Mufasa, a Bernese Mountain Dog owned by Kristen and Robin Greenwood of Bel Air, Maryland who won Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2014, is as an ambassador to his breed, purebred dogs and the American Kennel Club. This Bernese Mountain Dog greets visitors to his owners’ dog wash business […]
Question: My dog is always looking for something to eat on the floor and sometimes is not even a food. Now he’s start to eat his own poop. Should I give him some of those super foods to test if he has some nutritious deficiency?
I’m already teaching him to not do those things but he continuous. He just eats dog food twice a day. He’s highly active although I don’t have too much space. He’s 2 years old and is a fox mix.
Answer: Thank you for writing in. It is possible for dogs to have nutritional deficiencies or underlying medical conditions leading to ingestion of food, feces and non-food items (often called pica). It is very reasonable to get your dog checked out by your vet. This is especially true if he is thin or having issues with diarrhea or vomiting also.
Also, dogs who pick up things from the ground are also more likely to have issues with intestinal parasites, so this should be checked out. However, many of these types of food and non-food seeking behaviors are not related to an underlying medical condition.
It is more commonly a compulsive behavior with an oral fixation issue. I would recommend you speak to your veterinarian about some training tools for your dog specifically. Here is an article about poop-eating that may help: Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?
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Frankie Wishes all L’shanah tovah
Wondering what your Jewish Pet Parents are celebrating? Here is a Rosh Hashanah “cheat sheet” written by Wendy Thomas Russell on PBS Newshour.
Holiday: Rosh Hashanah
Religion represented: Judaism
Date: The 1st and 2nd of the month of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar. In 2015, the holiday starts at sunset Sept. 13 and ends at nightfall Sept. 15.
What it is: The Jewish New Year
Not to be confused with: Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days later.
How important is it?: I asked my friend and former editor Jason Gewirtz. Here’s what he said: “Rosh Hashanah is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur the next week is only slightly bigger. [On a scale of 1 to 10], I’d say Rosh Hashanah is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur a 10. There’s nothing bigger than the two of them. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year… It’s said that on Rosh Hashanah, you’ll either be written in or out of the Book of Life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”
The good stuff: Foodwise, this holiday is associated with apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), as well as pomegranates and challah (braided bread). Also, in lieu of stupid hats and tasseled squawkers, celebrants sport the traditional yarmulke and blow a cool-looking horn called a shofar.
Conveying meaning to kids: At dinner [a few years ago], I explained to my daughter that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflecting on your life and challenging yourself to become a better human being. I served apples and pomegranates and asked Maxine to come up with one way that she might improve. Coincidentally, she had been reprimanded for “being silly” in her kindergarten class that morning, so her idea of self-improvement was to better follow her teacher’s instructions. I said my own resolution would be to spend less time looking at my phone. (Then on Yom Kippur, we checked in with each other about how well we did. The results? Well, a bit meh on both accounts. Luckily, we’re not religious…) As for children’s books, I recommend “Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays” by Judi Gross and Bari Weissman.” Read full story
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I’d forgotten how much time a puppy takes up. Thank goodness for Lacey – she keeps him entertained for most of his waking hours. He’s had 2 sets of shots so we’ve started leash walks around the neighbourhood. We are having some trouble with traffic noises but he recovers very quickly so hopefully he’ll figure it out. He isn’t noise sensitive to anything else that I’ve discovered.
He’s happy to meet people and other dogs. He’s come to daycare for a few hours and did great. He was more reserved than I expected but he was pretty happy the whole time. He likes to sit back and watch the action before getting involved.
He is very polite and will patiently sit and wait for cookies and is also very polite with other dogs. I guess growing up with two crabby dogs has some benefits. :)
Anyway, here is a summary of a month’s worth of photos. He’s changing so fast!
Or maybe I should say, scared of cats! Enjoy your weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
Are you in the Dallas area? If so, please make plans to come to to the Tuesday Morning Happier Holidays event at the Farmers Branch store. You’ll have a chance to save $ 10 off your $ 50 purchase…
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I’ve spent a lot of time the past few weeks thinking about gratitude, and what it means to me. I was worried that this, the first holiday season without the person who defines it for me, would be horrible and that I would have no interest in celebrating anything. Which is a valid response for sure, but I was hoping I could dredge up enough energy to participate for my kids’ sake.
And then a funny thing happened. I totally was into the whole gratitude thing.
Although my life has had its ups and downs, I would say I’ve been pretty darn lucky, and I’m the first to admit that. This is the first year I’ve had what I consider a truly devastating event, and even that- well, this is part of the human condition. Love and loss, one of the great lessons we learn as humans, one of the great moments for which pets prepare us.
I am grateful for that. I am grateful that my work prepared me for life to the point which I could address loss head on. Sorrow? Yes. Regret? Nope.
I never could have imagined when I started this little blog so many years ago that the people who would show up have turned out to be the most amazing group I have ever met. You have supported me through low points and high (many of which you never even heard about, but trust me, they were there), given me love and encouraged me to fulfill a lifelong dream, allowed me to walk into that bookstore and see my name on a shelf.
I am grateful for readers who, despite a world full of cynics and narcissists, recognize that we are all on the same side. Even when we don’t always agree on the finer points, we all know that hey, we all love animals and do our best in the best way we know how.
Do you realize how amazing that is? How many people spend their lives in anger, drumming up fury over things just because they need something to fill their lives?
We don’t need to do that, because we have all we need. And that frees us up to experience life in all its beauty, pain, and love. Your support and encouragement has in turn given me even more compassion for the people I meet every day, and that is such a gift.
This is the lesson our pets give us every day, and we carry it with us out of our homes and into our interactions with everyone around us.
It is a beautiful thing.
And I am thankful.
I could have used this kind of help when my kids were little. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!