Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe by Jeremy Greenberg

Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie) by Jeremy Greenberg
This isn't much of a dog book review. I simply love. love. love, love, love this book. I got it for 5 php. That's roughly 12 cents, and it was worth every penny.

Excerpts from the dog book. Lua's beta is a little slow in picking up the rules of the game. 
And I quote:
Please try to keep up! This is an important game that helps us establish pack order and I can't continue to outrank you if you won't play.
Indeed, some humans are slow. LOL.

One of my favorite stories is Sammy's letter of appreciation to his pack leader.
And again, I quote:
Most doggies have to hunt leaves one by one. But you conveniently rake them into little hills all around the yard. You even yell, "Sammy, I just raked those!" to let me know  that they're ready for me to jump into and rescatter all over the yard.
Indeed, humans are pawns and servants. LOL

Scaredy-cat Jasper
And for the last time, I quote:
Did you hear that? There's a ghost in the closet!
Indeed, humans are so dense. LOL

I read the entire book in a single seating. It had me laughing and crying at the same time.

Jeremy Greenberg authored a beautiful book of love letters made especially for dog-loving pawrents like us. I'd definitely recommend grabbing a copy of this book if you get a chance.

P.S. We hadn't gotten our Christmas Cards out because life was... well, life. 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Palawan Horses and Haopee's True Identity

This is Mitras Ranch in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines.
Most tourists  pay their handlers 100 php to ride the horse and have their pictures taken with them.
Instead of watching them from afar, Haopee decided to approach the friendly horses....

And for what, you may ask?

To observe? Nope!

To touch them? Nope!

To be friends with them? Nope!

To have her selfie taken with the mother horse?
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What? You mean, after all these years of keeping her identity a secret, she's finally posting a picture of her?!?

Nope... just kidding!
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Train Your Dog To Sleep In His Own Bed

Today, I read an article titled "Is it safe to let sleeping dogs lie in your bed?" by Dogtime. In it, the author discussed about pet-to-person transmissible diseases like Chagas, Cat Scratch disease, and the notorious Bubonic plague. This made me recall the story my sister once shared with me about a colleague's story of Lyme disease.

Honestly, I really don't mind having my dog sleep on my bed. Chooey and Peanuts used to sneak up when I'm asleep. However, being asthmatic, having the dog in my room (but not beside me) is a more beneficial set-up on my part.

This pillow used to be mine...
Training your dog to sleep in his own bed can seem like an arduous task, especially when that cute little face is looking up at you. Therefore, it is better if you teach your dog to sleep on his own whilst he’s a puppy, as it can be harder with a more mature dog.

So, what are the benefits of bed training? 
  • Some experts believe that it teaches your dog his place in the ‘pack’ or hierarchy in your home.
  • It trains your dog to be alone sometimes, and can guard against separation anxiety.
  • Your tiny puppy won’t stay small for long. Some breeds can grow to a huge size, and you could be the one with no space in your own bed!

First of all think about the type of bed you’d like. Choose one that your dog can grow into, as he will grow quickly. Smaller breeds and puppies do like to feel secure, so a round, donut type bed is a good idea. Make sure that there are no loose edges, or parts that could become loose and a choking hazard. Swell Pets has a variety of different beds you can look at for inspiration.

Since Asti doesn't like staying inside a crate, we opted for this type of round bed. It's made of plastic and easy to clean.

If you have an older dog, or one with joint or mobility issues, consider a heated bed. These can be ‘self-heated’ and work off the dog’s own body heat. Others are thermostatically controlled to a temperature just above the ambient room climate. The gentle warmth will soothe old bones, especially in the colder months.

Consider a crate too. More pet owners are using crates to give their dog a place of his own to sleep or just to rest. For puppies this can be a good idea to get them used to being alone and also to save your possessions from little teeth.

Training Time!

Before you begin training, remember to go at your pet’s own pace. This will give you the best result and cause the least stress for everyone.

Pop an old t-shirt of yours in the bed, this will add your smell to the bed. Also pop one of your dog’s toys in there too to add his scent. This will make the New Bed seem a much friendlier place.

Show your dog the bed and let him have a good sniff to acquaint himself. Then place it in the agreed place. This can be in your room, or on the landing nearby if that is better. Wherever you put it, make sure that it is a quiet place in the home that doesn’t have a lot of activity. It needs to be your dog’s retreat, so must be peaceful.

And if your dog is this cute, sometimes it's just too hard to say no. 
My Female Dog Sleeping in My Bed by Rafel Miro, CC BY-ND 2.0
If he seems reluctant, pop a few treats in and around the bed. This will help him associate the bed as a positive place and somewhere he wants to be. 

When it’s time for bed, simply take your dog to the bed and place him gently inside. Saying the word “Bed” each time will help him associate the word with the act. 

Older pets can be taught to sleep in their own beds, although if they have spent years sleeping with you, this could take more time. Simply follow the steps above, and don’t give in!

This video has about 21 million views. It's about the smart pittie who takes advantage of his master's absence. I've seen this a couple of times already, so I definitely want to share it with you.

You may experience a few tiresome nights of taking your puppy or dog back to their bed, but the repeated action accompanied by positive words and lots of praise should soon have everyone sleeping soundly – in their own bed!
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Chillin' Cats

Haopee is off to Palawan again. She has an important appointment with some big shot called Kat-san. That's the tabby's photo taken at the bottom.

Not this cat! This cat lives in Subic, Olongapo.
Yeah, we were talking about this cat. He's the yellow tabby lounging on the purple plushie! According to the hotel staff, this dude (or dudette) is their mascot (and unpaid staff member, if you ask me!).

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Run Free, Buchi!

Dear Friends,

These past days (and weeks), I have been busy tending to Buchi's health needs.  It has taken so much of my time that I didn't have time to blog. To put it more simply, wound creams turn into lotions because Buchi's skin breaks out into lesions with the lightest touch.

Believe it or not, this is one of his "normal" days. This picture was taken last September 29, 2014. 
Since last year,  Buchi has been battling an ailment we still don't understand. There were days he was completely healthy, and there were days that he was in terrible shape. At first, it was mange, Then, there was bacterial infection. Then, his eyes were too dry because of the bi-monthly Ivermectin shots the vet gave him.

Taken last October 8, 2014. He became excessively oily and smelly, but it was a normal episode in our household. We were waiting for a next vet visit since it was just a couple of days later.  It was a typical cycle for him to become worse, then real better, then worse, then better.
Last month, I was so happy to tell the vet that we hadn't dealt with any oily or smelly conditions for an entire month. The vet was relieved that she told us that we could go a month without having the shot. 

Our relief was however short-lived.

This month, Buchi was getting thinner, even when he was eating so well. Then, these past three days, he lost his appetite, and I was hoping that it was simply an upset stomach for all the licking--which is also normal. 

Today, we were planning to give our vet a visit, but he decided to take an earlier flight to the rainbow bridge.

This picture was taken last August 23, 2014. Run Free, Buchi! No more itchies and oily skin for you.
I'm really sorry I haven't visited anyone's blog recently. Buchi has been an integral part of my life that somehow, it felt right that I spent most of my time with him.

Thank you so much for your caring and understanding. 

Sincerely,

Haopee and the My Dogs Love Me Pack
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

How Many Sleeping Positions Does Your Dog Have?

While Coal sleeps without a fuss, Puppy twists and turns like a self-cooking pancake. 

Hey, pups and friends! How many sleeping positions do you get yourself into during nappy time?
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Keep Your Pets Safe Around Your Swimming Pool (Guest Post)

We interrupt our weekly programming with this guest post by Kaitlin Gardner on canine pool safety.

Dog swimming
By Prachya Singhto [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
It may be something most backyard pool (and pet) owners overlook, but the fact is that not all dogs are natural swimmers. Additionally, having a backyard pool does present a risk—even to animals that are comfortable in the water. But there are some easy, inexpensive ways to ensure that your pets stay safe around your pool. Here are a few links to some great ideas for blending pets and pools:

A Few Simple Steps

For any pet that is comfortable in the water, especially many breeds of dogs, a cool pool on a hot day is a welcome sight. What’s more, getting in is easy! But keep in mind that dogs don’t necessarily know how to get out of a pool. Many pool owners have had to rescue perfectly good swimmers because their dogs insist on trying to struggle out of the pool on one of the edges, which is nearly impossible for any dog and may result in injured paws and claws.

Dog Swimming Pool - geograph.org.uk - 90401
David Stowell [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Before you allow your dog free access to your pool, train him as you would for any other task. With a few treats in hand, leash your dog and walk him over to the steps in the shallow end. As you both enter the water together, he will likely try to paddle without even using the first step. Still, try to get him to stand on the first step before you unhook his leash. Then let him paddle around the shallow end.

Dog fetching ball in pool
By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
After just a moment in the water, show him the treats and call him. Stand on the pool deck so that he must exit the pool using the first step. Once he is up on the deck, give him the treat. Enter the water again with him, but this time, stay in a little longer. When it is time to exit, again, stand on the deck and show him the treats. If he begins to swim over to the edge of the pool away from the steps, get back into the water and go toward him. Show him the treats and entice him over to the steps. Exit the pool and when he follows you out of the pool using the steps, give him a treat. This will reinforce the habit of exiting the pool at the shallow end.

Cover it up

Dog Days 2013 -- cooling off in the pool (9358350221) (2)
By vastateparksstaff [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Pool covers are another way to not only keep your pool’s heat contained, but keep unwanted critters (pets and wildlife) out of it. While solar covers that lay on the surface of the water won’t do much for keeping an animal out, they may even present further risk if the animal is caught underneath and is unable to find its way out. If you have a dog or other pets that don’t see well, it may be worth the added one-time investment in a more sturdy cover that is attached to a track on each side of the pool, which automatically covers the pool tightly and securely. Other covers that roll out may also be attached to the pool deck.

Fencing Options

To keep unwanted animals (and people!) out of your pool with no maintenance and just a one-time expense, it may be wise to install a “play-pen” style fence around the perimeter of your pool. These fences contain the pool and pool deck (including portions of grass or flowerbeds) and can also feature a self-closing gate that shuts securely.

When choosing the height and style of your fencing, think about your dog’s habits and abilities. Small dog only? Large dog that can jump or dig? Of course, if you have small children in addition to dogs or other animals that need protecting, a five-foot fence with a secure latch is a perfect solution.

Author's Bio:

Kaitlin Gardner started AnApplePerDay.com to further her passion for a family friendly, green living lifestyle. She is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature. She is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

How to Train Your Dog to Use a Crate

Crating your dog can seem a little harsh at first, especially when you consider shutting your precious puppy away! However crate training has been found to be beneficial for dogs as it promotes a range of advantages:

  • Provides a safe place for your pet to feel secure
  • Encourage bowel and bladder control – dogs don’t like to mess where they sleep/eat
  • Perfect for travelling; using a crate keeps you both safe and secure in the car
  • Great to ensure your pet doesn’t cause any damage when you aren’t around to supervise him.

Dogs were originally pack animals that lived in small dens for safety and comfort, so they like to have a safe place to retreat to. A crate can replicate this, and provide a place of his very own. For young dogs, or those who get bored easily, this can also mean you can leave him for short periods without the risk of carpets or furniture being chewed.

Never leave your dog in a crate for too long.
A key point to remember, is that the crate should not be used as a punishment. You want your dog to feel safe and comforted in his crate, and be eager to go inside. Associating it with negative connotations will mean he is reluctant to sit inside. 

Ready to give it a Go?

So, when you feel the time is right to crate train your dog follow the guidelines below for a fuss free transition;

Choose the right size for your dog. Remember, if he’s a puppy he will grow, and fast – so choose a crate with growing room. Make sure you opt for one that your dog can fully stand up in, and turn around easily. There is lots of choice in stores or online, Swell Pets have a huge range of crates that are perfect from Chihuahuas to Dobermans.
Buchi's five-year-old wire crate
Make it comfortable and appealing. Add some soft bedding and even a favorite toy to make the crate feel and smell like home. At first just leave the crate door open and make little fuss, if he does go in, don’t close the door. Allow your dog to go in and out as he wishes. Remember, patience is the key here!

If in Doubt…Food!

If, after a while your dog isn’t interested, maybe try popping a few treats inside and around the crate. There’s very few dogs who can resist a tempting treat. Again patience is vital, so go at your dog’s pace.

Another idea is to put your dog’s food in the crate, right at the back. If he goes in to eat, this will form a positive link with the crate. When he is eating close the door, but once he has finished open it. This reinforces the link between food-crate-happy dog. Keep the door closed for slightly longer each time, to make him realize that the crate is a good place.

These Shih Tzus were just too excited about it. The moment I opened our new collapsible wire crate, off they went inside. Chooey even strikes a pose.
If you think your dog is happy in the crate, try leaving him for very short periods and build up slowly. 

If you don’t have much luck at first, don’t worry. Simply take time and patience to ensure your furry friend feels comfortable in his crate. With a little hard work and perseverance, he’ll soon be happily curled up inside.

Buchi: Get out of my crate, Chooey! I have an appointment with the pretty vet lady today.
Sorry I'm a little under the weather, bloggy friends. Buchi's immuno-compromised body requires tender, loving attention twice a day, seven days a week. 

On the bright side, it's been a month since we've visited our favorite vet. Although, we might have to drop by her place tomorrow since the itchies is getting worse again.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

I'm a Crazy Dog-Lover, Buying My Dogs Crazy Stuff

From dog toys to new vitamins to try. If there's a kind of shopping I go crazy on, it's definitely for the dogs.

Even I believe I've spoiled them too much on these dog treats and toys I buy. Take Walkies, for instance. Walkies cost about $5 or 199 ph. It may not sound much, but that's equivalent to a two fastfood meals for a single person enjoying a day out.

Nutri-vet Brewer's Yeast (418 php) & Walkies Tiny Bites (199 php).
And then, there's the occasional toy splurge.

Some toys don't get to see the next day. These types of toys last about 15 minutes before they're totally devoured. LOL. Sure Buy Pet Toys (89 php or $2.23)
Shoe squeaker (30 php or $0.75), Muffy Ball Squeaker (99.75 php or $2.5), & Just Play! Round Dog Squeaker (90 php)
Pawsize dog squeakers, Kong AirDog medium-sized tennis balls (210 php or $5.25), dog hand brush, the occasional leash (about 120 php or $3) and collar (50 php or $1.25), and Bayer Advantix (1500 php/ box or $37.50)
Of course, instead of bringing me gifts, some people have taken it upon themselves to buy my dogs toys instead. Bless their souls. ^__^

All for Paws Mallard Duck Squeaker for  $3.99 and Petstages Doggy Chew Pack
And here's my favorite combs and dog fur paraphernalia brand. I have two Doggyman scissors and a brush. Maybe next time, I'll add to my arsenal once they go on sale again.
This pet comb has a little ring at the back to retract the yellow portion of the comb. It's like a Petzoom brush. I got it on sale for 360 php or $9.
In the health department, there are just some things I can't do without. For instance, I always have Drontal's puppy dewormer in my stash. I also have Gold Medal's Clean Eyes eye drops (to cleanse Buchi's eyes twice a day) and their wound cream.

Drontal Oral Suspension for Puppies
So there you have it... me and my crazy buying tendencies.

P.S.  No, this post wasn't paid or sponsored. I just thought it would be a great way to finally delete some of the pictures taking up space.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

4 Tips in Caring for Long-Haired Dog Breeds

Before we start with our local program, let me just share this amazing person whose technique in dog grooming I truly admire.

This Youtuber is an amazing groomer. I like his approach with scared dogs.

There's a downside in caring for a long-haired dog. Shih Tzus and Pekingeses need constant grooming. Some owners take it to themselves to do the grooming. And it's fine. Just remember, it's not just the normal bathing and clipping that they need. 

Asti, the majestic, white lion! Just see how floofy she is.
Most long-haired dog breeds require... 

1. Daily brushing. If you don't have the time to brush your dog's hair daily, you should at least spend 30 minutes a week to ensure that all matted fur is removed.

See how thick her fur is. We have to brush her hair everyday to keep it from forming lumps.
2. Nail clipping. Forget about the challenge of clipping dogs with black nails. Now, you also have to deal with nails surrounded by fur.

This is what groomer's call the Puppy Cut. It's cropped short, about half an inch thick.
3. Clipping/cutting of fur in sensitive areas. Scared of holding your dog's muzzle while placing the scissors in front of his face? Scared nicking your dog's skin or scratching his eye with your scissors? This is just one of the many things you will have to deal with long-haired dogs.

Dogs with long hair need to have the fur between their toes and paw pads trimmed on a weekly or monthly basis. This goes for the hair/fur on their butts and on their abdomens.

Semi-bald cut. We had to cut Asti's hair this short so that treating her fungal infection would be easier.
4. Longer bathing and grooming time. Because of their long fur, breeds like Yorkies, Shih Tzus, and Pekes require more than just a towel to dry off. They need a blower to ensure that their double coats are completely dry.

Our new groomer is amazing. The dogs love him. His grooming skills are superb, and he's very tidy. 
*Pekingeses don't have double coats. They just have a really thick one.

Update: Haopee is a little under the weather. She's wallowing in bed like a sick pig. BOL!
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Feeling Blessed: Dog Food and Schnauzer Parcel

We Got a Schnauzer Package!

We got a package from our dear friend, Magic. It was real sweet of Magic and her mom to include Asti in their letter. The squeaking duck is driving them crazy, by the way.

Thanks Magic and Mom L from Life in the Doghouse for the wonderful presents.
We got ourselves a nice schnauzer schnauzer pin and keychain. We even have a schnauzer pad to match the pretty pins. Now, I feel like a bonafide schnauzer fan! HAHAHA

Switching Shih Tzu Diets

I did mention about changing Buchi's diet. 
Two weeks ago, we started him on Eagle Pro. So far, he's responded positively to it. He's more active. As for the skin condition, it didn't seem to get worse--neither did it get better.

However, we also had him groomed, so it may be a major factor as to why he looks better these days.

Eagle Pro Original Herring for Buchi, Micodine Anti-Fungal Shampoo for Asti,  Le Salon Groomer's Scissors for Chooey 
After talking to Dr. MSB about Eagle Pro, she suggested we give Lamb and Rice a try because Eagle Pro's main ingredient is fish. It could worsen his skin condition.

Eagle Pro's Original Herring's ingredients include:
Herring, White Fish Meal, Pork Meal, Pure Pearled Barley, Brown Rice, Natural Fish Oil (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Green Peas, Cranberries, Blueberries, Tomatoes, Carrots, Kelp, Alfalfa, Glucosamine, Parsley Leaf, Chondroitin, Rosemary Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Lecithin, Choline Chloride
So, for the next two weeks, we will be trying Holistic Recipe, whose main ingredient include Lamb Meal, Brown Rice, Barley, and Ground Corn (shoot, I didn't notice the corn before!).
Here's an excerpt from a letter sent by the company that makes Holistic in response to the green tea in dog food concern.
Holistic Recipe is one of the best Lamb & Rice formulas for dogs. It contains lamb as the only animal protein source and excludes the possible allergens for dogs, such as beef, egg, fish, wheat, corn, etc. Besides, it's naturally preserved with vitamin E & C, not to mention the anit-free-radicals function from green tea. 
What do you think, guys? Which is better between the two?
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Important Stuff You Should Know Before Getting a Pooch Home

Before this wonderful guest post by Nicola Reynor, let me just update you guys on Buchi and Asti. We both had them groomed, and we couldn't believe we found an amazing groomer who's cheaper than our previous one. And best of all, his local dialect is the same as ours, making communication easier than ever.

Will post pictures on our next Wordless Wednesday.

The Important Stuff You Should Know Before Getting a Pooch Home

Springer Spaniel Puppy age 7 weeks by Tony Harrison, CC BY-SA 2.0
Welcoming a new puppy into the house can be a very joyous moment. The idea of sharing the living space with a four-legged friend is exciting for young and old alike. Pets need a lot of time and patience. If one is not willing or able to give a pet the required attention, things can get a lot less exciting for both the owner and the pet.

Here are some things you should consider before you bring home a furry pal.

Where to Get a Pet From?

The best place to turn to would be an animal shelter. Animal shelters or rescue groups have several purebred or mixed-breed dogs and pups. Around 4 million of these unwanted animals are euthanized each year mostly because they didn't have a loving home to stay in.

By adopting a pet from such a place, you can do your bit in solving the pet overpopulation problem. People who choose to adopt pets save around 20,000 lives each year!

Up for Adoption by Kimco Realty, CC BY-ND 4.0
By adopting a pet, you aren't just doing your bit to make the world a better place. You will be surprised to know that though animals in pet shops and online pet stores look robust, they may actually have health problems, may develop them later on in life, or may have behavioral problems. This is because these animals are born into puppy mills.

A puppy mill is a large-scale breeding operation that puts profit before the welfare of animals. Animals are bred until they are of no further use and then put down. Moreover, animals are kept confined in small places and not treated well.

By adopting a pet from a rescue group, you can be sure of getting a healthy pup or a dog that was bred or raised by a responsible person. A pet at a rescue group will also be up-to-date on vaccinations.

Why Do You Want a Pup?

Are you keen on getting that pup just because you fell for its beautiful eyes? Perhaps your kids have been pestering you to get a pup for them. Adopting a pup means having to make a long-term commitment of at least 15 years to it. You will have to care for it, spend money on it, and give your time to it.

Puppy Love by smlp.co.uk, CC-BY-2.0
As children grow, their schedules will keep on changing and it may not be easy for them to care for the dog. They may even grow out of the excitement of owning a pet. If your kids aren't old enough to understand the dedication a pet will need, wait for them to grow up.

Bring a pet home only if you and your family members fully understand the responsibilities that you'll have to share. Most pups and dogs end up at dog shelters because their owners didn’t assess the important things before adopting or buying pets.

Is the Pet Suited to Your Lifestyle?

You need to consider if the breed or the age of the pup/dog that you're adopting the right one for you. Don't buy a particular breed just because you have always wanted it. Avoid adopting a younger dog if you know you can’t walk or move around a lot. All dogs have specific needs and you'll need to decide how much time you will be able to spend with your dog before adopting it.

Some breeds, and pups and younger dogs in particular, require more exercise and training. Older dogs will be better off with people living a more or less sedentary life. An older dog may not like it if there are inquisitive kids around nor will kids looking for an active companion be in awe of the new member.
Furthermore, walking into an animal shelter may overwhelm you. Don’t let your emotions get the better of you. If you bring home a pup or a dog just because you felt pity for it, you won’t be happy living with the pet.

Are You Financially Secure for the Pet?

Owning a pet will come with its share of financial burdens too. Your dog will need to be fed nutritious food and special treats. You will have to buy dog accessories and toys for your pooch as well. Think of all the things you might have to purchase to train your pup. If you leave the training to professionals, they’ll charge a fee too.

SETAF HISTORICAL IMAGE ARCHIVE by US Army Africa, CC-BY-2.0
It is necessary to groom dogs regularly so if you don’t take the time out of your schedule to groom your pet, you’ll have to spend money for the same. Dogs get sick just like we do. Moreover, they age a lot faster than we do. Regular health check-ups, medicines, vaccinations and more await you.

Conclusion

Dogs can be the best companions. Caring for a dog can be a rewarding experience irrespective of its age or breed. However, before bringing home a pooch, consider the important stuff carefully. A wrong decision will not only disrupt your life but will greatly impact that of your pet too.

The right pooch will certainly fill your life and home with much happiness. In a few weeks of welcoming your dog home, you will have found a new friend and a loyal companion.

If you’re unsure about anything, you can consider fostering a dog before you adopt one. By providing a foster home to a dog, you can see how your life will revolve around having a pet. You will also be able to accurately note how much time you will be able to devote to a pet. With any luck, your foster pet might be the perfect one for you!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Funny Face, Scary Face by Asti the Dog

And for today's almost Wordless Wednesday, we present Asti and her silly face.

Sad dog, happy dog, sad dog, happy dog, sad dog, happy dog...

Here's an even faster version... just like those Christmas lights.

Sad dog, happy dog (2x faster)
This GIF was made possible by GIFMaker.Me
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Caption Wednesday: No Dog Left Alone

Don't be sad. This little white dog is just waiting for the rest of the pack to show up in that window.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Things to Remember Before Booking Dog Friendly Hotels (Guest Post) & Update


UPDATE: Sorry, guys. We've been preoccupied with Buchi's skin problem. A lot's been going on... and I can't seem to find the time to post about it. 

We're hoping to find a good dog food for Buchi. Anyone heard of Pro Eagle? I'm choosing between Pro Eagle and Holistic.

There are many different dog friendly locations that are available based on where you want to go with your family and the furry friend. The good news is that there are many more options available than you may believe. Just take a list at the dog friendly hotels from My Pawson to see examples from just one region. 
Saying Goodbye by Andrew Morrell, CC BY-ND 2.0 

The bad news is that travelling with a dog is not as easy as you may be tempted to believe at first glance. There are many things that have to be considered and it is quite easy to make mistakes. With this in mind, here are some things that few people consider. Consider them before you book your stay at any dog friendly hotel from around the world. 

Taking Climate into Account

The climate of the area that you travel to has to be taken into account. For instance, in Orlando humidity is heavy. In this case the pets that have some health conditions or are overweight need to be kept on watch and always remain as hydrated as possible. You need to make sure that the hotel offers AC but you have to know about climate since you want to take the dog for walks. Also, there are sometimes areas that see a lot of people and that is when you need to be sure that you know everything about the potential cool off periods that the dog may require.

Travelling with a Dog by Garry Knight, CC BY-SA 2.0
Deposits and Size Limits

Just because a hotel is labeled as being dog friendly does not mean it is friendly with all the dogs. Also, many hotels will ask you to pay a special deposit fee that is non-refundable or refundable, based on circumstances and policies. This is usually necessary in order to cover damages that may be done by your dog during the stay. There are various deposit structures that are presented and the same thing can be said about size limitation regulations. There are many hotels out there that will allow smaller dogs but that will not want to have large breeds stay inside the rooms.

Travel in a Basket by tanakawho, CC-BY-2.0
It is always a really good idea to travel with a dog crate since there are so many hotels out there that will not allow the dog to stay out of the crate while the housekeeping staff cleans the room. Before you book any dog friendly hotel, make sure that the policy is checked and place a call to see if there are some policies that changed. You really do not want to end up looking for hotels that will accommodate you at the last minute. 

Hotel Amenities

There are some dog friendly hotels out there that go above and beyond and will make sure that both the pet and the pet owner gain access to really good services while being on vacation. We thus have some that will offer extra amenities you can take advantage of. Why not do that? Checking hotel amenities may help you to find a dog friendly hotel that is affordable and a lot better than other options.
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