Dogs

Discussion in 'Pets' started by pegmih, May 24, 2013.

  1. pegmih

    pegmih Well-Known Member

    Sun City has a Best Friends Dog Club.
    It is an educational, training, and social club

    For more information visit their website:
    http://www.bestfriendsdogclub.org/links.htm

    You can even post a picture of your pooch!

    There are also Dog Parks.
     
  2. Emily Litella

    Emily Litella Well-Known Member

    Good info. We found the Sun City Dog Park which used to be called Duffee Land this past week. It is at the corner of Del Webb and Thunderbird, and is a very clean and friendly place.
     
  3. bmac007

    bmac007 Member

    Thanks so much for this info... Good to know... I had a yellow lab a couple years ago.. thinking about getting a dog soon...
     
  4. Emily Litella

    Emily Litella Well-Known Member

    You may want to think about waiting until you move to Sun City to adopt a dog. There are a couple of links on the Best Friends Dog Club Web site. Not to get on a soapbox, but you can save a life if you adopt from the AZ Humane Society or other local rescue association.

    There is also a Desert Lab Rescue. We have always had smaller lab mix rescues and they are wonderful dogs.
    Also, we have always adopted and prefer the older dogs because they are so much easier than puppies, and I have yet to meet one that did not come already house trained.

    http://www.dlrrphoenix.org/

    http://www.azhumane.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works/

    http://sunvalleypets.org/

    http://4pawsrescue.org/

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. Fiona

    Fiona New Member

    One thing I want to mention to those new to AZ is that Valley Fever is very common here and please watch your dog for signs of it. I don't think SUn City is as bad as where we used to live, north Peoria with lots of construction. I lost all three of our English Mastiffs to it and it almost killed me. We have a little rescue now and he is just fine. It can be carried in the wind so bring dogs inside during the dust storms. The new vet told us that the treatments now are more successful than they were a while back.
     
  6. bmac007

    bmac007 Member

    Thanks so much for the dog rescue info in Sun City. Very helpful and I do want to get another dog someday soon....

    Valley Fever!! Wasn't aware of it... wow.. I will take note... anyone else have any experiences with this?
     
  7. Emily Litella

    Emily Litella Well-Known Member

    I had absolutely no idea that dogs could get Valley Fever. Thank you for that info. Our dogs are never outside without us at any time.

    We have also been warned about the coyotes.

    I have not looked into pet insurance so I cannot speak to the cost bmac. Our vet offers something like it here where we are now, but I never buy it. I get them all their shots and have bloodwork each year no matter what. If they need cleanings, we will do that too. I think our dogs have better medical care than we do sometimes.
     
  8. lab1

    lab1 New Member

    thank you for this information. very usuful.
     
  9. Fiona

    Fiona New Member

    What sweet lab you have. We had a yellow lab years ago and I still miss him.

    Another thing to mention for those of you moving here from other areas is the Sonoran Toad is also deadly to dogs who lick them. Ugly, very large fat toads. They come out in the spring and are usually around ponds but not always.
     
  10. Emily Litella

    Emily Litella Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Fiona. I had no idea about the Sonoran Toad. My dogs would definitely lick them if they got close enough. Eeek.
     
  11. bmac007

    bmac007 Member

    :frog::frog::frog::frog:
    no licking the frogs
     
  12. Fiona

    Fiona New Member

    Ok. But if we catch you......
     
  13. suncityjack

    suncityjack Active Member

  14. Emily Litella

    Emily Litella Well-Known Member

    I have never really thought about it, but do consider myself a guardian. I have always felt my critters were family members.
     
  15. Cynthia

    Cynthia Well-Known Member

    Where do dog use the bathroom outside? Since most of the areas are desert rocks, how do you dog people handle this issue? I know about the dog parks but the doesn't help with the daily potty routine.
     
  16. Emily Litella

    Emily Litella Well-Known Member

    This is a really good question, Cynthia. I was told by the head of the COA that dogs could walk and piddle on the grass or rocks, but if they pooped anywhere you had to pick it up and discard it. We carry poop bags with us when we walk them now and take care of it.

    We live in a house now with a large back yard. What I am wondering is when we move to our condo, will we have to put wee-wee pads out on the back patio when the asphalt gets too hot for their toes? Or will we have to buy some sort of booties/shoes for their feet when we walk them?
     
  17. Cynthia

    Cynthia Well-Known Member

    I always carry a potty bag with me, it's the law in my city that we must pick up the poop, though many people don't. And I never let them go in neighbors yard...my city has a small strip of lawn between sidewalk and street (called the parkway). In fact, a few years ago West Hollywood installed these potty disposal units that have bio-degradable bags in them and then a receptical to place the stool. I just wondered if the dogs are willing to poop on rocks---doesn't sound easy. I have a small dog yard now. The girl uses it but the boy want to go on his walk. BTW, I would start training to the wee-wee pad now. I did train the girl for the pad at night but it took some time for that. Seems it's not natural for a dog. They do make some fake grass pad contraptions I know some apt owner friends use that works for them.
     
  18. Cynthia

    Cynthia Well-Known Member

    Are there any rules against walking a dog on the large grassy medians on the main streets, such as the ones on 107th street or Alabama etc.?
     
  19. suncityjack

    suncityjack Active Member

    Yes, the baggies are a must. I repurpose all manner of plastic bags for the task and neighbors will also help out once they know there is a need; however, I prefer the diaper bags that can be purchased at Dollar Tree at Greenway and 99th since they are 75 for a buck and they have handles so you can tie a knot and hang it from a finger without having to grasp it. The key to either is putting your hand inside the bag to do the task so you can pretty much turn it inside out for the tie-up.
    My dogs didn't like the rocks at first, but are now accustomed to it for spilling their water, but prefer the street for the other since they like to circle and circle and the rocks crimp their style. It is also easier to lift from blacktop than rocks, there's less chance of stray cacti needles, and it's more courteous towards the neighbors. There are plenty of quiet streets and cul de sacs that make it easy to find some uninterrupted privacy for the critters.
     
  20. suncityjack

    suncityjack Active Member

    Median walking is just fine and the majority of the dog walkers are very good about picking up. A nice walk is along 91st in Peoria which connects to Greenway, since they have receptacles similar to those you mention. By Youngtown's library they do too.
     

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