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November 19, 2009


While we love to spoil our dogs while we are spoiling ourselves this Thanksgiving Holiday, let’s be a little careful about the kind of food we give our dogs. Some Thanksgiving food can be high in fat. And while a little bit may be okay, it could still upset your dog’s tummy. Dogs who are used to eating dog food with no salt, seasonings, preservatives, or other additives, might have very upset stomachs from eating our Thanksgiving food. An upset stomach can be painful for a dog. And it could cause unpleasant diarrhea or vomiting.

Some fatty foods include the skin from the turkey, gravy, candy and other sweets, or anything buttered. Foods which can be harmful for your dog include raisins or grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, potatoes, and dark chocolate. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for a list of more foods which are not good for your dog. Some of these foods could even be deadly.

Another important thing to remember is to not give your dog turkey bones – not even the big and thick drumstick. The bones of the turkey splinter easily and can get caught in your dog’s throat or puncture their intestines. The damage of a turkey bone could cause a lot of pain for your dog, and possibly even death. And it could cost you a lot of money and heartbreak.

Be safe this Thanksgiving Holiday. Give your dog lots of dog treats if you wish to spoil them over the holidays. If you think about it, most dogs don’t even take the time to taste their food, so they probably won’t even know the difference!

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November 17, 2009

A Safety Essential

Now is the time to consider what you are going to do with your pet when you travel out of town for Thanksgiving. Depending on how long you plan on being gone, you may want to take them with you or you may want to have someone else take care of them. If you plan on taking them with you, consider getting your dog a pet travel safety device such as a dog car harness. But don’t wait until the last minute to purchase one. If your do is not used to wearing a harness, it won’t like the dog car harness. So you need to get your dog car harness a couple weeks in advance so that you can get your dog used to it so that they won’t try to chew it off.

For a dog who is quiet and calm in the car, we suggest the Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness. This harness is perfect for the dog who will sit or lay down while traveling in the car. The Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness have been safety tested with the University of Ottowa. The metal hardware of the Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness is designed to hold up to 2,000 pounds. They make your dog comfortable and secure.

For a dog who likes to stand up and move around in the car, we suggest the Guardian Gear Dog Car Harness or the Cruising Companion Dog Car Harness.

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November 15, 2009

Comfortable and Safe Pet Travel

We have all seen a dog lying dead on the side of the road. But did you ever wonder how the dog got there? You probably thought that the dog went into the street and got hit by a car. This could be the reason, but sometimes the dog is there for another reason. Sometimes the dog is there because it was thrown from or jumped out of the car window or from the back of a pickup. That’s right, the dog had been safe in the vehicle until something happened which caused him to get into the road.

Even though your dog loves to put their head out the window, it really isn’t safe. Even dogs with the most experience riding in a car is in danger. What if you have to swerve out of the way of a bad driver? A dog in the lap with their head out the window could get thrown. Not only do they have to worry about being thrown from the car, they also have to worry about flying debris.

So please, keep your window up when your dog is riding. Or if you must have the window down for your dog, only put it down 2-3 inches. Or better yet, have the front window down while your dog is in the back seat. Consider getting a dog booster seat for your dog. A dog booster seat generally has a safety strap which attaches to your dog’s harness. So the dog booster seat will allow your dog to get the breeze from the window without exposing them to the dangers of an open window.

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We will be out of the office from November 13th-29th. This may affect the date your order is shipped. We have made arrangements for most of our products to be shipped directly from the manufacturer or warehouse. Items shipped directly from the manufacturer or warehouse will be shipped on time (see below). However, items like our Guardian Gear and Cruising Companion dog seat belts, pet car seat covers, and some pet hammocks are sent directly from our office so will not get shipped until after November 29th (see below). We sincerely apologize for the delay. Be assured that all orders from November 13th-29th will be promptly filled on November 30th. If you have any questions during this time, please email us at We will make an attempt to answer our emails while on our Holiday break.

Products which will be mailed on time include products with an SKU ending in -C, -ESS, -GC, -HB, -K, and -SPP.

Products which we will not be able to fill until November 30th include products with SKU ending in -PE and products with an SKU that has no dash (-), such as the Guardian Gear black, purple, or red dog seat belts, Guardian Gear black paw prints dog seat belts, Cruising Companion houndstooth dog seat belts, and the Cruising Companion camouflage dog seat belts. (The Tru-Fit Smart Harnesses are the only dog seat belts which will be mailed on time.)

The above information is also posted on our website at

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A missing may need medical care after being in a car accident.  Buddy escaped from the car after the car rolled over in a one-car accident in Hartland, New York near the Fort Hyde Kennels.  Buddy is a rare catahoula leopard dog who survived Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.  Buddy is three years old and black and brown in color.

Please, if you live in this area and see this dog, contact Fort Hyde Kennels.  For more information on the accident and Buddy’s description visit

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November 11, 2009


The pet travel Extend-A-Seat is a good secondary safety solution for the traveling dog. A primary safety solution for the traveling dog would be a dog car seat or a dog seat belt. Since some dog seat belts allow your dog more room to move around, a dog can still get injured if they are thrown to the floor in a sudden stop. Whether a dog is wearing their dog seat belt or not, the pet travel Extend-A-Seat keeps your dog from getting thrown onto the floor.

The pet travel Extend-A-Seat creates an expanded space in the back seat. It is designed for dogs over 30 pounds so if you have a big dog (or big dogs) the pet travel Extend-A-Seat is perfect. I use it for Sephi and Maya. Sephi is about 55 pounds while Maya is about 70 pounds and they both ride in the back seat with their dog seat belts and with the pet travel Extend-A-Seat covering the floor. The pet travel Extend-A-Seat has survived a long drive to the Branson, Missouri area and an even longer drive to the Austin, Texas area.

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Dog Seat Belt

We have been keeping an eye out for a lot of articles in which dogs are involved in car accidents. Sometimes the articles are sad because the dog dies. Sometimes they are sad because the dog escapes from the car and gets hit by another car or disappears. Sometimes the dog is never found, and sometimes the dog is found several days later either dead or in very bad shape because they have been all alone for so long. And thankfully, a few articles are happy because the dog survives and gets rescued.

No one can predict a car wreck so the only thing we can do is try to be prepared. Although seat belts are not guaranteed to save our lives, it is more likely that we will survive a car wreck if we wear our seat belts than we would if we didn’t wear them. The same goes for the dog seat belts. And if our pet is lucky enough to survive a car wreck, dog seat belts can help in another way. The dog seat belts can keep the dog from escaping from the car and getting hit by another car or disappearing into the wilderness. Dog seat belts can also help keep your pet restrained so that a rescuer can tend to their injuries.

Don’t just think of dog seat belts as a way to help your pet during an accident, think of them as a way to help your pet after an accident too.

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November 2, 2009


Some dogs don’t like to ride in the car. Sometimes it is because they are scared of the car and their tummies get upset, and sometimes it is because the movement of the car doesn’t agree with them. If your little dog gets car sick in the car because of the movement, a pet car seat may be able to help. Ever read a book in the car (while someone else is driving, of course) and felt a little sick. For whatever reason, Our eyes on a stationary object while our brains are registering movement causes us to get a little car sick. The same can go for dogs. If your little dog is in a car, they probably can’t see any of the movement that their body can feel. So if your little dog can sit in a pet car seat, they can see out the window and this might help them from getting car sick.

Besides a pet car seat, here are some other things which might help keep your dog from getting car sick:
*Don’t allow your dog to eat or drink excessively before a car ride.
*Start getting your dog used to the car by taking them on short trips.
*Open a car window to give your dog fresh air
*If your dog is nervous in the car, distract them with a fun toy. Do what you can to make car riding fun. Nervousness can sometimes cause car sickness.

A pet car seat may not only help with car sickness, it may also save your pet’s life.

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