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What are the Top Ten Smartest Dog Breeds?

Monday, January 7, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

According to Pet Meds online, these are the top smartest dog breeds in the world.

1.  Border Collie – They always need a job to do and should not be left home alone for long periods of time.

2.  Poodle – Highly intelligent and one of the easiest breeds to train.

3.  German Shephards – Intelligent, courageous and have a strong protective instinct.

4.  Golden Retriever – Loyal, loving and patient and the most popular dog breed.

5.  Doberman Pinsher – Loyal, assertive and fearless.

6.  Shetland Sheepdog – Their owners say that they almost have human intelligence.

7.  Labrador Retriever – Loving, affectionate and patient.

8.  Papillon – Tough, moody and aggressive.

9. Rottweiler – Fearsome, but a great family dog.

10.Australian Cattle Dog – Very active and needs lots of exercise.

Don’t worry if your dog is not on this list, I’m sure that he is loving and intelligent after all, he’s yours isn’t he?

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The Characteristics of the Labradoodle

Sunday, January 6, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Someday my partner and I will consider adopting a dog. Right now our 14 year old cat Millie is  dominant in our house and we don’t want to upset her life at this point. We will consider adopting at a later time. My brother texted me yesterday that after the loss of his dog Mojo last month, he adopted an eight week old Labradoodle. We will also consider this mix breed when the time is right. There are lots of reasons why this may be an excellent choice for us as well as my brother. Vetstreet.com outlines each characteristic.

The Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Miniature or Standard Poodle. Like both of his parent breeds, he’s intelligent, friendly, and at least moderately active. He has a shaggy or curly coat that requires maintenance.

Vetstreet.com has made up a chart of characteristics. 5 is the highest rating.

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Breed Characteristics

Adaptability

5 stars Dog Friendly

5 stars Shedding Level

3 stars
Affection Level

5 stars Exercise Needs

5 stars Social Needs

5 stars
Apartment Friendly

5 stars Grooming

5 stars Stranger Friendly

5 stars
Barking Tendencies

3 stars Health Issues

4 stars Territorial

3 stars
Cat Friendly

4 stars Intelligence

5 stars Trainability

5 stars
Child Friendly

5 stars Playfulness

4 stars Watchdog Ability

3 stars

 

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Things To Know When Finding A Pet A New Home

Saturday, January 5, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

There may be times when we are forced to give up our beloved pet. These should always be extraordinary circumstances where an owner has passed away and the children are unable to take the pet or you found a stray dog but cannot keep him. Petfinder.com has published a detailed article on the things that you should know and do when finding a pet a new home.

You have found a lost or abandoned pet and you would like to find him/her a new home.

The first thing you need to do is determine that no one is looking for this pet. State laws on lost pets vary. A good rule of thumb is to make at least two or three attempts to find the previous owner (make posters, place newspaper ads and radio announcements, notify local police departments, and humane organizations). After seven days (NJ state law) a lost pet is considered adoptable. This also gives you necessary time to observe important personality traits in the pet that will help you find it the best new home. If you can’t keep the pet for a week, consider boarding the pet in a kennel or vet’s office. This will cost money, but the peace of mind is well worth it. Ask for a discount since it is a rescued dog (it can’t hurt to ask).

See below for a list of questions to ask potential adopters. Try contacting a local rescue group to help with the interviews. They are good at it and are usually willing to help! Never offer your animal for free. If you choose to give it to the new family after the adoption screening, that is your choice, but advertising “FREE” is just asking for trouble (yes, pet collectors–for animal research–are a real problem, as are people collecting for purposes of training for dog fights, meals, and other horrifying things to pet lovers). Our recommendation is to at least ask for a reimbursement of veterinary costs.

You are trying to find a new home for your own pet

Relinquishing your pet may be the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do. It may be a result of divorce, allergies, the birth of a child, uninformed choices, and sometimes irresponsibility or a change in lifestyle. People in these situations often unload their pet at a shelter because it is the quickest way to do an uncomfortable thing. Remember, many are over-crowded and usually between 66% – 95% of the animals taken in are put “to sleep.” Pets that aren’t often suffer terribly from loneliness and confusion from being abandoned into a harsh environment. Some “pounds” do not have adoption procedures, and others are so overrun with unclaimed pets, that they screen potential adopters poorly, if at all. Other types of shelters are “no-kill” (these usually only destroy un-adoptable, sick, or aggressive pets). No-kill organizations, as well as rescue groups are often under-funded and over-crowded as well. They may refuse to take your animal because they only have room for the strays that they must take.

Taking the time to find a new home for your pet yourself is the best, healthiest, most responsible thing you can do. It will give your pet a much smoother transition to its new life without you. Do NOT be naive, though. Your pet loves and trusts you and this will be a terrible setback both emotionally and physically for him/her. Because your pet sees you as his/her family, this IS a betrayal…even though in the long run it may be for the best.

See below for a list of questions to ask potential adopters. Try contacting a local rescue group to help with the interviews. They are good at it and are usually willing to help! Never offer your animal for free. If you choose to give it to the new family after the adoption screening, that is your choice, but advertising “FREE” is just asking for trouble (yes, pet collectors–for animal research–are a real problem, as are people collecting for purposes of training for dog fights, meals, and other horrifying things to pet lovers).

Maybe you are one of those rare special people (like us) who find stray, abandoned animals every time you leave your home

If this is you, here are a few ideas to consider:

  • These are dangerous situations. Don’t take them lightly. Try to get experienced help. NEVER force an animal into your car if they seem uncomfortable (some animals flip out when the car starts).
  • Align yourself with a rescue organization or animal shelter. You may choose to join one of these groups or you may choose simply to develop a relationship with them. For instance, some people help animal shelters find homes for their pets by placing newspaper ads, updating their Petfinder.com pet list, or paying for spaying and neutering. In turn, some shelters are willing to work with these individuals by providing boarding. Organizations that have good screening procedures are often more than willing to share those with you, and often will even help do interviews.
  • Develop a relationship with several local veterinarians who will help you ensure that the pets you place in new homes are healthy, have their vaccines, and are spayed or neutered. Assure them that the vet records will be passed along to the new owner along with your recommendation of the vet!
  • Get a tetanus shot immediately. Stray cat and dog bites are common in rescue. These animals are stressed and often afraid (especially when they meet your Fido for the first time). If scratched by a cat, get medical attention immediately. Cat scratch fever can be serious if not treated quickly. If treated quickly, it is just a lesson learned. Invite an animal home with you ONLY if you have a safe means of transporting him/her. It is not recommended to let a strange animal ride loose in your car. Borrow a crate from an animal rescue group or shelter. When you find an abandoned pet, don’t over feed it. Especially if you plan on trasporting it. Carry a leash and or cat carrier in your car at all times. Bottled water and canned cat food are also nice to have on hand.
  • DEFINITELY make sure your own pet is more than up-to-date on his/her vaccinations. Even vaccinated dogs can get PARVO-virus. There are no vaccines for some pet illnesses. Many rescue workers will NEVER bring a pet into their own home until it has had a thorough vet check. Until you can get the new pet to a vet, separate him/her from your pets, especially if you suspect he/she may be sick.
  • Consider boarding the pet in a kennel or vet’s office. This will cost money, but the peace of mind is well worth it. Ask for a discount since it is a rescued dog (it can’t hurt to ask). Average fees range from $5-20 per day, depending upon the boarding kennel, the size of the pet, and the discount they are willing to give you.

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How To Help A Grieving Elderly Cat To Adjust

Friday, January 4, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We don’t like to think about it but it happens. An owner passes away leaving an elderly cat to fend for herself. This is very sad  When adopting or taking in an elderly cat  who just lost their owner, there are some things that you should remember. Cats do grieve in their own way. Imagine a cat who is 16 or 17 and who spent all of those years with one owner now in the home of someone new.

First prepare an quiet area for her which is not stressful and will help with her transition.  Put objects in the area that she is used to like her cat bed, her own toys, blankets, scratching post etc.  Bring her cat carrier and put something in it that has the original owners scent on it like a towel or piece of clothing.  Bring some additional items from her original home and place them in her new area. If she was used to music, keep the radio on to keep her company. If you have other animals make sure that you keep them away from her for awhile. Use a baby gate to separate specific areas. Don’t lock her up in a room all by herself, make sure that she feels that she’s part of the family. This is a difficult situation but eventually even an elderly cat can adjust.

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Training Your Puppy Using a Clicker

Thursday, January 3, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Clicker training is a very effective way to train your puppy. Here’s how it works. It allows your pup to remember doing something right rather than doing something wrong.  Mark that behavior with a click and treat so he associates the sound with doing something right. The clicker simply signals to your pup that he did something right. Then give him verbal praise.

Here’s how to explain the click to your puppy.

  1. Fill a shallow dish with treats.
  2. Get comfortable on the floor with the dish within reach but so the pup can’t access it. Get a treat ready in one hand with the clicker in the other.

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When the temperature dips down into the single digits this winter it’s much too cold for humans but also much to cold for our furry friends. I’ve heard people say, “oh dogs can stay out in cold weather, they have lots of fur!” This is completely FALSE. I was reading today about a teacher who spotted a dog running in and out of traffic. The dog walked up to the teacher who took it to the Board of Education offices. The dog was fine and checked out by a vet. The vet indicated that pets with furry coats and padded feet are not immune to the cold weather. This dog would have died if it wasn’t rescued by this very good Samaritan.  Any dog left out in this weather for more than 15 minutes has to have shelter right away.

Make sure that you are aware of this when walking your dog in this extremely cold weather. Get him out and take him right inside after he does his business. If he has short hair, make sure he is wearing a sweater or dog coat.

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At dinner last night the conversation came up about so called service dogs being allowed in all restaurants including those that are more formal or upscale. The problem is that the term “service dog” has been stretched so to speak. It’s pretty easy to register a dog as a service dog but are they, really?

The Miami Herald published an article relating to this subject in 2017. Service dogs have to be trained to provide certain functions to help persons with disabilities. In my opinion, the rule needs to be made more clear and there should be something more than a harness provided when taking a service dog into any establishment.  All businesses should be able to ask for supporting documentation. Currently certain establishments such as restaurants can ask but lots don’t.

Below you may read a part of the article.

Employees in Florida restaurants have to uncomfortable tasks of asking patrons whether their dog is really a service dog. but most don’t.

“The health code says that any restaurant employee who comes into contact with a service animal must immediately wash their hands,” said Marc A. Marra, a litigation attorney in the Fort Lauderdale office of Kelley Kronenberg. “The business cannot inquire as to the nature or extent of the person’s disability, or ask for papers to prove the animal is a service animal. However, the business can ask if the animal is a service animal required because of a disability and what work or tasks the animal has been trained to perform.”

A service animal, according to the state of Florida, is any animal trained to provide assistance to a disabled person. The person in charge of a service animal is required by state law to keep it under control. A restaurant can only remove a service animal if it is aggressive towards other patrons or if it has had an accident, said business attorney Michelle Suarez, a partner at Odroniec Suarez in Fort Lauderdale.

Mario Padrino, who owns five Padrino’s Cuban Cuisine restaurants across Florida, recently asked Marra for legal advice regarding service animals in the restaurants.

“There are some people out there that take advantage of the service animal rule. Sometimes I see dogs on top of the table in booths whereas service dogs are usually under the table. I know what to do about this problem until I got legal advice from Marc,” Padrino said. “I recommend everyone who owns a restaurant and is curious as to what you can and can’t do with dogs in the restaurant to seek legal assistance. Service dogs in restaurants is a very current issue facing many owners and it’s important to know right from wrong.”

Said Marra: “If a person chooses to lie to the restaurant about their dog being a service animal, they do so at their own risk.”

Padrino and other business and restaurant owners are hesitant to ask customers whether their dogs are indeed service animals.

“If a team member is unsure if an animal is a service animal, the team member is instructed to ask the guest. If the guest answers yes, there is no further action,” Target spokeswoman Kristy Welker told the Miami Herald. “Per ADA law, dogs should be harnessed, leashed or tethered while in public places unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the person’s disability prevents use of these devices. For animals in a cart, team members can ask the guest to place a bag underneath it.”

Target does not permit non-service dogs in its stores, Welker said.

“If a guest tells a team member that their dog isn’t a service dog, the team member should tell the guest that Target’s policy is only to accommodate service animals in our stores, so the guests would be asked to leave,” she said.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article144207564.html#storylink=cpy
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It’s hard to believe that going into 2019 marks 10 years since I began publishing this blog! It all started in 2009 when I felt the need to communicate tips, tricks and heartwarming stories about our beloved pets. Too many people love the cuteness of a dog or a cat but have no idea how to care for it. This results is so many pets being returned to shelters and many are euthanized because of very negligent, uninformed owners. We strive to communicate that our pets are part of our family.

As I sit here and reflect about the life of my beloved cat Molly who passed away this year, I realize how lucky I’ve been to have her with us for 19 years. She has certainly  provided me with so much unconditional love and we provided her with a very good life! We miss her very much.

This blog also helps us appreciate our pets and treat them the way they deserve t0 be treated. This included feeding, shelter, and yes how to love and care for them.

I will continue to provide you with interesting information and heartwarming stories about our pets in 2019. So we welcome you into our tenth year and have a wonderful 2019!

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A Clean Litter Box is A Necessity When Owning Cats

Saturday, December 29, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Imagine, that you walk into a rest room only to find it filthy, smelly and unsanitary. Would you use it or run out as fast as you can? I would probably guess that the latter would be your answer. How do you think that your cat feels when their litter is a a dirty, smelly mess? Not only does unsanitary litter pose health risks to your feline friends but it will cause your cat to eliminate elsewhere. Some of these places could be on your rug, in your laundry or even in your bed.

It is your responsibility to provide a healthy, safe home for your pet. If you are too lazy to keep the little box clean, then it would be better not to have a cat. Kitty litter should be scooped every day and changed once a week to get rid of the urine. I use flushable kitty litter. It is more expensive but you can scoop the urine which clumps up along with everything else. This keeps the box cleaner for a much longer period of time.

Don’t be lazy, keep your kitty litter clean all the time. You cat will be delighted!

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Feeding Your Dog Properly

Friday, December 28, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’re a new dog owner, the first priority is making sure you’re feeding him properly.  It’s important that you feed a mix of quality dog foods in the right amounts. Dr. Jennifer Coates, of Pet MD has put together a very useful guide on this topic. You can read the article below and use the chart to select the correct portion amounts.


One of the best ways to keep dogs healthy is to feed them the right amount of dog food. Too little and a dog can suffer from nutritional deficiencies. Too much eventually results in obesity and all of the health problems related to that condition including:

 

  • Musculoskeletal problems like osteoarthritis, cruciate ligament ruptures, and intervertebral disk disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Skin disorders
  • Some types of cancer

 

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to figure out exactly how much individual dogs should be eating. Determining the correct size for meals depends on the type of food dogs are fed, how many times a day they eat, their size, their metabolic rate, the amount of exercise they get, and more.

 

To start the process, take a look at the feeding guide on your dog food’s label. They are usually presented as a table that looks something like this:

 

Feeding chart for dogs

 

Unless stated otherwise, these amounts are the total that is recommended for your dog over a 24 hour period. Most adult dogs should eat two meals a day (puppies often require three or more feedings), so you’ll need to divide the amount in the table by the number of meals you are offering.

 

Combine this information with your knowledge of your dog’s lifestyle to come up with the initial amount of food you are going to offer your dog. If I had a relatively inactive 35 pound Corgi who had a tendency to gain weight, I might start with 2 cups of food per day. On the other hand, if my dog was a hyper 35 pound Border Collie, I would feed a little more.

 

Next, use a scale or body condition scoring system to fine-tune the amount you are offering. Check your dog every 2-4 weeks and keep a diary of your results. If your dog is inappropriately gaining or losing weight/body fat, adjust your portion sizes appropriately. In general, dogs who are at a healthy weight:

 

  • Have an “hourglass” figure when looked down upon from above. The abdomen should be narrower than the chest and hips.
  • Are “tucked up” when looked at from the side. This means that a dog’s chest is closer to the ground than his belly when he is standing.
  • Have ribs that are not readily visible but are easily felt with only light pressure.

 

Every time you change dog foods you will have to go through this entire process again.

Talk to your veterinarian if you have any questions about your dog’s health or diet. The doctor can help you determine exactly how much your dog should be eating based on the specifics of the case.

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