My wife Colleen and I have two toy Pomeranian’s – Boo and Kadee. Boo was saved by one of our sons, and Kadee we ‘inherited’ when another one of our sons was traveling and playing football in Europe.
Like most pet owners, we treat Boo and Kadee as if they are our children. So, their safety and well-being is a concern whenever we are not at home with them. In fact, Colleen doesn’t want to go on vacations or travel unless we can take ‘the children’ with us.
The main cause of concern we have for their safety is fire. Every year 40,000 pets are killed in house fires! Here are a few simple things you can do to protect your pets in the event of fire at your home when you aren’t there:
• Display pet alert decals prominently in your front and back windows to alert first responders that you have pets inside. You can get pet alert decals at your pet store, fire department, from your security alarm company, or you can buy them online.
• Keeping your yard clean and hedges trimmed will help minimize the possibility of a brush fire near your home.
• Have your heating and AC system inspected every spring and fall. Gas appliances and equipment can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is known as ‘the silent killer ‘ because it is tasteless and odorless. Carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for more than 400 human deaths and 20,000 trips to the emergency room each year.
• Invest in a monitored home security alarm system that will alert you via text or email of a fire or carbon monoxide detection, while simultaneously dispatching the fire department.
• Be sure at least one trusted neighbor has a key to your home. If there is an emergency, they may be able open a door to let firemen in—or your pet out.
Following these simple pet safety tips will give you peace of mind that your pets are safe at home, and that you have security measures in place if there is a fire or emergency at you home while you are gone, you know your pet will be protected.
Pets and pet parents have a unique way of communicating. We like to guess what our four-legged children are saying by their actions and with their body language. Sometimes we’re right while other times we can be way off base. Below are a few tips to help you interpret what your pet may be trying to tell you.
Tail Wagging Doesn’t Always Mean Happiness
Tail-wagging has a number of different meanings, contrary to popular belief it doesn’t always mean happiness for dogs. Dogs feeling nervous and submissive will often show a low and fast wagging tail while a tense dog may exude a wag that is stiff and high. This usually means he is guarding his turf. Perky dogs and wagging rears usually mean they’re ready for play while relaxed ears and calm demeanor with a gentle wag indicates happiness
Dogs do Kiss, Also Known as – a Lick
While most pet-parents understand that licking is the pet equivalent to kissing, non pet-parents may find this offensive or gross. Dogs express their appreciation and affection by licking a humans face or hand. They are connecting and attempting to establish a bond. They also use licking to groom or express affection for other dogs in the same manner
Big Adorable Eyes
Big open puppy dog eyes can mean more than a request for a treat. It can also mean that the dog is fearful and uncomfortable in its current environment. If a dog’s facial expressions are relaxed and calm they are looking for affection and companionship. Submissive pets will avoid other dogs at all costs as they are uncomfortable with confrontation.
Silence is Not Always Golden
Unlike their human counterparts, dogs don’t complain about pain or illness. Dogs will not whine or yelp. They simply withdraw into themselves. It’s important as a pet parent to recognize our pet’s personality to know when they aren’t well. Look for signs of low energy, lethargy, excessive thirst or any other unusual behavior. Having your pet checked out immediately if something seems wrong is the only way to ensure a complete recovery.
Attempting to communicate with our four legged children can be challenging at times but with a little persistence it can be rewarding for you and your little friends.