Summer Safety Tips for you and your dog

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How was your Memorial Day weekend? The weather here was absolutely perfect.A great day for gatherings and cookouts. My family and I enjoyed the warmth of the sun. The smell of baby back ribs cooking on the grill. The pool and the beauty of all the plants my husband and I had planted on Saturday.

Tom takes great pride and puts forth lots of effort into keeping our lawn and gardens beautiful. 

Even Austin enjoys laying in the cool grass in the shade.

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Maintaining a yard is a lot of work! And can be a little pricy also (ask my husband, he won’t deny) So far this year he has mowed the grass at least 7 or 8 times

( I lost count, but I’m sure he would tell you!) and fertilized, multched, put down weed killer, cut down tree branches, trimmed hedges and more.

While he is concerned with the tasks at hand, it is my responsibility to know when and where my little buddy can have a potty area! We all know that there are dangerous chemicals that are used in lawn and garden products. So our pets need to be carefully supervised and guided to a safe place for relief.

Another summer concern for our little buddies is protection from flees and ticks. Though this  should be a concern all year round, summer seams to be the most prevalent.

Have your veterinarian recommend the best flee and tick treatment for your pets. Just like people, what is good for one is not always good for another.

Do this for the love of dogs today.

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Honoring War Dogs

Dog Training

Memorial Day 2012

Today we celebrate all the Americans whose lives were given up for our freedom. Let’s also remember our four legged friends who fought right along side with them.

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  http://www.uswardogs.org/video2012/patriotic-video/slides/K9-Care-Ron-Lorry-PSA-Movie-01.html

         http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/driven/dog-training-secrets-military-police-iraq-veteran-amazing-133557552.html       

   http://www.dogster.com/the-scoop/93-year-olds-passion-for-dogs-had-tongues-wagging   

             http://www.soldierdogs.com/                 



Popular names for Dogs

 

Are you looking for a name for your new puppy?

Here is a news article on wcvb,

that list  some of the more

common names for your dog.

 


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Leashing your dog

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Many states have their own requirements for when your dog needs to be on a leash. Find your state here to check out what they are.

My little guy is on a leash at all times outdoors. Though he has been trained at an early age to come when he is called, there is always a chance that he will dart into the road for whatever reasons. He’s a little hound, and he loves to chase rabbits. Whether I call him or not, if he spots that rabbit going across the street into the woods, Austin is bolting right in his trail. (Ugh! Just the thought of that.)

Leashes and runners can be a real nuisance ,especially when you put two dogs out in the yard together, each on their own leash. Get a load on these pictures of Austin and my daughter’s dog, Eli.

So here you have it!

A tangled mess.

I’d be interested to know more about invisible fences. I haven’t done much research on shock collars and fences yet. I thought I might first throw it out to those of you that have them, and what you like and don’t like about them.

Do they work? Are they worth the money spent? In general, how do you feel about them?

My daughter has decided that Eli will have a shock collar before the summer is out! I’m not all that keen on them, but like I said, I haven’t really done the research.

Of course we like to make our summers fun and safe for ourselves and our dogs, but what is good for some is not for others.

So, before I go ahead and do more research and comparisons, I’d really like to hear from you. I’d like to be able to relax in my back yard or by the pool, without having to worry about the consequences of not having my little guy on a leash or runner.

 Though I would like to avoid the tangled mess! (Ugh) my main concern is

for the love of dogs today! 

 

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Allergic Reactions

 

It’s that time of year for    pollen and other environmental allergens to attack those who suffer with allergies. Dogs like people suffer too with allergies. Though their symptoms can be different and often difficult to determine if in fact it is an allergic reaction.

My little guy has sneezing attacks. It doesn’t sound like a sneeze, it’s more like a gasping of air  sound.

The first time this occurred, I thought he was dying. He couldn’t catch a breath and it went on and on for a long enough time  to scare the sweat out of me.

I didn’t rush him off to the vet’s though ( I wanted to ) I merely spoke to Austin’s Vet about the experience. I first learned that the sneezing in fact is a sneeze, but in reverse. This is called (Pharyngeal Gag Reflex)

Dogs will sneeze usually because of an irritation in the dog’s throat. This will cause a spasm and make it harder for the dog to breath. Though it sounds like a serious condition, it isn’t always. This was the case with Austin. The vet determined it was an environmental allergen. And Benadryl was suggested to help with the sneezing.

Reverse sneezing itself rarely requires treatment, but if you are concerned about your dog sneezing, or if it occurs more frequently. See your Veterinarian. Never give a dog medication without your Vet’s Approval. For ease of mind, and loving care, do this:

For the love of Dogs Today!

“Please come back again! Austin and I have lots to “ WOOF” about”

 

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Overweight Dogs

It’ been more than a week now since Austin’s been home.

Though he is doing quite well with his medicine, he is still over weight. He needs to take off at least 5 pounds. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but keep in mind that he is a miniature doxie.Austin should weigh at most 15 pounds. He tips the scale at 20.4 Pounds.

It is common for dogs that are on Phenobarbital to be hungrier and thirsty. My little guy was always hungry. (So I thought) Although he drinks more now than he use to, which is a good thing.

Just like us humans who like to eat, will put on weight eating more calories than our bodies burn.

What does that mean? (Okay folks, dosen’t take rocket science to figure that one out.)

Austin (and I!!!) need to exercise more. (Yuk, that seems like a dirty word unless of course, you are a physical fitness trainer.)

We all know taking your dog for a walk every day is good exercise for both.

Healthy food, plenty of water, (easy on those snacks. That goes for humans too!) And rest is crucial for all of us.

There are other factors in gaining weight other than the most obvious. There are Hormonal disorders, such as Cushing’s disease. Slowing metabolism. Spaying or neutering.

With this much said, I better get up and take Austin for a walk! It’s a beautiful day today, and as much as I need the exercise I’m doing it

 For the love of dogs today!

Dog Calorie Calculator by TrainPetDog

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Health Hazzards

 

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Since the incident with Austin’s seizures, I have been more conscious of his well-being. Better foods, more excercise, and things that he might get into that could possibly make him ill or injured.

One thing that came to mind while I was cleaning house was, are these products I’m using safe for animals? We all know that most, if not all are poisonous if ingested. But are you aware that just by using some household products can pose serious dangers to both people and pets? I was shocked to find that I have been using some of these products myself.

One poisonous agent that I think most of us are familiar with is anti freeze.  This is found in at least one cleaning product I discovered. The sweet scent and taste of antifreeze attracts the animals and the slightest amount can kill them.

I unfortunately witnessed a poor little dog who suffered from anti freeze poisoning. By the time his owner had realized what he had ingested, it was too late. His kidneys had failed ,and he could not be saved.

So please read all labels before you clean. Know the products that are harmful to your pets. When in doubt, do the research. Find products that are safe for your home environment.  Do this for the love of dogs today, and all pets!

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Do Dogs have a Soul?

 

 

Do you love your dog as much as he loves you? Do dogs even have emotions? This has always been debatable. (Though I know my dog loves me!  )

Most of us like to believe too that dogs like people have a soul.

I read a book by, Jon Katz just about a year ago entitled “Soul of A dog”. It was a heart warming story,entertaining and inspirational. Anyone who owns and loves a dog will agree.

I asked my pastor what his thoughts were about dogs having or not having a soul. He explained the Church’s point of view, and then proceeded to tell me his priest friend’s point of view. “If God see’s that we need our pet with us in Heaven, then he will certainly be there to greet us”. That statement will forever comfort my own soul.(click on this link to the left, it is a must read!)

One thing we can be sure of is that our dogs (unlike some people), are unbiased, loving, trust worthy and admirable. They warm our hearts; they mend our souls. Cheer us when we are sad, and most importantly make us laugh when laughter we know is of great  essence to our physical and emotional well-being.

Speaking of ‘OUR physical and emotional being, there are animals that live with people who are emotionally and or physically unfit to care for an animal. In this kind of environment many animals suffer from abuse and neglect. They become the target for people’s distress. It’s unfortunate (to say the least) that people, like these poor innocent animals, are lacking love and tolerance in their own homes. It is very sad. Some people will recognize that they need professional help, others won’t.

But what happens to our furry little friends? Many are left behind to fend for themselves. This too is sad, but some may be better to stray rather than be abused! However an alternative is much better. Such as an animal shelter, a pet adoption home, or someone you know needs a pet, and will provide for them.

If you know of or see a poor animal struggling to survive, please reach out and help. There are many options. Do this FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS TODAY, cats, and all uncared for animals.

I started this article with the intentions to write about my dog. (My little man’s) I like to call him. He likes it too. When I tell him he is my little man (oh yeah, I talk to the animals!) his little tail wags and he knows I love and am pleased with him. He also knows when I am not so happy, when I actually call him by his name (in a much different tone.) The tail isn’t wagging, his ears are closer to his little head and his eyes look very confused. this expression of course is telling me “Mommy, I’m sorry” I have all I can do to ignore this pleading look for positive attention. “No hugs and kisses just yet little guy!” But he does know that I love him.

 

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