Monday, July 21, 2014

Things to Remember Before Booking Dog Friendly Hotels (Guest Post) & Update


UPDATE: Sorry, guys. We've been preoccupied with Buchi's skin problem. A lot's been going on... and I can't seem to find the time to post about it. 

We're hoping to find a good dog food for Buchi. Anyone heard of Pro Eagle? I'm choosing between Pro Eagle and Holistic.

There are many different dog friendly locations that are available based on where you want to go with your family and the furry friend. The good news is that there are many more options available than you may believe. Just take a list at the dog friendly hotels from My Pawson to see examples from just one region. 
Saying Goodbye by Andrew Morrell, CC BY-ND 2.0 

The bad news is that travelling with a dog is not as easy as you may be tempted to believe at first glance. There are many things that have to be considered and it is quite easy to make mistakes. With this in mind, here are some things that few people consider. Consider them before you book your stay at any dog friendly hotel from around the world. 

Taking Climate into Account

The climate of the area that you travel to has to be taken into account. For instance, in Orlando humidity is heavy. In this case the pets that have some health conditions or are overweight need to be kept on watch and always remain as hydrated as possible. You need to make sure that the hotel offers AC but you have to know about climate since you want to take the dog for walks. Also, there are sometimes areas that see a lot of people and that is when you need to be sure that you know everything about the potential cool off periods that the dog may require.

Travelling with a Dog by Garry Knight, CC BY-SA 2.0
Deposits and Size Limits

Just because a hotel is labeled as being dog friendly does not mean it is friendly with all the dogs. Also, many hotels will ask you to pay a special deposit fee that is non-refundable or refundable, based on circumstances and policies. This is usually necessary in order to cover damages that may be done by your dog during the stay. There are various deposit structures that are presented and the same thing can be said about size limitation regulations. There are many hotels out there that will allow smaller dogs but that will not want to have large breeds stay inside the rooms.

Travel in a Basket by tanakawho, CC-BY-2.0
It is always a really good idea to travel with a dog crate since there are so many hotels out there that will not allow the dog to stay out of the crate while the housekeeping staff cleans the room. Before you book any dog friendly hotel, make sure that the policy is checked and place a call to see if there are some policies that changed. You really do not want to end up looking for hotels that will accommodate you at the last minute. 

Hotel Amenities

There are some dog friendly hotels out there that go above and beyond and will make sure that both the pet and the pet owner gain access to really good services while being on vacation. We thus have some that will offer extra amenities you can take advantage of. Why not do that? Checking hotel amenities may help you to find a dog friendly hotel that is affordable and a lot better than other options.
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Treat that Helps the Canine Teeth Keeps the Dogs Happy and Healthy All the Way

I just love giving the dogs large pig leg bones and whole pig skulls. The bones help scrape the plaque off their teeth. Unfortunately, because it's not available here, I have to look for other alternatives.

Asti's old owners used to give her Pedigree's Dentastix. I continued doing so.
Slobber, slobber, slobber, slobber!
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth...
Now that you're in the zone, why don't we start our day by singing the Happy song.


Happy weekend, everybody!
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Kindness and Compassion to Dogs is the New SMEXY

I was hoping to post about our vet today, but decided to talk about other amazing people around Asia as well. 

MSB, DVM

Two days ago, we went to our vet to have Buchi's semi-monthly Ivermectin shot. Just in case anybody was wondering, Ivermectin is a broad spectrum anti-parisitic drug. In Buchi's case, it keeps the itchies at bay because of his immuno-compromised body.

Off to the vet we go! Again!
So while I was talking to Dr. M about Buchi's regimen, she mentions how lucky Buchi is. If he had ended up with other owners, they would have probably left him to deal with the itchies and infection without medical attention. She didn't say much, but she made me feel like a special owner. This was far from what I had felt with Dr. C who made me feel stupid and ignorant. 

We've been going to this same clinic since 2009.
And it's not often you find a vet who understands that some of us are simply doing our best to provide the necessary medical attention with the limited budget we have. She's been generous and patient with us in many ways.

Bottom line? We think our vet, Dr. MSB, is definitely SMEXY!

Nitin Rana

We just found out about Nitin Rana in Facebook today. He has a thing for helping stray dogs and dogs in need in India. 

Nitin Rana courtesy of Dog Today Magazine 

Sure, I personally think he's cute, but the dogs think he's SMEXY.

Nowzad Shelter in Kabul

Nowzad does an amazing task of reuniting dogs and cats in Afghanistan to soldiers who have been destined there. According to NBC News, facilitating the reunion can cost as much as $4,000. They have organized more than 400 dog and cat transports to the United States and the United Kingdom.

In fact, their goodwill hasn't come unnoticed. They have been awarded BVNA Charity of the Year 2014, JustGiving charity of the Year 2013, and Animal Transportation Association Charity of the Year 2013

We would like to thank Melissa for giving us the go signal to use their logo in this post.
The shelter also takes in stray dogs, hoping to establish a healthy and controlled population through vaccination and spaying and neutering. One of their many intentions is to have of these cats and dogs adopted by Afghan families. Let's give them a paws up! 

The dogs and I think that Nowzad is SMEXY!

Interested in helping them earn more funding, check out the 'tail of Nowzad Dogs available in Amazon.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Adventures of Bloggyville's Pirate King Frankie


There once was a pirate king named Frankie.
He paid some dubloons to get a map of the treasury.
He summoned all his crew and set forth to the city.
They all dressed as wenches and pretended to be pretty

He went to The Cove to set out his elaborate plan
To steal the guard's key to unlock treasures of man.
As they sang and pretended to be merry,
One guard found of the pirate king's identity.

So he screamed "Pirate!" but nobody listened
All his men were too drunk, too wasted to care
The pirate king Frankie approached this sole guard
And booped his head to keep his vocal chords barred.

With the key at hand and a crew behind,
Pirate King Frankie left the tavern, no worries in mind
He went to the bank and unlocked the safe
Stealing a precious cargo of hotdogs and beef. 


We know we aren't always there to send you our paws and prayers, but we truly hope you're all better now, Frankie--for life, for good. Cheers to our Bloggyville Community. Cheers to Frankie's Day!
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Peke, The Shih Tzu, and the Askals

A whole lot of dog luvin'...
The Canine Groomer by Rin and Domex
Rin and Domex are just fine. Rin is an amazing mom. She grooms Domex like crazy. We've never had tick infestations with her.

Waiting by the White Pekingese

This is one of Asti's favorite past time. Doesn't she look sad? She's actually waiting for Puppy, Coal, PJ, and Cheezy to show up so she can bark at them and drool on the windows.

Peked Curiosity by Puppy
Puppy (Yes, it's his freaking name. Blame it on my niece!) is Domex's twin brother. Although all of them have been neutered, we've separated the girls from the boys. Asti is harness because she's not accustomed to their presence yet. The boys are just dead curious about her.

Bloody Scratchies by Buchi
So I've already mentioned how Buchi is immunocompromised. Even the tiniest scratchies, will have him end up like this. Yes, this bloody mess happened in a single day. It's like everything in him is on haywire, so I end up getting asked if he picked a fight with a big dog.

The Doggy Stash by Haopee
Yet again, a brand new stash from Haopee's shopping spree. 

The orange squeaker bone is from Pawsize. I love their products because they're cheap, affordable, and very durable. Kongs get peeled and tortured in an hour. Pawsize squeakers live!

We use Advantix to quell the tick infestation. It's pretty effective, too.
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