Welcome to our DogBlog: A Dog’s Eye View, written by Boise, Idaho website designer, Julie Walton; her hubby, Murry; and their best friend and dog blogger, Maggie. (Note – sorry to report Maggie died October, 2012. We are happy to introduce you to to the newest member of our family, an adopted rescue Aussie/Heeler named Blue Belle.) She is the Rescue Dog that rescued us.
Our goal in creating this website is to inform and educate our friends about dogs and the resources we have here in the beautiful Northwest, and to include some good clean fun!
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“The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.” ~Author Unknown
Since our dog, Blue Belle, is a medium sized dog and not a Chihuahua we recognize that we don’t know much about how to take care of a small puppy. Thanks to this post from Sara, we have learned about the needs of a Chuhuahua puppy. Sara tells us before you go shopping for toys for Chihuahuas, check out this easy guide. You’ll learn everything you need to know about what your Chi needs in a toy.
Guest Post bySara, Freelance Writer ~ ILoveAll Dogs
What you should consider before buying Toys for Chihuahuas
We all want to give our dogs the best food, treats and toys that money can buy. But sometimes we’re not sure where to start. You might find yourself confused about what the right toys are when you’re a new dog owner. This applies for every breed but in this case, we’re talking about Chihuahuas.
As a parent to a brand new Chihuahua puppy, you want to start spoiling them right away. You want to get the best toys for them so that they can meet all their chewing needs.
But don’t go shopping for toys for your Chihuahua before you learn about the best toys for them. They’re little dogs but as puppies they can chew like any other breed. Here you will find everything you need to know before buying toys for Chihuahuas. All your Chihuahua’s needs and what qualities to look for in a toy are right here.
Teething and Chewing
Chihuahua puppies love to chew but they aren’t the only ones. Even adult Chihuahuas enjoy chewing. Chi puppies start teething at around the age of 4 months. The reason for their need to chew is because they’re gums are itchy. They’re gums itch because they’re baby teeth are getting lose and their adult teeth are coming in.
It’s so important to have adequate toys for your Chi pup to chew on to relieve their discomfort. If you don’t provide good toys for them they’ll turn to chewing everything else in sight. This includes furniture, shoes and anything else they can get their paws on.
Below are some factors to consider before buying, courtesy of Petchidog.com.
Texture: All dogs, including Chihuahuas, need toys with lots of texture to them. The more texture variety your dog toys have the happier your pup will be. No matter what the age, your dog will easily get bored if they only have one texture to choose from.
Cooling: When your Chi puppy is teething their gums may be sore. Getting some toys for Chihuahua puppies that can be frozen to cool their gums while they chew is a great idea. It’s just like buying teething rings for a baby. Cool and chewy is the way to go.
Size: Chihuahuas are some of the smallest dogs in the world. Their mouths just can’t handle the same toys you’d give to a German Shepherd. So you should make sure that the toys you buy are extra small.
Durability: Chihuahuas chew about as hard as any other breed and they can easily destroy a good toy. So make sure to shop for tough dog toys that will last a long time.
Boredom Relief: Believe it or not, your Chihuahua gets bored some times. They will get bored with the same old toys and the same old routine. You can buy or make some dog puzzles or dog food puzzle toys so that they can have a treat and play at the same time. For more posts like this one, go to Metroeastrba.com. There, you will find more helpful info on toys and treats for your dog.
Best Places to Buy Toys for your Chihuahua
You can shop online for all of your dog toys. It’s convenient and it’s the easiest way to find great prices. You can find a variety of strong dog toys available for Chihuahuas and other breeds on the internet. If you like handmade dog toys, you can find plenty on Etsy.
Here’s an example of a cute toy for a small dog, made by Doodlebugduds on Etsy. Chihuahuas are small dogs so they don’t chew nearly as hard as larger breeds do. So your Chi can handle a little toy like this.
You can get toys, treats, and food at big pet stores. You can even bring your little dog in most of these stores with you. This is the most fun way to buy toys because your Chi can pick them out all on their own. It ’s more exciting when you can bring your fur kids into the store with you.
You can also make your own Chihuahua toys at home. If you have a talent for sewing, you can make cute little stuffed animals for them. There are even some DIYs and tutorials on Pinterest and Youtube for how to make your own dog toys.
Here ’s an example of a DIY dog toy tutorial on Youtube.
Don’t forget to keep in mind texture, cooling, size and durability and you’ll have no problem choosing toys for Chihuahuas or any other small breed. Search the vast reaches of the internet and I guarantee you’ll find the perfect toys and DIYs for your little dog.
DogBlog Note – Thanks to BarnImages on Pixabay for the Chihuahua image.
Please join me in welcoming a guest blog post by Dayton Uttinger who informs us about the new law being discussed in the New Jersey Legislature. If enacted, it will prevent pet stores from buying animals from “mills”, only from rescue and adoption shelters.
Thank you, Dayton, for your article. – Julie
The Well-Known Secret Behind Pet Stores
By: Dayton Uttinger
There are few things that excite a household more than bringing home a new puppy. Everyone crowds around the new addition to the family. Some are eager for attention, others withdraw into the arms of whoever’s carrying them, but they are all small and fragile, no matter how large they’re destined to grow later. However, depending on the dog’s origin, dangerous health problems can develop with time, especially if it came from a puppy mill.
Puppy mills have long been the bane of animal rights advocates. Although 62% of American households own at least one dog, and we all tend to treat them like family, we don’t always investigate where they’re coming from. We figure that we’ll be giving our pet all the love that they deserve, so really, we’re rescuing an animal from a puppy mill when we buy from a chain store, right?
Unfortunately, this is not the case. It’s tempting to look at each individual animal, but we all need to look at the bigger picture. When we buy an animal that came from a puppy mill, it tells those breeders that the public doesn’t care how the dogs are treated, just as long as they are cute upon arrival. Regardless, people still continue to buy from pet stores or puppy mills directly, although some legislatures have decided to take action. Recently, the New Jersey Senate has passed a bill that would require new pet stores to only sell animals from shelters or rescue organizations. It is not law yet, as it still need to pass the Assembly, but there is definite hope.
However, the measure is not without critics. The President of the Pet Industry Joint Industry Council claims that the bill “comes from a good place” but has significant negative consequences. Obviously, it puts new pet stores at a disadvantage, while well-established chains will only continue the practice. Even if older stores elect to adopt these new standards, there is some debate about whether or not they’ll be able to turn a profit. Ordering from puppy mills is easy and cheap. New puppies arrive a few days later at a reasonable price. In order to cover falling costs, pet stores might have to switch their focus toward products and services, rather than just selling the animals themselves.
But it would only affect newer pet stores, which doesn’t do much to stop that existing pet stores in New Jersey that buy from the worst reported puppy mills. While this would certainly reduce the potential for puppy mills to grow, it doesn’t necessarily halt them all together.
On the other hand, it is representative of a growing consensus. While previously, these sort of laws were mostly left up to individual city legislatures, New Jersey could join the few others that do have statewide bans. If this trend continues, we could eventually see similar legislation at a national level, perhaps by raising the ridiculously low USDA breeder standards, which permit animals to spend their entire lives in a tiny wire cage. Additionally, putting these regulations on a larger stage could draw attention to the fact that still more is needed.
In the end, these types of laws are more significant on an ideological level than a practical one. They show that we care, but that we lack the will to make significant change. So while we may be providing excellent homes to our own four-legged friends, that is not enough. There are better ways to go about getting a dog. First, you should consider adoption. I know everyone wants a puppy, but older dogs need homes too (plus, you don’t have to potty train them!) But if you can’t find a puppy at a shelter or rescue organization, and you absolutely must have one, do your research! The Humane Society has a great guide to ethically purchasing puppies here.
Of course, the biggest thing you can do to help the cause is to make a big stink about it with your representatives. If they realize that we do care about puppy mills, they’ll certainly put in the effort to make change a reality. These are simple enough changes that have a lot of potential to make some congressmen look the hero. Everyone has a soft spot for animals, especially puppies. We just need to tap into it.
Fetch is a discovery natural dog treat subscription box that is launching in August. We ship 4 all natural treats right to your doorstep every month for you and your favorite pooch. For dogs, the Fetch dog subscription box is like the great happiness of jumping into a giant ball pit! Watch their eyes light up and their tails wag uncontrollably as they see the subscription box full of tasty treats arrive to the door every month.
Your Personality and the Adoptable Canine
Much like attempting to locate your future spouse or wife, finding a solid match for your K-9 partner is crucial. Consider it, will be with this lovable animal for 10-15 years, so we here at FETCH believes it makes sense that picking a pooch whose demeanor, vitality level, and identity work well with your own is a savvy move. That being said, read on to find the kind of pooch that may suit you best.
The Eccentric, Carefree, and Softly Dynamic House Inhabitant
Not searching for a pooch to trek up mountains or train for a marathon with, yet at the same time need one that is vigorous and cherishing? Consider a pug. This upbeat breed will joyfully go on strolls and to the pooch park with you, regularly mingles well with different canines, and are the best little snugglers on the planet. Since they are so social, you might need to consider getting them in sets so they will have a companion to play with when you’re away.
The Ludicrously Athletic, On-the-Go, Home Owner
It is safe to say that you are a runner? Enthusiastic explorer? Mountain bicycle aficionado? Assuming this is the case, you may consider embracing or safeguarding a Rhodesian Ridgeback. These creatures are work-out machines and will assist you with upping your game by wanting as much physical movement as you’re willing to give them. Make sure that, in any event, you have a terrace for them to play bring and sniff in, since these puppies need to move their bodies and have their psyches stimulated routinely.
The Outdoorsy, Diligent Worker, With Substantial Tracks of Ground
On the off chance that you have a few sections of land, a homestead, or farm, Catahoula Curs are amazingly canny and are wildly diligent workers. Whether you need them for grouping, chasing, or just as a sidekick to walk your property, these mutts are exceptionally people friendly and train up well with a firm hand. That being said, in light of the fact that they want to work, a Catahoula will be most cheerful and very much carried on when he or she has a reason.
The Chill Tenant Who Simply Needs to Be Cherished
You may have heard that Extraordinary Danes make great condo canines. This is very because of their quiet nature and low requirement for activity. When they’re puppies, they will have vitality and need socialization at the same time, as they develop, they are by and large exceptionally quiet and cuddly.
The Legitimate and Cherishing Owner Who is Dynamic and Up for a Challenge
Pit Bulls get negative criticism but, with the right direction and outlets for their lively identities, they are quiet, non-forceful, and dedicated friends. The Pit Bull is for somebody with past puppy experience which should be willing to train (and re-train) reliably, be dynamic with their animal, commit the fundamental time to socialize their canine, also spend bunches of cash on durable toys. If given the chance to run and play at a close dog park, go on treks, or chase the ball consistently, Pit Bulls will do well in a condo or house with a medium estimated yard. Simply make a point to get them out of the house as well as regularly.
Worth specifying, there are urban communities and regions that have Breed Particular Enactment set up and a considerable lot of these will limit Pit Bull proprietorship. This dismal and prejudicial reality implies that you ought to make certain to check your neighborhood laws before receiving a Pitty.
All said, don’t give biased regulations and controls a chance to drive you away of receiving one of these sweet and adorable puppies, simply get your work done in advance, comply with the laws regardless of how nonsensical, and comprehend that, on the off chance that you do embrace a Pit Bull, it’s your obligation to prepare them well so they can crush the generalization.
If you’re reading this, we here at FETCH want to thank you for reading our guest blog post here on http://dogblog.inet-success.com/ and we want you to know that you’re all welcome to check out our site any time.
When I first heard from a guest poster about this subject of dogs improving my health, I thought of how much our dog has improved our mental, emotional, and physical health by being such an awesome companion and member of our family. But I didn’t realize how much they can improve our health because of a fine blend of human and canine microbes. – Julie
Has it ever occurred to you that keeping a dog at home is not just a momentary bliss but a permanent health regimen? A few licks and tail-wagging from your pet can surprisingly change your mood right then and there, and it makes everything a whole lot better, even with the most depressing of circumstance. Truly, their magic never fails to amaze us.
But did you know that dogs can improve our health too? Not only do they make a great companion and become our best friends but new evidence suggests that having a pet dog can’t only decrease stress in their owners but the microbes from dogs may also be aiding the dog owner’s overall physical health and well-being.
Thanks to microbiome – a single celled organism which is present just about everywhere in our environment; they outnumber the cells in our body by 10-1. As science starts to understand the importance of the microbiome, we are starting to realize just how important they are to our general health and well-being.
After all, it’s not just simply about emotional attachment, it does have something to do with how these micro-organisms are wired on the planet. It’s the connection between one living thing to another that drives us all into existence. These organisms may not be visible to the naked eye, but with enough ratio, it can be truly beneficial to everyone. In fact, they are often shared through a dog’s mouth, fur, and its other parts of the body. Science and emotional well-being does have something in common, doesn’t it?
So what’s the link between a dog’s microbiome and improving our own health? Check out this infographic for more information.
When any of our dogs have had health problems, we of course want to do whatever we can to give them the very best medical care. Can you imagine how you would feel if you learned your dog was going blind? Sadly, Our friends Brett and Hillary are dealing with this heartbreaking ordeal in their family. We have known Hillary since she was a young girl and were thrilled to see her get married to her loving husband and bring into their family two cute little Boston Terrier Dogs, Gin and Tonic. We recently heard that 3 year old Gin needs cataract surgery. Poor little Gin wants to play with her brother, Tonic, like she used to before her eyes developed severe cataracts.
We are reaching out to our readers to ask for your help. Hillary and Brett have set up a GoFundMe page to help with the expense of the cataract surgery. Please consider a small donation. I know every little bit will help.
Julie, Murry, and Blue Belle – DogBlog – A Dog’s Eye View
February is #NationalPetOralHealthCareMonth. We all know how important it is to help our fur buddies keep their teeth in good health, in fact, it should be a year-long activity.
Today Blue Belle is testing Greenies. This is not our first test. She absolutely loves them. Our dentist has told us Blue Belle’s teeth are in good shape. I can’t say if this is because of the Greenies, especially since she tends to gobble them up so quickly. She does seem to have good breath.
If you would like to purchase some Greenies for your best bud, we received our sample from Chewy.com. Blue Belle and our family are dog bloggers. #ChewyInfluencer!
Complete oral care is important for your dog’s total body health and can add years to their lifespan. Greenies Freshmint Canine Dental Chews are proven to clean dogs’ teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar buildup, freshening breath, and maintaining healthier teeth and gums. These low-fat dental chews contain dried spearmint for a natural mint flavor, and are perfect for daily treating.
For many home owners, who are also dog owners, hardwood flooring is but a dream. Dogs claws, vomit, urine and dirty paws are all things that can cause havoc to a hardwood floor. However this doesn’t mean hardwood floors are out of the picture. Providing you choose the right wood, finish, sheen and cleaning products, your dog and floor can coexist in relative harmony. Although there is no way to stop damage altogether, you can reduce and limit the damage.
Wood – Choosing the wood will be the first thing you do, and there are so many woods available, oak, pine, walnut, ash, cherry, maple, the list goes on, but which one is best. The key to choosing wood flooring for a home with dogs is finding one which is strong and light in colour. You want it to be strong so it stands up well to your dogs claws and light in colour so any damage is less visible. This sums up oak perfectly as it is one of the strongest woods available, is naturally light in colour, and it is affordable. Although you could try an aged or distressed looking wood so any damage look like it is intentional.
Finish – Now that you have chosen the wood, now the question looms, what finish should I choose? Your new hardwood floor needs a finish to protect it from dirt and wear, otherwise it will quickly become damaged and eventually ruined. There are two main finishes on the market for floors and these are oils and varnishes. Oils are very popular as they offer a natural look and feel, but they are not suited to standing up to the wear caused by dogs. For this reason a floor varnish is the best choice of finish to provide the resilience you need. A varnish offers a hard and durable protective coating on top of the wood, helping to prevent damage and protecting the wood. The great thing with a varnish is multiple layers can be built up to increase protection. Make sure you use a specific “floor varnish” as these are made for floors and have increased protection to other generic varnishes. You can find a range of floor varnishes at Wood Finishes Direct.
Sheen – When choosing a varnish you will also have the option for what sheen level you want. Sheen determines how shiny the finish will be, but the more shiny/glossy the finish, the more likely it will show scratches and dinks. For this reason it is best to go for a matte or satin finish and these will help to hide any visible damage. If you are unsure about what finish you would prefer, conduct a small test area on some scrap wood or obscure corner of the room to see what each one looks like, before committing.
Cleaning – So you’ve got the strongest wood, the best finish and the right sheen, now the hard work is over right ? Wrong, it doesn’t stop there, now you have to care for, and maintain your floor. Dogs will leave your floor covered in muddy paw prints and this dirt could get into any cracks and begin to damage the wood beneath. Not only that dogs vomit or urine contains chemicals which can stain and ruin the wood and finish, so these should be cleaned as soon as possible to prevent them causing damage, and this can be done with a wood floor cleaner. Not all domestic cleaners are suitable for floors, and they could cause more damage than good, due to chemicals that they contain. Instead apply the wood floor cleaner directly to a damp mop or cloth, and wipe dry after. You can find a range of wood floor cleaners at Wood Finishes Direct.
Other Tips – There are a couple of other things you can do to help prevent your dogs from causing too much damage to your hardwood floor. Keep their nails trimmed, ensure they are toilet trained, place water bowl on a mat to stop it spilling onto floor, put carpet off cuts by doors leading from outside to remove dirt from paws and put a rug anywhere that receives excessive wear.
Thanks for the Guest Post, Aedan. Very good information about how to take care of a wood floor and keep all in the family happy.
The Zogoflex Air Dash Frisbee Dandelion Dog Toy has an aerodynamic design that’s easy for parents to throw and fun for dogs to fetch. The durable outer shell surrounds a soft foam material, so it won’t hurt your pup’s mouth or your hands, and the center hole allows for smooth, off the ground pickups, a stable, fast flight and a gradual descent. This Frisbee is injected with Air Technology, making it a high-flying dog toy that’s fun to fetch on land or in water.
Bright dandelion color
Light design floats in water
Eco-friendly and recyclable
FDA compliant and BPA and phthalate-free
Non-toxic and top shelf dishwasher safe
Designed, sourced and made in the USA
This was a difficult product to review. First of all the dad in the family was afraid to let Blue Belle give it a try. The Air Dash Frisbee seems soft enough for her to catch, but it seems very heavy. He was worried that it would hit her in the head and hurt her. Finally I was able to give it a try. Blue Belle loves to catch a ball and her soft bite floppy disc, but didn’t know what to do with this heavy frisbee. I started by telling her it was a frisbee. I threw the Air Dash Frisbee into the yard several times and she just let it go and didn’t even go after it. I showed it to her again and told her to pick it up and bring it to me. She finally understood that it was something she could play with. Success – she caught it and brought it back. But she doesn’t really play with it, because she loves her pink floppy disc flyer.
The Zogoflex Air Dash Frisbee by West Paw is very sturdy and all of their claims do appear to be true.
“Fly + Fetch
100% guaranteed tough
Made in America
DASH features an ergonomic shape that’s easy on human hands and canine jaws like, a center hole for fast, steady flight, and a wavy profile for better in-air visibility and smooth off-the-ground grabs.”
Our dog, Blue Belle, an Ausie/Blue Healer, prefers a light-weight flyer.
As pet owners we are all very careful about the food and toys we give to our pets, and what we do around them, which could be detrimental to their health. We are all aware of the dangers of things like chocolate, not many pet owners are aware of health implications that domestic decorating products like paints can have on our furry friends.
The Danger of Paints
Paint might not seem like the most dangerous household substances, but some domestic paints can have serious implications on the health and wellbeing of our pets. These paints are so harmful due to the harsh chemicals that they contain, which includes solvents, heavy metals and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). These chemicals release gases which can cause serious harm to our pets when they are inhaled. Although these gases are most potent while paints are drying, fumes can still be released long after the paint has dried. While the full extent of the damage caused by these chemicals is unknown, symptoms include dizziness, irritation to skin, eyes and air ways and in extreme cases full bodily hair loss.
Paints are not the only decorating product which can cause harm to our pets. Some other hazardous products include varnishes, paint removers and white spirits. The dangers are not just limited to inhalation of these gases and pets can suffer from the same symptoms if they ingest paints or other decorating products.
Pet Safe Alternative
There are pet friendly alternatives to normal domestic paints, which can be used without fear of jeopardising the health of your pets. While not all paint are branded as being pet safe, you will be able to identify which ones are safe by looking at the ingredients. You will want to use paints which are water based instead of solvent, free from heavy metals and creosote and have either low or no VOC’s. If you are still uncertain whether a paint is pet safe or not, do some research as you may find someone who has used it before and can give you their advice. For example Earthborn Clay and Eggshell paint are not sold as being pet friendly, but many people have used them before without any harm coming to their pets.
It might not always be possible to use a pet safe alternative and if this is case you should take some extra measure to help reduce the possibility of any harm coming to your pets.
Make sure any products used are kept out of the way, so there is no chance of pets accidentally ingesting them.
Ask a friend or a family member to look after your pets for the day, so they are out of the house. The harmful fumes are strongest whilst the paint is wet and drying and this will help keep them out of harm’s way. If this isn’t possible keep pets out of the way and minimise any direct contact with wet paint.
Ensure the room being painted is as well ventilated as possible, as this will help to remove as many of the lingering gases as possible.
If you are painting small pieces for furniture, try painting them outside in order to prevent gases getting trapped inside your home.
Keep an eye on how your pets are behaving and if they start acting strangely, or you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above contact your vet immediately.
If you have any questions or concerns about a product, contact either the manufacturers or suppliers, as they will be able to advise you on whether a product is pet safe or not.
Aedan Kiernan is a Digital Marketing Executive for Wood Finishes Direct, who are the UK’s largest online supplier of wood finishes and treatments, including eco paints and wood products.
By: Blue Belle Walton, Canine Contributor
DogBlog: A Dog’s Eye View
Hi there dog lovers, Blue Belle here, canine dog blog contributor, grateful rescued dog, and tail wagging happy member of a furever family.
My family wanted me to talk to you about a very serious issue. Today my mom gave me a new collar. She said that this could actually save my life. What is so special about my new collar? It has a feature that makes it come apart if I get my collar caught, so I don’t get strangled. My new collar is a PetSafe® KeepSafe® Break-Away Collar. Isn’t it pretty. I really like it. My mom listened to a video interview from the women who created it. She invented this collar after she lost her dog Chinook, to a collar strangulation accident. How terrible! You can see the video below.
The collar features a patented break-away safety buckle that releases when pressure is applied or it gets caught on something, allowing it to fall off harmlessly and reduce the risk of strangulation or injury to the pet. The KeepSafe collar also has a metal D-ring on each side of the breakaway buckle, which can be used to attach ID tags and can also be clipped together with a leash so pet parents can safely walk their dogs using the collar.
We didn’t even know that this was a risk, but my mom heard about the Educational Campaign to Protect Pets from Collar Strangulation Accidents . They call it Collar Safety Awareness Week. We think everyone should help get out the word. Mom said it is urgent to make everyone aware of this safety issue. So listen up, people. Please pass this along. I know your dog will thank you.
Collar Related Injuries
Over 19 million dogs wear collars everyday
More than 26,000 collar related injuries happen each year
71 incidents per day
More than 50% of pet professionals have experienced a collar related incident in pets
Common Causes of Dog Collar Incidents
The first annual Collar Safety Awareness Week, October 18-24, 2015, is being launched to educate the public about the risks of strangulation and dangers of traditional collars as part of National Animal Safety and Protection Month.
PetSafe® Interviews Tenney Mudge, Inventor of KeepSafe Collar
PetSafe® Collar Safety Awareness
Blue Belle’s Message to All Dogs and Their Family’s PROTECT YOUR PET WITH A SAFE COLLAR.