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Pet Pandemic Pick-Me-Up

During this pandemic time, it’s really hard to stay grounded. One of the best ways for me to stay grounded is massaging pets. Yes, it is my “job,” but I really love it! I love working with the animals–figuring out what is wrong, and then doing my best to provide relief. It is all an amazing experience.

But….I also want to give back during this time when many folks are struggling. It’s a great time to pay-it-forward!


Hope to see you soon! Stay safe and healthy everyone!

MehrKatPet Pandemic Pick-Me-Up
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Massaging Iditarod Dogs–A Dream Come True!

I recently followed a dream and went to Alaska in February/March 2020 to massage some Iditarod sled dogs. Funny thing is, I only realized I had this dream when I went to Alaska in June 2019 and visited a musher’s kennel. Not only did I go on a summer sled ride, but also interacted with all of the dogs and learned about the intensive journey of an Iditarod musher. Incredible!

While in Alaska, I was thrilled to get some publicity about my visit and working with the mushers and their dogs.

Below are the videos from my TV appearances.

In the first video I was interviewed by Michelle White for a CBS Special at Blue on Black Kennel in Willow, AK.

In this second video I was interviewed by Dave Goldman for the special Iditarod in Focus 2020 which aired the Friday before the Iditarod (3/5/20)

I hope you enjoy these two short videos because I sure enjoyed doing them and now sharing them!

A huge thank you to David Viggiano, Michelle White, and Dave Goldman!

MehrKatMassaging Iditarod Dogs–A Dream Come True!
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Thunderstorms, Dryer Sheets, & Chemicals Oh My!

I recently posted the below picture to social media:

I was a bit concerned because I know that many dryer sheets contain chemicals and artificial fragrances (which is why I suggested using an unscented sheet). Sure enough, I received a comment about the chemicals found in dryer sheets.

I am one of those dog moms—I research just about everything for my dogs. I really try to keep things as natural and healthy as possible. I chose massage for my aging dog because she was developing arthritis and I did not want to put her on meds, especially since her liver was compromised.

When I heard about dryer sheets helping with thunderstorm anxiety, my first thoughts were about the chemicals in the sheets. Then I started thinking about this idea in a different way.

If I had exhausted multiple other possible ways to help calm my very anxious dog during a thunderstorm, and nothing seemed to help, I would probably be willing to try just about anything. Seeing my dog afraid and anxious–shaking, panting, hiding, etc because of a storm leaves me feeling awful and helpless.

That’s where the dryer sheets come in…They are one more simple tool to utilize. They are inexpensive, easy to find, and very easy to use—a gentle wipe down your dog’s body is all it takes.

Do A Little Research!

Worried about the chemicals? Do a little research! I did a quick internet search for non-toxic, fragrance-free dryer sheets, and guess what?! Lots of brands and types are available! I even saw one that declared itself to be “pet safe”.

However, that still wasn’t enough. So, I did a little more research, and found all kinds of information about dryer sheets helping pets during a thunderstorm. The ones I read all pretty much said the same thing–dryer sheets can help calm (many) anxious pets during a storm.

I chose the below (portion of an) article to cite because it was written by a veterinarian–Dr. Marty Becker, DVM.
Thunderstorm Fears Aren’t Always About Noise
By Dr. Marty Becker DVM | November 2, 2011
“Thunderstorms are more than just noise: The atmospheric pressure changes, the sky lights up, rain pounds the roof and static electricity builds up around your pet. One surprising tip that works on a fair number of dogs: Take an unscented dryer sheet from the laundry room and wipe your dog with it lightly. This eliminates the static electricity that builds up in a dog’s coat during a storm, and for some dogs this is all they need to settle down.
This eliminates the static electricity that builds up in a dog’s coat during a storm, and for some dogs this is all they need to settle down.
Now, since I started mentioning this tip on the national tour for my book Your Dog: the Owner’s Manual, I’ve had a couple of people question the advice. Not whether it works — it does for many dogs, including mine — but because of the supposed danger of wiping a dog’s coat with a dryer sheet.
These folks always point out the scary-sounding chemicals in the product, along with the fact that the manufacturers of dryer sheets caution that the product is not meant to be eaten. Of course, I never suggest feeding the dryer sheet to the dog, but I will say you shouldn’t ever use one on a dog who grooms himself a lot. Why? Because pets with that habit are much more likely to ingest anything placed on their coat via licking
All you need is a light wipe to reduce the static electricity on your dog’s coat. Try it. If it works, I wouldn’t worry about occasional use. If it doesn’t, then it was worth a try, especially when you consider how much some dogs suffer during electric storms. “

Choices, Choices, Choices

In the end, the choice is yours, I’m simply sharing this information.
Chemicals suck, and seeing your pet suffer from extreme anxiety sucks too.
Plain and simple, it’s your choice as a pet parent to make.

MehrKatThunderstorms, Dryer Sheets, & Chemicals Oh My!
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Pet Massage – Do You Have What It Takes?

Yes, it takes a lot of hard work to become a certified pet massage therapist. Classes, homework. studying (LOTS of studying!), tests, hands-on training, continuing ed courses, and more are all part of becoming and remaining a certified pet massage therapist.

Therefor, the 200+ hours of training most certified pet massage therapists earn is very different from a weekend workshop about pet massage.

A few fun pet massage facts:

So, do you have what it takes?!

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Pumpkin & It’s Amazing Benefits For Pets!

Pumpkin For Our Pets – Not Just A Fall Treat!

It’s fall! Time for pumpkins! Pumpkin for everyone—even our pets!
I always knew pumpkin was healthy and good for my dogs (and us!), but I never realized it had SO MANY wonderful benefits! As I started researching the benefits of pumpkin for pets, I was amazed! This stuff is incredible! Keep it on hand – it’s great all year long!
I think I should start eating it too…..

Please Note! These is some generalized information—do your own checking if you are uncertain about something. Also, please consult your veterinarian before giving your pet pumpkin or changing your pet’s diet.

How To Use Pumpkin

First, start slow with small amounts (read further to find out why!)
Never use pumpkin that’s old, or been on display for Halloween—pumpkins can go rancid and grow mold quickly.
Many dogs, and maybe even some cats, love pumpkin, so it can be easily added to food or given as a treat. Both of my dogs love pumpkin and will eat it right off a spoon.

Using Pumpkin – A Variety Of Ways To Choose From

There are a number of different ways you can offer your pet pumpkin—raw straight from the pumpkin, freshly cooked, canned (which is already cooked), freeze-dried, or dehydrated. WOW! If possible, try to use organic.

Raw Pumpkin
Dogs can eat raw pumpkin as a treat, or pureed with a bit of water or unsalted broth

+ If feeding in pieces, cut the pieces into the appropriate size for your dog.
+ Remove the skin and seeds before feeding.

Fresh Cooked Pumpkin
Making your own pumpkin puree takes some effort, but in doing so allows for local (and hopefully organic) sourcing.
+ Pumpkin can be cooked in a variety of ways—steamed, boiled, or roasted
Use a small-ish pumpkin, such as a sugar pumpkin. Start by washing the outside, then cut out the stem and the bottom of the pumpkin. Clean out the seeds and inner “guts” and cut your pumpkin into pieces
+ The puree can be frozen for months or kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a couple of days.
To Boil: Fill a pot with enough water to cover the pumpkin, add the pieces and boil for about 30 minutes or until both the skin and inner pumpkin are tender. Carefully remove, let cool and blend/mash (with or without skin) until smooth
To Steam: Place the pumpkin pieces in a large pot with just enough water to steam the pumpkin. Boil for about 30 minutes or until both the pumpkin and the skin are tender. Carefully remove, let cool and blend/mash (with or without skin) until smooth
To Roast: Cut your pumpkin into wedges, and place on a cookie sheet – do not add any seasonings or oil. Roast in about a 400 degree oven for about 35 minutes, or until tender. Carefully remove, let cool and blend/mash (with or without skin) until smoot

Canned Pumpkin
The pumpkin in a can is already cooked and easy to serve. It’s that easy! Keep it covered and refrigerate after opening
Be sure to use 100% plain, pure pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin with anything added to it, such as spices or sugar
This is my favorite because it’s easy to use, easy to get pretty much anywhere, I can stock up on it, and my dogs love it!

Dehydrated Pumpkin
Dehydrated pumpkin is easy to mix into any moist food or can be hydrated with water or other liquid
Dehydrated pumpkin is a natural, healthy chew
Make Your Own Dehydrated Pumpkin Chews:
Thinly slice a pumpkin and place the slices in a 125°F oven and bake until dry. Keep an eye on them, it’s a slow process and the amount of time it takes to dehydrate the pieces depends on the size/thickness of the slices. OR…use your dehydrator if you own one!

Freeze-Dried Pumpkin
+ I have seen freeze dried pumpkin available as treats

20 Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Get ready! This is a looong list!

+ 1 cup of canned pumpkin contains nearly 7 grams of dietary fiber
+ Fresh pumpkin, because it contains more water, has approx. 3 grams of fiber per one cup serving
+ Fiber helps the body in many ways—read on!

+ Because pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber, it can help our pets with both constipation and diarrhea (WHAT??!!) + Pumpkin can help pets with indigestion or upset stomachs
+ Since pumpkin slows digestion, your pet will feel fuller for longer
+ Fiber acts as a prebiotic which stimulates the growth or activity of beneficial bacteria in the intestines, and also inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria

+ Canned pumpkin is a great source of soluble fiber and essential vitamins, which help slow down digestion by absorbing water and adding bulk to the stool, thus helping ease diarrhea

+ Pumpkin can ease constipation due to it’s high fiber and water content
+ Fiber can help constipation by stimulating contraction of the muscles lining the colon (AKA large intestine)
+ Pumpkin naturally increasing the amount of soluble fiber in your dog’s diet which help move things along in a comfortable way. Thus your dog won’t be racing to the grass to use the bathroom

+ Pumpkin is low in calories and fat * Pumpkin has a high moisture and fiber content which will keep your pet feeling full
+ Since pumpkin slows digestion, your pet will feel fuller longer

+ Check out the nutritional information for pumpkin; pumpkin is full of beneficial nutritional vitamins
+ Pumpkin provides a natural source of many beneficial nutrients needed for cellular functions
Some of the essential vitamins and minerals found in pumpkin include Vitamin A (beta-carotene), Vitamin C (antioxidant and immune system support), iron, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and folate

+ Canned pumpkin contains Vitamins A, E, C, potassium, and iron
+ Pumpkin is rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene
+ The zinc in pumpkin is beneficial for the skin and coat

+ Antioxidants help destroy free radicals, or “oxidants” in your pet’s system
+ Pumpkin is a wonderful, whole food source of carotenoids, such as beta-carotene
+ Beta-carotene helps slow the aging process and protect your dog’s body as he/she ages
+ While oxidants are a natural part of everyone’s immune system, too many oxidants can contribute to cancers and damage the body
+ The antioxidants in pumpkin are very absorbable and settle in your pet’s cell membranes to fight oxidative damage

+ Boost your pet’s immune system by including pumpkin–a fresh source of antioxidants and Vitamin C, which is integral for immune health
+ Vitamin C helps protect the joints, so it is especially important for aging dogs

+ The antioxidants found in pumpkin, and in the seeds especially, contain Omega 3 fatty acids, and these fatty acids are known to have anti-inflammatory properties

+ Potassium is an electrolyte essential to the body that often works in conjunction with sodium
+ Potassium aids in regulating blood pressure, improving muscle health, and assisting in metabolism to name a few of it’s important functions

+ Vitamin A is found in pumpkin and is vital for eye health
+ Because Vitamin A is fat-soluble, adding a bit of healthy oil will make the nutrients more effective

+ Pumpkins consist of approx. 90% water
+ Pumpkin adds moisture to your pet’s diet
+ Dry dog food/kibbble has a low moisture content, so adding pumpkin will help increase the moisture content which your pet needs
+ Some dogs do not drink enough water, so adding pumpkin to the diet will provide more water easily and naturally

+ Nutrients in pumpkin, including Vitamin A and zinc, improve your pet’s skin and coat * The high moisture content in pumpkin also contributes to healthy skin and coat

+ Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein and fiber
+ Pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and lipids (a beneficial fat for your dog’s diet)
+ The seeds are a great source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, iron and potassium
+ The omega-3 fatty acids in pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory effects on the body * A few tips on feeding your pet the seeds:
+ Roast the seeds without salt
+ Offer to your pet one at a time and only a few in one setting, as the fat content and fiber could potentially cause softer stools
+ If your pet does not care for pumpkin seeds, grind them up and sprinkle over your pet’s food, but again, be conservative
+ Store pumpkin in a sealed tight bag or container. Pumpkin seeds can spoil and become toxic if they are left out for too long

+ Pumpkin seeds contain essential fatty acids and antioxidants which support urinary function
+ Pumpkin seeds can help treat & prevent conditions such as urinary tract infections, and inhibit the development of kidney & bladder stones (This is not a replacement for seeing your vet!)
+ Pumpkin seeds, specifically pumpkin seed oil and powder, may help dogs who struggle with incontinence or an overactive bladder

+ Regularly including pumpkin in your cat’s diet may help prevent the formation of new furballs
+ Pumpkin’s fiber, which increases the amount of waste in your cat’s digestive tract, helps move furballs through and into the litter box, rather than being regurgitated
+ Some cats may experience decreased colon activity as they age, resulting in constipation. The fiber from pumpkin helps with this

+ Pumpkin/pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid cucurbitacin, which may help to expel some common dog parasites
+ Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are a good preventative measure

+ In addition to gradually introducing a new food, try adding pumpkin to help ease and comfort the digestive tract

+ Pumpkin tastes great! Most, but not all, pets love the taste of pumpkin! Cats may be a bit more challenging…

Portion Size For Pumpkin 
+ Ask your vet for guidance on the appropriate portion for your pet
+ The amount of pumpkin to be given will depend on the size of your pet and his/her current health issues
+ Serving size may range from 1 teaspoon once a day, all the way up to 2-4 ounces per meal

I hope you have gotten some good info from this blog!
I’m off to eat some pumpkin with my pups!

MehrKatPumpkin & It’s Amazing Benefits For Pets!
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My (Not-So) Secret Anxiety Reducing Essential Oil Blend

I love essential oils, but I am definitely not an expert. I love learning about, smelling, and using them, but I sure couldn’t teach a class on them. However, I do use essential oils in my home, around my dogs, and only occasionally use them in my massage practice.
Ahh, but read on!

I don’t believe there is any one oil that works for everything or everyone, pets included. Like us, I believe pets should be given the opportunity to choose oils they like themselves. I tend to to bring the oil to my dogs to smell, and watch to see how they react to each individual oil or blend.

My younger dog has some fear and anxiety issues. I love lavender and know that it is beneficial for relaxation and calming. This would be great for my girl, right?! Wrong! When I brought the lavendar over for her to smell, you would have thought I brought her something awful! She turned away immediately and walked away, looking back at me as if I had really insulted her.
Well, OK then…
I have a friend who has two cats. She told me that one day out of nowhere, they started peeing on the clean laundry. As this went on for a bit (yikes!), my friend had the sudden realization that she had changed to a new detergent with a lavender scent in it. When she changed back to an unscented detergent, the issue stopped.
The moral? Introduce new scents to your pets – before adding them to your laundry! 🙂

A Custom Blend For My Dogs

I recently took a class focusing on essential oils and pets. In this class, we had the opportunity to create a custom blend for our pet(s). So, I created (with some expert help!) a great blend to help ease my girl’s anxiety (and my senior boy’s “old-age crabbies!”). When I presented it to my dogs to smell, no turning away! Both of them even lingered for a couple of seconds to breathe it in.s I now spray this blend in rooms, and I truly believe my girl’s anxiety decreases and my senior boy seems a bit lighter. I have also sprayed this blend in the room or even lightly on myself prior to a massage session, and again, I believe that some of my more anxious clients relax a bit more. I have to admit, when I’m feeling a bit stressed, I spray myself and always feel better!

Here is my recipe, enjoy!
Please Note:
*In this blend I used essential oils from Snow Lotus. The information listed under each oil is from their website. It is just a brief synopsis of the many benefits of each oil. There are many wonderful essential oil companies out there…use what oils you like.
**I used the .25 oz bottle from Flower Essence Services
Personal Note: I am not endorsing any one company or product. I am sharing what I used because oils from different companies may have slightly different scents. I have purchased oils from different companies, but because I had such great results with my original blend (created in a class), I chose to use the same essential oils from the class.

If you try this blend, I hope you have some great results with it!


MehrKatMy (Not-So) Secret Anxiety Reducing Essential Oil Blend
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Lovin’ The Senior Life!

If you are like me, you never want your pet(s) to age. Couldn’t they just stay young and spry and with us forever?! Sadly, no. Like us, the process of aging affects our wonderful four-legged family members. Throughout your dog’s entire life, he/she will go through many physical changes and stages. Learning to identify, understand, and respect the changes that are taking place will make the aging process easier for both of you.

Senior Changes

Senior changes are often slow to develop, and because of this, you may not even notice them until they are more severe. It is important to be aware of any changes, small or overt, in your dog’s behavior, physical health, emotions, and approach to life. Addressing age-related changes early is beneficial in slowing down or even preventing the issues from escalating or becoming chronic over time.

Some signs your senior dog may display include: slowing down, limping, developing arthritis or other degenerative conditions, yelping when playing, not being able to walk as far or play as long, sleeping more, having trouble with stairs, getting up, and getting into / out of the car. However, just like for us, there is much you can do to help ease the aging process for you and your dog.




Tips For Helping Your Senior

My number one recommendation of course, is massage!
Keep in mind that most of our pets’ number one goal in life is to please us and keep us happy. That being said, many pets will not show obvious signs of pain until that pain is severe. To avoid the pain reaching this severe stage, be mindful of your pet’s age and subtle signs of change.

As your pet ages, massage is a great tool for assessing any physical issues your pet may be experiencing. Massage is also a valuable preventative tool. As a massage therapist, I can detect areas in your pet’s body that are tight or stiff, have muscle tension, knots or muscle spasms, issues with mobility, areas of inflammation, areas of restricted movement, and reduced range-of-motion. Any one of these conditions can cause pain.

Some key benefits of massage include:

  • Reduces pain caused by muscle tension, stiffness, spasms, and inflammation
  • Improves muscle tone, flexibility and range-of-motion
  • Increases the release of endorphins
  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymphatic fluids
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Decrease anxiety and stress
  • Encourages relaxation
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing

More Help For Seniors

As a canine massage therapist, I often talk with clients about adaptations that can be made to help their senior pet. Adaptations can be as simple as keeping your pet’s nails short, or as extensive as a wheelchair. Some adaptations are:

  • Runners with Rubber Backing – great for any area with a slick floor, such as hallways, areas where your pet likes to lie, in front of food dishes, etc. I bought many inexpensive runners for my senior lab. Because the runners gave her traction she felt much safer and more secure, and thus her anxiety was greatly reduced. I could also throw them in the washing machine when needed.
  • Shorter & More Frequent Walks – exercise is good for our senior dogs–it keeps their joints moving and their spirits young. Walks also give our seniors a sense of normality.
    When walking with your senior, keep the pace a bit slower so as not to tire him/her out too soon. It is also important to do shorter, but more frequent walks. Often our dogs want to walk and walk and walk, but then the next day they are exhausted and sore. Another consideration is that your dog may not tell you when he/she is tired because of wanting to keep up with you.
    Don’t be in a rush when walking your senior, enjoy the stroll and the time together!
  • Heating Pad – a warm (not hot!) heating pad can be placed over your dog’s low back and hips after a walk to help soothe and relax the muscles.
  • PAWZ – I used these for my lab and we both loved them! PAWZ are disposable booties that look like latex balloons. I used them for two reasons:
    1. She dragged her back leg and the PAWZ protected her nails and paws from getting abrasions
    2. She wore them in the house because they stopped her from slipping on the wood floors
    If you do use these in the house, be sure it is only for short periods as dogs sweat through their paw pads.
    I know there are many other types of booties out there, but this is the one I had great results with.
  • Ramps – great for pets who are no longer safe waking up/down stairs, or need help getting into/out of the car. Things to consider when purchasing a ramp: it’s walking surface and traction, the amount of weight it holds, it’s stability, and the length, steepness, and incline of both the ramp and the area you need to cover.
  • Stairs – great for pets who need some extra help getting on and off his/her favorite piece of furniture. Stairs come in a large variety of designs, heights, number of stairs, step depths, and weight bearing ability. Steps are usually very easy to move around as well.
  • Keep Nails Short – long nails can be very painful for dogs to walk on. Long nails can also affect a dog’s gait, and the last thing you want is for something that can be easily avoided to impede your senior dogs gait.
  • Brush Teeth – it is especially important to keep your senior dogs teeth clean so as to avoid having to knock him/her out for a teeth cleaning, or worse, teeth pulled. It is also important to brush your senior dogs teeth to avoid any type of mouth or gum infection.
  • Elevated Food Bowls – great for taller dogs so they don’t have to bend down to eat. This is even true for smaller dogs who may not have needed a raised dish when younger. It’s all about making your senior dog more comfortable and safe.
  • Sleep & Bed Situation – every dog is different, but many love an orthopedic (memory foam or egg-crate foam) bed. These beds provide support and extra cushioning for senior dogs’ achy joints.
    However, I discovered that my senior girl did not prefer an orthopedic bed. I am not sure why, but I think the bed was too challenging for her to get off. After trying a number of different beds, I discovered her favorite place to sleep was on two stacked soft bathroom rugs (with rubber backings so they did not move).
    I also know that many seniors prefer to lay on the cool floor. The firm coolness of the floor may feel good on achy joints.
  • Sling – typically used with larger dogs that need help standing up or need support for the hind limbs when walking. The store-bought slings usually have handles at each end, making them easy to hold on to. However, a towel or piece of very strong fabric can be substituted.
  • Bracesj, Splints, & Wraps – great for dogs with “wrist” and “ankle” issues. I often see dogs with arthritis in these weight-bearing joints. Braces, splints and wraps all provide extra support for these important joints, and help to both relieve pain and assist the dog in walking more “normally.” There are both custom made and premade ones available.
  • Harnesses – in general I feel that dog harnesses are a much better choice, especially for dogs with arthritis in the neck or back.  There is a wide variety of harnesses designed specifically for senior dogs. Typically these harnesses are very supportive and comfortable. The harnesses designed for seniors typically have 1 – 2 handles on the top to give owners an easy way to assist their dog in getting up and moving around.
  • Dog Strollers – often used for smaller dogs who may tire easily or are no longer walking comfortably. Owners may use a stroller to get their dog places, or even just to take them outside for a walk.
  • Dog Wheelchairs & Carts – deciding to use a wheelchair or cart can be a very difficult decision. However, it does not have to equate the end. Wheelchairs and carts are typically used with dogs that have limited hind end mobility and strength. Depending on your pet’s condition, using a wheelchair or cart can help the rehab process by allowing your dog to achieve greater mobility.
    There are many factors to consider when buying a wheelchair or cart for your dog. Although many companies sell directly to the consumer, it is beneficial to work with a vet or canine rehab therapist.

I hope you have found the above information beneficial! Regardless of your dog’s age, they remain our babies to the end of time.

MehrKatLovin’ The Senior Life!
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Let’s Celebrate National Dog Day!

Hooray! It’s National Dog Day!

Hang on – What is National Dog Day?

National Dog Day is celebrated annually on August 26th. It was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate Colleen Paige, who has also founded many other philanthropic pet days. The goal of NDD and the other pet days is to bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption.

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure. The mission of NDD is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. NDD also acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe, and bring comfort.

Dogs put their lives on the line every day…
for personal protection
for law enforcement
forpeope with a disability
for our freedom
for our safety
and now dogs are even detecting cancer and seizures in people–things even humans cannot do.

National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American’s have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet, and newspaper ads. Rather, we encourage those seeking new canine companions to consider choosing adoption first.

If you’d like a pure breed dog, look into a breed rescue group in your city to see if they might have some little furry soul just waiting to make your life complete. Another great place to find a new best friend is at pet stores that host adoption drives for local shelters and rescues.

When considering buying from a breeder, verify that you’re buying from a reputable breeder by checking out their licensing, internet reviews and ask for local references, such as from a veterinarian. It’s vital to educate yourself about the breed you’re considering parenting. “Millions of dogs are killed each year because they’re simply unwanted,” says Colleen Paige, founder of National Dog Day. They’re unwanted because no one realized how to properly care for the demands of the breed. They’re unwanted because they were bought as a Christmas gift for a child that didn’t keep their promises about caring for the dog…unwanted because they shed too much…unwanted because they bark too much. UNWANTED…simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love you and be loved by you. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered “unwanted love”, into your heart and home on National Dog Day!”(taken from

The Right Spot wants in on the celebration!

Hope to see you soon!!

MehrKatLet’s Celebrate National Dog Day!
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Massage Tips To Help Reduce Anxiety

I posted this video on Facebook and Instagram on July 3rd to give folks a couple of massage tips to help reduce anxiety in their pets before the fireworks started.

So,even though the Fourth of July has come and gone, and the fireworks are be over, I thought I’d post the video in a blog so people could access it at any time.
After all, anxiety in our pets is not limited to fireworks.
Try these massage techniques before a thunderstorm, at the vet, at the groomer….any place that induces fear/anxiety in your pet.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • RELAX – If you are tense, your pet will sense that and have a harder time calming down
  • BREATH – When we are nervous or tense, we tend to hold our breath. Try to breath normally, even takoing a slow, deep breath occasionally
  • PET STRUGGLES – If your pet is trying to get away, or seems to be getting more anxious, stop! Some pets may not be ready to relax. Never force your pet to do this.
  • BEGIN BEFOE THE EVENT – If possible, use these strokes before the actual event starts.

I hope you enjoy and get some useful info from this video!

BTW – if you like this video, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube page to see more pet massage videos! 🙂


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Massage and Pooping – A Fabulous Relationship

Yes, seriously.

The next time your pet gets into the poop position, look at his/her body and stance. This poop posture requires balance, strength, flexibility of the spine and the muscles surrounding it, the ability of the limbs to support the body in this position, and even tail movement. Much of the stance is related to the mid-and-lower back regions, although the front legs must bear weight and the neck must keep the head upright and stable. Don’t believe me? Try getting into that position and back up again.

A pet with a stiff and/or weak back and leg muscles will have a much harder time getting into and maintaining the poop posture. Muscle tightness, a rigid spine, arthritic joints, and muscle weakness and wasting can all add to the challenge of our pets having a bowel movement. Aging pets can have weak muscle tone and arthritis in the joints, which can affect not only their walking and standing, but also their ability to get into and maintain the poop posture.

And while we’re on the topic, Dr. Randy Kidd, DVM PhD makes another point. He states, “…it seems that dogs need to periodically refresh their memory of who they really are by turning head to tail to sniff their own butts. In the process they are able to lick themselves clean and thus keep the glandular openings unclogged.” FYi, glandular openings is referring to the anal sacs.

Massage and How It Can Help

Therapeutic massage is an excellent tool when trying to get muscles to relax, improve flexibility and range of motion, and help improve muscle tone. During a massage, gentle stretching can especially help the large muscles surrounding the entire spine. If the muscles along the spine are tense and/or rigid, your pet will have a difficult time arching his/her back, which is necessary to get into the poop position.

Having a relaxed body is also very beneficial to both the digestive and elimination processes. Massage aids in the poop process by keeping the fluids in the body moving, and since fluids aid in digestion, this all helps to keep things running smoothly. If the body is tense and tight, metabolism slows down and can cause some digestive issues.

Massage can also help with both constipation and diarrhea. When constipated, processes in the body are stuck and tight, including the muscles. The relaxation and movement massage provides allows the body to get things moving. When diarrhea occurs, the muscles of the intestines are in spasm, and massage can help relax them.

In my pet massage career, I am proud to say that I have helped dogs with poop posture difficulties, as well as helped dogs with constipation poop following a massage.

Ah the reward of a good massage!  

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