Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I just thought this dog said it so well.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The number of hours a dog is exposed to sunlight in a day (photoperiod) triggers the shedding process.
It is more noticeable in outdoor dogs in the spring and fall. Indoor dogs shed more consistently but in lesser amounts because of the artificial light inside the house.
What can you do about shedding? Providing your dog is just a normal shedding dog, here are some tips:
1. The first thing you can do to reduce the amount of hair in your home is to brush or comb your dog on a daily basis. This will help more than anything to reduce shedding. You are basically controlling the shedding.
2. Feed your dog a good quality dog food. Don't skimp. Stick with one of the premium brands.
3. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Healthy bodies promote a healthy haircoat.
4. Don't let your dog get fat. Keep your dog at an ideal weight. Obese dogs have difficulty grooming.
Dogs shed. Nothing will change that. But regular grooming will make the biggest difference.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
When the internet first starting really catching on, critics complained that it isolated us. Instead of being out in the world meeting and interacting with real people, we were inside, holed up in front of a small screen, chatting with people who may or may not be whom they pretended to be; that it was an artificial existence. Later, when social media hit the www, skeptics were uncomfortable; you're putting too much of yourself out there for all the world to see. We share too much with total strangers. This is true, but I'm so thankful for it.
In 2008, I joined a wonderful community of artisans on Etsy. The people I met in those chat rooms and forums were all very wonderful, helpful, passionate people and I quickly became "friends" with some of them. I joined teams and made more friends. But, in 2009, I started my own team. A group of people who love and make things for pets. If you're a pet person, you know how easy it is to carry on a conversation with a total stranger as long as you're talking about your furbaby. A lot of people joined our team. Some come and go; some have moved on to other things and we miss them, but the core group; the incredible people who drop by our forum every single day and share their lives and their experiences, their good times and the bad ones, those people have become my very best friends. I do not know what I would do without them. They have gotten me through the toughest period of my life and continue to love and support me as I enter a new phase. I am so very thankful for all of them.
This past Tuesday, was, for most everyone, Valentine's Day. For me, it was the first anniversary of my husband's passing. I woke up crying that morning and really didn't stop until mid-afternoon when I think I just ran out of tears. It was an incredibly sad day. When my daughter came home from work, she presented me with a box that turned my whole day around. My dear, wonderful, thoughtful friends from my team, had all sent in gifts to one member who packaged the whole thing together and sent it to my daughter to give to me on Valentine's Day. These women & men, whom I've never met in person, are more than my very best friends. They are my family. To do such a wonderful thing for me; I was just speechless. No amount of words or thank you's seem to properly describe how I felt opening all of those gifts. I feel so blessed to know these people; and I thank God for bringing us all together.
This is a picture of all of the treasures I received:
Patty (Catcalls/DogBarks/thecatrack/mewmart) sent a mini doxie. Velvet assumed it was hers, she reached out to grab it with her teeth, but I stopped her, lol. She was in amongst everything the whole time. Just like a little kid, lol. I also want to thank Patty for putting the whole box together and shipping it to my daughter. Thank you!
Sue (Frumsglassmenagerie) sent a travel bag.
K (kceknits) sent a heart pin.
Kelly sent an angel and a magnet with a saying on it.
Janice (Dogsrule) sent origami hearts, a card with a saying on it, a small round piece of glass art and teeny tiny hearts.
Athena (SassySashadoxie) sent a book called "Bad Dog", and ACEO of Velvet, bookmarks and magnets featuring both Velvet and Sasha.
Pauline (Paulinesfashions) sent a book "Daily Wisdom to Satisfy the Soul".
Alice (MakingStuffwithLove/GrandmasBliss) sent a felted Velvet and a bag/sachet of really good smelling stuff that drove Velvet crazy. Both were in handmade bags.
Diana (DianaDesignsNY / StylinDogsBoutique) sent a Dog calendar and felt hearts.
John (TheHubbyShop) sent a scrabble pendant necklace with a picture of a beagle on it.
In addition to all of this wonderful treasure were cards full of love, support and encouragement.
To see all of the individual items, visit my flickr page.
Thank you so very much!
All my love,
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I especially like the ending ..........
K9 above is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord.. . He's huge - part Boxer
and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the
scales at 200 lbs. His handler took the picture.
Brutus is running toward me because he knows I
have some Milk Bone treats, so he's slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn't stop, but he did.
Brutus was the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in Iraq . His handler and
four other soldiers were taken hostage by
insurgents. Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal
that meant 'go away but come back and find me'.
The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus. He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of
one guard at one door and another guard at
another door. He then jumped against one of the
doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an
old warehouse) until it opened. He went in and
untied his handler and they all escaped. He's
the first K9 to receive this honor.
you're ok, he's a big old lug and wants to sit
in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats..
K-9 Congressional Medal
of Honor WinnerThought
you'd find this interesting.
about animal intelligence and bonding
was indeed a baby, by employing classic sniffing
actually beginning the hugging process.
and prepare for possible close-up.
5. Finally, if a camera is present, you will need to execute
the difficult and patented 'hug, smile, and lean' so
as to achieve the best photo quality.
It will be a shame if you
don't pass this along!!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
First up is a video of my dogs, who love to roll on this bed spread, and they prefer it even more without clothes. Then you can see the strange way my mild mannered Giupetto likes to play. Since he is 3 months old he has growled while he plays, and note that he does not bite.
Knock knock. We're cute. Give us candy.