thompson, CT

Nancy Zidonis 
Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Larkspur, CO 

Denise Theobald 
Canine Massage Chicago
Chicago, IL 

Patricia Whalen-Shaw 
Integrated Touch Therapy

Circleville, OH 

Carol Schultz 
Animal Spirit Healing & Education® Network

Pekin, IL 

Colleen McDonald
Equine Kneads, LLC 

Warren County, NJ

Advisory Board

Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD (hon)
Tellington TTouch Training
Santa Fe, NM  

Dr. Richard Pitcairn
Website
Eugene, OR


Student Members

Kay Anderson- California

W. Inez Donmoyer- Maryland
Student of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Brenda Harley- Nevada
Student of Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage

Bettina Lally- California
Student of Northwest School of Animal MassageTallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and TTouch

Valerie Urban- Minnesota
Student of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Mary Van Assche- Oregon
Student of PetMassage

Margaret Walker- Colorado
Student of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 

NBCAAM Member Listing
NBCAAM News 

NBCAAM Welcomes Four New Members-at-Large to the Board of Directors 


Denise Theobald of Canine Massage Chicago (CMC) in Chicago, IL has been a licensed human massage therapist for over 24 years and has been working with animals for over 14 years. CMC offers career training, pet parent classes and canine massage services. Before creating CMC, Denise founded Pet-ri-ssage Ltd. and provided massage therapy services in the Chicago area for many years, as well as educational seminars and weekend workshops for various organizational and veterinary clinics. Denise is a graduate of Chicago School of Massage Therapy and the Animal Sense Academy of Dog Training where she is on staff as an assistant trainer and canine massage instructor. Denise also serves as staff instructor at Integrative Pet Care, a canine rehabilitation center in Chicago.


Patricia Whalen-Shaw of Integrated Touch Therapy (ITT, Inc.®) in Circleville, OH has been riding and working with animals for over 30 years. She has taught equine, canine and feline massage for 18 years. Patricia is the president and founder of ITT, Inc.®, teaching thousands of students from all over the world. Previously, Patricia was co-founder and past-president of Optissage, Inc. Patricia holds a B.G.S. from Ohio University and an M.S. from Indiana University. She is a graduate of Central Ohio School of Massage, and is an associate polarity practitioner, and registered cranial sacral therapist. 


Carol Schultz of Animal Spirit Healing & Education® Network in Pekin, IL has been a professional Animal Communicator since 2000. She founded Animal Spirit Healing & Education® Network in 2006, an online community and university that offers classes and certificate programs in holistic animal care and intuitive healing arts. Carol is a U. of I. graduate and received her MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Business.


Colleen McDonald of Equine Kneads, LLC in Warren County, NJ dedicated herself to developing her Equine Massage program at Equine Kneads, LLC after retiring from a career in Law Enforcement. Colleen is involved in horse rescue and has enjoyed a long, successful show career with her many horses. Collen received certification from Advantassage School of Equine Studies.

NBCAAM is honored and excited to have these four respected professionals on board to help keep NBCAAM moving forward! 



NBCAAM Acupressure Review Course Available Soon!

Amy Snow has completed the review course for the acupressure exams! The NBCAAM Board is in the process
 of sorting out the delivery mechanism which will be in webinar form, lasting six consecutive weeks.
More info to come!



Legislative News

Oklahoma

NBCAAM-Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner and NBCAAM Legislative Chair, Casie Bazay and Representative Wade Rousselot met with Dr. Rod Hall, chairman of the Animal Technology Advisory Committee this week  to pursue changing the existing 
Oklahoma state legislation to exclude massage and acupressure  from requiring  the supervision of a veterinarian. Unfortunately, the committee has chosen not to pursue changing the law for this year.
 
Representative Wade Rousselot has extended his assistance to Casie as he offered to carry the bill for the next session. Thanks to Casie for taking on the work and to Representative Rousselot and the NBCAAM Legislative Committee for their support and expertise. 
-Nancy Zidonis

Ohio


A Victory For a Misunderstood Breed
HB 14 has passed 27 to 5 removing Pit Bulls from the definition of a vicious dog in the state of Ohio! 

Maryland


Animal Abuse Registry Bills Fail in Maryland
 
Companion legislation, Senate Bill 301 and House Bill 1020, establishing the Maryland Animal Abuse Registry did not survive in this session of the Maryland General Assembly. 
If this legislation had been enacted, the State Police would have been responsible for establishing and maintaining a central computerized registry, known as the Maryland Animal Abuse Registry. Anyone convicted of an animal abuse crime would have to register with the county sheriff in the county in which that person resided within 10 days after conviction. 
Pet stores, animal breeders and animal shelters would have been responsible for determining whether a person seeking to purchase or adopt an animal appeared on the registry, and would not have been able to knowingly offer, sell, deliver give or provide an animal to a person listed in the registry. 

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Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute Course Work Meets Washington State Requirements
 
Effective February 7th, 2012 Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute courses meet a portion of Washington State’s animal massage requirements for hours and areas of instruction. For instance, participants in the Tui Na Course (original Chinese meridian massage) in July 2012 can apply 30 hours toward their required hours for Certification in Washington State. (Note: the Tui Na Course is also approved for CEs with NCBTMB).
 
Other Tallgrass courses meeting the Washington State requirements include Hands-On Health & Pathology for a total of 28 hours, Business Practice Course for 10 hours and Acupoint Energetics & Landmark Anatomy for 15 hours. These courses have received rigorous review by the Board of Health of Washington State. For further details regarding the apportionment of hours, please contact: Tallgrass@animalacupressure.com
 
Nancy Zidonis, Co-Founder of Tallgrass, comments: “We applaud Washington State for their extraordinary efforts in setting high standards and specific requirements for animal massage practitioners to become certified and able to practice in their state. We hope this is a model for the rest of the nation. The public needs to be able to trust that their animals will receive only qualified massage services.”
 
Additionally, Washington State has adopted the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage examinations as their standard examination for certification. Review Courses for the equine and canine acupressure and massage examinations are being developed and will be available by the middle of spring 2012. Practitioners and students wishing to meet and uphold the highest professional standards of practice are encouraged to become members of NBCAAM.

Visit the Tallgrass Blog @: http://www.animalacupressure.com/blog


Reduce. Reuse. Rewoof.
from Park Avenue Chihuahua
 


In honor of Earth Day, here are some ways you can help the environment and reduce the carbon footprint of you and your beloved fur family.
 
1. Recycle - Recycle used blankets, towels, sheets, pillows, etc and donate them to your local animal shelter. You wouldn't believe the need that your shelter has for these items. Don't forget to wash all the items first. 
 
Also, make sure you recycle your pet's food cans and bags. Opt for buying larger bags of dog food when you can to reduce packaging materials used. A great thing to buy is an air tight food containerto keep your pet's food fresh.
 
2. Scoop the Poop - Clean up your dog's poop with biodegradable poop bags instead of plastic bags from the grocery store. Curious why you should clean up your dog's poop? Click here to learn more. 
 
For the kitty, go for Eco-friendly cat litters, avoiding brands with mined minerals.
 
3. Reduce - Don't Shop. Adopt. When searching for your next pet, opt to adopt. There countless numbers of homeless pets looking for a loving home. You'll save money, resources - and a life.

 
Also, don't forget to spay and neuter your pets to reduce the unwanted animal population. Many shelters and rescues offer reduced-cost spay and neuter certificates if the cost is keeping you from fixing your pet during these hard economic times. Call your local shelter or Humane Society to see if they can help you reduce the number of unwanted animals and keep your pets healthier.
 
4. Reuse - Cut down on paper products—clean up with rags or recycled paper towels.
 
5. Water - Give your pet filtered tap water instead of bottled or tap water to drink. If you must use bottled water then be sure to recycle the containers that you use. Why use filtered water instead of tap water? Click here to learn more. 
 
6. Grooming - Go Green! Use earth-friendly pet shampoos and grooming products whenever possible.
 
7. Living Green -  There are lots of great Eco-friendly dog and cat products out there (leashes, collars, toys, cleaning products, treats, etc). You can find some great ones here, here and here
 
8. Garden Delights - If you have space, consider growing your own garden for you and your pets. Have a small space? Then consider a container garden. Pets love vegetables. Some great one you can feed your pets are carrots, lettuce and green beans. Before using insecticides, research mulching and other gardening practices that can help reduce the amount of insecticides and herbicides you might need.
 
Earth Day is a time to appreciate the Earth and all it's wonderfulness. We can also learn and act to help keep it a safe place for all living things, including your beloved animal friends. Let's all do our part today and everyday to help protect and preserve this beautiful place we call home - Mother Earth. 

See full article here.
 
Here's more great green tips.
 
    

Here are some great green product suggestions from Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner and NBCAAM Marketing Committee Media Specialist,
Nedra Abramson:

 Pure Pooch- All natural grooming products
 Planet Dog- Eco-friendly pet supplies
 Organic Pet Boutique- one stop shop for organic pet products
 Organic Oscar- organic, all-natural dog shampoo and conditioner
Aroma Paws- an all-natural, chemical-free line of grooming products for dogs
 West Paw Design- eco-friendly dog and cat toys and bedding made in the USA
 Ecoanimal- Earth-friendly products for animals
  




Bureau of Land Management Agrees to Consider Madeleine Pickens' Horse Sanctuary



The Bureau of Land Management just announced its decision to conduct a two-year study of philanthropist and wild horse advocate Madeleine Pickens’ proposal to create an eco-sanctuary for America’s mustangs. The BLM will conduct an environmental analysis of the proposed eco-sanctuary on half-a-million-acres in Northeastern Nevada, 25 miles south of Wells, in Elko County. 
 
The wife of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens and her organization, Saving America’s Mustangs (SAM), have bought grazing rights on a former cattle ranch known as the Spruce allotment - after the nearby mountain peak - as well as 14,000 acres of private, deeded land.
Under her proposal, the BLM would keep ownership of the horses, while Mrs. Pickens would maintain the wells, rangeland and fencing on an area of public lands about half the size of Rhode Island.
If the BLM grants final approval, the agency would provide funding to help support the horses - but at a rate not to exceed the current $475 per horse per year it spends to maintain them on holding pastures in the Midwest.
 
Mrs. Pickens, who hopes to turn her "Mustang Monument" into a major tourist draw with a living musuem, has already spent millions of dollars buying rangeland, building water troughs and planting alfalfa. Starting with 550 wild animals rounded up from the Paiute Reservation at Pyramid Lake more than a year ago, "I'm going forward with or without the government," she vows.
 
In 2008, Pickens offered to help create lifetime sanctuaries for thousands of wild horses and burros who would otherwise live in BLM’s short- and long-term holding facilities. At the time, the BLM announced that it might euthanize and sell thousands of wild horses for slaughter. The announcement followed a fiscal crisis caused by BLM’s failed management policies and programs.
 
Since then, the BLM and Saving America’s Mustangs have been working together in an attempt to develop a partnership that would provide homes for wild horses and educate the public about the need to preserve and protect these icons of the American West, while saving taxpayer dollars.


 
See article here and here.


A Thrown Away Puppy is Saved With Massage!

Little Harper is a Pit Bull puppy born with ‘Swimmer Puppy Syndrome’ (pectus excavatumthat forces puppies to lay flat with their legs splayed outwards rigidly due to their condition. Most puppies afflicted with it don't survive. 



Harper was discarded in a trash bag by a breeder selling puppies in a store parking lot for $50 each in Sanford, FL. Luckily a woman insisted on knowing what was moving and making noise in the trash bag and the puppy was subsequentially saved by Erica Daniel, founder of the Pit Bull rescue, Dolly's Foundation. Erica only planned to give this sweet soul one night where she knew what it felt like to be loved before humanely euthanizing her as recommended by the vets who had examined her. She began massaging her stiff muscles though and within just a few hours, Harper started lifting her head and looking around. Her front legs became more limber as well, so much so that she tried using them to walk and pull herself around. 


photo by Flyin Fur Pet Photography

The nice people at Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy & Fitness in Winter Park, FL heard about Harper and donated free hydrotherapy and massage therapy to the puppy. Harper responded remarkably well, and before long she actually started walking. After one of her early massages, Harper got “all loosey-goosey, like we all are after a massage,” Bev McCartt of Hip Dog  said. “She just kind of melted into the pad.” Later that same day, she started to trot.


photo by Flyin Fur Pet Photography

Erica had initially planned to offer Harper up for adoption, but after everything they went through, she couldn’t bear to give Harper up. Now, Erica and Harper are an inseparable team and can be seen together at public appearances and volunteer events. Thanks to her team of supporters, she is making a miraculous recovery!

Flyin Fur Pet Photography donated their services and all sales of Harper's photos will go towards her medical bills.

See full story here.

 

Chicken Jerky Treats From China Still Wreaking Havoc Amid Lawsuits and Senate Hearings

An Illinois man who claims tainted treats killed his 9-year-old Pomeranian named Cleopatra filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit Wednesday against pet food maker Nestle Purina.
Dennis Adkins filed the suit in federal court against the Waggin’ Train brand, its parent company Nestle Purina and Walmart, where he bought the treats in March.
After three days of feeding them to Cleopatra, she became sick, the suit said. She died of kidney failure 11 days later, on March 26.
Adkins claims he didn’t give the dog more than the recommended one treat per day, and that his other dog, 9-year-old Pharaoh, didn’t eat the treats and didn’t get sick.
The 7-count suit claims breach of warranty, unjust enrichment, negligence, product liability and failure to warn. The suit claims the class of potential defendants is at least 100 consumers nation-wide, and that the potential amount of damages exceeds $5 million.


Three Top Brands Named
 
There have been over 1,000 complaints of canine illness associated with chicken jerky treats imported from China. U.S. Food & Drug Administration records showed that a log of owner and veterinarian complaints of harm referenced at least three popular brands of jerky treats: Waggin’ Train, Canyon Creek Ranch and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, although most brands of chicken jerky seem to be made in China though. 



After a meeting with U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the FDA stepped up its investigation and traveled to manufacturing facilities in China. At a Senate Appropriations hearing on April 19th, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) rattled the FDA’s cage, “While I am encouraged that the FDA has begun inspections at the Chinese plants that manufacture chicken jerky dog treats, I remain concerned about the numerous pet owners that could still be buying these treats, unaware of the possible contamination, and feeding the treats to their beloved dogs,” Brown said in his press release statement,” The FDA must be as aggressive as possible to find the source of this contamination, which has already led to illness and death among an untold number of pets across our country.”
 
Pet parents continue to wait, with increasing frustration, for updates from the FDA; the details of the inspection of facilities in China, and for an update of the 130 tests still pending of the chicken jerky treats.

In November, the FDA issued this warning against the deadly treats. This was the third such warning since 2007.

See more info here.


Diamond Recalls Dog Food Over Salmonella Concerns and Suspends Production at its SC Plant

Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice due to salmonella concerns. The company says no illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond manufactured products are affected.  
 
The product, Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice was distributed to customers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, who may have further distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels.

Consumers who have purchased the Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice with the specific production and “Best Before” codes should discontinue feeding the product and discard it.  

The company has also temporarily suspended delivery of all products made at the Gaston, SC facility.  
 
Diamond Pet Foods said once it can be assured that quality control standards are met at the plant, it will resume distribution.

For more information call 800-442-0402 or visit www.diamondpet.com.

See full article here with production codes to look for on the bags.



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