Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Dogs grin by pulling back the corners of their lips and baring their teeth. A very relaxed dog will smile and then close his eyes. Dogs also have an open-mouthed ‘play-face’ expression, often accompanied by panting, which is the equivalent of human laughter.
(Don’t make the mistake of confusing a grin with a snarl. If a dog has his mouth pulled back, but is showing his incisors and back teeth, most likely he’s snarling.)
From the heartwarming book by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas The Hidden Life of Dogs: “All dogs smile, which is to say their faces become pleasant and relaxed, with ears low, eyes half shut, lips soft and parted, and chin high. This is a dog smile.
“Yet a few dogs will also imitate human smiles. In the presence of human beings, these dogs will draw back their lips grotesquely to bare their teeth, making the same face as we make. At the same time, these dogs may also roll over to reveal their bellies submissively, showing they understand exactly what our smiles mean.”
Haven’t we all seen that special look in their eyes, that wag of the tail, the gentle paw on our knees at just the right moment, the head cocked as if to ask us if everything is okay or one of these smiles we now know REALLY IS A SMILE and an invitation to forget whatever it is that ails us and enjoy the genuine love they clearly know we need?
Why do dogs smile? When asked why a dog smiles, dog behaviorist Janice Falk says it’s simply because they’re happy!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
In honor of the autumn and halloween season - I thought these were appropriate - ENJOY
Monday, October 25, 2010
Some time ago, a post was done here on Petsjubilee by a fellow PJ Sista ;-) about keeping your pups (and other pets) active both physically and mentally. It was accompanied by a short video of a dog finding treats hidden under balls in a cupcake tin. It was such a neat idea I decided to try it with my three: Big Mac, Molly and Moxie....
Not a lot of baking gets done at our house, we like to do our baking at the grocery store, but I did manage to dig up three old twelve cup muffin tins. I found as many balls as I could (okay, I knew I would be doing this so while I was out baking, I stopped by the dog toy aisle and got some new balls...;-), I ended up with twelve balls. I placed treats in four of the cupcake spots and covered them all with balls. I know this isn't exactly how the game is done but I didn't have 36 balls and thought less than four treats each wouldn't be much of a game.
I'll let you decide if the puppies had fun. As always, forgive the high-pitched baby voice...goes with the puppy territory. The Boston accent I can do nothing about.....
Have a fantastic Monday, All~
Kelly & Crew
Big Mac, Molly & Moxie
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Warning: The advice and comments in the Ask The Petsjubilee Pets posts are for fun only and not meant in any way to represent real advice. Since the pets are the ones responding to the questions, the humans shall and forever remain blameless for whatever the animals post.
Last week A fellow canine had this problem:
Dear Sasha -
I sure hope you can help me. I'm a really smart dog, for the most part. I even learned how to tell time - people time, but apparently, my folks don't know how to. For instance, at 5:30 am, I have breakfast. At 6, I have 3 peanuts, at 6:15, I get one rice krispie and one cheerio. At 7:30, I get second breakfast, and so on and so forth. The problem is, my parents are starting to slack off on my schedule. I sit there and stare at them, trying to use telepathy to jar their memories. When that fails, I start whining and doing a little agitated dance. After that I start whining louder and more insistently. My problem is, this seems to upset mommy and daddy and then they get further behind on my schedule, or even worse, they laugh at my antics like I'm trying to be cute or something. What can I do to get my parents back on schedule without irritating them so much (or without getting laughed at)?
just call me Whiny Wonderdog
This is our response:
Dear Whiny Wonderdog,
This is such a problem here, too. We gets breakfast when we wakes up about 8:30 am. Mommy is pretty good about that cause we won't poo for her until she feeds us. However, we expect dinner kibble in our bowls at 4:00 pm exactly. We even start reminding her around a half hour before by sitting on her feet, whining, dancing, and we start getting excited when she gets up and doing circles around our bowls. However, if she gets busy on the computer we get the grumpy "You aren't going to starve to death go lay down." We have our schedule and we are sticking to it no matter what the humans do. So we go bug Grandma who will make Mommy feed us.
However, if you don't have a grandma handy then not sure how that idea will work. So here is plan B and it is what my big brother Charlie does. Pretend like you are going to throw up. Just cough up a bit of spit to make it look like you have nothing in your tummy and it is making you sick. Charlie always gets a bite of bread or whatever when he does that. Then, he trots away and smiles when the humans aren't looking. He always tells me that it is snack food on demand with every "pukeformance".
Hope this helps.
Your friend in fur,
So far no other letters have come in this week. I is thinking if we don't have letters next week. I might have to do a pup quiz!
Please, e-mail your questions for Ask The Petsjubilee Pets to SassySashadoxie@yahoo.com. Also, please put APP in the subject of the letter so I don't have to open up e-mails about money requests to Nigeria. Apparently, SPAM e-mails even come to wiener dogs.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
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Friday, October 22, 2010
Tales from the Dach Side
Dachshund Team I Spy Game
Art and Sew Forth
Furbaby Friday featuring a blue oriental cat
A dog breed called Maltipoo
Etsy for Animals
Taming Feral Cats
For Love Of Wiener Dogs
Not The B-Word!!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Some of our pets have been having trouble with itching lately. I already gave you one home remedy for hay fever and allergies: bathing in cool water with colloidal oatmeal (like Aveeno). If you don’t have any colloidal oatmeal, you can substitute regular oatmeal. Just fill an old sock with oatmeal and tie it over the bathtub spout so water runs through it.
Where your pet itches can tell a lot about what’s causing the problem. Pets with fleas usually scratch the rear half of their bodies, especially above the tail and down the back of the legs. If your dog has hay fever, it is usually the front half that itches. Front half itching causes face rubbing, foot licking, armpit scratching and neck and chest scratching. Unlike dogs, cats with hay fever often itch all over. In addition, they may develop little scabby bumps underneath their fur. If your dog is itching all over, it could be a food allergy. Cats with food allergies, however, are more likely to itch around the face and neck.
Which brings me to this: How to give a cat a bath. For flea control or anything else, it is about as easy as wrestling with barbed wire. To clean your kitty without getting killed in the process, here’s what vets recommend:
1) Plan ahead: Cats hate the sound of running water, so fill the tub first, then bring in the kitty.
2) Keep her face dry: Getting wet above the neck will give almost any cat a fit. Try to ease her into the tub, to keep splashing to a minimum.
3) Bring an anchor: To keep your cat under control you may want to invest in a kitty harness that’s attached to a leash, with a suction cup on one end. The suction cup sticks to the tub or shower wall to leave your hands free to do the washing. Make sure the leash is short enough so she can’t jump out of the tub and choke herself.
4) Help her get a grip: Putting a plastic milk crate, rubber mat or some other similar object in the tub will give your clutching kitty something to grab, so she’s less likely to sink her claws into you.
Hopefully none of us will be bathing cats regularly, but I thought these steps might help when it’s necessary.
*These tips are home remedies only and should not ever be used as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your veterinarian. If your pet has a medical problem, we urge you to seek competent medical care.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Guinea pigs are really very hardy little guys. They do not require massive amounts of tedious
attention-just some basic care to keep them happy and healthy. If you can provide all of these things, you are a good candidate for guinea pig ownership!
1. Keep your piggie's cage clean and dry. Pine chips, straw, hay-no cedar chips! They are toxic to guinea pigs.
2. Keep away from drafts! This is a big one. Once a guinea pig catches a respiratory illness, it is very hard for them to recover.
3. Keep their room at a consistent temperature. Gradual seasonal changes in temperature are not a problem. Just no abrupt changes. 60 - 80 degrees is suitable.
4. Allow plenty of fresh air, but no drafts.
5. Give fresh pellets made for guinea pigs, not rabbit pellets, and water daily.
6. Daily vitamin C is essential. They are like humans in this regard, needing outside sources of this vitamin. Fresh, clean, raw veggies and fruits are best.
7. Give your piggies plenty of light without placing him in direct sunlight.
8. Keep his toenails clipped. This is an easy task-just like clipping your own! Be careful to clip below the 'quick', the fleshy part underneath the nail.
9. Examine your guinea pig often to catch any lumps, bald spots, runny nose etc. before they get serious. Playing regularly with him will keep you more alert to any changes.
10. It is possible to transfer a respiratory illness to your pet. Be careful to keep your distance when you are sick and wash your hands before touching him.
If you notice any of the following, unless you are well versed in guinea pig care, talk to your vet! These may develop into serious conditions.
Not eating or drinking, discharge from eyes or ears, diarrhea, hair loss, weight loss, dull ruffled hair, dull or half closed eyes, nose in corner of cage with little movement or hunched posture.
Yes! You CAN teach your guinea pig to play dead!
But can you teach him to fly? I will let you know after I have some lessons with Tooey!
Of the 30 or 40 guinea pigs I have had, I have lost a few to the above illnesses, mainly in my childhood years, due to ignorance. Most of my piggies have lived 4 or more years. For the little amount of care they require, they have brought an abundance of fun and joy into our lives! I can't imagine life without a guinea pig!
THIS IS MY CROCODILE IMMITATION