Sunday, July 29, 2012

Alfie -The Mountain Dog, Supervises Mens Olympic Cycling Race

A friends Blog name of Alfie...Volunteered to help keep the cyclists safe during their race.
Here is their story...:-)
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hungry Dog and Man Huddle Behind Grocery Store: Shopper Makes Their Day

Hungry Dog and Man Huddle Behind Grocery Store: Shopper Makes Their Day

Written by Amanda Mikalson of Washington
I live in a small rural community in Eastern Washington where, although there is homelessness, it isn’t discussed. Although our community has some resources and some very dedicated good hearts, help can be hard to come by. One day in the middle of summer last year as a storm was approaching, I saw a man walking down the highway into Colfax (one of the larger towns in Whitman County) with a small dog draped across his shoulders. I decided that if the man was still in town when I got out of physical therapy, I would do all I could to help him and his dog.

After an hour of physical therapy, I went to the local grocery store and asked some people if anyone had seen this man and his dog. Someone said that they thought he was behind the store with his dog. I would also like to note that no one really seemed to care that this man was homeless and alone. So it was then that I proceeded to buy a 12 pound bag of puppy chow, a large bottle of water, dog treats and a turkey sandwich. I then called my Mom to tell her where I would be just in case something went wrong (and since I am a woman and was alone).

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Lets ALL Help dog Rescue Groups!

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

What to Do When You Encounter Homeless People With Pets

What to Do When You Encounter Homeless People With Pets

A few weeks ago, I was driving out to a distant feral cat colony with the daily meal as the regular caretaker was out of town. The roads in that area are laid out like a pile of sticks, one crossing over the next, and I always seem to lose my way. This time I found myself heading the wrong way and I came upon a plaza with several stores and restaurants. As I drove past, I thought I spotted some people lingering about in the sun with a couple of dogs. I thought this was very odd as the air was in the mid-90s and near the pavement, it was certainly hitting 100 or more.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

If You Feed Sweet Potato Treats to Your Pet, Please Read This!

By Dr. Becker
It seems there’s another dog snack from China to worry about: sweet potato treats.
According to the Veterinary Information Network (VIN)1, vets are now reporting health problems linked to sweet potato treats similar to those related to chicken jerky treats also made in China.
Test results on sick dogs show kidney problems similar to the symptoms of Fanconi syndrome. Most dogs recover, but there have been some deaths related to the chicken jerky treat problem.
Symptoms may show up within hours or days after a treat is eaten and include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and increased thirst and urination.
If you’ve fed your dog either chicken jerky treats or sweet potato treats made in China and your pet has fallen ill, I recommend you contact your veterinarian – especially if the symptoms persist for more than 24 hours or are severe.

Pet Treats to Steer Clear Of

The brands currently implicated in the sweet potato treat problem are:
  • Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs (16 varieties of yam-related treats)
  • Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestlé Purina)
  • Drs. Foster and Smith (exact item not specified)
  • Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 varieties)
Keep in mind that although the problem treats are often identified as “jerky” treats, they also go by a host of other names, including tenders, strips, chips, wraps, twists, and several others.
Per Poisoned Pets2, in 2010 the FDA found that a sweet potato dog treat made by a certain company in China was contaminated with phorate, a highly toxic pesticide.
There is speculation there could be problems with pork treats and cat treats imported from China as well.
For more information on why you need to be vigilant about reading pet food labels, making phone calls to manufacturers, and really doing your homework on what you’re feeding your dog or cat, read my article Pet Food and China - More Cause for Concern?

If You Feed Your Pet Commercially Prepared Treats …

PLEASE don't buy any treat made in China. Not chicken jerky treats, chicken tenders, chicken strips, chicken treats or sweet potato treats. Play it safe. Buy only food and treats made in the U.S. Buying pet food made in this country won't remove all risk of winding up with a tainted product, but it will certainly improve your chances of keeping your pet safe.
Consider making your own sweet potato treats at home. Try to buy produce locally and make sure to wash the sweet potatoes or yams thoroughly. Then slice them nice and thin, arrange on a baking sheet, and cook in a 300º oven for about 45 minutes. Let the slices cool and store them in plastic bags.
For homemade chicken jerky treats, buy some boneless chicken breasts, clean them, and slice into long, thin strips – the thinner the better. Place the strips on a greased or non-stick cookie sheet and bake them for at least three hours at 180 degrees. The low temp dries the chicken out slowly and the strips wind up nice and chewy. Let the strips cool, and then store them in plastic bags or another airtight container. You can also freeze them.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

World Stands Still As Dog Reunites With Mom After 3.5 Years

World Stands Still As Dog Reunites With Mom After 3.5 Years

We’ve all seen the series of beautiful videos of military personnel reuniting with their pets after a long tour of duty. There’s that unmistakable instant of recognition when the dog, full of unbridled emotion, jumps and kisses and rolls around on the ground with a deeply missed family member. Now what would you say to the same kind of reunion between a woman and her dog following a three and a half year prison term?
I hope you will all watch this incredibly beautiful video because this dog has three simple lessons to share:
  • Forgiveness brings healing
  • Express your love like there’s no tomorrow
  • Live without judging others
Enjoy it and please share with the people who make you want to jump with joy.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Study: Exposure to Pets Can Make Young Children Healthier

By Vanessa Evans | Yahoo! Contributor NetworkTue, Jul 10, 2012

A new study published online Monday from the journal Pediatrics found that children who had pets as part of their environment during the first year of their lives were on average healthier than children who did not have exposure to pets. The study specifically looked at the impact that the presence of cats and dogs had on the children, and found that when a pet was present during the child's first year, the child on average suffered fewer ear infections and colds, among other health benefits.

How was the study conducted?

According to the article in Pediatrics, the study was conducted in Finland. It involved some 397 children, who were followed from pregnancy up until they passed their first year. All the children were born in the three-year period between 2002 and 2005. Households were asked to keep weekly diaries regarding the presence of dogs and cats, and then at the end of the child's first year, filled out an additional questionnaire.

What did the study find, specifically?

A link was found between the number of ear infections, colds, and other respiratory ailments and the amount of time that a child spent exposed to animals. In addition, the number of times a child required a course of antibiotics for their ailments was also studied against exposure to animals.

In general, researchers found that exposure to a pet decreased the chances that a child would develop respiratory ailments or other ailments needing antibiotic treatment. This correlation was far stronger in dogs, where exposure appeared to coincide with as much as a 31 percent reduction in respiratory issues, including infections, as well as a 44 percent reduction in the number of ear infections and a 29 percent smaller risk that a child would need antibiotic treatment, as reported by MyHealthNewsDaily. In cats, that link between exposure and health was still present, but the benefits appeared to be somewhat reduced in comparison to exposure to dogs.

Why do the health benefits appear to be greater with exposure to dogs?

Researchers speculated that the nature of the animal may have something to do with it. Dogs are more likely to be outside, which also means that they can pick up more dirt. Dr. Eija Bergoth, one of the study's authors, told WebMD that it is likely that the greater exposure to dirt and other outside elements facilitated by dog ownership is probably the reason that dogs bring more measurable health benefits to a child's respiratory system than cats, as cats are more likely to stay indoors. Bergoth also said that differences in dander could be a culprit, but more study is needed to determine the cause of the disparity.

What are the challenges to the study?

The study did not separate the children into different categories per their living environment. Researchers did not differentiate between children who lived in a rural versus an urban environment. Critics told CNN that oversight could have had an affect on the results, as the microbes and other agents that exist in the city differ from those in a rural environment.

Vanessa Evans is a musician and freelance writer based in Michigan, with a lifelong interest in health and nutrition issues.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Blog the Change – Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Calling All Dog Bloggers!

Blog the Change

Today, July 15, 2012, bloggers and blog readers are blogging about a big event that will occur on Monday, July 23rd. The event? Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue. We are asking all dog bloggers to participate in a special online global event designed to bring attention to dog rescues. is proud to partner with Blog Catalog, Dog Rescue Success and YOU to harness a global online community to help save the lives of dogs in need.

Every day dog bloggers bring attention to a variety of animal issues – puppy mills, dog health issues, pet safety, missing dogs, Breed Specific Legislation and pet adoption. On July 23rd, we are asking all dog bloggers to bring attention to the importance of dog rescues and dog adoption.

As consumers we make decisions that impact the lives of animals every day, but perhaps the one that has the most impact is the one we make when we first choose to get a pet. Buy or adopt? That is always the question.

Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—is put down in U.S. shelters each year. Only 20-30% of the homes in the United States have a dog that was adopted from a shelter or a rescue. (The rest are coming from someplace else – responsible breeders, backyard breeders, puppy mills, and pet stores; but the majority of them come from a family friend or neighbor who chose to breed their dog or who’s dog became pregnant when they got out of the yard.)

As dog bloggers, we can bring attention to this issue, educate people on the the importance of pet adoption and encourage them to adopt from a local rescue. There are so many wonderful rescues out there who do such good work, and most them do it with very little funds. Thankfully, many of them have a small core of dedicated volunteers who are willing to foster, train, promote, vet and care for these dogs. Without these rescues so many more dogs would die.

Let’s give these unsung heroes the recognition they deserve! Join us on July 23rd as we Unite for Dog Rescue.

Tell others! Post this to Facebook and Twitter:
Promote dog adoption on July 23rd! #BtC4A

This is Matt – He was hours away from death when a local rescue stepped up and offered to take him in (Wags & Whiskers). Thanks to his foster mom, Anne, for offering to foster Matt and for making him feel at home. You can follow Matt on his Facebook page – Adventures of Matt.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Friday Photo Fun – What is Aperture and How Can it Improve Your Dog Photos?

Here is another great post from a fellow blogger that love taking photos of Alphie!
She gives very informative material on how to take a good photo of your dog!

Another Week – Another Friday Foto Fun

Its Linda here again behind the keyboard, back with another week of Friday Foto Fun.
We talked about action dog photos last week, and judging by the positive feedback and the amount of comments and questions to that post – it seems like I’m not the only one struggling with unwanted motion blur! Jen, from My Brown Newfies Blog actually gave me an idea for the coming couple of posts. She’s just got a new camera and is learning how to use it – just like me with my new Nikon D7000!
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Nature’s Variety recalls Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs

Nature’s Variety Pet Food is recalling some of their dog food because of a foul odor.
Nature’s Variety has issued a nationwide voluntary recall on Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs
Nature's Variety pet food recallNature’s Variety has initiated a voluntary recall of its Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs due to an off-odor smell that may develop over time. This product is not contaminated in any way, but some products are not remaining fresh for the shelf life of the product.
Reed Howlett, Nature’s Variety CEO, stated, “At Nature’s Variety, we make every effort to ensure that all of our products meet the highest quality standards. We’ve found that some bags of Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs have an off-odor smell. To be sure that our consumers only receive the freshest and highest quality product possible, we have decided to voluntarily recall all Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs from the marketplace.”

The products impacted are listed below:
• UPC# 7 69949 60420 4 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 5 lb
• UPC# 7 69949 60425 9 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 15 lb
• UPC# 7 69949 60430 3 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 30 lb
• UPC# 7 69949 60432 7 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 3 oz sample

No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.
Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange it for a different variety by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.
Consumers with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at at 888.519.7387. Or, consumers can click here to email Nature’s Variety directly.
The release can be found on the Nature’s Variety website – on the front page, no less! Thank you Nature’s Variety, and thanks for not waiting til Friday afternoon.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

In Memory Of Lennox, Dog Put To Death For Resembling A Pit Bull

In Memory Of Lennox, Dog Put To Death For Resembling A Pit Bull

A determined 22-month long legal battle and a heartfelt social-media campaign for Lennox the dog, came to a sad end on Wednesday. The 7-year-old dog was euthanized in Northern Ireland because his appearance resembled a pit bull terrier, a breed that is banned in the country.

A statement from the Belfast City Council said it had humanely destroyed “one of the most unpredictable and dangerous dogs” that its appointed expert had ever come across. The council said they carried out the court-ordered euthanasia for reasons of public safety and “a sustained campaign of abuse” against city officials from protestors.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Take Action: 18 Dogs At Braveheart Rescue Could Be Euthanized July 17

Take Action: 18 Dogs At Braveheart Rescue Could Be Euthanized July 17

A life and death battle will be decided on July 17 in the agriculture community of Marshan Township, in Dakota County, MN. That will be the day when Braveheart Rescue, Inc. learns whether the town board approves a plan to keep the sanctuary for dogs open or if the 18 dogs that live there will be seized and sent to a certain death at the city shelter. The opposing sides have been in a heated fight for months, but the dogs will be the ones to pay the price when the verdict is handed down.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

“Just Chase Her into the Basement” – Saving the Neighbor’s Neglected Dog

“Just Chase Her into the Basement” – Saving the Neighbor’s Neglected Dog

Written by Lori Whitney

In 2001, I was asked to watch a neighbor’s dog while they went away for the weekend. I already had a bond with this dog. She was not treated well by her owners and she wasn’t in the best of health. She had a pin in her leg and arthritis in her neck already. I saw she was not treated well and started giving her treats, and water in the summer. When she would see my car coming down the alley, she would jump off the dirty chair she was sitting in and come to see me.
Her owners would put her outside in the hot summer sun, close the door behind them and pay no attention to her. There were times she was put out in the morning, there all afternoon and still there at night, sometimes all through the night until the next day. I could not stand seeing her treated that way.

They Told Me to Just “Chase Her Down into the Basement
When I was asked to watch her for the weekend, I jumped at the offer. I brought her over to my home without their knowledge, and she stayed until I had to take her back. While taking care of her, I found out that they kept her in the basement. They told me not to put on the light and that when I left her, to chase her down into the basement. I was crushed.
Time went by and they were moving. They asked me if I wanted her, because they were going to “take her to the pound” quote, unquote. I already had a dog, cats, a young son and was a single parent. I cried when I thought about what would happen to her if I did not take her. I took her and vowed that I would find her a great home. Well, her great home was my house for the next nine years. She was my very special little girl, a little Princess. I loved her dearly. She passed away in 2010 at a ripe old age. I never was really sure of her age due to her situation but I would guess she was around 14 or 15. She lived a long and happy life. I was honored that I could make her happy, but, just as important, she made me happy. I didn’t rescue her – she rescued me.

Have You Been Rescued Too?
Have you ever set off to rescue an animal in need and found that the rewards of the experience were as profound for you as they were for the animal? Perhaps you’d be willing to share your story as a means to educate and inspire others. Please visit The Great Animal Rescue Chase website today to post your rescue stories and photos if you have them.
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Man’s Stealth Moonlit Rescue of a Chained Dog After Law Fails to Help

Man’s Stealth Moonlit Rescue of a Chained Dog After Law Fails to Help

Written by Stephen West
Being the head volunteer at a local animal rescue, I received a phone call from a woman in Montreal, Canada who was communicating with her friend on Facebook about an abandoned dog on the Mexican border. After receiving an approximate location and after investigation, I found that Zoey (a name I gave her), a female American Boxer mix, wasn’t actually abandoned — she was chained up in front of a trailer. Animal Control was monitoring the situation to see if the dog was being fed. After seeing the dog, it was ridiculous to me that Animal Control would be monitoring this situation. The dog was skin and bones, was covered with open sores, and appeared to be deaf and obviously being neglected. The neighbors said she had never been off that chain, ever.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Patch - the little dog that could - boarded train to Dublin from Kildare

Patch, the Jack Russell terrier, who took the train is reunited with his owner
Patch, the Jack Russell terrier, who took the train is reunited with his owner

After 500 retweets and 32 minutes Jack Russell is reunited with his owner

Patch, a Jack Russell terrier, is making worldwide news after boarding an Irish Rail train on his own but being reunited with his owner through the magic of Twitter.
Patch, the adventurous Jack Russell terrier, boarded the commuter train for a jaunt to the capital from nearby Kildare.
While on board, he made friends with numerous commuters and train employees who kept him safe.
The Irish train workers tweeted that they had found a lost dog and attached a photo of the dog, who was being cared for by railway workers at Pearse Station, in Dublin city.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Adopting An Animal Could Save Your Life, Too!

Adopting An Animal Could Save Your Life, Too

Rescuing an animal that’s been abused, abandoned, or is just unwanted, is one of the most noble things a human being can do. In most cases, we think of pet adoption as a good thing to do because it saves an innocent animal from being put down unnecessarily.
Rarely do we ever stop to consider the plethora of ways that an adopted animal can make our lives better, as well. Yet there is plenty of scientific and anecdotal evidence that proves rescuing a pet can save human lives as well.
Scroll through the infographic below, and learn more about all the different ways adopting and loving an animal can help you become a healthier, happier being, both physically and emotionally!
If you’ve already adopted a pet, you might already be familiar with these benefits, but if you haven’t, I hope they’ll help to convince you that it’s a good idea. Even if you’re not interested in adopting a pet, please consider donating your time and money to a local no-kill shelter that is working hard to find them loving homes.
How Saving a Pet Might Just Save Your Life [Infographic]
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Friday, July 6, 2012

No More Blurry Paws – How to Capture Great Action Dog Shots

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Did you lose a pet last night???

July 5, 2012

If your pet bolted last night during the July 4th fireworks, here are some tips to help you in your search. I will add in my own tip and hopefully other people will contribute more suggestions in the comments.
  • Visit every shelter that accepts “stray” pets in your area. When you get there, ask to see every dog (or cat) in the place. If they have certain animals housed in areas that are off-limits, ask to see photos of every one of the pets in those areas. Keep in mind that your pet may be injured and possibly being kept in the shelter’s vet clinic or at an offsite clinic. Ask if they have any other pets housed offsite and to view photos of all those animals. Ask to fill out a Lost Pet report. Ask to review any Found Pet reports the facility has taken since the time your pet was lost.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!!!

Happy July 4th to All Our Friends and Family!!!...:-)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Pet Food Recall: Pedigree weight management dog food recalled

Pedigree pet food recall
Pedigree has announced a recall of some of their canned dog foods because pieces of blue plastic in the food.

Mars Petcare Recalls Dog Food with Plastic

According to a statement, the recalled cans “may contain small pieces of blue plastic, which broke off a conveyor belt during the production process” but they replaced the conveyor belt and consider the issue to be resolved. Some people have reported finding pieces plastic, but no injuries or illnesses have been reported.
The recalled dog food has been distributed throughout the U.S. and includes cans of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food varieties with the following UPC codes:
  • 2310034974 Pedigree+ Healthy Weight Premium Ground Entree in Meaty Juices
  • 2310001913 Pedigree Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Beef & Liver Dinner in Meaty Juices
  • 2310023045 Pedigree Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Chicken & Rice Dinner in Meaty Juices
Each product will have a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins with 209, 210, 211 or 212 and a Best Before date that falls between 2/24/2014 and 3/23/2014.
The company is encouraging people who have purchased the recalled dog food to throw it away or return it for a full refund or exchange. For questions or more information, you can call 1-877-720-3335.
If you’ve had a problem, you can also contact the Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Protect Your beloved Dogs and Cats this July 4th!!!

Here is a Very Important Message from a anothe blogger named Mel.
He knows all too well what it is like to loose a much loved pet.
We dont want anyone to loose their pet during the July 4th fireworks so check out Mels Blog at:

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Keeping your pets save on the 4th of July with fireworks.