As we have all heard by now, Hurricane Harvey took a disastrous toll on Texas, specifically the Houston area. Families were evacuated, companies closed down, houses ruined, and animals were displaced. Families have to put themselves and loved ones first, even if that means abandoning their beloved pets. This is totally heartbreaking to even have to consider. Luckily, many families were able to evacuate and take their pets along with them, but there were still many left behind. In the past, with similar natural disasters, people were told to leave their pets. After some storms, this meant over 500,000 pets were displaced, unaccounted for, or died. Not allowing people to bring their pets to safety? Some would say that’s animal cruelty!
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It’s summer time, and summer time means hot weather and more water activities. Your dog may love the water as much as you do but you have to monitor the amount of time they spend in the water. Have you ever heard of swimmer’s tail, also known as limber tail or broken tail? Dog’s can get swimmer’s tail if they spend too much time swimming in the water. Although swimmer’s tail most commonly happens while swimming (hence the name) it can also happen with certain physical activities and playing.
For the last few weeks we have been covering all you need to know when going camping with your dog. So far, we have covered the following checklists: food, safety, and hiking. Our last checklist will cover everything you need for the actual camp site. This list will include food as an essential but since we already covered this in a previous blog post, we won’t be going into detail, you can read it here: Food & Water Checklist.
This will probably be the easiest and shortest checklist! First, think of item’s that you are bringing for yourself, you will need those for your dog too.
Martha the Neopolitan Mastiff won the 2017 ugliest dog contest. But, we have to say she is a beauty compared to previous year’s winners. In fact, she is quite adorable. Who did the voting and why have this “award”? All dogs are beautiful! Maybe her red eyes and floppy drooley mouth made her the top runner!
She weighs 125 pounds and has a beautiful blue-ish gray coat, a signature of the Neopolitan Mastiff.
Martha was a rescue. She was nearly blind at the time she was rescued and was suffering from chronic pain. She had an eye infection that was neglected and led her to being almost completely blind. Since being rescued, she has had surgery and has regained her eyesight.
Last week we covered all the first aid and safety essentials you should have when you are camping with your dog. This week we are going to cover all the hiking essentials you should have on your checklist.
Going for a hike can be very similar to going on a long walk with your dog, depending on your hiking intensity. You will want to have all the essentials you normally bring along for your dog on a walk. Some of these items include:
- A collar
- A harness
- A leash
- Poop bags
- ID Tag
Last week we covered all the food and water essentials you should have when you are camping with your dog. This week we are going to cover all the safety and first aid essentials you should have on your checklist.
This list may seem a little lengthy but once you have everything put together you can store it in a bag or container and have it ready to go all the time. You never know what kind of situation you or your dog will get into that could be potentially life threatening. A small cut could get infected and turn into a bigger problem. A safety kit could make all the difference if you can’t get medical attention right away.
It’s June and that means it’s time to kick off all those warm weather vacations and weekend trips. One of the most popular weekend trips to take is camping. If you’re like us, then you will feel bad leaving your dog behind. And really, you should! Camping is the PERFECT time, and perhaps the ONLY time, you are able to take your dog on vacation with you. As long as you have all of the essentials on this checklist, you should have an easy and enjoyable camping trip with the entire family. In our next series of blog posts we will cover each section on our checklist. The checklist will cover food and water, first aid and safety, hiking and activities, and campsite essentials.
Our medium and mini sized dog figurines are so multi-use! Some customers place the figurines on memorials and some place them on top of cakes. One of the most common ways our figurines are used is for model craft projects. We’ve had our mini figurines used on a birdhouse modeled after a country singer’s home. Our customer, who is a fan of this country singer, made it for the singer before she went to his concert and meet and greet. The singer had a bloodhound so she put a little Bloodhound mini figurine on the front lawn of the birdhouse behind the picket fence. Another customer was a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes character so he made a model scene of Sherlock Holmes with his sidekick Bloodhound named Toby. Below you can view an image of the scene our customer created.
Any new pup that comes into our extended family here at DogLoverStore.com is a blessing! So, we would like you to meet Oliver! Oliver is a Goldendoodle, a golden retriever and poodle mix. We absolutely love the name Oliver. It’s such a PERFECT name for a dog and it fits his personality wonderfully. Hm, we wonder if Oliver will pick up a nickname, like Ollie or Liv. That will be determined in time!
What’s the easiest way to keep your dog healthy this Spring, you may ask? In our opinion, the easiest way to keep your dog healthy is by giving your dog a good grooming. Trimming your dog’s coat shorter as the weather warms up can provide a number of benefits and below we will discuss just a few!
“Nicer” weather typically refers to hotter, sunnier weather. Heat and sun can lead to dehydration and heat stroke. By cutting your dog’s coat you will reduce their exposure to extreme temperatures. Short coats help keep them cool. But beware not to cut too short, you don’t want their skin exposed, which could cause sunburns.
As the weather gets nicer, chances are you will be doing a lot more outdoor activities. More outdoor activities means more exposure to outdoor critters, including ticks and other parasites. Shorter coats means you will be able to spot these creepy crawlers easier so they can be removed. Lastly, many dogs start to shed their coats as the weather warms up. Shorter coats allows for easier shedding, less matting, and gentler brushing, all leading to a happier pup!
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