I’ve Been ShamPoodle-D!

So the puppies were filthy.. I mean filthy… they would shake and a puff of dirt would fly into the airFilthy Beasts
There is a reason that we have Brindle dogs.. they don’t show dirt!

Turns out that right around the corner from our home is “Shampoodle” ; a wash your own dog place. Since the beasts are already going about 50 lbs, washing them in the tub is challenging.. and I know that many groomers insist on blow-drying critters so I’m hesitant to put them through that.. They really don’t need to be blow-dried. (For the record: the groomers that I know hook up the dog to a table, stick the dryer on them and walk away.. maybe I’m overly protective but that can’t be fun!)

So for $18.00 we got a tub that is off the ground (and purple!) with a mat for the puppies to stand on. The tub is in it’s own room with a gate and a shower curtain to keep out distractions. We chose to bring our own shampoo and towels. To use their towels is an additional $3.00. We were in and out in a 1/2 hour, we’re relatively dry and our bathtub is not full of dirty dog hair… soooo worth it!

Don’t “Doodle” with My Poodle!

That was a very interesting line I heard at a recent agility dog camp. A poodle fancier had been asked how she felt about the upserge of
Labradoodle dogs or so called “Designer Dogs”.

Now, I’m all for mixed breed critters, but the problem with Labradoodles is that like anything else, there is a lot of misleading information out there.

  • Firstly, Labradoodles are not a recognized breed in the AKC but are often referred to as AKC dogs… mostly because someone took a registered Lab and a register Poodle and had a party.
  • Secondly, the chances of getting the qualities that you want in a labradoodle out of random breeding are pretty slim.

Until the labradoodle fanciers can successfully breed with consistent results, please think twice before you dish out WAY too much money for a designer dog. You are only supporting unscrupulous breeding. Many of these folks who are flooding the market with these dogs have figured out there there is no money in producing recognized breeds (Reputable breeders do not make money, contrary to popular belief) so instead have started their own backyard puppy mills…

And while I’m on this rant…

White Dobermans— no such thing.. this is an albino dog with a plethera of health problems. Doberman Rescue of North Carolina has some good info on these poor critters, along with myths about the “Warlock”, “King” or Oversized Dobermans

On the other side of the spectrum, there is no such thing as a TeaCup Chihuahua, Maltese, Poodle, etc, etc, etc, … these are merely dogs that have been bred to be tiny.. and usually have all kinds of health problems as well such being hydrocephalic and prone to hypoglycemia.

Want a Designer Dog?

Why not get a one of a kind? Contact your local pet shelter for your very own Original Creation!

Nurse! Hypericum! Stat!

Before you read this I should warn you that if you are at all squeemish, you may want to just skip this post.

I was blog surfing this morning (yeah yeah.. I know.. should be working!) and scanning and stapling at the same time, since it’s a pretty much mindless job…

Since my stapler was acting up, I was slamming it pretty hard (you see where this is going, don’t you?) and not really paying attention.. yup.. got my thumb.. HARD!

I actually managed to put a staple through my thumbnail (I did warn you). Everyone in the office is freaking out and I’m laughing at my own stupidity. Lots of neosporin and a bandaid later, I’m sitting at my desk, bemoaning the fact that I don’t have any hypericum at my desk.

Hypericum is a homeopathic that is great for… well, let me quote the Materia Medica

The great remedy for injuries to nerves, especially of fingers, toes and nails. Crushed fingers, especially tips. Excessive painfulness is a guiding symptom to its use. Prevents lockjaw. PUNCTURED wounds.

Perfect, right? Sure.. where is it? In the first aid kit for the critters!

Homeopathy is one of those things that (to quote my favorite TTouch People) Can’t Hurt, Might Help. And we use it alot for our dogs… (and ourselves!)

Although I’ve plugged this book already (check out the sidebar) the Small Doses Homeopathic Care for Dogs and Cats is really an awesome book.

I bet you’re wondering what homeopathy is, right? It’s a really fascinating form of vibrational medicine.
It’s based on the “Law of Similars” which states that whatever substance can cause a set of symptoms in a healthy individual can be the cure in a sick person with similar symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are extremely diluted substances, sometimes to the point where no physical indication of the substance actually remains. All that is left is the vibration. The vibration alone is enough to stimulate the healing process.

In fact, the more you take, the weaker the dose! How is that for going against allopathic wisdom!

The Puppy Gourmand

I was leaving a comment on another blog I recently found and realized that my response was pretty detailed… So I thought I would post it here.. after all, it took me a while to type it out!

Here is a snippet of the post from the Tao of Puppy:

I looked down last night to find Holly ripping up the linoleum and trying to eat it! What is with all the strange things she tries to eat? It seems all of a sudden everything is welcome in my puppy’s mouth! Bugs, plastic, grass, yarn, lace, paper, refuse, dirt, and anything else you can come up with. . .Including, but not limited to, old linoleum flooring! I know it’s a stage, with kids and cats. I assume it’s a stage of life with puppies as well but there must be a way to discourage the behavior. I mean, I can only watch her so many hours in a day and she’s eating all sorts of things. Someone suggested ‘sour apple’ spray and someone else suggested a mix of vinegar, tabasco, and garlic. I’m not sure. We tried another spray that was suppose to discourage chewing and Holly just seems to love it!

And my comment:

Puppies experience the world through their mouths… She’s not eating so much as experiencing and probably also trying to ease some teething pain.

By putting nasty flavors on things, you may be teaching her that the world is not to be experienced.

Do you have a crate? They really can be wonderful. Puppy will consider it her room (crates should NEVER be used as punishment) A crate is someplace that she can hang out, chew on her favorite toys, have snacks etc when you can’t watch her.

Qor and Qay..  looking for dirt bits!

Unfortunatly, puppies need to be monitored all the time. When she starts chewing on something that you dont’ want her to gnaw on, distract her with something (of high value) that she CAN chew on and put it under her nose.. a “not that honey” along with it will also be helpful.

Give her a “drop it” command..
When she has something in her mouth that she is not supposed to, tell her to “drop it” in a nice voice (you want this to be a pleasant experience) You can use “drop it”, “leave it”, “let go”.. whatever.. as long as you pick one and be consistent. Do not use “No” as it is too general. You are teaching her a “trick” so you need a specific word.

While you say “drop it”, have a cookie in one hand (Keep cookies in your pocket ALL the time.) and gently remove the offending object from her mouth. Then feed the cookie.. with enough practice (and it won’t take long) she will “drop it” without you taking it from her.

Be patient.. reward her when she does what you ask.

If you get stuck, feel free to post to my forum under the “tips and tricks” section. Good Luck!