Red White and the Blues?

Red White and the Blues?

By Abe Lerner

Coping With July 4th Fireworks That Wreak Havoc on Pets

It is July 4th weekend, summer is in full swing, and excitement is in the air, as families flock in droves to attend the local fireworks shows. What can be better than viewing the spectacular displays of shooting lights illuminating a pristine natural backdrop, commemorating the birth of our nation? Actually, things couldn’t be worse for a number of our four-legged family members. For many pets, fireworks are frightening and trigger stress reactions. Continue reading

Dogfight

Dogfight

By Abe Lerner

Paying Tribute to America’s Military War Dogs on Memorial Day

Memorial Day began as any other day did for Ryan Finnegan and his dog Freddie, with an early morning brisk walk in the local park. Two years earlier, Ryan was diagnosed with epilepsy, a condition that can lead to sudden seizures. He was advised to purchase a seizure response dog (SRD.) An immediate bond developed between the two.

Exiting the park, they crossed the street heading home. Freddie began to bark incessantly. Something was wrong. “Am I having a seizure?” Ryan thought. Before long, he blacked out. When he came to, he was lying in a hospital bed. Apparently, Freddie had sensed the imminent seizure, alerting Ryan prior to his succumbing to it and dragged his limp body off the busy street, out of harm’s way. He then proceeded to activate the emergency response system pendant on Ryan’s neck.

While recuperating in the hospital, Ryan thought a lot about Freddie’s heroism that had saved his life. Ryan wondered if Freddie’s actions were a unique phenomenon or perhaps there were others amongst his canine brethren that had risen to the occasion as well. Browsing online about the day’s events, he learned that dogs played a pivotal role in the annals of our military history.

A time of reflection, Memorial Day evokes memories of our fallen brave soldiers, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Many visit military cemeteries annually on this solemn day, paying tribute to those who gave their lives to protect their fellow Americans and the freedoms that they represent. While our servicemen from the various branches of the military capture most of the attention, it should be noted however, that dogs served our country honorably as well.

Military war dogs (MWD) saw their initial battlefield action in 1942, accompanying the Quartermaster Corps in North Africa. Many served as “guards”, scouts, and attackers. They often provided comfort and strength for their human companions. Throughout the years they have remained permanent fixtures amongst the rank and file, as many combat missions include MWD participation.

A Dogtime.com article shares the rich history of our military war dogs. Some of the more famous dogs include Stubby, who used his keen senses to forewarn his fellow soldiers of impending poison-gas attacks during WWI. Chips assaulted an Italian machine-gun nest during WWII, assisting in taking 10 enemy soldiers captive. Nemo attacked the enemy during the Vietnam War, despite taking a bullet to his eye. When his handler was felled by a bullet and lay unconscious on the ground, Nemo draped his body over him, shielding him from further harm.

As a tribute to our dogs who have contributed so much to our country, the United States War Dogs Memorial was dedicated in 2006 in Holmdel, New Jersey. The memorial consists of a bronze statue of a kneeling Vietnam War soldier and his dog, set on a black granite base, a very touching memorial for man’s best friend.

As Memorial Day is designed to commemorate our nation’s heroes, let’s not forget the dogs who served so patriotically as well! Every dog has its day…

Abe Lerner is a member of the pack at NutralifePet, a division of Nutralife Health Products, Inc., which has been selling high quality dietary supplements since 1996. NutralifePet, the manufacturer of Ultra Joint & Liver Support with SAM-e for dogs and cats, caters to the individual needs of each pet. NutralifePet…caring about animals, one pet at a time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In)sure Enough

(In)sure Enough

By Abe Lerner

Pet Insurance in the Spotlight

Daisy broke her leg scampering down the steps. Rondo has a tumor. Lulu tore her knee ligament. All three are pets with serious health conditions. Treatment is costly. Pet parents would like to provide their pets with the best medical care possible. But at what price? In their hearts, any price. Practically though, many pet parents simply can’t afford to pay out of pocket for these procedures. With some advanced planning however, people can put themselves in a better position to have their pets treated. Continue reading

BeDECKing Service Members with Service Dogs

BeDECKing Service Members with Service Dogs

By Abe Lerner

NY Jets’ Eric Decker Provides Service Dogs for Wounded Military Vets

In the NFL, coming off a football field with an injury is normal. A vet returning home wounded from combat is also normal. In reality though, the life of a wounded vet is anything but normal. Many men and women, who have valiantly served our country, have given the ultimate sacrifice: themselves. Some of our warriors suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Others sustained injuries that have left them in constant pain or with mobility issues. What can be done to enable them to cope? Continue reading

Bed Cat and Beyond

Bed Cat and Beyond

By Abe Lerner

Should You Share Your Bed with Your Cat?

Stacey Cardell is facing a dilemma. She has grown attached to McPuffy, but is her cat overstepping his boundaries? Cuddling up on her lap is one thing, but parking in her bed for the night is another. Although Stacey appreciates McPuffy’s affection, she has to admit that lately she has been more tired than ever. A good night’s sleep has been hard to come by. Just last night at 2:37 AM, McPuffy began doing his best Pelé impersonation, kicking a ball back and forth on her bed. A prolific scorer, thunderous shouts of “Goooooal” were meowed throughout the night! Continue reading

Eating High On The Dog

Eating High on the Dog

By Abe Lerner

 Human Food that is Toxic for Pets

Dog is man’s best friend. Shouldn’t it stand to reason then, that one can share his own food with his dog? Take Kelly for example. Never one to resist her chocolate cravings, a stash of 3 Musketeers bars is constantly at her disposal. Kelly is very generous with sharing her chocolate, true to the 3 Musketeers motto that, “All for one and one for all.” It feels better to add boatloads of calories in a group setting, as guilt is diminished when everyone else is joining in the fun too! Continue reading

A Dash of Pepper?

A Dash of Pepper?

On the Run for Three Weeks, Richard Matt and David Sweat Eluded Capture. Were Dogs on Their Trail Stymied by Pepper?

On June 6, 2015, in daring fashion straight out of the movies, convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Dannemora, NY. Using hacksaw blades smuggled into their cells inside frozen hamburger meat, they broke through steel and brick walls, crawled through a steam pipe, and emerged from a manhole outside the prison walls. Continue reading

Who Let the Dog Out?

Who Let the Dog Out?

By Abe Lerner

Rescuing a Dog from a Hot Car: Hero or Criminal?

A debate is brewing over the arrest of Michael Hammons, stemming from a May 9, 2015, incident in an Athens, Georgia strip mall parking lot. The New York Daily News reported that upon noticing an unattended Yorkshire terrier in a locked Mustang on an 86° day, Hammons used the footrest of his wife’s wheelchair to smash open the car window, allowing for the dog to exit the car. The dog’s owner, Elantra Cunningham, returned to her damaged car in disgust, demanding that the police arrest Hammons. Local police took him into custody, charging him with criminal trespassing. He has since been released, and the charges were dropped by the local DA. Had the case gone to trial however, he could have potentially faced a $1,000 fine and a year in prison. For her part, Cunningham was cited by police for leaving a dog in a hot car. Continue reading

Dog Flu-rries Take Chicago by Storm

Dog Flu-rries Take Chicago by Storm

By Abe Lerner

 Chicago Dog Flu Outbreak in the Spotlight

Growing up in Chicago, there were two things that I took for granted: the Cubs losing and snow. As a member of Cubs Nation, I suffer from BaLoNeY Syndrome (Better Luck Next Year), the ailment afflicting all of us dedicated Cubs fans for the past 107 years. Our annual “throwing in of the towel”, conceding of yet another losing campaign, generally transpires approximately 15 games into the young season, when traditionally the Cubs are already 10 games out of 1st place! Despite the fact that this year looks promising, we always expect “the other shoe to drop.” Remember Steve Bartman? Continue reading

There’s More Than One Way To Skin A Cat

There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

By Abe Lerner

How to Cope With Pet Dander Allergies

Juan Bautista had a major problem on his hands. Juan Jr., his rambunctious ten year old son, had struck a deal with him. Negotiating with Dad, he promised to improve his behavior, provided that Dad bought him a cat for the holidays. Smith Barney would have something to say about this though, as the company consistently emphasized making money the old fashioned way, by earning it! Putting the cart before the horse, child psychologists would disapprove as well. But, they haven’t met Junior! From Dad’s perspective, ANYTHING that could possibly keep him at bay was certainly worth trying. Continue reading