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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Doggie Bad Breath

It's perfectly acceptable for your dog's breath to smell like dog food or a treat they recently ate, but what about when it smells like old food or worse?  Since dogs don't brush their teeth or chew gum like we do, it's up to us to make sure they have healthy gums and teeth.

Depending on how passive and well-adjusted your dog is, you may be able to brush their teeth regularly to help remove stuck food and give them crunchy treats that help prevent plaque build-up.  However, if your dog isn't ok with sitting still and having his/her teeth brushed, you may have to opt for having a vet do a cleaning.   Even if you brush regularly, your dog's teeth will need a deep cleaning/scraping by a vet at least every couple of years in order to keep gums healthy.

Maintenance of your's dog's diet is important for his/her breath.  If your dog eats wet food, try tossing in some crunchy kibble to help eliminate the possibility of old food getting stuck in the teeth.  Some dog foods even contain ingredients that help control bad breath.  You many want to switch to a higher quality food than you're feeding, one that has no fillers.  On the other hand, too much meat can create unnecessary deposits of food.  Look for a balanced commercial food with meat or fish, grains and vegetables.  You can also cook for your dog (again essential ingredients are a balance of animal protein, grain and vegetables).   Dogs are omnivores, so they need a mix of several kinds of food.  You can also try adding vegetables to commercial foods; also, make sure the food bowl is cleaned between meals so there are no deposits of old food.  Spoiled food can give your dog both bad breath and diarrhea!

Some dog treatas contain parsley and mint that can help clear bad breath and improve the health of a dog's digestive tract.  Sometimes bad breath is the result of poor digestion, so talk to your vet about changing your dog's brand of food or his/her whole diet.   Your dog's diet should support healthy coat and skin, and normal pee and poop.  Regular exercise can also help maintain a healthy digestive tract; and drinking water regularly loosens up particles of food stuck between the teeth.  However, if you notice red or swollen gums, brown, stained, or loose teeth, make a vet appointment for a dental check-up right away.  You'll be glad you did.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Pixi the New Puppy

The little white puppy is Pixi and she doesn't take any guff!  Only 15 weeks - imagine a year from now??



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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Three November/December Birthdays

Ruby turned 6 on November 21st but we just got to do her birthday today.  She was so eager for her treat that it was difficult to get her party hat on!
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Bailey the blond mix and Louie the boxer were glad to have a birthday party for two.  Louie was more excited about his treat than Bailey who has a thing about looking gift (horses?) in the mouth.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pre-Thanksgiving Workout

Today the pups in the medium dog play room decided to work off some weight to make room for turkey.  Take a look!


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chester Draws a Crowd

A guy gets popular fast when it's birthday ice cream time.  Chester was hard to get focused, but once he got the jist, he was 100% party boy!  And he had LOTS of friends.



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Friday, November 05, 2010

Archie the Handsome Puggle Turns 1 Year Old

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Archie is a debonair fellow who loves the good life.  Look how he enjoys his birthday Frosty Paws!  At first he wasn't happy about having to share, but he came around, at least for a few licks.
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Howlereen at The Doggie Den

Don't miss this behind-the-scenes look at preparation for trick or treating at The Doggie Den.  Some pups are hams, some get embarassed, and others head for the hills!  It was a fun day.  HAPPY HOWLEREEN EVERYBODY!

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Canine Influenza Can Cause Lung Damage: Vaccination Helps



Reprinted with edits from The Pet Care Services Association newsletter "Boarderline,"  Oct. 2010

A new study in Veterinary Biology is the first to confirm that canine influenza virus (CIV) H3N8 easily spreads from infected dogs to other dogs.   It also showed that CIV can cause more serious forms of respiratory disease in dogs, such as pneumonia, that often go undetected in clinical practice.

Cyndy Crawford, DVM, Ph.D., University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine, and a leading expert on CIV, said, "This study is important for several reasons.  First, it provides clear evidence that CIV H3N8 is highly transmissible between dogs, confirming field observations recorded during naturally occurring canine influenza outbreaks in confined populations of dogs.  Second, the finding of subclinical pneumonia in nearly all infected dogs in the study underscores the virulence of this virus in both the upper and lower respiratory tract, predisposing many dogs to serious overt pneumonia requiring hospitalization."

In addition, researchers confirmed that the excretion of the virus (shedding) precedes the manifestation of clinical signs.  This is significant, according to the study, because it demonstrates that apparently healthy dogs can infect dogs they encounter at kennels, clinics, shelters, training settings, shows and other locations where they congregate.  Researchers also found evidence of "rolling" infection, which makes if difficult for infected kennels and shelters to eliminate the infection unless they close down, and keep new, uninfected dogs from entering, according to the researchers.  These locations can also become sources of disease with the potential to spread to other facilities.

(...) one of the authors of the study said, "We know that canine influenza, a new disease for many veterinarians, is often under- or misdiagnosed because clinical signs are often similar to other respiratory diseases.  Our research further suggests that infected dogs may have serious lung damage that goes undetected because it does not manifest as pneumonia."   Study authors concluded that many more dogs with CIV are likely to have lung damage not being detected clinically in veterinary practice, particularly compared to canine cough, which rarely leads to serious respiratory disease.
Dr. Crawford also noted, "Since clinical trials have demonstrated that canine flu H3N8 vaccine significantly reduces virus shedding, and the presence of subclinical pneumonia, the findings of this new study suggest that vaccination may greatly reduce the potential for rolling infections and pneumonia, thereby protecting facilities from full-blown outbreaks and individuals from hospitalizion

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Cleo the Timid of October

Cleo is our October Dog of the Month.  She's a very special, beautiful Great Dane.  Also the very definition of a gentle giant.  She loves to lean against you and be loved, but only once she gets to know you.  And  that usually takes weeks!  Definitely a conflict avoider too with her puppy pals. 

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Cuba turns 10

Cuba is the sweetest girl in the world.  Her 10th birthday is Oct 21st, but we goofed and celebrated today, Oct 4th.  She saw the Frosty Paws treat and was too smart to correct our mistake!  Anyway, Happy Birthday for all of October, Cuba!

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Doggie Den Yorkie Turns 5 Years Old


Belle is one of a family of two yorkshire terriers.  Her brother is Milo.  She recently turned 5 and Milo and her Doggie Den playpals were there to wish her many happy returns.  She was a gracious hostess, allowing everyone a taste of her treat.


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Monday, September 27, 2010

Loyal blog follower

Hi,
My name is Duke and I follow this blog, NOT because I'm loyal.  Because I gotta know what's goin' on!  My playpals get treats, ice cream, movies and facetime; and if'n I dint watch out I'd never know.  Susan knows I'm on the lookout now, though.  Where's mine, Susan??

BTW, you can see I'm a very tough guy.
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Doggie Dry Nose - Sign of Illness?

My dog's nose is dry. Is he sick?

Guest Post By Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM,



Learning to observe what is normal and and what is not in patients that can't

talk is the first step to observant pet care. A "dry nose" is often seen as a

sign of illness in dogs and cats, but is it? The purpose of this FAQ is to serve

as a basic guideline to know when to consult your vet to see if an examination

is in order.

Answer: The "warm nose myth" has many pet owners feeling that their pet has a

fever (or otherwise sick) if the nose is warm and dry. A dog's (or cat's) nose

may be very wet and cool one moment then be warmer and not-so-moist the next.

All in the course of a day. All perfectly normal.

Changes in texture (crusty, flaky) and color (loss of pigmentation) of a pet's

nose should be looked at by your veterinarian. A prolonged dry, cracked nose,

particularly with loss of pigmentation, scabs or open sores should be examined

by your veterinarian sooner rather than later.

An ill animal will often have a warm, dry nose in addition to other symptoms,

such as: lethargy, decreased or absent appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and so on.

In the absence of other physical signs, there are a host of dermatological

(skin) problems that can be seen in this area, such as Pemphigus Foliaceus.

Other nose conditions to be aware of



Contact sensitivity

Allergies and sensitivities to plastics and dyes may also manifest as changes

on the nose and muzzle area on pets fed from plastic dishes. I recommend using

stainless steel bowls to eliminate this potential problem. Glass or ceramic

bowls are also acceptable, provided that they are study and on a solid surface

to prevent breakage.

Nasal discharge

Anytime your pet shows signs of a "runny nose" -- one that has discharge

coming from the nostrils -- should be examined by your veterinarian. Coughing,

sneezing and difficulty breathing can be signs of anything from a respiratory

infection to a nasal foreign body to a tumor in the nasal passages. Animals

that show these signs (more than an occasional cough or sneeze) should be seen

by your veterinarian.

Black spots

Owners of orange or calico cats often note black spots on their cat's nose and

lips as the cat ages. This is called lentigo simplex, and is a normal change

seen commonly in orange tabby and calico cats.

Sunburn

Dogs, cats, horses, and other species are prone to sunburn (also known as

"solar dermatitis") and subsequent skin cancer on noses, ear tips, and around

eyes. Light coated, pink-nosed animals are at greatest risk. Check with your

veterinarian about providing sun protection for your pet if they are in this

category of risk.




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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Little Dog Lie-Down

After a busy morning of play and hourly forays to the outdoor pee pen, the little dogs take a nap in the afternoon.  In case anyone wonders if dogs are pack animals, you might notice how they're practically on top of each other, with just one tiny Furby girl enjoying a big couch!

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Party for Raven's 2nd birthday

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Raven and her sister Java are goldendoodles who love life and can jump like gymnasts.   At Raven's second birthday party she woofed her Frosty Paws treat, but was nice about giving Java a few licks.  And of course, there were sundry interested by-standers!
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Friday, August 20, 2010

What to do about excessive barking?



Many frustrated dog owners find themselves trying to decode the reason for their dog’s excessive barking. It's a lot like decoding the crying of an infant. Breeds such as terriers can make themselves sick from excessive barking, which may even be a part of their nature. Other breeds just bark without apparent hard wiring for it. Often the dog senses danger; is joining in with unseen barking dogs that the human ear doesn't hear; is attempting to capture the owner’s attention; or the dog has a need and the owner is not addressing it.


Familiarizing any breed of dog with the noise environment he or she is likely to encounter routinely can be a long process; yet it’s required if a dog owner wants to get any sleep. Neighbors, neighbors' pets and other animals should become so familiar to your pup that he or she doesn't feel the need to bark when they make known noises. The best way to "desensitize" your dog to safe noises is to take her or him to the source of the noise and praise them when they calm down. Neighbors can help by greeting your dog quietly each time - they don't want her or him barking excessively either!  Another way to deal with barking at routine noise is to establish a release word which, when you say it and your dog stops barking, gains him or her a reward.

On the other hand, dogs usually feel threatened by strangers, which is a good thing, for they can alert their owners to potential intruders. These instances should cause you to praise your dog, then say the release word when you want him or her to stop. In additon, barking often signals an attempt to capture your attention in order to engage you in activity or just get some affection. It should be noted that many breeds require more attention than owners are able or willing to provide. For this reason it is suggested you research your breed of choice before purchasing. Owners with children may find this less of a problem if the children regularly engage with the animal.

Some breeds require extensive exercise and activity. An owner may be unaware of the dog’s need to run outside of a confined area, resulting in the dog barking excessively. This is easy to recognize; your dog will run back and forth barking; or try to escape. Owners are advised to provide at lease one hour of exercise daily to ensure that their dog is receiving the exercise he or she requires. Exercise provides a dog with a greatly needed outlet for huge amounts of energy which otherwise would get used through barking.

A last ditch method of controlling barking may be to keep the dog indoors except during exercise and potty times. There is also the option of using an anti-bark collar. However, with these strategies, you run the risk of the dog associating being indoors with barking. Or, in the case of the collar, confusing the dog when he/she wants to bark to alert you to a potential intruder, or to tell you he needs to go out. The best way to solve this problem may be training classes or consultation with an expert of the particular breed.

Content provided by Gary Hamilton of ohmydogsupplies.com, the top ranked store to find unique dog collars online.   Redaction and editing by Susan LaDue.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Furby and Sam Celebrate YUM!

Furby times 1 plus Sammy times 4 equals tons of birthday fun.  Furby's the little black and white girl tucked under Laurie's right hand and Sammy's the guy woofing down his treat on Laurie's left.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Twin Bagels

Lady and Quinn are our beagle sisters; they're sweet as can be and share everything with one another.  We call them our twin bagels.   Lady was woofing her way through her birthday Frosty Paws when Quinn stood up to partake. 

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Emmy turns three

Emmy's a good sport about wearing a party hat, but sharing her Frosty Paws with her playpals is not her idea of a birthday!  Happy 3rd, anyway, sweet Emmy!


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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Ebby's 7th Birthday

Ebby has turned 7 and she's quite a lady about birthday treats.  She doesn't do competition.  If one hands her a tidbit, and only to her, she will eat daintily.  If others barge in, well, that's just beneath a girl of her class.

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Monday, August 02, 2010

4 Tips for Finding a New Dog


VISIT AN ANIMAL SHELTER FIRST

Even if you're looking for a purebred.  At any given time, a significant percentage of the dogs in a shelter are purebred and awaiting adoption alongside their mutt counterparts.  Besides, looking at the mixes that are available for adoption can either confirm your decision to look for a purebred, or change it.

FIND A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER AND VISIT THEIR PREMISES

Ask your vet or contact local breed clubs to find the most reputable in your area.  Be sure to visit the facility to see where your dog was born, whelped and exercised.  If possible meet your prospective dog's parents.

 DON'T BUY YOUR DOG ONLINE OR FROM A PET STORE!!

It's most likely going to be from a puppy mill.  Dogs born in puppy mills tend to have more health problems due to the poor conditions into which they are born, and in which their mother lives.

TALK TO A BREED RESCUE GROUP

Even if the nearest group for the breed of dog you seek is cross country.  Oftentimes, they'll help arrange transportation in order to get the animal to you.

Reprinted from Angie's List Magazine, August 2010, p. 64.


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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Laurie and the Pups

It ROCKS in the medium dog play area at The Doggie Den.  No slackers, everybody's up and about.  Dinero and Clancy are both determined to win the tug of war and Chester, he's into "fetch".   Eva and Charlie just want to be part of whatever's happnin'.


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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Things to think about before getting that puppy

Basic Dog Care     


There are lots of responsibilities in acquiring a dog,and you should probably consider them before making your decision. Taking care of them is not easy. You need to be very careful and responsible in taking care of them so you will not unwittingly harm them, or find yourself a victim of their destructiveness or their
expensive health problems.  Being a dog owner is daunting, though lots of fun.

You need to do some research to learn the basic needs of your prospective dog. For example you need to know you can keep up with his or her grooming needs. You don’t have to worry, because these basic grooming needs are not hard to meet; you only need to make sure that you won’t neglect anything since the basic ones are the most important.  Here are some  things to keep in mind:

1.  Do not leave your dog alone for long periods of time.   This should be the most important factor in your decision whether or not to get a dog.  Particularly as puppies, but all through their lives, dogs are bored, anxious and/or depressed when they're alone.  They are pack animals and pets see their people as their pack.  If your life style obliges you to be away from home for 10-12 hours a day, don't get a dog!  It's not fair to him or her;and you're likely to find yourself stuck with behavioral problems like chewing on furniture, soiling the house, chewing on themselves, excessive barking and on and on.

2. Clipping your dog’s nails – it is very important to get your dog’s nails clipped every couple of months.  If you do it yourself, make sure that you know how.  Cutting into your dog's vein is painful and will cause him or her to bleed profusely and to avoid you in the future if you have a clipper in your hand.

 You can get a good clipper from a grooming shop but if you are hesitant, you can also bring your dog to a dog salon or to a veterinarian but of course, you will be spending a few dollars on it. A well manicured dog can walk easily, without hindrances.  A dog with long nails has to constantly compensate for the awkward angle his toes are forced to assume.

3. A good bath every 6-8 weeks – it is important to bathe your dog to make his fur shiny and clean. It will also Keep him/her free from diseases and pests.  You shouldn’t forget to wash your dog’s face, eyes, and ears since these areas are the most important ones to keep them healthy and free from pests.

4. Keep a balanced diet – there are dogs that eat anything they see, which will eventually make them sick. You need to watch what your dog eats; make sure that he or she gets an adequate type and amount of food. If you only rely on processed foods, you need to very particular about the brand, since these foods usually contain unhealthy preservatives. READ THE LABEL and remember that most of the food is made up of the first two or three ingredients listed.  You should look for dog foods that contain vitamins, minerals, pro-biotics and antioxidants. These are good because they boost the canine immune system, helping to keep dogs healthy throughout their lives.   Most of all do not overfeed your dog!!! 

5. Exercise your dog - this is the one people slack off on over the months and years.  Yet it may be the most important thing you can do to keep your pet physically and psychologically well.   Dogs with behavior problems often get better with increased exercise, because the lack of it makes many breeds nervous, bored, anxious and generally prone to bad behavior.  Long, brisk walks on-leash are excellent, as are unleashed workouts in a fenced-in area where you can play fetch or just encourage your dog to run around for half an hour or so.   If your budget allow, put your pup in doggie daycare a couple of days a week.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

You won't believe this morning pee!

It's been a long night and a guy needs to take his time with his first pee.  Plus it can be boring if you don't get creative!
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cody's 7th Birthday

Cody turned 7 on July 10th.  He's our all around good guy who likes everybody.... provided they don't come on too strong.  Definitely more a lover than a fighter.  In the end he even left some Frosty Paws treat for his pals.


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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

It Takes All Kinds

Some dogs hang out by the pool; some dogs wade in the pool; some dogs dig in the pool; aaaand, some dogs, well, you'll see.


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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Q&A on Adoptions - GUEST POST FROM ADOPT-A-PET!

Common Questions About Pet Adoption




Q: Although there are millions of pets in shelters needing homes each year, many pet-owners-to-be don’t think about pet adoption when they’re looking for their new four-legged friend. Why do you think this is, and what can be done to turn that around?

A: Many people who want to get a pet just are not aware of how many great pets are available at shelters. They might also have the misconception that pets in shelters might be there because there was a problem with the animal. In fact, most pets end up in shelters not because of any problem with pet behavior, but because an owner died, moved, or simply didn't have the time or money to care for the animal. In some cases animals are lost and never found by their owners. These animals are healthy and very eager to please. Rescued pets are wonderful- just ask anyone who has one.

Some people are seeking purebred animals or puppies and think these animals are not available in shelters. In fact, nearly a quarter of all animals in shelters are purebred. Often someone buys an expensive purebred animal and then attempts to breed that animal to recoup their money. Often these animals are not placed in homes, and end up in the shelter. Puppies and kittens often up in shelters as well, but it is important to note that puppies require a lot of work and training and can be quite destructive (peeing on the carpet or chewing shoes). Puppies are great, but often people are much happier getting a dog who is older, and whose size and temperament is a known quantity.

Through Adopt-a-Pet.com and without even leaving their home, people can search all their local shelters and see pictures and descriptions of the pets available for adoption. This way, they can find the exact pet they want, call the animal shelter or rescue group, and get information on how to adopt that specific animal.



Q: What are the 5 most important things a potential adopter should consider when choosing their new pet?

A: We actually have a blog post on this highlighting the top 10 things we believe are important when adopting. Here are five, the rest can be located by visiting this page http://www.adoptapet.com/public/guides/permanentpets.html.

1. You need to make a real commitment to care for your pet for its entire life.

2. Verify in advance that you’re allowed to keep a pet where you live.

3. Never adopt a pet on a whim or because you feel it’s love-at-first-sight

4. Provide sufficient exercise and stimulation during the first few weeks, this will help the pet adjust.

5. Make any necessary modifications to your yard and fence to provide for your pet’s safety.



Q: What are 5 positive aspects of pet adoption, and why it’s a good option?

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1. When you adopt an adult animal, you can see his/her size and temperament. This helps ensure that the pet is right for you and your family.

2. It feels great to know you have saved an animal’s life and everyone you meet will give you kudos for that for years to come.

3. Adopted pets are very loyal and know they have been given a new home.

4. Adopting a pet can be an important lesson to teach your children-- both about the value of life, and also about civic responsibility and even recycling- in this case recycling a living and loving animal into a new home.

5. Choosing a mixed breed animal can help avoid many of the genetic health problems that have developed in purebred animals due overbreeding and inbreeding.



Q: If someone reading this isn’t in a position to adopt a pet right at this time, but still wants to help homeless pets, what are 5 things they can do to get involved?

A:

1. People can do Social PETworking and Twitter Critter! They can run a search on Adopt-a-Pet.com, find a pet they want to help get exposure for, and use the share tools on our site to post the pet link on their Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or other social network page. Or, they can email the link of a pet in need from our site to their friends.

2. They can place a link/graphic or even a search widget for Adopt-a-Pet.com on their personal website to encourage they users to see pets in need at local shelters. (hyper link "link" to our links page http://www.adoptapet.com/public/links/index.html where we have graphics to be used as links)(hyper link "search widget" to our search module page http://www.adoptapet.com/public/searchtools/ which itself is a link from our links page)

3. People can add their info to our volunteer database (link http://www.adoptapet.com/volunteer/signup) so shelters who need volunteers can find them.

4. People can search Adopt-a-Pet.com to find a local shelter, and make a cash donation to that shelter to help them with the costs of housing, feeding and medical care of shelter animals.

5. People can encourage other pet owners to spay or neuter their pet (link to our spay neuter page http://www.adoptapet.com/public/spay_and_neuter/index.html) to help prevent unwanted births.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wally's 3rd birthday

Wally is a born party boy.  He loved his party hat, his birthday candle and, especially, his Frosty Paws treat.  His mom asked that he eat half of his treat, so his play pals shared in the bounty!



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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Clancy rocks! Itsa party boy.

It's Clancy's first birthday today and he and his pals had a fun party.  There was a problem, though.  How does a guy carry his rubber bone around and eat his birthday treat at the same time???



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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Cleo's 3rd Birthday

We call her Cleo the Shy.  Try as she might, Laurie couldn't get Cleo to eat her birthday treat, though she was a good sport about the party hat.  After we stopped filming Cleo consented to eat a few bites if Laurie hand fed her.  That's our Cleo.



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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Today is Sweet Eva's First Birthday

Eva turned 1 year old today and Laurie fed her a doggy ice cream while envious playpals looked on.  Eva was a good sport and even wore a party hat!



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Cuba is June Dog of the Month

Meet Cuba, a dog who thoroughly enjoys life.  She's easy-going as can be, but will stand up for herself  if another dog steps on her.  Cuba loves to be cuddled and talked to.  She's our June Dog of the Month and will get a free bath and nail trim.  She says it's about time!



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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Birthday Party for Corinna's 1st!

Corinna the Swiss Mountain Dog mix turned one year old today and she graciously shared her beautiful birhtday cake with her 26 Doggie Den friends.  Good job, Corinna!


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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hi I'm Polaris and I'm an Alaskan Klee Kai

Most people refer to me as a "mini Huskey" but ahemmm...  I am my own breed and I'm very fancy.  Klee Kai.  I'm extremely shy; yet Susan insisted on pointing that black box thing at me for what seemed like forever!


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lucy is May Dog of the Month

Lucy is a chihuahua/maltese mix and she's as cute as a button.  Maybe that's why she's 2010's May Dog of the Month - her little face is as welcome as the fresh spring flowers.  She LOVES to play - The Doggie Den's May Sweetheart!!


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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Molly and friends enjoy her 2nd birthday

Molly insisted that Susan hold her birthday treat while she licked it.  She didn't mind at all when friends decided to join her.  Happy birthday, good girl Molly.



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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Toxic plant alert

Spring is here and it's a wonderful time for dogs.  New smells and sights to explore, rabbits to chase, walks on sunny days.  But, as beautiful as the newly arrived plants and flowers look, there are some that can cause serious illness in dogs when eaten.  To keep your home and yard safe for pup, here are some common toxic plants to avoid:

  1. Lilies, such as the Peace Lily
  2. English ivy
  3. Sago palm
  4. Cyclamen
  5. Amaryllis
  6. Schefflera
  7. Aloe
  8. Madagascar dragon tree
  9. Snake plant
  10. Yucca
  11. Hosta - all varieties
If your dog chews on any of these plants, ask your vet's advice immediately as to whether your pup should receive medical treatment.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Simon and Samantha celebrate!

Simon loved his birthday treat.  When he felt pressure from Archie the pit bull pup he simply picked up his dixie cup and relocated.   His sister Samantha didn't want to spoil her dinner, so she decided to bury her treat... saving it for later.  What can we say?  Everyone loves a party.



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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Yuki's 1st Birthday Bash

Watch Yuki and his puppy pals enjoy an awesome birthday cake!


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Friday, April 02, 2010

Molly the Lab's 1st Birthday

Molly was able to slurp her Frosty Paws treat in peace, though she did have attentive friends in Floyd the basset, Atrayu the sheepdog, Crosby the puggle, and Benny the cocker.


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Charlie Turns One

Charlie is one of our sweetest guests.  He walks away from vociferous encounters and plays with those who are gentle.  He loves human attention and preferred to have his birthday treats hand fed, so that's Laurie's people paw you see on the right.  Happy 1st birthday, Charlie!


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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Tough Guys Take Five

Sometimes even we macho guys get tired!   Pete the bulldog mix and Dinero the pit bull take a break while waiting for their moms to pick them up.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Canine Punch 'n Judy Show

Ringo, the Olympic puppet, can work it all day long, entertaining her canine and human friends no end.


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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Peso

Peso may be a chihuahua, but when it comes to defending his birthday treat he's a BIG GUY,  He couldn't get the treat down fast enough.  And 'though we'd never heard him growl before, he gave off fierce noises when anyone else tried to share his birthday bounty.  Happy Birthday, dear Peso!

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Canine Influenza

A relatively new disease, canine influenza was first reported in Florida in 2004, but has now spread to 30 states and the district of Columbia.  Most dogs have no natural immunity to it because it is a newcomer on the infectious virus scene.  It's transmitted by direct contact, like licking and nuzzling; and through the air via coughs or sneezes.  Your dog can also get it as a result of contact with contaminated surfaces, such as the hands or clothing of a person or the coat of another dog.  So if your dog is exposed to a multi-dog setting (daycare, kennel, dog park, dog classes), you should talk to your veterinarian ASAP.  There is a vaccine, but only your vet can advise you as to whether you should vaccinate your pup.

The symptoms of canine influenza are a lot other respiratory diseases: cough, nasal discharge, watery eyes, loss of energy and/or appetite.    
However, the canine influenza cough can be persistent and sometimes leads to pneumonia, which can be fatal.  The vaccine should be administered along with a bordatella (kennel cough) vaccine.  Neither of the two preventatives can protect your dog from 100% of respiratory diseases, but together they go a long way; and if  your dog does develop kennel cough or canine influenza, he or she is likely to have a milder case than an unvaccinated dog.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Little Duke's Birthday

Little Duke loved the birthday attention, but didn't think much of his Frosty Paws treat. However, he guarded it faithfully until Betsy the cocker spaniel managed to edge it away from him gently.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Heavyweight Antics

In the big dogs' opinion, the little ones get too much credit for being cute. Watch some adorable big guy antics:


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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Woof'n Days of Spring

Welcome to SPRINGTIME, all you north-of-the-equator dwellers.  Welcome to muddy lawns, promising sun, the insect avant-garde, crocus buds, daffodil shoots... and most of all DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!   What a joy, leaving work while it's light out.  Every year it seems a miracle.


Dogs love springtime too.  More smells, yum!  Especially all the rotten stuff that has fallen out of the melted snow.  Those of us who run dog daycares brace for unwelcome bouts of doggie diarrhea in the spring.   Lots of bad germs on the ground and in the ground water.  Some of the bad stuff smells like food to dogs, so it's important to supervise your dog very closely when he's loose in the yard or at a dog park.  You'd be amazed at some of the stuff they love... or maybe you wouldn't!   We find half decayed carcasses of small animals like squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks in vomit and poop.  Thank heavens dogs have short intestinal tracks and can poop out stuff that would kill us 2-leggeds!   Still, it's unpleasant.

We tell our daycare owners to keep an eye on their pup if she or he has diarrhea and to get to a vet with a sample if things aren't back to normal in 24 hours.  Bacterial infections and parasites are not uncommon this time of year.

And oh yeah, don't forget the flea and tick treatments!   If you stopped for the winter, it's time to start up again.  In our grooming shop, we're seeing fleas and ticks flashing "go springtime!" grins.  They're waking up and they're HUNGRY.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Game of 3-Way Bone Tag



Clancy the yellow lab loves to tease his playpals Dinero the pitbull and Chester the Wheatie.  He offers his bone but will he let it go????
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bruce the Yorkie Turns 2



This was Bruce's first birthday at The Doggie Den and he wasn't sure what to do about all the competition for his Frosty Paws treat.  So we tried crating him... thinking he'd feel safer.   NOT!!    Finally we held him and his treat and he ate some of it.

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Finnegan's 9th Birthday


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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday, Luke!

Luke turned 4 this week so we sang happy birthday while he enjoyed his Frosty Paws treat.  That's his sister
Molly in front of him, running interference.  If there's any leftovers, Molly's intentions are clear.  Then there's Peso the black and white chihuahua who just sighs and licks his lips.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Two year old German Shepherd hides his birthday treat


Lenny the German Shepherd turned 2 today.   Wanted no part of  his party hat but he sure tucked into his treat.  Hid it in the corner of the couch and surrounded it with his whole body, like a convict protecting his dinner!  In the end, though, he yielded a taste to his friend Simon, the brindle colored chow who moves in at the end.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Big Dog Peaceful Moment

Sometimes our guests rock 'n roll, sometimes they cruise around; sometimes they rest, and sometimes they nap.  Watch our big dog choices:


Rockin:  Dexter the black and white pitbull mix.
Cruising:  Cuba the black and white long hair mix; Rusty the tan shiba inu; Cleo the great Dane; Simon the brindle chow mix; Zack the golden retriever.
Resting:  Bailey the tan and white shib inu mix; Olivia the tan lab mix; Lenny the German shepherd.
Sleeping: Floyd the basset and Fern the chocolate lab.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

L'il Pup Jamboree



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They may be little but they know how to rumble!
Starring:

Wally the apricot colored shih tzu

Simon and Samantha the Malteses

Furby the black and white havanese/toy poodle mix


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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Double Yorkie


Belle and Milo are brother and sister. Belle is the older and she wasn't too sure about this sibling thing when Milo arrived on the scene. Milo is the guy with the formal attire, by the way. Anyway, Belle (lying down) got used to having a little brother and now acts the immensely tolerant and put-upon older sister. They are a great addition to The Doggie Den family!

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