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Take Your Dog To Work Day, June 25, 2011

Jun 8, 2011

Every once in a while, we want to experience something different at work to relieve us from the stress that normal day-to-day work routine brings. Companies have days like summer outings or family day, any gig that will change the office environment even for just a day. But what better way to enjoy a day at your office than sharing your day with your dog at work. It’s going to feel like you are home and he will get a chance to meet other dogs to play with.

photoPet Sitters International created the event Take Your Dog to Work Day in 1999 and every year since, the event is celebrated by companies all over the nation to recognize how great dogs can be as a companion.  Both big and small businesses participate in this annual event to show how great having a dog is and encourage people to adopt a canine companion and provide them with decent homes.

The event is a chance to enjoy your office environment with your favorite companion to help you unwind a little even though you are working on stacks of paper work. Imagine an office with cute dogs that your dog can socialize with. Your office will look like a dog park on a Sunday afternoon.

You might think that a pet in the workplace is a bad idea but according to studies, pets in the office help boost the morale of employees and increase productivity. There are actually dog-friendly policies that are being implemented in some companies and this results in less stress among pet owners who have a home-alone dog. Studies also show that those who don’t have a pet tend to enjoy those that they see at the office.

Joining the celebration is a step to welcoming our canine friends to humane society even for just a day. The day will be a time for you to enjoy your dog in the office and not worry about him being lonely or making a mess at home. This is our chance to give back to the animal community.

If your office is supporting this movement, there are guidelines that you can follow in preparing your dog for the big day at the office. Some tips include having your dog on a leash when not in an office or cubicle and having a backup plan just in case your dog feels uncomfortable in your work environment. If you are interested to let your office join the event, there are ways to get involved.

Take Your Dog to Work Day is indeed a celebration that one should participate in, especially for dog lovers out there. Show off your canine friends and promote how they can be a great companion to others. Spread the movement of owning a pet and encourage others to adopt their own. This day will also be your chance to talk about how your dog helps you in any way. Celebrate this event with your co-workers and the rest of the nation.

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World Pet Memorial Day, June 12, 2011

Jun 6, 2011

Having a pet adds joy to a home and the experience of raising one is invaluable. The bond that we develop as they grow up by our side and witness everything that we go through as life unfolds; they are there for us just like a true friend.  But like everything in this place, there will come a time that they have to go.

It is painful to lose a pet and sometimes it is difficult to accept that they are gone. We grieve for them and remember the times when they were around to make things alright and relieve us from life’s difficulties. We all have different bonds with our pets but we all consider them as a friend, a great companion. The memories stay with us.

photoWorld Pet Memorial Day is a time where everyone who lost a pet pays their respects to their departed friends and remembers the memories that was once shared with them. During this day, you can do a memorial in honor of your lost pet. It can be a simple memorial or you can join communities that gather on this day of remembrance and exchange memories and experiences with them.

There are many ways to memorialize our departed pets. I remember holding a small burial for my dog when I was a kid. I had him for almost 5 years. That may not be a long time for some, but when you’re a kid a dog is all you have for company and we were really close. I specifically chose a spot at the back of our house so I could still visit him. I was there every day, lay flowers on his grave and talked to him. I did this until we moved to a different city but I still remember him. I never had a dog again or a pet after him.

If you can’t get a burial ground at your house, there are other ways. Ask if your community has a pet cemetery, this is quite common in some areas. You can also do a living memorial by planting a tree or a flower bed to symbolize him. You can also keep something that will remind you of him like a framed photo or his favorite toy. If you have taken numerous pictures together, you can try making a scrapbook as a reminder of your friendship. When you remember him, try to write a poem about him or write him a letter.

As a way to participate in the World Pet Memorial Day, you can volunteer at your community animal shelter and help out or participate in other memorials and candle-light ceremonies. If you think you are ready to have another pet, try to adopt one and give your new pet a nice home that he deserves.

However, what matters is that we remember them and that we give our respects. Participate in the World Pet Memorial Day and together, let us all take this time to thank them for the friendship and lessons that they gave us.

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Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Sep 13, 2010

Responsible Dog Ownership Day is Saturday, September 18! The American Kennel Club and 400 organizations across the United States come together to celebrate the joys of dog ownership, help educate the community, and have some fun!

Visit The American Kennel Club to find an event in your area!

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Tomorrow is National Homeless Pet Day

Aug 20, 2010

Over the years, the number of homeless pets has been growing and has actually reached the highest count so far.  Animal shelters and pounds have become packed and overcrowded which resulted to turning down and euthanizing these great pets! A lot of neglected, discarded, and abandoned dogs still suffer at the shelter on an empty stomach. With limited resources, shelters are struggling.

Each year, millions of dollars are being invested into animal shelters for care of homeless pets. You can help by donating or purchasing products were some funds are used to purchase pet food.

photoHow can you help?

First, begin by taking good care of your animal pets if you have one yourself. It’s surprising that many current pet owners will be the ones who make room in their homes to adopt a pet. You might be one of them.  Review your own home needs, abilities, and desires of your family and see.

Remember, to take care of your own pooch first
by ensuring that your dogs come with their respective tags for easier identification and can be returned in the event that your dogs get lost.  It is also recommended that you spay or neuter your dogs to make certain that the possibility of overpopulation is being controlled.

Second, adopt animals instead of buying them from a pet shop or a breeder. Imagine the world if each person would only adopt at least one pet, there will be no issue about having homeless pets in our society today.

Third, promote advocacy to your own family and friends. The best way to encourage them is by making them aware of the need.  By discussing the significance of proper animal care with them, you can make a real impact and increase the base of individuals taking a serious role in caring for homeless pets as you spread this important message.

Lastly, if you are capable and can share extra funds within your means, it is best to contribute to animal shelters. Most of these pet shelters are all lowly funded and are under pressure just to keep a small number of animal pets they have. As more people take part in this advocacy, the simpler it will be for pets to find homes.

Make this a part of your habit – not just because we are celebrating National Homeless Pet Day this week.  Always drop by the nearest pet shelter in your local vicinity first when you decide on a new addition to your family.  Just look at these faces!

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National Homeless Pet Day, Sat., August 21

Aug 16, 2010

Saturday marks the annual National Homeless Pet Day, and even large retailers, like PETCO, honor the day with their National Adoption Weekend kicking off this Friday, August 20th.

photoHelping Out Homeless Pets without Having to Spend a Fortune

Animal welfare organizations have suffered massively due to economic recession as there are less people capable of donating financial assistance to them.  Simultaneously, animal pet shelters have been a witness in the growing number of pets being handed over to them as more families experience job loss and sometimes even lose of their own homes.  Considering these circumstances, people can still help out homeless pets in their own special ways without having to spend any money.

Simple, yet needs someone to do it

In fact, there is one of the simplest things you can do in order to help homeless pets that will only involve just few clicks on your computer.  There are specific websites created that aim to address this advocacy, particularly www.animalrescuesite.com.  This website intends to raise funds through web advertisers.  You can simply click on the button every day to help generate funds in providing care for animal shelters.  In addition, the site has been launched in collaboration with www.petfinder.com that has sponsored $100,000 shelter challenge, highlighting winners every week and the grand prize of $100,000.  Another search engine, www.DoGreatGood.com has also helped by donating the proceeds of every search to dog charities.  There are also companies that offer opportunities to vote for numerous animal rescue organizations to earn grant money for their shelters. Or, to donate just from purchasing products your pet needs anyway, like at the  Petritionals Pet Rescue Fund.  Indeed, it is a fast and easy way of helping homeless pets and animal charities all over the world without spending a fortune.

Also, sharing these sites – passing them along to your contacts – friends and family members will help with awareness which is important to any fundraising and “friend”raising.

You can also save towels and old bed sheets if you are trying to clean out your closets and getting organized.  Simply drop them off in the shelters as these items can truly be used by animal pet shelters in addition to their existing bedding.  This will not only help you get rid of the clutter you have at home, but it is a big help for homeless pets, too.

You may also opt to save old newspapers as well and donate them to the nearest local shelter in your vicinity.  A lot of animal pet shelters and rescue organizations make use of old newspapers to line enclosures and sometimes cut them for kittens and puppies use.  Moreover, the coupons featured in Sunday newspapers that you do not plan to use can also be used by non-profit organizations.

By simply donating your time in these small ways, animal pet shelters will be more blessed with both financial aid and resources.  If you have more time to give or know of a group that could donate time and talent, these organizations also welcome volunteers to assist them in cleaning, walking, and socializing with dogs among the many other tasks they can do. A few hours of your time in a week can make a difference!

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Emergency Drive to Save Gulf’s Latest Victims: Abandoned Dogs

Aug 13, 2010

Shelters Forced to Destroy Nearly 200 Abandoned Gulf Coast Pets

To see the faces and those available for immediate adoption, visit here.

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Silent Victims of the Oil Spill

Aug 11, 2010

If the oil spill wasn’t enough, over 200 dogs and cats have been euthanized because their owners – shrimpers, fisherman, restaurants and all the ancillary boat and dock service providers around that industry – have been unable to work due to the intensely long oil spill and subsequent botched attempts to cap the continued release of oil.

Here are some silent victims that you might not be aware of that have not gotten the same coverage as the spill itself.  We hope we can make someone aware – someone who will make a difference – if only to just one.

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The Working Dog Has His Day

Aug 4, 2010

Working Like Dogs is proud to announce the annual National Assistance Dog Week, August 8-14, 2010, in recognition of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. To commemorate National Assistance Dog Week and to honor working dogs everywhere, we’re launching a new website at www.assistancedogweek.org.

In communities across the nation, assistance dog organizations and individuals will be holding events to raise awareness about these very special animals. The new website has resources to help them create and promote their events, and allows them to post their events online. Everyone is invited to www.assistancedogweek.org see what events are going to take place near them, or to learn more about assistance dogs.

Assistance Dogs transform the lives of their human partners with physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, best friend and close member of their family. They are specifically trained to perform many tasks for their partners, and are generally classified as:

Guide Dogs – Assist people with vision loss, leading these individuals around physical obstacles and to destinations such as seating, crossing streets, entering or exiting doorways, elevators and stairways.

Service Dogs – Assist people with disabilities with walking, balance, dressing, transferring from place to place, retrieving and carrying items, opening doors and drawers, pushing buttons, pulling wheelchairs and aiding with household chores, such as putting in and removing clothes from the washer and dryer.

Hearing Alert Dogs – Alert people with a hearing loss to the presence of specific sounds such as doorbells, telephones, crying babies, sirens, another person, buzzing timers or sensors, knocks at the door or smoke, fire and clock alarms.

Seizure and Medical Alert/Seizure Response Dogs – Alert to medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attack, anxiety attack, post-traumatic stress and seizures.

All of these types of assistance dogs are dedicated to their humans, who rely on them to achieve and exceed their daily function. Please celebrate the selfless love and devotion these dogs so humbly provide by participating in National Assistance Dog Week.

National Assistance Dog Week was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and CEO of Davis Innovations, a consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. Davis is the author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, and she is the host of the Internet radio program, Working Like Dogs, at www.petliferadio.com. As a member of a service dog team, she founded Working Like Dogs to honor assistance dogs around the world and is sponsoring National Assistance Dog Week.

Note: This articles was reproduced from this site:  www.assistancedogweek.org In hopes that our many wonderful fans and followers will pass this along, share this with others, take notice and create awareness.

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What is National Assistance Dog Week?

Aug 2, 2010

2010 National Assistance Dog Week Fact Sheet

from the National Assistance Dog Week Organization

Working dog by Lisa Norwood.When is it?

National Assistance Dog Week is August 8-14, 2010.

What is it?

National Assistance Dog Week was created in 2009 in recognition of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations.

What do assistance dogs do?

Assistance Dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend, and close member of their family.

What are the goals of National Assistance Dog week?

The goals are to recognize and honor the hardworking assistance dogs; raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities; honor the puppy raisers and trainers of assistance dogs; and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities.

Are all assistance dogs retrievers or are they other breeds as well?

Assistance Dogs can be from a variety of breeds including, but not limited to: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles, as well as shelter dogs.

Where can I get more information about Assistance Dogs?

You can go to Working Like Dogs, (www.workinglikedogs.com) read some of the pages, listen to Pet Life Radio podcasts, and check out some of the other organizations listed in the Service Dog Resources section of the website.

What kind of activities can I take part in during National Assistance Dog Week?

You can take part in an event someone else is organizing in your community or organize your own. It can be small or large. See the list of suggested events that is part of this package or find it posted on the National Assistance Dog Week website, www.assistancedogweek.org.

Who is sponsoring National Assistance Dog Week?

National Assistance Dog Week was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and CEO of Davis Innovations, a consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. Davis is the author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, a resource book that captures personal stories, checklists and practical tips to provide the reader with an A-Z guide about service dogs and she is the host of the Internet radio program, Working Like Dogs, at www.petliferadio.com. She founded Working Like Dogs to honor assistance dogs around the world.

What types of assistance dogs are there?

www.army.mil by The U.S. Army.While many people are familiar with Guide Dogs, those that assist people with vision loss, not as many people are aware of the other types of assistance dogs working today. Here is a description of the various types of assistance dogs:

Guide Dogs – Assist people with vision loss, leading these individuals around physical obstacles and to destinations such as seating, crossing streets, entering or exiting doorways, elevators, and stairways.

Service Dogs – Assist people with disabilities with walking, balance, dressing, transferring from place to place, retrieving and carrying items, opening doors and drawers, pushing buttons, pulling wheelchairs, and aiding with household chores, such as putting in and removing clothes from the washer and dryer.

Hearing Alert Dogs – Alert people with a hearing loss to the presence of specific sounds such as doorbells, telephones, crying babies, sirens, another person, buzzing timers or sensors, knocks at the door or smoke, fire and clock alarms.

Seizure Alert/Seizure Response Dogs – Alert or respond to medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attack, anxiety attack, post-traumatic stress, and seizures.

Medical Alert/Medical Response Dogs – Alert to oncoming medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attack, anxiety attack, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Are assistance dogs allowed to go in to restaurants and other businesses even though other pets can’t?

Yes, assistance dogs are allowed to accompany their human partners to places of business including restaurants and shops. Under state law and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they are guaranteed equal access to any and all establishments and accommodations; no extra charge can be levied because of the dog.

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Two in Need and One Act of Kindness

Jun 4, 2010

The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who could benefit from having a companion animal.

This is a win-win way to give back to our troops who have given so much to us. They fought hard for our country and made us proud. Pets for Vets is a concrete way to say thank you and to benefit our returning veterans.

Many of our Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans suffer from physical and emotional injuries making it difficult to transition back to civilian life. Pets for Vets can help! Our goal is to heal their wounds by bringing together man’s best friend and our returning soldiers while showing them both that we have not forgotten.

Any veteran with a condition that could benefit from having a companion animal and who is also able to care for an animal is eligible to receive a Pets for Vets companion animal.

Soldiers have formed a bond with those they shared “war” with. Yet, sometimes those four-legged warriors don’t get a chance to make it to the “home of the free”. Pets for Vets – seeks to match vets and pups that need a home.

Some how THIS need can be the answer to THIS need….

Next week (June 6th) begins National Pet Appreciation Week- what could you do to help?

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