Monday, 29 December 2014

Top 10 cold weather dog breeds for a family with children

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The 10 best cold weather dog breeds for a family with children

Active families in cold weather regions who are interested in adopting a dog will be looking for a breed that can tolerate the frigid climate and play in the snow with the children. The list of Nordic dogs is a long one but not all of those dog breeds will fit into a family with children. Small children and even older kids need a pet that can tolerate playing and activity just as much as it can tolerate four seasons. Kids need a dog breed that is patient and loving to ensure that all play is safe play.

These 10 cold weather dogs are the best breeds to introduce to a family with children. Although many are larger breeds it is important to remember that when the dog has an even temperament it is easy to train so the size tends to matter less. With the proper training a giant breed dog can be just as easy to manage as a small dog. Many large and giant breed owners swear by their family friendly dogs as being great companions for children. Check out the 10 best cold weather dogs for a family.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Friday, 26 December 2014

Pet food recall: December 2014

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Pet food recall: December 2014

Barkworthies® Issues Nationwide Recall of Chicken Vittles Dog Chews

Consumer Contact: (877) 993-4257

PRESS RELEASE – December 24th, 2014 - (Richmond, VA) Barkworthies of Richmond, VA is recalling select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Photos: Merry Christmas from these holiday loving dogs

These dogs want to celebrate Christmas with you!

Check out these dogs trying to pass themselves off as Santa Claus! Who is the funniest? Who is the cutest? Take a look and find out. Do you have a photo of your dog dressed up as Santa Clause? Tweet us @PawsForReaction ! Share it with us on Facebook! 

Thank you to all of our amazing readers! Keira and I are forever grateful! Have a very Merry Christmas from Paws For Reaction!

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Photos: Festive cats celebrate Christmas

Festive felines: Cats celebrating Christmas

These kitties are anxiously awaiting Santa Claus and are sure to put you in the Christmas mood! Sometimes it is hard to tell if they are enjoying Christmas or not. Either way, they are adorable! Do you have a photo of your cat celebrating Christmas? Tweet us @PawsForReaction! Share it with us on Facebook! 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Photos: Small animal pets wishing you a Merry Christmas

Small animal pets wishing you a Merry Christmas

Check out these small animal pets celebrating Christmas! These little guys will get you in the holiday mood! Do you have photos of your own Christmas critters? Tweet us @PawsForReaction ! Share it with us on Facebook! 

Merry critter Christmas!

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Happy Caturday!

Happy Caturday!

Like the hat wasn't bad enough now they keep calling me baby.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Photos: Dogs wearing Santa Claus hats celebrate Christmas

Santa Paws: Santa Claus goes to the dogs this Christmas

Check out these dogs trying to pass themselves off as Santa Claus! Who is the funniest? Who is the cutest? Take a look and find out. Do you have a photo of your dog dressed up as Santa Clause? Tweet us @PawsForReaction! Share it with us on Facebook! 

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Monday, 15 December 2014

7 DIY Christmas dog treat recipes

Christmas dog cookies: 7 holiday dog treat recipes

The king of Christmas sweets is defiantly the Christmas cookie. They come in all shapes, sizes, and flavours- each evoking the holiday spirit in their own way. Would Santa Claus be able to make it around the world in one night if it weren't for all of those Christmas cookies fueling him? Holiday dreams are built on cookies! Why shouldn't your dog be able to join in on the fun?

Try one of these 7 recipes for Christmas cookies that are dog friendly. Instead of using the same old dog bone cookie cutter to make these treats try something more festive. Use a Christmas tree cookie cutter or a snowflake to make your dog treats. Your dog will love chomping down on a yummy snowman.

Bake an extra batch to give out to your dog owner friends and coworkers this holiday season. Homemade dog treats make great Christmas gifts- just pick up a decorative Christmas box and wrap some cookies in wax paper to put inside. Finish it off with a bow and a nice gift tag. Not only is it a personal and thoughtful gift but it is also inexpensive.

Check out these 7 holiday-inspired dog treat recipes and do-it-yourself this Christmas! Don’t forget to let all cookies cool down before serving them to any pet.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

December 14: Day of the Horse promotes ethical treatment of horses

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Day of the Horse promotes ethical treatment of horses

In 2004 Congress decided that December 14 would be National Day of the Horse. This special day dedicated to our regal animal friends encourages people “to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States” as was stated in a resolution by Congress.

"Without horses, the economy, history, and character of the United States would be profoundly different. Whereas horses continue to permeate the society of the United States, as witnessed on movie screens, on open land, and in our own backyards," the resolution reads.


Saturday, 13 December 2014

December 13 is Monkey Day

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Happy Monkey day!

December 13 is Monkey Day! Celebrate these adorable creatures by doing monkey things like eating bananas and fruit, swinging from trees and grooming your loved ones. But please for the love of primates DO NOT throw you poop at anyone!

Just kidding! Monkey Day is about the ethical treatment of monkeys- in captivity and in the wild. Click read more to check out photos we posted in honor of the ethical treatment of Monkeys. Visit Paws For Reaction for more pet news. Hope you have fun monkeying around on Monkey Day!

Happy Caturday!

Happy Caturday!

Don't forget to wash your hands!

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Mixed breeds top the Pets Best list of top 10 dogs breeds of 2014

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Mixed breeds top the Pets Best list of top 10 dogs breeds of 2014

The results are in at Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best) and the mixed breed reigns supreme. The leading U.S. pet insurance agency announced its annual list of top 10 dog breeds on Dec. 9. The data is collected from pets enrolled with the agency- which includes 234 different dog breeds.

The AKC annual list of top dog breeds is exclusive to pure breeds. What makes Pets Best list different is that includes mixed breeds when compiling the list. Mixed breeds make up 30 percent of the dogs insured through Pets Best and topped the list this year. This is the first year that Pets Best has added hybrid or designer dogs to the list- separating the mutts from the modified pets. Breeds like the ‘goldendoodle’ are considered to be designer dogs and different from the average mixed breed.

Although the list is very consistent over the years there are notable trends. Certain breeds may become more popular for many different reasons.

“While there are often surprises from year to year with the most popular breeds, certain cat and dog breeds have maintained their popularity among Pets Best policyholders,” founder of Pets Best Dr. Jack Stephens said in a press release. “It’s understandable that some people might feel more inclined to have a certain breed because of a new trend or because they enjoy a famous cat or dog, but it’s always a good idea for pet owners to thoroughly research a potential pet to ensure they can accommodate the animal’s needs and afford veterinary care for any possible health issues.”

Photos: Snow loving dogs enjoy winter weather

Snow dogs: These pets are enjoying the winter weather

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Holiday dog toys: Top 5 Christmas gifts for your dog

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Holiday dog toys: Top 5 Christmas gifts for your dog

Are you looking for a fun dog toy to gift to your pet this Christmas? Look no further! These funny toys and Christmas themed stuffed play-things are sure to not only entertain your pooch but the whole Christmas party. Paws For Reaction has handpicked five dog toys that will make perfect Christmas gifts for your pet this holiday season. We will link you to fantastic sales and deals on dog toys that your pet will rejoice over on Christmas morning.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Winter paw care tips and products for dogs

Happy Paws: Winter paw care a concern of dedicated dog parents 

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez 

Paws For Reaction: For pet parents

Winter paw care is important for our canine family members. The hard snow and ice make outdoor travel a deadly obstacle course for dogs. Cuts and soars can develop on the pads and their poor little "feet" can be in pain- and you may not even know it.

There are some products out there- along with some tips and tricks- to help you take extra special care of your dog’s paws in this cold weather. Winter playtime may need to be reduced but the fun doesn't have to be.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

National Mutt Day December 2: The pro's and con's of adopting a mixed breed dog

National Mutt Day: The pro's and con's of adopting a mixed breed dog

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez

My loving mutt Keira is wishing you a very happy National Mutt Day. Dec. 2 is National Mutt Day and Keira is a proud Saint Bernard mixed with a Saint Bernese. Mixed breeds can be just as beautiful, sweet and intelligent as pure breed dogs and often live healthier lives. Some studies have shown that mutts or mixed breed dogs are healthier on average because the health issues that are genetic in certain breeds are diluted or 'watered down' by mixing it with another breed. 


Monday, 1 December 2014

Pet themed holidays in December 2014

This holiday season celebrates animals of all kinds with these pet themed holidays 
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Paws For Reaction: For pet parents

This holiday season is going to the dogs, monkeys and the horses! December ushers in the cold of the snow and the warmth of the holidays- but did you know that there are pet holidays and awareness weeks in December? Add to the celebration by spoiling your furry family members a little more this Christmas.

December 2nd is National Mutt Day and is a day worth celebrating. Mixed breeds are often healthier and are wonderful pets. This pet holiday was initiated by the Animal Miracle Foundation as an effort to help place 10, 000 shelter dogs.