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Pet Safety on the 4th of July

Author: MayaAndPierson
June 30, 2008

Sephi wearing Independence Day bandanaEvery year on the 4th of July we walk over to the park near our house where there is a huge fireworks display. And every year when I get home Sephi is hiding in the bathroom. I find her there shaking uncontrollably from the terrible noises that just took place. I can only imagine how she would have felt if I had brought her to the park with me.

I am amazed at how many people I see at fireworks displays with their pets. So many dogs get lost this time of year due to them running off in fright. And some of them end up getting hit by a car. So please leave your dog at home during the fireworks display.

There are other things you should consider this 4th of July in keeping your pet safe. It’s not unheard of for a dog to break their chain, dig out, or jump the fence in order to try to escape the noise. So keep your pet indoors. And if possible, keep them in the quietest place of the house. Sephi goes into our bathroom because that is the quietest place. I turn on the bathroom fan because she is familiar with that noise and it helps to drown out some of the noises of the fireworks. You can also leave a television or radio on for your pet before you leave. Do not leave any windows of your house open. And if your dog knows how to open any of your doors, lock them before you leave.

Always make sure your pet is wearing their identification tags. A desperate dog just might be able to find a way out. I have heard of dogs breaking out of windows, going through air ducts, and even managing to open an unlocked door. Tags will help to bring them home. If you find a dog this year, contact the local animal shelter and humane society. Post in the classified ads of your local newspaper. Post online too. Craig’s list is a popular place to post online. Leave fliers at local neighborhood centers and notify local residents.

If you know your pet will enjoy it, feel free to take your pet to the park for the 4th of July picnic, but please leave them at home for the fireworks! Enjoy the Independence Day celebration and come home to a safe and happy pet.

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June 29, 2008

travelindog.jpgWe have just recently come across a great car seat for dogs.  It’s the Travelin’ Dog Pet Seat made by The Good Pet Stuff Company (a division of Aquiline Innovations Corp).  This is a company located in California where the strictest pet auto safety laws in the country are being implemented.  The Travelin’ Dog Pet Seat follows all the guidelines being set forth in a soon to be passed California bill that will require all dogs in the car to be safely restrained.

The Travelin’ Dog Pet Car Seat features a heavy-duty strap hook which provides quick and easy hook-up to your pet’s harness. It fastens securely with your car’s own seat belt for a secure ride. The back 1 ½” strong wide straps provide support in sudden stops and the 1” side straps keep your pet from being thrown sideways. The seat belt passes through the plastic body of the peat seat, similar to an infant car seat, for a secure ride. A dependable anchor strap fastens through three openings to provide a strong anchor and the seat plastic is ribbed and reinforced. The hinged platform covers the storage space and allows easy access to the seat belt pass-through. The pet seat is shaped like a pet bed to provide comfort. It is semi-oval/square shaped approximately 18” wide and 17” long. Pets can ride 6″ above the seat with the legs folded under or at a 10″ height when the legs are extended. It can also be used outside of the automobile (in the home, hotel, etc.) as a pet bed when the legs are folded and in an up position. A thick foam and fleece seat padding provides your pet a comfortable and attractive riding surface with side padding for additional comfort. It has space under the riding platform which can be used to store your pet’s travel gear.Includes removable travel bowl with lid for food and water on the go. This car seat is best for small to medium sized dogs of up to 35 pounds.

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Dog Seat Belts

Author: FidoIntheCar
June 26, 2008
dog seat belts

I love traveling with my dog and I think these dog seat belts are a great idea! I don’t think that they are a waste of money because to me they seem like a very practical investment.

If we can protect our kids with child seats, why not protect our pets too? After all, they are also considered as precious passengers.

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June 25, 2008

It’s summer and it’s HOT! The most important thing to remember to bring when you travel with your dog this summer is water. Just like people, dogs can get dangerously dehydrated in the heat. And just like people, they could die from heat exhaustion.

No matter where you travel this summer, be sure you bring lots and lots of water. You can get water along the way at convenient stores but convenient stores are not always conveniently located. You will need water not only for yourselves, but for your pets as well. Be sure to bring enough for everyone. If you are traveling a long distance by car, having water on hand could be a lifesaver. And don’t forget the dog’s water bowl when you travel. There is a huge variety of pet travel bowls that are small and easy to carry no matter where you go. Some pet travel bowls are collapsible and could even fit in your pocket, making it easy to provide water for your dog when in the car, at the park, camping, or on a long hike.

Pet Travel Bowl

Older dogs, overweight dogs, puppies, dogs with short pushed-in faces, and dogs with health problems are more susceptible to heat exhaustion than other dogs.  You may want to consider leaving your dog at home, with a friend, or in a boarding kennel rather than taking him with you.

Emergency Care:
If your dog is panting loudly and excessively, salivating more than normal, vomiting, lethargic, and/or the skin on the back of the neck does not spring back to normal when pinched, then these are signs of possible dehydration. If you think your dog is dehydrated, get him out of the sun and somewhere cool as soon as you can. Try to get him to drink some cool water and give him ice if you have any. If there is a pool of cool water nearby or even a water hose, allow your dog to get wet. And be sure to allow your dog to continue to pant. Dogs don’t sweat like we do so panting is their way of cooling down. If you don’t notice any changes within 15 minutes, get your dog to the vet immediately. Heat exhaustion can cause your dog to go into shock. It can also cause some serious damage to your dog’s organs.

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Dog Seat Belts

Author: FidoIntheCar
June 23, 2008
dog seat belts

I love road trips, especially during weekends.  It’s my way of relieving my stress from the work days that came by.  To enjoy every trip, I usually bring my dog to keep me company, and drive around to places that I like to explore.

Whenever we go on a trip, I make sure that everything is in order and well prepared.  That’s why I invested in one of these dog seat belts. I will never compromise the safety of my best pal while enjoying the adventure on the road.

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“Paws in the Park” Pet Event

Author: MayaAndPierson
June 21, 2008

Shawnee Mission ParkThe employees of visited an event today called “Paws in the Park” which was presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. This event is located at Shawnee Mission Park, a 1,250 acre park located in Johnson County, Kansas at 79th and Renner Rd. It is the largest park in Johnson County and has more visitors than any other park in the state of Kansas. This is because the park is not only clean and well-kept, but it also has areas designated for numerous activities including fishing, boating, canoeing, picnics, hiking, and biking. It also has a disc golf course, trails for horse back riding, an archery range, a play area for kids, the Theater in the Park, and best of all, a 53 acre off-leash area for dogs. The off-leash area for dogs has a swim beach, some well-kept wood chip trails, and both grassland and wooded areas for the dogs to visit.

“Paws in the Park” is a family and pet event with multiple pet-related activities and pet-related vendors. The pet-related activities and events included a pet/owner look-a-like contest, a dog walk, best trick contest, an agility course, and best costume contest. There was also a canine demonstration by the Overland Park Police Department. The pet-related vendors we saw included PetsMart, various animal rescue groups, local dog training businesses, local dog sitters and day care businesses, veterinary clinics, and more! Next year, we here at hope to be one of the vendors in this event. Our goal is to not only get the word out about pet auto safety, but to collect enough proceeds to be able to donate a portion to the local humane society. Most of the proceeds for the “Paws in the Park” event is given for the upkeep of Shawnee Mission Park, but a fair portion will be donated to an area dog rescue group. We are proud to contribute to any organization that helps pets. We are also glad that we could contribute to a great park that we take our dogs to all the time.

Check your local area for great off-leash parks and wonderful pet-related events.

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Keep Dog Drool off your Car Interior

Author: MayaAndPierson
June 17, 2008

Have you noticed doggy nose prints and slimy dog drool on your car windows and door panels? Not only is it disgusting, but the doggy drool can permanently damage your precious car interior if it is not cleaned on a regular basis. And while drool may not damage the windows, it sure is difficult to clean. There is a solution out there for those of us who like to travel with our pets but don’t like the damage done to our car.

Introducing a new product from Kurgo. The Kurgo car door guards protect your vehicle door panels from scratches, muddy paw prints, dog drool, pet hair, etc. If your dog likes to ride, this product is perfect for keeping the door panels of your car interior in new condition.

Janice from Cedar Falls, Iowa loves them. “It is so much easier to remove the bibs and car seat cover off to clean them. And when I do, the inside of my car still looks and smells brand new.”

Jacob from Grand Rapids, Minnesota says, “My dog Zeus is a drooler.  He loves to ride in the car but when he does, slobber gets everywhere.  The car seat cover protected the seat but I had nothing to protect the doors until I found the door bib.  It doesn’t stop Zeus from drooling but now I feel much better about letting him ride in my new car.”

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Florida Disaster Relief for Pets

Author: MayaAndPierson
June 13, 2008

Due to the recent hurricanes buffeting the coasts of Florida, Pet Vacation Homes feels it is a needed service to post an extensive list of pet shelters, rescues, breed and adoption agencies in Florida. Many, if not all of these places will have disaster relief information that will be helpful in this time of need. Be sure to remember to take care of your pets needs if you will be leaving the area and not bringing your furry companion. We will be updating this list as more information becomes available.

  • Animal Matters – Boca Raton
  • Tropical Dawg Golden Rescue – Boca Raton
  • Bishop Animal Shelter – Bradenton
  • Greenman’s Glen Animal Sanctuary – Brooksville
  • Humane Society/S.P.C.A. of Sumter County,Inc. – Bushnell
  • South Lake Animal League – Clermont
  • Central Brevard Humane Society – Cocoa
  • Animal Aid, Inc. – Coconut Creek
  • Wakulla County Animal Shelter – Crawfordville
  • Animal Rescue Need and Intervention – Daytona Beach
  • – Debary
  • Feline Friends – Deerfield Beach (Cats Only)
  • West Volusia Humane Society – DeLand
  • Suncoast Humane Society – Englewood
  • Abandoned Pet Rescue Adoption Center – Fort Lauderdale
  • Humane Society of Broward County – Fort Lauderdale
  • Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division – Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach
  • Alachua County Animal Services – Gainesville
  • Gainesville Pet Rescue – Gainesville
  • Puppy Hill Farm – Gainesville/Melrose
  • Houndhaven – Groveland/Clermont (Dogs Only)
  • Adopt a Pet – Homestead
  • Second Chance Felines – Hudson
  • First Coast Shih Tzu and Furbaby Rescue – Jacksonville (Dogs Only)
  • Jacksonville Humane Society – Jacksonville
  • Purrrfect Love Cat and Kitten Rescue – Jacksonville (Cats Only)
  • The StrayCatHouse – Jacksonville
  • Safe Harbor Animal Rescue & Clinic – Jupiter
  • Adopt a Cat Foundation – Lake Park
  • SPCA – Lakeland
  • Feline Rescue Inc. – Lighthouse Point (Cats Only)
  • Heidi’s Legacy: Dog Rescue, Inc. – Lithia (Dogs Only)
  • Suwannee County Humane Society – Live Oak
  • Animal Rescue Foundation – Longwood
  • Cats Exclusive Inc – Margate (Cats Only)
  • Central Brevard Humane Society – Melbourne
  • Pet Rescue – Miami
  • The Humane Society of Greater Miami – Miami
  • Second Chance Animal Rescue, Inc. – New Smyrna Beach
  • Helping Hands Rescue at Westend – Newberry
  • Orange County Animal Services – Orlando
  • Orlando Home for the Cats – Orlando (Cats Only)
  • Orlando Humane Society – Orlando
  • Humane Society of Bay County – Panama City
  • Chihuahua Toy Breed Rescue & Retirement – Pembroke Pines
  • Kritter Rescue – Pensacola
  • Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County – Port CharlotteThe Humane Society of Sarasota County – Sarasota
  • Heartland Animal Rescue – Sebring
  • Save Our Strays – St. Petersburg (Cats Only)
  • Leon County Humane Society – Tallahassee
  • Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center – Tallahassee
  • SPCA of Pinellas County – Tampa
  • St. Francis Society – Tampa
  • North Animal Care and Adoption Center – Titusville
  • North Brevard S.P.C.A. – Titusville
  • The Animal Shelter – Winter Garden
  • Humane Society of Polk County – Winter Haven
  • Polk County Animal Services – Winter Haven

Breed Rescues:

  • We Care Rottweiler Rescue – DeLeon Springs
  • Florida Dachshund Rescue – Gulf Breeze
  • Akita Rescue Society – Jacksonville
  • Catahoula Rescue State of Florida South East Region – Mims
  • Doberman Rescue League – Oakland Park
  • Florida Basset Rescue – Parrish
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Greater Tampa Bay – Sarasota
  • Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida – Seminole
  • Cocker Spaniel/Small Dog Rescue of Central Florida – Statewide
  • Florida Doberman Rescue – Statewide
  • Doberman Rescue Concern of Florida – Statewide
  • Florida Basset Rescue, Inc. – Statewide
  • Tampa Bay Pug Club Rescue – Tampa

Other Resources:

  • Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division – Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach
  • Pet Aid League, Inc. – Low cost Spay/Neuter for Dogs and CatsServing Broward, Miami-Dade and Southern Palm Beach Counties in Florida
  • Save a Homeless Puppy, Rescue an Older Dog – Dedicated to helping shelters and other dog rescue organizations find loving homes for abandoned and homeless dogs
  • Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education – Serving St. Johns, Clay and Flagler Counties
  • Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge – Miami

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June 10, 2008

Pet Auto BarrierFor those who have multiple pets or a dog that is too large for the back seat of a car, the cargo area of a hatchback car, SUV, or minivan is the most comfortable place they can be. Pet auto barriers separate the drivers and passengers from your pets so that the pets do not distract the driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that between 1995 and 1998, 14% of crashes involved distractions (the cause of 28% of the crashes is unknown). Distractions include anything from cell phones, radios and CD players, other passengers (including pets), and so on. A hyper pet or a pet who is not used to riding in the car can definitely be a distraction. Pet auto barriers can be of wire or netting. A netting barrier has the benefit of being able to stretch and fit into almost any sized vehicle. However, it may not be as durable as one made of steel. A steel wire barrier can also be adjustable but careful measuring of the inside of the vehicle needs to be done to make sure the barrier adjustments will fit. Other fittings would also need to be considered such as the roundness or straightness of the vehicle ceiling or the tire hump on the vehicle floor. However, the benefit of a steel wire barrier is that it is much stronger and more durable than a netting barrier.If you have a large dog or multiple pets, and if you have a car with a hatchback, an SUV, or minivan, you may want to consider a wire pet auto barrier. Prevent an accident by keeping your pets from distracting the driver. If an accident does occur, protect the passengers and driver by keeping your pets from crashing into them, and protect your pets by having a barrier that keeps them from flying through the front windshield of the car.

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Pet Car Seats for Comfort & Safety

Author: MayaAndPierson
June 5, 2008

Pet Car Seat - Deluxe LookoutBest for small and medium sized dogs, a pet car seat is the perfect way to pamper your dog AND help keep them safe. We love to take our dogs with us when we travel, but sometimes the seat of the car just isn’t comfortable. The dogs tend to lose their balance when we make those turns or make those stops. The seat belt works great for helping to keep the dogs from being thrown on the floor, but the car seat adds comfort. And comfort is great if you are taking a long road trip for summer vacation.Most car seats are plushly padded and some even provide a boost so the dogs can still look out the window. A good pet car seat should somehow attach to the seat of a car. Some will hang right over the front passenger seat. (But be sure that the airbags for the passenger side is turned off before you use a pet car seat in the front seat. Air bags are safe for adult people only.) The best pet car seats have a connecting strap where one end clips onto your pet’s harness and the other somehow utilizes the car’s seat belt.

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