Sunday, October 31, 2010

It's Halloweenier Day! Trick Or Treat!










Sasha (from SassySashadoxie), the wiener dog here. Due to today being Halloweenier Day (and no new Ask The Petsjubilee Pets' Questions this week), I am going to tells you all about my day at the Petco costume contest.

Well, mommy bought me a Bobo costume a few months back from Miss Diana from DianadesignsNY. I loved my costume (all except for the squeaky hat cause I wanted to destuff it).

Mommy starts by dressing up like me and I think she looks a bit weird so I did try to lick her make-up off, but it didn't work. Then, she grabs my costume and we are off on a car ride. First, stop Miss Suz's house and we pick up Frito. We gets to the pet store and I am thinking oh goodies treats, bobos, people to pet me, and so on.

Then, mommy dresses me up in the costume right in front of Frito, but apparently he was a gentleman and had his back turned not to peek at me. His Mommy put a saddle on him and he was really embarrassed. So much so all he kept saying is where can I hide.

Then, we walked and walked and people wanted to take pictures of Frito and he really wanted nothing to do with the flashy thing or the peeps. So I stepped in and did my waggly tail and cute face, and grabbed a few photo ops.
Then, mommy got me a new red mini bobo the only one she could find that matched my costume. I barked at a few dogs which of course Mommy fussed at me for barking and frightening the other dogs. Can I help it they had never scene a barking bobo before. I was just telling them not to destuff me.

Well, time passes ever so slowly and you know you can only sniff isles so long. We met a few other wieners and one was Dorthy from the Wizard of OZ.

Finally, they had us all go to the back for the contest. They called my name and said a bunch of stuff Mommy wrote down on the paper. Then, Frito's turn and so forth.

We waited a bit longer and they announced the winners. They called my name right away for third place. Miss Suz clapped and so did a few others. Then, a pug Skunk got second, and there was a pause. We all waited and the first place wiener is "Frito!!" Mommy clapped and I woofed just a little so I wouldn't get in trouble, but I was wagging my tail.

Then, we collected our prizes and our free photo. Mommy picked up a couple more squeakies with the prize gift card. Then, she told me the Hot Dog was for Charlie. Like I knew that. But, I still gets two new squeakies my mini bobo and a squeakie hamburger.

We dropped Miss Suz and Frito off, and headed home. I told Charlie all about my adventure and he sniffies me all over. After dinner, Mommy cut the tags off the new toys and we had some good play time before my after dinner nap.
Remember to be safe tonight when the trick or treaters ring the door bell, no escaping into the dark spooky night. If you take your humans out, make sure you are very visible cause you know it is hard to see our fur color at night. Oh, and no matter how yummy the sweet kibbles smell no eatting them cause some are very bad for us critters.
Now, I am off to play with my new squeakies.



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Saturday, October 30, 2010

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Friday Night Fright Fest

Sasha and I thought you would all enjoy the Friday Night Pet Fright Fest while Lorin is away. Now, all you little critters better go potty, hide your bobos' eyes, and turn on the Hello Kitty night lights cause these films might be just a wee-wee bit scary. If you need, snuggle with your Mommies and Daddies tonight. Now, let the Fright Fest begin.





Do Dogs Smile?


Yes, dogs smile when they’re happy (and frown when they’re sad or if we are sad).

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!

Alice England

Makingstuffwithlove.etsy.com



Now are these dogs smiling?











Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October is Guinea Pig Month!
And this is quiz day!! Yes...this is YOUR chance to show your smarts when it comes to guinea pigs! There are ten questions. Please send the answers to my catcalls shop. The winner will choose a kitty or doxie from one of my shops. If there is a tie, I will use a very accurate method of choosing a winner. Draw from a sock.
Good luck! And enjoy the photos along the way!




1. Where did the guinea pig (henceforth GP) originate from?
2. GPs will live an average of 8-10 years. T or F

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3. How many recognized breeds are there?
4. Which breed has long long hair?


5. Name one dietary supplement a pregnant GP should have.
6. Sows come into heat every 15-17 days. T or F


7. Their gestation period is 75-80 days. T or F
8. What vitamin is needed daily?



9. Pine chips are toxic to GPs. T or F
10. If you were Tooey, what would you do if I gave you a costume?



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Aren't they cute??

I hope you enjoyed this month's features!

Winner to be announced Thursday morning!

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SHOW AND TELL TUESDAY

HOWL-O-WEEN STYLE

In honor of the autumn and halloween season - I thought these were appropriate - ENJOY










































































































HISTORY OF THE JACK O'LANTERN
The Irish brought the tradition of the Jack O'Lantern to America.
The Jack O'Lantern legend goes back hundres of years in Irish History.
But, the original Jack O'Lantern was not a pumpkin.
As the story goes, Stingy Jack was a miserable, old guy who liked to play tricks on everyone: family, friends, his mother and even the Devil himself.
One day, he tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree. Once the Devil climbed up the apple tree Stingy Jack hurriedly placed crosses around the trunk of the tree. The Devil was then unable to get down the tree.
Stingy Jack made the Devil promise not to take his soul when he died.
Once the devil promised not to take his soul, Stingy Jack removed the crosses and let the devil down.
Many years later, when Jack finally died, he went to the pearly gates of Heaven and was told by Saint Peter that he was too mean and too cruel and had led a miserable and worthless life on earth, and was not allowed in Heaven.
He went down to Hell, but the devil kept his promise and did not let him enter Hell either.
Now Jack was scared, with no light and no where to go. The devil tossed him an ember from Hell to light his way. Jack placed the ember in a hallowed out turnip, and roamed the earth without a resting place, lighting his way with his Jack O'Lantern.
On all Hallow's eve, the Irish hollowed out turnips, gourds, potatoes...Inside they placed a light to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away.
These were the original Jack O'Lanterns.
In the 1800's, Irish immigrants discovered that pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve, and so was created the Jack O'Lantern we recognize today.
We use them still, with many houses flickering with those toothy orange faces peering into the night, shooing away the evil spirits.
And Old Jack? He's out there somewhere - drifting and wandering.
Is your Jack O'Lantern ready?
Hope you enjoyed the story and the pictures.
DianaDesignsNY.etsy.com
StylinDogsBoutique.etsy.com

Monday, October 25, 2010

ANGELPUPS & CUPCAKE TINS~

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~
God Bless~
Kelly & Crew
Big Mac, Molly & Moxie
angelpupscreations.etsy.com

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ask The Petsjubilee Pets: Feeding Schedules


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,
SassySashadoxie

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

Saturday Pet Blog Hop 10/23/10

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Friday, October 22, 2010

The BLOG PET-alog!

Some fun and interesting posts by animal lovers, rescuers, caregivers, and just good old fashioned pet people for you to enjoy!

Tales from the Dach Side

http://dachshundteam.blogspot.com/

Dachshund Team I Spy Game


Art and Sew Forth

http://artandsewforth.blogspot.com/

Furbaby Friday featuring a blue oriental cat


Mischyfpaws

http://mischyfpaws.blogspot.com/

A dog breed called Maltipoo


Etsy for Animals

http://etsyforanimals.blogspot.com/

Taming Feral Cats


For Love Of Wiener Dogs

http://sassysashadoxie.blogspot.com/

Not The B-Word!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Itching

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.

Alice England
Makingstuffwithlove.etsy.com



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October is Guinea Pig Month!
Keeping your guinea pig healthy!

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!

By Patty from Catcalls and Dogbarks on Etsy


SHOW AND TELL TUESDAY

WHO DOESN'T LOVE PANDA BEARS?
MOM, COME GET ME DOWN PLEASE?

THIS IS MY CROCODILE IMMITATION


EVERYBODY WAS KUNG FU FIGHTING!


ON THE COUNT OF THREE... LIFT!



DOES THIS LOG MAKE MY BUTT LOOK FAT?


BETCHA CAN'T SEE ME...


OOOPS! SLIGHT MISCALCULATION.


YOU GO. I'LL JUST STAY HERE AND REST MY LITTE HEAD.


IT WASN'T ME! I DIDN'T STEAL THE BAMBOO SHOOT!
IT WAS JUST SITTING HERE, I SWEAR IT!


I'LL GIVE YOU 2 SECONDS TO GET OFF ME OR I'LL CALL MOM.


PARDON ME, BUT DO YOU HAVE A NAPKIN?


DEAR MARTHA STEWART:
I HAVE THIS BROWN STAIN ON MY NICE, WHITE, FLUFFY BUTT...


SHHHH! I'M REVIEWING...

I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I'M STUCK IN THIS TREE AGAIN..
WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH ME?


I'M SURE THERE'S A WAY OUT SOMEWHERE.
I SAW AN ANT GO THIS WAY YESTERDAY.

FORGIVE ME FATHER, FOR I HAVE SINNED.


PANDAS LOOKING FOR A CONTACT LENSE...



ANOTHER DAY - NOTHING ACCOMPLISHED.
I DIDN'T GET TO ANY OF MY "TO DO" LIST.