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Talkin' Pets News

April 8, 2023

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Gino Sassani - Lost World Reptiles

Producer - Matt Matera

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Jake Ybarra Conjures Magic With SOMETHING IN THE WATER, Jake will join Talkin' Pets at 630pm ET on April 8, 2023 to discuss and give away his new album

The family members of a two-year-old boy who was found inside the mouth of an alligator in Florida soon after his mother's death, have broken their silence since the twin tragedies.

The body of toddler Taylen Mosley was found inside the reptile last week, a day after his mother was found brutally stabbed to death in their home.

An officer found an alligator with the missing child in its mouth near the Dell Holmes Park in St Petersburg. The officer fired their weapon at the reptile which then dropped the boy’s body. However, by then the boy had succumbed to his injuries. The boy's mother Pashun Jeffery was found dead in her apartment on 30 March with more than 100 stab wounds. Taylen’s father, Thomas Mosley, was arrested on two charges of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of the boy and his mother.

“Due to the extremely serious allegations surrounding these tragic losses, our investigation is currently focused on gathering information about the facts and circumstances of the case, as well as our client’s mental state,” a spokesperson for Sixth Judicial Circuit public defender Sara Mollo said. Mr Mosley, 21, allegedly “did throw or place” his son into a lake, inflicting “mortal wounds” that caused the child’s death, according to the affidavit.

Theo Brickhouse-Sails, who is the great-aunt of Jeffery, said she felt something was wrong when the calls ended up in voicemail. Ms Brickhouse-Sails drove to St Petersburg and knocked on her great-niece's door, only to find a trail of blood leading from the door to the car outside.

"I would have never, in a million years, when this week started, ever thought that something like this would happen,” she said. "We were supposed to have taken Taylen Saturday." Ms Brickhouse-Sails said she wants people to remember the mother and son as "two kids who absolutely loved each other". “Adjusting without them in life is going to be hard.”

Ms Brickhouse-Sails said the family is trying to move forward now, and appreciate all the love they have received from people. “I feel like the community has wrapped their arms around us,” she added.

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The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is excited to bring the AKC Diving Dogs Challenge to ESPN2. The competition will be broadcast on April 9th at 1:30pm ET.

The Diving Dogs Challenge brings together dogs to compete in this simple yet thrilling sport. An all-star invitational event with 36 talented dogs from around the country competing for bragging rights and prizes.

Dogs compete in three disciplines:

  • Distance
  • Air Retrieve
  • Hydro Dash

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How are service dogs impacted over time when paired with people diagnosed with PTSD? A research team hopes to answer this question in a newly funded study. The project, funded by Morris Animal Foundation, will be conducted by a team based at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

Led by Dr. Kevin Morris, Research Professor and American Humane Endowed Chair in the Graduate School of Social Work and its Institute for Human-Animal Connection’s Executive Director, the team will examine active service dogs' genetic makeup, physiology and behaviors over time to learn if and how pairing them with veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder impacts the dogs' health and well-being.

“There is growing evidence that pairing military veterans with trained psychiatric service dogs can reduce PTSD symptoms,” said Morris. “What we don't know is how service dogs are impacted. We hope the findings of our study will result in recommendations that can improve the health and well-being of the dogs engaged in this important work.”

Post-traumatic stress disorder impacts nearly one-third of military veterans who have experienced combat. Currently available medications and mental health therapies have limited effectiveness, and many people are not cured by existing treatments. Although service dogs as a therapeutic option for PTSD have become more common, no one has studied how the dogs are impacted over time by this work. The results of this study will guide the ethical use of psychiatric service dogs and provide more tools to track their health and welfare. This research is part of a larger study that will follow veterans with PTSD before and after receiving a service dog.

“The benefit of service dogs to people with a wide variety of medical conditions is unquestioned,” said Dr. Kathy Tietje, Morris Animal Foundation Chief Program Officer. “Understanding how that service affects canine well-being is an important area of research that is just beginning.”

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WNWN Food Labs, the first to bring cocoa-free chocolate to market, unveiled the world’s first cocoa-free chocolate easter egg, developed by its in-house chocolatier.  

The Wegg is 15cm high and 10cm wide, weighs approximately 100 grams, and has nutty, malty notes with a smooth dulce de leche finish. Inside the Wegg is a surprise filling, another cocoa-free choc creation from WNWN.  

  “Having launched the first cocoa-free chocolate products, we recognised an opportunity to create the first, and currently only, cocoa-free choc egg, to show that Easter should be celebrated ethically and sustainably,” said WNWN CTO Dr. Johnny Drain. “While this is not yet a consumer product, due to our scale-up efforts, you shouldn’t be surprised to see the Wegg in baskets next year.”  

The Wegg is not for sale—it will be awarded to an Instagram follower at random via a contest running Tuesday 3 April until 23:59 Easter Monday, 10 April 2023. The winner will also receive a certificate of authenticity. (Winner must reside in the UK.)  

WNWN (pronounced “win-win”) employs a proprietary fermentation process to transform widely available plant-based ingredients like cereals and legumes to create cocoa-free choc that tastes, melts, snaps and bakes just like conventional chocolate. It is vegan, caffeine-free, gluten-free, palm oil-free, lower in sugar than comparable products. Cocoa-free WNWN products produce 80% less carbon emissions than conventional chocolates, based on an internal lifecycle analysis.  

Consumers are increasingly concerned about deforestation, habitat destruction, and unfair labour practices in the conventional chocolate supply chain. More than a million child labourers are estimated to work in Ivory Coast and Ghana, where three-quarters of the world’s cocoa is grown.  

Cocoa crops are also vulnerable due to climate change, including rising temperatures and reduced rainfall, which has led experts to predict chocolate shortages in the coming years. 

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Dozens of dogs and puppies were seized this week from the same Pierce County, Washington, home where nearly 50 dogs were seized in December 2019 from a suspected dog fighter. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office announced that 36 dogs and puppies were removed this week because of suspected dog abuse. In a release, the authorities state:

The warrant was part of an ongoing investigation into reports of animal cruelty and an illegal kennel operation on the property; per Pierce County Code the property owner is restricted from possessing more than five dogs unless he obtains a kennel license.

The owner, identified as Elmer James Givens Jr., has 15 days to petition the court to regain custody of the dogs. Please sign the petition to ask for Givens to be denied his right to reclaim the dogs AND face charges at www.animalvictory.org

Elmer Givens Jr. petitioned the court to get his dogs back after the first seizure, but Judge Jeanette Lineberry denied his request. Though Givens has denied the dog-fighting allegations, the authorities have stated that the conditions at his residence in Midland point to dog-fighting activity. After the 2019 seizure, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department stated that dozens of dogs were found locked in crates with their own waste in a garage, and investigators found materials related to dogfighting and breeding.

The authorities have outlined what led to the most recent seizure, stating:

Earlier this week our investigators received a tip that a large number of dogs were being kept on the same property and made allegations that the property owner was shooting the dogs with a pellet gun. The tip contained footage of the property, dogs, and the alleged abuse. Our investigators interviewed witnesses, collected the video evidence, and obtained a search warrant for the property.

Upwards of 90 dogs and puppies have been seized from this man’s residence in less than a year. The investigation of the first situation has not even been concluded!

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The story of the heartwarming and once-homeless odd couple, Cinnamon and Felix, now has a happy ending – the inseparable goat and dog will soon be living out their years together in the grasses of a local Johnston County farm. The Wake County Animal Center had reached out to a long-time national rescue partner and a local foster family they’d previously worked with, and by the end of the week, these now viral, four-legged friends will be arriving at a new forever home.

“I’m so excited they will be living their dream life in Johnston County with their new family,” said Shinica Thomas, chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners.

When Chris and Mariesa Hughes of the Mr. Mo Project got word from the Wake County Animal Center about the unlikely friends, they knew they might know of a perfect home. The couple, who lives in New York, runs a national rescue organization that specializes in finding homes for senior dogs. A foster family in North Carolina that they’d been working with for almost 10 years had plenty of space for dogs. While Felix is only a 1-year-old Bulldog mix and definitely not a senior dog, the family also had a small herd of goats that would be ideal for Cinnamon, who’s likely one to three years old. The Wake County Animal Center had worked with this family previously as well, so all agreed it was the perfect match. 

“We are so blessed to be able to foster Felix and Cinnamon!” said Jacqui Bankes, the new proud owner of the dynamic duo. “As their forever foster, we are excited to keep them together and also integrate them with our other goats and dogs, after appropriate testing and quarantine. Thank you to Wake County and Mr. Mo Project for making this possible for us!”

The Hughes and their non-profit have agreed to pay for Cinnamon and Felix’s health care for the rest of their lives. Felix received all the necessary preventative care and has been neutered by the Animal Center veterinarians. Their story began on March 13 when they came into the center after their owner became unable to care for them any longer. They were living together at a home in Raleigh when the city’s  Animal Control team brought them to the Wake County Animal Center for temporary housing.

Quickly, Cinnamon and Felix's incredible friendship captured the hearts of everyone at the shelter. It wasn't long before their story was spreading all over the social media and in national media including The Washington Post and People Magazine. After the center announced that they were looking for a rescue partner, the outpouring of love and support was incredible, with thousands of people liking, sharing, and retweeting their story and dozens of animal lovers calling in to offer their help.

But just because Cinnamon and Felix have found their forever home doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of other furry friends at the Wake County Animal Center. If you're looking for a new companion to brighten up your days, be sure to visit our Center at 820 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh. The shelter is open for adoptions daily from noon to 6 p.m. seven days a week. There are 75 dogs and 17 cats, as well as two rabbits, five guinea pigs and three rats available for adoption. You might just find your own unlikely best friend!

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Citrus Heights park in California is being overrun with abandoned pet rabbits, and with Easter on Sunday, there's concern the problem could soon get worse.

One two-year-old lop-eared bunny was one of the dozens found abandoned in the park and rescued by the Only Sunshine Sanctuary.

"We've had over 90 rabbits from the park," said Kristy Vernick-Madron, founder of Only Sunshine Sanctuary.

The problem is so bad that the park has put up signs warning people that dumping pet rabbits is illegal.

"These are rabbits that are not meant to live in the wild," Vernick-Madron said.

Richard Gamble lives near the park and sees the rabbits nearly every day.

"They're multiplying, they're out and about," he said.

"The saying that they breed like rabbits is a true statement," Vernick-Madron said.

The rabbits are also causing damage by digging burrow holes underneath the foundation of the community center.

So why is Crosswoods Park a hotspot for people abandoning bunnies?

"They see them there and they see it as a place that's OK to dump rabbits, and so it just continues," Vernick-Madron said.

Plus, some local animal shelters currently won't accept rabbits.

"The shelters are telling you to keep them yourself, try to rehome them yourself,"

With Easter this month, animal rescue groups are now concerned about people giving the furry friends as a gift.

"About six months later, they get tired of having a rabbit," Vernick-Madron said. "They're more work than they anticipated, and, unfortunately, they get dumped."

"Rabbits make for amazing pets, but you really do need to do your research,"

The animal sanctuary has reached out to the city of Citrus Heights for help, but right now, they rely solely on donations to care for the rescued animals.

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Thanks to the support of the local media, many animal-lovers have been following the story of Omid.  The fourteen-month female shepherd-blend who was disfigured by abuse in the streets of Iran, spent nearly a year finding her way to Helen Woodward Animal Center, thanks to the loving care of two women living worlds apart.  Today marks the next phase of Omid’s recovery due to a miraculous eye procedure aimed at creating an eyelid to replace the one she lost.  Helen Woodward Animal Center is happy to announce that Omid is out of an incredibly successful surgery and is recovering at the Center.   

 In March, Helen Woodward Animal Center was notified of Omid, via an email from a San Diego woman named Moloud Rabieyousefi.  She had spent months financially assisting a heroic Iranian woman who took in the severely injured puppy, abused by delinquents who had poured acid over her face.  With no laws to protect animals from acts of cruelty in Iran, the Iranian woman was desperate to get the dog to the United States and Rabieyousefi spent months working with the CDC to do just that.

 Last week, after a thorough exam, the Center team was thrilled to learn that local veterinary eye specialist Dr. Todd Strubbe at VCA Eye Clinic for Animals felt that he could perform a successful plastic surgery to create an eyelid.  The complicated and detailed surgery was performed and Omid came through with flying colors.

 “This is a better outcome than anything we could have dreamed,” stated Helen Woodward Adoption Services Director Kendall Schulz.  “Omid has a smile for everyone she meets.  She has known such cruelty but she is the epitome of forgiveness, kindness and strength.  She deserves every possible bit of love and good fortune that comes her way.  We can’t wait until she has healed and we can begin the search for her forever family.”

 Recovery time for Omid will be approximately two weeks for the surgical procedure to heal and another four before the doctor will have a full confirmation on the success of the surgery.  Those who would like to assist with the costs of her surgery, as well as her recovery care can log onto: www.animalcenter.org/hopeforomid.

 The search for Omid’s family should begin sometime in May.  Due to her traumatic history, the perfect home for Omid will include a calm household with a yard and enough space to relax should she feel overwhelmed.  The perfect family will have had previous dog experience with no members of the household younger than 14 and no roommates. Omid must meet all members of the household, including any resident dogs, prior to adoption.  Helen Woodward Animal Center will set up a special application for Omid very soon. 

 For information on Helen Woodward Animal Center or to donate, go online at www.animalcenter.org,  call (858) 756-4117 x 313 or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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"Grey's Anatomy" star Caterina Scorsone (pronounced Score – so-ne) revealed in a social media post Monday that she saved her three children from a house fire "a couple of months ago," escaping her burning Southern California residence in about two minutes.

"While getting my kids ready for bed and finishing bath time, smoke began to seep up through the grout around the tub," Scorsone wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of the fire damage in her home. "When I looked down the hallway a river of thick black smoke had already formed and was filling the house."

Scorsone did not provide details on the exact date and location of the fire, or whether authorities had established a cause. 

Best known for playing Dr. Amelia Shepherd on the medical series, Scorsone emphasized how quickly the blaze spread, and disclosed that four pets died in the fire. 

"I had about two minutes to get my three kids out of the house, and we escaped with less than shoes on our feet," Scorsone wrote. "But we got out. And for that I am eternally grateful. Heartbreakingly, we lost all four of our pets. We are still sitting with that loss, but we are lucky we got to love them at all."

Scorsone shared a series of photos of her three cats and dog "to say goodbye to the animals that loved us so well."

She also thanked her "community" of family and friends who supported her family after the tragedy.

"This is a love letter to the incredible people that showed up and the incredible ways that they did," she said, praising the firefighters, school parents and her "Grey's Anatomy" team for their help getting her family back on their feet. 

"What we learned is that the only thing that matters are the people (and beings) that you love," Scorsone said. "The only thing that matters is community. We would not be here without it and we are so grateful."

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Food tech startup Aqua Cultured Foods announced it has raised $5.5 million in seed funding to bring its ultra-realistic seafood alternatives to market.  

  

Aqua will use the investment to equip its new facility, scale up production, bring products to market, add key talent, and expand its roster of restaurant and foodservice outlets for product introductions this year.  “We appreciate having mission-aligned partners that offer strong strategic value for the next phase of our growth, which will involve building up the business and brand,” said Anne Palermo, CEO of Aqua.

Aqua’s primary value is its low cost of scaling and its path to price parity, thanks to proprietary fermentation methods that use relatively affordable inputs and equipment. The company recently acquired a food-grade facility that was already built out nearly to its requirements—which it estimates will save more than a million dollars in construction costs.  Aqua was recently accepted into the Illinois Office of Business Development’s EDGE program that provides tax incentives to growing companies, which will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes over the next 10 years.  

“The adage is true that early-stage funds heavily weight investment conviction in people, and less in technologies or products given the embryonic nature of companies at these stages, but Aqua already boasts strength across its team, product, and key partnerships already in place,” said Johnny Ream, Partner at Stray Dog Capital. “We are interested in backing founding teams leveraging unique technologies and approaches that drive a more sustainable future; the work Aqua is doing with alt-seafood has immense potential to drive both human and planetary benefits in a massive $100B+ global market.” 

The global plant-based seafood market was valued at $42.1 million in 2021, and is projected to reach $1.3 billion by 2031 with a CAGR of more than 42 percent as wild fish stocks are further depleted. In addition to depleted fish populations, commercial fishing practices result in damage to ecosystems, plastic waste, and “bycatch” of non-target species. As fish farming increases, so does habitat destruction, pollution and diseases spread to wild fish, and the industry’s reliance on antibiotics and wild-caught fish for feed.

Despite its health halo, fish contains microplastics, mercury, pesticides, antibiotics, dioxin and PCBs. High in cholesterol and saturated fats, seafood, in particular finfish, is a good source of foodborne illness caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites. 

Aqua is developing calamari, shrimp, scallops, and filets of tuna and whitefish with proprietary mycoprotein fermentation processes that do not use any animal inputs, genetic altering or modification. Unlike plant-based processed foods formulated with starches and protein isolates, Aqua’s alt-seafood retains its naturally occurring fiber, protein, and other micronutrients. The company also produces minced “seafood” fillings for applications such as dumplings, ravioli, and sushi rolls.  

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The gray wolf has a new threat.  Gray wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act except in the Northern Rockies which includes the states of Idaho, Montana, most of Wyoming, and parts of eastern Oregon, Washington, and northern Utah AND NOW OTHER STATES want to delist the wolf from the Endangered Species Act.  A new bill was introduced in legislation by Representative Tiffany and Representative Boebert that would delist gray wolves from the federal Endangered Species Act and allow individual states to control and manage gray wolf populations. 

Comparatively speaking, two million wolves once cohabited North America and currently their estimated population is at 6,000.  The wolves that exist today make up only .3% of their historic population and they only occupy 10% of their historic range.  To say the wolf population needs to be managed is egregious.  Our responsibility is to provide the wolves the protection they deserve.  Wolves are a vital and necessary part of the ecosystem.  Their presence allows ecosystems to thrive and when ecosystems thrive, it is a recipe for sustaining the health of our planet.   

There are arguments made to manage the wolf population because they a major contributor for cattle and sheep loss.  Some states even consider the wolf a predator species.  But according to government data, wolves have a negligible effect on cattle and sheep industries.   In fact, it is found in the states where wolves live, they cause far fewer than one percent of unwanted cattle and sheep losses.  (1). In 2015, the USDA reported wolves killed 4,360 cattle in the Northern Rockies, while the Fish and Wildlife Service verified only 161 such losses.

Furthermore, to allow individual states to hunt the wolves in tandem with the wolves' already limited population has many adverse effects on their future viability;  

  •      Skewing population structures which reduces reproductive success (2)
  •      Risk of local extirpation of the species (3)
  •      Genetic erosion (4)
  •      Destabilization of populations as key individuals are killed who had social and ecological knowledge that is critical for survival and reproduction (5)
  •      Reducing population size, health, and resilience

Additionally, I would like to add that according to a 2022 survey, in the United States, more than 75% of Americans oppose trophy hunting.  With so many people opposing trophy hunting, we have the ability to ensure the continued survival of the iconic North American wolf.  Please contact your federal legislators stating you want the wolf to remain on the federal Endangered Species Act and to restore protections for the wolf populations in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, Utah, and Oregon.  To find your federal legislator, go to https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

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Three police dogs attached with the Haines City Police Department in Florida, the United States have been given body armour to better protect them when on duty.

The dogs Matrix, Cash and Machado were given bullet and stab protective vests, courtesy of non-governmental organisation Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

In a statement shared via their Facebook page, the department said the dogs needed to be protected as much as the policemen as they are truly their partners.

Cash's handler Joseph Elam said the Belgian Shepherd was once struck by a vehicle while trying to locate a fleeing suspect.

“Cash is my best friend,” he said, adding that he spends more time with the canine than any member of his family.

Fellow policeman Ryon Green, who handles Machado, appreciates the vest donations because he wants Machado to return home safely.

“Every time I deploy K9 Machado, I am always concerned for his safety,” he said, adding that he and Machado, a Belgian Malinois, loved coming to work.

According to the department, there are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement canines throughout the US.

Each vest has a value of between US$1,744 (RM7,677) and US$2,283 (RM10,050) and weighs an average of two kilogrammes.

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Pets are forever - not for Easter!

With the Easter holiday, many families are overwhelmed by the cute chicks, ducklings and baby rabbits that appear in farm stores, displays and on social media. And then, they start to think that it might be fun to have some chicks or ducklings or even a "real" Easter bunny for the kids to enjoy. Lambs are lucky to get a pass simply because they are clearly too big for the average family to consider as a spontaneous purchase.

Baby chicks and ducklings often come off the worst of all. While fairly hardy, these babies do require warmth, a clean place and special diets. Countryside Network emphasizes that these baby birds do have a number of essential care requirements. While some farm and pet stores in certain states do allow the purchase of just one or two baby birds, many states and interstate poultry farms generally require a purchase of six to twelve babies at one time. They are social birds and do best in small flocks. A single chick or two may be easily confined to a room in your apartment but what will happen when those are full size chickens?

Baby chicks and ducklings are messy in a big way. They need to be cleaned twice daily with fresh shavings. Ducklings love water to play in but that adds to the mess. Feed may only be sold in 50 lb bags. Do you really have a place for all of this plus a heat lamp for the first couple of weeks to keep the baby birds warm enough? Chickens and ducks can live up into double digits. Are you prepared to keep these birds that long?

Many cities will even allow a small flock of chickens in a small backyard but no roosters. So what will you do when your beloved chick grows a comb and starts to wake up the neighborhood at daybreak? Shelters and humane societies end up overrun with Easter pets by June. They simply can't take in all the animals that show up sometimes. Odds are good you don't want to eat your pet chicken but if you put a free listing out the odds are good your pet will end up in a stew pot or roasting pan.

Bunnies for Easter are another poor choice. Rabbits make wonderful pets, including as house pets but they require commitment and lots of care - not a great choice for a spur of the moment purchase. The House Rabbit Society stresses that rabbits should be a planned family purchase, not a holiday surprise. Their "Make Mine Chocolate" campaign encouraged families to stick to chocolate Easter bunnies unless they were truly prepared to make a 10 to 15 year commitment to a pet bunny.

Rabbits can be litter trained but they need care in their handling, diet and exercise. They do best with regular grooming and play plus need hay for a healthy gastrointestinal tract. When you tire of your unplanned pet, remember that shelters may not be set up to handle animals like rabbits or may already be full up. Turning your pet rabbit lose is almost a guarantee of death - hit by car or eaten by a predator. Pet rabbits often have flashy coloration so they can't hide well and they have no strong instincts to keep them safe.

It is not fair to these animals to give them a home for a short time and then dump them. If your family simply wants a cute prop for photos, stick to stuffed, toy Easter pets!

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Beware the bunny: chocolate is tasty for humans, but death to all things furry.

We all take precautions around Halloween because the decorations and treats are out and about our houses for quite a while. The candy buckets are up, up, and away and positioned near the front entrance to reward spooky goblins knocking at the door; Rover may catch a sniff of a Hershey’s Kiss, but the key word here is “up”: even if his paws do reach the candy bucket, he will cause such a clatter when it cascades down, all and anyone home will know immediately what’s happened and trot to the rescue.

With Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Chanukkah and Christmas following in close succession, we become pretty practiced at keeping prying paws and naughty noses at safe distances from dangerous decorations and Christmas Kringle.

But when Easter comes, well, it’s been a while and we might be out of practice of holiday hazards and companion animals.

There are many. Let’s start with the bunny.

Downright scary if you have four paws and your eye-level existence is about 12 inches off the floor. Ever look in the eyes of a chocolate bunny? Dunno if it’s the cellophane or the lack of oxygen, but dang! They taunt the rest of the world from the safety of their incubator-like existence, pointing out the eggshell blue of their eyes, their pristine white teeth and their sunshine yellow fur [does anyone dare ask whether a rabbit is supposed to be yellow?]

Imagine how that all looks to a dog or cat, who has a whole household to defend against 1) U.S. mail carriers who arrive at the front door daily, making all kinds of noise on the front porch and leaving suspicious packages at the front door, 2) the paper boy, who whomp! tosses a heavy dose of newsprint against the front door at 5:17 each a.m. 3) the trash collector who tries to steal our stuff every week 4) the U.S. Census employees, who keep asking if the occupants of the household need help filling out the form.

Place any of this in a basket with bows and colored, sweet-smelling jelly beans and fake plastic eggs and a couple Cadbury eggs with that glossy paper and some more shiny paper as bedding on the floor overnight …. this is a disaster waiting to happen for any companion animal – birds, ferrets, cats, dogs, real rabbits, but not fish unless they hop out like Ghost did, but he probably was after freedom, not the Easter basket.

Exercise the same caution with this spring holiday season as you did with fall and winter holidays. Don’t be lulled into complacency with the promises of renewal that spring brings. It is a joyous season, but exercise caution for your animals.

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Easter/ Pet tips:

Keep the Easter goodies hidden in various cabinets until it’s time to put the baskets together.

Do not open the bags until it’s time to use the contents.

Wake up early in the morning and hide the colored eggs; do not hide them overnight.

If you have to assemble the Easter gift baskets late at night, place them up in a cupboard or in the garage – someplace a dexterous, agile cat or dog with good hang time can’t get into it.

Place the Easter baskets in their special place early in the morning; do not place them out in community areas of the house overnight. Keep track of plastic Easter grass.

Hide the leftover Easter goodies in a Ziploc bag, then within another Ziploc bag and locate it all in a top shelf, in the back of a cupboard.

And as always, if you think your animal may have ingested something toxic, call the ASPCA 24-hour Pet Poison Control hotline at (888) 426-4435. For a fee, you can speak to a board-certified veterinarian who will listen to your description of the symptoms and advise on the immediate situation as well as follow up with your regular veterinarian.

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