Is Your Pet Afraid of Thunderstorms?


Photo courtesy of The Rein Coat

It has often been said that necessity is the mother of invention.  And that is true for Paula Hege and her beloved English Mastiff, Rabb. Three years ago, Rabb was trapped in a thunderstorm.  So violent was the storm that the creek behind Paula’s home flooded.  The natural instinct of animals is to escape to higher ground in a flood and that’s just what a moccasin did.

Rabb and her sister Roz, a boxer, encountered their first snake.  Rabb and Roz may have thought the snake was another toy to play with.  Scared, the snake bit both dogs, nearly killing both.  Looking out her office window at the intensity of the storm, Paula’s instincts took over.  She raced home to find both dogs lying in her backyard–near death.  Paula rushed both to the N. C. State University Veterinary School where a team of doctors nursed Rabb and Roz back to health.

But that event left Rabb, a 200-pound mastiff, deathly afraid of thunderstorms.  It was painful to see how fearful she was every time a storm occurred.   There wasn’t a product that could help calm Rabb’s fears.  All of Paula’s “TLC” still wouldn’t calm her mastiff.  That’s when Paula decided she had to come up with a solution to help her dog.

The product Paula developed, a new coat and harness technology, work by replicating a naturally occurring behavior between animals and their offspring in a gentle and nurturing manner.  Picture this:  A mother dog picks up her puppy by the scruff of his neck, calming the puppy.  The puppy relaxes because he knows his mommy is taking him safely out of harm’s way.

The Rein Coat® is designed to lightly touch your pet on the nape of the neck—just like the mommy dog or cat—triggering the production of oxytocin to be released by the brain, which then reduces the fear and anxiety in your pet.  In numerous trials, The Rein Coat® has proven effective in reducing anxieties while allowing your pet to move freely without constraint.

The Rein Coat® is a patent pending, therapeutic calming coat.  The technology is totally different than any other dog shirts or coats that are tight-fitting and restrictive.   As with Rabb, many dogs and cats fear thunder, loud noises, a trip to the vet or groomer, or riding in cars or on airplanes.

The Rein Coat® is available in eight sizes and fitting your pet with the proper size is easy to do.

Because each coat is hand made by skilled seamstresses, The Rein Coat® is not sold in most pet stores.  For more information on The Rein Coat® visit

Order online and enter coupon code FETCH and save 10%.

Treat a Shelter!



Dog for Dog has EXTENDED the nomination period one week through Friday August 22nd!

DOG for DOG announces the launch of their nationwide  “Treat a Shelter” giveaway on Tuesday August 6th, 2014. The giveaway is being hosted on the DOG for DOG  Facebook page ( and the company is directing everyone to nominate their favorite shelter or rescue for a chance to win a combination of their DOGTREATS™ and DOGSBARS™ to be donated to the shelter or rescue for an entire year. Nominations are being accepted from August 4-15, 2014.  DOG for DOG will narrow down the nominations to the top 50 finalists and allow fans to vote for them via Facebook. Final voting is from August 18-24, 2014.  The 20 shelters and rescues to receive the most votes will each receive treats for an entire year.

To engage in a huge nationwide contest like this where every shelter and rescue across the country has a chance at winning, requires major corporate participation and Cathay Bank has agreed to support our cause and cover the costly shipping expenses of the prizes that will be shipped to winners.  Additionally, Walgreens will be carrying DOG for DOG treats in select stores for a limited time, and The Hollywood Reporter helping spread the word by featuring DOG for DOG in their special pet issue in August.

“Having wonderful supporters like Cathay Bank is crucial to DOG for DOG, as it allows us to run these types of contests which gives us the ability to help more dogs in need. Without their commitment, this type of contest wouldn’t be possible,” commented Rocky Kanaka, Founder and President of DOG for DOG.

The “’Treat a Shelter” giveaway follows on the heels of the company’s hugely successful Feed A Shelter contest which ran earlier this summer and selected a deserving shelter to receive a year’s supply of the company’s DOGSFOOD™. Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, LA was picked as the grand prize winner based on fan votes.

DOG for DOG is a mission based dog food company with the mantra “You Buy One, We Give One.” For every bag of the company’s food or treats you buy one is donated to a shelter or rescue in your area. DOGTREATS™ are all natural, made in the USA and offered in a variety of flavors. In addition to DOGSTREATS™ and DOGSBARS™, the company offers a line of premium grade dry dog food, DOGSFOOD™ as well as DOGSBUTTER™. The company’s product line uses high-quality ingredients. Walgreens will be carrying the DOGSTREAT™ line in their stores for a limited time in support of the contest. The full line of DOG for DOG products can be found  at retailers across the country and on

Cathay Bank is a subsidiary of Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ: CATY).  Founded in 1962, Cathay Bank offers a wide range of financial services. It currently operates 32 branches in California, nine branches in New York State, three in the Chicago, Illinois area, three in Washington State, two in Texas, one in Massachusetts, one in Nevada, one in New Jersey, one in Hong Kong, and a representative office in Taipei and in Shanghai. Cathay Bank’s website is found at

About DOG for DOG

Based in Santa Monica, California, DOG for DOG is an all-natural dog food and treat brand with a mission to help dogs in need.  For every item sold, one is donated to a dog in need. The company’s philosophy is “You buy one, we give one.” For more information go to

Riley wants to come live with you!



Hi there, my name is Riley! I came to Sioux Falls Canine Rescue in hopes of finding a new, forever family as my previous family underwent several lifestyle changes and ended up having to move and they couldn’t take me along.

I sure am a sweet boy and such a gentleman! I absolutely love to go for walks and I don’t mind car rides either. I am completely housetrained and am used to being in a kennel while my family was away and at night when they were sleeping. I really don’t mind my kennel as long as I have a soft, cozy blanket to cuddle up with. I don’t mind being around cats or other dogs but definitely wouldn’t mind being an only fur-child! I am definitely a lap dog and would sit in your lap all day if I could!

I get really nervous around small children so I am looking for a family with no children or children 12 years of age or older only. I really, really, really love attention and belly rubs are truly the best! I get a little nervous during thunderstorms but as long as I have a lap to cuddle in, I am just fine! I am already neutered, microchipped, up to date on all vaccinations, tested negative for heartworm and intestinal parasites and I had my teeth cleaned! Could I come home with you?



Riley’s adoption fee is $250 with an approved application. You can fill out an online adoption application at or contact Allison at 605-521-4444 for further information.