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It's National Microchip Your Pet Day!

My dog says that today is national Register Your Chip Day! Not potato chip, but microchip!

Accidents happen and having a microchip inserted into your companion animal is yet another way to ensure his/her safe return in case something unexpected happens. Here are the stats on the benefits of microchips, courtesy of PetFinder and FurKeeps:
  • 52.2% of microchipped dogs are returned to their owners, versus 21.9% overall (238% better with a microchip!).
  • 38.5% of microchipped cats are returned to their owners, versus 1.8% overall (over 2000% better with a microchip!).
  • Fewer than 2% of all stray dogs and cats in shelters have microchips.
  • Lost pets who had a microchip were reunited with their families in almost three out of four cases.
  • 35% of microchipped pets who were not reconnected with their families remained in shelters because their the owner had not maintained the information on the chip (e.g. incorrect or disconnected phone number).
Your companion animals depend on you for their safety. In addition to a traditional ID tag, get your pet a microchip! Better safe than sorry.

To learn more about microchips, click HERE.

Bob Barker speaks out for dogs left in cars

My dog says Bob Barker is such a hero to animals! The former Price is Right host has done so many things to advocate for both wild and domestic creatures and his efforts make a real difference. Advocating for elephants in zoos, protecting whales against Japanese hunters, and establishing an animal law program at the University of Virginia are just a few of the many things Barker has done to help animals.

Barker's most recent good deed is the video below, which reminds people about the dangers of leaving your dog in the car. There are other celebs who do things here and there to help animals, but Barker is a step above the rest and always puts his money where his mouth is. Thank you for all you do for animals, Bob! You are our hero!

Four timely reminders for pet parents

My dog says he's passing on some important reminders to all the pet parents out there. The reason for this topic is because our family lost our smallest member this week. Scarlet was a four-pound chihuahua, rescued from the Los Angeles city shelter. On Sunday, she passed away unexpectedly. One minute she was fine, a few hours later she was dead.

So, as a family grieving over the loss of someone special, we pass on these reminders to all those who have a special animal in their lives: 

1) Take lots of pictures of your companion animals. In this day and age of digital cameras, it's easy and cheap, so be sure to snap pictures every week or month. You will never regret having too many photos, but you will always regret not having enough once your loved one has left this Earth.

Scarlet's first week with us in her new home

2) If you don't have some sort of video capturing device, get one--and use it. Scarlet used to prance around with such joy and grace and there is no video of her. This is something that saddens our family. Take lots of video of your furbabies. This will help keep your memories alive.

Scarlet at the Halloween parade

3) Tell your dog/cat/bunny/guinea pig/bird every day how much you love them. Give them kisses, hugs, pets, and show them that you care. Life can change in an instance and any moment could be the last time you are with your furry or feathered companion animal.  Always make sure they know they're loved. 

Scarlet celebrating Christmas in her Santa outfit

4) This is an extension of #3, but a wee bit different. Make time. It's so easy to get keyed up from a hectic day and bring that tension home with you. It's easy to be distracted with all the responsibilities nagging at you. But, be sure to make time each day for quality bonding with your animal family (and give them ample opportunity to enjoy the things they love: walks, sunbathing, etc.). Your pets are great listeners and stress relievers. Don't get so caught up with other things that you take their presence for granted. 

Now, go tell your furchildren how much they mean to you while they're still here. All we have left of Scarlet is memories. She stole our hearts and took them with her when she died.

Huge patch of plastic covers Atlantic Ocean

My dog says he read a heartbreaking article today about a pile of plastic in the Atlantic Ocean that spans thousands of square miles. Did you know nearly 80% of marine debris comes from the land? So, that litter in the streets, that overflowing garbage can, that trash on the beach; it all ends up in the ocean.

Don't be part of the problem, be a part of the solution! Reduce, reuse, recycle. It's that easy! For tips on how you can help the planet, click HERE. And to read the article about the huge plastic patch in the Atlantic, click HERE.

This planet is home to all of us, on land and on sea, so let's protect it.

New Droid app lets you talk with the animals

My dog says there's an app for that! No reason animals should be left out of the smart phone revolution, right?

Well, to bring the world's creatures into the 21st century, Google has developed a new app for the Android: Translate for Animals. Ever wonder what that grunt, bark, meow, snort, or whinny means? Now you can find out what the animals are really thinking!

The ten worst excuses for not spaying or neutering your pet

My dog says he found this oldie but goodie and wanted to dust it off and throw it into cyberspace. If your companion animal is not spayed or neutered, this is for you. If he or she is altered, thanks for being part of the solution and not contributing to the problem of pet overpopulation.

The Ten Worst Excuses Not to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Millions of healthy cats and dogs are killed every year in the United States because there are not enough homes for all of them. As printed in Ann Landers' column, here are the 10 worst excuses to not spay or neuter your pet:

1. Just one litter and we’ll have her spayed. (Virtually the entire pet overpopulation problem stems from the "just one litter" mentality.)

2. My dog doesn’t run loose, so he doesn’t need to be fixed. (Not fixing him increases the likelihood that he will try to escape and find a mate.)

3. We always find homes for all the kittens. (And that means an equal number of kittens at the pound will have to be killed.)

4. I want the children to witness the miracle of birth. (Rent a video.)

5. My dog is so cute and unique, there should be more of her. (Shelters are full of cute and unique dogs, most with only a few more days to live.)

6. It’s not natural. (There hasn’t been anything "natural" about dogs since we began developing breeds thousands of years ago and having them live in our homes.)

7. I just couldn’t look my dog in the eye if I had him castrated. (Dogs are not human and don’t care if they are castrated. Don’t make the mistake of applying human emotions to your pet.)

8. A female cat or dog should have one litter for health reasons. (Actually spaying or neutering early will prevent certain forms of cancer.)

9. Neutering my dog will make him fat and lazy. (Too much food and not enough exercise will make him fat and lazy.)

10. Fixing my pet will change his/her personality. (Your pet will be more content to stay home and be a part of your family and neutered males are less aggressive.)

Five rules for visiting a home with animals (when you don't have any)

My dog says he found this great list of rules on the Rescuing Animals in Need website. For the whole post, entitled Dear Dogs and Cats, click HERE. But here's the part that I like best:

Rules for Non-Pet Owners Who Visit and Like to Complain About Our Pets:

1. They live here. You don't.

2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.

3. I like my pet a lot better than I like most people.

4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.

5. Dogs and cats are better than kids. They eat less, don't ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called, never drive your car, don't hang out with drug-using friends, don't smoke or drink, don't worry about buying the latest fashions, don't wear your clothes, don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and if they get pregnant, you can sell the results.

* BLOGGER'S NOTE: I really don't like that very last line about pregnancy and selling! Always spay and neuter your animals; there are not enough homes for the animals who are already alive! And animals should never be "sold"; they are not property (you buy a couch, but you adopt an animal).

Is your cat trying to kill you?

My dog says if you've ever loved (or known) a cat, you simply must take a look at How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You. It's a fun, visually appealing list of the 9 things cats doand what they really mean!

To see what your cat is thinking, and determine if he/she is plotting to take you out, click HERE.

Photo credit: Drawn by Matthew Inman

Love animals? Go vegetarian!

My dog says this graph is absolutely staggering. Make a compassionate change for 2010 and go vegetarian. To get a free veggie starter kit mailed to you, click HERE. Or for the online version, click HERE.

Source: USDA NASS Livestock Slaughter 2008 Summary, retrieved from USDA NASS Livestock Annual Summaries

Three tips for happier dogs

My dog says this little pugger has it right! This fun, one-minute video includes three things you can do to make your dog happier.

Helping lost or injured animals

My dogs says you should read this helpful tip sheet from the Tree House Animal Foundation about helping stray animals. If you've never helped lost animals before, it has some good information. From catching animals with litters to helping orphaned wildlife and everything in between, it's a handy resource for any animal lover.

Sometimes animals need help and this fact sheet will give you all the guidance you need.

Assistance for pet guardians

My dog says he found a helpful list of resources available to animal guardians across the United States. From pet food to spay/neuter assistance, it lists info by state. Check it out if you, or someone you know, could use a little help.

Save a chicken

My dog says September is National Chicken Month. Instead of celebrating by eating chickens, why not take this time to learn more about these wonderful creatures. Better yet, celebrate by giving a chicken the gift of life and going vegetarian. Compassion Over Killing has tips on how you can help our feathered friends.

It's too hot for summer trips in the car

My dog says it's still really hot out there in the summer sun. Please don't leave your dog in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked. Temperatures can skyrocket in no time and kill your dog within minutes. When it's hot outside, leave Fido at home where it's safe.

For tips on how you can help get out the word and protect dogs from hot cars, visit My Dog is Cool.

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