Raccoons are intelligent and funny, pigeons look innocent, squirrels are cute, moles are defenseless, and coyotes are just overgrown dogs, aren’t they? But all these animals that share our habitat pose health risks to both you and your pet. These serious health risks are in addition to the other damage that property owners face from wildlife that chooses our property and neighborhood as their home. Groundhogs, stray dogs, stray cats, porcupines, beavers, gophers, deer, muskrats…it’s a long list and the health risks depend on your area and population of these animals. It is essential to be aware of the potentially life-threatening diseases that feral animals in an urban environment can transfer to your household pets. Rabies – It rivals the plague in terms of the fear it invokes. While this virus is primarily associated with dog bites, rabies can be contracted by being bitten by many different wild animals. These include foxes, raccoons, coyotes, and bats. In fact, rabid bats are major spreaders of the disease to other animals and humans. Once, symptoms appear, this condition is almost always fatal. You can’t tell if an animal has rabies by looking at it, but you can tell by their behavior. .Some […]
Why Do Dogs Hump? Mounting or humping is what most male dogs do when they mate. But as you have seen, dogs don’t only mount when mating, and they don’t only just mount other dogs. Some dogs may mount furniture, other animals, stuffed toys, and people. Female dogs mount too, but much less frequently than males. Dogs May Hump for Sexual Reasons Apart from actual mating purposes, dogs still have plenty of reasons to mount. Oddly, people often overlook the more obvious of these. Even neutered and spayed dogs display sexual behavior, often accompanied with what looks to a human eye like flirtatious playing. You may also see a female dog lift her tail away from her private area like she would if in heat and preparing to mate. Male dogs can ejaculate after humping, but if neutered, the fluid contains no sperm. Dogs May Hump When They are Anxious or Excited Mental arousal isn’t just sexual. Some dogs response to a house guest can reflect happy excitement. This can lead to an erection. Dogs may also hump when anxious. Some suspect that anxious humping is the kind many popular training books explain as an alpha domination or an assertion […]
By now if you have a dog you have probably figured out they are pack animals. They are loyal and will put their lives on the line for someone they love in an instant. As amazing as that is it also brings us to a very common dog issue: Separation Anxiety. There is many levels and on the lightest levels all dogs have some of this. All dogs miss their owners when they are gone, hence the happiness when you come home. Luckily some stores around the US went out of their way so you can bring your dog with you. Not only is this good for your dog but let’s be real, everything is better when you bring your dog. Here is the list of the biggest stores in the US that let you bring you dog: Half Price Books Gander Mountain Academy Michaels Hobby Lobby Ross Sephora Tiffany & Co. Bath and Body Works Home Depot (Most stores) Pottery Barn Hallmark Bass Pro Shops Barnes and Noble Macy’s Web Host Pro (Design Offices) Old Navy Restorations Hardware Tractor Supply Co. The Apple Store Unfortunately most store managers can over write the company policy and change the rule. But in most […]
Fireworks can easily frighten animals. The loud explosions are more clear to animals and especially dogs. A nice trick to keep your dogs a little more at ease is to play some sort of noise at your house and keep them indoors. Even music will help drown out the sounds of explosions happening outside. Not only is the noise a factor for your pets this 4th of July. Most Animal Care and Control states that their busiest time is during the July 4th Holiday. Take precautions to keep your furry friends safe: keep them indoors, remedy tag, online collar, approved and microchip. Pets in a panic tend to run and can have more of a risk of being injured. Not having your pets indoors or on a leash is a substantial risk. Be safe and have a great 4th of July!
The reason ALOP.org started was to help people understand that animals are our partners not for food and fun. They have feelings just like us and there is plenty of other ways to live awesomely without killing them especially in the inhumane psychotic ways we do now. We have found another focus and it will be last chance ranches, all donations will go directly to these rescue sanctuaries around. These amazing places house animals that would normally be killed. We have been to several all over the world and every time a tear nearly forms from the love for animals that no one else wants or where abused. We feel there is no greater service in the animal community than these and they deserve all the help they can get. We will be doing posts for a new rescue sanctuary each month and details on how to contribute directly. All donations to ALOP will also be distributed to these places less a small amount we use to promote the website. If you have a last chance ranch in your town go visit them, most are homes for people as well as animals and most like to have events and fund raisers. I […]