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This page will have items of interest concerning dog related events, plus links to other interesting sites and the odd ball items for sale.
Check back often to keep undated on closer dates, dog training and the ever popular Dog & Owner Potluck party!
This is my cat Mr. Bo Jangles.
Bo has been raised around many dogs and due to this does not really know that he is a cat. There will be times you can find Bo out in the yard playing tag with the dogs.  This confuses many dogs!
Fun With Fido:
 What's In Your Pooch's First-Aid Kit?
Originally published on August 06, 2009
Like parents tending to kids' skinned knees, most dog owners will occasionally have to nurse their pets' scrapes, scuffs, or other minor injuries. Yep, accidents happen. But you can make such mishaps more manageable by following the old scouting motto: Be prepared. That means having a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand at all times. Don't have one? Pick up a waterproof plastic box, and stock it with these essentials:

1. Vital Stats -- Write down your dog's name, breed, and date of birth; any medical conditions and allergies he has; and any medications he's taking (including doses). If he's been microchipped, jot down the number. Also include your home address and phone number; your vet's name and phone number; and your emergency vet clinic's phone number.

2. Important Records -- Make photocopies of important health records, including vaccinations, and seal them in a plastic bag inside your kit.

3. Basic Supplies -- Fill the rest of your kit with alcohol wipes, gauze, cotton balls, nonstick bandages, hydrogen peroxide, scissors, adhesive tape, cotton swabs, tweezers, an eyedropper, hand sanitizer or soap, a digital thermometer, a pair of latex gloves, and a tube of both topical first-aid cream and antibiotic ointment.

Also, look into taking a pet first-aid class. After all, learning how to handle accidents is the best way to help your dog live younger.


Cleaning Dog Vomit from Carpet

Learn five expert stain-fighting steps for cleaning dog vomit from your carpet.

Came home to a little present yesterday: a nice pile of puke on my carpet. Griffin, my dog, is usually great about knowing where to go when nature calls, but not when nausea strikes. Hard to blame him. Who really has time to think about the where when you're about to lose it? That's why every dog owner who has rugs or carpeting needs to know how to effectively clean up such mishaps fast, so there's minimal staining.

I turned to The Safe Dog Handbook, by Melanie Monteiro, for clues on how best to handle sickly situations. She stresses the importance of getting to the mess as quickly as possible before stain-causing stomach acids have much time to soak in. Then, she recommends these five cleanup steps:

  1. Scoop up the solid stuff using a spoon or a butter knife, or try lifting it up with paper towels. Don't wipe or scrub; you'll just rub it into the carpet.

  2. Sprinkle the area with baking soda to help soak up moisture and stomach acids.

  3. Sweep the spot with a vacuum.

  4. Soak a sponge in a simple homemade solution of half a cup of salt mixed with two quarts of water. Squeeze it out until damp, and then use it to blot the spot. Rinse the sponge and repeat several times.

  5. Spot treat the area with a carpet spot remover, following the product's instructions for use. Use a sponge to rinse the area with cool water and blot.

Then, wait for it to dry and, if all goes well, soon you'll able to forget the whole thing ever happened . . . until it happens again, that is

Brain Training

By Dog Age Staff

Your dog's mind needs exercise as much as his or her body does.

Like humans, animals crave mental stimulation. Easy ways to prevent boredom and keep your pet's mind challenged include taking different walking routes, visiting a new park, providing your dog with puzzle balls or toys, playing hide and seek games with bits of kibble, and training your dog to learn new skills or tricks.

Happy Home K9 Closer Dates for 2017:
July 8th, 9th and 10th. (no daycare or boarding)
September 16th through the 24th. (no daycare or boarding)

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at HappyHomeK9@gmail.com or 503-646-4048.
Recognizing Pain in Animals - Pets
Dogs and cats can feel pain just like people. All animals have specialized nerve endings called nociceptors that sense tissue damage or extreme temperature or pressure. When activated, nociceptors send signals to the central nervous system, which then generates pain.

Trust Your Instincts. If you think your pet is in pain, it probably is. As soon as you recognize pain in your pet, go see your vet. Minimizing animal pain, wherever possible, is important both ethically and legally.


Bold Strokes: Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

Originally published on September 03, 2009

Wish your pooch could pop a breath mint? Better step up his dental care. Contrary to popular belief, dog breath isn't supposed to stink. If it does, it could be a sign of gum disease.

To keep Max's mouth in optimal health, the best thing you can do is brush, brush, brush. Like their human companions, dogs can have gingivitis, receding gums, and even tooth loss from too much tartar build-up, so regular cleanings are a must. To make the experience go as smoothly as possible, follow these simple steps:

1. Buy the right brush. Get a doggie toothbrush, which is smaller and has softer bristles. You can also opt for one that fits right over your fingertips. For toothpaste, buy one that's made specifically for your furry friend -- the human stuff can upset their tummies.

2. Prepare your pal. To get your dog comfortable with having his mouth touched, gently massage his lips. Next, dab them with a little toothpaste so he'll get accustomed to the taste. (See if he'll lick some off your fingers; if he does, reward him with a treat!)

3. Make your move. Gently lift up his lips, and hold the brush to his teeth at a 45-degree angle. Using small strokes, start by cleaning the upper canines, than finish the rest from top to bottom. Don't fret about brushing the tooth's inner surface -- doing the front is enough to tackle tartar.

Along with home brushing, your vet may recommend regular professional cleanings.



Animal Rescue Site

Hi, all you animal lovers!

This is pretty simple... Please tell ten friends to each tell another further ten friends today!

The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their website daily, so they can meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute (about 15
seconds) to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals for free'. This doesn't cost you a thing..

Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Here's the web site! Please pass it along to people you know.

I have this site under "Favorites" and click on it every morning, it's easy and takes no time at all.
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