Murry and Julie Walton with Maggie and Blue Belle.
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 blog 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
If you consider yourself a pet lover, there’s no doubt that you want the absolute best for your furry, finned, or feathered pals. Whether you have dogs, cats, birds, or other animals, it’s important to make sure that they are safe, happy, and comfortable. After all, your home is their home! Make sure you take a few simple steps to turn your home into a paradise for your pets so they can thrive. When pets are comfortable and happy, they’ll be healthier and likely live longer, too. Read on for some tips that will help you make a few simple changes to create the ultimate pet paradise.
Dogs are man’s best friend, and that’s why it’s vital to keep them comfy and happy at home. Here are some tips for setting up a pooch paradise:
Designate a dog-friendly resting space: Dogs like soft, comfortable areas where they can sleep and feel safe. Create a sleeping spot in your home that’s up to their standards, such as a cozy corner of the living room or perhaps even a spot near your own bed. Dogs prefer natural fabrics like cotton, so look for dog beds made of this or other organic materials. The softer the dog bed, the happier they’ll be.
Keep their space tidy: Your home is your dog’s territory, so it’s important that they feel free to move around. Keep your home free of clutter, and don’t block your dog’s line of sight. Dogs need to be able to see through doorways and out of windows. A neat, clean space will make your pup comfortable and help them to feel like they’re able to protect their home since they can see any activity that’s going on around them.
Don’t use cleaning chemicals: Heavy-duty household cleaners often contain harsh, potentially toxic chemicals that can cause health problems in dogs (and other pets). Use cleaners that contain natural ingredients that won’t be dangerous if they’re ingested or breathed in. This won’t just benefit your dog – it will also benefit everyone else in the household, too!
Avoid using essential oils or strong fragrances: Essential oils can make your home smell wonderful, but they can also be highly toxic to dogs and other pets. Stay away from using any essential oils that can be accidentally ingested or breathed in since they may cause a number of serious health problems for canines and many other animals. Stick to other means of freshening the air in your home, like potpourri or scented candles made without essential oils as fragrance. Certain scents like citrus, ammonia, and perfumes can be upsetting to dogs, even if we humans aren’t bothered by them.
Designate a place for food and water: It’s in your dog’s instinct to protect his food and water. To make him feel comfortable, select a place in your home that will be used solely for feeding. When you create a “dining space’ for your dog, they’ll feel comfortable and in control of their environment and won’t have to worry about potential “predators” sneaking up and stealing their food.
“I know, I know – this is a blog for dog people. No worries. We can all show a little love to the cat people.” – Blue Belle the DogBlog Canine Contributor
This guest post was contributed by Brandon Butler. Thanks Brandon for your contribution.
Preparedness is key when bringing any new pet home, especially if you’ve never owned a pet before. While cats are relatively easy to care for, understanding the basics makes life with a feline a lot easier. If you’re planning to adopt your first cat, here’s everything you need to know.
Cat Care 101: The Basics
Are Cats Really Low-Maintenance?
Cats have a reputation as a low-maintenance pet. And compared to high-energy dog breeds, that’s true. Cats don’t require long walks and can be left alone for most of the day. However, cats aren’t a no-maintenance pet. Just like dogs, cats bond with their owners and enjoy interaction. Cats can also be finicky when their living environment isn’t kept to their standards.
Most importantly, cats are a lifetime commitment. And that can be a long time: Cats live for 14 to 16 years on average, and many indoor cats live 20 or more years! In addition to the daily responsibilities, make sure you’re ready for a long-term commitment when you adopt a cat.
Litter Box Rules for Cats
One cat equals one litter box, right? Not so fast. Even with daily scooping, one litter box may not be enough. According to feline behavior expert Jackson Galaxy, the rule of thumb is one litter box per cat plus one extra. Instead of hiding litter boxes in the garage or basement, put them where your cat spends most of its time.
Feeding Your Cat a Balanced Diet
Maintaining a healthy weight is critical for cats. Just a few extra pounds can push cats into obesity, where they’re at increased risk of arthritis, hip dysplasia, and diabetes. In addition to choosing a high-quality, vet-approved food and controlling portion sizes, cat owners should pay attention to their pet’s digestive health. Digestive problems can manifest in vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and poor coat quality. While some digestive problems are caused by underlying health conditions, in many cases a cat’s digestive health can be improved with high-quality, well-balanced wet food, though it’s important to do a little research before you dive in.
Moving is an exciting time and a fresh start for many. However, with an anxious pet, it can be difficult to ease their nerves in an unfamiliar environment. Your new home might be overwhelming to them, causing an increase in anxiety and bad behavior. Thankfully, there are various ways to help your furry friend feel at homewhen moving. Below is a guide from the team at MyMove on how to move pets safely before, during, and after your move.
Before the Move
Make sure your home has sufficient space so that your pet has room to runand get inexercise.
Before the move, try and set up their bed and play area beforehand to decrease stress when your pet arrives.
If you can, consider bringing your dog to the new home early on to explore the area. This way, when it comes time to move, they will already be familiarized with the location.
Blue Belle tests out the portable dog water bottle by Pacific Paws Northwest to make sure your furry friends stay hydrated while on the go.
We all know that keeping our dogs hydrated, especially on a hot summer day, is vitally important. So, when we received a request to review a portable dog water bottle to keep your pooch hydrated while walking or hiking, it caught our attention. This is a 2-in-1 dog water bottle and bowl. It sounded interesting, so we agreed to review this product from PacificPaws Northwest.
The Package Arrives – The Dog Water Bottle Review Begins
The package arrived, and Blue Belle knew it must be something for her. We investigated. There is a leaf-shaped bowl made of silicone that rests on the side of the bottle made of hygienic food grade stainless steel which will keep Blue Belle’s water extra cold. The bottle holds 27 ounces of water. After filling the bottle with fresh cold water and putting on the bottle cap, unfold the leaf bowl and press the quick release button to release the water. There is another button to close the release. Once your dog has quenched her thirst, press the release button and the water will drain back into the bottle. Fold the leaf shaped bowl back down over the bottle and the all-in-one water bottle and bowl is ready for you to walk on.
Now the real test, take her to the park. It wasn’t a really hot day the beginning of March We headed to the park on a sunny day. One problem, there were distractions. Other dogs, silly squirrels, and grade school kids playing at the nearby school. In fact, too many distractions and Blue Belle just wasn’t in the mood to take a drink. But, when we returned to the car the thirst hit her and the PacificPaws Northwest water bottle was a hit!
Last test was to put it in the dishwasher. We took the cap with the leaf shaped bowl off the bottle and washed both the cap and the bottle in the dishwasher. No problems.
Blue Belle says she really likes this product, especially if we take her to the park and for drives into the Idaho wilderness.
Where to Buy The Dog Water Bottle For Your Pup
You can find the PacificPaws Northwest water bottle on their website. Check out their video that shows how easy it is to quench your dog’s thirst while hiking. Here is their direct link to this awesome dog water bottle on Amazon.
One last thought. When I looked at Amazon, I see a lot of very positive reviews. I also noticed other water bottles. So I checked into a comparison of other dog water bottles. I like the fact that the stainless steel body keeps the water cold and the bowl is made of toxin free silicone. There is a quick release waterflow button and a lock button to stop the waterflow. It is very strong and durable and it has a large capacity of 27 oz.
If you’re thinking about bringing a new furry friend into your small apartment, you need to make sure to do your research first. Not all dog breeds are equally suited to city living, and you’ll want to make sure that you and your dog will be happy in your small space. However, this doesn’t mean that you’re limited to just tiny lapdogs! The truth is that many mid-size and large dog breeds can also make great apartment companions. Take a look at the guide from TurboTenant below for a breakdown of the best small, medium, and big dogs for apartment living.
that have positive experiences with a wide range of dogs, environments,
people and objects grow up to be less stressed and more adaptable. This
is why socialization is one of a new dog owner’s most important tasks.
Socialization isn’t just about giving your dog lots of experiences though – these experiences need to be positive and controlled. The article also contains a complete guide to safely socializing a puppy with almost any new experience.