Monday Morning Cup of Awww . . . Monday Already!?

Wait! Wasn’t it just Friday? Wasn’t I just celebrating the upcoming weekend?

Where did it go? I know I did some stuff . . . it rained a lot . . . and then I woke up this morning and it was MONDAY all over again.

For all of us who feel that we were somehow shorted some precious weekend hours here are a lamb and dog to perfectly encapsulate our shock . . . although in their case it would be shock and awww:

Tell me you did not have one of those two expressions on your face this morning when the alarm when off.

Want to see the video? Check out this.

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This month’s Rescue of the Month is Montana’s Precious Gold Golden Retriever Rescue.  A small group of volunteers that take in homeless, unwanted and abused Goldens – provide medical care, foster homes and loving forever homes.  A portion of the sales this month will go to support their much needed and appreciated work.

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It’s Friday! (video)

It’s been a heck of a long week!

Sort of feels like someone slipped an extra Monday in there, maybe between Tuesday and Wednesday.  Not that it was a bad week, just a loooooong week.

See the expression on the squirrel over there?  A bit disappointed and confounded? That was my expression for most of Wednesday when I realized that it was, in fact, not Thursday. Because Wednesday really did have a Thursday feel to it. All day long.

Anyway, we made it!  It is finally Friday, and I want to share with you all how I feel about that . . .


Isn’t that the best?

Hope you feel as downright giddy about your two days off as I do!  Have a great weekend . . . oh, and keep an eye out for the Weekend Special to be announced shortly!

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Once-a-Month members get their treats automatically shipped to them, and they get 5% off!  To make a good deal even better, Tigertail Foods donates another 5% to the rescue of your choice. What a sweet deal!

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Happy Homecoming Newton!

You will remember that at the beginning of last month Ann, Tigertail Foods’ fearless leader, was thrown from her horse, Mara, and ended up in the hospital for a few days with a head injury, a badly gashed leg and a very bruised hip.  It is a testament to her strength and many years of riding that, while she had no control over where she landed, she landed in a way that didn’t result in a much worse set of injuries.  All the doctors chalked it up to luck, but those of us who know Ann know that she’s more comfortable around horses and being in the saddle than anywhere else on the planet.  With that comes an ingrained muscle memory of what to do when the horse you’re riding decides that it no longer wants to be ridden.

Ann got Mara’s message that she no longer wanted Ann on her back loud and clear – and, well, at this point, the feeling is pretty mutual.   Ann has put five years of her own time and the time of an excellent trainer into making Mara a horse that a woman “of a certain age” can ride and failed.  What was created was a horse that is athletic and strong. She can go anywhere and do anything.  She also needs a rider who has a whole lot more strength and bounce than Ann.  The decision to sell Mara was a hard one for Ann to make – because, again, if you know Ann she NEVER gives up on anyone or anything, and she NEVER EVER takes an animal out of her life. Once something with four feet walk in, she loves them until the day they depart this earth – but it is the right one for both horse and rider.

The idea of living without a horse, without what Ann calls her “sanity time” – those hours spent away from the phone, computer, business and personal demands and just be quiet, breathe fresh air and enjoy seeing the world from a few feet off the ground – Ann could bear the thought of it.  She enlisted the help of a couple of very good friends who are fantastic, smart horsewomen to find a new horse that is suitable for her.  Her “retirement horse”.  I’m not clear on whether this horse is the one that she will ride through her retirement or just allow her to live that long . . . but fortunately she didn’t assign the task to me.  I would’ve gotten her a wooden rocking horse and told her to be careful to not go too fast.

Enter Newton.  Newton, like his name implies, is kind of sweet, dorky guy.  If horses wore glasses and bowties, Newton would.  He is solid physically and emotionally.  Ann described him in one line – “He reminds me of Fred McMurray.”  For those of you who don’t understand that reference – Fred McMurray was an actor who played the nice guy and did a lot of work in Disney films (The Shaggy Dog and The Absent Minded Professor are two that come to mind).  Newton is nice.  Newton is solid.  Newton is not flashy nor is he mercurial.  Newton is also home.

Ann hasn’t been able to ride yet (hasn’t been cleared medically) but she is chomping at the bit to get back in the saddle.

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Pick up a bag of Tigertail Foods’ Whoats for your horse today! Your horse will love them and you’ll love giving him a treat that is all-natural and good for him!

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Travelling Dog Owners Have Options

Almost every dog owner I know hates leaving their dog at the kennel when heading out on a trip.  One step inside most large kennel facilities and you are overwhelmed by the noise (and sometimes the smell) of a LOT of dogs all wondering where their owner is and why they are penned up in a cage.  Because of this very reason, we’ve seen the rise of the much-needed and much-appreciated dog sitter.  A person dedicated to your dog – spending time together either in their home or yours.  And, as with everything, the internet has now made finding that person a whole lot easier.

The site Dog Vacay (http://dogvacay.com/) launched about a month ago and is already a major hit in New York, a town that loves its dogs.  The site is based on the AirBnB idea – and if you’re like me and had never heard of AirBnB, you are in for a treat!  AirBnB is a site that helps travelers find private accommodations in the destination locales; conversely, people who are gracious hosts can open up their guest rooms or rent out their condo to travelers.   The prices tend to be better than that of hotels and the rentals are generally in lovely places and well maintained.  Dog Vacay, borrowing on this concept, allows “hosts” to list their homes for whatever rate they deem – Dog Vacay take a cut of the host’s fees for their part in the transaction, which involves making sure that everything and everyone is happy with the experience.

Dog Vacay was started by Aaron and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn after they found that their craigslist ad was getting huge response and generating enough business that Karine quit her regular day job to focus on pet sitting.  However, the Hirschhorns were dissatisfied with the craigslist  anonymity and believed there could be a better way.  Dog Vacay was born.

Much like the idea of staying at a BnB for a weekend because you like the homey feel, Dog Vacay will appeal to the people who want to feel like they are leaving their dogs with friends – friends one has to pay.  The site has already grown to include grooming and walking services.

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Rhode Island Looks to Ban Small Dogs from Driver’s Laps

A 2010 survey by AAA found that we dog owning drivers are a distracted bunch – and we are distracted by our dogs!

21% of respondents had driven with a dog in their lap;  7% admitted to feeding or watering their dogs while the car was in motion; 5% of those who participated said that they have played with their dog as they were driving.

Even without the ridiculously dangerous behavior, 39% said that they were distracted by their dog no matter where the dog spent the car trip.  I would believe that number is probably higher, much higher.

The legislators in Rhode Island are attempting to do something about this problem by banning small dogs from riding in the drivers’ laps.  The proposal is part of a larger, more comprehensive effort to lessen the number of distractions that drivers currently deal with.

The bill’s sponsor,  Rep. Peter G. Palumbo, proposed the law after hearing how one of his constituents had managed to avoid being in two separate accidents where the drivers were paying more attention to the small dogs sitting in their laps.

The penalties for those caught with a dog in their lap while driving are just enough to deter but not break the bank. Offenders would be fined $85 fine for first offenses, a $100 fine for second offenses and a $125 fine for subsequent offenses.

If the bill passes Rhode Island would be the first state to have an in-car law regulating where dogs can be or not be.  Several states have laws prohibiting dogs from riding the in open truck beds without restraints.  In 2008, California had a bill passed through state assembly that would have made it illegal to allow a dog to be unrestrained within a car, but it was vetoed by the Governor.  Although there is no dog-specific law, there are many states that have distracted driver laws – meaning that anything that distracts the driver is prohibited (no shaving, putting on makeup, or riding around with so many cats that the driver can’t see out the back window like one South Dakota woman – the number of cats: 15!)

Normally, I’m not a fan of new laws, but if people can’t use common sense to recognize a dangerous situation then I suppose a law (basically the governmental equivalent of a warning label) is not an altogether bad idea.  It doesn’t take a genius to see the potential hazards of what can happen to a tiny 10-pound body when an airbag is deployed.  Also, I frequently see these tiny dogs perched precariously on the driver’s open window – one good swerve and that dog is going to go flying out of the car!  For everyone’s sake, a driver’s first and only responsibility is to pay attention to the road – a phone, a dog, even a child is a potential threat when it distracts the driver.

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This month’s Rescue of the Month is Montana’s Precious Gold Golden Retriever Rescue.  A small group of volunteers that take in homeless, unwanted and abused Goldens – provide medical care, foster homes and loving forever homes.  A portion of the sales this month will go to support their much needed and appreciated work.

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Double Dutch Dog Phenom! (video)

All four in the air!

There are some amazing dog tricks that people teach their pets to do . . . and if you’ve ever taught (or attempted to teach) your dog a trick you know how hard it is! You have to take advantage of their own natural talent and then get it to evolve into something you can recreate on command.  So, with that in mind, can you imagine teaching a dog to jump rope?  Oh wait. That’s too easy. Make it double dutch – jumping two ropes that are going opposite directions.

For the record, I am not physically coordinated enough to get the ropes going in the right directions.  I am just in AWE of this . . .

This being Geronimo.  Geronimo is a cattle dog mixed with some other smart, talented breeds.  She is 2 years old and lives in Long Island, NY with her owner, Samantha Valle.   Valle is a member of the Stunt Dog team, a group of trainers and dogs that travels around the country showing off their extreme tricks.  They, the dogs, ride bikes, jump for and through objects, catch things.  In short, they perform stunts.  Really awesome stunts.

(warning: if you’re at work, you might want to turn your speakers down!)

Valle on her YouTube page says that this trick took Geronimo 5 weeks to learn from beginning to perfection.  Geronimo loves jumping, catching frisbees and agility.  This is the first time Valle had attempted teaching this trick so it was a lot of “trial and error” – she knew what she wanted Geronimo to do, but wasn’t sure how to get there.  The board keeps Geronimo focused on where she needs to be, which is essential when one considers everything that is going on at the same time. The end result is pretty spectacular!

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Top 10 Wackiest Pet Names 2012

Hi! My name's RileyChicken! What's yours?

As a pet parent you want a name that sets your furry companion a part from the crowd.  You want a name that, when you call it at the dog park, doesn’t get the attention of four other similarly named dogs.  You want a name that is as singular and special as your pet.

However, I don’t think that was the high-minded motivation behind the names that made the Top Ten Weirdest and Wildest Pet Names.

Let’s not harshly judge these owners.  As the owner of a dog named RileyChicken, there is a huge entertainment factor in calling the vet to make an appointment – it is even better hearing the staff say his name! – or yelling his name and seeing the expressions on people’s faces.  And Chicken doesn’t care that he’s got a weird name . . . he just wants cookies.

The names that made the list were culled from Banfield Pet Hospital’s client roster.  Considering that Banfield is the largest private vet collective with 780 veterinary clinics associated with the service, there were lots of names from which to choose.

Here are the most unusual names for 2012:

  1. Fatty Mcbutterpants
  2. Sir Goose Slobberalot
  3. Beetle Juice Monster Pants
  4. Chairman Meow
  5. Honey’s Lil Midnight Moonshine
  6. Lord Godrick Von Mousenberg
  7. Emperor Chewy Teddybear
  8. Cookie Fudge Rainbow
  9. Baron Von Doodle
  10. Alyssa Butter Scooch
I think RileyChicken could be a contender for the 2013 list ;-)
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Man Crashes Ferrari to Save Hedgehog

C'mon! You'd crash a car to save this little guy, too!

It’s a story that will make you smile if you’re an animal lover or cry if you’re a car enthusiast . . . if you’re both, prepare yourself for some conflicting emotions.

Joerg Daecher, 53, a German businessman, was driving home when his headlights caught the image of a hedgehog in the middle of the road.  Daecher swerved his Ferrari Testarosa, worth approximately $135,000 (USD) to avoid the little animal; however, the tires hit a patch of wet leaves and the car slid into a guardrail.

The accident broke half of the front bumper off, smashed the left headlight, ripped the sideview mirror, and left scrapes along the left side of the expensive sports car.

Police spokesman Markus Foerster was quoted as estimating the damage could run around $45,000 (USD) to repair.

Although the Ferrari suffered extensive (and expensive) damage, both Daecher and the hedgehog escaped harm.

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Once-a-Month members get their treats automatically shipped to them, and they get 5% off!  To make a good deal even better, Tigertail Foods donates another 5% to the rescue of your choice. What a sweet deal!

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The Dangers of Texting on the Move (video)

The bear prior to being tranquilized

We all know we shouldn’t text while driving, but here’s why you should text while walking . . .  you might run into a bear just like this Los Angeles man did as he was leaving his house.

Police were notified around 3 A.M. of the presence of a large black bear in a neighborhood La Crescenta  – an area of Los Angeles that backs up to foothills of the Verdugo Mountains and a large wilderness park, but also only 10 miles from downtown LA.  The bear had been in the town for three weeks scavenging through trash cans according to the Department of Fish and Game.  He is also believed to be the culprit in breaking into a garage refrigerator and snacking on some frozen meatballs.

After sunrise, the police found the bear wandering through a residential neighborhood.  Los Angeles’ KTLA news helicopter captured the scene of the oblivious texting man as he nearly bumps into the bear.  Fortunately for the mobile phone user, the bear doesn’t find the idea of chasing a running man particularly appealing.  Instead, the bear found a nice lawn to relax on until Fish and Game wardens, armed with tranquilizer guns, showed up and helped the 3 year-old, 300-pound bear take a nap.

The bear was loaded into a trailer and transported back to the Angeles National Forest to be released.  He was not harmed or injured during his trip into town.

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Dog Scouts of America Brings More Fun to Dogs and Owners

A couple of very happy campers!

As a dog owner I frequently wonder about the quality of my dog’s life.  How fulfilled is RileyChicken?  Is he bored going on the same walks? Could I be doing more make him happier?  I know I’m not the only one to really care about her dog’s emotional state just by looking at the wide range of toys and chews and various other products designed to entertain dogs.  However, is there something more? Something more beneficial to our relationship and the community at large?

Why, yes.  Yes, there is.

The Dog Scouts of America.  Modeled after other human scout groups, the DSA is organized by troops – there are 682 Dog Scouts in 38 troops across 22 states.  The motto of the DSA for the dogs is “Let us learn new things so we can become more helpful,” and ”Our dog’s lives are much shorter than ours – let’s help them enjoy their time with us as much as we can,” for the owners.  Those mottoes encapsulate what the Dog Scouts is all about – enriching our dogs lives through positive training and beneficial interaction with our communities.

Owners who have participated in structured and ongoing training can attest to how working with your dog can create a deep, significant bond – and just becoming an official Dog Scout requires passing a test that is similar, but after reading through the requirements it is harder *in my opinion* than the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.

A lot of work went into this collection

Once you and your dog pass the test and your dog becomes an official Dog Scout, you both work toward badges that can be sewn onto your dog’s DSA red bandanna/uniform and backpack.  There are nine merit-style badges: trails, water, agility, obedience, nose work, pulling, community, other-misc. that involves activities from fitness to fundraising, and other-existing competitions that involves participating in hunt retrieving and flyball among others.

The DSA’s philosophy is one of non-discrimination again breed.  They believe that if your Chihuahua wants to and is able to lure course, so be it.  There is no reason to shy away from an activity just because your dog’s breed isn’t designed to do it.  In this regard, the DSA helps to encourage owners to try something new and offers dogs the opportunity to find a novel activity they may be great at and really enjoy.

In a larger sense, the organization’s heart is creating responsible owners that become representatives to their community and examples of how others should commit to lifelong dog ownership.  The DSA website states the sad statistic that 1 out of every 4 dog ends up in a shelter and points to behavioral issues as one of the leading causes for this staggeringly high number.  As Dog Scouts, owners and dogs train using positive reinforcement methods to create model examples of dog-human relationships.  Furthermore, the DSA awards a “Good Scout” badge to people who “help promote humane education in smaller ways, or on fewer occasions, but may actually reach larger numbers of people through TV, radio, blogs, etc.” (DSA website)

If you are goal-oriented and enjoy the idea of deepening your relationship with your dog and setting a good example in your community consider checking out the Dog Scouts of America.

photo credits Dog Scouts of America

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Tigertail Foods’ Rescue Rebate Program helps the rescue group of your choice by donating a portion of every purchase.  If you have a rescue group you want to support, contact us and let us know.

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