Pet safety tips for New Year’s Eve celebrations

 

While most everyone is busy preparing for the year end celebrations, some may have forgotten to also prepare for their pets. There’s still time to make this New Years eve a safe and happy one for your pets.

Big gatherings, loud noises, and startling fireworks are some of the things we love about the holidays but they can be very frightening for our pets. With a little planning and precaution, you can ensure that this New Years eve celebration is enjoyable for everyone.

1. Update identification:

The biggest risk of all this New Years eve is that pets will get loose and become lost. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of noisemakers, gunfire, and fireworks can cause them to enter an extreme panic mode, sometimes even breaking through glass windows, slipping out doors or pushing through screens.

Make sure your pets are licensed and micro-chipped. Make sure the microchip company has your current address and phone numbers. If anything, collar and tag every pet in your home now.

2. Keep pets indoors:

Descending remnants of scorching novice fireworks, bottle rockets and stray celebratory bullets could cause serious injury or death to your pet. Therefore, keep the outside visits to a minimum.

This night is different, remember, anxiety can surface in the most fearless of dogs and most laid back cats while courage from alcohol can come out in the most passive of humans.

Being an amateur drinking night, intoxicated neighborhood visitors may find humor in letting your unattended pet out of your yard or worse intentionally inflicting harm upon them.

When your pet must go out to relieve itself, please accompany it and use a leash with a snug fitting collar or harness.

3. Create a safe and comforting environment:

If you’re having guests over, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off-limits to guests with plenty of water and pet food.

People coming in and out while not paying attention can be a perfect way for your anxiety stricken pet to escape.

Any pet can easily choke on the blower attachment of party horns or portions of party hats. Plastic Hawaiian neck leis commonly used at parties can also prove deadly when becoming lodged in the throat. Ingestion of certain party foods can be fatal if your pet find it’s way to the snack table or overflowing waste baskets. Don’t risk any of these things happening to your loving companion.

Keep your pets in a safe enclosed room, with doors, windows and blinds closed. Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes the smell of an article of clothing from your laundry can help comfort them. Chew toys or non ingestible chew bones are great to hold attention. Have several on hand and change them out for different ones throughout the night.

Create a space in the room for them to find refuge. Either an open door crate you are sure they will utilize or under a coffee table or perhaps behind a chair or couch. Just place their comfort items in this hiding place for them to relax.

Play soothing music or turn on the television. Keeping them occupied by the sound in the room and slightly masking the outside booms, crackles and horns is the key.

4. Keep your guests safe:

Taking into consideration that fear, anxiety and confusion can cause fear aggression in any pet, with one of your visitors being the target, is yet another safety reason to place your pet in a private and calming area of the home.

End of year celebrations with family and friends can be most enjoyable while reminiscing about the years memorable happenings. Don’t let a lost or injured pet be a bad ending to a wonderful evening.

Dogs recognize pictures of their owners

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Dogs recognize pictures of their owners

Friday, December 27, 2013 by: PF Louis
Tags: dogspet ownersanimal cognition

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(NaturalNews) A young girl whose family had one dog and two cats asked her mother, a college graduate and wife of a college professor, “Mommie, do animals have feelings?” Mommie answered, “I don’t know dear. Science hasn’t discovered that yet.” That was a true episode overheard directly by this author.

Now, science is figuring out if dogs recognize photos of their human masters apart from photos of other human faces. A study conducted in Helsinki, Finland, entitled “How dogs scan familiar and inverted faces: an eye movement study” determined that facial recognition among dogs is probable.

Hooray for science. Tell us more! (Sarcasm implied.) The study was recorded in the journal Animal Cognition just recently, December 2013.

According to the study abstract, they understood that dogs seem to be able to use facial cues from their masters. The researchers took 23 pet dogs and eight kennel dogs for their experiment. They applied facial inversion effects (deficits in face processing when the image is turned upside down) and observed responses to personal familiarity using eye movement tracking with images both inverted and not inverted.

They noticed that all the dogs fixated more on the eye areas of images projected upright than images inverted. They also noticed that pet dogs fixated more on familiar human faces. But both kennel and pet dogs fixated more on conspecific (same species) animal faces.

They concluded that dogs’ face scanning goes beyond the physical properties of images. Semantic factors, i.e., the collection of data from living memory, also determines the amount of attention a dogvisually fixates on a photographic image. This was demonstrated by the fact that familiar human and animal faces attracted more fixed attention than unfamiliar faces.

Their conclusion: “Facial images were generally more attractive for pet dogs than kennel dogs, but living environment did not affect conspecific preference or inversion and familiarity responses, suggesting that the basic mechanisms of face processing in dogs could be hardwired or might develop under limited exposure.”

That appears to be a rather convoluted conclusion. Maybe the translation factor from Finnish to English?

Real life canine experiences

After dealing with several dogs, both our own and others while dog sitting in Mexico, several experiences demonstrated how dogs do get to know and remember you quite well whether you were kind or not.

A considerable time after lovingly caring for a dog over a week or more, upon running into the dogs with their owners, the dogs would happily greet me, sometimes pulling those holding their leashes, without calling or signaling. At some distance, they recognized my face and came running to greet me.

One dog that we had often taken care of was wandering around off of his leash, which he often did near his owner’s small Mexican health food store. He hadn’t seen me for months. Without prompting, he lit up and came running happily (yes, dogs do have feelings) as soon as he turned around and saw me.

You’ve probably had similar experiences as a loving, caring dog owner or caretaker. Facial recognition along with personal energy fields or auras are factors that dogs do recognize.

A common theme in Buddhism and other Eastern religious/spiritual traditions is to be kind to sentient (having conscious awareness and feelings) beings, which includes animals. This benefits animal welfare in addition to bonding us with the animal kingdom. And it’s conducive toward increasing compassionwithin ourselves for all sentient beings, including other humans.

Mahatma Ghandi has said you can judge the morality of a nation by the way its society treats its animals. It seems like most societies worldwide offer mixed signals, at best, within that context.

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Urgent that the dogs and trucker be found.

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It has been confirmed Steve Markwell, owner of Olympic Animal Sanctuary has removed all 124 dogs out of his ware house, AND MAY BE HEADED TO IDAHO, UTAH, CALIFORNIA OR CANADA. We need this blasted all over the Internet immediately these dogs are in danger some have a lawsuit pending for their removal out of his hands we need help with this now. Please please share this. Warehouse located in Forks, Washington. We have contacted state police. Reward for information on Steve Markwells whereabouts. In truck, no ventilation for animals.Vin# 1FUJBBAV93LK83417, USDOT 2432289 OREGON PLATE NH7816 TT TRUCK TRACTOR FRHT. Please share!

How does Shabbat observance affect pet owners?

 

Today being sunday (the christian sabbath), I wanted to do something different, so I found this regarding the Jewish sabbath

 

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Walking a pet on Shabbat is not problematic per se, as long as you avoid carrying the animal or any pet accessories in the “public domain” (See The Shabbat Laws).

While the pet may be collared and leashed, it must be clear that you are walking an animal, not carrying a leash. The pet must therefore remain close to you at all times, and the length of the leash should remain taut; never sagging within a handbreadth of the ground, and no more than a handbreadth of extra leash should dangle from your hand.6

Touching and Petting

Any object which offers no immediate practical use is called muktzah, and may not be handled on Shabbat. According to conventional Jewish law, animals, too, fall into this category. While household pets may be an exception — as will be explained shortly — let us first discuss conventional halachah with regards to handling animals.

It is forbidden to pet, hold, or stroke an animal on Shabbat.7 An exception to the no-handling rule is if the animal is in pain or discomfort; in such an instance it is permitted to touch it in order to ease its pain. For example, one is allowed to apply oil or an ointment8 to a wound,9 or help an animal which is having difficulty walking.10

This exception only applies to the rules of muktzah. The laws of muktzah are of rabbinic origin, and were waived by the rabbis in an instance of animal pain or discomfort. However, in a case when the animal’s life may be in danger,11 it is permitted to ask a non-Jew to do any activity which is ordinarily forbidden on Shabbat.12

All of the above, as we said, is the conventional law pertaining to handling animals on Shabbat. It has been argued by certain prominent halachic authorities13 that household pets are not included in the category of muktzah at all, because they have an “immediate practical use” — namely, providing people with pleasure and companionship. There are others who disagree, maintaining that the rabbinic prohibition against handling animals on Shabbat was imposed across the board. As there are differing opinions in this matter, speak to your rabbi, who will advise you regarding your particular situation.

[Animal litter is also muktzah. But you may clean it up if it is in your home and disturbing you.14]

 

FEEDING

Feeding pets on Shabbat is permitted.1 In fact we are required by the Torah to feed dependant animals every day before we eat ourselves. This is derived from the verse (Deuteronomy 11:15): “I will give grass in your fields for your animal, and you shall eat and be satisfied”–food for the animal is mentioned before food for oneself!2

 

 

Note: All these rules apply to major Jewish holidays too, with the exception of the rules regarding carrying in the Public Domain, which are not applicable on Jewish holidays.

 

 

 

 

Dog sport of the day: Earthdog Trials

An earthdog trial tests the working ability and instinct of the small, often short-legged terriers or Dachshunds. These dogs were bred to hunt vermin and other quarry which lived in underground dens. Earthdog den trials involve man-made underground tunnels that the dogs must negotiate, while scenting a rat, “the quarry.” The dog must follow the scent to the quarry and then “work” the quarry. Depending on the sanctioning organization, “working” means barking, scratching, staring, pawing, digging; any active behavior. The quarry is protected at all times by wooden bars across the end of the tunnel. The hunting encounter is controlled, and neither the dog nor the quarry (usually two rats) are endangered by the activity.

In Canada, earthdog trials are sanctioned by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC). In the United States, two major organizations sanction earthdog trials: the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the American Working Terrier Association (AWTA).

Dog sport highlight for friday: tracking trials

Tracking trial is an event to encourage dogs to make use of their strongest facility, the ability to follow a scent trail. The competition emulates the finding of a lost person or article in a situation where the performance of the dog can be fairly assessed. Because of this, the tracks laid are straightforward, not the wanderings that may characterize a lost person, nor do they include deliberate attempts by the tracklayer to deceive the dog.