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Give Lost Pets a Voice to Help Bring Them Back Home

Give Lost Pets a Voice to Help Bring Them Back Home

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

When a family member is lost, you exert all efforts to find them and bring them home safely. And the same holds true when the family member has fur and walks on four legs. 

One out of three family pets will go missing during its lifetime, according to HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service. Noisy holiday celebrations, natural disasters and everyday oversights like open windows and doors frequently cause pets to become separated from their families. 

Four Things Your Cat Would Say if it Could Talk

Four Things Your Cat Would Say if it Could Talk

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Of course, cats can't really tell you about their likes, dislikes, hopes and dreams. However, if they could, here are four things they might suggest to keep them happy and healthy.

Pet Connection Announces Special Events for August

Pet Connection Announces Special Events for August

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will be participating in several special events during the month of August.

Pet totes and other goodies will be available for sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga.

Look for Pet Connection volunteers every day, Aug. 10-21, during the Erie County Fair in Hamburg. Volunteers will be selling pet totes filled with treats and other surprises to benefit the shelter.

Pet Connection Holding Dog Contests on July 30

Pet Connection Holding Dog Contests on July 30

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, will be holding a Dog Contest on Saturday, July 30, at the Lancaster Farmer’s Market, located in the Aurora Street parking lot between Broadway and Pleasant Avenue. Contests will include best trick, ugliest dog, and best dog and owner lookalike. 

Contest registration will take place from 8 to 9 a.m., with the competition beginning at 10 a.m. There is a $5 entry per contest, and great prizes will be awarded.

Woof-worthy Dog Words

Woof-worthy Dog Words

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

The average dog knows 167 words, but there are 10 that woof loudest, according to Bruce Littlefield, author of “The Bedtime Book for Dogs” (Grand Central Publishing). 

10. “No” seems to be the second word every dog learns. The first is his name.

9. “Walk” becomes a crucial part of every dog’s day and something dogs look forward to.

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Northtowns Pet Blog: Fourth of July Safety Tips

Northtowns Pet Blog: Fourth of July Safety Tips

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma.

Dogs Foster Activity While Improving Vascular Health

Dogs Foster Activity While Improving Vascular Health

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Man's best friend provides more than mere companionship. Dogs encourage humans to exercise daily — rain or shine.

“The need to take a daily walk provides dog owners with a great form of exercise,” said Leila Mureebe, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery.  “Exercise is good for the body's blood supply, for maintaining proper body weight and for controlling blood pressure.”