TIP TUESDAY: Summer Pet Safety Tips

As the temperatures rise (or fall, in the winter) so do pet safety concerns.

The sun is shining but don’t let the carefree summer days lead you astray of proper pet safety.

Here are 8 quick safety tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

What would you add to the list?

Samoyed dog sitting outside

Menno sits comfortably in the cool dirt outside

 8 things you can do to protect your dog in the summer

  1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car;
  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;
  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;
  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;
  5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws;
  6. If you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;
  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;
  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it’s appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin if she or he has a thin coat.

via: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/summer.aspx

TIP TUESDAY: Poignant Pet Fourth of July Safety Tips

TIP TUESDAY: Hot Off The Presses! Our 2014 Pet Sports, Furniture, and Lifestyle Catalog is Here!

Hot off the presses, our new 2014 catalog is here!

Dutch Dog Design 2014 catalog

Flip through the new 2014 Dutch Dog Design catalog to explore new products and ways to enjoy quality time with your best fur friend

In this new edition, we feature new items like our latest additions to our leash and collar collections (more van Gogh, and some cool new zigzag/chevron designs!), the Cycleciser dog bike exerciser, and snoozeBase and snoozeBack dog beds.

We know you’re curious, so take a look! Click on the pages to flip each page.

7 Quick Tips for Successfully Traveling With Your Dog

Recently, travel expert Kendra Thornton (@KendraThornton) invited us to share our insight with her on traveling with dogs, as many of us will surely be going on all sorts of vacations in the coming months.

In collaboration with Kendra, here are some of her professional tips on traveling with your dog(s), with our own professional insight added in too.

When I travel with my family and dog, I try to ensure that every two-legged and four-legged family member has everything that they need for a fun, happy, and safe trip. After all, traveling in comfort can make a journey pleasurable and exciting. Interestingly enough, a family will be visiting my family here in Chicago, and they will be bringing their beloved dog. That is fantastic! I am excited to share my best dog travel tips with them, and you.
Before going on the trip, there is a lot to do.

A. Prepare

two spaniels at the vet's office

A trip to the vet to make sure everything health and safety is in order

1. Microchipping: Microchipping a dog is a quick and relatively pain-free process where a vet implants a trackable chip the size of a grain of rice under your dog’s skin.

Getting your dog microchipped before you leave for your trip gives you the peace of mind to know that she can be located should she ever become lost.

2. Vaccinations: Visit your local vet to make sure that all of your dog’s shots are current. Vaccinations give each of us with the peace of mind that we need.

B. On The Go

Small dog in a crate

Small dogs can travel in a crate for safety

3. Crates: Crating a dog is not something that I always like to do. At the same time, a crate can be very beneficial as it keeps a dog safe. Our dog hated to be crated for the first time. As seasons rolled by, she began to like the crate. Today, she prefers a crate, and it gives her a sense of comfort.

4. Food & Water: Pets, like children, may need to take a break during travel. Be ready for a snack break by packing easily accessible food and water for your dog. This can include a bag of treats, or extra kibble, and an extra bottle of water.

Don’t forget that you may need extra food and water bowls when on the go. Consider packing and using collapsible silicone bowls. Be on the lookout for bowls with a carabiner clip, which will allow for the bowl to quickly and easily clip onto a bag if needed.

5. Calming Reassurances: Our dog can get anxious, and we have found ways to calm her. One way is to bring her favorite blanket with on a trip.

If she gets upset, we can comfort her with her blanket, or, give her a deep body massage. Both of these options work well for us.

6. Toys: Sitting in a car or crate for an extended period can be stressful or boring for certain dogs. So, don’t forget to give your dog a favorite plaything or squeaky toy with which to pass the time.

C. Arrival

Dog on a dog bed in hotel

Some great hotels will provide dog beds, treats, and related pet services for a pleasant stay.

7. Pet-Friendly Hotels: Pet travel-focused sites such as BringFido.com give travelers plenty of options of great places to stay in various locales, including Chicago! In my past experiences, one hotel has recommended places to walk and dog parks to visit. Another wonderful hotel offered breakfast for our favorite canine.

It matters to my children to have snacks, video games, movies, magazines and other sources of entertainment while on the road. I use this same mindset with our dog as well. She needs to be at ease when we are on the road. A great way to serve children and a dog is to stick to a familiar routine. Both like what they know, and that can make our journey, and yours, incredibly pleasant.

Learn more about Kendra at her website www.thorntonpr.com, or follow her on Twitter at @KendraThornton.

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We all wish you safe, happy, successful travels!

TIP TUESDAY: Cracking a Window is Not Enough for Pets

Cracking a window for your dog in a hot car is not enough. Leaving your dog in a car, even with windows open is not a good idea in these hot summer months.

The infographic below, via our Facebook friends, Bainbridge Island Barkery, via the Kitsap County Humane Society, discusses how to keep pets safe during hot days, and watch for heat stroke and overheating in pets.

Keeping your pets safe during hot summer months

Keeping your pets safe during hot summer months

 

Logan the Chocolate Lab Represents Carnation, WA!

Recently, a lovely coordinator from dogvacay.com reached out to us asking us to simply share more information about lovable Logan; so, for all dogvacay.com fans and lovable chocolate Labrador retriever fans, below is a bit more about our pal Logan.

All smiles. Logan the chocolate Labrador Retriever

Logan the chocolate Labrador Retriever, all smiles.

Lovable Logan is a 3-year old chocolate lab who lives with his family in Carnation, WA, in the eastern suburbs of Seattle. He lives with his human mom, human dad, and human baby sister. Oh they adventures they all have together!

Logan and and his gal pal both get a kick out of relaxing in the DoggyRide Novel jogger-stroller

Logan and his gal pal both get a kick out of relaxing in the Novel jogger-stroller

One of Logan’s favorite activities is an exciting game of ChuckIt! with his pals. More recently, Logan was also working on becoming a certified search and rescue dog, but unfortunately, he had to stop the training process due to his heart condition. Now to not tired out too quickly, Logan enjoys rides in his DoggyRide Novel jogger-stroller, allowing him to still be outdoors and enjoy many adventures, yet be able to take a rest when needed.

Logan the lab leads the way to adventure in his DoggyRide Novel jogger-stroller

Logan the chocolate lab leads the pack, riding in his DoggyRide Novel jogger-stroller

Other times, he enjoys heading out to doggy events in and our Seattle with his family. He had a wonderful time with team DoggyRide at the Petco 5K9 Run/Walk at Seattle’s Magnuson Park in early October.

A boy and his dog. Logan the chocolate is all smiles at the Petco 5K9 walk at Magnuson Park in Seattle.

A boy and his dog. Logan the chocolate lab is all smiles at the Petco 5K9 walk at Magnuson Park in Seattle.

If looking for a qualified pet sitter in eastern King County, in and around Carnation, click the following link to check out dog sitters near Carnation, WA courtesy of dogvacay.com.

A Case of Dog Heart Disease (CDC) Won’t Keep This Chocolate Lab Down

Hello DoggyRide friends and followers; we would like to share a story about one of our very own that has fallen on hard times.

Meet Logan, a three-year old chocolate Labrador retriever in the prime of his life who, until very recently, had the world by the tail.

Logan the chocolate lab enjoys his jogger-stroller

Logan happily sits inside the comfort of his Novel dog jogger-stroller

Logan was a superior athlete with boundless energy, loved running with his best friend Adam, and had a deep passion for the game of Chuckit! Logan and Adam were also in the last stages of earning their search and rescue certificate with the King County Sheriff’s Department. Many hours had been dedicated to the idea that one day Logan could possibly save the lives of a missing person or persons.

Logan was a spirited puppy with a playful disposition, and intelligence to boot, but nobody could imagine what would happen next.

On July 5, 2013 while on vacation in Coeur d’Alene, ID, Logan awoke to a deep cough and troubled breathing. He was rushed to a local veterinary clinic nearby as it was thought he may have eaten something poisonous earlier that evening. Although the veterinarian was unsure of the diagnosis, he recommended that Logan get an MRI scan on his chest cavity to be certain of a cause. Logan and his parents made the trip to Washington State University and their renowned vet school, some two hours away, to meet with a leading animal cardiologist. After receiving the results of the MRI scan, Logan was diagnosed with Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy or CDC (http://www.2ndchance.info/dogdilcardiomyopathy.htm).

For the majority of dogs afflicted with this condition, heart failure will be caused by the enlarging of the heart thus creating the inability for the heart to pump the necessary amounts of blood through the body. The life expectancy for canines diagnosed with this condition is short, and in Logan’s case is six-12 months. This was a shock to Logan’s family and would immediately change Logan’s life and the activities he loved so very much.

Since Logan’s diagnosis, he was forced to retire from the King County search and rescue program and can no longer play Chuckit! to the extent which he once did. His long runs have been cut back to short walks and his athleticism has been curbed due to his early signs of fatigue. The puppy that once had the world by the tail is now fighting to live a little bit longer.

Logan the lab leads the way to adventure in his DoggyRide Novel jogger-stroller

Logan the chocolate lab leads the pack, riding in his DoggyRide Novel jogger-stroller

When speaking with Logan’s family, they have mentioned that they live by the philosophy of “quality over quantity” and allow Logan to be Logan as much as they can without Logan over exerting himself.

We hope that every dog owner and puppy enjoy life to the fullest, each and every day; because it is fleeting and you never know, like Logan, when it will all be taken away. Here’s to you, buddy!

Menno lives each day to the fullest, with the help of his DoggyRide Nove jogger-stroller

Logan teaches us to live life to the fullest.

We continue to thank you for being a loyal part of our DoggyRide family.

Many happy tail wags from our family to yours,

DoggyRide