We went out to Fort Macleod this weekend for a walk. It is one of my favourite places – there are actually shrubs and trees there. :) The girls have tonnes of stuff to sniff (some times too much – Lacey is often bringing us back delightful gifts) and it’s just nice to have a change of scenery every now and then. :)
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When choosing dog toys you’ll want to buy toys that will keep your pet happy and entertained. You can also buy toys that are good for your dog’s gums. When choosing toys be sure they’re safe and durable.
Stuffed toys are not safe and you may want to avoid buying them. Dogs will chew on their toys and if the toy has stuffing, a dog can accidentally swallow some of it and choke if it gets stuck in the respiratory tract.
The materials used to stuff pet toys often are not safe. The stuffing may be made of toxic materials that endanger a dog’s health, even if not swallowed, and some stuffing can cause allergic reactions on a dog’s skin.
Toys should also be larger than your dog can swallow so it doesn’t choke on them. If you choose toys larger than a tennis ball, the dog won’t be able to swallow them. Always choose the correct size of toy for your pet.
Make sure your dog’s toys have a smooth texture that isn’t too rough for your dog’s teeth or jaws. A toy that is too rough can cause fractures. Rubber toys are usually the safest as your dog won’t be able to break the toy into pieces it might swallow which can lead to choking.
You may want to try chew toys that help eliminate plaque by scraping it off the dog’s teeth. This helps prevent the buildup of tartar and calculus.
When choosing dog toys for your pet you should choose toys that will appeal to your dog in order to prevent it from becoming bored with its toys.
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It has been a Spring of sadness and loss in my world – my older rescued Weimaraner, Scooby Doo, gave up the ghost himself, soon after I lost my youngest Weimaraner, Teddy, to a fast and brutal death from cancer. It was heart breaking for me to witness the older dog’s broken heart from the loss of his younger adopted brother – yet it was also uplifting as a reminder of the depth of feelings that our dogs can have, not just for us, but for each other.
During Teddy’s hospitalization and after he failed to return home, Scooby Doo became lethargic and stopped eating or drinking. At first I thought it was a medical emergency and rushed him to the vet for ultrasounds, blood tests and I.V. fluids. This medical intervention made him extremely nervous and agitated, which I realize in hindsight was because I had misinterpreted his profound depression as a medical problem, when what Scooby actually was suffering from was a broken heart.
Whichever room they were in, Scooby Doo and Teddy had never failed to lie down on the same bed together, curled or spread out in parallel positions, always touching. Our other older dog Jazzy, a Collie mix, is an aloof gal who likes her own space and couldn’t offer any comfort to her lifetime boyfriend. Scooby Doo was devastated with loneliness, and continued on “a hunger strike,” which was so out of character for the Fastest Eater in the West that I knew I had to find a way to give him a reason to live again.
I decided to bring a new breath of life into the household when I learned that the Mid-Atlantic Weimaraner rescue in Virginia Beach had a nine-month-old Blue Weimaraner female, Maisie, who had been turned in for adoption. Maisie’s situation reminded me of adopting Scooby Doo, turned in by his owners as a 6 month old pup, and adopted by me the day he came into the Southampton shelter over twelve years before.
My sister and I had driven down from Vermont to Virginia to pick up the beautiful young lady, and Maisie came home filled with exuberance. She tried her best to rouse Scooby Doo from his depression; for a brief period it seemed as though he might have revived emotionally. However, within a couple of weeks it was clear that having lost Teddy, Scooby had thrown in the towel and decided to follow his little brother over that Rainbow Bridge. On a Friday night – exactly five weeks to the day when Teddy’s illness had declined past the point of salvation – Scooby got “that look” in eyes saying it was over, it was “time.”
I reached the vet early the next morning and she offered to come over and ease Scooby Doo out of his mortal suffering. It was a chilly morning in early April and we had lit a fire in the wood stove; Scooby managed to get up from a bed he had been on all night and stretch out on the bed in front of the toasty fire. He did not raise his head or open his eyes again.
It was almost the same time on a Saturday morning when my sister and I had driven to the specialty hospital where Teddy’s suffering had overwhelmed his ability to fight against his illness and we held his paws and each others’ hands while putting him out of his misery. Scooby Doo was the opposite: no apparent physical suffering (despite not having eaten or drunk in a full day) but with the loss of the will to live. He looked peaceful, resigned and patient, waiting for his chariot to take him across the Rainbow Bridge.
As we waited for the vet to arrive, I debated whether it would disturb him if I were to get down on the floor with him, worried that expressing my sorrow might interfere with his peaceful resignation to leave this world. As I was wondering how to be of comfort – and considering if I should sit down next to him and put his head in my lap, the exuberant young puppy came bounding into the room. Fearing that she would disrupt Scooby’s peaceful state of near-unconsciousness, I caught Maisie. I was about to banish her from the room when she stopped in her tracks. She regarded Scooby Doo thoughtfully, taking in the scene.
Before I could do anything, she quietly slipped down next to him on the adjoining dog bed. Ever-so-gently, she lay her young head right on top of his – like a laying on of hands. She lay there in utter stillness for quite some time, then shifted her head so that it lay across his neck in a protective, loving position. Then she stretched out her neck and fit it against him in an embrace of sorts. She had not known him more than a couple of weeks, but even as a young newcomer to the family she recognized what was going on.
She had an instinct about how to keep Scooby Doo company until he was freed from his suffering. He accepted what she had to offer. Both Scooby’s love for Teddy, and Maisie’s respect and affection for Scooby, left me breathless. Their deep attachment and elegant, instinctive compassion were luminous examples of pure love. As sad as I was, it heartened me to experience this surreal and awe-inspiring interchange.
Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.
I just made 1 Hour of Beach Parade http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USujdxhoKAE.
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This is how Coulee waits for me on a trail.
This is how Lacey waits for me on a trail.
Can you see why Coulee tends to get more photos taken of her?
Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey
Yikes. A month. I think that is the longest I’ve gone without blogging. I’m not going to try and catch up as that isn’t motivating at all. I will tell you about the conference I went to last week though.
Lorelei and I went to the PPOC Conference in Winnipeg. It was good. Really good. We went out a day early and took a session offered by Chris Morris on using speed lights. This was the session I was most looking forward to as it was mainly about using lights in “sporty” situations – which means they couldn’t be big or bulky or too heavy. He started from the basics and worked his way up. Turns out I was missing a key piece of information to get my borrowed lights to work properly and basically everything I’ve done to this point has been a fluke. Ha! So that was nice to clear up and then to learn more on top of it.
I’d say my second favourite session was a surprise. It was a talk by Deasy Photography. They have a very interesting way of doing business and it was definitely food for thought for most of the people in the session. I might eventually try and incorporate some of their practices.
There was also a great session on website content by Jenika at Psychology for Photographers. I’ll be making some changes for sure to my website. In fact it might get a complete overhaul. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve done much with it.
I also had a portfolio review done by Paul Wright. It was good – he was complimentary, had some advice and gave me some things to think about in terms of my future direction.
The PPOC is an interesting organization. I’ve never seen so many members so enthusiastic about their membership. It was great to see but I’m still not sold. We’ll see. I might change my mind in the future. Lorelei has signed up and I’ll definitely be asking her how she feels about it after a few months.
And in the spirit of always learning, I bought a used large black cloth backdrop right before we left. I finally had time to try it out this weekend. I LOVE it. It’s huge so the dogs can move around and it is so big they don’t need to be squished up against the back of it. We had some fun taking some “serious” photos for a change. Chewy was my assistant and helped to turn Lacey’s head for me.
Ellen has some more ridiculous police reports. This time the reports are about a deliveryman and suspicious coins. Watch the segment right here!
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Should I feed my dog wet or dry food is a common question that customers often ask us. But there is no one right answer because both wet and dry dog food have their own unique qualities that are beneficial to dogs. A dry dog food does help remove plaque and tartar from a dog’s teeth. It is also less expensive than canned food. Canned dog food however, contains less fillers and preservatives than dry dog foods.
Most canned dog foods also contain a higher grade of nutrients and are higher in protein than dry food. Wet foods taste great to dogs, which means they will eat every speck of food you put in their feeding dish.
The main benefit to feeding your dog a dry food diet is that it is beneficial for its dental health. Eating dry food kibble helps strengthen a dog’s jaw muscles in addition to removing some, but not all, of the plaque and tartar from a pet’s teeth. Wet food does not provide the abrasive action that helps clean the teeth.
But what if you have a new puppy? Should you be feeding it wet food or dry food? One of the most important responsibilities of raising a puppy is to provide the best quality dog food that will supply all the nutrients needed for the puppy’s growth and maintenance. Growing puppies need more protein than adult dogs to support their growing muscles and organs.
A visit to a supermarket or pet store to buy dog food can become a troubling ordeal if you’re not sure which brand to buy. There is such a wide array of commercial dog foods available, most of which are supported with heavy advertising to convince a dog owner that one particular brand is far better than any of the other competing brands. Then when you finally decide on the brand, you’re confronted with the choice of dry or canned.
So, we’re back to the question, “Which is better, dry dog food or canned?”
It really depends on your dog, your preferences, and probably your budget. Dry dog food costs less per serving than canned foods and its nutrients are more concentrated, meaning you’ll be feeding your dog a smaller quantity of food to satisfy its hunger and provide all the protein, vitamins and minerals it needs.
Although price may be one of your main considerations, the nutritional content and the ingredients are equally important factors. The top rated dog foods use grain-free formulas that contain only high-quality ingredients with no added artificial ingredients. Carefully read the labels of all the dog foods you’re considering. Fillers, by-products and common allergenic ingredients like corn, wheat, or soy are never present in a high quality dog food. Dogs have a difficult time digesting corn, and “meat-by products” are always inferior sources of protein. The bottom line is you need to choose the best food for your dog, not by price or the most advertised brand, but by what your dog needs to stay healthy and happy.
It’s not easy to give you a definitive answer on whether to feed your dog dry food or wet food, primarily because so many of the studies published on dog food are sponsored in part by manufacturers of either wet food or dry food. Unfortunately, veterinarians and animal experts have also come to a general agreement that there is no agreement.
As for me, I believe that the best thing I can do for my faithful companion is to consider his diet just as important as mine and strive to keep both of us healthy.
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Okay, so it’s only the 3rd of July. But I’m officially sending my Independence Day greetings today, because tomorrow, the actual 4th, is Friday – which means three day weekend! Woohoo! Whether you’ll be celebrating America here in the states, or just enjoying the wonders of summer (or winter for those of you in the southern hemisphere), I hope your weekend is full of friends, food, sunshine, music, and whatever else you enjoy most. Robbie will be working (the band has two shows in Colorado), and Essley and I will be celebrating locally with family and friends. I wish we could all be together, but it will still be fun, and I can’t wait to see Essley’s reaction to her first 4th of July.
Real quick-like before I go, the winner of the YoolaDesign Cuff Kit Giveaway, as chosen by random.org, is:
Congrats Rachel! Please email me at bubbyandbean AT gmail.com with your mailing address so we can get you your prize! And thanks again to YoolaDesign for giving Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win one of her gorgeous kits.
See you Monday, friends.
P.S. You can download our free printable to make a last-minute ‘Happy 4th’ banner right here. And does anyone know the official source of the top image from this post? I found it on Pinterest and fell in love, but would like to properly credit!