Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Buster, Daisy, and I hope that everyone has a safe and fun-filled time with family and friends on this very important day! 

Friday, July 3, 2015

How Long Is Too Long to Leave Your Dog In the Car On a Hot Day?

Many dog owners convince themselves that they will be in and out of a store in a "few minutes" while their dog waits in the back seat of the car but even ten minutes could be TOO LONG for a pet left in the car on a hot day. By then the temperature inside a car could reach 140 degrees or more which is hot enough to cause a dog to suffer heat stroke. Within moments your dog could sustain permanent brain damage and if emergency care is not given your pet could die. The short visit you plan to make at the store could stretch to 15 minutes or more before you know it and your mistake could cost your dog his life!

Also, many dog owners think it is safe to park their car in the shade with the windows cracked open a few inches BUT it isn't! The car cannot cool down fast enough to protect your dog! 

Of course your dog would like to go with you everywhere, but when the weather turns warm it is better park your pet at home! To report an animal in distress, please call your local police department or animal services agency.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Keep Your Dogs Calm During the 4th of July Fireworks With These 5 Simple Tips!

The Fourth of July fireworks may be fun for pet owners but the loud noises and bright flashes tend to terrify dogs so my advice to you is to check local listings to find out when the festivities will begin, walk your dogs beforehand to tire them out, and then keep them inside for the rest of the evening and follow these 5 tips to keep them calm: 
My friend Ruffles is waiting for the fireworks to be over while I sit with her in the bathroom.

1) Put your dogs in a safe enclosed room preferably without windows or doors that they could escape from if the opportunity arose.

 My friend George was so engrossed in watching television that he hardly noticed the fireworks!
2) Put music, the TV, or the air conditioner on to drown out the sounds of the fireworks.

Lemmy snores on my arm while Iggy sleeps contentedly during the fireworks on July 4, 2014.
3) If you are leaving the house for the night hire a friend, a pet sitter, or a family member to come over and stay with them for the night.

4) Purchase a Thundershirt! This product has been known to successfully treat anxiety in over 80% of dogs!

5) Put a few drops of Bach's Rescue Remedy in your dog's mouth, ears, or water bowl. This product contains the essence of 5 natural flowers: impatiens, cherry plum, rock rose, clematis, and Star of Bethlehem which has been proven to reduce anxiety in pets and people.
I know your dogs will appreciate the effort you've made to make them comfortable during this year's 4th of July festivities!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

7 Signs of a Reputable Dog Rescue Organization

For many owners of rescue dogs (including myself), the checklist of what a reputable dog rescue organization looks like is discovered long after the adoption takes place because the excitement of dog ownership takes precedent over the practicality of researching a rescue organization beforehand.

After doing a great deal of research I found a list of 32 signs of a reputable rescue from the Ohio Great Dane Rescue but because this post would be too long if I listed them all I chose highlight seven that I felt were the most important below:

1) A reputable rescue makes sure animals are up to date on all vaccines, and microchips where appropriate to ensure all pets are healthy, up to date on all shots, heartworm tested/on prevention, and received necessary vet care before placement.

Most rescues obtain an Intrastate Health Certificate which means it is only good for transporting reasons.

2) A reputable rescue takes responsibility for the animals adopted through them for the span of each animal’s life, not "just” for the span of foster care or transport.

Many of our clients who have adopted dogs from rescues STILL receive yearly or twice-yearly check-ups from their rescue agency. Now, that's impressive! 

3) A reputable rescue will never hurry the adoption process or waive requirements simply for the convenience of the rescue.

Putting pressure on the public to adopt by a certain date is unfair to potential adopters and equally unfair to the animals who have been transported to an adoption site because the dog may not be right for the family and/or vice versa. 

4) A reputable rescue will help adopters make decisions about which dog is a good fit for their home and will offer advice and assistance on meeting the correct one for the adopter.

5) A reputable rescue helps educate new adopters and may require adopters to participate in training courses to assist in a good adoption.

6) A reputable rescue keeps dogs in foster care to screen for health or behavior problems.

7) A reputable rescue is not for profit, and works on adoptions, not sales.

Before adopting from a rescue organization be sure it is licensed to operate as a shelter and not as a pet store store. 

If you are considering adopting a dog from a rescue organization, please keep this checklist in mind. You and your new pooch will be happy you did!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quasi Modo Takes Home the World's Ugliest Dog Title

Have you heard the phrase, "She  has the face that only a mother could love"? In the case of Virginia Sayre, a veterinarian from Loxahatchee, Florida, it was love at first sight when she met Quasi Modo, a 10-year-old pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix who was born with missing vertebrae which left her with a bit of a hunchback. 

On June 26, Quasi Modo won the title of "World's Ugliest Dog" at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, and gained international fame for her unattractiveness. She took the $1,500 prize Friday night besting 25 other dogs in the contest.

Quasi stated in her biography that "My appearance can be a little unsettling to some (I have had grown men jump on top of their cars to get away from me because they thought I was a hyena or Tasmanian devil) but once they get to know me I win them over with my bubbly personality".

If you'd like to learn more about this adorable pup (Yes, I do think she's adorable!) you can visit her on her very own Facebook page today!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Silly Cat Sunday

How many of your cats would get hired based on this credential alone? :)