MADDIE’S FUND JOINS HALO PET FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT CANINE BEHAVIOR RESEARCH

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The Halo Pet Foundation is thrilled that Maddie’s Fund has awarded a research grant to the Center for Canine Behavior Studies (CCBS). Halo loves that CCBS is dedicated to understanding the behavior of dogs to deepen the bond between dogs and people, so that more dogs stay with their families.

Halo can’t wait to see the results of CCBS’s inaugural study which hopes to survey more than 10,000 dog owners. In the meantime, we work to better understand dog behavior ourselves by reading the latest posts from the Chief Scientific Officer for CCBS, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, on the Halo blog.

This isn’t the first time that the Halo Pet Foundation and Maddie’s Fund have worked together to help pets. In 2013 both organizations worked with the Humane Society of the United States and the Ad Council to launch the online video series “Meet My Shelter Pet.” In the series, celebrities spoke about their own shelter pets to encourage others to adopt a pet in need. You can watch the videos over at The Shelter Pet Project’s website.

Click here to read the Press Release from CCBS.

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VETERAN AND HIS MILITARY DOG REUNITED AFTER TWO YEARS APART

vet-lgA grateful marine corps veteran and his dog were recently reunited after two years apart, thanks to the efforts of a special organization called Mission K9 Rescue.

According to WLKY-TV, Bbazy, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, was retired Marine Corporal Seth Hill’s companion and comrade while the two were deployed in Afghanistan in 2012.

Bbazy is a search dog specially trained to detect explosives. She was working with Hill on the front line in the search for IEDs.

For seven months in 2012, Bbazy and Hill were inseparable. “She slept right beside me the whole time; eat, sleep, work together,” Hill told WLKY. He added that Bbazy made him feel closer to home, where his wife and son waited for him.


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DR. DONNA ON ADDING CANNED FOOD FOR OPTIMAL PET HEALTH

Halo Pets’ in-house vet, Dr. Donna Spector, recommends that pets eat a combination of dry and canned food every day. Their bodies are made of 75% water.

Some pets rarely drink enough water to support excellent hydration and organ function so she recommends at least 25% of a pet’s daily calories come from canned food.

Watch this video where she explains the importance of adding can food to your pet’s diet.

Click here to learn more about feeding both Halo canned and dry food.

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DR. DONNA SPECTOR: COCOA MULCH TOXICITY

dog-cocoa-bean-mulch-545x250As spring and summer approach, many people begin tending to their lawns and gardens. Many will consider using cocoa bean mulch as a natural, chemical-free fertilizer.

This mulch is made from the shells of spent cocoa beans used in chocolate production. It degrades into an organic fertilizer which naturally deters slugs, snails and other pests, while giving gardens a very attractive rich color and appealing chocolate smell.

Unfortunately these same characteristics may make it appealing to dogs, who can be easily poisoned from its toxic effects. Cocoa bean shells and mulch contain the stimulants theobromine and caffeine; methylxanthines which are both toxic to dogs.

Dogs are highly sensitive to methylxanthines and low doses can cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Higher doses can cause rapid heart rate, muscle tremors, seizures and even death.

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ADOPTED DOGS GET SECOND CHANCE…SNIFFING OUT LAND SNAILS

dogs-snails-lgNot every dog who enters service dog training ends up helping people. Some dogs, like Darwin the Labrador Retriever, turn out to be better suited to helping the environment instead.

According to Fox News via the Associated Press, after Darwin was deemed too high energy to be an effective human service dog, Dogs for Conservation, a U.S. based organization that trains dogs to help with wildlife preservation initiatives, adopted him.

They also adopted a shelter dog, black lab Neville, and trained the duo for a new, critical environmental job. These two super sniffing pups are now using their skills to sniff out giant African land snails that are threatening crops in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

The dogs were assigned a job on Santa Cruz, the most visited of the Galapagos Islands, to hunt the snail, the largest species of land snail, which can grow to up more than 7.5 inches long.

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