Monday, December 31, 2007

Ten New Year's Resolutions for Dog Owners

Still trying to come up with a good New Year's Resolution? How about doing something that will both benefit your dog and make you feel good? Check out these ten resolutions courtesy of

1. Make sure your dog sees a veterinarian at least once a year for annual exams. This includes keeping its vaccine status up-to-date and checking for dental health, lumps and bumps, heart murmurs and other things an owner may not notice at home.

2. Be consistent with at-home health care for your dog, and give prescribed medication as directed.

Keep your pet on year-round, monthly heartworm preventative. Regularly use flea/tick prevention, even if you have an indoor pet.

3. Get some sort of pet identification, whether it be a tag or a microchip. Photos are also a good way to help identify your pet if it should become lost. In general, try not to let your dog roam free. Keep it on a leash or in a fenced yard.

4. Pay attention to your dog. They get bored and may become destructive without attention.

Polish up your dog's manners. Practice at home or go to obedience classes. Teach him a new, fun, interactive game like fetch or speak. It keeps your dog motivated. Learn pet massage. Not only can this help to give relief to older, arthritic animals, it is also a good way to bond with your dog.

5. Pay attention to your pup's hygiene. Trim the fat! Exercise and limit treats. Groom your dog regularly. It's interactive and it's good to get dead hair out of the coat. You may also discover lumps or bumps that need to be checked by your veterinarian. Brush your dog's teeth and/or have a professional take care of your dog's dental hygiene. Learn to clip your dog's toenails or take them somewhere to have them clipped. Long nails are uncomfortable and sometimes grow into foot pads or break, which is very painful.

6. Spay and neuter your dog. Not only does it decrease the pet population, but it also has a lot of health benefits for the animal.

7. Make sure collars fit properly, and check the collar often. You should be able to slide two fingers underneath the collar. Try a pet halter called a Gentle Leader. You avoid tugging and pulling on your dog's neck. It's especially good for unruly, big dogs.

8. Pet proof your house. Keep poisons in locked cabinets, keep poisonous plants and electrical cords out of reach.

9. Learn a fun fact about your dog's breed. Research traits of a breed before buying it.

10. Donate money or items to your local animal shelter.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Canine is Honorably Discharged

Check out this CNN video about Lex, a loyal German Shepard who stood by his handler's side in Iraq, even at the moment of his death. Now, his handler's family is fighting to retire and adopt this heroic hound. Click here to see this video.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Wishing all our readers and their canine companions a Merry Christmas from all of us at Lowcountry Dog Magazine!

Monday, December 24, 2007

A Christmas Miracle

Check out this CNN video of a brave little pup who lost his leg. Click here

Friday, December 21, 2007

Flickr Fido

Check out these photographer's adorable holiday pet photos. Click on the links below to see other photos by these photographers on

meat99's photos

Somerslea's photos

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Dangers of Giving Dogs Away for Free

I have heard many people criticize people and different organizations for charging a "re-homing fee" for adopted dogs. I think it is important for people to know the reasons behind re-homing fees. So, if you are planning on adopting a puppy/dog during this holiday season, or any other season for that matter, please take this into consideration.

1) People value what they pay for.
-A recent study at one animal shelter yielded the startling statistic that 51% of all owner-surrendered dogs had been purchsed for less than $100; 41% of all owner-surrendered dogs had been obtained "Free to good home."

2) Free animals are taken to "blood" pit-bulls--to train fighting dogs how to kill, and to enjoy it.

3) Unspayed or unneutered pure-bred dogs given away for free may end up as "breeding stock" in a puppy mill.

4) If a person cannot afford or is not willing to pay an adoption fee for a pet, how will they be able to afford or be willing to pay the normal expenses of proper pet care?

It is recommended that if you are finding a new home for your dog you should charge at least $25 to discourage resale of pets to labs, abusive or neglectful homes, and other dangerous situations. (Some sources suggest charging no less than $100 for pure-bred dogs.)

Be sure to take the time to interview every prospective owner. Ask for vet and personnel references, and check them, then visit the new home where your pet might be living.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

On the Road, Again

Planning on driving home for the holidays? Sometimes it can be difficult for your pet during these long road trips. I am very fortunate to have a dog who is lulled to sleep right away by the sound of a car. We traveled 18 hours to Massachusetts without any problems. Here are a few tips from the ASPCA to make things safe and easier for your dog.

*Get your dog geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.

*Your dog’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don’t feed him in a moving vehicle—even if it is a long drive.

*Never leave your dog alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the dog to freeze to death.

*What in your dog’s traveling kit? In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your dog a sense of familiarity.

*Make sure your dog wears a collar with an ID tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number, and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.

*Traveling across state lines? Bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn’t a problem, it’s always smart to be on the safe side.
*Make sure you bring enough water for your dog. Drinking water from an area he’s not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.

*If you travel frequently with your dog, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers, available at auto product retailers.

For more on traveling with your pet, check out our newest issue of LCD, available now at any of our local distribution points.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Upcoming Events

December 20th

Lowcountry Lab Rescue Gift Wrapping at Barnes and Noble West Ashley. Donations accepted to help rescued Labradors.

Lowcountry Golden Retriever Rescue Gift Wrapping at Barnes and Noble in West Ashley.Donations accepted to help rescued Goldens.

December 21st

Lowcountry Golden Retriever Rescue Gift Wrapping at Barnes and Noble in West Ashley. Donations accepted to help rescued Goldens.

Friday, December 14, 2007


Fun in the snow!
Bryson's first romp in the snow in Massachusetts.
Also, Tuesday, December 11th was Bryson's 1st birthday!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Icey Pooch Gets Rescued

Here in the Lowcountry we don't have some of the dangers dogs up north do. Check out this heartwarming video on CNN of a poor dog who fell through the ice in New York and the firefighters who saved him :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Upcoming Events

December 15th

Three Black Dogs Bluffton Grand Opening
Come enjoy treats (both human and canine) live jazz music, hot apple cider, photos with Santa and loads of other surprises as they celebrate their grand opening. 33 Ulmer Road, Bluffton. Call 843-706-3456 for more info.

Greyhound Meet and Greet at All is Well in Summerville

December 16th

Lowcountry Lab Rescue Gift Wrapping Barnes and Noble in West Ashley. Donations accepted to help rescued Labradors.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

LCD Update

Be sure to check out LCD's latest issue!

The new issue includes:

A Holiday Gift Guide

Our own version of 'The Night Before Christmas'

How to "go green" with your dog

Plus new advertisers!
Safety Tips for the Holidays

Here are some safety tips from the ASPCA to take into account for the holidays. Some of these things you wouldn't even think of.

1)Lovely lilies are commonly used in holiday floral arrangements, but many varieties—including tiger, Asian, Japanese show, stargazer and the Casablanca—can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested.

2)Bag the boughs of holly and live mistletoe. Sure, they add a nice touch to your holiday d├ęcor, but holly can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy if eaten by your pet. And should he sample mistletoe, he could suffer gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic.

3)Christmas tree water may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria—and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he decide to have a drink.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Choosing the Right Toys for Your Dog

Rubber toys
Great jaw and mouth exercise for dogs that like to chew; keeps them occupied for hours; fun for fetch or non-interactive play; great for aggressive chewers because they are so durable. Some are hollow so you can put treats inside of them for extra fun such as the Kong Toys.

Vinyl toys
Easily compressed by the bite of just about any-sized dog; usually have squeakers that almost all dogs enjoy; great for fetch, but items like our Clutch Ball are especially popular because of the squeaker.

Soft toys
Made of fleece, plush fabric; retains dog's scent for extended play; some have squeakers; great for fetch, other dogs just like to carry soft or plush toys around and snuggle.

Rope toys
Great for fetch, tug games, and chewing; often flavored; good for teeth and gums; they last a long time. Examples: Tennis Ball Tuggers Dog Toys and the Nuts for Knots Dog Toy.

Rawhide chews and bones
Chewing rawhide removes plaque from the dog's teeth and keeps them cleaner while the dog has a great time chewing; come in many flavors, sizes and shapes - from bones to chews. Choosing the Right Toy

Bone-Hard Toys & Chews
Great for dogs who love to chew; good for the teeth since they remove plaque and are nonabrasive; relieve boredom; come in various flavors and sizes. Nylabones are a long-lasting chew toy, as well as other bone-hard chew toys.

Courtesy of

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving LCD Readers!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Turkey Day Safety

More safety tips courtesy of

If your dog doesn't handle strangers well, put him in a quiet room with his bed, food and water, and hang a "do not disturb" sign on the door. If your dog will be part of the festivities, feed him ahead of time to minimize begging from guests. It's also helpful to give him a chew toy or rawhide bone in another room right before you sit down to eat.

Well-meaning guests may want to share some of the bounty, so it's best to let everyone know up front not to feed table scraps to him. Our Thanksgiving dishes tend to be very rich and high in sodium, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even pancreatitus which can be fatal. Foods to be particularly cautious of are turkey skin, gravy, dressing, onions, grapes, raisins, and chocolate.

After the meal, make sure to dispose of the leftovers and trash thoroughly. When disposing of trash in outside cans, make sure to weigh down the lids with something heavy so that outside dogs and wild animals can't get into them. Cooked turkey bones, aluminum foil, plastic wrap and wax paper can severely damage an animal's digestive system if swallowed. Even a well-behaved dog will be tempted to get into the great smelling left-overs if given the chance.

Pay special attention if you light candles or have decorative lighting, especially around puppies. And with all the excitement going on, don't forget to give your dog some extra attention so he won't feel neglected and bad behavior arises.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Cold Weather

It has started to pretty chilly outside so I found a few tips on the ASPCA website on how to keep your pet safe through the winter chill.

1)Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm—dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

2)Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

3)Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

4)Never leave your dog alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

5)Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

6)Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him—and his fur—in tip-top shape.

7)Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.

8)Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Tail of a Dog and Her Sweet Potato
Poet will do just about anything for a sweet potato. She loves them. So I found this conversation style retelling of a dog and a sweet potato absolutely hilarious. Read all about it here.
via dooce.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bizarre Dog News

A man in India married a dog to ward of a curse he feels he received after killing two dogs in his youth. Read all about it

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Pluff Mud Pet Supply Grand Opening

Saturday the 17th 10:30am until 6:30pm

Celebrate the opening of Charleston's first earth friendly pet store. Treat samples all day. A Doggie Walk Bag for every dog's owner (these are earth-friendly bags). 1/2 price dog baths (self-serve.... regular price $12) and $6 nail clipping by Michaela, (formally a groomer at Chas Pet Resort)

Pluff Mud Pet Supply is located at Station 41 Shopping Center 1039 Hwy 41, Suite 300 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466 Call 843.971.7955 for more info

Poet's New Toy Giraffe

I fell in love with the handmade in Nepal toys from
Kreature Comforts in Mt. Pleasant. They are made from boiled wool so they are "green" and non-toxic, and the making of these toys is part of a social program to help Nepal's poor. A great looking toy, for a great cause!

GRAND OPENING of Dog & Horse's New Gallery formerly Dog Art Dealer)

When: Friday, December 7th, 2007 5-8th PM

Where: 106 Church Street, Suite B, Charleston, S.C.

Dog & Horse, Fine Art and Portraiture, & Sculpture Garden (formerly Dog Art Dealer/Horse Art Dealer), is pleased to announce its new home this fall at 106B Church Street in the heart of Historic Charleston. The gallery represents artists nationally and internationally recognized as leading talent in both equine and canine art. A sculpture garden in the gallery’s Charleston courtyard will be a lovely addition to the unique venue.

“Our success with clients looking for paintings and sculptures of dogs or sporting art has now evolved into a market for horse lovers,” says gallery owner Jaynie Milligan Spector. “We are pleased to include a selection of equine art which depicts horses in their many roles in life, from the countryside to the ring. Dog & Horse has added a number of internationally known artists and continues to feature a stable of top quality artists who do portraits of animals as well as men, women and children.

The gallery offers individualized assistance throughout the artist selection process to ensure the most suitable artist for each custom portrait. Spector says, “We have found the new Church Street space to fit perfectly with our collection of unique art in the heart of one of the country’s most beautiful cities, now a nationally recognized center for art galleries.”

The gallery is located at 106 Church Street, Suite B, Charleston, SC, 29401, Open Monday-Saturday . For more information on artists, inventory, and events please visit which has a new inventory catalog or contact Jaynie Spector, (843) 577-5500.

Upcoming Events

November 17th
Howliday Pup Cake Party at My Three Dogs Day Care to benefit the Wild Heir Labrador Rescue.Pet Photo's with Santa and Frosty, homemade dog treats by Santa's Elves, Owner's treats made by Square Onion. Door Prizes, discounted Spa Baths' and more. For more information please go to

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Upcoming Events

November 10th

Holiday Portraits by Stacy Howell at Palmetto Paws in Mount Pleasant Portraits from 10am to 5pm by appointment only, so PLEASE call in advance to reserve your time. (843) 216-3995

November 11th

6:30pm – 9:30 Hilton Head Humane Assoc. Four-Legged Frolic at the Crowne Plaza, Hilton Head. Seated dinner, silent auction, live entertainment. Call (843) 681-8686 for tickets.
Lover of all things sunny and soft

VA Puppy Mill Raided

Nearly 1,000 dogs were seized by Animal Control officers in Hillsville, Va., after they raided an alleged puppy mill last week. Officers had been investigating this mill for over 5 months.

Click here to stay updated on this developing story.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


This picture of Bryson and Chelsea was taken after we collectively smashed our pumpkin after Halloween. I thought it was hysterical and decided to share it with the rest of our LCD readers :)

Monday, November 05, 2007

JASPCA Dog and Cat search

Dear JASPCA supporters,
We are on the search for two JASPCA adoptees for an upcoming campaign that will help promote the brand new facility. This campaign will appear in various media outlets, including a print ad in Lowcountry Dog Magazine!!

We need one dog and one cat for this purpose. Is yours the one? Read on.

The dog and cat would need to have been adopted from the John Ancrum
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The dog and cat would ideally look similar to the pets in the
attached pictures (for ease of photography, etc)
We would need access to your pet within the coming weeks and months
for photo and video shoots, public appearances, etc. Flexible availability would include some weekday/business hour time periods and blocks of time on a few upcoming weekends.
Your pet ideally would be people friendly, good with crowds and able
to obey simple training commands.

If you are interested and can agree to the requirements above, please
submit the following via email to
Confirm your pet was adopted from the JASPCA (name, date)

Your pet's name and picture (a few images from a few angles would be
Any of their interesting tricks or habits

Where you live

Your contact info (during business hours)

All responses are due by 5pm on Monday, November 5th.

If you know of a JASPCA candidate that would be a potential candidate, forward this email to them. Thanks for your interest and participation!

Lauren Rafferty Curler, Account Manager
Rawle Murdy Associates, Inc.
Post Office Box 1117, Charleston, SC 29402

phone (843) 577-7327, fax (843) 722-3960
Can Your Dog Be a Therapy Dog?

A Texas woman trains dogs who pay visits to soldiers recovering from war wounds. Click here to check out the video on

Friday, November 02, 2007

Dog Saved From California Fire

Watch this heartwarming video of two girls who lost their home and everything in it to the California fires but managed to get back the one thing that mattered most to them...their dog Brownie :)

Click here to view the video on CNN

Thursday, November 01, 2007

SC Code Laws Involving Animals

Ever wanted to know where to go to learn about SC code laws specific to the professions of animal control, animal law, humane investigations, animal sheltering and public health? Then click here.

South Carolina Laws supports the positive and vital services of animal control, humane education, animal and human community disease control, animal abuse investigations and animal sheltering by providing Code Law specific to the day to day demands of these professions.

Be on-the-spot with direct information regarding what constitutes animal abuse, animal cruelty, stray animals, animals exposed to rabies, dangerous animals, abandoned animals in an 111 page field and office manual.

The $28.00 manual contains info on:
Obstruction of Justice
Perjury ~ False Reports ~ Bribes

Civil and Criminal Procedures
Felonies ~ Misdemeanors ~ Warrants

Owner Liability ~ Feral ~ Theft
Service ~ Law Enforcement

Public Health
Dead Animals ~ Rabies ~ Disease
Dangerous Animals

Animal Protection
Cruelty ~ Abandonment ~ Fighting

Animal Shelters
Impounds ~ Microchips ~ Euthanasia
Spay/Neuter ~ Volunteers

Animal Control Officers
Veterinary Technicians
Animal Ordinances
Horse Racing
Livestock at Large
Equine Liability Immunity
Farm & Research Protection
Horse Trading
Sheep-Killing Dogs
Livestock Brands

and more...

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Upcoming Events

November 3rd

Stacey Howell Holiday Portraits at Palmetto Paws on James Island. By appointment only so please call and reserve your spot today. 843-216-3995

Southeastern Therapy Animal Resources Therapy Dog Workshop at the Franke Home in Mt. Pleasant. Advanced registration is required. Contact Barbara Dengler at or call 843-849-8201 for more information

November 4th

Holiday Photo Session with Ashley Smith at Sunrise Park on James Island. Space is limited and spots are filling up fast so call Ashley at 843-509-1535 to make reservations. Be sure to visit her website to view her award-winning photography.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dog Dating Video by The Meth Minute 39
via super cool e-zine Dig & Scratch

The funniest dog video I've ever seen. But be warned, I would say this cartoon is not for LCD's young readers. Send 'em out on a walk with the dog.

Monday, October 29, 2007

image via

Veterinary Procedures

Is it possible to afford quality veterinary care for your dog without breaking the bank? has an excellent article posted to day on how to say no to your vet when it comes to unnecessary treatments and tests. Here's an excerpt.

"But, with the same fervor displayed by the salesperson at the electronics store who encouraged me to buy the extended warranty on the clock radio, my local pet hospital has pushed me to sign up for its $440-a-year wellness plan, which will provide a full panoply of unnecessary vaccines, as well as dental cleaning, and twice yearly neurological, cardiac, pulmonary, blood, and fecal exams. Even in France, they don't do this for people...

It's just that if we're coming to the point that we think of our pet's health in the same way we do our own, I wish the vets I see would treat my pets more the way our doctors treat us. For example, over the years the pediatrician has heard a mild heart murmur when she has examined my daughter. But since my daughter is obviously in excellent health, the pediatrician has reassured me it's nothing to worry about. But when the veterinarian detected a mild heart murmur in one of my cats, she immediately recommended I make an appointment with the veterinary cardiologist. What would happen to the cat if I didn't do that? I asked. She had to acknowledge: probably nothing, but the echocardiogram only cost $300, and since my cat was a member of my family, surely I would want to do everything."

Click here for the rest of the article.

What do you think about this subject?
Halloween Flickr Fido

Check out these dogs in their creative costumes! Click on the links to see more from these photographers.

chris dabao

Aaron Edwards

Movie Weekend

This weekend I watched an adorable movie, The Year of the Dog, starring Molly Shannon. After the death of her beloved beagle "Pencil" Peggy, a mild mannered secretary, goes an incredible journey of self -discovery. In the end, she learns that the love she has for animals is enough for a happy life. I whole-heartedly encourage you all the watch this film, and check out the website too. The site is very entertaining and even has downloadable training tips.

Friday, October 26, 2007

All Great Dane Training Class Offered

South Carolina Dane Rescue has contracted with an ABCDT trainer to provide obedience classes at the rescue facilities. The first class will start on November 3, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. The cost of the class will be $95 per dog, or $150 for 2 dogs. Payment will be due prior to the first class. We are hoping to have an all-Dane class, so if you know any other Dane owners who would like training, please refer them to us!!

Contact Gloria at for more info. Check out the rescue by clicking here.


Two Beautiful German Shepherds in Colleton Need Homes

Buddy is a 3 year old male German Shepherd. He has been neutered and treated for heartworm, so he is ready for his new home. He loves women, but he is somewhat reserved around men. Once he gets to know you, he is fine. Cats is an unknown, but he is fine around other dogs.

Shelby is over two years old, loves to run out-doors but is great in the house. She gets along fine with other dogs but might show a little too much interest in the feline variety. All in all, a great dog who loves people, is spayed, heartworm negative, and shot are current.

For further information, contact the Colleton Animal Shelter at 843-893-2651. Their hours are
M T Th and F from 11am- 4pm Sat from 9am-12pm Wed and Sun closed. or call Aasta 843-763-0364 or
National Shelter Week is Almost Here!

November 4-10, 2007 is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week; Shelters Rock! Nationwide Celebration Recognizing Shelters for Protecting Animals and Serving Communities

WHAT: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week 2007
For the 11th year, The Humane Society of the United States celebrates National Animal Shelter Appreciation (NASA) Week in honor of shelters and their dedicated staff across the country, who serve an invaluable but often underappreciated role in America’s communities.

WHY:Animal shelters are a vital resource in their communities. A shelter is a safe haven for animals, a great place to adopt a new family pet, and many also provide emergency animal services, important resources for pet owners, and community education on humane issues.

WHEN:November 4-10, 2007 (the first full week of every November)

WHERE:National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is celebrated coast to coast -- contact local animal control and sheltering organizations to find out what events might be planned, and what individuals can do to show support.

For more information about NASA Week, please visit:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Halloween Safety Guide for Pets and their People

Some of these may seem obvious but it is important to stress safety when it comes to your significant other :)

1)As much as your dog may beg for some of your Halloween candy, always remember that chocolate can be deadly to them.

2)The wrappers, such as tin foil, can get stuck in your pets digestive tract and make them ill or cause death.

3)Dogs can have lethal tails (I know this from personal experience...Bryson), wagging all over the place. Don't leave any lighted candles or Jack-O-Lanterns where they could be knocked over by a swinging tail.

4)If you are going to dress your pet in a costume, keep in mind that unless your pet is extremely receptive to this kind of thing, you could be causing it discomfort and stress. Some animals don't mind at all but others do not want anything to do with this.

5)Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are ingested.

6)IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and become lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip increase the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

All information provided by and

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Upcoming Events

October 27th

6:30pm 3rd Annual Pet Helpers Fur Ball Gala. Tickets $150. See adoption page for more info or call (843) 795-1110.

3pm-5pm Palmetto Paws Halloween Bash Costume judging at 4:30 sharp! Tasty treats for you and your pet!

11am - 4pm 9th Annual Dolittle’s Howl-O-Ween Party. Games, Costume Contest for big prizes, food representatives from Wellness & free treats. Food and fun at the West Ashley location with cooking classes from Earthfare’s pastry chef. Professional photographer at the Mt Pleasant store. Howl-o-ween delights ready for the well dressed dog at the Summerville location.

October 31st

Growl-O-Ween Shih-tzu Reunion Party at Three Dog Bakery We're hosting a private Growl-O-Ween reunion party for 40+ rescued Shih-Tzu's. Complete with a store-to-store trick or treat and costume contest. Call 843-937-9895 for more info.
Ellen, the Dog Bullies and Me ran an excellent article by Heather Havrilesky on the sometimes difficulties of adopting a dog if you don't fit the perfect profile of an owner for many rescue and shelter groups. Here's an excerpt:

"I didn't think she was overreacting to the fate of her dog, I thought she was expressing anger and frustration at people who preferred to enforce their rigid policies in a situation that clearly called for flexibility and compassion." Sadly, we had a similar experience in Los Angeles when trying to adopt a dog."

Read the rest of the article here.

What do you think about Ellen DeGeneres' teary breakdown? What do you think about the sometimes strict policies of rescues and shelters such as fenced yards, approved age of children etc.? Are these rules arbitrary or there for a reason? Can they be bent? Just push the comment button below to let us know your thoughts.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Great Costume Ideas For Your Pet

Still looking for the perfect Halloween costume for your dog? Here are some great sites where you can shop for costumes and ideas for next week's holiday. Don't forget to send your Halloween pics to!

Wiggle N Waggle

Friday, October 19, 2007


I just wanted to write an update on Chelsea and Bryson and how they have been. Bryson is continuing to fill out and become...a dog! Chelsea, still as puppy as ever is also starting to fill out (around the middle). Next week we are dressing them up for a Halloween Party. Bryson is going to be Manny Ramerez from the Boston Red Sox. We have not chosen a costume for Chelsea yet so feel free to comment with any ideas :) You can also send me your pics of your pooch all dressed up for Halloween and I will post them on the blog on October 31st. You can email them to me at Thanks!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 19th

7:30PM Ghostly Tide Movie at the Isle of Palms Rec Center. Bring the whole family, even your dog, for a ghoulishly good movie. Contact 843-886-8294 for more info.

Saturday, October 20th

West Ashley All is Well Open House. Lots of canine and human treats and refreshments. Call 843-573-2288 for more info.

Noon-3PM Wild Heir Lab Rescue Meet and Greet at Kreature Comforts at Shoppes at Seaside. Stop by and meet Labs for available for adoption and learn about foster and volunteer opportunities. Call 843-388-2515 for more info.

Hilton Head Humane Association Adoptions at PetSmart in Bluffton.

Sunday, October 21st

Hilton Head Humane Association Adoptions at PetSmart in two...

11AM-3PM JASPCA Paws in the Park at Hampton Park. $10/dog. Humans free. Games and activities for the entire family, including our four legged ones. Visit for more info.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dogs in Danger

Thanks to Karen at Pet Agreed Dog Training who told us about this interesting site, This website is dedicated to the dogs on shelter euthanasia lists and promotes adoption of these dogs before they are put to sleep. There aren't any dogs listed in our area, but it's worth keeping an eye on.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 10th

Palmetto Paws Yappy Hour at Red's Ice House. Great items will be raffled off with all proceeds going to Lowcountry Lab Rescue! Dog refreshments courtesy of Palmetto Paws and Good Dog Bakery.

Saturday, October 13th

Daniel Island Park Day! Children's park, pet park and more! Admission and parking are FREE. Exciting events, fun games, pet related vendors, food and music.

Grand Opening Howl-O-Ween Bash at My Three Dogs (418 King St) Treats, costume contest, local rescue groups, health seminar, and free coupons. Call 843-884-8818 for more info.

Palmetto Animal League 2nd Annual Shelter Party and Treat Fest at Oscar Fraiser Park in Bluffton. This event welcomes pet owners, pet lovers and of course, pets. Call Amy at 843-247-2691 or visit for more info.

The Blessing of the Animals at Congregation Beth Yam. 4501 Meeting Street, Hilton Head.

Beautiful Vizsla Needs a Home

Cooper, a 12 month Vizsla pup, needs a good home. He's been rescued from a shelter and is doing well. He's putting on weight and it looks like he will probably top out at about 60 pounds. He is very sweet and patient, allows his foster mom to clip and dremel his nails like a gentleman. He is learning manners and will sit on command. His foster mom tells us she is still working on "mouthing" & getting him to stop jumping on people, so he would probably be best suited in a home without small children though he does get along well with other dogs. He is showing some hunting skills and likes to "point." The above photo is an early one. He's put on close to 10 pounds since it was taken.

Contact Barbara for more info.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Spaniel Mixes Need a Home!

These two male pups were found running on the side of the road on Wadmalaw yesterday. They appear to be some sort of cocker/springer/boykin Spaniel mixes and are probably less than a year old. They are painfully thin and very matted. They have been bathed, but still need plenty of TLC. Michelle and Beth, who are currently caring for the dogs are both leaving town this weekend and are desperate for help! At least for the weekend...Please contact Beth if you can spare a bit of room this weekend - crate will be provided.
Beth Griffin - 722-3303
The French Hare Gallery and Galleria Announces
Three Day Portrait Event to Benefit Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center

Charleston, SC - October 13, 14, 15, 2007 - Renowned portrait artists Susan Westwood, painter, and Susan Lucas, photographer, will hold a special event this coming weekend at the French Hare Gallery, 418 King Street, from 11-5 Saturday, 12-4 Sunday and 11-5 Monday. Westwood will sketch charcoal portraits in the courtyard for the special price of $50 per subject. Lucas will take mini-portrait sessions free of charge, and show the results at Design Walk on Thursday, October 18th, where photographs may be ordered at a special price in time for Christmas gift-giving.

Subjects may be babies, children, adults and pets. A portion of the proceeds from all portrait sales will benefit the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, whose mission is to reduce the incidence of child abuse and its impact on the child, family and community.

About Susan Lucas
Susan Lucas has been making intimate, painterly photographic portraits of children since 1998 in Boston, New York and Charleston. Her work is on permanent display at The French Hare Gallery and Galleria.

About Susan Westwood
Susan Westwood's portraits are commissioned through galleries in New Mexico, Colorado, Charleston, SC and England. Her dreamy, sometimes whimsical charcoals and oil paintings of children make her a popular choice for discriminating clients.

About The French Hare Gallery and Galleria
Located in Charleston's Upper King Design District, the French Hare offers home decor, fine art and gifts. It's Charleston... with a French accent.

For additional information or questions contact Susan Lucas, 843.303.1113

Friday, October 05, 2007

Flickr Fido

Click on the links to check out more memorable moments by these photographers...Neville_S


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Tips to Create a Safe Halloween for Fluffy and Fido
American Animal Hospital Association

Halloween can be a frightening time for pet owners across the country. It can be scary for our furry friends too. The American Animal Hospital Association encourages pet owners to protect their four-legged family members this October by being mindful of their F.E.A.R. – food, environment, attire, and recovery.

Halloween means candy and tasty treats are plentiful and easily accessible to young children and pets. Candy, especially chocolate, is toxic to animals and can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart disturbances, and even death. Although grapes and raisins are a healthy alternative snack for humans, they can be potentially deadly for dogs. These fruits contain an unknown toxin that can damage dogs’ kidneys and cause kidney failure.

Candy wrappers can also cause health problems. Animals may eat the wrapper, causing obstruction or irritation to the pet's digestive system. Candy and wrappers should be kept out of pets’ reach and young children should be taught not to share Halloween goodies with their pet.

Seasonal foods such as pumpkins and corn may cause minor stomach irritation; however, they are relatively safe for Fluffy and Fido. Pumpkin seeds may cause digestive system obstruction if consumed by smaller animals.

Due to the increased foot traffic and commotion in your neighborhood, outdoor pets should be kept indoors during the days surrounding Halloween. Unsupervised outdoor animals are susceptible to stress, inhumane practical jokes or theft. Providing a safe, stress free environment reduces the probability of your beloved friend injuring himself or others.

Loud and excessive noise created by trick-or-treaters can frighten your cat or dog. Animals should be kept away from the door and out of hearing range of a constantly ringing doorbell and excited children. Fluffy or Fido should be put in a room where they will not be disturbed by noise and activity. A frightened or upset pet may run out the door at the first opportunity and could harm the children in its way.

Be sure decorations are safe from the paws and teeth of curious pets. Crepe paper streamers, fake cobwebs, glow sticks, plastic spiders and cardboard wall hangings can easily be chewed and swallowed, damaging your pet’s digestive tract. Animals can also tip over the candle in a jack-o-lantern and burn themselves or start a fire. Keep decorations out of animals’ reach, and maintain supervision if they play nearby.

Transforming your pet into a superhero, witch, ghost, or goblin can be a stressful and unpleasant experience. Some animals love to dress up, but others dread it. If your furry friend doesn’t mind dressing up, make sure that you select a costume that doesn’t restrict his normal movements, breathing or vision. Costumes that interfere with these things can cause ligament or joint injuries, and animals are more likely to bite if their vision is impaired.

Pets are better off left at home during trick-or-treating excursions. However, if they do tag along, it is best to keep them on a very short leash and harness to keep them from fighting with other animals, eating the treats, becoming victims of practical jokes – as black cats often do – or biting strangers they encounter.

It is important to have a plan if your pet becomes sick, injured or lost this Halloween season. Since time is critical during any unfortunate incident, pet parents should always have contact information for their veterinarian and local animal shelters easily accessible. Also, pet owners need to be aware that not all veterinarians are available 24 hours. However, all AAHA-accredited hospitals have access or referral to 24 hour emergency care.

It is also important to update your pet’s identification tags and micro chip information each time you move or change phone numbers so that current contact information is always available on your pet.

The American Animal Hospital Association wishes all two and four-legged critters a happy and safe Halloween.

Established in 1933, the American Animal Hospital Association is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices throughout the U.S. and Canada for dedication to high standards of veterinary care. More than 3,000 AAHA-accredited practices pass regular reviews of AAHA’s stringent accreditation standards that cover patient care, client service and medical protocols. For pet care information or referral to an AAHA-accredited practice, visit
Abby Needs A Home.

Click on the photo below for a closer look at this great dog!

World's Smallest Dog

Click on the link to see a video of the the new Guinness Book of World Records "World's Smallest Dog" (and cutest if you ask me) on CNN.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


On this rainy Wednesday afternoon, we came home to our two labs Bryson and Chelsea running wildly around the house. They clearly needed to let out some energy. Since letting them out in the backyard would only result in muddy dogs, a muddy house and an even muddier shower, we decided to go play tennis in the rain and bring the pups along to run around on the tennis court. Since it was raining, there was no one playing who could get annoyed by the dogs.

We (the humans) had a lot of fun playing tennis in the rain, but not nearly as much fun as Bryson and Chelsea did being "ball dogs". Just like ball girls and boys would in real tennis matches, Bryson and Chelsea sat on the side lines and waited for balls to go off the court. They would then run and retrieve the balls and then go back to their position on the side lines.

However, sometimes Bryson couldn't help himself and would run in front of a serve that had just gone over the net and intercept it. We played for about an hour in the pouring rain until both dogs lay down in puddles, exhausted from this massive game of fetch. After returning home and toweling off, the two dogs slept the remainder of the afternoon :)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A word from Marley, a rescued dog from the JASPCA with a true survivor's heart

Dear Friends,

My heart is overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude. I can not believe how many of you turned out for my first birthday! Together we raised $ 4,000 for the John Ancrum SPCA and their Injured Animal Program!!!
On behalf of the other 11,000 animals taken to the JASPCA yearly...I thank you for making a difference!

Woof, Woof... hope to see you next year!
Upcoming Events

Friday, October 5th 6-8PM
Greyhound Meet and Greet at Paws Pet Boutique in Freshfields Village with Greyhound Pets of
America Adoptable greys will be on site.

Saturday, October 6th
"Walk for the Animals"
Park Circle, North Charleston
WEZL 103.5 TJ and the Morning Crew’s “Walk for the Animals” $10 entry fee per dog.
Join hundreds of animal lovers and their pets as we walk around Beautiful Historic Park Circle in Olde North Charleston to raise awareness and funds for the John Ancrum SPCA’s new state-of-the art facility. This new 31,000 square foot shelter will provide high-quality care, triple adoption facilities and expand our education services to the community. The new building features indoor climate controlled rooms and kennels, expanded surgical suites and a community room open for use by the public. Visit or for more info.

Saturday, October 6th 10-2PM
Lowcountry Golden Retriever Rescue will be at Freshfields Fall Festival near Kiawah.
Stop by, Hug a Golden, and learn about our organization. Members will be on hand taking adoption and foster applications.
Contact: 571 - 7177

Saturday, October 6th 10-2PM
"Rescue Row" at Paws Pet Boutique in Freshfields Village
Saturday October 6th 10am-2pm
"Rescue Row" at Paws Pet Boutique in Freshfields Village
Thinking about getting a new best friend or adding a second?? The following Rescue Groups will be available for you to talk with and also have adoptable dogs for you to meet.
Coastal Jack Russell Rescue
Greyhound Crossroads
South Carolina Search and Rescue Dogs
Lowcountry Golden Retriever Rescue
Pet Helpers Animal Shelter
Greyhound Pets of America
Carolina Basset Hound Rescue
Lowcountry Lab Rescue
Grateful Golden Rescue

Saturday October 6, 5-7PM
"Dog"toberfest at Juanita Greenbergs (439 King Street)
Get your "leasher-hosiens" ready! Dogs, beer, live music, a raffle to benefit the JASPCA, and yappetizers from Three Dog Bakery. Rain Date Saturday October 20th.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Click on the links below to see more adorable pup pics from these photographers...

1. Yankees Man
2. nra45acp
3. mygrain64
4. Vincents changed his...
5. Gloria Hopkins

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


New pics!