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Welcome Home, Charleston!

3 Nov

Two-and-a-half weeks ago, we brought a new being into our home: a black-and-tan Shiba Inu named Charleston.  Unlike Sami, our 7-year-old female red Shiba, Charleston is a rescue pup.  During the summer, we’d applied to the Shiba Inu Rescue of Texas to adopt a shelter dog, in large part because so many are in need.  Why the fascination with Shibas, a small Japanese breed with a reputation as headstrong yet loyal?  Because they don’t make much noise, a big consideration for our teen daughter with autism.

Charleston has transitioned almost seamlessly into our family life.  He’s playful, sweet and loves love!  (He’ll nudge you if you forget to pet him.)  Our 6-year-old son is utterly besotted.  Princess Sami seems to enjoy sharing her domain with this new, furry pal.

Now with Halloween behind us, I’m thinking toward how he’ll react to Christmas and the attendant hullaballoo and décor.

I’m not alone.  According to CSA International, a global testing and certification organization, 60 percent of pet owners are concerned about their pet’s safety when leaving them alone in a house.  Three in 10 Americans have either experienced or know someone who has experienced a holiday decorations-related accident with a pet that required a trip to the vet’s office.

Here are thoughts on safeguarding your home:

  • Up, up and away: When decorating a tree or other indoor areas, place breakable ornaments and electrical decorations up high to protect both small children and pets.
  • Other potential problems: Keep potentially deadly ingestible items out of pets’ reach like chocolate, poinsettias, tinsel and colorful ornaments that may look like a ball or toy.
  • No sparks for Sparky: Whenever possible, protect family and pets from electric shock by connecting all outdoor lighting into receptacles protected by weatherproof ground fault circuit interrupters.
  • Cat and canine candle concerns: Don’t leave lighted candles unattended.  Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over.  Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface, and keep away from combustibles.  And if you leave the room, blow the candle out.
  •  Safe storage: Keep pets away from packages as well as your gift wrapping area.  Swallowed string, ribbon, plastic, and even wrapping paper can lead to intestinal blockage and require a trip to the vet.

Pinkalicious at CATS

21 Feb

From February 25-March 6, Creative Arts Theatre & School in Arlington presents a production of Pinkalicious, based on the book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann.  Show times are 7:30 pm Friday, 2:30 pm Saturday & Sunday.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $2 for a lap pass for kids ages 3 and under.

SYNOPSIS:

Pinkalicious loves pink and wants everything in her life to be pink.  After overindulging in pink cupcakes, she wakes up pink.  Her parents take her to the doctor, and she is diagnosed with pinkititis.  Her best friend doesn’t even recognize her.  At home, she eats another cupcake, and the next morning she wakes up red and develops pink eye pinkititis, whereby she can only see the color pink.  Will she follow the doctor’s orders to eat green food?

For more information on CATS, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Babe, the Sheep Pig at CATS

25 Jan

From January 28-February 6, Creative Arts Theatre & School in Arlington presents a production of Babe, the Sheep Pig, based on the book by Dick King Smith.  Show times are 7:30 pm Friday, 2:30 pm Saturday & Sunday.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $2 for a lap pass for kids ages 3 and under.

SYNOPSIS:

When Babe is won by Farmer Hogget at the village fair an extraordinary friendship develops, one that will change the whole farm.  With the help of his new “mother,” the old dog Fly, Babe fast learns the herding instinct, and it’s not long before this most polite of pigs wins over the most suspicious of sheep.  When the day of the Grand Challenge Sheep-Dog Trials dawns, the whole farm holds its breath to see whether or not Babe will triumph, against all odds, to become the hero of the hour.

For more information on CATS, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Mobile Pet Adoption Event

14 Jan

Bring home a loving new family member this weekend!  The City of Arlington Animal Services is holding a mobile pet adoption event on Saturday, January 15, from 10 am – 3 pm at Bob Moore Subaru of Arlington.

Adoption fees are $100 for dogs and $90 for cats.

Also available at the event will be pet microchipping for $10.

Bob Moore Subaru is located at 1333 E. I-20.  For more information, click here.

FAAS Fundraiser Garage Sale

13 Oct

The Friends of Arlington Animal Services (FAAS) is holding their annual fundraising garage sale on October 22 & 23, from 7 am to 3 pm, at 2507 Blue Quail Drive in Arlington.  All proceeds go to help fund their current projects, which include educational programs, new adoptee training days, and addressing the feral cat problem in Arlington.

FAAS is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that supports Arlington Animal Services, to improve the lives of homeless and injured animals.  Their mission is to encourage the city of Arlington to put an end to the killing of adoptable animals in their shelters.

For more information on FAAS, click here.

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