Be careful how you treat people..respect goes a long way!

Just after the maid had been fired, she took five bucks from her purse and threw it to Fido, the family dog.
When asked why by her former employer, she answered,
“I never forget a friend. This was for helping me clean the dishes all the time!”

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How Not to Greet a Dog

This fantastic and informative illustration was done by Lili Chin of Doggie Drawings. Sometimes I feel like I do the things that you’re not supposed to do, but I can’t help it! I try to instruct my friends to greet my dogs the correct way because otherwise, they jump and get too excited. However, if you don’t know the dog, the incorrect ways could potentially be deadly.

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Chewy Leg Cover

I’m not sure about this one…it seems to me that this might encourage the leg-chewing behavior rather than deter it. Nonetheless, interesting design. I think I’d like these on all my chairs just because I like the way it looks!

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Miniature Therapy Horse Raises Big Bucks

DANVERS, Mass. ─ Maggie, the miniature horse, started pet therapy at age 8 months, according to owner Nancy LeBaron-Kiley.

“It just happened,” she said after a nurse spotted Maggie at the stable and asked if the horse could visit her patient.

LeBaron-Kiley, a former Peabody, Mass. dog officer, agreed. The man had loved horses, and the nurse thought seeing Maggie would boost his spirits.

That first encounter seven years ago revealed Maggie’s therapeutic powers. More nursing home trips followed.

“She put such smiles on their faces,” LeBaron-Kiley said. “Little horses seem to know,” she said, how to behave around someone ill or elderly. She has observed her horse watch her hooves and take care not to bump or step on anyone, she said.

The horse also enjoys the socializing, she said.

“Maggie loves doing it,” she said. “She loves people.”

Best of all, she has heard how patients who have not spoken a word in years saw Maggie and talked to her.

Before long, word about Maggie spread, and she was in demand, LeBaron-Kiley said.

The Beverly (Mass.) School for the Deaf made Maggie their mascot and gave her a sign language name. The children press three fingers — three for the letter M — to their cheeks and stroke to mean the kissing horse.

She’s also mascot to other organizations. The area Kiwanis club has invited her to appear as a guest “speaker,” and North Shore Magazine picked Maggie for their top 100 “people” list.

“She’s become quite a little icon,” laughed LeBaron-Kiley.

Last weekend, Maggie showed up for another good cause. This time, Danvers (Mass.) High students invited her to sell kisses at their fundraiser to buy bullet-protective vests for police dogs.

Danvers High students Ashley Keough, 17, and Rebecca Pomerantz, 16, organized the benefit, which included a bake sale and a movie screening of “My Friend Flicka.”

The idea to invite Maggie came from their teacher Jackie White, the students said.

They told her they wanted to help animals, and came up with contacts at the Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog Foundation.

Rebecca did not know how much money the event raised, but she hoped to bank half one vest’s cost.

“One vest costs $735,” Rebecca said. 

Maggie’s kisses sold for a dollar, and she had plenty of takers.

Youngsters waving bills raced over, while the horse, swaddled in a blue blanket, braved the 32-degree temperature.

One customer, Cierra Hill, 7, scrunched up her face and giggled. This was her first kiss from a horse, and she didn’t know what to expect.

Everyone laughed, including Cierra, when the black and white horse planted a smooch on her cheek.

LeBaron-Kiley, a former Peabody, Mass. dog officer, fed the horse breath mints between kisses and coaxed her not to nibble on little fingers.

“Pat her right on the nose,” LeBaron-Kiley told 4-year-old Haydan Kreschollek of Danvers.

When she bought Maggie, LeBaron-Kiley wanted to bring a horse back into her life and train her to compete at driving trials.

“I’ve always had horses,” she said, but when her last big horse died, she took “a couple of years to get over him.” She bought Maggie from Florida’s Dent Ranch on the assumption a miniature horse would suit her budget. Maggie’s food costs about $50 a month, she said, and she can travel in a minivan, instead of needing a big rig.

They do compete successfully in the driving events, LeBaron-Kiley said, but pet therapy seems to have become Maggie’s calling.

Pictured: Maggie, the miniature horse, follows instructions from owner Nancy LeBaron-Kiley, right, and delivers a smooch to Cierra Hill, 7, of Pembroke, N.H., while Britney Hill, also 7, looks on. Photo by Margo Ann Sullivan.

 

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Time to put the pooch on a diet.

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Pooch is Too Cool for School

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OH HAI!

Missed ya!

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Sniff Pet Candles

Did you know that a dog’s nose knows no bounds (say that 10 times fast!)?

In fact, dogs can smell 100 times better than a human. Imagine what smells must smell like to a dog! Smell is the way that most dogs navigate their world just as we depend on our sight.

Sniff Pet Candles are a new brand of aromatherapy candles geared toward your dog. Apparently they contain individually combined natural essences that promote your dog’s optimum health and well-being.

I’m not sure how you can really prove this unless your dog actually seems healthier or more relaxed because of the candles. Either way, these scented candles will help make your home smell nicer and probably rub off a little on you, too!

I love this one:

Fart & Away: This Intense fragrance combination was developed not only to deodorize, but to actually ease the cause of your dog’s unpleasant condition. This mix of floral ylang ylang, tuberose, white tea, myrtle & fennel will take care of it all!

That one was made for Beans!

Sniff donates a portion of each sale to rescue organizations and city shelters.

 

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His Specialty…TOYS!

Meet Chaser: The incredible border collie who has learned the names for 1022 toys

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 7:52 AM on 23rd December 2010

Dog owners like to think that their pets understand what they’re being told.

Indeed, some owners will talk to their dogs at great length while the animal gazes back at them with what is probably a mixture of affection and bewilderment.

However, there is one dog who appears to understand a great deal of what is being said.

Chaser the border collie knows over 1,000 words – more than any other animal.

Border collie Chaser has, according to psychologists Alliston Reid and John Pilley, managed to learn more than 1,000 words.

Their findings could mean that all those conversations with our pets aren’t entirely wasted.

Professor Reid and Dr Pilley worked intensively with six-year-old Chaser for three years to see how large a vocabulary she could command.

They made up names for 1,022 toys, including frisbees, balls and stuffed animals, and found she was able to learn and remember them all.

Chaser, owned by Dr Pilley, was also able to sort them according to function and shape, something children learn at around three.

Professor Reid said: ‘We wanted to see if there was a limit to the number of words a dog could understand, and if they could understand the name of an object rather than just respond to a command related to an object, such as fetch.

‘We worked with Chaser for four to five hours each day testing her on the words over and over again and were able to establish that she could remember and distinguish between them all. We’re not saying this means dogs can learn language in the same way children do, but it does show they are capable of learning many more words than might have been thought.’

The research at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, involved introducing Chaser to the toys one by one and then repeating the name to reinforce the association. She was also regularly tested on her entire vocabulary.

Groups of 20 toys were chosen at random and Chaser had to retrieve them by name.
She completed 838 of these tests over the three years and never got less than 18 out of 20 right, according to the findings published in the New Scientist magazine.

Chaser was also taught to combine three different commands with the toys – ‘paw’ (move it with your paw), ‘nose’ (push it with your nose’), and ‘bring’.

Beverley Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today magazine, said: ‘It’s very inspiring. Many owners think their dogs are capable of understanding a lot more than they might feel comfortable with letting on about and now science seems to be saying they’re not mad to think so.’

In 2004 it was claimed border ­collie Rico, aged nine from Leipzig in Germany, knew 200 words.

 

 

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5 Tips for Pet Weight Loss

Dr. Rettinger offers five simple guidelines, “2011 Weight Loss Resolutions for Your Pet,” to help you – working with your veterinarian – help your pet live a leaner, healthier life.

Resolution 1: Make an appointment with your veterinarian. Just as people need expert guidance and a physician’s supervision when attempting to lose weight and/or improve their fitness level, veterinarians have the knowledge to help pet owners achieve sensible, lasting weight loss for their pets.

Resolution 2: Set realistic, measurable exercise and weight loss goals. Your veterinarian can help you rule out any medical reasons for excess weight and help you plan a fitness and nutrition program that takes your pet’s age, size and breed into account.

Resolution 3: Discipline yourself to make exercise a priority for you and your pet. Sure, our lives are getting busier and we have less time to exercise, but even setting aside time each day for short walks with your pet will help both of you.

Resolution 4: Control portions. Just as limiting intake is important to your own weight loss goals, ensuring a daily volume of allowed food for your pet will be key to success. Your veterinarian can tell you the exact amount of food to feed your pet each day to achieve a healthy weight, so you don’t have to guess. He or she also will remind you not to say “I love you” with food.

Resolution 5: Use treats correctly. It’s OK to reward your pet with a treat for a successfully completed task. Just remember that these calories need to be subtracted from the total calories allotted for the day, and they shouldn’t exceed 10 percent of that allotment. Consider low-calorie treats, or break treats into smaller pieces for more rewards with the same amount of calories.

For more information on Project: Pet Slim Down, go to projectpetslimdown.com or visit them on Facebook. Purina Veterinary Diets recently donated $1 for every “Like” to Adopt-A-Pet.com‘s Veterinary Care Fund, raising $50,000 to help homeless pets.

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