We at BaylieDog.com are a feline friendly, canine friendly community of like pet lovers. In fact, we love all God’s creatures. You will never see a request from Baylie Dog for personal donations; “chip-ins”, “contribute to” links or any type of request solely for the purpose of self-promotion or personal gain. That is not our mission statement. We are not a profit-driven community. It is also not our mission to ask you to cast a vote for us in order to place a trophy on our mantle; as public accolades are not our goal or purpose unless your vote has potential for allowing us to make a donation to a named shelter or rescue organization. Even though we have no plans to offer any Baylie Dog products in the near future, we will never solicit you to purchase any products related to Baylie Dog with the disclaimer that a “portion” of your donations will go to charity “X” without full disclosure and transparency of that percentage of disbursement.
Baylie Dog was created a little over a year ago when this author rescued a feisty little puppy who stole her heart. The reason for creating Baylie Dog’s presence on social media was for the sole purpose of connecting with like-minded pet lovers in order to share knowledge of pet related issues and enjoy a little silliness to help us through the day; not for personal financial gain.
On BaylieDog.com and Facebook page, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to offer product giveaways to our readers that have been graciously donated by our affiliates and peers in the pet industry. This is our way of showing our gratitude to you; our loyal readers in our small community of Baylie Dog. It warms our hearts to be given the opportunity to do so. Our only regret is that we cannot offer more in these difficult economic times as we know, firsthand, the ever-increasing costs involved in vetting and providing quality, nutritional food for our four-legged family members. If we make just one reader smile or enrich their day through a post, then we have accomplished our goal for the day. If we provide a brief respite to someone from the trials of their every day life for just a moment by means of one of Baylie’s silly photo’s, then we have met our expectations.
Even though we are a small community, we feel we can make a difference. If we lose sight of our purpose, as has been the case with so many communities, we encourage you to reach out to us. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for following our journey and hope you will stick around. I hope we have provided you with as much joy as you have given us.
—-For it is giving that we receive—-
Now that hurricane season is bearing down on us here along the Gulf Coast, we begin to talk preparedness. That means not only do we humans need to batten down the hatches, we need to think about our four-legged family members as well. Pet owners should have an emergency plan for their pets.
More than 358 million pets reside in 63 percent of American households. According to a Zogby International poll, 61 percent of pet owners will not evacuate if they cannot bring their pets with them. However, more and more hotels are becoming pet friendly. And, in disaster situations, others will relax their no pets allowed policy.
Our friends at PetsWeekly™ were so kind to provide us with a new liquid vitamin drink supplement product that’s 100 percent natural called LICKS® for Dogs Signature Joint+Heart formula. It is packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, vegetarian glucosamine, and vitamin E and is made in the USA. It integrates seamlessly with your dog’s food or water to help ensure he/she receives the daily supplements needed to maintain heart and joint health. Since Baylie has had some joint problems, I tried the “Joint and Heart Formula” in her water thinking she would probably turn up her nose and walk away. Being roasted chicken flavor, I should have known that she would love it. In fact, she liked it so much she lapped up an entire bowl of water. I had equal success when I mixed it with her chow.
Our friends at Pet360 shared with us this cute infographic with the goal of raising awareness of pet foster programs and to encourage pet lovers to consider fostering shelter pets. As you know, my Baylie Dog was a rescue but not in the normal sense of the term. Baylie was a rescue that I had all intentions of finding a forever home after she came into my life the day she was found on the side of the road. I don’t call her a “foster flop” but rather a foster miracle. I decided to cease my search for that special family to give her a home because she was home! Who was I kidding, I had fallen in love with this cute little four-pound ball of fur.
People think we Southerners are accustomed to the scorching Summer heat and humidity. We are not and neither are our pets. We take precautions by limiting our activities and that of our pets during the hottest hours of the day and by drinking plenty of water. Our pets use instinct to seek relief from excessive heat. My Baylie will seek out the coolest place in the backyard to hunker down and take a nap; usually in a hole she has dug under the cool shade of the azaleas or on the cool tile of the covered patio. My kitty, Smoki, is an indoor/outdoor cat and has a knack for finding cool spots while outdoors; usually in the flowerbed under the shrubs. Our pets also depend on us to keep them comfortable in extreme heat. Making sure they have a water source outdoors to prevent dehydration and shade/shelter to escape the blazing sun is foremost in keeping them safe from the heat. Another great way to keep your doggie cool in the heat is to place a kiddie pool in the yard. Dehydration in pets is a serious condition that, if not immediately treated, can be fatal.
Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March and is named after Saint Patrick; the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It’s a day Christians attend church services and the Lenten restrictions of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter are lifted for the day.
My mom is Irish, but then again, isn’t everyone on St. Patrick’s Day; the day everyone and everything takes on somewhat of a green hue. In my town, even the court square fountain water is dyed green. So I knew it was inevitable; true to tradition, mom would most surely come up with something green for me to wear today.
Baylie here. It was a beautiful day today with temperatures in the low 70′s; perfect day for some quality time with my human at the dog park. My human thinks that it’s all about me when it comes to dog parks, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. She needs the exercise as much as I.
We, at BaylieDog.com, are a feline and canine friendly community. Even though we go on and on and on with relentless dog talk, we love all things CAT! Seems cats have taken over social media and now have their sights clearly set on Instagram where there are bookoodles of cute kitty pics.
Here is one of the cuties I found at #cats_of_Instagram. His name is Sam. He does appear to have a permanent surprised look about him with the Groucho Marx eyebrows but that’s what makes him so irresistible! He is oh so cute, don’t you think? Seems he has become the king of Instagram; that is, the cat world of Instagram with over 2,500 followers. You can check out his photos on Instagram as #samhaseyebrows. And, if you want your fix of cute cats, just pop on over to Instagram and check out #cats_of_Instagram
Baylie, being a long-haired dog, can overheat very quickly when out on our walks during the hot Summer months. After searching for a way to keep her cool, I discovered a cooling harness by Kumfy Tailz called Kumfy Koatz that works double duty; cool in the Summer and toasty in the Winter.
Kumfy Koatz is the first thermal harness and coat designed to use proven gel pack technology. Each product includes a Kumfy Pax gel pack, which can be heated and frozen. The outside layer of fabric on the Kumfy Koatz warming and cooling harnesses has recently been changed to a mesh fabric, available in numerous colors. Other than the fabric change, the product remains the same. The Kumfy Pax pouch slides easily into its pocket in the chest of the harness to help your dog’s inner core organs warm or cool as needed. Your dog can now spend more time outdoors in Winter cold or Summer heat. To learn more, follow the Kumfy Tailz Facebook page, follow on Twitter, or visit their website to see the new fabrics. Kumfy Tailz are available in a variety sizes and colors online at www.KumfyTailz.com.
Until a few weeks ago, it had never occurred to me that I may have the option of getting my pet’s meds filled at a human pharmacy. That is, until I saw a news story on one of the national news channels warning of the consequences of doing so. I thought everyone did as I have done in the past with my pet’s prescriptions; walked out the door of my veterinarian’s office with meds in hand or as some pet owners prefer to do; order their pet meds online. Why would one choose to have pet meds filled at a human pharmacy, you ask? Cost. Some say you can get them at a human pharmacy for a price much more reasonable than what the vet will charge. I’m not convinced of that theory.
It’s been a year since I rescued Baylie; a great pyrenees/border collie mix. She has grown from four pounds to eighty-two pounds and still growing. 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.
Smoki, at eleven years of age, didn’t quite know what to think about 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 laid 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.
In the beginning, each time Smoki would move, Baylie would give chase; not out of aggression but because she was curious and wanted to play. Smoki finally reached her limit and said “enough, if you need me, I’ll be outdoors until bedtime.” I felt incredibly guilty as I, literally, had to bribe Smoki with her favorite treats to coax her back inside for the night as she would run from me with that look in her eyes that said, “please don’t take me back in there”. After all, Smoki was here first, and it made me sad that she no longer wanted to run and play indoors. I knew something had to change if we were going to be a house united rather than a house divided. I came to the realization that after I had done all I knew to do, ultimately, I had to allow them to work it out as they will establish their own boundaries.
It’s National Popcorn Day! Americans eat about 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year (about 51 quarts per person), which makes it one of the most popular snacks in the country. It is also one of the oldest.
To pay homage, here is my popcorn eating video from awhile back. I think I’ve mastered the art of puppy popcorn catching, don’t you? I missed my first attempt, but quickly get in the groove!