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Pouch Scared of the Summer Storms? Solutions by Cesar Milan

August 3rd, 2010

During the summer months I don't need to watch the local news to know when the next monsoon is rolling in. All I have to do is look at my dog Mika. If she's shaking and hiding under the table, a storm is brewing!

For dog owners like myself, this fear isn't quite a big deal, but for other dog owners, a thunderstorm means uncontrollable peeing or barking for their dog. I found that Cesar Milan's story, Tips for Thunderstorms, helps in many ways by providing some helpful tips to control your dog's negative behaviors towards thunderstorms. Good read. Take a look.


10 Things You Should Never Give Your Dog

August 2nd, 2010 | Written by Rhea Sommer

It can be fun to figure out what your dog's next treat should be. You might also be tempted to slip Fido some scraps from the dinner table. But before you start, here are a couple things you should never feed your dog:

1. Chocolate is widely known as a food you should keep away from your dog. It can speed up their heartbeat and lead to a heart attack and seizures. In addition to that chocolate can also cause increased urination as well as vomiting and diarrhea. As soon as you realize that your dog has gotten a hold of the chocolate you need to take it to the animal emergency center.

2. Grapes and raisins simply do not agree with a dog's digestive system. There is no exact measurement of how much they can handle so it's best to keep all grapes and raisins away. If not you might find increased urination, vomiting, and diarrhea.

3. Onions are another food that can wreak havoc. They can break down a dog's red blood cells and drastically decrease the oxygen that gets to its blood. While the problems might not show up right away it can accumulate over time. Keep an eye out for symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and a general malaise.

4. Macadamia nuts are another no-no. There is something in the nuts that can cause fever, heart problems, seizures or even paralyze your pet.

5. Please never feed your dog alcohol. Their bodies just cannot handle it and it can give them alcohol poisoning very easily and lead to death.

6. Bread dough is another food to avoid. This is very soft and might cause the dog to think that it can just swallow the dough whole. The dough can then rise in your pup's stomach and cause bloating and nausea.

7. Never feed your dog a caffeinated drink. This will simulate their system in the wrong way and can have a bad effect. Your dog's heart might race which can lead to seizures or heart attacks.

8. Avocadoes might be yummy for humans to eat but they are toxins to dogs. They contain a chemical that can damage many of the body tissues in dogs. Guacamole dip is a mix you'll also want to avoid.

9. Be extremely careful with any food that has a pit. These pits have cyanide in them, which are dangerous. It might even overtake the bodies of smaller dogs and lead to death. If the cyanide doesn't harm your dog, they still might choke on the pit itself.

10. Do not give your dog raw fish. When fish is not cooked it can contain parasites. When a dog swallows these parasites they will attach to the wall of the intestines. This isn't something you'll notice right away either. It is a tricky thing to catch when your dog has these parasites. If you must feed fish to your dog you should make sure that it's thoroughly cooked.


Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

August 1st, 2010 | Written by Michael D'Elena

The holiday season is often the most joyous time of the year. However, joy can turn to tragedy if simple precautions are not taken to ensure the safety of your pets.

"Thinking about your home from your pet's point of view will help ensure everyone has happy and safe holidays," Hansen said. "Pets have the ability to get into everything, especially during the holidays when there is more to see and do." Read The Full Article Here...


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July 21st, 2010 | Found by Rhea Sommer

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Online Tools Help Owners with Lost Dogs

July 15th, 2010 | Written by Michael D'Elena

The American Animal Hospital Association has created the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool. The free Internet-based resource is designed to help veterinary hospitals, animal control facilities and shelter staff members reunite lost pets with their owners by checking participating pet recovery servicesí registries to determine which registry should be contacted.

The tool works by checking the databases of participating pet recovery services to determine which has registration information available for a dog's microchip. For instance, when a microchip identification number is entered into the tool, a list of all the registries with microchip registration information available along with the registriesí contact information will appear in chronological order. The registry with the most recent update appears first. To avoid proprietary, privacy and other concerns, pet owner information is not included. Read More...


Veterans, PTSD, and Psychiatric Service Dogs

July 11th, 2010 | Written by Michael D'Elena

Psychiatric service dogs are specially trained animals that are certified by private service dog organizations. Puppies Behind Bars in New York City is one of the organizations that trains and places these dogs with injured Iraq and Afghan war veterans. This organization uses Labrador Retriever puppies that are paired with carefully selected prisoners who are taught to raise and train the dogs from eight weeks to fifteen months of age. The dogs are bred and selected for their calm temperament and are trained by the prisoners.

So how do psychiatric service dogs help Veterans with PTSD? Many people ask this question, including the psychiatrists who treat these patients before they are willing to write a prescription for this specially trained type of dog. Specifically, behavioral goals are set by the veteran and dog trainer who is helping the vet learn how to use the dog. Read More...


Great Resource for San Diego Pet Owners

July 7th, 2010 | Written by Michael D'Elena

If you live in San Diego, you really should check out Tori Peck's Pet Scoop webpage where she lists local things to do with your pet as well as good articles that have valuable information. Her radio show in the morning isn't half bad either.

What I really like (and appreciate) is that all organizations, businesses and products on her page have been personally tried, researched and used by Tori so you know you're getting her personal stamp of approval. Click here to check it out.


Facts Every Dog Owner Should Know

June 2nd, 2010 | Written by Michael D'Elena

Most people like cuddly puppies and grown-up dogs. But before you welcome a new dog into your home, there are some things you need to think through to be sure both you and your new best friend are happy and healthy.

Remember that dogs, no matter what they are today, were predators in the past. Wolves, hyenas, dingoes, and foxes are carnivorous creatures who hunt to survive. Dogs were most likely domesticated from their wolf ancestors from 20,000 to 15,000 years ago. In fact, the many dog breeds have only proliferated in the last 200-300 years. Before that, a few breeds existed to meet their masters' needs for work....Read More.


Oct. 22nd Meetup/Costume Contest

May 23rd, 2010

The Halloween Costume Contest was a great success! Over 120 people showed up and almost 50 dogs entered. The pictures from the event are below:

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Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs

May 14th, 2010

Just like us, dogs enjoy a sweet treat once in awhile. However, chocolate does not have the same effect on our pets as us. The theobromine ingredient effects their central nervous system, causing them some uncomfortable symptoms. That being said , it takes a certain number of ounces of chocolate per pound of body weight for our pets to be effected. To be sure your dog is not poisoned by our favorite treats, be sure to keep your chocolate in hard to reach cabinets. This is especially important during this holiday season. Read the full article with more information here.


All Dogs Can't Swim!?

April 27th, 2010

Yesterday, a few friends and I were discussing childhood pet stories, when my friend Mel mentioned that her childhood dog had drown in her family's pool after she let it outside one day. Not the happiest subject (I admit), but it was interesting to me because I was under the assumption that all dogs could swim, hense "the doggie paddle".

It wasn't that I didn't believe her, but I was still convinced that every dog had basic instincts to swim when in water, so I decided to do a little research on the web. It turns out that heavier breeds (Basset Hounds, English Bulldogs) aren't built for swimming. This is not to say that they can't swim, but that they aren't designed to swim. Similarly, regardless of breed, many dogs are scared of the water and cannot swim. Another interesting thing I discovered was even though a dog may be able to swim, they might still be able to drown if they aren't fimiliar with the pool. Unless you teach your dog to swim to the steps of your pool, he/she won't know to do so and will continue to swim until they are out of energy or will to live.

So why am I sharing this you ask? Because of the safety of your dog! If you have a pool, make sure your dog is comfortable swimming BUT ALSO is trained to know where the steps are. In a state with so many drownings of children, I think it's also wise to be conscious of our furry friends. Be safe, be knowledgeable.


"Timing" is Everything!

April 2nd, 2010

My fiancee and I came home from the grocery store the other day to find a school binder chewed up in the middle of the floor. Because my dog NEVER chews on things anymore, I was shocked, but also upset. My first thought was to punish her and tell her "no" while simultaneously pointing at the binder. As I proceeded to do this, my fiancee noted that our dog Mika probably had no clue what I was talking about and in the end would not learn a lesson. "Oh, she'll learn", I said. But guess what, I was wrong! A couple days later, the same thing happened!

So this morning, I found it particularly funny when I came across this article, The Importance of Timing, part of a dog trainer series written by Bill Glatzel, a certified master trainer. The article basically says that if you don't catch the dog in the act, they have no idea why they're being punished. There is much more to this article and it's a good read, but the timing of when I read the article was unreal, which is kind of weird in itself.


Check out our New Forum!

March 23rd, 2010

Since the inception of our website, we've had a lot of requests to have an area where people could converse and share ideas. So we thought a forum would be a perfect solution. Added just today is our brand spanking new Forum. Please help us start it up by joinging and contributing to our growing community!


Phoenix Dog Excursions!

March 22nd, 2010

The 100+ degree heat is finally submitting a bit so it's now time to crawl out of our houses and go outside with our animals once again. But what to do in Arizona? Well Brian Willis has a great idea, pet excursions!

For years now, Brian and his company, GoFetch & Barkalott have been hosting pet excursions throughout the valley starting at $85/day. Brian and staff come to your house to pick up your dog(s), take them on a trip, feed them, pamper them, and at the end of the day, bring them back to your house. Excursions include up to 8 dogs, no more, and are filled with healthy and stimulating activities the entire time.

Reena Bradford (a client) says this, "My two Great Danes have been lucky enough to find Brian Willis of Gofetch&Barkalott. They have been a part of his excursions for many months. The level of care and attention is simply amazing. My dogs are never happier that when in Brian's care. From the pictures that he sends to my phone throughout the day, to the written summary he leaves when they return, there isn't anything more he could possibly do to make their excursions more special. There just isn't another person that loves dogs more than Brian Willis. Sometimes I think my Danes like him more than me!"

For more information, visit the website:


"Creative" Grooming

February 15th, 2010

They may resemble pandas, buffalos and Steeler football players - but these animals are actually poodles, all competing for the title of top dog at 'creative grooming' shows across the U.S. Something of a canine fancy dress contest, it takes just two hours for owners to transform their pets, which are sheared and coloured to achieve each look. The incredible transformations were captured by photographer Ren Netherland, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend each competition.

To view the rest of the entries, click here.


World's Oldest Dog Dies

February 2nd, 2010

Imagine living to 147 years old! Well apparently a wire-haired dachshund from New York did just that (in doggie years)! Officially the world's oldest dog, Chanel outlived all of her dog friends (and every other dog in recorded history for that matter) to be an astonishing 21 years old.


LOST DOG! 3 Tips to Preventing Your Dog From Being Lost Forever

January 20th, 2010

Losing your dog can be a traumatic experience. Just the other day my fiancee and I found a lost dog (I think it was a Yorkie) in our community. It was about 106 degrees out and the dog was obviously overheated. After about 15 minutes of negotiation, it finally agreed to come inside with us as we tried to figure out who the owner was. It had a collar on, so we knew it wasn't a stray, but no dog tags or identification of any kind. We knocked on doors around the community and even put up signs, but there was no response. After a day or two, we were forced to take it to the pound.

Sound sad? Well it was, especially for the owner. The sadest part was this could have been prevented if the owner had taken a few simple steps:

1. Buying your dog a personalized dog tag somewhere like Personal-Ized4u Pet ID Tags in Litchfield Park. One of these with your dogs name and your phone number will only run you the price of a cup of coffee. Another option is having your dog wear their Maricopa County Identification tag, or better yet, both!

2. Getting your dog a microchip. If you got your dog from the pound or the Humane Society, chances are they are already microchipped. All you have to do is call the place you bought the dog from originally and give them your information and they can track him/her down. If not, you can always get your dog microchipped for a fair price, somewhere between $25-50 depending on the location.

3. Keeping your dog's collar on at all times. Sounds like a no brainer, but I know many people, including myself who leave their dogs collar off a good amount of the time. This is especially true during the summer months. Problem is, if your dog gets out, many people will assume you're dog is a stray and immediately take it to the pound. No signs, no knocking on doors, and no return of your animal.


Beat the Heat with Air Conditioned Dog Houses

January 10th, 2010

David Barrow, owner of Dog Haven Doghouses, has a unique product perfect for the Arizona air conditioned dog house! After buiding a prototype just for fun, he decided to post it on craigslist where it sold almost immediately. He soon decided to build more and before he knew it they were selling like hotcakes. If you truly want to own a unique and luxurious dog house, Dog Haven Doghouses in Phoenix is worth checking out.


Top 5 Dog Friendly Restaurants in the Phoenix Area

December 5th, 2009

After much research (and eating), officially announces the Top 5 Dog Friendly Restaurants in the valley! For a list of all Phoenix Metro's dog friendly restaurants, visit our Dog Friendly Restaurants page.

#5 - KASHMANS DELI - Scottsdale
23425 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

The next time you wake up on a cozy weekend craving a good breakfast, try Kashman's Deli, an informal breakfast and lunch place offering a warm and relaxed environment for people and dogs alike. The coffee is great and so is the staff. Water is provided for all dogs on the patio and there are always a decent amount of people with dogs on the weekends. Rating:

315 W Elliot Road Suite 107
Tempe, AZ 85284

AZ Bread Company is a breakfast/lunch establishment located in south Tempe on Elliot Road. The restaurant and owner (Carol) are very dog friendly, as they always allow dogs of all sizes and breeds to relax with their owners out on the front patio. Saturday's in particular are very dog friendly and are coined "The Dog Day". Water is ALWAYS available for dogs and free dog treats are located inside. Not to mention the food and service are amazing. My favorite is the Senior Combo! Rating:

6106 South 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85042

The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix offers a nearby escape from the city with canopies of pecan trees and acres of grass lawns. The menu features mostly organic food (most of which is grown on the property) and is a great place to bring your dog for a relaxing meal and walk around one of the few places in Phoenix with trees and shade! Rating:

#2 - PIER 54- Tempe
5394 S Lakeshore Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283

Pier 54 in Tempe is a unique dog friendly restaurant, mostly because it's located on the water, but also because of their cocktails! Dogs are always welcome and are supplied with a dog bowl. Althought most of the seating is outside, it's a great place to visit when the heat isn't so bad. Rating:

4030 E Bell Road, Ste 112
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Beans, Books, and Barks is a used book store which creates a nice gathering place for hounds and humans alike and features skilled "Barkistas" serving up favorite espresso drinks in their specialty coffee shop. They also have smoothies, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, quiches, bagels, doggy treats, and "pup-sicles". Although dogs are not allowed in the cafe, they are welcome on the 645 sq foot patio (complete with K9 grass) where water and pup-toys await them. Dogs must be friendly, leashed (no retractables), and cleaned up after. Pit Bull/mixed Pit Bull breeds are not allowed because of liability and insurance reasons. Worth noting that 100% of the tips gathered here go to animal rescue and welfare groups throughout the state. Rating:

For a list of all Phoenix Metro's dog friendly restaurants, visit our Dog Friendly Restaurants page.


Cutest Dog Competition - $1,000,000 Prize

July 29th, 2009

Think you have the cutest dog in the U.S.? Put it to the test and maybe even win some money! Starting August 1st, a national contest for the cutest dog has begun. There are many "runner up" prizes, but the grand prize is $1,000,000. There are still 11 more weeks to enter so no serious rush, but enter in early and get more votes. Find more information here.


Dog Friendly Vacations - Why a Vacation is Better with Your Dog

July 16th, 2009

Most of us never think about taking our dog with us on vacation. Finding a friend or even a local business to watch the dog is always the first answer. But with many nice hotels around the country now becoming quite dog friendly, bringing your dog on vacation is now a viable option. Many hotels, "under certain restrictions such as the size of the dog, welcome your canine companion to their lodging facilities. They've even gone so far as to have staff members trained to do things like walk your dog if you need them to, and they have pet amenities such as special beds, welcoming treats, and food and water bowls ready upon your arrival." Brian Hill, the original poster of this article goes into further detail in his article in Ezines.


Fly with your dog...NOT in cargo

July 9th, 2009

Pet Airways is a Pet Airline, where dogs, cats, or other pets travel in the main cabin, not in cargo. Transporting dogs, cats and other pets safely throughout air travel is now a bit different.

In the past I've traveled with my dog and cat. Both times were a major headache. Tasks such as getting sedatives for the dog and picking them up at a "special" airport location made the process long and in the hand, almost not work it.

However, Pet Airways seems to have found a solution. With plenty of flights leaving from Phoenix, this is definitely a much better option for pet travel. For more info, visit


Doga (Dog Yoga) Classes in Scottsdale Becoming a Hit!

July 3rd, 2009

What's Doga, you ask?

Ready for this... Doga is yoga for dogs! And believe it or not, there's tons of local people flocking to Scottsdale to partake in this event. It is often packed to the brim with dogs (and people) of all sizes and shapes.

Below is an excerpt from a post Gabi K. in Phoenix wrote, who attended last week with her dog Minnie. Follow the link here to read the full post. Great info Gabi. Very unique activity!

Oh My Dog! partners with W Scottsdale to put on this free event the first Tuesday of every month... 6:30 is doggie social time and at 7pm, Dena Zell, certified yoga instructor, leads the class and incorporates some new fun "asanas" for the dogs to do with the help of their owners. The class lasted only about a 1/2 hour and then it was treat time - Minnie really enjoyed the peanut butter flavored fro-yo for dogs that I gave her as a treat for being such a good girl during class. It was only $3 - such a deal!

If Minnie and I did it, anyone and any dog can do it! We had fun and really bonded... I met some new people and dogs and was really impressed by the friendly staff and support from W Scottsdale.

For more info on this event, email