I haven't done a product review in a while so I figured I'd take another chance on a toy that said "Tuff Enuff". I was at Shop N' Save today getting groceries and stopped in the pet isle to see what they had. I've posted before about how Jake and Maggie do not to play well with toys, they demolish them! Well, I bought 2 canvas toys in the shape of a bone and 2 Nylabones in the shape of a Dinosaur. My first thought was...well, I'm probably wasting my money on the canvas toys but the Nylabones will make it! I was right :-). To be honest, I know for sure because we have a box on the side of the couch that holds all of the Nylabones I've bought them over the last two years! Did you know that you can put them in the dishwasher??? Yes, you can. If you want to see a post on that, let me know!
Well, as you can see, I was right. It doesn't matter how strong the toy is or what the package says, they will destroy it. The only toy I can give them is a Nylabone of different shapes, sizes, and flavors. I chose this Dinosaur because it had the dental nubs on the body of it to help clean teeth. Plus it wad chicken flavor and I know the monsters love chicken. They enjoyed themselves so much while tearing up the toys and destroying the living room, they wore themselves out. haa haa. Jake collapsed on the couch and is still sleeping and Maggie moved from the kitchen to our leather chair where she's been for the last hour. Guess what I'm doing after I put together this post???? Yep, I'm cleaning :-).
This is a follow up to my post "Natural Mosquito Repellent" that I blogged about this week. No sooner did I blog about this topic, did I find more information about plants that mosquitos do not like. Can you imagine adding all of these colors to your yard...wow! And you would keep the bugs away too! Whether it be a cluster of one kind of plant or a mixture, your yard could change colors all spring, summer and fall!
Marigolds - Marigolds release a chemical insecticide that repells bugs and mosquitos.
Bee Balm - As it grows and blooms in your garden, it releases fragrances mosquitoes dislike (so does basil, by the way).
Sage - Use sage fresh by crushing leaves and rubbing on your skin or clothing. Or tie a bundle of sage stems (fresh or dried) and toss them into your firepit or chiminea to create a cloud of mosquito-repelling smoke. Light one end of a sage bunch and let it smolder on a fire-resistant tray.
Variegated Plectranthus - Just brush it gently or splash water onto leaves, and the odor is released. That odor is what helps repel mosquitoes—and a host of other insects. This plant goes by many names, including Madagascar spur flower, Swedish ivy and mintleaf. Botanically, look for Plectranthus madagascariensis 'Marginatus’.
Scented Geranium - When crushed or rubbed, scented geranium leaves release their volatile oils.
Catmint - Catmint is the ornamental cousin of catnip, unfurling scented leaves and beautiful flowers. Less attractive to cats than catnip, catmint also possesses mosquito-repelling qualities.
Mint - To release the strong mint oils in leaves, brush against plants or crush leaves and rub on skin or clothing.
Mum - Chrysanthemums contain chemical compounds that act as natural insecticides, which are processed and sold as pyrethrum. It’s a go-to natural pesticide for dealing with fleas, ants, ticks, silverfish and bedbugs.
Thyme - The secret is to crush the leaves to release the volatile oils.
"Is Maggie hiding from me?"
"Is Maggie smiling?"
Who doesn’t love to know what their pet is doing when they are not home? I know we do so we installed NEST to help us keep an eye on Jake and Maggie. When we bought our new home, we chose Vector Security Company to arm the whole house, all windows, and doors which gave us a piece of mind but it didn’t help us with being able to monitor the dogs. Now all we have to do is pick up our phone, hit the app, and be able to see the dogs in real time. There is even a speaker option if we wanted to talk with them.
Yes, we have a camera pointing at the door to see who is driving up our driveway and walking to our front door. Yes, we have cameras in the house pointing to specific spots we think are of importance to us but we also watched our dogs habits, ie. Where they like to take a nap, eat, play, etc. and selected the camera position to capture those moments. Granted, it is up to you how much money you want to invest in security or maybe you contain your pets in one area while your gone but it’s something to think about when checking in on our fur baby. You want to get the best angle possible.
According to a recent article Comcast just put out on June 6, 2019, according to the nationwide survey of pet owners nearly half (44%) of those surveyed check in on their pets four times a day or more, nearly 2 in 5 (38%) take a peek at their pet(s) during work, and 94% say checking in on their pet is one of the best parts of their day. To make it easier for Xfinity customers to keep tabs on their pets, Comcast has launched a new ‘pet filter’ feature on its Xfinity Camera. The filter uses artificial intelligence to quickly sort through hours of footage to identify just those with pets in them out of the more than one hundred motion-triggered video clips a typical camera can generate each day. “We developed this feature to help our customers quickly filter motion-triggered events by people, vehicles, or pets because we wanted to bring them the video clips that matter most even faster,” said Dennis Mathew, Vice President and General Manager of Comcast’s Xfinity Home. “It’s an intelligent home security solution that enables our customers to easily check in on their loved ones from anywhere, anytime.”
Check out Comcast’s new “Pet Filter” today! Whether it’s an Apple product or another company with a different app, you will want to investigate and see if this is right for you. I can’t tell you how many times Thomas and I have said to each other while out and about…”wonder what the monsters are doing?” And all we have to do was pick up our phones and hit our APP to find out. It is fun and gives us a piece of mind that Jake and Maggie are ok. Typically, they are either sleeping or eating and we can go about our business.
"This is Jake and Maggie when they were only weeks old". "Even though we crated them in the beginning when we weren't home, It was great to have a camera on them at all times!" LOL.
Do mosquitos love you? They love me! Well, they don’t actually love me, they love to bite me!!! One of my readers suggested doing a post on safe and natural mosquito repellent. Based on my research from previous years and a lot of google searches, this is what I've come up with. It's not only important for me to find something safe but for Jake and Maggie as well.
I had done some research a few years ago when we moved into our house in Missouri on the types of ornamental grass in our yard and found it interesting that we had lemongrass all around the bottom of our deck. I read that it stops mosquitos in their tracks. Well…when summer came, I knew exactly why they had planted it because lemongrass contains citronella oil and musks scents that attract mosquitos such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid found in humans. This makes it harder for mosquitos to locate you. Citronella helps to reduce mosquito landing around 40%. Another plant that Mosquitos hate is Lavender. They detest the pungent scent of the purple flower and stay away at all costs. Fortunately, we lived next to a Lavender Farm so we were pretty close to Lavender plants!!
If you are into natural oils, here is a list of homemade mosquito repellents using oils. Also, check out my post on doTERRA oils HERE should you have more questions or need a recipe. Make sure you mix your oils in a glass spray bottle and not plastic. The plastics will absorb the oils while the glass will not.
Homemade Mosquito Repellents
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Peppermint Oil And Coconut Oil
Neem Oil And Coconut Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar And Essential Oil Spray
Tea Tree oil And Coconut Oil
Citronella Oil And Alcohol Spray
Cinnamon Oil Repellent
Lavender Oil, Vanilla, And Lemon Juice
Mosquitos dislike the smell and taste of the vinegar. So if you're interested in seeking a natural insect repellent, try out this recipe which uses apple cider vinegar as a base! Fill your spray bottle with half water, and half apple cider vinegar. You might not like smelling like vinegar but spraying it around your area, will help.
If you are worried for your pet, I did some research and found this website:
Verbiage taken from the website. It was very detailed and I did not want to leave any information out.
Citrus is a natural repellent to mosquitos, ticks and fleas. Each time you use a citrus fruit, keep the peels for use in this homemade dog-friendly solution. Fill a pot with leftover citrus peels, such as from used lemons, oranges and grapefruit. Cover the peels with water and bring to a boil on the stove. Remove from the heat and allow the citrus water to cool. Discard the peels. Citrus water will not only make your dog smell fresh, it will act as a natural deterrent to mosquitoes and fleas.
Essential oils will keep your dog smelling fresh and safe from mosquito bites. Consider adding in a few drops of essential oils to the citrus water mixture. Some oils are natural mosquito repellents. These include peppermint, geranium, sage, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass, sandalwood and patchouli. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake well to combine.
It may be a favorite of cats, but it is not liked by mosquitoes. To use the catnip, sprinkle a few loose pieces into the still warm citrus water and let it steep as it cools. Pour into a spray bottle.
Before using the homemade repellents, bathe your dog. After you rinse away any soap, spray him with the citrus water, catnip or essential oil mixture. Spray along the dog’s back, legs, tail and hindquarters, as well as around his neck and ears where mosquitos like to bite. Also, rub a few drops of essential oil directly onto the dog’s shoulder blades. This is an area where your dog cannot lick. The smell of these oils can be a powerful deterrent against mosquitos, fleas and other insects. Periodically treat your dog with more citrus water or essential oils as needed. Keep a spray bottle full of extra mosquito repellent solution and spritz before taking him out on walks or letting him explore. Make sure you label the bottle so that it does not get mixed up with another remedy of sort.
On a blog post by Melissa Malinowski, Naturopath Practitioner, at http://www.integrativenutritionaltherapies.com/easy-homemade-mosquito-bug-tick-repellent-dog/ listed below is a “Easy Homemade Mosquito, Bug and Tick Repellent for You and Your Dog” recipe
Mosquitos – citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, catnip, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender
Fleas – cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lemongrass, lavender, orange, pine,
Ticks – rose geranium, juniper, rosewood, thyme, grapefruit, oregano
NOTE: Keep in mind that with EO's – quality matters. As a naturopath, Melissa only recommends using Young Living oils. She says, the cheaper EO's (amazon and many store bought oils) typically are not even plant oils, but chemicals made to smell similar to plant oils. Placing those chemicals on your pet, diffusing (breathing) or if they ingest them, can be very dangerous. With Young Living oils, they are therapeutic.
Easy Homemade Mosquito, Bug and Tick Repellent for You and Your Dog
Author: Melissa Malinowski, ND
Serves: 4 ounces
And as always, you can call your vet to make sure your prescription for flea/tick and heart worm is up-to-date and you are giving your pet the proper dosage based on weight. I diffuse lemon oil and water in my home daily. The recommended dosage for the lemon oil is 3 drops but I always put more in around 5 to 7 drops. I like a stronger scent of lemon for a bigger area. I have about 5 citronella candles on our covered porch and 3 on our patio table. I also spray a mixture of 3 part lemon juice, water, and distilled vinegar around as well as to clean with.
As always, as stated above, make sure that you are using top quality ingredients for you and your pet. I hope this helps. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Don’t forget to comment and share with friends.
Hi everyone! It's been awhile and I wanted to kick off with a new look to the site, the results of my survey and most important...Jake and Maggie's 2nd birthday!!! The pups turned 2 years old Saturday, June 8th and we celebrated with a homemade "Pup Cake", new Happy Birthday Scarves from Chewy.com, and extra special attention and lots of kisses and hugs!
Thank you for all of your feedback and constructive criticism on my survey. I appreciate all of it. You want to see more posts and I've made a promise to send a post every day so look for them in your email. I will continue to talk about animal health and well being, make sure I give you more pictures of the dogs, create more posts on dog treats and DIY's, give product reviews, include more of my personal recipes, and give updates on "What I'm Loving". Most of you said the blog is informative and interesting and a "needs improvement". That I will most definitely work on and try to give everyone what they are looking for.
Bobbi Jo, Jake, and Maggie!
I ordered these scarves from Chewy.com and they arrived within 2 days. I was pleased with the material which was soft and silky, the lettering in gold which read "The Birthday Girl" and "The Birthday Boy" and the colors were a soft green and pink with a polka dotted background. I had to get our the iron for these because of the way they were packaged but all was ok!
I found this recipe on Pinterest from the Pretty Little Pastimes blog. Her recipe calls for cupcakes but I baked a cake and doubled the recipe.
I had gone to Sugarcreek, OH with my friend, Carolyn, and had a great time (more on that in another blog) and found the paw print form at the Amish Flea Market. Our eyes lit up when we found it and I said...PERFECT!!! LOL! You can bake in this form up to 350 degrees. I washed it by hand and put it away for another time! Honestly, this recipe was so good that while I was making it, I tried it a few times myself.
Ingredients: (remember, if you are making a bigger cake, don't forget to double this recipe)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey. Blend well. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly. Sift flour and baking soda together and fold into batter.
Fill 6 lined cupcake molds 3/4 of the way full with the batter. Bake for 20 minutes (35-40 minutes if making one full cake) or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and let the pupcakes cool completely before frosting. My cake only took 20 minutes and it was done. I let cool before putting on the plate.
You can add whatever topping (a topping your pup can eat) and I chose peanut butter to keep it simple. I wasn't sure how the dogs would react to it digestive wise. Maggie loved it but Jake wasn't as impressed and all was good in the bowl department. LOL!
Check out last year's birthday HERE and HERE! I can't believe my monsters are 2 years old already!!! They have given us so much love over the past 2 years and we wouldn't know what to do without them. Check out my post HERE on how dogs show their love. Hope you enjoyed this post! Don't forget to comment and share with friends!
Happy Memorial Day everyone! I know...it's about over! It's been a beautiful weekend and Thomas and I got a lot done. We mowed grass, trimmed and weeded the yard, cleaned out the garage and shed, and ran errands. We took time out on Friday night for "date night" where we had fish n chips at Margaret's Cafe in Toronto, OH.
And speaking of cleaning out the garage...we had a seal tight dog food container from the house in MO just sitting there looking at us and we were trying to decide if we should throw it away, keep it, give it to the animal shelter and then it hit us...we can use it to store all the blankets for our vehicles to cover the seats with when the dogs get in the car or whatever we need them for. So....if you have a left over dog food container, use it to store blankets and towels!!! It fits perfectly under our utility sink and is out of the way.
We took the dogs everywhere we went and because they were very very good...even at Lowe's (which I'll blog about later), I wanted to make them something that they love...zucchini medallions. I normally just cut them up and keep them in the refrigerator with their baby carrots but today I decided to get the dehydrator out. This is the easiest recipe ever!!!!!! Here it goes...are you ready????
Cut up one zucchini into medallions any length or width you want. I chose to cut mine thin. Lay the medallions on your dehydrator and cook at 155 degrees for 3 hours. I made 40 medallions. And that's it!!!
I had never done this before and wasn't sure how long to cook them but maybe increasing the temperature would shorten the cooking time??? I could have kept them on a bit longer but the monsters were getting impatient. See Jake's face below...haa haa. For the most part they turned out crispy expect for a few but Jake and Maggie gobbled them up so fast it didn't matter!
If your interested in finding out more about the dehydrator I bought from Amazon and the sweet potatoes or dog treat recipes I have cooked, check out my past blog posts below. I'm still getting responses from my survey so I'm collecting everything and will let everyone know this week. Your name is not included in your survey or your reply so don't worry. I would never post that information or sell or give away your email address.
Are Sweet Potatoes a "yes" or a "no"?
Pumpkin Puree, Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Another way to use your dehydrator is by cutting up chicken or steak into thin strips and dehydrating them at 168 for 8 hours. I don't use any seasoning because they are for Jake and Maggie. Once they are done, they should be like jerky. I put them in a seal tight container and keep them in the refrigerator.
Bobbi Jo, Jake, and Maggie!
I'm always trying to improve my website and blog posts and would love your feedback. Listed below are 3 quick questions and I would greatly appreciate your time if you could complete them for me. Be honest!! I will take it all into consideration and make the necessary changes. If you want to talk in more detail, don't hesitate to contact me.
What I'm Loving
I made this wreath last Friday for our front door and I love it. I wanted something bright and cheerful and I think I accomplished that. I love BIG wreaths that fill the doorway :-). Now we just have to take our door down, sand it, and stain it. A project for another weekend! We used Mahogany stain last time and it went well with our brick. Now that our Hardy Board is painted grey, everything should really POP!
"Maggie just came back from the groomers and I called her "Pretty Girl".
This past weekend was crazy for us. We spent the entire weekend getting our lawn mowed, shrubs and trees trimmed, and landscape weeded. We made trips to Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowes for flowers, potting soil and a Weber grill. The biggest purchase was our new Kubota tractor which makes mowing the grass a breeze! We took Jake and Maggie with us because it was a long ride and they love bye byes in the car! The Kubota dealership was a hike from our house so it gave me time to talk about my blog with Thomas. I had been researching pet insurance and came across an article on ways to find funding if you can't afford pet insurance.
When we had Bella, our Pitt/Rottie mix, she lived until 13 years old but had some surgeries and medical issue along the way. She was a stray from the pound but we loved her with all our hearts and would do anything for her. She ended up costing us close to $12,000 over the course of her life and we paid every cent of it out of pocket.
Pet Insurance can be expensive depending on your plan, and if this is something you are thinking about but just can't afford it right now, here are a few ways to help pay for your vet bill or a pet emergency!
Holly’s Legacy - a fund for treating dogs with cancer in families experiencing financial need as well as disability or elderliness.
Ella’s Fund - provides grants of up to $1,100 to dog owners in financial need, for dogs with a good prognosis that need life-saving or emergency healthcare. In exchange for the donation, pet owners volunteer their time at an animal-care organization, paying back the loan at a rate of $13.50 per hour.
Consider applying for CareCredit, a healthcare loan that can also be used for pet healthcare. To access charitable funds at some hospitals—for instance at CSU—you have to first show that you have been denied CareCredit or maxed out your account with them.
Look for a veterinary teaching hospital or nonprofit hospital - You can search veterinary colleges by state on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website, and call your local institution to check.
RedRover - RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth says: “We recommend applying for more than one grant (from different organizations) asking other area clinics for a quote or second opinion, and applying for Care Credit, just to name a few.” On those resource lists, check for breed-specific dog healthcare funds and condition-specific dog healthcare funds, which are often national and operate outside of hospitals. Check for state-specific financial assistance programs for pet healthcare. If there’s no fund designed for your specific situation, RedRover‘s Urgent Care Grants might help. RedRover provides almost 700 grants every year for pets whose owners can’t afford treatment, with an average grant amount of $200. In 2018, the organization approved 80 percent of applicants who qualified for a grant. Decisions are based on medical urgency, financial need, and other factors.
GoFundMe - Several hospitals and nonprofits have seen clients successfully pay for treatment using crowdfunding sites such as this one.
If you’re considering asking for financial assistance from an animal hospital, here’s the inside track on how they work.
How You Can Help Other Pet Owners - these funds rely on donations, and sometimes, they don’t receive enough. That means that even if a pet owner qualifies for a grant, there might not be enough money in the fund to pay it. If you’re reading this and you’re not currently experiencing financial hardship, you can help pet owners in need by contacting your local hospital or nonprofit to offer a donation.
"The morning sun was coming through the entry way and hitting Jake as he was falling asleep".
I hope this has helped you. It never hurts to call and ask your vet questions. It's also important to know that if you decide to get pet insurance, to verify if your vet will take the insurance you have applied for.
Don't forget to share with friends. Never hesitate to ask me questions or make suggestions on a topic you are interested in. I also want to know if you enjoy the recipes I've been adding and "Things I'm Loving" which I'll be posting about in my next blog post. Do you want to see more dog treat recipes? Do you want to see more pictures of the dogs or less? Let me know!!!
Bobbi Jo, Jake, and Maggie!
What is Kitten Season?
Have you heard of it yet? If not, this is the time of year when every unspayed, queen (female cat) is likely to have a belly full of babies, or a litter of youngsters by her side. This is also the time when shelters are getting bombarded with mothers and their baby kittens, some even arriving without their mothers.
Why do kittens arrive seasonally?
Kitten season occurs seasonally because the queen has evolved into a “seasonally polyestrous” creature, meaning she comes into heat only during a particular time of year— during this time she is capable of having multiple pregnancies. In the Northern Hemisphere, the feline breeding season begins in very early spring and may persist throughout the summer months. Peak seasons are February through March and May through June. Throughout the rest of the year, the reproductive cycle goes into a state of dormancy referred to as “anestrus.”
Why are cats so prolific?
The domestic cat has long been recognized for her fertility. In fact, the feline was worshipped as a symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt. Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of fertility, was portrayed as a cat.
Unspayed kitties typically experience their first heat cycle (estrus) sometime between five and nine months of age. A queen who is in heat is exceptionally likely to become pregnant for the following reasons:
A female cat will repeatedly come into heat, approximately every two weeks, throughout the entire breeding season. A queen who is in heat is quite the precocious creature. She will do whatever it takes to find herself a tomcat, and she will breed with multiple males. The domestic cat is an induced ovulator— her eggs lie in waiting until 30 to 50 hours following copulation, at which time they are released from her ovaries. This timing ensures that the eggs and sperm cells encounter one another. During the breeding season, queens quickly come back into heat after giving birth, even before their kittens are weaned.
What to do if you find a litter of kittens?
How can you help during “Kitten Season”?
"Where's Jake?" "Playing hide-n-go seek!"
I had found a kitten about 13 years ago in the dead of winter. Actually, it was my dog Bear who found him but never the less, I was able to trap him in the garage and get the door shut before he bolted out. I did not know until reading this that you could warm up rice in a sock to help keep a kitten warm. He made it through the night, a rough vet appointment, survived in the house with two big dogs, made a move to a new home and then to his forever home with my sister where he still lives today. Binky is one tough cat :-).
I hope this article helps you and provides you alot of good information.
Happy belated Cinco De Mayo everyone! Hope you enjoyed your day. Thomas and I hung out with Jake and Maggie this weekend. On Saturday we took them to their 4th training session and they got A+’s again!! Woo hoo. We played ball in the yard and I totally missed a great shot of Jake carrying his ball through the yard. Well, it’s not actually his…it’s the neighbor’s son’s ball but anywhooo…it rolled into our yard and Jake took it! Haa haa!! Thomas worked on the truck and the bike. Oh, we have a 2005 Harley Springer and it’s up for sale! If you know of anyone looking for a bike…feel free to contact me for more information. I made a Cinco De Maya dinner and am sharing the recipes with you below. Then we watched Holmes and Watson and A Star Is Born. Let’s just say that I’m glad we did not pay a fortune at the movies to see Homes and Watson but I loved A Star Is Born! Soooo good!
So I’m walking through the house this morning thinking about how badly my hardwood floors need waxed and thought I’d do a post on cleaning your house with pets. I bought a hand held vacuum made by Black and Decker at Walmart for $50.00 and it’s been the best tool for cleaning our steps. We have hardwood on our steps where the dogs love to play and let’s just say, we have a few hair balls on a daily basis :-(.
"Maggie laid in the same spot while I talked to her and just wagged her tail". LOL!
I would be interested in hearing about your cleaning tips and how they have worked for you. I'm always up for trying new cleaning techniques! Now on to my Cinco De Mayo recipes!! If you try them, let me know how they turned out!!
"I was telling Jake we had to clean today and got this look". LOL!
Homemade Pico De Gallo
5 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced finely
1/2 large red onion, diced finely
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped finely
1 tablespoon mashed garlic
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Con Queso Cheese dip
1 (8 ounce) block regular cream cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
1 pound Queso Quesadilla Cheese
1 Tablespoon salted butter
½ Tablespoon jalepenos, minced fine (optional) - I chose to put mine on top this time
1 1/2 cup of milk
2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped fine
Melt in a pan on medium heat until mixed well.
Note: I chose to mix my cheese and my salsa together in a separate bowl to give it even more color and flavor.
Spicy Cilantro Garlic Shrimp
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon of lime juice
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound large shrimp, cleaned, peeled, tails on
Mix all ingredients together, add shrimp, and cook in cast iron skillet until shrimp are pink. Make sure not to cook to long, otherwise your shrimp will be tough. Add rice or noodles to make it a meal. This can also be made as an appetizer.
Note: If you want to make it hotter, add some habanero peppers!
Happy Wednesday to everyone! It’s been quite a few weeks for us as we have moved back from Missouri permanently which has left me little time to work on my blog. My plans to incorporate my new changes haven’t gone as smoothly as I would like but I’m not giving up! I’m forging ahead! In between getting the house ready to sell (closing is May 6th) and all the drama a move can make, Thomas and I worked together and made it all happen in a short period of time. There was a time where I didn’t think I would adjust to life in MO but I came to find that I enjoyed my life there and made wonderful friends along the way. So I would like to say thank you to those friends who made time for me and helped to create many happy memories for me. I know your reading this and I miss you guys already!
I have to admit…I was having some trouble thinking about what I wanted to blog about this week and it came to me yesterday…”Moving With A Pet”. It didn’t dawn on me that the dogs had any stress issues until Maggie threw up yesterday. I had been keeping an eye on them which is easy because they are always around me but I was all over the house unpacking boxes, taking out garbage, and trying to get the house back together. Maggie, more so than Jake, was my constant shadow following me back and forth, up and down, and I think all of the chaos got her a bit upset. My sister had watched the dogs for us while we were packing up the house in MO and driving back (which we very much appreciated) but it’s been non-stop since we walked in the door and when Maggie got sick, it dawned on me…this change in her routine isn’t working well for her. A big thank you goes to my sister for staying at our house and taking care of our monsters. I know she loves them as much as we do.
"I love how the colors of the blanket compliment Maggie's black coat". "The sun was shining down on her as she slept". "She was so peaceful."
So in the middle of all that we have going on, I researched the things you can do to make it easier on your pet during a move, made cabbage rolls (see recipe below), and am sharing “Things I Love” with you this week. I finally got to the store and bought groceries and what better way to say thank you to my husband for all of his hard work but to make one of his favorite meals…Cabbage Rolls and Mashed Potatoes. I hope you enjoy this blog post and don’t forget to share with your friends :-).
"Jake stole my blanket and then acted like I wasn't looking at him". haa haa
Before the move:
During the move:
After the move:
If your dog stops eating, has diarrhea or vomiting, acts nervous, scared, or withdraws and acts aloof, she is suffering from stress and needs some help. In my research, I came across an article about flying with your dogs but I just can’t go there. I would never store my dogs on a plane. They are to big and to top it off, I once had a flight attendant say to me…”You don’t ever want to put your dog on a plane, trust me!” I didn’t feel there was need to ask any questions. I got it. Jake and Maggie were not moving into a new home but the home that they know is all torn up right now and this, I realized, has caused them stress. Today we are going to stick with a normal schedule. We have to run to the post office, drop off winter coats at the dry cleaners, and to grand pap’s house to drop off lunch (cabbage rolls). They are familiar with this routine and will be happy.
"Things I love"
"Maggie blowing kisses"
"My new Melamine dishes from Home Goods Store. The floral plates are made of bamboo. I wanted mix and match pieces to go with what I had at home." Success! "Boy did I miss my shopping buddies Lisa and Sharon who always went with me to my favorite Home Goods Store in Missouri"
"Cabbage Roll Recipe"
This cabbage roll recipe is from Thomas' aunt. I have made it a few times now and want to share it with you.
1 pound ground meat, pork, and lamb. (I mix ground meat and pork)
3/4 cup cooked rice (add 1 tablespoon of butter to the rice)
1 onion chopped and sautéed in butter (I used 1 stick of Land O' Lakes salted butter)
1 head of cabbage
2 cans of tomato soup
1 can of tomato bisque soup (dilute with 1/2 can of water)
4 strips of bacon
Salt and Pepper to taste
Note: I changed this recipe up a bit this time and used tomato paste instead of tomato bisque.
Note: If your sauce is to thick and you don't want that, just add some water to thin it out a bit.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! Thomas and I had a great weekend and celebrated Easter at the Grand Concourse in Pittsburgh, PA enjoying their Easter Buffet! The buffet includes everything from scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns to homemade waffles and donuts, desserts, seafood, pasta, and prime rib carving station just to name a few. I had heard the Mimosas are to die for and they did not disappoint! Thomas said the coffee was delicious but I opted for the alcohol :-).
This weekend was a productive weekend cleaning out the shed, setting up our outdoor furniture, and making the final switch to a raw food diet for the dogs. We even ate healthy to! See my healthy recipe below.
We have had them on Purina Shredded Chicken and Rice but I've noticed they are licking their paws a lot. I took Maggie to the vet for an ear infection but found out that it is chronic inflammation due to a food allergy. The second ingredient in the Purina food is "wheat" and I wondered if this could be it. So I went on a mad search for raw dog food and kibble and found Stella and Chewy. I have had them on the meal mixers and treats for quite awhile now (almost a year) and they love it so I figured I'd give the raw coated kibble a try and you know what????....they have quit licking their paws and Maggie's ears have almost all but cleared up. I don't even have to give them their Benadryl in the morning. Check out Stella and Chewy's website at: https://www.stellaandchewys.com. I made the switch slowly by mixing the new with the old and this weekend we made the leap to all raw! I bought one bag at Pet Supplies Plus who carries the whole Stella and Chewy line and the bag was $80.00 for a 22 pound bag.
"This is Maggie waiting for me to get downstairs and get her dinner ready". "Such a sweet face". LOL!
I wanted to include a quick and healthy recipe that I made this weekend. We are headed back to MO this week and I needed to clean out the refrigerator. I did not want to throw good food away so I whipped up something with what I had. It was colorful, easy to make, and filling. I wanted to run to the store to buy rib eye steaks but instead gave these meaty portobella mushrooms a try. Enjoy!!
Cut up cherry tomatoes, onions, asparagus and season in Land O Lakes Whipped Butter (3 tablespoons), olive oil (2 tablespoons) along with a pinch of crushed garlic, garlic salt, pepper, oregano, and parsley. I did not measure the vegetables. I then added one zucchini and 1 squash cut up into medallions.
I sautéed everything together and then added my cooked angel hair pasta and parmesan cheese.
The portobella mushrooms were sautéed in an iron skillet with a spoonful of butter, olive oil, a splash of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and 1/2 cup chicken broth. I smeared the rest of the crushed garlic along the top. I then added mozzarella balls to the top and let them melt. I seasoned with garlic salt and pepper.
This meal took about an hour to prepare and cook.
I have a blog called www.sitstayeat.net but I'm thinking of combining Two Adorable Labs and Sit Stay Eat together. What does everyone think? If so, would you like me to be more specific and more detailed in my recipes? I typically keep things simple but I would be happy to add more pictures and more instructions. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts :-)
Jake and Maggie have had another big week. We completed our second week of Canine Good Citizen Training in Burgettstown, PA with Blue Ribbon Dog Trainers.
What is the Canine Good Citizen Program?
The American Kennel Club started the canine good citizen program in 1989 as a means of rewarding dogs who were well behaved companions at home and in the community. The goals of the Canine Good Citizen program are to:
A key component of the CGC program is the 10 step CGC test. All dogs (including pure breeds and mixed breeds) who pass the CGC test will receive a certificate from the AKC and be listed in their award book!!!!!
Once they complete this training, we will be one step closer to getting them into therapy training. I want both Jake and Maggie to become therapy dogs! We are also having a problem with them pulling and wanted to get them back into training to freshen up on their previous training with STL Dog Trainers in St. Louis, MO.
I'm hoping to get more pictures of their actual training this week and will share those with you.
"Jake and Maggie leaving training on Sunday". "They were two very tired pups". "I think Jake is ready to go to sleep". lol
"Jake waiting for dad to open up the garage door". "Just got back from spa day at Paradise Paws in Tonidale, PA"
"Home from spa day and back in the car for a trip to Walmart. The sun was hitting Jake's eyes". "Poor little guy".
It’s been a busy week and a half for Jake and Maggie. They got to see their friend, Brian, who delivered us our favorite pizza from Fox’s Pizza! Then they went to pre-requisite training to be considered for Therapy Dog Training. We’ve been practicing all week so we can show the instructors at Blue Ribbon Dog Trainers how much they are learning! Daddy has been traveling so we’ve made a few trips to the airport to drop him off and pick him up. The pups love that and the first thing they want to do is jump in his lap when he gets home and into his chair. Plus they have been playing LOTS of their favorite game..."frisbee" :-). We keep checking things off our “to do” list including cooking and baking like the recipe below.
I’ve been talking about making more homemade treats for Jake and Maggie for awhile now and I decided today was the day. The alarm went off at 6:00 am this morning and the first thing I thought about was how I had to get ready and go to the store to buy the ingredients. When Jake and Maggie see me getting ready, they know the routine and get excited because they know they are going bye byes! Off to Kroger we went! First I got my coffee at Starbuck’s and then I picked up the ingredients. I also bought organic chicken breast and have been dehydrating cut strips for hours now. We will be using these chicken strips as their reward in training this weekend! If you like the idea of using a dehydrator, check out my post "Are sweet potatoes a "yes" or a "no" for another dog treat recipe!
This was a recipe that I found so long ago that I can’t remember how I got it but I doubled it tonight. It made 44 balls that are sitting in the refrigerator right now. I’m going to wait until tomorrow so this can be Jake and Maggie’s breakfast treat. We have a routine which is to go outside first, eat their breakfast of Purina Shredded Chicken and Rice topped with Stella and Chewy Meal Mixers, drink some fresh water, relax for about 10 minutes while I make coffee and English muffins for Thomas (daddy) and me and then the pups get a spoon full of Coconut Oil with a Vitamin C pill. Then it’s back to them relaxing or playing; whatever their little hearts desire. Tomorrow they will get their extra special treat. Everything is organic and the oats are Quick Oats 100% Whole Grain.
I have some exciting changes for the blog that I’ve been working on and can’t wait to share them with everyone! Stay tuned for updates and as always, feel free to chat with me on any ideas or questions you may have!
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This week is going so fast and has been so busy that I almost missed my Wednesday post. It’s 7:44 pm and I still have time! I found an interesting article in an “Eating Well” magazine this week titled “What Can a DNA Test Actually Reveal About My Dog? My sister and I grew up taking in stray dogs and cats over the years and were always taking a guess as to what breed or breeds we actually had.
Pros of conducting a DNA test for your dog:
Cons of conducting a DNA test for your dog:
If anyone has ever done a DNA test on their dog, write in and let me know. I would love to hear all about it!
"I had to include this picture which is one of my favorites of Jake and Maggie". "Besides having AKC registration papers, I knew these sweet faces were my Two Adorable Labs"!
"Jake came back from Country Dog Grooming in Eureka, MO very tired and styled with his safari bandanna". "The groomer said he was a good boy".
We are in Missouri right now and one of the things I love about living here is that it is very dog friendly. It’s not unusual to see neighbors walking their dogs from early AM to late PM and stopping along the way to say hi to Jake and Maggie. I was out in the front yard last week with the monsters and one of the neighbors stopped to chat. He was walking a beautiful Rottweiler named Buck and I noticed a very large sore on his face. We got to talking about it being a hot stop and the many trips to the vet and medications they have tried on him. I felt for my neighbor which prompted me to do some research. When our Bear was alive, he suffered with skin problems and hot spots towards the end of his life and it was such a struggle to keep him happy. I think I changed everything from laundry detergent to cleaning products and the countless trips to the vet were daunting. We tried medicated creams and ointments and gave him Benadryl daily.
With Missouri being the allergy capital of the world and spring already here, I wanted to talk more about how to treat and prevent hot spots.
What are hot stops? The scientific term for hot spots is acute moist dermatitis. They become hot, red, oozing lesions that can appear in just a few hours. They can cause your pet a considerable amount of discomfort. Hot spots are self induced because the dog will lick an area of skin which becomes traumatized tissue known as a “hot spot”. This spot starts to itch which causes the dog to continue to lick the same spot over and over which means there is normally an underlying problem.
Some of the more common causes of the itching/hot spot cycle are:
Other causes for hot spots:
Hot spots typically occur on the head, hips, or chest area of affected dogs. These lesions are hot, moist, red, and inflamed from the dog’s repeated licking, chewing, and scratching. The skin in the area affected by the hot spot loses hair and grows very sensitive and painful to the touch. The spots may scab and produce pus or clear fluids, which can lead to matting of the surrounding hair and crusting. Since the trauma is self-induced, hot spots can grow very quickly in a short period of time if your dog is allowed to irritate the area.
As soon as you see your dog licking and developing a hot spot, call your vet immediately. I hope this helps because I know what it’s like to deal with a pet who has hot spots and skin problems. There are always the natural and herbal remedies out there fore those who choose to go the holistic route. I have wonderful and caring vets who really helped and that is why I still use Tide Free and Gentle detergent still to this day! Dr. P. of Ambridge Area Veterinarian Clinic recommended I wash all of Bear’s bedding in that and I never turned back. It is free of dyes, perfumes, chemicals, no coloring but still gets our clothes clean and white. As for your dogs plush toys, throw them in the laundry as well with their bedding. Every little bit helps!
"Jake and Maggie on their neighborhood watch". "Their morning ritual watching the kids get on the school bus"
"Maggie's sweet face...couldn't resist adding this" :-)
Anyone who has ever taken care of a diabetic pet, knows all to well all of the ups and downs it can bring to your life. It can be quite complex and time consuming. When our Bella lost her two buddies within a short period of time, she became depressed. I took her to the vet to have her looked at and to have her blood work checked. That's when we found out she was diabetic. I immediately got a notebook and started keeping track of each visit along with her insulin levels, urine acid levels, and daily shot schedule.
Here are 5 ways to prevent diabetic emergencies in pets:
Diet - Feed your pet two portion controlled meals each day. I chose to give Bella her food in the AM and PM and while she was eating, gave her shots to her. They were given at the exact same time every day to help eliminate fluctuation in sugar levels. What you feed your diabetic pet is as important as when and how much you feed him. Ideally, he should be eating a balanced, species-appropriate raw diet.
Exercise - Your diabetic dog or cat needs regular heart-thumping, muscle-toning exercise. 20 to 40 minutes of aerobic exercise several times a week in recommended.
Insulin Therapy - It's best to have one person designated to giving the shots to avoid double shots and upsetting the schedule. Keep a notebook of urine levels, food intake, insulin shots, and time. You can buy urine strips from your pet for testing the urine.
Beneficial Supplements - A few supplements that can help with glucose metabolism and control include R-lipoic acid (for dogs), cinnamon, L-carnitine, carnosine, green tea extract, fenugreek seed and banaba leaf. These supplements are potent blood sugar modulators that can dramatically reduce your pet’s insulin requirements. They should only be prescribed by your holistic vet, who will carefully monitor your pet’s glucose levels and insulin amounts. Additions such as ubiquinol, essential fatty acids (krill oil), vitamin E, C and B complex and bilberry have been shown to benefit most diabetic patients as well.
Avoid Unnecessary Vaccinations - There is a connection between autoimmune disorders and type II diabetes, especially in dogs. If your pet’s immune system attacks his pancreas, he can develop diabetes. One of the ways an animal’s immune system is over-stimulated is through vaccinations, especially repetitive yearly vaccinations. It is recommended that you find a holistic or integrative veterinarian and ask for antibody titers. Titers are tests that measure your pet’s functional antibody response to previous immunizations. The results of these tests will tell you whether re-vaccination is necessary, and for which specific diseases.
We took Bella's diagnosis very seriously but I have to admit, I did not know about or thought of asking about antibody titers. Bella passed of a heart attack when I left the house for only 15 minutes but I did everything I could to keep her comfortable and healthy. We spent a lot of money and many trips to the vet and we gave it our all in taking care of her. We were in Eureka, MO at the time and I still appreciate Dr. Griese and his staff for their time and attention they gave Bella.
"I can't believe how much Maggie looks like Bella". "This is Maggie at 5 months old".
"Bella at 7 months old"
Many of us don't think about creating a Will for ourselves and our families let alone one for our pets. And working with an attorney can be expensive. Many don't think about what happens once they pass and the living pet is now left without a home or anyone to take care of it. The way Thomas and I see it, is that our dogs are our children and they should be taken care of should anything happen to us while they are still living. It's a hard decision to make. You have to have faith and trust in the person who you chose as the care giver to give them the best life possible; one that they are accustomed to.
Here are some suggestions and options to think about when including your fur baby in your Will and Trust. I've recently been witness to a friend's passing and who had not included his two dogs in the Will nor did he have a Trust made for them. The family came in, split them up, and left one without a home. Don't let that happen to your pet.
Think about the life your pet has and how you want to keep your fur baby in the same type of life he is accustomed to. When talking to your attorney, here are a few things to think of as well:
In addition to providing the name and address of a trustee and successor trustee, a caregiver and successor caregiver (all of whom can be corporations and/or individuals) you will be asked to provide enough information to:
I hope this has helped you and gets you thinking about your pet's future and the necessary steps in caring for them.
"One thing is for sure that should anything happen to us, Jake would need a big couch with lots soft blankets to sleep on!"
Can dog's see ghosts? This topic interests me because I have always wondered if my dogs could see spirits. When I bought my first house, after only two weeks, I sensed I had a spirt of an older man. He would visit from time to time but it never bothered me nor did my dogs ever give me any indication they could see him. I even thought I might be overreacting considering my dogs were very good watch dogs always letting me know if I should be concerned about someone or something at the door or around the outside perimeter of the house. I lived in that house for 9 years always sensing when the older man would come to visit but Bear, Bella, and Lady never seemed to be phased by him. Maybe they say him, maybe they didn't???
So, after doing some research, the only answer I could find is that we just really don't know. Your pet's so-called sixth sense may simply be the result of his keen hearing, exceptional nose, and a dog's eye view on the world that allows him to sense small movements that escape our attention. The difference though is that dogs are more open to trusting what they feel and acting on those feelings accordingly, while most people’s minds analyze what’s going on and deny the possibility that auroras or spirits exist. A dog's senses are keener, and different, than ours: His eyes detect more delicate movements; his sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000 times more sensitive than a human's. He can hear much higher frequencies, and at four times the distance of a human with normal hearing. Dogs also have an amazing ability to detect tiny differences between frequencies. They can hear “the difference between the musical note C and another note that differs by one-eighth of the distance between that C note and C sharp.” That puts tone-deaf humans to shame.
At only a year and a half old, Jake and Maggie have become very good watch dogs. They are very sensitive to every little smell and movement outside. Time will tell if they sense if we have any ghosties in the house or not! Dogs can't speak to us but chances are that if your pet is standing in the corner barking at nothing, you might have a spirit or entity hanging around.
If you or your pet has ever sensed any spirits, I would love to hear the story. Write in and let me know!
"I taught Maggie to "blow kisses". She does it to everyone now! So cute!
As a follow-up to my last post "Is beer and wine toxic to dogs and cats?" see HERE, this is a post focusing on cats but can apply to any animal who has ingested alcohol and is suffering from alcohol poisoning.
What is Ethanol Toxicosis?
Exposure to ethanol, either orally or through the skin, is a common source of toxicity in household pets.
Ethanol poisoning in cats can occur as a result of exposure:
Symptoms and Types:
Symptoms will vary depending on the amount of ethanol ingested, and whether your cat's stomach was full or empty. The main symptom is a depressed central nervous system, which may develop 15 to 30 minutes after ingestion on an empty stomach, and up to two hours when ingested on a full stomach.
Other symptoms include:
Ethanol poisoning can occur from the ingestion of a variety of products. Fermented products such as:
Your veterinarian will be able to conclusively diagnose ethanol poisoning via:
I very much hope this, as well as my last post, has been informative for you. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask and always be aware of what you have laying around the house that your pet can get in to.
Photography by Thomas Domitrovich. Thank you to our model Maggie Domitrovich!
Is beer and wine toxic to dogs and cats? The answer is YES!
We may have all seen at one in point in our lives, whether in person or on video, of someone giving a dog alcohol. I have never seen it in person and I always try to stay positive in my blogging but I have to be honest, I came across a picture of a puppy being forced fed alcohol and it made me sick to my stomach.
You should NEVER give your dog or cat wine or beer and here are the reasons why! A dog's kidneys can't process alcohol and wine is made of grapes which are toxic to dogs.
But, can dogs drink beer — even if it’s in very small amounts? Absolutely not! Beer or alcohol doesn’t even have to be poured in a glass or a bowl for alcoholic or ethanol-based food or drink to pose a real threat to your dog’s health. Dogs have displayed symptoms of alcohol poisoning and ethanol toxicity from things as simple as a rum cake, and from having absorbed wine or other alcohol through their skin when it’s been spilled on a carpet or couch. Eating uncooked dough containing yeast is also sufficient to provoke symptoms of poisoning in dogs.
*Pet Poison Helpline - 24/7 ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER: (855) 764-7661*
Alcohol is poisonous to dogs, cats, horses, birds, and cows. Alcohol is also found in surprising places including unbaked yeast bread dough and desserts made with alcohol. When pets ingest rising bread dough, alcohol from the fermenting yeast in the dough is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and can result in alcohol poisoning.
Call the Animal Poison Control Center should you see any of these signs in an animal who has ingested alcohol.
Photography by Thomas Domitrovich and thank you to Jake Domitrovich for being our model :-).
I received a new blog suggestion yesterday which got me excited and interested in doing my research. One being that I’m helping a friend acclimate to owning a new dog and helping the dog acclimate to her new home and the other being just out of curiosity. So this topic works perfectly with what is going on in my life right now. I always turn on country music for Jake and Maggie when I leave the house but according to a new study published in the journal of Physiology and Behavior, dogs prefer the sounds of reggae or soft rock more than any other genre.
In an article from Reader’s Digest titled “The Most Soothing Music for Dogs Is NOT Classical” by Lauren Rearick, helping your dog relax starts with what music you are listening to. It turns out that reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behavior.
For the study, conducted by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), researchers with the University of Glasgow turned on six-hour playlists of five different genres of music for shelter dogs. During the duration of the study, the dogs heard classical, soft rock, reggae, pop and Motown. While the dogs were listening, researchers took note of their heart rate, cortisol levels and behaviors that measure stress levels, like barking or lying down.
Studies also show that animal shelters who play classical music for their shelter animals may be able to calm their dogs down having less barking, more relaxation but after only 7 days, the dogs became restless again. They became bored with the rhythm of the music and regressed back to showing signs of anxiety and upset.
So here I was thinking that Jake and Maggie would love country music but nope...If they could talk to each other, they would probably be rolling their eyes behind my back and say, here she goes again putting on that annoying country station! haa
"Look at this sweet face!". "I was trying to change the blankets on the bed but Maggie had other plans". "She wanted to take her nap". "No anxiety in this house; just two spoiled puppy dogs"
"Look at my two little partners in crime". "Jake and Maggie's favorite place to play...on the staircase"! "Love when they mess up my rugs...NOT". haa
I’ve recently been helping a friend with a situation involving a very sweet Portuguese Water Dog whose owner has passed away. She came as a pair with her brother but the family has split them up leaving this poor sweet girl to find a new home. She is now with my friend and suffering from anxiety. She’s been through a lot in a short period of time and although is now safe, warm, and fed, she is missing her owner and brother terribly. I called the dog's vet to see what we could do for her and she recommend giving her Benadryl. I was surprised to hear that Benadryl could help calm anxiety in dogs. I know every dog is different and may have a different reaction so I got online and did some research. There are several different ways to treat anxiety and nervousness in animals including homeopathic, Hemp based products, and herbal supplements.
Over the counter anxiety medication
Aromatherapy (see this post on Essential Oils For Dogs and Cats)
While talking to the vet, she also recommended training for the dog as anxiety is a behavioral issue. Lots of TLC is recommended and patience to allow your pet to work through their anxiety and to show them that there is nothing to fear. There are also calming collars, vests, and sprays that can be bought at any pet store. I'm sure Amazon and Chewy can be helpful resources as well. I know people who are against holistic treatments but whatever your belief is, take action in helping to treat your pet.
Did you know that Pittsburgh, PA has been ranked #7 as a foodie destination? I've been watching the transition over the years and the addition of many delicious restaurants which Thomas and I have had the pleasure of trying. Now that we have Jake and Maggie, I'm also searching for dining that will allow us to bring our two monsters! I just came across a site...BringFido at www.bringfido.com and was pleasantly surprised at how many restaurants in Pittsburgh that allow you to bring your pet. Not only can you find restaurants on this site but also hotels, activities, and more all be pup approved. All you have to do is type in your destination and hit the "FETCH" button.
BringFido, created over 12 years ago by founder and CEO, Melissa Halliburton, is the world's leading pet travel and lifestyle brand. Their website and mobile apps connect millions of pet owners around the globe with more than 250,000 pet friendly places. Planning a dog-friendly road trip is a breeze using BringFido's database of pup-approved restaurants, dog parks, hiking trails and shopping destinations. Pet parents can feel assured BringFido's directory of licensed veterinarians, sitters, and groomers is just a tap away.
Check out my last few posts on places to take your dog. Thomas and I have slowly started traveling with Jake and Maggie and are sharing our experiences with you as we go!
Fun with your fur baby in St. Louis
Historic Roscoe Village
Trips With Pets
The Woodbury Cabin and Pond
"Can you tell I'm obsessed with these sweet faces!!!!"
We have a wonderful groomer in Eureka, MO that we take Jake and Maggie to for their bath and toenail trim. They leave smelling good and always have a fun bandana tied around their neck. But...it's bit of a different story here in WV. We went from showing up at one location three different times to find the groomer was always late. We left one groomer because it was absolutely filthy. But the best was when we found a nice location with friendly service only to return to pick up the dogs and be told they defecated in her salon. She handed us a tied shopping bag with the feces and said..."You can get rid of it". Well, ok then!! We decided to make use of our doggie bathtub and bath the pups ourselves.
I like when a groomer is thorough and I always welcome their feedback on the dogs behavior as well. Some are more blunt than others. I've been told that my dog had cancer by another and I've received the look of judgement a few times or so. I once had a dog thrown to her side and muzzled by a vet who was cutting her nails solely based on the fact that she was part pit/rottie mix. Her behavior did not call for this type of treatment and she was traumatized by the experienced so badly that it took a very long time for her to settle down while cutting her nails. This prompted me to research what groomers are really trying to say because our pet's grooming can be a reflection of us but it was the last time I ever allowed that to happen.
"Jake is watching a groundhog scamper around the yard". "He sat like this for several minutes"
"This is Maggie's 'I'm tired" look". "She is telling me that she wants to go 'sleepy night night'"
"Maggie taking a break from playing frisbee"
I am a big fan of Chewy.com and found this article written back in 2016 talking about the 8 things your dog groomer is trying to tell you. It was written by Caitlin Ultimo, a writer & editor who has been published on PetMD. Her work specializes in pet, family & beauty writing.
1. What your groomer says: “Your dog wins Mr. Personality!”
Translation: Your dog is not the biggest fan of being groomed.
2. What your groomer says: “She was very talkative.”
Translation: Your dog made sure that her bark was heard loud and clear.
3. What your groomer says: “Do you want to have his nails clipped?”
Translation: You should probably get your dog’s nails clipped.
4. What your groomer says: “It’s going to be on the short side.”
Translation: Your pet’s fur is very matted, so it all has to go.
5. What your groomer says: “Come in for a free brush-out and lesson.”
Translation: You’re brushing skills could use some work.
6. What your groomer says: “He is clean and happy, but you might want to make a call to your vet.”
Translation: We may have found a tick or fleas, or it looks like he may have an ear infection or other injury.
7. What your groomer says: “She’s not a bad dog, but …”
Translation: We may have had to muzzle her.
8. What your groomer says: “Regular grooming appointments are a good idea.”
Translation: We may notice something that you don’t.
It's wonderful to hear your pet was a good boy or a good girl and it's important to ask your groomer questions. They might not always come out a say what they really mean.
It would be interesting to hear what your experiences have been. Have you ever been asked a question and wondered, what did that mean? The same goes for people. I was once asked at a nail salon if I wanted my eye brows done. I was getting a manicure so...no! LOL
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