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May 31, 2011

I am SOOO woofin’ happy!…

my caretaker wants to go out (almost) as much as I do these days! In honor of our committment to keep our dogs healthy and safe, here are some summer tips from the AKC:

Heat Hazards

** If your dog is outside on a hot day, make sure he has a shady spot to rest in. You many want to fill a child’s wading pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in.

** Never leave your dog in a closed vehicle on a hot day. The temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.

** Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water.

** Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings when the sun’s heat is less intense.

** Try to avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand which can burn your dog’s paws.

** Dogs that are brachycephalic (short faced) such as bulldogs, boxers, japanese chins (yea, Teddy) and pekinese have an especially hard time in the heat because they can’t pant efficiently. Keep your brachycephalic dog inside with air conditioning.

GENERAL HEALTH

** Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date because dog’s generally come into contact with other animals more during the summer months.

** Keep dogs off lawns that have been chemically treated or fertilized for 24 hours and away from toxic plants and flowers.

** Fleas and ticks and the mosquitos which carry heartworm disease are more prevalent in warmer months. Use a topical treatment and make sure you carefully check out your dog after being on grass or in the woods.

BEACH TIPS

** Make sure your dog has a shady spot to rest in and plenty of fresh water.

** Dogs, especially those with short hair, white fur and pink skin can sunburn. Limit your dog’s exposure during the day and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.

** Check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions. Dogs are easy targets for sea lice and jellyfish.

** Running on the sand is strenuous. A dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament, so keep a check on your dog’s activity.

** Do not let your dog drink seawater; the salt will make him sick.

** Salt and other minerals in ocean water can damage your dog’s coat, so rinse him off at the end of the day.

WATER SAFETY

** Most dogs enjoy swimming, but some cannot swim, and others may hate the water. Be concious of your dog’s preferences and skills before trying to make him swim.

** If you are swimming for the first time with your dog, start in shallow water and coax him in by calling his name. Encourage him with toys or treats. Or let him follow another experienced dog he is friendly with.

** Never throw your dog into the water.

** If your dog begins to paddle with his front legs, lift his hind legs and help him float. He should quickly catch on and keep his back end up.

** Don’t let your dog overdo it: swimming is hard work and he may tire quckly.

** If you have your own pool, make sure your dog knows where the stairs or ladder are located. Be sure that pool covers are firmly in place; dogs have been know to slip in under openings and drown.

** Never leave your dog unattended in water.

Thanks for checking in with us! We listened to Ernestine who suggests we ‘go with the flow’ and not stick to any format if there are things to say that will be good for her… oops she is double thinking that, maybe she would like to stay out all day running on the beach and swimming ’til she drops! Guess that’s why we are here!

May 19, 2011

It’s All About Shelters and Rescues!

A big BARK to our customers who have been so generous supporting the ‘Chews A Cause’ program launched at the beginning of the month. We have received amazing donations and can’t wait to take all the goodies to Buddy Dog! You guys are the best!

One Shelter’s Response to the Recent Tornadoes in the South
The following post is an exerpt written by Adoptalab, an organization based in Indiana, which is a central location for rescuing many dogs. Although 95% of their rescued dogs come from the south, 95% of those dogs are adopted in New England! Several of our daycare dogs come from Adoptalab! ( www.adoptalab.org )

(Sunday, May 15th, 2011)
“Our Southern Tour!
We are back from the tornado and flood afflicted South and have many wonderful dogs to show you. It was an unbelievably sad, yet uplifting trip. So much destruction and sorrow, but we met so many caring people rushing to aid both people and animals. One of our goals was to take dogs we could easily adopt from the shelters handling overwhelming intake of displaced animals. Just as we did during hurricane Katrina, we emptied shelters so incoming strays would have room and the dogs already in the shelters wouldn’t have to be euthanized because of space issues.

While in Tennessee and Georgia we worked with some of the most amazing folks and we thank them all. In the days to come we will have video clips and lots of pictures from the trip. All together we brought 29 dogs to safety and committed to another 30 in another few weeks. It is a day to day, and sometimes hour to hour clean up effort. Many people don’t know whether they will be able to fix their homes and keep their pets. We stand ready to take as many as we can help. We have nothing but admiration and respect for the shelter workers and rescuers we met and assisted. Each and every person deserves a pat on the back and a huge “bark bark” of thanks!”

Crate Escape
Our beautiful, sitting area gives you a dogseyeview of all the action, coming and going, and the premier (because it is so carefully chosen) toys, leashes, collars, beds, treats and food in our ‘shop’ area. In addition we have pupped up our bulletin board with new, interesting information. Soon to be added is a list of adoptable dogs at Buddy Dog.

Raining Cats and Dogs (soon to be Crate Escapetoo)
RCD has everything mentioned above, except the sitting area. The gang at RCD has been boning up 🙂 on their dog food knowledge, so if you are not sure if your dog is on the best food for him/her, or you want to hear about the benefits of the food lines we carry, the RCD staff would love to have that conversation. And for Crate customers who have not visited Raining, you really should stop in. It is only 1.5 miles from Crate, and the Huron Village setting is very special. The daycare area has often been compared to a ‘library’ in a large house (although we used to have more cushy furniture then!) AND the back yard is hmmmm… precious! Definitely worth the visit!

This week we are skipping our holistic food ‘education’ due to the tornado dogs posting above.

We will be back with new scoops next week!

May 4, 2011

OK, Buddy Dog Humane Society- We are a little late, …

but we are pleased to announce that both Raining and Crate are all set to go with our ‘Chews A Cause’ shelter assistance program. Collection ‘bins’ are set up in the front of both locations and Buddy Dog’s ‘Wish List’ is posted. Some of the requested items include: toys, collars and leashes, laundry detergent, bleach, a lot of cleaning and office supplies, old towels and soft beds. We have Buddy Dog brochures to give you the whole story, or you may visit their website at
www.buddydoghs.com

Crate Escapeand
Raining Cats and Dogs (soon to be Crate Escapetoo)
We are great at both locations! Let’s check in next week for updates!

Ticks
We HAVE to talk about this! Aren’t they crazyoutofcontrol this spring? Anyone with any woods, or probably any bushes in their yard has most likely been inundated! Here are some thoughts and advice:

Finding and Removing Ticks from Your Dog
To search for ticks on your dog, run your hands all over the body, paying close attention to the ears neck, skin folds and other crevices. Depending on species and life stage, a tick may be as small as a pencil point or as large as a lima bean (when engorged). If you find an embedded tick, be sure to remove it promptly. Here’s how:

Use a pair of tweezers or a specially-designed tick removal tool to grasp the tick at the point of attachment. This should be done as close to the skin as possible.

Be very careful not to squeeze the body of the tick, as this may cause bacteria and disease containing materials to be injected into the site.

Pull the tick straight out from the skin slowly and steadily (without twisting or turning). Some of your dog’s skin may come off with the tick, but this is normal. If bleeding occurs, apply light pressure to the area.

Once removed, the tick should be handled carefully. You may flush ticks down the toilet. If part of the tick’s head still appears to be embedded, use the tweezers to gently pull it out.

After tick removal, clean your dog’s skin at the bite area with mild soap and water. Watch this spot for several days in case of further irritation or infection.

There are really no shortcuts that can make a tick release itself from its host – a tick will not voluntarily detach until its meal is complete.

DO NOT apply hot matches, nail polish, petroleum jelly, alcohol or other chemicals to the site. These methods are not effective and can actually be harmful to your dog.

(very long winded but hopefully worth it!)

Holistic Chapter 4
With all of the hype around, ‘what is the best?’ dog food for my pooch, we found definitions that might help. These are from www.dictionary.com and www.organic.org.
* Holistic – to treat something as a whole.
* Natural – Existing in or formed by nature – to mimic what would occur in nature.
* Organic – Organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products do not talk antibiotics or growth hormones.
* Healthy – conducive to promoting a good condition of the body.

Only the term ‘organic’ is precisely regulated in it’s usage. It appears that the two least commonly used terms, holistic and healthy seem to work hand in hand with their common goals. A holistic diet looks to address every health issue your pet faces as a whole, which is very challenging. That said, it is really up to us to decide whether a food is holistic, regardless of it’s label.

Wishing you long walks and happy dogs!

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