15 Gifts On Your Dog’s Christmas List

 

Christmas shopping can be a stressful and daunting task when you’re standing in the middle of a store with the pressure of finding the perfect gift for those special people in your life. But finding the perfect gift for your furry best friend has never been easier, and you can feel great about what you picked out from the comfort of your own home when you order online from our store – RadioFence.com! With 100′s of pawsome dog-approved presents to choose from, you really can’t go wrong with anything you choose.

1. AutoSlide Automatic Door


For a lot of us, the holiday season is a great opportunity to spoil yourself and your loved ones with the newest and greatest invention or technology. The AutoSlide is the latest, brand-new dog product that you won’t find anywhere else! It doesn’t get any better than the AutoSlide automatic patio door system which turns your existing sliding glass, patio, screen, or even interior door into an automatic door that opens and closes using Infra-Red sensors much like the doors you walk through at the grocery store. Never worry about getting up and down to let your dog in and out of the house multiple times a day – because we all know as soon as they come inside they’re ready to go back out again! The simple do-it-yourself system can be installed in less than 30 minutes. You can also open and close the automatic door with switches on the wall or a remote that you control. Check it out:

2. Holiday Clothes

Dog clothes are not for everybody, but if you love to get festive with your dog around the holidays, then our holiday dog clothes are perfect for you and provide the comfort your dog craves!

We also have other holiday varieties including themed holiday dresses and holiday hoodie sweatshirts for a more casual Christmas all cuddled up with the family.

3. Dog Crate End Table

Having a dog crate is a necessity for some, but they often exist in our homes without much thought put into how they look, where they should go in the room, or how they go with the rest of our decorating theme. A dog crate end table has all of the luxuries your dog needs in a dog crate but is also extremely functional and attractive-looking for you and your family which makes it a great gift for you and your dog. No more wire crates that stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of the room!

4. Cozy Cave Pet Bed

A new bed will make your dog feel amazing this holiday season. We know they can get worn out after awhile, and there’s no better time to freshen up and get a replacement than Christmas time. We have such a huge selection of dog beds that it’s hard to choose just one as our favorite.

The bed we’re getting our dog Jem for Christmas this year is the Cozy Cave because of it’s unique design. It’s perfect for dogs that like the burrow or nest in bed. Jem nudges my arm for me to lift the blanket up so she can burry herself and feel warm and secure under the covers. This bed is perfect for her, and we can’t wait to see her reaction on Christmas morning!

 

5. Dart Interactive Toy

Everybody loves opening a new toy on Christmas morning, and your dog will love you for getting her the Dart Interactive Laser Toy to keep her occupied with fun for hours. Especially dogs that are stuck inside for hours at a time due to the harsh winter weather and need to burn some energy!

6. Car Seat

Dogs love and need car seats for so many reasons. Safety, comfort, anxiety relief, spacial awareness, etc. Imagine being in the car and being too short to see anything that is going on outside the moving car. That can make even the most relaxed dogs feel uneasy even if they don’t show it. Car seats boost dogs up so they can see out the windows. Dogs are very vulnerable in the car without the safety of a seatbelt like humans have. A car seat is the perfect place in the car for your dog to be safe and comfortable for even the longest road trips or just short errands around town!

 

We bought our Beagle Jem her first car seat two years ago for Christmas when she was just a small puppy and it made such a huge difference for her. She immediately relaxed, felt secure, and let loose for all of our car rides. I loved being able to strap the Console Car Seat to the center console and have her close to me while I drove, and she seemed to love our quality time just as much as I did.

 

 

7. Bicycle Basket

Your dog won’t be able to contain her excitement when you present her with a bike basket! Spending quality time with our dogs is priority number one, and any time there is a new opportunity to get out of the house and explore together is exciting. Going on walks is already so thrilling for your dog, but going for a bike ride with the family is a dream come true.  

8. Elevated Dog Bowl

With so many dog bowls to choose from out there, how do you ever know if you’re picking the right one? Veterinarians suggest elevated dog feeders because they allow dogs to eat using proper posture, promote good hygiene, alleviate pain due to arthritis, neck, or back problems, help dogs with megaesophagus that have difficulty swallowing, dogs with digestive issues, and dogs with disabilities. Comfort is so important, and your dog will love you even more for improving his eating abilities.

9. Automatic Meal Feeder

Automatic meal feeders are an amazing tool to have in the house that use timers to feed your dog his meal at the same times every day. Sometimes your schedule gets crazy, you find it hard to be home at the same time every day to feed on schedule, you feel guilty for having to stay late at work, or you get caught up with an emergency. You can have peace of mind knowing that you never have to worry about your dog missing a meal no matter what happens when life gets crazy. Automatic feeders also aid with preventing obesity and overeating.

10. Water Fountain

Research shows that one of the best ways to improve your dog’s health is to get her to drink more water. Water fountains are the best way to encourage dogs to drink more water and are much better than standard bowls. Humans don’t like to drink water that has been sitting out all day, and your dog is no different. Fountains provide your dog with fresh and filtered water all day every day and look beautiful in any kitchen with the variety of colors and styles available.

11. SUV Cargo Liner

SUV cargo liners are an awesome alternative for dogs that are too big for a car seat but still desire a comfortable place to call their own in the car. They’re great for you as well because they shield and protect the carpet in your car from dirt, dander, fur, spills, or accidents.

12. Strollers and Bike Trailers

If your dog is too big to fit into a bike basket, there’s nothing better than a bike trailer for your family. If you love to travel and explore with your dog, you definitely want a stroller that converts into a bike trailer. If you’d rather just have a stroller or just have a bike trailer, there are those options as well. You and your playful pup can have so much fun biking together!

13. Wicker Crates and Cozy Crate Covers

Wicker crates are a great alternative to traditional wire crates because they tend to go better with the rest of the decor in your home rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. If you don’t want to make the upgrade to a new crate, you can still accessorize your existing wire crate to make it more aesthetically pleasing with a crate cover. More importantly, crate covers provide supreme comfort for your dog far beyond what he can get with a traditional crate alone. They give you the style you want and the comfort your dog deserves. Even better, research shows that crate covers reduce barking because they ease stress.

14. Play Pen

Play pens are awesome to have whether you use it at home or on the go since they are very portable. Just when you thought you’d considered every option there is to entertain your dog, we found an amazing video of a pug having a blast with his playpen and about 100 plastic balls. Check it out and see why your dog needs a playpen too! 

15. Pet Steps

Pet stairs can provide life-changing relief for your dog. There are so many instances when we wish they could talk and tell us what they need, and if they could they would ask for a set of pet stairs! Your dog needs help getting onto the couch, bed, or into the car. Stairs are recommended by veterinarians for all dogs to prevent injury and arthritis from excessive jumping and are necessary for small, older, or disabled dogs. There are also pet ramps for easily getting in and out of the car.

 

There are so many amazing dog products that improve the lives of our furry best friends as well as our own lives tremendously. This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to spoil your dog and yourself. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our family at RadioFence.com to yours!

Our Dogs Jem and Zoey - Christmas 2013

 

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. 

 

 

Important Dog Food Recall Notice


On Tuesday August 26 Pedigree released a voluntary notice of a recall of 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food because of “the possible presence of a foreign material.” Pedigree knows that the affected bags were only 15 pound bags sold in Dollar General stores in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Louisiana. Pedigree believes that there are “small metal fragments” that may “present a risk of injury if consumed.” However they claim the metal fragments are not “embedded in the food itself.” They are working with Dollar General to get the bags removed from inventory to ensure they are not sold to consumers.

If you have purchased a 15 pound bag of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food from a Dollar General in any of those four states, you can examine the bag to see if yours is one included in the recall. Affected bags have the lot code “432C1KKM03″ printed on the back near the UPC code (23100 10944) and “Best Before 8/5/15″ date.

Pedigree Recall Information from blog.radiofence.com

Pedigree says that no other dog food bags are affected by this recall. If you have any friends or family with dogs that might be affected by this recall, please help by sharing this post via social media so as many people are informed of this as possible.

965 Dogs Dead Presumably From Trifexis

965 Dog Deaths Presumably Caused By Trifexis - blog.radiofence.com

965 Dog Deaths Presumably Caused By Trifexis - blog.radiofence.com

Trifexis – the FDA approved monthly medication created to prevent fleas and heart worms for dogs – may not be safe according to more than 965 people who suspect that their dogs have died from the drug.

Trifexis reports on its website that “to receive FDA approval Trifexis was tested in hundreds of dogs, and detailed clinical reports were submitted for intense review. Adverse events are reported to the FDA, and concerns are thoroughly investigated.” Side effects listed for Trifexis include: vomiting, itching, lethargy, diarrhea, dermatitis, skin reddening, decreased appetite, and pinnal reddening.

Preventative Vet has put together an excellent article concerning the allegations against Trifexis by looking at both sides of the issue. Preventative Vet’s answer to people’s question “does Trifexis kill dogs?” is that “there is currently a suspicion, though no conclusive proof, that there may be some significant safety problems with one of the most popular heartworm preventatives — Trifexis. It appears as though these concerns are being taken seriously and are currently under investigation by the appropriate people and agencies.“ 

Speaking from experience, I gave my dogs Zoey and Jem Trifexis after they were both out of the puppy stage as their first flea/heartworm medication. Zoey had the most trouble with the drug.

When she first started taking Trifexis, I was using it strictly as a preventative rather than a “cure” for any pre -existing conditions. She was young and didn’t have a single case of fleas or heart worm problems, but I knew it was important to take precautions. As soon as she started taking Trifexis, I noticed a very severe change in her stool almost immediately. Her stool had this milky white slimy membrane over it which I had never seen before. I was very concerned. The vet examined her and said it was probably a side effect from the Trifexis, and it was not something I needed to worry about (but of course any dog mom is going to worry!) I decided to follow the vet’s advice and give her another dose of Trifexis the next month (the problem with her stool only seemed to last the first two days after taking it). I was very strict about giving her doses exactly when they were due to keep her as protected as possible from fleas or heart worm.

We moved into a rental home with a large back yard, and the previous owners had cats. I began to suspect she had fleas even though she had been taking Trifexis to prevent them. A visit to the vet confirmed that she did in fact have her first case of fleas! I was shocked, disappointed, and felt gipped. I thought I was doing the right thing by giving her Trifexis to prevent fleas, and then she got them anyway as if the product hadn’t worked at all. After the scary side effect she experienced with her stool and a case of the fleas, it was easy for me to make the decision to take her off of Trifexis without any regrets. Since she has been off of it, she has never had that problem with her stool again and has been 100% flea-free. She now receives a heart worm shot from her vet twice a year that lasts 6 months, and I give her K9 Advantix because she spends lots of time in the woods where we have seen ticks.

The most popular news story covering this topic can be viewed below:

Only you can make the choice when it comes to deciding which flea and heart worm preventatives are best for your family’s dog. Having said that, I think it is extremely important that we all do our own research and understand as best we can all of the options out there and learn from the experiences of others. If Trifexis is causing other peoples’ dogs to have problems and many of them suspect it is the cause of death for their precious pups, then you might decide to air on the side of caution and think carefully before giving it to your dog.

On the other hand, I completely agree with Preventative Vet’s advice on this Trifexis dilemma when they say that “while the investigation is ongoing, you shouldn’t panic and you shouldn’t jump to conclusions – especially if your dog has been safely on Trifexis for some time now. However, If you do decide to change preventatives — which is your right and there are lots of other effective medications out there for you and your veterinarian to choose from — you should be sure to do so only with the counseling and input of your veterinarian.” Couldn’t have said it better myself!

 

Why Do Some Dogs Sleep On Their Backs?

It doesn’t seem to matter when or where my dog Zoey is sleeping or lounging around, she almost always goes belly-side up! As soon as I put her in the passenger’s seat of my car, she flops onto her back and stares at me with her adorable little upside-down grin (I bring her everywhere I can with me!).

ZoeyTheAussie

When she hops up onto the couch in the living room, she almost always flips over and hangs out belly up! She will look around and stare sweetly at everyone in the room, and you can’t help but smile when you see her lounging.

Even when she is in play-mode, she will grab a toy and roll over onto her back with the toy between her front paws and toss it up in the air to amuse herself. It is one of the cutest things she does, and hangers are her favorite “toy!”

ZoeyTheAussie

She will also follow me to bed, press her nose against me a few times to tell me she is ready to play her favorite game: “bite the mysterious human hands under the covers.” She can’t go to bed before she wrestles with her Beagle sister Jem. After play time, she rolls over onto her back when she is ready to try to fall asleep. She will lay there in this cute pose for a few minutes until I see her slowly drifting off to sleep.

My first thought when Zoey sleeps, plays, and hangs out laying on her back is how adorable and funny it is, but I have recently started to wonder if there are real reasons behind why she does this and how common it is for dogs to lay belly-up, so I did some research:

According to Vet Street, 5-10% of domesticated dogs sleep on their backs. Zoey is part of the minority!

It’s a Sign of Security

According to an article I read on The Daily Puppy, the happiest and most secure dogs go belly-up and sleep on their backs. A sound-sleeping dog on her back demonstrates that she is extremely comfortable around you and feels very safe (Yay for Zoey!). Dogs will most likely not sleep on their backs if they are not feeling secure, because this position exposes their more vulnerable area.

It’s Comfortable

Sleeping belly-up is likely to be the most comfortable position for dogs because their muscles can completely relax. Dogs that sleep on their stomachs or curled up in a ball still have their muscles tensed which is not as comfortable. Back-sleepers have their muscles completely un-tensed, are the most relaxed, and tend to sleep deeper.

It Helps Them Cool Off

Sleeping on their backs helps dogs cool off when they are feeling too warm. Exposing their stomachs helps them cool off faster. The stomach has the least amount of fur, so flopping over feels like shedding a layer of clothing for dogs. This is one of the reasons Zoey will go belly-up in the car. After a long walk in the park, she exposes her belly as a way to cool down.

They Use it to Show Affection

Dogs who sleep on their backs also tend to be good communicators who want to use their body language to show you that they are feeling happy! Especially during playtime, happy dogs will roll over hoping for a rewarding belly rub. If your dog trusts you, she will invite and appreciate a good tummy scratch. Affectionate back-sleepers will lie pressed against their owners or other dogs to give you love and show you that they trust you. Sleeping in this close position allows your dog to feel like she is bonding with you and protecting you.

Zoey has slept pressed right up against my side ever since she was 1 year old, and it still melts my heart to this day! I feel such a strong bond with her when she sleeps so close to me. She may not be able to tell me how she is feeling (although sometimes I really wish she could!), but she sure does show me how happy she is which means everything to me!

I would love to hear from you! Does your dog love being on his or her back like Zoey? Share your stories and/or photos with me in the comments. :)