Dogs Will Be Dogs – Jenny had 10 puppy labs. They were born on July 18, 2016. You can meet them this weekend at Kipona Festival on City Island. They’ll be in the kissing booth!
Dog Boredom and Separation Anxiety
Remember Gypsy? The puppy I adopted last November. Next month she will be celebrating her first year birthday. She has come a long way from being that scared and skittish puppy I drove home across three states. As most GSPs she is very active but also enjoys her downtime more than Simba ever did. My biggest issue is that she tends to get bored. While I’m home, she enjoys playing with her toys. They have a large toy box and she will pull out each one and play with it a while or get Simba to play tug-a-war with her and then she goes for the next one. They also have a basket with about 50 chew bones which she tends to do the same with. She also likes to annoy Simba when she tires of entertaining herself. Simba likes to play when she feels like it and it’s not always when Gypsy feels like it. The both get along beautifully. They do play quite a bit, however, Simba is now nine years old and gets tired more. When I am away from the house, it’s a whole other Continue reading
SPINACH, CARROT, & ZUCCHINI DOG TREATS
Simba and Gypsy absolutely love these treats. I decided to share them because they have been such a hit with them and I feel no guilt giving them more than one because they are all natural and good for them.
Puppy Mange – Skin Disorder
After a couple of months of Gypsy being home I noticed that she was beginning to scratch and nibble on herself more and more. GSP’s are known for having more allergies than other breeds. When Simba was younger, she too suffered from different skin allergies. The next couple of weeks, I noticed Gypsy was beginning to show bare spots around her face and some spots on her back legs. Gypsy was diagnosed as having Puppy Mange by her vet after performing skin graphs from a couple of areas. Puppy Mange (Demodectic Mange” also known as Canine Scabies. It is caused by Continue reading
NAIL TRIMMING WITH CHASE
BEST DOG TOY
| Simba and Gypsy are two very active GSPs. As all GSP owners know, this breed must get all the exercise they need daily or your home will be a war-zone. It will also look like one as told by Simba. I recently had a full hip replacement. There was quite a bit of planning for this big occurrence in my life. First of all, I had to finish fencing off the backyard for Gypsy. Simba is well behaved and also more mature than Gypsy. Gypsy is still only 7 months old and I can’t take the chance of her puppy brain taking over and deciding to explore more ground (especially the busy street in the front of the house). As painful as it was, I finished the fencing. The next item was installing a doggie door so that they could now go out without needing me to get up every 30 minutes to open the door (every 5 minutes for Gypsy who likes to be controlling/annoying at times).
Installing the doggie door should have only taken ten minutes. However, once I opened up the wall this is what I found. Electric wiring in my way, augh.
The project took a couple of hours of rewiring resulting with happiness and satisfaction.
It only took Gypsy a couple of days to get comfortable with going in and out of the doggie door by herself without coaxing. Simba on the other hand is more apprehensive and always has been. It took her about a week of going through the door with me holding it open, on my hands and knees on the opposite side of the door with my head through the door as I pleaded with her. An entertaining moment for my neighbors who don’t miss anything.
I am glad they have each other to play with. They usually do a pretty good job wearing themselves out chasing each other around and wrestling like world champions. However, since I have returned from the hospital Simba won’t leave my side. Gypsy still comes and goes and actually enjoys spending lots of time outdoors trying to find different escape routes. Simba has always been very intuitive and knows something’s wrong; so there’s no playing or chasing each other around going on. My son sent us the BazooK-9 that he purchased through Amazon. What a fantastic and fun contraption, not only for the dogs but me too. This shoots tennis balls across two rooms with the pull of the trigger and the best part is that you don’t have to bend down to pick the balls up. All you do is push the barrel over the ball and it scoops it up. When the ball disappears into the barrel Simba just goes insane trying to figure out where it disappeared to all the while making a funny and dramatic whimper cry. Gypsy has never gotten the jist of fetching. She likes chasing the ball and then prancing around with it in her mouth chasing Simba back and forth who does fetch and return the ball. They both love it and are getting quite the exercise. They love it so much that they don’t want to stop playing making Simba whimper for a while when it’s put away.
My feline brother past this morning. It was a very sad time. My human sister was sitting on the floor crying. She loved him very much. They were together for 18 years. Mum ran back and forth between Lucky and my human sister. I wanted to help make her feel better but mum pushed me out of the way and hugged her tight with tears rolling down both their faces. I dedicate this poem to my human sister.
Don’t think we’re far apart
For every time you think of me
I’m right here inside your heart.
My human brother wrote his own poem too with the hope to help make her feel better.
Lucky Sir Lucky had quite a lucky life
Our arrival at the pet pick-up was greeted with delight
He came home with a family but first had a stop
At the hospital where Zoe was given a shot
Onward bound and onward home
Where many adventures await
He was never alone
For his companions stayed near
And then came a new friend
Who is it, let me see
And out of the gloom appeared Nala
Who Lucky hissed at to show that he was angry
Over time they grew close
Lucky biting Nala’s neck
Trying to get through her fur coat
With Nala rolling her eyes saying “what in the heck”
Lucky’s a traveler!
From coast to coast
He puts on his sunglasses
Grabs his martini and coat
Off on the plane, he went to live with pops
Decided Utah wasn’t his thing
And called a new shot
To return to the East
To finally defeat
His old friend, his old foe, the beast
Only when he arrived
A tear met his eye
Nala was not there
Nala was not in sight
But Lucky had Zoe!
The best of best friends
He’s been on the internet!
Through Snapchat with friends
Lucky and Zoe were pals
Hanging out every night
He grew skinny and meowed
But was happy and snuggled tight
Now Lucky has moved on
Oh what a life he has lived
He’s had the best friends and family
But never any kids!
Raise up a glass
Hold it strong and high
Cheers to YOU Lucky!
As you look down on us from the sky
Dog Speaks Before Baby