Dogs in Church

“Have you seen the woman who brings her dog to church,” someone asked me.

“No,” I answered. I did not react well to hearing the news. Much public news appears to center around “It’s all about me” people who do what they want with no concern for others. Besides that, a Christian church represents the body of Christ, a holy place.

Then, a counter-thought came to mind. Biblical stories brim with allegory. After birth, Mary placed Jesus in a manger (a feeding trough for domestic animals). The Son of God sheltered among domestic animals (in their house), a vulnerable, but protected newborn. How can we not welcome a domestic animal today in the house of the Lord, his house. Yet, a dilemma may accrue from such welcome.

As I understand it, the woman has aged to the point that she barely can come to worship at our church. Her wee dog, a constant companion, gives her love. The animal has become her strength, her source of courage about leaving her house for any purpose. She has passed the point of reason about whether or not her dog can go where she goes. If the dog cannot go, then she will not.

After I heard about the woman and her dog, many church services have happened, yet I have not located her. Someone told me that she arrives late, just before the start of the service, that she sits in the last pew, and that she places the dog at her feet in order to stand and to clap her hands during the singing portions of the church service.

“From habit, the dog shakes itself just after she places it at her feet,” someone said. “If you listen carefully, you may hear its tiny chain and tag rattle. Otherwise, you will not know, for the dog never makes a sound.”

Just as in any public place, at a restaurant, at the theater, at your child’s school play, on a cruise ship, in an airplane, owners, managers, and members have increasingly permitted patrons’ animals. Some do that conditionally. Those animals admitted may not all rattle a tiny chain and lay quietly at their owner’s feet. Society has become ever more political and vocal, and does not seem to tolerate exceptions. Allow one wee dog in church and the staff will risk a dilemma when dozens of dogs attend church with their owners. What do you think should be done? #TAG1writer.

 

The Ultimate Guide For Dog Grooming Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool

Loving and caring for your dog is more than simply feeding them on time and giving them water to drink. A dog’s body works differently than ours, and no two dogs have the same body type, just as humans do. The responsibility of keeping healthy is actually huge and hard. There are many things a pet parent has to do every couple of days to help their live a healthy life.

Best Grooming Tips for your Pups

Here is a list of things you can and should do for your puppy every few days:

Give your pet a Bath

Bathing your dog regularly gets rid of skin irritants and cleans your dog’s coat and skin. This helps your dog stay itch-free, germ-free and happy. If you have a dog that does not have a coat of fur, then you can bathe your dog twice a week. However, if your pet has a coat of fur, then you will need to bathe them every second day.

Brushing

No matter what type of coat your dog has, brushing is important for every type of pet. Do not misunderstand the logic behind brushing your fur coat. There is more to just adding to your dog’s beauty with brushing. Brushing brings out the underlying insects that may be lingering on her body. Other than this, brushing prevents your dog’s coat from matting and giving them discomfort. If possible, you should brush her coat every day. There are many luxury dog accessories, such as an insect repelling dog collar or a brush made specifically for removing ticks.

Clipping Nails

When you have a dog, there are many things you need to do for them, including clipping nails. Dog’s nails can grow quite long and will pose a horrible problem to them and you. Longer nails can bend and break easily. Broken nails can also bleed. However you look at it, broken nails are painful and are uncomfortable for your pet. To get rid of this, clip your pet nails once a week. But do not use a normal clipper or a baby nail clipper for your pet; you may hurt your pet, this can be found under the listings for luxury dog accessories.

Cleaning Their Paws and Other Care

The paws of puppy are extremely sensitive. And since your four-legged friend loves to run around everywhere, the paws get dirty. Every time dog goes out, remember to clean your dog’s paws. Remember to check for some wounds on the paws and if you find any, treat them immediately. Other than this, if it is hot outside, remember to take necessary precautions before you take your dog out. Get them some shoes to battle the hot pavements.

Caring for them is quite hard. There are many things you need to take care of. However, making use of situation-specific, such as using tick removing brushes, anti-bacterial shampoos, etc., can help you take better care of your pet.

 

Why Should You Choose a Dog Walking Service?

A dog walking service… Sounds like a preppy way to waste your money huh? Well guess again. Dog walking services are more than common and are a useful resource to any canine owner.

Busy Life
We understand that life gets busy every once in a while and of course your dog gets the short end of the stick. It does not have to be that way for your pooch. Dog walking services can help you manage your time and schedule effectively to ensure that your dog gets the attention it deserves. Your companion can have all the fun in the world while you are at work or at the grocery store. Allowing your pooch to exercise when you are not at home will ensure that he or she is calmer and quieter when you get back!

Professional Experience and Advice
So not only will your dog have the right amount of stimulation during the week, it will also be handled by a professional. That is a reassuring thought for you as an owner. Professional dog walkers know what they are doing. They will mold the walk to fit your best friend’s physical need and of course, capabilities. As your dog walker builds a relationship with your pooch, he or she will be able to give you guidance on how to make your dog’s life more pleasurable at home. Dog walkers are a walking, resourceful database about dogs! Not only that, by analyzing your dog’s behavior, the dog walker can modify the workout in order to best suit your dog. Activities for your pooch will vary from walking, going to the park to socialize with other dogs, and sometimes even swimming. Your dog will also be more social as he or she is being handled by another person outside the family.

Time Away From Your Dog
You love your dog and we understand that. But just like when you’re happy about summer break being over and the kids going back to school, you get happy when you can have a couple hours to yourself without the dog constantly wanting to play with you. Hiring a dog walker will allow you to get some peace and quiet around your house. This is important to consider if you have a younger and/or a more energetic dog. If you have multiple canine friends in your home, taking one out of the pack can also allow your other pooches to get some peace and quiet.

Overall, dog walking services are extremely convenient. They benefit both you, as an owner, and your dog. Your pooch will also be in safe and knowledgeable hands, while you enjoy your me-time.

 

Dog Walking Etiquette

There is no guidebook or specific rules about how you should walk your dog. But similarly to how you should behave in a public setting, there is a dog walking etiquette. So here is a couple of things you should and/or shouldn’t do while taking your companion.

Control your pet.
There are different levels of control you can exercise on your pet. While walking you should not let you dog walk-up to random people unless they say it is okay to do so. Some people are allergic and other afraid of dogs. Controlling your dog also means that it does not walk-up to other dogs. Some dogs do not tolerate stranger dogs, or are just afraid and intimated which could result in aggressive behavior. To avoid losing control on your pooch, keep him or her on a short leash especially in crowded environments. A longer lead may be used for more remote walking areas such as trails or parks. Always, keep your dog on the leash unless at the park or in a fenced area. You never know what or who might come out from behind the next bush. This is a safety precaution. Prevent your dog from barking too much. It is relatively okay once or twice but constant barking is a noise nuisance to the neighborhood.

Pick-up after your dog!
This may seem like the most obvious one out there, but there are way too many dog owners that do not pick-up after their dog goes to the bathroom. Be courteous to other owners and pets. No one wants to see, smell or step into what your pooch has left behind. A reason why there are only a limited number of beaches that allow dogs, is people not picking-up. Go out prepared and always carry bags with you to pick up after your pet. This allows for a clean environment at all times.

Know the limits of your dog.
Each dog and dog breed is different. Know how far your pooch can go. Choose the appropriate weather and terrain to keep both you and your dog comfortable. If you are training or conditioning your dog, make sure you do your research or consult an expert to provide only the best. Studying your pet’s behavior can help determine what type of environment is best.

There are three main dog walking etiquettes out there. Apply control over your pet when outside. Pick-up after your dog if he or she leaves a mess. Finally, make sure you know how far your dog can go. Overall, walking your dog should be a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable experience for both pet and owner.

 

Foods to Keep Away From Your Dog

As dog lovers, we want to spoil our furry members of the family all the time. Especially when it comes to sharing the things we love with them. Unfortunately, not everything that is good for us is good for our pets too. Listed below is a series of foods to keep away from your dogs.

1. Chocolate (& Caffeine) – Now even if you have never had a dog of your own you probably know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. What you might not know is that this also extends to coffee and caffeine. All of these items come from cacao seeds, which contain methylxanthines. This has been known to cause numerous ill effects in dogs and even death. They should be kept far away from your pets.

2. Grapes and Raisins – This one might not be as widely known, and that might be a result of the reason behind it being somewhat unknown as well, but grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. It is best to avoid giving either of these to your dog at all.

3. Salt – When ingested in large amounts, salt can cause pets to have excessive thirst and urination. This can lead to severe dehydration and even sodium ion poisoning, so it’s best to limit the salty snacks you give your dogs. Some common salty snacks to watch out for can include pretzels, chips, popcorn etc.

4. Bread – This common table food can cause bloating and twisting in your dogs stomach. This extends to all forms of bread, from sliced to baked. Also, when eating raw dough, the ethanol produced from the yeast can cause your dog to become drunk. Obviously, you do not want that so you are going to want to keep all forms of bread away from your pups.

5. Bones – Dogs are famously known for their love of bones, however, giving your dogs bones from the table can be very harmful to them. Certain bones like chicken and ribs are prone to breaking off easily. This can do damage to your dogs throat going down and even choke them. The bones can also splinter off at any point going down, potentially damaging their insides and their stomachs. It is best to only give your dogs bones that were made especially for chewing on, like the kind you can find at your local pet store

 

Dog Sitting & Boarding and How to Pick

As a current, or potentially new, dog owner, you may think that having a dog means you can never leave town or enjoy a well-deserved vacation. That is a myth. There many options you can consider to take care of your pet while you’re away.

Dog Boarding
Facilities and businesses that offer dog boarding services are professionals kennels. They look after multiple dogs at a time and offer only the best. Dogs are kept in individual kennels throughout the day with air conditioning, food and water. They are let out multiple times a day to use the bathroom and enjoy some fresh air. A dog boarding service often has day care time. This is a time during day where dogs are outside and together so they can play and spend their energy. A behavioral analysis is conducted prior to establish if your dog will play well with others. This option is great if you have multiple dogs and are looking for professional to look after them.

Personal Pet Sitting
This type of care involves someone that you know and trust to take care for you dog. It is important that you know the person prior to hiring them. You need to make sure they can look after you dog safely so that you can leave town without a worry in mind. There are two forms of personal pet sitting. The first would be to leave you dog at your home and your chosen care taker will come in several times a day. During the visits, your dog will get fed, and taken out for walks or just to play and get some stimulation. This involves a bit of commuting from the care taker and can be a little more costly to you as an owner. The second form of pet sitting is in-house. This means that the care taker you chose will take your dog in his or her own home to watch over for the time that you’re gone. In this case your dog lives in another home while you are away. This kind of pet sitting in beneficial for your dog. He or she can be in constant connection with its care taker and get much more attention. This is also more convenient for you sitter whom can stay at home while still watching over your dog. Your pet may experience a little stress from the change of environment but it would be over within 24 hours.

There are multiple form of pet sitting you can choose from as a dog owner. We recommend the in-home personal care one if you have a single dog. For multiple dogs, a boarder or kennel maybe the best option. Whichever form you choose, make sure you communicate with your care taker to express concerns about them and/or your pet.

 

Choices: What Pet Food To Choose

Once you start looking at all the offerings, confusion is probably not far behind. You start questioning do I get freeze-dried, air-dried, or dehydrated. Let’s look at each. First and foremost they are all without moisture, but not interchangeable as terms go.

Air dried pet food is a unique process. It’s like making jerky, you hang it and let it dry at room temperature. The air drying process does not damage proteins, vitamins, nutrients, or enzymes. It simply removes moisture.

Now freeze-dried pet food and the process is more complicated. Raw food is placed in a pressurized chamber and frozen. The process is known as sublimation (ice converts directly into a water vapor, skipping the liquid phase). This process has no changes to the food. It is a very slow process, but as stated, it does not change the food structure, and it gives the food very shelf stable. To feed simply crumble (patties or nuggets) and add water.

Dehydrated pet food basically takes raw food, and gently removes the moisture by utilizing low heat so as not to break down the nutrients and enzymes. Again like making jerky. Also to feed, you need to re-hydrate.

So what’s the difference? The temperature of the processes is the main difference. While freeze-dried foods don’t necessarily need to be rehydrated for feeding, Most will agree that increased moisture to any of these products is key to the health and wellness of our beloved pets.

Some will ask if these foods are considered raw. Air dried and freeze-dried would be considered raw, while dehydrated, due to the heat used, would probably not qualify. Questions regarding the ingredients or preparation should be directed to the company website. Most will detail ingredient information (sourcing, safety, and process used to manufacture).

Most of these products are complete and balanced diets. I can not stress enough to check the labels to ensure your pet is getting all the nutrients needed for a balanced diet. You can also see which food your pets like. I have a few finicky pets.

A few other considerations in making your choice are price, weight, storage. Freeze-dried foods are pricey, because of the process of manufacture. The lightweight and long shelf-life are the advantages. It gets your attention when a 5 lb bag of freeze-dried dog food rehydrates to about 25 lbs, or a 25 lb bag equals 125 lbs.

 

My Dog Was Lost, But Now He Is Found

I realized after an hour that my nine year old Miniature Schnauzer was missing. To my dismay the door was left ajar after I had brought in a large bag of dog food into the house from the car. It was now getting dark and after several neighbors and I had searched up and down the street and in the alley, we did not find him. Friends called other friends making it a community effort. We had walked, then driven around our neighborhood. He was nowhere to be found.

It was hard to realize that my dog was missing. My emotions ran wild, thinking that something terrible had happened to him. I expected the worst of what may have happen, having him hit by a car or killed by a wild animal. Then when he didn’t come home and it was getting late, I didn’t know what else I could do. He is like family and I wanted him safe at home with me.

Worried about how he must be feeling, all lonely and cold and hungry I reported his being lost to the police, the pet shelter, the radio station and also posted his disappearance on social media listing his description to reach out to others about my dilemma. He had a dog tag on his collar with his name “Sparky” and address and phone number. I know that if anyone would find him they would certainly call. I had a hard time trying to sleep wondering were he could be. He had never ran away to the point of not coming right back, before. Feeling so responsible I starting looking up information on the internet to pass the time away.

I kept reading because I felt strongly that I would recover where my dog has gone. I felt that I would find him and my instincts proved that to be true.

I did fall asleep and awoke to a phone call asking if my dog “Sparky” was lost. She had seen my post on social media. One of my friends was her friend but not knowing she would be the one to find my dog. He had wandered a mile and a half away crossing a major, busy avenue and was found in a women’s garage this morning under her car. She said they had left the garage door open during the night and her little girl saw a black dog run under the car from the window. They had a hard time getting him out from under the car. The little girl finally got him to come out to her.

They brought him to my house. He was a dirty dog and very scared, but so happy to see me and be home at las

 

Physical Activities For Dogs

Everyone wants their pets to be fit and healthy. As wonderful as dogs can be, they are famous for missing the point. Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. There are many games and exercises that can contribute to the fitness of your pets. These activities will not only make them fit, but will also bring an excitement in both of yours lives.

Walk With The Dog – Instead of walking your dog, have your dog walk you. Go wherever your dog goes. It can be great exercise for you as well. You can also go for runs, which can increase your as well as the dog’s stamina.

Tracking Clues – Not all dogs are tracking breeds, but just about any dog can participate in the sport of tracking, a competitive event for dogs and handlers. A scent trail is laid out hours before competition. Numerous clues are left for the dog to follow through and something as a reward is placed at the end of the trails.

Playing With Other Dogs – The best form of activity is the one where dogs can naturally move their body. Playing with fellow dogs can be one of them. They’ll not only exercise but also enjoy the time.

Teaching Fun Behaviours – Mental exercises are always the best. You can teach your dog exercises like high-fiving or bowing or command by hand. After obedience commands have been taught, cognitive challenges tend to drop off.

Dancing With Your Dog – A dance routine can really cheer you and your dog up. This can energize you and your dog as you both dance away to your favourite tunes.

Indoor Agility – You can set up a makeshift agility course in your house with things like chairs and broom poles (jumps), a mat (for a makeshift pause table), cones or boxes (weave poles), and blankets over the space between the couch and the coffee table (tunnel). Or you can buy an indoor agility set. Either way, it is very useful.

Hide and seek – You can have great fun playing hide and seek with your dog. Put your dog in stay until you can hide and then call him to find you. It can also enhance the dog’s mental abilities.

Stairs – One of the most effective exercise for your dog indoors. Make it go up and down the stairs to burn those extra calories.

 

Yes! Dogs Get Emotionally Attached To You

Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. And undoubtedly, they are! They are always there when you need them and never let you feel alone. They can really lighten up someone’s mood. Their love is endless. The world has witnessed many stories which tell us how a dog is incomplete with its parent.

A man in New Jersey suffering from clinical depression, read about the beneficial presence of dogs and brought a golden retriever home. He suddenly started feeling responsible and felt this strong need to live.

This is just one example. Dogs have been very faithful to men since ages.

It is seen that many times pet owners too develop a relationship with their pet, similar to that of a parent and child. This bond is called “secure base effect”.

Sometimes dogs are very cautious and careful in the beginning but they can sometimes be goofy and overdo it. But they will be fine once they get comfortable around you.

For most dogs, the attachment they feel towards their owner is fundamental to their well-being. It is studied that while dogs enjoy each other’s company, human attention is what they crave. You may not realize when your dog gets too much attached to you, and that attachment becomes intense to an extent that if you leave your dog for even a day or two, they stop behaving normal. They stop playing. They stop eating. All they need that time is you.

Puppies can sometimes get along with you immediately, if you spend time with them and treat them well. It is very natural for a dog to bond with its owner and if both of them trust each other, then the process happens very quickly. And from there start a happy love story as with time that puppy becomes an irreplaceable part of your life.

Sometimes when dogs are in stress due to some reason they can become very clingy. Older dogs can also show clinginess and over attachment because of deteriorating senses. That is the time when you need to understand them well and take proper care of them. They need you that time, and you should be there with them.

With all the love dogs give us, we should give them the same love in return. We should give them enough time, go on walks with them and play with them. Give them hugs and talk to them. It’s a beautiful world with a dog as a pet. Cherish that.