Saturday, May 31, 2014

Traveling with a Pet: 5 Things I Need to Remember a Week Before Departure

I'm not a big fan of traveling. There's a lot to prepare, and it can be a stressful event for our dogs. Honestly, if we could just have them sleep while they travel, it'd be a whole lot easier. This isn't the case however.

The first time Chooey and I traveled, I browsed through a lot of websites to prepare Chooey for our first plane ride.

Chooey's first plane ride got her all stressed up.
Taken last July 2012
Things I have to prepare a week before departure...

1. A sturdy crate your dog's already used to staying in. Make sure you've introduced the crate at least a week before your departure. Better yet, start crate training early.

The only trip these two are going to is the V-E-T!
Note: Avoid using the crate as a tool for punishment. A crate should only be used for the following purposes: 

a) potty training (so the puppy can learn how to hold it in while he's in the crate);
b) some quiet time (so the puppy knows that the crate is a bed where he can either relax, sleep, or just have some good ol' privacy); and
c) security and safe transportation.

2. His vaccination card and documents. Before getting a clean bill of health for travel, most city veterinary offices will require owners to present their pet's vaccination card. This is to ensure that the pets are updated in their vaccinations and fit to travel.

Author's Note: Let's face it, different places have different pet traveling requirements. That's why we decided to participate in DogFenceDIY's 2014 Safety Tips Round Up.

3. Quarantine papers or clearances. Some countries and states may require the traveler's pets to undergo a quarantine program. 

Looking for destinations to bring your dog with, drop by our Best Destinations for a Dog Getaway post.

Trivia: Did you know that Hawaii, for instance, have a quarantine program to ensure that the state remains rabies-free?


4. If available at your local vet, get your pet microchipped. 

My sister once shared with me the story of a dog who got out of her crate while she and her owner were traveling. For some unknown reason, the dog got out of her crate and ran across the runway. The ground personnel came after her. Fortunately, after a long chase, they were able to confine her in one of the airport's transport vehicle.

Now, had she escaped the airport, without a collar or a tag, there'd be no other way to determine who her owner was. The owner would be devastated, especially if he/she were just passing through via connecting flights.

5. Learn your airline's pet policy. If there's anybody knowledgeable enough to provide you with your airline's pet policy, it's they themselves. Before pouring your precious time, asking blogs, forums, and other websites, make sure to contact their customer service.

Some Pet Policies According to Airlines:


Is the airline you're looking for not in the list above, visit BringFido.com

So, there you have it. Happy traveling!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Two Inspiring Two-Legged Dog Stories

Through the internet, I've read and seen so many wonderful stories that truly inspire people to be more like dogs. For instance, Faith, the two-legged dog, is living a normal life with the help of her amazing family.


Today's feature is about this amazing biped (or bipaw) Boxer named Duncan Lou.


Feeling down and under,
Be thankful for your legs.
Be thankful for your hands.
Be thankful for your eyes.
Be thankful for your ears.
Be thankful...for your life.
Take a page from Duncan Lou's book.

Visit him on Facebook and read about his inspiring story at PandaPaws.
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Most Unusual Breed of Dogs (Guest Post) and Update


Update: Remember when we mentioned a new family member. Here's a sneak peak of her... She's a four-year-old white Pekingese.
One of her most favorite activities. Watching the sentient beings passing through the windows!

It has long been documented that the canine is one of the finest pets anyone - man, woman or child - could ever hope to enjoy the company of. The companionship one can enjoy with a dog is unrivalled for many, and quite rightly so - they’re also ideally suited to pretty much any sort of home environment, whether that’s a family one, a single person, or a retired couple. Dogs are known for their unwavering loyalty and reliability, and this is why they make such great pets.

There are a few breeds of dog which you see quite a lot - Labradors being one, Jack Russells being another, and British Bulldogs - you can probably think of a few more yourself. However, there are a few breeds of dog out there which you don’t see very often - yes, even domesticated breeds! In this post we’re tipping our hats to these lesser seen and often forgotten wonderful breeds.

The Tibetan Mastiff

We’ll start off large, shall we? And when we say large, we mean enormous! This is not to say the Tibetan Mastiff is an intimidating or imposing breed of dog - absolutely not, in fact. They’re big softies. As their name suggests, they originate from Tibet (which is in East Asia), and historically served as flock guardians! Their gigantic frames meant that they could be imposing when they needed to be, and so they were very proficient at this job. 

Tibetan Mastiff
*image provided by author
They were superb at protecting sheep, or whatever the flock in question, from predators such as wolves, who were intimidated by the Tibetan Mastiff due to the huge size advantage they held over them.

Nowadays they are incredibly rare and due to this, they are in turn very expensive. They can cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to buy at the very least. As you would imagine, they’re consequently a very popular choice amongst the wealthier dog lovers out there. 

To give you an idea of just how rare and expensive the Tibetan Mastiff can be to purchase, here’s an example… A puppy sold not long ago in China for the equivalent of just over a million pounds! 

Bedlington Terrier

Sizing down quite considerably from the Tibetan Mastiff, we move onto the second entry into this selection: the Bedlington Terrier. They are also rather unmistakable in appearance, and are often likened to sheep because they have rather woolly coats and faces which aren’t too dissimilar either. 

Bedlington is in Northumberland, for those of you who are unaware, and this is also where the dog originates from, as you might expect. First saying to have appeared around the 1700s, they were used as both pets and hunting dogs through the 18th and 19th century. They’re very adept at identifying and exterminating vermin, which makes them a great choice for anyone who lives in a rural area or by a river.

Bedlington Terrier
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How rare are they? Well put it this way - less than 500 are registered as having been born every year, which really is a very low figure. Thankfully, though, this figure is large enough to ensure that they won’t become extinct any time soon, and as they’re a very sociable and amiable dog by nature, they make the perfect 21st century pet, and will fit nicely into a home which already has a dog (or several).

The Catahoula Cur

Known as the Catahoula Leopard Dog, this breed originates from the USA. It became the state dog of Louisiana in the late seventies, and it’s actually said to be the very first breed of dog to have developed in the States. As the ‘Leopard Dog’, as part of the name indicates, it’s got a rather distinctive coat which contains spots and a considerable amount of colour. 

Catahoula Leopard Dog
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It must be noted, however, that unlike the two above mentioned breeds, the Catahoula Cur can shun the company of strangers, as they can often feel rather uncomfortable around them. They are very fond of close family environments, however, and they thrive in this sort of setting. If you don’t have the time as a family or an individual to pay the Leopard Dog much attention, you may want to consider another breed - however, if you do, go right ahead! They’re wonderful.

The Otterhound

Unfortunately, this is a breed so rare that it is in fact very much at risk of extinction over the next few decades. There are only a thousand or so Otterhounds left on the planet, which is a harrowingly small number. 

Originally bred in Britain, these were hunting dogs with a very specific purpose - can you guess what it is? Their name does kind of give it away… If you got it, congratulations! If you didn’t, well their job was to seek out otters, of course!

The Otterhound’s timeline doesn’t have a definitive starting point - they’re believed to have come onto the radar around 1800 by many, whilst others think it goes back much further than that, around the Medieval period. 

Otterhound
*image provided by author
You’ll be glad to learn that due to the increasingly dwindling numbers of Otterhounds over the last half century or so, they have been classified as a protected species. In 1978 it was decided that, due to the otter hunting ban and the dramatically decreased demand for Otterhounds thereby, that the breed should be protected. 

They’re lovely dogs - they can grow quite large and are extremely intelligent. Their bark is said to be quite distinctive and rather deep, which is always good to hear. We hope the breed sticks around for as long as possible, as it would be a great shame if they were to become extinct.

Can you think of any more highly unusual, rare or distinctive breeds of lesser-talked-about dogs? We like to think that the four picked here offer a good variety, but there are a few more. We’d love to hear your suggestions, so please feel free to get the conversation rolling and leave a comment in the section below!

Author's Information:

This blog was written by Jennifer Smith on behalf of HungryPets, the one-stop shop for all your pet supplies!

***Images courtesy of britannica.com, petzmag.com and puppydogweb.com.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy. Busy Little Shih Tzu

Dear Bloggy Friends,

So sorry for not having visited your blogs recently. I was so tired last night that I fell asleep before posting our supposed comeback update.

Ironically speaking, I was just about to post another picture of some cute shih tzu sleeping.

For the last six or so seven hours, the computer has been stuck with a blank template, hoping I'd wake up in the middle of the night to finally put something in this blog.

P.S. I have learned only recently of Whisky's passing. For those who do not know their pack, the Furries of Whisppy are just amazing friends. Whisky has always brought smiles to me and my nieces. Please find some time to visit their blog if you haven't yet.
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Improve Your Dogs Health: Exercise with Your Dog

We're still, bloggy friends. We're just a little preoccupied. Hopefully, we can get back to commenting and reading your wonderful adventures.

Different dogs - different activities

You feel lazy and you do not wish to go anywhere, you just want to lie in bed all day, but a wet nose pokes you and licks your hands, your dog wants to go for a walk. Just because you do not have enough time does not mean your dog does not want to go outside and run around.

Image provided by Catherine
Before you decide what you can do together with your dog, consider your dog's build, whether the little guy will be able to keep up. Also, do not forget to get a good quality leash and a comfortable collar for your dog.

Outside fun

The best way to get exercise and have fun is to go to the park, get some toys you can use to play with your dog outside. But the easiest solution is to go for a long walk or a jog with your dog, mutually beneficial. Alternatively, you can play follow the dog, instead of you walking your dog, let your dog walk you.

Playing fetch with your dog is an activity that will put the fun into exercise. Using a frisbee or a ball and playing fetch is an excellent way to bond with your dog and have fun. If you do not have any toys you can always use a stick.

You do not need toys to have fun with your dog. Just going to the park and wrestling can also be fun and at the same time, the both of you get excellent exercise. Making up new games is also fun and rewarding. Just remember, the bigger the dog the more exercise they need. However, do not overexert your dog.

Image provided by Catherine
Inside is fun too

If the weather does not allow it and you cannot go to the nearest park for recreation or to walk your dog, have no fear, there are a lot of fun activities you can do inside your comfy home as well. Just be extra careful to teach your dog to be lean and agile, you do not want any accidents or broken vases around your home.

If you have a staircase you can have a race who can get to the top first, or who can get down first, when your dog wins, do not forget the obligatory victory wrestling. We all know that a laser pointer can keep anyone entertained for hours, well look no further, use one and let the hours just pass by. (Just make sure you don't hit their eyes with it.)

Having a big room means you have lots of space to play a decent game of tug of war, get a sturdy toy and let the best one win. However, be careful as this game can bring out the beast in your dog, unless you have established an excellent relationship and have great trust in each other, play with care.

Exercise machine for dogs

Your dog needs regular and daily exercise, and if otherwise not possible, you can always use a treadmill. First let your dog get accustomed and then let the wild run begin, because you have multiple settings, you can set up different exercise difficulties. While your dog runs, you can always have fun and tag to change, so you get to exercise too.

Author's Bio:

-Catherine Daniels, huge animal lover, loves writing about them in spare time, enjoys hiking with her dog Cookie and cuddling with her cat Zoe. Catherine recommends that you see what kinds of dog toys are available nowadays. You can do that by visiting: Petsmart or Petco.
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