California hotel offers puppy cuddles on demand

By Cailey Rizzo | Travel + Leisure

If you’re missing your furry friend on your next trip, just call for an on-demand puppy cuddle from Hotel Nikko’s Canine Operating Officer.  (iStock)

Travelers who miss their furry companions while on the road can now book a puppy cuddle on demand.

The Hotel Nikko San Francisco has appointed a “Canine Operating Officer” in charge of visiting guests and dispensing dog kisses.

Upon check-in, guests will find a stuffed animal dog and a notecard on their beds. The notecard informs guests that it will be $29 to take the stuffed animal home (purchases benefit a local animal shelter) — or they can dial the operator and book a “meet and greet” with the real thing.
Buster will also play with any traveling dogs who need extra canine company.

He may even make special appearances at the front desk and welcome guests at check-in.
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10 Winter Safety Tips for Dog Owners

AKC: American Kennel Club     Randa Kriss     December 23, 2016

Snow, sleet, ice, wind… there’s a lot to prepare for when it comes to winter weather. Just like we’re affected by the cold, our dogs are, too. Here are a few simple measures you can take to make sure your dog stays happy and healthy throughout the winter.

Avoid Thin Ice

Too often we hear stories of dogs that had to be rescued from icy waters (and those are the lucky ones). It might look like fun to slide across that frozen pond, but ice can easily crack, and your dog, and you, could fall in. Slipping on ice can also lead to muscle strains and other injuries.

Protect Your Dog’s Paws

Look at the Iditarod sled-dog teams, and you’ll notice that their paws are covered by booties. Mushers know that the race may be lost because of injuries and abrasions from running on ice. Even if your dog isn’t dashing through 1,000 miles of frozen Alaskan wilderness, winter conditions can still do damage. Different retailers offer dog boots or paw protectors that work well to keep your pup’s feet safe. Check out Pura paw balm on the AKC Shop website.

Trim Foot Fuzz

Hair on the feet of long-haired dogs can form ice balls between pads and toes. Keep them well trimmed, cutting the hair so that it is even with the surface of the foot.
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Just in time for Christmas: Polina adopted after 445 days at KC Pet Project shelter

Finally, after a shelter record of 445 days, Polina, the lumbering 7-year-old Mastiff mix, has a home to go to — just in time for Christmas.

The KC Pet Project shelter, in the end, had several suitors calling on the dog that had been featured in The Star a few days ago.

Polina was that dear-but-hard-to-appreciate kind of dog that gets left behind when prospective pet owners look to adopt a rescued animal. The biggest obstacle: She is scared of other dogs and children.

“She has gone through so much,” Tori Fugate, spokeswoman for the KC Pet Project, said Sunday.

Polina will be spending Christmas in a Kansas City home, able to roam across three acres, with a large, warm bed to lie in. KC Pet Project staff chose Polina’s new family after talking with them and visiting the home to see that the fit was right and that Polina would settle in.
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Cat named D-O-G is the star of this dog-training facility

ST. LOUIS — A cat with an unlikely name has an important job at a training center for dogs.

Support Dogs Inc. in St. Louis took in the black-and-white cat over the summer and named him D-O-G (dee-OH’-jee). He’s more than a mascot — officials say he plays a key role getting the dogs comfortable around other animals. Assistance dogs need to be well-behaved and not be distracted in their job helping people who are deaf or have mobility problems.

Support Dogs president and CEO Anne Klein says D-O-G is “fearless” around the larger canines and plays with their tails, sleeps in their beds and eats and drinks from their bowls instead of his own.
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FDA warns ‘bone treats’ can kill your dog

Dogs that chow down on processed “bone treats” risk serious injury — and even death, the Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday.

At least 90 pooches have been hurt by the treats, which are generally sold wrapped in plastic and are different than butcher bones, according to a report by the FDA.

At least 15 canines died after consuming the dangerous snack and many became sick, according to the report.

Risky products include “Ham Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” “Rib Bones,” and “Smokey Knuckle Bones,” according to the report.

“Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet,” warned Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian with the FDA.

The symptoms reported to the administration include choking, mouth wounds, vomiting and bleeding from the rectum, according to the report.

The FDA reviewed a total of 68 reports of pet illnesses related to bone treats. Some of the reports cited injuries to more than one dog.

“We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before,” Stamper said. “And if she ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!”
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Photos of an Unusual Pet Family Are a Hit Online

Image credits: Photographs by Luiz Higa Junior and used with permission to PetaPixel (Link Provided Below)
An unusual family of animals is winning hearts on Instagram. The account @bob_goldenretriever has attracted over 77,000 followers so far by regularly sharing snapshots from the life of one man’s pets: a eccentric but tight-knit group that consists of one golden retriever, one hamster, and eight birds.

31-year-old Luiz Higa Junior of São Paulo, Brazil, tells PetaPixel that his golden retriever, Bob, is a little less than two years old. In the beginning, he just had Bob, a cockatiel and a parakeet.

“Since the beginning I put them together to see their behavior,” he tells us. “It was nice, so I decided to have them play together sometimes during my free time.”

He then added more birds and a hamster to the group, and his Instagram account has been steadily growing in popularity since. Higa’s photos show the group posing, playing, exploring, and resting together.
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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also a time for possible distress for our animal companions.

Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.

Check out the following tips for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too:

  • Talkin’ Turkey: If you decide to feed your pet a small bite of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Do not give your pet the left over carcass–the bones can be problematic for the digestive tract.
  • No Bread Dough: Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him access to raw yeast bread dough. When a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. This can result in bloated drunken pets, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring hospitalization.
  • Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: If you plan to bake Thanksgiving desserts, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
  • A Feast Fit for a King: While your family enjoys a special meal, give your cat and dog a small feast of their own. Offer them made-for-pets chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a food puzzle toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.
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MO vet with PTSD gifted with service dog

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: A Missouri veteran experiencing PTSD received a gift that could give him a new leash on life: a service dog.

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Warrior Canine Connection:  Dog Applicants
Eligibility
If you are interested in applying for an Assistance Dog from Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), please review the eligibility requirements below for information on the types of dogs we provide and the application process.
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Family Finds ‘Miracle’ Dog Waiting for Them Outside Home Destroyed by Wildfires: ‘We Were Hoping Against Hope’

BY DIANE HERBST     POSTED ON 

Clint and Kathy Weaver awoke to 30-foot walls of flames surrounding their Sonoma home at around 1 a.m. last Monday. They knew they had to leave right away.

As Clint, 68, ran down the driveway surrounded by heat and flames to unlock their gate to get out, an explosion knocked him into a ditch, breaking his arm. Kathy, 62, followed behind, while holding the collar of their 9-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, Izzy.

So on Tuesday morning, Oct. 10, Jack and his brother-in-law, Patrick Widen, decided to check on the Weavers’ property and “see if by some miracle Izzy survived,” Beckyjean Widen wrote.  

“They were turned away by police officers, but if you know my brother Jack or husband Patrick . . . neither one likes to be told no,” Widen wrote.

Jack, who grew up at the home, knew a way in that would involve jumping a wall, hiking through a creek and walking up a very steep hillside.

The pair wore masks to protect themselves from the heavy smoke. Jack filmed the final minutes of their journey, to show his parents what the property looked like.

So on Tuesday morning, Oct. 10, Jack and his brother-in-law, Patrick Widen, decided to check on the Weavers’ property and “see if by some miracle Izzy survived,” Beckyjean Widen wrote.  

“They were turned away by police officers, but if you know my brother Jack or husband Patrick . . . neither one likes to be told no,” Widen wrote.

Jack, who grew up at the home, knew a way in that would involve jumping a wall, hiking through a creek and walking up a very steep hillside.

The pair wore masks to protect themselves from the heavy smoke. Jack filmed the final minutes of their journey, to show his parents what the property looked like.
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Purina’s Better Together Adoption Event is Saturday, October 21

Join us on Saturday, October 21 from 10am – 3pm in Soulard Market Park for the 2017 Better Together Adoption Event!

HSMO and other local pet organizations will have adorable pets for you to adopt, and Purina will pay the first $50 of your adoption fee!

Celebrate what makes your adopted pet PAWsome and connect with other pet parents using #ConsideraShelterPet on social media!

MORE INFO: http://hsmo.org/events/