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.


Another real-life Stunt Puppy

August 3, 2007

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Hua Hua, a street dog in the flooded Chinese city of Chongqing, is an extraordinary mother. Everyday she swims out to an island to feed her four stranded pups. Here’s Hua Hua’s story.


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


Man Eat Dog World?

May 31, 2007

In protest against the death of a fox during a hunt led by Britain’s Prince Phillip, performance artist Mark McGowan ate a corgi during a live radio broadcast. Even featured guest, Yoko Ono, tasted the dog meat that was minced and stewed with apples, onions, and other seasoning. A self-described vegetarian, McGowan said the corgi meat was “really, really disgusting”.

McGowan is no stranger to eating unexpected meats in protest of the monarchy; he supposedly ate a swan during a performance at a London art gallery. His protest obviously accomplished it’s goal: to get people talking. But I wonder how his actions can be construed as art?


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


Does your dog love you?

February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day from all of us at Stunt Puppy.

She loves me, she loves me not.


Stunt Puppy’s Film Debut

February 7, 2007

Still from The Conservationist

Check out The Conservationist and see a wonderful Wirehaired Pointing Griffon named Tobie. He’s the ideal model for Stunt Puppy’s Orange Everyday Collar™.

Thanks to blue ox entertainment, Minneapolis’ Watergate Pictures and writer/director Matt Goldman for including Stunt Puppy in this great short film.