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Have a dog lover in your life that you're looking for a gift for this holiday season? Look no further. We're pulling together some special deals and freebie offers from some of the local pet related businesses we know for the "DogWatch Twelve Days of Christmas". It started this week, so be sure to keep an eye on our website and/or facebook page (www.facebook.com/dogwatchofcolumbus). There are definitely offers that you won't want to miss!

The vendors involved are all locally owned and operated by wonderful people and all offers are pet related.  Some offers will be good for all of 2011 and others will be good through the winter.  Keep an eye on each day for all the details involving that particular offer.

Give us a call at 614-527-3799 or e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) us if you're interested in any of the offers or have any questions about the promotion.

But most of all we want to thank you for your interest and support and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Dog-Gone Good New Year.

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We’re taking a page out of Cititzens for Humane Action (CHA) Animal Shelter…literally!  They recently published a “Pet Pictures with Santa” article in their newsletter, so we wanted to pass along the details.  Following is their article:

 

CHA will host a number of Pet Pictures with Santa Paws events in November and December.  Courtesy of Fleshman Photography, you can have your pet’s photo taken with Santa or jump in the sleigh (sleigh scene is only available at PetPeople store locations) and get in the photo yourself.  For $25, you will receive one 8x10 and two 5x7 professional-quality photos – an ideal holiday gift – for you or someone on your list. Proceeds will benefit the animals spending the holidays at CHA.

 

Pet Pictures with Santa will take place on the following dates at various locations around the city.  No appointment necessary.  For more information, visit CHAAnimalShelter.org or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

  • Tuesday, December 7
    • 5-8 pm at PetPeople, 5997 Maxtown Road, Westerville
  • Thursday, December 9
    • 5-8 pm at PetPeople, 1023 Hill Road North, Pickerington
    • 5-8 pm at PetPeople, 1472 W. 5th Avenue, Grandview
  • Friday, December 10
    • 6:30 - 8:30 pm at CityDog, 510 E. Main Street, Columbus
  • Saturday, December 11
    • 11am - 3pm at PetPeople, 6415 Perimeter Drive, Dublin
    • 11am - 3pm at PetPeople, 1472 W. 5th Avenue, Grandview
  • Sunday, December 12
    • 11 am - 3 pm at PetPeople, 2863 N. High Street, Clintonville
  • Saturday, December 18
    • 11 am - 3 pm at CHA Animal Shelter, 3765 Corporate Drive, Columbus

 

We'd love to see pictures of your pet with Santa!  Send them our way at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or post to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dogwatchofcolumbus .
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We hope this brings comfort to anyone who has lost a beloved pet.  Although the author is unknown, they obviously knew the unconditional love of an animal in their life and feel they will know it again someday.

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

~ Author unknown

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Because ALL dogs produce dander, there are no true hypoallergenic breeds. Dog dander is the scales of dead skin, similar to dandruff from humans but much smaller and usually not able to be seen by the naked eye. Since dog dander is so small and light, it can stay in the air for a long time. Also, the allergens from the dander are very sticky and can cling to clothes and carpeting for prolonged amounts of time. This is why even when you remove a pet from the home allergy sufferers are still affected by the lingering dander.

If you are allergic to dogs you are not alone. A little over 10% of all humans have dog allergies. Being allergic to dogs doesn’t mean you can’t live with them. There are many things you can do that will allow you to coexist with man’s best friend. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Regularly change the air filter for your house
  • Keep pets off of your bed, and other furniture, where dander can accumulate.
  • Use an air purifier, to filter the air and remove dander particles from circulation.
  • Wash your pet with a specially formulated dander-reducing shampoo to help lessen the shed of dander
  • Keep your pets well-groomed. The less hair there is on your pet means the less build up of dander there will be.
  • Vacuuming furniture and carpets daily can help to reduce dander in the home, and minimize exposure. For best results use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

Another precaution you can take is finding a dog that produces less dander than most other breeds. According to www.DogBreedInfo.com there are 38 breeds of dogs that produce very small amounts of dander. These dogs are listed in alphabetical order and are as follows:

  1. American Hairless Terrier
  2. Airedale Terrier
  3. Basenji
  4. Bedlington Terrier
  5. Bergamasco
  6. Bichon Frise
  7. Bolognese
  8. Border Terrier
  9. Bouvier Des Flandres
  10. Cairn Terrier
  11. Chacy Ranior
  12. Chinese Crested (Hairless)
  13. Coton De Tulear
  14. Giant Schnauzer
  15. Hairless Khala
  16. Havanese
  17. Irish Water Spaniel
  18. Kerry Blue Terrier
  19. Lagotto Romagnalo
  20. Low-Chen
  21. Maltese
  22. Miniature Poodle
  23. Miniature Schnauzer
  24. Peruvian Inca Orchid
  25. Polish Owczarek Nizinny
  26. Portuguese Water Dog
  27. Puli
  28. Shih Tzu
  29. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  30. Spanish Water Dog
  31. Standard Poodle
  32. Standard Schnauzer
  33. Tibetan Terrier
  34. Toy Poodle
  35. West Highland White Terrier
  36. Wire Haired Fox Terrier
  37. Xoloitzcuintle
  38. Yorkshire Terrier

It should also be noted that there are many hybrid, or designer dogs that produce very little dander as well. Most are variations of poodles like the labradoodle, schnoodle, and the goldendoodle, but there are many more worth mentioning like the cavachon, and yorkichon.

Just as there are dogs that produce very little dander, there are also dogs that produce high amounts of dander as well. If you are allergic to dogs here are 10 breeds you need to avoid.

  1. Afghan Hound
  2. Basset Hound
  3. Shar-Pei
  4. Cocker Spaniel
  5. Collie
  6. Dachshund
  7. Doberman Pinscher
  8. German Shepherd
  9. Irish Setter
  10. Springer Spaniel

Everyone’s allergies to dogs vary greatly. We would recommend that you visit and spend a little time with a dog before making him or her a permanent member of your family. We hope this helps in your quest to finding the perfect dog for you or learning how to live with a four legged friend that is already part of your family.

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Because most of us will be Trick-or-Treating tonight, we thought it would be appropriate to pass along some great Halloween safety tips we read from www.doggonesafe.com.

Tips for Dog Owners

  • Secure your dog behind a closed door or in a crate in a room away from the front door or the party if children are meeting at your house.
  • Give him a juicy bone from the butcher, a sterilized bone or Kong stuffed with hotdog, Rollover or other soft dog treats or a pre-stuffed bone from the pet store.
  • Play music or leave a TV or radio playing in the dog’s room to help mask the sounds of the activity at the front door.
  • Close drapes so that the dog does not see people coming and going through the window.
  • If you have a dog that barks at the sound of the doorbell, disconnect it or watch for trick-or-treaters so that they do not have to ring or knock.
  • Puppies and dogs that like to chase can get overly excited by costumes with dangly bits or streaming material.  Supervise very carefully if you have a dog that may try to play with your children’s costumes while they are wearing them.  Teach kids to Be a Tree (hands folded in front, watching your feet) and stand still if the dog does start nipping at their costume since the more they move, the more excited the dog will get.
  • Keep your dogs (and cats) indoors around Halloween time.  Pets have been stolen, injured or poisoned as part of Halloween pranks or other rituals.

Tips for Kids and Parents

  • Avoid houses if you can hear a dog barking behind the door, you can see a dog behind a screen door or you can see a dog tied up in the yard or barking behind a fence.Never approach any dog, even if you know him.  He may not recognize you in your costume.
  • If any owner opens the door and there is a dog there, just stay still and wait for the dog owner to put the dog away.  You can tell them you do not want to come near the dog.  Do no move toward the person and dog.  Wait for them to come to you to give you your candy.  Wait for them to close the door before you turn and leave.
  • If a dog escapes just stand still and Be a Tree (hands folded in front, watching your feet).  He will just sniff you and then move on.  Wait for the owner to come and get the dog before you turn away.
  • If you meet a loose dog, Be a Tree and wait until it goes away.
  • It is best to ignore other people’s dogs on Halloween if you meet them out walking.  The dog may be worried about all the strange creatures that are out and about.  Even if you know the dog, he may not recognize you in your costume.

Again, thanks to the folks at www.doggonesafe.com for the great information.  We hope everyone enjoys the evening with their Trick-or-Treaters.

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