A doggy day care chain in New York has created a service for dog lovers who aren't in a position to own a dog, The New York Times reports.
Biscuits & Bath, with 13 Manhattan locations, operates a "Buddy" program that allows volunteers to come play with its canine guests. To qualify as a buddy, you have to provide references and submit to an interview; you also must pay $25.
Approximately 500 people are participating in the program so far.
One Buddy, Steven Doppelt, told the newspaper that the program has been a way for him to feel better after the death of his basset hound. He wants to be around dogs, but he's not ready to own another one just yet.
An evacuation plan for your pets could save their lives in an emergency...
Having a plan for your pets could help save their life in an emergency.
It's a good idea to get pet rescue stickers for your front door to alert firefighters that there are pets in the home and how many there are. It's also helpful to keep leashes or cat carriers easily accessible, or near the door if possible because it's risky to carry a pet without one.
It's also a good idea to be aware of the places they typically like to hide.
You might want to practice this escape plan with your pet to help keep them calm if anything ever does happen, but also to get used to it yourself. Practicing is more important for cat owners, because they like to hide more than dogs do and are less likely to come when you call them.
Lastly , it's important to make sure your pet is identifiable with a collar or microchip in case they run out of the house.
IKEA water dispenser for pets recalled because of suffocation hazard...
An IKEA water bowl is being recalled for a potential suffocation hazard to pets.
The "LURVIG water dispenser for pets" was sold from October 2017 to June 2018 in U.S. stores for $7.99, according to the company's website.
IKEA says it has received two reports where an animal got its head stuck in the dispenser, causing them to suffocate.
Customers are asked to stop using the product and return it to the store for a full refund.
Anyone with questions can visit IKEA's website or call 888-966-4532.
Pets Can Bring A Purpose To Life, Especially For Solo Agers...
Pets can be an important part of a solo ager’s life. Not much beats the unconditional love and attention one gets from a pet.
Speaking about dogs directly - In addition to the 24/7 companionship, there are other benefits. Dogs must go out several times a day to do their business and get some exercise. That is a responsibility that dog guardians must carry out every day. Getting out and about with a dog puts a solo ager in the social circle of other dog guardians and creates an instant sense of community.
Of course, keeping a dog demands some physical abilities. One must be mobile enough to walk and clean up after the animal and fill their food and water bowls. Plus, pets incur expenses. Not only must they be fed, they also require regular vet visits and attention to their well-being (e.g. grooming, teeth cleaning), plus they occasionally get sick and have to be treated or medicated. These are all considerations for solo agers on a limited budget, but usually the expenses incurred are not exorbitant.
Are you too old to adopt? I’m not sure there is any firm upper boundary on pet adoption. A pet may outlive their human guardian, so it’s a good idea to set up an agreement with a friend or family member to take them if something should happen to you. Very young dogs can be too much for even the strongest older adult.
Where can you find your new best friend? Try a shelter near you or a rescue group in your area.
One final note: It’s not a good idea to bring an animal into someone else’s life without their involvement. Ideally, the future guardian initiates the process and is involved throughout, allowing the true guardian to bond with their new fur-baby housemate right from the start.
****Worcester is pronounced like Wha-ster or Woo-str NOT War-Cheshter
JetBlue Crew Saves Dog In Distress With Oxygen Mask...
A Massachusetts couple credited a JetBlue flight crew with saving the life of their dog when it had trouble breathing on a flight from Orlando to Worcester, Massachusetts.
The couple, Michele and Steven Burt, had their 3-year-old French bulldog, Darcy, in a pet carrier under a seat in front of them. When the dog became distressed, Michele noticed that its tongue and gums had turned blue, a sign of lack of oxygen. She took Darcy out of the carrier, and once she explained the problem to the flight attendants, they brought water, ice and eventually an oxygen mask to assist the dog.
Once the oxygen mask was applied, the dog recovered quickly.
“It actually fit her face really well because she’s got a round face,” she said. “You couldn’t help but notice the change in her eyes. I know it’s not a child or a person but she is a family member. I just felt very grateful.”
Michele Burt praised the flight attendants, Renaud Spencer and Diane Asher, saying: “It may have been only a ‘dog’ to some, not a major disaster certainly, but a family member to us. Goodness and kindness along with the ability to assess a medical crisis, albeit a canine in crisis saved the day.”
She added that she would not fly with the dog in the future without getting veterinary clearance.
JetBlue said in a statement: “We all want to make sure everyone has a safe and comfortable fight, including those with four legs. We’re thankful for our crew’s quick thinking and glad everyone involved was breathing easier when the plane landed in Worcester.”
Dog Food With Legumes Tied to Pet Heart Disease, FDA Says...
Pet food containing peas, lentils, other legumes and potatoes might be causing heart disease in dogs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a warning to pet owners.
The FDA said that it has received “highly unusual” reports about canine dilated cardiomyopathy, which can cause an enlarged, weakened heart and eventual heart failure in dogs. The cases occurred in breeds -- such as golden and Labrador retrievers, a whippet, a Shih Tzu, a bulldog, and miniature schnauzers -- that aren’t genetically prone to the disease, but that ate certain pet foods containing legumes or potatoes as their main ingredients.
The FDA said it is already in contact with pet food manufacturers that make the foods, without naming them. The FDA said it’s investigating any link between the food and the sick dogs.
Wendy Vlieks, a spokeswoman for Nestle SA’s pet-food brand Purina, said the company has not been contacted by the FDA. While the ingredients mentioned in the warning are not the main components in the vast majority of Purina’s products, Vlieks said, company veterinarians are watching the cases closely.
J.M. Smucker Co.’s in-house veterinarian is working with the FDA to conduct research into potential causes of the disease, company spokesman Ray Hancart said in an email.
The agency said pet owners and veterinarians should report any canine heart disease cases in dogs not predisposed to the disease through the FDA’s electronic safety reporting portal.