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GET READY FOR HALLOWEEN Mommy is getting me ready for Halloween.  We are going to a Halloween 1 mile parade this Sunday.  I’m really excited to see my friends there.  Which costume do you think I should wear?  Mommy likes … Continue reading

Help Your Dog Get Through Halloween

How To Help Your Dog Get Through Halloween

by: Bernie Boxer

Halloween isn’t too far away, and you couldn’t be more excited. While others cannot wait for summer or spring, you love fall and the spookiest holiday of the year. That’s why you’re already hanging Halloween decorations, buying candy, and planning out your costume.

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Although you might love this holiday, your pet dog probably does not. Dogs often have trouble with changes and strangers, and Halloween at your house will bring a lot of both. Between odd decorations and trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell, how can you help your dog feel safe and calm? Read on for some tips on helping your dog get through Halloween this year.

Why Some Dogs Have Problems
There are several reasons why so many dogs have problems with strangers and noise that comes with Halloween. Pet Place lists a few of these, including:
● Some breeds were made to bark at strangers or even attack them, so some dogs are predisposed to get upset during Halloween. Likewise, some are bred to alert others when noises are made.
● If your dog was neglected or hurt by strangers as a puppy, then they can “learn” to be upset with the chaos of this holiday.
● A rescue dog in particular can have issues with anxiety that can appear as aggression or fear when facing strangers or loud noises.
Plus, Halloween only happens once each year. It’s not like your dog can learn to live with it.

Besides people and noises, dogs can sometimes be confused about decorations, especially any that are electronic or animated. A skeleton that waves its arms around is great, but it can confuse your dog — and a confused dog can react aggressively or just retreat to their room. And as PetMD reminds us, Halloween candy is definitely not good for any dog.

Dog-Friendly Decorations & Treats
You want to enjoy Halloween with your pet, but what can you do to help? Since your dog is likely watching you eat treats, you want to make some pet-friendly Halloween treats for your dog. Some examples include:
● Yogurt popsicles made with peanut butter and banana.
● You can do the same with pumpkin instead.
● Make or buy dog treats, especially versions or flavors that you haven’t given your dog yet.
● No-bake coconut dog treats.
● Make popsicles with a variety of fruits but use a bone as the popsicle stick.
● Bake muffins with pumpkin flavoring and some sugar on the outside.

As for decorations, don’t get any that move around on their own, as those can give dogs anxiety. Instead, focus on immobile decorations like placing things on walls. Be careful about lights if your dog likes to chew as they can try chewing on the wires.

Tips For Trick-Or-Treaters
You’ve made some dog treats, and Halloween is finally here! Now comes the hard part — getting through the trick-or-treating. Redfin explains that you will want to keep your dog inside at that time. Don’t even take your pet for a walk, as there are likely just too many people, sounds, and smells in the neighborhood. Even the best-trained dog can make mistakes when overstimulated.

As kids come to your door, you’ll want to keep your dog in a safe space inside. Although your dog might want to say hello, keeping your dog in a quiet, secluded place in your home is often the best way to keep everyone safe and calm.

Make Halloween Great For You Both
You’re sure to have a great Halloween this year, and with a little planning and effort, you can help your pet dog have a great time as well. Make some treats for your dog, and when the kids come around for candy, keep your dog in a safe spot. After all, Halloween should spooky, not stressful.

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Happy Howl-o-ween

Happy Howl-o-ween

by BernietheBoxer.com

DOGGIE HALLOWEEN COSTUME

Hiya!

I’m Bernie and I’m a Boxer. My parents are at work so to keep my paws out of trouble I thought I’d reach out. Hi! Or woof, woof, as I like to say.

I know Halloween (or Howl-o-ween, as me and my four-legged buddies call it) must be close because my dad, Adrian, started decorating our front porch. Truth is, I love Halloween just as much as he does. Thankfully, he never forgets to include me. Last year, I was Batman and this year I’m going to be Captain America!

This is just a friendly reminder to be sure to include your four-legged pals in your Halloween plans. Otherwise, we feel left out and lonely.

A Dog’s Purpose-Review

A Dog’s Purpose Review

My son bought me the novel “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron from Amazon for my birthday.  I am almost at a loss for words in trying to describe this novel.  The first word that comes to mind is “emotional”. Emotional only if you’re a dog lover.  If you’re not, you wouldn’t be reading it anyway.  As I read through the pages, they made me smile, contemplate, laugh out loud (in public), and cry out loud like a puppy spending the first night in a crate.  As I sobbed, Simba, my nine year old German Shorthair Pointer, would rush over to console me as she usually does when she senses a change in my emotions

This book has changed the way I look at my two dogs. It is as if I am watching them through different eyes.  I find myself wondering if Simba could be my “Bailey”. Of all dog’s that I have had in my lifetime, Simba is very different.  She has always been connected to me in more ways than physically. GSP parents know about their Velcro dogs.  German Shorthair Pointers are referred to as Velcro dogs for good reason. They never leave your side. The world comes to an end when I close the bathroom door for some privacy. I’m not sure if she thinks because I watched her doing her business as a puppy, that she needs to watch me too. Even when I’m in the shower they both take turns poking their head in to make sure I haven’t been swallowed up by the drain.

GSPs are sensitive dogs to begin with, but Simba has always been in tune with my emotions. She runs around wagging her stubby short tail carrying as many toys as she can fit in her mouth when I’m happy or excited. She slowly approaches to watch over me when I’m sad. First she puts her nose real close to my face and waits (maybe she’s nearsighted) then she lightly nudges me with her nose. Finally, she lays up against me laying her head on me. I will admit that feeling the weight of her head is always somehow always comforting, like a hug. She has also mirrored my ailments and personality. She’s a true tom-girl. She also suffers from stress, IBS, and allergies. One thing she doesn’t mirror is my anger but knows well enough that mum needs space. It is the only time she keeps her eye on me from afar rather than beside me.

Simba’s one year old sister, Gypsy, joined the family at eight weeks old just like Simba did but the connection between her and I is different. It doesn’t go beyond being the normal Velcro dog. I love her immensely and she loves me but she is oblivious to my inner thoughts or emotions. After reading “A Dogs Purpose”, there may be an explanation to the difference between my two pups. Simba maybe a dog with a purpose.

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Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy for Seniors with Mental Illness

Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy for Seniors with Mental Illness

By Brandon Butler

 fur & feathers

dog walking

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There have been numerous studies centered on how keeping pets has mental and physical benefits for people, and most of these studies reveal that being a pet owner can truly help people stay healthy. A pet can also be a huge advantage in a home with a senior, particularly if the individual is suffering from a long-term mental condition. Animal-assisted therapy can work wonders for people with different health disorders, which is why it is becoming an increasingly popular trend in places like hospitals and assisted living facilities for the elderly. The following are some of the benefits of using pet therapy for senior people with mental illnesses:

  • Maintaining a daily routine

As most caregivers know, elderly people suffering from mental illnesses like dementia often have difficulties in performing their daily tasks. However, having a dog can change this as dogs require a regular schedule for feeding, exercising, and so on. Doing the same things with the pets every day, like walking your dog, can help seniors remember routines and thus adds structure to their lives, which keeps them calmer. This also boosts their self-esteem, trust, and mobility, making it easier to care for themselves. If, for some reason, a senior citizen can’t have a dog of their own, becoming a dog walker is a great option. Though it may not be best for those with dementia, for those with depression, dog walking will provide many of the same benefits that come with owning a dog while also boosting their income. Continue reading

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

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