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Death of a pet article. Good share, good read.

By | January 26th, 2020|Categories: General|

Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend March 9, 2017 11.19pm EST Author Frank T. McAndrew Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, Knox College Disclosure statement Frank T. McAndrew does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Partners View all partners Languages Español English We believe in the free flow of information Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under a Creative Commons license. Republish this article Email Twitter1.2k Facebook697.3k LinkedIn Print Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath – she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that everyone was ok because we were both by her side. When people who have never had a dog see their dog-owning friends mourn the loss of a pet, they probably think it’s all a bit of an overreaction; after all, it’s “just [...]

A very special dog with a very special story!

By | January 26th, 2020|Categories: General|

A terminally ill rescue dog became a police K-9 for a day (CNN)Police in Pasco, Washington, turned a rescue pup with an inoperable tumor into a dashing police K-9. The dog, Eddie, was abandoned and spent almost a month wandering in nearby Benton City before he was rescued. Carin Brown, the Benton County animal control officer who caught Eddie, told CNN sister network HLN they had initially received a call about him in October 2019, but they were unable to capture the pooch. They finally caught him in late November. "We thought he had been hit by a car," she said Wednesday. "We rushed him to the vet and we discovered that he, unfortunately, had cancer." Authorities then reached out to their rescue partners, Mikey's Chance canine rescue, and Brown's friend, Kristi Kesler, agreed to become Eddie's foster mom for life. The inoperable tumor caused Eddie to be blind in one eye, and he was given six to 12 months to live. "He's just the best dog, so friendly, so well-behaved, he knows all of his commands, he's just the sweetest thing," Brown said. "He deserves six months to a year of all the love and happiness that we can [...]

Volunteers of Lorain County Dog Kennel

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Bring your animals inside please!!!! is this what you want for your pets? What An Animal Experiences As It Freezes To Death Cold Weather is here.. If you have not taken the time to make sure that any animal you have outside has adequate shelter from the freezing cold, you need to do it now. Common Sense says any shelter you provide should have a floor a min of 6 inches off the ground. The floor needs to be insulated and the walls and top of the shelter thick enough to provide adequate in protecting the animal from the freezing temperature and wind. The animal should have some type of bedding such as straw (NOT hay) or a heating lamp inside.Here is a very good guideline as to whether your animal has adequate protection. In order for you to see and feel the urgency of getting an animal to adequate shelter from the cold, we shall explain to you what the animal goes through as it freezes to death., unless it is gotten inside and given medical attention in time. Freezing to death is something that you never want to experience. According to the medical profession the following is what [...]

Aggressive coyote problems increase in late winter

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, General|

WARNING!!!!! Aggressive coyote problems increase over the next 4-6 weeks as it is mating season for coyotes throughout much of the Midwest. Do not let your dogs out alone and don’t allow your outdoor cats to roam. Although coyotes are prevalent in outlying and rural areas, they’re also thriving in suburban and urban areas, and smaller towns as well. Coyote breeding typically peaks in late February and early March, the gestation period averages 58 to 63 days. Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year, the long and short of it all is that coyotes always pose a risk to your dog (and other small pets) and even to infants. That risk increases during mating season. Aggressive coyotes:  mating season Spay or neuter your pet. Coyotes are attracted to and can mate with unspayed or unneutered domestic dogs. Unspayed female dogs in season can attract male coyotes.  Un-neutered male dogs can be lured away by the scent of a female coyote in her ovulation cycle. Additionally, male dogs can be lured by the female coyote’s scent and killed by male coyotes. You should also be mindful that clever coyotes learn the daily schedules of people and their [...]

92 Military K9s Are Coming Home After Serving In Afghanistan

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, General|

Dogs are truly a man’s best friend for many reasons. One of those reasons is because some of our best friends are also involved in our nation’s military serving our country. And many of themm are finally coming home from serving in Afghanistan! 92 of them to be exact. Our military K9s work alongside human service members and are highly trained in bomb, weapon, drug, and dangerous gas detection. AMK9 is one of the leading providers with K9 Detection Services, meaning that not only do they provide K9s for military-based services but they also care for the dogs when they return! The U.S. Government recently reached out to AMK9 to bring home 92 military dogs who have completed their deployments over in Afghanistan. AMK9 provided the utmost professional care, crates, food, water, bathroom breaks, airport transports, and veterinarians to ensure the dogs’ well-being coming home. Guy Owens, VP of Operations at AMK9, explains what will happen with the dogs after they return home. “A lot of them are coming back to be adopted, to go to homes where they’ll spend the rest of their days enjoying life, and that’s a good thing,” he says. In addition to coming back home to [...]

If A Service Dog Approaches You Without Their Owner, They Need Your Help

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Most people are aware of some rules regarding service dogs: don’t approach or pet a service dog who is on the job, and be aware that service dogs are allowed to be in places that other dogs aren’t — like grocery stores. However, as a recent viral Twitter post revealed this week, most people don’t know what to do when dog with a service vest or harness approaches you — and there’s no one on the other end of its leash. The “Service Dog PSA” opens with the story of a woman who tripped and fell while with her service dog. The dog, who was trained to get an adult if she has a seizure, tried to get the attention of a nearby woman, who “was swatting him and telling him to go away.” Little did the woman know that she was ignoring a sign that there may be a nearby emergency. “If a service dog without a person approaches you, it means the person is down and in need of help,” the post continues. “Don’t get scared, don’t get annoyed, follow the dog!” “If it had been an emergency situation, I could have vomited and choked, I could have hit my head, [...]

5 Phone Numbers Every Dog Owner Should Have Handy

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

If you’ve got a dog (or, is it that the dog has you?) this is one list you’ll want to print out and keep near the phone. In an emergency, when the internet is down, or if you simply need assistance with your dog from a real, live person, these 5 phone numbers should be in the Rolodex of every dog owner: National Animal Poison Control Center: 1 888 426 4435. In an emergency every second counts. The National Animal Poison Control Center is a 24-hour manned emergency hotline sponsored in part by 36 different companies. While there is sometimes a charge for consultation, this call could save the life of your dog. Spay/Neuter Helpline: 1 800 248 SPAY. Irresponsible breeding results in the abandonment and euthanization of thousands of dogs each year. SPAY USA is a national referral service that helps connect pet parents with free or low cost spay and neuter services in their area. With partnerships at over 950 programs and clinics nationwide, they eliminate finances as an excuse for not spaying or neutering your pets. Emergency Disaster Information Line: 1 800 227 4645. Provided by the American Humane Association, this number provides support and relief information for pet owners [...]

How a therapy dog is changing students’ lives at Lakewood High School

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice|

Able, the school's furry friend, is making a difference every single day Author: Dorsena Drakeford Published: 5:40 AM EST January 15, 2020 Updated: 5:40 AM EST January 15, 2020 LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The stresses of life impact just about everyone, especially today’s teenagers. Lakewood High School has a special way of helping students handle the emotional roller coaster life can bring. It comes in the form of a classmate, named Able, who very well may be the most popular – and furriest – "kid" to roam Lakewood’s halls. Able is a therapy dog. “At first I was a little scared because I’m not really a dog person,” said student Alicia Dinya. “When I found out, he wasn’t that bad, I started liking him.” Able’s favorite spot to visit? No surprise: The lunch room. “He just roams the entire cafeteria sometimes looking for snacks, but usually pets,” said teacher Julie May, who brings Able to school. He’s a friend to all, and ready to lend an ear whenever needed. “He’s so sweet,” said 11th grader Shantajah Davis. “When you’re upset or when someone’s sad or something, he knows.” Adopted by May in 2012, Able is not her first therapy dog. A pup named Madison [...]

And GOD said, I will send it without wings, so that no one suspects that is is an Angel.

By | January 2nd, 2020|Categories: General|

Pet obesity on the rise for eighth consecutive year

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

BREA, Calif., Jan. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- One of America's most common New Year's resolutions is to lose weight, and statistics show that pet owners should share that goal with their dogs and cats. Data from Nationwide, the nation's first and largest provider of pet health insurance, reveals that pet obesity is on the rise for the eighth straight year. Nearly 20 percent of Nationwide members' pet insurance claims in 2017 were for conditions and diseases related to pet obesity- equaling a sum of more than $69 million in veterinary expenses. The boost in total obesity-related claims signifies a 24 percent increase over the last eight years. As with people, excessive body fat in pets increases the risk of preventable health issues and may shorten the life expectancy of dogs and cats. Nationwide recently sorted through its database of more than 700,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat conditions related to or made worse by obesity. Below are the results: Most Common Dog Obesity-Related Conditions Most Common Cat Obesity-Related Conditions 1. Arthritis 1. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease 2. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease 2. Chronic Kidney Disease 3. Liver Disease 3. Diabetes 4. Low Thyroid Hormone 4. Asthma 5. Torn Knee Ligaments 5. Liver Disease [...]