Keeping Maizee Safe Part 2: Tips on Pet Poison Proofing Your Yard

Hi everyone!  I hopeyou have puppy proofed the inside of your home, because now it’s time to tackle one of my favorite places in the whole world: my yard!  Yards are great places for puppies like me to run and play.  But they are also places where we can get into trouble.  Even if you think you have the best, safest yard in the world, I would double check.  A lot of very popular items are not good for your pup!

A lot of people have trouble with pests invading their yard and maybe even going inside their house. Things like snakes, ants, bees, rodents, flies, slugs, snails or toads really bother humans.  Me, I like them; it gives me something to examine and chase!  But humans really don’t like them and will set up traps and special liquids and sprays to get rid of these bugs and vermin.  But these traps and sprays are just harmful to the pests, they are harmful to your dog!  Make sure to read the instructions thoroughly when using the products to keep you and your pet safe.  Some of these products are very harmful to dogs and we should not be in areas where it is applied.  Others are more pet friendly
and we just need to stay away for a certain time period.  But no matter what, we should never be out in the yard with you while you are using these pest control products.  Bottom line, do yourresearch to keep  us safe!

And speaking of pests, mosquitoes is high on most people’s list in the warmer months as a top nuisance!  Dogs don’t like mosquitoes either because they carry bad germs for
doggies, like the ones that can cause heart worms.  But don’t worry, if we are on heartworm preventative medication a little mosquito bite won’t hurt us.  Humans like to use citronella candles to keep away pesky mosquitoes – but citronella candles are hazardous to puppies.  If you have one, make sure you keep it out of our reach when and when not in use.

And even just everyday things in your yard can cause us harm.  A lot of plants can be poisonous or cause digestive distress in puppies if consumed.  Fertilizers and cocoa mulch are also hazardous to your dog’s health.  So before you do any landscaping, make sure you do some research on the ASPCA’s Pet Poison Prevention webpage.  They have an extensive list of plants that are harmful to cats and dogs, so you know what not to get at the local nursery.

Remember, puppies love our yards and should get to play around in them daily.  But it’s also important to keep us safe.  For any items you are unsure of, keep them out of your pups reach.  That way we can have fun and stay healthy in the yard.

A Stormy Night in Charlotte: Keeping Pets Safe During Bad Weather

Oh my goodness guys, I was so scared this weekend during the storms!  It was raining a lot, the wind was blowing very fast and the loud bang from the thunder was giving me a headache!  Plus all the flashing lights of the lightning – I did not like it at all!  I started whining and panting a little bit because I was so scared.  My doggie instincts kicked in telling me to run away from the storms but I was not allowed to go outside.  So I had to stay inside and wait out the scariness!  My Mommy and Daddy tried to tell me it was ok and distract me and my brothers and sisters.  But with weather like that, even treats weren’t enough to distract me!

The next day we saw on tv all the damage from the tornados in the area and all the puppies who had lost their Mommy and Daddy.  That made me sad.  I don’t know what I would do if I lost my Mommy and Daddy!  But I heard Mommy & Daddy talking about how they need to make sure their emergency plans were up to date.  I didn’t know they had plans to take care of me and all the other pets in the home during storms.  If I knew that, maybe I wouldn’t have been so scared!

Things they do to prepare include making sure me and all other doggies and kitties in the house have the proper tag on their collar.  These tags have our name and telephone number on them in case we get lost.  That way whoever finds us can call our Mommy & Daddy to come pick us up.  They also make sure that they have all of our car carriers and leashes available for easy access.  The carriers have Mommy & Daddy’s name and phone number on them as well.  I know a lot of my doggy friends are microchipped.  This is almost like a tag that we can never lose.  So no matter what happens, we can always be reunited with our Mommy & Daddy!

And remember, always have a designated area to go to in case of a tornado in your area, and make sure it has plenty of room for all your pets!  The room should be away from windows and doors, and have a storage area for medical supplies, flashlights, a weather radio and extra batteries.  Make sure to pick up some supplies for us as well – we need special bandages that won’t stick to our fur in case we get cut!  You can pick that up at any pet supply store.  And no matter how much we struggle to get out of the area, don’t let us out until you know it’s 100% safe for both humans and pets.  For more tips, check out the ASPCA’s Pet Disaster Prepardness checklist.

What do you do to keep your pet safe during storms?

Maizee says “Brrr!” Tips to Protect Your Dog in the Cold

Wow!  When I have gone outside the past few mornings, I haven’t wanted to stay out too long because it is sooo cold!  It makes me shiver and shake and I don’t like it.  And I’m a pretty big puppy so I can take the cold better than smaller dogs, baby dogs or
senior dogs!

My Mommy and Daddy limit our time outside when it’s cold, just like they do when it’s raining.  We go outside for a short amount of time, and they always stay with us, even when we’re in the fenced in yard.  This is because we can get too cold if we are left outside too long, so they keep a close eye on us.  They make sure we do not start shivering too much which is a sign of a doggie getting way too cold!  We go outside, play a little bit and do our business, then go inside to the cozy warmth.

My brothers and sisters are tiny doggies.  And since they are so small, they have to
wear sweaters outside when the weather is really cold.  This helps them stay warm!  Dogs with short hair, senior doggies and baby puppies should also wear sweaters in cold weather to help keep them warm.  A lot of people think sweaters are silly and
the owners are just trying to make their puppies look like people.  But that’s not true!  Sweaters are important for dog health in the cold.  If your pup doesn’t like wearing a sweater, they have Velcro jackets which are easier to put on and may be tolerated better than a sweater.

If it’s icy, like it was on Sunday night and Monday morning, or snowy, you really have to watch our paws!  We can get ice and snow stuck on them which is painful!  Plus, the snow and ice may have harmful substances on them, such as salt or slag.  When we get inside and see our dirty paws, we will quickly lick them clean!  These nasty substances can get into our tummies and make us sick.  So either doggie booties, or a good cleaning of our paws before going inside, is needed.

Pups like to be warm just like people.  When it’s cold out, make sure to pay special
attention to us so we don’t get doggie hypothermia or frostbite.  The above tips will help keep us safe.  If you notice any signs of us in pain or sick, call our vet.  Even though most of us hate going to the vet, he will make us feel better again!

What are you doing to help your dog survive the cold?

Hello world! I’m Maizee!

Hi! I’m Maizee and I’m a rescue pup from the Humane Society of Charlotte.  When I was just four weeks old, a kind neighbor rescued me off of a porch next door where I was living.  I was pretty dirty and had a really bad case of fleas.  I was not happy. She wanted me to have a better life so she took me to the shelter where I was cleaned up and given my first shots.  I heard the folks at the shelter say I would need to have a foster family until I was old enough to be adopted to my forever home.  I was not sure what that meant, but it sounded pretty good to me.  Later that day, I heard them say my new foster mom was on the way to pick me up. I was so excited, but nervous too!
When they handed me to my new foster mom, I fell in love!  She was so sweet and loved all over me with kisses and hugs. I hoped I never had to leave her arms.  She held me in her lap all the way to my new foster home.  And when she took me inside, there was a whole new family. It was a zoo!  I had been rescued by a Zoo!!  Not really, but there were 4 other dogs, a cat and two ‘huge’ birds called amazon parrots.  Those birds seemed really happy to see me cuz they screamed really, really loud.
The other dogs seemed happy to see me to and they sniffed me all over.  To be honest, I really didn’t know what to think about all that sniffing but I was just happy to be there.  And there was a bonus family member; my new foster Dad.  He was really cool and took me in his arms and just kissed and loved me. I heard them talking and it sounded like I might have a forever home if I was a good pup! I was going to be very, very good cuz I really liked it here.
That night, I had a nice warm place to sleep with no fleas or scary outdoor sounds.  I had a nice bed, in a wonderful safe crate.  I slept good that night, better than I had ever slept.
The next day, my foster mom told my foster dad that she wanted to keep me..forever!!!!  Yeah, and he said ok.  They arranged it with the Humane Society and I was adopted with papers and everything that next week.  And let me tell you friends, I LUCKED UP! This place is soooo cool.  I get bones and treats and great food and love and they let me lay on the furniture and all kinds of stuff. And my animal siblings are wonderful, even the cat and birds, althought I have to say those birds are still really, really loud!
That begins my story.  I like telling this story and I want to tell you more about me. So I think I will keep this journal thing going.  See you tomorrow! Maizee