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“Star Wars – The Force is With You” Dog Basket Auction Happening Now!

June 19, 2017

Make sure you go to Facebook now and bid on our dog basket.  The basket is valued at $250, and is made-up entirely of brand-new items donated to Phinney’s. The amount we raise will be used to pay vet bills of pets in need, which is our biggest expense as an organization.

Bidding ends this Sunday, June 25th, at noon. Click HERE to bid!


Paws in Bloom was a Great Event – Don’t Miss our Second Date on June 24th!

June 15, 2017

Paws in Bloom – our fundraiser where we turn a dog’s paw print into a beautiful piece of art – was a great success at Pet Source on June 10th. Be sure to check out the adorable photos below. More photos can be seen HERE!

Our next Paws in Bloom Event is on June 24th! Don’t miss it!


For Luna, My Heart Dog

June 7, 2017

By Marissa McAleer, Phinney’s Communications Manager

Little Luna picked me. It’s a saying we’ve all heard time and time again, perhaps trite even. In my case, it was literally true.

I am the only person that she’s ever come up to willingly, and it happened within moments of meeting her. She even allowed me to pet her. She never feared me. She has never been anxious around me. Coming from a dog that is suspicious of everyone and everything (her nick name is “The Sheriff”), that’s saying something.


Oh, hey there Littlest Luna!

At that first meeting, she came right up to me as if to say, “I know you and I are meant to be friends. If you’ve got a can of wet food, a warm bed and a tennis ball, how about you and me make this thing permanent, huh?”

And so we did. To me she has never shown anything but trust, love and loyalty. It took her a while to warm up to my husband, going so far as to growl at him as he tried to enter the bedroom while I was taking a nap. (She’s very protective of me!) But with a little time, patience and understanding, they became best of friends.

I love my three dogs. But Luna is my best friend, while the other two would gladly trade me in for a slice of roast beef and a belly rub. Luna is my soul mate in canine form. She is the embodiment of a “heart dog”.

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Little Luna, surrounded by hound dogs – Bluebell aka Bluey McGee in the center, and Mercy Lou on the right – focused and waiting for nom noms!

That’s why my heart broke when the growth on her paw we thought was a wart was actually diagnosed as skin cancer. But I was committed to doing whatever necessary to get her the treatment she needed.

She had blood work, x-rays, surgery to have the growth removed and an oncologist visit. We gave her the medication she needed. We provided her with supplements and nutritional support, and lots and lots of love. Long story short, the cancer was low grade and the surgeon was able to remove the entire thing. (Shout-out to Dr. Lampman and the entire staff at VESH in Brentwood, NH!) The wonderful oncologist we saw at NEVOG in Waltham, MA, confirmed that she has recovered fully. In all honestly, I’m afraid to say we are out of the woods aloud, as I am a bit superstitious. But Little Luna is helping me learn to live more in the moment.


We’re not spoiled. We swear.

After focusing on how blessed we are that Little Luna is okay, I reflected on how lucky we were to be able to pay for everything she needed. And then I thought of Phinney’s Friends.

I’ve been volunteering with Phinney’s for over three years, working primarily on our newsletter, webpage, blog and social media. What drew me to Phinney’s was its mission of helping low-income people take care of their pets. Our biggest expense by far is vet bills.

While I have always supported Phinney’s mission, never before did it hit so close to home. When I received the bills for Little Luna’s treatments, I thought how terrible it would have been if she had to be denied what she needed because we couldn’t afford it.

What an honor it is to be part of an organization that steps up to the plate in times of crisis, helping both pets and people in need. We’ve recently had to temporarily suspend programs because we are running low on funds. This is truly heartbreaking. I think of all the Little Lunas out there who need vet treatment to continue living happy, healthy lives with their human companions. Every dollar, every item off our Amazon Wish List, every purchase made through Amazon Smile assists us in helping save the lives of animals and heal the hearts of their human companions.

As for Little Luna, she was mad at me for a hot minute about the cone of shame, but is over it now. She’s back to her usual self, chasing chipmunks and guarding the house from serious dangers like deer, bumble bees and delivery truck drivers. We celebrated the end of this ordeal with a fun trip to the dog park. We counted our blessings. Then we made a wish that Phinney’s Friends will always be around.


Best friends forever!

Little Griffin Gets a Pain-Free Mouth

May 21, 2017

18342661_10212339108054261_819931498948016184_n.jpgThis is sweet Griffin. Isn’t he the cutest?!? His mom contacted Phinney’s in the early spring because her veterinarian recommended that Griffin’s loose tooth be extracted. Smaller dogs are more prone to dental disease than larger dogs, and therefore it was likely that once the vet got in there, more than one extraction would be needed.

Griffin’s mom got an estimate for the dental procedure, and it was more then she could afford. Phinney’s Friends was able to assist her with the cost of the dental procedure . The surgery was scheduled and a basic scale and polish procedure was done along with five tooth extractions to give Griffin a healthy, pain-free mouth. That’s right – five extractions! That’s a lot of teeth!
Griffin’s mom has happily told us that he’s all healed and doing great. What was her message to Phinney’s? “We love you guys!” We love you too, Griffin. Be well. We hope the tooth fairy brings you five treats for those five teeth!

Paws in Bloom – Find the Artist in Your Dog

May 6, 2017


Don’t miss our upcoming event Paws in Bloom at the Pet Source in Concord on June 10th and the Pet Source in Marlborough on June 24th. Your $20 donation will make a difference, and you will leave with a beautiful piece of paw print artwork for your home.

Plants Poisonous to Pets

April 26, 2017

Ahhh, spring! A beautiful season filled with sunshine, warmth and beautiful flowers and plants. It’s the perfect time of year to step out with your furry friends to enjoy nature. While out and about, be sure to keep in mind that not all flowers and plants are safe for our furry little ones to play with (or gnaw, as my dog likes to do). Listed below are a few common yet poisonous plants and flowers to keep your pets away from, both indoors and outdoors.

Spring Crocus
spring crocus
Ingestion may cause general gastrointestinal upset, which includes both vomiting and diarrhea.

Autumn crocus
autumn crocus
The spring blooming Crocus should not be confused with its close relative, the Autumn Crocus, which contains Colchicine. This is a very toxic plant that may cause severe vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver damage, kidney damage and respiratory failure.

Eating just a few leaves may result in diarrhea, vomiting and excessive drooling. These symptoms may progress further to induce coma or death.

It is the roots of this plant, not the flower, that may cause the most harm. If ingested, the cyclamen root may cause severe vomiting and death.

When ingested, this succulent plant may cause diarrhea, vomiting and heart arrhythmias.



day lily
There is a wide variety of Lilies — some very dangerous and others benign.

Calla Lilies, Peace Lilies and Peruvian Lilies
Calla Lilies, Peace Lilies and Peruvian Lilies contain oxalate crystals. When ingested, these types of Lilies may cause minor symptoms such as irritation in the mouth, tongue, pharynx and esophagus. Typically, these irritations will make your pet drool.

Tiger Lilies, Day Lilies, Asiatic Lilies, Easter Lilies and Japanese Show Lilies
These are very toxic and dangerous to your pet, particularly to cats. Ingesting just a small amount of these plants (just a flower petal or leaf) will cause advanced kidney failure. If you suspect that your cat has eaten even a trace amount of a Lily, bring him to a veterinarian immediately along with a sample of the plant.

Oleander is a popular outdoor plant with leaves and flowers. These leaves and flowers are very toxic. If ingested, they may cause vomiting, a slowed heart rate and death.

This popular plant is often found outdoors as well as indoors. If ingested, it may cause oral irritation, nausea, drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.

These common flowers contain lycorine which, is an alkaloid with emetic properties. Strong emetic properties may cause vomiting in your pet. Ingestion of the bulb, flower or plant mat lead to severe vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, cardiac arrhythmias and a lowered respiratory rate. The crystals found in the outer portion of the bulbs may cause severe oral irritation and excessive drooling.

Lily of the Valley
lily of the valley
This plant, the Convallaria majalis, contains cardiac glycosides. The symptoms associated with cardiac glycosides are vomiting, diarrhea, lowered heart rate, cardiac arrhythmias and seizures.

Sago Plant
This plant is popular in warmer climates and when ingested, the leaves and seeds may cause vomiting, bloody stools, damage to the stomach lining, liver failure and death.

Tulips and Hyacinths
The toxic portion of these plants is concentrated near to the bulbs. Ingestion of these bulbs may cause irritation to the mouth and esophagus. Drooling, vomiting, increased heart rate, changes in respiration and diarrhea may present, depending upon how much of the plant was consumed.

Should you see any of these symptoms in your pets, bring them to a veterinarian immediately for care. The sooner that you bring your pet to a veterinarian, the sooner they will be able to intervene to provide treatment and greatly improve the prognosis of your loved one.

It’s also important to bring a sample of the plant (in a tightly closed container or bag) with you. This will assist your veterinarian in diagnosing the type of poison ingested and may save your pets life.

If you’re not sure what your pet has eaten, bring your pet to a veterinarian immediately, as some symptoms may not present instantly and may develop over the coming hours or days.

Some types of intervention that your veterinarian may perform are decontamination (induced vomiting and administering binders, such as activated charcoal), aggressive intravenous fluids treatment, kidney monitoring tests and additional varieties of supportive care.
So, enjoy the outdoors while keep a close eye on your beloved pets!


Disclaimer: This blog is meant for informational and educational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice. Phinney’s Friends is not a veterinarian. If you believe your pet has consumed a poisonous plant, contact your veterinarian immediately.

“Make a Splash” Dog Basket Auction Happening Now!

April 23, 2017

The bids are coming in, friends! Make sure you go to Facebook now and bid on our “Make a Splash” dog basket.  The basket is valued at $165, and is made-up entirely of brand-new items donated to Phinney’s. The amount we raise will be used to pay vet bills of pets in need, which is our biggest expense as an organization.

Bidding ends this Sunday, April 30th, at noon. Click HERE to bid!