National Dog Day

by Sue on August 28, 2015

National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. It serves to help the public to recognize the amount of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and recognizes dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives and keep us safe and bring comfort. Putting their lives on the line each day for their law enforcement partner, to help their mentally or physically disabled handler, by detecting bombs or drugs and finding lost individuals or those trapped by a disaster.

National Dog Day is against “breed bans”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because they are stereotyped.

Americans do have the right to purchase a purebred dog, however it is strongly suggested NOT to buy dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders and the internet. When considering buying from a breeder, verify the breeder is a reputable breeder by asking for local references such as a Veterinarian. It’s vital to educate yourself about the breed you’re considering. Know what to expect before you buy. That is the key. Every breed is different.

Thousands of dogs are killed each year because they’re simply unwanted. They are “thrown away” because the owner did not research the breed before buying or they were bought as a gift for someone who decided the responsibility was something they no longer wanted or because they shed too much or because they bark too much or simply because someone changed their mind.

Dogs do not understand why they were left at a shelter. In a dog’s mind, they did something wrong and that is why they are there. Dogs are pack animals. A human or a family is their “pack”. In the wild when a dog does something against pack established rules, they are banished from the pack. When a dog ends up at a shelter, they are left wondering what they did wrong to be banished from the “pack”. This is, honestly, the reason many dogs go into a state of depression once they arrive at the shelter.

All a dog wants to do is love you. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive beings that deserve love and understanding. Please consider bringing a rescue into your home, or adopt one from a shelter. They will never forget being “rescued” and loved again.

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Common household items which are harmful to your dog

by Sue on August 17, 2015

Dogs are curious. It is one of the things that make them such special companions. Sometimes that curiosity leads them into areas of the house where you store unsafe items such as medicine and detergents. Many common household items that you use everyday can be harmful or lethal to your dog. Below is a list of items that you should store securely away from your dog’s reach.
Common household items which are harmful to your dog:
Acetaminophen
Antifreeze and other car fluids
Bleach and cleaning fluids
Boric acid
Deodorants
Deodorizers
Detergents
De-icing salts
Disinfectants (Unless they are approved to be used around pets)
Drain cleaners
Furniture polish
Gasoline
Hair colorings (Even those used to dye dogs such as poodles)
Weed killers
Insecticides
Kerosene
Matches
Mothballs
Nail polish and remover
Paint
Prescription and non-prescription medicine for humans
Rat poison
Rubbing alcohol
Shoe polish
Sleeping pills
Snail or slug bait
Turpentine
Windshield-wiper fluid
If your dog ingests any of the above contact your Veterinarian IMMEDIATELY!

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Future service dogs get their training by women inmates at Coffee Creek lockup – OregonLive.com

by admin on August 5, 2015

OregonLive.com Future service dogs get their training by women inmates at Coffee Creek lockup OregonLive.com CCI dogs know as many as 50 commands and can open doors, alert their owners to dangers, turn lights on and off and provide calming emotional support . ..

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Helping Hounds Dog Rescue gives dogs a new ‘leash’ on life – CNYLink from Eagle Newspapers

by admin on July 29, 2015

Helping Hounds Dog Rescue gives dogs a new ‘leash’ on life CNYLink from Eagle Newspapers The group’s mission is to take unwanted, neglected, abused, stray or homeless dogs and provide them with emotional , medical, behavioral and physical support …

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Animal-assisted therapy beneficial for joint-replacement patients – Dr. Cutler

by admin on July 22, 2015

Dr. Cutler Animal-assisted therapy beneficial for joint-replacement patients Dr. Cutler ..

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Therapy Dogs To Be Recognized – Space Coast Medicine and Healthy Living

by admin on July 15, 2015

Therapy Dogs To Be Recognized Space Coast Medicine and Healthy Living THERAPY DOGS like Dart boost the health of the sick and lonely as a recent study on elderly nursing home patients now offers scientific support that brief …

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The truth about cat and dog food – Barre Montpelier Times Argus

by admin on July 8, 2015

The truth about cat and dog food Barre Montpelier Times Argus They are, after all, much-loved members of the family, providing valuable emotional support . Although both cats and dogs can be as mischievous as toddlers ..

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Fur and feathers fly as San Francisco weighs ban on pet sales – Los Angeles Times

by admin on July 1, 2015

Los Angeles Times Fur and feathers fly as San Francisco weighs ban on pet sales Los Angeles Times What began as a proposal to ban sales of dogs and cats quickly grew to include birds, hamsters, rats and other small mammals.

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"Therapy dog" hired by Delta police – Vancouver Sun

by admin on June 24, 2015

“Therapy dog ” hired by Delta police Vancouver Sun The four-legged therapist will offer support and reassurance for “excessively emotional ” people, she said. A dog’s presence can help children and people …

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Emotional Support Animals and Condo Assn.

by Sue on June 10, 2015

The Fair Housing Act does more than protect homeowners or renters who use a support-services animal – it also protects residents who need an animal for emotional support. While the definition of an emotional support animal goes beyond “I love him,” the Fair Housing Act covers residents or potential residents who rely on an emotional support animal.

The issue raises questions from landlords and homeowner associations. An existing rule on pets, for example – such as an additional pet deposit – doesn’t apply to support animals under The Fair Housing Act.

“Condo associations are not exempt from adherence to the Fair Housing Act,” said Carlos Osegueda, HUD’s Region IV director for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Their policies and practices cannot discriminate against persons with disabilities, and HUD will continue to take action anytime we find that they do.”

For more information on emotional support animals protected by The Fair Housing Act, visit the American Bar Association website.

People who believe they are victims of housing discrimination can contact HUD at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or 1 (800) 927-9275 (TTY).

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