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Driving with Fido

 

Summer is certainly upon us, and wouldn’t it be nice to take a trip? To a national park, to the beach, and beyond? You should take your pooch too! But when traveling with your dog in the car, there are some things to keep in mind to preserve the safety and health of both you and your beach bud. Read on to learn more!

  1. Keep your dog out of the front seat

-While it is certainly tempting to have your dog riding shotgun, cruising down the highway, just imagine what could happen if you were to ever get in an accident. Small dogs can be killed by airbags, or the dog could go through the window. Opt instead for a secured crate or harness. After all you wear a seat belt, so shouldn’t your dog as well?


dog harness

  1. Bring water

-Pack some water for your dog, and just as importantly, a way for them to drink it! This way if you stop at a gas station on the way to your destination you can pour some cool refreshing water into a bowl for your canine companion so they stay nice and hydrated.

  1. Plan breaks

-Visiting grandma a state over? Expect to stop every two or three hours to let your pooch get out, stretch their legs, and do their business. On that note—also be sure to bring poop bags!

  1. Keep it cool

-Remember, your dog is covered in fur, so they will often get hotter than you. So when you pull over for a stop, say to grab some snacks, be sure to leave the windows cracked or the air conditioning on! Be aware of the temperature at all times.

 

Keep cool all, and travel safe!

 

Good Dog Dads

What Makes a Dog Dad Good?

Dog dads across the world—this one is for you! You are always there for your pet, and they're always there for you. You’re their best friend. And why wouldn’t you be? You’re everything a pooch could ask for and more!

 

Good Dog Dad

Good Dog Dad, playing in the grass

You throw the ball, you throw it fast

You feed your dog so they’ll grow big and strong

And pet them endlessly as the days grow long

 

Good Dog Dad, you take them for walks

And the two of you share many a talk

You teach them tricks that are pretty neat

And afterword’s reward with tasty treats!

 

Good Dog Dad, one things for sure

As you run your hands through silky fur

The bond you have, the pair of you

Is a bond of love that is pure and true

 

Good Dog Dad

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Want to know another way to be a good dog dad? Get your pooch a bauble, and ensure your best friend gets a good night sleep! For a limited time enter DogDad and get $5.00 your chosen bauble.

 

 

 

 

Dog Park Etiquette

 

Dog parks are a wonderful place! They provide exercise, entertainment, and socialization, for both you and your pooch! However, its important that when you are in these spaces, you and your canine companion behave properly. Read on below for some proper dog park etiquette.

dog park

  1. Vaccinate your dog

-If you’re going to go to the dog park, chances are you’ll be running into lots of other dogs! Just like children at school, your dog has a higher risk of getting sick when exposed to more of his kind. Make sure your friend has the proper vaccinations so he doesn’t fall ill after puppy romping!

  1. Assess your dog’s behavior

-Its important to ask, is my dog ready? Remember, at a dog park your dog will be off leash and around a lot of dogs. Does your canine panic around other individuals? Do they become aggressive? Make sure your dog has had some previous experience being around other dogs, and have a plan to deal with your dog if they do become stressed.

 

dog buddies

  1. Spay and neuter

-This might be a no-brainer to some, but it’s still worth saying! Make sure your pooch is fixed before you bring them to the dog park, or you might wind up a doggie grandparent!

  1. Clean up

-At most dog parks, there is a receptacle for dog waste, as well as free bags. Consider bringing some waste bags with you, and if your dog uses the bathroom, clean up!

 

There are certainly a lot of other tips for dog parks, but there is also a lot of variability. Therefore, be sure to do some research on the dog park you are interested in before taking your dog there. Happy romping!

 

 

 

Countdown of Canine Heroes--Part Two!

Memorial Day is tomorrow, and so we continue with our list of military canines who were willing to give it their all for this wonderful country. Read on below to find out more!
  1. Lex was deployed in Fallujah with his handler, Capital Dustin Lee when the pair were struck by a mortar. Lee became mortally wounded and unable to flee, so the dog crawled on top of her owner to protect him until medics arrived.

    Lex War Dog
  2. Sinbad was a water dog! A member of the Coast Guard from 1938 to 1949, he served on the Coast Guard cutter ship the Campbell.
  3. Toby L024 was a black Labrador retriever who worked in Afghanistan as a specialized search dog. On his many patrols he discovered countless explosives, RPG caches, and uncovered a 250-pound guided bomb.
  4. Cario worked on The War on Terror. He was with the American forces when they took down Osama Bin Laden.
  5. Ryke was a Belgian Malinois in Afghanistan. In 2011 when her convoy came under attack, she and her handler leapt into action and secured the ambush spot of the enemy and cleared space for a medivac. For her actions this dog was awarded the K9 Medal for Exceptional Service.
  6. Azza was another courageous canine in Afghanistan. She was a military dog trained to sniff out IEDs, and her superior intelligence saved her handler and his comrades multiple times, even twice in one day.
  7. Layka was a dog that wasn’t afraid of sacrifice. Stationed in Afghanistan, she saved her handler, Julian, when the pair came across a house wired with explosives. The dog entered first and discovered a terrorist, who she was able to subdue, but not without sustaining severe injuries in order to protect her owner. Her front left leg had to be amputated, but she recovered well and was able to retire and go home with Julian. Click the link below to see the video about her, made by national geographic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1NkQhzZXDE
  8. Beauty was terrier who was a true trail blazer! Serving in the second World War, she is considered to be the first ever rescue dog.
  9. Kaiser was a German Shepherd who served in Vietnam. He id more than 30 combat patrols and participated in 12 major operations during his time. He was killed during a search and destroy mission, when his patrol was ambushed by enemy forces. He was the first war dog to be killed in action during the Vietnam War.
  10. Did you know during WWII the dogs were living in the foxholes with their men? The Dobermans of WWII were incredibly loyal to their American owners, and saved countless lives.

WWII War Dogs

A List of Hero Dogs

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who gave everything they had while serving in our country’s armed forces. We here at Bedtime4dogs recognize this important holiday, and would also like to take the time recognize some amazing dogs that gave it their all too—whether they be military or just every day heroes. For the next two articles we will be highlighting USA canines who we feel deserved to be recognized for their heroism.

  1. Rin Tin Tin was a police dog who became discovered by an American soldier on a battlefield in France in 1918. When the war was over Rin was brought to the U.S. where he then went on to star in over 122 films.                       
  2. Mattie was the first operational accelerant detection dog in the country in 1986! She could sniff out evidence of arson, and did so for 11 years.
  3. Apollo was part of the NYPD and was one of the first dogs to learn search and rescue in 2001. This beautiful German Shepperd was a first responder at the World Trade Center and for his efforts was awarded the Dickin Medal, the highest honor an animal can receive in war.
  4. Sergeant Stubby was perhaps the most famous and highly decorated WWI American dog. He was one lucky dog, surviving a poison gas attack in 1918 and going on to be a dog able to sniff out such attacks early and warn the soldiers. He was also proficient at finding wounded soldiers, and ended up meeting three presidents in his lifetime.     

                                      
  1. Valdo was a bomb-sniffing canine working in Afghanistan. Not only was he good at sniffing out bombs, but once in 2011 he shielded four troops against a rocket propelled grenade and took on the brunt of the shrapnel. The dog was pretty seriously injured, but his actions saved the American soldiers.
  2. Lucca, another German Sheppard was a brave military dog who in 2012 lost her leg while protecting a platoon of Marines from a roadside bomb.
  3. They say it is not the size of the dog that determines the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. This can certainly be said for our next hero, a 4 pound terrier named Smoky. During WWII she earned honors after she warned an American soldier of incoming fire on a transport ship.
  4. Chips was an all-American mutt! In WWII he was deployed with his handler in Sicily, where they became pinned down by machine gun fire. Chips broke free and attacked the enemy gunmen, ultimately resulting in the enemies’ surrender. Chips was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
  5. The civil war finds a Staffordshire Terrier as one of its heroes. Sallie worked with the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and accompanied soldiers into battle, right on the front lines! She eventually was killed at the Battle at Hatcher’s Run, and in 1980 the surviving veterans dedicated a monument at Gettysburg for this selfless pooch.
  6. The name Nemo probably makes you think of a certain clown fish, but Nemo was also the name of a very famous dog in the Vietnam War. On patrol with his owner Thorneburg one day, the pair were attacked by the enemy and both shot. Ignoring his wound the German Sheppard charged, creating enough time for Thorneburg to call for reinforcements.