DTSF Installs Five Pet Waste Dispensers

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Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF) and the Downtown Resident Committee completed the installation of five pet waste stations in the downtown area, which include pet waste bags and receptacles.

A volunteer construction crew from Jans Corporation completed the installation of the 5 dispensers on Friday, with donated materials from DooGooders.

The stations were placed in areas that residents utilize to walk their pets, where no current stations exist. Public input was gathered from downtown property owners, residents and business owners. Pet stations are located at Fawick Park North, Falls Park West, the South entrance of the First Avenue Parking Ramp, Carnegie Town Hall at 10th & Dakota and Federal Plaza East near First Avenue.

2,200 residents are currently living in downtown Sioux Falls, and many residences are pet-friendly. DTSF will distribute Good Neighbor Guides to property owners, business owners and residents, which contain a map listing each location.

“The purpose of the Downtown Resident Committee is to connect downtown stakeholders through social events and volunteer opportunities that advance our downtown community, and they advocate for the issues that help improve the quality of life in our downtown district,” said Brienne Maner, DTSF Communications & Membership Manager. “We have been working to foster residential growth in the central business district, and this project helps us meet our goal by making it more convenient for pet owners to enjoy living downtown.”

Having pet waste stations available will help keep downtown clean, attractive, and more inviting to visitors. The DTSF Clean & Green Team is handling the maintenance of the five dispensers, which will be emptied regularly.

Thanks to the following community partners for their support of the project: City of Sioux Falls – Community Development, Downtown Resident Committee, DooGooders, Jans Corporation, and Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation.

Photo by Reistroffer Design.

Information provided by:

Brienne Maner
Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc.
605-338-4009 ext. 12

Happy Autumn!

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With the summer coming to an end and the first day of Autumn coming up, we’re getting in the Fall and Halloween spirit! This is by far our favorite time of year. The weather cools down nicely: nice enough to open the windows, the leaves start changing colors, Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up, and then another one of our favorite parts of every year – Christmas and Winter!

But let’s focus on the next holiday coming up – HALLOWEEN!

We are always out and about, looking for new and unique items to share with our fans. In one unique specialty shop, we found some Halloween decorations perfect for the pet enthusiast. And here’s your chance to win one!

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Rules:

Comment below which one you’d rather have. 1. Hallo-wienie or 2. Franken-dog (comments do need to be approved so please only comment once)

We’ll randomly pick a winner and post in the comments as well as on facebook on October 8th.

Must be able to pick up in Sioux Falls, SD.

 

*This contest is now closed.

Blueberries Are Good For Dogs!

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There are plenty of human foods that should not be given to dogs, but blueberries are not one of them.

Like us, there are many benefits dogs can reap from eating blueberries.

Blueberries are low in fat and high in fiber and vitamin C. Other nutrients included are manganese and vitamin K.

Lower cholesterol and improved heart function are just two of the benefits from feeding blueberries to your pup.

Sled dogs were fed blueberries for a study conducted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2006. Results showed that these dogs had increased levels of antioxidants in their blood, which help in fighting cancer and heart disease.

It has also been shown in studies that blueberries can lower stroke risk and improve cognitive function in older dogs as well.

There are a few ways to give your dog blueberries. The best way to make sure they get the most nutrients is to feed them fresh berries. Fresh frozen berries also make a nice, crunchy treat for your dog.

Many commercial dog foods and treats contain blueberries. However, these may have less benefits than fresh blueberries, because many of the nutrients will be cooked out or combined with preservatives.

Make sure you don’t give your dog too many blueberries. They should be an occasional snack, not a daily treat. Too many blueberries for your pet can result in gastric upset and diarrhea. Consult your vet on what a safe amount of blueberries is for your dog. In most cases, ten or less will be safe.

Don’t feed your pup sugary treats containing blueberries like muffins or pancakes.

Instead, you can try making some homemade doggy treats with the recipe below.

 

Ingredients

(Makes about 30)

1½ cups oat flour

2½ cups quinoa flour

¾ cup flax meal

½ cup frozen, organic, unsweetened blueberries

¼ cup olive oil

1 large egg

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F

2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients with 1 cup water to form dough. Roll out mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap to ¼ inch thick; remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with 3 ½ inch bone-shaped cookie cutter. Reroll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.

3. Space biscuits 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.

4. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack. Turn off oven and place rack in oven overnight. Remove from oven and store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

(recipe from petsmart.com)

{article by Brittany, fetch! intern}

Luna Struts her Stuff at Strut Your Mutt

Luna the dog star of Relativity's "Hector and the Search for Happiness" joins Lassie at the Best Friend's Strut Your Mutt Festival in the Pacific Palisades, CA. on September 6th 2014.

Luna the dog star of Relativity’s “Hector and the Search for Happiness” joins Lassie at the Best Friend’s Strut Your Mutt Festival in the Pacific Palisades, CA. on September 6th 2014.

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When it comes to finding happiness it doesn’t get much easier than a day full of wagging tails and furry paws. To help promote the upcoming release of, “Hector and the Search for Happiness, “ Relativity Media along with DOG for DOG took part in the Best Friends Animal Society’s, Los Angeles Strut Your Mutt fundraising walk, and brought Luna, the Boston Terrier, dog star, of the film along to lead the team.

Luna met the public like any true star would, posing for pictures with the press, taking selfies with fans and even taking time to meet up for a quick photo shoot with the other canine star in attendance, Lassie.

“Hector and the Search for Happiness” comes to theaters on September 19, 2014, and along with Luna, the film stars, Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.  The film follows, Pegg’s character as he travels the globe in the search of the secret to happiness.

Safety Tips: Adventures and Hiking with your Pup

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We love exploring new places with our pups (a 10 year-young Golden Retriever, and a 1 yr old Border Collie/JRT mix) and it wouldn’t be an adventure without them.  They love to explore as much as, or even more than, we do.  Because of this, they can sometimes get in over their heads since they don’t know when to call it quits.  That is where we, and all other pet owners, need to be mindful of the activities that can turn from awesome to awful, and how to prevent them.  We’d like to share with you our top 10 tips for keeping your adventures on the awesome side:

1.         Mind the heat: Dogs cannot handle heat like humans can.  Dogs can only sweat lightly through their paw pads and through panting.  These aren’t the most efficient ways to cool off!  Only take your pup out for long walks, hikes, or play dates in the cool morning or late evening.  Brachycephalic (short faced) dogs like bulldogs, boxers, and pekingese have a harder time cooling off because they pant less efficiently than a long faced dog (think labs, goldens, poodles, etc.).  Be especially mindful of their exposure to the sun and heat in length, intensity, and activity level.

2.         Stay Hydrated: Keep them hydrated by stopping every 15-30 minutes for water breaks.  Avoid hot pavement or surfaces for long periods of a time to minimize potential for paw burns.  Try to incorporate clean water sources and shade to help keep them cool.  We like to plan hikes with a water source mid-hike.  It gives the dogs a good opportunity to cool down, and an excuse to take a break.  Always bring more potable water for you and your pup to drink than you think you need.  Animal waste in water streams can make them sick, and no body wants to get dehydrated.

3.         Know your closest veterinarian: This one is especially important if you are traveling or exploring a new place.  A very sad story last week reported about a dog dying from heat exhaustion while on a family hike in 90 degree weather.  Know the warning signs of heat stroke (bright red gums that turn to white or blue, excessive heavy panting, lameness or reluctance to continue walking, and eventually shock) so you can start cooling them off and get them to the nearest vet without having to search for cell service.  Cool your dog off by wrapping them in a large towel soaked in cold water, ice packs to the groin, and rubbing alcohol on their paw pads.  If it has progressed to the point of lameness and shock get them to the vet’s office immediately while applying the previous steps in transit.

4.         Stay out of algae blooms: Algae blooms are more likely to happen in standing water and manifest in large clumps of opaque green or blue-green masses. They are highly toxic.  A dog that ingests algae through drinking or licking themselves may appear to be healthy, and be suddenly very, very sick.  A dog recently died in Minnesota within hours of algae exposure.  His people just wanted to have fun at the lake and didn’t know any different.  Know the risks and what to look for in the water.

5.         Lifejackets aren’t just for kids: Did you know most dogs aren’t born knowing how to swim?  Despite the commonly known “doggie paddle,” you might have to get in the water with your dog to ensure they can keep their snout up, float and kick.  Also, dogs are very good at hiding pain or exhaustion when they want to keep playing.  Doggie lifejackets can be a good idea for dogs that beg for the ball to be thrown off the dock “just one last time.”

6.         Tie-outs and ID tags: Fireworks, large gatherings, new places and bonfires can potentially be scary for dogs.  Keep them on a leash, and don’t leave them unattended on a tether or underground fence.  Not only does it raise the chances for heat stroke, some dogs can achieve super-doggie strength, pain resistance, and stamina when frightened.  Consider getting your pet micro-chipped.  It is an inexpensive form of permanent identification that can be used by vets, animal control, or a humane society if your pet loses their collar or is stolen.  It can keep an older dog or other pet from being euthanized because they are deemed “homeless” in an overcrowded shelter.  And yes, a lost 15 yr old, one eyed dog was just saved from euthanization by a rescue in North Dakota only to be reunited with her owners a week later.  It can happen!

7.         Make a first aid kit: A first aid kit is important for both you and your pup.  Include items such as rubbing alcohol, gauze, saline solution, vet wrap, cotton strips for tying a tourniquet, cornstarch for helping to stop bleeding, wound spray, tweezers, gloves, and a good canine first aid book.  It is also a good idea to have an extra leash, large towels or old blankets if you need to create a makeshift stretcher, a flashlight, and matches.  And again, keep a list of veterinarian’s phone numbers and office locations.  Remember, web service via cell phone might not be available where you are headed.

8.         Clean up after your pets: It is always best to take any waste out with you if possible.  If not, it should be buried, just like human waste, at least 200 feet away from any water sources.  Animal and human waste can pollute our clean waters.  And, frankly, it is really frustrating for non-dog people and responsible pet owners alike.  Always bring extra bags, too!  I know a dog that would poop 3 times on any given walk.

 9.         Bring a Pack: Ok, so you’re looking at this list of things to remember and bring along, and you are asking us, “Hey, Lucky Pup, where am I going to put all this stuff??”  Well, adventurers, let me introduce you to the doggie backpack.  Just like a hiking pack is an asset for any human adventurer, a doggie pack will help keep some weight off your back.  A well fitting pack should sit over the dog’s shoulders and be snug, distribute the load, and not flop around.  And, make sure your pup never carries more than 20-30% of their body weight.  Start them off hiking with the pack nearly empty, and work up to more weight and longer periods of time.  A pack will add to the workout, which can be great for a high-energy dog.  We really like a pack made by Ruffwear that is a removable pack and harness together.  It is more expensive, but you get two high quality items.

10.  Enjoy!!! We are big advocates for taking your pets with you on adventures.  Not only does it strengthen the pet-human bond, but it makes for lasting memories.  Our pets only get to share in our lives for a short amount of time, so our Lucky Pup Adventures goal is to help you make the most of that time.  Get out there and try something new!  Can’t get out as much as you’d like with your furry friend?  Don’t worry, we can help!  Check us out at LuckyPupAdventures.com for more information.