Pet Loss: Always With You

Inspired by so many emotional pet losses recently and having experienced 2 great losses of my own, I decided to share with you some really touching, comforting poetry about pet loss and grieving. Agnes Sligh Turnbull put it simply, “Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”

So grab some tissues and be grateful that your pets were in your life, no matter how long. <3


It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.

Anonymous

The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak, and pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done. For this, the last battle, can't be won.
You will be sad I understand, But don't let grief then stay your hand.
For on this day, more than the rest, your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years; you wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend. Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me, until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree, it is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved, from pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close, we two, these years. Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Author Unknown

Message To My Master(s)

The day you laid me down to sleep, you prayed to the Lord; my soul to keep
I know you had to send me on my way but you sent me to a new; better; and much brighter day
You sent me home to heaven above where I'm cradled in God's arms; covered with His love
I understand what you did; you did out of love and I'll return that love; from my new home above
My sickness is gone and I'm free here to roam. I run and play in the meadows; here in my new home
We play here by the Bridge from morning to night. There is no rain here; just warm sunlight
I know you all miss me; I miss you all too. But I'll always be with you; whatever you do
Please wipe the tears from your weeping eyes by remembering the good times; from days gone by
When you look out; into the dark of night, I'll be that bright star; your guiding light
We'll meet again at the Bridge one day, when we'll walk in the light; together to stay

John Quealy

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...

Author unknown

Beyond the Rainbow

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.
I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.
I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful - lush and green and wide.
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be.
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.
I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright;
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright glow pierced the night.
"Twas the glow of many candles, shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.
For although we may not be together in the way we used to be
We are still connected by a cord no one can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart;
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.

Author Unknown

Summer Gearrrr for Your Pup

Summer is a great time of the year to do outdoor activities with your dog(s). From hitting the beach to packing some necessities and going for a bike ride, there are a plethora of things you and your dog can enjoy together this season.

Prepping for any activity that will involve your dog is important though. You want to make sure your dog is comfortable, hydrated and happy. And sometimes, this may mean purchasing the appropriate gear.

Here are some great products we've found that can ensure a fun, safe summer for you and your pet, regardless of the activities you do.

H2O4K9 Portable Dog Water Bottle
This 25-ounce steel water bottle is designed to make it easy for your pup to get a drink. It's also handy since it can fit into bicycle water bottle holders or be attached to a belt or backpack using the top cap. And for the fashionally conscious dog owner, it comes in a variety of colors. (More colors available online) Available for $15.95 through thedogoutdoors.com.

Doggles
I'm sure you've heard that allowing your dog to stick their head out of the car window is not the safest thing to do - but it's so hard not to let them enjoy the breeze blowing their ears back! Here's the solution - Doggles.

You may be hesitant. Thinking that they could make your pup look silly or that you'd be taking your dog a little too seriously should you put actual glasses on them. But is that worth a $300 trip to the vet because your poor dog got something in his eye while sticking his head out the window?

These babies also offer full UV protection, are shatterproof and are made of fog-proof lenses.

Does your dog accompany you on motorcycle rides? Pick up a pair of these. Does your dog love to spend hours at the beach in bright sunlight? Consider shielding their eyes with a pair of Doggles. With a variety of styles and colors, you'll be sure to find a pair that will suit you and your pup's style. Original Doggles are available for $16.00 a pair on Doggles.com.

Muttluks
Maybe you're more of the hiking kind of canine-human-duo. The challenge and serenity of traveling along off-road paths and through woods is a popular activity for people with active dogs. Be careful to take into consideration your dog's feet though.

You may have heard the story about the hikers who came upon an abadoned and injured German Shepard during a hike on Mount Bierstadt in Colorado last year. The owner of the dog left it on the mountain after discovering that the poor animal had cut her feet up on the sharp rocks of the mountain and could not make the trip back down. (The dog was thankfully rescued by that group of hikers who found her 8 days after being abadoned by her owner.)

Moral of the story - dog's feet are not invincable. The pads on their feet can dry out, crack, get cut, bleed and just plain hurt. A solution? All-Weather Muttluks. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, these easy-to-put-on "boots" have leather soles to protect your dog's feet and have adjustable stretchy cuffs to keep them put. Available for $48.00 for a set of four boots at muttluks.com.

RuffWear K9 Float Coat
Do you enjoy kayaking? Boating? Stand-up paddle boarding? Do you bring your dog along? Boating safety applies to them too. Protect your dog in the event of a water accident by outfitting them with a RuffWear K9 Float Coat before heading out to the open seas.

These specially-designed life savers come in a variety of sizes and colors, and come equipped with a handle so you can easily pick your dog up if needed and reflective trim. Available for $79.95 from Amazon.com.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer with your dog. But keep them safe while doing so!

Bark at the Park this Sunday

Being a proud new puppy parent, (my husband and I added a Golden Retriever puppy to our family when we purchased our first home so that our beloved Gadget would at least have a friend to help her adjust to her new surroundings) I am always on the lookout for dog-related events to bring our pups to. Socialization is important when training a new puppy, after all. (By the way, his name is Tuukka, named after the goaltender for our beloved hockey team, the Boston Bruins!)

So I was excited when a follower of the DDB on Facebook sent me the information about "Bark in the Park," an afternoon filled with activities for dogs and their humans taking place this Sunday, August 4th from 11:00am until 4:00pm. The fun goes down at Kennedy Park in Fall River, MA and is the 6th annual event sponsored by the Fall River Coalition for Animal Awareness. The rain date, just in case, is scheduled for Sunday, August 11th.

Looking at the schedule of events, this event seems like a great day for dogs and owners alike. They will have a rabies clinic offered by Mass Mobile Vet for only $12, a micro-chipping station for only $19.99, canine massages by Wet Nose Canine, pet product samples and vendor booths and demonstrations by the Rhode Island Canine Search and Rescue team, Canine Mastery Jumpmasters, Disc Dog demo by Pawsitive Paws and much more.

For more information and the official schedule of events, head over to our Facebook page where we have several posts and the official flyer posted! You may also contact Tammy at (774) 218-8139 for information on volunteering or to rent space at the event.

Hope to see you there!

Pet Fair at EMC a HUGE Success!

The first-ever EMC|DERG Pet Fair was a huge success! 18 organizations from across the pet and animal welfare industries were represented in this fun and informative event held in the Bistro of 176 on June 20th. Complete with 2 NEADS Assistance Dogs, 1 Service Dog, 2 Greyhound breed ambassadors, and 1 adoptable (and adorable) Hound-mix pup, we certainly challenged the standard corporate structure! It wasn’t from a lack of perseverance, though, as we gained support from EMC Legal, Risk Management, HR, Facilities, and Security – thank you for trusting in this event and allowing us to collect the necessary paperwork to keep safety our #1 priority.

 

Several groups raffled off gift cards, baskets, and merchandise to 8 lucky winners and hundreds of freebies were given away at almost every table! But it wasn’t just about having fun – with an estimated 250 employees filtering through during the 3-hour exhibition, so many were actively engaging with the local volunteers and non-profit representatives to learn what they could do to make a difference for lives of homeless animals in the community. After all, the goal of the event was to raise awareness about the remarkable benefits provided by service animals and to promote pet adoption – “Adopt, Don’t Shop!”

 

 

 

Hands-down, the Pet Fair’s main attraction was Rainbow, a retired Assistance Dog from NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) who now demonstrates her skills with her trainer and NEADS Director of Programs and Communications, John Moon. Not only do NEADS dogs provide valuable assistance to deaf and disabled Americans, they also serve as therapy dogs in the aftermath of tragedies such as the Boston Marathon Bombings. You can be a part of this wonderful organization by volunteering as a “Puppy Raiser” to help socialize new pups before their official training begins! In addition, NEADS is collecting donations to the “Pawsitively Strong” fund – created to ensure those most impacted by the Boston bombings have free access to assistance dogs to “bring them renewed independence and connection”. Visit http://neads.org to learn more.

 

Without further ado, let’s give it up for all those who helped make this event possible! THANKS!

 

EMC: Uma Parepalli, Rich Welsh, Dave Ford, Tasha Hilson, Chris Ferdinandi, Kate Skelley

Participants: NEADS, Baypath Humane Society, Buddy Dog Humane Society, The Wayward Hound, Happy Tails Doggy Daycare, Tufts Cummings Veterinary School, Especially for Pets, Paws In Play, BSL Awareness Walks, Really Special Animals, MA Vest-a-Dog, Greyhound Friends, Sheila Kamath (Certified Dog Trainer), Critter Visits, Pet World Natick, A Diamond in the Ruff, Last Hope K9 Rescue, Breezy Hill Therapeutic Riding Center

 

Looking forward to next year’s festivities!

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Common Household Items that are Poisonous to Pets

It's not always easy owning and training a dog. Or any pet for that matter. There is a lot to be concerned with. From feeding them the proper food to making sure they're getting enough exercise, caring for an animal is a big commitment.

Add the fact that many common household items can be poisonous to your pets and you have a recipe for disaster. So we've compiled a list of the most common items that you need to keep out of your pet's reach:

  • Acetaminophen, which is found in Tylenol and other medications - It can cause liver damage in dogs and have an even worse outcome for cats: Ingestion of a single 325 mg tablet by a 10-pound cat can cause anemia and even be fatal.
  • Batteries - These can be toxic to both dogs and cats, lead to ulcers of the mouth, esophagus or stomach.
  • Chocolate - Ingesting it can seizures or be fatal to dogs and cats. Darker chocolate, such as baker's chocolate, is more fatal than milk or white chocolate.
  • Detergents - It can cause ulcers of the mouth, esophagus or stomach in both cats and dogs.
  • Ethylene glyocal, a common ingredient in antifreeze, windshield de-icers and motor oils - Dogs and cats are attracted to the sweet taste, but as little as one teaspoon can cause kidney failure.
  • Fertilizers -These chemicals typically include poisonous amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, herbicides and pesticides.
  • Grapes - Even in small doses, grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • Household cleaners - Bleach, drain cleaners, ammonia and toilet cleaners can cause gastrointestinal ulcers and a myriad of other problems in dogs and cats.
  • Insecticides - Flea and tick medicine that is meant for dogs are severely toxic for cats, leadings to vomiting, seizures and difficulty breathing.
  • Kerosene - Gasoline and fluids that light tiki torches cause drooling, irregular walking and breathing difficulties in dogs and cats.
  • Mothballs - These can be toxic to dogs and cats, especially if they contain naphthalene. They cause vomiting, diarrhea, increased drinking and urination and seizures.
  • Nonprescription medications - Pills such as ibuprofen can lead to ulcers, anemia, or even kidney r liver failure in dogs and cats.
  • Onions - Onions, garlic, leeks and chives can be toxic to dogs and cats. If ingested, they can cause anemia and gastrointestinal discomfort.
  • Macadamia nuts - These can cause lethargy, vomiting and difficulty walking in dogs.
  • Rodenticides - Common ingredients in rodent poison can cause blood clotting problems and hemorrhaging or internal bleeding in cats and dogs.
  • Xylitol (sugar-free sweetener commonly found in chewing gum. mints or toothpaste) - This can lead to dangerous drops in blood sugar and liver failure in dogs.
  • Metal or coins - Zinc toxicity poisoning can be caused by ingesting even a single penny, leading to anemia, liver, kidney or heart failure.

If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA's 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 1-888-426-4435.

Bundle up, it's going to be a HOT one!...?

Would you wear a wool sweater or a coat on a 95-degree day? How about 80, or even 70 degrees? 

Now imagine sitting in your car on those hot days, all bundled up… and sweating! Do you think having the windows cracked – or even wide open for that matter – would help to keep you cool? A car traps heat like a furnace. It can become 30 degrees hotter inside the vehicle than outside in fewer than 20 minutes.

The sad truth is that hundreds of pets die each year as a result of being left unattended in scorching vehicles. If you are in any way like me, then you enjoy your dog’s company and hate leaving them alone. But, on days when the temperature is projected to reach 70 degrees or higher, your dog is safest in your home with the cool breeze of a fan or air conditioning.

You also risk your dog being stolen when left unattended. Criminals looking to make a quick buck will often jump at the opportunity. The same is true if you “secure” your dog to a parking meter or bike rack while you’re in the store. Please don’t let this happen to your dog. Many stores will let you walk or carry your dog inside for that quick errand; just ask first and you might just be surprised. So, unless every stop you make that day will be at a pet-friendly establishment where your dog accompanies you in, please leave them home! Just pick up a nice toy or treat to show them how much you missed them. Trust me – your dog will thank you!

What to do if you spot a dog alone in a vehicle (windows open or not):

  1. Determine the condition of the dog (see signs of heatstroke below).
  2. Record the vehicle’s license plate number, make, model, and color.
  3. Locate the owner; ask the nearby businesses to announce it over the loudspeaker.
  4. Report the incident to the local animal control or police department if the owner cannot be found or is not willing to remove the dog – ANIMAL CRUELTY IS A CRIME IN MOST STATES PUNISHABLE BY IMPRISONMENT AND/OR FINES.
  5. Stay with the dog until help arrives. It might be frowned upon, but I’d break a window to save a dog… just saying.

The signs of heatstroke in a dog:

  • Excessive panting and drooling
  • Anxiousness or whimpering
  • Abnormal gum color (darker red or even purple)
  • Lack of bodily strength or collapse

Remember, heatstroke can be deadly! If a dog shows any sign of heatstroke, it is critical to cool and calm them. Seek shade or head indoors and apply cold, wet towels, refreshing them every few minutes. Do NOT shock the dog in an ice bath. Instead, you should run cool water over the dog's body and wipe it quickly. The dog should be taken to a veterinarian as soon as possible for expert care.

Other helpful tips:

  • Avoid walking your dog on pavement when it is above 85 degrees. You can also help protect their paw pads with dog boots or balm.
  • Always provide clean, cool water for your dog regardless of the season.
  • Store the local animal control numbers of your city/town and those you frequent (work, relatives, friends, shopping plazas, etc.).
  • Spread the word by hanging posters at school or work (where permitted) and asking local businesses to do the same.
  • Ask parking lot security and attendants to locate the owner or notify police if a pet is alone in a hot car.
  • If you’re a business owner, you have a better chance of accomplishing this next task than most of us do: Make announcements on your loudspeaker periodically on hot days just reminding customers not to leave their pets (and God-forbid, their children) in the car unattended.
  • If you are aware of or suspect animal abandonment, cruelty or neglect such as dog fighting, starvation, inhume or inhabitable conditions, REPORT THE CRIME to your local police and animal control. Massachusetts Statute § 77 covers cruelty to animals, which includes, “(if the pet is) deprived of necessary sustenance… (if the owner) unnecessarily fails to provide it with proper food, drink, shelter, sanitary environment, or protection from the weather… (the owner) shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years or by a fine of not more than $2,500, or by both such fine and imprisonment”.

Thank you for helping to keep your community’s pets safe!

Pet Fest THIS Sunday in New Bedford

It's that time again! Pet Fest is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford, and this year's event promises to be an even bigger and better one! Why you ask? Because your Daily Dog Blog friends are participating!

While the main attraction of Pet Fest is arguably the enjoyable dog walk that kicks off at 12:00 noon and circles the park, the Doggie Fashion Show is always a fun, unique event that draws a crowd as the walkers begin to complete the walk. And this year, the Daily Dog Blog has partnered with our friends at Go Fetch! to host a memorable fashion show we're calling, Dogue!

After a really fun "model search," we gathered a great group of personable dogs and enthusiastic owners who will walk our runway sporting the latest and greatest in dog gear and accessories.

Our Dogue show will kickoff around 1pm in the middle of the Pet Fest location. Just look for our red carpet!

Don't forget that Pet Fest is also a great place to shop locally-made pet products, unique gift items and maybe even find your next best friend! We'll be featuring several adoptable dogs on the hunt for their forever homes in our fashion show, and many area rescue groups and shelters will be on hand with their available animals.

We hope to see you this Sunday at Pet Fest! For more information, please check out the Coalition for Animals of Greater New Bedford's website.

Dogs Are Heroes Following Boston Marathon Bombing

Boston Police officers take a break from patroling the streets to pet K-9 Comfort Dogs.With both myself and co-founder, Melissa, living and working close to Boston, the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings really hit close to home. As countless news reports and first-hand accounts have shown however, out of the tragedy rose the goodness of human nature. It was as if the entire city of Boston were one big family, each person treating the person standing next to them with kindness and equality. Everyone had one mission - to see the successful capture of the second brother that was on the run.

Specially-trained K9 dogs were crucial partners in the outcome of the manhunt that ended with the apprehension of suspect #2 on Friday night. Between bomb-sniffing dogs that continue to investigate whether any more devices were deployed to harm the city of Boston, and K9 tactical teams that swooped in to ensure the suspect did not escape from his hiding place, dogs were heroes too that day.

This pup greeted folks at the bag pickup location following the Marathon. His presence eased tension and gave folks a warm, fluffy companion to help their stress.The unspeakable evil left many scars for hundreds of victims, but some very special therapy dogs are playing a major role in the healing process. K-9 Comfort Dogs, a segment of the Lutheran Church Charities, were deployed with their dedicated handlers to Boston on Tuesday, one day after the horrific bombings, to help survivors and first responders cope with sadness and stress. 

These amazing dogs are trained specifically to deal with high-stress situations, with each of the organization's retrievers going through at least 8 months of training prior to being deployed.

The pups have been located at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, several blocks away from the Boston Marathon finish line location, with visiting hours posted on their personal Facebook pages and here.

Two of the visiting pups, Addie and Maggie, served Newtown CT following the Sandy Hook tragedy. Isaiah, Luther and Ruthie are also present.

Kudos to all those who helped bring justice to the city of Boston and everyone affected by this senseless act, and to the dedicated and superbly-trained K-9 Comfort Dogs for helping bring peace to the to those affected.

Take Your Dog To Work Day

Friday, June 21st, 2013 is Take Your Dog To Work Day®! If you're a true dog lover like I am, this concept is wonderful in every way. Pet Sitters International (PSI) thought so, too, so they created a whole day honoring canine companionship and pet adoption.

Take Your Dog To Work Day was first recognized in 1999 and has since become an annual celebration of our 4-legged friends. Companies– big and small – across the country enjoy the benefits of pets in the workplace year-round while some juts choose to celebrate once a year. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) found in 2006 that nearly 1-in-5 U.S. companies allow pets in the workplace and further the survey revealed that: 

 

55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment;

50 million believe having pets in the workplace helps co-workers get along better; 

38 million believe having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment; and 

37 million believe having pets in the workplace helps improve the relationship between managers and their employees. 

With many employers concerned with fears, allergies, and the potential liability of allowing dogs on the premises, there are many other ways to help raise awareness about pet adoption in your local community. In fact, on Thursday, June 20th, I am organizing a Pet Fair to be held at my workplace. The overall theme of this educational and promotional event is pet adoption and animal welfare. We are welcoming local shelters, humane societies, rescues, trainers, veterinarians, pet boutiques & bakeries, daycare & boarding providers, and photographers among other non-profit groups in the pet care industry to help highlight the services and products available in our own community.

Although we are not permitting monetary fundraising on-site, we are encouraging each organization to share their mission including current donation requirements, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming events. We will the collection of goods (dog/cat food and treats, litter, toys, blankets, cleaning supplies, etc.) and are exploring the possibility of inviting adoptable dogs and cats for an outdoor meet & greet, weather permitting.

So, what are you waiting for? Get planning and share your story with us!

Stylish and Functional Organizing for the Dog Owner - Food Storage

Owning a dog is a serious responsibility and commitment. There's the basic love and care - feeding, bathing, socializing, training and exercising, but then there's all the stuff that comes with owning a dog!

From leashes and collars to brushes and bowls, owning a dog requires storing a lot of stuff around your home. And some stuff, like bowls and toys, are readily visible to anyone who visits your home. So I embarked on a mission to find stylish and functional products and methods of organization for the modern dog owner. This will be a weekly feature on the Daily Dog Blog, showcasing new and attractive products and methods of organization for the modern dog owner.

Here's what I came up with this week for food storage.

Food Storage

One of your dog's most basic needs is eating. And one of the things I hear dog owners constantly mentioning is the difficulty in storing their dog's food. This is a great way to both store your dog's food and feed them!

 

dog food cabinet with bowls

Are you more of a do-it-yourselfer? Take an old cabinet, pull out the bottom drawer, attach a board with two holes in it the size of your dog bowls, and voila! These are also both great options since the drawers can be pushed back in when necessary.

 

custom dog food cabinet

Have more space in your kitchen and looking to do something truly stylish and custom? Take a peek at these beautiful kitchens will built-in storage solutions and eating stations for their fabulous pets.

  

custom kitchen with dog food station

custom kitchen with dog food station

Now onto bowls. I've never cared for having ugly dog bowls and water dishes lying around. Here are some great options.

With chevron being a wildly popular print right now, this pink version for $39 would fit the bill for any fashion enthusiast. GummiPets also released a line of adorable bowls with a variety of patterns sure to please any dog owner looking for some flavor to their pet's dishware. 

stylish dog food dishes

On the bottom row are two, great handmade bowls. Personally, I love anything monogrammed or personalized. And how great are the colors of the customized name bowl? The orange pattern bowl also comes in a variety of other colors. Another perk? These dishes are dishwasher safe!

Owning a dog does not mean style and efficiency have to go out the window. Tune in next week for another edition of this special blog feature!

Paws for Love was Huge Success

Yesterday was the dailydogblog's second fundraising event and we're proud to say it was a smash hit! We co-hosted the "yappy hour" style event with Michelle Conlan, owner of Go Fetch!, a local dog groomer and dog product retailer.

For just $15, participants enjoyed wine and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, including the dailydogblog's famous "Four Paws Punch." Guests also got to choose from pizza donated by Domino's, sandwiches donated by Giammalvo's Market and were welcome to helpings of sides like potato salad and chips. And to top it off, delicious chocolate chip cookies and two types of brownies were available for dessert. All proceeds from the event will be delivered to Forever Paws Animal Shelter in Fall River, MA, as they are our area's no-kill, non-profit shelter.

Our raffle was another highlight of the evening. With 12 fantastic raffle items to choose from, Paws for Love participants could purchase raffle tickets for $1 each or 15 tickets for $10. Some of the most popular raffle items were a 1-month unlimited membership to Hope Yoga Studio and a pair of Red Sox tickets for an April game.

A great mix of dogs socialized during the event - from a tiny terrier to a boisterous Golden Retriever, every dog seemed to enjoy the opportunity to play with other pups and get plenty of belly rubs from new humans.

We're still tallying up donation totals and organizing photos, but we'll be sure to share details from the event this week. Thank you to everyone who shared in the fun of our Paws for Love event and for helping support Forever Paws Animal Shelter!

We're already planning our next event ;)

One Week Until Paws for Love

Our Paws for Love "Yappy Hour" fundraiser event is just one week from today! This fun event is being held at Go Fetch! in New Bedford on Saturday, February 23rd from 4-6pm.

Friendly dogs who are up-to-date on vaccinations are welcome to join their humans at this yappy hour style event. For just $15, folks can enjoy food, drinks and earn a chance to win some fantastic raffle prizes. Please join us at this fun event and help support our local no-kill shelter, Forever Paws!

For full details and a list of raffle items, please view our official Facebook event. Call (508) 990-DOGS to reserve your tickets today!

 

Winter Storm Nemo Tips for Your Dog

"If you don't like the weather, wait a minute."

Living in New England, we hear this saying a lot. But as time progresses it seems pretty certain that our area will be hit hard by the impending blizzard Friday into Saturday.

Though questions still linger regarding exactly how much snow will hit each area of our state, a blizzard watch has been issued for many areas, meaning heavy snow accumulations, strong winds and very low visibility will make travel nearly impossible during the storm.

As such, we'd like to share some tips for making it through Winter Storm Nemo with your dog.

  1. Do your shopping today. Pick up any dog food, medications, pee pads or pet-safe rock salt before the storm begins. Travel is not recommended during the storm, and depending on your location and whether you lose power, there's no telling when you'll be able to get to the store.
  2. If your dog requires medication that needs refrigerating, such as insulin, be sure to have ice handy in case you lose power. You'll still need to keep that medication cold.
  3. Only take your dog outside when absolutely necessary during the storm. This blizzard will bring very strong winds, blowing snow, freezing temperatures, and very low visibility. Your dog will probably be miserable being outside in this anyway, but don't stay outside any longer than necessary. And obviously, under absolutely NO circumstances should you be leaving your dog outside during this storm. Some dogs do love snow, but wait until after the storm is over before allowing them outside to play. The whipping winds and low visibility create too much risk during the storm.
  4. When do you bring your dog outside, protect small, old or sick dogs from the elements with a sweater or coat. You could also consider putting some booties on them, if they allow it, to protect their toes from the snow and ice.
  5. Some dogs can become very anxious during severe weather. Keep them calm by distracting them with toys and games inside the house.

Good luck riding out Winter Storm Nemo! Stay safe!

Paws For Love Event to Benefit Forever Paws Animal Shelter

Following the success of our last fundraiser, Pup-a-Razzi, DailyDogBlog.org has teamed up with Go Fetch! to host a Valentine-themed fundraiser to benefit the Forever Paws Animal Shelter in Fall River.

Paws for Love, a mix and mingle for dogs and their owners, will be held at Go Fetch!, located at 982 Kempton Street in New Bedford, on Saturday, February 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

Through the kind donations of Domino’s Pizza and Melissa Greene, the chef behind local cooking show Melissa’s Menu, Paws for Love attendees will enjoy pizza and sweets. Guests will also enjoy beverages, music and a raffle. Tickets for the raffle will be sold separately at the event and prizes include:

  • A pair of Red Sox tickets donated by Brownstone Insurance
  • An Alex and Ani bangle donated by be jeweled
  • A free facial donated by Samantha Linhares at Body Bliss
  • A $25 gift certificate donated by the Artisan Bake Shop
  • A $10 gift card donated by Dorothy Cox’s Chocolates
  • A $15 gift card donated by The Barn Restaurant
  • A $15 gift certificate donated by Go Fetch!
  • A free facial donated by Ana Sousa of Ana’s Facials and Hair Removal
  • A $10 gift card donated by Gray’s Daily Grind
  • A 1-month unlimited membership donated by Hope Yoga Studio

Friendly, leashed dogs who are up-to-date on vaccinations are welcome to bring their humans. Tickets cost $15 per person in advance, or $20 per person at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling Go Fetch! at (508) 990-DOGS. Space is limited, so early registration is suggested.

This event is going to be so much fun! Call to reserve your space today!

The Connection Between Your Dog's Health and Their Food

puppy eating foodA new report is circulating the internet today that Purina's Beneful dog food brand is making dogs deathly ill and even leading to many deaths, yet no recall has been ordered by the FDA.

If you research the Consumer Affairs website, you will see that to date, there have been 325 complaints filed regarding this brand. Complaints range from reports of kidney failure to throwing up.

I'm sure some will disagree about the value of these reports, but there is something to be said about the relationship between your dog's health and overall well-being and what they eat.

We've suggested to our friends and followers before to utilize www.dogfoodanalysis.com to research the food they are feeding their fuzzy friends. (Read our previous blog on this topic here.) Dog food brands are notoriously good at exaggerating the nutritional value of their food by using words like "all natural" and "holistic." But unless you read the ingredients and truly understand the nutritional needs of your pet, these trendy words are meaningless.

Dog foods that use a lot of "filler" ingredients, such as corn and any by-products that have no nutritional value can actually harm your pet. These lower quality foods can be found everywhere from grocery stores to Petco, making them an easy fix for pet owners. But that does not make them the best choice for your dog's well-being.

Start by heading over to www.dogfoodanalysis.com and finding your dog's food. Read the review thoroughly and you'll better understand how to best feed your pet. And remember, just because a high-quality food may be slightly more expensive than a low-quality food, your cost will be lessened by the fact that your dog will inevitably need to eat less of the high-quality food to feel full and happy. Following the feeding instructions based on the size and weight of your dog is another important step to ensuring a healthy weight.

High-quality foods keep your dog satisfied and at a happy weight. It also helps with the health of your dog's coat and keeps diseases and the onset of arthritis at bay. Just as people are more healthy when they eat well, dogs are too. With so many benefits to feeding your beloved dog a high-quality diet, why not research your dog's food and make educated decisions for their well-being?

10 Things on Your Dog's Bucket List

Golden Retriever fetchOk, I know - no one likes to think about their dog no longer being with them. But the way I look at it, it is our responsibility as pet owners to make sure they have the happiest, most love-filled life they possibly can while we are lucky enough to enjoy their company. So, I've compiled a fun "bucket list" for dogs that could most certainly make any dog's tail wag with joy.

  1. Bury my most prized possession right in the middle of a garden. No one will suspect it's in there.
  2. Take at least one fantastic family Christmas photo. But please, no reindeer antlers! My dog friends will never let me live that down.
  3. Go swimming in the sea. And then come out all wet and salty and shake it off on everyone!
  4. Pick out my own toy at the pet store. Even if I choose the $15 dog toy that you know I will destroy in 2-minutes, let me do it just once!
  5. Eat a slice of pizza! I know you've told me pizza isn't for dogs, but pleaaaase can I just have one piece?
  6. Enjoy some doggy ice cream on a hot day! I've heard that Frosty Paws ice cream stuff is delicious!
  7. Become a social media sensation when you put a funny video of me online. Everyone knows I am cute. Why not share my cuteness?
  8. Roll around in that mud puddle! You can give me a bath later, I promise.
  9. Learn a new "trick" that makes my human smile!
  10. Run around like crazy with my friends at a dog park.

Can you think of anything else we should all try to make sure we let our pets do once in a while? Share your ideas in our comment section below!

A Review of "From Baghdad, With Love"

I recently finished reading, "From Baghdad, With Love," written by Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman. An International Best Seller, this book describes one Marine's journey after finding and coming to love an abandoned dog in Fallujah, Iraq.

As a member of the First Battalion, Third Marines, otherwise called the "Lava Dogs," after having trained most of the time on the hardened lava in Hawaii, these soldiers are strictly prohibited from caring for animals during their service, never mind attempting to transport them to the U.S. But Kopelman and his men develop a bond with the small, helpless pup they come to name Lava, and the responsibility they feel towards him helps them escape the cold, harsh reality of their surroundings at the time. After all, who would like to constantly be thinking about weapons, their safety and whether or not they would live to return back to their homeland? Caring for Lava gave a new meaning to Kopelman's life and he made it his mission to save the dog and get him sent to the U.S. But this journey was far from perfect.

Follow Lieutenant Colonel Kopelman throughout his mission to save Lava, from finding a veterinarian who would administer the necessary vaccinations to finding friends in the U.S. who would help him in his cause, this book is a fast-paced journey that does not disappoint.

Overall, it's a happy story, but it does include some details about the war and conditions in the Middle East that were troublesome. Nevertheless, you won't want to put this book down after becoming engrossed in this man's journey to save his dog.

"From Baghdad, With Love," is a true testament to the bond people develop with animals. Regardless of the fact that Marines are some of the most stoic, focused soldiers in existence, these grown men become so attached to this little dog that they risk everything for him. Do yourself a favor and read this book!

Recent Pet Ownership Statistics

Every 5 years the American Veterinary Medical Association conducts a survey regarding pet ownership and related topics. Their findings are published in their U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook.

Some interesting statistics were released in the latest study:

  • In 2011, six-out-of-ten pet owners, or 63.2%, considered their pets to be family members.
  • There are approximately 70 million pet dogs in the U.S. and 74.1 million pet cats.
  • The average veterinary expenditure per household for all pets was $375 in 2011.

I wish that the percentage of pet owners who consider their pets part of their family were higher, but I guess it's a starting point. Hopefully efforts such as the Daily Dog Blog can help make a difference in that statistic 5-years from now!

I was also surprised to learn that the average veterinary expenditure per household was only $375. I suppose this could be because I know I personally spend a lot more than that per year, but then again, my dog is a diabetic and has special health needs. So I suppose the low amount could be a good indication that fortunately most pets are well-cared for and live health lives. At least I hope that's the case!

Did any of these stats surprise you? Let us know in our comment section below!

You Know You're a Dog Lover When...

You would rather sleep uncomfortably and wake up sore than move your dog from the bed.

You job hunt for positions close enough to home so that you can run home during lunch to let the dog out.

You schedule appointments and events around your dog's feeding schedule.

You haven't been on a vacation in....you forgot how long...because you'd miss your dog too much or worry about putting them in a kennel.

You go shopping and come home with another new dog toy and nothing else.

The stuff on your fridge consist of postcards from your veterinarian for your dog's vaccines.

While your friends carry photos of their children in their wallets, you have photos of your dog.

Photos on your desk at work include your significant other and of course, your dog.

Your weekends consist of errands and one or two fun things to do with your dog.

You find yourself reading the ingredients of your dog's food more than you check the ingredients of your own food.

You worry if your dog has enough friends.

You feel a pang of guilt whenever you have to go somewhere without your dog.

You leave the TV on when you have to leave your dog home alone, so they have something to entertain them and don't get lonely.

Your dog sees their veterinarian more than you see your own doctor.

Can you think of any other fun things to add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below!

Dog Trend Outlook - Bicycling

bicycling with your dogWalkyDog PlusAnother growing trend that 2013 will bring is an increase in people bicycling with their dogs. You might be thinking, "What if someone owns a 75 pound German Shepard?" Have no fear. There are all kinds of different methods you can follow to enjoy a bike ride with your dog this year. It'll be spring before you know it, so start planning a safe bike ride now!

One of the most popular methods for enjoying a bike ride with your dog is to use a bike-leash attachment. A bike-leash attachment allows you to safely take your dog on bike rides while maintaining control. There are different kinds of attachments on the market, so do your research and choose whichever one will make you and your pet most comfortable.

One option would be something like the WalkyDog Plus Bike Leash. This universal attachment attaches just under the seat of your bike and includes internal springs that provide shock absorption should your dog suddenly pull or go in a different direction.

Another option would be something like the 1-Running-Dog Bike Tow Leash. This attachment simply clips to the frame of the bike near your tires and prevents the dog from tipping your bike and can be installed quickly without tools.

Both of these devices allow your dog to run alongside your bike without allowing them to get too close to the pedals.

dog in a bicycle basketAn option for smaller dogs would be a pet bicycle basket. If using a basket, it's a good idea to make sure your dog fits comfortably inside and is calm enough to remain seated the entire length of your bike ride.

As with bike-leash attachment, there are many different kinds of bicycle baskets. Some are made of wicker while others can be more "sporty" and made of fabric on a frame. These are generally intended for dogs 10 pounds and under.

But before you head out on the road with your bike and dog in tow, read over these safety tips to ensure a fun, safe ride for both:

1. Always follow the installation and safety directions of the product you choose to use. There's a reason why they're there!

2. Make sure you have a bike water bottle filled with water for not only you, but also your dog. Allow your dog to drink frequently, especially on hot days.

3. Keep your pace equal with your dog's trot. It's ok to use faster paces in short bursts, but generally your ride should be a comfortable trot for your pooch.

4. Avoid sudden turns or stops. Unless your dog is trained to understand bicycling commands such as "woah" to slow down and "stop," any sudden change in pace or direction is likely to be a surprise to them. Make the ride enjoyable for them as well by keeping this in mind.

5. Begin by practicing in short intervals together. It will probably take some time for your dog to become accustomed to riding alongside or inside a bicycle basket. Give them lots of praise and start out slowly. Add time and distance as you both become more comfortable.

By following this tips, bicycling with your dog can be fun and beneficial for you both!

 

 

 

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