One thing that is certain is that this year's winter has been one of the coldest on record for most Americans. And while January is the hottest month of the year down under, where our Aussie doodles originated, here in the northern hemisphere it's historically the coldest of the year's twelve months. It's why PETA chose January for their Unchain a Dog Month. If you plan to be in the Outback with the original labradoodles this January, you can check out the Australian Open tennis tournament or celebrate Australia Day on the 26th, and enjoy the warm sunny days with the kangaroos and dingoes. But for all the dog owners braving the bone-chilling winter here at the top half of the globe, we start you off with some much-needed advice to make it safely through to springtime. Enjoy!
We encourage you to learn more about what you can do if you encounter animals in less-than-ideal conditions that need your help, and this Life With Dogs article is a great place to start. Above all, don't be afraid to report what you see if it warrants your action. And don't forget that Facebook is a great vehicle for spreading information!
Canine Cancer & Other Health News
If you have a dog living with cancer, you won't want to miss the informative Modern Dog article The Cancer Diet for Dogs. You can also learn all the basics (e.g. having your female dog spayed before her first heat cycle is the best way to prevent breast cancer) on the ASPCA's Cancer page.
New Year's Diets
Legislation Has Gone to the Dogs
Also this year, Colorado passed The Dog Protection Act, sponsored by Colorado Senator David Balmer. The bill is aimed at reducing the number of canine fatalities at the hands (and guns) of law enforcement officers in Colorado. New training, policies, and procedures will enable quick recognition of threatening vs. non-threatening behaviors in dogs, encourage non-lethal handling, and allow the dog owners the chance to control or remove their pet(s) from a situation if they are present. Hopefully this, and the new laws in Ohio and New York, will echo across the country.
The Puppy Mill Problem
And on a related, happier closing note this month, we wanted to share with you the commendable work Kellan Lutz and his co-stars and crew did to help stray dogs while shooting The Legend of Hercules in Bulgaria. We hope his kindness will be an inspiration to you this year, and that you'll help animals in need (even if just your own) whenever you can. See you next month!