All posts tagged: dog
2019

Shopping for holiday gifts for your dog loving friends and their pets? Surprise them with these wonderful gifts and dog-themed stocking stuffers!

Dog Play Pack

If dogs made gift lists, this five-piece set would appear at the top. The machine-washable 30″ x 40″ fleece blanket provides a soft spot to nap, a choice that will be quite appealing after a session of vigorous play with the toys. Your pup can squeak the 12″ duck, tug the 16″ natural wool bone and chase the two 2.5″ sport balls, all of which can be spot cleaned. A family-owned company that started life as Triboro Quilt & Mfg. Corp. in 1933, Tall Tails is now known for its line of durable, high-quality and affordable dog goods.  $54.99 talltailsdog.com

By Clive D. L. Wynne

Think of the word “dog” and the word “love” comes to mind almost immediately. For most Bark readers, it’s probably fair to say they’re synonymous … in fact, it’s part of dogs’ appeal. And according to some interesting recent research, we may be genetically hardwired to love them back .

The recently released book Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You gets into the science of 
the attraction. Author Clive Wynne is a founding director of the Canine Science Laboratory at Arizona State University, Tempe. Drawing on work done at his lab as well as at others around the world, Dr. Wynne considers how dogs became able  to build such exceptional (and unusual) interspecies bonds; what dogs need to build these bonds; and how we can use what we know to help dogs lead richer and more satisfying lives.

Thankfully, this is science for the nonscientist—an interesting, carefully written book that’s technically well-grounded yet accessible, with practical applications. Reading it will give you a whole new appreciation for the evolutionary wonder that is dog love. 

Issue 99: Fall 2019

Players and staff love Zöe, their French Bulldog

If other professional football teams want to know the secret behind the San Francisco 49ers amazing start this season (eight consecutive wins and no losses at the time of this writing), they might want to consider Zöe’s role. Zöe is the National Football League’s first emotional support dog , and she is an asset to the team.

Zöe helps both players and staff, lessening stress and anxiety and bringing happiness to a group of people who are frequently in physical pain as well as dealing with emotional issues. Yes, the players and many of the coaches have their dream jobs and love what they do, but that does not mean that they have an easy life. Working for the NFL means being in a pressure cooker, and constantly dealing with that stress takes its toll.

Bella the Saint Bernard on Veterans Day for Waggy Walkys

Twenty-five million veterans are living among us today. These men and women selflessly set aside their civilian lives to put on the uniform in order to serve and protect. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Waggy Walkys wishes to thank all of our Veterans for their service. Happy Veterans Day 2019!

Our services cover all kinds of stuff you and your pet would need help with, from dog walks to family-style boarding, overnight house sitting visits to daily pet sitting visits (morning, afternoon, evening) for dogs, cats and any other pets you may have! We even offer a pet taxi to transport your pet to appointments or to and from your designated dog boarding house. Need something extra special? We gladly customize our services to meet you and your pet’s exact needs. Contact us now to learn more.

Waggy Walkys LLC is a professional Dog Walking and Pet Care company that has been in business since 2002. We pride ourselves on pet safety, thoroughly screened staff, and excellent customer service. Please contact us today for our current promotions!

Does your dog whine when he sees you heading for the door? Are shredded pillows a frequent welcome home from work? Does your otherwise housetrained pooch have a problem with accidents in your absence?

If so, your dog might have a case of separation anxiety.

Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, says canine separation anxiety is a condition born from love.

“Since dogs have been domesticated over thousands of years, there has been the development of a bond between dogs and people,” Darling said. “Dogs are social animals and thrive on companionship. They would like to spend all of their time with you if they could.”

Separation anxiety arises when a dog becomes stressed and anxious in the absence of their owner. Oftentimes, this distress manifests in symptoms that mimic misbehavior.

Black Labrador Dog Photo by Waggy Walkys

This amazing black lab loves going for his walks in the afternoon sun. That’s why his owner hired Waggy Walkys dog walkers to drop by every day and take him out for a walk. Some time outside to soak up some sun and burn off that nervous energy before his owners get home.

When you entrust your pet with Waggy Walkys, you enjoy daily updates, detailed reports and, best of all, peace of mind that your pet is being cared for with the compassion, attention, and adoration he deserves. Our second priority? Having tons of fun, of course! Give us a ring today.

Our services cover all kinds of stuff you and your pet would need help with, from dog walks to family-style boarding, overnight house sitting visits to daily pet sitting visits (morning, afternoon, evening) for dogs, cats and any other pets you may have! We even offer a pet taxi to transport your pet to appointments or to and from your designated dog boarding house. Need something extra special? We gladly customize our services to meet you and your pet’s exact needs. Contact us now to learn more.

Waggy Walkys LLC is a professional Dog Walking and Pet Care company that has been in business since 2002. We pride ourselves on pet safety, thoroughly screened staff, and excellent customer service. Please contact us today for our current promotions!

Smiling Dog Photo by Waggy Walkys

This cute dog loves her morning walks with her Waggy Walkys dog walker.  She loves to get out of the house for a walk every day prior to her owner getting home from work.  She has been a Waggy Walkys client for years and gets so excited when its time for her walker to arrive.

At Waggy Walkys we know that we can never take your place in the loving eyes of your pet – but we sure as heck can serve as an awesome fill-in when you’re at work, too busy or away on vacation. Waggy Walkys has been catering to pets of all shapes, sizes, and breeds since 2002, growing a trusted network of pet care professionals throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.

It’s not just what we do that sets us apart – it’s how we do it. Your pet’s health and safety are our main priorities, with extensive training, vetting and background checks provided for all pet care professionals in our network. Most of our trusted dog walkers and pet sitters have cared for animals for much of their lives, ensuring they have the know-how and skills to properly tend to the needs of your pet.

When you entrust your pet with Waggy Walkys, you enjoy daily updates, detailed reports and, best of all, peace of mind that your pet is being cared for with the compassion, attention, and adoration he deserves. Our second priority? Having tons of fun, of course! Give us a ring today.

Our services cover all kinds of stuff you and your pet would need help with, from dog walks to family-style boarding, overnight house sitting visits to daily pet sitting visits (morning, afternoon, evening) for dogs, cats and any other pets you may have! We even offer a pet taxi to transport your pet to appointments or to and from your designated dog boarding house. Need something extra special? We gladly customize our services to meet you and your pet’s exact needs. Contact us now to learn more.

Waggy Walkys LLC is a professional Dog Walking and Pet Care company that has been in business since 2002. We pride ourselves on pet safety, thoroughly screened staff, and excellent customer service. Please contact us today for our current promotions!

In rural northeast Alabama, a small group works to help shelter dogs become more adoptable.  It’s a simple concept, but in this part of the country animal shelters have little time or money to help dogs with behavioral issues.  Encore Enrichment Center for Shelter Dogs was established to do just that.

In 2017 Julie Madden, a certified nose work instructor, and her husband Tom were looking for a place to start teaching K9 Nose Work®, and they stumbled onto the former United Cerebral Palsy of East Central Alabama building.  It had been vacant for three years and UCP was anxious to sell it.  Although it was much bigger than what they needed for nose work classes, they were struck at just how perfect the facility was to bring in shelter dogs and provide enrichment activities.

A Story of Love, Search, and the Power of Reunion

Jill Hedgecock
By Susannah Charleson

In 2010, Susannah Charleson’s debut book, Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership , rocketed into the literary world, appearing on the New York Times, Dallas Morning News and Denver Post bestseller lists. The book, which delved into the author’s experiences as a K9 search-and-rescue (SAR) handler/trainer, was optioned for television the same year.

Her next book, The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of Rescues Taught Me About Service, Hope, Taught Me About Service, Hope, and Healing (2013), chronicled her work with rescue dogs trained for mental health service work.

Now, she has a new book: Where the Lost Dogs Go: A Story of Love, Search, and the Power of Reunion . In her latest work, Charleson reports on her experiences with SAR for lost pets. The book is filled with heart-lifting rescue stories, as well as the nuts and bolts of what to do when a pet is lost.

The unwavering spirit of Ace, a special Maltese-mix shelter dog; her special relationship with Puzzle, an aging Golden Retriever; and tales of her complex relationship with her parents—who laid the foundation for her desire to help animals—enrich the account.

More than a heartwarming and entertaining story, the book is peppered with fascinating details about dog behavior. For example, she discusses Kat Albrecht, head of the Missing Animal Response Network, and her system of classifying dogs into three temperaments, each with its own challenges for recovery: the gregarious dog, who enjoys human company and will seek it out when separated from his owner; the aloof dog, who’s shy and easily overwhelmed by strangers; and finally, the xenophobic dog, who’s fearful of almost everything and may be so traumatized that she loses the ability to recognize her owner. According to Albrecht, well-meaning helpers can actually make the chances of recovery worse if they don’t understand the dog’s temperament.

Two of Charleson’s beloved SAR dogs, Puzzle and Ace, are the threads that link the parallel stories of her challenging upbringing and her work reconnecting lost pets with their owners. In introducing us to Ace, a bedraggled stray slated for euthanasia, she calls him “the one in the back of the cage.” Charleson details Ace’s health issues and physical appearance when she saw him in the shelter; none of them stopped her from leaping to his rescue. After nursing the sweet dog back to health and unable to find his owner, she decides to train him for SAR work, a job the little white dog takes to immediately.

My greatest hope is that those who read this book will be inspired to follow the “Lost-Pet Checklist” recommendations in the appendix, especially the advice to plan ahead. Having these critical preventive measures in place could mean the difference between recovery or a tragic permanent loss. The appendix also lists search strategies and provides guidance on what to do if you find a pet.

A hole in the fence, a slipped leash, fireworks: when the unexpected happens, Charleson’s insights and information could mean the difference between a happy reunion or a tragic outcome. As one of the book’s most poignant lines reads, “This is another thing the search for lost dogs has taught me: they don’t wander until they do.” Thanks to Susannah Charleson sharing her pet-finding expertise in this new book, we now have tools we can use to increase our chances of finding our beloved pets if the need arises.