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7 Tips for Taking Your Dog to a Public Gathering

dog event evaBy Laurie Darroch

Even if your dog is very well trained, an outing to a crowded public gathering such as a flea market, outdoor concert or art festival can be a challenge with so many distractions and temptations. You can help make the event more fun and less stressful if you go prepared. First, you’ll need to make sure dogs are allowed where you are going, because you can’t leave your dog in the car if they aren’t permitted to join you at the event. Here are some tips for a successful outing with your four legged friend.

Food and Treats

Feed your dog before the outing, particularly if there will be food served there. Your dog will be less likely to beg for food or bother people who have it if they are already full. Even a very well trained dog gets tempted sometimes when there are so many intriguing smells and so many people with food milling around.

Bring along some CANIDAE dog biscuits in case you need to encourage good behavior while you are out and about.  If you keep some handy, you can reinforce any social training you may be doing with your dog as well.

Leash Up!

Many public places or gatherings require that all dogs be on a leash. It is too easy for your dog to dart off to an interesting distraction if they are off leash. Chances are there will be plenty of other dogs present as well, and not all dogs get along.

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In Praise of Dog and Cat Rescuers (a Poem)

cat and dog andreaBy Laurie Darroch

People who rescue dogs and cats deserve a thank you for what they do. A rescue animal may come with scars and behavior that takes patience, love, kindness and warmth to work through, or it may be fine and simply needs help finding a forever home. The individuals and groups who offer the love and dedication necessary to help these pets get treatment or healing and help them find a new forever home, are a very special breed of human being. To deal with the issues some rescue animals have takes strength and courage as well as understanding, persistence and dedication.

Whatever the reason a dog or cat is in need of rescue, the people and organizations who help rehome them deserve praise that is often left unspoken. We as humans are the guardians of these beautiful, loyal and loving creatures. Animal rescuers take that a step further and practice the best of human kindness to fight for those creatures who cannot speak for themselves.

This poem about rescue pets was written from the animal’s point of view.

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Dog Rescuer Diane Perrigo

Diane PerrigoBy Laurie Darroch

It takes a certain kind of heart to rescue dogs, and Diane Perrigo is all about that kind of heart. Living between two countries, Diane and her husband Alan have spread the care across the border as well, spending time in both California and Baja, Mexico.

Diane remembers having dogs as part of her family when she was growing up, including a St. Bernard and Dachshunds that were pheasant hunting dogs of her fathers, but the importance of rescuing dogs in need did not hit home until about 20 years ago.

Her basic philosophy behind her dog rescue efforts is, “If I can help get a dog in need to a good home, I want to.” Her time and efforts include offering temporary foster care, transportation for dogs on their way to a new forever home, and helping to find a home for dogs in need.  “I want to prevent the unnecessary killing of so many unwanted, abused or neglected dogs,” she told me. She believes that somewhere there is a home for each of these dogs, and she wants to help find them that home. Over the years, Diane has helped rehome dozens of dogs.

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How to Determine if a Rescue Dog or Cat is a Fit for You

rescue bgraney55By Laurie Darroch

(CANIDAE loves rescue pets! They are running a “rescue” themed photo contest this month, and three lucky pet owners will each win a six month supply of premium quality CANIDAE food for their dog or cat. The details are at the end of this article.)

It is a wonderful idea to adopt a dog or cat in need of rescue. Every animal deserves a chance at a good life with a loving family. For a dog or cat lover, it’s a natural thing to want to give a home to an animal in need. Realistically though, it’s a good idea to look for one that is well suited to your life and living situation, and not just adopt because the animal is cute and in need. The relationship is for a lifetime, so it’s important to determine if a particular dog or cat is the right fit for you. Here are some things to consider.

The Pet’s History

No matter the age of the dog or cat, you are adopting an animal with a history of some kind. In the case of homeless, deserted or abused animals, they may arrive with behaviors that take some adjusting and retraining. Because of their past treatment, a rescue animal may have issues that require a special kind of patience to help overcome.

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5 Benefits of Taking Your Dog Swimming

swimming scott nolanBy Laurie Darroch

For dogs who love to swim, playing in the water has many benefits. Swimming is an all-around healthy activity for your dog. It provides everything from exercise to stimulation, and a needed release for all that energy dogs have.

Exercise and Playtime

The most obvious benefit of swimming for your dog is exercise. Dogs often have excess energy to burn which needs to be channeled into activities that keep them active and healthy, and keeps them from being destructive out of boredom. Swimming is good for the whole body, from cardio to muscles. When a dog can swim, they are naturals and adapt to it very quickly. A good swimmer is fun to watch in the water.

Dogs who love to swim get a great deal of pleasure out of the activity. Some dogs will swim for hours, which is phenomenal exercise. It is even more fun when you go swimming along with your dog in the sea, a pool, or a lake. To add a little more excitement to the activity, bring along a ball or other object that floats for your dog to swim after and fetch.

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Safety Tips for Dogs and Cats Living in the Desert

desert kenBy Laurie Darroch

Living in any hot weather climate with your dog or cat means taking extra precautions during the worst of the heat, but living in the desert brings additional concerns for their safety. Here are a few tips to help keep your pets safer in that type of climate and terrain.

Wildlife and Vegetation

The desert has wildlife and vegetation that can be dangerous to a curious pet. Some stay away from roaming creatures and the tough prickly vegetation native to the desert, but simple curiosity in desert terrain means exposure to these possible dangers. Pets do not necessarily know what is or isn’t dangerous for them, particularly if the desert is not something your dog or cat has been exposed to.

The sharp thorns of a cactus or succulent can cut or pierce the skin, paws or mouths of an overly curious pet. Creatures such as poisonous snakes or crawling scorpions are among the natural desert inhabitants that can make your dog or cat very ill or even kill them. If possible, keep a safe area enclosed in your yard for your dog and cat. If you can’t do that, or are out walking or playing with your pets, keep a sharp eye out for what they are getting into or examining. Eventually they will learn some of what is dangerous or painful, but you don’t want to chance it by not paying attention to the possible hazards.

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