A Tribute to Barney, by Andrea Hartley

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Barney, age 19

My dog Barney lived to age 20, after being diagnosed with Cushion’s Disease at the age of 14, and given 6 months to live.  The doctors were amazed.  When I had brought him in to see the vet, his stomach was very swollen.  When I returned with him a few months later, the doctor said his stomach had returned to normal.  What had I done?  I had stopped feeding him dog food and started feeding him the way I fed my family, with good wholesome food.  I do not buy any processed foods.  I do not buy any foods with artificial colors, flavors, preservatives  or MSG products in it.  I serve only natural, organic when possible, cooked from scratch food, and now, this was what Barney was eating too.  He had  turkey, beef, organic chicken, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, green beans, peas, apples, and yogurt (plain with no additives).  I also gave him vitamins, herbs, and some homeopathic remedies.

Barney, age 19

Barney, age 19

I had other pets who lived to ripe old ages too.  Tabby, 18; Jessie, 19; Tiger,20 (all cats) and Duke, a shepherd, Doberman mix, 16.  If you would like recipes that I  feed my dogs, and to learn of other things that I have done which I believe have helped my pets to “live long and prosper”, I will email you a full report for $10.00.

 

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Kicking out Restless Legs

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Andrea Hartley

*Author’s note:  This is an article about the author’s own personal experience with restless leg syndrome.   It is not meant as advice or treatment recommendations.

I remember as a teen, I would lie in in bed and my legs would ache.  I was told that it was “growing pains”.  I would raise my legs while lying down and I would do a bicycle pedal in the air.  Then I would suddenly plop my legs down the bed with a bang.  This would provide some temporary relief.  The problem cleared up for many years, only to resurface in my late forties.    At this point, I researched the problem online.  I discovered that it is described as an urge to move your legs while at rest.  The cause is unknown. It produces an aching or crawly feeling in the legs and irresistible urge to move them.  Sometimes they move on their own.  For some, it may be caused by a deficiency in iron, magnesium or folate, but generally the cause is “unknown”.   One thing I have found, personally, my symptoms disappear, for the most part, when I eat copious amounts of wheat germ every day.  I am talking about at least 4 tablespoons.  One thing that tends to cause my symptoms to reoccur, is taking antihistamines that cause drowsiness.  Another preventative measure that has helped me greatly is to go to bed regularly at 10:30 pm.  Usually I fall asleep before any “kicking” takes place. [Read more…]

Smokey the Cat

Smokey

This little kitten was found by a 6 year old girl hiding under a car in a torrential downpour.  The girl’s family took her in only to discover that she had a broken leg.  The family was destitute financially and could not afford even an initial vet visit.  They contacted No Kill Lehigh Valley.  We arranged for them to be seen by one of our participating vets who confirmed that the leg was badly broken.  The kitten was referred to the specialists at Valley Central who greatly discounted the surgery – and provided that cool cast cover.  No Kill Lehigh Valley paid for the $1700.00 surgery and the family adopted this little one as their own.

 So many animals would have been left to suffer and die if it wasn’t for No Kill Lehigh Valley.

No Kill Lehigh Valley

No Kill Lehigh Valley is a non- profit animal welfare group that fills a very special niche in our community. We provide financial assistance for veterinary care and spay/neuter surgeries.  Our goal is to keep companion animals in their homes whenever possible by providing this financial help and other support through our e mail group (nokill.lehighvalley@yahoo.com), website (www.nokilllv.com), and Facebook.

No Kill Lehigh Valley was founded in 2007 as the result of a growing concern about the high rate of killing at the Lehigh Co. Humane Society.  We believe that no animal should have to die just because it’s homeless.   We support efforts to reduce the  companion animal population through humane measures and to provide people  with the support they need to keep and care for their animals.

Low cost spay/ neuter services are an essential part of this equation.  We support the local low cost clinics and supplement their fees when people are unable to afford them.  Since January of this year we have expended over $13,000.00 for spay/neuter surgeries.  In addition to paying for companion cats to be spayed/neutered, we pay for the surgeries on feral cats through trap/neuter/return programs.  We also believe that companion animals should not have to suffer just because their human companions cannot pay for veterinary care.  So far this year we have provided  over $36,000.00 in veterinary costs.  We have financed  care ranging from kittens with infected eyes to dogs with broken bones who require expensive surgery by a board certified surgeon.

Our services are desperately needed in these difficult economic times.  People who love their animals suffer terribly when they cannot afford to care for them so, while our main goal is to help the animals, we are helping people too.   While our work is primarily fund raising, we also are involved in making municipal officials and politicians aware of the importance of companion animals and the needs of those who care for them.

Remember, the most important thing you can do if you care about animals is to make sure your cat(s) and/ or dog(s) are spayed and neutered.

Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinics :

Peaceable Kingdom   610-432-2532 (Allentown)

No Nonsense Neutering  866-820-2510   (Allentown)

Eastern Pa. Animal Alliance   570-994-5846  (Broadheadsville)

If you would like to support our work, you can do so in many ways.  Become a part of our e mail group so that you will be informed about our activities and local animal related issues.  Just send an e mail to nokill.lehighvalley@yahoo.com and we’ll add you to the list.   Suggest/hold  a fund raiser – we’re open to all ideas.  Or, just donate by sending a check to NKLV PO Box 4272 Bethlehem, Pa. 18018 or by Paypal.  All donations are tax deductible and all funds stay right here in our communities to help the animals and the people who love them.

 

 

 

Freed From a Dungeon

This poor cat had been kept in a windowless basement for 11 years.  The people keeping him there had minimal interaction with him.  Occasionally their Jack Russel terriors would get into the basment and terrorize him.  A young woman started boarding with them and was horrified by this situation.  When they were not around, she would bring the cat up to her room.  She discovered that he had blood dripping from his mouth because of severe dental problems.  At this point she contacted No Kill Lehigh Valley.  We immediately arranged for  a foster home and paid  $450.00 for his veterinary care.  And, we struck gold when one of our members found him a real home.  He is shown here in the arms of his new mom who says that he is the sweetest cat she has ever knwon – and she’s known a lot of cats.  He now spends his days looking out of her glass doors at the world he couldn’t see before and he is doted on and much loved.

No Kill Lehigh Valley is a non- profit animal welfare group that fills a very special niche in our community. We provide financial assistance for veterinary care and spay/neuter surgeries.  Our goal is to keep companion animals in their homes whenever possible by providing this financial help and other support through our e mail group (nokill.lehighvalley@yahoo.com), website (www.nokilllv.com), and Facebook.

No Kill Lehigh Valley was founded in 2007 as the result of a growing concern about the high rate of killing at the Lehigh Co. Humane Society.  We believe that no animal should have to die just because it’s homeless.   We support efforts to reduce the  companion animal population through humane measures and to provide people  with the support they need to keep and care for their animals.

Low cost spay/neuter services are an essential part of this equation.  We support the local low cost clinics and supplement their fees when people are unable to afford them.  Since January of this year we have expended over $13,000.00 for spay/neuter surgeries.  In addition to paying for companion cats to be spayed/neutered, we pay for the surgeries on feral cats through trap/neuter/return programs.  We also believe that companion animals should not have to suffer just because their human companions cannot pay for veterinary care.  So far this year we have provided  over $36,000.00 in veterinary costs.  We have financed  care ranging from kittens with infected eyes to dogs with broken bones who require expensive surgery by a board certified surgeon.

Our services are desperately needed in these difficult economic times.  People who love their animals suffer terribly when they cannot afford to care for them so, while our main goal is to help the animals, we are helping people too.   While our work is primarily fund raising, we also are involved in making municipal officials and politicians aware of the importance of companion animals and the needs of those who care for them.

Remember, the most important thing you can do if you care about animals is to make sure your cat(s) and/ or dog(s) are spayed and neutered.

Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinics :

Peaceable Kingdom   610-432-2532 (Allentown)

No Nonsense Neutering  866-820-2510   (Allentown)

Eastern Pa. Animal Alliance   570-994-5846  (Broadheadsville)

If you would like to support our work, you can do so in many ways.  Become a part of our e mail group so that you will be informed about our activities and local animal related issues.  Just send an e mail to nokill.lehighvalley@yahoo.com and we’ll add you to the list.   Suggest/hold  a fund raiser – we’re open to all ideas.  Or, just donate by sending a check to NKLV PO Box 4272 Bethlehem, Pa. 18018 or by Paypal.  All donations are tax deductible and all funds stay right here in our communities to help the animals and the people who love them.

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Puppy Mending From Broken Leg

No Kill Lehigh Valley is a non- profit animal welfare group that fills a very special niche in our community. We provide financial assistance for veterinary care and spay/neuter surgeries.  Our goal is to keep companion animals in their homes whenever possible by providing this financial help and other support through our e mail group (nokill.lehighvalley@yahoo.com), website (www.nokilllv.com), and Facebook.

No Kill Lehigh Valley was founded in 2007 as the result of a growing concern about the high rate of killing at the Lehigh Co. Humane Society.  We believe that no animal should have to die just because it’s homeless.   We support efforts to reduce the  companion animal population through humane measures and to provide people  with the support they need to keep and care for their animals.

Low cost spay/neuter services are an essential part of this equation.  We support the local low cost clinics and supplement their fees when people are unable to afford them.  Since January of this year we have expended over $13,000.00 for spay/neuter surgeries.  In addition to paying for companion cats to be spayed/neutered, we pay for the surgeries on feral cats through trap/neuter/return programs.  We also believe that companion animals should not have to suffer just because their human companions cannot pay for veterinary care.  So far this year we have provided  over $36,000.00 in veterinary costs.  We have financed  care ranging from kittens with infected eyes to dogs with broken bones who require expensive surgery by a board certified surgeon.

Our services are desperately needed in these difficult economic times.  People who love their animals suffer terribly when they cannot afford to care for them so, while our main goal is to help the animals, we are helping people too.   While our work is primarily fund raising, we also are involved in making municipal officials and politicians aware of the importance of companion animals and the needs of those who care for them.

Remember, the most important thing you can do if you care about animals is to make sure your cat(s) and/ or dog(s) are spayed and neutered.

Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinics :

Peaceable Kingdom   610-432-2532 (Allentown)

No Nonsense Neutering  866-820-2510   (Allentown)

Eastern Pa. Animal Alliance   570-994-5846  (Broadheadsville)

If you would like to support our work, you can do so in many ways.  Become a part of our e mail group so that you will be informed about our activities and local animal related issues.  Just send an e mail to nokill.lehighvalley@yahoo.com and we’ll add you to the list.   Suggest/hold  a fund raiser – we’re open to all ideas.  Or, just donate by sending a check to NKLV PO Box 4272 Bethlehem, Pa. 18018 or by Paypal.  All donations are tax deductible and all funds stay right here in our communities to help the animals and the people who love them.

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