Saturday, December 29, 2007
With over 100 contestants, Max has made it to the top 30 and now needs your help. The top 12 dogs are based on popular vote online.
Please vote for Maximus for the Hot Dog Calendar!!! You can vote once a day per email address!
Just click here and fill out the form to vote... it only takes a second!
Thanks for your help and support!
Maximus and Ashley
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Max just just loves stealing the attention when he prances off the airplane! After we landed he finally got to play with his sisters on the farm. Maxy is definitely ready for Christmas... atleast the turkey!
A fellow blogger, Amy Quinn, just shared a faboulous article with me that I thought I would pass on to all of you traveling with your furry little companion this holiday! The article is entitled, "Traveling With Man’s Best Friend: 20 Tips for a Dog-Friendly Vacation" and includes some really great information, such as:
Make sure your dog’s collar and tags are secure: Before leaving on your trip, make sure your dog’s collar fits properly and its tags are up to date with your current phone number and rabies information. Adding your cell phone number to the dog’s tag is also a good idea if Rover runs away during the trip, since you won’t be at home to receive any calls.
Don’t forget to pack food: Even if you’re going to a place with supermarkets that carry your dog’s brand of food, fill a large Ziploc bag with a day’s worth of food in case travel delays or an exhausting trip mean you can’t get to the store on time.
See all 20 great trips at the TravelHacker article!
Don't tell Max, but he is getting a new tote for shopping trips this Christmas :)
Hope you all have a very Merry Chistmas and a fabulous New Year!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Glamourdog.com has a wide variety of charms on sale for $4.97 and up. This cute bone charm would make a perfect gift for your pampered pup!
Gifts $10 and under
Pawpalaceonline.com offers a full line of Posh Pet Designer Fragrances that will keep your pup smelling great between baths. Formulated for dogs, this is a steal at only $8.99. Many fragrances to choose from, including cK-9, Pucci, and Timmy Holedigger. Order soon because delivery takes 1-2 weeks!
Gifts $25 and under
Keep your little guy clean and fresh for all of his holiday parties with Cain and Able's Bone-shaped Vinyl Travel set for only $18.50 available at Cainandablecollection.com. This set includes Lavender Shampoo, Conditioner, Candle, and Between Baths Spritz in a extra cute bone-shaped reusable bag. You can't go wrong with this bargain!
Petsalley.com has a beautiful stainless steel "Woof" dog bowl on sale for $14.97. Non-skid rubber base prevents bowl from sliding or tipping to reduce spills. Bowls are rust-resistant, bacteria-resistant and easy-to-clean.
Gifts $50 and under
How cute would your puppy look lounging on his very own solid wood Adirondack patio chair. For only $49 at Lilianvernon.com, you can get a personalized solid wood chair and cushion. This would even work great in the house!
Gifts $100 and under
Juicy Couture has a wide range of super cute pet clothes and accessories. If you are looking to dole out a little cash this holiday season, try a down a Juicy Dog Parka for $75 available at Nordstrom.com.
After a busy holiday, your pup may need a comfy bed for a little rest and relaxation. Target has a very fancy day bed style dog bed with two pull out drawers for all of your puppy's toys. It is a fairly expensive option at $199 but adorable.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
We are thankful for having all of our great friends in the blogosphere! We would like to thank Serendipity for our wonderful award! Serendipity has passed on the award to me and it says:
"This award is presented to a successful blogger, one who can “be the blog” - making it their own, staying with it, interacting with the readers, and just plain having fun."Thanks Serendipity!
Thanks again to everyone for making our blog so special :)
How are you going to spend Thanksgiving?
Sunday, November 18, 2007
- Chocolate - Acts as a stimulant and can cause cardiac arrest
- Grapes/Raisins - Cause problems for kidneys and digestive system
- Onions - Breaks down red blood cells and deprives cells of oxygen
- Macadamia Nuts - Can cause fever, irregular heartbeat, seizures, or mild paralysis
- Alcohol - Extremely susceptible to alcohol poisoning
- Bread dough - Dog's body heat causes dough to rise in stomach and could rupture stomach; also releases alcohol compounds, which is detrimental
- Caffeinated Beverages - Acts as a stimulant and can cause increased heart rate, causing seizures or heart attacks
- Avocados - Damages heart, lung, and other essential tissues
- Pitted Fruits (Peaches, Pears, Cherries, and Apricots) - pits of these fruits contain small doses of cyanide
- Raw Fish - May contain parasites which attach to your dog's intestines causing symptoms similar to those of distemper or parvo
- Milk and other dairy products - A large number of dogs are lactose intolerant
- Mushrooms - May contain toxins causing shock to the dog's system
- Salt - A little is okay, but too much can cause electrolyte imbalances
- Xylitol - An artificial sweetener that can cause hypoglycemia
- Chicken Bones - Especially cooked bones are brittle and can break off and puncture the stomach or esophagus
- Turkey skin/Ham fat - Too much fat can cause pancreatitis; When a dog eats a high-fat meal, its pancreas overproduces enzymes, to the extent that they actually begin to "digest" the pancreas and inflame it
Also be sure to check the floor to make sure no food was dropped and in the dog's reach. Make sure all trash is out of reach as well. Last year my parent's yorkie knocked over the trash can and had a merry time digging the garbage!
Treating your puppy to part of your holiday feast is fine, but make sure you limit the amount, and refrain from too much fat.
Max loves to have a little turkey to celebrate the holidays... what is your favorite holiday treat?
Monday, November 12, 2007
This leash is about 3 feet in length and has a large opening for your hand. It is made of material similar to a phone cord, which allows the leash to expand to up to 8 feet in length. This is perfect for jogging because rarely do Max and I stay on the same step. It is called a Drag-Free leash because the coil design allows for it to pick up slack when your dog is closer to you, without dragging on the ground.
We have used this leash for several months now and there are no signs of wear. The cord is still very well in tact and has not once tangled and the material webbing housing the cord looks just like new.
It is also handy because you can loop your key ring through the hand strap when you are out for a walk. The leash itself can also be looped around the back support of your car seat to secure your dog while you are driving.
Great for securing Max in the car
This leash comes in 18 different colors and costs only $19.99. It can be purchased at Cetacea's online store. I definitely recommend this over any other leash we have used. It gives Max the independence of movement, looks great, and is very durable.
We have it in two colors and just may get another!
Max gives this leash 2 PAWS UP!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
However, Max was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday and I started considering it more and more. I have done some research as to various plans and what is covered, and I would like to pass on that information to you.
VPI Pet Insurance
One insurance provider that I looked in to was VPI Pet Insurance. Both the Standard and Superior Coverage Plans require a $50 deductible per incident. Superior Plan offers the highest reimbursement payouts for eligible veterinary expenses such as accidental injuries, emergencies and illnesses, including cancer. Max's quote was $13 per month.
Standard Plan offers reimbursement payouts for eligible veterinary expenses such as accidental injuries, emergencies and illnesses. Max's quote was $22 per month.
The Pet WellCare Protection is an additional endorsement on top of your regular plan that covers basic health needs and routine care such as an annual check up, vaccinations, flea/heartworm treatment, and x-rays. Max's quotes were $12/month for $250/year coverage, and $22/month for $400/year coverage.
You can get a quote for your dog online. VPI scored only a 4.2 rating on Pet Insurance Review... so I continued to research.
PetFirst Pet Insurance
Another insurance provider I found was PetFirst. They seemed to get great reviews. They offer both Core and Comprehensive coverage, with plans starting as low as $17 per month, which offers $4,500 in annual coverage, limited to $1,500 per injury. Core coverage includes accident and illness protection
The Comprehensive plan has a Preferred Plus plan at $49 monthly that covers up to $12,000 a year, limited to $3,500 per incident. Comprehensive coverage includes accident, illness and routine care protection.
PetFirst also offers a discount for households with multiple pets. You also save $10 off your first month by applying online. Filing a claim seems easy as it only requires you to fill out a form and send it and the receipts to PetFirst.
PetFirst also requires a $50 deducitble and pays up to 90% of your claim. There are six different policies ranging from $17 - $49 per month. PetFirst got a 9.2 rating at Pet Insurance Review. Sounds like PetFirst is the way to go.
To review many different dog insurance providers, visit Pet Insurance Review.
Do you have pet insurance?
Thursday, November 8, 2007
"Living in California, my Mommy and Daddy visit the beach a lot and they always take me! Last weekend we went to Marina Beach. It said no dogs, so I didn't get to frolic in the water but that was okay because I don't like the water too well anyway.
... I love to hear the sound of the waves, but I like chasing the sea gulls even more! When my Grandma and Grandpa were visiting California, we went to John Muir Beach too! It was so cool... we had a picnic and I got to eat lots of yummy food, then I played on the beach with other puppies.
I got sand on my wet nose and it made me sneeze. But it was soooo worth it! I can't wait to go back again!"
Interested in winning the Pet Beach award? Submit your story to Alex.
Thanks again, Pet Beach (and Alex)!
-- Ashley & Max
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
We have taken Max to to several beaches along the California coast, and this is what we thought:
- Carmel City Beach - nice, open area, pretty crowded, but no leash required
- Carmel Pebble Beach - more secluded and could play off leash and run to the water, but there was a significant amount of seaweed on the beach
- Stinson Beach - nice beach, but is always chilly there, be sure to take his sweater; many dog-friendly restaurants in the area
- Seaside - Beautiful coast line with walking path near the beach, many dog-friendly restaurants in the area
- Muir Beach - beautiful beach with picnic area too; a few other small dogs there; plenty of room to frolic
- Half Moon Bay - walked along a guided path near the beach and on trails; nice, but not our favorite
- Marina State Beach - saw surfers and dolphins, but dogs aren't allowed on the actual beach, only surrounding area
- Monterey State Beach - had fun chasing little squirrels, beautiful beach with small trails off the beach
- Fisherman's Wharf at Monterey - very dog friendly, loads of outdoor dining
- Fisherman's Wharf at San Francisco - also dog friendly, not as much outdoor dining, a bit more chilly
Max is enjoying a scenic view of Carmel
To help compile a list of the best pup-approved beaches, please map your favorite!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
- Max -- Molly
- Buddy -- Bella
- Jake -- Lucy
- Bailey -- Maggie
- Rocky -- Daisy
- Charlie -- Sadie
- Jack -- Chloe
- Toby -- Sophie
- Cody -- Bailey
- Buster -- Zoe
- Duke -- Lola
- Cooper -- Abby
If you want your pup to have a unique name, try naming him after one of his character traits (Spot or Cocoa) or maybe after something your lil guy really likes (Teddy Bear).
Also think of a historical figure (Leopold or Beatrix) or an actress in your favorite play (Juliet).
Try taking a word that describes your pup and translate it (Sweetie is BonBon in Italian, or Kiss is Bisou in French).
Take a name from your favorite sport (Becks) or chose a name from something you are interested in (Neptune).
How did you think of your puppy's name?
Friday, November 2, 2007
What are puppy mills?
Puppy mills are breeding facilities that breed purebred puppies in large quantities. The puppies are then sold to pet stores, through newspaper advertisements, or online.
Though there are many legitimate breeders, puppy mills often over-breed the dogs, and in some cases, even inbreed. This brings on an array of medical problems for the dogs and puppies.
The cute little puppies are often forced in small cages that are overcrowded. Additionally, there is very little human socialization, which is an important factor in all puppies lives, especially in such tender years.
In order for the breeder to ship out as many puppies and make as much money as possible, the puppies generally receive inappropriate veterinary care. Sometimes, the documentation of vaccines has even been forged. The worst part… unwanted puppies are killed.
How do I avoid purchasing a puppy that was bred in a puppy mill?
Pet stores are often full of puppies from puppy mills. The pet store is out to make money and generally does not care where the puppy came from, but rather is only interested in the largest profit margin. Puppies are merely inventory for the pet store. Unless you make a specific inquiry as to the origin of the puppy and investigate the breeder, a pet store is not the best place to purchase a puppy.
Newspaper and internet advertisements are also venues that generally promote puppy mills. It is easy to see a picture of a cute puppy and fall in love, but what you don't see is the massive overcrowding and poor health care.
Also, consider the alternative of selecting a puppy from your local shelter or purebred rescue group.
When visiting a breeder, how do I know if it is a puppy mill?
Here are some signs that you have found a legitimate breeder:
- The puppies are eager to see people and do not shy away
- The living area for the puppies and clean and well-kept
- Puppies are fed premium dog food
- The breeder only breeds a few breeds and knows the breed standards (size, color, temperament)
- The breeder encourages you to spend time with the parent of the puppy and multiple visits
- The breeder shows you the medical record and explains the vaccinations
- The breeder shares potential genetic problems inherent in the breed
- The breeder is active with local, state, and national kennel clubs
- The breeder provides a written contract and health guaranty and allows you time to read it thoroughly
- The breeder offers training tips and provides references of other families who have purchased puppies
Doesn't someone need to rescue the puppies from the mill?
Some may argue that unless the puppies are rescued from the puppy mill, they may be killed; however, it is important to see the big picture.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Caution: Puppies at Work!
Here are Max's buddies at the pawty!
Dog Pile! Max, Jolie, Sheela, and Josie
Chloe the school girl
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dry milk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Blend eggs and pumpkin together; add salt, cinnamon, dry milk, and flour.
- Add vanilla, then add water as needed to make the dough somewhat workable.
- The dough should be dry and stiff, don't be concerned with crumbs being left in the bowl.
- You will need to mix this with your hands because it is too stiff for an electric mixer.
- Roll to 1/2-inch thick.Cut into shapes.
- Place 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes on one side, then turn over and bake another 20 minutes.
Friday, October 26, 2007
No one likes to be bitten by those nasty little fleas. If your dog bring fleas to your home, you will first want to wash all linens that are potentially affected in hot water, and dry on high heat. Additionally, there are many products that are made just for this problem. You can use a home spray or a carpet powder. Both are effective options.
Hartz makes ADVANCED CARE 3 in 1 Home Spray that kills and prevents fleas for 7 months.
Hartz also makes ADVANCED CARE 3 in 1 Carpet Powder that kills fleas, flea eggs, and ticks that live and breed in carpets and upholstered furniture. This can be used in homes, basements, pet sleeping quarters and storage areas and can control re-infestation for up to 365 days by killing flea eggs.
You can make your own flea spray or use essential oils to repel fleas.
A recipe for a safe and easy homemade flea repellent is: cut 6 lemons in half, boil in a quart of water, steep a few hours, then strain the solution into a spray bottle. Spritz your pet's fur, taking care not to spray near the eyes.
You can also use essential oils to repel fleas, such as:
- Lavender, lemongrass, peppermint and citronella repel fleas. Lavender, peppermint and geranium essential oils repel mosquitoes. Lavender, lemongrass and geranium repel ticks. Dab oils between the dog's shoulder blades.
- Other effective natural repellents include lemon, cedar, eucalyptus, myrrh, neem and rosewood.
- Put a drop of lemon oil or rosemary oil on the dog's collar.
Are there any vitamins or supplements that will repel fleas?
There are vitamins and dietary supplements that will help to repel fleas. Here are some supplements are are known to help:
- B complex vitamins (50 mg once a day for cats and smaller dogs, and twice daily for larger dogs
- Omega 3 and 6 fatty acid supplements
- Organic apple cider vinegar to the dog's water bowl (about 1 teaspoon for small dogs and 1 tablespoon for large dogs)
- Safflower oil and powdered kelp or seaweed to the food bowl (about 1 teaspoon for small dogs and 1 tablespoon for large dogs)
- Fresh garlic in small quantities can help repel fleas by making the animal taste unpleasant to fleas. Grate a small amount of fresh, raw garlic into your pet's food at mealtime, about one-half to 3 chambers of the clove (chamber, not a whole clove -- see below) depending on the animal's size.
What is the best way to protect against fleas?
It is important to treat your dog all year around, especially if you live in a more temperate climate. This can be done with flea shampoo, sprays, and also with the monthly topical treatment.
There are a variety of pet stores, as well as online stores that sell flea treatments. Pet Edge carries many flea treatments at a very affordable price. They have shampoos, sprays, and topical treatment. You can get a 3 month supply of topical treatment for only $1.99. So, there is no excuse to make your pal itch.
What if my dog has extra sensitive skin?
There are some flea treatments formulated for sensitive skin. Hartz makes an ADVANCED CARE 2 in 1 Flea & Tick Shampoo with Oatmeal that kills fleas and ticks while helping to sooth and relieve dry, itchy or irritated skin with a fresh herbal fragrance. This product was developed with encapsulated Oat Extract to provide soothing relief to itchy problem skin.
There are other dog shampoos and sprays on the market made for sensitive skin. Additionally, you may want to try the topical treatment, since it is concentrated to one area.
How did my dog get fleas?
Dogs and cats can get infested with fleas through contact with other animals or contact with fleas in the environment. Often times, fleas can even live in the grass and can latch on to your pup at play group or even on a walk outside. Fleas can’t fly, but they can jump pretty far!
How do I know if my dog has fleas?
These nasty little bugs can often be seen scurrying along the surface of the skin. Fleas dislike light so looking for them within furry areas and on the pet's belly and inner thighs will provide your best chances of spotting them. Look for "flea dirt", too. "Flea dirt" looks like dark specks of pepper scattered on the skin surface. If you find fleas or flea dirt, you need to begin your war on the pests.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Cain & Able Collection offers a shampoo and conditioner for dogs, formulated from pure organic essential oils, which act a a natural flea treatment, while still keeping the coat smooth and shiny.
We purchased the shampoo because it was advertised to be a gentle shampoo for dogs with sensitive skin. We used both the shampoo and conditioner for several weeks. At first, it seemed like Max was still scratching at his sensitive skin. However, we determined that we were not rinsing the conditioner out completely. After spending a little more time getting the conditioner out, Max was a soft and clean little guy.
The products come in either a lavender or peppermint fragrance. We have the lavender and it smells great. Both the shampoo and conditioner are $12.50 each, for a 16 ounce bottle. It is available for purchase at boutiques an online at the Cain & Able online store.
They also have some other products we are looking forward to try, such as the paw balm.
Overall, both the shampoo and conditioner are great, all-natural products. As long as you are willing to spend a little extra time rinsing the conditioner out, I am sure you will be satisfied with the quality and performance as well.
Max gives Cain & Able Collection 2 PAWS UP!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
|Airline||Cargo or Cabin||Cost||Phone Number|
|Air Canada||Cargo Only||$90 each way||888-247-2262|
|Alaska Air||Both||$75 each way||800-252-7522|
|American/American Eagle||Both||$80 each way (cabin); $100 each way (cargo)||800-433-7300|
|American West||Cabin Only||$80 each way||800-428-4322|
|Continental||Both||$95 each way (cabin); $119 each way (cargo)||800-575-3335|
|Delta||Both||$50 each way (cabin); $110 each way (cargo)||800-221-1212|
|Jet Blue||Cabin only||$50 each way||800-538-2583|
|Frontier||Cargo only||$100 each way||800-432-1359|
|Horizon Airlines||Both||$75 each way||800-252-7522|
|Northwest Airlines||Both||$80 each way||800-225-2525|
|US Airways||Cabin only||$80 each way||800-428-4322|
|United Airlines||Both||$85 each way||800-UNITED-1|
Airlines allowing pet travel generally accept most small domesticated pets. Other pets may be accepted with approval. Pets that may travel in the climate-controlled baggage and cargo compartments include: cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, and tropical fish. Dogs and cats must be at least eight weeks old and must have been fully weaned for at least five days prior to travel.
Specific Breed Concerns
Due to health risks, brachycephalic (shortnose) dogs/cats are only accepted for travel at owner's risk and excess valuation is not available. The following is a list of the affected breeds:
- Dogs: American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire, Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffin, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Spaniel, Pekinese Pug, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Terrier, Bulldog, Pug, Boxer.
- Cats: Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan, Persian.
Don't forget to bring along a health certificate for your pooch dated within 30 days of travel!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
This step-in dog harness, found at some Petco stores and at Cetacea's online store, is one of the most amazing dog products I have ever come across. I learned about Cetacea and their plethora of dog supplies when I answered an ad for a dog model. After Max modeled we were given the products to try.
The Cetacea step-in harness is so easy to use. Your dog just steps in it and then it fastens on the back. It is a real time saver because you don't have to hassle with trying to stick their head through and then fumble with the fastening device. It is so quick and easy that Max knows to just step right in, and then step out the door.
Not only is it easy to use, but it is made in a way that is comfy for your little guy. All of the seams face out, and not against the dog. Imagine how uncomfortable that would be to have the thick seams constantly rubbing against you. It is easy to adjust sizes, then locks into position.
Additionally, it has a double safety feature. Not only does it fasten, but it has two brass D-rings that connect over the fastening latch in the event that it would ever come unfastened. It is beautifully crafted and you can definitely tell that a lot of thought went into this construction of this harness in order to meet the highest safety and comfort standards.
This harness is a steal at only $12.99. Max wears an XS, but as you will see at the website, they range from ferret and teacup sizes, all the way to Labrador sizes. They have 18 colors in stock and generally ship the same day. Check them out online. You won't be disappointed!
Max gives this harness 2 PAWS UP!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Be sure to only dress your pup in a costume that he is comfortable wearing. Don't force him to wear that hat he keeps taking off; it is more of a strangling hazard than a fashion statement.
If you want to cut costs this Halloween, try making a costume out of a shirt he already has.
- Sew black felt circles on a red shirt to make a lady bug, or
- Sew or draw black stripes on a yellow shirt to make a bumble bee... and don't forget the stinger ;)
- Draw black rings around a white shirt to make your guy a jail bird
- Try making a cape or bandanna from a yard of fabric from your local fabric store. It can easily be tied around the neck or sewn on his collar. Then try penciling on your own logo on the cape... Superdog!
Last year I bought a pair of kids jeans at Goodwill, then cut a 8" portion of the calf area and took out the seam. Then I make holes for the arms and wrote on the denim vest. Add a spike collar that we already owned, and Max was a punk rocker!
Be extra careful when answering your door for trick-or-treaters. Don't let your little guy get scared by the ghosts and goblins and run out the door. Always use a leash on Halloween, even if your pup is fully trained. All the spooks may spook him.
Keep all decorations that could of danger to your pet out of his reach. Display lit Jack-o-Lanterns on a table or ledge, and keep all candy out of reach... especially chocolate.
If you think your pet has eaten something harmful, contact a veterinarian immediately. Or call the toll-free Animal Poison Control Center hot-line at (888) 426-4435. It's available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Purina Mighty Dog wet food sample
- Cesar Canine Cuisine free entre sample, fine dining for your small friend
- Natures Recipe coupons and a food sample, you can get up to 10 kits
- Pet N Shape dog treat sample, made with 100% natural ingredients
- Benny Bully's Training Treat sample, pure and natural ingredients
- Yappy Treat sample, No Preservatives, No Chemicals, No Artificial Colors, and No Artificial Ingredients
- ScoopEx 4-Pack Sample, the ultimate disposable scooper
- Clean-up bag dispenser
Nutro offers a free trial of its Natural Choice dog food. The great thing is that the coupon you receive is for a 5 lb bag. This is a $12 value. You just have to fill out a short survey at Nutro's website, and you will receive your coupon in a few weeks. I Then, simply present your coupon anywhere Nutro Natural Choice dog food is sold. I picked up my free bag at PetSmart. It was quick, simple, and comes in a variety of formulas. I got the adult formula small bites for my little guy.