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7 Reasons Why It’s Important to Walk Your Dog

How often do you get exercise? The Center for Disease Control has found that only 23% of Americans are getting enough exercise.

Perhaps the general attitude toward exercise is that it’s just not necessary for everyday life. We’re overscheduled, exhausted, and distracted.

After a long day or week, the thought of even more activity can be so unappealing.

With exercise falling off a daily routine, this means dogs will often go without a walk as well.

What does it mean for a dog when they aren’t being walked on a regular basis?

In Their Biology

Dogs have a natural inclination to be on the move. This stems from their ancestors moving in packs in search of food. It’s in their blood to migrate.

Consider all the freedom you have to just go. Like if you’ve been cooped up with a cold all week and now that you’re feeling better, you have the urge to go shopping or to a restaurant. It’s likely that your dog would get “cabin fever” too.

Some animals end up being confined to their homes and unable to carry out the basic instinct of movement.

Working long hours? Schedule too full for a dog walk?

Dog walkers in Columbus, Ohio would love to give your dogs the exercise they need!

Call or text Fur Star Pet Care and book a dog walk this week! (614) 439-1621.

The Special Needs of Breeds

The necessity for regular walking and physical activity increases according to breed.

If you have a sporting or a herding breed, they have even more of a primitive drive for movement.

The more your breed has been conditioned for strenuous tasks, the more they will need exercise for wellness.

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List of Sporting & Herding Breeds

Psychological Wellness

Getting Vitamin D from the sun is good for humans and it also benefits dogs. The benefit of serotonin can help them sleep better.

If you have a dog who is too active while you’re trying to sleep, making sure they get exercise during the day can help get them back on a diurnal sleep schedule.

Think of it this way. Humans can suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder from a lack of sunlight exposure. Making sure your dog is getting plenty of sunshine can help with mental wellness.

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Active Minds Need Sensory Stimulation

Put simply, dogs need sensory stimulation. Their senses are so much stronger than ours, so it makes sense that they require more environmental engagement.

Smelling is particularly important. Some dogs have a tendency to stop and urinate several times along the way.

While we’re thinking, “How much pee do you save for this?” they’re thinking, “I’m greeting all the dogs around here!”

Lifting a leg on that tree stump is like making a social media post. Dogs marking their scent everywhere is like their own social media network.

They need social engagement just like we do.

Read More: Top Rated Dog-Friendly Parks in the Columbus Area!

Continuous Manners Training

Also important to a dog’s social life is learning how to act around strangers; both other animals and other humans.

Taking your dog for a walk or to the park for exercise gives both you and your dog practice with discipline and control.

Also, it’s important to train your dog against pulling or zig-zagging. This puts them in control but the human needs to maintain control. When you maintain discipline, it mitigates for misbehavior among strangers.

Our professional dog walkers recommend body block and high-value treats as distractions from interfering stimulus (like other animals they want to get after).

A halti, a gentle leader, or an easy walk harness are products we recommend to help with getting walks under control.

Taking regular walks gives both the owner and the dog a chance to maintain good habits.

Walking a dog properly instills discipline in your pet. Professional dog walkers in Columbus Ohio will do it right!

Call or text to schedule a walk this week with Fur Star Pet Care at (614) 439-1621 

Strengthen Your Bond

Thanks to technology, we have a highly distracted culture. When we realize that life has taken time away from our pets, scheduling routine walks is a way to reclaim time with our dogs.

It’s an activity that makes them very happy and you get to share this experience with them. It’s quality time

Behavioral Issues

Is your dog barking too much? Are they tearing things up in the house? Chewing on things? Getting into the garbage?

Many of these behavioral issues happening in the home can be symptoms of being stir crazy.

After about a week or two of consistent walking, you may be able to tell a difference in your pet’s behavior.

Bonus: Benefits for You

Whatever they’re getting, you can get too. The exercise, the sunshine, the quality time are all benefits to you as well. You may both sleep better after an evening stroll.

What’s more, you will also be working out kinks with behavioral matters. This can reduce your frustration with naughtiness.

What seems like just a walk in the park turns out to be a vital part of a dog’s wellness.

Has it been a while since your pooch went for a walk? Professional dog wakers in Columbus, Ohio are here to lend a hand! Fur Star Pet Care really cares about doggies getting enough exercise and stimulation.

Call or text us today at (614) 439-1621.

Animals in the Workforce: These 9 Skilled Creatures Have Jobs

Labor Day is just around the corner. As we all know, this day was set aside to recognize the contribution of American workers.

While humans make up the bulk of the workforce, they aren’t the only ones who have jobs. Animals can be trained to work alongside humans.

Animals have sharper senses than humans, be it hearing, seeing or smelling. We recruit these creatures to amplify our abilities in the ways we fall short.

Horse Power

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Ages ago long-distance travel was made easier with the help of animals. Camels, donkeys, and, of course, horses carried humans on their backs or drove carts and carriages.

While horseback riding has become more of a tradition or recreational activity in modern times, horses are still used for police transportation.

From automobiles to motorcycles, and even helicopters a police force has access to all kinds of transportation. Horses don’t typically travel as fast as a car and they can’t fly as high as a helicopter, but they can provide officers a specific vantage point.

Mounted police can move through crowds with ease and be able to get a view where they can see the activities of a dense group of people.

It’s kind of funny that cars replaced horses, but riding horseback is a select alternative to the use of police cars and motorcycles.

Paws on Patrol

We better not leave the dogs out! They help the police too.

Police officers go through a rigorous screening and training process. They are prepared for a wide range of situations.

Sometimes their training just isn’t enough to do their jobs in the area of finding things and people. Human cops just don’t have the right nose for it.

On the criminal side of things, they will search for suspects or drugs. In emergencies, they can locate a missing person.

These select breeds are ideal for police work:

When the police need backup, their K9s are there.

Ratting Out Bombs

Dogs have some competition when it comes to the power of a nose.

Landmines are weapons of war that unfortunately are extremely dangerous to civilians. Long after a war is over, they are still dangerous to those who roam about the lands.

They are designed for destruction and can easily maim, kill, and otherwise injure innocent people.

Sniffer rats help find specific landmine locations. These giant rodent creatures save human lives. Giant pouch rats locate active mines with their noses but are too light to set them off.

Another way rats can provide life-saving advanced warning is their ability to detect deadly illnesses like cancer.

Dogs on Duty

Being disabled presents a variety of challenges. Dogs are ideal for helping those with these challenges get through daily life.

Choice breeds for this special role are Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers.

Here are the ways service dogs help those who need special assistance:

  • Guides for the visually impaired
  • Alert the deaf to sounds that warrant a response
  • Help those who use wheelchairs
  • Aid those with balance issues
  • Companions for those with autism
  • Serve as a messenger for those who are at-risk for emergency response (seizures, diabetes, psychiatric conditions.)

Reminder: while Labs and Goldens are extremely pleasant to touch, please refrain from petting them. They must be distraction-free while on duty.

Personal Assistant Primates

Like dogs, monkeys are extremely intelligent and can be trained to help those with disabilities.

While assistance animals such as dogs are amazingly dutiful, they lack the fine motor skills that are needed to do human-designed tasks.

Capuchin monkies are trained by the Monkey Helpers organization to complete tasks for those who have limited mobility. These monkies are paired with those in need free of charge.

These small primates have the ideal dexterity to do things around the house for those who are wheelchair-bound or otherwise disabled.

What’s the best job in the world? Taking care of your pets! Fur Star Pet Care is your Columbus area in home pet care service. We take care of more than just dogs and cats. We also care for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and reptiles. Call or text us at (614) 439-1621.

Military Marine Life

Another of natures most intelligent creatures is the mammalian dolphin.

The military has found a way to employ marine life to work for them underwater.

Whales, dolphins, and seals can be utilized as maritime guards and may attack intruders. They can also assist divers.

Marine life can find targets, mines, and lost equipment.

Dolphins, in particular, have sonar hearing that can still detect motion amid noisy environments. This makes them the ideal scouts.

Even the best military divers cannot do what marine life does naturally.

Maybe these animals love their jobs or maybe they don’t. At Fur Star Pet Care we absolutely love our job of caring for animals. We’re proud to be your Columbus area in home pet care service! Call or text us at (614) 439-1621.

Dogs Make the Best Hunting Assistants

Dogs are hard-wired to be hunters.

Sighthounds will seek out hidden prey. Gun dogs will fetch the hunters’ foul. Terriers take the place of firearms and archery by killing the animals themselves.

While it’s not really necessary to hunt with dogs, some hunters insist on carrying on this tradition.

Pigeons That Deliver

Not long ago, the story got around that Amazon was planning to deliver packages with drones.

Carrier pigeons are the original drones. They were used to deliver messages during wars.

Watch this video about a shoe business that used pigeons to make deliveries:

Read More: All Creatures Great and Small, Pet Sitters Care for Them All

Professional Cuddlers

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You’ve probably heard of therapy dogs and horses. Even cats can be therapeutic to pet.

Have you heard of therapy rabbits though? Rabbits provide the same kind of emotional support as other animals in this class.

Read here about why rabbits make good therapy animals: https://esadoctors.com/8-reasons-getting-emotional-support-rabbit/

Did you know that Fur Star Pet Care offers in home rabbit care? We love animals so much we want to care for pets of all kinds. We’re your Columbus area pet care service. Call or text us at (614) 439-1621.

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9 Not So Obvious Things to Ask Your Veterinarian

There’s so much to keep track of when you have pets. Did you give them their meds today? Are they eating well? When was the last time they had a treatment for fleas?

Planning a trip to the vet can be a pretty involved process as well. There’s the scheduling and getting time off from work. Then you have to load up the car, drive there, and wrangle your pets in and out of the clinic.

Be it an annual check-up or a sick visit, there are other things you may want to ask while you are at the office.

If getting your pet to the vet is hectic, it may be good to have a list of your questions ready ahead of time. Here are some suggestions on what to add to your list!

1.) Will My Dog or Cat See the Same Doctor?

If your dog or cat needs special care or is uneasy around new people, it may be particularly important to see the same doctor each time.

Some clinics have rotating veterinarians which means your animal will be with whoever is available.

Knowing the clinic’s policy ahead of time can help you plan ahead.

2.) What Time Is Best to Schedule My Pet?

Usually, when scheduling an appointment, we are looking to synch times and find the time that is most convenient for the human’s schedule.

If you have a cat or a chihuahua, you may want to consider if they frighten easily.

If you have a pet who doesn’t respond well to loud noises like barking or doesn’t get along well with other animals, you might ask for a slot during a less busy time.

This will make things easier for you, the staff and more importantly for your animal.

If the best time for your pet to come in for an appointment is at a time that is inconvenient for you, don’t dismay! We can arrange transportation to the vet in Columbus. Call or text us at (614) 439-1621

 

3.) What Do I Do For Emergencies or Surgeries?

It’s good to plan for the “what-ifs.”

Ask your vet what emergency care facility your animal should go to if they don’t already have such a facility.

You may also want to ask where they refer patients for surgical care.

Work together on an emergency plan.

4.) How Can I Reduce Costs?

Money can be an uncomfortable conversation for people. However many families are on a budget.

It’s likely you aren’t the first person to ask about how to keep expenses low.

Ask about discounts, or what alternative treatments may be cheaper.

Sometimes medications intended for humans can be given to animals and wind up costing less. Ask the vet what safe, lower-cost substitutions are available.

You may be lucky and work with a clinic that has some money-saving tricks up their sleeve.

5.) Is This Normal?

Animals sometimes do strange things. Some of it may seem insignificant and we’ll just shrug it off.

However, some things we just assume are quirks could be signs of real issues that should be addressed.

Annoying behavior can also be discussed. It may seem like whining to you but think about it. If you can have less annoyance with your pets, you can enjoy one another’s company more.

If your dog barks too much, then mention it. There may be a simple solution that brings peace to both you and your neighbors.

For owners of aging animals, ask what kind of behavior changes you should be on the lookout for such as signs of senility. Also, ask about what additional care your senior pets will need in the near to far future.

6.) Can Anything Be Done About My Pet’s Bathroom Issues?

Smells seem to hit us at random times, don’t they?

You could be getting a stack of blankets off a shelf and smell cat urine all over them. How did he get in there?

Or you’ve settled into bed, your dog laying at the foot. As you read your book, suddenly that smell comes back. You don’t hear them coming, but you smell that flatulence immediately.

While these annoying things you’d rather just put out of your mind, there may be a fix for these foul odor problems that catch you off guard.

You’re not alone. It’s not a silly question. Ask what can be done to reduce these unpleasant surprises.

7.) Is This Store-Bought Product Okay?

Some vets advise against certain over the counter flea treatments as some products may cause seizures.

We may also make the wrong assumptions about other products we buy like shampoos, foods, and treats. Get your vet’s opinion on what products you are introducing to your animal.

Sometimes we make purchase decisions based on what a friend or store clerk says about the product. They may not be aware of certain adverse effects.

Better to be safe than sorry. Bring the package into the clinic or pull it up on your mobile device.

8.) What Should I Know About My Breed?

A packed schedule could mean that the vet staff is just trying to get through their bookings as efficiently as possible.

In this rush, issues that are unique to your animal may not come up.

If you have some information you’ve come across about your pet, go ahead and bring that up. Compare notes. Ask if there is anything else you need to know about your breed of animal.

Come to know what your vet knows. They know a lot.

9.) What Parasites and Pests Are a Problem In Our Area?

Allergists know what problems nature brings for the region they serve. Likewise, there could be a certain issue that is particularly cumbersome in your area.

Ask if there are pests and parasites that are a big problem for area pet owners. Ask what the best prevention is for these issues and what treatments are available should your pet be affected.

There might also be other notable trends going on in the pet community that you might like to be in the loop about.

Get the scoop!

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Some of you may only get into talk to the vet once a year during your annual visits, so this is a crucial time to regroup and get a gameplan together about what your pet’s needs will be for the coming year.
Get a pen and paper out and make your list. Tack in on the fridge so you know where it is. One less thing to worry about!
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Brave a Heat Wave: Your Guide to Keep a Dog Cool on Hot Days

Hot dog! It’s already summer.

It’s second nature for us to wear lighter clothing, spend less time outdoors, drink more water, use more ice, and gravitate toward water activities.

We even keep cool without even thinking about it. Our bodies are furless and we sweat.

But our animals sometimes need a little help to stay comfortable during peak temperature days.

When we start to feel the heat in our own bodies, you can bet our dogs are feeling it too.

When is it Too Hot for a Dog?

If you put a coat on outside during a 90-degree day, how comfortable do you think you would be? What if you put on two more coats? You’d be cooking.

While most of us can go outside or even sit in the car on a 75-degree day and be okay, dogs have a coat they can’t just slip off to be more comfortable.

A dog with a thick coat can start to get hot with temps as low as 70 degrees and it becomes lethal for them at 85 degrees.

Dogs with lighter coats will start to heat up at 75 degrees and the danger zone threshold starts at about 90 degrees.

Puppies, elderly and/or obese dogs are even more vulnerable to heat.

Here’s a handy guide on temperature ranges.

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It’s risky to keep your dogs in the car on hot days, even for a short time and even with the windows cracked.

If you can’t leave your dog in the car with the AC running, then take them home.

Signs That Your Dog is Overheated

Dogs are able to cool themselves off by sweating through their paw pads, panting, and instinctively seeking cool places to lie down like under a tree or on a cool floor.

Animals are not always able to sufficiently cool themselves down.

It’s up to humans to monitor their pets for signs of discomfort and distress.

Here are the indications that your dog is getting to be too hot:

  • Heavy panting
  • Excessive thirst
  • Glazed eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody & loose stools
  • Bright or dark red tongue/gums
  • Staggering
  • Weakness or collapsing
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Seizure
  • Abnormally excessive drooling
  • Unconsiousness

If you start to see signs that the heat is starting to get to your dog, there are things you can do to help keep him cool.

Removing a Dog’s Hair: Shaving vs. Undercoat Removal

Those of us with long hair will sometimes put hair back in an elastic, cut it short or shave it all off to be more comfortable during the hot months.

While we get a choice, our dogs don’t. You should understand your long-haired dog’s fur composition before deciding on hair removal.

While it may seem that buzzing it all off is a straightforward way to deal with a dog’s oppressive coat, sometimes it can be a bad idea!

For example, a Pyrenees’ overcoat being left intact will help the animal stay cool as the air flow reaches the skin to cool while the hair acts as a sunscreen. We interviewed Deb, a Pyrenees owner and she says that removing the undercoat is the best thing for Jesse.

You can follow Jesse’s adventures on Deb’s Facebook Page, The Travelling Pyr!

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Jesse found some shade and is keeping cool!

 

Sometimes shaving an animal will cause the hair to grow back thicker and make it hard to manage in the future. This could end up making it even more uncomfortable for your dog.

It’s important to understand the breed of the animal before you break out the clippers and give a buzz cut.

Here’s one resource to determine if your dog’s breed has an undercoat.

Also, keep in mind that some animals will shed their excess hair naturally. For example, a dog with a medium coat will be alright with just a good brushing to help clear out the hair that his body is naturally getting rid of.

Using an undercoat rake can pick up where a regular brush leaves off.

Be mindful of your animal’s grooming needs for the summer months.

Reminder for Dog Walking During the Hot Months

“It’s so hot outside, you could fry an egg on the sidewalk,” is what they say.

To protect your dog’s pads from damage and injury, you may need to make adjustments to your walk routine.

One way to do this is by simply opting for early morning walks. The asphalt will have had plenty of time to cool off overnight. It would be more comfortable for a human as well.

Limiting the path to a grassy area is another way to avoid pad burns.

If neither of the above adjustments can be made, there are products you can put on your pup’s paws to protect their pads. Chewy has several options in stock.

Some dogs are silent about their pain, so you don’t want the walk to end in a horrific discovery that your dog’s paws are burned.

We’d love to safely walk your dog for you! Find out more about our dog walking services here: https://furstarpetcare.com/services/

Food, Water and Your Freezer: More Solutions to Keep Your Dog Cool

Let’s start off with some basic reminders.

  • Keep the air conditioner or fans on when you leave your pets at home.
  • Provide ample shade for animals left outdoors.
  • Make sure your dogs have plenty of water.
  • For outdoor dogs, keep drinking water out of the sunlight.

There are water troughs for purchase that will auto-refill with a hose.

You might try products designed to keep water cool for your dog.

For your water-loving dogs, you can keep a small pool or an automatic sprinkler on.

There are a few frosty ways to beat the heat. One idea is to freeze your dog’s favorite rubber toys in a block of ice. This will have them licking at the ice to retrieve their toys.

“Pupsicles” have gotten a lot of buzz. Hit up Pinterest for Pupsicle recipes and ideas!

You might try sharing your chilled watermelon with your dog.

The ways we keep our dogs cool are not that different from how we keep ourselves cool.

Ways to Cool Your Dog Down

There are cool pads with water pockets that can help cool your dog down quickly. Some pads can be kept in the fridge on standby to provide relief to an overheated animal.

Another way to offer a quick cooldown is to drench a towel in cold water and wrap it around your dog.

If your attempts to recover an overheated and dehydrated dog don’t seem to make enough of an improvement, a trip to the vet may be in order. Call your vet with any concerns you might have.

Heatwaves are a reality this time of year, so it’s important to be proactive to stay ahead of dehydration and overheating. Our pet’s comfort matters just as much as our own. Stay cool!

Recap of How to Keep Your Dog Cool During the Summer:

  • Keep an eye out for signs of overheating and dehydration in your dog.
  • Think twice before shaving your dog’s fur.
  • Provide plenty of shade and water.
  • Keep drinking water sources full and cool.
  • Leave the AC/fans on for indoor pets.
  • Protect their paws from hot asphalt and don’t go for walks during a heat advisory.(Go in the early morning instead.)
  • Have cooling pads or wet towels available for quick cooldowns.
  • Optional: water coolers, wading pools, “Pupsicles” and toys frozen in ice.

 

Camping with Your Pets: A Checklist for Bringing Your Animals into the Great Outdoors

Are you feeling cooped up in the house lately? When you take your dog for a walk, do you take the same route every time? Would you and your pets enjoy a change of scenery?

When thinking of taking a vacation, does the idea of boarding your pets or flying with them sound dreadful? Does the idea of having to go down the hotel elevator every time your pet needs to do their business sound like a hassle?

What if you skipped the airline and hotel bookings and instead woke up to natural surroundings every vacation day with new adventures to be had? Imagine enjoying the best weather of the year in the great outdoors.

Consider a camping vacation!

Manners Check

Does your dog have the right temperament to share campgrounds with other families and animals? Will he be quiet for your neighbors after dark?

The last thing you want on your vacation is a confrontation by other campers or a park ranger.

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It may be a good time to brush up on your dog’s behavioral training with a local dog trainer. 

Supplies Check

It’s pretty straightforward with packing for a camping trip. Everything your pets need at home, they will need on a camping trip. Let’s go over the list.

Shelter Needs

Bringing your pets camping doesn’t mean you have to share sleeping space. You can purchase a separate tent for everyone’s comfort. Chewy.com has this cool tent, though others out there are less expensive.

Some family size tents come with separate compartments, like this Coleman tent with a separate screened porch. A friend went camping with the Coleman tent, and she loved having a this screened porch while camping.

Kitty can come along on the trip as well. Just bring a carrier with a shoulder strap or use a collapsible carrier.

Food and Drink Needs

While many campgrounds offer running water, sometimes drinking it can make animals ill if they are not accustomed to drinking potable water. If you have room, you can pack bottled water or filter your own.

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Remember to bring plenty of food and keep it in pest-proof containers. If you don’t want to carry around too much bulk, a collapsible storage container would be a good choice as the containers will get smaller as the food is consumed.

Also handy are collapsible feeding dishes for eating and drinking times.

Pest Protection Needs

If the pest spray is working well on you, your pets could become the next target for hungry mosquitoes. Bring spray that is designed for use on dogs and cats.

Staying Cool Needs

Of course, keeping hydrated is the primary way to keep from being overheated, but if you and the animals are getting too hot, a solar-powered fan will help you all cool down.

When Nature Calls Needs

When your dog or cat needs to do their business, your duty is to make sure it doesn’t get left on the ground.

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Bring plenty of dog waste bags and sanitizer for your hands!

For your cat, you may be interested in using eco-friendly cat litter in combination with a foldable and biodegradable cat litter box.

With the current products on the market, camping with pets is more convenient than ever.

State Parks Check

If you are wanting to camp in a public park, per the rules you will need to keep your animals on a leash. For your cats, you can keep them in their carrier or walk them on a harness.

To go hands-free with your animals at your campsite, you’ll want to keep your dog hooked up to a tie out. This can be anchored with one of your tent stakes or even to a nearby tree or picnic table.

Alternatively, you can use your tent as a playpen or bring a separate foldable one.

Cats will easily escape a playpen. You should keep them in your tent or in their own crate/carrier.

To let your cat walk about, you could set up a picket line. If you have a set of trees close by your campsite, you take some line and wrap it around the trees. Then you take the leash and attach it to the picket line. This gives your animal the mobility to walk around and pace.

It’s good to have a plan if your kitty escapes. Do your homework ahead of time to plan what to do if your cat goes missing including how to train your cat to come when called.

The state parks website for Ohio does have a special section for those wanting to bring their pets camping.

Those wanting to rent a cabin may find pet-friendly accommodations at the following parks:

It should be noted that dogs are not allowed on the swimming beaches at the above parks.

Alternatively, you might look into camping at the pet-friendly EcoCamp in Swanton. TripAdvisor has it rated a 5/5.

Change of Heart

The great outdoors awaits! Go ahead and plan your camping trip while the nice weather lasts.

Maybe after some thinking, you decide that bringing your pets is too daunting or maybe your pets wouldn’t enjoy it. You shouldn’t have to cancel your plans, though. Columbus area pet care services are here for you.

Skip the boarding and let us take care of your pets while you enjoy the tranquil rest and relaxation that only Mother Nature can give. Contact Fur Star Pet Care to make arrangements. We’ve got your back.

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Columbus Cares: How to Help Your Local Animal Organizations

The bond between the animal kingdom and humans is sacred. The way we care for animals is a beautiful facet of humanity. Those who have stepped up to create organizations with a steadfast commitment to helping animals survive and thrive are our unsung heroes.

However, these Columbus area animal care organizations stay afloat and prosper only with community support. The time is always right to find ways to pitch in and help your community care for the beautiful creatures who also call Columbus home.

Donate Money

Of course, every organization needs money to make ends meet. There are at least 10 in the Columbus area, so perhaps you could make one time donations in a monthly rotation or you could commit to donating monthly to one of them.

List of what is covered for pet care costs with donations

Another way to help financially is to attend fundraising events. This way you can socialize or win a prize.

Upcoming 2019 Fundraising Events:

One meaningful way to donate is through a memorial gift. In honor of your pet who has crossed the rainbow bridge or in honor of a loved one who loved animals, a donation can be made in their name.

The CHA has a hall dedicated to symbolizing donations made in the name of someone who has passed on. There are four tiers for the Tree of Life starting at $100: leaf, butterfly, bird, and squirrel. These symbolic options are engravable.

As for the living, donations can be made in honor of a birthday, anniversary or other notable events. The CHA will issue a Certificate of Caring to the gift recipient.

CHA also allows you to sponsor a pet. For $25 you can endorse a pet who is waiting for adoption.

If you can spare some money, these local organizations will put it to good use!

Shop for the Cause

Did you know that merchandise can be bought directly from our local pet organizations? A Cat Welfare Association t-shirt or a something from the Hop Shop at Ohio House Rabbit Rescue would make a great gift for the animal lovers in your life.

Next time you are looking for a special gift or want to treat yourself, check out what these worthy organizations have to offer!

Amazon Smile, Kroger Community Rewards, Good Search/Good Shop, eScript, will each allow you to kick a percentage toward the non-profit of your choice!

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Speaking of Amazon, some animal shelters have set up an Amazon Wishlist where you can go ahead and buy items that they are in need of.

Alternately, you can see if a needs list is provided on their website or you could call them. It’s probably best to find out what exactly the center is in need of before purchasing anything.

Shopping is part of our routine anyways. Why not make it more rewarding by shopping to benefit animals?

Host a Fundraiser

Donations are great. Getting others to chip in is even better! If you’re particularly gifted with organizing and emceeing events, you could really make an impact for the organization of your choice.

Columbus Humane makes such a solicitation on their website.  They’d be honored for you to raise money for them!

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Notice a lot of animal lovers in your workplace? You could put together a fundraiser at the office and maybe even get your company to match donations!

If you have a business or have a special trade, you could perhaps donate your products and services for a silent auction.

Events are a very popular way to generate revenue for nonprofits, and a great party could start with you!

Manage the Demand

It can be a real challenge for shelters to be able to handle all the intake of needy domesticated animals. With everyone doing their part, the influx would be more manageable.

Adopt, Don’t Shop

If you’re ready to add a pet to your family, please consider adopting first. There are so many animals waiting to go to their new home.

Find out which shelters are the most overwhelmed and see if you can find a good match for your family.

Foster an Animal

Taking in a homeless animal is another way you can lighten the load on local shelters. Being the temporary caretaker for a needy animal can be a much-needed relief for the shelter staff and a nice retreat for the animal. You may even get some nice cuddles from your new friend!

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Spay or Neuter Your Pets

Another way you can help make the demand more manageable is to make sure your animals are spayed or neutered, especially if you have male pets who wander.

Everyone can do their part to reduce the number of homeless animals that unfortunately fall through the cracks.

Lend a Hand

For many non-profits, volunteers are the vital component of carrying out a mission.

Cleaning cages, giving baths, walking dogs, providing transportation, cleaning the facilities, helping with paperwork are various tasks that you could help with. The staff would certainly appreciate handing off these tasks to someone else.

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Perhaps you have a professional service you could offer, like web design, marketing, photography, handyman, landscaping, etc. Offering to do these services for free could offset some expenses to make the funds go a bit farther.

Money is not the only resource that matters for non-profits. Your time and talents are also resources you can contribute.

Social Media Promotion

Everyone is on social media. People, businesses, and non-profits are all on board. These pages are live and ready to promote, promote, promote.

You can help them by liking and following their accounts. Reacting and commenting to posts on Facebook actually improves the visibility of their accounts. You may think you’re just wasting time with those habits, but they do help.

Many organizations now post their events on Facebook. You can see what they have coming up as well as share the event or invite others to come. Events are very important and a great deal of effort goes into planning them. Helping to spread the word could mean a better turnout.

Local shelters will feature animals who are ready for a new home via social media posts. If you see an animal that your friends may be interested in housing, share that post.

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Social media managers put a lot of planning and thought into their posts. Sharing posts that you think will attract attention to these pages is the desired outcome of social media content.

Being an active part of their social network community is a small but important way to help these organizations gain exposure.

There are so many ways to help these missions stay alive and thrive, even beyond these tips. Get started this week with the starter list below!

List of Ohio area animal care organizations:

Sunny Days are Coming Soon: 10 Top Rated Dog-Friendly Parks You’ll Love

Earlier this month, on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. As legend would have it, this means we get an early spring, right? Well, let’s hope.

When warmer days are here, Columbus area dog walkers may be interested in arranging a park field trip for their frisky friends. With the help of Google reviews, Yelp and Bring Fido, we’ve made an alphabetical list of the most popular Columbus area parks for pups.

  1. Battle Darby Creek Metro Park

    Rating: 4/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.8/5 Stars (Google)

    Located 15 minutes from Columbus in Galloway, this park offers miles of dog-friendly nature trails. The acreage is situated by the Big and Little Darby Creeks. There is also a fenced area with pond access for off the leash play.

    Several reviewers remark on how well-maintained the areas are. There is plenty of room to roam around and explore. You may even spot Bison during your visit, as this park is also their home!

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  2. Breck Community Park

    Rating: 5/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.5/5 Stars (Google)

    Breck Park is located in Grove City. It offers plenty of parking. One user remarked that those using the park were friendly and kept an eye on their pets. The park offers both off leash and on leash areas. There are areas are separated by dog sizes. Two areas are described as being 3 acres large, and another two are 1.5 acres in size.

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    Park rangers are on site to make sure that leash rules are being followed. There is a mention in the reviews that waste bags are available for pet cleanup. Also for your convenience are water fountains for your pets to have a drink. However, this feature may be shut off during wintry weather.

  3. Companion Club Dog Park

    Rating: 5/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 3.9/5 Stars (Google)

    This private park is located in Delaware. The park is on 11 acres featuring pine trees and its Golden Pond. Like other parks, a pond is accessible by dogs for water play.

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    This is not a free park. You can either purchase a day pass for $25, or an annual membership for $395. Users are required to provide proof of immunizations of their pets. Pets must also be spayed or neutered to be allowed entry. Some pet owners may prefer a private park with more rules, especially those concerning pet health. In a public park, your animals could come into contact with other animals behind on their shots. A private park such as Companion Club offers more oversight as to who uses the facility, such as vetted dogs. It may be worth the money for a paid park if you have special concerns about your pet’s health.

  4. Fancyburg Park

    Rating: 5/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.6/5 Stars (Google)

    Fancyburg Park is a 25-acre family-friendly destination located in Upper Arlington. After 8PM, you can have your animals off-leash in the park. The Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation Department offers dog training classes from May through July. So while you’re planning those sunny days out, you could also pick up some skills!

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  5. Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park

    Rating: 4.2/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.6/5 Stars (Google)

    This big fun park located in Lewis Center has a beach area for dogs to fetch balls and wade in the water. The other section is a grassy open play area with plenty of shade trees. This park also has separate sections for small and large animals. When you’re done playing for the day, there are hoses provided to rinse the animals off before heading home. For drinking, there are pet water fountains.

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    One user offered a tip for alternate entry. They say to go Hollenback Rd and South Old State Rd, heading east on Hollenback toward the reservoir. Once you pass the marina, the park is on your left.

    Keep in mind that this park is maintained by volunteers and may not always be completely cleaned up.

  6. Gowdown Park

    Rating: 4.8/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.7/5 Stars (Google)

    Gowdown Park is located in Columbus and is 10-acres in size. Half of these acres are designated for dog use. 4.5 acres are allocated to large dogs and one acre is for small dogs. It features benches, a water fountain for dogs, pathways, and a paved parking lot. The park is fully fenced and is situated on a rolling terrain with ample shade. Waste bags are provided for your convenience.

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    Rules are that pets be spayed or neutered, aggressive behavior is prohibited, no toys or treats allowed, and children under the age of 9 are not permitted. One reviewer mentioned that the park users are friendly and that the animals play well together. Another user says that she drives over an hour to bring her dogs here because they enjoy it so much!

  7. Mutt’s Paradise AumuseMutt Park & Training Center

    Rating: 5/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.8/5 Stars (Google)

    Mutt’s is another private park option and is also located in Delaware. It’s 6 acres of pup paradise and includes, you guessed it, a pond! One photo on the Mutt’s website shows a paddleboat on the pond which adds even more family fun. Like the previously mentioned private park, proof of vaccines is required for entry.

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    For your visit, you will need to have an appointment. It’s $10/per dog, per hour. If you have more than five dogs, the fee drops to $9. If you have a large group of 12 or more, you’ll pay a flat rate of $100/hour.

    If you’re the kind of pet owner who dislikes being around too many strange dogs, you’ll appreciate having the park to yourself with this rentable park. There is no charge for foster animals, shelter animals or hospice animals. The park is open daily 11AM-7PM except for winter.

  8. Three Creeks Dog Park

    Rating: 4/5 Stars ( Yelp!) 4.5/5 Stars (Google)

    Three Creeks Park is located in Groveport. Alum, Big Walnut and Black Lick creeks all come together at this place. More than 100 species of birds call this park home including great blue herons and owls. Beavers, minks, coyotes, and deer have also been spotted in this 1,100-acre park. 

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    This park offers multiple trails and recreation areas to choose from. The dog park area takes up four acres of the park in the Sycamore Fields section. Pets are also allowed in the picnic areas. Outside the dog enclosure, dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

  9. Walnut Woods Metro Park

    Rating: 4/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.5/5 Stars (Google)

    Imagine 1,098 acres of fields and woodlands featuring trees of pine, sweetgum, serviceberry, crab apple, and red maple. Walnut Woods Metro Park is located in Groveport and there you can enjoy restored wetlands and vernal pools. The dog park has a 3-acre area for large dogs (20 lbs. or more) and for small dogs (20 lbs. or less) a 1-acre area. Both areas have a shade shelter. There is additionally a separate area featuring a pond. One user said that they alternately take their dog to the creek for wading.

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    Beyond the area for dogs are paved trails that are also dog-friendly. Leashes are recommended for these areas, of course. One user enjoyed taking the Sweetgum trail with their dog. A reviewer mentioned that there is a nice agility course for added fun. They also remarked on the cleanliness of the park. 

  10. Wheeler Memorial Park

    Rating: 4.2/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.5/5 Stars (Google)

    Wheeler Park is a dog park in Columbus. There are two sections that open in a rotation, with one open at a time.  This hilly park has plenty of trees and is fully fenced to keep animals in. It offers benches, free waste bags (but bring backups just in case) and a water spigot to keep your dogs hydrated. This park also offers plenty of parking for the crowds it attracts.

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    Despite the popularity, some reviewers have complained about some issues with the park. Sometimes there can be issues with grass sod erosion leading to a very muddy situation during wet weather periods. There lacks a partition between breed sizes. so those with smaller pets may feel intimidated.

    Some complain that other dog owners aren’t very consistent with picking up after their dogs and preventing fighting attacks. While the park is lovely, without pet owners taking responsibility for their dogs, a planned fun day in the park can turn unpleasant. Columbus area dog walkers may want to skip this park if it’s terribly crowded, or on weeks when there has been precipitation. Catch it during a dry week on a less busy day and it could make for a nice outing.

    Tip: You can always look up the Google profiles and see the peak times for each weekday in order to plan your trip!

While there are more ways than these 10 to have fun in the sun with your best friend, this is a place to start. Hit those trails and wag some tails this spring and summer!

Here’s a handy map to help you plan your spring days in the park.