When you hear “Mardi Gras” or Fat Tuesday, you immediately think New Orleans. Right? But for this native Alabamian, I think, Mobile, Alabama. Why, because Mobile’s Carnival celebration began in 1703; 15 years before New Orleans was even founded. It began as a French Catholic celebration beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday or Fat Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday).
Brushing your dog’s teeth isn’t just about fresh breath. It’s an essential part of good oral care, and good oral care is important to your dog’s overall health. Although most people aren’t aware of it, periodontal or gum disease is a common, serious problem in dogs. Here’s a quick guide from our friends at Hill’s Pet Nutrition:
House training a new puppy requires commitment, patience and consistency/routine. Your puppy will do best on a schedule. They will soon learn when it is time to eat, sleep play and potty. The following are a few tips that I followed to successfully train my four-week old great pyrenees/border collie mix. It was trial and error but with minimal mishaps along the way.
Congratulations to our winner, Sheila K! Thanks to all who entered!
According to the Drake Center for Veterinary Care, while cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include litter box issues, anxiety, eating disorders, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching. Providing an enriched environment can increase activity, decrease mental stagnation and prevent many of these issues.
Photo – WestminsterKennelClub.org
Baylie Dog here. I believe every dog should have its day. And, for the first time since 1884, the breed known in polite company as an All-American (a.k.a. mutt) was hobnobbing with the purebreds at a Westminster Kennel Club Agility Championship event. As a non-purebred, All-American, mutt, Great Pyrenees/Border Collie mix, I say, it’s about time! Now we’ll focus our sights on Best in Show; All-American Mutt!
Good friends are loyal and stick by you no matter what, and that’s true when it comes to man’s best friend. We’ve all read about faithful dogs — from courageous canines who saved their owners’ lives to dedicated dogs who stayed by their loved ones’ sides even after death. There’s a fascinating article in the New York Times by “neuroeconomics” professor Gregory Burns where he describes his latest work studying dogs. After training and scanning the brains of dozens of them, he says he’s left with the inescapable conclusion that “dogs are people, too.” Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children.
Baylie will be backup quarterback to Peyton in Super Bowl XLVIII.
It’s very unusual for it to snow here in the deep South, but it does happen. Our last significant snow event was 2010 with some four inches of the white stuff. It’s usually a wet, heavy snow that rarely lingers for more than a day before turning into a sloppy mess. Nevertheless, we are ecstatic when the forecast calls for any semblance of snow. In fact, we experience a fair amount of jubilation when just a miniscule chance of snow is in the forecast.
Photo WSFA-TV – Icy I-65/85 Montgomery Ala
Living in a multiple species household (one dog, one cat), you realize pretty quickly that dogs and cats are quite different in the appetite department. A cat will let you know if they have issues with what you serve them for dinner. They care about the presentation; type of bowl and how many morsels are contained within for maximum eating pleasure. Some don’t like to dine alone and require an escort for a 3:00 a.m. snack. Don’t be surprised if your cat turns up her nose and walks away from the food you have fed her for last ten years. That’s their way of letting us know it’s time for a change in the menu. However, with a large-breed dog, it’s quite different.
I couldn’t help but laugh
Yes, I admit, I bribe my dog. I have committed the cardinal sin in the dog training world. Cesar Milan and Victoria Stilwell would be appalled at my behavior. I don’t even want to think of the scolding I would get for reinforcing bad behavior in my dog, Baylie. I have no excuse for rewarding Baylie for bad behavior other than I am old, and I just don’t feel like running through the house chasing Baylie with the lid to the margarine container she just stole from the kitchen countertop. Trust me, it’s easier to shout, “treat” accompanied by the rattling of the treat jar to stop the sprint. Recently, I put into play a little reverse psychology. The less interest I show in retrieving an object, the less interested Baylie is to run with it or guard it. I just let her lose interest on her terms. Smart, huh? Plus, I have to admit, it can be quite entertaining at times just seeing what she will get into next.
Some of the coldest weather in years is hitting the eastern half of the nation as far south as Alabama and Florida. Many areas will see epic snowfall and life-threatening temperatures. Even here in the deep South, we are going to see temps breaking record lows. In my area, the mercury will fall to 11 degrees tomorrow night.
Please remember the three “P’s”; people, pets and plants. Check on the elderly who are most vulnerable and are least likely to call for help should their heat source fail. And, bring in your pets! Don’t assume that since your dog has a dog house they Continue reading
Barks, love and lots of kisses to all who followed my journey in 2013!
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy 2014 filled with joy and love. May all your dreams and aspirations come true.
“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” ― Karen Davison
May each new day bring you new joys and hopes for a wonderful 2014!
Baylie Dog, Smoki and family
Research suggests that a mere 8% of New Year’s goals are met. I admit, Baylie and I fell short in keeping our 2013 New Year’s resolutions. After all, Baylie was a naïve pup when she posted her first resolutions for the New Year and for myself, I offer no excuses other than it’s been a trying year with many unexpected challenges.
Baylie, now a seasoned two-year old, has learned not to set the bar so high. After consulting with legal counsel, she made a few “modifications” to last year’s bucket list of promises to make them a bit more attainable in 2014. The first step is to set out a well thought out plan to achieve sustainable goals. Here are Baylie’s scaled down top
ten, nine 2014 New Year’s resolutions. Hopefully, we both will get it right in 2014.
Congratulations, Britney D. – The Winner of the PawGanics Giveaway!
We hear the words “green”, “organic” and “natural” a lot these days but what does it all really mean? Do we have to be a chemist to clean our home in a safe, natural, non-toxic way? The answer is no. We just need a bit of information to help us out!