Archives for July, 2011

San Antonio Area Foundation Animal No Kill Initiative

Greetings All,

It is another blistering hot day here in San Antonio. They are promising us some rain this weekend from Tropical Storm Don, so we just have to wait to see if it really happens!

Rick and I ran into Gavin Nichols at the Pet Expo this last Saturday. Gavin and I worked together for a long time at H.E.B., but he now works for the San Antonio Area Foundation. Specifically, he is the Program Officer for the Animal No Kill Initiative.

If you are not familiar with this organization, here is an overview from their website:
“For over 45 years, the San Antonio Area Foundation has connected donors of all backgrounds with the causes they care about most for the betterment of San Antonio and the surrounding region. The Area Foundation provides a highly personal approach to giving, offering a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable goals.

Established in 1964, through a trust created in memoriam to San Antonio business leader and philanthropist Nat Goldsmith, the Area Foundation has significantly enhanced the quality of life of our community by:

•providing outstanding service to donors
•producing significant asset growth
•strengthening community collaboration
•managing an responsible grants and scholarship program.

From scholarships to programs on animal welfare issues, support for programs assisting wounded military heroes to senior social and health care programs, the San Antonio Area Foundation understands and supports solutions to our community’s growing challenges. Community-based grant applications are offered in several different program areas in an annual cycle. Donor‐advised fund grants are distributed throughout the year. The Area Foundation has given more than $190 million in grants and scholarships in San Antonio, Bexar County and around the globe.”

A primary component of the No Kill Initiative is the Talk About It! campaign, which is a bilingual, multi-channel grassroots effort, aiming to make San Antonio a No Kill community by promoting spay/neuter, adoption and responsible pet care. The program is a collaboration of the City of San Antonio, Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare (AAPAW), the San Antonio Area Foundation Consortium of Partners and animal welfare organizations.

To support this crucial San Antonio community effort, you can click here to donate, fill in the amount, and select Animal No Kill Fund in the Designation drop-down menu.


Jul 29, 2011 | Comments are off | animal welfare, Dog Behavior, Stray Dog

The Other Coast – the folly of leaving pets in a vehicle

Happy Sunday Everyone,

This cartoon was published Friday in the San Antonio Express News, and it hit me as a powerful statement about the folly of leaving a pet in a vehicle in hot or even warm weather.

“The Other Coast” comic strip is the work of Adrian Raeside who lives in Whistler, BC. To check out more of Adrian’s creations click on his Raeside Cartoon website.

Something else that is important to remember during hot weather is that asphalt can get hot enough to burn a dog’s paws. You can check this with your own bare feet or hands. If you cannot keep your hands or bare feet on the asphalt for at least three seconds, it is too hot to safely walk your dog. This was brought home to me yesterday when Rick and I attended the Pet Expo at the Freeman Colliseum in San Antonio. The temperature was reading 104 in the parking lot, yet we saw tons of people walking their dogs on that scorching pavement.

For more hot weather reminders see my June 24 2009 post Hot Weather Dog Safety.

Please give your dogs a hug for me,


Jul 24, 2011 | Comments are off | animal welfare, Dog Behavior, Home Health Care for Dogs

Doggy Water Snob

Hi Everybody,

Since they drink Kangen Water®, both Roxie and Gypsy have become water snobs. So this cartoon really tickled me:


Jul 21, 2011 | Comments are off | animal welfare, Dog Behavior, Holistic, Home Health Care for Dogs