Avoid a confrontation with a reactive dog while walking your pet
Defensive dog walking is what a responsible pet parent does to avoid confrontations with other dogs

Be On The Defensive…Not The Offensive
When we first learn to drive a car, we are taught to be a defensive driver, not one that acts in an aggressive manner where a situation could end in an accident. Well, actually, the same applies when you walk your dog. Without exception, it is always better to avoid a conflictive situation; to take appropriate action; to stay safe.

To Share Or Not To Share…The Sidewalk
Naturally, you have the right to walk your dog on the sidewalk. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility as a pet parent, to teach him to walk properly on the leash and eliminate the urge to pull, to lunge, to bark and growl, and to become ferocious.

Likewise, it is the responsibility of other pet parents who you are likely to come across on your walks to do exactly the same.

But, this is not a perfect world. Some dogs are hard to train, some dogs have never been trained, and some dogs have acquired certain negative behaviors as a result of previously being abandoned, injured, or abused.

If your dog knows another dog really well and they are both friendly towards each other, then there is no reason why they shouldn’t interact and rub noses. However, when this is not the case, and this is most of the time, the best advice I can give is…be on the defensive.

What I Do – When I see a dog walking towards me, I cross over to the other side. That will avoid coming face to face which could possibly result in a direct confrontation.

Sometimes, the other person walking the dog will act first and cross before you do. Sometimes, they will actually turn around and back track to find another route to walk along. Now that is one smart, responsible human!

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!


This pet hero helped save a man from drowning in Northern California
Moe, the Golden Retriever, watching all that goes on at the marina
Moe, the heroic Golden Retriever, was happy to receive treats of gratitude from local law enforcement
Moe, the pet hero, was personally thanked with treats by officers of the Pittsburg (CA) Police Department

From Our Series Of Pet Hero Stories
In January this year, an elderly man was taking an early morning stroll along the marina at Pittsburg in Northern California, some 40 miles northeast of San Francisco, when he slipped and fell into the water.

Fortunately, Moe, a Golden Retriever happened to see the incident and began barking profusely. This woke up his owner who then rushed outside, saw the man struggling and helped bring him to safety.

Later that day, officers from the Pittsburg Police Department visited Moe and hailed him a hometown hero.

A heroic story about a dog being in the right place at the right time!

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!


If you drive like this with your pets, you could get a hefty fine
In some US States you could be fined if you drive with a dog on your lap

Don’t laugh. It happens. In the USA, some states are stricter than others, but, yes, you can be fined if you allow a dog or a cat to sit on your lap when you drive.

Why is it that most drivers and passengers don’t think twice about buckling up themselves and strapping in a baby, infant, or child, yet it never occurs to them to secure their companion animals while on the move?

This Can Happen
An unrestrained pet can easily become injured. If it is allowed to move around freely it can also become a hazard for the driver and passengers in addition to other people who could become involved if an incident or accident were to occur.

If people can die because someone was texting while driving, people and pets can also just as easily die because someone turned to stroke their cat and fed their dog a treat!

In Tennessee
Tennessee House Bill 212 was passed in May 2011 and became law on July 1st that year. It’s a measure that helps keep pets safe by making it a Class C misdemeanor to allow a dog to ride unrestrained in the front seat of a vehicle. It restricts the movement of pets traveling in a vehicle to the following:
* it must be held by someone either in the front passenger seat or the rear seat
or else
* it must be harnessed, crated or otherwise contained

In New Jersey
New Jersey police officers have been known to stop drivers for improperly transporting an animal and issued fines as much as $1,000 per pet. Examples of citations range from dogs hanging their head out of a window, unleashed dogs traveling in the bed of a pickup truck (deemed animal cruelty), cats resting on the dashboard, and someone driving with a bird perched on their shoulder.

In Other States
Fines are issued to motorists who drive with pets in their laps in these states:

Please send me a comment. I’d like to know three things…
1. Had you heard about this law before reading this?
2. Does it exist in your state?
3. If not, do you think it should because it will help to save pets’ lives?

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!


The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje from The Netherlands was recognized as a Sporting breed dog by the American Kennel Club in 2018
Nederlandse Kooikerhondje
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen from France was recognized as a Hound breed dog by the American Kennel Club in 2018
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

The number of breeds that are eligible to join the list of dogs recognized by the prestigious American Kennel Club keeps growing every year and 2018 is no exception. Both of these newcomers hail from Europe and one in particular has a name that most of us will be challenged to pronounce.

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje
Originating in The Netherlands, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje (pronounced Coy-ker-hund-tsje) has been popular for centuries and even depicted in paintings by Dutch masters such as Rembrandt. It was bred for duck hunting, and enters the Sporting Dogs category. The name means “little cage dog,” so called because it uses its long fluffy tail as a tool to lure ducks into cage traps.

As long as the Kooikerhondje gets regular exercise it can live quite happily in an apartment. Because it is very sensitive to sound it doesn’t do well around small children that make a lot of noise. Apart from that, it is intelligent, loves to please and would make a great companion.

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
A relative of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, the larger Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen from France falls into the Hound group. This breed was used to hunt wolves and deer as well as track smaller game such as rabbits and hares.

These athletic, high energy dogs would hunt in packs so they thrive being part of a group and staying extremely active.

The GBGV has the typical Griffon wire coat and its short legs and droopy ears give it a most endearing appearance. It is friendly and mostly low-maintenance except for the fact that it needs a lot of space to run and express its hunting instincts.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!