We must work on legislation to improve situations …

We must work on legislation to improve situations post seizure. Many times abusers are convinced to surrender these animals. It should be a law that evidence of abuse automatically means the dog is relinquished to proper shelters for adoption.
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INSTAGRAM CUTIE: PYPER PLEASED WITH HALO AND CHEWY

pyper1prettypyperaussie Instagram:

“Can you tell someone totally loves her new @halopets wild salmon treats!?As soon as Pyper sees a @chewy box she goes bonkers knowing the delicacies inside are for her. In this box we received @halpoets treats and we have never tried this brand before. I’m happy to say Pyper and I are both very pleased!

Since Pyper is raw fed, these 100% freeze-dried wild salmon treats are absolutely perfect! We also love that they are made in the USA.

There is no hiding these delectable treats though…you can definitely notice the salmon smell right away, but that doesn’t bother us. We would definitely purchase more @halopets treats in the future!

Not to mention, @chewy has been apart of our lives for a long time, and we are proud to say that we have almost never purchased any of our doggie essentials anywhere else. How can you resist amazing customer service, free 1-2 day shipping (over $ 49), and an amazing food policy?!?”

Thank you prettypyperaussie for sharing this great picture of Pyper!

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This is Why I Now Wait in the Car at School Pickup

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: HELP END DOG FIGHTING IN CALIFORNIA BY MAKING IT A CRIME TO GO WATCH

newtraciepic2I want to ask you to do one small thing to make the world a better place for dogs forced to fight each other in California. I’m going to guess that – like me – you thought dog fighting had been outlawed in the United States and nobody was doing it anymore – or if they did, they’d be prosecuted and sent away to prison for it as Michael Vicks was.

The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA lobbied and won in Federal court to make dog fighting- even being a spectator – a felony.

However, a legal loophole remained in many states: the people who came to watch dogfights could do so without penalty or legal risk. As long as people faced no consequences for going to a dog fight they continued to cheer on this horrendous blood sport, place bets and keep the dogs fighting. State by state people rallied and bills were passed to make it illegal.

DFF-logo-ProudSponsor175x166California is one of the last states where it remains legal to watch a dogfight. By signing this petition we can help stop the cruel “sport” of dog fighting and make life livable for the poor pit bulls who are bred for fighting and forced to live a violent and brutal life – and many of them to have a horrific death – all to “amuse” some pathetic humans.

I just signed the petition “Make being a spectator at dogfights a felony” and am asking you to help by adding your name. It will only take a moment of your time to help legally stop these barbaric events.

The goal is to reach 150,000 signatures and more support is needed. Please pass this on to anyone you know who loves dogs and believes that the state of California should offer protection for all animals by outlawing the brutal impulses of people who want them to fight to the death. You can read more and sign the petition here:

As pit bull protector Ken Foster says (and do many in the vast rescue community): “Pit bulls are lovers, not fighters.” Please help make that a reality in California at long last.

Tracie began her fascination with dogs and cats by turning her eye as a former investigative reporter on every aspect of living with them, resulting in her encyclopedic resources THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and then the THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. Before long, Tracie was established as a leading pet wellness advocate as her all-encompassing books covered everything from medical issues to behavior, nutrition and environmental enrichment.

Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires).

RPLN-NewLogo-ProudSponsor175x197DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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BLIND CAT LOVES HIKING WITH HER OWNER

meet-stevie-my-blind-rescued-cat-who-loves-to-go-hiking-6__700Stevie the cat loves to go hiking with her owner Patrick Corr. While other cats love the sights outdoors, Stevie is most interested in the sounds and smells. That’s because Stevie’s blind.

But that doesn’t stop Stevie from enjoying her time traversing the countryside by her family’s home in Cork, Ireland.

According to Bored Panda, Corr adopted Stevie four years ago and have been best friends ever since. “We’re inseparable!” Corr says.

Stevie walks with Corr on a leash or balances on Corr’s shoulders. But, Corr said, Stevie really prefers to explore by herself. She can explore with confidence knowing Corr is nearby and follows the sound of his voice when they are outside together.

Click here to ready the complete story.

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I live one county over from Gadsden County, FL. Co…

I live one county over from Gadsden County, FL. Conditions have not improved. There us no public adoption. It is merely a hold and die or kill facility.
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#PawPromise Adoptable Dog of the Week: Victoria

Hi! My name is Victoria, which means “victory.” I’m hoping to win the heart of a forever pet parent. Will you help me? Please tell everyone you know that I’m a three-year-old…



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Rosh Hashanah (Happy New Year) Wishes from a Furry Friend of Mine… Frankie!

Frankie Wishes all L’shanah tovah

FRANKIE HAPPY NEW YEAR

Wondering what your Jewish Pet Parents are celebrating? Here is a Rosh Hashanah “cheat sheet” written by Wendy Thomas Russell on PBS Newshour.

Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

Pronounced: ROE-sha-SHA-na

Religion represented: Judaism

Date: The 1st and 2nd of the month of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar. In 2015, the holiday starts at sunset Sept. 13 and ends at nightfall Sept. 15.

What it is: The Jewish New Year

Not to be confused with: Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days later.

How important is it?: I asked my friend and former editor Jason Gewirtz. Here’s what he said: “Rosh Hashanah is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur the next week is only slightly bigger. [On a scale of 1 to 10], I’d say Rosh Hashanah is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur a 10. There’s nothing bigger than the two of them. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year… It’s said that on Rosh Hashanah, you’ll either be written in or out of the Book of Life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”

The good stuff: Foodwise, this holiday is associated with apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), as well as pomegranates and challah (braided bread). Also, in lieu of stupid hats and tasseled squawkers, celebrants sport the traditional yarmulke and blow a cool-looking horn called a shofar.

Conveying meaning to kids: At dinner [a few years ago], I explained to my daughter that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflecting on your life and challenging yourself to become a better human being. I served apples and pomegranates and asked Maxine to come up with one way that she might improve. Coincidentally, she had been reprimanded for “being silly” in her kindergarten class that morning, so her idea of self-improvement was to better follow her teacher’s instructions. I said my own resolution would be to spend less time looking at my phone. (Then on Yom Kippur, we checked in with each other about how well we did. The results? Well, a bit meh on both accounts. Luckily, we’re not religious…) As for children’s books, I recommend “Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays” by Judi Gross and Bari Weissman.”    Read full story

May you be Inscribed in the Book of Life!

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

Lori

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Brace Yourselves, GOT References are Coming

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Keeping Dogs Warm and Safe in the Cold

As pet owners, we are responsible for maintaining our pet’s health. Part of that is ensuring that they are safe and warm during the cold season. Jordan Walker, the lead content curator of Coops and Cages, shares tips on how you can accomplish this.

Dogs like the winter season just as much as their owners do. In the same way, however, they are also affected by the cold when they are outside frolicing in the snow. In addition, not all dogs are used to the cold and have sufficient fur for protection. As such, it is important to think about their well-being when the cold season starts. Here are some ways you can protect your dog from the cold.

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Keep Them Indoors
Technically, the best solution to a cold draft is to keep your dogs inside the home. In order to keep them from bustling with energy, take them out for exercise and walks, but never leave them outside, especially when the temperature drops.

Food and Water
Keeping oneself warm takes a lot of energy. With that, dogs are expected to need more food and water for such occassions. The water should be checked regularly as it can freeze over time, leaving the pet thirsty and unable to help themselves.

Outdoor Care
If you feel that you must leave them outdoors, there are certain requirements needed in order for them to brave the cold. Ideally, the ceiling of their outdoor shelter should be 2 to 3 inches taller than the dog’s sitting height. Likewise, it is advised to have an interior that is 36 square inches for every 1 inch of dog height. It would also do to have the entrance off-center. This way, the dog can curl up in one corner, far away from the opening.
If there is another building on the property, such as a garage or shed, that would make a better place to house the shelter rather than the bare ground.

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Keep Them Indoors
Technically, the best solution to a cold draft is to keep your dogs inside the home. In order to keep them from bustling with energy, take them out for exercise and walks, but never leave them outside, especially when the temperature drops.

Food and Water
Keeping oneself warm takes a lot of energy. With that, dogs are expected to need more food and water for such occassions. The water should be checked regularly as it can freeze over time, leaving the pet thirsty and unable to help themselves.

Outdoor Care
If you feel that you must leave them outdoors, there are certain requirements needed in order for them to brave the cold. Ideally, the ceiling of their outdoor shelter should be 2 to 3 inches taller than the dog’s sitting height. Likewise, it is advised to have an interior that is 36 square inches for every 1 inch of dog height. It would also do to have the entrance off-center. This way, the dog can curl up in one corner, far away from the opening.
If there is another building on the property, such as a garage or shed, that would make a better place to house the shelter rather than the bare ground.

Protect Vital Body Parts
When walking them around the neighborhood or even when indoors, dogs can still feel the cold, especially if they are not accustomed to it. There are a ton pet aids you can use to downplay the cold they are enduring. Here are some of them:
Foot wax – Dogs paws are always in contact with the ground. During winter, it becomes all the more important to protect these. Foot wax or paw wax is a great way to keep their paws soft and pain free. This is especially helpful when the dog is always mobile, such as during walks. On the other hand, pet safe salt should be spread across the driveway if the dog is simply at home.
• Coats/sweaters – Dog coats and sweaters are really nifty to have. During regular days, you can use them to accessorize your dog when taking them out for walks. For the cold season, these make great buffers between them and the extreme cold.

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There are numerous ways to tell if a dog is suffering from hypothermia. The biggest telltale sign is that their temperature gets really low and they start shivering. Also, their pupils start dilating and their breathing visibly slows down. When this happens, be sure you are there to warm your dog up right away. If you need to be away, be sure you leave them blankets and towels so that they can help themselves.

Author: Jordan Walker
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is matched with his passion for “attempting” to play the guitar. If you would like to catch more of him, you can visit his Google+ or Twitter accounts.


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