Mushroom Poisoning in Dogs and Cats

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If you live in the Southeast where we have had relentless rain throughout the entire Fourth of July holiday, most likely, you have a prolific crop of these  growing on your lawn.   I have never given them much thought, that is, until Baylie Dog joined the family.  Even though she will eat most anything she can fit into her mouth, she hasn’t shown much interest in the fungi. Nevertheless, when I see any sprout, and they can do so in a matter of hours,  I quickly pull them up just in case her taste for mushrooms may have changed.

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Mushroom poisoning (also known as mycetism) refers to harmful effects from ingestion of toxic substances present in a mushroom. These symptoms can vary from slight gastrointestinal discomfort to death. The toxins present are secondary metabolites produced in specific biochemical pathways in the fungal cells.

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Happy Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July!  Remember to keep your pets safe during firecracker “season”.  More pets  are lost during this time of year than any other.  If possible, bring your pups and kitties indoors.  It’s common for dogs to escape from backyards due to fear of fireworks, so if bringing your pets indoors is not an option, please make sure they are either microchipped or wearing their pet ID tags.

June Is Adopt a Cat Month – Why Not Adopt Two Buddies

We at Baylie Dog consider every month “Adopt a Cat Month” even though the month of June is the  “official” campaign.   We love to see all animals get a second chance for a loving home.  After all, my Baylie Dog  was a canine rescue and adopted by me after she was found on a rural road and covered in fleas, ticks and lice; all four pounds of her.  I also adopted my cat, Smoki, over 12 years ago from a family with a litter of kittens; a three-hour drive one away.  My only regret is that I didn’t adopt two  from the litter.  I think cats miss that bond established by having another cat share their domain.  However, it is so much easier for us and less stressful for the cats to bring two kittens or two shelter buddies into a home rather than to introduce adult cats that are not well matched. As expected, there will be a jockeying back and forth to establish dominance.  But, it can be accomplished; depending on many factors including the temperament of both cats.  As a senior cat,  I’m certain my cat, Smoki, would not adjust or tolerate another cat sharing her home.

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I Feel I Must Explain….

We at BaylieDog.com are a feline friendly, canine friendly community of like pet lovers.  In fact, we love all God’s creatures. You will never see a request from Baylie Dog for personal donations;  “chip-ins”, “contribute to” links  or any type of request solely for the purpose of self-promotion or personal gain.  That is not our mission statement.  We are not a profit-driven community. It is also not our mission to ask you to cast a vote for us in order to place a trophy on our mantle; as public accolades are not our goal or purpose unless your vote has potential for allowing us to make a donation to a named shelter or rescue organization.  Even though we have no plans to offer any Baylie Dog products in the near future, we will never solicit you to purchase any products related to Baylie Dog with the disclaimer that a “portion” of your donations will go to charity “X” without full disclosure and transparency of that percentage of disbursement.

Baylie Dog was created a little over a year ago when this author rescued a feisty little  puppy who stole her heart.  The reason for creating Baylie Dog’s presence on social media was for the sole purpose of  connecting with like-minded pet lovers in order to share knowledge of pet related issues and enjoy a little silliness to help us through the day; not for personal financial gain.

On BaylieDog.com and Facebook page, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to offer product giveaways to our readers that have been graciously donated by our affiliates and peers in the pet industry.  This is our way of showing our gratitude to you;  our loyal readers in our small community of Baylie Dog.  It warms our hearts to be given the opportunity to do so.  Our only regret is that we cannot offer more in these difficult economic times as we know,  firsthand, the ever-increasing costs involved in vetting  and providing quality, nutritional food for our four-legged family members.  If we make just one reader smile or enrich their day through a post, then we have accomplished our goal for the day.  If we provide a brief respite to someone from the trials of their every day life for just a moment by means of one of  Baylie’s silly photo’s, then we have met our expectations.

Even though we are a small community, we feel we can make a difference. If we lose sight of our purpose, as has been the case with so many communities, we encourage you to reach out to us. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for following our journey and hope you will stick around.  I hope we have provided you with as much joy as you have given us.

—-For it is giving that we receive—-
Francis Assisi

Doggie Spa Package Giveaway

Winner of the Baylie Dog Spa Giveaway:  Congratulations Cheryl C. !!!  

Our friends at PetsWeekly™ were so kind to provide us with a new  liquid vitamin drink supplement product that’s 100 percent natural called LICKS® for Dogs Signature Joint+Heart  formula. It is packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, vegetarian glucosamine, and vitamin E and is made in the USA.   It integrates seamlessly with your dog’s food or water to help ensure he/she receives the daily supplements needed to maintain heart and joint health. Since Baylie has had some joint problems, I  tried the “Joint and Heart Formula” in her water thinking she would probably turn up her nose and walk away.  Being roasted chicken flavor, I should have known that she would love it.  In fact, she liked it so much she lapped up an entire bowl of water. I had equal success when I mixed it with her chow.     

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick  is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March and is named after Saint Patrick;  the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It’s a day Christians attend church services and the Lenten restrictions of  fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter are lifted for the day.

My mom is Irish, but then again, isn’t everyone on St. Patrick’s Day; the day everyone and everything takes on somewhat of a green hue.  In my town, even the court square fountain water is dyed green.  So I knew it was inevitable; true to tradition, mom would most surely come up with something green for me to wear today.

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Who Needs Zumba When There are Dog Parks

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Baylie here.  It was a beautiful day today with temperatures in the low 70’s; perfect day for some quality time with my human at the dog park.  My human thinks that it’s all about me when it comes to dog parks, but I’ll let you in on a little secret.  She needs the exercise as much as I.

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It’s National Popcorn Day!

It’s National Popcorn Day!  Americans eat about 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year (about 51 quarts per person), which makes it one of the most popular snacks in the country. It is also one of the oldest.

To pay homage, here is my popcorn eating video from awhile back.  I think I’ve mastered the art of puppy popcorn catching, don’t you?  I missed my first attempt, but quickly get in the groove!

Super Dog Sunday™ – A Pet Photo Contest Benefitting Petfinder Foundation


Is your pet ready for some football?   Baylie Dog and Baylie Dog.com are thrilled to be a  part of a special event hosted by Event Barkers along with  AllThingsDogBlog.com and DogTipper.com called Super Dog Sunday™; a photo contest that is a 100 percent charitable event benefiting  the
Petfinder Foundation.

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Baylie’s 10 New Year’s Resolutions

1.  I’ll use my “inside” voice when barking indoors

2.  I’ll make a conscious effort not to stare at the cat

3.  I’ll refrain from pilfering from the cat’s litter box

4.  I’ll do my best, but no promises, to stop stealing the cat’s food

5.  I’ll refrain from sitting down and refusing to budge when mom and I are on our walks

6.  I’ll desperately try to perfect the art of calm greetings with the two-legged creatures

7.  I’ll stop hogging the sofa and trying to sleep on mom’s face

8.  I’ll stop snatching paper towels off the kitchen counter and eating them

9.  I’ll not put up a big fuss when mom gets the crazy urge to play dress-up with me

10.  I’ll give mom even more love and slobbery kisses in 2013 than in 2012!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY FRIENDS!  WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GOOD HEALTH AND PROSPERITY IN THE NEW YEAR!
XOXOX  Baylie Dog