pets

Show Time!

Jan 30, 2016
Birmingham Feline Fanciers / Facebook

If you think all cats are pretty much alike except for the length and color of their fur, a visit  to a cat show just might change your mind!

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Walking the Dog

Jan 16, 2016
www.buzzfarmers.com [Flickr]

Taking your dog for regular walks is good for both you and your pet.   It can help both of you live longer and healthier, so you will have more time to spend together enjoying each other's company.

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Concert for the Dogs

Jan 9, 2016
Laurie Anderson [Facebook]

New idea - a concert designed especially for the sensitive ears of our canine friends.  Dogs hear at much higher frequencies than we can. That's the secret of a dog whistle.  It is said the Beatles included a dog whistle in their recording of the song, "A Day in the Life".  If you play their Sgt. Pepper album, you won't notice it but you might see an unexpected reaction from your dog!


Charleston Animal Society [Facebook]

This beautiful chocolate American Stafforddshire Terrier mix survived having her muzzle wrapped with electrical tape, cutting off circulation.  After multiple surgeries to reconstruct her jaw and remove dead tissue from her mouth and tongue, she is now the picture of  health and happiness, a true portrait of victory over adversity.  

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Give a Lot, Get a Lot

Dec 26, 2015
JaseCurtis [Flickr]

In just a few days, this year will come to an end and we'll all be gathering our information for our tax returns.  Making a contribution to a charitable organization now will save you some taxes and help those who make our world a better place!

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Mindy Norton

Most Christmas manger scenes include animals, because the Christ child was born in a stable.  And besides Joseph and Mary, they were the only witnesses to the birth of Jesus.  So it seems only natural that we would want to include our pets in family celebrations, especially at Christmas!

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The Pug Father [Flickr]

So many pets are waiting in shelters for a home and an owner to love them; and they're ready to love you back, if you will just give them a chance.  What better gift can you give yourself for Christmas than a furry companion to share all your holidays and everydays?!

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Hanukkah and Pets

Dec 5, 2015
Lawrence Simon [Flickr]

Hanukkah, which begins December 6th this year, brings excitement, food, gifts and of course, the beautiful Menorah.  As you enjoy the traditions of this Festival of Lights, keep your pet's safety and well being in mind.

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big presh (David Precious) [Flickr]

It is not easy to keep your pet safe from the dangers posed by the Christmas tree.  It may be best if the tree is in a room with a door that you can close, so your four-footed buddy cannot have unsupervised access to the tempting holiday decorations!

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fineapps2013 (Werner Reischel) [Flickr]

Most of the foods we enjoy at Thanksgiving are not good for our pets, but pumpkin is pet-friendly and healthy!  Make sure you feed your furry friend only the meat of the pumpkin (not the skin, stem or leaves), and use only fresh or pure canned pumpkin.

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Greencolander (Michelle Tribe) [Flickr]

This is a time of year when there are fewer puppies and kittens available to adopt.  But shelters still have lots of great adult animals and even some older (senior) pets who need good homes and loving owners!

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T3l Erick (Erick Pleitez) [Flickr]

If you have a great animal shelter in your community, let them know you appreciate the work they do.  If your shelter is not so great, maybe you can help to make it better, not just for the animals but for everyone.

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Facebook - HarleyFreightTrainTaylor

No animal should have to endure what Harley went through for ten years in a puppy mill.  Despite the harsh treatment he received, he is a happy, friendly and loving dog.   And now he has been recognized as a hero!


Halloween Costumes

Oct 24, 2015
istolethetv [Flickr]

People with pets love to share the Halloween fun with their furry friends, but some do not realize their pets may not enjoy it so much.  Keep your pet's comfort and safety in mind, especially on Halloween!

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American Humane Association - Facebook

From around the country, the American Humane Association along with other national, regional and local organizations and volunteers joined forces in South Carolina to help animals in distress and their owners.  When we work together, we can make a difference.

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National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

As the NAVTA website says, veterinary technicians (vet techs) find themselves caring for a wide variety of animals, some with fur, some with feathers, even some with scales.  They are the nurses of the veterinary world, and can help make sure your pet gets the best possible health care.  So, hug a vet tech this week!

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NatalieMaynor [Flickr]

If you take your pet to a local Blessing of the Animals ceremony, make sure you have it either on a leash or in a cage or carrier.  That way, everyone can be focused on enjoying the special event!

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World Rabies Day 2015

Sep 26, 2015
Harlequeen (Neil McIntosh) [Flickr]

The animals that are most likely to carry rabies in your neighborhood are raccoons, bats, foxes and skunks.  Do not try to handle these animals and teach your children to stay away from them.

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christopdesoto [Flickr]

Can you spot the pets in this house?  Without help, neither can a firefighter.  Knowing where to look and how many animals to find makes it more likely firefighters can rescue pets from a house fire.

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Bubba the School Cat

Sep 12, 2015
Facebook - BubbatheSchoolCat

Bubba the School Cat has been with the same group of students through middle school and now into high school.  In 2017, will Bubba graduate with the rest of his class? 

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Working Animals

Sep 5, 2015
American Humane Association

Bretagne epitomizes the relationship between humans and working animals.  Trained for search and rescue, her first assignment was the World Trade Center on 9/11.  Not only was she very good at her job she also took on the role of comforter for firefighters and other first responders, nuzzling close and letting them hold her and pet her.  She was trained to search, but her love for people made her special.

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Troy Snow - Hurricane Katrina Dogs [Facebook]

During the evacuation for Hurricane Katrina, a police officer confiscated a small boy's white dog, named Snowball.  The boy was inconsolable, and Snowball's story became a symbol of much that went wrong for pets and their owners in that disaster.

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American Humane Association

The 2015 Hero Dog Awards seek to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways. Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories: Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Law Enforcement, Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide/Hearing Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs.

    A Guide Dog is trained to lead, follow commands, ignore distractions, and even disobey a command that would put its human partner in danger. The human also must be trained on how to handle the dog and how to be a good leader of the team. A Hearing Dog is specially trained to alert its deaf owner to sounds we all take for granted. Unlike a Guide Dog that must be of a certain body size in order to lead a person, a Hearing Dog can be large or small, pure-bred or mixed breed. Many are shelter animals who are determined to have the intelligence and temperament to serve as a Hearing Dog. It is a perfect blending of needs - deaf individuals have the opportunity to live an independent life, and dogs who may literally die for lack of homes are given a purpose and owners that will love and care for them. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are living examples of the trust bond between human and animal.

In the world of Search and Rescue operations, dogs have a very special place.  Their keen sense of smell, excellent night vision, extremely sensitive hearing and endurance have made them crucial in efforts to locate people or animals who are missing or trapped.

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American Humane Association

The  Hero Dog Awards seek to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways. Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories: Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Law Enforcement, Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Guide/Hearing Dogs. 

Interacting with an animal can be very theraputic for humans. While other animals, such as horses and cats can be great therapy animals, dogs really excel in helping humans who are going through a difficult or troubling time. A certified Therapy Dog can make a significant contribution to many treatment programs.

Dogs began helping our military forces as early as World War I, but it wasn't until World War II that the Army established its first K-9 Corps. They serve as scouts, detection specialists for explosives, and assist on guard duty to protect US service men and women around the world. Nowadays, dogs have their own military service records and can be awarded commendations for outstanding service. It is not possible to count the number of lives military dogs have saved, sometimes at the extreme cost of their own. The Military Dog category seeks to recognize the dedication and valor of these extraordinary animals.

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American Humane Association

The 2015 Hero Dog Awards seek to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways.  Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories:  Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Law Enforcement Dogs, Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Guide/Hearing Dogs. 

The Law Enforcement Dog category includes what we often think of as police dogs, animals specially trained to patrol, search buildings, track criminals, and to detect drugs, narcotics and explosive devices. 

The Arson Dog category includes animals trained to sniff out accelerants that may have been used to start a fire.  Every year hundreds of lives (and billions of dollars in property) are lost as a result of fires that were set intentionally.  The dog works with a handler who is a law enforcement officer trained to investigate fire scenes.

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American Humane Association

The 2015 Hero Dog Awards seek to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways. Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories: Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Law Enforcement Dogs, Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, and Guide/Hearing Dogs.

The Service Dog category includes animals that assist people with disabilities other than sight and hearing. Most have received special training.

The Emerging Hero category honors the partnership that often develops between human and dog. Some of these animals are trained in such areas as detection of diseases such as cancer,  others are just pets who, without any special training, instinctively assist their human companions, and some are overcomers who have triumphed over adversity in an extraordinary way.

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Red Star Rescue Team

Jul 25, 2015
American Humane Association - Facebook

In 1916 the American Humane Association was asked by the US War Department to rescue thousands of horses injured in Europe during World War I.  That effort became Red Star Rescue.  Ninety-nine years later, they are still rescuing animals in all types of situations, from natural disasters to human neglect and cruelty.

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Dog in a Hot Car

Jul 18, 2015
Donald Lee Pardue [Flickr]

You would never put your pet in an oven, but that's essentially what you are doing if you leave an animal in a closed car on a warm day.  Either leave a person with your pet or leave your pet at home.

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1RN2GSD (Christine K) [Flickr]

The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America, but it's important to remember that the safety of our family is the most important consideration.  If your family includes a pet, it's up to you to keep them safe to enjoy all the family celebrations for years to come.

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melanie_ko [Flickr]

Animals touch us in ways we can't explain or even understand.  Who would think that naming a Calico cat as stationmaster of a Japanese train station would draw not just attention but so many visitors?  Now Tama's likeness adorns souvenirs and even trains!

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