Archive for the 'Health and Safety' Category

Holiday Pet Safety

December 9, 2007

We’ve all heard poinsettias are dangerous for pets etc. There are many more things to watch for. Here’s a good article we found from Washington State University.

Unbelieveably large gap in posting

December 4, 2007

Ok. Ok. We haven’t been posting lately. Actually, Shanon hasn’t been posting. That’s not to blame her. That’s to say I haven’t even been involved for months. So, a new years resolution (a little early) is to post more.

The message for the day. Just because it’s Winter, doesn’t mean you and your dog shouldn’t be outside

Case in point. We had our first big snow in Minneapolis this weekend. It was amazing. For Bauer, my Golden, it’s the best time of year. All new kind of smells and fresh tracks fill the yard. The creek freezes over and he can go anywhere in the Park.

The easiest way we both get exercise is when I shovel. In between shovels, I throw the ball. Does it get lost? YES. Does he find it? YES. He loves to dig his head in the snow.

snow_fetch

The one issue we do have in the winter is that ice clumps between his pads (yes, there is some product promotion coming). The Stunt Puppy Everyday Booties OR the Traction Booties fit the bill. We sell them in ones so if you lose one, it’s easy to replace. And they’re a bargain at $4 each. End of promotional message.

Enjoy the Winter. Get out with your dog!

Calling all Runners for the Monster 5K-9

October 26, 2007

Stunt Puppy is proud to sponsor the first-annual Monster 5k-9 on Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th. The human/dog race will be held in two cities on October 27th (Minneapolis, MN, and Wausau, WI) with the third race in Eugene, OR, on the 28th. The Monster 5k-9 is part of a Monster series, organized by Team Ortho, a non-profit charity organization that raises money for Orthopaedics research.

Human racers receive special Stunt Puppy/Team Ortho race shirts, while their K-9 counterparts get a Stunt Puppy Everyday Collar and a treat from Sojos. In addition to the race itself, there is also a doggy costume contest. The Stunt Puppy team will be on hand for the Minneapolis race, so if you’re in the Twin Cities area, feel free to stop by the Lake Harriet Pavilion! Photos and a recap to follow. . .

Back to School Blues

September 26, 2007

Now that we’re a few weeks into the new school year, have you noticed any different behavior from your family pooch? Does Fido sit by the window, waiting for the big yellow taxi to drop off some of his favorite people? Does Sally ‘leave her mark’ in the living room after spending the entire day home alone?

If so, your beloved 4-legged friend is telling you that they’re not dealing with the change in their environment very well. Separation Anxiety is commonly experienced by dogs who are not prepared to see their favorite friends go and don’t understand where they suddenly went. But don’t worry, there are a number of things you can do to ease the transition:

  • Keep Hellos and Goodbyes low key—watch the high-pitched greetings which have a tendency to excite animals
  • Have a variety of engaging toys easily accessible for the dog
  • Leave a radio on in another room
  • If you are worried about physical destruction, you can crate the dog. It’s important to make the crate a nice place; special treats and toys left there will be a signal to the dog that the crate is a positive place to be.
  • When you return home, create a routine that includes the dog: feeding, watering, walking, brushing, etc. If you have children, encourage them to read to the dogs.

The fact of the matter is that the dog misses spending time with you. And time spent with your dog is time well spent.

Lifeguard dogs patrol Italian beaches

July 31, 2007

Italian Newfie in action

La Dolce Vita–the Italians have added Lifeguard to the list of working dog titles. This summer around 200 canine lifeguards are helping the Italian Coast Guard, Air Force, Civil Protection Department and Red Cross patrol tourist-packed beaches and lakes. Click here for more details.

NFL Quarterback Michael Vick and Dogfighting

July 24, 2007

NFL Quarterback Michael Vick was indicted for being involved in a pit bull dogfighting ring held on his property in Virginia. If convicted, Vick could face up to 6 years in jail.

Source Talks to ESPN
NFL Suspends Vick After Dog-Fighting Charges

NFL Tells Vick He Can’t Report To Camp
Nike Suspends Release of Shoe Tied to Michael Vick

Dogfighting, most famously seen in the Collesium during the Roman Empire, is still widely practiced today despite being inhumane and illegal in many countries. The organized fight between two dogs for the purpose of gambling has also been traditionally linked to organized crime and gangs.

According to the U.S. Humane Society, “Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Other animals are often sacrificed as well. Some owners train their dogs for fights using smaller animals such as cats, rabbits or small dogs. These “bait” animals are often stolen pets or animals obtained through “free to good home” advertisements.”

Dogfighting FAQ sheet
ASPAs Ten Ways to Prevent Cruelty

Swept Away

June 19, 2007

Flash flooding in northern Texas have caught many people off guard, including David Ochs and his dog Scruffy. Click here for their story.

The relationship between dog and owner can be one of the strongest relationships in your life. After all, a dog is the only love you can buy. And dealing with the loss of a pet can be extremely difficult. Here are a few ways to cope with your grief:

Loving and Losing a Pet
When a Pet Dies
Grieving the Loss of Your Pet

Pet Food Saga Continues

May 3, 2007

The pet food recall by Menu Foods has expanded yet again to include cuts and gravy. A month and a half after the first recall notice went out and there is no end in sight.

Pet food recall expanded

Weather or Not

March 2, 2007

With much of the country under major storm warnings (blizzard, tornados, flash flooding, etc.), we wondered what experts had to say about caring for your dogs during extreme weather conditions. Whether you have to deal with sub-zero temperatures, gusting winds, snow, flood waters or the occasional earthquake, don’t forget to think about how it affects your four-legged friends.

Hot Weather Tips
Cold Weather Tips
Prepare for the Worst