This past week has been a pretty memorable one for the staff and volunteers at the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Two very special dogs found forever homes. Maizie and Lily were long time residents of the HSSC and the staff was worried that they may spend the rest of their lives in the shelter. Both dogs found their loving homes with volunteers of the HSSC. The volunteers are pretty amazing people with such big hearts. Congratulations to you all.
I have heard of the many benefits of giving fish oil, olive oil, and even mineral oil to your pets, but coconut oil is news to me. I read an article earlier this week on the many benefits of using virgin, untreated, undiluted coconut oil not only as a supplement, but also as a topical treatment for minor skin irritations. I came across this video that has some useful information regarding the subject. (If you don't see video player below just refresh the page)
Copper - A sweet and energetic hound mix available at the Humane Society of Sarasota County. For more information on Copper and other adoptables please visit the HSSC website - www.hssc.org
Smile For A Cure - DogStreet Pet Photography is teaming up with pet photographers across the country and Smile for a Cure - A pet portrait charity benefiting the National Canine Cancer Foundation. For the Months of August and September, 100% of all session fees will be donated to this terrific organization. Find out all you need to know HERE
The Natural Wag - SarasotaDog.com and Abundant Life Massage present, The Natural Wag - A first of its kind event featuring the natural life for dogs.The event will be held on October 15, 9am - 2pm, at 665 South Orange Ave. in Sarasota. Enjoy awesome food and entertainment, mini-seminars, agility and more! DogStreet Pet Photography will be there. Stop by and say Hello!
Jingle Paws Jubilee - It's not too early to start planning out the holiday season. ACE Pet Resort, Sarasota Pet Magazine and SarasotaDog.com present the First Annual Jingle Paws Jubilee, a one-stop holiday shopping extravaganza and a fundraiser for our local animal groups. Mark your calendars now. It will be here before we know it.
Hi Everyone and welcome to the first installment of the The Sunday DogStreet Journal. I am so excited about this new addition to the blog. Every week I will be posting a new issue with news articles, useful information, and fun pics from the week. Just in time for your Sunday morning coffee. Enjoy.
Last month, a rally organized by The Humane Society of Manatee County , was held outside the historic Manatee County Courthouse moments before a scheduled county budget meeting. Commissioners Joe McClash and Donna Hayes had flagged the animal services budget for suggested changes to adoption policies. More than 300 protesters showed up and later filled the chambers of the administrative center for the meeting. Many people were concerned that budget cuts of Manatee Animal Services would lead to an increase in euthanization of the county's shelter animals. By the end of the meeting, commissioners removed the flag, saying there was not a proposal to reduce animal services funding. They even went as far to say,they were considering how they might expand animal service programs.
I was more than happy to cover the event for The New Barker Magazine. More information regarding the rally can be found HERE. Congratulations to all of the concerned citizens of Bradenton for having your voice heard.
A Dog Friendly Beach in Sarasota? That is what is what some dog owners of Longboat Key are hoping for, myself included. This is a video from Sarasota's ABC affiliate. Find more information regarding this proposal HERE.
Both “Muggles” and “Mutts” made new friends at The "Muggles for Mutts" Adoption Event last Saturday. Even the pet therapy miniature horse and llamas, which are always such crowd pleasers, seemed to make new friends. The event was held in the education center out at The Humane Society of Sarasota County and was a “magical” success. Everyone got in on the Harry Potter excitement. The event was hosted by HSSC’s Teen Club and raised $683.55 for HSSC’s Education Department programs. Many shelter friends found new fur-ever homes as well.
Special guests included, magician David Pitchford, Tarot readings from Pam Cooper and Zan Benham, and animal communicator, Lori Michel. Sylvia Edmonds was on hand and offered canine massages to all of the “Mutts”. It was a great way to beat the heat and take part in some magical, Harry Potter, fun. Find more information regarding the event HERE.
Tips and Tricks to Surviving the Summer Heat with your Dog
1.) Exercise your dog during the cool parts of the day, early in the morning or late at night. Heat rises from the ground, especially on surfaces like cement and asphalt, and dogs absorb and release heat through their feet. If the cooler part of the day is not an option, take your dog swimming. It is great exercise and can be just as vigorous as a walk.
2.) Keep plenty of clean fresh water during summertime activities. Dogs cannot sweat. So watch for signs of dehydration. Excessive drooling, bloodshot eyes, and listlessness are all signs of and overheated dog. Another way to tell if you dog is dehydrated is by lightly pinching and lifting their skin. If your pet is dehydrated, it will take longer than usual for the skin to fall back into place.
3.) Keep you pooch cool during the heat of the day. Set up a kiddie pool in a shady part of the yard or give them a wet towel to lay on or simply wet them down with the hose.
4.) Let your dog tell you. Allow your dog to step outside and feel for itself that it is too hot, too wet, or too cold to go on a long walk. Instinctually, the dog will understand that it has to shorten its walk, or simply come back inside where it's safe.
5.) Never leave your dog in a parked car. The car retains more heat than an open area, even if it is in the shade. Plus, a dog may get overexcited in the car due to passersby or panic from claustrophobia, making dehydration more likely. On longer trips, make sure you have water for the dog and keep the AC running.
This is a video I came across on Facebook the other day and fell in love with it. A road trip out west with my dog is definitely moved to the top of my bucket list. It was made by an amazing filmmaker, Jesse Rosten. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
This is Ginger, a 7mo. old, Mountain Cur female mix. She is super sweet and very playful. Ginger is full of puppy energy and needs a family with an active lifestyle. She currently resides at the Humane Society of Sarasota County where she is waiting for her new home. For more information on Ginger and other adoptable pets, please visit: www.hssc.org.
There are a few days left to take advantage of DogStreet Pet Photography's "Christmas in July" Holiday Card Promotion. Find out more HERE.
I am proud to announce that DogStreet Pet Photography is teaming up with pet photographers across the country and Smile for a Cure - A pet portrait charity benefiting the National Canine Cancer Foundation. For the Months of August and September, 100% of all session fees will be donated to this terrific organization. There will be much more information on the blog next week.
SarasotaDog.com and Abundant Life Massage present, The Natural Wag - A first of its kind event featuring the natural life for dogs. The event will be held on October 15, 9am - 2pm, at 665 South Orange Ave. in Sarasota. Enjoy awesome food and entertainment, mini-seminars, agility and more!
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