Posts Tagged ‘dog’

Book Review: Willing Dogs & Reluctant Masters

Friday, October 19th, 2012

With the help of Kestra (above) and Aktis, Gary Borjesson explores what it means to be friends—real friends—with a dog, and how that relationship can illumi­nate and inform the other friendships in our lives.

“We can learn much about friendship by examining our relationships with dogs, partly because of what we have in common with them, partly because of what we do not. Our differences put friendship and its terms in strik­ing re­lief. The resulting perspective is especially valu­able given how easy it is for dogs, friendship, and other familiar as­pects of our experience to escape our no­tice.” — from the Preface

“Willing Dogs & Reluctant Masters” will delight dog own­ers as they recognize themselves and their dogs in Gary Borjesson’s account of human-canine relations. It will en­courage all readers to wonder anew about how friend­ships enrich our lives.

Top 200 Places: Dog Beach of Fort Myers Beach

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Dog Beach
Estero Blvd/H 865
Fort Myers Beach,
Florida 33931

Located just north of the New Pass Bridge, this barrier island beach offers a perfect off-leash area for beach-lov’in pups.This beach is actually in Bonita Beach on the city line with Fort Myers Beach. Dogs are allowed in designated areas only, and they must be licensed, immunized, and non-aggressive to people, other pets, or wildlife. Dogs may not be left unattended at any time, and they must be under their owner’s control at all times; clean-up stations are provided. Two healthy dogs are allowed per person over 15 years old. Dogs on Fort Myers Beach must be leashed at all times.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

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Bringing Your New Puppy Home

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Whether you’re a new pet owner or a seasoned veteran, the below tips by Heidi Ganahl, the founder and CEO of Camp Bow Wow and Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow can offer insight into preparations for bringing a puppy into your family. It is important to recognize that a puppy is a living animal and not a toy. Remember that owning a new pet is like caring for a newborn baby – it will take a lot of time and dedication.

· Prep for the Pup: Begin preparing to for the new addition to your household weeks in advance. Allocate a space in your house for your puppy as well as an area outside where he can play. Consider purchasing the necessary items like a security gate, to keep your puppy away from dangerous areas like stairs. Also, remember to purchase essential products like a dog bed, crate, water and food bowls, a collar, leash, appropriate chew toys, and puppy food.

· A Strong Introduction: When a puppy leaves his mother or littermates, he can experience great anxiety. Alleviate this by giving the puppy as much attention as possible during this first week home. For the first three to four days, make sure that there will be someone at home to take care of the puppy. If you have a hectic work schedule, hire a Home Buddies professional to help take care of Fido during this important time. Home Buddies offers dog walking, pet sitting, in-home boarding and pooper scooper services.

· Get the Pet to the Vet: During his first week home, take your puppy to the veterinarian for his initial puppy examination. It is essential to make sure your puppy is healthy and is free of medical or congenital disorders. Remember to ask the shelter or breeder if the puppy has received his initial vaccinations.

· Hungry Puppy: Ask the shelter or breeder what your puppy has been eating. Feed your puppy that same brand and type of food for several days. Afterwards, you can slowly begin to transition your pup’s food. Most breeders begin to feed commercial brand food when the puppy is 21-days-old.

· Puppy Crying at Night: Puppies have small bladders and will cry at night if they need to use the restroom. Most puppies will have to go to the bathroom twice during the evening, so keep newspaper handy to avoid any messy situations.

· Be Consistent and Have Patience: When training your pup, make sure dog rules are followed by the entire household. If your puppy does something disagreeable, scold him with a disapproving tone. Be patient with your new family member and remember to show your puppy affection. If your puppy is having behavior issues, consider hiring a Certified Bow Wow Behavior Buddies trainer to design a specialized program for your dog.