Personalized Items

As mentioned earlier, spoiling your dog need only take the form of sincere public displays of admiration and some hugs and kisses too . Short of walking around with a sandwich board strapped to your shoulders that proudly displays a picture of your pet, there are other ways you can show your appreciation for your dog that don't involve two pieces of wood and a couple of straps Personalized t-shirts have been around for years. The majority you see will have some proclamation such as 1Dad or I...

Ill have an Evian Please

Always call before taking your c ,, , , u,u , ,u , , u . , , i 7 , J . f 7 Some call it ridiculous while others remark that it can be excessive but that doesn t stop me from bringing bottled water for my dog when we are on an outing. Sure some stores offer a water bowl for dogs but I don't let my dog use these. No, I am not a snob. It's just that I like to know a couple things about the liquid my dog is ingesting that I can't know about these watering holes. For example, how long has the water...

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Glamour Shots

Look around your house for a nice background for a picture. Maybe you have a formal sitting room or an attractive looking den. When you find a background you are happy with, get your dog into position and take a shot. It is often easier to have another person with you to get your dog to look into the camera. Have your friend squeeze a squeaky toy behind your head and when your dog looks up, take the picture. You can also take great outdoor shots in the backyard or at the park. The world is your...

Party Games

It's not a party until the games start or at least that's what I've heard. But it's kind of hard to play board games with dogs - their paws often knock the pieces off the board or they run away with the paper money. But don't let that stop you from gaming it up at your next dog party. There are many games that don't involve pushing a miniature car around a game board. Cost free Play this fun game by using three cups and a dog treat. Show the dogs the treat, secret it under one of the cups and...

Summer Sun Protection

Hard to believe but dog's can get sunburned. This is particularly true of dogs with lighter noses and pink skin. My Bichon Frise is the type of dog that is susceptible to burns and as such, I have had to learn how to prevent and treat burns. For your faithful friend include towels, face cloths, loofahs and bathmats The best way to prevent a burn is to avoid outdoor activities when the sun is at its hottest i.e., in the middle of the day. If this is not possible, you can put an old t-shirt and a...

Symphony in Bark Flat

Although this is not a substitute for your presence, leaving the radio on while you are out does help to reassure your dog that he is not alone. Some dogs develop likes to certain types of music, while others enjoy talk radio. With a little experimenting with the radio dial, you will find something that your dog will enjoy. My dog seems to enjoy classical music. As soon as I put it on the radio, he lies down and gets a dreamy look in his eyes. If I put on some be-bop type jazz music, he becomes...

Blankets

I feel that having a blanket for your dog is one of the most important dog-essential there is. If you have ever watched a dog get ready to lay down you know that they will turn in circles over and over again and scratch the area they have decided to make their nest in. If they do this on your carpet or floor, there is a chance that these surfaces will eventually begin to show wear - not with a blanket though I gave my dog an old throw blanket for the kitchen because he insists on lying down on...

Doggy Breath Be Gone

Whenever my dog and I meet someone on the street and they bend down to plant a kiss on the top of his head, I always warn them that he, hands down, has the breath of death. I have tried all the pet store remedies that claim they will rid dogs of smelly breath, but none of these miracle cures worked that well. Finally I went to the vet and begged for the secret of how I could once again sit beside my dog when he yawned and not almost pass out. What went wrong, I asked the knowledgeable doctor....

Rapid pulse

Tangible loss of heat to the extremities, particularly the ears The most common type of shock is hypovolemic, occurring when there is not enough blood circulating throughout the body. The cause can include internal or external bleeding or poor circulation. Cardiac shock occurs when the heart cannot pump blood fast enough. Neurogenic shock, although rare, can occur when the dog suffers a massive brain or spinal cord injury. Septic shock occurs when an infection has reached the blood stream. If...