December 18, 2007

Traveling With Your Dog

When we first adopted our dog, she was still less than a year old, we had a really hard time bringing her on our trips because she ended up vomiting during the car rides. It was never pleasant cleaning up messy pukes in a fabric material car seats, nor was dealing with the puke smell for the rest of our trip, and nor was the thought how bad the doggy must be feeling inside, probably feeling so sick!

But few years have gone by and our doggy started becoming more like a traveler. She enjoys car rides and traveling with us nowadays. It was not an instant change though. Instead of shocking our dog with long trips like we did in the very beginning, we decided to gradually bring her to shorter trips like going to the post office, or a short ride to the nearest grocery store, just so she get accustomed to the car environment at first and she get adjusted to it. We decided to gave her short but gradual travel training. We also try to avoid feeding her plenty of food and water before the trip. Just before a trip, if we needed to feed our dog, we usually just give her little portions of food, just so she will not starve and not too much food, so that she will be so full, she is more likely to vomit during the trip.

So if you have the same problems (puking and vomiting) with your dog during travels, try to practice your dog in shorter trips first. More preferably not more than 30 minutes drive, so that she will get use to the car environment, having an idea of bumpy and unstable position of being a car passenger and she will know how to react in those scenarios. Also try controlling the amounts of food that you feed your dog before each trip and during the trip. And for longer trips, try to make rest stops in between to relax and unwind the dogs stamina and stress during car rides.

December 16, 2007

Familiar and Non Familiar Smells

It is amazing how our dogs can tell which item or thing inside and outside our house is new and which one is old and been there. Everytime we buy something, our dogs will automatically investigate and check out that particular item, and once its around 2-3 days old, they get familiar with it and started to walk or run pass them.

Just like when we put up of outdoor Christmas decors every year, everytime the decors are setup outside already, they would start barking on it for around 2-3 days when they see it, smell it and walk around it, and once they know its there, harmless and non-threatening and they get accustomed to seeing the outdoor decors, then they stopped barking at it.

This just prove that dogs can remember things, they may not have complicated brains like humans, but they are so good at remembering the things around them.

December 15, 2007

Holiday Greetings

Advance Holiday Greetings to ALL
From Our Family To Yours

December 8, 2007

Special Occassions Call For Special Treats

Our dogs have special place in our hearts, as a family member, as bestfriend, and as a unfailing companion everyday. So it is more fitting that we think of something special to give or something special to do for the doggies during special occassions like birthdays and christmas times. Our dogs are unconditionally there for you, loving you, giving you company and friendship, they surely deserve to receive something nice and get special treatmeant in return, even if they dont really demand it from you!

Dogs may never know if it is his/her birthday, or it is christmas time, but she could definitely enjoy an extra attention from you during these days. You can choose to write her/him a greeting cards, but unfortunately she/he cant read it, so he/she ended up not being able to enjoy it. As an alternative, you can wrap her/him some nice dog treats that you can buy in pet stores or give her some extra special treats like homemade and home-baked cookies, scrambled egg, or fried bacon. And if budget permits, some real cooked beefs to add flavor to their regular foods. Or as simple as taking an extra time to play with her/him on his/her special day, that would probably be the best thing that you can offer to your dog, a time with her/him.

They might not be able to say the words Thank You, but you can definitely tell by their excitement, they wagging tail and their ear to ear smiles. They are there specially for you, treat them to something specials, would surely do good for them, no harms.

November 28, 2007

Lessons we can learn from our dogs

Unconditional Love. Most dogs are famous for its unconditional love, no matter how bad we look and how unpleasant the wind messed up your hair when you come home one day, to our dogs, those things doesnt really matter at all, as long as you are there, thats all that matters and they will give you the love!

Forgive and Forget. When you have multiple dogs, sometimes they could possibly fight over foods and toys. But what is so amazing about dogs is that one minute they fight and the next minute they play and kiss each other again, as if they didnt have a deadly fight a minute prior. I dont know if its a dogs nature that they forget right away, but it is definitely something that humans can learn, forgive then forget then live life like it never happen.

Do Your Job and Be Happy. Many times people are busy with works, activities, and life that they forget to take a deep breath, relax and be happy. Sometimes we give our dogs a routinary life as well like their food time, potty time, play time, bed time, and they usually dont complain, they just do as they are told but then somehow dogs manage to give us kisses, take the oppurtunity to run and play whenever they can without being told at all.

Learn New Things. Most dogs, when they are trained, they learn new tricks. The more you teach them, the more skills and tricks they can perform. Humans are the same way, if they study and be willing, they can defintily learn, advance and develop new talents and skills as well. Humans should never limit themselves to what they can or cannot do, the more you practice the better you become at it.

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November 24, 2007

Is adopting a dog right for you?

There is fun, joy and happiness in adopting a puppy but before you do, please evaluate your present situation if having a puppy is right for you or not. Having a puppy requires great responsibility and attention, so be sure to fully evaluate yourself if having a puppy is what you need:

Study your living environment. Do you live in a space constraint condo or hotel or a house? A house with a fenced yard might be the best place to a furry friend, condo and hotel will also be a great home for your dog if you can provide him a comfortable place for him to sleep, play and roam around. Like humans, dog have personal neccessities, so make sure that there are places where your dog can legally pee and poo. Most cities have rules and regulations about dogs, so make sure to do some research first.

Having a dog, or puppy requires your financial budget. To properly take care of having a dog, you will have the responsibility of providing the dog his food, shelter, heartworm pills, treats, visit with the veterinary clinics, and more. Do you have extra money to accomodate a dog needs that requires a portion of your monthly income?

Do you have time to take care, play and train your dog? Are you always at home or are you a busy professional that is always out and go home late at night? Because your dog will need your time to play and will need your attention and love. If you are busy and hardly have time to be able to play with your dogs, it would not be a healthy lifestyle for your dog to be alone, lock-up all day in the room while you go to work on the day, party all night, and just spend sleeping time with the dog. Dogs will require time go outside and play, run and walk. So if you think you cannot give your time for these activities, having a puppy or a dog might not be what you need.

There are several breeds of dogs available. Evaluate your reason for having a dog. Do you plan to tag along your dogs in all your travels? You might consider having smaller type of dog because it would be easier to carry them all over. Do you plan to have a puppy to be a guard dog later on? You might consider adopting dogs with strong, intimadating, and tough personalities like german dogs. Do you want puppy or dog as playmate for your kid(s)? Try more playful and not so aggressive, not known as fighting breed dogs. Knowing your reason why you want a dog, will liekly help you determine which breed of dog you want to adopt.

After all the evaluations above, and you think you are ready to adopt a dog, then be ready to recieve unconditional love!

All Rights Reserved. Written by JAZEVOX
Note: This article was first published in my original blog, HonestlyFRESH.

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November 20, 2007

Finding the best kennel for your dog

For most people, dogs are important part of the family. If you cannot bring them along with you on your trips, it matters to you that your dog will be comfortable, happy and well-attended to while you are gone. These things can be achieve by having the right kennel for your dog.

Here are some tips to make sure that your dog will be in great hands while you are away:

Great kennels will not hesitate to show you around their facilities. They will show around and show you where your furry friend will be sleeping at night.
Great kennels maintain clean environment and office. Cleanliness does matters for the health and the comfort of your dog.

Great kennels always ask the pet owner the preference of the dogs eating habit because not all pets are created equal and kennel personnel should be concern about your dogs eating habit and preferences. It is important that your dog will eat properly while you are gone, and the kennel owners should be asking you this questions so that they can prepare the proper food for your dog.

Great kennels should allow you to provide your dog toys if you want to do that. And you should be allowed to provide your bed for your dog, if you want to do that.

Great kennels should be able to line up the daily activities of your dog and let you know these activities before you leave so that you will feel comfortable and relax that your pet is gonna be okey and will be in great hand while you are gone. A kennel personnel should be able to provide atleast half an hour running or walking time outside with each boarding dog daily. Better, atleast half an hour in the morning and atleast half an hour in the afternoon walking time, to maintain good health and exercise your dog.

Great kennels should have a temperature controlled room for all the dogs specially at night where they sleep. You dont want your furry friend to be sleeping in the cold cement room without heater specially during the winter or fall season where the temperature could easily drop in the night.

The more extra great service they can provide for your dogs during their stay will be great additions to make them as comfortable and at home as possibly.

NOTE: This blog post was first published in my first blog HonestlyFRESH.

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November 19, 2007

Dogs that attack

Dogs that attack humans have a very strong possibility of being mistreated, improperly trained by their owners or by people around them. Dogs are known to be mans bestfriend, so if certain dog attack human being, chances are there are a traceable cause of his undesirable behaviour. Although, dogs attacking humans are very unfortunate encounter and contradicts widely of the phrase that dogs are mans bestfriend, it would be best to give the dog a second chance in life by turning him over a professional trainer. If you own the dog that attacked a human, dont take chances, turn him over to a professional trainer right away and see if there are still ways that such dog will change behaviour. If you dont know how to professionally handle these severe dog behaviour, trust your instint and let the professional do their job. Like humans, dog can change, they can learn with proper training and proper treatment. Originally, in life, to err is human to forgive is divine. Just as we give second chances to people who hurt us, its fitting that we should give dogs that attack humans second chances. I would not recommend doing the second chance training yourself, specially that you are not trained to handle such severe cases because it might do more damage than good, so it is best to let the professionals do it. Professionals dog trainer after thorough training and observation, they will most likely be able to determine whether an attacking dog is treatable or not, so putting down an attacking dog is more like a case to case basis in each attacking dog if such dog should be put down or not, depends on his chances to change or not change for the better.

What about you? What do you think should be the RIGHT and FAIR thing to do for dogs that attack humans?

Note: This article was first published in blog DolphinState, now called HonestlyFRESH.

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November 18, 2007

First post, cheers to our pups (Part 2)

Her name is COCO, the darling senior female dog who have strong passion for traveling, and love to love humans. She was originally the one and special best friend and companion of my hubby's mommy (Mom Barb), and now we do our very best to treat her with the same love and attention that she used to get day in and day out.

Coco is in her senior years so we try to feed her with softer food to make it easier on her broken teeth. She is very selective with the foods that she ate, and prefers moist and tender alternatives. To balance her nutrition, we still give her some hard kibbles but with mixed-in softer flavors to encourage her to it.

She is totally affectionate with humans, but she does not work very well with other dogs which is not the best since we also have another dog in the family named KATIE (see another article to know more about Katie). She is super energetic specially when she is outdoors running around in the yard without a lease.

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First post, cheers to our pups (Part 1)

Meet KATIE, she is our baby girl! She is a mixed-breed, half Ridgeback and half Sharpie. But physically, i should say that she is defintely 90 percent Ridgeback basing on her short brown shinny coat, big lean musculine body and visible dark stripe in the back bone. Her face got wrinkly at times which definitely a Sharp Hay signs in her veins! She is an important part of our family, she is definitely adorable. Very protective, very thoughtful, so sweet and loving.

We named her KATIE because my hubby have this sense of humor and been wanting to call a dog Katie because it rhymes with the word KITTY, and when he will call Katie, our dog, people may hear the word KITTY and started thinking that he is calling a little cat, and then here comes a big brown dog running towards him when she hears her name Katie being called! It is kind of funny and cute, so her name is officially Katie now.

We got her from the local dog pound. She was surrended by a local family in our area who owns tons of dogs and it was a blessing in disguise that they get rid of her because she become a valuable addition to ours! She was just a little puppy when we got her, quite skinny and silent, but now my gosh, she just loves to chow, and chow and chow. Eating is definitely her favorite thing to do, on top of everything else. She hardly had any problems with different types of foods, dry, soft, moist, chewy, etc.

Here is a video of KATIE, hope you LIKE it... feel free to share this video if you want

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