Please welcome M/M writer Kayla Jameth to today's Paws With a Cause blog. In addition to her "side" side, Kayla works as a veterinarian, and does she offer some tips for parents of "fur babies." Please give her a warm welcome.
Nabiki is one of those slender, mostly graceful cats that make you think of the statues of Bastet, sans the earring. She is as quirky as her namesake, Tendo Nabiki. She used to sleep on top of my computer monitor for the heat. Now that she has gotten to be 13, she can't get up there any more so she has taken to camping out on my husband's laptop keyboard whenever she can. Not just settling for when he walks off and leaves it unprotected, but also slinking around his hands while he is typing. She is persistence personified in a willowy bundle of white and tiger striped fur.
Since I am a veterinarian, many of my clients are surprised to find I have so few pets. I used to say, "I have a husband, two children, and two cats", but since her sister passed away, she is an only fur child. She has always been one of those cats who think that three is a crowd. Two may have been too many for her as well. She has become much happier and more outgoing now that she no longer considers herself overcrowded.
I thought I would wind this up with a few tips.
I'm sure everyone is aware that chocolate is toxic to pets, but there are other foods to avoid as well. Grapes and raisons can cause kidney failure in some pets so it is best to avoid them. Garlic and onions cause hemolytic anemia by changing the surface of the red blood cell so the body thinks it is foreign and destroys them. Some varieties of avocados are toxic as well.
The xylitol in sugar free gums can be rapidly fatal if not treated quickly. If you brush your pet's teeth, be sure to use tooth paste created for animals. Since pets and young children cannot spit the tooth paste out, they can become toxic on the fluoride.
Sago palms, oleander, and lantana are ornamental plants that are toxic. I would recommend other choices for your flower beds. Easter is approaching and many of the lily varieties are toxic as well.
A couple of first aid tips. If you are cutting your pet's nails and quick one, making it bleed, press the nail into a bar of soap or coat with flour to get the bleeding to stop. If you need an Elizabethan collar (cone) after hours, you can fold a towel and secure it around the neck with tape like a neck brace. This will keep your pet from licking or chewing at a wound or surgical site.
Always have your dog on a leash when out in public. The collar needs to be snug enough that it won't slip over their head. If you can get two fingers under it, it is NOT too tight. Most collars are too loose and pose a serious threat to the pet. You never know when something will scare them and if they slip their collar, they could end up out in traffic. I have seen one puppy lose its life and another dog lose its eye in that fashion.
Cats need to be in carriers. No matter how nice your cat is, you cannot control it if it is scared enough. I can't tell you how many times we have chased cats that escaped their owner's arms in the parking lot. We didn't get all of them back.
And finally, you should always know where your closest after hours emergency clinic is, just in case. The last thing you want to do is have to search for one in an emergency situation.
I hope these tips help keep your fuzzy children healthier and happier.
Kayla Jameth has been a veterinarian in Texas for 16 years. She writes m/m erotic romances in her spare time.
FROM THE ASHES
Cinder never thought that he could rise from the ashes of his life, but an unexpected encounter with a woman claiming to be his fairy godmother may be just what he needs. Finding himself flung into his very own fairy tale, she sends him off to meet his Prince Charming. But was the gown really necessary?
Excerpt: M/M, PG-13
Cinder glanced around. Paper lanterns floated in the trees, lined the walks, and graced the gazebo near the reflecting pool, giving the grounds a mystical air. Their warm glow caught the dancing jets of the fountain splashing merrily to his right. The musical, crystalline tones carried on the night wind’s breath. He was reminded of the enchanted gardens in the fairy tales his father had read to him when he was a child. What would happen to him if he dared walk there?
Henri led him toward the gazebo. Soon he would find out.
The cool breeze caressed his uncovered neck. Cinder shivered at the ethereal touch. Henri turned to him, the question clear in his eyes, but he didn’t know how to answer. Instead he breathed in the tangible scent of rich earth and flowing water, hoping to calm his bounding heart.
Henri lightly stroked his arm. Cinder’s breath caught at the silky brush of the other man’s fingers. He drew another shaky breath. Henri may have meant to soothe him; instead his touch set Cinder’s wayward body aflame.
They left the last of the courtiers behind as they entered the dim interior of the fanciful pavilion. Vines climbed its intricately carved posts, perfuming the air within. The music and voices of the aristocrats faded away. Only a single intrepid nightingale could be heard over the cheerful burbling of the fountain. Hidden from the rest of the court, an unworldly sense of peace filled him. Was his very own fairy tale about to come true?
Bespelled and bemused, he could feel the magic in every beat of his heart, in every trembling breath he drew.
Once inside the bower, Henri reached to cup Cinder's cheek. Unused to being touched, he nearly flinched away but managed to still, heart pounding, before giving himself away. The older man's thumb slid across his cheekbone and came to rest lightly on his mouth. Why did he want to lean into that caress?
The other man's warm, slightly musky scent filled his nostrils, drowning his senses.
Henri's other hand wrapped around his waist and drew him close. He leaned closer while tipping Cinder's face upwards. Cinder's breath left him in a rush, stirring the noble’s hair. Henri was all that he could see, his mouth slowly, carefully descending toward Cinder’s. If he allowed this, the other man might discover his deception. He couldn’t risk that, so why then did he ache to feel Henri’s kiss? Their lips brushed, light as thistle down.
Surprisingly, Henri's mouth was soft and warm upon his own. After a moment, it pressed more firmly against his. Something fluttered in his chest, trying to get out.
Cinder didn't think to pull away until he felt Henri's tongue seeking entrance. The hand on his face slipped to his nape and held firm. He froze in shock, not even daring to breathe, as flames rushed through his body. The very beat of his heart betrayed him.
The questing tongue stroked his lips and pushed between them. It slid over his teeth, seeking to enter. When he protested, Henri swept in and began a lazy, sensuous exploration that left him breathless.
Soon he found himself returning the caress. Henri responded to his fledgling attempts by pulling him closer and moaning into his mouth. He had never experienced anything so sensual and erotic. He fed his own needy pleas to the other man one at a time.
Finally they separated slightly, Cinder panting heavily, trying to catch his breath. Was Henri as affected by their kiss as he was? A quick glance confirmed Cinder was not alone in his arousal. Flushed and gasping, Henri gazed at him with eyes full of wonder and something unnamed smoldering in their depths.
Grand Prizes & How to Enter
- We will have 4 winners for the main giveaway.
- We have 2 $65 gift certificates to any online bookstore.
- Also we have 2 huge boxes of books and swag from Romance Book Junkies and Bitten by Paranormal Romance for U.S. residents only.
We have a total of 59 blogs that have gotten together to help raise money for a great cause. There are going to be some awesome prizes up for grabs for people that donate money to the cause. Here is a little about the company that we are raising the money for:
Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy. Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some. Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients. Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients. By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen. PAWS thanks you so much for your donation and allowing us to open more doors.
Paws With A Cause
4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49348
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Come back tomorrow for our last day of the hop with Kharisma Rain.