Pet Friendly Newsletter - September 2008
"To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon
is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring -
it was peace." (Milan Kundera)
"There are few things in life more heart warming than to
be welcomed by a cat." (Tay Hohoff)
PHOTOS FROM PROUD PET PARENTS
"Ready for summer, this is Sammy, a 2-year-old poodle cross."
- Linda of Abbotsford, BC
"This is a picture of our 8 yr old Border Collie, Arrow,
a member of our family that has added years to our lives.
Just the nudge we get in the morning to tell us he would
like to go outside and the solitary bark to tell us he would
like to come back inside are small things that we appreciate
about this caring animal."
- Ralph and Rocky M. of Sticks and Stones Country Cottages
on Galiano Island, BC
"This is our beautiful 5-month-old lab puppy,
Lindor at the cottage this summer. I am also
attaching a photo of him as a puppy."
Carrie S. of Barrie, Ontario
HOW TO PREVENT A LOST PET
Accidents can happen to even the very best of pet owners.
In some cases, however, the heartbreak of losing a pet
could have been prevented. No pet owner expects to lose
their pet or have it stolen. Take these steps to help
safeguard your pet:
- Make sure your yard is securely fenced. Dogs can squeeze
through small gaps under the fencing so be sure to patch
any that you find. Regularly check your fence for new
holes, gaps, or rotten boards and fix them right away.
Also be aware of items that could help your dog escape
the yard, such as chain link fencing (some dogs can
climb it!), or a patio set or storage unit near the
fence (which a pet could use as a stepping stone to
leap over the fence).
If your dog likes to dig:
- Dig a trench a foot or more deep around the
perimeter of your yard, right underneath the fence
line. Fill it with concrete or place more boards in
the trench and then re-fill it. This will help to
prevent your dog from digging underneath your fence
and escaping the yard.
- Build a separate dog run with a concrete floor
(or with a similar setup to the above to help prevent
digging dogs from escaping).
- Lock your gates. Fence gates can blow open in the wind;
swing open if they're not properly latched; or be left
open for any number of reasons. Protect your pet by
placing a lock or a tension cable across the gate to
keep it securely closed. This will also prevent
visitors from entering your yard without permission.
- Keep dogs leashed and cats crated when travelling.
Your pet could become disoriented and get lost if
he escapes in an unfamiliar area.
- Check collars and leashes for fraying. Replace them
- Make sure your pet's collar is properly fitted. It
should neither be too tight or too loose, since loose
collars may slip off over your pet's head.
- Do not leave your pets outside or in the car alone
and unattended. There have been unfortunate cases in
which family pets have been stolen. It only takes a
quick moment for someone to take your pet!
- Train your dog. Dogs should respond to basic obedience
commands. Many dog owners love to frequent leash-free
areas, a great place for dogs to interact with each
other and get some exercise. However all dogs must be
under control. A dog that is obedience-trained will
be less likely to run off inappropriately.
- Beware of loud noises. Many dogs have noise phobias
over things like fireworks, thunderstorms, or
construction noises. Don't bring dogs to events where
loud noises are expected - even if they've never
before had a negative reaction to them. If you must
bring your pet, make sure he is supervised and
securely leashed or crated.
- Spay or neuter your pet. "Fixed" pets are less likely
to wander, and there are health benefits too.
- Make sure your pet is always wearing appropriate ID.
That includes a collar with license tag; a tag with
up-to-date telephone numbers; a rabies tag; plus a
microchip and/or a tattoo. Collars can come loose and
tags may fall off, so a microchip is an an additional
safeguard for your pet. Always make sure your contact
information is current. Periodically check to make sure
the tags are still readable, and if not, replace them.
- Take a few clear photos of your pet right now. They
will be indispensable if your pet goes missing.