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Good News Friday

It’s Friday so I’m happy to say that we have some good news to take us into the weekend.  The AKC reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in their appeal challenging the constitutionality of the Denver breed ban. This ruling reverses the United States District Court of Colorado’s 2007 dismissal of the suit.

 

So what’s that got to do with you or dogs?  Well, the Denver, CO, ordinance that’s being challenged bans ownership or possession of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier and/or any dog with a majority of physical traits of one or more of these breeds within the City and County of Denver. Since 2005, as a result of this ordinance, more than 1,000 dogs within the city limits have been euthanized.  Those dogs were killed not because they actually did anything or were “vicious” or dangerous dogs, but just because of what breed they happened to be.

 

The ruling today challenges the whole notion of Breed Specific Legislation and gives the plaintiffs, who lived in Denver at the time the ordinance went into effect, the right to have their day in court.  The plaintiffs — Sonya Dias, Hillary Engel, and Sheryl White — say that they were forced to move out of Denver with their dogs because of the ban which they claim was a violation of, among other things, their constitutional rights.

 

“The AKC has always opposed breed bans on the basis that there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. We support reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs,” said Margaret Poindexter, General Counsel for the AKC. “We also have serious concerns about AKC breed standards being used by law enforcement to identify dangerous dogs. Breed standards are intended to serve as the written ideal of a dog which breeders can aspire to, not a benchmark for defining dangerous dogs.”

 

The AKC supports laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous. If necessary, dogs proven to be “dangerous” may need to be humanely destroyed but the AKC strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.

 

So, good luck to this challenge to the Denver breed ban.  As we all know, public opinion about dogs can change.  Right now the media hypes unreasonable fears about bully breeds but in the past other breeds of dogs have been feared.  In the 19th century Collies were believed to be vicious and kept by thugs — Collies which are now identified with the beloved Lassie.  Maybe ten years from now your breed will be singled out as a “vicious” breed.  Breed bans are foolish.

 

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Since it’s Friday here’s something else to make you smile for the weekend.  A friend of mine can’t seem to stop making these very funny videos featuring English Setters.  And I love this one since one of my dogs is in it.  See what you think.  This one is called English Setters:  Perpetual Puppies!

 

 

 

May 29, 2009 Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pet Accident Coverage

Summer is unofficially here now.  That means that more of us will be cruising the highways and we just might be taking our pets with us on a few trips.  USAToday has an interesting story this week about the increase in auto insurance companies who are offering coverage for pets injured in accidents.  This is really an idea whose time has come.

 

petinsurancexAccording to the article (“More insurers are going to the dogs,” by Kathleen Gray), in most cases if your pet is injured in a vehicle accident, you can file a claim under property damage, if your insurance provider doesn’t offer specialized pet coverage.  However, what an auto insurance company may consider legitimate property damage varies from company to company and from state to state.  With a traditional policy a company could deny a claim of pet injuries based on property damage liability limits.

 

Fortunately, things are slowly changing.

 

In 2007 Progressive, the third largest auto insurer in the U.S. with 10.4 million customers in all 50 states, became the first insurer to offer pet accident coverage.

 

Auto-Owners Insurance, which has 4.6 million policyholders in 25 states, and Farmers Insurance, with 10 million auto customers in 20 states, also offer coverage for pets injured in vehicle crashes.

 

These companies offer pet accident coverage at no extra cost to customers.  The coverage ranges from $500 to $1000 for pets injured or killed in an auto accident.

 

Auto insurance companies seem to have realized that people really care about their pets and that pet accident insurance can be an important selling point:

 

With 196 million licensed drivers nationwide, according to the Federal Highway Administration, “it’s very competitive,” says Lori Conarton of the Insurance Institute of Michigan. “If other companies find that people want this type of coverage, they’re going to want to start offering it, too.”

 

“We did it because we know how much our customers love their dogs and cats,” [Miriam Deitcher, Progressive’s director of marketing] says. “At first we provided $500 worth of coverage, but in March, we increased that to $1,000, to make sure we’re covering even more.”

 

…”We estimate more than 63% of our customers have pets, and caring for them after an accident can be expensive,” says Brian Dwyer, a Farmers senior vice president.

 

Are you interested in pet accident insurance?  I have to admit that on the two occasions when I’ve had a real car accident, I have had dogs in the car with me.  They weren’t injured either time but they were rattled (as was I!).  If I’d had pet accident insurance I might have taken them to the vet just to have them checked out.

 

Of course, remember that when you drive with your pets you should have them secured in your vehicle. Crates are preferable but you can also use a harness to buckle your dog in.  Whatever you do, please do not let a dog ride in the front seat with you.  It’s all too easy for a dog to distract you, bump your arm, shift the gears, or, with a small dog, even dive down toward the gas and break pedals.  Yes, I am speaking from experience.  My dogs ride in the backseat, in a crate.  That cute puppy who rides in your lap will become a 50-lb dog who thinks she can drive!  Don’t even let it get started!

 

May 27, 2009 Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , , , | Leave a comment

War Dogs

I hope everyone’s had a good Memorial Day.  I always hesitate to wish people a “happy” Memorial Day because it’s really a sad occasion, remembering those who died for our country.

 

dog-oifOn this day I thought it might be nice to pay tribute to some of the dogs that have also fought for the United States.  Dogs have been used by the U.S. military since WWI.  They were used in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

According to the United States War Dogs Association:

 

It has been estimated that these courageous canine heroes saved over 10,000 lives during the conflict in Vietnam.

 

Today all branches of our Armed Forces are utilizing Military Patrol Dogs specializing in Drug and Bomb/Explosive detection. There are approximately 600-700 of these canines in the Middle East in such places as Kuwait, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. They are being used to patrol Air Bases, Military Compounds, Ammunition Depots and Military Check Points. They are guarding and protecting our Military Personnel as they were trained to do, with Courage, Loyalty and Honor.

 

wardog-viet-1ID-69These dogs have given their lives, just as other military personnel have done in these conflicts.  I think we should remember them today and thank them.

 

You can read more about military dogs at the U.S. War Dogs site and at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Foundation site, which began the U.S. Army’s first war dog training in WWII.

 

May 25, 2009 Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , , | Leave a comment

Vick and HSUS

Here’s a serious topic today.  Michael Vick has been released from federal prison.  Vick has spent the last 19 months in prison for his role in a dogfighting ring.

 

 

Lucas, who was one of Michael Vick's dogs.  Lucas has been rehabilitated by Best Friends Animal Society.

Lucas, who was one of Michael Vick's dogs. Lucas has been rehabilitated by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

ESPN reports:  Vick has said he wants to work with the Humane Society on a program aimed at eradicating dogfighting among urban teens, society president Wayne Pacelle said Tuesday. Pacelle said he recently met with Vick at the federal prison in Leavenworth. Vick requested the meeting, one of his attorneys, said.

 

The former Atlanta Falcon was charged in 2007 with dogfighting conspiracy. The court case revealed gruesome details of how Vick’s Virginia-based operation treated pitbulls. Authorities found dogs, some injured and scarred, chained to buried car axles. Forensic experts discovered remains of dogs that had been shot with a .22-caliber pistol, electrocuted, drowned, hanged or slammed to the ground for lacking a desire to fight.

 

Now as repulsive as Mr. Vick’s actions were I’m afraid that I find the Humane Society of the United States’ actions pretty disgusting right now.  It may be cynical, but I think we can all guess that Mr. Vick is probably trying to salvage his career.  He lost a contract with the Falcons worth $130 million plus untold endorsement possibilities.  If ever there was someone in need of some positive publicity, it’s Michael Vick.  Has he learned his lesson?  There’s no way to know.  Has he had a change of heart where dogs are concerned?  We just don’t know.  But I don’t think that anyone who cares about animals should ever trust him with one again for the foreseeable future.

 

But for HSUS to latch on to Vick as a way to raise more money is about as low as you can go.  It makes you wonder if there’s anything that they won’t do to raise money.

 

For context you have to remember that HSUS is the organization that went to work raising money to care for the Michael Vick dogs as soon as the dogs were seized in 2007 — only it was soon revealed by the New York Times that HSUS did not actually have custody of the dogs.  They weren’t caring for the dogs at all or paying for their care.  They had simply been using the sympathy for those poor animals as a way to raise money for their organization.  They quickly adjusted their pitch and started raising money to fight dogfighting instead.

 

At the same time HSUS was trying to raise money for caring for dogs they didn’t have, they were telling the media and the court that the dogs could not be rehabilitated.  They urged the court deciding the fate of the dogs to euthanize them. Wayne Pacelle told the New York Times in July 2007:

 

“The fate of these dogs will be up to the government, but we have recommended to them, and believe, they will be eventually put down.”

 

Pacelle said the Humane Society normally advocated that fighting dogs be put down shortly after being seized.

 

Thankfully, real dog experts convinced the court that the dogs could be rehabbed and the dogs were dispersed to people with the experience to work with them.  Many of the dogs have since gone on to live very happy lives since that time.

 

So, now HSUS wants to go back to Vick again to try to raise more money from this tragedy?  I call that morally reprehensible.  Regardless of what HSUS claims they would do with the money, the false pretenses involved in raising the funds are just too damning.

 

The Humane Society of the United States was recently investigated by WSB-TV (ABC) in Atlanta.  You can read a transcript of that report, which was highly critical of HSUS, at PetPac.net

 

 

— CNN’s reporting is available online at http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/02/07/vick.dogs.rehab/index.html

 

— HSUS’s false fundraising claim is preserved online at http://www.consumerfreedom.com/images/hsus_clip.png

 

For more information about the Humane Society of the United States, visit www.HumaneWatch.org

May 22, 2009 Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bath time!

I hate dog baths as much as the next person.  Oh, I know there are probably some people out there who enjoy bathing their dogs, but I’m not one of them.  After xx number of years and a gazillion baths, I’m over it.  Besides, I have five dogs, so that’s five times the baths.  When it’s bath day here it’s really bath DAY.  It takes all day.  By the time I’m finished my bathroom looks like there’s been a flood.  I usually have towels strewn everywhere.  There are shampoo bottles in the floor.  There’s water on the walls.  You get the picture.

 

The dogs are pretty good about their baths.  I can get each one into the tub with only a little coaxing.  Billie is the only one who actually runs off.  I have to go looking for her.  She usually gets up in bed and curls up in a little ball.  For all of the other dogs, when I get the shower nozzle down and the dog shampoo out, they start dancing around the bathroom door.  It’s just a question then of which one will be first.  Usually one of them decides to be brave and comes on in the bathroom.  Of course, the whole time I’m saying, “Treats!  There will be treats!  You’ll get lots of TREATS!”  LOL  And they do.  As soon as the bath is over they all race to the kitchen to get treats because when one dog gets a bath EVERYBODY gets treats.  That’s probably why they don’t all hide.  Then it’s on to the next dog.  By the end of the day I’m worn out.

 

article-1183016-04F5479C000005DC-225_634x633Well, as much as I get tired of bathing dogs, I’m not sure that I’d do it the way one Frenchman does it.  Romain Jarry has designed the Dog-O-Matic washing machine.  It’s pretty much just what it sounds like:  a washing machine for dogs.  It takes about half an hour to wash your dog in the machine.  The owner selects the “wash cycle” and the dog size before putting the dog in the washer.  (I’m not making this up.)  Then you press the button and the dog gets washed.

 

You have to see the photos to really appreciate this appliance:

 

Mr Jarry said: ‘It doesn’t take long to wash the dog – usually a few minutes. The longest part is the drying. The dogs don’t seem to get bored. They just sit there and they come out clean.

 

‘We are really hoping it will take off and that other places will start buying in the machines. 

 

‘I would love them to be available in England within the next year or so but at the moment people are still getting used to the idea.’

 

article-1183016-04F54772000005DC-273_634x434It costs about $25 to wash a small dog, $45 to wash a medium dog, and $60 to wash a large dog.  You can wash a cat (if you dare) for the small dog price.  The machine has been a huge success in Jarry’s hometown in France.

 

Somehow I just can’t imagine putting one of my dogs in that washing machine.  Oh, the guilt!  The inventor swears that it’s not cruel…but I don’t think my dogs would like it.

 

article-1183016-04F54836000005DC-631_634x444Now my significant other has long had the idea of putting the dogs in the back of a pick-up truck and driving through a car wash with them.  He thinks that would be the easiest way to give them baths.  I have to confess, that might be better than sticking them in a washing machine.

 

If bathing your dog is too difficult at your house — maybe you can’t quite bend over to reach your dog in the tub or you don’t have a good hose attachment to fit to your faucet — PetSmart stores often let you bathe and groom your dog in their grooming shop for a small charge.  I think you can take your own shampoo or buy theirs.  But they have those great, easy-to-use tubs made especially for dogs.  It’s very easy to bathe dogs in tubs like that.

 

If anyone does try the Dog-O-Matic please let us know.  We’d love to post a review here!

 

 

May 20, 2009 Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , | Leave a comment

Aggression is a no-no

This is Dog Bite Prevention Week and, in honor of this occasion, I’d like to call your attention to a very good article that was on The Huffington Post today:  Experts Say Dominance-Based Dog Training Techniques Made Popular by Television Shows Can Contribute to Dog Bites.  I know that the idea of “dog whispering,” or being the “alpha” member of a pack that consists of your family and your dogs is very popular with some people, thanks to some popular television trainers, but the results show that this approach isn’t good for your dogs or you.

 

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Here’s an excerpt from the article:

 

 

Dr. Jennie Jamtgaard, an applied animal behavior consultant and behavior instructor at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine gives an example.

 

“I saw an Australian Cattledog mix with severe aggression (lunging, growling, barking) directed at other dogs whenever they came into view, even hundreds of feet away. The dog was fine with people and had never been aggressive to people before. The owners watched the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan regularly and dealt with the dog in a completely punishment-based way. They repeatedly tried to physically subdue the dog whenever it was aggressive. Finally, at PetSmart, the dog growled and lunged, and when the female owner tried to force the dog down, she was bitten on the arm. That was when they called me.”

 

Using physical force on dogs will often bring on aggression that is directed at you or another person, even if the dog has not previously displayed aggression toward people.

 

This excellent article continues:

 

Unfortunately, these bite incidences are not surprising. According to a recent veterinary study published in The Journal of Applied Animal Behavior (2009), if you’re aggressive to your dog, your dog will be aggressive, too.

 

Says Meghan Herron, DVM, lead author of the study, “Our study demonstrated that many confrontational training methods, whether staring down dogs, striking them, or intimidating them with physical manipulation such as alpha rolls [holding dogs on their back], do little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.”

 

The article goes on to say that these techniques are pervasive in many TV shows and popular books on training, such as Cesar Millan’s The Dog Whisperer.  He frequently demonstrates alpha rolls, “dominance downs,” and forces dogs to be exposed to things that cause them fear or bring out aggression.  He even restrains dogs and performs physical corrections to take valued possessions away from them.

 

Proponents of these techniques attribute undesirable or aggressive behavior in dogs to a dog seeking to gain social dominance or to an owner displaying lack of proper dominant behavior.  They encourage owners to establish an “alpha” or pack leader role.

 

But according to the AVSAB position statement on The Use of Dominance Theory in Animal Behavior Modification, undesirable behaviors are most frequently due to inadvertent rewarding of undesirable behaviors and lack of consistent rewarding of desirable behaviors.

 

Herron adds, “Studies on canine aggression in the last decade have shown that canine aggression and other behavior problems are more frequently a result of fear (self-defense) or underlying anxiety problems. Aversive techniques can elicit an aggressive response in dogs because they can increase the fear and arousal in the dog, especially in those that are already defensive.” Indeed the AVSAB position statement and guidelines on the Use of Punishment in Animal Behavior Modification backs her up.

 

You don’t get anywhere with your dog using force and aggression.  Instead, it’s important to work on their underlying emotional state.  Help them get rid of their fear and anxiety.  Focus on rewarding positive behavior.  Instead of trying to dominate your dog try to understand his motivations and then you can work on his reactions.  Being consistent with your dog is also one of the most important things you can do to help him understand what you want and expect from him.  Consistency in what you want and allow also helps to give your dog more security.

 

 

May 18, 2009 Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spring reminders

Here are a couple of reminders today.  Spring is well and truly here.  That means that mosquitoes are already out in force and mosquitoes carry heartworm microfilariae.  When they bite your dog these little larvae can migrate to your dog’s heart and grow into large heartworms that can kill your dog.  So, make sure that you have your dog tested for heartworms annually.  If your dog is positive for heartworms your vet can recommend the best course of treatment.  If your dog is negative your vet will prescribe a heartworm preventive.  If you’ve already been giving your dog a preventive then he or she is most likely negative for heartworms but you still need to have your dog tested annually.

 

Preventive medication such as Heartgard requires a prescription from your veterinarian.  You can get these preventives from your vet.  Many people do this.  However, to be honest, when you buy heartworm preventives from your vet they often cost more than when you buy them from other sources.  What other sources?  Well, there are online pet pharmacies that sell heartworm preventives and other pet medications.  However, you still need your vet’s prescription to buy from these sources.  Some vets can be very uncooperative about providing your dog’s prescription.  Other vets are willing to provide the prescription.  They realize that they can keep a good client who gets their dog’s vaccinations and other veterinary work done with them.  Other vets are willing to match the prices you find online if you bring them proof of the online prescription prices.  These are things that you should discuss with your vet, especially if you feel that your vet is charging too much for heartworm preventive.

 

I left my vet this month because they wouldn’t provide my dogs’ heartworm prescriptions to an online pet pharmacy.  I hated to do it but they were charging about twice as much as the online pet pharmacy for Heartgard.  When you have five dogs that really adds up.  I felt like I was a very good client —  I take five dogs in for shots every year, I visit for breeding matters and puppies.  They see me much more often than someone with just one pet.  But they refused to give me my dogs’ heartworm prescriptions or match the price.  So, I’m looking for a new vet now.

 

Besides heartworm preventive you should also prepare for flea season.  There are lots of good alternatives available so no dog has to suffer with fleas anymore.  Frontline, Advantage, Comfortis, Program, Capstar, K9 Advantix…the list goes on and on.  These products work in different ways so read up on them or check with your vet to see which one fits your dog and your living situation best.  But do use something for fleas if you live in an area that is prone to them.  And start early, before you see a flea.  It’s amazing how fast the little beggars can accumulate.  By the time you see a couple of them on your dog they’re probably hopping around your house.

 

Spring means warm temperatures, too.  That means that you need to take precautions to keep your dog cool.  Remember that you can’t leave your dog in your car — cars can quickly reach temps of 140 degrees on a sunny day.  Always have water available for your dog.  And, even if you have air conditioning in your home, if you leave your dog everyday you may want to consider having a cool pad available or some frozen water bottles — just in case the AC goes off.

 

Have a great weekend folks!  Enjoy the beauties of spring with your dog.

 

May 15, 2009 Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , , | Leave a comment

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May 15, 2009 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Dogs and cats can live together?

080908135916-largeI read the most interesting article today.  It seems that there was a study done last year by Tel Aviv University.  The study was about — are you ready for this? — how cats and dogs get along.  Finally!  A really important study!  LOL  I’m kidding but I do think this is important.  How many of us have had a cat and a dog and puzzled over the super complexity of their relationship?  Did your cat and dog get along or not?

 

Well, according to this study, about 2/3 of cats and dogs actually do get along when they share a home.  I found that amazing.  That was much higher than I would have guessed.  They said that about 25 percent of cats and dogs were indifferent to each other.  And 10 percent fought like (I love this) cats and dogs.

 

This study was even more interesting because it provided a possible reason why cats and dogs don’t get along.  The researchers said that it was because cats and dogs had problems reading each other’s body language!  Of course!  As they pointed out in the article:

 

One reason for the fighting might have been crossed inter-species signals. Cats and dogs may not have been able to read each other’s body cues. For instance, cats tend to lash their tails about when mad, while dogs growl and arch their backs. A cat purrs when happy, while a dog wags its tail. A cat’s averted head signals aggression, while in a dog the same head position signals submission.

 

In homes where cat/dog détente existed, Prof. Terkel observed a surprising behavior. “We found that cats and dogs are learning how to talk each other’s language. It was a surprise that cats can learn how to talk ‘Dog’ and vice versa.”

 

What’s especially interesting, Prof. Terkel remarks, is that both cats and dogs have appeared to evolve beyond their instincts. They can learn to read each other’s body signals, suggesting that the two species may have more in common than was previously suspected.

 

How ingenious is that?  Now we, as humans, seem to be able to read the body language of both cats and dogs.  But maybe your dog can’t figure you when the cat is mad and about to tear his face off?  Maybe the cat doesn’t know that the dog is being friendly when he wags his tail?  Well, maybe.  I don’t know if I really buy that theory.  Cats and dogs are pretty smart.  Afterall, they can both figure out human body language.  So, why wouldn’t they be able to figure out each other’s body language?  I don’t know.  I will have to ponder that theory some more.

 

But, whatever the case, the researchers said that cats and dogs get along best when both are introduced into the house, and to each other, when they’re young.  Cats when they’re less than six months old and dogs when they’re less than a year old.  It also works best if you have the cat first.  I think this is because it gives the cat an edge.  It lets the cat get the confidence and attitude they need to handle a sometimes bigger dog.

 

Thinking back on my successful cat-dog pets that’s just what we did, although we didn’t plan it.  I got Charlie my kitten one year and, less than a year later, we got Red, my dog.  They were great friends.  They used to cuddle up next to each other and sleep.  They never had any problems getting along even though Red must have weighed four or five times as much as Charlie.  I think Red always respected Charlie.  He never bothered him in any way.  Never harassed him.  Charlie would have put him in his place if he’d tried!  Tough cat.  You didn’t want to mess with him.

 

I have one friend now who has a couple of cats that she’s had forever.  She also breeds and shows Setters — noisy, rambunctious, nosy Setters.  A whole bunch of them that live in the house.  Nevertheless, those cats have been the boss of the house for so long that the dogs are completely afraid of them.  One flick of the claws and those dogs are cowering.  One puppy even grew up trying to act like the cats.  She would follow them around and try to ingratiate herself with them.  She would put her own paws on their paws and try to sleep in the same cat positions.  Funny.

 

I don’t think people ever get tired of comparing cats and dogs.  There’s just something about them that we love.

 

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Cats, dogs, Pets | 1 Comment

May is National Guide Dog Month

 

Paula Abdul presents Idol singer Scott Macintyre with a guide dog.  AP Photo/Natural Balance Pet Foods, Glen Lipton.

Paula Abdul presents Idol singer Scott Macintyre with a guide dog. AP Photo/Natural Balance Pet Foods, Glen Lipton.

Here’s a nice story.  May is National Guide Dog Month.  Not one to be left out of the action, American Idol judge Paula Abdul gave Idol singer Scott Macintyre, who is blind, a guide dog.

 

 

Abdul, Natural Balance Pet Foods, Petco and independent pet stores nationwide are teaming to raise funds and awareness for guide dogs.  They hope to raise over two million dollars during the month of May to go to guide dog programs.

 

An emotional MacIntyre was both thrilled and surprised to learn he would receive a guide dog.  He had been told he was at the ceremony to perform, but instead, Abdul informed him that he would be receiving a dog after his upcoming tour.  Many people openly wept during the ceremony.

 

“Being part of this important cause is truly special and very close to my heart,” said Paula Abdul.”  Most people have no idea how much time and money it takes to train these beautiful animals to give such a precious gift to those who need it most.  It can take more than two years and $40,000 to properly train a guide dog. Together, we can help guide dog schools provide more of these life-changing partners to people who are blind.”

 

Throughout the month of May, pet owners can visit any of PETCO’s more than 950 locations nationwide, as well as many independent pet stores, and buy specially marked bags of Natural Balance dog food with Paula Abdul’s picture on them, to donate 50 cents of the purchase price to participating guide dog schools.  PETCO shoppers can also “round up” their purchases at the register to donate the difference to the cause, or make donations directly online at PETCO.com.

 

“Having Paula Abdul, a huge animal lover, as our spokesperson will help us get the message out to raise money to match people who are visually impaired and in need of these amazing guide dogs,” said Dick Van Patten of Natural Balance Pet Foods.

 

You can learn more about guide dogs by visiting Guide Dogs for the Blind.  They’re just one of the guide dog organizations that trains these amazing dogs to work with the blind but they’ve been in existence since 1942.

 

May 11, 2009 Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment