Is my dog overweight? What should I do?

It was my dog’s groomer that brought it to my attention: my Labradoodle, Murphy, had just gotten a sleek trim for summer when the groomer and I were chatting.

“He sure is a big boy,” she said.

“I know!” I said with pride. One of the largest Labradoodles I’ve seen, he’s just a few inches shorter than I am when he stands on his hind legs.

“Um, big, like sort of round, I mean,” said the groomer.

Uh oh. Was my dog fat? A trip to the scales confirmed that he had gained almost 20 pounds since last fall. How had I let this happen?Read More…

Consider Fostering Pets

For many years now my wife adopts dogs, socializes, trains and then finds just the right home for them.  I call it “Foster Doggies” for the dogs that come and go in our household. While you may think this is chaotic or bordering on hording, I assure you it is not – she simply has an overwhelming drive to save dogs.   


We have our permanent band of dogs that also endure the Foster Dog program With one exception (my tea cup Chihuahua Torrey) our other dogs don’t seem to mind.  My wife usually only brings in one at a time, works with the dog and learns their personality and their quirks.  Being a dog trainer, she also works with them on simple obedience training, gets them vet checked, vaccinated, wormed, teeth cleaned, etc. – all the things they need.  The dogs may stay with us a few weeks or a year until the right home is found.  She has an uncanny way of matching dogs with the right situation and everybody is happy. 


Her specialty is adopting dogs from older people who, through bad health, are forced to give up their dog or move to a nursing home that does not allow dogs.  This situation is so sad when they are forced to give up a beloved companion.  But, she turns it around time after time by adopting the dog, finding a home and even providing follow up information to the former owners on the outcome of their pet. 


Consider becoming a foster dog home and helping great companions find new homes.  To be a foster dog home you should consider the following:

  1. Have the time to devote to the dog.
  2. Have the space for play activity, training and not overcrowd your home.
  3. Have a network of friends to help you find homes; otherwise they become your permanent pet.
  4. Have the financial resources to take of the pet with veterinary care, grooming if necessary and at times for training.
  5. Be selective in finding the “right” home, not just a convenient place, so the home is lasting.

It is truly an uplifting experience to adopt a pet, get it ready for a new home and a wonderful feeling watching the new owner and pet bond. 

Pets Get Ready for Take Off

Pet Airways is Officially Taking Reservations!

Now that spring is here and our thoughts float towards the warm days of summer, it’s time to start to dream about vacations and traveling around this great country. The United States is full of great places visit, but now you no longer have to leave your pet behind. You can take your pet along with Pet Airways.

If you think that you can fly with your pet sitting on the next seat, forget about it. Pet Airways is a pet only airline, no humans allowed, but don’t worry, you can send your best friend in comfort and safety and meet him/her there.

While you struggle with the airport hassle, security checks, $5 bottles of water, juggling the luggage, and the crowds, your best friend can be relaxing at the Pet Lounge, where its comfortable experience begins. Private accommodations (their own pet carrier), great food, water, potty breaks on demand, a wonderful Pet Attendant at its beck and call; maybe even an overnight stay at one of Pet Airways Affiliated Pet Lodges where your pet can network with other pets. Man oh man, it’s a dog’s life! (Did I mention breakfast in bed?)

It doesn’t get any better.

And Pet Airways is starting out in 5 of the largest cities (New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles) so there is no excuse not to find a great place to visit. There are literally thousands of great destinations within hours of every city in this great country.

And get this; Pet Airways is having a great Kick-Off sale on flights with their Anywhere, Anytime Introductory Offer of $149. For a limited time, you can book a ticket for this incredible low price. So put down the leash or rubbing against the scratching post and book your pet’s travel now.

Yep, you heard it right! Only $149 flies your pet in the main cabin with a trained and loving Pet Attendant to care for your loved one. No cargo here! Only First Class for your pet! Do you have cat fever and want to travel this summer? Visit the Pet Airways website at

They’re ready to take your reservation.

Book soon, as the $149 offer will only last for a limited time.

Comfy Confines for the Dog and Cat on the Go

Have a dog or cat? Must travel! Adopt that motto and you will truly rank as your dog or cat’s best friend.

One way to guarantee a fun, safe trip for your pet in a car – and in an airplane – is to ensure that his pet carrier is the right size and offers the right canine amenities.

Run down this quick checklist:

-Comfy blanket to provide warmth and cushioning on his joints
-Travel water bowl or bottle
-Spare identification on your dog and in the carrier
-In addition, be sure to pack some healthy treats, a favorite toy, spare leash and collar, travel bowls, any necessary medications and spare poop bags.

Pet carriers deliver the safest way to transport your dog or cat. Just like you, pets need to be safely restrained inside your vehicle. Select carriers that can be secured in place using the vehicle’s seatbelts to keep your dog or cat inside from shifting on turns or sudden stops. Cute as it may look, dogs hanging their heads out car windows risk eye injuries from speeding debris in the air.

Also, resist the temptation to place the pet carrier in the front passenger seat. You can be distracted from driving by being tempted to pet your dog and take your eyes off the road. Also, the air bags can severely injure your dog in a collision. The safest spot for your dog is inside a pet carrier in the back seat or in the back end of your SUV. When you arrive at your destination – or at pet friendly rest stops – you can dole out attention to your furry travel mate.

Fortunately, we at Pet Airways are happy to unleash some grrr-eat news regarding transporting your devoted dog or cat from Point A to Point B for air travel. When your pet checks in as a pawsenger on one of our flights, there will be a right-sized pet carrier awaiting him to be tucked inside before take off. So, the next time you’re ready to take a trip with your dog, select the airline that is true pet friendly, Pet Airways!

Arden Moore is a pet expert, best-selling author and radio show host who travels all over North America. Visit her website:

Pets: Let’s See Some ID

Keeping tabs on your tabby when you travel and pinpointing where your door-dashing dog may be is getting easier – and in some cases, going a little high-tech.

It goes without saying that all pets – whether they prefer to live a pampered life indoors or are tail-wagging and ready to join you as a travel mate – need to sport collars with identification tags that post the pet’s name and your phone number. Yes, even though your cat may vow to never step a paw outside, he could suddenly find himself in the outside world due to a loose window screen or a door inadvertently left open by say, the handyman. Some dogs with high-prey or hunting drives may slip off their collars on a walk in pursuit of a squirrel or the ice cream truck.

An ID tag should include your cell phone number so you can be reached quickly should you and your pet be separated when you are away from home during pet-friendly travel and stays at hotels.

Double up on the safety side by also booking an appointment with your veterinarian to inject a microchip into your pet in the shoulder region. This chip, about the size of a grain of rice, offers lifetime identification and contains vital info that can be read at animal shelters and veterinary clinics simply by waving a hand-held scanner around the shoulder area.

Don’t worry, this procedure is quick, virtually pain free and may not require your pet being place under anesthesia. The vet cost, depending on your locale, can range between $30 and $50. Some clinics offer special discount days, so be sure to ask to save a little money. In addition, the specific microchip company charges a nominal activation fee (under $20). Some companies donate some of that fee to animal rescue and recovery efforts.

You must enroll with the microchip company in order to activate the chip’s info. Sadly, nearly 40 percent of people forget to do this and all a shelter or vet clinic can detect is the presence of a microchip. So, please fill out the enrollment form the day your pet is microchipped.

Help for Houdini hounds has also gone high-tech. Just like you have GPS navigational systems in your car (to avoid making wrong turns or finding the closest sushi bar), there are bite-sized GPS systems for dogs that fit onto collars. If your dog leaps over the back fence or gets away from you on a trip, you can quickly locate him in real time using your laptop computer or cell phone.

No matter how cautious you may be, more than 5 million pets get lost or stolen each year. Currently, only 1 in 10 returns to their homes. Equipping your pet with these forms of ID can go a long way in improving the odds that you and your pet will be happily reunited. Don’t forget to include identification stickers on the pet carrier when you plan to travel with your dog or cat.

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