Cheryl Walls of Anderson, South Carolina never thought she’d see her cat Kevin again after he went missing more than a year ago. She was shocked when she received a call from an animal shelter in California that Kevin had been found – 2,000 miles away!
According to KESQ-TV, a woman driving a U-Haul cross-country was stopped at the Arizona –California border for a routine food and agriculture inspection.
The inspector heard meowing and discovered a skinny cat making a ruckus in the back. The driver of the van was as surprised as the inspector was that a cat had secretly hitched a ride with her.
The friendly cat was taken to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus, where workers were able to trace him to Walls, thanks to his microchip. Shelter employee Emily Huffman has been caring for Kevin since he arrived.
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Try recycled toys. There are now many toys and bedding made from recycled materials or sustainable fibers to help lessen your pet’s carbon pawprint!
You can even try making toys out of old socks and rope and beds out of old blankets and towels. This helps avoid taxing the environment …
1. Scooping poop! Use biodegradable bags to collect your dog’s waste.
2. Consider composting pet waste.
3. Feed a natural or organic pet food for optimal health and well-being.
4. Buy local. Purchasing fruits and vegetables at your local farmers market.
5. Protect wildlife. Keep dogs on leash and cats indoors.
6. Limit the amount of “fish food” you give your pet.
7. Try recycled toys.
8. Water conservation.
9. Don’t turn up the heat…use a sweater.
10. Neuter your pet.
Read the complete article “Top 10 Green Pet Tips for Earth Day”.
Many dogs display some level of aggression to their owners over food. Resource guarding – for that’s what it is – is one aspect of what is now referred to as conflict aggression. It is not so much a condition in and of itself but rather reflects an uncertain situation that the dog finds itself in.
The response of a dog in a situation of uncertainty over its owner’s actions can range from a growl to a lip lift to a snap – or even to a bite. Owners of such dogs often report that he is a “perfectly fine dog for ninety-eight percent of the time but then he suddenly turns on us for no apparent reason.” I believe that the dog thinks exactly the same thing about them.
He knows and even likes his owners for ninety-eight percent of the time. But then – out of character –they challenge him in some way. It’s often not just a hand-in-food issue that’s involved. Dogs can guard any “valuable resource” of a food or non-food type — or act out in response to unwelcome physical interventions, chastisement or punishment.
The dog’s response under these circumstances may be only shown to certain individuals in the household – usually ones who are more invasive and ones who don’t command sufficient trust and respect. The good news about owner-directed aggression is that it is often quite easy to fix and need not occur at all if people understand what to do – and what not to do.
Below is my recipe for success when dealing with this sometimes thorny problem.
Avoid unnecessary confrontation
1) Food Aggression
2) Real bones, rawhides and other delicious long-lasting food treats
3) Disturbing a dog when he is sleeping
4) Postural interventions
5) Making a dog do something he doesn’t want to do
6) In response to admonition of physical punishment
No Free Lunch
3) Other things that must be earned
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Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.
Review of Halo, Purely for Pets Spot’s Stew Adult Dog Wholesome Chicken on Amazon.com.
By F. Williams on March 29, 2015
“After doing much research we opted to feed our dog Halo. We previously fed him commercial dog food found in the grocery store. I won’t mention any names because it is not my intention to single out any individual commercial dog food brand.
Over time after feeding him the commercial dog we noticed his energy level start to decline. He’s almost 10 years old and we thought it was a natural part of aging. It got to the point where he barely moved. He would just lie around the house. He was also having difficulty getting up. It was obvious his hind legs were hurting him.
Not wanting to drug him up we started researching healthier dog food; after all, we are what we eat. Within 3 weeks of giving him Halo his energy had perked up dramatically. He was also able to get up from a sitting or prone position much easier…”
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Thank you F. Williams for writing a review of Halo Spot’s Stew and we are so glad to hear that your dog is doing so well on Halo.
A while ago, one mother dog and her new puppies were caught up in wildfires in Valparaiso, Chile.
According to ABC 11, this smart stray dog knew she couldn’t escape the fire with her pups so she dug a large hole under a metal container and hid her precious babies inside.
When firefighters found the mother, taking shelter a few feet away, she led them to her puppies. The rescuers were amazed when they looked inside and saw the babies.
One by one, a team pulled the pups out and, thankfully, the puppies and their brave mother survived. They will soon be put up for adoption!
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