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Setting the table for your dog

You can spend as much as you want on such basics as bowls for kibble. But what does your dog really need? Dog bowls are often made of stainless steel, ceramic, or plastic. Some things to consider: Ceramic bowls can chip which could scratch, cut and damage his mouth and digestive system. Plastic
bowls are best for dry dog food. The slo-feeder bowl is designed to slow your dog down when eating. This helps with your dogs digestive system and avoids bloat. Stainless steel bowls are best for water because there is no reported leaching risk factors. “Greatpup’s bowls all are sturdy and sufficiently heavy so as not to topple over when your dog is enjoying his meal. Always place food and water
dishes in the same place. Choose a spot that is not in a high foot-traffic area but is visible and easy for your dog to access. Protect your floor with the slop mat so food and water that slops
out of dishes can be easily cleaned up.”Choosing the right bowls for food and water for your dog will keep them happy and healthy.”
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Stuff your dog’s Toppl not your dog! Use kibble, carrot, or peanut butter to stuff the toppl for hours of fun. Made from nontoxic, and 100% recyclable. This toy is for dogs who destroy other toys in minutes. Floats & dishwasher safe. West Paw guaranteed!
Gobble,Gobble:Don’t feed your dog turkey bones. They are sharp and potentially very dangerous.
Frosty bowls Stainless steel bowl keeps your dogs water cold for 6-8 hours.
Freeze blue center core.
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Blindness Awareness Month (Catch-up!)

Blindness Awareness Month (Catch-up!).

Stop Fake Service Dog Products (Petition)

Stop Fake Service Dog Products (Petition).

Beware your dog treat could make your dog sick

524740_520929061272431_1876044485_nI saw this article on Dogs Naturally Magazine. It made me so mad that the Chinese government can get away with making our dogs sick and in some cases even kill our dogs. The only way to stop this madness is to spread the word and don’t buy these products. Be a smart consumer and find out where your treats and dog food are made. All the dog treats on my website are made in the USA. Check them out:

Below is the article and the picture of the products made in China.

Congressman Jerry McNerney wrote a letter to the Chinese government, asking the government to “consider halting production of these chicken jerky treats until the FDA can determine whether or not the products contain tainted material.”

The Chinese government responded to this, saying that “from the perspective of the Chinese side, there might be something wrong with the FDA’s investigation guidance.”

The Chinese are in denial and stores in the US continue to stock their shelves with tainted jerky products.

383 dogs have died and 2,245 more were harmed by jerky products in 2012. Don’t let your dog become a statistic.


Bred to swim

one toy wasn't enough to carry around

one toy wasn’t enough to carry around

Raising guide dogs for the blind is a wonderful fulfilling task that I work on everyday. Part of the training is exposing the dogs to water. Most of the guide dogs are labs and retrievers which are both bred to swim in the lakes and retrieve ducks.

So my dog has been swimming in a lake and ocean. Both times he had hesitation about getting into the water. We encouraged him and let him go into the water at his own pace. Once he gets the confidence to go in far enough that the water was over his head, instinct kicks in and the feet start moving the tail start wagging and off he goes across the lake and through the ocean.

So last week we decided to take him to a pet kennel that has a swimming pool, indoor, of course. We are so excited, our little one hasn’t been able to swim since this summer. Now there is a big difference between a pool and a lake or  ocean. The first thing he did when we went into the pool room was run in and stop. The smell of chlorine made my eyes burns. I can only imagine what the smell was like for him. Because the smell was so strong he didn’t want to get in the water. Once I splashed around, he realized, oh this is water, “I like water”.

In he went. We thought, this is great. The one thing we didn’t realize was that he didn’t know how to get out. He swam to the end of the pool and then tried to get out  by climbing the wall. I am panicking because I see that he is panicking, trying to climb the wet pool wall.  I grabbed his leash hooked it to his collar and lead him back to the pool steps.  I left the leash on for a few laps until I was sure that he understood how to get out.

Once he got it, game on. He swam and swam and swam. There is nothing like seeing a dog do what he was bred to do. Here are some shots of our pool experience


Teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary are my heroes

Watching the horrifying details of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary is heart breaking.  I have been working with first graders for 23 years. To see those precious faces makes my day everyday  and that’s why I love my job.  I am not surprised by any of the actions of the teachers in Sandy Hook elementary school and neither should any of you. You see this tragedy could have happened in any elementary school across American and the teachers would have acted the same way.  What people don’t seem to understand or are surprised by is that we teachers love our students. We are not just responsible for their education but for their safety. It is instinct for us to protect them from harm. We get lots of practice everyday, we protect them from hurt feeling from their classmates  by providing them with a safe and friendly learning environment. We protect them from themselves, by  giving them daily encouragement when they are down on themselves.  We have  high expectations to help them reach their goals. Sometimes we even have to go as far to protect them from their own parents. Not everyone lives in a safe home and sometimes we have to report child abuse.

So when someone comes into a school to do harm to our students. Not one of those teachers thought twice about protecting their students. Without hesitation they put themselves in danger over their students and in one first grade class a teacher laid her body over her students in effort to protect them. All of the teachers in Sandy Hook Elementary school are my new heroes. I can’t imagine what they went through but I am  not surprised by their heroism. I know that my colleges and myself would do the same for our students.

My prayers are with all the families and staff at Sandy Hook.


Pups at Play

I think this is such a great organization. All dogs, including working dogs need their down time.

Help On Four Legs

Remember the post “Tag! You’re it!“? I wanted to back it up with some proof. Check out these hard working CCI dogs having a well deserved pool party.

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pawse for awareness

After hearing all of the news throughout hurricane Sandy and seeing the pictures of the storm and its aftermath, I wanted to do a quick post about 2 things.

1. Thank you to all those who spent time away from your families to man the shelters to stay with the animals throughout the storm. Thank you to all those that helped rescue people and animals in distress.

2. For the people out there who felt that they didn’t need to take their pets with them when they evacuated, you shouldn’t have pets. If you don’t care about their safety or welfare, then you shouldn’t be a pet owner. I do not care what your excuse is unless you are an elderly person or are disabled,  who physically could not move their pet. I always think about how I would take my dog if anything happened. Even if I had to…

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I agree, Bully sticks are a great way to keep your dog busy and distracted when you are stuck inside.

Life With Olive

Olive is paying rapt attention to the discussion among the humans at the dog park about the approaching “Frankenstorm.” Yes, that’s actually what the local paper splashed across the front page in monster-sized type on Friday. “The Rise of Frankenstorm.” It has certainly succeeded in whipping New Jersey and New York residents into a tornadic fever. There’s not a “D” battery, jug of bottled water or generator to be had in the two states about now. I had more important things to do. I had to race to the local feed store (the “candy store” to Olive) and purchase a half dozen bully sticks and a giant knucklebone. If Olive is going to have to be confined indoors for the next 24-36 hours, then this is a must or the two of us will go crazy. Indoors, the bully sticks seem to be Olive’s favorite way of burning off some…

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Shopping for dog food at Walmar


So, I’m at Walmart buying a bag of Purina dog food for my dog. While in the check-out line, a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. Why else would I be buying dog food, RIGHT??? So on impulse I told her that no, I didn’t have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again, and that I probably shouldn’t because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in intensive care with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and all you do is load your pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.) Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff a poodle’s butt and a car hit me. I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. Better watch what you ask me and be prepared for my answer. I have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say.

Now that you’ve read this I have to confess, I copied this, copy and share make someone else laugh!


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