A Dog’s Prayer

Many of you will already know this poem by Beth Norman Harris, for those of you who never read it here is it:

A Dog’s Prayer

A Dog\'s PrayerTreat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside… for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements… and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth… though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land… for you are my god… and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest…and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

— Beth Norman Harris

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Picking a Proper Dog Food for Your Pet Dog

Natural dog foodYour dog’s health and wellness is essential to you and your family. So you need to carefully think about the food that you provide for your pet. People sometimes just choose the first dog food bag they see at the store. It’s simple to overlook the significance of dog food but it is necessary to select the best one for your pet dog.

To keep your pet dog healthy he requires plenty of fresh water and ought to be fed a good quality pet dog food in amounts perfect to fulfill his energy demands. Follow the standards on the dog food bundle for advised feeding amounts, unless your vet told you otherwise.

Picking a pet dog food

Lots of industrial canine foods are made from products unusable or less preferable for human intake. Often the meat that is utilized in pet dog food is of a quality considered unsuited for people to consume.

Significant dog food companies aim to supply well-balanced proportions of minerals and vitamins for maximum benefit to your pet dog. Although you might see that many brands of canine food have practically identical labels, a trustworthy dog food business will provide a description for each supplement and how it benefits your dog.

Always check out the label to see what proteins, vitamins and minerals are being supplied to your canine. Try not to utilize shop brand pet dog food as they might be short on much-required nutrition.

Research studies have actually revealed that the primary active ingredient in pet food needs to be meat-based protein, not corn meal or flour gluten meal. According to reviews, a better quality dog food results in a healthier coat, fewer digestive issues and firmer stools. Pet nutrition experts concur that the best canine food is made from human-grade ingredients like meat, entire grains and veggies. Premium canine food is so essential since excellent nutrition is necessary for a long, healthy life.

Types of dog food

There are lots of varieties of canine food to pick from. The three most popular types of dog foods are dry, canned and semi-moist products. Check the color of your pet dog food. Generally, canine food made from natural ingredients will have soft earth tones and include no preservatives, artificial colors and flavors.

More and more veterinarians advise feeding your pet with raw canine food. Which is very funny to me, because when I came here to North America in 90-ties, a raw food was a “no-no” for dogs. Yet in Slovakia I’ve fed my dogs with a raw meat and never had any of the problems I have had with my dogs here in Canada.

You should see the way a dog delights in a big juicy meaty bone. My dogs were absolutely excited when I tossed them part of the big cow or veal bone. They could spend hours playing with it.

Raw food supporters acknowledge the diet costs more than conventional pet food, but it’s worth it.
For example, you can try making a mix of ground turkey, rice or oat and carrot as your own dog food. Just don’t forget to cook the rice (oat) and shred the carrot.

Try to pick a premium dog food considering that it includes more energy and protein than an economy brand if you decide to go the industrial path. Not all pet dog food brands include high quality and natural active ingredients, so always examine the label. Sometimes even your vet can help you to pick a proper food for your pet dog.

Natural Dog Food

Numerous natural dog foods include only fresh, natural and wholesome ingredients for your canine. Natural dog food has 100 % nutritional value which is vital for healthy strong canines. There are likewise active ingredients in natural pet food that really assist the health of your pet dog and make your pet dog’s coat shiny.

Dried Dog Food

A good high-quality dry canine food will be more affordable than the generic brands although they cost more per pound. A large majority of canine owners choose dry canine food for the simplicity of storage. (and their own laziness – I would add!) The less expensive dry canine foods are made from corn, rice or soybean, while lots of superior dry pet foods are made with all natural, human-grade ingredients.

Canned Dog Food

I can bet you anything if you put in front of your dog a bowl of dry “dry ” kibbles and a bowl of meat from the can its first trip will be to the bowl with good smelling meat from the can. Of course, the point is the “good smelling”. Canned dog food also can be a cheap low quality from the meat-by-products, or worse, full of corn meal and genetically modified soya (here in North America). So always check if the first ingredients in your canned dog food is some kind of meat.

“Vegetarian” dog foods

I am Strongly AGAINST! any “vegetarian food for dogs!” That is an Absolute Stupidity! – which I only came across here in Canada. Dogs are Carnivores! So they DO Need meat. End of story. Anybody who tells otherwise has an intelligence of a tropical insect.

There are canine foods specifically developed for canines that are allergic to corn, wheat, beef and/or chicken. But that doesn’t mean they should be put on some kind no meat at all “diet”.

Conclusion

Overall it’s generally best to let dogs eat pet food and not our food, despite the fact that they may like exactly what we’re consuming! Obviously, you can feed your dog treats with from time to time, every pet needs some TLC from time to time!

It is best if you seek advice from an experienced friend, or a dog trainer or your vet before deciding on which pet food to feed your pet dog or young puppy. Be careful when you research on the Internet, as you can find a lot of nonsense posted.

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3 Great Resources for Vacationing Pet Owners

Vacations are the epitome of relaxation. You might envision white, sandy beaches, an adventurous hike, or whitewater rafting through Idaho. However, if you are a pet owner, you might imagine your vacation to be riddled with guilt and stress over how your pet is coping with your absence.

While pets enrich our lives by helping us through emotional turmoil and even elongating our lives, they also can represent a burden on traveling. Knowing the resources at your disposal can make traveling and vacationing enjoyable again as you rest assured that your pet is happy and cared for very well. Here are three great resources for pet owners who need a solution for their furry friends while on vacation.

Rover and Freelance Sitters

Rover.com is a website that joins freelance pet boarders, sitters, and walkers to pet owners. These freelancers are Dog Walkercertified by the site and sometimes come with background checks. Rover.com also allows you to browse based on services, schedule, fees, and location while acting as a middleman for the hiring process.

The site’s users can opt to have your dog boarded at a reliable caretaker’s home for the duration of your vacation or leave your pet at home. A sitter either will stay in your home, doubling as a house sitter, or they simply might check in once or twice a day, even providing walks. Rover is a great option if your pup is less than happy about spending time at a boarding facility.

Use Bringfido to Plan a Vacation with Your Dog

Bringfido.com is a site that allows you to search pet-friendly destinations worldwide, listing things like pet-friendly activities and accommodations in each area. This site is a great way to plan a vacation where you don’t need to worry about a sitter or boarder but give your dog a vacation too. You might be surprised at the number of pet-friendly destinations and activities.

Carmel, California, is rated one of the most pet-friendly destinations in the U.S. with no leash laws and many dog-friendly beaches and hotels while Denver, Colorado, boasts a number of beautiful hiking trails your dog will love.

Doggy Spas or Daycares

While a boarding facility is likely to be a small cage with minimal opportunity for exercise, pet spas and daycares are far more likely to offer time outside the cage, interaction with other dogs, and attention from staff. These facilities, when run well, can act as a vacation for your dog while you enjoy your own.

When touring a potential boarder, look for cleanliness, sleeping accommodations, and behavior of the dogs that already are there. A facility that has a number of subdued, unhappy looking dogs is a good excuse to run for the hills. However, a facility that is clean with happy dogs and plenty of room for recreation can be a wonderful getaway for your pup. You also should be sure to ask about the daily routine for boarding guests. Be sure your pet will have plenty of time to play and will not be confined to the cage for too long.

Leaving your four-legged family member behind can be difficult to contemplate. You might be worried that your pet will feel abandoned or distressed by your absence. However, with these resources, you can ensure that your pet enjoys your time away with a fun doggy spa, a caring pet sitter, or even going on vacation with you. Pets shouldn’t prevent you from getting the vacation you need. They should, however, be what make you want to come home after.

Paige Johnson is a self-described fitness “nerd.” She possesses a love for strength training. In addition to weight-lifting, she is a yoga enthusiast, avid cyclist, and loves exploring hiking trails with her dogs. She enjoys writing about health and fitness for LearnFit.org.

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A Pet’s 10 Commandments

  1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.
  3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
  4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, friends, and entertainment, but I only have you.
  5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
  7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I can hurt you, and yet I choose not to.
  8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting weak and old.
  9. Take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
  10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there because I love you so.

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Take a moment today to be grateful for your pets. Enjoy and take care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without them.

This was written by Stan Rawlinson (The Original Doglistener). A professional full-time Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer.
You can visit his website at http://www.doglistener.co.uk/ for more articles and training information.

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