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Dog Left in Hot Car

Dog Left in Hot Car

"Dog left in hot car." It never ceases to amaze me that we see this happen year in and year out. This message has been repeated over and over and over again but some people just don't get it.

Summer is upon us so One More Time!!!!

DON'T LEAVE YOUR PETS OR CHILDREN IN A CLOSED CAR IN HOT WEATHER, NOT EVEN FOR 5 MINUTES, PERIOD!!!

And cracking the windows is useless when it's hot out. There is no excuse!  You might as well just turn the oven on and stick them in there. It's pretty much the same thing.

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Please Consider Adopting An Older Pet

Senior dogOne of the saddest situations we see in shelters is senior pets who for various reasons are no longer wanted. Some of those reasons are legitimate, like the death of the owner but many more are just plain selfish.

Senior cat

These once loved pets stand very little chance of being adopted and face a sad and uncertain future instead of living out their golden years with the people they have loved their entire life.

There are many reasons to adopt a senior pet and this article touches on 12 of them;

 

12 Reasons to Adopt the Least Adoptable Shelter Pet

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Extreme Weather Can Harm or Kill Your Dog

<img src="lonely-dog-outside.jpg" alt="Lonely Dog Outside" />I don’t get it!  I don’t understand how a dog owner can leave their dog outside all the time. To me, what is the point of having a dog if he’s left outside and not allowed to be a true member of your family? My personal opinion is that it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment; not only physically but also psychologically.

Dog’s are very social creatures and don’t do well in isolation. He or she probably wags their tail when they see you but don’t mistake that for a happy dog; they’re just happy to see ANYONE. If you live where there are extreme weather conditions, as I do, your dog is just as miserable and at risk as you are on hot muggy days and brutally cold days and nights. They can suffer from heat stroke and death on hot days and frostbite, hypothermia and death on very cold days.

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The Dirty Truth About Some Top Selling Dog Foods

Beneful I received this email from "The Whole Dog Journal." It's a solicitation for a subscription but that's OK because it's a great publication. More importantly, this is a message that needs to be repeated over and over until all dog lovers get it!

Forget the fancy advertising and beautiful pictures on the bags of dog food you see advertised all the time! KibblesNBitsThose wonderful colorful pictures of meat and vegetables and healthy happy energetic dogs usually have no connection to what's actually inside the bag.

 

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Alpo What's important is the actual list of ingredients on the back of the bag! It's so very important to understand that list to insure you are really feeding your dog something you would want him to eat. Believe me, these are not the only culprits in the mediocre to downright garbage dog food category. Following is the actual email:

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Don’t Turn Your Back On Your Aging Dog

I regularly check out the shelters in my area. While the lack of homes for millions of cats and dogs is upsetting enough, I've begun to notice a very disturbing trend; the amount of senior dogs, basically being thrown away in their golden years. The chances of a senior pet being adopted is slim to none. The looks on the faces of some of these dogs is heartbreaking.

senior-dog-1I'm sure a small percentage have been put up for adoption for legitimate reasons; ie. death of owner, illness, etc., but I suspect the overwhelming majority are there because their owner just didn't want to deal with the problems that may arise with an aging pet. What a crappy thing to do to your loyal companion. So sad.

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Too Many Dogs! I’m So Disgusted!

When will we get it? When will we, as a society stop living with indifference to the suffering, the over population, the abuse and the extermination of so many of man’s best friends.

Yes I’m talking about dogs; one of God’s gifts to mankind.

When will we, as dog lovers, take responsibility for the explosion of accidental litters, backyard breeders, and puppy mills that pump out puppy after puppy just to make a buck without a care in the world about what happens to those babies, much less the lives of the imprisoned puppy making adults they keep in horrible situations with the sole purpose of producing puppies so they can line their wallets with cash?

When will we get serious about stopping and severely punishing the scum that fight dogs?

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What Dog Food Do You Use?

Choose A Healthy Food For Your Dog

Commercial dog foods pretty much all claim to be formulated to keep your dog healthy. The fact is most of them are mediocre at best and some can be downright dangerous! Do your research before settling on a brand of dog food as well as dog treats. Your canine buddy's life may depend on it! I regularly check http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ to get the latest advice on dog food. They review the ingredients and quality of dry, wet and raw dog foods.

My rule of thumb is that if you can buy it in a supermarket or one of the big box stores, it's not your best choice.

Keep in mind it's all about money and profit. Inferior, inexpensive ingredients increase profits but nobody benefits except the manufacturer and the retailer. Low quality dog food can decrease the life expectancy and compromise the overall health of your dog. Every now and then, it may even kill your furry friend.

Check out this recent article by Dr. Karen Becker, a well known proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian:

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Have You Lost A Dog To Cancer?

Cancer in dogsCancer is one of the leading killers if not the leading killer of dogs. I've personally lost 3 dogs to cancer and to be totally frank, it sucks! Two were only 5 and one was 7 years old, all in the prime of their lives.

Well I read an interview about a very promising new treatment for cancer in pets and potentially for cancer in humans that must be shared.

Exciting News About a Vaccine to Treat Cancer in Pets

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Would You Feed Your Dog Road Kill?

road killWould you feed your dog road kill? How about diseased or euthanized animals? 

Can I interest you in expired meat including the package, diseased cattle, meat by-products including heads, bones, feet, beaks and unborn fetuses? Yuck!!

animal partsOf course not! Well that may be exactly what you're doing every time you open that bag or can of commercial dog food. Commercial dog food came about years ago as a means for these companies to monetize all the crap left over from slaughterhouses. They've since added many of the disgusting items mentioned above. Then they ad flavor enhancers so your dog will eat it.

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When You Leave Your Dog At A Shelter,…

KennelDogsWhen you leave your dog at a shelter what do you imagine his or her life will be like now?

A Letter from a Shelter Manager

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There are hundreds of wonderful shelters and dog rescues all over this country run by people and selfless volunteers who really care and try to find homes for these unfortunate dogs. God bless them! But even in these caring places your poor canine companion is left scared, alone and confused, desperate for you to return and take them home.

But, there are also hundreds of what are called High Kill Shelters. They euthanize dogs , and cats at an astounding rate (about 4 million a year), simply because there are just too many homeless pets and not enough space or resources to take care of them.  It doesn't matter how wonderful or adoptable you think the pet you are abandoning is; in these places they are on death row the minute you leave the facility.

puppy millsAnd with all the unwanted litters by irresponsible owners, back yard breeders and "Scum of the Earth" puppy mills, it's not getting any better.

I came across this anonymous letter written by a High Kill Shelter manager and it's a real eye opener every dog owner, back yard breeder and puppy mill owner should read and ift you have a pulse, it has to effect you.

A Letter from a Shelter Manager – anonymous in North Carolina

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