Don’t Let Your Dog Get “Flipped” By Dog Thieves (Infographic)

Dog theft is on the rise, and it comes in more forms than just a backyard snatch-up. Shady dog nappers have been known to scout out popular off-leash locations, rob homes, and even “flip” dogs they promised a good home.

As many as two million animals are stolen every year, and only 10 percent are ever returned to their owners. Check out this infographic and learn some tips for preventing dog theft. Then, keep reading to learn exactly what dog thieves are planning to do with your dog once they’ve kidnapped him. Remember: tagging your dog with identifying information, such as his name and your phone number, is among the top ways to ensure he’s returned if ever lost.

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What Happens to Stolen Pets?

In best case scenarios, your dog will not be mistreated. Instead, the thief (or thieves) will list your dog for sale. This is called “dog flipping,” and it’s when thieves steal or sometimes adopt dogs in order to sell them for profits. If your dog has been stolen, check Craigslist and Pet Finder to see if he’s been listed for sale there.

Unfortunately, a best case scenario is rarely the scenario. In most cases, dog thieves are going to mistreat your dog. For some dogs, their lives are considerably changed after being stolen because they’re likely entering an abusive situation. People steal dogs for all sorts of nefarious reasons, including to kill them. Pet Finder lists the following as ways a stolen pet may be abused:

  • Sold to research laboratories
  • Fighters or bait in dog-fighting
  • Breeders for puppy mills
  • Meat for human consumption
  • Fur for clothing and accessories
  • Dissection Protective guard dogs
  • Ritual sacrifice for satanic cults
  • Sadistic acts

Sometimes, a stolen dog is surrendered to the pound. Perhaps the thief couldn’t sell the dog and didn’t want to keep up the costs of caring for him. Whatever the reason, stolen dogs sometimes show up in pounds weeks after a theft occurred. Make sure to check your local shelters often, and give them a photograph of your dog. Pound seizure happen when the law requires animal shelters to turn unwanted animals over to laboratories for experimentation. By checking in with pounds often, you can ensure this isn’t the fate of your dog should he be surrendered for any reason.

Dishonest people take dogs. They are unscrupulous, dangerous, and caring for your dog is not a top priority for them. Unfortunately, it’s due to this lack of morals that terrible, sometimes horrendous challenges await a stolen dog. Learn the dangers of pet theft, and use the knowledge you gain to educate others. This will help protect other dogs from the terrible fate of being stolen.

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What to Do When Your Dog Escapes

Der-kreativ-schmied-mitarbeiter-02Alabama is a one year old German shepherd mix. Her owners thought she was secure in the backyard because the fence was tall and the all-metal gate had a fork latch. They discovered too late that Alabama had learned to lift the latch with her snout to come and go as she pleases. It wasn’t until a neighbor walked her home that they’d discovered the need for a more secure gate. In the days to come, Alabama would frequently escape even though her owner’s had taken to keeping an eye on her.

Don’t Give in to the Chase

One of her owner’s biggest concerns was how much fun Alabama found the chase. She’d get loose and play a game with them. They’d get close to nabbing her and she’d dodge them to run farther away. It was a dangerous game of cat and mouse because the family resided by a busy road.

If your dog is like Alabama and escapes, don’t make the mistake of chasing her. She’s enjoying the thrill of freedom and she believes it’s a game. The best way to get her to respond and return is to not chase her; instead, stop running, get low to the ground, and call her. If she’s had some obedience training, use her commands to make her sit or stay.

The “come” command is your best friend in this situation. In the case of Alabama, it only took an afternoon to teach her this command. It begins with leash training. Walk your dog in a dog-friendly off-leash location (or, your backyard). Hold a treat under her nose, drop her leash, and run a bit away. Yell, “come,” and then feed it to her immediately. Do this enough times and your dog should learn the command forever.

Here’s a few more tips to get your dog to return to you if she’s running away:

  • Lie down and curl into a ball
  • Run in an opposite direction
  • Turn your back to her and sit down
  • Open your car door and ask her if she wants to go for a ride

What to Do When Your Dog Escapes and You’re Not Home

Remember: Always license your dog and ensure she’s wearing her tags. Call local shelters and animal control to warn them to keep a lookout for her. Her tags will provide anyone who comes across her with her name and your phone number. This is your best method for ensuring her safe return. Check out our article: Everything You Need to Know About Licensing Your Dog learn more. 

It can be scary to return home and find your dog missing. This is why it’s never a good idea to leave your dog unattended outdoors (even if she’s tied up). Of course, there’s always the chance she’ll find a way out of the house too.

It’s important to first consider the reasons your dog ran away. Is she bored? Does she have sexual urges? (This is a good reason to get your dog fixed.) Is she curious or afraid? Sometimes, dogs escape because you’ve moved and they’re compelled to return to an old residence.

Knowing why your dog escaped is going to provide you with places to search for her. For example, if it’s a sexual urge, you can start looking around the neighborhood and checking with local dog owners to see if they’ve seen her. She may be drawn to other dogs if she’s bored as well. If she was curious or afraid, check nearby natural locations, such as parks. If you didn’t move too far away, the old house may be where you’ll find her.

How far she’s gone is dependent on her size. In general, if your dog is athletic, there is a five-mile or more radius where you’ll need to search. Small dogs and puppies won’t travel as far; perhaps, a half-mile to full-mile radius. In most cases, you’ll find your dog within two-miles of where you live.

In the case of Alabama, she only escaped a half block to a neighbor’s property. Her owners installed a more appropriate locking mechanism to their gate and never left her unattended again. Once you’ve recovered your dog, it’s important that you make changes so she never escapes again. Teach her the appropriate commands and she’ll return to you. Make changes around your home to prevent her escape, and make sure she’s fully licensed just in case she’s picked up by a stranger or animal control.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Licensing Your Dog (Infographic)

Animal control uses your dog’s license to contact you in the event that he’s picked up or dropped off at the pound. A study conducted by the ASPCA reports that 15 percent of pet owners have lost their pets (dogs and cats). Licensed animals are more likely to be returned, but what are some of the other reasons you should license your dog? (Additional reading below infographic.)

What you need to know about licensing your dog

It’s the Law to License Your Dog

You could ignore the law, but if your dog escapes you’re in for a hefty penalty. “The cost of the license is far less than the penalty for being caught without one,” reports Cesar Milan contributor, Nicole Pajer. Penalties up to and in excess of $250 may be charged if it’s determined your dog is unlicensed. There’s even the potential to be charged with a misdemeanor crime.

Here’s a few ways you could be caught:

  • Your dog escapes
  • You’re visited by the police for any reason and they inquire
  • Your dog bites someone
  • Someone reports you (a neighbor, a veterinarian, etc.)
  • A government employee sees your dog and looks into his licensing

As you can see it’s quite easy to be caught without a license. And, the penalties are too steep not to spend the few bucks it takes to license him.

Remember: you must license your dog once per year. After the first time, most local agencies will mail you reminder. If you choose to microchip your dog, you may only have to register him once in his lifetime. Check with your local agency to determine their policy on microchipping.

Your Licensing Fees Benefit the Entire Community

Vaccinations are what keep dogs alive and disease free, and licensing makes vaccinating your dog mandatory. It also allows animal control to monitor potential health threats. By understanding how many dogs in a community are vaccinated, an animal health expert can make logical estimations about a rabies threat level (or any diseases’ threat level). If there’s a potential health threat, they’ll have your information on file to warn you, which means you’ll be able to better protect him.

Of course, licensing also increases the likelihood that you will be reunited with your lost dog. Beyond these benefits, there’s also the community-wide benefits of your licensing fees. The funds you contribute are typically used to support animal control’s budget, as well as operate local animal shelters, wildlife refuges, and support low cost vaccinations and spay and neutering programs.

It’s Easy to License Your Dog

Licensing begins at your dog’s first veterinary appointment. Once vaccinated for rabies you can license him. The only necessary document is your rabies vaccination form. Your dog doesn’t have to be spayed or neutered to be licensed; however, some communities charge more for dogs that aren’t fixed. So, you may want to get him fixed before licensing him too.

Your first time licensing your dog will require a trip to your local county offices. In most cases, licensing happens at the City Clerk’s office; however, animal control and other buildings may handle it. Check your local listings to determine where you have to go. You don’t have to bring your dog, and once you’ve licensed him initially all future renewals can be mailed in.

 

 

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Easter Update–Pet Egg Owners Scramble to Find Dog Collars!

The pet egg world has been set on its ear this year as pet egg owners’ scramble to get collars for their pet eggs.

As one owner eggslaimed, “A collar really helps to keep our pet egg from rolling around, which, as you can imagine, is very important, especially when sitting on the table! And there are styles for every kind of egg!”

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Easter Egg Collars: The most popular theme this time of year for pet eggs! Also a cleaner alternative to the usual decorative methods.

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Faux Ostrich and Lizard leather collars: New interspecies faux leather collars a big hit with exotic pet eggs. Cross species collars are the newest trend with exotic pet eggs.

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Caution Collars: Don’t take chances with your hard boiled egg. It’s best to keep a distance from these tough characters. They’ve been known to crack a head or two over practically nothing!

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Pink Spike Leather Collars: Perfect for soft-boiled eggs with tough shells and soft yolks.

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Spring Collars: What better way to celebrate the hatching of Spring?

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Black Leather Acid Wash Bling Collar: Feeling cooped up and need to get out and have some fun? Saddle up with this over-the-top jeweled collar, perfect for line dancing and cock-a-doodling, barn-shaking, hoedowns!

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Keep Kitty and Fido Safe: Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

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A Christmas tree twinkling with lights, rooms glowing with candles, halls decked with wreaths and ivy all may bring the holiday spirit to your home. But the holiday hazards to your pets are aplenty during this Christmas season. As a responsible pet owner, it is up to you to make sure that your holiday celebrations are safe for your pet. From decorations to gifts and treats, these tips can help you have a safe holiday for you and your pets.

Christmas Trees

Photo by ZaMoose via Flickr

Whether you choose to put up a majestic pine or easily managed artificial tree, Christmas trees hold many temptations and hazards to pets. The American Humane Association recommends the following tips for keeping your pet safe from these risks.

  • Anchor your tree securely. Climbing cats and excited dogs can easily knock over unstable trees.
  • Keep breakable, glass and food decorations up higher where pets cannot reach them.
  • Avoid using tinsel or keep it up high. It can block your pets intestines leading to surgery, or even death for both cats and dogs.
  • Clean up live pine needles often, they are toxic if ingested.
  • Don’t allow your pet to drink the water from the tree stand; it is toxic.
  • Put gifts under the tree at the last minute. Leaving them there for long periods of time is too tempting for pets to resist and the wrapping paper, ribbons, and gift contents all can harm your pet.

Poisonous Substances

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From food, to plants, to potpourri, the smells and treats are a wonderful part of celebrating Christmas. However, those same enjoyments may mean serious problems for your pet. Be aware of some of the most common toxic substances to your pets, according to the Pet Poison Helpline:

  • Chocolate contains theobromine, a highly toxic chemical to both cats and dogs.
  • Foods with grapes, raisins and currants can result in kidney failure for dogs.
  • Sugarless gums and candies that contain xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to dogs.
  • Imported snow globes have been found to contain antifreeze in them.
  • Holiday plants, including poinsettia, lilies, holly and mistletoe are all dangerous to both cats and dogs.
  • Candles and fragrant oils, which often smell like food, are dangerous if ingested by pets.

Holiday Safety

Photo by kurafire via Flickr

There are many increased risks during the holiday seasons, from a higher chance of break-ins, higher fire risks in the home and an increased chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protecting you and your pets in your home from the hazards is easy to do with DIY home security. Today’s technology enables home owners to install wireless systems themselves. Recommended steps from the experts include:

  • Installing and testing carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Checking smoke detectors are operational.
  • Installing motion sensor lights.
  • Installing alarms or closed-circuit video surveillance.
  • Avoiding advertising that your house will be empty.
  • Not putting boxes outside your house from expensive gifts.

The holidays don’t have to be a stressful time for you or your pet. Taking steps to avoid problems before they happen can ensure that you and your pets have a safe and happy holiday season.

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My Rescue Dog Resuced Me

Growing up, my family lived on a farm and we always had dogs. Once I became an adult, I joined the military and really couldn’t have a dog. In 2006, I was stationed in Kansas and bought a home. I knew that I wanted a dog, but wasn’t really ready to make the commitment. Then came Kya. I first met Kya in August of 2009, and my life was forever changed.

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Kya is a beautiful Siberian Husky and German Shepherd Dog mix. Someone dumped her on my sister and my sister really couldn’t keep her. I wasn’t looking for a dog, and had always imagined that when the time came, I’d get a small dog. The minute I laid eyes on Kya, any preconceived notions I’d had about what kind of dog I wanted flew out the window. Kya stole my heart. My husband said we weren’t ready for a dog, but I somehow convinced him to let me bring her home. I didn’t really know much about dogs since my parents had always taken care of ours, but a kind doctor at one of the veterinary clinics in Wichita taught me everything I needed to know.

Kya is a high energy dog and likes to run and play. In looking for socialization opportunities for her, I got in touch with a local meetup group that hosted playdates at one of the dog parks in Wichita. Through that group, I not only made some amazing friends, but I found my way into dog rescue. I didn’t realize what I was getting into. I just volunteered to transport a French Bulldog that was being surrended by his owner from Oklahoma City to Wichita. Before I knew it, I was driving dogs all over the Midwest, several days a week. I had to purchase a Mazda minivan and some extra crates because I was helping so many dogs. That wouldn’t have happened if Kya hadn’t come into my life.

In the spring of 2010, I kept feeling like Kya needed a canine sibling. I have two human children that adore her, but she needed doggie interaction. Again, I wasn’t actively looking. I had met a couple dogs during my volunteer hours at the Kansas Humane Society that I really loved, but they ended up not getting along with Kya when we took her in to meet them.

One day I stumbled on to the website for a local dog rescue. It had to be fate, because I was searching for patterns for dog dresses. I opened their website, and the first dog I saw looked exactly like Kya. She was a Husky and Shepherd mix with quite a bit of Yellow Lab added in. The rescue named her Shelby; I had dreamed of having a daughter named Shelby since I was 15. In my dreams, she was a human daughter, but fate has a funny way of giving us what we need without us knowing it.

As with Kya, convincing my husband that we needed another dog was nearly impossible, but somehow I pulled it off. The next obstacle was the meeting between Kya and Shelby. I was so afraid they would not be a good fit personality-wise. My worries were for naught; the girls fell in love at first sight. It was meant to be.

Shelby has some special needs. While Kya is outgoing and has never met a stranger, Shelby is terrified of new people. The rescue that pulled her from Wichita Animal Control believes that she was abused and then dumped. Much of her fear has dissipated simply because we shower her with love, but we don’t coddle her. The military has taught me to confront scary situations with confidence; I have tried to pass this lesson on to Shelby. She has gotten so much better, and Kya helps her conquer her fears.

I wasn’t looking for a dog when I adopted my girls, but like I said, I believe fate has a way of getting us what we need when we need it. The right dog will find us when the time is right. I can’t imagine how desolate my life would be without my girls, and I am so glad they found me.

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Puppy Proofing 101: Keep Your Pet Safe

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The five most common poison dangers for dogs in 2011 included food, insecticide, rat poison, NSAIDs (aspirin) and household cleaners, according to the Pet Poison Helpline. All are common in many homes. As you prepare to welcome a puppy into your home, puppy proof every room to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Bedroom

It’s your call on whether to allow your puppy in your bedroom. If you do, protect your puppy by:

  • Keeping any cosmetics, toiletries, hair accessories, jewelry and other small items on a high dresser so that your pup cannot ingest these.
  • Putting your clothes and shoes away so that puppy won’t grab your favorite heels and chew on them.
  • Hanging your purse on a hook or placing it on a secure dresser so that puppy cannot get into your pocketbook.

Bathroom

Unless it’s bath time, the bathroom is not a place for pups. Puppy-proof this room by:

  • Keeping the toilet lid closed when not in use.
  • Shutting the bathroom door when not in use.
  • Using a bathroom trashcan with a lid.
  • Storing all medication in the bathroom cabinet.

Kitchen

The kitchen contains food and chemicals that could harm your pup. Keep her safe by:

  • Moving food out of reach so that pup won’t get your breakfast.
  • Using childproof locks on low cabinets that may contain chemicals.
  • Tucking appliance cords out of the way in case pup has a chewing habit.
  • Using a covered trash can or keep your trash in the cabinet or pantry if pup shows interest in it.

Living room

While your living room seems safe enough, it may contain animal hazards. Protect your pet by:

  • Checking a directory such as the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants List, to determine whether your house plants are hazardous. If they are not, they’re fine to remain where they are. If you have toxic plants, place them atop high bookcases where pup cannot get them.
  • Using storage bins to organize family reading material, games, craft supplies, tech toys and other belongings that could tempt your puppy.
  • Hiding light cords, extension cords and other cords or use a plastic cord cover to prevent puppy from chewing your cords.
  • Placing a dog bed and dog toys in this room so your pup has her own things to play with and can spend time with you.

Exterior

A big yard can be a great place for your pup to stay, if you puppy proof it. Start with these steps:

  • Identify any poisonous yard plants using the ASPCA list. If possible, remove these plants or place a fence around them to keep puppy out.
  • Clean up your garage, moving any chemicals to a high shelf so that pup cannot get them.
  • If you have a hot tub or a pool, cover them when not in use so that puppy cannot get into them, especially if you do not have a backyard fence around the pool. If you have a contoured pool, you can find flexible pool covers that will stretch to fit the shape of your pool.
  • Fence off your yard if you plan to let puppy outside off-leash. If she decides to chase a squirrel, she could end up in the street and at risk.

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How to Make Halloween Fun – And Safe – For Your Dog

Lion DogHalloween is a festive time of year, and many humans have a great time decorating and dressing up. Your dog can also participate in the Halloween festivities, but there are several considerations to keep in mind when you are dressing up and enjoying the day. By taking the proper precautions, you and your best friend can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween together.

Costumes

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There are many great pet costumes on the market, and numerous ideas for costumes that you can make on your own. Make sure that the costume you choose for your dog fits properly. Ensure that his vision and breathing are not obstructed by his costume. And most importantly, check that the costume does not hinder the safe operation of your pet’s leash and his harness or collar. Dogs can easily become frightened and slip out of their collar, so it’s extremely critical that your dog’s restraints are secure. A harness that goes around the chest or stomach is a great choice to keep your dog from slipping away. Also, if you will be out after dark, add some reflective tape to your dog’s costume or leash for added visibility.

Candy and Other Hazards

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Human candy is a no-no for pets. We all know that chocolate is bad for dogs, and can lead to vomiting, seizures and even death. Dark chocolate is especially toxic. But, did you know that the large majority of candy is bad for your dog? These candies are made with sugar, which contributes to canine obesity and other health problems, or artificial sweeteners which can lead to seizures or death. Opt for homemade, healthy, dog-specific treats. You can find many recipes for these delicious snacks from your vet or by doing a quick online search. Just be sure to choose recipes from reputable websites. And if you have human children, make sure you keep their treats and candy safely out of reach of your pet; as we all know, dogs have an uncanny ability to sneak into things and run off with goodies when we turn our backs for even a second. Also, keep in mind that face paints, glow sticks, candles and jack o’lanterns can all pose hazards to your dog, so it’s important to keep these items out of reach.

Events

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A great way to enjoy the holiday together is to dress your pooch up and take him out into the neighborhood to go trick-or-treating. This is a great idea, but make sure you do it safely. First, even the most gentle and loving dog can become stressed out by all the noise and activity, or startled by a well-meaning child. This can lead to an accidental snap or bite. You don’t have to stay home; your dog can go trick-or-treating, too. Just keep your dog close to you at all times and remove him from the situation if he becomes over-stimulated. You can also check out your local newspaper or pet-friendly stores to see what dog-friendly activities are happening for Halloween. Many pet daycares and pet supply stores have Halloween costume contests and doggie trick-or-treating events, along with free pet pictures. These are great opportunities to show off your dog’s Halloween costume and “big boy manners,” as well as getting in some socialization for you and your dog.

Trick Or Treating

As we stated above, there are special precautions to take when you take your dog out into the neighborhood with the trick-or-treaters. If you decide to stay home and pass out candy, keep your dog in a bedroom or other area away from the front door. The noise and activity can upset your dog and lead to an unfortunate event with a child, so it’s best to keep your dog away from the flurry of activity.

Other Safety Concerns

The newspapers and media are full of stories about the bad things that can happen to pets on Halloween. Teenagers (and adults) who are up to no good look for unsupervised pets to be the target of their mischief. Keep your pet supervised at all times, and don’t leave them outside alone. Nearly all dogs just want to be inside the house resting at their master’s feet, so keep your dog inside with you where he is safe from any chance of harm. This will also eliminate any fear for your dog that could come from fireworks or strangers passing by your home.

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Sniff Out a New App!

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Skippy, the Mascot of the app, on a walk in Hoboken to play Sniff and Mark.

Words. Candy. Birds. These are a few words that have become synonymous with games for smart phones. Now, the smart-phone savvy can add “dog” to that list. Sniff and Mark is a new app for iPhone which brings the game beyond the phone screen and into real life.

Sniff and Mark takes phone engagement to a whole new level. For the first time, a dog owner and his or her favorite furry friend can both interact to play one game. This GPS-based app allows dog owners and their pets to “mark” different locations during a walk, and, in turn, earn badges for checking into different locations. Marks will fade over time, so dogs must revisit areas in order to maintain their marks. App developer Peter dreamed up this app with his family and developed the app after their adventures of traveling throughout the United States with their own dogs, and having a friendly competition to see whose dog could visit the most states. The end result is an app where any user can choose from 10 different breeds (or mix and match!) to create a dog avatar, and mark different locations throughout the country.

Sniff and Mark is currently running a competition in Hoboken, New Jersey. There are twelve different badges to be collected throughout the Mile Square City, each of which qualifies players to win different prizes. Nine of the badges can be collected at some of Sniff and Mark’s sponsors, and other locations are revealed through hints that are shared through Sniff and Mark’s Facebook page each week. Android users can also play the game by scanning the QR codes that are located at each sponsor’s location.

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A boxer from Sniff and Mark

Don’t fret, Droid users, a version for the Play Store is in the works!
While the app is running its badge based competition only in Hoboken for the time being, there are still ways to get involved and win prizes. Those who access the app can earn badges in their own respective states and be qualified for other perks, including a discount to DogCollarBoutique.com!
Sniff and Mark also goes beyond a game and allows pet owners to connect with each other: when a dog “marks” an area, they can leave a message for other dog owners in the area to retrieve when they visit and mark the area themselves. Setting up a doggy playdate has never been easier!

What’s next for this ever-changing app? The team behind Sniff and Mark is working to develop more dog avatars to choose from, as well as badges for all 50 states (they’re currently in 35), and then overseas.

Sniff and Mark can be downloaded from iTunes for instant fun on your next dog walk. Do you use your smart phone for fun with your dog? Let us know in the comments!

By Madalena, a recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. By day, she works on the corporate side of the beauty industry in NYC, working for one of the largest beauty trade shows in North America. Madalena’s passion outside of work is fitness- she recently became licensed as a Zumba(R) instructor, and aims to compete in both a triathlon and half-marathon this year. Madalena loves animals and enjoys meeting dogs and their owners.
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The Best Dogs on TV

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The perfect TV family isn’t complete without a lovable canine companion. Dogs have a rich tradition in television, whether they’re saving children from rivers or sleeping on top of their houses. One of the great characters in television history tops our list, and the rest have had (or are having) long tenures on their respective shows. Featuring a heroic collie, a lovable golden retriever and even a talking lab, here are the five best dogs in the history of TV. 

Lassie- “Lassie”  

It’s hard to imagine any dog will ever reach Lassie’s level of stardom. The female collie starred as the title character in a series for 19 seasons. When she wasn’t saving Timmy from whatever troubled he’d gotten himself into, Lassie enjoyed time on the farm with her loving family. Now, Lassie is a fixture of American culture. Any situation in which an animal saves a human from harm instantly draws comparisons to this notorious hero. Little Timmy may be all grown up, but Lassie’s legacy as the most beloved dog of all time lives on. Check sites like http://www.direct.tv for listings for “Lassie” reruns. Dreamworks announced it’s making a new Lassie movie, so you’ll want to catch up on all of the loyal dog’s adventures.

Eddie- “Frasier” 

Kelsey Grammar rose to stardom as a radio talk show host on “Frasier,” but another character got his first big break. Moose the dog portrayed Eddie, the prominently featured Jack Russell Terrier who lives with Frasier’s father. In one episode, viewers get a glimpse of life from Eddie’s perspective while the other characters discuss how many words he can understand. Moose made such an impression on “Frasier” that he earned a spot on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. BBC.co.uk reported that Moose received more fanmail than any of his TV counterparts.

Comet- “Full House” 

Just about anyone who wandered in was welcome in the Tanner household, so it’s no wonder Comet found a home on prominent family sit-com “Full House.” Comet joined the Tanners in season 3 and he had a natural sense of humor. When Stephanie Tanner asks what he thinks of her goofy glasses, Comet looked in the other direction like a true pro. The Tanners even threw comet a surprise birthday party with his four-legged friends. The dog who played Comet may be best known for his role as Buddy in the “Air Bud” series.

Snoopy- “Charlie Brown” 

After his inception on the “Peanuts” comic strip, Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy rose to fame in the popular Charlie Brown TV specials, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Snoopy spent most of his time on top of his dog house, even through heavy rain and snow. Snoopy was an important member of the Peanuts gang, and he became perhaps the most remembered.

Brian Griffin- “Family Guy”

Technically, Brian Griffin is a Labrador Retriever, but he talks, walks on his hind legs and drives a Toyota Prius on “Family Guy.” Maybe that’s why he’s such a popular character. Fans get a chance to imagine their dogs with human qualities. “Family Guy” is going on its 12th season and Brian is only getting smarter.

By Kristen Lipsey: Kristen loves hiking with her kids and dogs. She writes a weekly blog about green living and various health and wellness topics, and shell pick up freelance gigs whenever she can.
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