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Bring ‘em Inside!

The Ohio legislature is now considering a bill that would make it illegal to leave a dog tethered outside in extreme temperatures. The Capital Area Humane Society says it received 30 – 40 calls every day about animals left outside when it’s too cold for most of us to even take the garbage out. See the whole story on NBC4i.

Meanwhile in nearby Illinois, a new law took effect on January 1st that states No owner of a dog or cat that is a companion animal may expose the dog or cat in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions that results in injury to or death of the animal.. Violators can receive a fine of up to $2,500 or 1 year in jail for this class A misdemeanor.

What’s the law in your state?

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: Playing With Your Dog

I posted a couple of times this week about the importance of playing with your dog. One of the articles I read said some people play with their dogs as many as six times a day. I’m not sure what they are defining as a play session – or how long each one lasts, but I think six times a day sounds like a lot. (Maybe that’s because I have four dogs!) How about you – how many times a day do you stop what you’re doing and play with your dog?

How many times a day do you play with your dog?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Tuesday Top Twelve: Dog Welfare Charities

I posted yesterday about the great work being done by the PetFinder.com Foundation, and it struck me that people might like to have some options that are more local or that are focused on an area other homelessness when they decide where they may donate.

It’s often  tough to decide which charity to support because you want to make sure your money is being used for the purpose you intended.  I consulted Charity Navigator to choose the following twelve charities.  All of these organizations earned four stars from Charity Navigator, the highest score available.

Charities are judged based on their organizational efficiency and their organizational capacity.  The site also provides a list of the accountability policies the charity has, such as whistleblower protection and audited financial data available via their website.  Finally, there is a place for news reports regarding the organization and a spot for those familiar with the charity to offer reviews.

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