Sniffery’s Fab New Contest, Win 1,000 Meals for Your Favorite Shelter

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We know all of our friends love to help their favorite shelter!  This fab contest from Sniffery offers the winner 1,000 meals to the shelter of their choice!  That’s some major NOM-NOM’s for our furry friends.

Go to this link to enter and good luck: http://woobox.com/bbrxoe

Also, if you love Sniffery’s style enjoy a 10% discount at checkout using the code SNIFF14 at checkout.

 

 

 

 

Reiki For Chubby Cheeks the Hamster, Come Home!

Reiki For Chubby Cheeks the Hamster, Come Home!

Little Chubby Cheeks the Hamster

Little Chubby Cheeks the Hamster 

Chubby Cheeks had received Reiki from us in the past. His brother Digger too who has since transitioned. Chubby Cheeks’ family had gone on a vacation and neighbors noticed Chubby Cheeks had by accident gotten out of the cage.

Mom did not know how long Chubby Cheeks was out and asked for a session. When we sent healing to Chubby Cheeks, he said:
Chubby Cheeks said Chubby Cheeks is lost and in an endless cycle of how to get back home. Chubby Cheeks is trying to be persistent and not panic but this is a huge struggle. Chubby Cheeks will try to fight for a way back with small steps little by little Chubby Cheeks can find a way. Chubby Cheeks is trying to relax and not allow panic to overcome Chubby Cheeks. Maybe a nice direct path home would be good for Chubby Cheeks. Lots off spirit animals are helping Chubby Cheeks on this journey too.

His brother Digger appeared for Chubby Cheeks and we asked that the spirit animals and angels help Chubby Cheeks find his home. It was not long after that we received a text message from Mom that Chubby Cheeks was home, in his cage safe and sound. Mom asked for a 2nd session the next day and his message moved us to tears:

Chubby Cheeks said Chubby Cheeks hopes that gratitude can cross the HUGE distance to reach Jack and Ben to let them know that Chubby Cheeks is home waiting for their return. Chubby Cheeks could feel all the love and care they transmitted to Chubby Cheeks while Chubby Cheeks was lost and trying to make a path back home. Chubby Cheeks heart and spirit is lifted because every one cares for Chubby Cheeks because Jack , Ben , Mom and Dad were far away it was okay when Chubby Cheeks angel came to protect and keep Chubby Cheeks safe too was wonderful feeling for Chubby Cheeks who was afraid and lost. So many positive events came along to help Chubby Cheeks. Everyone will be home soon (Chubby Cheeks smiles)

The gratitude and love felt and transmitted from Chubby Cheeks was truly amazing. Candy said we always learn from the smallest of creatures. Mom was happy that she had asked for a 2nd session!

Chubby Cheeks had received Reiki from us in the past. His brother Digger too who has since transitioned. Chubby Cheeks’ family had gone on a vacation and neighbors noticed Chubby Cheeks had by accident gotten out of the cage.

Mom did not know how long Chubby Cheeks was out and asked for a session. When we sent healing to Chubby Cheeks, he said:
Chubby Cheeks said Chubby Cheeks is lost and in an endless cycle of how to get back home. Chubby Cheeks is trying to be persistent and not panic but this is a huge struggle. Chubby Cheeks will try to fight for a way back with small steps little by little Chubby Cheeks can find a way. Chubby Cheeks is trying to relax and not allow panic to overcome Chubby Cheeks. Maybe a nice direct path home would be good for Chubby Cheeks. Lots off spirit animals are helping Chubby Cheeks on this journey too.

His brother Digger appeared for Chubby Cheeks and we asked that the spirit animals and angels help Chubby Cheeks find his home. It was not long after that we received a text message from Mom that Chubby Cheeks was home, in his cage safe and sound. Mom asked for a 2nd session the next day and his message moved us to tears:

Chubby Cheeks said Chubby Cheeks hopes that gratitude can cross the HUGE distance to reach Jack and Ben to let them know that Chubby Cheeks is home waiting for their return. Chubby Cheeks could feel all the love and care they transmitted to Chubby Cheeks while Chubby Cheeks was lost and trying to make a path back home. Chubby Cheeks heart and spirit is lifted because every one cares for Chubby Cheeks because Jack , Ben , Mom and Dad were far away it was okay when Chubby Cheeks angel came to protect and keep Chubby Cheeks safe too was wonderful feeling for Chubby Cheeks who was afraid and lost. So many positive events came along to help Chubby Cheeks. Everyone will be home soon (Chubby Cheeks smiles)

The gratitude and love felt and transmitted from Chubby Cheeks was truly amazing. Candy said we always learn from the smallest of creatures. Mom was happy that she had asked for a 2nd session!

The Pet Podcast Channel Presents, Pets Teach Us So Much 141 with Robbin and Joseph Everett

It’s time for show 141 and we are going to have lots of fun!

Ellen Cooney, Author of the fabulous book, The Mountaintop School For Dogs and Second Chances, will be joining us.

Ellen Cooney

Ellen Cooney

 

Plus we will be checking out all of the latest pet news and celebrity pet gossip.  Join us live on Thursday, September 25th at 6:00 PM ET on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tppctv or listen anytime on the download.

 

Meow Monday, Tuna Tuesday CatLadyLand Cat-Toon, Paper Bag Development

 

 

Me-ove on in!

Me-ove on in!

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.

Developing a Vaccination Protocol For Our Dogs

Developing a Vaccination Protocol

Developing a Vaccination Protocol

 

One of the things that I struggle with is vaccinations and this is one of those topics that I tread carefully with when I ask for feedback online.

I’ve connected with many raw feeders who no longer vaccinate. They will make sure their puppies receive their round of vaccinations, but no longer vaccinate after that. Their dogs aren’t exposed to other dogs or situations that would result in the viruses that promoted the vaccinations.

But is this safe? Is this realistic?

When someone asks me about our vaccination protocol, I encourage them to speak with their vet. This is an important discussion and I look for a veterinarian who will take the time to discuss my concerns along with the pros and cons of each vaccination recommended.

Our vaccination protocol…

Please note: I am not a veterinarian nor am I experienced in dog health beyond the searches I do for our dogs.  My choices regarding vaccinations should not be taken as medical advice.

THE PUPPY SERIES

Although I think as a nation we over vaccinate our pets, I believe that this series is non-negotiable for our dogs, because puppies are vulnerable and unprotected.

RABIES

At this time, our dogs are on 3-year vaccination protocol for rabies. Rabies is required by law in our area, but I’m not convinced that every 3 years is necessary. If you have it in your budget, I recommend investing in a titer test for your dogs to determine if the rabies vaccine is still active in their system. If this isn’t in your budget, you can work with a holistic vet who is able to better guide you on what your dog needs and when.

BORDATELLA (KENNEL COUGH)

We’ve chosen not to vaccinate for bordatella (kennel cough) after the initial puppy series, because we don’t kennel our dogs or take them to doggy day care.  I know that our dogs can pick this up outside a kennel, but I believe it’s a rarity for our area.

“Kennel cough in dogs and cats is a contagious upper respiratory infection caused by a combination of bacteria and viruses. The syndrome most commonly occurs when pets are exposed to crowded, and/or poorly ventilated conditions found in many kennels and shelters. Pets that spend a lot of time at dog parks are also at increased risk of infection.” ~ 1-800-PetMeds

LEPTOSPIROSIS

We were recently introduced to the Leptospirosis vaccination, which protects against a bacterial infection that’s transmitted through the urine and feces of wild animals and can be transmitted to humans.

This vaccination is thought to be beneficial if dog owners plan to take their dogs hiking. This isn’t a core vaccination and not required by law; it’s just a recommendation.

“One of the most controversial topics in veterinary medicine is the questionable emergence of the infectious disease leptospirosis, as well as the development of supposedly newer and safer vaccinations. The concerns about this disease involve not only its supposed risk in dogs and cats, but also the potential transmission to people.” ~ 1-800-PetMeds

HEARTWORM

At this time, we don’t use a heartworm preventative, because it’s not an issue in Washington State. But with the changing weather patterns (we’ve had 2 mild winters followed by 2 long, hot summers). Heartworm is now an annual discussion with both our traditional and holistic vet and we’ll start prevention when directed.

“Heartworm disease is caused by a worm that is carried by mosquitoes. Protected within the heart and pulmonary vessels, the heartworm matures to adulthood and grows to be several inches long.” ~ 1-800-PetMeds

LYME DISEASE

Lyme disease isn’t a concern in our area (according to our veterinarian), but this can change and it’s important that we keep an eye on the news for reports of lyme disease in dogs.

“Lyme disease is an infection that causes arthritis and lameness and is transmitted to animals through the bite of infected ticks. If it is untreated, canine Lyme disease can cause heart, kidney, and neurological problems. ” ~ 1-800-PetMeds 

Vaccinations is a hot topic in the dog lover world and everyone’s varying opinion makes it confusing as well. It’s important for dog owners to (1) do their homework and (2) have an open dialogue with their veterinarian to understand what’s best for their dog.

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.

A Pet Radio Show, Pets Teach Us So Much 140, Rocks the House!

It’s time for another fab episode of a pet radio show that will rock your pet loving fur, fins and feathers, Pets Teach Us So Much.

This week we have 2 fab guests scheduled.

Angie Bailey

Angie Bailey

Angie will be giving us the scoop on her newest calendar, Whiskerlist, Texts From Mittens and all things Cat-Tastic in CatLadyLand.

Margot Ahlquist

Margot Ahlquist

Margot will give us more info on her Paws By Your Side Kit for our friends grieving the loss of a pet.

Margot Ahlquist is the creator of Paws to Talk, which started as an advice blog and has grown into a life coaching business and hub for dog lovers to get life support on an array of topics.

With Paws to Talk and the Paws By Your Side Kit, Margot combines two of her passions: dogs and helping others. Margot credits her Poodles Bella, DiDi and Toby for helping her make it through the toughest times in life and being constant inspirations.

Her weekly Paws to Talk podcast has been featured on the popular iTunes New and Noteworthy List. Margot is also a contributor to DogsterLipsticking.com and a Verified Advice Advisor for Pawbly.com.

Join us Sept. 18 at 6:00 PM EST on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tppctv live or anytime on the download.

Meow Monday, Tuna Tuesday, CatLadyLand Cat-Toon, Angry Cat Gift Basket

Angry Cat Gift Basket

Angry Cat Gift Basket

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.

Choosing a Pet Store Dog Trainer

Pet Store Dog Training Classes

Pet Store Dog Training Classes

We hired a private dog trainer our first few months as new dog owners. When it was time for our puppies to start dog training, I thought a puppy class would be fun, but the only class near our home was at one of the nationwide pet store chains. I’d always heard that these dog trainers were terrible.

Not everyone has the budget for a private dog trainer and a training class at a big box pet store is easy, affordable and accessible. But is it good enough for our dog?

Absolutely!

Visit the store first…

Before we signed up for dog training, we went to visit the trainers at the store, asked about their classes, their training methods, and shared things we wanted to work on with our puppies.

This is a great time to discuss any concerns you have about the class. How many puppies can we expect to join us? How long is a class? Do the puppies get breaks?   What training treats do they recommend? Will there be one on one time with the trainer?

Note the requirements for the class…

Before you pay for your puppy (or dog) training class, make sure you understand the guidelines.

  • What vaccinations need to be complete and when? Our trainer wanted our puppies to have their final vaccinations at least a week before starting class.
  • What do you need to bring to class? We brought towels (to practice settle), toys (for breaks) and training treats.
  • Are there make up classes? We had to reschedule 1 class during the 6 weeks; our trainer was very accommodating.

Learn as much as you can…

Whenever our trainer did something that worked with our dogs, we asked her to teach us. After our 6 week course, I was able to settle all 4 of our dogs down quickly when we had visitors.

Our trainer was fantastic and very generous with her time. She helped us understand each of our dogs (we have littermates), read their body language, and create an environment where they could succeed. She was stupendous.

4 years ago, I would have told you to avoid the training classes at big box pet stores; I’ve learned to judge the trainer, not the store.

You can read more about our experience taking a puppy class at a big box pet store on Keep the Tail Wagging.

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.

How to Crate Train Your Dog

Happiness is a happy space in a dog's crate. (Photo: dogtrainingsecrets.com)

Happiness is a happy space in a dog’s crate. (Photo: dogtrainingsecrets.com)

How to Crate Train Your Dog

Many people object to using crates because they think it is unfair to their dog. However dogs, by nature, LOVE small spaces that they can call their own. Plus, crates give us the tools necessary to teach our dogs proper manners by helping with potty training and preventing destructive behavior like chewing. Below are the steps to take to make your pup’s crate his happy place.

The Perfect Home There are a variety of crates available for dogs. The durable plastic “airline” approved plastic crates work best since they provide a “den like” environment. Plus a dog is less likely to get a claw or paw stuck, compared to the all wire crate. The crate should be large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around and stretch out comfortably. If you have a young puppy you may need to get a crate that just allows the dog to turn around and stand up. If the crate is too large, the puppy may have accidents.

Party Place The key to crate training is to make the crate a happy, fun place for your dog or puppy to be. Place the crate in an area of the house that is convenient but is also close to the rest of the family. Put a nice dog blanket or bed in the crate to help your pup feel comfortable. Feed him in his crate. If he gets a new toy or bone, put it in his crate to find. Hide treats in his crate for him too so every time he explores his new area, great things happen! You also want to give your adult dog or puppy a special chew toy or bone that he only gets when he is in the crate. Nothing makes a place better for a dog then a special yummy reward. NEVER use the crate as punishment. If you teach your dog that the crate is used when he is in trouble, then he will thing he is a bad dog every time you put him in there to leave.

Quiet Time If you have an dog or puppy that is not used to the crate, slowly introduce it to him over a period of a week so that he learns the crate is a great place to relax and sleep when you are gone. Use a treat to lure him into the treat, shut the door for a minute, than let him out. Repeat and as he gets comfortable, slowly increase the time he is left in there. Leave him in the crate for a few minutes the first day and then work up to a few hours. This slow exposure will ensure that your dog has time to adjust to his new environment. For young puppies, you should also slowly introduce him to the crate, but at night, because we are trying to potty train him, you can just lock him in the crate. He may cry, but he will quickly learn that the crate is a safe place. You can place the crate next to your bed for the first several nights to help with the adjustment.

Canine Complaints Your dog may bark, paw, or cry when he is first put in the crate. If this happens, don’t let him out when he is complaining. If you do, he will learn that barking and crying is the way to get out of the crate. Instead, wait till he stops, even for a few seconds to let him out. You can also clap your hands or make some other sudden noise and the moment he stops vocalizing to see what the sound is, open the crate door. Once you let him out, give him some time to calm down. Then, when you put him in again, have them in there for a shorter amount of time. So, if he was barking after 5 minutes in the crate, leave him in there for only 3 minutes. As he has several successful times in the crate at 3 minutes, then you can slowly build to 5 minutes then 10 minutes and so on. Just remember that by going slow and being patient, you will get your dog used to the crate in no time!

Colleen Demling, CPDT, CBCC 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.

Dog Fashion, Fall Update

Take me out to the ballgame!

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Take me out to the ball game!

The World Series soesn’t start till October 22nd, but don’t tell Franklin that! He’s already struttin’ his stuff in his go to comfy (and, of course, with Franklin, stylish!) Ballpark Hoodie. Perfect for those late summer, cool breezes and warm enough for a crisp day in Fall and a lovely long walk or run!

PJNY dogwear Ballpark Hoodie will be available Sept. 30th (Franklin not included 🙂

I’m writing this on Labor Day (yes, I’m laboring!) but when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work and I LOVE WHAT I DO! Designing clothes for our beloved pets and working with Shelter Animals is a joy and a gift for which I am grateful every day. As the saying goes (I think by Confucius?) “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

I found the perfect site to tell you about that ABSOLUTELY nails it on what is going on in the pet fashion space for Fall – around the world. Click on the link below and a world of pet fashion, news, advice, and yes, pet astrology will open for you.

Fall Fashion Trends 2014: Yes, for Dogs!

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This sweater is by BUBADOG, Belgrade and can be found on Etsy as well as the BUBADOG site on the link above.
I guess Orange is the new Black!

Wishing everyone a great September and Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Karen