Friday, December 16, 2016

Keep Your Dog Safe With These Holiday Safety Tips!


‘Tis the season for putting up decorations and eating delicious holiday treats, but that also means pets could be getting into serious trouble!

Trupanion, a leading provider of medical insurance for cats and dogs, sees a 10% increase in foreign body ingestion claims and a 24% increase in toxicity claims during the holiday months each year.

But you can keep your pets safe this holiday season with the below tips from Dr. Sarah Nold:

Hang decorations with care. The top five festive foreign body ingestion claims come from tinsel, ribbon, turkey bones, mistletoe and ornaments and cost an average of $1,400 to remove. Try to keep decorations out of pet’s reach and supervise them whenever possible.

Be mindful of cords. Tape down electrical cords and always unplug them when you aren’t around to supervise your pets.

Choose plants wisely. Holiday plants such as poinsettias, mistletoe, holly leaves and berries are poisonous to dogs.

Cover the tree water. Keep your dogs from drinking the Christmas tree’s water by keeping a cover on it and ensuring they have plenty of fresh water to drink.

Make your pet their own treats. Avoid feeding your pup scraps from the table, many of which are poisonous to them, and make them their own pet-friendly snacks such as these festive recipes.

Be prepared with pet medical insurance. The holidays are a busy and expensive time of year, but pet medical insurance gives you the peace of mind that, if the unexpected were to happen, your dog would receive the best care possible regardless of financial burden. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Top Dog Names of 2016

From Twilight and Game of Thrones to Grey’s Anatomy, it’s no secret that pop culture provides us with an endless amount of inspiration for naming our furry friends.

But what dog names rank in the top 10?

DogVacay, the most popular pet sitting service in the U.S. and Canada with more than 35,000 vetted hosts booking millions of overnights a year, uncovered the top dog names in 2016, which you can see in the infographic below. Here are some of the interesting findings from this year's list:

13 out of the 20 names end with an "e."

Max, Chloe, and Buddy all appeared in this summer’s animated hit The Secret Life of Pets movie.

Literature continues to inspire more traditional names such as Daisy (Buchanan), Jack (Kerouac), Oliver (Twist) and Charlie (and the Chocolate Factory).

Even though Bella and Max top the list, interesting enough it's not a top name for celebrity dogs. Additionally, pet owners opted for traditional dog names versus naming their pets after famous celebrities (sorry, Beyonce.)

DogVacay found that New York loves the name Oliver, Los Angeles has the most Charlies, Bellas and Buddys and Chicago is home to a lot of Lucys.

The craziest dog names of the year include: Arlo Wafflepants, Avocado Nudleman, Bark Ruffalo, Cheese Sandwich and Jake from State Farm.

Courtesy of DogVacay

Thursday, September 15, 2016

10 Reasons Why You Should Rescue A Dog Instead of Buying One

Everyday there are countless, gorgeous and loving animals available in local shelters, yet when many people considering getting a dog, they think of buying one from a store first. I would like to change that.

The first step is awareness. Some people just do not realize what a great dog they can find in a shelter or how they will be saving their lives (not to mention helping put the stores which profit from puppy mills out of business!).

My Hayley and Django were both adopted and they are the sweetest animals in the world! I am so lucky to have been able to find them.

The Humane Society of Louisiana put together an incredible article outlining all 10 reasons why you should rescue a dog instead of buying one. 

Please read .... and then share!!

1. You'll Save A Life
A shelter pet is more than one in a million-she's one in 2.7 million. That's the number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt.

2. Because You'll Get A Great Animal
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets ended up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animal did anything wrong.

3. Because You'll Get A Great Bargain
When you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations and sometimes microchipping is usually included in the adoption price, which means you've scored a major deal-a fuzzy deal who will thank you with kisses or purrs for years to come.

4. Because Of The Bragging Rights
No one needs to see another selfie-unless it's a selfie of you with the adorable cat you just adopted, like the hero you are! Adopt a pet, post the pictures and let the love (likes) roll in.

5. Because It's One Way To Fight Puppy Mills
Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family.

6. Because Your Decor Will Thank You
Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already housetrained, which means you're not only saving a pet's life, you may be saving your rug.

7. Because All Pets Are Good For Your Health, But An Adopted Pet Is Good For Your Self-Esteem
Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.

8. Because You're Environmentally Responsible
You recycle your paper and plastic so it doesn't end up in landfills, and you know that recycled materials make all sorts of things. A "recycled" pet can make something even better: She can make you happy.

9. Because The Shelter Pet Project Will Make It Super-Easy
We like easy. Go to the Shelter Pet Project to find pets near you, of every size, color, temperament and breed. You want an orange cat who likes ear-scratches on alternate Tuesdays? You can probably find one.

10. Because You'll Change A Homeless Animal's Whole World
And get a new best friend in the bargain. Seriously, what could be better than that?

About The Humane Society of Louisiana

The Humane Society of Louisiana ( is a private 501(c)3 animal protection charity founded in New Orleans in 1988. They operate diverse animal care and protection programs, and promote compassion for all animals. They work to prevent animal abuse and neglect in all its forms. They receive no government funding, and rely on private donations for support. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Canine Cognition Facts

I always knew

The recent studies out on dog cognition include many things that us dog lovers already know: mainly that dogs understand us and feel emotions. Anyone who has lived and loved a dog knows this instinctively. Of course, I'm very glad that these observations are being up by scientific facts, and proving what incredible and special animals dogs are.

What's exciting are the studies coming out which give us a glimpse of things we might not know about our beloved companions, like they actually prefer human companionships yet don't feel guilt. I am continually intrigued about the various cognition leaps and bounds being made. 

Purina Pro Plan who has taken a lead in researching the science behind why dogs do what they do,  has a list of dog cognition facts on their website. It's a good read, and there is also a test you can take about dog cognition (which leads you to a money saving coupon).

In addition, you can find a Dognition Assessment which is a set of 20 games created by experts such as trainers, behavioral specialists, and scientists. The games are to be played with your dog to realize and boost their cognition skills. 

In the meantime, check out this handy infographic (who knew your dog was either right-handed or left-handed?!):

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Potty Training Puppy Apartment: An Innovative, Modern Training System That Works!

Anyone who has ever had a dog knows that the most critical time of a puppy's life is potty training. How well you potty train your puppy will set the tone for your dog's lifetime potty habits...and if not done properly, can result in a stressful (and messy) existence for you both.

I am a huge believer in crate training. When I adopted my pup, Django, we started her on crate training immediately. She was 8 weeks old and just forming habits. She trained quite fast. In those first few days, I would never let her roam around freely unsupervised, and I put her out in our yard countless times a day. When I couldn't watch her, I would put her in her crate many times a day for short periods of time which worked incredibly well because puppies sleep so much.

Every single time, I took her out, I carried her to the yard before letting her walk around in the house. Like most all dogs, she would not have accidents in the bed she slept in. For her it was great (except those times I know she had to go and was rushing home to let her out) and I'm glad I did it because while she did have a couple of accidents in those early days, she has never had in accident in the house since being trained almost 7 years ago.

But, I have to admit the toll it took on me was consuming. For weeks, I was barely sleeping, always on alert to hear if she was up and need to go out. I put her out every morning at 5:30 am. To top it off, it was November and it was brutally cold. I liken that time to getting up at night with a new baby. Yes, it had to be done, but it was truly exhausting. I was just lucky enough to work from my home office. I wouldn't have been able to do it otherwise. I was also taking a risk by going against my vet's advice of keeping her indoors completely until she had all her shots. So I let her out in the cleanest part of my concrete yard for just a few minutes until she did her business, hurrying her along, in the cold, often in the dark, 10-12 times a day!

So when I saw the Potty Training Puppy Apartment®, I just wondered why this had not been invented sooner. This indoor puppy potty training solution (look for a special discount code below!) has already successfully trained over 50,000 dogs, and many in as little as three days! It looks like a crate but, in fact, is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment for your puppy. An adjustable room divider creates a cozy bedroom for your puppy to sleep and a bathroom just outside to relieve him/herself on puppy training pads. So the puppy can sleep, get up at 3 am, urinate in the bathroom section, and cross over the room divider to go right back to sleep in their bed...without disturbing you.

In addition, there are three exit doors so the puppy can enter and exit from the front or side depending on where you place the apartment in your home. The adjustable room divider can be moved when your puppy outgrows his/her bedroom. The Puppy Apartment is available in various sizes, ranging from XSmall to XXXLarge. It also comes with a free instructional DVD which teaches customers who to train their pup in just three days.

On the other end, this product is also very good for elderly dogs who can no longer make the potty trip outside. My Hayley, who already has health challenges and is blind, recently turned 13. While I don't like to think about her getting any older or more incapacitated, knowing a product like this exists give me a great peace of mind.

To get a full appreciation of the Potty Training Puppy Apartment, watch their world famous puppy training video (which has almost 8 million views!):

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