In the beginning…..

We all have a starting point in life where an event or individual gave us our “beginning”. My Dad’s was his brother, Fritz. He never referred to him as “his dog”, always as his brother, and that continues today. If not for Fritz, my dad would not be on his journey to promote my causes to help animals. Thank you Fritz!

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Beagle Freedom Project!

Hello friends!

Sorry it has been a while since I last posted, but I have been a traveling man! I was visiting family in Virginia and Indiana and then entertained guests up here in Chicago! Phew! Am I tired!!

Anyway, was browsing Facebook this morning and saw some wonderful posts about a pack of beagles that were recently rescued from their lives as lab rats. The Beagle Freedom Project (http://beaglefreedomproject.org/) is an awesome organization that helps to find lab beagles loving homes after their time in the lab is up. Recently 10 beagles were rescued from a lab in the San Diego area and all are looking for loving homes- so if you or someone you know may be interested, check them out! Here’s a great video of the gang in the outdoors!!! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150968567838764

According to their website, Beagle Freedom Project is a service of Animal Rescue, Media & Education (ARME). Founded in 2004, ARME is a nonprofit advocacy group created to eliminate the suffering of all animals through rescue, public education and outreach. ARME has found homes for thousands of homeless and abandoned animals! Woohoo!!

Ok- all for now as I am headed to Beaglefest by Midewest Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare in Park Ridge, Illinois! So excited! Barroooooo!

~Winky

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Fighting Pet Obesity

It is a battle most humans have faced – the battle of the bulge.  But what do we do when our 4-legged kids begin to put on a few pounds?    The Beagle Brigade’s Annie has fought this battle since she was 6 months old.   Momma has become a bit of a pro at finding ways to help Annie lose weight and keep it off.

The first step was finding the right food.  Many of the commercial foods on the market offer a “diet” variety, but the quality of the food isn’t always so great.  Come to find out a lot of the higher quality kibbles actually have less calories and are better for us.

After finding the right food, the next step is determining the right portion. You have to be certain not to cut it back too much or too fast.  Momma said that is the hard part because you want to see the weight loss right away and you think it will happen quicker if you feed them less, but that doesn’t work.  It takes time.  You have to just cut it back a little bit each day.

One thing you have to really be careful about is treats.  Treats can be loaded with calories.   Momma reads the calorie content of all the treats we get.   There are a lot healthy ones that have just a few calories each.   Sometimes they are small, but since they are low in calories we can have two or three and still maintain our figures.

Momma also found out that there are a lot of yummy fruits and veggies we can have that are low in calories.  Green beans, carrots, squash, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, snap/snow peas are just a few of our favorite veggies.  We get ours steamed in a big veggie medley, which we love, love, love.   Just like everything you give your pet, you should always do your research first.  For example, grapes are bad for doggies, but pineapple is okay.  Another big favorite amongst us beagles is pumpkin.  One tablespoon of canned pumpkin is only about 5 calories.  We say YUM!

Of course, there is another part of any good diet plan and that is exercise.  Walking is generally the first thing everyone recommends, but that isn’t always an option.  We love to run and chase each other, so we get a lot of exercise, but Annie doesn’t always like to play with us.  Momma had to look for other ways to help her exercise.  She found something called a buster cube.  You put the food inside of it and we have to push it around to get the food back out.   It drops a few pieces of kibble out at a time.  Another easy option is throwing a ball for us to fetch or playing tug of war with a rope toy.   Even just a few minutes of play each day will help burn those calories.

Finding the right balance isn’t always easy and not all things work the same for everyone, so it is best to find what works for you and then stick to it.  It will keep your puppy dog healthy and extend his/her life.

 

(Please note that you should always consult your veterinarian before starting your pet on any diet or exercise regimen.)

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Opening Doors!

When the door opened I was alive and wagging my tail. Now We are seeking to open many promising doors to help animals. Door number one is to close down the use of the gas chambers in states that still use it. Door number two is to promote adoptions. Door number three is to promote spay/neuter. Door number four is to treat animals like valued/loving family members, and Door number five is to awaken people to learn great life lessons from their animal companions. Join us to roll through these door who knows what door is next??

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