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Archive for February, 2011

Are America’s Pets Too Fat?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

America is in the midst of an obesity crisis. That’s not news to anyone who’s been watching the news: from MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinkski to First Lady Michelle Obama, we’ve been hearing lots of leaders detailing the need for healthier diets and more exercise. Today, however, we hear that it’s not just our couch-loving, web-surfing selves that are getting too big. Our pets are fat too.

A study released Wednesday morning found that about 93 million dogs and cats in America — more than half of the country’s total of 170 million — are overweight or obese. There are many drawbacks for both dogs and cats that are carrying too much weight. Animals are by nature designed to be very active, yet they are living lifestyles that afford little opportunity for physical activity and play. As much as we love our pets – and we do! – the fact remains that the vast majority of pet owners are away from home for long periods of time each and every day. We have to go to work to pay the bills!

Cohasset dog walking services and other pet services are resources that pet owners can use to improve their dog’s overall health. Regular exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Dogs that are carrying extra pounds, like people, need to get up and move. You simply don’t burn enough calories wandering from the living room to the kitchen to the bedroom and back again – which is about the extent of most dog’s ranges!

Regular dog exercise has many benefits. Dogs are social animals: interacting with a Cohasset dog walker or the other dogs that may be getting their exercise at the same time provides a tremendous benefit to a dog’s emotional and mental health. This can cut down on destructive behavior.

We love our dogs and we want them to live a long time. Exercise helps make that happen!

Hull Dog Day Care: Why Are Dogs Destructive?

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

“Prince is a digger.”  Angie hugged Prince, a four year old Boston Terrier, close beside her on the couch.  “He claws at the door, near the windows, anywhere he thinks he can get outside.”  Prince’s busy feet have caused Angie lots of stress and aggravation.  “My landlord was furious when he came in and saw the door and the wall next to the door. It wound up costing me almost a thousand dollars to pay for the repairs. I promised him Prince would stop – and I can’t afford for him not to!”

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Ms. Beatha Lee for President!

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

What is your dog getting up to while you’re not at home? Many of us worry about what happens when we leave our dogs alone. Destructive behavior such as chewing on furniture and scratching walls is often prompted by long hours alone, which contribute directly to canine anxiety. No one loves coming home to shredded cushions and crumbling wallboard – but that’s nothing compared to the chaos Virginia resident Mark Crawford is facing.

You see, your dog might get into the pantry.  Mark Crawford’s dog, Ms. Beatha Lee, has gotten into politics.  Her first appearance on the ballot resulted in the Wheaten Terrier being unanimously elected – as president of the Hillbrook-Tall Oaks Civic Association.

No one knew the candidate was a dog, which is a point many politicians, particularly those in tough districts, may want to take note of.  It truly is a dog-eat-dog world out there.  Ms. Beatha Lee, however, has pledged to govern with an even paw, and has thus far been delegating the majority of her duties to her vice president, Mark Crawford.

Scituate Pet Sitting

Whether you want to keep your dog out of your home office or the Oval Office, pet sitting services may be the answer.  Dogs and cats get themselves into difficulty (or elected position) when they find themselves alone, without adequate stimulation or companionship.  This leads to destructive behavior, which can be prompted by anxiety, depression, or boredom.

Pet sitting helps ensure your dog has the companionship every dog needs.  Dog walking services gets your dog out of the house.  Regular exercise is good for your dog’s physical, emotional, and mental health.  When you’re at the office or traveling, you might not be able to make it home regularly to take your canine companion for a stroll. Scituate dog walking services can handle that for you – effectively eliminating the causes of destructive behavior.

Spending $160,000 on the Dog? Pampered Pooches

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

We all love our dogs – but Louise Harris is taking that love to new (and expensive!) heights.  Profiled in the Oddity Collector blog, Harris shares the news that she’s spent over $160,000 in the past six years, buying jewelry and accessories for her three dogs.

$160,000 will buy an awful lot of Milkbones.

Or, you know, a house.

How do you know when you’re spending far too much money on your dogs and when you’re making a reasonable expenditure to make sure your canine companions have a healthy, happy life?

The answer will be different for everyone.  After all, Ms. Harris has admitted that her behavior is completely over the top – yet she keeps doing it.  People whose priorities are a little more down to Earth seem to agree that there are more reasonable limits to be set.  The question becomes what does it take to make your dogs happy?

Dogs don’t want diamond-studded collars and designer outfits.  Truth be told, there’s not a single dog on this planet who can reliably tell the clearest, purest diamonds from cut glass.  We love dogs because they’re not class conscious: a dog’s love is unconditional, based not on what we own but who we are.

When you’re spending money on your dog, spend it on those things that will actually make your dog happier and healthier.  Dogs who spend a lot of time alone, when their owners are working, often suffer from depression and anxiety. Investing in dog daycare or Norwell dog walking service will ensure that your dog has a chance to socialize, both with people and with other dogs. This will benefit them far more than even the most astonishing bit of jewelry.  Dogs are social animals: they realize tremendous benefits from being around other animals and people.

Having a pet sitter or pet nanny to watch over your dog while you’re away means more to them than any trinket or bauble you could buy.  All our dogs really want is our love.

Pembroke: What Your Dog Thinks About All Of This Snow and Ice!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The Groundhog’s Day blizzard is barely behind us and word has arrived that another big storm is thinking about heading our way.  What does your dog think about the tons of snow out there?

Here’s some surprising facts about dogs and winter weather:

Snow Is Great Fun!

When they’re feeling happy and healthy, dogs love playing in the snow.  Snow changes the experience of being outside: dogs get to dig, burrow, slide and fling themselves into the white powder with abandon.  Now, depending on the breed of dog you have, you may need to protect their paws with booties and have them wear a coat before they play outside.  Safety first!  Dog daycares offer indoor and outdoor play opportunities: this gives your dog a chance to enjoy the snow.

Exercise is Essential

It might be twenty degrees below zero with snowdrifts the size of small water buffalo but your dog still needs to get out and move.  Physical exercise is absolutely essential for optimal canine health.  Unfortunately, the warmest hours of the day are often while most people are at work.  Working with your Pembroke dog walking service helps your dog get the exercise they need.

Winter Makes Us Thirsty!

It’s especially important to make sure your dogs have plenty of fresh water to drink during the winter.  You might find your dog eating more than usual too: expending energy outdoors during the winter burns a lot of calories!  Some dogs will try to ‘eat’ the snow, but this does not and cannot replace a readily available fresh water supply.

Fur Coats Are Only So Warm!

Temperatures that are uncomfortable, perhaps even dangerous, to humans are uncomfortable, perhaps even dangerous, for dogs.  Exercise common sense and good judgment. Limit the amount of time spent according to conditions when going outdoors with your dog – or letting your dog out to play or go to the bathroom.  Extreme cold can lead to hypothermia, frostbite, and worse for a dog.