About Simba's Mom

I was born in California and am now living in Pennsylvania. I have gone from being a teacher for 20 years to a blogger. I have a great dog named Simba. Simba is a German Shorthaired Pointer. Life with Simba is an adventure every day. I have had dogs my entire life but I have learned most about dogs living with Simba. German Shorthaired Pointers really do become your best friend. They become extremely attached and that is why they say they have the Velcro phenomenon.

German Shorthair Pointer Gifts

German Shorthair Pointer Gifts

Gifts and novelty products for the special German Shorthair Pointer lover in your life.


 

Gypsy The Pointer’s Blog III

Gypsy The Pointer’s Blog III

Pointer And The Toilet Paper

My mum is the best. Today she left us these great toys to play with. They were white soft balls. The balls were shaped funny, they weren’t completely round but fun nonetheless. She bought 12 of them so that Simba and I didn’t fight over them. She was in such a rush put the door this morning that she left them on the counter and forgot to give them to us. It’s a good thing that I’ve grown and can reach everything on the counters. We had so much fun. The balls released like snow stuff when I pounced on them and threw them around.

Pointers new toy

Oops! I was wrong, again!  Mum’s squeaky voice and fiery eyes told me so!

DIY Dog Toys

DIY Dog Toys

Christmas is right around the corner.  If your pup is anything like mine, especially Simba, they love to open presents on Christmas along with the rest of the family. Toys don’t seem to last very long with these two.  Buying toys can get expensive so I want to share with you a couple of DIY dog toys you can make by recycling some items that you have at home.  They’re all very easy to make. First of all, go through your sock drawer.  This is a great way to put those old socks to good use.  SOCK BALL:  If I have a bunch of ankle socks, I stuff a bunch into one sock leaving 3 or 4 for the end.  After you’ve stuffed them and created a tight oblong ball, put the ball into one of the ankle socks you saved for the end. Insert it with the open side first, then insert it into the next sock again with open side going in first and continue until out of socks.  You can insert one of those squeakers Continue reading

Gypsy The Pointer’s Blog

Gypsy The Pointer’s Blog

Remodeling The Recliner

Mum’s recliner was so boring. It was all green. No extra color whatsoever. I decided to help mum and add some splash to the recliner.

Pointer remodels recliner

She didn’t like it much when she first saw it. Actually, she behaved a bit like a child and pouted silently for hours. The next day she covered the whole recliner with the same color.  Well let me tell you, my mum is very stubborn and sometimes it takes a little effort to make her see the light.  I knew that she would like it if only she got used to it. Today when she got home from work I thought I Bored puppysaw excitement in her eyes when she saw my masterpiece. Nope, it wasn’t excitement!  When I saw Simba leave the room and take cover, I knew it was time to put myself in my crate. 😔

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Gypsy The Pointer’s Blog

Gypsy The German Shorthair Pointer

Mom bought Me and Simba new beds since I destroyed the other four we had. It’s not like I did Dog bedsit on purpose!  I like playing this game when Simba lays down. I wait until she gets all comfy. Sometimes it takes a long time because she goes around and around in circles then lays down only to get up and do it all over again. She makes me dizzy just watching. When she finally stays down, it’s game time. Pop Simba Off!  I tug and thrust the bed around until she pops off. Mom was not happy today when she got home from work and found this. Simba's dog bed


Dog Training – Brushing Teeth

trusting paws

by Naomi Heck, M.Ed., CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Dog Training – Brushing Teeth

German Pointer & Hose

German Pointer & Hose

 

Watching TV With My Pups

Watching TV With My Pups

Gypsy has finally decided to play fetch.  Simba has retrieved the ball or frisbee since the first day I brought her home.  She was 8 weeks old.  Gypsy was too worried about losing the ball to Simba.  Once Gypsy gets the ball she won’t give it up and just wants to play “Simba chase me”.  Now I throw two balls.  One for Gypsy and one for Simba.  Simba brings back the ball for more.  Gypsy holds on to her and runs with Simba back and forth as Simba chases and retrieves her ball. Either way, they’re both getting the exercise they need.  The other night I’m watching TV with Simba on my lap as usual and Gypsy brings her ball and releases it.  From there she wanted to play fetch.  Simba prefers to sit on my lap instead of playing ball.  It works out perfect for Gypsy.

My Life With Two German Shorthair Pointers

My Life With Two German Shorthair Pointers

Gypsy is now a little over one year old.  She hasn’t slowed down at all but at least Gypsy 2016the destruction has.  She is fully aware that she has done something wrong but just can’t seem to help herself.  I believe she has learned right from wrong but every once in a while the puppy brain takes over and wins over her logic.  One and a half weeks before Thanksgiving, my oven/stove went on the brinks. The technician came a stated that the electronic panel (the oven’s brains) had to be sent in to be refurbished because they don’t carry replacement for that model anymore.  All was fine until he said it would take 3-4 weeks to get back.  That would not do!  Thanksgiving was a week away!  Besides not being able Continue reading

Holiday Poison For Dogs

Holiday Poison For Dogs

The holidays are almost upon us.  There will be lots of cooking, baking, and parties.  You may have family and friends over to celebrate with you.  Be aware that some people have no idea that there are foods and herbs that are very poisonous for your dog.  They may think they’re doing good by treating your dog with table scraps because it’s a special day.  Keep a watchful eye not only during your get togethers but when anyone is cooking or baking because food may be dropped or left on the counter unattended.  For example, chocolate is very toxic for your furry family member.  Here’s a list of items to watch for.

  • No/chocolate.  It is toxic to dogs and cats and can kill them.poisonous foods for dogs
  • No/alcohol.  It’s toxic to animals.  Careful  on foods that may contain alcohol like fruit bread
  • No/grapes or raisins.  They are toxic and can cause kidney failure
  • No/onions, garlic, leeks, scallions.  Can lead to toxic anemia.

Here are a few holiday foods that are okay to give your furry friend.  A piece of advice, never feed them while your sitting at the dinner table.  Put the special meal or treat in their own food bowl.

  • Yes/turkey and chicken.  Make sure to remove skin, fat and bones.  White poisonous foods for dogsmeat is best.
  • Yes/potatoes.  Careful with what may be in mashed potatoes.  No butter, onions, garlic, gravy, sour cream
  • Yes/cranberry sauce.  Keep it to small amount because of the sugar content.
  • Yes/popcorn.  Air popped corn without butter or salt makes a great treat in moderation.
  • Yes/plain green beans
  • Yes/apples but NO apple core or seeds.  Apple seeds contain a small amount of arsenic – the same thing found in rat poison