October 23, 2013 (Washington D.C.) -- If you have a dog or cat that became ill after eating jerky pet treats, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would like to hear from you or your veterinarian.
The agency has repeatedly issued alerts to consumers about reports it has received concerning jerky pet treat-related illnesses involving 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. since 2007. Approximately 580 of those pets have died.
To date, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has conducted more than 1,200 tests, visited jerky pet treat manufacturers in China and collaborated with colleagues in academia, industry, state labs and foreign governments. Yet the exact cause of the illnesses remains elusive.
To gather even more information, FDA is reaching out to licensed veterinarians and pet owners across the country.
January 22, 2013 (Alpine) -- Dream Dogs has a 4 month-old, cuddly Maltipoo female puppy (pictured at left). We also have a 1.5 year-old, 6 lb. Yorkie/Cairn Terrier that would make a wonderful friend to a loving owner (see picture on website and Facebook).
January 2, 2013 (Alpine) -- Meet our 6 month-old neutered, purebred, Bichon Frise male that is extremely loveable. He would fit in well in a loving home with children who would be gentle with him in return.
By Cate Sacks
November 12, 2011 (Blossom Valley) -- News from Facebook, Therapy dog Howard has passed all the training to become a therapy or service dog. This boy is simply awesome. He is gentle, submissive and kind. I have never heard him bark, and he is happy just "being"..whether than means with the other dogs, people, children or just by himself. He is a young boy who has been rounded off to a year old. His body is that of a boxer but his look is that of a chesapeake bay retriever...an amazing combination that is hard to find. He sleeps quietly in his crate and learns quickly.
August 14, 2011 (Blossom Valley) – Does your dog have what it takes to become a therapy dog, comforting patients in hospitals and other special settings?
“Any dog can become a therapy dog if the owner has time and commitment to do the work,” says Cate Sacks at Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs in Blossmon Valley.
By Dawn Celapino
August 3, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Who says the only thing you can do with your dog is take him or her on a run/walk? Kayaking is a fun thing to do on a hot day with your dog, especially if your dog enjoys the water.
County Animal Services Offers Independence Day Safety Tips
Family pets can become frightened and frantic because of the noise and commotion of Independence Day celebrations, County Animal Services officials warned today.
“The noise generated by fireworks displays and other noisemakers on the Fourth of July can frighten pets and trigger an escape or ‘flight’ response that can cause serious injury or even death,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of County Animal Services.
By Cate Sacks
March 14, 2011 (Blossom Valley) – Looking for a great companion, therapy dog, or family dog? Check out these graduates of our “Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs” training. All dogs and pups have learned manners, respect, and basic obedience and are ready for their new, forever homes.
Dog Licenses, Microchips, Rabies Vaccinations and Free Gifts at Sunday Event
Pet owners are encouraged to have their animals microchipped, vaccinated and licensed this Sunday, March 13 from 12-2 p.m. at the County Department of Animal Service’s San Diego shelter, 5480 Gaines Street. Pet owners who take advantage of the services will receive a variety of free pet gifts.
“Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early and give your pets a lucky charm by having them microchipped,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of County Animal Services. “The chance of a lost pet being reunited with an owner is increased if the pet is microchipped.”
By Dawn Celapino
March 9, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--Do you do any upper body exercises on your dog walk? If you are like most people, you either run or walk with your dog,which is a great lower body workout but what about the upper body?
Donations of cash, food also sought by rescue volunteers
January 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Nine-year-old Makena Sacks of Blossom Valley volunteers with her mother, Cate Sacks, to train dogs rescued from shelters. Now Makena asks help from ECM readers to save cats slated to be destroyed.
“I am hoping that I can save them but there are so many,” she writes. “The people at the shelter are putting cats down starting today, I need help taking these cats.”
By Caleb Trainer
December 10, 2010 (Blossom Valley)--Puppies are popular gift choices this time of year. But, it’s all too common for pets to become discarded holiday presents left at shelters as Christmas morning becomes a distant memory, according to dog rescue groups.
Cate Sacks, in the Blossom Valley area of El Cajon, works hard to turn around the fortunes of those puppies and hundreds of other shelter dogs. Through her dog-adoption program, “Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs,” Sacks places animals with qualified adoptive owners -- but only after both dog and person receive a dose of intense attention and training.
November 10, 2010 (El Cajon)--The Second Annual Jingle Paws Pet Walk and adoption event, sponsored by the ACES Foundation (Animal Center for Education and Services) and Camp Bow Wow, will be held on Saturday, December 4. The event runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wells Park, 1153 E. Madison Avenue in El Cajon.
Following a brisk 9 a.m. walk around the park, pets and their owners can enjoy Santa's Village filled with fun pet activities, vendors, goodies, and adoptable pets--just in time for the holidays.
Dogs and their trainers saved lives during 911, hurricanes, and other disasters
East County News Service
October 13, 2010 (El Cajon)--At yesterday’s City Council meeting, October 12th, Mayor Mark Lewis and the City Council paid posthumous recognition to two canines, both former members of the El Cajon Fire Department’s Search & Rescue canine team, Billy and Icon.
Jack guest blogs for his owner, Dawn Celapino this week
September 9, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- After getting back from a great road trip with my Mom and Dad, I thought I would share some information with you in case you are planning on doing any traveling with your furry friend!! The following are five things that you need to know:
By Dawn Celapino
August 30, 2010 (San Diego's East County)-- It’s that time of year when having a barbecue is a good idea, especially with how spectacular the weather has been lately. Bringing your dog to a barbecue is a great idea! It gives your dog the opportunity to socialize with other dogs and humans. You might think you aren’t harming your dog by offering him or her a scrap of leftovers, but it can have some severe consequences.
By Dawn Celapino
August 12, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Do you want to take a vacation this summer, but can't make plans because you don't know what to do with your dog? There are many cool, pet-friendly accommodations to save you from your unrealized vacation plans! It might be really hard to leave your dog behind, but many vacation destinations don't allow dogs, or have strict policies regarding our furry friends.
July 29, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- The Water Conservation Gardens is going to the dogs. Each Wednesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m., the gardens will be open to pet owners for walks with dogs on leashes.
July 9, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Want to help homeless animals and clean up your dirty dog at the same time? Camp Bow Wow is hosting a charity dog wash at Cat & Doggie Works, 1137 N. Second Street in El Cajon, on Saturday July 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
By Dawn Celapino
July 4, 2010 (San Diego) -- This holiday weekend, make sure your dog is in a secure environment, especially if you are leaving them at home. Because of their sensitive hearing, many dogs are afraid of fireworks. If you are out with your dog, make sure they are on a secure leash so the don’t run away.
May 21, 2010 - It's a dog's life! Andiamo-Ristorante invites you to bring your canine companion for cocktails and patio dining on the last Wednesday in each month, starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy drink specials all night at the Italian restaurant, loaced at 5950 Santo Road in San Diego's Tierrasanta neighborhood.
April 6, 2010 (El Cajon ) Camp Bow-Wow invites pets and their owners to the Spring Into Health Pet Expo on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
The event focuses on pet health, hygiene and safety. Activities will include low-cost spay and neuter information; grooming; ID tags and pet health insurance; demonstrations and classes on pet fitness and training; pet massages and pet communication workshops, and more.
February 5, 2010 (San Diego’s East County)--People with dogs often struggle to find the time to exercise themselves and their dogs.However, at the newly expanded Leash Your Fitness (LYF) boot camp classes for humans and dogs, pet owners can accomplish exercise for both--all at one time.
Reviews by Dennis Moore
December 21, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) -- If you're looking for last-minute holiday gifts for the pet lovers on your list, I heartily recommend Richard Lederer's newest books.
Most of us are either a cat lover or a dog lover--though Lederer, author of A Treasury for Cat Lovers and A Treasury for Dog Lovers, seems to be both. I have to confess that I am more of a dog lover, although cats have been a part of our household out of deference to my daughter. There seems to be something about the innate qualities of cats and dogs that have people attracted to one but not the other. Lederer, a San Diego author and host of the "A Way With Words" radio show, explores these differences with humor and insight, helping readers understand the motivations and behaviors of dogs, cats and their owners.
County warns public of sick puppies sold through local pet dealers
December 16, 2009 (Tecate) --On Monday evening, 15 two-month-old puppies were discovered by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers as a smuggler attempted to bring the puppies into the U.S. at the Tecate Port of Entry. The sick puppies, all described as mixed breed miniature poodles, were immediately taken to an emergency veterinary hospital by Animal Control officers with the County Department of Animal Services. The majority of the puppies has been diagnosed with parvo and will be receiving intensive care provided by County Animal Services or an adoption partner.
October 7, 2009 (San Diego)--San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore is announcing a unique educational program called “Adopt an SAR Dog.”
In its third year, the San Diego Sheriff's Search and Rescue Detail will participate in a program which offers a local elementary school class the unique opportunity to learn all about the various aspects of training a dog for Search and Rescue (SAR) work. Search and Rescue volunteers and their dogs will make regular visits throughout the year to the classrooms.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — June 1, 2009 — For the first time, Viejas Outlet Center is excited to welcome all dogs to the center for a “doggone” day of fun. On Saturday, June 6 Viejas will host the 5th Annual Novelty Fun Dog Show and the Service Dog Celebration.