As a Professional Dog Walker I run into all sorts of situations that require a quick response and a cool head about you.
This morning was just such an occasion. I had a coyote tracking us. Knowing the SMART technique I gathered the pups next to me and took a stand, big and bold. This incident is a common one here in San Diego. Too many times pups are snatched from the end of a leash because people are not paying attention to their surroundings.
Here are some simple adjustments you can make to keep you and your pets safe:
Together we can be SMART about Coyote Hazing and spare the heartache of loosing another Fur Family member.
If you have any questions or would like a one on session practicing coyote hazing give me a call, I'm happy to meet with you to help you build your confidence. You can reach me at 858-603-9925
Since Janurary of this year there has been over 12 Pet Food Recalls. Pets are being put at risk in record numbers. It jas become my mission to share homemade options you can whip up from your own kitchen (and mine) to bring easy alternatives to avoid the heartache and expense from this deadly trend.
Over the next three weeks I'll be sharing some easy and nutritious recipes you can make. The three types are Cool, Crunchie and Chewy using your freezer, dehydrator, and fridge.
Freezer Organic Dog Treats
Using regular ice trays - fill the trays with organic apples, berries, and carrots, pour liquid organic beef or chicken broth and freeze.
These cool cube should be used within 3 weeks a d stored in a zip bag in the freezer.
Many of you know that I am a huge advocate for low ingredient, high quality pet foods, preferribly locally sourced.
Here is another Pet Food Recall exemplifying the need for scrutiny on all Pet Food Products. Be choosy!
There are many red flags on this noticification disclosure that every pet parent will take pause:
The findings show that beef not suitible for human consumption was noted.
The ingredients tested found a mixture of meats; Beef, Pork and Equine!
Medication contamination was found.
If you use any of these three brands, please check the label and contact the manufacturer for instructions on the return policy, http://bit.ly/2mJUOkt
Here's hoping this petfood recall notice reaches everyone who bought these brands and your Dogs are o.k.
We must be ever vigilant when it comes to the ingredients in your Pet's food! Don't be fooled by the labeling stating 'grain free' or even the type of meat ingredients. Buyer beware is the motto these days for all of us.
Studies have proven that our health as well as our Pets is better when eating locally sourced foods. Local can also be a 'loaded' phrase. I'm referring to items within 50-100 miles. We have a great local Pet Food Store dedicated to optimum ingredients for organic nutrition and locally sourced foods for Cats and Dogs. Amy, the owner, has a great selection of products that are chemical free, and locally grown. Visit Wholesome Choice Pet Market at either of the two locations: 4SRanch or Rancho Bernardo.
If you would like to be notified on the next Petfood Recall Notification please leave a comment with your email and I'll add you to the list.
Woofs & Wags, Kate
it isn't often that we get to pull out the rain gear around here in San Diego! One of my pet peeves are finding sweaters or coats for large Dogs!
The coat Weslia is wearing says X-Large but we can clearly see this 70 lb Shepard needs something else! To get a proper fit measure from the top of the shoulder to the tail. Once you do that and look through the many sites with #petraingear you are going to blink at what is referred to as X-Lrg! 19-24 inches is normal for a Shepard. By the time you secure the body fasteners of the coat or poncho the length required is now 3 " longer making her proper size a XX-XXX Lrg.
Make sure you get a coat that has wide adjustable Velcro fasteners around the girth as well as adjustable front and back adjustable leg straps so it stays in place all down the back and doesn't slide around the neck.
The samples I've found are made in other countries and the quality isn't very good. My favorite shopping site for Large Dog Coats is http://www.BaxterBoo.com. The prices and sizes are true to breed sizing and secure comfortably without knotting up in the under belly area. The prices and styles vary from Reflective Ponchos to Blanket style. These range from $20-$50.00 and are made in America.
Help keep your big breed dry and comfortable this winter with the proper fit. It can mean the difference between a pleasant walk in the rain or a wet one!
If you got value out of this blog post please leave me a comment, I would like to hear about your experiences buying large rain coats, or any size really for your pups.
Woofs & Wags, Kate
Today I'm wrapping my head around the plight of the Shelter Pets and what I can do to help them. Compelled to do what I can to make a difference for these sweet souls cast aside due to no fault of their own I've decided to join the group fundraising effort, Walk For Animals at Kit Carson Park .
A few years ago Pawtails began putting our efforts to raise community awareness for the San Diego Humane Society and the many programs they sponsor San Diego Humane Society. The best way we can all support their good works and make a splash, a dent, and a difference for the pets they take in at the local shelter/campuses is through the fundraising events.
Next weekend, February 25, 2017 me and my team will be walking in the #WALKFORANIMALS2017 at Kit Carson Park.
Our team goal is $2,500.00 and my personal goal is $500.00. If you would like to join me and my team please check out my pledge page here on this link and get excited about making a difference for those voiceless pets awaiting their fur-ever home.
Click here to go to my page. http://bit.ly/2lvKAGx
Thank you for your support! The pets appreciate the loving gifts you share to help them survive and thrive.
If you have any questions or would like to join me you can always reach me at 858-603-9925.
Woofs, Wags, and Meows, Kate
Dust off those Devilish horns and darn the capes, Doggie style that is!
Rancho Penasquitos Linear Dog Park will be full of Spooktacular Dog Tricks & Treats for this year's 1st Annual Howl-O-Ween Costume Party and Parade benefiting Pawsandiego.org.
The festivites begin at 11:00 am just north of the big pen at Linear Dog Park, 13339 Salmon River Road, San Diego, CA 92129.
We want to send a shout out to this year's event Sponsors: Kahoots Pet Store, Pawtails Pet Services, Wholesome Choice Pet Store and Highland Ranch Veternarian Hospital. The proceeds from the 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction to benefit PAWSANDIEGO.ORG, the Food Bank and Medical support for our low income elderly throughout San Diego. This amazing organzation allows the elderly the companionship support needed to keep their Pets with them and out of the shelter.
Our Local Community Event is sure to be a tail wagging good time for everyone! Entertainment, Goodie Bags, Awards for best costume, Kids games and face painting
If you would like more information or would like to get involved in this event please give us a call here, ask for Kate, 858-603-9925.
PARTY RSVP & PARADE HERE: Please let us know if you can make it!
We really appreciate a heads up...Shh,this is our 1st local event and we want to make sure we have enough goodies on hand for all the Howl-O-Weeners, Woofs & Wags, Kate
How To Make Homemade Dog Treats and why it's worth it.
Are you finalizing your Thanksgiving plans as well as the Winter break and Christmas?
Pet parents are taking steps to insure Fido has a helper should the unthinkable occurr such as an unexpected hospitalization or worse. Are your Pets covered should anything happen to you?
Many pets end up in shelters because of life situations. Start making a care plan today.
We never want to our loving companion stranded with out an advocate.
Meet Cooper, he's an AKC registered Wheaten Terrier and a very docile, easy going guy for an Adult and not a good candidate for kids.
What do you do when you feel you must re-home your Dog or Cat ? You've tried everything, including training and it's just not a good fit? You want to begin the process of interviewing the next best candidate and you want to insure they fill out contracts and agree to site visits prior to handing over your Dog!
The heartache is real for many humans facing this decision and I want to insure their Furry Friend is moving to a safe and loving new home.
1. Always insist on Contractual relinquishing, no exceptions, ever!
2. Insist on a back-ground check, always.
3. Do a site visit, always.
A Note From Cooper's Human, Michelle:
Cooper is a gorgeous purebred AKC registered #WheatenTerrier needing a new home. Cooper is completely house trained, well behaved and knows many commands like sit,stay, heel, come. His trainer is willing to be of some assistance to his next owner to ease them into the transition. He is extremely loyal and loving, he enjoys playing with his toys and going for walks. Cooper needs a very special home, as he can become protective of his home and people.
Because of his protective issues Cooper will not be placed into a home with children. His ideal home would be an experienced dog owner, living in a home without a lot of visitors . Cooper is only 2 1/2 years old , very laid back and happy to be comfy curled up in a couch or on his bed . If you think Cooper would be a good match for you please reach out to me and we can plan a meeting!
You can contact Michelle at mickey916[at]hotmail.com
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