Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Food For Thought

We usually don’t like when that big brown truck comes to our house but we like it when it brings us dog food!

Food is very important stuff.  There are lots and lots of kinds of food.  We like the kind Dad cooks but he doesn’t share it with us.  We get our own special food.  Mom says when we eat food made special for dogs we get all the nutrition we need to be healthy. 

Some peoples think that dog only need meat.  We like meat but grains and fruits and vegetables have stuff in them like vitamins, minerals and fiber that are good for us too. There are dogs who have Moms or Dads that cook food for them.  I bet that food tastes extra good but our Mom is not so good at cooking so we get ours from a store.

Even stores have lots of different kinds of food for pets.  There are foods that come in a bag and foods that come in a can.  There are foods made special for puppies and food made special for seniors.  There is even a food made special for dogs like me who tend to gain weight too easy.

There are so many kinds of food because there are so many kinds of dogs.  DixieLee and I get different food.  She doesn’t have “weight issues” so she gets a different food than I do.  Even so, Mom makes sure we both get a good quality food.

There is lots and lots of information about dog food and not all of it is true.  We talk with our vet about what kind of food we eat.  Unfortunately he told Mom that I am eating too much.  He said that the “recommended” portion they list on the bag is too much for me.  After all, it is the dog food peoples job to sell more dog food.  The more we eat, the more we buy.  Sigh. 

Now instead of measuring with a “cup” Mom measures with this little coffee measuring thing.  I may be a couple of pounds overweight but obesity in pets is a serious issue.   A cat was recently surrendered to a shelter that weighed 35 pounds.  That’s more than three times what a cat should weigh.  That poor kitty. 

Knowing about ingredients is important too.  Mom likes to read.  She even likes to read the back of the dog food bag to see what is inside.  All kibble may look the same but it sure isn’t.

She reads the back of the bag every time we get one to make sure that the company didn’t change what is inside.  She said that she fed the dogs who lived here before us a “high quality” food.  One day somebody bought the company and made changes so that the food was not so good anymore!

All of this research and writing has made me hungry.  Going to see if I can beg a cookie out of Mom.
Bone Appetite!


Zeva

P.S.  Blatant Self-promotion.  For the Bestest pet gift baskets in the universe go to petpalsboutique.com

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A New Toy.... Oh Boy!

Today I want to talk about something very important. Toys. You might think that toys are just for fun but toys are very important to a pet’s health and happiness. Toys keep us from getting bored and we all know that a bored pet can be can get into a lot of trouble. Boredom can also lead to behavioral problems and nobody wants a misbehaving pet.
Not all toys are the same and not all pets like the same kinds of toys. DixieLee likes all kinds of toys. She likes to carry plush and unstuffed toys around the house and she likes to play tug of war with our rope tugs. I like to shake plush toys until they are died but I like to play catch the ball the best.
The size of toys is also important. Big dogs should have bigger toys than little dog. Balls are great for playing catch but a ball that is too small for the dog’s size can bet caught in his/her throat and make them choke.
Some pets, if they don’t have real toys, will find things like human socks or children’s toys to play with. If they don’t have good toys to chew on they might chew on furniture or a part of your house that you don’t want chewed. Some human toys are okay but it is best to have toys that are made special for dogs. Some children’s toys have eyes or other pieces that can come off and cause choking. Some dogs like to tear apart plush toys but they should never be allowed to eat the stuffing!
Toys that are broken or have stuffing coming out of them should be fixed or thrown away.
Toys should also be washable.
Lots of people like rawhide but dogs should not be allowed to eat rawhide because it can make their bellies sick and dogs have been died because the rawhide gets in their bellies and can’t get out. We do not put rawhide toys in our gift baskets.
We like hard rubber toys like Kongs instead. Dogs like to chew and hard rubber is good for chewing without letting pieces get broken off and swallowed.
Even when we are playing with toys by ourselves, Mom and Dad make sure we are supervised. The only toys we are allowed to have in our crates when no humans are home are caribou horns.
So if you want a healthy dog with good behavior give them good toys to play with.
Your playful friend,
Zeva

P.S. Blatant self promotion. Just a reminder all of our pet gift baskets have lots of toys in them. See them all at pawpalsboutique.com

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Just For You

A few weeks ago I did a blog about how dogs show affection. In it we talked about lots of ways we dogs let their peoples know how much we love them. One of the ways we show affection that I didn’t talk about was giving gifts.
Not all pets give gifts but lots of dogs and cats do. Cats are very proud when they catch a bird or chipmunk. They often bring it to their humans to show what great hunters they are and share their prize with their humans. Cats think a nice bird or chipmunk is a great thing to have so humans must feel the same way.
At Paw Pals Boutique we know all about giving gifts cuz peoples buy our gift baskets as gifts for their furry friends. So we know how happy getting a gift makes someone.
DixieLee is the big gift giver at our house. When Mom and Dad come home from being gone, even for only a little time, she always greets them at the door with a gift cuz she’s happy they are home and wants them to be happy too. Usually she brings them one of the caribou horns because she loves caribou horns and so Mom and Dad must also.  Here is a picture of her bringing her prized pterodactyl to Mom.
She also likes to take Dad’s socks out of the laundry and bring them to Mom. Once Mom notices them she grabs them away and runs to hide them in her crate. I try to tell her that it is not nice give someone a gift and then take it back for yourself. When I bring Mom a gift, it’s usually a nice toy we can both play with, not a stinky sock.
Our Mom and Dad like when we give them gifts. How do I know? I know because they always say thank you, tell us how good we are, tell us how much they like our gift and give us big pettings and ear scratchings.
Our humans make us a nice home and we want them to know how much we love them. Giving them gifts is just one of the ways we can do that.
Do you give your humans gifts and if so, what’s your favorite gift to give them?
Happy gifting,
Love,
Zeva

P.S. Blatant self-promotion. For really great gifts to give your furry friends, check out the gift baskets at pawpalsboutique,com

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Who Will Take Care Of Me?

My friend Sadie’s Dad didn’t come home one night.  His heart attacked him and he got died.  It was two whole days before any of his friends found out and she was locked in her house alone for that whole time.

Sadie’s Dad and my Dad are/were bestest friends.  Whenever her Dad went away for long times, my Dad stayed at her house and took care of her.  Sadie and I have been friends since I was a baby.  She would come visit me and I would go visit her.

As soon as Dad found out that she was alone he went right to her house to stay with her.  Sadie doesn’t have a Mom or any family nearby so she didn’t know what was going to happen to her.  She couldn’t live by herself without a human.

Mom said she could come and live with us.  We would just have to get a bigger bed cuz she is a Chocolate Lab and she’s pretty big.

Dad talked with lots of other friends about what to do.  A neighbor lady said she would love to have her come live with them.  She and her husband and Sadie’s Dad were good neighbor/friends and Sadie knows them good.  They live in the real country so Sadie could run free like she is used to. If she came to live with us, she would have to be on leash and get used to the pen.

She is already ten years old and has lived with her Dad since she was born.   Not having him with her is going to be hard for her so the less changes she has to make the easier it will be for her to adjust to her new life.   Dad made sure the neighbor lady had Sadie’s bed and toys and all her medicine.

Mom said it is important that peoples with pets make arrangements “just in case” something happens to them they want to make sure their pets are well taken care of.  Too many pet end up in shelters because their humans get died and there is no one to take them.

Not knowing what happened to your human is really sad and then to be put into a shelter must be so terrible.  I can’t imagine.

Mom said we shouldn’t worry mostly because we have a Mom and a Dad.  She said one of them would always be there for us.   Being a practical Mom, she has a “just in case” card with her license that says “My dogs are home alone.  Please check on them.”  The card has the telephone number of a friend so they know who to call.

We are sad that Sadie doesn’t have her Dad any more but are happy that she will have good people to love her.

Your broken hearted friend,


Zeva

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How Do I Love Thee....

My Mom and Dad love me and DixieLee very, very much. We know that by lots of the things they do for us. Things like giving us good food and lots of toys and treats. They talk to us, pet us, give us tushie rubs and even give us kisses but the one thing they don’t do is give us hugs.

Humans like to hug one another. Human hug when they like someone very much. I don’t like to be hugged because when a human hugs you, they make moving away hard to do. In dog language, putting arms (or paws) around someone, it is a sign of dominance. The one doing the hugging is dominate over the one getting the hugs.

I love my Mom and Dad very much. After all, they are members of my pack and pack members love each other. Pack members also keep each other safe.  DixieLee and I make sure Mom and Dad are always safe. We follow them from room to room. If they go into a room and close the door, we guard the door for them.

We make sure they are safe when they sleep. DixieLee sleeps on the bed until Mom and Dad are asleep and then we trade places. I guard from the bed and DixieLee guards from the sofa in the living room. Sleeping is the bestest way that I let Mom know I love her. I sleep on her feet or stretch out and cuddle my whole body on hers.

Touching is the bestest way to let humans know you love them. When we are out walking and stop to talk with other people, I like to lean against Dad’s leg. When Mom sits on the couch and she puts her feet on the table, she makes a nice bridge to walk under. If I stop when walking under her legs, she will rub my tushie or behind my ears.

One of DixieLee’s favorite places to play fight is under Mom’s legs when she is sitting at her computer. She thinks I can’t get her but I can.  Mom laughs because our playing makes her chair roll across the room.

Playing shows love too. We love to get our humans to play with us. I just have to drop a ball at their feet and they will pick it throw it for me. DixieLee likes to play tug of war. I don’t know how she does it but she always manages to end a game of tug of war with Dad with a belly rub.

We miss Mom and Dad when they leave the house and make sure we give them a big welcome when they come home. We know the sounds of their cars and wait at the door for them. We make sure they get lots of wiggles and whines and kisses every time.

Love is a big thing and we have lots of it at our house. What do you do to let your humans know you love them lots?

Your loving friend,

Zeva


P.S. Blatant self-promotion. For the bestest pet gift baskets in the universe, go to pawpalsboutique.com You’ll be glad you did.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

It's A Dog's Life

You may not think so but being a dog can be stressful. Humans think dogs have easy lives. After all, many of us have nice families to share our houses with. We get healthy food and treats and get to go for walks and rides in cars.

You see our happy smiles and wagging tails and think everything is just fine but do you notice when we pant or lick excessively. I bet you notice when we chew up the furniture or pee in the house. Those are some big signs that we are stressed.

Dogs need lots of physical and mental exercise otherwise we get bored and boredom causes stress.  It can be really stressful for working dogs.  Working dogs can’t spend their days sleeping in their crates. I like to relax but even I can’t sleep all day.

Not having enough physical or mental activity is only one thing that stresses us out. Loud noises are very stressful too. Things like thunderstorms and fireworks are very loud but they don’t happen all the time like some of the noise we deal with every day.

Dogs have extra good senses and our hearing is lots more sensitive than human’s hearing. Humans like to play music and although we like music, we don’t like it extra loud. In our house the television is on all the time but Mom keeps the sound low. I like to watch the peoples and animals on the screen but I don’t like to hear some of the loud noises that the television makes.

We live on a street with not many cars but DixieLee and I can hear the big trucks that travel along the highway not so far away. I bet the dogs who live in the houses near the highway find the noise from those big trucks very stressful.

Yelling is the worst noise ever! Mom and Dad are old and they don’t hear good so sometimes when they talk when they are in different rooms they get really loud. When that happens, DixieLee barks to remind them that they should be using indoor voices when they are in the house.

And you should never ever use loud voices when training. Learning new things is stressful enough and yelling makes it even harder.

I’m pretty easy going so I don’t get stressed out often but DixieLee stresses a lot so Mom tries to make it so we don’t get stressed too much. One way is to make things routine. When we know when things are supposed to happen we know what we need to do.

Dad gets awake every day at the same time and we know he will get our breakfast soon. We know when Mom goes to work we have to go into our crates but we know Dad will come home soon and we can be in the whole house or in our pen if we want.

Mom and Dad also spend lots of time with us.  They take us for walks and talk to us all the time to help us have stress free lives.

I like being a dog and I do have a good life but it does get stressful some times.  I'm glad I get to live in a house with peoples who understand and try to keep my life stress free.  Most of the time....

I have to stop now and rest because Mom used her loud voice today when the man came in the big brown truck and we wouldn't stop barking.

Your totally stressed friend,

Zeva

P.S. Blatant Self-promotion.  For the bestest pet gift baskets in the universe, check out pawpalsboutique.com









Thursday, May 11, 2017

Eau de Stinky Stuff

Boy was Dad mad!  We were all out for a nice long walk.  We sometimes walk in a very old cemetery because there are no cars and I can walk off leash.   As I said, we were having a very nice walk when all of a sudden Dad started running toward me yelling “No, no, no”.

Geeezzzzz.  You would have thought the world was coming to an end when all I was doing was rolling in some nice fresh poop that I found.  I know that Mom and Dad, like most humans, think poop is yucky but it isn’t to us dogs.  Humans forget that a dog’s nose can smell a zillion times better than a human’s nose.   A human only smells one thing at a time while we smell lots of different things.  And a single pile of poop or rotting something has lots and lots of different smell and we can tell what each one is.

Dogs have been rolling in poop and other stinky stuff since forever ago.  Some humans say it is because our smelling is so good we can tell that some of the yucky stuff was actually food at one time.   That would be very useful for our ancestors to know if there was some kind of food nearby.

The smelling food theory is one that humans thought up to explain why we like to smell yucky stuff but that doesn’t tell them why we roll in it.  Maybe it is because dogs don’t have cell phones so we can’t call our friends and tell them where we have been.  We can’t take photos to share on Facebook either.  Rolling in stinky stuff tells my friends and animals I meet along the way where I have been.  Rolling in the stinky stuff also puts my own scent down and lets anyone who comes along later know I was there too.

If I were hunting for food, rolling in poop or other yucky stuff would mask my real scent so my prey wouldn’t know that I was sneaking up on them.  They would just think it was the yucky stuff they had been smelling all along.  If I were the one being hunted, covering myself with another scent would help me hide better.

DixieLee and I don’t have to take baths like some dogs.  When we’ve been at the groomer to get out nails clipped, I’ve smelled dogs who have just had a bath.  To tell you the truth, I think they are too stinky and I much prefer rotting vegetables to bath stuff.

Humans are always trying to figure out “why” we do things.  Want to know a secret?  Sometimes we do stuff just because it’s fun.

Your stinky friend,
Zeva

P.S.  Blatant self-promotion.  For the bestest pet gift baskets in the universe check out pawpalsboutique.com