7 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day August 25 2016, 0 Comments
Of course, you could observe National Dog Day by simply giving your dog a nice big hug to let him know how much he means to you (and you probably would do that any day of the year!) But if you want to take it to the next level, here are a few fun ideas.
1. Adopt, Don’t Shop!
If you’ve been thinking about adding another furry family member, National Dog Day is the perfect time to adopt a dog from your local shelter or rescue organization. Even if you can’t provide a fur-ever home for a dog in need, there’s plenty that you can do to help. Donate blankets, food, or toys to a shelter or volunteer to spend some time walking and playing with dogs or cleaning cages – there’s sure to be plenty to do!
2. Get Social
Encourage others to adopt by sharing some of your favorite kodak moments of you and your adopted or rescued pooch on Facebook, Instagram, or whatever social network is your favorite. Or, find adoptable pets online in your community, and share their pictures and links to how to adopt.
3. Check Your Home
When was the last time you did a safety check of your home? Dog proofing is a super important step in keeping your tail-wagging friend safe, and there may be some hidden doggy hazards in your own home. Here is a helpful list of dangers that pet parents should be aware of.
4. Have a Party
Throw a party for the dog parents in your life, and invite them to bring their dogs along too. To keep it interesting for both your furry and non-furry guests, you may want to plan some fun games that everyone can play together.
5. Display a Picture of Your Dog
If you’re good with a camera, National Dog Day is a great excuse to take your furry friend out for a photo shoot. You’ll end up with a new portrait you can display, and you’ll both get to enjoy some bonding time in the process.
If photography is not your thing, consider hiring a professional to photograph your dog. You could also have a portrait painted. I love these by MyPoochFace.
6. Shower Your Dog With Gifts
What dog wouldn’t love a new toy (or 3 0r 4)? Go ahead and buy that special toy, and then spend some time together breaking it in. Or you could treat your dog to a stylish new collar and leash or a nice comfy doggie bed.
7. Do Something Your Dog Enjoys
If your dog could talk, he’d probably tell you that there’s nothing better than a little extra attention from you. Spend some extra time brushing him or teaching him a new trick. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take him for a romp at the local dog park or a nice run on the beach.
However you choose to observe National Dog Day, you’re sure to have a fur-bulous time celebrating man’s best friend.
Southern Living March 01 2016, 0 Comments
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Don't make Fido sleep on the floor because you cant find an attractive bed for him . We have several options to suit your pup as well as your home's style.
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How Animals React To These 2 Little Boys Is Nothing Short Of Magical. August 01 2014, 1 Comment
Elena Shumilova is a mother from from Andreapol, Russia, that has been taking stunning photos of her sons with animals. Now, those photos are making their way around the internet. The photos, hosted on 500px , aren't just cute (although they definitely are). They show a connection between children and animals that, as adults get older, we forget about. It's magical.
Elena began taking pictures of her sons Yaroslav and Vanya in 2012 when she received her first professional camera.
Elena used to sketch and paint, now her medium is photography and her subjects are her sons.
Her boys have always had an affinity for animals...
And the animals have a special connection with them as well.
Children and animals are both innocent. They live in a fantastical world that we adults seem to forget about.
9 Ways to Help an Arthritic Dog July 25 2014, 1 Comment
#1 Slim down If your dog is overweight, commit to helping her slim down. Extra weight places extra strain on joints, worsening the pain of arthritis. Feeling guilty because your dog is looking longingly at her food bowl? Mix a little pumpkin (unsweetened, not canned) into her dinner; it’s healthy, low cal, and will help her feel full. We like both Fruitables' and Merrick's natural canned pumpkin for dogs.
#2 Gentle exercise Your dog absolutely still needs regular exercise—it is a must—to keep her moving and from stiffening up, just make sure it’s controlled, gentle, low impact, and short in duration. Try a dog treadmill, which allows for a slow walk at your dog’s desired pace.
#3 Ramps & pet steps Help your arthritic dog get up steps, on to a bed, or in and out of cars with a ramp or pet steps.
#4 Improved traction Arthritic dogs are less steady on their feet. Offer them stability with secure rugs for traction or a product like Dr. Buzby’s Toe Grips, which puts an end to slipping, sliding, and struggling, by providing instant traction for slipping senior, arthritic, or special needs pets. Made of a natural nonslip material, they grip the floor, keeping your dog steady and upright.
#5 Canine massage Massage eases sore muscles, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress for both the giver and receiver. Plus, it’s a great for bonding and a wonderful way to check in with your older dog, enabling you to note any new lumps, bumps or sore places. For a canine massage how-to illustrating four techniques to help your dog rest, relax, and rejuvenate.
#6 Acupuncture Yes, acupuncture. It’s not just for people. Veterinary acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances.
#7 Sweet heat Heating pads relieve aches. For a low-tech solution make your own DIY warmer in a jiffy; here’s how: fill a cotton tube sock or knee length sock with four cups of rice or whole corn (not popping corn!), then knot the end or tie it off with string or stitch it closed. Microwave it for a minute, and voilá, you’ve made your dog a heating pad! Or go high-tech for testimonial-backed results that go beyond soothing aches and pains. Canine Light Therapy pads use specific wavelengths of light for therapeutic and healing benefits including pain relief, muscle relaxation, stimulating acupuncture points, releasing trigger points, and healing injuries.
#8 A comfy, supportive bed Give your dog a comfortable, supportive bed to ease his weary bones. A well-padded resting spot goes a long way.
#9 Natural supplements We asked Dr. Loridawn Gordon, a naturopathic veterinarian, for how to help dogs with arthritis naturally. Here’s what she had to say:
“Natural options to treat arthritis in dogs include devil’s claw, a herbal remedy that's prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain. It's often used when pets are diagnosed with arthritis, but it shouldn't be given if your pet is diabetic. Mild cases of arthritis respond well to vitamins C and E, as well as dl-phenylalanine. If the case is severe, adding sodium oxide dismutase, also known as SOD, can do the trick. This is an antioxidant that provides anti-inflammatory properties.
If you want to take an Ayurvedic approach to treating your pet's arthritis, you can try Boswellia and Ashwaganda. Both are anti-inflammatory herbs that provide relief of stiffness and pain by shrinking inflamed tissues down and increasing the blood supply to these areas in order to promote healing. Ashwaganda also helps generate energy while counteracting the negative effects of stress on the body.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin are also popular natural remedies that support healthy joints by enhancing the cartilage between the joints. These supplements can help halt the degeneration of the cartilage and help the body rebuild it.
Pau D’Arco is an herbal remedy that's known for relieving the pain caused by arthritis, which can promote mobility if your pet is having trouble getting around.
Turmeric is another commonly prescribed herbal remedy for animals suffering with arthritis because it has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. It's also a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the liver and protects against myriad diseases.”
Be sure to check with your vet to see which supplements are suitable for your dog. Some natural remedies can react with medications your dog may be on.
Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders May 20 2014, 0 Comments
These homes are set apart by their amenities — for dogs.
Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling homes in 27 developments from Florida to California and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one.
The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead; tile walls and floors; a designated drying area with a commercial sized pet dryer; a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets for toys, treats and food; a stackable washer and dryer; a French door that opens to a puppy run; and a flat-screen television set.
Standard Pacific, based in Irvine, decided to offer pet suites after conducting livability studies with homeowners. Pets were a constant theme, said Jeffrey Lake, vice president and national director of architecture for Standard Pacific.
"Devotion to pets is second-to-none," he added. "They are family."
The American Pet Products Association reports that 68 percent of Americans own pets and contribute to an industry worth more than $55 billion annually.
Real estate officials say building homes designed to cater to pets is a new concept, but that remodels for pet owners have been available for some time.
Adam Cowherd Construction in Ozark, Missouri, installs pet-friendly additions to homes. Cowherd said he recently finished a job where there was an open shelf on the end of a kitchen island to hold pet bowls.
"Owners want it uniquely functional, very contemporary and something that catches the eye," Cowherd said.
However, only once in the last 10 years has he been asked to build a whole room for a pet, he added.
Melanie Dean lives with her family near Dallas in a Standard Pacific home with a pet package for their dog, Lola.
Lola's room "makes life much easier," Dean said. "We don't have to use the kitchen sink to wash yucky stuff anymore."
Standard Pacific Homes' newest community, called Avignon at Blackstone in Brea, about 25 miles south of Los Angeles, features homes that start at $710,000. The pet spa option adds $35,000 to the price, Lake said.
Only the largest suite is available in Brea, but in some of the other communities, there are smaller sizes and prices, starting at 60 square feet for $8,000, he said.
During some of the model grand openings at different communities, several potential buyers brought their dogs to look at the homes, said Danielle Tocco, the company's director of communications.
Around 70 percent of those looking for a home have pets, said Mollie Carmichael, principal at the John Burns Real Estate Consulting firm in Irvine.
Pet adoptions were also held at some model grand openings, Tocco said, just in case somebody didn't have a dog but wanted one.
For cat owners, things can be rearranged and swapped out, like a scratching post for the dryer. And if no one is using the bath, it can be used for sporting equipment, like golf clubs.
Those looking to sell their homes may find their pet additions to be a benefit.
Laundry rooms and mud rooms toward the back of homes are popular, said Amy Bohutinsky, chief marketing officer at Seattle-based Zillow. Pet washrooms can also be used as multipurpose mud rooms, which may attract buyers.
By SUE MANNING
The Buckeye Bulldog December 03 2013, 0 Comments
We did receive it! It was such a WONDERFUL surprise! It really couldn’t have come at a more perfect time…
The day we received it (late afternoon), also happened to be the same day (earlier in the morning), that we found out our 8 month old Olde English Bulldog puppy has SEVERE hip dysplasia (the worst the vet has seen) and “loose” knees. The vet suggested to ease some of the discomfort that we should get him a bed to sleep on (so he doesn’t try to jump on the couch), to help his hips. And there was the bed you sent!
We just met with an Orthopedic Vet Specialist, who confirmed the 1st diagnosis, and referred us to NC State Vets for full hip replacement surgery for both hips, and knee surgery. Very upsetting news, so your gift was a very thoughtful and wonderful surprise! You made that day brighter, and Brutus (the Buckeye bulldog) LOVES his new bed! I’ll take a pic and send it to you soon!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your timing was perfect!
PS. Hope you’re not a Florida State fan – Go Buckeyes!
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