A new dog collar that could save your poodle’s life

Inventions are always coming out and many of them are true innovations.  Here’s one that may help to save your poodle’s life.  There is a device that is still in the prototype phase, and it is a new dog collar that can warn you that the temperature is too high for your pup to deal with.  A dog collar that could save your poodle’s life by sending you a text when the heat gets too much for the pooch to handle.


The new dog collar could save this poodle's life

We hope that by now, everyone reading this that has a poodle (or any other breed dog) knows better than to leave a dog in a car during the warm weather months.  Still, we keep hearing horrible stories of dogs that were left in hot cars and suffered an awful death.
Aaron Starkman, who is a part of the ad agency called Rethink, wanted to do something about this problem.  He decided to join forces with a few inventive people and come up with a new type of high-tech dog collar that would alert the owner via a text message, when the temperature got too high for the dog to deal with.
The Toronto Star had the following to say about this story.

After being horrified at this summer’s news of dogs dying of heat exhaustion when left in cars, Starkman and a team at his ad agency, Rethink, invented a dog collar that texts your cellphone when the temperature is too hot for a pooch to handle.
Made of a SIM card, a thermistor, a few LEDs and a coded chip, the “Dog Caller” operates like a cellphone without a keypad or screen.
Whether a power outage leaves Fido trapped in a sweltering apartment or an owner leaves their pup in a stuffy car, the collar monitors temperature and alerts owners when it passes a 26-degrees-Celsius tipping point — before it’s too late for their pets.

Read the original story here

Naturally, this invention does not mean that it is alright to leave your pup in the hot car, just because there is a new collar that will alert you when it gets too hot.  But Mr Starkman did say “if the collar does end up saving a dog in a car, we’ll obviously be thrilled in that result.”  We certainly agree with that.
The collar is supposed to be sold for around $20, which is an affordable price.  This is great news for poodle and dog owners alike, which we think is just terrific.  Anytime someone or some company comes out with a new device that will help save a dog’s life, it is great news!


A search is on for the person who threw a poodle-mix from a moving car

In Delaware County, PA, a search is on for the person who threw a poodle-mix from a moving car.  It is truly a miracle that the dog not only survived, but is not suffering any serious injuries.


The dog that was thrown was no bigger than Lucy, pictured here

The little Westie-Poodle mix dog is not in the care of the Delaware County SPCA, where he is recovering from his injuries from being thrown from a moving vehicle.

A search is on for the person who threw a poodle-mix from a moving car

Thanks to a witness and good samaritan, Mary Alice Pleninger, the dog who is nicknamed “Raggedy Ann” is doing okay.  Mary was on her way to work at Harrah’s in Chester and she saw the incident.  The poodle mix dog was thrown from a window from a moving car, described as a 4 door gray Honda or Hyundai sedan.

The female puppy, identified by Delco SPCA officials as a Westie-Poodle mix not more than 4 months old, was still wearing a collar and leash when she was tossed from a car heading north on Highland Avenue in the City of Chester. The car was going at least 35 miles per hour, a witness said.

See the rest of the story here

As a search is on for the person who threw a poodle-mix from a moving car, I only hope they catch those responsible for this awful act of animal abuse and cruelty and punish them severely.  I wish I didn’t have to report these kinds of news stories but it’s important that people know that this sort of thing is still going on and it needs to stop!




Make it a safe and happy 4th of July for you and your poodle

Tomorrow marks yet, another Independence Day celebration and holiday, and we want to make sure that you make it a safe and happy 4th of July for you and your poodle.  Dogs and fireworks don’t mix well, and we just want to remind people that if you are going to a 4th of July celebration that includes fireworks or firecrackers popping all around you, it is best to leave your poodle and other dogs at home.

Dogs do not understand anything about the 4th of July or that fireworks are just a lot of noise and are harmless to those of us that are there to watch the show in the sky at night.  All they know is that there are extremely loud and frightening noises that sound pretty much like bombs going off.  Dogs get frightened and often traumatized by these loud bangs and sounds.

miniature poodle

Lucy, our poodle does not like fireworks at all!

If you are somewhere that has fireworks or are on a walk and they begin to go off in your neighborhood, there is little you can do about it, other than to try to get the dog home as quickly as possible.  My wife was a few houses down the street from our home visiting a neighbor, when some locals began setting off firecrackers.  The noises scared our miniature poodle so badly she was shaking.  My wife just tried to calm her down by speaking to her in a soothing tone of voice and carried her back home.

According to the Humane Society, this time of year is when they see more stray dogs than at any other time, because so many dogs get scared and run off during these kinds of fireworks displays.  Here is some of the advice they have to offer from their website on tips for dog owners around the 4th of July holiday.

* Exercise utmost caution when taking a dog into new environments.

* Make sure all pets always are wearing well-fitted collars and securely fastened ID tags. Microchips and tattoos are great ID techniques, too. Even a back-firing car or shot in the woods can be enough to incite a dog to run off, so avoid taking any chances.

* Don’t take pets to events with fireworks.

* If fireworks are being set off nearby, or if you’re having guests over for a holiday celebration, find a quiet, secure place to keep your pets. Darkening the room can help. Crating is also a good idea — place the crate in the quietest part of the home. Make sure you put safe chew toys in the crate to occupy and distract the pet during the event. You can close the curtains and turn up the radio, CD player or TV to drown out noise.

* Do not leave pets outside, even in a fenced yard, anytime when fireworks might be set off in the distance.

* Rather than cuddle a frightened dog, try to distract the dog from the disturbing noises with physical activity such as playing ball.

* Remember that scolding or coddling a scared dog will not help. Scolding will scare and confuse the animal, and coddling serves to reinforce fearful behaviors. Instead, assume your pack leader role and act confident and unbothered by the noise and activity outside. You can give your pet a gentle massage, or use Tellington Touch techniques (see the T-Touch Dog Tip on the PAW website) or even just place your hand calmly on the pet’s head.

* If the sounds and lights of fireworks frighten your dog, here’s an innovative technique from the most recent issue of “Unleashed! The Pet Care Forum’s Newsletter for Dog Lovers” (www.vin.com/PetCare/Dogs.htm). Make an “anxiety wrap” using an adult or children’s T-shirt. Put the dog’s front legs through the arm holes, then knot the hem over the dog’s back. This technique is related to the massage and Tellington Touch therapy approaches. Wrapping fabric around an animal can give the pet a feeling of greater security.

* Vets can prescribe tranquilizers for frightened dogs. Also, some people find that non-prescription remedies such as Rescue Remedy or Serene-um calm their dogs.

* If you’re going out of town for the holidays, entrust the care and feeding of pets to an adult friend or a boarding kennel you know very well.

See the original article here

Above all to make it a safe and happy 4th of July for you and your poodle, please avoid taking your dog anywhere where they could be exposed to these kinds of fireworks celebrations and you will avoid most, if not, all of the problems.

Please share this post with other pet owners for their pet’s safety and well-being during the coming 4th holiday.



Don’t leave a poodle in a hot car

Summer is in full swing in the US and here in New Jersey, it’s sweltering, with temperatures hitting the upper 80s and in the 90s as well.  Do I even need to suggest to those of you poodle and dog owners, that you don’t leave a poodle in a hot car, or do I?

poodle in a car

This dog might be crying for help in a hot car


Don’t leave a poodle in a hot car

Some of you would be surprised at how often and how many people actually do.  I can hear the excuses now.  People will say things like, “but I was only going in the store for 3 minutes to get milk” or “I left my poodle a bowl of water and cracked open the windows.”  Those excuses are pretty pathetic, when you consider the consequences of even a 3 minute wait in a hot car.

Maybe some of you are not quite sure how quickly a car heats up or how much hotter it is inside the car than outside.  A dog does not have the same ability to keep itself cool like we do.  They cannot tolerate the heat as well or for as long a time.  Watch the video below and you will begin to understand that you will cook your dog if you do plan to leave it in the car even for a few minutes.  Note that the temperature referred to in the video of 38 degrees Centigrade is actually around 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  Now watch this video!


If you are going to be traveling with your poodle, make sure you have someone with you who can take the dog out of the car when you make stops.  Otherwise, keep your poodle tied up in the shade and limit your trip inside stores to just a very short time, which should not exceed 5 minutes.  The best thing is not to take your dog with you if the temperature is hitting the upper 80s or 90s Fahrenheit.  It is just not safe.  Above all, don’t leave a poodle in a hot car ever, even for a minute!

A very recent story about a woman who found a dog in a car in New Mexico, had called 911, along with the animal services department, but would not wait for them to show up.  She broke the glass and rescued the dog, who most likely would have died in the heat inside that car.  According to the examiner.com, the woman saved the dog’s life and was actually praised by the dog’s owner for doing what she did.

Susanne Jones called 911, and then the city’s animal services department after seeing the dog lay down on the car floor, apparently too overheated to bark at the barely cracked window anymore.

But Jones did not stop at the phone calls.

After forty minutes of waiting for help to arrive, she used a tool to break out the car’s rear window to allow the dog to get life-saving fresh air.

Original story found here

The woman was a hero for saving the pup’s life, as it surely would have soon died in that oppressive heat.  I would have probably done the same thing, if I ran across a dog in a hot car like that.

What would you do if you saw a car with a dog inside in the heat of the summer?

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Poodle Safety Tips For Hot Days

The weather is in the upper 90s in New Jersey here, and I wanted to be sure to alert our readers to some Poodle Safety Tips For Hot Days. Dogs can suffer heatstroke just like humans can, so we have to remember our poodle’s limits may be different than that of our own for heat tolerance.

Poodle Safety Tips For Hot Days

As hot as it is, dogs still need to be walked, to go outside for brief times to eliminate and so forth. Just be careful to keep a close eye on your pooch and monitor it’s behavior and it’s breathing. Watch for signs of heat stroke which can be things like dizziness, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, excessive thirst, profuse salivation and in the worst case, unconsciousness. If you see any of these signs in your dog, get your dog into the shade or indoors quickly and apply some cool wet towels to the dogs head and body and get help immediately. Take the dog to your vet if you think it has suffered heatstroke.

poodle in the sun

Remember to give your poodle water to drink before and after a walk in the heat

Here are some Poodle Safety Tips For Hot Days from the Humane Society.

Never leave your pets in a parked car. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die. If you see an animal in distress in a parked car, contact the nearest animal shelter or police.

Shade and water are a must. Anytime your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun (a doghouse does not provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water. Heatstroke can be fatal for pets as well as people.

Limit exercise on hot days. Take care when exercising your pet.  Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets who, because of their short noses, typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.

Read more from the original source found here

As far as Poodle Safety Tips For Hot Days are concerned, please take some water with you, even on a short walk. If you can carry a little portable water dish for your poodle, that would be a good idea. Remember to never ever leave your dog in the car even for a minute or two. In extreme heat like we have the last couple of days in New Jersey, all it takes is a minute for a dog to get heatstroke in this weather. Stay safe and please LIKE this post and pass it on to others who have dogs.



Poodle Safety Tips For A Barbecue

Memorial day is one of the many days we look forward to gathering around the barbecue for a cookout with friends and family. But there are many potential dangers to our pets and our poodles. Here are some Poodle Safety Tips For A Barbecue. Backyard barbecues and cookouts are a lot of fun but we need to remember to follow some precautions if we want to keep our poodle safe from the hazards of such gatherings.

poodle outside

Please don't feed your poodle any barbecue!

Poodle Safety Tips For A Barbecue

We found some good advice in a post on Petside.com about making sure your pets and pooches are safe during the holiday festivities. Here is some of what they had to say.

1. Don’t let your pets taste any of the food.

Dr. Louis Murray, Director of Medicine and Interim Director of the ASPCA Bergh memorial Animal Hospital in New York City, explains, “Pets are very sensitive to changes in their diets.” To make things worse, pancreatitis, a serious and potentially fatal inflammation of the pancreas, is often caused when pets eat “greasy, spicy, fatty foods–exactly what people eat at barbecues,” says Dr. Murray.

“Remember,” she says, “even if you are conscientious about not giving your pet barbecue food, you can’t control your guests, especially children. It’s almost impossible to resist when a dog begs, especially if it’s not your dog.” So, even though it seems like a bummer, your pet is better off in a bedroom, with an air conditioner, some cold water, and the door closed, safe and sound, away from all that food and temptation.

2. Keep pets away from the garbage.

Barbecues on Memorial Day and other holidays often lead to trash bags full of bones and other unsafe items that are extremely attractive to pets, says Dr. Murray.

5 More Memorial Day Safety Tips

If your dog chews on real bones, especially cooked bones, which break more easily–bones and bone fragments may become lodged in his palate, esophagus, stomach, or intestines, causing pain and frequently requiring surgery. Bones can even pierce pets’ digestive tracts and cause a serious abdominal infection called peritonitis.

The rest of the safety tips are on the original post, but one is worth mentioning here. One of the most important Poodle Safety Tips For A Barbecue is concerning the use of fireworks and taking your poodle or dog to a fireworks display. My wife and I were dating at the time and she had a dog, which we mistakenly took to a fireworks show on the 4th of July. We did not know much about dogs and fireworks back then, and it really freaked out our dog. Even though your poodle or dog may not be easily frightened by loud noises, it can cause a dog to become unpredictable and behave aggressive or possibly run away or worse. Also keep your pet far away from any fireworks you are going to use at home. They can be attracted to the sparkle of the fireworks and possibly get burned, or worse.