The Food of Love for Your Furry Friends

Healthy, happy dogs are at the heart of what we do here at FidoActive, but just like it’s said about us humans, the way to a dog’s heart can also be through food!

Have you ever stopped to think what it would be like to eat the same food every day? How boring!

I’m sure our furry friends are trying to tell us something, when they look with longing eyes and slobbering jowls, while we cook up a juicy beef or salmon steak next to a bowl of dried or tinned dog food.

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National Cook for Your Pets Day is always observed on November 1. It originated with the aim for us to use this day to reflect on what we feed our pets and specifically, to ensure they enjoy a varied, well-balanced and nutritious diet.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting you stop feeding your dog their regular food overnight. Any changes should be brought in gradually, so they can get used to it. But what I am suggesting, is that, say, once every month or fortnight, you cook something that is tasty and nutritious that BOTH YOU AND YOUR CANINE COMPANIONS CAN ENJOY AT THE SAME TIME.

The first time I did it was a revelation and NO EXTRA WORK! But, the best bit was, without doubt, the simple enjoyment of spending some special time with my beloved dog Brillo (whose gaze was transfixed all the time I was cooking!), sharing a meal sitting next to each other and watching his enjoyment as he woofed up the ‘human’ food (on a ‘human’ plate specially reserved for him!) with relish. Absolutely priceless!

The basic rule of thumb for a dog’s meal is: 10% carbs, 50% vegetables and 40% protein and about 1oz of protein per 10 pounds of dog.

I started with this SUPER SIMPLE salmon meal but, to Brillo, it was like food of the Gods. Here are the instructions to give it a go yourself. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of recipes available on line, on sites such as cookforyourpets.com, amongst many others, to give you a helpful guide.

INSTRUCTIONS:

– Heat oven grill to full heat

-Drizzle olive or vegetable oil over both sides of the salmon. Place on cooking tray with skin facing up. (Care: DO NOT use coconut oil. DO NOT add salt, spices, seasoning)

– Grill for 14 minutes, then remove tray from oven. Using a knife and your fingers, carefully peel the skin off the flesh and flip the skin over, so crispy side is next to flesh. Return to grill for 5 minutes, or until skin is nice and crispy. Then flip the skin over once again and cook for a further 5 minutes.

– Serve with a selection of vegetables (e.g. carrots, broccoli, green beans, potatoes) OR rice mixed with vegetables.

N.B. You can set aside the crispy skin to break into pieces and use as treats!

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1. DO NOT add salt or spices to the food – dogs don’t need seasoning and may actually upset their stomach. Salt is especially harmful to dogs. You can season your own meal when it’s served on your plate.

2. If your pet suffers from any sort of health condition, please consult your veterinarian before feeding them any new type of food.

3. Dogs are much more sensitive to certain types of food, and some ‘human’ foods are actually toxic to them. Please see the list below of the most common everyday foods you should NEVER feed your dog. (source: ASPCA website: aspca.org:80/pet-care/poison-control/people-foods.html

CARE: If you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Avocados
Onions/Chives/Garlic
Chocolate (in any form)
Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate-covered espresso beans)
Tea
Yeast dough
Salt
Grapes and Raisins
Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
Rhubarb leaves
Macadamia nuts
Moldy or spoiled foods
Other Nuts
Alcohol

Also, be careful with milk and other milk-based products, as they can cause diarrhea or other digestive upset.

Cooking and sharing a meal with your dog is truly one of the easiest and fun ways to show how much you love them. You will also create some magical memories at the same time, that I’m sure you will treasure for years to come.

If you want to celebrate a special occasion, such as their birthday or adoption day, there are plenty of dog-friendly places to eat too! Some restaurants, such as the Bistro restaurant in Cannon Beach, Oregon even take it to the next level, by offering meals for canine companions. Now that’s what I call really dog-friendly!

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So, go on, reward their unconditional love and loyalty, by cooking up a feast for the special furry friends in your life today!

Happy NCFYP Day!

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Helen Broadley & The FidoActive Team

 

 

Don’t Turn Halloween into a ‘Howl’oween for Your Dog!

Well the countdown to Halloween has begun and it is undoubtedly one of the most popular holidays for the family to share.

Unfortunately, we also have to mindful that this fun and treat-filled time, also brings potential harm and danger to our furry friends, especially if they are included in trick or treating.

Don’t forget that a dog’s hearing is much better than ours, so the noises are even more magnified and can make them stressed and scared.

Here are four ‘fangtastic’ tips to help keep your dog safe and sound while still having some fun!

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#1       Is your dog Trick or Treating with you?

Unless your dog is extremely calm around loud noises, including fireworks, then the safest bet is probably to leave them at home.

However, if you feel they can cope with being part of the Trick or Treat crew, please just be mindful of a few pointers below, to make this an enjoyable event for all:

  • IMPORTANT: Do NOT allow your dog to eat ANY candy or treats collected. These may contain Xylitol (artificial sweetener), chocolate or other ingredients that are poisonous to your dog and could be life-threatening. Bring some of their favorite doggie treats with you instead, so they don’t feel excluded. (You could even try out the recipe for Halloween doggie treats posted on Facebook this Tuesday).
  • Do NOT encourage or allow strangers to pet your dog – especially if they are in scary costumes!
  • Keep your dog on a leash AT ALL TIMES – there are all manner of things that could easily spook your pooch and the ‘fight or flight’ reaction kicks in. Remember that your dog is your guardian (in their eyes) and protecting you is their No.1 job, so it is easy for them to misinterpret playful Halloween antics as a threat towards you that they need to defend.
  • Keep your dog’s inquisitive snout and costume away from lit candles or pumpkins.
  • Bring along a poop-bag in case your dog needs to relieve themselves.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their ID tag. It’s also an ideal time to check that the microchip company have your up to date details, so you can be quickly reunited with your runaway pet, if they get spooked.

#2       Have a dress rehearsal

Costumes on dogs can bring a smile to 2017-10-27_0051anyone’s face, but this should not be at the expense of your pet’s comfort. If you are planning on dressing up your dog, have a dress rehearsal at least a couple of times before the event. This will give you an opportunity to see how your dog reacts and give them a chance to get used to it.

The costume should NEVER impede their movement, breathing, hearing or vision, as this may cause your pet unnecessary stress. Also, keep checking to make sure there are no wardrobe malfunctions as you do the Trick or Treat circuit.

Please note that if your dog licks their lips, yawns, shows a half moon of white in their eyes, turns away from you, tries to escape, growls or puts his teeth on you or the costume, these are sure fire clues that they are not comfortable. Try to scale the costume down or perhaps just revert to a jaunty coat or neckerchief/bandana.

The rest of the family also need to take part in the dress rehearsal, as your pooch may not even recognize you in your costumes, may be startled/scared by them, or become over-excited by dangling accessories or flowing fabric that they constantly want to chase or chew!

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#3       Will your hound be home alone?

Here are a few top tips to help reduce your best friend’s stress levels:

  • If your furry friend isn’t up to Trick or Treating, make sure they are snuggled up with their favorite blanket and toy in a quiet room in the house, away from the front door. They may actual prefer being in their covered over crate, where they feel safe and secure.
  • Give them a kong filled with treats or a long-lasting chew to keep them occupied.
  • Turn on the radio or TV to help drown out the scary noises.
  • If your dog usually barks when the doorbell rings or when someone passes by the window, then disconnect the bell and close the dra
  • NEVER leave your dog in the yard around Halloween (even if you are at home!). It’s a sad fact that many pets are subjected to vicious pranks, injured, stolen or even killed on Halloween, so make sure they are kept safe and secure indoors.
  • Keep electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations out of reach. While these are safer than candles, you don’t want an anxious or mischievous pooch chewing wires or batteries, that could potentially lead to a life-threatening electric shock , chemical burns or intestinal damage.

#4       Greeting Trick or Treaters at home?

Staying indoors with your furry friends at Halloween is probably their favorite option (and perhaps yours!), but you may still be prepared to welcome Trick or Treaters to your home.

However, please remember that your dog’s inbred duty is to protect both you (their family) and their territory (your home). A constant flow of strangers and screaming children dressed in scary costumes can cause a normally placid dog to become agitated and even aggressive, because they think their family is being threatened.

A loud barking dog can also be very scary and intimidating, especially to young children, so keeping the dog away from all the excitement may be the best option for all. Also, the last thing you want is for your spooked pooch to bolt out the door into the night and an even more dangerous and scary environment.

 

Wishing you and your canine companions a safe and happy Halloween!

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Learn How to Read Your Dog’s Fear Via Body Language

Aside from barking, dogs communicate even more using body language. Common gestures are bared teeth or a wagging tail, which can often be misconstrued; bared teeth do not always mean a nasty vicious dog and a wagging tail does not always mean a happy dog! 2017-09-20_0001

There are many contributing factors as to why a dog may be fearful, so identifying the root cause and managing the fearful behavior reduces the stress levels for both the dog and their owner and, above all, keep everyone safe.

Dogs go through a critical period of development when they are between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. The more different environments they are exposed to during that period the better equipped they are to handle new things later in life, such as traffic, meeting strangers, riding elevators or climbing steps.

Genetics can also be a reason for fearful behavior. As well as eye and coat color, dogs can inherit personality traits a from their parents. Certain breeds are known to be more skittish and it is quite likely that a shy timid mom will produce shy timid offspring. It is certainly harder to determine an inherited fear but a general clue is that a dog whose fear stems from genetics tends to be fearful of a variety of things, rather than having a single specific phobia.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a fearful dog can help you to help them address their fears and phobias – before they escalate. Sometimes it’s obvious, for example, when thunder and lightning or fireworks send your pooch diving for cover in the nightstand or cowering under your bed. But it’s important to also be aware of the following, much subtler, signs of fear in your dog, so you can understand when your furry friend is anxious and stressed aboutsomething in that particular environment.

 

Body Language

  • Flattened ears
  • Tail tucked between the hind legs
  • Cowering
  • Lip licking
  • Yawning
  • Raised hair on the back of the neck

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Behaviors of a Fearful Dog

In addition to showing fear through body language, some dogs exhibit one or more of the specific behaviors below, which are basically symptoms of fear or anxiety:

  • Growling
  • Biting
  • Pacing
  • Destructiveness
  • Clinginess to owner
  • Barking
  • Submissive urination

Physical Symptoms

The dog’s fear may also manifest in some physical signs that it is unable to control, such as:

  • Drooling
  • Panting
  • Trembling
  • Dilated pupils or seeing the whites of a dog’s eyes
  • Loss of control over bowels or bladder

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Treating Fearful Dogs

One thing for sure in my experience though, is that recognizing the symptoms, and therefore rehabilitation, of shelter animals is often harder, because we don’t know enough about their history or specific details of physical abuse they may have suffered. It’s times like this that I wish dogs could really talk!

Often, an adopted dog realizes it has found a new loving owner and can overcome its fear or anxiety fairly quickly. However, patience is key when it comes to helping a dog that has suffered long term abuse or neglect and professional help may be needed.

It really great that there are also many reputable rescue centers that will work on any known issues, to ensure they make their charges as ‘adoptable’ as possible.

These are some of the most common steps to help our furry friends overcome their fears and/or correct any undesirable behaviors:

  1. Give the dog space and time to acclimatiz2017-09-20_0003_001e to their new environment.
  2. Provide them with their own ‘safe place’, such as a crate, where they can retreat to like a den.
  3. Encourage them to come to you with treats and gradually gain their trust.
  4. Distract them by playing with them or practise obedience commands.
  5. Joining a good dog training class will provide extra support and also help with the dog’s socializing skills.

 

I can’t stress enough how essential positive reinforcement is – whatever the dog, whatever the circumstances.  Punishing a dog who has committed some act of aggression or engaged in destructive behavior is rarely successful. In a sense, a fearful dog expects to be punishedThat’s why it’s fearful and that’s the connection you need to break without punishment. 

Like many dog owners, I resist the use of medications such as anti-depressants, to treat fear in dogs, as they are not a cure. However, for severe cases, this is often an option people use to reduce the anxiety/fear to a level where the dog would be calmer and more receptive to training.  

I have found the more time and dedication I have put in to my rescued pups, the more rewarding the final results have been. I am always amazed at how dogs have the ability to not only forgive past human treatment, but then continue to give us their unconditional love.

The world is certainly a better place with dogs in it and I, for one, couldn’t imagine a life without mine!

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Expect the Unexpected (AND the Expected!)

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Texas is just beginning to recover after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the state last week, when the storm dumped 19 trillion gallons of water on the region. It left behind catastrophic flood damage to residential areas, which experts claim will amount to at least $35billion, about what Katrina cost in 2005.

Sadly, there was also loss of life, both human and animal; the number of which is expected to rise.

To add insult to injury, Hurricane Irma is now posing another significant threat, prompting state of emergency declarations in Florida and Puerto Rico.

Although Irma’s path remains uncertain, Florida Gov. Rick Scott stated yesterday: “In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared.”

We couldn’t agree more, as this is now more a case of “Expect the Expected”, so we implore you to do the same for you and your family, including your furry members too.

PLEASE DON’T DELAY – use the tips below to check your safety measures are up to date and keep your furry family safe and sound in the case of any emergency.

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!

DO YOUR HOMEWORK – While you may not live in an area which suffers from natural disasters, check out your travel destination to see if they suffer any seasonal issues.

GET ORGANIZED – make up an emergency kit for your pets and be sure to keep it in a handy place, so it’s easy to grab when you really need it. Also, if you’re in a flood risk area, make sure it’s in a watertight container and preferably not in the basement. Please see the checklist provided below to help you:

16 ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR CANINE COMPANIONS’ EMERGENCY KIT

1. 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

2. 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.

3. Pet carrier – it can come in handy if you have to travel to another place with your pets.

4. Lightweight bowls & can opener (if you stock canned food or you need to purchase additional supplies and that’s the only type available).

5. Towels and Blankets for your pets

6. Gloves and hand sanitizer for yourself

7. 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).

8. Plastic bags

9. Litter pan scoop

10. Contact details of your veterinarian and local emergency animal shelters

11. Copies of your pet’s vaccination certificates

12. Microchip number

13. List of pet-accommodating boarding facilities, should your whole family need a different place to stay for a while.

14. A RECENT photo of your pet and a note of your contact information – it might prove critical in reuniting you with your beloved pet, should you get separated from them in the chaos.

15. Some treats and a favorite toy to lower stress levels and keep them occupied

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

We hope you’ll never have to use this disaster emergency pack but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Wishing you and all your furry friends a safe and stress-free September!

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National Immunization Awareness Month

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Just like it is important for us, it is also important for our pets to stay on top of their vaccines and immunizations.

Because these factors may change over time, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital recommend the vaccination plan for each individual pet be decided at routine annual examinations, following a discussion between you and the veterinarian regarding your canine companion’s lifestyle and travel plans in the year ahead.

 

Why is it so important?

1. It is essential for your pets’ health and help them have a long, happy life. Vaccines can effectively prevent serious canine diseases like distemper, rabies and hepatitis.

2. It is required by law. Different states have different laws governing the administration of some required vaccines. Be sure to check which dog vaccines are required where you live and also states you plan to visit for vacation with your furry family.

3. If you need to board your pet for any reason a vaccination for ‘kennel cough’ or canine infectious disease complex (CIRCD) is essential. Many boarding kennels require the vaccination to be given within 6 months of boarding and at least 10 days prior to boarding for maximum effect.

4. If your pet likes to play outdoors, with other pets, or is a seasoned hiker, it is more likely that they will be exposed to more infectious and potentially fatal diseases. If your pet is vaccinated, its immune system will be prepared to fight these infections.

5. Depending on your geographical location and your pet’s lifestyle, your veterinarian may recommend different vaccinations and the regularity of boosters. Make sure to contact your veterinarian to define which vaccines are important for your pet.

6. It is important to remember that vaccines have saved countless lives. Rabies vaccination, for example, has saved the lives of countless dogs and many humans as well (who could have contracted rabies from dog bites).

Keep safe!

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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

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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…

 

BAILEY

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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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AIDAN

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

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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

 

About Helen Broadleyblog3

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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