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Pet Friendly Newsletter - June 2006


"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." (George Eliot)

"Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives." (Stephen Baker)


"This is our 10-month chihuahua Nina napping with Garfield." - Jan D., Red Deer, Alberta

"This is Stanley, named after the Stanley Cup that slipped away from the Calgary Flames in 2004. He lives with 2 other Goldens and a rescue Greyhound... one big happy family!" - Jean H. of Calgary, Alberta

"This is my 'baby' Mia, a female Pug who is now a year old. She was 12 weeks old when the picture was taken, had just flown in from Edmonton and was exploring her new and forever home in Vancouver for the first time!!" - Jill B.

"A 4-week-old Curly Coated Retriever puppy. Ahhh, puppy breath!" - Nancy M. of Sechelt, BC

"This is Lewie, our American Eskimo when he was just 8 weeks old." - Charlene S. of Amherst, NY

The PetFriendly CEO (Chief Eating Officer), as a 10-week-old puppy.


From tiny little yipping noises to booming "woofs", dogs use barking as one way to communicate with us. Some of the reasons why they bark include:

  • To get attention. For example, puppies and even adult dogs may yap to try to get your attention.

  • "Play barking". Some dogs give short little barks to try to engage other pets (or people) in play. Often this is accompanied with a "play bow" and/or a wagging tail.

  • Warning barks. For example, barking when someone approaches the door, ie. the "watch dog" bark. The dog's barking may become much more rapid as the stranger approaches, and the dog may growl as well.

  • Barking because the dog is bored. You may have experienced this yourself: the dog that sits outside and barks continuously (while driving you crazy) because he has nothing else to do. Proper exercise and mental stimulation can help to tire out the dog and keep him occupied so that this type of barking is minimized.

  • Anxiety barking. Some dogs suffer from separation anxiety when they are left alone. Often times the dogs seem unable to stop themselves, and the more they bark, the more they appear to stimulate themselves and continue to bark.

  • "I'm here" communication. Have you ever heard one of the neighborhood dogs start barking, only to be joined by other dogs a moment later? Dogs sometimes bark to communicate that they're also in the area.

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