Monthly Archives: December 2012

Happy New Year’s Eve!

nye dog

From me and mommy…Happy New Year’s Eve to everyone!

Only a few hours left until we ring in 2013!   For many people,  New Year’s Eve means partying with friend & family, loud noise makers,  lots of food, party decorations, and abundant alcohol.  The celebrations are enjoyed by humans, but can be very stressful or even dangerous for our pets.   If you’re lucky enough to live by that neighbor…the one who lights off fireworks or shoots guns into the air, then your pet may have added anxiety.  Go ahead and enjoy your New Year’s celebrations, but please take tips to increase your pet’s safety and comfort level tonight.

Use a Thundershirt

Suki freaks out with loud noises, especially fireworks.  Unfortunately, my neighbor insists on letting off the loudest fireworks possible.  She’s a furry ball of nerves!  The compression feel of the Thundershirt amazingly calms her down.  I bought one this year, and she slept through Fourth of July while wearing it…instead of running around attacking the windows and doors like previous years. I highly recommend it!

Give Your Pet a Safe Secure Place

With the commotion of the festivities, it’s best to provide your pet a safe, secure, and familiar area within the house.  This area not only lessens your pet’s anxiety level, but it also protects him/her from dangerous decorations and drunk guests.  Balloons and streamer can cause a deadly intestinal blockage or choking if swallowed. Keeping your pets away from the party also prevents guests from providing prohibited food or drink to them.  Even if a guest doesn’t directly hand your dog food, a plate or glass left unsupervised on a table can be easy pickings for a curious pooch.

Make Sure Guests Know the Rules

If you’re having a party at your house, you’ll likely have people over who aren’t aware of your pet’s rules.  Add alcohol into the mix, and your guests may not think twice about involving your pet in the festivities.  If your pet will be out and about at the party, make sure guests know not to feed your pet anything without your permission.   Not everyone knows which foods are toxic to dogs.   Alcohol can also be deadly to dogs, so ensure your guests know not to share with Fido. Also, make it clear whether Fido can be let outside.  A well-meaning guest may let Fido outside for a potty break, only to have him take off.  Even a dog with good off-leash skills can become frightened by loud party noises and bolt.

For additional tips for a safe and happy New Year’s Eve with your pets, click here.

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE!

 

Monster Mouth by Jolly Pets

Jolly Pets Monster Mouth

Suki’s Paw Rating (1 to 4 paws)

2 paws

This toys is hard to get treats out of!  My treats always fall to the back of the monster, and I can’t get them out. I still like trying though!

Mommy’s Review:

Suki plays with it as a treat-dispensing toy. I like it, but the treats tend to fall into the back of the toy.  The mouth doesn’t open much, so it’s hard for Suki to reach the treats at that point.  I usually have to pick up the toy and shake the treats forward in order for her to continue playing with it.  She does like the toy, but gets frustrated with it.

It’s a very durable rubber though!  No visible marks on it, even after repeatedly being in Suki’s mouth.  The rubber is also non-toxic and doesn’t have that awful rubber smell.  If your dog likes to fetch, then this toy would be a great addition to the toy basket!   It bounces funny when hits the floor which excites Suki.  For treat dispensing, it may be a little frustrating.

 

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…

Adorable doggie take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas:

http://4theloveofanimals.com/blog/2012/12/18/twas-the-night-before-christmas-woof-woof/

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas graphic produced by Pet365 and Dogorama. Click here to view the original post.

 

Atomic Treat Ball by Our Pets

Our Pets Atomic Treat Ball

Suki’s Paw Rating (1 to 4 paws)

3 paws

I like playing with this toy, but I tore up my first one.  It rolls in all different directions, so I’m entertained until I get all of the treats out.  Sometimes it rolls under the coffee table out of my reach, and I have to wait for mommy to retrieve it for me.  That makes me sad!

Mommy’s Review:

Suki really enjoys this toy!  The unique shape keeps it rolling in different, unexpected directions, which seems to absolutely delight her.   It also provides a good mental challenge for her.

The treat opening is large enough to fit most size treats.  I wish the overall size of the ball was a little bigger because it rolls under the coffee table and gets stuck out of Suki’s reach.  She is NOT amused by that. This would be a great toy for fast eaters too!  Suki inhales her food, so I used to put her kibble in this to slow her down.  She eats raw food now, so no longer a option.

If your dog is a heavy chewer, this might not be the best toy for him/her.  Suki broke off pieces around the treat hole on her first one.  I had to throw it away due to the sharp edges.  It hasn’t happened to the second one, so I don’t know if I just had a bad one the first time, or if it’s not durable.  I’ll update my review if it happens with the second one too.  Overall, I recommend the Atomic Ball for most dogs.

It’s Christmas Time!

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Christmas 2011

 

Suki enjoyed Christmas last year, and she can’t wait ’til it’s here this year!  Finally wrapped the presents and put them under the tree last night.  She “helped” wrap for a few minutes then became bored.  She decided a nap was better use of her time.  Usually I hide her wrapped treats in the pantry until Christmas Eve, but this year I decided to be brave and put them under the tree.  Suki keeps sniffing her gifts, pushing them around with her nose, looks back at me, then walks away all sad looking.  She knows she can’t open them yet…such a good girl!   Think I might break down and give her 1 gift to open on Christmas Eve!  Can you say spoiled doggie!  LOL

Dog Pyramid by Nina Ottosson

Nina Ottosson Nina Ottosson Dog Pyramid

Suki’s Paw Rating (1 to 4 paws)

1 paw print

It’s hard on my mouth!  The hole is really small, so it’s hard for me to get the treats out.  I get bored of it quickly.

Mommy’s Review:

This toy is alright, but nothing great.  I like that it sways back & forth, so it does require some effort on a dog’s part.  Unfortunately, the hole for the treats is too small.  The majority of treats Suki has don’t fit through the hole.  I have to buy special tiny treats to use with this toy. Even with small treats, Suki has difficulty getting them to come out of the hole.  It’s just so small. She get tired of dealing with it after a few minutes.

I’m not impressed with the durability of the Dog Pyramid either.  Suki’s only played with it a couple times, but it’s showing some serious wear and tear already.  It’s made from a very hard plastic which seems to bother Suki’s mouth too. Overall, not worth the money.  There are much better dog toys out there.

Tricky Treat Ball by Omega Paw

Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball

Suki’s Paw Rating (1 to 4 paws)

4 paws

Love, love, love my treat ball!  It’s soft on my mouth but durable too.  The grooves make it easy to pick up when I get it stuck somewhere.  I get so excited when mommy brings it out!

Mommy’s Review:

Suki loves this ball!  She starts bouncing around like a kangaroo when I take it out of the toy basket.  This rubber ball is surprisingly tough!  Suki bats it around and picks it up, but you can barely see any marks on it.  We’ve had it for almost a year, and you would think we just got it a week ago.   I also like that it has grooves in it, so it doesn’t roll as easily like other balls.  Suki has to work a little to get the treats out, so it entertains her for quite awhile.

I also like the size because it doesn’t roll under the coffee and end tables.  Suki would get frustrated with other balls when they rolled under a table and became stuck.  The sad little look on her face was heartbreaking.  She doesn’t have that problem with this ball.  The treat opening is also a good size, so majority of treats will fit.  Some of her other toys have such tiny holes, I have to buy teeny tiny treats. I highly recommend the Tricky Treat Ball!

Suki’s Favorite Singing Dogs Christmas Song

This song is Suki’s favorite so far.  She loves to sing along!

 

Get in the Christmas Spirit with Singing Dogs

Need help getting in the Christmas spirit?  Or just want some Christmas fun?  Check out these singing dogs on youtube link below!  I play the videos for Suki, and she sings along.  For more of their videos, their website is singingdogs.net

singing dogs photo

 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

 

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas….

My mommy loves me!

My mommy loves me!

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas my mommy gave to me:
Twelve “mommy kisses”
Eleven bribes for bath time
Ten seconds to get off her paper
Nine photo ops
Eight commands that bored me
Seven new toys to chew on
Six peaceful doggie naps
Five snowy walks
Four goofy dog boots
Three belly rubs
Two yummy bully sticks
And a pair of antlers so I’d look silly.

 

MERRY  CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

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