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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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Puppy isn't eating his food

You've brought a new puppy home and he hasn't been eating his food.

First of all, make it a point to ask the person who you got your puppy from what food he ate. If you wish to switch diets, make it a point to do this slowly. Immediately changing what your puppy is used to can cause an upset stomach and even diarrhea.

I've switched his diet gently but he seems to hate his food... Maybe he hates me me too -.-. What will I do?

A trick I've used with both young and old dogs would be leaving the food with him for 5 to 10 minutes. If he isn't touching it, I'll pick it up, cover it and set it aside for an hour. There are dogs who like to eat small portions throughout the day rather than their entire meal. Others are simply spoiled and would rather wait for their masters to give up and give them what they want.

Let him wait (erm, not too long!). It may sound harsh but waiting will make him hungry or stimulate his appetite. It will also let him realize that his stubbornness or spoiled behavior will not be tolerated. Some dogs are smart enough to be able to guage their master's patience.
Note: Most puppies don't readily adjust to their new homes. It shouldn't be a surprise if he's not eating well for the first couple of days. Excitement, anxiety, and stress can be an attributed factor.

If you've decided to use dry food and he doesn't seem interested. Wet it with a little warm water to promote the smell and soften it.

There's a difference between not eating and loss of appetite. If you feel something's off about Fido, take him to the vet. Second guessing is never a good option.
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Bob the Mangy Puppy

Yesterday, I took a picture of Bob's behind. It had looked better now compared to the previous days. I'm a little short on time today so a picture of him strutting his hairless stuff will be uploaded a little later.

Have a great day.

Update: I've just uploaded his picture strutting out his hairless booty. Thankfully,he's been growing some of his hair after I used the ant-mange soap we bought from the department store. I also applied some baby oil (instead of cooking oil or used motor oil) on the bald patches and kneaded it in, which he enjoyed very much.
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Clever Doggy Playing Fetch with Himself

I'm going to be busy tomorrow packing up my stuff to visit Buchi so I'll be leaving you with this very cute video.

I watched it twice and wouldn't mind watching it again. When a dog becomes bored, they either take it out on your furniture or do something amusing such as this.

He's simply adorable.

Happy non-working holiday!
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Working on the Doghouse: Week 3

Since our construction is only done during weekends, its been three long weeks now. Last night we discussed about placing in a little ladder so Bob can also get up the tiny balcony/"sunbathing" area we've created. You'd think with the term balcony, it'd pertain to something grand. It's actually just a wooden plank to add more room so the dogs can rest anywhere.

Today we'll be working on the secure door and stairs. Maybe when I get back after visiting Buchi, I could also add a roof on the balcony area to protect them from the elements.

"Together we can do this. Go Goggies Go!!!"
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tables Scraps: What's the Deal?

Let's face it. Even if we say we don't give our pooches table scraps, it's inevitable to give him a taste of our favorite meal (except chocolates, of course.) Well, here's the thing about table scraps.

  1. Rich, oily and spicy foods will give your dog indigestion.
  2. Small bones can puncture their internal organs.
  3. You're encouraging the act of begging.
  4. And it will definitely upset his diet. Some dogs will no longer want to eat dog food once they have a taste of bacon... or rice, for that matter.

Anyway, if you can't really resist giving Fido some scraps just remember these things in mind.

1. Don't give him something which is supposed to end up in the garbage bin. Our dogs are not food dispensers. As a rule of thumb, if it's not fit for human consumption it's most likely not good for your doggy.

2. Don't feed it to him while your still sitting beside dining table. This will initiate begging. Remember those times when he'll just stare at you while you're eating, I know some are guilty of giving in to the temptation.

"But it's just one scrap," you may reason out. Aha, your doggy now knows your weakness!

3. No to fats, spices and oily stuff. This is a big no-no. You'll usually end up with a dog having smelly poop or an upset stomach. Fatty foods can lead to pancreatitis, gastrointestinal problems and indigestion. You don't want to hurt your doggy, right? Dogs don't need much fat in their diet at all.

4. Save the big bones for Fido. Some have said uncooked bones are great treats. I don't mind using cooked or uncooked bones, as long as they're fat juicy ones. Just remember that uncooked bones are better because it has no seasoning and preservatives.

Since one of our city's famous delicacy is beef stew, I seldom visit those who cook them and ask for their giant bones. They usually boil the bones in water to create great tasting soup. Once they're done, those bones are, most of the time, being thrown away.

The problem with uncooked bones is they're messy to eat. So you should try putting it in an area easy enough to clean.

Note: Lastly, if you're overly concerned with scraps and don't want him to feel left out, settle for home-made treats. They're healthier and better for him.
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Crating: 3 Types of Crates

There are two basic types of crate: plastic and wire. There is also a third kind which is less common than the two called a soft mesh crate. Which of the three is the best? That solely depends on your environment, lifestyle and doggy.

1. Plastic crates- it feels more like a den because it's cozy and closed in three sides. It will keep your dog warmer and protect him against drafts during the cold.

If you're fond of travelling, only plastic crates are allowable in cargo. The two other crate types to be mentioned below is not allowed in the plane's cabin. A plastic crate is also considered the safest way for your doggy to travel in a vehicle.

Unfortunately, due to it being closed, it can hold more heat. If you live in a tropical country like I do, a plastic crate is like a tiny oven during the hottest days of the year. Unless your house is air conditioned, you should consider the second choice.

2. Wire crates- I personally prefer this type of crates because I like bringing my old dog outside. The inside of the house is very hot and the outside is, as well. The only consolation of staying outside is the breeze.

Wire crates allow more ventilation. It also usually has a removable tray at the bottom for easy clean up.

This is Buchi in his second crate. I can't wait to take a picture of him when I visit him next week. Since dogs couldn't run free in my sister's neighborhood, he stays in a VERY big cage.

Although my crate did not have an adjustable panel (to make it fit for a puppy), most wire crates nowadays do.

Here's a collapsible wire crate ideal for traveling. It even has an adjustable panel for puppies.

Wire crates aren't snug for dogs with little fur. If you do buy a wire crate, consider purchasing its crate cover. You can also make use of blankets or towels to cover the top and three sides of the crate to keep your dog cozy when it gets cold.

3. Mesh crates- This crate can be folded compactly and is lightweight. The reason why some people use it is because it's easy to store especially when traveling.

People with competing dogs usually prefer mesh crates because of the reason above. It is also easy to carry and set up. They also give good ventilation which is important because dog events are most of the time packed.

Finally, before deciding on what crate to get, don't forget the basic rules in crating. Here are some of my Do's and Don'ts for reference.
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

How Long Can Your Puppy Hold It In?

One of the burgeoning curiosities once having a new puppy is how long he can hold it in. Of course, a responsible owner would never try to test the limits of his pup's bladder control, but there'd definitely be some circumstances that little Fido won't be able to go out in time for regular potty breaks.

As a rule of thumb, your puppy can hold it in the number of hours equivalent to his age in months. If your puppy is 3 months old, he'll most likely be able to wait for approximately 3 hours between potty breaks. Potty training is not an exact science, but at least you already have the general idea. To clarify things up, this doesn't necessarily mean that a 3 year old dog can hold it in for more than 36 hours. Make sure you give your adult dog at least 2 breaks per day.

Forcing your pup to hold it in for him to gain stronger bladder control can be harmful to his health. Do not try doing so.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

MyDogsLove.Me is Sick

I'm a little under the weather today so I couldn't post anything much interesting than the picture below. But we're planning to resume working on the dog pen even with the strong rain last night. Let's just hope that the day gets sunny soon.

My mom's sick and I'm a little concerned about her stomach pain. That's the reasons why I didn't have a good night's sleep. She's going to the doctor later.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween From MyDogsLove.Me

Hey guys, it's holiday. Let me just greet you a Happy Halloween. I know I'm a little too late for trick-or-treating. Just be careful. And don't scare Fido too much with your masks. He might get some really bad dreams, tonight.


What? The scary masks don't work? Perhaps a picture of Julia Roberts would do.  I changed the picture to ones that I actually own. This is Peanuts, by the way. Curious dog sniffing camera.

Please drop by our latest Halloween post.
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