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

sleepytime

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!

Puppies Left in Hot Van

September 15, 2017


Sometimes I have a hard time believing people are able to tie their shoes in the morning without help when they do something as boneheaded as this. [Read more]

Southwest Airlines Steps Up to Help Animals Caught in Hurricane

September 14, 2017

After the horrible news published earlier, I had to post this feel-good story from the Twitter feed of Southwest:

If you click on the photo, you’ll get to see all the great pictures they took, even if you don’t have a Twitter account.

Kudos to a fantastic humanitarian (animalitarian?) effort!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Who Leaves Their Dog to Drown in a Hurricane?

September 14, 2017

These are the lucky animals who were eventually rescued. Not all animals were so lucky, and in some cases, it was due to malicious, or at least uninformed, actions by their families.

From Blue Lives Matter: As authorities search for survivors who may have stayed behind to weather the storm, they are also finding dogs chained up outside or locked in pens with no means of escaping Hurricane Irma.

Think how your dog acts during a conventional thunderstorm. Can you even imagine how scary a hurricane would be for a dog? As if the property destruction and human toll of the hurricane weren’t enough, this literally turns my stomach.

Although about 60 people voluntarily surrendered their pets to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, the agency also found at least 40 animals who had been left behind as people evacuated. The agency will pursue felony animal cruelty charges against those owners who chose to abandon their animals, assuming they can be identified.

Tips from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control for dog families facing a natural disaster:

– Don’t let your dog out right after the storm passes, it’s going to be confused by the damage and debris. Animal caretakers see an a spike in animal injuries after storms because animals get cut and caught on debris.

– If you come upon an abandoned pet, use caution. The combination of confused dogs and stressed people result in an uptick of dog bites after storms.

Our appreciation goes out to all those who are working to take care of the animal victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act

September 7, 2017

dog on beach
I have been reading some misinformation on Facebook lately regarding the PETS Act. The posts are stating that hotels are not allowed to turn your pets away during an evacuation due to a natural disaster. If only that were true! [Read more]

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