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Meet Sparky, a wonderful young Chihuahua puppy about one year old. Notice his eyes have a touch of blue.

Sparky is very good with children

and other pets (Willie is also adoptable)

He will let you know he needs to go outside by walking in a circle, yes, he does this. Sparky also likes dressing up for the holiday’s.

Sparky will be one of the adoptable pets at the “Celebrate Mother Earth” event April 16th.

Sparky deserves a forever home. With his adoption, we are able to work with other rescue Chihuahua dogs, improving their chances of adoption in the Piedmont Triad Area. Open your home and your hearts to a new family member.

When you have made your adoption, schedule your pet portrait session with Rhonda Lester, welcoming your new member.

Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal

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Memory Lane Portraits by Rhonda Lester is partnering with Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal, 50% of pet portrait session fees will be donated to the publication. The journal provides our community a platform to share stories of hope, healing, loss and memorials of a loved one, pregnancy or pet.

Memory Lane Portraits by Rhonda Lester creates beautiful artistic portraits of pets and their families. They welcome well-loved animals of all types and ages and love capturing the unique personality of each.

Rhonda is partnering with Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal by donating 50% of all pet session fees booked through mentioning this ad. Rhonda has over 25 years experience in photography, and compassion for capturing the love between owner and companion.

Rhonda’s first pet session was for a dog with terminal cancer, named Chester. His owner, Sheila, wanted something special to remember her beautiful and beloved Chester, as he had been part of the family for so many years. When they arrived at the studio, Sheila wasn’t sure Chester would cooperate, as he usually disliked being photographed. Knowing this, and how important the portraits were, Rhonda was a little nervous about how the session was going to progress. She was used to being patient and playful with reluctant children to capture the best pictures, and decided to apply those same skills. Staying calm, Rhonda not only got Chester’s cooperation, but a variety of heart warming images­. The result was a priceless portrait of a very much-loved companion, Chester……

“End of Life Photography” was provided for the pet owners of Monty, adopted 15 years ago from a shelter. He is a very special part of the family, being the first of 7 dogs to enter the household.

It is said, 78% of owners consider pets a full-fledged part of the family and rightly so.

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Consider having a professional portrait of your loyal 4-legged friends with Rhonda Lester (336.474.6867), she has a heart of gold and also a volunteer photographer for a national non-profit,  Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, photographing deceased babies for bereaved parents. These photographs provide families with keepsakes to begin their healing journey.

Thank you for partnering with Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™Journal and we appreciate all you do Rhonda.

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Celebrate Mother Earth with “Green” Solutions-SE Guilford
Free Event for Families to Increase “Living with Awareness”
Hosted by Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal, BNI “Diamonds” Chapter and Divine Weddings and Beyond
Saturday April 16th-3pm 2011 at Wildflower Walk in Liberty, NC
2652 NC Highway 62 East

Teaching our children at a young age may have a positive impact on future generations. Please come and enjoy an afternoon with nature and leave with a new appreciation for the treasures of the Earth and insights on local companies sharing the same passion

Activities will include-

  • $2 golf cart rides through the forest and hayrides
  • Visiting friendly goats, horses, miniature horse, rabbit, and donkey
  • Rescues will have dogs on site for adoption
  • Workshop for newly engaged couples, event planners, wedding venues, desiring “Green” centerpieces to be given away as gifts or reused within landscapes
  • Plant Swap. Some plants to be exchanged include, verbena, black mondo grass, mazus, yarrow, columbine, st johns wort, crape myrtle tree, golden raintree, helleborus, rose of sharon, daylily, monkey grass, roses, raydon’s favorite aster’s, siberian iris, plumbago, german iris, sweet pea vine, and so much more
  • Meditative walk with Holistic Healer, Janet Nestor through the woods and farm, also providing on site energy work
  • Local authors signing published books
  • Mowable cemetery groundcovers to personalize  monuments of loved ones.
  • Bring $$$ to take treasures home
  • Come and meet our Julian Fire Department too

 

Local vendors will provide information on healthy eating, eco-tourism, eco-friendly products, and more. Children who bring recycled bottles will receive a free gift

Registration is required ensuring safety

Registration- name,  telephone number, email, number of people attending, by emailing Christiana at cdyson83@yahoo.com

Interested vendors, please contact Diana(@) justacloudaway.com for more information and your logos will be posted

Event Sponsors and Vendors

       

  

 

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February is Heartworm Prevention month –

Holistic pet care for your furry Valentines!

by Terry Rader  

Each February when we celebrate those dearest to our hearts, why not remember our four-legged companions with a gift of perfect health on Valentine’s Day? Include an annual Wellpet Exam each February along with a heartworm test. Here, in the South, where mosquitoes are abundant, protecting our pets from heartworm disease is necessary.

Heartworm prevention requires a strong, healthy immune system – this begins with proper diet. Look for holistic, wholesome pet foods with nutritious ingredients that list the meat as the first ingredient, not “meat-by-products” or “meal”. Dogs and cats are carnivores and their digestive systems do much better with real meat and veggies rather than a lot of grain. It is also a good practice to alternate the meats (chicken, lamb, fish) every few months so that your pets do not develop sensitivities to the same foods.

 

If your present veterinarian is not up on holistic alternatives, you may want to add a holistic veterinarian to your pet’s wellness team. I have worked with allopathic and holistic vets together since 1994. Calling your holistic vet for alternatives can often save your companion from unnecessary vaccinations and medications with side effects. There are also many herbal remedies and supplements to further strengthen your pet’s immunity to disease.

 

 

Victoria Farthing, DVM at Animal Wellness Center at Concord Farm in Virginia says: Interceptor® is safer for many dogs with different ailments including epileptics, a lot more dogs are getting on it, plus it aids in whipworm eradication. Heartguard® only treats roundworms and hookworms. Real natural prevention includes additional protection from mosquitoes using topical treatments of Neem oil and specific essential oils in safe dilutions (some essential oils can burn the skin and should not be used at all).”

 

In summary, your choices for Heartworm Prevention include:

1) Holistic prevention (not yet proven by itself)

2) Interceptor® (give every 6 weeks instead of monthly)

3) Heartgard® (contains Ivermectin, very toxic to Aussies/Collies)

4) Vaccination (I avoid all unnecessary vaccinations, see http://www.charlesloopsdvm.com/vaccinations.html)

 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This information is not meant to replace professional veterinary prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with a holistic veterinarian before following any new holistic treatment for your beloved pets. Find one in your area at http://www.ahvma.org/

 

Terry Rader is a Writer, Wellness Herbalist/Consultant and Flower Essences Practitioner, working with dogs (especially seniors & chronic immune disease) since 1994, see http://www.doedreamers.com/kayla.html

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 If you are planning a new landscape design, let the designer be aware of all family pets within the household. It is generally a good idea to monitor pets while they are outside. Young pets have a tendency to be mischievous, chew, eat and dig everything in sight. Once pets have matured, it is highly unlikely they will find an interest in your outdoor shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs or vegetable garden plants.

Listed are several plants to keep a close watch on.

Oleander thrives in the sandy soil at the coast. If you have these gorgeous plants in your landscape for the beach house, they are toxic.

Tropical plants are sometimes utilized outdoors in pots, as annuals like; alocasia, aloe, begonia, caladium, coleus, geranium, moss rose. These are toxic.

Pieris, American holly berries, azalea, crocus, asian lily, English and poison  ivy, calla lily, gardenia,

lobelia, Lenten rose,

 mums, clematis, privet, daffodil, daylily, easter lily, elephant ears, foxglove, iris, hyacinth, gladiola, Rose of Sharon, several varieties of  hydrangea,  lantana, lily of the valley, nandina, peony,

vinca, primrose, rhododendron, st john’s wort, and yarrow

Vines-Perennial sweet pea, clematis, morning glory, wisteria

If you know your animals/pets will constantly chew and dig in your landscape, think about having a fence surrounding your toxic plants to ensure the safety of  your 4-legged friends. This way the family will have a peace of mind.

Additional information is provided by www.aspca.org. Protect your animals and be safe from DianaDigsDirt and Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal.

 

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Tiny Belle Arina Brings Joy-For The Second Time

 Her bluish colored tongue was lying on the lap of the frantic driver rushing to the hospital and her head seemed to be attached to her neck by only her skin. The two-and-a-half-pound Yorkshire Terrier had fallen three feet off her owner’s lap onto hard flooring after hearing the doorbell ring. Tiny Belle Arina lay lifeless as children Luke (13) and Caroline (7) were hysterically screaming. Their mother Tricia, grabbed car keys and the paralyzed pet and ran to the car to head to the closest veterinary hospital.

 

On the seemingly longest drive of her life, Tricia prayed for the recovery of their family pet. She kept crying, “I will praise you every day of my life if you let her live.”

 Tricia kept thinking how traumatic this would be for her children to witness such a horrific ending to a beloved member of their family.

 Before reaching the hospital, the limp body of Belle moved as she took a small breath.

 

With a glimpse of hope, Tricia and her husband waited for the x-ray of Belle to be interpreted by the doctor. The report was not positive and they were told to go immediately to the emergency veterinary hospital. Belle was then put on oxygen to help her breathe.

 Tricia prayed for 20 minutes and then the doctor came in and said Belle was fine and could be taken home. They had no explanation for Belle’s condition, and Tricia truly believes this was a faith building event and a sign from the Lord. When they returned home, Luke was in the front window on his knees praying to spare Belle her life.

The family is much richer in faith and love because of the smallest member, Belle Arina.

Greensboro chapter of the American Red Cross offers CPR classes to save the lives of our pets.

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I Could Have Saved My Pet-If I Knew CPR

Shirley Sanders a third year volunteer at the American Red Cross Greensboro Chapter gave a short excerpt on several classes offered at the facility including Pet CPR. After watching Shirley perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a fluffy and synthetic Dalmatian, I probably could have been able to save my pet. After she brought Spot out of unconsciousness, Shirley thoroughly reviewed the components of an emergency first aid kit including; a blanket, hand sanitizer, whistle, scissors, gauze bandages of various sizes, bandage tape, portable drinking water, cold pack, eye dropper, a two liter bottle cut off at the spout, nylon leash, pediatric rectal thermometer , water-based sterile lubricant, hydrogen peroxide, and isopropyl alcohol to name a few. The purpose of the kit is to provide temporary comfort and stability while transporting the animal to the veterinary or emergency hospital.

Before you think your pet will need CPR, make sure they are unconscious by checking their breathing. Place your hand in front of their nose and be sure not to block their air intake. Also, check your pet’s heartbeat where their left elbow touches the chest by placing your ear. If your pet is not breathing, quickly place your finger in the mouth and pull out the tongue, looking for foreign objects. If nothing is in the throat, gently move neck until it is straight. If it is apparent the neck is injured, do not move. Close your pet’s mouth and place your cut off two liter bottle over nose and mouth and gently blow until the chest expands. Continue rescue breathing once every 5 seconds and periodically check for foreign objects. The next step for unresponsive pets, are chest compressions, which should never precede the rescue breathing technique. Lay pet on right side (heart is located on the lower left side of chest). Place one hand directly on the heart and the other hand should support the chest by holding the underside of the heart. Press down on their heart about one inch if they are medium sized, press harder for larger and softer for smaller. Ferrets, cats and other small pets should only receive chest compressions with the thumb and forefingers of only one hand. The approximate count for larger animals is 80-120 per minute and 10-150 for smaller pets. Continue compressions and rescue breathing until you can hear a heartbeat or normal breathing. Carry them to the vehicle and take them to your veterinary as soon as possible. They stand a better chance of survival if pet owners are well educated and prepared for such events.

Shirley stated that Pet CPR was a great class for dog trainers in addition to pet owners. Classes can range from 9- 30 individuals and schedules are listed on the website at http://www.redcross.org, listing your local chapter’s phone number. A four-hour class could save many beloved pets in your community, and the nominal fee supports an organization that saves many two and four legged lives.

The American Red Cross is More than Giving Blood–Take a Tour and Find Out

Other classes provided at the Greensboro Red Cross are; Stress Management Busters (great for corporate), Infant or Adult CPR and Babysitter or Lifeguard Training. Tours are also available for those curious and who want a close up look of what the Greensboro Red Cross is all about. Last tip from Shirley, if you think your pet is dehydrated or has been burned, NEVER apply or let the pet ingest cold water. Cool water is highly recommended to quench their thirst and soothe the wounds. Thank you Shirley, and stay cool this summer.

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Workshop for Families-Creating Love Memorials™ in Greensboro, N.C.

Are pictures sitting in a box with journals, recipes, or other handwritten memorabilia of loved ones passed? Bring your keepsakes to create beautiful works of art with your own hands, where no experience is necessary and all supplies are complementary.

 Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal and other local organizations are sponsoring the first Creating Love Memorials™ Workshop for families. Feel free to bring any 2 dimensional papers, fabric or tags to incorporate, whether from a loved one or beloved pet. Professionals will be on site in the craft area to assist children in creating paper keepsakes.

Adults will have the opportunity to design an awareness ribbon for the cause of their choice. Below is a ribbon for a Grandmother with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A Love Memorial™ is a keepsake or sympathy gift, going beyond the typical cards, flowers or food. It is a thoughtful creation showing compassion for each specific situation. Many samples will be provided, including; pressed flowers, metal, jewelry, scrapbooking, woodwork, decoupage, gardens, stone, glass, photography and photo montages. Community resources will provide literature on babysitting classes, support forums, alternative funeral options and more. Also joining us are local animal rescue groups with adoptable pets. Our fire and police departments will share safety tips.  After school food and beverages will be served. Energy work sessions will be offered, and music performed by Jennifer Cockman during the workshop.

Thursday September 23rd

2000 East Wendover Ave. from 3-6pm

 Bring and share your own memorial keepsakes. These may be an inspiration to someone else.

Come and meet our resources (click for more information)

More resources include

  • Ameriprise Financial- planning for the future
  • Colonial Life- employee benefits counselor
  • New York Life- life insurance protecting families
  • GDR Credit Solutions- affordable help for those in need of improving credit scores

It is never too late to remember……………..

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We had an informational workshop at Terragen Nurseries one Saturday morning. Stephie brought some of her birds. They were on special harnesses  allowing for outdoor walks.

Melanie of Chadwick Insurance Group explained information regarding lower insurance premiums.

Janet Nestor took us on a meditative walk around the water gardens and greenhouse. She also gave away a copy of her new book “Pathways to Wholeness”. How is your emotional health?

A quick breathing technique was also shared.

I talked about the importance of plants in the healing realm. This is truly a learning experience for me as well.  Even weeds in our own gardens can be dried and consumed as tea to prevent such conditions as:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety
  • Alzheimer’s

We hope to have more of these workshops in the future.

Please contact me at Diana (@) justacloudaway.com for workshop alerts.

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My beagle who is  10 years old lost his eye sight a few weeks ago.  I noticed  he lost weight and before going blind, would open his eyes wider. When his energy level was low and his tail wouldn’t wag, I took him to the doctor and they kept him for 2 nights because he was so sick.

Moby was diagnosed with diabetes and had a blood sugar level of 800, norm being 80-150. Weight loss occurred because insulin was needed to feed the cells much-needed blood sugar or glucose. When the cells aren’t being fed, they steal nourishment from fat cells, therefore the weight loss. Other signs are;

  • increased thirst
  • frequent urination
  • depression
  • blindness due to cataracts

Since there is no cure for Diabetes, ongoing treatment is required of the owner. The doctor packed up several syringes, a couple of viles of insulin and instructions. I was nervous about giving Moby shots, but that feeling was short-lived. I had to learn fast, for 3 other doggies were very curious at injection time.

Moby receives 6 units twice a day (12 hours apart) and supplies are kept in the refrigerator. Below is the type of insulin prescribed, but also suggested Humulin N would work too. Insulin can be picked up at almost any pet supply store.

One syringe will last for a week.

Fill the syringe with air, same as the dosage. Moby’s dose is 6 units, so 6 units of air are pulled into the needle.

Take the syringe and insert into insulin vile. We are inserting 6 units of air in order to extract 6 units of insulin. This will keep air bubbles out.

Turn upside down and pull down the units needed.

Take your syringe and bring a treat to distract. Works every time. I am giving Moby his shot on the upper area of his back. Just pull some loose skin, stick and shoot. Nothing to it, just make sure there isn’t a wet spot, which means needle was not inserted properly.

After 2 weeks of insulin injections, Moby’s blood was tested and was a much better number of 200.

Some causes of pet diabetes are; genetic disposition, obesity, poor diet, stress or abnormal hormones. This is a manageable condition and Moby’s tail is happily wagging again.

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