December, 2014

Pet Circkles.

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Pet Gift Ideas.

By Redstone Promotional Communications /

We try to pick out some of the better gift ideas out there, because let's face it, a lot of pet gifts are actually more for the owner, and some of them are just a big waste of money and ridiculous. These actually have some value to them, and we know that so many pet owners want to make their furry friend a part of the Christamas joy as well. Wrap these up, stick them under the tree, then give them to your canine companion and watch him tear the wrapping paper off (the treats anyway) to get at them. Make sure they don't eat the wrapping paper as well. Some wrapping papers and decorations are made of harmful foil and other materials that are quite toxic if ingested.

REI has quite a few dog products that are functional as well. Such as dog packs, dog boots, coats and a variety of harnesses. Their dog boots and coats are pretty impressive and not just for looks.

Product description: High-mileage, non-marking outsoles sport a flexible lug design that gives your dog tactile control on terra firma
Integrated stretch gaiters protect legs and seal out dirt and debris
Weather-resistant uppers help block moisture
Intuitive, rip-and-stick cinch straps make it easy to put boots onto paws and keep them securely in place
Ruffwear Summit Trex dog boots feature reflective trim that helps provide low-light visibility from multiple angles.

They have boots that just cover the paw as well in three different new-age colors. Their dog coats are insulated and look like down jackets, so they are not those flimsy, cutesy dog coats you see: these are for outdoor dogs who are serious about hiking, camping etc.

How to get the right size boots for your dog.

- Have your dog stand on a firm surface.
- Place a piece of paper under a front paw.
- Lift dog's opposite front paw so that the weight is placed firmly onto the paw being measured.
- Mark BOTH SIDES of weighted paw at its widest point on the sheet of paper.
- Measure that distance with a ruler, and choose the correct boot size from the sizes provided.

Dog Beds Are Always a Welcome Gift for dog and owner as they can be quite expensive for large dogs.

K-9 Ballistics Oringinal Tuff Bed. Product description: Our chew resistant dog beds are woven from our own proprietary blend of super durable, double woven, Rip Stop, ballistic fibers. This proprietary blend has created some of the toughest material on the market today. Recognizing weak spots in a bed, we have removed the zipper and replaced it with an industrial strength Velcro closure that is completely hidden underneath the bed. We have also reinforced the corners from the inside with an extra piece of ballistic material and all our seams are double stitched with an additional piece of high strength webbing sewn into each seam. This extremely durable outer cover surrounds an inner cushion covered by a strong, breathable, air-mesh material that will not retain moisture or odor. The inner cushion is channeled to prevent clumping and shifting, a technique that keeps proper support throughout the bed. It is filled with high loft, recycled, polyester fiber to create an incredibly comfortable, mattress-like bed. The outer cover is odor and water-resistant, but if necessary, the outer cover can be removed and washed. These design features were implemented to help extend the life of our beds. There is nothing out there that is truly "chew-proof" when it comes to our canine friends, but these beds are definitely the most durable on the market. $90 - $123

And for that dog owner that likes to DiY, try Bake a Bone - healthy, delicious preservative-free treats in minutes. For small, medium and large dogs. Bake-A-Bone features allergy-sensitive recipes including wheat-free, corn-free, low-glucose, lactose-free, gluten-free and soy-free.
Recipes for every taste: chicken, beef, liver, peanut butter, cheese, vegetarian, vegan organic and much more.
Make fun specialty treats also snicker poodles, banana biscotti bones, birthday bones, puppy pot-roast bones.
You can also decorate your treats with fun, pet-friendly homemade icings.




Okay. We have one gift idea on here that begs the question: "Doesn't a dog stroller defeat the purpose?" I mean, shouldn't you be walking your dog? This looks very Hollywood and I can see it strolling down Rodeo Drive.
Really? If you absolutely must take your pets everywhere you go and you can't let them walk for some reason, I guess this would make a good gift for that pet and owner who have it all.
By the way, these are also waterproof.

Surprisingly, they sell these on

Photo at top: Boston Baked Bones makes organic treats you can order online. They do gift baskets as well. There are many local dog treat shops popping up all over the place that will gladly do gift baskets.

Warning: Please stay away from giving rawhide bones for gifts though. We have known many dogs to choke on them. Raw bones from the butcher are best, and specifically rib bones.





Have Yourself a Furry Little Christmas.

By Redstone Promotional Communications /

Nothing bugs me more than people who dress up their pets. Just kidding. These are adorable, and I did put antlers on my Shar_pei once. (She didn't appreciate it one bit.)

And remember to adopt. The best gift you can give during the holidays is the gift of a loving home and family to some poor orphaned pet stranded in a shelter. You can use our Petfinder Tool to the lower left of this page to find pets to adopt in your zip code. We know we've covered this concept many times before fo r pretty much every holiday, so we thought this year, we would just show photos of some furry little faces in their Christmas digs to get people in the mood to adopt.


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Natural Pet Remedies: Keeping pets away from the Christmas Tree.

Animals are curious about anything new, especially if it's in their environment. Usually a dog will sniff the Christmas tree and that will be the end of it. You may get a dog that thinks the ornaments are toys and will insist on pulling them off the tree. If this is the case, you will probably have to get a table top tree or put a barrier between the dog and the tree to keep them away from it.

Cats and ferrets are a different story as they love to climb things, especially new things, and it will be very difficult to put a barrier between them and the tree that they can't get around, over or under. Using a table top tree or putting a small tree up on a stool or tall stand will stop a ferret from climbing it, but not always a cat because they jump further than ferrets.

If you have no way of keeping a pet out of your Christmas tree, then you will be forced to buy ornaments that don't break, just make sure your pet does not eat them. Many ornaments are made with foil which can cause a bowel obstruction or sharp edges could cause stomach punctures. Many ornaments are also made with toxic glues and small objects that can be pulled off and get lodged in a pet's throat. Just like having kids around, you always have to pet-proof your house when animals are present. You especially have to be mindful of adding any new things to your pet's area.


Featured Monthly DOG BREED: Characteristics and Concerns. (We will get to cat breeds later.)

Boston Terrier:

Bostons are small and compact with a short tail and erect ears. The AKC says they are highly intelligent and very easily trained. They are friendly and can be stubborn at times.
A gentle breed that typically has a strong, happy-go-lucky, and friendly personality. Bostons are generally eager to please their owner and can be trained given a patient owner. They are also very protective of their owners which can result in aggressive and territorial behavior toward other pets and strangers. The breed requires only a minimum amount of grooming
Both females and males are generally quiet and bark only when necessary. Their usually sensible attitude towards barking makes them excellent choices for apartment dwellers. They enjoy being around people, and like most dogs get along well with children, the elderly, other canines, and non-canine pets, if properly socialized.

Size: According to international breed standard, the dog should weigh no less than 10 pounds and no more than 25 pounds. Boston Terriers usually stand 15-17 inches at the withers

Lifespan: The average life span of a Boston is around 11 to 13 years, though some can live well into their teens.

Health Concerns: Bostons frequently require caesarean section to give birth, with over 90% of litters in a UK Kennel Club survey delivered this way. Cataracts (both juvenile and adult type), luxating patellas, deafness, heart murmur, mast cell tumors, and allergies. Curvature of the back, called roaching, might be caused by patella problems with the rear legs, which in turn causes the dog to lean forward onto the forelegs. This might also just be a structural fault with little consequence to the dog. Many Bostons cannot tolerate excessive heat and also extremely cold weather, due to the shortened muzzle, so hot or cold weather combined with demanding exercise can bring harm to a Boston Terrier. A sensitive digestive system is also typical of Boston Terriers. In the absence of proper diet, flatulence is associated with the breed. In some cases, even a proper diet cannot abate flatulence. Due to their short noses, Boston's can have a blockage throughout their sinus cavities which can cause excess discharge and dry tears to accumulate in and around their eyes. A daily eye drop is recommended in order to clean the eye. You can use an artificial tear solution or a good saline solution.

Looking for a Boston Terrier? Use our Pet finder tool below and search for an adoptable dog that needs a home in your area now.

To view breeds we've already written about, search our archives in the Google Search at the top of this column.


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Amazing Pet Stories:
German Shepard Takes Bullet for Family.

A pet German shepherd named Noah died taking a bullet for three children and their mother after a road-raging gunman opened fire on their SUV, Georgia police said Sunday.

The mom and her kids weren't even the targets of the shooting, Atlanta Police Sgt. Gregory Lyon told NBC News. They were just bystanders in an argument between a gun-wielding motorist and another man outside an Atlanta strip mall Friday.

"It's a really sad story for the whole family," said Lyon. "I'm a big dog lover. It's just a sucky thing to happen the day after Thanksgiving."

Fortunately, the mom and kids weren't hit by the gunfire, according to police. But the unidentified gunman struck Noah and blasted the windows of the SVU, spraying shattered glass over the seats.

"The dog took the bullet for the kids so the kids would be safe," a witness told NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta.

In surveillance footage broadcast by the station, the injured dog can be seen trotting past one of the shops in the strip mall immediately after the shooting.

Police said Noah had jumped out of the passenger door window and ran after the shooter's car before retreating behind a nearby building, where he died between two fences.

"Your heart just goes out to that poor dog," Lyon said.





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