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UPDATE: Chicagoans Donate Thousands To Help A Sick Puppy Rescued From A Construction Site

Last month, iHeartDogs shared a story about a little white puppy named Parmesan Crisp who was found at a construction site in Chicago. Poor Parmesan was diagnosed with auto-immune disorder Juvenile Cellulitis (“Puppy Strangles”) and required costly care. Not to mention, the treatment itself the pup did not care for.

One Tail At A Time, a Logan Square based rescue, was willing to do whatever it took to get Parmesan Crisp healthy first and a home second. They reached out to the community for help accomplishing those goals, and the community delivered.

This week, One Tail At A Time shared a Facebook update about Parmesan.

“Thanks to our incredible Members and donors, Parm got the medical support she so desperately needed and has made such huge strides over the past month. Her foster mom fell in love with her while helping her on her road to recovery and we’re so happy she made it blue couch official today!”

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Fostering often leads to adoption, and I’m so glad in this case it did! Parmesan Crisp and her new mom look so happy together.

In addition to getting healthier, Parmesan has grown so much! Talk about transformation.

LEFT: Parmesan Crisp on the day of her rescue, Oct. 2019. RIGHT: Parmesan Crisp on the day of her adoption, Nov. 2019. via @onetailatatime/Facebook

“Parmesan hasn’t had the easiest life, but she got her second chance and we’re so grateful she will get to live a happy life full of joy – just as every dog should.”

Thank you to all who supported this pup on her journey to her forever home!

The Original Story

We’re so grateful for rescue organizations that put all their efforts into caring for sick or injured animals without homes. The downside is that veterinary treatment, especially when it’s an emergency, can be very costly. Shelters are often extremely pressed for funds which makes their wonderful work difficult. Still, a dog’s suffering should never be about finances.

One animal shelter in Chicago believes this too.

Volunteers from One Tail At A Time, a Logan Square-based rescue organization, were at the Chicago Animal Care and Control shelter over the weekend when a man brought in a puppy he found at a construction site in Woodlawn.

The tiny white puppy, estimated about 3 months old, was not in great shape. Her paws were swollen and she appeared to have a skin infection that left raw red spots all over her. She also acted very lethargic.

We have been working our shelter diversion program all day at animal control, and we have been inundated with owner…

Posted by One Tail at a Time on Saturday, October 5, 2019

One Tail At A Time named the tiny sweetheart Parmesan Crisp.

Her skin condition made her breed difficult to determine. Rescuers guessed that she might be a white German Shepherd.

Clearly the poor little gal needed emergency veterinarian care and was brought in right away. Parmesan remained at the vet overnight and, after being discharged, was thankfully taken in by a foster home. She is currently resting as she receives treatment.

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Heather Owen, co-founder of One Tail At A Time, told Block Club Chicago that Parmesan is doing slightly better with care, but it still having a rough go of it all. Apparently she’s not so into her medication routine.

“You can tell she doesn’t feel good, but she’s got a little bit of that puppy feistiness in her. She’s not happy about taking her medication, which is not always fun, but it’s a good sign because it means she’s starting to feel better.”

The veterinarian diagnosed Parmesan with autoimmune disorder Juvenile Cellulitis (also known as “Puppy Strangles.”) This disorder is most common in puppies between three weeks and four months old and is not typically seen in adult dogs. It mostly affects the puppy’s face, outer ears, and salivary lymph nodes. Parmesan will require medication to get better.

OTAT’s emergency fund tends to be lower this time of year, and they’re not able to predict with certainty what the costs of Parmesan’s continued care will be. In addition to that, several other residents of the shelter need costly care too.

After OTAT issued a plea for help on Facebook, over $4000 in donations came in over the weekend. As of today, the fundraising is up to over $5,500.

“It makes us so grateful because every time we have a big emergency vet bill we worry that we won’t be able to do our normal level of rescue, but when people get together and help us raise the money then we know that we can keep rescuing animals.”

Clearly Parmesan’s predicament and the heartwrenching photos really resonated with Chicago’s dog-loving community!

With more rescues coming in every day, One Tail At A Time can always use more donations for Parmesan and the other injured dogs who reside there. You can contribute to their cause here!

Parmesan Crisp says THANK YOU to every single person who donated to her care. She’s in a foster home where shes learning how to be a happy puppy. This would not have been possible without all of you!

Posted by One Tail at a Time on Monday, October 7, 2019

Here’s hoping sweet Parmesan Crisp gets all the care she needs so she can start focusing on finding her furever family!

H/T: Block Club Chicago
FEATURED IMAGE: @OneTailAtATime/Facebook

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So What’s the Best Dog Food?

Imagine this: You are a writer and editor for Parenting
Magazine, and you write about infant toys, vaccination schedules, and nutrition
for infants and toddlers. A friend texts you from the grocery store and asks,
“What should I be feeding my 8-month-old baby?” And she genuinely expects that
you can give her the name of a product that will supply all her baby’s
nutrition for years to come.

This scenario is ridiculous – of course! – and for several
reasons, most notably:

  • No parent in their right mind would consider
    feeding their infant or toddler the same food every day for months or years.
  • No parent in their right mind would save
    important infant-nutrition decisions for the moment she or he was standing in
    the store, about to buy food, with no clue as to where to start.
  • No knowledgeable writer/editor would think they
    could advise someone by text about something as important as nutrition!

There’s No One-Size-Fits-All When It Comes to Nutrition

While parents may read informative articles about infant and
toddler nutrition in Parenting Magazine and others, one would hope they make
notes about any questions and discuss them with their pediatrician. Because, while
the writer/editor is knowledgeable about infant nutrition, she doesn’t know
anything about the specific baby’s health. She doesn’t know if her friend, the
baby’s mom, is knowledgeable enough to know how much food she should be feeding
her baby, or to recognize signs of a food allergy or intolerance. And sure, she
might be familiar with some great brands of infant formula and baby cereal, but
does she want an offhand text to be the basis of her friend’s child’s health?

She does not!

Obviously, I’m asking you to consider this scenario because
I get asked for dog food recommendations all
the time,
and I really don’t see a difference between this request for
advice and the one described above. If anything, a food fed to a dog for a year
will impact a greater percentage of the dog’s life than an infant formula given
to a baby for the same length of time will impact hers; dogs’ lives are short!

Consider Your Dog’s Needs

Is your dog overweight or obese? If so, the BRAND of food you are feeding is not nearly as important as how much you are feeding him and what the food’s fat content is.

A suggestion for a dog’s toy or treat can be responsibly
conveyed in a short text or phone message. But a recommendation for a dog’s
sole diet should not be conveyed via
text – perhaps not even via a long email! There are many factors to consider,
not least of which is the dog owner’s ability to observe the dog’s response to
a diet and take appropriate steps if the dog has adverse reactions to the diet.

When I’m asked in a casual way for dog food recommendations,
I usually push back a little by asking the dog owner some questions. How old is
your dog? How active? How is his weight? How is his health? What are you
feeding now? Why did you arrive at this food? How long have you been feeding
him this food? Are there ingredients that you know you need to avoid feeding to
that specific dog?

And here are the clinchers: How much fat is in the food and
how much protein? What are the six top ingredients in the food?

Choose What’s Best for YOUR Dog

If they can’t answer those questions – all of them – then I can’t give them a recommendation for another
food or two to add to what I hope is their rotation of three or four products
from at least three or four different companies. Actually, the fact is, I’m not
going to give them a recommendation of a specific food anyway. What I will do
is try to educate them about the factors they need to understand about the
foods they have already chosen for their dog, and what they can do to improve
matters. As just one example, if the dog is overweight, they should know what
the fat content is in the food they give their dog, and look for foods with
less fat. That single factor is far
more important than what brand they buy, so don’t ask me about brands unless
you know all the other, more important factors behind your food-purchasing
dilemma!

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Veteran Makes His Service Dog His Best Man

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When Justin Lansford and his girlfriend Carol Balmes started planning their wedding, they knew they wanted to include their furry best friend in a big way. A groom’s best man should be his number one comrade, and there was no doubt that Justin’s service dog Gabe is just that.

Justin served in the military as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. While he was serving in Afghanistan in 2012 he was struck by an IED and suffered massive trauma to both legs. His injuries were so severe, that Justin’s left leg had to be amputated. His life was forever changed.

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In the recovery of his injury, he soon realized that he was need some additional help to get through his days. Justin then reached out to the Warrior Canine Connections, where he was paired up with a handsome 2-year-old Golden Retriever named Gabe.

“He helps me with one thing to the next. I can use him as a stable surface to lean on, as I get to and from the ground. If I fall, he’ll come up running next to me and I can use him to push off of to get up off the ground.” – Justin

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In 2014, Gabe proposed to his long-time girlfriend Carol. He popped the question on veteran’s day with the help of his sidekick Gabe. Of course, Carol said yes.

Since Gabe is such a big part of his life, there was no doubt in his mind when it came time to choose his best man. Gabe is his very best friend, so he wanted to honor that bond during his wedding.

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On the day of Justin and Carol’s wedding, Gabe played many roles. He served as best man, ring bearer and of course, Justin’s biggest supporter.

Four years later, Justin and Carole are happily married and loving their life with their best canine friend. They have even begun fostering puppies for Warrior Canine Connections. It’s no doubt that this incredible family will make a difference in the lives of veterans.

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WCCGabe/Facebook

Justin and Gabe’s bond is one like no other. Gabe is such a loving and loyal friend, and we have no doubt that they will continue to make lasting memories together.

We can’t wait to watch their future unfold. If you would like to keep up with Gabe and Justin, you can follow their journey here.

H/T: buff.ly
Image Source: WCCGabe/Facebook

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How to Compare Nutrient Levels in Canned Dog Foods with Dry Foods

The percentages of nutrients shown in the guaranteed analysis section on a pet food label (protein, fat, fiber, moisture) are expressed “as fed” – meaning, as the food is delivered in its package. Some percentage of the food is comprised of moisture (water), which of course contains no protein, fat, fiber, or any other nutrient. […]

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How to Compare Nutrient Levels in Canned Dog Foods with Dry Foods

The percentages of nutrients shown in the guaranteed analysis section on a pet food label (protein, fat, fiber, moisture) are expressed “as fed” – meaning, as the food is delivered in its package. Some percentage of the food is comprised of moisture (water), which of course contains no protein, fat, fiber, or any other nutrient. […]

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Powerful Ad Campaign Shows How Dogs Can Change Our Lives

If you share your life and your home with a dog then you probably don’t need any convincing about how great they are. Pedigree is hoping to get the word out too so everyone knows just how much a dog can enhance our lives. Their ad campaign is doing a great job of tugging on the heartstrings, making us laugh, and bringing a tear to our eyes all at once.

Photo: Sao Paulo

Changing Our Hearts, Our Perception, And Our Lives

The ad campaign is brilliant in highlighting how dogs can change our lives and also the way we are perceived as human beings. Several photos in the series advocate for combating loneliness by bringing dogs into your home. Honestly, is there any better way to find companionship? Nope!

The campaign hilariously tells people to replace their children once they’re grown and on their own. What better way to replace human children than with fur kids? It’s kind of a no brainer.

Photo: Sao Paulo

Another photo comparison shows the impact of life’s stressors with and without dogs. The first photo appears to show a man standing on the edge of a building as if contemplating a jump. The second picture shows the same man on the same ledge but this time he appears to be on his way to rescuing a tiny Beagle puppy. It’s dramatic, sure, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Dogs give people hope and save us from solitude and despair all the time.

They Make Us Better Versions Of Ourselves

Doggos also have a way of helping humans be more social. Whether it’s convincing us to go to the park, take a hike, or go for a swim, those wagging tails and loving eyes are always ready to be our adventure partner! A dog can take a solemn walk on the beach or a glum walk through the woods and turn it into a day filled with laughter, love, and fun!

Photo: Sao Paulo

Many seniors have limited contact with their family members. This is partly due to not being able to keep up with changing technology, inability to travel, or limited incomes to name a few. It’s a sad reality that a lot of seniors only have the holidays to look forward to spending time with loved ones. Having a dog changes that and Pedigree wants them to know this! The more dogs, the merrier. If you can’t fill your living room with human family members as often as you’d like, then consider filling it with playful pups. They’ll give you more kisses and smiles than you know what to do with!

Just kidding, you know exactly what to do with them. Give them right back!

You can watch one of Pedigree’s touching ad campaign videos here.

h/t: boredpanda.com
Featured Photo: oneclub.org

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How to Compare Nutrient Levels in Canned Dog Foods with Dry Foods

The percentages of nutrients shown in the guaranteed analysis section on a pet food label (protein, fat, fiber, moisture) are expressed “as fed” – meaning, as the food is delivered in its package. Some percentage of the food is comprised of moisture (water), which of course contains no protein, fat, fiber, or any other nutrient. […]

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How to Compare Nutrient Levels in Canned Dog Foods with Dry Foods

The percentages of nutrients shown in the guaranteed analysis section on a pet food label (protein, fat, fiber, moisture) are expressed “as fed” – meaning, as the food is delivered in its package. Some percentage of the food is comprised of moisture (water), which of course contains no protein, fat, fiber, or any other nutrient. […]

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How to Calculate Your Dogs Age to Human Years

A new way to convert dog’s years to human years

Researchers have come up with a new, and more accurate way, to convert dog years to human years. The formula that many of us are familiar with was based on a simple calculation of one dog year equaling seven human years. But this new approach is a lot more accurate and is based on the actual chemical modifications to a person’s (human or dog) DNA over a lifetime that create an epigenetic clock. Dogs and humans, along with many other species undergo a DNA methylation process as they age. A team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego who are studying aging and how these clocks differ across species, started their research with dogs. “Although humans and dogs diverged early during mammalian evolution dogs share nearly all aspects of their environments with humans.