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Two New Pet Gear No-Zip Strollers

pgnzjogThe popularity of the Pet Gear No-Zip pet strollers is overwhelming. The NV, Special Edition and Happy Trails strollers all have the No-Zip feature. The hidden bar around the edge of the pet compartment creates a comfortable paw rest for the pet who likes to look out of the stroller. Instead of a zipper enclosing the pet compartment, there is a latch that closes it. Many people feel that the latch is quicker and easier to get a pet in and out of the stroller, compared to a zipper.

Pet Gear has just released the Jogger and the AT3 with the No-Zip feature. Interestingly, the cabin size is the same size  (30″L x 13″W x 22″H) for the Jogger, AT3 and the NV. The differences are the following:

  • The NV weight limit is 75 pounds. It comes with an air pump and a weather cover. Stroller height to handle is 42 inches.
  • The Jogger weight limit is 70 pounds. It comes with an air pump. Stroller height to handle is 41.5 inches.
  • The AT3 weight limit is 60 pounds and has “never-flat” EVA tires. Stroller height to handle is 41.5 inches.



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Pets For Stress Relief

It is well-known that dogs, and other pets, can help lower your blood pressure, encourage recovery from heart disease and create a general sense of positive self-esteem. Several people are testing out these theories by using animals as therapists.shih-tzu-puppies-pictures-2

For example, the Paws for Purple Hearts program is being piloted at the VA in Palo Alto, CA. This program is helping returning veterans heal from psychological wounds by making them responsible for training service dogs. These dogs will then serve other veterans with combat-related injuries. Psychiatrists believe that the veterans who train the dogs are receiving positive reinforcement from eager-to-please Golden Retrievers in the form of licks and nudges. This positive reinforcement then helps boost the self-esteem of the veterans that has been shattered by combat experiences.

Another program is taking place at the Harvard Medical School library. A Shih-Tzu named Cooper is the resident therapy dog. Anyone can essentially check him out by visiting him in his office in 30 minute increments. Cooper’s office is equipped with chew toys, food, water and his bed. Cooper’s very calm demeanor helps reduce anxiety in the “patients” who come to him for comfort, a good cry, or a game of tug-of-war.


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How to Avoid Dog Bites

Warmer weather means more outdoor activities. You are bound to encounter lots of dogs in your travels, but how can you be sure a dog won’t lash out and bite you, or that your dog won’t bite someone else?


The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers these dog bite facts:

  • Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.

To keep others from getting bitten by your dog, make sure he is well-socialized with other animals from an early age. It is important that you make sure your dog has plenty of exercise and positive attention. Proper training from a young age will help you dog be aware of human expectations.

You can teach children to always ask an owner for permission to pet a dog, and if granted, offer the dog the back of a hand to sniff first. Also, touching a dog while he is eating or sleeping is not a good idea. Children should not taunt a dog that is behind a fence and they should also avoid staring at a dog directly in the eyes. We don’t want kids to be afraid of dogs, just cautious when the dog, or the situation, is unknown. For example, a dog that is otherwise docile, may bite you if you try to pet him while he is in a car. This dog may not ever have been aggressive, but feels territorial locked inside a car.



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The PetEgo Bike Leashes

Now that three, actually four PetEgo Bike Leashes are on the market, we can look at them together.

The Walky Dog bike leash got good reviews in the beginning, but then reports started coming in that the bungee cord was fraying from repeated pulling by the dogs. Another criticism was that the clip used to connect to your dog’s leash or harness was not strong enough. PetEgo responded and created the Walky Dog Plus. This bike leash uses a heavier metal, a stronger cord that doesn’t fray, a larger, stronger clip, and more precise construction. The tow bar clips in and out of the clamp (the part that attaches to the seat post of your bike) smoothly and with one hand. This leash is recommended for dogs that weigh 40 – 50 pounds or more.


The Cycleash is constructed of aluminum and is secured to the seat post block with a safety clip. The seat post block has the option to run a dog on both sides of your bike. You would just need to purchase an extra tow bar. Reviews of the Cycleash have been mostly positive. There are reports that if you dog pulls too hard then the bike seat turns. Another person reported that the seat post block turns when the dog pulls too hard. Most report that their dog safely runs behind the front tire, even on inside turns. This dog leash is recommended for dogs weighing 35 pounds or more.


The newest PetEgo bike leash is the Springlead. This leash uses an 8mm steel spring with a short, nylon lead at the bottom. The spring greatly reduces any tugging felt by the rider from the dog. You can run two dogs with the Springlead with the purchase of an additional leash bar.  The curved leash bar is made of stainless steel and the seat post connector is made of galvanized steel. Reviews of the Springlead are mostly positive. Some are reporting that the leash is too low to the ground for the larger dog. This leash is designed with a short lead so that the dog does not have enough room to veer into the path of the bike tires.


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