Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Shih Tzu Dreams

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Chooey Congratulates the 2013 Graduates

Happy Friday, everyone. 

We just got home from my nieces' back to back graduation celebration- one was in elementary while the other was in high school.

In behalf of the MyDogsLove.Me pack, Chooey would like to congratulate all the 2013 graduates. May you have a life filled with educational fun and adventures ahead of you.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dog Fights: What to Do When Dogs Fight

After the internet uproar of the unfair sentence on Dutch the Dog's case, I think it's just right that I make a post/ semi-rant on what to do during a heated dog fight.

Why? That's because most people, no matter how reputable or genuinely good they are, DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN DOGS FIGHT. And in the end, they become victims of their own ignorance.

Things to Remember

1. Intact dogs are prone to fighting with each other than spayed/neutered ones.

These two dogs are intact. Buchi's constantly challenging Whitey when it comes to dominance.

2. Correction on bad behavior and constant reinforcement is important for your dog to have a structured life.

3. A well-exercised dog is a tired dog and a tired dog is a happy dog. You get it, right?

4. Just because someone is a great person, it doesn't mean he/she is a great dog owner.

5. It's our responsibility, as dog owners, to know our dog's temperament and behavior.

6. Non-dog owners should also know how to identify signs of a dominant, nervous or aggressive dog.

What to Expect While Stopping Two Dogs Fight

1. Battle Scars. It's not just them, but also YOU. If you intend to stop a dog fight with your bare hands, then you might as well prepare yourself for bite marks and probably worse.  

By choosing to go bare hands, people should know that this is like going in a war zone without any form of protection (not even a pair of combat boots).

2. Trauma and Possible Re-Occurence. There's a fat chance that dogs who've fought before will fight each other again.

Glad I didn't have to deal with Whitey's bite. I got Shih Tzu teeth scrapes from Buchi though.

3.  More Battle Scars. The two dogs may have stopped biting each other, but this doesn't mean you're safe. Get a muzzle or restrain each dog as soon as possible!

Tips on Abating Dog Fights or What to Do When Dogs Fight

1. NO HITTING. When dogs fight, it's in their instincts not to let go EVER.This means, it won't matter if you hit them with your hands or a stick, it probably won't work.

2. HOSE IT. If dogs fight and you have a water source available near you (preferably a hose), get a bucket full of water and throw it at them or HOSE THEM DOWN.

Note: Some dogs won't respond to hosing the second time around.

3. IT'S NOT OVER YET.  So you've hosed them down and managed to break the heated fight. Make sure you restrain one or the other first to control the situation. 

If you need to lock each one in a room in the mean time, do so. 
If you need to muzzle both of them, do so. 
If you need to tie each of them to a tree so you can catch your breath, do so.

These two aren't fighting. They're actually wrestling each other. Buchi is on an extended leash because this was back when he peed everywhere.

Note: If you're capable of carrying the big dog (versus a small dog), carry the bigger dog. I say this because when Buchi and Whitey fought, Whitey was dead serious about doing some serious Shih Tzu damage. I carried Whitey so Buchi can't reach him rather than have White jump all over me while he attempts to prey on Buchi.

4. MUZZLE BEFORE TREATMENT. Make sure you calm yourself first. Then, find a way to muzzle the dog before you start treating their wounds. After a heated dog fight, some dogs can still remain aggressive so be careful!

Note: I'm sure some will object with number 4 because there's tendency for dogs to associate tools with current emotions. Meaning dogs might associate the muzzle with aggression so I am open to better ideas, please feel free to comment.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Guest Post: Natural Treatments for Dog Allergies

Hey Everyone!

Nothing to see here, folks. Just plain old puppy intimidation routine. Now, run along.

Happy Friday! I hope you have a great weekend ahead of you. Today, we have a special guest post from Jihan of Dogfond about Dog Allergies.

There are many ways to treat dog allergies. Usually, antibiotics and corticosteroids are given as part of the conventional treatment. But these medicines can have serious side effects on dogs especially when used in a longer period of time. Natural treatments are safer and healthier for your dog as side effects are very rare. Natural treatments rely on herb-based medicine to treat dog allergies. Therefore, you won’t be giving steroids, making your dog’s immune system stronger. A stronger immune system will help you dog in fighting the allergens attack, making him feel better. Many types of allergies including food allergies and skin allergies can be treated with herbs and other holistic treatments.

Skin allergies are among the most common type of allergies in dogs. There are herbal remedies in the form of table or capsule. Introduce whichever one your dog will take easily. Remember to look for a medicine that’s recommended or formulated by a veterinarian. Make sure that the treatment has already been proven and used for some time. Medicines for dog skin allergies that are prescribed by holistic veterinarians indicate that they are of good quality and they don’t pose serious health risk to your dogs. 

Make sure you have a trusted veterinarian, someone who can provide safe and reliable dog health care. Though conventional treatments are effective, you can also find a lot of good products online for your dog’s skin allergies. There are a lot of safe and good ones out there. All you have to do is to do your research. A lot of medications for dog allergies these days are made from all-natural herbal blends which have been proven to be safe for both humans and animals. Avoid allergy medications that may contain a lot of chemicals that may harm your dog. Like prescription medicines, you better avoid them. 

If your dog is suffering from severe dog skin allergies, you can find either bonus or booster options that can be bought along with the tablets or capsules. They could help boost your dog’s immune response faster, clearing up the allergic condition right away. Whether your dog is suffering from excessive licking, rough and scaly skin, biting and scratching, too much shedding, or combination of dog skin allergy symptoms, your dog won’t feel comfortable until you give the proper medication and he gets some relief from the symptoms. Using all-natural products for the treatment of dog skin allergies, you won’t have to worry about the side effects anymore.

Jihan Cuevas is passionate about animals, real food, traveling, and more. She has raised five dogs. She also regularly blogs about dog health, nutrition, behavior and training, preventive care, and other related issues at

** Removed link: http://www(dot)dogfond(dot)com/2013/01/my-dog-is-allergic/ due to database error.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wedding Dogs: A Dog Book Review

Weddings are wonderful. And nothing makes it more special than to have all your loved ones spend such a momentous day with you. But when I say all, it doesn't just mean putting Aunt Bertha on a corner table or placing Uncle Joe as far away from the liquor bar, I meant including our fur babies with us.

Just one of the many funny pictures there is in this dog book. Wedding Dogs don't just capture the pretty and timeless, they also include the funny and squishy.

Wedding Dogs: A Celebration of Holy Muttrimony shares different newly wed moments in a fashion where their dogs are a part of that special day. May it be posing for wedding pictorials or walking down the aisle as part of the wedding entourage, there's no denying that dogs can make a wedding more fun and memorable. Wedding Dogs showcases those moments in an interesting and entertaining way.

Here's a priceless dog portrait of the Siberian Husky I call the "licking bandit".

The gassy guest, the tinkler and the licking bandit are just some of the many stories that's stuck to my mind while reading it. Of course, I'm not going to spoil any potential reader's fun by saying the names of each story's "guilty" party. Nonetheless, if you're an avid collector of dog books (or even wedding books), Wedding Dogs by Katie Preston Toepfer and Sam Stall is definitely a must have in your collection.

Wedding Dogs: A Celebration of Holy Muttrimony by Katie Preston Toepfer and Sam Stall

Finally, I'd like to thank Quirk Books' Eric Smith for making it possible for me to be a part of the first people to read this sweet and heartwarming book to be publicized on April 16, 2013.
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Friday, March 8, 2013

Curious Dog Peanuts on Camera for Family Friday

Finally! After 8 months of waiting for pictures and updates of my original pack, they remembered to send me some of the one and only PEANUTS!!! Remember Peanuts? She's my love-dog.

Am I crazy for thinking that this picture is so cute?
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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Monday, March 4, 2013

POP for the Puppies Battling Parvo

I'd like to thank everyone who's sent their healing power and support to us. It has been a rough 2 weeks for everyone. I have not given Chooey enough attention these days and the entire ordeal is stressful- even until now.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Jenelyn, the person who helps me in taking care of the pack, told me that China wasn't himself. He was, after all, PJ's brother so I was pretty sure it was the evil P (for canine Parvo virus). I decided to have him brought to the Marikina Veterinary Clinic for a check-up. I was pretty sure I'd be spending more than 1000 php (roughly $25) for this. The Parvo test alone cost 750 php (roughly $20). 

This was our total vet bill for PJ's admission. Parvo is a canine disease with a high fatality rate. This is why having your pup fully vaccinated is VERY important.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

That night, I decided to take a risk (which I don't normally do). I know China was Parvo positive because he exhibited the same signs. Unfortunately, I had to choose whether to buy Parvaid or have him checked-up and be prescribed with traditional meds. Furthermore, PJ's bill was skyrocketing and we weren't able to afford one more admission this bad. 

That morning, China showed signs of lethargy. Before lunch, he was vomiting liquid foam and was beginning to weaken.  I had the Parvaid and Vibactra delivered and was fortunate that the shop I purchased it from did cash-on-delivery.

My seminar was a jumble of all things. The pups were sick and I was nowhere to take care of them. I trusted Jenelyn with China's welfare.

Parvaid is manufactured by AmberTech. I was fortunate that someone was selling it here in the Philippines. Ever since Shark and Twitch died, I made sure to research about the canine Parvo virus.
Fortunately, I had been right with the Parvaid. China's condition was bad, but it did not worsen.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 

As I've mentioned last week, PJ was admitted in the Marikina Veterinary Clinic because of Parvo. He tested positive for it and his condition didn't get any better. He was placed on dextrose for the duration of his stay (7 DAYS).

This was what PJ looked like last Saturday. He was weak and could barely move himself. I am glad we caught the symptoms before it was too late.
Today, I asked Jenelyn if she could drop by the vet to check on PJ. The vet had already removed his dextrose because he started eating. But then, when he was brought outside, PJ vomited again. So the vet advised us that PJ may not be able to eat anything for the next three days.

Friday, March 1, 2013

I decided to take care of PJ personally since I wasn't home last Wednesday and Thursday due to a seminar. I gave PJ and China their hourly medication... a difficult task when you have two little weak pups. PJ looked a lot weaker than China. China wasn't eating, but he  (and PJ) was given an hourly dose of Gatorade(if not dextrose water).

Note: Just in case you guys were wondering, Parvaid is a medication that helps puppies and dogs recover from the deadly Parvo virus. It needed to be administered every 15 minutes for the first hour and every hour until the dog or puppy begins to eat.

Tip: In case the veterinarian prescribes you with recovery food and your puppy or dog doesn't have any appetite for eat it, you can mix it with warm water (1 part recovery food, 2 parts warm water) and have them drink it through a syringe.

I decided to give him the rest of his meds- Appebon syrup and Immunosin ( all human meds) as prescribed by the veterinarian. He was lying sideways in the crate when I opened it. I was shocked when his head dropped. It was AS IF HE WAS DEAD. I tried calling his name and moving him, but his body remained MOTIONLESS. Other than what seems to be labored breathing, he laid there LOOKING LIFELESS. I stared at him for a couple more minutes and tears were streaming from my eyes... I believed that PJ WAS DYING

I cried for what seemed like FOREVER. With a muttered curse, I said it out loud. PJ was dying. My brother-in-law went to see what had happened and he himself was in dismay. He asked me some questions and I answered sobbingly. I was doing my best to explain what had happened in a clear voice, but everybody heard it cracking. We CONTEMPLATED whether to bring him to the vet, but it felt like whatever condition PJ was in would worsen even more by doing this. We were scared that it might bring him more pain. A little later, he had a grave dug for PJ.

I waited for the INEVITABLE. PJ remained motionless except for the LABORED RISE and RAPID FALL of BREATHING. His eyes were half open. The pupils no longer showing. I tried carrying him, but nothing changed. I stared and prayed. He was laying there and he peed- a clear indication that his little body no longer had any bladder control. I put a newspaper under the crate knowing what I was expecting to see would scar me for life.

Come 8:30 and PJ was still breathing heavily. My brother-in-law told me that once I was done, we should be eating dinner. I decided to LEAVE PJ's SIDE and take a shower.

After dinner, I checked out on PJ and he was still breathing. I peered through the window and saw what seemed to be movement! PJ ROLLED SLIGHTLY to his right!

Back then, I did not close the crate because it seemed pointless. Half past 9 and I'm in DISBELIEF! PJ got up, wagging his tail weakly, walking around, looking for something to drink or eat. It was CRAZY. Did my eyes deceive me? Was I CRAZY? PJ was limping, but roaming around, WALKING, SNIFFING, looking for  food.

We gave him some rice and fish, a meal that fit in one tablespoon and he DEVOURED it. Of course, he hurled after a couple of minutes but nobody cared! A couple of hours ago, I had honestly thought this was his last day with us!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

It's like yesterday did not happen at all. I still have no idea how to explain what had happened yesterday. It was like he was a different pup. He's more ENERGETIC- SCREAMING at every chance he has to be able to get out.

China ate half a teaspoon of recovery food. He's looking better by the day.

I got my thumb injured which made washing my hands a troublesome task.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

I woke up at 2 am hearing a screaming PJ. The little guy was hungry. I let both of them out of their crates while I prepared a MEAL FIT for PARVO-RIDDEN KINGS.

After doing their business and bossing me around, I put them back in their crate again. China curled into a ball to sleep while PJ decided to scream some more. He eventually gave up. They also woke me up at 5 am.

Today went pretty well. Jenelyn took over for most of the day. We transferred them to another area. PJ is now staying in a bigger cage (so he can  stretch his legs better and walk around). Sleeping beauty, China, will remain in his crate until he gets better.

I, on the other hand, am literally sick so I'll have to stop here for now.

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