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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

National Walk Your Dog Week!


I'm ready to go for a walk, Parental Unit! And I'll even carry a few of my own supplies (treats, perhaps?) so I can have a job and burn more calories. 

Who knew that this week ( October 1-7) is National Walk Your Dog Week? Well, we all do now! And we're thrilled to call your attention to this important activity: It's crucial to the health and happiness of both your pet and you, to walk your dog every day. Letting your dog out in the yard, if you're lucky enough to have one, is simply not enough physical and mental stimulation for most dogs. And besides, canines are traveling animals, so walking many miles each day (with their pack leader, of course) is their natural state of being.


In preparation for National Walk Your Dog Week, our good friends at Pet360 surveyed more than 4,000 dog owners to find out how often the average canine is walked by a human companion. And the results are, frankly, a tad disappointing. According to the survey, only 56 percent of dog owners walk their dog at least once per day. What's up with that? And a horrifying 33 percent of the survey's respondents admitted they rarely take their dogs for a walk. 
Parental Unit claims she learned the hard way, that all dogs need more physical and mental stimulation than we think. She still regrets that my predecessor, Carson, a high energy Wire Fox Terrier, didn't get nearly enough exercise for his energy level. Although she took him for one or two fairly short walks every day, that wasn't nearly enough...and lots of destruction and unhappiness ensued. She feels guilty to this day, and firmly believes that her own lack of knowledge and inaction made for a less than optimal life for dear Carson. 


But the good news is that she's more than made up for that with me! In over six years, we've only missed two days of long walks, and both were because of ice storms. Even last year's trio of polar vortex hits didn't keep us indoors! But enough about us.. 

To encourage pet owners to hit the ground running or walking with their four-legged friends this fall, Pet360 has pulled together the Top Five Benefits of Walking Your Dog. The bottom line? Daily walks with your best furfriend provide huge physical and mental benefits for your both. And away you go! 

1.    Promotes Weight Control & Digestive Health – An overweight pet is an unhealthy pet. In addition to regulating your dog’s diet, regular exercise will keep your pet fit, agile, and limber. Daily walks also support your pet’s digestive health and aid in relieving occasional constipation.

2.    Alleviates Destructive Behavior & Hyperactivity – Hitting the pavement with your pup can help reduce or eliminate your pet’s destructive chewing, digging, or scratching. Pets are like children—if you don’t give them something constructive to do, they might take matters into their own paws. Evening walks can also help alleviate pent up energy, helping your dog feel more relaxed at bedtime. Be sure to follow these nighttime safety tips to make sure both you and your pet are protected.


3.    Strengthens Your Bond – Spending quality time together is extremely important to your dog’s behavioral development. Daily walks help strengthen your bond and promote a trusting relationship.

4.    Encourages Socialization – If you have a timid or fearful pet, strolling around the neighborhood can help your pooch build confidence and trust. Walks expose your pet to other humans and animals, which will help him or her adapt to new or intimidating situations. Check out these tips for ensuring stress-free walks with your dog.

5.    Helps Your Health, Too – Walking a pet is sometimes regarded as a chore, but it should be thought of as a way for you and your canine to stay active. Getting outdoors with your pup in tow is beneficial for all involved and may even help you shed a few pounds in the process.


                                 Here's to your good health and happiness!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Emergency First Aid Tips For Pet Owners


The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has generously compiled these detailed strategies (they're really more than "tips") for how you can help your dog or cat in an emergency. The AVMA clearly notes, though, that these are emergency procedures that can help save your pet's life, but do not substitute for veterinary care. It's what you are prepared to do before you get your ill or injured pet to your veterinarian or an emergency clinic.

The strategies include plans for first aid supplies, handling an injured pet, disaster planning and basic first aid procedures, with links that provide more detailed information on each topic.

We think this information is perfect to print and save. Please share your pet first aid tips with us—we'd love to hear them!

  This is serious stuff, isn't it, Parental Unit?  Photo: Clark Creative

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Little Doxie Is One Happy Dog!

If this happy little guy doesn't brighten up your day...and have you running to your local shelter or rescue to adopt your next dog, we don't know what will. Enjoy the exuberant Frank!

Friday, September 26, 2014

And The Winner of "Dogs Rule Nonchalantly" Is...!


As you might recall, Parental Unit and I were thrilled to review  Mark Ulriksen's wonderful new book, Dogs Rule...Nonchalantly. A hearty thank you to both the wildly talented Mr. Ulriksen and the publisher, Goff Books for our review and giveaway copies!

Now, the moment you've all been waiting for...we'll turn to the reliable, yet spooky, Random Sequence Generator  to choose our winner. There were seven comments, but the last comment was received after the 8:00 pm EST deadline, so unfortunately, we can't count it. We plugged in the numbers 1-6 in the Sequence Generator and here's what happened...

Random Sequence Generator

Here is your sequence:
5
4
3
2
1
6
Timestamp: 2014-09-26 17:15:54 UTC

The number five comment is from Ann Cluck...Congrats to Ann! let's all put our paws together in a round of applause for our winner! And many thanks to all who took the time to enter and give us a shout-out. We surely appreciate your support!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Meet "Luna" the Dog Star Of "Hector and the Search For Happiness"...and Lassie, Too!

Lassie and Luna at the Best Friend's Strut Your Mutt Festival in Los Angeles.

"Hector and the Search for Happiness", which opened in theaters last weekend, is more than just another adventure flick. Screen heavy weights like Christopher Plummer and Toni Collette help the main character, played by Simon Pegg, along his globe-trotting journey to find the secret to happiness. But wait, there's more! A little Boston Terrier named Luna (see adorable photo above)  joins the cast as the film's dog star.

And Luna lends her paw to more than film work—she took part in the Best Friends Animal Society's, Los Angles Strut Your Mutt fundraising walk, an annual event that calls attention to the millions of dogs in shelters across the country and raises money to help these dogs find loving homes. Oh, and look who stopped by to mug with Luna!

Hope you enjoy Hector and Luna! And don't forget to check out the annual Strut Your Mutt Festival (it takes place in various places around the country in addition to a virtual campaign) to help out your local shelter.
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