By Katy Cable-A 3 min. Read
Each year in June, pug lovers from near and far head down to Rosie’s Dog Beach for the highly anticipated Pug Beach Bonanza. Here in So. Cal we typically get more clouds, drizzle, and chill in June than we do all spring. It’s great for pugs, who can easily overheat. Fortunately, we’re never had any issues at the beach meet-ups, but now that the beaches are getting more crowded, I felt it was important to share tips on how to help your dog keep their cool and stay safe.
I live just a short walk from Rosie’s Dog Beach, one of the most popular dog beaches in Southern California. Long stretches of fine, white sand, gentle waves, easy parking, drinking fountains, restrooms, showers, and a snack bar make this the ideal destination for people and their pups. Rain or shine! And, as with most popular spots, I have seen too many preventable tragedies. So, in addition to safety tips, during warmer weather, it’s also very important for everyone to be aware of the signs of overheating.
Pugs and other brachycephalic breeds (dogs with flat faces and short noses, such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Pugs, Pekinese, and Shih-tzus), older pets, dogs that are ill or have a chronic health condition, and dogs not used to warm weather are extremely susceptible to overheating so be mindful of the following signs:
🌞Heavy panting or rapid breathing
🌞Elevated body temperature
🌞Bright or dark red tongue and gums
🌞Increased pulse and heartbeat
If your dog is exhibiting any of the above symptoms you need to to start cooling them down immediately and keep close watch on their behavior.
Take your pet to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic IMMEDIATELY if you notice any of the following SIGNS OF LIFE-THREATENING OVERHEATING:
❌Weakness and collapse
Now that you’re aware of the warning signs here’s how to keep your pup from getting overheated in the first place.
⛱ BEACH SAFETY 101 ⛱
Before you head out for the beach, I recommend bringing an umbrella, tent or Easy-Up so you have a shady spot for your dog to retreat from the sun. You’ll also want to bring 2 large towels or blankets. It's good idea to have one for your dog to lay on as well as one you can soak and use to cool your dog off if they get overheated.
If the sand, or pavement is burning your tootsies, you can bet it will burn your doggie's paws. Make sure you put them in booties or socks if they’re too large a dog to carry across the hot surface.
Fresh drinking water and a bowl are MUSTS! Always have fresh water to keep your doggie hydrated and also so they are not tempted to drink seawater or from pools of standing water which may be filthy. Also communal water bowls can provide a lot more than hydration in the form of parasites and nasty doggy germs. Have your own bowl of water handy.
Many people don't realize dogs are susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer. The most sensitive dogs are:
and of course hairless dogs.
For those breeds, I recommend staying OUT of the sun on extremely hot days and during peak hours (10AM-3PM). The best protection is to dress your dog in a T-shirt, sun-shirt with UV protection or a cooling vest which shields from harmful rays and keeps dogs from overheating.
I also advise getting a sunscreen for your dog. Make sure the sunscreen is a formula safe for dogs. Human sunscreens can contain ingredients (such as zinc) which are toxic if ingested. Be sure to cover your dog's nose, ears, belly, and inside hind legs.
Along with sun safety, you'll need to be equally prepared to keep your sweetie safe in the water. Surf Gidget the Pug, makes it look easy, but Pugs, and several other breeds are not strong swimmers (actually they're genetically designed to sink like stones!) I would recommend a life vest if you're out at the beach, in a boat or on open water. Even with a life vest you must supervise your dog in the water. An unexpected wave, rip current, rapids or even stepping on a bee, sharp coral or jellyfish can be major hazards.
It goes without saying if your dog may be sick, is lethargic, has the runs, or is in heat, do not visit the beach, dog park or any other public dog area.
Hold off on visiting a dog beach or park until your dog is trusted to obey commands. If you are dog sitting, or have a new shelter/rescue dog, this may pose too much risk until you are more familiar with your pet. Many people love letting their dogs run around off-leash (I'm one of them) but it can be a major hazard. If your dog isn't consistent with following your commands, I recommend you wait until they’re better trained. It can extremely dangerous if your dog is racing down the beach and not minding your call and a threatening situation arises.
And finally, just a few “Golden Rules” for the dog beach. Remember beaches depend on all of us to keep them safe and clean. Bring waste disposal bags, -and maybe a few extras for those who may not be prepared. Be the bigger person who picks up and takes care of keeping the beach safe and clean. So many people don’t.
Be attentive to your dog. This is not the time or place to relax with a good book or your nose in your Instagram feed. Be on the lookout. A fun run down the beach chasing a ball can quickly turn to an aggressive dog fight. If you notice play getting a bit rough and you’re concerned, call your dog and distract them with some one-one-one play.
Also, be mindful of how much time you spend in the great outdoors. Too many hours can result in dehydration, overheating and other problems.
If everyone adheres to some basic safety precautions we can cut down on a lot of injuries. Let's keep dog friendly beaches a fun place to make memories. See you at the beach.
For information on the Pug Beach BoneAnza and other fun dog events, visit my website: www.weeklyrunt.com/
Pugs & kisses 😘
-Katy Cable & Olive
By, Katy Cable-TWR /A 4 min read
Most of my followers are as PUG-OBSESSED as I am. Actually, that’s an understatement. The pug is my spirit animal! For those joining The Weekly Runt who are interested in adding a Pug to your family, I want to educate you on some important facts about this special breed so you’re not "unpleasantly" 😳 surprised!
Believe it or not I never originally wanted a dog. I actually dreaded getting one! And then I was introduced to PUGS! Now I know why people who love pugs say, "Its not just a dog, it's a PUG!" They are darling. They are hysterical. They tug at your heartstrings and all of the sudden you're hooked and HAVE TO HAVE ONE. -OR FIVE!
First of all, no two pugs are alike. Don't assume that magical, snuggle bunny Pug on your neighbor's lap or that comical Pug dressed up singing on YouTube is what you're going to get. Pugs, like all dogs vary greatly in their temperament, energy, intelligence and independence ranging from go-with-the-flow to I'm-in-charge-of-everything. That being said, there are some generalizations that tend to be SPOT ON:
PUG PUPPIES: If I'm lucky, everyday at work I might have the opportunity to help out new pet parents shopping for their first pug puppy. Usually the pup is cuddled in their arms dozing in and out of sleep. Just like a new sleeping baby that in the blink of an eye turns into a high energy toddler on the move, the same holds true for pug puppies. Warn as I do, these parents are usually astounded when all too quickly that same puppy is a whirling dervish of energy who snuggles for 30 seconds and then is off again to race around the house, leaving a trail of destruction in their path. Pug puppies are no different from any other puppy. Expect nipping, chewing, gnawing, jumping, pulling on your pant legs, shoe destroying, and lots of mayhem.
Here's the reality. The only puppy that is a couch potato is a SICK puppy. Most are bundles of non-stop energy. You likely won't have a couch potato pug until at least the age of three and your pug may NEVER be a couch potato. Pugs from reputable breeders are more likely to have the typical pug temperament eventually, but even they will be little spitfires as puppies. If your puppy is from the internet, a pet store, a newspaper ad, or rescue, then it's up for grabs what kind of temperament you may end up with. You might luck out and get a pug that has the solid and stable temperament that is the signature of the breed, but you might also end up with a pug like my Olive who has deep-seated issues that take diligent, loving, consistent, training to transform.
One of the best ways to wear a puppy out (or any busy dog) is to engage them in activities that make them work and think. This is why I cannot say enough about obedience classes! It will be money and time very well spent. Classes are a great way for both of you to bond, socialize and learn. One hour of training can really take the 'edge' off of a busy new pup! Jump on YouTube and check out all the free training videos, or hire a trainer to come to you or meet outdoors, one-on-one if that works better.
A High Maintenance Breed: Don't get me wrong. I love my pugs, but they are, without a doubt, a high maintenance breed. They need and want a lot of attention. Pugs are and were bred for the sole purpose of being companion animals. They need people. If you’re going to be gone for long periods of time and/or be too tired to engage with your pug when you get home from work, then a pug likely isn't the dog for you. And pug puppies are developing and learning. They need stimulation, guidance, time and attention. Any puppy left crated for eight to ten hours will be absolutely manic by the time you get home and will need you to devote the remainder of the evening to them. Pugs are often referred to as a "VELCRO DOG!” So if you don't want a dog that is going to be wherever you are all the time (including in the bathroom!), then rethink getting a pug.
House training: Pug puppies will not be house trained in a month or two or possibly even six. Some pick it up quickly, but most take much longer before they are completely consistent and reliable. And most pugs won't ask to go out. Pugs generally will not just go outside and do their business while you relax comfortably on the couch enjoying a cappuccino. If they are outside, you'd better be outside with them. Most will not potty outside without your company and encouragement. (Actually the only thing they probably will do without your fanfare is EAT!)
While some pugs can hold their bladders all day while you're at work, most can't and shouldn't be expected to. So if you're contemplating a pug (or small breed dog) then be sure that you can afford to have someone come in and let the dog out or make an 'approved' spot in your home for them to go. Punishing a pug (or any dog) for an accident is not an effective method of house training. Rubbing the dog's nose in the mess and yelling "No!", "Bad Dog!" and other choice words, will likely create a dog who becomes a sneaky excreter and fearful of your behavior. You must use praise and positive reinforcement to house-train. There are many good books, articles, videos and trainers to help you with house-training issues if needs be.
PUG-ALICIOUS PUGS: Pugs have a variety of unique quirks that drive some people bonkers. They can be nosy, inquisitive, and often right under foot. Most are tremendously and dangerously food driven and will consume things that you don't consider edible. -I'm not kidding. They will eat poop, grass, rocks, coins, screws, anything they can get in their mouths. They ESPECIALLY love Kleenex and toilet paper. It is your most important job to pug proof your home to avoid tragedy! I never trust a pug around any food source, garbage or even cabinets they can reach. In my home, trash cans sit up high on cupboards, gates are installed, locks are secured on cabinets and chairs are pushed away from table tops. I’ve leaned even a sedentary pug will muster up the energy to "table surf!" if they can get to wherever the food is. I have many ER vet bills to prove it. And it's not just tables. I've had contents of entire trash cans ravaged. Things I never knew lived under the bed and in a jacket pocket or a backpack have been devoured in a NY minute.
Pugs can be quite vocal barkers, criers, howlers, moaners and grumblers. You may have watched videos of them singing, "I love you.” Every pug I’ve ever known cries and sings with joy when their owners return home after time away. As a breed, they have the widest assortment of noises I've ever heard. And most snore like buzz saws.
Pugs are referred to as “multim in Parvo” meaning “A lot of dog in a small space.” Pugs are tough little dogs that pack a lot of punch in their compact bodies. They are confident and have no clue how small they are. Most will not initiate a fight, but many will vigorously defend themselves or others TO THEIR DEATH if a scuffle starts. Often they are hopelessly outclassed in the fighting department and can get seriously hurt if owners aren't careful. To say they are a food driven breed is a huge understatement. Be prepared for issues with food aggression and resource guarding. Especially if you have other dogs.
Pugs are not fans of inclement or extreme weather and will resist venturing outside in the cold, rain, snow, extreme heat or wind. They are prone to over-heating extremely quickly due to their "flat-noses.” Keep your environment in mind before getting a pug.
Pug Smarts: While many people perceive pugs as dumb dogs. Most aren't. In fact, most are extremely smart. Their outrageous food drive usually makes them fairly easy to train. They make amazing therapy and service dogs and you won't find better sports about dawning costumes for photos and videos. And while they are so much fun to dress up and take out, it's often easy to forget they are DOGS. They need to do dog things such as go to parks, meet other dogs, play and have fun. Pugs are very adept at figuring out what you will and will not tolerate and will test the limits. You don't need to be a dictator, but all dogs want to know what the routine is and like a predictable world.
Pug Energy: While pugs aren't ideal running partners or known for being athletic, sporting dogs, there are many, like Surf Gidget The Pug that excel at surfing, swimming, agility, run like Greyhounds and are fit as fiddles. And while most would prefer to flop on your lap all day, their only athleticism shown is racing to their dog dish at mealtime. That isn't good for either of you. It’s important to prioritize getting regular exercise together.
Speaking of exercise, Pugs can easily get FAT. As cute as they look with their square, barreled shoulders and chest, and the way they always act like they haven't eaten in a week, it is really easy to let them get dangerously obese! Pugs in particular need the right amount of food for their activity level. You significantly shorten their lifespan and quality of life by letting them get obese. (-See my blog “Dog Pounds” )
PUG HEALTH: This, more than any other issue is often the undoing of many a pug owner. As with any pure breed dog, a plethora of expensive health issues may crop up. DO YOUR RESEARCH on the breed and especially on where you are getting your pug. Rescues** generally have a good idea of the health issues facing a given dog. Don’t assume that a rescued pug is going to be a health nightmare. You do put yourself at risk for expensive health issues with pugs from pet stores, internet ads, and the newspaper. Though less likely, even reputable breeders who have genetic testing going back generations, offer no guarantee that your pug won't have an issue.
Pugs are a sensitive breed. They are prone to a host of chronic health problems such as breathing issues, eye problems, and getting rashes on their folds of skin. They may also suffer from respiratory problems specific to brachy (flat-faced) breeds. Other common issues include: luxating patella, dental problems, and collapsed trachea, typically seen in the toy breeds. And then there is the dreaded Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE) that is pug specific.
Pugs have a very high rate of allergies—food containing grains being a big one. Pugs need a high quality diet. Grocery store kibble won't cut it and you can avoid a host of future problems if you start off feeding your pug with premium food. Check any of my food-related blogs for suggestions. Pug nutrition is my number #1 way to promote good health, lower vet bills, and a provide them with a longer life.
New Pug owners, myself included, are always surprised to learn that fawn pugs shed fur like trees lose their leaves in autumn. It's downright astonishing! They don't need extensive grooming you can't easily do yourself but they get enormous eye goobers and need regular cleaning of nose folds, ears and eye areas. And MY GOD are they notoriously fussy about having their nails trimmed. You can see some real dramatic behavior around nail clipping in particular. I've known several pugs to start squealing as if they were being killed at the slaughter before the nail trimming even started.
They also do a horribly scary thing called reverse sneezing. I ran my first pug, Raisin to the ER, TWICE convinced he was suffocating and was politely told it was just a reverse sneeze and all pugs do it.
That being said, Pugs are one of the most affectionate, funny and overtly loving breeds you can ever own. But, I don't want anyone blindsided. To me, they're worth every bit of effort, expense and time they require. I promise you these little clowns will provide hours of entertainment and completely melt your heart. Perhaps they will become your spirit animal too! Pugs and kisses! -Katy 😘
🐾**If you are interested in getting a pug, I hope you will consider rescuing one in need of a loving home. Message me for rescue groups in your area or check out the following rescues I work with here in So Cal:
The Pug Queen
Pugs and Roses
By Katy Cable-TWR
A 2 min. Read
To Bee Or Not To Bee! 🐝 For years I've been hearing how our planet and our very survival is at great risk due to billions and billions of bees dying off at an alarming rate. As scary a thought as that is, I can’t understand it since I personally have seen no shortage of bees. As a matter of fact, quite the contrary. They seem to be buzzing around everywhere I look.
I'm deathly allergic to bees and just the sight of one puts me in a sheer panic! I'm often that crazy lady ballistically screaming, running around and making a huge scene at the first sign of anything buzzing around me. And usually it’s just someone’s cellphone. Between my frantic behavior, my hot-pink floral fashions and my Chanel No. 5 cologne, I’m a total “bee magnet!” They come after me like starving linebackers hitting the all-you-can-eat buffet! I've been stung on many occasions and because I'm allergic, my reaction gets worse with each subsequent attack! It’s so bad that I've been warned a sting on my face or neck could be deadly and I now carry an Epipen®️ to be safe. But what about our dogs?
Brachy (flat-nosed) dogs have a difficult time breathing as it is and a sting or any type of swelling to the face can be life-threatening. Now that the temperatures have warmed up, the flowers are in full bloom and we're spending more time outside, here are some important safety tips to both prevent and treat a bee-sting.
As the saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!" The first defense against bee stings is to try and avoid them in the first place. Don't leave your dog outside alone if your yard has plants that attract bees. Better yet, replace plants with varieties that don’t attract them. Roses and mint are great options and also my personal favorites.
Walk earlier in the mornings or later in the afternoon when temps are cooler and bees aren't out in droves. If possible avoid going near certain flowers, herbs, shrubs and grasses that attract bees. Also stay clear of brushy areas.
Double check where your dog is going potty and lead them to safe places. Ditto for curious sniffing. Pet stores now carry lightweight clothing, caps, sunglasses and booties that might be a good option for outdoor hiking or even walks in bee prone areas. If you’re out hiking or in a place where you’re not able to race to a vet, I recommend carrying a bee emergency kit with you. I also advise keeping your dog covered up in lightweight clothing and booties.
🐝🐝TAKING THE STING OUT OF BEE STINGS🐝🐝
1. If an isolated bee pops out of nowhere and stings your dog, check and see if the stinger and venom sac are still attached. If so:
SLIDE A CREDIT CARD ALONG THE SITE TO GENTLY REMOVE THE STINGER WITHOUT pushing more venom into your dog's bloodstream.
2. IF YOUR DOG IS STUNG ON THE FACE AND/OR YOU SEE THE SIGHT IS SWELLING UP, ADMINISTER BENEDRYL & PREDNISONE IMMEDIATELY! Carry a bee sting kit if you go out with your dog and are not within easy reach to ER services.
3. FOR PAIN RELIEF: MAKE A PASTE IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND BY MIXING BAKING SODA WITH A SPLASH OF WATER. DAB IT ON SITE. You can re-apply this paste every 2-3 hours as necessary. CBD oil can also be applied topically and orally!
4. APPLY ICE AND GET TO A VET IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID FURTHER COMPLICATIONS.
BEE STING KIT:
🐝Prednisone Pill (5mg pill for 10-25lb dogs)
🐝Benedryl Pill (1/2 25mg pill for 15-25lb dogs)
🐝Small pill pockets for administering pills
🐝Baking Soda (put a few tbs in a plastic bag)
🐝Small doggie bandana
🐝Small ice pack
🐝Small bottle of water
🐝Credit card or hotel key-for removing stinger
🐝1 small baby aspirin (for pain)
Nothing can spoil a good time in the great outdoors like a nasty bee sting, so these tips will allow you to "BEE" 🐝 SAFE! Pugs & Kisses! -Katy
By, Katy Cable-The Weekly Runt
A 3 min. Read
What you put in your dog's dish is the single most important thing you can do for their health and well-being It's a major deal. You're either promoting health and healing or destroying it every time you feed your pet. This is so important and such a hot topic I've decided to break things down into small "kibble-sized" pieces.
I became a pet blogger because I saw a HUGE need for quick, simple, easy, tips that would often save pet parents "a house payment in vet bills!" These blogs are based solely on MY experiences, research, observations and testimonials I have received. I want to help you be a better pet parent by knowing the real deal and not making the same costly mistakes I did.
Now, just like the song "Do-Re-Me" from The Sound of Music says, "Let's start at the very beginning..." When it comes to pet food it starts and ends with KNOWING HOW TO READ A PET FOOD LABEL. Don't be misled by commercials, displays, fancy marketing, celebrities and all the hype around particular pet foods. Many companies are putting far more dollars into the outside of the bag than what's going in. My recommendation is pretend all pet foods you are considering are in "brown paper packages tied up with string..." (Another SOM reference) Then just read the ingredients on the labels and research who manufactures the food.
While the ingredient list alone won't tell you much about the food's true sourcing, neither will the slick bag. You need to do your homework and research these companies. Find out who owns them; How many lawsuits and recalls have they had; Where are their ingredients sourced, and what kind of reviews do they have. A lot of trickery goes into pet food marketing and people are often horrified to learn what's really hidden in their pet's food. For an in-depth look at this information and a source for a lot of my research visit. The Truth About Pet Food http://truthaboutpetfood.com/
If you want to truly understand how the pet food industry works I encourage you to watch the incredible documentary film: PET FOOLED and read my other pet food blogs. In a nutshell, you will learn pet food has become a great opportunity for big candy and cereal companies to make billions on their waste that cannot be used or sold in their human products. In an effort to control costs and sell garbage, they've created brilliant marketing campaigns convincing everyone from vets to pet parents that a bag of highly processed, dry kibble is ideal, life-long nutrition for their pets.
But it gets so, so, SO much worse. A complete lack of adequate regulation and safety practices allows many substitutions with ingredients. -Often resulting in deadly consequences. As long as the ratios and ingredients are listed properly, it's basically: ANYTHING GOES! When the pet food company’s negligence is met with lethal consequences, they typically get away with paying out a few bucks and some bad PR.
Such was the case with the huge pet food scandal in 2007. This disaster, which killed thousands and thousands of pets, saw companies scrambling to do damage control. Not long after, new marketing was in place, and it was business as usual.
Hills Science Diet and several had serious problems with 44 of their regular and prescription formulas containing toxic vitamin D levels. Bad enough it happened ONCE, but these serious incidents have happened repeatedly for nearly TWO YEARS beginning in February 2018. Yet this brand still flies off the shelves at the recommendation of many vets.
Fortunately, small companies wanting to do things better, have sprung up and started taking a bite out of these giant's market share. This has resulted in forcing these big corporate pet food companies to offer healthier options such as: "grain-free" , "No GMO's" "organic" and including higher quality ingredients.
But, are they? In many cases pet food giants gobble up some of these smaller competitors and keep the packaging exactly the same, so you never know. Then the cost-cutting begins. Typically, it starts with switching out ingredients for less-expensive options. Most consumers never know they’re favorite brand is now owned by a huge corporation. Unless perhaps their dog suddenly stops eating the food they always loved.
One example of this is the brand Castor & Pollux which promotes organic, farm-raised fresh ingredients: Typically, pet parents purchasing this food are horrified to learn that as of 2015, this once top-of-the-line pet-food is now owned and operated by Purina. It's no accident you will not see that information on the bag.
If you shop for pet food at the grocery store or a big box pet store, or if you turn on a TV you will see all the well-known brands. Understand that most are owned by Mars: (Royal Canine/Nutro/Greenies/Eukanuba.) Nestle: (Purina brands such as Merrill and Castor & Pollux.) Smuckers:(Natural Balance) and General Mills: (Blue Buffalo.)
I also stay away from celebrity brands. I love Rachel Ray, but she’s definitely not formulating and cooking pet foods. She likely doesn’t even use her own pet products. Rather, she is paid handsomely to lend her name to promote a line of food typically owned and operated by one of these huge conglomerates. Again, check out the ingredients and the manufacturer/parent company first.
I pay close attention to small brands in big stores. I also visit independent pet retailers and check out what brands they carry. Ask them questions. They tend to research and do their vetting on products. Here's why: If a pet food has a major deadly recall, (and in the past few years there were many.) A big box company or grocer may feel a sting, but a local retailer could very well go out of business. Smaller independent retailers simply cannot afford to risk their livelihoods and reputations.
As you pull those bags, or cans off the shelf, (bring those readers so you can see the fine print) keep in mind, ingredients are listed by weight PRIOR to cooking. So when you see a label saying, "Chicken is the #1 ingredient!" If you plop that chicken on a scale then cook off all the water and fat, it loses between 50-75% of its weight. Therefore, while it's great to feature chicken as the #1 ingredient, more important are the #2 and #3 ingredients.
Another tip is: look for more specifics: DEBONED, chicken, verses MEAT or POULTRY (-WAYYYYY to vague!) Worse yet is beef/chicken/salmon FLAVOR. While dogs are scavenging omnivores that eat a variety of things that would turn our stomachs, "by-products" "remnants" or "rendered meats" are also things I run away from. I also stay clear of any fish ingredients unless I completely trust the company's sourcing. Fish in particular can have high levels of mercury and may be rancid or contaminated. It's far too dangerous.
More and more people are fooled by the "grain-free" hype. Corn, brewer's rice, white rice and potatoes are often even higher in carbohydrates and can be much MORE irritating to a dog than many grains. Ancient grains such as oats and quinoa are a far better option.
The ratios of carbohydrates to animal/poultry/fish proteins and the quality of the ingredients is of utmost important. I look for humanely, sustainably sourced foods, with 2-3 animal/fish/poultry proteins before I see carbs. I also choose low-glycemic carbs such as sweet potatoes, peas, quinoa and lentils over white rice and potatoes.
To finish off, I want to list ingredients to avoid at all costs. If you see these "no-no's" on your pet food label it will clue you in to the quality and care going into the food in general.
AVOID PET FOODS THAT:
❌Lists potato, soy, corn, rice or any other grain or plant-based protein as the first or second ingredient.
❌Uses two different types of listings for the same grain or starch (i.e: corn, corn-gluten meal/potato, potato-starch.)
❌Contains any by-products, renderings, unidentified fish, poultry or animal products. (i.e: animal meal, meats, meat meal, fish meal, poultry by-products, poultry remnants, poultry by-product meal, animal fat, poultry fat.)
❌Contains known carcinogens: BHA, BHT or ethoxyquin, dyes or flavors.
❌Contains sugars such as fructose, sucrose, dextrose, cellulose, tapioca, corn syrup, molasses.
I think many of you will be quite surprised to see that some well-known and pricey foods are comprised of nothing more than inexpensive fillers and poor quality meat protein. Hopefully, you will also find some great new foods that offer much more bang (and health) for your buck. If you have any questions, or want suggestions, feel free to message me.
Whatever you choose, you can stretch your dollar and GREATLY increase your pets health by incorporating your own fresh fruits, veggies, and meats to your pet's food.⚠️
Happy shopping and "BONE" Appetite! 😜🐾
⚠️ALWAYS add new foods ONE-AT-A-TIME and very slowly (10% or less per day) making sure pets can tolerate.
☠️ Never feed dogs: ☠️
onions/garlic/chocolate/alcohol/fruits with pits/raisins/grapes/currants/macadamia nuts/foods with salt-sugar-sauces/sugarless candies-gum-peanut butter or foods containing XYLITOL
🐶Watch my PET FOOD SERIES anytime on YouTube. Segments run approx 10 min. Also Message me your ??’s
🐾Katy Cable is a former actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick and her rescue Pug, Olive.🐾
By, Katy Cable, TWR
A 3 min. Read
Coyote Alert! This photo is actually ripped from a news headline where a wife played a joke on her husband and sent him this image which she created with a photo app. Her husband FREAKED OUT! -And nearly went into cardiac arrest upon seeing this. Although we all had a good laugh over her joke, ironically, not a week later, I had a pet parent tell me a similar story. Unfortunately her incident was not a funny prank and ended tragically.
In a suburban So Cal neighborhood where the lawns are perfectly manicured, and the streets are crowded with kids on skateboards and bikes, an unsuspecting little Maltipoo puppy named Pumba, fell prey to a coyote. This is not a rural area. The closest park is miles away. This home is not over-run with bushes and shrubs but features a small vegetable garden, covered patio and a gi-normous swimming pool. Little Pumba was not roaming around lost in the woods but sitting in the kitchen getting ready to enjoy his evening meal.
No sooner had the dish been set down when Pumba, in the blink of an eye, was snatched and dragged out the small doggie door by a coyote. As as tragic as this story is, I chalked it up to an extremely rare occurrence. Then lo-and-behold, just that night on my social media feed, I saw three other neighbors had made the grim discovery of dog and cat remains on their lawns. -One lady went so far as to post graphic photos which will haunt me for months! In another post, a gentleman issued a warning after having his small dog snatched off his leash by a coyote while he was out walking. Finally, my best friend Alex, who lives over an hour away, called me in tears after learning her beloved cat, Juliette was killed by a coyote. This prompted me to take action by writing this blog. Hopefully I will save a few pet’s lives.
Coyotes are no longer just found in rural, remote, wooded areas. They have now begun populating busy urban cities and even roaming the beach in Surf City. From late March, through the summer, AKA "COYOTE SEASON" coyotes are out in full force gathering food for their new pups. During this time, they are even more aggressive and resourceful and typically look for smaller, unsuspecting pets to prey on. As quickly as the flowers bloom and the weather gets warmer, so do the reports of coyote sightings. And even worse, heartbreaking stories of pets falling victim to them.
Don't be fooled, coyotes who dwell in more populated areas tend to be less fearful of people. Most will not hesitate to approach very closely and attack. In the amount of time it takes you to glance at a new text message, they can sneak up behind you, snatch up a small, unsuspecting pet and race off. Coyotes can scale 16ft solid wood walls, and slide through small doggie doors faster than you can say "Dinner Time!"
In the dark or from far away, it is easy to mistake a coyote for a malnourished Husky-mix or German Shepard. Warn children THESE ARE NOT STRAY DOGS. They are WILD ANIMALS! I nearly made this mistake myself when I saw a coyote running through a popular neighborhood park. The closest thing to a wild animal in my beach community is a hungry squirrel so naturally I assumed someone's dog had gotten out. As I drove around trying to catch "the lost dog" and got within a few feet, I knew exactly why it wasn't wearing a collar. -IT WAS A COYOTE! It wasn't scared. It didn't run off but stood not 4 feet away waiting for my next move. I'm glad I didn't have the remains of a Subway sandwich in my hand or I may not be here to write this blog.
Here's a few important tips to keep you and your pets safe.
🐾BE PREPARED 🐾
Avoid walking your pet from dusk-until-dawn. If you must, use extreme caution and follow the tips below.
Pay close attention to both your dog and your surroundings. This isn't the time to chat on your phone or send text messages.
Use a short leash and keep dog at your side.
Bring a large stick. Invest in a deterrent spray, shreak alarm or loud whistle.
Walk in crowded, well-lit areas if possible. Especially during peak coyote times.
Stay clear, and keep your dog away from bushes, brush areas and other places that may serve as coyote dens.
If coyotes have have been spotted in your area, DO NOT GO OUT during peak feeding hours.
Seal off doggie doors.
Do not leave food outside.
Cut back shrubs, bushes or other areas that could serve as hiding spots for coyotes.
🐾IF A COYOTE APPROACHES🐾
BE AS BIG AND LOUD AS POSSIBLE. Wave your arms and throw rocks while backing up slowly.
Keep your pet away from the coyote. Do not let them approach.
DO NOT RUN
DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK
If you do sight a coyote CALL ANIMAL CONTROL. Also post the details (location/time) on social media sites for your area. Advise neighbors with pets/children. If coyotes have hit the beach, they can be anywhere. BE ON THE 👀 LOOKOUT and be SAFE!
💔💔This blog dedicated to Pumba, Juliette and all the other beloved pets who were killed by coyotes. 💔💔
By Katy Cable-TWR
A 3 minute Read
Memorial Day Weekend is coming up and that marks the kick-off to summer. Most of us are excited to get out and do some TRAVELING! If you have a dog, you're likely debating whether or not to include them on the trip or leave them behind.
It's funny, when I was growing up, unless you were going camping or to the family cabin, the idea of taking your dog on a vacation, was unheard of. Especially a trip involving air travel and hotels. Well, now it's quite common. In fact, more than half of all US pet owners (59%) and just under half (41%) of travelers in the U.K. Include their pets in their vacation plans.+
However, it's very important to know your pet and be realistic about taking them on a vacation. While it's a fun getaway for you, it's a whole new, and possibly frightening, stressful, situation for many of them. Dogs thrive on a structured, consistent, routine and a vacation will be anything but. Make sure bringing your pet isn't more for your enjoyment than theirs. It may cause more anxiety than it's worth, thereby ruining what otherwise could've been a good time. On the other hand, with proper planning and some extra effort, you and your pet could share new adventures and memories to last a lifetime.
If you've chosen to take your dog, prior to racing out the door, I recommend doing these helpful things. Whether you're traveling by plane, train, boat, RV or auto, being prepared and planning is key. First up, this is a great time to locate emergency pet clinics and other pet resources both at your destination and along the way. Double check your accommodation's and airline's rules on pets. Locate the pet rest areas along your route and in airports. Finally, just like you will be packing your bags, you need to pack all the essentials for your fur baby as well. You'll want to bring:
Traveling By Car:🚘
While it may be tempting to hop in the car, roll down the windows and let your pup ride shotgun, this is highly dangerous. The only thing worse than letting your dog hang their head out the window and let their ears flap in the breeze, would be to allow them to travel loose in the back of a pick-up truck. In the event of an accident, an unrestrained pet is at serious risk of injury.
Pet Car Safety 101: Proper Restraint
You wouldn't allow your children to ride in a vehicle unrestrained, and you shouldn't allow your pet to do so either. In the car, I recommend keeping your dog in a crate, as it is by far the safest method.
That being said, it's important to properly restrain the crate in your vehicle as well. Choose one with tie-down straps and a metal safety anchor.
Remember that putting your pet into a crate, carrier or secure harness is for both their safety and yours. An unrestrained pet can be a very dangerous distraction while driving. I learned this the hard way with Olive. The second I got my fries from the drive-thru windows, she jumped out of her car seat and into my lap hoping to grab a bite! Thank God a one didn't fall onto the floor. She may have slid down to my foot and caused an accident. Also, while trying to calm her from all the excitement of my fries, I was preoccupied and not driving safely. Thankfully, I was in a slow moving line and I learned an important lesson without injury.
In an accident, an unrestrained pet can also turn into a projectile. This can be life-threatening for both your pet and other passengers, who could be struck by them.
You'll want to choose a crate or carrier that fits your pet snugly. Allow enough room for them to be comfortable but don’t allow too much excess room (which poses a risk to your pet in an accident.) Your pet should then be secured in the back seat or cargo area of the vehicle -- not the front passenger seat. (Airbags can be deadly to pets if deployed in an accident.)
RV Travel With Pets🚐
More than half of all RV owners travel with pets; and it's one of the best ways to go! However, just like in a regular vehicle, your pet should be safely restrained. They should not be allowed to roam freely in the interior while it's moving. You should also be very cautious about leaving your pet in the RV while you're away. Just like in a car, temperatures can quickly soar and become deadly. Even leaving the air conditioning running is not a guarantee. It's too risky in the event of a a power failure or other emergency.
If you must leave your pet alone in an RV, invest in a temperature-monitoring device. These will send a signal to your cell phone if the temperature gets too hot or cold. To be sure your dog doesn't escape, you'll also want to securely fasten a leash and collar or harness on them before heading out. A pet gate can be used as a barrier if you plan to stay in one place and leave the door open.
Traveling by air: ✈️
Air travel has become such a pain! It's a major stressor for most humans, so just think what it does to dogs! Airports are often extremely loud, crowded, frantic places where tempers are short and lines are long. We know what we're in for but a dog does not. Forget the element of flying, the airport alone can completely freak out a dog long before you ever board the plane.
Air travel is also very risky, (especially for brachy/flat-nosed dogs, senior dogs, dogs with medical conditions and puppies) so I don't recommend it. If you must travel by air, which is often the case, it's crucial to do your homework first.
1. Consult with your vet and confirm your pet is OK for air travel. Elderly dogs, anxious dogs, dogs with certain medical conditions and young puppies are extremely vulnerable. Also, depending on where you are traveling they may need medical paperwork with proof of immunizations and veterinary exams.
2. Always book non-stop flights and look for deals on more "pet-friendly" airlines. Try traveling during less busy, "off-peak" days/times.
3. Make sure your dog is very comfortable in their carrier before heading to the airport. Before your scheduled flight, your dog should view their carrier as a safe place. Purchase it well ahead of time and get them used to hanging out in it at home. Make sure your pet is comfortable traveling in it on car trips as well.
4. Confirm your flight 24 hours before departure to insure there hasn't been a time change or some other alteration to the itinerary.
5. Get to the airport early on so you'll have plenty of time to walk around, acclimate and exercise your dog before boarding.
6. Make sure your dog is micro-chipped AND wearing a secure collar and ID tag. Also keep a photo of your pet on your mobile device for ID purposes in the event they are lost.
7. If at all possible ONLY fly with carriers that will allow your pet to stay with you in the main cabin. There are a plethora of reasons why it's extremely dangerous to fly pets in cargo. So much so that it is prohibited for some breeds of dogs. If you have no choice but to travel with your pet in cargo be certain to:
Invest in a good-quality carrier. Defective or flimsy carriers are the culprit of most the problems with escaped or injured pets during air travel. A suitable carrier will be TSA-approved, have secure, durable, metal doors (not plastic), and tight locking bolts on the side. Make sure you pack the crate with a comfy blanket and secure a water dish inside. Securely label the outside of the crate with a cable tie. Include contact information, destination, and clear photo of your pet.
Even more dangerous than the cargo hold itself is what can happen to your pet before and after boarding. This is the riskiest time for a pet during air travel. Dr. Laurie S. Coger, told USA Today:
"Most injuries, escapes or deaths occur on the ground … Heat stroke, injuries due to crates being dropped or broken, or other mishaps are most likely during loading and unloading …
The reason many airlines restrict travel during hot or cold times is the lack of climate control while waiting to board the plane.
… Tarmacs can get blazing hot or dangerously cold, putting a pet sitting in an airline crate at great risk. Some airlines have climate-controlled pet areas where pets are held until they board.
Always ask what an airline's procedures are for pets that are waiting to board, and for when they are unloaded."
While the pet cargo area is temperature and pressure controlled, conditions can change drastically and quickly. Often temps can fluctuate 30-50 degrees. Add that to a caged, stressed-out pet and you have a recipe for disaster.
Reduce your pet's anxiety with natural remedies. Never sedate or tranquilize a pet for air travel. It's far too risky. If your dog needs to be tranquilized to fly, they really shouldn't be put through the experience.
If your dog must be sedated, make sure they are with you in the cabin so you can monitor them during flight.
All pets can benefit from natural calming agents to help reduce anxiety during a trip. I WILL NOT TRAVEL without out CBD. Both Olive and I down a biscuit (or 3😜!) and pass out in-flight. Everyone’s happy and nobody leaves the flight feeling drugged, dopey or intoxicated. You can also use essential oils specifically blended for pets. Apply these calming scents in their crate and travel bedding.
I hope you enjoy a wonderful and safe adventure! I'd love to see your pics and hear all about it! Pugs & 😘 kisses! -Katy
+AAA travel stats WESTWAYS(May 2021)
By Katy Cable-TWR
A 3 min. Read
Happy Spring! Now that we’re thawing out from our harsh winter here in So Cal (we got a few days of some hard rain!) it’s time to hit the hiking trails, beaches and dog parks! With that, one of the biggest mistakes dog owners can make becomes very apparent! Can you guess what that is? If you answered: NOT TRAINING THEIR DOGS TO BE CANINE GOOD CITIZENS, you get a gold star!
Several of my close friends are dog trainers and puppy-raisers for Canine Companions. I also have friends who train and handle animals for TV and movie shoots. One important thing I've learned is
A GREAT DOG IS MADE NOT BORN.
Sadly, animal shelters are full of dogs who didn’t get a proper start in life to meet their basic needs. As a result they developed behavior problems. An unpredictable or out-of-control family dog is not only exhausting and difficult to be around, but worse, they can pose a huge danger to property, your family members, other animals or themselves.
I learned this first hand when our family was asked to participate in a TV show for Animal Planet called "Who Gets The Dog". The concept was three different families share a shelter dog chosen as a good match for their lifestyle. The dog spends an entire day and night with each family while the show documents the visits. Lastly, a team of dog experts chooses who the best-suited family is to adopt the dog. The winning family is awarded the dog and a year's supply of dog food.
We were looking for a small Pug or similar dog that was good with small children and didn't need a lot of space. I also had bad allergies and couldn't have some dog breeds. No sooner did we get the news from the pug rescue that we could adopt Raisin (our first Pug), we also received a call from the show. I declined their offer to appear but they twisted my arm insisting the dog they had was perfect and we would probably want to have this one as well. I again politely refused. The last straw was when they pleaded with me to please do them a favor as they needed just one more family to complete this episode. Poor Raisin went right back to his foster family for an overnight and the TV crew came out.
The minute the cameras started rolling, in bulldozed an enormous, shedding, ball of energy named SULLY. After knocking me flat on the ground Sully proceeded to run upstairs and unleash a good liter of urine on our new white carpet. I took one look at this huge furry dog and realized in an effort to make interesting television, they had pulled a total bait-and-switch. Sully went on to ransack furniture, tear up pillows and destroy pricey decor and it just got worse from there. My then 7 year-old daughter Karley, loved the dog and it was too dangerous for us to let her walk him or go near him. I wanted this "DOG-GONE " and our darling Raisin back.
To begin one of the most exhausting stressful days of shooting in my entire life, we took Sully to our local dog beach to play some games. We no sooner got out of the car when the poor dog went completely crazy tearing down the beach chasing a bird. He nearly got flattened by a UPS truck and was so out of control it took 5 huge crew members to contain him. And it just went downhill from there. By the end of the day, I looked like a basset hound from allergies and sobbing.
I told the producers we weren’t interested in keeping the dog. He was not a good fit and it was terribly dangerous. I was so upset at both their negligence and the trauma it put on this poor animal and our well-intentioned family. The final blow was watching the show on TV only to discover they had further manipulated us by editing our segment to only show Sully sleeping or calmly laying down and catching our reactions when he had been bouncing off the walls or trying to catch him before he ran out in the road and was flattened by a delivery truck. We came across as manic and Sully looked like a perfect pet anyone would be crazy not to want.
Fortunately the show was quickly cancelled! We got our sweet pug Raisin and lived happily-ever-after. The good news is, thankfully the trend of people seeking relinquished shelter/rescue pets, as well as senior, special needs or problematic dogs, is going strong! With that, it’s extremely important to understand the best way to rehabilitate and train animals who got off to a "ruff" start.
First of all: Expect some behavioral issues and address them from the get-go. The most common being housebreaking problems. Other stress-related behaviors include excessive barking, chewing & destroying inappropriate items, escape attempts, jumping up on people, and hiding.
The most important thing to remember when trying to eliminate problematic canine behaviors is the best way to teach a dog what you desire is through positive reinforcement training. Simply put, you must reward good behavior and ignore the bad. What doesn’t work is any kind of physical punishment or yelling. This will simply add to your dog's anxiety and stress plus it can make your new family member fearful of you.
Training should begin the second your new dog comes home with you. Right from the first meeting you should begin addressing your dog by their name and using basic training commands like: "Come","Sit", "Stay", "Down" and "Off!" If you're lucky you might be surprised to learn your dog can already follow a few. And when they do, give lots of love, praise and positive attention. Treats work great too!
On the other hand, you might find that you need to do a lot more work. If your dog isn't getting the hang of basic commands, take it very slow, and work on just one command a day or for a couple of days (or weeks) before overwhelming them with others.
Your dog doesn't speak English and repeating commands over and over and LOUDER and LOUDER won’t make your pooch listen any better or learn any faster. In fact, it will just set-back progress. I know first-hand how frustrating it can be so if you find yourself having issues, I recommend enlisting the help of a professional trainer who practices positive reinforcement to show you how to communicate more effectively and offer helpful tips.
Although I'm a huge fan of group training classes, when it comes to a new shelter or rescue dog, I often recommend having a trainer work with you in your home or one-on-one first to get the basics down. You will have much more success in a group class if you have waited until a trusting bond with your new dog has been formed. This might take more time, patience and work. Remember your dog possibly had a life of complete chaos and fear prior to meeting you.
It’s also a good idea to assume your dog wasn’t socialized by their previous owners. They might be distracted by other dogs making training nearly impossible.
When I rescued my current pug Olive, she was a frightened little breeder pup who had never lived outside a crate. She had never seen stairs, been on a walk, or had any loving experiences with humans. She was scared to death being put in a harness, driven in a car and led into a brand new home. In an effort not to completely overwhelm her, I enlisted the guidance of top-notched trainers who advised me to gently and slowly begin exposing Olive to all the sights, sounds, smells, and other living creatures in her new environment. When she got scared, which was often, I backed off and went at her timid pace. After nearly eight years with me she still has fear issues and she can be a resource guarder but she's come such a long way. She now knows complex commands and loves agility games. I still work daily on her more serious issues and give her lots of praise and love! A daily dose of CBD has also been a game-changer for improving her anxiety and aggression.
Do your best to make training fun for both you and your dog. Be a life-long learner and continue in classes, refresher courses, agility, therapy, nose-tracking work or other activities. Get suggestions from your vet, PetSmart, or your local pet store for dog trainers, fun classes, or clubs to participate in. You don’t even need to have a puppy to take classes and learn how to train one. Canine Companions offers puppy training classes and you can learn from the best. At the end of the day, you’re learning and getting just as much out of it as your pooch is.
By addressing behavior issues immediately, they can be corrected and not turn into bad habits which follow your dog into their new life with you. From there, you can literally be off and running on a good solid footing of trust and it's anyone's guess where that may take you. For more great tips and blogs on other pet topics, visit my website and sign up for my weekly blog. Thanks so much for reading.
By Katy Cable, The Weekly Runt
A 4 minute read
Can you guess one of thee most dangerous places you can take your dog? If you guessed the dog park, you are correct. I know firsthand. As a former organizer for several dog “meet-up” groups in So Cal, I typically attend many events every month. Plus in Long Beach, CA where I live, there are 14 off-leash dog parks as well as the popular Rosie’s dog beach.
While it's always fun to meet new friends and watch our fur babies play, disasters can and often do occur. Unfortunately, it’s all too common to visit a public dog park only to find there's that ONE DOG with a delusional owner who ruins everyone’s time. I'm sure you've seen it. The owner is typically pre-occupied, glued to their social media or obliviously chatting on their cellphone. Meanwhile, their dog is stealing toys, humping any leg they can find, knocking over anything in their path and pooping with reckless abandon. Worst of all, their dog may be aggressive or ill and putting others in harm’s way. In order to best prepare yourself AND your dog, the following "Do’s and Don’ts" are a must-read before heading out with your furry friend
Dog Park Etiquette and Safety Tips:
Before You Go:
When You Arrive:
If you have a new dog that's come from a shelter or rescue, I recommend some basic obedience training and some smaller "meet-and-greet" activities before hitting the dog park.
Fearful dogs often act aggressively and a new unfamiliar dog might make life miserable for everyone at the dog park. Again, the dog park isn't the best place for every single dog. A timid or traumatized pet is often better off having play dates with one or two familiar, friendly dogs. Dogs can come along way after some successful meet-ups and play dates and you can always give it a go at a later date when your dog is more socialized.
Don't put others at risk. The safety of other dogs and people is just as important as your own safety and the safety of your pet. Be respectful! This is a great time for you to interact and play with your dog and others. Don't turn a blind eye on your dog and if they are misbehaving, stop it. My little Olive will hit any food treat she can get her mouth around and if she doesn't mind my command to "leave it" or if she's taking another dog's toys after their owner throws it, it's time for me to take Little Miss Olive HOME!
⚠️Although many parks and beaches have re-opened, it’s still very important to take extra “hygiene 🦠 Precautions” These tips should make your trip to the dog park as safe as possible:
1. bring wipes, gloves and a blanket to sit on or cover the bench where you sit. Don’t pick up other people’s dog toys or pet their dog without permission. Always wipe or sanitize your hands after petting another person’s dog.
2. Bring your own fresh water and bowl. For YOU and your dog. Water fountains and bathrooms may be closed or out of soap and towels. It’s safer to bring your own.
3. If dog flu or another highly contagious outbreak is going around, avoid the park until it’s either much less crowded or after things calm down. The dog park can be a breeding ground for spreading germs and illnesses.
4. Put your dog in a T-shirt or harness. When you return home from the dog park, give your dog a thorough wash. I recommend showering and popping the clothes worn into the wash machine. Not only will this help with sun exposure, it can help keep pollens and other allergens off your dog’s coat.
Now that summer is almost here, and life is returning to normal, I hope you’ll get outside in the fresh air and have some fun at the dog park. I’m sure excited to go!
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y Katy Cable -The Weekly Runt
A 5-min. read
In honor of Mother's Day, I'd like to dedicate this blog to those special, often overlooked women whose “children have paws.”
My heart goes out to women who anticipate having a difficult time on this holiday. I just lost my beloved mother in January and this holiday has brought my own grief right back to square one. I hope sharing my story of battling depression and my survival tips will help make it a SPECIAL day, or, at the very least, one you can get through.
Mother's Day a few years ago, was particularly difficult. I was approaching “empty-nester" status, wondering what I would do with my life. My daughter was graduating high school then heading off to college. If that wasn’t enough, my beloved Pug Raisin made his final departure for Rainbow Bridge.
For the last 18 years, I’d been consumed as a stay-at-home “MOM-ager” to my daughter who had been acting professionally since infancy. Very soon I would be putting her on a plane to attend college clear across the country. The time had come to get off the runway and let her take flight.
When my daughter had left for school a few months later, I began battling severe depression. I sat in my quiet, clean, empty house firing out job resumes through a waterfall of tears! I missed my daughter and Raisin terribly. I even found myself missing things I'd always complained about like dog hair covering everything, dirty dishes left out, my daughter “borrowing” my favorite clothes, and endless high-school booster meetings.
In an effort to keep busy and get out of the house, I checked my ego at the sliding glass doors of PetSmart and took a part-time job consulting pet parents. My job no longer required high-heels and designer attire, but sneakers, a name tag, and a lanyard. Gone were the days I was taking meetings with top brass managers. The managers I was working side-by-side with now, were the same age as my daughter.
Ironically the company I represented was a new pet food company called “NULO” and at that moment I truly felt I had hit a "NEW-LOW" and my best days were behind me. I doubted I would last through the first pay period.
Much to my surprise, I was having the time of my life at my new job. Working with pet owners fulfilled me in ways no other career ever had. It did nothing however to quell my desire for another dog. -Just the opposite. I was so desperate to fill the huge hole in my heart Raisin left, I began an obsessive search at every rescue and shelter. Had my husband not threatened divorce if I took in a dog without his approval, I would've snatched up any three-legged, frothing-at-the-mouth, rabid beast needing a home.
The more I searched, the more frustrated and disappointed I got. My husband quickly grew tired of my insanity so I agreed to call off the hunt until after the holidays and join him on a business trip. -Something I hadn't been able to do since complimentary meals and free checked bags were still offered on flights.
No sooner had we pulled up to our hotel when I received a text alert. It was a photo of a pug who was the spitting image of Raisin as a pup. Strangely enough, the pup was in a shelter located not two miles away from where we were staying. I was just certain it was a sign from God! -Kismet! I pushed hubby out the door for his meeting and secretly raced over to the shelter.
When I arrived, his cage was empty and he was listed “unavailable!” -It was yet another disappointment! As I went to leave I heard yelping from another cage. I was sure a dog was injured and rushed over to help. When I arrived at the scene, I noticed a tiny black pug sticking her paw through the kennel bars yelping for me. My heart melted. I knew then and there she was my new dog. I pet her and assured her I would be back to take her home.
As luck would have it, I was able to pull some strings and adopt what was a very sick little pup. It was apparent, though just a puppy herself, she had just had a litter. The shelter said she'd been found on the side of a desert road and was likely a breeder dog who had never been out of a crate. She was just terrified of everything. I named her “little black Olive” and promised her that life was about to drastically change.
For me, the cure for depression was this new dog. Olive made me happier than I'd been since everyone had "flown-the-coup". I was having the time of my life getting to know this darling new (and previously abused) pug.
No sooner did I find my perfect new pug, I got offered the "dream job" I’d applied for a few months prior. With Olive at my side and the ability to work in sneakers, I passed on the 80 hour work weeks and non-stop corporate demands. -And not for one second have I regretted my decision.
The takeaway of my story is: KEEP THE FAITH! Be optimistic and hopeful. And most importantly, don't rule out something that involves wearing comfy shoes, a name tag, and a lanyard. You might find you’re happier, healthier, and far more fulfilled if you fall off the corporate ladder and try something completely new.
If Mother's Day is getting you down, consider this, most mothers claim “CHILDCARE” is the #1 thing they want on their official holiday. 🤣 Here’s a few other things you can do to feel better:
1. Indulge in a 5-minute pity party. Cry, scream, throw something, and feel sorry for yourself.-YOU GET 5 MINUTES!
2. Get out and count your blessings. Write or think of 20 things you’re grateful for. Over-achievers or severely depressed, go through the entire alphabet and find a blessing for each letter. Extra credit: Call ANY mother with young toddlers or who home-schooled kids during the pandemic.
3. Treat yourself to something nice. Better yet, treat yourself to a special day. Visit, or grab take-out from your favorite restaurant. Buy yourself a present. SPLURGE on YOU! Buy yourself flowers, candy, a nice bottle of wine, Whatever makes you happy. Start a new tradition honoring what a wonderful “Pet Mom” you are!
4. Honor special women who are mothers to PETS! Why not plan your own little party. Not up for a big production, there are some fun, unique gifts for pet moms. If you're short on cash, offer to dog sit or walk a friend’s dog.
5. Don’t have family or friends with pets, how about volunteering some time to an animal shelter or rescue. Call ahead and find out about their Covid-19 policies first, but many shelters and rescues are allowing fostering and adoptions.
Getting out and doing for others or spending time with an animal will definitely make you feel much better. (-If it doesn't I will personally refund your misery!😜) Who knows maybe you'll come home with a new "fur baby" of your own. A dog will love you unconditionally in ways a mother or child never can.
Happy Mother's Day! -Whether it's to a child by birth, blood, or choice. And Happy Mother’s Day to those special moms whose children have paws! 🐾Pugs & Kisses -Katy
By, Katy Cable-The Weekly Runt
So you’re thinking about getting a second dog. Are you envisioning a new BFF for your current dog? Imagine a playmate to keep them company when you’re not around. How great to have a buddy for them to run around and play with. A new pal to cuddle up and snore with on the dog bed at the end of the day. But wait… How do you know they’ll get along much less be best friends? We all have people in our lives we put up with simply because we have to. We certainly don’t like and become best friends with everyone we meet. Dogs are no different. Just because you fell in love with another dog and want to bring them home doesn’t mean your current dog will. The good news is, by following these effective tips, you can offer them the highest odds for a successful companionship.
FIRST THINGS FIRST…ARE TWO DOGS BETTER THAN ONE, OR JUST DOUBLE TROUBLE?
Before you run out and fall in love with a new dog, consider your motives. Is it really going to be better to have two dogs? While I’m the first person to admit, for me, pugs are like potato chips…you can’t have just one. I’d like to own a ranch and have so many I’d be tripping over them. The reality is, I don’t have the time, energy, or resources for more than one pug right now. Having two dogs might be great for you, but a bad choice for someone else. Consider everything that goes into owning two dogs. It’s much more than just adding some kibble to the grocery list and picking up a bit more dog poop. There can be expensive and time-consuming training, pet-sitting/boarding costs, and don’t forget vet bills which can add up faster than a dog devours a bone. And, if you think adding another dog will tame some of your current dog’s behavior issues, think again. Those bad behaviors are most likely only going to get worse when getting a second dog. Think about your living situation right now and whether the timing is right. Read my blog: A New Addition. If you have a big work project, a house remodel, or other important events happening, it might be best to put off getting another dog for the time being. If it’s all systems go, read on:
FIND A GOOD MATCH:
Try and find a new dog that will compliment and match your current dog’s energy and personality traits. Think about your current dog. Are they fearful or do they have anxiety issues? A perfect companion may be a very relaxed, easy-going, chill dog to help calm and ease them. Is your dog a senior or low-energy dog? If so, bringing in a puppy or high-energy dog may drive your current dog bananas. Puppies like to play, bite, chase, climb, and crawl. They will not leave your adult dog alone. In this case, look for a 3-5-year-old dog or even another senior dog.
DON’T FORGET GENDER: Typically dogs of the opposite sex get along better than dogs of the same sex. I highly recommend adopting opposite sexed dogs. When that is not possible, the second best option is to have two males. Two females are the most likely to have issues. Especially if one is a black female pug. In my experience, these seem to be the most alpha and difficult.
BE CAUTIOUS OF SIZE: Mixing a toy, or small breed dog with a larger dog can be tricky. Even simple dog-play can be outright dangerous. It’s easy for a smaller dog to be hurt by a larger, heavier, dog. A smaller dog may act aggressively towards a much bigger dog, or worse, the larger dog acts out. Ideally, stick to dogs around the same size.
MEET AND GREET:
I recommend scouting the rescue or shelter and selecting a few options. Talk to the volunteers to get a feel for the prospective dog’s temperament. Plan to meet at a neutral location for a walk with the new prospective dog. Avoid setting up the meeting in your dog’s (or the other dog’s) territory, which may make the dogs feel an intruder is coming in. Your dog should meet new dogs one at a time, as group meetings can be overwhelming. This is one reason why some dogs don’t do well at dog parks.
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON: Your dog will sense your emotions about the meeting and respond in suit. If you’re nervous, stressed, or overly excited, your dog may be too. A better option is to stay calm, breathe slowly, and portray a relaxed attitude to your dog.
AVOID BRINGING TOYS AND TREATS: Meeting a new dog is stimulating enough — add in treats and toys and the situation can quickly escalate out of control. Plus, your dog may feel possessive about the food and treats, leading to issues between the dogs. Use lots of praise and pats on the back for positive reinforcement.
SHORT AND SWEET: A few minutes is long enough for an initial interaction between two unfamiliar dogs. It keeps the meeting fun and interesting while leaving less time for things to get tense. For dogs that are easily stressed, a short meeting will be essential to keep your dog from feeling overwhelmed. Better to have a few short positive interactions than a stressed out dog getting anxious and aggressive.
LET THE DOGS OUT: Sometimes a dog will urinate when meeting a new dog, and then walk away to help diffuse tension. The other dog can then sniff the urine and get to know the other dog this way before coming into closer contact. If the meeting is indoors, housetrained dogs will probably avoid urinating and therefore miss out on this important method of introduction.
A MOVING INTRODUCTION: If you walk purposefully during the introduction (such as between two dogs on a sidewalk), it helps prevent the meeting from getting overly intense. Put both dogs on leashes with separate handlers. Bring both dogs into the meet area and carefully observe their body language. This is a great indicator how to proceed. Ideally, both dogs are wagging their tails and eager to engage. If they seem calm, try walking them around together at a comfortable distance.
If all goes well, slowly bring them in closer together. Observe them closely while doing this, and do not force a greeting if there is extreme stress or signs of aggression.
Reward both dogs for a nice interaction by giving lots of praise
LET THEM ROAM: After a successful walk, find a fenced yard or contained area to drop the leashes and let the dogs approach each other. (Leave the leash on, however, in case you need to grab it to diffuse tension).
DON’T HOVER OVER YOUR DOG: You may want to stay close in case something goes wrong, but hovering over your dog will add to his tension. You should give the dogs space to say hello, and if the situation seems to be getting too stressful, move away from the dogs to lower arousal.
Hopefully you have a positive experience and can move to the next TEST DRIVE phase. If not, repeat the steps above with a different dog or at a slower pace. Remember, most dogs are social animals but they don’t all get along well with others. You may end up with two dogs that co-exist instead of BFF’s.
TAKE THE NEW DOG FOR A TEST DRIVE: The next step is to take the new dog home for a test week. Most good breeders and adoption/rescue organizations are flexible with the initial try-out period. In fact, they are usually willing to take a dog back, even when things do not work out long term. After all, everyone wants what is best for the dog.
BRINGING HOME THE NEW DOG: These steps are very important to keep the balance in your house. I learned about this process when I first started fostering. The rescue insisted we keep our foster dogs separate from our resident dogs for a minimum of 24 hours. I’ll be honest, when I first heard this I thought they were crazy. How was I going to possibly keep the dogs separate for an entire day! But they are right; it really works and creates a much smoother transition. As hard as it may seem, these steps help create a SAFE, calm, and balanced transition. Even the most chill, happy dogs can get stressed when another dog enters their domaine. It’s only 24 hours… one day of separation that can change the relationship of your dogs forever.
WHO LET THE DOGS IN: Do not allow the new dog to run loose in your house yet. Keep them on a leash. In fact, I recommend keeping them on a leash until you get to know their behavior inside the house. Use a bedroom or a baby gate to designate a special area in your home for the new dog to relax and adjust to their new surroundings. I recommend putting a crate with the door open (or off) in this area so the dog has a safe, quiet retreat. After 24 hours of separation, if both dogs seem to be calm and easy going, you can move to the next step. If not, remember, your new dog is experiencing a lot of new things and is likely stressed out. If your current dog won’t give them space, or either dog seems agitated, consider a longer separation.
SECOND OR THIRD DAY WITH YOUR DOGS: After the separation period, now that both dogs are calm and have had time to settle, you can start the introduction stage. You need someone to help you with this step. Never introduce your new dog inside your house. If you have more than two dogs, introduce one dog at a time, beginning with the most easy-going dog first. Start by taking both dogs out for a long walk. Keep your current dog in front with you, and have the newly adopted dog behind with your helper. Begin the walk in a single file, not side-by-side. Slowly begin walking parallel to each other about 10 feet away, gradually working your way closer together. After a good long walk, if both dogs seem calm, allow them to do a background check (sniff each other’s rears…it’s a dog thing). Keep these first interactions short and sweet. Don’t overwhelm either dog with too much sniffing. Closely watch their body language. If you notice showing of teeth, growling, stiff erect tail, stiff body stance, or ears back, give a firm NO, and continue walking. Do not allow things to escalate! If you see ANY of those signs, separate the dogs and start to walk again. Repeat several times until everyone is calm. Once this first walk is successful, you may go on to the next step of bringing the dogs inside the house.
WELCOME TO MY DOG HOUSE: The resident dog should be allowed to enter the home first, and then welcome the new dog inside. You can take down the baby gate now and give your new dog a little more freedom. I still recommend keeping the new dog separated for at least a week, gradually increasing their time together. If you have a fenced backyard, this is an ideal spot to give the dogs some playtime together. Keep these sessions short. You don’t want to overwhelm either dog. Gradually, allow both dogs to come inside and investigate. For the first few weeks limit their together time depending on how they are adjusting. Never leave the two dogs alone. If you cannot closely supervise, then put them in their crates or separate rooms.
LIFE WITH YOUR NEW TWO-PACK: Continue taking a lot of long walks together as a pack. Keep both dogs tired by giving them more than enough exercise. A bored dog equals trouble. For the first few months, be very aware and don’t let your guard down. Continue watching for any signs of stress in either dog. If you notice either dog is getting agitated or overwhelmed, reduce the time they have together and slow it down even more. REMEMBER, a newly adopted dog is under a tremendous amount of stress and possibly fear. Your current dog is wondering who this new dog is, and what the heck they’re doing in THEIR territory. Mix these intense emotions together and you can get a dogfight quicker than a cheetah can pounce on a limping gazelle. This is not because either dog is aggressive, but rather it takes time for both dogs to settle and adjust to a new living situation.
RESOURCE GUARDING: Is the guarding of people, food, dog beds, toys, or any object the dog wants to claim. Until I rescued my current pug Olive, I had no idea what this was. Once I saw my normally sweet little Pug, try and tear the face off of another dog approaching me, I learned this term firsthand. Wow! It took me completely off guard. If your dog has never had another dog in the house, or you’ve never had a rescue/shelter dog, or a food-motivated Pug, you may not know about resource guarding. Now is the time to learn your dog’s body language. Watch for a showing of teeth, growling, a stiff erect tail, stiff body stance, ears rolled back, and/or wide bulging eyes. If you have a resource guarder, then you will need to be super vigilant on feeding time, bones, toys, dog beds, or whatever your dog likes to guard. Even if you don’t think either dog is going to resource guard, I still highly recommend having separate feeding areas and keeping special toys out of the other dog’s reach.
I wish you the best of luck with the new addition to your pack. Having two dogs can certainly be double the love and double the fun! Leave a comment below and let me know all about your new dog and how the introductions went. Do you have additional tips to share with the pug community?
By Katy Cable,TWR
Whether you’re filling your car with gas or stocking up on chocolate eggs for an Easter egg hunt, prices are going through the roof. Now more than ever, anything you can do to avoid an expensive trip to the vet should be welcomed. One of the most common problems I “hear about” from dog parents is ear infections. Since we’re coming up on the Easter season, that got me thinking about the floppy-eared bunny and I thought the timing was perfect to share these great tips. If you know what to look for and what to do, you can prevent a lot of bigger, more expensive problems.
My first pug Raisin was plagued with ear infections throughout most his life. Ironically they began coming on about a year after I switched him from homemade organic dog food to a crappy, expensive "prescription" food used to treat his urinary issues. We
After a few years of misery and living on pricey antibiotics, Raisin underwent an extensive surgery where a small hole was drilled under his jaw and a tiny tube was inserted deep in the canal of his inner ear allowing it to drain and heal. It was a traumatic, painful ordeal for the poor little guy but it was successful. However, not too long after, he began having problems in his other ear and eventually the infections returned with a vengeance.
At age 13 he got another painful infection, deep in his inner ear. Antibiotics were no longer effective and he was not in any condition to undergo another exhaustive surgery. We made the heartbreaking yet humane decision to let him go. I wish I had known then what I knew now because I truly feel I could've avoided most if not all these chronic ear issues.
If your dog is experiencing persistent ear problems or is a breed predisposed to them, -read on. These simple tips should save you a lot of expense, hassle and heartache because preventing ear infections is actually quite easy.
Ear problems in dogs are the result of inflammation and/or infection. Any untreated inflammation can lead to infection. If your dog's ears are warm to the touch, red, swollen and/or itchy, but there's little to no discharge, chances are the problem is inflammation. However, if one or more of those symptoms is present along with a brown, green or bloody discharge, that can be anywhere from thin and runny to a thick sludge, chances are it's an infection.
The most common reason for ear inflammation in dogs is allergies. An allergic response to food or something in the environment can cause inflammation anywhere throughout your pet's body, including the ears. A dog with allergy-related ear inflammation will shake their head a lot and also scratch incessantly at their ears. It is also common for them to butt their head along your legs or furniture in an attempt to relieve their discomfort. If you notice your dog doing any of these things be sure to check their ears for any signs of irritation, redness and/or swelling.
Another cause of ear inflammation is moisture. This is commonly known as "swimmer's ear." Although it is very common during the warmer months when dogs are playing in the water more, if you live here in So Cal, where we enjoy outdoor beach weather year-round, or you live in a rainy or humid area, your dog can be at higher risk. Wetness and moisture in the ear canals coupled with a warm body temperature can create an infection quicker than President Trump can send out a heated tweet. It's extremely crucial to thoroughly dry your dog's ears each time they come out of the water or are groomed. -Particularly if you have a high risk breed!
The third major reason for ear problems is wax buildup. The presence of some earwax is healthy and normal, and, just like humans, different dogs have varying amounts. Some dogs, like my sweet Raisin, needed his ears cleaned 2x's daily and little Olive has rarely needed a cleaning. Certain breeds, such as English & French Bulldogs, Pugs, Cocker Spaniels, Basset Hounds, Poodles, Labradors and Retrievers, in general produce more earwax. If you have one of these breeds, you should get your dog accustomed to having their ears cleaned regularly from the time they’re a puppy.
Ear infections typically involve the outer canal, which is actually very deep. The medical term used for these infections is "otitis externa." An infection that frequently recurs or never really clears, is termed, "chronic otitis." There are a number of things that can cause these infections including:
If your dog has an ear infection, it's very important to identify whether it's a bacterial or a fungal infection, (or both), in order to treat the problem.
Bacterial infections of the ear are the most common. They can either be pathogenic, which is a bacterial picked up from a source OUTSIDE the body, such as contaminated ocean water, or non-pathogenic which is a bacteria that are normally inhabitants of your dog's body, such as staph. Any bacteria can become overgrown and quickly cause an infection.
Fungal ear infections in dogs are most commonly caused by yeast. This is the type of ear infections that constantly plagued Raisin. Some yeast is always present on the bodies of animals, but when the immune system isn't in prime condition, (or they are eating a diet high in starchy carbs, as was also the case with Raisin), the fungus can grow out of control and cause an infection. Most dogs prone to yeast infections need to have their ears cleaned and dried frequently. I would also recommend a grain-free, low-carb diet, using fresh, raw or moist foods. I could always detect a yeast infection since Raisin's ears would either smell very sweet or horribly rancid. In any case, there was a distinct odor.
How To Prevent Ear Infections in Your Dog:
Unfortunately pugs are much more prone to ear infections than many other breeds. If you’re a pug parent (or have another susceptible breed) YOU MUST BE DILIGENT and check their ears daily. Any dirt, wax, or whatnot, left in the ear canal can bring on a raging infection quicker than norovirus spreads on a cruise ship.
If your dog's ears aren't squeaky clean, CLEAN THEM. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a TON of cure! There are many ear solutions available in pet stores and your vet may recommend a good medicated rinse, but this is an all-natural, inexpensive one you can easily make at home for far less money. This can also be used regularly:
Apply a generous amount of solution on a cotton ball, round, or sterile gauze. (Never use a Q-tip inside the ear canal as it can damage or rupture the eardrum) Gently wipe the ears clean. You may need to repeat and use several cotton balls to adequately clean the ears. Once the cotton is clear of any dirt and wax, you are finished. This should do the trick for most dogs, but if you have a dog with heavy wax buildup, like my Raisin, I would do the following ear cleansing routine and I would ask your vet for a stronger medicated rinse until it’s under control.
***If you suspect your pug might possibly have an ear infection, Make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately! -DON’T WAIT! *** Should your sweetie be suffering from an infection they may require antibiotics and/or special medicated cleaning solutions. Letting an infection go untreated can lead to rupture of the eardrum and further complications.
If your dog is being treated for an ear infection it’s even more important to keep their ears clean. Adding topical medication to dirty, waxy ears filled with gunk will just be adding fuel to the fire. Extra moisture and warmth will allow the bacteria to grow like wildfire. Also the medication will not easily reach and penetrate the infected tissue.
If your vet diagnoses your dog with a bacterial ear infection, make sure they determine the EXACT STRAIN and course of treatment. This will be extremely helpful if your dog has re-current infections and/or develops a resistance to certain antibiotics. And, just like with humans, it is extremely important to finish any medication your veterinarian prescribes. Don't try and save a few bucks by stopping the course of treatment early and stashing the extra medication the second your dog's infection clears. This can lead to regrowth of resistant organisms and eventually make them completely ineffective. Currently there are many strains of bacteria causing ear infections which are resistant to many (if not all) conventional medications.
I also recommend adding some probiotics to replace the healthy bacteria being destroyed by antibiotics. A few tablespoons of plain Kefir is ideal and can be found where milk and yogurt drinks are sold. Also, Nulo pet foods offer low-carb, high-protein jerky treats with patented probiotics resistant to antibiotics. Olive loves the soft salmon jerky.
If your dogs ear issues are driving you nuts, I HEAR YOU! These tips should be a game changer. If you’d like recommendations on products I like please watch my YouTube videos or reach out to me. Pugs and kisses!🐾💕
By, Katy Cable/TWR/A 5min. “HIGH”
April 30th is WEED DAY, and a national holiday for cannabis culture. The date supposedly comes from what adds up to the numerical code for marijuana. In honor of the big day, I thought I’d tell you everything you ever wanted to know about CBD, but were afraid to ask.
Several years ago, before it was even a “thing,” I wrote a blog about the astounding results I was seeing in dogs using CBD oil to keep them calm during 4th of July fireworks. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. Arthritic pets, pets with seizures, anxiety, psychosis, depression, end-of-life issues, trauma, even cancer and metabolic diseases were all seeing unbelievable results from CBD oil.
In a very short amount of time CBD and hemp products have gone from underground to the hot new thing! What was once only a handful of established companies selling CBD pet products, is now a booming market with everyone including Martha Stewart and Snoop Dog in the CBD business.
If all this “buzz” (-pun intended 😜) about CBD products has you confused and apprehensive, let me clarify all the important things you need to know.
When I first heard the words “HEMP”, “CBD” & “CANNABIS”, the thing that came to mind was getting “high” and I got scared. I would never want to turn my little pugs into "pot-heads" and have these CBD's cause more excessive sleeping and binge snacking. I was extremely reluctant and apprehensive about using them.
Once I turned to my trusted, holistic/integrated vets for some clarification, I realized I was way off base. These vets have been using CBD's successfully for some time and straightened out my misconceptions.
What is CBD anyway? All mammals have an endocannabinoid system which is located in the brain and central nervous system. It’s crucial for establishing and maintaining health. Among its many functions are regulating memory, metabolism, immunity, sleep, mood, appetite and pain sensation. CBD (short for cannabinoids) act on any imbalance in these various receptors in the body. They create balance and provide the support needed for relaxing, repairing, or restoring any deficiencies in the body.
There are many varieties of cannabis plants with hemp and marijuana being the two most popular ones. These plants contain, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is a "psychoactive" cannabinoid that produces the "high.” Dogs naturally have an abundance of receptors in their brains and are therefore extremely sensitive to THC. So much so that should your pet get into your stash of edibles it could make them gravely ill.
That put the fear of God into me about ever giving my pet CBD until I was informed CBD was NON-PSYCHOACTIVE, meaning it contains NO THC. It is 100% non-toxic and safe. So, you get all the relaxation without the intoxication. And now they’ve become a mainstream health-boosting miracle worker.
HOW CBD CAN HELP YOU & YOUR DOG! -THE ABC’s
ANXIETY: CBD Has Been Extensively Studied For Its Amazing Effect On Stress, Anxiety And Noise Phobias. I couldn’t believe how great CBD worked on dogs who would typically go off the charts ballistic on the 4th of July. With CBD they were calm and content. It also worked miracles on my pug Olive. Although she has no issues with the 4th of July, car rides and nail trims were another story. These caused such extreme stress and anxiety she would vomit, drool, and shake even after trying nearly every anti-anxiety drug and natural supplement available. Now after taking CBD, she relaxes and has no problem.
I have also witnessed amazing results with frantic barking dogs in shelters or suffering separation anxiety. CBD is the perfect remedy for anxious dogs visiting the vet, having nail trims, or dental procedures! And it’s not just for your pets. CBD can be a tremendous help for those suffering from panic disorders, PTSD, and anxiety. Best of all there are NO SIDE EFFECTS.
APPETITE: I know many cancer patients taking medical marijuana to increase appetite and now CBD has been found to also work wonderfully. Not only with cancer but for many illnesses and aging. So if you’re having trouble getting your pet to eat, try some CBD to help stimulate their appetite.
ANTIOXIDANT: With natural antibiotic properties, CBD is shown to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins C, D, and E. CBD protects the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins. It’s a great anti-aging supplement.
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES: CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies and a wide range of autoimmune conditions.
CBD Can Help With Neurodegenerative Diseases: For dogs suffering from spine and nerve issues, CBD shows a lot of promise. CBD fights free radicals that cause aging and helps repair dying brain cells.
CBD Can Treat Seizures And Epilepsy: I know so many pugs (and other breeds of dogs) suffering from seizures. Most dogs are put on strong drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases. CBD has been working well in about 15 dogs I personally know. Dogs went from such frequent seizures they were considering euthanizing until CBD cut the frequency from hourly to monthly! I am SO excited about this and hope more people will look into this option for their pets suffering from seizures.
CHRONIC INFLAMMATION/PAIN RELIEVER: CBD inhibits the production of inflammatory macrophages and decreases chronic inflammation. I've seen over 20 dogs unable to walk without assistance or limping after an injury or over-exertion, bounce back quickly after using CBD. They work so well for pain that scientists are considering them a new class of drug for the treatment of chronic pain. Studies show CBD to be very effective for:
CANCER: With it’s anti-tumor effect, CBD has even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increased tumor cell death. This is HUGE! Cancer is the #1 threat facing our pets with 2 out of 3 dogs getting cancer in their lifetime. How exciting to have this promising new option which is affordable and doesn’t have the horrible side-effects of most conventional treatments.
CBD is Legal, Safe & Non-Toxic: Because CBD oil for pets contains no THC, all 50 states have now approved the use of CBD for human and animal products. With so many studies showing the health benefits of CBD, the most encouraging result is that CBD is completely safe, even when taken in high doses and over extended periods of time. CBD is non-toxic and animals don’t appear to build up a tolerance.
Choosing A High Quality CBD Oil
I’m sure you’re excited to race out and purchase some of this magic CBD oil but I urge you to do your research first! With any product that has this kind of interest, you must be very mindful. Not all CBD oils are the same and with minimal regulation you must be extremely careful. Here are a few things to look for:
I now enjoy CBD myself when flying (no anxiety
and no hangover!🤪) and I give CBD treats to Olive as a healthy snack. I also give them to friends who are trying to use more natural pain relief methods for everything from chronic pain management to mensural cramps. I hope if you try it out you’ll keep me posted on your own results. Pugs and kisses! 😘🐾💕
🐾Katy Cable is an actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick and her rescue Pug, Olive.🐾
By Katy Cable/A 5 min. Read
Wow! We barely rolled into spring and it seems many dog owners are in TEARS! -Literally! The great outdoors has been anything but for allergy sufferers.
All week long I’ve had weepy-eyed, runny-nosed pet parents coming to me in desperation. And it’s not just them…their poor dogs are relentlessly itching, chewing their paws and covered in rashes and hot spots. If the allergies weren’t bad enough, the vet bills, medications, and products have set them back hundreds of dollars.
I have good news! Take a deep breath and read on. As someone who has suffered from severe allergies all my life and also worked with highly sensitive dogs, these tried and true remedies will get both you and your dog feeling brighter than a spring day in no time.
WHAT’S HAPPENING TO MY DOG...
When a dog constantly licks and chews certain spots on their body, they eventually become red, raw, inflamed and ITCHY! The area never gets a chance to heal because the dog won't leave it alone. At this point it’s easy to develop a bacterial or fungal infection which are also extremely itchy. The secondary condition then makes the itch much worse exacerbating the itch-lick cycle.
If your dog is suffering from any sort of skin infection, they should be evaluated immediately by your vet. Typically it’s an allergy to a flea bite, food or something in the environment. But, it’s quite possible they have skin mites or have developed a fungal or bacterial infection that requires prompt attention. It may also be the result of compulsively licking and biting their skin to relive stress and anxiety.
GET RID OF HOT SPOTS...
Regardless of the cause, start building up your dog’s immune system with a nutritious diet. GET RID OF THOSE BAD CARBS! I would switch to a wet/moist, raw or fresh food diet since kibble by nature is nearly twice as high in carbs. Wet food is much easier to digest due to the higher water content. Same holds true for you. Try eating low-histamine, fresh, whole foods.
Stick to a limited ingredient diet using one single meat, fish, fowl, or poultry protein source. Typically, turkey and lamb cause the least amount of issues. Feeding foods that contain multiple animal proteins can be too taxing on your dog’s already weakened immune system right now.
READ THOSE LABELS! Look for high quality meat protein as the first 3 ingredients! Stay away from corn, wheat, potatoes, rice and other grains. These can exasperate the problem. I’m astounded at how many vets put allergy suffering dogs on popular brands of RX foods. Basically it’s the same as serving yourself a heaping bowl of sugar chunks to cure your yeasty-rash! While you’re at it, cut out all fruit and treats. It’s not forever, just while your dog is healing. Again, if your own allergies are flaring up, removing sugar and high glycemic carbs will do a world of good.
Next, give your house a good sweep, vacuum and scrub. Wash all bedding, blankets and toys in Dreft, Pure Castile or fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic soap. Close up those windows during peak pollen hours and on high count days. If you haven’t already vested in an air purifier, get one! Visit my website if you want product suggestions.
Grab a hypo-allergenic, gentle, fragrance/color-free, puppy shampoo and read the label. Don’t use any products containing OATMEAL. While oatmeal can be a gentle exfoliating ingredient, many dogs are highly sensitive to grains and applying it directly to their coats can possibly further aggravate things. Your vet may prescribe a medicated wash to use as well.
Plan exercise and walks for later in the afternoon when winds calm and pollen counts are lower. Upon returning home, wash your dog’s coat to remove any environmental allergens. At the very least, use the shampoo on a wet cloth and wash their paws, around their bottoms, face, ears and any wounds. These cleansers are gentle enough to use daily without drying your pet’s coat. If they need some extra moisture, rub a dollop of organic coconut oil in your hands and massage it on them after cleaning.
TREATING THE WOUNDS...
It’s critical to keep your dog's mouth away from the wound while it heals. The sooner the licking stops, the faster the healing. Many dogs will chew right through bandages which adds another problem to your growing list, so pick up an Elizabethan (E-collar) or soft collar. If your dog’s obsessive licking is caused by a behavior issue, this collar will also do the trick by breaking the cycle.
Keeping the wound clean is imperative. I recommend disinfecting with Betadine twice a day. After disinfecting the wound, apply a topical remedy to speed healing and relief. Your dog may be very uncomfortable so I use CBD oil both topically and on the wounds to calm dogs down. It brings enormous relief and healing. The following options can also be used in addition to CBD. No one remedy works for every dog, so my advice is to try different topicals until the wound is healed. A few options to consider:
Another great way to promote healing is through physical activity. If your dog gets a lot of exercise they’ll be preoccupied and also sleep better at night. If the outdoors is too high on the allergy index, jump into some indoor agility, nose work or training classes.
This is the time to keep stress levels under control. A bored dog left home alone all day or a dog who’s been sent to a kennel while you’re away on vacation can begin obsessively licking or bring wound healing to a screeching halt.
Get in the habit of running your hands over your dog and inspecting his coat and paws daily checking for fleas, ticks, bumps or damp fur. Some hot spots can pop up within a matter of hours, while others take longer to appear. Don't wait until there's a nasty irritation before seeking advice from your veterinarian. And as the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” Trying these suggestions will certainly reduce a lot of problems AND COST!
I hope these tips bring relief to your dog and you can get out and enjoy the springtime! Be sure to follow me on social for lots of fun, pet-friendly activities going on. Pugs and Kisses!
By Katy Cable, TWR
A 5-Minute Read That Just May Save Your Dog’s Life
Each morning I begin my day by swirling a heaping tablespoon coconut oil in my cappuccino. The next hour plus is spent answering emails and checking my social media threads. Each day my heart breaks and my prayers go out to many of my beloved canine friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. I feel that horrible kick in the gut any pet owner feels when they get that dreaded diagnosis. The story you are about to read would've seemed just too good to be true had I not witnessed the miraculous healing with my own eyes. ----Several times over. So, get ready! I'm beyond excited to share with you one of the most important pieces I've ever written. I hope it gives you some much needed hope and optimism about new possibilities.
On what looks like any other rural road just outside Austin Texas, is ground zero for where canine cancer met its match. It was called the KetoPet Sanctuary. Here, local shelter dogs with terminal cancers, "RED-TAGGED" dogs, set to be euthanized, were given a second-chance. They were taken in and provided, (free-of-charge) the highest quality, state-of-the-art, cancer treatment options available. -And the results are absolutely ASTOUNDING!
If you pictured this KetoPet Sanctuary to have been an extravagant, high-tech medical compound, where dogs were kept like "research-rats" in a sterile lab, you are completely off-base. Surprisingly it looked just like any other comfortable, unassuming Texas ranch. The big difference was this ranch proved, time and time again, to hold the key to treating canine cancer.
The KetoPet Sanctuary was a 53-acre facility, idyllic for dogs. It boasted an outdoor water park, dog run and agility area, while the interior was furnished with sofas, dog beds, blankets, and every dog toy imaginable. The fascinating thing was that right there alongside all the fun and comforts, we’re the most technologically advanced, state-of-the art, human-grade diagnostic equipment such as the PET/CT scan (A nuclear medicine imaging test used to evaluate normal and abnormal biological function of organs and cells.) As well as two hyperbaric oxygen chambers, which have been proven to shrink cancer tumors.
Believe it or not, the astounding thing was that the top weapon in the battle of cancer was not in a complex machine or new research drug but rather a simple diet anyone could follow at home. It was called a ketogenic diet (thus the sanctuary's name) and it was shown to literally melt away cancer.
You’d have to be living under a rock not to know about ketogenic diets, but this sanctuary was groundbreaking in making this into the mainstream miracle diet it is today.
What exactly is a ketogenic diet anyway? The ketogenic diet is based on a theory presented by Otto Warburg in 1924. Warburg hypothesized that cancer feeds on sugar (which is what carbohydrates break down in to) and it cannot process fats well. Therefore if you eliminate the carbs (sugars) and add fats, you’ll stop the growth of cancer. The true meaning of the ketogenic diet is any nutritional approach that encourages the body to produce ketones. What are ketones? Ketones are simply short-chain fats that are produced in your liver and used for energy. Eating ketogenically and using ketones for fuel has been shown to provide a host of overall health benefits, including increased cognitive function, improved insulin sensitivity, and enhanced performance.
A typical Ketogenic diet looks like this: 80 to 90% fat from MCT's (such as coconut or olive oils) 5 to 15% protein (usually beef) and 5% low-glycemic carbohydrates (from mostly green vegetables). In addition, all of the dogs participated in MetCon, (their term for metabolic conditioning) was the other key defense in their cancer-blasting arsenal.
Each day dogs participated in MetCon which involved a very strenuous regime of exercises specifically designed to boost the metabolism as well as maximize the number of calories burned. As you can imagine, this level of physical activity had proven benefits including greater heart health and far better metabolic functioning.
In addition, weekly blood work was performed on every dog as well as monthly CT and PET scans. These tests closely monitored and evaluated their cancers. The results they are saw were nothing short of astonishing. So much so that even some of the biggest skeptics became excited.
One of their most remarkable success stories to date was that of a six-year-old Vizsla, named Cali. Cali was originally thought to be pregnant when she first arrived at the animal shelter. A pregnancy ultrasound revealed not a litter of puppies but tragically, only one pup and one massive tumor. The findings got worse. Cali was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, one of the most aggressive, deadly cancers in canines. The mortality rate is nearly100%. This particular type of cancer does not respond to chemotherapy and other types of cancer treatments. Cali's prognosis was grim. Given less than a month to live, Cali was scheduled to be euthanized until, she was offered a second chance at the KetoPet Sanctuary.
Cali underwent treatment and, after 30 days half her tumors had literally melted away. The other half had shrunk drastically. After 180 days, Cali was completely cancer free with no tumors found on any of her scans. At 680 days cancer-free and running around like a young puppy at the sanctuary, Cali was adopted by the founders of the KetoPet Sanctuary after she had completed her treatment.
And Cali is not just some miraculous fluke. Since the KetoPet Sanctuary opened their doors in October 2014, HUNDREDS of dogs have also gotten "a new leash on life" and are living cancer-free after following the KetoPet regime. Dogs like Trooper, a boxer, who has been free of a rare type of blood cancer since November, 2015 and Blazer, a Staffordshire mix who has been devoid of mast cell cancer for over eight months. And this story gets even better. Not only are dogs beating death sentences with their cancers, they were also available for adoption once they had successfully completed treatment. Every dog brought was provided care and love until they found a forever home.
It's unbelievable that something as simple as a diet and exercise regimen can kill these deadly cancers, but that is exactly what's happening. When it comes to fighting cancer it's a DIET that has proven to be far more powerful than any drug currently available. A diet that's affordable, simple, and doesn't come with the adverse side effects of many drugs. A ketogenic diet actually uses the body's metabolism to halt and burn cancer.
If this all sounds just too good to be true and you’re wondering why you hadn't heard about something this remarkable before, think about this…Because there is no miracle drug to unveil, no pet food or product to promote, and no financial “pot-of-gold” at the end of this rainbow, nobody had been putting money into researching this approach. -That is until the founders of the KetoPet Sanctuary came along. One of the really cool things about the efforts at the KetoPet Sanctuary was that it wasn’t dependent on grant money from a large drug company or one selling pet food or products. It was simply the passion and dream of two entrepreneurs who also had the necessary dollars to try and solve the #1 killer facing canines today.
The heros behind this unprecedented effort are husband and wife team, Shannan & Ron Penna, who are the makers of Quest Protein Bars. As one of the nation's fastest growing companies with half a billion dollars in annual sales, they decided to empty their deep pockets and fund research on metabolic disease and the profound effect diet plays. They formed the Epigenix Foundation and hoped to cure the #1 killer of canines (with 1 out of 2 dog affected in their lifetime) and the #2 killer of Americans. After all, regardless of the massive amounts of finances and research devoted to finding a cure for cancer, little headway has been made.
Co-founder Shannan Penna and her husband Ron are also passionate dog owners who always dreamed of having an animal sanctuary. Not long after they created Epigenix, they realized combining their dream with this new endeavor was a perfect fit and the KetoPet Sanctuary was born.
KPS led to many other exciting developments in the fight against canine cancer. A remarkable documentary, "The Canine Cancer Survival Series" created by my friend, Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Becker is available. It features interviews with groundbreaking researchers from around the globe as well as the option to purchase personalized coaching, meal plans, and join the canine cancer forum. The miraculous victories they show in the workshop videos will completely astound you. -And give you HOPE. Visit my website for links to these resources.
Best of all, the founders of the KetoPet Sanctuary have shared their Keto Pet Diet for canines and I am happy to send it to you for FREE by simply going to my website and requesting a copy. If making your dog’s ketogenic food is simply too much, they also offer it ready-made which you can purchase and have it sent right to your dog’s bowl.
If your dog is suffering from cancer or another metabolic disease, I encourage you to work with your pet's veterinary team and discuss giving this a try.
I hope you will share this information and spread the word to anyone who might be in need. And of course, I look forward to seeing the day when cancer is no longer a dreaded death sentence but a treatable condition. Keep me posted on your miracles. Pugs and kisses!
By, Katy Cable/ 3 minute read
It's time for a change! Did you remember to "SPRING FORWARD" and turn your clocks ahead? I was completely confused when last Saturday night my commute home from a fashion show in LA began at 11:44pm, the next thing I knew, when I walked in the door and glanced at my phone it was 1:38am! Traffic had been a breeze and I thought I was losing my mind. Later that morning I was again thrown off when my phone said one time but my wall clock said another.
Unless you’ve heard the news reminding you or checked your calendar, it’s very easy to forget the time change. As much as I love the extra hour to sleep in and putter around in the fall, forgetting the time change in the spring means you’re running an hour LATE! This time change got me thinking...What about our dogs? Can dogs tell time? Many people claim that their pets know, to the minute, when it's mealtime, time for a walk, or time for their owners to arrive home. Is it true? Can dogs tell time? As research shows, the answer is an overwhelming YES!
We know that every year of our "human" time equals about 7 in dog years. Therefore a day in dog time equals about a week. A week equates to roughly a month, and every 4-6 weeks round out to nearly a year. That means a 3 year-old pup would actually be an adult of legal drinking age in dog years. Wow! I didn't think anything could age quicker than an ingenue in Hollywood! So, when it comes to time, instead of measuring in hours and minutes, dogs differentiate between long and short time spans as well as schedules.
In 2010, a group of Swedish researchers used hidden cameras to find out how dogs reacted when their owners left for different lengths of time. The research team wanted to know whether dogs behaved differently when left alone longer and whether they seemed to miss their owners more during longer periods of time.
The dogs in the study became much more excited when their owners returned after 2 hours compared to when they returned after just 30 minutes. Researchers reported more tail wagging, attentive behavior, and overall energy from the dogs after longer periods of time apart. This indicated that dogs knew that time had passed, and that they seemed to care. Interestingly, the researchers didn't observe a significant difference in the dogs' reaction to a two-hour separation verses a four-hour separation. And that's good news for those of us who feel bad leaving our fur babies at home alone for several hours each day.
You may not realize that your body language sends subtle cues about your mood and intentions, but your dog certainly does. Maybe you always grab the leash or your commuter mug before you venture out on your afternoon walk. Perhaps you stand up and walk toward the kitchen just a little more purposefully than usual when it's feeding time. If your dog is paying attention, they may be able to convince you that they're anticipating your every move in advance.
Most dogs are also quite good at figuring out associations between events, so your dog probably knows that when you pick up his leash, it's time for a walk, and that when they hear a can opener or the pitter-patter of kibble, it's mealtime. And those are the easy, “no-brainer" cues. They also seem to know when you're preparing to travel long before the luggage appears. The stacks of clothes, the way things are being organized and you're general demeanor is a dead giveaway to your dog.
Internal Clocks: Like most living things, dogs derive most of their time sense from their circadian rhythms. Earth takes approximately 24 hours to rotate once around its axis and experience a full cycle of night and day, so most life on the planet has evolved to wake, eat, survive, and sleep on that 24-hour schedule. Scientists have observed this in humans, dogs, cats, insects, fungi, and interestingly enough, even some microbes.
An animal's circadian rhythm is governed by its genes, but these cycles are also very dependent on light and dark. Your dog's circadian rhythm probably plays a big role in when your dog thinks it's time to play, sleep, or eat. This was very clearly demonstrated by my dog Olive, waking at the exact same time of the morning even though the time had been changed. It also explains why as the daylight hours get shorter they will adjust to the new time and sleep a bit later. This internal clock along with aligning to the circadian rhythms is what gives all of us, including our dogs, the sense of time.
If your dog is having some trouble with the time change, or if you’re traveling and need to get them on a new schedule, I advise a few easy tips: Begin slowly adjusting feeding and walk times by 10-15 minutes the week PRIOR to the time change. They should be adjusted within the week. Since, in this case you didn't get the memo until AFTER the time change, you can still slowly adjust time their schedule in 10-15 minute increments until your dog has transitioned. Then, in the FALL, start a week prior.
What I personally do is keep my feedings & walks not at a specific time but within a 1-2 hour time window. I get up and walk Olive between 8 & 9 in the morning, then feed her when we return home. I have the same 1-2 hour window for walks. This makes it an easy adjustment not just for time change, but also when we travel or have unexpected delays that throw off our schedule. Another easy tip is to tire your dog out with more exercise to help them sleep and adjust to transitions. I have also found CBD* products, can drastically help a pet having difficulty adjusting to the new time or a schedule change.
Happy SPRING! 🌷☘️🐣Here's hoping you and your dog can enjoy longer days outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air.
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By Katy Cable/A 3 min Read
So you’re rescuing a new dog! Congrats! There’s nothing more exciting than sharing the joy of a dog off to their new forever home. As a volunteer with many shelters and rescues, one of my favorite jobs is doing home checks and meeting potential dog adopters. My job is to identify potential safety hazards in the new home and educate new pet-parents on the breed, expense and time commitment to care for a new dog.
I live down at the beach and it’s a Mecca for dog’s. Pet-friendly shops, cafes, and beaches make it a very popular destination. Not only do I meet a lot of amazing dogs and their owners, but I also see a lot of problematic behaviors. Most often, it isn’t the dog, but the negligent OWNER that’s to blame. Many people are simply uninformed and don’t get their dog properly trained.
Unfortunately, many dogs get dropped off at shelters more than once, because of problematic behaviors that haven’t been corrected and continue in the new home.
The top issues include:
The good news is, a majority of these issues can be resolved but, they may take extra patience and time.
When a dog is surrendered to a shelter, it brings a tremendous amount of stress to the animal. Here are tips to help them make the transition from rescue dog to family pet much smoother!
It’s so important for adoptive pet parents to understand what their new dog may need in order to reach his full potential as a beloved family pet. A rescued or adopted dog will react a bit differently when introduced to a new home, but common behaviors can include:
This conduct may or may not linger as your dog adapts to their new family and living situation. You should keep in mind your new pet’s personality and temperament may not emerge on his first day home, or even during the first week or two. Heck, I feel like it took me 2 years to get Olive out from under the table after I rescued her.
Before bringing your dog home, be sure you’ve puppy proofed it for safety. Even an older or seemingly well trained dog will be curious of their new surroundings and needs to be kept safe from harm.
Set up a crate with a few toys in a slightly out of the way spot of the room. Find a place where your new pup can still see and hear his new family, but from a safe distance. Leave the door off or open so they can use this as a quiet, safe retreat. NEVER force the pet into the crate. Keep in mind, some dogs may be extremely fearful of them after possibly living exclusively in this type of quarter.
When it comes to attention, affection and new experiences for your dog, set a slow, consistent pace. As difficult as it is, lavishing too much attention on your new pup can result in major separation anxiety behaviors when you must leave. After all you’ve probably just saved them and watching you leave is extremely scary.
Some dogs will be very uncomfortable with too much affection. Hugging and snuggling may be a way off. Start slowly and let your dog lead the way as they get to know you better. My first rescue pug was literally my shadow and wanted to be held and near me at all times. My current pug likes to be near me but not touched. She likes her space, unless I’m eating then she comes close.
In the beginning, less is more. Aim to have a slightly bored pup. The worst thing is to over-stimulate them from the get go! Try and get them on a regular routine that works for you. Perhaps start with a few short walks and tossing around some new toys. This fun interaction will help their physical and mental state.
If your dog doesn’t walk well on a leash or has anti-social manners, consult with a positive-reinforcement dog trainer immediately. Don’t delay beginning to work on forming new, appropriate socialization skills. Most dogs that act aggressively towards other dogs are simply feeling scared and trying to protect you and themselves. It’s necessary to practice proper socializing skills ASAP! This can take a long time. My pug Olive still gets anxious and aggressor she’s around too many other dogs or feels threatened. We work on socialization every day.
Mealtimes may also be a challenge. While some dogs, live for food, others might not have much appetite in the first few days at home. Try to keep their diet as familiar as possible, slowly adding more nutritious, fresh foods. Feed them in a calm, quiet setting. After an appropriate amount of time, pick up their food dish and get them on a regular feeding schedule. Don’thesitate to call the vet if their appetite has not improved after a day or so of adjustment. -Or if anything seems off!
Building a strong bond with your new pet is a process. Expect some resistance at times. You are building a whole new relationship with a pet that might have severe trauma and trust issues to overcome. It’s common to compare the new pet to a former pet you may have had for years. Every dog is different and you will develop a new relationship with this dog over time.
A dog learns desired behaviors through positive reinforcement. There are dozens of techniques you can learn to effectively control your dog. Not only can you eliminate problem behaviors, you can build and reward good ones! In the beginning, I would carry small treats at all times and reward EVERYTHING they do correctly. Even looking at you when called is a great skill!
Physical punishment should never be part of the equation. It’s not effective long-term, and it backfires by terrifying your pet into submission. It rips away at the still-fragile bond you’re trying to form. There are a million great training videos on YouTube or ask for references from your vet or pet store. Ditto if you discover your rescued or adopted dog has a deep-seated behavior issue you can’t resolve on your own. Remember to INTERVIEW and get a feel for perspective trainers. They are your coach and you and your dog need to feel comfortable.
The keys to successfully transitioning most dogs from a shelter to a forever home are:
By being aware and practicing these skills you and your pet can make a much smoother and happier adjustment. Here’s to a wonderful experience for both you and your pet! Pugs and kisses!😘🐾💕
By Katy Cable-A 4 min. Read
Everyday I am flooded with pictures of pets in dire need of a loving home. So many tragic stories of neglected, discarded, abandoned dogs makes me want to save them all. I myself am adopted and always felt strongly about adopting rescue or shelter pets instead of buying them from a breeder or pet store. And while I’m the world's biggest adoption advocate, what you may be entirely surprised to learn is HOW DIFFICULT IT CAN BE TO ADOPT A DOG!
Not a day goes by when I don't hear some pet parent share a horror story of how impossible it was to rescue a pet and how badly they were treated by a rescue/shelter. I can definitely relate to their plight.
We got our first Pug, Raisin through the former rescue Pugs and Pals and our current Pug, Olive from the shelter. However, it wasn't without my own heartbreaking, exhausting, trials.
Before we got Raisin our family attended several adoption fairs, filled out applications, and were interviewed at length. We had our house thoroughly checked and scrutinized for suitability. Finally, we were presented with a laundry list of rules, terms and conditions such as agreeing to cook and feed the dog organic, fresh, human-grade food. (Meanwhile my family was surviving on take-out, frozen pizza and canned soup.) Providing top veterinary/dental care, letting the dog sleep in our bed, and everything else just shy of providing the dog an Ivy League college education. A month later, we were finally approved as suitable candidates to adopt a “wayward dog in need of a loving home!”
Regardless of jumping through all those hoops, we still lost out on several dogs we had selected. A "better fit" (usually by someone in the rescue circle) always beat us out. Just when I couldn't take any more disappointments and was ready to contact a reputable breeder, the call came in: WE GOT THE PUG WE APPLIED FOR, RAISIN!
After 11 wonderful years with Raisin, we had the devastating task of sending him to Rainbow Bridge. My heart was broken in a million pieces and I wanted to be put to sleep right along with him. I couldn’t live without a dog, so I began my search for a new rescue companion and the ordeal began, AGAIN!
Regular trips to the shelter routinely put me on "waiting lists" for dogs that never panned out in my favor. Various rescues chose other families for the dogs I wanted and it seemed my only options were "hospice" or senior dogs requiring significant medical care.
I'm glad I was patient and didn't settle because two months later, I lucked out and stumbled upon Olive. I got a text alert a Pug had come into a shelter out in the desert. I just so happened to be there on vacation and made a visit.
When I arrived, the dog had been turned over to a rescue group due to some extensive medical issues. As I went to leave, filled with disappointment once again, I heard yelpng and saw a tiny black paw darting out of a cage. I ran back thinking a dog was hurt or fighting. When I got to the cage there stood tiny Olive desperately trying to get my attention. I pet her through the bars and asked if she'd like to come home and live with me.
I knew then and there that was my dog and went on a mission to get her. She too had many people interested, but this time luck worked in MY favor. The director of the shelter was familiar with Raisin and my work with the breed. Then, after an embarrassing tearful meltdown while showing him pictures of Raisin on my cellphone, I was awarded Olive.
Although a completely different dog, in sex, color, and personality, she has been a huge blessing. My grief and depression over losing Raisin began to heal by having such a happy new experience with Olive.
So, here’s the takeaway...If you luck out and get the companion of your dreams from a rescue or shelter, on the first go, YEAH! But, if not, don’t give up. Please understand that while rescues can be a royal pain, making you jump through lots of hoops, they’re doing God's work day-in and day-out. They’ve seen, over-and-over, helpless victims of horrific neglect and abuse at the hands of irresponsible people.
Rescues and shelters have to make tough choices on a daily basis and be advocates for helpless creatures. They are constantly fighting for needed funds and volunteers to try and heal injured, sick dogs.
I now work very closely with several rescues. One of my favorite jobs is helping out Pug Nation Rescue in LA by doing house-checks for adoption applicants. I check their home looking for any hidden dangers to a new pet. I also spend time getting to know them and getting a feel for their lifestyle. I take very detailed notes so the rescue can make the best matches possible. I spend a lot of time discussing what they can possibly encounter having a new pug. I go over everything from potty training to feeding. Not to be harsh but to paint a realistic picture. Especially for a first-time dog owner.
Try and remember the LAST thing a rescue or shelter wants is an uniformed pet parent not prepared to make the huge, often 15-18 year commitment of time and money a dog requires. There's nothing worse than having to re-home dogs again and again.
The number one reason our shelters are full, is that people sometimes get pets on a whim. They’re just a darling impulse buy and people are unrealistic of the time, expense, care, and commitment a dog requires. A good rescue (or breeder) spends ample time thoroughly vetting applicants in order to find the best “Happily Ever Afters!”
Rescues stand by their animals. They will always take one of their pets back into their care should you not be able to keep it due to some unexpected situation.
Looking back, that "demanding" rescue was my lifeline when we first got Raisin. I knew NOTHING about dogs. During the first 6 months of him coming home, I called them DAILY. They were never bothered and always helped, advised, recommended and taught me. All those requirements I initially found obsessively ridiculous, actually allowed us to provide a happy, healthy life for Raisin and our family.
Do you feel like you have better odds of hitting a Lotto jackpot than getting the dog you want from a rescue or shelter? Before you run to a breeder or Craigslist with a fist full of cash, you’ll hang in there with the adoption this route. I hope you now have a better understanding of how things work for rescues and shelters and why it can be challenging. Good luck! I’d love to hear if you’re adopted a dog from a rescue or shelter and your experience.
🐾Next Week, I continue this topic with tips to acclimate your new shelter/rescue dog!😃
By Katy Cable-TWR
A 4 min Read
As Black History Month comes to an end, I decided to look into whether there was any truth to the urban myth that black pets in rescues and shelters are harder to adopt out and get euthanized the most often. I was surprised and saddened to learn this is actually true. Research from a variety of sources shows that black pets do typically sit in shelters longer and are typically harder to find homes for.
I know many people are superstitious about black dogs and cats, but as the owner of “little black Olive the Pug” I’m a huge fan of an all-black pup. As a matter of fact, I’m not alone; For not a day goes by without somebody telling me how much they adore and want a black dog or cat.
While they’re many wonderful things about having a black beauty, here are my top five reasons NOT to be “Puppy Prejudice!”
1. BEST DRESSED: As someone OBSESSED with fashion you can’t beat a black dog. Especially when it comes to dressing them. From hot pink to royal blue. Stripes, polka dots, and bling collars all POP and look amazing on a black pet.
2. A BEAUTIFUL BLACK COAT: Their fur is sleek with a beautiful sheen. Photographers always love to use them as models. Plus, there’s far less shedding with a black dog. When you do love them up, their dark fur often blends right in and is far less noticeable than fur that’s lighter in color.
3. BLACK NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE! Whether it’s cars, jackets, or a little black dress, you can never go wrong with black.
4. BLACK DOGS LOOK CLEANER LONGER. Fetching a toy in the dirt, or a splash in a puddle can turn a lighter dog 50 shades of filthy. While a black dog needs cleaning like any other dog, you can certainly go much longer without them looking like they need a bath.
5. BLACK DOGS ARE THE MOST LOVING. Perhaps it’s because they have sat in shelters longer, but black dogs are some of the most loving pets you’ll find. Some breeds of black dogs like Pugs, Labs, Poodles, and Cocker Spaniels also make the best family dogs.
Dogs, just like people, are unique. They come in a variety of breeds, shapes, sizes and idiosyncrasies. Let’s embrace that. Whether you chose a dog whose fur is black, brindle, grey, white, red, a mix, or they have no fur at all, isn’t important. Our dogs warm our hearts and teach us everyday. We can disagree with someone on everything from music to politics to whether or not Bigfoot exists, but the minute we see they’re a dog owner, none of that matters. We instantly forget our differences and connect over how much we treasure our dogs.
In these heated times when there’s so much division, let’s follow the lead of our dogs and be more loving and accepting of others. And if you’re considering a new pet, go consider that broken soul hoping for a chance to cherish and adore you. Pugs and kisses!
By Katy Cable/TWR
A 3 min. Read
February is not only the month of Valentine’s Day, heart health and black history, it’s also Doggy Dental Health Care month. Here’s an interesting fact…believe it or not, neglecting this crucial element of your pup’s overall health can be deadly. It can also lead to a host of other major health issues for your dog. Here are some very important tips and facts for you to “brush-up” on:
I used to think people who brushed their dog's teeth were being a tad obsessive. That is, until my vet informed me my 7 year-old pug needed to have 13 rotten teeth pulled out of his mouth. I was handed a bill large enough for me to sink my own teeth into. Right then and there, I realized how important dental care is to a dog’s health.
Unless you're a three-year-old child, you probably wouldn't dream of going days on end without brushing your teeth. Believe it or not, your dog shouldn't either.
When plaque is allowed to accumulate on your dog's teeth, within a few days it hardens into tartar. Tartar adheres to the teeth and irritates the gums. Irritated gums result in an inflammatory condition called gingivitis. Dogs with gingivitis have red rather than pink gums, and stinky breath. If the tartar isn't removed, it builds up under the gums, eventually causing them to pull away from the teeth. This creates small pockets in the gum tissue that trap additional bacteria in the mouth.
Once things progress to this stage, your dog will have developed an irreversible condition called periodontal disease, which not only causes considerable pain, but can also result in abscesses, infections, loose teeth, and bone loss.
But here's what's really shocking: Should your dog develop periodontal disease, the surface of his gums will be weakened, which can allow mouth bacteria to invade the bloodstream and travel throughout the body. If their immune system doesn't kill off the circulating bacteria, it can reach the heart and infect it with a multitude of serious issues.
Some types of bacteria found in the mouths of dogs produce sticky proteins that can adhere to artery walls, causing them to thicken. Mouth bacteria is also known to promote the formation of blood clots that can severely damage the heart.
If that's not bad enough, studies have linked periodontal disease in both humans and pets to systemic diseases of the kidneys, liver, and lungs. It can also result in diabetes complications, problems during pregnancy, and even cancer. These serious health problems can either develop or be worsened as inflamed or bleeding gum tissue allows harmful oral bacteria to filter into the bloodstream quicker than a pug can devour a meal.
In addition to systemic diseases, infections in the mouth often create other problems including tooth root abscesses, jaw fractures, nasal infections, and in extreme cases, eye loss and oral cancer. If your dog is lucky they may get by with a simple cavity or chipped tooth.
That probably scared you enough to start looking for a new doggie toothbrush. And that's good news since most of these conditions can be avoided or greatly improved once good oral hygiene has begun and any dental disease has been resolved.
As you can see, your dog's oral hygiene is much more than just an obsessive grooming afterthought. It's an extremely important factor in maintaining your dog's health and longevity. I suggest you begin by talking to your vet and getting a thorough evaluation of your dog's teeth, gums and mouth.
I began brushing my current pug Olive’s teeth the second I brought her home. Now she’s 7-years-old and still hasn’t needed professional dental cleaning. Her teeth and gums are healthy and look great. But with my first Pug Raisin, I learned the hard way. He needed twice-yearly cleanings and major oral surgery to repair just a few years of neglect.
To be fair, Pugs and other "flat-nosed" breeds come genetically disadvantaged in terms of dental health. They seem to have teeth settled in the far reaches of their throats. Not only are they hard to find, but they’re also even harder to clean. Their cramped, flat muzzles and the shape of their mouths make properly cleaning back molars about as easy as resisting homemade brownies straight out of the oven.
If your dog’s teeth are in particularly bad shape, or you have a Pug, your vet can likely recommend some tartar-removing sprays, which might be another useful line of defense. Hopefully, you can get things under control and a professional deep cleaning with anesthesia will not be necessary.
Here are a few simple tips for keeping your pet's mouth healthy and introducing the toothbrush:
The next step is to use a safe, natural, dental cleaning product designed for pets and apply a small amount to the gauze before you rub your dog's teeth. I am a fan of Oxyfresh products. With minimal time and effort, all that brown gunk around the back teeth comes right off and usually professional cleanings can be avoided. If you don't have canine toothpaste, you can use organic coconut oil. Once they get used to this, you can progress to either a finger brush or a soft toothbrush the right size for their mouth. Remember, the more rubbing and brushing your pet will allow, the more quickly you'll see results, and the easier it will be to maintain dental health.
If your furry companion is highly resistant to having their teeth rubbed or brushed, or, in the case of a new rescue/shelter dog that comes with a mouth needing major attention, you can try a new, amazing product called TEEF. Simply add a small pinch of this all-natural, tasteless, odorless powder to your dog’s water each day and BAM! A clean mouth, fresh breath, whiter teeth, and NO MORE harmful bacteria, plaque and tarter. It’s the easiest thing EVER! This product is a game-changer for Pugs or other pets with dental issues.
Also, before attempting dental care, consider using CBD treats and oil. This all-natural cannabis works miracles to chill-out an anxious dog. I personally use Bailey’s CBD for it’s trusted purity and potency. Use Code: The Weekly Runt for 20% off Bailey’s CBD products from my store.
☠️ALERT REGARDING DOGGIE DENTAL TREATS
Please be cautious when purchasing doggie dental treats. Many contain harmful if not toxic ingredients.
Before You Buy Dental Care Treats, Read The Ingredient List! I see lots of pet parents gravitating to dry kibble and dental treats to keep their dog’s teeth clean. This is a popular misconception. In addition to not containing healthy, species-appropriate ingredients, they are loaded with harmful additives and preservatives. Some of the most popular products such as Milk Bone Brushing Chews and Purina Beneful Healthy Smile Dental Twists contain the synthetic toxic preservatives BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) which are used to prevent fats and oils in food from turning rancid. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program has identified BHA and BHT as cancer-causing agents that consistently produce certain types of tumors in laboratory animals. Unfortunately, the FDA still permits the use of these chemicals as preservatives in food, deeming them "generally recognized as safe" in low doses.
In addition, I have seen many dental chews soften just enough to become major chocking hazards. Smaller treats that are chewed and swallowed in a matter of seconds provide no real dental benefit for your pet.
Remember, even with bones, dental treats, and a healthy diet, it’s still necessary brush your dog’s teeth. It’s one of the best things you can do to keep your sweetie from becoming “All Bark and No Bite!”
🐾Katy Cable is a former actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick and her rescue Pug, Olive.🐾
By Katy Cable
No question, our pups fill our hearts with love ❤️ but they also play an important role in the vital health of that organ as well. You may be very surprised to learn dogs offer much more than just companionship. The following are 10 health benefits of owning a dog you may not have known:
1. Since it's ❤Valentines Day❤ (almost) Let's start with your ticker! An astounding amount of research concludes that owning a dog will give you a much healthier heart! Not only are dog owners less likely to have a heart attack, if they do, their survival rate is much higher than those who don't own a dog. Studies have shown that the simple act of petting a dog lowers a person’s heart rate. Men tend to fare even better, as male dog owners in particular tend to experience a reduced rate of heart disease.
2. Your overall health will improve. Dog owners experience far fewer illnesses compared to non-dog owners. Perhaps because dogs expose their owners to lots of germs which builds up their immunity. As a result, not only do dog owners get sick less often, should they fall ill, it is with much less severity than a non-dog owner. Dog owners also tend to have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels compared to non-dog owners.
3. Believe it or not, your dog may save your life by helping you detect cancer. Dog’s have an amazing sense of smell which can be used for many purposes including tracking, drug detection, finding missing persons, and even detecting cancer. A number of dog owners credit their dogs with saving their life when their dog began repeatedly nudging, licking, and sniffing spots that turned out to be cancerous. Finally, many dogs are trained service animals who provide life-saving skills by detecting seizures, low blood sugar and other possible life-threatening health issues.
4. You’re less likely to suffer from "the blues" as owning a dog helps depression. Dog owners are far less likely to suffer from clinical depression and those who have been diagnosed, aren’t likely to be as severely depressed as those who do not own a dog. Caring for a dog naturally relieves depression symptoms since owners tend to be more positive around their pet.
5. Dog owners are much less "stressed-out!" Many studies have shown all the ways owning a dog reduces stress hormones. Playing with your dog, walking your dog, petting your dog, and even looking at your dog can greatly reduce your stress levels. Believe it or not, the stress of a new pet, training a pet, or caring for a sick pet, are also far outweighed by the overall stress-relief benefits.
6. You will exercise more and be in better shape. Owning a dog motivates you to get outside and exercise every day. On those days when you'd much rather flop on the couch and stuff your face with potato chips while watching TV, the sight of your doggie waiting by the door anxious to go for a walk, will likely be the perfect motivation to get out there. Just a 30 minute walk every day can greatly improve your overall health.
7. Your social life (and maybe ❤love❤life) will improve. Forget Match.com, your very own dog might also help you land a hot date! Not only is walking your dog great exercise, people are much more likely to stop and talk with you when you’re walking a dog. Going to the dog park or running errands with your dog may just lead to other dog-loving strangers striking up a conversation with you about your dog. -And who knows where that may lead!
8. Your kids will be less likely to have allergies. Children raised with a dog in their home are less likely to have allergies. In fact, living in a home with a dog can help kids grow up to have an increased immunity to pet allergies later in life as well.
9. You’ll feel safer. Dogs can be an effective home security system. Studies show that barking dogs deter burglars. Just knowing that you’ve got a dog who can use their keen sense of hearing to detect anyone prowling around can help increase your sense of security. That alone is good for both your mental and physical health.
10. Dog owners grow old gracefully. The elderly also greatly benefit from owning a dog. Not only do dogs offer wonderful security and companionship, caregivers of elderly patients report they experience far less stress. Research also shows Alzheimer’s patients have fewer outbursts when there is a dog in the home.
Olive and I would like to wish you a Valentine’s Day filled with lots of pugs, kisses and everything that makes your ❤️❤️sing!
By Katy Cable-TWR
A 3 min. Read
This week, Norway banned the breeding of English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. They deemed these “brachy” dogs a product of cruelty due to their inherent, man-made health problems.1 This got me wondering exactly what this means for the fate of these breeds and also, will Pugs be next?
If you're like me your heart melts over the Pugs (and/or Frenchies, King Charles Cavaliers, Bostons, and English Bulldogs!) You dote on their darling wrinkles while spending a king's ransom on Botox to remove your own. Their bulging eyes, curly "cinnamon bun" tails and soft folded ears that feel like rose petals make your day! I bet you can't imagine life without these special breeds!
We "smooshy-faced" dog lovers are not alone. Look no further than your TV and you're bound to see a Pug or two promoting products. They are adored by some of the biggest celebrities. Jessica Alba, Robin Williams, Hugh Laurie, Gerard Butler, Paris Hilton, George Clooney, Andy Warhol, and Valentino, are Pug lovers. While Lady Gaga, Madonna, Hugh Jackman, Reese Witherspoon, Micheal Phelps and the Beckham's own Frenchies. They have replaced the Scottie dog and Poodle gracing everything from T-shirts to gift wrap to decor. Doug the Pug is currently one of our most celebrated pug-lebrities.
In Great Britain, the French Bulldog replaced the Labrador Retriever as the most popular dog breed. With Pugs and English Bulldogs not far behind.
However this popularity does come at a price and in the case of Pugs, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Shih Tzus, Kind Charles Cavaliers, and other Brachycephalic** dogs, it can be an extremely high one. -Enough to leave you with both an “achy-brachy” heart AND pocketbook.
When it comes to pugs and other brachy (smooshy-faced) dogs, it's buyer beware. What many are surprised to learn is these breeds come with a laundry list of common conditions that can be astronomically expensive. And, due to their exploding popularity, irresponsible breeders hoping to cash-in, are perpetuating the problem. We currently have an epidemic of suffering, compromised pets and heartbroken owners facing financial ruin.
In fact, veterinarians in Britain are likely going to follow Norway’s lead. They’re already running huge public campaigns urging people to stop getting this breed due to their plethora of costly, serious health issues.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) president, Sean Wensley sends a strong warning that flat-faced (brachycephalic) dogs typically come with numerous debilitating health problems, and "breeding them just encourages more pain and suffering."
Due to their altered facial construction, flat-faced breeds have what is called brachycephalic respiratory syndrome to varying degrees. These pets often have very small, tightly scrolled nostrils that are so narrow it can be hard to move air in and out. We would liken it to us as humans having to spend our entire life breathing through a drinking straw.
Brachycephalic respiratory issues are often progressive conditions, so breathing problems tend to worsen over time leaving many older dogs in complete respiratory distress. Because of all their respiratory issues, they are at severe risk when needing anesthesia and most are banned from airplane travel. They also overheat quickly and easily develop serious heatstroke.
They also have an elongated soft palate, which is a flap of skin at the back of the throat that causes the characteristic snorting and other respiratory sounds often heard in "brachy" breeds. Another common problem for these breeds is collapsed trachea, which also causes breathing issues.
The Pug also has a "highly desirable" double-curl tail, which is actually a genetic defect that can result in paralysis. Other breed-specific issues include: high blood pressure, heart problems, low blood oxygen levels, dental issues and skin fold dermatitis.
If you own a Pug, Frenchie or English Bulldog and have ventured into social media you have no doubt experienced the backlash of haters. Calling your precious fur baby everything from ugly to wanting to kill you for owning a dog they feel is suffering.
So is the beloved Pug and these other “brachy” breeds soon to be extinct? Thankfully the answer is an overwhelming NO! With their enormous popularity and appeal, these darling dogs are in no danger of going away anytime soon. However, there will be much stricter laws to prevent irresponsible breeding. In addition, breeders will be working with animal welfare agencies to verify humane and regulated breeding practices. Also, using s isn’t cross-breeding to try and weed out inherent health issues.
For an example of how this crisis transpired, one needs only look at pugs over the years. Since the early 1900's pugs seem to have gotten larger heads, flatter faces, smaller nostrils, shorter legs, double curled tails and more exaggerated barrel chests. Carolinе Kisko, thе Kеnnеl Club sеcrеtary, said thе problеms with brachycеphalic dogs are bеing perpetuated by puppy farms.
“Brееds such as thе Frеnch Bulldog and Pug havе sееn a suddеn incrеasе in popularity in rеcеnt yеars, lеading to a hugе dеmand for thеm. This has providеd a rеady markеt for unscrupulous brееdеrs to еffеctivеly churn out puppiеs for profit, outsidе of any rеgulation or umbrеlla of influеncе, with no rеgard for thеir hеalth and wеlfarе." She adds,
“It’s likеly that thеy’rе dеlibеratеly brееding еxaggеratеd dogs in thе hopе that thеy’ll appеar ‘cutе’ to puppy buyеrs. Rеsponsiblе brееdеrs will brееd with hеalth as thе top priority, and thе Kеnnеl Club brееd standards makе it clеar that еxaggеrations in any brееd should bе avoidеd.”
Norway will be taking the lead on these practices. Hopefully it won’t be long before all countries follow suit.
Sadly, what I see all too often are well-intentioned pet owners who can no longer afford the astronomical costs associated with these dogs and they’re relinquished to shelters and rescues in their senior years. Unfortunately, it’s not only happening here in the USA!
According to a headline in the UK's Telegraph, "While the purchase of flat-faced dogs in the U.K. is trending upward, dog parents are also reportedly abandoning their brachys in alarming numbers." The reason? Owners can't cope with the health problems associated with these breeds.
At the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in South London, the number of older Pugs, Frenchies and Shih Tzus entering the shelter almost tripled in just five years. And the rescues I work with here in So. Cal are also over-run with sick, older Pugs who have expensive conditions to treat.
Here’s what you can do to help:
1. First and foremost, educate yourself on the breed of any dog you’re considering. It will give you indicators on energy levels, temperament, lifespan and possible health issues.
2. Always consider rescuing or adopting a pet from a shelter. Many times shelters have pure-bred dogs and certainly rescues can be a wonderful resource and support system.
3. Only use responsible breeders. Responsible breeders thoroughly interview perspective owners and take the utmost care and selection in breeding.
4. Whatever you do: DO NOT SUPPORT backyard breeders, pups being given away, sold or “re-homed” on Craig's list and other sites. Stay clear of that neighbor who has a cousin that is breeding his cute pup.
5. If you are the parent of a brachycephalic dog, it's important to understand that breathing difficulties can prevent your furry companion from enjoying the very simplest things dogs naturally love to do, like eating, sleeping, play and exercise. Especially as they get older.
6. It's important to know the difference between normal and abnormal breathing sounds, and to make an appointment with your vet if you notice any unusual breathing or other signs of respiratory distress.
7. It’s vital to keep a “brachy” dog fit and trim. Overweight and obese dogs have much more serious respiratory difficulties ANYWAY but keeping them at an ideal weight is imperative.
8. Keep your Pug dog out of hot, humid environments is also crucial in order to prevent overheating.
9. Stress exacerbates virtually every health problem, especially breathing difficulties, therefore keeping your brachy's life as stress-free as possible is a must. It will do wonders for their health and quality of life.
I’ve said many times that I poured more money into my dogs than a vacation home or luxury car and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. However, I do want people to be well informed before they’re blind-sighted by these irresistible, yet sensitive/expensive little creatures. Heck, it’s one of the main reasons I do this blog. Thanks for reading, and please pass this on to any new “smoosh-faced” pet parents that may benefit from the info. Pugs & 😘 Kisses! -Katy
**Brachycephalic dogs: "Brachy" is a Greek word meaning short, and "cephalic" means head. Brachys are short-headed, short-muzzled breeds. Other examples of brachy dogs include the Boston Terrier, Boxer, Shih Tzu and Pekingese.
By, Katy Cable - The Weekly Runt
Ahhhhh, it’s February! The month of LOVE! Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, love is in the air. From ❤️balloons and flowers at the grocery store to jewelry ads on TV. This month more than any other, the pressure is on to find the love of your life.
I feel very fortunate that in addition to having a wonderful husband of 25 years, (8 of them blissful, 1 of them miserable, the rest pretty darn good!) I also have at least that many years with single friends desperately searching for spouses. In addition, I have spent over 18 years with beloved dogs. Between the three, I have learned a thing or two about finding a perfect mate that may completely shock you and convince you to change your strategy.
All my single friends think I have it made because I’m happily married. I have what appears to be the “perfect” relationship everyone is trying desperately to find. Not a day goes by when I don’t meet singles hinging all their happiness on finding that perfect someone. While I do consider myself very, VERY, blessed, I want everyone to learn the truth. My marriage is far from perfect and it’s certainly not always easy. It usually boils down to a daily conscious choice to stay together rather living in some romantic fantasy straight out of a Lifetime Television movie.
In today’s world, 25 years of marriage is pretty much the equivalent of winning an Oscar, or an Olympic gold medal. It takes a lot of dedication, sacrifice, hard work, and a little bit of dumb luck. Marriage can and often is, extremely challenging. It’s never equal. There are many times the scales get tipped and one person is doing a lot more of the “work” in the relationship. The first important thing to realize is marriage and love are not about FEELINGS that are right out of a Disney movie, but two imperfect people choosing to honor their commitment to the relationship! -PERIOD! And even with that, ultimately the marriage is only as good or bad as the people in it!
For those of you feeling hopeless and defeated, striking out with your search to find that “perfect person” why not put on some training wheels and start with a dog. Here are 5 great reasons why:
1. Finding a perfect dog is much cheaper and far less time consuming than finding a perfect mate. Like many things, it’s a numbers game. The more people you meet, the greater your odds of finding “The One!” Plus, it requires the same diligence, time, and priority as anything else you want to succeed in. This means being available for dates, building on-line profiles, searching social media, attending parties, events, mixers and even agreeing to be “set-up!” That’s going to be tough to juggle, if not impossible, should you be finishing your Master’s degree or trying to get a promotion at work. Actually, it may be hard to manage in addition to your normal day-to-day demands.
Dogs are easy! Going out of town on business? Send them to boarding camp. Working day and night for tax season or the holidays? Get a dog walker. A new romantic relationship will not blossom nearly as well under extreme schedule demands. A dog on the other hand will be a great partner at the end of a business trip or long, stressful day.
2. You don’t have to deal with the dating scene. Whether it’s bars, clubs, set-ups, dating sites, or Tinder swipes, dating can be time consuming, expensive and downright ego crushing. Most people would rather have a root canal than relive an awful date.
Not so with a dog! No painful dating required. Dogs just need to get out in the fresh air and walk around. If you’re active, you can find one to run, swim or hike with you. For those whose idea of a strenuous day is peeling your exhausted body off the leather recliner to grab the remote, a dog will happily flop at your feet and FETCH things for you. Whatever you enjoy, there’s a dog out there that loves that too. Every outing and date can be fun when choosing a dog. If it’s not a good match, there’s plenty more to consider. And even better, you’ll never go home feeling completely discouraged by some dating disaster straight out of a bad reality show.
3. they build your confidence. When it comes to dating most people lack confidence. We all have that nightmare relationship that kicked us to the curb. Or maybe we did the kicking and now we are riddled with guilt. Many singles who are knocking it out of the park in every other area of their lives are shocked to find those credits don’t transfer when it comes to dating. But a dog, that’s a whole different ballgame.
A dog will love you unconditionally whether you have an MBA or you dropped out of high school. And a dog’s love never wanes! They’re ALWAYS happy to see you regardless of whether you’re wearing designer duds or last night’s dinner thanks to the stomach flu. Having a darling creature who always wants to be near you is amazing for your self-esteem and happiness. Marriages require give-and-take. Even the strong ones can’t compete with the undying attention of a dog.
4. Finding a perfect dog to love is much easier than finding a perfect spouse. Just make a trip to any animal shelter or pet store holding an adoption event. Watch how fast you fall head-over-heels with the loving gaze of an often stinky, shedding, drooling mess of a dog that’s desperate to go home with you. One look and 3 seconds can have you going from zero-to-psycho over this creature and losing all rationality.
Finding a marital spouse takes much more work and searching. There are so many deal-breakers and issues to consider beyond if the toilet seat stays up or down. Whether your standards are ridiculously high or you have no standards other than, “Doesn’t live with their parents and has their own Netflix account” It’s tough to find available, suitable mates. On the other hand, when it comes to dogs, chances are probably 100% EVERY SINGLE ONE would love nothing more than to spend forever with you.
5. AND FINALLY, THE VERY BEST REASON: A dog will show you unconditional love. You will naturally become a more loving, kind, compassionate person by partnering up with a dog. You will become healthier and happier having a dog as well! -Not so with a crummy relationship! And, although a dog will one day get wings and leave you, (and it will kick you in the gut the way any major love-loss does.) remember…Having your heart broken by a DOG always leaves you in gratitude for having gotten to spend time with them in the first place. Grief won’t be coupled with resentful spinning on what you did or didn’t do or what that new person has that you don’t.
A dog is never going to dump you for another owner! And best of all, while you’re out living life and enjoying your newfound DOG-MATE, you might just attract an amazing human relationship. In the meantime, you’ll be having a lot of FUN!
What about you? Are you ready to open your heart to a dog? Have you already found love with a four-legged fur baby? I’d love to hear your love story. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Katy Cable is a former actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick and her rescue Pug, Olive.🐾
y, Katy Cable-TWR
A 2 min. Read
Is your dog as popular as the middle seat on an airplane? With so many people getting “a new addition” for the holidays, I thought it was important to address this very important topic. In fact, failing to properly socialize your dog can mean MAJOR headaches for everyone.
Why is this such a big deal? Believe it or not, dogs that aren't properly socialized usually display serious behavioral problems making them unsuitable family pets. Nearly half the dogs relinquished to shelters have at least one behavioral problem. The most common being aggression and destructiveness. These traits are usually rooted in fear and anxiety.
Hopefully you had the opportunity to begin socializing your dog as a new puppy. But it's never too early to begin exposing them to as many new people, animals, environments and other stimuli as possible. The best way to help your dog handle a variety of new experiences without having them exhibit behavioral problems is this: Each and every day, engage all your dog’s senses through exposure to the sights, sounds, and snells of daily life. In addition, expose them to new ones as often as possible. Being able to trust your dog will handle situations with acceptable behavior brings peace of mind to you and your confident canine! Here are a few suggestions to try with your new dog or puppy that has completed some basic puppy training:
With a little time and attention, you can transform most dogs into “social animals!” Not only will it be fun but you will both end up happier and in better health. 🐾
💕Speaking of “PAW-pular dogs”, big thank you's to Pupstar Sonoma's Roxy, Bono & Blue appearing in one of my all-time favorite photos which I love so much. Here’s a fun clip from their first calendar launch PAWTY!
Vet Appreciation Day!…A tribute to a special dr. who goes out of her way to treat all her clients like dogs!
By Katy Cable-The Weekly Runt
Last week, my beloved 93 year-old mother passed away. Although she went peacefully surrounded by her loved ones, the grief is overwhelming. We were very close. This huge loss sits at the tippy top of a few years filled with sadness and goodbyes.
It’s been a difficult few years for all of us. I think we have all been kicked to the curb by more loss than we can throw a stick at. For New Year’s, I made a TikTok memorial video featuring all the dogs who were near-and-dear to my heart that are no longer with us. I thought for this week’s blog I might just do a repost a blog on losing a pet and include the TikTok. Then I remembered a post I saved by a brilliant, creative, amazing friend of mine, Kristen Andrews, and I changed directions.
What happens in Vegas stays in our hearts forever.
Andrews is a rainbow haired, anime-animal-loving, pug-mom, and practicing Veterinarian in Kingman, Arizona. She was an OG social media influencer and the mom of the infamous Chubbs the Wampug. Before there was a Doug-the-Pug, Chubbs became a pug icon melting the hearts of thousands with that adorable face, quirky costumes, and crazy pug antics.
In 2017, Chubbs sadly passed, leaving hundreds of thousands of fans heartbroken. Kristen and a friend who had also lost a beloved pug around the same time, poured their hearts and souls into organizing The Las Vegas Pug Party. It was an over-the-top, weekend Pug-a-Palooza for over 200 pug-obsessed party goers. -And I was one of them! When I saw it on social media I immediately paid in full, introduced myself to Kristen, and asked how I could help.
April 2018, hundreds of impeccably dressed pugs embarked on the Las Vegas strip and had the adventure of a lifetime. Kristen introduced us to her then adorable new pug puppy, Saty (AKA Mrs. Worldwide.) Saty is a darling, feisty, turbo-charged black pug with royal bloodlines and the inheritance of thousands of captive followers.
The first Vegas Pug Party, led to 2 more. In 2019 there was a Las Vegas Pug Wedding, officiated by Elvis himself, and in 2020, the ‘80’s themed Pug Prom, just weeks before the Covid quarantine began. The trips Kristen created have been not only some of the best getaways of my life, but they have also introduced me to an entire pug family of loved ones. And Kristen is part of this close-knit group. We keep in touch daily on social media and also have frequent get-togethers. I hope you’ll check out some of my blogs and videos of these fun gatherings.
You’ve got a friend
I recently cashed in my friend card and called Kristen at home on a weekend. I had just returned from a vacation in Hawaii and while I was at work, my pug Olive managed to get into my souvenir bag. She devoured every Hawaiian delicacy from chocolate mac-nuts to shortbread cookies faster than you can say, “ALOHA!” Olive seemed perfectly fine when I returned home, but I was sure I needed to race her somewhere and have her stomach pumped. Kristen picked up my call and assured me Olive might have diarrhea like a tourist returning from a Mexican vacation, but she’d likely be A-ok! That gave me more peace than she would ever know.
Too many goodbyes.
That scare reminded me of the very worst thing about owning a dog, -saying goodbye. Recently I’ve had to walk through way too many farewells. It got me thinking about our vets. How do they do this day in and day out? Doing the work they do must be extremely difficult. First there’s the schooling. Imagine putting in all the years of college and straddling the hefty student loans of a medical doctor, and then not having the big salary pay-off at the end.
Veterinarians work grueling hours, many weekends, and much of it can be pro-Bono. Our insurance system isn’t set up the same for pets. Many life-saving and necessary treatments are either not covered or still require enormous out-of-pocket costs. And while vets can offer some “friends -and-family” discounts, they aren’t in a position to do much more to offset huge costs.
Pet parents are a whole different animal. Wewant answers. We want a guarantee. We want to know that if we pay the equivalent of a rent payment in additional vet bills each month, it will work. We need them to save our dogs. And when that can’t be done we’re devastated. But so are they. Did you know, according to Choices Psychotherapy, veterinarians are in the top 5 for careers with the highest suicide rates? Their job is a whole lot more than petting kittens and puppies all day. Yes, they’re with us for one of the happiest days, when we bring our new addition in for a first exam, but they’re often there on the hardest day too. The day when we have to let them go. And, as Kristen’s piece so eloquently shows, being a vet doesn’t make it much easier to say goodbye.
When you know better you do better
Every day I hear at least one pet parent say they disagree with their vet or feel intimidated by their vet. If there’s one piece of advice I can give you (and will, free of charge) if you don’t like and trust your vet, or you don’t feel comfortable talking to them, go elsewhere! Keep looking. Keep asking around. You can find a better fit. You can find a vet you like and trust. And when you do, show some gratitude and compassion for the often difficult, heartbreaking job they do. Most of them are pet parents too! They made their life’s work about caring for animals.
If you’re up to your “puffy from ugly crying” eyeballs in grief, you’re not alone. Nothing can prepare you for such a huge loss. I feel it too! But so does your vet and so many others. It hurts to love so deeply and then say goodbye! But keep opening your heart. If your dog is still here, go make those memories. Savor each and every precious moment because they go much too fast.
If possible, build a community around your dog. It’s not too hard to find other dog-obsessed people. Who knows, that nice gal you meet at the dog park may end up being one of your closest friends. You may not end up at a pug prom in Vegas, but perhaps instead of locking your dog up in a jail-like kennel while you trek through Europe, they may get an equally fun invitation to stay with their new BFF (best furry friend!) You will likely get some great pet tips and recommendations. Maybe even for an amazing new vet! Have fun together! Enjoy the good times and hold each up other when there’s sadness and loss. Remember, for a much-too-short amount of time you have the presence and unconditional love of an angel from heaven.
I want to give a huge heartfelt thanks to Dr. Kristen Andrews, Dr. Gail Renehan, Dr. Karen Becker, VCA Airport Irvine Animal Hospital and all the vets out there who are doing God’s work here on earth. I appreciate you more than you will ever know.
RIP Dotty, Phillip, Simon, Blaze, Jayla, Jasmine, LuLu, Joey, Blue, Maya, Raisin, Buddy, Chubbs, and so many others. I hope you’re running free at Rainbow Bridge and will be there with kisses and squeals of joy when we arrive and are reunited.
How your vet sees euthanasia.....
by Kristin Andrews, DVM
So, you bring me this puppy - she kisses my face, devours the cookies I offer, and our friendship starts.
Several visits later, he starts to learn where all the cookie jars are in the clinic, and that lady in the white coat, well she’s okay....
Fast forward many visits later, now I am in love with your dog and your whole family because, well, you are just really really good people and I have not only watched that pup turn into a really sweet family member, but I got to watch the kids grow every year and be a very small part of your journey.
Remember that time she ate your teenage daughter’s thong underwear? 😝😝😝 yeah we all had a good laugh over that once the surgery was done and she was recovered. Your daughter probably never forgave me for bringing that up and showing the whole fam-jam when they came to pick her up from the clinic.
So many adventures, so little time.....
And here we are, fifteen or so odd years later, having to say goodbye.
He’s got heart disease and I can’t fix it anymore. She’s got cancer and there is no cure. He has arthritis and the meds just aren’t working. I want her to live forever for you. I want that so badly it hurts. I feel like I have failed him and you when I have run out of options to keep them, and you, comfortable and happy.
So now it’s time, and I am supposed to be professional. Objective. I am the doctor. Calm. Cool. Collected. Always under control.
I have known you and her for a third of my life, and most of my professional career.
But I keep it together. My superhuman amazing technicians have put the catheter in. My support staff from reception to assistants have done all the paperwork. Trust me they may not show it but their hearts are breaking for you. They have been there. They know. And they know you and care about you too.
And I have the needle in the pocket of my white coat. The same pocket that was always full of treats for him. I take a deep yoga breath and come into the room. Gotta stay strong now.......
She’s giving me that sweet look she always does, the one that is followed by puppy kisses and a glance at the cookie jar. But she is too weak now. She is ready. You are not. I am not. But this shit has to happen because we love her too much to let her suffer.
She would keep going as long as we asked her to. But we can’t ask her to anymore. It’s not fair to her. I wish our human hearts could be so giving all the time. I wish I could be the person my dog thinks I am. I wish I wish I wish I could find a way for them to live forever. But I don’t have those magical powers. I am just a vet.
So we kiss him back, not much left of his body that still works, but that old tail wags, just enough that I lose my shit on the inside but I try not to cry. Gotta stay strong.
Her body relaxes, she is in your arms and your are sobbing. Another family has lost one of its most cherished members. I put my stethoscope to her heart to make sure it has stopped but she is held so tight to your chest that maybe that is your heart I hear pounding or maybe it’s mine and all the blood rushing through my ears as I try so so so hard not to turn into a blubbering mess.
Confirmed, he has passed. You lay him gently on the table and we hug tightly as you go to leave.
The door closes behind you and I don’t know if you hear this, but I sob hysterically into your pet’s ear. She is gone, he will be missed, and you have to face what I know will be one of the hardest parts of today.
Entering that house and they are not there to greet you.
Please know that I know how you feel. As you leave the clinic I just wish with every fiber of my being that you never had to face that. I wish they could live forever.
And please know, I am so grateful that I was a small part of your journey.
Love always, Your vet.
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By Katy Cable-TWR
A 3 min. Read
What do you think is the number one New Year’s Resolution? If you guessed: Lose weight/get in shape, you’re right! This is great news considering Americans are plagued by a growing epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and a host of other health issues related to lousy diets. And, what’s worse, our pets have followed suit! Therefore this might be a great resolution for them as well.
Did you know the number one, single most important thing you can do to add years and quality to your pet's life is: keep them from becoming overweight. What and how much you feed your precious fur-baby is the barometer for all aspects of your dog's health, longevity, and quality of life. The good news is with just a little willpower on your part it can be done quite easily. Keep in mind, YOU’RE in control of the bowl and what goes into your dog's body is 100% your responsibility.
I'm not trying to be judgmental or fat shame anyone’s pup, since I too had no idea of the severity of a few extra “dog pounds!” When our family first went looking for a Pug to adopt, I gravitated towards all the gi-normous ones. I found the portly Pugs cuter and more cuddly (maybe because they couldn't move) and that they were the true standard of the breed. I had no idea a huffing, puffing, fur baby with their belly dragging on the ground and no visible waistline was morbidly obese. Thankfully we ended up with a lean, active, healthy Pug and a valuable lesson in pet nutrition.
The next eye-opener was how food-obsessed Pugs can be. They will literally eat themselves to DEATH if given the chance. I saw our first Pug Raisin, jump 3 feet onto a table, tear open and devour the contents of a raffle gift basket (including a TIN of Almond Roca) in less time than it took me to slide on a pair of Crocs! Mission projects made of sugar cubes, holiday gingerbread houses, -gone in less than 60 seconds. Nothing excites or motivates a Pug more than food.
Most dogs (excluding Labs) are not this obsessed but it's still very difficult to resist the longing gaze of a food-loving dog. I will admit, when my darling Pug Olive tilts her head and pants longingly, I ALWAYS give her a small bite of any human food that isn't harmful. However, I weigh my Pugs and keep them fit, lean, and trim. If the harness gets a bit snug or too loose, I adjust the portions and "small bites" accordingly. And, if they’re battling a health issue or illness, I'm extra diligent about nutrition.
Why the big deal? Here’s the “skinny” on this issue: Dogs and cats are much smaller than adult humans. Excess weight on a smaller body has more significant, and immediate consequences than added weight on a bigger body. And when you factor in the short lifespan of the average dog or cat, it gets even shorter if that pet is overweight. Plus, the quality of their life will not be optimal as they develop the inevitable diseases that come with obesity.
Believe it or not, dogs that are even A FEW pounds over their ideal weight are prone to FAR more arthritis, hip, vertebrae, and mobility issues. Also cancers, and diabetes. Diabetes can lead to blindness and any issue negatively affecting mobility robs a dog of a big chunk of its quality of life. Tragically, it is often why many pets must be euthanized.
If health issues alone weren't bad enough, there's also the expensive vet bills. According to Embrace, a pet insurance carrier, the average annual cost of vet care for a diabetic dog or cat is over $1,500. In the last year alone, insurance claims for pets with diabetes increased over 250 percent. Embrace, confirms orthopedic conditions are occurring in younger pets – and with greater severity, typically because so many animals are overweight.
And it's certainly not just one pet insurance company that’s concerned. "Seeing animals suffering from health conditions secondary to their obesity is a common situation," according to Crystal Sheran, DVM for Banfield Pet Hospital.
So, if your pet is overweight, hopefully you are now convinced it's a big deal and you’re willing to correct the problem before it’s too late. Here are a few common simple tips to help you get started:
🐾Katy Cable is a former actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick and her rescue Pug, Olive.🐾