IMG_4414Dogs Like Veggies, Too If you’re on the lookout for new and fun ways to rev up your furry best friend’s diet, adding vegetables and fruits can be a really healthy way to do that. Of course certain veggies and fruits will be better for your dog than others. Take a look at the following 10 healthiest human foods for dogs and consider adding them to your own dog’s meal routine.

Cantaloupe Believe it or not, the same fruit salad staple that humans have come to know and love is just as good for dogs. They’re full of vitamins that will help with your canine’s eyesight, as well as lots of vitamin A and lots of beta carotene, which helps reduce the risk of cancer and prevents cell damage. It’s also a good source of vitamins B-6 and C, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium.

Green Beans Getting your dog to eat his green beans will probably be easier than getting your kids to do the same. Green beans are good for your pooch because of their omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also a good source of calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamin, as well as beta carotene. Essentially, they’re the superpower of vegetables for your pooch.

Spinach We certainly understand the value of spinach in our own diets, but luckily this green, leafy vegetable can be just as powerful for your dog. Although it’s high in iron (with almost twice as much of it as most other sources), spinach is a particularly good option for your dog since it helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues, along with cancer.

Apples Besides the fact that it’s super fun to watch a dog eat an apple, the powerful antioxidants and loads of vitamin C will do wonders for your dog’s diet, as well.

Pumpkin Feed your dog pumpkin to load him up on fiber, vitamin A and anti-oxidants to help alleviate diarrhea and constipation and to promote his overall cardiovascular health.

Sweet Potatoes A great source of vitamins E, A, B-6 and C, as well as calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, thiamine and iron, sweet potatoes are a wonderful (and super tasty!) addition to any pooch’s dinner bowl.

Blueberries Blueberries, with their high levels of resveratrol and their anti-cancer and heart disease fighting qualities, make a great option for your dog’s diet. As an added bonus, the tannins found in blueberries also help prevent urinary tract infections.

Watermelon If it’s lycopene that you’re looking to add to your dog’s diet, watermelon is your best source for that. The health benefits don’t stop there, though. Give your pooch a piece of this delicious summer treat and you’ll be loading him with up with tons of healthy vitamin A, B-6 and C, as well as thiamin.

Asparagus When cut into bite size pieces, Asparagus makes a healthy veggie option for your dog because of its vitamin K, A, B1, B2, C and E, along with the folate, iron, copper, fiber, manganese and potassium that’s found in them.

Brussels Sprouts Maybe if your kid sees your dog eating her Brussels sprouts, she’ll hop on board and eat them, too. And your dog should be eating Brussels sprouts for their vitamins K and G, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and vitamins A, B1 and B6.

 

IMG_4400As winter takes hold there are common – and sometimes invisible – winter risks you need to be aware of. By taking simple preventive measures you and your pet can get through the coldest days of the year. Here are six winter situations that could be dangerous for your pet

1. Hypothermia and Frostbite

Your dog may love to romp in the snow, but that doesn’t mean she’s exempt from the effects of cold weather. Every dog needs some kind of shelter from the wind, rain, snow and cold. Small, old or thin-coated dogs are especially susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. These dogs can benefit from a winter wardrobe that includes boots, coats and sweaters. Dogs who spend much of their time outside need a well-insulated dog house or igloo. Blankets, hay and even a pet-safe heated mat can help your dog maintain a healthy body temperature in her dog house. And don’t overlook a pet’s need for fresh, unfrozen water – invest in a heated bowl so your cat’s or dog’s water doesn’t turn to ice.

2. Open Flames

Keep your pet away from anything that burns, including fireplaces, candles, wood-burning stoves and space heaters. The obvious danger is that flames can singe or set fire to a pet’s fur, but they’re also at risk for smoke inhalation. Some pets are attracted to the warmth and flickers of a fire, so always monitor your animal when they’re in a room with an open flame.

3. Chemical Poisoning

Common winter chemicals like ice-melting salts, windshield wiper fluids and antifreeze can be deadly for cats and dogs. Methanol and ethylene glycol, the toxic ingredients in windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze, are dangerous to pets; ethylene glycol can cause permanent kidney damage, while ingestion of methanol will usually result in lethargy, vomiting and seizures. Pets may be attracted to the sweet smell and taste of antifreeze, and their bodies absorb the chemical rapidly. Symptoms like vomiting and loss of coordination can appear within an hour. If you think your pet has consumed even the smallest amount of antifreeze, take them to the veterinarian immediately.

Ice-melting salts can stick to your pet’s paws; dogs and cats who walk on streets and sidewalks that have been “de-iced” can suffer from chapped, painful paws. Licking his paws also puts your pet at risk for consuming the chemicals found in ice melts. Look for pet-safe ice-melting products, and wash your pet’s feet with a warm cloth after he comes in from outside. 

4. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Furnaces, gas water heaters, and gas or kerosene space heaters could emit toxic levels of carbon monoxide if they leak. This is dangerous to your family and your pet – especially if they spend more time inside the house during the winter months, thus exposing them to carbon monoxide leaks for longer periods of time. Leaving your dog in the car, or in a garage with a running car, can also result in carbon monoxide poisoning. Installing carbon monoxide detectors can protect every family member, whether they’re two- or four-legged.

5. Car Engines

When you return from an errand and park your vehicle in the driveway, an outdoor cat may see your warm car as the perfect place for a nap. But cats sleeping under car hoods can be injured or killed by the car’s fan belt when you turn it back on. Before starting your car, thump loudly on the hood to make sure a snoozing cat scampers off.

6. Coffee and Chocolate

These staples of a winter kitchen, among other foods, can be toxic for pets. Theobromine, an ingredient in chocolate, can cause seizures and even death if consumed by dogs. Even a few ounces of the sweet is enough to cause illness in a small pup. Symptoms of chocolate toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors and a rapid or irregular heartbeat. The caffeine in coffee can also result in seizures, abnormal heart rhythm and death. To avoid an emergency trip to the vet, simply store these items in a place that your pet can’t reach.

 

26 Common Items that are Dangerous to Cats and Dogs

IMG_3976By Dr. Mary Fuller

It can happen to even the best pet owners. You turn around for one second and the dog is into the chocolate that was sitting on the counter, or the cat has discovered the Easter lily you thought was safely out of the way.”We just don’t realize how determined our pets are to eat the things they shouldn’t,” says Dr. Tina Wismer, DVM, medical director for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Of the more than 180,000 cases that the organization handled in 2012, most of them involved pets who’d ingested human prescriptions. “Many children with ADHD don’t want to take their medications, so they leave pills on their plates, where pets can get at them,” Dr. Wismer says. “Even nonprescription medications, such as ibuprofen, can be a problem because many brands have a sweet coating, so it’s like candy for dogs.”

Vetstreet has compiled an A to Z list of some common pet poisons that should be on your radar. This list is not all-inclusive, so for more information on these and many other toxins, check out the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website and talk with your vet.

NewtonPet Poisons From A to Z

  • Acetaminophen, which is found in Tylenol and other medications,  can cause liver damage in dogs. Cats are even more sensitive: Ingestion of  a single 325 mg tablet by a 10-pound cat can cause anemia and even be  fatal. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Batteries can be toxic to both dogs and cats, leading to ulcers in the mouth, esophagus and stomach. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Chocolate can cause seizures and death in dogs and cats. Darker chocolate, such as unsweetened baker’s chocolate, is more toxic than milk or white chocolate. Even cocoa bean mulch, when eaten in large quantities,  can be a problem. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Detergents and fabric softener sheets can cause ulcers in the mouth, esophagus and stomach in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.
  • Ethylene glycol is found in antifreeze, windshield de-icing agents and motor oils. Dogs and cats are attracted to its sweet taste, but as little as a teaspoon in cats or a tablespoon in dogs can cause kidney failure.  Recently, antifreeze and engine coolant manufacturers have agreed to voluntarily add bittering agents to reduce the products’ appeal to pets and children. Toxicity Ranking: severe to fatal.
  • Fertilizers can contain poisonous amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, herbicides and pesticides. Keep dogs and cats away from treated lawns until they are dry. Check the product packaging,      though, since some products must be rinsed into the lawn before it is safe to walk on. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.
  • Grapes, raisins and currants – even grape juice – in small amounts can cause kidney failure in dogs. Toxicity Ranking:  moderate to severe.
  • Household  cleaners, such as bleach, drain cleaners, ammonia and toilet bowl cleaners, can cause gastrointestinal ulcers and other problems in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: varies.
  • Insecticides in flea and tick products can cause problems if not used according to labels. Insecticides that are meant for dogs can cause severe toxicity in cats, leading to signs such as vomiting, seizures and difficulty breathing. Products intended for treating the yard or house should not be used on pets. Toxicity Ranking: mild to  severe.
  • Jimson weed, also known as devil’s trumpet, can cause restlessness, drunken walking and respiratory failure      in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: moderate.
  • Kerosene, gasoline and tiki torch fluids can cause drooling, drunken walking and difficulty breathing in dogs and cats. If these  products contain antifreeze, they are even more problematic. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe (potentially life threatening).
  • Lilies – Easter, day, tiger, Japanese and Asiatic varieties –  can cause kidney failure in cats. Lilies of the valley can cause heart  rhythm problems and death in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Mothballs, especially if they contain naphthalene, can be toxic to dogs and cats, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, increased drinking and urination, and seizures. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe (potentially life threatening).
  • Nonprescription   medications, such as ibuprofen, can lead to severe ulcers and anemia, as well as liver and kidney failure in pets. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe (potentially life threatening).
  • Onions, garlic, leeks and chives can be toxic in dogs and cats. When chewed or swallowed, these ingredients can cause anemia and gastrointestinal upset. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.     
  • Prescription medications, such as antidepressants and ADHD and cardiac drugs, are commonly ingested by pets when pills are dropped on the floor or left on counters. Even a small dose can cause problems. Toxicity Ranking: varies.
  • Queensland nuts, also known as macadamia nuts, can cause lethargy, vomiting and difficulty walking in dogs. Toxicity  Ranking: mild to moderate.
  • Rodenticides, such as mouse and rat poisons, can contain a number  of different toxins, which have different effects on dogs and cats.  Several common ingredients, like warfarin and coumarin, can cause blood clotting problems and hemorrhaging. Toxicity Ranking: mild to  severe.
  • Sago palms are one of a number of toxic plants for dogs and cats. Ingestion can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and  seizures, as well as liver failure in dogs. Toxicity Ranking: severe.
  • Tobacco can be toxic to both dogs and cats. Ingestion of  nicotine in the tobacco plant or in cigarettes or patches can lead to  vomiting, tremors, collapse and death. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Unbaked bread dough can expand in the stomach. If  the stomach twists, cutting off the blood supply, emergency surgery is  needed. The yeast in the dough can also produce alcohol, leading to seizures and respiratory failure. Toxicity Ranking: mild to severe.     
  • Veterinary  prescriptions, such as arthritis medications, are often meat-flavored, which can be enticing to dogs. Ingestion of large quantities can result in stomach ulcers, liver failure or kidney failure. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Windshield wiper fluid can contain methanol or  ethylene glycol. Ingestion of methanol can cause low blood sugar and  drunken walking in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.
  • Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener commonly found in chewing gum, breath mints and toothpaste. In dogs, it can lead to dangerous drops in blood sugar and liver failure. Toxicity Ranking: mild to severe.
  • Yard products, including snail and slug  bait, herbicides and fertilizers, are never good for pets. Signs will vary by the ingredient. Toxicity Ranking: varies.
  • Zinc toxicity can happen when dogs and cats eat metal or  coins. Ingestion of even a single zinc penny can be fatal. Zinc can cause anemia, as well as liver, kidney or heart failure. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.

How to Safeguard Your Pet

So how can you prevent your pet from an accidental poisoning? Start by visiting the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website to learn about other potential poisons, how to poison-proof your home and what to do if you suspect that your pet may have been poisoned.

It’s also a good idea to post the organization’s phone number – 888-426-4435 on your refrigerator for easy reference in the event of an emergency. The call center is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“To poison-proof your home, don’t keep medications where pets can get at them,” Dr. Wismer says. “Keep cleaning products behind doors, and take your medication in another room, behind a locked door.”

While dogs can be notorious for refusing to take their own medications, Dr. Wismer adds, “we sometimes say that the surest way to pill a dog is to drop one on the floor.”

IMG_2649 FUN FACTS ABOUT CATS!
Cats have five toes on their front paws, but only four toes on back paws.
They even hear better than dogs.
Cats only sweat through their paws, so there’s a limit to how much they can sweat. To help regulate their body temperature on hot days, cats groom themselves. Licking is a mechanism for cooling. As the saliva evaporates off the fur, it lowers your kitty’s body temperature.
The ridges on your cat’s nose pad are as individual as your fingerprints
Papillae, tiny elevated backwards hooks that help hold prey, are what make a cat’s tongue scratchy-feeling. Humans should not pick up a kitten or cat by the scruff of the neck — only mother cats can do this safely, and only with kittens
Cats can squeeze through any opening that is not smaller than their heads — their bone structure is narrow at the shoulders and they can easily rotate their bodies through tight spaces.
Cats have over 100 vocal sounds; dogs have around 10.
Fossil records have shown that cats have been around for thousands of years, without much change in their shape or behaviors.
A cat’s jaws are designed to move up and down, but not sideways — they cannot grind their food, they can only bite down on it.
The pelvis and shoulders are only loosely attached to a cat’s spine, which is part of what makes kitties so flexible and able to squeeze into tight spaces.
The domesticated kitty is the only feline species that walks with its tail held vertically — wild cats position their tails horizontally or tuck them between their legs while walking.


This is great…..If your dog could talk, these are some of most important things she would like to tell you…

1 – My life will probably only last 7 to 14 years.
It will hurt me more than you know if I have to be away from you for longer than a day or two.

2 – If you have patience with me and give me time to learn what you would like from me, I can promise you, you will never be disappointed.

3 – Trust me with your life and have faith in our future together.
If I don’t feel that you honestly believe in me, I will suffer great emotional stress. My sense of self-worth is totally dependent upon your confidence in me.

4 – Don’t stay mad at me for long or confine me to a cage to punish me.
You have your friends, your job, and your recreation. I HAVE ONLY YOU!

5 – Talk to me about anything you want as frequently as possible.
Even if I can’t comprehend your precise words, I can understand the meaning of what you’re telling me by the tone of your voice.

6 – Remember no matter how you treat me, I will NEVER forget it.

7 – When you consider raising your hand to hit me, remember I have teeth that could break the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.

8 – Before you scream at me for failing to respond to your commands as I usually do, take time to think about what might be wrong with me that would cause me to treat you differently.
Maybe I haven’t been eating right or drinking enough water. Or maybe my age is catching up with me and I just can’t do what I used to do.

9 – Take good care of me when I get old.
Someday you will be as old as me and you will see how it feels.

10 – Be there for me through good times and bad.
Never say you can’t handle taking me to the vets for stitches or surgery. Nothing could make me feel worse. Everything in my life is easier for me to deal with when I have you standing by my side.
Remember my love for you is unconditional and it will last for your entire life.
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Did you know…..
Being with a dog for five minutes can lower your cortisol levels ( a stress hormone).
Research suggests that spending time with an animal may help ease your pain.
Petting an animal (or even watching a fish swim in a tank) can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
Just a half an hour with a dog can trigger your brain to release chemicals linked to happiness.
Cat owners can be less lonely and higher morale than those who don’t. This is most likely because cuddling with an animal can unleash oxytocin (the body’s “love” hormone).

PLEASE remember NOT to leave ANY animal shut in your car! It only takes a moment before they can be gone due to the heat. Even if a window is cracked, doesn’t ensure your pet will be safe. Please review the below and think long and hard before you leave your pet in a vehicle. THANK YOU!


Do you have a dog or have ever walked a dog that pulls really bad? Gets frustrating, doesn’t it? Not to mention it wears you out and neither of you really enjoy the walk together probably. I have walked/run MANY dogs in all types of breeds and have had MANY that pull and tug on their walk. When I raised my Labrador, Seven, I used a Haltie to teach her not to pull and it worked miracles! I did feel bad at first when she would tug and it would pull her head slightly to the side, but she learned quickly. After a short time using that, we took amazing walks, hikes and runs together with nothing but a collar and leash. Since I have been a professional pet sitter, I have had many clients with dogs that pull and pull hard too! I have walked dogs that were well over 100 pounds and I think sometimes may have drug me around the block. If you have a dog that pulls, there are GREAT items on the market now that help with this issue. One that works amazing is a “no pull dog harness”. It looks very similar to a regular harness but it goes around the front of the dog and you attach the leash there. I have now walked many dogs and use this device and it’s terrific! I would suggest if you have this pulling issue with your pet that you try this no pull harness. There are many brands and they are available in your local pet stores at a very reasonable cost. It’s a great way to take the control back into your own hands and enjoy your walk with your dog!

Why hire a pet sitter rather than board your pet or have a neighbor care for them? There are many reasons why a professional pet sitter is the way to go!
Once you experience professional pet care in your home, you’ll never worry about being away from your pet again.
Benefits to your pet include:

•Staying at home in his/her safe, secure environment
•Being surrounded by familiar sights, smells and sounds
•Following his/her regular diet and exercise routine
•Having play time
•Receiving love and personal attention
•Maintaining medical treatment, when required
•Having someone responsible in case of an emergency
•Eliminating the trauma of travel or an unfamiliar environment
•Ensuring good health (no exposure to other animals’ illness or parasites)

Benefits to you include:

•Knowing that your pet is in caring, loving hands
•Having the confidence that the pet sitter can deal with other issues – such as grooming, vet visits
•Eliminating the trauma of having to transport and leave your pet
•Not having to impose on family, friends or neighbors
•Feeling your home is more secure (with someone going in and out several times a day)
Not all pet sitters are created equal, nor are they all professional. In hiring a pet sitter, it is important to make sure you have chosen the right person to care for your beloved animal.

I found this article today on Petcentric and thought it was so appropriate to post here today:
When Thanksgiving rolls around each year, I take pause to think of the things I’m thankful for. Without exception, one thing that makes my list, year-after-year, are my dogs. What a blessing to be surrounded with such unconditional love every day, without fail. In honor of all the dogs I’ve owned -past and present – here are 10 reasons I’m always thankful to have a dog in my life. 1. Dogs offer companionship
Truer words have never been spoken than these – you’re never alone when you have a dog. When no one else is around, my companionship comes in the way of furry creatures. The many positive attributes of a dog make them a good companion for single folks, young couples, the elderly or big families. And with the multitude of breeds and mixed breeds available with different characteristics and temperaments, there’s bound to be a dog that would fit right into any home.
2. They provide love and affection
Yes, I confess – I’m hooked on doggy hugs and kisses. From my little Pugs and Shih Tzu to my big St. Bernard and Greyhound, I adore the love and affection I’ve gotten over the years from my dogs – even if I secretly wipe off some of the sloppier kisses I get when they’re not looking.
3. Their loyalty is amazing
What animal can you count on to be always be by your side? When it comes to loyalty, dogs wrote the book. It’s a striking contrast to my cat, who I believe loves me – well, at least when he wants to be fed.
4. They offer forgiveness
No matter what mistakes I make, my dogs always forgive me. I can even forget to give them their treats or a nightly belly rub and no matter what, they never hold a grudge. I know a few humans who could learn such grace.
5. Dogs are nurturers
Here’s something I’ve come to realize over the years. Dogs make good parents. Mommy has powerful, maternal instincts to love and protect her pups from birth. She unselfishly and faithfully feeds them nutrient-rich food every day, and she teaches them good manners when they get out of line with a nudge or a nip, as needed. Dogs just seem to have the nurturing, providing and protection thing in good balance and they weren’t given an instruction manual at birth, either.
6. Dogs offer protection
When it comes to protection, I always feel safe with my dogs. Even the littlest ones act as watchful sentinels that warn me of visitors – welcome or unwanted. And the larger ones are all too happy to let a stranger know just how close they should get to me if I’m a bit wary.
7. They help me exercise
The truth be told, if not for my dogs, I probably wouldn’t get much exercise. Requests for walks and romps as well as general care and maintenance get me off the couch and into action – bless their darling little hearts.
8. Dogs are social
I’m an avid dog lover. That means trips to animal shelters, dog parks and other activities that revolve around dogs. I even participate in therapy sessions where I take my pups to nursing homes and other events. Over the years, I’ve met some of the most amazing people through socializing with my dog.
9. My dogs never complains about me
No matter what I do – tell a stupid joke, come home late, sing off-key or make huge mistakes – my dogs never complain. They love me just the way I am – with all my faults and all my idiosyncrasies.
10. I’m always #1
Whether I’m in a crowd or home alone – with my dogs, I’m always number one. I call, they come. It doesn’t matter if they’re tired or playing with a group of kids. It will always warm my heart to know that I am the most important thing in their lives.

So this Thanksgiving, when I’m thinking about the things I’m thankful for, my dogs will take their rightful place at the top of my list. And once again, I’ll take comfort in the love that comes in a big (or small) furry package.

Four Tips for a Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving Celebration
Holidays can be extremely fun for humans, but are often a dreadful experience for pets. The culprits of the top Thanksgiving pet emergencies involve guests and food. Pet Sitters International (PSI) offers pet owners four tips to ensure everyone remains thankful this year.
Keep Medication Out of Paw’s Reach. One of the most common pet-related holiday emergencies is the consumption of human pharmaceuticals. If company’s coming, be sure that all guests safely store their medicine.
Knock, Knock. Who’s there? People will be entering and exiting the home and many of them may be strangers to your pets. Some pets will sneak out through an open door. Searching for a runaway pet or caring for an injured pet will put a damper on holiday festivities. So be careful with opening and closing doors. To minimize the risk, keep your pets in another room and away from guest traffic.
Stranger Danger! Pets that get scared from all of the hustle and hubbub of the holidays may bite or scratch, especially if a stranger tries to pet them or pick them up. Pets that are normally friendly and socialized have been known to become aggressive during the holiday commotion. Pet owners should know what to do if their pets bite someone and should also know how to protect themselves – and their guests – from getting scratched or bitten.
Watch What Fido and Fluffy Eat. Items such a rich, fatty scraps, bones from pork and poultry, alcoholic beverages and chocolate are all toxic to pets. It’s also important to keep all paws away from:
Bread dough. When bread dough is ingested it continues to rise, causing an intestinal blockage.
Xylitol. This sugar substitute causes a dog’s blood sugar to drop quickly. Xylitol poisoning can be treated, but causes liver failure if not treated properly.

Are you looking for a dog that doesn’t shed much if at all? Many people think they can’t own a dog due to allergies or other issues due to dog hair. I have had the honor to pet sit many Goldendoodle dogs and they’re not only a great family pet and smart but also a minimal shedding dog as well. Check out this list of dogs (by size) that are known to have minimal shedding. Maybe this list will help you make a choice of a new pet!
Small dogs that don’t shed:
•Affenpinscher
•Australian Terrier
•Basenji
•Bedlington Terrier
•Bichon Frise
•Bolognese
•Border Terrier
•Brussels Griffon
•Cairn Terrier
•Chinese Crested
•Coton de Tulear
•Dandie Dinmont Terrier
•Havanese
•Italian Greyhound
•Lhasa Apso
•Maltese
•Manchester Terrier
•Miniature Poodle
•Miniature Schnauzer
•Scottish Terrier
•Sealyham Terrier
•Shih Tzu
•Silky Terrier
•Toy Poodle
•Welsh Terrier
•West Highland White Terrier
•Wirehaired Fox Terrier
•Xoloitzcuintli
•Yorkshire Terrier
Medium dogs that don’t shed:
•Cocker Spaniel-Poodle mix
•Irish Terrier
•Lakeland Terrier
•Lowchen
•Kerry Blue Terrier
•Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
•Portuguese Water Dog
•Puli
•Standard Schnauzer
•Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
•Tibetan Terrier
Large dogs that don’t shed:
•Airedale Terrier
•Bouvier Des Flandres
•Giant Schnauzer
•Golden Retriever-Poodle mix
•Standard Poodle
•Irish Water Spaniel
•Komondor
•Labrador Retriever-Poodle mix
•Standard Poodle
•Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Interesting facts about cats…how many did you already know?
On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.
Unlike dogs, cats do not have a sweet tooth. Scientists believe this is due to a mutation in a key taste receptor.
When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.i
The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.”
A group of cats is called a “clowder.”
Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed. Interestingly, while 90% of humans are right handed, the remaining 10% of lefties also tend to be male.
A cat cannot climb head first down a tree because its claws are curved the wrong way A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.
Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.
A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.
There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with approximately 40 recognized breeds.
Approximately 24 cat skins can make a coat.
While it is commonly thought that the ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats, the oldest known pet cat was recently found in a 9,500-year-old grave on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. This grave predates early Egyptian art depicting cats by 4,000 years or more.
During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and thousands of cats were burned. Unfortunately, the widespread killing of cats led to an explosion of the rat population, which exacerbated the effects of the Black Death.
During the Middle Ages, cats were associated with withcraft, and on St. John’s Day, people all over Europe would stuff them into sacks and toss the cats into bonfires. On holy days, people celebrated by tossing cats from church towers.
Cats are the most popular pet in North American Cats are North America’s most popular pets: there are 73 million cats compared to 63 million dogs. Over 30% of households in North America own a cat.
The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette (a.k.a. “Astrocat”) In 1963, France blasted the cat into outer space. Electrodes implanted in her brains sent neurological signals back to Earth. She survived the trip.
The group of words associated with cat (catt, cath, chat, katze) stem from the Latin catus, meaning domestic cat, as opposed to feles, or wild cat.
The term “puss” is the root of the principal word for “cat” in the Romanian term pisica and the root of secondary words in Lithuanian (puz) and Low German puus. Some scholars suggest that “puss” could be imitative of the hissing sound used to get a cat’s attention. As a slang word for the female pudenda, it could be associated with the connotation of a cat being soft, warm, and fuzzy.
Approximately 40,000 people are bitten by cats in the U.S. annually.
According to Hebrew legend, Noah prayed to God for help protecting all the food he stored on the ark from being eaten by rats. In reply, God made the lion sneeze, and out popped a cat.
A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s. And a cat can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.
A cat can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49 km) over a short distance.
A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound.
Some cats have survived falls of over 65 feet (20 meters), due largely to their “righting reflex.” The eyes and balance organs in the inner ear tell it where it is in space so the cat can land on its feet. Even cats without a tail have this ability.

Ever wonder where there are great dog parks in Charlotte? The city has many and some great “off leash” parks too! Take your pooch to one of these fun parks in Charlotte and have a great time watching them makes new dog friends, run, play and have a great time!
The list below is from the Parks and Recreation Department for Mecklenburg County.

Hours:
Dog Parks are open from 7:30am until sunset seven days a week.
Use of county dog parks is now free.

Dog Park Rules:
Dogs and owners must follow all posted dog park rules. Please remember, dogs must meet all guidelines and maintain current vaccinations (Rabies with Tag Number, DHLPP & Bordetella) to utilize the off-leash areas.

No children under the age of 12 are allowed in dog parks.

Existing Off-Leash Areas:

> Frazier Park, along I-77 near West Trade and Sycamore Streets. Dog park is 1.3 acres–with sections for small dogs and large dogs. This dog park has a public water supply for doggie drinks

> Swaney Pointe K-9 Park is located at Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road Cornelius, NC 28078. This park is a four-acre, fenced-in, off-leash area for dogs. There are two separate fenced-in secure sections to the new dog park – one for dogs greather than20lbs (large) and another for dogs less than 20lbs (small).

> Barkingham Park is located at Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road. This park is a four-acre, fenced-in, off-leash area for dogs.

> Ray’s Fetching Meadow is located at McAlpine Creek Community Park, 8711 Monroe Road. This park is a one-acre, fenced-in, off-leash area for dogs.

> Davie Dog Park is located at William R. Davie District Park, 4635 Pineville-Matthews Road. This park is a five-acre, fenced-in, off-leash area for dogs. There are two separate fenced-in secure sections to the new dog park – one for dogs >20lbs (large) and another for dogs less than 20lbs (small).

> Shuffletown Park, 9500 Belhaven Blvd

I always find it interesting to learn fun and cool facts about animals! Here are 20 interesting facts about dogs that I would like to share. Did you know any of these? Share the with friends and see how much they know!
1.All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.
2.Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned aloud for days.
3.Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine can also be harmful.
4.Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs.
5.Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon’s Pomeranian from a coyote by tackling and wresting the coyote until it released the dog.
6.Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws.
7.In 2003, Dr. Roger Mugford invented the “wagometer,” a device that claims to interpret a dog’s exact mood by measuring the wag of its tail.
8.Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected.
9.A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.
10.Puppies are sometimes rejected by their mother if they are born by cesarean and cleaned up before being given back to her.
11.The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs.
12.During the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs were sometimes suited with armor and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply caravans.
13.Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples of China for centuries.
14.The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives.
15.After the fall of Rome, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs traveling in packs commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers.
16.During the Middle Ages, mixed breeds of peasants’ dogs were required to wear blocks around their necks to keep them from breeding with noble hunting dogs. Purebred dogs were very expensive and hunting became the province of the rich.
17.The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.
18.The American Kennel Club, the most influential dog club in the United States, was founded in 1884.e
19.The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake. The most popular female dog names are Maggie and Molly.
20.Scholars have argued over the metaphysical interpretation of Dorothy’s pooch, Toto, in the Wizard of Oz. One theory postulates that Toto represents Anubis, the dog-headed Egyptian god of death, because Toto consistently keeps Dorothy from safely returning home.