Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best Destinations For a Dog Getaway (Guest Post)

If you usually leave your dog with friends, family or a boarding kennel when you jet off on holiday why not consider taking your dog along with you next time? While you’ll find that most destinations will generally welcome dogs, these are some places around the world that will make your four-legged friends feel like they’re right at home!

Israel

It should come as no surprise that Israel – the country that launched the very first television channel for pooches - is a nation of dog lovers. This is particularly obvious in its biggest city, Tel Aviv, where there are designated beach and park areas specifically for dogs (don’t worry, they’re still welcome everywhere). You’ll spot every kind of breed wandering the streets here, and many have awesome custom haircuts to cope with the heat!

happy to pose by Victor Bezrukov, CC-BY-2.0
France

The French certainly love their dogs - so much so that they don’t think twice of seeing them in shopping centres, restaurants and other public places. Even in Paris dogs are a common sight – in fact they even have city workers that drive around on a motorcycle sucking up dog poop (they call it a ‘moto-crotte’), although you’ll probably feel a bit wrong leaving your dog’s waste on the pavement. If you’d rather get away from the city there is a wealth of countryside to explore. While many of the National Parks ban dogs you’ll still find many trails leading out of towns and villages as well as along the coast.

Ah, Paris by Jon Hurd, CC-BY-2.0
The Netherlands

While you won’t find people employed to scoop up your dog’s mess in Amsterdam it’s still a great place to take your dog. There’s a special area in Oosterpark specifically designed for dogs while Vondelpark is another great place for you and your pup to stretch your legs. Meanwhile, in the large open squares around the Netherlands you’ll often find locals relaxing at a cafĂ© with their pooch, so you can feel comfortable taking your pet where you please. 

Dog in Window by Mingo Hagen, CC-BY-2.0
USA

As you’d imagine with a country the size of the USA there are plenty of dog friendly areas, but the one that trumps them all may be Key West at the southern tip of Florida. There’s a tremendously laid back vibe here, perhaps in part thanks to its proximity to Cuba, so if you enjoy relaxing strolls with your dog and easy access to delicious fresh seafood you’d have difficulty finding somewhere better.

On the other side of the country you’ve got San Diego in California. There are no less than four dog beaches here, so you can feel free to unleash your pooch and let them run and play to their heart’s content.

Lady Momma by Wonderlane, CC-BY-2.0
New Zealand

While there is a quarantine period for dogs entering the country, if you’re going to travel to the other side of the world why wouldn’t you want to take your pet with you for the adventure of a lifetime? There are dog friendly cities throughout New Zealand on both the North and South Island, so you can easily travel through the country with your dog by your side. While dogs aren’t allowed in National Parks you can bring them into many of the country’s beautiful Forest Parks as long as you keep them on a leash. And of course, as you’d expect from an island nation, there are miles and miles of beautiful coastline to explore.

Sunrise + Dog by studio tdes, CC-BY-2.0
Pack your Pet Passport

Remember that if you’re planning on going away with your dog it’ll need a passport just like you. This will involve having your dog microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and treated for tapeworm – just ask your vet for more details and then start preparing for a proper dog’s holiday.

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Author's Note:

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas, Maligayang Pasko

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Dog, Cat, Bird, Turtle, Rodent and Pet-Lovers everywhere in the world.


I'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of our lives this 2013. We have smiled, laughed and cried with you- through thick and thin. We may have been busy with other things, but you are always in our mind.

Hopefully, 2014 will be different for MyDogsLove.Me. We hope to visit as many blogs as possible to get to know others in the bloggy community.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

No Ideas for Fundraising? Take A Look At These 8 Tips! (Guest Post)

Today's guest post on Animal Charity Fund Raising is brought to us by  RSPCA Choices.

Stalls at the Chiltern Dog Rescue Society's annual event at Cholesbury - geograph.org.uk - 1455300
Stalls at the annual Chiltern Dog Rescue Society fund raising event at Cholesbury
Every single day of the year can offer an opportunity to make a positive impact in the life of some loving animals that are affected by who knows what, without them doing anything bad. We all need to do our part and organizing a simple fundraising event is something that every single person can do. The problem is that if you never did this in the past, there is a pretty good possibility that you do not know what to do. 

Here are some simple ideas for fundraising:
  
  • Celebrate a birthday, party, wedding or any other milestone moment by letting people know that a charitable donation is possible instead of a gift. RSPCA Choices allows this with ease after you set up your own page and highlight the charities that you support. 

  • Organize a Theme Day at your office. Make the theme close to an animal charity and ask for a donation. Alternatively, organize an office party where the invitation is based on a charitable donation of any amount. 

  • Car washes or yard sales can always be organized by virtually anyone. Let people know why you do this and support the charities of your choice through branded uniforms and clear banner signs. 

  • Block parties or neighborhood parties – accept donations at the party. People are more inclined to donate anyway when they are having fun. 

  • Find local bands and ask for their support. Organize a charitable concert and the concert charge can be donated to your charity of choice. 

  • Organize a sports tournament. This is a little trickier but it can bring in a lot of money. 

  • Sell items on the internet and donate a part of the profit to the charity of your choice. Do the same in the event that you own a brick and mortar store. 

  • Organize shop to give charity promotions. 


Don’t Forget About Social Media Coverage

Nowadays we tend to use the internet a lot and much of our time is spent on social networks like Facebook or Twitter. If you organize any charitable or fundraising event, no matter how small it is, make sure that you include social networks into the mix. 

People might think that this is not a necessity but let us consider a very simple scenario. Let us say that you just announced donating to one of the projects that support dog rescue programs through RSPCA Choices (since we already mentioned above). A simple share on your Facebook page might lead towards some friends seeing that there is such an opportunity. Maybe they will also donate. 

When it comes to fundraising for animal charities, we have to understand that every single extra amount that can be gained counts. Animal treatment and care can be expensive, as you most likely already know by now. If we can help, it is time to do our part and join the fight. Find a charity that you support and try to raise as much for them as possible.
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dogs & Apartments: Three Sides to Every Story (Guest Post)

All images provided by guest poster.
You're not alone if the major criteria in shopping for your new apartment was two little words: "Pets Allowed." Apartments.com's recent survey found that 90 percent of renters own pets—80 percent of whom chose their apartment based on the landlord's pet-friendly policy. If you're apartment-hunting in Chicago you're in luck, check out the pet friendly meter of Chicago apartments at ForRent.com ... It's almost up to 100 percent!

Photo by Ross Gruff via Flickr









With so many renters seeking pet-friendly housing, it seems counter-productive that some landlords are still wary of renting to pet owners. The answer may lie in that old saying, "There are three sides to every story—yours, mine, and the truth."

When it comes to renting an apartment with dogs, those three sides are yours, your pup's, and your landlord's. Let's start with the landlord.



Once Burned, Twice Shy


"I've had problem with dog-owning tenants in the past. They let their dogs run unleashed through the walkways, never cleaned up after them, and when they went off to work, the dogs barked all day."

It's your job to assure him you're different. If you can, get references from past landlords. Bring your dog when you view the apartment so he can see your well-behaved pet. Discuss exactly what regulations are in place.

  • Is there a limit on the number of pets or their weight?
  • Are any breeds banned?
  • Where can dogs be walked?
  • Is there a fee or damage deposit?

As with any agreement, solidify it in writing. If no list or lease addendum is available, compose your own to be signed by both parties. You might use the policy sheet of the New York City Housing Authority as a model for writing your own.

Now for your dog's side of the story:

Empty Paws Are the Devil's Workshop


"I'm a mix of many proud breeds. Throughout the ages, my ancestors spent their day hunting, herding sheep, protecting livestock or property, or ferreting out underground creatures. Now you're expecting good dog behavior of me, but leaving me with nothing to do but twiddle my paws."

Photo by OakleyOriginals via Flickr
The third side of the story is your side. You want to live here but you're really at your dog's mercy. You do your best by pup so you can keep in the good graces of your landlord. And for this you get up early, very early. Your days of sleeping late are over.

Rise and Shine


A Tired Dog is a Good Dog: You know dogs need a morning walk of at least 30 minutes; energetic dogs like labs and hounds need at least an hour. But you also add a nightcap of Frisbee, fetch, or chasing bubbles. You want to burn up all that energy so he'll sleep most of the day.

A Sound Mind in a Sound Body: You provide mental exercise to occupy him when he wakes from his long nap. That includes rotating his supply of chew toys, and supplementing them with challenging puzzle toys. The ASPCA recommends a KONG stuffed with a treat to reward him for his mental expenditures.

A postscript to the story:

One is The Loneliest Number: If pup is depressed, a pal could perk his spirits. If you're willing to go this route, many landlords limit tenants to one dog but allow one cat in addition. Contrary to the colloquialism "fighting like cats and dogs," some form strong interspecies friendships. The key word is "some." If your dog shows aggression to every cat, chipmunk, or squirrel he encounters, he's not one of the "some."

Photo by Katlene Niven via Flickr
However if he only wants to play, there may be a cat for him, just not a kitten or elderly cat. Many shelters have visiting rooms where you, your pup, and a prospective kitty can hold a mutual interview. And when you bring the winning candidate home, assign her a room, and allow at least a two week internship with all communication taking place through a closed door.

For those who choose the kitty route, the American Humane Association has a detailed map to follow.

Remember, millions of dogs get along just fine in apartments. It just means getting into a routine that works for both your and your pet.

Author's Bio:

Mary Pettaway. Mary is a health-conscious blogger from Texas.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Dogs Love Balls


Cheezy with Ball

PJ with Ball

Coal with Ball
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Friday, December 13, 2013

How to Care for a High Energy Dog (Guest Post)

It just so happens that I've recently received this article about high energy dogs. This morning, I was outside running around, playing with 4 rambunctious teenage dogs and getting down and dirty trying to wrestle all 4 of them. Now I feel so drained that even a senior can beat me in climbing Mt. Everest. 

Somebody messed with the garden soil again!
Here's another great article from Adam Holmes. Have a great weekend!!!

High energy dogs like Border Collies, Poodles and Cocker Spaniels are some of the most loving and obedient breeds to ever walk the planet. However, without the proper amount of attention and exercise, these curious canines can get into all kinds of trouble. 

If you’re looking to welcome a highly energetic dog into your life, you should do so with some caution. As wonderful as these particular breeds may be, it requires a substantial amount of time and effort on your part to give them the care that they need. 

Do your Research

One of the best ways to prevent a dog from getting bored and wreaking havoc on your home is by doing some research prior to purchase. Like anything else, making the right decision can require some shopping around, and if you choose hastily, it can result in chewed furniture, damaged walls and frequently toppled trash cans. 

  • First and foremost, read up on your dog’s particular breed. Although many dogs will tucker out and curl up by the fireplace, high energy breeds require much, much more than a walk and a game of fetch to get tired. 

  • If possible, take a look at your dog’s parents. If there’s a long line of energetic working dogs in his lineage, he’s much more likely to possess the same traits. 

  • Consult a veterinarian before taking the plunge into owning a dog. Veterinarians can supply you with all of the information you need and can even recommend certain breeds to you based on your lifestyle and experience with dogs. 

Be Proactive

Once you’ve completed your research, you can begin outfitting your living space for your new, furry addition to the family. During this phase, it’s important to not only be proactive, but thorough as well. Regardless of breed, adopting a dog is a big step in anyone’s life, and if you aren’t prepared, you can risk damage to not only your home, but to yourself as well.

  • Install baby gates to keep your dog from getting into certain areas of the house when he’s inside, and a wireless dog fence for when he’s romping around the yard. This will prevent him from wandering into places that he doesn’t belong. 

  • If your job requires you to be away from home for long hours, find a trustworthy neighbor or a dog sitter prior to bringing your dog home. 

  • Formulate an exercise regimen for you and your dog and keep it as consistent as you possibly can. Although many dogs are happy with random physical activity throughout the day, some appreciate a scheduled time for them to “go to work,” even if it’s just a jog or a trip to the dog park. 

Have Fun

Owning a high energy dog is certainly a lot of work, but fortunately for you, having fun with, and frequently engaging, him can curb numerous problem behaviors. Many dog owners have found success through increased physical activity, brain teaser games around the house and even socialization with other dogs. 

  • If you’re a runner, take your dog with you on your daily jaunt. More often than not, he will end up pulling you along rather than the other way around. 

  • Games such as hide-and-seek are perfect for poor weather days or days where you don’t have time to take your dog out. It not only challenges your dog’s cognitive capacity, but also teaches him worthwhile skills that can be utilized on hunting trips or in other similar scenarios.

  • Get your dog accustomed to the company of other dogs and people as soon as possible. This will teach him how to conduct himself in social situations and can even help you meet fellow high energy dog owners.  

Although high energy dogs can be a bit of a handful from time-to-time, they really do make some of the best companions an owner can have. If you live an active lifestyle and are able to give them the attention they need, there is surely no reason for you not to adopt an energetic dog. Be warned though, these dogs need a lot of love, and without it, can be difficult to maintain. 

Author's Bio:

I’m Adam Holmes, a writer for Havahart Wireless. I love my two energetic dogs (Argos the husky and Lilly the Labradoodle) more than life itself.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Different Ways to Stop Your Dog from Barking (Guest Post)

Chooey is a real barker... especially when there are unknown beings lurking near the house e.g. evil cat, evil pigeon, evil stranger dogs. So today's guest post is all about ways to stop dogs from excessive barking, brought to you by Mr. Dzhingarov.

All dogs bark. Some will only do so when there is a good reason while others just keep barking without any apparent reason. We have some breeds that will bark more. No matter the case, there are many situations in which we want the dog to be quiet. That is what we will talk about now. 

Baying
Some breeds are inclined to barking due to their natural instincts.
The one thing that we need to understand is that we should never stay focused on completely stopping the dog from barking. This is especially true when the bark is an alarm sign or something that would ward off a thief. What we want to achieve is having the dog stop barking in the moment we tell him to do so. In addition, the dog should bark only when there is a reason for that. 

There are many situations in which pet owners end up associating the barking with something great that happens in the pet’s life by offering affection when barking is loud or calm praising voice. 

Head Halter

The head halter is useful when the dog often barks or sports at other animals and people. Introduce the dog to the halter and when there is a bark that is not wanted, simply lift your leash. That will close the mouth of the dog and you can guide him towards sitting. 

Teach Dogs to Carry Objects

When you teach the dog to enjoy carrying various objects, he will not bark and will do so less than before. The only problem in this case is that you have to be careful so that you do not offer a toy or something to carry when a dog barks. If you do that the pet can mistake that toy as being a barking reward. 

The Doorbell Exercise

This is a pretty interesting exercise that has a lot of extra added advantage so you should consider it. You start by basically making the dog bark. You can do so by having someone ring the doorbell while you have the dog on a leash. The purpose is to teach your dog to bark when the doorbell rings and then be quiet when you give an appropriate command like “Quiet”. Have a dog bed (ZeiPet manufactures some great ones) close to the door. Teach your dog to go sit on the bed and look at the door when you give the Quiet command. The person behind the door hears the dog barking and then hears you say Quiet. When you open the door the dog looks at the door attentively so you basically let off the idea that you control the dog for possible intruders. 

The Distractions

This is perfect for dogs that bark for no reason. Whenever barking starts, you can distract the dog by slamming a drawer or a cupboard or simply throwing a can with pebbles on the ground. What counts is that the dog does not see you make the movement. The dog will stop barking and you pay no attention to what happens and just go on with your regular activities. When the pet starts to see that when loud barking happens bad things also happen around him, he will stop barking. However, you need to learn how to distinguish between the barks so that you do not stop him from barking when he needs to go to the bathroom or something like that.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cheezy Shares his Story on Why Spaying and Neutering is Important

Remember when I said I would never allow the dogs to blog? Well, I was wrong. Seeing as I am running out of ideas, I am now passing the "keyboard torch" to Cheezy. 

My BIG Cheezy Story 
by Cheezy

Hey folks! Let me just tell you I wasn't exactly adopted. In fact, my story isn't life changing (my life- an exception, of course). 

I still can't understand how someone could abandon this smug-looking face of mine. Don't you think I'm cute?

I was a wee-puppy when I got picked up by the BIG MAN. I and my siblings were left in a box at the corner of an unknown house without our mommy or daddy with us. 

We stayed there the entire morning, but nobody wanted us. 

See, I'm uber-talented that I don't need Photoshop to edit my super cute puppy pictures.

Knowing that we would probably end up in the pound, the lady of the unkown house began giving us away to her neighbors calling out, "Who wants a puppy?". 

It was lunch time when the BIG MAN came walking from his office to his BIG HOME. He saw us in box but did not take a closer look. 

So he continues walking home until he arrives at the front door. Then he tells his BIG FAMILY and Haopee that there were puppies without a mom or dad being given away by the lady next door. 

Remember that tortured Kong ball...

Haopee was hesitant at first. Getting a dog was a really BIG RESPONSIBILITY for the BIG FAMILY. Fortunately for me, Haopee says, "Okay. One BIG HAPPY FAMILY of DOGS it is."

So there you have it, the BIG MAN picks me up from the box and brings me home to meet my new brothers.

This is Coal, me and Puppy trying to mess with the landscape. We were caught red-handed.

Now I'm about a year old living the life of a BIG DOG (literally speaking) and I've been happily staying in the BIG HOUSE with my BIG FAMILY thanks to the BIG MAN and his BIG HEART. Oh, and Haopee is just fat, so she isn't categorically qualified to be in this BIG STORY.

Moral of the Story:

Spay and neuter if you want to ensure a puppy-free, accident-free life. I mean it! The initial cost is somewhat expensive, but it'll save you tons of vet visits and puppy problems.

Also, puppies are cute, but they grow into big dogs. I am about 25 kilos (or more) right now. That's 10 times my weight 11 months ago!
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Friday, December 6, 2013

5 Ways to Make Your Dog Comfortable After Surgery (Guest Post)

I've especially chosen to publish this guest post after remembering Chooey's broken mandible. It was difficult for me to take care of her-- knowing she was in pain. I had no idea how long it'd take for her jaw to heal so I counted the days worrying about her eating and drinking (since every time she moved her jaw, she would be in pain). 

A bark turned into a shrill. A bite becomes an excruciating action. She had to eat recovery food and baby food for more than a month. My heart goes to the families of dogs who are need of surgery. So here it goes...

It's always painful to see a beloved family dog have to go in for surgery, especially when the American Veterinary Medical Association reports that 63.2 percent of pet owners consider their pets as family members. Once your dog is out of the vet's and back home, you want to keep them comfortable and happy as the recovery process begins. The vet's office gives you instructions on what to do with the medication and wound care after surgery, and there are a few more ways you can keep your dog happy after such a stressful experience.

Photo by Flickr user HarshLight (as provided by Guest Poster)

Room Preparation


You don't want to throw your dog back into the fray of things immediately. Prepare a safe, quiet space with plenty of food and water, and warm, soft bedding for your dog to be comfortable on. The amount of time your pet needs this safe room varies, according to VCA Hospitals. It's possible your dog may need several weeks of recovery time, although basic procedures such as spaying and neutering won't take long for recoveries.

Don't Disturb Their Sleep Overly Much


The anesthesia and stress of being at the vet's office may lead to extended sleeping time for your dog. Allow them to sleep as much as they want and minimize distractions that may interrupt their slumber. The Assisi Animal Health company recommends taking your dog out every few hours, as IV fluids may cause them to pee on a much more frequent basis than normal. Combined with deep sleep, your dog may even have accidents while napping. Try to limit how active they are outside, however, as you don't want them breaking stitches or having other issues.


Keep an Eye on Temperature


It's hard for an animal to tell if they're too hot or cold post surgery, so it's up to you to keep them at a comfortable temperature. Bring in a fan to cool a room down or browse The Shade Store for thick window treatments to block out the sun if it's too hot for your pup.

Follow the Post-Surgery Care Instructions


If you need to give your dog medication after surgery, stay on top of the intervals. Don't give your pet any more than the doctor instructed, even if it seems like they're in a lot of pain. You also want to check on incision sites and confirm the wound is not opened.

Stop Your Dog from Licking


You may need to apply the dog cone of shame if your dog refuses to stop licking the incision sites. While the dog thinks he's helping the healing process, he runs the risk of pulling out stitches, introducing bacteria into the area or eating bandages off of a wound. He might look goofy for a bit, but it's the best idea in the long run.

Written By:

Walter Price. Walter is a property manager who enjoys taking his dog Peter to work with him.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chooey's Letter to Santa on Chew Toys

Locally-Made Dog Chew Toys and Squeakers
Dear Santa,

You must be very busy this December.
We are happy that you gave us new toys to play with last year.
But this 2013, I wish Santa would spend more time in personally inspecting them.
Please make sure that they're safe for chewing and free from melamine.
Not just the ones for me, but for all the dogs who are in the nice list.

Sincerely Yours,
Chooey

Petstages Doggy Chew Pack from Haopee's Nephews
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Do Dogs and Other Animals Dream? (Guest Post)

Happy Sunday and belated Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Photo credits: epSos .de

Have you ever wondered if dogs and other animals dream when they're asleep? This is actually a question that many people have about their pets - especially when they watch them sleeping sometimes. Rather than guess on this, we've dug up some specific information 

A psychology professor at the University of British Columbia - Stanley Coren - wrote a book called The Intelligence of Dogs in which he says they dream, but their sleep cycles are a lot shorter than that found in humans. And this means that even if they dream, it's not as involved as the dreams of humans. 

Do Dogs Dream? The Proof

Here's a look at all the major and specific signs that point to the fact that dogs dream - probably of chasing cats and other small forest creatures. 

  • Brainwaves - The first sign that dogs do really dream is that their brain continues producing neural activity. In fact, these brainwaves are very similar to what is seen in humans when they enter the dream state during sleep. This is very specific information. For example, scientists have been able to read the brainwaves of rats so clearly, they know the section of a maze the mouse is dreaming about! 
  • Movements - It's known what area of the brain inhibits the body from acting out specific body movements in dreams. The pons - as this area is known - can be turned off so that scientists have been able to see what dogs are dreaming about - usually doing common dog activities. If you look closely at the dog's eyes, you'll see that they are moving because the dog thinks they're looking at real images while dreaming - like humans. 
  • Research - Studies have shown that animals below a dog in intelligence dream, which is another very good sign that there's something going on in your canine's mind when they close their eyes to rest. Further research will be done, but there's a good chance the dogs will all receive treats and won't be harmed while more information is sought about how and why dogs and other animals dream. 

Looking at the facts above, it's easy to see that dogs - and other animals - likely dream. What they're dreaming about is still a mystery, but seeing them move their legs when sleeping helps us put together a picture of what they're probably dreaming about. Dreams are mysterious for humans but perhaps even more so for animals like dogs. 

One thing that should be pointed out is that toddlers are known to dream more because it's thought that it helps strengthen neural connections. And if this is true for human babies, it's probably likely true for puppies as well. So make sure you let them dream as much as they need when they're growing up. 

Written by: 
Gustavia Heffner knows a lot about Parquet because he's been working with it a while. He loves to read infographics about home maintenance. 
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