Just a reminder...
Tis the season to renew dog licenses.
For More Information:
For Franklin County, click here.
To learn more about Franklin County Dog Laws, click here.
For Licking County, click here.
For Delaware County, click here. (Scroll down to 'Dog License').
Graphic ©LJFoor. Public domain photo from bing.com image gallery.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Some table-food is great for dogs and cats, and surprisingly, some has some unpleasant, deadly toxic effects.
To make sure you make good memories over the holidays, here is a no frills short-list of toxic foods and ingredients to keep out of the reach of our four-legged family members:
▪ Turkey Skin
▪ Cooked Bones
▪ Onions and Garlic
▪ Grapes and Raisins
▪ Moldy Foods
Also, if food is sitting out, please don't leave it unattended. Dogs will help themselves, even in quantities that can cause them harm.
Click here for OM Times: Holidays and Pets - 8 Thanksgiving Foods That Can Kill Your Dog (Includes an enlarged version of the infographic).
Click here for NorthStar Pet's blog post called Safe at Home about foods your pets can eat and should avoid at all costs.
To check on safe foods for your pet, just google "foods toxic for..."
Monday, November 25, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Update: Saturday, November 23rd -
Jasmine has been reunited with her family!
Jasmine's home is in western Franklin County, Ohio and she was last seen near West Jeff on Hubbard near Amity, north of West Broad, on November 17th.
If you find or see Jasmine, Contact: John Harkins at 614.404.5151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep Jasmine and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
For further details, click here for the Channel 10 WBNS-TV news story.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The cat is not allowed on the furniture.
Alright, the cat can go on the furniture, but NOT the kitchen counter.
OK, the cat can go on the kitchen counter, too... just not when I'm preparing food. Deal?
Fine... The cat can go wherever it wants, whenever it wants, as long as it doesn't swat me in the face at 5:30 in the morning, demanding to be fed.
The cat will be fed at 5:30 in the morning.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Dog clubs and groups are warning their members, so you should know, too.
Is an all-in-one treatment really what your dog needs? First, a panacea approach to treatment doesn't work for humans, so why would it work our pets - in a results not typical world, one size seldom fits all - including the size of your dog (which affects medication and dosage) - make sure that any medication you give your pet hovers around just their needs (and factor in pet age). Like any medication recommended for your pets, look into what your dog is actually, normally, really exposed to and provide preventive medication based on that.
Your vet is your resource and your partner in your pet care routine. Please don't accept a vaccination, fill a prescription, or administer meds on behalf of your pet until you've done your homework; take side effects seriously (I know from experience: my cat Sam had medication-induced diabetes). And, keep in mind that knowing what's in the delivery agent of a vaccine is crucial. That also includes checking where meds and ingredients are manufactured (just because a provider is based in the U.S. doesn't mean the ingredients are all U.S. sourced).
Know how any medication interacts with other medications and even dog breeds, go online to websites (amazon is a great resource) and read customer reviews, and check with not only the FDA, but the EPA (anti-insect infestation meds would be pesticides on some level) - a few minutes of research online will give you a good idea of what's up and help you make important decisions for your dog.
Reminder - what works for dogs may not work for cats or other pets and vice versa!
If you have run into a pet reaction to a medication, treat, or food - help yourself and help others hold manufacturers accountable - file a report with the FDA.
This will get you started:
Check out this WSB-TV, Atlanta story.
SF Gate's Tails of the City on Protecting Pets from Fleas and Ticks.
Snopes.com on Trifexis reports.
Ask A Vet: Is Trifexis safe?
FDA Animal and Veterinary Web Page.
EPA Pets Web Page.
Holistic Alternative Treatment FAQs.
Pet Care Naturally Flea and Tick Treatments.
Natural Dog Health Remedies on Heartworms
Pet MD Natural Flea and Tick Remedies
Graphic ©LJFoor. Public domain photo from bing.com image gallery.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Such a cool idea from Gyspy Barn - flip an old end table, a touch of paint and/or flourish and favorite bedding material and you've got a 4-poster kitty bed! (No offense meant to feline friends, but I could see small dogs digging these, too!)
To Learn More:
Gypsy Barn on Pinterest
On Houzz: Dumpster Decorating: Furnishing Your Home With Repurposed Pieces by Becky Dietrich
Photo by Gypsy Barn Creations.
Pupcakes for everyone!
Dora enjoys her special birthday
pupcake as one of her friends looks on.
I recently attended a celebration for Dora on the occasion of her first birthday... at Worthington's Godown Dog Park, 6099 Godown Road (43235).
It was a great idea and a nice way for friends and family and their dogs to meet up and have a great Sunday morning romp.
The Godown Road Dog Park is easy to get to (it's on Godown Road just past the train tracks, not far from Linworth Road), has plenty of parking, lots and lots of room to run and play, and is just a really nice, natural setting park. Note: be sure to bring some water, for you and your dog.
To learn more about the Godown Road Dog Park....
Click here to visit WOOF - Worthington (Ohio) Organized Off-Leash Friends
Click here to visit Worthington Parks and Rec Godown Road Dog Park Page.
Click here to read up - NorthStar Pet's take on safe play at dog parks.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Halloween and Beggar's Night draws nigh! Halloween is a great holiday for kids, and yes, the little dog dressed like Darth Vader in the commercial is way too cool, and in reality... Halloween is a great holiday for kids....
Keep the scariness and the horror in the fantasy world and keep your pets safe this All Hallow's Eve season:
▪ Candy and confections are for princesses, storm troopers, cowboys, ballerinas, superheroes, and monsters (in other words, people). Plain and simple, human candy is toxic to pets - no sharing. Keep the treats out of reach.
Keep candy wrappers, foil, party decor, and throwaways out of reach.
If treats are in order, make sure they are pet treats, and safe pet treats made in the USA. (No jerky please.)
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Trust the chihuahua aesthetic.
Click the title below for some
excellent interior design advice from
Mitchell Parker of Houzz in his photo essay post:
What Chihuahuas Can Teach Us About Interior Design.
Photo courtesy Houzz.com Traditional Living Room by Westbrookville Interior Designers & Decorators L.A. Design, LLC
Search and Rescue dogs played a huge role in rescue and recovery in the aftermath of the events on September 11, 2001. This summer, Porkchop, the last surviving dog involved in the WTC search and rescue, passed away.
Cesar Millan features a nice tribute to Abby (pictured above) one of the 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs and her human companion, Debra Tosch, on his website, Cesar's Way.
From military to civilian work, Search and Rescue Dogs (and their humans), without ceremony, make a profound difference in our lives everyday.
To read the article on Cesar's Way, click here.
To visit the Search Dog Foundation website, click here.
To learn more about Nona Kilgore Bauer's book: Dog Heroes of September 11th: a Tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs, click here.
Photo from Cesar's Way.
Monday, September 9, 2013
The wind and rain whipping through the branches outside seem to sing in their own language. "Stay on the sofa," they say. "Finish your nap."
Henri, le Chat Noir
Source: Henri, le Chat Noir, on facebook
Photo by Will Braden (aka The Thieving Filmmaker)