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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop: Pet Safety Month!

Did you know that July is Pet Safety Month? That's what the good folks at BlogPaws are celebrating this first day of July...why not join them?

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch, here's how Parental Unit is keeping me safe—I'm all buckled up and ready to go to the dog park!

After you return from your outdoor adventures, check out the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and meet some new blogging pals!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Keep Your Pets Safe And Healthy This Summer + ASPCA Gift Pack Giveaway!

Enter to win a special ASPCA Summer Pet Safety Pack at the end of this post!

Summer always brings lots of fun, outdoor activities, and you definitely want to include your dog in as many of those fun times as you can. But summer also brings rising temperatures and potential exposure to seasonal dangers like fireworks, thunderstorms and toxic chemicals, so pet parents need to take special precautions to ensure their furry friends remain safe.  Enter the ASPCA, and their nifty new infographic to help you and your pets enjoy the summer and stay safe!

Now on to our giveaway! Here's your opportunity to enter to win your very own, ASPCA Summer Pet Safety Pack that includes an Emergency Pet First Aid Kit and a Subaru Roll-Up Picnic Blanket.

This giveaway is open to residents of the continental U.S. only. Just follow the directions below to enter via our friends at Rafflecopter—Good Luck!
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Will Your Retirement Lifestyle Include Pets?

                       Are ya takin' us with ya, Parental Unit?

This question is moot for Parental Unit because she simply won't be retiring...due to, ahem, lack of funds. But loads of other, smarter folks will retire soon (think all those baby boomers), and it's not clear that all want pets as part of their lifestyle. Hey, we're costly, time-consuming and present a problem when you take off for parts unknown—at least that's what some folks think.

This recent article in The New York Times shows a divided populace of soon-to-be retirees. Even a longtime ASPCA science advisor, Stephen Zawistowski, says that he and his wife may may try a pet-less post-retirement lifestyle: "The idea that pets are the panacea for stress and loneliness is not necessarily true for everybody," Zawistowski said. For some, it might be painting or playing an instrument..."

We'd love to hear how you feel about having pets in retirement.  If you're not retired yet, do you think you'll have pets in your relaxed golden years? Let us know!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday's "Living With Your Pet" Tips: Is Your Dog Nearing Heat Stroke?

I look cool, calm and collected here, but that's not always the case when I'm outdoors. Parental Unit says I over-heat pretty easily.

Summer's officially in full swing, and as the temperatures rise, so does the risk of your dog suffering  ill affects from the heat. Particularly worrisome is heat stroke, when a dog's body temperature gets too high (typically above 106 degrees), which can result in multiple organ dysfunction if left untreated.

Our friends at PetMD have compiled this handy slide show of the Top Five signs of heat stroke in canines and what you should do to both prevent and treat this condition. Of course, beyond a certain point emergency veterinary care is necessary.

Do we need to even mention that you should never leave your dog in your car when the weather is even just warm? Dogs don't have the same cooling systems as humans do, so we overheat more quickly. But who wouldn't overheat in a car with the window down just a crack? Take a gander at this chart from our buddies at the ASPCA:

Although most of us are pretty vigilant about our pets' health and safety, it doesn't hurt to be reminded of the basics. Let us know how you protect your pooch form overheating in hot weather. The more information, the better!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sweet, Happy Dog Takes On A Ball And...

...A gigantic pile of leaves! Although this video appears fall-inspired, we think it apropos of seasonless simple fun—no fancy, expensive toys needed.

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