veterinary medicine Big Pharma has successfully completed its takeover of veterinary medicine in the United States and other first-world nations. Knowing that massive profits could be generated through the bodies of pets, drug companies have spent two decades pursuing an aggressive campaign of rewriting vet school curricula, influencing veterinarians and brainwashing pet owners into thinking their dogs, cats and horses need drugs in order to be healthy. It was an easy sell: Most consumers already demonstrate a cult-like belief in pharmaceutical medicine thanks to a barrage of direct-to-consumer advertising funded by deep-pocketed drug companies, and it was only a minor shift to Read the rest of this entry »

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animal fund raising Founding Hand to Mexico, the 60-day online fund raising project I created to help me get to Mexico to find the location for my animal sanctuary and start the logistics, closed November 4, 2010.

With your help, I raised a total of $1645 ($835 online and $8100 offline.)  I will continue to fund-raise until I leave for Mexico in early in 2011 to meet my goal of $4K.  If you still want to support the animals of Mexico and join me in this project, please contact me.

My personal thanks to all these wonderful individuals and animal lovers for their kind and generous donations, and for supporting this cause and the plight of animals in Mexico.  With much GRATITUDE and APPRECIATION to Read the rest of this entry »

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street dogs Imagine if there were no homeless animals

Imagine if every homeless animal had the security, comfort and love to live her/his life free from hunger, thirst, abuse, despair, pain, disease and fear?  

Imagine if a homeless dog didn’t have to fear being kicked by kids and adults, thrown stones or hit with a stick every day of his/her life?

Imagine if a litter of street pups didn’t have to be orphaned and abandoned in an empty lot slowly dying and desperately crying for their mom who hasn’t comforted and fed her young because she was hit by multiple cars before dying a slow and painful death?

Imagine if a bitch didn’t have to run away from the half dozen street dogs who chase after her every time she’s in heat risking her life each time and giving birth to more unwanted and homeless pups?

Imagine if animals kept as pets, whether domestics or exotics, didn’t have to fear the hand that is supposed to protect and care for them?

Imagine if homeless cats didn’t have to die in Read the rest of this entry »

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Animal Sanctuary in Mexico Why Founding Hand to Mexico?

 

I’ve dreamed of having an animal sanctuary for over a decade, and finally I’m taking the steps to make this a reality! I want to help as many animals as I can while protecting Mother Earth, too. This is my calling, my purpose and my passion! I’m going back to Mexico, my birthplace, where the plight of animals is far more severe than in Canada, where I currently live.

As a child growing up in Mexico City, I saw street dogs, innocent animals who committed no crime but were born on the streets or abandoned. Animals were hiding from man’s harm, looking for morsels on the streets and trash, and puddles of water from which to drink, or walking endlessly to Read the rest of this entry »

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Homemade dog food recipes Preparing vegetarian dog food or vegan food for your precious dog and knowing what dog supplements are needed for his/her optimal health may seem scary and intimidating.  Homemade dog food recipes need not be daunting nor only for  the expert chef.  Here is a basic dog supplement guideline from Dr. Ben E. Sheffy, James A Bake Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University. Read the rest of this entry »

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Green pet tips Pet friendly and eco friendly cleaning go hand in hand.  Between muddy paws, fur on floors and furniture, odours and occasional accidents, you can spend quite a bit of time cleaning up after your companion animals.  Cleaning for and after your pets does NOT require toxic products.

There are safe and eco-friendly cleaning products that you probably already have at home that will make cleaning after your pets a lot easier than commercially available products, which are often toxic to Read the rest of this entry »

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vegetarian dog Homemade dog food recipes are one of the best options to feed your dogs.  Cooking for your pooch makes you feel more connected to their food and their health because you know exactly what your dog is eating…Now that is comfort food!  It’s fun to cook for your dog!  What makes it more fun?…Knowing that you are helping them make a positive impact on Earth and that’s one step forward to having a green pet!

So, you’ve decided to give the vegetarian/vegan way of life a try for your dog. If you’re looking for recipes, you’ve come to the right place.

You can make your own vegetarian dog food. You don’t have to be a chef to make these recipes.  Most are basic and pretty easy to follow.  Keep in mind that an entire recipe may last awhile (depending on size and number of dogs you have.)  If you only are feeding one dog, you may want to Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Pets: Pet-Safe Eco-Friendly Pest Control Alternatives

go green Having pets and pests together in your home can mean danger for your pets especially if you are not aware of some eco-friendly products to use to eliminate pests.  Eco products are necessary not only for your pets but also for you and your family, and the environment, as well. Using eco–friendly alternatives in eliminating pests is an important aspect of raising green pets.

Here are five tips on safe alternative ways to control pests:

1.  Ants

They are absolutely small but they surely are disturbing. The moment we see ants, we are immediately drawn to eradicate them through the easiest and fastest way we know to do so. And that is, to spray toxic pest killers. Unfortunately, using chemical pest killers is not only deadly for these pests, but also for our pets and damaging to the environment.

So before you grab that killing machine, remember first that the first line of environment-friendly defense against ants is to remove the attractants.  Make sure counters are always clean.  Cover sugar jars and Read the rest of this entry »

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dog food Not all dogs are created equal, neither are dog food bowls. While some dog bowls are better than others, it’s best to choose one that fits your dog and his lifestyle.  Some pet guardians, yes even green pet parents, fall short in considering the significance of picking up the right stuff for their dogs. Some pet parents tend to buy whatever is the cheapest; however, it’s important to consider other factors besides price in choosing what you buy for your pets, especially when it comes to dog food.

Here are tips on how to pick out the best eco friendly dog food bowl:

  • Stay away from plastic bowls.  Some dogs like to bite on their bowls and even scratch on them.  This leaves crevices or scratches where stuck food can become breeding grounds for bacteria and parasites.  Some dogs even develop allergies to certain types of plastic.

Plastic bowls have the risk of exposing your pet to Bisphenol-a (BPAs), a chemical used in polycarbonate plastic utilized in Read the rest of this entry »

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going green with your pet It’s Earth Day once again!  Celebrating Earth Day is more than just planting a tree or participating in a rally.  It’s more than just doing something “green” on Earth Day.  Its all about committing to greening your lifestyle everything all the year round and that includes having a green pet or greening your pet.

If you don’t know where to begin with helping save Mother Earth, today is the perfect day to make a commitment to going green with and for your pet all year round.

Start with these simple ways to affirm your commitment:

Use eco-friendly cat litter

Most cat litters are made from clay like bentonite and embedded by synthetic materials for neutralizing odors.  Bentonite is taken from quarries, which is an extremely environmentally destructive activity.  Moreover, reports show  bentonite, as well as these synthetic materials, as poisonous to Read the rest of this entry »

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