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Tips for Helping Your Dog Relax

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

There are plenty of reasons why we love our dogs unconditionally– they’re fun to throw the ball around with and, whether your dress them up or not, they’re always adorable! When you’re at your lowest moment, your dog is the loving friend you need most; however, there are times when our patience is pushed to the limit.

Dogs have a tendency to become hyperactive– and a hyper dog will likely annoy you and take their energy out on your furniture, but did you know that your dog’s agitation could lead to health risks? It is important to take all the steps you can to getting your dog to relax.

Physical Exercise

In many ways, dogs are like people. When you exercise, you expend energy that could lead to a restful sleep. Your dog has tons of extra energy. He’ll fidget and jump all over the furniture, especially if he’s stuck alone in the house all day. If you take your dog on a walk once a day (at least) and throw the ball around, he’ll wear himself out.

Depending on how old your dog is, the suggested amount of physical exercise may vary. A good rule of thumb is to give your pup the opportunity of structured play for about 15-20 minutes, twice per day. Structured play activities include fetch, hunting for food or a variety of K-9 Nose Work games.

Mental Challenges

It isn’t enough to exercise your dog’s body– a dog’s mind also needs its own workout. There are puzzles specifically designed with the canine’s mental health in mind. Boredom is part of the reason why a dog will act out, so puzzles will placate him. Dog TV is a new channel that was created for the healthy stimulation of a dog’s mind too.

Food carrier toys are also great to keep your dog’s mind active. As dogs are natural foragers, they will likely enjoy working to get their food.

Chewing

Dog’s have a tendency to get stressed out. This anxiety causes them to act out, so veterinarians often recommend bully sticks so that your dog will have something to take out their nervous energy on. It will also give your dog something to do while relaxing, and they can chew on the bully stick for hours.

Wall Fountain

The soothing sound of water has, in the past, proven itself to work wonders on relaxing dogs. By installing a wall fountain in your dog’s favorite part of the house, you can ensure that he becomes more restful. The quiet, peaceful sound of running water will help calm the dog without being an annoying distraction for the rest of the family.

Training

Sometimes the hyperactive dog needs a little assistance; a trainer can teach you and your dogs tricks that will make him happier without any of the destructive elements of restlessness. He will also get the chance to socialize with other dogs, which will allow him to use up that pent-up energy. It’s a surefire way to get your dog back on the relaxed path.

When dogs have the proper direction and skills to get what they wants, you’ll find that they are much calmer overall.

Diet

A poor diet is often the root of bad behavior in a pooch. If your dog isn’t getting all the essential nutrients, he could have mood swings, aggression and hyperactivity, which can possibly lead to biting. Protect yourself and your dog by researching the right food for your dog’s breed.

If you are providing your dog with a commercial diet, you will want to look for a diet that does not include grains, such as corn, wheat and soy, in which the first few ingredients are meat products. You might also want to consider giving your dog fresh meat and vegetables every so often in order to enhance his/her diet.

Don’t Reinforce Bad Behavior

The worst thing you can do for your dog is reward him when he’s done something bad. When your dog destroys something or is loud and disruptive, you don’t want to start playing with him and give him a treat. You are only showing him that the destructive cries for attention work. If you only reward good behavior, you’ll start to see an overall improvement.

If you are having a difficult time keeping your dog in one place, try these tips at home and you may very well see an improvement in his or her behavior.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer, business owner and has two Great Danes of her own. As they’re naturally quite large, keeping them relaxed is imperative! You can find more tips like these by following her on Facebook.

 

 

Travel by Design: Summer Road Trip with Your Dog! by B. Malibu

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Hello Everyone,

 

Well, we’re in the thick of summer and no doubt you’re probably ready to get away for bit.  Here’s a great idea that I’m sure will work for you, your family, and your dog.  The best adventures and best times, as I’m sure everyone would agree, are the times that include the love and companionship of your dog.  Plan an awesome Summer or Autumn road trip with your dog!

A very affordable, and super fun option is to plan a getaway for a three or four day weekend, and to someplace altogether new, or on the flip-side, someplace totally comfortable, familiar, and easy.  Either way, I recommend a Summer or Fall road trip with your dog, and that includes all of the fun and goodies that go along with it!  Choose a vacation destination far enough away whereas you’ll definitely know you’re not home, but a place that’s not too far away either. Consider perhaps a destination anywhere from 100 – 300 miles from home (give or take 50 miles on either side) and block the day out to drive and get there. Plan to travel at a leisurely pace and enjoy the drive. I highly recommend visiting www.absolutelypetfriendly.com to select the perfect hotel for you and your doggie.  All hotels in the Absolutely Pet-Friendly Travel database search (there are 28,000!!) are pet-friendly.

Back to planning your getaway adventure!  Naturally, you’re going to need to take off from work and/or day-to-day responsibilities for three or four days, choose your destination City, get your hotel room booked, and then set your estimated time of departure.  If you’re looking at five or six hours in the car with your pooch, plan for safety (no riding in your lap!), have plenty of water for everyone, and plan roadside breaks accordingly, based on your dog’s “schedule”.  Waste bags are essential, and it’s always great to have some paper towels on hand in case of any mess. Always use designated rest stops, have your dog leashed when out of the car, and make sure he drinks water while taking a break from the car.  Another important thing to be aware of at rest areas are other travelers and their dogs.  Rest areas (whether official or makeshift rest areas) are unfamiliar for everyone, and dogs don’t act like themselves, especially if they see other people and dogs.  You know your dog; you just have to be aware is all.

Safety in any unfamiliar environment is paramount; please pay special attention to traffic wherever you go and wherever you are, especially if you yourself are not used to traffic or if you’re unfamiliar with the area.  One other rule that’s absolutely critical when traveling is that your dog must always have a collar on 24/7 (in the car, in a hotel room, always) with and ID dog tag (plain, casual, bejeweled, artsy, couture, or - – whatever your dog likes to wear!).  When you arrive at the hotel, check-in and have your dog with you on leash.  Always make sure you introduce your dog to the front desk staff so they get to know him.  Most hotel staffs will go out of their way to say hello to your doggie as you “come and go” and some will even spoil your dog with unrelenting attention (this is not so bad, right?!).  Housekeeping staff, not so much.  As necessary, you should have housekeeping come when you and your doggie are out on an excursion.  All pet-friendly hotels love dogs.  Be sure to make arrangements with housekeeping regarding your stay and make them aware that you have a dog and they’ll be happy to accommodate you. You don’t need to be shy or coy.  Who knows, maybe you and your dog will make a lot of new friends on your trip!

Now, you definitely want to bring your dog’s own food (keeps him regular; you don’t want your dog to have an upset stomach on vacation, it’s not pretty), a water and food bowl, a toy or two, and his dog bed, unless he normally sleeps with you in the bed, which is more often the case than not with people and their dogs. If you forget anything or have any special needs that may arise, the front desk should be able to guide you or offer recommendations for a pet store, a veterinarian, or whatever.  Also check hotel’s pet policy – - – they explain most things you need to know, or of course, you can call ahead to get the scoop on the  hotel’s pet policies, guidelines, and additional fees (if any).  Note: some hotels provide basic amenities (bowls, treats, blankets, and beds) which means you don’t have to schlep them along.  Inquire about pet amenities at registration and always ask for them!  It’s one perk that your doggie deserves – - – it’s his vacation too!  Once you reach your hotel and get situated after check-in, get the lay of the land and let your dog do the same.  He’ll probably be as excited to be there as you are!  So, let the fun and adventure begin!  Take a nature walk, go to the beach, walk along the streets and shops, go to a magnificent city park, swim in the lake together, whatever - – - it’s all fun no matter what you do because your dog is with you.  If you have to leave your dog in the room and he tends to bark, you may want to look into a “dog nanny service” recommended by the hotel or have someone (official, qualified, and trained hotel staff only!) check on the dog periodically and walk him so he can do his business.  If this isn’t an option, by all means, keep the dog with you.  I do not recommend taking your dog to a local day care – - – this is way too traumatic for dogs.  It’ll ruin your trip and probably his.  Worse yet, all you’ll do is worry about your dog while you’re out trying to have fun.  You know you can’t get enough of each other anyway, and it’s so much more fun to explore and experience new things together.  Be sure to see if the hotel you’re going to be staying at has a “yappy hour” or other people / canine social events or activities.  They’re a blast!

One other note, some hotels charge a deposit or a “stay / or cleaning” fee or a nightly charge.  Some don’t have any extra fees relating to your dog at all. Keep in mind that it’s typically less expensive to bring your dog with you than to put them in a kennel or pay for a dog / house sitter.  Go for it!  I suggest you always bring your dog with you!  Experience the love of travel and adventure with your dog!

Where to go on your trip you might ask?  So many choices:  the beach, the mountains, urban downtowns, chic resorts, lake villages, quaint out-of-the way towns, national parks, the desert, mega resorts, etc.  My dogs (see the “Super Seven” above) love the city, the city parks, and all the people and the hustle and bustle of an urban city. What I know they love the most is the attention they get from all the shop owners, the hotel staff, and passers-by.  A great thing to do is to have a cocktail on some fabulous patio overlooking the beach or golf course, to lounge on a terrace overlooking an urban avenue, or to sit out on a deck looking up at the mountains or the starry night.  Regardless of where you are, look for eating establishments and bars that have pet-friendly areas. It’s just plain awesome to be part of a dog’s life, isn’t it?

Traveling with your dog is truly a wonderful experience.  So is traveling with 2 or even 7 (I know!).  You’ll have memories of your trip for a lifetime.

Is there anything possibly holding you back or that you’re anxious about?  Don’t be.  Any issues that arise along the way, you’ll be able to handle.  Your road trip will be just one more life adventure you have as a family that will stick with you for a long time, probably forever.

You can even call recommended hotels directly with any questions or concerns, or just to find out how much fun you can expect to have!.  Lastly, and by all means, relax and enjoy yourself.  This is what life is all about.

Wonderful travels and have a great trip!

Next time, we’ll explore another, new aspect of “Life Loving Dogs”.  Stay tuned.

And, one more “last” thing (really, this is the last “last” one), always support the National Canine Cancer Foundation.  They love and need your involvement and support.

Tails up!

P.S.  Be sure to take lots of pictures on your trip!  Coming soon!  Absolutely Pet-Friendly Travel is going to be hosting a venue for you to showcase (and maybe compete!) your images and travel videos!!!  How exciting is that?!

Summary check list of items to bring for your dog.  I suggest you keep it very basic, simple and light.

collapsible travel water bowl

water bowl

food bowl

dog food (only your dog’s brand)

treats (your dog’s usual treats)

toy

dog bed (if your dog uses one)

waste bags

paper towels

dog crate (if normally used)

LA Chapter raises $3400 at America’s Family Expo!

Friday, April 27th, 2012

For the past three years our LA Chapter coordinator, Tish Grabar has been going to this expo and doing an excellent job of reaching out and educating people about canine cancer. She’s also cried with people who have lost their dogs and shared their stories.  She and her team of volunteers did another great job this year, here’s what she has to say about the expo:

The LA Chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation was proud to be an exhibitor at the America’s Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa on April 20-22nd. This was our 3rd year attending this event and am happy to report that we raised $3400.

It is always heartfelt to see some friendly faces who have visited our booth in the previous years as they express their gratitude for what we do and to continue the good work.
This year was expecially nice because we had some beautiful raffle baskets that were donated by some very generous supporters and the final touches were done by our new volunteer Lori Hidrogo.  These baskets helped to draw the crowd in as people wanted to see what all the excitement was going on in our booth.  People were eager to spend for a good cause.
Thanks you again to all of our supporters and volunteers that made this weekend possible..  Together, We are the Cure.
Tish Grabar – La Chapter Coordinator
If you live in the LA area and would like to volunteer, please visit the LA Chapter Facebook page and reach out to Tish!

The German Shorthair Pointer Club of Middle Tennessee raises over $4500 for Chase Away K9 Cancer

Friday, March 9th, 2012
Cera, Martha and Stacy

The GSP club of Middle Tennessee invited Cera to join in on the fun of raising over $4500 for Chase Away

I have just returned from a wonderful long weekend spent with my friends with the GSP Club of Middle Tennessee attending their Agility Trial. My dear friends Martha & Stacy asked me to attend and help raise donations and WOW did we ever. The generosity of these great folks was amazing, from donating if their pups did well or if they didn’t they gave and gave. One of the funniest things was the judges of the trial volunteered to have Whip Cream Pie’s thrown at them which raised over $800 just for that. The tally for the weekend went over $4500. THANK YOU ALL for sharing the love you have for your dogs with Chase Away.
Happy tails till we meet again…..

Cera Reusser
Founder, Chase Away K9 Cancer

Judges before the Pies Fly

The good natured judges before the pies started to fly!

Chase Away K9 Cancer Fund raiser

Pie Flying strategy session

Chase Away K9 Cancer Fund Raiser

Judges post pies in the eyes and they are all smiles!

National Canine Cancer Foundation has a new generation of supporters!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Baby Becca discovers the National Canine Cancer Foundation reminder band

Baby Becca discovers the NCCF reminder band

There are a lot of wonderful volunteers and friends that donate their time to doing the little things that keep the NCCF running.  One of my great joys in being a part of this Foundation is meeting all our new found friends and keeping in touch with them as we fight the good fight.  I very much enjoy receiving emails on what’s going on in people’s lives and how the Foundation touches them.  I want to share a recent email I received from one of our long time friends and volunteers, Vicki.  Vicki sends out all of our memorial cards with great love and respect for each one she sends.  We are so thankful for her time and effort.

Last February, Vicki became a Grandma to a wonderful baby girl named Becca!  Since she has been born we’ve been getting updates about Baby Becca and her encounters with Grandma Vicki’s dogs.  At a year old now, Becca has five words, Mama, Dadda, Hi, Gram and doggie!  Her most recent update has come in and she is learning the concept of ‘on’ and ‘off’.  And what better way to learn the concept than to use an NCCF reminder band! So, Becca and Gram put the bracelet ON and Becca and Gram take the bracelet OFF.  You can bet the next time the NCCF does an event in Phoenix that we will have to get Becca a shirt just her size and she can come to the booth and demonstrate ON and OFF, so people will know how to wear their reminder bands well.  Also, Becca is a pretty good model to show how good you could look supporting the NCCF with a reminder band too!

Becca has grown up in her one year of life thus far knowing her Grandma’s dogs.  And already, Becca has been touched by canine cancer, even if she doesn’t know it yet.  Late last year, Vicki lost her heart dog, Princess Tessie.  So, it’s never to early to start a new generation of supporters and Vicki is doing her part.  Thank you so much for your support, Vicki!

Princess Tessie with Becca and Laila

Vicki and Princess Tessie showing. I just see their true love.

Pours for Pooches 2 raising funds for National Canine Cancer Foundation

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Rada, Pours for Pooches, raising funds for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

Pours for Pooches honors Rada each year

Jeff and Pat Dolan lost Rada two years ago to Leukemia.  After their terrible loss of their heart dog, they wanted to do something to raise funds for NCCF so that in the future dogs and their owners won’t have to suffer the pain of the disease and the loss from it.  This is where Pours for Pooches was born and their first year they raised $670.00.  Here’s what Jeff and Pat had to say about Pours for Pooches 2:

Our 2nd annual “Pours for Pooches” on February 14, 2012 event was a huge success. Through the generosity of House of Beer, raffle prize donors and our wonderful friends at C/K Photography and their photo booth we raised $985. Throughout our 5 hour event we had nearly 30 dogs who attended with their merry making humans. We watched the last night of the Westminster Dog Show on the big screen and everyone (2 and 4 legged) was well behaved and good times were had by all. Losing our dog, Rada, to lymphoma was an awful experience. Hosting “Pours for “Pooches” helps us fill the void we have in our hearts and help other people maybe prevent what we went thru. We are already making plans for “Pours for Pooches 3!”

Pours for Pooches attendees having a great time while raising funds for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

Pours for Pooches attendees having a great time while raising funds for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

Jeff tells me that Charles, the owner of House of Beer, already said “when is Pours for pooches 3?”. So, if you are in St. Cloud, FL in February, look out for the event!

 

8 Year Old holds 2nd Annual Fund Raiser in honor of his dog Jack for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Spiro Cromwell, 8 years old, of Gulfport, Florida found out about the NCCF last year when his dog, Jack, was diagnosed with cancer.  Last year he was assigned a community service project for his gifted program and he organized a dog walk in honor of Jack that raised $2000.00 in February 2011.

Jack and Spiro

Jack and Spiro

After losing Jack to cancer in September of 2011 Spiro was determined to do another fund raiser at Gulfport’s “Get Rescued” event in February 2012.  His booth at this year’s event featured his own hand made dog art.  Spiro painted canvases with stencils of different breeds.  Some people that purchased the art even took their picture with “the artist”!  He also organized a raffle which included many gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses with his big ticket item was a 2night/3day stay at The Tradewinds Resort in a pet friendly suite.

After the many furry visitors that day who came by Spiro’s booth to visit and buy art and tickets, he had raised $650 this year in honor of Jack, who he had known and loved since he was 2 years old.  The good memories spur on people to make a difference and ignite their passion to something about this awful disease.  Spiro has started doing this at a very young age and by the time he graduates from elementary school he will have made a difference in so many people’s lives!  Thank you Spiro for your excellent effort!

I want to share with you the letter that Spiro wrote to prospective givers:

My name is Spiro Cromwell. I am 8 years old and in the third grade at Azalea Elementary. I was assigned a community service project for my gifted program last year. I didn’t know what to do at first, but then my family and I found out my dog (Jack) had late stage cancer. I decided that raising money for dogs with cancer would be a great project. We lost Jack in September, it was very hard for us (and everyone that knew him). My event last year was very successful and I was able to raise $2000. In Jack’s memory and for all the other dogs out there with cancer, I would like to do it again. Here are a few things I’ve learned from The National Canine Cancer Foundation website:

Canine Cancer affects one out of every three dogs. Of those, over half of them will die of cancer. The National Canine Cancer Foundation helps to fund important research grants that are working towards improving those statistics. Through a major project funded by the National Institute of Health, the mapping of the genome sequence of the dog has been complete. Knowing the mapping of every gene in the dog, gives researchers an advantage not yet achieved in humans.

My event will be held at Gulfport’s “Get Rescued”, Saturday February 25th from 10am-6pm. The dog walk starts at 3pm. For each $5 entry, you will receive 6 raffle tickets for a chance to win generous donated items. I wil be selling “dog art” and NCCF merchandise during the day. Please stop by and say hi and meet our newest family member Murphy!

Please continue to support this foundation! With your help, we can help them find a cure for this disease that is stealing our furry family members.

Thank you for your support!

Spiro Cromwell

Tango, Hemangiosarcoma survivor gives us a reason for hope

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

This month’s story is a surprising one. Patti Campbell submitted her story of Tango’s

survival of hemangiosarcoma, one of the meanest cancers out there. My wife and I have lost

three of our Goldens to that cancer, two in the blink of an eye and one we found in time for

surgery, but lost him two months later. Patti and Tango’s story is very uplifting for us.

“I knew my Italian Greyhound, Fox Hedge Forever Tango, was special fromthe day he

was born. He was carefully bred for the conformation ring and quickly finished his championship

with two 4-point majors and two 3-point majors, many Bests of Breed, and a group

placement, always owner handled. After siring several litters, and producing five champions,

we moved on to agility. Tango came up through the ranks, earning titles through MX/MXJ.

On July 29, 2010, shortly after he was 12, I started to notice something was not quite right.

He had soft, yellowish stool and was just not his bright, playful self. The veterinarian’s exam

and blood work showed nothing abnormal. Unfortunately, a week later Tango collapsed and I

saw that his gums were snow white. He was clearly in distress, breathing heavily and unable

to stand. I rushed him to the emergency vet and an ultrasound showed a walnut-sized mass

on his spleen. The white gums were the result of internal bleeding. The mass had not yet

ruptured, but blood was seeping into his abdomen. I was told there was an 80% chance it was

visceral hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive, highly invasive cancer of the cells lining the blood

vessels, which the biopsy later confirmed. I had never even heard of hemangiosarcoma, since

IGs are not one of the typical breeds that get this type of cancer.

Surgery was done immediately to remove both the growth and spleen. I have to admit that

it was a tough surgery for my little guy and during his recovery, I questioned my decision to

have it done at all. But I could not bear the thought of losing my lovely Tango, the sweetest

boy I’ve ever owned, without a fight. Having had IGs for nearly 20 years, I know they are

tenacious and much tougher than they look. After a slight setback (an infection a week after

surgery) he did recover. Stats show that dogs with visceral hemangiosarcoma have approximately

two to four months to live without chemotherapy, and four to six months with chemo.

I ultimately opted against it, even though age 12 is still relatively young for an IG. But Tango

is a sensitive dog and I couldn’t put him through that after all he had already endured. So

after he recovered from the surgery, I took him to a homeopathic vet to see about supplements

thatcould boost his immune system and give him a few more months to live. The success was

way more than I could have possibly hoped for!

Tango had lost quite a lot of weight, going from a hefty 17 lbs to a skinny 12. The vet

was careful to alert me to the reality that only a very, very small percentage of dogs live six

months, especially without chemo. The one problem that had to be dealt with immediately

was the chronic loose stools. Apparently, the growth had been pressing up against the liver,

and although there was no evidence that the cancer had spread there, the liver was irritated

and causing some bowel problems. To my amazement and joy, after a month we had the

stools cleared up with a special diet of white fish, white potatoes, and sweet potatoes. I was so

happy to see Tango come back to his happy, playful self. We moved on to add vitamins, some

cancer-fighting supplements like Artemisinin and Coriolus, and grain-free food. I hoped that

maybe he would live to Christmas, and what a gift that would be. But he continued to thrive

and before I knew it (although I have to admit I was counting the days), it was his one-year

anniversary. On July 30, 2011, he was out in the yard, happily retrieving tennis balls!

As I write this, 15 months after surgery, my little Tango is sleeping contentedly in the sun,

not knowing he’s beaten the odds. He’s taught me to never give up hope. I don’t know how

much longer I’ll have him around, but I do know that every single day is something to be

thankful for!”

Thank you Patti for sharing Tango’s story with us. Being an inspiration and giving hope to

others is why we write these articles. For more hope that we can beat cancer, please visit our

survivor page on our website: www.wearethecure.org/survivor-stories. Gary D. Nice

President and co-founder

 

Dog sniffs out cancer in fellow dog!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Canine cancer has no early warning system. So many times when you hear canine cancer stories, you hear the words, “My dog never showed any signs of sickness” or “It took him from me so fast.” As performance dog owners, we are very alert to who our dog is and his “normal” way of acting as well as what’s going on with his body. It is because we are so aware, many times we can spot trouble brewing and do something about it. This month we are going to talk about a few things you can look for on a monthly basis. I also want to share Nia’s survivor story with you, as she found the cancer in the most unusual way.

Have you ever looked at your dog when he is acting just a little funny or different and thought if he’s still doing that next week, I’m taking him to the vet? Or have you ever been annoyed by a needy behavior or annoying behavior and tried to correct it? Nia’s mom, Joella Collier-Flory, spent several days watching a behavior before she finally listened to her English Cocker. “Our English Cocker Spaniel Joss started bothering Nia, our German Shorthaired Pointer, by smelling and poking her with his nose, always in the same spot. Following each poke, he would stare at me, and then go back to poking her. Scolding him didn’t work, so off to the tub Nia went. Figuring I had finally solved the problem, Joss would no longer be in the doghouse and Nia and I could relax.

German Shorthair pointer, Nia

After the bath, he was just as insistent and growing more so at this specific spot on her body. Since he was so insistent, I finally took a minute to look at where he was poking. I found that there was a slightly raised small round dark freckle on her abdomen at the base of her vulva. It was so small, I never would have felt or seen it. When your dog keeps doing something over and over while stopping in between to look at you like you’re not listening, it’s time to take him seriously. Within 36 hours we were at the veterinarian’s office and the spot was now a long, dark, thin cylindrical growth, about 300% larger than before. Nia was diagnosed with cutaneous malignant melanoma, the rarest of the three types of melanoma. She went through two surgeries, blood tests, ultrasounds, various medications, and needle biopsies. Today, Nia is clear and I have to thank our vet and oncologist for all their help, information, and support. And I have promised Joss to never doubt him again.”

Cancer pops up when you least expect it. Take time to examine your dog each month for any new lumps or bumps. Other things you can do to create your own “early warning system” for cancer are to watch for a change of attitude, loss of appetite or weight loss, bleeding from any body opening, persistent lameness or stiffness, or a loss of interest in working with you. Heeding these early warnings might make the difference in a treatment working or finding out there is nothing you can do. Enjoy your dogs but don’t forget to check them thoroughly and educate others about how to look for signs that something might be wrong.

Gary D. Nice

President and co-founder

Joss, the cancer finding Cocker

 

DC Bark and Bowl 2011

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Tour stop 4: National Canine Cancer Foundation Bark and Bowl DC

On tour stop number 4, The National Canine Cancer Foundation found
itself in the Nations Capital for an inaugural event…no not that!
The first ever Bark and Bowl DC!

DC Bark and Bowl Team

Our devoted Bark and Bowl Team

There are many reasons to visit the DC area; the White House, Lincoln
Memorial and Washington Monument to the Pentagon, Watergate Hotel and
the steps from the movie the Exorcist!  (We had a great tour guide)  But
on Friday October 7, all eyes were on Bowlmor Lanes for the  2011 Bark
and Bowl!

Both a Metromix DC and Washingtonian Editors Pick, the Bark and Bowl was
a first of its kind event for the area.  Teams came from all over to
Bowl for a Cure, win awesome raffle prizes, pick up new NCCF Pink Paw
gear, not to mention have some drinks and delectable food from Chef
David Burke-YUM!

Bark and Bowl's Team Maximus

Bark and Bowl's Team Maximus

As with each stop on the tour in 2011, HALO Purely for Pets was the
“Official Bark and Bowl Food” partner, and at an event with the best of
the best would you expect anything else??  The NCCF Seal of Excellence
winner provided one of the most sought after raffle prizes of the
evening as well as samples of Spots Stew for everyone.  Add that to your
Whole Foods goodie bags filled with squeaky toys from Petsmart and the
exclusive DC Bark and Bowl tee complete with Cherry Blossoms!

Although the night is a celebration, we bowl to raise funds for the 1 in
4 dogs that we will lose to cancer.  Team Maximus bowled  for that very
reason.  Unlike many of his brethren Maximus is a survivor and is going
strong after being diagnosed 1 year ago.  As a matter of fact, he is
being treated by the HOPE Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine
Oncology Department, another one of our Bark and Bowl teams!  It just
goes to show, “Together, WE are the Cure.”

I cannot tell a lie….a great time was had by all!!  Special
recognition goes out to Team DogCentric who raised $1,190.00.  They will
be tough to beat when we return in 2012, are you up to the challenge?

Dogcentric

The team who raised the most funds!!!!