Do you have a pet that you are SURE is laughing at you?
Check this out!
ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN PET PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION’S NATIONAL PET OWNERS SURVEY FOR 2012, $52.87 BILLION WILL BE SPENT ON OUR PETS IN THE U.S.!!!!!!!
DO YOU SPOIL YOUR PETS? WE’VE GOT THE BREAK DOWN OF WHERE ALL THIS MONEY IS GOING…
“Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat,” says Dr. Lila Miller, ASPCA Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, “and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly.”
Take these simple precautions, provided by ASPCA experts, to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately.
Visit the Vet
A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventive medication. Do parasites bug your animal companions? Ask your doctor to recommend a safe flea and tick control program.
Made in the Shade
Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to notover-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
Know the Warning Signs
According to Dr. Lila Miller, ASPCA Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, “symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.” Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. “On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time—even with the windows open—which could lead to fatal heat stroke,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. Also, leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states.
Make a Safe Splash
Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.
“During warmer months, the ASPCA sees an increase in injured animals as a result of High-Rise Syndrome, which occurs when pets—mostly cats—fall out of windows or doors and are seriously or fatally injured,” says Dr. Murray. “Pet owners need to know that this is completely preventable if they take simple precautions.” Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut helps prevent overheating. Shave down to a one-inch length, never to the skin, so your dog still has some protection from the sun. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. As far as skin care, be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
One of the things that make me sick is the abuse of animals…and I was alerted by a friend about this recent story.
Supplies needed: sheets, full-size towels, blankets, shredded paper, newspaper and sturdy toys. Donations can be dropped off at the Humane Society of Missouri Headquarters at 1201 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110.
It came up on the show today, and got heated. Two women had it out – it started with one woman saying that children are heathens who should be on leashes in public. Another angry mom said people who leash their children are bad mommys.
I can understand that there are special circumstances – a special needs child for instance – where it could be a good option. Beyond that, I think children are not dogs or slaves and should not be treated as such.
What do you think??
Hello fellow dog lovers. This is an email from a group of dog lovers just like yourself. This sport might’ve started by accident…however it’s unbelievable to watch.
It has been a long winter and thankfully spring is finally here. We would like to welcome all of the new Gateway DockDocks members. Remember to update and add your member information to the club member page of or website www.gwdockdogs.com. Also check out the newbie section for information that is nice to know before you go to an event or practice.
The St Louis Boat Show was once again a great event. We had a lot of first time jumpers who come out and gave it a try. Some took to the dock like a seasoned pro and some were wondering why they were in this big building with all of these strange noises and all of these lights and you want me to do what?… I don’t think so. If your dog was one of those that said “I don’t think so” please don’t be discouraged come out to one of our practices and give it a try in a more natural environment. They might just surprise you!
We will be having practices April through September again this year. The April practices will be on Sunday April 5th from 12-4 and Sunday April 19th from 12-4 at Canine Country. The 12-2 session will be for advanced teams and the 2-4 session will be for beginner teams. If you plan to attend these practices, you must RSVP in advance at email@example.com and let us know which session you would like to attend. If you show up at practice and did not RSVP, we will have to ask you to leave and RSVP for the next practice as space is limited and Canine Country is private property.
Saturday, May 16th will be a day of fun and promotion for Gateway DockDogs! All members are encouraged to participate in the 2009 Bark in the Park at Forest Park, proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Missouri. If you would like to join us for this event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – we would be happy to add you to the Gateway DockDogs Team! The walk starts at 11:00 a.m. After Bark in the Park, Gateway DockDogs will be traveling from Forest Park to the Duck Club Yacht Club in Saint Charles for a FREE fun jump and BBQ. The Duck Club will also have food, live music, and a cash bar. More details coming soon!
We are going to have several opportunities to participate in events over the summer this year. June will start off with the Canine Cannonball event at the Lake of the Ozarks. If would like more information about this event go to the following link
Gateway DockDogs is also hosting two competitions in July. We have added an event this year at the Lincoln County Fair in Troy, Missouri, July 14th – July 18th and back by popular demand will be the St. Charles County Fair in Wentzville, Missouri, July 29th – Aug 1st. We are very excited about both of these events. Also, we will be having a kids only wave at each of these events. Watch for more information to come about both of these events.
We will also be returning to the Washington Town and Country Fair in Washington, Missouri, August 7th – August 9th. This event was also an awesome event last year.
240 Magee Street, Suite 245, Troy, MO 63379
Derrick Keith, our All Request Nights king here at WIL, puts up a weekly blog called “Derrick’s Pet Of The Week” in which he posts adorable, sweet, well just darn cute pets that are available for adoption through the Humane Society. (You definitely should check it out!) Well, going along with that, I was sent an email from a friend of mine and normally I’m not much on those forward emails, but I just loved this, and I hope you will to! It certainly left a tear in my eye! Read on:
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past.
I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today!
The American Kennel Club says the Labrador Retriever is the most popular pure-bred dog in the United States for the 18th consecutive year. More than 100,000 Labs were registered last year, more than twice as many other breed. The Yorkshire Terrier came in second place with nearly 42,000 registrations, followed by the German Shepherd, the Golden Retriever, the Beagle, the Boxer and the Dachshund. The Bulldog is moving up the list with a 69 percent increase over the past decade, jumping two spots this year to number eight. Last year it made the top 10 for the first time in 70 years. The Poodle and the Shih Tzu completed the top 10.
… Other breeds on the rise over the past decade are the Miniature Bull Terrier, up 109 percent, the Bull Terrier (102 percent), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (69 percent) and the Bullmastiff (22 percent). Among the breeds on the decline are the Lhasa Apso, down 80 percent, Rottweiler (down 76 percent), Schipperke (75 percent), the Basset Hound (66 percent) and the Miniature Pinscher (75 percent).
I was glad to see the beagle on the list! I have the cutest beagle. Her name is Violet and she sleeps about 23 hrs a day! I love her so much and I am think I am even going to get her out of bed and do the Bark in the park this year! Here is the info about the event in the spring but you can already begin to register at http://member.hsmo.org/site/TR/Events/BarkinthePark?fr_id=1050&pg=entry
The event is Saturday, May 16, 2009
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Walk starts at 11 a.m.
Cricket Field in Forest Park
I have attached a pic of Violet. This is one she is really exuding allot of energy
So many people make the investment of purchasing a video camera and never use it…I’m guilty too. If you have children or pets a charged up video camera is a must. You don’t want to miss your dog talking!
There are a lot of those “Why this is better than that” lists. This is one of the funniest I’ve found. Ladies you may not agree.
WHY SOME MEN HAVE DOGS AND NOT WIVES.
The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.
Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.
A dog’s parents never visit.
Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.
You never have to wait for a dog; they’re ready to go 24 hours a day.
Dogs find you amusing when you’re drunk.
Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.
A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, “If I died, would you get another dog?”
A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.
If a dog smells another dog on you, they don’t get mad. They just think it’s interesting.
Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.
If a dog leaves, it won’t take half of your stuff.