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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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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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Collars, Leashes, Harnesses, Haltis, Gentle Leaders…Oh MY!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2010 in Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Products | 0 comments

I have written in the past about the importance of the walk and some of the most common collars and leashes available to help you and your four legger make it around the block.  As promised, here is more information on gear to control your wayward pooch! Buckle Collar The standard buckle collar if sized properly will allow for a secure fit around the neck and provides less of an opportunity for the collar to slip off during walks or play.  These collars typically come in a variety of colors, styles and material and are great for attaching an identification or license. This collar is not necessarily good for a dog that is a constant puller while being walked.  Often dogs that are pullers will gag or choke when exerting force against these types of collars.  Special attention should be given to those feisty small breeds who insist on walking you!  If pulled too hard, harm could be done to their windpipe.  Head Collar (Halti or Gentle Leader) The head collar (not to be confused with a muzzle) fits around the bridge of the dog’s muzzle and neck.  The head collar allows minimal force while allowing maximum control in moving your dog in the desired direction.  This collar is excellent for those dogs that are pullers and for those owners who don’t feel comfortable with a choker or prong collar. The combination of this collar and proper training can do wonders in making your walks enjoyable for both you and your dog. While initially your dog may seem uncomfortable with this collar (pawing at it or refusing to move) over time and patience they will adjust.  If used incorrectly or if the dog is pulled with too much force strained neck muscles could result.  Martingale Collar The martingale collar is a slip collar that has limited capability to tighten.  (think of a choker collar covered with material). This allows the dog to be comfortable while still giving the owner some control.  While the collar does not easily come off the dog’s neck even when back pulling, it is not very effective for those dogs that are constant pullers. Harnesses A standard harness wraps to a dog’s body and when fitted appropriately provides good comfort while minimizing pressure on the neck.  The standard harness is typically effective for controlling little dogs that pull.  It is not very effective however for big dogs since they can utilize the full force of their legs and chest to pull.  *There are certain no-pull harnesses available which vary pressure between the dog’s front legs and chest to provide the necessary control. Choke Collar Many trainers and owners use the standard Choke collar.  To be used correctly, the timing and release of the correction must be mastered.  It is a quick jerk that is applied at a correct angle, speed and with proper timing.  Many trainers are able to use this type of collar flawlessly, but it is very difficult for the average dog owner to learn.  If you are using a choke collar and notice that most of the time your dog is pulling and gagging…this may not be the correct collar for you. Prong Collar Widely misunderstood, the Prong Collar dates back 2,000 years to the Monks of New Skete.  They used the collar as a training device as does modern day training phenom Cesar Milan.  The concept of the prong collar is to apply pressure evenly around the neck which is much gentler and safer for the dog. The smaller the links the more effective the correction.  It has limited tightening capacity unlike...

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Greening Your Pets Environment

Posted by on Jul 25, 2010 in Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Products | 0 comments

It seems that each day we are given more and more information on interesting ways to help save our environment.  Reusable shopping bags, energy efficient cars, flooring made of environmentally friendly bamboo, fluorescent light bulbs, etc.  In that vain, there is much you can do in the way of your pet supply purchases and daily pet care habits to ensure a safer tomorrow. First and foremost…help eliminate plastic!  When shopping at your favorite pet boutique or pet retail chain, consider reusing bags.  I know many of our Wag customers comment that they have so many “Wag” bags at home and wish they had thought to bring them on their shopping spree.  I know that many of us use grocery store plastic bags to pick up our dog’s waste while walking.  A more “green” alternative is to use biodegradable waste bags.  There are many brands to choose from in this category.  The newest and most innovative are made by Flush Puppies.  They are biodegradable AND flushable.  They actually dissolve in water and are large enough to use with dogs of all sizes. Feeding organic treats is an extremely eco-friendly way to say “good job” to your favorite four legger.  Organic products are made without the use of pesticides and hormones which are bad for the environment.  If you don’t feed organic, at the very least feed all natural treats and food.  Products labeled “all natural” do not use preservatives and have many of the same qualities that organic foods contain.  Wagatha’s, Monzies and Smart Dog Treats are a few examples. Toy manufacturers have really jumped on the earth friendly bandwagon.  You can find toys that are made from recycled soda bottles; natural, non toxic rubber; recycled rubber from left over toy material and some are even made organically.  Yes, that is correct, organic toys.  The Simply Fido Toy collection is made from organically grown cotton!  The toys are softer to the touch due to improved soil fertility and harvesting methods. Because of its relatively short growth cycle of 100-120, Hemp materials are extremely eco friendly.  Earth Dog and Planet Dog make a wonderful line of Hemp collars and harnesses for small to extra large dogs.  Shampoos should be made with all natural ingredients, chemical free and made from biodegradable products.  AromaPaws, Earthbath and TheraNeem are a few recommendations. The easiest thing to do is to recycle your pet’s gently used toys, collars and leashes.  Donate last season’s “gear” to the Humane Society, Animal Services or other rescue organization.  These groups are in constant need of...

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