A Golden Retriever Scratching Post for Cats?  Hmmm, they may be on to something!!

OK, so there is this golden retriever scratching post for cats from Studio Erik Stehmann from The Netherlands – ad set to music…if I were a cat….

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Golden Retriever Dies at Petco Groomers – Goodbye to Dryer Cages?

Medlothian, VA – Colby was 2 years old and in the prime of his life when Allison Marks took him for his routine grooming on May 29, 2015 at Petco Westchester Commons.  A short time later she received a call from the manager at Petco telling her Colby had been rushed to the local animal hospital and to meet them there.  What a terrifying ride that must have been.  When she arrived at the clinic, she saw Colby lying on a table with his eyes glazed over.

It was determined Colby died of heat stroke, and was left in the dryer cage while his groomer had gone to attend a graduation.  The vet told Marks that Colby’s body temperature was still 105 degrees an hour after he had died.  Petco is stating that no heat was used in the dryer – Petco says “no heat” used in cage dryer that family claims killed golden retriever”

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Petco released the following statement:

All of us at Petco are heartbroken by Colby’s passing. The health and safety of pets is always our top priority and we take full responsibility for all animals under our care.

Allison tells ABC news “They didn’t even tell me why I had to go there, just that one of the managers would meet me there, “I walked into it blind.”

Full story from ABC news here.

There is now uproar on the internet about groomers and dryer cages.  There is currently no licensing requirements for groomers in the US.

Here is a segment from Good Morning AmericaCould Your Pet Be In Danger at the Groomers?

I can honestly say I have almost always bathed my dogs at home, and now will continue to do so.  When I blow dry Tucker I give him breaks when I see he is getting restless.  I would also like to add my humble, un-professional opinion that dogs don’t need to be bathed that regularly.  A few times a year, or after a good roll in the mud is fine.  The soaps strip the natural oils from their coats.  From the research I did, most vets recommend bathing your dog once a month.  I disagree with this.  Of course there are some exceptions to this rule.  My dog doesn’t stink at all, and I brush him about once a week or so, and deal with the fluff balls accordingly, but his coat is amazing and he has no smell.  I think it totally depends on the dog and the situation, including diet, etc.

Will you take your pet to a groomer who uses a dryer cage now?

 

Golden Retriever Rescued After Head Stuck In Cat House

Medford, NY – Yep, you read that right.  Friday morning, Suffolk County Police received a call after golden retriever Buddy got a little too curious for his own good and got his head stuck in a…cat house?  I wasn’t even aware these existed.

Photo:  Suffolk County PD

Photo: Suffolk County PD

Police freed Buddy with hammers and crow bars.  According to an article from CBSNewYork there was no comment from the cat.  Thanks to officers Stephen Lukas and Martin Gill, and Sgt Kit Gabrielsen.

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Golden Retriever Helps Raise African Wild Dogs

A video just posted by The Oklahoma City Zoo shows a golden retriever named Lilly nursing some african wild dogs. Their mother had been determined to be unfit to care for the litter.

Photo:  OKCZoo.com

Photo: OKCZoo.com

Lilly recently gave birth to a puppy of her own, which is being raised with the others. She is also a retired search and rescue dog. Well done Lilly!!!

Full story from the zoo here:  Golden Retriever becomes Surrogate Mother to a litter of endangered African Wild Dogs Born at the Oklahoma City Zoo

Rescued Golden Retriever Saves Family From Fire

Livonia, NY – Teddy is an 8 year old golden retriever who was rescued by William Vanzandt’s mother about a year ago after he was found starving and skin and bones in a nearby state park.  Vanzandt and his finance Terry Sewart were babysitting Teddy this past Sunday night when a fire started in the basement where Teddy was sleeping. Teddy went upstairs and woke Terry Sewert, who turned on the light to find a smoke filled room.

Teddy - Photo ABC News

Teddy – Photo ABC News

The family, along with their two sons, made it out safely, as did Teddy.

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Full story from ABC News – Rescued Dog Saves Sleeping Family From Fire

Product Review and Giveaway: Dognition – “Find the genius in your dog”

Have you ever wanted to learn more about what goes on inside your dog’s head?  What type of personality traits to they most strongly posses?  How intelligent is your dog?  Want a chance to win a free toolkit to unlock some of these answers?

A story entitled “The Smartest Dog in the World” was featured on 60 Minutes this past Sunday.  It is the story of a border collie named Chaser that can identify about a thousand toys, and follow different commands, as in pawing the toy, retrieving the toy, or “nosing” the toy. (featuring my favorite journalist, Anderson Cooper!)

During the segment, they featured an assessment toolkit for your dog that lets you learn more about their personality. “Dognition” explained by Dr. Brian Hare of Duke University. (founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center)  For $19 you can purchase a series of “activities” ie” tests/science based games and an intensive survey about your dog(s).  I actually enjoyed the survey, who doesn’t love answering questions about their dogs?   You can also choose the option of a membership with new games and updated results for a total of $79 USD/year.

Their website states:

We understand. That’s why Dr. Brian Hare, along with the world’s leading canine scientists and trainers, created the Dognition Assessment: interactive games and expert analyses that give you an unprecedented perspective on how your dog sees the world. By understanding your dog’s mind, you’ll build a deeper connection with the personality behind the bright eyes that greet you every day.

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Last night I purchased the tool kit for Tucker.  It was his third birthday!!  We have done the first three series of tests, and the results are interesting.  He seems to be very empathetic, and trustworthy!  (he is a total counter-surfer, but can master the Leave It Challenge, so go figure..) We had a lot of fun and learned a lot,  and I didn’t need a partner for most of it. It is recommended that you use a partner, and the only items you need are sticky notes (or something similar, be creative) some plastic, non transparent cups, treats.  They also offer suggestions on their blog to complete the activities without a partner.  I will come back and update this when the tests are complete!

The Great Stuff:  These people have a sense of humor.  One question in the survey is:  Is your dog smarter than cats?  The three answer options are Yes, Yes, and Yes.  If you take the time to complete the survey, you can see the results of other participating dog owners.  Very interesting articles and points of view on their blog also.  I am always looking for information on dog behavior.  I would like to think of this as cutting edge!

Downfalls:  Videos didn’t play well on my ipad or my desktop.  Would like a sound option when timers are complete, an audible prompt when a command needs to be given, etc. (for us lone testers)

Further reading:   I discovered an article in a blog that I follow entitled “The Other End of the Leash” by Patricia McConnell – Dognition Canine Assessment Tests which has several comments on the product.  At the time of the post, Dognition was charging $59 per initial dog, which I think was a little steep.  It is currently only $19 USD!   I’m hoping this takes off after the exposure on 60 minutes, and am offering a giveaway of an initial evaluation toolkit  (value $19 USD)

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This is the first giveaway on the blog, so we will see how this goes.  Please enter and share!

Comments on your thoughts on the purchased product are also welcomed 🙂  What did you think of, or why would you like to try Dognition?

*Sincere apologies to Kathy and Keisel, who I miss-labled in the previous photo used on this post, of the handsome puppy with the phone, photo credit to @https://www.facebook.com/KeiselTheDogphoneUpdate Oct 23, 2014 – Congratulations Jacqui Godfrey, winner of my first giveaway.  Prize is on the way via email!

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Missing Golden Retriever in Dublin, Georgia – Can You Help Bring Moose Home?

Dublin, GA – Moose the golden retriever has been missing since Monday in the area of Palmetto Lakes and Walke Dairy road.

He was wearing a red collar with contact information on his tag. He is also micro chipped. If you find him, please bring him to a local vet or shelter so they can contact his humans. A possible reward is being offered.

I hope this story has a happy ending. Thanks to the media who have been very supportive. The local news even did a story:

Full story with video from 41nbc.com: A local viewer hopes you can #bringmoosehome

Photo:  Moose via Facebook

Photo: Moose via Facebook

To help, you can share via our Facebook page here or even through your Twitter, etc by sharing this link or the news story. Please help to #bringmoosehome.

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