Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Hazards and Dangers to Dogs at Christmas ~ Hazards to Dogs in Winter, Snow and Ice

Nearly Christmas and a very happy one to you and your dog.

In all the excitement it is easy to overlook potential hazards and dangers to your dog:
  • Christmas decorations - can be chewed and swallowed. They can break up into sharp fragments.Tinsel can act like a liguture - externally and internally.
  • Drinks. Alcohol is bad for dogs!
  • Smoking. Cigar and cigarette ends are poisonous to dogs
  • Wrappings. Can be chewed and swallowed, may cause digestive problems
  • Turkey bones are lethal. Cooked bones are brittle and will act like knives on the intestines.
  • Too many treats - a big sloppy output!
  • Tree position. If it is at the window where your dog normally looks out - you can imagine the chaos!
  • Crackers. The little gifts can be swallowed.
  • Children. Leave things everywhere that your dog can chew and swallow!
The solution to hazards - a bit of forethought! Put things out of reach. Don't let family and guests give too many treats.

That's just in the home. What about outside?

In the Winter we get cold, damp, snow and ice. All can be hazards to your dog.
Snow can hide all sorts of dangers.

A frozen lake, you can see tree debris on the ice. Is it safe for your dog to walk on? In this case, very unlikely. It is a carp fishing lake and is quite deep. A real danger to your dog.

A list of potential hazards and dangers to your dog are below.
  • Hidden dangers, e.g. holes, broken glass, etc.
  • Slipping and Falling
  • Frozen ponds, lakes, rivers
  • Hypothermia (exposure to cold)
  • Health problems exacerbated by cold
  • Exhaustion
  • Chemicals
  • Frozen ponds, etc. may not bear the weight of your dog.
  • Falling & slipping can cause soft-tissue damage or a broken bone.
  • Older and vulnerable dogs may suffer exposure and exhaustion. A coat is a good idea.
  • Arthritis can be more noticeable. Breathing problems can worsen with cold air.
  • The heart has to work harder. Exhaustion can set in.
  • Salt used to treat icy roads can irritate paws.
  • Anti-freeze and de-icers are toxic. 
And don't forget short-legged dogs (like daschunds) who will find deep snow hard work. They can also get cold stomachs!

Keeping a towel in your vehicle is a good idea, so your dog can have a rub-down after the walk.

Washing paws if you've walked on treated roads is a good idea.

Paw wax applied before the walk can help prevent slipping and also protect the pads.

And don't forget to keep chemicals well out of doggie reach!

Our old greyhound wrapped up nice and warm in TWO fleece-lined coats. There wasn't a lot of snow about, but it was below freezing and bitterly cold.
So that's a few ideas on dogs and cold weather and some problems for dogs in snow.

It's all common sense really - you will probably think of other things to add to the list!

Despite all the potential dangers, enjoy Christmas and Winter with your dog! Have a good one.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

A Dog's Fairy Tale of Christmas

We stopped at a park that was covered in snow. This was somewhere new! My owner removed my collar and then threw a ball. I chased after it. We hadn't played this game for a long time! But when I turned back he had gone. Puzzled, I sniffed around, but there were no familiar smells. I was lost and alone. So I wandered.

Elsewhere in the park I saw a big crowd of happy, smiling people. Santa was there with his sleigh and reindeer. He was handing out presents. I rushed over, but there were angry shouts, and I was chased away.

Then I came across a woman sitting on a bench. She had a dog with her. I approached, tail wagging, but she shook a stick at me. Feeling sad and unwanted, I wandered on.

I didn't understand it at all. I tried to be a good dog. I was clean in the house and didn't cause trouble. So why had I been left all alone in a world I didn't understand?

It began to snow. The wind cut right through me. I was lost, cold, hungry, and frightened.

I passed a shop doorway. There was a sad old man sitting there. He softly called to me. Cautiously I went to him. He rubbed my ears and spoke gently. I lay down beside him, and he put his coat over me.

Presently we got up and I walked by his side. We went to a big hall. It was warm inside. Lots of people came over and made a fuss of  me. I was welcome!
They gave me a big bowl of turkey and carrots, covered with gravy. Afterwards there was music and everyone sang carols.
Much later I was given a blanket to sleep on. It was on the floor next to my new friend. I climbed onto his bed. He put his arm around me. There we lay, man and dog, a pair of unwanted and unloved strays. But that day I had enjoyed good food, warmth, kindness, and companionship. I was content.
The church bells rang in Christmas Day.

Copyright  Trevor Williams
You may use this story in its entirety on your blog or website, but please keep the links back to my blog, or give an appropiate credit linking back. Thanks.

Whether you have two or four legs, Winter is a cruel time to be sleeping rough on the streets. Christmas in particular is a lonely time. January is even harder, it is colder and the Xmas shelters are shut. So, this year please remember stray and unwanted dogs. Don't forget people either - a dog is often a homeless person's only companion.
A charity that I support, St. Mungo's in London, takes in homeless people and their dogs! (For more info please click on the link)

Saturday, 19 December 2009



It’s Christmas Eve folks
In the stray pound
An old dog said to me
Won't see another one
And then he lay down
Cried in his misery
I turned my face away
And dreamed about home

I hope I’m the lucky one
Somebody has just come in
I've got a feeling
This year will be for me
So Happy Christmas
I love you everyone
I can see a better time
When all my hopes come true

They've got big houses to live in
They've got mountains of food
But the cold wind goes right through you
It's no place for an old dog
When you first took me home
On a cold Christmas Eve
You promised me that
Happiness was waiting for me

I could have been a good dog
A friend for life
You took my dreams from me
When I first met you
I did my best to please you
But you left me all alone
Can’t make it on my own
I built my dreams around you

They should never be like that  - they should be like this! Safe, secure, and loved.

So please remember our doggy friends this Christmas. Do something to relieve their misery.
Make a New Year resolution that you will keep!

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Merry Christmas to You All ~ Christmas is for the WholeWorld ... and for Every Living Being (especially Dogs!)

 Christmas is for the WholeWorld ... and for Every Living Being (especially Dogs!)

Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas in your heart.
John Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

So Merry Christmas to You All (please forgive omissions and mistakes!)


C Pождеством Xристовом (S rojdestvom Kristovom) *  Срећан Божић (srecan bozic)
圣诞快乐 (shèng dàn kuài lè) *  merii kurisumasu  * miilaad majiid
สุขสันต์วันคริสตร์มาส (souksaan wan Christmas)  *  Z Rizdvom Hrystovym
весела коледа (vesela koleda)  * vrolijk Kerstfeest   *  glædelig jul  *  sretan Božić
kala xristougenna  *   Krismas ki subhkamna  *  boldog karácsonyt  *  gleðileg jól
Nollaig shona *  buon Natale  *  seun-tan chu-ka-hae-yo *  felix dies Nativitatis
meri Kirihimete  *  god jul  *  Wesołych Świąt  * feliz Natal  * un Crăciun fericit
Nollaig chridheil *  krisimas yakanaka   *  vesele vianoce  *  feliz Navidad
Noeliniz kutlu olsun  *  Mừng Chúa Giáng Sinh   *  Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo  *  Naya Saal Mubarak Ho  *  Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!

 Woof-Woof !!!

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple : loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?
Bob Hope (1902-2003)

I extend the thoughts in the quotes to dogs and all other living creatures.

Read the dog prayer's in the previous post!

And a Special Christmas Wish from My Greyhounds Boris and Olive

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The Victorian greetings cards etc come from my personal collection

A Dog's Christmas Prayers ~ Don't forget our canine friends this Christmas

 Here are a couple of dog's prayers for you to consider this Christmas. Our canine friends need our help all year, but Christmas is special, and times are hard for unwanted dogs...

A Stray Dog's Prayer

Dear God, please send me somebody who'll care!
I'm tired of running, I'm sick with despair.
My body is aching, it's so racked with pain,
and dear God I pray, as I run in the rain.
That someone will love me and give me a home,
a warm cozy bed and a big juicy bone.

My last owner tied me all day in the yard
Sometimes with no water, and god that was hard.
So I chewed my leash, and God I ran away.
To rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now God, I'm tired and hungry and cold,
and I'm so afraid that I'll never grow old.

They've chased me with sticks and hit me with stones,
while I run the streets just looking for bones!
I'm not really bad, God, please help if you can,
or I have become just a "Victim of Man!"
I'm wormy dear God and I'm ridden with fleas,
and all that I want is an Owner to please!

If you find one for me God, I'll try to be good,
and I won't chew their shoes, and I'll do as I should.
I'll love them, protect them and try to obey....
when they tell me to sit, to lie down or to stay!
I don't think I'll make it too long on my own,
cause I'm getting so weak and I'm so all alone.

Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry,
cause I'm so afraid God, that I'm gonna die.
And I've got so much love and devotion to give,
that I should be given a new chance to Live!
So dear God, please answer my prayer,
and send me someone who will REALLY care..

That is, dear God, if YOU'RE REALLY there!

author unknown

Thanks to for this:
 A Christmas Shelter Dog’s Poem

 As you gather this holiday season to spend time with friends and family and your own beloved furry family members, take just a moment to think of those dogs and cats who sit alone and unwanted,…

The poem is reproduced below:

A Christmas Shelter Dog’s Poem

’Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full—we are lost, but not found.
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care.
They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,
“Come here, Max and Sparkie — come fetch your new ball!”
But now we sit here and think of the days
we were treated so fondly — we had cute, baby ways.
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew.
Now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.
So out the back door we were thrown like the trash.
They reacted so quickly — why were they so rash?
We “jump on the children,” “don’t come when they call,”
we “bark when they leave us,” “climb over the wall.”
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.
If only they’d trained us, if only we knew,
we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.
We were left in the backyard, or worse, let to roam.
Now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us off here and they kissed us goodbye…
“Maybe someone else will give you a try.”
So now here we are, all confused and alone
in a shelter with others who long for a home.
The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat.
They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here.
We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads
of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears –
our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.
If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the inn –
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
We count on your kindness each day of the year –
can you give more than hope to everyone here?
Please make a donation to pay for the heat…
and help get us something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
and more of us will, if more people will give.
Author Unknown

Answer a dog's prayer and do something good for dogs this Christmas!

It doesn't matter what as long as it is positive and life-enhancing.

  • Give your time
  • Give some money
  • Donate some goods for resale
  • Donate clean blankets or quilts
  • Donate some decent dog food, beds, toys
  • Volunteer at your local rescue
  • Start a campaign
  • Contact the media (local radio or paper - or why not go national) about your concerns or to make an appeal
  • Write to your MP
  • Make some dog coats
  • Make some healthy dog treats (click on the banner below to get a free download of dog treat recipes)

    Please just do something for our canine friends, who give us so much and ask for so little in return!

    Friday, 4 December 2009

    Give a dog a gift of love this Christmas

    Please consider making a donation to a dog rescue (shelter) this Christmas.
    It doesn't have to be a lot - even your spare change could make a difference.

    You can donate goods as well. Things that a dog rescue can put to use or sell to raise cash.
    Most rescues will have a list of things that they most need - just ask.

    Food, dog coats, dog toys, bedding will always be welcome.

    You can usually buy gifts or xmas cards for family and friends.
    Many charities also have donation schemes like sponsor a dog, buy a vaccination, etc. The recipient will receive a certificate which describes the gift that you have bought. I quite often do this, especially if I am sending gifts overseas.

    The larger charities such as RSPCA, Dogs Trust, PDSA , Blue Cross will have established gift schemes.
    But don't forget your small local rescue - they can really struggle to survive, and if they have to close many of the dogs will have nowhere to go (and may have to be put down!).

    There are specialist dog charities as well, such as Greyhounds In Need and the Retired Greyhounds Trust.
    Greyhounds particularly need help - they finish racing at 4 years old , or sooner, and face a very uncertain future. Thousands of healthy greyhounds are destroyed every year.

    If you want to support people as well as dogs, you can make your gift to Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs,etc.
    One of my favourites is St. Mungo's. They are a charity for the homeless and will allow homeless people to bring their dogs with them. A dog is often a homeless person's only friend and companion. Winter on the streets is hard on both dogs and people.

    That's just a few ideas to get you going. Go on - give a dog a gift of love this Christmas!

    Just a final plea. Make a New Year Resolution to get involved. Contact a dog charity and ask what YOU can do to help. Get out there and make a difference to our doggy friends!


    Tuesday, 1 December 2009

    A Christmas Wish For Moses ~ from IFAW ~ An inspiring story

    This is a truly inspirational story.
    I received the following e-mail from Fred O'Regan, CEO International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW):

    Orphaned as a small child in a poor South African township, 12-year old Moses lives alone at the local dump, surrounded by gangs and drug users.

    Foraging through mounds of rubbish for food...shoeless and freezing during the cold, lonely nights - every day is an epic struggle.

    And yet, the most amazing thing about Moses isn't how he survives, but who he survives with.

    You see, despite his tragic circumstances, Moses spends his desperate days at the dump caring for more than 20 dogs whose owners have died or been killed.

    This Christmas, I hope you'll consider giving something truly meaningful to those you love. An IFAW Gift of Life that will help bring an end to the suffering of dogs and cats in the poorest places on earth.

    IFAW's Dog and Cat Rescue Project in Johannesburg brings vet care to the pets of those like Moses who could never afford to take care of pets on their own. Quite often, we come across sick, impoverished or malnourished individuals like Moses who need extra assistance for both themselves and their pets.

    Thanks to the incredible generosity of IFAW supporters like you, we've been able to spay, neuter and fully vaccinate all of Moses' dogs. And we've provided Moses with clothes and food, medical care, and school tuition so that he'll be better able to look after his dogs for years to come!

    Moses' story shows how much people love animals and come to depend on them even in the worst of times. And how much every Gift of Life, no matter how big or small, can help make a real difference.

    Please help me make more Christmas wishes come true this season. With a gift of just £15 or more you'll receive a beautiful gift card and Gift of Life Certificate, showing how your gift in a loved one's name is saving the lives of animals.

    This is not a gift that will simply be opened and then forgotten. The donation you make in your loved one's name will help more people like Moses who can't afford to provide basic care for their pets.

    Thank you for your kindness this Christmas season.

    With Gratitude,

    Fred O'Regan

    P.S. It takes £600 to provide veterinary care for 50 dogs and cats in South every gift counts! Give before December 10th to ensure your gift package arrives in time for Christmas!

    What an inspiring story. This Christmas please consider giving a Xmas Gift to an animal charity.

    Wednesday, 25 November 2009

    Our old dog collapsed and then could barely stand up. We really thought that we might lose her.

    Olive, our old greyhound, is over 13 years old. She still enjoys life, but is on medication for arthritis and for her heart.
    Twice this month we've had an incident of  her collapsing. Fortunately she recovered both times - by the next day she was her usual self.

    What happened was this...

    She has the use of a couch with a duvet on it. It's comfortable and draught-free.
    Normally she jumps on off quite easily and without any problems. (You should see her leap when she's excited - she moves like a much younger dog!)

    Both times that she collapsed happened after she fell while getting off her couch. Her legs went front and back and she was unable to stand without support.
    Obviously she was frightened (so were we) and she was also in shock. Boris, our younger male greyhound, was very concerned and rushed over to her.
    We laid her gently on her side on the floor.
    Her heart was thumping, so I gave her some Bach Rescue Remedy. This calmed her and her heart beat became more normal. She rested and dozed for a while.
    But she was still unsteady on all of her legs, so I massaged her muscles to increase the blood flow.
    (You can do this by making small firm circular movements with your finger tips on the leg muscles. Then put both hands around the lower part of the leg and move them upwards using firm pressure (not too hard!). If your dog doesn't like it try using less pressure.)
    This helped her a little. But she was afraid of squatting down to go to the toilet. I put a large towel around her middle and supported her by holding up the free ends. This is a useful trick for dogs with mobility problems.

    We were really worried and thought that we might be in danger of losing her. But she seemed to be recovering a bit, so we decided to wait until the next day to see if a trip to the vet was needed. Great news - she was her usual self  by the next morning. She even went for a short walk. Boris was quite happy to walk slowly along side of her - I think that he realised that was what Olive needed.

    I put large cushions in front of the couch. This was to create a step to make it easier for her to get on and off, and to make a soft landing if she fell again.
    Olive ignored the cushions and leapt over them getting on and off! So I removed them, of course.

    I think that Bach Rescue Remedy should be in every dog owner's medicine cabinet. (it works on peopls as well).
    Amazon sell it at a reasonable price. You can get it by Clicking Here

    Saturday, 21 November 2009

    I thought that my garden was escape proof - until my dog tapped on the front door!

    Is your garden secure? Can your dog get out of it? Are you sure?

    I thought that my garden was secure and that my dogs could not get out until one day ....

    What happened was this...
    I let my 2 greyhounds out into the garden and closed the back door.
    My garden has 6 foot hedges all round with a wire fence hidden in the lower part of the hedges. There is a 6 foot solid garden gate. Escape proof  to a large dog. Well, I thought so!
    Olive cried at the back door so I let her back in. Boris was out of sight - you can't see everything from the back door, so I wasn't worried.
    I waited a while but he didn't come back, so I took a look around but couldn't see him! He didn't respond to my call or my whistle. Concerned, I went to the front door with the intention of searching for him.
    Then I heard a tapping noise. I opened the front door and there he was - knocking with his nose!

    How did he get out?
    I checked the garden and I think that he had pushed his way through some dense shrubs at the bottom end where I  hadn't put any fencing. He wouldn't normally do this, so there must have been something of high interest next door.
    My neighbours garden adjoins mine at the far end, with a pathway which runs alongside the length of my garden. It comes to a courtyard area and to our two houses.
    I am thankful he came to the door and waited, because he could have got out on to the road.

    Dogs can push through small holes. They can also scrabble over fences. So you really have to think dog when making your garden secure!

    Tips on making your garden secure for your dog
    • Think dog and take a good look around your garden. Get down on your hands and knees!
    • Can he climb or jump over the fence or gate - is there a foot hold?
    • Can he squeeze through (it can be a very small gap)?
    • Can he dig under? Slabs placed at the base of the fence can stop this. Attaching chicken wire and burying it into the soil works well.
    • Chicken wire is a cheap way of dealing with problems. Secure it to broken fence panels, to cover holes, attach it to stock fencing or open barred gates.
    • Raise fences by a significant amount (otherwise you just teach your dog to jump!). Trellis is a neat solution.
    • Use tree stakes and chicken wire to fill gaps in hedges. ( I did this cheaply and effectively).
    • Buy a big roll of chicken wire from an agricultural merchant - it is a lot cheaper than a DIY store. Treated tree stakes are cheap as well.
    • Move benches, etc. away from fences. Your dog will use them as a step to get out.
    • You can make a tall garden gate quite cheaply and easily. Use planks of  tongue and groove. Lay them flat on the floor and tap together.  Cut 3 pieces of wood to make a Z-shape. Nail these to one side of the t&g. Use oval headed nails and hammer them right in. Use cheap, traditional hinges and a catch. Hang your gate on solid posts. Paint the whole thing with an oil-based paint. Have a look at some at a DIY store or garden centre to see how they are made. I did this because I couldn't get the size gate that I need at a reasonable price.
    This post has been edited to add the info that I missed out before!

    Monday, 9 November 2009

    Bonfire Night ~ Great fireworks, BUT my greyhound was terrified! Bach Rescue Remedy came to the rescue!

    Halloween has gone, and so has Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire night). There should be a rest from fireworks for a while, at least until Xmas and New Year!
    We love firework displays, but we no longer go to the public displays as we feel it is better to stay at home with our dogs.

    There are usually some fireworks going off in our village, but on Bonfire night a near neighbour had a big display. It was great to watch from an upper window, but the explosions echoed loudly around our house.
    Olive, our female greyhound, was her usual calm self, but poor Boris, our male greyhound, was terrified. He lay curled up tightly in his bed and was licking his lips. His poor heart was racing and thumping loudly. At one point he got up and leaned right against my legs - I could feel his heart pounding right through them.

    I turned the TV up loud and gave him some Bach Rescue Remedy. Just a few drops onto his tongue helped to calm him. He was still very frightened, but his heart beat slowed and the frantic pounding ceased.

    I've used Bach Rescue Remedy for many years on lots of dogs, and I am always amazed at how effective it can be in treating shock and stress. (We used it regularly at the animal shelter where I worked). A bottle of this lasts for ages and should be part of every dog owner's medicine cabinet. (It also works for humans too!)

    The poor dog needed to go to the toilet, but was too afraid to go outside. He held himself until the fireworks ended, and then would only go outside with me. (I would have gone out with him anyway, just in case he panicked). He rushed and didn't empty himself properly. I know this because he got me out of bed at 3a.m!
    In fact, during the entire firework period, he got me out of bed every night in the early hours, not that I minded, of course.

    Dogs have much more sensitive hearing than us, and are more aware of what is going on around them.
    We took him out for a late afternoon walk (it was still daylight) and he was eager to go, but wanted to come back very soon. He even refused to go on one of his favourite routes. Later, we could see fireworks going off in that direction!
    I sometimes think that dogs are psychic (see my recent post on this subject of  Fri Nov 6th )

    Also see my recent post about firework phobia in dogs and what you can do about it Wed Oct 29th

    Dog appeasement pheronome (DAP) can be helpful.
    Sound therapy can also be very helpful



    Friday, 6 November 2009

    Dogs in Folklore & Superstition ~ Are Dogs Psychic? Some personal experiences of psychic dogs.

    Following on from my recent post about ghost dogs (of Oct 30th), I've decided to explore the theme of psychic dogs, and of dogs in folklore and superstition.

    Dogs feature in folklore and superstitions.
    Traditionally they have an 'uncanny' side and it is believed that they are sensitive to the supernatural.
    Howling dogs, especially at night, were believed to be omens of death. There are other methods of prediction too, such as dogs scratching holes in the ground.
    Dogs are supposed to be able to see ghosts and sense supernatural beings, which humans cannot.
    Shakespeare and other early writers viewed howling dogs as an omen of evil (and not necessarily death).
    A 17th Century example : 'That dogs ... by their howling portend death and calamities is plain by history and experience' A. Ross, Arcana Microcosmi, 1651

    Dog behaviour was watched for signs of good or bad luck. To be followed by a strange dog, or for one to come into your house, was considered lucky. Quote: 'Good fortune was predicted for one of my sisters, because a strange dog followed her when she was a babe in arms' Grantham Journal 1878
    There is also a belief that if your own dog will not follow you, then misfortune will follow.

    Sometimes the appearance of a dog is not welcome. It is considered to be very unlucky if a dog comes between bride and groom during the wedding ceremony, or it crosses the path of a funeral.

    Psychic Dogs : Personal experiences

    1) Many years ago, whilst I was still half-living with my parents, we had a male GDS named Prince. I had a strong bond with him.
    I would often arrive at my parents house unannounced, but they always knew that I was coming because of Prince's behaviour.
    About half an hour before I arrived he would put his paws up at the front window and look out. He would refuse to come away until I arrived.
    There was no pattern to my visits, and they were often last minute decisions.
    Was he psychic?

    2) Boris, my male greyhound, also knows when we are coming home.
    Our house is set back from the road behind some other houses.
    Just before we turn to approach our house, we will stand still and silent. A moment later we can hear him greeting us!
    How does he know it is us? Psychic dog?

    3) One of our neighbours has a small terrier. If the telephone rings he will ignore ... unless it is her son phoning, in which case he becomes very excited! Explain that!

     I found these books on Amazon, thought that they would be of interest:


    Friday, 30 October 2009

    Halloween is upon us! ~ Black Dogs , Ghost Dogs ~ Two personal experiences of dog ghosts

    As Halloween is almost here, I thought that I would write something about ghost dogs.

    But first, one of my own experiences of dog ghosts. This is a true story.


    There is a quiet country lane close to where I live (NW Leicestershire, UK). Sometimes I walk along it with my dogs.
    A few years ago I was walking down it, when I heard a dog whimpering and crying in distress. The noise was coming from the far side of the hedge bordering the road. My two dogs were silent and alert, and were staring at the part of the hedge where the crying was coming from. I stopped walking and the whimpering ceased, but my dogs were still staring at the same place. As I couldn't get access at that point, I walked further on to a gate, and was able to gain access to the field behind the hedge. THERE WAS NOTHING THERE!!! No dogs, no other animals, no people - just an empty field. It was a clear bright autumn day. As you can imagine, I felt it was a very weird experience, especially as both of my dogs were aware of something being there!
    We finished our walk in peace, but I was puzzled and unsettled by the incident. So, a couple of days later, we walked along the lane again at the same time as before. EXACTLY THE SAME THING HAPPENED AGAIN AT THE SAME PLACE! The whimpering was loud and clear, and ,again, there was nothing there! My two dogs were alert and silent, just as before. This time I felt a chill run down my spine. I started to wonder if ghost dogs existed!
    I repeated the exercise the following day and the same thing happened yet again. After that the phenomenon ceased, and did not repeat itself until a year later. It was at the same time of day (mid-morning) in early autumn (fall). It was a fine day as before, and there were no other people, dogs, or other animals around.
    I went along there every day at the same time and had the exact same experience. But after a few days it stopped again - and was not repeated until the following year at the same time and place. This happened to me for 4 years running before stopping completely. I've never heard it again.
    I've thought about it a lot and only ever discussed it with my wife.
    It is a long, straight and narrow country lane. Cars do sometimes drive very fast along it. I'm wondering if a dog was killed there. I guess that I should have asked my neighbours at the time, but I left it.
    A friend of mine has told me that ghosts appear to have a "lifetime". That is, the reported phenomena starts, continues for some years, and then ceases! That is what happened with my dog ghost. And it is a true story.
    As it is nearly Halloween I will tell you another true story further down the page.

    Lets get back to Black Dogs and Ghost Dogs

    Black Dogs occur in folk lore all over Britain. Black dogs are also reported all over Latin America.
    In America there are stories of Snarly Yow. See : Ghosts and Legends of Frederick County by Timothy L. Cannon and Nancy F. Whitmore.
    It is a night time apparation and is considered to be a portent of death. It is said to be larger than a normal dog and possess glowing eyes.
    Whitby (in England) has a very famous Black Dog. Whitby is also the setting for Bram Stoker's Dracula!
    In Britain various names are given to Black Dogs depending on locality, e.g. Barguest, Shuck, Black Shag, Trash, Skriker, Padfoot, Hooter,etc. There is list below :
    • Devon : Yell Hound or Yell Hound
    • East Anglia : Old Shock, Shucky Dog, Black Shuck, the Shug Monster
    • Lancashire : Trash, Guytrash, Skriker
    • Leicestershire : Shag Dog
    • Lincolnshire : Hairy Jack
    • Midlands :  Hooter
    • Norfolk : Shuck, Black Shuck, Old Shuck
    • Somerset : Gurt Dog or ‘great dog’
    • Staffordshire : Padfoot 
    • Suffolk : Scarfe, Gally-trot, Gallytrot, Galley Trot, Moddey Dhoe
    • Warwickshire :  Hooter
    • Westmorland : Cappel
    • Wales :  Gwyllgi (dog of darkness)Yorkshire : Barghest, Barghaist, Barguest, Barguest, Barn-ghaist, Skriker
    • Scotland : Black dog known as the Muckle Black Tyke and in Gaelic as Choin Dubh. Cu Sith or fairy dog is more common and is usually green or sometimes white.
    • Isle of Man : Moddey Dhoo, which means "Black Dog" and is pronounced "Mauther Thoo" in Manx Gaelic 
    • Jersey :  Le Tchan de Bouôlé
    Black Dogs can appear in specific types of places:
    • roads
    • crossroads
    • lanes
    • footpath
    • bridges
    • gateways
    • doorways
    • staircases
    • boundaries
    • fields
    • hedges
    • green lanes
    • treasure sites
    • wayside burials
    • graves and gallows
    • wells and trees
    Black dogs have a long history. The first English account of a black dog appears in the ‘Anglo-Saxon Chronicle' of 1127.

    " Let no-one be surprised at the truth of what we are about to relate, for it was common knowledge throughout the whole country that immeddaitely after his arrival [Abbot Henry of Poitou at Abbey of Peterborough] - it was the Sunday when they sing Exurge Quare o, D - many men both saw and heard a great number of huntsmen hunting. The huntsmen were black, huge and hideous, and rode on black horses and on black he-goats and their hounds were jet black with eyes like saucers and horrible. This was seen in the very deer park of the town of Peterborough and in all the woods that stretch from that same town to Stamford, and in the night the monks heard them sounding and winding their horns. Relaible witnesses who kept watch in the night declared that there might well have been as many as twenty or thirty of them winding their horns as near they could tell. This was seen and heard from the time of his arrival all through Lent and right up to Easter."

    That's just a taster for you!

    Below are a couple of interesting books that you might like to read.

    edited by Bob Trubshaw
    The folklore of phantom black dogs is known throughout the British Isles. From the Black Shuck of East Anglia to the Moody Dhoo of the Isle of Man there are tales of huge spectral hounds 'darker than the night sky' with eyes 'glowing red as burning coals'.
    The phantom black dog of British and Irish folklore, which often forewarns of death, is part of a world-wide belief that dogs are sensitive to spirits and the approach of death, and keep watch over the dead and dying. North European and Scandinavian myths dating back to the Iron Age depict dogs as corpse eaters and the guardians of the roads to Hell. Medieval folklore includes a variety of 'Devil dogs' and spectral hounds. Above all, the way people have thought about such ghostly creatures has steadily evolved.
    In the last hundred years East Anglia and Dorset have received the greatest attention from folklorists interested in such canine apparitions. This book includes a detailed study of the lore in Norfolk, showing how oral tales become interwoven with published accounts and the heritage of historic places.
    But are phantom black dogs nothing more than myths and tales? There is also an assessment of the psychology of phantom black dog sightings. Another chapter quotes emails from various people in America and Canada who have been terrified by phantom black dogs without any prior awareness of such folklore.
    The concluding part of this book is a comprehensive annotated bibliography of phantom black dog literature, including listings by geographical area.
    This book will appeal to all those interested in folklore, the paranormal and fortean phenomena.
    Contributors: Jeremy Harte, Simon Sherwood, Alby Stone, Bob Trubshaw and Jennifer Westwood.


    Paul Sieveking Fortean Times

    'I think this must be the best entry in the Explore series I have seen so far... '
    Aeronwy Dafies Monomyth Supplement

    '... a very important contribution to the literature... highly recommended.'
    Andrew Bates Silver Wheel

    'This is an excellent work and is very highly recommended.'
    Michael Howard The Cauldron

    Published by Explore Books, an imprint of Heart of Albion Press.
    ISBN 978 1872 883 786. 2005.
    demy 8vo (215 x 138 mm), 152 + viii pages, 10 b&w half-tones, paperback

    Synopsis and reviews courtesy of Explore Books

    and have a look at this:

    The following refernce is very interesting to read. The link will take you to the University of Wisconsin Madinson Library, which is a safe site to visit.
    Chambers, R. (Ed.) (1879). Spectre Dogs. In, The Book of Days Vol. 2 (pp. 433-436). Philadelphia, PA: J. P. Lippincott & Co.


    And now to my other personal experience of a ghost dog. This is also a true story.

    It happened at the animal shelter where I worked. We had a small intake block which sometimes had an odd feel about it. Some of the kennel girls said that they sometimes felt that something was there which they couldn't see.
    There was a central corridor with individual kennels either side. I'd walked to the door at one end. Suddenly all the dogs fell silent, and I heard claws tapping down the corridor and which stopped just behind me. I thought that one of the dogs had got free, but when I looked around all I saw was an empty corridor with all the kennel doors shut. Every dog was saniding at its door staring at the space behind me. The hairs on my neck really did stand up!
    Well whatever it was, it only happened to me the one time (thankfully).

    That's my two personal experiences of ghost dogs plus some info about Black Dogs.

    It will be a full moon on November 2nd (UK) so watch out for werewolves!

    Happy Halloween!

    Wednesday, 21 October 2009

    Dogs and Fireworks ~ Firework Phobia ~ What You Can Do

    As Featured On EzineArticlesFear of fireworks - tips on how to help your dog.

    It will soon be Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night,
    Diwali, then Christmas and New
    Year. Not forgetting private parties! So fireworks galore!

    I like fireworks - unfortunately many dogs don't!
    One of my greyhounds isn't bothered, but the other is frightened of them (and other loud noises). The dogs always come first.

    One year we had fireworks going off very close to our house. They started very early and we were caught unawares. They lasted until quite late. Olive was fine, but poor Boris was terrified. He curled up in his bed and SHOOK with fear.
    I gave him Bach Rescue Remedy which helped him. He stopped shaking and his heart became quieter. We also had the TV on quite loud to drown out the noise.
    He refused to eat until very late (well after the fireworks had finished).

    The majority of dogs are frightened, and some are absolutely terrified by fireworks.
    Dogs hearing is much more sensitive than ours, so the problem is magnified.
    They are also very aware of preparations, so watch your dogs closely for signs of stress (see further down for a list)
    Dogs and fireworks should be on different planets!

    You can help your dog with Firework phobia and other loud noise fears.
    This can be done with desensitisation and management methods.

    So what can we do?
    • Walk your dog before the fireworks start - do not take them out after they have started - your dog needs to be settled in advance. Please don't take them to a display - this will only make things worse. Make sure that he empties himself.
    • Feed your dog early, but don't worry if food is refused.
    • Make a secure, safe place for your dog. This can be done by placing his bed behind a sofa. Being in a quiet, dark corner with familiar things is very comforting to a dog.
    • Make sure he cannot escape from the house. Be vigilant and careful with doors. Dogs think that the explosions are inside the house and will want to get outside to escape them! Keep his collar on with home details attached, just in case! Don't let him out on his own.
    • Close windows doors, curtains. This will reduce noise levels and mask flashes. Play music. Classical music has been shown to have a calming effect. Or put the TV on loud.
    • Do NOT reward your dog - No treats, reassurance, or petting! It will reassure your pet if you ignore the noises.
    • Distraction. Play with your dog. This can be a good distraction. It can also help if there is a non-fearful companion animal with them.
    • I've used Bach Rescue Remedy on my dogs with some success. Give just before the noise starts! Repeat as per instructions on the bottle.
    • Other Herbal Remedies like Valerian (liquid or tablets) and Skullcap can help. Consult your vet if your dog is on medication.
    • Desensitisation. CDs are available which help to deal with the your dog's fears.They are available for fireworks, thunder, and gunshots. The CDs come with instructions - it is a gradual method of increasing noise level. It is important that your dog doesn't show signs of fear during use.You can buy a firework phobia CD set here Sounds Scary Fireworks 2 CD Pack
    • DAP -dog appeasment pheromone. This is a plug-in diffuser -it has a calming effect. It is also available as a spray. Start using it before the fireworks start.
    • In very severe cases of fear, it could be worthwhile to consult your vet or a dog behavourist.
    • Look out for signs of stress (see list below)
    I've looked around and found these useful products - just click on the links to see for yourself.
    Click on this link for Bach Rescue Remedy
    Click on this link for DAP

    Click on this link for
    Sounds Scary Fireworks 2 CD Pack


    Look out for Signs of Stress
    The following are all symptoms of distress

    • trembling or shaking
    • restlessness or pacing
    • panting
    • whining
    • barking
    • hiding
    • destructiveness
    • attention seeking
    • trying to escape
    • messing or urinating in the house
    • refusing food
    Please remember : DO NOT take your dog to a fireworks display. This will NOT cure his fear, it will only make matters worse!
    Boris the lad is frightened and curls up into a ball in his bed. He looks tiny and he is a big greyhound! He also refuses food. Boris knows well before we do when the fireworks are going to start. I always watch him closely, so I have early warning!
    Olive the girl is very laid back. She stretches out on the couch and goes off to sleep!
    Good luck with your dog!
    To find those useful products - just click on the links below.

    Click on this link for Bach Rescue Remedy
    Click on this link for DAP

    Click on this link to for Sounds Scary Fireworks 2 CD Pack


    This is an updated version of a couple of posts that I made a year ago.

    As Featured On EzineArticles

    Friday, 16 October 2009

    A Close Encounter of the Bovine Kind! ~ Dogs & Cows ~ Natural England & Stewardship

    Recently while out walking our dogs we met some cows with calves.

    We were on a public footpath and just about to go through a gate when we saw them. They also saw us and came running over.

    To begin with they were very curious - just sniffing the air and peering at the dogs. We stood very quietly on our side of the fence, but the cows soon became very agitated. It was very clear that it would have been dangerous to enter with the dogs.

    Our problem was that it was the only way back. (The alternative was to turn back and walk another couple of miles, but our old girl had had enough). We could only get into the adjacent field by climbing over a fence - no problem for us but our greyhounds couldn't get over.

    Our old girl weighs 28Kg. I lifted her up and passed her over the fence to my brother. But Boris not only weighs 36Kg, he also hates to be lifted. I gave it a try, but he went a bit crazy!

    I walked some distance along the fence and found a gate - padlocked of course! But there was a big enough gap next to the gatepost for Boris to squeeze under - wriggling along on your belly doesn't come easily to greyhounds!

    The field we were now in had a gate which we could open onto the road, so we were able to finish our walk in safety.

    Back in June I made a post about dogs and cows - please take a look at the archive.

    Natural England & Stewardship & Grazing Livestock
    There was an item on the radio this morning about this. It came from Cornwall.
    Cattle (usually longhorns, I understand) are roaming freely on the coastal footpath. This is because grazing encourages bio-diversity. (This is true and is a very good idea). It is part of the stewardship scheme which attracts EU subsidies.
    Two problems mentioned were : 1) the number of gates and fences being erected across what was an open landscape and 2) the potential dangers for dog walkers. (Dogs and people are also part of bio-diversity!)
    The point was made that dogs should be kept on leads. But that doesn't stop the cattle from approaching you and causing a problem!

    The usual advice is stay calm and quiet. Don't run. Standing still can be useful - the cows will sniff you and eventually go away. Try to make a quiet exit or get to the edge of a field.
    It is suggested that you let your dogs off lead - they can take care of themselves. But what if you have an old slow dog?

    Things get serious if the cows feel that you or your dogs are a threat.

    I've heard it suggested that you throw your arms up and shoo the cows away. Not sure I want to do that in a dodgy situation!

    I like to think ahead - look for signs of cows - are there cow pats, is the ground churned up, are there troughs of water. Avoidance is the best policy I think.

    Friday, 25 September 2009

    Slaughter of Dogs in China - GREAT NEWS!!!!

    I've received the following e-mail fom IFAW about the dog cull in China, reproduced below.
    See my previous post of Wednesday 16th September.
    Great news!

    Thanks to the immediate response of our supporters, the dog cull in Qinhuangdao has been averted.

    The details are still coming in - but it's clear that the government in Qinhuangdao felt the pressure from IFAW supporters around the world. Public notices and government web site postings announcing the cull have been taken down.

    If you ever wondered whether one person can make a difference - well, this is proof that they can! Every email, message, and dollar sent had a direct effect on averting a widespread, unnecessary and cruel slaughter.

    We will be keeping a close eye on the area until we are convinced that no dogs will be harmed in the future. Many locals sent their pets away to friends and family in order to protect them, and we want to make sure Qinhuangdao remains a safe place for them to return.

    You see, local government officials often resort to dog culls because China has no rabies prevention program or animal welfare legislation. A single case of rabies can create a panic - leading to calls for a mass dog slaughter at anytime.

    That's why it's so important for IFAW to establish vaccination and sterilisation programs within China to control overpopulation and disease - before more culls are called for.

    Your donation is critical to developing these programs and ending dog culls once and for all.

    I'm so proud of what we were able to achieve for these dogs. I want to thank all of our animal friends like you for helping to prevent such tragic and needless suffering, and for making today such a wonderful day for animals.

    Sincerely, Fred O'ReganIFAW CEO

    With IFAW's support, the first draft of national animal welfare legislation for China is being completed. If passed into law this will permanently ban the dog culls we have been campaigning against. Help support this legislation by donating now to protect animals around the world from cruelty and exploitation.


    What a wonderful result.

    Saturday, 19 September 2009

    The Gentle Art of Medicating Your Dog, or How We Got Our Dog to Take Her Medicine

    Many pet dog owners have faced the difficult task of getting their dog to swallow its tablets or other medicine.
    Some dogs are easy - they just chew them up or swallow them whole. Others are more difficult, to say the least!

    Olive, our female greyhound, is very aware of her tablets. She is an old dog (now 13 years) and is on daily tablets - 3 in the morning and 4 at night. We have had to try various subterfuges to get her to take her medicine.
    We've found that the size of the tablet makes no difference.

    The methods we've tried are :
    • Hide them just under the top layer of her food. We found the tablets at the bottom of of an otherwise empty food bowl!
    • Put them in her mouth and gently hold her mouth shut for a moment. She spits them out, and you then get wet (expensive) tablets which start to disintegrate.
    • She has dried food, so we added some tinned meat. Hide the tablets inside the meat. This worked for a while, but she soon got wise to that!
    • Hide them inside some meat and offer as a treat. Worked a few times - but she soon worked out how to eat the meat and spit out the tablets. Quite a trick!
    • We've tried sardines, tuna, tinned meat chunks, freshy cooked chicken, sausages etc. They all worked for a while. Freshly cooked chicken skin still works - wrap it around the tablet and she eats the lot. Sausages whch haven't gone cold still work too. Hiding them in a good sized ball of tinned Chappie Original (fish-based) works , but she does refuse them sometimes.
    • Cheese is very good. You need a cheese which is easily moulded. But our Olive became suspicious after a while!
    • Our latest trick is to use Winalot Shapes. We smear them with butter, stick the tablet to it, and then cover it with some more butter. You have to be careful with crumbly tablets as they tend to break up. This works everytime (so far!). I guess that any small biscuit will do.
    • I have been told that hiding the tablets in peanut butter works well. We haven't tried this yet.
    I think that the best approach is to use one of the methods a few times and then change to something else. This should fool most dogs, I think.

    Of course some medicines are in liquid form. You can just mix that into the top layer of food. I've found it a good idea to put something very tasty and smelly on top, just to mask the smell of the medicine.

    If anyone out there has found a good way of getting their dog to take its medicine please let me know!

    Wednesday, 16 September 2009

    Slaughter of Dogs in China!!! Act Now to End this Appalling Massacre

    A few days ago I received an e-mail from Fred O'Regan of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).

    It was about the horrific enforced slaughter of dogs in China.

    I was going to create a post straight away, but I was so upset about what I had read and seen, that I couldn't bring myself to do so.

    The slaughter is underway, but better to be a bit late than never to do someting about it.

    The e-mail from IFAW is reproduced below. Images are from IFAW. Personal data has been removed.


    From: Fred O'Regan, International Fund for Animal Welfare

    Subject: Urgent: Dog Slaughter Set to Begin Tomorrow: Help Us Stop it

    Date: Saturday, 12 September, 2009, 6:57 PM

    Help Us Stop the Qinhuangdao Dog Slaughter Before it Starts

    Dear Trevor, I've just received an urgent report that another city in China is planning a mass cull to slaughter any unregistered dogs, strays, and even registered family dogs that are over 14 inches (35cm) tall. Dog owners in Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province, are even being told to kill their own dogs, or else their dogs will be beaten to death by the police and the owners will be charged a fine. Can you imagine being forced to kill your own dog to save it from a more brutal slaughter?

    Unless we can stop this now, the Dog Death squads could be roaming the streets tomorrow – beating, stoning, and killing dogs – some right in front of their owners.You might remember the attached e-mail I sent you recently about a similar cull. We found out too late for many of those dogs, but this time we have a chance to stop it before it starts. I need you to do two things right now:

    1. Send an e-mail to the Chinese Ambassador in your country. So you can act quickly, I've written an e-mail for you - click here to review and send it.

    2. Make a donation to help IFAW end dog culls in China and to protect animals around the world from similar cruelty. It’s crucial that you act quickly –according to the government notice, the police will begin combing the streets tomorrow to kill dogs. Please send your message now, and then forward this e-mail to as many of your friends as possible urging them to help us stop this slaughter.

    In addition to working to stop this cull, IFAW is helping draft China's first national animal welfare legislation that will prohibit culls like this. And we're developing a rabies vaccination and sterilization program that we can offer to rural communities to humanely prevent rabies and control dog populations.We’ve stopped culls like this in other Chinese cities, and we can stop this one too!
    Please send your message of protest today.
    And then please make a donation to help us continue our efforts to help save animals around the world from cruelty and exploitation.Please act now to save these dogs - make it the very next thing you do. Thank you,Fred

    You can help us end bloodbaths like this and protect dogs in China from future culls

    A death squad pursues a terrified dog.

    Please help stop the slaughter.

    Dear Trevor, A massive cull in the Chinese city of Hanzhong has claimed the lives of more than 30,000 dogs - and now we need your help to make sure that it never happens again.

    The local government ordered the mass slaughter of all dogs as the result of a few cases of rabies deaths. Dog killing squads are stalking the streets, mercilessly beating dogs to death with sticks and rocks.

    Friendly dogs - even healthy family pets - are being slaughtered right in front of their owners. Can you even begin to imagine how you'd feel if that happened to your dog?

    IFAW has pleaded with government officials to stop the killing - and now we turn to you.

    Please help us stop these cruel and massive slaughters once and for all.

    Horrifying scenes of cruelty

    Some of the pictures from culls like these are so horrifying that I can't even show them to you. And I hate having to describe this, but I think you need to know the truth about what's happening.In one series of pictures, several small and fluffy white dogs - you can just tell they're used to snuggling on the laps of their loving owners - are trapped in a makeshift cage. One by one, the dogs are pulled out with a pair of long metal tongs, and brutally beaten with a stick. And then - even though it appears that some of the dogs may still be alive - they're tossed into a pit to be burned.I can't even imagine the pain and terror these poor dogs endure when the fire is set.So many dogs will suffer slow and painful deaths...we must stop this cruelty now!

    What we're doing and how you can help

    We have received so many messages in the past few days from animal lovers like you inside and outside China - pleading with us to step in and stop the slaughters like the one in Hanzhong City.
    • I assure you, IFAW is working to end these culls:
      We've already contacted local authorities in Hanzhong City to urge them to end the slaughter. Now you can help by contacting the Chinese Ambassador in your country.
    • IFAW is creating an emergency rabies vaccination fund so that we can offer rural communities in China an alternative to mass slaughters like the one in Hanzhong. Please give generously to our emergency rabies vaccination fund.We're working with the central government to pass animal welfare legislation in China that will ensure the humane treatment of all animals. IFAW has already helped major cities like Beijing establish dog regulations that mandate humane vaccination and population control.

    We CAN stop culls like this

    We recently joined with concerned animal lovers in China to stop a similar mass slaughter in the city of Heihe by pointing out that the killing of dogs that have rightful owners is a violation of the basic rights of a citizen - owned dogs and cats are considered the "personal property" of Chinese citizens, and should be protected under China's Constitution.

    Plus, it has been proven that rabies can be effectively controlled by a well-managed vaccination program. In fact, a humane vaccination and neuter program in Chennai, India, has dramatically reduced rabies cases there by over 95%.

    So we must act now to stop the killing!
    Please click here to contact the Chinese Ambassador in your country to call for an end to mass slaughters like this and to encourage China to pass legislation that protects all animals, including companion animals.

    And then please donate what you can today to help us set up an emergency vaccination fund to help cities in China establish rabies prevention programs, help eliminate these mass dog culls once and for all, and to continue our mission to protect animals around the world from cruelty.

    The slaughtered dogs of Hanzhong City deserved a better fate. Please help us ensure that dogs in other communities in China are protected from similar mass killings.Thank you so much for your help,

    Fred O'ReganIFAW CEO

    p.s. I have to tell you, the images of this dog slaughter keep me up at night. If you've ever enjoyed the companionship of a dog, then you know that they truly are members of our families. Please help us protect family pets by donating to our vaccination fund and our anti-cruelty campaigns around the world.
    Please forward this e-mail to your friends, family, and colleagues who care about animals as much as you do.


    Well, I felt pretty sick after reading that.
    I've contacted the Chinese embassy. Please do the same.
    e-mail your friends with this information please.
    Something can be done. If we all act, a huge amount can be done.
    Thank you.