Finding Shelter

Finding Shelter is an amazing documentary about an English family who found themselves unexpectedly rescuing street animals in Bulgaria. The film shares how the family has shared love and compassion for the homeless animals in their town. It’s not just the animals who benefit though, an entire generation of people are learning compassion for the animals they once disregarded (and sadly, abused).

The family are true heroes. Please consider watching the film, which is available for purchase on iTunes. The film won the audience choice award from the The Animal Film Festival, and I can see why. The love and dedication the Rowles family has for their rescues is truly inspiring, and I am sure that you will fall in love with them when you watch the film.

Filmmaker Erin Parks is donating 10% of all proceeds to their shelter, as well as covering costs to get the film out to more places around the world! You can visit her Facebook page, and learn more about the film Finding Shelter, here.

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Football Foods Pets Should Stay Away From

Football fare is nearly irresistible for dogs — especially when sitting at eye-level on the coffee table— but even cats can grab a piece of the action.

Keep your pets safe during football season.

Unfortunately, furry fans who intercept game day grub are likely to catch more than they bargained for. Petplan encourages would-be revelers with pets to think carefully before serving the following:

Brew-hoo — Just like people, some animals have a taste for beer. But think twice before pouring your pet a pint: even a nip can cause fatal respiratory depression.

No bones about it — Chicken wings have especially fine bones, which can splinter easily and puncture the GI tract. Besides, the sauces are virtually guaranteed to cause an upset stomach. Be sure to keep wings out of paws reach and after bones are thrown away, take the trash out to keep pets from trying to dumpster dive.

Not fun-ion — Onion rings are doubly dangerous: onions in any form are poisonous to pets and fried foods can cause diarrhea.

(Don’t) pick ‘em — Toothpicks may make a nice presentation for appetizers, but can cause severe and potentially fatal damage to pets’ GI tracts if swallowed.

Aw, nuts! — Many nut varieties have a devastating effect on dogs’ nervous systems. Walnuts and macadamias are especially toxic and can cause vomiting, paralysis and even death.

Here are tips from Petplan veterinarians to be sure pets and people alike enjoy game day:

start with a game plan
For some pets, the temptation may simply be too great. If you know your pet is going to try to steal food from the table, put him in a separate room during the game.

watch the turnovers
When begging doesn’t work, dogs may resort to linebacker tactics: playing smart and aggressive. Especially if you have guests over for the game, encourage them to minimize the risk of fumbling food by sitting at a table or using snack trays.

the best defense is a good offense
Go for the extra point by keeping pet-friendly snacks handy for pets with hungry eyes. Better yet, go for two with a new or favorite toy to keep pets occupied during the game.

don’t leave it all on the field
Keep an eye on unattended plates and cups — and make sure to clean up promptly. Even if they’re blocked at the line of scrimmage, sufficiently motivated dogs will run the end-around without a second thought.

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Top 5 Tips on How To Take Care of Your Dog

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Having a dog is one of the most exciting and profound experiences anyone can have in their life. Dogs are the most devoted companions, and they accept you for who you are, and they do not care about your faults or eccentricities.

They know when you’re sad, and will try to do everything they can to cheer you up or comfort you. If you’re ill they’ll stay by your side. A dog will patiently wait for your attention, and always remain a loyal protector and a loyal friend. Becoming familiar with exactly how to take good care of your dog will help ensure you and your dog enjoy a great experience. Here are the top tips on how to take good care of your dog;

1. Medical Check up

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Just like people need regular medical check ups in order to stay healthy, your dog also needs regular check ups. It’s very important to undertake a thorough physical examination of the dog on a regular basis.

The veterinarian can check the pad of its’ feet for injuries, update its’ vaccinations, and can also do a thorough oral examination. A regular relationship with the veterinarian is essential to maintaining your dog’s health.

2. Proper Dog Supplies and Equipment?
Today, there are lots of stuff available for dogs. Many items are for fun, such as toys and chews, however, some things are very essential.

Choosing the right type of equipment and supplies for your dog is crucial and can help alleviate many potential problems. Some of the essential dog supplies and equipment can include, but not limited to;?

Dog Collar
You need to buy a dog collar which fits snugly without choking him. You can include a dog tag on the collar; the tag can have your name and your phone number should your dog ever get lost.

Dog Leash
Choose the right type of leash for the dog. Always make sure your dog is on a leash whenever you happen to take him outside the confines of his yard or house.

No matter how well trained your dog might be, you can’t guarantee that you’ll always be able to completely control your furry friend under all circumstances. There are some breeds, like the Siberian Huskies, which are bred to run, and tend to so at the very 1st opportunity.

Pet Water fountain
Buying a pet water fountain for your dog helps ensure you dog gets fresh water at all times.

Automatic Pet Feeder
This is a rather essential equipment especially if you are busy, and you want your dog to never miss a meal. An automatic pet feeder ensures your dog stays health by making sure he is well fed.

3. Exercise

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In order to keep your dog fit and healthy, you need to ensure that he gets adequate exercise. Exercise is not only great for your dog’s health, but it also helps keep the behavioral issues at bay. Playtime is also a perfect time for bonding with your dog. Exercises generally vary based on the type of breed, level of health, sex, and age.

4. Grooming

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Proper dog care involves grooming your dog on a regular basis. Grooming can be very fun for both you, and your furry friend. Frequency of brushing varies depending on the type of dog you own, and just how much it sheds.

Regularly brushing your dog will help reduce the shedding, and gives you a great chance of assessing the state of the dog’s body. Brushing your dog’s coat will ensure the coat remains free of any tangles, and in the right condition. It’s also a great opportunity for playing with your dog and offering affection.

Bathing your dog on a regular basis is also necessary. However, do not give him a bath on an exceedingly frequent basis because this can dry out his coat or skin, and result in serious skin infections.
How often you wash the dog depends on the type of dog, and the living environment. You should also keep your dog’s nails trimmed, ears free of infection, and teeth regularly brushed.

5. Proper Diet

A good dog owner will make sure that his dog has a nutrient rich diet every single day. Your vet can recommend the best type of food for your type of dog, and also advise you on the appropriate portions.
You should also make sure you feed your furry friend on a regular schedule. It’s recommended you feed your dog two times a day; if you are a busy dog owner, you can buy an automatic pet feeder to ensure your dog has a stable feeding routine.

A stable feeding routine can also be of great help with house training since dogs usually tend to go to the bathroom 20 to 30 mins after eating. Water should also be available at all times. Your dog needs to have clean, fresh water available 24/7. You should consider purchasing a pet water fountain so as to give your dog access to water at all times.

Conclusion
A dog can be a really wonderful addition to your home, however, whether you are first time adopter, or an experienced pet owner, it is very important to always keep your canine companion’s happiness and health a top priority.

Follow the above dog care tips to help keep your furry friend happy and in good health.

BIO:
My name is Diana Hutchinson. I am the founder of Tinpaw. I have more than 10-years’ experience in nurturing and caring cats. I love them. Since long ago they had been become important members of my family.

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Today is Puppy Mill Awareness Day

September 19th is Puppy Mill Awareness Day. We think this is an important cause, and one that is dear to our hearts as we watched our Maltese, Baby, suffer from issues her entire life due to being a puppy mill puppy. We are grateful that more people are aware, and trying to improve, the conditions of puppies everywhere. Thanks to groups like National Mill Dog Rescue, mill dogs are finding love and forever homes. Today we want to share the story of Regina.

Regina is an English bulldog, former puppy mill breeding dog and now, beloved pet. She was rescued by the National Mill Dog Rescue after being used for years to produce puppies to sell in pet stores and online. She had very little medical care during that time and so arrived in rescue with horrible dental problems, an infected former surgical site and several mammary tumors, not to mention the psychological problems from years of living in a wire cage.

Regina and the National Mill Dog Rescue won the 2016 Change a Pet’s Life Contest, securing a grant that covered Regina’s multiple surgeries and medical care.

She has a great home now, but National Mill Dog Rescue has many, many more dogs just like her that are still waiting for their first real homes. You can read more of Regina’s story here.

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