ARE YOU ALL SET FOR ‘TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY TOMORROW’ 23rd JUNE?

Not long now until one of the best working Fridays ever!

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As per usual, the arrival of the new furry co-workers will no doubt create a lot of excitement, so before you leave tonight, just take a few minutes to ensure your work place is doggie-proof, to avoid any little mishaps or accidents.

  1. Make sure any garbage cans within your dog’s reach are emptied.
  2. Remove choking hazards, such as pens, highlighters, pins, clips and other stationery items.
  3. Hide human cookie and candy jars – bring your own dog’s favorite treats and hand out to any co-workers. This is a great way to help train socialization with strangers – just get them to ask you pup to sit before they give them the treat.
  4. They may be willing to sacrifice their favorite snack for your furry friend, but politely remind your co-workers that chocolate and peanut butter containing xylitol are toxic to dogs. Perhaps put a little sign next to your dog, directing them to his special treats.
  5. Clear a space for a bed or blanket, so your pup has somewhere comfortable to lie.
  6. Identify a place to comfortably secure your pup on their leash, if necessary, to keep them close to you but not a tripping hazard for your co-workers.
  7. Pack their office bag tonight, so you don’t forget any doggie essentials rushing out of the door in the morning:

Food & Water (for the whole day, including journey)

Bowls

Favorite treats

Bed &/or blanket

Favorite toy & chew to keep them occupied

Collar & Leash

Poop bags and cleaning supplies to clear up any mess inside or outside

Information about your local animal rescue centers

 Please be sure to give your pooch regular breaks – if they’re not used to a crowd of people or it’s your pup’s first time in this strange environment, a short break with their human will help calm them down or, conversely, relieve boredom. This is especially important for your senior dogs or if they suffer from joint issues such as arthritis, to stretch their legs and help relieve stiffness from lying in the same position for a long while.

We hope you and your canine companions have a happy and tail-wagging TYDTWD!

Helen & The FidoActive Team

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Better to have Loved and Lost than Never to have Known the Love of a Dog

This Sunday, June 11th, is World Pet Memorial Day and it’s true, dogs do leave pawprints on our heart.

Many of you may be like me and have always had pets as part of the family. It is a sad fact of life that we usually outlive them and the pain of losing them is so unbearable, you feel that you couldn’t possibly go through that emotional wrangle again.

I certainly felt like that but, after I allowed myself time to grieve my first canine companion, I realized how many other dogs were waiting for a loving home – one which I could easily (and happily) provide. I also realized that all dogs are unique, with their own little characters, so it was never a case of simply ‘replacing’ my beloved Barney with another dog, it was a means to fill the gap in my heart and bring happiness back into my life, that I have to say, only a dog can!

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It’s days like this that also remind us to just stop for a moment and appreciate what we have now, BEFORE it’s lost. So why not spend the day spoiling your pets and making some special new memories with your furry family?

If you love dogs (or any other type of animal for that matter) but are unable to have one of your own at the moment, for whatever reason, then why not just bring a little joy to a ‘forgotten’ animal at your local rescue shelter. This could be either becoming a volunteer dog-walker, giving them a cozy blanket or toy or making a donation in memory of a pet you have loved and lost.

One thing’s for certain the benefit will be mutual…and you may eventually find room for another furry love in your life.

Hope you all have a great Sunday to remember!

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Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team

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National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day : Expect the Unexpected

Natural disasters seem to be in the news headlines more often in recent years and some types have been commonplace in certain areas such as ‘Tornado Alley’. Any form of natural disaster can bring chaos, tragedy, and catastrophe with it and sadly, animals are the ones most neglected in such circumstances. The Atlantic reported that over 600,000 animals were killed or stranded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Hence, there is a dire need to form an emergency plan to ensure the safety of pets in such emergency situations.

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PLEASE DON’T LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND – they may not manage to survive on their own or may run off in fear, never to be reunited with you again. So, as this is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, we just wanted to reach out to all you fellow dog owners out there and help you form an emergency plan that ensures the safety of your furry family, should a disaster strike.

If you have a pet at home and haven’t formed an emergency plan yet, you should do it now before it’s too late. The first thing you need to do is to make an emergency kit for your pets. Have a look at the

suggested list below and, above all, make sure you keep it in a handy place, so it’s easy to grab when you really need it!

Some of the things that must be included in your canine companions’ emergency kit are:

  • 3-day supply of water and food (MINIMUM) – You can never predict the intensity of disaster, so it is always a safe practice of having an adequate supply of food and water for the whole family
  • 7-day supply of any medication your dog is taking PLUS a written copy of all medications, dosage instructions and any other health conditions, such as food allergies, that would be useful should you ever have to leave them with a boarding facility.
  • Pet carrier – it can come in handy if you have to travel to another place with your pets.
  • Lightweight bowls & can opener (if you stock canned food or you need to purchase additional supplies and that’s the only type available).
  • Towels and Blankets for your pets
  • Gloves and hand sanitizer for yourself
  • Leash and Harness (ideally a harness with a handle, so you can easily lift your dog over hazards and obstructions, or into boats, especially if they get injured).
  • Plastic bags
  • Litter pan scoop
  • Contact details of your veterinarian and local emergency animal shelters
  • Copies of your pet’s vaccination certificates
  • Microchip number
  • List of pet-accommodating boarding facilities, should your whole family need a different place to stay for a while.
  • A RECENT photo of your pet and a note containing your contact information – it might prove critical in reuniting you with your beloved pet, should you get separated from your pet in the chaos.
  • Some treats and a favorite toy to lower stress levels and keep them occupied

Consider additional clothing such as weatherproof dog-coat, life vest or booties

To sum it up, it’s always better to prepare all the safety precautions such as this well in advance, so you can make any necessary improvements in good time, especially if you live in a high-risk area.

Don’t delay – check your safety measures are up to date and keep yourself and your loved ones (both human and furry) safe and sound in the case of any disaster!

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Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team

You can find out more about FidoActive and their all-natural products on their website: www.fidoactive.com

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FINDING YOUR PERFECT MATCH…OF THE CANINE VARIETY!

By Helen Broadley for FidoActive 

May 1 is National Purebred Dog Day and there’s lots to celebrate about dogs, whatever their shape or size!

Often people want a pedigree because they have an affinity with a particular breed through family tradition or they have a specific requirement, such as a ‘no-shedding’ coat because of a human allergy or a specific purpose such as search and rescue. The main difference with a pure breed and a mixed breed is that their lineage is all the same breed. With that comes the knowledge of specific traits in both looks, personality, energy levels, behavior and trainability.

There are undoubtedly some beautiful pure breeds and their attraction is understandable BUT please remember to check with shelters first, such as Petfinder, who have a national register of pure breeds for adoption. https://www.petfinder.com/ 

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This handsome boy is a Treeing Walker Coonhound, who arrived at the Pet Adoption Fund in Canoga Park CA with his brother Blue.

They lost their home due to a military family move. They love people and would love a hound-loving home to call their forever home.

They are super friendly, (they even tested well with cats) active and playful but would need a secure fenced yard. Ideally these brothers would love to be re-homed together but, if separated, they would prefer another dog to pal with or someone who is home most of the day.

When I was only 8 years old, my parents rescued an Irish Setter from a breeder who was retiring. Although his intentions were good, his standards were obviously slipping and ‘Rory’ (or “Conqueror of Glen Rory” to give him his proper pedigree name) was looking a bit defeated and underweight, with a lacklustre red coat. His brown eyes melted our hearts.

It was totally unexpected, as we were on vacation when we met him. In fact, we were actually on the way home; the car was packed with Mom and Dad, three kids, our poodle and all our camping gear, talking about our lovely encounter with Rory and none of us could bear the thought of leaving him behind – so my wonderful Dad turned the car around and we went to collect him. We didn’t even notice the cramped journey home, because we were all so besotted with our new family addition (including ‘Pogo’ our Poodle!).

That wonderful dog was both my friend and protector, so Irish Setters will always have a special place in my heart – I would therefore like to share with you a couple of examples of these handsome hounds that are looking for their forever home…

 

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This handsome 6-year-old Irish Setter is a former AKC show dog, but unfortunately his owner passed away and so he found himself at the ‘Luv Me again’ shelter in Bloomington MN looking for a new home.

How could you resist?

There are, of course, some more challenging cases that find their way to shelters, through no fault of their own. All they normally need is a bit of love, patience and understanding.

 

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This adorable Irish Setter is a 1-year old pup looking for his forever home. He’s house-trained, neutered and up to date on vaccinations, but needs an adult human prepared to give him the time and training required to undo the bad habits instilled by his previous owner.

I’m sure the rewards would be well worth the effort though!

If you have no luck in your shelter search, then the alternative is to find a RESPONSIBLE breeder – you need to see exactly where your puppy came from and how they were raised.

One way to find the pure breed dog of your dreams is via the American Kennel Club, an organization that has been an advocate for purebred dogs and breeding since its founding in 1884. They have a registry of breeders who adhere to the AKC’s Care and Conditions Policy and undergo regular inspections by the AKC, which ensure both the dogs and the kennels are in tip-top condition. Check this link for available pure bred puppies from AKC Marketplace.

Whichever route you take, I am sure you will find your perfect match and an unconditional love for life!

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Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team

You can find out more about FidoActive and their all-natural products on their website: www.fidoactive.com

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Happy National Pet Owners Day!

Top 10 Legal Tips for Dog Owners

by Helen Broadley for FidoActive

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In my book, any day with my furry menagerie is a happy pet owner’s day but, I guess like Valentine’s Day, it just prompts us to reflect on how lucky we are to have them in our lives.

Any dog owner appreciates how rewarding a pet’s companionship can be.  But, just like your human best friend, your furry equivalent may also (inadvertently of course!) get you into some legal trouble if you aren’t too careful!

So, in celebration of National Pet Owners Day, let’s “paws” for a few moments to share some top legal tips regarding dog ownership, provided by the legal eagles at FindLaw.

#1. Driving with pets can get you a ticket. Some states have an outright ban against driving while holding an animal on your lap. Others may allow cops to ticket you if your pet is distracting your driving or if they’re not properly harnessed in. Keep your pet as safe as any other member of the family when you hit the road.

 

#2. Who gets the pet after a breakup or divorce? For the most part, pets are seen as property under the law, so whoever paid for or adopted the pet will probably be the one to keep it after a divorce or breakup. Pet custody arrangements can be made, however.

 

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#3. Service animals and apartments.Landlords need to provide reasonable accommodations for service animals and their owners, even if the building doesn’t allow pets. This is because service animals aren’t considered pets under the law.

 

#4. Phony service animal claims are illegal. Although service dogs aren’t required to wear specific identification tags under federal law, states may be able to charge dishonest owners who are passing off their dogs as “therapy dogs” with fraud.

 

#5. Consider creating a pet trust (if allowed in your state).  The law doesn’t allow you to leave money or property to your beloved pooch in your will BUT some states do make it legally possible by using a pet trust.

#6.ccc2 Workplace pet policies. Businesses that allow pets should have a written pet policy in place to avoid potential liability.

 

#7. Suing for your pet’s injuries. If your pet was injured by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to get compensation for the costs incurred.

 

#8. Breed-specific animal laws. Some states prohibit or require insurance for specific breeds, so make sure you do your research before you bring your pup to a new state – especially if your pup is a pit bull or another breed commonly deemed “dangerous” by lawmakers.

 

#9. Quarantines. If you’re flying, many foreign countries, and states, Hawaii in particular, have strict rules on pet quarantines, which can sometimes last as long as 120 days. There are ways to avoid this, however. Some requirements include confirming vaccinations and presenting a health certificate; you’ll want to check the rules and regulations for your destination.

#10. Your pets may be able to sniff out crime. Dogs may be able to spot the bad guys, but you’ll probably need some more tangible evidence to prove your case beyond your canine’s instincts.

[Reference credits: http://www.findlaw.com/]

So, make sure you stay the right side of the law and enjoy National Pet Owners Day!

Wishing you and your canine companions the best of health – always.

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Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team

 

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Helen Broadley is co-founder of FidoActive, a small business of life-long dog owners and dog lovers who have been motivated, by their own experiences, to create superior, all-natural products that promote good health in all canine companions. Helen has been surrounded by dogs since her childhood and been a dog parent all her adult life – from pedigrees to mutts – but she loves them all the same!

She regularly volunteers at animal shelters, often having that as her main vacation activity. FidoActive also supports the amazing work of many community rescue shelters across the USA through product donations, to help get their furry residents in tip-top condition whilst waiting for their forever home.

 

The FidoActive team believe wholeheartedly that the best way to reward their best friends’ unconditional love and loyalty is by helping them to have a healthy, happy and active life.

You can find out more about FidoActive and their all-natural products on their website: www.fidoactive.com

Fido means faithful & loyal– a quality that your dog gives unconditionally
Active is what we want every dog to be!

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Easter time is fast approaching, and for most of us, that means one thing: Chocolate!

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While you might well be looking forward to involving your dog in your celebrations and Easter egg hunts, please remember (and tell the kids!) that chocolate is toxic to dogs and can lead to severe poisoning.

As we all know, our canine family members are very smart.  Their sense of smell may be as much as 100 times better than ours. Besides being able to discriminate between different smells, a dog has a phenomenal olfactory memory – they can remember smells long after being exposed to the original odor. That, coupled with their super-human hearing, explains why your pooch seems to appear from nowhere as soon as you start to tear the candy wrapper!

So be careful where you hide you chocolate stash! My friend once put hers under a beautifully decorated ‘Easter tree’ which ended up with an emergency trip to the vet, after their appropriately named hound ‘Snicker’ tucked into the whole family’s chocolate eggs!

While some dogs will get away with eating chocolate unscathed, it’s just not worth the risk. In the unfortunate event that they do manage to get their paws on a large portion of this forbidden candy, please seek the guidance of a vet immediately.

We therefore recommend that you keep some dog-safe treats or canine cookies to hand, so they don’t feel left out of the fun.

Why not try the canine cookie recipe below – you can knock up a batch in about half an hour. CARE: please ensure you use a peanut butter that is safe for pets and don’t end up replacing one poison with another! Look at the peanut butter jar ingredients list and ensure it does NOT contain the low-calorie sweetener xylitol which is extremely toxic to dogs.

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA DOG TREATS

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 35 MINUTES

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All you need is 4 ingredients for these hypoallergenic treats! And the coconut oil makes these so HEALTHY for your pup!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats, or more, as needed
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (CARE: must not contain xylitol)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, bananas, peanut butter and coconut oil. Add an additional 2 tablespoons oats at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.
  3. Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together.
  4. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness then cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. (For a quick alternative to shape, simply roll the dough into small balls in your hands then flatten each with the palm of your hand or a fork to create small discs ¼ inch thick). Place onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.*
  6. Let cool completely.

*Baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the treats. Serving size will also vary depending on the desired shapes and cookie cutters used.

Wishing you and your canine companion(s) a very happy Easter!

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Helen Broadley and the FidoActive team

You can find out more about FidoActive and their Products on their website: www.fidoactive.com

Fido means faithful & loyal– a quality that your dog gives unconditionally
Active is what we want every dog to be!

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By Helen Broadley for FidoActive

Thanks to Kati Blake of lifestyle.allwomenstalk.com for reminding us of ways to support “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month”. Anybody can help and every little counts – it can take as little as a minute of our time and doesn’t have to cost a cent. You can literally raise spirits within a dreary office, as you raise awareness for this worthy cause or even turn your pre-planned hike into a sponsored fund-raiser.

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One great example is the group of kids from “Skyridge High National Honor Society”, who volunteered last month at the “Friends In Need Animal Rescue” located in Eagle Mountain. They spent hours raking all of the weeds on one side of the property where they are trying to make a garden for the animals.

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Many rescue centers such as this these are no-kill animal sanctuaries, simply dedicated to ensuring the welfare of all animals. Through education, a strong network and community support, they are committed to finding all animals a safe and loving homes. They operate entirely on sponsors and public donations, but often there is no substitute for an extra pair of helping hands – and I promise it will be as much a rewarding experience for you!eed – some of our friends need a home, some need special medical attention. Our goals are to continue community and veterinary education and the welfare of all animals.

We currently have a wonderful group of animals you won’t find at most rescues. We have cats and dogs and rabbits of course, but we also have horses, sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, ducks, llamas, emus and pygmy goats!

We do our best to care for as many animals as possible in whatever way they need it most.

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Read on below for Kati’s ideas – I’m sure you’ll have lots of ideas of your own and we’d love to hear about any fund-raising events you’ve completed. We’d also be delighted to advertise any up-coming events for dog charities or rescue centers – just send us an email with details (& we love photos!) via the ‘Contact Us’ tab on our website http://www.fidoactive.com/contact.php

#1. TAKE THE PLEDGE…

This year, the ASPCA has launched a pledge which aims to make more people aware of the plight of some animals, and garner support.

It costs nothing to sign and share, and really sends a message that you are on board with supporting this cause.

The higher the signatures, the more the ASPCA can hope to get in funding after Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, too.

You can sign it here: aspca.org

#2. GO ORANGE…

Orange is the color of this year’s ASPCA campaign, and you can go orange in any way you like.

Encourage your work to allow you all to add something orange to your outfit, make your social media orange, buy an orange support t-shirt, buy your pet an orange collar or bowl, decorate your home or office with orange ribbons… Anything that shows off your support, and gets others’ attention.

I’m busy making orange cupcakes right now!

#3. FIND YOUR LOCAL SHELTER…

If you’ve got some time to spare, whether as a one-off or on a regular basis, get in touch with some local shelters and see if you can help out.

Whether it’s taking a dog for a walk, playing with the cats, doing home visits or making feeds, you could make a big difference, and you’ll get a really proud feeling of achievement afterwards.

It’s well worth the effort, and you get to meet some adorable animals, too!

#4. ADOPT…

Okay, so if you were going to get a new animal, you’ve probably already thought about adopting.

Adopting an animal gives it another chance at life, and is often much cheaper than buying from a breeder.

It also means you can skip the bite-y, destructive puppy stage, and get a reliable, older friend who is already trained

Give a few rescues a visit, and see if your new family member is just waiting for you.

 

 

#5. SKIP PUPPY STORES…

For the month of April, boycott any stores that sell puppies.

Puppies that are sold from stores come from puppy farms, where dogs are bred continuously until they die. The dogs are never health tested, and the puppies often live in hideous conditions.

It’s no wonder that there’s such a lot of death and illness. Even if you only usually stock up on supplies or food, you are supporting the farming.

Boycott for April, and let the store know why. Then keep it going, if you can, and save more puppies from this horrible fate.

 

#6. BECOME AN ANIMAL ACTIVIST…

Research who deals with animal cruelty cases in your area, and write to them telling them that animal cruelty cases are a priority, and should be dealt with quickly and effectively.

Make the information needed to report animal cruelty in your area well-known, by posting it on your website, or putting it on a “neighbourhood” site, and consider setting up an animal watch team that reports any cases of suspected animal abuse.

It’s surprising how many cases go unreported each year – and it’s better to be reported twice than not at all!

 

#7. DO SOMETHING CRAZY…

Take on a challenge, and raise some money. It might sound overdone, nut it’s so rewarding!

Try getting sponsored to go white-water rafting, have a pet show, run a marathon, sell animal fete tickets, have an orange bake sale.

Any amount of money helps and groups such as Brownies and Scouts can often raise money and learn new skills at the same time

If you don’t have any free time to do something physical to help support Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, try to spend 5 minutes to read up on the key signs of animal abuse, and teach your children how to behave around and respect animals instead.

Helen Broadley

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Helen Broadley is co-founder of FidoActive, a small business of life-long dog owners and dog lovers who have been motivated, by their own experiences, to create superior, all-natural products that promote good health in all canine companions. Helen has been surrounded by dogs since her childhood and been a dog parent all her adult life – from pedigrees to mutts – but she loves them all the same!

She regularly volunteers at animal rescue centers, often having that as her main vacation activity. FidoActive also supports the amazing work of many community rescue shelters across the USA through product donations, to help get their furry residents in tip-top condition whilst waiting for their forever home.

 

The FidoActive team believe wholeheartedly that the best way to reward their best friends’ unconditional love and loyalty is by helping them to have a healthy, happy and active life.

 

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You can find out more about FidoActive and their all-natural products on their website: www.fidoactive.com

Fido means faithful & loyal– a quality that your dog gives unconditionally
Active is what we want every dog to be!

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