Archive for June, 2011

Taking the Doggie on Vacation

We treat our dogs as part of the family, so it makes sense that we want to take them along on our vacations. But before you pile into the car with your four-legged friend, do some planning and make sure you have everything you need to make your dog’s vacation safe, relaxed and happy.

Traveling by Car

• Feed and water your dog 2 hours before you start the trip. This will lessen the chance of an upset stomach.

• Keep your dog safe in the car using  a travel harness with a seat belt. You can also have your dog ride in a crate or use a dog barrier to confine him to one space and keep him from distracting the driver.

• Plan frequent stops so your dog can have potty breaks and exercise. Make sure she has proper I.D. and is on leash when leaving the car.

• Never leave your dog in a parked car. Even with the windows partially down, temperatures can reach over 120 degrees quickly.

Traveling by Plane

• Before booking your flight, check the airline’s policy for transporting pets. You want to keep your dog with you in the cabin if at all possible.

• Avoid flying your dog in the cargo hold. Temperature extremes, lack of oxygen and poor ventilation could harm your dog.

• Consider an alternative airline such as Pet Airways which flies dogs and other pets in the cabin. You will have to fly separately from your pet and pick him up once you get to your destination.

Pet Friendly Hotels

• Research via the Internet for hotels that accept dogs. Usually,  hotels charge a pet fee which can widely vary.

• Check out websites such as bringfido.com that not only list dog-friendly hotels but also provide guest reviews.

What to Pack

• Medications

• Dog crate

• Blanket or pet bed

• Harness or seat belt

• Supply of dog food to last the entire trip

• Water bowl and 3 gallons of water

• Plastic bags and paper towels for clean up

• Chew toys

• A buckle collar with legible ID tags

• Extra leash

• Blankets or towels if your dog likes to splash in water or mud

Dawg Gone Good has products for you and your dog’s vacation. Stop in and ask us about:

Too Hot for Spot, a static cling window thermometer that alerts you to the temperature inside your car

 

 

 

 

 

EZY Dog Harness, with seat belt attachment in all sizes and colors

 

 

 

 

 

Sandia Pet Products Collapsible Travel Bowl, with clip for easy attachment to a backpack

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Tails Flea the Scene, all natural insect repellent with sunscreen

 

 

 

 

 

Poop Snoop, waste bag holder with a built-in LED light and clip

Is My Dog Overweight?

 

 

If your dog has been looking chubby, help him take off the pounds before they become a serious problem. Just like overweight humans, overweight dogs face decreased quality of life and early death. They may experience:

• sugar diabetes

•  damage to joints

•  difficulty breathing,  decreased stamina and heat intolerance

•  heart disease and high blood pressure

•  decreased liver function and immune system

•  digestive disorders

•  higher risk for cancer

Vets use a 9 point scoring system to evaluate a dog’s weight.  A score of 1 means your dog is extremely thin while a score of 9 means he is grossly overweight. Follow the steps below to get a sense where your dog falls on the weight scale.

1. Feel your dog’s ribs. You should be able to feel each rib. If you see the ribs, the dog is too thin. If you can’t feel them at all, your dog is overweight.

2.  Check the area at the base of the tail. You should be able to feel bones there.

3.  Feel the spine, shoulder and hips. If you can’t feel the bones beneath a layer of fat, your dog is overweight.

4. Look at your dog from above. He should have a definite waist behind the ribs. If there’s no waist, your dog is carrying too much weight.

5. Look at your dog from the side. The area behind the ribs should be smaller in diameter than the chest.

If your four-legged friend needs to drop a few pounds, keep the following in mind:

• Limit treats to 10 percent of your dog’s intake. Know the calorie count and nutritional value of the treats.

•  Provide exercise. Your dog will burn calories and keep his muscles toned and joints flexible.

•  Choose the correct type and amount of food. Feed your dog meals. It’s hard to regulate how much he eats if you put down a bowl of food and let him eat all day.

•  Monitor your dog’s weight. It’s hard to tell if your dog is gaining weight by sight.

• Limit or eliminate table scraps.

Legal Disclaimer

This post is for informational purposes only and should not be substituted for a vet’s professional diagnosis and treatment.

Wag More, Bark Less!

Goodbye, Corporate World . . . Hello, Dawg Gone Good!

As a Human Resources professional for many years, I used the fine art of “wagging” as a means of developing employee trust in addition to creating depth with my business partners.  Some I had to “convert” to doing a little wag now and then with their staff.  But after years in the industry, my little tail is done wagging in the corporate arena . . . way too many covert barkers out there. Shareholders, who had no tails, trickled down to the XO’s who eventually lost their wag as well. Sad.

So, at 56 I retired and set up shop with Dawg Gone Good in Albuquerque.  Everyone who steps through our doors is either a 2-legged or 4-legged wagger.  The only barks we hear are cheerful greetings.

Our first month in business has been an astounding surprise.  The local community has embraced us with such supportive passion.  To them, we express our gratitude.

So . . . for me, no more corporate suits or silk hosiery.  Waggers enjoy their days in jeans and Life Is Good shirts.  Joy is worth it . . . take the LEAP!!

“Faithful Companion” Judy Luttrell co-owns Dawg Gone Good located in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill shopping district with “Leader of the Pack” Anna Beth Asmussen.  Take a look at Dawg Gone Good’s Facebook page and website www.dawggonegoodnm.com.