Greeting an Unfamiliar Dog – Teaching Kids Dog Etiquette

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Baylie Giving the Green Light to be Petted

It’s typical behavior for dog-lovers to walk up to a dog we have never met to give him a pat on the head. However, this type behavior can invoke fear and provoke the flight or fight mechanism in a dog.   It’s also typical behavior for children to be drawn to an unfamiliar dog. They want to pet every pup they see as if it were a fluffy teddy bear.

Even thought Baylie has never shown any signs of aggression towards children or adults,  I keep a watchful eye,  nonetheless.  She’s a large-breed dog and even playfully jumping on someone can cause injury.  With so many dog bites in the news of late, we all have to be on our guard.    Even if you have the friendliest dog on the planet, a dangerous situation can develop in mere seconds. Although they mean no harm, children can do a number of things to trigger aggression in dogs.

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Happy Flag Day!

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In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

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Why Pet Gates Make Sense In A #Bipetual Home

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Smoki & Baylie at an Impasse

Two items I vowed never to have in our bipetual home; 1) doggie potty pads,  and 2) a pet gate.   Potty pads were never necessary since Baylie was so easy to potty train, but   I succumbed to the use of a pet gate.  Why now,  you ask, even though Baylie is past her rambunctious puppy stage? The foremost reason we decided to consider using a pet gate was not so much to corral Baylie,  but rather to provide Smoki some degree of privacy without shutting her off from the other rooms of the house.

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Memorial Day – A Time To Give Thanks

Thank you to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom

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PL360 Natural Products for Your Pet and Home – Review & Giveaway

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Announced at the recent Global Pet Expo and with a shared focus on natural pet care, PawGanics and Pet Labs 360 merged to create a unified pet health and wellness brand; PL360.  PL360 is a pet health and wellness company that creates safe and effective natural solutions for pet owners including grooming and cleanup products, as well as pet health supplements. We have long been a consumer of PawGanics products and regularly use  natural products that are free of the harsh chemicals like ammonia and bleach.

We hear the words “green”, “organic” and “natural” a lot these days but what does it all really mean? Do we have to be a chemist to clean our home in a safe, natural, non-toxic way? The answer is no.  We just need a little help from brands we trust to help us figure it out.
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Who Will Care For Your Pet(s) When You are Sick? Tips For Planning Ahead

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If you have a large extended family, caring for your pet(s) while you are sick or hospitalized, most likely, will not be an issue.  For approximately 96 million singles in the U.S., it causes great concern.   I was pleasantly surprised by one of the questions posed to me by the admitting hospitalist during my last hospital stay:  “Do you have pets at home that depend on you for their care?” This simple question speaks volumes in how we, as a society, see our pets within the family unit.   I was blown away and quickly answered:  “Yes, I do; one 85 pound dog and a cat“.  I knew I liked this doctor right away and was tempted to pull out my IPhone to show him snapshots, but I figured that would be a bit over the top.

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Zuke’s Kicks Off the 2015 #FueltheCure Fight Against Canine Cancer

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Zuke’s Challenges Dog Lovers to Lead the Pack
in the Fight Against Canine Cancer with #FuelTheCure
Annual “Fuel the Love – Fuel the Cure” Campaign Supports
the Dog and Cat Cancer Fund

Zuke’s is excited to announce the launch of their annual social media campaign “Fuel the Love – Fuel the Cure” starting on May 1 through June 30, 2015.
Proving that a picture can be worth more than just a thousand words, the campaign turns pictures into money – money that will support The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCFund), a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing canine and feline cancer. Six million dogs and a similar number of cats are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. The funds raised from the “Fuel the Love – Fuel the Cure” campaign will be used to provide much-needed financial assistance to pet parents whose dogs and cats are suffering from cancer. Continue reading

Solvit™ UltraLite Bi-Fold Pet Ramp Review and Giveaway

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The UltraLite Bifold Pet Ramp by Solvit™ allows pets to safely get up and down with less stress on their joints and ours.   It is Solvit’s  most economical model and the lightest full-size ramp on the market! Weighing in at a “feather-light” 10 lbs, the Bi-fold Ramp supports over 200 lbs. Its rugged all-plastic construction and simple folding design, make it a cinch to use.  Dimensions: 62” x 16” x 4”.   Solvit™ has a wide array of pet ramps to fit your needs.
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How Pet Odor Could Hinder The Marketability Of Your Home

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When we step into a home, one of the first things we often notice is the smell. Does it smell new or clean?  Does it pass the smell test?

We all love our pets like family but when it comes time to sell our home, there are some important things pet owners need to consider to prevent our pet(s) from derailing the sale of our home.  If you have considered putting your home on the market, but are not sure how to handle pet odors that have accumulated after years of caring for your four-legged friends, we may be able to help.  We can all relate. We love our pets and they take priority, but someone else may not and that can impact our bottom line when selling our home.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there!

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