A Dog’s New Year Resolutions

A Dog’s New Year Resolutions

Published as a part of the “MattieDog Perspectives” series, this article share’s observations about life based on a dog’s perspective. Often joyful, whimsical, and reflective, the MattieDog Perspectives always contain a nugget or two of wisdom for you to contemplate as you travel along the journey of your life. I hope you enjoy reading A Dog’s New Year Resolution, from the MattieDog Perspectives series. ~ Rebecca Sanchez, Momma and Forever Servant to MattieDog In years prior I’ve explored my thoughts On New Year’s resolutions. I’ve come to believe that every day should be treated as a new year where you strive to love everyone through compassion and caring. This still rings true. Although what I didn’t tell you is…what are a dog’s New Year resolutions? What Are A Dog’s New Year Resolutions So you don’t think we make New Year resolutions? How impractical would that be…given a free wish card and not use it? We may not have thumbs, but we’re smarter than that! Here are my 2016 New Year resolutions: Annihilate the Giver of Paper Nearly every day, without fail mysterious paper is sent through the front door mail slot.  These pieces of envelope-size paper float through the air to the ground… These papers are my nemesis! Almost every day I grab a few pieces off the floor and race through the house. “Give me that!” momma yells at me…clearly these papers have moved her to madness. I must keep her safe! So I flee out the doggy door with the papers and chew them up. In 2016 I vow to find the source of the paper and chomp it up – your...
Can Little Dogs Play In Big Snow?

Can Little Dogs Play In Big Snow?

When people think of playing out in the snow with a dog they tend to think of big dogs. But did you know that little dogs can dig snow just as much as their bigger brethren? With a little know how and planning, and some would suggest breed knowledge, you can have snow-time fun with your fuzzy wee one. Our little furry babies love the snow. Except for getting-to-be-a-senior Spike – he takes care of business and hurries back inside to lay in-front of the fireplace….Chihuahuas, little heat seekers! When Mattie and our other Shih Tzus are out in the snow our  neighbors often ask, can little dogs play in big snow? The answer is yes! Here’s how: Dress for Warmth For our full-length Shih Tzus that means naked as a jay bird! Not all little dogs are ‘fragile’ and were historically known for winter-time participation. Looking at our fluff ball home-sharing companions today, it might be hard to identify the markings of a pup that can withstand a little chill. Basically you’re looking for a dog’s coat that resists soaking, likely double coat (a top coat made of more solid, course or stiff hairs that help repel water and a softer undercoat that serves as insulation), and has thicker ear fur – these basic characteristics help a pup stay warm in low temperatures. Small dogs such as Terriers, Havanese, Pomeranian, Shih Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel and Yorkies have these types of coats. Wait? Your fuzzy little dog doesn’t have a double coat? Well then, you are lucky because you get to go shopping! There are a number of great dog coats made for cold weather...
Could Santa Be A Dog

Could Santa Be A Dog

What do you think of when you think of Santa? The jolly version that magically scoots down your chimney with arms full of presents – or – the kindhearted saint who, instead of material things, brings peace and joy wherever he goes? If your anything like me, your Santa is a mix of these two versions. Dissonance Santa, ho ho ho! Santa is a bit like a dog. So, this has us here at MattieDog® wondering…. Could Santa Be a Dog? What? I know, that sounds a bit off doesn’t it. But think about it. Dogs are joyful creatures that bring you wonderful pleasures either through direct giving or by making you feel all warm inside. Whether snuggling with you on the couch or chasing a ball that you’ve tossed, a dog can be counted on to bring you joy. The kind of joy that fills you up, making your insides ooey-gooey with desire to heave good tidings upon the world. The spirit of Santa is alive in all of us. More alive in some than in others…perhaps some require a reminder. But still, he’s in there spreading his Santa goodness. Dogs don’t need a reminder – it’s inherent in their souls. So this got us thinking…. could Santa be a dog? What would be so bad about that? Impurracle Data While dogs have no thumbs and the thought of a thumbless Santa would be challenging…how could Santa round-up his reindeer or drive his sleigh? you wonder (p.s. don’t over think it)… we believe that dogs are one of the only creatures on earth that continually models Santa. Here are the...
Make Gingerbread Cookies For Your Dog

Make Gingerbread Cookies For Your Dog

Did you know that you can make holiday cookies with your dog – and even for your dog? Well you can and we’re going to tell you how. We like to create little special moments for the human-animal bond, and we think holiday cookies are an excellent reason to spend more time with your furry family member. One of our friends and a big MattieDog® supporter, Rocky Kanaka, founder and CEO of DOG for DOG®, and star of the TV show, “SAVE Our SHELTER,” shares HOW TO MAKE DELICIOUS GINGERBREAD COOKIES FOR YOUR DOG For us animals truly a part of the family so why shouldn’t we bake up a little something special for them this holiday season too. This fun video gives easy ‘How-To’ instructions on how to bake the holiday treat perfectly suited for dogs and their unique nutritional needs. This is a great video and we wanted to share it with you – it’s something fun for the whole family to try. Just a reminder that you can find DOG for DOG products at PetSmart® stores nationwide and be sure to tune into and watch “SAVE Our SHELTER”, Saturday mornings on the CW Network. Check your local listings for stations and times. Also, follow DOG for DOG & SAVE our Shelter On Twitter at @DOGforDOG & @SAVEourSHELTER. Get a #dog-friendly #gingerbread cookie recipe! Make some today: http://bit.ly/1IRhF6s RT! Click To Tweet We support Rocky and all of the great things he does to bring attention to dogs in need of adoption. And this holiday season we really encourage you to spend time with your dog and make these great gingerbread cookies...
Adopt A Dog Knowing #ShedHappens

Adopt A Dog Knowing #ShedHappens

This post is sponsored by Swiffer® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am helping spread the word about Swiffer, and donate ALL proceeds to help animal welfare, adoption and spay and neutering. We here at MattieDog® only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Swiffer is not responsible for the content of this article. We hope you enjoy, Adopting A Dog Knowing #ShedHappens! As we head in to the big holiday season, we have one request to make of you. Go ahead, be a hero…adopt a dog! Your children will adore you. Your neighbors will be filled with envy. And the little dog you just welcomed in to your house? Well, that little guy will think that you, oh great thing with magical thumbs, are the most amazing thing he or she has ever seen. Dog are wonderful, and this holiday season you can adopt a dog in spite of when #shedhappens! Speaking of saving the day, let’s get back to dog adoption. Being a hero is actually very easy. Just like our friend Peg, and her newly adopted Shih Tzu, Charlotte. Just like our friends, you can adopt a dog from one of the shelters providing the Welcome Home Kit goodies from Swiffer and BarkBox. In a previous post I introduced you to this great campaign, and today I spread the Swiffer cheer with Charlotte soon after she got adopted! What is shed? Oh, shed is that stuff that falls on your floor, pills in your carpet, and creates bunnies out of dust. When you adopt a dog you’ll become acquainted with shed. It’s a given. Just like when you...

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