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Storm working her puppy dog eyed look

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Ugh. The last couple times I brought Storm to our weekly doggy daycare day, she has been aggressive. She is never aggressive. She was fine months ago. I think she just has too much pent up energy. Now that my ex and broke things off (well, I really did), she doesn’t have another dog to play with.

Lately at daycare she has been starting fights, try to be alpha and be the first dog in when we are done going outside. Lately they’ve had to put her in time out. I’m surprised she is rebelling because I am always there when she acts out.

I realize that I should take her on more walks, however my health has not been the greatest so I haven’t been able to. So, the dusty (with dead batteries) electric collar came out from the closet. It has been a very long time since I have used this. Now when I take her outside to do her business, I just put on the collar, leave the leash and bring the collar controller. She knows from the past that she has to be by me otherwise she will get zapped. I kinda thought she might run around, look for rabbits or something. But she does her thing then just looks at me. So that isn’t working like I thought it would.

I have decided to take the collar to doggy daycare as well. So far it has stopped her from fighting and stopped trying to grab a ball from another dog’s mouth (she might just have to learn that lesson the hard way). I plan on continuing to use it until she improves. I hate to use it on her but I need to nip her aggression in the bud.

To build our bond a little, I decided to teach her a new trick. She nailed it in no time. I will work with her tomorrow on the new trick so she can perfect it.

And speaking of Storm, I ran out of the 2nd probiotic. I will be posting my thoughts, opinions, smart ass remarks of the product very soon. In the mean time, I am looking for test product #3. I have no idea what it will be, but I know I must choose soon because she ran out of probiotics awhile ago and the paint is beginning to peel off my bedroom walls. Does anyone have a name of one that they use or would like to know about??

 

This is Storm’s “Psh! Bitch, please” look. Such a brat!

 

Firm Up!

I would say that my dog, Storm, has diarrhea more often than nearly all dogs. I tried to give her canned pumpkin to see if that would help and it didn’t. I tried giving her Pepto Bismol, but that came right back up and made a pretty pink stain on my carpet. My father advised me to try Firm Up and that surprisingly worked (however for the severe case of the runs, I have to ask my vet for a prescription). The company that produces this product is called Diggin’ Your Dog (http://www.dydusa.com/) and if you visit their site you will learn they produce more than just this invention.

I never heard such a thing, Firm Up. I thought it may be one of those things that was already out on California markets but not yet made its way to South Dakota. My dad sent me (or Storm I should say) a bag and it worked! I couldn’t find the magical stuff at Petco or even Petsmart.  So I was thrilled to see it at a local pet store called Your Pet Stop on 41st Street

The bag my father sent me was just a plain one, I guess you could say. Because the second bag I purchased was plus cranberries! I was so excited that I (Storm) had another option other than plain pumpkin. A four ounce bag cost $9.99, a decent amount to pay to stop making stains in my place.

It looks orange-brownish and is finely shredded. It has no preservatives and is low fat. And for people like me, that don’t trust other nations for dog food/toys (or you know such as lead being found in toys), it is 100% USA made.

The directions are nice and simple: Mix one part of the product with one part water. They have a nice little table on back so you know how much to use. For Storm, 70 pounds, I use about 3 or 4 tablespoons. I like to mix the blend and put some of her kibble with it. Although, I am pretty sure I don’t need the kibble as she is always eager to inhale it. Oh well, old habits die hard!

As it lists on the bag, you can also use this daily as a supplement for your precious one.  If you have not tried this product before, I HIGHLY recommend that you do.

 

*Note: After a couple of months when coming for a short visit in SD, my father brought some treats from this company. He brought ‘Clucks n’ Moos.’ They are a thick, oval sized treat. The best part?? They are thick enough that Storm has to actually chew them instead of just swallowing it whole like all the other treats. I’m positive I will be purchasing these in the future.

 

P.L.A.Y. Luxury Pet Beds

I was reading a dog magazine the other day (no surprise) when I saw another product ad that intrigued me; I decided to go online and take a gander. If you pull up www.petplay.com you will note that they sell luxury pet beds. Not only that, but with every bed purchased, a pad/mat will be donated to a needy pup. Partnering with Petfinder, they are calling this the Warm Bellies Initiative. I think it is a really cute concept and I am thrilled to see a business give back.

After spending some time on the website, I was surprised to see how expensive their products were.  I would think the price would deter many people to pass on by. Which in turn means not many pads/mats will be donated. But then again, I could be completely wrong based on the fact that people shell out thousands of dollars a year for their pooches. I looked up to see how much it would cost me to get Storm a large bed and I had to pick up my jaw from the desk when I found out it would be $180.00 (not including shipping). Living on a budget of $1,000 a month, I don’t plan on buying one too soon.  I am guessing the price goes hand and hand with the high quality fabric used. Their fabric designs/colors are pretty cute, by the way.

The “chill pad” is cheaper than the normal dog beds. A large dog pad is $69.00 and sounds more reasonable to me (and what I can afford). Not only do they sell dog beds/pads, they also sell play tunnels. Hmmm, I wonder if Storm would enjoy a play tunnel.

If you are in the market for a new dog bed, be sure to check out what P.L.A.Y has to offer. Not only would you be getting your dog a new bed, but you would also be helping out a dog in need.

 

*A special thanks to P.L.A.Y. for allowing me to use photo

 

Doggy Daycare Feb 15, 2012

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go spend a few hours at Mini Critters Doggy Daycare this last Wednesday. My doctor put me on a new medication with fatigue being a side effect. I didn’t want to go anywhere, do anything or see anyone. But I made myself go despite wanting to be lazy. The only time I get out of the apartment is for errands or if I go to my part time job.

I love that it is somewhat of a therapy session for me. Of course once I arrived, I was happy to see the puppies and happy that I came instead of sitting at home.

I was able to alter most of the pictures with an iPhone app.

 

Kind of blurry but this is an itsy, bitsy, teeny, tiny puppy that recently started to come to daycare. Have to be careful though because those puppy teeth hurt!!

Not the greatest pic, it’s always a challenge to get a motion shot. A couple of the Boxers playing while George keeps them pumped up.

Resting on the bench with one of the Boxers

I dont see how this could be comfortable…

George, a Boston Terrier. He is such a cutie! Not a fan of the camera though. I did multiple attempts and this was the best I could get.

Roy taking a small break of catch but making sure he has the ball with him at all times.

Presley howling away!

I believe this is Morgan, altho I’m not quite sure…We had two other new boxers in that I had not seen before.

Here is a pic of Daisy, one of the sweetest boxers I know!

Here is a pic of Roy and Storm

Crypton Fabric

I read a couple animal/pet magazines because I am a hard-core geek, wanting to learn as much as I can. Why? Because as the adage states, knowledge is power. The trick is to see if I can cram it all in my little head and actually remember everything.

I was reading one of my magazines (I’m not sure which one it was; it’s Modern Dog, Bark or Cesar’s Way) and came across a throw ad by Crypton Fabric. It was love at first sight. I pulled up the website (www.cryptonfabric.com) and began to look for the throw I recently saw. I came to the page I was looking for and was happy to see there were so many designs.

I clicked on the one I wanted to purchase so I could view more information. It blocks stains, odor, and even moisture. And holy shit—they want $90.00 for it! But knowing that you get what you pay for, I figure this must be a pretty neat throw.

I started feeling sad because I knew I shouldn’t spend the money for a blanket. To make myself even more depressed, I continued to look at the rest of the site’s products. Months pass and I am still seeing ads in magazines, taunting me to go back on the website.

At the beginning of the year I became curious to see if I missed any Christmas deals on the Crypton website. The page pulls up and I am surprised by what I see. They have a sale on everything for 20% off plus free shipping!

I knew this deal would not last so I went for it. I was able to save around $25.00! Anxiously I waited and constantly checked my e-mail every day to see if there was any news on when I might receive it.

Today I opened our door and there was the box on the ground, shimmering, just waiting to be opened. I didn’t waste any time opening it and found myself smiling the whole time. I took it out of the plastic bag and felt the throw’s print texture. It’s thick but I notice the underside is softer and has a leather-like feel to it. I notice that the weight is heavier than what I expected. Some reason I expected it to weigh less, but am happy with the weight. I wish it were bigger but still am very excited to use it. I will write another blog once I am able to use it!