Have you found yourself stressing over what to do with your dog when planning a vacation? Hate the idea of a kennel? Why not plan a vacation your dog can go on too! For a lot of people, pets have taken the place of children, or are considered a member of the family. So when it comes to planning a family vacation, leaving your pet behind just doesn’t sit well.
More people are planning vacations that their pets can go on, and the tourism industry is obliging. Hotels, which were once non-pet friendly, are encouraging travelers to bring their pets, and even restaurants are becoming less standoffish towards our furry friends.
Here is a list of ‘Pet-tastic’ vacation ideas just in time for summer!
With tons of State parks across the country and countless hiking trails. Going on a hiking vacation is a great adventure for you and your pet. The mountains can be a pet’s dreams come true, with new discoveries around every corner. And one of the best parts about hiking; it’s free! Just be sure to take safety precautions when it comes to wildlife.
With summer finally here, it’s the perfect time to take your whole family camping. Many campgrounds and parks are pet-friendly. Whether you choose to pitch a tent or bring an RV, camping is sure to be a memorable vacation! Just be sure to find out if there are any restrictions first.
Drive across the country and hit up summers’ pet friendly events! With summer fast approaching, there will be outdoor fairs, carnivals, concerts and more that your dog can go to. Driving across the country with your windows down and the tunes up will be a trip you and your pet won’t soon forget!
Do you enjoy a great glass of wine? Why not spend your vacation touring vineyards. A lot of vineyards are dog friendly, especially in the Sonoma Valley in California. Even some of the restaurants in the town of Sonoma offer dog menus and patio seating where your dog can join you for a nice meal.
On the Water
Be it a lake, ocean or river, chances are your dog loves splashing around. Renting a cottage or staying near the water can mean tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy. By renting a cottage, you can leave a lot of the stresses of traveling with your pet at home.
Some hotels are not only accepting dogs, they are catering to them! Big cities are some of the most pet friendly places now. Outdoor cafes and restaurants, dog parks, and walking tours the cities can be great family vacation destinations.
Fun In The Sun
Rent a convertible and take a drive down to the Florida Keys where there are tons of pet-friendly beaches. In Key West your dog can splash through the waves at the huge dog beach, and can even go kayaking with you. Or take your pet with you on a private boat tour to discover wild dolphins.
If you are planning a summer vacation be sure to check out pet friendly guides. AAA prints guides specifically for people travelling with pets. Remember that while many places are becoming pet friendly; don’t expect all doors to be open. And don’t forget to stock up on Beefeaters treats to ensure a smooth trip and happy pup!]]>
Based on Eric Knight’s novel from 1940, Lassie first appeared on the big screen in the 1943 classic Lassie Come Home. The main character, Lassie is a female border collie played by a dog named Pal, who starred in six other MGM feature films through to 1951.
The story of Lassie became an Emmy winning television series debuting in 1954 and winning the hearts of viewers for the next 19 years. During the filming of the Lassie television series, Lassie was played by a succession of Pal’s descendants. In fact, there have been 8 generations of Pall descendants to play Lassie, and to this day descendants of the original star Pal still play the character.
Pal’s beloved owner and trainer, Rudd Weatherwax, acquired the Lassie name and trademark when Pal took on the role, and took "Lassie" on the road to appear at rodeos, fairs, and other events across America in the 1950’s. Rudd was the owner and handler of Pal’s descendents until the early 1990’s when his son took over. At one point during the filming of the1997 Lassie series, a non descendent of Pal was cast. Upon hearing the news, fans of Lassie became outraged and MGM re-cast another ninth generation descendent of Pal. In 2000 Classic Media acquired the Lassie name and Weatherwax retired in 2004. Following the end of Weatherwax’s contract, non-Pal bloodline dogs were used in the 2005 film, however, shortly thereafter Carol Riggins a longtime employee of Weatherwax, supplied 9th and 10th generations to play Lassie, once again pleasing loyal fans!
Surprisingly, while Lassie is a female character, all of the dogs to play her have been male. This is because male border collies retain a thicker summer coat, which looks better on film and males are typically larger, therefore child actors appeared smaller in contrast.
Lassie has taken children and adults alike on adventures through books, televison, radio, film, and events for 70 years. From black and white to colour, Lassie captured our attention and became one of the longest running series on television. While Lucile Ball may be credited as the first television star to make us laugh, Lassie was one of the first to melt our hearts.
Photo credit: MGM Pictures]]>
It’s not just rainbows and butterflies when it comes to spring, it’s also the time of year when the bugs come out full force. Mosquitoes, spiders, ants, bees, and wasps are all a common threat to you and your dog’s sanity when it comes to the itchy situation they bestow upon us. While some stings or bites can have no impact on your dogs health, some can result in your dog itching for days, or even cause threatening allergic reactions. One too many bites can leave your dog vomiting, cause difficulty breathing and even cause death in extreme cases.
Often your pet will present swelling and redness surrounding the site of a bite or sting, with the most common place for bites being where your pet is hairless or the hair is thinner, including the neck, nose, ears, face, and paws.
Your pet’s curiosity is often a cause of getting stung. Chances are your pet was sniffing or biting at the insect especially in the case of wasps, and bees.
And just like in humans, dogs can have allergic reactions and can even develop anaphylactic shock when they have been stung in the past.
If a wasp or bee has stung your pet, it’s important to get the stinger out of the skin. This can be done using tweezers or a credit card by swiping the card across the area. The best option, however, is to make a paste of baking soda and water to be applied directly to the sting. This will help draw out the stinger. Afterwards a pet friendly topical antibacterial ointment is advised. Certain antihistamines can also be given to your pet, but consult your vet first.
Preventative measures can be taken to help keep your dog from being bitten. While there are many human insect repellents available, they should not be applied to your pet, as most are toxic if ingested. There are specialized pet friendly insect repellents to help your pet avoid the pesky pests, such as K9 Advantix by Bayer Animal Health and many other natural and insecticide based products on the market. Before using a new product be sure to check with your vet first.
Don’t forget, the most important thing you can do to protect your pet is to keep a close eye on it and avoid outdoor activities during times of the day when the bugs are out in full force.
For times when those unfortunate bites do happen, make sure to pamper your pooch with a Beefeater’s treat to help take its mind off the itch!]]>
After the success of Krypto, DC Comics decided that Batman should get his own canine sidekick. Naturally, it was decided that Ace would be modeled after the German Shepherds from the detective dogs currently seen onscreen. Anyone looking at a drawing of Ace the Bat-Hound will notice more than a passing resemblance to characters like Rin Tin Tin.
Ace’s first appearance was in 1955, in Batman #92, when he helped Batman track down his master, who had been kidnapped. Later, when Ace’s master had to take a new job Bruce Wayne adopted him. Perhaps the most hilarious aspect to these old stories was that Ace himself wore a mask when he was in action as the “Bat-Hound” so that he wouldn’t be recognized, just like Batman.
Wearing his mask, Ace joined Batman and Robin in their adventures for a few years, until he faded away in 1964, making only rare appearances after that point. Recently, a new dog named Titus has been featured. Titus is a Great Dane that Batman purchased for his son Damian from a kennel.
Ace has been featured on TV a few times, most notably as part of the cast of Krypto the Superdog, and as the pet of an aged Bruce Wayne in the futuristic Batman Beyond show. So, while he may not be the most well-known superhero pet, Ace certainly has his fans. We can only hope that one day he’ll get his due.
Photo credit: DC Comics, art by Win Mortimer]]>
When most people think of working dogs a few things come to mind: sled dogs, seeing eye dogs or police dogs, for example. But there is another very important service that dogs often perform, being a therapy dog. These are dogs that provide affection for people who need it most. From nursing homes to disaster areas, these wonderful dogs brighten up people’s days.
It makes sense. After all, dogs are some of the most loving animals in the world. So why wouldn’t we want to harness that positive energy to help people? So rather than pull a heavy object or track down a criminal, these dogs have a very special skill: they allow strangers to make physical contact.
The first recorded therapy dog is a Yorkshire Terrier named Smoky. Smoky accompanied his master, a Corporal named William Wynne, on missions during World War II. There he provided comfort to the troops and made an extremely stressful situation a little bit less so. Evidence has shown that on a biological level interactions with dogs does help increase oxytocin and dopamine (which help produce positive feelings) while lowering cortisol (which helps cause stressful feelings).
These days the most well-known use of therapy dogs is in retirement and nursing homes, where the dogs will interact with the residents and brighten their day. They also often work at hospitals and schools, with people who have learning disabilities and are brought in to help those who suffered in disaster areas.
To work as a therapy dog, the most important factor is that the dogs must be friendly, patient, gentle and calm. They have to enjoy human contact and be comfortable with strangers petting and hugging them. There is no doubt that these dogs bring much joy to people at a time when they need it most, and for that they should be celebrated. These are truly wonderful dogs.]]>
Now that we’re well into May, the weather is really starting to heat up. While we may be hot, imagine how your dog feels, covered in fur! We all want to make sure that our pups are comfortable and happy, so we’ve compiled a list of some great ways to help you keep your dog cool this summer.
Lots of water: of course this should go without saying, but make sure that your dog always has access to fresh, cool water at all times. This means changing their water dish regularly, or if they’re outside you can make sure that they a running water system.
Make sure there’s shade: if your dog is spending long periods of time outside it is crucial that there is access to shade. If your property does not have shady spots then you can hang a tarp to create a shaded space.
Give your pooch a kiddie pool: a kiddie pool not only provides a source of water but it also lets them splash around and cool off. But make sure that it is placed in the shade, or the water will get warm and uncomfortable.
Limit your dog’s time outside: at the height of the summer your dog’s outdoor time can be too much for them. Avoid walking your dog in the afternoon (mornings and evenings are best) and take some cues from them. If they seem to not want to go outside don’t force them.
Never leave your dog in a hot car: absolutely, under no circumstances, should you leave your dog in a hot car. Cracking a window does not make it okay, “it’s only for a minute” is never okay. Every year there are incidents, don’t let it happen to you.
Remember, we love the warm weather in the summer, but under the wrong circumstances it can be too much for our beloved dogs. Be conscientious, and enjoy the summer!]]>
While Beagles are one of the smaller dog breeds, they’re big in notoriety. After all, Snoopy the Beagle may be one of the most famous fictional dogs of all time! It’s no surprise that the breed has garnered attention. After all, one look these loveable pups and anyone’s heart would melt. But before they were making people laugh in the newspaper funnies, Beagles have a long history.
Historical records of dogs with similar descriptions go back as far as Ancient Greece before popping up in Anglo texts from the Middle Ages. In these times the term Beagle was, in fact, used. Although then it was to describe any sort of smaller hound dog. Pretty quickly, Beagles became a popular breed for royals such as Edward II and Henry VII.
Beagles as we know them know were developed in the 1830s in Essex by Reverend Phillip Honeywood. It was there that a rough size was standardized (about 10 inches at the shoulder) and the tricolor appearance became most common, with white, black and brown fur.
The breed was being produced specifically for hunting and was exported to the United States where their popularity exploded. Alongside the Bloodhound and Basset Hound, the Beagle has the best sense of smell of any dog breed. They was often used to hunt rabbits and hares, and was known for their great stamina.
These days Beagles are known for being even-tempered and gentle. They can be easily won over by strangers, which can make them poor guard dogs. They are intelligent dogs, but training them can be difficult, due to their single-mindedness (they were bred for long hunts). Since they are so good with children, they have become popular family dogs, but as pack animals they can suffer separation anxiety. It is advised not to leave them alone for long periods of time.
Long a favorite in the media, Beagles have shown up often in media. From the plays of Shakespeare to the TV show The Wonder Years, Beagles are as popular as ever. It’s no surprise, this is a very likeable dog.]]>
Service dogs are amazing animals. It’s hard not to be in awe of them as you see them helping their masters, either by guiding them down the street or performing household tasks. Still, though, in all of our excitement for these amazing animals it’s important to maintain a proper respect for the dogs, their masters and the job they are performing. With that in mind, here are a few tips for proper service dog etiquette.
First of all, do not distract the dog. These dogs are highly focused animals with an important job to do. It’s essential that you don’t take their focus off of their master and/or the task at hand. They may be highly trained, but they are still dogs. It’s not impossible that attention from you could distract them, and put their owner in a dangerous situation.
Secondly, do not touch the dog without permission. While this is true of all dogs, it is especially true of service animals. When you get down to it, we don’t know what the job is that they are performing, and petting the dog could potentially interfere. It’s also important that you not be offended if they say no. For most people, there is an expected “yes” when you ask for permission to pet their dog, so don’t be taken aback if they inform you that you can’t pet their service dog.
Do not offer food to the dog. No matter how well trained these dogs are, they can still be tempted by food. It’s also possible that the dog could have an adverse reaction to whatever you’re offering and be out of commission for days or even weeks.
So when you see a service dog, definitely feel admiration for the amazing job that they are doing, but try to remain respectful for the fact that they are working. Be polite, be courteous, but also show proper etiquette.]]>
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We want to help give your pets the best month of the year, so we’re offering unprecedented discounts on treats from our online shop. To read more, check out our May Promotion page.]]>
The pampered pooches from our weekly contest draw in May 2013. Tell us about your dog and you could win a $50 gift code to spend at our online store. One winner will be selected each week. Be sure to enter our contest and you could be our next winner!
Bob P. from Weaverville, NC. and his Annie, an Irish Wolfhound/Airdale mix. Annie enjoys watching 101 Dalmations while chowing on some Beefeaters Liver Tops.
Shayna K. and her Poodle named Silvie from Tuscumbia, AL. Silvie loves to snack on some Beefeaters Rawhide while watching Because Of Winn-Dixie.
Richard S. in Clarksburg, WV and his Mix Breed named Sandy. Sandy enjoys snacking on some Beefeaters treats while watching Lassie.
Karen H. and Kota from Norfolk, VA. Kota is a Bichon and likes to eat milk bones while watching Old Yeller.
Cynthia H. and her Chihuahua named Annie, from Blacksburg, SC. Annie loves to eat anything with peanut butter and watch All Dogs Go To Heaven.]]>
Created by John Young of the Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Agency for the National Crime Prevention Council, McGruff is undeniably a corporate entity, however he is one that was made with a goal of helping people.
McGruff is usually portrayed as a lovely Bloodhound dressed in a very detective-looking trench coat. His catch phrase is that he wants people to help him “take a bite out of crime”. The slogan was created by Jack Keil, who went on to provide McGruff’s voice for many years.
While he was created in 1980, McGruff didn’t get named until 1982. He was named via a national contest. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most common entry was “Sherlock Bones”. The winning entry came from a New Orleans police officer.
While he may not be as prominent as he once was, McGruff still shows up here and there (sometimes with his nephew Scruff). Especially for children of the 80s, McGruff will always be a fond memory. After all, who doesn’t want to help him take a bite out of crime?
Photo credit: The National Crime Prevention Council]]>
Summer is just around the corner and that means camping season is almost here! Dogs love many sights, sounds and smells outdoors, but before you trek into the wilderness with your dog there are some things to consider first.
- Before planning the trip make sure your camping destination allows pets as pets are prohibited in many state and national parks.
- Current shots and vaccinations should be up to date, especially rabies. Camping can also mean increased exposure to fleas, and ticks, as they are more prevalent in the woods. It’s a good idea to apply flea and tick preventative on your dog.
- Have proper ID tags on your dog with your dogs name, your name and your address and phone number. Microchips, tattoos and pet registries are great as well.
- Don’t forget the dog bowls, food, and lots of water. Always remember to clean up any leftover food from your dog to prevent other animals and insects from being attracted to your site. Collapsible dishes are great for camping because they take up little space and are easy to store in a backpack when hiking.
- Be sure to respect other campers and make your dog mind its business. In other words, make sure your dog doesn’t wander over to nearby campsites.
- Also be sure to pick up after your dog just as you would in the city. Other campers don’t want to see the mess.
- If the bugs are bothering you, chances are your dog is being bothered even more. Bug bites are not only irritating, but too many of them can cause your dog to be sick. Keep your dog protected from insects.
- Many people allow their dogs to sleep in the tent with them, however if you choose to forgo this option there are tents made for dogs. It’s important to remember that if you do leave your pet outside they are vulnerable to wild animals.
- Always evaluate whether you should take your dog camping. If your dog barks a lot then camping might not be the best match. The barking can disrupt wildlife and nearby campers. It could also attract other animals so be aware and decide accordingly if your dog should accompany you!
Camping can be one of the greatest adventures for your dog and help create a stronger bond between you and your pet, but it’s important to plan ahead! Be sure to grab a Chicken Wrapped Biscuits Jar to bring with you!]]>
Do your children ask for a dog every chance they get? Are you finally ready to make their dreams come true, but aren’t sure where to start? Finding a dog that will fit with your family can be difficult, so we have put together a list of breeds that are known to be great with children.
They are built to be able to handle your kids enthusiasm and energy and will put up with a lot. Additionally they are well adapted to both small apartments and large homes. Bulldogs are known for developing strong bonds with children.
They are pretty much your childproof breed, as they are built sturdy but the best thing is that a beagle is high energy. This means they love to play with children and are likely to wear your kids out.
They might look intimidating but this breed is one giant teddy bear. They are gentle and loving by nature and best of all their size makes them durable.
This breed is arguably one of the most popular breeds for families, and why shouldn’t it be? They love to please humans, are protective, loving, and reliable. They are also incredibly intelligent, making them the most popular breed for service dogs.
While larger breeds are normally best suited for children, this breed has a high threshold meaning it’s perfect for young children that might be overly excited and too rough. They are very protective of their family and are quite affectionate.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Their gentle easygoing manner and desire to be close to their masters make them a great family pet.
Remember Beethoven? This large breed might drool a lot but it loves children. They are best suited for large homes and rural areas where they can run and play.
The dog so many of us let into our homes as children, Lassie, was a Collie. Just like in the TV show, this breed makes a devoted family member.
This breed is extremely patient which we all know is crucial when dealing with young children. They are a popular breed for service dogs and are avid swimmers.
This easy to train breed is known to be very social. They tend to be loving and patient with children and are eager to please.
Portuguese Water Dog
This breed is currently the ‘first pooch’. The Obama family chose the Portuguese Water Dog when searching for the perfect family pet. It’s known for being a great watchdog and is good with children. It is very intelligent and takes a vested interest in its family. This breed is also hypoallergenic, and not a big shedder.
Of course, this is by news means an exhaustive list, and any breed that is well-trained can be great with kids.
Some of the key characteristics that make great family pets are: loyalty, patience, size, and gentleness. Of course size is important too, they have to be ‘childproof’. Remember any dog your bring home is going to put a big smile on your child’s face but it’s important to pick one that will suit your family! Good luck in your pooch search!]]>
The first Benji film, simply titled Benji, was released in 1974 and was a critical and financial hit. Created by writer/director Joe Camp, the film centers on a lovable stray dog who makes friends with the people in a small Texas town. There he has many adventures, including rescuing some local children and falling in love another stray.
It’s easy to see why so many people fell for this movie. It’s simple, charming and has a lot of heart. The movies have proven so popular that they’re still making them these days, with the most (Benji: Off the Leash) being released in 2004.
Benji himself was portrayed in the original film by a mixed-breed dog named Higgins. Higgins had previously been known for playing the dog in six seasons of Petticoat Junction. Animal trainer Frank Inn (who trained many of the animals for Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and Beverly Hillbillies) found Higgins in the Burbank Animal Shelter as a puppy and raised him to be one of the most loved pooches of the 1960s and 70s.
Higgins made Benji at the age of 14, coming out of retirement for the role. After passing away in 1975 at the ripe old age of 17, he gladly passed on the role of Benji to his daughter Benjean.
There’s something undeniably magnetic about Benji, and it’s no surprise that each new generation seems to discover this wonderful dog. If your kids haven’t enjoyed these classics yet, it makes perfect Saturday night viewing.
Photo Credit: MGM Studios Inc.]]>
Corgis are known for being Queen Elizabeth’s preferred breed and have been favored by the British for more than seventy years. Having loved Corgis since she was a young girl, Queen Elizabeth II has made Corgis one of the most famous breeds in the world. She has owned over 30 Corgis since becoming Queen in 1952 and one was even featured with her on the crown coin for her Golden Jubilee year.
Corgis are one of the smallest dogs in the herding group, with short legs and long bodies and are sometimes born without a tail. The average height of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi is generally between 10 to 12 inches and the average weight is 24 to 30 pounds. They have a long soft coat and colors include red, sable, fawn, black, tan (sometimes with white markings).
Historically this breed was a working dog and herded cattle, sheep, and horses. In fact, they are considered one of the oldest herding breeds to date. They are a highly intelligent breed, ranking 11th in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs, and are therefore easy to train.
Corgis are loyal to their owners and like to please them. They are also great with children so long as they have been trained to see humans as higher in the pack order. Their protective instincts towards their owners along with their tendencies to like to bark make them great watchdogs. However they do need firm leadership and it’s important to maintain proper human to canine communication to prevent over-protective behaviors later in life. Also due to their herding nature they sometimes will try to herd people by nipping at their heels so it is important when training to prevent this.
Corgis are extremely active and require lots of daily exercise otherwise they may become overly excited indoors. While walking, it is also important to make this breed heel beside you as they view whoever is leading the way as the pack leader and Corgis need to learn they are not it!
Whether you live in an apartment or have a sprawling estate (say, for instance, Buckingham Palace) Corgis will make a great pet. And if they are good enough for a Queen then they must be charming!]]>