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Animals Have a Ultra Strong Sensing Devices

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Yesterday, we had a 4.7 magnitude  earthquake hit about 136 miles off the coast of Ocean City, MD. It hit about 6:30 pm. At this time, I was recording part of today’s radio show. I didn’t notice anything unusual at the time and felt nothing here in southern Delaware. The only thing that caught my eye was my cat Millie, who was resting comfortably, suddenly jumped up and dashed under the bed.

I believe that our pets have an ultra strong sixth sense. Millie may have sensed something unusual was happening at this time.

I once had a small dog, who started barking and jumping around early one Saturday morning. I then felt a rumble which I thought may have been an explosion. It turned out to be an earthquake centered up in Westchester, about 30 miles north miles north of where I was living at the time.

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Cool Dog Gadgets

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

In the changing world of technology, there are many interesting items on the market that can entice your best friend. Awesome365.com had put together a list of these items which we’re going to share with you today.

#1 Dog Surveillance Video Camera

The Pet Surveillance Camera allows you to keep tabs on your dog while you’re at work and make sure he or she is keeping out of trouble,  it’s WIFI enabled, has an easy-to-use mobile app and works with motion and sound detection sensors. So if you’re looking for dog gadgets that allow you to stay in touch with your pooch, look no further.

 

 

 

 

#2 Timed Puzzle Feeder

This clever dog toy allows you to place your mutt’s favorite treats inside and set the timer to release them after a certain period of time, this helps to rehabilitate a dog’s natural instinct to hunt and forage for food. It has 6 separate pods that can be set to release at 15-minute intervals.

 

 

 

 

#3 Water Bottles For Dogs

Sometimes it’s the simplest of ideas that are the Best and this water bottle for dogs is certainly a cool dog product and a real favorite of ours. Who would have known that the coolest dog gadgets come in the simplest form?

 

 

 

#4 Waterproof Car Seat Cover

Don’t you hate it when your dog gets fur and saliva all over your beautiful upholstery in your car? Yes, you probably do. You still love your dog but…the car. Well, this car seat cover doesn’t only do a great job of protecting your seats from unwanted fur and fluids but also looks quite stylish.

 

 

 

#5 Tug Prevention Dog Trainer

This clever dog product helps to prevent your dog dragging you around like a rag doll, by emitting a harmless tone that only he can hear encouraging him to walk by your side like a true relaxed dapper dog.

 

 

 

 

#6 Doggie Pedal Water Fountain

Teach your dog to be a clever boy by training it to have a drink by using this dog pedal water fountain, a very handy dog product.

If you’re looking for cool, unique products for your best friend, go to www.awesomestuff365.com for more information. A great site with great products!

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Small Dog Leaps Could Be Dangerous!

Monday, January 14, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you have a small dog, he may jump up into your lap. Letting him jump on the furniture is a bad idea.  Not only does it make house keeping difficult, but it could be tough on your pets joints and cause an unexpected injury, especially in puppies or older dogs. I once had a small dog who took a leap off of a staircase and injured his legs. If was obvious he was in pain but luckily no bones were broken. If you want to cuddle with your dog, pick him up and place him gently in your lap. You can also buy a set of pet stairs to help him climb to high places. Scaling stairs too often can cause stress too so make sure to buy a set of stairs that’s not too high or wide for your dog.  Remember to keep an eye on your dog when he’s up high. You don’t want him to fall and hurt himself.

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Several years ago, a friend of a friend of mine was driving on the Long Island Expressway with his two dogs. He was side swiped by a truck. The front windshield was shattered and the car was totaled. Miraculously, neither he or his smaller dog was injured seriously. The smaller dog remained in the car. His larger dog, got so terrified, that it leaped through the shattered windshield and began running down the Long Island Expressway. If anyone knows the L.I.E. you know that it is always loaded with tons of traffic and lots of trucks! The man got out of the car, took his smaller dog and began running down the highway to look for his larger dog. What a horror!! The good news is that he did finally catch up with his dog who was still very scared and all three quickly got out of this awful situation. When he got back to his car, the cops were there wondering why he left the vehicle. Who cares!! As long as he and the dogs were safe.

How could we protect our dogs and cats in the event of an accident? It’s always much safer to keep them in their cat or dog crate but lots of dogs love riding in the car with their owners. I would then recommend, getting them a dog harness that’s called a “roadie.” You can get them from ruffrider.com. They work like a seat belt and strap your dog in and restrain him. I would always recommend either the crate or the harness. Drive safely all the times, especially if you have children or pets with you!

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Safely Changing Your Cats Diet

Friday, January 11, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats usually don’t like change. If you have to change your cat’s diet for any reason such as a medical condition, you may be in for a tricky situation. When you give her the new food, she may look up at you like she’s saying “are you kidding? Do you think I’ll really eat this?” Whatever food you feed your cat, it must be well balanced.  When changing your cat’s diet, you must do it slowly.  A sudden change could upset digestion and it could even make your cat sick.  If this happens, she will never eat the “new” food.  When changing her diet, mix a small amount of the new food in with the old food.  Feed the mixture for about two or three days.  After this period, start increasing the new food and decreasing the old food.  Do this for about 3 weeks until she’s eating all of the new food normally. Now, if she decides not to eat the new food, go back to the mixture again. Cats like their food at room temperature or warmer. Try warming the food a little to stimulate her smell.

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Adopting a dog from a shelter or purchasing a puppy from a breeder is a matter of personal preference. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Labradortraininghq.com has put together a guideline that can make this important decision a little easier.

Pros of Buying from a Breeder

  1. You can see your puppy’s parents and have a good idea what your puppy will look like as an adult. You’ll also be able to see the environment where the pup spent the first few months of life.
  2. You know exactly what you’re getting in terms of the dog’s breeding and linage. No surprises!
  3. You will have the opportunity to mold your puppy as it grows.
  4. If you’re buying from a good breeder, the puppy will already come socialized, be comfortable with household noises and traffic, and may even know some basic training commands.
  5. Many breeders offer genetic health testing to confirm that your puppy is unlikely to develop any inherited diseases.
  6. Most breeders not only breed for conformation, but for solid temperaments. While this doesn’t guarantee your dog won’t grow up to be a nut, it improves your chances they will be a solid adult.
  7. Breeders are essential if you plan to take your dog to the show ring. They must be papered to compete.

Cons of Buying from a Breeder

  1. You’re buying a puppy. They are a lot of work, just like a human baby. Prepare for the perils of potty training and corralling little life forms whose sole purpose is to poop, pee and chew all over your home. They will also need to be fed multiple times per day and taken out at all hours.
  2. You are responsible for the training of your puppy. They are a blank slate; be sure that you know what to write on it.
  3. Breeders are usually much more expensive than getting your dog from a shelter. Depending on the location and breed, most breeders run from $500 to $1500 for a pup.
  4. Puppies need multiple vet checks and vaccinations during their first year of life. In addition to this expense, you will need to cover the cost of sterilization. This means that you could pay higher upfront costs just getting your puppy to adulthood.
  5. Finding a truly reputable breeder that cares more for about quality than quantity can be difficult.

Getting Your Dog From a Shelter

In an ideal world, there would be no need for shelters and every pet would have a loving home. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats that enter US animal shelters each year.

While many of these animals go on to find loving homes, 1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats are not so lucky and are euthanized each year because there is no space or money to house them.

Pros of Adopting a Shelter Dog

There are many good reasons to adopt a shelter dog.

  • You are saving two lives. You’re saving the life of the dog that you adopt and the next dog that needs that space in the shelter or rescue by opening up a new kennel.
  • Most adult shelter dogs have all of their vaccinations up-to-date. You won’t have to go through that expensive puppy year, unless you adopt a puppy. Also, shelters usually spay or neuter all of the dogs leaving their facility, saving you those extra expenses.
  • It’s much less expensive to adopt than purchase from a breeder. Most shelters charge $150 adoption fee. This covers the cost to house and feed the dog, have them sterilized and microchipped, and have their medical evaluation and necessary medications. That’s a pretty good deal by today’s rates!
  • Some shelters also give you a voucher for a reduced or free first vet visit.
  • Many adult dogs have lived in a home previously and are already potty trained. Some may even have more advanced levels of training.
  • Shelters and private groups often will take the dog back if it’s not a good match for your home.
  • When you adopt an adult dog, you have a good idea of their temperament and size. With a puppy, their future is a gamble.
  • Most shelters give a temperament evaluation before placing the dog. The staff can advise you of a personality that would best fit your family.
  • Most hereditary issues show up in dogs before their second birthday. If you adopt a dog after this time period, you have less of a chance of having hereditary illnesses.
  • While it hasn’t been fully proven, most vets attest that mixed breeds often have less inherited diseases. However, this isn’t always the case. Mutts can get dealt a bad DNA hand as well.

Cons of Adopting a Shelter Dog

  • Just like people, dogs react differently when going through traumatic situations based on their personality. Some pooches just roll with the punches while others suffer emotional scars from their abandonment or abuse. Many shelter dogs come from very bad pasts. More sensitive dogs may require extra patience to bring them out of their shell.
  • You may not know the exact breed of your dog. However, this is only a bad thing if you plan to show. Mixed breed dogs are just as smart, capable and beautiful as purebreds. In fact, one shelter is creating a fun campaign to celebrate the one-of-a-kind nature of mixed breed dogs – giving them unique breed names.

Thanks again to Labradortraininghq.com  for providing this very useful information!

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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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