Monthly Archives: February 2010

It’s payback time, Vick!

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In Remembrance

On Monday, a good friend of mine lost her dog, Abby, to cancer.  We got to talking about how no one can understand what it’s like to lose a dog, unless they’ve experienced it on their own.  The bond shared is not unlike one between two humans–dogs are our partners, companions and friends.

The US Humane Society offers some advice to the grieving owner on their website; some of which parallels what you would find on human loss.  acknowledging the truth, seeking support through friends or groups and honoring your dog in a memorial service of some kind are all on the list.

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Top 10 MD hiking spots for dogs

According to Doug Gelbert, the author of Doggin’ Maryland, there’s plenty of great places to hike with your dog–especially now that the snow’s starting to melt!

Dogs at Robert E. Lee Park

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The guide comes complete with tips, advice and of course, a list of top 100 places to explore in the Free State with your best pal.

Here’s a list of the Top 10:

  1. Catoctin Mountain Park (Frederick County) offers short walks,challenging hikes & scenic views for you and your dog.
  2. Tuckahoe State Park (Caroline County) provides grass meadows for sandy walks at the Eastern Shore.
  3. Robert E. Lee Park (Baltimore County) is a popular site for all dogs that like to play, swim, sniff around and explore.
  4. Susquehanna State Park (Harford County) has something for everyone; easily-walkable trails and hiker friendly hills.
  5. Harpers Ferry National Historic Park (Jefferson County, WV) is two trips in one: A historic landmark and a hikers dream. Continue reading

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Share the love this Valentine’s Day

Adopt-a-Thon

Photo Courtesy of CampBowWow.com

Calling all dog-lovers: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Why don’t you skip the movie and share some love!

Whether you want to add a member to your family or find a new special friend, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter is teaming up with Camp Bow Wow in Columbia for “Cupids and Canines: A Doggie Adopt-a-Thon Event”.  Games, giveaways, door prizes and more are available for non-adopting participants.

Don’t forget to clean out those basements, garages and closets and bring any doggie-donations you can get your paws on!  The event’s Facebook lists more donation details and sponsor information.

Due to the snow, this event is now scheduled for March 13th–leaving plenty of time to prepare for your new friend!  Visit Camp Bow Wow’s twitter for updates.

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Post-snow survival

Cabin-fever starting to set in? Believe me, your dog is feeling it too.  Cooped up in the house, while the 30 plus inches of snow piles up outside, can make anyone go a little stir-crazy.  If you’re like me and are planning to take your dog out for a nature hike after the Sun shows it face this weekend, make sure to throw some simple post-snow ready-for-anything survival items in your ride.

  1. An old Towel (or two). Melting snow + dirt trails = one muddy pup.  Be ready for your animal to, well…act like an animal.  Bring one for those dirty paws, and one for you or the car.
  2. Water (or more than usual).  Don’t you enjoy a big water-chug after a run?  Your dog’s the same way.  You should always keep a bottle in your car if riding around with your pal but on trips that follow days of pent-up energy, bring extra.
  3. Toys.  If you’re opting for the park instead of a hike, bring some throw toys to keep your dog energized (unless you want to keep up with the running).
  4. Transport Kennel.  Don’t pull a Britney and get caught with your baby in your lap!  Icy conditions make accidents more likely, so think of the kennel as a seatbelt for your dog.  No room for a kennel? Check out a car barrier.

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Shoveling, snowball fight, Snuggie.

Snuggie for Dogs

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GTL.  By now you’ve heard the acronym that has taken the world by storm, thanks to the MTV phenomena “Jersey Shore.”  Well Pauly D, have I got a new one for you.  With love from B-more: SSS.

Record-breaking snow has hit the Free State, leaving residents and their pets shivering to the bone.  So what more is there to do after a long day of shoveling and snowball fights than throwing on your matching Ravens Snuggies, popping in your Homeward Bound DVD and cuddling with your best friend?

What? Don’t tell me your pup is missing out on the blanket-coat with sleeves!  Snuggie for Dogs is now available at your local Petsmart.  How did dogs ever keep warm without it?

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