Does Your Dog Become More Active in Cold Weather?

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Baylie says: “Bring it on Old Man Winter!”

Generally, we hoomans get a little lethargic when cold weather sets in and assume it rings true with our dogs, as well.  While cabin fever and the Winter blues may be experienced by some small-breed dogs, it can be just the opposite for many long-haired, large-breed dogs that get an adrenaline  rush from cooler temps. Baylie welcomes the onset of cool weather with open arms.

Some long-haired, large-breed dogs can be compared to human “snowbirds”.  Living near the Gulf Coast, we categorize “snowbirds” as misguided “nawthaners“, over the age of 60, who migrate to our State each Winter to escape the bitter cold back home.   They are easy to spot. When the temps hit the 50-degree mark, and we locals are bundled up in sweaters because of the “cold’ snap, you’ll see them strolling around in Bermuda shorts and flip-flops as if it was an 80-degree Summer day.  Same scenario for dogs – while some of the long-haired dogs are romping around unscathed by the  40-degree weather, their counterparts (frufru, short-haired, small-breed dogs) are sporting the layered look with sweaters and doggie boots. Some dogs are not genetically suited to the environments in which they find themselves transplanted. Factors may include breed, size and even age. For instance, the Samoyed breed genetically predisposed to acclimate to the cold climates of Northwest Russia and Western Siberia may not be as active during the hot Summer months.  Her genetics acclimate her to a cold-climate existence.
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We Won A Motorola Scout 66 Wi-Fi Pet Monitor – Our Review

As a former IT Functional Systems Analyst,  I’m a self-proclaimed techie.  One product I’ve been wanting to purchase is a pet monitor.  There are so many monitors on the market, but I have not had the time to do my due diligence as far as which monitor will suit my needs as well as the price points.  Thankfully, I was saved the arduous task of comparing specs by our friends at PetsWeekly.  I’m certain a squeal could be heard when told I was  the lucky winner of their Motorola Scout 66 Wi-Fi Pet Monitor giveaway.

If you are not familiar with PetsWeekly, it’s a fantastic resource for pet parents.  You’ll learn all about pets and pet health, read fun pet stories and pet quotes, stay abreast of the newest pet products, and save money with free contests & coupons.

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Living in a bipetual home, one of my worst fears is that weird things happen when Smoki and Baylie are home alone. On occasion when I arrive home, Baylie greets me anxious and panting. With a pet monitor, I will be able see and hear, in real-time,  if she exhibits any signs of separation anxiety. Foremost, I  want to make certain Smoki and Baylie are respectful of each other when I’m away.

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Why Pet Gates Make Sense In A #Bipetual Home

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Smoki & Baylie at an Impasse

Two items I vowed never to have in our bipetual home; 1) doggie potty pads,  and 2) a pet gate.   Potty pads were never necessary since Baylie was so easy to potty train, but   I succumbed to the use of a pet gate.  Why now,  you ask, even though Baylie is past her rambunctious puppy stage? The foremost reason we decided to consider using a pet gate was not so much to corral Baylie,  but rather to provide Smoki some degree of privacy without shutting her off from the other rooms of the house.

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Who Will Care For Your Pet(s) When You are Sick? Tips For Planning Ahead

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If you have a large extended family, caring for your pet(s) while you are sick or hospitalized, most likely, will not be an issue.  For approximately 96 million singles in the U.S., it causes great concern.   I was pleasantly surprised by one of the questions posed to me by the admitting hospitalist during my last hospital stay:  “Do you have pets at home that depend on you for their care?” This simple question speaks volumes in how we, as a society, see our pets within the family unit.   I was blown away and quickly answered:  “Yes, I do; one 85 pound dog and a cat“.  I knew I liked this doctor right away and was tempted to pull out my IPhone to show him snapshots, but I figured that would be a bit over the top.

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Baylie Dog’s Summer Book BONEanza & Gift Card Giveaway

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“I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king  without the desire to read.” – Thomas Babington Macaulay

According to the literacy fast facts from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), literacy is defined as “using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.” Estimates indicate that nearly a billion people will enter the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names and two-thirds of them are women.”  One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.

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Happy Fourth of July!

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Happy Fourth of July!  Remember to keep your pets safe during firecracker “season”.  More pets  are lost during this time of year than any other.  If possible, bring your pups and kitties indoors.  It’s common for dogs to escape from backyards due to fear of fireworks, so if bringing your pets indoors is not an option, please make sure they are microchipped and wearing their pet ID tags.

Adopt Don’t Shop – We CAN Save Them All!

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Despite major cities like Chicago and Los Angeles passing legislation to prevent puppy mills from thriving, recent data from Best Friends Animal Society alarmingly reveals that 43 percent of Americans still don’t know most pet store dogs come from puppy mills.

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It’s also estimated that a quarter of Americas haven’t heard of a puppy mill. This could be why one in five (17 percent) still choose to purchase at a local pet store rather than saving a life and adopt from a shelter or rescue organization.

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Sharing Your Bed With A Pet – Cat vs. Dog. Is It a Good Idea?

Sharing your bed with your pet can be interesting to say the least. There are all kinds of studies that give you a gazillion reasons why you shouldn’t.  I’m sure you have read them all.  In spite of all of the hoopla, most pet parents at some point and time give in to letting their cat or dog sleep in their bed even if they aren’t the best of bedfellows.

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Dogswell Live Free® Holistic Dog Food Review & Giveaway

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Live Long. Live Happy. LiveFree. With Dogswell®

A HOLISTIC LINE OF ultra low glycemic, grain & potato free FOOD FOR DOGS

When it comes to nutrition, it makes no difference if you have two legs or four. In order to live life to the fullest, a body needs good, healthy fuel;  not junk.

We are a household of health-conscious eaters and that transcends to our pets, as well.  So, we were thrilled when the folks at Dogswell® offered us the opportunity to sample their LiveFree® ultra low glycemic dog food.  What sets Dogswell LiveFree® Dog Food apart from others?  It’s packed with a boatload of premium  protein with zip, zilch, zero grain and potato fillers. The ultra low glycemic natural formula is made from responsibly-raised ingredients with the #1 ingredient being protein.

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#Tips for Preventing Hairballs – Summer is Hairball Season

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Shedding of your cat’s Winter undercoat,  along with excessive grooming,  can only result in one thing,  HAIRBALLS!   Cats can spend up to 10 percent of their waking hours grooming themselves by licking their fur.  They have an amazing built-in  barbed, self-grooming tool -their tongue- which can result in a whole ‘lotta’ hairballs.  Continue reading

Solvit Sta-Put™ Bolstered Furniture Protectors Review & Giveaway

Solvitlogo3finalIt’s no secret that we may be a bit compulsive when it comes to keeping a neat and clean house.  After Baylie came into our home over two years ago, we had to redefine our perception of clean and neat.  One thing we said we would never do as doggie parents is place ghastly throws on the sofa, but we succumbed.    We are okay with Baylie taking ownership of the sofa, but we needed to find a solution to prevent wear-and-tear and simplify cleaning.

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Montgomery Family’s Dog Recovering After Eating Jerky Treats Tainted With Deet & Amantadine

A local dog became ill after eating the infamous jerky treats we have all read about. We are so happy Buddy is on the road to recovery.  Tests revealed that the treats Buddy ingested included the chemical Deet (active ingredient in many insect repellents) and Amantadine (used as an antiviral drug used to treat Avian Influenza).
Here is Buddy’s story:

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Introducing A #Dog Into a #Cat’s World

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It’s been over two years since I rescued Baylie; a great pyrenees/border collie mix.  She has grown from four pounds to ninety pounds, and I don’t thinks she is done yet. My biggest concern when I brought Baylie into the home was how my cat, Smoki, would adjust to the new addition. I now can say,  Smoki, weighing in at just under ten pounds, and I have established ourselves as the alpha dogs of the pack. It didn’t happen overnight.  It took months of patience and diligence on our part.

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Smoki, at twelve years of age,  didn’t quite know what to think of Baylie when she arrived on the scene but one thing for certain, she wanted no part of this odd creature.  Even though in the beginning Baylie was much smaller than Smoki, I knew the groundwork had to be set to bring cohesiveness between the two since Baylie would grow to be a very large dog. It took repetitive slaps to the face and a lot of fat tails and hissing by Smoki to put her into hierarchy status over Baylie.

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