Author: Estelle W.

Rainy Day Dog Walking Survival Guide

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Rainy day dog walking survival guide

The much-anticipated El Niño weather pattern has officially arrived in Southern California, and though the rain is certainly welcome in our drought-parched region, it has some unpleasant side effects. Traffic chaos for starters. But hoomans aren’t the only ones who are out of sorts when the weather is wet. SoCal dogs are in revolt over having to go outside to do their “business” in the rain! So to spare both you and your dog some soppy discomfort, here is our Rainy Day Dog Walking Survival Guide with our best tips and tricks for rainy day dog walking.
Use technology to…

Furbaby, It’s Cold Outside: Winter Tips to Keep Pets Safe

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Winter can be a dangerous time for pets. From plunging temperatures to toxic chemicals, there are extra perils to beware. Let’s face it – when Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose, you can give him a swift kick in the sleigh bells by cranking the heat. Pets don’t have it so easy, so here are a few winter tips to keep pets safe all season long.
1.       If it’s too nasty for you to be outside; it’s too nasty for your pet.  Domestic pets don’t have inherent mechanisms to protect them from the elements any more than we do.  …

3 10 Truths About Dog Walking

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One of the most important things you can do for your dog is to keep him engaged and exercised. The easiest way to do this is to take him for a walk. But as important as a good walk is to your best friend, we still find excuses not to do it. Here are ten reasons why you should carve out time for dog walking every single day.
The Dog Ain’t Gonna Walk Itself
Look, the sad truth is that dogs refuse to take responsibility for their own health. While I’m at work, my dogs have all day to play…

The Twelve Pets of Christmas

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All I want for Christmas is a happy home! Save $50 off our adoption fees this December.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shelter,
The Twelve Pets of Christmas were in need of a helper.
For although these Twelve Pets have so much to offer,
These groups are ignored when it comes to adopters.
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Group One is adult cats, aged nine months and up.
Why adopt only kittens? They’re cute, but grow up!
Fully grown cats need forever homes too,
Could one of these cats make its new home with you?
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The next group of pets (and this one astounds):
Big, lovable dogs weighing forty-plus pounds.
A cuddly pooch you…

We Like Big Mutts and We Cannot Lie!

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We like big mutts and we cannot lie!
You purebreds can’t deny,
That when a mutt walks up with an interesting face,
And spots all over the place,
You drop tongue, and you go “ruff, ruff!”
‘Cuz you know that mutt is tough!
Big heart and oh, so daring.
You’re hooked and you can’t stop staring!
I’m tired of the AKC, saying purebreds are the thing.
Keep your sire’s papers; keep your pedigree,
Only mixed breeds are for me!
So fellas, ladies, have you gone and got your mutt?
(Not yet?)
Adopt one, foster, LOVE that crazy mutt!
Get one…

Skip the Mall: 5 Meaningful Ways to Spend Black Friday

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5 Meaningful Ways to Spend Black Friday

Ah, Thanksgiving. A time to gather round your family, enjoy good friends, and give thanks for all the blessings in your life. That’s Thursday, anyway.  The next day, less than 12 hours after existing in a tryptophan-induced, zen-like, meditative state of gratefulness, @#$% gets real again. Black Friday, y’all. Time to charge department store entrances like tributes hitting the cornucopia in The Hunger Games. Wait, what? What happened to all that gratefulness and generosity of spirit? Where’s the thanks? This year, skip the mall and do something meaningful on Black Friday instead. Here are 5 ideas to get you started.…

Do You Suspect Your Pet Has Diabetes? 7 Warning Signs

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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, one in every 200 cats, and one in every 400-500 dogs in the US are affected by diabetes. Similarly to diabetes in humans, pet diabetes can be managed with medication, diet and exercise. These 7 warning signs are commonly seen symptoms of diabetes. If you suspect your pet has diabetes, you should consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
1. Increased Thirst
If your dog or cat suddenly cannot seem to drink enough water to quench its thirst, this may be an early warning sign of diabetes.
2. Increased Urination
Going hand…

5 Myths About Senior Pets – Destroyed

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Babies drool; seniors rule. Senior pets, that is. Personally, I love me some frosted snouts. There is just something heartwarming about seeing an older dog or cat with years of wisdom written into the sprinkling of white on snout or coat.
Why do senior pets rule over their younger counterparts? First let’s define what a senior actually is. For cats, senior status is reached between 8-10 years of age; for small dogs around 7, and for large dogs; 5. So we’re not talking ancient, just mature. And maturity is the thing. They have dignity. Decorum. They know who they are…

10 Things You Can Do to Help Your Local Shelter or Rescue

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November 1-7 is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, when we give a collective “shout out” to all the dedicated shelter and rescue workers who care for the 6-8 million homeless animals who pass through their facilities each year.  This is a hard job, and for the most part, a thankless one.  The reward for most comes from the belief that they are making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.  They are constantly underfunded, short staffed and in need of money and supplies, so this week we are highlighting 10 things you can do to help your…

Pit Bulls in Los Angeles Shelters: What You Need to Know

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Pitbulls in Los Angeles Shelters: What You Need to Know

You may know that Los Angeles has a homeless pet problem and that many of the pets that end up in area shelters are euthanized for lack of space. But did you know that the breed most euthanized in L.A. shelters is pit bull-type breeds? Last year, over 3,800 healthy, adoptable dogs were euthanized in our area shelters.* Of those, almost half were pit bulls.*

Why do pit bulls get euthanized in our shelters at higher rates than other breeds?
Simply put, because there are a lot more of them there. Let’s take a look at some factors.
1.) Pit…