Got a Great Safe Pet Garden? June, 2008

Dean's Welcome Notes

Greetings and a joyous June to you! This past month we've spent quite a bit of time improving our website. We continue to strive to bring our advertisers and customers a great website experience.

As always, here at and we value your opinions and enjoy hearing from you. Is there something you'd like to see featured in our newsletter?

Until next time,

Dean Hamill
Otto Messmer

Animal Trivia: In 1919, Otto Messmer created a cartoon cat called...?

(Go to the end of the newsletter for the answer!)

Got a Great Safe Pet Garden?

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Pets and gardens - two of our favorite things. But sometimes these don't mesh as well as we'd like. Some things to consider-----

If you have an outdoor cat, a bird feeder might not be such a great idea! On the other hand, a well placed bird feeder can provide hours of amusement for your indoor felines.

Toads are good, right? They eat bugs and mosquitos, and gardeners love them. But they can be downright poisonous to dogs. They secrete a toxic substance that can irritate your dog's mouth and eyes. Usually flushing out their mouth or eyes with water will take care of the problem, but consult a vet to be sure.

giant toad As if this weren't enough, there are several species
of giant toads that can be deadly to your pets.
These are most commonly found in the Southwestern
states, south Texas, Florida, and Hawaii. If you live in
one of these areas, do some research to find out
what these toads look like and how to help
protect your pet.

Toxic plants - there may be more plants that are toxic to pets than those that are safe or at least non-toxic. And, if you really love gardening, you might be thinking more about the beautiful new variety of Salvia that's on sale, and not focused on if it's going to be safe for your pet. What if you've just finished planting that wonderful native, waterwise garden, only to find out that 3/4 of the plants are toxic?

The most important thing is to be attuned to the normal behavior of your cat or dog. Keep an eye on them while they're outside. If anything with their behavior or digestive system seems abnormal, contact your vet immediately.

Cyber Fiber arfie

Most of you have heard of Google - but how about Dogpile?

Dogpile is what is known as a "metasearch" engine. It works just like any other search engine (i.e. Google or Yahoo! Search) - you type in something that you're looking for in the search box, and you get back pages of results. 

The difference here is that metasearch engines go out and collect the results from many search engines at once, not just one at a time.  Why should you use this?  Well, because all search engines work differently and give you different results.  Sometimes it's just nice to see what else is out there.

There are several metasearch engines, but hey, this is a newsletter for animals, so we had to pick the one with the cool name - besides, their mascot is named Arfie the Dog.

Especially for our Advertising Members

Supercharge Your Advertising with our new Premium Placement Ads!

You asked and we listened! We've introduced a new upgrade for puppy and kitten ads on our Breeder Directory pages - Premium Placement Ads.

The Premium Placement Ads now appear at the top of the breeder directory pages.
If you want to be seen first, this is the place to be.  In our tests, we found that these ads were viewed 2 to 3 times more than regular ads. This increases the potential for sales dramatically. Here's what your ad can look like. Call Christina at 402-534-2161 or 402-534-2227 during normal business hours (Central Time) to book your ad.
Details are here. 


Pure bred cats? Absolutely! They are as varied, amazing, unique, and gorgeous as you can imagine. Each month we'll tell you a bit about one of these lovely creatures.

Ragdoll: If you're looking for a cat that's easy to train to stay off your counters, the ragdoll may be the cat breed for you!

ragdoll kittens
They tend to have laid back and sweet personalities.
And, just like their name implies, they love to be held
in your arms! Soft and silky medium long fur, that
doesn't mat easily - what a dream! This breed is a
great choice for someone looking for a purely indoor
cat, where their docile nature can be fully indulged!

Leonardo Da Vinci: "The smallest feline is a masterpiece."

Animal Trivia Answer:

Felix the Cat

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