Posts by Brenda French

5 Tips for Camping with Your Dog

5 Tips for Camping with Your Dog

Camping season is here! I know many of you are excited to dust off the camping and hiking gear so you can get out there and enjoy the outdoors, but did you do your research so it’ll be a great time for your dog too? Before you head out, always confirm first that dogs are allowed on the trails and in the forest, parks and/or campgrounds you plan to visit. Many allow hiking on trails with your dog, but no backcountry camping with them. Some have rules regarding leashes while others don’t. Check out these additional five tips to ensure you have a great trip! Regardless of leash laws, always have a leash on hand should you need it or come across wildlife and other dogs. Remember that both you and your pet need identification as well should anything happen. Pick up after your pet and apply the leave-no-trace behind ethics to your pets as well. Their waste can not only make hiking the trails a little less fun, but it can also damage the environment. Never leave your pup unsupervised outdoors or at your campsite. Plan to co-sleep with your pet to avoid any encounters with wildlife that is active during the night. Remember that you’ll need water, food and a bowl for your pet. If you’re backpacking or hiking, consider outfitting your pet with a dog pack to carry their own provisions if they’re able and big enough to do so. Pack food away, even the dog food between meals. Leaving food out will attract wildlife and also teach wildlife that campgrounds are a great place to grab a treat. Enjoy your summer season and stay...

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11 Animals You Didn’t Know You Could Adopt!

While dogs and cats are the most commonly adopted animals, there are plenty of other species that end up in rescues and shelters that need forever homes too! In fact, if any of the below animals strike your fancy, you can do a quick search on PetFinder.com or even use Google to find a local rescue that is specifically for that species you’re interested in. BUT, don’t forget to do your research first before taking any further steps and seek out advice from the various organizations as well. Some of these animals are pretty easy keepers as pets, but some have more needs and require more space than you might have. Some also require more regular vet care so you need to make sure that you include that in your budget. You don’t want to save an animal only to turn around and surrender it back to the rescue, right?! So check these out…. Cows: In more rural areas you’ll find even more cows that need forever homes. They are super sweet but make sure you have the resources to provide for them. They need at least 80 square feet of space (more if you adopt more than one), over 20 gallons of water a day and of course plenty of food. Pigs: You’ll find more pigs in rural areas as well. When it comes to pigs you can find them all shapes and sizes full grown; BIG and tiny! There was a time when adopting small breeds of pigs was very popular and unfortunately that meant irresponsible breeders were selling large breed farm pigs with the promise they’d stay small. Then a few hundred pounds later they couldn’t be managed anymore. Shelters have plenty of small breed pigs available too so just make sure you know what size you have space for and what specific breed you’re adopting. Birds: Did you know that you can save the life of a parrot, parakeet or other tropical bird? They make great pets and are very smart. Remember that a parrot takes more care and space than say a parakeet and that some states don’t allow parrots to be kept as pets. Ferrets: These animals are very fun and intelligent pets! They are friendly and very active too. Keep in mind they are known for biting and they do have a very musky scent. Foster homes are also needed for ferrets...

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2018 Pet Resolutions

2018 Pet Resolutions

This month did you make the usual New Year’s Resolutions for yourself? Maybe they were financial or something to do with your health and fitness perhaps? Well, we suggest you make New Year’s Resolutions for your pets too! The beginning of a new year is always a great opportunity to challenge yourself to do better in life and hit those goals that are always floating around in the back of your mind. Here are 5 awesome resolutions that will give your pet an even happier and healthier life this year too! Take your pooch for more regular walks! Not only is this great for their health and for giving them stimulation, but this is great for your health too. Keep it up rain or shine, at least every other day and your pet will be much happier for it. No time to take them out regularly? Give me a call and we can schedule regular walks with my service! If you don’t already take your pet in for an annual check up with the vet, make this the year you commit to doing so going forward. Just like a regular visit to see your physician is important for preventative care, it’s the same for your pet. This is a great way to catch any concerns before they blow up and get feedback on how you can better improve your pet’s quality of life. Make this the year you stay on top of those nail trims! Nails that aren’t maintained can be painful for your pet and if they get long enough, it can be difficult to get them appropriately short again. The longer you wait between nail trims, the longer that quick gets which gets in the way of how short you can cut them. If you can’t afford a regular nail trim every few months, ask a groomer or your vet to show you how to safely trim them yourself. Bonus, when you go in for that annual vet check up, they usually include a free nail trim too! Does your pet need to lose weight? Maintaining a healthy weight for them is just as important as it is for you. Excess weight in pets can lead to joint issues, diabetes and other health concerns. Getting that weight off isn’t easy so talk to your vet about a weight management food and discuss any extra level of activity...

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UGLY SWEATER PAWTY

UGLY SWEATER PAWTY

How about something fun and festive that you can do with your pupper this holiday season!? Get your ticket for the BarkHappy Denver Ugly Sweater Pawty benefiting MaxFund! For just $15 per ticket you’ll be contributing to an amazing organization while getting the opportunity to hang out with other puppers and their parents! Not to mention, checking out all the ugly sweaters too! You’ll also receive free gifts and goodies, professional photos for the holiday, caricature drawings of your dogs and you’ll be entered into some great raffles too! Kind of a no brainer to come check it out! Right?! You’re dog told me to ask you! To make an even bigger difference for the MaxFund organization and for even more fun, be sure to invite your fur lovin’ friends too! For all the details, event registration, location and more, click here. LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barkhappy-denver-ugly-sweater-pawty-benefiting-maxfund-tickets-39890433360?aff=es2 Don’t forget to share and post your photos from this event on our Paw Tenders Facebook page! We’d love to...

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How to Select the Right Halloween Costume for Your Dog

How to Select the Right Halloween Costume for Your Dog

Planning to dress up your pet for the upcoming Halloween holiday? About 20 million other pet owners typically do. Read on to get some great tips about picking the right costume for your pet as far as safety and comfort. Also keep in mind that while some pets enjoy playing dress up and showing off, other pets will get anxious and scared. Always remember that you need a costume that is easy to take on and off with Velcro at the chest and belly rather than something that goes over their head. Never let your pet wear a costume unless you are supervising them. If your pet shows signs of stress or anxiety, then just use a cute bandana as an alternative. Be sure that while your pet is in costume that they can move comfortably, their ability to breathe, see and hear is not restricted. Also that they can drink, eat and go to the bathroom. If they have no issues wearing the costume, keep an eye out for anything that might be irritating them so you can adjust it. Such as itchy Velcro, scratchy material, parts of the costume that move around, etc. Bright colors are very important if you plan to take them out trick-or-treating with the kids or anywhere that night so they can be seen by traffic and other people. Be aware of any parts of the costume that could be a choking hazard such as bows, beads, ribbons and any other loose items. If needed, just remove them. An appropriate pet costume should not have an overwhelming amount of material, should not overpower your pet and nothing should be restricting their head, covering their eyes or have anything annoying hitting their face when they move around. Double check that they have proper identification that is current should they get scared and run off or get lost. Lastly, be sure to keep your pet close, especially in parades, crowded places and in areas with lots of traffic. We hope these tips help you pick the right pet costume for Halloween! Locally owned pet shops, Petsmart, Petco, Walmart and online are great places to search. Have a great...

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