Vala, an Australian Canaan dog, is competing in the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The black and white canine appears adorable, in good dog health and well-groomed, and also has a special hidden skill that his handler, Ethan Miller, can benefit from.
Miller suffers from cerebral palsy, which prevents him from presenting Vala with his left hand at the dog show. According to PeoplePets.com, when Miller used to suffer from seizures before medical advancements put a stop to them, Vala was able to detect an oncoming seizure two minutes prior to the occurrence, often alerting the boy’s mother.
"There’s that extra trust factor that he has with the dog," Miller’s mother, Chris, told the news source. "He knows that the dog understands him and his uniqueness. It’s a beautiful thing. They truly work as a team."
According to ABC News, other dog owners have reported that their animals can sense when they’re about to have a seizure. However, although there have been multiple claims there are no studies or scientific explanations to back this theory up.
Rescue workers were able to effectively remove 95 dogs from a puppy mill in Olive Branch, Mississippi, after they discovered the animals had been living in inhumane conditions.
The American Humane Association’s workers also found a number of dead adult dogs as well as puppies in the facility, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. Many of the dogs rescued were in poor dog health, underweight or had skin problems.
Approximately 34 of the retrieved dogs were flown out of the state to New York City with the help of Pet Airways, which is an animals only airplane service based in Denver, Colorado. These dogs landed safely and were scattered throughout the city’s many shelters.
Other animals were transported to the Marshall County Humane Society clinic in Byhalia, Mississippi, as an emergency shelter site.
Several areas have been trying to stop puppy mills. West Hollywood, California, recently passed a measure that would ban local pet stores from carrying dogs from puppy mills, according to USA Today. This law was put into effect because dogs in the facilities are treated cruelly and are usually in poor dog health.
Although the Super Bowl may have been watched by more than 100 million viewers, the sixth annual Puppy Bowl also received attention as a Chug (half-Chihuahua, half-pug) was named the most valuable puppy (MVP) of the game.
Jake was able to speed past the other 42 competitors as they rushed from one side of the field to the other with toy footballs in their mouths, according to PeoplePets.com. However, although Jake may have been the fastest, he wasn’t always in possession of a ball.
The Puppy Bowl has been around since 2005 and always features shelter dogs that are in need of a good home. One of the benefits of the Puppy Bowl is it teaches viewers about the importance of rescuing dogs, and how it’s important to provide good homes and pet care to the animals, according to KidGlue.com.
The game has raised its viewership by more than 40 percent since its creation, and also includes other animals getting in on the action. This year saw a Twizzler blimp that was manned by hamsters, kittens during the halftime show and bunny cheerleaders.
City dwellers who own a pet need to make sure that their animals are still getting the exercise that they need.
Because city apartments are often limited in space, many animals are confined to their small habitats. This creates a need for them to get out and roam around, as it’s beneficial to their development, according to MySanAntonio.com.
Some pet owners who got their animals in the city and then moved to the country have found that their animals are still content on being indoors, near their owners.
However, pet owners who live in the city should be ready to spend extra time with their furry companion, ensuring they get the exercise they need to keep them in good pet health. Individuals who are interested in adopting a pet should also not let breed get in the way, as many people may believe that size has something to do with their comfort level in a small apartment.
"It’s [breed focus] distracting and leads to uninformed generalizations like ‘small breeds are good for apartments,’" author Tracey McTague told the news provider. She suggested that an animal successfully living in a small apartment depends on their personality.
According to PetPlace.com, pet owners from the city should consider an apartment within close range of a dog park or walkway.
When our kids were very young, my wife and I had an Australian Shepherd with a beautiful coat of white and tan fur. We adored him. Problem was, the dog had chronic allergies and skin problems that contributed to a full-time shedding problem.
It seemed like no matter how often we swept, the loose hair would accumulate, gathering in drifts and piles on the hardwood floors of our tiny house. What was worse, our kids were toddlers, notorious for crawling the floors and picking up anything they could find to put their mouths. We were the only parents on the block whose kids coughed up hairballs.
Whether you have kids or not, if your dog or cat sheds it can be a major nuisance. Here are our 6 top tips for dealing with a pet that leaves hair everywhere:
- See your vet. While seasonal shedding is normal for many dogs and cats, excessive shedding may be a clue to a health problem. Your veterinarian may be able to find the root of the problem and may be able to prescribe medicine or suggest supplements (such as fatty acids) that will help control the problem.
- Brush your pet every day to reduce the unwanted hair all over your clothes, carpet and furniture. Most pets enjoy the attention, and will look forward to their daily brushing session. Ask an expert at your local pet supply store or check with a groomer for tips on the right tools to use for de-shedding your pet’s specific type of fur.
- Shampoo, rinse, repeat. If your dog’s chronically dry, itchy skin is causing him to scratch himself constantly, you may want to bathe him regularly using an oatmeal shampoo to moisturize and soothe his skin.
- Train your pet. Make sure dogs and cats have their own beds, furniture, or comfortable areas to lounge. Teach them that these are acceptable places to hang out, and that human furniture is off-limits.
- Cover up. Get some stylish throws or use blankets to cover furniture. They’ll keep most of the fur off, and you can just remove them before company comes over. Make sure they’re machine-washable for easy cleaning.
- Clean up. Get pet hair off of upholstery and carpet as soon as possible, before it has a chance to work its way into upholstery fabric or carpet nap. Use a tape roller or other pet hair removal tool on furniture and vacuum carpets. For the best results, make a habit of doing this regularly.