Monday, May 18, 2015

NorthStar Pet: Dog Bite Awareness 24.7.365

May 17th through 23rd is Dog Bite Awareness week. 

I have come across knowledge of two situations just within the past few months, where a rescue dog was rehomed (a new client - these are people who were well-intentioned, but more in love with the idea of a family dog, having no knowledge of the realities; it was in the dog's best interest to be rehomed, and I applaud them for seeing that), and a dog was unnecessarily euthanized without a second thought (a story about the family member of a neighbor of a client - sometimes people tell me things I wish I'd never heard, because I can't unhear something) because of a dog bite. Both circumstances escalated because of the pet owners lack of understanding of dogs - dogs as family members and the effort that comes with that, that dogs are not humans, and understanding dog energy, point-of-view, physiology, proxemics, and body language.   

Bringing a dog into a family is more than just a cool idea - you become the guardian of that animal for life - two species who share an environment. 

Every member of the family needs to understand the pets they share a household with.

Having a pet is an enriching experience that cannot be phoned in. It just takes some effort, education, respect... and love.

(Image courtesy of the AVMA on Pinterest.)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

NorthStar Pet: Spring Forward

Spring forward on March 8th (2 a.m.).

Time zones and calendars are a human construct!

Just a reminder to give yourself and your pets 
a chance to adjust to the time change and 
the resulting change in your schedule.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

NorthStar Pet: Service Dogs for Vets

Meet USMC Veteran Kenny Bass and his service dog, Atlas.

Kenny Bass has started a foundation that  focuses on getting service dogs for veterans.

Learn more:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

NorthStar Pet: You're Home!

Just for you to enjoy,

Coldwell Banker is running this ad tonight during the Oscar telecast.
All the dogs in this ad are rescues! And, this ad is to help 
raise awareness of the Home for Dogs Project.

Source: The Examiner.

NorthStar Pet: Welcome Home K9 Officer Karson

This is a good day.

The lost is FOUND!

After nearly 2 months, Wilmington, Ohio K9 Officer Karson is by his partner's side again. Officer Jerry Popp posted on facebook just a little while ago that Karson is sitting next to him and is found! And, Karson is in good health.

Welcome Home, Karson!

For more info:

K9 Karson on facebook

Update from the Wilmington News Journal by Gary Huffenburger.

Photo courtesy K9 Karson on facebook.

NorthStar Pet: Caveat Emptor - Beneful Dog Food

Serious pet care news: If you are feeding your dog or cat Beneful, please be aware that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Nestle Purina for toxic ingredients in Beneful dog food.

If you are looking to make a change, here is a place to start: Dog Food Advisor.

I recommend taking a look at batch brands like Merrick, Orijen, and Acana.

For more information:

Seattle Dog Spot.

Animal Parents Against Pet Treats and Food Made In China.

Dogington Post.

Top Class Actions. 

Consumer Affairs. 

The Daily Beast.

Rodney Habib, Pet Nutritionist on facebook.  

Monday, February 16, 2015

NorthStar Pet: Snow Day!

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing,
wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; 
there is really no such thing as bad weather, 
only different kinds of good weather.
John Ruskin

Thanks to Lucky Puppy for posting this awesome image!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NorthStar Pet: Valentine Wishes!

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, 
how much the heart can hold. 
Zelda Fitzgerald

Wishing you big hugs, purrs, 
wagging tails, snuggles, and unconditional love!
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NorthStar Pet: My Smelly Valentine

February is Skunk Love Season.

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Advise:

Love is in the air in your Metro Parks and it stinks to high heaven as skunk mating season is underway. Skunks spray when around each other this time of year. Females who are not yet ready to breed let the males know they are uninterested with a squirt. Male skunks spritz other males in territorial/mate scuffles. Just keep your distance.

Skunks are both suburban and rural dwellers, so keep a careful eye out when you are driving (especially at dusk and dawn) and on dog walks. You also may see skunks out during the day. I've had one day time skunk encounter - we showed immediate respect and calmly got out of the way - the skunk was more interested in where it was headed, it was aware of us, but did not see us as any kind of threat.

Skunks usually spray as a last resort, when they feel there is no way out, but right now, they are pretty quick to spray.

Learn more:

From NorthStar Pet: Handling Skunk Encounters 

Photo courtesy of Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NorthStar Pet: Smell Ya Later... and Now... and in the Future.....

This is a great, quick video from TED about how a dog's nose works.

What's new? What's old? What changed? When dogs are out on walks and in their yards sniffng around, I always say it's about building and updating "the database." The piles of poo and hydrants your dog stops to sniff and never wants to leave, are the canine equivalent of facebook!

In Short Guide to a Happy Dog, Cesar Millan explains, "What we see, we experience. What a dog smells, he [or she] experiences."

Cesar also reminds us: People tell us stories. Dogs tell us the truth.

It's all in how each species navigates the world.

Keep an open mind also, in caring for your dog's fabulous nose. I walk dogs that will sniff every blade of grass in a given area - just taking it all in. They are also sniffing in chemicals, toxins, bacteria, and all sorts of "micro-things" that can have a serious cumulative effect over a lifetime. Something I'll cover in another post..... - Linda.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NorthStar Pet: Feline (and Human) Dream House

I love cats because I enjoy my home, 
and little by little they become its visible soul. 
Jean Cocteau 

A beautiful home filled with kindness, love, and  living art. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

NorthStar Pet: Bowl Season

This Sunday, February 1st is a big day for football in the USA!

First, for the humans, 6:30 p.m. ET, NBC New England Patriots @ Seattle Seahawks from University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ.

Learn more: Official NFL Super Bowl website link.

Most importantly, it's Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl time!

Tune into the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark Channel, starting Noon ET.

Official Kitten Bowl Website.

Kitten Bowl on facebook.

Tune into the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, starting 3 p.m. ET

Official Puppy Bowl Website.

Puppy Bowl on facebook.

Who wins? Who Cares?!!

Photos courtesy of Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NorthStar Pet: The 2015 Budweiser Super Bowl Ad

It's Here! 
The 2015 Budweister Super Bowl Ad. 
The story continues in "Lost Dog."

Music: I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) performed by Sleeping At Last

Watch: "Lost Dog" Behind the Scenes.

Watch: The 2014 Budweiser Super Bowl Ad: "Puppy Love."

Music: Let Her Go performed by Passenger

Learn more: "Puppy Love" behind the scenes. 

Watch: The 2013 Budweiser Super Bowl Ad: "Brotherhood."

Music: Landslide Performed by Stevie Nicks