Dog College Sports Apparel
DealWagger.com is sponsoring a March Madness Contest along with their affiliate PetSportsGear.com. If you love your college and want your dog represent your alma mater or favorite team during the NCAA Tournament, enter this contest to win $25 of Officially Licensed NCAA Pet Sports Gear!
1. Go to Twitter.com/PetSportsGear and Follow @PetSportsGear
2. Tweet @PetSportsGear the answer to this question: “What team are you rooting for in the 2013 NCAA Tournament?”
A winner will be chosen at random and will be credited $25 toward PetSportsGear.com. Contest ends March 22, 2013.
The Dreaded Recovery Cone
Anyone who has a dog or cat that has had an injury and/or surgery knows about the dreaded Elizabethan recovery cone. It is uncomfortable, unsightly, and its safe to say that pets suffer with it around their necks all day and night.
Elizabethan Cone Alternative
Not too long ago, my cat Micky was attacked by an unknown assailant outside and he ended up with a gash and 9 stitches near his shoulder, along with a plastic cone that seemed to cause him more discomfort than his injury itself (pictured below). I really wished there was some sort of alternative to that horrific recovery cone that the veterinarian’s office provided and charged us for. Although it was too late for Micky, I did find that alternative recovery cone I had been seeking– and its called the BooBooLoon. Its pretty simple: your pet has a “boo-boo” and the recovery cone is inflated, created a “balloon” of sorts. BooBooLoon.
About the BooBooLoon
The BooBooLoon inflatable collar forms a soft cushion around your pet’s neck. It protects their wounds and at the same time, provides comfort and allows your pet to eat, drink, sleep and move normally. Just at a time when your pet isn’t feeling too great, the BooBooLoon inflatable collar is a comfort and a pleasure instead of those hard, rigid cones and collars of the past.
The creators of the cone came up with the idea after their Boxer
Some pet parents overlook the fact that their pets can grow quickly– meaning their collars can become too tight unknowingly. That last thing we want to cause is discomfort or pain to our beloved pets. So what is too tight? Follow our easy tips here:
1. MOVE THE COLLAR AROUND: The collar should be loose enough to move it around your pet’s neck WITHOUT you needing to force it to move. Hold it by the loop where the leash goes. Cat collars may not have that loop so manually move the collar around. If the collar moves too easily, it could also be too loose! That’s dangerous as well since it can get caught onto something and choke your pet. The goal is a happy medium of movement with slight resistance.
2. TWO-FINGER TEST: Place two fingers under your pet’s collar. You should be able to tell if they have enough space to breathe comfortably. If your two fingers fit fine, your pet is comfortable. You may use three fingers as a secondary test for this step. If 3 fingers fit snug, that is a good sign.
3. LIFT THE COLLAR: Lift the collar up toward your pets ears as if you were removing a necklace from a human’s neck. Now, take your dog’s collar and gently lift it like you were going to take it off like a necklace. The goal here is that the collar should fit snug right at your pet’s ears. If it slides over his ears, its too loose. If you can’t lift it to their ears without choking them, its too tight! Adjust the pin until you find a notch that is comfortable.
For the record, a collar that is too loose is better than a collar that is too tight! Either way, follow the 3 easy steps above and make sure your pet is ultimately comfortable.
Social Media Saves Lives
Many people use social media for multiple reasons: to kill time, to contact friends, to stalk people, to promote business, etc. Then there are much holier users who use social media as a way to help fund causes they really care about such as animal rescue. When animals are in need, especially those in dire circumstances, there is a community of anonymous animal lovers out there willing to chip-in to save them. The following is a story about a dog who has been saved by social media.
Buck Needs Bucks for his Buckshot Injuries
Buck is a 3 year old mixed breed dog who was just recently found tied inside a garbage bag to a t-post of a fence after being shot in the head and face with a pellet gun. Buck was left to die. However, thanks to Facebook, a campaign was launched just last week to help pay for Buck’s $5k of veterinary bills.
From January 5-8th, 2013, Buck’s Facebook Page got 7k Likes. Today, January 9, Buck has nearly 30k Likes, as news coverage hit the Yahoo newswires. Now, buck has more than enough donations to meet his medical needs, so his rescuer and the organizer of this campaign named Augustyn has opened a bank account for Buck where “all donations will fund his recovery and necessities”.
Buck’s Current Condition
Buck’s current condition is that he is stable according to Dr. Ron Hendrick of Animal Emergency Clinic of Conroe, Texas. However, Buck still may have pellets embedded in his eyes, which may leave him blind. Staying optimistic, we should focus on the fact that Buck is alive and has a second chance at a great life.
This goes to show you that Social Media can be used for more than just foolishness, to argue about politics, or to just kill time. If there is a cause that you are passionate about and you reach out, you may be surprised at your results.