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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Facts About Spay/Neuter

The Facts About Spay/Neuter

Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. - and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, millions of healthy, loving cats, dogs, kittens and puppies face early deaths as a form of animal control. Others are left to fend for themselves against automobiles, the elements, animals and cruel humans.

What can you do to stop the suffering?
Spay and neuter your pet!

Cats and Dogs Multiply fast. They first go into heat at 5 months of age - sometimes earlier, and they can
have litters twice a year! That is why there are so many homeless. An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter can total:

1 year:12
2 years:67
3 years:376
4 years:2,107
5 years:11,801
6 years:66,088
7 years:370,092
8 years:2,072,514
9 years:11,606,077

Doesn't everyone get their cats spayed and neutered?

No. There are millions of healthy cats and kittens put to death each year in U.S. animal shelters because of unaltered cats and not enough homes for their offspring. Some people don't know this, or they don't recognize this is related to themselves or their cats.

People put off spay/neuter due to issues of money, transportation, or time. Some people believe it's more fair to allow the cat to mate "just this once" -- or they think a female cat's pregnancy and kittens will be sweet or educational for their human children.

Also, some people don't know that:
· Cats can start mating as early as six months.
· Even indoor-only house cats often find ways to get outdoors when the sexual urge hits them. Whether they disappear for good (due to panic, accidents, or enemies) or they return home, kittens are the result.
· An unaltered male cat can father hundreds of kittens a year.
· Statistically, even if a person finds good homes for his cat's kittens, some of the kittens will grow up and produce litters of kittens.
· Spaying a female before her first heat protects her from risks of uterine, ovarian, and mammary cancers.
· Spaying also protects her from the stresses of pregnancy.
· Spaying stops her frantic interest to roam outdoors and reduces the chances she'll mark your home with urine when she's in heat.
· Unaltered cats have urges that make them irritable and upset. They yowl or whine non-stop, fight, or destroy objects in the house.
· Neutering a male reduces his risk of prostate problems, including cancer, later in life.
· Neutering lowers his urge to roam and to fight, and thus lowers chances of disease transmission and woundings.
· Neutering also reduces his tendency to spray in the home.
· Neutering eliminates the powerful odor of adult male cat urine.

Early-age Spay/Neuter

Some people delay spay/neuter for their pet because they've heard the animal must be six months or older. Although many older veterinarians were taught that, a number of studies show that cats and dogs as young as eight weeks have no problems later in life due to early-age spay/neuter. Plus, young kittens bounce back faster from the procedures than older kittens or cats.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) endorses early-age spay and neuter.



It's not about the breed, it's how they are raised

Dog Honored with Valor Award for Saving Woman's Life

John Benton knew something was amiss when his dog tried to prevent him from leaving his home for the office.
On a quiet July morning, Titan suddenly blocked the doorway as Benton attempted to go to work. “He ran down the steps and would not let me go out the front door,” Benton said. “He was barking and running around in circles, he’d run up a few flights of steps and run back down just to keep me from going to let me know something was wrong. And that’s when I followed him up the stairs to see what he was trying to tell me.”

Benton found his wife, Gloria, unconscious and bleeding from a head injury. Doctors would later tell him she had suffered from a brain aneurysm and had fractured her skull. They also said that if Titan hadn’t come to the rescue that fateful morning, Gloria’s chances of survival would have been slim.

For his heroism, Titan has been honored by The Humane Society of the United States in the 5th Annual Dogs of Valor Awards. The award has earned him national recognition, and the Benton’s say they could not be more proud of their loyal companion – even though Gloria admits that she didn’t even want a pit bull at first.

"It's not about the breed, it's how they are raised"


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fight Small Dog Obesity

To Fight Small Dog Obesity,
Think Small. Think Bistro Bites.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention the cost of obesity in illness and injury makes it the number one medical issue seen in veterinarian offices today.

The third annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Survey, conducted in October 2009, found that more than 34 million dogs (more than 45% of America’s total canine population) were estimated to be obese or overweight. And Miranda Meppen, a Colorado veterinarian, said in an interview with the Denver Post that studies indicate the number is closer to 50 percent of pets being overweight, with half that being considered obese.

Small dog breeds are the most likely to become overweight, for a number of reasons. First, almost all mass-produced dog treats are not sized correctly for smaller dogs, so every treat adds to the problem. Some dog owners also feed human foods to their small dogs as treats, even though a small fast food hamburger is enough to satisfy the dietary needs of a small dog for between four and five days. Also, according to veterinarian Donna Solomon in an article in the Huffington Post, feeding a 20-pound dog an ounce of cheese has the same calorie-impact as eating two and a half hamburgers has on a human.

To fight small dog obesity, someone had to create treats that were tasty, healthy and just the right size. That’s how Bistro Bites began – as the perfectly-sized all-natural treat designed specifically for small dogs.
Bistro Bites, proudly made in the USA, come in a variety of flavors and sizes, so you can choose exactly the right treat for your small dog. They’re also hand-crafted in Virginia with all-natural ingredients and made to order to ensure freshness. Bistro Bites are grain, oil, and gluten-free, and each package contain just the right number of treats to last a month, so dog owners don't have to worry about overfeeding.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pet Accessories For Your Car

Pet Accessories For Your Car

If you’re a pet owner, you’ll agree that it’s sometimes challenging to go places with our four-legged companions in tow.  Whether it’s a short trip to the vet or a long haul adventure to the cottage, our vehicle is the most common form of transportation for getting our pets to and from a select destination.  This is why it’s important to travel with the proper pet accessories that will protect you, your car and most importantly, your family friend.  

At one point or another, we have all moaned and groaned about drool, claw marks or the dirt left on the interior of our vehicle from our dog.  Fortunately, these problems can be solved easily and affordably.. 


Seat covers are probably the most common pet travel accessory out there.  They are easy to use and will keep your interior clean by protecting your seats from, dirt, scratch marks and odors that are sometimes associated with pets.

We call this our "Ultimate" Passenger Car rear pet seat cover! Great new One Piece Design!!! Protect your rear car seat with this durable, waterproof fabric that can be machine washed and dried. No line drying required!!   All seams are double-stitched with 69 lb. nylon thread and the edges are bound with 200 denier nylon binding.

Install - Fits vehicles with or without headrests, slip the seat cover over the top of the seat back and then slip the seat cushion strap around the corner of the seat bottom cushion. Then starting from one corner slip the strap down between the seat back and seat bottom. Then slip the plastic post anchors between the seat back and seat bottom. Finally adjust the straps to make a nice tight fit.

SizingSmall is 52" wide & fits 49-52 " wide seats, Medium is 56" wide & fits 53-56" wide seats, and Large is 60" wide & fits 57-60" wide seats.

$55.95 ea with free shipping regardless of size

This accessory is probably the most overlooked, yet it’s the most important!  Our dogs’ safety should always be a top priority when traveling in the car.  

We would never leave a child without a seatbelt, so why should our dog be any different.  Seatbelts will ensure that your dog travels safely and comfortably.  

A seatbelt or harness will prevent the risk of injury in those instances where you are forced to slam on your brakes and in more serious situations; it will prevent them from flying through the window. 

Broad, well padded chest plate for extra protection and comfort. Harness is designed to make it simple to put on & take off any dog with adjustable straps & quick-release buckles.

Ergonomic design for maximum dog comfort & protection during sudden stops - limits driver distraction and reduces potential injuries.

Includes a seat belt loop so harness can be used with any vehicle seat belt, just clip on the detachable seat belt strap and you are ready to use - clasp swivels for added comfort while traveling.

This is also a great harness for everyday walks, just clip your dogs leash to the back D-ring and you are ready to go! Comfortable design is just what every dog appreciates. Machine Washable very mild detergent.

Chest Girth: Measure behind dog's front legs for girth. Harness should be snug but not restrictive. Allow for a finger to slide between the dog & harness.

 XSmall (#1174)  $22.90 Small (#0023) $24.90  Medium (#0024) $26.90  Large (#0025) $32.90

XLarge (#0026) $34.89  with free shipping


Dog ramps are a great accessory for getting your pooch in and out of the vehicle safely.  They are especially great for dogs with arthritic or other health problems because it eliminates them having to jump in and out of your car.   

See our earlier August Blog Post " Telescoping Pet Ramps " for a comparison of ramp types.


Car hammocks essentially serve the same purpose as seat covers, but provide a little more comfort for your dog.  This accessory will prevent hair, dirt and liquids from getting on the interior of your vehicle.

Deluxe Pet Travel Hammock seat cover - POLAR FLEECE FABRIC on 1 side & durable, waterproof, machine washable fabric on the other, the Pet Travel Hammock is an ideal way to quickly & easily protect the back seat of your car, SUV, minivan, or truck.
This pet seat cover has every feature you would ever want in a pet seat cover & more! Takes minutes to install or un-install. Pet seat cover also helps your dog feel safe in the back seat by preventing them from falling on the floor or disturbing front seat passengers.

Versatile design allows for hammock pet seat cover to be down on one side - to allow a passenger to sit in back seat, as well as both sides down for multiple people riding with your pet! with the split front half that zippers open to allow one side of hammock to be folded down.

Features: 2 large pouches with flaps that snap - great for leashes, travel bowls, toys & treats • 1 small pouch - great for pick-up bags, etc. • water bottle pocket (water bottle NOT included) • 2 way zippers allow for use of seat belts & pet safety harnesses • velcro slits at each side to attach around shoulder straps to hold in place • pet seat cover is finished with 200 denier nylon binding on 1 side and non-pilling Polar Fleece fabric on other • straps around headrests employ modern designer quick connect snap hooks • headrest straps adjust from 12-24" for a great fit!.
Specifications: hammock measures - 57" wide x 57" long, hammock straps - 21" long with adjustable slide to keep excess in place.

$85.95 ea with free shipping

The Kurgo Wander Hammock features a perfect fit design, utility bag for Fido’s leash, toys and water and a playful pattern showing a dog and owner out on their daily walk. Plus the waterproof Wander hammock is made of an anti-microbial fabric that repels dirt and moisture. It is very easy to install: just bring adjustable straps around front and rear headrests and you are ready to have your dog jump right in for a ride, you can unzip a portion of cover to enable a passenger to sit on the seat.  

Benefits: Can be used as a hammock or a seat cover • Waterproof • Large slot for use of both seat belts • Stain Resistant & Anti-microbial • Removable Machine Washable Cover. Materials: Cover - PVC backed Coated 900d Polyester. Color: Tan with Orange Details. Dimensions: Hammock: 56”w x 60”l, Travel Bag: 10”h x 13.5”w x 2”d.
$59.99 ea with free shipping


The dog booster seat is the ultimate car accessory, providing the most comfortable of rides for your pampered dog.  Most booster seats come with a three-way harness, storage compartments and height adjustable straps.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Bulldogs - Breed Information


  Bulldogs - Breed Information


The Bulldog is a relatively small but stocky breed, with a compact body and
short, sturdy limbs. Their shape results in a waddle-like gait. 

Bulldogs are known for their short muzzles and the saggy skin on their faces, creating
the apparent "frown" that has become a trademark of the breed. 

Bulldogs come in a variety of colours and ideally have a smooth, short coat. The size for mature dogs is about 50 pounds (23 kg); for mature bitches about 40
pounds (18 kg). Though stout, the adult Bulldog measures only about
12-14 inches (30-36 cm) tall at the shoulder.


Contrary to classic cartoon parodies and nicknames of the breed, such
as 'Sour-Puss', that depicted the bulldog as ferocious and wearing a
spiked dog collar, the bulldog is not a vicious dog breed and gets along
well with humans, including children, and usually other dog breeds. 

The reputation of being ferocious was true during the days of bullbaiting,
but the aggressive tendencies were bred out of them by the time of the
Second World War. Bulldogs are very friendly and playful, whilst also
being stubborn and protective.


Bulldogs tend to have breathing problems as their flat face restricts air;
because of this they should be closely monitored in hot weather as they
can suffer heat stroke easier than breeds with long noses. 

In addition, many bulldogs also suffer breathing difficulties as a result of their palate which can all too easily collapse into their airway. The collapsed palate
can be fixed easily with surgery, but if left untreated, it can yield trademark
breathing and snoring difficulties characteristic of the breed. 

They also have problems swimming and can drown if left unattended near a pool. 

Other common health problems include cherry eye, allergies, and (among older
bulldogs) hip problems and cataracts. 

Because of the large heads in proportion to body size, baby bulldogs are usually delivered by Caesarean section as most pups get stuck in the birth canal during natural birth. Bulldogs cannot swim, due to their body structure.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Soft Side Pet Bicycle Basket or Tote

The Buddy Pet Bicycle Basket or Tote

The Buddy Pet Bicycle Basket - soft and secure for your pet’s comfort and safety.

These pet baskets are equipped with an adjustable strap with safety hook that attaches to the back of your dogs harness (harness not included). For your customer's dogs safety a harness must be used with this product.

One side pocket holds the built-in rain Poncho - with adjustable opening for your dogs head.

Two adjustable heavy-duty nylon straps with quick-release clasps attach the basket to your bicycle handle bars for a secure tight fit. The basket has a metal support frame, and hangs above your bicycles front tire & includes a stabilizer bar. No hardware needed, this pet bike basket installs quickly!

Features & Specifications:
Side mesh water bottle pocket •
Large front pocket •
Removable padded base •
Strong side walls •
Folds flat for storage •
High Quality Construction & Fabric •
Can be used as a dog tote bag too! • 
Made from heavy duty nylon •

Measures 13" long x 10" deep x 9" high.
Accommodates pets up to 14lbs •

$49.95 with free shipping


Indicate choice of  Silver or Pink  when requesting invoice.   

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The Sporty Pet Bicycle Basket or Tote

The Sporty Pet Bicycle Basket is available in Red/Black/Grey or Orange/Black/Grey and is a High Quality Pet Bike Basket! 

Two adjustable heavy-duty nylon straps with quick-release clasps attach the basket to your bicycle handle bars for a secure tight fit. The basket has a metal support frame, and hangs above your bicycles front tire & includes a metal stabilizer bar that leans up against the post of your bicycle.

No hardware needed, this pet bike basket carrier installs quickly!

This pet bike basket has a firm bottom and holds pets up to 15 lbs.


  • Removable Inner Pad, 

  • 2 Side Water Bottle Pockets, 

  • Padded Chin Rests for Extra Comfort, 

  • Removable Rain Cover with Opening for dog's head, 

  • Includes Safety Strap with Swivel Clasp to attach to back of your dog's harness, 

  • Use as a Tote with Built-in Carry Straps.

Dimensions: 13" w x 10" d x 10" h.

Holds pets up to 15 lbs.

$59.95 with free shipping

Indicate choice of  Silver or Pink  when requesting invoice.   

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Pet Wheel Around Airline Approved Dog Carriers

Pet Wheel Around Dog Carriers - 3 Sizes

The Pet Wheel-Around is a high quality wheeled transport that lets you take your pet almost anywhere you go. This soft-sided, carrier is easy to pull.

Fabric:  Red, Khaki or Black
The Pet Wheel-Around is made from a very durable nylon micro-fiber quilt. The carrier is lined with a gray nylon

Used as a backpack - converts easily & has an ergonomically-contoured back with padded shoulder straps which can be hidden when not in use, a padded back provides extra comfort.  

Used as a car seat - a car's seat belt holds the Pet Wheel-Around safe & secure.

Features & Specifications:
Mesh on 3 sides for pets viewing & comfort •
Two side storage pockets •
Easy zippered access to pet compartment •
Safety strap to attach to your dogs collar •
Made of heavy duty, easy to clean nylon •
Multi-stage telescopic handle is 41.5" with handle extended •

Large Pet Wheel Around

Measures 15.5" wide x 12.25" deep x 23" tall •
Weights 10 lbs •
Can safely carry a pet up to 21 lbs. 

Large Pet Wheel Around  $99.95 ea with free shipping

Medium Pet Wheel Around

Measures 14" wide x 11" deep x 20" tall
Weights 7 lbs •
Can safely carry a pet up to 15 lbs. 

Medium Pet Wheel Around  $89.95 ea with free shipping

Small Pet Wheel Around

Measures 14" wide x 11" deep x 20" tall
Weights 5 lbs •
Can safely carry a pet up to 7 lbs. 

Small Pet Wheel Around  $79.95 ea with free shipping 

Indicate choice of Red Khaki or Black when requesting invoice.   

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Disabled or Elderly Dog Lifting Harness

Solvit CareLift™ Lifting Harness | 

For pets 35-130 Lbs | 2 Options & 2 Sizes


For older, injured or invalid dogs, the Solvit CareLift™ lifting dog pet harness provides a convenient and safe way to improve pet’s mobility.

The harness can be used with the rear section only, front section only, or with both front and rear sections for dogs that need more assistance.

The full-body (front+rear) configuration can be comfortably worn full-time to make it easy to assist the pet without the hassle of installing the harness each time it’s needed (great for “emergency” bathroom breaks!)

The unique design of the rear section lifts dogs from both the hips and abdomen, resulting in less stress than similar devices which lift only from either the legs or abdomen.

There’s also a specially-shaped protector panel under the abdomen for male dogs (can be removed for females).

Four lifting methods are available with the CareLift™ system:
1) rear lift only, using either the adjustable leash, or the comfort-grip handle;
2) front lift only, using the comfort grip handle;
3) full body lift, using the comfort grip handles at front and rear; or
4) full body lift, using the adjustable shoulder strap attached to front and rear

The Solvit CareLift™ is excellent for assisting pets up stairs, into vehicles, onto furniture, outside for a bathroom break, or to provide some assistance when taking a walk. Perfect for rehabilitation of dogs after injury or surgery.

Available in two adjustable sizes to fits most any dog comfortably:
Medium size fits dogs 35-70 lbs
Large size fits dogs 70–130 lbs.

One-year warranty included.
Patent pending.

Rear Portion Only-            Medium or Large   $39.99  plus $9.70 shipping
Full Front and Back Kit-   Medium or Large    $59.99  plus $9.70 shipping within the USA

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Please indicate Full Front and Back or Rear Only
Please indicate Medium or Large Size    

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