Oreo is one of the most loving dogs we have ever met. He is a Border Collie, approximately eight months old. He is energetic, sweet, loves to run and play, but most of all, wants every bit of love and attention his humans will give. After a minute of playing, he will end up in our laps for a good long cuddle. Oreo is a wonderful dog! Submitted by PALS – People Assisting Lodi Shelter, California.
Meet Sprout! He is a two month old bundle and a half of cuteness and energy! With his signature black speckling to accent the white on his face, he is sure to turn heads and break hearts at the same time. And look at those perfect ears! He is very eager to find his forever home. Submitted by the Humane Society Morgan County Georgia.
This is Lily. Action Lily is more like it! She is a high energy girl who likes adventures and having fun. She is currently in foster care and gets along with most other dogs. This breed has a reputation for being healthy with a long lifespan. And because they are smart as whips, Jack Russells have appeared many times in movies and television, including My Dog Skip, Crimson Tide, and Frasier. Submitted by the Humane Society Silicon Valley.
Blake is a sweet moose of a dog. He loves going for walks and spending time with people. When he is not going for walks, he will keep his people company on the couch. He gets along with other dogs but gets a little too excited when he sees a cat. He loves to play tug of war and keep-away. If you throw his toy he’ll fetch it, then run past you so you can have the joy of trying to get it back. Blake has a lot of love to give and is looking for a forever family. Submitted by the Humane Society Silicon Valley.
We saw a Facebook plea for a very sick puppy in Modesto, California. We jumped in to help. He just tested positive for parvo. We are going to do everything we can to save him. The Vet said he’s a fighter but not out of the woods yet. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We have raised $725, which is amazing, but still need about $600 more to cover his initial bill. Parvo is such a deadly and expensive disease to treat, but we couldn’t let him go. If you can spare anything it helps. You can send a donation through PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our Facebook page and click on the “Donate” button. All donations are tax deductible. Submitted by Petaluma Pet Pals.
Update from Petaluma Pet Pals, Friday morning, June 8th: Vet report this morning sounds much more encouraging. He’s interested in food and has been able to hold it down so far. Thank you to everyone who has shared and donated. We will keep you posted on his progress.
Update from Petaluma Pet Pals, Saturday morning, June 9th:Here below is a pic of our parvo boy! He’s doing much much better! He is sporting the cone because he keeps trying to chew the IV line.
Update from Petaluma Pet Pals, Sunday morning, June 10th:Guess who just got picked up from the vet? Our little parvo survivor! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who helped him. From the team that got him networked and transported to the vet while he was gravely ill, to the people that donated and shared his story, to the amazing Monte Vista vet staff in Turlock, to Debbie who contacted Pam who contacted Destani and the foster to adopt that fell in place! You all had a hand in saving his life. It’s a good day in rescue.
We have some sweet new puppies coming to our shelter. One is Lighting the mixed breed, who has the prettiest blue eyes. And then there is another blue-eyed six month old girl coming in soon. Oh, and then continuing the blue eyes theme, another blue-eyed beauty was just returned to us because the owner did not have the proper space for a working breed. So there’s three with blue eyes. And then finally we have a three month old, large breed, hazel-eyed pup coming in. Click the link below to see all of these puppies. Submitted by Petaluma Pet Pals.
This beautiful blue eyed girl below is about six months old. Good with dogs. Thinks cats are the greatest ever, so she needs a very dog tolerant cat. Super sweet. Working on basic commands…
This beautiful girl below is back with us through no fault of her own. Freya is about seven months old. Needs a breed savvy owner that understands she’s a working breed and needs a job. Whether that’s following you around or carrying a toy. She is wonderful with other dogs and tolerant of cats. Very sweet. She does have tummy issues when she’s exposed to change.
This three month old large breed mix pup is coming our way today…
Dudley is a three year old therapy dog who is becoming quite famous in our community. He loves children, especially those suffering form depression. He has a way of making them smile and come alive! Every morning he lays in bed with me and I tell him to “wash his face.” He does, just like a cat! Submitted by Mary M.
By Ruby Smith @ PetSoFun.com
Do you often get caught in the dilemma of whether you ought to walk your pooch with a dog harness or with a collar? This question is crucial, and every dog owner should keep in mind the comfort, convenience, and safety of their dogs when seeking its answer.
I know that resisting limitless designs and colors of personalized collars is not easy. However, I always recommend a dog harness over a collar because it offers the best interests for your dog.
To choose between a dog harness and a collar, the right decision should not be based on style. Collars may provide an effective means of holding your dog’s registration and name tag for identification, but they might not be reliable at all times.
The majority of experienced dog owners, myself included, would recommend a dog harness over a collar for your daily dog walk.
Why so? Read on to find out.
1. A Dog Harness Offers Better Control
As you probably already know, not all dogs remain calm when on a retractable dog leash. Some are very hyperactive. A dog might be tempted to lunge toward other canines as you walk on the sidewalk, to dive after birds, or even make an effort to charge at your neighbor’s cat. It means your dog is having fun, and that is perfectly okay until such hyperactivity puts her in trouble.
With a dog harness, you get better control over your active dog as you hold the leash. As opposed to a collar which only steers the dog by pulling her neck, a harness gives you total control over her whole body (1).
Mainly, a big hyperactive dog is controlled with ease when on a dog harness. I love to use the harness on my rambunctious dog when taking a walk especially through busy locations where she is notoriously active.
2. A Dog Harness Minimizes Neck Strain
If your canine is fond of pulling, she is exposed to more significant injury if she is walking on a collar. By pulling, there is a considerable strain on her neck which could result in severe damage. Often, the injury sustained from collars on dog necks in not obvious or sudden, but rather a gradual deterioration which leads to severe injury.
When your dog is excited, she will keep pulling to achieve the moment’s satisfaction without realizing the actual hurt on her body. However, over time, your dog might exhibit subtle signs of discomfort which indicate a severe injury.
Is your dog small in size? If it a Miniature Pinscher or Chihuahua, for instance, it is at a higher risk of neck injuries if she has a collar around her neck. Small dogs have incredibly delicate neck bones.
Therefore, a single sharp pull on her leash could result in severe pain. A harness is essential as it distributes the strain over a large body area to protect your dog from possible injury (2).
3. A Dog Harness Discourages Pulling
The whole point of having a retractable dog leash on your dog is to be in control over the direction of movement. You are responsible for walking the dog, and not the dog walking you. Your dog could pull on the leash incessantly thereby making a walk down the sidewalk feel like an intense workout involving your upper body. If your dog successfully pulls you and you obligingly follow, then you’d have sent the message to your dog that pulling is a way of determining the direction you take during your walk.
With a collar, all you may seem to do is keep up the pace with a forward progressing canine. However, the dog harness discourages your dog from pulling and having her way during your walk. A dog harness effectively redirects your dog’s momentum. When the dog pulls, the harness automatically hauls her in the opposite direction. As a result, your dog stays safer under your direction of movement.
Collars have the general rule of the ability to fit two fingers between your dog’s body and the collar material. Such space ensures that the collar is not too tight. It also minimizes injury on your dog.
However, if you have a determined canine, she will take advantage of such a comfortable collar. How? Well, you could be slightly distracted, and your dog will easily maneuver her head up the collar and sprint away. If your dog has a small but thick head or if she is wiggly, the chances are that she can artistically escape from her leash as you walk. The physical danger of a stray, leash-free dog is imminent.
On the other hand, a dog harness covers and securely fits your dog’s body in place. A harness goes around the dog’s chest, front legs, and the shoulders. Subsequently, your dog cannot escape artistically (3).
5. A Dog Harness Discourages Ocular Proptosis
Ocular proptosis is a condition where a dog protrudes her eyeballs out of the eye sockets. The disease can be diagnosed with ease: the dog’s eyes appear to bulge out of the head and extend beyond the eyelids. Blunt head trauma typically causes ocular proptosis. However, in some breeds of dogs, the condition is triggered by neck strain (4).
Collars are associated with more neck strain. Use a dog harness to avoid possible ocular proptosis complications and pain.
6. A Dog Harness Discourages Respiratory Complications
Any neck strain on your dog can be painful. However, did you know that such tension could worsen your dog’s respiratory problems?
Excessive pressure on the neck means that the windpipe is squeezed. This makes it difficult for your dog to breathe. Such dogs are bound to experience coughing fits whenever they are led on a walk on a leash.
Tracheal collapse may be worsened, especially in small breeds. The collar could trigger the malformation or weakening of the cartilage making up the trachea. A dog harness serves to minimize the pressure exerted on their high-sensitivity necks during walks.
A Dog Harness Should Be Used Only to Walk Your Dog
Even with the above strengths of the dog harness over the collar, the harness should be used when walking your dog, and not every other time when you wish to restrict your dog. Unless you are taking your dog for a walk, avoid having the harness to minimize possible skin irritation around and under the armpits and chest.
Having the harness on at home could raise chances of tracheal collapse due to more extended periods of harness use.
Also, the harness should be taken off when your dog goes to bed. This will minimize chances of your dog getting chocked. The harness could thus be both uncomfortable and hazardous.
Lastly, the harness should be avoided at home to minimize the possibility of skin infection on your dog. The harness becomes wet when left on your dog for a long time, and this could promote disease (5).
In conclusion, a dog harness is a safer and more convenient option over a collar. When both are fitted to a retractable dog leash, the dog harness discourages respiratory complications, discourages ocular proptosis, minimizes the risk of escape from leash restriction, discourages pulling, minimizes neck strain, and offers better control.
Get a dog harness which fits your dog size, training level, and personality and keeps your dog safe and comfortable while on your walk.
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