Wild Animals on the Prowl

We all know that wild animals are everywhere.  In the last year I have heard more and more about coyotes in neighborhoods around here.  I am sure all of you have to, by now.  There are more than just wild coyotes out there, no matter what part of the city you live in..you must take precaution if you have animals!  Here is a great article with tips on wildlife safety that can help keep your pets safe:)  “Some of the most common culprits include coyotes, raccoon’s, snakes, skunks, scorpions, rats, and porcupines.”  Number 3 is most important, do not leave your dogs outside unsupervised in your yard!

Click here for all the tips to keep your fur babies safe, http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/health/How-to-Protect-Your-Dog-from-Wild-Animals#ixzz3HYrfELlD

Friday is Halloween!

Happy early Halloween from Little Friends!  Hope everyone had a great weekend:)  Getting ready for Halloween?  Share some fun Halloween pics with us of your fur babies on our Facebook page!

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I know we are ready here in the office!  Halloween is one of our favorite Holidays in the year:)  Check out these dog costumes you can buy from Petsmart, they are sure to not disappoint! http://www.petsmart.com/dog/costumes/cat-36-catid-100201?OVMTC=Exact&site=&creative=41517134736&OVKEY=dog%20costumes&url_id=160577810&adpos=1t1&device=c&devicemodel=&gclid=Cj0KEQjw8aeiBRCknPXk-u_V_4gBEiQAD2-mgTuL2UapFW_FJsUsnc0EyX7GTvZHOAXcEhkBxQ9bm80aAo0R8P8HAQ

 

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Two great events this week!

This week we have two great events, one this Thursday and one this Saturday.  I wanted to post more information about them so everyone can join and have a great time with us!  This Thursday, October 23rd is Reflections By Rhiannon “Girls Night Out” from 6-9 pm at her studio across from Atherton Mill.  This event is a sip and stroll supporting locally owned shops in the area, Little Friends will be a vendor there as well.  Anyone is invited, bring your friends, family members, & coworkers.  There will be champagne, desserts and a raffle to benefit Charlotte chapter Flashes of Hope.  This organization raises awareness on children with cancer and to help find a cure for children with cancer.  You will receive a raffle ticket with a $3 suggested donation at the door.  The address of the event is below, please share this invite with any women who may enjoy this, hope to see you there!

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Saturday the 25th of October is the sixth annual Ties and Tales Black Tie Gala at the Westin Hotel in downtown Charlotte.  This is an amazing event that is sponsored by the Humane Society of Charlotte, last year they raised over $240,000 that goes towards animals in need in our community!  “This event honors the Humane Society of Charlotte’s service to the community, as well as our friends and supporters, while raising much-needed funds to support our mission.”  Guests and their 4-legged “dates” will enjoy cocktail hour, dinner, four-hour open bar, a band, dancing, a live and a silent auction and a pet parade.  Tickets can still be purchased, they are $180/person.  We hope to see some of your wonderful faces there, this event is sure not to disappoint!  If you are interested please go to http://humanesocietyofcharlotte.org/hsc-in-the-community/ties-and-tails-gala/

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Kittens for Adoption

Little Friends is currently fostering two adorable kittens from the Humane Society of Charlotte!  We are so excited to be helping the HSC, our team is fostering the kittens for a week or until they are over 2 pounds so they can go to their furrrrever homes:)  Below you will find pictures of them, Batty is a girl and she is a black and white domestic/shorthair mix and is 8 weeks young.  Scarecrow is a boy and is a grey and white domestic/shorthair mix who is also 8 weeks young.  They are so quiet and barely cry.  They are so sweet and need a place they can call home!  If you or anyone know of a family looking to adopt a kitten(s) please contact Linda Edwards at the Humane Society of Charlotte at 704-377-0534.  Please share this with your friends, family and coworkers so we can find a place these kitten can stay at:)

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                                                             Batty

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                                                 Scarecrow

Once these kittens are ready to be adopted at the end of the week, they will have had their shots and be fixed.  The Humane Society does all testing, administers shots and everything so you will only be required to pay the adoption fee (per kitten).

Barktoberfest!

What are you doing this Saturday?  Because Barktoberfest is here, bring your friends and fur babies to be a part of the fun!  Join Little Friends from 10-3 pm on October 18th, we will have a vendor table at Triple C Brewery. Barktoberfest is a festival and walk against cancer for dogs and their owners, it is presented by Canine Cafe and Triple C.  You can register at http://caninecafe.net/ and a $20 donation will get you food from Penn Station Subs, craft brews from Triple C & a pass for your pups to participate in the 1-mile walk and the dog Howl-o-ween costume contest.  There will be goody bag giveaways, dog treats and ice cream from Canine Cafe, a DJ, and great vendors! There is also a silent auction and music by the Dream Dogs!  Hope to see everyone there:)

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With so many great sponsors and vendors, this year’s event is sure to please everyone!  All proceeds benefit Cops 4 the Cure and Murray’s Fund.

Thank you FBI.

Please note, some of the pictures in the link at the bottom of this article are hard to look at.  But the purpose of this article is to inform the public of the new law passed by the FBI recently, regarding animal cruelty.  Animal Cruelty is now a “Class A Felony” instead of a Misdemeanor.  This means that anyone who gets caught for dog-fighting, abuse and many other instances will hopefully face jail time.  “It will divide the crime into four categories: intentional abuse and torture, simple or gross neglect, organized abuse (like dog fighting and cockfighting) and animal sexual abuse,” -BarkPost.

This is great news, because so many people get away with animal abuse and now they will face jail-time.  This will help decrease future like offenses and hopefully reduce it to a minimum in the future…

How does the FBI define animal cruelty? As such:

Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment. Included are instances of duty to provide care, e.g., shelter, food, water, care if sick or injured; transporting or confining an animal in a manner likely to cause injury or death; causing an animal to fight with another; inflicting excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering, e.g., uses objects to beat or injure an animal. This definition does not include proper maintenance of animals for show or sport; use of animals for food, lawful hunting, fishing or trapping.

The FBI is the only entity that could keep track of this animal cruelty reports on this type of scale, the report will be done by 2015 and available starting 2016 according to the article.  For more information please go to http://barkpost.com/animal-cruelty-felony/

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Baby steps, but we will get there slowly.  Hopefully one day, animal cruelty will not exist and that will be awesome:)  The animals will thank us.

 

Puppy Mill Bust

I am sure you have heard about the local puppy mill bust that happened last Friday in Rutherford County, just outside of Charlotte.  If you have not, here is a little information about it and how you can help.  There were more than 50 dogs and 6 cats rescued from a suspected puppy mill from a 76 year-old woman who was investigated due to a complaint by a neighbor last week.  She was charged in 2002  with animal cruelty, she had been selling dogs online through various websites.  Last Friday, investigators arrived to find dogs and cats living in their own filth and lacking basic care.

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                                                                                                                                                     WSOCtv.com A variety of small breed dogs, puppies and kittens were found living in deplorable conditions and suffering from untreated medical conditions. “Many of the animals were suffering with matted fur, skin, eye and ear infections, and were living in feces,” WSOC reported.

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                                                        WSOCtv.com

“We have received many emails and phone calls asking about the status of adoptions for them. As of Sunday, they are still being evaluated for medical and behavior needs. When they are available, they will be placed on our website.”  If you are interested in their current foster or adoption status, please go to The Humane Society of Charlotte at http://humanesocietyofcharlotte.org/.

“The dogs were forced to live in an egregarious environment where profit was put above the welfare of animals,” said North Carolina state director for the HSUS Kim Alboum. “We’re thankful to Rutherford County Animal Control for catching up to this repeat offender and that we were able to help these animals.”  Twenty three of the dogs went to our local Humane Society and the rest went to surrounding shelters.  For the full news article and news video, http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/humane-society-releases-update-puppy-mill-rescue/nhcWs/

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                                                          wsoctv.com

Pet Hygiene

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I wanted to post about hygiene for pets, it seems to be an issue and it is very important to keep your pet’s mouth squeaky clean:)  According to this article, most owners do not even look inside their pet’s mouths..ever.  About 80 percent of dogs have significant oral pathology.  My veterinarian recommends brushing our dog’s teeth every day just like we do, and lets be honest..the average dog owner does not brush their dogs teeth every day.  If you are one of those, then this article is for you.  Read below before it gets too late, you do not want to get to the point where your pet has to be put under for a dental cleaning because their long term health status depends on it.

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Vets want you to know that bad breath is not a tall tell sign of halitosis and bad hygiene in dogs.  And it is never too late to start practicing good hygiene, your pup is never too old or young to start! Do you understand oral hygiene for your pet?  Here are some helpful tips and terms to better understand if you do not.  Dogs can get plaque buildup, periodontal disease and gingivitis just like we do!  The first sign is a yellowish stain on the teeth close to their gums, this is plaque and is caused from material/food that sticks to the tooth enamel.  If it is not taken care of, it will cause periodontal disease and the first sign is bad breath.  Chronic periodontal disease will slowly affect your pet’s health and is painful for them, but you will never know since they can’t tell you.   The toxins from periodontal disease are absorbed into the dog’s blood stream.   As the kidneys, liver, and brain filter the blood, small infections occur causing permanent and at times fatal organ damage. After periodontal disease is treated, and the owners give proper home care, most dogs respond wonderfully due to the decreased pain and infection.”

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“Partly because the mouth is warm, moist and has significant nutrients present for organisms to grow on, the oral cavity of dogs is a perfect incubator for all kinds of bacteria. Most are normal and natural, but once plaque and calculus (tartar) form on the teeth the normal microbial flora gets out of balance — and if pathogenic organisms proliferate, trouble ensues.” -Pet MD

Now and days there are flavored toothpastes, I bought some for my pups and they love it!  Yes they are still wiggly and I have to get my husband to hold them still while I brush them.  But the chicken flavored toothpaste is a reward for them and lets them know it is a good thing to let me stick my hand in their mouth for a couple of minutes.  Try brushing every other day and incorporating a daily dental hygiene chew (we use the Virbac C.E.T. chews),  it is proven by study to reduce the gingivitis scores and accumulation of dental deposits (plaque, calculus and stain).   

Diet also matters, make sure the dry food you are feeding your pups is meat based.  And as far as treats, I have started baking my own for my pups when I have time…so I know exactly what goes in them.  We also feed them fruits and veggies if they are begging for some of our human food, this keeps them healthy and trim.  For example, our babies love carrots, celery, apple slices, edamame (sans shell), and much more.

I found this last fact very interesting yet sad, and if it does not stress the importance of oral hygiene, at least we tried.  If you brush your dog’s teeth daily the average life span is 15-17 years, but if you do not–the dog’s average life span is cut to 11-13 years.

For more information, go to http://www.petmd.com/dog/grooming/evr_dg_oral_hygiene_and_your_dogs_health

Happy Brushing!:)

Do you have a Runaway Pooch?

Is it just me or do all smaller dogs tend to run away more often?  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against small dogs and I love them from the bottom of my heart!  But, my chihuahua, Charlotte got out this morning from our office and it scared me to death.  Charlotte really picks the most random times to do this and it always happens to be when I am working.  This is not the first time, she is seven and I can not even keep up with the number of times she has ran away from me.  She went on an adventure here in Dilworth and was found 20 minutes later by a very nice married couple.  For those of you who do not know where our office is, we are located on Kenilworth Avenue across from Camden Dilworth and near the Harris Teeter shopping center.  Charlotte was found crossing Kenilworth (a very busy road) trying to get to The Filmore Condos, just making her way to East Boulevard.  It is a miracle that my five pound baby did not get hit by a car or stolen!  I am so very thankful for this sweet couple that called my cell phone to tell me they had her.  This leads me to why I am posting this, I want to know why dogs do this and why it is usually the smaller breeds that do it (going on what I have heard from friends and witnessed in my life).  Another one of my coworker’s pups, who is about the same size does this randomly as well.  I know it is not because they are unhappy, because they have the country club life here in the office:)  If you have a pup like mine, chances are they will keep doing this at the most random times, so instead of punishing them..TRAIN them.

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Miss. Jar Jar Binx (aka Charlotte)

Here are some tips on how to train your dog if he/she likes to pull a Charlotte on ya:

1. Purchase a whistle to get your dog’s attention.

2.  Make sure your dog is comfortable with the whistle blowing (not too hard), when they hear it and react-reward them with a treat.

3. Take your pup to a large, enclosed area and let them loose. (if you have other dogs, do not bring them..as it will distract your pup)

4. Let them run away from you, but not too far where they won’t be able to hear the whistle.

5. Whistle & if your pup comes back, say “Good girl/boy!”  Then give them a treat:)

6. If they do not, repeat step 2.

7. Test your pup with distractions when you think they are properly trained, ie. other people or animals.

Extra tips from the article where this “whistle training method” came from (http://www.wikihow.com/Train-Your-Dog-to-Not-Run-Away)

  • Never let your dog off its leash or in an open area during training because it is very likely that he/she will run away from you.
  • Do not hit or harm your dog in any way if it does get out or does not understand its training right away. This will just make the dog upset with you and less likely to learn.
  • If you do not want to purchase treats, a small piece of cheese or cooked chicken breast will work just as well.

Please let me know if this works or not, I am going to try to train Charlotte starting this weekend! Good luck everyone!