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BUDDHA DOG Animal Massage
SUMMER 2008 Newsletter

    UPDATE:  New FREE Animal Massage Class date-
Tuesday, September 9th from 7 PM-9 PM
2400 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA  90065


There will also be a free class at the
Studio City Branch Library on

Wednesday, October 1st from 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM.

12511 Moorpark Street @ Whitsett
Studio City 91604


Hello Everyone!

I have made the newsletter into a webpage so that I wouldn't take up all the space in everyone's inbox.

I apologize for my tardiness in getting the Summer Newsletter out, but here it finally is (just barely in time for the 4th of July tips)!  I’ve been waiting to secure a date for my next free animal massage program to include, but that hasn’t happened yet.  To those that signed up for my newsletter for class information, and to find lots of great animal-related events, please keep checking my new calendar page
for updates. If you have an event you’d like included, please email me with the details.

I hope you all have a chance to check out the newsletter. I’ve tried to jam-pack it with good information we can all use. It includes my summer special, hot weather safety, holistic flea treatments, non-surgical sterilization, the all-new “DOGGY & ME” Massages, and MUCH MORE!

Thanks to the best clients in the world, and to all my new subscribers who I’d love to be future clients!  :)

Hope to see you all soon! Have a safe, fun Summer and 4th of July. Lots of kisses to the furry kids!

All my best, Pam


Until September 21st, mention the “Summer Special”, and receive $15 OFF an hour or 90-minute animal massage. 

An hour will cost $35 (reg. $50), and

90-minutes will be $55 (reg. $70).

Offer is good one time per animal.

Book an appointment

It’s heartbreaking every year on July 5th to see how filled to the rim all the shelters get from animals that have run away from fear of fireworks (they go through sliding glass doors and dig holes under fences to get out!), so I bring you…

From In Defense of Animals and The Humane Society of the U.S.:

Keep Your Animals Safe On July 4th!

The 4th of July can be one of the most dangerous and frightening holidays for animals. Loud explosions are terrifying to animals who don't understand them.  With proper planning and some common sense, your companion animals can remain safe and secure on Independence Day.

Here are some tips:

    * Leave your companion animals at home when you go to see fireworks! Resist the urge to take them to fireworks displays.

* Before you leave home for the fireworks, make sure your animals are indoors in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any items that your companion animal could destroy or that would be harmful if chewed or swallowed. Leave a television or radio playing to keep him/her company.

* Make sure your animals are wearing identification tags (and it's even better if they're also microchipped!) so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly.

* Do not leave an animal in your car. With only hot air to breathe, your animal friend can suffer serious health effects, even death, in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air or cooling, but they do provide an opportunity for your animal to be kidnapped.

* If you know that your animal becomes seriously distressed by loud noises, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.

* Never leave your animals outside unattended, even in a fenced yard, and especially not on a chain. With explosions occurring, animals who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death. (There are lots of other reasons to never leave your dog chained! Contact us if you want more information about the negative effects of chaining dogs.)

* If you find somebody else's companion animals running at-large, either take them to the address on the tag, if you feel comfortable doing so, or bring them to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their human families.

And our friends at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offer the following additional tips, which are appropriate year-round but especially so on Independence Day:

* Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where animals can reach them. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.

* Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your animal that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

* Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of animals' reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing - or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

* Keep animals on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can cause severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.

* Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in animals.

* Never use fireworks around animals! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious animals, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

If you plan on traveling for the holiday weekend, or another time, here’s some information from the HSUS on Caring for Pets When You Travel

Referral Rewards

The greatest compliment is the gift of referrals! 
Whenever a new client is referred by you,
your animal will receive a complimentary one-hour massage session
to show my appreciation!

Introducing "DOGGY & ME" Massages!

Pamper yourself and your dog (or cat)! 

BUDDHA DOG is pleased to announce our partnership with Spaquest, Inc.'s Amy Cucullu. 

"Doggy & Me" massages offer you Amy's brand of Fitness Therapy Massage incorporating five styles, personalized to accommodate your specific needs, while your dog or cat gets a full-body massage, along with acupressure, TTouch and Reiki, right next to you (their favorite place to be!).

Amy has an office in La Crescenta, or we can come to you (ample advance notice is appreciated).

Relax, Revitalize, and Rejuvenate with your best friend!

Go ahead, treat yourself and your loyal companion...

Email pam@buddhadog.com or call 818-300-4478 for an appointment.

Click here for more about Amy.

Click here for the rates page.

Prevent Animal Cruelty
November 4, 2008

BUDDHA DOG is proud to endorse Prop 2, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, and I encourage you and everyone you know to please vote YES on Prop 2 at the polls November 4th.  

The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act provides the most basic protection to farm animals: merely allowing them to turn around and extend their limbs. It's hard to imagine a more moderate initiative. The purpose of the measure is to prevent three of the most cruel and inhumane forms of extreme confinement in the world of animal agribusiness: veal crates, battery cages, and gestation crates.

For calves, pigs and egg-laying hens, intensive confinement in crates and cages causes painful and severe welfare problems.

By voting YES to prevent farm animal cruelty, you will help us to outlaw these cruel crates and cages in California!

Please see www.humanecalifornia.org.

Cutting Edge Sterilization without the Cutting Edge

Imagine the increased impact we could have on the homeless pet population with the ability to permanently sterilize a cat or dog with a simple injection. Imagine what we could accomplish with the money and time saved by a simpler method of pet sterilization. Imagine trapping, neutering and releasing feral cats and street dogs without ever driving to a clinic or worrying about finding a recovery site.
BUDDHA DOG is working to make it possible, and we hope you’ll join us.

The Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACC&D) was founded to make this dream a reality. Following models such as Cure Autism Now and the Population Council, ACC&D is working to fill critical gaps in development, raise awareness and demand, and support effective introduction of contraceptive products for population control.

Non-surgical sterilants have enormous potential for curbing pet overpopulation in the US and around the world. Impact may be greatest for homeless animals such as feral cats and street dogs (which represent an animal welfare and human health crisis in many countries).

It is essential that animal welfare organizations and individual animal advocates step forward to support this effort. Just as breast cancer survivors and their loved ones fuel the Race for the Cure, it is we who are most involved with and affected by the homeless pet crisis that must be a catalyst for a “cure”. BUDDHA DOG is proud to be an organizational partner of ACC&D in order to lend our voice to the effort to make non-surgical pet sterilization a reality. Please join us by visiting
www.acc-d.org to learn more about non-surgical pet sterilization and how you can get involved.

Please click here to sign petition.


Tragically, all-too-many people have learned the hard way that not all flea products are safe, and it astounds me that some of the store-bought flea products weren’t taken off the shelves years ago when they began causing deaths and serious complications.  Some common mishaps include products intended for dogs being used on cats, and improper administration such as putting a topical product in the animal’s food.  Cats are much more sensitive than dogs to these products, essential oils, and other remedies like garlic, so it’s best to check with your vet before using anything on your cat.  It is not safe to use any spot-on product containing permethrin in cats (like Advantix).  If an animal starts acting unusual after applying topical flea treatment, they should be bathed right away to remove as much residual product as possible, and should be seen by a vet immediately.  Cats can be bathed with dishwashing liquid (not dishwasher detergent). 

An informative report can be found here:  Journal of Pesticide Reform from the Northwest Coalition For Alternatives To Pesticides/NCAP.

Here are some safer alternatives to pesticides:

  • My personal favorite is adding Brewer’s Nutritional Yeast (not the baking kind) to my animals’ food. The rule is 1 tsp/30 lbs, though I use less, usually just sprinkling it all over the food (there is also a pill form). This provides them with lots of B vitamins that help the immune system, which is key for keeping fleas away, and some theorize the fleas don't like the taste. It is true that a healthy animal won’t attract fleas as much as an unhealthy animal, so things like diet are a big part of preventing fleas. Garlic is also recommended (there are formulations made with both Brewer’s Yeast and garlic), but giving cats garlic is not recommended. Raw, unaged garlic should never be given to cats or dogs. Like onions, garlic can cause Heinz body anemia.
  • Neem oil is a favorite remedy and is incorporated into many different natural products that are readily available.
  • Fleas can be deterred by having a bed stuffed with cedar shavings mixed with crushed neem leaves, and dried rosemary and lavender.
  • Green Hope Essences makes a product called “Flee Free” that combines many different flower essences that help keep fleas away. Again, essential oils should NOT be used with cats.
  • For dogs only: A few drops of oil of lemon and eucalyptus, neem and karanja, or cedar and peppermint in warm water, shaken well in a spray bottle, and spritzed on the fur, especially on the ear tips, and at base of the tail can repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. There are herbal preparations and shampoos available, often containing d-limonene, from citrus, or herbs and essential oils such as citronella, eucalyptus and cedar.
  • Slice a lemon and put it in a cup of boiling water and allow it to stand for some time (even overnight) to have a potion that can be applied to a dog’s fur (not for cats).
  • If there is not a cat living in your house, Citrus Peel Extract can be effective for the environment, but should also be used with caution and ventilation. Two teaspoons per two cups of water can be sprayed on the dog’s bed. Citrus shouldn’t be used around cats.
  • Flea Control Nematodes from Gardens Alive! help control fleas in outdoor areas, making it less likely that fleas will be brought inside on your animals. These beneficial nematodes control fleas by killing them in the larval and pupal stages in the soil where they live, breaking the lifecycle.
  • Boric acid and borax are also widely used against fleas in the environment. Sprinkle a thin layer of boric acid or borax on carpets, leave on for a few days, and then vacuum up.
  • There are commercially-made flea traps, or you can make your own by positioning a small lamp with a 20 watt or lower bulb over a shallow dish of soapy water or vegetable oil (especially helpful if there aren’t any warm-blooded bodies around).

This list is by no means complete.  Other important factors include frequent combing with a flea comb, disposing of any fleas in soapy water, frequent vacuuming, and frequent bathing.  There are many products out there that might be helpful like Herbal Flea Pet Powder by NaturVet for dogs and cats, and FleaDerm Cream by Pet Alive for the dreaded Flea Bite Dermatitis.

Tips for Caring for Pets in Hot Weather

Think it's a little early in the season to be coping with triple-digit temperatures? We do too. But they're here, and in addition to stocking up on bottled water and sunscreen and increasing your carbon footprint with extra air conditioning, it's best to remember that pets need some extra thought as well. Denise Flaim of Newsday lists a few tips and products:

1. Autopilot. Everyone knows -- or at least they should know -- that parked cars can become death traps in a matter of minutes, even on a mild summer day. But sometimes less obvious places, such as outdoor kennels, might get too hot to handle. For peace of mind, invest in a remote wireless thermometer that lets you monitor temperatures from afar. Radio Shack offers some models that start at $30.

2. Pass the lotion. Hairless dogs, such as Chinese cresteds need ample doses of sunscreen to avoid crisping. (Use a dog-specific brand to avoid toxicity from dogs licking the stuff off.) White cats, or those with white on their ears or faces, are also at risk of sunburn, as well as squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer that often appears on the nose and ear tips.

3. Well-timed exercise. Weather or not, exercising dogs on extremely hot days is a definite no-no. (If you must, go out in the early morning or late evening.) But if you have an animal that is brachycephalic -- a 50-cent word meaning "flat-faced" -- be exceedingly careful: Bulldogs, pugs, Persian cats -- all are more prone to sunstroke than their more normal nosed counterparts. Keep them cool at all costs.

4. Hair today. Breeds that hail from Northern climes, such as malamutes and huskies, also appreciate air conditioning. Do not make the mistake of "shaving down" such dogs in an attempt to keep them cool. Not only does it make them look totally bizarre, but their coats actually provide some insulation from the heat. Do keep long-coated dogs and cats well-groomed and free from mats, so air can circulate around them more effectively.

5. Paws and reflect. For animals who spend time outdoors, reflective fabric can deflect sun and heat. Durable, lightweight and rot resistant, shiny, futuristic-looking silver mesh is available in sizes that fit over exercise pens, kennels, even the dogs themselves. Check out silvershademesh.com, or call (507) 893-3646.

6. Water, water everywhere. Make sure the wet stuff is readily available. Cats in particular appreciate running water. Gizmos such as the Drinkwell Pet Foundation consistently get a thumbs-up from pet parents. I can only presume the cats concur.

7. It's a breeze. Battery-operated crate fans that clip onto the front of your dog's crate can help with air circulation. Some models allow you to add a freezer-pack insert to up the cool-down factor. Go to elitek9. com, or call (270) 554-5515.

8. Be aware. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which include uncontrollable panting, staggering, salivating, weakness and confusion. Get to the vet as quickly as possible.

Photo: Associated Press


With the onset of summer weather, it’s very common for pets to get overheated and dehydrated when playing outdoors.  To keep your animal friends safe and happy during the “dog days” of summer, make sure you understand the best ways to keep them cool and hydrated.

Veterinarian Dr. Dana Bleifer has studied veterinary medicine all over the world, is a member of several professional vets’ associations, and is co-owner of Rose City Vet Hospital and Warner Center Pet Clinic in Woodland Hills, CA.  Here she explains how to care for pets in the hot months:

· Keep an eye on short nose breeds. Dog breeds with shorter noses, like bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs, are more sensitive to the heat and more likely to get dehydrated in summer.<!--[endif]-->

· Buy water supplies. There are a number of great products that help you keep your dog hydrated.  Collapsible bowls fold up to fit almost anywhere, and special dog-guardian backpacks can store food and water.  A spray bottle offers quick, refreshing drinks.<!--[endif]-->

· Cats are less likely to have problems.  Cats, who seldom engage in the sorts of tiring outdoor activities that dogs love, are a lot less likely to get dehydrated.  Still, a steady source of water will keep your kitties happy when they need to drink.

For more information about summer pet care, check out the following organizations and websites:

Dr. Sue's Summer Pet Care Tips

The Anti-Cruelty Society: Summer Pet Care

The Humane Society of the United States:
Summer Care Tips


Care of Animals: Summer Pet Care Tips


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      Eileen and Ginger      

The incredible Eileen Smulson started Operation Blankets of Love, where much-needed blankets are donated by caring people for shelter animals that appreciate them so much.  Here is Eileen’s blog that will tell you how to help:  www.dogcomfort.blogspot.com.

Check out this great article about Eileen in the Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com/ci_8424056.

You can help by collecting and donating clean, old & new blankets and towels for shelter animals waiting to be adopted by loving homes!

A study by the Compassion Action Institute in New York shows that shelter animals that are given blankets, sheets, and comforters to rest on are more able to relax and get comfortable in their new surroundings while they are waiting to be adopted. Potential adopters are more drawn to animals that appear relaxed and friendly, snuggled on a soft bed which helps to create a more home-like setting. The simple addition of a blanket or comforter to a shelter animal’s environment is proven to lead to increased adoptions.

Please bring your donations to the following locations:

San Fernando Valley

Pet Zone
10142 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills

North Valley Veterinary Clinic & Animal Dermatology Clinic
11152 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills

The Pet People
18040 Chatsworth St.
Granada Hills

Red Barn Feed and Saddlery
18601 Oxnard St.

Red Barn, Too
8393 Topanga Canyon
West Hills

Jan's Pet Grooming and Pet Zone (#2)
17629 Chatsworth St.
Granada Hills

The Puppy Palace
11156 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills

New Age Pet Supply
19315 Saticoy St.

Tams Pet Foods & Supplies
17635 Vanowen St
Van Nuys

Prestige Pet Supply
18425 Nordhoff St.
818 772-6611

Pets Naturally
13459 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks

Camp Happy Dog
13618 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks

Westside- Los Angeles

Hour Glass
12437 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
(310) 442-4617

Hour Glass
10665 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles
(310) 441-4617

Ventura County

Big Als Pet Food Warehouse
999 E Los Angeles Ave Simi Valley, CA

Theresa's Country Feed & Pet Store
1836 Erringer Rd
Simi Valley

Healthy Pet (2 locations)
5881 Kanan Rd.
Agoura Hills
(818) 706-0360

Healthy Pet
1775 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks
(805) 494-3524

For Pet's Sake
3208 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Westlake Village, CA 91362
(805) 496-3430

Pets Stop
30815 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
West Lake Village, CA

For more information call:

Thank Goodness for angels like Eileen!


The Spring was busy with lots of great animal events that we were very happy to be a part of like “Spring Follies” for Life4Paws, the Genesis Awards, Tony Cárdenas Pet Care Fair, an episode of Rescue Roundtable, and animal massage programs at the Monrovia Library, Big Paws 4 a Cause, and the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s Barks & Books/Companion Animal Program.

Yeats is an amazing therapy cat!

The Summer promises to be even busier with many fun-filled hours of animal events for good causes. 

Here’s a small list:

Saturday, July 19, 2008: Bow Wow WOW 2008 for Much Love at Playboy Mansion Along with many amazing items, up for bid in the silent auction will be a BUDDHA DOG animal massage session gift certificate.

Sunday, July 27th: DOG-GONE CAT-A-STROPHIC HUGS, SLURPS & SLOBBERS ADOPTATHON EVENT for Rescue Me, Inc. at the Ventura County Camarillo Animal Shelter– All adopters will receive a bag of goodies that include a coupon from BUDDHA DOG for half-off an animal massage session, or a FREE session if the adopted animal is 8 years or older.  There will also be a BUDDHA DOG gift certificate in the silent auction.

Sunday, August 10th 4 PM- 7PM: Pet Orphans Fund Pet Fair at Whole Foods in Porter Ranch at 19340 Rinaldi St.- BUDDHA DOG will have a booth at this fun event! I'll be offering 10-minute animal massages for $10, and ALL proceeds will benefit the wonderful Pet Orphans' Fund. There will be some great pet products and services featured outside Whole Foods in Porter Ranch. People are encouraged to bring their furry friends to take advantage of the special deals on fun things like getting a portrait taken with your animal by Paw Prince Studios, a reading with a pet psychic, and much, much more!

Sunday, August 10th 12 PM-4PM: California Wildlife Center "Way Wild" Benefit in Malibu BUDDHA DOG gift certificate up for bid in the silent auction.

Saturday, August 16th 6:30 PM-10 PM: PAWS/LA's 3rd Annual PAWSAPALOOZA- It's Dogs' Night Out! Dog Walk for PAWS, Dog-themed booths & Movie under the stars!  BUDDHA DOG will be a vendor in the midway area at this fabulous event! 

Tuesday, August 26th 8 PM: Cha-Ching For Cha-Cha THE EVENT BUDDHA DOG will be a vendor at this truly unique burlesque and variety charity event at Safari Sam's in Hollywood that will benefit Actors and Others for Animals.  A gift certificate from BUDDHA DOG will also be among the many awesome prizes in their Chinese raffle.

Tuesday, September 9th 7 PM-9 PMFREE Animal Massage Class at WagVille Come learn how you can participate in your animals' healing with effective massage, TTouch, and acupressure techniques, which will provide endless benefits for your best friend while positively affecting your own immune system, lowering your blood pressure, and deepening your bond with your loyal companion.  Participants will receive a Massaging Your Animal booklet, a coupon for half-off an animal massage session, and will be entered in a drawing for an animal massage session gift certificate. * Unfortunately, classroom size doesn't allow space for everyone to bring their dogs.

Sunday, September 14th 10 AM-6 PM: Bow Wow Meow Animal Adoptions & Pet Expo in Brentwood– BUDDHA DOG will be a vendor at this spectacular event and will offer a gift certificate in the silent auction.

Hope to see you there!
Please see many more worthwhile events on the new
calendar page

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Helping YOU to Help YOUR Pet.


Please see the SUNNY-DOG INK.com site and the  calendar page for Denise Fleck’s schedule of invaluable First Aid Classes.

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Check out their unique, fun cards!

Copyright 2008. Patrick McDonnell.  Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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