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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Baylie Dog here. The holidays are special in my house. Not only is it a time to pause and give thanks for the blessings of the past year, we celebrate my birthday in the month of December!
Baby it’s cold outside and cold weather can be hard on pets, just like it can be hard on people. Sometimes owners forget that their pets are just as accustomed to the warm shelter of the indoors as they are. Dogs and cats can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia when left in the extreme cold for a prolonged period. Some owners will leave their animals outside for extended periods of time thinking that all animals are adapted to live outdoors. This can put their pets in danger of serious illness. There are things you can do to keep your animal warm and safe.
- Take your animals for a winter check-up before winter kicks in. Your veterinarian can check to make sure they don’t have any medical problems that will make them more vulnerable to the cold.
Just as we promised, it’s time! Zuke’s #FueltheLove blog hop, hosted by Event Barkers, is on! What is a blog hop, you ask? For the next few weeks, you’ll be seeing Baylie Dog and over 30 other bloggers come together to sponsor some pretty awesome giveaways. We will share news about Zuke’s Performance Pet Nutrition; their Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCFund), eco-friendly practices from the air we breathe to the packaging of their products, and much more! For Zuke’s, sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint while promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle for your pet are second nature.