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Desert Dangers: Toads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

I live in Arizona, one of the most hostile, yet hauntingly beautiful places in the world. Arizona is home to the Sonoran desert, which is filled with dangers to us and to our pets. Since many visitors may not know about these when they first arrive, I wanted to talk about a few of those this month and make sure everyone knows understands that the desert can be deadly if you’re not on your guard. Today we're talking about one thing visitors may not expect: toads.

The Sonoran Desert Toad

This toad is one of Arizona’s largest toads. It can grow to over 7.5 inches in length but they also come in very small sizes (less than an inch), so it’s very tough sometimes to know what your pet got ahold of.

However, the symptoms your pets will experience are mostly unforgettable. The Sonoran toad secretes a toxin that actually has many valid uses - including protection for the toad. We see these guys throughout the lowlands in Arizona, particularly in the summer months during monsoon season (which runs from late June through late August).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 23:12
Books for Dog Lovers: In Dogs We Trust PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

When I first met Lon Hodge and his wonder dog, Gander, at BlogPaws this year, I didn't know of their fame. But after meeting them, I can totally understand why they are such a beloved couple. Their travels take them around the world, and Gander is their selected leader, guide to this veteran and his travels.

In Dogs We Trust: Tales of Unconditional Love, Inspiration and Service is a lovingly selected collection of short stories selected by Hodge and Gander. You’ll experience nearly every emotion as you read this anthology - from essays about the inner workings of a dog’s mind to the love and loss we all experience with our pets.

Training Tips: How to Reduce Barking In Public PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathrine Breeden   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 00:00

We've all had it happen - your dog embarrasses you while you're out and about by barking at another dog, or barking from the window of your car at trucks that go by. This week, we're looking at ways to help you stop that annoying behavior and since I'm not in anyway a trainer, we brought in a professional to help us do it...

If your dog doesn’t pay attention to you, or barks at other dogs and/or people, here’s a method that can strengthen your bond with your dog, increase her attention, and reinforce “no barking”. This is not a treatment for aggressive reactivity, it’s for over excited, frustrated, friendly greeters.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 19:17
How Much Water Does Your Pet Need? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

Animals are as prone to dehydration as we are. July is Pet Hydration Month and we want to make sure your pet is getting plenty of fresh water to drink and that you know how to tell if your pet is dehydrated.

Water supports our pets and our own health and well-being. Without water, we cannot have proper organ function or digestion, and our bodies cannot remove waste from our systems. The human body is made up of 65% water, but our pets bodies consist of nearly 80% water. This makes proper hydration even more important as very serious health issues can develop when your pets don’t consume enough H20.

As you probably all know by now, we live in the deserts of Arizona, which is why we are so concerned with water intake and why we take it so seriously. Summers definitely take their toll on our pets, especially with the relatively new addition of haboobs covering us in dust a few times each summer, which leaves our normally beautiful desert that looks like this:

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 16:57
Titus: A Cautionary Tale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

There are a lot of things wrong in today's society. I could give you a list, but I'm sure we all have our own opinion on the issues our nation faces. Today, you get to read about one of mine: the fact that we are a throwaway society, particularly when it comes to animals.

I want to talk about what happens in a shelter when you decide to give up a pet. While most of my readers already know what happens, I’m hoping I can prevail upon you to share this story with those who don’t know; those who list animals on Craigslist as “free to a good home” or drop it off at the humane society because they believe the dog or cat "will be better off" and that since the humane society touts themselves as a "no kill" society, that their pet is safe.

Because as George RR Martin writes, "If you think this story has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention..."

Today, I want to tell you a story about a dog named Titus. Titus is a dog that was owned by a 20-something female. This person got Titus as a puppy and for just over a year, they lived a happy life together, sharing a home with a cat and Titus' best friend, a husky.

I’m not sure why the girl decided to give Titus up other than she gave everyone the old, "I have to move and can't take him with me" excuse. I'm sure he was just impacting her social life too much. All I know is when I came into the picture...

A friend of the owner sent me a picture of the dog and said that the owner had begun looking for a home for Titus.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 20:22
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