Sunday, May 18, 2008

My Dog's Cabin Vacation in the Mountains

Hello everyone! My name is “Nuni11” and I am elven years old. This is my first entry to the dog blog, and I wanted to tell a funny story about my Weimaraner, “Kaspar Newton Von Rudolph”. Well it all started when my Mom, Dad, Kaspar, and I went on vacation. My dog Kaspar is use to carpeted floors and tiling. When we got to our vacation cabin spot, we walked in the door and Kaspar completely stopped! My Mom and Dad were thinking, “Oh no! We are going to have to deal with Kaspar getting used to this place, I laughed to myself.” Then we noted that he was having a problem getting off the couch onto the floor in the cabin again. We then figured out, it was not the cabin he is scared of - it was the hardwood floors! He was freaked out about the sound of his feet clicking and the slickness of the hardwood floors. Then we found some towels, and floor mats, laid them out on the floor, so he could have a safety path to walk. However, some spots did not have any floor mats and Kaspar had found a solution to his problem. He started walking on his toenails, as if to minimize paw contact! He was crouched down, legs bent. Not any part of his paw surface was touching the wood floor! The slipping and sliding on the floor is a whole new entry in which I will write about at another time. We went to this particular cabin two times, another cabin one time and he started getting use to the hardwood floors. Kaspar could not wait to go outside where there was no hardwood flooring-his confidence peaked immediately when hitting nature’s turf. The one time he tried to climb the stairs in the cabin loft, he got half way up and his back foot slipped and he got freaked out and ran back downstairs! Maybe climbing the stairs can be a goal on his next trip. Needless-to-say, he never tried to go up there again! All he does now is go up one-step. Family entertainment at its finest-who forgot to pack the video camera?

About The Images: Naptime for Kaspar - He looks so sweet and peaceful when he sleeps. Someone say Organic Rawhide Bone - He thinks it's time for him to have his rawhide bone for the evening. The last photo of him doing “The Death Roll” and showing his bottom “Lip”. Yes, you herd me, Kaspar my dog has a bottom lip! It looks so funny. We call it "The Death Roll" Because he waves his paws around and he can sometimes, accidently scratch us with his paws. But he is still a very good boy! The funnier thing is that he goes to sleep on his back and he shows his bottom “Lip”, this image hasn't been reworked or edited. I Hope you enjoyed my dog blog! I will try and make another blog again soon.

From the doghouse of: ~~Nuni11~~

Should I have Health Insurance for my Dog or Cat?

Part of loving is protecting and responsible pet ownership means visiting your veterinarian on a regular basis for routine treatments, vaccinations and examinations (unless, in our opinion your pet is susceptible to seizures and then we suggest “Nozodes” as an alternative to typical vaccinations, but what do we know? This is a different topic in which I will write about at another time). Vaccinations are a touchy topic and there can be adverse reactions and side effects for both animals and children (we’ll save the side effect statistics for another article-see a pattern here to my evasiveness). Don’t take our word for it, research it yourself. One thing to remember is most kennels will not accommodate dogs if they are not vaccinated and most veterinarians can manage your pet just fine with modern medicinal practices.

Many pets live out their lives without problems, however, statistics show that pets will require unexpected treatments from time to time throughout their lifetimes. Your vet is a highly skilled expert who has the ability to practice the latest medical techniques often required to return your pet to good health. Insuring your pet will assist you in managing the costs associated with high quality veterinary care.

You can't predict the future of your pet's health, but you can prepare for it. Pet insurance programs eliminate the financial stress of providing unexpected medical attention. We understand that if your pet is ill or has an accident, the last thing you want to think about is money. How much will it cost for medical attention? How much will your pet insurance cover? Pet Insurance Programs give you peace-of-mind. Pet insurance can be purchased for today’s dog and cat owners.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

How To Measure For A Dog Bed

These are general guidelines used when answering this question.
-Does your dog prefer to curl up or stretch out?
-Measure Your Pet Lying Down
-Use the Weight of the Pet
-When in doubt get the larger, not the smaller size
-Measure your pet lying down as he/she is normally accustomed to lying.
-Measure from the nose to the rump; add 6 inches to 12 inches- (remember the curled or stretched out rule).
-Size: Pick the size of the bed that will best fit those measurements, remembering that round bed measurements are in diameter (width across the circle).
-Weight: In general use the following guidelines:-Small - pets up to 25 lbs-Medium - pets up to 40 lbs-Large - pets up to 85 lbs-Extra Large - pets up to 140 lbs XX Large - pets up to 175 lbs. Different bed types will accommodate different weights. Browse our luxury dog beds and designer dog beds now.

NOTE: These weight to size orderings are as accurate as the next prediction of the stock market, weather report or ....well, enough said here. Our Weimaraner uses a space from the size of a small seating chair to a nine foot couch. And if we don’t monitor him carefully enough, he will migrate to a California King size mattress in one of our bedrooms for napping or trampoline pouncing, depending on his mood. So the above guidelines only applies to our house 40% of the time.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Are Raised Dog Feeders Really Good for your Dog?

Why Raise the bowls?
By raising the bowls up off the floor it helps our Canine companions in the following areas:
1. Better posture, especially with older dogs.
2. Better digestion - food moves from mouth to stomach quicker and easier.
3. Less stress on the Pasterns (canine forearm/wrist area)
4. Less leaning, relieves stress on hips and shoulder area. So what’s there to think about? Remember, part of loving is protecting and this also applies to “prevention”. And the winner is - "raised dog feeders are really good for your dog".

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Measuring for a Raised Feeder Bowl

How do I determine the right height for a raised feeder?

-Measure from the ground to the top of your dog's shoulder, this is called the wither height.

-Then subtract 6 inches. This is the correct feeder height for your dog. (For small dogs subtract 4 inches)