I had an extremely stressful experience over the past weekend, when my 13 year old dog was accidentally let out the front door of our house by a relative. We weren’t home at the time, and the relative didn’t even know he was outside. It was 45 minutes that he had been gone before we got home and found out. It didn’t help that he wasn’t wearing his collar at the time either. This resulted in an 8 hour search through a 14 degrees night, with a fair share of panic.
The story has a happy ending, as we found our dog, across the street at the neighbor’s home. He ran to her while she was leaving for work, so she put him in her heated garage until she got back home the next morning. She didn’t know he was our dog. And it was his barking that alerted us to where he was. We lucked out.
I learned a few things on what to do when your doggie goes missing:
Collars can come off, and some people don’t even know about microchips. You have to assume people won’t know who your dog belongs to.
People who do know about microchips will take your dog to a vet’s office. Call each one in your area and let them know of your missing dog.
This is a no-brainer. Call them as soon as they are missing, or better yet go visit them. Give them a description of your dog.
A lot of dogs will actually stay close to home. Your neighbor may have never seen your dog, so they won’t know he or she is yours. They may have taken him or her in, or at least seen them, and what direction they were heading. Take flyers with you to hand out(see below.)
Do this as soon as possible. Create a flyer with your dog’s pic, as well as your information and his name. Plaster them to telephone poles and bulletin boards in local establishments. Always ask first, and respect private property.
A lost dog ad can be put up on Craigslist quickly, and probably your local paper too. Also, lots of people post found dogs and cats on Craigslist. Keep checking often. Plus check other missing dog sites and post a notice.
Post your lost dog to Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus if you have accounts with them. Social media is becoming important to get the word out.
That’s everything we did. Let me know anything I forgot in the comments below.
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My experiences with dog insurance has been mixed at best. At issue was the amount the insurance I actually paid out when my dog was sick or needed shots, and how much I was paying for the insurance itself. These days my two dogs are both seniors, and I find it would be a waste of time to try to find dog insurance for them. I could be wrong, I just haven’t looked because I assume that because of their age, insurance would be hard to come by. So it’s been several years since I’ve actually researched dog insurance.
However these days there are a lot more providers of dog insurance. And with the help of the internet it’s easier than ever to compare them. I did a quick net search and this insurance review site was the first to pop up. There are over ten dog insurance companies listed on the page, ranked from 1 to 10. Now pretending I’m getting insurance for my senior Bichon Frises, I picked Healthy Paws on the basis of it having a 9.8 rating. Which by the way is the highest rated insurance provider on the page. I entered my pet’s information into their get a free quote form and hit submit.
Low and behold, they will cover my 12 year old dog for about $46 a month, with a 70% reimbursement and a $500 deductible. Not bad I guess since he is 12, and is more prone to health problems than a younger dog. But $600 a year, plus probably another $600 a year for my other senior dog is not in our budget right now. However it is nice to know that I can find senior pet insurance for my buddies if I want it.
I love this idea: Keep coat hooks near your door just for your dogs leash(es) and collars. We do this at home and it makes it easy to put their harness and leashes on right before we head out the door.
The dog tail hooks are from Ikea. Unfortunately they can’t be bought online. You have to go to a Ikea store to buy them.
Over on Etsy you can find these cool dog print hooks, which work well for leashes and collars. Of course you could hang your dog’s raincoat, and yours, on them as well.
Of course any old coat rack will work. You can always use your own imagination to make it cool.
DNA test for us humans has been pretty popular over the last few years, but dogs? I guess I’m not that interested in finding out what breeds my dog is made up of, or myself for that matter. It is, however, useful when you are breeding dogs. But from what I have read some breeders want to make sure that their dog is of high pedigree. And others who order the tests just want to find out what kind of breeds make up their beloved pet.
I’m going by tests found at DDC. These are the dog DNA tests they sell:
The Canine DNA Parentage Test gives you an idea of percentage of purebred in your dog. It is also useful for breeders to offer purchasers of their puppies DNA-certified tests to prove pedigree.
Canine DNA Profiling determines the breeds of a known mixed breed dog.
DNA Inherited Disease Testing is DNA Testing for the following inherited diseases:
A quick search of Google will bring up myriad DNA testing solutions for dogs.
I thought that Dr. Harvey’s natural food products looked interesting when I found them on Twitter. They make all natural, whole foods and products like grooming supplies. All made in the USA.
It looks as if their dog food is freeze dried, to which you add water and protein of your choice. You can check out their site for instructions on how to make homemade dog food in minutes. I may try their Canine Health dog food, which they claim is a revolutionary all-natural, holistic dog food pre-mix. It is made up of 6 certified organic grains, 9 vegetables and 14 herbs. All of which is fit for human consumption, with no dyes, no preservatives, and no chemicals. I’ll post my results if I end up purchasing some food, and maybe some of their natural dog treats.
What a fabulous smile on this little Dachshund. Maybe his owners could get him a teeth brightening commercial.
Wag Lifetime Joint Care Chewable Supplement For Dogs is a fairly new supplement that contains four branded and patented ingredients: NEM®, Microminzyme(TM), BCM-95®, and BosPure®, which have been clinically proven to be five times more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin, which a lot of dog owners give their dogs for joint care. According to the makers of the product, Pet Research, pet owners typically see results in as little as 7-10 days.
I was skeptical, as I always am with new supplements, when it comes to my dogs. However, after giving this product to them for almost two weeks, I can say I’ve seen improvement. They not only get up the stairs easier, but I’ve seen improvements in speed and playfulness. Especially in my 11 year old dog. So for me I’ve seen results, and my dogs always are eager to eat them.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid, a sight hound, was added to the AKC miscellaneous category last year. This interesting dog comes in three sizes: Small, 8.5 to 17.5 pounds; Medium, 17.5 to 26.5 pounds; and large, 26.5 to 55 pounds.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is know for the absence of hair all over the body. However a minority have coats, which according to the AKC website, is an important part of this breed’s genetic makeup.
The history of the Peruvian Inca Orchid goes back to pre-Inca time. It seems the Inca Indians valued the hairless hounds more then the coated. And pottery examples show 2,000 year old Mochica pottery dressed in clothing, which means they were highly treasured. And according the AKC website, “They were kept in their houses as pets and bed warmers and were not allowed to mix with the coated dogs that lived with the indigenous Indians. At sundown, coated dogs were locked up, and the hairless dogs were said to be taken out and allowed to exercise.”
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How’s this for a guarantee? West Paw, a maker of a tough dog toy made out of what they Zogoflex, specifically made for aggressive chewers, will send you a replacement if your dog somehow manages to destroy one.
According to their website they have several varities of toys for different types of dogs. For aggressive chewing dogs they have Tux, Jive or Hurley. For interactive play (tug-of-war, fetch, etc.), they recommend Tizzy, Bumi, or Zisc. Catchy names. And I’ve heard that they really are great toys, and quite indestructible.
Check it out here