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Therapy Dogs In Action: Pulse Orlando

This story is a look back to August 2016 when the worst mass shooting by a single person was carried out against the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It sent waves of shock across the country. During that time, when 49 lives were ended and hundreds of families were impacted, the call went out and therapy dogs from across the country came to Orlando to provide a comfort and a warm touch while the healing began.

Dogs from 5 States were present at the vigil and in hospital rooms to offer support.

Read the full article from US Weekly Magazine

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Steyr and Stryker with their veteran handlers Kelvin and Shawn while filming the Top Tier: American Heroes and the Dogs Who Love Them documentary

Top Tier: American Heroes and the Dogs Who Love Them

Browsing Kickstarter today, I found this project and immediately backed it. The filmmakers from Titan Throw Multimedia are teaming up with Top Tier Dog Training and the non-profit foundation Tier Garden Inc. to produce a film called: Top Tier American Heroes and the Dogs Who Love Them.

This movie will follow the dogs and their handlers through their Affiliative Training (PDF) program. Affiliative Dog Training focuses on building the bond between the disabled handler and the Service Dog in Training using positive reinforcement. Along the way, we will learn about the veterans who will benefit from the pairing with the dogs.

The preview, you can watch though the link here, shows veterans going through a wide range of issues including mobility, and those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

It is a wonderful project which I hope is produced and widely distributed which will help provide support to the thousands of veterans who served our country.

Proposed release date is June 29, 2017 if funding is reached.

Heading Image Credit: Steyr and Stryker with their handlers Kelvin and Shawn from https://www.kickstarter.com

 

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National Popcorn Day

What goes with popcorn like butter and a movie? To recognize #NationalPopcornDay, let’s look back a this post from last year: Rescue Dogs Take The Starring Role that spotlights rescue dogs in the movies and on TV.

This year was another dog-filled movie year with films like Max, and the upcoming A Dog’s Purpose. Not live-action, but The Secret Life Of Pets gave us a look at what happens when the people aren’t home.

Grab a bucket of popcorn and your remote, and get settled in for great stories with our canine friends.

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National Rubber Ducky Day

Today is #NationalRubberDuckyDay and what better way to celebrate than with dogs and duckies!

I wonder when #DressYourDogLikeADuckDay is!

Stop by the National Day Calendar to see what “day” it is tomorrow!
Sincerely, Paula

Choosing the right food; when, how, and why

Recently I have run into the situation where my dogs have stopped eating their regular food. The old adage “variety is the spice of life” apparently applies to dogs as well as humans! It seems like they were looking to mix things up,

This got me to wondering, when and how often should I be switching up my dogs food?

Six signs that you should consider changing your dogs food include, Dull/Flaky Coat, Lethargy, Ageing, Hefty Midsection, GI Disturbances, and Itchy Coat.

So you notice one or more of those signs, but what should you look for in the next food you select?

The AKC goes into greater detail but highlights these topics:

  • A good dog food will contain meat, vegetables, grains, and fruits.
  • It is important to remember that not every dog has the same nutritional needs.
  • Merck Veterinary Manual lists the nutrition requirements for small animals
  • Like anything you read online, or on tv, check your sources to ensure you verify the information. Remember: your dogs health is on the line.
  • Whole grains are actually a source of wholesome nutrients. Unless you dog has an allergy to grains, you don’t need to automatically rule out a food with grain.
  • Look for the statement “complete and balanced.” This is more than just advertising – the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has strict requirements to make sure that a product is in fact complete and balanced.

How should you transition your dogs between types of food?

Hill’s Pet Nutrition has this handy seven day transition plan for changing foods. You can even check out their minute-long video on YouTube.

In the end, I opted for Nutro Adult Lamb and Rice Variety from Chewy.com. I liked the limited and natural ingredients, and the other nutritional elements including vitamins and minerals.

It comes with a handy zip enclosure built into the bag so I don’t have to seal it in my usual airtight container. Doing research on Nutro, I found they have a very high level of quality and pride in their products. They take extreme care with the products they deliver. They have a great video on their thorough Safety and Quality page. An interesting thing I learned was that they own their own manufacturing plants, and were the first to be certified in the pet food manufacturers nutrition and food safety program.

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#MyPetIsWeird Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show dog in a pool

Jimmy Fallon’s Pet Hashtag Trends Wildly

On a recent episode of the Tonight Show WIth Jimmy Fallon, he started a hashtag #MyPetIsWeird. It’s amazing how much joy (and creepiness) that pets add to our lives. From dogs mimicking the action of a toaster, smelling dogs on tv, fish watching us change, to cats sucking their own tail; they certainly add some fun and energy to our lives.

Personally speaking, my dog will go around to every “human” in the room begging for attention. When the person tires of him, he goes to the next in line until he runs out of people, then starts instigating trouble with the other pets. He repeats the same order of people, and pets each time he does it.

Also, after he does his business “outside”, he walks away on three legs for about 20 feet, kicking at the air the whole time. The process is hardwired into this brain, but the execution just isn’t there!

Watch the clip from the show, check out some of the posts below, and add your funny stories to the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rescue Dogs Take Starring Role

This morning I woke up to an article from BlogPaws asking “Can Shelter Dogs And Cats Be Movie Stars?“. Without even thinking for a second, I came to the conclusion that yes, dogs and cats from shelters can star in movies. While shelter dogs and some breeds have bad labels or are categorized based on the actions of a few, they are just like any other dog; adaptable, strong, loving, and able to do just about anything!

The article went on to talk about a new movie, “P.I. Woof” by filmmaker Larry Kay, and how it involved 35 shelter dogs from the Pet Orphans shelter in California.

This is just one of a handful of movies about (or starring) shelter dogs. Another movie, just released April 1, 2016, is called “Rescue Dogs: The Movie“. The trailer makes it look like a romantic comedy meets Babe (the talking pig). It has sweeping beach shots, humor, evil characters, and (hopefully) a happy ending- with lots of dog kisses.

Making the transition from shelter to set or state is another trainer, Bill Berloni. He estimates rescuing over 150 animals since he started training them for stage in 1977. His animals have been featured in Broadway shows (Annie), tv shows, traveling show productions, commercials and more. He even had a recent show on Discovery’s Family Channel called “From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni“. It followed his progress from signing a contract, finding a dog for the part (including several shelter visits across the U.S.), training, and even some behind-the-scenes work with the actors. We were even treated to a story of how they ended up with several ducks!

The best part of Bill’s work, is that when the dogs are done their work, they stay a part of Bill’s family; as part of a big forever home.

While the article isn’t clear if the dogs working on the movie “Max” were rescues, here is an interesting story from USA Today about how they were selected and the training involved for the stunt sequences.

“Max” is the story of a dog come home from war. He suffers from PTSD and bonds with the brother of his deceased handler. Through they movie, the bond between the boy and heroic Malinois grows.

The American Humane Association is the group that administers the No Animals Were Harmed certification program when animals are used on film or TV. They also conduct the Pawscars Awards (a twist on the Oscar Awards) which celebrates top animal stars on film or television. Checkout the AHA website here, or my post on the Pawscars here.

 

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