Do Your Pets Freak Out With Loud Noises and Fireworks? Or Perhaps You Have PTSD?

My dog shakes and cries when she hears fireworks or gunshots.

I’ve tried medication, herbs, Thundershirts, holding her, ignoring her, playing loud music, exercise—you name it.  Nothing has worked…….until now!

I stumbled upon a cure for her stress—Brainwave Audio Recording Music. That’s right.  I brought the dog into my office and turned on this music.  After listening to it for only a few minutes, my dog relaxed and fell asleep!

Here’s what they say about this amazing recording:
Enjoy a calming and cathartic boost – with 
Healing Relaxation, the profound brainwave audio recording from Brain Hacker! Healing Relaxation uses special audio sounds to influence your brainwave patterns, helping you to switch off and let your body heal itself during a forty minute session.This audio employs brainwave entrainment technology to sync your brainwaves up to particular frequencies. 

How to use: Just hit play and listen, anytime, anywhere, to begin to enjoy its intense healing properties.
It’s completely safe, non-invasive, and non-addictive. It won’t damage any of your brain cells either.

Now…I know it doesn’t say anything about calming and relaxing dogs—but it worked on my dog!  

Amazon has a free trial, so check it out.
Here’s the link:    Healing Relaxation Session: Relax and Repair, with Brainwave Audio

Please let me know what you think, OK?


Traveling With Your Pets – Do’s & Don’ts

by Diane Burket

Follow this advice and you’ll have a great trip with your fuzzy one!

* Get your dog accustomed to riding in a vehicle by taking short drives first.  I’ve had every type of dog riders – pukers, stressers, sleepers & happy dogs.  Some dogs will never be happy when riding in a vehicle—so be prepared for whatever comes up—disposable wipes, rags, towels, etc.

*Always secure your pet in a crate or carrier, or with a harness or travel seat while driving.  A free roaming dog or cat can easily get hurt or killed if you have to stop suddenly.  Cats are known to crawl under the gas or brake pedal—so be sure to keep them secure.  Pets have fallen out of windows to their death.  Very unfortunate and very avoidable.  I use a harness.  It has saved my dog from going through the windshield on more than one occasion.  She loves to go places with me and knows we don’t go anywhere without a safety harness.

*Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside or how short of a time period you’ll be gone, leaving your pet alone in the car is incredibly dangerous. Even with the windows open, cars can easily become furnaces in hot weather, and in cold weather, they quickly become frigid.  If you absolutely, positively have to leave your pup or other pet in the car for just a few minutes—just carry a spare key and leave the vehicle running with the heat or a/c on.

Dog, Window, Truck, Semi, Pet, Animal

*Don’t feed your pet a huge meal before going on a trip. Same goes for giving your pet a lot to drink. We all know how easy it is to get a little car sick—avoid the possibility of making your pet miserable on a long car ride by only feeding light meals. If you can, try to not feed your pet in the three to four hours prior to setting off.

Bamboo Silicone Pop-Up Travel Bowl, Colors Vary

*Keep a pet kit in the car. Fill a small box with some things you might need while out with your pet: extra water, food bowl, treats, a towel, waste bags, first aid essentials, toys, pet bed and cleaning wipes (if you’ve ever had a pet get sick in your car, you know that the more cleaning aids you have on hand the better!). Keep the kit in the trunk of your car so you know that you’re always covered in an emergency.

Solvit HomeAway Pet Travel Organizer Kit

*Bring a copy of your Pet’s Medical Information.  Whenever folks bring their dogs to me for boarding, I insist they bring their Medical Records.  If anything should happen to their dog, I’ll have all the information I need to give to an Emergency Vet.

Medical, Record, Health, Patient, Form

For more helpful hints, check out this article.  Click here

Ticks – Yikes! Gross! What to do….

by Diane Burket

I don't use chemicals on my pets.  Period.  Frontline, Advantix or other topicals—They are neurotoxins and can kill your pets.  Flea and tick collars = deadly neurotoxins.  Shampoos and sprays—NO!  I love my pets and will not knowingly put them in harm's way.

So….what's a loving pet owner to do??

Shampoo your pets with Dr. Bronner's Eucalyptus Oil Soap.  Great for your pets and great for your own body, too.   Smells great and fleas and ticks hate it.

See a tick??  Immediately remove it very easily with a Tick Key—A low-tech, inexpensive tool to always have on hand.
I keep one on the leash, on my keychain and give many as gifts.  
Be sure to use the alcohol swabs to clean the bite area.   
Ticks can cause Lyme Disease and in some cases, will kill your pet.

If you notice your pet has any of these symptoms after removing a tick—get him/her to the vet immediately!  Take the dead tick with you to the doctor for testing.

  • ​Loss of appetite
  • Joint pain
  • Lethargy
  • Fever

Treat the area around your home with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. It is totally organic and safe—and inexpensive! The reason it's "Food Grade" is that some farmers add Diatomaceous Earth to the animals' feed to kill parasites.   So the Food Grade is safe for your pets and your kids!
Purchase an inexpensive flea comb.

If you see your pet itch….grab your flea comb and use right away and see if there's a flea or tick there.
The flea comb is able to remove fleas easily.  Just be sure to kill them immediately 'cuz those little guys can jump very far.   Maybe even on YOU!
My pets love to be combed with a flea comb.  😉

Feel free to leave any comments, below.  I'd love to hear from you!


Going On A Road Trip With Your Pet? Be Prepared!

by Diane Burket

Check out the app.
Lots of pet-friendly lodging information, airline regulations, outdoor restaurants, dog attractions, boarding, discounts and so much more!

Here’s a great article on’s blog with tons of info about pet travel.

I occasionally board dogs with this organization and they are a terrific group of people that really love and care about dogs.
Remember to always secure your pet with a harness or be or in a crate when traveling. Just as you always wear a seatbelt for safety—your pets should be safe, too.  So many pets are injured or killed when allowed to roam freely in a vehicle.
Please plan in advance to have a great trip with your dog(s).

If You See a Pet Left Out In The Cold—DO SOMETHING!

by Diane Burket

Winter Weather Pet Safety: Don’t Leave Dogs Outside

in the Cold!

Is it bitterly cold outside where you live? There are many parts of the United States with temperatures that dip below freezing during the winter months, which can contribute to both human and pet bodily harm. Naturally, you would keep yourself safe from the cold temps, so make sure to do the same for your pets and animals.

  • First and foremost, DO NOT leave your dog outside in freezing cold temperatures. Dogs have been rescued or found dead in yards tied to trees or other stationary objects in icy and snowy elements. One of the most devastating things to come upon is a dog, or another animal, that has been tethered in the backyard during a winter freeze and to learn that the dog has actually frozen to the ground only to die from exposure. Being tied up and helpless to save yourself would be terrifying. Just think how our trusting pets feel when they are left in this state and unable to seek shelter, all while quickly succumbing to freezing temperatures.


  • Monitor your dog’s time spent outside. This may seem logical, but it’s not an automatic thing that all pet parents do. Play time in cold weather may be limited to inside only, or let dogs romp through the snow if the weather is doable — use your best judgment! If it’s really cold outside, limit the number of times your dog goes out for relieve themselves. Have a potty training puppy? Put a doggie sweater on him, then take him out on a leash for only a few times throughout the day, and then be sure to have an indoor potty training area set up in the garage or bathroom where it is warm.

Tamara Thayne is the Founder of the organization, "Dogs Deserve Better".  She's got a blog that outlines what you should do if you see a dog (or pet) that is left outside 24/7 in the cold. Every year, hundred of pets freeze to death outside.  Many communities have laws against leaving pets outside.   Please read Tamara's post for great advice as to what you can do for freezing pets.

Thanks for reading and sharing Tamara's post!


Tamara's Dog, Sloan.
He lived on a chain 24/7 before Tamara rescued him.

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Coconut Oil – Health Benefits For You & Your Pet

By Diane Burket

I have personally used Coconut Oil for years.  I cook with it and use it as a body moisturizer. Populations that consume a lot of Coconut Oil are some of the healthiest people in the world.  It helps to increase energy expenditure and burn more fat. Coconut Oil can reduce hunger, improve blood cholesterol levels and topically—is a great moisturizer and sunscreen.  

Here’s a great video by Dr. Karen Becker about the benefits of Coconut Oil for pets.  

  • Rich source of energy
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Easy to digest – very absorbable
  • Allergies
  • Skin & Coat Problems

  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Dry cracked noses
  • Sores
  • Elbow pads that are thickening
  • Great moisturizer for pads of feet – especially in winter

Have trouble giving your dog a pill?  Try hiding the pill inside Coconut Oil. Dogs will usually eat it right from the spoon.

Pet Maintenance dose:  1 teaspoon daily for every 10 – 20 pounds

Housebreaking Problems With Your Dog? Try These Easy Remedies!

by Diane Burket                                                                    

Armand Cabrera and I rescue animals—so we’ve had a lot of experience with dogs that are not housebroken.  If you’ve ruled out health issues and the possibility that your pet is marking….then here are some housebreaking methods that have worked for us.                

 The next time there’s a poop incident in your house—don’t scold your dog.  Pick up the poop with a paper towel, take it outside with your pup and put it on the ground where you want your pup to poop. Then praise your pup profusely and give him/her a treat.  It has worked every time for our pups.  

Also, we find that pier pressure can work.  Bring another dog into the house that is housebroken. Have them both go outside to do their business.  
 When you first get a dog, be sure to take him/her outside every 1/2 hour.  Emotions and fear might be pretty high and can result in accidents.  Generally speaking, a puppy can control his bladder one hour for every month of age.  Personally, I’d rather take a dog outside more often than have a cleanup to deal with in the house.  

If you work outside of your home, you’ll need to hire a dog walker.  Period.  Doesn’t matter how old your dog is—if you’re gone more than 6 hours, (less for a puppy), you should have a dog walker.  Other folks will tell you differently.  But think about it—how long do you go before taking a pee?  Are you alone all day without interaction with people…not allowed to use the bathroom?  Not a good life.  Having a pet is a big responsibility that too many people do not take seriously.  Lots of sad dogs out there.

Block off areas of the house that are targets for accidents.  No doors in that room?  Use flattened boxes or house screens.  Baby gates or pet gates work.

Pick up the water bowl about 3 hours before you go to bed.  Once your dog gets accustomed to NOT peeing in the house, you can leave the water down 24/7.

If your dog wakes you in the middle of the night, take him out quickly, then come in and go back to bed.  Don’t get him too excited and don’t play with him.

Reprimanding your dog usually doesn’t work….so try positive methods of discipline. Always reward him when he does his business outside.

Training your dog to use puppy pads or newspapers will only prolong his housebreaking training.  It’s best to spend the time in the beginning so you won’t have to worry about it forever.

Cats peeing in the corner?  Clean thoroughly and place a water bowl there.  They usually won’t pee where they drink.

When all else fails…we use this great carpet cleaner.  Very small and easy to use.  It’s a lifesaver!   Amazon usually has the best price for it.

Treats From China Linked To 1000’s of Dog & Cat Deaths

by Diane Burket                                                                        

An absurd amount of cat & dog treats are made in China…so don’t be surprised that these Chinese products are killing and/or making our pets sick.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs. Since 2007, the FDA has become aware of increasing numbers of illnesses in pets associated with the consumption of jerky pet treats. The majority of complaints involve chicken jerky, but others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, or yams. In the last 12 months, the FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China. These complaints have been reported to the FDA by dog owners and veterinarians. 

The FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products: 

  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased activity
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea, sometimes with blood
  • Increased water consumption and/or increased urination 

If your pet shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.

The FDA has received approximately 2,200 reports of pet illnesses which may be related to consumption of the jerky treats. The majority of the complaints involve dogs, but cats also have been affected. Over the past 18 months the reports have contained information on 360 canine deaths and one feline death. Cases have been reported from all 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces in the past 18 months.

What can you do?  Buy treats that are made in America….and sign the petition, below.

There’s a petition for you to sign to ban all poisonous chicken jerky treats from China.  Please read and sign the petition here:


Flyer Templates for Lost & Found Pets

by Diane Burket

When your pet gets lost—time is of the essence!  Have a plan ready, in advance, so you can quickly get the word out and find your loved one.
Check out this post on my blog for the 5 things you should do ASAP.

Download these Lost Pet / Found Pet flyers now and keep them on your computer so you’re ready to fill in the blanks and get flyers distributed. These templates are in WORD format, so they’re easy to customize.  
Be sure to post these flyers within at least a 1 mile radius of where you last saw your pet.  If you expect rain, put the flyers in a plastic sleeve.
Please don’t put staples in trees.  Tape the flyers to posts and signs.

Good luck!

Found Cat or Dog Template

Found Cat or Dog Template 2

Missing / Lost Dog or Cat Template

Missing / Lost Dog or Cat Template – with tabs