Muffin’s Halo: Help for Blind Dogs

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We met dog lover Silvie Bordeaux at our recent Anthropologie event and just had to share her incredible invention. When her beloved 12-year-old poodle went blind from cataracts, Muffin’s Halo was born. According to Silvie:

“It has changed our lives, and I am now on a mission to assist blind/visually impaired dogs and their owners.”

If you have a blind or visually impaired dog, we think you’ll think this gadget is heaven-sent, especially when it comes to exploring new, unfamiliar environments.

Read all about Muffin and Silvie’s journey here

And check out Muffin’s Halo in action!

 

8 Cold Weather Tips for Dogs

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Baby, it’s cold outside!  While you’re bundling youreself up to battle winter’s extreme weather, don’t forget to keep Fido safe and warm, too.  Take a quick moment to review the ASPCA’s cold weather tips!

1.  Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

2.  Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

3.  Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.

4.  Never leave your dog alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

5.  Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

6.  Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in tip-top shape.

7.  Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.

8.  Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

Dog Gear For Rainy Season

Fall is definitely here. Leaves are falling off trees and changing colors and unfortunately the rain has returned. Although most dogs love cuddling up to their owner and sleeping by a warm fireplace during the rain, it also means that they probably won’t be going for any long walks outdoors. And that sucks for them! All dogs need their exercise and most of them look forward to their daily walks. But a little bit of rain shouldn’t stop you and your pooch from getting outside and exercising. Especially when there’s rain gear that you can put on your canine companion that’ll make them comfortable and eager to take that stroll though the neighborhood, even while showers are coming down.

Guardian Gear is a brand that has created rain jackets for dogs of any size.  Now we can keep our adorable dogs dry in wet weather with their brightly colored rain jackets that are made of heavy-duty vinyl. Each jacket has a drawstring hood, leash opening, and handy back pocket with a Velcro flap closure. A reflective stripe on the back ensures pets can be seen at night/in the dark too!

Besides protecting your pet from inclement weather, this waterproof vinyl jacket will also prevent your four legged best friend from being a smelly wet dog which, of course, no one likes. Guardian Gear Brite Dog Rain Jacket is available in all sizes and comes in different colors as well. If you’d like to get a rain jacket for your beloved dog, click HERE to place your order. Stay warm and enjoy the season!