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Congratulations to Bailey

Bailey was adopted today by Ted K and his dogs Spike, who was adopted from the rescue six years ago when he was just a pup (in pic) and Brittony who was also adopted from the rescue and opted to observe the photo session.

We love repeat adopters as we know our pups will have a good home.

Thank you to Glenda and Tom for fostering this little energizer bunny!

May 31, 2018   No Comments

Smelly Paws

Corn Chip Smell

Many pet owners believe that their dog’s paws smell like corn chips (think: Doritos-type smell) or popcorn— and no, they’re not crazy.

This familiar smell is actually caused by the naturally occurring bacteria on your pet’s paws, namely Proteus or Pseudomonas. These are the textbook bacteria that show up just about everywhere including plants, soil, water, and even in humans.

When pseudomonas grows on rotting foods, it gives off a fruity odor. When it grows on your dog’s paws, it gives off a corn chip odor. More specifically, the bacteria renders and secretes a yeasty smell that we associate with bread, or corn chips, sort of like our digestive system producing enzymes.

While a hint of odor from the ever present bacteria is no cause for concern, an overwhelming smell is a problem, since we’re still talking about bacteria. Keep in mind that this bacteria will form and attach on even the cleanest feet.

There are steps you can take to curtail the blossoming of a full blown outbreak of yeast and bacteria that make your dog’s paws smell:

  1. First, always make sure your pet’s paws are kept clean. When bathing your dog, make sure to scrub in between each and every toe with warm sudsy water. Thoroughly dry in between each and every toe as well.To cut down on the bacteria that causes this smell, keep the hair between the toes shortly groomed to lessen the surface area that the bacteria can linger on and to promote good air circulation.
  2. Remember, dogs constantly step in dirt, which may contain trace amounts of feces, urine, and chemicals from lawn care and pesticides, or salt and snow removal.
    So before you take your dog out, place a small basin or bowl filled with sudsy water outside your door with a clean towel or paper towel. Upon returning from your walk or outing, dip each paw into the basin (that’s why it doesn’t have to be large), then clean and dry between the toes. By preparing the bowl before you leave, it will be ready for use without needing to traipse your dog and the germs or chemicals all over your house. Don’t reuse this water since you’d just be redistributing the same chemicals and defeating the purpose.
  3. Alternately, place a cookie sheet outside your door with sudsy water and just enough iodine to turn it a color resembling iced tea. Have your pet walk into it and stand for 30 seconds. Iodine will disinfect the paws of all chemical residues and treat a yeast infection in its early stages. Dry thoroughly.

Treating Smelly Paws

The following recipes and remedies will be helpful and should not be washed off after treatment:

  • Add 1–2 tablespoons of baking soda to one gallon of water to remove allergens that irritate the paws. Let your dog stand in the mixture for about two minutes or so.
  • Add 1 cup of Epsom salt to your dog’s bath and in just 10 minutes your pet’s natural pH balance will be back to normal.
  • Soaking your dog’s paws in 1 cup of organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, the juice of one lemon, and 20 drops of peppermint oil for 10 minutes will alleviate any irritation. Lemon is an anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral ingredient.  (Substitute hydrogen peroxide at 1 cup to a gallon of water instead of the peppermint oil if you don’t have any on hand.)

    paw soak

May 31, 2018   No Comments

Allow your dog time to sniff!

Dogs have an excellent sense of smell and can be trained to quickly and accurately sniff out all kinds of things, such as live or dead bodies, drugs, disease and more. But while we all understand the power of the average dog nose, we’ve been clueless about how dogs recognize or identify the things they smell.

Why It’s so Important to Let Your Dog Sniff

Dogs are brilliant sniffers by design. Some dog owners seem in such a hurry to get their walks over with, they don’t give their pets a chance to satisfy their urge to sniff their environment.

Here’s some excellent insight from animal behaviorist Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. on the potential for sensory deprivation and stress in dogs who aren’t allowed adequate sniffing opportunities:

“Being smell-blind can be aversive to dogs. My recommendation is to let dogs sniff; let’s not hijack one of their vital connections to the world. Let them sniff to their nose’s content when they’re tethered on a leash, or when they’re walking and hanging out with friends and others and running freely

As mentioned, not allowing dogs to exercise their nose and other senses could be a form of sensory deprivation that robs them of information they need to figure out what’s happening in their world. Being smell-blind can indeed be stressful to dogs because they need odors and other information to assess what’s happening around them.”

Not every walk you take with your dog has to be a leisurely sniff-fest. But at least once a day, let your canine BFF sniff to his heart’s content and feel good that you’re letting your dog be a dog!

Some of the benefits of K9 nose work:

Dogs easily burn lots of mental & physical energy doing searches

Searches can be done anywhere you can take your dog

No prior training is required and no obedience is needed

Shy or fearful dogs build confidence and overactive dogs put their energy into fun searches

Some dog owners have found nose work to be a great supplement to a behavior modification program. Focusing on scent detection can help reactive dogs learn to tolerate the presence of other dogs. It can help shy dogs grow more comfortable with their surroundings, and it encourages distracted dogs to stay on task.

Nose work is also beneficial for senior dogs, dogs recovering from surgery or an injury, dogs with hearing loss or eyesight problems, and retired service, working or competition dogs. It can also provide a great outlet for hyperactive dogs.

 

 

May 30, 2018   No Comments

May 29, 2018   No Comments

Annie is Looking for a Very Special Family

Life has been hard for Annie. She was picked up after several days as a stray in Calvert County. It appears she had chewed through a tether as there was a piece of rope hanging from her collar. She was also very hesitant about coming into a house at first. She was so badly matted she had to be shaved.

Annie is estimated to be 10 years old by our vet. She weighs about 84 pounds.

Annie has cancer, she had a sarcoma tumor removed but it had been on her too long and it could not be completely removed.

Her foster mom says, “I do not know how she gets along with cats. She is fine around kids but would not recommend a child try to take a toy from her. She gets along great with other dogs, she loves to play. She likes to take walks but not real long walks. She loves to wander around the yard. She does not need a physical fence as she minds very well and stays with you.”

Annie is house trained and goes to the door when she needs to go outside.

Annie loves attention, loves to be petted and loves to carry toys around, especially when she needs to go outside potty, she likes to grab a toy on her way out the door. Her foster mom continues,”She truly is the sweetest girl ever. I just wish she would of had a great life all along because she deserved it.”

The vet says Annie’s cancer will come back. It could be soon or a year or more. She is also heart worm positive and being treated with the gentler slow kill method because of her age.

Looking for a family who will love Annie for whatever time she has left.

Annie Video

May 28, 2018   No Comments

Congratulations to Max

Max was adopted this weekend by Jackie and Lannie L. who had previously adopted Ellie, one of the first pups from Turkey.

Here’s an update after his first night with them:

Good morning!

All is well this morning — we had a good night and a lovely long walk to Ryken this morning. After a little pulling, he is doing remarkably well on the leash! He seems to be adjusting well — only a little nervous. He and Ellie are doing great, and he and Morgan are chasing each other all over the house (he soon realized that she takes her title of “Captain Morgan” quite seriously!).

We couldn’t be happier! Thanks so much for bringing us together.

Sincerely,
Jackie and Lanny

Here is a video of Ellie and Max, who was renamed to Finn, playing. Max, aka, Finn

Thank you to Mariel and Adam for fostering and I can’t remember if Becky or MJ transported him.

May 27, 2018   1 Comment

Time goes by so fast…get out there with your furry best friend!

May 25, 2018   No Comments

Biggest Loser Tip

Exercise Programs for Overweight Dogs

While a dog exercise program is important, remember that most of the calories in any weight loss plan need to be shed by reducing the amount of food. It’s unlikely your dog can tolerate enough exercise to lose weight without also reducing calories. Exercise must be designed with the specifics of your dog in mind—many overweight pets, especially those that are middle-aged to senior, may have arthritis or other conditions which limit stamina. Walking is the best exercise for most dogs because it shouldn’t overstress the cardiovascular system, and it has low impact on joints. (In fact, walking can be beneficial in arthritic dogs as it helps to maintain muscle mass and distribute joint fluid, which keeps joints lubricated).

Here’s how to design a dog exercise plan:

  1. If your dog is already getting controlled exercise (walking, playing, etc.), increase her activity by about 25 percent. If your dog is relatively inactive, start with the American Animal Hospital Association’s recommended five-minute walks three times daily.
  2. Aim for your dog to get about an hour of exercise per day, as long as he can tolerate it. The amount of calories your dog burns during this period is related to the distance you travel. Dogs consume about 0.75 calories per pound per mile during walks.
  3. Exercise your dog during cooler times of day (morning, evening) or, if it’s very hot, in climate-controlled areas.
  4. Always bring water; travel or collapsible bowls are a good idea. But leave the sports drinks at home—dogs get rid of heat by panting, not sweating, so they don’t lose the electrolytes like humans do.
  5. Stick close to home until you know how your dog will do, and have a plan B in case your dog can’t make it back.
  6. Avoid inclines and declines in the terrain, which put more strain on the legs, until you’re further into the exercise plan. Hills can, after your pet is used to exercise, help to burn more calories and build muscle.
  7. Keep your dog’s nails trimmed. When they’re too long, they can change the position of the toes and make walking more difficult.
  8. Make the experience enjoyable. Your overweight dog may not be excited by exercise in the beginning and it’s likely to be quite tiring. Encouragement, toys, and time with you can all be used as rewards. You can give low-calorie treats, but remember to account for these in the overall calorie plan. Even better, in lieu of treats, use part of your dog’s daily food to reward her during exercise. Just don’t overdo it: feeding too much right before or during exercise could cause issues.
  9. Change up the type of activity as your dog progresses. Try fetch, hill work, hiking, or jogging.
  10. Swimming is a good low-impact exercise for dogs, but if they’re not proven swimmers, they need to start with a life vest. Underwater treadmills (found at rehabilitation facilities) are often used to encourage weight loss in dogs being treated for orthopedic conditions.

May 24, 2018   No Comments

Reasons to Feed Your Dog Raw Honey

Raw honey is one of nature’s most powerful and versatile remedies – even for dogs! Use raw honey on your dog for the various ailments listed.

Local Raw Honey Relieves Dogs’ Skin Allergies

Medical research supports the use of local honey to combat environmental allergies. Note that we said local honey. A local product contains tiny amounts of the pollen in your area, so that when your dog ingests the honey, his body can adjust to the potential allergens gradually, which should help prevent a full-blown attack. Hint: Be sure you’re dealing with an environmental allergic reaction. Itching, scratching, and hot spots can also indicate a food allergy.

Raw Honey Heals Minor Topical Wounds 

Manuka honey is also a top choice for a natural wound dressing. In fact, Manuka honey is FDA-approved for use on human burn patients. But any raw honey will help keep the wound area clean and moist, which promotes healing. Honey’s natural antibacterial properties reduce the chance of infection and protect the injured area.

After cleaning the wound, spread on a thick coat of honey and then apply a light bandage, if necessary. Of course, you may have to also use an Elizabethan collar or similar device to stop your dog from licking the area!

Note: Deep, wide or puncture wounds should always be examined by a veterinarian before applying any medicine.

Raw Honey Reduces Gastrointestinal Upset in Dogs

For minor bouts of an upset stomach or diarrhea that might come from something simple, such as your dog feasting on fresh grass, a couple of doses of honey may help quiet and soothe his GI tract.

Some veterinarians suggest honey to help control minor stomach ulcers, since honey’s natural antibacterial properties can help destroy bacteria that may be causing the ulcer.

Honey Can Give Dogs More Energy

Honey is a sugar, and sugar boosts energy. Anecdotal evidence shows that honey helps many older dogs regain some of their former spunk and drive. Many owners of canine athletes use honey to promote energy, endurance and vitality.

 

I also add local honey to my homemade ice cream treats for my guys.

May 23, 2018   No Comments

Beach Blast 2018 – Rescheduled Sunday, June 24 1-3PM


 

Beach Blast 2018 – Rescheduled Sunday, June 24 from 1-3PM

Steph Waikart has graciously invited Goldens and their human companions to Beach Blast, located near Piney Point in St. Mary’s County.

If you need directions, please call Steph at 301-994-0061.  We will cancel on the Blog / Facebook if the weather looks bad.

This is Steph’s home, so please remember to pick up after your pup and leave the beach as clean as you found it.  There is an outside shower to do a quick spray off before heading home.  Also, you may want to bring your own clean water and bowl.

Pups and people have a great time at this event!

May 22, 2018   No Comments