Trilogy & Whispering Pines Farm Newsletter
Issue 4 October 2008
 Janet and Puppies 2006
Welcome to our Trilogy & Whispering Pines newsletter!   We breed labrador retrievers, and provide our Trilogy customers with the best natural, holistic products for People, Pets & the Planet.  Our goal is to share information about pets and their needs.   We welcome your feedback & ideas for future issues. 
In This Issue:
  • Puppy News & Link to YouTube
  • Since Halloween is this week, a timely warning on toxic foods & products.  
  • AKC List of Most Popular Dog Names (a coincidence, we have had dogs with the top 2 names - Bear and Lady)
  • Featured Product - New Canned Dog Food
Do you have a story you would like to share about your pet?  Please email us and include photos if possible!     
We also want to take this opportunity to thank you for your business - we appreciate you!  Please contact us if you have any questions.
Janet & Bill Roberts
Whispering Pines Farm
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The puppies are on YOUTUBE!  Watch some short videos here
Six beautiful puppies were born on 8/7/08, a repeat breeding of our 2007 litter: CH Caer Bren Superhero MH x Whispering Pines Leap of Faith JH.  Congratulations to all of our new puppy families - the Zinna's & Bella, the Fahlgren's & Buddy, the Kris's & Raven, and Joe & Moose!   The little yellow boy in the photo (Eagle) is still available, and we kept our yellow girl Jasmine.  The pups are 12 weeks old this week, and have been through Early Neurological Stimulation exercises, socialization, enrichment with new & different toys and situations, swimming in our pond and meeting our other dogs.  Now is the time for the new families to teach them rules & boundaries, continue their socialization & get them signed up for puppy class!  Here are a few comments from some of the new families -  
Raven has been a genuine delight since we brought her home on Saturday.  She has warmly taken to all of us -- her favorite places to be are sleeping on top of someone's feet or in a lap.  She is very curious about her surroundings, and seems to be enjoying our house and yard.   She was the belle of the ball at Hannah's soccer practice yesterday and has been anointed as the team mascot.  Much to our surprise, she has responded extremely well to our efforts at housebreaking her...  In short, we have all fallen hopelessly in love with her, and are very grateful that you so warmly welcomed her into the world.  We will keep you posted with updates and photos as she grows.   Jody 
Everything is great here with Bella (aka Meadow), she had her Vet checkup and is a joy!  Everyone raved about her and asked where I got her...  She sits, lays down, comes (often) and is crate-trained.  She handles well on leash now for her age and even heels....sometimes.  Still doesn't like the collar much but oh well, she'll get used to it soon enough.  Some potty accidents but progressing nicely.  We can tell how well you worked with her and she is nicely socialized....  Thanks again for everything!  Nina & family.
Most Popular Names for Dogs
Move over "Fido," the American Kennel ClubŪ (AKCŪ) today announced that "Lady" and "Bear" top the list of most popular male/female dog names in the U.S.
A survey of 2007 AKC registration statistics showed that, in addition to Lady, Belle/Bell/Bella, Princess, Mae/May, Bear, Blue, Max/Maximus/Maxwell, Rose, Daisy, and Duke round out the top ten dog names.
"Traditionally names based on a puppy's physical appearance or personality, such as 'Spot' or 'Sassy,' have been popular with dog owners,'" said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Today we are seeing human names, such as 'Jack' and 'Molly,' and names that reflect a pet's stature in the home, such as 'King' and 'Princess,' gain in popularity as more people consider their dog a valued member of the family."
The top male/female dog names, according to the AKC are:
Most Popular Male Dog Names* Most Popular Female Dog Names*
1. Bear 1. Lady
2. Blue 2. Belle/Bell/Bella
3. Max/Maximus/Maxwell 3. Princess
4. Duke 4. Mae/May
5. Buddy 5. Rose
6. Jack 6. Daisy
7. Prince 7. Grace/Gracie
8. King 8. Baby
9. Bailey 9. Molly
10. Rocky 10. Maggie
11. Harley 11. Sadie
12. Jake 12. Ann/Annie
13. Shadow 13. Star
14. Lucky 14. Lily/Lilly
From AKC News, 10/08
WARNING - TOXIC FOOD - PLEASE READ IF YOU LOVE DOGS                                            
We received this email recently & checked it out on snopes - it is legitimate:
Only 3 grams of Xylitol (found in sugar free chewing gum and other sugar-free products) is enough to kill a 65lb dog.   And QUICKLY!!   Please pass this warning on to everyone you know who has dogs. It may just save a life.                                                                         
THE STORY:                                                                    
Last Friday evening, I arrived home from work, fed Chloe, our 24 Lb dachshund, just as I normally do. Ten minutes later I walked into the den just in time to see her head inside the pocket of Katie's friend's purse.  She had a guilty look on her face so I looked closer and saw a small package of sugar-free gum. It contained xylitol. I remembered that I had recently read that sugar-free gum can be deadly for dogs so I jumped on line and looked to see if xylitol was the ingredient. I found the first website    
below and it was the one. Next, I called our vet. She said to bring her in immediately. Unfortunately, it was still rush hour and it took me almost 1/2 hour to get there. Meanwhile, since this was her first case, our vet found another website to figure out the treatment. She took Chloe and said they would induce her to vomit, give her a charcoal drin k to absorb the toxin (even though they don't think it works) then they would start an iv with dextrose. The xylitol causes dogs to secrete insulin so their blood sugar drops very quickly. The second thing that happens is liver failure. If that happens, even with aggressive treatment, it can be difficult to save them.  She told us she would call us.                                            

Almost two hours later, the vet called and said that contents of her stomach contained 2-3 gum wrappers and that her blood sugar had dropped from 90 to 59 in 30 minutes. She wanted us to take Chloe to another hospital that has a critical care unit operating around the clock. We picked her up and took her there. They had us call the ASPCA poison control for a case number and for a donation, their doctors would direct Chloe's doctor on treatment. They would continue the iv, monitor her blood every other hour and then in 2 days test her liver function. She ended up with a central line in her jugular vein since the one in her leg collapsed, just as our regular vet had feared.   

Chloe spent almost the entire weekend in the critical care hospital. After her blood sugar was stabilized, she came home yesterday. They ran all the tests again before they released her and so far, no sign of liver damage.  Had I not seen her head in the purse, she probably would have died and we wouldn't even had known why.                                              

Three vets told me this weekend, that they were amazed that I even knew about it since they are first learning about it too. Please tell everyone you know about xylitol and dogs. It may save another life. 
More Info on Toxic Food & Products from the AKC: 
If you have children in the home, be sure they know about these toxic foods too - especially CHOCOLATE since Halloween is this week!
It's only natural for dogs to be curious.  But their curiosity can get them into trouble when they get into areas where you store household items such as medicine & detergents.  Many common household items that you use every day can be harmful, and sometimes even lethal, to your dog. 
Foods:  Wild cherry, coffee grounds, grapes, CHOCOLATE, ...
Trilogy Featured Product
Have your dogs tried it yet?  Trilogy's NEW CANNED DOG FOOD - in 2 flavors.  We use it as a treat or topper on their dry food - and all of our dogs just LOVE it, can't wait to eat their meals!  If your dog is a finicky eater, this may be the answer for you.  As all Trilogy products, the canned food was formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, and you can be assured there are only premium quality, healthy ingredients in the food and no bad stuff.  They never, under any circumstances, use artificial colors, artificial flavors, corn, corn gluten, wheat or wheat gluten.  You will be helping your dog to build a better health foundation for long-term vitality and wellness.
Retail Price: 
Autoship Price: $29.95

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