This sweet senior was so excited to see his beloved family member he passed out! Rebecca Ehalt's 14 year old miniature schnauzer could not contain her pure joy when she saw Rebecca for the first time after 2 years of being away from the family. Personally, I became worried about the pooches health-- but don't worry, the owners took her to the vet after this episode to make sure she was A-ok! See it all here:
As The Fourth of July approaches, we stress the importance of pet safety because it can be a confusing time for pets. Our Fourth of July Rover Safety Series along with Home & Family's Laura Nativo aim to build awareness about keeping Rover safe and comfortable during the holiday weekend that is fast approaching.
The FairyDogmother, Laura Nativo, talked all things pets on last Tuesday's episode of Hallmark Channel's Home & Family. As an experienced pet-lifestyle expert, Laura provided many tips on how to keep your pets happy and healthy this weekend. Keeping your pet cozy indoors and registering him or her on Finding Rover will ensure your peace of mind as you watch the fireworks light up the night sky.
We were excited to be on set during the taping of this Fourth of July special! Come with us as we explore backstage:
See Laura's top go-to tips if your dog does get lost on The Fourth of July:
For more about last Tuesday's Home & Family Fourth of July episode, click here.
Today we wrap up our Fourth of July Rover Safety Series with Tip #5. We will help you get your dog home if he gets away! In our Intro, we talked about how San Diego County Animal Services Department shelters observed a dramatic spike in lost dog intake rates between July 4th and July 6th last year. San Diegans are lucky to experience a 41.8 percent return rate, BUT the national average for dogs returning home after The Fourth is a striking 14 percent. That number is just WAY too low for us! Here’s how we all can change that 14 percent to nearly 100!
Fourth of July Rover Safety Tips:
Tip #5. Let’s get Rover home! First things first, report your dog Lost on the Finding Rover app. Because your dog is already registered, this process will be a snap! The app will ask you to drop a pin on the map where your dog went missing. Then you can publish any information you would like displayed on the digital lost dog poster (phone number, email, dog needs meds, etc). Everyone in a 10-mile radius will get a notification to keep an eye out for your dog. When someone reports your dog as Found, you two will get matched up with 98% accuracy.
- Call your local shelter, and report a lost dog to them as well. Most shelters do this over the phone or on their website.
- Contact your microchip company to let them know you’re on the hunt.
- Dogs usually do not go further than 10-20 miles on foot (on paw, rather), so use the oldie-but-goodie technique of putting physical posters all around your neighborhood.
- Posting a screenshot of your Finding Rover lost poster on any and all social medias as humanly possible will help get the word out, as well.
- Lastly, do not give up! In the days following, check your local shelter frequently, explore social medias, and search possible matches on Finding Rover often easily with our one click “Search” button.
Sharing this information will build awareness and can save dogs' lives! When more people use Finding Rover to report dogs as lost and found, more dogs can get home safely and quickly.
With that, we close the book on our Fourth of July Rover Safety Series until next year! Please note these tips can be applied to thunder storms and storm season as well! We hope you have a fun, safe, and exciting Fourth of July with friends, family, and your fur-kids!
Fourth of July Rover Safety Tip number 4 is here!! Let’s recap: we know Fourth of July festivities increase the chance of your dog going missing, we recommend keeping Rover inside during fireworks and festivities, and we explained what not to do with your dog on this fun weekend. Today we bring you the final recommendation to keep Rover safe with you on The Fourth.
Fourth of July Rover Safety Tips:
Tip #4. Final preparation to keep Rover safe at home: Check the security of your fences around your yard. Quickly mend a broken piece of fence with an inexpensive plywood board and secure with nails. Chicken wire from the hardware store is a great quick fix for fences with large gaps.
Lastly, if you know your pet becomes extremely distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult your veterinarian before The Fourth of July to see if medication that relieves anxiety is appropriate for your pet.
Now that your pet-safety tool-belt is full of great resources from Tips 1 through 4, be sure to register your dogs on Finding Rover and tell your neighbors that your dogs are identifiable on Finding Rover.
Our next blog post will conclude our Fourth of July Safety Series with Tip #5 covering what to do if Rover does end up getting out this weekend.