Winter

Well it definitely is beginning to feel and look like winter out there.  With daylight savings making it dark so early, combined with the new snow and the really cold temperatures, I’d say autumn is most definitely over for the year.

The roads were not very good on Friday so I just took the girls to a green strip a few blocks from our house.  They didn’t seem to mind. Although much to Lacey’s horror, I put boots on them.  Lacey does NOT like boots.  When I was putting them on, she was trying to balance only on the feet that weren’t wearing any so by the time I got to the third one, she was in a bit of a state.  I thought it would be funny to get some video of her so I got the phone ready, walked a little ways away and called her.  Nothing.  She didn’t budge.  I ended up having to grab cookies from the cupboard and even that barely got her to move.  Don’t mind my sappy voice in the video – she needed all the encouragement she could get.  I swear I don’t talk like that all the time.

She was fine outside in the boots when on leash but once I let them off leash to run, the most she would do is keep up with me.  I eventually took the front two off and she ran around like crazy.

Still in boots.  :)

Happy as a clam from the get go.

Ruffwear boots in the front, Muttlucks in the back. They both have their pros and cons and seeing as we are down to 3 Muttlucks, we had to improvise.

The frisbee mainly stays on top of the snow… until some one drives it under anyway.

I love the snow coming off her butt.

It’s hard being short!

Snow taco!

She loves filling up her taco and then shaking it loose.  She does it over and over and over and over.

A hint of mascara just in case she runs into any boys.
Happily searching.

Without boots to weigh her down, she was a wild child

She looks a bit evil with only her eyes snow free.

Kind of makes me think of Santa Paws.

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PetsitUSA Updates

There hasn’t been any pet food recalls reported by the FDA over the past week, but if you have heard of any, let us know.  Visit our Facebook website about questions related to pet sitting.  There is an interesting debate about whether or not you should raise your prices each year.  Some do not, while others think a small increase is safe.  There was also a recent story about a heroic dog, Gabe.  You can read more about how he has saved lives at http://www.herodogawards.org/.

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Pet Food Handling Safety

There are many steps you can take when handling pet foods and treats to help prevent foodborne illness, including Salmonella-related illness.

Salmonella in pet foods and treats can cause serious infections in your pets and in people too, especially children, older people, and those with compromised immune systems. Salmonella can inadvertantly be transferred to people handling the contaminated products.

Pet owners and consumers can also help reduce the likelihood of infection from contaminated pet foods and treats by following safe handling instructions:

Buying

- Purchase products in good condition, without signs of damage to the packaging such as dents or tears.

Preparation

- Wash your hands for 20 seconds with hot water and soap before and after handling pet foods and treats.

- Wash pet food bowls, dishes, and scooping utensils with soap and hot water after each use.

- Do not use the pet’s feeding bowl as a scooping utensil—use a clean, dedicated scoop or spoon.

- Dispose of old or spoiled pet food products in a safe manner, such as in a securely tied plastic bag in a covered trash receptacle.

Storage

- Refrigerate promptly or discard any unused, leftover wet pet food. Refrigerators should be set at 40º F.

- Dry products should be stored in a cool, dry place—under 80º F.

- If possible, store dry pet food in its original bag inside a clean, dedicated plastic container with a lid, keeping the top of the bag folded closed.

- Keep pets away from food storage and preparation areas.

- Keep pets away from garbage and household trash.

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The Tick vs the Tick – Part 1

The Tick episode 7 First aired: October 22nd, 1994 Link for part 2: www.youtube.com
Video Rating: 4 / 5

An interveiw with the Tick from the animated series
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Help for Low-Income Pets

I think it would be useful to pull together a database of help sites for low-income pets in distress.
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Dog Poop Bags – new times call for new business

Dog Poop Bags – new times call for new business

Times have changed. Our cities have expanded, more open land is being developed now and we’re all living in high rise buildings with no gardens. The result is that we are all required to take our dogs out to community parks to relieve themselves and that has brought on the new problem of dealing with pet waste.

Laws and rules have been laid down about owners having to clean up after their pets and before long dog poop bags were invented and they are now sold all over the place to make it easier and more convenient for pet owners to actively take care of the environment.

As times change and new things come about, new business opportunities arise. Dog poop bags, as simple as they are, have become a business opportunity like few others. In my opinion the business can be compared to the opportunity toilet paper was in the days it was invented. Pets will always produce waste, and pet owners will always be obliged to clean up after their pets. Dog poop bags are almost as high in demand as toilet paper now, and laws that state pet owners have to take care of their dog’s business ensure that dog poop bags will never go out of demand.

As a result, dog poop bags are a good investment from a business point of view. New developments in the characteristics of dog poop bags are also wide open for exploration as the product still has room for improvement. The bags have been made biodegradable, recently also flushable, they’ve been made colourful and scented, and there will still be more developments in this industry.

If you’re interested in getting involved in business opportunities, something as simple and every-day as dog poop bags could be just the answer for you, because it’s in such high demand and so many pet owners are willing to jump at new developments that make waste removal even easier and less unpleasant for them. Turn on your creative brain, get involved in the dog poop bags business and make a difference to the environment and pet owner’s sentiments, along with the money you earn.

To find the best dog poop bags on the market, please visit http://www.poopbags.us

 

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Welcome Home to Your New Pet. Now What?

According to recent statistics, more and more Americans are adopting not only their first companion animal, but their second and even third. The pervasiveness of multiple pet households indicates just how important pets have become in our lives, and that we want our existing pets to have companions of their own.

Having multiple pets increases everything: the joy, the cost, the hair, and the cuddles. As a veterinarian, I am often asked for advice on how best to integrate a new pet into a home that already has resident animals. In this post, I’ll be focusing on dog-only and cat-only households.

In a Dog-Meet-Dog World
When seeking to add an additional dog to your family, be sure to choose a breed, gender and personality that compliment your current canine. For example, it’s unwise to match a tea cup poodle puppy with a large or giant breed dog, especially an active one. Even if no harm is intended, the puppy could easily be injured. Similarly, be conscientious if you already have an older dog with arthritis, as a puppy could prove overwhelming. In general, opposite genders get along better, as do spayed and neutered pets (procedures I heartily endorse). In general, we would recommend the adoption of a dog younger than the resident dog; if the ages are reversed, tension could result, leading to recurring fights over who claims dominance. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, personality is an important factor. You know your resident dog’s disposition and it’s essential to take that into consideration when bringing a new dog into your home.

It’s always a good idea to have your existing dog as well-trained as possible prior to bringing a new dog into your home. Trust me, it will make your life easier and may even help facilitate the training of your new dog. As pack animals, dogs instinctively pick up the habits of their pack members. If you have a well-trained resident dog, then he or she can show the newcomer ‘how things are done’.

Even if your dogs seem to hit it off great from the get-go, don’t leave them unsupervised until you are certain that they have fully accepted each other. To that end, some experts advise that the dogs have time away from each other, as well as time off from you, too. This will help foster their bonds to you while also teaching them that it’s okay to be alone.

Feeding time can be a challenge with more than one dog. If the dogs compete for food, it may result in snarly spats and possibly overeating (at least, for one of the dogs). In addition, the dogs may develop the habit of ‘bolting their food’, or eating too quickly while not chewing their food sufficiently. Bolting may lead to serious problems like chunks becoming lodged in the throat, or cause GI distress like vomiting or diarrhea. The simplest way to avoid these problems is by feeding the dogs separately. If you have dog crates, consider feeding them while they’re safely ensconced inside their individual crates. Short of that, consider feeding in separate rooms, but be sure to close the doors! Whatever method you choose, make sure the feeding areas are places where your dogs will feel safe and will be able to eat undisturbed. Remember to remove the bowls after your dogs are finished eating.

Lastly, make sure that you purchase separate bedding, bowls and toys for your new dog. Some experts believe that it’s vital that each dog has his or her own property, as this will help your resident dog feel less threatened by the newcomer.

Cat Plus Kitty Doesn’t Have to Mean Catty
Just like with dogs, be thoughtful of your resident cats when bringing a new cat into your home. If your existing cat is quiet or reserved, then a mature companion can be good choice; if you have an active cat, consider getting a cat with an energetic disposition. If you choose to introduce an adult cat, try to find one who has lived in a feline community before. The best combinations are based on personality, so choose a cat with a temperament that compliments your resident cat. Adding together two unneutered male cats can be recipe for conflict. Please make certain that your newcomer has had a thorough veterinary exam and tests negative for intestinal parasites, feline leukemia and AIDS, as the latter two are highly infectious diseases.

The best way to introduce a new cat is gradually. A new feline in the home will likely lead to some measure of stress for your resident cat, especially if your cat has no prior experience living with other pets. Keep the new cat in an area separate from your resident cat, such as a bedroom or bathroom with a shut door, and introduce them in stages, using progressively increasing increments of exposure time. Never leave them unattended until both the cats appear to fully accept one another. Be forewarned, sometimes this process can take between a week and a month, depending on the temperament of both cats. Cats, by nature, don’t like change. Chances are, your resident cat may hide, ignore or hiss at the newcomer for a few days, so give your kitty some time to adapt. In the majority of cases, the household will resume normalcy over time.

In the meantime, there are things you can do to ease the transition. Give the new cat its own bedding, litterbox, food dishes and toys in an area separate from the resident cat’s belongings. Make sure both cats have separate areas where they can retreat to if threatened. Add additional cat trees and scratching posts around the house for environmental enrichment. You might also consider purchasing plug-in Feliway dispensers, which can reduce stress during the introductory period.

With a little bit of forethought and patience, you too will be able to welcome your home (and your heart) to a new companion animal and incorporate them safely into your existing family.

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