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 Below is a copy of "Pets Place Newsletter." Adverts have been removed.

Pet Club Newsletter # 36

Hi Pet Folks!
The year is drawing to a close. If youíre going away in December, book your boarding kennel now, as many are already full up. Youíll find kennels on this page.

November & December are fireworks months. Many pets are terrified of fireworks, so keep them indoors, close the curtains, turn on the radio, and act normal. Iím suspicious of petitions about fireworks that circulate by email. No one acts on them. I suspect spammers collect the email addresses and sell them to online marketers. They can pick up the email address when we forward it.

Our pets are part of the family and many people will be wrapping up gifts for their pets and including them in the celebrations. Remember that there are some things in the house that can harm pets Ė Christmas cake for example. Read more here: pets-at-Christmas.



This recipe is for humans, so dogs should only be given a small taste, but itís fun to make a kennel-shaped gingerbread for the dogís special treat.

3 Cups cake flour
3 level teaspoons ginger
1 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch salt
1 Cup cooking oil
1 Cup lukewarm water
3 eggs
1 Cup syrup
1 teaspoon bicarb mixed with ľ cup milk.

Beat all together for 5 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured loaf tin. Bake at 180į for 50 mins. 

When cold, cut off a block to represent the base of a kennel. Scoop out a door, then cut a diagonal block to be the roof. Practice on a loaf of bread first! You can ice the roof if desired, or decorate with tiny dog biscuits around the door.



A toy can add lots of fun to your quality dog-time. Dogs love to play with their owners and will enjoy chasing a ball. But if we leave the dog alone, there is no-one to play ball with, so doggy may decide to chew the ball instead of playing with it. Tennis balls are easy to chew & swallow, so rather get a hard ball.
Playing tug-of-war with a rope is great fun, but again, once the human playmate is gone, the dog either leaves the rope in the dirt or chews it up. 
Itís best to take toys away after playtime. They can be washed in the washing machine & hung out to dry. 
Be careful of toys on a string, which a dog or cat could get caught in & strangle itself. Supervision & interaction is needed.


Rodents like mice & rats can be a nuisance because they chew what they are not supposed to chew, and leave droppings behind. So how do we get rid of them? 
One solution is to put poison down. It must be put in a spot that is inaccessible to children, cats, & dogs. Eating a rat that has swallowed poison may harm a pet, or a wild bird.
Snap traps kill swiftly and are perhaps more humane than the suffering that poison must cause. The traps must be kept away from pets and children.
We need to ask ourselves what is attracting the rodents? Is there a bag of dog food on the floor? Store the dog food it in a plastic bin. 
Seal off all the holes where rodents get in. 
We animal-lovers feel sorry for rats & mice when it comes to killing them. Perhaps the best solution is to get a cat! Find a cat here



What will happen to your pets if you die? Speak to your family about this, and let them know your wishes. You can also add a clause to your will.

5 Tips on How to Stop a Dog from Chewing ow.ly/oYLO8

- Anywhere he wants! 

This is the heading of an article about blessing pets in church. Is it OK to have animals in church? These folk think it is. What do YOU think? 


ďAmazing Grays - Amazing Grace" Relationships with God, horses and each other. Read the review at dld.bz/afAZx  Havenít read it myself but it looks like a book that any animal lover would enjoy. On the same website, there are articles about dogs, cats & pet care, & funny pet videos.



A sick woman blurts out a prayer. http://www.guideposts.org/pet-stories/the-pooch-that-answered-a-prayer?page=0,0


I wish you a blessed Christmas, and may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope through the power of Christ.

Till next time




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