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April 05, 2018

We asked the Chief of Veterinary Services, Dr. Louisa Poon, at the Denver Animal Shelter to answer some questions we've always wanted to know about working at an animal shelter. If you're just as curious as us, grab some tissues and read on, a few of these answers will give you some serious feels. 

 

1. How do shelter veterinarians differ from those who work at or run a private practice?

Shelter veterinarians are tasked with "herd health" which is essentially infectious disease control in a large group of animals. On any given day, Denver Animal Shelter will have 150-300 animals in our care. Also, shelter veterinarians commonly will do up to 30 surgeries per day which is quite uncommon in a private practice. 

 

2. What does high-quality care mean in a shelter setting?

When thinking about high-quality care in a shelter setting, we think of the "5 Freedoms". The "5 Freedoms" are:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst (food and water)
  • Freedom from discomfort (shelter)
  • Freedom from pain, injury, and disease (medical care)
  • Freedom to express normal behavior (exercise)
  • Freedom from fear and distress (love and understanding)

 

3. What areas of expertise are employed by a shelter vet?

As the Chief of Veterinary Services, I focus on: infectious disease control (herd health); high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgeries; and routine examination and diagnosis of sick and injured animals.

 

4. Why do shelters need a veterinarian?

Many stray animals come into the shelter with injuries and without a veterinarian at the shelter, the sick and injured animals would not be able to receive timely diagnostics and treatment. Shelter veterinarians also provide spay/neuter surgeries to intact animals prior to adoption.

 

5. What is the biggest comeback in an animal's health you've witnessed?

A cat with a severe injury to the head after being hit by a car. The cat had sustained so much trauma that the left eye was pushed out of the socket, the hard palate was fractured down the middle, and the lower jaw was fractured. It took a while for the cat to recover but after six weeks of care, the cat was adopted!

 

6. Have you yourself rescued an animal that you've treated?

Yes definitely, sometimes it is hard to let go. Besides working full time at the shelter, I foster for a few different rescue groups as well. I adopted a little terrier that came to the shelter after being attacked by a large dog. I fostered this little terrier for 3 weeks and fell in love. Now he is a member of my pack.

 

7. Historically animal shelters seemed more like processing centers, where animals were either adopted or euthanized within a few days. But now, with no-kill shelters becoming more and more popular, how do you keep up with the large number of animals coming in that need treatment?

It is very fortunate that I live and work in Colorado where all the rescue groups and shelters work closely with one another. We help each other by providing expertise, equipment, and other resources to make sure each animal gets the best care and outcome. Without the support of our partners, we would not be able to save as many lives as we do. Another big part of our success is due to the generosity of our volunteers and donors like Buckley. Resources are always limited but with our volunteers and donors, we are able to help so many more animals.

 

8. Now that the weather is starting to heat up a bit, what are some precautions I can take for my dog in hot weather? How do I know if my dog is dehydrated and what should I do if they are?

When the expected temperature exceeds 80° F, it is best to exercise during the early morning or in the evening, when it is cooler. Always have water available for your dog. Just like with people, certain individuals are more suspected to heat stroke. So if your dog is a puppy, elderly, sick, or overweight, your dog will be more susceptible to overheating. Certain breeds such as English bulldogs, French bulldogs, and other breeds with a "flat face", overheat and suffer from heat stroke very easily. If you are concerned that your dog is dehydrated or is panting heavily due to overheating, seek veterinary care immediately.  

 

9. How do you detach from the emotional stress of your job when you go home?

Processing the negative emotions that come up with the job can be very difficult and to be honest, I am not always successful. My veterinary staff is amazing and we provide each other a lot of emotional support. After all, the people that are "in the trenches" with you are the people who understand the situation the best. WIthout their understanding and never-ending support, I don't think I would be able to handle the stresses of this job. Another thing that helps me to detach from the emotional stress of my job when I go home is a balanced home life. I love to spend time with my dogs and my spouse. I am very active and love to exercise. Without other interests and hobbies in my home life, I would constantly be thinking about work and that would be super stressful!

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We are in awe of the passion and dedication it takes to work as a veterinarian in an animal shelter and we are so thankful for all of their hard work. Thank you again to Dr. Lisa Poon from the Denver Animal Shelter! Stay tuned for our follow-up blog: Ten Questions We've Always Wanted to Ask a Shelter Sargent.

 

February 12, 2018

Johanne & Tonto: A Love Story

It was only a year ago now that Johanne, of Eugene, Oregon, laid eyes on who was to become her new life companion, Tonto. Though she didn’t know it at the time, this scruffy street dog on her Costa Rican vacation was going to steal her heart and she’d end up going to great lengths to make sure he was able to come back home with her.

 

Tonto's last day in Costa Rica. 

 

It all started when Johanne spotted Tonto on a walk around the town of Dominical, he took a liking to her and began following her around everywhere she went. She fell in love with his stubborn personality and silly behavior, reminiscent of her girlfriend, Emilie, whom she was missing back home. She let Tonto follow her for the next week, they did everything together. Their friendship blossomed over the week she was in there, but she was already scheduled to leave for a distant town. She made up her mind that if she made it back to the town after, she would adopt him. She wanted to bring him home.

 

Photo by @leazaglinphotography

 Tonto and Johanne.

 

A week later Johanne made her way back to the town of Dominical. She searched high and low, asking the locals if they had seen this scruffy grey dog running around the streets, of course they had, they’d seen hundreds. If you’re not familiar with Costa Rica (or most Latin American countries) street dogs are normal, like part of the furniture in the living room of life. But Johanne didn't give up, she wanted to find Tonto.

 

Photo by @leazaglinphotography

 Johanne, Tonto, and Emilie enjoying the sunshine.

 

On the last night of Johanne’s visit to Dominical, she went to a bar near her hotel to say goodbye to some friends she had made on her travels. There, sitting on a couch between a few of her friends, was Tonto. She was elated. Johanne couldn’t believe she had actually found this dog she had fallen in love with a week prior. She kept her promise to adopt him and spent the next few days getting all of the paperwork together to bring him home.

 

Photo by @leazaglinphotography

 Emilie, Johanne, and Tonto playing in the park.

 

After convincing her friends and family that this was the right thing to do, Johanne and Tonto bordered one of the four flights they needed to take to get back to Eugene. The first couple of days weren't easy, a snowstorm and broken water pipes in her home forced them take the long drive up to Seattle to stay with friends while repairs were made. It’s no surprise that the weather was hard for Tonto at first. From the tropical climate of Costa Rica, to the cold and rainy winters of the Pacific Northwest was no easy transition, but big blankets and lots of cuddles helped Tonto acclimate.  

 

 Tonto and his kitty sister, Butters, having a lazy day inside.

 

Today, Johanne and Tonto have been together for 1 year. Not every day is easy, he’s still a street dog at heart, but everybody that meets Tonto immediately falls in love and he makes friends out of every stranger, dog and human. Like all love stories, theirs comes with ups and downs, but the joy of having each other makes every second worth it.

 

 Tonto, Johanne, and Butters on a winter walk.

 

We hope you all have a lovely Valentines day and that you’re able to spend it with the ones you love, whether it's your favorite human or your #Buckleypet. Stay tuned for more love stories and other Buckley “tails” over the coming months! See you soon!

January 02, 2018

Santa Paws 2017

This holiday season, Buckley had the pleasure of sponsoring Denver radio station  KJHM Jammin 101.5’s Santa Paws contest in Denver, Colorado in conjunction with the Denver Animal Shelter.
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For the inaugural Santa Paws contest, listeners of 101.5 KJHM submitted photos of their dogs/cats to the contest and other listeners voted on their favorites. The first place winner won a $250 gift card to PetSmart and the top 10 get a Buckley prize pack. Also, in affiliation with the Santa Paws contest, we’ve donated a 4 lb pallet of our Liberty Kibble to the Denver Animal Shelter!
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We asked Andrea Petrucelli of 101.5 KJHM why she and her team love working with the Denver Animal Shelter. “We have a great relationship with the Denver Animal Shelter and do whatever we can to encourage our listeners to adopt these furry friends!” she says. “In the past, we have done the 12 Strays of Christmas, where we bring different pets in to the office for 12 days in hopes they would get adopted - and they have been! Jammin 101.5 listeners are pet lovers, so we always do something to highlight the cute pets in the Mile High!”
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We are so excited to share the pictures of the winners of the Santa Paws Contest because...well...they’re adorable! See them below!
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for 1 year old, Wyatt!

Paco and Bruno have been very good boys this year, Santa!

Missy is going all out for her first Christmas!

Kobi Bear is looking forward to treats from Santa!

Santa Paws is coming to town and he looks a lot like Jax!

Bear is only 4 months old and already on the good list!

With 5 Christmas’s under her belt, Apple Bee knows what it takes to get on Santa’s good list.

We hope you and your furry family had an awesome holiday season and 2017--Happy New Year!

November 22, 2017

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes for Dogs.

Thanksgiving is the day we celebrate friends, family, and pets by sitting down around the table (some under it) to eat, talk and laugh. When the day comes to an end, we often find ourselves with an abundance of leftover food. In case you were in need of some inspiration for using your Thanksgiving scraps, we’ve compiled a couple of our favorite Thanksgiving-inspired recipes from “hoomans” that you can share with your #Buckleypet.

It’s Turkey Time!

This recipe is one of our favorites and it’s made by Jennifer in Bainbridge Island, WA, for her two dogs, Finn and Angus, who love Thanksgiving dinner as much as anyone else in her family. This recipe uses turkey, which is not only delicious but lean and healthy. With the perfect balance of protein and tasty vegetables, it’s perfect for your pup! If you’re using the turkey leftover from dinner, skip the cooking part and be sure to use the white meat only and to take out all of the bones before serving.

You will need: 1 pound ground (if not using leftovers) turkey, 2 cups brown rice, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1 (16 ounce) package frozen broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.

Cook about 2 cups of brown rice according to package directions. While the rice is cooking, cook your frozen veggies according to the package directions. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the pot is heated, add 1 pound of ground turkey and cook until browned on each side. This process is made easier if you continuously crumble and stir the turkey as it cooks. After the turkey is cooked, add the veggies and brown rice. Cook until all of the ingredients are heated. This should only take a few minutes. Take the pot off the heat and let it cool before serving.

Vegetarians Delight

If you’re a vegetarian, chances are that your dog will be too. Lucky for you, there a plenty of healthy recipes that don't need meat and are great for your pup! Sarah, from Seattle, WA, loves feeding her dog “healthy scraps” after her Thanksgiving dinner. If all of the ingredients are coming from your table, be sure that they are safe for your dog to eat and you haven’t added too much sugar or dairy. Onions are a big no-no and corn is harder for your dog to digest, so it’s recommended that you don’t feed them corn very often. There are plenty of online articles that will help you determine what food is safe and not so safe for your dog to eat.

You will need: 1 cup of leftover mashed potatoes (or cook up a new batch using no dairy products), 1 can of kidney beans, 1 can peas, 1 can of corn and 1 cup of cooked carrots and anything else you might think your dog will enjoy.

Put all of the ingredients in a large pot and warm them over medium heat. Once all of the ingredients are warm, take off the heat and let it cool before serving.

   

If you want to enhance the nutritional value of your pups Thanksgiving feast, add Liberty™ Freeze-Dried as a topper.

Now it’s time to feast! We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and get to share it with the people and pets you love!

October 27, 2017

3 Ways to Turn an Old T-shirt into a New Toy for Your Pup

If you’re a dog owner, you’re probably aware that having a dog isn’t cheap. From quality dog food, to surprise vet visits, our furry friend often cost us a pretty penny. Dog toys can also end up costing you (especially if your dog tears through one or two a week), so we want to share a few easy projects using old T-shirts that are durable, easy, and that you can do yourself!

Braided T-Shirt with Ball.

This is a favorite of ours. All you need is an old t-shirt and a tennis ball.

  1. First, grab your tennis ball and carefully make a hole about an inch in diameter on opposite ends of the tennis ball (so you can see through the ball to the other side). An Exacto-knife is a good tool for this - but remember to be careful cutting - those things are sharp!
  2. Grab an old t-Shirt and flatten it out in front of you. Carefully cut three 4-5 inch strips lengthwise from your t-shirt.
  3. With all the of strips lying lengthwise, knot the three strips together at one end. Braid the strips together until you get to the end. Before knotting the other end of the braid, slide your ball onto the braid.
  4. Secure the ball by knotting the other end of the braid.

That’s it! You and your pup now have a new favorite tug and fetch toy. Prepare yourself for hours of fun!

DIY T-Shirt Ball

For this project, you're only going to need a ball (a tennis ball is ideal), two large strips of fabric, a long small strip of fabric, and a pair of Scissors.

  1. First, carefully cut the fabric into two large strips about 5 to 6 inches wide and the length of the t-shirt.
  2. Lay the two pieces of large fabric in an X formation and place the ball in the center.
  3. Pull the fabric around the ball and use the small piece of fabric to secure the ball inside the fabric. Cut the small piece of fabric down so there isn't excess hanging off the toy. You can use the excess small fabric to tie the ends of the braids.
  4. Cut the large sections of fabric into three even strips.starting from the bottom to the base of the ball.  
  5. Braid each section tightly. The tighter the better because it’s harder for dogs to chew through. After the section is braided, use the remaining small piece of fabric to tie the ends of the braids.

There you have it! Now your pup has more than a ball, they have a ball with legs!

The Four-Legged Friend

A four-legged friend for our four-legged friend? Yes, please! This one is perfect for a pup to play tug of war or a chew on with a few playmates.

  1. Start with cutting six strips of cloth in three different colors. Preferably 5 inches wide and the shirt's length from neck to bottom.
  2. Braid each set of three and knot them at each end to hold the braid in place. The tighter the better!  
  3. Bend the braids in the middle and then tie them together at the bend.
  4. Knot the two braids together in the center.

Voila! You have a brand new (and very durable) toy for your furry four-legged friend!

 There you have it! You don’t need money to give your dog the coolest new toys, just lots of old t-shirts! If you get a chance to make one of these toys, be sure to share with us on social using our #buckleypet hashtag! We would love to see how your dog likes them!

 ***Also, don't forget that October is Adopt-A-Dog month and we’re pretty sure there are plenty of furry friends in need of a home and some homemade toys! Even if you’re not in the position to adopt right now, consider making some of these toys and donating them. Stop by your local animal shelter to learn how you can get involved!

October 02, 2017

Adopt-A-Dog Month: 4 Tails of Adoption

Sometimes all you need is a second chance. When you adopt, you're saving a life and opening up room in shelters for other pets in need. To celebrate Adopt-A-Dog Month in October, we are sharing the ups and downs of adoption from the perspective of four families.  

Chelle, Clint, and Buckley Pet Ambassadors Whitley, Alfie, and Morrie from Inwood, WV.

 “We always wanted to adopt but also had a specific breed in mind so it sounded awesome for us to rescue our favorite breed. We have three Jack Russell Terriers, two of them are rescues. Whitley is a rescue (he was from a puppy mill and then given to us by his first owner who said she didn't have time for him). When we got him, he was skin and bones, timid, and very independent. He's been with us for over a year now and his personality has completely morphed into the way that we love him. He is now a snuggle bug, playful, and just has a wonderful zest for life. Our oldest dog, Alfie was severely abused. We were told that he was locked in a crate, muzzled, and then stuffed in a closet for many years. When he got to us, he was terrified of windows going down, brooms, and the sound of traffic. It took a lot of time and patience to teach him that our hands were for love and that what he was experiencing in his life now was normal and nothing to be scared of. There were tough times with both of our rescues even though Alfie was the hardest. We know he counts on us to give him happiness for the rest of his life. Be patient, very patient and just give love - all a dog really wants in life is love.”

 Leah and Buckley Pet Sachi from Seattle, WA.

“If you buy a purebred puppy from a breeder there’s no guarantee that it’s personality/style will match yours. Every dog is different and is going to have different needs. If you go to a shelter, you at least have the opportunity to look at/interact with adult dogs to get an idea of their personality and energy level and decide if that dog would fit your lifestyle. I knew that I wanted a pit bull or pit mix and there are so many of them in rescues and shelters waiting for a forever home that it was not hard to find the kind of dog I was looking for (on the smaller side, housebroken, etc) without going to a breeder. I met and played with a few dogs at the shelter before finding Sachi, the one I ended up taking home. I saw Sachi in a kennel and thought she was cute so I decided to take her out to the field and throw a tennis ball for her to fetch.  When she brought the ball back, instead of dropping it for me to throw again, she laid down in my lap with it and was much more interested in me than playing fetch. How could I say no to that?!

Ronnie and Buckley Pet Chloe from Salem, OR.

“Chloe is a big, beautiful dog. She is actually a Staffordshire Terrier mixed with boxer. People are drawn to her personality, probably the smile and the way she dances when she meets people. I call it "puppying". She can be very protective but not aggressive. Three years ago my first grandchild came along and Chloe loves that little girl. I became convinced that all Chloe needed to make her life happier was to have a kid to call her own. We now have a two-year-old at home who adores her and they are inseparable. It never occurred to me to buy a dog because there are so many dogs out there who needed a home. Who’s to say that a purebred puppy is going to match your personality or lifestyle any better than a sweet dog who has never experienced the joy of a fur-ever home? The joy Chloe has brought to me and to the family is much greater than any of the difficulties we have had. When a great big dog climbs into your lap and tries to curl up like a lap dog, you know they love and trust you. They are finally experiencing love and joy for the first time in a long time.”

 Emily, Miles, and Buckley Pet Lady Bird from San Francisco, CA.

“We love dogs and initially wanted a Golden Retriever or Aussie, but after our friends had positive dog adoption stories, we widened our scope to other breeds that were available in shelters. We both grew up with purebred dogs but agree that rescue mutts are just as, if not more, awesome and deserve a second shot at life. When I first saw Lady Bird (she was Birdie back then) she was crying and trying to shove her face through the gap in her pen to lick me. I was first on the waiting list to meet with her, and she ran out into the meeting area wiggling, soft, and full of personality. You know your rescue dog is yours when you can't imagine living another second of your life without them! The first few months were a perfect storm with everything from giardia to kennel cough and even her sucking the ink out of a ballpoint pen. It felt like we were living with a coyote. Since then, her personality has bloomed and she’s transformed into a furry potato dog that thinks she’s a Shih Tzu. With lots of work, my boyfriend and I have learned when to give her space and what works to nix her bad behavior. She loves small children, peanuts, yogurt, and has claimed all our dirty socks as her babies.”

Thank you to all our Buckley Pets and their humans for sharing their stories with us. Tune into our social accounts for more adoption stories throughout the rest of Adopt-A-Dog month!

August 30, 2017

Holistic Medicine: What Is It and Is It Right For Your Dog  

For Holistic Pet Day, we're taking a closer look at the practice and its benefits

Maybe it was four years ago, maybe it was four days ago, whenever it was, you’ll never forget the day you brought home your four-legged fur-ever friend. With all the joy that comes with owning a new pet, comes many uncertainties. But if there’s one thing you're absolutely sure about, it’s giving your pet the best life possible. The decision to bring them to a traditional vet versus trying a more holistic approach is an important one, so we took a closer look at the practice.

What is holistic pet care?

In a nutshell, holistic medicine studies the overall health of a person or animal. This means a balance of the mind, the body, and the spirit for a healthy life. Holistic vets search for ways to treat the causes of a disease or ailment, rather than just the symptoms. With holistic medicine on the rise, more and more veterinarians are analyzing pet’s environments, nutrition, daily physical activity, and emotions. When a vet has a better understanding of a pet as a whole, they can treat them with diet, massage therapy, acupuncture or herbal remedies.

What’s the deal with raw food?

Holistic vets usually encourage a change in your pet’s diet to fight off obesity, cancer and other serious diseases. The hard part is, most of the food you find at your local market is made with soy, wheat, corn, and other ingredients that aren’t necessarily great for your dog to consume on a daily basis. If you do your research and feed your dog more raw food, you can give them the wholesome nutrients that they need for a healthy stomach, skin, and bones.

Photo: @loki_adventures_

How can you incorporate these things into your dog's daily life?

Let’s be honest, not everybody has the time or money to feed their dog raw food and take them to a holistic vet, but this doesn't mean you can’t make little changes in your dog's daily life to help their overall health. Try using our Liberty Freeze Dried as a meal topper - It's a great way to incorporate raw food into your pup's diet without breaking the bank. By feeding them whole animal nutrition with antioxidant rich vegetables and healthy oils and by doing your research when picking a vet, you’re on the path to supporting optimal health for your dog.


Photo: @bernesebentley

If you want to give holistic medicine a try, we recommend you go into your local holistic veterinarian to learn more. You can also reward your pup with our wholesome, all-natural dog food and treats, made to give your pup a happier and healthier life.


For more info on holistic pet care, check out the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association online.

July 28, 2017

7 Tips for Traveling with Dogs

Photo: @greywolf.blackfox

 

Traveling with pets can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit stressful (particularly if your pet can get anxious when you deviate from routine). There are pet-specific logistics to arrange and some extra considerations to take into account, but if you plan properly, your trip with your furbaby can be much smoother!

 

  1. International Travel - Documents and Vaccinations 

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  • Check out pettravelstore.com - they’ve got great information about what you need to bring your pet to a lot of destinations, even without paying for the paperwork packages.
  • Talk to your vet - most vets know what each country requires or can at least direct you to where to look.
  • Check the country’s website for rules related to bringing pets across the border.

 

  1. Travel Arrangements

Photo: @greywolf.blackfox
  • Call the airline in advance
    • Let them know you’re traveling with a pet. Some airlines only allow a certain number of pets on a flight, so be sure to call as soon as you can.
    • Find out what their rules and requirements are.
  • In-Cabin vs. Cargo
    • In-Cabin
      • Make sure you know the rules and requirements for in-cabin pet transportation and abide by them.
      • Bring treats and chews to distract your pet during the flight but don’t be surprised if they don’t seem interested in them.
      • During the flight, gauge the water you give your pet to ensure that they stay hydrated but don’t end up with an uncomfortably full bladder.
      • Be prepared for the plane’s environmental conditions. The plane might get cold, so bring a blanket or some old t-shirts to give your pet during the flight.
    • Cargo
      • Make sure you understand how the airline handles pet transport (e.g. where will your pet be while the plane is being loaded and boarded? Is the cargo hold temperature controlled?).
      • Plan your route carefully.
        • For long trips, try to include a layover to give your pet a break mid-trip.
        • If you have a layover, keep in mind that airlines won’t transfer your pet to the next flight, so plan for lots of time between any connections.
      • Get appropriate gear.
        • A large enough crate for your pet to be comfortable
        • A crate with a secure lock
        • A dripless hydration system
      • Include visible identification on your pet’s crate, noting your pet’s name, your name and phone number, any temperament or behavior issues, and a picture of your pet. You can also include your pet’s veterinary information.
      • When boarding, tell the ticket agent at the gate that you would like to get confirmation that your pet has been loaded on the plane.
  • Pre-flight preparation
    • Consider pre-flight preparations (e.g. exercise your pet beforehand, talk to your vet about potential reactions to flying and how to deal with them).
    • Have all airline-required documentation ready (most require a health certificate from a vet, issued within 10 days of the flight).
    • Make sure you have an airline-compliant carrier.
    • Don’t feed your pet the morning of the flight and take away water bowl two hours before departure -- while this may seem cruel, your pet will be fine without food and water for a few hours and the flight might upset your pet’s tummy.

  1. Pet-friendly accommodations 

Photo: @celinewestie
  • Airbnb and Booking.com, among other sites, allow you to filter by pet-friendly accommodations.
  • Call your accommodations in advance to let them know you’re bringing a pet.

  1. Pack for your pet

    Photo: @bernesebentley
    • Don't forget to bring all the essentials!
      • Bowls
      • Food
      • Treats
      • Toys
      • Chews
      • Any medications
      • Any trip-related gear (e.g. if you're planning to take your pet hiking, pack accordingly; if you're going somewhere with a high tick population, pack a tick remover)
    1. Plan for non-dog-friendly activities 

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      • If your pet is crate trained, think about bringing a crate with you for when you need to leave your pet alone.
      • If you’ll be gone for more than a few hours at a time, consider looking into getting a local pet sitter while you’re away. Remember, this is a new and stressful environment for your pet and the last thing you want is for your relaxing vacation to be their worst nightmare.

      1. Plan for the worst before you leave

        Photos: @theofficialbuckley and @leashyourfitness
          • Make sure your pet is microchipped (your pet should be microchipped either way, but you definitely want them to be even more so if you’re traveling with them) and record their microchip number somewhere accessible while you’re away (e.g. your phone).
          • Look up a local vet at your destination and have their contact information handy -- you never know if you’ll need it and it’s better to have it ready in the event you do.

          1. Enjoy!

          Photo: @greywolf.blackfox
          • Taking your pet on a trip may seem like a lot of work, but it will be well worth the effort to get to share those special, once-in-a-lifetime moments with them!

           

          Written by Buckley Ambassador Dog-Mom, Taly Matiteyahu (@greywolf.blackfox)

          June 23, 2017

          Summertime Staycations With Your Buckley Pet

          Dog-Friendly Places You Can Take Your Pup This Summer

          Summer’s officially here! There are plenty of things going on, so why not build your outings around the dogs? Whether it’s opting for staycations, hitting the trails, or finding a pet-friendly hotel, bringing your dog can be easy with a bit of planning. You'll be pleasantly surprised with where you end up…. And lucky for your pup, we’ve got a few new flavors for them to try on your next adventure.

          Washington native, Will, for instance, took his two dogs Sissy and Arthur to a furr-iendly eatery and ale house in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, Norm’s (named after the owner’s dog). The walls are adorned with portraits of pups, the couches are worn from years of canine cuddle piles, and you’ll find they have a menu made especially for dogs. The best part is Norm’s is almost always filled with other furry friends.

          Find more places like Norm’s by checking out online services like BringFido.com, that make finding places to stay, play and eat with your dog easy. If you’re looking for an adventure out of the city, also try websites like Tripswithpets.com and gopetfriendly.com. Stay tuned for more tips on traveling with your pets on next month’s blog...

          Try our new Rotisserie Chicken Ruff Puffs and Bacon Trainers today! Whatever you're doing, don't forget to bring along your pup's favorite Buckley treats.

          November 02, 2016

          Monty_ PB_Trainers
          We know your pups love our treats - your Instagram feed tells us so! But we still love hearing from you and reading just how much our treats have bettered your pups life.
          Like Monty and Addie here:
           
          I found a bag of your Trainers Peanut Butter flavor today, and they're perfect.
          He's a little picky, and it's so hard to find a training treat that's peanut butter WITHOUT chicken in the list of ingredients bc he starts to itch with chicken.
          Plus they're grain free, soft, no wheat, corn or soy; it's every single thing I was looking for in a training treat. 
          Thanks for making such an awesome, healthy, and tasty treat, I'll be ordering some soon - Monty loves them! :)
           
          Thank you, Addie, for sharing with us how our grain free trainers tuned into your little Monty’s specific needs and wants! We’re beyond happy to accommodate small details that, all too often, get over-looked. 
           
          If you have some stories about our treats and trainers that you’d like to share, please send them, and pictures, to sayhello@buckleypet.com