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Have a Fun, Safe Holiday Weekend

August 30th, 2013 at 8:27 am by Diane Rich
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Be Careful on the Road

Do a quick check up on your car before you hit the road

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Enjoy a hike

hike #2 carnation chase shiva trail 5-12
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Pick some berries or support our local farmer’s markets

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Enjoy the Beach

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Enjoy a game

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c Diane Rich 2013   Dubs at 12 weeks, first run out of the tunnel

And enjoy laughs with friends and family.

Woof,
Diane
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Walk for the Animals

August 26th, 2013 at 4:56 pm by Diane Rich
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RAISE LIFE-SAVING FUNDS FOR SHELTER PETS AT SEATTLE HUMANE! Register to Walk for the Animals before Sept. 1 and get $5.00 off
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2013Saving lives is as simple as walking your dog! Begin fundraising for thousands of homeless dogs, cats, and critters by registering for Seattle Humane Society’s 11th annual Walk for the Animals at University Village’s FidoFEST. The race towards Seattle Humane’s fundraising goal starts today. Register before September 1 and get $5.00 off the sign up fee.

On September 22 join more than 1,000 animal lovers for a day of dog-friendly fun including a 2-mile walk, pet adoptions, food, freebies, and more. The entire day benefits the animals at Seattle Humane.

 

Woof,
Diane
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Learn more at seattlehumane.org/walk.

Book Review; Conversations with Woo

August 18th, 2013 at 12:14 pm by Diane Rich
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On  Soulmates, Squeaky toys and Quantum Physics
by Meg Trafford

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c Diane Rich 2013   Chase reads to his guests after a day of play

I was anxious to read this book to review for my readers.   I receive many books to review and am usually contacted by a publicist hired by the publisher but on this occasion had the opportunity to communicate with the author.  Note to publicists, it may be a good idea for the author to send an old fashioned personal email to bloggers to review a book.  That small, personal touch may put your book at the top of the list to review.  Doesn’t guarantee a good review but motivates the process to begin sooner than later.

I totally enjoyed the brief emails with Meg Trafford and found her passionate and funny.

Meg’s book is about the love between a human and their beloved dog which most of us thankfully have experienced; the love, the exhaustion, the time, the adventures, the looks, the joy, the pain, the understanding and the knowing.

I got into the book very quickly which is a good sign as some books are not easy to plow through.

As a trainer, I found it interesting to read about her experiences training her dogs and championed her journey of trial and error and yearning to learn and understand what makes her dogs tick.  From a professional perspective, I enjoyed reading that while she researched training techniques and attended classes she learned how individual each dog was and that not everything a dog does is to “get us” or is naughty due to noncompliance with our silly human rules. I enjoyed her humor and how it got her through the hiccups.

My only challenge with the book was an emotional one.  We all know the joy of those first few days with a new puppy, the ups and downs on raising a pup, debating the theories of how to raise that new addition and the deep and loving bond that develops with this amazing species. We also learn as we watch our dogs age how to keep reality at bay trying not to think how quickly time flies. And, of course we all know we will eventually come face to face and heart to heart with the inevitable good bye.

The author’s journey with Woo brought up raw emotions of my own losses with my dream dogs and dream cat.  I  do my best to keep those emotions in check.  So, rather than reading cover to cover, I needed to take frequent breaks when reaching the lumps in the throat parts of the book  feeling down to my core the grief Meg experienced with her loss.  Like Meg, I feel am a lucky person to have experienced and continue to experience the myriad of emotions dogs bring to the heart and the gift they bring to the human soul.  Thank DOG for my dogs and all they have taught me.

Meg, thank you for sharing your love story with Woo.

A conversation with Woo is a book to read with your dog in your lap and if she or he doesn’t fit, at least next to you.

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Meg’s book is self published so here is a link:  http://www.conversationswithwoo.com/about-the-book.html

Woof,
Diane
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Voluntary Recall; Iams and Eukanuba

August 14th, 2013 at 7:36 pm by Diane Rich
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CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This issue is limited to the specific dry pet food lot codes listed below. This affects roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of total annual production. The affected product was distributed to select retailers across the United States. These products were made during a 10-day window at a single manufacturing site. P&G’s routine testing determined that some products made during this timeframe have the potential for Salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned wet food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.

P&G is retrieving these products as a precautionary measure. Consumers who purchased a product listed below should stop using the product and discard it and contact P&G toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM ET), or via website at www.iams.com or www.eukanuba.com. Media Contact: Jason Taylor, 513-622-1111.

Products affected by this announcement:

EukanubaRecallIamsDogFoodRecallIamscatfoodrecall1Iamscatfoodrecall2 Contact:

Procter & Gamble P&G Consumer Relations, 800-208-0172

Link to Eukanuba Recall notification:  http://www.eukanuba.com/en-US/SpecialAnnouncement.pdf

Link to Iams Dog Food Recall notification:  http://www.iams.com/en_us/data_root/_pdf/8-14-13%20Iams%20Product%20Information%20Dog.pdf

Link to Iams Cat Food Recall notification:  http://www.iams.com/en_us/data_root/_pdf/8-14-13%20Iams%20Product%20Information%20Cat.pdf

Woof,
Diane
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Pet Awareness: Tips on Working with your Pet’s Energy

August 12th, 2013 at 8:58 am by Diane Rich
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Linda Lauren, Pet Psychic

I received this blog and asked to repost so here it is.   My inbox is usually quite full of email that needs daily scrutinizing with all the requests from authors or their PR agents, from creative inventors of new innovative products, nonprofits looking for help, pet related businesses looking for exposure, an endorsement and a free mention on my blogs.  Although timely to sleuth through it all some requests are worth the effort and I enjoy sharing the information with my readers.

Whether you are a believer or not in pet psychics I found Linda’s general advice good so agreed to repost.


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Here is the blog from Linda Lauren and some comments I decided to include:

The more I work with pets and their owners, the more I realize how out of touch so many people are with the concept of communication with them. There are two basic forms: one is verbal and/or through command; the other is psychic and telepathic in nature. When you are communicating with your pet telepathically, you are creating a direct dialog that will help to convey the necessary information between you.

In my experience, when the owner taps into the energy of their pet they are able to connect the dots to better understand their wants and needs.

Here are three things to keep in mind to help bring awareness to your communication:

1. Pay attention to your pet’s physical mannerisms, especially during reprimand. If your pet is squinting his/her eyes during a correction in behavior, that is a sign of fear and indicates your pet may have been previously abused. This knowledge will help you to avoid the triggers that create fear for them.

My comment:  Squinting may be a sign the animal has been hit and is waiting for a strike, or the animal is sensitive to loud or scary sounds from someone screaming.  People do get incredibly frustrated with pets (and children) and sometimes take correction or punishment to a level they later regret.

2. If you have a pet that is walked on a leash, then please be aware that it is safer to train your pet to walk beside you or slightly in front of you and to your right or left side, never behind you. I have seen too many injuries that could have been avoided if the owner was more aware of the leash. That leash is your lifeline to your pet and your need to pay attention and use it properly. It’s worth the payment of lessons with a good trainer.

 My comment:  I agree.  Yesterday at a very crowded pet event, a woman was not paying attention to her Westie trailing behind her and as the woman walked towards vendors with an eye on all the freebies, the dog was being pulled and almost dragged behind her. She didn’t notice the leash was caught under the dog’s armpit and that dog’s front leg was stretched so far up and out we thought it was going to snap off.  She was advised of this and untangled the leash.

3. Finally, we come to sound. Give yourself and your pet time to develop a deeper connection by tuning into the sounds they make and why they make them. What does your pet sound like when happy or sad or in pain? That information is powerful because it is one of the most important ways your pet communicates with you. Tune in and discover what they are really conveying to you.

My comment: In addition, become aware of your pet’s general behavior. Changes in behavior, eating habits even play may be a sign something is wrong. Good idea to be watchful and if in doubt a Vet visit may be in order

There is, indeed, a great deal you and your pet can “converse” about to form a communication bond. Be open, accepting and receptive to them, and ask them questions to illicit response. You can feel free to enjoy the conversations with your pet, but remember that it’s just as important to have his/her feedback if you wish to have a long, happy life together.

Woof,
Diane
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The Fun Ferret

August 11th, 2013 at 8:48 am by Diane Rich
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Learn More About the Ferret at Denny’s Pet World’s Anniversary Sale Today


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I met this sweet Ferret at Denny’s Pet World’s Anniversary sale.  Any animal that finds its way to a pet store for sale to the public may find its way to a shelter after the novelty wears off or medical problems develop.  This happens frequently to the Ferret as they seem to be an impulse purchase. Denny’s Pet World does not sell Ferrets.

One of the vendors at this fun event featured one of their foster Ferrets that loved the attention of some of the attendees.
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Ferrets are active, inquisitive, clever animals that need to be purchased or adopted by people who will educate themselves about this animal.  Like other animals, each Ferret has its own unique personality.

For more information and an education, Washington Ferret Rescue and Shelter a 501eC non-profit organization should be your first stop. This organization is a no kill shelter.  Volunteers for this organization are available to answer your questions.

www.washingtonferret.org

Come by, bring the family dog,  amazing sales throughout the store at Denny’s Pet World today for the fabulous anniversary sale. Ends today. Always a fun event.  www.dennyspetworld.com

Woof,
Diane
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Denny’s Pet World’s Anniversary Sale

August 10th, 2013 at 5:02 pm by Diane Rich
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If You Missed it Today Come by Tomorrow, Store opens at 10:00 a.m.

Today was super busy at this popular event.  Free samples of pet food from the vendors wet the whistle of the crowd before shoppers grabbed a cart to load up on pet food.  Buy one bag get second bag 1/2 off.
Perfect weather to get out and about with the family dog.


c Diane Rich 2013     Start time this morning was 9 a.m.

 

Lots of friends came by, with and without dogs, former clients, people interested in training or just to say “woof”


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Always fun to see the same faces year after year and looking forward to tomorrow.

Sale continues tomorrow, Sunday the 11th at 10a.m.

Woof,
Diane
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Denny’s Pet World’s 39th Anniversary Sale

August 5th, 2013 at 8:18 pm by Diane Rich
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Not just a Sale, it’s an Event

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When:           Saturday Aug. 10, starting at 9am                 Sunday    Aug. 11, starting at 10am

Where:  12534 120th Ave NE
Totem Lake Mall
Kirkland, WA 98034

Come join the fun, talk with vendors, come see me if you have a training question or just want to bring your dog by to say woof.


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Denny’s loves their customers and it seems as if the feeling is mutual.  Everyone loves this sale.

Don’t miss out on your chance to buy Freshwater Fish at 50% off, Saltwater Fish at 30% off and Aquariums at their cost!

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Denny’s will be featuring dog and cat foods on sale of course.  Buy one bag at regular price and get the second bag at half price or buy a case of canned food get the second case 50% off.  This is the time of year to stock up.

c Diane Rich 2013

Woof,
Diane
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC
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Pet Safety Alert When Jets Take to the Skies During Seafair

August 2nd, 2013 at 8:56 am by Diane Rich
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2013Jets roaring in our skies at Seafair may be a captivating event for humans, but the loud noise can be hard on our companion animals. With a little planning, you can keep your pets calm and safe at home.The Patriot Jet Team will take to the local skies over Lake Washington Friday through Sunday Aug. 2-4 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. It’s all part of the Boeing Air Show at Seafair this weekend.

If you can hear the jets at home, keep your furry family members safely indoors in an enclosed room, preferably one without windows. If you are expecting guests, keep your pets in a room with plenty of fresh water, that is off-limits to guests.   Surround your pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects to create a calming environment. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.

The biggest risk is that pets will get loose and become lost. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of jets flying overhead can cause them to panic. Your companion animals should be microchipped and they should be wearing an identification tag on their collar. If you have moved, make sure that the microchip company has your current address and phone number.

The Seattle Humane Society offers $20 microchipping (includes national registration) for pets in low-income households. Appointments are available on a drop-in basis 7 days a week from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. For more information call (425) 641-0080 or visit the microchipping page on our website at seattlehumane.org.

Woof,
Diane
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC
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About the Seattle Humane Society Seattle Humane Society has been awarded the coveted 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator for the fourth consecutive year! Founded in 1897 to bring people and pets together, Seattle Humane Society provides incredible companion animals for adoption 7 days a week, pet workshops and training, a pet food bank, a low-fee spay/neuter surgery program, humane teen club, a visiting pets program and more.

Book Review: Love Saves the Day

August 1st, 2013 at 5:38 pm by Diane Rich
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by Gwen Cooper

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When I was asked to write a review on this book, Love Saves the Day, I scanned through an overview on this book and was motivated to read it and write a review even though the main player was a cat and this is a dog blog.

Love Saves the Day was written by New York Times bestselling author, Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey. I was immediately swept into the story by the calm, honest and loving Prudence, a rescued tabby that made observations about humans, herself, and her life. She enlightened, entertained and educated the reader by her comments throughout the book.  I found her absolutely charming and she made me miss my wondercat, Kiddo even more than I already do.

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Prudence tries to make sense of humans and poses interesting questions as to why we do the things we do. In her thoughtful way she explains cat behavior to the reader as she takes us through the life she cherished with her favorite human who rescued her.  After losing her lifeline, her only human who loved her she tried to understand the new scary world she entered with a new family.  Prudence noticed her new family didn’t understand cats and she wasn’t sure if they could be trained but was hoping it would work out.

If anyone is owned by a cat and is scratching their own head on how cats tick, this book may help put things into perspective.  Prudence will help you understand cats a little bit better.

The author includes humor from Prudence’s perspective  including this feline’s take on the noisy and frightening self cleaning litterbox which this intelligent cat decided to avoid at all costs. The insight from Prudence’s perspective may help cat people understand why cats don’t always take to this mechanized monster and may seek out a more sensible location to do their business.

The book is above love, connection, loyalty, grief, relationships and the healing of both the human and feline heart.  Love Saves the Day is an easy read and I think cat lovers will enjoy it.  Prudence, I am in love with you.

Woof,
Diane
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About Diane Rich

I have been training dogs and their people for over 25 years. I work with pups from 7 weeks old to senior plus dogs and offer basic obedience to advanced off leash training both privately and group classes. Other services include behavior consultations to help both ends of the leash with everything from aggression, puppy/dog manners and public manners to separation anxiety. As a "real world" dog trainer, I take training out of the classroom or home when both the pet and family are ready, and take training to the street. I also offer pet therapy training classes preparing both the handler and dog for their therapy test and future service as a therapy team. I also coordinate several pet therapy programs in the Seattle area. My complete bio, description of services, class dates and on line class registration is listed on my website at www.spokesdog.com.

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