Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year Resolution: Help Shelter Animals

Make a change.

Make a difference.

Make a impact.

Make the world a better place.

If you can't adopt, foster.

If you can't foster, sponsor.

If you can't sponsor, volunteer.

If you can't volunteer, donate.

If you can't donate, educate.

Don't say I can't, there is always something you can do.

No excuses.

Do something.


Make a change. Be the change.

Spread the word.

Dog and Baby Safety: Protect your child and your pet!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How Not to Ruin Your New Puppy

Teach your puppy manners and basic obedience. No jumping on people. Waiting. Heeling. Coming when called.

Housebreak your puppy properly. Take your pup outside frequently. If the puppy has a accident don't rub there nose in it. Promptly take the puppy outside to the correct elimination area.

Introduce your puppy to a variety of objects and scenarios so they never are afraid of anything.

Socialize your puppy with a variety of people and other animals.

Make sure you puppy has annual checkups and up-to-date on shots.

Feed your puppy a well-balanced diet (avoid people food and cheap dog food, make sure a protein source is always the first ingrediant (avoid meat by-products and heavy grains like corn)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Get Rid Of Fleas For Good

House Tips

-Vacuum like crazy. Vacuum twice or more daily no if ands or buts. If you have a disposable bag take that bag out to garbage can immediately after every use. If you have a detachable canister empty that out immediately after every use into a garbage can. Make sure garbage can is situated somewhere outside the home to minimize reinfestation.

-When vacuuming use a flea carpet powder and make sure you read complete directions to use it correctly. For a more natural approach and/or less toxic use things like borax, salt, baking soda or diatomaceous earth (food grade!).

-Use a carpet shampooer/cleaner/steamer a week. Do not dump water in yard which could lead to further reinfestation. Dump water in toilet  and flush instead.

-Clean and vacuum your furniture daily or get new furniture if you know you got rid of fleas completely and for good.

-Use a flea fogger/bomb once or twice a month. Always read full directions.

-Don't leave clothes, bedding, etc. on the floor if you do you better wash that stuff.

-Keep clutter off the floor. Never leave trash lying around period.

-Rip up the carpet put in wood floors or new carpet (avoid thick shaggy carpeting where fleas can hide!) as a last resort.

Yard Tips

-Keep your lawn mowed and bushes/trees trimmed.

-Use a outside flea treatment, once again read and follow directions exactly. For something more natural use diatomaceous earth.

Pet Bedding/Kennel Tips

-Wash fabric pet bedding at least twice or more weekly.

-Use cedar chips to deter fleas in and around pet's kennel/sleeping area.

Pet Tips

-Keep your pets healthy. The healthier your pet the less parasites they get.

-Bathe your pets regularly with a flea treatment (always read directions!) or for something not so toxic use concentrated Dawn dish washing soap and scrub and work it into the fur. Rinse thoroughly.

-Use a flea collar. If you Google you can find plenty of natural ones.

-Use a monthly flea treatment. Always read directions. Check with your veterinarian for best recommendations.

-Do not let your pet sleep on your bed or furniture! That's just asking for trouble in more ways then one.

-Treat all animals in the house. Anything that has fur, give it a bath.

-Dietary supplements like brewer's yeast or garlic show some promise. Ask your veterinarian before ever even thinking about giving your pet a dietary supplement.

Here is some more linkage for tips and tricks to get rid of fleas:

The Best Ways To Get Rid Of Fleas For Good

The Life Cycle Of A Flea

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Designer Dogs: Pomsky

No that's not how it works -_-;
Must read article first and for most: Designer dogs: Would you purchase a $1500 mutt?

So called breeders keep inventing these designer dogs. For what purpose? Mixing genetics to make a better dog? Make a dog's size, coat more convenient for people's lifestyle? To make a name for themselves? To improve temperament? To better both dog breeds as a whole?

How about a darker reason? Charge people hundreds if not thousands of dollars for a mutt dog. Sorry to burst your bubble but mixing a purebred with another purebred of a different breed is a mutt pure and simple no pun intended. Guess what there is lots of mutts in shelters for a third if not less of the cost for a designer mutt. All I see another mixed breed dog people are going to hype over and then a bunch are just going to end up in the shelter like it always goes. Think twice before getting a designer dog, you might just be getting scammed.

Oh and just a heads up........

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Be careful out there! Do not support puppy mills and backyard breeders! Don't get scammed. Do yourself a favor adopt from a shelter or reputable breeder (and no just cause a breeder says they are AKC registered does not mean they are a good breeder). Do your research, be vigilant and always report animal abuse.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pet Overpopulation

Please microchip and spay/neuter your pets and don't add to the mounting overpopulation of strays and shelter animals. Do your part spread the word and educate fellow pet owners.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Is Crate Training Your Dog Cruel?

No it is actually very useful for housebreaking, traveling and destructive or anxiety behavior. 

That being said leaving your pet in a crate for less then 4 hours or if that's where they sleep at night is not cruel.

 Now leaving your pet in crate 8+ hours or longer without any supervision or getting checking on can be thought as cruel.

 Leaving a pet in a crate 24/7 is outright animal abuse and should be avoided at all cost no matter what the circumstance.

Crate Training Guide (infographic)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Doggy Safety Tips

Check out this lovely site for some awesome and educational advice on keeping you dog safe and content during the Thanksgiving  holiday. (Not to mention your guests and family members as well!) Enjoy and learn a thing or two.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pitbulls Are Not So Bad


Please consider adopting a pit-bull or pit-bull mix there are far to many in shelters these days because of discriminatory cities and states that think ALL pit-bull and pit-bull mixes are dangerous and deserve to banned or euthanized. Blame people not the breed. If a pittie is raised in a healthy environment then just like any other dog breed they can be awesome safe loyal pets. After all they are known as the "nanny" dog. Spread the word and educate people the truth not the media hype.

Friday, November 21, 2014

This Holiday Season How About Adopting Or Fostering A Less Adoptable Pet

Have room for another pet? How about helping the less fortunate more needy animals. Adopt or foster a pet that is constantly overlooked and been in a shelter for far to long. Open to your heart to a pet that's a little different and needs more love then the average pet. Not only could you learn something new but you be giving a less adoptable pet much love and companionship that they desperately need. Be kind and open your eyes and heart with arms wide open.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving Treats Okay To Give Your Pets

Don't forget donate some food to your local animal shelter to feed some hungry pets come Thanksgiving and beyond. Give and be thankful always.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day!

Give thanks and honor to all those who have served, sacrificed and are still serving in the United States military human and animal alike. Respect, appreciate and help military veterans each and everyday not just today.