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What’s Your Pet Saying?

My Pet

Died.

How can I feel better?

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Publisher/Editor Maybi Perez Iglesias

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Contributing Writers Lisa G. Murray Michele Dixon Ashley Talmadge MPI for Boomer Pet Magazine Laurren Darr Kris Kiser Copy Assistant Tony Iglesias

Boomer Brings Out the Best!

Important Summer Safety Tips for Pets 30

Distribution and Circulation Martha Gonzalez

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Editor’s Picks...............................................................8 Boomer Must Haves...................................................10 Selecting Safe Pets.....................................................28 Dog Training Tips.......................................................32 Pet Fashion................................................................38 Owning a pet Rabbit.................................................40 Pet Friendly Spring Tips.............................................42 Steps on Potty Training..............................................46

Graphic Designs Carlos Valle graphics@sprinklesmagazine.com Social Media Director Maybi Perez Iglesias Marketing/Sales Maybi Perez Iglesias maybi@boomerpetmag.com

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Hello... and welcome to Boomer Pet Magazine! We are excited about our Launch Issue as we have put together a magazine that will bring you the latest in the "pet world!" Boomer Pet Magazine is a new fresh publication that caters to pet lovers, enthusiast and pet parents bringing you the most current local and national pet news, articles on new pet products, inspiring pet stories, pet health topics, all about celebrity pets and much more! Boomer Pet Magazine is your source for everything pets! We will keep you up to date with the most current pet lifestyle as you live a rewarding life next to your furbaby! Boomer Pet Magazine is published four times a year and can be read in print and online. We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter. We hope you enjoy our publication as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you!

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EDITOR’S PICKS Many pets can become itchy due to a variety irritants on their skin. Dr Zoo Shampoo is a natural product that is made using a combination of six gentle Coconut and Glucose based cleansers rather than just one detergent, which can irritate skin. Our formula also includes nourishing ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Colloidal Rice Bran to help soothe and calm the skin. Suitable for most pets not just dogs. Also suitable for pets without skin problems or itchy skin As per the ad, if customers use code ITCHYPET they will receive 20% off their first order. www.drzoousa.com

"We are creators of eco-friendly pet clothing and accessories using only recycled leathers and fabrics. Our website www.FourPawsLeathers.com has a nice 'About Us' page that goes into detail about who we are, how we came about and where we're going, and that is by leaving a smaller footprint, recycling, upcycling!

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Kitangle products were designed to be in plain view within your home. They were also designed to fit into small spaces, into corners and along walls nicely despite being larger boxes. Heavy duty polyethylene plastic litter box with UV protection. This style specifically fits nicely along walls. 5.5 inch entrance height so easy for gericats and kittens to enter. High sides for better urine containment. No connections where urine can hide and dry for better odor control. Lid removes with ease for cleaning and scooping out used litter. It is made of polyethylene plastic and the walls are almost 1/4 inches think. kitangle.com

GROOM, BATHE, BOND! Would you like to make your cat, dog or horse very happy? Feel the HandsOn® Gloves' tactile touch experience as you slip a hand into each glove! Finally, you can gently clean your pet's sensitive areas like legs, faces, ears and tight body contours with assurance and ease while you have fun grooming. HandsOn® Gloves® are top quality and durable; our gloves won't crack, tear or mold even under heavy grooming and bathing conditions with all your pets. Show your critters you care for them just as much as they care for you. Visit us at handsongloves.com/shop Use Code: Boomer for Free Shipping.

Pamperdoodle treats for fur-people are a great way to indulge your fur-kids without worrying about bad or unnatural ingredients. Pamperdoodle uses only real-food ingredients sourced in the USA. You’ll never find harmful preservatives, fillers, or unpronounceable ingredients. With a variety of flavors to choose from including vegetarian and vegan options, they’re a must try! pamperdoodle.com

Our 250mg Hemp Seed Oil Tincture is a unique blend of Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil (virgin, cold-pressed) and *Cannabinoid-rich Hemp Oil which is derived from Organically Grown Colorado Hemp. We use a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract that has a high CBD content and contains Terpenes, and all these compounds interact synergistically to bring maximum health benefits. For this particular blend, we have chosen Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil as the carrier oil because of it's essential fatty acid content and multiple nutritional benefits. This balanced and highly beneficial oil is a great addition to your pet's diet for optimum health and vitality. www.hempmypet.com


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Anyone who shares their home with cats knows very well who truly rules the house! That's why we find this Royal Cat Throne to be the most suitable cat tower for the world's most pampered kitties. It takes the classical throne concept and adds the things that felines need: vertical and horizontal scratching surfaces (corrugated cardboard on the base and sisal scratching posts on the four corners), plush carpeted perches on which to rub their scent, and a safe place from which to survey their dominion in the house. Since cats sleep more than 16 hours a day, they need a place where they feel comfy and unthreatened, and this Throne delivers. Plus, it gives your home a conversation piece that is sure to delight your guests! www.squarepaws.com

Super Max ™ Bowls Super Max™ Bowls By Indipets Inc made with extra heavy duty sand casted aluminum construction with simple designs on brightly colored ceramic-like interiors. Available in different sizes and colors. Feature: Beautiful Ceramic Looks Solid Heavy Aluminum Body Bacteria resistant Available in 6 colors. www.indipets.us

This raspberry plaid is one of our newest color additions to a standard favorite style- our EZ Wrap Plaid Mesh Step-In Harness. This harness is vet- recommended, and made with high quality mesh fabric that creates a soft comfortable fit. This Harness comes with a heavy duty chrome polished D-ring and a heavy-duty buckle, to safely secure your pet. All harnesses are finished off with a PVC logo for a classy look. This Step In Harness also sits off the neck making it choke free. Simply step in, wrap and buckle for a safe secure fit. It comes available in sizes XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Visit www.barkappeal.com to see our selection of harnesses, collars, and leashes in a variety of styles and colors.

"The natural omega 3 & 6 supplement is formulated to fill in nutritional gaps and help prevent hotspots, excessive shedding, itching and even hairballs. All of this, while it strengthens the immune system and improves digestion. HealthyCoat works on your pets from the inside out." www.healthycoat.net

Be a hero to your dog every month and support a great cause with PupJoy's 5-start rated customized subscription box service (seriously, check out their customer reviews)! Why do we love them? Its more like, what's not to love! PupJoy lets you personalize your deliveries to the specific needs of your dog (28 customization option in total), with no contracts, flexibility to change your order at any time and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Their boxes are full of really high quality organic and natural products from independent brands that you won't find in the big retailers, and they give back a portion of every order to shelter animals too. www.pupjoy.com

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Boomer’s Must Haves "PAWS Aboard Pet Life Jackets and Designer Pet Life Jackets provide ultimate buoyancy and high visibility to keep pets safe in or around the water. Constructed to provide buoyancy, along with a cozy secure fit, the PAWS Aboard Pet Life Jackets features: An advanced breathable mesh underbelly for proper draining and drying, which provides your dog more comfort and healthier conditions than traditional pet life jackets, which can cause heat exhaustion and chafing."

The Bacon Dura Chew is made of super strong durable nylon and is especially designed for powerful chewers. The Bacon Dura Chew contains multiple textures to help clean teeth and gums.

Door Knob Hanger Plush! This Grumpy Cat Plush Door Knob Hanger Cat Toy is a unique and entertaining toy your cat will love. Hang it from a door know and let your cat swat at its legs, which feature ringing bells that will keep her entertained.

The Kong Extreme Goodie Bone holds treats and keeps dogs busy and content. It works great to initiate play sessions and is specifically made for the toughest chewers. TireBiter Racing Slicks have the toughness of real tires to satisfy your dog's most intense chewing urges.

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A delicious and healthy condiment for your pet’s food!

Keep your frisky feline entertained with the SportPet cat cubes. They have built-in frames that pop open in a second and close flat just as quickly for easy storage. 8" round in-and-out openings with hanging tassels inside make even more fun. Sturdy nylon construction makes them virtually indestructable. Fasten their tabs together to build kitty a tunnel that will satisfy her curiosity.


Boomer Brings Out the Best! by Lisa G. Murray

When Hally and Brian Hogg saw the 3½-monthold puppy named Boomer wobble over and then topple on his side at a Kansas City Shelter, it was love at first sight. They had sought out an English Bulldog, and this little one, complete with obvious mobility challenges, was clearly going to need an extra dose of love. The couple was more than ready to give it; they had waited to find a Bulldog rescue for a long time. Both committed on the spot to accompany Boomer on his life journey – no matter where that might take them. “We knew we would give him the best life he could have,” says Hally. Despite visits to several veterinarians, they were unable to determine what caused Boomer to consistently fall over after three or four steps. However, his condition clearly didn’t cause him pain or diminish his ability to enjoy life on his own terms. “The biggest challenge for me,” says Hally, “was dealing with strangers who would say things like, ‘Oh, that poor dog!’ They jumped to the conclusion that Boomer was in pain. They didn’t understand that he was the happiest dog in the world, full of so much life and energy!” Hally and Brian often carried around the fully grown, 45-pound Boomer, or pulled him in a heavy-duty utility wagon. Eventually, when Boomer’s hind legs became paralyzed, Brian went into high gear researching dog wheelchairs. Boomer was outfitted with a Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair, which gave him the freedom to walk and run on his own again, as well as romp on the beach – a favorite activity.

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But one of the things Boomer did best was snuggling. He enjoyed sharing Hally and Brian’s bed each night, starting out at the foot of the bed and working his way up until he was in between them. “Eventually, half of his body was either on my husband's pillow or mine,” says Hally. “He was the cuddliest living teddy bear to sleep with. I will always cherish those nights sharing our bed with him.” Boomer’s journey wound up to be much shorter than the couple had hoped. Within 2½ years, the mysterious condition did further damage, gradually robbing Boomer of his remaining muscle control. With Boomer’s quality of life declining, Hally and Brian made the heart wrenching decision that Boomer’s time had come. Although his time was relatively brief, they had given him the ride of a lifetime. “There were a lot of ups and downs with him, but if I had the chance to do it all over again, I wouldn't even think twice,” says Hally. “Rescuing him was one of the best decisions of my life. Boomer taught me the importance of looking at another soul, not just the face value of what you see. He was the best dog I’ll ever have, and he brought out the best in me.”

The team behind Dr Zoo has a background in creating natural products for humans (MooGoo Skin Care). Dr Zoo came to life when many of our MooGoo customers told us they were using the MooGoo Shampoo on their pets, especially itchy pets, and they were getting awesome results. With the expertise and background of MooGoo, we decided to develop a natural range of skin care for our beloved pets. As you may know, pets share some of the same skin problems as humans, but the skin of our pets is a little bit different than ours, so we modified our products by adjusting the pH to suit them. www.moogoousa.com

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Aging Gracefully with Your Pets Pawsitive Partners:

By Michele Dixon It’s no secret that the bond between humans and their pets is deep and meaningful, which explains why 95 percent of pet owners say that pets are a part of the family. The comradeship, loyalty, and unconditional love that pets provide have proven to have both mental and physical benefits. While your hair and patience may thin as you age, your ability to love and care for a pet can only grow – especially if you want to reap the benefits. The amazing health benefits of pets According to the CDC, pets can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness, while increasing opportunities for socialization and happiness. Pet owners benefit from the feeling of being needed and loved, so a pet can help improve poor self-esteem and loneliness. In addition, pets also increase opportunities for exercise. Dogs need exercise and are dependable work out partners who are always excited and never flake. Studies have shown that pet owners are more likely to complete the recommended minimum 150 minutes of exercise per week than non-pet owners. Sharing your golden years with a rescue If you don’t yet have a pet, there are many waiting in shelters who would love to go to a loving home. Often they are not surrendered for any fault of their own, but because of financial reasons, death of a guardian, new baby, a move, or many other reasons. One of the joys of adopting an older pet is that there are less surprises: they have been socialized, they have passed through the crazy kitten/puppy phase, and they are often house and command trained. They also have endless love to give. Adopting a pet – especially a senior pet, is a wonderful experience. Pets add so much to our lives with their unconditional love and companionship and you will have the opportunity to give a forever home to a forever friend. Please check out the many shelters and rescue groups in your area.

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Nutrition’s Importance Like with our own nutrition, we need to be mindful of our pet’s food intake for optimum health to keep their noses wet and their tails wagging. Choosing the right pet food for your dog or cat can be overwhelming. Seek advice from a knowledgeable pet store or pet professional who can help you match the perfect diet for your specific pet’s age and stage. Remember that just like people, dog metabolisms slow down as they age. Cats often pack on the pounds later in life too, try switching to a high protein diet which may help to prevent weight gain, so less willpower from pet parents is needed to resist overfeeding. It is hard to say no to treats and extra servings when our pets love to thank us with nuzzles and kisses, but pet obesity is a major problem and continues to increase every year, so providing a nutrient-rich, whole food diet for your pet is important. Pet ownership is one of the most joyful and rewarding experiences life has to offer. The bond between human and dog (cats too!) is a great one and the benefits are immeasurable, for both sides.


Akron Ohio based Balthazar & Brisco launches B+B Cleaners online, a new eco-friendly household line of cleaning products.

BandBCleaners.com B+B is a new company created by CEO, Claudia Crea. True Veue, a glass cleaner, Pure Stiel, a stainless steel cleaner and Daily Stohn, a granite cleaner are for sale worldwide. All of the products are safe for the environment, and made in the U.S.A. Like so many households, keeping stone counters, stainless appliances, and glass cleaned was a challenge for creator Claudia Crea. From fingerprints to splashes from the frying pan she knew she didn't have the right products on hand to get the jobs done well. Created right in her own home Crea and her husband tapped into her background as a chemist, and his knowledge from his family's stone business to come up with products that could clean, restore and leave a pristine finish. They also had to be safe for their family, especially their dogs, Bathazar and Brisco. Necessity was truly the mother of invention for True Veue, Daily Stohn, and Pure Stiel. The design of B+B's products is simple and elegant, high-end yet approachable, playful but down-tobusiness. The brand is light, can have some fun, and is serious about cleaning and about the environment. The color palette is aligned with the fragrance and since each product has a specially formulated purpose, each was given a unique name that focuses on it's application. A portion from the sale of every bottle will be donated to the ASPCA in honor of the company namesakes, Balthazar and Brisco. True Veue has a lavender scent, Daily Stohn comes in Meyer Lemon or Fresh Mint, and Pure Stiel is unscented. All are priced at $7.49/each online and available in 22oz recyclable bottles. The company is hoping to reach both eco-friendly and socially conscious shoppers. It caters to both beginning and proficient cleaners looking for attractive design and premium products for their home and families.

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What’s Your Pet Saying? Learning “Pet Speak” Benefits Kids and Their Furry Companions By Ashley Talmadge

We’ve seen them posted online or traded between phones: the adorable home video clips capturing kid-and-pet antics. Who doesn’t admit to an “Awwww!” moment, as the preschooler wraps her arms around her dog’s fluffy neck, and presses her face to his nose? But for animal specialists, these scenes can be tense rather than tender. Why? The dog’s body language (stiff posture, quick lip-licks, and visible crescent-shaped white of an eye) shows that he’s stressed. There’s clearly a loving bond between the child and her canine companion. But the pooch is sending a message: “I don’t like this squeezy hug!”

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Nearly half of American households include a dog, and almost 40 percent include a cat. Science shows that our physical and mental health are improved by relationships with companion animals. The simple act of stroking a pet’s fur can decrease anxiety and reduce blood pressure. Kids are often calmed by the presence of an animal, and many use a pet’s uncritical ear to sort through problems, or even improve their reading skills. But how many times do we take this unconditional love for granted? When a dog bites or a cat scratches a child, parents often report that the animal was unprovoked – that it happened “out of the blue.” Yet shelter manager Kim Latos, says there are always warning signs. Unfortunately kids – and often their parents – do not know how to read them. For instance, Latos says, “Dogs don’t like to be hugged. Kids always want to hug animals, but how often do we see animals hugging each other?” While many dogs tolerate this human display of affection, they also give clues about their discomfort. And when warning signs continue to go unheeded, a dog is at risk for snapping or biting out of frustration. We cannot expect our pets to be “on call” 24/7, and sometimes our failure to read the “I need a break” clues has severe consequences. Statistics indicate that more than 75 percent of pet-related injuries to children are inflicted by a familiar pet, whether their own or a friend’s. Yet, until an incident occurs, most parents believe their pet to be completely kid-safe. This is frustrating to experts like Latos who cautions that any dog can bite, and any cat can scratch. She says the majority of animal bites and other pet-related injuries are preventable, and that it comes down to better supervision. “Children should never be left around pets unsupervised,” Latos says. “I can’t stress that enough.” She explains that a child is not developmentally ready to interpret the pet’s language and respond appropriately without assistance. And kids are often vulnerable for reasons beyond their control. A child’s short stature means he can easily come face-to-face with a large dog. Consequently, the vast majority of dog-related injuries to a young child are inflicted to the head and neck. Katie Ball, CEO of the Love Your Pet Expo and Sanctuary, says, “Young children often smell like food,” and this can lead to confusion. “A dog might be licking a child’s face because it has remnants of donuts, crackers, or chicken – and the child is thinking the dog wants to kiss!” says Ball. Face-to-face contact between a pet and child dramatically increases the risk of injury. Typical kid behavior can unintentionally provoke a dog or cat. Children move quickly and erratically; they’re loud and have high-pitched voices; and their lack of coordination means they may stumble onto a pet’s body or tail. The younger the child, the less able she is to empathize with a pet’s perspective. It’s important for parents to closely monitor all pet-child interactions. Sometimes that means giving the pet a safe place to go, away from the child.

Both Latos and Ball do presentations of the internationally acclaimed “Be a Tree” program for schools and community groups. Ball says the program “teaches children how to read dog body language, and how to act safely around dogs.” She explains that while education saves children from injury and trauma, it can actually save pets’ lives. “The dog might have ‘cranky leave-me-alone’ days, especially as it gets older,” she says. “What do you think happens to a 10-year-old dog that’s bitten a child? It’s put down … that’s why this education is so important.” Latos agrees. Though cat-related injuries are not associated with the same level of trauma as dog bites, the consequences for the cat can be just as dire. She encourages parents with questions about kid-pet issues to call their local humane organization, especially if there’s a behaviorist on staff. “If we can help with the home environment, it works in the long run. We want to prevent animals from coming to the shelter.” So before you point a lens at that precious puppy-child scene, take a moment to see it from your dog’s perspective. If he’s not having as much fun as your child, it’s time to say “cut” and let the actors take a break.

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DO save your hugs and kisses for Mom, Dad, & other human family members. DON’T hug your pets – they don’t like it! DO watch what your pet is doing. DON’T have a staring contest. Staring makes dogs and cats nervous. DO give your pet a big “space bubble” while he is eating. DON’T play near your pet’s food or take food from him. DO scratch your cat on his neck and back. DON’T try to touch your cat’s belly. DO pat your dog on her back, sides and neck. DON’T pull on your pet’s ears or put your face next to his face. DO offer a treat with a flat palm. DON’T feed a treat from between squeezed fingers. DO play fetch and hide-n-seek with your dog. DON’T play chase games. DO dangle a string from a stick for your cat. DON’T let your cat’s toy hang next to your body. DO keep your body calm, tell stories, and sing quiet songs with your pet. DON’T scream, yell or jump. DO dress up your stuffed animals. DON’T dress up your pets!

Warning Behaviors in Pets Dogs and cats display warning signs to show social discomfort. Always supervise child-pet interactions, and separate them if you see these signs: In dogs: Stiff posture “Nervous” licking of lips and/or yawning Half-moon eye (where you see a crescent of white) Attempts to leave Tucked tail Lifted lip/snarl In cats: Quickly-twitching tail Ears laid back or pointed back Eyes dilated Paw swipes Growling/hissing

The “Be a Tree” Program “Be a Tree” is a dog bite prevention program. Children learn to interpret dog body language and make safe proactive decisions when interacting with dogs. Emphasis is on informed choice, not fear. Large photographs, interactive games, role playing, and practice are incorporated into two 1520-minute presentation segments. What does it mean to “Be a Tree?” Stand still Hold your arms (branches) straight down Clasp hands in front of you (thigh level) Look down at your feet (watch your roots grow) Wait for dog to leave A child can “Be a Tree” when: Her own dog is too frisky A strange dog approaches her A dog makes her feel nervous/scared A dog is chasing her Why does it work? Movement excites dogs, but a “tree” standing still is boring. Dogs quickly move on to something more interesting. Schedule a presentation: Doggone Safe (www.doggonesafe.com) List of “Be a Tree” presenters throughout North America. Info on the “Be a Tree” program. Support for children who have been bitten. Excellent resources for parents about safe and loving dogchild relationships.

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Pet Safety Resources Living with Kids and Dogs…Without Losing Your Mind: A Parent’s Guide to Controlling the Chaos, book by Colleen Pelar. See www.livingwithkidsanddogs.com for more resources. Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat – Not a Sour Puss, book by Pam Johnson-Bennett. See www. catbehaviorassociates.com for more resources. Tails Are Not for Pulling, by Elizabeth Verdick. Board book for very young children. Family Paws Parent Education: www.familypaws.com Check your local Humane Society chapter or animal rescue organization for family-oriented classes and/or school presentations focused on pet behavior, safety and care.

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Fun places where you can take your dog! for more info see ruffguides.com

Cottonwood, Idaho—Located near the border of Washington and Oregon, you’ll find Idaho’s most famous dog-friendly landmark in the sleepy town of Cottonwood. Nicknamed ‘Sweet Willy’ by the locals, the world’s largest beagle stretches to a height of 30 feet. But this is no ordinary dog— it’s actually a bed and breakfast! The Dog Bark Park Inn was created by a husband and wife team of chainsaw artists in 1997. The unusual structure has garnered worldwide attention as a slice of roadside Americana ever since, and travelers come from around the globe to spend a night ‘in the dog house.’ Even if you’re not able to stay overnight, you can still browse the gift shop and watch Dennis and Frances carve wooden statues of more than 60 dog breeds in their studio. Passers-by can even take a potty break in the giant fire hydrant! Visitors are welcome daily from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Wedding Bells Chapel Las Vegas, Nevada—Ring bearer, flower dog, or best pooch? Say ‘I do’ as Fido stands witness at the Wedding Bells Chapel in Las Vegas. Located within the Alexis Park Resort, the chapel offers standard ceremonies, vow renewals, and even dog weddings. Packages for canine nuptials and human vow exchanges start at $167. After the ceremony, load the ‘wedding pawty’ into a stretch limo to cruise Sin City in style on a Las Vegas Strip Tour with Omni Limousine. Fido can sniff out all the excitement of Las Vegas as you ride down the strip in a limo driven by a friendly chauffeur. Make a stop at the famous ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign for a not-to-be-missed photo opportunity with your pup or head out to Red Rock Canyon and let your canine companion stretch his legs on the trails. Dogs of any size are welcome. Rates start at $55 per hour for up to six passengers.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Weston, West Virginia—You’ll be glad to have Fido by your side as you take a spine-chilling tour of the historic Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston. A working facility from 1864 to 1994, the asylum was intended as a sanctuary for those suffering from mental illness. However, ever-changing definitions of ‘humane treatment’ led to a number of experimental procedures being performed here over the years. A costumed tour guide will tell you all about them as she escorts your group around the expansive building. Small dogs that can be carried are permitted to join you on tours at any time. Larger, well-behaved dogs are permitted with prior management approval. The asylum is open annually from late March to early November. Tours are offered several times daily (except Mondays). Rates start at $10 per person for first floor tours. If you want to tour all four floors, the admission fee is $30 per person.

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Indipets Inc. is a privately owned company that was established in 2004. Our huge Hillsborough, NJ facility serves as our distribution center and corporate offices. Indipets is focused on providing affordable high quality stainless steel bowls, decorative Fashion Pet feeding bowls , Health series for dogs and cats ,Newly developed Fashion Mats and Luxe Craft Diners and Feeders. Our USP A+ packaging (Bi-Lingual), giant USA Distribution Center, effective Floor Displays and products that are engineered to be both beautiful and durable. We market products under the Indipets brand, which includes bowls & feeders for dogs & Cats .Throughout the years, Indipets have earned the trust and appreciation from our customers. Indipets is known for its great quality, reasonable prices and excellent customer service. We continue to provide pet owners and their pets with the absolute best consumer value and service in the pet industry while never compromising with quality and customer service. We truly stand behind our Products. Owner of INDIPETS, INC., Sumit Sethi and Dimple Sethi brings both tested engineering and good business principals to the table to insure high quality products and dependable service. Yet, our biggest asset is simply our ability to listen. "Tell us what you need and we'll make it happen."

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How can I feel better? A pet can be a great friend. Even if you're having a bad day, if you don't feel popular, or if you're having trouble at school, your pet loves you. No strings attached. Millions of families throughout the world own pets, which means that every day someone goes through the heartbreak of losing an animal friend. Whether it's old age, illness, or because of an accident, animals — like people — will die sometime. Veterinarians can do wonderful things for pets. But sometimes all the medical skill in the world can't save an animal. And if a pet is in a lot of pain and will never get better, the vet may have to put it to sleep. This is known as euthanasia (pronounced: yoo-thuhNAY-zhuh). The vet will give the animal an injection (shot) that first puts it to sleep and then stops the heart from beating. Euthanasia allows pets to die peacefully without any pain or fear. But deciding to help a pet die is still a hard thing to do. Coping With the Death of a Pet Emotions can get pretty complicated when a pet dies. You probably expect to feel sad, but you may have other emotions, too. For example, you may feel angry if your friends don't seem to realize how much losing your pet means to you. Or perhaps you feel guilty that you didn't spend more time with your pet before he or she died. It's natural to feel a range of emotions when a pet dies. If you're like a lot of people, you may have had someone say to you, "Sorry, but it was only an animal." So is it normal to get upset over the death of a pet? Absolutely. After all, by the time we reach our teenage years, many of us have grown up with our pets, and they're part of the family. Just like losing a family member, when a pet dies people can go through a period of grieving. Dealing With Grief Grief can show up in many ways. Some people cry a lot. For others, the death may take a while to sink in. Some people temporarily lose interest in the things they enjoy doing or want to spend some quiet time alone. Others will want to keep busy to take their minds off the loss. It's also natural to feel like avoiding situations that involved your pet — such as the park where you used to walk your dog or the trail where you rode your horse.

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For many people, losing a pet can be their first experience with death. Recognizing and sorting out feelings can be a big help. Talking about a loss is one of the best ways to cope, which is why people get together after a funeral and share memories or stories about the person who has died. Acknowledging your grief by talking about it with friends and family members can help you begin to feel better. There are also additional ways to express your feelings and thoughts. Recording them in a journal is helpful to many people, as is keeping a scrapbook. You can also write about your pet in a story or poem, draw a picture, or compose music. Or plan a funeral or memorial service for your pet. Some people choose to make a donation in a pet's memory to an animal shelter or even volunteer there. All of these ideas can help you hold on to the good and happy memories. Everyone has to deal with grief sometime, and most people work through it given time. But if you're under stress or trying to deal with other serious problems at the same time, grief can feel overwhelming. If your sadness is intense or you think you're upset about more than the death of your pet, it can be a good idea to talk with a professional counselor or therapist to help sort everything out. It's normal for a death to raise questions about our own lives, but you may also want to talk to someone if you find yourself focusing on death a lot. You'll never forget your pet. But in time the painful feelings will ease. And when the time comes, you may even find yourself ready to open your home to a new pet in need of a loving family. Š 1995- 2017 . The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealthŽ. Reprinted with permission.

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Dental disease is the #1 medical problem diagnosed by veterinarians. By the age of two 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental issues. Small dogs are more at risk; at one year old 30% of small dogs are showing signs of bone loss. Our dogs and cats age much faster than humans and are affected more rapidly by gingivitis and dental disease. Like in humans dental disease can lead to serious heart, kidney and liver diseases and immune system disorders. These risks can be reversed with proper management. Don't wait to see dirty teeth! Human tooth pastes can be toxic to dogs and cats. We recommend the use animal dental gels with herbal extracts. We recommend you brush your dog and cats teeth weekly. Dental gels are easy to use. Just squeeze the recommended amount (usually a fourth of teaspoon for medium dogs and an eighth of a teaspoon for cats) onto your finger tip or brush. If your pet allows you to open their mouth, simply spear/brush the gel over their teeth and gums. If not, place the gel on their lips, paw or muzzle and let them lick it off. The more licks, the more it will mix with saliva and coat their teeth and gums. When spearing the gel, focus on the back molars first, especially with cats; then move forward. Periodontitis Disease in Dogs Without proper attention, dental issues like plaque buildup and gingivitis can quickly lead to a more serious, painful and less manageable dental conditions called periodontitis and/or resorptive lesions. Prevention involves more than brushing your pets teeth (with a non-toxic tooth paste made specifically for pets; as human tooth paste can be harmful to pets) and providing appropriate chewing opportunities. Reducing the carbohydrate intake of your pet will improve their dental condition. Most dogs and cats consume five to twenty times the amount of carbohydrates than what is biologically appropriate or healthy. Biologically appropriate and healthy chewing opportunities are the part of the solution. The greatest impact on oral We all have been told to brush and floss our health for dogs and cats is nutrition.

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Books we Love for Dog Lovers!

The Social Dog: Behaviour andCognition includes chapters from leading researchers in the fields of social cognition and behavior, vocalization, evolution, and more, focusing on topics including dog-dog and dog-human interaction, bonding with humans, social behavior and learning, and more.

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Bestselling author, psychologist, and worldrenowned expert on dog behavior and training Dr. Stanley Coren presents the most informative, indepth, fascinating book yet on dogs. Acclaimed for its solid scientific research and entertaining, eminently readable style, How Dogs Think gives you the insight that you need to understand the silly, quirky, and apparently irrational behaviors that dogs demonstrate, as well as those stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity that they also can display.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

Chaser has fascinated dog lovers and scientists alike. Her story reveals the potential for taking out dialogue with dogs well beyond "fetch." When retired psychology professor John Pilley first got his new Border collie puppy, Chaser, he wanted to explore the boundaries of language learning and communication between humans and man's best friend. Exhibiting intelligence previously thought impossible in dogs, Chaser soon learned the names of more than a thousand toys and sentences with multiple elements of grammar. Chaser's accomplishments are revolutionizing the way we think about the intelligence of animals. John and Chaser's inspiring journey demonstrates the power of learning through play and opens our eyes to the boundless potential in the animals we love. There is trouble brewing in the Louisiana swamp -- Bowser can smell it. Bowser is a very handsome and only slightly slobbery dog, and he can smell lots of things. Like bacon. And rawhide chews! And the sweat on humans when they're lying. Birdie Gaux, the girl Bowser lives with, also knows something is wrong. It's not just that her grammy's stuffed prize marlin has been stolen. It's the weird rumor that the marlin is linked to a missing treasure. It's the truck that seems to be following Birdie and the bad feeling on the back of her neck. When Birdie and Bowser start digging into the mystery, not even Bowser's powerful sniffer can smell just how menacing the threat is. And when the danger comes straight for Birdie, Bowser knows it up to him to sic 'em.

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Selecting

Safe Pets

Pets love us unconditionally. They're also great for our health — mentally and physically. Caring for pets can boost self-esteem, prevent loneliness, and even lower heart rate and blood pressure in some people. Growing up with a pet can be wonderful for kids. But remember that although the experience gives kids a sense of responsibility, only adults can be truly responsible for a pet. Selecting the right pet is a serious decision that family members should make together. Before You Select a Pet A common mistake is bringing home a pet on an impulse without fully understanding the level of commitment involved. For instance, lots of people buy bunnies at Easter time without giving a thought to the 5- to 10-year commitment their family will be making to the animal. Moms and dads also often flock to the pet stores and shelters to find a dog or cat for a surprise Christmas or birthday present for their kids. But many shelters and pet stores actually don't allow purchases or adoptions of pets around the holidays because, far too often, animals are returned when families haven't thought through all of the responsibilities of taking care of the pet. If you're set on getting a pet for a birthday or the holidays, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests first buying and wrapping some pet supplies (pet bowls, pet bed, leash, etc.) as gifts, then selecting the pet as a family. That way, everyone has time to really think about whether your family is ready for a pet. Key Questions Before adopting or purchasing any pet, talk to all family members, discuss expectations and responsibilities, and take a realistic look at your family's lifestyle. Ask yourselves these key questions before leaping into pet ownership: • How much care will the pet require? • What role will each family member play in the pet's care? Who will feed the pet, groom and bathe it, clean its living space, and walk it, if need be? • What kind of medical care will the pet need? • How big will the pet grow to be? • Do you have enough space in your home for the pet to live and exercise? If you're thinking about getting a dog, do you have a yard, preferably a fenced one? (Cats, birds, rabbits, and other small animals can generally adapt to any space, but dogs need lots of room to run and jump.) • Do you have another pet? How do you think it will get along with a new pet? • Who will care for the pet when you're away? (e.g., what will you do with the pet if you work long hours and the kids stay after school for soccer practice? What if your family travels a lot?) • Does anyone in your family have a history of allergies or asthma? If so, talk to your doctor about the possibility of pet allergy tests to see whether anyone might be allergic to certain animals. Or consider a hypoallergenic pet who is less likely to trigger allergic symptoms.

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Are Some Pets Dangerous? Although the animals your child sees in the woods or parks may be cute to look at, they can be dangerous as pets — they aren't used to being around people and may carry diseases that can be transmitted to your child. People mistakenly believe they can tame a wild animal. Instead, you should teach kids to stay away from animals in the wild, and never to touch, feed, or try to take an animal home. And just because you can buy a pet from the pet store doesn't mean it's safe for homes with kids. Animals that may not be child-safe include: • reptiles (turtles, snakes, lizards, iguanas) • rodents (hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, prairie dogs, mice, rats) • amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders) • ferrets • baby poultry (chicks, ducklings, goslings, turkeys) • monkeys • exotic animals Reptiles transmit salmonella, a kind of bacteria, through their feces. The salmonella bacteria are transmitted through direct contact with reptiles or by touching surfaces and people who have had contact with reptiles. Pet reptiles are more risky for infants and elderly people who are likely to have greater difficulty with a salmonella infection. Dogs and cats can also spread infections. For example, pets that are often outdoors easily pick up ticks, which can carry diseases such as Lyme disease. This shouldn't stop you from owning a dog or cat, though. Using effective preventative tick treatments and collars can help decrease the number of ticks that find your pet. If you live in a wooded area, check your pets regularly for ticks. Pay attention to which dogs aren't recommended for first-time owners. For example, some larger breeds, such as Doberman Pinschers, Dalmatians, and Great Danes, may not be kid-safe because they can grow to be more than 50 pounds. Also, bites from very large dogs can do a lot more damage than those from smaller dogs. And, of course, avoid choosing a dog that's been specifically bred to be an aggressive fighter (such as some Pit Bulls or Rottweilers). Do Your Research Common domesticated animals that can make good family pets include cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, and fish. But be careful about labeling a certain animal or breed as unquestionably safe. There are exceptions to every rule, and any animal may scratch or bite if put in a dangerous situation.

Before choosing any kind of animal for your family, learn as much as you can about your pet-to-be: • Read pet guides explaining the various personalities, tendencies, and backgrounds of specific breeds in detail. For example, some dog breeds (such as certain terriers or Chihuahuas) are known for their feistiness and are considered less tolerant of kids — especially if they aren't raised with kids from puppyhood. Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, on the other hand, have excellent reputations as family-friendly dogs. Also look around for guides (at your local bookstore, on the Internet, or at animal shelters) about taking care of different kinds of pets. If you're interested in rabbits, the House Rabbit Society is an excellent resource — visit its website for information on rabbits and rabbit care. • Set up a consultation visit with a veterinarian to talk about what you're looking for in a pet and to ask questions. • If you're thinking about buying a dog from a pet store, first ask where they get their dogs and puppies. Some pet stores purchase dogs from "puppy mills," where they may be poorly bred and, therefore, can have physical and/or behavioral problems. Instead, consider buying a dog from a private breeder or adopting one from an animal shelter. Taking Your Pet Home These tips will keep kids safe and help both your family and your new pet adjust: • Take your pet for a checkup as soon as possible. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, a breeder, shelter, or pet store should allow you to have an animal examined and returned within an agreed-upon time if it's unhealthy. Read the fine print on any pet-purchase contracts to make sure. • Teach kids how to handle and pick up pets — to never squeeze them too tight, drop them, fall on them, or pick them up too fast. • Teach kids never to tease animals or pull their tails or ears. • Teach kids never to bother animals while they're eating, sleeping, or tending to their young. • Teach kids never to take a toy or bone away from a dog. • Teach kids never to pet or try to play with an animal they don't know, even if it's someone's family pet. • Closely supervise pets and kids. Never leave an infant or toddler alone with a pet. • Don't put pets into scary situations. For example, if you know your cat gets nervous around too many people, then put the kitty in another room during parties. • Teach kids to wash their hands with soap and water after handling pets. • Don't keep undomesticated animals as house pets. Pet ownership has many benefits, and doing a little research before taking the plunge will help make your new pet a welcome addition to the family. This information was provided by KidsHealth®, one of the largest resources online for medically reviewed health information written for parents, kids, and teens. For more articles like this, visit KidsHealth.org or TeensHealth.org. © 1995-2017 . The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. © 1995-2017 . The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. Reprinted with permission.

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Important Summer Safety Tips for Pets Grooming your dog helps to keep them comfortable during seasonal changes. A groomed coat offers protection from sunburn and acts as cooling insulation.

The summer days are approaching and it is important to keep your pets safe as temperature rise. Here are some ways you can help your pet stay safe this summer:

NOTE: If you give your dog a close cut for summer, she may need sunscreen.

Use Caution During Walks: choose between early morning walks or evening walks. During the summer a mid-day walk may cause your pet to have increased exhaustion due to the hot weather. Take extra care with overweight pets and older pets. Also, note that asphalt tends to get very hot and may burn your pet's paws.

Make sure your pet ha s unlimited access to wat er.

Never Leave Them In The Car: It can be deadly if you leave your pet inside the car. Even if the window is slightly open, the temperatures during the summer days tend to rise very high and it is very dangerous. Not only does your pet have a big change of overheating but this may also cause a stroke.

Make sure your pet ha s access to shade if left outside.

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Becareful With Unknown Grassy Knolls: your pet loves to play and run in grassy areas, but did you know that many lawns are treated with fertilizers and pesticides during the summer? Keep your pets away from unknown grassy areas or take them to a friendly dog park.

Insect Dangers to keep in mind: Bee Stings and Fleas. Serious allergic reactions are rare but do occur. Your pets face and feet are the most common areas for bee stings. You should take them to the vet if a sting occurs. With increased outdoor pet activity in the warmer months, summer is associated with more new infestations. Effective flea prevention and treatments proven safe for pets and people are readily available. Seeking advice from your veterinarian is wise.


Easter Hazards

for Pets to Keep in Mind. Easter is here again! As pet parents, it's our responsibility to protect our pets from harm. We want to remind you of a few safety tips to keep in mind if you have pets in your home during Easter. Write down where you hide your eggs: eggs might be mistaken as a treat or toy by your dog. If your pet chews on a fake plastic egg, it can cause intestinal problems. If they eat real eggs that have been forgotten, expect an upset stomach. Fake Easter Grass: when consumed, this plastic material can become lodged in the gastrointestinal tract and wreak havoc. Signs for concern include vomiting, diarrhea, decrease in appetite, lethargy, and stomach pain. Children at Play: kids may forget and don't understand that cats and dogs do not like their tails pulled. Animals do not understand this is a form of play and may react by scratching or lurching forward to get away. Keep Your Pets Away from Chocolates: chocolate is dangerous for pets, but be aware that it’s not the only sweet treat that can do them harm. There are many sugar-free candies that will put your pet at high risk of toxics. Raw Dough: if you are planning on baking this weekend, keep the dough away from your pet. It can ferment in their stomach and become poisonous. Easter Lilies: these flowers are beautiful, but should be avoided if you have a pet at home. Easter lilies are one of the most poisonous plants for pets, especially to cats. If you do decide to have the Lilies during this time, make sure to keep them far away and in area your pet can not reach.

I, Dog, shall eat real foods. By Maira Grove

It is not a secret to anyone, dogs will eat pretty much anything off the table instead of what is in their bowl, especially if it came out of a paper bag labeled 'Dog Food'. Who can blame them? To your dog, food is first about the smell, second about flavor. Yes, of course, they care about taste but your dog's nose has the recipe down before it ever makes it into his mouth! There are more than 220 million olfactory receptors in a dog's nose compared to 5 million in a human's. To put it in perspective, James Walker, former director of the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University says, "If you make the analogy to vision, what you and I can see at a third of a mile, a dog could see more than 3,000 miles away and still see as well." In contrast, when it comes to taste buds humans win with 9000+ versus dogs who only have 1700 taste buds. When I started developing treat recipes I wanted to achieve substantial nutritional value without using fillers, unnecessary sweeteners, or harmful preservatives. Real ingredients which would carry value even after baking to my dog's noses. Who wants to eat animal 'by-products'? And what is that anyway? Wood cellulose, anyone? Yes. Really. Smell that and try it; no thank you. I simply approached this as if I was baking super healthy human cookies and crackers and it worked! My dogs were absolutely on board as my cookie testers, of course, Receiving ample samplings of everything that came out of that oven. Visit us at www.pamperdoodle.com to learn more!


Whether your dog is a spunky new puppy or a senior dog is no matter when it comes to training. Every interaction with your canine companion is a learning experience. Remember that your dog doesn't always understand you and vice versa and that is okay. Also, remember that most behaviors are natural for dogs but they can and should be corrected. These are some basic tips you should always keep in mind when training your dog.

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By Bob Tom

Dog Training Tips Every Owner Should Remember


1. Notice

Be aware of your dog's body language. If they are whining or cannot sit still this is a sign. This probably means they are uncomfortable with the situation. Do not force your dog to socialize if they are not comfortable. Doing so could result in negative behavior or habits. Dogs also use crying or pacing to let you know they need to go outside. Do not ignore or correct this behavior.

2. Patience

This is key when you are training. Yelling or angry behavior is something dogs cannot understand and has no educational value. If you start to become impatient, walk away from the situation. Being impatient with your dog can cause training time to seem unfavorable to him or her.

3. Positive Reinforcement

Remember to praise a dog for their good behavior not only correct their wrong doings. Praise your four-legged friend for doing what you want them to do. This will bring more of the behavior you want

4. Redirecting

Instead of just telling your pet no, redirect him to the action or behavior you want. In the example, if your dog likes to chew on your hands or furniture give him a toy instead of yelling or swatting. This is where positive reinforcement comes in.

5. Leash Training

It is natural for dogs to pull on leashes, but this can easily be corrected. When they start to pull, stop walking. This should be repeated until they understand that they can't walk if they pull. You walk your dog; your dog does not walk you.

6. No Barking

Barking is an undesirable trait and correcting this will not happen quickly. Make note that dogs hear frequencies that people do not and this can cause the barking. Noting the difference between alerted barking and bad behavior is key. A dog will not understand why you are yelling when they are barking if they hear a door or passer-by. Using a squirt bottle filled with water, spray them when they bark. Also, use a verbal command such as "quiet" or "no bark" when training.

7. Ignore

Jumping might be a problem in your household and there is a simple trick for this. Ignore. Ignoring your dog when they jump on you or whine at you shows them that they get no reaction. Yelling or pushing them might mean play to them or they use this to get your attention.

8. Consistency

Be sure to consistently use the same verbal or hand commands when training. For instance, starting with the command "shake" and then switching to "paw" can cause confusion. Do not get frustrated with the dog when they do not understand. Dogs can read a human's body language and know you are angry but do not know why.

9. Realism

As smart as your animal may be, they will not learn new tricks or behavior instantly or overnight. If you let you animal scratch at the door for years, do not expect them to stop instantaneously. Learned behavior will take some time to undo but it is possible so be patient.

10. Routine

Once your dog has a new trick learned, incorporate it into your daily routine. This will keep it fresh in your animal's mind.

11. Health

Your dog's health is just as important as anything else in their training. If you don't eat very well, most likely you will feel sluggish. This goes for your dog as well. Check up with your vet to know what a healthy diet for your pet would be. For instance, if you have a very active dog they will need a higher protein diet. If your animal is mostly inside, a high protein diet is not ideal for it will create more energy. Remembering these tips and tricks will help you and your pooch be successful in your training. The biggest key point to remember is to have patience. Being impatient will cause more negative than positive behavior. Do not forget to pamper your furry friend and let him know that he is a good dog. This will make behavior corrections more clear in what they're doing wrong. Training is the best thing you could do for your dog.

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Too

Many Cats?

Cats are becoming increasingly popular as pets these days, and a big question is, how many cats should a family have? For some people, one is more than enough, others have half a dozen or more. Here are some sure- fire ways to know when you've reached your limit.

You know you have too many cats when: • Your annual cat food bill is more than the combined Gross National Product of Liechtenstein, Andorra, and San Marino. • Your last three cats are named Puss, Kitty-cat, and Hey You. • You and your spouse are sleeping on the floor because there’s no more room in the bed. • The cleaning lady at the vet’s office calls you by your first name. • All your windowsills are occupied. • Your neighbors forget your last name and start referring to you as “you know, the cat people”. • You have to change the vacuum cleaner bags every week. • You’re running out of corners to put litter boxes in. • Even your coffee table has a slip cover. • The most important crop in your garden every year is catnip.

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You can’t remember what a house plant looks like. Flea collars smell good to you. You actually understand what your cats are saying. More than half your mail comes from Purina and Friskies. Every year you get a personally autographed Christmas card from Morris. Your cat door has been replaced three times. For Mothers Day last year the kids pooled their money and bought you an electric cat brush. You thought it was the perfect gift. Kathie Freeman a long-time cat person who has been owned by as many as 13 cats at once, simultaneously, and at the same time. She is the author of two books, "Catwalk, a Feline Odyssey" and "The Retro" as well as a number of short stories and articles, many of which can be read free at Kathie's Stories and Tails

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Cats and Summer Time 36

We all know how much cats love to sunbathe and chase flying insects around the garden, so here are a few tips to help keep your cat safe. Cats get sunburn too!


I know all of our cats love to lie in the garden all day if it's sunny and who can blame them? Cats who have pale ears and noses are at risk from getting sunburn just as we are; they can even get skin cancer. To help prevent this try and keep your cats in during the hottest hours of the day (11am – 2pm), if this is not possible you can put sunscreen on their ears and noses. Ask your vet which type of sunscreen is safe to put on your cat. You need to obtain a non-toxic brand or buy a specialist brand just for pets, since your cat is likely to lick some of it off. Using it is very straightforward, just apply to the ears and nose a few times a day.

Bee & Wasp stings

They fly, so as far as your cat is concerned, it's potential prey, but if your cat is stung in the mouth or throat it could cause swelling and block the airway. If your cat is stung in the mouth/throat take it to the vets straight away. Cats are often stung on the paws, which can be treated at home: • Bee stings are acidic so carefully remove the sting and bathe in Bicarbonate of soda and water. • Wasp stings are alkaline so bathe the area in vinegar or lemon juice. Heatstroke If you suspect your cat has heatstroke you must act quickly, symptoms of heatstroke include: • Panting • Drooling • Anxiety • Dark red tongue and gums • Lethargy • Vomiting If your cat displays these symptoms get it into a cool area, and wrap it up in a cold wet towel and phone your vet as soon as possible. Follow these tips and your cat should be able to play happily out in the sunshine for the rest of the summer.

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Pet Fashio Trends to Watch About Laurren Darr Laurren Darr is a lifelong pet fashionologist and founder of International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals. Her highly-anticipated book, Pet Fashion Industry Patterns, releases spring 2017.

Bring On The Big Dogs Think pet fashion is just for cute little dogs that can be toted around in stylish bags? Think again! More and more designers are bulking up their lines with fashions specifically for the medium and larger breeds that make up 75% of the market.

Practical Pets Time and money are two things that everyone wants to save. Designers are coming up with innovations to save both. Central Park Pups combines a harness, lead, and coat in one to quickly get Fido out the door when he’s dancing to go.

Hopping Into Pet Fashion Rabbit families are getting together in different meet ups to strut their pets’ stuff on small runways. Anything from harnesses to clothing are being developed by bunny-specific designers. Watch for more runways to be hopping with pet fashions. Interesting Insight: 80% of rabbits, chicks, and ducks given as gifts for Easter are abandoned.

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Fashionable Felines There are more cats in households than dogs. So, it’s no surprise that cat owners are demanding that their furry friends have multiple options when it comes to sophisticated goods that match their style preferences.

Socially Conscious Pawrents How is a product made? Is sustainable material used? Is it fair trade, organic, non-GMO? These are questions that people are asking as we become more mindful of earth issues. Designers like A Pet With Paws that use vegan leather are answering requests for stylish yet socially-conscious offerings. Photo credit: A Pet With Paws


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Pet Weddings Dum-dum-dum-dum! Here come the pets prancing down the aisle. What started out as a fundraiser for rescue organizations is now making its way into the main stream. Look for more pet wedding specific offerings.

Victory For Sports Teams and athletes realize being a fan is a family activity inclusive of pets. Go to tailgates or NASCAR® camp sites and you’ll find plenty of pets touting who they’re rooting for. Teams, athletes, and drivers like Zachary Tinkle are showing their pets as mascots and/or offering sports-themed pet fashions.

Something To Cluck About Chickens as pets and urban chickens continues as a trend with more than 12.6 million chickens in households. This has opened the door for chicken fashions that range from chic to practical (think catching droppings) as seen on pet fashion runways like the New York Pet Fashion Show. Photo credit: Ada Nieves

Pet Paw-tys Are you one of the 60% of pet parents that celebrates your pet’s birthday? Hosting pet paw-ties is becoming more the norm — especially since there are now more pets in households than children.

Trending Technology Technology isn’t just for the humans anymore. Items to monitor pets’ health, spy on pets during the day, and communicate with them are all on the market. Practical outfits with technology like safety reflective materials ala Corky’s Reflective Wear or LED technology are now available. Photo credit: Corky’s Reflective Wear

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Owning a pet

Rabbit

Rabbits are furry with short tails and make great pets. Before you own a pet rabbit it is important that you do your research to make sure that a bunny will make a good pet for your family. Here are a few things you should know: Nutrition: the staple of a rabbit's nutrition is fiber. A nice mix of vegetables, hay and fresh water will keep your rabbit healthy. Make sure the veggies you feed your rabbit are free from pesticides. If your rabbit is caged in, make sure that he always has fresh water. A hanging water bottle is your best option. Where will he live: rabbits can live inside or outside your home. If you decide to keep him inside, try choosing a corner in a room. Make sure that you bunny-proof the area your bunny will be the most around. Tie up any long cords, keep him away from furniture and wooden items. Your bunny will be prompt to chew on these items and may destroy them. If you want to cage him in, a dog cage makes up for a great bunny home. In here, your bunny will space to move around and keep his food and water in place. This will let you have the option of putting him in the cage when you are not around and letting him loose when you want to pet him and let him play. Grooming: did you know that rabbits groom themselves? Yes, rabbits will groom themselves and keep their bodies clean. However, if they swallow to much hair this can make him sick. You can brush your rabbits fur a few times a week and more often when he is moulting.

Training: hold your rabbit gently and often, so that he learns that you are not going to hurt him. As he becomes more comfortable, he’ll enjoy being held.

Remember that rabbits like any other animal like their routines and moving from one place to another can be stressful for them. By preparing ahead of time, you can help ease the process for your new rabbit adapting to his new home. 40

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Spaying and Neutering: Have your rabbit neutered between ages 3 1/2 to 6 months, depending on sexual maturity. If your rabbit will be inside the home this will improve litter box habits, lessen chewing behavior, decrease territorial aggression, and give your rabbit a happier, longer life.


Pet Friendly Spring Tips By Kris Kiser, CEO & President of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and TurfMutt (www.TurfMutt.com)

Spring is in the air, and that means many people are getting the urge to work in their yard and begin planting. If you have pets, you’ll want to design a yard for your family and pet’s play and health, but also ensure the area is safe. In addition to choosing the right grasses, shrubs, trees and flowering plants for your climate zone (check the climate map), consider these tips from TurfMutt, an environmental education and stewardship program. • Think about what your dog needs. Dogs love living landscapes and love being in your yard. What does your dog need the most? Most pets need a place to romp and exercise, relax in the shade for an afternoon nap and take bathroom breaks. • Pick “dog-proof” ground coverings. Grass is one of the best ground coverings around because it can handle the wear and tear that comes with pets and children. Bermuda and buffalo grass are especially hardy, and they can withstand dry spells, too. Grass also delivers great health benefits for you and your family by producing oxygen, sequestering carbon, capturing storm water runoff, and cleaning and filtering rain water. • Select plants for your climate zone but also your pet. Be sure to check the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic garden plantsfor advice before choosing plants and shrubs. For areas near garden paths, select plants that have soft foliage, but are still sturdy enough to withstand a little canine “ruff”-housing. But you also want to ensure they are non-toxic to pets who like to chew foliage and other growing plants.

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• Avoid plastic grass. Plastic grass, also known as artificial turf, gets too hot for humans and pets, especially in summer months. A Brigham Young University study revealed that synthetic-turf surface temperatures were 37° higher than asphalt and 86° hotter than natural turf. A Penn State study found it wasn’t uncommon for temperatures to surpass 150 degrees and can reach up to 200 degrees on plastic grass. • Plant for pollinators and other wildlife. Your dog isn’t the only one who uses your yard. Keep pollinators (bees, butterflies and hummingbirds) and other wildlife in mind when you are selecting plants, trees and shrubs. To learn more about how living landscapes benefit people and pets and for more tips on taking care of your green spaces visit www.livinglandscapesmatter.com. Learn more about TurfMutt TurfMutt was created by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) Research and Education Foundation and has reached more than 62 million children, educators and families since 2009. Through classroom materials developed with Scholastic, TurfMutt teaches students and teachers how to “save the planet, one yard at a time.”


About Pamperdoodle Pamperdoodle is a woman-owned & operated small business, we are located on Whidbey Island, Washington. We offer a selection of beautifully finished, handcrafted accessories for dogs in leather, and are currently working to expand our selection to synthetic materials in the near future. We craft human grade, oven baked treats, cookies, and cakes, as well as offer hormone free natural chews from grass-fed, free-range beef and buffalo. Everything in our shop is made here in the USA, with US sourced ingredients and/or materials. 'Pamperdoodle?' I came up with it while brainstorming in the living room. I was sitting next to our oldest fur-kid, Charlie, a 15 year old Schnoodle. "Pamper-doodle" I wrote on the paper then glanced over at him. He looked up at me raising an eyebrow his chin still resting on the pillow and wagged his tail; Pamperdoodle it was! I pretty much knew what I wanted the logo to look like in that instant and started sketching out ideas. This was the easy part.

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The fun part was baking for dogs! Even more fun? Baking for dogs with the kids. Coming up with recipes, trying out new ingredients and waiting for the results, taking notes, freshening up on and learning some new chemistry, throwing away entire batches (yup) and starting over from scratch. The reward is the look on the fur-kids faces when they get the treat they've been hanging around the kitchen all day long to try and absolutely love it. We don't bake the final treats in our home, once we test a recipe out and like it we take it to a commercial kitchen for large batch baking. I do get some help from my family on certain projects but most of Pamperdoodle is me. For me, the the most difficult part is managing time. Being a parent and all that that implies, a wife, and wearing every hat needed to run a business make for some interesting schedule arrangements and occasional necessary multitasking. I will have to say, I am very lucky to have such great family support overall and three of the cutest, most charismatic fur-kids who keep me laughing through the tough moments. At Pamperdoodle, we do believe that every Dog deserves a TREAT. This word to us goes beyond the scope of a simple 'dog cookie'. We believe every Dog deserves to be TREATed with respect and dignity, cared for, should be loved as they love. This is why we proudly support and donate a portion of our proceeds to the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, WAIF, and other local animal rescue shelters as needed. You can always visit our website and go to out TREAT link to learn more about our donations to these programs and to learn more about what we are doing for fur-friends in need. Come visit our site at www.pamperdoodle.com, browse around, buy a gift for your fur-friend. We would love for you to stay in touch! We periodically send out deals with our news. Sign up for our monthly newsletter, like us on Facebook or follow on Instagram. If you like rewards, Join our Doodler's rewards program. You'll earn points for actions and every $ spent, which are then redeemable for goodies. We THANK YOU, for supporting women-owned and operated small businesses. For the love of dog. After all, what kind of life would this be without a special fur person to keep us smiling. -Maira Grove

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Potty Training

Steps on

your Puppy

House training your puppy can be a challenging task for your family. This will take patience, consistency and constant reinforcement. How to potty train your puppy is one of the first steps to take when bringing your new puppy home. Some puppies will get it sooner than others, here are some tips to make it an easy task:

Keep a feeding schedule: feed your puppy in the morning and take him out after his meal. Take him out after a nap and before you leave the house. Always take him to the same spot, the scent will prompt him to go. A crate: some people are not very happy putting their puppy inside a crate. A crate is good to have in order to confine your puppy for short periods of time when you have to leave your home. It is a dog's instinct not to go about their business in their own space. Rewarding treats: using a special treat to reward your puppy when going to pee or poop in the right place is also a good thing to do. Dogs are very smart and he will catch on quickly on how he will be rewarded. The more times he is rewarded, the quicker he will learn.

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If you do not catch your puppy doing it, then do not punish him for it! article by Boomer Pet Magazine

Put your puppy on a schedule: with small puppies come tiny bladders which fill up fast and taking your puppy out to potty as often as possible is crucial to the first steps of potty training. Early morning and every two hours thereafter making his last potty visit in the evening should start your puppy on the right track. As your puppy grows you can make it every three hours until he is fully trained. Praise him for a job well done!


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