Saturday, August 16, 2014

4 Tips in Caring for Long-Haired Dog Breeds

Before we start with our local program, let me just share this amazing person whose technique in dog grooming I truly admire.

This Youtuber is an amazing groomer. I like his approach with scared dogs.

There's a downside in caring for a long-haired dog. Shih Tzus and Pekingeses need constant grooming. Some owners take it to themselves to do the grooming. And it's fine. Just remember, it's not just the normal bathing and clipping that they need. 

Asti, the majestic, white lion! Just see how floofy she is.
Most long-haired dog breeds require... 

1. Daily brushing. If you don't have the time to brush your dog's hair daily, you should at least spend 30 minutes a week to ensure that all matted fur is removed.

See how thick her fur is. We have to brush her hair everyday to keep it from forming lumps.
2. Nail clipping. Forget about the challenge of clipping dogs with black nails. Now, you also have to deal with nails surrounded by fur.

This is what groomer's call the Puppy Cut. It's cropped short, about half an inch thick.
3. Clipping/cutting of fur in sensitive areas. Scared of holding your dog's muzzle while placing the scissors in front of his face? Scared nicking your dog's skin or scratching his eye with your scissors? This is just one of the many things you will have to deal with long-haired dogs.

Dogs with long hair need to have the fur between their toes and paw pads trimmed on a weekly or monthly basis. This goes for the hair/fur on their butts and on their abdomens.

Semi-bald cut. We had to cut Asti's hair this short so that treating her fungal infection would be easier.
4. Longer bathing and grooming time. Because of their long fur, breeds like Yorkies, Shih Tzus, and Pekes require more than just a towel to dry off. They need a blower to ensure that their double coats are completely dry.

Our new groomer is amazing. The dogs love him. His grooming skills are superb, and he's very tidy. 
*Pekingeses don't have double coats. They just have a really thick one.

Update: Haopee is a little under the weather. She's wallowing in bed like a sick pig. BOL!
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Feeling Blessed: Dog Food and Schnauzer Parcel

We Got a Schnauzer Package!

We got a package from our dear friend, Magic. It was real sweet of Magic and her mom to include Asti in their letter. The squeaking duck is driving them crazy, by the way.

Thanks Magic and Mom L from Life in the Doghouse for the wonderful presents.
We got ourselves a nice schnauzer schnauzer pin and keychain. We even have a schnauzer pad to match the pretty pins. Now, I feel like a bonafide schnauzer fan! HAHAHA

Switching Shih Tzu Diets

I did mention about changing Buchi's diet. 
Two weeks ago, we started him on Eagle Pro. So far, he's responded positively to it. He's more active. As for the skin condition, it didn't seem to get worse--neither did it get better.

However, we also had him groomed, so it may be a major factor as to why he looks better these days.

Eagle Pro Original Herring for Buchi, Micodine Anti-Fungal Shampoo for Asti,  Le Salon Groomer's Scissors for Chooey 
After talking to Dr. MSB about Eagle Pro, she suggested we give Lamb and Rice a try because Eagle Pro's main ingredient is fish. It could worsen his skin condition.

Eagle Pro's Original Herring's ingredients include:
Herring, White Fish Meal, Pork Meal, Pure Pearled Barley, Brown Rice, Natural Fish Oil (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Green Peas, Cranberries, Blueberries, Tomatoes, Carrots, Kelp, Alfalfa, Glucosamine, Parsley Leaf, Chondroitin, Rosemary Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Lecithin, Choline Chloride
So, for the next two weeks, we will be trying Holistic Recipe, whose main ingredient include Lamb Meal, Brown Rice, Barley, and Ground Corn (shoot, I didn't notice the corn before!).
Here's an excerpt from a letter sent by the company that makes Holistic in response to the green tea in dog food concern.
Holistic Recipe is one of the best Lamb & Rice formulas for dogs. It contains lamb as the only animal protein source and excludes the possible allergens for dogs, such as beef, egg, fish, wheat, corn, etc. Besides, it's naturally preserved with vitamin E & C, not to mention the anit-free-radicals function from green tea. 
What do you think, guys? Which is better between the two?
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Important Stuff You Should Know Before Getting a Pooch Home

Before this wonderful guest post by Nicola Reynor, let me just update you guys on Buchi and Asti. We both had them groomed, and we couldn't believe we found an amazing groomer who's cheaper than our previous one. And best of all, his local dialect is the same as ours, making communication easier than ever.

Will post pictures on our next Wordless Wednesday.

The Important Stuff You Should Know Before Getting a Pooch Home

Springer Spaniel Puppy age 7 weeks by Tony Harrison, CC BY-SA 2.0
Welcoming a new puppy into the house can be a very joyous moment. The idea of sharing the living space with a four-legged friend is exciting for young and old alike. Pets need a lot of time and patience. If one is not willing or able to give a pet the required attention, things can get a lot less exciting for both the owner and the pet.

Here are some things you should consider before you bring home a furry pal.

Where to Get a Pet From?

The best place to turn to would be an animal shelter. Animal shelters or rescue groups have several purebred or mixed-breed dogs and pups. Around 4 million of these unwanted animals are euthanized each year mostly because they didn't have a loving home to stay in.

By adopting a pet from such a place, you can do your bit in solving the pet overpopulation problem. People who choose to adopt pets save around 20,000 lives each year!

Up for Adoption by Kimco Realty, CC BY-ND 4.0
By adopting a pet, you aren't just doing your bit to make the world a better place. You will be surprised to know that though animals in pet shops and online pet stores look robust, they may actually have health problems, may develop them later on in life, or may have behavioral problems. This is because these animals are born into puppy mills.

A puppy mill is a large-scale breeding operation that puts profit before the welfare of animals. Animals are bred until they are of no further use and then put down. Moreover, animals are kept confined in small places and not treated well.

By adopting a pet from a rescue group, you can be sure of getting a healthy pup or a dog that was bred or raised by a responsible person. A pet at a rescue group will also be up-to-date on vaccinations.

Why Do You Want a Pup?

Are you keen on getting that pup just because you fell for its beautiful eyes? Perhaps your kids have been pestering you to get a pup for them. Adopting a pup means having to make a long-term commitment of at least 15 years to it. You will have to care for it, spend money on it, and give your time to it.

Puppy Love by smlp.co.uk, CC-BY-2.0
As children grow, their schedules will keep on changing and it may not be easy for them to care for the dog. They may even grow out of the excitement of owning a pet. If your kids aren't old enough to understand the dedication a pet will need, wait for them to grow up.

Bring a pet home only if you and your family members fully understand the responsibilities that you'll have to share. Most pups and dogs end up at dog shelters because their owners didn’t assess the important things before adopting or buying pets.

Is the Pet Suited to Your Lifestyle?

You need to consider if the breed or the age of the pup/dog that you're adopting the right one for you. Don't buy a particular breed just because you have always wanted it. Avoid adopting a younger dog if you know you can’t walk or move around a lot. All dogs have specific needs and you'll need to decide how much time you will be able to spend with your dog before adopting it.

Some breeds, and pups and younger dogs in particular, require more exercise and training. Older dogs will be better off with people living a more or less sedentary life. An older dog may not like it if there are inquisitive kids around nor will kids looking for an active companion be in awe of the new member.
Furthermore, walking into an animal shelter may overwhelm you. Don’t let your emotions get the better of you. If you bring home a pup or a dog just because you felt pity for it, you won’t be happy living with the pet.

Are You Financially Secure for the Pet?

Owning a pet will come with its share of financial burdens too. Your dog will need to be fed nutritious food and special treats. You will have to buy dog accessories and toys for your pooch as well. Think of all the things you might have to purchase to train your pup. If you leave the training to professionals, they’ll charge a fee too.

SETAF HISTORICAL IMAGE ARCHIVE by US Army Africa, CC-BY-2.0
It is necessary to groom dogs regularly so if you don’t take the time out of your schedule to groom your pet, you’ll have to spend money for the same. Dogs get sick just like we do. Moreover, they age a lot faster than we do. Regular health check-ups, medicines, vaccinations and more await you.

Conclusion

Dogs can be the best companions. Caring for a dog can be a rewarding experience irrespective of its age or breed. However, before bringing home a pooch, consider the important stuff carefully. A wrong decision will not only disrupt your life but will greatly impact that of your pet too.

The right pooch will certainly fill your life and home with much happiness. In a few weeks of welcoming your dog home, you will have found a new friend and a loyal companion.

If you’re unsure about anything, you can consider fostering a dog before you adopt one. By providing a foster home to a dog, you can see how your life will revolve around having a pet. You will also be able to accurately note how much time you will be able to devote to a pet. With any luck, your foster pet might be the perfect one for you!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Funny Face, Scary Face by Asti the Dog

And for today's almost Wordless Wednesday, we present Asti and her silly face.

Sad dog, happy dog, sad dog, happy dog, sad dog, happy dog...

Here's an even faster version... just like those Christmas lights.

Sad dog, happy dog (2x faster)
This GIF was made possible by GIFMaker.Me
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Caption Wednesday: No Dog Left Alone

Don't be sad. This little white dog is just waiting for the rest of the pack to show up in that window.
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