Monday, October 31, 2011

7 Home Remedies for Mange

Last time, I talked about mange in general. The tips were not as specific as the one I will be mentioning now.

It's been a month since we've gotten Bob from the neighbors. Two weeks ago, I've noticed that his mom and other sibling had serious demodectic mange infections. I whispered to myself, this is going to be bad news. And it is! Now Bob has mange, too. He even has bald patches of skin on his legs and face.

Although I'll be focusing more on Demodex mange, most remedies here are applicable for sarcoptic mange, as well. Picture Source

I've been searching for home remedies for mange all over the web and from other books. Here are some I've compiled. Unfortunately, I haven't tested it yet except garlic.

1. Garlic

Crush 4 cloves of garlic and let it sit in some cooking oil for a night. This cooking oil will be used later on the area affected by mange.

Apply the cooking oil on the affected area to lessen the irritation caused by mites. They'll also suffocate the darn buggers.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar/ Lemon

I don't this would be a good idea to use on dogs who've scratched too much that their skins have open wounds. Check your pooches skin for bleeds or deep scratch marks before considering direct skin application.

Boil some water and drop 2-3 slices of lemon on it. Let it stay for the entire night and use it on your pets coat the next morning.

Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar is not the same as regular vinegar. Adding a tablespoon of it to your dog's food should help in treating the mange.

3. Borax Solution

I've talked about this in my previous post. Kindly click on the link above to check it.

Borax is not widely available in the Philippines. According to my memory, I remember purchasing it in Ace Hardware or Handyman. After going to multiple grocery and hardware stores, we were lucky enough to find the last box which approximately cost $6.

It's better to go to vet and have your pooch checked up before considering the Borax solution. Bayer Advocate (the one used on Buchi) cost $9, and it gave Buchi instant relief from the itch and the mange.

4. Used Motor Oil

Most vets do not recommend this because of its "carcinogenic" claim. Others who've been using this say it's highly effective. They've also added that its effect is almost instant.Doggy no longer itches.

I say, it'll probably be my last resort because it's the messiest treatment. I understand motor oil can effectively suffocate the mites living in your pets which will help minimize their population.

5. Omega 3-6-9

Rather than attacking the mites themselves. Some have used another approach to the mange issue. They've resorted to building the immune system and nurturing the skin.

Minor demodectic mange can heal on its own given your dog is packed with the proper nutrients. Giving him fish oil is a good way to help his skin grow healthier. I usually add a tablespoon of Omega-3 (the one from a famous canned tuna) oil or vegetable oil in Bob's diet.

6. Proper Vitamins and Minerals for Building the Immune System

To add to fish oil, I've been giving him 1 ml of LC-Vit. It's a vitamin the vet gave me when Buchi had his sarcoptic mange attack. This is to give him the nutrients his everyday diet cannot provide.

I also feed them carrots and other crunchy vegetables as treats.

7. Sulfur Soap

The first vet I brought Buchi to made it a point that anti-mange soap for dogs are not good for puppies. She said it would be better to use sulfur soap. Bathing him 3 times a week would help minimize the mite growth. The problem with sulfur soap and some of the remedies above is that they'll dry your dog's skin.

For this, I suggest aloe vera gel or simply aloe vera. This will lessen the irritation of dry skin. Natural honey (not the one used for pancakes) can also soothe reddened skin.

NOTE: It is important to know that even healthy dogs have mites. Their population will usually increase once Fido's health or immune system is compromised. If a dog is constantly bombarded by stress, this may be their opportunity to cultivate and disperse.

Puppies on the other hand have weak immune systems. That's why they're more prone to demodex mites attacks. This is also the reason why you hear people say that this mange isn't contagious. They'll only attack their hosts with weak immune systems. If you have a healthy dog, they are less likely to be affected.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dog Not Leaving Dead Friend's Side

I've mentioned looking at a picture of a dog not abandoning his friend on the streets in my post Dog Saves Dog. It took me some while to recall where I had placed the picture which is why I haven't posted it soon enough.

Here's the photo now. The caption on this was that the dog kept on barking at people passing by. I forgot if it were whether for them to notice his dead friend and help him or to warn them to stay away and not hurt the poor thing.

This reminds me of the story of Hawkeye. His owner was a Navy Seal officer who was killed in Afghanistan. Hawkeye was famous for not leaving his master's side even during Tumilson's funeral service.
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

How Often Do Puppies Pee and Poop

Some owner prefer to take their puppies outside to relieve themselves. The question would be how often it should be done. Given that you still have a puppy to care for, his puddles and presents will be left anywhere if you haven't started with the paper (indoor house training).

To have a better idea of how often to take your doggy to his outside spot, here's a rule of thumb you can use as a guideline.

Puppies between 2-4 months need to get out at least 8 times within 24 hours. This is the time your patience will be tested. I suggest sticking to a schedule in which you're comfortable with. Surprisingly, our puppy Bob is well enough with 4 trips.

Between 5 months to 2 years of age, he'll probably need approximately 5-7 visits to his potty spot.

By the time he reaches 3, he'll have a stronger bladder control and 3-4 trips will be good enough for the entire day.

If by chance you are considering to just let him out once a day, consider indoor housetraining or the use of a portable potty.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

4 Reasons to Spay Your Dog

Previously, I posted the 5 Importance of Altering your Doggy. Now, I'll delve into the details of why spaying should be considered.

Here are some myths in spaying:

1. Waiting for the dog to have been "in heat" once before spaying is advantageous.- According to some rescue groups, spaying before she matures will help her avoid mammary cancer and pyometra (a painful disease in the uterus of non-spayed older dogs) later in her life.

2. Spaying should be done after her first litter. Although it's so wonderful to have to see your grandbabies, you'll have to put that off if you're unable to provide them good homes. Reality check, 4-6 million pets are being euthanized each year- maybe more!

If you're so tempted to give in, go to your local pound and see the many homeless dogs they have. Better yet, adopt one if you (can afford) are willing to add one more dog in your family. You'll not only make him happy, but you'll certainly save his life.

Or you can simply look at her. This is how owner-less dogs typically look in my country. Most people here are not into "altering their dogs" because of its cost. The picture above clearly depicts what happens to unwanted and abandoned ones roaming the streets. The dog above was lucky enough to get rescued, but what about the others?

Why is it a big deal to spay your dog?

1. You won't need to deal with a dog actively seeking a mate. Since she's in heat, her male counterparts will also be able to smell her a block away. Male dogs even go into fights just to get one female. Stray dogs may also appear in front of your house/gate.

2. You won't need to deal with her "Estrus period". A female dog "going in heat" will pee in different unpleasant places (frequent urination). She will also be rubbing her blood off your floors. This period occurs for approximately 21 days.

Some may not have known this since it only occurs twice a year (for most dogs). I have only seen it occur once with my now deceased dog (thankfully, due to very old age) when I was 9. With most "street dogs", it will only be noticeable once she's already pregnant (the thing we are trying to avoid in the first place). Other dogs are into cleaning themselves well, reason why we hardly know this fact.

3. Once spayed, your dog will be less aggravated, anxious and short-tempered. When she's in heat, these traits will normally come out including restlessness.

4. If she doesn't get pregnant during that period, she'll probably go through "false pregnancy". There mammary glands may enlarge and produce milk. She'll also be more whiny and needy of attention. You might even catch her "mothering" a toy.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bob: Spider Dog

I was able to take a decent picture of Bob. I'm glad after a dozen failed shots, he finally looks at me for his million dollar portrait. The other shots were so blurry and shaky.

He's currently doing the spider dog. Shark used to do this, with his tail wagging. By the way, Bob is Shark's younger brother. He's a couple of generations younger-like two years, more or less. At the moment, they're living at our wooden balcony because I don't like them staying out where I couldn't see them.

We call this pose the spider dog. Almost every morning, we find him up there. When he sees us coming outside to greet them, he gets down and wags his tail. Shark used to that when he was still a puppy. Milk ( our other dog) likes to do the "spider dog" differently. She stands on her hind legs and inserts her nosy in one of those triangles. Hopefully, I can take a picture of it.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

5 Importance of Neutering and Spaying

The term "altering your dog" is widely used as a general term for spaying and neutering. I've previously added sterilization as a tip to lessen the aggression in your pooch. Here are additional pros to it:

1. No risk of bringing unwanted puppies into this harsh world. Awhile ago, I found a controversial news regarding the PETA and ASPCA regarding the number of dogs and cats they euthanize yearly. The author made it a point that approximately 90% of the dogs rescued are put to sleep. I'm not sure if this is real, but hearing how many of these innocent doggies are being put to such an ordeal is heart breaking.

Be a responsible owner. If you don't plan on taking care of puppies, neuter or spay your pet to prevent overpopulation.

2. Lessens aggression. According to some books, altered dogs are calmer and less agitated. This also means that the males are less likely to pick a fight with other dogs.

3. Surprisingly, you'll no longer need to worry about the mess your female dog's monthly period will cause.

4. Lessens the risk of dog cancers. This includes female breast, ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. For the male dogs, prostate infection and testicular cancer.

5. Female mood swings. Don't forget that dogs have hormones, too. And they can act the same way as your daughter or wife, with mood swings. Spaying your dog will lessen the tendencies of mood swings.

There are some speculations saying that spaying an aggressive female can even worsen her aggression, I suggest to consult a dog trainer or a canine behavior consultant to see if her aggression should be worked on before spaying.

Altering your dog doesn't change his character. Spaying and neutering only takes away the innate desperate instinct of your dog's breed.
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Dog Saves Dog

I'm pretty sure some of you have already seen this in Youtube. I saw a Facebook picture about two dogs, the other not leaving his dead friend. And whoever came close to them was greeted by a bark. For non-pet lovers, this is quite a surprising act. But for dog owners who've taken care of their pals for some time, it's loyalty well-earned. I was hoping to find its video in Youtube. To my dismay (which will be explained later), I found this one instead.

Here's one of a stray dog saving his friend from getting killed. The other stray dog had been hit in a highway in Chile. His friend gently pulls him to the corner with his paws and not with his teeth.

Unfortunately, according to the caption of this video, the stray dog that was hit died eventually in the vet's.

Some extremists have asked what made dogs different from cows and pigs which are also being brutally killed for their meat. Here's my answer. For one, there have been dogs who've saved lives of people and pets. Second, once you take care of one and treat him like a part of your family- and not some domesticated animal like a chicken or cow, they act the part and keep you happy (sometimes, even drive you crazy).

The video above just shows how much of heart a dog could have.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Doghouse Project Part 2

In my previous posts, I've promised to add a clearer drawing of what I was building. Last night, I made a newer draft but it was still as messy as the former one. I'm going to place put it here because we worked on it yesterday and made some progress.

My beau even hit my finger with a hammer. We're making use of bamboo and old wood from my mom's scraps. We just ran out of usable materials and I'll be scrounging for more under my mom's cellar or more appropriately called "bodega".
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Working on the Doghouse Today

It's the second weekend of my project and I'm going to be busy working on the doghouse later. Hopefully my lack of physical strength wouldn't hinder me from hammering a nail or two ( that and sawing wood and digging holes on the ground for poles).

We were supposed to start yesterday but then, we went to the grocery for an impromptu shopping spree and decided to cook mung bean sprout fried rolls. It was my first time to do them, so preparing the rolls took longer than I expected. We used the wrong wrapper which made the wrapping more difficult.

Today's the day we'll be working the entire morning and afternoon. Hopefully, the sun won't come out much of the cloud because we'll turn to burnt toast if it does for too long.
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

What's Your Story, Wishbone?

Ever since I watched the TV series Wishbone, back when I was a kid, I've wanted to have a Jack Russel Terrier for myself. Aside from being adorable and small, it also helped wishing mine would be as smart as Wishbone. He talks, he thinks, he daydreams. He imagines himself as the protagonist of all the classic literature and folklore stories and parallels it to his friends' and his doggy dilemmas.

Wishbone lives with his owner Joe Talbot and is almost always doing funny doggy stuff like hiding his treasures in the neighbor's lawn or devising a plan to get food. Larry Bentley had been the voice of Wishbone. And the real name of the doggy portraying Wishbone is "Soccer". Soccer continued to play Wishbone until 1998. His death in June 26, 2001 (a month after his birthday) was when the show ended.

This particular picture is from Wishbone's daydream of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. He even uses some Old English in his script. I just love it.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

9 Details to Include in "Missing" Posters/ Fliers

So you left the back door open. Fido runs outside like wild fire and the next thing you know, you're searching for him for hours with no luck. As a precaution, if chipping is available in your area, I highly suggest this option. It's a little costly, but it may just be the thing to save you a whole lot of time and effort in searching for him.

"Oh, Come on. You can do better than that!"

Your dog is missing, what are you to do? First of all, please stay calm. Don't panic and figure out a way to disperse the information of him being lost. An age old procedure is to create posters and fliers with Fido's picture and a description of it. Here are some things that should be included in your poster:

1. His name or nickname (of course!)

2. A big clear picture of him alone (or with a giant circle around his portrait if he is with his doggy friends).

3. Breed

4. Color (don't just say "mixed" or "tri-color". This is important since you'll be photocopying your fliers rather than printing colored ones) and Size (just an approximation unless you have his exact weight and height)

5. Distinct markings like "a brown spot over his eye"

6. Gender (if your dog is male or female. Also specify he/she was neutered/spayed)

7. The date and location you last saw him

8. Your name and your number and email ( wherever you're fastest to reach)

Here's a nice poster, I'd definitely recommend. Obie Flyer

I say this of utmost importance because there was a time I've read an ad about a lost dog which I've noticed already. I saw the dog roaming around the park for two straight days now and decided to track him this time.

I tried calling the owners- since they hadn't replied to my text. Nobody answered the phone so I followed the dog all around the park and elsewhere because I didn't have a leash handy to catch him. I tracked him for 2 hours trying to call the owner's number but nobody replied.

So, I finally gave up and went home because it was getting really late. Two hours later- at 11 in the evening, the owners called me. I had explained to them that I saw the dog of exact description roaming around the park nearby and whom I went after. In response, they immediately drove off to where I'd told them he was and where else I went but never found their baby, unfortunately. In case you're curious as to what breed the dog was, it had been a white Japanese Spitz.

9. Reward if you're able to afford it. It's better not to specify the amount.

There are many poster templates in the web that can help you make your missing dog flier. Try not to rely on handwriting. Computer generated prints are easier to read.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dog Puddle Clean Up

According to logic, the way to clean up a mess is with soap, water and some disinfectant to kill the germs. Surprisingly, this is not necessarily true for dog owners.

I saw this in a forum but couldn't track the original source.

I remember my first days having a puppy, whenever he makes a mess inside the house (since I didn't do potty training back then), I'd get some soap and water to clean it up and wipe on some disinfectant on the area. But no matter how much I try to remove the smell, he still goes back to that exact place even a couple of days later.

The reason why this is happening was because he still smelled his pee on it. So the first thing we have to do is to remove or replace the faintest scent of ammonia. Ammonia is sometimes found in cleaning products and DOG PEE which means you'll have to scratch those from your list when dealing with a puppy puddle. The moment he smells ammonia he'll think, "Oh that's where I left my liquid present. I'll go back there to leave some now!"

To block the smell of ammonia, pour vinegar on Fido's pee and be prepared to use towels, paper towels, newspapers or a mop. My vote's on the paper towels. I used up all of my mom's tissue paper (*^_^*).

Feel free to use any cleaner, just remember to take note that products with ammonia are a big no no. To remove the stains, soda water/ carbonated water/fizzy water can help with those. Visit your pet stores or check for them online to know where to buy them and what brand to choose.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


I typed in the word dog in Google Search and was lead here after a couple of consecutive clicks rooting from an image of an inhumane act of dog meat trading. I love dogs and I'm really mad at people who do so because of poverty. I know this is how life rolls but is there no other way to protect our canine friends?

DON'T EAT DOG MEAT! or at least, STOP DEFENDING IT. No matter how justifiable it is for the sake of feeding hungry families, ANIMAL CRUELTY IS STILL CRUELTY! Here's one of the pictures I've linked from a Philippine site combating dog cruelty. Feel free to visit it when you have the time.

Another site I found disturbing (because of the dog butchering video it had and information on countries that are, most of the time, culprits of these inhumane acts) is
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Dog Life Span

An average dog can live between 10 to 12 years. Others have lived longer and it's no surprise with owners who take very well care of them. This doesn't just mean to get them the best vet care and the most expensive toys, a dog is happy enough with an owner who greets him and spends time with him everyday.

Large breeds have an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years while average-sized ones like Labradors, Retrievers and Shepherds can live for more than 10 years. Smaller breeds have the longest lifespans. I've heard stories of terriers living up to 15 years of age. They tend to live for more than 12 years. has the best dog pictures and captions. If you need a good laugh, it's a site I highly recommend.

Like humans, dogs have needs, too. With proper diet, exercise and veterinary care, your dog can stay with you for more than a decade. Don't forget that it's also important to provide our pooches with the TLC they so deserve.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Building my Dogs a Playpen

Yesterday, I made plans of creating a mini playground for my three dogs. It's not much but we've decided to build it ourselves. Yes, two people who have no whatsoever carpentry experience with the exception of hammering some nails on the wall and patching up wooden furniture.

This was my initial sketch last night. I know it sucks, but I'm hoping the outcome wouldn't turn out as bad.

Since Shark died, I did not allow Milk and Coal to occupy the dog house because the substance that poisoned Shark has never been identified. Yesterday, we've finally moved its position to where we plan to build the mini-playground. It's nothing that special- just a large play pen where they can enjoy since I can't have them running around the neighborhood.

We're taking the construction a couple hours at a time-specifically only during weekends, 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon before the it gets dark. Our tentative finishing date will be two weeks from now.
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spotting a Good Breeder

I was reading some books about puppy mills and breeders when I came across this message from the Papillon Club.
A reputable breeder never sells puppies to a pet shop or broker, but only through direct contact with the final owner, in order to properly match the dog to the owner and ensure that the owner is ready for the responsibility of dog ownership and can provide a safe and proper home.

Before this, I wasn't even familiar of the breed's name. I would have assumed it's some lop-eared Spitz (and that would probably come out as an insult to most owners). The website stated above has a detailed description of the Papand everything you need to know about them.

Here's a pretty picture of a Papillon mommy with her cute puppies. Talking about this breed just gave me something new to read about.
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Choosing A Dog

Having a dog isn't easy as it sounds. As there are owners who've felt blessed and lucky to have met their perfect pooch, there are others who've felt that getting one was the worst decision in their lives. Just like a regular human dreaming of their ideal person, owners-to-be also have an in mind an ideal breed.

Whether it's because you saw celebrities having cute miniature dogs or your friends having a scary Doberman, this shouldn't be enough for you to decide what breed you'd best be with.

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A smart and caring owner should consider multiple things before getting a dog such as the size, the neediness for attention, the energy level, the maintenance, and other physical aspects. Finding a dog is not like finding a date. If your date goes bad, you could just end it with a polite turn down. This is not what it's like when getting a partner which can likely be your companion for a decade.

So don't be one of those who've based their choices just on pictures alone, do a full research on the breed. The Internet is a vast cloud of information to search for answers. Go to Youtube for videos or type in your breed in Google Search ( just make sure you didn't search for images alone). Take time before you get one, this will save you a lot of frustrations and give you solid expectations.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bob our New Puppy

I've been busy the entire day. Early in the morning, I woke up with my mom holding a new black puppy from our neighbor. Apparently, she's already gotten over Shark's death. Looking at the black fluff ball, I remembered how much Shark had looked like the first time he'd been adopted by us.

My mom told me our neighbor gave it to us because he wanted the dog to have a good home. I guess they had not known that this year, a number of puppies have already died in our care. We've spent a lot of time, effort and money on taking care of them but since their old owners aren't the type who cared much for their street dogs, we end up getting a sick puppy.

Why not just refuse it? I've told my mom to stop bringing home puppies from her friends and neighbors, but the hoarding impulse always take over. It's unstoppable.

We're calling him Bob. Bob is cute and worth $5 in medicine. He was traded for some over-the-counter paracetamol, antacids, decongestants, ascorbic acid and some others I'm not particular with. Since the owner was about to leave, he exchanged Bob for medicine he might need during his travel.

This is not Bob, just a close look alike. I'll try to post some pictures of him when I get a decent photo.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Crating: Do's and Dont's

Crating is not an easy task. It will take some time for your pooch to adjust to it and for you to get a hang of successfully doing it. Here are some tips to remember to increases your chances on successfully crate training.

Still haven't thought of what to give your new pup this Christmas? How about a canine cottage? This website has some pretty interesting crate interior and exterior accessories. Check it out if you're interested. Canine Cottage Designs

1. Don't forget to consider your dog's personality when buying the crate. This should also include his needs. There are two types of crates readily available in the market, the one made of plastic and the other made of wire. For a shy type, the plastic type can give him more privacy. The plastic type is also the crate accepted in plane travels. The wire type is more airy and conducive for pets with snub-noses. Since it is open, your dog can see what's doing on outside.

Box types are out. This is an eiCrate designed by Peter Pracilio for designGO!

2. Do consider your dog's size in crating. Fido may be a cute puppy NOW but he will grow into a dog eventually. If the crate is too big for him now, create a divider for it. For a puppy who doesn't chew, a thick cardboard will do. Not only will your crate be able to accommodate your puppy now, but it will also serve him until his adulthood.

3. Do introduce the crate gradually. Dogs get stressed to so it's important that you make him accustomed to the sight and feel of the crate first before you put him there for the night. Observe how he interacts with it and wait for the right time before finally making him move in.

4. Do not use the crate as a prison. Your dog should not be left in there for a long time.

5. Do not lock him up in the crate during his initial meeting with it as this will make him associate the crate with something negative.

Now that we've covered the more general rules in crate housetraining, always remember that the most important thing to consider is that a crate will serve as your dog's home or den. So if you're having doubts, just go back to the basics of your dog's primary need.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Crating: Importance

Before I start with the talk, here's a nice video I picked up in YT. As you could see, the "obsessed" shih-tzu's crate is at the background (for a couple of seconds).

We've always heard about crating and how important it is to use a crate in house training. Since I live in a country where most dogs are either on a leash (which is cruel, but the only way to keep them safe since they like going out into the open), I've only tried crating once.

A crate is like a doggy den for our dogs. Wild or domestic, canines give great importance to a den. A den is their security blanket. It is the place they can call their own. As to wolves, it is where they come home to feel protected. Domesticated dogs also need their own dens.

A crate is the perfect den for most dogs living indoors. My dogs usually have dog houses. Both a crate and a dog house have almost the same purpose. Unfortunately, this also means that they may think of a crate as a form of prison. This is the reason why it is important to introduce the crate while they are still young.

This is my old Shih-Tzu. I deleted his site because I wasn't able to upload posts often. Now, he's living like a prince in a bigger dog castle (measuring approximately 1.5m x 1 m x 1 m). Here's the link of my old post: Mommy Got Me a New Cage

Why is crating important in house training?

Dogs would never try to pee or poop in their dens. It's like making humans do so in their own bedrooms or beside their beds. Since dogs will consider the crate their dens, they'll quickly learn to hold their pee and poop whenever they're still inside their crate.


By default, mama dogs and wolves teach their puppies not to pee or poop in their dens. However, given that the puppy has already been accustomed to sleeping with his own excretions, crating will somewhat be a problem.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Hachiko: Loyalty at its Best

Based on a true story and portrayed by one of the famous actors, Mr. Richard Gere, the story of Hachiko is known worldwide. As to my insights on the movie, don't ask. I watched a couple of seconds in it and started to cry for no reason except knowing the gist.

"Damnit, the trailer made me cry again!"

Hachiko , an Akita dog, is famous for portraying true loyalty to his master. Most of you have probably seen the story starring Gere. In actuality, Hachiko was acquired by a professor named Dr. Eisaburo (HidesaburĊ) Ueno. The both of them lived in Ueno's home in the district of Tokyo called Shibuya.

Everyday, Hachiko would accompany the professor to the train station for his morning commute and meet him in the afternoon when he comes home to walk together. In May 21, 1925, with a year-and-a-half-old Hachiko waiting at the train station, the professor never came. Dr. Ueno had suffered a stroke in the university and died that day. Since Hachiko was not aware of this, he went to the station every morning and afternoon hoping for his master to come home. He did this unceasingly for 10 years until Hachiko himself passed away on the same spot where they always met.

In memory of Hachiko, a bronze statue in his likeness was erected at the Shibuya Train station symbolizing the ultimate loyalty a dog can offer its master.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

6 Things to Add in Your Puppy Checklist

So you're in for a new puppy to add in your family. Let's just say you haven't yet the slightest idea of what to pay attention to when picking the puppy except the cute factor. Here's my EEEMPC (eyes, ears, energy, mouth, paws, and coat) check list.

Pick me... I'm perfect.
1. Eyes- Is your puppy bright eyed? Does he have clean and clear eyes? Are his eyes runny or having unnecessary discharge?

2. Ears- How are his ears? Do they smell bad? Is it clean? Are their patches or parasites on the outside and inside of it?

3. Energy- Does he like playing? Does he eat well and have no issues when defecating? Is he lethargic or tired looking? Is he curious about his surroundings and of you? Take note that this is very important because the puppy needs to be healthy once introduced to his new home. It is always unavoidable for them to get stressed so make sure to choose the one who you feel is prepared to see the outside world.

One mistake I made when I chose my first shih-tzu was me thinking he was just being a good puppy because he preferred sleeping compared to his other sibling. Since he was a princess type breed, he was also the smaller of the two. He seemed healthy enough but after a week or so, he started to have bald patches on his tail. His new environment got him so stressed that the poor thing developed a bad case of Sarcoptic mange.

4. Mouth- Are his teeth, probably few at this time, free of plaque? Are his gums, roof of the mouth, tongue and teeth of proper color and free of sores? Does his breath smell like rotten eggs or mama dog's milk?

5. Paws- Are they free of injuries? Are the nails trimmed and undamaged? Are the pads intact and nothing is stuck between it? How is he walking? Is he limping?

6. Coat- This is one of the important aspects of your new puppy's body you should thoroughly examine. Remember, most mange don't not appear until your puppy's immune system weakens due to stress. So after choosing, go to your vet to give your puppy a thorough check-up.

This is an image of a proper tick removal technique. There's more information on that specific process in this link which is also the picture's source.

Look for bald spots. Next, check for redness and parasites. Ticks and fleas are easily spotted compared to mange. Also, see if there are dandruff like flakes on his skin.

An enlarge version of how a flea looks like.

The fur should be free of feces, dirt and mats. It should also not have an odd smell. Smelly fur can be caused be skin infections or open wounds.

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8 Ways to Abate Dog Fighting

So your pooch isn't as friendly as he looks. He meets other dogs and turns into Cujo. Why is this so?

Some dogs aren't social butterflies, so it's important for an owner to know what to do in case a canine rumble occurs.

Playtime sometimes isn't only about playing. At a young age, dogs learn bite inhibition, tackling moves and pack communication.

1. You're the big kahuna so your voice should be deep and loud. I've read in an article that women have a higher probability of remembering what men with deep voices say compared to those with high-pitched ones. For dogs, it's the same. Pet's usually associate low-pitched voices with a growl. So if you want to stop a brawl, make sure you say your deepest and loudest "No!"

2. Quell their anger. You see your pooch raising his back hair up, lunging for the bite, his opponent inviting the attack. Get your hose ready to blast if a squabble begins. A pail or pitcher of cool water will have the same effect. Just get the damned cool water in a container and extinguish their rage.

3. Don't go referee. Be careful when intervening. It's always better to use the water trick rather than go in yourself on a suicide mission. There have already been cases of people being bitten or mauled by their pets because of their attempts to stop a fight with their hands and body. If you don't have water, get a large cloth like a heavy towel or blanket and throw it at your pooch before you start grabbing him.

4. Opt for play dates with other dogs. Introduce your dog to his fellow canines through play dates. Your pooch will eventually enjoy the company of other dogs which will lessen his assumption that new peers are always hostile.

Make sure you set meetings on non-territorial grounds. Some dogs don't like it when a dog invades their space so make sure to meet somewhere neutral like a park rather than at home.

5. Mood. If you plan to let your dog meet other pets, try to set it in a time where he's already spent his excess energy such as after playing, walking or doing an intense physical activity. Postpone meetings if you feel that Fido is irritated or stressed.

6. Neutering / Spaying. Although most of us prefer to see our baby's babies, we should also consider neutering or spaying because doing so can lessen aggressive tendencies in them.

7. Hold the leash properly. Some dogs may seem to be looking for a fight because owners pull their leashes high. It's important to hold the leash slightly loose so your pooch doesn't look like an aggressor with his head up. Keep the leash low when he meets other dogs so they can greet each other.

Don't pull your dog immediately away from the sniffing activity. Give him 5 to 10 seconds to sniff their peer's shoulder and behind before saying "Good boy," and pulling him away.

8. Take notice of your pack. Dogs are pack animals. They also have a hierarchy. So in feeding and greeting them, it's important to go for the older dog first.

This is Milk. She's the current barker. I like this picture because she looks scary on it which is completely the opposite of how cute and adorable she is.
In my pack, there is a barker, a leader and a challenger. The barker is always the newest member. She (it's currently a she) is the one who barks when they get hungry. Everyday, she barks for food for a couple of minutes then stops.

The pack's leader is always free to go wherever he wants to.

The challenger always growls at the leader because he doesn't want to pay his dues (in the form of food).
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Newest Updates on MyDogsLove.Me

After having been battered with criticisms of asking in the Google forums what went wrong with my blog, I decided to make some major changes to make it look simpler. I'm hoping that this time I got it right.

Before the criticisms:

1. Introduced myself into the Alien World of Google Webmaster Tools.

2. I did the Fetch as Googlebot Diagnostics and Sitemaps.

So here's a list of the newest updates on MyDogsLove.Me.

1. Change the header to make it look more appropriate to majority of the topics written.

2. Removed the wallpaper which I made for 2 hours. (SOB :( )

3. Change the Facebook page's profile picture

4. Change the Google profile picture.

5. I finally figured out how to remove the annoying pop-under and slider adds- had I been attentive enough in the first place, I would have figured out sooner.

6. The Twitter bird is no longer hovering all over the place.

7. My labels are no longer directed anywhere other than my site.

8. Changed the placements of some gadgets and widgets.

9. Removed the widgets and gadgets which were taking up unnecessary spaces.

10. Finally created pages for the Disclosure Policy and the Privacy Policy.

11. Changed the blog template.

12. Removed cubey which had been cute but practically useless.

13. Changed my mail to

14. Replaced the "Back To Top" button with a little doggy.

If you have some recommendations, sharing your inputs would be deeply appreciated.

I'll be adding another 2 pages in the near future on my Photoshop projects meant for this blog.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tang the Wonder Collie

Since I love reading about dogs, I'd encounter stories of wonderful canines who've made a name in history. One of them had been named Tang. Yes, exactly like the orange juice we so love to drink in the afternoon heat.

Tang came from an abusive owner and was luckily adopted by a family in Denison, Texas. Given his tragic past, he mistrusted humans and children alike so this family gave him love and nurturing knowing that Tang was not a hopeless cause. Eventually, the cautious collie turned into a brave ball of fluffiness who aided children in crossing the streets by stopping vehicles as he leapt in front of oncoming traffic to make them pass through safely.

In 1954, he went on a protest in front of a milk truck because it had a little girl who climbed in with no one being aware of it. Luckily, the driver finally went out to see what the commotion was. He saw the 2 year old with his cargo and had gladly removed her from it. Tang, the smart little doggie that he is, ceased his barking and finally went towards the sidewalk.

Surprisingly, this had not been the collie's shining moment. Tang was awarded for pushing two children out of the way of an automobile that year, as well. He was the first honored dog.

Note: Just a precaution. When taking care of collies, Immodium, Loperamide and Ivermectin should never be given to them because of their breed's severe reaction to it.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Not just Losing a Pet, but a Part of the Family

Last night was one of the most painful moments of our lives. My beau and I are now aware of the fact that Shark will no longer bark when there are strangers passing through our gate. We will no longer hear him growl at our other dog for dominance and he will no longer jump on me whenever I come home.

This is the only dog my partner wants to have now.

I thought I had it bad but my beau had it worse. When we lost Twitch from Heartworms, my beau was really hurt that it arrived to a point that he was choking on his tears. Now that we lost Shark, his favorite dog in the world, I was pretty concerned about his health condition. We already know that women are more versatile than men when it comes to loses so it mattered to me how he'd deal with this experience.

How do pet lovers recover from a lose so devastating that they're willing to spend so much just to have that small chance for their pets to live longer? You tell me. This year, we lost so many pets that it felt that a piece of our heart was being ripped out. What made it more painful was that we were helpless due to lack of knowledge we have about dog sicknesses and symptoms.

We weren't the only ones trying to recover. One of our dogs, Coal, had been wondering why I gave him Shark's bowl to eat on and gave his to Milk. I'm not sure if it was the right thing to do. I was just considering the pack hierarchy and not the effect of Shark's death to the others.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Rest in Peace, Shark

Yesterday I had talked about dog poisoning. Today, Shark had a seizure 2 hours prior to his death. I felt devastated and sad that I didn't want to post anything today. He had been left in the animal hospital for observation. I though since they'd said that the prognosis was good, he was going to survive. Today was a shocker when I heard the news.

The doctor had told my beau that Shark coughed blood before his last breath and I couldn't bare to imagine it. In the end, after paying the vets for their services, I did not have the guts to have him brought here at home to be buried. We paid for his burial with the promise from the doctor that he wouldn't be cremated.

I'm not going to prolong this post as it still hurts to know that we lost one of the best pets in the world. I haven't even taken a video or a decent photo of him. Rest in peace, dear Shark.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

10 Ways to Tackle Poisoning

This afternoon, my dog, Shark, was brought to the vet because he was very weak. His symptoms included coughing blood, heaving and immobility. Currently, he is under the care of the vet and we're hoping to hear some good news before the night ends.

Praying it wasn't parvovirus or heartworms like what my previous dogs died of, the vet had said that because his symptoms were almost immediate, the most possible cause of Shark's sickness is poisoning.

This is the main reason I'd like to tackle more about pet poisoning in this article. Poisoning is considered one of the reasons why pets die. They aren't exactly capable of reading the labels which is why there's always a large possibility for them to ingest something lethal. If your dog is having the same symptoms as mine (or is drooling more often than he used too), then you should consider poisoning. If you feel your pet's been poisoned, always keep in mind that every second counts. There is no questions asked, GET PROFESSIONAL HELP!

Poisoned Pet Symptoms:

1. Heaving, Difficulty in Breathing or Gasping
2. Change in Behaviour including Lethargy, Shivering, Staggering, Lurching, Weakening and Lose of Consciousness

3. Bleeding in some Body Openings (Shark was coughing out blood and had bloody diarrhea)

Some foods are also poisonous to pets so it's important for pet owners to be aware of these. Here's a link for a comprehensive list with detailed explanations and treatments for each of it.
Poisonous Food to Dogs

In the mean time, here are some things that are important to do or note about pet poisoning.

1. Before calling the vet, try to IDENTIFY THE POISON. Although it's sometimes inevitable to not be able to determine this, you should at least be able to tell the doctor what your pooch last ate, where he may have gone and what he may have had ingested based on the surroundings he was at.

2. If your dog was vomiting, as gross as it may sound, get a clean plastic bag or container and take the sample with you when you bring him to the vet.

3. If you're sure already that your pet was poisoned and hasn't yet vomited, purge it out of him by using household hydrogen peroxide (3% solution), 1 tablespoon/10 pounds of pet. Use a dropper or a syringe (without the needle, of course!), tip your pet's head back a little and squirt the liquid at the back of his tongue. Most likely, after 5 minutes, your dog will surely vomit. If he doesn't do so, try a second dose after 10 minutes. You cannot give him a third dose. And DO NOT USE IPECAC as this is toxic to dogs. (Vomiting should not be induced if he'd taken in anything caustic such as bleach, kerosene, or drain cleaner.)

4. If your dog had taken something caustic, instead of making him vomit it, try to neutralize it instead.

For something alkali in nature such as drain cleaner, give him 3 tablespoons of vinegar or lime juice diluted in the same amount of water.

For something of acidic nature (bleach or batteries), a tablespoon of Milk of Magnesia per 5 pounds weight of pet is the usual recommended dosage. Use a syringe or turkey blaster to squirt it at the back of his mouth.

5. Is your doggy still alert? Give him milk! Milk coats his tummy and mouth. It also dilutes the poison. However, never attempt to give him anything if he starts becoming dreary or losing consciousness.

6. As a first aid step, activated charcoal in tablet form or charcoal powder mixed in water will help absorb the toxins quickly from your pooch's tummy. Don't forget that it is still important to go to the vet as soon as possible.

7. Petproof everything in the house. Do not allow your pets access to medicines, chocolates, insecticides and antifreeze especially!

8. Plants you might not want. Some plants are also capable of giving pets upset stomachs such as philodendron, deiffenbachia, yew and Jerusalem fern. Others dangerous to pets include caladium, mistletoe, rhododendron, foxglove, poinsettia, cyclamen, azalea and holly.

Pretty as poison. Dog owners should avoid having rhododendrons in their gardens to avoid poisoning Fido.

Here's a longer list of plants that can be poisonous to dogs. Dog Poison

9. For poisons passing through the skin, the best first aid is to rinse it off. There's a reason why parasitic soaps and dips are never allowed on puppies. If your dog gets poisoned topically, immediately give him a bath or rinse the affected area for 10 minutes.

10. No Overdosing. You think because people usually do double doses, it's possible to do so with pets. This is a big no no. We are not doctors in the first place, so it is always important to remember to follow the given instructions of each medicine. A missed scheduled med intake is no excuse to give doggy twice the dose.

These are just some precautionary measures and remedies I'd like to share. Still, the best way to tackle this pet problem is to not panic and bring him to the vet as soon as possible.
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