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Ways to Decrease your pets fears of Thunderstorms

Ways to decrease your pets fear of thunderstorms

Does your pet go crazy when lightning and thunderstorms hit? Hiding under the bed, pacing, barking, and any other ways of showing he is not a fan? Sounds like your pup? Here’s some advice to help keep your pet feeling safe even during a storm. My husband, Scott and I know this all too well because our boy Kooper is not a fan of storms. He can sense when one is coming and he is uneasy during the whole storm. Our girl, Dee is the complete opposite. Storms do not phase her at all… the only thing she doesn’t like is going outside to potty in the rain!

  • Condition them when they are a puppy– Think about purchasing a CD or download the Rain Rain App that has sounds of a thunderstorm and play it on low while doing everyday fun activities with your pet. Gradually increase the volume and let your pet adjust and acknowledge these noises as occasionally regular occurrences with no threat involved.
  • Look into a Thundershirt– A Thundershirt has about an 80% success rate with calming nervous dogs. They can be used for storms or any other situations that cause nerves and anxiety in your pet.
  • Safe Zone–Your pet should have a safe zone where they can go to if they want to get away. This can be their crate. For Koop, his safe zone is our closet. Almost every storm he will go up to the closet and lay down. It is dark in the closet so we can’t see the lightening as much as he would in the rooms with windows.
  • Turn on some other noise– Turn on the TV, play some music, and or hang out in an area where the thunder is not as noticeable, such as a basement.
  • It’s okay to calm them– Some people say not to baby pets when they become frightened by thunder. You can calm them without babying. Try playing their favorite game, giving them a treat, or just scratching their ears. The key is to behave completely normal like nothing is amiss. If your pet sees you behaving differently they will perceive validation for their fear.
  • Make others aware– Guests or a pet sitter will be with your pet when there is a possibility for a thunderstorm make sure they are aware of your pet’s anxiety.

Hopefully some of these tips help decrease your pets fears! Let us know what works for you and your pets!

Obesity in pets is still on the rise

Pet Obesity on the rise

pet health

We have all heard that the obesity epidemic is hitting people in the United States, but did you know it is effecting our dogs and cats too? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “Roughly 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese.” This percentage is alarming especially with research also saying many of the pet parents did not realize that their pets were overweight. With these numbers, obesity can cause some major health problems for our pets such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart failure.  To prevent our pets from becoming overweight, there needs to be proper education. Here are a few ways to help your pet’s weight:

  1. Double checking how much food you are giving them. Check their food to see what they should be eating. Also, take into consideration any treats they get throughout the day.
  2. Reducing treats. My pups LOVE when my parents come to visit because they always bring them treats and they aren’t the small treats either! We have to make sure they are only for special occasions : ) For us, to limit the treats we give them, we use training treats such as the Zukes training treats.
  3. Getting your pets into an exercise routine. Right now with the weather it can be harder to get your pup some exercise, but it is important for their health. There are great ways to get some exercise inside. Koop loves to play tug-o-war if it is too cold to go to the park for exercise. For cats, try getting them to play with chasing a laser.
  4. Speak with your vet. They are the best resource to knowing what is best for your pet. They can work with you to come up with a exercise and diet plan.

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Adopt a shelter dog month!



Adopt a shelter dog month was introduced to create awareness about adopting a dog. According ASPCA, “Of the approximately 7.6 million companion animals entering animal shelters nationwide every year, approximately 2.7 million are euthanized.” This number is scary. Amazing, loving, and healthy pets are being put down due to a high number of dogs entering shelters.  Shelters are left with no choice as they can only care for so many animals. Awareness has grown but there is more room to spread the word about how awesome adopting is! Adopting a dog means saving a life.

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month was also introduced to raise awareness about buying dogs from shops. Some of those shops are supporters of the puppy mill (mills where puppies are bred and separated from their mothers and sold off). Puppy mills are cruelty mills that are supported by some pet shops and stores.  When there is an oversupply of dogs to the pet stores, the least adoptable dogs are often left abandoned and often rescued from various different rescue groups.  They often end up in shelters all across the US.

In many shelters there are pure breeds who were surrendered because of oversupply or because they have something wrong with them. Dogs from the shelter are matched with their adopter to ensure that the environment provided by the adopter is one that will be the best for both the dog and the individual. Who wouldn’t want the extra love these dogs will shower you with?

Adopt a shelter dog month’s main purpose is to create awareness. This initiative by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association (AHA) is spreading the message of love and is a great start to providing dogs with the loving home they seek for!



DogFest is right around the corner! Mark your calendar for September 26, 2015 from 10am to 4pm rain or shine at the Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown! Bring your pups and be sure to stop by our booth and say hi!Reagan : )

DogFest is held at Baltimore Humane Society and it is one of their biggest events. We love supporting this event as it benefits a place that shares a special place in our heart. After all, it is the awesome shelter we adopted our little furballs from!

Start the day off with the walkathon…a 1 mile trail walk. Find out more details here. After that, enjoy some awesome food and then check out the vendors and some of the activities. Their will also be contests and games you can enter your pup in.

Here are a list of some of the Infield Activities:

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing by Pet Experts, LLC -There is a $15 fee for this (a portion of the proceeds benefit Baltimore Humane Society.)

-Best of the Fest Dog Photo Contest- the very talented Mary Swift Photography will be at DogFest, taking professional photos of your pets!

-Agility Course- this is free and available for everyone!

-Doggie Swim Party- Dogs can swim in the above-ground pool for $3 per session. Each swimmer will also receive a free pool pass to Pet Depot ($20 value). How fun will this be for your buddy? : )

-Four-Legged Beach Club- Does your dog enjoy the sand? If so, they will love this area!

-Ask the Trainers and the Vet- Baltimore Humane Society Training & Behavior staff will answer all your questions! Ask the Vet sponsor, Valley Dog & Cat Hospital, will have its veterinarians on hand to answer any questions about your pet’s health.

We hope to see you there enjoying the event with your four legged best friend!

Upcoming Pet Events in Maryland

Upcoming Pet Events in Maryland

Ready for summer!

Looking for some fun pet events to do over the next couple of months? Look no further! Here is some to check out!

The Humane Society of Harford County Yappy Hour!

When: Friday, May 29th5-8PM

Where: Shamrock Park in Bel Air – 39 North Hackery Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014

Suggested Donation: $20 in advance or $25 at the door

Activities Include:

  • Beer/Wine
  • Food
  • Live Music
  • Raffles
  • Contests

Maryland SPCA March for the Animals

When: Sunday, May 31, 2015 @ Druid Hill Park – 9AM – 12PM

This is the largest SPCA fundraising event of the year.

Activities include:

  • 1.5 Mile walk-a-thon
  • Pet Costume Contest
  • Pet Photo Booth
  • Kids’ Zone where your children can enjoy making arts and crafts

The Humane Society of Harford County Bowl-A-Rama

When: Saturday, June 13 from 3-6:30PM

Where: Forest Hill Lanes 1 Maurice Drive, Forest Hill, MD 21050

Help STRIKE-OUT pet homelessness! Bowl-a-rama is a fundraising event for adults and kids.  It benefits homeless and neglected animals of Harford County.

Schedule of events:

  • 3PM – Registration, Lane assignments
  • 3:30PM – Bowling, raffles,
  • 5:30PM – Night Strike Bowl Begins – lights go out, laser effects, black lights, music
  • 6:30PM – Conclusion of event

To sign up, contact Mary Leavens at 410-836-1090 x 101 or mleavens@harfordshelter.org for more information.


Baltimore Humane Society – Sunday Morning Dog Hike

When: Next hike is on Sunday, June 14, 2015.  Hikes occur the second Sunday of every month. 10-11AM

Where: 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD  21136


  • Hike is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Rain or shine
  • $2 per dog fee
  • All dogs must be on a 6 foot leash during the hike

Please click on the link above for additional details on the hike!

Maryland SPCA Night at Camden Yards

When: Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ Camden Yards – Game time is 7:05PM

Tickets are $20 each (upper reserves).  $5 from each ticket goes to the MD SPCA.

For tickets and more info, email tbbbticketfundriser@aol.com


Dee, our foster fail

Meet Dee,our foster fail!

photo 2 (7) Dee,our foster fail

Dee has been part of the family now for quite some time but I haven’t done a proper introduction for our girl! We started fostering her in October.  She was going to be a medical foster because of eye surgery that she would be having. My fostering past has been mostly fails…but really successes 😉 Scott, my husband was unsure about fostering because he knew my families foster past but he also knew this is something I really wanted to do. We met her and she was home the next week. I tried to not get too close because I knew I would get attached but that only lasted until she had the surgery and she was home with a cone around her head, stitches, and in pain. Seeing her after surgery broke our hearts but it was the best thing for her. She could finally see better and her eyes no longer bothered her. Kooper and Dee became inseparable and best friends. Dee was the best thing for Koop…and us! We eventually put her on the adoption page at Baltimore Humane Society and I cried. I knew we couldn’t let her go and even though Scott tried to act like he didn’t care, he really did. He LOVES the Deeders! I am so glad that we were a foster fail…Dee has brought so much joy into our house! My track record continues with fostering.

Six things about our girl Dee:

  1. She loves everybody! This is a difference from Koop. Dee is happiest when she is around people.
  2. She is 4 years old. She looks a lot older but she is still a youngster.
  3. She has terrible allergies… we just got her results back and she is allergic to everything they test pups for…she is our overachiever : )
  4. Dee is obsessed with Scott. She absolutely adores him and will follow him everywhere he goes. She is a daddy’s girl.
  5. Her favorite snack is bananas.
  6. She is the clumsiest dog I have ever been around. She bumps in to everything and falls off the couch when playing with Koop.


4 Reminders For When Your Pup Comes Home

Things to Remember When Your New Pet Comes Home
4 Reminders When Your New Pup Comes Home

You have the leash picked out, the food bowls, the treats, the pups name and everything else for your newest addition but  you might forget some of the big things. Below are four reminders to think about before you pick up your four legged best friend.

– Make sure that you have a veterinarian in place. Whether you are adopting an older dog or a puppy it is wise to have a vet set up to do a physical. Puppies will also need to get their vaccinations. Vets are your best resource for all of your pet questions.

– Think to Spay/Neuter. When you spay or neuter your pet it reduces the chance of cancer. Pets that are spayed or neutered typically live a longer and healthier life. Another big benefit is that is helps reduce overpopulation.

– Have a collar with an ID tag ready for your pup. No one wants to think about the possibility of losing their pet so it is best to make sure that they have an ID tag that is up to date to increase the chance of your pup returning safe to there home. You can also talk to your vet about the possibility of micro chipping your dog.

– Give your new pup some time to adjust. Your home is a totally new environment for them with new people. There is also lots of new sounds and smells for them to get acquainted too. It will not take long for them to get adjusted but do give them some space.

The most important thing is to enjoy the new addition to the family! You just met the most loyal new friend that will always be by your side! Many good memories will be made.
Happy Tuesday friends!

Birthday Party for our Pups!

Happy Birthday to my girls,Chessie and Bay!

Birthday party


Birthday party

Over the weekend we celebrated two of my favorite girls birthday.My parents dogs, aka my “sisters,” turned 15! We were so lucky 15 years ago to rescue three black lab mix puppies…yes THREE PUPPIES. Many of you, including my family, were thinking the same thing…that is a crazy idea!

The first time we saw the litter that was rescued from Baltimore City we fell in love. Chessie was chasing the butterflies in the front yard and Bay wanted to constantly be next to my brothers. My mom and Pat (my brother) saw a male puppy that was sick and was away from the rest of the litter, they quickly fell in love with him.  The foster parent said he already had a adopter for him. We were scheduled to bring the puppies home the following weekend after our vacation.  On our way to the beach we decided on the names Chessie and Bay for the Chesapeake Bay.

After a great family vacation it was time to bring home our new additions! When we got there we saw the male puppy who was out running around with the rest of the pups. We instantly fell in love with him! His adopter fell through so we decided he was going to be ours.  We were bringing home three puppies. Lesson of the story, never take a family filled with animal lovers to visit a litter of puppies!

There were three kids and three puppies. We instantly attached to each one of them but all of us had a special connection to one specific dog. My little girl was Chessie, Sean had his sweetheart Bay, and Pat had his best bud Baxter. At 11 years old, I gained a best friend who had four legs and so did my brothers at 9 years old.

When they were puppies they always kept us busy. The girls were always jumping the fence, Baxter, who had a bad leg was always trying to chase them. They tried to chew up everything that they could. They even chewed through the basement door. There was never a dull moment in the Boyle household with these 3!

It seems like yesterday we were picking up our puppies in our Jeep. They have given us so many funny, sweet, and amazing memories. It’s crazy how times fly! These three were with us through middle school, high school, colleges, marriage, good times, and bad times. I know all of the experts say that you should not adopt littermates and they are probably right, but we are so happy we made the decision we did!

Sadly, Baxter passed away in September and celebrating the girls’ birthday without him was difficult, but I know he was celebrating his birthday in heaven with his brother Murphy!  Chessie and Bay loved their birthday cake and I think Chess really embraced her birthday hat! Happy 15th Birthday to my four legged best friends!

Birthday Pups

5 Reasons Why Dog Walking Benefits Your Pup

dog walking

Daily exercise is important for all of us. Exercise helps reduce your chance of health problems for you and your dog. Even if it is just a short amount of time you are doing something positive for your well-being.

  1. Dog walking keeps your pet in overall better health- You will have a much happier dog. Dogs need to get out and exercise and enjoy the fresh air too. The pups will be smiling when they come back in from their walk.
  2. Helps the Digestive System- Regular walks improves your pup’s digestive system and helps eliminate constipation. Your dog will feel better physically when they go on walks.
  3. Decreases the chance of destructive behavior- Chewing and digging are a sign of boredom. When you walk your dog you are letting him focus his attention on something positive such as his walk. Daily walks will help decrease the chances of your dog chewing and digging.
  4. Helps with hyperactivity- As some people say “a tired dog is a good dog.” When your dog is able to release some of his energy then he does not get himself in to trouble such as the chewing or digging.
  5. Strengthens the bond between you and your dog- Your dog will gain trust in you when you go for a walk together. The bond between the two of you will strengthen and it is a special time for you and your dog to relax.

So when you get home from work instead of sitting down and watching some television get out there and go for a walk with your pooch! Even if it is a short walk you and your pup will feel great afterwards! Then you can come inside and cuddle together while watching some television. : )