Wednesday June 19, 2013
The Pomeranian looks like a cross between a stuffed animal and a tiny lion. Its distinct long, fluffy coat and bright personality make this an unforgettable dog breed. Poms are energetic and sometimes bossy little dogs with an intense loyalty for their loved ones. In the veterinary world, I have come across more than a few Poms who would not even let me get near their human companions. Owners of Poms need to take special care to ensure that their dogs do not gain the upper hand. This may be easier said that done, though. It's not easy to say no to that adorable smiling ball of fluff!
If you are the proud owner of a Pomeranian, then you know what I mean. These are precious dogs, but they are not for everyone. Poms are great for people who want a little lap dog that also has the energy to run and play, plus a bit of strong-willed spirit. What about your Pom? What makes him or her special to you? Tell us by sharing your story: talk about your Pom!
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Monday June 17, 2013
Could you actually take your dog to work? The answer probably depends upon your workplace and the type of job you have. Plenty of people will bring their dogs to work this Friday, June 21. Presented by Pet Sitters International, Take Your Dog to Work Day celebrates our canine companions and encourages the adoption of dogs from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. In addition, this annual event encourages employers to recognize the benefits of pets in the workplace. Personally, I know I'm happier working with my dog around!
Now is the time to start gearing up your workplace for the big day. Talk to your boss and see if you and your coworkers can make some extra room for the dogs on Friday, June 24th. If your workplace is not appropriate for this kind of thing, encourage friends and family to participate. Still want to be active for the cause? Anytime is a good time to begin volunteering with your local rescue group or animal shelter.
If you plan to participate in Take Your Dog to Work Day, you have a few days to prepare. An important part of this event is displaying responsible dog ownership qualities. Here are some steps you should take to get ready:
- Talk to your boss and co-workers. Before you can even consider bringing you dog to work, it is important to get permission from your boss (unless you are the boss, of course). Either way, the event should be discussed with your co-workers. Find out if others are allergic to dogs or even afraid of them. Make sure there is enough space for other employees' dogs and that everyone can get along. This process is especially important if you have a shared work space.
- Brush up on behavior. Proper training is essential for all dogs, but consider a refresher course for your dog before bringing him to work. If he is on his best behavior, you will not only make a better impression, you may also may it possible to bring your dog to work more often.
- Be sure your dog is in good health. It is always important to keep your dog healthy. Before you expose your dog to other dogs, make sure all vaccinations are current and that your dog is in good overall health. A sick dog may not do well in the stress of a new environment. Plus, he could affect other employees' dogs (or be more susceptible if those dogs are sick).
- Gather the right gear. Make of list of the dog supplies you'll need. At the very least, you should bring your dog's leash and collar, a water bowl (and possible food bowl), some dog treats, one or two toys, bags for waste, and a dog bed.
Do you plan to participate in Take Your Dog to Work Day? Tell us about your plans.
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Wednesday June 12, 2013
The Australian Cattle Dog is a breed with a special knack for herding cattle. This energetic dog breed also makes a wonderful companion for the right home. Named for its country of origin, the ACD was developed in the 19th century to herd cattle on large ranches in Queensland. In fact, the breed had a key role in the development of the Australian Beef industry. Fearless, athletic and intelligent, there is no better cattle herder than the ACD.
Today's ACD is still an amazing herder and worker, but is also quite successful in agility, flyball, Frisbee, and other canine competitions. This breed makes a wonderful companion for an owner with an active lifestyle. This breed is no couch potato and needs to work in order to be completely happy. If you are looking for an energetic, loyal and intelligent dog that will make a great exercise partner, consider the Australian Cattle Dog. Have you had experience with this beautiful and amazing dog breed? Tell others the story - talk about your Australian Cattle Dog.
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Monday June 10, 2013
June is National Pet Preparedness Month according to the American Humane Association. What will you do if a disaster strikes? It could be a house fire, a hurricane, an earthquake or something else. It's easy to think "this won't happen to me" until it does. Make a plan. Emergency and disaster preparedness means being ready to get yourself and your pets to safety at the drop of a hat. Are you ready?
Take some time to learn about preparing your pets and family for a disaster. Fortunately, there are several things you can do in advance to get ready. Do you already have an emergency plan in place? Have you unfortunately been through a disaster with your pets? Tell us about it here.