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How to Pick a Good Boarding Kennel for your Dog

By Laurie Darroch

If you need to leave your dog in a boarding kennel while you’re away on vacation or a business trip, it’s important to do your research to find the one that best suits your needs. Not every kennel provides all services. Some facilities are very basic and others have all the extras. Be aware that costs may be all inclusive, or the kennel may charge extra fees for each special service. The additional costs can be considerable if they tack on all the extras above the basic lodging and feeding costs. Here are some tips on finding a good boarding kennel.

Resources

One of the best places to start when you are looking for a boarding kennel is word of mouth from people you know and trust. Our dogs are family members. Finding a kennel that fits your specific parameters and is also appropriate for your dog is similar to finding the perfect daycare for your child.  It may take a while to locate the right one.

It is a good idea to research potential boarding kennels as soon as you get a dog, just in case of an emergency or sudden leave from home. Who better to ask than people you know who’ve used kennels for their own pets?

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5 Famous Songs About Dogs

By Laurie Darroch

With dogs being a loved part of millions of lives, it is inevitable that our loyal companion appears in song tributes or references in one musical genre or another. Although there are many such songs, these five famous dog-related songs reach across rock, folk, blues, novelty and family friendly genres of music.

Me and My Arrow  

Produced as an album, a staged musical and an animated film made for television in 1971, Harry Nilsson’s The Point told the story of a boy named Oblio, born as the round headed oddball in a world of pointy headed people. His dog Arrow is his faithful companion.

Little Oblio was ostracized by the citizens of the town after the spoiled son of the count is beaten in a game of Triangle Toss by Oblio and Arrow. The sweet natured boy is thrown out of town.

Oblio and Arrow go on a long coming of age journey where they meet odd characters and run into strange situations, each teaching Oblio and Arrow a lesson.  The journey gives Oblio the self-realization that even though he was born physically different than the rest of the people in his close minded community, he has a valid point in life. Through it all, his dog Arrow remains loyally by his side, eager to be a part of every step of the colorful journey.

The song “Me and My Arrow” is a lighthearted song about the loyal companionship of a boy and his dog. The song was later used as part of a 1970s advertising campaign for the Plymouth Arrow playing on the symbolic closeness of man and dog, making it man and car. “Me and my Arrow, taking the high road, wherever we go, everyone knows, it’s me and my Arrow.”

Dog and Butterfly

Released in 1978 by the rock band Heart, Dog and Butterfly was both the album title name and the title of the second song released as a single from the album of the same name in 1979.

One of the most poignant and beautiful songs sung by the Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy, “Dog and Butterfly” was reportedly inspired by Ann’s sheepdog while she watched her dog chase a butterfly around the yard.

The heart touching and somewhat spiritual song speaks to the wish that a dog (or man), could fly like a butterfly. It is a tribute to our constant attempts as human beings to reach for something higher and better in our lives, and the indomitable spirit to never give up the attempt, in spite of failures to reach the highest heights.

The song “Dog and Butterfly” is performed with a definite leaning toward the ballad and folk influence side of Heart’s rock music.

Hound Dog

Written by Mike Stoller and Jerry Weiber, and released for the first time in 1953, “Hound Dog” has been recorded in many different versions by various recording artists. The version recorded by Elvis Presley in 1956 crossed musical genre barriers and made its way to the top 10 of the rhythm and blues, pop and country charts.

Elvis Presley introduced “Hound Dog” to the viewing public on The Milton Berle Show in 1956, with his instantly popular and often viewed as shocking hip swiveling style. The rebellious recording told the world that rock and roll was not a passing fad.

The original recorded version was by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. Making the number one spot on the R&B charts, Thornton’s earthy and gritty original version of “Hound Dog” was her one-hit wonder.

Rolling Stone magazine listed “Hound Dog” in its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, giving it the number 19 berth, just behind number 18, Maybellene by Chuck Berry.

Who Let the Dogs Out

In 2000, “Who Let the Dogs Out” by the group Baha Men, was the title track of the album. Despite making lists of worst ever songs, the song title and line in the song that said, “Who let the dogs out? who?” took off in popularity, becoming a catch phrase.

“Who Let the Dogs Out” did reach number 40 on the song charts in the United States, but never reached the top in spite of the fact that the catch phrase was and is still used. Originally titled “Doggie,” the song was written and recorded first by Anslem Douglas in 1998.

The Baha Men’s later cover version was recorded for Rugrats in Paris: The Movie. It has been used in other movies or movie trailers including The Hangover and Open Season 2.

Although the song lyrics referred to something different, the catch phrase took on a life of its own with various meanings. In the world of sports it became synonymous with achieving an eventful play during a game.

“Who Let the Dogs Out” won a Grammy Award in 2001 as the Best Dance Recording.

Doggie in the Window  

Categorized as a novelty song, the 1953 released sweet rendition of “Doggie in the Window”  (in later releases titled “How Much is That Doggie in the Window”), ran to the top dog spot on the U.S. music charts. It was written by Bob Merrill and recorded by Patti Page.

The simple cheery song is about a woman going on a trip far from her sweetheart. She looks in a shop window for a canine companion to adopt so her sweetie will have some company while she is away. The recording sold more than two million copies.

“Doggie in the Window,” loved by all ages and demographics, is an easy sing along song for children. The original recording included dog barks in the song. Often sung and imitated by children, the song was credited with inspiring an increased number of American Kennel Club dog registrations that year.

Grab a snack for yourself and some CANIDAE Pure Heaven treats for your dog, sit down and listen to some dog themed music, or get up and dance with your dog. Dogs have long earned their place in the lyrics of popular music.

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5 Good Reasons to Take a Dog for a Walk

By Laurie Darroch

Although taking a dog for a walk is a good way for both of you to get some exercise, there are additional reasons to get out of the house for a stroll.

Stress Reduction

Humans and dogs both react to stressful events in their lives, and also to stressful people. A dog does not always know how to release that stress and anxiety. They also react to your stress and may show it in destructive or odd behavioral ways. No matter how big or small the stress is, it is important to utilize ways to reduce or even eliminate it in healthy ways.

A walk gives both you and the dog a physical and mental outlet for some of the stress. Going out to see and focus on other things besides what is causing stress or anxiety is a healthy way to get your minds and senses on other things for awhile.

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Snowflake the Siamese Rescue Cat

By Laurie Darroch

Now in her teens, Snowflake is a happy, contented and very loved cat, but that wasn’t always the case. Stephanna B. rescued the flame point Siamese cat when they were both very young.

Stephanna spent much of her time exploring the outdoors and engaging in imaginative play in her big backyard, often getting lost in play for hours at a time. Inevitably the local wildlife made an appearance, including blue bellied lizards and many different types of birds. The family dog was usually included in playtime and exploring. They were often spotted playing in the tall wild grasses and digging in the sandy soil, perfectly happy and content.

Unbeknownst to the young girl, an underweight, very wary half-grown cat was keeping an eye on the activities, deciding if this interesting, free spirited little girl was safe to be around. She had cause to pause, as she was an abused cat and humans had not been her allies in her young life.

Slowly the cat began to come into the yard, and Stephanna would talk to her. She made a little bed for the cat out of a cardboard box and lined it with soft bedding, then placed it up in her wooden fort at the top of her swing set. Safe under the overhead canvas roof of the fort, the cat soon found the little house to be a sanctuary and the young girl to be gentle and affectionate. They bonded, but the cat still wandered. She returned more and more often to the big untamed back yard and the happy little girl.

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How to Help Your Dog Transition to a New Home

By Laurie Darroch

A move to a new home can be disorienting and traumatic for a dog. The surroundings, smells, sounds and sights are all different. Everything is not in the places they are used to having them. Being uprooted may also make your dog anxious and clingy.

You may notice odd behavior in your dog immediately after you move to a new home. They may follow you everywhere like a shadow, or even act up in inappropriate ways that you may not realize are related to being in new surroundings. A move can make a dog feel insecure and unsure of what is happening. Thankfully, there are some ways you can help your dog adjust and settle in to his new home.

If possible, stay home with your dog for a few days so they begin to understand that the change is not temporary and you are not leaving them somewhere. Set up their bedding, water, CANIDAE food and toys right away so the dog can see familiar things around them even if the rest of the house is still in boxes or the mess of unpacking.

Take your dog for a walk on a leash to get them used to the sights, smells and sounds of the new neighborhood. This will help them become oriented to the new area. If you have a yard, spend some outside time there with your dog. This will help them realize that the yard is their space too. With you present while they explore, they will feel more secure.

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How Dogs Can Help Treat Depression

By Laurie Darroch

Dogs can be more than just a loving family member. They contribute in many ways just by being a part of the household. They can even be of special service or be a therapy dog to people who have medical issues or certain limitations in function. One of the conditions they can help their human companions with is depression.

Love

Dogs give unconditional love while asking for very little in return. Their love is uncomplicated and adds no stress on that level to an already depressed person who has very little of themselves to give. A dog can also sense that their human family member is in a less than functional emotional or physical condition, and be concerned and protective. If relationships with family members or friends are strained and causing more anxiety for the person dealing with depression, the simple love of a dog can be soothing to overtaxed nerves and feelings.

Motivation

Depression often causes lessened physical activity and no motivation to do things. The smallest physical task often becomes overwhelming. It is hard to even get up and move around a little when a person is battling depression. Having a dog to care for and love may be one way to find just enough motivation to move around the house to feed, play with and care for the dog.

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