The Fresh Patch Company (www.freshpatch.com) salutes research programs at the University of Minnesota that are building on dogs’ keen sense of smell to train them as potential diabetes alert dogs. It is hoped that these dogs can be trained to join the larger service-dog community, which assists people with blindness, hearing impairments, and other health issues. The program is underway in conjunction with a local dog training organization, “Can Do Canines,” which estimates that there are currently about 150 diabetes alert dogs nationwide. Remarkably, the dogs are being taught to detect and give an alert when a person with diabetes is experiencing low-blood sugar—simply by sniffing the person’s breath. Most of the time, diabetes patients work diligently to keep their blood sugar levels from being too high; however, they can also have dangerous episodes of low blood sugar. These episodes can lead to coma, and can be fatal if not detected and treated quickly. The ongoing studies are aimed at gathering scientific evidence on the effectiveness of the trained dogs in alerting patients to this problem. Unfortunately, many diabetes patients can’t tell when they have low blood sugar, particularly if they have had diabetes for many years. Importantly, the diabetes patients who have the alert dogs are cautioned they should not rely on them as their sole monitoring tool. The complete article about the program, written by Allie Shah, appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Detroit News:
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“Bring Your Dog To Work Day” is expanding beyond a one-day annual event, says Fresh Patch, maker of the real-grass disposable dog potty. The Fresh Patch Company welcomes this trend because its product makes it easy for people to bring their dogs to the office and other work locations. The Company says that having a real-grass potty at work for a visiting dog will help keep the boss happy by reducing the chance of dog accidents on carpets and floors, and will help co-workers accept that a dog has joined the team. For dogs who can’t tag along to work, the Fresh Patch potty is an in-home backyard any time of day or night.
The statistics tell the dog-wagging tale. Seventeen percent of American companies reported that they allow their employees to bring their dogs to work on occasion, according to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association. Employees of those companies brought their dogs to work an average of 22 times during 2012, up from 17 times in 2008.
Fresh Patch is not surprised that proponents of dogs in the workplace are influencing corporate behavior. According to the American Pet Products Association, 68 percent of Americans report owning at least one pet. Among those households, 47 percent of the pets are dogs. Companies that have “led the pack” in fostering the presence of dogs at work include Google, Apple, and Subaru.
Subaru has really been resonating with the dog-friendly community, says the Fresh Patch Company. Dogs are not just noticeable in Subaru T.V. commercials; they are also on the car company’s showroom floors—brought there by both employees and customers alike. Moreover, Subaru is a major supporter of dog-adoption events and of research studies that can improve the safety of dogs while traveling in cars.
The Hero Dog Awards Program will air on Wednesday, October 30 on the Hallmark channel. (http://hallmarkchannel.com/herodogawards) Actor Joey Lawrence will host the show, which celebrates the eight dog finalists and the overall winner. Taking home the title as winner of the 2013 Hero Dog Awards is Elle, an American Pit Bull Terrier with a special gift for working with children. Elle’s story and those of the other Hero Dog Award finalists are posted on the Hallmark channel website. The American Humane Association is the organization that founded this awards program.
Elle accepted her award, along with her owner and teacher, Leah Brewer of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, at a gala event that took place October 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Elle was recognized for her work in teaching dog safety to kids and in helping people overcome their fear of dogs. Recently, Elle and Brewer have started a therapy dog reading program called “Tail Wagging Tales” to help children strengthen their reading skills and boost their confidence. Elle visits kids in elementary schools, and the students take turns reading aloud to Elle.
Each of the eight finalists in the 2013 Hero Dog Awards represented a category of hero dog–Law Enforcement Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs. Each finalist received a monetary prize for a charitable organization, with Elle receiving the largest prize along with her top honors.
Elle was selected as the overall winner through a public voting process and by a blue-ribbon panel, consisting of both celebrities and animal experts. The panel included actress and comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, film and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, country-music artist and composer Miranda Lambert, and others who are dedicated to promoting the welfare of dogs and to increasing national recognition of their contributions to individuals and to society.
Fresh Patch—maker of the real-grass disposable dog potty—is recommending two new books to its customers. The books illustrate the insights about life that humans can learn from dogs, and how humans benefit from the often amazing, self-less, and compassionate acts of dogs. One book entitled, “The Divinity of Dogs,” bv Jennifer Skiff, is a collection of inspiring true stories about dogs who have enhanced and even saved the lives of humans. The second book, “A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home,” is by Sue Halpern. This book tells the tale of just one dog–the author’s own dog, Pransky. Trained to be a therapy dog rather late in life, Pransky faced and overcame many challenges. Along the way, Pransky gave Halpern many insights into human-dog relationships and virtues, including patience. There are vivid portraits of the nursing home residents and Pransky’s interactions with them. This book shows how one caring dog can both learn and teach many lessons, and brighten many lives at the same time. Both books are well-written and provide real stories that will resonate with the dog-friendly community.
Fresh Patch Customers Are Using Its Real Grass Potty in Conjunction with the Modern Dog Puppy Apartment
The Fresh Patch Company (www.freshpatch.com) reports that many of its customers are using its real-grass dog potty in conjunction with crate training their pups with the Potty Training Puppy Apartment (PTPA) made by the Modern Dog Company. (http://modernpuppies.com/pottytrainingpuppyapartment.aspx). According to Fresh Patch customers, the real grass fits very well within certain sizes of the Puppy Apartment, and it is being used with great success within the Puppy Apartment as an alternative to pee pads. The Fresh Patch Company notes that crate training is one of many approaches for house-training new puppies. It is essentially based on the principles of using a crate to create and confine a dog to its own space (versus the space in the rest of the home), and of separating the dog’s space within the crate into distinct sleeping and bathroom areas. Because a dog will not potty where he or she sleeps, a dog will learn that its bathroom area is the only acceptable place to go potty. Many dog trainers and owners swear by crate training, but some don’t like the confinement aspect. For those dog owners who are trying the Modern Dog Potty Training Apartment, the Fresh Patch Company is glad that its product can be used in the crates instead of pee pads. According to Fresh Patch, pee pads just teach dogs to “go” on synthetic material—a learned behavior that can carry over to rugs and furnishings. In contrast, potties with the smell and texture of real grass reinforce a dog’s instinctive behavior of going on natural grass outside the home. Once a dog makes the association between the real grass in the potty and the real grass outside the home, he or she will know that real grass is the only acceptable place to “go.” The Fresh Patch Company notes that an excellent analysis of the pros and cons of crate training and other training products is offered by Caryl Wolff, certified dog behavior consultant, in her new book, “Puppy Potty Training: The Expert’s Guide to Easy Housetraining FAST.” The digital book was offered for sale on Amazon.com in early September.
PetSmart Charities sponsored a National Adoption Event in mid-September along with several other pet product companies, including Purina and Pro Plan. (http://www.petsmartcharities.org/what-we-do)
These events are enormously helpful in bringing visibility to the problems faced by shelter dogs, notes the Fresh Patch company, maker of the real-grass, disposable dog potty. (www.freshpatch.com) Thousands of pets find their “forever” homes during PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekends, which are held four times each year. More than 3,000 animal welfare organizations partner with PetSmart Charities to save more pets’ lives every day. The PetSmart Charities also sponsor spay-neuter surgeries for pets.
It is great to see major pet products companies stepping up to the plate to address the issues faced by shelter dogs, says Fresh Patch. They are giving back in important ways to the dog-friendly community that supports their businesses with the purchase of pet food and related products. Everyone who cares about dogs can contribute to dog adoption efforts in some way. The Fresh Patch company donates its dog potties to the Best Friends Animal Society of Los Angeles to aid that organization’s mobile adoption program. The real-grass dog potties help the organization take care of dog bathroom needs while they are traveling in the adoption vans, as well as on-site at adoption locations. The Fresh Patch company also hopes that folks who adopt dogs will think about using its real-grass potties to ease the transition of the adopted dogs to their new homes.
On September 10, Animal Planet is scheduled to air a documentary film, “Hero Dogs of 9/11.” The film was produced by “Dog Files”–an online website and video series (www.dogfiles.com) that is dedicated to dogs and the people who love them.
Those interested should check local TV stations for programming details. The film features video interviews of people whose lives were changed by dogs during the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001.
Fresh Patch applauds the work of Kenn Bell, producer/director of the video and founder of the website. Fresh Patch agrees fully with Bell’s goal “to show the world that dogs deserve our love, care and respect.” Those who miss the documentary on Animal Planet, can check out other great dog videos on the “Dog Files” website.
Fresh Patch–the maker of the real-grass, disposable dog potty–is celebrating the September 2013 launch of a new book “Puppy Potty Training.” The book is authored by certified dog behavior consultant, Caryl Wolff, who is widely recognized by canine organizations for her expertise. Information about the new book can be found at:
To introduce the book to new puppy owners, or those planning to bring a pup home soon, Wolff is offering a special one-day download for $.99 on Thursday, September 5. After that, the book will be available free to those who schedule a training session with her. The book will also be available for purchase on Amazon at regular price.
Fresh Patch notes that the first chapters of Wolff’s book address the preparation, place, products, and preliminaries of puppy training. The rest of the book includes a step-by-step program, important pointers, advice on dealing with “accidents,” and other useful information. One chapter of the book addresses the use of various types of potties, with a list of their advantages and disadvantages. Fresh Patch customers will be pleased to know that Wolff prefers Fresh Patch among the potties that use sod or grass. She notes that Fresh Patch is “fully disposable, eco friendly, absorbs odors, and is delivered to your door.”
Caryl Wolff has published five other books on teacup puppies and dogs and maintains seven informational websites. The “Dedication” of Wolff’s book is: “For all the dogs who have been given away because no one took the time to train them.”
This week Fresh Patch and other dog-friendly people celebrated National Dog Day on August 26 with many, many woofs. This important day was launched in 2004 by Colleen Paige. The day recognizes the very large numbers of dogs in pet shelters, and the corresponding need to encourage their adoption. The special day helps to publicly recognize the important roles dogs play in our lives, as crime fighters, search-and-rescue workers, military dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs, and just as good friends and companions. There are many agencies working hard to further shelter adoptions, including Best Friends, the ASPCA and Petfinder. Their websites provide useful information for people who want to learn about the dog adoption process.
The Fresh Patch company is helping out by producing a real-grass, fully-disposable indoor dog potty that can ease the transition of an adopted dog from a shelter to a new “forever” home. Understandably, it can take a little time for a dog to adjust to the change from shelter life to family life, and to “settle in” to new people, surroundings, and routines. The living grass of Fresh Patch has a scent and “look” that dogs know and love—instinctively. That’s why Fresh Patch can help pave the way to a new lifestyle for both the adopted pet and the pet parents.
The Fresh Patch Company proudly supports the Best Friends Animal Society of Los Angeles. Each week, Fresh Patch provides them with several free Fresh Patches to help with their mobile adoption operation.
Dogs are becoming an increasingly important part of American life. According to the National Pet Owners Survey for 2013-2014, which was conducted by the American Pet Products Association, an estimated 68 percent of U.S.households own a pet of some sort–up from 56 percent in 1988, the first year of that survey. This 68 percent figure equates to about 82.5 million homes with a pet. The Association reports that an estimated 56.7 of those households own a dog—a substantial increase from the previous survey. The upward trend in dog owner ship, coupled with the very busy lifestyles of American dog owners, has increased the demand for the convenient, reliable FRESH PATCH dog potty. FRESH PATCH has become essential for meeting a dog’s bathroom needs when owners aren’t at home,such as in households where all members are off working, or when owners take their dogs with them on weekends or extended road trips. The Fresh Patch Company finds that its real-grass, fully disposable dog potty is being ordered not only for home use, but also for hotels, yachts, and car trips—as more and more dogs tag along and wag along with their owners on fun-filled jaunts away from home. Dogs across American are definitely on the road again, but now, travel is made easy because they take along their very own real-grass potty.