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Bideawee: Helping Dogs & Cats Find Loving Homes For Over

Gemma | August 27th, 2003
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Bideawee: Helping Dogs & Cats Find Loving Homes For Over 100 Years (1)

For individuals looking for their first dog, and whose needs dictate an adult animal rather than a pup or kitten, the perfect answer is often to turn to an animal shelter. Not all animal shelters function as their name seems to imply though. That is, not all of them provide shelter, food, and care for a homeless animal until a new home becomes available.

One such organization whose standards far surpass the average home is the Bideawee organization, formerly known as the Bide-A-Wee Home Association. Entrusting a beloved pet to their care, the bereaved owner is assured that no animal is ever destroyed unless it is incurably ill.

Located in Manhattan and in both Wantagh and Westhampton, Long Island, the Bideawee Home has been finding loving new homes for unwanted animals for more than 100 years. Thousands upon thousands of dogs and cats are placed in loving new homes each year by the efforts of the Bideawee group.

Such a wide variety of animals passes through Bideawee each week that the prospective pet owner usually has no difficulty finding exactly what he’s looking for. The variety of pups and dogs of mixed ancestry is unending and these combination often produce marvelously handsome, hardy animals.

While purebred pups and kittens rarely find their way to the Home, purebred adult animals frequently find themselves up for adoption concrete evidence of too many pups and kittens of pure as well as mixed ancestry are glutting the animal market. Dogs and cats of almost every known breed from Afghan to Abyssinian have at one time or another been offered for adoption at Bideawee.

A Reasonable Organization

A small donation goes a long way at Bideawee. Only a small fee is charged for people to put the animals up for adoption, which includes inoculation. When available, purebred pets may cost slightly more but well within the means of most prospective pet owners.

All pets are sent out with a health guarantee and are treated free of charge should they exhibit symptoms of illness within the specified guarantee period. Every animal that is placed for adoption has received at least a temporary inoculation against distemper (and, in the case of cats and kittens, against pneumonitis too) and has been thoroughly examined by a Bideawee veterinarian.

Information solicited from the animal’s original owner initiates the adoptive parents in what to expect from their new pet. Is he a good watchdog? Is he fond of children? Is he housetrained? Does he tend to be destructive? What does he like to eat?

The answers to these questions often make adopting a Bideawee dog even easier than buying a pup since the new owner is spared much mystery about how his pet will develop and, often, much of the disappointment of adopting a pet for, say, a watchdog in the neighborhood or, what is worse, selecting a pup as a child’s companion only to have it become an overly aggressive, intractable dog.

Best Dog Park (USA) Cosmo Dog Park

Gemma | August 23rd, 2003
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Judging by the number of dog parks have been created all across the United States, you would never guess that it’s only been a few decades since the very first park was built. Two of the first locations actually opened up at the same time, both produced by the same group of people, one in New York and one in San Francisco.

Since that time, more than 700 animal parks have been built all across the nation. With so many wonderful locations for dog owners to take their pets for a day of fun in the sun, it was hard to narrow down the #1 best all-around dog park. Some parks have doggie playgrounds, others had swimming pools for dogs, and yet other locations put on shows and events for dog lovers.

The Winner Goes To Cosmo Dog Park Located In Gilbert, Arizona

Cosmo Dog Park has been in existence for just over 1 year and is the most inviting location for pet owners to bring their dogs due to its outstanding park features. The facility is built on 4 acres of land just outside the city of Phoenix.

According to a poll taken by Money Magazine, the city of Gilbert itself was recently voted as one of America’s finest places to live. Therefore, it didn’t surprise us that the dog park which was chosen to be created here would match the city’s fine reputation.

Equipped with dog-friendly water fountains that come in interesting shapes (like a fire hydrant for example), climbing structures for the dogs, a man-made swimming pool that allows dogs to jump into it, tubes for fun and racing, and plenty of patios, benches, and tables for the guests, it is no wonder that Cosmo is America’s favorite dog park. They even have a dog beach for the animals.

If the Desert Sun gets too hot for you or your dogs, there is plenty of shaded area with relaxing amenities to help you escape the heat. There are four patios that are completely covered and provide cool shade with comfortable chairs and tables.

Before the opening of the park, the people of Gilbert were so excited about the development of the new dog area that many were caught climbing over the fences just to get an early peak. Who could blame them? The park was built completely with dogs in mind. You can find Cosmo Dog Park at 2502 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ.

Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 5)

Gemma | August 22nd, 2003
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Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 5)

Males Vs. Females

One of the biggest myths surrounding those tacky brown spots appearing in the yard is that this is a female-dog-only issue. But this is not true. The female dogs just get a bad rap because they squat and completely empty their bladders in one location, effectively dropping a huge concentrated load of nitrogen in one area.

Male dogs tend to spread the wealth all over the backyard when they hike up their legs in multiple locations. Depending on how and where your male dog urinates, however, you could have just as much of a lawn-burn problem as a female dog owner. Besides, males puppies and many young male dogs also squat when they urinate.

It’s Not Always The Urine

Not all brown spots in the yard are caused by dog urine. You can tell the difference because if the dead grass is from urine it will be a fairly regular, round shape. If the brown patches are irregularly shaped or you find that the brown areas are appearing in areas of the yard where the dogs don’t urinate, it’s possible that these dead areas are due to one of any number of diseases or pests that are scouring the lawn.

If you suspect that something other than your dog is responsible for the browning of your lawn, consult with your local agriculture extension office to find the culprit. This organization is staffed by experts on the matter.

Super Green Patches Of Grass

Not all dog urine will burn grass. In fact, some dog urine has a greening effect on the yard, causing greener-than-normal patches of grass.

Why does this happen? You will find that if you have a young puppy that is ripe in his growing years then his urine may tend to be dilute, due to the high metabolism during growth stages.

Older dogs may also cause green patches of grass instead of brown. The senior dog’s urine is also less concentrated, however, this is typically due to disease and the dog’s specific prescription diet.

Although these green bursts of color on the grass are certainly appreciated, if for any reason other than owning a puppy you notice this happening on your lawn instead of brown spots, contact a veterinarian and have your pet seen. The problem could be dangerous to your dog’s health.

Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 4)

Gemma | August 20th, 2003
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Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 4)

Battling the fight to keep your beautiful lawn green, you may want to consider changing your dog’s diet. Because nitrogen is a byproduct of metabolized protein, a lower protein diet would produce less nitrogen.

However, please be cautioned that your dog needs protein, and dropping too low can cause problems. Owners should not consider feeding their dogs a diet that is extremely low in protein in an attempt to produce an even lower nitrogen-potent urine. Restricted protein diets are for specific medical conditions and are not healthy alternatives for the average dog.

Work With Your Dog

There are other alternatives that you can consider when to keeping your lawn from turning into a brown, patch-filled area solutions that can be enjoyable for both the dog and owner alike.

1) Reroute the dogs: If your dogs are eliminating in one specific area, say on the side of the backyard deck for example, move the steps from the side of the deck (where the brown spots are highly visible) and place the steps at the other end of the deck.

If the dogs continue urinating immediately after trotting down the steps, the grass damage will now be in an area that is far less visible.

2) Create an attractive area: A second thought is to keep the steps where they are but replace the areas of burned grass with nearly pee-proof plants, such as a bed of English ivy. The dogs can continue to use the same place but without destroying anything.

3) Create a new area for the dogs: A third approach is to reroute the dogs to a new location and create some privacy. When developing a location specifically for your dogs to use, design the area so that it can be attractively hidden with a cluster of ornamental grasses, miscanthus grass or Leyland cypress, which grow quickly into a privacy screen.

Then, take the time to train your dogs to use the area you’ve created. Dogs can be trained using positive reinforcement to use a particular area of the yard. Pet products, such as urine stakes, also are available to help attract a dog to a specific location.

4) Just live with it: And finally, a more philosophical approach to the issue is to just live with it. The train of thought here goes something like this: If you make a commitment to having a pet then you need to accept that there should be some wear and tear to your yard. That goes along with owning a dog.

That doesn’t mean you have to accept living with a mudslide for a backyard, rather, you just need to take a look at your dog’s habits and turn those habits into opportunities for training, as well as to improve your yard.

Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 3)

Gemma | August 18th, 2003
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Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 3)

Even though there may be different grass that can be used in your area to better withstand dog urine burns, it may not be necessary to go through the trouble of digging up and replanting the entire yard. Instead, try just watering it down.

For my two Rottweilers, the grass is fescue, and it seemed to be relatively hardy until the addition of the second dog, which prefers to urinate immediately following the first dog and in the same location dropping a double load on the grass.

Rather than trying a different turf because the grass burning is located in one distinct location and the rest of the yard is lush another alternative to treating the problem is by getting the dogs to drink more water.

Small amounts of very concentrated urine kill grass more than large amounts of dilute urine, so it’s important to focus on changing urine concentration rather than just trying to reduce nitrogen content alone. If the urine is diluted enough, it’s less likely to kill the grass, and in very weak concentrations, it may actually serve to fertilize the lawn.

So How Do You Get Your Dog To Drink More Water?

Unfortunately, that’s the difficult part. Obviously you should have bowls of fresh water available to your dog at all times, however, dogs typically only drink what they need, and when they need it.

To encourage dogs to drink more water, a good trick is to flavor the dog’s water with low-sodium chicken or beef broth. Additionally, water can be introduced into a dog’s diet through his food. You can feed your dog more canned food, which has a high water content, or moistening dry dog food with water or low-sodium broth until it is almost soupy in texture.

Watch The Salt

It is important to not add salt or salt substitutes to a dog’s food (to encourage drinking) until after consulting with a veterinarian to make sure that your pet doesn’t have any heart or kidney problems that could be worsened by a high-salt diet.

And don’t worry that the increase in water intake will be dangerous to your dog. A little more water in your dog’s diet is a good thing. Of course, the whole purpose of introducing more water into the diet is to create more dilute urine, which in turn will be healthier for your yard.

Be cognizant, however, that if your dog drinks more water he will need to urinate more, too. This may mean more frequent walks or breaks during the day for a healthy dog. If your dog has an incontinence problem, purposely increasing his water intake could exacerbate leaking.

Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 2)

Gemma | August 15th, 2003
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Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 2)

One of the best ways to counter the effects of nitrogen burn is to dilute your dog’s urine but you have to dilute the urine before it dries on the grass. If you can pour water on the urine immediately after the dog relieves himself then this can be enough to prevent the urine from burning the grass.

Many owners, however, can’t follow their dogs around with a container of water every time the dog needs to relieve himself, so keeping the lawn adequately watered may be an easier solution for some pet owners.

If you live in an area that naturally has a significant precipitation in the fall, winter and spring, you may only have to deal with urine burn in the hotter, drier summer months. The problem of urine burn hits a peak during the hot, dry months when it is virtually impossible to prevent a dog’s urine from drying in the grass.

To help combat urine burn in the summer or year-round in areas that stay warm and dry one possible answer to the issue might be in the type of grass that is growing underfoot. There are grasses that are more resilient to dog urine.

For example, a study done in 1981 by A.W. Allard, D.V.M., of the effects of dog urine on four different grasses in Colorado showed fescue and perennial ryegrass to be the most resistant to dog urine, and Kentucky bluegrass and Bermuda grass to be the most sensitive.

However, the reverse seems to be true in a different area, notably the Southern region, where fescue tends to really show urine burn in hot weather and Bermuda grass seems to be more durable to dog urine.

Of course, if you live in Nebraska, for example, what works and what doesn’t could be completely different. Unfortunately, there isn’t a universal dog urine grass test that you can choose from. You must figure it out by testing different grasses on your lawn, depending on your area.

If you would like to skip the trouble of personal trial and error of testing different grass then the best option is to talk with someone in your area that knows. A good place to start is your agriculture extension office.

Another option is someone from a reputable nursery who is truly knowledgeable about what grasses tolerate dog urine in your location, not to mention what plants can withstand urine burn.

Local nurseries that have worked with dog-owning homeowners should be savvy as to more urine-friendly plants that will work in the backyard. Good choices in many areas of the country include Chinese holly and barberry bushes.

Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 1)

Gemma | August 11th, 2003
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Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 1)

It never fails, my two dogs both lovable and protective Rottweilers – seem to enjoy urinating in the same spot of the backyard, day in, day out. Whether it’s morning, noon or night, it’s down the steps and to the right, donating copious amounts of healthy, adult dog urine in an approximate 4-square-foot area.

The result is a large patch of brown, ugly, burned-out lawn that surrounds the bottom step of the deck. For my nicely landscaped backyard, the large urine burns are rather unsightly.

I realized that unless some serious changes are made (and getting rid of the dogs was NOT an option), then these spots were not going to go away on their own, so I had to start my research and will not share with you what I learned to keep my grass green and my dogs happy.

Why Dog Urine Turns Grass Brown

It’s no secret that urine burns grass, as well as many types of shrubs, annual flowers and perennial plants. What causes the burn is nitrogen. When a dog eats a meal, the protein in the food is metabolized. A byproduct of metabolized protein is nitrogen.

The kidneys are responsible for the collection and secretion of many of the body’s unwanted excesses, including byproducts of metabolized foods, such as nitrogen. So, if all is going well with the dog’s bodily functions then excess nitrogen will be flushed out of the dog’s body through his urine.

Here is where things get a bit tricky: Those who work with lawns and plants know that nitrogen is used as fertilizer. So what’s so special about the nitrogen in dog urine that causes it to kill everything green it touches? The secret is in the solution, so to speak.

With fertilizers containing nitrogen, a small amount goes a long way. If you’re using a rotary spreader (which is used to fertilize the lawn), spilling a pile of fertilizer in one spot would be similar to a pool of urine. The concentration would be too high and would kill the grass below.

Once grass is dead from nitrogen burn there’s not much you can do to revive it. If you want healthy green grass, you’re going to have to replant this area. You’ll need to rake up the dead grass and plant new seed.

Replanting dead areas, however, is somewhat of a band-aid approach. If you don’t get to the root of the problem (dog urine), you’re likely to wind up with more dead patches of grass all over the lawn.

Backyard Party How To Host A Successful BBQ With

Gemma | August 8th, 2003
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Backyard Party How To Host A Successful BBQ With Dogs In Mind

The next time you decide to put on a small barbecue party in your backyard during the warm, sunny summer months, make considerations for your dog and other guest’s dogs. Most friend and family gatherings are planned and entertained without a single thought of providing an atmosphere where both dogs and people can enjoy themselves together.

And consider for a moment just how more pleasant the atmosphere will be with your close friends and dear family members enjoying themselves with a drink and a good hamburger on the deck of your house, while just off the corner of your eye your dog is having the time of his life, chasing and being chased by other guest’s pet dogs.

Not only will your BBQ appeal to everyone attending, but how cool would it be to tell them that they can bring their family pet along for fun and games? So during your next backyard event, take some time to plan ahead and include these animals in the plan.

Plan For Success

According to the Hearth Patio and BBQ Association, the backyard party trend has blown up into a $55 billion dollar per year industry. Houses are becoming smaller and more and more families look towards their home for fun and relaxation. Lawn chairs, picnic tables, and cooking facilities are all designed to bring the inside party out.

What you want to avoid is having your dog or someone else’s dog jump up into people’s laps begging for food and annoying the guests. Such behavior can ruin a good time, especially when drinks are spilled and dog paws just ruined your best friend’s shirt

The key is to single out those guests that have dogs and other dog lovers from the group. A good host for such dog-planning would have new toys that can be played with between your guests and the dogs. Many people love to play fetch and tug-of-war with friendly dogs so why not offer this activity at your BBQ?

Provide a common area for both dogs and your guests. Invest in a fenced-in enclosure where the dogs can play with each other without annoying the rest of your guests. And for the dog enthusiasts of the party who would love to take a break from mingling and head over to the doggie hangout, a perfect common area keeps the fun and games in harmonious order.

Consider the seating arrangements you have made. Think about where each person will be seated and make sure that the dogs are secured in an area that faces the party. Your pets want to be in on the action, even if it’s just to see what’s going on.

If you are hosting a backyard party at night, consider the safety of your animals. Should you allow them to run free, attach a small flashlight to each of the dogs’ collars. This is a perfect way for your guests to see them coming without an accident by stepping on the dogs. You can also attach a bell that jingles which will give people more warning before a dog is approaching.

Backyard Dangers: Why Your Dog’s Life May Be In Danger!

Gemma | August 6th, 2003
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Backyard Dangers: Why Your Dog’s Life May Be In Danger!

Have you considered that your dog’s life may be in danger just from him hanging out in your backyard? Regardless if the area is fenced in and seemingly safe from danger, you would be surprised at what may be hiding, ready to hurt or even kill your lovable canine companion.

Your backyard may be a dog’s paradise, but the area can be fraught with danger, especially if you have a puppy that is young, adventurous, and going through that oral fixation phase where he must chew on anything he can find.

The worst age bracket for this problem is between 1 and 6 months, however, other types of dogs, such as Golden retrievers as a prime example, seem to carry this chewing habit with them for the rest of their lives.

Beware Of The Following Backyard Dangers

As a busy dog owner, you may not have the time or the resources to properly research many aspects of raising an adult dog or puppy, therefore, below is a list of the most common dangers may be that lurking in your backyard.

This list is compiled from reports as outlined by the American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (ASPCS).

* Fertilizers and compost piles.
* Ornamental ponds that contain blue-green algae.
* Toxins created by animals such as insects, toads, spiders, scorpions, and snakes.
* Poison from citronella candles which are used to guard against mosquitoes.
* Swimming pool supplies and treatment chemicals.
* Mulch that contains Cocoa, which are typically placed around shrubs and other plants.
* Fly traps which contain methomyl.
* Poisonous plants like grape vines, azalea, castor bean, sago palm, and kalanchoe.
* Snail and slug traps which contain metaldehyde.

Be as proactive as you can by puppy-proofing not only the yard area, but the inside of your home as well. Close garbage cans tightly. Lock up all pool supplies. Put away your lawn and garden materials.

Further protect your animals by following the instructions carefully given on pesticide products, fertilizers, bug sprays, and other hazardous materials. I would even go as far as investigating all-natural products that can be used to replace these poisonous dangers. Ask your veterinarian or your local landscaper for some recommendations.

And if you ever suspect that your dog or puppy has ingested a dangerous poison, chemical, or is bitten by a venomous predator, contact your veterinarian or call the APCC: (888) 426-4435.

American Humane Association: Learn How The American Humane Association Was

Gemma | August 5th, 2003
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American Humane Association: Learn How The American Humane Association Was Started

As one of the leading anti-cruelty organizations in this country, the American Humane Association is dedicated to the prevention of mistreatment of animals.

The American Humane Association was organized in 1877 through the cooperative efforts of the 26 existing animal and child protection agencies. The AHA was formed as a federation to represent its members at the national level in dealing with national problems of cruelty to children and animals.

The organization sought to secure passage of federal anti-cruelty laws and a law on the interstate transport of livestock, and has continued to encourage similar federal legislation to this day. The AHA secured passage of a law regulating interstate transportation of livestock in 1878, but it was not well enforced. Although rewritten in 1906, it only applied to shipment of animals by rail or boat, since trucks and airplanes were nonexistent.

Today, there are regulations within the act which permit the Department of Agriculture to control humane housing, care and feeding of animals in national and international shipment so regulation can now be imposed on air freight. Next came the Humane Slaughter Act of 1958, effective in 1960. This effects the sale of slaughtered animals will meet to any agencies for by the government.

How Many Other Organizations Are In The Humane Field, And What Are They?

The very first organization which was incorporated to prevent cruelty to animals was the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). In the late 1860s and 1970s, their basic purpose was the prevention of cruelty to horses (working and pleasure) and livestock. Then, as they developed, the child protection movement came along and the groups were called the SPCC.

As we got into the 1880s, a number of organizations in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, in the mid-west were started. And because both child and animal anti-cruelty interests existed, they took the name of Humane Society. Originally, the Humane Society included both the SPCC and the SPCA.

Toward the end of the century, in the early 1900s, women who were involved in the agencies formed auxiliaries and branches. They were concerned with the pet population; dogs and cats, and also with animal shelter work. One of the first was the Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia and the Animal Rescue League of Boston, where the official purpose was to run an animal shelter and home for stray pets.

During the first decade of the century, up until the present time, these organizations combined their activities (getting into educational work with children and trying to help the stray animals). There ended up being several agencies with a variety of names, most of which started with an interest in pet animals and were generally designated animal rescue or refuge leagues.