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Mary Ellen
Tips 'n' Tales Newspaper Columnist with Miss Wings


 
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Jade with her tiny best friend Cholo,
 6 month old, olive-green eyed Teacup Chihuahua.

TALES


The upside of having pets is their love for you, and the downside is when they die. 

Recently, and without warning, Jade's two beloved dogs died.  Jackson, a 2 year old Whippet, from a rare lung disease and unbelievably their 12 year old Beagle, Ivy, passed unexpectedly a few days later.  Jade's family was devastated. Their now quiet home magnified their sadness without the pitter-patter of paws.

Having Cholo arrive in their lives was a blessing, Jade explains, "Cholo is the perfect cure for our family's grief. He is four pounds of pure joy. He knows exactly how to put smiles on our faces, no matter how bad our days are.  His energetic-caring nature tickles us, especially when he happily welcomes us home.  I love having a dog, because when my friends are not around, or I feel lonely, it is wonderful having his company.  My friends love him as much as I do."

Jade found her new puppy's name on an Internet list of dog names; Cholo is a Mexican rebel.  Underneath Cholo's liver and white camouflage coat hides a large Doberman personality!  Cholo is highly sociable and entertains Jade's family with his wild side by attacking his favorite tiny-squeaky toys.

After school, if you see Jade, you are bound to see Cholo too.  They were recently spotted at the Main Street tennis courts.  While Jade was playing tennis, Cholo was kept busy chasing huge-lime-green tennis balls. The lure of trying to put a ball in a dog's mouth kept him running after the balls.  The fact that the balls were too big for his mouth was not a detriment.  His
tenacity was evident as he pushed the balls around with his muzzel like a small bulldozer moving green earth.

During a typical busy day in puppy world Jade gives a synopsis of Cholo's favorite past times, "I work at Forest Valley Veterinary Clinic and Cholo loves socializing with the clients. He greets them and puts a smile on their faces.  He also enjoys basking in the sun, chewing rawhides, watching TV, chasing tennis balls, going for walks, running in circles around the house (which we call hot-laps), and most of all...cuddling with the people he loves."

 

TIPS

Working in a Veterinary Clinic, Jade has learned more about pets than most teens her age.
Jade's tips for a healthy pet, "Please spay and neuter all pets to prevent homeless animals.  Also, have their teeth cleaned.  By brushing your puppy or kitten's teeth and trimming its nails at a young age, it makes life easier for everybody in the future; including guardian, dog groomers and veterinarian.

If your pet needs a nail trim, or has ghastly teeth, take them to your veterinarian for a dental cleaning and nail trim.  Pet and feed stores sell pet size toothbrushes and toothpaste.  Brush their teeth as you would a toddlers.  Clean teeth keep a pet healthy."  Recently, a veterinarian said that healthy teeth can extend a pets' life 3-5 years.


Recall Comments
 
Does Pet Tips 'n' Tales help educate readers?  "Yes," according to Janetta Overholser, President of Humane Society of Cottage Society. "Mary Ellen, the recent mention of the recall on chicken jerky, chicken tenders, strips, or treats for dogs, that are made in China, hit home with one of your readers.

After reading the Sentinel, she phoned a Human Society member to confirm the recall.  The reader had no idea that new recalls continue, almost every day. Her Maltese dearly loves chicken jerky, and she was about to purchase more, and now she isn't. 
 
The wonderful aspects of Tips 'n' Tales is it makes us laugh, it warms our hearts and it alerts pet parents, as well as the stores about stock recalled merchandise.  Often, without feedback from the general public and you, stores owners would be unaware of the problems. Pets would become ill and potentially die. Readers are now checking products for their pets and their families safety with the recalled list. 
 
Note! If your pet is ill...and there is no current recall on their food or treat, understand that it takes time for the FDA to solidify a recall.  Be part of the solution, report directly to the FDA and the store where you purchased your product."
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