Man’s Best Friend

It was in an 1869 Missouri courtroom that the term, “Man’s best friend” was originally coined in reference to dogs. Over the last 15,000 years dogs have evolved to be co-dependent with humans, developing uncanny skills that have made them invaluable to the human species. In return, all dogs ask for is to be fed on a relatively consistent basis, and maybe if they’re lucky get the occasional life affirming head pat or belly rub.

Now, no one is trying to make the argument that dogs are the best animal, but what is irrefutable is that dog’s are one of the best animals for mankind, and here are just few reasons why:

  • Dogs are one of the only animals capable of reading human faces. Dogs read human faces from left to right the same way that humans do. This accounts for why dogs appear to be very attuned to their master’s present disposition.
  • Dogs are one of the only animals that can accurately follow the simple pointing of a human’s index finger. This is an evolution that has helped dogs assist in hunts and searches of all sorts for thousands of years.
  • Dogs desire to please their masters. Dogs can be trained to take direction and perform tasks that man is sometimes unwilling or unable to do.
  • Since the first developments of agriculture near 11,000 years ago, many breeds of dogs are genetically inclined towards the herding of sheep and other creatures. A habit that has been invaluable to shepherds and farmers.
  • Dogs have an incredible sense of smell. Canines can smell 100,000 times better than humans and can smell things up to 40 feet underground. This extr aordinary talent makes them extremely valuable to police and armed forces. Through training, dogs can be taught to detect scents such as explosives, people, termites, other animals, etc.

Roger Caras, author of A Celebration of Dogs says it best, “Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” Do you consider your dog to be your best friend?

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Pet News Roundup: Update on the “Cat Mayor,” Lavish Dog Wedding and Juno the Service Dog!

Here on The Dish, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the pet food industry. We’ll have a mix of articles, statistics, news and fun facts from a variety of pet industry sources.

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Keeping Pets Cool in the Summer Heat

It is the middle of July and we all know what that means – hot temps and a blazing sun! With the recent heat wave driving indexes into the danger zone, we want to remind everyone to keep your pets cool.

Dogs and cats can easily get over-heated on walks, when left outside and especially in cars or other confined areas that lack air conditioning. We are all saddened by stories like this, which can be avoided when taking the right precautions.

Here are some reminders to ensure your pet will be cool and comfortable this summer.

  • Give them fresh water constantly. Pets can get dehydrated very quickly.
  • Don’t even think about leaving your pet in the car! Studies show the inside temperature of a car increase dramatically in the summer heat. If the temperature is 100°F outside, the inside of a car can be as high as 120°F. Leaving a cracked window doesn’t help either. Do your pet a favor, and leave him at home where he’s comfortable.
  • Dog owners, when your pup needs some exercise, take him for a walk early in the morning or in the evening when it is cool for the both of you. Avoid walking on blacktops. Not only can they cause third degree burns (see photo below), it gives off petroleum toxins that leak into the bloodstream through their pads and can cause them to be systematically poisoned.
  • Remember that pets with thick and dark coats are more susceptible to being overheated than pets with thin and light coats.
  • Know the signs of dehydration and call your vet immediately if you are concerned about your pet’s well being:
    • Loss of appetite
    • Dry mouth
    • Sunken eyes
    • Exhaustion

Please keep these tips in mind for your furry ones as the summer heat persists.

Do you have other ways of keeping your pet cool and comfortable in the summer? Comment on this post to suggest more tips you’ve found useful for fellow pet owners! If you would like to do more research about keeping pets cool in the hot weather, visit ASPCA.

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2013 Precise Demos!

A member of the Precise sales team will be at these upcoming Precise demos and events! Stop by if you are in the area and pick up some coupons and samples while supplies last!

We’ll see you there!

 

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Pet News Roundup: Independence Day for Cats, an Olympian’s Dog and Corky the Cat!

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Retailer Spotlight: The Soggy Dog in Henderson, Nev.

In our Retailer Spotlight blog posts, our team will take a closer look into some of the outstanding retailers across the country that sell Precise. We love all of our retailers and the services they bring to our customers!

Welcome to The Soggy Dog! The do-it-yourself dog wash center and pet supplies store!

The first of its kind in their community, The Soggy Dog opened in 2005 as an innovative, self-serve dog wash. The welcoming facility offers dog owners a friendly place and all the supplies needed to clean their pooch. From waist-high tubs with temperature-controlled water to high-powered grooming dryer and blueberry facials, Fido gets the spa treatment every time.

Leaving with a fresh smelling dog isn’t the only benefit of The Soggy Dog. Pet owners come for the conversation and friendship as well. An open layout offers a sense of community about pets and great conversation. Plus, once the bath is finished the friendly Soggy Dog staff cleans up the mess. And, if a dog’s tresses have gotten a little out of hand, a professional groomer is on hand to help tame crazy locks. It’s a fun, hassle-free experience for everyone.

“We are really a part of the fabric of our community, a gathering center for caring pet owners, an extension of the dog parks in our city,” said Tracy Bosler, owner. “For many pet parents, helping them to understand how to better care for the skin and coat is a top priority in enjoying the experience of owning a pet. We aim to engage with our customers and help them provide the best care for their pet.”

Soggy Dog owner, Tracy, believes in pampering pooches when it comes to food and treats as well. The shop offers high-quality, well-researched lines of natural, organic and holistic foods, treats and supplements, such as Precise.

“We often share our knowledge about different approaches to pet care, which in turn leads to discussions about a pet’s diet. That is ‘precisely’ what led us to Precise Pet Foods! In our regular reviews of leading kibble lines, Precise continually features many of the key ingredients that we look for in a quality food.”

If you ever find yourself in Henderson, Nev., stop by The Soggy Dog at 1450 West Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite C-202, or visit their website and Facebook page. Or, if you just want to send a friendly message, email them at washyourdog@thesoggydog.com.

By Pete Pennell, Western Regional Sales Director for Precise Pet Products.

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