The Realities of Climate Change & What You Can Do To Help

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According to NASA; “The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.” 

Climate change is real, and it should be taken very seriously. The Earth’s average temperature is increasing faster than ever before. This paramount change effects everyone, and everything on the planet – humans, animals, forests, oceans. Sea levels are rising, oceans are becoming warmer, plant and animal species are dying.

To put it simply; with too many greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide), the Earth would heat up beyond survivable levels. Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air due to your personal needs; transportation, electricity, food, clothing, and other goods.

To protect what we have left, we must immediately take action.

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There are things each and everyone of us can do to slow down the process, and help reduce the problem.  

  • Educate yourself, and others on this subject.
  • Vote for candidates that don’t plan to destroy Earth. Candidates who are against coal ash, fracking and pesticides. These not only hurt the planet we live on, but us, as individuals. “Polluter profits cannot triumph over public health:” Check out Earth Justice for ways to help: http://earthjustice.org/
  • Unplug. Turn off your electronics when not in use; computers, lights, TV’s, wash clothes in cold or warm water vs hot, and hang some of your clothes to dry.
  • Buy organic and locally grown foods, or better yet, grow some of your own food. Make several of your meals meat & dairy-free. 18% of green house gas emissions come from meat & dairy production.
  • Walk, ride your bike or take transit, instead of driving a car.
  • Purchase solar panels for your home. Efficient solar panel systems create electricity without producing global warming pollution.
  • Part of the problem is deforestation, as trees help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by absorbing CO2 & other pollutants. Plant, plant, plant! OR donate to an organization that is devoted to increasing our forests: The Nature Conservancy.

I have already started implementing many of these, and I look forward to planting trees and building a vegetable garden this spring with my daughter.

What will you do to help?

For more facts regarding climate change, check out NASA’s Climate Change FAQ’s.

 

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We Ran, We Conquered.

On Saturday, September 17th 2016, my daughter, Olivia, & I ran through the finish line for Old Dog Haven. We raised $2000 (doubling our goal), with a matching donation from Salesforce, for a total donation of $4000!

This was such a great experience for Olivia & I, and I highly encourage everyone to do something, get involved, make a difference.. Be a part of your community. We are already thinking about what to do next. 😉

Thank you, so much, to those that donated and supported us! The money will do great things for the senior dogs.

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Fundraiser for Old Dog Haven

 

We are one week away from our 1/2 marathon race, for Old Dog Haven. The forecast says sunny & 79 degrees for the Beat the Blerch Run. I guess we’re still a week away, but that’s promising!

Oli and I have raised $1775 for the seniors; $225 from doubling our goal. Woot woot!

We will be taking donations until the race date of Saturday, September 17th, and any small or large amount is very much appreciated! Every penny goes towards ODH.

DONATE HERE

I’m very excited to show off my shirt on race day!

Wish me luck!
~ Danielle & Oli

 

Running With Oli for Old Dog Haven

I have a passion for animals. My bucket list is filled with animal-related activities, events & goals; one of them being; “run a charity race for an animal rescue.”

There is no better time to start than the present. So I will be running the Beat The Blerch Half Marathon for Old Dog Haven, with my 14 month old daughter training by my side.

My goal is to raise $1000 by my marathon date of Saturday, September 17, 2016.

There is one rule; I cannot run the race, and my daughter cannot watch me zoom (or crawl!) past the finish line, UNLESS I reach my goal!

100% of the money we raise will go directly to Old Dog Haven.

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Why Old Dog Haven?
I have many family & friends who have senior pets and I know the cost, time & energy that goes into caring for these senior citizens. It is organizations like Old Dog Haven that help give homeless senior dogs a place to live, a warm bed to lay on, and the medical care they need to live out the rest of their lives.

FROM ODH: Old Dog Haven is a foster-based rescue for senior dogs in Western Washington. We take in dogs 8 years and older, place them in safe, loving homes and provide all veterinary care necessary to restore the dog to health and an optimal quality of life. Priority is given to pulling dogs from shelters and those in hospice condition, but we also assist owners and shelters with finding appropriate homes for their adoptable senior dogs. The majority of ODH dogs are not adoptable and will live with their foster families for life as Final Refuge fosters. We currently have around 300 dogs in care and veterinary expenses run approximately $80K per month. Helping them is sometimes challenging, often expensive, but always rewarding. Our goal is that their last years are happy and that they die safe and at peace, knowing they are loved.

As our veterinary clinics are spread throughout Western Washington and some offer discounts to us, these are averages for what donations will cover. A large portion of our veterinary expenses come from complex surgeries at specialty centers which can run several thousands of dollars.

– $1,000 – Dental cleaning with extraction of painful teeth
– $500 – Cardiology exam with echocardiogram
– $250 – Full set of geriatric laboratory tests
– $100 – X-rays to check for arthritis and spinal conditions
– $25 – One month supply of joint supplements for a large breed dog

Please check out the links below for more ODH Info: 

– Website: www.olddoghaven.org
– Final Refuge (permanent foster) dogs: Final Refuge
– Adoptable ODH dogs: Adoptable Dogs
– Adoptable dogs courtesy cross-posted for others (owners or shelters that want to adopt out the dog themselves): More Adoptable Dogs

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THANK YOU: To those that have already donated & to those that will be donating. We truly appreciate it & are so excited to be able to help such a great cause!

 

Canine Influenza is a Possibility in King County

Several Dogs in a Kent Kennel were recently diagnosed with canine influenza. This is a highly contagious virus, and though it’s not particularly deadly, it could lead to more severe issues, such as  pneumonia.

It is recommended, at this time, to keep your pups away from dog parks, boarding facilities, and doggy daycare’s.

Just like humans, be on the look-out for coughing, runny nose, fever, and lethargy. If you feel like your pup isn’t acting like himself, be sure to have him checked-out by a veterinarian ASAP.

For more information regarding this, take a look at the Public Health Insider.

Hot Weather Tips for Pets

Just thought I would share a few pointers regarding pet care during the summer months –

  • Never leave your dog in the car. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows slightly opened can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes.
  • Always have fresh, cool water available. Dogs love ice cubes!
  • Using fans and keeping your curtains closed can help keep the cool air inside.
  • Limit exercise, find shady areas, and walk with caution.

o   If it seems warm during our mid-day walks, we’ll be sure to take it easy – nothing too strenuous, and head inside if it’s too much. Playtime can always happen inside as well!

  • Cool your pets off with water! I often do this with the pups on warm days. I just run a towel under cold water, and wipe them down.
  • Asphalt can get super-hot, so keep them on grass or dirt as much as possible, and don’t let them linger on the cement for long. You can always check it with your hands. If it’s hot on your hands, it’s too hot for their paws!
  • Last, but not least, know the warning signs of overheating: excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart & respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, etc., and don’t hesitate to take them to the vet if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

Stay safe, stay cool and happy trails!

 

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