Friday, December 30, 2011

Introducing Peanuts: Sleeping Again!!!

Peanuts is turning 3 months old this January 2. We just got her 7 days ago and she's adjusting well in her environment.

She's a Terrier and Mini-Pinscher mix. Her resemblance to the two breeds are her Terrier appearance and Mini-Pinscher prancing gait. She loves running around, but what makes her special is the way she struts toward a human and then just sits their looking at them. If she sees another person walking around, she will strut to that person and sit in front of them.

She loves to sleep a lot. At the moment, she's resting most of the time because we got her vaccinated. Who would've thought she'd be experiencing pain after being given a 6-in-1 vaccine. The poor thing.

Here's one of her sleep-athon videos. She was pretty tired after a day of running around and exploring.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Sleeping on Lap...mmmmmm

Sleeping on Chair and Dolly... mmmmm

Sleeping on Leg... mmmm

Sleeping on Warm Tummy... mmm
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

13 Great Things to Know about Schnauzers

One of my blog buddies are the lovable Yuki and Rocket who are both adorable Schnauzers. I have now grown an affinity to the breed that I've researched some points that make them special. Aside from watching Dogs 101, here are some facts I've also picked up about the breed.

These guys are Yuki (Whitey on the Left) and Rocket (Gray Toto on the Right). Their mom was nice enough to have allowed me to show their cute adorable teen picture. They're a little old and mature now, so if you're interested in visiting their site just click HERE.
1. They came from Germany ( and it's pretty obvious from the name Schnauzer). 

2. Their original job description was to catch rats in farms.

3. They have a standard height of 12-14 inches.

4. Schnauzers belong to the Terrier family.

5. Both male and female are gentle, loving and great as family pets.

6. Both genders have little difference in weight and height.

7. They're very protective of their homes- loves to bark.

8. Easy to train and are considered a smart and curious breed.

9. Shedding is minimal but due to its long beard at front, they need constant grooming.

10. They have a lifespan of 10-14 years but others have lived longer.

11. Great with children and great with walking to meet "girls".

12. Their fur color varies from black, black and silver or salt and pepper.

13. Are generally healthy although some can have inherited diseases such as Schnauzer Bumps.

I believe Rocket had a Schnauzer bump growing on his arm. Although it doesn't greatly affect the dog, it does the owner. Either way, it's always best to have it checked and removed.

Edit: Rocket's mom just commented that a Schnauzer bump is like a little human zit and what Rocket had was termed Hystiocytoma. Sorry ^_^

Yuki is a white Schnauzer, her fur color wasn't listed on number 12 because she's special. To know more about white Schnauzers, just visit this link.

Watch out for more about Dachshunds. Let's hope Nola will share her pretty pictures with us, too.

Edit: Thanks for telling us in advance, Nola. I'll be posting it soon.

I apologize for changing the title of this post. I think the newest one makes better sense than "13 Reasons to Choose a Schnauzer".
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Burp! Dog Treats: No Good for Coal

I wanted to start Coal on clicker training. Unfortunately, since the reward system should start with the reward at hand, I impulsively picked one without considering that Coal was into meat than sugary treats.

I bought a 250g container of Burp! Doggy Biscuits and gave it a try. At first, Coal was enjoying the strawberry flavored bone shaped biscuit. So now I started teaching him the "Sit" trick. He doesn't get it at first even when I raise it above his nose moving backward so he gets into a sit position. Eventually with a little determination and whole lot of patience, we were able to accomplish it for the first time, I immediately pressed the clicker and hand out the melon flavored treat. He enjoys it yet hates that he has to chew it hard.

After a number of those, I come across the milk flavored one. With the sound of the clicker's clicking, he approaches me for the treat but only smells it- staring at me as if saying "I NO LIKEY!". I pick out the cheese treat and he gives the same reaction, as well. I get back to the strawberry treat and he nips it with his mouth, enjoying his reward.

Fortunately, Miga ( our neighbor's dog who does her daily visitation) just loves the milk biscuits.

Edit: Miga is secretly getting training lessons. She's a very very fast learner. I'm sure my neighbor won't mind, right? Coal seems to be enjoying the friendly competition. He is now surprisingly eating both milk and cheese flavored biscuits.
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Friday, December 23, 2011

Forceful Friday: Coal

Coal is currently claiming this carton. Surprisingly, he likes taking comfort in lying on top of the old pizza box rather than his soft bed. 

He was able to obtain 4 pizza boxes which are now partially torn all over his balcony.

Advance Merry Christmas to everyone.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

More About My Pirated Dog Miga

Here's Miga again, visiting us, chewing at her favorite spot.

One of Miga's outstanding qualities is her hyperactivity and curiosity. She's also very bold and inquisitive of her surroundings. She's the perfect embodiment of a purebred native dog or as we call it in the Philippines, an "Aspin" or an "Askal".

The first time she visited our home, she went directly inside the house, halting the moment she saw the little mice we've trapped. She kept on barking at it with a wagging tail. I was actually wondering what she was thinking in her mind- whether she was planning to play with them, eat them or drag them out to save them.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Mischief Monday

I've decided to join the cause. But first of all, I'd like to introduce the newest addition to the MyDogsLove.Me "pirated" pack. Meet Miga. "Miga" means girlfriend in our dialect. 

Miga is actually our neighbor's dog, but she visits us everyday. At first I'd thought she was just in heat and the purpose of her visitation was just to check our alpha out. But a couple of days ago, she'd solely expressed her interest in the humans of the house.

Unfortunately, I haven't seen her these past 2 days but I've noticed her injury one time she came here. I don't know what had happened, but I'm pretty sure she was the one I heard screaming some days ago. I've been enticing her to live with us like how BD (aka Brother Dog) came to staying here for good, but that's another story.
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Doggy Proposed Vaccination Schedule and Tests

Since the last three posts were mostly about rabies, I'd like to end these series with a more detailed guide schedule for vaccinations approved by the Veterinary Practitioner Association of the Philippines & Philippine Animal Hospital Association.

3 weeks old- Deworming

6 weeks old- Canine Parvovirus (1st Shot) and Deworming

2 months old- Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Para-influenza (2nd Shot. They usually come in 5-in-1 or 6-in-1 vials) and Deworming

11 weeks old- Booster Dose (3rd Shot) and Deworming

3 months old-  Anti-Rabies, 6-in-1 and Deworming

5 months old- Heartworm Test and Ehrlichia Test

9 months old- Anti-Rabies (2nd dose. With street dogs, we only this once a year.) and 6-in-1

Annually- Immunization against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo-virus and para-influenza, Anti-Rabies and Deworming

Lyme-disease is pretty rare in the Philippines. In fact, I haven't heard of dogs having such cases. However, Leptospirosis vaccination is a must as we are prone to floods during rainy seasons.

Most purebreds being sold in the country have already had their first shots and deworming done.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Philippine Dog Registration and Anti-Rabies Law

I was reading through the Anti-Rabies act of 2007. This is a Philippine Law which summarizes the rules of what rabies is, what designated people's responsibilities are, and what penalties are to be imposed.

Interestingly, here's some important sections I'd like to share.
SEC. 5. Responsibilities of Pet Owners. – All Pet Owners shall be required to:
(a) Have their Dog regularly vaccinated against Rabies and maintain a registration card which shall contain all vaccinations conducted on their Dog, for accurate record purposes.

(b) Submit their Dogs for mandatory registration.

(c) Maintain control over their Dog and not allow it to roam the streets or any Public Place without a leash.

(d) Be a responsible Owner by providing their Dog with proper grooming, adequate food and clean shelter.

(e) Within twenty-four (24) hours, report immediately any Dog biting incident to the Concerned Officials for investigation or for any appropriate action and place such Dog under observation by a government or private veterinarian.

(f) Assist the dog bite victim immediately and shoulder the medical expenses incurred and other incidental expenses relative to the victim’s injuries.
Unfortunately, it doesn't mention how old a pup should be to have him vaccinated. There was a number of penalties involved in not following rules. What I was disappointed with was that they never mentioned about rules regarding dogs who've had their rabies shots biting a someone.
Sec. 11. Penalties. -

(1) Pet Owners who fail or refuse to have their Dog registered and immunized against Rabies shall be punished by a fine of Two thousand pesos (P2,000.00).

(2) Pet Owners who refuse to have their Dog vaccinated against Rabies shall be liable to pay for the vaccination of both the Dog and the individuals Bitten by their Dog.

(3) Pet Owners who refuse to have their Dog put under observation after said Dog has Bitten an individual shall be meted a fine of Ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00).

(4) Pet Owners who refuse to have their Dog put under observation and do not shoulder the medical expenses of the person Bitten by their Dog shall be meted a fine of Twenty-five thousand pesos (P25,000.00).

I understand that the owner is required to pay for the medical expenses of the victim, but does that include vaccination even though the dog has already been observed to not have rabies? It doesn't exactly specify what to do in that kind of scenario. 

The term "medical expenses" and "incidental expenses" weren't included in the glossary of terms, so it can be perceived as either "bitten area's prophylaxis and hospital expenses" alone or "bitten area's prophylaxis, hospital expenses and vaccination".

I'm not a lawyer so I don't have the answers. *sigh*

RA 8485 was Amended last October 2013. To view the changes done on RA 8485 known as the "Animal Welfare Act of 1998. Just click on the link to download the PDF now. 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sweater Project 2

Last time, I was talking about creating Coal a doggy sweater. My first creation was ever so awful. It was too small for him that the supposedly arm holes couldn't even get pass the collar area. 

So, I made another one in less than a day but this time it was too big for him. After walking him a little wearing the twice-the-size sweater, I finally took it off. But not before taking a picture of the Coal, the precious flower. 

Hope it brightens up your day like it did mine.
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Puppy's First Rabies Shot

The article before this post talks about a brief overview on Philippine doggy registration and its perks for dog owners living in certain cities. Owners get a free rabies vaccination once a year once they get registered in Marikina. In my city, rabies vaccination is free for all. All we have to do is go to the center where our address belongs to, wait in the line and viola, free rabies shot. Each area has a designated schedule.

Some US cities require their first rabies shot should be given at the age of 3-6 months of age. Giving it a younger age than the one cited above can be ineffective as the puppy's body won't be able to take action. Besides, at such age, they aren't often exposed to potentially infected animals. I'm sure this logic also applies in Philippines. Of course, the best way to determine when the best time would be is to ask the local vet. I'm sure they wouldn't charge anyone who'd call and ask.

According to my dog's proposed vaccination schedule (this is the little handbook given by the vet), the first rabies shot is to be given when Fido is 3 months old. A second dose is recommended when he's 9 months. After that, it is to be given annually.
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Present for Coal: Insert

Rabies is a four post topic, so I'm just going to insert this new tidbit about my newest project. I know how boring talking about Rabies is anyway.

Last night, it was so cold that I couldn't help but consider making a sweater for Coal. I also feel a bit sad because he doesn't have Milk or Bob to spend Christmas with. Added with a little guilt made me decide to take out my knitting needle and start creating the "rainbow sweater".

It's not perfect as I haven't crocheted for years now. But it doesn't look that bad either.

I'm hoping to get this done within the next couple of days (or probably tomorrow). I'll definitely post some pictures of it soon.

By the way, here's the style I followed. It's the easiest pattern I could find.
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Friday, December 9, 2011

Philippines: Rabies Shots and Dog Registration

We already know what rabies is. It's that virus that causes neurological problems to both the biter and the "bitee". It's known to us that whenever a dog who has rabies bites a human, most likely this dog will die within 2 weeks. It's a rare case that an animal having rabies doesn't pay the price of having bitten.

Look at Old Yeller, he had to be shot by his own master because he went crazy. The first time I saw this movie, I had tears streaming in my eyes even after the credits were rolling. I was such a sucker for dog movies back then... 'til now.

So my first question would be, are there dogs with rabies who survives the biting? I think I'll have to further research on that.

Back to the main topic, the prevalence of giving your doggy rabies shots differ from state. In our country, we're encouraged to have our dogs vaccinated once a year. Since most of the people here cannot afford veterinary visits, the mayor either mandates a visit to the dog pound or the ones doing the shots go to every portion of the city wherein people can bring their dogs to a center near them to get vaccinated for free.

Some cities in the Philippines require dog registrations. Although a hassle, I personally prefer that kind of system. With each registration is a free vaccination. People pay approximately $1-2 to have each dog registered.

In Marikina City, all dogs in your household require registration. Owners need to provide a picture of the pooch to be included with the papers. This is different from what they call "papers" for purebred dogs. Once a dog is successfully registered, the owner can now bring him to the dog pound to be injected.

Not everyone follow these rules. However, the perks of having your dog registered is that whenever he gets caught wondering the streets, you won't have to be fined an exorbitant amount ranging from $10 or more. A neighbor of ours eventually gave up on paying for her Japanese Spitz because it was caught twice. I was pretty disappointed at them because they felt that it wasn't practical anymore to get their Spitz out of the pound due to the expensive fine.  Had they registered him, this wouldn't have happened.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

5 "S" on Potty-Training: A Crash Course

It's a dead given that most of us don't have that much patience in teaching our doggies the proper way of potty. So, here are some steps I use in order to speed up the learning process.

Aside from consistency, some techniques do help in increasing the familiarity of a ritual. I'm sure most doggy owners have used these, but let me just share it to those who are interested.

The Poop Position by Chuck D, CC-BY-2.0 
1. Same Spot- Try to use the same spot every time your puppy needs to go. Assuming you've already learned his pre-potty signs, always go to that same spot where you want him to pee and poop. Either in the yard or a litter box, your puppy will smell ammonia (or his urine) and will immediately recognize that this was where he last went.

2. Same Time- Well, you don't need to be right on the dot. But a schedule can greatly speed up his understanding of the potty schedule. It doesn't matter if whether it's directly after eating or an hour later, just stick to the schedule as much as possible.

3. Same Door- This wouldn't be a problem if the house has only one door to reach the backyard. Using the same door at potty time is a good way to teach the puppy how to signal you when he needs to go. Once he is old enough, he'll probably stay near that door once he needs to go.

4. Same Process- Don't just stand there and expect him to go potty by himself. Lead the way and direct him to the spot. A leash during the first couple of weeks can help in making the puppy understand where he has to go. It also prevents him from going somewhere else or scooting away.

5. Same Post-Potty Praise- Always remember that dogs incorporate the owner's direct reaction to their deeds. If you think he did a good job for going potty in the same spot and schedule, praise him! A good dog deserves his rewards.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

6 Advantages of Buying from a Reputable Breeder

Considering getting your dog from a breeder? That's great... as long as it isn't a puppy mill. There's a difference between the two, except for the fact that puppy mills only consider quantity over quality and profit over product.

I recall reading about an article of Oprah exposing puppy mills. Cesar Millan is also against people who do this for a living. 

Back to our topic, what's so great about getting your doggy from a breeder?

1. You can most likely meet the mother and -if lucky enough- the father. Routine health checks are done to them to ensure happy healthy puppies.

2. A reputable breeder can give you a history of the mother's health, as well as some general information on the breed's temperament.

3. A reputable breeder will most likely give you a questionnaire or ask you a series of questions to screen your preparedness in taking care of the puppy.

4. Doggy social skills wouldn't be that big of an issue because initial training will come from the puppy's mommy and his littermates.

5.  Most reputable breeders educate their buyers regarding diet, vaccinations, health and other issues the breed may encounter.

6. Reputable breeders keep their dog dens clean and safe. 

Want to know more about puppy mills? Here's a Nat Geo clip about them.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Planning on Getting a Christmas Puppy?

So, thinking of buying a puppy for your loved ones this Christmas? You might have to think twice with that.

For one thing, Christmas is a hectic holiday. A lot of spending and shopping would take place. Even creating snow angels and snowmen are added in the picture. Remember, you'll also have to buy your new dog his necessities.

A number of experts have agreed that Christmas isn't the best time to get a puppy. Most reputable breeders don't usually allow puppy purchasing directly before or after Christmas for the concern that owners may not be able to take care of them.

If you have small children in your household, Christmas is definitely not the best time to introduce a new dog. Remember that one of the most basic things a puppy or dog should learn once joining a family is the household rules- which includes potty training and house training. 

On the other hand, people who are generally free during Christmas (like adults or families with older children) can focus their free time in giving the puppy some needed attention. 

Either way, I suggest that before you rush into the pet store or breeder to get that cute doggy on display, remember that you'll have to give him at least 2 to 3 hours each day (and that's the least of it.)

NOTE: Contrary to what I've just said, it'd still be a great idea to adopt a homeless pet from the shelter or pound- if you do succumb to the pressures of holiday giving. Not only will you feel an overwhelming sense of happiness, but you'll also have given some dog the gift of a home and family. It's a win-win situation.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dog Treatment in some Philippine Pounds

I've already talked about this before- how I feel dogs are treated cruelly here. I just came across this blog post regarding how one good soul have protested to the treatment of dogs in a city nearby. Although it's been a year since the article was posted, the images still sears in my brain. If you're interested to see her page, click on the link. Jes Pi, whoever she is, is now one person I will greatly admire for her effort in making people aware of the pound's condition.

From Tsyka's Article Saving Man's Best Friend
I've just realized that aside from the term "Askals" (meaning asong kalye or street dog), dogs of such nature are also called "Aspins" ( meaning asong pinoy or Filipino dogs). No matter how much I try to explain how dog treatment here in the Philippines is far different from how most people from other countries do, it hurts me to see that others merely don't care as much.

I won't be a hypocrite though, I know the type of living here is very poor, but starving the dogs in a pound and killing them 3 days later through smoke emission is somewhat inhumane, don't you think? 

Here's an update on the "tambucho-gassing" issue dated last April 16,2011. Although with this bad news I bring, I am thankful to read that there are concerned citizens willing to lend a typing hand and a reading eye to help in saving those goggies.

NOTE: I've asked around and I partially understand why vets still agree on gassing as the best way of putting down dogs. Carbon monoxide isn't like cyanide or potassium overdose, those poisoned by such gas go into a sleeping state. So, the reason why smoke emission is their choice is because of it being the lesser evil. 

But still, starvation is a painful form of torture. Even homeless people are given a chance to scavenge for food. Imprisoning them and waiting for them to starve themselves to death is just plain wrong. Unlike people, dogs don't eat their own kind.

At the moment,  as much as I want to say that every dog deserves a human, I'm appalled to face reality and help in a way I am familiar with... AWARENESS.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My First Dog Ever: Apple's Story Part 2

I had Apple for more than 8 years. And within those 8 years, the most memorable moment I had of her was during a rainy day where she'd been moaning and whining. My mom had her tied to a coconut tree with adequate shelter. She had given birth to a litter of puppies a week before.

Since an old belief about mother dogs states that they're prone to biting anyone due to their protectiveness, she had her tied again. Apple's bed is a large slab of stone with clothing placed on top. She'd been whimpering for 5 minutes already and the rain was getting stronger. I looked and tried to decipher her sense of alarm. Little did I know that one of her puppies was stuck under the rock and she was trying to get him out.

I saw the water flowing into the hole under the rock. She was desperately digging it. I approached her, against the objection of our helper, and peered through the hole slowly filling with muddy water. I found the little blind thing crying out. I took him out and placed him on top of the rock with his litter. Apple stopped whining and secured the tiny one in place. It felt really good to help that day. To cover the hole, I took a rock nearby and covered the darn thing so it won't trap anymore puppies in the future. 
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My First Ever Dog: Apple's Story Part 1

It's not that we treat dogs harshly but I'm sure some people think otherwise. Dogs born in the Philippines are generally mongrels or mixes. Although it's not so rare to find someone owning a dog with breed, most of them are usually bought for dog shows or are owned by rich families who can afford them. Since I belong in a middle class household, my dogs are usually of "street" nature.

The first time I had a dog was when I was just 7. My mom had gotten her from the neighbors. She was short and black and extremely cute (in a puppy kind of way). At that time, I had not known dog breeds existed yet. And generally, my mom chained her because of their less domestic nature. Ninety percent (90%) of dogs here can survive independently without having masters to feed them.

I named that dog Apple. As a child, I felt cruel that my mom felt the need to chain a dog. But since she does not allow pets inside the house, she was scared someone would pour hot water on Apple's back if she got caught outside eating from someone else's garbage. 

I took Apple for walks but eventually stopped because she always overpowered me. I did, however, love spending time with her, patting and loving her. Sometimes, I would even stop by the grocery and buy her some Pedigree food from my allowance. Had I known a simple tug technique can make a large difference, I would've used it.  The internet wasn't readily available yet so I had to rely on books to learn about them.

Apple was very brave. One time, she got into a fight with a Rottweiler more than twice her size. After a battle that I thought would never end, the Rott squealed and ran scampering while Apple stood steadfast protecting her territory.

Most small dogs are too dominant for their own size. Apple was one of them. Her size was that of a Corgi. But the similarity between them ends there. 
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Welcome PBU-ers

Today, I'll be featured on PBU and it's an honor. I'd like to thank Pam and Oskar for giving me the opportunity to meet other dog-lovers like myself. Oh, I love cats, too! I've just gotten home after staying with my sister for more than 2 weeks so I've been a little offline within that time. 

For those I've missed, I and my dogs will make it up to you. I know even Shark ( my dead doggy) would've wagged his tail in agreement as well.

I'm glad I am back with my pack and so far so good. Back to training Milk and creating better ways to improve my doggies' lifestyles. 
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Friday, November 25, 2011

I'm coming hoooommmmeee!!!

I can't wait to come home and see how Milk and Coal are doing. I have some bad news about Bob but I don't want to spoil my getting back with my own pack because of it yet. 

I'll be definitely finishing the Dog House project. All I need to do is add a little roof made of tarpaulin because the base shelter is already covered with G.I. sheet. The tarpaulin is just to protect them from direct sunlight once they get out into the tiny balcony to sunbathe.

I miss my dogs very much. I miss how Milk licks my hand and stays still when I give her a good old doggy back rub. I also miss how Coal would look at me with his big brown eyes wondering why I am holding the doggy dropper with yellow liquid (a syringe without the needle containing their vitamins) secured between my index and middle finger.

I haven't posted as many pictures these past days because I still haven't watermarked them yet. Thank you for bearing with me.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dog Quotes

I love reading dog stories and dog quotes. It's a hobby, especially when I'm on a quest on finding certain dog novels on book hunts. The book shop I go to only sell pre-loved books, so it's a treat when I find a book that's on my wishlist.

Here's a compilation of some of the quotes I like.
  • My little dog- a heartbeat at my feet-  Edith Wharton
  • Heaven goes by favor; If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in (This is one of my personal favorites. Unfortunately, I was unable to note the author.)
  • To err is human. To forgive, canine - Anonymous
  • The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.- Samuel Butler
  • Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love, faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a dough the best deal man ever made. - Roger Caras
  • Next to one's bosom friend, what a companion like a dog? Your thought is his thought, your wish is his wish and where you desire to go, that place of all others is preferable to him- John Burroughs
  • The dog is a yes animal. Very popular with people who can't afford a yes man. -Robertson Davies
  • Puppies are nature's remedy for feeling unloved, plus numerous other ailments of life.- Richard Allan Palm
  • A door is a what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.- Ogden Nash
  • No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.-  Louis Sabin
  • For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.- Roger Caras
  • I've seen a look in dog's eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.- John Steinbeck
  • Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies.- Gene Hill
  • A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself.- Josh Billings a.k.a Henry Wheeler Shaw (I'm sure cat-lovers would disagree. ^_^)
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Pre-potty Signs

So I'm not sure how many posts I've created on potty training, but I would love to add some more. This time I'd like to talk about taking notice to what your puppy or dog does before he potties. What are his tell-tale signs? Sticking to a schedule can be difficult especially on the first couple of weeks of having the doggy. Unless you're an expert or experienced trainer, most of us just couldn't perfect the art of potty training.

So first of all, it's important to understand that most dogs do certain things before they potty. Do you know what your dog does before he does the deed?

1. Does he pee in the same spot? The thing with puppies is, some of them prefer peeing or pooping in the same spot. Milk, my dog, has a couple of spots she goes back to. There isn't a specific schedule on where she does it (like Monday here, Tuesday there and Wednesday on the corner), but whenever I go near that spot, she knows that that's her potty spot. The act of consistency can also help them trigger the potty ritual.

2. Will he poop or pee after meals? Or do you have to wait for a couple of minutes before he'll give you the potty dance? Thankfully, Milk goes right after meal time so it's not that hard to decipher her schedule.

3. What is his pre-potty action? Sniffing around, circling in the same spot, doing a figure eight, or simply stopping right then and there?

These are just some of the things that you should know about your dog. Aside from being prepared to rush outdoors once the doggy beacon lights up, knowing will also help you determine Fido's health and improve your housetraining skills to best suit you and your dog's lifestyle.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Rescue a Dog this Holiday

I found this really heartbreaking image and video from John Gagnon's Pet Rescue. They help people find pets who'll love them unconditionally and for pets to find humans who'll take care of them. Feel free to visit their Facebook Fanpage.

If you want to get a pet this holiday season, please consider adopting one. I hope this video will help convince you.

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Nobody wants me to come home

Funny thing happened this morning. Last night, I had set myself to stay a little longer with my sister and her family. But this morning, my beau calls me and says he's already in the airport waiting for me. The problem was I had already told him that my flight schedule was in the evening. Unfortunately, as sweet and as excited as he is, that information had slipped his mind and I was caught between coming home and staying here. So I called him to see if it were alright, he says it's okay but I know he misses me. I know I do!

So I guess that's one more week of short, not so serious postings.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

MyDogsLove.Me takes a break from Blogging

Hey guys, it's 10 am in the morning and I had just woken up. It's my niece's birthday and the last day before I get back home. Then, it's back to the drawing boards. In the mean time, please enjoy one of my favorite videos. I don't mind watching this all over and over again.

Uploaded by Buntonatar

Garnering about 670,000+ views, I don't mind adding a thousand more watching this adorable puppy impress his master and a number of dog lovers stumbling upon his cute little howl. Feel free to watch it over and over again.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Buchi the Shih-Tzu has Grown

I'd mentioned earlier that I was going to my sister's. Their house is currently under construction. The moment I arrived, I immediately found Buchi trotting on their unfinished balcony doing his guard dog duties. He's been great at it, barking at anybody who he sees entering the gate.  Most Shih-Tzus have big barking voices, by the way.

I was lucky I caught him in a good mood. Now, I have  an oh-so-cute picture of  the doggy that growls at the clipper when it's turned on. He's supposed to be a princess type shih-tzu but I doubt with his size he's still considered one. Opening introductions aside, meet Buchi.

Featured Goggy Number 2 is Buchi
Name: Buchi

Age: More than 2 years of age

Birthday: March 1, 2009 ( according to his little immunization book)

Special Skills/ Traits/ Talents: Monstrous Barker, Cute and Cuddly, Over Protective of Territory, Not yet Neutered, a Humper!!!

RFA (Reason for Adopting): I was set to own my first dog. There were two of them to select from. I chose him because he was the quiet type. Little did I know he was already weakening because of the mange and stress (probably). He also got me and my niece itching for weeks because we didn't know what he had.

Previous Illnesses: Sarcoptic Mange, Corneal Ulcer due to the scratching

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Milk my Old Barker

I mentioned in one of my previous post how my pack has a barker, a leader, and subordinates. For the next few days, I won't be posting too many articles about how to take care of dogs. Instead, I'll be featuring a couple of mine.

Featured Goggy Number 1 is Milk.
Her real name is "Gatas", which my mom really hates. Translated in English, the term "gatas" means milk. So, for the benefit of everybody visiting this site, let me introduce to you Featured Goggy Number 1, Milk.

Name: Milk

Age: Approximately 6 months old ( or older)

RFA (Reason for Adopting): A neighbor had asked my mom if it were possible for us to take care of her since they could no longer feed their dogs. And my mom who takes pity on everything except I, the caretaker of all the dogs, took Milk from them to live to with us. Her old name was Angel, by the way.

Skills/Talents/ Special Traits: 
  • She knows how to sit when she sees a treat. I was trying to teach her the "Sit" trick but instead, she sits before I say the word seeing the carrot treat on my hand.
  • Smart, feisty, playful and giddy
  • Housetrained outdoors
  • Does the Spider dog like Bob, but does it less often

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Canine/ Doggy Inherited Diseases

The downside of getting pure bred dogs is the possibility of them having their breed's inherited diseases. Since the origins of a breed is through their ancestor's inbreeding to obtain specific traits, coats and structure, it's not a surprise that the genetic weaknesses of those  parents are also transferred to their offspring.

Before getting a puppy for yourself, it is important to consider whether a pure breed or a cross breed  will be better for you. The reason why most street dogs are healthier than the ones sold in the pet shop is that aside from their parents being able to survive the elements in unhealthy conditions, they also got the genetic information of each one. Furthermore, the probability that they were from the same doggy family is virtually low. 

Here are a number of breeds with the respective genetic diseases they are prone to. The ones I've listed are the disorders owners should pay particular attention to as they have serious effects to them.

  • American Bulldog- Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia (The French Bulldog has none.)
  • Basset Hound- Another doggy with many disorders to look out for. But the most important are Platelet Dysfunction (Basset Hound Thrombopathia), Seborrhea
  • Beagle- Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Border Collie- Collie Eye Anomaly, Deafness
  • Boxer- Subaortic Stenosis, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Corneal Dystrophy
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel- Heart Murmurs
  • Chihuahua- Patellar Luxation
  • Dachshund- Acanthosis Nigricans, Intervertebral Disk Disease and a long list of other diseases.
  • Dalmatian- Deafness, Urolithiasis (Stones)
  • Doberman Pinscher- Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Cervical Vertebral Instability, Intervertebral Disk Disease, von Willebrand's Disease
  • German Shepherds- Degenerative Joints
  • Golden Retriever- Subaortic Stenosis, Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Retinal Dysplasia
  • Labrador Retrievers-  the list of this breed surprised me a whole lot. Among the most commonly noted diseases regarding them are Hip, Retinal, and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Miniature Pinscher- Surprisingly this breed has the least fatal problem- other than common problems like Alopecia, Cataracts, Corneal Dystrophy, Diabetes Mellitus and accounts of Epilepsy.
  • Pomeranian- Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Poodle- Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, Sebacious Adenitis
  • Pug- Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye)
  • Shar Peis- Skin Diseases
  • Shih-Tzu- Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Siberian Husky- Here's another breed with no documented inherited fatal disease.
Can't find the breed you're in-love with in my list? Worry not! There is an entire website to keep pet lovers informed. Simply visit this link.

It's a good thing that respectable breeders, nowadays, do their best to produce puppies with minimal chances to get those defects by breeding only healthy doggies negative of their common genetic diseases. If you're serious about choosing a specific breed, make sure to be informed. It always helps to research the net, read a book or better yet, ask a vet near you about your future breed-to-be.
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Puppy Doesn't Go Potty On Schedule

One of the questions bothering novice potty trainers is, "what if the doggy doesn't go when he is brought outside?" 

At first, I used to wait for them. So it doesn't matter if I have to stand for 30 minutes in one spot, as long as he eventually goes potty. This would do for the first couple of days (where you still have the patience), but the problem is that we are but humans with finite tolerance. Meaning, the 30 minutes spent outside or at the backyard being bitten by mosquitoes or frozen by the cold night isn't exactly a good experience worth repeating.

After having to bring 3 dogs outside everyday to go potty, it becomes tiring especially when they get distracted- forgetting their purpose of being walked. Although some have already adapted to the system of walking = potty, others would rather roam around. So to deal with this, the best thing to do is come back and let him out again after 20 to 30  minutes later.

Still not potty-ing? Wait for 5 minutes and bring them back to their crates.  Add another 20-30 minutes before taking them out again. It will take some time for your doggies to fully adjust to the schedule, but consistency is the key to a happily potty trained puppy.

Don't forget to give your doggy praise (or croon positive reinforcement) for him to remember he did this particular activity right.
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Can Doggy Share a Litterbox with Kitty?

This morning, my sister and I were discussing whether to make use of a litterbox for Buchi or any small-breed dog she may have her eyes on. I told her yes but forgot to mention that cats and dogs usually have different litters composition.

Cats prefer to cover their poops with sand (because it's easier) while dogs do so more seldom than often. And if ever they do the scuffing/ kicking/ wiping their feet action, given that you have a cat litter, such action will remove a fair amount of kitty litter from the box.


So as for the question, should they share one litterbox? The answer is no. If the cats were to see the sand submarines in their boxes, the tendency is that they would find somewhere else to do their deed. Peculiarly enough, dogs might find it an interesting outdoor snack seeing cat poop on where they're supposed to defecate and eat rather than eliminate there. So the answer is still no.

And by the way, I've read that cat litters are bad for the dogs tummy. To make it more worst, the litter hardens in their tummies once ingested.

One more thing, the term Coprophagia is used to define dogs eating cat poop.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pros and Cons of Getting a Dog

We've all heard of how cute and irresistable puppies can be. But most of the time, people who dive in to the opportunity of getting one do not prepare themselves of the responsibility that's at hand. This is the reason why most dogs end up in shelters.

Before you get a puppy for yourself, make sure you're informed. Know how to choose the healthier one and research on the breed you want to care for.  Learn the breeds maintenance, possible genetic defects and temperament. Make sure to consider your lifestyle. It's already a fact that once you get a dog, some things will definitely change. So to lessen the stress between you and your new doggy, look a breed that will suit you and not just your dream dog.

Now, why get a puppy?

1. Companionship
2. Unconditional love

3. Loyalty
4. Stress relief-  This doesn't necessarily mean you can emotionally or physically hurt them.
5. More outdoor time and physical activities
6. A reason to meet other dog owners like yourself
7. A way to interest your kids in having responsibilities

If you're a type of person who's hesitant in caring for a dog, you might as well not adopt or get one.

Although lovable, huggable and simply adorable. Puppies are:

1. Time & effort consumers
2. A big responsibility
3. Costly - You'll have to consider vet visits, vaccinations, appropriate dog food, their sleeping quarters and your favorite shoes you accidentally left outside for him to chew on.
4. Emotional heartbreaks- When something bad happens to him- be it on the first couple of months you got him or 14 years later, when he's old and suffering from arthritis
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Frightened/ Scared Doggy? Try the Tellington Touch

I just read a pretty interesting way of calming your frightened dog. This is called the Tellington Touch. The name itself originated from Linda-Tellington Jones. Her passion for animals started since childhood. She first worked with horses and is now demonstrating it on dogs.

What is the Tellington Touch?

It's a variety of simple -more often- circular motions with your fingers in stroking the ears, rubbing the gums and more. Other actions involve lifting and massaging specific body parts of your doggy.

How does this apply when your doggy is scared or anxious?

So first of all, take note that the TTouch should not only be done whenever your dog experiences fear. He might end up associating it with that feeling. It should be done prior to his episodes.

The reason why I wanted to talk about this was because I've already used it with Bob before I even heard it existed. He really enjoyed being rubbed at the ears and for a moment, he even forgot his mangy itches.

How do you perform the TTouch?

One of the simplest TTouch is by stroking your dog's ear.

1. With one hand on each ear, situate the base of his ear between your thumb and forefinger. 2. Then, very gently stroke it towards the tip. 
3. Let your hand move right off when you reach the tip.
4. Repeat the sliding motion until you cover the entire area of his ears.

The process mostly advised by vets when your doggy is frightened is the one below.

1. Hold your dog's neck gently to support his head.
2. Softly stroke the length of his ear (from the base to the tip) with your thumb opposite your fingers in a sliding motion.
3. Repeat it until you cover the different portions of his ear.

You'll notice its effects when your dog starts to relax. The Tellington Touch can calm most frightened animals (like horsies and kitties).

Having a hard time imagining how to do it?

Here's a video of Linda Tellington-Jones herself doing it.

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