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Desert Dangers: Rattlesnakes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

We’re continuing our discussion of the deadly dangers in the desert for pets. Today, we’re discussing one of the most obvious ones: rattlesnakes.

Since I’ve lived here, I’ve seen my fair share of snakes. They are very common down here and you’ll run into them if you spend any amount of time hiking or working outdoors. They show up everywhere, from the middle of the city to the outskirts of town. If you visit Arizona, you’re likely to see one as well - our snake seasons seem to be getting a bit extended and even in winter, you can run into one.

Snakes and Pets

Approximately 300,000 dogs and cats are bitten each year by snakes. This number increases each year, and that number was taken in 2011. So, you do the math.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:48
Before and After Pictures of Rescued Pets Show Inner Beauty PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Sunday, 27 July 2014 21:39

As humans, we are often conditioned to judge others by outward appearances. Nowhere is this habit more deadly than in the animal shelter environment. First impressions are indeed the most critical, but it can be difficult to see through mats and dirt and anti-social behavior when you’re looking to adopt a new pet. The animals at shelters are going through the most difficult times of their lives and it can be hard to look past the fear, depression and abuse.

That’s why I love this new program from Wahl and called One Picture Saves (The Dirty Dogs Program). Not only are they taking the time to profile the true beauty of shelter animals with makeovers, they are encouraging adoption by focusing on pets that need homes. (More info on how shelters can participate is below).

By showing the inner beauty of animals, they may just encourage more adoptions and help much needed funds to assist in the time and energy it takes to rehabilitate animals.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 22:14
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
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