We think it’s fairly accurate…but dachshund? Still cracks us up!
We think it’s fairly accurate…but dachshund? Still cracks us up!
I gave both our boys a bath yesterday which got me thinking about how dogs sure have a wide range of reactions to their bathing and grooming sessions.
Take Bear for instance. He’s always been mostly happy to have a bath, and LOVES rolling on his towel and the carpets afterward. Now that we’ve adjusted our routine to keep things easy on him in his old age, we’re continuing to do well.
He loves getting his teeth brushed, and adored our beef flavored toothpaste. I do a gentle brushing with that, and follow up with a softer brush like this one and a spritz of doggie breath spray.
Bear also doesn’t mind me clipping his nails, and likes having his ears cleaned. He’s a very patient boy!
And then there’s Scooter.
The opposite of his big brother in every way.
Scooter hates baths (although swimming is fine!), but he likes being towel dried and rubbing on and biting his towel afterwards. He’s tough you know.
He HATES being brushed, having his nails clipped, hair trimmed, teeth brushed, or ears cleaned. Fun stuff for me
Considering he’s only 5lbs, there is only so much he can do to resist me. BUT he’s also tiny (brushing little dog teeth is about the hardest thing ever! If you don’t agree with me- tell me your solution in the comments please!) which presents it’s own set of complications. For instance, I cannot straddle him or restrain him with my legs in any manner as I would with a larger dog giving me problems.
How do your dogs feel about bathtime or any particular parts of their grooming routine?
These silly dog-butt magnets are the second set of magnets I’ve whipped up this month, you can see the first ones here if you missed them. And if I’m being truthful, these are more like half-dog magnets since clearly I’ve included their cute faces as well as their tails, but dog-butt magnets is much more fun to say
Again, these are too simple for a tutorial. I was able to use a pair of scissors to separate the dogs in half, and can only recommend you use super glue vs. hot glue which does not appear to be strong enough for the long haul.
We’ve got plans to check out the Portland Pet Expo this weekend, and enjoy each others company. The weathers supposed to be great, so we’ll have to squeeze a bike ride and several dog walks in there too. How about you? What are your weekend plans?
I picked these cute little dog figurines up on amazon nearly a year ago for a shelter crafting project, so when I discovered I had a few leftover, I knew I should get creative with them. Our fridge in the new apartment was feeling a bit sparse in the magnet department, and I thought these little guys could spruce things up and bring a smile to our faces all at the same time.
This is one of those things that’s just too simple for a tutorial. You just need tiny figurines, round magnets, and glue. I tried hot glue first, which failed miserably as all the plastic puppies plummeted from the fridge several hours after being hung. It was Super Glue to the rescue- those puppies aren’t going anywhere now!
I ended up having so much fun with these cuties, that I made a second set which are much funnier. I can’t wait to share them with you!
Have you been creating anything lately?
I also want to take a moment and give a shout-out to my handsome hubby Jake, since today’s his birthday. Happy Birthday Babe- I love you- thanks for always supporting me in all that I do!
I loved this infographic on how dogs descended from wolves and became a part of our lives so much that I wanted to share it with you here today. My favorite part is towards the end where they talk about how we might not have survived the ice age without the aid of dogs! Click here to see the infographic full size.
Thanks to all of you who commented on our last post- I loved & appreciated each and every one of your responses. I love that SheSpeaksBark is becoming a community full of great dog lovers who support each other I also updated that post to include the photo of the two dogs I was with- where I was previously waiting on permission to do so.
There are plenty of solutions to keeping your dog safe while on a walk, and the method(s) you choose need to be tailored to your dog as well as the area in which you are walking. You should also know that what works one time, may not work the next time. It’s good to have many tricks up your sleeve. A few ninja skillz don’t hurt either. Always being alert and aware of your surroundings is a must.
For instance, when walking a small dog like Scooter, you can easily pick the dog up and walk out of the situation. I’ve even picked up Bear before to avoid a tussle- it’s an effective method in many situations. (I’m not above a fireman’s carry of my dog for a really persistent loose dog either) But if you’ve checked out the photo of the two lovelies I was with that day, you’ll quickly realize why none of those were an option.
I’ve seen video proof that throwing treats towards oncoming dogs is usually a VERY effective method. You can see for yourself here. Had there not been 4 dogs egging each other on in my situation, I think this method may have worked well for us.
Often saying NO and glaring towards a dog who’s beginning to casually follow you will deter them. Admittedly this only works with those dogs who are uncommitted to approaching/following you, perhaps more entertained with the idea than ready to follow through.
Here’s how I prepare for walks now:
*I’ve got my small pouch of treats- that I’ll always make sure is full of something better than a biscuit. Trying to employ the treat throwing method mentioned above is on the top of my list.
*I’ve always got my cell phone for safety, but have decided to program in Animal Control’s # thanks to this great article. (really, you should read it- hilarious and informative)
*The owner of the two dogs I was attacked with has purchased dog deterrent spray that I carry on our walks together. I plan to pick up a bottle off amazon to keep in my pouch for the rest of the visits-just in case.
*I make note of houses or areas with a lot of dogs. We go out of our way to avoid them. I now have several ‘safe’ neighborhoods to walk in and we’ve been spending a majority of our time there.
*If possible, just get away with your dog before the loose dog even catches up. Say ‘lets go’ in a cheerful voice to your pooch and begin moving quickly and merrily in the other direction.
*If you can’t get away- try to body block. This means putting your body between your dog and the oncoming dog. Insert *voice of death* towards oncoming dog in the form of NO, GO HOME, or whatever. Be fierce & mean it! You are your dogs advocate.
*If you’re expecting trouble, try carrying a pop can full of pennies or a pop umbrella to startle any oncoming dog with
*Try hurling treats (see above) to stop an oncoming dog
*If your dog and the oncoming dog DO happen to make contact now’s the time to start yelling for help. Not that you’ll have to. I’m sure the dogs will be screaming loud enough to cover that for you
*Try to remain calm. Maintain a hold on to your dogs leash if at all possible and DO NOT stick your hand between the dogs (unless you’re looking to get bit today) instead, continue to use *voice of death* and use the leash as an aid to get your dog back to your side. In my situation, screaming NO towards the dogs rush was all I needed to alert plenty of vehicles and neighbors who all came rushing to my aid.
Thinking through potential scenarios and your reaction to them beforehand is the key to acting quickly when the situation occurs in real life. None of these tips will work in every situation or for every dog. What works for one dog one time, may not work again if that same dog came after you a second time. You just never know.
What is your plan to protect your dog while walking? Have you ever been rushed or attacked by a loose dog while out with your own?
As many of you already know, since moving to Portland, I’ve been blessed with quite the career change. I’ve gone from being an insurance agent and dog blogger/lover on the side to full time dog lover. I’m now working as a dog walker/pet sitter, something I’ve done in the past and loved.
So now that I’ve worked the job for several weeks, and gained a bit of perspective (and a few more opinions!) I thought I’d weigh in on what I’m loving dog-walking gear wise.
Here’s my roundup of dog-walking essentials:
1. I think these notepads are adorable! What pet-parent wouldn’t like to come home the the day’s full report on this bit of cuteness?
2. Currently, carrying my keys around is proving the be the most difficult thing. This wrist strap would solve that problem!
3. While the dogs I’m checking in on have leashes of their own, I prefer mine. It’s nice and soft, supple leather and is easy on the hands, even after a long day of walking.
4. I’ve said it before, but martingale collars are a beautiful thing. Several of my dogs wear them, and my arms and back thank their owners
5. Treat bags go hand in hand with dogs. Several of my dogs have their own diets so I just slip a few treats in the treat bag from any given household to use while we’re out and about.
6. I’ve already thought to myself several times that carrying a fanny pack (ahhh!) or small backpack seems the only solution to all the junk I’m hauling on each dog walk. This one’s almost cute enough to squeeze by, admittedly I’m still not sold.
7. Coupler dog leashes are amazing for double-dog households! No more leash tangling or dogs tying me up in knots! They’re tied together for the long haul, making my life a lot simpler.
8. Head Halti’s are a great and safe way for me to gain control over some of my rowdier dogs so I’ve got energy to walk the next one after that. It’s gentle and effective, and I love how adjustable it is!
9. Finally the ever-necessary poop-bag dispenser. I personally like this one because it clips on the end of my favorite leash and refills can be found everywhere (although we usually wait until Petco has a deal and then stock up)
So now I’m curious, what are YOUR dog walking essentials, and why?
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