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 Scared poopless:

The newsletter

for YOUR dog 

 Chiclet T. Dog, Editor


Happy Holidays everyone!

I'm trying to get into that holiday spirit you Humans are always talking about, but I still have a few bugs to work out. I hope you'll bear with me.

In this issue, I'll discuss holiday safety tips, safe gifts your dog will love, how to improve dog health and save money, and so much more. That is, I'll discuss it if I can get this ho ho ho hat on the right way. Do you people back into these things?

In case you don't know, I'm Chiclet T. Dog, the petite half of the team that wrote Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care, national
Winner of the Ben Franklin Award for the Best Health Book of any kind and Winner, USABookNews Best Pet Health Book. My Mom and co-author, Jan Rasmusen, and I crusade to save canine lives and we give our royalties to animal causes. Learn more about us, read articles, watch videos and listen to audios at

Note: this is an updated and expanded version of a holiday newsletter I wrote several years ago. I tried to write a new one, but hey, you Humans forget what you read almost immediately anyway. I'm told that repetition helps your species remember things. We'll see.

    There's More than HO HO HO to the Holidays! BEWARE!

The holiday season is one of the most dangerous of the year, especially if you’re a dog. Here are some tips to help your sweet dog make it through the season safe, happy and sound. 

***Having a party?  Remember that we dogs are not afflicted by the embarrassingly poor hearing of your species--so please, keep that music down to a roar! We’re also not into being cuddled, stepped on, pushed aside or thumped on the head by endless throngs of strangers. In fact, if one more stranger wants to pick me up and tell me how cute I am, well, I think I’ll squeal. (Wait. The cute part is fine. Can't fault a person for good taste.)

Don’t get me wrong: I’m the first to appreciate a quick meet and greet, but after that, I prefer my own space and a few precious drops of Bach’s Rescue Remedy flower essence (from your health food store) rubbed on my gums and ears.  Better yet, check out Stress Stopper, a "flower remedy" developed for animals by renowned holistic veterinarian Dr. Jean Hofve. Find her products at   

***Okay, you’ve got your lifetime supply of leftovers from holiday meals and your dog has very generously offered to help you dispose of them. Beware cooked meat and turkey bones, which can splinter and make very expensive Swiss chess out of our innards. And beware the dreaded turkey overdose lest you want to see your dog constantly bolting to the potty area (and maybe not making it). If your dog already has the runs, try feeding some unsweetened cooked pumpkin or baked yam until the problem works itself out—so to speak. If the problem doesn’t clear up pretty quickly, tell your vet. By the way, those yummy orange foods work well for constipation, too, and are a good and yummy addition to our diet and to boring white whiskers. (Just don't overdo the yams; they're really fattening.)

***Take a good look at the goodies you're giving us for our holiday enjoyment. Before deciding on any chew, biscuit or toy, investigate claims and ingredients and consider the results on our allergies and waistlines. Most importantly, monitor chewing.  A chunk from a chewie or toy can lodge in our intestines and require expensive surgery.  This is a common problem with rawhide chewies which, by the way, our Mom does not allow in our house.  Not only can rawhide clog up the gut, rawhide is too often cured with bleach and toxic chemicals and, of course, and is soooo fattening. Are pigs’ hooves better? Hardly. They can break our teeth and give us dangerous, very painful toothaches hidden deep inside our mouths.  

***New plants in the house for the holidays?  Check the links at to make sure they’re dog-safe.  Mistletoe is especially toxic.   

***If your doggy helps you put away package wrapping material, or take tinsel off trees, make sure he or she doesn’t swallow it.  If you happen to see a ribbon or piece of yarn hanging out of our bods fore or aft, for heavens sakes, don’t pull it!  Call your vet immediately and ask for instructions.

***Baking some bread? Even a little bit of bread dough, gobbled up by one of my kind, can prove dangerous. Very dangerous. 

***Many thousands of dogs go missing during holidays.  Doors are left ajar by visitors. In the hurry, hurry of the day, car restraints aren’t employed and dogs bound through open automobile doors. While you shop and return gifts, dogs left in cars are stolen (becoming a free gift for some stranger). Fun and convenience takes precedence over safety.

***If you haven’t already done so, get us a cool tattoo (from your vet, not the tattoo parlor) or a microchip. Already got a chip?  Did you know that not all chips are readable by all scanners?  In fact, the scanners at your local shelters may or may not be able to even detect it, let alone read it. Better call and do some checking NOW before your dog is lost and you learn too late that the chip you’re relying on is unreadable. How could Humans do anything so dumb?  Money, honey. Grrrrrrrrrr.  Find your local shelters at 

Note: if your vet gives you a choice between a tattoo and a chip, get the tattoo (but not on the ear). Chips can migrate from the insertion area and there's a very small amount of evidence that they can cause tumors. But don't worry if your dog is already chipped. The danger is very small says my friend, world-famous cancer vet Greg Ogilvie.

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Bah Humdog: SAFE Holiday Gifts for Your Dog

'Tis the season to waste your time shopping when you could be playing with your dog. Wait! There IS one justifiable exception: when you're buying gifts for us!

First, a word from my sponsor: Nothing says love to a dog lover like my multiple
award-winning book, Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care. Use the code 248831 when checking out of our shopping cart to get an extra 10% discount on our book and nutrition recordings until Dec. 18. This is in addition to our regular quantity discounts. (One book with the bonus nutrition recording is only $20.67; three books, just $17.06 each.) Sorry, the discount does not apply to wholesale and nonprofit orders which are already heavily discounted. The book is really cute and has 89 great color photos. We'll sign, pawtograph and inscribe them at no charge if you like.
Click here to read more. Click here to order now. Or call us at 858-755-8820 Pacific Time.

 Here are some more gift suggestions:Here are some gifts we like:

  • Harnesses have been shown to be safer than collars, especially for dogs with back or neck problems, but also for dogs with certain eye problems—especially glaucoma. Make sure the harness fits correctly, is comfortable and strong, and that your slippery dog can’t slip out.

  • Canine Genius toys are great for relieving boredom. You fill them with treats which your dog tries to get out. One caveat: this is not for dogs with a low tolerance for frustration, and it’s important that you fill them with low-cal, healthy treats that don’t require refrigeration—like dried organic liver, dried human-quality chicken, etc.

  • Strollers are great for older and arthritic pets. We particular like those by Pet Gear.

  • Heated beds for also great for older and arthritic pets, as well as dogs in cold climates. Just make sure you can regulate the temperature, that your dog can get off it if he likes and that power cords, if any, are protected from chewers.

  • Safe car seats that actually protect during accidents make wonderful gifts. Most car seats seem to be designed to amuse dogs, rather than protect them. (Trust me, broken bones don't amuse us long term.) When you buy, ask yourself: will this seat protect my dogs during a major crash or rollover? If not, don’t buy it. The false confidence they buy is dangerous. Buy a safe, comfortable seat belt/harness system for large dogs and a soft-sided size appropriate crate for small to medium dogs.

  • Comfortable purse-type carriers are great for purse-sized dogs who love to go everywhere with you. Three caveats: 1) Pretend you’re a dog and imagine if you’d really be happy inside; 2) make sure your dog isn't banged around when you're in a crowd, and 3) let your dog out frequently to actually walk.  To keep our girlish figures (or hunky) bods, we need our exercise just like you do.

  • Programmable tags and GPS devices may save your dog’s life if he goes on holiday without you.

  • Are you a working parent? How about a fun day (and a promise for more) at doggy day care or with a dog walker? Or take up a sport like agility with your dog. Just be sure to check out the facility/walker first. Check references!  Humans aren't always what they seem.

  • Dr. Margo Roman's "Dr DoMore" DVD is an amazing video of interviews with the top nationally-renowned vets and veterinary authors Richard Pitcairn, Ron Schultz, Jean Dodds, Richard Ford, Allen Schoen, Marty Goldstein, Stephen Blake and many others talking about changes we must make in dog care. ALL PROCEEDS go to Dr. Roman's Center for Integrative Veterinary Health to produce more educational DVD's for pet parents and vets. This 35 minute video is heartwarming, educational and moving. Buy it from my shopping cart and we'll send Dr. Roman all the proceeds. Your purchase is tax deductible. If you'd like a bunch of these for gifts, write us for discounts.

  • The best gift of all? More time with you!

Do you have $5 - $10 to change the life of every dog in America--including yours? Every dog charity in the country needs funds now. Mom and I are big supporters of the Rabies Challenge Fund. The rabies vaccine, currently required every one to three years depending on where you live, is arguably the most dangerous vaccines dogs and cats get. (My boyfriend Jiggy suffers from autoimmune liver disease because of this vaccine; countless others have even died.)

A nonprofit group of volunteer scientists is running concurrent studies to prove first that the vaccine lasts at least five years, and then at least seven years, and that we can vaccinate less often and still protect dogs and Humans. If you can donate anything, even $5, please do. We have to make sure this work continues.
This is a tax deductible donation to a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Learn more about rabies vaccination safety, and the Fund, at Find a donation link there, or make a tax deductible contribution directly by clicking here.


Cost Saving Ideas  There are lots of ways to save money on vet bills that actually improve dog health. Check out our new blog post called "Lowering Vet Bills: 10 Tips for Keeping Costs Down."


Attention Californians!@#$@!  Governor Schwarzenegger wants to add 9% to vet bills. Nine percent!!!!   Please make your feelings known in this super easy way by e-mailing your legislators.

San Diegans:  Looking for a low-cost titer testSign up for our clinic, at a soon-to-be-announced date in January.

If you're relatively new to holistic care, you might want to listen to Mom's free audio interview. She was interviewed by Val Heart, a specialist in the Human/Animal Body Mind connection, an animal behavior specialist and empathic healer. They talked about nutrition, vaccination, major medical problems and a lot more. To listen, click here.

Okay, that's it. I've had my say and feel much better now.

Mom and I, and my boyfriend Jiggy, wish you the happiest holiday season ever ... and lots of puppy love.








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