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Jenn and Abe

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Jenn and Abe

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Grooming- Sometimes it is All You Need

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

Grooming- Sometimes it is All You Need

If you read my earlier post two days ago, you know that poor Chico woke up severely limping on his right front paw.  So, after I had talked myself into believing that Chico could have a productive life as a tripawd dog, I loaded him into the car and headed to Bayshore Animal Clinic.  Of course, in typical Chico fashion, he started shaking like a leaf as soon as we walked in the door.  He weighed in at 17 pounds (still would like him to lose one or two more) and we headed to our assigned room. Dr. Stuart walked in, we muzzled Chico….yes, he is that bad at the vet….and put him on the table.  Immediately, Chico pee’d…everywhere.  Not once, but three times.  Dr. Rosenburg had to call for a towel.  Yuck!  Sorry Dr. Stu! He manipulated Chico’s leg and after not feeling anything especially out of the ordinary, moved on to his neck.  Chico has a compressed C2 so the doctor thought the limp could be initiated by a nerve problem potentially.  I then asked him to trim Chico’s dewclaws as they grow like weeds.  He did immediately and then the miracle happened.  Chico put weight on his paw.  Not only that, we took him off of the table, de-muzzled his snout and he ran to the door, fully utilizing his right paw.  The vet tech started shouting, “he’s healed! he’s healed!” in self proclaimed Benny Hinn fashion 🙂 That was all Chico needed.  A little bit of grooming!  I was so relieved, thankful and didn’t mind paying the office visit fee.  Although, next time I will know to take him in ONLY for a nail trim! Here are nail trimming tips by the good folks at www.peteducation.com.   Now I just need to get my nerve up to trim Chico’s nails myself.  The little shark… Jenn    ...

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Chico Dog is Limping

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Hips and Joints | 0 comments

Chico Dog is Limping

If you have an extra moment today, will you please send a positive thought or two out to my little Chico?  He woke up this morning barely able to walk due to a lame front paw.  He is my little ball of energy….running, jumping and my partner on daily jaunts through the neighborhood.  Today though he sadly waited by the baby stroller as I loaded in my son and then looked out the window as we all left for our morning ritual.   We have an appointment today with our favorite vet, Dr. Stuart Rosenburg, at Bayshore Animal Clinic.  Could it be dog arthritis?  An overgrown dewclaw?  I hope it is the latter. In the meantime, he has had one dose of Metacam (which we had from a prior diagnosis of a compressed C2 disc)  to relieve inflammation and hopefully a bit of pain and a lot of love from the rest of us! Has your dog had an injured paw?  If so, what was the diagnosis? Thank you in advance for the well wishes!...

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Dogs Gone Wild

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

You know the saying, “when the cats away the mice will play.”  Well, that is exactly what happened in my house this weekend.  My son and I left for a couple of days to enjoy time with my parents and my husband and fur kids stayed home.  Eating, walking, playing and tackling a minor honey-do list. When I say dogs gone wild…it was really only one dog that went a bit loony and my husband was home the entire time.  Hmmmm…..maybe it wasn’t dogs going wild.  Rather, pack leader not paying attention. 🙂 Abe, our first child succeeded in eating two pieces of strawberry cake with whipped cream icing which he pulled out of the garbage.  It was in the garbage according to my husband…but I suspect that it wasn’t fully in there with the lid closed.  Perhaps on top of or even on the counter waiting to be put in the garbage is more like it.  Abe ended his Labor Day feasting on a wonderful second dinner of a Jimmy John’s gourmet sandwich.  Specifically, a #12 Beach Club, low on mayo and no cucumbers.  This, my husband left on the couch while he answered a work call.  As soon as I pulled in my driveway last night I was met by my husband and the two dogs.  The first words out of my husband’s mouth were, “Abe was so incredibly bad this weekend.”  After learning the details, I do believe Abe was mischievous and my husband might have been laying down on the job.  🙂 Dog trainer needed?  I don’t think so.  Jenn’s dog school was back in session this morning.  And, a power walk and healthy dog food were the only things on the menu.  Everyone is happy and healthy although both hounds look a bit plumper than they were before I left.  And my husband?  We are giving him the day off....

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My Good Dogs and Their Kid

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Animal Rescue, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Safety, Slider | 0 comments

My Good Dogs and Their Kid

I believe at heart, all dogs are good dogs.  Or, at least strive to be good dogs.  There are many dog breeds in the world today and my two fur kids are definitely couture.  They are a melting pot of mixed breeds which make them all the more special to me. Abe is most likely a Labrador Retriever mix and Chico is some combination of Chihuahua and Corgi perhaps.  I did purchase a DNA test (Wisdom Panel) for each of them and will be swabbing their cheeks soon!  Most importantly, they are both dog rescue success stories! Prior to adopting Abe, over eight years ago, my husband and I knew that dog adoption was for us.   Chico, on the other hand, well, he sort of fell into our lap about a year and a half ago… and stayed. Sixteen months ago, we also added another member to our family.  A two legger named Sebastian.  So, I am surrounded by boys and I love it.  They are hilarious and warm my heart with all of their canine and human antics.  Most importantly though, they all love one another.  Sebastian has his face washed by Abe and Chico daily and they thoroughly enjoy flanking his highchair at meal time. Of course, we are extra careful with Abe and Chico.  We ensure that Sebastian doesn’t antagonize them and know when they have had enough baby time.  If you have a new baby on the way, here are a few tips to create a safe environment:  http://www.jennfadal.com/having-a-baby-tips-to-prepare-your-four-legged-child/ And, if you would like a peak into our life with baby and dogs visit:  http://www.jennfadal.com/good-morning/. For now, here is a picture of all my boys…after they opened a box containing a Master Moves Mickey!  ...

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Zukes Dog Treats Wins with Lil Links

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Paws for Thought, Products | 0 comments

If you are a pet owner and haven’t tried a Zukes pet treat with your dog or cat…well…. you are just one treat away from treating smart.  With Zukes, you can treat smart and with heart because these premium treats are healthy and delicious.  Take it from my dogs Abe and Chico.  Just the mention of Zukes dog treats  in our house turns on Niagra Falls. Zukes sources and produces their products in the USA  and uses high quality protein, fruits, veggies and whole grains as their ingredients. Their latest creation, Lil Links, have been flying off of our shelves.  Pet parents are thrilled to see a healthy sausage treat on the market.  Check out Lil Links’ ingredients here.  The first five ingredients are:  Chicken, Apples, Carrots, Potatoes, Maple Syrup.   Now, compare to another sausage treat on the market today whose first five ingredients include:  Wheat flour, beef, soy, flour, corn syrup.  !@?#!  Which sounds better to you? Zukes dog or cat treats are a nice compliment to a high quality, all natural dog food or cat food. Remember…Healthy Pets Wag….or purrrrrr!...

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Cheeky Chats- My New Favorite Tee!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Lifestyle, Products | 0 comments

Admittedly, I am a sucker for cute t-shirts.  Especially if they contain the following criteria:  are pet inspired, attitudish, well fit and adorable.  My latest find is Cheeky Chats.  Check it out.  Especially if you are a cat lover or know someone who is.  I think I might have a problem though.  I already own six tee’s and discovered the site only three weeks ago.  Thanks to my sister-in-law Tamsen for instigating this cheeky obsession! At least I work in the pet world…so they can be considered a uniform…right?  Purrrfect! Wags,...

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The ABC’s of Pet Supplements

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Hips and Joints, Nutrition, Paws for Thought, Skin & Allergies | 0 comments

Many of us add supplements to our diet to aid our digestion, joint mobility, arthritis, etc.  How about our pets?  Believe it or not, there are wonderful pet supplements on the market today that assist your pet in living to his full potential.  I take my palm full of vitamins, fish oils and the like in the morning and my dogs, Abe and Chico, do the same. The extreme heat in which pet food is extruded (cooked) lends to the loss of many vital nutrients found in food in its uncooked state.  Although, pet food manufacturers add nutrients to the food post extrusion, the inclusion of a multi vitamin and/or supplement to address a specific need might give your pet exactly the extra boost he needs.  In fact, giving your pet a digestive aid complete with digestive enzymes and probiotics, will help your pet get the most out of the food you give him. Supplements are made to enhance pet wellness in a variety of areas.  Therapies to calm, assist digestion, support healthy joint function, detox, omega 3 and more.  They are available as pills, powders, capsules, droplets, etc.  O.k, so where should we begin? PetAge magazine recently ran an insightful article about this topic and interviewed some of the brand manufacturers.  They also interviewed me for a store owner’s perspective.  Take a look!...

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The Power of the Pack

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in Excercise, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

The Power of the Pack

This pack mom has been down for the count for the last six days.  A barking cough, chills, fever and more.  Thank goodness for my dear husband who kept things running.  Literally.  He took the dogs on their two a day power walks every morning and night, helped to run the store when I just couldn’t and cared for our 15 month old son…who is a fireball of energy. The dogs did their part too.  They laid by my side, followed their dad’s commands and remained calm, cool and collected even though I was a hacking mess.  Of course, when I tried to nap, I constantly had pack members busting in through the room door to check on me….but that’s o.k.  There is power to a pack. I found a great article on wolf pack mentality on the Animal Planet website.  Click here to read it:  http://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/wolf-pack-mentality.htm Are you the Alpha, Beta or Omega? Wags,...

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