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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