Earthquake relief for Japan’s pets

We need your help! Or rather the stranded animals of Japan need your help!

Desperate Paws of Orange County is sending a shipment of supplies and food to the World Vets Headquarters in North Dakota. World Vets is a great organization providing services to pets all around the world. They have 2 volunteers on the ground in Japan right now accessing the situation while those back home are collecting supplies to be shipped over. Founders is doing its part by acting as a collection center for food and supplies. World Vets is in desperate need of food, collars and leashes, and blankets or towels. It is short notice, but we want to collect as much as possible by 10:30am Saturday 3/19. Please pass the word around and visit Founders with your donation. If you would like to simply make a monetary donation you can visit this Chipin website for directions.  More details are available on World Vets website and the DPOC website. Feel free to call our clinic for more info as well!

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The DogSpa Resort & Wellness Center

Cindy_bedDogSpa Resort & Wellness Center is the ultimate carefree vacation spot for dog lovers and those seeking a healthier lifestyle. NO extra pet fees and NO silly size or breed restrictions! Discover a true-to-life dog friendly oasis landscaped by natural desert beauty. Centrally located just two hours from Los Angeles, 30 minutes from Joshua Tree, and only 15 minutes from exciting downtown Palm Springs.

This resort offers stunning views of the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio mountains from every room. Take in the many tourist sites that await you – worry free – while an on-site pet nanny pampers your dog. Soak, swim and rejuvenate in the healing hot mineral waters of Desert Hot Springs – built on one of the world’s finest hot mineral aquifers. Discover why Desert Hot Springs has won its acclaim as California’s Spa City!

Pool_night_lowerEight cozy guest rooms with adjoining café kitchens surround secluded pool courtyard. Private dog park – and patio with fire pit – for day and nighttime enjoyment.

Bikini_woman_labRelaxing spa treatments available at several exclusive people resorts within walking distance.

Onsite pet health and wellness consultations by who other than our very own Dr T!

Enter the DogSpa’s Facebook photo contest to win a FREE night’s stay! Hurry – contest ends soon! Click here.

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Our 6th Annual Luv-a-Bully March was bigger and better than ever!

Did you know that thousands of good dog owners around the country have been policed in cities with breed restrictions – forcing them to move from their homes or surrender the family dog? Or that dog owners could lose their homeowners insurance if they admit to owning a targeted breed? Some say it’s an outrage! Some say it’s a violation of our Constitutional rights! I say something has gone terribly WRONG!

A large crowd gathering at Arovista Park and visiting vendor booths.

A large crowd gathering at Arovista Park and visiting vendor booths.

On October 23th starting at 9am, more than 150 outraged dog lovers with their canine companions gathered at Arovista Park to attend our annual Luv-a-Bully March – a grassroots movement to create social awareness about the danger of allowing city leaders and insurance companies to impose restrictions on dog ownership.

Our march to Brea’s City Hall is on!

Our march to Brea’s City Hall is on!

With signs waving, tails wagging, and cars honking, activists walked more than two miles down Brea Blvd and Birch St in a loop to Brea City Hall.

While resting on the steps of City Hall, Tim Welch of Redefined Dog Training spoke on the topic of dog behavior with a warning not to judge or stereotype any dog based on breed – even a Chihuahua can have serious issues!

 

More than 150 protestors lined up on sidewalks spanning more than 3 city blocks. Thank you Brea Police for your escort -- stopping traffic at intersections so we could cross safely.

More than 150 protestors lined up on sidewalks spanning more than 3 city blocks. Thank you Brea Police for your escort -- stopping traffic at intersections so we could cross safely.

Shorty Rossi – Pit Boss on Animal Planet – was a no-show, calling to cancel the morning of our event…  BOOOOOO!  We ask that his disappointed fans send him some unfriendly fan mail!

All other supporters attended as planned: Camp Bow Wow, Pinups for Pit Bills, OC Pit Bull Rescue, Lisa Scarsi Photography, Wicked Wicks of the West, and Farmers Insurance – and all will be invited back next year. View and order some fantastic photos taken by Lisa here.

In Denver, CO and other cities with breed bans – bullies like this one have been confiscated and killed. Care to explain that to a child?

In Denver, CO and other cities with breed bans – bullies like this one have been confiscated and killed. Care to explain that to a child?

We collected nearly $700 from our raffle, which has been donated to Mariah’s Promise – a dog sanctuary in Colorado – in a state that has been plagued by breed bans. Denver being the most notorious and a catalyst for other cities to adopt breed bans – is now in litigation facing three civil lawsuits in hope of bringing justice to the families that lost their dogs and their homes!

A special shout out to David Keith who filmed and edited hours of video tape to capture some unforgettable sights and expose the myth that surrounds the perception of “dangerous breeds.” Please share with 10 friends and help us spread this event around the world!

Our bully Zack returned this year to host our Kiss-a-Bull Booth and licked a lot of kissers!

Our bully Zack returned this year to host our Kiss-a-Bull Booth and licked a lot of kissers!

My special thanks to all the wonderful souls (clients and concerned citizens) that joined hands and hearts again for our 6th annual Luv-a-Bully March. You did your civil duty to your dog and your community.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

At a buck a kiss, Zach helped raise funds for Mariah’s Promise in Woodland, CO – a dog sanctuary that takes in pit bulls who have been banned.

At a buck a kiss, Zach helped raise funds for Mariah’s Promise in Woodland, CO – a dog sanctuary that takes in pit bulls who have been banned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is every dog owner’s battle until our freedom to choose our canine companions is a protected right – not a crime!

This is every dog owner’s battle until our freedom to choose our canine companions is a protected right – not a crime!

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Shorty Rossi, Star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet, Coming to Brea!

Join us for our sixth Annual Luv-A-Bully March, in protest of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).

Our 2008 march to Brea City Hall.

Our 2008 march to Brea City Hall.

This event is the coordinated effort of ROVERlution.org in partnership with Annual Pit Bull Awareness Day. On October 23rd, thousands of concerned dog owners all across the country will join forces to spotlight the devastating effects of breed discrimination. This grassroots movement began in 2005 when the city of Denver, CO voted to ban several dog breeds, tragically resulting in the hunting and killing of innocent family dogs.

Breed bans have been birthed by ignorance and fueled with discrimination – no reputable study has found any particular breed of dog to be inherently dangerous!

Nicholas Burr, winner of Best Kissed Kid contest. $100 gift certificate to Disneyland!

Nicholas Burr, winner of Best Kissed Kid contest. $100 gift certificate to Disneyland!

Dog experts cite irresponsible dog ownership as the root of problematic dogs in society. Collected data on dog bites further asserts that ALL dogs can only be judged safe by their behavior. Physical characteristics or breed have no predictive value.

Responsible dogs owners must take action against insurance companies and city leaders that seek to impose breed restrictions. Three breeds most under fire are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, all commonly referred to as Pit Bulls. It seems forgotten that the all American Pit Bull Terrier was once a favorite family dog revered as the “nanny dog” and showcased as the loveable Petey in the Little Rascals television series of the 1950s.

Other breeds that have been the target of BSL in cities around the country include the Rottweiler, Doberman, Chow Chow, and the German Shepherd.

When interviewed by the press, Dr. Terifaj, founder of ROVERlution.org, had this to say:

“The behavior of any breed of dog is largely determined by the actions of dog owners. All dogs must be judged by their actual behavior and not stereotyped as breed aggressive. Insurance companies and government entities who have chosen to penalize dog ownership based on breed prejudice have recklessly violated the rights of good citizens. Media hype and misinformation has largely contributed to the irrational fear and ignorance that surrounds these breeds. Stronger law enforcement of existing dangerous dog ordinances would protect communities from any dog found to be a public threat and stiffer penalties on dog owners who harbor dangerous dogs would target the real problem.” 

Shorty Rossi, star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet and his pit bull rescue organization will be attending the event for the first time!

Over 100 angry dog owners marched down Brea Blvd to City Hall in peaceful protest.

Outspoken veterinarian, Dr. Paula Terifaj, leads over 100 sign-waving protesters on march down Brea Blvd in peaceful protest in October 2009.

Protestors will gather at Arovista Park in Brea beginning at 9am in preparation to march downtown in route to Brea City Hall. Other supporters setting up booths in the park will be Camp Bow Wow, Pin-ups for Pit Bills, OC Pit Bull Rescue, Lisa Scarsi Photography, Wicked Wicks of the West, and Farmers Insurance.

A raffle prize fundraiser will collect donations for Mariah’s Promise in Woodland Park, Colorado. This non-profit rescue was chosen upon learning that they generously took in hundreds of outlawed Denver family dogs to keep them safe from harm.

While at City Hall, Tim Welch of Redefined Dog Training will demonstrate some good training tips to stress the need that all dogs remain welcome in their neighborhoods.

PS: If you have a suitable raffle prize to donate – please contact Jan Keith, our super woofer event coordinator!

Save the date – and do your Dog Duty this October 23rd!

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Help Us Help Homeless OC Pets – Saturday May 15th

Please join us for our second annual Flea Market for Fleabags Fundraiser and Dog Wash!

Bombay, Lily, and Peanut Butter

Bombay, Lily, and Peanut Butter

Help us help homeless OC pets – the need has never been greater! Many good family pets have tragically lost their homes during this real estate/financial crisis and are being surrendered to animal shelters. Local rescue groups are working around the clock to save as many needy dogs and cats as they possibly can! They need our help and more available foster homes. Got stuff you don’t need? Can you share your home and be a foster pet parent?

Please donate your good reusable items for this very worthy cause. We are accepting donations Monday thru Friday – May 10th to May 14th during regular business hours at Founders Veterinary Clinic 330 N Brea Blvd, Brea. Fundraiser begins Saturday May 15th at 9am until 3pm.

Donate and hunt for bargain treasures! Dog wash on site for a doggy bubble bath while you shop. All proceeds from this fundraiser – including our dog wash – will support our Founders Pet Sponsorship Program.

Please forward this information inviting your friends and family, too! And help us find homes for our three wonderful foster pets – Peanut Butter, Bombay, and Lily. So, what is Peanut Butter made of? Find out next week when we announce her pedigree and see if you are a winner!

It’s not too late. Vote here.

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Discover Your Dog’s Genetic Potential with our April Fools Discount!

Hi! I'm Peanut Butter. Can you guess my mixed up family heritage? Who was my mom? My dad? You could win a free DNA test for your doggie mix-up! And how about adopting me? I’m all heart and wiggles and that’s a sure thing!

Hi! I'm Peanut Butter. Can you guess my mixed up family heritage? Who was my mom? My dad? You could win a free DNA test for your doggie mix-up! And how about adopting me? I’m all heart and wiggles and that’s a sure thing!

What is he or she? For sure your dog’s got a fluffy tail, long body, pointy ears, and the personality of a Labrador. Welcome to the mystery quest that most mixed-breed or mutt dog owners ask themselves. Finally, for those curious dog lovers tired of playing the breed guessing game, new technology is making it possible for them to identify just what their mutts are made of.

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Need a Date for Valentine’s Day?

How about your faithful canine companion? After all, your dog is crazy about you! No one gives unconditional love like your beloved dog, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re up, down, happy, or sad – your dog is always there for you! Whether you need a hug, lick, or playtime, your dog never disappoints…

Some examples of previous workshop photos by Lisa Scarsi.

Some examples of previous workshop photos by Lisa Scarsi.

So, who better to be your Valentine Sweetheart? That’s why this Valentine’s Day, we invite you to say “Cheese” instead of “Chocolate” and join us on Feb 6th & 13th for our Sit, Stay and Say Cheese Workshop (two sessions) and get professional portraits taken just in time for Valentine’s Day! And for those of you with 2-legged sweeties to please, these kissable portraits would make great and thoughtful gifts, too!

The training portion of the workshop will teach you how to pose your dog for the best photos ever on Saturday from 12-1pm on Feb 6th at Founders Veterinary Clinic, 330 N. Brea Blvd, Brea. Pet portrait sessions will be held the following Saturday, Feb 13th starting at 1pm.

Each workshop attendee will first learn posing techniques by trainer extraordinaire, Cindy Scott – followed by their very own furry photo shoot by an amazing professional pet photographer, Lisa Scarsi, on the following Saturday.

All this for a modest cost of only $105.

To sign up, contact Pro Dog Trainer Cindy Scott, of Dogs Etc.

at dogsetc@yahoo.com or call (714) 393-0432.

More about Cindy here: www.my-zen-dog.com.

More about Lisa here: www.lisascarsi.com.

Don’t miss this keepsake opportunity to capture adorable photos with the furriest love of your life!

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Pet Insurance Top Pick Revealed and Dr. T’s Panic Attack!

It’s been just 2 1/2 months since I purchased Petplan – prompted by our research project to find and study top rated pet insurance companies – when whamo,  a pet emergency unraveled right before my eyes at home in my living room! Curled up with a fascinating book – Outsmart Your Cancer by Tanya Harter Pierce – I was snuggled in the relaxed company of my two canine companions last Sunday afternoon on a couch too small for all three of us but try telling that to a dog! Bending themselves like pretzels around me I was startled when Brad Pit suddenly jumped down off the couch and began vomiting. As I started to call for maid service (yeah right)…things got worse. He lost all control of his bowels and then collapsed. “Oh my God,” I gasped, when I looked at his mucous membranes (inside lip and gums) – instead of a fleshy pink-red, his color was ghost white! With our clinic closed and no time to spare – like superwoman I picked up my 45 lb limp dog like he was the weight of a 5 lb Chihuahua and ran out the door into a speeding vehicle wishing Mario Andretti was at the wheel – “No cop is going to ticket a vet with a dying dog in route to the ER,” I kept shouting to the driver as tears blurred my vision and fear paralyzed the optimism I struggled to hold on to…

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Make 2010 The Year Of Affordable Pet Health Care!

As promised, we have just finished our in-depth insurance review conducted over the past three months. We now feel like exhausted experts on this topic! Initially – after looking at ten companies – we narrowed our focus down to these three: Petplan, Embrace and Pets Best. We found many similarities at first and later, major differences were uncovered, as we interviewed these companies over the phone and purchased a policy from each one.

Janet with her dog Cookie, enjoying a hike.

Janet with her dog Cookie, enjoying a hike.

I jumped in first, enrolling my pit bull mix-up, Brad Pit, with Petplan; Janet – our indispensable hospital manager and long time licensed veterinary tech –  signed up her dog Cookie with Embrace; Inez, our sweetheart groomer, purchased Pets Best for her newly adopted dog, Tigre. Yep, the same dog we were fostering – they had a 3 month love affair going on right under our noses!

My hat and stethoscope is off to Janet, who painstakingly studied each contract and directed my attention toward problematic areas. What follows is everything we learned and what you need to know before you enter the mind boggling world of pet insurance. We have done a lot of necessary homework and now it is your turn to compare, ask questions, and take action!

It is our greatest hope to see all our patients protected by a good pet insurance policy in the New Year. As I stressed in an earlier post, pet insurance is no longer an option – it’s a necessity if you want to make sure your pet receives state of the art medical care without maxing out your credit cards!

We want 2010 to be the year of affordable veterinary care. As a responsible pet parent, I challenge you to work an additional $25 to $35 into the monthly budget. So, if you become the unlucky pet owner faced with a $1,000 vet bill (happens every six seconds in the U.S.) don’t worry – just get your pen ready (or go on-line) and fill out your claim form!

Let’s begin…

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Could Feeding Raw Be Best For Your Pet?

Hi there, my name is Melissa. I’ve been working the front desk for the past three years, happily greeting our wonderful clients and their pets. I’d like to share my experience with you on the importance of feeding an optimal diet for your pet.

I have two well fed cats (brother and sister) who are both 13½ years old. However, I believe the good health that they have enjoyed up until I started working at Founders has been due mostly to luck. I’ve always loved animals, but I was ignorant of the level of health care that pets need until I started working at Founders three years ago. As I’ve learned from Dr. Terifaj, a truly healthy diet is essential to pet health and there are many popular commercial junk pet foods you should absolutely avoid!

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