Tag: Dogs

The Yellow Dog Project

We here at Pet Nanny Main Line are really liking the concept behind The Yellow Dog Project, which is a hands-on, volunteer effort for communities to “raise awareness about dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated. A Yellow Dog is any breed, any age, purebreed and mutt.”

To join Yellow Dog in their efforts, join their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TheYellowDogProject, along with filling out the volunteer and waiver application form located on Yellow Dog Project’s website, printing it out and mailing the form in. This incredible project has reached 47 countries and counting!

For more information and more tools to use to spread the word online, visit the official website at http://www.theyellowdogproject.com

Tips for Pet Groomers and their Services

With National Pet Week being a central focus this past week, there are some time-saving tips and suggestions for pet groomers to promote their services and expertise. With the average American spending over $53 billion dollars for food, veterinary care, kennels, and more, animals are a costly, yet loved, commodity. As referenced in a recent press release that owners “will show appreciation for their pets with a visit to a pet groomer.”

With increase in business for pet grooming, the following are some helpful tips for professional groomers to keep current and attract additional clientele. Many of these tips are essential basics for any business to maintain longevity and success:

  • E-mail Newsletter– This is an ideal way to attract potential current customers with promotions, discounts and additional offers.
  • Social Media– It seems every business site now has a fan page, whether you want to promote your business, keep your customers updated with current hours, early closings, and exclusive specials for those who are connected with you on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.
  • Web Site– Of course, a website is necessary to promote your business, as not everyone is on social media, and wants to be able to have the option to connect with you outside of Facebook and Twitter.
  • Customer Referral– Word-of-mouth has a huge effect on business sales and increasing customer loyalty, so offering incentive to current customers who refer their friends, family and/or colleagues, is an added bonus.




Did You Know: Interesting and Unique Pet Facts

With a recent post that we read referencing “cool and fun” pet facts, we thought it would be a great idea to share with our readers also, as you all may not be familiar with these facts.

  • Fact #1- A dog’s normal temperature is between 100 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fact #2- Just as we do, pet’s suffer from wear and tear on their joints as they age.

Have any other fun facts about pets that you’d like to share with us? We want to hear from you!

Source: http://www.reneethepetnanny.com/Pet-Fun-Facts-and-Tips.html

Volunteer with the No More Homeless Pets National Conference

Since this week is national volunteer week and this amazing animal rescue and charity organization are needing volunteers, we wanted to post about the annual No More Homeless Pets National Conference. They are needing volunteers from all over. The conference began in 2001, and has continued a successful run since then. This year the conference will take place between October 10-13 in Jacksonville, Florida. As listed by the conference’s website, these are reasons why volunteers should get involved:

  • Rescue group staff and board members
  • Private and public shelter and animal welfare staff
  • Veterinarians, vet techs and clinic managers
  • Spay/neuter and TNR staff and other animal advocates
  • Volunteers
  • Animal lovers who want to get involved.

Volunteers can also participate varied sessions and workshops of their choice, as well as learn from nationally trained leaders, and connect with fellow animal lovers and enthusiasts. Below are a few ways to volunteer:

  • Volunteers are needed for setup (on Wednesday, October 9, before the conference begins), throughout the conference and for tear-down after the conference ends on Sunday, October 13. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, so you’re encouraged to work in positions that interest you.
  •  All conference volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and able to commit to working at least one full shift lasting four to four-and-a-half hours. Non-local volunteers are asked to commit to a full day (generally two shifts). Volunteers who work more than one shift a day will have ample break time.
  • Snack foods and lunches will be provided, but all other meals, transportation and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the volunteer. Volunteers can book their hotel rooms at the discounted conference rate as long as the hotel has availability.
  • You do not have to register for the conference to attend a session or partial session on the days you are volunteering. For example, if you are working a noon to 4 pm shift on Friday, you could sit in on a session before your shift starts, or catch one after your shift ends on that day. But if you’d like to attend sessions on days when you are not volunteering, you’ll need to register for the conference.

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Happy National Pet Day 2013

Today, April 11th, is recognized nationally as Happy National Pet Day! While this is a celebration of our beloved pets, being it furry or feline, reptilian, etc., us pet lovers hold a special place in our hearts for our pet family members. Hence, this is another day to spoil our pets rotten! On the other hand, this day is a solid reminder that we need to encourage our pets with the best care, toys and treats. National Pet Day is also a friendly reminder to adopt your pet from your local animal shelter, not buy them from a pet store or breeder.

This day was founded by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, who has also founded National Dog Day, along with National Cat Day. This day is also to shed light on the harsh fact that over 16,000 pets die in U.S. shelters every day (heartbreaking!), which translates to more than 667 sweet pets breathing their final breath.

These precious animals need us and need our voice. Please head on over to www.petdayusa.com for more ways to become involved and how can donate time and money.

Also, share your pet pictures with us to show your appreciation for pet day, and they’ll be featured on either Pet Nanny Main Line or our sister site, Pet Watchman.

What are you doing to help out on National Pet Day?

Source: http://www.cuinsight.com/press-release/celebrate-national-pet-day-2013-while-saving-money-at-the-same-time.html


Tired of Excessive Barking? Try our Friday Tip

There are many tips for pooches that excessively bark, as there are several reasons why they do bark; i.e., barking at visitors, territorial barking, attention-seeking barking, and many more.

I know several people with dogs who bark incessantly when people come over, and they have a hard time to alleviate, control or stop it. Our Friday tip comes courtesy of ASPCA, and suggests that when your dog excessively barks, try ‘Go To Your Spot’ training, which teaches your dog a behavior to learn for when guests come over. You will have to reward he or she with a treat, and practice their spot several times, as well as well as finding new ‘go to’ spots to remind he or she that they WILL NOT bark when friends and family visit.

For more extensive and step-by-step training information, visit the website below:


Exclusive News: Adopt A Pet In 2012? Foster Pet Deductions May Be Allowed

In recent news, the federal courts are determining if adopting a pet in 2012 is eligible for a tax deduction. Mostly courts throw out such issues, but a court judge just might change their attitude. The reason for the re-consideration? A woman has sued the Commissioner of the IRS for “unreimbursed volunteer expenses while caring for foster cats in her private residence.”The expenses include “payments for veterinary services, pet supplies, cleaning supplies and household.” The suing occurred because of the IRS charging her over $12,000 referencing charitable contribution that was made on her taxes, in which she fought back and she won most of the money in her case. The only compensation she wasn’t reimbursed for were expenses that weren’t linked to pet care in any way.

Because of this determination by the IRS, they will “recognize expenses relating to fostering dogs and cats for approved charities.” An approved charity is one that is not-for-profit, consistent of a 501(c)(3) appointed charity, therefore pet supplies, vet bills, among a few others, will be deductible. Some household utilities could be included, if it is deemed that they are directly associated for and with the fostered pet. Not only are fostered pets with approved charitable organizations considered deductible, but other varied organizations centered around charitable work are also included. It is duly noted that expenses totaling more than $250 must include a letter from the foster organization confirming the volunteer’s status.

Source: Jennifer Viegas- http://news.discovery.com/animals/tax-filers-you-can-claim-foster-pet-expenses-130107.html

‘Did You Know’ News: Doggie DNA To Identify Pet Owners


Do you ever see pet owners who let their pets litter (i.e., pee or poop) where they’re not supposed to. When you see this, you’d wish that they’d abide by rules and regulations? Well, if you live in North Texas, you just might get your wish. North Texas apartment complexes are having an influx of pet owners who are letting their pets ‘do their business’ on the complex’s property, and the complex is now collecting the ‘stuff’ to identify those pet owners who aren’t cleaning up after their pet. 

The pet’s DNA will also be kept on file to determine if certain owners will need further reprimanding. Although this new tactic has been developed in North Texas, it is predicted that more local apartment complexes will also begin the process. At this apartment complex, it is mandatory that all owners swab their pet’s DNA, and there will be a grace period of a month to have their pet “swabbed at no cost.”

What do you think of this new tactic? Do you agree that pet owners should have their pet’s swabbed for their DNA, or do you think it’s going just a ‘bit too far’?

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57565512-504083/the-latest-poop-dog-dna-collected-to-identify-pet-owners-who-dont-clean-up/

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