Tips on traveling in the car with pets

August 27th, 2017

While it’s mostly fun to have pets, it can be hard for owners to know how to keep their furry animals safe during a road trip.
Jessica Evans, communications and marketing coordinator for the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in Harbor Springs, gave some tips to the News-Review about how to keep pets safe while traveling.
“If you’re going to take your dogs on vacation, try to make them part of the fun,” Evans said. “Try to include them in the activities because it’s not going to be any fun for them if they are stuck in a hotel room or tent.”

Proper identification needed

Evans said it’s important for the animal to have external tags with the owner’s phone number. The pet should also have a microchip, which is put underneath the pet’s skin.
If your pet is microchipped, any pet clinic or humane society can scan the animal and get the owner’s information.
However, people should make sure the microchip information is up to date before leaving on a trip because it’s harder to reunite an animal if the address or phone number is outdated, Evans said.

Acclimate pets with short trips

Some animals are not accustomed to being in a car. So if you’re planning on a long journey, it will make it easier on the owner and pet to start with smaller trips in town before the vacation.


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Orlando – Mennello Museum offers new memberships — for pets

August 27th, 2017

Polly wanna Picasso? Can Mittens see the Monet?
Orlando’s Mennello Museum of American Art is offering memberships for pets — the first museum in the state to do so. The new program kicks off with a “Yappy Hour” on Friday.
No one actually expects those with fur or feathers to appreciate the museum’s artworks, such as its famed collection of Earl Cunningham paintings. In fact, the animals won’t be visiting the museum’s indoor gallery.
“But if we can get their parents interested … ” said Shannon Fitzgerald, executive director of the Loch Haven Park institution north of downtown. “We hope maybe by hanging out and learning what we do here that they’ll come back.”

Museums are always looking for ways to develop new audiences, she said. Attracting pet lovers was an obvious choice.
“Look at our grounds,” exclaimed Fitzgerald. “We are surrounded by a dog-friendly park. I have the privilege of looking out my window, and there they are — playing fetch.”

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10 Big Employers That Let You Bring Your Dog to Work

August 24th, 2017

While Donald Trump has yet to appoint a four-legged friend to walk the halls of the White House (making him the first president since William McKinley not to have a dog), his Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, made history this March when he debuted a program allowing dogs in certain government offices. While this may have been a first for the government, many companies have known for years that letting man’s best friend come to work can boost employee satisfaction and retention rates.
A recent study from Banfield Pet Hospital put numbers behind these policies, noting that about two-thirds of the human resources decision makers polled said that potential job candidates inquire about pet policies during the application process. Pet-friendly companies are more likely to retain talent as well — 82% of employees surveyed said they feel greater loyalty to their company because of pet-friendly policies. Other studies also speak to the popularity – and health benefits – of having dogs at work, even for employees who don’t have a pet of their own. As of 2016, 8% of employers allowed dogs in the office, up from 5% in 2013.
If you can’t bear to say goodbye to Spot each morning on your way to work, check out these 10 companies across the U.S. that will not only let you keep him at your desk but may also help with doggy day care, money for pet adoptions and even pet insurance.

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