Thursday, October 31, 2013

Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

Like it or not, the holiday’s are just around the corner, with that comes lots of traveling and if you’re anything like me, you’re going to want your dog by your side. My dog, Harry, is as much a part of my family as I am, so we take him with us on as many of our adventures as we possibly can. Here are some tips we’ve learned along the way…
  1. Make sure your dog is welcome! Be it at a friend or family members home, a hotel/motel or anything in between, make sure your accommodations are pet-friendly. There’s nothing worse than showing up somewhere after a long drive and upon arrival getting the word that your four-legged bestie isn’t invited.
  2. For car rides over 2 hours, plan your route to include a potty break for your dog. We can’t confirm with certainty that they’ve “gone” before we head out of the driveway the way we can with our kids, so make sure that you identify a safe spot to pull to where your pup can find some relief. It’s actually warming to see how many rest stops on the interstates now have fenced in areas for dogs.
  3. Don’t forget their food! Guilty as charged! I once showed up on an island off the coast of Massachusetts with Harry in tow, only to realize I had forgotten his food and was forced to buy him a low-grade grocery store bag to hold him over for the 2 day stay. His system wasn’t pleased. So as best you can, keep your dog on their routine, including food, while traveling.
  4. Pack their “things”. Favorite blanket, plush toy, chew toy, shoe, whatever it is, pack a few things that are comforting and homey for your dog. If you can squeeze their dog bed into the car, even better. Dogs are creatures of habit and the more familiarity they have the better the experience for all of you.
  5. Give them exercise while away! When one travels for holiday’s there tends to be a lot of eating, drinking, talking and just hanging out. Which is great for us humans, but not so great for our dogs. Make sure you give them just as much, if not more exercise when in a strange place.
About the Author: Noella Schink is a writer and dog lover from Portland, Maine. When she travels with her 8 year old shih-tzu, Brutus, she looks to the dog friendly restaurant, hotel and park reviews at Harry’s Picks.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

8 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe and Stress-Free This Halloween

My friends at The UnCommon Dog sent me a really cool Halloween infographic to share with you.

Halloween may be fun for you but not necessarily for us dog!!  Follow these 8 tips to have a safe and happy Halloween!


Monday, October 28, 2013

5 Top Tips for Keeping Your Pet Cat Squeaky Clean

As a general rule, cats are considered to be pets that are clean. With this in mind, however, it is easy for pet cat owners to forget that they do have a role when it comes to their cat's hygiene. This becomes especially true when your pet cat seems to be doing just fine by herself each and every day.
As the proud owner of a pet cat, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Do you know how to groom your cute  little cat?  Yes, there are several things that you can do for your wonderful housemate.  Here’s a rundown of a hygiene habit.  Your pet should have a regular brushing, bath, trimming of nails, brushing of teeth, cleaning around the eyes, and cleaning inside the ears.  Sounds like a lot, right?  Not really.  As a general rule, humans do pretty much the same thing everyday and it doesn’t take much time so long as it’s part of our routine.  So make your pet feline’s hygiene a habit and before long, it’ll become a custom that you both can’t do without. 

Cleaning Sensitive Ears
Cats’ ears are sensitive so this is the first place you need to focus on.  A regular gentle swipe of baby oil or water on the outer and middle layer weekly will keep your pet’s ear clean. 

Nail Trims
Trimming of the nails can be a tedious task but it has to be done.  Special nail cutters for cats are available at the groomer’s store or vet.  Trim nail just after the skin grows and you are safe.  Trimming all the way will induce bleeding.  This is painful for your kitty and will make the next trimming session difficult.  If you’re unsure, have a professional groomer do the job.  Once a month will do. 

Feline Teeth
Your pet will also need their teeth cleaned monthly because cats are prone to plaque.  Toothpastes for cats should be used.  Brushing the front teeth one at a time is all that is needed.  Your pet’s tongue will take care of the backside. 

Damp Eyes
If your cat is prone to having wet eyes, a daily gentle dab around the eye area to remove dampness will do.  Though cats lick themselves constantly, that doesn’t mean a bath isn’t needed, especially if your cat has a tendency to wander off.

Bathing and Brushing
Bathing your kitty twice a month with a cat shampoo will be needed.  And lastly, a regular brushing will help your pet maintain a beautiful coat of fur.  

About the Author:  StevenPerissinotto is a passionate pet lover and a pet health professional. Since establishing Vet Shop Online with his veterinary surgeon brother in 1999, Steven has helped establish the business in to one of the world's leading online retailer of frontline plus cats.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month- The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria




BARK!!!!   My friend Patrick Cole works for a cool animal shelter in Alexandria, VA, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria -which is this weekend's shelter of the week for National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month!  I've done some writing for him over the past few years to help bring attention to the great work the humans do there to help animals!
"Hello!"
(C) Allen Pearson

From what I've seen, observed and read, this is a really cool shelter.  They work to be much more than a place to for homeless animals or to leave unwanted pets. How?

Barkingly, for over 6 decades their mission is to inspire compassion for all living things, provide shelter to animals in need, and promote adoptions, animal welfare, and responsible pet ownership in the community.  WOOF!!!  Offering adoptions, spay and neuter assistance, education, community service and outreach, the organization plans a key role in promoting responsible pet care throughout the Northern Virginia region.
"Looking for a Friend?"
(C) Allen Pearson

In 1989, the League contracted with the City of Alexandria, Virginia to provide animal care, control and sheltering services which includes operation of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility.  The agreement includes accepting any and all animals brought to them and providing the care that every animal so richly deserves.

The Leagues volunteer corps of 200 animal lovers who support around 40 full and part time staff have placed more than 1,300 companion animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas, chinchillas and many more, in permanent, loving homes each year. WOOF!!! Also, around  300 stray pets are reunited with their owners.
"Mr. Turtles"
(C) Allen Pearson
A specially-trained staff assists area wildlife that has been injured or are in distress—with eventual release back to their native habitat or transferring them to licensed wildlife rehabilitators for care and eventual release.

In they everything they do, the League demonstrates that love and compassion are just as important as food and water for the animals in their care. Which is something my human noticed when he visited their facility.

Ruff!! If you love animals but are not able to adopt. Or don't have the time to volunteer, you can donate needed supplies and items for animal care.  Financial donations are welcomed too.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is an independent, local, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are not affiliated in any way, nor do we receive support from the Humane Society of the United States, the American Humane Association, the ASPCA or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. All of the financial support we receive stays within our community. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.


(C) Allen Pearson

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday's Friend - Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.


It's been an a barkingly busy week for my humans and me!  Am so glad it's Friday and I get to share with you the pawsome dogs and cats needing "Forever Homes."  It would be great to not have to write this post anymore, but until they are all home, I would bark my best to help my friends!! WOOF!!!!!!

My friend from Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. introduced me to a great pup who I'd like you to meet...

"Atlas"
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P.
What a cool young pup!! Atlas, a 61 lbs. 3 year old, neutered yellow male, is up to date on his shots, and is heartworm positive; Lab Rescue will pay for his treatment. He is good with other dogs and approved for kids aged 10 and up. He's crate trained.  He knows some basic commands. 

Atlas is one of the snuggliest labs his foster has ever met! He loves to cuddling with foster on the couch or bed and loves getting lots of pets and scratches. He loves to be around humans!

He's gets along well with the fosters lab. He likes to pick up squeaky toys, although he's not really sure what to make of them yet! He pulls some on his leash when walking, but overall settles quickly.  He is very food motivated, which should make learning new commands easy!

Atlas is really a fantastic, friendly, happy, quick learner, who will make a great addition to a family.

Since Atlas has bilateral luxated patellas; Lab Rescue will pay for the surgery if done at one of our vets.

If you would like more information, contact Lab Rescue

"Hope to see you soon!
- Atlas"

Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P.

Friday's Friend- PetConnect Rescue

I had a great visit with "Cat Lady" this week- not only did she share a cat for you to meet, but told me about their newly updated website, PetConnect Rescue. I was so surprised to see some of the photos that my human took for them over the past several months.  He loves working with them and some of the other area rescues.  

Cat Lady would like for you to meet Praline, 8 year old Siamese snowshoe mix beauty! 
"Praline"
Credit: PetConnect Rescue

Looking for a lap cat, then Praline is the one for you.  She is as sweet as can be! She loves sitting on the couch with her foster family. She has the same facial markings as the famous "Internet grumpy cat" but there is nothing grumpy about this lady! 

She is grateful for all the love and affection she can get and will actually come to you whenever you call her name for some snuggles!! She will make a great addition to your family! 

For more information, please click here and fill out their online application. Someone from PetConnect Rescue will contact you!


Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society




My friends at the Washington Humane Society sent me a cool cat to introduce to you this week. The pic reminded me of my brother who passed away about a year ago- a great guy to have around.

"Girl Scout"
Credit: Washington Humane Society

This young cat is 7-months old and at 7.5 lbs., she is STILL growing!  RUFF!! Please meet Girl Scout!

According to Dominique Bell, Washington Humane Society Customer Care Specialist, "Girl Scout is sweet and friendly, she's just a little shy, so she's often overlooked. She does well with other cats and is often their care taker. She looks after the smaller kittens, making sure that they are ok and offers comfort when they need it, often sleeping right next to the kittens to give them warmth. Girl Scout deserves a great forever home because she is such a wonderful cat with a great personality. She came to us somewhat feral, but now gives love to everyone. You can always find her in a care givers lap at any time of the day.” 

Girl Scout  is looking for her friend and "Forever Home" - she would do best in a home with experienced cat owners, given her shy nature. If you would adoption information or just more information, please contact the Washington Humane Society.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month- A Visit with Dolly the Doxie

"Dolly the Doxie"
Credit: Dolly the Doxie, Used by Permission
When you have finally made a decision to bring a dog into your home, what guides your decision on where you get the dog? Did you always know you would get one from a shelter, or did you only think dogs were pure breeds that came from a breeder? When the Lady I rescued offered to do a guest blog for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month she started asking herself those questions. She tried to remember what influences happened in her lifetime that caused her to know that she would adopt her first puppy from a shelter.

Growing up she always had pets, well as much as she could with a dad in the Air Force and moving all of the time. That's when she had her first heartbreak over an animal, leaving behind Topper when her family moved overseas. A member of her family when she came along, she has no idea where he came from. Another dog couldn't be adopted until her dad retired from the military and they settled in Michigan. She still remembers the whole family, four kids, mom and dad, in the car driving to the humane society in Kalamazoo. That's where they found their family dog Lucy, a Beagle mix. She remained a member of the family until all the children grew up, moved away and had their own families, and dogs.

That was the last dog the Lady had. Now it was time for her to get her first puppy as an adult. But growing up she learned it was best to have a mixed breed dog, and from a shelter. Those were characteristics that she learned from her family. To find a dog that needs a home the most you go to a shelter.

She adopted me from a shelter in Niles, IL called Wright-Way Rescue. She had never heard of the shelter when she found me on Petfinder.com. She had visited a shelter already, and looked online. When the day came to actually pick out a dog, she typed in her zip code and there I was! At a shelter she had never heard of, Wright-Way Rescue. Wright-Way Rescue operated differently than most shelters, my litter was at an intake facility in Southern Illinois. She was able to "reserve" me for a meet and greet when I made it to Niles and could be adopted. But there were a lot of complications. Wright-Way rescued my litter from a "humane" society shelter and we were in very poor condition and pretty sickly. It took us seven weeks before we were well enough to be adopted! As she cuddled me in her arms on the way home from the shelter she told Dad that she wanted to name me Dolly and that was that! The rest is history.

But it’s not. On Oct. 2 a school bus drove right into Wright-Way Rescue demolishing the shelter. No persons or animals were hurt, but now the shelter is homeless and looking for a building to relocate. They are desperately trying to raise the funds while continuing to find homes for the animals they have. For more information on the accident and the shelter's situation please read my blog Wright Way Rescue: Rescue the Right Way or to donate visit Firstgiving - Wright-Way Rescue.

Love, Dolly the Doxie (mix)
xoxox





Tuesday, October 22, 2013

An Upcoming Product -The Dog Ring

Credit: Dog Ring, Used by Permission
I recently got an email about the Dog Ring is nearing production stage- barkingly pawsome as I can think of several ways to use it on my human, oops, I mean my human use it on me or with me.  WOOF!!!

"Me at Green Team at Church"
(C) Allen Pearson
The Dog Ring will be a cool product for someone who wants to take their dog places and have more flexibility than they would with a leash and this could prove to be less dangerous too. An example, I love going to the Green Team with Dad at church.  Normally, when he takes me, he hooks my leash to a tree or a light fixture so he can work in an area.  Sometimes I get so excited
to see and be petted by the other Green Team members that my leash gets wrapped around the tree or light fixture.

"Dog Ring"
Credit: Dog Ring, Used by Permission
The Dog Ring will prevent me from getting tangled around an object and it will give Dad more peace of mind since he won’t have to watch me every second- the Green Team Leader will love Dad finally getting some work done! WOOF!!!!  Also, he won’t have to move my leash nearly as often since I’ll be able to see him from many angles.  

Another use for us will be when Dad is gardening in the front yard of our house.  Now, he uses a spike that goes into the ground and he ties my leash to it so he can work without worrying about me taking off after another dog or even a grouchy old human for that matter. 

"Dog Ring"
Credit: Dog Ring, Used by Permission
Usually he has to move me several times so we can work in the yard together.  Now, with the Dog Ring, he plans to put it around a tree and I’ll be able to follow him around the yard easily. The sturdy construction is important since it will keep me from getting loose and near the street.  

Barkly pawfect, am woofing to being able to do a product review so I can give you more detail!

Opinions written herein this post belong to me the Pawthor, Noah, and no one else.  I have pawed my opinions and thoughts as requested by the founder-creator-owner of Dog Ring!  RUFF!!!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Similarities Between Dogs and Humans



Humanity has felt a kinship with dogs for years, but did you know that dogs are actually very similar to humans? They may not look like it, but they have developed many of the same systems and emotions that people have. Here are just a few of the similarities shared between dogs and people.

Oxytocin
Oxytocin is a hormone that allows people to both feel and experience emotion. Some of these emotions and feelings include love, joy, fear, contentment and disgust. Unlike many other animals, dogs also have oxytocin. This allows them to experience many of the same feelings that humans have.
At the same time, there are some feelings that they don’t experience. For example, dogs don’t feel pride, guilt or shame.

Limbic System
The limbic system controls many aspects of the body, but it’s known as the spiritual area of the brain because it makes people feel religious experiences when meditating, gazing at nature or seeing something miraculous. Both dogs and humans have a limbic system, and a dog’s limbic system will flare from many of the same things that make humans feel spiritual.

This system also allows dogs to experience NDEs and OBEs, which has been proven by checking their blood flow, limbic system and eyes.

Dreams
While many people jokingly say that dogs dream, the truth is that they really are dreaming. They really are acting out their dreams when they are softly barking or running in their sleep.

Phobias and Mental Disorders
Dogs have been shown to fear irrational things like thunder, doctors, fireworks and strangers. They can also experience canine compulsive disorder, which is nearly identical to obsessive-compulsive disorder. This may cause them to excessively chase their tail, lick things and organize items.

Frustration
Dogs experience frustration just like people when they are unable to solve a problem. This might cause them to jump, bark, urinate or whimper. The only difference is that people are better at solving problems.

Conclusion
While they obviously look very different, dogs are similar to humans in many regards. This explains why we have felt such a kinship with dogs throughout the years, and why they are the most popular pet.
Source: BestPsychologyDegrees.com

Saturday, October 19, 2013

National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month- Operation Paws for Homes


Operation Paws for Homes, Inc. rescues dogs of all breeds and ages from high-kill shelters reducing the numbers being euthanize. Most of our dogs come from rural shelters in South and North Carolina. With limited resources, the shelters are forced to put down anywhere between 50% and 90% of the animals that come in the front door. We also partner with shelters located in Virginia and Maryland. Our organization provides pet adoption services to families located in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and neighboring states.

Operation Paws for Homes does not operate a shelter or have a physical location. We rely on foster families who open their homes to give love and attention to each dog before finding a forever home. Through the foster care program, we are able to learn about each dog and their needs and we provide their potential and future adopters with this information. We believe in responsible adoptions and strive to work with each adopter to find a good match for their home and lifestyle.

Operation Paws for Homes, a 501(c)(3) organization, is 100% donor funded. We receive no funding from federal, state, or county governments. As a result, we rely on donations and our adoption fees in order to save the dogs in need that join our rescue organization.

Our goal is to fulfill the dreams of dogs who find themselves abandoned in shelters. Sadly, without our help, all of these adoptable animals would face almost certain euthanasia - usually within days or hours of arriving at the shelter. Each year we take in hundreds of wonderful animals who were left at shelters by no fault of their own. We work hard to unite them with forever families who will give them the life and love they deserve. Without the dedication of our incredible adopters, fosters, donors, and volunteers, we would be unable to fulfill this dream.

About the Author: Meagan Lutz lives in Annapolis, MD and  shares life with two furry companions in my life- two dogs, named Pancake and Zoe. I'd been following OPH for close to a year before I started volunteering. I was in college at the time and had a friend who was one of OPH's first volunteers. I started volunteering with OPH in February of 2012 as a foster. Then I started doing applications, and eventually got into social media and public relations. Now, I'm the PR director for OPH. I adopted an OPH dog, Pancake, who was first a foster, in July of 2012. I've also fostered 14 dogs for OPH.



Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday's Friend - Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Happy Friday-!  I am really pleased to introduce to you a cool dog from the Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc..  This guy reminds me a bit of myself when I was a young pup!

"Charlie Brown"
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Meet Charlie Brown, an 8 month old, 46lbs. Chocolate Labrador!  He's update to date on his shots and heartworm negative.  He is approved for kids aged 10 and up. 

Charlie Brown is a shy boy who just needs a little time to come out of his shell, so he must go to a home with another dog to help him gain some canine confidence. And, he is good with other dogs!
       
Charlie Brown sleeps on his fosters bed and likes to cuddle with either the foster human or his foster siblings. He likes to put his head under my hand to be petted or give me his paw to ask to be petted! He spends a lot of day curled up on he couch. He loves for humans to chat with him as evidenced by a wagging tail.  He has started to play with toys and sometimes chews on Nylabones.

He is house broken and crate trained- he will run into his crate whenever you say “Charlie Kennel Up”. He knows some basic commands and is learning to come when called.
Charlie is slowly learning how to walk on leash.  He still gets scared on walks from all the outside sounds. He drops to his belly when afraid. However, in the backyard, he's less afraid and will often go to his foster human let to be pet.

Charlie Brown would make a great "Forever Friend" for someone willing to put in the time to train him on a few things like my human did for me.   If you would like more information about Charlie Brown, please visit Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc..

"Ain't I Cute??- Charlie Brown"
Credit: Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P.

Friday's Friend - PetConnect Rescue

My friend "Cat Lady" is back! I love working with her, she has such a kind spirit and working with cats isn't as easy of a job as one might think and she does it with such talent along with a barkingly pawsome team of volunteers.  My friends at PetConnect Rescue brought me a cool cat to introduce to you.  I have to admit, after seeing the pics, this looks like one cool cat to hang out with or to have as a Forever Friend!
"Nike"
Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Meet Nike.  An adorable, cool, fun, little kitten born in late April and was rescued from a rural shelter.

Nike got his name because his white feet look like he has running shoes!! And, true to his name he loves to romp and play with the other foster kitties in his home! He gets along quite well with other cats and dogs in his foster home.

Cat Lady tells me that he’s a sweet little guy who will sit on your lap when the mood strikes him! Also he is the first one at the food dish at meal time! RUFF!! 

Nike is a healthy dude!  He has started his vaccinations and has excellent litter box manners.

Sounds like a cool cat buddy to me, er, uh, please don't tell the guys I said that about Nike- I'll never hear the end of it!  But, I knew he was fun when I met him-

If you would like more information about Nike or if you are interested in adopting him, please complete an online application, please click here and a PetConnect Rescue Adoption Coordinator will contact you.

"Playful Nike"
Credit: PetConnect Rescue

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society

My human is with his father today caring for him after surgery.  So, things are little different around here this morning.  It's been a hectic week as he prepared for a few days with him.  Though it's not far away, I can't get to him so Mom turned on the computer and let me write- BARK!!! So I apologize for being later in writing this morning.

My friend from the Washington Humane Society dropped by with a cool dog named Winnie for you to meet.

"Winnie"
Credit: Washington Humane Society
 Ashley Isaac, One of the Washington Humane Society Customer Care Associate's shared with me why Winnie would make a great dog for you to adopt, "Winnie is one of the sweetest dogs in our care, not mention she is such a cutie! She came in with four of her two-month-old puppies, so she can sometimes get overlooked. Winnie deserves a great forever home because she is such an affectionate dog with lots of hugs and kisses to give, any family would be lucky to have her! With Winnie's slightly timid personality, I believe she would do best in a calm household. Winnie loves to play, so she would enjoy life with an active family happily filling any sidekick roll. I am confident Winnie will win all hearts, come meet her!" WOOF!!! PAWS TO YOU Ashley and Winnie!

Winnie's a 55 lb., 2-year-old Cane Corso mix with a beautiful black and brown brindle coat. She is up to date on her shots and vaccinations and is looking for her "Forever Home."
If you would like more information, please contact the Washington Humane Society.   

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dog Breeds - Great Dane and Great Dane Mixes

In my constant bark and pawing to woof breed information to give you a basic knowledge of great dogs, this month, I share the Great Dane!


Looking for a Great Dane Dog or Puppy?
Why Not Adopt!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How to Give Your Puppy CPR

You love your pet. If the unthinkable happened, and your new puppy stopped breathing, you would do anything you could to save your animal companion. But the real question is, could you? CPR and rescue breathing techniques are just as important for our pets as they are for our peers, but few people know how to perform them properly.

CPR differs in application from adult dogs to puppies just as it does from human adults to children. Knowing the differences in CPR techniques for puppies can both save lives and prevent further harm from accidental injury. It is essential to remember that puppies are smaller and more fragile than their adult counterparts, so additional precautions must be taken to ensure their safety during rescue efforts.

It is hoped that you will never be put in a position where you are required to use these techniques. However, accidents, illness, and injuries happen every day and the best way to protect your pooch is by being prepared. The future is unpredictable but few pet owners have plans and equipment in place that provide for the well-being of their furry friends. Puppy CPR is just the first step to continuing health and safety of your beloved pet.  This informative infographic from the Carrington College veterinary tech program helps simplify the proper steps of puppy CPR .

Post by Julie Lee, a freelance writer and animal lover. Follow Julie on Twitter @julie_lee_



Monday, October 14, 2013

Frugal Dog Care Tips

(C) Allen Pearson
Having a dog doesn't have to cost every cent that you have if some time is taken to think ahead, plan, and prepare. If you do everything in a haphazard manner, then, of course, you can end up paying more than should have, such as stopping at an "upper end store" for something you could have bought cheaper elsewhere. I am writing these frugal tips as requested by dog bark collar.
(C) Allen Pearson
  • Food is a hot topic these days with several recalls and the competition growing almost daily it seems. Food is very important source of energy and health for your dog just as it is for a human. If you feed him junk, then so will his health be. Try to feed him the best food you can afford to purchase. Keep within a budget.
  • Consider feeding you’re your dog some of the meal you prepare for your family, such as boiled chicken- but research this thoroughly before you do it. Feeding your dog the best food could keep him healthier therefore cutting back on veterinary expenses in the long run. 
  • Rather than taking your dog to the groomer, instead, have a family time of bathing. You can purchase a shampoo at your local pet shop or even a big box retailer. Take your dog and the family outside and let the fun begin. Be sure the weather is appropriate and you are wearing something you can get dirty or soaked in. If this isn’t an option, shop around for prices on groomers. In some cases, you can select which services your dog might need and you could vary them from month to month. Also, check out the pet shops that offer “Do-It-Yourself” bathing places.
  • Keep an eye out for sales on dog products that you use at local pet shops, big box stores and the large warehouse retailers where you can buy in bulk. Sometimes you can get great deals on items you can store for future use.
    (C) Allen Pearson
    Make sure you check the expiration dates on all the products so you are not wasteful. Be careful NOT to purchase items you don’t already use- just because it’s on sale doesn't mean you need to buy it and if you aren’t already using it, there’s no savings for you. 
  • Maintain a regular schedule of visits to the veterinarian. A regular schedule should help limit any surprises down the road as well as unexpected expenses. 
  • My dog is my best buddy and companion. We go quite a few places together. However, he doesn’t have the latest and greatest gadget or leash or the fanciest collar. He does have the items he need to be safe, secure and a happy dog. A strong sturdy leash for walking, a leather collar (my dog is allergic to the nylon products), food and water bowls which are breed and size appropriate that I researched and determined to be the best for his needs.
  • If you travel, check into the expense of taking your dog with you versus kenneling or having a dog sitter come by. In my case, it’s easier, cheaper and more fun to take my dog with me. I've discovered it’s easy for him to travel with us and the money we would spend on someone to stop by the house can be used toward our vacation reducing costs. Of course, you must take time to plan traveling with your dog and add some patience to it.
  • If you are particularly skilled, as in cosmetology or barbering, you could learn to trim your dog’s nails from your veterinarian and do the work yourself.
  • When the veterinarian prescribes medication for your dog, check to see if they can recommend an online resource where you can order them. These websites can be cheaper since they can buy in bulk. I don’t recommend ordering off any website though the medications might be the same so be certain to discuss with your veterinarian as all websites are NOT the same!!
A resource for many of your dogs needs can be found at the dog bark collar store.

My human and I were requested to write this post by dog bark collar store.  We were not financially compensated but I received a cool food dish which I might share with you in a future post.



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals on October 20, 2013



My friend Patrick at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria sent me an email recently with another event for dogs and their humans!  Really cool as I love to go places with my human- the more I know about the better!  WOOF!!

A barkingly pawsome event is being held by the The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) on Sunday, October 20, 2013!!  You are invited to participate in the Second Annual Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animal.

Walkers and their dogs will walk through historic Old Town Alexandria beginning at 9:00 AM at Market Square, located in front of City Hall at 301 King Street in Alexandria. Participants can register online at Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals.  This is really cool!!  My human and I have taken some interesting walks through old town areas- the people you will see, the places you will go! WOOF!!!!!!

The Walk raises much-needed funds to help the AWLA care for homeless animals at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter and support programs that promote responsible pet care, spaying and neutering, humane solutions to animal behavior issues, and adoptions of shelter animals.

More than 400 animal enthusiasts are expected —many accompanied by their dogs—to flood the Old Town streets once walked by George Washington. Leading the pack are ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8’s Steve Rudin and his rescue dog Gus. All walkers will receive a t-shirt and a doggie bandana, and the event also includes a pre-walk exhibit area and welcome ceremony featuring local community leaders.

Once you and your human get to the event, you can elect to compete with other walkers and form a team or you can do it together!   Megan Webb, Executive Director of the AWLA says, “One of the best parts of the Walk each year is the formation of teams who compassionately ‘compete’ to fund raise for Alexandria’s animals.” Walkers may register as individuals, join an existing team such as Paw Force One, Stray Cat Strutters, or West End Pet Lovers, or create their own team to represent their passion for Alexandria’s animals in a special way. The team that raises the most money will win a prize for all of its members. Other prizes will be awarded to the top individual fundraiser and the top youth fundraiser.

Online registration is open now and will close at noon on Friday, October 18th. The registration fee for adults is $25, the youth registration fee is $10, and children under the age of 6 may participate for free. Walk-up registrations will be accepted on the day of the event, but fees will increase to $40 and $15 for adults and youths, respectively, so all are encouraged to register online at Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals.

Individuals unable to attend the Walk but want to support the event can make a donation to a specific Walk team, an individual walker, or the event as a whole, please visit Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is located at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304 | 703.746.4774 | Alexandria Animals.

About the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is an independent, local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Operating the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility and Alexandria’s only animal shelter, the League provides care for thousands of animals every year, including strays, lost pets, local wildlife, rescue animals, and pets surrendered by their owners. Serving the community since 1946, the League has contracted with the City of Alexandria to provide animal care, control, and sheltering services since 1989. The AWLA is committed to ending animal homelessness, promoting animal welfare, and serving as an educational resource for the community.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month - Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.



My human and I have been photographing and blogging for a few of the rescue organizations in the Washington D.C. area over the past few years.  I love to write about friends who are looking for their "Forever Homes."

I'd like to introduce you to the Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc., an Annandale, Virginia breed-specific rescue organization. What is breed specific?  It means they are similar to other rescue groups and shelters but we specialize in Labradors.

The Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P, Inc., rescues, fosters, and places homeless, abused, and/or abandoned Labrador Retrievers including Golden Retriever-Labrador Retriever mixes and provides a referral service for owners seeking to place their Labradors in new homes.

The Labs' temperament is evaluated and then placed with foster families where they are loved, exercised, and further evaluated while waiting for adoption to their "Forever Home."  The dogs are brought up to date on shots, given a heartworm test and, if possible, are spayed or neutered. Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. places over 850 Labradors each year.  WOOF!!! Barkingly pawsome!!

If you are not able to adopt, there are other ways to help the dogs such as volunteering.  Also, as a non-profit organization, you can donate financially or with goods they can use to care for the dogs and receive a tax deduction.




Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday's Friend - Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.


I had a visit from a friend at Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc., who introduced me to Brian who is looking for his "Forever Home."

"Brian"
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Brian, a 66 lbs., 2 year old neutered black male, who up to date on his shots and is heartworm positive. Lab Rescue will pay for his treatment. He is cool with other dogs and is approved for kids aged 10 and up.
Brian is very friendly dog and loves to be with humans. He likes to retrieve and loves running around the yard. He know sit, come and down (sometimes). 

As a energetic young lab, he'll benefit from formal obedience training. He walks best with an Easy Walk harness.

He has his own YouTube video you can see here, Brian

If you would like to adopt Brian or want more information, please contact the Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Friday's Friend - PetConnect Rescue

"Cat Lady" has been by this week, and she brought a cat I'd call "SophistiCat" because he looks like a polite, sophistcated, proper, and dignified cat!

Please meet Sebastian from PetConnect Rescue, Potomac, Maryland!
"Sebastian"

Are you looking for a lap cat?  If so, Sebastian is your kitty! The only thing that might even possibly tempt him off of your lap is a can of cat food. His most absolute favorite activity is curling up in a lap and giving little love licks to whoever is petting him!!!

Sebastian is six years old, neutered, Feline Leukemia and FIV negative, and current on his shots. He gets along very well with other cats.

To complete an online application, please click here and an Adoption Coordinator will contact you.

"You ARE Coming to GET Me, Right? PURRRRR"
Credit: PetConnect Rescue

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society



WOOF!!!- How do you like my new logo?  My friend Joyce at Sharkbunny created it for me- she's does great work! Barkingly pawsome work!

Happy Friday- I hope you have had a great week- mine has been a bit exhausting so am glad the weekend is here.  I had a visit from the Washington Humane Society this week- they would like you to meet Lutz!

"Lutz"
Credit: Washington Humane Society
"Ruff!! I'm Lutz- Are you my new best friend? I hope so! I came to the Washington Humane Society in August after being abandoned on the streets of DC.

I am a tan and white, male, super happy, friendly, playful, 50 lb. Labrador Retriever - American Staffordshire Terrier Mix!  I just LOVE playing with other dogs, and wouldn't mind a sibling to hang out with. Since I’m so energetic, I’m looking for an active family – is it yours?

Georgia Avenue Shelter Manager Lex Lepiarz chose Lutz for Pet of the Week because, “He’s been overlooked since August, and it’s about time he got the attention he deserves!”

Lutz is available for adoption at the Washington Humane Society Georgia Avenue Adoption Center, located at: 7319 Georgia Ave., NW (202-723-5730).


Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Government Shutdown from The Dogs View

"U.S. Capitol"
Credit: Ralf Roletschek, Commons Wikimedia

I’m getting really tired of hearing about a government shutdown and how these people that the humans pay cannot seem to agree on a balanced budget. It doesn't matter which political party is or isn't doing something but it appears they are worse than children. I don’t understand what they’re problem is except that they need to sit down and do their jobs to represent ALL the people and not just their select few.

As a dog, I must do my job as the world for my humans would fall apart. I am an integral part of the workings of the home and the budget.

For instance, I am on security detail 24/7/365 with a few breaks when the humans are around- even then, I am on alert! It’s my responsibility to make sure the humans are safe, the property is secure, the cars are secure and the house is too. I watch the property for any unusual activity including politicians who like to knock on the door on Sunday afternoons when my humans are relaxing! At night, I am especially alert for any unusual sounds or activity that shouldn’t go unnoticed. I give absolute top notch security service! Homeland Security pales in comparison! If my humans were to pay for the service, it would cost them plenty. I get paid in food, treats, water, belly rubs, shelter and pets.

Another example, I am responsible for exercising my humans, especially the old guy! RUFF!! I must get him up every morning and take HIM for a walk. He thinks it’s about me, but it’s really to walk HIM- can’t have him getting fat on me. I bring my toys to him when he gets home for us to play- he gets a few minutes to rest but only if it’s spent petting me! Instead of a personal trainer, he has me which is 100% better than another human!!

If I didn't do these jobs, their budget would go out the window! And, they would have to do something to balance it- they can’t keep spending and spending and spending without a balance budget. Why do the humans in Washington do it?

AND, if I didn't do these jobs, it wouldn't be fair to the others in my household as they pull “their own weight” in chores and stuff- so should I! Or, they could replace me and I wouldn't want that- of course, replacing me would impossible though….. RUFF!!!! Or, I shouldn't get paid, but why do the humans get paid, they don’t make sense!
"View of the White House from the
Washington Monument"

Credit: Nilington, Commons Wikimedia

So, why are the people in Washington DC doing this? How can they operate a government without a budget? And, why do they let the people who can’t do their jobs to balance the budget, keep their job? And, of course, when I ask this question, I get all kinds of answers from humans blaming the other party or the president. Blame games is what got them in this mess to start with.

When I was a young pup, my momma told me there would be days and times that I would not get my way 100% of the time. I must learn to comprise and to share. After the years, I have done just that. She did say too, that comprise needs to be from both sides not just the one and don’t be going around blaming everyone else, Bush left the White House in 2008- he’s done, you must take firm stand and action.

I want to drive down to Washington and bark! or woof! about comprise and learning to share your toys to the leaders there but my humans don’t want me driving in rush hour traffic!

"Evening Rush Hour"
Credit: Commons Wikimedia