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The Jogging Dog is expanding!

Paulo and Mattie

I’m pleased to announce the addition of Paulo Medina to The Jogging Dog team!

Paulo is originally from Lima, Peru but has been calling California his home since 2002. He is an active runner, and is currently preparing for a 100 mile race in June 2013. Running has become more than just a hobby for him, but a lifestyle. Paulo believes that proper exercise and nutrition is one of the paths needed for a happy life, including our pets. He is the proud owner of two cats (Sophie and Diego), and two turtles (Boogie and Salomon).

In the past Paulo has worked in grooming, giving him needed experience with dog behavior. In Paulo’s words: “I like running with dogs because it gives more to my runs. They are always alert of their surroundings and they are always eager to get outside regardless of the weather; they always wait for us with a big smile.”

Paulo is available for running, walking and pet sitting services in the Carmichael and Citrus Heights area. If you are interested in learning more about The Jogging Dog, please visit my website.

Happy Anniversary Kanu

Kanu at the lake last summer

Kanu at the lake last summer

A year ago today Kanu and I went for our first run together. He had just moved to the area with his family and needed someone to keep him company while his family got settled into their new lifestyle. In his first year with me he ran at least 250 miles, becoming a Gold level athlete. Kanu gets along well with other dogs and has spent plenty of time running, swimming and playing with my dogs, along with his regular runs with me.  I look forward to another year of fun times with this guy!

For more information about The Jogging Dog, please visit my website.

Lost and Found, Part 1: Prevention

It has been on my mind to write this post for quite some time, ever since my cousin and my sister both lost their dogs in the same weekend this summer. Fortunately through the kindness of strangers, both dogs made their way home within 24 hours. However, not everyone is so lucky. Since then some of my friends have had experiences both losing their dogs and finding someone else’s lost pet. Every time, they all turned to me for help. In this post I will focus on preventive steps to take before your dog is lost. In part 2, I will discuss what to do if your pet is lost, and in part 3, I will cover what to do if you find a lost pet.

Identification

Dog tags

As the saying goes, “prevention is the best medicine.” However, we can’t always prevent accidents, and sometimes dogs get out without our knowledge. Therefore, it’s important that your dog has the proper identification to help those who may find him get him back home. There are three forms of identification that your dog should have: ID tags, a city or county license, and a microchip.

ID Tags

ID tags are relatively inexpensive and can be customized with as little or as much information as you want. You can buy them at almost any pet supply store. If you want something a little more “fancy” Dog Tag Art is a great place to order custom dog tags. You can choose from a large selection of existing designs, or you can create your own like I did with Spade’s tag above. They even offer you the option to create a virtual profile online for your pet that can be accessed by anyone who finds your pet and enters the information from the back of the tag. In my cousin’s case, the person who found his dog wasn’t able to get a hold of him or his wife by phone, so they drove the dog to his house and put her in his back yard.

City or County License

A lot of people complain about having to license their dog or cat. However, a city or county license is your dog’s best defense if they somehow end up at the shelter. If your dog is wearing its license when it shows up at the shelter, shelter staff can contact you right away to let you know they have your dog, making your reunion much quicker. Plus, licensing your dog will save you a lot of money if it ends up at the shelter. In the city of Sacramento, a 1-year license for an altered dog is $15. Compare that to the cost of reclaiming an altered, unlicensed dog from the city shelter: $60 plus a boarding fee of $15 per day that your dog is at the shelter.

Microchips

I confess, it was several years before I finally decided to microchip my dogs. When the technology first came out I was skeptical if it was safe or even effective. But after having a scare of my own a couple years ago, I decided it was the best thing I could do to help get them home if they ever got out. A microchip is painless and inexpensive. Most dogs adopted from shelters are already microchipped, but if your dog isn’t you can usually get one done at your local shelter or vet. You can also find mobile clinics at your local pet supply store. Microchips are important because your dog may not be wearing its tags when it’s found. If a dog is microchipped, it can be scanned at any shelter or vet clinic, making it more likely your dog will be returned to you. Although there are many microchip registries out there where you can register your dog’s microchip for a small fee, when you purchase your microchip it should come with automatic registration with that company at no charge. The most important thing to remember is to keep your contact information current with whomever you register your dog’s microchip.

I hope you have found this information helpful. Although none of us ever expect our dogs to run away or get lost, accidents happen. Making sure your dog has the proper identification can make the difference between bringing your dog home safely or never seeing them again.

2012 Year In Review

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I started The Jogging Dog. What started out as a suggestion from a friend has turned into a successful business with many wonderful clients and dogs. Here is a brief look at some of the highlights from the year:

Buddy

Buddy

On January 5th, 2012 I went for my first run with Buddy. Buddy was the first dog to join The Jogging Dog, and is now running on a weekly basis with a friend of mine.

On January 15th, The Jogging Dog was featured on Good Day Sacramento. You can still view the video clip here.

On February 11th Kanu became the first client dog to run at least 50 miles with me, earning him a spot along with Spade in The Jogging Dog Fit club as as Bronze level athlete.

On February 29th Spade became the first dog to run at least 100 miles with me, earning him a spot in The Jogging Dog Fit club as a Silver level athlete. On March 20th, Kanu joined him as the first client dog to earn this honor.

On May 6th, Rosie ran her first 5K with me and Spade at the Bark For Your Heart 5K Fun Run.

On May 22nd, Maxie and I both celebrated our birthday!

On June 8th, I ran my 1000th mile since starting The Jogging Dog.

On September 14th, Maxie became the first dog to run at least 250 miles, making her the first member of The Jogging Dog Fit club as a Gold level athlete.

On September 20th, I officially became a volunteer for the Sacramento County Animal Shelter’s Pit Bull Socialization and Obedience Crew (PB SOC).

In November I was featured in the Sacramento Magazine “Best Of” edition.

Sacramento Magazine

Finally, I finished off the year having run, walked and biked a total of 3,221.88 miles with the dogs!

I am especially thankful for all the wonderful people who have supported me along the way and the fabulous people and dogs I have the opportunity to work with on a daily basis. I look forward to my second year of business in 2013 and the opportunities the new year will bring!

If you would like to learn more about The Jogging Dog, please visit my website.

Mattie runs 100 miles!

Mattie (427x640)

This week Mattie became the newest inductee into The Jogging Dog’s Fit Club as a Silver Level Athlete. She joins nine other dogs that have run at least 100 miles with me. With her high energy level, I’m sure it won’t take her long to reach Gold. You can view all the dogs that have earned a spot in The Jogging Dog Fit Club on my website.

Chester earns silver!

Chester

‘Tis the season when a busy schedule trumps my ability to blog on a regular basis. However, I had to take time out to celebrate Chester’s accomplishment. Chester is the newest dog to run at least 100 miles with me, earning him a spot in The Jogging Dog’s Fit Club as a Silver level athlete. Not only does Chester run with me, but he enjoys running along with the bike, so much so, that his owner is getting a bike attachment for her bike. Chester is now featured on my website along with other Fit Club members.

 

Introducing several new faces

Over the past few weeks several new dogs have joined The Jogging Dog as part of their commitment to staying fit and trim. Since I’ve been too busy to introduce them individually, I’m going to introduce them all in one post.

Buddy

Buddy is a beagle who has been with me for a couple months. He is temporarily staying with Jack & Ricky, and has been joining Ricky on his runs. He was a little shy at first, but now he gets so excited when I come over he starts bouncing up and down.

Teagan

Teagan is an Irish Wolfhound/German Shepherd mix with the cutest natural mohawk. Her owner was referred to me by Kris Morin of FabDogz Dog Training. Teagan was a rescue dog who came with a lot of socialization issues, and Kris suggested that she get out for socialization and exercise at least two to three times a week. Because my schedule was so full, I asked Michelle from The Pet Agency if she could help out with a couple sessions a week. She agreed, and between the two of us I have seen remarkable improvements in Teagan’s behavior when we’re out.

Ky and Rudy

Ky and Rudy are both Viszlas who are full of energy. They are used to getting out and exercising on a regular basis; however, their owner recently broke her ankle and I am filling in for her while she recovers. Even after running 3-4 miles with me, these two will chase each other at high speed around the yard.

Katie

Katie is a Double Doodle, meaning she’s a Labradoodle crossed with a Goldendoodle. Katie is as sweet as she is cute, and she spent a week running with me while one of her owners was out of town.

Zara and Buster

Buster and Zara spent a week going for walks with me while their owners were on vacation. Originally they had a house sitter lined up, but when that fell through they asked if I could help. Because I was already committed to pet sit for someone else I asked Michelle to help me out once again. Between the two of us Buster and Zara received several daily walks and were completely pampered while their owners were gone.

Milo

Milo is another Viszla who spent a couple of weeks running with me while one of his owners was out of town. His owner contacted me after I was featured in the November 2012 Best of Sacramento issue of Sacramento Magazine. Milo is incredibly sweet and surprisingly mellow, but Like Ky and Rudy, Milo is a high energy sporting dog who requires a lot of exercise on a daily basis.

If you’re interested in learning more about the different exercise and pet care options I offer, please visit my website.