HORSE AND CAT ARE BEST FRIENDS

Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, Pet Stories.

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When Morris the cat came to live on a horse farm in northern New South Wales, Australia, his new owner, Jennifer Boyle, hoped he’d be happy there.

Boyle never expected that the little black cat would become best friends with one of the horses!

According to the Daily Telegraph, Soon after Morris came to live in his new digs, Champy, one of the horses, approached the cat and started to groom him.

Much to Boyle’s surprise, Morris didn’t mind. In fact, he jumped up on the horse’s back and started to groom him in return.

A friendship was born.

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THE HALO PET FOUNDATION SPONSORS 2015 HUMAN ANIMAL INTERACTION CONFERENCE

Posted by & filed under Bethany Meissner, Events, Giving Back.

eventlogo1The Halo Pet Foundation is excited to sponsor the Human Animal Interaction 2015 conference: Growing Together: Kids, Animals and Sowing the Seeds of Resiliency.

This exciting event is hosted by The Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys in partnership with the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work Institute for Human-Animal Connection. The conference will take place at Green Chimneys in Brewster, NY on April 24 and 25.

Over two days, speakers will explore how human and animal interaction can help children who have experienced trauma.

There will be sessions for mental health professionals, traditional and nontraditional educators, child and animal welfare workers, as well as those who are simply interested in how animals can ethically be used to help children.

Philip Tedeschi, of The University of Denver, noted that The Sam and Myra Ross Institute and the Institute for Human-Animal Connection have similar missions, “we really see our work being directed at child welfare and animal welfare in humane education.”

Philip has collaborated with Michael Kaufmann, the director of the Sam and Myra Ross Green Chimneys Institute, for more than two decades. Both will be among the experts leading sessions during the conference.

TRACIE HOTCHNER: COLD WEATHER DANGERS – FOUR DANGER SIGNS OF HYPOTHERMIA

Posted by & filed under Guest Blogger, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Talk Radio, Tracie Hotchner.

newtraciepicWe have had some bitter cold weather in the Northeast this winter, and of course there are many states where temperatures either side of zero are common throughout the winter months. Those temperatures pose a very real danger to dogs, and people seem to be unaware of how harmful it can be for a dog to be outside more than briefly to “take care of business.”

Just because your dog has a fur coat, don’t take it for granted that it’s all he needs to keep him warm when the temperature drops. And just because he dashes outside full of enthusiasm to play outdoors in the snow, doesn’t mean he is safe to stay out there for an extended amount of time. If your dog has a thin coat like a Weimaraner, Doberman Pinscher, or Coon Hound – and especially if it’s a thin-coated breed intended for a warm climate (for example, the delicate Italian Greyhound) – you must provide him with a coat for protection against the cold when he goes outdoors for any amount of time.

A sweater vest is probably the best protection, since it holds in all the dog’s natural body heat and you can layer it with a coat on top. Choices of dog coats these days run the gamut from light down puffer jackets to polar fleece, neoprene and Polartec – the main function being to hold in the dog’s body heat and keep the core of his body warm.

Also, you must limit him to only short forays outside when it gets really cold, even if he appears to be enjoying himself. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because you have a strong, energetic Labrador he can’t suffer from prolonged exposure to extremely cold temperatures.

When the temperature outside is low, the longer a dog stays outside, the greater risk he runs of developing hypothermia, which is a dangerous drop in the dog’s core body temperature. By the time he shows any of the warning signs, it means his core temperature has already dropped to a seriously low l\level.

FilmWARNING SIGNS OF HYPOTHERMIA
* Intense and prolonged shivering
* Weakness or lethargy (especially if the dog is normally active)
* Disorientation or confusion (not responding to commands, walking in circles)
* Loss of interest in playing or even walking (may lift paws one at a time)

If your dog displays any of the symptoms on the warning list you must bring him indoors to a warm environment immediately. A dog whose core temperature has lowered will shiver violently in a rapid attempt to speed up his metabolism to generate warmth: you need to supply that heat for him. Get him into the warmest room in the house, then crank up the heat and wrap him in warm towels or blankets.

You can do this by first wrapping him in a fleece or quilted blanket, then throwing some towels and blankets in the dryer on high, where they will heat up quickly. Then you can wrap him in those. Stay with the dog until he stops shivering. Once he is rewarmed, encourage him to eat and drink, which will generate more warmth and replenish the energy he expended while shivering. If he does not improve, or gets worse, get him wrapped up as warmly you can and take him to the vet on an emergency basis, calling ahead to let them know you are coming and why.

Water Tips (inside and outside your dog) for Cold Weather
Drinking water: Make sure your pet is drinking enough water, because dogs can get dehydrated in the cold weather. If your dog is a reluctant drinker, put a little chicken broth (Better than Bouillon is a healthy broth concentrate without the MSG often found in bouillon cubes) or sprinkle a little Halo Dinner Party into water to make it into a tempting beverage.

Baths: If you usually give frequent baths to keep your pet dander-free, don’t wash him as much in the winter months. Instead, brush him frequently to increase circulation to the hair follicles and promote hair growth, which is important in the winter. When you do give a bath, use a dog moisturizing shampoo and/or a dog-coat conditioner like Halo’s Cloud Nine herbal shampoo to minimize the drying effects that baths can have in the cold, dry winter months.
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Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

VIDEO REVIEW FROM DOG LOVERS: HALO SPOT’S STEW AND DREAM COAT

Posted by & filed under Caroline Chang, Natural Pet Food, Natural Pet Products, Testimonials, Video.

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Thank you Dog Lovers of Tarpon Springs, FL for posting this great video review from Cindy a Halo customer.

Dog Lovers is dedicated to providing natural pet foods, treats, and supplements for dogs and cats. They firmly believe that by using natural products along with providing exercise and positive mental stimulation, pets will live longer, happier and much healthier lives.

Thank you Dog Lovers for the video and thank you Cindy for your review! We are glad that you 5 dogs and 6 cats are enjoying Halo.

STRAY DOG “ADOPTS” EXTREME SPORTS TEAM

Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, pet adoption, Pet Stories.

straydog1Team Peak Performance, a Swedish extreme sports racing team competing in a championship in the Ecuadorian rainforest, thought they had trained to be ready for anything. But they weren’t prepared to be joined on their journey by a friendly stray dog who stole their hearts.

It all began with a meatball. According to the team’s Facebook page, right before starting the most difficult part of the competition through the jungle, the teammates – Mikael, Simon, Stafan and Karen – were approached by a stray dog as they sat down for a meal. Someone tossed the dog a meatball and figured he’d be on his way.

They were wrong.

A few kilometers into their challenging trek, the team discovered the dog was following them. Despite their best efforts to dissuade him, the dog kept up with them and refused to leave. The team, realizing they couldn’t shake him, named him Arthur and good naturedly allowed him to tag along.

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