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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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

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


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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

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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

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Back To School

Now that nice weather is coming, Mom and Dad want to be able to take us to lots of fun places like Dog Mountain and hiking in the White Mountains. We love going places with our Mom and Dad but it is important that we are on our best behavior when we do.

You see, only good dogs, with excellent manners, should go to places where there are lots of people and other dogs. Good dogs are dogs who listen to their humans about things like coming when called and dropping things we shouldn’t have picked up in the first place. One of the most super duper important things a good dog knows is how to leash walk well.

I admit I am not an excellent leash walker. Once we leave our yard, there are lots and lots of different things to see and smell that I tend to want to sniff every tree and rock and fire hydrant I see. I am trying to be a better leash walker, but it isn’t easy so Mom is taking us back to school.

Well, I’m going “back” to school because I did have school when I was really little but for DixieLee, going to school is a new experience. She said that when she lived with Mama Mel, she had some training but never went to “real” school.

We don’t go to the school yet, the teacher comes to our house. We like her a lot cuz she brings really good treats when she comes. She teaches us new commands and then we practice with Mom during the week.

I’m a good learner and DixieLee is getting better every week. Mom is thrilled that she knows “leave it” now cuz it's lots easier getting Dad’s socks back. This morning Mom noticed that DixieLee was hiding in her crate, chewing on a pencil.  Mom called "DixieLee Come" and she came out of her crate right away and then dropped the chewed up pencil as soon as she was told to “leave it”. DixieLee was so proud that she did good at listening that she gave Mom a big smile.

She still has to learned that just because something falls on the floor, it doesn’t mean it is hers but one thing at a time.

One of the hardest things we are learning is how not to bark when someone comes up our street. We think it is important to let Mom and Dad know such things like when the mail person comes but they say it isn’t necessary.

School stuff is fun but if we had to choose what we like best about school, I’d say it is recess.

Learning new things is so fun.  Maybe some day we’ll take Agility Training. Then again, agility training takes lots and lots of energy and I prefer conserving my energy for important things like eating.

Your scholarly friend,

Zeva

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