Monthly Archives: January 2013
Dogs are cute, playful, lovable, and loyal! We hear about how animals can improve a person’s mood and health, encourage people to exercise more, and increase your socializing. There’s nothing quite like the love of a dog. As soon as I walk in the door and see Suki’s excitement at me being home, I forget any bad things that have happened that day. She brings unbelievable joy to my life. She’s just a perfect little fur baby!
Then I forget to close the bathroom door and receive a dose of reality:
Now this is completely my fault. I know she likes to express her dislike of me leaving sometimes and only with this particular trash can. I know better than to not close the door. This latest garbage expression got me to thinking about the lessons we learn from our dogs or cats. I’ve learned (well most of the time) to shut the master bathroom door. For whatever reason, Suki has a special affinity for this trash can.
The Sunday paper presents a weekly battle I like to call Suki vs. The Paper. I only receive the Sunday paper, so I’m only asking for 30 minutes, 1 day a week of peace to read it. Suki has other ideas. I can read books or magazine without issue, but for whatever reason the paper has become her nemesis. As soon as I get it out, she pounces on it and won’t move!
I also learned to warn any friends watching Suki to never leave a can of dog food within her reach with the lid opened…ever! My friend was watching her while I was on vacation, and left the room for a few minutes to check on her baby. Suki seized the opportunity! She took the can off the desk and “opened” it herself. Guess she was tired of waiting. She suffered a minor cut to her paw which healed fine. We’re very lucky she didn’t sustain more severe injuries.
Another valuable lesson learned: Suki is a pig and will eat anything…including the bottom of a hot/cold insulated bag. I mean really? Mental note: make sure pantry door is fully closed from now on.
Mouse traps (hoarder neighbors, don’t ask) are ok…mouse traps with peanut butter (Suki’s fav) as bait are BAD! Suki is a peanut butter junkie! Not even tightly shut bait doors can stop here. The traps were in different places when I left. This is want I came home to:
I have learned over and over and over that my pillow is community property. Now mind you, there are 2 pillows on the bed, so Suki could have her own if wanted. Nope, always lies on mine. If I switch pillows, she switches. I’ve just learned to sleep “cozy” with her. LOL. She’s a little cuddle bug….and I love it!
What lessons have you learned as a pet parent?
OMG! I do this every single time! Suki probably thinks I’m nuts running around like a crazy woman trying to find the remote while covering my eyes with my hand, so I don’t accidentally see any part of the commercial, all while screaming “where’s the remote”. I cry and am depressed the rest of the day if I see it. I can’t even listen to the song on the radio and deleted it from my iPod.
I know people need to be aware of the animals in shelters and the help they need. I freely donate to ASPCA and other animal rescues. I’m looking into volunteering at a local no-kill shelter to provide human interaction for the dogs and cats. It’s not that I’m in denial of their situation…that commercial is just way too much! I want to adopt every animal on there, but can’t, so end up feeling like a horrible person for not saving them. How about we show the animals playing and highlight their loving personalities rather than sad faces to encourage adoptions?
So apparently 5 degrees with a negative wind chill that makes it feel like -13 degrees is too cold for an evening walk! Not only that, but I have to wear a coat just to go out and potty! And mommy makes me come in right after I potty. Can you believe it? No play time! Some BS about how it’s bitter cold, and I’ll freeze my doggie tail off. Personally I think mommy is just using the cold weather as an excuse to not exercise tonight. But then again cuddling under a blanket isn’t so bad after all. I could get used to this. BOL!!
If you’re not mean like my mommy and taking your dog on walks the next couple of days, please follow some precautions:
- Dogs can get frostbite just as easily as humans. Dog boots are a wonderful way to keep our paws warm. So far I haven’t seen any nose , ear, or tail protectors for us, so please limit the time you have us outside in this bitter cold weather. We would prefer to keep all of our parts.
- Snow, ice, and salt can burn our pads. If we’re not wearing boots, we should be wearing paw protector. Mommy likes Musher’s Secret the best. Please make sure to wipe our paws off when we come inside too. We have a tendency to lick our paws, and the salt can really make us sick.
- Short coated dogs and little dogs need a coat in this weather. Our fur isn’t as insulating and warm as that of say a husky. If you need a coat, hat, and gloves on to be comfortable, then we need a coat too.
- If going for a walk, don’t forget the water. It’s just as important in the winter as it is in the summer.
- Try to walk more in the daytime when the sun is out. Any little extra warmth can make a big difference.
- Light colored dogs can still get sunburned in the winter. Don’t forget the sunscreen on sensitive parts.
- Never ever leave us outside in this weather!
Suki’s Paw Rating (1 to 4 paws)
Hate, hate, hate wearing dog boots! Nothing personal against Ruff Wear, but hate boots! Mommy even laughs at me when I try to walk. Bad mommy! At least I can kick these off easily. Mommy said I can’t give a zero rating, so 1 paw it is.
Chicago winters can be not only freezing cold, but also include a lot of snow, ice, salt, and other winter chemicals. I use a paw balm on Suki’s paws most of the time, but once the snow becomes really hard or we have ice, I want to protect her more. I bought the Ruff Wear Bark’n Boots Grip Trex to try out. I chose these in the store because they are reflective at night, very durable, and have a textured Vibram sole which provides Suki with traction….as long as they stay on! That brings me to the reason why I hate these boots…they never stay on! The boots don’t come up very far past the base of the paw, so not only do they not protect much of her leg, Suki can easily kick them off. It doesn’t matter how tight I put the velcro (short of cutting off her circulation), I’m always stopping multiple times during a walk to put a wayward boot back on. This is a big enough pain inside a warm house, but try doing it in the freezing cold on a snow covered paw.
After retracing my steps and searching for a lost boot in the snow for about twenty minutes one day, I decided to try the sock liners sold by Ruff Wear (for an additional price of course). I always wondered why Ruff Wear sells single boots on their website in addition to the set. Now I know it’s because these things come out so easily. The socks liners come up higher and supposedly help the boot stay on. So now I’m battling Suki to put on 4 socks and 4 boots. Neither of us is very happy during this process. The socks help the boots stay on a little better in light snow, but they still come out in heavier snow fall. Suki can still kick them off as well. I can’t go any smaller in size, or her paws would be squished. If these boots came up higher, I think they would probably stay on better. Now you can buy the new taller Polar Trex boots if you want to spend $90…I don’t! Plus they look like a royal pain in the you know what to put on!
I’ve ordered a set of Muttluks fleece lined boots, since they come up higher. Once I try them out for a few walks, I’ll post a review. Wish me luck!
Suki’s Paw Rating (1 to 4 paws)
I sniffed it a couple of times, but that was it. Prefer my other toys.
I thought this was such a cute toy, so I bought it for Suki as a Christmas present this year. I was so excited for her to unwrap it! I put a couple of treats in it, but she gave it a couple sniffs then walked away. I was crushed!
I left the toy out on the floor with treats inside to see if she was just overwhelmed with all the Christmas goodies. After a week, the toy was still in the same spot unplayed with…treats and all. Suki could care less about it! Now this is very shocking, since she’s torn other toys in her mission to obtain the yummy treat inside. I think part of the problem is the difficulty in getting the treats out. The openings are small and tight, so the treats don’t come out well. I’ve tried shaking it different ways, and the toy has still held the treats hostage. The package says the treats are dispensed randomly, but so far I haven’t seen a single treat pop out. I’m going to try and loosen the openings a bit to see if that helps and draws Suki’s interest. For now, I would say this toy isn’t worth spending your time or money on. If something changes, I’ll update my review.
It’s a New Year, so mommy has decided to get serious about her (translated “we” – I’m being dragged along for the doggie ride) weight loss/fitness goal now. I’m seriously protesting this New Year, New Goal concept! Yes, I have a buddha belly….but it’s adorable and shakes like a bowl full of jelly. BOL. I love my peanut butter biscuits from PaPa. The wrath of Suki will be felt if those are taken away from me! I also won’t turn down a bully stick, Fruitables, any dog biscuit known to man, or basically any food that drops within my reach either. Hey, this doggie can’t live on healthy carrots alone! If I have to suffer through this goal until mommy gives up, then so do my anipals and their parents!
Entry 1: Mommy cooked only healthy meals today…for all meals! No yummy pizza smell…no delicious cheese smell…no savory butter smell! Let’s face it…veggies don’t compete with that intoxicating pizza aroma that puts my doggie nose in heaven. My poor nose is going through withdrawal right now and may shrivel up and die!
Apparently mommy felt she had enough exercise putting away all the Christmas decorations and going up and down a ladder and stairs because she didn’t go to the gym today! Wuss. Normally I’d be happy that she stayed home with me, except she was running around all day and didn’t give me cuddles until tonight. That is soooo not ok! I didn’t even get a walk! Oh wait, it was raining, and I hate rain. Never mind about the walk. Napping on the laundry pile was waaay better.
Suki’s Paw Rating (1 to 4 paws)
These treats are my favorite! Their smell is so enticing! I make bath time difficult for mommy unless she gives me Skinny Minis during the process. I could eat these all day long!
I love these chewy treats! They’re gluten-free, low-calorie, and have added Vitamin A, C, and E. Each treat is only 3 1/2 calories and small in size, so they’re great for training sessions without adding a lot of calories. Suki gains weight easily, so a low-calories treat is a must!
I also use these in treat dispensing toys for play time or as a distraction when I’m leaving the house. Their size is perfect for all of Suki’s toys except the Nina Ottosson Pyramid (smallest hole ever seen in a toy). The chewy texture takes her a little longer to eat whereas she basically inhales crunchy treats. I like that Skinny Minis use organic fruits and vegetables for ingredients versus fattening ingredients found in most treats. Suki loves them, and I feel good about giving her a healthy treat. They come in 3 flavors, and Suki recommends all 3!