Summer Photo Contest

Summer Photo Contest

We’re having a Photo Contest!! Enter a picture of your dog(s) enjoying summer by July 20th and you could win one of three fabulous prizes donated by Natural Pet Center! Here’s how to enter enter:

  • Donate $10 by clicking here.
  • Forward your donation receipt from Paypal along with a photo to contest@4luvofdog.org by July 20th. One photo entry per $10. May include more than one dog in the photo.

On July 21st all of the entries will be uploaded to an album on our Facebook page. The three photos with the most likes by midnight on July 31st will win! Good luck!

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Tips for Traveling with Pets

By Heather Syverson

(This is the full version of the article that ran in the spring 2014 newsletter)

Many dog and cat owners say their vacations would be more enjoyable if their beloved pets could come along with the family. It’s important to consider your pet’s personality before taking him out of his comfort zone. If he is nervous in unfamiliar situations, he may be better off staying home with a sitter while you go on your vacation. However, if he is easygoing, a trip could be a fun way for you to bond. The most important thing to consider before planning a trip with your furbaby is whether the majority of your vacation will be spent doing animal-friendly activities. If your buddy will spend most of the trip stuck in a hotel anxiously waiting for you, it would probably be better to send him to a kennel while you’re away.

Once you’ve determined that a getaway is the way to go, there are some obvious things to remember when packing for your pet, such as a collar with an ID tag that includes your cell phone number, leash, food and water bowls, and his regular food. It’s also a good idea to bring the bed or blanket your pet usually sleeps with because the familiar scent will comfort him in a strange place. A kennel is a must-have because most pet-friendly hotels require our four-legged friends to be safely contained even if they’re briefly left alone. Some not-so-obvious tips include bringing water from home to avoid an upset stomach caused by H2O that your pet isn’t used to drinking, packing vaccination records in case your lodging or activities require proof that Fido is up to date, and anti-nausea medication in case of motion sickness. It’s also a good idea to print out a list of emergency veterinary clinics at your destination in case of injury or illness.

On the Road
Driving is probably the easiest and least expensive way to travel with an animal. Unlike traveling by plane or train, there are no additional fees and they don’t have to be confined to a kennel while en route to the destination. It’s also the least stressful mode of transportation. When you take your pet on a road trip, remember to stop every couple hours to let your buddy stretch his legs and relieve himself. And be sure to pack plenty of baggies to pick up your pet’s waste.

There are several dog-friendly getaways within easy driving distance of Fargo-Moorhead. The north shore of Lake Superior has several lovely hotels, condos and cabins that welcome four-legged friends. My husband and I have stayed with our two dogs at the Caribou Highlands Resort near Lutsen, Minn. We had a very nice loft-style condo on the second floor. However, if we went back I would request a room on the first floor with a patio door to make it easier to take the dogs in and out. Caribou Highlands is located on a large wooded property fun for dogs to explore. It’s not far from Gooseberry Falls State Park where there are miles and miles of walking trails. Duluth, Tofte and Grand Marais also have pet-friendly options at various price points. Most charge pet fees in addition to their nightly rates. Caribou Highlands charges $30 per night or $60 per stay for two or more nights.

If camping is more your style, most campgrounds in ND, MN and SD allow non-aggressive animals as long as owners keep them reasonably quiet and pick up their waste. Some charge a pet fee that ranges from about $5 to $15. Crow Wing Lake Campground, south of Brainerd, Minn., appears to cater specifically to people who want to bring their dogs. The resort includes an off-leash park and a dog washing and drying station in case your buddy gets dirty. Crow Wing also has free WiFi, a heated outdoor pool and other recreation options for the human members of your family. Rates range from $41 to $55 dollars per night depending on whether you will be camping in a tent or camper. A word of warning: This campground books up weeks in advance, so call for reservations well in advance of your trip.

There are also plenty of pet-friendly lodging options and activities in the Twin Cities. One of the best dog-friendly events is the annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee. The event even has a Pet Fest themed weekend that includes a doggy costume contest. If you want to bring your pup, you must submit a registration form that includes a photo, proof of vaccination and $10 fee. The 2014 festival will be open every weekend from Aug. 16 through Sept. 28.

On the Rails
Amtrak does not currently allow companion animals on its trains. However, there is hope for pet lovers who would like to hop on the Empire Builder line in Fargo and ride the rails East to Minneapolis and Chicago, or West to Spokane, Portland and Seattle. The “Pets on Trains Act of 2013” was introduced in the U.S. House in May 2013. If passed, the law would designate at least one pet-friendly car on each passenger train. Dogs and cats would be required to remain inside a carrier that meets size requirements with a fee. The law would also limit the distance of the trip to less than 750 miles, which would allow a rider to get from Fargo to Chicago.

In the Air
All of the airlines that fly out of Fargo’s airport have policies for companion animals and service animals. The following information is specifically for companion animals that will ride in the cabin, not in the cargo hold. Although many airlines allow animals to be checked like luggage, it is not ideal because of the extreme temperature fluctuations and noise. At best, it can be scary and uncomfortable for them; at worst it can be deadly if they become overheated.

The FAA requires pets flying in the cabin to remain inside of their approved carriers for the entire flight. The carriers must be able to fit underneath the seat, but unfortunately that requirement limits riding in the cabin to smaller pets. They must be able to stand and turn around completely inside the carrier. Soft-sided is a preferable option because they’re easier to fit underneath a seat and they may give a pet slightly more room to move. The dimension of the carriers allowed on each flight is determined individually by each airline, depending on the plane and the amount of space underneath the seats. The pet fees for the airlines that fly out of Fargo are as follows:

-Allegiant: $100 per carrier per one-way flight, with no more than two pets in a carrier.
-American Airlines: $125 per carrier for dogs and cats with breed restrictions for flights within the U.S.
-Delta: $125 per one-way for dogs, cats, and birds for flights in the U.S.
-Frontier: $75-$125 per one-way for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, or birds for flights within the U.S.
-United: $125 per one-way for cats, dogs, rabbits, and birds for flights within the U.S. Additional $125 fee for layovers longer than four hours.

Direct flights that last no more than a couple hours will be easier to tolerate for your furry friend. Allegiant offers direct flights from Fargo to Orlando, which Animal Planet ranked fifth in its top five pet-friendly cities for travelers.  The city boasts lots of pet-friendly accommodations and attractions. Even though Disney World’s parks do not allow companion animals, there are five Disney kennels that offer doggie daycare for about $15 a day. The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Royal Pacific Resort offers VIP treatment for pups with special bedding, toys, treats, doggy room service, and a walking service. They even offer a “Puppy Pager” service that will alert you if Fido gets into trouble while you’re away from the hotel. Orlando and many other Florida cities have enacted “doggy dining laws” that permit pets to sit with their owners at outdoor dining areas.

BringFido.com is a great resource for locating pet-friendly restaurants, events and lodging in cities all over the U.S. No matter where you go or how you get there, a little time spent planning ahead will make the trip more enjoyable for you and for them.

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May Newsletter Is Out

may 2014 dog newsletterWe’re pleased to debut our latest issue of the 4 Luv of Dog newsletter, The Daily Bark! This quarter’s issue features stories on grooming, facts about heartworm, tips for traveling with pets, information on a few dog breeds, tips for keeping you and your pup active, and our upcoming events.

To start reading, click the image to the left, or click here.

Watch this space in the coming days for the full version of the traveling with pets article!

Thanks for reading!

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Announcing the Mutt March

Announcing the 1st Annual 4 Luv of Dog Rescue Mutt March! We hope you can join us on Saturday, May 31, at Gooseberry Park in Moorhead for some fun! Registration will begin at 1 pm, and the Mutt March will be a 20-minute walk starting at 2. The Registration Fee is $25, which includes a Mutt March t-shirt. Children ages 12 and under are free and do not need to register (t-shirts can be purchased the day of the event, adult sizes only).

Register online at www.4luvofdog.org.

mutt march poster

We hope to see you there!

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Volunteers Needed

We are in need of help! If you would like to volunteer and are willing to check references on adoption apps, or even be a foster home, please read on!

Reference Checkers
Help by calling or emailing the references for potential adopters and foster homes. You may also need to contact the veterinarian to verify any needed information on pets, and may need to verify information with landlords or rental companies if applicable. Reference checkers are a very important part of our rescue and need to be able to contact people in a timely manner.

Foster Homes
Foster homes are the most important part of our rescue. Every week there are dogs in need of rescue in local and regional pounds. Without people willing to open their hearts and homes and offering to care for these dogs, we can not help rescue these homeless dogs. Foster homes provide the love and shelter while 4 Luv of Dog Rescue provides and pays for all necessities (food, kennel, medical care, etc.). Unfortunately, we don’t have enough foster homes for all the dogs we have accepted into our rescue. These dogs currently are staying at local boarding facilities or with temporary foster homes. Please consider providing one of them a foster or forever home and apply to become a foster home.

Please fill out a volunteer application to start helping us today! The doggies and us thank you!

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Top Paw Pick: Monday

monday dog rescueToday’s available dog highlight is on Monday, a beautiful adult pittie mix. Here’s what his foster family had to say about him:

“Monday came to live with us almost two weeks ago and we are smitten! He is such an affectionate little guy and one of the best cuddlers we’ve had the privilege of fostering. He is potty trained, crate trained, and is happy as long as he is with his people. He enjoys sleeping in bed with us but will stay on his dog bed if we ask him to. He LOVES carrying his kong around and it is rarely far from him. Playing fetch is one of his favorite activities and he is very good about giving the ball back. He is a super mellow in the house and likes to find the sunny spots to nap in.  He is working on his leash manners during our walks and pulls a bit but is improving.

“Monday was found in pretty rough shape before coming to the rescue so we don’t know much about his past but he’s moving on and enjoying the good life. He is living with three other dogs (big and little) and does well with them now that he knows they won’t cause him any harm. He needs slower introductions when meeting new dogs and prefers that they don’t try and play with him. Basically, he tolerates them but is much more interested in hanging out with human friends:) … I can’t say enough how sweet and loving Monday is. He is great with every person (kids too!) he meets and just wants right be loved. I was told he met a cat and didn’t pay any attention to it and I don’t see him having any issues with them given his laid back personality. Please consider  Monday if you are looking for a handsome new family member.”

If you’d like to accept Monday into your family, please fill out an adoption application.

To view additional dogs available for adoption, please see our website: www.4luvofdog.org

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Rescue’s Winter Newsletter is Out!

4 Luv of Dog Rescue Fargo winter 2014 newsletter4 Luv of Dog Rescue’s winter 2014 newsletter is out, and articles include part 1 of a series on traveling with pets, pet acupuncture, a doggie poem, and news about the rescue, as well as highlights of dogs available for adoption.

Click the picture to the left, or here, to read the latest edition!

You can also subscribe and get future editions sent straight to your inbox!

Happy reading!

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Top Paw Pick: Annie

Meet Annie, an 8-year-old Border Collie – Lab mix.  Annie is a gal just looking for her loving forever home. Could it be you?

Here’s what her foster home told us: “Annie has sure settled in to our house just fine. She was a bit timid and shy when she came to us but has come out of her shell in the last week and a half. Annie now loves to be by her people and is always hoping for a good scratch. Annie is looking for a forever family who will be patient while she gains trust in them. She is completely house trained and kennel trained. Annie loves her walks and outside time but enjoys a soft blanket (or shirt left on the floor) to lay on.  She isn’t much of a toy girl though, but she has found a yummy bone that she likes to chew on. Annie is such a wonderful girl.”

Annie even got a $50 adoption sponsorship! If you’re interested in adopting Annie, please fill out an adoption application. Or, to see other available dogs with 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, visit www.4luvofdog.org/wp/dogs_available.

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The Dogs Thank You!

Thanks to our devoted supporters, over 60 gifts were donated to our dogs “Christmas Wish List.” Because of you, our dogs spent this Christmas in a foster home or boarding facility are received gifts to open Christmas morning. We are overjoyed at the generosity and without you it couldn’t have been done! A big thanks to Michelle at Natural Pet Center for hosting our “Giving Tree.”

Thank you all and have a wonderful holiday season!

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2 Days Left to Get BarkBox at a Discount

If you missed out on the Thanksgiving deal, you can still get a discount for yourself – and money for the rescue! Get $5 off any BarkBox subscription (and $15 for the rescue) through the rest of the month! Just use our code, 4L10BBX1, at checkout. https://barkbox.com/

Hurry though, there’s only two days left to get this deal!

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