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Pet First Aid 4U and Pro Pet Hero Team Up To Offer Broader Pet First Aid Training Options for Pet Professionals and Pet Owners

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In a pet emergency, minutes count and that’s why these rivals are combining forces to save the lives of more cats and dogs.

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In mere minutes, a dog can bleed out from an arterial wound. A curious kitten can choke on a stringed toy and stop breathing. Knowing what to do in the minutes following a pet emergency could save a pet’s life.

That’s why two nationally recognized pet safety companies – Pro Pet Hero and Pet First Aid 4U – are partnering to broaden their overall reach when educating pet professionals and pet owners about the importance of learning pet first aid and CPR. Their alignment is especially timely since it occurs during April, which is designated as Pet First Aid Awareness Month.

Pro Pet Hero offers an online pet first aid/CPR course taught by Bobbi Conner, DVM, a veterinarian board-certified in emergency medicine. Pet First Aid 4U is a veterinarian-endorsed, in-person course featuring a live cat-dog duo. Upon completion in either program, students earn two-year certificates as well as continuing education units.

Many would consider the two programs rivals, but leaders for both companies see the value in teaming up to deliver the message of learning pet first aid to benefit millions of cats and dogs.

“One of the best ways to be your pet’s best health ally is to take a pet first aid class,” says Arden Moore, founder of Pet First Aid 4U and a master certified pet first aid/CPR instructor. “Pro Pet Hero and Pet First Aid 4U share the mutual goal of teaching practical skills to stabilize an injured or ill pet and safely transporting them to the nearest veterinary clinic. Getting the message out about how to take care of our pets in a medical emergency is of utmost importance to both companies.”

Cara Armour, product manager and blogger for Pro Pet Hero, is also a master certified pet first aid/CPR instructor. Pro Pet Hero is part of ProTrainings, an international company that has trained more than 1,000,000 students in human first aid, CPR and other health and safety continuing education courses.

“The merging of our two programs offers pet professionals, including pet sitters, dog walkers, groomers and boarding staff, the choice of how to learn pet first aid: online or in person,” says Armour. “Pets are beloved members of our families in America and knowing pet first aid and CPR should be a priority among pet professionals and caring pet parents. We at Pro Pet Hero know that we can reach more people with this important message by joining forces with Pet First Aid 4U.”

To kick off the partnership, Moore invited Armour as a special guest on her Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio. The award-winning podcast reaches more than 750,000 listeners worldwide. To listen to the pet first aid-focused episode, click here.

The two organizations will be working collaboratively to increase the standard of pet first aid/CPR education as well as making it more accessible to pet lovers who want to learn pet first aid.

About Pet First Aid 4U: This in-person, pet first aid/CPR and safety course covers the latest protocols approved by a team of leading veterinarians. Students receive detailed course books, get to practice many pet first aid skills on Pet Safety Cat Casey and Pet Safety Dog Kona and earn certificates valid for two years. The five-hour course is also customized for pet professionals. Click here to learn more.

About Pro Pet Hero: This online pet first aid/CPR and safety course is led by Bobbi Conner, DVM, through video-based learning. This course is designed to allow students to take it at the pace and place of their choosing. Students are tested and upon completion, they can download the course manual, print their nationally accepted certificates and have access to the full course for review for two years. Click here to learn more.

Media note: Pro Pet Hero’s Cara Armour and Pet First Aid 4U’s Arden Moore are available for interviews. Contact Erin Fenstermaker of EF Consulting by clicking here.

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Ruffwear to the Rescue for Arden and Her Pets’ 2,800-mile Road Trip

As The Pet Health and Safety Coach, I spend a lot of time on the road with Pet Safety Cat Casey and Pet Safety Dog Kona. Occasionally, Cleo, my 14-year-old retired K9 surfer, joins us. For all of us who travel with our pets, one way to stay sane –and safe — is to pack the right pet essentials.

So, on a recent five-week, 2,800-mile round trip from Dallas to San Diego where we conducted several pet behavior and pet first aid classes, I made sure that my SUV contained these two Ruffwear products:

  • The Ruffwear Haul Bag Water-resistant and roomy with a sturdy zipper, this pet travel bag easily held all the pet food, leashes, doggy potty bags, grooming wipes and favorite toys for my four-legged travel mates. It was the ideal size and didn’t take up a lot of cargo space. And, I used its outside pockets to stash items I needed to need quickly: doggy bags, bag of treats, bottled water and collapsible water bowl. Keeping all the pet stuff in one bag made transporting luggage into the hotel rooms each night so much more convenient
  • The Ruffwear Hydro Plane High-Floating Disc: To break up the monotony during those long road trips, I made sure to pack Kona’s favorite toy — this durable, lightweight disc. Kona is a two-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix who needs –and deserves — to s-t-r-e-t-c-h her legs and engage in mini-play sessions during road trips. Each time we found a safe place for her to run, I would hurl the Hydro Plane in the air and watch with amusement as Kona sprinted, leaped to catch it and then wrestle it to the ground with great glee. I like that this disc is gentle on her mouth and can even float for times when we are at dog-friendly beaches.

To learn more about these and other quality Ruffwear products, click here. And, to book us to come to your group to teach pet first aid classes or give dog/cat behavior talks, contact Arden Moore at arden@fourleggedlife.com.

Gotta go — it’s time for Kona, Casey and I to hit the road again!

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Pet Safety Cat Casey and Pet Safety Dog Kona make sure that I have packed treats for them inside this Ruffwear Haul Bag.

 

Kona patiently awaits another toss by me of the Ruffwear Hydro Plane.

Kona patiently awaits another toss.

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Nap time is ah…..so great in a TrustyPup Bed

You know the saying, “Let sleeping dogs lie.” Well, in our pet household, nap time is a prized activity among Kona, Cleo and Jeanne, who range in age from two to 14. Sure, we have sofas and beds, but this Terrific Terrier Trio delighted in taking turns snoozing in the comfy Remedy Rest Deluxe Memory Foam Pet Bed made by TrustyPup.

Need evidence? Just check out this series of photos showcasing each dog’s desire to circle, plop and snooze in this bed that features cushions that ease achy joints and conforms to each dog’s shape. Nice!

Other pluses: TrustyPup beds come in various sizes, the covers are machine washable and the beds are not only functional, but eye-appealing as well. With the holidays approaching, treat your favorite canine to one of these beds now available at Walmart, Target, Krogers and online at Amazon.com. And learn more by visiting its Facebook Page. It’s nap time!

 

 

 

Sweet Jeanne plops and sprawls in the TrustyPup bed.

Sweet Jeanne plops and sprawls in the TrustyPup bed.

Pet Safety Dog Kona is the first to discover the TrustyPup bed

Pet Safety Dog Kona is the first to discover the TrustyPup bed

Miss Cleo, a young 14-year-old, is deep into dreamland in the TrustyPup bed.

Miss Cleo, a young 14-year-old, is deep into dreamland in the TrustyPup bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maddie patiently waits her turn in the TrustyPup bed occupied by Gracie.

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Learn Arden Moore’s “Mutt-gyver” Pet First Aid Tactics

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Dogster is the revamped Dog Fancy magazine that caters to the needs of 21st century dogs. I urge you to fetch yourself a copy by clicking here. And, as a special treat, here is the feature I wrote for this issue:

As a master certified pet first aid instructor and the delighted pet parent to a pair of canines named Chipper and Cleo, I’m all about doing my best to keep them out of harm’s way.

Like many of you, I keep a well-stocked pet first aid kit in my home as well as a smaller version in my SUV. When we’re off on a long mountain hike or other outdoor doggy adventure, I pack a mini-pet first aid kit.

But even the most conscious of pet parents among us does not tote a pet first aid kit around 24-7. The sad reality is that injuries and illnesses in our dogs can occur any place, any time – and usually when our pet first aid kit is not nearby.

So, what do you do when your dog gets stung by a bee or cuts his paw on a walk in your neighborhood or suddenly collapses and stops breathing in your living room?

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Don’t panic. Help is here. In my classes taught all around the country, I not only train people on the pet first aid basics (like rescue breathing, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, stopping arterial bleeds and more), but also how to unleash their creative “Mutt-gyvers” inside of them. By that, I refer to how to use everyday household items to stabilize and immobilize your dog until he can be safely transported to a veterinary clinic for professional treatment.

Mutt-gyver is my playful canine twist that refers to (and pays homage to) that action-adventure television show of the late 1980s and early 1990s called MacGyver. The show’s hero, Angus MacGyver, relied on his Swiss Army knife, duct tape, shoelaces and other common items within reach to escape from and foil bad guys each episode.

It’s time we used that same “think-outside-the-box” MacGyver mindset when it comes to rendering emergency pet first aid for our dogs. So, here are some situations and common items you may be wearing or have within reach to use as makeshift pet first aid tools:

Dialing in the many safety features of your cell phone. In addition to taking a hands-on pet first aid class, I encourage you to download a pet first aid app to your cell phone today. Your cell phone is your No. 1 pet first aid tool. The app can provide step-by-step guidance to stabilize your dog. And during a serious emergency, such as if your dog has stopped breathing, you can perform CPR and talk to the nearest veterinarian via the speakerphone setting. Always alert the nearest veterinary clinic that you are en route and your ETA arrival so that they can prepare an exam room. Remember, in a serious pet emergency, every minute counts!

Safely restraining your injured dog. Even the mellowest of mutts can bite when in pain, so heed Pet First Aid Rule #1: protect yourself first before rendering care. The 6-foot nylon leash can be used as a muzzle restraint to prevent your injured dog from being able to open up his mouth wide enough to bite you. This restraint enables him to still breathe.

The key is to form a noose and make the first tie on the bridge of your dog’s nose. Next, tie under the chin, then tie on the back of the neck below the ears and finish by threading one end under the first tie on the bridge of the nose looped back to the top of the head where you tie it in a bow (never a knot) Please see the photo of my dog, Chipper, sporting this makeshift leash muzzle restraint.

Other Mutt-gyver restraint options: For smaller dogs, you can use the drawstring from a hooded sweatshirt or your sneaker shoelace as a temporary muzzle. Belts may work in some circumstances. For dogs with short muzzles, like pugs, boxers and some pit bulls, consider restraining by rolling a thick bath towel around their necks and grip the ends behind their heads, lifting slightly up to prevent them from being able to open their mouths wide.

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Administering to cut paws. Here’s a lesson I learned a couple years ago when I was on a 6-mile hike with friends and their dogs. A 60-pound dog in our group named Katie badly cut her front paw midway through the hike. She was too heavy to lift on the rocky terrain for the three miles back to our base camp. So, I cleaned her paw with bottled water, used a bandana to apply pressure to stop the bleeding and left the folded bandana on the wound. I then wrapped her paw in a white crew sock (you could also wrap the paw in an unused plastic doggy bag) and tied it snugly using a friend’s hair tie. We were able to safely usher Katie back to camp and then on to the veterinary clinic for professional treatment.

Other Mutt-gyver options: If your dog badly strains or breaks his leg on an outing, limit his movement to prevent him from putting any weight on the injured limb. After applying a restraint muzzle, you can make a makeshift splint by using paint stirrers or Popsicle sticks as splints and wrapping the limb in a water bottle, newspapers or a magazine held in place with shoelaces or a bandana. Dogs too heavy to lift can be placed on your sweatshirt and dragged or carried in a sweatshirt sling.

Treating bee or wasp stings. Bees, in particular, are driven creatures on pollinating missions. During the heat of the day, they often scurrying from low-level flowers and ground covers. You can reduce your dog’s chance of being stung by steering them away from ground cover on your leashed walks and making sure your dog heeds the “come back” cue from you so he doesn’t inadvertently poke his nose in a bee hive unleashed on a hike.

If you can see the stinger, slide the edge of your credit card or driver’s license against the stinger to usher it out. (Please refer to the photo of my dog, Cleo, going belly up to have me practice on removing a pretend stinger from her belly via my credit card.) Do not use tweezers or your fingernails to attempt to remove the stinger, because you will risk rupturing the poison sac. Keep your dog calm and take him to the veterinary clinic if the area swells and he develops breathing difficulties. If you do have an antihistamine available to give your dog, make sure that the only ingredient is diphenhydramine.

* Treating your dog who gets too hot or too cold. Unlike us, dogs perspire through their paws. On superhot days, keep your dog cool by dipping his paws in cool water. You can pour bottled water into your baseball cap if necessary. On cold days, coat your dog’s paws in petroleum jelly to prevent ice crystals or salt from cutting the paws. And heed the motto to “hug, not rub” to warm your dog who may suffer from frostbite. Place a small dog inside your winter coat to gradually warm up from your body heat. Wrap a large dog in a Mylar blanket, that lightweight shiny blanket that marathon runners and campers use to retain heat.

Household items checklist
Here’s a rundown of everyday items that can be used in a pet first aid situation when the kit is not available:
• 6-foot nylon leash
• Bath towel
• Sneaker shoelaces
• Mylar blanket
• Bottled water
• Baseball cap
• Your credit card or driver’s license
• Your bandana
• Your sweatshirt
• Thick magazine and/or newspaper
• Unused plastic doggy bag
• Your cell phone (with a pet first aid app)

Share some of your “Mutt-gyver” pet safety ideas! Email me at arden@fourleggedlife.com.

And, contact me about teaching veterinarian-approved, hands-on pet first aid/CPR/safety to you and your group. I often am accompanied by Chipper and Casey (my tolerant dog-cat teaching assistants) and we conduct in-service training for pet-related businesses as well as to the general public. Learn more by visiting my pet first aid site by clicking here.

 

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BlogPaws Bound with Zeki the Pet Safety Cat!

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When you have cool cat with an important pet safety message, you must travel. And, this week, Zeki and I are making the road trip to Las Vegas where we will speak and give pet first aid demos at the must-attend BlogPaws conference.

Now, the thought of making a five-hour drive with a cat may not sound like it would make your Top 10 list of favorite things to do, but Zeki frequently travels with me by car and by plane to assist in my pet first aid and pet behavior talks. We are very excited to attend our first BlogPaws and mingle with some of the top two- and four-leggers in the pet industry. We look forward to seeing long-time friends like Janiss Garza (of Sparkle the Designer Cat blog fame), Tina Martinez of the Morris Animal Foundation as well as finally getting to meet the multi-talented blogger Carol Bryant and business savvy Shawna Schuh, president and chief pet wrangler of Women in the Pet Industry (to which I happily belong).

As many of you know, Zeki is a former Dallas stray who survived a brutal knife skinning and now is a certified therapy cat with Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society) and the first feline of pet first aid. Zeki is a confident cat who lives in the Me-NOW. Please check out her adventures by liking her Facebook page – Zeki the Cool Cat. She also lives for turkey treats! I have tried, without success, to convince her that there are NO turkey-payout casinos in Vegas. She has her feline sights set on winning a big turkey jackpot. I think I heard her meowing about it being like Thanksgiving every day. TDZekiH🙂

Zeki and I will have a booth with a pet first aid/Pet Life Radio show theme.  Each week, I host the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio, the No. 1 pet radio network on the planet!  Look for Zeki and I to give a mini pet first aid demo to attendees at 2 p.m. Thursday (May 8) followed up by a fun dog party demo at 4:30 p.m. Yep, one of the many ‘collars’ I wear in the pet world is founder of National Dog Party Day. Dogs and their people get to revel in the moment, raise money for grrr-eat pet charities and learn some fun new canine games. This year, we are expanded NDPD and will be unleashing details on how you can host a party in your community soon. But mark the dates: National Dog Party Day will be celebrated the weekend of Sept. 13-14 – you pick the date/time that weekend that works best for you!

Our big talk comes Saturday (May 10) from 3:45-5:15 p.m. where we will give a hands-on, veterinarian-approved pet first aid class. We welcome people who want to be their pet’s best health ally and we welcome well-mannered dogs. Zeki loves teaming up with d-o-g-s in our pet first aid classes. We have fun and I will ‘reveal’ why every pet first aid kit should have an orphaned white sock, sneaker shoelaces and an Ikea plastic carryout bag!

PFA2114ZekiClassRedMuzzles2The pet first aid class is a sneak peek at the full classes we offer as part of Pet Tech, the world’s premiere leader in pet first aid training. As a master instructor, I travel all over North America (often with Zeki and sometimes, my dog, Chipper). Students earn two-year certification in pet first aid. I customize classes for professional pet groups: pet sitters, boarding kennel staff, vet techs, dog walkers and more. Find out more by sniffing around my Pet First Aid 4 U site.

Whew! It’s time to pack! Zeki and I hope to meet you in purr-son at BlogPaws!

 

 

 

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Surfing Safely with Cleo, the 12-pound Mutt

I woke up yesterday all excited about entering Cleo, my 12-pound mutt, in the annual Loews Surf Competition staged at Imperial Beach, CA. Despite her size, she is a gutsy dog who loves, loves, loves to ride in waves on her surfboard. She is a proud member of the So Cal Surf Dogs. SurfBestPic62213-300x246

However, the waves were nasty and menacing at the event and there was also a strong current that was clipping photographers to their knees in the surf.  And, one 90-pound dog named Bodie, suffered a severe swollen back leg after his surfboard soared high in the air and landed on him, causing him to yelp in pain. As a master certified pet first aid instructor with Pet Tech, I was able to assess Bodie, wrap his leg in an iced bandana and help carry him into his vehicle so his pet parents, Kristi and Mark Jagger could take him to their veterinarian. Fortunately, no broken bones! (Learn more by visiting my pet first aid site: www.petfirstaid4u.com and I hope to see you in an upcoming class!)

I, like many people with small dogs, opted to withdraw from competition for safety reasons.  If the waves could hurt a big dog like Bodie, there was no way I was going to risk injury to little Cleo.  So, since my sister, Karen and nephew, Andy were visiting from Indiana, we went with Plan B:  we drove up I-5 to Ocean Beach Dog Beach were the waves were much calmer.  Here is a very happy Cleo catching a wave there.

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Petsitting.com to Donate 10% of Sales Toward Helping Homeless and Injured Pets in Oklahoma

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Mother Nature needs to take a doggy obedience class and learn how to behave! We have had far too many natural disasters and in each case, beloved pets get injured, become lost or worse. That is why as founder of Four Legged Life.com, I salute the efforts led by my pals at Petsitting.com. They immediately jumped in and are doing their part to help the pets affected by the Oklahoma tornado.

Details are posted below — together, we can make this a better planet for pets and their people! — Arden Moore

Petsitting.com to Donate 10% of Sales Toward Helping Homeless and Injured Pets in Oklahoma

Company seeks to help animals after a tornado claiming the lives of more than 20 people

NEW YORK (May 22, 2013) –In response to the recent natural disaster in Moore, Oklahoma, Petsitting.com has announced that it will be donating 10 percent of its total sales this week toward helping the dogs and cats left without homes in the area.

The company will donate to the Pet Food Pantry of OKC, which is offering dog and cat food, leashes, collars, food bowls and other items to pet owners in need. Many pets and pet owners have been separated during the storm, and Petsitting.com is doing what it can to help rescue these pets and hopefully reunite them with their owners.

“This disaster has had a devastating impact not only on the people who live there, but on their pets as well,” said Jared Katz, Vice President of Sales for Petsitting.com. “We feel it is part of our responsibility to do whatever we can to help out using the resources at our disposal, and we encourage our partner organizations in the area to do the same.”

Petsitting.com encourages any residents who find lost or homeless pets in the Moore area to call the local Animal Resource Center at 405-604-2892. The center, which is also offering shelter for displaced people temporarily, is located at 7949 S. I-35 Service Road in Oklahoma. The City of Moore Animal Control Department will collect information on lost and found pets, and can be reached at 405-793-5190.

In addition to the contributions, the company is also calling on its partner pet care providers in and around Moore to help care for injured and homeless animals.

On Monday, May 20, an EF-4 tornado touched down in Moore, with an estimated 24 people—including nine children—losing their lives and many more seriously injured, according to ABC News. Many dogs and cats have been left wandering the streets without homes, many of them suffering from injuries of their own.

Petsitting.com has a network of trusted pet care providers across North America, including near Moore. Pet owners use the website to find pet care services—such as dog walking, boarding and doggy daycare—close to where they live.

The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is currently hard at work rescuing and providing shelter to pets. To learn more and to make a contribution, visit http://www.okhumane.org.

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About Petsitting.com:
Petsitting.com allows pet owners to find local pet care service providers, such as pet sitters, dog walkers, boarders, groomers, doggy daycare facilities, pet waste removal services and more. To use the service, users can simply visit the website, fill out a brief online form and indicate which services they need. Shortly thereafter, the company’s local partners contact users with prices, references and any other relevant information. Learn more athttp://www.Petsitting.com

About FamilyPet.com

FamilyPet.com is the leading strategic marketing company within the pet industry, providing significant value to both pet businesses and pet owners across North America. In addition to Coupaw.com, the network includes Petsitting.com, LocalDogWalker.com, PetWasteRemovals.com, PetBoardingFinder.com, FindDoggyDaycare.com, PetGroomingFinder.com and PremiumDogTraining.com. FamilyPet’s integrated network provides resourceful and convenient destinations for pet owners looking for high-quality pet care services, products and information. To learn more, visit http://www.FamilyPet.com.

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Catster Features Zeki the Cool Cat's Tale from Abused to Ambassa-Cat – Me-WOW!

Yes, I did take my cat, Zeki, with me to Los Angeles recently where I was a presenter at the Cat Writers Association conference. I had to. Zeki is my co-presenter and a true travel kitty. As this story written by Catster’s Monique Balas depicts, Zeki’s young life was horrific. But she is now the first feline teaching assistant in pet first aid with Pet Tech, the world’s No. 1 hands-on pet first aid program.

Every day, Zeki continues to amaze me with her ability to not let the horrible past consume her present state of mind. She is a spunky survivor blessed with a can-do attitude and plenty of feline charm for people, cats and even dogs.

Please enjoy this profile on Zeki and share it with your pet pals. And, be sure to become a Facebook fan of Zeki — click here! Learn more about Zeki’s pet first aid role by visiting Pet First Aid 4 U.

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-rescue-zeki-arden-moore

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Arden Moore Participates in Blog Hop – Spotlights 5 MUST-READ Authors!

Welcome to the newest page turner idea: The Blog Hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it is a way for readers to discover new authors. After all, we authors need to be creative not only with words, but with marketing. With bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, the Blog Hop is a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.

Here is an easy, effective way to find new authors. I first wish to thank fellow author Amy Shojai for tagging me to participate. She is a best-selling author of both non-fiction and fiction books, including her latest thriller called: LOST AND FOUND. New York Times bestselling author James Rollins penned this review of Amy’s book:  “Riveting, heart-wrenching, brilliant, the debut of a stunning talent.”

Click here to find out more about this book and Amy Shojai, co-founder of Cat Writers Association and one of the world’s top pet authors!

In this post, I am following the Blog Hop protocol by answering these 10 questions about my latest book, What Dogs Want, and my background as an author. I hope you enjoy this and share it with your pet-loving pals!

What Dogs Want: A Visual Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Every Move, by Arden Moore

1. What is the title of your latest pet book?

My 24th pet book is entitled, What Dogs Want: A Visual Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Every Move.

2. Where did the idea come from for this book?

I’ve traveled all over North America and given talks about dog (and cat) behavior to people who are frustrated, perplexed or confused by what their pets do and say. One day, I received a call from a book editor from Global Book Publishing in Australia. She was searching for an author to write a canine communications book and said I was the publisher’s top pick to write it.

3. What genre does your book come under?

This is a non-fiction pet book filled with great insights into the canine mind.

4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

In an easy-to-follow format, this book bridges the canine-people communication gap by decoding 100 postures, expressions, sounds and actions from dogs.

5. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

What Dogs Want is a global release from Global Book Publishing. Firefly Books is handling the North America release.

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Surprising a shorter-than-anticipated time: about four months. Like most of us authors, I wrote this book while I was juggling other book projects, magazine article assignments and editing chores.

7. What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?

Two of my favorite pet authors who really know how dogs think are Dr. Marty Becker, America’s Family Veterinarian and author of Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual; and Dr. Sophia Yin, a terrific veterinarian-behaviorist and author of How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves.

8. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

chipper-and-cleoMy two rescued dogs, Chipper and Cleo, who taught me to practice the three C’s in ‘chatting’ with dogs: be clear, concise and consistent.

9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The photos! Each page you turn ushers you to another stunning photo of dogs evoking all types of emotions. The cover features a Jack Russell terrier cocking his head and looking right into your eyes.

10.  How can we find out more about you and your other books?

I invite you to ‘sniff around’ my main website: Four Legged Life, to learn more about my mission to bring out the best in pets and their people. I am also the creator of National Dog Party Day and one of 14 Master Certified Pet Tech pet first aid/CPR instructors in the world. Visit my pet first aid site.

Below, you will find the names of five talented authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPS and new releases! Happy writing and reading! And, now in alphabetical order, I salute:

  1. Andrea Chilcote – transformational leader for corporations and individuals and gifted, inspirational author. I happily wrote the foreword to her paw-mazing book, Erik’s Hope: The Leash That Led Me to Freedom and am proud to announce her latest book, This Very Moment, a collection of thought-provoking essays. Learn more by visiting her site and her blog: www.erikshope.wordpress.com.
  2. Cathy Conheim – official ‘cat scribe’ to Henry the Cat. Don’t be fooled by her title. Cathy was a successful business coach and psychologist whose philosophy to reach out to others grew global after she adopted this three-legged tabby. She champions the causes of people and pets and her latest must-get book is called Henry and Tink: A Remarkable Romance. This delightful book depicts the unlikely friendship of Henry and a special two-legged Dachshund named Tink. Proceeds go to various charities. Learn more by clicking here.
  3. 3. Jennifer Quasha – accomplished author of more than 40 books for children and adults. Her latest works appeal to dog and cat lovers and are part of the highly successful Chicken Soup series. The titles:I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That! And I Can’t Believe My Cat Did That! Discover more about this multi-talented author by visiting her site.
  4. Robert Semrow –Best known as The Pawtographer, Robert captures the full gamut of canine emotions with his camera lens. He recently assembled some of his best work in a clever, motivating gift book called Life Is Pawfect. An excerpt: “Life is pawfect…when you can shake, rattle and roll in a poodle skirt!” Learn more about Robert by visiting his site.
  5. Margie Yee Webb – This accomplished writer-photographer is a friend to all felines, especially a green-eyed tabby named Cat Mulan. Paw through the pages of her book, Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings, and be prepared to be inspired by its words and images.  Learn more by visiting her site.

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have a favorite author you would like to spotlight? A favorite pet tale? Contact Arden at www.fourleggedlife.com.

 

 

 

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Buzz Guard Repels Fleas, Flies, Ticks and More on You and Your Dog

As founder of Four Legged Life, I get a lot of requests to test pet products. Here’s the latest “buzz” on a natural pest repellant I tested on my adventure-seeking dogs, Chipper and Cleo.  It’s called Earth Heart’s Buzz Guard and contains an effective blend of pure essential oils that makes fleas (and ticks, flies, mosquitoes and no-see-ums) flee far from dogs and us when we are out and about.

The three of us do a lot of hiking, camping and surfing, and don’t want to spend time shooing flies or swatting mosquitoes during these activities. Or worry about bringing home unwanted guests – fleas and ticks. Buzz Guard is easy – and more importantly, safe. Just mist your skin and on your dog’s coat. It delivers a clean citronella scent and leaves no greasy residue.  And, it works up to five hours.

Here’s a rundown of the ingredients: water, polysorbate 20, neem seed oil, pure essential oils of citronella, fir, geranium, rosewood, basil, myrrh plus potassium sorbate.  Each 2-fluid ounce spray bottle delivers about 600 mists, according to the manufacturer. Priced at about $12, that comes to about 2 cents per mist, if my math skills are up to par.

In addition to this product, Earth Heart also makes other all-natural aromatherapy mists for dogs, including Travel Calm (to subdue tummy upsets and restlessness in traveling dogs), Guard Well (to relieve itching and swelling causes by irritants and minor illnesses) and Canine Calm (to reduce stress generated by thunderstorm phobias or veterinary clinic visits). This lineup is for dogs, not cats or birds, who have totally different physiologies.

The folks at Earth Heart are staging a special discount offer on their all-natural products between now and Aug. 25. When placing an order on their site online (www.earthheartinc.com), simply enter the code, HURRAH FLL in ‘special instructions” or “note to seller” at checkout to receive a second product free with your order of either Travel Calm or Buzz Guard. Please indicate which of these products you would like to receive for free.  Offer is good for one-time use with a single purchase between now and Aug. 25, 2011.

Buzz Guard fights fleas, ticks, flies and more pests naturally

Any questions, you can contact the company directly at 847-551-1806.

And, you are also invited to sign up for their newsletter and follow Earth Heart on Facebook.

Final note:  I received a complimentary sample of Buzz Guard to test, but did not receive – or seek – any financial compensation for posting this review.

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