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Last Saturday Oops-a-Dazy rescue society held their annual "Fur Ball" fundraising gala, here is a snapshot of Gia we found in the Calgary Herald. Funny though - no mention that Saturday morning she beat out nearly 50 dogs in the stay competition at the core Olympics to win first place! I guess Gia was too modest to brag that evening.
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Anyone with a water dog may want to take a break from the Bow River for the next couple of weeks. River levels are at record depths in some areas and with all of the rain that has fallen and is forecast to fall, the river is becoming increasingly dangerous. This time of year is when debris flows freely downstream and the water is very cloudy which inhibits our ability to judge the safety of the area our dog is swimming in. If you choose to allow your dog to swim in the Bow River at this time of year be aware of the risks involved and never allow your dog in the river with any sort of leash on them. 

A few things to look out for when your dog is swimming in a river:

What are the potential dangers along the shore? - are there dead trees or other obstructions my dog could get tangled in?

How fast is the river flowing? - will your dog be able to overcome the current and get to shore within a safe distance from where they entered?

What is the water temperature? - We can unwittingly put our dogs in a hypothermic condition.

What is down stream of the swimming area? If my dog were to be carried further downstream than anticipated will they be in any further danger?
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The City is Currently Spraying for Weeds - What does this mean for your dog?

One of our community members Fiona asked if we could find out what exactly the City uses to control weeds and how does it affect our dogs?

I asked our friends at the City of Calgary Parks and they said, "once the chemical is dry it poses no threat to your dog, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to dry or up to an hour depending on the weather".  This means you dog is safe to walk on the grass once the chemical has dried, we would advise anyone to stay off of the grass for at least a day or two and watch your dog does not try and eat any of the grass after it has been treated.  Better safe than sorry in this case.
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More Poisoned Pet Food

Why is it that vets will immediately tell you that raw food is too dangerous to be in your house let alone feed your dog and yet the only time we hear of people & pets getting sick or dying is when they are on commercial diets?

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Montreal+cats+after+eating+recalled+food/6643379/story.html
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Are "Jerks" More Likely to own Stereotypically Aggressive Dogs?

Interesting study done by British and Canadian researchers says NO! - owners of powerful breeds tend to be courteous and law abiding. Check out the story below.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Aggressive+aggressive+owner/6667157/story.html
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Back in business after the long weekend and we had some pretty soggy dogs in class especially last night! Last night we had 90 dogs out at Edworthy Park in Calgary and everybody got to handle at least five different dogs. We had loads of fun once everybody got going.
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Going Camping this Weekend?

If you are bringing your dog here are a few tips for an enjoyable weekend.

Make sure you walk your dog, just because you are on vacation doesn't mean your dog wants to be on vacation as well.

Have something for your dog to do, bones & toys can be allot safer and healthier than what is available on the ground at the campsite.

Ensure you have a long line to tie your dog with when needed, many dogs get lost on camping weekends because the environment is unfamiliar. Tying your dog when you cannot supervise them eliminates the wandering that can lead to a lost dog.

Finally, dogs must be on leash in all provincial and national parks at all times, otherwise it is a $250 fine.

Keep your dog safe by keeping them under control and you should have a great camping weekend!
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Action Needed!

The City of Calgary has just put out an Off-Leash survey. They are looking into whether or not there should be a limit to the number of off leash dogs a person may have at any one time in the dog park. Click the link below to have your say. This is kind of like voting - fill out the survey and let the city know your opinion.

http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/ABS/Pages/Animal-Services/Animal-Services.aspx?redirect=%2Fanimalservices
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Finally a Jurisdiction that will hold the Owners accountable for their dog's actions - Not Just The Dog!

Interesting change in the UK - They have upped the consequences for irresponsible dog owners when their dog injuries a person. Hopefully this will discourage irresponsible ownership with penalties of up to 18 months in jail. Unfortunately I am sure the sentence will be far stiffer for the dog involved but this is a step in the right direction.

Here is a link to the full story.
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