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One of Doggy GOO’s early Success Stories relates to a Retriever Guide Dog called Philbin.

Philbin was a Guide Dog for a Vision impaired young man named Odie.

It goes …

( Retrievers ) Philbin … ( as with approx. 25% of Retrievers ) was beginning to exhibit increasing signs of classic Enviro Allergy Symptoms; i.e. Scratching / Paw Chewing / Licking.

As is the case with All of our Itchy Dogs, these Symptoms were initially “Suppressed” by Steroids … which DO Stop the Itch …but are only Short Term … and leave the cumulative progression of the Allergy SnowBall “Intact” to only Roll Bigger ( Frequency ) and Faster ( Severity ) as Time Rolls On ..

Unfortunately, Steroids also have the Side-Effect of making the Animal PEE a Lot … which is strongly “Discouraged” for Vision Guide Dogs “In Guide Dog Harness.”

Given this Unfortunate/UnAvoidable condition, Odie took Philbin to a DVM Dermatologist ( Think Allergist for our Dogs ) … who told him that Philbin had to Go Off Steroids / Itch Suppress Med’s for 6- 8 Weeks to allow a Clean Allergy Skin Test to determine the Allergy Shot formulation.

The DVM Derm also said that once Philbin started Allergy Shots .. that it would take approx. 10 months before the Shots would “Begin” to show any signs of improvement and that ( Legally Blind ) Odie would have to continue giving Philbin Shots for over 2 Years to get Philbin’s Allergy Symptoms suppressed.

Well … Odie finding himself and Philbin between an Itchy Rock and an UnDesirable Time Table Hard Place, as well as being a resourceful and Techno Young Man … set off looking for an alternative solution to their Problem, and they found and approached www.DoggyGOO.com. Upon hearing of Odie’s and Philbin’s Story, Healthy GOO/Doggy GOO consented to take Philbin into the GOO Fold and start Philbin on Doggy GOO …

Long Story Short …

After 2.5 – 3 mo. on 100% Natural Doggy GOO, Philbin was back to his old self and able to perform his Guide Duties w/o any Itch Suppress Pharma.

From then On, Philbin has been a Happy and Healthy Doggy GOO.

Per the video above, Odie’s ( Self Motivated ) GOO Testimonial speaks to this Happy Event.

The unfortunate part of this Story is that Retrievers are not only used Extensively for Guide Dog Duties, but the Breed is also Genetically Pre-Disposed to a Higher Incidence of Allergy than other Breeds …

So …

a Retriever goes thru all the Time / $$ & TLC to prepare them for their Guide Dog Duties … only to have to be Retired” due to the Allergy SnowBall rolling out of Control … With the only thing that is done is Pharma Itch Suppress / Symptom Masking Steroids.

It is to this Challenge that Doggy GOO is MORE than Ready to Help !

Sponsored by Doggy GOO, www.DoggyGOO.com

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With so many wineries, a visit to Woodinville is a must for wine loving Seattleites looking to escape the city. And, with so many wineries that welcome dogs, bringing your four-legged friend is also a must, especially when you stay at Willows Lodge, a dog-friendly, luxury resort located in the heart of Woodinville’s wine tasting circuit. Read more here….

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Sad Itchy Dog ? Flea / Skin Mite / Food Allergy = No ! Enviro = Yes !

80+% of our Itchy / Paw Chewing / Gunky Ear / Hot Spot DOGs = Allergy to Enviro Sources.

Enviro Sources = Pollens / Dust Mites / Molds.

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PET Parents LUV Doggy GOO because it Works !

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Your DOG will Doggy GOO Lick IT Up !

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Over 50 canine contestants strutted their stuff at Kirkland Uncorked to help raise money for Homeward Pet Adoption Center as part of the 10th annual Cover Dog Model Search!

Click here to see all of the canine contestants. Photos by Seattle photographer Don Norris.

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DiNA’s All Natural Beef Treats
This all-natural beef dog treat has serious wow-factor thanks to its simple ingredients. With no additives or sketchy chemicals of concern and certified beef traceability back to the farm, this treat is great for training and a snack we can feel good about giving our pups.

There’s a QR code on the bag to find out exactly where your treats originated through a DNA test. Every cow from which the beef is sourced is U.S. raised, and DiNA’s verifies the high grade beef quality.

Contact sales@biopetvetlab.com or visit BioPetVetLab.com and find our DiNA’s link!

Sponsored by BioPet

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According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters and sadly, only 14% of lost pets are returned to their owners. And worse, 30-60% of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owners.

Here are four simple tips on how to keep your pets safe:

1) Stay inside. Try to keep your pet indoors at all times during holiday celebrations. Ideally, someone stays home with your pet. Also keep your dog leashed when going out for walks.

2) Make them feel safe. Comfort your pets with petting, hugging, talking to them in a soothing voice, providing a treat and staying nearby if possible. Make sure they can access their crate or “safe place.” Also ask your veterinarian or local pet retailer about natural calming products, anxiety wraps and other products that can help.

3) Avoid the noise. Try to drown out the fireworks sounds as much as possible by closing windows, playing music or turning on the TV.

4) Act normal. Your pet takes cues from your and your family’s actions. It will help if you go about your normal routine as much as possible, talking and playing with your pet as usual.

Source: Pet Amber Alert

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By Rachel Johnson, Executive Director, National Safe Boating Council

Warm weather always brings out opportunities to head out on the water with family and friends, even with your dog too! It may be tempting not to wear a life jacket while on the water – you want to get some sun, you think you’ll get too hot, or you think you’re a strong swimmer. And, you may assume since your dog can swim, they’ll be safe during your boating trip.

According to recent U.S. Coast Guard statistics, drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of all boating fatalities in 2014. Of those, 84 percent were reported as not wearing their life jackets. While there are no confirmed statistics on exactly how many pets drown each year, through informal surveys we do know pets are injured or drown because they don’t wear life jackets when their owners take them boating.

Take a moment to watch and share the Wear It! campaign’s video PSA “Love the Life!” It shares the experience of two families and a dog as they spend the day boating and fishing. They have fun on the water while choosing to always wear a life jacket and boat responsibly.

Share a photo with us why you love to take your dog boating with you by July 10, 2015 for a chance to win free life jackets for you and your pet. Don’t forget the cute factor! You and your dog wearing life jackets is definitely ‘social media-worthy’! Follow the campaign on Twitter and Instagram, and share your photo with the hashtag #wearit. Also, submit a written story before Labor Day for a chance to win our summer prize pack.

The National Safe Boating Council is a lead organization for the Wear It! campaign, produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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New and improved animal welfare laws are not to be taken for granted—and neither should elected officials, like Washington Governor Jay Inslee and State Senator Joe Fain, who championed new legislation to benefit our state’s animals.

This legislative session, Senator Fain stepped up to sponsor important new legislation that will make Washington a more humane state by enhancing several of the state’s most critical anti-cruelty laws. The bill was signed into law by Governor Inslee this past Monday, May 11.

The new law ushers in a host of new protections for animals:

It empowers law enforcement to come to the rescue of animals left unattended in vehicles in extreme temperatures and expands the state’s animal fighting ban beyond dogs and roosters to include all animals. The new law also increases charges for killing or stealing pets.

Our friends at the ASPCA partnered with Senator Fain, the Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies and the larger coalition of animal welfare organizations to ensure the bill’s passage—and it passed!

If you’re a Washington resident, please join us in thanking Senator Fain and Governor Inslee on their Facebook pages for their work on this important law.

If you have a Twitter account, please send a tweet of thanks to Senator Fain and Governor Inslee—and be sure to mention the bill number, SB5501. You could tweet something like: Thank you @SenatorFain and @GovInslee for improving animal welfare in Washington! #SB5501 #ASPCA.

Even if you don’t live in Washington, you can still help animals! Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to get updates on animal-protection legislation and how you can make a difference for the animals in your state.

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Americans are choosing to adopt furry friends now more than ever and since today is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, help spread the word with #adoptdontshop then check out where your state ranks when it comes to pet adoptions below…

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Portland, Oregon's Doggie Dash hosted by the Oregon Humane Society

Imagine a day when the streets are closed to cars, and open to … dogs!

That’s exactly what happens on May 9, when an estimated 3,000 dogs will walk, trot, amble and run in the 28th annual Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash. The event is largest gathering of canines on the West Coast and the biggest fundraiser of the year for OHS.

Naito Parkway will be closed to cars so people and their furry friends can enjoy a 2.5 mile run/walk over the Hawthorne and Steel bridges, or take a relaxing stroll around Waterfront Park. The park itself will be turned into a blocks-long pet-festival. Everyone is welcome to register for the Dash (with or without a dog) and to enjoy a pancake breakfast, live music, vendor booths and more.

“One of the best things about Doggie Dash is dog-watching,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. You’ll never see so many dogs having a great time together.” Funds from Doggie Dash — which has a goal of raising $550,000 — will help OHS find homes for 11,000 pets this year. All proceeds from the event benefit OHS, which never puts a time limit on how long pets stay available for adoption.

Registration for Doggie Dash is $30 before the event and $35 the day of the event. To register in advance, visit the OHS Website at oregonhumane.org/doggiedash or call (503) 285-7722 ext. 412. The online discounted registration ends at midnight May 7.

When: Saturday May 9, 2015

Time: On-site registration opens at 7:30 am; all runners, plus the first wave of walkers, start at 9:00 am; final group of walkers leaves at 9:45 am.

Place: Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland (SW Naito Parkway and SW Stark)

Cost: $30 online by May 7; $35 the day of the event. Children 10 and under free with  articipating adult.

Contact: oregonhumane.org/doggiedash or call (503) 285-7722 ext. 412

Road Closure: Naito Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8:30 am to 11:00 am between NW Everett St. and SW Jefferson St.

To read more about pooch-friendly Portland, including where to sit, stay and play, check out the Spring 2015 issue of CityDog Magazine!

Photo: Doggie Dashers along the Eastbank Esplanade, courtesy of Oregon Humane Society.

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