Friday, June 25, 2010

We DID it !!! Pet Therapy Team!!!

We have been so busy around here, sorry for the lack of posts! A few weekends ago, Buddy passed his Delta testing to be a certified animal therapy dog! We have been working very hard to get this completed so that Buddy can start his work. He will be doing Animal Assisted Therapy work at a very nice place in town. Buddy's calm, friendly and intuitive demeanor will make him a great asset to Delta. I couldn't be more proud! For more information on how to see if your dog has what it takes check out Delta's Website

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bernie's teeth.

How to describe Bernie's breath? Tuna sandwich. Rotten bologna. My little dog has BIG mouth problems.
Even though I brush his teeth 4 times a week, it's still not enough to keep his teeth clean and breath fresh. I heard Yorkie's are notorious for small, crowded mouths that lead to bad teeth & breath, so can I blame it on  genetics? I make sure he has bones to chew, and he does chew nightly. Whether it's on a raw marrow bone, bully stick,  Merrick puffed snout, lamb ear, bison tendon, and the list goes on. Point is, what am I doing wrong? He chews, I brush, he got a professional cleaning not even a year ago! (July 17, 2009) and I give him Plaque Off (natural seaweed plaque fighter) on food in mornings.  I recently started brushing his teeth every morning, and I will say I am noticing a very slight improvement in  breath. I am going to schedule him another professional teeth cleaning and be adamant about brushing his teeth every morning and maybe every night. He is only 5 years old and I want him to have pearly whites for a long time.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fun etsy dog finds of the day

I love this shabby chic inspired Elevated Pet Feeder

And how sweet is this vintage looking Pug dog poster

I love the look of these custom bar ID tags and those are the ones my sister ordered! They are even better in person. So unique and well made.

And even though it's not winter, I love looking at these Blossom Dog Hats from BeanTown, also check out her dog collar flowers, they are stunning!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dog days of Summer

Here in hot steamy Florida, the days just keep getting hotter, muggier & rainier.  Temps reach in the upper 90's and feel like it's over 100 degrees out with the heat index. So what do we do to stay cool but still exercise?  I still take the dogs out every evening around 7pm, it's cooler then and I just keep our ball playing sessions down to 15-20 minutes. Then it's back in the house to cool down on the tile floors. I also fill their water bowls with fresh water and drop a few ice cubes in there.  On the weekends, we play in the pool for a few hours or go to dog beach or occasionally out on the boat. Walks are out unless we are up really early, and well getting up for work everyday at 7:30am is hard enough :)
What do you do in the hot summer with your dogs? Always be sure to provide cool water, shade and on light dogs, sunscreen! (yes they make it for dog!)