Happy National Pet Owners Day!

Top 10 Legal Tips for Dog Owners

by Helen Broadley for FidoActive

 

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.

 

 

#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. 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.

 

 

 

Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team 

 

About Helen Broadley 

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!

 

 

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

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

 

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!

 

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!

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.

 

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.

 

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.

(801) 753-8PAW

 

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 https://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

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.

 

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!