Dress Up With Your Dogs This Halloween!

The season we’ve all been waiting for is here once again- the holidays! If you’re looking forward to kicking off the Fall season with a fun Halloween party or a casual night of trick or treating, you can’t forget about the dogs!

We have awesome Halloween costumes to share with you this year, and we’re so excited that a lot of them are perfect for dressing up WITH your dog! If you like themed costumes, we have ones that are fun to group together for families with more than one pet.

 

RadioFence.com Wizard of Oz Halloween Costumes

Wizard of Oz Halloween Costumes

If you like to keep it classic, The Wizard of Oz themed costumes are perfect! Complete with Dorothy, Tin Puppy, Lion, and Scarecrow witch – your dogs would look pawsome dressed up together!

 

Princess Themed Halloween Costumes

Every little girl wants to feel like a Princess… and your dogs are no different! Mirror, Mirror on the wall… your dog wants to dress up as Snow White this fall! The Gypsy Princess dress is a pawsome choice for those dogs who just can’t settle down. And for the dogs who can’t seem to stop napping the day away, the Sleeping Beauty inspired Pink Princess costume is a no-brainer. Or maybe your dog wants to channel her inner Cinderella with the adorable blue gown.

Alice in Wonderland Dog Costumes

Another fun, classic theme is Alice in Wonderland! Start with the Alice costume, add the White Rabbit, and choose from two different Queen of Hearts costumes! Pick either the Queen of Hearts or the Royal Queen of Hearts to complete the theme.

 

Superhero Costumes

We all think of our dogs as superheroes already, so why not show them how awesome they really are!  Create your own superhero group with these three amazing costumes that come in red, pink, and green.

Sailor Costumes

If you have a pair of dogs that have sailed the seven seas and said “there is no other fish in the sea for me,” then this set of sweetheart sailor costumes is for them! They will look like a million bucks paired together in these Sea Captain and Sweetheart Sailor Girl costumes.

 

Pirate Dog Costumes

Or maybe your dogs would like to take another approach to the open waters and want to be pirates! Create a whole group of adorable swashbucklers with the Buccaneer Pirate Dog, Pirate Captain, and Pirate Girl costumes.

Alpine Beer Dogs and Bavarian Lederhosen Dogs

If you and your dogs like to experience other cultures, then celebrate the beers of the world with the Alpine Beer Girl, Alpine Beer Boy, Bavarian Lederhosen, or Gretchen Beer Maiden. But never forget that your dogs can’t drink beer, and they should only celebrate by dressing up!

 

Whatever Halloween costumes you choose this year, we hope you have a ton of fun and stay safe! If you have any Halloween pictures of your pets to share with us, we would love to see them!

99% of all Puppies Sold Online and in Pet Stores are from Puppy Mills


Many of us want to experience the amazing companionship that comes with having a dog of our very own. But millions of people have been naturally conditioned to think “I want to go to the pet store and buy a puppy!” or “let’s look online for breeders!” rather than their instinct being to visit their local animal shelter.

The assumption that so many of us have been accustomed to believing is that we have to find a breeder to get a purebred dog. That is so far from true! The ASPCA says, “purebred dogs end up in shelters just like mixed breeds. Breed rescue groups exist for just about every breed possible. If you have your heart set on a purebred, please be sure to visit your local shelter or find a breed rescue group before searching for a breeder. If you can’t find what you want through a shelter or breed rescue group, please learn how to recognize a responsible breeder.

The harsh reality that most people aren’t aware of is that 99% of all dogs sold in pet stores and online are from a PUPPY MILL, and almost 100% of these puppies are infested with parasites when you purchase them. The ASPCA defines a puppy mill as “a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation that places profit over the well-being of its dogs—who are often severely neglected—and acts without regard to responsible breeding practices. Unlike responsible breeders, who place the utmost importance on producing the healthiest puppies possible, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of genetic quality. This results in generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects. Some puppy mill puppies are sold to pet shops—usually through a broker, or middleman—and marketed as young as eight weeks of age. The lineage records of puppy mill dogs are often falsified. Other puppy mill puppies are sold directly to the public, including over the Internet, through newspaper ads, and at swap meets and flea markets.”

Dogs used for breeding are usually kept in cages with wire floors which injure their paws and legs. Cages are sometimes stacked on top of each other and lined up in columns, so waste falls on the dogs in the cages below them. Poor health, matting, sores, mange, severe dental disease and abscesses are usually widespread with puppy mill dogs. Many sick puppies manage to end up at pet stores and the new puppy owner unknowingly purchases the sick dog.

According to the ASPCA “No Pet Store Puppies” Website:

There are roughly 10,000 puppy mills in the US with Missouri and Oklahoma producing HALF of all the puppies sold in pet stores alone. Some puppy mills can have up to 1,000 adult dogs breeding at once and up to 400 puppies born every year – more than one born per day. Every year there are approximately 4 MILLION puppies born in puppy mills but only about 2,000,000 are sold online and in pet stores because many are born with or develop physical problems that make them unwanted and either end up abandoned or left to die.

Madonna of the Mills, a courageous woman who dedicates her life to saving dogs trapped and tortured in puppy mills, explains that “almost every puppy sold in a pet store has a mother who will spend her entire life in a tiny cage, never being petted, never being walked, never being treated like a dog.” Breeding dogs usually spend their entire lives outdoors and the females usually have little or no recovery time between litters. When the females can no longer reproduce after a few years, the dogs are usually abandoned, shot, or starved until they eventually die.

If you still think that your breeder or pet store is telling the truth about their ethical breeding practices because they are “USDA licensed,” here’s what ASPCA has to say about that:

Below is the trailer for Dog by Dog, a documentary “that aims to wake up the American public to the horrible realities of puppy mills by following the money trail across the United States and confronting those that have maintained this corrupt and irresponsible system.”

There was also a special episode on the Oprah show dedicated to exposing puppy mills after she saw a billboard just off the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago that said ”Oprah: Do a show on puppy mills. The dogs need you” created by Bill Smith, the founder of Main Line Animal Rescue.

There are people out there like the ones you see in the videos that have the resources  and the means to expose the torturous conditions the dogs are living in. But without your help to spread their messages and get the word out to the masses, these dogs will continue to suffer.

Just to give you an idea of how little attention this horrible epidemic receives: The Madonna of the Mills trailer was posted on YouTube 3 years ago has only been viewed 2,007 times as of today. The Oprah episode is the only copy of the show on YouTube and has been viewed 464 times. The dog by dog documentary trailer was posted nearly a year ago and has only received 5,834 views.

People are constantly sharing “viral videos” on social media and talking about them with their friends, so why aren’t videos and documentaries as important as these being shared or viewed just as much if not more?

You are probably feeling just as as troubled, devastated, sick, hurt, and helpless as I am after learning about puppy mills. But you CAN do something to help! It is as easy as SHARING the knowledge and taking a stand against purchasing puppies from pet stores and online! The more people that learn what is going on, take a stand against puppy mills, and stop buying from pet stores that sell puppies, the less puppy mills there will be until they become extinct all together. If no one is buying the puppies, the money-hungry puppy mill owners will have no choice but to stop the cruelty.

There are so many shocking facts and lessons to be learned about puppy mills that cannot possibly be explained in one blog post, so please do more research for yourself and read the ASPCA FAQ’s about puppy mills. 

 

 

A Man and His Dog Travel the Country to Explore What Makes Us So In Love With Dogs

Today is National Read A Book Day! And I’ve decided my next read is going to be Travels With Casey. This book is about the experience Benoit Denizet-Lewis and his dog Casey have when they jump into an RV and set out to travel across the United States.

The funny thing is how honest Benoit is about why he decided to do this – he was worried his dog Casey didn’t like him very much! What started out as a road trip designed to help Benoit bond with Casey turned into something worth writing about – a 13,000 mile journey across 32 states that taught Benoit and Casey so much about what our relationship with our dog tells us about ourselves and our values.

The description of the book sounds too great to pass up: “On the way, Denizet-Lewis—known for his deeply reported dispatches from far corners of American life—falls in love, convinces himself that his RV is infested with bed bugs, and meets an irresistible cast of dogs and dog-obsessed humans. Denizet-Lewis and Casey hang out with wolf-dogs in Appalachia, search with a dedicated rescuer of stray dogs in Missouri, enter a dock-jumping competition in Florida, meet homeless teens and their dogs in Washington, spend a full day at a kooky dog park in Manhattan, sleep in a Beagle-shaped B&B in Idaho, get pulled over by a K9 cop in Missouri, and visit “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan in California. And then there are the pet psychics, dog-wielding hitchhikers, and two nosy women who took their neighbor to court for allegedly failing to pick up her dog’s poop.” Sounds like a must-read to me!

I can’t wait to start reading Travels with Casey! If you have read it and want to share your thoughts on the book, please comment :) Or if you have any other books you would love to recommend please share!

Check out Travels With Casey’s Facebook Page here.

Vet Shocked to Find 43.5 Socks Inside a Dog’s Stomach

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A three-year-old Great Dane in Portland, Oregon was rushed to the DoveLewis emergency animal hospital after his owners realized he was vomiting and suffering from extreme pain. An x-ray revealed “a stomach full of a large quantity of foreign material.” He was rushed into surgery, and two hours later Dr. Ashlee Magee was shocked by what she discovered: 43.5 socks inside the dog’s stomach! The dog made a full recovery, however the socks did not.

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The animal hospital’s spokeswoman, Shawna Harch, told news reporters that “it’s perhaps the strangest case in the hospital’s history and certainly the record set for the most socks eaten.” She said the owners were unavailable for comment, and she couldn’t release their names.

Now that I think about it… would you notice if 22 pairs of your socks were missing? Do you even own 22 pairs of socks? I certainly don’t!

The vet hospital heard of a contest hosted by Veterinary Practice News which is a magazine for vets. The contest has been going on for nearly 10 years and is called “They Ate WHAT?” To enter, vets had to submit an x-ray and case details. DoveLewis vet hospital came in third place and won $500! They are using the money for a fund to help low-income families pay for vet bills.

I would love to hear from you! Have your pets eaten anything they shouldn’t have or have they needed surgery? Comment below :)

Dog Saves Her Owner After They Were Hit by A Car

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John Miles owes his life to his devoted Husky/Beagle Mix named Lucy. They were taking their typical routine walk when they were both hit by a car which left John laying in the road unconscious. Lucy suffered a torn ACL and fractures but managed to limp to the closest business and cry outside for help until someone heard her and followed her as she led them to where John was laying in the road.

Lucy is the perfect example of how selfless, devoted, and naturally good-hearted dogs are.