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Leave NO PET Behind

A dog looks out from a flooded house in Juana Matos, Catano,  Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. Puerto Rico braced for potentially calamitous flash flooding after being pummeled by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island and knocked out the entire electricity grid. The hurricane, which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century," had battered the island of 3.4 million people after roaring ashore early Wednesday with deadly winds and heavy rain.  / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)



One tumultuous month after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico and the majority of the island is still without power, leaving thousands looking for a way out instead of getting ready to rebuild.

For pet lovers looking to flee the island, the decision to move elsewhere is made even harder: Due to federal restrictions and airline regulations, many Puerto Ricans leaving the country are not allowed to bring their pets with them, forcing these residents to leave their beloved dogs behind or not leave at all.

According to The Daily Beast, many of the airlines flying out of Puerto Rico are prohibiting passengers from bringing their pets on board because federal authorities are using the limited cargo space of planes to transport supplies. On top that, federal restrictions say that pets weighing more than 20 lbs. are not allowed to travel in the cabin, leaving all but small animals out of luck.

Pet Friendly Puerto Rico president Sylvia Bedrosian told The Daily Beast that these restrictions have led to the abandonment of 2,000 animals. Bedrosian also commented on how these current blocks on pets violate the No Pet Left Behind FEMA Act, put in place following Hurricane Katrina, which is supposed to ensure that pets are figured in to all federal emergency plans.

Right now residents with pets are depending on airlines to be flexible with their policies. Both JetBlue and Southwest have adjusted their pet policies to allow more animals on board, but the airlines still have to adhere to the 20-lb. in-cabin pet limit. United PetSafe, a pet transport business that flies animals from San Juan to the mainland, is limited by the same embargo. A United Airlines employee said the embargo was recently waived for them until Oct. 31, but gave no reason why it wasn’t lifted for other airlines.

“I understand that most planes coming from the U.S. to Puerto Rico are filled with goods, but what bothers me most is that planes leaving the island are mostly empty. Why take custody of an empty cargo?” Bedrosian told The Daily Beast.

Amid this frustrating confusion, animal rescue groups across North America are doing their best to save as many pets as possible, chartering private planes to retrieve animals from Puerto Rico and bring them to the contiguous United States to reunite with their owners or find a forever home.


Top 10 Dogs

MDC respects the AKC’s list, but we are partial to the shih -tzu as the top dog.

The AKC’s 2014 list, released today, shows German shepherds, golden retrievers, bulldogs and beagles following Labrador retrievers in the top five.

The beagle, which ranked number five on the AKC list, saw its breed get attention earlier this year when a Beagle named Miss P, from British Columbia, took home the top Best in Show honor at the Westminster Kennel Club Show earlier this month.

The AKC’s most popular list is derived from the number of dogs within each breed registered with the club, an AKC spokeswoman told ABC News.

The bulldog moved up one spot, into number four, above the beagle, on this year’s list. The AKC attributes the bulldogs’ rise to the breeds’, “natural tendency to form strong bonds with kids, an easy-to-care-for coat and minimal exercise needs. “

A more specific type of Bulldog, the French bulldog, moved into the top 10, at number nine, this year for the first time in nearly 100 years, according to the AKC.

The Labrador retriever’s spot atop the Most Popular Breeds’ list continues its streak as the longest reign in AKC history.

Here is the full top 10 list of the 2014 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog

3. Golden Retriever

4. Bulldog

5. Beagle

6. Yorkshire Terrier

7. Poodle

8. Boxer

9. French Bulldog

10. Rottweiler

The Lazy Dog List Top 10


If you would like to breed a dog as a pet, besides enjoying a life style that is very relaxed and also you’re not a fan of long walks or vigorous exercise, it’s important to select a dog that fits how you live your daily life.

Much of Dog Breeds so are amazingly energetic and has high energy, also require hours of play outdoors and hiking each day to be happy. Choose among the races will be a bad choice in the event your home is a quiet life. Luckily, not all dogs would be the same and exercise requirements vary by breed. Some strains are certainly more relaxed and less energetic than many others, but this does not mean that do not demand an activity for exercise and fun. Locate a dog exercise whose needs fit yours will be a great option for a solid relationship. So we show you a list of 10 breeds Quiet Dogs not recommended for energetic individuals, individuals or not athletes using a comfortable lifestyle.

1. Pug
The Pug is an entertaining, comical and very intelligent dog using a recognizable appearance instantly.

2. Greyhound
That the Greyhound is on this list can cause some surprise to many individuals, as this breed is known worldwide as one of the quickest on the planet.

3. Bulldog
The Bulldog solid, stout is one of the very sedentary dogs on earth. It had been developed chiefly for strength instead of speed, the Bulldog is more fixed than a sprinter and is absolutely satisfied to folks who want to walk for short intervals and in a leisurely pace.

4. Chihuahua
The Chihuahua additionally fast spend the base of the paws and has an easy walking speed, due to this trot tire instantly. For other attributes and this Chihuahuas are recommended for those who lead a quiet life.

5. Great Dane
The physical demands because of this dog are tiny in comparison to its size, since you just require a quiet little games to stretch their legs long free outside walk, they’re not a particular strain quite nervous, and every day walks.

6. French Bulldog
The French bulldog is adorable, fine little improvement is a dog with a style that is great. It’s very alert, intelligent, often loving non violent games and also short on time and they are the occasional outdoor activity also can enjoy moments eternally running. The French bulldog is perfectly happy with a couple of short walks per day, specially with lots of mental stimulus.

7. Bullmastiff
The huge Bullmastiff is one of the very most famous strains among watchdogs they’re very loyal to owners and their families.
This dog is relaxed, quiet but careful to dangers generally proceeds slowly and is quite pleased to continue its owner into a relaxed pace up.

8. Shar Pei
The Shar Pei that is extraordinarily wrinkled is well known for the powerful ties they do with their owners as well as their attitude aloof with strangers. The Shar Pei includes a fairly sedentary life style, so needless to say we’re perfect for low or sedentary activity in the roads folks. This dog will likely be pleased to walk with its owner provided the route is very short.

9. Pekingese
The Pekinese dog is “lapdog par excellence” , will be very happy if you’re huddled in front of a warm fire along with your favourite people. This dog requires little physical action, a brief, routine walks can keep in shape.

10. San Bernardo
The St. Bernard is large, handsome and enchanting furry, primarily connected with mountain saving and also known for their endurance.
The San Bernardo was developed for endurance rather than speed, and certainly will happily walk beside you in silence while enjoying the scene.

MDC suggests a shi-tzu is a perfect traveling companion.

Dogs to the Airline Rescue


It works at hospitals and nursing homes, so why not airports?

After the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, an interfaith chaplain volunteer at Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) brought her certified therapy dog, a Boxer/Great Dane mix named Orion, to the airport hoping it would help ease travelers’ anxieties about returning to the skies.

It worked. Orion was a big hit with both passengers and employees. Now SJC has 13 teams of volunteer handlers and dogs in a K-9 Crew that visits with passengers in the terminals a few hours each day, seven days a week.

The dogs include breeds ranging from a Cocker Spaniel, a Rat Terrier and a Miniature Schnauzer to Golden Retrievers, a French Mastiff and a Rottweiler. And they’re all certified by Therapy Dogs International (TDI), which makes sure the dogs are tested for non-aggression, general obedience and willingness to be hugged and petted in the midst of noisy and distracting airports. Handlers are also required to pass a security clearance before joining the team.

“We’ve had many very touching encounters with airport employees and travelers,” said Kyra Hubis, the SJC therapy dog program leader who has been visiting the airport with her Golden Retriever, Henry James, each Monday for the past four years. “It’s especially poignant to see soldiers being deployed hugging Henry James and telling him to ‘take care of the house’ while they’re gone.”

It took a few years but, inspired by the SJC experience, Miami International Airport, San Antonio International Airport, Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, and others – about 27 airports at last count – now also have therapy dog programs in the terminals.

“Airports are exciting places of much activity, but at times they also can be overwhelming for some travelers,” said Scott Elmore, spokesman for ACI-NA, an organization representing airports in North America. “As simple as it may sound, encountering a four-legged friend in the terminal can be exactly the experience that takes the edge off the airport experience,” he said.

Los Angeles International Airport kicked off its Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) program on April 15, 2013. MDC is very supportive of these animal programs.

“We were the third airport therapy dog program to launch and, yes, it was intentional to start on tax day because people are already stressed on that day for that reason,” said Heidi Huebner, the PUP program director.

The 31 dogs in the LAX program are profiled on the airport’s website and include C.C., a Field Spaniel whose favorite treat is bananas, and Tru, an English Setter back on duty after undergoing an operation that resulted in the loss of a leg.

Wearing red vests that instruct people to “pet me,” the dogs in the Pets Unstressing Passengers, or PUP, program wander LAX’s terminals with their owners, providing comfort and airport information.Wearing red vests that instruct people to “pet me,” the dogs in the Pets Unstressing Passengers, or PUP, program wander LAX’s terminals with their owners, and providing comfort .

Wearing red vests that instruct people to “pet me,” the dogs in the Pets Unstressing Passengers, or PUP, program wander LAX’s terminals with their owners, providing comfort and airport information.
Hazel, a pointer mix, gets a lot of attention in the Delta terminal at LAX. Hazel’s owners, Barbara and Lou Friedman, are two of the over thirty volunteers who help bring smiles to anxious travelers. Five-year-old Alexandra and 7-year-old Emmett take turns petting Hazel with fellow traveler Meagan Moroney in the Delta terminal at LAX. Marwick Kane and his long-haired Dalmatian Kai greet travelers at LAX. The LAX dogs typically are available for a few hours a day every day of the week. Each dog works until he or she gets tired.

After a 22-hour flight from Manila, Mindy Warguez and her kids have a nice visit with Kai. Corkey Tenney, a volunteer from Santa Monica, gets licks from Rosalie, a Chihuahua/terrier mix, while they visit travelers at LAX.
Each volunteer dog in the PUP program gets their own trading card, which is given out by their owners to the travelers they encounter during their shift in the terminals. PUP volunteers Marwick Kane (with Kai), Lou Friedman (with Hazel), and Bod Lederfine (with Maggie Mae), walk around the Los Angeles International Airport terminal.

“When the dogs are in the terminals you can feel the stress level drop,” said Huebner. “Expressions change. People look up from their laptops and their phones. They take pictures. They come over to pet the dogs. Conversations start between strangers. And even people just passing by begin to smile.”

In Florida, the FLL AmbassaDogs program at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport began in August 2013 and currently has a dozen dogs and their handlers visiting with passengers throughout the week.

“Teams approach passengers and ask if they would like to visit with the dog,” said Tawana Guthrie, FLL customer relations manager. “And each of our AmbassaDogs has their own business card, which provides information about the dog and contact information for the program.”

Reno-Tahoe International Airport rolled out its Paws 4 Passengers program last year, during Thanksgiving.

“With canceled flights, delays, bad weather, a poor experience in security, or people just being afraid to fly, there are many reasons why passengers could benefit from a therapy dog at the airport to pet and enjoy,” said airport spokeswoman Heidi Jared.

Twenty dogs and their handlers are now in the program, with dogs ranging in size from a tiny Chihuahua named Spike to a 185-pound Leonberger named Chronis.

“One of the most rewarding experiences has been to watch the WWII Honor Flight veterans interact with our therapy dogs,” said Jared. The Paws 4 Passengers team has been out to the airport for all three Honor Flights this year “and each time, the veterans get a big smile on their face when they pet the dogs or when they come around the corner from security and are greeted by the entire four-legged team with the handlers waving flags and cheering on the veterans,” said Jared.

In partnership with the San Francisco SPCA, San Francisco International Airport officially launched its Wag Brigade last December.

The initial roster of five dogs and handlers has grown to 16 teams, with another five teams “getting ready to charm the socks off of our customers,” said Christopher Birch, the airport’s Director of Guest Experience.

The volunteer dogs at SFO range from a 9-pound Havanese to a 115-pound Swiss mountain dog, but a schedule of where and when the dogs will visit each airport terminal isn’t published.

That partly because “during each two-hour shift it’s common for a team not to cover much ground due to the dogs being so busy greeting guests,” said Birch, and also “because the dogs decide when the shift is over.”

Of course, not everyone is a dog lover. Some people would feel less stressed at an airport if they could cuddle with a cat.

“We used to have cats in our organization and we grandfathered in about 10 of them prior to deciding to have just dogs,” said Billie Smith, executive director of Wyoming-based Therapy Dogs, Inc. “The cats weren’t quite as accepting of everyone as the dogs were,” said Smith, “but there are always exceptions.”

Source : usa today ; Harriet Baskas is the author of seven books, including Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You, and the Stuck at the Airport blog. Follow her on Twitter at @hbaskas.

Travel in Style


Prestige Private Air is the first members only All-You-Can-Fly Private Air Travel Club in the USA, providing frequent regional business and leisure travellers with a sophisticated and hassle-free air travel experience that saves valuable time and money.

I often question whether the time wasted and stress generated from travelling through airport hubs is more costly to our company than spending that bit more and travelling by private jet, and don’t get me started on the number of coughs and colds I have caught in airport lounges and on standard aircraft which again add a cost to the company. As Prestige so eloquently put it “when did waiting in lines become part of the business plan”? Certainly, there is not a more delightful, convenient and when all factors are considered, cost-effective way to travel than by Private jet – Why fly standard when you can fly Ferrari?

MDC says, this is the only way to fly especially if you are traveling with your beloved pet.

So how does it work? Prestige Private Air offers a unique and trouble-free flying experience on tiered levels depending on your specific needs. It starts with Prestige Private Air Elite Status which at $1999.00 per month offering an all you can eat buffet of unlimited free air passes on their gorgeous Piaggio Avanti Official Ferrari Aircraft. The Aircraft seats 7 and travels between Van Nuys, San Fransisco, San Marcos, Palo Alto and Las Vegas. Routings from Van Nuys/Santa Monica to Palm Springs, Monterey, Napa Valley, Oakland and Scottsdale are coming soon. Other destinations expected to be added in at a later date include magical Hawaii.

Prestige Private Air Silver Class Add-on includes 2 Round trip Flights per month between Southern California and New York Aboard their Hawker 800 Jet (holds 8 passengers) for $4000 Per Month extra.

Prestige Private Air Gold Class Add-on includes 2 Round trip Flights per month between Southern California and New York Aboard their Gulf Stream IV Jet $5000 Per Month extra.

Prestige Private Air’s partnerships enable their concierge to provide members last minute flights to any destination on any aircraft requested for an additional charter discounted fee. The Aircraft’s used by Prestige Private Air are FAA Certified – Under Far-Part 135 Regulations and Prestige Private Air is excited to begin flights on January 6th 2015.

Don’t beat Animals


MDC and The NYPD has a message for any creep who would hurt an animal: Beware of the cops.
Starting next year, cops will respond to all complaints of animal cruelty in a collaboration with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) — a move that will put the society’s current humane law enforcement unit out of work. Previously, people would report animal cruelty or neglect to an ASPCA hotline, and the unit, composed of former cops, would investigate.

MDC says, just another example of diligent activism work stemming from a citizen being harassed and than beaten with his dog in his arms by the parks department . (Gonna get Ya)

Previously, people would report animal cruelty or neglect to an ASPCA hotline, and the unit, composed of former cops, would investigate. Humane law enforcement investigators predict the NYPD won’t be able to handle the extra cases.

But beginning next year, people will call 311 or 911. An NYPD cop will take the complaint and hand the case over to precinct detectives.

In turn, the ASPCA will treat the injured animals and conduct forensic evaluations, officials said.

Humane law enforcement investigators were told Wednesday that Dec. 31 would be their last day as animal cops — and they predicted the NYPD wouldn’t be able to handle the extra cases.

V.I.P. Dog


A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town (Ritz Carlton) he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote:

“I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?”

An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who wrote:

“Sir: I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too.”



The Bully Stick


Do you give your dog bully sticks as treats? If so, you may be surprised by some information recently released by researchers from Tufts University and the University of Guelph. They have discovered that people who feed bully sticks are unknowingly providing extra calories and potentially harmful bacteria to their dogs.

Here is what the bully stick researchers discovered:

Only 62 percent of veterinarians and 44 percent of dog owners know that these “treats” are, in fact, uncooked, dried penises harvested from slaughtered bulls and steers. If you were not in the know, no worries. Clearly you have plenty of company!

The bully sticks studied (made by 26 different manufacturers in the United States and Canada) contained from nine to 22 calories per inch. On average, a six-inch stick contained 88 calories.

Keep in mind that 88 calories equals approximately 30 percent of the recommended daily caloric intake for a 10 pound dog and nine percent of the daily recommended calories for a 50 pound dog. Also keep in mind that many bully sticks are considerably longer than six inches. (A great opportunity for a joke here, but I digress!)

Of the 26 bully sticks tested, eight contained bacterial contamination: one contained Clostridium difficile, one contained methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and seven contained Escherichia coli. Yuck! All of these bacteria have the potential to cause disease in the humans handling the bully sticks as well as the dogs eating them.

What does this research mean for you and your dog? If you regularly give bully sticks to your best buddy, it’s a darned good idea to proportionately reduce the portions provided at mealtime. Thoroughly wash your hands after handling bully sticks. Additionally, be on the lookout for symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or loss of appetite which could be caused by bully stick bacterial contamination. Perhaps better yet, consider discontinuing feeding bully sticks altogether. If I were a bully stick feeder (never have been because I am in the know about the body part from which they arise), this is certainly what I would do.

Now, what have you to say about them bully sticks?

Best wishes,

Nancy Kay, DVM


Obamacare affecting Pets


The affordable health care act is kicking in this year. In eight months, open enrollment will begin. But here’s something consumers may not have thought of, pet’s care may be affected too.

The program designed to help humans may have pet owners paying more at the vet.

Dog owner Lori Heiselman was surprised when her veterinarian posted this warning on Facebook, “because medical equipment and supplies will be going up in cost, that extra expense will have to be passed on to the customers.”

So Heiselman has tightened her belt to pay for the increase saying, “They’re very important. They’re members of the family.”

Why the price increase?

It’s part of a new two-point-three percent federal excise tax on certain medical devices that just went into effect.

The tax will help fund “the patient protection and affordable care act”, commonly known as “Obamacare”

But some medical devices which can be used on both– like i-v pumps, sterile scalpels and anesthesia equipment will be taxed.

While manufacturers pay the tax– a recent survey found more than half plan to pass along to vets– who say they can’t afford it.

“I’m extremely concerned how this is going to be a hidden tax to our consumers that is, that is going to be passed on,” said veterinarian Mike Hatcher says higher prices could have animal owners holding off on medical care and vets postponing the purchase of new devices.

“Putting off an equipment purchase is something that can terribly effect our clients ability to have quality care,” said Hatcher.

The American Veterinary Medical Association represents eighty-two thousand vets.

At this point, they don’t know how much this new tax will indirectly cost them.

Congress never intended for this tax to impact veterinarian medicine and unfortunately it has, and i think that’s very unfortunate that veterinarian medicine now is subsidizing human health care.”

And if you’re concerned with the cost of vet care, be sure and talk to your vet about payment plans or other financial options.

Source; clickOrlando

Dogs Provide Health



Do dogs provide health benefits? Believe it or not they do! Did you know that owning a dog and pet ownership in general, can help a person in many ways? Owning a pet can improve your mental wellness, reduce your visits to the doctor, improve your cardiovascular health and allow for faster recovery time from surgery as well as higher survival rates. Recent research suggests that dogs may be able to detect cancer on a person’s breath! Lets’ explore these amazing health benefits of pet ownership:

It has been proven that dog owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-dog owners. These factors, in turn, reduce the chance of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, just stroking a pet has long been known to reduce blood pressure. Furthermore, a study from the New York State University concluded that these benefits continue even without the pet being present!

Hospital studies have shown that senior citizens and recent post-op patients respond better to treatment and recover faster while in contact with dogs and other therapy animals. Did you know that dog owners have a greater chance to survive a serious illness than non-dog owners? In fact, a study revealed that a pet affected a person’s survival rate even more than the presence or company of family members or friends!

Studies conducted at Cambridge and UCLA concluded that there is a direct correlation between pet ownership and improved overall health, which leads to fewer visits to the doctor. The Journal of American Geriatrics Society notes that pet ownership has a positive effect on a senior’s physical and emotional well being. Additionally, a Medicare study of elderly patients also shows that people who own a dog have fewer doctor visits than patients who do not.

Pet owners have better emotional health and mental wellness than people who do not own a pet. Pets offer unconditional love and affection and their presence alone helps reduce loneliness. For people who are isolated, disabled or handicapped, a pet offers friendship and can even add a element of safety to their lives. Dogs are used as a form of therapy in hospices, nursing homes and as companions for the disabled and blind. In fact, there are studies that prove that people with a major illness fight the stress of having the illness better by having a dog as a pet.

As you can see pet ownership or having a dog comes with many benefits for an individual. Owning a pet encourages social interaction, reduces stress levels, boosts self-confidence and self-esteem and encourages exercise. Having a pet is a great investment, not only in the joy and pleasure that the animal brings into your life, but the many health benefits that come with the territory!


MDC gives our readers the Correct formula.

Most people think that calculating the age of dogs and cats in “human years” is quite simple: multiply their age by seven. For example, a 4-year-old dog or cat would actually be 28 years old in human years. MDC has heard this so many times.

But when you really begin weighing out the arithmetic, this method doesn’t add up.

Say a 1-year-old dog is the equivalent of a 7-year-old human — get out of here! How many 7-year-old humans are sexually active and capable of reproducing? Dogs and cats are much more likely to have babies at 1 year old or even at 10 years old, than any person who is 7 or 70.


Aging is much faster during a dog’s first two years but varies among breeds. Large breeds, while they mature quicker, tend to live shorter lives. By the time they reach 5 they are considered “senior” dogs. Medium-sized breeds take around seven years to reach the senior stage, while small and toy breeds do not become seniors until around 10.

Many veterinarians agree that a pretty good guess on the age of pets can be made using the following formula. Although still simple, it is much more accurate than the seven-year method.

Assume that a 1-year-old dog is equal to a 12-year-old human and a 2-year-old dog is equal to a 24-year old human. Then add four years for every year after that. (Example: A 4-year-old dog would be 32 in human years.)

Since this method takes into consideration the maturity rate at the beginning of a dog’s life and also the slowing of the aging process in his later years, MDC feels that this is the more accurate calculation formula.

Here is a chart, for easy reference:

A dog’s average lifespan is around 12 or 13 years, but again, this varies widely by breed. The larger your dog is, the less time it will live. Female dogs tend to live a little longer.


Now let’s take a glimpse at a simple formula for calculating feline age in human years.
Assume that a 1-year-old cat is equal to a 15-year-old human and a 2-year-old cat is equal to a 24-year-old human. Then add four years for every year after that. (Example: A 4-year-old cat would be 32 in human years.)

The following chart shows this formula of calculation:

Cats generally live 12 to 15 years, although outdoor cats live an average of only 10 years or so.