I love this idea: Keep coat hooks near your door just for your dogs leash(es) and collars. We do this at home and it makes it easy to put their harness and leashes on right before we head out the door.
The dog tail hooks are from Ikea. Unfortunately they can’t be bought online. You have to go to a Ikea store to buy them.
Over on Etsy you can find these cool dog print hooks, which work well for leashes and collars. Of course you could hang your dog’s raincoat, and yours, on them as well.
Of course any old coat rack will work. You can always use your own imagination to make it cool.
DNA test for us humans has been pretty popular over the last few years, but dogs? I guess I’m not that interested in finding out what breeds my dog is made up of, or myself for that matter. It is, however, useful when you are breeding dogs. But from what I have read some breeders want to make sure that their dog is of high pedigree. And others who order the tests just want to find out what kind of breeds make up their beloved pet.
I’m going by tests found at DDC. These are the dog DNA tests they sell:
The Canine DNA Parentage Test gives you an idea of percentage of purebred in your dog. It is also useful for breeders to offer purchasers of their puppies DNA-certified tests to prove pedigree.
Canine DNA Profiling determines the breeds of a known mixed breed dog.
DNA Inherited Disease Testing is DNA Testing for the following inherited diseases:
A quick search of Google will bring up myriad DNA testing solutions for dogs.
I thought that Dr. Harvey’s natural food products looked interesting when I found them on Twitter. They make all natural, whole foods and products like grooming supplies. All made in the USA.
It looks as if their dog food is freeze dried, to which you add water and protein of your choice. You can check out their site for instructions on how to make homemade dog food in minutes. I may try their Canine Health dog food, which they claim is a revolutionary all-natural, holistic dog food pre-mix. It is made up of 6 certified organic grains, 9 vegetables and 14 herbs. All of which is fit for human consumption, with no dyes, no preservatives, and no chemicals. I’ll post my results if I end up purchasing some food, and maybe some of their natural dog treats.
What a fabulous smile on this little Dachshund. Maybe his owners could get him a teeth brightening commercial.
Wag Lifetime Joint Care Chewable Supplement For Dogs is a fairly new supplement that contains four branded and patented ingredients: NEM®, Microminzyme(TM), BCM-95®, and BosPure®, which have been clinically proven to be five times more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin, which a lot of dog owners give their dogs for joint care. According to the makers of the product, Pet Research, pet owners typically see results in as little as 7-10 days.
I was skeptical, as I always am with new supplements, when it comes to my dogs. However, after giving this product to them for almost two weeks, I can say I’ve seen improvement. They not only get up the stairs easier, but I’ve seen improvements in speed and playfulness. Especially in my 11 year old dog. So for me I’ve seen results, and my dogs always are eager to eat them.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid, a sight hound, was added to the AKC miscellaneous category last year. This interesting dog comes in three sizes: Small, 8.5 to 17.5 pounds; Medium, 17.5 to 26.5 pounds; and large, 26.5 to 55 pounds.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is know for the absence of hair all over the body. However a minority have coats, which according to the AKC website, is an important part of this breed’s genetic makeup.
The history of the Peruvian Inca Orchid goes back to pre-Inca time. It seems the Inca Indians valued the hairless hounds more then the coated. And pottery examples show 2,000 year old Mochica pottery dressed in clothing, which means they were highly treasured. And according the AKC website, “They were kept in their houses as pets and bed warmers and were not allowed to mix with the coated dogs that lived with the indigenous Indians. At sundown, coated dogs were locked up, and the hairless dogs were said to be taken out and allowed to exercise.”
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How’s this for a guarantee? West Paw, a maker of a tough dog toy made out of what they Zogoflex, specifically made for aggressive chewers, will send you a replacement if your dog somehow manages to destroy one.
According to their website they have several varities of toys for different types of dogs. For aggressive chewing dogs they have Tux, Jive or Hurley. For interactive play (tug-of-war, fetch, etc.), they recommend Tizzy, Bumi, or Zisc. Catchy names. And I’ve heard that they really are great toys, and quite indestructible.
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I’ve had my dogs insured for a long time. I actually can’t see not having it, as vet bills can be a real drain on your money, and possibly your savings. I’ve used it for everything for vaccinations to emergency care, and it has really helped out. But not all pet insurance is the same. The best bet is to get some pet insurance quotes.
To get the best bang for you buck you can look at them side by side and decide which is best for you and your pet. Once you have pet insurance for your dog, it can ease your mind knowing that if something does happen to him or her, you will know some of the financial burden will taken care of. Pet insurance really is a good idea. But remember to do side by side comparisons. There are excellent places to start, such as this website.