Heat can kill!

By | June 28th, 2018|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Bay Village Police Animal Control Officer Mark Adkins would like to remind residents that the inside of a car is a dangerous place, even in seemingly mild weather. When its 70 degrees out it could be 120 in a car with direct sunlight. Police are cracking down. In North Olmsted, a dog owner was arrested for animal cruelty just two weeks ago. If you have any questions, please contact ACO Adkins at  440-899-3414 or

Volunteer to save dogs in Ohio

By | February 9th, 2018|Categories: Advocacy, General|

Tens of thousands of dogs are suffering in puppy mills throughout Ohio. They are crammed into small, filthy wires cages for their entire lives, exposed to extreme heat and cold and denied basic care. It is time to take a stand against this abusive practice, and show the rest of the nation that Ohioans will not tolerate this cruelty. The Humane Society of the United States and our coalition partners, Stop Puppy Mills Ohio, need your help to put a critical measure up for vote on the November 2018 ballot to help protect dogs living in unsanitary and harmful conditions. Please volunteer to collect 400,000 signatures by July. If passed, this measure would require responsible breeding practices, housing with adequate space and enclosures with solid flooring. It also requires that dogs receive exercise, socialization, veterinary care, clean food and water, and more. YOU have the opportunity to save sick, malnourished and injured dogs from a lifetime of abuse—sign up today. VOLUNTEER

Reel It In – Why I Don’t Like Retractable Leashes

By | November 10th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, General, Pet Advice|

WholeDog Journal by Nancy Kerns There’s an old joke about if there’s one thing that two dog trainers can agree on, it’s that the third one is doing it wrong. But if you know me at all, you know I hate online squabbles; I don’t participate in digital fights about training methods or tools. That said, I think I’ve found something that very nearly ALL dog trainers agree on, and that I will defend anywhere, anytime, and it’s this: Retractable leashes have no place in dog training. It almost reaches the level of a joke: If you go to a dog park or almost any gathering of dog people and their dogs, the worst-behaved dogs will be the ones on retractable leashes. It’s sort of a chicken or the egg thing: What came first, the poorly behaved dog or the leash that teaches him nothing? I get how convenient it is to be able to walk along with your dog on leash and have your dog stop for a moment to smell something or take a quick pee, and you only have to slow your pace for a moment, rather than stop dead. When he’s through or he hits the [...]

Washing Debris Out of Your Dog’s Ears

By | August 14th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

  Dr. Hershman realized that when an ear is not inflamed and not painful but full of debris or tarry exudates from a yeast or bacterial infection, flushing the ear makes sense. "If you don't flush it out but keep applying medication on top of the debris," she says, "you're never going to cure the problem. But I also learned that flushing the ear is an art. You can't simply fill the ear with otic solution and expect it to flow out by itself, taking all the debris with it. Because the dog's ear canal forms a right angle, you just can't get the liquid out unless you suction it gently with a bulb syringe or some kind of tube with a syringe attached." Flushing the ears, says Dr. Hershman, is one of the most important techniques you can learn for keeping your dog's ears healthy. "They don't teach this in veterinary school," she says. "It's something people learn by experience." When should the ears not be flushed? "If they're painful, ulcerated, or bleeding," she says, "or if there's slimy, slippery pus in the ear or a glutenous, yeasty, golden yellow discharge. In any of these cases, flushing is not [...]

The dirty truth about how top-selling dog foods could actually be harming your dog’s health!

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Dear Fellow Dog Lover, You want the best for your dog - especially when it comes to his food. You read labels and try to choose the brand and formula that will nourish your furry friend. That's why you'll be as shocked as I was, to discover that dozens of today's top-selling brands - names you thought you could trust, like Beneful, Pedigree, Purina and more - may not contain the wholesome, healthy ingredients you want for your dog. Take Beneful. The package makes it look like manna from heaven with a healthy pup, fresh veggies, and what look like real chunks of meat. Unfortunately, the pictures make the food seem better than it is. The reality is this stuff is AWFUL for your dog. It's full of sugar, artificial colors, and 3 unnamed animal sources. And very little vegetables. Or look at Kibbles 'n Bits Bistro Meals Grilled Chicken Flavor. If only it contained the grilled chicken they show on the bag instead of loads of low-quality ingredients and "animal digest" - the real source of the chicken flavor. Another terrible food is Pedigree Complete Nutrition for Adult Dogs. Made with an inferior, cheap source of protein, it's a wonder it could maintain any [...]

No More Tug-of-War Walks!

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Teach your dog to stop leash-pulling and dragging, and to walk politely on a leash... ...with Whole Dog Journal's exclusive eBook Walking Your Dog. This must-have guide gives you clear, step-by-step instructions (with detailed photos) from Whole Dog Journal's expert trainers and behavior specialists. This easy-to-follow ebook will soon have you on your way to finally enjoying a nice, peaceful walk with your dog. Teaching your dog to walk politely at your side seems easy, right? Newsflash: it often proves to be one of - if not THE most - challenging behavior for dog owners to teach their dog. Sure, your dog may walk politely down his regular route, but does he try to bolt the instant he's in a new setting? He's not the only one! Even if your dog responds flawlessly to cues like "Sit!" and "Down"... is letter-perfect in targeting and "Leave it!" exercises... has the most reliable recall... there are certainly times when he has gleefully dragged you all over the place. No more! Walking Your Dog's easy-to-follow instructions show you the simple steps needed to make your walks a pleasure! Inside you'll find exercises and tips like: The proper way to walk with a loose leash, and how to make it fun [...]

Whole Dog Daily – Physical and Mental Stimulation

By | July 19th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Excerpted from Decoding Your Dog by Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, DACVB and John Ciribassi, DVM, DACVB For dogs and humans alike, physical exercise is fundamental to good health. We all know the couch-potato lifestyle comes with a host of health problems. But in dogs, a lack of activity can also prompt nuisance behaviors. The majority of dogs were bred with a working purpose in mind - and that's not just the herding and hunting breeds. For example, the seemingly dainty Yorkshire Terrier was originally meant for rat hunting. Providing dogs with vigorous, daily exercise has profound effects on their behavior. Tired dogs chew less, bark less, sleep more, and are more likely to relax when home alone. A good daily workout and, if the dog is social, regular play sessions with other dogs are great ways to exercise a dog. So is time spent interacting with his owners, whether that's playing hide-and-seek in the yard or coming along to the office. If, like Anna's rowdy, a dog gets hours of exercise every day and still tears through the trash or disembowels the bedroom pillows, it's safe to assume he lacks mental stimulation. Much as people turn to crossword puzzles, books, chess games, [...]

CLE dog May 2017

By | May 26th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News, General|

The unofficial start to summer has arrived, and we’re ready to trade in muddy paws for paws on the patio! Pick up your copy of CLE DOG magazine’s officialDining (and drinking) with Your Dog issue starting June 1. Available at 200+ locations: PetPeople, PetValu, libraries, eateries, coffee shops, vet offices and dog-friendly locations. Art Fur Animals Like art? Love dogs? This is the event for you! Join CLE DOG at the 13th annual Art Fur Animals benefit and auction for City Dogs of Cleveland on June 6 at 6 p.m. at Cleveland Masonic Temple. Click HERE for ticket information. Yoga to the Rescue How about a little downward dog to benefit rescue dogs? Enjoy free yoga with Soul Stretch Yoga with a donation to Love-A-Stray, and then after your practice, shop dogcentric vendors like Grateful Dog Bakery, Paw Kids and Thank Dog! BootCamp. It’s all happening on July 15 from Noon-4 p.m. at 31142 Center Ridge Road in Westlake. Visit HERE for more info. DOGS IN CARS ARE NOT COOL It’s not cool to leave your dog in a hot car. On a 70-degree day, the temperature inside your vehicle can rise to 89 degrees in just 10 minutes! The City [...]

New Webinar—The Benefits of a Community, Animal Control, and Shelter Supported TNR Program

By | April 5th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News|

Have you considered starting a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program or wondered about its benefits? Wonder no longer! We’re talking all about TNR and how it helps cats and communities in our brand new webinar: The Benefits of a Community, Animal Control, and Shelter Supported TNR Program. This webinar is just one part of our new Animal Care & Control Series in honor of Animal Care & Control Appreciation Month. Whether you’re an animal control officer who wants to make a difference or a citizen who supports TNR, this webinar is for you! Join us and learn how TNR programs work for every part of the community—including cats, animal control, animal shelters, and the public. The webinar includes former animal control officer Alice Burton’s story of how she went from non-believer to advocate after she watched TNR transform her community. You’ll walk away understanding why TNR is the only humane and effective option for community cats—and how every community can do it. Don’t be afraid to take that big, lifesaving step—learn why you should create or support a TNR program! Attend the brand new, free webinar: WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2017. 2:00 p.m. EST REGISTER: Register for the free session today.

Airport customs hires shelter dog rescued from abuse

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News, General, Pet Advice|

An abused shelter dog is starting a new chapter in life at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport customs department. Murray the beagle came to the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter more than a year ago, and he was in bad shape, according to shelter director Tammie Jourdanais. Murray had a band on his tail, as if somebody had been trying to shorten it, and half of one of his ears missing. Jourdanais said Murray was brought to the shelter after he had been found outside. "He was very scared and nervous," she said. "You could tell he'd not been socialized much. We just gradually worked with him and gave him more love and attention." After receiving medical attention, Murray then moved to Alcovy Pet Rescue, which placed him in a foster home. There, his abilities truly started to show. "[His foster owner] recognized his ability to sniff and search out food," Yvonne Petty, director of Alcovy Pet Rescue, said. "He was constantly smelling everything and getting into cabinets. He was just very interested in that kind of thing." Friar dog adopted by monastery becomes online sensation Donations from all over the world save cat no one wanted to touch Petty said [...]