11th Annual Super Pet Adoption in Irvine Tomorrow – 6/4/17

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Are you looking to add a new furry member to your family? Check out the giant pet adoption fair tomorrow at the Irvine Animal Shelter. This is one of the biggest adoption events all year in Orange County. There will be 40 adoption organizations and over 600 pets that need homes.  All the cats and dogs are already fixed, and microchipped. The event goes from 10am-4pm. For all the details CLICK HERE.

Orange County’s Pet Expo is this Weekend at the OC Fairgrounds- April 28th-30th

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It’s that time of year again, Orange County’s largest Pet Expo is coming up this weekend, the OC fairgrounds will be full of pet demonstrations, pet vendors, adoption agencies, and a bunch of other things to see and do.  If you’re free this weekend, I recommend checking it out, I’ve gone a few years in a row now and it’s always interesting to see what new products are out there for our 4-legged friends.  General admission is $15, but remember, no pets are allowed so you’ll unfortunately have to leave the furry family members at home for this one.

For more info, and to buy tickets before going(which I recommend doing because the lines to purchase a ticket can be very long at the event), check out the events website below. Enjoy!

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Take a Trip to Carbon Canyon Park in Brea with Your Dog

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Carbon Canyon Park is located off of Carbon Canyon Rd right past Valencia Avenue in Brea.  Spanning 124-acres, the park is a good mix of recreation and wilderness.  The park has something for everyone, from Orange County’s only Redwood grove, to a 4-acre lake to go fishing, to tennis, baseball, and volleyball courts. A trip to Carbon Canyon Park is a great way to spend a day getting out into the sunshine with your 2 and 4-legged friends.

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4 the Fallen Golf Tournament Feb 27th

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If you love to golf, and want to help veterans get service dogs to help with PTSD, check out this 1st annual 4 the Fallen Golf Tournament in Rancho Santa Margarita.  (If you don’t golf you can still help the cause by participating in the helicopter ball drop) Here’s the information from their website:

Join us for our 1st Annual (Orange County) 4 the Fallen Golf Tournament on February 24th, 2017 at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.

4 the Fallen is a grass-roots, direct impact organization managed entirely by volunteers and founded by Armed Forces veterans Jaime Fregozo (US Army SFC) and Gregorio Zayas (US Army Major). Our goal is to partner with corporations, foundations, advocacy groups, government officials and others to create funds necessary to manage critical programs and services such as Service Dog Initiatives, Family Support Services, Advanced Prosthetics, Adaptive Sports Programs and Flag Ceremonies.

Program Goal: The goal of our Service Dog Program is to empower veteran service members suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to return to an independent and high quality lifestyle.

Program Vision: 4 The Fallen is dedicated to providing rescued/adopted then service trained canines to service members suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL WEBSITE

 

Moving into a New Home with Your Pet Part II. – Day of the Move

 

Day of the Move

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Tire your dog out

The old saying “a tired dog is a good dog” definitely applies here, make sure you schedule some time in the morning before you start the day to exercise with your dog.  This will most likely be a very exciting/stressful day for you and your best friend so getting as much of the nervous energy out before the day begins will start you off on the right foot(paw).

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Drop your dog off with friends or family

If you have the option to have your family or friends watch your dog while you make the move, by all means, take advantage of this.  You might think you want your dog by your side for this exciting day, but after about 30 minutes of trying to corral your dog while at the same time, trying to haul in furniture, you’ll find out it was probably a mistake. Your dog will appreciate not having to deal with the chaos.

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Crate your dog

If you’re moving somewhere away from friends and family, the next best thing is to place a dog crate in a quite room in your new house while you unpack all of your belongs from the truck.  If your dog isn’t crate trained, and you still have a few weeks before the move, I recommend trying to go through the crate training process with them.  This will not only help during move in day, but when you have to leave your dog alone the first few times at the new house, you’ll be able to have a place he can be left where he feels safe.

Prepare a pet first aid kit

If you do bring your pet with you on moving day, make sure you have easy access to the first aid supplies. The last thing you want is for your dog to get injured and then have to frantically dig through 30 boxes trying to find the first aid kit. Even if nothing happens on moving day, it’s probably going to take at least a week to unpack all of the boxes, so having it ready to go in the beginning can save you a headache later on. If you don’t currently have a first aid kit for your dog, here are some of the basics I would recommend including for moving day: Your vet’s phone number (as I mentioned in Part I of this post, make sure you get the info of your new location’s vet before the move), gauze to wrap wounds or to muzzle your pet, adhesive tape for use on bandages, nonstick bandages, towels, cotton swabs, antibiotic ointment (without pain relief medication), and 3% hydrogen peroxide.  If you don’t want to bother getting these supplies together you can always just buy a pet first aid kit at your local pet store or on Amazon.  Here’s one that covers most of the typical injuries you can treat at home:

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Prep your new home

Your dog will probably be a mixture of stressed and excited when you bring them into a new environment for the first time.  Unfortunately, this can lead to behavior you might otherwise not normally see from your dog.  It’s not uncommon to have your dog dart out the front door, hop over, or dig under, a fence, or in some extreme cases, break through a window to get out if they get too nervous.

You will want to pay extra attention, and remind everyone who lives there, or stops by, to make sure the doors close behind them when they come in and go out until your dog settles into his new home.  If your old home is nearby, and you have a good relationship with either the new home owners, or the old neighbors, give them your phone number and a photo of your pet, in case your pet tries to return if they escape.  In order to make your dog feel as comfortable as possible, and settle in quickly to the new home, you will want to give them a sense of familiarity.  If there food and water bowl was in the kitchen, try to make sure it stays in the new kitchen, if you had their bed in the living room next to the couch, place their bed in the same place once the couch is moved in.

Dogs also love routine, so make sure you try to stick to their schedule as much as possible. By feeding them and taking them on walks at the same time as you did at your last house, it should help them settle into the new environment faster.

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Familiarize your dog with the new neighborhood

Speaking of walking, one of the most important things you can do to make your dog feel comfortable in the new home is to let them get familiar with the surrounding area.  This will not only help settle their nerves, but if they ever do get out, they will have a mental map in their head telling them how to get back home.  If you’re just moving across town, you can even start before moving by driving over to the new home while you are still in escrow and walking your dog there a few times a week.  This way, when you move, they already know the area and you have a head start on getting them acclimated to the new sights and sounds.

If you don’t have that luxury, I recommend taking your dog on an hour walk around the neighborhood within the first 24 hours. Doing this long walk will give you the opportunity to circle around and walk through the same area a few times which should get your dog comfortable with the area quicker. I know there are a hundred other things you will want to do the day after you move but make sure you don’t neglect your dog’s needs in the process.  By following these guidelines you can help your dog have a smooth transition into the new house and start creating happy memories as you start this new adventure together.

If you haven’t read Part I. – Preparing for the Move, check it out HERE

Upgrades coming in the next few weeks to the Orange Dog Park (Yorba Park)

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Attention dog owners in Orange, construction will begin early February to renovate the Orange Dog Park(Yorba Park).  The park will be getting a much needed upgrade, but will be closed at times during the renovation. I have reached out the to the Orange Dog Park Association for info on closure dates, and will update this post as soon as I hear something. Below are some of the more important details.  For the full story from the OC Register CLICK HERE.

Highlights: 

Cost: $1.97 million to $2.5 million

Main issue: As a closed landfill, there is a lot of room for improvement to give the park a sense of being more thoroughly designed and complete, officials said. An aging vapor extraction and monitor system will need to be replaced.

Coming upgrades: Expanded dog park, new watering stations and benches. Pending funding, project might also include new picnic tables, portable dog exercise equipment, shade canopies and new restrooms.

ETA: Park closing for first phase of project within a few weeks, completion expected by the fall.

OC Animal Care Shelter Waiving Adoption Fees Due to Overcrowding

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Starting today, November 3rd, the OC Animal Care Shelter located in Orange, CA will be waiving their adoption fees due to their shelter being at 95% capacity.  If you are looking to add a new family member to your pack soon, please consider adopting from this shelter.  When shelter are so overcrowded, it put more stress on all of the animals as well as the staff.  CLICK HERE for a list of all the animals currently available for adoption.

To check out the complete story from the OC Register CLICK HERE