Monday, November 27, 2017

Dog ownership linked to living longer, study finds

Josh Gabbatiss Friday 17 November 2017 14:00 GMT

Owning a dog could lengthen your life, according to a new study.

Researchers studying cardiovascular disease came to the conclusion after examining data from 3.4 million Swedes aged between 40 and 80.

Everything from registering a dog to visiting a hospital requires presentation of a unique identification number in Sweden, so the team from Uppsala University were able to access an anonymised set of data from national registries.

“I met another scientist who had a stroke six months previously, and he told me ‘it was my dog that saved me’,”  said Professor Tove Fall, a veterinarian at who co-authored the research, which was published in the Scientific Reports journal.


Friday, November 24, 2017

20 Pet Websites Every Pet Owner Needs To Know


The internet offers a vast array of pet websites. There are so many it can be difficult to tell which will prove useful, but Lifehack can give you a head start. Through the following 20 sites you’ll find web pages catering for healthy, useful, and creative needs which can assist you and your beloved pet. Outstanding? Absolutely.

First off we have SoPets, a blog offering advice on looking after pets, fun pictures, an “Adoption” section, and information on exotic pets. It’s a lively site with a fun design, so have a look around.

If you’d like to offer your pet a sustainable, organic food supply then you can try Only Natural. Things are slightly more expensive here, but the quality of products goes up with the promotion of preservative free, sustainable sourced food stuffs. US only.

Taking your pets with you on holiday is becoming an increasingly popular notion. Many hotels are catering for this craze, and you can use Bring Fido to peruse which lodging best suits you and your woof dog.


Before madly dashing off to your nearest vet, you can search through Web Vet‘s database for common ailments among animals. What could be a simple issue easily treated can save you time and money, and the site can provide additional information on how to care for your pet.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017


When cold weather hits, feral cats suffer—and unfortunately there are just too many feral cats for all of them to find safe, warm forever homes. Spaying, neutering, and cat adoption are critical to solving the problem long term, but many cat lovers take the extra step of buying or building outdoor winter shelters for the feral cats in their neighborhood. Check out these winter shelters for feral cats, and get inspired to make a homeless cat’s life more comfortable and safe this winter.


The folks at Bushwick Street Cats help further their mission to serve the feral cat population by teaching people how to make winter shelters out of a plastic storage bin and a flowerpot. Check out the DIY instructions


For very cold conditions, Neighborhood Cats has a DIY guide to create an ultra-warm shelter out of Styrofoam and linoleum tiles. Latex deck paint makes it cheerful-looking while sealing out the elements. See how to make one.


Give feral cats an outdoor shelter—in style! If you’re up for a more serious carpentry project, this A-frame made from recycled pallets will keep feral cats safe from the elements while looking great in your yard. (Note—you’ll have to add insulation to make this shelter suitable for outdoor cats in the winter.) See how on Pinterest.


A jumbo-sized clear plastic bin is the foundation for this winter cat shelter. Loaded up with straw for insulation, this shelter will ensure cozy days and nights for your neighborhood feral cats. See how it’s done.


Instead of tossing the cooler in the basement once beach season is over, why not convert it into a winter home for feral cats? (Hint: cat shelter experts suggest using straw instead of blankets for extra warmth and water-resistance.) Get step-by-step instructions.

For a look at all the wonderful ideas for feral cat shelters, go to:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Flying with a pet for free is easier than you think


MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Forget a lack of leg room, the next time you fly you might have to share part of your row with a large dog or even a farm animal.

Those in the airline industry say the cabins are getting crowded with companion pets and say most of the people bringing them on board don't really need them.

"Dogs, we've seen monkeys, we`ve seen birds. There was a turkey on a delta flight once before," said Eric Goldman.

Passengers haven't been shy about sharing pictures of some of the emotional pets  on board.   There is even a hash tag on Twitter #ESAoftheday.

Eric Goldman travels about once a week for work and is one of those who has been documenting the ESA's.

Goldman has a pet allergy and says it appears animals have more rights than humans.

"The rules are the dog has to sit at the feet of the passenger in their space.  So, a lot of these dogs are intruding in other passengers area as well as being out in the aisle and getting in the way of the flight attendants," said Goldmann.

The Associations of Flight Attendants has noticed the increase in furry and feathered over the last few years.

"Noah's ark on our planes that is what we are hearing and flight attendants are saying it's out of control out there, " said Sara Nelson.
So much so, union president Sara Nelson says it's become a safety issue.

" Flight attendants have had to de-escalate more than ever before with conflict between passengers and this is one more irritant, "  said Nelson.

Thanks to the Air Carrier Access Act anyone can fly with an emotional support animals for free.   You just need a letter from a licensed medical professional.

As we found out it easier than you think.

We were also able to buy a service dog vest off Amazon-- no questions asked.

"It really is frustrating for us because we have had to work so hard for this," said Melissa Essary.

A couple of years ago Melissa and Brad Essary got a service dog from the group 'Retrieving Freedom' for their son Korben who has autism.

Jet keeps Korben from running off and calms him down when he has a meltdown.

"Training is very extensive for every single dog and of course Jet went through it  like a year and then not only him,  but we had to get through training," said Brad Essary.

The couple says the fake service animals are making it harder for people with legitimate service dogs to be accepted in public.

"It's not fair for people to try to take advantage of that and get a free ride," said Melissa Essary

Monday, November 13, 2017

Making Treats With Your Dog

Making Treats With Your Dog

If you are looking for instructions on how to make the perfect treats for your dog...this is not the article for you! If you want a good laugh and want to see my first attempt at this machine, stay with me!

  I was recently on an overnight with two of my favorite clients. We were looking for something fun to do when I looked down and saw Penny showing me this instruction book. You see, Penny is very food motivated much like myself and I knew I would love whatever she picked out because I knew it would involve food!

What a genius idea!! Let's see what Lexi has to say!

 Aunt Mary...I love all the cute little shapes! Look...there is a fire hydrant shape! Makes me want to go outside first.....pleeeeze??

 Okay girls....get ready to help your stations!

We have to use only the finest ingredients and they need to be dog friendly. No chocolate chips will be in these cookies but look what we do have.....

Oatmeal is great for dogs! We will also use wheat flour, applesauce, olive oil and water.  Penny wants to add whatever is in the fridge but I talked her out of it!

Lexi is waiting patiently for the machine to heat up as I try to pour the batter in the molds. I did discover that I needed more water than what I had and that a squeeze bottle would be much  better than the spoon I was using. Of course, licking the spoon wouldn't happen if I had a bottle and the girls loved licking the spoon!

Ms. Penny is always anxious when there is food around but even she got tired of waiting for the cookies to cook. She decided to lay down and stare at me like she always does when there is food around!

The time had come for all of us to taste the finished product. Lexi went first and she ate it without a hitch. Penny was next and she gulped it down. (That is normal for her).  I decided to try it myself. Hmmm...not too bad but I didn't enjoy them as much as the girls did. I would have liked to use artificial sweetner but that's not good for dogs.'s not good for us either!

So this is what they looked like. As I said before, a squeeze bottle would have worked much better. They were soft and not as hard as I thought they would be. The girls still loved them but they pretty much love everything! All in all, it was a good time for the three of us this evening....I think I will try a different recipe next they make dog friendly chocolate chips???