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This cute pooch is going green. Charli is an adorable dog with a passion for recycling… even if he doesn’t know it! Watch him go crazy for his favorite new toy, a recycled water bottle.
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Lansdowne Resort, the AAA Four Diamond property located in Leesburg, Virginia has unveiled a new dog friendly program and also introduced their “Howl for the Holidays” seasonal offer that allows dogs to stay free with a guest and have the $100 non-refundable fee waived. The special seasonal dog friendly offer is available from November 24 through December 30, 2013. For guests staying with canines over Thanksgiving, the resort is preparing a special dog friendly dinner with turkey, oatmeal, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.
“We have seen an increase in the number of guests inquiring about whether we were dog friendly, so this decision was a direct result.” said Michael Snapkoski, director of sales and marketing at Lansdowne Resort. “Aside from our resort, there are dog friendly parks in the area, so allowing dogs seemed like a great way to fulfill a need for guests and families that love to travel with their four-legged friends.”
Upon arrival at the resort, dogs are given a special bone amenity and permission to use an official Lansdowne Resort dog bowl. The property only allows dogs in certain rooms on the second floor of the hotel, and there are weight restrictions too, for one dog it is 75 pounds, or two will be permitted with the limit of 50 pounds per dog. Guests are asked to announce plans to travel with a dog prior to arrival, and be required to fill out and sign the dog friendly policy agreement during the check-in process. Lansdowne Resort is composed of 500 acres of land which includes Bark Park, a dog friendly rest area, and the Potomac Heritage Trail, a walking path where dog and owner can explore along the banks of the historic Potomac River.
The dog friendly resort in Virginia also offers a Kanine Kitchen with all items onion and corn free. This doggie room service option includes Peanut Butter Bones; Ruffrey Rrrrrisotto with mixed meats, light garlic, rice and finely chopped vegetables; Meatloaf a la Bingo with potatoes, finely chopped vegetables, navy beans, ground beef, eggs and wheat germ; and Apple Pup-Cakes with applesauce, vanilla, wheat flour, apple chips and honey.
Lansdowne Resort is located in scenic DC Wine Country about 40 minutes west of Washington DC and eight miles north of Dulles International Airport. The AAA Four Diamond property is International Association of Conference Center (IACC) and Virginia Green certified and has 296 luxury guest rooms and 14 suites. Amenities and resort recreation include four restaurants; an Aquatic Complex with five pools and a waterslide; three tennis courts; 12,000 square foot Spa Minérale with 13 treatment rooms; and The Golf Club at Lansdowne with 45 holes of golf designed by Robert Trent Jones and Greg Norman, and managed by Troon Golf.
Image courtesy of Lansdowne Resort
Mushing is about harnessing dogs to a sled for transportation. As the need for sled dogs to be used in the transport of people and things and it is a highly competitive sport. As you can see in the image above, the dog driver is called a “musher” and you may have even been yelling “mush” when imaging that you were driving a sled dog team — although most folks use something other than “mush” to get their dogs moving.
As you might imagine, mushing is more common in areas with plenty of snow, although a form of dry-land mushing, called rigging or carting, also exists. Mushing is popular in North America and Europe, and not a big surprise, it is the state sport of Alaska.
Have you ever ridden on a dog sled or a rig? What did you think?
Just like people, regular combing and brushing is a must for many dogs and cats. Brushing works well for our shorter-coated companions, but for the super thick furred, a comb or sturdy metal-toothed slicker brush is about the only thing that will get down to the skin and pull out the dead hair. You’ll want to be extra attentive about grooming in the high shedding seasons of spring and fall.
Hairballs and Mats, oh my! Longhaired cats are more likely to get hairballs, and without regular grooming, they often become matted too, especially behind the ears and around the tummy and back end. Longhaired cats aren’t the only victims of matting, longhaired dogs get mats too. Mats begin innocently enough as tiny tangles, but from there, they tend to rapidly and can become a huge problem. Large mats grow and then tighten up, pulling on the skin which is really uncomfortable for your pet because the mats pull when the animal moves, and it probably doesn’t feel that great when they are resting either. Some mats can get bad enough that they tear the underlying skin and can cause open wounds that eventually lead to an infection.
Your first thought might be to take the mats off using a scissors, but that isn’t the best approach because you might accidentally cut the skin. If you are working on a heavily matted cat or dog, the mats probably should be removed using a grooming clippers or perhaps even better would be to pay a professional groomer or in severe cases you may need to visit your veterinarian’s office. Off course like most things, prevention with regular inspections and combing is the best management tool.
Shorter coated breeds of dogs and cats benefit from regular brushing, and that regular grooming will keep lots of hair off your clothes, furniture and floors too. Regular grooming is good for bonding and gives you an opportunity to check out your pets overall health. If you look at your pet regularly, lots of health concerns like fleas, ticks, and abnormal lumps or bumps on or under the skin can be discovered early for better health care management.
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“The dog was created for children. He is the god of frolic.” Henry Ward Beecher, American (1813-1887)
Please note, this post is from 9/20/11!
Today, on this second day of the 83rd Observance of National Dog Week, its Founder, Captain William Lewis Judy would have turned 120 and would no doubt be enjoying his special day with some of man’s best friends.
Dogs and cats need regular manicures, and it is easier to take care of with pets than it is for people. The first step is to check their paws every week and trim and treat as needed.
Did you know that Cats scratch on things to pull off the claws’ dead outer layers and keep the tips sharp? Regular nail-trimming dull the claws and reduces the potential for damage to people and furniture. One of the simplest tools to trim cat nails is a human nail clippers or scissors-type pet trimmers. Take a look at your cats’ claws, and you’ll see they are curved. This curve can actually cause the nail to grow in a circle and back into your cat’s paw pad which would be really painful and can cause an abscess. By checking kitty feet weekly, you’ll be ahead of the care curve.
For dogs, nail trimming is very important too. Lots of people think that dogs naturally wear their claws down, so there’s nothing to worry about. This just isn’t true. Yes, even dogs that walk or hike regularly still need to have their toes attended to. Regular foot care provides many benefits
Toenail clipping isn’t too difficult and you are probably able to do the clipping yourself. You’ll need a toenail clipper and good instructions on how to clip without hurting your pet. We’ve provided images to help you, or you may talk to you veterinarian’s staff or local dog groomer and they should be able to show you how to do this. If you’re not comfortable with the clipping procedure, let a professional take care of this important grooming need at least every 4 weeks.
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