Please Watch, Learn, Act and Share

Somethings are hard to see, hard to know. Those sad stories, the horrific numbers…
BUT..
Don’t turn your head, cause the only way we can change this is to create awareness.

Every year, an estimated 5 to 10 million pets are euthanized in animal shelters only in the United States. Why? Because there is no place for them to go, no homes for them. Yet, we continue to let animals roam freely, unneutered and producing more unwanted animals. Their offspring often go from birth to the shelter where, if they are not adopted before their 6 days are up, they will be killed. That is where the expression “born to die” applies; newly born into this world only to be put to death. What a tragic waste of life. There is a solution for this overpopulation problem, and that is to spay and neuter and adopt.

Also in stead of buying a puppy from a breeder or shop you can choose to adopt a dog from a shelter or from a rescue group. There are also a lot of Rescue Groups  for specific breeds. I am making a list of Animal Rescue Groups for English Bulldogs and other dogs Worldwide, so if you know any please share so they can help more dogs from a deathsentence into a loving home. If you know a rescue group for dogs please mail the information (name/website/contactinformation) to baggybulldogs@gmail.com

Please watch, learn, act and share/like.

Neuter and spay your pets and adopt pets from shelters and rescue groups. Think before you take a pet into your home, so when you do, you make that choice for their whole lifetime.

When you have enough time, money and love to care for a dog for life
look for love in shelters and rescues and save an animal .
Find a Rescue Group or Shelter near you:
http://baggybulldogs.com/2012/08/28/bulldog-rescues-and-animal-shelters

Read more on what you can do against animal cruelty here:
http://baggybulldogs.com/category/stop-animal-cruelty-2

Please share this blog, talk about these dogs in your community, convince people to go to shelters and rescues and neuter and spay your own pets.


How to keep your Dogs Cool in the Summer

Updated 13-08-13

Today we received the sad news that Thor has passed away. Thor was an English Bulldog who was left in the car while his owners went shopping. Thor suffered a heatstroke. A policeofficer smahed the carwindow and he was taken to a vet clinic. Unfortunately it was too late for Thor, the heatstroke caused by his ignorant owner was fatal and Thor died today.  Thor, may your story help prevent other dogs from an unnecassary death due to unknowing and ignorant dogowners.  Read more and watch the video of Thor below. Still there are a lot of dogowners who really love their dogs and care but don’t know what the signs of a heatstroke are or what to do to keep your dog cool on those hot summerdays. Here is some info, tips and medical advice.

Summertime is sunhine, play and hapiness and what better way to enjoy the summer than with your dog?

It’s not only important for us to stay cool in summer, it’s just as important to keep our dogs cool, too. Dogs suffer the same problems humans do, like overheating, dehydration and sunburn. By taking some simple precautions, you and your dog can enjoy the summer months.

A dogs body is less efficient at cooling themselves than people, so they are more susceptible to overheating. A dog’s normal body temperature is 100-102 degrees. They have sweat glands on their nose and pads of their paws which they use to pant and drink water to cool down.

Heat exhaustion in dogs is often caused by dehydration and overheating from running or to much exercising during hot weather. Heatstroke can occur when your dog’s body temperature is too high for a prolonged period of time, and both can lead to brain and organ damage, heart failure and even death. Shortnosed, thickcoated breeds,puppies, seniors and dogs with health problems are especially susceptible.

How to keep your Dog cool:

1. always have fresh, cool water available for your dog, whether on a walk, in the car or in a tip-proof bowl in the house or yard

2. If you keep your dog outdoors, bring him inside during the hottest hours of the day,
and provide a shaded area in the yard, preferably in a well constructed doghouse,
making sure he always has access to cool water, since the hot sun can quickly make water too hot to drink.

3. Never leave your Dog in the car, not even for a few minutes

This is what happens when you leave your dog in the car. In loving memory of Thor who died an unnecessary death. Rest in peace, may your story help prevent other dogs from an unnecassary death due to unknowing and ignorant dogowners. Bulldogs and other short faced breeds are more susceptible to heatstrokes than other breeds. But NO dog or pet should ever be left in a car!

Thor’s Story on KCTV
Thor’s Story on WSPA

4. Protect your dog from sunburn. Many people don’t realize that dogs can get sunburn! It’s especially common in pale and short-haired dogs, usually on the bridge of the nose and tips of the ears as well as the belly, groin and insides of the legs (because of the sunlight that reflects up from the sidewalk and hot sand on the beach). Use a sunscreen (specifically for dogs) on rub it on your dog’s nose and ear tips. If you shave your dog’s coat in the summer, be aware that it will make him more prone to sunburn.

5. Dogs’ paws can get burned on sidewalks, asphalt and sand if walked during the hottest time of the day. You can check the temperature of the surface with your hand before walking your dog, if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Walk during early morning or evening hours and never directly after a meal. If you must walk your dog during the afternoon, make it short and keep him on the grass or at the water’s edge when at the beach to protect his paws.

6. If your dog is more susceptible to the heat there are several products available at petstores like cooling spray and cooling collars and vests etc. I have tried and can recommend the cooling collar. I used it on my bulldog Twister (rip) who had troubles during walks on hot days and it really worked for her. Just put the collar in the freezer and put it on before you go on a walk.

7. If possible give them a small pool in the summer so they can walk in and out and take a quick cool down when needed. Small pools for children are handy for this purpose. When you have a real pool (deep water) never leave your dog alone by the pool, even when he is a good swimmer, a lot of dogs drown each year in peoples pools when left unattented.



Here is a video of my Bulldog James Hond 007 playing with Botox the Bulldog in the Yard. James just drinks from it and drops toys in it and than starts barking for me to get them out. Botox like jumping in and out and retrieving toys even under water; -)

Another Bulldog cooling himself down by taking a dip:

What to do, when your Dog is overheated?

  • Move the dog inside or into the shade
  • Give him water to drink
  • Make him wet, especially making their, paws, ears and chest wet will give a quick cooling down (use cool not cold water!)
  • Put a wet towel under and over the dog

If your dog has trouble breathing, purple or white gumbs or tung,
or is not responding to any treatment as mentioned above
it might be signs of heartfailure or a stroke, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Peaches the bulldog went for her usual daily walk and unlike the typical British weather, it was a very hot day. When her owners returned home with her, peaches suddenly collapsed and had major difficulties breathing. She was rushed into Vet’s Klinic with suspected heatstroke.


Don’t Cook your Dog in a Car

Do you have more tips on how to keep your dog cool in the summer?
Please comment 


Bathing Bulldogs

Bathing your bulldog, can be a difficult job.
Unfortunately not all dogs go in as easy as this one..


Here are 10 Tips to give your Bulldog a Bath:

1. Collect the materials you will need, so you will have everything close at hand.
Materials: Doggyshampoo, brush or sponge, treats, towels, cotton balls (for cleaning the ears).

2. Before you giving your dog a bath, give his coat a good brushing This will remove any loose dirt, mats and snarls. Tangles in your dog’s coat will be much harder to remove once his coat is wet.

3.  Make sure your dog doesn’t slip in the tub or shower, put a towel on the floor when you think he might slip

4. The whole bathing process may be somewhat frightening, so take things slowly. Help your dog to associate the tub or sink with pleasant things by speaking in a soothing voice and giving him treats. Be ready to put lots of effort into making the bath a positive experience for your dog; doing so will pay off in the long run if your pet is a happy participant, rather than frightened or resistant. Make sure the first time the water isn’t to high (chestlevel) so he can get used to it.

5. If you want to stay a little dry when bathing your dog, begin washing from behind and save the neck and head for last. Usually they start shaking when their neck and head gets wet.

6. Examine your dog carefully for skin irritations, fleas and ticks, ear infections, or other health concerns. You can detect fleas with a special brush and ticks can be seen as small lumbs.

7. When washing make sure to take special care of the ears, wrinkles, tail, genitals and between the toes.

8. Rinse all of the shampoo out of your dog’s coat thoroughly. If you can still see bubbles on the dog, you need to rinse a couple more times. Any soap, shampoo or conditioner residue left on the dog will attract dirt, defeating the purpose of the exercise. Soap residue can also irritate your dog and cause itching.

9. Dry your dog with the towel, when bathing your dog in a tub, let the water run out and dry your dog in the tub (this will save you a lot of cleaning afterwards) .When the dog is dried up, brush it again, this will remove the last hairs and will make their coat shine

10. Give him a tasty treat as a reward for good behavior. He’ll quickly learn that getting a bath is not a frightening experience. Don’t be surprised if your dog wants to run around the house like a puppy, rubbing himself on everything to try and dry himself. This is normal behavior but if he is getting himself dirty, then distract him with toys or a game.

Important:

Avoid getting water or shampoo in your dog’s ears and eyes. A small piece of cotton ball can be gently tucked into each ear to stop water or shampoo going into the inner ear but be careful not to push this in too far. If in doubt, leave this out.

Always use dogshampoo from your vet or petstore. Don’t use human shampoo even when it is organic or PH neutral. Quality pet shampoos take into consideration that a dog’s skin has a different pH level than human skin.

Don’t wash your dog to often. In most cases a brush will get out most of the dirt. Washing your dog to often can lead to skinproblems.

Don’t wash your puppy the first few weeks, when they are young they are much more likely to get a cold from it.



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Preparing for your new Puppy

Getting a puppy or adopting a dog can transform your house into a Loving Home.
But without careful preparation, your new pet can turn the your home into a mess.
The following preperation tips will get you on your way to having it all;
a loving home and a happy and tidy home.
There are a lot of questions you might have as a soon 2 be puppy owners, I hope the following will help to answer those questions and prepare you for that special moment you take your pet home.


To Do’s before you get your dog/puppy:

  • Make a descision; are we going for a puppy or a dog?
  • Where are we going do get the puppy or dog, from a shelter or a breeder?
  • Make a list of dogsupplies: water and foodbowls, leash and colar, a crate and/or a sleepingmatras, chewingtoys, brush/grooming suplies
  • Puppy proof your home: look for anything that could potentially hurt him, electrical cords, poisonous plants, a pool he could fall into, sharp things etc.
  • Set up rules for the family on; when to walk the dog, when and what to feed the dog, what to do when the dogs needs medical care, for the kids to leave the dog alone when eating or sleeping
  • When you get your puppy you want to explore new places with him. Puppies love to explore, which can be distracting and dangerous while driving. Make sure you have a a crate or secure him with a dog seat belt harness. Also available are car seats and boosters that are used in conjunction with a dog seat belt. These will also keep your dog from being ejected in case of an accident or from jumping out of your vehicle.
  • Find a good veterinarian and put the telephonenumber of your vet and the local alarmnumber in your phone and when you have kids show them where they can find the numbers
  • Make a choice in what breed and gender the puppy should be
  • Prepare by reading about the breed and about puppy/dogtraining
  • Make a choice wether to neuter or spay the dog
  • Find a puppytraining class in your neighboorhoud, puppy training is one of the best ways to build a learning/training connection and is also a good way to socialize your puppy
  • Mental preperation: it might sound a little weird but you and your family have to be prepared for your new pet and familymember. Be realistic, the puppy might howl and cry the first nights in a new home, it will take time and effort to housebreak a puppy, it might chew on the furniture or shoes, you have to walk your dog several times a day in sunshine and rain, when your puppy gets sick you have to take care of and pay for medical care, rasing and training a puppy is not a matter of time, you are never done. When you have read this and your are still absolutely sure you want a puppy and you can promise your new pet all the above for a lifetime,..
    Than…Congratulations you are now ready to be a dogowner;-)

To Do’s when you got you dog/puppy:

  • Take him to your veterinarian for a complete physical
  • Check with your vet if the puppy got all the right vacinations and when he should get his new ones
  • Make sure your puppy is free from flees and worms, your vet can also help with this
  • Make sure your puppy gets a microchip so your dog will never be lost. Most breeders will do this for you. Make sure you get the papers with it so you can registrate the dog in your name. Most Vets have the equipment to check if the chip is working and registrated correctly.

Puppy Training:

The first weeks of training are mainly focused on the following:

  • Housebreaking the puppy
  • Walking outside on and offleash
  • Knowing it’s place (pillow or crate)
  • Following houserules: not gettingupon the couch uninvited, no begging for food, what and what not to chew,
  • Introduction to other pets
  • Getting the puppy used to everything in and around the house like noises, places, (vacuumcleaner, garden hose, etc)
  • First set of commands like: sit, stay and down

Here is some more info on how to raise your puppy: http://baggybulldogs.com/2012/05/14/raising-a-bulldog-puppy/

This topic will be extended later on with more information about: how to choose a breeder, what to look for when choosing a puppy and training your puppy/dog.

If you have any questions please ask!

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