#NuzzleSmartCollar Keeps Dogs Safe!

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One of the best uses of social media by far are the various Facebook pages dedicated to finding lost pets. My neighborhood is a busy one, with large streets packed with cars, buses, and trucks, but is also family-oriented and many people try to look out for each other. When a dog gets lost, many times, s/he is found soon after by a caring neighbor who took the dog in the dog until the owner could be reached. I am always happy to see the owners reunited, but incidences of lost dogs happen too often, and it is the scariest thing that can happen to a dog owner. A few years ago, during a block yard sale, Django ran out of our house. She was just a puppy and she walked out a few feet in front of me. I calmly called her to come toward me, being very careful not to do anything that would make her bolt down the block, all the time my heart pounding. We live on a very busy street and I was terrified. She went to a tree and then came back to me. My heart continued to race for many minutes after that. Losing any of my pets has always been my biggest fear. Honestly, sometimes when Django was younger, I would put two collars on her during our walks.

Before that, our chihuahua Hayley snuck out of our yard under the fence and we could not find her anywhere. I called every rescue and vet, and then the police precinct. Finally, I was able to find her the next day at a precinct. The police were just going to take her to Animal Care and Control in a few hours when I found her!

#PinnacleHealthyPets: How Grain Free Dog Food Helped Django's Food Issues

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Many of you will remember the various trials I've been through with Django's eating. After scarfing down her meals in puppyhood, she somehow settled into a being an incredibly picky eater as an adult. She will always happily welcome a handout from our plates, and does a fabulous orphan pose for just a taste, but I'd venture to say that about 80% of the time, she will walk over to her food bowl when I fill it up, sniff for a second and walk away. Unless, of course, if Hayley is around. Then she will fiercely claim her bowl while still not really eating much of it.
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As a result, there are times in the day when Django's belly will growl so loud, we can hear it over the TV. Usually, one of us will then give her a crust from a sandwich or a dog treat, so something else to stave off the hunger a little bit. I always say I'm not going to give her anything until  she eats her own food. but I rarely do. I've tried many different foods but her pickiness is practically an art form.

The Lowdown On Chocolate and Dogs During Halloween

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Forget ghosts and goblins: food poisoning is the scariest thing dogs encounter during the Halloween holiday. Petplan pet insurance found that pets are 32% more likely to suffer food poisoning during Halloween week versus any other time of the year. Among the top toxins? Chocolate!

So if Rover raids the Halloween haul, how’s a pet parent supposed to know if he’s in danger of food poisoning? Chocolate is poisonous to pets because it contains toxic theobromine, and different types of chocolate affect pets differently because they have varying levels of theobromine. Baking chocolate has the highest concentration, and is therefore the most toxic – followed by dark, milk and then white chocolate.

If a dog eats chocolate, pet parents need to know three things: how much theobromine the chocolate contains, how much your dog ate and how much he weighs. If your dog ingests close to 20mg of theobromine per pound of body weight, he’s in the danger zone for food poisoning.

Picky Eater? Milk-Bone Daily Vitamins Pick Up The Slack For Your Dog

When Django was a puppy, she had huge paws. She would be a big, sloppy chunky Lab when she grew up, I thought  and that what just what I wanted. I wanted a big dog that would remind me of the Rottweiler I had in the past. Schatzie was a humongous sweetheart, quite literally. So when we brought home Django, I hoped she'd be just as big and lovable.

I can't complain because she is the sweetest dog I have ever known and always, always by my side. She goes with me wherever I go, gets upset when I stay out too long without her, and sleeps with me at night. She's by my side when I'm working, writing and cooking. She is part of my heart forever. 

Milk Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamin treats But she's not big. In fact, she only recently clocked in at 55 pounds, her highest weight to date. While she will eat most of her food over the course of a day, she is so selective about eating that I worry about her getting all the nutrients she needs. I tried the Milk Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamin treats because she will always eat a Milk Bone even when she's in a picky mood. I give my kids vitamins everyday to supplement their diet, so why not do that for Django and Hayley?  She gulped them down and wanted more. Whatever they are doing  in terms of flavor works, and the ingredients are filled with nourishment.
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Health is top priority for both my dogs, and I'm not alone. 1 out of 3  dog owners are concerned that their dog is not getting enough of the nutrients s/he needs - especially given that essential nutrients are missing from many dog foods .

Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween

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Halloween has become a huge family event. Each year it seems that the Halloween parties and parades get bigger and bigger. Of course, dog owners want to get in on the fun that Halloween brings, but the number one priority is in keeping our pups safe. (Remember, dogs only need to keep their costumes on for a minute or two to capture a cute photo for Instagram!)

Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest doggy daycare and overnight camp, offers a list of important tips for Halloween Pet Safety. 

dogs halloween1. Fido may look adorable in his new superhero costume, but that cape won’t necessarily keep him out of harm’s way. Costumes should not constrict the animal's movement, hearing or sight, or impede their ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, it may be helpful to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, it would be wise to skip the costume.

2. Before your pet participates in any Halloween activities, take a closer look at his or her costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that they could choke on. Also, watch out for ill-fitting outfits which can get twisted on external objects on your pet, leading to injury.

Nonprofit Alleviates Urgent Vet Care Expenses for Struggling Pet Owners & Rescue Groups

Chester, a registered therapy dog who provided more than 130 hours of service to survivors of the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting, comforts Jansen Young, whose boyfriend was killed in the tragedy. Chester was the first recipient of a Bow Wow Buddies Foundation grant, which helped fund his treatments for a slipped disk and spinal infection. 
Camp Bow Wow®, the Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camp® franchise and an Entrepreneur Franchise 500 company, is offering a second chance to sick and injured dogs in need through the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing urgent medical care funds to dogs who are either homeless or whose parents cannot afford to pay their veterinary bills.

“Each year, countless pets are denied urgent medical care simply because their parents cannot afford the treatment costs,” said Erin Askeland, Training & Communication Manager for Camp Bow Wow and the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation. “For struggling pet parents faced with this impossible choice, the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation is a lifeline that can ease the financial burdens of treating their sick or injured dog—and potentially prevent the heartbreaking loss of their furry loved one, as a result.”

In addition to helping struggling pet parents, the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation also provides grants to animal shelters and rescue groups that need assistance to provide necessary medical treatments for sick or injured dogs awaiting adoption.

Adorable Halloween Costumes For Your Dog at PetSmart





As the mom of three, I have done the Halloween rounds for years. Every year I see really cute costumes, innovative and creative. The past couple of years, I have to admit that I've been way more interested in the growing number of doggie costumes I see on the trick-or-treat trails here in New York City.

If you really want a taste of innovation among the pet set, you'll want to check to the Annual Halloween Parade at Tompkins Square Park on October 24th at noon.

If you're still searching for that perfect costume, check out PetSmart's line. From super heroes to sharks to alien and skunks, they have a large selection of truly adorable stuff.

All of the costumes below are less than $20 and many are less than $10!

Here are just a few: