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  Annual Bark In The Park Videos-
A good time was had by all

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Part One - Doggie slide, Tick Tack Toe

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Part Two - Dog walk, Dunking for Hot Dogs

Dog lovers brag about their pets

Those of us who have dogs as part of our family know the unlimited joy they bring into our lives. They can be little rascals or better behaved than children. Either way, our friends and families probably get tired of us always talking about them. We canít wait for other dog lovers to finish their story so we can tell ours... Click here for the rest of the story.

Help SC Fire Department help SC Pet Owners

We are in need of volunteers to help the Sun City Firefighters and Paramedics place frightened pets in a safe home while their Sun City owners are in the hospital.  Please help our neighbors without families nearby.

"Isn't it wonderful how dogs can win friends and
    influence people without ever reading a book"  
                           -- E. C. McKenzie

A Dog's Purpose (from a 6-year-old)
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish  wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.  I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family  we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.  
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be  good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.  
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.  The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion.
We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than  human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."  Startled, we all turned to him.
What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.   
He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they  don't have to stay as long."  
Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.  
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:  
  • When loved ones come home,  always run to greet them.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.  
  • Take naps.
  • Stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.  
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
  • When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you're not.  
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by
    and nuzzle them gently.  

Pet Vial of Life

Make sure your own pet will be secure should you have a fire or emergency. Fill out a form for each pet and put the form inside a prescription bottle, inside your fridge butter dish area with updated information about each of your pets.  Click here to print out a form for each pet. Carry one in
your car as well!  Always have an emergency plan for your pets should you become incapacitated or need to be hospitalized.  The club cannot handle emergency fostering at this time; a list of pet sitters who will take in your pets for a fee is provided. Click here for that list.

Easy Tick Removal
Thanks to Marion
von Hanstein for this great tip on how to easily remove ticks.

"If you can't take your pets,
   it just isn't worth going!"

Disaster Preparedness

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. Click here for more information.


Is the Sun Dangerous to Your Pet?

There's nothing better than enjoying beautiful weather with your dog at your side but before you grab the leash and head out into the heat, there are some things you should know. 

The heat, humidity, and sun of the summer can be very dangerous to pets. Effects range from mild discomfort all the way to fatal cases of dehydration. Heat stroke in particular is common among dogs during the hot months. Sadly I have already heard of several dogs who passed away this year due to heat stroke. 

Dogs can suffer the effects of heatstroke in just minutes but preventing it is thankfully very easy. All you need to do is follow these tips: Is the Sun Dangerous to Your Pet?

Speaking of dangers from the sun, did you know that dogs can actually get sunburnt? 

Many people don't know about this all-too-common risk but indeed, it is a real problem. For more information go to Sunburn in Dogs. This article will teach you how to recognize, treat, and prevent sunburns in your dog. 

Just a few minutes of preparation can take your dog's day from dangerous to fun. Please be safe and watch out for animals; they are relying on you to keep them safe!




Chicken jerky treats from China linked to mystery illnesses, deaths in dogs

Chicken jerky treats from China may be to blame for dozens of new reports of mysterious illnesses and some deaths in dogs, prompting a renewed warning for pet owners by the Food and Drug Administration. Click here for more information.

Reminder from BFDC about helping abused and neglected animals...

Hi, all you animal lovers. This is pretty simple. Please tell ten friends to tell ten today. The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals.

It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "feed an animal in need" for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Here's the web site. Pass it along to people you know. Thanks. http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/

"T'is better to have barked at
nothing, than never to have
barked at all!"

"To raise a dog to be his best,
  spend twice as much time
  with him."

"I love to rescue animals.... The pounds were so crowded they were putting animals down almost immediately. Seven thousand dogs were put to sleep."

--Laura Dern, on the impact the 1994 Northridge earthquake in LA had on dogs, and how she saved one of them.

3 Dog Friendly Areas Open in Peoria

Alta Vista and Parkridge in Northern Peoria, and Sunnyslope in Southeastern Peoria. Each dog friendly area will have 2 play sections: one for small dogs, 25 pounds or less; one for large dogs. Rules: dogs must be leashed prior to entering and upon leaving the fenced area. Gates must be closed at all other times. Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated and wearing a visible tag. Dogs behaving aggressively toward people or other dogs must be removed immediately, and females in heat will be prohibited. Puppies must be older than 4 months. Owners must clean up after their dogs, using the bags and trash containers provided. Smoking and eating are prohibited; no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

"Money may buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail."

Kinky Friedman

Help Us Support Lost Our Home Pet Foundation and Jodi...

Click here for Jodi's site.

Down-to-Earth Advice

Click here for down to earth advice for flying with pets.

Click here for health and welfare tips (raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate dangers) and a link to Valley Fever info.

Click here for Xylitol Danger to Dogs!
Click here for article on this subject.




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