Gifts For The Shih Tzu Lover In Your Life!

Gifts For The Shih Tzu Lover In Your Life!

Shih Tzu’s are the best dogs on the planet! There you go, I said it! Man, I’ve been writing about dogs since 2007, and have had Shih Tzu’s in my life for much longer than that – I just can’t tell you how liberated I feel for letting my Shih Tzu freak fly free! I love this breed. They are silly and sweet, adoring with just the right touch of independence. I’m sure you know a Shih Tzu lover or two, and that’s why we compiled a listing of the nine best gifts for the Shih Tzu lover in your life! A dash of lion, several teaspoons of rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man, a bit of beggar, a tablespoon of monkey, one part baby seal, (and) a dash of teddy bear.James Mumsford, Composer Today’s Picks: Gifts for the Shih Tzu Lover in Your Life! We are those people. You know, the ones with themed items strewn about their house, and adorning their bodies. We have Shih Tzu salt and pepper shakers, Christmas ornaments, Valentine’s Day trinkets, t-shirts, socks, earrings, art, cutting board, hand towels, napkin holders, and even a shower curtain. We fight the urge to have them out for use all at the same time. Although, I am thinking about doing it one day, just to see if anyone in the house notices. Keeping an eye out for unique Shih Tzu items for ourselves as well as our friends is a part-time job. With all of our research work, why would we...
The Best Pet Stories of 2017

The Best Pet Stories of 2017

2017 came in like a lion and went out like a lamb, am I right? No. No, I am not right. 2017 was as wacky a year as I’ve experienced in a long time. For me, it came in like a lighting bolt and went out like I stuck a screwdriver in an electric socket…still active, standing my hair straight up on end! We’ve had our share of emergencies, doggo crazy moments, family health issues, work ’bout to kill me’ time, and everything in-between. In the end though, what’s gotten us through is seeing the best pet stories of 2017. Here Are The Best Pet Stories of 2017 What Could Be Better Than A Dog For Mayor? Canada is the best big brother to the north the United States ever had. Proud yet humble, smart while also kind, attentive without interference.  And now, our big brother is even better because of Finn the dog and almost Mayor of St. Johns! Finn’s parents needed a brand new approach to getting politicians in their town to pay attention to things like pot holes, so what did they do – yup, they got Finn to star in a video to show them how a real candidate makes and keeps promises. Read about Finn, the dog who ran for mayor of a Canadian town! #bestpetstoriesof2017 Click To Tweet Dad Loves His Dog Guys… Sometimes your desire to be macho is a bit, well, un-macho. Plus, I’m a cowboy boot wearing Latina, and that means I have my own brand of machismo, chica-style. But you simply gotta love it when a doggy daddy freely shows his love...
What To Look For In A Dog Treat Training Pouch

What To Look For In A Dog Treat Training Pouch

Being a pet parent comes with a lot of responsibility. Just like children, one of the most important gifts you can give your pet is conditioning, or as they say in the business: training. It’s a rare dog (or any pet really) that will turn down a treat. Er go, providing small treats as little rewards for the behaviors you want from your pup is the best way to go. But treat training shouldn’t just happen in the house for the typical ‘sit’ commands. You want to condition your pup to respond in a variety of experiences – so get outside, where the action is and practice, practice, practice. To do this you’ll want an efficient, sturdy, and useful carry-all. Here’s what to look for in a dog treat training pouch. Got Dog Will Travel: What To Look For In A Dog Treat Training Pouch Akin to your special backpack or purse or iPhone case, features make or break a good dog treat training pouch. Small, efficient, rugged, and with an eye towards design make for a quality pouch. Here is what we look for in a dog treat training pouch, regardless of brand. Quality Materials: Not only do you want your dog treat training pouch to last a long time, you want it to hold up to the wear and tear, tug and pull, everyday use that comes with constant positive conditioning of your doggo. Easy-to-clean materials (bonus points for pull out liners) that are durable and yet easy to maneuver for folding into backs of cars or any time you travel. Ergonomics and Capacity: While ensuring you have enough treats is important, if...
Can My Dog Eat Spaghetti? The Benefits of Spaghetti Squash

Can My Dog Eat Spaghetti? The Benefits of Spaghetti Squash

Well now, that is a loaded question. Loaded like a loaded meatball! So, your dog likes spaghetti does he? Ours do too. You can’t help but fling dogs a few strands of pasta noodles after they’ve cooled a bit. Is that a good thing? A bad thing? It all depends where your line is for giving your pup ‘scraps.’ But there are some precautions with pasta, and honestly, there is a little known secret about ‘spaghetti’ that will have you and your doggo jumping for joy with the answer to: Can my dog eat spaghetti? Mangia the Pasta? Here’s the deal with pasta, it’s really not a dog’s thing. Why? While pasta isn’t harmful to dogs when given in small amounts, dogs intestinal systems give clues to what they should eat. Species designed with long intestines, like dogs, fall into the ‘omnivore’ category. So dogs are more of a spicy meatball kinda species rather than a pasta lovin’ species. Well, not spicy in the literal sense, but I think you get my gist (and hopefully my humor). Pasta is comprised of wheat flour and egg. While a bit of wheat won’t hurt a dog, they really wouldn’t select it if left to their own devices and their gastrointestinal system’s fermentation process isn’t designed to break down this type of food source for their nutritional needs. So, in other words, why bother…and remember food is about nutrition, not about comfort or tasty treats.  Feeding your dog without keeping nutrition the focus can lead to health decline seen in humans: weight gain, diabetes, and in some cases heart disease. How About Meatballs? Eating a spaghetti...
The Weird History of How World War II Changed Dog Food

The Weird History of How World War II Changed Dog Food

Throughout history, humans have shared their lives with dogs. A companion animal’s diet consisted of food left over from its caretaker’s diet. If a dog’s family was wealthy, then the dog ate better – remember, dogs were a luxury item primarily owned by the rich. The concept of domesticating an animal really took hold in the late 1800’s with the birth of veterinary medicine – the idea being that dogs had to lose their ‘taste’ for blood in order to live with people. Wild animals ate fresh meat and thus domesticated dogs should not. Not science, but the concept took hold. Little by little there was a shift from pets eating natural foods to packaged ‘pet food,’ and then things really took a turn – here’s how World War II changed pet food. More Pet Food History Through the ages, humans have explored the world – looking for new places. One barrier to exploration was food. No different than if you were camping out in the boondocks. While you might get dirty without a shower, and have to be creative with your bathroom activity, you could only stay out in the middle of nowhere until you ran out of food and water… Or you’d die. Same was true for world exploration. Thus ‘packaged’ food was created – think Neil Armstrong and the astronauts. Explorers traveled by boat that, unlike today, required ‘man-power’ to travel across oceans. Man-power required food that would not spoil – and so they were fed things that lacked fresh produce and proteins (as these items would rot), and as a result lacked nutrition. But what they were...
How to Protect Your Dog Against Ear Infections: A Holistic DIY Approach

How to Protect Your Dog Against Ear Infections: A Holistic DIY Approach

Our dogs pretty much never get ear infections anymore. I know that may sound crazy, akin to declaring the end to bad driving everywhere. But honestly, there are some easy steps you can take to help your dog steer clear of ear infections. In rare cases, dog’s ear infections are due to genetics, breed-specific propensity, or as a signal for some other malady. In most cases, ear health in our pets can be proactively managed – pretty much putting an end to canine ear infections. Here’s how to protect your dog against ear infections. Does Your Dog Have an Ear Infection? Hopefully not, but just in case you’re not sure, there are some signals that your fuzzy one will send out… And rest assured, almost every dog has suffered from a painful ear infection sometime in their life.  Watch your dog and if he is scratching or rubbing at his ears or shaking his head he may have an ear infection. Also, dog’s with ear infections tend to have an odor emanating from their ears, often accompanied by red irritated ear canals, and even brown ‘gunk’ in their ear. Gently clear your dog’s fur from his ears and take a peak. I use to freak out when my dog had gunky ears – but after a number of costly trips to the vet and some studying, I found it’s easier to fend off dog’s ear infections than treat it! How To Protect Your Dog Against Ear Infections There are two key steps to fending off ear infections for your dog: Nutrition/pH Balance – combats yeast Proactive Cleaning – combats bacteria Pretty simple right? Well, food is...

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