{Black & White Sunday} Meeting Duncan Lou Who!

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to meet the famous Duncan Lou Who (DLW) of Panda Paws Rescue while he was down at the Portland Saturday Market with his family. Duncan is a young male boxer who was born with four legs, but the back two were fused into nearly a pretzel like shape. His best chance for a happy life was to have them removed, and that’s just what his caretakers Amanda & Gary of Panda Paws Rescue decided to do.

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They’ve tried to have Duncan use several different wheelchairs and he despises them, so instead he runs free as he wants to be <3 He’s sweet, and gentle and so silly with the perfect pout and I absolutely felt honored to meet him.  Please be sure to click through on the first link mentioning Panda Paws Rescue, they have an incredible collection of videos on their youtube page, and you can easily donate if you feel so inclined.

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Image credit: First image taken by Gary Walter of PPR on my iPhone, 2nd image taken by Gary Walters for PPR facebook.



Busy Little Bee

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We’re perhaps a touch early on this, but Scooter’s got a potential Halloween costume idea!

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He received this adorable custom bee sweater to review as part of our work with PetParent. It’s so cute and comfy for him that it will definitely be part of the consideration this year! Isn’t he an adorable little busy-bee?

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The package came to us from Bulgaria, and it was fun for us to receive an international package- Scooter posed with the envelope ;) See our full thoughts on the custom bee sweater here.

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Do you dress your pets up for Halloween or any other occasion?


5 Tips for Going to the Beach with Dogs

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How many of you have had the opportunity to visit the beach with your dogs? 

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We never had until we moved to Oregon. Since relocating here, we’ve visited the coast several times, always with the dogs in tow. Oregon is known for it’s many dog friendly beaches, many of which are also off-leash-something our boys love! We’ve learned a lot with just a few trips under our belts, so today I’m sharing my tips for going to the beach with dogs!

1. Pack right: Make sure you have leashes, pick up bags, a few treats, and your dogs favorite toy at all times.

2. Give your pet time to adjust: Especially on a first visit, the beach and all that entails (wind, water, blowing sand, so many new smells, strangers everywhere, etc.) can be a bit overwhelming. Stick to the outskirts and let your pup relax and take it all in before moving on. The few minutes of patience will really pay off in the long run.

 

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 3. Be prepared for a little extra clean up: I’ll be honest, I live with a pomeranian, so I’m almost always prepared for a little extra clean up! We try to keep a few extra towels and our soggy doggy towel in the car to make for an easy clean up after we’ve had our fill of sun & sand.

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4. Keep them leashed when appropriate: The Oregon coast varies between sand and rocky coast lines. When we’re on a sandy beach, we’re much more free with the dogs being off leash than we are on the rocky coastline. It’s so much easier to slip, get stuck in a tide pool, and just has a lot more hazards in general.

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5. Bring your own water: Just as it’s not good for us, drinking sea water isn’t good for your dog either. He runs the risk of vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydrating if he consumes too much sea water, so pack your own, and offer it often and freely to your pup. We have two dog friendly water bottles and a collapsible water bowl that we always travel with. For long trips, we buy a gallon of water to keep in the car to have on hand for the boys- we’d rather have extra than not enough!

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We practices these 5 simple steps each time we take our boys to the beach and we’ve always had a great time!

If your dogs’ been to a beach before- did they enjoy themselves? If they’ve never been- do you think the beach experience is one your pup would enjoy? 

These photos were taken at Rockaway Beach, OR (sandy beach photos) & Yachats, OR (rocky coastline photos)



{Black and White Sunday} Big Drinker

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Scooter may be little, but he can sure drink a lot of water if we’re outside and it’s warm out! We’ve been using this Dog Is Good dog water bottle lately, and absolutely love it!

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The top comes off for easy cleaning, and can be flipped upside down to create a bowl as you see in our photo. The bottle also has a ball bearing system that is similar to a hamsters waterer for the bigger dogs to drink from. You can see our full review of this dog water bottle here.