Saturday, July 5, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Call to Action

Great and doable advice from HSUS. Those of us who know and care, we need to band together, not to judge and do nothing, but to take action, when we can, teach and lead others by our example.

HSUS Advice (Save this infographic or add this link to your bookmarks):

Take down the car's make, model, and license plate number.

If this is a retail or restaurant establishment's parking lot or event venue ask a decision maker or security personnel to make a public announcement.

Call the authorities - have the numbers in your directory.

Safe Keeping. Well Being.

Friday, July 4, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Exponentially LOUD!!!

With hearing exponentially more sensitive than ours, more dogs runaway over the July 4th holiday than any other time of year!

To learn more about helping your dog through the Independence Day Weekend, click or tap here.

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, happy 
Independence Day Weekend!

NorthStar Pet: If You Love 'Em You'll Leave 'Em Home

Summer has indeed arrived!

With the heat and humidity in the forecast and throughout the summer, unless you are traveling together in climate control and exiting the vehicle at your destination at the same time, please leave your BCFF (Best Canine Friend Forever) at home.

Leaving a dog in a vehicle on a hot day, even with the windows cracked or down, for any length of time, is not cool. And, no matter what you tell yourself, you're never going to be "just a minute." (And, even "just a minute" is too long.) Wise up!

We the people, need to be willing take action: 

- Take down the car's make, model, and license plate number.

- If this is a retail or restaurant establishment's parking lot or event venue ask a decision maker or security personnel to make a public announcement.

- Call the authorities - have the numbers in your directory.

- If you don't already know, find out what your local authorities want you to do when you find a pet in a hot car, and have a plan of action in your mind.

If you see a dog in a hot car, in Westerville contact the police dispatcher without hesitation at 614.882.7444. The dispatcher will send an officer and contact Westerville Animal Control Officer Kim Stambaugh. In Genoa Township, contact the police at 614.568.2060.

For more info click or tap:

NorthStar Pet's Dog Days of Summer

Great Hot Weather Advice from HSUS

Care2's What To Do When You See a Dog in a Hot Car

Sunday, June 8, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Cats Rule

What greater gift than the love of a Cat?
- Charles Dickens

NorthStar Pet: Border Collie Summer Fun

Border collies enjoy the settings on a 
hose nozzle equipped with a cam!


Note: There is music.

Friday, May 30, 2014

NorthStar Pet: The Nature of Fun

Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! 
It is fun to have fun, But you have to know how.
~ Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

We all know how to have fun - it's our nature!! 
Sometimes, we just need to remember.

Thanks, Dexter, for the reminder!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Play is Easy!

 Charcoal the Lab will tell you - Play is Easy!

Hope you Enjoy.

Note: This video has music.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Smart Dog!

Gus can teach us all a lot about 
problem solving on-the-fly!

Please enjoy! 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Good Company

To travel in the company of animals is to walk with
angels, guides, guardians, jesters, and mirrors.
I cannot imagine how it is to travel 
bereft of such excellent companions.

Suzanne Clothier 
Relationship-Centered Dog Trainer

Thanks to Your Pit Bull and You on facebook.

NorthStar Pet: Urban Canyons and New Arrivals

Baby Peregrine Falcons - Hatched April 26th and 27th
to Durand and Spark.

E. Broad State Office Tower, Columbus Ohio

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Welcome April!

Surprise! Welcome April and, hopefully, warmer weather!

Thanks to Dogington Post for the fabulous image!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Resonate.

You were born with the ability to change someone's life, don't ever waste it. - Dale Partridge

Pebble tossed in a pond, it takes very little effort to change a life - whether animal or human encounter. And, we are indeed born equipped. Sometimes it's a commitment to care for a pet. Sometimes it's a commitment to love another. Sometimes it's a new awareness, a conscious decision to accept, or a paradigm shift. Sometimes it's receiving as well as giving graciously. Sometimes it takes something as simple as a smile or nod, a kind word or act, a stroke on the head, a tummy rub, or a simple good thought.
Thanks to Your Pit Bull and You on facebook for this cool image.

Just click...

Your Pit Bull and You on facebook.

The Daily Positive. Dale Partridge.

NorthStar Pet: In Their Eyes...

In their eyes, we are more than physical form.  We are intention, emotion, energy, and spirit. They see who we are. They gaze into our very soul.

Thanks to Distant Healing Animal Reiki and the National Equine Resource Network for this beautiful photograph and beautiful sentiment.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Saving Fletch

This is Fletch and he's got big problems...

...the Knox County, Ohio, dog warden wants to needlessly euthanize Fletch.

This is Fletch and he is safe in his new home. Update 4.1.14: I am happy to report that Fletch has been saved and now belongs to The Tank Fund.

Just click for the updated story on WBNS TV. 

Here is the gist - Fletch is a nice, sweet dog who is fast becoming a victim of poor judgment by human beings and their egos.

Fletch is a dog who was up for adoption who found a forever home and was in the care of volunteers at the Knox County Animal Shelter until he could go to his new home.

Recently, he was interacting with a child during supervised play at the shelter, reached out for a play-toy and caught part of the child's hand in the process. The county health department deemed the act non-aggressive, and no bite complaint was filed. 

Sometimes there are just events that are no-fault - they just happen. As a pet sitter, if I get nicked during play or when I'm giving a pet a treat - that's my fault for not being faster or not paying attention, and I do think the adults in the room should have used better judgment - the child can be petting him and interacting in a calm atmosphere, but let her watch the grown-ups play with toys with the dog and administer treats.

In Ohio, a bite from an animal requires a 10-day quarantine - that can be at a shelter, a vet, or a home. In spite of obvious evidence that showed the dog to be non-aggressive, and the event to be a simple accident, Dog Warden Jordan Bernard indicated that after the 10-day quarantine, he planned to euthanize Fletch, claiming that he was acting in the best interest of the community. Really? 

Well, the community doesn't want the dog euthanized. And, Dog Warden Jordan Bernard works for the community. The community would be the taxpayers that pay his salary. Pretty sure he's there to serve them.

The County Commissioners initially indicated that they didn't want to "micro-manage" the dog warden and banned the volunteer program at the animal shelter for a year. Yikes.

Pretty sure, again, those County Commissioners, who are elected officials, are working for and representing the taxpayers. And, the taxpayers want the dog saved.

A Knox County organization, that the County Commissioners do and will recognize, called The Tank Fund, which provides funding for pet quality of life concerns and trains assistance dogs, has offered to take Fletch.
Advocates for Fletch, including his future family, have turned to the court system and Fletch is currently being fostered in a home until this can be sorted out. Fletch's case has been transferred from Mt. Vernon Municipal Court to the Knox County Court of Common Pleas.

The County Commissioners say that under Ohio law, they can release Fletch to The Tank Fund only if the county has custody of the dog.  Right now, Fletch is in court-ordered foster care.

This circumstance raises a lot of questions and concerns for the future, but right now there is just one issue at hand: Saving Fletch.

To borrow from Shakespeare: Discretion is the better part of valor.  We should all be setting our egos aside and working together for a creative solution that Saves Fletch, benefits all, and works within the law.

If you live in Knox County, especially if you are a registered voter (but you don't have to be to support Fletch), and want to reach out to the County Commissioners, please do so. Get to the point - no pontificating, no name calling, no hair pulling - it's totally unnecessary and counter-productive - all that matters is Fletch. Simply send them an email stating:

1. If you are a registered voter, please state so: I am a registered voter in Knox County.
2. State your support for Fletch: I do not want Fletch to be euthanized. Please save Fletch.
3. Include your name and address.

It's that simple.

People got Fletch into this situation; I hope people can get him out of it.

Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to Fletch and all who support him. 

Update March 31, 2014: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 is the next hearing for Fletch in Knox County Common Pleas court at 10:30 a.m. For more information, check in with Save Fletch on facebook.

Just click:

Story on WCMH website.

Story on WBNS website.

Columbus Dispatch Story.

Save Fletch Petition on

Knox County Commissioners.

The Tank Fund.

Mount Vernon News.  

Save Fletch on facebook.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Remember to Spring Forward

Just a reminder - Spring Forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9th!

Time and time-keeping are a human construct and, yes, it's weird to us those first few days after a time change. But our pets don't watch the clock, so, they may notice the change as well, based on our behavior. They still want to eat when they are hungry and be able to go out when they are used to going out, regardless of what we humans see on our computers, alarm clocks, watches, and phones.

What you may want to be aware of is that their temporary confusion because your schedule is different can become stressful. 

From sleep to hunger, dogs, cats, and other animals, including livestock and free animals (as in skunk and coyotes) operate biologically (circadian rhythms) and in relation to natural sunlight.

If you aren't already doing so, Cesar Millan suggests mixing up timed activities like eating, walking, and playing by increments of time (early or later than what you've been doing the past six months) working toward the time adjustment weeks before the time change.

Additionally, if your pet takes medication at certain times, especially insulin, have a transition plan in place or check with your vet to adapt to the time adjustment. 

And, otherwise, just being aware that it may take a few days to a few weeks for your dog to adjust, so extra attention and patience will help the transition.

Sarah Wilson, author of the book Dogology:What Your Relationship With Your Dog Says About You advises, "If your dog wants to sleep in, let them for as long as you can. Don’t you wish someone would do that for you?"

Click, for more details:

Cesar Millan on Daylight Savings Time.

Time change advice and info from Dogster.