January 2018 Web Store Special

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Electrical Engineers Safely Rescue Stuck Cat

Cat Rescued from Electrical Pole

According to Kent Online, a five-year-old black and white cat had become stuck on top of a 30 foot electrical pole in September. Thankfully, an alert passerby noticed the cat and called the local RSPCA who then coordinated a rescue with engineers from UK Power Networks: Mark Stevenson, Andy Reeves, and Mark Chittenden. Tina Nash, a local animal welfare officer, told reporters that the “poor cat had been stuck on the pole for a number of hours.” She continued, “I’m not sure why he ended up on the top of it, and this was an extremely hot day.”

Tina described the engineers as “brilliant” and described the rescue to reporters, “they turned off the electricity then used their cherry picker to get near the cat. They approached him very slowly and calmly and made him feel at ease, even though at one point the cat started to walk along the wire like a tightrope.” We can imagine that the gathered crowd all had their hearts in their throat at that point! Mark Stevenson confirmed for reporters that everyone down below become nervous when the male cat began to move along the electrical line. Thankfully, before he had gone up in the cherry picker, the RSPCA had given Mark some food to help tempt the cat.” According to Tina, “The engineers persevered however and managed to get him. They handed him to me to be checked over, and despite being stressed there was no harm done [to the cat].”

Now the RSPCA is seeing if they can find the cat’s original home. Although he wasn’t microchipped, they have posted his information to see if anyone steps forward. Thankfully, according to Tina, “the caller who contacted the RSPCA actually took him [in] and offered to give him a [permanent] home if no owner comes forward.” She added that offering to take the cat in was “really lovely of them.” Of the black and white kitty, Tina summed up the cat’s day with the following, “He really is one lucky cat given the predicament he was in.” He’s definitely a lucky cat to have caught the eye of such a compassionate group of people!

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Chewy Influencers Love Halo Liv-a-Littles Protein Treats

For the past few weeks, Chewy.com influencers were able to try Halo Liv-a-Littles® Protein Treats. Here’s what they had to say:

What do you call a fish with a tie? soFISHticated ?? these fish treats don’t wear ties, but they sure are good!!!! They are almost TOO good!!! The human had a hard time getting me to stop inching closer when she was taking this photo! Made from only ONE ingredient… (salmon) and they are freeze dried, not dehydrated. The dog mom loves the container because they don’t get squashed in her bag. I’m against it because I can’t break into the container!!! ?? They have a few other proteins to choose from if fish isn’t your style. Great for pups like me with a sensitive stomach, easy to break up and crumple over food for picky pups like Harley. (We crumpled it over her food and added some water and she went NUTS!) Grab your own at chewy.com @chewy We were given these treats free of charge in exchange for an honest review. #chewyinfluencer #bostonterriersofinstagram #bostont #bostonterrierpuppy #bostiegram #bostiemom #dogslover #dog #dogsthathike #dogsthatexplore #dogsthatcamp #adventuretime #adventuredogs #ilovemydog #fbpi

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It’s time for our first product review for the new year through our #chewyinfluencer program! ? We received this product for free in exchange for our honest review and experience with the product! ? We chose to review Halo’s Live-A-Little’s whole chicken breast protein treats! @halopets ? ?There’s nothing better than ?? freeze-dried real meat protein treats! These treats are so simple with limited ingredients, perfect for both dogs and cats! I break up the bigger pieces for the cats so it’s easier for them to chew. All four of my fur babies love these treats! That’s two picky dogs and two picky cats! ? Give these a try for your furry family, they’ll love them! Use www.chewy.com for the fastest shipping and best prices around! ? #chewy #chewyinfluencer #chewydotcom #welovechewy #happyheelerhound #happy #productreview #halopetsproduct #furbaby #dogsofinstagram #treats #freezedried #dog #dogsofinstaworld #houndsofinstagram #muttsofinstagram #bassethoundmix #redheelermix #acdmix #greatpyreneesmix #colliemix #adorable #sweet #furkid #dogmodel #doglovers #dogslife

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Interrupt “Bad” Behavior With A Reward!

interrupting bad behavior

We have all heard about ways to stop your dog from doing something we don’t like by basically “snapping him out of it,” using various methods of distracting him from his shenanigans.

There’s the squirt bottle that often comes up as a supposedly harmless intervention. Some trainers suggest that if you have a really stubborn dog who seems insensitive to the squirt of plain water that you put some lemon juice in the water so it stings a little if it gets in the dog’s eyes or mouth.  In theory you’re supposed to squirt the dog at the moment she’s doing the unwanted behavior and it stops her – although in truth even if it does cause a pause in her efforts to dig up your rose garden, there’s not any lasting effect. She might even find it refreshing as then return to her excavation. This means that you have to pretty much grab her by the collar and pull her away from the garden, which you could have as easily down without the squirt bottle!

There’s the shake can of pennies, which many trainers make themselves from an empty can filled with a handful of coins and duct tape over the open end. The owner is supposed to give this can a vigorous shake toward the dog at the precisely-timed moment that coincides with the dog embarking on the behavior – like jumping up on a visitor. In theory, the shake can sound will startle him and take his mind off the task. In truth, I’ve never timed it well or had the pennies inside make enough of a clatter to “scare a dog straight.”  It usually results in a withering look from the dog when he realizes how inept I am at getting across my wishes.

A big ring of door keys is another tool espoused by some trainers. They suggest having handy a ring of keys you can throw in the dog’s general direction when you want him to stop chasing the cat, for instance (although it probably scares the cat more than the dog and makes them both go even faster).

I guess you could say these interrupters fall into the category of “positive” training, because they are presumably not cruel or harmful, intended only as interrupters of the dog’s shenanigans, without being harsh. However, if the interruption doesn’t happen,then it’s harder on the dog, who is baffled by what you want and then gets subjected to angry frustrated words from you. In my view, it’s unfair to the dog because he doesn’t really absorb the message you’re trying to get across.

So here’s a novel idea: how about changing what your dog is doing by calling him to you with a delicious treat? It has to be an extra delicious treat – you can’t just have a dog biscuit! The treat has to be better than the pleasure of the behavior he’s exhibiting and you’ll get the same effect as harsher tactics – your dog stops his behavior to come to you. And you get an opportunity to be the benevolent leader, reliable dispenser of All Good Things!

The treat needs to be bits of hot dog, cheese or one of the pure protein freeze dried treats that creates joy in your dog’s mouth! You need a super yummy treat to get their attention focused on you. And give a few treats in a  row, a real jackpot to make listening and coming to you – even when highly distracted – an enjoyable choice.  

Here’s an example: my girls Maisie and Wanda play extremely rough between them – slamming into each other at full tilt like rugby players, their jaws snapping the air like castanets. I know they’re having a grand time, but I worry their adrenaline levels will go too high and they’ll lose their self-control and hurt one another. They are each more than 80 lbs of pure muscle. Maisie goes at Wanda from behind and tries to bite her back legs out from under her. Wanda launches herself at Maisie with such force their ears fly up in the air.

I used to yell at them to try and get them to stop – wave my arms frantically. I’d even tried a shake can, but they were oblivious. However, because I always have a pocketful of Halo’s Liv-a- Littles when i go out with the dogs (for insurance that they will always come when I call out that word) they know that what comes out of the right coat pocket is reliably delicious. “Hey girls!” I call out in a happy voice as they are knocking each other over in the snow – and I hold out two chunks of dried beef right as they are knocking into each other. “Here!” I call out cheerfully (not in a scolding or frantic tone) and they stop what they are doing to grab their morsel. Then I feed them a few more pieces (I’ll often put different Liv-a-Little proteins in one pocket for the delight of variety),to reinforce the belief that all good things come out of my right pocket! But also to take their minds off what they had been doing.It’s all I need to do to break the spell and point their attention in a different direction. get them to chill out.

A friend who saw me do this misunderstood and asked why I was “rewarding bad behavior” with a treat – but the reward is actually for stopping what they are doing for paying attention to me – which is the best reward of all!
Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Dog Saves Vietnam Veteran from Fire

Dog Bella and Tony

Photo Credits: Bella The Hero on GoFundMe

Fires can be terrifying for anyone, however one two-year-old Ohio pup battled her fear out of love for her owner. For that, Vietnam Veteran Tony Damato describes his dog, Bella, as “my hero.”

On Thursday, September 21, Bella and Tony were at their home in North Ridgeville, Ohio – a suburb of Cleveland. According to Fox8.com, Tony’s wife, Wendy, was out with their daughter, Jennifer Isaacs. In Tony’s words, he “was not feeling so good so decided to take a nap. A little more than an hour later, Bella jumped up on me and was making sure I got up.” Wendy wrote on GoFundMe, that Bella was “jumping on [Tony’s] chest to alert him of the fire.”

Bella was successful and Tony hurried to the front door. Unfortunately, when he got outside, he passed out on the porch. During this time Bella “accidentally locked [herself] in [Tony’s] room and hid under his bed,” according to what Wendy wrote. Thankfully the North Ridgeville Fire Department soon showed up. Wendy told Fox8.com that “the firefighters were just absolutely amazing. They went inside and got Bella.” Unfortunately, Bella was unconscious from the smoke. John Reese, the North Ridgeville Fire Chief, told reporters that they gave Bella oxygen before sending her to a veterinarian at the animal hospital. Tony was also taken to a hospital.

Bella with her Teddy Bear

Jennifer described that as “gut wrenching.” Bella had “saved [her] dad and then we were worried she may not make it.” Bella received more oxygen at the animal hospital to help her stabilize. Thankfully, the very day that Tony was released from his hospital, the family was allowed to take Bella home. The whole family is staying with relatives and looking for a new home. Tony told reporters that they “are not out of the woods yet, but we are praying.”

Tony served in Vietnam and, after experiencing multiple health issues since then, now has a trachea tube and no sense of smell. Not having the sense of smell meant that it was even more important for Bella to alert Tony on that fateful night: he wouldn’t have been able to smell the smoke while he slept!

Tony received Bella through a non-profit organization called Wags 4 Warriors. Wags 4 Warriors matched Tony with Bella and provided training, equipment, and support so that Bella could become his service dog at no cost to Tony. The organization’s “goal is for the service dog to take away the struggle the veterans face everyday.” They might not have known that Bella would save Tony from a fire, but they knew she would make his life better.

Tony is more grateful than ever for Bella. As a reward for saving him from the fire, he told reporters “I wish I could buy her steak for breakfast every day.” He knows that “She definitely saved my life, no doubt about that at all.”

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