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In case you’re a pet owner, then you’d definitely know that it’s very important to give your dog the perfect attention and care it needs. If you are a busy person and your dog spend most of the day alone at home while you’re at work doing your job – then it should be known that your dog is not getting the care it needs. Such a stance can easily lead to feelings of guilt for you as well as unmanned behaviour for your pooch as well. Times like these are when you need the assistance of dog daycare.

With the help of dog daycare in Perth services, you can expect to obtain the following massive benefits which can really help in uplifting the happiness and loneliness of your dog. 

Advantages Of Letting Your Dog Join A Dog Day Care

1. The Socialisation Factor

There’s no denying that dogs have descended from animals such as wolves which explicitly means that they stay and hunt in packs. This is the reason why dogs have the perfect desire to be around and interact with other dogs as well. The main reason for this behaviour could be the manner in which such interaction with other dogs and people affect their entire dynamics of body and mind. 

With the help of socialisation, your dog will start to behave in a proper manner such as being gentle around kids and babies, not jumping on guests or be aggressive towards other dogs and the likes. It will give your dog the confidence it needs to react to various situations in a different manner. 

2. The Exercising Factor

When you have a dog and a busy life together, it can become excruciatingly harder for you to exercise your dog and keep it fit. Your dog relies on you to exercise in the way they require and when such exercising is not obtained, the energy is then transferred towards the creation of bad habits in the long-run. 

Lack of any kind of proper exercising can lead to bad habits such as excessive barking, health issues, obesity and so on. With the help of dog daycare, you can ensure that your dog’s energy will be spent in the right manner and your pooch will be exercised in a regular manner. It will also help your dog stay happy and content when it’ll be with you.

3. The Peace Of Mind Factor

There are many dog owners out there who worry so much about their pets when there are not at home and their dog is left alone. It’s indeed most common for working dog owners to be away from the home at least eight to nine hours a day. Such dog owners feel guilty towards their pets because they have to leave their dogs alone at home without much care and attention. 

However, dog daycare can help you solve this problem and put your mind at ease. You’ll know that your dog is being cared for by professionals while you’re doing your job earning the required income or even performing errands – which in itself is a peace of mind.

4. The Safety Factor

If you always allow your dog to roam freely around your house then there will always concern about the safety of your pooch. Your dog can be eating from the trashcan or even destroying your personal belongings – which can make you go angry at your pet when you return from work.

When it comes to natural paws Holistic Pet Care services, it is made sure that your dog is kept safe from any kind of harm so that you don’t have to worry about its safety.

Publicity events took place across the UK, including: Newton Abbott, Northwich, Stroud, Birmingham, Falmouth, Sidcup, Bangor (North Wales), Ayr, Berwick, Reading, Glasgow, Spalding, Stevenage, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff, Bromley, Cambridge, Southend, Bournemouth, Aberdeen, Bude, Winchester, Enfield, Exeter, Taunton, Hastings, Sheffield, Bristol, Brighton, Newcastle, Hove, Nottingham, Wellingborough, Uxbridge, Peterborough. These were supported by campaigns across the USA, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Canada and Mexico. Here are some of the inspiring reports from the dedicated activists who have united in protest at P&G’s needless animal abuse:

Robin Carling in Bristol: ‘I’ve spent the day going round Bristol to various shops. I’ve been into as many supermarkets as I could get to, putting leaflets on shelves with P&G products, filling trolleys with P&G products and leaflets then leaving them, and handing leaflets to anyone who went to buy a P&G product. Most people were surprised by the leaflets, and afterwards put down what they were buying and found alternative products, a reaction which I was very happy to see.’ In North Wales, Penelope Neeve displayed posters and leaflets around the Bangor University campus and town.

Lauren Watson in Brighton: ‘I did my best and put the posters up all over Brighton at bus stops, all around the pier…and I put the leaflets in all the local shops and newsagents – everyone (apart from co-op) were really good about taking them.’

Lauren Hollas in Southend: ‘Just to let you know that our Information stall for Boycott Proctor and Gamble day went really well in Southend on Sea. Lots of passing shoppers stopped to find out why we were there and took leaflets and signed the petitions. A photographer from a local newspaper also came down and took a photo and there was an article in the local paper, the Evening Echo.’

Justine of Bedford Animal Action in Stevenage: ‘To mark this year’s Global Day of Action against Procter and Gamble Campaigners from Bedford Animal Action held an information stall in Stevenage town centre. The weather was very cold and showery. Despite this when the weather did hold out we had a good response from the passing public, both young and old alike. We gathered plenty of petition signatures and distributed lots of leaflets and ‘Boycott P & G’ carrier bags. Hopefully this has raised awareness of the fact that the companies behind some of our best known brands still continue to use cruel animal experiments for the development of toiletries and household products – a practice which is completely unnecessary and nothing but barbaric in this day and age.’

Donna and Partner in Peterborough: ‘My Partner & I stood for just over two hours in rainy Peterborough city centre yesterday (Saturday 8th). We gained some interest, although people were not willing to stop due to the weather which is a pity. Nevertheless, we didn’t stop there. We both went into Asda and filled up a trolley each, stuffed to the brim with P&G stuff and did the same in Tesco superstore (serpentine). Let’s hope with everyone’s efforts, there has been some changed or informed minds out of this.’

Sue in Hove: Weather stayed more or less dry for 2 hours and we set up a small table in George St Hove (pedestrianised). I produced some petitions and response from the public to the info was good.’

Holly in Nottingham: ‘It was a positive day with support from members of the public. We spent 2 hours in Nottingham Market Square and 2hours outside the main branch of Boots. The stall got a couple of paragraphs in the Nottingham Evening Post and it also appeared in the news bulletin of BBC Radio Nottingham. We did an interview, which they took a few soundbites from, but they also got a quote from P&G which is great because they will be aware they are getting bad PR.’

Judith in Glasgow for Clydeside Animal Action: ‘P&G boycott day went really well, gave out loads of leaflets and asked people to return the postcards to P&G to let them know they are boycotting their products. Spoke to a young girl who worked in a pet shop, the manager there stocks Iams. Anyway the girl was horrified and is going to report back to her boss – hopefully she will be compassionate enough to change her stock! So hopefully a positive outcome!’

Jan Yarker and Passive Pressure in Bromley: ‘Really pleased with the response despite the rain.’

Sharon in Exeter: ‘We had a successful day despite the cold, wet weather. We had a rabbit handing out leaflets to passers-by, and 2 shopping baskets on our table: one with a cross containing P&G goods and one with a tick containing cruelty-free alternatives. We got rid of all the leaflets and the response from the public was overwhelmingly positive – as always, people were surprised and shocked to hear the truth about all those familiar everyday brands. People were understandably keen to know where they can buy alternative products, so the little mini booklets with the product lists were much in demand. We also got lots of signatures on the P&G and Herbal Essences petition sheets.’

Lynn from the Aberdeen Group Told us: ‘Our stall for the Global Boycott P&G Day was a great success. I spent an hour and a half leafleting and we had a good team of leafletters that day as well as the stall which generated a lot of interest. We got through almost all of the leaflets which I ordered from you so I’m hoping that we made a difference and heightened people’s awareness of animal testing in general as well as persuading them to boycott P&G.’In Falmouth, Uncaged organisers Dan and Ang joined with Cornwall SAFE for a marathon all-day Boycott P&G Campaign in cold and blustery conditions. It was an amazingly effective event, reaching thousands of people and creating keen interest in the town, with local business contacting us afterwards to help promote the boycott. Lorraine Parker and June Holder took to the streets of Cardiff on Global Boycott P&G Day 2010. They were very active, giving out leaflets and informing the general public about the cruelty caused to animals for the sake of the ‘Herbal Essences’ hair care brand. They report: ‘Passers-by, particularly young people, were horrified to discover the cruel animal tests behind a brand like Herbal Essences. One student told Lorraine that she thought their products were all plant-based because their packaging advertised the word ‘Herbal’.

She was equally distressed by the fact that they used rodents to carry out the testing on. Having mice and hamsters as pets herself, and knowing how cute they are, she promised to contact Herbal Essences immediately.’ Karen Hoyland and two friends held a stall on Newcastle high street with posters, leaflets and petitions: ‘The pocket guide of Procter and Gamble products was the most popular item and we managed to hand out a lot of your leaflets to each person who approached the stall, some of whom were really keen to learn more.’

Biteback in Antwerp, Belgium. Marianne Reports: ‘The whole-day during demo went very well. Activists from Bite Back Belgium placed themselves in a mock-up restraining device and traded places with the P&G lab bunnies, with red paint under their eyes and with their head stuck through. Hundreds of leaflets were handed over to the shoppers who were very interested in our demo. And this is the busiest shopping street of Belgium, the Meir in the centre of Antwerp.

Laura from National Animal Rights Association, Dublin: ‘We were on Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2, for 3 hours and distributed a ton of leaflets. The new little booklets in particular went in no time at all! Many people stopped to sign the petition and pledged not to buy P&G products. Surprisingly, quite a number of those who stopped at our table didn’t think animal testing still went on! So it was a great opportunity to discuss the issue and gain more P&G boycott participants.’

Estefania in Puebla, Mexico: ‘I went with 2 friends to the downtown area in Puebla – there are always tourists and a loooot of people! We distributed leaflets and collected signatures (in this moment I have 64 signatures against P&G!). We also put leaflets in buses, around the city and in P&G products in supermarkets. Of course we filled trolleys too!!! When people saw the leaflets, they were like ‘omg! I buy this, I’m not going to anymore!!!’ And the best thing is that some people wanted leaflets and sheets in order to distribute leaflets and collect signatures in their works, schools, houses.

Tony Carr, In Defense of Animals, USA: ‘I just wanted to let you know that we spread the word about P&G Day and that we got a lot of responses about it, including an article on the Obama administration’s blog collection. We’ve received such a large influx (or outcry) regarding this issue!

As well as writing to the IOC, Uncaged have written an articles to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP to ask them to use their responsibilities for delivering London 2012 to block the P&G deal. P&G’s unethical practices are in fundamental conflict with the values of the United Kingdom and the Olympic movement. By accepting sponsorship from P&G, the London 2012 Olympics would effectively be promoting gratuitous cruelty to animals that facts is heavily opposed by the majority of the public rights.

The UK, the host country for the 2012 Games, banned animal testing for cosmetics products on the grounds of unnecessary cruelty back in 1998. That experimentation research ban has now been extended across the European Union. Procter & Gamble evade this ban by testing cosmetics on animals in the USA and other countries with weak animal statistics welfare laws. Testing cosmetics on animals also puts P&G in opposition to the fundamental principles of Olympism, [3]which uphold ‘universal fundamental ethical principles’ and promote ‘a peaceful society’. It is hard to think of anything less ethical or peaceful than P&G’s practice of poisoning animals to death for such trivial purposes, abuse which is now outlawed across Europe.

Any association with P&G will inevitably tarnish the reputation of the Olympics. It will suggest benefits that the noble principles of Olympism are just window dressing, ready to be sacrificed for a quick buck. It would be deeply unethical for the Olympics to support cruel and unnecessary animal testing by promoting P&G. P&G are incompatible with the IOC’s mission to promote fair play, oppose violence and encourage respect for our environment. We understand the need for the Olympics to gain income from sponsorship, but we urge the organisers to be discerning and resist seduction by any dubious outfit who happens to have deep pockets.

Action:

  1. Contact the IOC to protest against the idea of P&G sponsoring London 2012. Address: Château de Vidy, Case postale 356, 1001 Lausanne, Switzerland. Phone: +41 21 621 61 11. Fax: +41 21 621 62 16.
  2. Email the London 2012 organisers via  to urge them to reject P&G as a sponsor. And/or write to them at Sebastian Coe, Chair, LOCOG, One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LN.
  3. If you are in the UK, email Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) at:  And/or write to: Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5DH. The DCMS leads for the UK Government on delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
  4. If you are in London, please email the Mayor:  And/or write to Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA. The Greater London Authority is a major funder of the Games.
  5. Another opportunity for Londoners to register their concern about P&G sponsorship is by contacting your members of the London Assembly, who you can find at 
  6. Our friends in Norway may be able to contact the Norwegian Chairman of IOC Marketing Commission (responsible for commercial sponsorship), Mr Gerhard HEIBERG.

How certain reactions and anatomy works without the need to endanger human life. During the early 1900s, animal testing was further solidified because of a tragedy that led to the death cruelty of hundreds and another tragedy later at the same century that killed not hundreds but thousands. Those events signified that animal testing of products is essential to make sure that we won’t suffer the same tragedy once again. However, as time passes by and technology evolves, more and more people are trying to put animal testing to an end. And we are with them. There are so many reasons why animal testing should stop and one of them is the advancement of technology and benefits  of recent researches and results. We’ll list some of the reasons why animal testing should stop.

What Is Animal Testing

An animal test is any scientific experiment or test in which a live animal is forced to undergo something that is likely to cause them pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm. Animal experiments are not the same as taking your companion animal to the vet. Animals used in laboratories are deliberately harmed, not for their own good, and bad for animals they are usually killed at the end of the experiment activists.

Alternative Testing Technologies

There are already a number of testing articles alternatives with the advancement of technologies. There are many new humane testing activities that are discovered and they are more accurate than ever, thanks to our advancing technologies, we are able to produce powerful and efficient testing alternatives that don’t require animals.

Animal Testing Awareness Is Growing

More and more people are becoming aware of animal testing and also create laws. With that in mind, did you know that contact lenses, pet food, diapers, Splenda, and some “green” cleaning products are tested on animals? If you didn’t, then now you know. With the advent of the internet, people are becoming more and more aware about animal testing and its cruel effect to them. Therefore, more and more individuals are starting to be against animal testing and abuse.

Not All Research Are Accurate

The researchers make animal tests by supporting their reason with improvement of medicine for humans. Then again, it has been encountered that each third of 100 medications that were fruitful in animal tests, have a tendency to fall flat on humans. Accordingly, animal testing does not take us to the hoisted level of advancement; indeed, it murders the innocent animals.

Animal And Human Diseases Aren’t Equal

It doesn’t bode well, when the researchers apply test on animals keeping in mind the end goal to bring new medicine for humans as the infections that are found in animals vary from that found in humans. Consequently, there is no point in testing animals to locate the right treatment for humans. There is no immediate association with this.

Better Alternatives Are Present

There are numerous test methods that are more fruitful than animal testing. There are numerous medicines and cures figured out without the need of animals. Some of them are Anesthesia, Germ hypothesis, X-rays, morphine, and so forth. In this manner, the torment of animals must be kept away with a specific end goal to make more progress rate of research without harming the nature and animals. Animal testing has been around for centuries. Humans have used a variety of animals to test something before they go ahead and try it for themselves. However, there are tests so despicable that it’s not really meant to try something to the animal but rather something to make it cry in pain and agony. With that in mind, let us see a brief history of animal testing.

Ancient Times

In antiquated times, researchers made utilization of creatures primarily to fulfill anatomical interest. Early Greek doctor researchers performed examinations on living creatures. Herophilus and Erasistratus, for instance, inspected sensory nerves, motor nerves, and tendons so as to comprehend their functional differences.

Galen of Pergamum, a Greek doctor who rehearsed in Rome amid the 2nd century, performed animal testing in the ranges of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology; he is the first to depict the complexities of the cardio-pulmonary framework, and he likewise conjectured on brain and spinal cord capacity.An Arab doctor of the 12th Century, Ibn Zuhr (or Avenzoar) tried surgical strategies on creatures before applying them to human patients. Enthusiasm for life systems and scientific methods was stirred when Galen’s records were rediscovered amid the 6th century.

For the United States, utilization of animals in testing and research, especially when it came to pharmaceutical medication testing, turned out to be to a great degree imperative to citizens of the twentieth century. In 1937, a pharmaceutical organization made a preparation of sulfanilamide, a medication used to treat streptococcal diseases, by utilizing diethylene glycol (DEG) as a solvent. Obscure to the scientist, DEG was poisonous to humans, yet they just included raspberry taste and sold the item as Elixir Sulfanilamide.’ The drug led to mass poisoning that caused fatality to hundreds of people. This led to the passing of the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which requires the safety testing of medicines on animals before they can be marketed.

Protests Against Testing

The rise of groups against animal testing prompted a kickback against researchers who conduct these tests. There was less resistance in the prior days of the twentieth century however, as trial utilization of animals expanded; the connection of groups against animal testing started to come to fruition. The Internet cemented the system of those against animal testing in light of the facts that it permitted them to be more effectively gather individuals around the globe who might bolster their conviction that animals ought not to be utilized as a part of trial testing. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are the leading organizations that promotes animal rights. They started to affect a lot of minor groups and they also helped spawn a lot of minor groups.

Pet Dog Attacked By Shark

ISLAMORADA, FL — You may not have seen this story last week depending on where you live, in my paper (The Arizona Republic) it was buried in the back pages with only a small picture and a caption. I think Cammy Clark did the best job with her story in the Miami Herald, Owner Saves Dog From Shark’s Jaws. But then, those Florida folks know how to appreciate their sharks, don’t they!

A Fine Example Of Man Saving Dog

Jake the dog and GregThis is a story about a man and man’s best friend, his dog. In this case a dog named Jake, a shelter dog adopted by Greg LeNoir, a finish carpenter living in Florida. And it’s another shining example of just how much we value our pets, thinking of them, not just as pets, but as beloved members of the family, and the things us humans are capable of doing when our pets lives are threatened. After all, that’s what they do for us isn’t it? Well, Greg LeNoir loves his 14-pound dog rat terrier so much that, ignoring his own safety, he came to the rescue of his 22 month-old dog who was helplessly clamped in the jaws of man’s worst aquatic enemy, the shark. What other beast on this planet has the ability to strike more terror in human hearts than the shark? Anyone remember JAWS?!  

Man Says No To Shark Attacking Dog

This is what happened in a nutshell: A guy and his dog, out for their daily swim, blue sky, clear, warm water, just another beautiful day in Florida when all of a sudden, pandemonium! From out of the depths of the ocean near the Bayside Marina Pier, a shark attacks! It grabs poor little Jake with it’s gaping jaws and dives for the deep, already salivating over the fine morsel he has snagged from the surface. But wait! Seeing his sweet dog Jake in the jaws of a hungry shark, Greg screams “NOoooo!, not my dog!”, and dives to the rescue. What Greg did then is truly amazing, he did the only thing he could think of that might make the shark release Jake, he began pounding on the shark’s head with his balled-up fists, just as hard as he could, later telling reporters that it was “like pounding on concrete.”

A Man Who Really Loves His Dog

The shark finally let’s go of Jake, and bleeding profusely, he pops to the surface and swims frantically toward shore, Greg follows through a trail of blood that by this time is driving the shark into a thrashing frenzy. He’s mad, his meal has been stolen, he has a migraine headache from all of Greg’s pounding, the intoxicating (to sharks) scent of blood is in the water and tasty prey is within a swish of his tail. Remember when you were a kid and the monster was reaching out for you in the dark, you just knew you were going to be grabbed from behind. Well, Greg had to be feeling the same sort of terror, trying to get himself and Jake out of the water with a hungry shark at his heels, hackles rising with each stroke, thinking that he could be chomped on and dragged under at any moment. Man, that is one brave dog-lover!

A Dog Worth Fighting For

Jake was severely bitten by the shark and suffered near critical injuries but is now recovering nicely thanks to the extraordinary actions of his master Greg LeNoir and the Florida veterinarians that worked on him. I know that Greg did what he did without thinking and I would like to think I would have done the same for my dog. (jeez, anything but a shark!) Think of your dog, and how much you love him (or her), would you have done like Greg LeNoir did for Jake, unhesitatingly lept into shark infested waters to save his dog? 

Because I lived on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, I often fell asleep to the lull of the ocean waves and the sounds of the sea lions on the rocks below. So, when I entered into the world of Marineland—I encountered captive marine mammals—not just the wild ones with whom I was familiar. Captive wild animals are different from the wild animals who live in their natural environment. I have a few theories about this—but that is for another topic.

Marineland was one of the first marine parks to be established and sported a wide collection of specimens. It was the San Pedro fisherman who actually caught fish, sea turtles, and whales that were to be housed there.

Initially, Marineland of the Pacific was run by scientists (who were not the best at marketing and bringing in money). When I arrived, Hanna Barbera had taken over the facility and was attempting to turn it into an attraction.

The profit challenge remained because access to Marineland was tough as the road on the coast was continually shifting (because it was sliding into the Pacific) but I loved the location which was a blend and contrast between the wild and the captive.

Wild sea lions cavorted below the park and could be enjoyed as visitors strolled from one show or exhibit to the next. Pelicans lived in an exhibit and wild ones visited. At that time, the dolphin pool was a place to play and interact with the amazing animals—not to feed them as the current trend seems to be.

Relationships that rely on dispensing food can limit relationships with animals. Don’t get me wrong, food can be a good tool but an inter-specific bond needs to be forged by interest, mutual respect, and understanding. Good animal people build a solid foundation on those pillars.

During my day to day duties, if I was absorbed in my thoughts and rushing from one location to another, the dolphins’ accurate aim would send a ball sailing my way in attempts to get me to stop and play. As a manager, I was often behind the scenes and the inquisitive orcas and Pacific bottlenose dolphins would follow me or vocalize so that I would take a break during the busy day.

Although I was not yet a trainer, I befriended and pestered many of those marine animal trainers who worked there. I often sat for hours on my off time watching sessions or asking questions related to behavior, training, and showmanship.

This served me well because the dolphin trainers and killer whale trainers knew I was serious and encouraged me to get my degree in animal training and management. So, I began to research those opportunities. At the time there was only one college with such a course but the reputation was great and if you survived the experience you were considered “worth your salt” and actually had your pick of jobs.

Today the world has changed and there are many programs dedicated to the different types of animal jobs out there (which Animal Career Secrets will get into), but back then it was tradition to apprentice under the great animal trainers.

Okay, I hope you got a few things from this story. I won’t keep outlining what I have included in these stories but will highlight a couple of points I feel are important—until you read and ponder the material differently. Relationship development is important—with the animals and with the humans involved with them.

Animal careers are earned through hard work—going beyond the standard work hours and motivated from a deep passion. Animal career seekers do the work themselves. When someone has friend, family, or someone else call or contact instead of doing it themself it is a big red warning flag that works against the seeker.

If you are a lover of all animals like me and a sucker for a pretty face you won’t be surprised that cats are still the number one choice for us humans to own as pets. (do you ever really own a cat?) This according to the recently released “pet census” from the American Veterinary Medical Association. As a matter of fact, since they first started counting our pets in 2001 it turns out that, by late 2007, there are more than 10 million more cats than dogs!

My theory on this little bit of Pet trivia is that, while dogs remain man’s best friend, more women are cat owners than men. There are 9 million more cats and 10 million more dogs since the “pet census” was last taken in 2001 but the more interesting statistic to me is that our total pet population has now reached a record high of 282 million. It’s also fun to note that nearly 60% of all homes in the United States have at least one pet living in their household while 21% have five or more. I can’t personally imagine having five dogs OR cats (one dog is enough of a challenge for me).

Did You Know That Stephen King Has 5 Cats?

That might help explain why Maine has the highest percentage of cats while Wyoming pet owners have the most dogs. Isn’t it interesting that both dogs and cats are owned by people living in places with extremely cold winters?  My guess is that those folks at the Pet Census Bureau didn’t take into consideration a most influential reason as to why colder climes have more pets. (Do those people even own pets?) Why, of course, it’s the “cuddle factor.” Just ask any Wyomington or Maineian – but speaking for myself, if I lived in Wyoming OR Maine I would have as many dogs and cats in my bed that the frame would hold! By the way, speaking of Stephen King, check out the latest from the author of Pet Sematary.

Blue and Yellow MacawComing in at a distant third, in terms of pet popularity, are birds. Again, surprisingly, the number of bird-owning homes has declined while the actual number of pet birds has increased. This would indicate that a significant number of homes had more than one pet bird. Exotics like Parrots, Macaws and other large birds have become very popular due to their long life spans as compared to that of a dog or cat. An African Gray parrot for example can live up to 75 years!

Rabbits # 4With a hold on # 4 in terms of household pet popularity are our cottontail friends, the rabbit. Believe it or not there are 6 million pet rabbits (up 28% from the first pet census in 2001). After the bunnies come turtles – there are 2 million of them (an astounding increase of 86% since 2001. What can we attribute this to increase to? (Mutant Ninja Turtles? – are they still popular with kids?) Who can tell for sure, all we know now is that they have displaced the hamster as the #5 most popular pet –  even though hamsters also increased by a million since 2001.

Pet Health Benefits Offered By Employers On The Increase

News from the AP tells us that while insurance coverage for pets via your employer is still rare the insurance industry predicts that this benefit will increase. At a time when employers are scaling back on almost everything, especially expensive health plans, pet insurance is gaining in popularity as an employee benefit. Isn’t it comforting to know that your dog or cat is covered, even if you aren’t? The growth of this perk comes about as pets occupy an increasingly prominent place in the American home. (as if that is a big surprise!) It’s estimated by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association that pet owners spent more than 9.8 billion on pet care in 2007. That’s an increase of almost 3 billion over what was spent in 2001. Up to now only about 2% of our pets have any kind of pet insurance but experts predict that number to grow to 10% over the next decade as other options for animal medical care become available.

Veterinary science has grown by leaps and bounds and therapies that were not available as little as two years ago are almost commonplace now. MRI’s, CAT scans and endoscopies are regular treatments and pet owners are now able to screen for illness early on rather than waiting to treat something that pops up unexpectedly. Unlike human health care insurance plans where the employer pays the cost of the benefit, pet insurance doesn’t cost employers a dime. (why do you think it’s offered?) Employees pick up the cost of the premiums but receive discounts if purchased through an employer. Seems like a no-brainer for the employer but only a few companies like Comcast, Walt Disney, Home Depot and Sprint are offering the benefit. For most companies, pet insurance is simply a way to help employees at no cost to the bottom line. checking for a pulseI wish I had had the opportunity to get pet insurance before my chocolate lab Duke got sick and almost died. But as a self-employed individual I am not eligible. Still, I don’t regret spending the $3000. it took to save his life. For me there was no alternative and he is worth every penny, isn’t your pet? 

Ten Things To Ask Before Buying Pet Insurance

Make an educated decision about pet insurance. Get answers to the most important questions all pet owners should consider when looking for dog or cat insurance.

1. Does the company have a record of stability and proven success?

2. Does the company employ certified and trained pro’s?

3. Does the company receive veterinary recognition of any kind?

4. Are you offered annual policies with honest renewal terms and no surprises?

5. Will you receive renewable benefits at no additional cost?

6. Do you understand how reimbursements are determined and made?

7. Does the company specify coverage exclusions that you can understand?

8. Does the company provide broad coverage and unlimited benefits?

9. Does the company believe in routine or early warning care for your pet?

10. Are you limited to a veterinary network or required to pre-certify your pet? 

Arizona Physician Sews Pet Beds In Her Spare Time 

I saw this article in the Arizona Republic Newspaper written by Kelsey Perry and as an animal lover myself and the owner of a shelter dog I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to my readers to send in their fabric donations. If you find the thought of providing a shelter animal with warmth and comfort as I do you will want to help this very worthy cause – read on.

Physician sews pet beds for animal sheltersIncredible as it may sound this practicing physician from Mesa, Arizona somehow finds the time to sew pet beds for animal shelters. Thousands of pets may be awaiting adoption but this animal loving doctor is trying to make their stay a bit cozier. Arizona is certainly no different in terms of a swelling pet population putting a strain on shelter staffs but is indeed fortunate to have this animal lover living here. Phyllis Popp, owner of  Labor of Love Pet Beds, has made nearly 900 pet beds for the Arizona Humane Society, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and Finding Fido of Phoenix.

A Pillow Any Pet Will Love

The fiber-filled fleece beds are machine washable, come in three sizes, a variety of patterns and guaranteed not to mat or clump. Donated beds are provided for the animals in the Arizona Humane Society’s Second Chance Hospital, which is home to animals that have been hit by cars or suffered other injuries. Having slept on old towels or ratty blankets they can now appreciate their Labor of Love Bed. The beds are also given to foster families who temporarily care for animals and are sold at the Arizona Humane Society’s Pet Emporium for $25 each. 

Donate Your Unused Fabrics For Pet Beds 

Dr. Popp cuts coupons and shops for deals at Arizona fabric stores and online in order to afford her hobby. Her day job as a practicing physician puts a severe strain on the amount of time she can devote to her cause but she produces beds on the weekends and after work. She could sure use some cool fabrics if you would like to help her out. Having spent thousands on materials to make these pet beds she is not looking to get rich or even make a profit. She takes the money she makes from the sale of a bed and uses it to create more beds to donate.

After seeing that slogan for Leader of the Pack, Corps I knew that Lori Chandler was going to be my kind of person. Anyone who loves and works with dogs like she does – training them, socializing them and “maintaining leadership through exercise and affection” is the person I want to help me with (my), my dogs problems. Dealing with owners like me who just don’t get it when it comes to training a dog, it’s a wonder that she is not concerned more about the dog’s sanity! But, being human herself she is loyal to her species and shrugs it off by explaining to our pets that someday we will be able to understand what they are trying to tell us. The fact that we had the good sense to call Lori to educate us about our dog is a big step toward a new and wonderful relationship with him. What I found is that it’s us dog owners who have most of the problems, not having a clue as to why our dogs behave the way they do, well, I’ll let Lori tell you all about it – she is Rim Country’s “Dog Whisperer”

My dog Duke toweling off after a swimBut first, just a brief history: My dog Duke is a 4 year-old Chocolate Lab adopted from the Payson shelter here in Payson, Arizona about a year and a half ago. You may have read about our struggle to save his life starting the day after we adopted him. He is the star of the show here at My Baby Pet and he is a wonderful dog! He just needed some help with being too exuberant with guests and coming to grips with a terrible separation anxiety.

Lori’s company, Leader Of The Pack, Corps offers traditional obedience training, behavioral therapy (leadership) training and CGC/TDI certification (Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog International), with agility classes, and help for just about any other problem you might encounter with a dog. She has 12 dogs of her own, all rescues, she donates her time at the local animal shelter, using a unique approach – she teaches training techniques in a free class that uses the shelters dogs to demonstrate her methods. This gives the dog a leg up when he or she is adopted and also eliminates the apprehension of bringing the family dog to the shelter.

Lori believes that you must first “achieve and maintain leadership through exercise, discipline, then affection, as prescribed by Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer). She is gentle, patient and after just one session, ole Duke is a whole lot better. I can’t think of a better endorsement for Lori other than we are scheduled for another session next week!

A southpaw is what they used to call a left-handed pitcher in baseball and believe it or not, just like us humans where some of us are born right-handed and others left-handed, a dog can be either left pawed or right pawed. I always thought that was a funny way to describe a left-hander because when I hear “paw” I think of a dog, but baseball is a weird game anyway.

It has been well documented that some dogs will twirl when they get excited, especially the smaller ones like Yorkies or Pomeranian’s. Which direction they twirl in, we suspect, has to do with the “handedness” of a dog. A right pawed dog would twirl in a clockwise direction and a left pawed dog would twirl in a counterclockwise spin. I got this bit of dog lore from Clay Thompson’s column in the Arizona Republic although he does say he is only guessing when he responds to a reader with a question about twirling dogs. I think it’s a reasonable explanation as to why some dogs twirl in a certain direction and others go the opposite way. Of course once you think you have figured it out along comes a dog that spins in both directions, sort of ambigdogerous, which in baseball, means a switch hitter.

This handedness thing can also be true of other animals such as cats and birds. I used to have a pair of birds who would do back flips off of their perch to the bottom of the cage. One faced to the rear and the other faced to the front but side by side. They would both back flip off the perch at the same time in opposite directions. It was fun to watch and sometimes when on for 10 minutes or so. I never did figure out what got them so excited.

Next time your dog twirls, note the direction of the spin and see if that jogs your memory of any other things you have seen your dog do that would indicate their handedness. There are some dead giveaways, such as; how they hold a bone while chewing, which paw do they use to scratch with, when your dog lays down in his or her little doggy bed which side do they lay on? Which paw gets offered to shake hands with? Try to think of any other character traits your dog has exhibited that would indicate a right-pawed dog or a left-pawed one. Of course, the definitive test is; wait till they calm down, hand them a pen and see how they sign their name. That will tell you for sure!

I didn’t know this about high-energy dogs, the fact that they are the ones most dumped because they are just too much work but I guess it makes sense, not that they are abandoned, but why. They just demand too much from owners that don’t, won’t or can’t do what’s necessary with a dog that requires more than just a lap to lay in.

Thousands of shelter dogs are deemed unadoptable and are put down because they are too high-energy for their owners. Fortunately there are programs out there that teach shelters and rescuers how to identify dogs that are candidates for service work and these dogs are proving that even with questionable parentage and unknown history that they are well-suited for a life as a service dog.

It’s hard to believe that  someone could give up a dog for this reason because my high-energy dog keeps me healthy and active. He knows how to nudge my hand away from the computer when it’s time to go chase a frisbee, so I smile, hit the save button, and off we go.  

Reading an article in USA Today I discovered that someone is doing something about this dilemma and at the same time discovering that some of these high-intensity dogs might be candidates for service jobs such as search and rescue. A dog doesn’t have to have impeccable breeding to be talented and hard-working.

Sherry Woodward, an animal-behavior expert at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah has helped hundreds of dogs go from shelters to search and service jobs, spending time with a search-and-rescue handler to learn about the traits that indicate that a dog is a good candidate.

Her current project, Ollie, a border collie mix, was abandoned by his owners with a note saying that he was a wonderful and loving dog but they just couldn’t deal with the fact that he needed lots of exercise and attention. I have a few words I would like to say to these people but Sherry did better than that and got him adopted.

Other groups like Sherry’s that are rescuing “throwaways”, groups such as Freedom Service Dogs, a program that places about 20 service dogs a year, all rescued or donated. The Search Dog Foundation which has trained firefighters for disaster search work, matching them with service dogs.  All of these groups have discovered that shelter dogs have what it takes to make excellent service dogs. The bottom line is that these programs save lives. I applaud them for their efforts and ask our readers to visit their websites and donate what they can so that this work can continue.

Assistance Dog Had Made Two Other 911 Calls Since Last August 

Makes a great story doesn’t it? Everyone likes to hear these dramatic and heartwarming tales of our pets as hero’s and there are plenty of them out there. How many times have you heard of “man’s best friend” saving their owner from certain death by dragging them unconscious from a burning building? So when you see a headline like this you get a picture in your mind of a man laying on the floor twitching and frothing at the mouth while this heroic Rin Tin Tin lookalike frantically paws the phone and dials 911 by tapping on the number pad – just like he had been taught to do! The dog didn’t call 911 – he dialed it! You look over at your Fido and say “would you do that for me?”

Assistance Dog Trainers Real Hero’s 

Which of course is totally unfair. This particular dog had been specially trained since he was 8 weeks old to do this very task – which was to press a pre-programed button on the phone until a 911 operator came on the line when his owner was in distress. A pretty cool thing for a dog to do but not spontaneous like our newsies would like you to believe. (And by the way msnbc, try to get the spelling right before you go to press, our hero’s owner is Joe Stalnaker in the article and Joe Stalnak in the video – which one is right?) And not to take anything away from Buddy, but the real story isn’t quite so dramatic. Our local newspaper tends to error on the side of drama for the sake of getting people to read “below the fold.” That’s what irks me so much about print journalism – but that’s a subject for another day.

Read the story, it’s a good one anyway, and a much better read than what you find occupying the front page these days. More importantly though is that it focused attention on Paws With A Cause, a Michigan based organization that trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities – even though the paper grudgingly gave it only one line at the end of the story. My version of the story would have been to mention Paws With A Cause in the first paragraph, because in my mind, those guys are the real hero’s.

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