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On-Site LaserMedic is a dog-friendly laser printer repair company in Chatsworth, California. Roxanna Sanchez, the organization’s chief operating officer, has been bringing her dogs to work for 15 years and is responsible for overseeing office-dog privileges for On-Site’s 23-person staff. Currently, four employees, including Sanchez, bring their dogs to work.
“The dogs brings happiness and a sense of calmness to the office,” Sanchez says. “Our customer service center can get bombarded with challenges throughout the day, and the dogs are good for the soul.”
Sanchez helps set up employees for success with their dogs in the office by reminding them to create an environment where the dog will be comfortable. This makes it less likely the employee will be distracted by a dog who is uncomfortable and acts out in order to get his needs met. Should an employee’s pet present a challenge, she’ll request that the dog take a break from the office; she’ll also refer the team to area trainers and is willing to reevaluate the dog at a later time. For some dogs, a little extra training makes all the difference. For others, including one of Sanchez’ own prior dogs, coming to the office just isn’t the right choice for the dog.
“I had a Rottweiler who came to the office with me all the time as a young puppy. She loved it,” says Sanchez. “But as she matured, she became suspicious of certain people and certain things, and I realized she wasn’t comfortable at work. I stopped bringing her.”
Throughout her 19-year history with On-Site, Sanchez has successfully introduced nine of her own pet dogs to the workplace, one or two at a time. She currently rotates between Myka, a 12-year-old Havanese; Bree, a 4-year-old, mid-sized mixed breed; and Ruuk, a 2-year-old, 10-pound mixed breed.
“We’re very fortunate to have a professional family atmosphere where our dogs are welcomed and appreciated,” she said. “So long as you set and hold employees to clear expectations, we’ve found dogs in the workplace to be a great asset to the organization.”
Q: Should I socialize my kitten? I’ve heard that this is important for puppies, but is it important for kittens too?
A: Yes! Although very few people are aware of how important this is, the socialization period is the time when all primary social bonds are formed and constitutes the single most important period during the cat’s life. During this phase, striking behavioral changes occur because of growth and experience. Socialization can occur between a kitten and humans, or between a kitten and its “natural enemies,” such as dogs. Additionally, this is the time that cats learn to tolerate other cats, if not fully accept, other cats in social situations.
When a kitten misses out on socialization during this period development of behavioral problems such as play aggression, inappropriate play behavior, and fear aggression may occur.
The critical period for kitten socialization usually occurs during the early weeks of a cat’s life starting between 2 to 7 weeks of age (early socialization occurs between 3-8 weeks, late socialization between 9 and 16 weeks). During this period, the cat learns to become used to sights, sounds and smells as well as how to interact appropriately with other cats, people, and other animals. A young kitten has a fearless, exploratory nature during the socialization period. They may startle easily, but they recover quickly.
The amount of handling a cat receives, the age at which it occurs, and the number of handlers all affect the degree of friendliness towards people later in life. Frequent gentle handling and play with varied people including men, women and supervised children is ideal. It is important to encourage the cat to be comfortable with being held, picked up and touched in different places, such as the ears, paws and belly. You can socialize a kitten very well in as little as 15 minutes of daily handling during the sensitive period. Cats that have been handled by only one person can be held for, on average, twice as long by that person than by any other, but cats with experience of four handlers will stay with any person, including a stranger (the multiperson cat becomes socialized to all humans that behave in broadly the same way). Kittens can do this easily until they reach the end of the socialization period where they become naturally wired to be more suspicious of things they haven’t experienced yet, so that the cat can react more cautiously to new things in the environment, such as potential predators.
You can create your own socialization schedule for your new kitten. For example, get your kitten used to guests in the home (so your new kitten doesn’t spend the rest of her life hiding when guests visit). You can easily do this by inviting friends over for coffee or dinner and finding ways to make the experience rewarding for the kitten. Encourage the kitten to approach your guests and reward her with tasty treats when she does so. Ask your friends to help by playing with her (with a familiar toy) and petting her if she is comfortable with it – accompanied with treats. You could even desensitize and countercondition the kitten to the sound of the doorbell and a knock on the door as these are most often a signal for the cat to run and hide. During this time, you can also introduce tooth brushing, pilling, giving liquid medications via syringe, gentle examination of ears, teeth, nails and grooming, training to a harness and leash for walks outside, car rides, nail clipping, bathing, etc.
Want to learn more? Consider basic training for your cat. See Clicker Training for Cats, BARKS from the Guild, November 2017, pp. 16-23 for some ideas. You may also be interested in a new book by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis, The Trainable Cat, a Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat.
Resources Bradshaw, J., & Ellis, S. (2016). The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat. New York, NY: Basic Books
About the Author Francine Miller is an applied animal behavior counselor and associate certified dog behavior consultant (IAABC certified associate) who has 13 years experience treating dogs and cats with behavior problems. She currently offers house calls for behavior consultations throughout San Diego County, California under the business name, Call Ms Behaving, and overnight pet sitting in the area around Carlsbad, California where she resides.
Dogs are very protective over their loved ones, but those loved ones are typically just humans and other dogs. However, Molly the Beagle loves a baby possum! Molly recently had a litter of puppies that died at birth, which was heartbreaking for her. While she was looking for her puppies, she came across a baby possum that had been abandoned by her own mother. Without hesitation, Molly took her in.
Molly lives on a farm in Australia, so she’s used to hanging around all kinds of different animals. However, Elle and Sara Moyle, Molly’s human family members, were shocked when Molly came home with a new friend.
Molly and Poss
After the heartbreaking loss of her puppies, Molly had run outside to see if she could find them. But what she found instead changed her life. She returned to Elle and Sara with a baby possum clinging to her back. It was love at first sight.
Elle and Sara nicknamed the little possum ‘Poss’, and she soon became a part of the family. Poss and Molly were inseparable from that moment on.
“They’re an unlikely pair,” Elle said. “I think that possum thought that Molly was her mother and vice versa.”
Since possums are nocturnal creatures, Poss sleeps for most of the day. However, this doesn’t stop her from spending time with Molly. She climbs in a tree to sleep, and Molly patiently waits for her on the ground.
When Molly and Poss are both awake, they spend as much time together as possible. Poss usually climbs onto Molly’s back, and lets her carry her around. Like any protective mother, Molly is always around to make sure Poss is safe.
How Long Will They Stay Together?
Even though Poss is like a child to Molly, she’s still a wild animal. She is free to go where she pleases, which is why she often sleeps in trees like a possum would. However, Poss doesn’t let her natural instincts stop her from being near her adoptive mom.
“It’s certainly uplifted [Molly’s] mood, they both needed each other, I think, so it’s been a fantastic relationship,” said Sara.
Once Poss is fully grown, Elle and Sara are unsure if she’ll stick around. But for now, they’re happy that Poss and Molly were able to find each other. After all, Molly’s excited tail wags prove that she’s overjoyed with the little possum.
Poss and Molly’s story has warmed the hearts of many animal lovers around the world. Elle and Sarah even made an Instagram page for them so that fans can stay up to date with all their adorable adventures!
Duke was a large male boxer. He was cherished by his human, Australian Kay Newman. She watched in horror as her dog was left in a crate on the tarmac during a delay. Temperatures soared to over 102℉. Her sweet boy could not handle the heat, especially inside a kennel that radiated inside like an oven. Duke died and the airline thinks sympathy alone is enough.
Kay Informed Qantas that Duke’s Breed Was High Risk
Kay and Duke were booked on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Brisbane. Prior to the flight, Kay was asked to fill out some paperwork for her “cargo” Duke. She completed the paperwork, which clearly indicated that Duke was a snub-nosed breed and therefore was at a high risk of overheating.
Kay said, “When I handed Duke over at the freight, I had to include some paperwork with him to declare that he is what they call a snub-nose breed. Because they are more at risk of overheating. So with that information, they should have really taken extra care,” she said.
Kay Expressed Her Growing Concern for Duke in Real Time
Before separating from Duke, Kay did everything she could to combat the heat. She posted to Facebook, “I was worried about the heat but was told by Qantas freight staff that Duke would only be kept on the tarmac for a few minutes, and that he would be kept under cover until they were ready to put him on the plane.”
Further, “The staff at the freight office were great and when the time came to put Duke into the crate, they patiently waited while I did everything I could to ensure he would be kept cool. I used two bottles of ice water to soak Duke down as well as a towel for him to lay on, and filled up the water bowl. I kept the third bottle completely frozen and placed that in the crate with him. That should have been enough to keep him cool for the time it would take to load him onto the plane.”
The Qantas flight was delayed so the baggage and cargo were left sitting on the tarmac waiting to be loaded far longer than the “few minutes” that was expected. Kay was watching from the gate windows. She would see Duke’s crate and she was very worried that he was not okay. He was in the blazing sun with no shade. With temperatures over 102℉, she knew Duke was in trouble. She expressed her concerns to the gate attendants and was dismissed.
“I went to the Qantas staff at the gate and I was really upset. I said, ‘my dog has been out there quite a while now. He’s at higher risk from the heat. I’m really concerned.’ They just assured me that he was fine, he would be loaded shortly… he just remained out there,” she said.
Kay was the last passenger to board. She was crying and a flight attendant asked her if everything was okay. She told the attendant about her concerns and the pilot called down to have the baggage crew check on Duke. Kay was told that Duke was fine. Obviously, he wasn’t. Kay estimates that Duke was exposed to this crushing heat for well over an hour. She has requested CCTV footage from the airline who has ignored the request.
Upon Arrival, Kay Found Out Duke Was Dead
After arriving, Kay went to the freight office to collect Duke. They asked her if she was Kay Newman and then asked her to come through to an inner office. She knew this wasn’t normal and started screaming and crying asking what happened. She was told they had some bad news. Her dog had not survived the flight. In a Facebook post she wrote, “I was beside myself, all I could do was scream no, no, no. I demanded to see Duke because I didn’t want to believe what was happening.”
“Duke was still in the crate and when I reached in and put my arms around him, I knew immediately why he died because the heat coming from the underside of his body, and the bottom of his crate was immense. My poor boy suffered a terrible death.”
Qantas Has Expressed Sympathy and Nothing Else
Kay has been trying to obtain details about the investigation into Duke’s death by Qantas. Her calls are being ignored. Qantas did issue a public expression of sympathy. As if that is enough. It’s not. Not by a long shot. Kay is calling for a change in the processes and procedures related to live cargo handling by Qantas. Nothing short of that will be acceptable.
Within Two Days, Another Dog Died in Qantas’ Care
It pains us to share that an English Bulldog named Frank died on a domestic flight in Australia while in Qantas’ care. This occurred just two days after Duke’s death. “I dropped to the floor, they had to carry me out of the airport,” Frank’s human told news.com.au.
Kay Started a Petition and Qantas Made Policy Changes
Kay started a petition to push Qantas to improve their processes in handling live cargo. When the petition had about 70k signatures, Qantas released a statement regarding “high-risk” dogs on Qantas flights. Effective immediately, Qantas will temporarily ban all breeds that are prone to breathing problems from flights. Over the next two weeks they will develop a new policy with the RSPCA that will include new rules for snub-nosed dogs breed, including that they will not be allowed to fly unless they have been “cleared to fly” by a vet immediately prior to travel. Further, Qantas strongly recommends that customers employ registered animal shipping companies when flying. Finally, Qantas is reviewing its airport equipment and procedures with the aim of minimizing time on the tarmac and protecting animals.
Sign the petition if you are interested in having your voice heard on this issue. It has been signed over 76,000 times so far.
If you know me personally or just follow me on social media, you will know Duke and how much he means to me. On Thursday…
Why are Irish Setters so red? Geneticists at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine now have an answer for why some dogs have more intense coat colors than others.
While their wolf ancestors are muted in color, domestic dogs have been bred into a variety of hues from white and golden through brown to black. Similarly to other mammals, canine coat color comes from two pigments: yellow (pheomelanin) and black (eumelanin). These pigments are controlled through pigment-switching genes MC1R (melanocortin 1 receptor) and agouti signaling protein (ASIP). For example, solid yellow or red dogs have a mutation in MC1R so they only make pheomelanin.
Nicknames: Houdini gets used often—she is an escape artist!
Adoption Story: Buttercup was seen roaming and scavenging in trash cans around the city for about a week—dodging traffic and humans who tried to catch her. Someone told my husband about her, so he set off to find her. Once he caught up with her, it was love at first sight. Of course, we had her scanned and we made posters and all the rest, but when no one claimed her… we decided to keep her with us (despite already having 10 dogs at the time!) We have a lot of land next to Mark Twain National Forest in Southwest Missouri, and since we are ex-zookeepers who do a lot of wildlife rehab as well as rescuing, it seemed natural to bring her into the fold. We had another Beagle mix named Flower, so when we rescued Buttercup, we thought it would be nice to keep the floral trend going.
Just over a week ago, I was in one of those car accidents
that remind you to slow down and not take life and health for granted. Not that
I was speeding; a crash happened about 10 or more car lengths in front of me,
and I managed to stop the car without hitting the mess in front – and so did
the guy behind me – but the car behind both of us didn’t. We were hit from
behind fairly hard. My car was banged up, and my passenger and I definitely
felt some aftereffects of whiplash, but afterward, all I could think of was
that I was so glad I didn’t have any dogs in the car. (Virtually all of my friends: “You didn’t have a dog with you??!”)
Not only do canine seat belts prevent dogs from being thrown
through the car like a dangerous projectile in a car crash, they keep dogs from
being flung out of the car onto the roadway – or escaping in a panic through
broken windows immediately afterward. The accident was somehow confined to the
middle lane of five lanes– and this being a big city on a Saturday afternoon,
traffic continued to pour past the damaged and disabled cars on both sides, at
least until the Highway Patrol came and stopped the traffic on the right two
lanes so an ambulance, a fire truck, and several tow trucks could attend to the
hurt drivers and disabled vehicles. If a dog had been thrown out of any of the
crashed cars, or had escaped from one, the dog’s death under a passing car
would have been the next horror to happen. Again, I didn’t even have a dog with
me, but I can see that happening as clearly as I can see what actually did happen.
There are many online groups that have Facebook pages where
members can share information about lost dogs, and at least a couple times a year, I see a post from someone who lost
dogs in the chaos of a car crash and is hoping beyond hope that the dog will be
found unhurt. But there’s nothing like your own crash, or one that happens to a
friend, to remind you that protecting your dog is just as important as
protecting your children and other loved ones in a car.
Let me be that friend. Buckle up those pups!
(And, yes, I’m gathering products for an updated review of
canine seat belts and other car restraints.)
We are all familiar with therapy dogs and the important work they do in schools, hospitals, homes, and more. One team from Southhampton in the UK have a special set of skills that put their young patients at ease. They aim to make the children they serve feel comfortable and unafraid when facing a battery of medical tests and procedures. How do they do it? By submitting to the procedures themselves first!
They Are Called “Dog-tors”
There are six Golden Retrievers on the SCH Therapy Dogs organization. Archie, Quinn, Leo, Hattie, Jessie, and Milo are a team of volunteer dogs who “visit Southampton Children’s Hospital to bring smiles to the patients, siblings and staff at the hospital.” Their Animal Assisted Intervention work covers everything from informal meet and greets that spread cheer to supporting kids during medical exams and procedures.
If the Dog Can Do it, So Can I!
The SCH Therapy Dogs team is unique in that the dogs role play a variety of medical procedures and processes for patients before the children undergo them. For example, if a doctor needs to palpate a child’s abdomen, the dog will get onto the exam table or hospital bed and lay on his or her back while to doctor demonstrates the palpation process. If a kiddo requires an MRI, the dog will jump up into the machine and show the patient that getting into the machine is not as scary as it may seem. Seeing the dogs undergo mock versions gives the human patient the confidence they need to undergo the actual procedure. Not to mention, the dogs’ very presence brings about a sense of calm and relieves stress for patients, regardless of what they are facing.
Qualified Handlers With a Positive Outlook
There are four handlers on the SCH Therapy Dogs team. Lyndsey, Karen, Liz and Hannah are the handlers and the dogs are their pets and work partners. Lyndsey studied Animals & Human Health at the Institute for Human Animal Connection at the University of Denver. She holds the team’s Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy, Activities and Learning. They are proud of the work they do and try to visit as many of the children as possible. They visited over 3000 patients in 2019 and are looking forward to serving as many or more in this new year.
Do you own a Yorkshire terrier? If you do then congratulations should come your way because Yorkies are one of the most beautiful dogs to keep as pets. They are the most popular toy dog breeds.
Their elegant looks and devotion to their owners are just some of the qualities that have won Yorkies many fans. However, taking care of your Yorkie requires you to groom his coat meticulously.
A dog brush is the most important tool when it comes to grooming your Yorkie. You should always ensure that you choose the best brush for Yorkie, one that is capable of handling his long silky coat.
What Yorkie Grooming Tools Do You Need?
The Yorkie can be considered as one of the most glamorous dogs in the world. Its long silky coat assures him of attention wherever he goes. Yorkie puppies are born black while adults have blue and tan coats.
If you own a long-haired Yorkshire, then you will agree with us that grooming him is not for the faint heart. However, if you have the right brush, then grooming will be made easier.
Yorkies are prone to mats and tangles since they are long haired. To prevent your Yorkie from developing mats and tangles on his coat, you will need to brush him regularly using the best brush for your dog.
If you are trying to get the brush for your Yorkie, then we have your back because we have reviewed the 3 best products for you.
This slicker brush is the best brush for your Yorkie. It is designed to remove loose undercoat and eliminate tangles and knots gently. Petpawjoy slicker brush is also a great grooming tool for Yorkshire terriers since it is able to penetrate deeper into your dog’s coat and remove dander and trapped dirt.
What sets this dog brush apart from the other several dog grooming tools is that it is a rotatable dog brush. You can turn the brush pins in “^” shape and use this brush for grooming or turn the brush in “V” and use it for massaging your pooch.
It’s important to massage your dog as this will help to improve blood circulation on the skin and prevent skin diseases. When using this brush, you won’t have to worry about causing injuries to your dog’s coat. This is because this Petpawjoy slicker brush is safe and effective.
The bristles of the brush are decorated with rounded white tips to protect your dog’s skin from being stabbed by the bristles.
Things We Liked
Suitable for small sized dogs like Yorkshire terriers.
Has an ergonomic handle hence making it comfortable and easy to use.
The size of this slicker brush makes it great for brushing the areas around the face and the ears.
This brush gathers all lose hair and is easy to clean.
It brushes through mats incredibly well.
This brush feels sturdy and is well built.
It is affordable.
Things We Didn’t Like
Should be used alongside combs to remove tough knots.
2. Best Comb for Yorkie: Safari Grooming Comb for Dogs, Stainless Steel
Using a grooming comb alongside a slicker brush is the best grooming practice that your dog could ever wish for. This is because a comb can reach the deepest areas of your Yorkshire’s coat where the slicker brush cannot reach. The best comb you can use for grooming your Yorkie is the Safari grooming comb.
This grooming comb has a lot of desirable features that make it the best comb to use on your Yorkie. It has smooth rounded teeth so that you can brush your dog without injuring his skin. Its size is also perfect for small dogs like Yorkshire terriers.
Things We Liked
Available in your choice of medium and fine coat versions.
The teeth are extra long and this allows them to penetrate to the root of the hair.
It is gentle to the dog’s skin.
Has smaller teeth that makes it easy to comb your dog’s coat.
Perfect for dogs of small size.
Things We Didn’t Like
The teeth may come off and make it difficult for you to comb your dog’s hair.
3. Best Face Comb for Yorkie: Master Grooming Tools Face & Finishing Combs — Ergonomic Combs for Grooming Dogs
With a long haired dog such as a Yorkshire terrier, you can’t groom him the way you want with only a brush. You need to have a comb and use it together with the brush. Combs are useful grooming tools for dogs since they are able to penetrate deeper into your dog’s thick fur to brush the hair close to the skin.
Grooming combs are also a must-have for you since there are some tangles and knots that only combs can break.
Master grooming tool face comb is the best comb to use on a Yorkshire terrier. It is a top quality comb that is a must have for any groomer, whether you are a professional groomer or just an amateur groomer. It is made of 40 stainless steel pins to break any tangles and rid your dog’s coat of debris.
It has an ergonomically shaped special handle that will give you maximum control and comfort as you brush your dog’s coat. The stainless steel pins will glide through your dog’s coat effortlessly. Its plastic handle has a hole that you can use to hang it around within reach.
Things We Liked
Combing is very easy due to its ergonomic handle.
It does the job fine as expected.
Can be used to comb your dog’s face.
Its size is great for use on small dog size.
It is competitively priced.
Things We Didn’t Like
The teeth of the comb may fall out and once this happens, the effectiveness of this comb will be greatly reduced.
A Yorkshire terrier is very adorable to have as a pet. However, taking care of a Yorkie is a true challenge. This is because you have to always take care of his long silky coats in order to keep him in top shape and looking his best. You need the best brush for Yorkie to maintain his beautiful and healthy hair. Without the right tool, you will get overwhelmed with grooming your Yorkie.