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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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Chesty the Bulldog and His Life Jacket

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Excercise, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Products, Safety, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was visiting my family this past weekend on Anna Maria Island and was honored to meet a new relative…Chesty, an 85lb English Bulldog.  He belongs to my cousin Mike and his girlfriend Summer and is named after Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Although Anna Maria does not offer dog beaches, there are several rental homes and apartments that are pet friendly.  Thus, Chesty, was enjoying a week’s vacation…complete with an easy access salt water pool, cool tile floors and three bedrooms from which to choose.  Needless to say, it was hot this weekend.  Certainly too hot for a bulldog to be outside for very long.  But Chesty was determined.  True to his breed, he wanted to be with us all of the time and was snorting and slobbering his way through the day.   That included circling and inevitably being submerged in the pool. There is no doubt he would have sunk like a rock if we weren’t watching.  Luckily, my cousin, Mike, packed his doggy life jacket which enabled Chesty to zip back and forth across the pool…like a true fish out of water.  Life jackets are so important for those dogs not used to water or those being introduced to it for the first time.  For chest heavy breeds like English Bulldogs, life jackets are a must have.  Their bodies simply aren’t made for the water. My recommendation is to have one of these handy if you plan to take your fur kid on a boat or have him around a pool.  Especially if he is top heavy,  terrified of the water, or just so enamored that he could go overboard at any time.  Water + scared/nervous dogs never make a good match. Be safe like Chesty this...

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Two-A-Days

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Excercise, Health & Wellness, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Abe is back in action! Many of you might remember that Abe had ACL surgery in February and has been recouping ever since. Fifteen weeks have passed and me and my pack are power walking twice a day. We rise early and head out the door with Abe and Chico flanking either side of the stroller.  Then, we do the same thing around 7pm.  Chico is raring to go always and Abe starts off rather reluctantly.  Not that he can’t do it or is in pain…he just prefers to stay home curled up at his Dad’s feet while he diligently works. Abe’s leg is healing wonderfully.  He has no to speak of, can chase a ball (although we are extra careful to toss it gently), swim and participate in our power walks at a nice clip.  We walk fast, very fast.  Poor little Chico jogs the entire time as Abe’s four steps equal Chico’s eight. Sometimes, my husband gets to join us which makes my pack extremely happy.  Here is a snapshot of my boys….all four of them!  ...

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Bunnies- are they the right pet for you?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Excercise, Eyes, Ears & Teeth, Health & Wellness, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Proper Bunny Care Bunnies.  They are small, cuddly and warm and for many families a welcome addition right around Easter.  In fact, bunny sales spike during this season…as Spring and bunnies go hand in hand. Rabbit rescues are very busy during this time of the year as well.   Many families acquire bunnies with the best of intentions but often children lose interest soon after the Easter festivities end….not to mention, bunnies need far more than a cage and carrots to be happy. Rabbits can make great pets.  They are intelligent, have unique personalities and have a lower cost of entry than a dog (approximately $65 or less).  Many people say they have cat like and dog like traits, can be litter box trained and Vet bills are typically lower as they do not need annual vaccines, although yearly visits are recommended. General health:  Not every vet works with rabbits so do your homework to find a vet in your area.  Common health concerns would be misaligned teeth and hairballs.  Bunnies shed every three months.  Besides grooming your bunny regularly, ensure your bunny has access to high quality hay which will help the hair pass through their digestive track.  Regular exercise will help with hairballs as well.  Spaying or Neutering your pet is very important and will help with aggression, spraying and chewing.  Their lifespan is 7-10 years and some rabbits live into their teens.  Diet:  Their diet consists of pellets, high quality hay, water and green leafy veggies.  In fact, carrots should not be a large part of a rabbit’s diet.  Only carrot tops!  Carrots are high in sugar and should be fed as a treat only.  A good rule of thumb for non leafy green veggies is 1 tablespoon per 2lbs of body weight a day. Crate:  They do need a cage at least 3-4ft in length and need to exercise outside of their pens at least a couple of hours a day.  In fact, the House Rabbit Society recommends 30 hours of cage free time a week. You will learn very quickly that their play area needs to be bunny proofed as they will chew on anything!  Children:  Bunnies are sensitive to being held and it is advised that only older children that have learned the proper technique and adults pick up the bunny.  Bunnies are prey animals and if they are picked up incorrectly could feel like they are in danger. Are two better than one?:  The vast majority of bunnies do crave companionship of their own kind.  Rabbits truly bond with their mate when they are introduced correctly.  If you choose to have two, make sure they meet in neutral territory and are altered.  This will assist with positive introductions. If all of this sounds good to you, please consider adoption! Rabbit resources:  www.rabbit.org,...

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Cats are crazy for Global Pet Expo

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Excercise, Health & Wellness, Paws for Thought, Products, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whew…I absolutely love the whirlwind that is Global Pet Expo.  I was only able to spend two days at the event but was able to pack so much into that time including time to  identify a few new cat products for the store. Cats will be so very happy with me 🙂  I kept my cat customers in mind constantly as I walked up and down the aisles.  A few things really excited me and I decided to add them to Wag’s mix of natural and holistic products.  Cat customers!  Check out the following: For the catnip crazed…you will have an entire rack full of the famous Ducky World products…and yes… there will be plenty of purrrrrmuda triangles! I also loved the cat scratcher from Scratch Lounge and the live pet grass from Bell Rock Growers. What I might be most excited about are the cat houses by Catty Stacks!  Can’t wait for these to walk through my door.   They are recycled, recycleable and are colored with vegetable based ink! Finally, Kind Kollars are purrfect for the cat on the go.  Personalized, stylish, non stink…this  i.d. collar is just the answer for your indoor or outdoor kitty. Please let me know what you think of these new products soon to be hitting the shelves at...

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Abe’s Big Day

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in Excercise, Hips and Joints, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tomorrow is Abe’s big day.  Just a little less than one month before his eighth birthday, he is going under the knife for ACL repair surgery.  My poor boy.  He has no idea that he is in for a 12 week recovery…no running, no chasing squirrels and certainly…no tennis ball action. Our consultation with Dr. Hay, Abe’s surgeon, was February 3.  That morning, I told Abe to get his big boy pants on and get in the car.  He wore his very tough neon green rubber spike collar for the consult, fell asleep in the car on the way there, got lots of love at the office and then enjoyed an icecream on the way home.  Dr. Hay is a nice man….I should have asked how many of these surgeries he does a week/month/year.  It seemed like a rotating door of ACL patients.  Dr. Hay explained the procedure and his recommended surgery at a fairly high level.  I was happy that I  had researched beforehand, or I would have been most likely been lost in medical jargon.  But, everyone who has had their dogs operated on by Dr. Hay holds him in high regard. Out of the available surgery options, Dr. Hay recommended the TTA or Tibial Tuberosity Advancement.  He said that he performs this surgery 90% of the time and  the end result.  Abe should have 90%+ use of his leg when it is fully healed.  That is good news for Abe. Tomorrow our journey begins and by Friday afternoon, Abe will be snug as a bug catching zzzz’s in his bed.  Can’t wait to spoil my...

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