Saturday, March 29, 2014

Take Your Dog with you for Emotional Support

I always feel bad leaving my dog at home. IN the summer she is not allowed to go to the beach with us  Memorial day thru Labor Day. She can not go to most stores with us and most hotels don't want her. NOW, THAT IS CHANGING! I filed the paperwork and paid a small fee to have her deemed  an Emotional Support animal.  

Under US law an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is a pet which provides therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship and affection. Emotional Support Animals are not required to have any specialized training, they require only as much training as an ordinary pet requires in order to live peacefully among humans without being a nuisance or a danger to others.
There are two federal laws which grant special rights to owners of Emotional Support Animal:
  • The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (42 USC 3601, et seq.) allows you to live / stay anywhere you like without pet fees.  Any home, any lodging – even ones that specifically prohibit Dogs. 
  • The Air Carrier Access Act allows you to travel on any airline without paying any pet fees and your Emotional Support Animal is allowed to accompany you into the cabin.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Don't Let Your Yorkshire Terrier Be Stolen

The American Kennel Club says the five AKC-recognized breeds most likely to be stolen are, in descending order: Yorkshire terrier, Chihuahua, French bulldog, Labrador retriever and Pomeranian.
To protect your pet:

• Don’t let your dog off-leash. Keeping it close reduces the likelihood that it will wander off and catch the attention of thieves.

• Don’t leave your dog unattended in your yard, especially if your fenced-in yard is visible from the street.

• If strangers approach you to admire your dog during walks, don’t answer questions about how much the dog cost or give details about where you live.

• Never leave your dog in an unattended car, even if it’s locked.

• Don’t tie your dog outside a store. Patronize only dog-friendly retailers, or leave the dog at home.

• Protect your dog with microchip identification and keep your contact information current with your microchip-recovery service provider.

• If your dog is stolen, file a police report and ask to have the microchip serial number and the dog’s description posted in the “stolen article” category on the National Crime Information Center.

• Keep current photos (profile and headshot) of your dog so you can distribute them immediately if your pet disappears.

• Buy from reputable dealers or rescue groups. If the dog is advertised as purebred, ask for the AKC litter registration number and call AKC customer service at 919-233-9767 to verify registration.