Infinity Inspired Photography partners with Friends of Winnebago County Dog Parks

Infinity Inspired Photography has partnered with Friends of Winnebago County Dog Parks, Inc! What does this mean? It means they will be our official photographer at event such as this weekends Doggie Paddle at the Beach. Watch for more to come! In the meantime, Check out their website and Facebook pages.
Welcome Terra and Karissa!

Kennedy Steps Down, Linder Steps In

Michelle Kennedy who has been President of Friends of Winnebago County Dog Parks, Inc since inception stepped down the end of June, 2014.  Michelle was instrumental in getting the organization their 501(c) 3, improvements at Best Friends Dog Park, starting the Doggie Paddles and the Winnebago Pet Expo.  Additional during her time with Friends of Winnebago County Dog Parks, Inc. multiple properties were pursued for the additional dog park in the northern part of Winnebago County.
Michelle leaves to help daughter with her animals while her daughter deploys.   Michelle did not leave the dog park behind.  She will continue to support the group remotely and will stay supporting the Winnebago Pet Expo.
Mike Linder, Tripper’s Dad, has stepped in as President of Friends of Winnebago County Dog Parks, Inc.  Mike comes to the group as a regular user of the dog park and advocate for the groups mission and vision.  Mike has many years experience leading and directing volunteer groups. Business Development and managerial experience are additional skills Mike brings with him to help direct Friends of Winnebago County Dog Parks, Inc.    Please help Mike feel welcome when you see him!
Your support of Friends of Winnebago County Dog Parks,Inc is imperative for the parks to stay nice and continue.  To volunteer please reach out to Mike at

Global Pet Expo 2014: Dr. Marty Becker's Best New Pet Products

Every year I love going from booth to booth to see the thousands of pet products at Global Pet Expo in Orlando. The unique and innovative cat and dog products always blow me away.
For my annual Becker’s Best list, I chose 10 of my favorite new items.Check Dr. Becker’s 2014 picks Here:

Is Kissing Your Pet Okay or Risky?

imagesBy Dr. Marty Becker
There’s a controversy in veterinary medicine that divides the profession, and it’s over something that many pet owners never give a second thought: kissing your pets. As you might imagine, I have some thoughts on this topic. Because, yes, I kiss my pets, and yes, I know I probably shouldn’t.
To Kiss or Not to Kiss
Not long ago, Dr. Christina Winn came out in favor of pet kissing in a Veterinary Economicscover piece. Dr. Winn was looking at ways to develop better communications with pet owners so pets will be more likely to get the care they need. The antikissing contingent blew her a raspberry soon after, with a letter signed by a handful of veterinarians, including my good friend Dr. Tony Johnson, a clinical assistant professor of critical care at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Their point: It is indeed possible to catch something from such close contact with a pet.
See Also: Should Dogs or Cat Sleep on Your Bed?
I’ve taken this issue on, in very public ways, and I have to admit that I can see both sides. I still remember doing a segment on Good Morning America about zoonotic diseases, or those that are transmissible from animals to humans. Looking right into the camera and pointing to my mouth for emphasis, I said, “It’s really not a good idea to let your pets kiss or lick you on the mouth.”
Upward of 4 million people heard my recommendation, and probably 3.9 million pet owners, including me, ignored my good advice. In fact, the evening after that show, I pulled into the garage at our Almost Heaven Ranch and opened the door of the pickup to Quixote, our 16-pound canine cocktail.
“Ah, you want to give daddy some sugars?” I said. And he did.
I Can’t Help Myself
Despite recent studies about the transmission of bacteria between pets and people causing dental disease, I continue to let my pets give me kisses. And I do so knowing where those mouths have been. And while I know that my pets are in the very best of health – with regular brushings anddental cleanings under anesthesia when necessary – I don’t draw the line there. I kiss my patients when I’m practicing too. Within reason, of course: Sick, scared or aggressive pets get a pass.
Kissing pets is popular, sensible or not. While disease transmission does happen now and then, it’s usually more of an annoyance (such as ringworm) than a threat. A few months ago my wife and I tapped into the furnomenon by running a kissing booth at a local dog fair to raise money for our local animal shelter. Teresa and our two 16-pound doorbells, Quixote and Quora, worked the booth for two hours, raising more than $50 in that time. That was a slurp every 2 ½ minutes. Teresa even got a kiss from a Jack Russell terrier who rode by on his own horse. (No, I’m not making that up.)
See Also: Top 10 People-Pleasing Dog Breeds
Kiss Away… With Caution
But back to the risks. Shortly after the study about the transfer of oral bacteria from pets to people came out, I talked with Dr. Richard E. Besser, a pediatrician and the former acting head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the current ABC News chief health and medical editor.
“What do you think about this, Dr. Becker?” he asked me, to which I replied, “When’s the last time you ever heard or read of a veterinarian dying of a zoonotic disease or having no teeth from dental disease?”
“Exactly,” replied Dr. Besser. “I’m still kissing my dogs!”
And so am I.

The Most Dangerous Place at Your Dog Park

Robin Bennett offers some great tips to help you and your pet be safe at the dog park.  Read her blog in its entirety HERE, below find an excerpt.
IMG_1842“The gate represents freedom, playtime, fun, and adventure….an entryway to all things good to a dog. But the gate also represents a mob scene of uncontrolled activity. Like amped up hockey fans who start out cheering and quickly end up throwing punches, dogs enter a dog park amidst the amped up energy of other dogs who want a piece of the action. The scene at the gate can quickly change from a congenial receiving line to an out of control riot.

Take these three simple steps to enter the dog park without the risk of a fight breaking out.

  1. Go for a walk first. When you arrive at the dog park, take your dog on a short 2-3 minute walk near the entrance of the park. Stay far enough from the fence that your dog doesn’t interact with the other dogs, but close enough that he can see what is going on.  This gives all the dogs at the park time to adjust to the new dog in the area.
  2. Reward Calm Behavior. When you get to the gate, keep your dog on leash until he settles down.  Remember that dogs will repeat any behavior that gets rewarded.  If your dog is bouncing up and down like a lunatic and then you open the gate to let him into the park, you have just rewarded the bouncy behavior.  Instead, wait until your dog is calm before letting him in the park.  This might take 3-5 minutes the first time you try it, but your dog will learn the sooner he is calm, the sooner he can go in.
  3. Wait for Other Dogs to Leave the Gate. Don’t open the gate until most of the dogs inside the park have moved away from it.  If you are boring and your dog is calm, the other dogs in the park will tire of waiting for you and will move on to other things.  Use this to your advantage and wait them out. The fewer dogs at the gate when you enter, the less likely a fight will occur.”

Don’t forget the Dog Park isn’t fun for ALL dogs.  Please be respectful to your dog and other dogs at the Dog Park.

Pet Stains?

What is your favorite Pet Stain remover??  There are a slue of them on the market from organic to chemical.  Share your favorite, here is one we have used with good results.



January – Walk Your Pet Month

imagesHere are some tips to winter proof your dog paws from salts and cold from CesarsWay.
Winter can be brutal on our dog’s paw pads. Exposed to the elements and toxic chemicals, the paw pads are at risk for drying, cracking, trauma, frostbite and chemical burns. Luckily, there are some tips and products out there that can help keep your dog’s paws happy and healthy this winter.
Many protective balms are available to help protect your dog’s paws, and even some human products can do the trick. Do your research. Once you find the balm that you like, take these steps:
Before using the balm, make sure the paw is ready. Good grooming is essential for healthy winter feet. If your dog has long hair use a clipper (beard trimmer with the shortest plastic guard equipped works well) to keep the hair between the paw pads short so that it is even with the pad. Trim the hair around the paws especially if they have a lot of feathering to make sure none of the hair comes into contact with the ground. This will help prevent ice balls from forming between and around the paw pads which can be painful and result in trauma. It also makes it easier to apply the balm to the pads. Keeping the nails trimmed is important year-round but even more so in the winter because long nails force the paw to splay out and make it more likely that snow and ice will accumulate between the paw pads.
Apply a thin even layer of balm just before going out for a wintery walk. After the walk wipe your dog’s paws with a warm washcloth to remove snow, ice and ice melt. Then apply another layer of balm to soothe any irritation and to keep them from drying out. Bag Balm can be found in most drug stores and pet stores. If you can’t find Bag Balm then Vaseline is an acceptable alternative.
Another good option to protect your dog’s paws is dog boots. These boots are made by various manufacturers and can be easily found online and in pet stores. They consist of a sock like boot with a Velcro strap to help keep them in place. Some have soles which provide the additional benefit of adding traction. These boots protect the paw by helping them stay dry and preventing exposure to salt and de-icers. Be sure to check that the strap is not too tight; the boot should be snug so that it doesn’t slip off but not so tight that it constricts the paw. Dogs tend to not to like wearing the boots at first so acclimate them to wearing them by putting them on your dog for short periods of time in the house. Praise them and gradually increasing the length of time as they get used to them.
Be aware that salt and most de-icers can be toxic to our canine friends. Try to keep your dog away from roads and sidewalks that have been heavily treated with salt and chemical de-icers. There are pet friendly de-icers available for use on your own sidewalks and driveway and you should encourage your neighbors to do the same. Immediately after a walk, wash your dog’s paws with warm water as described earlier to help prevent them from ingesting any salt or chemicals that may be on their paws. While outdoors, do not let your dog eat slush or drink from puddles near heavily treated roads and sidewalks.
Dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia just as people are so use common sense as to how long your walks can be. Keep them short and watch for signs of hypothermia such as shivering, anxiety and moving slowly.
Winter can be tough on our dog’s feet but good grooming and protecting the paws by using a balm or booties will go a long way to keeping your dog’s feet healthy.
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National Train Your Dog Month

A whole website dedicated to National Train Your Dog Month!
logo_tydm_v2In 2010 the Association of Pet Dog Trainers began the National Train Your Dog Month campaign. The APDT thought it was long overdue to dedicate a month to bringing awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be easy and fun! We selected January as the perfect month because so many dogs and puppies are adopted or purchased from breeders and brought home during the winter holidays. Our desire is to help these new pet parents start off the new year right with their newest family member. Continue reading “National Train Your Dog Month”