Mint Mojito treats for nice breath!
October 29, 2008
Mint Mojito treats for nice breath!
October 28, 2008
* Don’t leave your dog outside. Even if you have a fenced yard, bring your dog inside where it is safe. If your dog is usually kept outside, bring him in a few times before the big night to get him used to being indoors. Your dog may be used to strangers, but so many little ghouls and goblins running about may be too much. Remember also that it is a natural instinct for dogs to protect the family from strangers, and on Halloween there will be no shortage of strangers.
* Keep your dog restrained. If your dog is timid or scared, or if he tends to love people a little too much, it is best to put him in a separate room away from the front door to limit his excitability, aggression, and chance of running outside and becoming lost.
* Reassure your dog. The best thing you can do for your dog when he is feeling unsettled by Halloween activities is to act as you normally would. By over-reassuring your dog or giving him an unusual amount of attention, you inadvertently can communicate to him that because you are acting differently, there must be something to worry about.
* Have your dog get used to costumes. Your dog may see his family members as strangers once they don their Halloween costumes. Before the kids put them on, allow your dog to scent the costumes. If your costume has a mask, keep the mask off when you are with your dog because dogs can become confused when they can’t see our faces.
* Check your dog’s ID tag. Be sure identification tags are secure on your dog’s collar-just in case.
* Keep candy away from your dog. Many candies-especially chocolate-are toxic to dogs. The severity of the toxicity depends greatly on factors such as breed, age, size, and how much candy was ingested. Problems may range from a mild upset tummy to vomiting and diarrhea, or even death. If you have any concerns at all, consult with a veterinarian immediately. If you want to keep your dog safe, make certain that sweets, including their wrappers, are kept well away from your dog.
* Protect dogs from candles and pumpkins. Excited or agitated dogs can easily knock over a lit candle or pumpkin. Be sure those items are away from your dog’s reach, or consider a battery-powered candle that does not burn.
* Think twice about dressing your dog in a costume. While some dogs might enjoy being dressed up, many don’t. Experiment first to see if your dog likes being in a costume. If so, fine-he’ll most likely enjoy himself and the extra attention it brings. However, if he shows any resistance, don’t do it. Dogs feel enough stress around Halloween without also having to endure the discomfort and peculiarity of wearing a strange costume.
* Be prepared. If you take your dog with you while trick-or-treating, be prepared at all times. Do not let your dog approach the door of a house, and stay clear of possible gags or gangs of goblins who will gather at the door. Dogs do not understand that the person jumping out at you will not hurt you; they often think they can only help you by acting aggressively. Neither children nor adults in costumes should approach a dog without the owner’s consent.
* Have fun but think of your dog’s safety. Finally, if you want your dog to be included in Halloween festivities, think about his safety much as you would the safety of a small child. Your dog does not understand Halloween, so he needs you to provide the guidance and safety that you always do.
October 27, 2008
October 26, 2008
October 24, 2008
Heather LaHaise was another local artist participating in the show. I had seen her work before and was totally impressed, but after being surrounded by it last night, I was seriously in love. She is truly able to capture that special something about each dog that makes them unique. You can learn more about her here. And check out some of her work below:
The piece above was my absolute favorite!
October 17, 2008
October 16, 2008
October 15, 2008
Forget kids... These sheets are so cute - I want them for MY bed.
And all the J. Crew items below are just a small sampling of what's available through their store. Just go to Crewcuts online and search for "dog" and you'll find all kinds of cute "doggie-inspired" clothing.
October 14, 2008
I know I've said this before, but I'll reiterate it here. Before you think I'm crazy for putting clothing on my dogs, let it be known that Mona Mae is the only dog in my household that wears anything. And she only gets to wear sweaters and coats when it's COLD (which happens about 3 days a year here in South Carolina). But I still love cute dog sweaters... and since I can't really stand looking at fall clothing right now because it's 80 degrees, I'll get my fido fashion fix instead.
October 10, 2008
October 9, 2008
In fact, I'm so proud of him that I submitted his photo and story to The State newspaper last year in their "Best in Show" contest... and he won! He was featured on the front page several days and you can see the full story above. There's even a video where you can watch me make a fool of myself... but at least Ollie looks cute!
October 8, 2008
So that's enough about the healthy, good for your dog information... now moving on to what I must confess actually caught my eye - the FLAVORS (or smells... or varieties... whatever). You can choose from Mint & Chip Cookie, S'more Graham Cracker, Strawberry Shortbread, Sugar Sugar Cookie, and Lemon Drop Cookie. Yes, please... I would like my dog to smell like a sugar cookie.
You can find Cookie Moon products on their Etsy site, or find a much larger selection at Mimi Green online.
October 7, 2008
I piled him into the car (he was too weak to jump by this point) and raced to the vet. They immediately started running tests, and so I sat and waited for what felt like the longest 30 minutes of my life. But the tests finally revealed a diagnosis - acute pancreatitis. With an acute version of pancreatitis, the pancreas becomes severely inflamed, causing leakage of the digestive enzymes whereby the pancreas literally starts to "digest itself". And according to his bloodwork, it was now compromising other internal organs like his kidneys.
The vet at Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic, Dr. Maloney, immediately took him back and started him on an IV to combat his dehydration and to flush his system. I had to leave him there for the weekend (talk about ripping your heart out) so that he could remain on an IV and be monitored by the staff there. We had never seen Dr. Maloney before, but she was great... quick diagnosis, great bedside manner and I received phone call updates twice a day.
Quincy came home yesterday after making a remarkable turnaround over the weekend. He is not 100% yet, but he's back to his old self, and I'm incredibly relieved. We're not sure at this point what caused this... he's relatively young to have been diagnosed with pancreatitis. But at least he's now on the road to recovery. With a few more days rest and special food, he should be as good as new.
You can find more information on pancreatitis here...
Beef Barley Stew
From The Good Food Cookbook for Dogs by Donna Twichell Roberts, published by Quarry Books
2 quarts water, divided
1 cup barley
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 lb. ground beef (or 1 lb. boneless beef, cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice
1 quart beef broth
4 potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 cup macaroni (uncooked)
1 small head cabbage, quartered and thinly sliced
- Bring 2 1/2 cups water to boil over high heat in a 3-quart saucepan. Add barley, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 45 to 50 minutes until all water has been absorbed. Set aside.
- Heat oil in an 8-quart stockpot over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, stirring frequently, until meat is brown, about 8 minutes.
- Add tomatoes with juice, remaining 5 1/2 cups water and beef broth. Bring to boil over high heat.
- Add potatoes and carrots. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
- Add macaroni and cook, stirring frequently, for an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in cabbage and cooked barley.
- Makes 8 quarts. Recipe may be doubled.
October 2, 2008
If you're in Charlotte, please make plans to check us out. Thursday, Oct. 23rd will be the opening night and should be lots of fun. And if you're not in Charlotte but have friends that are, please forward this info along to them... the more the merrier! If you'd like more info, just email me...