A series of illustrations for IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants). 

“DOG PARK PROJECT: The IAABC has collaborated with Dr. Jessica Hekman and artist Lili Chin to create a series of posters for use by trainers, dog parks and community dog organizations to promote safety in dog parks and dog play.

The posters, four so far as we begin the collection, are available as PDFs, intended for 11 x 17 printing, and in jpeg form.To download a jpeg to your desktop on a Mac, control+click on the image when the jpeg web page opens.

To download a jpeg to your desktop on a PC, right or shift + click on the image when the jpeg web page opens. IAABC members have free access to these posters, which can be found under “resources” in their user accounts. 

Members are encouraged to distribute these as they see fit to their local dog owner’s groups, dog parks, training centers, veterinary offices, and anywhere else they might be useful.The jpegs are suitable for distribution on Facebook and other social media outlets as well as for placement within other promotional materials.Through this campaign we hope to educate owners in a simple, friendly way, improve safety for the dogs playing in dog parks, and to help make the IAABC a household name for people looking for further help!”


Some peanut butters could be poisonous for your dog, says FDA

Chocolate and grapes are definitive “no’s” on the list of snacks your pooch can enjoy. But less suspecting food items, like certain brands of nut butter, are not safe for your four-legged pal either, according to a consumer update recently published by the Food and Drug Administration. There’s one dangerous ingredient to look for.

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Noxgear Lighthound - LED Dog Vests

If you’re walking your dog when it’s dark outside or want to spot it easily in the big backyard, you should definitely check out the Noxgear LightHound. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Noxgear started producing this LED dog vest that illuminates the dog with reflectivity and fluorescent color.

The RSPCA wants you to know that dogs still die in hot cars!

“Nobody ever thinks it’s going to happen to them or their dog, yet every year many people still gamble with their dog’s lives, and every summer dogs still die in hot cars.
In just a few minutes, even on a cloudy day with the windows open, the temperature can soar dangerously high. Just put yourself in your dog’s position and ask yourself how you’d feel about being trapped in a hot car, how frightening it’d be.
This year, we’ve partnered with seven other animal welfare charities and the National Police Chief’s Council to warn people of the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars.
The image is a recreation of a real life incident in which a couple who’d been shopping and returned to their car to find their dog had died.
Since so many incidents occur in car parks, we’re harnessing the power of the consumer to help prevent dog deaths.
Supermarkets have a duty to ensure that when animals are on their premises, their welfare is being protected and if not, that action is taken. We’re urging supermarkets to commit to:    

  • To display one of our new campaign’s posters at the store entrance to warn customers about the dangers of leaving dogs in warm weather
  • To train customer service staff on the correct steps to follow if a dog in a hot car is reported
  • Make customer announcements over the speaker system on warm days, that dogs should not be left in cars”

Click here to read more & email your supermarket!

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Noxgear Lighthound - LED Dog Vests

If you’re walking your dog when it’s dark outside or want to spot it easily in the big backyard, you should definitely check out the Noxgear LightHound. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Noxgear started producing this LED dog vest that illuminates the dog with reflectivity and fluorescent color. 

ticks are so, so bad this season. it seems they’re getting worse every year! and while we’ve been lucky that we’ve never found one latched onto machete (a couple have dropped onto his coat and immediately been spotted and swatted away, though!) it is a concern. and we’re always taking precautions.


  • keep grass low
  • prune low lying bushes
  • create a 3 foot barrier of wood chips, mulch, or stone where your lawn meets the woods (if applicable)
  • decrease leaf litter in yard and surrounding areas
  • limit areas where rodents can live. move woodpiles away from the home and areas visited often by people and pets.
  • in the summer months put out “tick tubes”: cardboard tubes containing permethrin-soaked cotton balls.  mice will use it as nesting material, and the permethrin will decrease the number of ticks on the mice.


  • when in a tick-infested environment, tuck pant legs into socks; this prevents ticks from attaching to your legs.
  • wear light-colored clothing.
  • treat clothing with insecticide (or spray with cedar oil spray).
  • place clothing in hot dryer for 30 minutes to kill ticks.


  • monthly treatment products (available from your veterinarian) can be applied to help create a skin barrier to prevent tick bites.
  • lyme disease vaccines — a two-shot series, each one month apart — gives yearly protection against the disease (available from your veterinarian).
  • cedar oil spray (safe for dogs and humans) can be safely applied to the coat to help naturally repel ticks and fleas.


Okay kiddies listen up! I wanna share some trainer tips with you for Pokemon Go!  These tips may help trainers who live in warmer climates and wanna bike, jog or walk around their area to catch Pokemon. I’ve been having the full Pokemon trainer experience! I’ve been walking and biking everywhere! And it’s great exercise! I’ve loss 4 pounds already this week! ((And I’ve hatched like 20 million eggs))

What to wear:

 I live in Florida so I like to wear my fishing clothes over my bathing suit. Especially if I’m going to the beach! And ya never know when you might spot a pool you can take a dip in! Columbia is a VERY good brand of clothing. It’s pretty expensive but the clothes are high quality and last forever. Just keep an eye out for sales.

 -TOP- I prefer the long sleeve PFG shirts. Long sleeve is important so you can protect yourself from the sun. I wear them over my bikini top, so I can unbutton my shirt and get a nice breeze while I’m biking or walking on the beach, but still be protected from the sun. Plus they have GREAT pockets.

 -BOTTOM- As for bottoms I love my surf board shorts. Especially with pockets! And I wear those over my bikini bottoms. (this picture is actually exactly what I wear to the beach. Hurley brand is awesome)

-SHOES- As for shoes, stick to light weight sneakers or whatever is most comfortable for you. 

-HAT- I like to wear fun baseball caps. If anyone knows a good place to get Pokemon trainer hats let me know!

-SUNGLASSES- Get your hater blockers on. 

-BUFF- These are GREAT for many reasons. They have so many uses and styles! 

I wear one to protect my ears and face from the sun. I also wear expensive headphones so it’s a good way to hide them from potential thieves. The first time I went out I didn’t wear a buff, and I was cat called and honked at half a million times. After I started wearing a buff that covered my face, I have been harassed ZERO TIMES. The down side is that people will stare and you might make folks uncomfortable. I just ignore them and mind my own business. I’m always polite and courteous to those around me. Try to wave back to people who wave at you. It gives them reassurance that your not a crazy gang member I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   (( i was on my bike once with my buff on and this old lady had some sort of pole and was swinging it around while staring at me lol)) Just try to stay in public areas with lots of traffic. It’s safer. You don’t want to be wrongly accused of suspicious activity. 

What to bring:

-BACKPACK- I was lucky to find this really cute tiny Pokemon book bag the other day at target! But before that I was just using a simple drawstring bag which works great too!

-WATER- I carry a 1000ml/32oz bottle in my bag and a skinnier 500ml/24oz water bottle that fits in my bottle holder on my bike. It is very important to stay hydrated! 

-FOOD- You are definitely going to need to get some fuel in your tank. I like to get up in the morning and eat a big breakfast before I go, but you’re definitely going to need to take some food with you. Nature Valley protein bars are my favorite! I recommend keeping them in the fridge so they don’t melt as fast while they are in your bag. Nuts are good too! I would stick to unsalted so they don’t dehydrate you. Fruits and veggies are also awesome and healthy, and you don’t have to worry about littering!

-SUNSCREEN- The sun is your worst enemy. (sorry solgaleo) So you better LATHER yourself in sunscreen. You don’t wanna get sunburned, especially if you plan on traveling outside a lot to catch Pokemon. If you like to wear makeup I would recommend putting on some face sunscreen and BB cream that has sunscreen in it. Apply sunscreen before you go out, and BRING SOME WITH YOU. You’re gunna sweat a lot, so you need to be able to reapply. Tiny face sticks are good to carry around. I always bring spray can sunscreen so I can reach my back. (Just be careful not to breathe that stuff in) Get some chap stick too! The wind and sun can dry out and burn your lips! 

-PHONE- I have an iPhone and I put it in a waterproof pouch and hook it onto a lanyard. This is a safe place to keep your phone and you have easy access cuz it’s around your neck! 

-PHONE CHARGER- DEFINITELY invest in a portable charger! They are great! I can keep mine in my pocket or in my backpack and plug it into my phone while it’s around my neck. 

-HEADPHONES- I LOOOOVVEEEE my wireless beats. I can wear this while I bike and listen for wild Pokemon! 

-WALLET- It doesn’t hurt to keep some identification and some cash on you.

-POCKET KNIFE- Ya never know ya know? I always keep one with me.

-PEPPER SPRAY/TASER/SELF DEFENSE ITEMS- I don’t care who you are; you need to carry some god damn pepper spray. I hook mine onto my shorts so I have easy access to it at all times. (Mine has a quick release button on the hook so I can pull it out and use it quickly.) I recommend that you practice reaching for your emergency defense item.

-BIKE LOCK- If you’re a biker make sure you carry a bike lock. Chances are you’re gunna really wanna take a break and find some air conditioning.

I want everyone to practice staying safe! Keep an eye on your surroundings. If you’re a biker, watch out for potholes, pedestrians and cars! (and little treeckos lizards basking in the sun)  Don’t be afraid to stop what you’re doing and take a break! When ever I see shade I park myself underneath it and refuel while I assess everything around me. Heat stroke is a real and serious thing! If you have a monster of a headache you need to seek safety and shelter! A lot of pokestops are public areas, and as long as you feel safe there you can cash in on some items while you catch your breath.

Also, pull over to a safe spot if you are trying to catch a pokemon. I always throw the pokeball and then look away from my screen to see what’s going on around me.I can listen from my head phones in order to hear whether or not i caught the pokemon. And that’s another thing: don’t keep the volume too loud! You want to be able to hear what’s going on around you. Do not be oblivious to your surroundings! I cannot stress this enough!

Okay fellow trainers, Happy Trails! GO CATCH EM’ ALL. 

((*whispers go team mystic*))