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Rex wants to wish you all a happy #TGIF, Thank God I’m Found! He escaped late one evening and unfortunately his owners could not keep up when he started to run. His alert was issued with Petkey and he was returned home not long after safe and sound!

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Piper and her family want to wish you all a happy #TGIF, Thank God I’m Found! When Piper’s mom realized she was no longer in the backyard, her heart sank. She quickly notified Petkey that she was missing and began searching in her neighborhood. Luckily, she returned home not long after her alert went out! We are so happy you are back home, Piper!

National Pet Week!

Hooray, it’s National Pet Week! Errr wait…isn’t that every week?! Anyways, Belle here thinks she should be celebrated every day, and we AGREE!

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Happy #TGIF, Thank God I’m Found! Little Misu here has quite the story. He was missing for almost three years before making his way home!! He was eventually found by a kind woman who took him to be scanned at a local vet office. Thankfully, he was microchipped and registered and was able to be returned home to his loving family. We are so happy you are finally home, Misu!

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Ellie wants to wish you all a happy #TGIF, Thank God I’m Found! Ellie’s family alerted Petkey as soon as she went missing to get the word out in their community. Thankfully, she was returned home to her family in Ohio the very same day. We are so happy your are home sweet girl!

Lost Dog Awareness Day

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In honor of Lost Dog Awareness Day, we wanted to share a very special story. Gracie was stolen out of her backyard in October of last year. Her family immediately notified Petkey and their local police station to get the word out in their community. After 5 months of searching, a Good Samaritan found her and was able to get her back home where she belongs!

World, meet Jax. Jax, meet world!

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This little cutie is currently staying with his grandma near his veterinarian to finish recuperating after a vertebral issue, but after some treatment and lovin’ he is on the mend! We are so happy that Jax is doing well, and that is now apart of the Petkey Family!

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Eros and his family want to wish you all a happy #TGIF! Thank God I’m Found! Luckily, Eros wasn’t gone long before being reunited with his family. They are so happy to have him home, and so are we!

Happy #TGIF! Thank God I’m Found! Pipers family was devastated when she went missing, they have had her in their family since she was just a baby! Piper was gone for almost 4 weeks before she finally wandered back home after her long adventure. Her family isn’t sure what she was up to, but they were glad they had her microchip and registered and happy that she was able to return home safely.

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We have been receiving a lot of calls from concerned pet owners asking what they should do to ensure their pets are protected. One of the most important things you can do is verify that your pet’s microchip is registered properly, your contact information is up to date and have a current microchip ID tag for your pet. Be sure to visit www.petkey.org to make sure your pet is protected

This little pup has quite the big story! When Fancy went missing early last year, her owners were absolutely frantic. They contacted Petkey to issue an alert and spread the word on their own as much as they could. Flash forward 7 months and Fancy was found 300 miles away!! A nice woman found her and took her to be scanned and was able to contact Petkey to get her home. Her owner wants to remind everyone to “never give up hope!” Happy #TGIF! Thank God I’m Found! !

Are Tail Wags Always Happy?

When a dog wags his tail, what does that mean to you? To most dog lovers, this means the dog is happy. But, that’s not always the case.

There are many different variations of tail wagging and each tail wag means something different.

Earlier in the blog, we talked about body language. A dog’s tail is part of how he communicates. For example, a puppy who is wagging her tail may be letting her mother know she is hungry and to come closer.

Tails to Tell Tales

As humans, of course we use our words to talk. That’s our language. Although there are many different variations of human language, we all speak in ‘words.’ 

Dogs don’t speak our language. Our dog can understand our language to an extent and learn a wide range of our vocabulary, but that is our dog understanding us, just as it is our job to understand their language.

Your dog’s primary means of communication is not through voice; it is through body.

What Does a Wagging Tail Really Mean?

Before we can just dive into informing you what each type of tail wag means, you must understand what your dog’s natural tail position is. What’s her neutral position? Usually, dogs have their tail relaxed toward the floor when they’re in a neutral state of mind. When your dog is relaxing, pay close attention to what her body language looks like.

Now, where your dog’s tail is positioned can be one of any of the following:

Diversion: Your dog may be attempting to communicate some type of agreement with another dog if her tail suddenly stops wagging and she freezes in her tracks. This body language is common when your dog encounters someone (or another dog) she does not know.

Aggression: When your dog’s tail moves from a relaxed state to an arched position (AKA vertical), this is a sign your dog is displaying aggressive behavior. Take a look around, what is she displaying aggression toward and why?

Submission: If your dog is being submissive (AKA showing she’s not a threat), her tail will likely be tucked between her legs. In this position, she may instinctively urinate (don’t be mad).

Curiousity: We’re sure you have seen your dog’s tail ‘light up’ when she hears or sees something she’s curious and excited about. Generally, the tail is in a horizontal position in these cases. Perhaps she’s excited about a new toy or going for a ride.

Happiness: Finally, the tail also does indicate happiness. A tail wag could simply mean your dog is happy.

There is also new research out there which suggests positive feelings within a dog are associated with the right side. For example, if your dog is about to receive a treat or snack of some sort, their tail will likely move from right to left.

On the other hand, negative feelings are typically connected with the left side. When your dog is feeling upset, does her tail move from left to right?

You know your dog the best. Observation is key. Just as we are unique in our ways, our dogs are as well and each carry a different set of behavior traits. Learn how your individual dog communicates how he feels.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings and Triggers

Make sure you are aware of your surroundings, of any triggers, and the situation you are in when reading your dog’s body language. The tail is only one factor in your dog’s language, but it is certainly a great start when you’re learning about your dog’s behavior.

Remember, your dog may not be exactly the same as others. You can study and read for hours, but the real research comes from observation.

Are You Prepared for Disaster?












It’s hurricane and tornado season (depending on where you are) with each emergency situation requiring special attention. Regardless of which type of disaster whether tornado, hurricane, flood, etc., measures should be taken prior to the event occurring to keep our pets safe. We have a few tips to share with you today to help you prepare.

The Rescue Alert Sticker

There are many organizations who will send you a rescue alert sticker so others will know there are pets in your home. To grab a free rescue pack from the ASPCA click here. Or, you can find one at your local Walmart. The sticker often includes the types of pets you have, the number of pets you have, and their names. If there is any specific medication they should take, this should also be included in print if able.

If you do evacuate, make sure you write EVACUATE on the sticker or over the sticker so rescue workers aren’t searching for your pets through the rubble should the disaster be serious.

It’s Dangerous for Them Too

If the sitaution is dangerous for you, it’s dangerous for your pets, too. Don’t wait until last minute to figure out what you’re going to do. Have a plan in place. If you aren’t able to bring your pet with you, where can your pet be kept in case of emergency?

Consider where you’d be staying should an emergency occur. For example, if you’re going to Nashville, Tennessee, should there be an evacuation, create a list of hotels/motels who accept pets.

If you can’t find one that accepts pets, is a local family member able to care for them for you while you’re vacating?

The Emergency Kit

This is one of the most important ‘preparedness’ tips we can give to you. You’ll be happy you packed up an emergency kit should an emergency happen.

Don’t pack for only one day. Pack for several weeks. Better to be safe than sorry. Make sure your dog’s microchip information is up-to-date, pack collars with extra ID tags, and make copies of their vaccination records.

Make several of these emergency kits. Put one in each of your vehicles and keep one in the house. Just to be general, here are some items we recommend packing: pet first-aid kit, guidebook outlining canine/feline care/first aid, dry cat and/or dog food to last a minimum of two weeks, disposable litter boxes, feeding dishes, water bowls, disinfectant, and photographs of each one of your pets (multiple photos if possible).

Get Started

We recommend you get started with these tips today. As we said earlier, it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car Even on Warm Days! This is a Must Watch!

We thought about writing about dogs in a hot car this week, but we think it would be better to show you. Watch this veterinarian in a car with the windows cracked on a breezy day. You don’t want to miss this! 




The Unsung Heroes: Man’s Best Friend on Memorial Day

Peanut Butter Doggy Cookie Recipe

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Peanut Butter Doggy Cookies are a favorite among most dogs! This easy-to-make recipe is definitely worth a try!

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup of peanut butter (be sure to get the peanut butter without xylitol– raw, unsalted peanut butter is best)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ¼ cup of water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix together your flour, eggs and peanut butter in one bowl.
  3. Once your flour, eggs and peanut butter are mixed, add in a little bit of water at a time until all of the water is added.
  4. Lay out the dough and cut cookie shapes as desired.
  5. Place your cookies on the baking sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  6. Bake until browned, cool, and serve.

GET COOKIN’

We’d love to hear from you after you cook these delicious treats! Enjoy! 

Is Your Doggy Guilty?

Does your doggy have that ‘guilty look,’ too? 

Hunting with Your Dog

There’s no question that dogs are man’s best friend. Not only are they our best friends, they are loyal companions, guardians, and protectors. Plus, guess what else they enjoy? Hunting.

There are many hunters who choose to involve their dog in their hunting adventures. Hunting provides your dog with mental and physical stimulation necessary to stay happy and healthy. Plus, it’s an awesome way to improve the bond you share.

Which Dog Breeds Hunt?

 

There are two main categories of hunting dogs; hounds and gun dogs. The hound dogs are good for pursuing game like rabbits and deer. The gun dogs are most commonly associated with locating grouse, pheasants, and/or ducks who are incredibly camouflaged in the wilderness.

The hunting hounds literally bring the hunter to their prey. Their noses are sensational (like many other dogs) and they’re able to detect/ track scent quickly. They’re also loud enough for the hunter to be alerted when the prey is found. If a hound gets lost, they also often know to howl so the hunter is able to locate them.

The running hounds flush out game and pursue the game to bring the prey to the hunter. They are able to maneuver rabbits and deer in a certain direction to bring them within shooting distance of the hunter.

Gun dogs don’t track prey, flush prey, or maneuver prey. Instead, they sit by their owner until the hunter has made his or her shot. They will then run over and fetch the game for the hunter whether in water or on land.

What’s it Take to Be a Hunting Dog?


All hunting dogs must be well-trained, have good stamina/endurance, be physically fit, and healthy enough to go on such adventures.

We have a few tips for those of you who are interested in learning more about the hunting sport.

Tips for Hunting with Your Dog

  1. Enjoy puppyhood with your dog. Your puppy must learn to trust and respect you from an early age. If you spend a significant amount of time with your puppy, you’ll also be able to determine your pup’s strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Take walks through the woods. Taking walks will help your dog understand the different sights, smells, and sounds surrounding her.
  3. Don’t jump straight into ‘let’s go hunt!’ Instead, be certain to teach basic obedience skills first. Commands like “sit, stay, and come” are critical.
  4. Make sure both you and your dog are physically fit. Hunting may not sound intense, but once you get out there you’ll thank yourself for getting into shape first.
  5. Ticks and other parasites are common in the woods and other hunting areas. Be sure your dog has flea, tick, and heartworm medication prior to beginning your adventures.
  6. Don’t forget a first aid kit for you and your dog!

 

Finally, have fun with this. This sport isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a hunting enthusiast, this could be the perfect activity for you and your dog to do together.


P.S.- If your dog isn’t already microchipped, this is certainly worth looking into just in case he were to get lost on your adventure. Better safe than sorry for sure.

Top Common ‘No-no’s’ for Children with Dogs

Within every relationship, regardless of type, there are unspoken rules that allow us to understand what is appropriate and acceptable.

The relationship you share (and your family shares) with your family dog is similar to this. There are certain boundaries that should not be passed and you’ll get to know those boundaries the more you bond with your dog. 

When children are involved, they may not quite understand what those boundaries are. In an effort to keep both your child and your dog safe, you must teach your children what a proper and acceptable human-dog relationship looks like. 

The first rule, and perhaps the most critical, is for your children to learn to treat your family dog with love and respect. 

If your child isn’t treating your dog with respect, remind him or her that, like us, dogs have feelings, too. 

Remind children:

  • Absolutely no sitting or stepping on your family dog
  • No pulling, yanking, or poking the family dog. 
  • Stay away from the food dish 
  • Stay away from his or her toys until you are 100% certain your family dog is not territorial or protective with them.

Children will be children. And, they learn by repetition. You may have to remind your child several times before he or she understands what you’re expecting.

Teaching Responsibility

Adopting a family dog is an excellent way to assist your child in learning about responsibility. Providing fresh water and feeding at the appropriate times could boost your child’s confidence and increase the bond he/she shares with your dog.

This also provides you with the perfect opportunity to explain your dog depends fully on your family to care for him. Of course, he will care for your family, too. But, in different ways.

Don’t Hurt my Body Being Too Rough

Most dogs adore children and enjoy having them around to play and love on. It’s important to teach your children where the boundaries are here, though. Your dog is not a couch to sit on or an object to push. The following tips should be followed: 

Please do not:

  • Sit on her
  • Lie on him
  • Climb on her
  • Pull his tail
  • Pull on her ears
  • Bounce on her
  • Step on him

An easy way to explain this is the following:

“Would you like to be treated like that?” Generally, the answer is no and the behavior stops. 

Respect my “Safe Place”

Dogs generally have a ‘safe place’ where he or she is able to escape when feeling overwhelmed. Be sure your child (or you) do not interrupt her safe space. 

Your dog may also go visit her safe space if she’s feeling sleepy, wants to play on her own, or if she has anxiety. Just like us, sometimes dogs need a break too. 

While She’s Eating 

Allow your dog to eat in peace without little hands getting in her bowl. You can teach a dog to be perfectly fine with this, but eating is a pleasurable experience for your dog and they generally would like to be left alone while they’re chowing down their meal. 

To protect both your dog and your child, your child should not do any of the following:

  • No hands near food or food dish while eating
  • No touching while eating
  • Don’t put your face next to his while he’s eating

Summing it Up

Parents should sit down with their children and explain the rules listed above. This could prevent any sort of aggression in addition to increasing the bond your dog shares with your family.

Children also lead by example. They will watch how you’re treating your dog and follow what you do. Be sure you’re setting a good example of love and respect.

Staying Fit with Your Dog on Vacation

If you’re committed to regular exercise, particularly jogging or walking, you probably keep up that healthy habit even when you’re on vacation. And if you have a dog in your household, chances are he is your exercise buddy and goes right along with you as you walk, jog, run, or hike. 

Dogs love to be with us regardless of what we’re doing, and we truly hate to leave them behind in a kennel, pet hotel, or with a sitter for the entire time we’re on vacation, or even on a short business trip. 

So why not take your four-legged friend on vacation with you? 

Make your dog part of your vacation plans. 

If she’s part of your exercise routine when you’re at home, have her become a  part of your exercise routine while you’re on vacation, too. 

Not only will the two of you stay in shape while you’re gone, but your dog will also be less stressed due to the extra physical and mental stimulation.

Plan Early

It’s tempting to be spontaneous and not plan your trip out accordingly.

For adults only, that’s obviously something that can be done. However, since you’ll be taking your dog with you on your vacation, you need to factor in dog-friendly destinations (restaurants, hotels, etc). 

If you’re taking your dog with you, long trips to amusement parks while your dog stays at the hotel isn’t exactly ideal. Your dog would be in a new place with new smells, sounds, and surroundings, resulting in a potential significant increase in her stress levels. 

Instead, plan trips to the beach, hiking trails, and there are even many restaurants in larger cities which are now allowing dogs to enter (or at least sit at the outdoor table with you). 

Make Sure the Dog’s Shots and Tags Are Up-to-Date

Before you leave, make sure your pet is vaccinated and properly licensed. 

If she isn’t microchipped, this is also something you may want to take into consideration. If she were to get lost (unfortunately, this does happen sometimes), the microchip would lead her back to you when she is located. 

Include Some of the Essentials of Home

No matter where you end up staying (resort, hotel, or lodge or cabin), make sure your dog has some of his own “stuff,” like a blanket, some toys, his favorite bed, or anything of his that simply smells like home. 

This helps provide him or her with comfort and helps her adapt to new places. 

Plan it out- and you’ll have an amazing vacation together as a family with your pup.