PAWFULLY FUN SPA DAY!

Dogs love pampering as much as we do,add some great organic products such as a Buchu scrub and khakibos shampoo,available online from Vondi’s  and you have Safari Spa Day.

The Buchu scrub is a bacterial soap scrub made especially for our furry friends and is great for itchy,dry skin that have hot spots and skin irritations.This scrub cleans and cools the skin.

Khakibos Shampoo is a natural,chemical free shampoo.It is soft on the skin whilst also acting as a flea and tick repellent.

Buchu Anti-inflammatory moisturizing oil works wonders for arthritic dogs and is perfect for dry,irritable skin.Massage gently on the skin and let Fido enjoy.

Keep in mind that for all skin allergies,a holistic and natural treatment is all that is needed.Diet is most important and is often a contributory factor in skin irritations.By avoiding a chemical based shampoo and flea repellent and taking a holistic approach,you’ll make his day!

Claudia Bensimoun

Copyright © 2012

Freelance writer.

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PAW IT FORWARD! DOGS AND HOMELESSNESS!

RECENT STATISTICS SHOW AN INCREASING NUMBER OF DOGS AND ANIMALS AT ALL RESCUE SHELTERS.

ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL are taking in many more dogs and cats than in previous years. Recent findings show that for every family buying a puppy, there is someone dropping one off at a shelter. Educating families, especially those with young children, about the basic needs of a dog -mental and physical-, the training, veterinary care and exercise that their new dog will require, is essential. Today’s situation is especially critical due to shelters being short -staffed, under-funded and over-crowded.

Encourage safe- dog adoptions and encourage future dog -parents to educate themselves about canine care -mental stimulation-physical exercise needed- prior to buying or adopting a dog.

1.Many new dog- parents are ignorant as to what a canine needs -veterinarian care- vaccines, deworming and all the costs involved, until it is too late and a medical emergency occurs.

2.Exercise- long walks- backyards. It has surprised me to hear that some dog- parents crate their dogs all day while at work- the dangers of crating for longer than a few hours. Most trainers are in favor of short period crating.

3.Do not buy or adopt a dog if you are having financial difficulties. That’s not just referring to foreclosures – but any kind of financial difficulty that would prevent you from taking your dog to the veterinarian when necessary or providing the necessary training and care required, especially for large dogs.

4.Helping the homeless take care of their dogs by donating dog food and necessary items. How often have you seen homeless people on the street with their dogs beside them? Most times these dogs do not have enough food, water or veterinary care but are closely bonded with the person that is homeless. Offering to take their dog to the veterinarian to update on vaccines such as rabies and booster shots prevents the spread of canine diseases such as kennel cough and rabies and helps all dogs just that little bit. Drop off that bag of kibbles and maybe a water bowl or two, with a few blankets, and of course a first aid kit. Paw it forward!

Preventing dog homelessness and helping those dogs that have already lost their homes and are living on the street with their pet-parents, will go a long way toward helping all dogs live a happier and healthier life.

DOG VACAY-CANINE BLISS!VACATION BUSTERS!

DOG VACAY-CANINE BLISS!

While emphasis is always placed on canine safety, why not combine both safety and pleasure and let your furry-best friend enjoy a great vacation away from home?

Aren’t you sometimes torn with indecision when vacation time arrives? Many pet-parents are indecisive about where to board Fido when vacation time arrives. Dog Vacay has come up with this great concept.

Dog Vacay offers pet -sitters training with an instructional video, insurance plans and GPS-enabled dog collars to track dogs .Pet sitters are hired and screened by Dog Vacay. What more could you ask for?

It’s free to become a member and more than 600 hosts have already joined in the Los Angeles and San Francisco area. But what makes Dog Vacay so different  is that Dog Vacay is not a boarding kennel but a vacation resort, in the homes of families and pet sitters, for all dog lovers looking to have peace of mind while on holiday.

Founded by Karine Nissim and Aaron Hirschorn, Dog Vacay sends iPhone videos and photos of your dogs playing and keeps constant contact with pet-parents.

Pet -parents can choose the vacation destination for their furry-friend and there are many options available. So all you need to figure out is what type of Dog Vacay would Fido most enjoy?

Does he crave canine companionship, plenty of exercise, mental stimulation or social attention? Apartment or a beach home? Keep in mind that 24-hour veterinarian care is available at all times.

The nagging feelings you had about going away on vacation need no longer be.

Pet -parents can now go out of town knowing that their furry- companion is having a blissful Dog Vacay!

Claudia Bensimoun

Freelance writer

THE ROLE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN DOG ADOPTIONS

THE ROLE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN DOG ADOPTIONS

Right this minute, a dog is being rescued from an abusive environment.

I have always had rescue dogs and found that there is something special in the love that these dogs give us. It’s almost as if they know that we have given them a second chance. Every dog in our lives is a gift, which is why I’m happy to share -Social Media and Dog Rescue.

Social-media will continue to influence in 2012 as pet- parents integrate social media-Twitter, Facebook and pet-related blogs as a daily part of their informational lives. Bloggers continue to gain respect and readership, building a small but influential community around their blogs, some of these focusing specifically on dogs that need to be adopted and dogs that are in immediate danger of abuse.

Is your shelter or rescue organization getting the most out of social media when it comes to adoption promotions? Writing great adoption promotional messages with the best potential for viral spread helps place rescue dogs in wonderful homes, in a much shorter time frame. Pinterest, a network optimized for the type of sharing that works for pet adoption is currently under-utilized by dog shelter and rescue groups.

Using social media to get traditional media attention and more ,increases the lifesaving of homeless dogs and cats worldwide.A great example of this are the YouTube videos posted by Hope for Paws, a non -profit organization that posts videos of their often dramatic street rescues.Fiona was  rescued more than a year ago by Eldad and Audrey Hagar.This clip has been watched by more than 1 million viewers since it made it’s debut a week ago.

Let’s strive to support social media and work towards helping find rescue dogs great homes.Here’s to helping all dog shelters and rescues and creating comfortable lives for all dogs worldwide!

Claudia Bensimoun

Copyright © 2012

Freelance writer

DOG PARK ETIQUETTE

DOG PARK ETIQUETTE

As dog parents, we are sometimes put in uncomfortable situations, with our four-legged friends not behaving or someone else’s canine breaking every dog park rule.

BARKING GOOD TIPS

  • OBEY THE POSTED RULES!
  • RULES DO BEGIN ONCE YOUR FURRY-FRIEND BOUNDS OUT OF THE CAR!
  • IMMUNIZE AND LICENSE YOUR DOGS!
  •  BRING ONLY HEALTHY DOGS TO THE PARK
  •  BY THE WAY SOCIALIZED, FRIENDLY DOGS ONLY!
  • AVOID DOG FIGHTS
  • CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR CANINE FURRY-FRIENDS
  • DON’T LET KIDS PLAY WITH STRANGE DOGS!
  • DO NOT BRING A FEMALE THAT IS IN HEAT!
  • DO NOT BRING MORE DOGS THAN YOU CAN SAFELY MANAGE!
  • DOGS SHOULD BE WELL TRAINED AND OBEY WHEN YOU CALL THEM!
  • WATCH YOUR DOGS AT ALL TIMES!
  • DON’T OVERSTAY-LEAVE WHEN IT’S TIME TO LEAVE
  •  DO NOT BRING TREATS TO THE DOG PARK UNLESS YOU PLAN TO SHARE
  •  BRING YOUR OWN WATER DISH!
  • ENJOY AND HAVE SOME FUN WITH FIDO!

Claudia Bensimoun

Copyright © 2012

Canine freelance writer

HANDICAPPED DOGS

Today a second chance is not only for people but for dogs as well. According to Pawsite marketing there has been a great increase in the willingness of the American public to adopt or care for handicapped pets that have major illnesses or handicaps that in the past would have necessitated euthanasia.

Making the Right Decision

Dog wheelchairs and drag bags are but a few examples of what makes life easier for a handicapped pet. It also reassures us that the decision we are making, is the right one and that our dogs will be able to live a normal life. The dedication of mechanical engineers and veterinarians that are always looking for better ways to improve the already advanced medical and technological field enable for pet parents to make the right choice and not to euthanize a handicapped canine.

Greater Awareness

When the time comes for us to be there for our dogs, it’s always nice to have the option, funds and medical knowledge from an expert veterinarian with a similar optimistic outlook, that will enable us always to make the appropriate decision and to be our furry-best friends, best companions in sickness or in health.

Taking out pet insurance has also developed into a growing industry and is as important to many families as their own health insurance, thus showing how important our dogs have become to us.

Claudia Bensimoun

Copyright © 2012

Canine freelance writer

THE GUIDE TO ADOPTING YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND

THE GUIDE TO ADOPTING YOUR FURRY-BEST FRIEND

It’s the weekend and a great time to visit your local dog shelter. Whether it’s to donate some items, walk a dog or adopt your new best friend, now’s the time!

Paws up to all doggie adoptions! You might be thinking: But I can’t do this right now because timing might not be perfect or you may have other dogs. The purpose of adopting your new best –friend is to help the many dogs in shelters today that are looking for new pet parents to love them. An added benefit is that if you adopt an adult dog, most dogs are potty trained.

Finding Fido!

You’ll know when you see him. Over the years and many doggie adoptions, I have found that the connection is there almost immediately, although if I could have, I probably would have taken every dog home. Keep in mind that if you have children and older family members, an older dog may be preferable.

Knowing your breeds!

Work on adopting a breed that you are familiar with and not only pure breeds. There are some wonderful mixed breeds that have the best traits from both sides.

Let the moment happen!

Who can forget that wonderful connection? In adoption situations, these dogs just never forget that you’ve rescued them and love you so much more.

Allow some sniff time and down time.

Bringing your new furry-friend home does not need to be stressful .If you have other dogs, be sure to introduce them one at a time and to give the other dogs as much attention as your new pooch. The dog has to get comfortable and even the most stable dog may become tense in new surroundings around different people. Let your new canine sniff around and take a good look at his new home and separate all dogs at meal times.

Recruit helpers!

You may find it difficult in the beginning, and sometimes impossible if you are dealing with behavioral problems, aggressiveness, shyness or illness. Designate a family member to help, a neighbor or pet sitter. Work with a dog trainer and visualize about what you want to achieve in your home. Creating a mental picture of canine harmony, will help you focus on a more relaxed environment with your new best friend.

Claudia Bensimoun

Copyright © 2012

Canine freelance