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Hot Car Deaths

This year many children and dogs have died because of excessive heat in vehicles.

To avoid hot car deaths remind your parents to leave dogs at home when it is warm, and not to leave small children in the car either.

The inside of cars can get hot enough for dogs and small children to die if left alone for any length on time in the sun.

If you must take a pet in the car on warm days, never leave them in the car alone.

While shopping or running a quick errand when it is warm, do not leave children in the car, as many have only to find their child dead, or in serious condition.

Children and pets cannot handle the heat in cars. There have been adults running tests by sitting in a car to measure the temperature. Cars can get over twenty degrees inside the car than the temperature outside the car.

Dogs need cool water, shade, and a place to rest when it is warm. If it is too warm for you to play outside, it is too warm for your dog.

Leave your dog at home when it is warm with plenty of water and shade. If children must go with parents, the parents must be sure not to leave the child in the car.

Try asking a neighbor or friend to watch the child, put something like your cell phone by the child to remind you to take the child with you, not leave them in the car where it could get hot.

Use parking structures, shade, or somewhere out of the direct sun; so the inside of the car will be cooler when you return to it.

The darker the color of the car the more heat it will collect.

Always watch out for your children and pets because they depend on you to keep them safe.

Robert Medak
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How to socialize a puppy

All animals that come into your house need socialization for their emotional well-being, and for being part of the family, especially if there are other animals in the house.

One reason for socializing any animal you are considering adding to your family is to build trust between the animal and the family, also establishing an authority chain order.

Another part of socializing is training your puppy in the basic obedience commands.

  1. Sit
  2. Stay
  3. Come
  4. Heel
  5. Down
  6. Leave it
  7. No
  8. Off

Dogs need exercise, and leash training. Walks using leashes in your yard is one of the best ways to leash train a dog because they are comfortable in their own space.

If you have other dogs in the home, walking them on a leash with the new dog or puppy is a good way for the new dog to learn from the trained dog in the home how to behave on a leash, they should never pull hard on the leash.

Train your dog(s) never to leave a vehicle until you have their leash in your hand and ask them to come. This will stop them from jumping out and running around instead of being under your control.

If you already have a dog obedience trained, the new dog will pick up the habits of the dog already obedience trained dog in the home. If there is not a dog in the home, practice patience, never yell or strike the dog, instead, use positive reinforcement with praise for a command performed correctly.

Socializing a dog also includes playing with the dog, and not forgetting to play with the dog in the home, and watching how multiple dogs play together. See how multiple dogs react during feeding time, as some dogs may be food aggressive. If a dog is food aggressive, try separating them and see if that fixes the problem.

Dogs need sufficient cool water and shade on hot days, and their area cleaned regularly.

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Christmas Time

English: Golden retriever fetching a tennis ba...
English: Golden retriever fetching a tennis ball from the ocean. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christmas is approaching, and many children are requesting a pet for Christmas.

If you receive a pet for Christmas, remember that a pet is not like a toy you get tired of and ignore; a pet is a part of your family for life and is a living creature that needs to be taken care of.

If you want a pet for Christmas, you should also be willing to take on the responsibility of taking care of your pet, and any other animals in your home. Never ignore your pets just because you get tired of them because the novelty wears off.

Dogs and cats can live for 15 to 20 years old, unfortunately the larger the dog the shorter the life span, some breeds as low as 10 years.

When you have a pet, you are responsible for the pet’s food, water, health, training, and emotional stimulus. Pets need someone to clean their living space, have toys to play with, someone to watch out for foods that can harm them, like plants, cleaning products, and other home hazards, and kept safe from other animals. Fish that a cat can reach is not a safe environment for your fish.

Once while getting licenses for my pets, a father, and his young son came to the pound saying they didn’t want their dog anymore. The dog was a young golden retriever, if no one adopted that dog, it could end up put to sleep.

Before you ask for a pet for Christmas, think about the fact you need to care for that pet for its lifetime.


Robert Medak

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Unicorns do exist

Many people don’t believe in Unicorns and think they are only in fantasy stories.

There is an animal called the Unicorn of the sea; this animal is the Narwhal, or Narwhale is a small arctic whale with a single ivory spiral tusk protruding from what looks like its head.

Could it be that the Narwhal is a Unicorn from the past, and made its ways into the water as a way of saving itself from becoming extinct? Is there anyone who studied Narwhals to find out?

Writers had to come up with the ideas for their stories from something they’ve seen or heard about. Writers in the past were friends of scientists, or would talk with scientists, to get information about the Science Fiction stories they wrote, in some cases, writers were scientists.

Has anyone ever delved into folklore and found that Unicorns are mythical only? There is no study found on the internet that says anyone has.

Do some research on the Narwhal and see what you can find. Start at the library to see what you can find, then come home and do an internet search for mammals, specifically the Narwhal to see what you can find.

Maybe you can write a paper about the Narwhal for school. Maybe you can write a story about Narwhals.

It’s fun learning new things about animals the inhabit the earth we all live on and see what we can find out about them.

Robert Medak



Picking up Stray Animals

Should you pick up stray animals?

A stray dog abandoned by its owners approaches...
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The question is, can your family afford to take care of the stray while you search for a possible owner. It would be nice if the animal had a chip, or had a collar with the information needed to get the stray back to an owner.

If there is no chip or any information about the stray, making flyers about where you found the animal and placing them near the spot, so if there is an owner, they can contact you about the animal and you can return it to them.

If no one calls about the animal, you must make the choice to keep the animal and take care of it if you can, or to call your local animal control to come and pick up the animal. This choice must be a family decision, if you choose to keep the stray, than it is up to you to care for that animal.

Taking care of a stray means taking the animal to a vet for a health check, shots, medication, or anything the stray may need after the vet gives it a .

If the stray is healthy, it is up to you to care for the animal if it needs food, water, playtime, exercise, a place to sleep, maybe even a fenced yard. It all depends on the stray.

You don’t want more animals than the regulations allow for where you live, but if you do decide to keep the animal because you can’t find an owner, remember that there is a lot to do when you’re caring for any animal.

You also want to introduce the new pet slowly to make sure that it gets along with any other pets in the house. Do this by letting them meet outside somewhere away from the backyard, or any place that the pet you have feels is theirs.

Watch for any signs that the new animal and any you may have are comfortable with each other, which may take a few days.

Enjoy pets because they will teach you many things.

Robert Medak

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A good starter pet for young children

For children around the age of eight a good starter pet is a hamster. Some parents may not believe so since hamsters are nocturnal. Put the hamster in the child’s room so they can watch over it.

English: A short-haired hamster (named "E...
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The hamster sound be placed in the child’s room and the child should be placed in the child’s room and they should be responsible for keeping the hamster’s area clean, the animal feed, watered, and the bedding clean and fresh.

Hamsters are also a good pet because they are active and should keep the child’s attention, while other pets may not. The hamster lives in a habitat that can be expanded giving the child a project and learning about the responsibility of caring for a pet.

Caring for a pet takes time and a degree of commitment. If a child has a hamster for a pet, over time parents can determine how committed to the care and feeding of the pet a child is and will not tire of the novelty of having a pet.

Since hamsters live for a relatively short time compared to other animals, and hamsters are easier to be adopted than many other types of animals. Adult dogs and cats as an example are harder to adopt since most people want a puppy or kitten.

Having a pet means that you are making a commitment to take care of that pet for its lifetime. Pets are not something disposable that you have for a short time get tired of it and then take it to the pound not caring what happens to the animal.

Think about this, most shelters are over populated and do not have the space for the pets they have now. If they need more space for unwanted pets the ones that haven’t been adopted may be put to sleep.

Please, if you get a dog or cat be sure to neuter the pet and remember that a dog or cat may live for 15 to 20 years. I have one cat that is 17-years old.

Robert Medak

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Facts About Cats and Dogs

Is your dog or cat left-handed?

Just like humans, cats and dogs can be either left or right-handed. Did you know that?

Not many people do.

This could be a chance for you to learn more about your pet. Take a toy and see which paw they use to play with it. Do they use one paw more than the other?

As you interact with your pet, you will be building a greater bond and learning more about the animal family member in the process.

Pets are also like humans in other ways besides preferring one hand over the other. Pets need stimulation to be healthy emotionally. They also need exercise for healthy muscles. Good food and water is only a small portion of what everyone needs, including your furry family members.

We all need exercise, proper rest, good food, and water to keep our bodies healthy for a longer life; your pets need the same.

Part of being a responsible pet owner is to insure they get everything they need from food to exercise and emotional stimulation.

At least once a day, weather permitting, your pet should get fresh air, exercise, and dogs should go for walks. Just as humans do, animals should not just sit on the couch and do nothing.

For optimum health and long life, humans and animals need many of the same things. While we are different in some ways, in many ways humans and animals are alike.

Love your pet as you do the rest of your family.

Robert Medak

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What do You know About Mammals?

Fun and learning sites about mammals. Is your dog or cat a mammal?

All About mammals

Learn about Pennsylvania Mammals

Mammals – Kids science videos, lessons, quizzes and games for K-12 grade school kids that make learning fun and interesting

Mammals of the Arctic

The Marine Mammal Center: Introduction to Marine Mammals


Robert Medak

Freelance Writer/Editor/Reviewer

Holistic Pet health Care

Do you know what “holistic” means?

One dictionary states Holistic means:

“Emphasizing the organic or functional relation between parts and the whole”

This means a natural approach as opposed to the use of compounds found in medicines that a veterinarian my use to treat a pet.

A holistic doctor or vet takes special training so they can use this holistic approach to treating either humans or animals.

Many people wonder if all of the medicines created by pharmaceutical companies are good for pets or people, what if any are the side effects, and more.

Aspirin originally came from plants. It is a compound found in the willow, which alleviates pain.

For centuries, the eastern medicine has been treating ailments with compounds other than the chemicals western medicine uses.

There is no way to tell if one way is better than another is.

It’s known that some antibiotics are not as effective as they were due to overuse; could this happen with other medicines as well?

There is no way to tell if other drugs may become ineffective over time.

This is why a holistic approach, to pet health care might be an alternative, for those who are concerned.

Each of you needs to make your own decision about whether or not to find a holistic doctor or vet for the family members, both human and animal.

Robert Medak

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Pet Allergies

Did you know that pets are subject to allergies just like humans?

Pets can have dietary allergies, skin allergies, atopy, and flea allergies. Some allergies are hard to diagnose at home and will require the services of a veterinarian.

At a pet owner, you must watch out for any changes in your pet. It could be itching, patchy skin, hot spots, or inability to hold down food, or anything out of the normal as far as your pet is concerned.

Once you begin feeding your pet a certain brand of food, try to maintain the same food. Changing foods is not good for pets. Some people like to prepare the meals for pets. Before choosing this option, read up on the nutritional requirements of the specific pet. Cats and dogs require different nutrients. Choose a food that meets these requirements for a healthy pet.

Pets may also be allergic to shampoos and other coat products. Read the labels on all products before purchasing them and using them on your pet. If you can’t pronounce something in it, question if you should be buying it.

Fleas are around all year and your pets need protection against them. Pets can develop anemia due to fleas, which may require a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions can be hard on pets. There are no blood matching like there is for humans.

To lessen the likelihood of allergies, keep an eye on your pets, keep their environment clean, and check your pet for signs of fleas and eradicating them.