April is a special month in the world of pets, (well, EVERY month is a special month), but April is in particular, because April is:
and National Pet Parent’s Day was celebrated on April 27th.
In honor of these two most special events, I present to you, Sunny-dog Ink, the company behind the most amazing and well-stocked Pet First-Aid Kit I have ever seen.
Sunny-dog Ink was founded by Denise Fleck, an Animal Care Instructor/Author and was named after Denise’s Labrador Retriever (Sunny), who not only suffered a spinal injury, but lost her life to cancer in 2000.
ABOUT DENISE FLECK:
A former film studio publicist with Paramount Pictures, DENISE FLECK founded Sunny-dog Ink in 1999 to Help People Help their Pets. Her specialty is teaching a 5-hour PET FIRST-AID & CPR CLASS that she has developed after training with 8 different national organizations. She emphasizes proper hands-on skills practice in her classes and has penned the text-book for the class, but is also happy to share skills in HOW TO BE A BETTER PET PARENT, PET DISASTER PREPAREDNESS and CARING FOR SENIOR PETS. Denise also gained experience as a long-time rescue volunteer and animal response team member. She assisted Homeland Security with their K9 Border Patrol First-Aid Program and has developed her own line of Pet First-Aid Kits. “Once you have the knowledge,” she explains, “you must have the tools for the job. Precious time is often wasted when we race around looking for bandages and other needed items.”
Fleck is currently the Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Program’s (LACOROP) only Animal Care Instructor, and teaches three semesters annually through the Burbank Unified School District. LACOROP offers students 16+ courses that integrate hands-on training with academics to help them develop workplace and career management skills, and LACOROP operates the largest program of its kind in California and makes a variety of classes available to almost 40,000 students in 23 school districts.
Many of us think that awful things will never happen to us, or our pets, but the sad reality is, they DO. (Unfortunately, I experienced this first-hand last week when I accidentally gave HUMAN blood pressure medication to my cat, Cody. At least I THINK I gave it to him. Cody is FINE, but thankfully the number listed below from the ASPCA, and it is listed in the Pocket Guide that comes with the Dog First Aid Kit, was also on my fridge in the kitchen).
I cannot begin to tell you the number of times I had thought about putting together a First-Aid Kit for my pets, but never could find the time. When my kit from Sunny-dog Ink arrived, I couldn’t have been more thrilled!
“NO PLACE LIKE HOME” Deluxe DOG First-Aid Kit
From the Sunny-dog Ink website: Upset tummies, ingested toxins or choking on a favorite toy…dog moms and dads must be prepared for everything that could potentially harm your four-legged best friend! Everything you need to prevent further injury and alleviate discomfort from a sudden injury or illness before you get doggie to the Veterinarian comes in this 6” X 6” Red Bag with three zippered pockets that is easily carried or waits till needed in your home or car. New items now included are an ID Tag with QR Code by BarkCode that does not need a smart phone (register at no additional charge), Dehydrated Pumpkin & Apple Fiber to aid various intestinal issues and…Canine Calm by Earth Heart, a natural remedy mist to help relax dogs during unsettling situations (thunderstorms, fireworks, training, bath tie, crating, even veterinary visits).
THE KIT CONTAINS:
FOR ORDERING INFORMATION
FOR THE DOG AND CAT FIRST AID KITS
I am also proud to present to you:
This book is written by Denise Fleck and Co-Author and Publisher Sandrina Lee. “Although children don’t always listen to their parents, parents do listen to their kids,” which is why she collaborated with Rescue Critters on their new book Pet First Aid for Kids. By instilling in the younger generation a passion for animals, it is my hope that they will inspire their parents to learn along with them.
The book outlines basic steps, along with detailed photographs, and materials needed BEFORE you get your pet to the Veterinarian-how to handle choking, what to do for a bee sting, how to administer rescue breathing and CPR. With an emphasis on safety first, it is a quick reference to teach kids, age 8 and older, what to do should their dog or cat need help.
Let me tell you, this book is NOT just for kids! It is a valuable reference for adults as well, and one that I intend to keep close by. It is easy to follow and equally easy to understand. Each segment lists clearly WHAT TO LOOK FOR and WHAT TO DO in reference to each scenario listed.