Texas Black lab a humble hero

Texas Black lab a humble heroBatman, protector of the night, made a career of rescuing the meek, punishing the wicked and disappearing into the shadows before he could so much as be thanked. While no animal patrols the darkness like the stealthy bat, a new pet hero is giving the Gotham guardian a run for his money.

On November 28, Robert Sumrall of El Paso, Texas, set out on an afternoon hike in the Black Range mountains of New Mexico with his 3-year-old black Labrador, Zulu.

After his family reported him missing the following day, search-and-rescue volunteers, New Mexico State Police and the National Guard and Border Patrol began a search in freezing temperatures and blizzard-like conditions, the Silver City Sun reports.

Six days later, local ranchers Melba and Tom Parra found Sumrall lying on the frozen ground near an empty cabin with Zulu huddled upon his back.

"I think the only thing that kept him alive in this cold was this black lab" Melba Parra told the news source. "She was lying next to him. He was really cold."

Taking a cue from the Dark Knight himself, Zulu ran off into the wilderness when rescue workers arrived. Sumrall and community volunteers continue their search for the heroic pup.

According to the Independent, German shepherds and Springer spaniels are commonly bred as rescue dogs.

Washington community features posh puppy parade

Washington community features posh puppy parade Sometimes pet care can mean keeping a hamster healthy, ensuring a cat is well-fed or housebreaking a puppy. Occasionally, however, the responsibilities of a pet owner entail indulging a dog in the latest fashions and waiting beside the dressing rooms as French poodles and German shepherds sample the latest in European fashions. Canine dress has become a recent fad that’s grabbed the attention of one Washington state community.

Last week 75 dogs from Kitsap, Washington, donned their fur coats and other lavish fashion items in front of a crowd of 5,000 as part of the town’s "Miracle on Bay Street" festival, the Kitsap Sun reports.

The fashion show’s contestants included Hootie, a boxer wrapped in a red knit sweater and strings of colored lights; CC, a Welsh Corgi wearing a sparkly winter dress and Sophia, a dapper poodle dressed in a tuxedo.

"We had to do a little cross-dressing," Sophia’s owner Vicky Minor told the news source, explaining that Wal-Mart was sold out of female dog garments in the poodle’s petite size.

Prominent retailers of dog apparel include Wagwear, Ruff Luv, Best Friend NYC and Fatboy USA, the Honolulu Star Bulletin reports.

Holiday Stress, Does Your Pet Need a Chill Pill?

Tom Troiano – IDTag.com – Dec 07, 2009

The holidays can be stressful for all of us, but how about for our pets? Many of us are having parties and inviting guests over. It’s a whirlwind of presents, decorations, rich food and an air of excitement. Sometimes we get so caught up in it all that we don’t notice the effect the season has on our pets.

Our pets can sense when we are anxious, but unfortunately they don’t understand why. We have all these new things around that they aren’t used to. People they have never met before are coming and going. And why aren’t they allowed to play with the shiny balls hanging from the tree that the humans (for some strange reason) decided to drag inside the house?

Some may be indifferent to all of the goings-on during the holiday season, but it can cause stress and anxiety for many of our four-legged family members. As luck would have it there are some options out there that can help. Just taking a little time to relax and cuddle up with a pet can ease some of the tension, and may be all that is needed for some.

My friend’s older dog, on the other hand, is fairly neurotic and just stepping out to check the mailbox drives him up the wall. For those of you out there who know what I mean, there are a few products on the market that can help. In most pet stores, you can find items that release pheromones which can have a calming effect on those overly anxious pets.

These products have been around for a while now; the first to hit the market worked like a plug in air freshener and was relatively expensive. Recently, though, a couple economical alternatives have come out. One that works is a calming collar – it’s like a flea collar, lasting for a few months. Another option is a simple charm to clip onto a collar that can be removed when not needed. With both of these retailing for under $15 we can keep the holidays merry without breaking the bank. There are even new healthy treats that have a calming agent to ease the holiday pet stress and they only cost a few dollars.

While your Pets Best policy does not cover the cost of any of these supplemental items, many pet owners say they have had great results with them when it comes to avoiding the effects of pet anxiety and stress during the holiday season.

-Written by Tom Troiano of IDTag.com

Potential Pet Adoption Perils to Avoid

Things to consider when adopting a new pet

Adopting a new cat or dog is a big responsibility, and can be a tricky process. Here are some are some key things you should think about to make sure you find the right match and make the adoption process go smoothly for you and your new four-legged friend.

First, research breeds to determine which type of dog best suits your personality and lifestyle. Web sites such as the American Kennel Club (AKC), or your local animal shelter can often offer some personality profiles on various breeds to help in your decision.

Check online for rescue organizations in your area. Web sites like DogTime.com provide links to pet rescues and shelters in your area. Rescue organizations have fees that are often much less than buying from a breeder, but their adoption procedures will most likely be more stringent, often requiring a home visit from a rescue volunteer. After all, rescue dogs have often been abandoned or surrendered, and the rescue personnel want to make sure the dog is being placed in its forever-home.

Also, check your local dog pound or animal control shelter; usually, these are operated by your city or county. Often you can find a real diamond-in-the-rough and the fees are generally low. Your city shelter may have limited resources and need to find homes for dogs quickly so they do not have to euthanize them. Purebred dogs sometimes end up at the pound, but you’ll also find plenty of loveable mixed breeds.

You should definitely consider how much room you have in your home before you bring a dog into it. Take into account how the breed you select might interact with or tolerate your children or another pet in the house. For example, breeds such as heelers are herding dogs by nature and tend to chase creatures smaller than themselves, meaning your kids or cat could end up being corralled around the house or yard. An Irish setter, on the other hand, is a big, friendly dog that likes run, swim and play outdoors, and might be a better choice for children.

Here are some other key questions you should consider before adopting:

  • Why do you want a pet? It’s amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because it’s “the thing to do” or because the kids have been pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Don’t forget that pets may be with you 10, 15, even 20 years.
  • Do you have time for a pet?Dogs, cats, and other pets can’t be ignored just because you’re tired or busy. They need food, water, exercise, care, and love every day of every year. Many animals end up in the shelter because their owners didn’t realize how much time it would take to care for them.
  • Can you afford a pet? The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly.
  • Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a pet can cause? Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren’t yet housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.
  • Can you have a pet where you live? Many rental communities don’t allow pets, and most of the rest have restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.
  • Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt. You family’s experience might be better when your children are mature enough to be responsible. If you’re a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, it may be wise to wait until you settle down.
  • Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Your pet’s size is not the only thing to think about here. For example, some small dogs such as terriers are very active—they require a great deal of exercise to be calm, and they often bark at any noise. On the other hand, some big dogs are laid back and quite content to lie on a couch all day. Before adopting a pet, do some research so you can choose an animal that fits your lifestyle and your living arrangements.
  • Do you know who will care for your pet while you’re away on vacation? You’ll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.
  • Will you be a responsible pet owner?Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets are all part of being a responsible owner. Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.
  • Most importantly, will you care for the pet until death do you part? When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her lifetime.

The fact that you’re thinking of adopting from an animal shelter means you’re on the right track—it’s definitely the responsible, caring thing to do, and you are probably saving a life! For more tips and information on bringing a new pet into your home, visit our pet adoption page at petsbest.com/petadoption.

Having the best identification on your pet is more important than you might think

Tom Troiano – IDTag.com – Dec 07, 2009

Did you know that 1 in every 3 pets become lost at least once in their lifetime? Most of us assume it won’t happen to our pets, but the sad fact is that about 6 to 8 million pets enter shelters each year and only half of them are reunited or adopted.

That’s why IDtag.com offers the best protection we can get for our pets, at a price we can all afford. With IDtag, 90% of all recovered pets are reunited with their owners. Here’s a quick rundown of what a pet tag from IDtag.com, powered by e-alert, offers:

-Instant “Amber Alert” with a full pet profile, to all shelter and rescue groups in a 50-mile radius of the pets last known location.
-Phone number printed on the tag lets people reach a 24/7 call center that fields and directly connects all calls to reunite pets with their owners.
-Free pet and owner profile updates anytime.
-Free replacement ID tags if they are ever lost or damaged.
-Instant Lost Pet Posters generated with a click of a button.

Here is what IDtag customers are saying:

“This is the best investment I ever made. As little as it was…My little dog is very friendly and she just wonders off sometime and people think she is lost and pick her up. Thanks to you guys I Always get her back safe and sound. This is truly the best system I have ever seen. Thank you so much.”
-Susan Samways and Hidi

“We never could have got him back if there was no IDtag. And since Scout likes to run and take off whenever he likes, the service is wonderful for us! I think it’s better than the microchip because people can look at the tag and instantly call and don’t have to find and get to a scanner someplace.”
-Sheila Yauger and Scout

And right now, Pets Best customers can take advantage of a Special Holiday Offer from IDTAG.com. A $10.00 discount all IDTAG.com prices. Choose from 3 plans, including a pet ID tag with 6 months of service, a pet ID tag with 5 years of service or a ID Tag with a lifetime plan. Click here to pick you pet ID Tags today, it will be the last ID Tag you will ever have to buy again. Enter coupon code PETS to get your $10.00 off.

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