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