In our house we are very fortunate and grateful everyday. We have 4 healthy, happy (mostly senior) pets.
First came our cat Nickers. He is now 14 and looking a bit like an old man. We got him as a 6 week old kitten after he was found along the road in the rain and brought to a local veterinarian. He has always been our super timid guy, but very loving.
Next came Piper. He is now pushing 11 and in fairly good shape if I do say so myself! He was the product of a couple in Vermont who lived on a farm and bred their two golden retrievers. He's always been a beautiful looking golden, but boy did he have a crazy streak when he was younger. He came to us being the boss and he was determined to keep that status. With age, he has mellowed and learned to appreciate us. The feelings are mutual and I just love how he represents being a strong senior dog.
Then along came Foof. Oh boy, he's our problem child! He is our 9 year old cat we got from an ad in the newspaper when he was just 8 weeks old. The owners were all too happy to hand him over. They must have known what he would turn into....a huge pain! We love him, but he doesn't make it easy. He regularly tries to beat up on Nickers, he acts like a badly behaved dog, he breaks things all over the house, he eats things like a naughty puppy and he's overall just in a miserable mood all the time. I generally tell people to think of "Spike" from Gremlins if you want to know what Foof is like.
Finally comes my big love, Murray. Murray is now 7 and time is flying way too fast. I don't know how I got so lucky, but he is complete perfection in my eyes. It's just in his nature to make people happy, especially me. He's so very smart and all he wants to do is be with me. He's never met a dog he doesn't like and he's happy no matter where you take him or what you do. He's just the best!
So, all my oldies are absolute goodies and life would not be the same without them. Cherish your senior pets...that's really when the best of them shows up! Well, we're still waiting on that with Foof!
My guys LOVE these! We haven't had many cranberry flavored treats in the past, so perhaps that's part of it (they have lots of yummy flavors), but they sure are a big hit! I love that they are made with completely organic, human grade ingredients. I am always looking for products with these qualities. I'm lucky that my local pet store carries them, but a 14 oz. bag can be ordered online for less than 10 bucks! Here's the fun part...they're for YOU too! I haven't been snacking on them myself just yet, but I certainly could! That makes me feel extra good about feeding them to my pups :)
Sometimes a puppy face captures me in a way I can't explain. There are tons of adorable faces of pups waiting to be adopted out there, and this one I felt I HAD to share. He's located in Cuddebackville, NY at The Hudson Valley Rottweiler Rescue. He's an abuse survivor. Don't get me started on HOW someone could ever abuse such a love. His mom died birthing the pups, and all his siblings have also since died after being advertised on Craigslist at one day old. This little guy is now a healthy 10 weeks! This a tough little boy who can live with big and small dogs, and even cats. Sure hope and pray he finds his forever, loving home fast!
Some lucky dogs need their anal glands expressed regularly, but most others never need them expressed at all or maybe once or twice in a lifetime. Every dog is different, and larger dogs tend to have fewer issues here. Signs your dog might need expressing would be: licking of his rear end or dragging his butt across the floor. Some dogs manage to express them on their own, but if licking and dragging doesn't quickly subside, it's best to have your vet check them out. Expressing and cleaning the anal glands will not harm a dog in any way. Many groomers do it as an included service, as it's not always a pleasant job to do at home. Adding fiber and perhaps a good probiotic to your dog's diet and regular exercise can help keep the problem away.
Sorry, "butt" this photo was too perfect to pass up!
Chime in! Let me know! Tell me! Shout it out! I want to know what dog health topics are on the tops of your minds. The possibilities are endless, so I'm looking for advice. I LOVE to share what I know and learn about dog health and wellness. I figure the more we know the better we are able to care for our furry family members...so give it to me!
Being a good, responsible dog parent take a lot more than just "being a dog person". It's a large undertaking and takes a lot of commitment. If you aren't prepared, it's better not to own a dog.
*Dog ownership is FOR THE LIFE OF THE DOG! I can't stress this enough. You will need to provide healthcare throughout the life of your dog, and at times it can be very costly. If you're not willing to spend the money or provide adequate care, a dog is not for you. This goes for training as well. A misbehaved dog takes work, whether you hire a trainer or do it yourself. Dogs should never be tossed away due to your lack of providing training. Also consider what your life will look like for the next 15 or so years. Babies, new homes, and your own health must be carefully thought about before bringing a dog home.
*Do your research as to what breed or breed mix would best fit your lifestyle. Highly active dogs will not be best suited with a more sedentary family or person and vice versa.
*Be prepared to ALWAYS...and I mean ALWAYS clean up after your dog. It is never OK to leave their business behind.
*Follow your town/city animal laws. Many places have leash, licensing and noise laws. Review them all and be prepared to follow them.
*If you're not a responsible and ethical functioning breeder, seriously consider spaying and neutering your dog. If, for health reasons, fixing your dog is not an option, be sure to keep him from accidentally breeding with another. Overpopulation and poor health is rampant in dogs today.
*If you're not rescuing a dog, find an ethical breeder.
*Dogs aren't holiday gifts. Plan to bring your new puppy or dog home during a time when you can provide as much individual attention as possible.
*Provide the highest quality food your wallet will allow.
*Dog proof your home. Until you're sure (and you may never be with some dogs) that your dog won't get into things that could harm him, it's your responsibility to pick things up out of his reach.
*Provide proper exercise daily.
*Grooming must be provided. Depending on the type of dog you choose, grooming can be a large undertaking or a small one.
*ID tag your dog with either an actual tag or a microchip.
*If you dog cannot live inside with you, perhaps a dog is not for you. Dogs need proper shelter from heat and cold, and the best place is inside your home with you as part of the family.
*LOVE, pet, play, talk, walk, run and enjoy each other.
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Piper and Murray voted...this was their favorite summer 2014 day and place! A beautiful campground with an equally beautiful dog park...complete with agility structures! Can't wait to go back next summer!
Murray can be picky when it comes to new treats and new flavors. Piper will eat anything and decide later if he liked it. Well, Murray loves Bocce's Lobster Rolls! He gets very excited when he sees the bright blue bag come out. He gobbles them right down. They're the typical small bone size and easy to break apart. The odor is very mild, and not overwhelming at all. Bocce's make a bunch of unique flavors which also make them a nice change of pace and even a great gift to another pup friend! Since we enjoy them so much in our house, I would definitley purchase in the future.
Pros- Only 4 fresh, local (USA) ingredients
Promotes fresh breath
Cons- A little crumbly when broken apart, but they're small enough that breaking apart is likely not necessary.