Begging French Bulldog Sounds Exactly Like Race Car in Hilarious Video

You won’t believe how much this little Frenchie sounds like a race car.

Chibs, who is well-known for his begging skills, was singing a little song about how much he’d enjoy some pizza when his mom caught this performance on camera.

Race car Frenchie

Chibs has been trying to teach his big sister the art of singing.

She’s catching on, but lacks his finesse.

Chibs and Punky

Chibs and Punky have a lot of fun together and are cute as can be.

Hup! Hup! Hup!

You can follow Chibs and Punky on their Facebook page to keep up with their hijinks.

Bath day


Hat Tip: Laughing Squid

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About Kiki Kane

Kiki Kane is a lifelong animal lover owned by two rescue dogs, a cat, and a horse. She has been blogging professionally since 2009.

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5 Tips For Preventing Joint Problems In Your Dog

Unfortunately, joint pain and problems are a common part of getting older for both humans and our pups. While large breed dogs are more prone to joint problems than smaller dogs, any dog can suffer as they get older. Is there anything you can do to prevent joint problems from starting in the first place? The answer is yes! These 5 tips will give you a head start in preventing joint problems in your dog, or at least minimize symptoms. 

#1 – Prevent joint injury

Arthritis commonly develops as the result of injury earlier in life. This can include something as simple as overexertion as a puppy. Over-exercise, jumping too high, and running too hard before a puppy has fully matured can injure the joints and lead to arthritis. You should have steps, ramps, or other methods to help your puppy get in the car or on your furniture, and play time should be supervised to prevent overexertion.

#2 – Treat injuries promptly

Any suspected injury should brought to the attention of a vet immediately. Even a seemingly minor injury can have long-term painful consequences if it doesn’t heal properly. Crate rest may seem like torture for an injured pet, but it may help prevent a lifetime of painful arthritis, so be sure to closely follow your vet’s instructions, no matter how sad your dog may seem to be.

#3 – Manage their weight

Extra weight adds more pressure to your dog’s joints, so the best way to prevent joint pain in your dog is to prevent them from becoming overweight. Even just a few extra pounds can have painful implications for your dog’s joints. While you don’t necessarily want to see your dog’s ribs, you should be able to feel them quite easily. Talk to your vet if you think your pup needs to shed a few pounds to discuss appropriate ways to help your dog manage their weight.

#4 – Feed appropriate food and consider supplements

When large breed puppies grow too quickly, they can become too heavy for their immature joints. And we’ve already mentioned that obesity can lead to joint problems. It pays to research the food you feed your dog. Spending a little extra money now on a better dog food can prevent many expensive health problems down the road. Think of cheap dog food as the equivalent of a human eating entirely junk food. It may keep you alive, but it will likely cause health problems down the road. You may also want to consider adding a supplement designed for joint health to your dog’s food, especially if you have a large breed dog. 

#5 – Keep your dog moving

Gentle exercise such as walking can keep joints limber and healthy as well as keep your dog’s weight in a healthy range. Exercise pumps natural lubrication into joints, so while it might be tempting to let your aging dog rest, exercise can actually help loosen up your dog’s aching joints. Their joints may also stiffen after a nap, so it may help to invest in a heated dog bed or spend a few minutes massaging your dog’s muscles before your morning walk.

This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list. If you have concerns about your dog’s joint health, you should address them with your trusted veterinarian.

(H/T: Pet Care RX)

Tags: dog, dogs, joint pain, joint problems, preventing joint problems

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Dog Stolen From Colorado Shelter Turns Up In Las Vegas

In March of this year, Zeb, an energetic Pit Bull mix, was taken for a walk by a couple that claimed they wanted to adopt him from the Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) near Glenwood Springs. They never returned him to the shelter.

Still, the shelter staff kept hoping Zeb would find his way back. Tracey Yajk, CARE Behavior and Training Manager, said in a story by Glenwood Springs Post Independent:

“We left Zeb’s kennel set up with a new bed for him to chew up and plenty of toys.”

CARE received a call from The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas on July 5, nearly 4 months after Zeb had disappeared. He had been brought to the foundation as a stray and he had a microchip that was registered to CARE. Luckily, The Animal Foundation has a transfer program, so CARE employee Eric Welker met them in Beaver, Utah to pick up Zeb and bring him back home to Colorado.

Along with Zeb, CARE also accepted several other Animal Foundation animals to help with their overpopulation in the shelter. Six staff members were at the CARE facilities after hours to greet Zeb and the other new arrivals.

When Zeb had first arrived at the shelter, he was very unruly. In the 6 weeks he spent at CARE before being stolen, he had been trained to the point that he could walk on a loose leash and his “sit, stay” time was up to 2 minutes.

If you’re interested in adopting Zeb, you should reach out to CARE via their website, phone number (970) 947-9173, or Facebook page.

(H/T: Glenwood Springs Post Independent, CBS Denver)

(Featured photo courtesy of CARE via Facebook)

Tags: dog, dogs, lost dog, rescue, return of stolen dog, stolen shelter dog

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Not Ready To Go Raw? Try A Vet-Approved Homemade Pet Food Diet

If you watched the eye-opening documentary Pet Fooled on Netflix, you may be left wondering what now? While the film sheds a not-so flattering spotlight on the American pet food industry, it leaves viewers with few practical solutions for healthy feeding.

The featured veterinarians definitely skew towards a raw, biologically-appropriate feeding protocol, but they also acknowledge that raw diets are yet to be deemed safe by the AVMA.

Image Credit: Flickr | NancyBeeToo

If you are not yet ready to take the plunge into raw feeding, but you want to break free from the processed kibbles offered by the five major pet food conglomerates, consider a home cooked diet instead!

From obesity and allergies to diabetes, cancer and deadly reactions, many vets believe that diet is directly responsible for the majority of the ailments they treat on a daily basis. In response, they are shying away from recommending commercial pet food and endorsing natural and whole food diets instead.

Image Credit: Flickr | Alisha Vargas

My personal vet recommends the Original CrockPet DietTM for her healthy canine and feline patients, but your veterinarian can help you decide on the perfect recipe for your pets’ individual needs.

It may sound time-consuming and expensive, but fresh, healthy feeding will help you save on trips to the pet store and veterinary bills. Some of the many benefits of home cooked dog and cat food include:

  • You control exactly what is going into your pets’ bodies

  • Fulfills their dietary needs – nothing more, nothing less

  • Prevents exposure to additives, preservatives and artificial ingredients

  • Eliminates unnecessary and low-quality fillers like corn and soy

  • Helps manage your pets’ weight, blood sugar, kidney function, gut flora, skin conditions, etc

  • Lets you avoid the stress and danger of commercial pet food recalls

  • Improves overall health and potentially prolongs pets’ lives

  • Best of all, they love it!

After watching Pet Fooled, I decided to try a version of The CrockPet Diet with my three senior dogs. The photo above is my own vet-recommended concoction of chicken, beef, pork, kale, sweet potatoes, green beans, kidney beans, turmeric, ground mustard, coconut oil, calcium tablets, and garlic. (Some sources say the proper use of garlic can be beneficial to dogs, others say it’s toxic. If you’re nervous about using it, just leave it out.) I decided to skip the rice because my dogs are grain-free.

As you can see, they are pretty excited for their new home cooked food!

If you are ready to try cooking for your own pets, consult your veterinarian. He or she can help you decide on the best individualized recipe for your pets’ unique needs or refer you to a veterinary nutritionist.

Here are a few tips to make home cooking easier and safer:

  • Never change your pet’s diet before consulting your vet

  • Follow the 40% Protein/50% Veggies/10% Starch rule for dogs unless otherwise directed by your vet. Cats are true carnivores and require at least 60 to 80% protein in their diet

  • Use high quality, fresh ingredients whenever possible

  • Avoid foods that are known to be dangerous to dogs and cats

  • Follow the recipe carefully and completely to ensure well-rounded nutrition

  • Consider pureeing the finished product with a food processor or hand mixer to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed and evenly distributed. Cats also prefer the smoother texture

  • Never overfeed! Home cooked food is very dense and concentrated. Overfeeding could lead to upset stomach, illness or even deadly bloat

  • Prepare food in large batches and freeze excess portions for future use

H/T to Sun Dog Cat Moon Veterinary Clinic

Featured Image via Flickr | Zach Beavais

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6 Methods For Safely Breaking Up A Dog Fight

Witnessing a fight between two dogs is a terrifying experience for any pawrent, especially if one or both of the dogs are your own. The first instinct tends to include screaming and rushing towards the brawlers, but excited behavior may only escalate the situation and put you at risk.  Rather than reacting on impulse, you should first determine if it is safe and completely necessary to intervene.

If you do decide to break it up, try one of the six methods recommended by late-great canine behaviorist, Dr. Sophia Yin.

Image Credit: Flickr | Emery Way

Play behavior and aggression can appear quite similar. In fact, filmmakers often shoot two dogs playing and slow down the footage when they need a dog fighting scene. The two pups in the following photo are housemates and best buds. Their owner snapped this picture of them playing, but it could easily be mistaken for a full-scale fight.

Image Credit: Flickr | Steve Baker

Dr. Yin believed that the majority of dog “fights” tend to be relatively harmless displays of dominance. Before deciding to take action, Dr. Yin advised dog lovers to first determine that one or both dogs are at risk for harm and not simply having a vigorous play session or a “spit and drool match.”

Image Credit: Flickr | Lennart Tange

Signs of true inter-dog aggression include:

  • Growling

  • Lip licking

  • Snapping

  • Lunging

  • Crouching

  • Fearful or submissive postures

  • Tail tucking

Image Credit: Flickr | Andrey

If there is indeed a fight that requires your intervention, Dr. Yin recommended the following methods for safely breaking it up.

1. The wheelbarrow method.

This is the preferred technique, but requires at least two people. Separating the dogs without getting bitten yourself means stearing clear of the head or neck area of either animal. According to Dr. Yin, the safest method is to grab the dogs by the rear end, elevate their hind legs off the ground, and quickly pull them away from each other.

Image Credit: Flickr | Joshua Ganderson

2. Place a pillow or other item between the squabbling dogs.

Remember to stay calm and keep your hands far from the dog’s mouth.

Screenshot via Youtube/Mercola Healthy Pets

3. Toss a blanket over one or both pups.

Similar to the pillow method, a blanket breaks the intense eye contact between the animals and can help to “snap them out” of their aggressive mindset.

Screenshot via Youtube/Mercola Healthy Pets

4. Spray them with water or citronella.

Many dog owners use a spray bottle of water or pet-safe citronella to deter their dog from a variety of unwanted behaviors. A splash of cold liquid is yet another way to break their fierce focus on one another.

Screenshot via Youtube/Mercola Healthy Pets

5. Distract them with a loud noise.

Try ringing the doorbell or shaking an empty can with coins inside.

Image Credit: Flickr | Brian Moriarty

6. Direct their energy onto something positive.

Enthusiastically inviting one of the dogs to go for a walk or a ride in the car can be just enough incentive to tear their tense energy away from one another. By giving them another source to channel their excitement into, they may forget all about the scuffle.

Screenshot via YouTube/Mercola Healthy Pets

Ideally, aggressive behavior should be identified and treated when your dog is still a puppy. Avoid rough housing with dogs that tend to go overboard during play and take care not to reinforce their behavior. Should you notice aggressive tendencies in your dog at any life stage, seek help from a veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist.

H/T to Mercola Healthy Pets

Featured Image via Flickr | Steve Baker

Tags: Aggression, dog fighting, how to stop a dog fight

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The Truth about Socializing a Puppy and How to Do It Well

Between three weeks and sixteen weeks of age, puppies go through a “critical socialization period”. For just about three months at the beginning of their lives, puppies are sponges, soaking up information about the world as fast as it is presented to them.

When you’re a puppy parent, your number one most important job is socialization, and it’s critical to start socializing your pup. Remember, by the time they come home with you, your sponge window has shrunk to less than two months!

People, places, and things

I love this #gardencentre!! They had a sign on the door saying dogs welcome, and just to please clean up accidents (last pic), which made me feel much better on the off chance Mojo had an accident! We watch him like a hawk and he's never had one, but he's just a baby & I worry! He greeted a staff member with a hose, and a mum with a very snotty toddler XD Mojo was INCREDIBLE with everything, he did *so* well!! His focus was wonderful, he was confident, he was happy…there was slight fear when a staff member rushed a metal trolley close by, so we worked with a spare trolley a little later; he was intrigued but iffy with a label flapping on a bench too, but give once he checked it out XD I was so proud, and he got two packets of posh treats as a reward! I'll post individual pics from the centre too :) -16 weeks old- #magicalMojo #puppy #puppysocialization #puppytraining #dogtraining #rescuedog #yorkshireterrier #yorkie #chihuahua #chorkie #helperdog #ilovemydog #sdit #bestdogever #instadog #instapuppy #puppiesofinstagram #dogsofinstaworld

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Most people interpret socialization to mean teaching a dog good interactions with other dogs or humans. While these things are essential to nurturing a well-adjusted dog, socialization really means introducing your puppy in a safe and positive way to all of the possible sights and sounds that will be part of their world.

Socialization really means introducing your puppy in a safe and positive way to their world.

For city dwellers (or anyone anticipating regular visits to a city during the 12+ years of their dogs life), this may include socialization to busy streets and car noise, loud buses and skateboarders.

For travelers, car rides (and a crate), bodies of water and escalators are important.

For families living in more rural environments, farm animals and loud machinery may make the cut.

And don’t forget children of all ages, disabled people whose canes or wheelchairs can form a frightening picture, and men—particularly those wearing hats, hoods, or sunglasses.

Baby steps

The key is not to overwhelm your puppy upon first introduction.

It’s natural for a puppy to be frightened the first time they experience something new. They may show this fear by shaking, whining, tucking their tail, yawning, lip licking, or trying to hide or run away.

Be sure to keep the experience as pleasant as possible by talking your dog through it and rewarding them with tiny tidbits of delicious food.

If your dog is concerned, move farther away from the object of socialization or to a less intense version of it. For example, try a less busy street if a main drag is too noisy for your pup on your first socialization period.

Vaccination protocols

If your puppy isn’t fully vaccinated yet, you can still go out and about. Socialization to most things does not require your pup to put his feet on the ground. Most puppies can be easily carried in a bag or simply in your arms.

In public places, your puppy can join you as long as you put a blanket or towel on the ground first. Keep puppy on leash so they don’t go beyond the boundaries of the blanket.

The puppy social

The other socialization must for puppies is the “puppy social”. Puppy socials are designed for puppies to learn how to interact with other dogs in a safe environment.

Because all puppies are at the same vaccination levels, most puppy socials allow pups to play right after their 2nd round of shots (typically around 10 to 12 weeks of age).

At a social, your pup will learn, well, social skills! If you have the luxury of choosing between different puppy social options, you should always pick one that is run by a certified dog trainer who can help your puppy to build healthy play skills, protect them from negative experiences, and teach you how to do the same.

Supervision is a must

At one puppy social I helped supervise, two tiny creatures got into a major scuffle and when we were finally able to separate them, one pup was covered in blood. We dog trainers jumped into action, one of us soothing the hurt pup and attempting to turn the experience from negative to positive while checking over the wounds and the other immediately instructing the other dog guardians to gather their pups and redirect their fear into positive training behaviors.

Meanwhile, we waited for the okay on the hurt pup and the removal of the aggressor. This type of experience is rare with puppies, but it can happen. I shudder to think how the experience would have impacted the attacked pup if qualified dog trainers hadn’t been there.

Your puppy can also interact with the adult dogs of friends and family members as long as you know they are fully vaccinated.

Always supervise interactions with dogs of any kind and, if the adult becomes annoyed or overpowers puppy too much, give them a break.

The bottom line

Your puppy relies on you to introduce to the world.

With lots of love and patience, you’ll help your puppy learn that the world is a great place to be a dog!

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This Heartwarming Corner of the Internet Has 1000s of Before-and-After Pet Adoption Photos

We found it. Nirvana. El Dorado. The happiest place on earth. The ultimate source of warm fuzzies for animal lovers and rescue story collectors the world over is the finest subreddit in all the land: r/BeforeNAfterAdoption.

On that page, you’ll find an endless stream of happy adoption stories for pets who were once on their last chance.

We chose some of our favorite heartwarming transformations to share with you, but you really need to head over to r/BeforeNAfterAdoption to enjoy the full effect of this wonderful page.

8 months of love made all the difference

Two days after the adoption vs 8 months later from BeforeNAfterAdoption

OMG Strawberry, you are beautiful

Strawberry was found as a stray with a broken leg. The picture on the left is her facing amputation at just 3 months old. The picture on the right is 3 years after we adopted her (with all four legs still intact)! from BeforeNAfterAdoption

Spirit’s shining eyes

Spirit on the day I adopted him and 5 months later. Visible happiness from BeforeNAfterAdoption

The smile says it all

I adopted Lois 10 months ago (top). She had heart worms, ring worms, and 8 infected teeth growing through her jaw. Her former owner botched a home spay-job that left her reproductive system in tatters and dumped her. Now (bottom) this 9 year-old gal sleeps with her nose touching mine every night. from BeforeNAfterAdoption

Marley is so happy she’s singing

Marley Green-Schmidt, on the right is the day I found him, on the left is after being with us for 4 months from BeforeNAfterAdoption

You gotta love a tripawed

Oso right after I brought him home. He had just lost his leg and was so scared of everything. Now he is a completely different dog! He will do anything for treats, and expects non stop petting. from BeforeNAfterAdoption

From hungry to hunky

My sweet Frosty when I adopted her 4 years ago, and a few months ago from BeforeNAfterAdoption

Baby Otis is going to grow up great

Our sweet boy, Otis. The first day we met him at the shelter last week vs. today, his first day at his furever home. from BeforeNAfterAdoption

Smilie Kylie

The day we brought Kylie home 7 years ago and now! from BeforeNAfterAdoption

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UPS Driver Adopts Pit Bull on Route After Owner Passes Away

Did you know that many UPS drivers are huge dog lovers?

Meet Leo, a friendly neighborhood pit bull Katie Newhouser met on her regular route as a UPS driver. Over time, Katie got to know Leo’s mom, Tina, and formed a close bond with Leo. He would leap into her truck every time she visited, and bark joyfully whenever he heard her pull up to his condo building. Little did she know that’d he’d one day become a permanent part of her family!

Leo in the driver’s seat

Katie told Pup Journal, “I remember one day I was driving up one of my busier streets, and they were coming down the street … all of a sudden there was Leo popping his head out the passenger side barking at me! He barked all the way down the street!”

True love

When Katie discovered that Leo’s mom had passed away, she got in touch with the family to find out if Leo had a home available. Tina’s son Connor offered to let Katie take him as a foster, and Leo fit so well into Katie’s pack, it’s like it was meant to be.

We are family

Hat Tip: Pup Journal

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