admin, Author at K9 Fit Club

June 8, 2019

As seen in The Villages News on April 14, 2019. 

K9 Fit Club, a lifestyle company dedicated to the health, fitness and wellness of dogs and their owners, will soon operate in The Villages.

Taught in controlled, small-group environments by certified trainers, K9 Fit Club offers fitness programs and special needs programs to address all levels.

“I am excited to jump on board and become the newest licensee of K9 Fit Club,” says Darian Mosley, owner/operator of the organization’s new Central Florida division. Mosley is enthused to bring dog fitness programs to The Villages and to allow owners and pets to experience greater wellness and a more enriched lifestyle. “I now have the opportunity to help people and their pets in our community live happier, healthier lives.”

Mosley, who is a licensed veterinary technician, has worked in the veterinary field in The Villages for a decade and has operated out of Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital.

The group plans on offering group and individual sessions next month at a variety of locations.

For more information or to check out some of their classes, visit their website at villagesk9fitclub.com or follow them on Instagram or Facebook.


June 8, 2019

Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today.

If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include:

  • Create a buddy system in case you’re not home. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your animals.
  • Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets.
    • Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit.
    • Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter.
    • Consider an out-of-town friend or relative
  • Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter, in case your pet needs medical care. Add the contact information to your emergency kit.
  • Have your pet microchipped and make sure that you not only keep your address and phone number up-to-date, but that you also include contact info for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
  • Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
  • If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located.
  • Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet’s medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current.
  • If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger!

Tips for Large Animals

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.

  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
  • Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
  • Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers.
  • Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
  • If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.

Take extra time to observe livestock, looking for early signs of disease and injury. Severe cold-weather injuries or death primarily occur in the very young or in animals that are already debilitated.

Animals suffering from frostbite don’t exhibit pain. It may be up to two weeks before the injury becomes evident as the damaged tissue starts to slough away. At that point, the injury should be treated as an open wound and a veterinarian should be consulted.

Make sure your livestock has the following to help prevent cold-weather problems:

  • Plenty of dry bedding to insulate vulnerable udders, genitals and legs from the frozen ground and frigid winds
  • Windbreaks to keep animals safe from frigid conditions
  • Plenty of food and water