Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Learn how to certify your dog as a well-mannered and obedient good citizen, or adopt a dog who already is!
In last week's column about the volunteer brigade of dogs and their owners at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, I wrote about how dogs in the patrol had to pass the AKC's Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) test. I thought I'd look further into this program for residents interested in certifying their proper pooches. Why Utilize the Canine Good Citizen Program? A CGC dog is a well-mannered dog. Dogs who pass the CGC evaluation are obedient in the home and well-socialized in public. They also have a good foundation for other activities, such as agility, tracking, or performance. Most importantly, dog owners who train their dog for the CGC test have a wonderful bond with their dog that will transfer from the home to the dog park to the vet's office…
Friday, August 19, 2011
Money will be used at Animal Control facility.
Friday, August 19, 2011
PetSmart Charities this month wrote a check to Summit County's Aminal Control Facility for $2,280. The money will be used to buy a high-capacity washer and dryer for the building for homeless dogs and cats. The charity creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal-welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. According to the company, which has a pet store in Fairlawn and Cuyahoga Falls, PetSmart's non-profit arm has provided $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations.
Our pets crave routine. Any swing in that routine and sometimes it's up to us to help them feel safe and happy again in their own home.
In general, our pets feel most comfortable at home, especially when we are with them. But some pooches and purr boxes are more sensitive than others, and any shift in their daily routine can cause stress, fear, and unpredictable behavior. Such stress can cause a whole host of other issues, including: Every pet is different. During thunderstorms, my childhood dog would run and hide. If you tried to go to him to comfort him, he would just run to another room to hide and be alone. Perhaps he felt like every crack of thunder was striking down his pride. My current dog, however, runs straight to my lap and the first flash of lightning. As long as I hold him, he'll fall asleep during the storm. But if no one comfort him, he cries, shakes and …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Puppies, kittens, dogs and cats find a lot of joy in the silliest and most dangerous things. Living with pets means making adjustments to the home to keep them safe.
Some dogs are just big puppies that never grew up. I once heard someone say that having a dog is like having a perpetual two year old in the house. They can and will get into anything. You learn quickly after living with dogs or cats that you can't leave your drinks on tables that are parallel to wagging tails, or leave your dinner on the TV tray just for a second while you leave to get a drink. Pet proofing the home is a task that never ends. I'll never forget the second week with my first cat, Charlie. I set down a big box of full-sized donuts on the coffee table and went to get some milk. When I returned, Charlie was taking a donut bigger than his own head out of the box with his mouth. But that's one of the joys of living with pets - …
Friday, July 15, 2011
There are many ways to communicate with our pets, whether we contact a professional, attend a class, or use tools.
Due to scheduling conflicts, my third feature on a local animal communicator has been postponed to next week. So, I wanted to write a bonus column on tools we all can use to communicate with our pets. Animal communication for "everyday people" might not be as clear as a telephone call to a friend, but it can be more than the pretend conversations we have with them in those secret, sometimes embarrassing voices we reserve for our pets (I do it and I know you do it, too). We all live busy lives, and when our pets are healthy and don't seem to need us, it's easy to take them for granted as a fixture of our home. But taking one small step toward honoring them as individuals with souls and feelings can do a lot for our bond with them. Taking a …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Whether you believe that some humans can talk to animals or not, sometimes an objective voice can help you better understand your pets and the relationship you share.
As someone who is intrigued by, but not reliant upon, the spiritual realm of psychics, astrology, and mediums, I recently went out in search of local animal communicators. Today's column is the first in a series of three features profiling local animal lovers who claim they can talk with your pets and understand what they are feeling. I've learned a lot in speaking with these women, and I even feel I've become a better pet parent from the experience. My first interview was with Barb Borkowski. Barb is an empathetic woman with a background in nursing, massage therapy and reiki who first felt the ability to communicate with animals at the age of two. When laying near her own family's dogs, she felt their pain and discomfort in her own body. …
Saturday, January 22, 2011
PetSmart moves local dogs and puppies to states where adoption is more likely
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Eight stray dogs that might otherwise have been euthanized stand a better chance of living a happy life thanks to a partnership between the Summit County Department of Animal Control and PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’. The program transports animals from high pet population areas to shelters in states where the dogs and puppies stand a better chance of being adopted. Pet populations differ across the country for a variety of reasons, including warmer climates, rural areas and regions with limited access to spay/neuter clinics. According to PetSmart, animals who are transported in the Rescue Waggin’ are usually adopted within three days. The animals that left the county this week will end up at a shelter in Erie County, NY. Since Summit …