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March 31, 2011

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One thing I don’t like about pet car seat covers is that dog hair gets embedded in the fibers.  Another think I don’t like is that even though they are washable, they are sometimes too thick and heavy to put in an ordinary washer.  I like the fleece pet car seat covers because they are much lighter and easier to wash.  They still get covered in hair because Sephi and Maya shed like crazy all year around, but the hairs don’t get embedded into the fibers as easily.  I just take a rubber dog brush, sweep away, then wash.  A rubber dog brush generates static electricity which make the hair stick to it.  It is simpler to use than the roller tape brushes and it is gentle on the fleece fabric of the pet car seat covers.

Fleece pet car seat covers are also durable.  They do absorb up with wet muddy paw prints a little too easily, but it is a durable fabric.  That is one reason why a lot of dog toys are made out of fleece fabric.

The best thing about the fleece pet car seat covers is that they are relatively inexpensive as compared to other pet car seat covers.  I am still waiting for the perfect pet car seat covers (ones which repel pet hair and muddy paw prints, are easy to clean, are durable, and are inexpensive) but the fleece pet car seat covers are a good alternative in the meantime.

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Wordless Wednesdays Blog Hop

Author: MayaAndPierson
March 30, 2011

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March 28, 2011

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One of the best vacations I ever took was to Arizona.  It was just me and my dog, Smokey.  My final destination was the Grand Canyon, but I was pleasantly surprised at the town along the way – Sedona, Arizona.  Sedona was beautiful!  The red towering rock formations clashed against the bright green trees and other foliage, then set against a bright blue sky.  I took hundreds of pictures as I drove down the road.  When we stopped for hiking, Smokey did lots of exploring.

I liked Sedona so much that I stayed for two nights before going on to the Grand Canyon.  Smokey and I camped overnight rather than stay in a hotel, but Sedona has lots of pet friendly hotels.  These pet friendly hotels include Casa Sedona B & B Inn, El Portal, Sedona Real Inn & Suites, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, and more.  Be sure to call the hotels to make sure pets are still welcome and if they have restrictions on the size of your pets.  You can also rent a vacation home.  Visit VacationHomeRentals.com for some great places in Sedona, Arizona.

One great place to hike was the Red Rock Country at Coconino National Forest.  Smokey loved this place.  I did too.  Besides Hiking, you can also take a tour of Sedona with your dog at the Adventure Company Jeep Tours.

After you are done hiking and touring, get a bite to eat at Cucina Rustica, The Grille at ShadowRock, Red Planet Diner, or Open Range Grill and Tavern.  Pets are allowed on the patios!

For more places to visit in Sedona, Arizona, click http://www.visitsedona.com/ and have a great trip!

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Saturday Blog Hop

Author: MayaAndPierson
March 26, 2011

Visit other great dog blogs and have a great weekend!

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March 25, 2011

 

Carrie, the owner of www.AllThingsDogBlog.com shares her experience with buying our products in a three part series called “Dog Safe Travel Around Town and on the Highway”.  On February 28th, she tells her experience about traveling with her pets.  She says about us, “After the beginning of All Things Dog Blog, I met a new friend through the blog. The owner of Pet Auto Safety, has introduced me to safer options that I never knew existed.”  Click here to visit her blog and read Part I of “Dog Safe Travel…”.

On March 8th, she posts Part II of her series and tells us a little bit more about her dog Oliver’s experience with his pet car seat (Oliver in his pet car seat pictured above).  Here is a partial quote from her blog, ” Transportation issues change when you risk a large dog stepping on a small dog in the back seat, so we’ve taken precautions to protect little Oliver.

Since Oliver’s inclination has always been to stay by my side (he is a ‘companion’ breed, after all), he’s much happier when in the front seat. There are only a few safe options for this scenario; we picked a raised car seat, pictured above. While there are different types, mine is a model that has 3 straps attaching it to the seat, so there’s a pretty fair backup system in place. An adjustable strap inside the seat area attaches to your dog’s harness with a clip. This gives you the ability to decide how much he can move around inside the seat.”  To read more, click here to visit her blog and read Part II of “Dog Safe Travel…”.

In Part III posted on March 16th, Carrie talks about Tanner’s experience with the Pet Buckle.  In her blog post, Carrie says, “My only surprise was that the buckles are as strong and secure as our human seatbelt buckles are. That loud click sent me a clear message: Tanner will be safe in this seatbelt. I liked that.”  Click here to visit her blog and read Part III of “Dog Safe Travel…”

Visit www.AllThingsDogBlog.com again for more great posts from Carrie.  She doesn’t just blog about pet auto safety, she blogs about All Things Dog! 

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Are the kids out of school for a whole week?  What will you and your family do?  What special place are you going to travel to this year?  And most importantly, will you take your dog or leave him behind?

If you take your dog with you visit DogFriendly.com for hotels, tourist sites, and other pet friendly places you can take your dog.  If you drive by car, make sure your dog wears his dog seat belt.  If you fly, be sure to talk with your vet and review the airline regulations thoroughly.

If you leave your dog behind, can you leave him with a friend, hire a pet sitter, or leave him at a boarding kennel?  If hiring a pet sitter or leaving him at a boarding kennel make your reservation as soon as possible.  Otherwise, the pet sitters might already be booked or the boarding kennels full.

For a boarding kennel, you will also want to have your dog visit the vet first.  Bordetella shots and other vaccinations may be required by the boarding kennel.  Having your dog visit the boarding kennel beforehand is a good idea too.  If the boarding kennel has a doggie day care play area, let him stay for an afternoon to see how he likes it.  Some boarding kennels may even require this.

If hiring a pet sitter, be sure to review them first.  Check them out online to see if anyone has left any reviews.  Meet the pet sitter in person and let your dog meet them too.  Perhaps hire the pet sitter for an afternoon while you are at work.  If possible, have a trusted friend or neighbor check up on the dog too in order to make sure the pet sitter has been fulfilling their obligations to your dog while you are on vacation.

Wherever you do with your dog while you travel for spring break, make sure your dog’s identification goes with him.  Microchip him so that if he gets away and his collar comes off, he can still be identified.  Make sure all your contact numbers are current so that you can be contacted in the case of emergency.  Leave alternate numbers of friends or neighbors.  Make sure his veterinary office phone number is current as well.

Don’t feel bad if you have to leave your dog in someone else’s care while you are gone.  Travel can be stressful for your dog – especially if you have to fly.  There are a lot of good pet services out there.  When I lived in Overland Park, Kansas, Sephi loved Grand-Paws Pet Sitting Services.  Maya loved Woof’s Play & Stay and Camp Bow Wow (Sephi doesn’t like boarding kennels).  Services like this could be a little vacation for your dog too.

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March 19, 2011

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(Maya wearing her dog back pack while camping/hiking)

It’s almost spring and time for vacationing again.  Spring Break is coming up too, so what will you do?  One popular vacationing pastime it is to go camping.  Camping is fun for your entire family.  Whether you stay in a cabin, motor home, or tent, there is nothing like exploring the great outdoors.  If your camping trip includes bringing your family dog, don’t forget some important pet safety tips.

Identification
Anytime you travel with your dog, make sure he is wearing his identification tags.  Make sure the tags are secure on his collar and that his collar is in good shape and not likely to break or come off.  Also consider having your pet microchipped.  We have heard some great news stories about lost dogs getting back home again thanks to microchipping.

Leash
Whenever you travel with your dog to a new place, make sure he is always on a leash.  A dog in a new environment could easily wander off and get lost.  Or something could frighten him and he could run off.  It’s tempting to let your dog explore the great outdoors, but getting lost is just one of the many dangers when camping with your dog.

Wild Animals
Encountering wild animals is more likely when camping with your dog.  If your dog is not on a leash, he may encounter dangerous wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, or snakes, just to name a few.  Raccoons can vicious when cornered and also carry diseases.  Skunks, of course, can spray and ruin everyone’s vacation.  Snakes could be venomous.

Harmful Plants
Watch out for harmful plants as well.  Know which plants can be harmful and keep yourself and your dog away from them.  Harmful plant can include poison oak, poison ivy, briar and other thorned plants.  Other plants could be harmful if eaten.  Most dogs probably won’t eat plants, but it doesn’t hurt to be cautious.

Insects
Your dog is probably more likely to encounter fleas and ticks in the wilderness than at home.  Have him treated with a flea and tick product like Advantix or Frontline.  Flea collars don’t work very well, especially if your dog encounters a highly infested area.  Mosquitos could be another problem.  Mosquitos can transmit heartworms.  If your dog is not on a heartworm preventative, then find a pet safe mosquito repellant.  It is very important that you find a mosquito repellant that is specifically safe for pets.  Repellant which is okay for people may not be okay for pets.  Check your local pet store rather than a general merchandise store.

Fire Safety
Keep your dog away from the camp fire and barbeque pit.  It will probably be easy to keep your dog away from a campfire as dogs are generally instinctively cautious of a fire.  But watch out for his wagging tail.

Water Safety
If you are camping near water and your dog is not a good swimmer, consider a dog life jacket.  If your dog is a good swimmer but the current is swift, consider a dog life jacket.  If you will be going out on a boat, consider a dog life jacket.  Most dogs can swim, but not all, and not all can swim well in a swift current or if they get caught in the water far away from shore.

Leaving Your Dog Alone
If at all possible, don’t leave your dog alone at the campsite.  You dog could escape from a tent.  He may even be able to escape from a cabin.  And motorhomes have their own danger.  I have heard of the electricity going out of a motor home while the family was away and their dog who was left there alone died of heat exhaustion.  Extreme heat could also be a danger in a tent or cabin.  And don’t leave your dog tied up outside alone.  Besides the chance of your dog getting loose, he could also encounter wild animals and other dangers.

These are important pet safety tips no matter where you travel with your dog.  So no matter where you travel this spring, make sure your dog is safe.

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Don’t leave the chance of your dog surviving a car accident to Irish Luck.  Protect them with a dog car harness, pet car seat, or keep then in a kennel then strap them in with kennel restraints.  With a dog car harness, your dog is secure and still has a little mobility to move around.  A pet car seat is better for smaller dogs and they are both comfortable and secure.  Putting a dog in a kennel then strapping in the kennel with kennel restraints is good for dogs who may not like to ride in the car but feel secure in their crates.  Kennel restraints are also as secure and safe as a dog car harness.

Start of your spring with luck on St. Patrick’s Day and practice pet auto safety when you travel.

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All About Ticks

Author: MayaAndPierson
March 13, 2011

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It’s almost spring.  Time to be outdoors again.  Your dog misses the dog park and other fun travel destinations.  But with warm weather and more travel, your dog is likely to encounter parasites like fleas and ticks.

Ticks are small parasites that can cause a variety of big problems for your dog. Aside from their nasty habit of sucking your dog’s blood, ticks can carry disease and even cause anemia and paralysis. One of the best ways to avoid the hassles and hazards of a tick infestation is to use a topical preventative like K9 Advantix. It’s also a good idea to get to know ticks so you can learn to identify and avoid them.

Ticks often lurk in tall grass or thick vegetation, waiting to attach to a host. Heat and movement attract ticks, so your warm, active pup is in need of extra protection against them. Once a tick finds a host to feed on, it will attach itself and drink the host’s blood for a few hours to several days. Ticks can live for a few months and some even live for years. An adult female tick can lay hundreds of eggs at a time. Ticks develop from eggs to larvae, nymphs then adults. Once out of the egg, ticks of any stage of life will attach to a host body. For this reason, ticks can range in size from the size of a pen point to the size of a bean.

To check your dog for ticks, feel over his body for bumps, especially around his ears, neck and other areas where the fur may be thinner. If you feel any bumps, part your pup’s fur and use a flashlight to see if you can identify a tick. Should you spot a tick, your veterinarian can assist you in removing it quickly and cleanly. Never squeeze a tick as doing so can cause bacteria and disease to be injected into your dog. Keep in mind that if your dog may be exposed to ticks, prevention and early detection are key to keeping your four-legged friend tick-free.

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If you are traveling to a water destination with your dog this spring, you may want to consider a dog life vest.  Even if your dog does not plan on going into the water, a dog life vest is as important for your dog as it is for a person when you are going on a boat.

My dog Maya, really likes to swim.  I get worried when she swims so much that she is exhausted so I don’t throw the stick or ball out as far into the lake.  The solution – she sometimes wears a dog life vest.

My parents have a sail boat.  Maya loves the water so much that I am afraid that she will jump out.  The solution – she wears a dog life vest.

A dog life vest should have a handle on the back so that if they fall in the water, all you have to do is lift them out.  Maya is a bit heavy, but if worse comes to worse, emergency personnel can help.

Check out this very informative post by one of our guest bloggers in the UK – Why, When and Where is a Dog Life Jacket Needed? By Juliette Morgan.  Juliette Morgan is very knowledgeable!  If you are in the UK, visit her website at www.edoglifejacket.co.uk.  The photo above is of her dog, Dougie.  Isn’t he adorable?!  If you are in the US, visit our Amazon Affiliate store at http://astore.amazon.com/outdoordoggear-20.

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