Friday, July 3, 2015

HOT Tips to Keep Pets Safe This Summer (and #Giveaway!)

With the July 4th weekend approaching, we're bringing you this reminder to help keep your pets safe and sound this holiday weekend and all summer long.

The ASPCA has provided the graphic with safety tips below. AND, they're also providing a really nifty and useful Summer Pet Safety Pack that one of our readers will have the chance to win. Make sure to read all the way down to enter the giveaway!

 Five Summer Dangers for Pets

This July 4th weekend, don't let your dog become of the lost-dog statistics. Loud noises like fireworks can cause dogs to bolt, so be sure to keep them in a safe and secure place. Here are five things to keep in mind so you can enjoy a healthy, active summer with your pets.

HOT tips for summer pet safety

In addition to the above, here are our HOT tips to keep in mind this summer.

Hydration is key, especially in the hot summer months. Make sure your pet has access to fresh water both at home and on the road.

Off the hot pavement... keep your pups paws off the hot pavement as well as out of hot cars. That may mean walking early in the morning or later in the evening once the temperature cools a bit.

Turn up the volume inside, so that pets won't be bothered by fireworks outside. Play some music or watch some TV to help drown out the scary noises outside.

Enter to Win a Summer Pet Safety Pack from the ASPCA!

Enter via the giveaway widget below for a chance to win a Summer Pet Safety Pack with: 
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This giveaway is sponsored by the ASPCA.

The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and My GBGV Life to promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!). Join in every Friday by linking up your FitDog story or visiting the blogs in the Hop.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fido's Freebie Friday Wishes You a Safe and Happy 4th of July

4th of July pet safety fireworks

Welcome to Fido's Freebie Friday (FFF), the weekly giveaway blog hop for all things pet!

This week we're preparing for the 4th of July, which means keeping Rocco inside and away from the noises of loud fireworks.  We'll probably watch a movie or catch up on our favorite tv shows to help drown out the noises.

We're also working on a summer safety prize pack giveaway. Check back tomorrow for a chance to enter. And in the meantime, check out all the great giveaways at Fido's Freebie Friday!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How to Join the Pets at Work Movement and Reduce Workplace Stress #PetsatWork

This post is sponsored by Purina. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Pets at Work movement but To Dog With Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.  The opinions expressed herein are 100% our own. 

Last Friday was National Take Your Dog to Work Day, and our pals at Purina celebrated it in a BIG way! While every day is bring your pet to work day for Purina associates (don't you wish your company had a pets at work program?), last Friday, 280 Purina associates brought their pets to work in an attempt to set a world record for most pets in the workplace on one day!

 Many of the associates gathered for a group photo with their pets outside of Purina’s tower building in St. Louis
to celebrate the day. Photo courtesy of Nestlé Purina.
The word is still out whether the record was officially broken -- it still needs to be verified. But regardless of the outcome, the real winners are the people and their pets who get to attend work together every day.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Facts on Canine Flu and Keeping Your Dog Healthy

Rocco Havanese skateboard dog
Rocco says his playtime is serious business. Help your pups stay
healthy so they can keep playing!
Keeping your dog healthy is the first step toward a fit dog lifestyle, so what to do about all the recent buzz about dog flu?

Do you take your dog to dog parks? To boarding facilities or doggie daycare?

Canine influenza (dog flu) has been spreading throughout the continental United States, including our home state of Georgia, so the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has provided these tips and some information to help dog owners better understand the virus.

What is canine influenza?
Canine influenza (CI, or dog flu) in the U.S. is caused by the canine influenza virus (CIV), an influenza A virus. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happy Summer From Fido's Freebie Friday

Rocco Havanese and Nicky on a Chillspot cooling dog bed
Rocco and his pal Nicky stay cool on their Chillspot cooling dog bed!
Welcome to Fido's Freebie Friday (FFF), the weekly giveaway blog hop for all things pet!

Welcome to summer and finding unique and hopefully fun ways to stay cool! Rocco likes to share his Chillspot with his pals so they all stay cool!

While you're cooling off, check out all the great giveaways at Fido's Freebie Friday!

Monday, June 22, 2015

#Feedthepursuit with Natural Balance Wild Pursuit

This post is sponsored by Natural Balance® Wild Pursuit™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Natural Balance® Wild Pursuit™ but To Dog With Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.  The opinions expressed herein are 100% our own.

Rocco is a dog who loves the pursuit -- whether he's chasing squirrels, flushing out birds or running with me on the agility course. 

When I first saw him stalking the wildlife in our backyard, it seemed kind of funny! You don't often think of small fluffy dogs stalking critters or exhibiting herding instincts like a border collie. 

Yet, if you look at the evolution of dogs, their closest relative, the wolf, is a highly accomplished predator and hunter. So it's no surprise that many dogs have a natural tendency toward some type of pursuit.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Secrets to a Well-Trained Dog. #4 Will Astound You!

Rocco Havanese dog walk
Every walk is an opportunity for training
Ok, yeah.  I'll admit this trend toward fantastical headlines is really annoying.

But I click on them. Sometimes.

And since a well-trained, and even more importantly,  a well-behaved dog is so important to their health and well-being, I'm pulling out all the tricks in getting your attention... and using a ridiculous headline.

But is it really all that ridiculous?