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Time to Run Away at PetVR.com November 13, 2011

Arlo, a 13-week old Bernese Mountain Dog enjoy...

Looking to get away over the Holidays with your pets? Here’s a link that offers pet-friendly vacation cabins/lodging for your overdue escape.  PetVR.com also has links to various beaches, parks, travel tips, rescue & shelters.

Here’s a few of some of our local beaches that we all know & love:

Carmel City Beach
Ocean Avenue
Carmel,California

Carmel River State Beach
Carmelo Street


Monterey State Beach
Monterey, California


 

APTOS All Star Dog Run/Walk Training Program – October 23rd September 8, 2011

Fleet Feet Sports in Aptos

is holding its first ever All Dog Run/Walk Training Program!

The actual Run will be held October 23rd at

The Nisene Mark Redwood State Park.

Training starts every Sunday at 8am and every Wednesday at 7pm to build endurance for both parties.

Cost is $65, and if you would like to register for the race at the same time, the cost is $100. The event fundraises

The Morris Animal Foundation,

and a portion of the training group will be donated as well.

Sign Up Here:

All Star Dog Run/Walk Training Sign Up

 

Homemade DOG TREATS at Joan and Peter’s German Restaurant, San Juan Bautista July 8, 2011

JOAN STARTED BAKING HER OWN WHOLESOME DOG TREATS! THEY ARE A CHICKEN LIVER and GROUND BEEF COMBINATION WITH EGGS, OATS, CARROTS, GARLIC POWDER AND CHICKEN STOCK.  THERE’S ALWAYS A FEW BAGS IN THE FREEZER.  A 10 OUNCE BAG IS 5 DOLLARS. TREAT YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND AFTER YOU COME HOME FROM DINNER, OR DINE ON THE OUTSIDE PATIO WITH YOUR DOG ON MILD AFTERNOONS.  NOTE THAT THEIR DOG TREATS ARE WHEATFREE!!

They also carry “TASTE OF THE WILD” dry dog food at a very competitive price!

Joan & Peter’s German Restaurant

831.623-4521

call for hours

 

Air For Paws – Pet Wash Fundraiser – May 22, 2011 May 11, 2011




Air For Paws

Equipping First Responders with Animal Resuscitation KitsHelp to make the ability to save the lives of animals caught in disasters a reality.

Attend this fundraiser, donate and be ready!

 

Can Dogs Help Kids learn to Read? April 12, 2011

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Therapy Dogs do so much more….

Reprint by Rebecca Delaney

A few days a week, Roo goes to the local elementary school, curls up in his spot at the back of the library and listens patiently as children read to him. “Go, Dog. Go!” by P.D. Eastman is his favorite, but he’s not picky — as long as he gets a treat afterward, he’s happy.

Roo is a reading education assistance dog (R.E.A.D). Along with his handler, Tina Anderson, Roo works as a literacy mentor in the Graytown Elementary School in Graytown, Ohio.

The 6-year-old short hair collie has been certified as a therapy dog for visits to nursing home residents and hospital patients. But today he works primarily as a reading assistance dog.

Roo the Reading Education Assistance Dog 

Tina Anderson
Roo, a reading education assistance dog, helps a pupil at Graytown Elementary School in Graytown, Ohio.

“I have always loved reading, and this just seemed like a good way to combine my love of reading and my love of animals,” Anderson told AOL News.

The Intermountain Therapy Animals organization started the R.E.A.D. program in 1999. The group trains therapy animals to visit and help hospital patients and nursing home residents. Research has shown that pets help lower blood pressure and anxiety.

“Someone had the idea that dogs have been successful in having a calming effect on adults. Why not use them with children who have reading and social disabilities?” said Lesley Pulsipher, national R.E.A.D. coordinator in Salt Lake City. “Animals are not judgmental, and children feel safe reading to them. In a classroom, a child’s classmates may laugh if they mess up.”

Teachers at Graytown Elementary pick those children who have trouble reading, have a learning disability — or are just shy and intimidated by reading in front of the class — to visit with Roo.

“That’s the great thing about this program,” said Anderson. “It’s not just for kids who have learning disabilities. It’s also for the child who’s a little shy. It really can be applied to every reader.”

After Roo lies down in his special spot in the library, the child picks out a book to read to him. Usually, Anderson said, the children either cuddle next to Roo or they sit in front of him and read to him as a teacher would read to a class. If a student is anxious, Anderson has the child pet the dog’s ear or scratch his back to help the student relax.

If the children comes across a word they don’t know, Anderson helps them sound it out, and at the end of the story, they talk about the book. Anderson then shows the student how to command Roo with one of the 30 signs he knows in American Sign Language. They may command him to shake or lie down, and then they give him a treat.

“It’s a special connection that makes them feel important,” said Anderson.

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Every reading assistance dog must first be certified as a therapy dog, which entails training and a screening process for both the dog and handler. According to Pulsipher, the program is not just limited to dogs — cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and miniature horses also visit schools and libraries for children to read to them.

At Graytown Elementary, Anderson says she sees Roo’s impact on the children.

“The program really helps brings kids out of their shell and gives them a boost of self-confidence,” she said.

 

Kitty Wigs?! April 4, 2011

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Kitty Wigs

 

 

Rattlesnake Aversion Training – Santa Clara March 30, 2011

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Rattlesnake detail

The Crucial Step in Snakebite Prevention

When: Sunday, April 10, 2011

Where: Las Gatos

Cost: $75 per dog

Host: Santa Clara Dog Training Club

Trainers: Natural Solutions

Learn more about the trainers here: Erick Briggs & Andy White

Rattlesnakes are a big problem in California for dog owners. If you hike with your dog or live in a rural area, or near a canyon in a more developed part of town, there’s a good chance that you and your dogs will have a run-in at some point. Several Californians have had snakes in their backyards, and a couple have had their dogs bitten while out and about. The cost of treatment can easily run into the thousands.”