SPCA of Texas Introduces Updated Foster Program
This week, the SPCA of Texas introduced new changes to their foster program, which allows community members to care for adoptable animals during the search for a permanent home. The SPCA of Texas is seeking Foster Heroes to provide animals with a comfortable, loving home while allowing another animal to take the foster’s place at the shelter. The SPCA of Texas has foster opportunities to suit any lifestyle, and provides training and all of the supplies needed for foster pets, so all fosters have to do is bring the love! There are three types of fostering options: Adoption Ambassador, Trust Building & Socialization, and Healing & Comfort. Adoption Ambassadors foster adoption-ready animals and help them find their forever homes. This part of the program is currently available for dogs only, but plans are in place to add other pets at a later date. Adoption Ambassadors work to find their fosters forever families by promoting them online, taking them out on the town, and bringing them to SPCA of Texas adoption events. They will receive training on the adoption process, so that when they find their foster’s perfect family, they can facilitate the adoption themselves. The average foster time is expected to […]
Halloween Safety Tips
Like many holidays, Halloween is great fun for humans but can be stressful and even dangerous for your dogs. Combine strange costumes, pranksters, and lots of chocolate candy and you have a potentially frightening situation for your furry friends. Here are some tips for keeping your dog safe this Halloween. Consider a pet-friendly Halloween event. There are tons of Halloween and fall-themed events around DFW that cater to dogs. These events will feature dog-safe treats, costume contests, parades, and much more. Attend one of the many dog-friendly events listed on the DallasDogLife.com calendar and include your dog in the Halloween fun while keeping him safe. Dressing up your dog Some dog owners insist that their pets love to dress up, but a majority of dogs are not comfortable with hats, wigs, and other accessories. If you decide to dress up your dog, be sure the costume does not hamper their sight, hearing or breathing. Make sure your dog can walk easily and monitor him closely to ensure he does not become overheated. And be sure that your pet’s costume allows him to potty. – in both senses of the word. It’s no fun if Fido is walking around in a soiled costume. Keep […]
Smile for Lexie: Local photographer raising funds for vet bills
Watching a beloved pet suffer through an illness or injury is one of the most heartbreaking situations a pet owner will experience. For many, pets are members of our family, and we will do whatever we can to make sure they are happy, healthy, and free from pain. However, when your pet requires medical treatment that is very expensive, your choices become very difficult. Local photographer Kim Ortiz knows first-hand about this type of choice. When Lexie, Ortiz’s beloved long-haired Chihuahua, began exhibiting signs of severe neck and back pain, she tried all types of treatment. Veterinarians recommended everything from pain medications and steroid shots to holistic foods and acupuncture. Ortiz tried it all, eventually deciding to have an MRI performed on Lexie to more accurately diagnose why she was in so much pain. The MRI, which cost several thousand dollars, diagnosed Lexie with herniated disc disease. A bulging disc was putting pressure on her spinal cord, which could lead to paralysis without surgery – another expensive treatment. With no other options, Ortiz scheduled ventral slot surgery for Lexie, where a portion of disc matter was removed. Sadly, Lexie developed a heart murmur shortly after surgery, and died the next […]
How to help the animal victims of Hurricane Harvey
For those in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, here are some ways to help the animals affected by Hurricane Harvey – and some things NOT to do.
Canine Cancer: Percy’s Journey
My beautiful pit bull Percy has cancer. Here’s how we handled it and what we’ve learned from the experience.
Doggie Swim No-Nos
A few years ago, I took one of the DDL Product Testers (Chewy) to two doggie swim days, and we had a great time. But I saw a lot of room for improvement, so I thought I’d create a follow up to my previous post, 7 Tips for End-of-Summer Dog Swim Days. Here are 7 things NOT to do at a Doggie Swim Day: Don’t assume that all dogs know innately how to swim, especially when they are in distress. I watched multiple people literally throw their dogs into the deep end of the pool and watch them struggle to get to the edge. I also saw a dog playing near the edge of the pool, and he slipped in. Although he had been swimming fine earlier, he started to panic, and was flailing and not getting his head above water. Luckily the owner was nearby and watching and jumped right in. Even if your dog is an experienced swimmer, let him enter the pool in his own way – whether that’s jumping in or walking in at the shallow end. Bonus Tip: Invest in a doggie life jacket (available at many pet supplies stores) if you want to play […]
7 Tips for Dog Swim Days
For many school-aged children, summer is officially over. As kids head back to the classrooms, canines are perking up for their yearly end-of-summer trip to a place that is usually off limits – a local public swimming pool or water park. Many cities in the DFW area are hosting Dog Swim Days to allow dogs and their owners to enjoy a fun day at their neighborhood pool before it is drained and closed for the year. The Swim Days are generally held on the Saturday after the pool closes to the public for the season. Since the pools will be drained anyway, many communities have found that these yearly events are a fun way to close before releasing all that water. Here are a 7 helpful hints for those who have never had the pleasure of attending a Dog Swim Day: Check out the event’s requirements before you head out. Many require that dogs wear their ID and rabies tags on their collars, and some allow you to bring in vaccination records. Some only allow sterilized dogs to attend. Under NO circumstances should a dog in heat be brought to a large dog event. Expect a wide variety of dogs […]
The Family Place Now Welcoming Pets
The Family Place in Dallas helps domestic abuse survivors and their children to start over. Now, they are welcoming pets too.
8 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe This 4th of July
The Independence Day weekend is here, and most of us are looking forward to the long weekend and having a fireworks-filled night with friends and family. Unfortunately, what we think is great fun for us is not always fun for our dogs, especially during this holiday. Each year, countless dogs go missing during the 4th of July festivities. Some dogs are so frightened of the loud pops and excitement that they will do anything – including digging holes under fences, knocking out window screens, opening patio doors – to get away from the noise. Other pets become ill when they are allowed to eat human foods that are dangerous to dogs, such as onions, avocado, and alcoholic beverages. Because dogs have such acute hearing and an enhanced sense of smell, the unfamiliar noises and odors of the fireworks put them on high alert. Sporting breeds are particularly vulnerable to this anxiety. Here are 8 tips to keep your dogs safe this weekend: Do not take your dogs to fireworks displays. Even the calmest of dogs can be unsettled by all the activity taking place. If you do decide to take your dogs to a fireworks show, be sure to have him or her on leash at […]
It’s common knowledge that Texas summers (and springs and falls and sometimes winters, for that matter) are hot. But it’s not common knowledge that our dogs are way more susceptible to heat-related illness than we are. Check out the tips below for ways to avoid heatstroke, signs of heatstroke, and what to do if your dog has a heatstroke. What is heatstroke? Heatstroke occurs when normal cooling mechanisms can’t keep the body’s temperature in a safe range, according to the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation. For dogs, a normal temperature is about 101 – 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. A dog is experiencing heat distress when his temperature reaches 103 degrees F, and temperatures over 106 degrees are potentially fatal. How do I prevent my dog from overheating? A good rule of thumb is to exercise caution when the temperature plus the relative humidity reaches 120, says Beth Bowers of Dallas Pet First Aid & CPR. Humidity is just as dangerous as heat, so be careful of high humidity levels (over 75%). At Home: Keep a close eye on your dog when they are outdoors in hot or humid weather. Don’t ever leave your dog outside without any way to cool himself off. Your dog doesn’t have […]
Tips for Handling Dog Events on a Rainy Day
We’ve all been there. We had exciting plans to spend time outdoors and then we get hit with a weather forecast that calls for puddled and mud and general gloominess. Yes, a rainy day does put a damper on things but there’s no reason you can’t still enjoy the dog-friendly events. Here are some tips to help you navigate a dog event when rain is in the forecast: Be prepared. No matter how hard they try to get it right, we know that a “slight chance” of showers could mean a downpour. So, just try to be prepared. Make sure to wear sensible shoes and a raincoat and bring an umbrella, a few towels, and some baby wipes so you can clean off a bit before you and your dog get back in your car. And just accept that you’re going to get a little wet and muddy and may need to change clothes when you’re done partying it up with your pets. Wet hair, don’t care? Awesome! If you don’t mind a little mud and rain, then it’s a great time to let your dogs let loose and get dirty. (Like this guy.) Just remember, not everyone is cool with muddy paws […]
#GetTough with the ASPCA & Patrick Stewart
If you follow the DallasDogLife.com Facebook page, you know I love me some Patrick Stewart. Well, to be honest, it’s the combination of Patrick Stewart and his foster dog, Ginger. Sir Stewart has been waiting since he was a young boy to have a dog, and he really picked a winner. Thanks to @ASPCA and @WagsandWalks, @madameozell and I are finally fostering our 1st pitbull! Meet Ginger. I’m in LOVE. #AdoptDontShop #pitbullsofinstagram #pitbulls A post shared by Patrick Stewart 💩 (@sirpatstew) on Mar 8, 2017 at 2:32pm PST Fostering has opened Patrick’s eyes to the plight of pit bull type dogs like Ginger, and he has teamed up with the ASPCA for their #GetTough campaign. April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and to bring awareness to this important issue, the ASPCA wants us to take selfies with our dogs and post to social media with the hashtag #GetTough: To encourage DallasDogLife readers to participate, we are having a giveaway! When you post a #GetTough selfie and includes the hashtag #DallasDogLife, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win this awesome ASPCA prize pack: So let’s get to posting! The winner will be announced on Friday, April 28. Good luck!
7 Safety Tips for Dog Friendly Festivals
It’s about that time when the weather starts to clear up, the sun comes out, and we can’t wait for all the spring festivals that DFW has to offer. With so many of these events being dog-friendly, it’s important to review some spring festing tips so that everyone has fun and stays safe. 1. Know your dog. Do not bring out a highly fearful or reactive dog to a huge event like the St. Patty’s Day parade or Easter in the Park. The crowds are really big and can be overwhelming for a dog that’s not highly social. If you want to practice your dog’s socialization skills, start at a smaller scale, like a pooch-friendly patio. 2. Watch your dog at all times. Think of your dog as a toddler that can get loose or into something they shouldn’t in the blink of an eye. At these events, particularly when alcohol is present, there is a lot of social interaction between humans, and we tend to get distracted easily. Keep a close eye on your dog to make sure that he’s right by your side, and not being poked in the eye by a toddler, or eating food that he shouldn’t. […]
5 Springtime Safety Tips for Dog Parents
Spring is here! Winter is officially over, and the spring (aka allergy) season is already underway. Along with the nicer weather and abundance of patio dining that we can look forward to in the weeks ahead, there are some other conditions that we as dog owners need to prepare for as well. Here are 5 tips to keep you and your pet safe this spring. 1. Protect your dog from mosquitos! Muggy weather is paradise for those little blood-suckers! Unfortunately, mosquito bites are going to happen from time to time, so make sure your dog is always current on his heartworm prevention. Remember, once heartworm is contracted, it is both costly and painful to treat. To help you remember to give your dog is monthly pill, set up an automatic reminder on your phone or mark your calendar. 2. Ease back into your workout…with your dog, that is! For many, the winter months are mostly spent indoors. Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’s tempting to take Fido out for a long run to help him shed those extra ounces he might have picked up while he was snuggled up on the couch to stay warm. But make sure you ease back into it. […]
10 Commandments of ‘Patio Pooch’ Pet Parents
We are officially into patio season, and our pets are begging to be included in the fun. Make sure to take advantage of the many training classes being offered this spring so that your pup will be the best behaved doggie around! And humans, don’t embarrass your fur-children. Make sure that you are patio-ready, too. Here are the 10 commandments for pet parents of patio pooches: 1. Thou shalt only bring a pet to a crowded patio who actually enjoys patio time. This is the first commandment for a reason; not every dog likes patio time as much as we do. Don’t force it. If you have a dog that could benefit from more socialization, consider a patio with a smaller crowd or have a doggie “play date” with a trusted friend whose dog you know. 2. Honor the patio policy of thy local tavern, and call ahead to ensure thy pooch may bless the patio with his presence. Several patios already have the dog-friendly variance (see a complete list here) but many places are “unofficially” dog-friendly. If the patio is not on the list, be sure to call ahead and make sure it’s okay. 3. Thou shalt not ignore thy […]
Going to the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Here are some tips to keep your dog safe.
Every year, I get questions about the dog-friendliness of the annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Greenville Avenue. For the record, yes – you can bring dogs to the parade and to many of the dog-friendly patios along Greenville Avenue. But before you head out with your dog, here are a few tips to make sure you and your pet have a fun and SAFE day: 1. Only take your dog if he or she is EXTREMELY tolerant of big crowds, loud noises, and being petted. The crowds at this event are huge, and there will be many people there who aren’t used to looking down to watch out for your pet. If your dog is reactive to sudden movements or being touched unexpectedly, it’s best to leave Fido at home. 2. Small dogs and pups should be picked up in large crowds. When you’re walking with plenty of room, this isn’t a huge concern. But when you’re trying to get through a crowd, make sure to pick up your pet. Wading through a sea of legs can be frightening for a very small dog. 3. Speaking of picking up…don’t forget your poop bags! Seriously. Don’t be that […]
4 Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving for your Dog
For many, Thanksgiving is not just a time to remember everything you have to be thankful for – it also means food, family, friends, and football! So whether you’re hanging out at home with your pets or traveling to be with your loved ones, here are a few tips to keep your four-legged friends safe and happy during the holiday. 1. Just say no (to dangerous foods, I mean). While you may be tempted to feed your dog table scraps this Thanksgiving, remember that fatty, salty foods can upset your dogs stomach. Never give your dog poultry bones; they are brittle and can scratch your dog’s throat, or worse, become lodged in his esophagus. Also remember to keep your dog away from dangerous foods such as raisins, grapes, nutmeg, chocolate, onions, avocado, macadamian nuts, and raw potatoes. 2. It’s not just food that you need to watch out for. Be mindful of items that can pose a danger to your dog this Thanksgiving. Turkey pop-ups, string, skewers, cellophane wrap, tin foil, and plastic bags can smell wonderful to your dog and be quite tempting when left unattended. Place these items, along with turkey bones, in the garbage and make sure the […]
Pet Safety Tips for Memorial Day
This weekend will be full of pool parties, lakes, cookouts, and road trips, so here are a few tips to help keep your four-legged friends safe this holiday. Do not leave your dogs unattended in a parked car. Not only is the heat inside a parked car deadly, but you risk the chance that someone will steal your dogs or break into your car in an attempt to save them. Even leaving the car running is dangerous. In 2014, five dogs died in a car while their owner was shopping inside. She claims to have left her car running with the air conditioner on, but says her dog must have turned off the AC while she was gone. When driving with your pets, make sure they are in a crate or are buckled in using a harness or other safety device. Unrestrained dogs can jump out of open windows, distract you while driving, be thrown from their seats during a quick stop, and may even jeopardize a rescue attempt if you are involved in an accident. Some emergency workers have been prevented from getting to a human in an accident because of a terrified or protective dog who was unrestrained. In that case, […]
Tales of a Pooper Scooper
Picking up poo for a living is a dirty job, but someone has to do it, right? You might imagine there is a certain element of occupational hazard when it comes to pet waste management, like dirty boots, rainy weather, and the unmistakeable smell that we as pet owners could all do without. But getting pulled over by the police for suspicion of theft? That’s new. Granted, going into someone else’s backyard and leaving with something you didn’t come in with might look suspicious. Unless the items you are taking out are piles of doggie doo. But one local pooper scooper found herself in that exact situation. Sarah Kavaljian, an employee of Dallas-based Poo B Gone, recounted this hilarious tale on Facebook: Well it’s been an interesting morning. As I was leaving one of my client’s abode I got pulled over. Apparently a neighbor called the police because I was “in someone’s yard”. Now granted, the brand new [Poo B Gone] truck isn’t wrapped with a company logo yet but I’m definitely wearing my uniform shirt. For those who don’t know – you could signal passing aircraft with how neon these shirts are. If you haven’t seen their shirts before, here […]
New Hollywood Feed Location at Cityline Shopping Center in Richardson
Hollywood Feed opened its 45th company-wide location this week at 1415 East Renner Road (Cityline) in Richardson, TX. This marks the holistic pet food and product retailer’s 19th Texas area location, including recently opened stores at 4817 Park Boulevard in Plano and 120 S. Denton Tap Road in Coppell. “We are enjoying growing our footprint in Texas,” says Shawn McGhee, president of Hollywood Feed. “It has proven to be a welcoming market for us, and we are very pleased with the response we have received, and the continued support for new locations that provide our local customers with easy access to the natural and holistic pet care products they desire.” The Richardson store is approximately 3,000 square feet and offers natural and holistic pet food, treats and products – in addition to holding regular pet adoption events featuring local rescue groups. Hollywood Feed team member Donna Jarnagin, who previously served as manager of the Colleyville store, will serve as manager of the new Richardson store. The Cityline store is located on the northeast corner of Plano Road and Renner Road, and shares a parking lot with Whole Foods, Fish City Grill, Taco Diner, and many other exciting retailers. The Richardson location is open from […]
Learn the Art of Dog Photography
Each year, Teresa Berg Photography hosts two beginner photography classes called Dog Shots. The class is for “pet lovers who want to fall in love with their DSLRs” and equip them with the skills they need to take beautiful portraits of their pets or to help animals find homes.
Show your dog some love this Valentine’s Weekend: 10 pet-friendly events in DFW
There’s no doubt that we humans love our dogs. And for most of the year, dog enthusiasts like us sometimes have to defend our somewhat eccentric behavior. Sure, we dress our dogs in fashion-forward sweaters. So what if we pamper our pooches with memory foam dog beds? And what’s the big deal about only feeding our dogs organic treats? Some may find our behavior to be over-the-top, but on Valentine’s Day we all go the extra mile to show our loved ones how much we care. What better time to let Fido or Fifi know how much we appreciate their unconditional love? And for the single dog-owner, there’s no better wingman (or wingstress) than your four-legged friends. Here are a few fun Valentine’s Day Weekend events in the DFW area: Duck Team 6 Fundraising Event at The Wine Therapist Friday, February 12 from 4 – 10pm Looking for a lovely way to kick off your Valentine’s Weekend? Stop by The Wine Therapist for a glass of vino, or purchase a few bottles for you and your honey to enjoy later. After your purchase, drop your receipt into their collection box and 20% of your tab will go to Duck Team 6 […]
Normangee PD Welcomes Pit Bull Detection Dog, K9 Wilson
Normangee, Texas is a small town about two hours south of Dallas, just east of I-45. With a population of only 680 people, you would think that an issue like drug trafficking would bypass a town like Normangee, but unfortunately, this problem seems to be everywhere. Normangee Police Chief Charles Herford noticed the growing problem in their community regarding the use and distribution of narcotics, and knew that a K9 officer would be a valuable asset and necessary tool to combat the problem. The department contacted Brad Croft at Universal K9, a San Antonio-based companies that trains dogs for law enforcement and personal protection. They learned about their partnership with Animal Farm Foundation to rescue shelter “pit bull type” dogs and train them as detection dogs for local law enforcement at no cost to those agencies. This month, Chief Herford got his Christmas wish. Meet, K9 Wilson, Normangee PD’s first narcotics detection dog. Chief Herford explains why K9 Wilson’s presence plays multiple important roles in their community. “In our line of work, we encounter ‘pit bull’ dogs and other types of dogs every day that are civilians’ pets,” said Chief Herford. “This detection dog program creates an opportunity for my fellow officers to […]
How to get that perfect Santa picture with your pet
It’s December! The last month of the year, and the time when we dress up our two- and four-legged kids in their holiday finest to take pictures with Santa (or the Grinch, if you prefer). If you’ve never experienced Santa photos with your dog, here are a few tips for a great picture. A tired dog is a good dog. If your dog tends to be super excited and wiggly, try going for a long walk beforehand to release some of that excess energy. It’ll help him sit still for a few minutes while the photographer captures his best smile. Bring along a favorite toy and stand BEHIND the photographer (not off to the side). Your dog will likely be looking for you, so if you stand behind the photographer and wave the toy, the photographer will be able to capture your dog looking into the camera. Cute sweaters or hats make a cute photo – but only if your dog is okay with accessories. If he’s constantly trying to take off his hat, try a festive scarf instead. Bring reinforcements. If your dog is hard to handle, bring someone along so they can hold the leash while you fill […]
Balch Springs Animal Shelter in need of food, beds
In last week’s post, we met a nursing mama dog Pepper and her pups, who were staying at the Balch Springs Animal Shelter while they waited on a forever home. Pepper did a great job of feeding her babies, but she needed to put on some weight and get to a veterinarian pronto. Luckily, the kind folks at the Plano Animal Shelter took in this little family and will work on getting them all adopted through their foster program. This week, I want to shed some light on the financial constraints and challenges that the Balch Springs Animal Shelter is facing. Their budget has been cut in recent months, and they no longer have the finances to purchase high quality food for the animals. Instead, they rely on donations from stores – open bags or bags nearing expirations, from a variety of brands – which means the dogs don’t ever get used to a particular food, and their digestion suffers. In addition, the cold weather is coming and the shelter has indoor/outdoor kennels. This is great when the weather is nice and sunny, because the dogs have the option of staying indoors or going outside at their leisure. But on days […]
Balch Springs Animal Shelter is Looking for a Home for Pepper and her Pups
If you’re not familiar with the city of Balch Springs, Texas, I’m not surprised. This tiny city has only about 25,000 residents, and rests against the south Dallas neighborhood of Pleasant Grove on its western border. Last week, I received an email with an urgent plea from the Balch Springs Animal Shelter. They are a teeny tiny shelter, doing the best they can with 3 Animal Control Officers and a very limited budget. They are trying to get the word out about the wonderful animals in their shelter who need good homes. Immediately, I felt a tug. I grew up in Pleasant Grove, and I attended Balch Springs Christian Academy for a few years. The stray and neglected dog population was overwhelming when I lived there in the early 90s, and I can only imagine that it’s gotten worse. I knew I had to do something to help. Yesterday, I went to visit the shelter and met with ACO Vanessa Forsythe and Police Chief Jonathan Haber. I got a tour of the shelter and all their dogs who need homes. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be featuring this shelter’s pets every week in the newsletter and in a series of blog […]
Why You Should Never Leave Your Purse Unattended
Sometimes, even the most experienced dog owners have a lapse in judgement. Like me. Now, I’m no dog expert but I do know a few things. Things like, puppies are curious little rascals. They experience the world through their mouths and noses and want to taste and chew and smell everything. Last week, I made a terrible mistake by leaving my purse, which had a bottle of Advil in it, on the floor at my friend’s house. Advil is extremely toxic to dogs and cats, and you should never give it to your pet as a pain reliever or anti-inflammatory. And you shouldn’t leave it in a place where curious pups can get to it. By the time we found the chewed up bottle that the puppy had fished out of my bag, he had already ingested several tablets. We immediately called his vet and within an hour, the puppy was on IV fluids and charcoal to try to ward off renal failure and stomach ulcers. I’ve been kicking myself ever since. But I am so grateful that we got him to the vet as quickly as we did. We learned that day that as few as 4 Advil can be lethal […]
Celebrate National Dog Day with Operation Kindness and Norma’s Cafe
While most dog lovers would agree that every day is National Dog Day, Operation Kindness and Norma’s are doing something special to celebrate. For the fourth year in a row, at all three Norma’s Cafe locations, as well as the Wagging Tail Dog Park, Operation Kindness will have dogs and puppies of various breeds available for adoption. In honor of the event and National Dog Day, Norma’s Cafe has brought back its popular chili dog platter – two juicy, 100 percent beef Nathan’s Famous hot dogs served open-faced over Texas toast and topped with chili, cheese, onions and jalapeños (served with chips, fries or tots). In addition, Norma’s Cafe will donate a portion of their sales from the day to support Operation Kindness’ care for nearly 300 animals every day. The funds will provide the organization with resources for medical care, food, shelter and the chance for the animals to find a new home. “We are excited to team up with North Texas’ oldest and largest no-kill shelter through our Dog Days of Summer event again this year,” said Ed Murph, owner of Norma’s Cafe. “Norma’s Cafe encourages all guests to join in our support of the shelter’s efforts to find these dogs […]
2016 Dallas Cowboys Player Calendar to Benefit DFW Rescue Me
Love dogs? Love the Dallas Cowboys? Love DFW Rescue Me? Or all of the above? Then you’re gonna love this. Costa Sports Marketing is preparing to launch their second annual Dallas Cowboys Player Calendar, and there is still time to be a part of the action! The calendar will feature photos of several Dallas Cowboys players and their adopted pets and is sure to bring out the warm fuzzies in even the most hard core sports fan. Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies and now, families, and individuals who would like to appear in the calendar have special donation options as well! All proceeds will benefit DFW Rescue Me, a local rescue group here in the Dallas area. To download the Sponsorship packet, click here. To download the Family & Individual donation packet, click here. About DFW Rescue Me DFW Rescue Me is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide a “new leash on life” by finding permanent and loving homes for lost, abused, and abandoned dogs. While primarily working with animal shelters, their goal is to ensure that every adoptable dog is given the opportunity to become a family member in a loving home. Since its inception […]
Arlington Police “Inmate” Busted in Vandalism Spree
This is such a great video. Over 4th of July weekend, Miss Sadi the black Lab mix decided to get a little independence of her own. (Each year on the 4th of July, countless dogs go missing. Many dogs are extremely frightened of the loud noises during fireworks shows and do whatever they can to escape.) Thankfully, Sadi was picked up by an Arlington Police officer, who took her to Arlington Animal Services. And that’s when her ninja-like escape artist skills were truly revealed. A little after 5:00am, Sadi makes her escape. Then she finds her way into the supply closet, and finds a ball to play with. Next, some toilet paper. Ooh! Paper Towels! Around 10:30AM, her crimes were discovered. Luckily, a wonderful family came to bail her out. Sadie now has a forever home! Thanks so much to the Arlington Police Department and to Arlington Animal Services for sharing this hilarious video (below). And you behave, little Miss Sadi!
Josie, the dog lost by a local boarding facility, is back home
Many of you have probably heard of Josie, the dog who was lost by a Carrollton boarding facility on June 30. Her owner, Sandra Liu, was in Europe for a wedding when she got the news that Josie was missing, and she cut her trip short and flew back to the States to begin searching. Sandra created a Facebook page, Bring Josie Home, where people could post sightings and coordinate search efforts. The page reached over 1,400 followers in a matter of days and flyers were posted all over Dallas-Fort Worth. Sandra was extremely worried that the commotion of all the 4th of July fireworks shows would sent Josie into a state of panic, and that she would run into traffic. Today, there was a sighting of a dog matching Josie’s description and a quick-thinking Good Samaritan, Julie Lynn Bixler, managed to snap a few photos and post it to another local lost dog Facebook page. The photos were clear enough to show Josie’s distinguishing markings to confirm it was indeed her! Within minutes, volunteers from as far away as Waxahachie were on their way to the location near Mary Heads Carter Park in Carrollton to begin searching for Josie. The rescue […]
Beautiful Photo Shoot Honors Late Officer and His K-9 Partner
On May 5, tragedy struck the small town of Ligonier, Pennsylvania when Lt. Eric Eslary, a Ligonier Township Police Department officer, was killed in a wrong-way collision. Officer Eslary’s K-9 partner, Blek, was in the car with him when the accident occurred. When first responders arrived on the scene, Blek guarded his partner and wouldn’t leave his side until Eslary’s wife, Mary Beth, arrived and coaxed him away. Blek sustained significant injuries and was taken to a nearby veterinary hospital for surgery. Eric Eslary started the K-9 program in Ligionier, says photographer Christy Boyd, and Mary Beth still runs the Ligonier Township Police K-9 Unit Facebook Page. The Eslarys had been married for three years, and together for eight. “They have the perfect combined family,” Christy told me. She wanted to help honor the memory of Officer Eslary, and offered to photograph Mary Beth and Blek for a tribute. “We are a very small community, so I expected for Mary Beth to receive a lot of support locally. I never thought it would go viral,” Christy said, noting that since posting the photographs to her company Facebook page, Memories by Christy, they have been viewed over 6.2 million times and have been shared over 37,000 times. […]
Breed Specific Legislation in Dallas?
According to CBSDFW.COM, two Dallas City Council members expressed a desire at last Wednesday’s council meeting to ban pit bulls from the city of Dallas. These comments were apparently made in response to a recently released report that named Dallas the 5th worst in the nation for the number of dog bites to postal workers. Councilmen Dwayne Caraway (the same person who gave a key to the City of Dallas to convicted felon and dog-fighter Michael Vick) and Rick Callahan both made statements that said they support legislation to make it illegal to own a pit bull in the city of Dallas, because the dog bites are “always the pit bulls, you never hear about the other dogs.” All I can say is, Are you freaking serious? Before anyone gets too worried, please note that Texas State Health and Safety Code (Sec. 822.047) prohibits breed-specific legislation. And according to the Dallas City Hall Facebook page, it was just a “discussion”: Attention… The City of Dallas has no plans to ban Pit Bulls or any other breed of dog. The conversation between citizens and council members on Wednesday was part of open mic discussion and not part of a briefing or vote. The City and […]
New Dog Flu Virus, H3N2, Confirmed in Texas
Flu season may be over for humans, but your canine companions might not be so lucky. NBC DFW is reporting that at least one dog in Texas has been diagnosed with H3N2, a highly contagious strain of dog flu. Unfortunately, the current vaccine for dog flu may not be effective against this new strain. Veterinarians at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine recommend watching your dog for the signs of flu: Coughing Runny Nose Fever Decrease in appetite Fatigue The good news is that most healthy dogs should be able to recover with treatment if they do contract H3N2. However, if your dog shows any of the signs of flu, you should take him to your vet immediately.
9 Times Dallas Dogs Owned the Thundersleet
When life hands you thundersleet, you get out there and show it who’s boss! These dogs know how to make the most of a snow day. Thanks to the DallasDogLife.com Facebook readers who contributed these photos! 1. Not sure what this is but we must chase it. 2. Jacket – check. Leash and collar – check. Fabulous hat that also protects my ears – check. Let’s get this walk going. 3. My favorite part is the frozen sticks. 4. A little ice is no reason to cancel agility practice! Weave those poles! 5. You have NO IDEA how good this feels… 6. My bone is out here somewhere, I know it, and I won’t rest until I’ve found it! 7. Hmmm, tastes like…wait. I’ve been here before! 8. Neither rain nor snow nor thundersleet shall keep me from my daily workouts! 9. Too fast for a photo, but here’s proof I braved the outdoors. YOLO!
Cane’s Bucket List: A Journey of Love
If you haven’t heard the story of Cane the Pit Bull, get your tissues out. Cane is a handsome and lovable pit bull from Dallas who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, the disease is inoperable and has spread all over Cane’s body. Knowing their time with Cane was growing short, his parents, Anna and Justin Carter, created “Cane’s Bucket List” of fun-filled and memorable experiences for Cane to complete: Since getting the diagnosis last December, Cane has been a busy boy! He’s almost completely fulfilled every wish on his list, and last Saturday – Valentine’s Day – he was able to check one more off. Gabriel D’Angelo from the North Texas Pit Bull Alliance coordinated a “Paw It Forward” walk on the Continental Avenue Bridge for Cane and some other pit bull buddies to show off their sweet nature. Along with adoptable dogs from Furgotten Souls Bully Rescue and some other pittie buddies, Cane made quite an impression as he strolled along, decked out in his red tuxedo tie and Valentine’s balloon. His wish to Paw It Forward states: I’m not a fighter, I’m a HUGE lover! Share my story, inspire humans to adopt more pibbles. Let them be a part […]
A Valentine’s Love Story
The Beginning: Hungry and Alone It was a scorching hot day in August, and Lovie was about ready to give up. Seven weeks pregnant (that’s almost the same as 9 months for humans), no home, no water, and no food in sight, she took refuge behind a house in a nice neighborhood near Love field. Her puppy-daddy was nowhere to be found. Lovie felt jilted and alone. And hungry. She began to lose hope. When it seemed like she couldn’t go on any longer, she noticed a lady checking her out from a distance. “Ugh,” Lovie thought. “She’s probably going to chase me away like everyone else does. I’ll go hide in some bushes…it’s so hot and that will shade me from the sun a little.” A few hours later, the lady came back with another lady. (That’s me!) After a few minutes, they found Lovie – and to her surprise, they had food! And water! Lovie was about to be saved! The next few days were a whirlwind. More people came to look at Lovie and they always had food and water. Then they put her in a car and took her to another house…and this house had a dog. […]
Talent Agents help dogs find forever homes
Operation Kindness, the largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas, is launching a new Foster Ambassador Program to help increase adoptions. Foster Programs 101 If you’re not familiar with how foster programs work, it’s pretty simple: animal rescue groups look for homes where homeless dogs and cats can live until they are adopted. The rescue group picks up the expenses – from basic supplies to medical care – and all the foster parents need to supply is a safe and loving home for the pet. (Of course, in some cases, pets need special care – whether it’s a senior pet that needs daily medication, or a timid dog who needs an extra-patient family who is okay with the idea of “personal space,” or even a high-energy puppy who needs to go to training classes.) In addition to providing a loving home, most rescue groups ask that Foster Parents take an active role in helping their foster pet to get adopted. Usually, that means attending adoption events and taking pictures and video of your foster pet to post to social media. Talent Agents: Helping homeless pets get discovered Operation Kindness, with the help of Maryland-based Self Directed Volunteers Network, has taken the […]
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Fall Festing With Fido
Cool temperatures and fun holidays make the fall a great time for dog-friendly festivals! Here are some tips to make sure you and your pet have a safe and enjoyable time. 1. Know your dog. Do not bring out a highly fearful or reactive dog to a huge event. Big crowds can be overwhelming for a dog that’s not highly social. If you want to practice your dog’s socialization skills, start at a smaller scale, like a pooch-friendly patio. 2. Watch your dog at all times. Think of your dog as a toddler that can get loose or into something they shouldn’t in the blink of an eye. At these events, particularly when alcohol is present, there is a lot of social interaction between humans, and we tend to get distracted easily. Keep a close eye on your dog to make sure that he’s right by your side, and not being poked in the eye by a toddler or eating food that he shouldn’t. 3. Clean up after your pet! This tip goes along with keeping a close eye on your pet. Dogs can poop and pee (even on other partygoers!) very quickly and you need to be armed with […]
Back To School Tips
Most people think of setting alarm clocks, getting backpacks and lunches ready, setting out clothes in them morning, and other similar routines when they prepare for the new schedule that accompanies the start of a new school year. But you won’t be the only one missing your kids while they are off at school. Chances are, the family dog could have a little separation anxiety as well. It makes sense. For a few blissful months each summer, Fido gets to wake up every morning and spend the day getting lots of attention from your kids, playing in the backyard, going to the dog park or lake, or helping himself to any meaty morsels that fall to the ground during meal times. When the kids go back to school, it can be a little upsetting for your dog now that he doesn’t have as much attention. You can help relieve any stress your dog may feel by getting him ready for the new schedule at the same time as your kids: Practice going through the motions of getting ready for school in the morning, and actually walk out the door with the kids. Wait a few moments, and come back inside […]
Local Senior Living Community Celebrated Freedom with a Patriotic Dog Parade
I’m a little late in running this story, but it still needs to be told. Earlier this month, on July 4, the residents and staff of Presbyterian Village North celebrated Independence Day by hosting a patriotic pooch parade at their facility. This was the community’s 7th year to have this event, which was started by resident Joe Nall’s wife Rosie. “My wife Rosie started the dog parade in 2007 when the dog park at Presbyterian Village North first opened, as a way to celebrate this new area of campus as well as a fun reason to dress up our dogs for the holiday,” Joe said. “Now, seven years later, all of us residents still enjoy dressing up and walking our dogs in the parade. Some of our men who golf even decorated their golf carts and drove them in the parade too. It has turned into a huge event for us. We especially appreciate how dining services prepared root beer floats for us and homemade dog cookies and dog popsicles for our four-legged friends to enjoy at the end of the parade in the dog park.” Yes. Golf carts and root beer floats. Can it really get any better than that? Why, […]
Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project
Last weekend, I had the honor of attending the dedication ceremony for the War Dog Monument, “Enduring Valor,” by artist Susan Bahary. To say it was an emotional experience would be an understatement. The dedication ceremony, held on May 31, was the brainchild of CHPMP Chair Theresa Brandon, a former Marine and animal lover who has been instrumental in preserving the Cedar Hill Pet Cemetery. From beginning to end, the ceremony was a heartwarming tribute to all the men, women, and canines who have served in the armed forces. The program began with the United States Marine Corp Brass Quintet providing the music during the breakfast hour, as well as bagpiper Don Shannon who performed a somber rendition of Amazing Grace. The keynote speaker was US Navy Seal and founder of the Warrior Dog Foundation, Mike Ritland, who showed a “60 Minutes” video of how trained military dogs are used in combat. Mr. Ritland not only trains dogs for service in the military, but for private security as well. He spoke about how many lives are saved due to the dogs’ amazing ability to sniff out danger, as well as their fearless nature to complete their task, no matter how dangerous. […]
Dallas Pets Alive! #Muttbombing craze hits CNN!
In case you haven’t heard of #muttbombing, it’s a brilliant social media campaign conceived by Dallas-based marketing agency Dieste Inc. And for one of the noblest causes ever: to help spread the word about Dallas Pets Alive! and their slew of homeless pets that need forever homes. From food bloggers to celebrities, no selfie is safe from muttbombers like Sandy and Bono. With cute mugs like that spiffing up your selfie, there’s no reason to hide! CNN reporter Jeanne Moos interviewed Dallas Pets Alive! president and Executive Director Leslie Sans about this latest craze: And, it didn’t take DPA long to muttbomb the most famous selfie of all time: For more #muttbombing greatness, visit their website at http://muttbombing.com.
This year’s North Texas Irish Festival theme is all about the dogs
The 21st annual North Texas Irish Festival honors our beloved 4-legged family members with their theme of “Erin Go Bark!” Beginning on Friday, February 28 and lasting through Sunday, March 2, Fair Park in Dallas will be transformed into a family-friendly, dog-friendly haven. Almost every square inch of the fairgrounds will offer food, drinks, live music, art, performances, dogs, photo ops, and tons of Irish culture. And, each year, the NTIF donates vendor space to local animal rescue organizations and this year is no different. At least 25 rescue groups will be present with their adoptable dogs, so come out and meet everyone! Even if you aren’t ready to adopt quite yet, stop by and show your support of rescue. NTIF takes a very pro-rescue stance, and we love them for that! From the NTIF website: Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you’ll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone […]
Show your dog some love this Valentine’s Weekend: 7 pet-friendly events in DFW
There’s no doubt that we humans love our dogs. And for most of the year, dog enthusiasts like us sometimes have to defend our somewhat eccentric behavior. Sure, we dress our dogs in fashion-forward sweaters. So what if we pamper our pooches with memory foam dog beds? And what’s the big deal about only feeding our dogs organic treats? Some may find our behavior to be over-the-top, but on Valentine’s Day we all go the extra mile to show our loved ones how much we care. What better time to let Fido or Fifi know how much we appreciate their unconditional love? And for the single dog-owner, there’s no better wingman (or wingstress) than your four-legged friends. Here are a few pet-friendly Valentine’s Day Weekend events in the DFW area: Valentine’s Day at The Park Friday, February 14 from 6:30-10:00 PM You and your furry love bug can enjoy this fantastic weather and the gorgeous Dallas skyline tonight at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, while enjoying the music of the Mad Men Swing Band and sipping champagne. OK, don’t give your dog any champagne. Or anything from the pop-up dessert bar by Savor. Just bring some extra special treats with […]
Unsub for being positive?
When I get unsubscribe notices from my newsletter, I try to check the reason if I get one, so I can improve upon the content. This one was interesting: “Dallas Dog Life only supports pure positive training. I’m not a pure positive fan.” I never really have discussed this topic publicly but I have to admit it’s been something I’ve struggled with from time to time. Dallas Dog Life is not a rescue or a non-profit, although I do help run a local rescue group. Dallas Dog Life is a for-profit company, and I make money from advertisers. So I had to think long and hard when I started getting requests to advertise businesses and events that I would not personally support. I made the decision early on to not include breeders in my Business Directory because I want to promote adoption. Then boarding facilities became an issue – did they discriminate against certain breeds? I do not support breed bans; I believe in evaluating a specific dog for behavior. Then last year I got a request to advertise an electronic (shock) collar workshop. I have not personally used shock collars on any of my dogs before, but I know […]
Obie’s Visit to North Texas
On Thursday, November 21, a very special dog named Obie and his mom Nora came to the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Grand Prairie as part of his nationwide tour to raise awareness about Pet Obesity. Obie, formerly AJ, is a standard Dachshund who was owned by an elderly couple who showed their love with food. A family member decided to step in ask for help for Obie. When he arrived at his new mom Nora’s home, he was 77 pounds and desperately needed to lose weight. Under veterinary supervision, Nora has helped Obie lose over 50 pounds in one year! He is now down to a normal weight of 25 pounds and is traveling the country to inspire others who might be dealing with the same issues with their dogs. Dozens of people stood in line with their dogs to take photos with Obie, and to share their stories of how Obie has inspired them. Turtle the Painting Pit Bull, along with her “security dog” Leroy Brown, were also present. His weekly weigh-ins, diet and exercise regimen, and photos can be found on his website, www.obiedog.com. You can also see photos of his tour on his Facebook Page, Biggest Loser, […]
Chewy Representing D-Town!
I recently received a request from dogvacay.com asking to show how my dog represents the city where we live. Well, of course! Anything to help out-of-towners know what to do in Big D! And Chewy is just the dog for the job. One of the most dog-friendly places in Dallas is Lee Harvey’s. If you like great food, great live music, and dog lovin’ folks, this is the place for you. Of course, if you’re going to visit Dallas, you need to know one thing: We Love the Dallas Cowboys! And Chewy is no exception. And because Chewy loves his mommy, he cheers for her alma mater: Southern Methodist University, located squarely in the middle of Dallas. If you’re planning a trip to Dallas, there are so many places and events to visit with your dog! Visit the Dallas Dog Life Events Calendar to plan your itinerary, and visit DogVacay.com for dog sitters and boarding!
Local vet clinic goes above and beyond to save parvo pups
I got a wonderful report about Bedford Oaks Animal Clinic and wanted to pass it on. These two little Chi pups were rescued from a bad situation (backyard breeders) where it was reported they were living outdoors and eating leftover fast food. Rescuers were able to get the owners to surrender the dogs and immediately took them to Bedford Oaks Animal Clinic to be examined. Dr. Rowe diagnosed the pups with Parvo and worms. Luckily, the pups were in the early stages of Parvo and had a good chance of beating the often-fatal disease, with the proper vet care. The client says Dr. Rowe “went above and beyond. She took them home 4-5x to look after them overnight. She took care of them as if they were their own.” Dallas Dog Life wants to thank Dr. Rowe and the staff at BOAC, these two little pups are doing well and appear they will beat Parvo, which is not an easy task. Thank you to Bedford Oaks and all the vets that go above and beyond! Bedford Oaks Animal Clinic is located at 2101 Bedford Road in Bedford, TX. (817) 354-0655. You can also connect with Bedford Oaks Animal Clinic on Facebook.