Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dogs Enjoying Summer

 MY DOGS ARE THOROUGHLY ENJOYING SUMMER!

Dogs enjoying Summer activities
Hitting the Beaches
We make sure to follow impawtant SUMMER SAFETY TIPS while we're having Fun in the Sun and PET BOATING SAFETY TIPS if we take the dogs out on the water!

Dogs enjoying Summer activities
Dipping our paws into lakes and ponds

My dogs enjoying Summer
Chillaxin on the porch

My dog enjoying Summer breezes in the yard
Enjoying Summer breezes

My dog loves Starbucks Puppaccinos!
Devouring delicious Starbucks Puppaccinos!

HOW ARE YOUR PETS ENJOYING SUMMER?  LEAVE US A COMMENT & TELL US WHAT YOUR PETS ARE UP TO THIS SUMMER!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Summer Health Tips for Pets

As a proud member of the Bayer Animal Health PET INFLUENCER TEAM, I strive to share information and support initiatives that help achieve every pet parent's goal of HAPPY AND HEALTHY PETS

Today I'm sharing some important Summer Health Tips for Pets that were provided to the Bayer Pet Influencer Team by Bayer Veterinarian, Dr. Zachary Miller.




Dogs and Panting


🐢 Dogs have sweat glands, they're in their feet!

🐢 Unlike people, dogs don't rely on sweating as a major way to cool off.

🐢 When dogs pant they utilize walled off areas in their lungs where oxygen is not exchanged. If they didn't do this, they would hyperventilate!

🐢 It may not appear this way to humans, but dogs use a lot of energy when panting.

🐢 Overweight dogs and brachycephalic dog breeds, such as Pugs, Boxers, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, and Lhasa Apsos have a high risk of suffering heat strokes.

🐢 A common sign of heat stroke in pets is bloody diarrhea.


Thanks to Bayer Animal Health and Dr. Zachary Miller for sharing these pet health tips!

Approximately 60% or more of an adult animal's body weight is water!  It's important to keep your pets well hydrated, especially in the hot Summer weather.

Get more helpful tips and information from the PetBasics from Bayer web site!

Summer Health Tips for Pet from Bayer Animal Health
Thanks to Bayer Animal Health and Dr. Zachary Miller for sharing these Pet Health Tips on why dogs pant!

Did you find these tips on why dogs pant helpful?  Please leave us a comment and share your thoughts!  We love hearing from you and we want to bring you helpful and interesting information about dogs - and occasionally other pets!



Monday, July 17, 2017

Are These Toxic Pet Dangers Lurking In Your Yard?

The use of insecticides and pesticides has increased so much over the years, both in residential neighborhoods and public areas like parks.  These are the places we play with and walk our dogs!  Do we have a false sense of security when it comes to these potentially toxic chemicals and our pets?


Toxic pest traps and baits could inadvertently end up in YOUR garden and hard your pets.
I don't want any poisonous stuff ending up in my garden!
We know these substances can potentially be toxic to dogs and other pets. However, we may think it's completely safe to spray insecticides or position rat and ant baits in the front or side yard of our house if our dogs only play in the back yard.

We may not realize how much weed killer, bug spray, and pest control is being used in or near public spaces.  We think parks, walking and hiking paths, and other public spaces that spray pesticides or place pest traps close to where we walk our dogs are safe.


The truth is, substances that are toxic to dogs and cats can end up in places pets can easily get to. Dogs can stick their noses deep into grasses or flower beds where insecticides have just been sprayed.  They could ingest grasses or plants that have been sprayed as well.


Pest baits and traps can also be hazardous to pets.  Even if they're placed where pets are not allowed, they can be inadvertently moved to locations in a variety of ways, even by other animals!  Birds can pick them up if they're lightweight and end up dropping them in another location, like your back yard! 


Ant baits and other pest control items are sometimes moved by animals, kids, even hoses!  They can pose a danger to your dog or cat.
I was shocked to find that the ant bait I had staked into the ground behind a shrub ended up in our driveway!
We have a Carpenter Ant problem so we put down ant baits around the front and sides of our house.  We thought it was totally safe because our dogs are never off leash in those areas of the yard.  

Imagine my surprise when I found that one of the ant baits, which I staked into the ground behind a shrub, ended up on our driveway!  The bait had little teeth marks around it, indicating that a squirrel or other small animal had gotten hold of it.   Fortunately, it was left on the driveway where I could see it.  A squirrel or other small animal could have easily taken it and moved it into the yard where we wouldn't see it, but our dogs would have gotten hold of it!


A friend of ours once threw some rodent bait into their attic because they thought mice or rats were in there.  The bait was in the form of cubes.  The directions said to just toss the bait cubes around in the attic and the offending rodents would eat them and die.  Here's the problem; any rodent that got into the attic could have easily carried off the bait and deposited it in a backyard or anywhere else in the neighborhood.  After I heard that, I resolved never to use that type of pest control product in our home or yard.  It's too risky!


Pest traps and baits can also be inadvertently moved by re-positioning or accidentally kicking a garden hose, a bird picking up and dropping it in your yard, or even being picked up and moved by a curious child.  

If you place this type of trap or bait around your property, check on the traps frequently and check your yard to ensure traps or bait haven't ended up where pets or small children can get to it!  Or better yet, search for natural insecticides and pesticides rather than the chemical laden kind.

Toxic materials like pest traps and baits can inadvertently end up in your yard in a variety of ways.  Keep your pets safe from toxic materials
Pets can get into toxic materials in public places and even in our own yard.  Be aware of your pet's surroundings at all times
Another concern is that your pet might catch or even eat an animal that has ingested poisonous material.  The poison could then end up coming in contact with, or being consumed by, your precious pet.  

Even if you don't use these toxic substances around your home, they could possibly end up on your property or in a nearby park.  Your pet could then be at risk for coming in contact with it.


Keep your eyes open, check your yard often to ensure nothing hazardous has landed there.   Be alert at parks, dog parks, hiking trails, and at the beach for potentially poisonous items.


According to PetMD,  symptoms of toxic poisoning in dogs include:

πŸ•± Fever
πŸ•± Vomiting
πŸ•± Diarrhea
πŸ•± Depression
πŸ•± Chronic Anorexia
πŸ•± Seizures
πŸ•± Muscle Tremors
πŸ•± Hypersalivation
πŸ•± Constricted pupils
πŸ•± Increased heart rate 
πŸ•± Lack of coordination
πŸ•± They have trouble breathing

If you want to know what the most common pet toxin is in YOUR state, you'll find it on the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Conter's article on the Top Toxicity Calls Per State

If your pet has ingested any poisons, immediately call your Vet or the Pet Poison Hotline at 800-213-6680  OR call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Artisan Inspired Dog Treats and a Giveaway

We first met the folks from Vita Bone® at the BlogPaws Conference in 2015. Each year since then we've enjoyed visiting their booth at the conference and seeing what new treats for dogs they have. 

Vita Bone dog treats are Artisan Inspired, sourced & made in the U.S.
Vita Bone® Artisan Inspired® soft dog treats
This year Vita Bone® has introduced some new Artisan Inspired® soft dog treats. I love the healthy ingredients and the artisan inspired style of these treat flavors.  In addition to their Dog Biscuits and Chewys, these new Artisan Inspired® treats are SOFT dog treats.  I think the soft treats are a great addition to their line of dog biscuits and other snacks for dogs.   

Vita Bone® Artisan Inspired® dog treats are made with:
Wholesome grains 
 Real Vegetables & Fruits 
 Real Meats, like Turkey, Chicken, and Bacon!
 They're Sourced and Made in America
➤ Vita Bone® Artisan Inspired® dog treats Do Not contain artificial flavors, corn, or soy   

Vita Bone Artisan Inspired dog treats are made with wholesome grains, real fruits & vegetables, and real meats.  They contain NO artificial flavors, corn or soy
Enough TALK, when are we gonna EAT them!?

Vita Bone® Artisan Inspired® Treats are thoughtfully crafted in five kitchen inspired flavors. 

πŸ–Country Biscuits, Sausage & Gravy Flavor
πŸ–Turkey Pot Roast & Red Potato Flavor
πŸ–Maple Bacon & Blueberry Flavor
πŸ–BBQ Chicken & Sweet Potato Flavor
πŸ– Turkey Stuffing & Cranberry Flavor

They're great as an everyday reward, training treats, or a special treat for your dog just 'cause you love each other so much!

Enter our GIVEAWAY below to win a Prize Package of dog treats from Vita Bone! 


This post is sponsored by Vita Bone®. I am being compensated to help share information about Vita Bone® Artisan Inspired® soft dog treats. We only share information about products we feel are relevant to our readers. 

Icy and Phoebe put Vita Bone® Artisan Inspired® Soft Dog Treats to the test.  They tried the Country Biscuits, Sausage & Gravy Flavor and the Turkey Pot Roast & Red Potato Flavor.  You can see the results in our video:


Vita Bone® Artisan Inspired® Soft Dog Treats are a hit!  Icy and Phoebe give these treats a PAWS UP!!


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Other Vita Bone® dog treats, dog biscuits, and chewys you may like:


Vita Bone® dog biscuits and treats for dogs are available nationally at Walmart and grocery stores.  Use the Vita Bone store locator to find a store near you that carries Vita Bone products.  

Treat your dog and your wallet with these valuable Coupons for Vita Bone biscuits and chewy treats! 

Vita Bone is a family owned business that has been making dog treats in Utah since 1972.  They are proud sponsors of the American Red Cross and Pet Partners. Both of these charities are near and dear to my heart.  Icy and I are a Pet Partners Therapy Dog team, volunteering in our community to help people in need.  I've been a supporter of the Red Cross for many years.  They always seem to be the first ones to step in to help when a disaster strikes, anywhere in the world!  I love companies that give back to their communities, like Vita Bone!

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Vita Bone makes several different kinds of delicious dog treats, you can read about them here: Vita Bone's other delicious dog treats.  


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Two Shirts Morph into a Fancy DIY Dog Skirt

The BlogPaws Conference was coming up fast, and I wanted to walk the Red Carpet with Icy and Phoebe at the Nose to Nose Awards dinner.  I had an adorable dress for Phoebe, but I could not find anything dressy that would fit Icy with her big 50lb. long body!  Time was running out, so I got a little creative.

I made this skirt last minute for Icy to wear on the Red Carpet at the BlogPaws conference
I searched through old clothing to find something, anything I could work with to make an outfit for Icy that she could walk the Red Carpet in at the conference.

I came across this shirt that belonged to my Mom, who passed away last year.  Icy and Phoebe adored my Mom.  Whenever she came for a visit they'd get so excited and compete for her attention.  She loved them too - she was always sneaking them contra band, like pieces of cheese or salami when I wasn't looking!

I thought this old shirt of my Mom's could be worked into a DIY dog skirt for Icy
The animal print is beautiful and rich, I always loved this shirt. It didn't fit me, but I thought it would be perfect as a little skirt for Icy.  I don't possess the skills to fashion a dress, but surely I could manage a really simple skirt, right?!  So I got to work.


I cut off the sleeves and top portion of the shirt, leaving me with a tube shaped piece.


I decided to cut out what would be the front portion of the skirt.  I didn't want it to get in Icy's way and I wanted her to stay cool when she lay on the floor.  I just needed the skirt to cover her back.

I left the front of the skirt open so Icy wouldn't get too warm in it
I measured, cutting the sides to take it in so it would fit around Icy.  I then sewed/hemmed the piece at the top and slid an elastic band through it to form the "waistband" of the skirt.


The skirt looked pretty plain, I needed some sort of embellishment to dress it up.  I found an old beaded top that had belonged to my Mom as well.  I cut the sleeves off it and used one of them to dress up the waistband.  I attached a gem stone I found for 2 bucks at the craft store to one side of the waistband and it was done!  I sewed the whole thing by hand, my sewing machine is still packed up in the basement from our move to NY.

DIY fancy dog skirt made from two shirts  #DIY #dogclothing
The finished product!  you'd never guess this skirt was made from TWO SHIRTS, would you?

Icy wore a DIY Dog Skirt at the BlogPaws awards dinner
Icy is ready to walk the Red Carpet in her crude but cute, fancy DIY dog skirt.
It was simple but cute, and I kind of love the idea that Icy now has a skirt made from something that belonged to my beloved Mom.  We had donated so much of her clothing over the course of a year, but I still kept many of her things.  I'm sure my Mom was looking down from heaven and chuckling at my Red Carpet creation, but happy that I included her in some way, and kept her in our thoughts during that wonderful event!


Icy and Phoebe on the Red Carpet at BlogPaws

Have you ever made your dog any clothing?  Leave us a comment and tell us about it!





Monday, July 3, 2017

Boating Safety For Pets

Summer is upon us, and with warm weather and sunny skies, many owners are choosing to take their canines out to sea on their boats.  Many four-legged companions enjoy sailing as much (heck, maybe even more) than their human counterparts. The feeling of the wind in your fur and the smell of salt air is enough to make any canine go crazy!


Boating Safety for Pets INFO-GRAPHIC
Icy is Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay, hoping to get out on a boat this season!
However, there are plenty of safety considerations to keep in mind before bringing your dog on board.  The folks over at K9 of Mine have published a new Dog Safety Tips Infographic that they've shared with us here at Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them to help keep canine companions safe this sailing season. 

Make sure to read these tips before you take your pet out on the water!




One of the biggest goals we have had for our dogs has been to get Icy and Phoebe out on the water in a boat!  We love being out on the water but my dogs have never been on any kind of boat; not a sailboat, canoe, kayak, raft, or any other type of water craft.  I'm hoping this is the year we accomplish that goal!  I'll be sure to follow all the safety tips on K9 of Mine's Info-Graphic before we do any kind of boating with our dogs!

Follow these safety tips for bringing your dog out on the water in a boat
Poor Icy and Phoebe are canine Land Lubbers, hopefully we can get out on the ocean, or at least in the bay this Summer!
A big THANK YOU to K9 of Mine for sharing this Pet Safety Ingo-Graphic and tips to keep pets safe on the water!

🐢 I'll be sure to get a Life Vest for dogs before I bring my dogs on any boat, you should too!  PetSmart has a large variety of dog life vests and life jackets at varied prices.

(This image is a PetSmart Affiliate Link)

Have you taken your pet out on the water?  Please leave us a comment and tell us about it, you know we love hearing from you!






Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: My Dog Patrolling The Beach

PATROLLING OUR FAVORITE DOG FRIENDLY BEACH 


ICY SITTING ON THE SEA WALL PATROLLING THE BEACH, 


FINDING STINKY STUFF ALONG THE SHORE AT LOW TIDE,


ENJOYING THE SUN SET AFTER ALL HER HARD WORK...

Have you taken your pet to the beach this season?

Dogs Love Summer, But If Your dog's digging in the Yard Try This!


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Don't BUY A Guinea Pig, Rabbit, or Hamster, RESCUE One!

I'm taking a break from my usual content about dogs today to share some important animal rescue information. Most of us know that there are Rescue Organizations for nearly every breed of dog out there.  What is less known is that there are also Small Animal rescue organizations for smaller animals you might be tempted to buy at a pet store or online.  These are rescues for Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Hamsters and other small animals.  If your child is begging you for one of these furry little animals, please consider saving a tiny furry life by looking for a small animal rescue organization before you decide to purchase one!

There are many Guinea Pig rescue organizations across the U.S., please try to adopt one before purchasing a Guinea Pig
Two adorable Guinea Pigs from Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue (MPGR).  Photo courtesy of MPGR
I hadn't known about the many small animal rescue organizations across the country until about 2 years ago.  One such rescue organization is the METROPOLITAN GUINEA PIG RESCUE (MGPR), a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and finds new homes for Guinea Pigs in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas.  MGPR also works to educate the public about the proper care of Guinea Pigs.

I met Becky Wilson, Medical Liason at MGPR, and her adorable foster Guinea Pig, Bobo at the BlogPaws Conference.  I was really impressed with the work they do at Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue to rescue Guinea Pigs from local shelters, where they are often euthanized. 

Becky graciously agreed to an interview for Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them to share with us all the wonderful work they're doing for Guinea Pigs in need, and why Guinea Pig rescue is so important.

Becky with the adorable and charismatic Bobo at the BlogPaws Conference!  Becky is currently fostering Bobo, who has some health issues.

ME: BECKY, WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR GUINEA PIG RESCUE?


BECKY: 
Many shelters don't accept small animals like Guinea Pigs, and those that do often don't know how to properly care for them.  Care of a Guinea Pig is very different from care of a dog, cat, or horse, which are the type of animals most animal shelters are trained to provide care for. 

One female Guinea Pig can potentially have as many as 30 babies in one year!  They can also become pregnant immediately after giving birth. It's not easy to tell the gender of a Guinea Pig.  Oftentimes people will buy two, thinking they are both the same gender, and end up with a litter of Guinea Pigs they can't find homes for!  Their numbers can easily get out of control.  Unwanted Guinea Pigs are often abandoned outdoors but are unable to survive on their own.

Metroplitan Guinea Pig Rescue (MGPR) was started by Judith Lainer. Here, in Judith's own words, is how it all started:

"One day I went to a pet store and decided to purchase two rabbits. Next to the rabbits was a really cute guinea pig with long hair. I decided to buy her as well. I had looked first at local shelters and did not see any rabbits up for adoption. So that is why I went to the pet store. I came home with Reese, a long-haired guinea pig, and within two days, she had produced three babies! They were all so cute!

My daughter at the time had a skating coach who wanted one guinea pig, so I let her adopt one, leaving me with mom 'Reeses' and her pups were 'Reese's Pieces'. This was in early 1994.

In early 1995, I found out through an internet mailing list about a woman in Virginia Beach who rescued guinea pigs. She asked me if I would come down there and help her rescue 15 guinea pigs at the local shelter. So I drove down to Virginia Beach and we went to the shelter and picked up over 15 guinea pigs.  I took home 15 of them.
These guinea pigs all had very bad feet that we would later find out was a condition called bumble foot. I had them checked out by a veterinarian and then asked some of my own friends to adopt these guinea pigs and care for their feet.  I kept four of them.  At that time, veterinarians knew very little about guinea pigs and how to care for them. Not long after that I found out about a need to rescue more local guinea pigs that were abandoned at a local shelter. So I went over and got them as well. I decided to start a guinea pig rescue and called it 'Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue'.  I did not take in any donations and all of the veterinary care as well as husbandry were out of my own pocket, and this included spaying and neutering them so they would not be bred.  I did incorporate that year (1995)  in the state of Virginia and proceeded to continue to rescue and rehabilitate guinea pigs and then adopt them out. People used to laugh at me and wonder why I was doing that and also why there would be a need to rescue guinea pigs.  These sweet animals were being kept in the worst conditions because people had no idea how to care for them."

Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue is run entirely by volunteers, currently 50 of them, and is mostly privately funded.  We usually have about 50 Guinea Pigs in our care, all of which are in foster homes. We adopt out approximately 12 per month.  

Guinea Pigs are herd animals and are quite social.  MGPR prefers to adopt out Guinea Pigs in pairs.  If you already have a Guinea Pig and would like a friend, we'll conduct Guinea Pig Speed Dating at our Adoption Meet-ups to help you find just the right companion for your Guinea Pig!

We spay and neuter the Guinea Pigs in our care and provide medical care they may need.  We perform a behavior assessment on our adoptable Guinea Pigs as well.  MGPR does NOT take in individual owner surrenders.  We rescue all our Guinea Pigs from animal shelters who are unable to adequately house and care for Guinea Pigs.

The folks at MGPR are Guinea Pig experts.  Educating people about how to properly care for Guinea Pigs is a big part of our mission.  We often visit SPCAs to provide staff with Guinea Pig care and education! 

We also attend Animal Festivals, events like the BlogPaws Conference and Adoption Events to raise awareness and educate people about Guinea Pigs and Guinea Pig rescue.  


ME: WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE SURRENDER THEIR PET GUINEA PIGS?


BECKY: 
Guinea Pigs are often bought on impulse, without much knowledge of how to properly care for them.  This is especially true when a child sees them in the pet store and begs the parent to get one.  I believe the required clean up and loss of interest are the main reasons people surrender their pet Guinea Pigs.  

Many people don't know that Guinea Pigs can be quite messy and require a lot of clean up and care. You need to clean their cages every day or two, and if their cage is too small it will always be dirty, and so will their tiny feet!  Guinea Pigs actually need more care than dogs and cats in terms of clean up, as there is a lot of waste created by a Guinea Pig, and it's all in their cage.

Once the Guinea Pig is home, kids often lose interest and don't like the smell and all the clean up, so the Guinea Pig gets left alone in their cage for many hours every day.  Parents don't usually have the capacity to give a Guinea Pig the attention it needs and don't appreciate all the clean up either.


Adorable Mortey & Chewy.  Photo courtesy of MPGR


ME: WHAT IMPORTANT FACTS CAN YOU SHARE WITH US ABOUT GUINEA PIGS?


BECKY:
πŸ’œGuinea Pigs are not good "starter pets" for younger children.  Their hands aren't big enough to safely pick up and hold a Guinea Pig.  They often drop them, which is not only unsafe for the animal  but it makes kids not want to touch them again.  They're best for older kids with larger hands.

πŸ’œThe cages sold for Guinea Pigs in most pet stores aren't big enough!  A proper Guinea Pig cage should be about 2.5 feet x 4.5 feet for two Guinea Pigs.  No more than three Guinea Pigs should be in a single cage.  A lot of urine and feces is generated by Guinea Pigs, they need enough room to get away from that.  Cages should be cleaned every day or two at least.  

πŸ’œCedar chips, often sold as Guinea Pig bedding is bad for their lungs.  They have their faces in it all the time and it can cause respiratory infections.  Paper bedding is best.  Aspen shavings are good too because they don't contain the oils that cedar has.

πŸ’œA child's bedroom is not a good place to keep a Guinea Pig. They need to be watched closely by the parents, as children may not notice an illness. 

πŸ’œVeterinary care for Guinea Pigs requires someone experienced with exotics.  Standard Veterinarians aren't usually equipped to handle the care and diagnoses of Guinea Pigs.  Although generally healthy, Guinea Pigs should see a Veterinarian annually.  Because they are considered prey animals in the wild, Guinea Pigs are very good at hiding their illnesses.  If they appear sick or they stop eating, within 12 hours they can become very ill due to their rapid metabolism.  They should be seen by a Veterinarian right away - don't wait!  The House Rabbit Society, a National organization, can provide recommendations on Veterinarians that can treat Guinea Pigs.

πŸ’œGuinea Pigs will start losing weight if something is bothering them healthwise, so watch for weight loss.  Ideally, weigh your Guinea Pig weekly, in grams.  They should weigh on average 800-1400 grams, but can weigh as much as 1500-1700 grams.

πŸ’œYou should never leave your Guinea Pig unattended outdoors, especially if Hawks are in the area.  A Hawk will grab them and carry them off!


Adorable Guinea Pig from Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue (MPGR).  Photo courtesy of MPGR

ME: WHAT SHOULD GUINEA PIG OWNERS WITH DOGS AND CATS BE AWARE OF?


BECKY:
Never leave a Guinea Pig alone with a dog, even if the Guinea Pig is in a cage.  Their cage should always have a lid on it as well.  If the dog shows too much interest in the Guinea Pig, or they want to play with it, be cautious. Larger dogs in particular can be an issue.  I only know of one case where a dog has killed a Guinea Pig.  It was a long haired Guinea Pig, and when the foster mom brought him home the dog apparently thought it was a toy.  Probably because the long haired Guinea Pig looked different than any other she had brought home before.

Cats actually like Guinea Pigs!  You'll often find cats inside the Guinea Pig's cage, curled up and happy together!  Many people have cats and Guinea Pigs with no problems.  However, baby Guinea Pigs could be considered prey by a cat, so be aware of that.

You know your own cats and dogs so be aware and judge their reactions.  Know your animal and be honest with yourself about the attributes of your pet.  

ME: HOW CAN THE SURRENDER OF GUINEA PIGS BEST BE CURTAILED?


BECKY: 
Education!  Do your research on the habits and care of Guinea Pigs, be prepared for the cleaning needs.  We would like pet stores to stop selling Guinea Pigs, just as many of them have stopped selling bunnies. Getting them out of the large chain pet stores will curtail begging children and the impulse buying goes along with it.  We'd like to see more people ADOPT, not SHOP.  Just like puppy mills, Guinea Pig breeders tend to keep their Guinea Pigs in horrible conditions.  

More adoption and less buying at pet stores will help curtail the number of Guinea Pigs that are surrendered to shelters and in danger of being euthanized.

THANK YOU BECKY FOR TAKING THE TIME TO TALK WITH DOGS LUV US AND WE LUV THEM ABOUT METROPOLITAN GUINEA PIG RESCUE!!  KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK SAVING LIVES!

If you live in or close to the Virginia/Maryland/DC area and are interested in fostering Guinea Pigs, please access the MGPR Foster Application Form on their site.

If you wish to make a donation to MGPR, they gratefully accept monetary donations.  They will also benefit from Guinea Pig food donations, but they are very discriminating about what they feed the Guinea Pigs in their care. They only feed them Oxbow brand food, as they don't feel many other commercial foods for Guinea Pigs provide optimal health.  They co not accept cages because they don't feel the average cage size in pet stores, which is what most owners have, is adequate for optimum health and happiness of  Guinea Pigs.

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VISIT THE METROPOLITAN GUINEA PIG RESCUE WEB SITE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GUINEA PIGS AND MEET ADORABLE GUINEA PIGS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!  

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Have you ever adopted a small animal from a rescue or shelter?  If not, would you consider doing so?  Please share your thoughts in the comments, we value your feedback!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

3 Great Dog Products I Discovered At The BlogPaws Conference

One of the great things about attending a pet industry conference is discovering new pet products.  I get really excited when I discover helpful new products for pets, especially products for dogs!   At this year's BlogPaws Social Media and Bloggers conference, there were 3 dog products that really stood out for me.

The first one was the Easy Walk dog harness from PetSafe.  I happen to love PetSafe, and I'm so grateful to them for creating the Easy Walk harness because it's made specifically for dogs that PULL! Siberian Huskies are by far not the only dogs that like to pull you clear across the county, there are plenty of other dog breeds that love to pull on leash!  We've been using the PetSafe Easy Walk harness for years, since Icy was about a year old.  So why am I so excited about a harness for dogs that I've been using for years?  I'll tell you:

Easy Walk No-Pull Dog Harness from PetSafe
One of our original Easy Walk no -pull Dog Harnesses

WALK YOUR DOG IN STYLE WITH A BEAUTIFUL NO-PULL HARNESS!


I love the Easy Walk no-pull harness sooooo much, it literally saved my sanity!  However, it wasn't the prettiest dog harness, it came in few colors and looked nice but pretty utilitarian.  That makes sense because it's a tool that helps prevent dogs from pulling on leash.  Just because something is a tool that makes your life easier, doesn't mean it can't be pretty, right?!  I had secretly hoped PetSafe would come out with an Easy Walk harness that came in some pretty designs.  Imagine my joy when I walked over to the PetSafe booth in the BlogPaws Exhibit Hall and there it was!  The new Easy Walk harness in several beautiful designs!!

My dog's Beautiful Easy Walk No-Pull dog harness in designs by Pet Safe
Icy's beautiful, new sparkly Bling Easy Walk harness!
I could have kissed the PetSafe folks in the booth, but that would be weird.  Instead I just gushed about how beautiful the new harnesses were and how happy I was that they made some Easy Walk harnesses in beautiful designs.  I was admiring the harnesses when Toni from PetSafe mentioned that although they didn't have it with them that day, they also had a new  BLING   Easy Walk harness!  I love Bling and I love to Bling out my dogs!  They offered to send me one to try, and of course I jumped all over that offer!  A short time later PetSafe sent me the most beautiful purple sparkly Easy Walk harness!! It's gorgeous, I absolutely love it!  It's perfect for walking around town, lunch at dog friendly cafes, trips to the pet store, or an evening at a special pet friendly event.


Icy wore her new Bling harness on a recent trip to PetSmart.  She looked so pretty!


C'mon, let's go into town and show off my new sparkly collar!


Thanks PetSafe, for sending us this gorgeous sparkly Easy Walk harness!  It's perfect!



EASY TO MAKE DOG FRIENDLY ICE CREAM MIX


Another new pet product I found at the BlogPaws conference was Puppy Scoops dog friendly ice cream, made by Puppy Cake!  This is such a cool product, no pun intended!  It's ice cream for dogs that you make yourself.  It's super simple to make and Icy and Phoebe just loved it.  It's perfect for the hot weather we're having right now.   

There are 3 simple steps to "make" the ice cream.  Add water to the mix, Stir, then Freeze right in it's own container!  It couldn't be easier.

Easy to make dog friendly ice cream mixDog friendly ice cream

Easy to make Ice cream for dogs
The container comes with the ice cream mix in a plastic bag

Ice cream that's dog friendly and easy to make
Open the contents of the bag into the container, stir in the water and pop into the freezer for a few hours.

Voila!  Delicious dog friendly ice cream!


Puppy Cake also makes several different kinds of Puppy Cake mix for dogs.  I keep wanting to make a cake for my dogs from scratch, but somehow I never get around to it.  The puppy cake mix looks really easy to make, I  definitely want to give that a try as well!


THIS DOG TOY KEEPS DOGS BUSY HAVING FUN!


The next product I really liked is also by PetSafe, it's one of their Busy Buddy toys.  At first I thought it was a pink Rhinoceros, because it's so sturdy and tough, but it's actually a Unicorn!  It comes with 4 rawhide treat rings that you can place around the Unicorn's neck.  Icy couldn't wait to get her paws on that pink unicorn - she loved playing with it!






PetSafe Busy Buddy rawhide treat toy.  It keeps dogs busy and playing!
The PetSafe Busy Buddy comes with 4 rawhide treat rings and is easy to set up for play
At first it seemed a bit puzzling to use, but it's actually simple to get the rings around the neck of the toy; just push the head in and twist is right off to put the rings on.  It provides great mental stimulation as dogs work to get at the treat ring.  Icy continued to play with it even after she ate the treat ring!  Note: Always supervise dogs' playtime with any toy or chew, don't leave them unattended.

As you can see from this 30 second video, Icy is thoroughly enjoying her Busy Buddy toy!


It was so much fun meeting great brands at the conference and seeing what new products they have come out with.  I love getting that sneak peak!

How do you like Icy's new purple Bling harness?  Leave us a comment and tell us what you think, we love reading your comments!

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