Camping with your Dog

Taking a dog camping

Now, more than ever, pets are well integrated parts of families, and for the most part, owners hate to leave their valued member of the family when they leave for vacation.  All across America especially during the heat of the summer months, families take advantage of the great state parks systems in this country.  Every summer people looking for relaxation and relief head to the various campgrounds to kick back and put the brakes on life for a few days.  Different parks have different regulations regarding our four legged friends ranging from very strict to out of control loose.  I write this because of my own experiences being in campgrounds with dogs has actually been quite negative.  Within the last five years, several of my family members have been bit or charged by seemingly harmless dogs in the campground.  The most recent being my mother, who was rushed and bit by a very docile looking black lab while walking back from the bathrooms.  My father was also rushed by a pit bull later that week.  Yes, it’s fun to bring your dogs, but regardless of the park you choose or the type of dog you own, there are basic guidelines and precautions every dog owner should understand before bringing their dog camping.  Here are some tips and basic guidelines that every dog owner should be thinking of when they decide to go camping. Here is what I have learned from what I have observed.

First, I think many people underestimate the closeness of proximity to other people.  Campsites are not real big, meaning; your dog can easily become a pest, or even a threat to other people.   Bringing me to my second point; dogs can quickly become defensive of your site.  Your dog knows what stuff is yours therefore, kicking in their defensive instincts. Anyone who owns a dog will understand that at home they keep a close eye for any infringers, being on a camp site can be even worse.  Given your close proximity to others your dog may be more tense and prone to aggressive behaviors.  My next point is aimed at the owners themselves.  Look, I love my dog, I really do, but that does not mean I will always trust him 100%.  I am always keeping my eye on him even when he thinks I’m not.   No matter how well you think you know your dog, we still don’t know what goes through their heads all the time.  This factor is responsible for why my mother was bit by a black lab, father rushed by a pit bull and my youngest brother bit in the face by a German Shepard all in the same park over the last few summers.  Finally, the noise factor.  I find this also a complication for campers with dogs.  Close proximity to people and   other dogs, a seemingly peaceful campground can quickly turn into the bark zone.  The older population around me when I camp gets all flustered when the bark show starts.


Since I have presented some of the issues that I have observed over the past few years, its time to quit complaining and lay out constructive solutions for campers with dogs.

  • Stake and extended tethers- still allow your dog to walk around yet in a controlled radius.
  • Camping away from others.  Ahead of time when you make your reservations, call the park office and ask if there are areas available with less people and traffic.
  • Shock collars, look, a dog knows when they have a shock collar on, they shape up really fast.
  • Muzzles
  • Travel crates
  • Pet hotels, host family or kennels

Remember when you are planning on brining your dog on vacation you need to constantly think of how everyone else around you could be affected.  The last thing you want to have happen is for others to complain about your dog resulting in a fine or even worse, getting you removed from the park.  There are different ways to keep your dog under control, finding the solution that works best for you is up to you.

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One Lucky Dog

Monday I wrote a story about my dog being skunk out of luck; well today’s story is slightly different.  Today we explore the side of luck that some pets seem to have.  The types of luck that keeps them alive in situations that make us shake our heads.  Honestly, my dog should be dead right now.   Not many dogs get run over by a car and live to tell the tale.

Back In late June we had a very hot stretch of weather here in the north east and unfortunately, my house is brick and was made in the 1920s. This means, ZERO air conditioning.  More or less, my house turns into a pizza oven during the summer.  As much as I dislike this, my dog has to hate it more.  Even though he spends most of his time outside, his thick black fur does not help in his battle to stay cool.   Murphy will lay on cool surfaces like the garage floor or any shade he can possibly find.  Being a creature of survival, murphy will get creative in order to fulfill his needs.  Unfortunately this nearly cost him his life.  Murphy will lay in the shade of the cars parked in the car of the driveway.  That’s fine, no problem, usually he is on his feet to greet us as soon as we walk out the door.  However; during the scorching stretch of weather we were having, murphy decided to seek the coolness to the pavement underneath my mom’s black Chevy traverse.  “I never saw him, a black dog under a black car on blacktop, he blended in well.”   Putting the car into reverse, my mother felt the back end of the car go  up, then heard a loud yelp.  “When it hit me that I was on top of the dog I screamed. I was running the dog over!” She told me later.  Carefully pulling forward, murphy promptly bolted for the safety of the garage.  My father and I were at work when we received a frantic call from my mother.  The only problem for us was, it was a Monday, not exactly the best time of the week to drop everything and leave the office for the vet.  Fortunately, once my mother settled down she was able to tell us that he was walking around a bit and seemed ok that maybe we could wait till later in the evening to go to the vet.  Not a minute later my brother calls saying, “Dude, the dog just crapped all over the garage floor in shock, you had better get home now!”    When the dust settled and a quick trip to the vet later, by some miracle he had no broken bones.  What had happened was, the place my mom’s tire had hit him was the soft spot in between his hips and his rib cage. What a miracle.  If the tire had hit an inch right or left, this could have been a totally different situation.  Surgery, medicine, vet bills, rehab, the whole shebang.  I count my luck stars on that one.  Although we could tell he was sore over the next few weeks,  the only real evidence was his scraped up underbelly which healed quickly after a few days by applying Canine Solutions.   Murphy is one lucky dog.  Does anyone else’s dog get way underneath their cars like that?

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Product Profile- Canine Solutions

  • all natural,
  • multi-purpose
  • anti-bacterial,
  • anti-viral,
  • anti-fungal
  • promotes healing

Canine Solution for Dogs

Skunk Out of Luck Solution, Skunk Free Review

If you read my post from Monday, “ Skunk Out of Luck’, you  will know that my dog was sprayed directly in the face by a skunk a few year ago.  In the aftermath that was the incredibly revolting smell, we had virtually no way to get rid of the skunk odor.   Instead we had to let the dog, garage, and the truck, air out for several weeks.  While shopping recently for my own pet, A product called Skunk Free by Earth’s Balance, caught my eye on the shelf.   I laughed, where this product was a few years ago?   On that Note I purchased the small 8oz bottle just in case.   No I didn’t go and purposely get my dog sprayed by a skunk but I did have a chance hear about Skunk Free in action.   My friend Paul has a chocolate lab and lives near a small wood lot and his dog was sprayed last spring.  Here is his testimonial

“After my dog Cassie was sprayed on the side of her face, I took an 8oz bottle out of my car from a sample pack and sprayed Cassie’s face liberally (using about 2/3rds of the bottle) and did not work it in like the directions indicated. Cassie thought it was great as she licked at the spray with her tongue. I walked away for few minutes and returned to absolutely NO skunk odor at all. I have no problem putting my personal guarantee on this product. It works great!” – Paul

How does it work?

Skunk Free is a powerful odor extractor which harnesses a blend of probiotics, not enzymes to work at the source of the smell.  Skunk Free does not creates a heavy scent mask or cover, instead, the unique feature of this skunk smell solution is its ability to remove the odor from its source. I’ve used Skunk Free on other odors around my house caused by my dog;  this spray is a powerful natural solution based product unlike anything I’ve ever seen truly seeking and destroying odors at the source.

Skunk Free can bought online or in Petco or Petsmart retail stores. Skunk Free for Dogs

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Skunk Out of Luck- Monday Morning Humor

Skunk Out of Luck

A few years ago, my father and I decided to take our lab Murphy for a walk to a lake for some practice retrieves with his duck dummy.  Parking in an empty lot that belonging to a closed mini mart, Murphy began acting extremely excited before we even parked the truck, I attributed this to his usual excitement for walks. The second we opened the truck Murphy took off nose to the ground only to reappear second later jumping in the back of the truck rolling around whimpering.  Confused, the words “what the” barely slipped from my mouth when an intense odor drilled my olfactory senses. Like a punching bag is to Mike Tyson, the powerful odor sent me sprawling a few feet just in time to watch a skunk peek out from around a trash can.  The white stripped devil seemed to taunt me with those beady little eyes as we exchanged glares in that chilly spring parking lot.      Murphy spent most of the walk rolling in the grass desperate to alleviate the smell and burning sensation from his face.  There was nothing we could do for him.  We had no way of getting rid of skunk smell.  Regular dog shampoo wouldn’t even put a dent in the smell.  Now anyone in a desperate rare skunk spray situation may just run to the store, purchase a few cans of tomato juice and douse the unfortunate victim.  However; my father decided against subjecting our dog to an old fashion tomato bath.   Dad’s truck, and the garage reeked for several weeks. We ended up just letting the dog and everything else air out.   That was a very pungent few weeks.

Hope this made you chuckle to start the week.

Get back to work before your boss sees you.

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180XT Stain, Odor, Pheromone Remover Review

180 XT Review.

A critical part of The Murphy Report is product reviews.  I review pet products from the entire spectrum, health, wellness, food, toys, pet services, etc.  My goal is to inform readers about products and services best for your pet and household.  With this in mind, I am excited to be able to review my first product ever on The Murphy Report.   The friendly staff at Earth’s Balance Pet Products so kindly supplied me a bottle of their brand new Stain, Odor, and Pheromone remover called, 180XT about a year ago.  Since then I have had lots of time to get to know and understand the features, advantages and benefits of this product.

Any pet parent who allows their pets to frequent the inside of their homes will easily be able to identify with what I am about to say. Pet urine stinks and stains.  For some reason, your pets feel like they need to stake their claim to the inside of your house when you’re not looking. Maybe they are getting even with you over something or maybe it’s just their way of saying, I love you.  Either way, pet urine accidents make even the most seasoned pet parent shake their heads in disgust.   For those living in homes in which you are in close quarters with your pet, accidents are bound to happen.  Pet urine accidents can ruin carpeting and other surfaces, not to mention how the odor torments your olfactory senses.  Despite your best efforts to clean and get rid of pet stain and odors, your pet may even return to previous markings following the pheromones to “freshen up” their claim.  The viscous circle of chasing pet odors can seriously drive a person crazy.  Believe me, I’ve been there.  My black lab made the two support poles in my basement part of his domain and refreshed that claim over several years.  The odor became so retched that I began having a difficult time spending any time in the basement, which subsequently was where my TV and gaming systems resided.  Fortunately the carpeting in the basement is a dark shade therefore hiding several years of stains.  However; despite our best efforts to clean and get rid of the smell, the urine was still encrusted into the fibers of the carpeting.  Enter the Moleculift power of 180XT.   I was at my wits end with the smell when I first used 180XT, but to say that it surpassed my wildest expectations is an understatement.  Just for fun, I used a white towel to soak up the urine just to see if this 180XT really could “lift” the stain and odors out.  In a matter of minutes, all the old urine was extracted from the carpet turning the white towel completely yellow.  I really wish I had taken a picture of that towel, it was mind blowing.  Now, not only did 180XT lift the stain and odor from the carpet, but it has the ability to do something more that helps correct accident problems with pets. Unlike competitors, 180XT is also a pheromone remover.  Due to this, my dog can no longer find where he used to pee.  That was a huge added bonus I was not expecting.   To this day I keep a bottle of 180XT close at hand just in case.  Since that incredible day of epiphany, I no longer panic over stains and odors because I know they no longer stand a chance.

How does 180XT work?

180XT is a non-enzymatic powerful concentrate that soaks to the base of the urine stain extracting the urine at the source.  The proprietary contents of 180XT are attracted to the acidity in pet urine, bind the stain, odor and pheromones, then, are lifted when you apply pressure with a towel.  This incredible formula works well on nearly all surfaces including, upholstery, carpeting, multiple surfaces and most fabrics.  Now lifting the stains and odors from surfaces is a great feature, but what should not be over looked is its ability to lift pheromones.  In my opinion, this is the most important feature of 180XT.  Pets relocate their marking spots through the pheromones in their urine.  Pet owners who struggle with breaking soiling habits need to understand this.  Having the ability to extract pet pheromones is the major added benefit of 180XT.  Finally you can break your pets re-soiling habits and reclaim your home.  Just,  1.Soak  2. Scrub  3. Blot

The steps to successfully using 180XT are as follows.  Watch the video’s below I found on YouTube.

Here are links to online retailers to purchase 180XT

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Thanks for reading,

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Walking With Faith

Here is a story that my grandfather sent to me. Although I am sure that many of you have already seen or read about this dog, I just had to share this.   Upon seeing how this dog adapted and overcame adversity made me smile, laugh, and think.  If this dog can over come adversity and live a happy life, then as humans, we should take a lesson.

Walking with Faith.

This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with  2 legs – He of course could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him.

His first owner also did not think that he could survive and he was thinking of ‘putting him to sleep’.

But then, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him.

She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself.

She named him ‘Faith’.

In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfboard to let him feel the movement.

Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for him for standing up and jumping around.

Even the other dog at home encouraged him to walk.

Amazingly, only after 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on his hind legs and to jump to move forward.

After  further training in the snow, he could now walk like a human  being.

Faith loves to walk around now.

No matter where he goes, he attracts people to him.

He is fast becoming famous on the international scene and has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows.

There is now a book entitled ‘With a Little Faith’ being published about him.

He was even considered to appear in one of Harry Potter movies.

His present owner Jude Stringfellow has given up her teaching post and plans to take him around the world to preach that even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul.

Hats off to Jude Stringfellow for looking past his disability, taking a chance and having the vision of what Faith could accomplish.

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In life there are always undesirable things, so in order to feel better you just need to look at life from another direction.

I hope this message will bring fresh new ways of thinking to everyone and that everyone will appreciate and be thankful for each beautiful day.

Faith is the continual demonstration of the strength and wonder of life.

My Top 5 Favorite Doggie-proof Products

This weeks featured guest is comes from Marine wife  Eden, and her Top 5 Doggie-proof Products.  Be sure to check her site out.

A Cord of 3 Strands

I don’t have much of anything profound to say today. I’ve just been enjoying this past weekend with Mitch and our two border collie girls 🙂

having a border collie is a lot of work and requires enormous amounts of energy on the part of the owner, and immense patience with their active, and at times mischievous little minds. That being said, we have TWO! Anyway, since there’s not a lot in the way of deep and philosophical thinking today, I thought I’d do a product rating of my top 5 favorite doggie products for all of you pet owners in celebration of the love we have for our fuzziest family members. This is in no particular order, and these items are in my top 5 because of their durability, affordability, and likability, according to Anna and Cyd.

1.) Penn Tennis balls: Now I know most of you will say that…

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What is the Murphy Report?

The Murphy Report is named in honor of my six year old black lab named Murphy.  Murphy was the largest in his litter when we picked him out six years ago, we chose him because  my family wanted a  strong, bold, adventurous dog.  That is what we got, and a little extra.  Murphy has given us a run for our money, trying our patience and mercy.   He has gotten himself in trouble many times by peeing on various house hold items, raiding the garbage, and chasing sidewalk preachers down the drive way to mention a few.  Never the less, I love this dog.  I truly understand the saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend.”   Regardless if we are hiking through the woods, swimming at the lake or just lounging around at home,  I can feel the love radiating from underneath his aggressive image.

Animals have been part of humans lives since the beginning of time.  This blog is dedicated to capturing the humor, bravery, loyalty and the emotions of animal human interaction.

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Ive grown up being active with pets and animals indoors and out. I’ve decided to combine this with my passion for writing and communication.
My goal is to capture what makes being a pet owner so special through stories, interviews and product reviews in order to connect with other like minded individuals. There are many great stories and great people out there. I want to find out the the best and worst of our adventures with pets.