Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Dog-Safe Foods Website

We’re constantly checking online to see whether certain fruits and foods are safe for Daisy. She’s always on Kitchen Patrol just waiting for a morsel to drop.

You do know I’m here on Kitchen Cleanup Patrol, right? Don’t worry about any mess, I’ll take care of it for you.

Hey, don’t forget me! How about a little carrot toss, eh?


Recently we discovered a site called Ask A Vet Question that answers most of our questions in an alphabetical, easy-to-read list.

Not only that, but you can look at answers to tons of other questions submitted by pet owners. Each question also has an identification box with the type of pet, breed, and pet’s age. It can really help when you’re freaking out about something your pet ate or a reaction he/she is having – you’ll be more able to determine whether to run to the emergency vet or if you can calm down and ride out the storm.

It’s such a helpful site, we wanted to pass it along to all our blog buddies! 🙂

Now let’s see, I just licked up what Mom calls “peach juice” – will my tummy start to rumble?


The Alarming Increase of Dognapping – Who’s at Risk?

Well, every dog is at risk, but pure breeds are even more likely to be dognapped than mutts. Among the top-most kidnapped dogs are expensive, smaller dogs like Yorkies, Pomeranians, and even Beagles. Search the web and you’ll find article after article about dognapping cases and the ploys that perpetrators used to steal them away from their loving owners.

Why are dognappings increasing every year? So far, 2010 has by far the highest number of dognappings, and the year isn’t even over yet. Some of the reasons given include:

  • People wanting dogs they can’t afford, either for themselves or to give as gifts.
  • People who sell dogs to dog fighting rings (small dogs as practice animals, large dogs as sparring partners or new trainees).
  • People who want to make money selling an expensive pure breed dog.
  • People who are just plain cruel.

Think your dog is protected just because someone is holding it? Think again. A newspaper report from 2009 told of a young puppy being stolen right out of the arms of a 5 year old girl who was sitting in a public park with her mother not too far away. Thankfully, the authorities were notified immediately and the dog was found shortly thereafter, being raised by another family nearby.

The AKC (American Kennel Club) gives some good tips on their website about how to keep your dog safe:

  • Never leave your dog tied alone outside a restaurant or store while you go in to eat or shop.
  • Never leave your dog alone in a parked car (this is a no-no for many reasons).
  • Don’t answer too many questions from admirers about your dog, especially if they ask where you got him or how much he cost. Dognappers target more expensive dogs, so mentioning the boutique where you got him would be a dead giveaway as to how much he cost.
  • Stay alert to anyone following you home, either on foot or in the car. Serious dognappers break into homes just to steal expensive dogs.
  • Don’t leave your dog unattended in your yard, especially if your yard is visible from the street.

Looking at this from the innocent dog buyer’s perspective, how can you avoid buying stolen dogs? The AKC recommends:

  • Don’t buy puppies or dogs from a newspaper ad, flea market, roadside, or website. Anyone can run a newspaper ad, and editors can’t check the legitimacy of every ad, so unless you know the person, this seller could be making money selling stolen dogs.
  • Make sure the seller has authentic AKC documentation (litter registration number) on a pure breed

    Microchip size comparison to rice grain

    dog. “Authentic” is the keyword here – anything can be faked. Double-check authentication by calling AKC Customer Service at 919–233–9767 .

  • Buy from rescue shelters or screen the private breeder, visiting their home and asking lots of questions. You wouldn’t buy an expensive diamond from a stranger without asking lots of questions and double-checking the seller’s quality claims, so use the same principles with a private dog seller.

What can you do if your dog is stolen?

  • Call the police or animal control department immediately and file a police report. That’s what led to the recovery of the puppy stolen from that 5 year old girl mentioned above.
  • Put up fliers with your dog’s picture on it and spread the word around the neighborhood and neighboring areas.
  • Know your dog’s microchip number in case you get a call from a veterinarian or police.

You can find more information and links at http://www.akc.org. At their website, you can also find out how you can help pass important legislation on topics like dognapping, stopping animal abuse/cruelty, and much more. You don’t have to have a pure breed dog to get valuable information from this site and make a difference in keeping our pets safe!

Another great website with lots of detailed information on what to do if your dog is stolen is http://www.doggiemanners.com/art_finding_stolen_dogs.html. The article was written by a dog trainer after one of her client’s dogs was stolen; fortunately the dog was found a year later because of his microchip. The author gives excellent information on how to prepare in advance so you’ll be ready to act during that emotionally difficult time – don’t forget, time is of the essence when a dog is stolen. The article’s author says she put in over 100 hours of research and interviews in order to compile this important information – bookmark it on your computer just in case you ever need it.

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Shiatsu for Dogs… and Other Animals

I'm ready for my massage now....

Years ago I went to a hair stylist whose hair washer had studied shiatsu. During and after the shampooing, he did shiatsu massage on clients’ scalps, and I can tell you it was one of the most wonderful, amazingly relaxing things I’ve ever experienced. My stylist could have given me a Dutch boy haircut for all I cared, I’d still have gone back again and again just for the scalp massage.

The other day, as I was cradling Daisy on my lap and watching her eyes close as I stroked her little head, it brought to mind those incredibly calming days at that hair stylist. I began thinking that it would make sense to be able to do shiatsu on dogs (and other “pettable” pets in general), so I checked it out online.

Success! The animal health care experts are streaks ahead of me. I found books and information on shiatsu for large and small animals, as well as a school that specializes in animal massage – the Northwest School of Animal Massage (www.nwsam.com). By going to their “Links” page, you can use the drop-down menu to find graduate practitioners in your US state or Canadian province (and a couple other countries as well). Apparently massage is great for animal rehabilitation, service dogs, athletic dogs, horses, etc.

They even offer distance learning so you can perform massage correctly on animals in your own home or become certified in animal massage! If you just want to do a hands-on quick-learn, there are a few books: Shiatsu for Dogs; Canine Massage;The Healing Touch for Dogs; Dog Massage: A Whiskers to Tail Guide, and a few more.

There are even YouTube videos showing how to perform Shiatsu on dogs – you’ve never seen such a relaxed bulldog! Just Google Shiatsu for Dogs and you’ll find them all. Very cool!

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