Archive for the ‘Bowser’ Category

pet safety tips for halloween

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

We all want to have fun on Halloween, but we also want our pets to stay safe!

Dr. Patrick Mahaney, veterinarian, gives his top 5 tips for keeping your precious pets safe during Halloween festivities.

First of all you should keep all that candy we love so much out of reach of your pet!  Chocolate, sugar, fat, and other ingredients found in Halloween candy can be harmful to your pet.

Next, make sure to avoid stressful Halloween situations.  Sometimes scaring each other is a rush for us, however pets can get very nervous.  If your pet barks excessively, becomes aggressive, hides, or exhibits other behaviors as a result of the many stressors occurring around Halloween, make arrangements so your pet does not have to be around uncomfortable situations.

It is very fun to decorate the house for Halloween, however you have to be careful with these decorations.  It could be smart to switch out real candles for electric ones, and watch out for cords and strings that can cause strangulation or shocks.

When going out or even staying in for Halloween you should always make sure your pet is properly identified.  Make sure to keep a collar on your pet, and if you are nervous you can take the next step and get a microchip implanted into your pet with all of your information.

Finally, while we love to dress up, sometimes our pets do not.  If you do choose to dress your pet up, make sure to keep them under close observation.  Consider that any or all parts of the costume could be ingested.  Also, trim off strings and extra material that could get caught around your pet’s neck or muzzle.

Have fun and stay safe during Halloween!

hire your own drug sniffing dog

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

We have seen these drug sniffing pups at airports and used by law enforcement, however now you can get your very own!

…well for a rate of $200 an hour.

A nonprofit group in Maryland called Dogs Finding Drugs offers the services of these pooches trained to work in law enforcement that can detect traces of drugs within seconds!  According to this group parents are flooding the doors, desperate to find out of their children are using drugs.  The dogs will also be available to businesses and schools.

The drugs that are found from this service will not be confiscated and the police will not be notified.  By the way, if you need a drug sniffing dog to figure out if your kid is doing drugs, you’re kind of an idiot and not the best of parents.  Just saying …leave the dogs to real work.

most handy little dog in the world

Monday, October 25th, 2010

HOW do I train my Bowser to do this stuff???  He knows his basic commands and he knows how to ask for belly rubs …but he doesn’t do any of that everyday useful stuff!  I already knew a lot of dogs are incredibly smart (when trained and utilized).  Heck,  that’s why they’re used in the police and as guide/service animals.  I just never really thought about a regular house dog being trained that well.  Kudos to Jesse (the smart as a whip pooch) and Heather (the smart as a whip dog’s person).  Jack Russells are SO full of energy, it’s good he has so much to do with himself.

dog has a “fetch machine”

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Check out the video (above) to see Jerry the dachshund play fetch with himself!

He’s SO happy!

This lucky guy’s brilliant owner built a contraption out of what seems to be a tennis racquet stringer and some surgical tubing, that when a ball is dropped into a certain spot, launches it a random distance.  A custom coding built and everything.

The best part?  The dog knows how to operate the machine itself!  Can you say endless hours of fun!?  Jerry’s owner still claimed to throw more balls than that machine ever did, ha!  If Bowser had one, he’d either be afraid of it or he’d not like it because it wouldn’t chase him around trying to get the ball from him (that’s the fun part to him …to each their own).

designer flavored pet water

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Mollibrands, Inc. has launched a line of premium waters for pets. It contains no chlorine or flourine, while adding taurine and calcium. Flavors are catered to the delicate palates of dogs and cats including original (Unflavored), Beef Tenderloin, Bacon Delight, Roasted Turkey and Roasted Chicken.

It’s an interesting idea.  I’m not sure if meat flavored water would be pleasurable for anyone, even a pup.  Maybe …Bowser tried to eat cat poop once, so anything is possible.  I generally give Bows his water from my Pur filter pitcher.  I’m not going through plastic bottles and it’s cleaner water for him.  When he’s thirsty, he drinks.  He doesn’t need it to taste vaguely like turkey.  I’d almost say it’s an interesting idea but we all know what BS this is.  It’s simply an unnecessary luxury expense aimed at people who take their dogs to “dog spas” and make them wear dorky sweaters when they already have a fur coat keeping them warm.

The beautiful thing about pets is this:  Meet their basic living needs and provide them with love and attention and they’re blissfully happy.  When I say love, I don’t mean the kind people with money substitute by purchasing things instead of being there.  The dog could care less about bottled water and a new outfit (they would probably be happier without the outfit) just pet them and play tug-o-war.  BUT, for those of you who’d rather buy bottled poultry water (with calcium!) instead of snuggle, it’s available!