Even our guardians need to rest …


An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out …

The next day he was back, greeted me in the yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall again and slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: “I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.”

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: “He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3. He’s trying to catch up on his sleep … Can I come with him tomorrow?

This story 1st appeared in an email circulated wide and far .. I think it is so appropriate to be posted again as school is now in session … just a gentle reminder that it is most likely our pets get tired too!

Dog gets sick in car. How do you get rid of the smell ?

Paco’s News Flash … so your dog (or child) gets sick in the car. Do you know how to remove the  smell?

Riding in a car in the summer with your family is truly hard. In the last 2+ weeks Paco has witnessed and been a part of the calamity.  All sorts of things bring about car sickness … as Raji, Paco’s four legged friend from East Central Wisconsin reports … it’s the heat, the trips that last longer than the usual around town .. and in some cases those lil people called kids … they want to hang all over you and there is no place to run …

So what do you do … wash the soiled area with a good “natural based” cleaner. Then call Paco for the best deodorizer there is on the market … and when you are done, your car will smell clean & be safe for your pets, your children and you!

Excessive heat affects animals the same as humans

Summer is here and so is the heat. Make sure to protect yourself and your pet from the extreme heat & humidity that we are sure to encounter here in the upper Midwest.

Below are some important tips to consider when experiencing excessive heat:

  1. Keep your pet indoors as much as possible – no matter what age
  2. If the pavement is too hot for you to touch with the palm of your hand, it is too hot for your pet’s paws … just yesterday I took Paco to the mailbox … it was only 86 degrees but the blacktop was too hot for him.
  3. If your dog has to be outdoors, he or she must have a sheltered area to cool down and rest and plenty of fresh, cool water at all times.
  4. Limit walks to the cooler hours in the morning or evening.
  5. Do not jog with your dog during this excessive heat. Be on the lookout for signs heatstroke or distress.
  6. Never leave an animal in a parked car in warm weather. Even with windows open, the temperature inside can reach deadly heights in just a few minutes. This could be fatal for your pet!

*** Special note: If you see an animal in a car exhibiting any signs of heat stress, call your local animal care and control agency or police department immediately! 

  1. Pets with flat faces such as Pugs or Persian cats are more susceptible to heat stroke. Be extra sensitive to the needs of high-risk animals.
  2. Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool. Not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.
  3. Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut helps prevent overheating. Shave down to a one-inch length, never to the skin, so your dog still has some protection from the sun. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. As far as skin care, be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
  4. Avoid Chemicals Commonly used flea and tick products & lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. When walking your dog, steer clear of areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals. Keep citronella candles, oil products and insect coils out of pets’ reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.


Dogs and cats suffer from heat stroke more easily because they do not sweat like people do.  They don’t have an efficient way to cool themselves down. If they are panting, it may be because they need the oxygen because they’ve been exercising, or it may mean they are trying to get rid of built-up heat in their bodies.   According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, loud, rapid panting is one of the first signs of heat exhaustion. Other signs include rapid pulse, glazed eyes, elevated body temperature, excessive salivation, excessive whining or agitation, staring or vomiting and white or bluish gums. Only one of these symptoms need to be present to indicate your pet may be in trouble.

The Humane Society of the United States, Disaster Services suggests the following: 

  1. Lower their body temperature immediately.
  2. Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over the body
    to gradually lower the body temperature.
  3. Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet’s head, neck, and chest only.
  4. Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
  5. Take your pet to a veterinarian right away—it could save your pet’s life.

Fleas & Ticks on your pet?


More and more dogs owners are looking for natural alternatives for tick prevention. Although ticks can be a concern in the warmer months, dog owners also have to consider the effects that chemical tick treatments have on their dog’s digestive tract, internal organs and overall health, both short and long term. If you are concerned about the impact these chemicals have on your dog, then read on – there are a few ways to treat tick bites with all natural products.

Dietary Tick Preventatives

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple cider vinegar adds acidity to your dog’s blood, making it less appealing to ticks and fleas. Add 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar to the dog’s food or water bowl as a preventative.

Topical/External Tick Preventatives

  • Herbal flea/tick collars – There are several herbal flea and tick collars on the market, but you can also make your own at home. Mix 2 tablespoons almond oil with Rose Geranium Oil or Palo Santo. Dab a few drops on your dog’s neck area before heading out. Alternately, you could place the essential oil directly on his collar. Reapply the essential oil to the collar weekly.
  • Flea / Tick Shampoo – Make a solution by mixing  the following products: for every 2 teaspoons  of Melaleuca Original shampoo mix with 1 teaspoon of Jojoba oil.  Mix well, bathe and rinse well while  the dogs eyes.
  • Citrus repellent – Cut a lemon into quarters and put into a pint jar. Cover with boiling water and let steep overnight. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray all over the dog, especially behind the ears, around the head, at the base of the tail and in the arm pits.

Use Several All Natural Tick Prevention Products Together

When looking at the all natural tick prevention products, keep in mind that these products will be most effective if used in combination with each other. A dietary solution, combined with a topical and an environmental product, provides broad-spectrum protection while avoiding the complications that introducing chemicals into the dog’s system and surroundings can bring.

Preventing ticks doesn’t need to be a chemical based treatment. There a many all natural methods of prevention so your dog can live a healthy, chemical free life.

Dangerous Foods for Dogs – An Introduction

Who can resist those big brown eyes and cute doggie grin?


Can a little reward from the table really hurt your dog? Well, that depends on what it is and what’s in it. A chip with guacamole can cause your dog some real problems. In fact, there’s a lot of people food your dog should never eat. And, it’s not just because of weight. Some foods are downright dangerous for dogs — and some of these common foods may surprise you.