Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
- Positive Puppy Training Works by Joel Walton
- Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar
- Puppy Primer by Patricia McConnell
- The Puppy Whisperer by Paul Owens
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
"We are on the computer -- on our four separate computers -- less. We are rolling around on the family room floor more. We are talking to our neighbors, not just waving at them en route from car to front door. We are in the back yard, throwing the Frisbee for Tank to fetch or, in Jon's case, running alongside him; Tank, having had the pleasure of accompanying him on this mission, now refuses to budge until Jon gets moving, too. Smart dog, he has clearly distinguished between "Stationary Lady Who Feeds Me" and "Fun Running Guy."Marcus reiterates what we in Happy Dog Land already know, a dog is a family member who brings love and joy and fosters togetherness and community.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
"We try to discourage people," says Mary Eadie, a breeder in Annandale, Va., who says she has had 300 calls since Bo Obama came on the scene. She says she narrowed the field by eliminating anyone who wanted a dog immediately or wanted a female to breed. Then she weeded through applications, finally inviting the final 30 for interviews to vie for the 10 puppies her two females gave birth to in March. "We try to educate the public about the commitment involved in taking on this dog," she says.The vigilance of these breeders will protect the breed and ensure that the dogs go to people who can take proper care of these highly energetic dogs.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Judy has been following Billy's advice for about two months. Here's a progress report:
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Che the lost pooch we reported on yesterday was reunited with his owner. It turns out, Che probably just wandered off and escaped from the dog beach. We're glad he's safe, but this is a perfect opportunity to remind everyone to watch your dog at all times. Moreover, before letting Fido off leash, verify that all escape routes are closed off.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Regardless of how conscientious and careful you are, Fido can end up lost or sadly, stolen. Your chances of recovering your pet are a million times better if he’s wearing an identiﬁcation tag and he has a microchip. Collars can slip off; chips are permanent. Most veterinary ofﬁces and shelters have equipment to read a microchip. If the information is current, Fido will be back in your arms that much sooner.
- Grab a recent picture of your pet and roam the area where he was last seen. Call your pet’s name as loudly as you can. He may be scared and hearing your voice is likely to draw him to you. In addition, talk to everyone you meet on your search. They may have information that will lead you to your dog.
- Contact all local shelters and animal-welfare organizations, animal-control agencies and veterinary offices, as well as the police. Provide a detailed description of your dog and any information about the incident.
- Visit the local shelters every day. You know exactly what your pet looks like. A shelter worker may have a different idea of what light brown, spotted or short hair means. Moreover, many dogs may ﬁt your description.
- Alert your neighbors. Go door-to-door; ask people who live and work in the area if they’ve seen your dog.
- Place an article of your clothing on the front porch so your dog can smell home. Dogs have been known to return after many months and many miles
- Advertise! Prepare a ﬂyer with your dog’s picture, your contact phone numbers and e-mail address and information about his last known whereabouts. Hang the ﬂyers on signposts and telephone poles and in stores, animal hospitals, libraries, coffee shops and other locations in the area. Place ads in newspapers, online and on the radio. Place the information on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.Get the community involved--the more people that are on the look out the better.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
- vaccination history
- request appointments and ask questions
- medical alerts and recall information
- order prescription refills
- articles on pet care and health
- medication and exam reminders
- instructions for pet sitters
- birthday reminders
Check with your vet to see if the office offers Pet Portals. In addition, be sure to read the policy for email lists. Most vet's offering Pet Portals don't sell your email. Some, however, send coupons and information from companies the office determines to be beneficial to patients. In the later case, you should be able to opt out of receiving any ads--unless of course you enjoy spam.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Here's a video of Georgia competing in the air distance jump competition.
Here are some fun videos of dogs competing at other events:
If your pooch likes to run, jump and follow directions, check out the Dock Dogs website. With training and practice, your pooch could break the world record for Outdoor Big Air Jump now held by Country, who jumped 28 feet 10 inches on October 9, 2005.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
- All the major book clubs, including the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Book of the Month Club, Crossings, Lifestyle, Children’s and Black Expressions Book Club will be offering a special hardcover edition of HAPPY DOG beginning in September.
- Billy will be appearing in an article in the September issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine.
- We have teamed up with Barker and Meowsky to raise money to help dogs in need. Barker & Meowsky will donate a portion of each book they sell to several animal welfare organizations and shelter. More details to come!
- We will be signing books at Chicago Animal Care and Control's BIG NIGHT annual fundraiser on September 9 in Chicago from 6:30 -9:00 pm at the Cultural Center. This event features food from Chicago's top chefs and a fab silent auction. More details to come.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
We've all heard this admonition many times. Even us dog experts in Happy Dog Land know this rule. Yet, Jill ignored Shadow's bathroom issues and she's hoping you all learn from her mistake.
Yesterday, Shadow had an appointment for his semi-annual examination. On the way, Jill & Shadow stopped in to visit Billy at his salon. Shadow promptly went to the bathroom on the floor. Jill scooped it up to bring to the vet and thoroughly sanitised the floor. "Strange that Shadow had an accident," she thought, "but convenient because now I have a stool sample for his appointment."
During the appointment, Jill and her vet discussed Shadow's lifestyle and habits. The doctor discovered that Shadow had lost 2 pounds since his last visit in February. Concerned, the doctor, asked about Shadow's stools. Jill mentioned that Shadow had had a bit of diarrhea over the past few weeks, but nothing memorable.
Today, the doctor called and notified Jill that Shadow has Giardiasis, a bad-news parasite. Shadow is now being treated. Hopefully, this explains Shadow's weight loss too.
Looking back on the last few weeks, Shadow's stools were occasionally, but not consistently, loose or strange. Shadow did have at least one messy accident in the house, but because his stools were often "normal" Jill figured that he had a minor stomach ache. She figured wrong and now she feels like the world's worst dog mom!
So please, for Fido's sake, internalize and follow these two simple rules:
- CONTACT YOUR VET IF YOUR DOG HAS DIARRHEA, A CHANGE IN HIS STOOL OR IS VOMITING FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS. (And, yes, we're yelling!) Fido's stool does not have to be continually different to be a red flag. If his stool is loose or weird even twice, it never hurts to call. If it's more than a minor stomach upset, you'll be glad you did!
- A fresh stool sample yields the most reliable test results. Ideally, bring Fido's sample to the vet as soon as possible, the fresher the better! If you can't get the sample to the vet immediately, keep it cool or refrigerated. Discard samples that are more than 12 hours old according to the American Animal Hospital Association. Shadow's sample was extremely fresh (only 30 minutes old), which helped the vet diagnose Giardiasis. This parasite is often eludes testing if the sample is stale.