Monday, September 25, 2017

A Walk In The Park

One of my favorite thing to do, besides eating treats and taking naps, is taking Mom and Dad for walks.

Walking is a cardio exercise which means it is good for your heart. It is also a weight bearing exercise which means it helps keep your bones strong. The more you walk, the more you can walk. That’s called endurance and like other kinds of exercise, waking makes the good chemicals in your brain feel happy. That’s called “improving your mood”.

Walking is very good for weight control. That means walking can help you keep your weight right or if you have too much weight, walking can help you make the too much weight go away.

Come to think of it, we dogs need to have good hearts, and bones and we like to have improved moods and controlled weight too.

Walking is magic. It’s does all kinds of healthy things and it’s fun. DixieLee and I have to get Mom and Dad to do more walking.

There are other reasons to get your humans to go for walks.

Walking with your human is a good time to build trust and bond with your human.

Walking uses up energy and that’s a really good thing for hyperactive dogs like DixieLee. When dogs have lots of extra energy they find ways to use it up and sometimes the ways they find can be very destructive. Nobody likes to come home and find a big hole in your sofa or your favorite shoes missing their heels.

Before you leave the house, make sure you are wearing your tags and you are on leash. Your human should take along some poop bags. Good neighbors always clean up after their dogs.

Don’t go for walks when it is too hot or too cold. Mom puts her hand down on the black top and counts up numbers and if it’s too hot for her hand, it’s too hot for our feet.

If you are going for a big walk, make sure your human brings water for them and for you.

So how big is a big walk? That depends on lots of things.

Age is important. Very young or very old dogs shouldn’t walk as long or as far as a middle age dog. The dog’s breed is important when deciding how long or far a dog should walk. Sport breeds can walk much bigger walks than a little dog like a Chihuahua.

A dog that has too much weight should walk to help lose that weight or dogs who don’t do many walks need to start out doing little walks and work up to big walks.

Today is a beautiful day. The sun is shining. It’s not too hot and there is a nice breeze. I think I’ll get DixieLee and we’ll tell Mom it’s time to go for a walk.


See  you when we get back,

Zeva

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

On To Plan B

Hi.  It’s me, Zeva.  There has been a change in plans and I am taking over writing the blogs sooner than expected.  Since DixieLee was going to go to Basic Obedience School, we had planned on her writing the next few blogs so she could talk about her experiences.

Well, that plan has gone away since she is not attending Basic Obedience School anymore.  She never even made it through the first lesson.  Mom and I are pretty embarrassed but DixieLee is unfazed.  She doesn’t understand why she and Mom had to leave before the class even started.  

The place was crazy full of other dogs!  They were all playing nicely or helping their humans fill out paperwork.  According to DixieLee, she was just helping get the class started.  She was teaching the other dogs how to greet one another.  After all, aren’t you supposed to bark non-stop at every dog you see.

Part of the reason for sending her to a class was so she could learn how to get along with other dogs better.  Now Mom and Gail are going to work out some private lessons where she can meet other dogs and animals a few at a time.  

The trip wasn’t a total waste of time.  She told me she saw a cow when she was at the farm where the they have the Obedience School.  She said it was amazing.  So amazing that she didn’t even bark at it.    I’m not sure what a cow is but she says it’s really big!  

There were chickens and ducks at the farm too.   We had some chickens that lived in our neighborhood and would come over to our house every day.  We all got to be friends so she doesn’t bark at chickens only dogs.

She really does need a refresher course in obedience.  Mom thought she had “leave it” down really good.  When we play toys, both DixieLee and I let go of the toy when Mom says “leave it”.  I guess DixieLee wasn’t paying close attention because she didn’t understand “leave it” also meant that she was supposed to let go when she grabbed the pork chop bone that Dad accidentally dropped on the floor.  (sigh)

Oh well, I guess I’ll see you next week and share more adventures.  Until then,

Love,
Your Friend
Zeva

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Teaching a Not So Old Dog Some New Tricks

Hi! It’s me, DixieLee. Zeva said I could write the blog this week because I have some exciting news.

I am going to school! Yup. Just like the human kids, I am starting school today. Mom and I are going to Basic Dog Obedience class at Paws-a-tive Training in Lancaster.

I am nervous but not scared because I already know my teacher really good. Gail is the nice teacher who came to our house and even took me and Mom for a big walk once. Gail is really nice and she always has lots of treats in her pocket.

Basic Dog Obedience class teaches dogs how to do important things like Sit, Come, Down, Off, Stay and Heel. I’m already sort of good at most of those things but I am going to class so that I can get to be with other dogs and learn how to behave around them.

Since I came to live with my family, I spent most of my time with Mom and Dad and Zeva. I never got to learn how to behave around other dogs. When I see other dogs I jump and bark and pull on my leash. Mom says it makes it very difficult to take me to dog park or for big walks because I don’t pay attention to the walking.

When Zeva came to live with our family, she went to work with Mom every day. She got to meet and play with the other dogs that worked in the same building and went for walks with a dog walker and some other dogs. She even got to go to doggie day care ALL DAY some times so she knows how to act nice around other dogs.

Zeva said I can tell you all about my adventures but that I shouldn’t think that I am going to be taking over the blogging because that is her job and she does it best.

So, wish me luck. I am going to try real hard to be on my best behavior and show all the other dogs how good I do Sit, Come, Down, Off, Stay and Heel. Well Sit and Down anyway.

Talk to you soon,
Love
DixieLee



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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sweet Dreams

I was having a nice nap when DixieLee kicked me.  I work up quick, scared that the house was being attacked. I should be used to being kicked awake by her since it happens lots.

When she dreams she is running in her dreams her feet move like she is really running. If I am sleeping too near her, I get kicked. She kicks Mom or Dad too but they don’t jump up thinking the house is being attacked. Good thing I am on guard duty all the time cuz we would be in big trouble if I left it up to them to keep us safe.

Some peoples think that dog peoples, like the ones who read my blog, treat their dogs like humans and make believe we do things that we don’t do. They think humans are the only ones who get to dream.

There are studies by science peoples showing that, not only do dogs dream, but that our dreams are connected to things that happen to us. They say hunting dogs move like they are pointing game or flushing birds when they are dreaming.

Mom says I dream softly. I almost never “run” or whimper when I sleep. DixieLee does it all the time. Sometimes she even woofs.

There is an expression, “Let sleeping dogs lie” which has a human meaning but it is good advice when dealing with a sleeping dog. Mom or Dad can come up to me and pet me while I am asleep and I wake up nice. When DixieLee is woofing or whimpering in her sleep, Mom talks softly to her, telling her she is safe or makes little shhhh sounds.

We learned the hard way that if you wake DixieLee up unexpectedly, you could get nipped at. Not so much anymore but when she first came to live with us, oh boy, look out. Mom says it was because she was always scared back then and maybe dreaming about bad stuff that happened.

If dogs dream like humans do, we think they have nightmares like humans do too. When I ask her about her dreams, she says she can’t remember. I hope she is dreaming about catching squirrels or warning that the mail person is coming to our house and not having nightmares about when she was little and scared.

The one good thing about being a dog is that we can fall asleep any time, any where. All this talk about dreaming is making me tired so I think I’ll say “good night” and take a little nap.

Sweet dreams,

Zeva

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I’m Cute And You Love Me

It’s a good thing that DixieLee is cute and that Mom loves her because it she wasn’t so cute and so loved she would be in the biggest trouble ever.

We had all eaten our suppers and Mom was cleaning the kitchen.  Dad did a big painting project and he wanted Mom to see how nice it looked so she left for a minute.  It was only a little minute but when she got back to the kitchen, DixieLee was chewing on the left over spare ribs Dad had for supper.

She took it right off of the kitchen counter! 

She did so many wrongs….

1.  No jumping on the kitchen counter

2.  No eating people food

3.  No eating cooked bones

She knew she was bad cuz as soon as she saw Mom she took the rib, ran and hid in her crate so she could finish eating where no one could get to her.

I know that some dogs steal people food off of counters all the time. Trainers call it counter surfing.  When dogs didn’t live with peoples we had to do scavenging and unattended food was, well food.
   
I might do some begging now and again but I never thought to just take food from the counter.  Now that DixieLee knows how easy it is to get really yummy food, she told me she is going to do it again.

I hope not!  The only thing badder than taking leftovers off of the counter would be to take Dad’s dinner off of the counter before he got to eat it.  I bet she wouldn’t look so cute or be so loved then!

Some peoples try tricks to discourage counter surfing but punishing a dog for doing something so natural is not good.  The bestest way to prevent counter surfing is to not leave food unattended or to place it beyond the reach of even the most determined dog.  Keeping dogs completely out of the kitchen is also another way to prevent food theft.

Well, what's done is done.  Now Mom has to watch to make sure that the cooked bones don’t cause any problems that involve trips to the vet.   Living with DixieLee is always an adventure.

And it's my turn to watch her so I'll see you later.

Love,

Zeva


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Day In The Life Of This Dog

It’s four o’clock in the morning and I haven’t been fed yet! It doesn’t happen often but every once in a while Dad oversleeps and I have to wake him up to feed us.

DixieLee and I doze on the bed until he is dressed for outside and then follow him to the back door to be let into the pen. When we come back inside, our breakfast is waiting in our bowls. We get fed half of our food in the morning, a snack at lunch and the other half in the evening so it doesn’t take all that long to finish.

We always get desert, even at breakfast. Unlike Mom, who has to be reminded about desert, Dad has the cookie jar open and our desert ready.

Then Dad goes to get his newspaper and we go back to sleep until Mom gets up. Mom is in charge of giving DixieLee her itchy pills (I get a lick of peanut butter too) and we both get a scoop of coconut oil. We like coconut oil and it does lots of good things like keep our coats shiny.

That’s the way we start every day but then our routine changes depending on the day.

Sunday is our bestest favorite because if the weather is nice we always go for a big walk or a ride in the car. We like to go for big walks everyday but we don’t get to decide. We try to let Mom know we want to walk by leading her to where our leashes are hung. We know she understands and some times she listens but not always.

Some days we hang out in the office while Mom works on her computer or in the Studio while she makes gift baskets. Those are good days because she take breaks and plays games with us. When Mom does work away from home, we hang out with Dad while he plays in the garden or on the lawn.

DixieLee and I spend lots of time napping or lying on the big bed watching the birds and squirrels play in the yard or playing with our toys in the living room.

After supper we usually lie on the couch and watch TV with Mom and Dad until it’s time for bed. Night time is an important time since it is the dog's job to guard the house while our humans sleep.

DixieLee and I divide guard duty so that one of us is always sleeping on the bed. We switch off until almost morning and then both of us sleep on the bed until four o’clock when we start our day all over again.

It’s a good life and having a structure is nice because it makes us feel safe and we know exactly when we are going to eat which is the mostest important thing.

Now, I see it is time for a nap.

Your friend,
Zeva

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bonding With Your Pet

Mom loves me. How do I know? She tells me all the time. She tells me I am her very favorite white dog. She loves DixieLee too. How do I know? She tells her she is her very favorite brown dog.

Mom and Dad tell us they love is us lots of other ways too.

They spend time with us. We go for walks or to the park together. When Dad plays in the yard or garden, we get to watch him. Dad is also good at playing games with us like tug of war or hide and seek.

We help Mom when she does her computer stuff and when she works in the studio making gift baskets. She plays games too, her best being catch.

We watch TV with them and even get to sleep on the bed with them.

Touching is a good way to show love but every dog is different about how they like to be touched. Some dogs, like DixieLee, don’t like to be touched much and not many dogs like to be hugged. Human hugging is like when a dog puts it’s paw over another dog which is a dominance stance.

Brushing and baths (I hate both) are not only good for being healthy, they are good ways to bond.

I love to get belly rubs and ear scratches and DixieLee and I both think getting our backs and butts scratched it the bestest way of getting petted.

Mom and Dad talk to us all the time. We like hearing their voices (most of the time). I specially like when Mom asks my opinion about a new design or a new product we want to add to the Paw Pals Boutique line.

They show us they love us by letting us have our own space. We each have our own crate and we can go in and be alone when we want. We also have the run of the house when they are home so if I want to sleep on the bed or be outside in the pen while Dad and DixieLee are watching TV, I can.

Food and treats are another way we know we are loved. We get healthy food and good stuff like coconut oil and good treats like carrots and watermelon. They could give us more treats though. We’ve had that discussion several times but I don’t think I’m getting my point across.

Aside from not understanding the more treats thing, Mom and Dad try to listen to us and understand what we like and don’t like. All in all, it’s a pretty good arrangement. I know Mom and Dad love us and we try to let them know we love them back.

I think it’s about time for another belly rub. Dad doesn’t look too busy….

Love,

Zeva



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