How to Fly with a Dog or Cat

Up, Up and Away!

Are you ready to take your pet on a plane?(photo: mollyandaustin.blogspot.com)

Are you ready to take your pet on a plane?(photo: mollyandaustin.blogspot.com)

Summer vacation is here and now, many airlines will allow you to take your small pup with you on the plane. To make sure this trip is successful for everyone, follow these tips:

Check Ahead- Each airline has different requirements for pet travel from what sort of health certificate a pet needs, if any, to the size of the crate they allow, to how many pets can be on the plane at one time. Thoroughly investigate each airline to see what flight is the best fit for you AND your pet. Once you make a decision, book as far in advance as possible to secure your spot.

Getting Ready– Even if your pet is use to being in a crate, they may not be comfortable with the smaller crates that most airlines require. Buy the crate that you will use when you fly at least 3-4 weeks before your trip. Give your pet time to eat, nap, and relax in the crate. This will help the trip be as stress free as possible for your pet AND you.

Pack the Essentials- When you pack your bag, pack a bag for your pet too including a copy of vaccines records, extra medication, food, treats, and a favorite toy. Make sure that the information on the ID tag and microchip are also up to date.

Airport Etiquette- Pets should fast 4-6 hours before a flight and potty right before they go to into the airport. If you have a multi-leg flight, check ahead to see if the airports you are traveling through have pet potty areas and if so what terminals those potty areas are in. All pets, kitties included, will need to be taken out of their carrier and carried through security. Make sure that your pet has a harness and leash on during this process so you can keep them safe during the security check.

Fly Time- Your pet must stay in the carrier throughout the flight and under the seat in front of you for take off and landing. To help your pet feel comfortable, board as early as possible and then put the carrier on your lap facing the window so your pet can relax. You can unzip the carrier and give your pet some treats and pets to calm any nerves throughout the flight. A window seat is also best because you can face your pet towards a wall verses a plane full of feet.

Colleen Demling, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA owns, www.pawtopia.com, one of the most successful dog training companies in San Diego. She has been featured numerous times on local and national TV and Radio.

Meow Monday, Tuna Tuesday CatLadyLand Cat-Toon, Hamstring

We love Angie!

We love Angie!

We love Angie!

Angie Bailey is an award-winning writer, blogger, humorist, and professional member of the Cat Writers’ Association. She’s the author of whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds and Catladyland, which won the Best Humor Blog in the 2013 BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging & Social Media Awards and Funniest Pet Blog in the 2011 Petties Awards. She is a regular columnist for Catster.com, the creator of Texts from Mittens, and half of the comedy web series production team of 82 South St. Productions, LLC.

One Picture Saves a Life Tour

One Picture Saves a Life and Cats R Cool Presents a Public Workshop at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, NY on August 3, 2014

 

****Join us on the air July 31 to hear Jackson Galaxy from Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell) talk about this fabulous event!***

Beautiful cats for adoption (Photo:Allentownanimalclinic.wordpress.com)

Beautiful cats for adoption (Photo:Allentownanimalclinic.wordpress.com)

Press Release

New York, NY – July 9, 2014 – One Picture Saves a Life and Cats R Cool are on tour and all pet lovers are invited for some furry fun! On Sunday, August 3, 2014, the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, NY will host the next event for these two wonderful organizations.This free workshop will have a general morning session beginning at 10am where attendees will hear from three special speakers, followed by in-depth breakout sessions. Learn more at: http://onepicturesaves.com/register/.

The workshop will showcase the talents of:
· Seth Casteel, award-winning photographer and New York Times Best Selling Author of Underwater Dogs
· Jorge Bendersky, Best Selling Author “DIY Dog Grooming: from puppy cuts to best in show, everything you need to know” & Celebrity Dog groomer and pet expert, formerly on Animal Planet’s Groomer Has It!
· Special guest: Jackson Galaxy, cat behaviorist and host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell

Attendees will have the unique experience to meet Jackson Galaxy (Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell), Seth Casteel (Underwater Dogs), and Jorge Bendersky (Animal Planet’s Dogs 101). These pet experts will teach participants how to save more lives through grooming, positive photography, and improved shelter cat enrichment and behavior modification. The exciting workshopwill leave guests feelingempowered with all the tools they need to get out, volunteer, and save shelter pets’ lives.

The breakout sessions will be from either Seth Casteel and Jorge Bendersky (One Picture Saves a Life) or Jackson Galaxy (Cats R Cool). The Cats R Cool section will also include a special presentation on working with community cats and TNR. Afternoon sessions will be geared towards shelters and rescues, but anyone interested in volunteering can attend.

Those who are with a shelter or rescue are encouraged to bring as many representatives and volunteers so they have the opportunity to split up to cover both breakout sessions. Grant opportunities are available, including digital SLR cameras, grooming supplies, cat castles and scratchers, community cat traps, and more!

Sign up to attend the morning session here: http://onepicturesaves.com/register/#public.

Sign up for the afternoon sessions and apply for grants here: http://onepicturesaves.com/register/#guests-volunteers.

After individuals register they will get more information on exact times, parking, and other logistics. Please email info@onepicturesaves.com with any questions.

About The North Shore Animal League America: North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. We’re proud of our history of innovation in animal welfare – striving to make continuous innovations that save more lives and support other shelter and rescue groups.Learn more at: http://www.animalleague.org/. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theanimalleague. Twitter: @AnimalLeague.

About GreaterGood.org
GreaterGood.org is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Since 2006, it has given more than $30 million to charity partners and programs worldwide that work toward our mission.

About The Animal Rescue Site
The Animal Rescue Site provides food and vital care for some of the eight million unwanted animals given to shelters every year in the U.S., as well as animals in desperate need around the world. By supporting The Animal Rescue Site, consumers can provide food and care for a rescued animal living in a shelter or sanctuary.

About WAHL
Wahl Home Products is a division of Wahl Clipper Corporation a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of products for the consumer personal care, animal grooming and professional beauty and barber salon trade. Based in Sterling, Ill., the company is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year. For more information, visit www.wahlhomeproducts.com.

In addition to providing grooming grants to pet shelters and rescue groups nationwide, Wahl and the Animal Rescue Site are launching the Dirty Dogs Gallery. This “before and after” photo gallery showcases the amazing transformations that come from proper grooming and photography.

The Wahl Dirty Dogs Gallery opens on May 15, 2014 and will become a permanent fixture on the One Picture Saves a Life website.

About Seth Casteel
Seth Casteel is a pet and lifestyle photographer and author of the New York Times best-sellerUnderwater Dogs. Seth has been volunteering with animal shelters and rescues for over 6 years across the United States, Europe, Australia and Indonesia. He has photographed thousands of dogs and cats, resulting in countless adoptions.

Seth is currently on tour teaching animal shelter staff and volunteers how to take positive photos to save the lives of homeless pets.

About Jorge Bendersky
Jorge Bendersky is a celebrity dog groomer in New York City and the Author of the best-selling book: DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show, Everything you Need to Know. He grooms Manhattan area dogs and consults on dog grooming and is huge supporter of animal welfare and rescue. He has been a finalist in the Animal Planet show Groomer Has It, a judge on TLC’s Extreme Poodles, and an expert on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101. He has also appeared on The Today Show, ABC Nightline, CW11, and E! News, and in the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, and more. He is a proud member of the One Picture Saves a Life team and you can learn more here: http://www.planetjorge.com/.

Cats R Cool
Cats R Cool is a program of GreaterGood.org, The Animal Rescue Site,
Petfinder Foundation and Jackson Galaxy with the goal of elevating the status of shelter cats to get them adopted. The program also aims to educate the publicabout cats with the goal of keeping cats in homes.

3 Natural Flea and Tick Treatments that Work

Natural Flea Treatments

Natural Flea Treatments

I stopped using topical treatment after seeing a photo of a dog with a chemical burn. I didn’t do my homework, I didn’t ask questions, I just threw out our stock of topical treatments and started looking for an alternative.

I found one right away and it worked. But it’s no longer available. This year, I started searching again and found three treatments that work…

Only Natural Pet Herbal Defense – we’ve used this several times with our dogs and it has worked for us. It does leave a greasy patch where applied and it washes off in a bath so it needs to be re-applied regularly. I like it because it’s a natural alternative, it doesn’t hurt our dogs, and it doesn’t smell terrible.

Wondercide – this brand makes a series of products meant to repel fleas. What I really like about this product is that a bottle of Wondercide will last an entire summer season in our house (we have 4 dogs). The dogs hate being sprayed with it and they don’t like the smell (I think it smells pretty), but it only needs to be reapplied weekly (in our experience). We spray it on the dogs and on their bedding.

Diatomaceous Earth – you must buy the food grade version; it works by dusting a dog’s coat and bedding with the earth – it then coats the fleas, dries out their exoskeleton and kills them. This is a flea killer, not repellent. And you have to take care that the dog (or you) don’t breathe in the dust. It’s a pain in the but, can make a mess (dust your dogs outside), but I’ve heard that it works.

If you do a search for natural flea and tick repellents, you will find several options, including articles and videos sharing how to make a natural remedy at home. Personally I would love to make it at home, but my concern is my lack of experience with essential oils. We have to understand what essential oils (and at what amounts) are safe for our pets, know where to buy the oils that can be used topically, and know how to mix and store the oils.

My lack of experience is why I’ve used the brands I recommended above. Three more things you can do are…

  • Baths: We bathe our dogs 2x a month using a natural shampoo bar that has ingredients that repel fleas. Because it’s natural and mild, we can bathe our dogs more often; it’s very gentle on their skin while doing a great job getting them clean. Wondercide makes a similar shampoo bar.
  • Bedding: We wash our dogs bedding every other weekend and in between washes, we spray with Wondercide to keep them flea free.
  • Diet: I’ve been told that improving your dogs diet will help reduce flea infestations. This was one of the selling points for switching our dogs to raw; fleas don’t like to munch on a healthy dog. I’m not sure how valid this theory is, but improving our pet’s nutrition leads to a lot of great results, including a happier, healthier, longer life for our pets.

Natural flea and tick repellents won’t work for every dog. We’ve been using natural flea and tick repellents for more than 3 years and we’ve never had a flea infestation in our home. Coincidence? I sure as heck hope not.

Author’s Bio: Kimberly Gauthier is the Fur Mom to 4 dogs and founder of Keep the Tail Wagging, an online magazine for dog lovers. By sharing her experience as a dog mom to 4 pups, Kimberly hopes to help others make better choices for their dogs too. When she’s not laughing with her boyfriend or playing with her dogs, she can be found writing, taking pictures, reading, or watching movies.

Pets Teach Us So Much Radio 137 with Robbin and Joseph Everett

We have a really big show Thursday, July 31 at 6:00PM with 3 of the biggest and brightest stars in the PETMOSPHERE!

Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s, My Cat From Hell, Seth Casteel New York Times Best Selling Author of Underwater Dogs and Jorge Bendersky, celebrity pet groomer are all joining us to talk about the One Picture Saves a Life Project.

Join us live here. Or catch us on the down load on our site, Stitcher or iTunes.

Jackson Galaxy

Seth Casteel and his dog Nala

Seth Casteel and his dog Nala

Jorge Bendersky and Tito, AKA Chachala's favorite boy toy

Jorge Bendersky and Tito, AKA Chachala’s favorite boy toy

 

One Picture Saves a Life and Cats R Cool Presents a Public Workshop at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, NY on August 3, 2014

New York, NY – July 9, 2014 – One Picture Saves a Life and Cats R Cool are on tour and all pet lovers are invited for some furry fun! On Sunday, August 3, 2014, the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, NY will host the next event for these two wonderful organizations.This free workshop will have a general morning session beginning at 10am where attendees will hear from three special speakers, followed by in-depth breakout sessions. Learn more at: http://onepicturesaves.com/register/.

More information about our guests:

A cat behaviorist by day and rock ‘n’ roller by night, Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, challenges the traditional cat lover persona with his tattoo clad arms and guitar case filled with cat toys. With over 15 years of experience working with animals, Jackson has dedicated his career to promoting a compassionate world for all animals and is working towards his ultimate goal of instilling a “no-kill” policy in shelters throughout the country.

In My Cat from Hell, currently in its 5th season, Jackson goes from home to home, helping individuals whose “out of control” cats are turning their lives and homes upside down. Jackson’s community can also tune in to his Youtube channel every Monday to see his new online series, Cat Mojo with Jackson Galaxy (www.youtube.com/jacksongalaxy).  Jackson knew long ago that he had a deep understanding of animal behavior and a gift for enlightening people on how to identify with their pet’s actions. With his repertoire of holistic remedies and techniques like the “Cat I Love You,” Jackson can connect with even the most out of control feline and help strengthen the bond between pet and owner. To connect with Jackson, check out his websitewww.JacksonGalaxy.com,

Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer and New York Times best-selling author. His series of Underwater Dogs photographs have been seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world and have become one of the most famous series of images in the past decade.

In 2007, Seth began volunteering to photograph homeless pets to help them find loving families. These improved, positive photos showcased unique personalities, resulting in countless adoptions.

Since then, Seth has developed a career as a Lifestyle Pet Photographer, accepting commissions and commercial assignments, collaborating with dozens of publishers and exhibiting his artwork in galleries around the world. His work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times and in hundreds of other magazines, newspapers and calendars. You may have also seen him on Good Morning America, EXTRA, Jeopardy!, The Insider, Inside Edition and even Duck Dynasty! He has traveled the world in pursuit of his passion, working with animals on five continents.

Seth lives and works in Los Angeles. He loves ’80s music and is a fan of the DeLorean automobile. His dog, Nala, has accepted the fact that she will be photographed every single day.

Jorge Bendersky is a celebrity dog groomer in New York City and the Author of the best-selling book: DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show, Everything you Need to Know. He grooms Manhattan area dogs and consults on dog grooming and is huge supporter of animal welfare and rescue. He has been a finalist in the Animal Planet show Groomer Has It, a judge on TLC’s Extreme Poodles, and an expert on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101. He has also appeared on The Today Show, ABC Nightline, CW11, and E! News, and in the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, and more. He is a proud member of the One Picture Saves a Life team and you can learn more here: http://www.planetjorge.com/

Reiki for Lacee the Havanese

Lacee

Lacee

What a sweet heart Lacee is. With all that she has been through , she is just pure joy!

Fur Baby: lacee

Age/breed: 9 months/havanese

How long have you had pet?: 7 months

Problems/Issues: Lacee had surgery on her left front leg when she was only 4 months old because her leg was bowing out due to a problem with her growth plate. They cut the ulta bone and the leg stretched out into the leg socket right away. Her front left foot is still turning out and they say they can do more surgery to straighen the foot out. It does not hurt her and i really don”t want another surgery. But then her back right leg, well she started to limp on it. So back to the vet and they took x-rays and there is something going on in her hip joint that”s not right. I know doctor wants more surgery. So I want to see if some healing energy might help our Lacee girl. Lacee is a very out going and loving puppy. She loves to run and go for walks. She plays and loves her 3 kitty friends and her 1 year old maltese sister. She has a wonderful attitude in spite of all this bone trouble.

Lacee said Lacee feels at peace and tranquility at home with Lacee’s joyful family. Lacee always finds happiness in every corner of a room. Lacee has some imperfections and Lacee accepts them all. Lacee is Lacee and nobody else. Lacee may have some physical challenges but Mom builds confidence in Lacee and Lacee feels all the love that surrounds Lacee too.

Lacee is such a joyful being. She’s not attached to her disease and trusts Mom implicitly.

From Lacee’s Mom: Thank you very much! I appreciate all you do!!

Meow Monday, Tuna Tuesday, CatLadyLand Cat-Toon, Purr-muda Triangle

Love this funny cat cartoon by Angie Bailey

Love this funny cat cartoon by Angie Bailey

We love Angie!

Angie Bailey is an award-winning writer, blogger, humorist, and professional member of the Cat Writers’ Association. She’s the author of whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds and Catladyland, which won the Best Humor Blog in the 2013 BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging & Social Media Awards and Funniest Pet Blog in the 2011 Petties Awards. She is a regular columnist for Catster.com, the creator of Texts from Mittens, and half of the comedy web series production team of 82 South St. Productions, LLC.

5 Bad Choices I Made as a New Dog Owner

5 Bad Choices I Made As A Pet Owner

5 Bad Choices I Made As A Pet Owner

Recently someone called me an authority at raising dogs. After I stopped laughing and picked myself up off the floor, I told them that if they knew me a few years ago, they would stop reading my blog.

Raising dogs isn’t easy, but I thought we had it in the bag. Before we brought Rodrigo and Sydney home I picked up a few training and medical books, I started following dog trainers and pet photographers (I like photography), and I thought we were ready.

I was wrong.

Here are 5 mistakes I made when we first brought Rodrigo and Sydney home:

  1. I fed them dog food with corn. Not just corn, but with corn as one of the first ingredients. I believed that if I purchased dog food from the pet store instead of the grocery store, it would be fine. I was wrong. I spent a lot of time trying to understand the ingredients list on the back of dog food and found several brands that were great for our dogs.
  1. I didn’t think we needed a dog trainer. We had episodes of the Dog Whisperer and It’s Me or the Dog saved up on our DVR. I thought watching both would provide us with a well balanced training system. I was wrong. We hired a dog trainer almost immediately.
  1. I didn’t question our veterinarian. Our veterinarian became offended when we asked him questions, he talked down to me, and he was anti-rescue. I think his head would explode if he found out we were feeding raw now.   We take our dogs to a new vet, one who welcomes questions and makes a point of educating pet owners.
  1. I walked our dogs off leash. Yep, I was one of those dog owners shouting “he’s friendly!!!” from 50 yards away as Rodrigo charged you and your dog at high speed. It never occurred to me that the other dog would be aggressive, afraid or in training. I thought our dogs should meet as many dogs as possible – it’s all part of socializing. It was rude and dangerous. Our dogs are only off leash on our property. Everywhere else, they are on leash and safe. 
  1. I treated our dogs like kids, not dogs. Yes, our dogs are our kids, our babies. They are also dogs who respond well to a confident, consistent leader, and need to be allowed to be dogs. When Rodrigo and Sydney were adolescents, I realized I needed help and I called our dog trainer for an emergency session. She reminded me that dogs live in the moment and I could change our relationship at anytime. So I did it that evening and with the help of my boyfriend (a natural leader) and our dog trainer, we were able to transition our dogs into well behaved adults.

Raising dogs isn’t easy. There’s a lot to learn, there are a lot of opinions out there, and it seems that we’re learning something new about dogs every week. But the resources are out there to help us raise happy, healthy dogs. There’s no way we would be able to raise 2 sets of littermates (yep, we have 4 dogs), were it not for what I’ve learned over the past 4 years.

Author’s Bio: Kimberly Gauthier is the Fur Mom to 4 dogs and founder of Keep the Tail Wagging, an online magazine for dog lovers. By sharing her experience as a dog mom to 4 pups, Kimberly hopes to help others make better choices for their dogs too. When she’s not laughing with her boyfriend or playing with her dogs, she can be found writing, taking pictures, reading, or watching movies.

Pets Teach Us So Much Radio and Podcast 136 with Robbin and Joseph Everett

We have another fabulous pet podcast lined up for you this week.  Actually, we are global pet radio that goes to podcast for your enjoyment and entertainment. Thank you for making Joseph and Robbin Everett the global King and Queen of Pet Related Entertainment, pet radio shows, pet podcasts, animal radio shows, etc., LOL!

Does your pet get the itches and scratches or worse?  Dr. Patrick Mahaney joins us to talk about pet allergies-how to diagnose and treat allergies that affect so many of our pets.

Patrick Mahaney, VDM, CVA, CVJ

Patrick Mahaney, VDM, CVA, CVJ

Plus we have a fair amount of mayhem and fun planned.  See you Thursday, (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tppctv ) July 17 at 6:00PM ET or join us on the down load here, iTunes or on Stitcher.

About Dr. Mahaney:

Patrick Mahaney VMD, CVA, CVJ

Dr. Patrick Mahaney is a veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist providing services to Los Angeles-based clients both on a house call and in-clinic basis.  Dr. Mahaney’s unique approach integrating eastern and western medical perspectives has evolved into a concierge house call practice, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness (CPAW), Inc.  Additionally, Dr. Mahaney offers holistic treatment for canine and feline cancer patients at the Veterinary Cancer Group (Culver City, CA).

As a veterinarian providing on-the-go-care for his patients, Dr. Mahaney’s has partnered with Blue Star Jets and New York/Hamptons celebrity veterinarian, Dr. Cindy Bressler, as the west coast director of JetSetVets, the first private jet service capable of providing in-flight medical treatment for pets.

Dr. Mahaney is affiliated with Amazon CARES, which provides pro-bono veterinary services in Iquitos, Peru and remote villages on the Amazon River. He traveled to Peru in 2011 and was inspired to create a television “dream project” involving veterinary volunteerism and public health education through partnerships with rescue organizations on a worldwide basis.

As a certified veterinary journalist, Dr. Mahaney’s shares his perspective on veterinary medicine and pet health in Patrick’s Blog, PetMD’s The Daily Vet, Pet360’s Pet-Lebrity News, AOL’s Paw Nation, Veterinary Practice NewsAnimal Wellness, Life + Dog, PetSafe, Victor Stilwell’s Positively.com, and Perez Hilton’s TeddyHilton.com.

Besides creating written content, Dr. Mahaney contributes to radio and television projects:

Radio- It’s a Dog’s Life with Greg Kleva on Martha Stewart Radio Sirius XM 110, Tracie Hotchner’s DOG TALK® the Radio Show on WOR New Talk Radio 710, The My Buddy Butch Show on MBBRadio.com, and Pet World Insider

Television- Study Finds Pet Obesity Increasing on MSNBC, My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet, Natural Companions on Veria Network, and Career Day from Entertainment Studios

His involvement in the media has greatly enhanced the growth of his veterinary practice, so Dr. Mahaney accepted a position on the board of BlogPaws to further promote the message of holistic animal health in various media formats. He also participates in public speaking engagements through BlogPaws, Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, and UCLA Extension.

As a well recognized voice of veterinary medicine, Dr. Mahaney is a member of many professional advocacy groups, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), and Lesbian Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA).