Lifestyle

Good morning!

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Paws for Thought, Products, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Our day started earlier than usual.  Typically the baby wakes up around 7am, we put him in our bed and he will lay there until about 7:30am all the while climbing, rolling and tackling my husband.  Today however he woke at 6:30am so our morning routine kicked it up a notch!  The two other boys in the household, Abe and Chico, were raring to go at 6:30 as well and by 6:45am they were all begging for food in the kitchen! I snapped a couple of photos of the three beggers:  Sebastian, Abe and Chico. Everyone’s mornings are crazy I know…but mine are striking me as so humorous these days.  Maybe that is what lack of sleep does to a person…makes you a bit loony! Now that the boys have had their fill of The Honest Kitchen and the baby has had his bottle and yummy looking peaches, I am settling in at Wag for a full day of working like a dog with the dogs! Have a terrific...

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Uggie- the cutest celeb on the red carpet

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Animal Rescue, Events, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is it possible that the best dressed celeb at the Golden Globes was wearing only a bow tie?  Uggie, the Jack Russel who was once kicked out of two homes and fated for life at the pound or worse, stole the show at the Globes Sunday night.  In true Jenn fashion, I love watching the Golden Globes, the Oscars, People’s Choice Awards…etc…but usually haven’t seen the movies that are nominated.  This year was no different. So when I saw the little Jack Russel Terrier named Uggie, go up to receive the award with the rest of the cast from The Artist I was surprised and knew I had to find out his story. Apparently, Uggie is a trick happy, extreme skateboarding,  9 year young actor who has quite a bit of movie experience under his paw.  The incredible dogs website lists Uggie’s appearances which include:  Water for Elephants, Disney’s Life is Ruff, Mr. Fix It and now The Artist. Uggie was such a hit that groups are calling for him to be in the running for an Oscar.  The facebook and twitter campaign is called “Consider Uggie” and I’ll tell you one thing for sure…he’s got my...

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Crypton to the rescue!

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Environment, Hips and Joints, Products, Uncategorized | 0 comments

As most of you know, I have two seven year old boys at home.  Abe, my lab mix, is crazy about his ball!  His ball fetish began pretty much the first day we brought him home and has never stopped.  Because of his age and his craze, it is difficult for him to stand when he has been lying down on the floor or his bed for a while. Chico on the other hand, could care less about a ball.  The only toy he likes is his toy chipmunk that we gave him the first day he was dropped on our doorstep.  He does have a few physical problems however.  He is missing the ball in his hind leg hip socket and he has a compressed disc in his neck.  He has his days when walking is very difficult. I have tried various beds for both but had not gone the route of orthopedic beds yet. The makers of Crypton pet beds contacted me to test their product.  Not only are they  known for making beds that really last but they have an orthopedic bed that is supposed to be fantastic.  Crypton beds are made with fabric that resists moisture, stains, odor and bacteria (the tag says that spills just wipe away!) I took them up on their offer and two beautiful beds just arrived!  Can’t wait to test them on Chico and Abe and see the result!  I hope they like it!  Orthopedic AND odor resistant?  What could be better? Keep following my blog as the Crypton story to...

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Pets on a Budget

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Lifestyle, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

Many of us are curbing our spending in this economy and that includes spending on our pets.  Although the pet business is BIG business with an estimated 48 billion dollars spent in 2010 on vet care, food, supplies and services, consumers are looking for more affordable ways to keep their pets healthy, well fed and active. 1. Vet Care a.  Talk to your vet about a payment program, pet insurance and what is medically necessary right now and which medicines and procedures can wait. b.  Ask your vet about generics especially in the area of non steroidal anti-inflammatories.   Generics that rival the popular topical flea medications are on the market as well.  These may offer you great savings. c.  And take good care of your pets between visits.  Example:  Teeth cleaning!  Most veterinarian offices charge at least $200 for teeth cleanings.  You might be able to  save this money by being diligent about cleaning your pets teeth every week and feeding crunchy treats and bones.  Now cleaning is easier than ever:  cleaning gels and water additives provide the pet owner with clean pet teeth without the struggle of brushing. 2.  Food a.  Many brands of food offer a frequent feeder program.  Buy 12 bags get the 13th free is the most common.  Innova has a great program that offers a free bag after 10 bag purchases.  Make sure to get a frequent buyer card from your retailer AND save your UPC codes.  Most programs require these.b.  Contact food manufacturers and ask for coupons!  Or at least get on their mailing list and you will receive discounts in the mailc.  Social Media- friend your pet food manufacturer or retailer on facebook or twitter and get discounts that way too! 3.  Toys and Bedding a.  Toys- many toys manufacturers offer a product “guarantee” their products.  If your dog punctures or destroys the toy, you can take it back to your retailer or send it in directly to the manufacturer for a free toy.  It may be worth it to spend a little more up front for a longer lasting toy that can be replaced. b.  Bedding- In my opinion the best deal on the market is the doggie duvet cover concept vs. a bed.  You can “stuff” the duvet with an old bed, towels, clothes, foam, you name it and your dog will love it because it smells like you.  They are cute, durable and...

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Having a baby? Tips to prepare your four legged child.

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Safety | 0 comments

If you are like me, your dog or cat is your baby…the center of your world, the light or your life….you will do anything for them buy anything for them…..until the human baby comes along.  Unfortunately, the arrival of a baby oftentimes means the pet is not only dethroned but re-homed.  I hear stories like this far too often and almost 100% of the time the dog or cat should have remained with the family. My husband and I welcomed our new baby Sebastian in April 2011 and I am happy to say that our dogs are handling the transition beautifully…with a couple of funny exceptions.  Chico howls when the baby really cranks it up and Abe may give a loud WOOF or two to make sure Sebastian knows who’s boss!  But all in all…they have been wonderful. It is normal for your pet to feel something akin to sibling rivalry when your new child comes home.  He is losing his rank in your pack…dropping down a notch or two and will need to adapt to their new role To make this transition easier, there are many things you can do before the baby comes home:  Spay or Neuter your pet- if your pet is still in tact, now is the time to change that.  Dogs and cats that have been altered tend to be more mellow. Training- it is very helpful to have a well trained dog prior to welcoming a new baby.  Take the time to enroll in a group class or have a trainer come to your home.  Having the basic commands under your belt will help out immensely.  Make changes now and not after the baby arrives:  For example, if you plan to keep your dog or cat out of the babies room…begin training that prior to the baby coming home.  A baby gate may be helpful in this example.  Or, if mom is the pet’s favorite, begin spending a bit less time with the pet and have dad take on a larger role…this way, when the baby comes along it will be normal for mom to not dote 100% of the time on fido.  The goal is to not have your dog or cat associate changes with the new baby.  These changes were already existing and then the baby came along. Get your pet used to smells, sounds and a new routine- prior to baby arriving on the scene, purchase a baby doll that makes baby sounds, walk around the house with it in your arms, put the doll in a stroller and take your dog on a walk with you.  Use baby powder and baby lotion. Receiving blanket and introductions- prior to mom, dad and baby coming home, have a friend or relative bring the receiving blanket to your house and allow your dog to smell it thoroughly…this way, when the baby arrives, fido will be accustomed to his/her scent. When the baby does come through the door, the dog should meet the baby immediately.  Have one of the parents hold the baby up out of the dogs reach and let the dog smell the babies feet.  Over the days that follow invite your dog to sniff the baby many times and be a part of the routine as much as possible.  Of course, always under supervision…dog and baby should never be left alone together.  Following these few tips will help your two legged and four legged babies peacefully...

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Scoop the Poop Day April 16, 2011

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Events, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

Volunteers began lining up at 8am on Saturday the 16th to participate in the Davis Islands Great American Cleanup.  As a part of a national movement, the Davis Islands Civic Association and Wag joined hands to clean up our islands.  We had over 60 volunteers spend the morning with us cleaning up dog parks, beaches, marinas, the ballpark, walking paths and more!  Four truckloads of trash were taken back to county facilities! Who were our volunteers?  Well, we certainly had a variety!  Boyscout troops, brownies, young families, singles with their dogs and the list goes on.  Everyone was in a great mood to pick up smelly trash! Thank you to all who participated and we will do it again in...

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