Nov 10, 2011

Safety Tip By Dayna Hilton/ In Honor of the late Cappy The Dog

Fire Fighter 

Cappy Best Buddy and Safety  Teacher 

Safety Tip                               Cappy & Wendy
By Dayna Hilton

According to the National Fire Protection Association, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the United States every 20 seconds. What is even more shocking is that one person dies every 153 minutes from fire, and a fire injury occurs every 30 minutes.

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog and I do what we can to help keep everyone fire safe. Through our books, audio books, coloring books, and other fire safety materials, we have made it our mission to do what we can to reverse the above statistics. And now, thanks to Wendy Nan Rees and her canine friend, Cappy, Sparkles and I have a forum to share timely fire safety messages through their newsletters.

Early in my firefighting career, a woman commented on my fire department shirt while we were standing in line at a local retailer. We struck up a conversation through which I learned she had recently lost her home to fire. As she shared her tragic story with me, I realized how important it is that this lady's story be told to help prevent another home fire. The victim mentioned that her home quickly filled with smoke and she went outside, which was the right thing to do. Outside the home, she realized that she forgot something, and unfortunately, re-entered the inferno. My heart sank as she shared that information with me.

As a firefighter, I have heard many stories from other firefighters about people who have gone back inside their homes for one reason or another, only to become disoriented and overcome with smoke. My firefighter friends have found people lying on the floor who were overcome with smoke inhalation. Sadly, these victims are often just a few feet away from the door from which they tried to escape.

Why is time so important to saving lives in a fire? And why is it important to get out of a burning as quickly as possible? The answer is simple. A home can become fully engulfed in flames in as little as three (3) minutes. Yes, that is correct, three (3) minutes. Therefore, time is of the essence.

One of the most important tools to combat fire is a working smoke alarm. It can help save your life and the lives of your loved ones. According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. That is why it is important to test your smoke alarm batteries one a month. No smoke alarms were present in 40% of the home fire deaths and in 23% of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound. Those are some pretty startling statistics, wouldn't you agree?

You and your family may be able to avoid becoming a fire statistic simply by following a few smoke alarm tips from the United States Fire Administration. To help keep you and your family safe:
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement.
  • Install smoke alarms both inside and outside sleeping areas.
  • Install smoke alarms on the ceiling or above eye level on the walls and be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Test the smoke alarm once a month.
  • Change the smoke alarm batteries twice a year.
  • Occasionally vacuum smoke alarm to keep free of dust.
  • Replace smoke alarms after 8-10 years.
Remember, a smoke alarm is a valuable life saving tool! In addition, it is important to make and to practice a home escape plan with your family. Practice your plan at least two times a year.

Lastly, if you have not done so already, make your home escape plan and make sure that your smoke alarms are always working. Sparkles and I want you to stay safe! We thank you for spending time with us learning about fire safety. So long for now, and stay safe!

Firefighter Dayna and Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog

For more fire safety tips, visit Sparkles the Fire Safety Dogs' website at

National Fire Protection Association Fact Sheet
U.S. Fire Administration brochure "Smoke Alarms, What you Need to Know" brochure (FA_250/May 2003)

May 7, 2011

Shepard’s Pie a twist on the British Version

Shepard’s Pie a twist on the British Version
Pre heat oven to 350°
This dish will keep for 4 days in fridge or up to 30 days in freezer
Serves 6 Medium size dogs

1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground dark meat chicken ground up like beef
2 eggs, hard boiled- Chopped
4 cups cooked Brown rice
2 precooked sweat potatoes, cubed (this will act as our mashed potatoes)
2 teaspoons Olive oil
1 tablespoon bone meal or 9.000 milligrams calcium or 5 teaspoons eggshell powder**
1 pet vitamin, crushed (Optional)
½ cup chopped baby carrots (they are sweat and many dogs love them)
½ cup baby peas (frozen is fine do not defrost first)
1 ½ cups brown gravy ( you can use a low salt broth which you bring to a simmer and Wisk a very small amount of Wondra ® flour into just to thicken if you want to but it is not necessary)

 In a Dutch oven or a deep fry pan that will go from stove top to oven to then bake, Brown chicken first in a Dutch oven then add your beef till a golden brown color let it with the natural juices become a caramelized this will add flavor.  Stir in all your other ingredients, except your cubed sweat potatoes they will be you’re topping before baking. Next it is time to add your gravy slowly in a separate small sauce pan over medium heat bring your broth to a simmer , once it has come to a simmer now it is time to slowly Wisk your Wondra®  flour into the liquid till the gravy becomes thicker not too thick just enough to hold everything together.
Once ready add this to your meat, rice and vegetable mixture- Mix well!
Smooth everything out and now add your precooked sweat potatoes evenly over the whole top of your dish. Bake for 45 minutes or till your potatoes are golden brown.
COOL WELL and Serve.

Note: Save your eggshells by washing them out immediately after using the eggs. Store in a baggie in the fridge or freezer when you have a dozen or so, bake the shells for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Place them in a blender and grind to the consistency of fine powder.

How much do I feed?

5 pound dog   = 1/2 cup
10 pound dog = 1 cup
20 pound dog = 1 1/2 cups
40 pound dog = 3 cups
60 pound dog = 4 cups
80 pound dog = 4 1/2 cups

If you decide to switch your pet to a homemade cooked or raw diet, you may wish to consult a holistic veterinarian who is familiar with such diets and who can guide you in devising the right menu for your pet.



As with anything else with a new puppy or dog, if they are young enough to be imprinted or they are the age of needing training, grooming is a part of your everyday puppy’s life. It is important for them stand calmly and relaxed for bathing, brushing their hair, cleaning ears, eyes, feet, and even around the tail. The more you do this at a younger age, the more likely your puppy will come to enjoy this time as bonding time and not an experience he has to run from, because of the water or brush. A good tip is for two to three minutes, two or three times a day, run your hands over his entire body with a brush, practice opening his mouth, wiping over his eyes and wiping in his ears, and even cleaning his rear end and tail. Remember, positive reinforcement is what is going to work here, not negative. If in the beginning he doesn’t like the brush on his fur, just simply put the brush down, let him relax and come back with a softer brush to try again. Again, having a treat as a reward will assist in the process.


1/2 cup cornstarch

2 tbsp. arrowroot powder

2 tbsp. baking soda

½ cup cornmeal

1/4 cup rice flour

1/2 to 1 cup oatmeal ( I like to blend my oatmeal on its own first to ensure we get a nice uniform mixture and not just dry oatmeal this is great for soothing skin.)

Dry Shampoo and refresher powder

15 drops citronella

10 drops lemon

10 drops rosemary

20 drops tee tree

8 drops Lavender

The trick with making this powder is to sift all your ingredients and then once blended you need to let it sit for 24 hr. till you can sift again then fill up a shaker bottle to use as a powder container. Look for old glass shakers at flea markets

Why does Dry Pet Shampoo works? Simple- by Rubbing the powder deep into your pet’s fur. The granules bind to the dirt, oil and odor which can then be easily brushed out. Dry Shampoo does not leave behind any sticky residue and thus prevents quick re-soiling.

Combine ingredients in a blender if you have one if not I like to use a hand mixing style of bottle like the ones used to mix powder drinks just do not add liquid. Make sure you have a tight fitting lid. Shake or blend vigorously to ensure all your ingredients are well mixed. Brush your dog thoroughly with a natural bristle brush to remove any loose dirt.

Sprinkle Dry pet shampoo uniformly on a small area of your pet. Rub it in with a clean dry brush, warm towel or your fingers in slow, circular movements. Then proceed to the next area. BE SURE TO KEEP OUT OF EYES & EARS!

Leave for 20 minutes. Allow 50 minutes in the case of heavy odor. Should the powder fall into your carpet then simply vacuum afterwards it will also leave a fresh smell on your carpet?

Then Brush your dog thoroughly with a natural bristle brush to remove powder with the dirt and dander is has collected.

Warning: Suitable for all pets. Always be sure to test a small area for reactions. Use contents within a short time. This recipe produces enough Dry Shampoo for 1 medium sized dog

Combine ingredients in a glass container with tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously to blend scent into powder. Follow above directions.

Make sure you purchase a non-shatter style glass container that you are able to place a shaker top when ready to use.

May 3, 2011

Are you playing Russian roulette with your dog?

You probably never thought you may be gambling with you or your dog's safety when you just went for your short walk. You probably always approached curbside metal or electrical fixtures without the slightest thought, and certainly not, trepidation. But did you know that these unremarkable fixtures have the potential to maim or even kill your pet? Any outdoor metal may leak voltage if it or a street's underlying cables or wires are ruptured. Contact voltage is a chronic hidden hazard that can readily victimize a dog, walker, or both. You may risk seeing the truly heart-wrenching and gruesome spectacle of your poor pooch electrocuted by his own urine. Or you may observe your beloved dog suddenly paralyzed, rendered brain damaged, go into cardiac arrythmia, succumb to edema, or left so traumatized he or she may no longer trust you. And depending upon the current, the walker will be bitten and like poor Aric Roman, suffer permanently. When you exercise your pooch,male or female, please exercise greater caution to shield yourself and your pooch from this invisible danger. Become street smart and learn how to EYEBALL THE BLOCK, AND AVOID A SHOCK. Make free-standing non-conductive contact whenever possible - wood, plastic, cardboard - and intuit your dog's cues. To learn more please see StreetZaps and flag tampered equipment and known hot spots on the Report Form for the public good. A safer walk is always within reach if you open your eyes, mind, and heart to it. Blair Sorrel, Founder,

Apr 28, 2011



Written By Our Good Friend- Blair Sorrel, Founder,,

A dog and a fire hydrant are a common fixture on the pet loving landscape. But did you realize that that metal fixture could shock or even kill your unsuspecting pooch? Shocking but true, any metal object could seriously injure (paralysis, edema, brain damage, cardiac arrest, severe trauma) or doom your pet. When a street's underlying cables or sidewalk's wires are ruptured, any adjacent metal may become electrified. But before you and your pet become social shut-ins, you merely need to look to StreetZaps to become street smart.

StreetZaps is a simple online tool dedicated to heightening awareness of this hidden hazard, No area, urban, rural, residential is immune from the risk of conduction as even the site's poster girl pooch was zapped by a hydrant and limped for five days. A Boston-area dog wasn't as lucky and when the owner returned from shopping, he was aghast to find his beloved pet being electrocuted. When you exercise your pooch, please exercise greater caution. The safest contact for both a dog and walker are free-standing non-conductive surfaces: wood, plastic, and cardboard. And the risk is mutual for depending upon the current as the walker will be bitten. Aric Roman got 12 bites when his dog, Kruzer, was shocked and he now has permanent neurological damage (his case is in pre-trial at Con Edison and first appeared on StreetZaps two years ago, please see Testimonies).

Self-protection is within reach! Just adopt this simple and easy strategy: EYEBALL THE BLOCK, AVOID A SHOCK. Take just a few seconds to survey your immediate surroundings, then make your trajectory toward the safer options that abound. If your dog is resistant. the area may be energized, so choose an alternative route. Elude work sites as the perimeters may be electrified. Automated entrances when flooded such as ATOMs could be fatal. And when you deck the halls, keep Fido away from decorative lighting both indoors and out. To learn more about shielding yourself, your child, or pooch from possible harm, please see StreetZaps where you may also map known hazards. A safer walk is yours year round if you are merely willing to open your eyes and your mind to it.

StreetZaps founder, Blair Sorrel, confers with Con Edison's Stray Voltage and Public Affairs Units and was the first non-electrical representative to be invited to the Jodie Lane Fourth National Conference in 2008 (sponsored by Con Edison and The Electric Power Research Institute). The National Electric Code showcases a StreetZaps newsletter every six weeks and it is official public service for Las Vegas and Pittsburgh (the site has been translated into several languages).
Thank you Blair Sorrel
Please help us to welcome Blair to our family ,
Wendy , Cappy , Little man & Sammy Rees

Apr 14, 2011

A Nasty New Virus is Spreading - It almost killed our dog!

This virus comes out of the blue and they don't know how it is spreading. Our dog had not been to the park of the vet in some time, so it is a mystery how it began. It is a frightening virus because there is a ton of internal blood leakage out of the the anus -- much more than from a burst hemorrhoid or something of the like.
If you get any strange symptoms, know what a healthy dog’s vital statistics should be. This is something you really must know for many reasons. For example as I learned just this past Friday April 8, 2011 with my dog "Little Man", these basic facts will help you know immediately the seriousness (OR NOT) of the problem you are dealing with. I have listed vital statistics below.
The Symptoms of the Strange New Virus That is a KILLER
I was first alerted to my "Little Man" not feeling well by coming home to a room full of Vomit and Blood everywhere but where did that come from? The vomit was basically clear so the blood was not coming from his front end and that left only one area. Yes the behind!
Now I noticed Little Man (A Chihuahua at 5.9 pounds) very cold, his gums were white, and we gave him fluids some meds to see what would happen within four hours. But the blood was beginning now projectiling out every time he went to drink wanted. Out came blood at this point at alarming amounts.
We rushed to our vet's office and within one hour they came to tell me they have done all they could for my little man with anti-diarrhea and anti-vomit medication. I learned that in the last eight days six other much bigger dogs had come in with this very new virus not known to our vet. They do not have anything they can do yet but suggesting forcing fluids to fight dehydration, your biggest enemy. To give fluids we were now giving Little man water by a syringe every hour and anti-vomit medicine and of course anti diarrhea medicine they also told me to bring him home if anyone was going to bring this small fighter back from the brink of death door that it would be his family!!
What was so frightening is they told me “Wendy this is a very new virus which we have not even named as of today.” It has now been 36 hours and we now have zero blood for the last 24 hours but he will not take any food or water on his own. Dogs can live without food but I am giving him a syrup of vitamins and other fatty acids he needs to live by a syringe every three hours and giving him water also by a syringe every one hour. At the hospital they gave him fluids under his skin and that only made him colder yet helped to also save his life at eight years old. I am a fighter along with my Little man!
I am posting this blog to help others to learn the early symptoms of this new virus right away so that we all may have a fighting chance to save our dog’s lives
Dogs’ Vital Statistics:
Take your dog's temperature under normal conditions to get a baseline temperature for comparison, in case they get sick or get disabled.
Pulse and Heart Rate, Normal resting rates:
Small dogs: 90-120 bpm (beats per minute)
Medium dogs 70-110 bpm
Large dogs: 60-90 bpm
Pulse should be strong, regular and easy to locate in their arms, neck or rest your ear right on the heart if you must.
Thermometers for puts are used anally and are available everywhere and are not expensive. the dog doesn't even feel it. A thermometer can save you costly trips to the vet, or get you to the vet faster by helping you know there is a real problem. I have put a low priced thermometer from a good company through AMAZON right after this article:
Normal temperature for dogs ranges from: 98 to 102.5 degrees. Thermometer should be almost clean when removed. Abnormalities are indicated by blood, diarrhea, or black, tarry stool.
* If you prefer to purchase a ready-made first aid kit, good choices include:
Medi Pet Deluxe First Aid Kit found below also.
The, Hiker First Aid Kit for Canines
If someone is taking care of your pet while you're gone: show them where you place the, first-, aid kit and veterinary records, your veterinarian and emergency animal hospital info, how to contact you, and the name and phone number of a friend or relative in case you are unavailable. In addition, let your vet know in advance who you have authorized to take your pet to the vet in your absence, and that you will pay for any emergency visit.
Those who have faced emergencies can see it is necessary to get your first aid kit together and become acquainted with it first-aid measures BEFORE you are confronted with an accident, emergency or sudden illness. Many situations require fast and appropriate action to prevent further injury, infection or death. So assemble a, first-aid kit now, so that you’ll be ready when your pet needs immediate help (see Below)

We are blessed to update as of today April 14,2011 Little Man is doing well! Please do always feel free to email me with any help or questions
Thank You!- Our 5 1/2 Pound of joy is back!!

Mar 15, 2011

Are you ready in case of an emergency?

Are you ready in case of an emergency? What happens if Mother Nature hits and you have to leave? Or if a something like a gas leak, an extended power outage, or a nuclear leak hits, do you have a plan? No matter where you live it is always best to have a plan and know what to do in an emergency.

Here is a list of things you should have on hand in case you have to leave. Or in case, as here in California we have an earthquake, you should have at least seven days of supplies and food for you and your pets. Given recent events around the country, some of my sources even suggest a two to three week supply.

Make sure your dog has a collar and an identification tag that has their name, your name and phone number on it. Include the phone number of a relative who is out-of-state, who can be contacted in case your phone line is out. Consider having your pet permanently identified with a tattoo or microchip. If your pet becomes lost, periodically check with your out-of-state relative in case they get any news from authorities who may have found your pet. If your pet is lost, post pictures and/or flyers and constantly check with all shelters within a twenty mile radius.

Make sure to keep your gas tank at least half-full and remember to evacuate early and take your pets with you. If you have larger animals, make sure your trailer is in good condition and stocked with their appropriate food needs. After a rainstorm, make sure to empty all containers where water may have collected, so they don’t become stagnant and become a breeding place for mosquitoes or any bacteria or protozoa that could cause your pet to become ill.

Disaster Preparedness List

As part of your overall family disaster plan, you should also include a disaster kit for your animals. Here is a list of what your kit should include:
Leashes for all the family pets that can be leashed
A health record for your pet, which should include:
a) Your pet’s vaccination history
b) Your vet’s phone number and address
c) Any other pertinent information on any medical problems your pet may have
d) Sufficient medications for your pet for at least a week, and make sure to rotate the medicine you use for them so it doesn’t expire from age.
e) Depending on how long you will be gone, you may also consider getting a prescription for additional medicines, just in case you have to go to another town and cannot get to your vet’s office.
You should also have enough food and water for seven days for your animals.
Be sure to have a gallon of water per day for a medium-sized dog, and about a quart per day for small dogs.
Food should be stored in watertight containers and should be rotated to keep it fresh.
Make sure that the carriers for your animals are readily accessible.
You should have recent photographs of all your pets in the kit. This helps shelters identify them if they become lost and happen to be picked up by animal control.
Include a list of friends, veterinarians and kennels where your pets can stay during a disaster.
Pack their first aid kit, blankets, towels, muzzles for an emergency, and a manual can opener.
Food and water bowls for your pets.
A pooper scooper and plastic bags for pet waste
A battery-operated radio, in case of a power outage, or you are somewhere without electricity.
Gloves: rubber and leather work gloves
Rope, waterproof nylon in 12 foot lengths
Bungee cords
Pet wipes
Liquid soap
Paper filter masks
Paper cups and plates
Disposable camera
Candles and matches in a zip-lock bag
Box of zip-lock bags
Tape, moving tape, electrical tape: in case you have to make posters
Permanent marker
Silver thermal blanket (you can get at a camping store)
Roll of plastic for water barrier, in case of sleeping on ground
I even have a battery powered television/radio for getting emergency information.
All of the above items should be stored in a plastic tub, somewhere near your front door.

Feb 23, 2011

IN LOVING MEMORY Senator Rees Passed away Last night February 20, 2011

Senator Rees Passed away Last night February 20, 2011
At 6:45 PM at his Papa’s Home in Los Angeles, CA Just where he wanted to be! On his terms – When Tom went out to get a few supplies for himself and Senny he arrived back home talking all the way to his Best Friend when he heard no thumping of Senny’s gigantic tail he began to hear his own heart say NO NO please God no! It had only been 15 minutes when he asked if Senny wanted anything from their favorite store. Only to arrive shortly back home to discover that Senny had quietly had slipped away from all of us who so dearly Loved him. I firmly believe in my heart that our Governor came down to be with Senny in his last minutes here on earth to help guide him gently into heaven and help him realize his now golden wings so that he may carry to stay with Tommy on his Papa’s shoulders just as Governor has done with me for the last few years. They both have Loved us more than we shall ever be able to communicate yet for all Dog Lovers out there we know you to share, this incredible relationship with us that is just a once in a lifetime experience we never know when it will hit or what pet it will happen with. I Pray for all Animal Lovers to have that relationship if not with all your Animals Then I do hope at least just once because Tommy and myself were so blessed to meet and spend time with Governor & Senator Rees May they both rest in peace!

Thank You Boys- for no one will carry the title “the Boys”

We have officially retired our catch phrase because you two are our ‘Boys”

Well Done-


Lord Captain Bowes Rees

Little Man


Tom Rees

Wendy Nan Rees 

Feb 7, 2011

Let's Talk About Why Paw Tags Are So Good & Why One Should Try Them

"I have provided my pets the very best of Lost Pet Search & Rescue protection with Pawtags Rescue ID Tags. Their Live Operator Team is trained to provide top notch assistance for immediate retrieval of lost pets. It's a great value"

                                                             Wendy Nan-Rees

Before micro chipping, many people tattooed their dogs on their bellies and their thighs; this was commonly done with show dogs.  When micro chipping became available and affordable to the general population, people started to realize what a great idea this is.  The microchip is a size of a small grain of rice and the vet uses a special gun to place under the dog’s skin.  The microchip is scanned before and after it is in place.   Some dogs will yelp or cry during this process, some may not notice the process happening.  Be sure to use a lot of rewards and praise while the process is taking place.  This is really the best way should your dog be lost and put into pound or in a vet’s office, you can find him easily.  No two microchips are the same, each chip has your dogs and your personal information stored in a data base.  This is something almost all vets can do; the cost is between $40-60 for each dog.  If you do not want to microchip your dog, be sure your dog has up to date tags at all times and it is also a good idea to register with the new online sites with your dog’s and personal information, should they go on a little adventure too far from home.  It is also important to note that doggy GPS collars are starting to be widely used.  This is also something worthwhile looking into because if your dog slips out through a hole in fence, hopefully your GPS tracking collar is on and you should be able to find Fido trotting down the road within minutes. 
Here is my problem with all of these systems which all can work- The average person that finds a lost pet does not have a scanner to read a microchip, nor do they have a way to read a GPS system and they most likely need to just be able to look at a tag read it and be able to take the pet to a safe place. By using the very high tech system of what the PAW TAG’S have to offer it is amazing to what they can get done in about twenty minutes of first getting the call of a missing pet. What I am asking of my readers is to simply go to the site for yourself to just see what it is they offer nothing more. I am that confident you will be as a amazed as I have been
Please take my offer and make the call here is the toll free number to call please say Wendy Nan Rees has asked you to call to hear what is you offer that is so different.
 Here is what makes Paw Tags so Different
a nationwide pet search and rescue service providing 24/7 live, trained operator support for owners of lost pets called “Pawtags Rescue” at
Global Pet Search spent over 2 years researching the problems and applying solutions for pet identification and more importantly the rescue and retrieval of lost animals. This included extensive review of existing id programs and discussions with leading pet welfare organizations throughout the country.

The key elements they are focused on changing are educating the public as to the true status of animal rescue, retrieval and identification. According to John most pet owners don’t understand that nearly 80% of all lost animals retrieved are euthanized.
He attributes this to poor identification, the lack of “immediate live support assistance” to finders of lost pets; and that owners of lost pets don’t know where to search for their animals. Global Pet Search, Inc. claims to be the only pet tagging service that utilizes zip code search assistance for all 10,000 animal control facilities in the US.


Jan 5, 2011

"I have provided my pets the very best of Lost Pet Search & Rescue protection with Pawtags Rescue ID Tags. Their Live Operator Team is trained to provide top notch assistance for immediate retrieval of lost pets. It's a great value" Wendy Nan-Rees

"I have provided my pets the very best of Lost Pet Search & Rescue protection with Pawtags Rescue ID Tags. Their Live Operator Team is trained to provide top notch assistance for immediate retrieval of lost pets. It's a great value"
                                                                                              Wendy Nan-Rees

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