End-of-Summer: TIPS from the HSUS

Protecting Your Pets from the Heat The American Red Cross encourages pet owners to learn how to prevent and treat heat stroke in dogs, especially during the warmer months. Heat stroke (hyperthermia) happens when a dog severely overheats – most commonly when the weather turns warm. The good news is if the heat stroke hasn’t advanced too far (body temperature above 104° F), you can help your dog recover. Does your pup have a short snout like Bulldogs, Pugs and Pekinese do? They could be more at risk for heat stroke. Other common causes of heat stroke include: a previous episode of heat stroke, leaving a dog in a parked car, excessive exercise in hot, humid weather (this may be exercise your dog can usually handle, but not in hot weather), lack of appropriate shelter outdoors, thicker-coated dogs in hot weather and underlying disease such as upper airway, heart of lung disease. TIPS from The Humane Society of the United States: NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN THE CAR: It can’t be said often enough. In nice weather you might be tempted to take your pet with you in the car while you travel or do errands. But even during just warm (much less, hot!) weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you’re parked in the shade. This can mean real trouble for your companion animals left in the car. IF YOU SEE a pet alone in a car during hot weather, alert the management of the store where the car is parked. If the owner does not return promptly, call...

Buffy’s Birthday Pupcakes

by guest blogger Kelsey Nichols Buffy used to be a DPA foster dog, until she was adopted into a family. Now she has a furry sister, Rose, and tons of toys, fun at the dog park and love. It’s been nine months since Buffy was adopted, and she spent her Fourth of July weekend celebrating her FIRST birthday! This lucky girl woke up to plenty of toys and homemade pupcakes on her big day. Her family even sent DPA their birthday pupcake recipe. Banana Pupcakes Recipe 2 bananas 2 cups water 1 egg + 1 egg white, beaten 2 tablespoons organic peanut butter 3 cups gluten free organic oat flour 2 tablespoons oats (optional) Peanut Butter Banana Pup Frosting 1 banana 1 cup organic peanut butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cupcake tin with organic, extra virgin coconut oil spray, so pupcakes don’t stick. Mash bananas with a fork in a large bowl until creamy with only a few lumps remaining. Add water, eggs and peanut butter. Mix until well combined. Add in the oat flour. Pour batter into the pan until 3/4 of the way full. (They don’t rise very much, so you can fill them up more, depending on preference). Sprinkle each pupcake with a few oats, then bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating midway through. Let them cool for at least 30 minutes before frosting. While pupcakes cool, you can make the frosting: Add banana to medium bowl. Mash until smooth. Add peanut butter and stir until well combined. Transfer frosting into a large sandwich bag and cut a small hole in one corner to frost the pupcakes. Once your pupcakes...
JAGGER’s Got the Moves

JAGGER’s Got the Moves

When Jagger showed up at the shelter, he was no jumpin’ jack flash. In fact, he was pretty banged up. “He was very thin and he had a puncture wound on his body,” said Holly Morgan, marketing director for Dallas Pets Alive! “That could have come from a car hitting him from a fight with another dog.” With his scarred past, it was hard for Jagger to get any satisfaction. “Jagger was initially so shy and so unwilling to meet people and to approach people that the foster’s big challenge was making him comfortable in all kinds of settings,” Morgan said. Slowly, but surely, Jagger found his moves. Click here to watch Jagger’s TV...
Ruff Life: Mickey

Ruff Life: Mickey

Mickey is heart worm positive and cannot receive treatment in boarding. Can he crash with you while he awaits his FURever home? Let Mickey join your club. Check out his Ruff Life Story Here! ...
Dream BIG. Adopt!

Dream BIG. Adopt!

We have big dreams for our big dogs, and with some help from Best Friends Animal Society, we’re having a $100 adoption special through the month of May to help realize those dreams! Dallas Pets Alive is among more than 160 organizations in the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network who will be participating in this year’s Dream Big adoption promotion. During the month of May, the following DPA dogs are available for adoption for $100. To learn more about each of these fabulous, loving pets, click on their names. Let’s help large dogs live large in forever homes. #ILikeBigMutts! Augustus Blue II Brocollini (Broc) Chompy (aka Fergie) Cooper Darty Flash Flower II Ginger Goldie Gypsy Hazel Jack Jackie Joyner Jagger Lee Loo Lemmon Libby Lucy Maci Max II Mickey Minerva Mona Mr. Buster Nóle Old Blue Pax II Pepper Reba Riley Sadie Sandie Scoobert Shay Shiloh Skyy Snowflake Tex Timber Jack Tootsie Walter Winston Zippy Zoey ZuZu Interested in adopting one of our dogs? You can fill out an application online! Just go to that dog’s bio page using the links above, and scroll down to the blue box at the bottom of their page. *Dallas Pets Alive is a participating partner of Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets®...