Diligent Dog Travels 500 Miles Trying to Get Home

Sometimes time and space are irrelevant when it comes to the devotion that occurs between pets and their people.

Six months ago, Mark Wessells, drove his black lab mix Buck 500 miles away to his father’s property in Winchester, VA. Buck needed to have a safe, spacious place to stay while Mark was temporarily unable to take care of his dog while relocating to another home in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. One week later, the dog disappeared. After a fruitless search, the Wessells concluded Buck had probably been stolen, since he is a beautiful, friendly dog. Continue reading

Watch Out, Fido! Facebook Says You’re Fake!

Facebook has announced that they are going to be deleting 83 million fake and duplicate accounts. This includes your pets’ profile pages, and companies using the Facebook profiles. According to them, these profiles violate the social network’s terms of service by falling into one of three categories: duplicate accounts, misclassified accounts, and undesirable spam-type accounts. Continue reading

Study Reveals Pets Inspire Confidence, Reduce Stress

Perhaps you’ve been aware of the studies that show how pets reduce blood pressure and are good for your health, but an Israeli study done last year reveals that a positive relationship with your pet inspires confidence as well as lowering stress and its physical symptoms. These benefits only apply, however, if the animal is viewed favorably. If the animal is considered to be a nuisance; well, let’s just say you’d better find some love in your heart for your furry friends! Continue reading

BAXTER WANTS YOU! (To be Safe this Independence Day)

Yes, folks, it’s time for my obligatory summer safety public service announcements. We know you’re looking forward to a much-needed holiday tomorrow, and so am I! I’ve been working like a dog for our valued customers. Without air conditioning too, I might add! Darn hailstorm took out the AC unit!

First things first… we four-leggers really don’t understand this celebration of Independence. Although I am a seasoned world traveler, I still love coming home to my slippers and adore my treats that my staff lavish upon me, humble though I may be. Ms. Boo and her feline cohorts seem to cherish independence a bit more, but I digress… back to the issue of SAFETY! Continue reading

Animal Advocates, Part 1: The Dog Files

I just got back from the BlogPaws convention in Salt Lake City and was gratified to meet many amazing animal advocates. These are just regular people who have found themselves on the front lines of being the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Continue reading

Best of the Best: Tips for Keeping Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

Baby, it’s hot outside! And if you’re like me, it’s hot inside too since I’m probably the only person in the U.S. suburbs that doesn’t have air conditioning. Yes, I hear your collective gasp. So we have developed tips for keeping our cool. Like people, dogs can suffer from sunburns, dehydration, and heat stroke.  But for dogs, keeping cool can be especially tricky since they can only regulate body temperature through sweating through their foot pads, by panting, and drinking water.

For some breeds, like this pug and other snub-nosed varieties, breathing issues can be exacerbated during hot spells, so keeping cool for them is particularly important. But all dogs must be looked after in the heat. Continue reading