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A Dog is a liberal….he wants to please everyone-William Kunstler

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Word Puzzles about dogs…Hunting and Herding

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This month’s crossword and word search are about dog hunting and herding.  Are you a dog’s best friend in the field? Test yourself by clicking here

Good luck!

Lisa and Carol

Ameri-Pooch LLC

Because a dog is not just a dog!

Word Puzzles…Dog with the Mostest!

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For July we are celebrating dogs that are record breakers and people that are doggedly determined to break a world record. I warn you in advance, these are tough!

Click here to start

Good Luck!

Lisa and Carol
Ameri-Pooch LLC

Because a dog is not just a dog!

Word Puzzles Poisonous Plants

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We all want to protect our four legged friends, but many homes and yards have plants that are just not safe around animals. Here is your chance to test your knowledge. Some of these may surprise you!

Click here for Puzzles

Good luck..

Lisa and Carol

Ameri-Pooch LLC

Because a dog is not just a dog

Word Puzzles for Dog Lovers!

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Today is the day that our word search and crossword puzzle “dog talk” is available on our site.  Dogs have permeated every part of our lives..from language to our homes. But how well are we doing with their language?  Test your on human and dog talk!

Click here Word puzzles

Good luck!

Lisa and Carol

Ameri-Pooch LLC

Because a dog is not just a dog!

National Service Dog Eye Examination Month

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During May the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists offers free eye exams for service dogs.

It was set up to help ensure that these valuable assistants to humans get proper health care-and includes dogs, cats, horses, and one donkey!  Launched in 2008, the program has examined more than 96,000 animals and is now in more than 43 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Exams are to detect poor vision, retinal disease, glaucoma, and cataracts, and is a non-invasive procedure that takes less than 15 minutes.

Eligibility guidelines are that the animal be currently working, formally trained service animal*, certified therapy animal with a proof of active registration.

If your pet is eligible, you need to look for a provider near you (this can be done at http://acvoeyeexam.org). You need to complete the application on line, and bring it with you on the day of the exam. The guidelines for formally trained animals are to ensure that data collected can be used to identify potential eye problems that may be related to the animals work, and to prevent people who in the past claimed their pet was a service animal, but was not. Services are provided by volunteer ophthalmologists whose clinical resources may be limited, so the goal is to ensure these volunteers continue to provide their services for those who are most in need.

Registrations for the clinics start on April 1st, and continue for the entire month. Appointments are limited, so early registration on line is recommended.

*Qualified service animal applies to ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event.

May is National Microchip your Dog Month

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Tomorrow is the start of a whole month devoted to chips…not the potato type, but microchips for dogs….

Dogs can be separated from their loved ones during natural or other disasters, by slipping out the door (or out of a collar), or through theft.  Collars can slide off, tags get scratched and can no longer be read, and suddenly the most responsible pet parents can’t find their dog. Micro-chips solve this dilemma.

The “chip” is a rice sized piece that is injected between the shoulder blads, just under the skin. After it is implanted you can’t even find it (I’ve tried, and if I can’t find it on my tiny Chihuahua, you won’t find it on your Great Dane!  The chip can be injected at anytime, and very often your vet can do it while your dog is being neutered, so they won’t even have to deal with the injection.

In the past there were concerns with these chips, as they could migrate, but the newer ones are made to be “anti-migratory”, so they stay in place. They are also made to last for 25 years, so you only need to do this once. And, they are made of an inert bio-compatible material…what does that mean? No issues with allergies to the chip.

Another concern in the past was that the chips could only be read by a specific companies scanner, but today the scanners are universal, and virtually all vets and shelters have them. We had a dog appear in our yard one time, and we reported it to the shelter. The dog was returned to the owner, who didn’t even know their dog had left their property…..

As effective as they are, there still are some things that owners must do. Because they scanner numbers are registered with a specific registry, you must keep that company updated if you move or your contact information changes.   And, since most cities and towns require licensing and use of a collar, you must continue to use a collar and traditional tags to be compliant with local regulations.

Microchipping is the best way to ensure your pet returns home if you are ever separated. Sometimes you hear of dogs being returned years later, because the dog was picked up by animal control officers, or was brought to a vet where they were scanned. Where else can you get that kind of insurance?

Going on a trip, or is your dog being treated for an illness? Leather Brothers ID Capsules secure to your dogs collar, and information can be written down and slid inside the vial…a great way to keep contact or medical information up to date….

Outlaw All Chihuahuas?

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Bet you never thought you would hear me say those words!  I have been against breed legislation from the get go, but today, what has been a laughing matter (the evil chihuahua stories) hit home. One of our Chihuahuas, Bessie, waited in line at the town sponsored Rabies vaccine and licensing clinic. While there she never made a sound, behaved impeccably amid much larger (she was the only Chi there) dogs who barked and lunged, pulling their owners around the parking lot dispite their prong collars. And what did she tell me when she came home? Most of the conversations around her were about dogs, of course, and she kept hearing, “Chihuahuas bite, even if they seem nice don’t trust them”.  “All Chihuahuas are evil” etc. Now, I was highly offended. Here is my favorite breed being labeled as vicious dogs. Now, let me remind you that BOTH our Chihuahuas are graduates of a Pet Assisted Therapy program, and are working in a nursing home. I know that sometimes there are issues with their big egos and hearts but it seems terribly unfair that a dog is not judged as an individual.

I do understand that some Chi’s do not have the temperament to do what our girls do, but most often comes from poor socialization or allowing them to get away with things because they are “cute”. However, it just seems to me that judging a dog, and in the case of breed legislation such as “Pitbull” owners experience is so unfair. I have never met a bad Pit, and have met many Chi’s that are great little dogs.

Unfortunately people breed certain traits into a dog, fail to teach basic manners or to socialize and or exercise their dogs, and then punish the dogs and responsible pet owners for the failings of a few. Even most disturbing is the Facebook and youtube postings of children hopping on dogs or otherwise tormenting a dog, while the dog lays there with whale eyes..and the parents are filming and encouraging the child. We should be teaching children to respect animals, learning about dogs and their behaviors, and giving them all a fair chance in life….lots of socialization as a youngster,  setting expectations, learning about the dogs we bring into our homes and hearts;these can make a huge difference in the quality of the bond we share with our animals, and can be far more important than labeling a breed.

And as for Bessie..she will get through this…with support from her loving family. And for those of you with dogs with “bad reputations”….be sure your dog is an ambassador for their breed, and EDUCATE, EDUCATE,EDUCATE…after all, most dogs that are in the news because of bad behaviors are not in the news because of their genes!

And by the way, I do realize that Bessie is just a dog…or is she?