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My Biased Review of Wellness CORE RevRaw Dog Food

I’m a pet blogger who writes about raw feeding and dog nutrition.  After everything I’ve witnessed with my dogs and the stories I hear all the time from other raw feeders, I honestly can’t understand why anyone would want to promote certain kibble brands.  I recognize that not all people can do raw or home […]

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Friendship From a Shared Skin Condition

A boy and dog bond over a rare ailment.

Three years ago kindergartener Carter Blanchard was diagnosed with a rare skin condition that developed white patches around his eyes. As you can imagine, it wasn’t easy to come to terms with his transforming face under the scrutiny of his classmates.

“The first thing he’d tell me when he got in the car,” remembers Carter’s mom, Stephanie Adock, “is that he hated his face and the way he looked.”

Now eight years old, Carter is comfortable in his own skin, thanks in part to a dog from Oregon.

Soon after Carter’s diagnosis, Stephanie was browsing Facebook when she saw a photo of a dog named Rowdy who also had white patches around his eyes. The 13-year old pup gained a worldwide social media following because of the unique look.

It turns out Rowdy had vitiligo, the same skin condition as Carter. The disorder is a result of destroyed pigment cells in the skin, but the cause isn’t known.

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Book Review: The Domestic Dog

Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People (2nd ed.)
The Domestic Dog

I want to call your attention to what is likely the most current and comprehensive summary of all things dog, or all things dogs. This muchanticipated update of Dr. Serpell’s encyclopedic book builds on the strengths of the first edition. Among other things, it incorporates two decades of new evidence and discoveries on canine evolution, behavior, training and human interaction. It also includes seven entirely new chapters covering topics such as behavioral modification, population management, molecular evidence for dog domestication, behavioral genetics, cognition, and the impact of free-roaming dogs on wildlife conservation.

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Firefighters Rescue & Revive Lifeless Dog Pulled From Apartment Fire

This past Tuesday, Los Angeles dog mom, Crystal Lamirande arrived home to an unfolding nightmare. Her apartment building was on fire, and the smoke was too thick for her to save her 10-year-old Bichon/Shih-Tzu mix, Nalu. When firefighters arrived, they not only braved the engulfed building to retrieve Nalu, they spent 20 minutes giving him CPR, refusing to give up until the little dog was revived.

Andrew Klein, the firefighter who searched Lamirande’s apartment on all fours, and pulled Nalu to safety, told Global News:

“He was totally lifeless. I picked him up and ran out of the apartment because time is key, especially with a small dog … Failure was not an option.”

From the images in the video you can almost feel Lamirande’s desperation and grief as she helplessly watches the heroic firefighters working on Nalu.

An uncut cellphone video was posted to Facebook Live showing Klein and another firefighter rubbing Nalu’s belly and gently encouraging him as he starts breathing again. Lamirande expressed her gratitude for the amount of time and effort the firefighters put into saving Nalu, who she describes as family.

“His eyes were glazed over and he was not breathing and I assumed he was dead,” she said. “The firefighter said ‘I’m a positive person. Let’s just get him back.’”

Nalu was taken to a local vet where he spent 24 hours recovering in an oxygen chamber. As of Thursday, he was still coughing, but almost back to his normal self according to Lamirande.

Nalu’s hero, Andrew Klein is a self-described dog lover with two pups of his own. He told Global News he is proud of his efforts to save the little senior dog.

“He was essentially dead, so to see him kissing people and walking around wagging his tail was definitely a good feeling,” he said. “He’s very happy, and we’re very happy, too.”

H/T to Global News

Featured Images via Billy Fernando and Crystal Lamirande

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Owner Breaks His Silence On Why He Shot & Buried His Dog

Most pet parents agree that we’d do anything to make our animals happy or avoid unnecessary suffering or pain. But where do you draw the line?

Michael Whalen of Virginia Beach had a close companion in his senior hound dog mix named Allie. They’d spent 15 wonderful years by each others’ sides.

“We did everything together. She went everywhere with me,” Whalen, 65, told WTKR.

The pup had recently been diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease, in which the body produces too much cortisol. But despite the vet’s offer to euthanize her in her failing health, Whalen felt that Allie still had some life left in her.

“Allie was not ready. I was not ready. She was still having fun. She wasn’t in ill health. I got her stable on her medication,” Whalen said in the story.

Then one morning in February, Allie took a turn for the worst as they were walking the beach. She started having a severe seizure, and Whalen didn’t think he could get her help in time.

“She was not coming out of this,” he said of her condition in a story by CBS News.

According to a story, Whalen didn’t have anyone there to help with transport, plus the vet was 30 minutes away. He was also afraid that she’d choke to death as she seized during the drive.

Feeling helpless, Whalen did all that he thought he could do: he pulled out his gun and shot her in the head, wanting to end her suffering.

“I couldn’t sit there and think about this. I knew I had to do this quickly, I knew if I sat there and debated this, I might have not done it… It was so emotionally disturbing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to go through this in my mind and sometimes I’ll just start crying,” Whalen said.

Whalen went on to bury Allie’s body along the shore, but it wasn’t long before it was rediscovered. Local resident Tim Saunders was walking on the beach when he saw a paw sticking out from the sand. He called animal control, and they discovered that the dog’s death was caused by a gunshot wound to the head.

Whalen was identified as the owner, and he’s now being tried for animal cruelty. However, he doesn’t think that his actions were “cruel” at all – in fact, he says he shot Allie out of love.

George Yates, Whalen’s lawyer, said in the story: “We feel that he did what a pet owner is required to do. Take care of their animal and when they’re animal is suffering to properly euthanize the animal.”

CBS asked a local veterinarian their take on the situation, and they responded that “they don’t consider a gunshot a form of euthanasia.”

Watch a news clip from the story – including some quotes from Whalen – by clicking here.

We want to know what you think: was Michael Whalen right to end Allie’s suffering? 

(h/t: WTKR / CBS)

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Gluten-Detecting Dog Changes The Life Of A Girl With Celiac Disease

When their young daughter, Evelyn, began suffering from muscle aches and mouth sores, her parents knew they needed to find their daughter a diagnosis.

Luckily, the 13-year-old’s mom and dad are both pediatricians with the Beacon Medical Group in Indiana, and they worked to get to the bottom of it. As it turned out, Evelyn has Celiac disease, which can be difficult to diagnose since there are over 300 symptoms associated with it. This means that when she comes in contact with gluten, Evelyn’s immune system attacks parts of her body, making her sick.

Image Source: Dr. Wendy Lapadat

 

But finding a diagnosis for the teen was only the beginning. Celiac disease is incurable, and the only way to manage it is to avoid the substance altogether. As it turns out, this is a very challenging feat in this day and age.

In addition to being in wheat, barley, and rye, Dr. Wendy Lapadat, who’s Evelyn’s mom, explains that gluten can be found in household products, including hand soaps. It’s even found as a flavor enhancer in food, and can be listed as “natural flavoring.” The worst part is, these items don’t have to specify the presence of gluten on their labels. Even “gluten-free” food isn’t always safe for Evelyn.

“Unfortunately, Certified Gluten- Free food is set at 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten,” Dr. Lapadat said. “Evelyn cannot tolerate 20 ppm of gluten. Therefore, she can react to some ‘gluten-free’ food.”

While Celiac disease is not life-threatening, the smallest amount of gluten can make Evelyn sick with diarrhea, cramps, aches, and sores for several days at a time. The symptoms are so severe and easily triggered, the Lapadats have to be extremely careful when it comes to buying food, eating out, and going over to peoples’ houses. They even considered homeschooling their daughter, knowing that the only place that is truly “safe” is in their gluten-free household.

Then Zeus came along.

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The miniature Australian Shepherd has the ability to sniff out minute amounts of gluten – and he’s given one young lady her independence back.

The Lapadats got the pup from Nosey Dog Detection Partners, who specialize in training dogs to sniff out gluten. Slowly but surely, he alerts Evelyn and her family if a product or meal contains the allergen.

According to a story by Myrtle Beach Online, Nosey Dog Detection Partners’ owner and trainer Kathy Watters said that Zeus can detect traces of gluten as small as .0025 parts per million.

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Without a doubt, the small pup with the big name has opened up so many possibilities for this family.

“Zeus has changed our lives by allowing Evelyn to spend the night at friends’ houses, going out to eat and not being scared at school,” Dr. Lapadat told us. “Now she can go to school. We are even considering allowing her to attend summer camp with Zeus!”

The relived mom also shared one particular instance of the dog’s heroism, which he demonstrates each and every day.

“There was a time recently when Zeus alerted Evelyn to gluten located on lettuce and tomatoes in a restaurant,” she recalled. “Vegetables are naturally gluten free, however someone must have touched them with gloves that were handling other products. Had Zeus not been with us, she would have eaten the veggies and been very sick for several days.”

Image Source: Dr. Wendy Lapadat

 

What an incredible story! We’re so glad that the Lapadats found a solution with Zeus, the pup with the “super power” to sniff out gluten!

Thanks to Dr. Wendy Lapadat for letting us share this wonderful story and photos. 

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Quick Tip – Is Playing “Tug O’ War” With My Dog Okay?

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Who hasn’t heard the age old advice that playing “tug o’ war” with your dog will make him aggressive?

I remember believing this over 20 years ago when I got into dog training.

And, I’m ashamed that I, too, fell for this old urban legend.

Because it, in and of itself, is not true.

Why Is this Misinformation Perpetuated?

There are a lot of old urban legends that claim certain things make dogs “dominant”.

The problem with playing tug with your dog is that it can create excited behavior which is hard for your dog to control.

Dogs love to pull and tug on things.

The excitement that is created can cause some bad behavior and agitation.

But that doesn’t mean your teddy bear of a dog is going to be aggressive after the game.

It is important that the terms of the game are controlled by you.

I LOVE Playing Tug with My Dogs

I actually love playing tug with my dogs!

It increases their prey drive and excitement level, and in the beginning sometimes they miss and a tooth hits my hand, but I use this game to control my dogs’ obedience.

It also makes my dogs’ obedience happy and animated and who doesn’t want that?

Do I Always Win?

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I mean, I suppose I win because I am in charge of the game and everything that my dog gets, but I often let him have the toy.

I also make him do things just to start the game.

I make him sit and control himself.

Or I make him lie down.

I might even ask him to heel and give me eye contact.

I even make him drop it or spit it out while we play and I am tugging.

The obedience puts you in control and teaches him to control some of his basic impulses and instincts.

And, impulse control is critical to good behavior.

The Problem

The problem, and the reason people feel this game incites aggression, is because the dog is just stimulated to the point of overstimulation and agitation and control is never added.

Or the person tries to win every time…

And, it is very difficult to drop your toy and end a game if you are overstimulated and excited and you never win the toy.

I mean, would you play a game that you literally could never win?

Either dogs lose interest or they get possessive and neither will help you with the training of your puppy!

 

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Smiling Dog: David

Dog’s name and age: David, 9 years
 
Adoption Story:
David’s pregnant mother was abandoned when her humans moved away from their home in Talking Rock, GA. Thankfully, the nextdoor neighbor noticed and was able to foster mother and all her pups (including David) until ready for adoption. After a successful foster, David was put up for adoption and found his forever home.
 
David’s Interests:
He loves to bask in the sun at Altoon Pass after a good hike and swim. He enjoys being outside with his humans on hikes and visiting grandma at a nearby retirement community.
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