The Top 25 Horse Bloggers of 2012

At Bel-Rea we have a special fondness in our heart for horses. If you love them as much as we do, then you should know that there are many amazing blogs out there that cover a wealth of information about your passion! This is why we’ve put together a list of the Top 25 Horse Bloggers of 2012.

From horse care to fun scenic riding trails to discover, come uncover anything you’d ever want to know about all things horse-related. The best part? You don’t have to own your own horse to enjoy the informative tips and colorful stories told by these bloggers. If you’ve got a passion for saddles, hooves, and long, pretty manes, you won’t want to miss out!

So without further ado, here they are, the list of Top 25 Horse Bloggers of 2012!

1. The Horse http://www.thehorse.com/

2. Equisearch http://www.equisearch.com/

3. My Horse Daily http://myhorse.com/

4. Behind the Bit http://www.behindthebitblog.com/

5. Pam Nickoles Photography http://nickolesphotography.wordpress.com/

6. America’s HQrse Daily http://americashorsedaily.com/

7. Teachings of the Horse http://victoriacummings.blogspot.com/

8. Ride Every Step http://www.rideeverystep.net/

9. A Horse Blog http://www.ahorseblog.com/blog/

10. The Horsey Set Net http://thehorseyset.net/

11. Horsealicious http://horsealicious.com/

12. Horse Trail Riders http://www.horsetrailriders.com/

13. Horse & Man http://horseandman.com/

14. If Wishes Were Horses http://susannaforrest.wordpress.com/

15. Grey Horse Matters http://greyhorsematters.blogspot.com/

16. In Rhythm With The Horse http://inrhythmwiththehorse.blogspot.com/

17. Toad Hill http://toadhillminis.blogspot.com/

18. Lone Star Ranch http://www.lonestarranchblog.com/

19. Northern Horse http://www.northernhorse.com/blog/

20. Horse Sense and Cents http://horsesenseandcents.com/blog/

21. Cavallo Horse and Rider http://www.cavallo-inc.com/blog/

22. Tuesday’s Horse http://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/

23. Hayes is for Horses http://www.hayesisforhorses.com/blog/

24. The Black Stallion http://theblackstallion.com/web/news/

25. Our First Horse http://www.ourfirsthorse.com/

 

What to Know About Breeders

If you’re looking for a new pup to bring home, you may be considering many different options. At Bel-Rea we recommend seeking out local animal shelters to find a furry match for you. If you already have a breed in mind you can often put yourself on a specific breed waiting list. However, if you do have your mind set on utilizing a breeder, we’ve put together a list of 5 qualities to look for in a good one.

1. They Will Ask You a LOT of Questions

A good breeder will want to find the best possible home for her liter, which means you should expect to answer a lot of questions. These questions may include what your work schedule is like, what your yard layout is like, and what the people you live with are like as a few examples. If the breeder you’re considering fails to ask you any questions, consider it a red flag and a sign to contact a new breeder.

2. They’ll Take Your Dog Back if You Can’t Keep It

Good breeders do not want their dogs to end up in animal shelters, which means that they’ll want you to contact them if you find yourself unable to keep the dog.

3. Offer a Life-Long Guarantee

Good breeders offer a life-long guarantee of the dogs they breed. This means no genetic problems or diseases should arise in your pet throughout her life. Responsible breeders do this because they do their best to ensure that both parents are free of genetic risk.

4. They Offer References

A good breeder will always provide you with a list of references; it goes without saying, but good breeders should have an extensive list of people you can refer to on their behalf. That way you can hear from other pet owners like you to ensure you’re working with a reliable breeder.

5.  Paperwork

A good breeder will provide you with pedigrees to ensure you that the dogs are healthy and pure bred.

Stick to this list, and you’ll be sure to find the breeder (and the dog) you’ve been looking for.

Dog Treat Recipe: How to Make Your Own Bacon Bits

There are many ways to say, “I love you,” to your pup, but we bet her favorite way comes in a bite-sized tasty form. Store-purchased dog treats are always fun, but there’s nothing quite like a homemade recipe made in your own oven. This is why we’re providing dedicated pet-lovers like you a fun recipe to try at home—we’re sure your pretty pooch will jump for joy when she sees what you’ve got in store for her with this yummy Bacon Bits recipe. (Please note:  If your furry friend has any health issues, please check with your vet before giving them any treats – homemade or store-bought!)

What you’ll need:

6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

4 eggs, well beaten

1/8 cup bacon fat

1 cup water

1/2 cup non-fat dry milk powder

2 cup graham flour

2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup cornmeal

Steps:

  1. Beat four eggs in one bowl
  2. Add eggs to a new bowl with all other ingredients and stir with a sturdy spoon
  3. Grease selected baking sheet
  4. Drop large tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes
  6. Turn off oven and leave cookies on baking sheet in oven overnight to dry out

With these 6 simple steps you’re on your way to one happy fluff ball.

Why You Should Microchip Your Pets

Microchipping may seem like a scary concept to pet owners, but the simple act of inserting the small device into your pet may actually save your pet’s life. In a world full of wonderful smells, colorful eye-catchers, and things to explore, it’s easy to see why animals tend to wander off even under a watchful eye. Luckily there’s no need to panic if you’re utilizing this tiny device. In fact, we’ve put together a list of 4 main reasons why you should consider using a microchip with your animal.

1. It Won’t Hurt

The procedure is very simple and doesn’t take anesthesia like surgery does. It’s similar to a vaccination shot—your local vet will insert the chip (which is about the size of a grain of rice) through a needle into your pet. The pain your pet experiences will be very minimal, and your furry friend will be back to normal in a matter of seconds.

2. It’s Permanent

Once the chip is inserted it is good for life—you’ll never have to replace it. Your chip will have a permanent number linked to it that animal shelters and vet clinics can scan and enter into a system in order to locate your contact information. The only thing you’ll need to worry about is registering your pet and keeping your contact information up to date.

3. It’s the Best Chance of Getting Your Pet Home

Collars can come loose, and if your cat or dog is caught without one, there’s not much a pet shelter or a veterinary clinic can do to locate you. Pet shelters euthanize thousands of homeless pets a year, which is why providing contact information in some form is so important for owners. When an animal shelter receives a new animal, they scan the animal to locate a microchip. If they find one, a number will register and they can match this number to the number in a database, which is where your contact information will be held when you register your pet’s microchip number. Then you’re just a phone call or email away from being reunited with your four-legged friend.

4. It’s Cheap

The cost to get the chip inserted is anywhere between $25-65 dollars (in addition to registration fees), but this pales in comparison to what it may cost to create and set up posters or offer rewards. And since it’s a one-time only procedure, you’ll only have to pay this relatively small fee once. It’ll make less of a dent in your wallet than normal vaccinations.

When it comes to your fuzzy companion, you’ll want to make sure you do everything you can to keep him safe and secure, and this is one simple way to do that. If you’re still unsure, feel free to ask your local veterinarian about your options, and you may also want to visit the Humane Society’s FAQ about microchipping here: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/microchips.html. We wish you and your four-legged pal a long happily ever after together.

The Top 25 Cat Bloggers of 2012

Photo by: play4smee

At Bel-Rea we’re all about fellow cat lovers, which is why we decided to put together a list of the top 25 cat bloggers we’d recommend for readers who enjoy all things feline.

Photo by: Tambako the Jaguar

From creative ways to build the perfect bed for your cat to informative posts on how to keep your kitty flea-free, these blogs tell all and have attracted many pet-loving readers.

Photo by: -Meesho-

So here it is, our Bel-Rea Vet Tech List of Top 25 Cat bloggers! Take a look through and cater to your inner cat-lover!

1. Modern Cat http://www.moderncat.net

2. Daisy the Curly Cat http://daisythecurlycat.blogspot.com/

3. Cat Man Do http://catexpert.blogspot.com/

4. The Conscious Cat http://consciouscat.net/

5. Love Meow http://lovemeow.com/

6. Covered in Cat Hair http://www.coveredincathair.com/

7. Thoughts Fur Paws http://thoughtsfurpaws.com/

8. Floppy Cats http://www.floppycats.com/

9. House Cat Confidential http://housecatconfidential.blogspot.com/

10. Alasandra: The Cats and a Dog http://alasandra2003.blogspot.com/

11. Way of Cats http://www.wayofcats.com/blog/

12. Glogirly http://www.glogirly.com/

13. Friends of Felines’ Rescue Center http://friendsoffelines.blogspot.com/

14. Whiskers and Leo Pet Care http://whiskersandleo.com/blog/

15. Romeo the Cat http://www.romeothecat.com/

16. Pawesome http://www.pawesome.net/

17. Mod Cat Love http://modcatlove.com/

18.  Forever Foster http://foreverfoster.blogspot.com/

19. Sparkle http://www.sparklecat.com/

20. Mouse Breath http://mousebreath.com/

21. Cat Fact Files http://www.catfactfiles.com/

22. I Have Cat http://ihavecat.com/

23.  Cat’s Cats http://catscats-catrina.blogspot.com/

24. The Cat Post Intelligencer http://www.mysiamese.com/

25.  Paper Bag and String http://www.anndziemianowicz.com/

The Top 25 Dog Bloggers of 2012

Congratulations to the Bel-Rea Vet Tech Top 25 Dog Bloggers of 2012!

From posts about how to safely trim a dog’s nails to tips on picking the perfect breed based on lifestyle, these blogs have earned an audience of devoted pet owners.

Olwen with leaf by Mike Bostock

Essays like “The Companion” on Collie Dog Owners are written with care and show a deep appreciation for the canine species. Other posts, like The Daily Corgi’s post on “Benny the wonder dog of New Hampshire” shares a heart-warming story of what it means to rescue a dog, and make him or her part of a family pack even when that dog has a disability.

P-A-B-L-O (Explore) by Werwin15

 

The joy and humor of a dog’s life is captured in these award-winning blogs! Be sure to visit these sites and celebrate man’s best friend!

No Strings by Emery Way

 

 

The Top 25 Dog Bloggers of 2012:

1. Life With Dogs: http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/

2. 3 Boys and a Dog: http://www.3boysandadog.com/

3. All Things Dog Blog: http://allthingsdogblog.blogspot.com/

4. The Long and Short of It All: http://dachshundlove.blogspot.com/

5. A Dog’s Life, the real story: http://mogley-adogslife.blogspot.com/

6. Big Dogs Huge Paws: http://bigdogshugepaws.blogspot.com/

7. Sleddoggin: http://www.sleddoggin.com/

8. Loldogs: http://dogs.icanhascheezburger.com/

9. Its the Dogs Life: http://www.itsthedogslife.com/

10. PetsBlogs.com: http://www.petsblogs.com/

11.  FIDO Friendly: http://www.fidofriendly.com/

12. Montreal Dog Blog: http://www.montrealdogblog.com/

13. The Philly Dog: http://www.thephillydog.com/

14. Fit As Fido: http://www.fitasfido.com/

15. Pet Health Care Gazette: http://www.pet-health-care-gazette.com/

16. ohmidog! http://www.ohmidog.com/

17. The Retriever, Dog, and Wildlife Blog:  http://retrieverman.wordpress.com/

18. DogTipper.com: http://www.dogtipper.com/

19. Collie Dog Owners: http://www.colliedogowners.com/

20. Daily Pawprints: http://www.dailypawprints.com/

21: A Dogs Life: http://www.adogslifecomic.com/

22. Snorable: http://www.snorable.org/snorable/

23. The Daily Corgi: http://thedailycorgi.blogspot.com/

24. Its Raining Cats  Dogs In West Virgina: http://itsrainingcatsdogsglixman.blogspot.com/

25. Dog Foster Mom: http://www.dogfostermom.com/

The Puppy by Klearchos Kapoutsis

The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.
― Samuel Butler

The Furry Scurry Animal Fundraiser Raises Over $740,000

The Dumb Friends League hosted their annual 2-mile walk on Saturday May 5th in Denver’s Washington Park. They hold this notable fundraiser every spring to help raise the money that’s needed to shelter and care for as many as 24,000 homeless pets each year. This time around they managed to raise over $740,000–a huge accomplishment.

What made this event such a great success? Four-legged and two-legged friends alike came out to walk, play, and compete in some silly events such as the Pet/Person Look-alike, Best Pet Kisser, Best Tail Wagger and Best Trick event. With the amazing turn out, Furry Scurry only needs to raise $260,000 more to reach their goal of $1 million for 2012.

In efforts to achieve their objective, the Dumb Friends League is still accepting donations and pledges through June 4th, so if you find the urge to help out a fluffy friend, you can click here to make more tails wag!

 

Heat Stroke & Pet Tips for Summer/Car Safety

During the hot months of summer, your pets need some extra attention to stay healthy. Here’s a summary of the summer safety tips listed by the ASPCA (www.aspca.org) to keep your pets happy in the summertime and to successfully avoid overheating, dehydration, and sunburn:

1. Take your pet on walks/exercise in the cool hours of the early morning or evening, not during hot times.

2. Beware of hot asphalt – letting your dog stand on hot asphalt can result in burned pads on paws.

3. Bring your pets indoors to a cool part of your house for the hottest parts of the day.

4. When they are outside, give them plenty of shade to rest in & cool, clean water.

5. NEVER leave your pets in the car. This is not a good idea at any time of the year but can quickly become fatal in the summertime due to how swiftly the interior of our cars heat up and how fast your pets can become overheated.

6. Take extra special care if your pets are elderly, overweight, or have heart or lung disease.

7. Know the typical problems for your breed/species of pet – i.e. brachycephalic breeds are at greater risk for heat stroke due to their breed-typical breathing problems.

8. IMMEDIATELY take your pet to the vet if your pet shows signs of heat stroke or exhaustion.

Abiding by these simple measures will mean a fun and safe summer for you and your pets, so keep them in mind on those blistering hot summer days.

3 Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds Your Family Will Love

The quest for the perfect pooch can be time-intensive, but when looking for the right four-legged friend, it’s important to find the perfect match. Not all dogs are right for kids, but certain breeds that definitely do better with youngsters in the house. What breeds make the perfect companion for little ones? We’ve got the list right here:

1. Golden Retriever

The golden retriever is an old family favorite for a reason; this happy pooch is trustworthy, gentle, reliable, and very friendly with strangers. He’s a definite tail-wagger and loves to be surrounded by people. The only downside? You have to train him early because these dogs have a puppy-like, energetic personality that will last for years. Luckily they’re a smart breed and easily trainable.

2. Beagle

Beagles are wonderful dogs for kids because they are mid-sized (less accident-prone to knocking small children over), gentle, and even-tempered. They have a good amount of energy to keep up with kids and are super friendly. They also happen to be good with other pets; the only thing you’ll have to worry about is brushing and bathing them frequently (these little guys like to shed).

3. Bulldog

A bulldog is definitely a different route to take than a beagle or a golden retriever, but they still happen to be a great fit the younger ones in your family. Although much less energetic, these dogs are quiet, loyal, gentle, and friendly. They are comfortable in apartments and big houses, and they don’t need to be walked as much. Like golden retrievers however they must be trained at an early age because their puppy-like habits (jumping, biting, etc.) can carry on through adult hood.

We wish you the best in finding the perfect fit for your family!

 

Rabies Awareness: 4 Animals To Avoid When Walking Your Dog

Because rabies is a very serious disease that can be fatal if left untreated, the best way to treat rabies is to prevent it all together. Since rabies is more common in certain species of animals, we’ve complied a list of the top 4 species that pose the biggest rabies threat.

  1. Raccoons—37.2% of cases reported
  2. Skunks—30.7% of cases reported
  3. Bats—17.2% of cases reported
  4. Foxes—5.9% of cases reported

This list makes up for 93% of all cases; the rest of the 8% of cases came from various other species, a minuscule amount compared to the top 4 species. It is good to note however, that there have been cases where an outbreak of rabies has occurred in a specific species (for instance woodchucks from 1985-1994 accounted for 86% of cases). Outbreaks as large as this one will be reported, so keep an eye out in your local news.

To prevent spread of the disease make sure you and your pet are vaccinated. A vaccine for your pet should average about $25, and the shot should be administered every 1-3 years. The human vaccine can cost anywhere between $400-1500, but may be completely covered by your medical insurance plan or available at a low cost through a pharmaceutical assistance program.

Rabies is a scary virus but is relatively uncommon and completely preventable. Just be cautious and make sure the next time you’re out walking your dog to keep your distance from these furry critters and admire them from afar.