Take Your Dog to Work Day June 26

image004June 26th is Take Your Dog to Work Day! It’s a day when offices allow workers to bring their pets with them to work. Personally we wish everyday included that, and at Petplan, headquarters they do!

image003After sharing their office with pets for 10 years, they have learned a few things along the way – consider it an expert list of do’s and don’ts for successfully working alongside dogs (and cats and snakes and lizards!) Petplan’s Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, Dr. Jules Benson, shares his top three tips for a pet-safe office:

A Wheel Nightmare: “Rolling office chairs can be a real problem,” says Benson. “Tails and paws are often easily run over if people aren’t careful. If pets are in the office, get in the habit of looking around your chair before rolling away from your desk.”

image002Don’t Share Your Lunch: Benson also recommends keeping human food away from dogs to prevent accidental ingestion of onions, avocados, grapes and other foods that are poisonous to pets, adding, “If you have ‘human’ treats in the office like we do, be extra careful about pets getting access to chocolate, which can be very toxic.”

It’s also important to keep trash cans out of paw’s reach. Investing in ones with pet-proof lids is great or simply remove waste baskets from the floor for the day.

ID is Key: “Our office policy is that all pets must have a collar ID and be microchipped,” says Dr. Benson. “One of Petplan’s feline friends, Milo, actually escaped from the office during one of his visits and a police officer found him (at the grocery store down the street!) Thankfully he was wearing proper identification and was safely returned to us.”

image001Taking these few steps to create a pet-friendly space can help pet parents and dogs alike can enjoy a pleasant day at the office on June 26. Thank you Petplan for the great tips!

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Guide Dog Honored as “Dog of the Year”

Jennifer Hill, President of Canine Company, presents the first Dogs of the Year Award  to Guiding Eyes dog Tanya and her blind partner Dick Pomo.
Jennifer Hill, President of Canine Company, presents the first Dogs of the Year Award
to Guiding Eyes dog Tanya and her blind partner Dick Pomo.

A 9-year-old yellow Lab named Tanya from Arizona whose human partner is a blind golfer was honored as 2015 Dog of the Year at the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Annual Golf Classic June 12, 2015. The award is sponsored by Canine Company of Wilton CT and will be presented annually to a Guiding Eyes graduate. Tanya is a 2007 graduate of Guiding Eyes and has been partnered with Dick Pomo of Green Valley, AZ every since. She was chosen for the award because of the special role she plays in her handler’s life. Pomo is a blind golfer and, in addition to golfing near home, the pair travels to New York each year to participate in the Guiding Eyes Golf Classic.

Tanya received a trophy and a basket of toys and treats from Jennifer Hill, President and CEO of Canine Company. In presenting the award, Hill said “Guiding Eyes dogs provide safety, freedom and a quality of life for their handlers that needs to be celebrated. That is why we are such an active supporter of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and wanted to sponsor this special new award.”

Pomo retired in 2005 and was partnered with Tanya shortly after moving to Arizona. Tanya is well know in Green Valley because of her daily walks with Pomo, during which they meet many locals and share information about Guiding Eyes. He said Tanya “allows me to travel independently and share the kind of love that only those who love animals can understand. Every night before turning in, I drop to my knees and give her a hug and kiss and thank God and Guiding Eyes for the joy I experience each day”.

Canine Company provides at-home pet care products and services that help pet parents keep their dogs and cats safe, healthy and happy. The company offers Invisible Fence® brand pet containment systems and Manners at-home obedience training across the northeastern U.S.

Guiding Eyes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss as well as service dogs to children with autism. Since its inception in 1954, Guiding Eyes has grown to be one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, known for its accredited training programs and lifetime commitment to its graduating teams. Guiding Eyes is dependent upon contributions to fulfill its mission and provides all services free of charge.

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Are you excited to watch Max? #MaxTheHero

We are really excited to share the news about the new movie Max. You see, we love the military. We are so grateful for all the brave heroes, people and dogs alike, that fight to keep our country free. Max is a story about a hero dog and his family.

Max the hero dog

A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.

Sent stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is saved when he is adopted by Kyle’s family. But Justin has issues of his own, including living up to his father’s expectations, and he isn’t interested in taking responsibility for his brother’s troubled dog. However, Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, and with the help of Carmen, a tough-talking young teen who has a way with dogs, Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion.

Max the hero dog

Justin’s growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement—and danger—than they bargained for. But they each might also find an unlikely new best friend…in each other.

A lot of heart and thought went into the making of this movie. I hope it will bring new light on a very important subject, PTSD, not just for humans, but for hero dogs too. Please go see the film, it’s rated PG, and is sure to warm your heart.

Learn more on the Max website, and you can follow them on social media. Do you have your own hero dog? Share your photos and stories using the hashtags #HeroPet and #MaxMovie on social for a chance to be featured on the official MAX pages!

Follow MAX on Facebook at http://facebook.com/MaxMovie and on Instagram @MaxMovie. Join the conversation online with hashtags #MaxMovie and #MaxTheHero

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