Monthly Archives: May 2013
So apparently having Suki groomed was a futile attempt on my part. 24 hours later, she’s rolling in the grass and burying her nose in dirt. Guess grass smell is better! LOL
Poop bags are a great method for quickly and easily picking up that lovely doggie poo. I actually have a poop bag dispenser on both leashes, so I’m not having to stuff grocery bags in my pockets for walks. There is a BIG downside to these lovely bags though…storing them for a week until next garbage day! That unmistakable poo smell permeates through the garage or trash area making your nose revolt in disgust every time you walk by. Hot, humid summer days are the worst!
I tried using odor shield garbage bags, spraying Lysol in the can, and attaching stick-ups to the garbage can lid. Nothing worked. I finally had enough and came up with a brilliant idea…a diaper pail! If they could contain my niece’s nasty smelly diapers (what does that kid eat anyway), why not dog poop bags? I set about researching the different diaper pails for their ability to conceal stench, and the Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail came out on top. I ran to Target and plopped down the $25 plus tax. I have the all white one, but it now comes in white with pink accents too.
From the Munchkin website:
The Arm & Hammer™ Diaper Pail by Munchkin® uses the odor-eliminating power of baking soda, combined with the patented self-sealing system to lock odors away. The pre-filled, vented baking soda dispenser sprinkles baking soda each time the lid is closed and continuously absorbs and eliminates odors even when the pail is not in use. The patented self-sealing system automatically seals the bag when the lid is closed and keeps it sealed when the lid is reopened. The disposable refill bags, each of which can hold up to 25 diapers, shut tight with a snap and can be easily tossed and replaced without cutting or tying. Includes (1) Pail and (1) Refill Bag. Measures approximately 21″H x 11D” and comes fully assembled.
- Powered by odor-eliminating baking soda
- Patented self-sealing system seals the bag as the lid closes
- One-handed use
- Just Snap, Seal and Toss bags to dispose
I’ve been using this for a several months now, and I can’t believe the difference. The baking soda dispenser and self-sealing system are awesome! Even when I open the lid to dispose of another bag, I smell fresh baking soda not poop. The ONLY time I smell poop is when I take the old bag out of the pail on garbage day. Even then, it’s not that bad because of the way the refill bag seals at the top. I love that it’s so simple to use. No twisting or annoying disposal methods like other diaper pails. Just put the bag through the opening & shut the lid. The pail pushes the bag down into the bottom of the pail. It does such a good job of concealing stench that sometimes I only change the bag when it’s full and not every garbage week (the frugal part of me). Per the manufacturer’s website, 1 refill bag can hold up to 25 diapers. That means lot of poop bags! The pail refills are easy to find and cost $5 – 6 for a box of 10 depending on the store (Target and Walmart seem to be cheapest in my area). I still haven’t had to refill the baking soda dispenser yet after several months. When that time comes, I don’t have to spend money on a new dispenser. Just open it and pour more baking soda in. The Muchkin Arm& Hammer Diaper Pail has made my nose happy again!
Today started off great…Suki didn’t wake me at the crack of dawn, she was super cuddly, we had a nice play session outside, then ate a yummy breakfast. It was about that time I received an email about a new dog social group, South Suburban Dog Meet-Up Group, in Oak Forest, IL on Meetup.com that would sour my morning. I’ve been starting to look at dog groups for Suki to have furry playtime and just be a goofy dog with other goofy dogs. I excitedly went to the group’s home page to learn more. That’s when I lost it. Right on the home page was the phrase “No Aggressive dogs or dog breeds (i.e. pitbulls) allowed“. Now I completely understand about not wanting aggressive dogs, as in individual dogs, at the events. However, I am shocked and appalled that a fellow dog parent and dog lover would decide a whole breed is aggressive and ban them. C’mon guy, breeds are not bad! It’s how an individual dog is raised!
And before the critics start attacking me… no, I’m not a pit bull mom being all protective of my fur baby. Suki is a Lab/Beagle mix, no pit bull in her (as far as I know). However, I have met many adorable, sweet, loving pit bulls who may have licked me to death at the most. I’ve run into far more small “cute breed” dogs that were snappy and apt to bite. My cousin’s small dog broke my watch band and left teeth indents in my hand during a bite attack. My neighbor’s wiener dog is so unfriendly, she told me to not move when he came up to me or he would bite. Yet I’ve had a slobbery hand and face from a pit bull’s happy tongue with not a single mark left on me. People like this group’s organizer are part of the problem with the prevalent breed specific discrimination and legislation occurring in areas. As a fellow dog parent, I’m just shocked. I emailed the group’s organizer expressing my disappointment in the group’s views. Needless to say, Suki & I will NOT be associating with that group.
For some reason, dogs sleep in the oddest most uncomfortable looking positions. I decided to highlight a few of my favorites.
How is that even comfortable? BOL!!!
Um, doesn’t that chair bar feel hard?
All I can say is OW!!!!!
Someone get that doggie a pillow!
And of course my favorite! Yes I’m biased, but c’mon…she fell asleep in the car. How cute is that!
Looking for a healthy, low fat dog treat? Look no further!
Yogurt Pops to the Rescue!
I like being able to reward Suki with a snack here & there, but I also don’t want her putting on the pounds after our long journey to get her into shape. She also has a very sensitive stomach, so I have to be careful what I feed her. One day I decided to freeze some all natural, non-fat, plain yogurt in an ice cube tray and voila, yogurt pops! They’re a healthy low fat crunchy treat that she loves! She runs to the freezer at the mention of “yogurt pop”. The probiotics in the yogurt also aid her digestion and sensitive tummy. A 32 oz carton of yogurt is under $3, so it’s a cost-effective treat too. Just make sure to use plain yogurt, since the flavored ones have quite a bit of sugar in them. For added flavor, I sometimes freeze slices of fresh fruit in the yogurt. I’ve found the silicone ice cube trays are the easiest for popping them out once frozen.
Can someone please explain why people do this to their dogs?
Why oh why?!
Hope the dog pees on his pet parent.
Sorry for the long pause between posts. Mommy’s been busy with a new job and recovering from a bad car accident that totaled her car. Luckily I wasn’t in the car when mommy was hit….or that texting fool who hit her would have been in a world of hurt! Mommy says you don’t mess with me! Please remember to buckle up or secure your fur babies in the car. I cringe every time I see a fellow pup roaming free in a vehicle. And no matter how much we whine to sit up front with you, please don’t unless you have the option to turn the passenger seat airbag off! You never know when a bad driver will crash into you and send your fur baby flying about. We need you to protect us!