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Amherst Pet Blog: Solutions for Barking

It's in a dog's nature to bark. They enjoy barking, and they bark for many reasons. They will bark when they want something, when they are playing, when they are establishing their territory, when they are frightened, when they are annoyed, and when they are just saying "Hi!" Too much barking, however, can drive a dog's family--and their neighbors--crazy!

Holiday Dinner Dance Featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band to Benefit Pet Connection

Tickets are now available for a Holiday Concert/Dinner Dance featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band that will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla.

Pet Connection Announces Additional Events During October

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, has added some new special events to its October calendar.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 2 and 3, Pet Connection volunteers will be participating in the Cradle Beach Harvest Festival in Angola, selling mini and large totes filled with pet surprises. Come out and see the puppies!

And, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. October 2, volunteers will be grilling up hot dogs and hamburgers at the Tractor Supply Co., 4484 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. The store is having a huge pet food sale, so please stop by and check it out.

Keep Your Pet Safe on Halloween

No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Attention, companion animal caretakers! The ASPCA would like to point out these common-sense cautions that’ll help keep your pets safe and stress-free this time of year. If you do suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy.

Pet Connection Announces October Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will be participating in several special events during the month of October.

Pet totes and other goodies will be available for sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 2 and 16 in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, on the first floor near Sears. Volunteers will also be at the Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 30.

Dog Park Safety

Dog Park Safety

Dog parks are great places for dogs to play and socialize with other dogs. Unfortunately, the fun can sometimes turn violent. Without proper knowledge, a dog and its handler are both subject to injury.

Robin Bennett, an author and trainer with All About Dogs in Woodbridge, Va., believes that in order for dog parks to be safe, dogs need to be properly supervised. This means that dog owners must know what to watch for if problems arise between the dogs.

“Early warning signs indicating that a dog is stressed include lip licking, yawning, half moon eyes, stiffening and avoidance,” Bennett said. “These signals all happen before things get too far out of hand.”

Amherst Dog Park Opening Soon!

Attention dog owners in and around Amherst: The Amherst Dog Park opening is set for the beginning of September. If you are like myself and so many others, we drive all the way over to Lasalle Park to socialize our dogs at "The Barkyard," but now we will have a park right in our own backyard.  

The Amherst Dog Park, also known as "Paw Park," is located on Smith Road behind the Amherst Recreation Complex and next to the compost facility. This is one of only two local off-leash dog parks in our area.  

Amherst Paw Park includes a fenced-in, dedicated area that allows dogs to run and socialize while not infringing on the activities of joggers, cyclists, and other park users. The park will encourage interaction between dog owners and provide a setting to meet others with similar interests.