When asked to review Fido Friendly magazine, I enthusiastically agreed as I think it is a very good publication and the people behind the scenes are honestly good, dog-loving people.
The particular issue I reviewed, December 2010, features the top 10 dog-friendly ski destinations and a holiday gift guide, but my favorite article was entitled “Fixing Fido” by Jeremiah Alley. The article was about vets working in Quito, Peru, where they are over 100,000 street dogs. The vets had flown in to spay and neuter as many pets as they could and serve as ambassadors to show the locals a different way of looking at dogs. I liked the comment toward the end of the article that stated the film crew had been most asked, “What about the people? Shouldn’t they be helping the people?”
The answer was simple. They’re vets, not doctors, so they are doing what they can to help those in need, which at this time were dogs. This resonated with me because I’ve had people ask that, too, and all I can say is that if we each choose some cause close to our hearts and worked diligently on getting to a solution, MANY problems could be solved.
Page 26 of this issue talked about toxic food for dogs. I thought, “Come on – don’t we all know this already?” But to my surprise, I did learn something new. I always new onions were toxic for dog, but I thought it was only raw onions. It turns out both raw and cooked onions have the properties that make a dog sick, and while it does take a significant quantity to cause a problem, that quantity can be consumed at one sitting or over time. This is good to know, as my dog often gets table food and I never really worried about onions. I’ll keep an eye out now!
Fido Friendly has many events/contests to engage readers. Their pet travel writing competition is going on until April 2011. If you like to write, you might consider entering to win some great pet-friendly hotel stays. The magazine seems to also alternate between tail and tongue photo competitions.
I especially like Fido Friendly because the magazine introduced the idea of adoption wherever possible, which is key in solving our pet overpopulation problem. It’s a good read for any dog lovers, as you can see they offer a wide variety of topics each month.
CONTEST: Win a free annual subscription (print or digital) by commenting on this blog before 1/3. Since Fido Friendly is in many ways focused on pet travel topics, tell us about somewhere you’ve gone with your pet or somewhere you’d like to go. Winner will be selected randomly from comments on 1/4.