In Loving Memory

This issue of The OC Dogumentary is dedicated to our lost friend Blanca, who recently died in the arms of her loving mom, Lauren Smith. It is with much sadness that we lost little Blanca as it is believed she suffered heart failure due to eating poisonous sago palm seeds found in her backyard.

Did you know that more than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals?

Sited from The Humane Society of the United States & The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, please take a moment to review the following food, plants & common household products potentially harmful to our beloved pets:

Food potentially harmful to pets:

• Alcoholic beverages
• Apple seeds
• Apricot pits
• Avocados—toxic to birds, mice, rabbits, horses, cattle, and dairy goats
• Cherry pits
• Candy (particularly chocolate, which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets, and any candy containing the sweetener Xylitol)
• Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate covered espresso beans)
• Grapes
• Hops (used in home beer brewing)
• Macadamia nuts
• Moldy foods
• Mushroom plants
• Mustard seeds
• Onions and onion powder
• Peach pits
• Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
• Raisins
• Rhubarb leaves
• Salt
• Tea (caffeine)
• Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
• Walnuts
• Yeast dough

Common poisonous plants:

The link below provides a list of some of the common plants which may produce a toxic reaction in animals.

Common Poisonous Plants

Common household dangers:

Antifreeze that contains ethylene glycol has a sweet taste that attracts animals but is deadly if consumed in even small quantities; one teaspoon can kill a seven-pound cat. The HSUS recommends pet owners use a safe antifreeze in their vehicles. Look for antifreeze that contains propylene glycol, which is safe for animals if ingested in small amounts. Ethylene glycol can also be found in common household products like snow globes, so be sure to keep these things out the reach of animals.

Cocoa mulch contains ingredients that can be deadly to pets if ingested. The mulch, sold in garden supply stores, has a chocolate scent that is appetizing to some animals.

Chemicals used on lawns and gardens, such as fertilizer and plant food, can be easily accessible and fatal to a pet allowed in the yard unsupervised.

Cedar and other soft wood shavings, including pine, emit fumes that may be dangerous to small mammals like hamsters and gerbils.

De-icing salts used to melt snow and ice are paw irritants that can be poisonous if licked off. Paws should be washed and dried as soon as the animal comes in from the snow. Other options include doggie boots with Velcro straps to protect Fido's feet, and making cats indoor pets.

Insect control products, such as the insecticides used in many over-the-counter flea and tick remedies, may be toxic to companion animals. Prescription flea and tick control products are much safer and more effective. Pet owners should never use any product without first consulting a veterinarian.

Fumes from nonstick cooking surfaces and self-cleaning ovens can be deadly to birds. Always be cautious when using any pump or aerosol spray around birds.

Human medications such as pain killers (including aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen), cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, anti-depressants, vitamins, and diet pills can all be toxic to animals. Keep medication containers and tubes of ointments and creams away from pets who could chew through them, and be vigilant about finding and disposing of any dropped pills.

Through education and awareness we can keep our pets safe from harm. It is our hope that sharing little Blanca's story may prevent similar occurences in the future. Please share this information with a friend.

March Dog Friendly Events

March 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th

Dana Point Festival of Whales 2007
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

This annual dog friendly event includes a street faire, whale watching, the Festival of Whales parade and much more!

Come join the community as we celebrate the return of the Gray Whales off the coast. Come sample the best of Dana Point through more than 100 booths, displays, and fun activities. Follow the Parade to the Street Faire! Fun for the entire family. Great food, great games, great entertainment, and best of all - the great people of Dana Point.

Yappy Hour Wednesdays!

Noah’s Essentials & The Cliff Restaurant
577 S Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm (weather permitting)

Enjoy ½ price beer and appetizers at The Cliff while your pal samples gourmet dishes from Noah’s such as lamb stew and turkey meatloaf…a beautiful Laguna Beach sunset makes this a yappy hour not to be missed!

Friday, March 9th

Muttropolis’ Poo’s & Doodles Meetup
Fashion Island Shopping Center
865 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 717-MUTT

Join Muttropolis for an ultimate Poodle-Mix Mixer! Come explore the wide world of poodle mixed breeds. Plus, enjoy light refreshments and 10% off your purchase.
7:00 pm

Friday, March 16th

Muttropolis’ Mutt Mingle
Fashion Island Shopping Center
865 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 717-MUTT

Grab your pooch and join Muttropolis FRIDAY evening for our Monthly Mutt Mingle. BYOB: Bring Your Own Breed. Plus enjoy 10% off your purchases (excludes sale items).
7:00-9:00 pm

Saturday, March 24th

Gentle Dental at Muttropolis
Gentle Dental is great for both dogs and cats and is low-stress anesthesia-free and administered by dental hygienists with 25 years experience. Call 949.717.MUTT for an appointment today. Cost: $95
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Quotes & Poems From The Dog Pile

Laguna winter
Frost on the dog park today
Warmed by canine snouts

--Leslie Blough

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion"

-- Unknown

My sunshine doesn't come from the skies,
It comes from the love in my dog's eyes.

--Unknown Poet

Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.

--John Galsworthy

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."

-- Roger Caras

We miss you, little Blanca...

Paige & Marley
The OC Dogumentary