As some of you may know I am the organizer for the 2MillionDogs.org walk here in SW Florida and this will be our 2nd year and we are asking that you help us out by clicking on the link below and vote for 2 Million Dogs so that we can win one of the 100 hundred cars being given away by Toyota. You can only vote 1 time and it has to be June 20th (TOMORROW) in order to benefit our organization. Please take just a minute out of your busy schedule and help us win this so we can raise more awareness about Canine Cancer.
Thanking you in advance for your support!!
For Immediate Release
Ginger Morgan 901-619-2286
Memphis based 2 Million Dogs NAMED A FINALIST IN
TOYOTA’S 2012 100 CARS FOR GOOD PROGRAM Vote on June 20th
Memphis, TN – June 20, 2012 – Memphis based 2 Million Dogs has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 non-profits over the course of 100 days.
For 100 days 100 Cars for Good will profile five finalists at www.100carsforgood.com. Individual members of the public will be able to vote for which ever nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle. The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day will win one of six Toyota models. Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.
2 Million Dogs will be up for consideration on June 20th from 10:00am to 11:59pm EDT.
“Everyone at 2 Million Dogs is thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for the 2012 100 Cars for Good
program,” said Ginger Morgan, Executive Director 2 Million Dogs “We’re grateful for this incredible opportunity to share our mission of finding the common links between cancer in pets and people. A car donated by Toyota will not only enable us visit the cities where we have nationwide Walks, attend conferences, fund more cancer research, but also help us educate people about the early warning signs of cancer. Many lives can be saved by early detection and proper health care.
We hope everyone will help us spread the word now and, of course, will make time to visit www.100carsforgood.com on June 20th to vote for us.
“At Toyota, we appreciate what a significant impact a new car can have for nonprofits nationwide,” noted Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “Toyota has donated more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits across the U.S. over the past 20 years, and 100 Cars for Good allows us to expand that commitment to local communities in important new ways. The 500 finalists are an extraordinary group, and we look forward to the public learning more about them.”
100 Cars for Good is the first initiative to directly engage the public to determine how Toyota’s philanthropic donations are awarded.
For more information on 2 Million Dogs and its efforts to win one of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good, please visit 2milliondogs.org. You can also follow us on Face Book at www.facebook.com/2milliondogs. For complete information on 100 Cars for Good and profiles of all 500 finalists, please visit www.100carsforgood.com.
Local residents are encouraged to vote for 2 Million Dogs on June 20th to help them win a new Toyota Sienna.
A six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty will also be provided for each vehicle, compliments of Toyota Financial Services.
About 2 Million Dogs
2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between cancer in pets and people and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research. We will accomplish our mission in the following ways. Education and Awareness: The field of comparative oncology is new and 2 Million Dogs educates people about its potential through seminars, speaking engagements, social media, events, and other forms of media. Empowerment and Mobilization: Through our nationwide Puppy Up! Walks, we are building the largest pet and people cancer community in the world; a partnership forged with the singular purpose of ridding the world of its deadliest disease.
2 Million Dogs scientific objectives are: Broadening our understanding of the links between cancer in pets and people, creating a cross institutional collaborative platform, developing new approaches to research, and funding cancer studies that benefit both pets and people.
Comparative oncology is important and necessary if we dare to dream of a world where cancer is not one of the top killers of our children, our parents, and our pets.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants in eight states. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design facilities. Toyota’s annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals more than $23 billion.
Toyota is deeply committed to being a great community partner and is focused on supporting programs in ways that achieve long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, with a particular concentration on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs across the U.S.
For more information on Toyota, please visit www.toyota.com.
About Toyota Financial Services (TFS)
TFS is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota and Lexus in the U.S., offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust and extended service contracts and other payment protection products through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). TFS employs 3,300 associates nationwide, and has managed assets totaling more than $91 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation.
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Nutrients are substances obtained from food and used by an animal as a source of energy and as part of the metabolic machinery necessary for maintenance and growth. Barring any special needs, illness-related deficiencies or instructions from your vet, your pets should be able to get all the nutrients they need from high-quality commercial pet foods, which are formulated with these special standards in mind. If you would like to learn about what your pet’s body needs, and why, here are the six essential classes of nutrients fundamental for healthy living:
- Water is the most important nutrient. Essential to life, water accounts for between 60 to 70 percent of an adult pet’s body weight. While food may help meet some of your pet’s water needs (dry food has up to 10 percent moisture, while canned food has up to 78 percent moisture), pets need to have fresh clean water available to them at all times. A deficiency of water may have serious repercussions for pets: a 10-percent decrease in body water can cause serious illness, while a 15-percent loss can result in death.
- Proteins are the basic building blocks for cells, tissues, organs, enzymes, hormones and antibodies, and are essential for growth, maintenance, reproduction and repair. Proteins can be obtained from a number of sources. Animal-based proteins such as chicken, lamb, turkey, beef, fish and egg have complete amino acid profiles. (Please note: Do not give your pet raw eggs. Raw egg white contains avidin, an anti-vitamin that interferes with the metabolism of fats, glucose, amino acids and energy.) Protein is also found in vegetables, cereals and soy, but these are considered incomplete proteins.Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and are divided into essential and non-essential amino acids.
– Essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the animal in sufficient quantities and MUST be supplied in the diet. Essential amino acids include arginine, methionine, histidine, phenylalanine, isoleucine, threonine, leucine, tryptophan, lysine, and valine.
-Non-essential amino acids can be synthesized by your pet and are not needed in the diet.
- Fats are the most concentrated form of food energy, providing your pet with more than twice the energy of proteins or carbohydrates. Fats are essential in the structure of cells and are needed for the production of some hormones. They are required for absorption and utilization of fat-soluble vitamins. Fats provide the body insulation and protection for internal organs. Essential fatty acids must be provided in a pet’s diet because they cannot be synthesized by a dog in sufficient amounts. A deficiency of essential fatty acids may result in reduced growth or increased skin problems. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid for dogs.
–Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in healing inflammation. Replacing some omega-6 with omega-3 fatty acids can lessen an inflammatory reaction—whether it is in the skin (due to allergies), the joints (from arthritis), the intestines (from inflammatory bowel disease) or even in the kidneys (from progressive renal failure).The optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids for dogs is between 5 and 10 to 1.Please note: It is impossible to accurately determine the fatty acid ratio of a diet if the owner prepares home-cooked foods. If a dog is to benefit from the effects of these fatty acid ratios, he must be fed a fixed-formula food that guarantees these ratios.
- Carbohydrates provide energy for the body’s tissues, play a vital role in the health of the intestine, and are likely to be important for reproduction. While there is no minimum carbohydrate requirement, there is a minimum glucose requirement necessary to supply energy to critical organs (i.e. the brain). Fibers are kinds of carbohydrates that modify the mix of the bacterial population in the small intestine, which can help manage chronic diarrhea. For dogs to obtain the most benefit from fiber, the fiber source must bemoderately fermentable. Fiber sources that have low fermentability (e.g. cellulose) result in poor development and less surface area of the intestinal mucosa. Highly fermentable fibers can produce gases and by-products that can lead to flatulence and excess mucus. Moderately fermentable fibers—including beet pulp, which is commonly used in both dog foods—are best, as they promote a healthy gut while avoiding the undesirable side effects. Other examples of moderately fermentable fibers include brans (corn, rice and wheat) and wheat middlings. Foods that are high in fiber are not good for dogs with high energy requirements, such as those who are young and growing.
- Vitamins are catalysts for enzyme reactions. Tiny amounts of vitamins are essential to dogs for normal metabolic functioning. Most vitamins cannot be synthesized in the body, and therefore are essential in the diet.
-When feeding a complete and balanced diet, it is unnecessary to give a vitamin supplement unless a specific vitamin deficiency is diagnosed by a veterinarian. Due to the practice of over supplementation, hypervitaminosis—poisoning due to excess vitamins—is more common these days than hypovitaminosis, or vitamin deficiency! Excess vitamin A may result in bone and joint pain, brittle bones and dry skin. Excess vitamin D may result in very dense bones, soft tissue calcification and joint calcification.
- Minerals are inorganic compounds that are not metabolized and yield no energy. These nutrients cannot be synthesized by animals and must be provided in the diet. In general, minerals are most important as structural constituents of bones and teeth, for maintaining fluid balance and for their involvement in many metabolic reactions.
It doesn’t take much to make a pet happy, but sometimes humans confuse human happiness with pet happiness. Make sure you’re meeting your pet’s needs with these five secrets of happy pets.
Just like humans have basic needs, pets have basic needs as well. Your pet needs food, water and a secure shelter. The safer and more secure a pet feels, the happier it will be. While it may sound pretty cut-and-dry, humans sometimes misunderstand these basic needs. Here are some quick tips on meeting your pet’s basic needs the right way:
- Get on a pet feeding schedule and stick with it — the comfort of knowing when to expect food will keep your pet happy and secure.
- Consider crating your dogs when you’re away — and if you’re a pet owner who feels like crating a dog is akin to cruelty, think again. Crating your dog will make it feel secure and will help prevent separation anxiety and boredom-induced destruction, something both of you will be happy about!
- Always provide clean water for your pets and check the water at least two times a day to make sure it’s fresh and full.
- Keep an eye on the weather — it doesn’t matter if your pet is an indoor or outdoor animal, you need to make sure the shelter you provide is sufficient for the weather. Even if you have indoor animals, a house without air conditioning in the middle of summer could be a recipe for disaster.
EXERCISE AND PLAY
Think about birds, squirrels and other critters running around in nature; much of their lives are spent … running around in nature. Happy animals are active animals, regardless of their species. Unfortunately, humans sometimes buy a particular pet or breed in order to avoid excessive exercise. If you want to keep your pet happy, carve out a portion of every day to focus on exercise and play.
Many animals are social by nature, and dogs particularly so. They enjoy meeting new people and other pets, and they may feel lonely or bored when left home alone. If you have the funds and the time to invest in two animals, you may want to purchase a friend for your pet. If this isn’t an option, try combatting loneliness by playing music for your pet while you’re away, planning social time for your pet at a local dog park or always leaving your pet with something that smells like you.
Happy pets are pets that know their boundaries. When you train your cat to use a litter box, or teach your dog to sit before you go outside, not only will you feel better, but your pet will feel confident that it’s meeting your expectations.
PROVIDE MENTAL STIMULATION
Pets that spend their days isolated and unchallenged are likely to be unhappy. Look for ways to engage your pet’s brain. Mental stimulation isn’t a hard thing to provide, but you do have to make an effort to provide it. Consider the following possibilities:
- Giving your pet toys that make it work for a treat
- Teaching your dog or cat new tricks, skills or jobs
- Making your small animal work its way through a maze
The more opportunities for mental stimulation that you provide to your pet, the less likely your pet will go looking for mental stimulation in all the wrong places.
We offer the perfect stress-free alternative to boarding your beloved pets. Why kennel or board your pet when you can have the peace of mind knowing that your pet is well cared for and loved in the comfort of their own familiar space, your home? Just because you need to be away from home doesn’t mean your pet has to be!
What is the shelf life of the cookies? Since the cookies don’t have any preservatives in them they need to be kept refrigerated or frozen. If refrigerated they are good for about 3 to 4 weeks. If you freeze them they are good for about 6 months.
How are your cookies packaged for shipping? We vacuum seal them in plastic and ship them via the postal service to anywhere in the United States. If you want them shipped outside of the United States please call us to discuss the shipping charges.
What if my dog has food allergies? If you will contact us we can usually make changes to any of our recipes to accommodate special needs dogs. Depending on what ingredients we have to change there could possibly be an additional charge if the new ingredient is more costly.
Do you make treats for cats? I have tried baking treats for cats only to discover that one day they like them and the next day they don’t. So we decided that cats are too finicky to bake for. (I can say that because I have 2 of my own).
What happens if one of my family members eats one of the treats by mistake? Well they will probably think the cookies are fairly bland compared to the cookies they are used to eating since we don’t add any sugar or salt to our cookies. All of our cookies are made with human quality ingredients so you could actually eat them if you wanted.
Are your cookies really hard? No, our cookies are more of a soft cookie. You can easily break them into smaller pieces if you wanted to. They are also great for older pets who may not be able to chew the harder treats.
How many treats can I give my dog each day? Treats shouldn’t be more one tenth of the dogs entire daily diet.
Do your treats come in different sizes? We can make treats in pretty much any size you want. If you have a specific request just contact us. Most of our treats aren’t any larger than 2″ unless otherwise requested.
Pet Sitting FAQ’s:
How many times a day do you come to take care of my pets? We can come as many times as you want us to. For dogs we don’t recommend less than 3 visits per day unless they have access to go outside on their own.
Do you stay overnight with the pets? Yes, we do offer a service where we stay overnight in your home with your pets. (During the holidays because it is our busiest time of the year we do have to limit the number of overnight assignments we accept so be sure to get your reservations in EARLY!)
Do you charge per visit or is it a flat rate? We charge per visit if we are not staying over night with the animals. If we are staying overnight with the animals it is a flat rate per day.
Do you just take care of dogs and cats? No, we also take care of birds, horses, cows, chickens, rabbits and reptiles.
How much notice do you need to schedule pet sitting? The more notice you can give us the better so we can schedule a meeting to get acquainted with both you and your pets before you leave on your trip. We prefer a minimum of five days notice on all assignments but we do understand that there are sometimes when unexpected things come up and we always try to accommodate our clients if we can.
Contact us today for your FREE initial consultation!
Nikki Timberlake – Pet Sitter & Chef
Pawsotively Purrfect Pet Services & Gourmet Treats – Your dog won’t be able to resist our Lip Lickin Liver Brownies, Beefy Bacon Bears, Carrot Crunchies or our Peanutt Butter Anckle Biters! Our treats are so fresh, natural and healthy you just might get a craving for them too! The good news is they contain no preservatives or artificial ingredients. Love and care are the secrets we use to making them irresistible for all your furry family friends.
Our pet treats are made with only the best human grade ingredients without any preservatives, added sugar or salt. We make them with love and by hand, one cookie cutter at a time! Our goal is to make a treat that your pets will love and one that you feel good about because you know they are natural, safe and healthy! We can customize your treat order to acomodate any of your dog’s special dietary needs. These are treats so good, you will want to eat them yourself!
“What isn’t in our treats is just as important as what is!” – NikkiTimberlake
Contact us today for your FREE Initial consultation!
Nikki Timberlake – Pet Sitter & Chef