Friday, August 29, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Westerville's Dog Paddle!

Bring your dog out for a dip in the pool Monday before Highlands Park Aquatic Center closes for the season. Click or tap here for complete details on Doggie Paddle.

Highlands Park Aquatic Center is located at 245 S. Spring (just south of Walnut St.).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Find Momo

Find Momo is a delightful photo journal of the relationship of two friends, Andrew Knapp and his border collie Momo.

Here's the story of Find Momo:

The photographs are wonderful, then there is the fun of finding Momo, the best hider ever!

Go Find Momo website.

Now a book!

Friday, August 8, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Honoring the Cat

Photo by João Domingues

The smallest feline is a masterpiece. Leonardo da Vinci

August 8, 2014 is International Cat Day.

Please click/tap below to enjoy this beautiful collection of black and white photos of cats beings cats in shadow and light.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

NorthStar Pet: To Run Through the Woods

Bryan and Kaia's Trek

Bryan and Kaia have been friends for years,
and they love riding through the woods!

Thanks to The Animal Rescue site for sharing this cool video.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Do Dogs Get Jealous?

There is a news story on the radar right now about a study that may illustrate that dogs get jealous. And, I know from reading comments associated with the study results, many pet owners agree that dogs and cats can display jealousy. 

Everyone's experience is their experience, results not typical!

I have my own opinion of the study - that includes asking the question as to why such a small sampling with this construct and methodology would be given so much credibility and draw so many far reaching conclusions - such as jealousy is a primordial emotion. This study was completed with a small sample (36 dogs) in a brief period of time and it measured a dog observing human interaction (their human) with an animatronic dog, a book, and a plastic pumpkin in a dog's home environment.  I see a lot of preconceived assumptions in this study, including the sort of insulting assumption that like the animatronic dog, a dog is a dog is a dog.

Any dog/cat 'parent' can tell you one size does not fit all. 

Like any study that can be subjectively interpreted, I think that we will see the results we want to see, here.

Is this a fact or is it a belief? I still say belief and not fact. I think we have to look at how a dog's behavior is intrinsically informed. What's in it for the dog from his/her point-of-view, psychology, DNA, needs, age, physical condition, instincts, environment, and so forth.

And, what concerns me here is that a study like this can potentially inform how we love, train, and raise our pets.

I'm not big on anthropomorphizing the behavior of animals we share the earth with - they have their own way of navigating their world in which we all co-exist.

My own opinion - No, dogs don't get jealous. And, this video from Cesar Millan offers a good explanation.

Jealousy, along with shame, deceit, sloth, and contempt, are human constructs and human attributes. Dogs and humans share versions of the following emotions: excitement/arousal, distress, contentment, disgust, fear, anger, joy, suspicion/shyness, affection/love.

Humans and dogs share their home-life, but we are two different species who have learned to coexist in a beneficial, very big way.

Animals are indeed sentient beings. Dogs absolutely love and are absolutely real in every moment. In their brief time on earth, I don't believe they have the capability or need to take on our trifling ways!

To learn more:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Call to Action

Great and doable advice from HSUS. Those of us who know and care, we need to band together, not to judge and do nothing, but to take action, when we can, teach and lead others by our example.

HSUS Advice (Save this infographic or add this link to your bookmarks):

Take down the car's make, model, and license plate number.

If this is a retail or restaurant establishment's parking lot or event venue ask a decision maker or security personnel to make a public announcement.

Call the authorities - have the numbers in your directory.

Safe Keeping. Well Being.

Friday, July 4, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Exponentially LOUD!!!

With hearing exponentially more sensitive than ours, more dogs runaway over the July 4th holiday than any other time of year!

To learn more about helping your dog through the Independence Day Weekend, click or tap here.

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, happy 
Independence Day Weekend!

NorthStar Pet: If You Love 'Em You'll Leave 'Em Home

Summer has indeed arrived!

With the heat and humidity in the forecast and throughout the summer, unless you are traveling together in climate control and exiting the vehicle at your destination at the same time, please leave your BCFF (Best Canine Friend Forever) at home.

Leaving a dog in a vehicle on a hot day, even with the windows cracked or down, for any length of time, is not cool. And, no matter what you tell yourself, you're never going to be "just a minute." (And, even "just a minute" is too long.) Wise up!

We the people, need to be willing take action: 

- Take down the car's make, model, and license plate number.

- If this is a retail or restaurant establishment's parking lot or event venue ask a decision maker or security personnel to make a public announcement.

- Call the authorities - have the numbers in your directory.

- If you don't already know, find out what your local authorities want you to do when you find a pet in a hot car, and have a plan of action in your mind.

If you see a dog in a hot car, in Westerville contact the police dispatcher without hesitation at 614.882.7444. The dispatcher will send an officer and contact Westerville Animal Control Officer Kim Stambaugh. In Genoa Township, contact the police at 614.568.2060.

For more info click or tap:

NorthStar Pet's Dog Days of Summer

Great Hot Weather Advice from HSUS

Care2's What To Do When You See a Dog in a Hot Car

Sunday, June 8, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Cats Rule

What greater gift than the love of a Cat?
- Charles Dickens

NorthStar Pet: Border Collie Summer Fun

Border collies enjoy the settings on a 
hose nozzle equipped with a cam!


Note: There is music.

Friday, May 30, 2014

NorthStar Pet: The Nature of Fun

Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! 
It is fun to have fun, But you have to know how.
~ Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

We all know how to have fun - it's our nature!! 
Sometimes, we just need to remember.

Thanks, Dexter, for the reminder!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Play is Easy!

 Charcoal the Lab will tell you - Play is Easy!

Hope you Enjoy.

Note: This video has music.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Smart Dog!

Gus can teach us all a lot about 
problem solving on-the-fly!

Please enjoy!