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Monthly Archives: February 2011

  • What makes a 'Good Friday' Even Greater

    By now I'm sure our Fanimals are aware of our 'Good Friday' contributions that donate a case of Cranimals GOLD (48 bags) to nominated non-profit organizations. We've had a plethora of suggestions submitted about what these great causes mean to our Cranimals community, and in return we've sent out donations in the hope that we can provide some assistance to the remarkable volunteers that are at the heart of these animal rescue foundations.

    Image courtesy of Sally Hull - sally@hullshaven.org

    The best part of each and every 'Good Friday' is when we receive feedback, results and heartwarming stories from the recipients of our donations. Sally Hull is the founder of Hull's Haven Border Collie Rescue, a foundation that does specialize in the rescue and rehabilitation of Border Collies, with ongoing efforts in puppy mill rescue of all breeds in the United States.

    Based in Winnipeg, Canada, Hull's Haven is a truly universal organization that is working to spread their assistance and loving care to as many animals as they can reach. Felix is a foster dog under their care who proved to be an ideal recipient of some Cranimals GOLD. Living with an inoperable health condition that restricts him to a low protein diet, Felix is a puppy whose growth and development is difficult to encourage.

    A shy Felix digging for some GOLD

    With a boost of DHA Omega 3's from GOLD we are happy to provide even the smallest bit of help to Felix in the hopes that he will be able to live comfortably under the care of Hull's Haven volunteers, and hopefully will eventually develop into a full-grown dog.

    While some of our recipients are focused on a specific breed of dog, or perhaps limited to caring for cats, we aim to target a diverse variety of organizations - just as our Cranimals GOLD targets an encompassing array of pet health problems. Perhaps best known for being a recommended supplement for developing puppies and cats of all ages, Cranimals GOLD contains vegetarian DHA Omega 3 - an anti-inflammatory substance important for neurological, skin, brain, eye and heart health.

    Combined with our signature cranberry extract to maintain optimum kidney and urinary tract health, while also battling bacteria that may affect dental hygiene, Cranimals GOLD is a remarkable supplement that does cater towards those animals that are in developmental stages, but can also be used for animals that experience the onset of health conditions that may impair sight and mental acuity.

    So far this year we have reached out to over a dozen non-profits as suggested by our Fanimals in both the United States and Canada, including Bright Eyes Dog Rescue in Saskatchewan,Ratbone Rescues in Florida, Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada based in Nova Scotia andRolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary in New Hampshire.

    We are just getting started with our donations and would love to hear more thoughtful suggestions from you, our Fanimals, as we continue well into 2011 and beyond. To share a non-profit animal organization that holds meaning to you, please make your way over to our Facebook page and leave us a post or comment.

  • Cranswers with J&F!

    Do you have a pet health question or canine concern?

    Here at Cranimals, we are focused on easing your pet health concerns with a variety of products to target specific problems. An important factor in your pet's maintenance and well-being is their ability to receive proper care, guidance and affection to become familiar with other people, pets and you. Unexpected conditions may have an adverse effect on your pet's behaviour or training, and may leave them expressing an unusual aversion to common socialization.

    To help Cranswer your pet behavioural queries we've reached out to our good friends at J&F Canine Services. Justin Wilcox is the Chief Trainer at J&F Canine Services here in British Columbia and specializes in companion dog training and behavioural correction. Having dealt with several case studies in the past, Justin is a knowledgeable and trustworthy expert who has partnered with us to help ease the concerns of the Cranimals community!

    Check out our friends J&F Canine Services!

    This weeks questions touch upon variety of questions regarding dependency, grief in dogs and erratic behaviour:

    My partner and I found an abandoned dog on the side of a highway and are raising her. The problem is, the dog is so needy that we can't take two steps without her being under our feet! She follows us everywhere in the house and outside. We will sit on the couch and she lays on our feet or puts her head in our laps. We try, in a gentle way, to lay her down by herself but she turns to us and gives us the saddest look. Trust and believe that she is not lacking in attention! It was very endearing at first, but now is becoming - I feel guilty for saying this - very annoying. What can we do?

    -Tami

    The best thing to do is to start claiming your space. If I'm taking up too much room on the couch my wife will give me a push and tells me to move over. It's basically the same idea with the dogs. Be firm, claim your space and don't feel bad about doing it. Every animal needs to learn 'personal' space.

    My 12 year old German Shepherd is two weeks into our bereavement of our 6 year old girl. How can I help them cope with grief and loss?

    -Sue

    Grief and loss is something that all animals experience. Try to keep them active with their favourite tasks such as long walks or fetch and they will be able to move forward with you every day.

    My husband and I just went on a vacation for 1 week and left our two dogs at our house while my in-laws stayed at the house and dog-sat. When we walked through the door upon returning from our vacation, our one dog was extremely happy to see us while our other dog was apprehensive - growling, barking and backing away. When we started talking to him and approaching him, he ran upstairs and peed all over the place! It took him a while to figure out who we were, after first warming up to my husband and then myself (being coaxed with a treat). He has been fine ever since, but should it happen again what can we do to help our dog feel more at ease and familiar with us when we are away?

    -Neely

    The best way to start would be to ignore them and keep to yourself as you arrive at home. Whether your dogs are jumping all over you or completely avoiding you, only acknowledge them once they have relaxed completely. For example, if they lay down by themselves, they are calm enough to acknowledge. If you ignore the dog that is jumping he will learn that jumping does not receive attention and will therefore calm down. You can give him attention when he's in a calmer, more obedient state of mind.

    For the dog that is avoiding you, let him come to you when he is ready and under his own power. Forcing interaction with a dog only results in his learning to be more apprehensive. When he does approach you, try not to flood him with affection. Just put a leash on him and go for a walk together. This will strengthen the bond between all of you - the peeing should go away as as result.

    That wraps up this edition of Cranswers with J&F! If you have any questions for a future helping of Cranswers regarding either dog behaviour and training, or general questions about our Cranimals products with regards to pet health send your questions in to steve@cranimal.com, let us know on our Facebook page, or post them in a comment below!

    Thanks for your questions Fanimals, and again thanks to Justin for his helpful Cranswers! Be sure to check out J&F Canine Services on Facebook to connect with Justin and become a fan!

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