Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Never Too Many

Once upon a time we were a one dog household. Then DixieLee came to live with us. Before I came to live with Mom and Dad they had two dogs so having two dogs was no big deal for them. Or so they thought.

The two dogs they had before were litter mates.  One was a boy and the other a girl. Since they lived together since they were babies and they knew that the girl dog is always the boss, there was no problem who got to make the rules.

DixieLee and I both had to make changes in how we did things and it wasn’t always easy. DixieLee likes to be the boss.  I get to do what I want most of the time so I don’t care. Besides, we both know that the real boss of the house is Mom so if DixieLee gets too bossy, Mom steps in and makes her be good.

Dogs are pack animals and in the way long time ago it was important for the survival of the pack that all the dogs got along.  I don’t know about you but sometimes having a sister gets on my nerves. Like when I have a good toy or when I get the best seat on the couch she tries to be a bully and make me give in. 

There are things peoples can do to help dogs in the family get along better. Everyone knows that a tired dog is a good dog so seeing that we get lots of exercise is important. Exercise gets rid of energy and stress. Yes, we get stressed too.

When she first came to live with us, DixieLee got fed in her crate. Mom called it preemptive action.   It took time but she knows I am not going to steal her food so we now eat side by side in the kitchen. Mom still takes preemptive action when we have extra special treats like marrow bones or carrots. No sense looking for trouble.

We have to be a little careful when we play fight too. Most of the time we play fight good but Mom makes sure we take breaks so we don’t get too excited
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When Mom or Dad comes home DixieLee wants to be petted first so sometimes she pushes me out of the way. Mom says “Hello Girls” but doesn’t pet either of us until she has taken off her coat and put her work stuff away. Then she pets us both at the same time.

Dogs can get jealous so making quality time for each of us is important. I love to play catch with Mom and Dad and sometimes when we go for walks, Dad and I take a short cut home and Mom takes DixieLee for more miles.

Relationships take a lot of work and it’s important that we all work together to make us have a happy family. Mom says as long as we remember that she is the BOSS, everything will be just fine.

Your friend,

Zeva

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

So Many Choices!

We were in the Vet’s office last week for my annual check up and it was really busy. While waiting our turn, we met a bunch of dogs and a cat who looked and acted just like Grumpy Cat. All the dogs knew to stay away from him!

One of the dogs we met was a Mini Pin and another was a Shih Tzu. When one of the Moms asked Mom what breed I was, she said I am an All American. She said DixieLee is an All American too. That confused me cuz DixieLee and I don’t look anything alike. I look mostly like a Lab and she looks mostly like a Hound.

I tried looking up All American on Google and although I found out that there are over 300 breeds of dogs recognized by dog groups like the FCI.. I didn’t find All American on any of the lists.

What I did find was that the breeds are broken down into ten groups according to the breed’s purpose/function and appearance/size. Dogs in the Sporting group were bred to hunt while dogs in the Working group were bred to do things like pull a sled. Dogs in the Toy group were bred mostly for companionship but don’t be fooled, they can be very protective and their yappie bark can scare away a burglar as well as a big dog’s bark.

With so many breeds to choose from, how is a human supposed to know what dog is best for them? Mom said she chose me because I looked like a little angel. Both of the dogs who lived with Mom and Dad before me had just got died and she said that they sent her an angel.  She said they played a trick on her because I am not always a little angel.

The best way for a human to choose a dog is to think about their lifestyle. Even though they may not need a dog to hunt or pull a sled, they might want a dog from one of those groups if they like to spend time outdoors doing things like hiking or snowshoeing. If they live in an apartment in a big city, they might want a dog that doesn’t take up too much room and who can be carried when they go outside.

If you know someone who is thinking of adding a pet to their household, please ask them to check shelters and rescue services first. Shelters get pure bred dogs too and there are breed specific rescue services. Just check on line. If you know someone who wants to buy from a breeder, tell then to make sure they are honest and have a good reputation.

Also remember that lots of pet stores deal with puppy mills and those are TERRIBLE places for dogs.

One thing I can tell you from personal experience, All Americans are a terrific breed. We come in lots of different colors and sizes and we are all extra special in our own way.

Your All American friend,

Zeva

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Some Times You Just Have To

Mom taught us that if you don’t have something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything.   Well, the other day I saw a dog with a really, really, really bad haircut.  I mean the only fur he had left was on his head and he looked ridiculous.

He’s a dog I see around town often and I always thought he was so handsome with his long flowing coat.  Mom said I should not say anything to him because he probably felt bad enough already.   Mom said I should just say “hi” and not tell him he looked really, really ugly.

She explained later that we didn’t know why his humans had him shaved.  Maybe he was sick or maybe he got into something that made his coat yucky and he had to have it shaved so we should be nice and not make him feel bad.

We don’t like to make people feel bad.  Our business is all about making people (and animals) be happy.  We are in the business of making people (and animals) smile.

So, I just said “Hey Dude”, and kept walking.

I’m still kind of confused about this “Don’t say anything bad, thing”. 

It wasn’t the dog’s fault that he had a bad haircut.  But I think there are times when we need to point out that things are just plain ugly.

Mom loves Pintrest.  She loves to look at the AMAZING cakes that people make.  She is not a good baker so she just looks.  She knows she has limits but she says she also has fun looking at the DYI cake fails on Pinterest.  I hear her laugh and laugh.

Peoples who do stuff all the time just know all of the secrets on how to do it best.

It may not be nice but I feel the same way when I see some of the pet “gift baskets” for sale on Ebay or some other sites.  Mom has over 20 years experience making gift baskets and I have more than 6 so we are really good at what we do.  Our gift baskets have high quality products, all of our dog treats are made in the USA, and our designs are outstanding.  Every one of our pet gift baskets is cello wrapped and topped with a hand tied bow.  Our gift baskets cost the same money as many of the baskets on Ebay AND we ship for free.

So, I guess I just can’t say anything nice about the gift baskets people see on places like Ebay when they can get much bestester gift baskets at pawpalsboutique.com  Hope that doesn’t make me a bad dog.

See for yourself at pawpalsboutique.com

Your trying to be nice friend,


Zeva

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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

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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

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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

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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