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August 2016
I am very blest to have 6 wonderful granchildren nearby and another on the way! Cooper 16, Devon 12 and Reed 11 are brothers. Carter 5, Hudson 4 and Ana who is 2 1/2 are siblings.  Cooper loves snowboarding. Devon and Reed are competitive hocky players and love it! Reed also loves riding and wants to barrel race! Carter, Hudson and Ana are very much outdoor children. They all love animals and any critter! They will pick up frogs, snakes caterpillars and any insects!!! Carter has learnt a lot of bird names and tells them to his dad! i have a feeder and when they stay they learn all about birds,animals etc from Grandma!! I often get a call asking me about something he found! They all love to visit when I have puppies.
The older grandchildren did a months touring with their mum and experienced many things. They are all active and adventurous boys. They took a ballon ride, kayaked a gorge, climbed and hiked mountains and trails. Surfed and wave boarded!
They are all back to school. Hudsn starts junior kindergarten and is looking forward to it. An ais all set  to go with her back pack!!! She will miss the boys.
Planet Paws

THE MOST DANGEROUS PET CHEW EVER: RAWHIDE!

How can one of the most popular chew sticks on the planet be so dangerous for your pets, you ask? I mean, most dogs chew on rawhide for hours on end, and not only does it keep them busy, but they seem to last forever.

Well if you understood what it took to make this toxic “raw” leather stick, you would quickly understand what the problem is.

Aside from the horror stories circulating all over social media these days, of pets needing emergency surgery after consuming rawhide, the majority of pet parents today, especially the newbies, believe that this chew is some sort of dried up meat stick. Let me debunk that myth right away!

A rawhide stick is not the by-product of the beef industry nor is it made of dehydrated meat. Rather, rawhide is the by-product of the “Leather Industry”, so theoretically it is a leather chew. Sounds awesome, right?

“Producing rawhide begins with the splitting of an animal hide, usually from cattle. The top grain is generally tanned and made into leather products, while the inner portion, in its “raw” state, goes to the dogs.” TheBark.com

So, how does this leather, which is conveniently rolled up into pretty shapes, actually get made into those rawhide chews?

Follow along my friends and I will enlighten you on how this hide travels through a leathery process where it transforms from hide to a not-so beautiful, colorful, chew stick. Here is a paraphrased tutorial that was explained by the whole dog journal several years back:

STEP 1: Normally, cattle hides are shipped from slaughterhouses to tanneries for processing. These hides are then treated with a chemical bath to help “preserve” the product during transport to help prevent spoilage.

(No one wants to purchase a black, spoiled rawhide stick!)

Once at the tannery: the hides are soaked and treated with either an ash-lye solution or a highly toxic recipe of sodium sulphide liming. This process will help strip the hair and fat that maybe attached to the hides themselves.

(No, no one wants to see a hairy hide…)

Next on this glorious journey, these hides are then treated with chemicals that help “puff” the hide, making it easier to split into layers.

The outer layer of the hide is used for goods like car seats, clothing, shoes, purses, etc. But, it’s the inner layer that is needed to make the rawhide. (Oh and other things like gelatin, cosmetics, and glue as well!)

STEP 2: Now that we have the inner layer of the hide, it’s time to go to the post-tannery stage! Hides are washed and whitened using a solution of hydrogen peroxide and/or bleach; this will also help remove the smell of the rotten or putrid leather. Bonus!
(Research also shows that other chemicals maybe used here to help the whitening process if the bleach isn’t strong enough.)

STEP 3: Now it’s time to make these whitened sheets of this “leathery by-product” look delicious! So, here is where the artistic painting process comes in.

“Basted, smoked, and decoratively tinted products might be any color (or odor) underneath the coating of (often artificial) dyes and flavors. They can even be painted with a coating of titanium oxide to make them appear white and pretty on the pet store shelves.” - whole-dog-journal.com

“…the Material Safety Data Sheet reveals a toxic confection containing the carcinogen FD&C Red 40, along with preservatives like sodium benzoate. But tracking the effects of chemical exposure is nearly impossible when it’s a matter of slow, low-dose poisoning.”– thebark.com

Ok, now that these hides have been painted, it’s time for the final process.

STEP 4: Getting it to last forever!

Because the FDA does not consider these chews to be food, really it’s a free for all when it comes to the manufacturers of these leather strips, and the products they may want to add to these chews, to get them to last forever. Any sort of glue can be added here to get these bad boys to never come apart.

When tested: Lead, arsenic, mercury, chromium salts, formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals have been detected in raw hides. So it’s safe to say that any sort of glues can be used as well!

Finally, it’s time to package and attach all the glorious marketing labels to the product.

Check out the fine print warning that’s attached with some of these rawhides:
“Choking or blockages. If your dog swallows large pieces of rawhide, the rawhide can get stuck in the esophagus or other parts of the digestive tract. Sometimes, abdominal surgery is needed to remove them from the stomach or intestines. If it isn’t resolved, a blockage can lead to death.“

(Oh, how lovely…)

And there it is! It’s now ready to be shipped to store shelves where it can be purchased for our loving animal companions.

How do proactive veterinarians feel about these chews?

Here is world-renowned veterinarian Doctor Karen Becker's take on the matter:

“The name ‘rawhide’ is technically incorrect. A more accurate name would be processed-hide, because the skin isn’t raw at all. But the term “rawhide” has stuck.

Rawhide chews start out hard, but as your dog works the chew it becomes softer, and eventually he can unknot the knots on each end and the chew takes on the consistency of a slimy piece of taffy or bubble gum. And by that time your dog cannot stop working it -- it becomes almost addictive.

At this point, there’s no longer any dental benefit to the chew because it has turned soft and gooey, and, in fact, it has become a choking and intestinal obstruction hazard.“

P.S. Ready for the jaw dropper?

An investigation by Humane Society International stated in their report, “In a particularly grisly twist, the skins of brutally slaughtered dogs in Thailand are mixed with other bits of skin to produce rawhide chew toys for pet dogs. Manufacturers told investigators that these chew toys are regularly exported to and sold in U.S. stores.” – dogingtonpost.com


My 2-legged pride and joys!!!
Hudson on his 4th birthday.
Ana
Carter
Hudson's 4th bithday.
They are great drivers!! Even Ana can drive the 4 wheeler!!
Reed
The balloon ride!
Not for me!!!
Devon surfing
Cooper
Molly. Born on Christmas Eve.
Easter pics.

Brackenridge's Speed Trap
"Radar"
March 31st 1999- March 15th 2017
Radar went to Rainbow bridge today,2 weeks short of his 18th birthday! What an amazing life he had with his partner - Frances. He earned titles in Obedience, Field, Agility and was an Ottawa Therapy dog. Frances did so much with him. He was a very special boy. He made Brackenridge very proud of him. He is the oldest Brackenridge Golden over taking Rusy Graham by a couple of months.
Have fun with all your friends and relatives over the Rainbow Bridge.
He will be greatly missed by Frances and all who knew him.
Photos taken by Frances Holmes
Autumn and Swift have had their puppies.Click on their name to go to their page to see puppy pics.
Radar on his 17th birthday
Bracken has been bred to Cael. Her litter is spoken for. Caper will bred in Sept. when she comes into heat.There is a waiting list so it will depend on how many she has as to whether ther will be any puppies available. Joy will be bred in Dec. when she comes into heat.
Our condolances go to the Sano family on the loss of Tess.
Our condolances go to Jill. Julio and Lucy on the loss of Spring.
Our condolances go to The Hill family on the loss of Bailey.

Our condolances go the Doran family on the loss of Casey.