What to Do if You Lose Your Dog by Lynn Stacy-Smith A few weeks ago a friend of mine relayed a story about a terrifying event in which two of her three young Doberman Pinschers slipped under their fence and took off. I've known this particular friend since high school and know that she is an… Continue reading What to Do if You Lose Your Dog
Many people are afraid that taking a found dog to the local animal shelter means one thing: certain death. This is not necessarily true, though. In fact the local animal shelter will be one of the first places that a dog owner whose dog has been lost should check and the sooner the dog is taken to the shelter the sooner the owner can find it, potentially saving hours of angst and worry.
Pet ID Week: Understanding Microchips and Pet Trackers by Lynn Stacy-Smith Here in our neighborhood we have so many dogs found by residents that I have joked several times that we should purchase our own microchip reader, particularly since some people are reluctant to take found dogs to the local shelter. Unfortunately that belief stems… Continue reading Pet ID Week: Understanding Microchips and Pet Trackers
Pet ID Week: The Importance of Dog Collars and Identification Tags by Lynn Stacy-Smith As a diehard Disney lover and a lifelong dog person, one of my favorite animated movies is Lady and the Tramp. When I sat down to write about Pet ID Week I remembered a scene from that movie, in which Lady… Continue reading Pet ID Week: The Importance of Dog Collars and Identification Tags
Create Your Own Dog Care Binder with Instructions for Pet Sitters by Lynn Stacy-Smith Several years ago when I was updating my annual dog care instructions for our pet sitter I noticed a spare binder on my desk. I added a cover photo, got out the three-hole punch, and the dog care binder was born. I won't… Continue reading Create Your Own Dog Care Binder with Instructions for PetSitters
Dog Care Options: Pet Sitter or Boarding? by Lynn Stacy-Smith If you are like me, the thought of leaving your dog in someone else's care is one of the things in life that can cause your anxiety level to soar to levels previously unknown. The list of people I trust to care for Jackson and Tinkerbell… Continue reading Dog Care Options: Pet Sitter or Boarding?
Pet Theft Awareness: Seven Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe By Lynn Stacy-Smith Last summer I made a new friend for a horrible reason: six very young puppies were stolen from the whelping pen of a hobby breeder and I was one of many people helping these strangers share information via social media to help… Continue reading Pet Theft Awareness: Seven Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe
Recently a video by the renowned holistic veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker went through social media channels promoting a method to help protect your dog's paws. Right now we are in a season when a snowy, slushy sloppy mess waits outside for many of us. If you watch her video here you will probably be just as… Continue reading Winter Weather: Protecting Your Dog from Cold and Chemicals
Today was the first opportunity in days that I could actually play with the dogs outside. After several days of below zero lows and single digit highs, today the temperatures soared to around 28 above zero. And yes, I have to write "above zero" because we've had a handful of days that I can remember… Continue reading Winter Weather & Why We Teach Our Dogs “Hurry Up, Go Potty!”
Now that spring is here (well, depending on the day of the week here in Chicagoland) I have watched as our neighborhood has started to come out of winter hibernation. With so many adults and kids out and about again, it is a good time to have a refresher course with your dogs and your… Continue reading 17 Spring Safety Tips To Prevent Lost Dogs
Tornado Warnings & Dogs: Preparing to Take Cover With Your Canine Best Friend by Lynn Stacy-Smith Recently we enjoyed a warm 70 degree day and as I played ball outside with the dogs, I noticed that our grass is getting nice and green and changing from its dismal dormant brown color. Of course the downside… Continue reading Tornado Warnings & Dogs: Preparing to Take Cover With Your Canine Best Friend