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Spring Safety and Puppies

With springtime here, your puppy will have lots more opportunity to play in the yard. Be sure you've kept all the dangerous plants out of his paw-reach! Keep spring plants safe from puppies (and vice versa).

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Unite to Fight Pet Cancer

Saturday April 19, 2014

German shepherd and catMorris Animal Foundation, a leader in animal health research, has launched a new initiative Unite to Fight Pet Cancer to help cats and dogs in the fight against pet cancer. Jonathan Goldsmith, "the most interesting man in the world," has joined the program to help promote a "virtual walk" to raise funds in these efforts.

My family includes a 17-year-old cat, a seven-year-old German Shepherd, and a 10-month-old kitten. I want them ALL to have healthy, long lives. Cancer is a thief of time...and love. I'm delighted to learn that Cat Fancy magazine has also joined in as one of the supporters of the campaign.

Also joining Goldsmith in the fight against pet cancer is Foundation friend, The Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. As part of this campaign, Blue Buffalo will match all donations made to Morris Animal Foundation up to $50,000 through the end of June.

Sign up here for the Sunday June 22 walk to honor your pets and save the lives of future animal companions.

Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC


Brussels Griffon, Bullmastiff, Bull Terrier & Cairn Terrier Puppies

Sunday April 13, 2014

Bullmastiff PuppiesI've been hard at work publishing some more Breed At A Glance looks at some of your favorite puppy breeds. Because I'm writing these from an A to Z list, these latest breeds don't appear to have all that much in common. They range in size from about 10 pounds to over 100 pounds (the "big one" is in that picture!), have both smooth and rough coats, and are high energy to laid back pooches. Aren't you glad there are so many varieties? That way there's a perfect puppy pick for everyone!

Check out these new articles about the Brussels Griffon, Bullmastiff, Bull Terrier (in 2 sizes and 2 varieties!) and Cairn Terrier

Image Copr. Photodisc/Getty Images

URIPALS Adds Dog Park to Domestic Violence Shelter

Friday April 4, 2014

Ribbon Cutting URIPALS dog park

Studies of domestic violence are linked to animal abuse. Nearly half of domestic violence victims won't leave their abusive situations because they're afraid what would happen if they left pets behind.  Heck, I wouldn't want to leave my pets behind! But sadly, many shelters for human domestic abuse victims don't have accommodations for pets.

URIPALS dog park

The Urban Resource Institute (URI) in New York, New York launched last June as a pilot program for domestic violence survivors to bring along their cats and other small pets. And now, thanks to Nestle Purina Pet Care, dogs are welcome, too! Read all about it here.

Pictured from L-R, are: Jane Hoffman, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals; Rose Pierre-Louis, Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence; Nathaniel Fields, Urban Resource Institute; Whittaker Mack, Urban Resource Institute; Lindsey Hogan, Nestlé Purina PetCare; Amritpal "Paul" Singh, New Age Global Builders. All turned out for the ribbon cutting ceremony on a new dog park built especially for URIPALS.

Images Copr. Nestle Purina PetCare

April is National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Thursday April 3, 2014

ASPCA Dog Fight Event Banner

How can anyone be cruel to a puppy? But it happens--as in this horrific story of a Collie puppy shot in the jaw (it's a HOPEFUL story, though). I hate writing about such things because it depresses me and there doesn't seem to be a lot that can be done about it after the fact. But you can be alert to the signs of neglect or abuse and become pro-active by reporting abuse and getting at risk puppies (and other pets...and KIDS!) help before it's too late. Watch for signs such as:

  • Untreated wounds, sores, limping, weakness
  • Obvious illness (discharge from eyes or nose)
  • Poor grooming (matted fur, parasites, etc)
  • So thin you see the ribs
  • Collars too tight
  • Someone threatening/striking the animal
  • Unavailable food/water
  • Inadequate shelter

Pit Bull Puppy on chain for dog fightOn Tuesday April 8, the ASPCA shines a light on the horrors of dog fighting, yet another way our animal companions are abused and neglected. Check out their National Dog Fighting Awareness Day webpage and join the experts at this Google+ Hangout to find out how you can help stamp out the horrors of dog fighting. You'll see:

  • Premier of short documentary about dog fighting
  • Myths debunked about the dogs, the people and the so-called "sport"
  • Virtual photo-gallery/museum covering dog fighting
  • Profiles of rescued dog-victims

The goal of this day-long event is to better inform the animal-loving community that dog fighting isn't an isolated criminal act--it's everyone's problem--and that you can help.

Image Copr. ASPCA


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