Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GoDaddy Superbowl 2015 Ad Promoting Puppy Mills Gets Pulled

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In what surely has to be one of the worst commercials created, the new GoDaddy commercial for Super Bowl XLIX promotes puppy mills. After backlash from viewers, it has now been pulled.

The video which shows an adorable golden retriever falling from an opened truck traveling down the road. Other than the puppy taking a spill, it starts off innocently enough. They then show him walking the roads, running alongside cars, following train tracks, and braving thunderstorms until he finally reaches a barn....his home. A woman looks delighted and says, "Look it's Buddy, I'm so glad you made it home". She scoops him up and looks at him lovingly and then says, "I just sold you on this website I bought with GoDaddy. Then they cut to the Buddy and other puppies being driven away as the woman harshly yells, "Ship 'em out!"

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snow Dogs! (Hysterical Video)

Did someone say snowball fight?
Looking for a snow day companion?

Dog owners know that our pups make the most of the snow and can run circles around their human counterparts in the snow department, both literally and figuratively.

Django goes berserk in the snow, running the perimeter of the yard round and around until she exhausts herself. And the more snow that she collects on her, the better.

This video shows a few snow pooches who are letting it all hang out in the snow, from no sled required to lapping up the snowblower.

Watch here, courtesy of HooplaHa:


Bring Your Pets Inside!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

5 Ways To Protect Your Pup This Winter


When temperatures go down, we bundle up. But your pets need protection, too!  People often forget that the extreme cold can affect your animals just as much as extreme heat. 

The American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) warns that the cold can pose serious health risks to your pets. Animals can get frostbite and hypothermia just as easily as humans! 

Here are some tips and tricks to keep your pet warm and healthy as they face the cold this season.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

10 Strangest Items Swallowed By Dogs




My mother’s Schnauzer mix, Sha Sha, eats just about anything.  I didn’t quite believe just how often she would quickly snap up everything in her sight until a few weeks ago when she swallowed a quarter and a nickel in the blink of an eye. The vet advised my mother to watch her for the next few days as the coins would likely pass.

It’s a very common issue among dog owners and it doesn’t only happen with puppies. The majority of dogs do grow out of the need to eat inedible objects. It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what a puppy would eat so it’s best to be vigilant about where you dog is allowed to freely roam.

Many dogs and puppies have been known to swallow seemingly unsuitable items, which you might not find in any way enticing or preferable, but they do.

Check out this list of the strangest things swallowed by dogs as witnessed by the ASPCA:

Monday, December 22, 2014

NYPD, ASPCA rescue nearly 400 abused dogs and cats this year

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It looks like we can all use some good news these days and now it is a great time to share some very good news, indeed.

The "NYPD has rescued nearly 400 abused cats and dogs so far this year, and has arrested more than 100 people for the tormenting and killing of animals."

This was reported yesterday in the NY Post:

As of Dec. 15, the NYPD has rescued 385 animals, mostly dogs — that’s more than a 150 percent spike from previous years, when the ASPCA averaged about 140 rescues per year.“It’s a tremendous increase from previous years,” said Howard Lawrence, a senior director at the ASPCA. “You’re mobilizing a police force of 35,000 people. Before it [the program] went citywide, the ASPCA had a much smaller force.”

Read the full article here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Coping with Cushing's

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Since Hayley's diagnosis, it has been very difficult to control her blood sugar levels. Although her vet, Dr. Beverly, has been diligent about Hayley’s course of treatment and implementation of her daily insulin, her blood sugar remains high despite us having increased her insulin doses.
Dr. Beverly informed me that since Hayley’s diabetes was so challenging to control, she likely had an underlying problem—and testing revealed that the problem is Cushing’s disease. Cushing’s disease is an adrenal-dependent or pituitary-dependent tumor that causes excess production of the hormone cortisol, along with a host of symptoms including increased thirst and urination, pot-bellied abdomen, skin moles, infections or flakiness, thin skin and loss of fur. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Canine Diabetes and Hayley

Over the past few months, Hayley has developed a peculiar habit of growling or barking when any member of our family sits down to eat. While she has never turned down a treat, this new desperation for food was a sudden change. At first, I attributed her odd new behavior to her advanced age. 

But then Hayley’s desperation for extra bites of food grew stronger. She began to scour the living room after school to scout out the kids’ backpacks and break open the zippers to scavenge through the remnants of the day’s lunch. Coupled with that was a more disturbing new pattern: she began having accidents in the house.

Read the rest on ASPCA Parents...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Should You Take Your Dog On Vacation?

For many, summer means vacations. When you are single and live alone, you can be ready at a moment’s notice. Throw in a dog or two, and you have some serious considerations to mull over before you even think of packing.

Even when you have a family, planning for a vacation becomes more complicated when you share your life with a dog. Should you leave him at a kennel? For many, that is out of the question. The indecision causes quite a few dog owners to bring their dog with them. It is not any easy decision no matter which way you decide.

For many, summer means vacations. When you are single and live alone, you can be ready at a moment’s notice. Throw in a dog or two, and you have some serious considerations to mull over before you even think of packing.

Even when you have a family, planning for a vacation becomes more complicated when you share your life with a dog. Should you leave him at a kennel? For many, that is out of the question. The indecision causes quite a few dog owners to bring their dog with them. It is not any easy decision no matter which way you decide.

However, there are some questions to ask yourself before you commit to answering the ultimate summertime question of pet owners: should you bring your dog on vacation?

1. Does your dog adapt well to new situations? If not, your fun trip may quickly escalate into a bad memory.

2. Do you have a responsible friend or relative who would enjoy taking your dog while you’re gone? If so, that’s always the safest bet!

3. How active is your dog? If you have a dog who requires a lot of activity, a vacation inside a hotel might be anything but fun for your pup.

4. Is your destination pet friendly? Many hotels allow pets but it’s certainly not the majority. Check ahead to see what they offer.

5. How much time will you spend in places where you can’t take your dog? Will you spend the majority of your time at a beach house or in the woods where your dog can accompany you or will you be spending hours on long lines for sightseeing tours, rides, and attractions? 

6. Is your dog old? A sunny getaway may not be pleasant for an older dog who would prefer to just lay around in air-conditioning. 

7. Does your dog love being in the sun and soaking up the summer? Or is does she get easily winded or overheated when the temps go up? If you have a breed that has special temperature concerns, it is probably best for your dog to stay home in a cool place than traipse after the family on vacation.


8. Have you explored non-traditional boarding? Look for services that set up owners and host families for a fee, like a kennel.If your dog loves people and new situations, a five star boarding experience just might prove more enjoyable than a five star hotel.