Don't Burn Your Dog's Eyes!
Eclipse! Got yer glasses?
No! Not THESE!
Eclipse glasses! Got 'em? Yeah! What about your dog? (Cat? Horse? Cow?)
Here's what Dr. Google (joke - I mean Google) and a veterinarian I called have to say about pets and the eclipse:
COULD a dog (or any animal) burn his retina looking up at the eclipse? Yes.
WOULD an animal be LIKELY to look at the eclipse? Probably not. But what if he looks up, not out of curiosity, but to look at you, or a bird... Oops. Lifetime damage. Remember, it takes just a few seconds. And you don't FEEL it at the time. It doesn't hurt.
Suggestion: Keep your pets and other animals inside for the eclipse, just in case.
In addition, Dr. Julia Albright, an animal behavior expert at the University of Tennessee, says a dog "might perceive the mid-day darkness as the beginning of a storm," so if your dog has fears during thunderstorms, you may have to take the same measures for the eclipse that you do a storm.
Ok, Kids... Watching the eclipse? Have fun! (But without Fido?)
No Dog Left Behind!
Comfortable Way to Carry Your Dog Everywhere You Go!
Under the umbrella
I saw these great dog packs this morning on Good Morning America. Normally $70, thru GMA, and TODAY ONLY, they are half price, $35. Click here to order TODAY by midnight (and only while supplies last).
If you miss the sale, and still want to purchase one, go to the company's website.
Hope to see you and your kids on the trails. Let 'em run, of course! When they've had enough... pack 'em up! (Remember their water.)
If you need help training your dog to LIKE and STAY IN the pack, I'm your gal! (Remember I can train you by phone, as crazy as it sounds - and I have a money-back guarantee.) And if your dog is afraid of, or resistant to, the pack, DO NOT force him. Call me for help! The more you trigger his fear, the harder it will be - maybe even impossible - to get him to like it.
Most dogs, of course, will LOVE riding around in the pack. HAVE FUN!
Hot Dogs Break my HEART!
It KILLS me when I am out walking and I pass people walking their dogs who are HOT and PANTING HARD (even HEAVING) and clearly needing water... and they don't have any with them.
Dogs get HOT when walking or running. They NEED water.
When I say something about their dog's discomfort ("Silence is the voice of complicity"), they usually say there is water in the car or that the dog can get water when they get home.
Dogs must have water on their walks/runs (year-round), not waiting for them back at home or in the car. For dogs, same as humans, it's UNCOMFORTABLE to be thirsty and not be able to drink.
And if dogs get hot enough, they can suffer heat stroke and die.
I love the Water Rover™ (www.waterrover.com or
It has an attached bowl, and you never have to unscrew the top (even when filling it), or flip open the bowl or even squeeze the bottle. You just lift the stopper tab, hold the bottle horizontally (or lay it on the ground) and the water flows into the bowl. After the dog drinks, tilt the bottle up, and the water flows back inside. No waste!
Water Rover comes in various colors and sizes. It’s easy to carry by holding onto the bowl or by clipping onto your belt or pants and is very reasonably-priced.
Dogs NEED (not just want) water while walking or exercising, especially in warm weather. The Water Rover makes it EASY!
I also love the "Water Hole" for the car!
The Water Hole holds 48 oz. of water and will not splash in the car. I always kept Jetta's in the car 365 days a year. Dogs need access to water 24/7. These bowls cost about $10. Just Google to check 'em out!
NEVER Clip Your Dog's Nails!
Use a Dremel
(Rotary Power Tool)
Waaay Better Than Clipping!
Jetta LOVED getting her nails trimmed with the Dremel
Clipping dogs’ nails can be a bloody disaster. No matter how careful you are, you WILL clip too short at times, hurting your dog, making him bleed and causing him to dread, and even refuse, nail trimming.
I used to always CLIP my dogs' nails, and they all hated it because from time to time I’d accidentally cut too short and hurt them in the process. But when I got my last dog, a Doberman named Jetta (gone now), I discovered the art of using a rotary tool for nail grooming. It is SO MUCH BETTER!
I used a regular Dremel, but the company does make one specially for nail trimming.
This is a power tool; it’s a handheld grinder/sander. It is superior to clippers because it's similar to filing our nails, in that you can sand a little at a time, inspect your progress, and easily stop before going too far. With clipping, you can try to remove a little at a time, but that’s easier said than done. Once you cut the quick, the pain and blood - and the dog's refusals to voluntarily cooperate - are inevitable.
Jetta LOVED nail time. I'd get out the Dremel and she'd THROW herself onto the floor, on her back, with her feet in the air, before I could even sit down! When I was done, I could hardly get her to move. She'd get up, then throw herself back onto the floor, nails in the air. I swear it's true!
The single most important step is the introduction to, and desensitization of, the Dremel's noise and action. There is a process to it. (Don't "just do it!")
Do not do this unless your dog LOVES it. There is work to do with the dog BEFORE ever even touching a nail with it (and depending on the dog, possibly before ever even turning the trimmer on), and it must be done correctly.
I beg you, do not do this unless you know what you are doing because you can cause your dog to NEVER accept it.
Also, if you already know your dog is afraid of, or resistant to, an electric nail trimmer, do not assume that he can NEVER accept it. He may or may not be able. It depends on his temperament, how ingrained the fear is and your ability to work with him.
I can teach you what you need to know to Dremel your dog's nails. Think about having a phone consultation with me. We can do it in about 20-30 minutes.
See the picture of me trimming my Jetta's nails with a Dremel? Whenever I got done, I had to push her out of my lap because she wanted MORE. Do it right and you may easily find your own dog throwing himself onto the floor begging for nail time.
WHEN Can You Break in to a Hot Car?
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