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JULY 15 – NATIONAL PET FIRE SAFETY DAY

Did you know that about half a million pets are affected by fires in their homes and that about 1,000 of those fires are accidentally caused by a dog or cat? This alarming statistic was the catalyst for the creation of National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15 and prompted the following tips to protect yourselves and your [...]

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FIREWORKS - A PEAK TIME FOR LOST DOGS

Did you know that July 5th is the busiest day for animal shelters all across the U.S.A.? And, of those dogs that end up in shelters, only 15-20% ever make it home? That’s a staggering statistic and an obvious cause for concern for every pet parent. So what can we do to help prevent the loss in the first [...]

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BUCKLE UP, BOWSER

It only makes sense. When we load the children in the car, we don’t even give it a second thought. In the car seat they go, belted and buckled. Once we get settled, we buckle up before starting the car. So why don’t we, as loving pet parents, take the same safety precautions for our canine travelers? In a [...]

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WHY DO DOGS EAT GRASS?

If only they could talk, we would just come out and ask them. “So, Buddy, I’m wondering why you eat grass now and then. Aren’t you getting what you need in the food I’m feeding you? I mean, I just want to understand. It’s not like it’s as embarrassing as that other nasty habit you have … you know, [...]

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POWER BARS & OTHER TIPS FOR YOUR ACTIVE SPORTING DOG

The choices in competitive and recreational dog sports today are endless. It’s just another affirmation that we are including our pets in every aspect of our lives, from care at home to vacations to participating in our active sports lives. Dog sports are a great way to keep our canines both physically and mentally active. It goes beyond the [...]

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FIDO FRIENDLY VACATIONS

As the tide rises for dogs becoming one of the family, so has the trend toward offering pet-friendly vacations. We’ve gone way beyond making sure we’re feeding our dogs wholesome, healthy dog food and giving them creature comforts at home. Just as we look forward to a summer vacation with our kids, it now includes taking Fido along.We’re not [...]

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DANGEROUS DOG FOOD INGREDIENTS

Many of us are in the habit of reading our food labels, but do you do the same for your dog food products? If you are interested enough to read this blog, I think you already do. But for some just starting to, or wanting to, this refresher will help you demystify the bad ingredients hiding in some labels [...]

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DOG OWNERS ... BEE-WARE!

If you and your dog have had the unfortunate experience of being under attack by bees or wasps, you already know how terrifying it can be. Long after the physical effects of the bee stings are under control, the emotional impact can still take its toll. Knowing what to do when attacked, or better yet knowing how to avoid [...]

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DEALING WITH DOG CAR SICKNESS

Why is it that some dogs can leap into a car at the height of family chaos and packing frenzy, hang their heads out the window, endure the stop and start of traffic congestion and think it was a great outing? And then there are the others – the one in five dogs that suffer from motion sickness and [...]

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ANXIETY ISSUES AT DOGGIE DAYCARE?

Doggie daycares are a great answer for many reasons – lack of exercise, stimulation and social time with other dogs. But many dog parents consider them the answer to all sorts of behavioral issues such as destructive chewing, nuisance barking, mouthing/biting and separation anxiety. A good doggie daycare provider can go a long way toward meeting many of those [...]

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