More Cold Weather Dog Woes

January 4, 2018

I hate to be a Debbie Downer about it being too cold outside for dogs, but this story from Columbus, Ohio’s Channel 4 is heartbreaking. The cold is projected to continue tonight and tomorrow across much of the country. Please bring your dogs in!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Texas Shooter Had Past Animal Cruelty Charge

November 7, 2017

The Denver Post is reporting that Texas church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley previously had an animal cruelty charge in southern Colorado. Witnesses say he beat a dog with his fists, and Kelley was cited for animal cruelty by El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies on August 1, 2014. [Read more]

Tragic News from NY State Police K-9 Unit

October 25, 2017

K9 Will.  Photo courtesy NYSP.

K9 Will. Photo courtesy NYSP.

RIP K-9 Will. The New York State Police Department sadly reports that Will was killed in the line of duty on the evening of October 23rd. Tragically, he was killed by friendly fire. [Read more]

Iditarod Dog Doping Scandal

October 25, 2017

You know I love the Iditarod, and one of my goals in life is to see it in person some day, so I hate to report this. However, I know many people have questions about the treatment of the dogs during this grueling race. The Associated Press is reporting (via ESPN) that several dogs tested positive for Tramadol, an opioid paid reiever, after the 2017 race. [Read more]

FMLA to care for your dog

October 17, 2017

Sick dog wearing a funnel collar. Treatment of injured hind legs of a dogIf you’re lucky enough to work in Italy, you may now be able to take paid time off of work to care for your ill dog.

As you may know, here in the States, we have the Family Medical Leave Act, under which employers have to give you (usually unpaid) time off to care for sick family members. Well, in Italy, they’ve now taken that to a whole new level! [Read more]

Izzy emerges from the rubble of California wildfires

October 16, 2017

What a sweet story! I can’t even imagine what so many people in California are experiencing: the total loss of property and belongings. But there was at least one happy ending when Jack Weaver located his dog Izzy amid the rubble of his neighborhood.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Community Foster Group for Northern California Wildfire-Affected Animals

October 16, 2017

CA FiresIf you are in northern California (specifically near the Tubbs fire), please consider fostering displaced animals. And if you have an animal that needs to be fostered due to the fire, you now have a new resource to turn to.

There is a Facebook page dedicated to those animals affected by the Tubbs fire. You can join the group to post lost and found notices, to offer to foster, or to try to place your animal with one of your loving neighbors in the area.

Here’s the link or you can simply search for Community Foster For Tubbs Fire Animals on Facebook.

Our prayers for rain are with all of California.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Dog Flu in NE Ohio

September 28, 2017

From Fox 8 News: A new strain of dog flu, known as H3N2, is rearing its ugly head in Northeastern Ohio. It’s highly contagious and potentially fatal. The strain was first identified in 2015 in Chicago and has been slowly spreading across the country.

Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, lack of appetite and vomiting. Check with your local vet to see if it has reached your area yet. If it has, you’d be well advised to keep your dog away from the dog park or doggie day care until the danger has passed.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Sleeping Heroes

September 27, 2017


Photo Credit: Kim Logan-Maus & Fort Lauderdale Police Department

“Well it’s 0500 and it’s been coming down pretty hard since about 0330. Had a few tornadoes touch down and the flooding is getting bad. We are all hunkered down in our shelters and I roll over on my make shift cot to see my K9 buddy “hand in paw” with his partner. And Irma rages on.”

From the Facebook page of #LoveWhatMatters

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Memorial Marker for Jethro

September 26, 2017

Jethro memThose of you who’ve been following this blog for awhile will remember Jethro, a Canton police department K-9 officer who was killed in the line of duty. His memorial stone has now been placed at the cemetery where all local K-9 officers are laid to rest. Very handsome sculpture of a very handsome dog. (The PK9A logo is for Police K-9 Association, which is instrumental in training and supporting K-9 Officers and their handlers in Ohio.)

Incidentally, I ran into Officer Ryan Davis the other day with his new K-9 partner, Tuko. Unfortunately, Tuko isn’t nearly as social as Jethro was, so I was unable to play with him, but he’s doing a great job learning his new duties.

And, every dog on the force is now outfitted in a bullet-proof, stab-resistant vest, courtesy of the funds raised after Jethro’s death.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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