Archive for September, 2016

Of the items on this list, the Earthquake Shakeout truly captures my imagination. Remember the little temblor felt up and down the East Coast in 2011? I do!

I was reclining on a cot and felt it shaking. My first thought was that one of my cats had run beneath it and was bouncing around. Then I noticed the model airplane that was attached to a ceiling light fixture — the airplane was swaying! That’s when I knew I had experienced an earthquake. Luckily for all of us, it was a relatively  minor incident.

Will the next one be as cute and harmless? Maybe not. October 20th is the day to practice for The Big One (also good if you’re moving out West.)

American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Dog Month

ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

National Animal Safety and Protection Month

World Animal Day
October 4

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
October 7

National Walk Your Dog Week
October 1-7

World Food Day
October 16

Earthquake Preparedness Shakeout
Dates vary by state

Winter Weather Preparedness Week
Dates vary by state

Reptile Awareness Day
October 21

National Cat Day
October 29

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St. Francis 008
Autumn is here and, with it, one of my favorite features of October:
the Blessing of the Animals at local churches. This year, the opportunities are a bit more spread out around the calendar, so you’ll have more options to choose a date and church that works for you. 

Saturday October 1st
Christ the King Catholic Church (school parking lot)…Norfolk………..9 – 10:30 AM

Sunday October 2nd
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd…Norfolk…………………..8 – 9 AM

Wycliffe Presbyterian Church…Virginia Beach……………………………..3 PM

Emmanuel Episcopal Church Virginia Beach…Virginia Beach………..3 PM

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church…Norfolk……………………………….4 PM

Historic St. Luke’s Church……..Smithfield…………………………………….2 – 4 PM


Tuesday October 4th
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church (picnic area)…Virginia Beach…4:30 PM

Saturday October 8th
St. Mary Catholic Church…Chesapeake………10 AM


Sunday October 9th
Episcopal Church of the Ascension…Norfolk……………..11 AM – 12:15 PM and 1 – 2 PM

Trinity Episcopal Church…Portsmouth……………………..4 – 5 PM

A Blessing for Animals 
Blessed are You, Lord God,
for all living creatures You have made. 

You keep them in Your care and not one of them
is lost without You knowing. 

They glorify You, each in its own way,
and speak to us of Your beauty and love. 

Bless them and keep them from harm.
They unquestionably accept their place
in the rhythm of Your creation. 

May we respect them and cherish them
for they are Your gift to us;
through them may we come to know You better
and praise You, their Creator. 

Blessed be the love and joy that they bring to us.
~ From



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Bring the family and spread a blanket under the stars to enjoy these outdoor movies that are fun for everyone. 
September 30 features Charlotte’s Web.
Gates open at 6pm, movie starts at dusk. Rain or shine.

Ticket Prices & Information


FUN farm-animal

World Farm Animal Day
Join us on Sunday, October 2 at 11 am to celebrate our residents at the ZooFarm. Enjoy keeper chats, story time, fun activities & crafts, plus discovery stations. Free with admission.
More Information

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Freaky and Fun Flea Facts

Magnified flea. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Magnified flea.
Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Did You Know?

  • Fleas lay eggs in your pet’s fur; then the eggs roll and drop off into the carpet, onto the furniture, or outdoors.
  • Squirrels, opossums, raccoons, stray dogs and cats can all carry flea eggs into your yard.
  • Fleas can hatch in as little as 2 or 3 weeks, or they can wait for several months and spring themselves on you and your pets when you least expect it.
  • After they feed and mate, female fleas begin laying eggs within 24 hours.
  • Each female flea produces 40 to 50 eggs per day — which adds up to hundreds of eggs in days or possibly thousands of eggs, given enough time. One pair of fleas can infest your home with their offspring!
  • Don’t forget the cat! Many households are infested because of untreated cats that act as reservoirs for fleas. While you’re picking up flea control for the dog, make sure to buy some for your cat, as well.
  • Common household spots for hatching flea eggs and squirming larvae include: in pet beds, under furniture, deep in carpets.
  • Outdoors, fleas like to hang out in shady, undisturbed areas like porches, decks, stairs, and doghouses.
  • Young fleas go dormant in our winter climate and emerge as adults as the weather warms up.
  • Fleas carry Tapeworms. If your dog or cat swallows a flea while grooming itself, it can get Tapeworms.
  • Cats that have fleas can carry Bartonella henselae – the bacteria responsible for Cat Scratch Disease.

So, how can you control flea infestations at home? Try these methods:

  • Treat all dogs and cats in the household. Ask about safe treatments for other furry friends like ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, rats, etc. Not all products are suitable for pocket pets. When in doubt, check with the manufacturer.
  • Indoors, vacuum regularly. Lift and move furniture for a thorough cleaning.
  • To treat carpets and upholstery, try a safe product like Fleabusters Rx for Fleas.
  • Wash pet bedding and people bedding routinely.
  • Keep baseboards and nooks and crannies clean.
  • Eliminate weeds and brush piles; keep the lawn mowed.
  • Keep rodents away from your home.
  • Treat your yard with outdoor flea control products.


Information for this article was adapted from the Companion Animal Parasite Council and

This article was originally posted on Aug. 22, 2014.

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Sept. 17: Furry Friends Fest
Join the fun from 10 AM to 1 PM
Bow Creek Recreation Center
3427 Club House Road, Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation wants you to bring the family – including your furry friends – out to Bow Creek Recreation Center and Park for carnival games for kids and pets alike!
Join the free event on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Virginia Beach Police K-9 Unit and Mounted Patrol will be on-site along with a variety of pet-related vendors and adoption groups.
There will be plenty for the kids to see and do at this free event!

Join the event on Facebook

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If your pet ends up at a shelter, it may be difficult
to distinguish it from other similar-looking pets.

Tuxedo cat 1. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic

Tuxedo cat 1.

Tuxedo cat 2.

Tuxedo cat 2.

Or it could be just this easy.

The key to your pet's return.

The key to your pet’s return.

HomeAgain Microchips offer instant, reliable identification
at the push of a button.

HomeAgain's universal scanner reads chips by any manufacturer, so all pets can make it safely home.

HomeAgain’s universal scanner reads chips by any manufacturer, so all pets can make it safely home.

Your pet can’t call home when it’s lost –
so let someone else make the call for her.


Ask us to “chip” your pet on her next visit.
Visit HomeAgain to learn more.


This article originally appeared on April 23, 2012.

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Isn’t he precious? What if you could get another one just like him?

Do you love your pet so much that you can’t imagine not having him around? Are you dreading the day your sweet little girl crosses the Rainbow Bridge, because you’re quite sure there will never be another one just like her?

 ViaGen Pets has the answer you’re looking for.

ViaGen Pets has cloned a Jack Russell terrier they’ve named “Nubia.” She is the first clone puppy born in the United States; however, the company reports having cloned kittens already.

So how much will cloning your pet set you back? Let’s look at the current numbers:

DNA/tissue cryopreservation: $1600

Annual storage fee: $150

Dog cloning: $50,000 (You read that correctly!)

Cat cloning: $25,000

Want to learn more? Read ViaGen Pet’s Frequently Asked Questions page to find out what the steps are to cloning your pet.

Note: Little Creek Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Miele are not affiliated with ViaGen Pets or any cloning process and make no warranty or guarantee as to the quality of service or reliability of results. This article is for informational purposes only. Caveat emptor.

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