What’s new Burmilla pussy cat? Look at those big pussy cat eyes!
The Burmilla, a beautiful “oops!” breed with a stunning silver coat

Was this really an accident? Apparently so!

The History

It came about when Sandquist, a male Silver Chinchilla Persian, and Fabergé, a female Lilac Burmese, had a one-night stand just before the latter had a scheduled blind date with one of her own kind. Fabergé produced a litter but they didn’t look quite like her. That’s when the tryst became public news and Burmillas eventually became recognized as a new breed. The incident (oops! accident) occurred in England, in 1981. In 1984 the Burmilla Cat Club was formed and by 1990 the breed had achieved preliminary Championship Status.

The Looks

The Burmilla has striking green eyes outlined in black and the ear tip is slightly rounded. Its dense, double, silver-toned coat is either short or medium-long. The fur is either tipped or shaded in an extensive range of hues, such as, black, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, caramel, apricot or cream as well as tortie variations of some of these.

The Personality

These fabulous felines are affectionate, devoted, playful and, just so you keep your fragile valuables well protected from mishap, slightly clumsy! They love to climb and survey their surroundings. Generally they get along well with children and other pets. To sum up…sweet, friendly, loyal and adventurous.

 The Care

Burmillas tend to shed a lot and should be brushed and combed frequently, especially the medium-haired variety.

Otherwise considered a pretty healthy breed with a longevity of 10-15 years, these cats are prone to polycystic kidney disease. This is a medical condition where cysts form in the kidneys which can eventually lead to renal failure. So, it is advisable to make sure they always drink sufficient water.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe! 


A microchip can be scanned at any time, day or night
If you find a lost pet, take it immediately to be scanned for a microchip. Photo curtesy of Big Creek Veterinarian Hospital, Ontario, Canada

Let’s imagine that you have found a lost pet that is friendly enough for you to pick up and rescue. It has no collar so, obviously, it has no visible identification. The next thing to do is take it to be scanned and hopefully discover that it has a microchip and that it’s pet, parent and vet information is current. But where will that be done?

* a veterinary clinic – during official office hours.

* Banfield Animal Hospital – located inside all PetSmart stores, which has longer hours of operation than your normal veterinary clinic.

* an emergency animal clinic – will be open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, during the hours your normal veterinary clinic is not.

* your local privately-run animal rescue organization or municipal shelter (also known as a pound).

Please beware that once you surrender a lost pet to the municipal shelter, the animal’s future will be uncertain. The pound is supposed to comply with a mandatory hold for a certain number of days in order to give the animal’s owner time to claim it. If it is not claimed within that time period, it may be put up for adoption. 

PET PEEVE – However, there are reports every single day, of pounds across the country that do not put a pet’s welfare first. They ignore these laws and have even destroyed the animal within hours of it being dropped off.

PEP TALK – Lesson to be learned: be responsible and do everything in your power to keep your pet(s) safe…not some time, not most of the time, but ALL of the time.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  


Feisty feline Tara saved a four-year old from what could have been fatal injuries
Tara the hero cat in the arms of his human sibling, Jeremy
Hero cat Tara became a YouTube sensation with 20 million views in five days
Tara in action giving chase after the roaming dog attacked Jeremy and mom Erica

Yes. You read it right! This is indeed our first cat hero story and it’s pretty amazing. So amazing, in fact, that Tara became an internet sensation when footage from the home surveillance video that captured the incident was uploaded two days later and seen by viewers across the globe. It then became the first video in YouTube history to reach 20 million views in five days.

The story with a mostly happy ending started off like this. On May 13, 2014, in Bakersfield, CA, four-year old Jeremy Triantafilo was riding his bike in the driveway of his home when a neighbor’s dog (a Labrador/Chow Chow mix) ran up from behind, bit him in the leg and started pulling him backwards. 

Tara, the indoor/outdoor tabby cat that the family had adopted six years prior, heard the commotion and raced into action, running towards the much larger canine at full speed and body slamming it. Jeremy’s mother immediately rushed outside to the rescue but was also bitten before valiant Tara chased the aggressive dog away.

Little Jeremy required 10 stitches to his left calf but was able to join Tara and his parents on The Today Show a couple of days later.

This feisty feline, who is typically just as sweet as can be, has won several awards for her bravery. In addition, she became the first non-human to be named Grand Marshal for Bakersfield’s Christmas parade in 2014 and on January 1st, 2018, Tara and her family rode in the Rose Parade on the Lucy Pet Foundation Paws for Life float honoring several other heroic animals.

Footnote: The young adult dog in question was surrendered by its owners to the local Animal Care Center. However, after the mandatory 10-day quarantine period for rabies, it was not put up for adoption due to its “vicious” behavior and, sadly, was euthanized.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  


The purity of the water we and our pets drink is essential to stay healthy
Is the water that you and your pets drink safe?

No doubt you take precautions to drink water that is safe, but where does your pet’s water come from? Among the options are tap water, purified water and more…

More likely than not, water straight from the tap is not the best option but that depends on where you live and where your water supply comes from.  It may also depend on whether your water has been tested, and by whom, and if you can depend on the accuracy of the results you are given.

Many people have a filter installed on their kitchen sink. Others use a refillable jug that has a replaceable filter to remove any impurities that way, including fluoride which, in excessive amounts, is known to be one of the causes of bone cancer.

Then there are those who prefer to buy one-gallon containers of “drinking” water, purified water or spring water from the local store. And, a number of us choose to avoid the bother of shopping for water altogether and would rather have it delivered to the doorstep.

Another option to consider is distilled water. A growing number of consumers are making the switch because its purity is practically guaranteed.

Finally, all I ask is that whatever is best for you, taste-wise and expense-wise, you provide the very same for your pets. They don’t deserve anything less.    

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  


A head collar needs to be introduced with caution and patience
This head collar is also sometimes called a gentle leader

One of the options available to the pet parent of a dog that is reactive on leash is to use a head collar, also known as a gentle leader. But, be advised. This tool needs to be introduced with caution and patience so that Fido does not become fearful. 

Although I have not yet met a dog that likes being fitted with one and will show some degree of resistance, that resistance is soon short-lived because of the overwhelming desire to go walkies!

The loop fits over the snout and two straps snap together on the back of the neck. It needs to fit snugly but never too tight. A dog still needs to be able to open its mouth sufficiently to allow for panting. The ring for connecting the leash is located on the short strap that hangs down the center of the dog’s chest. 

Watch Out For Rolling Antics 

A lot of dogs act out on the walk and will roll around on the ground trying to get it off. As an extra precaution, I will also use a regular collar and leash just in case that happens. 

One of my dog clients is a GoldenDoodle, very sweet, very playful and very comical. He loves to roll on grass and he can run like the wind. So, here is an instance where I prefer to pre-empt an unfortunate situation and use both restraints simultaneously.

Gentle Correction With The Gentle Leader 

A dog’s nose is a very sensitive area so any correction must be done cautiously. Pulling hard on the leash and jerking must be avoided at all costs to prevent injury.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!