Pawlympics

Pawlympics

by Louis the Blogging Dog

The Official 2016 Pawlympics

The pawlympics is the animal kingdom’s answer to the regular and the Special Olympics. This coming August, dogs and other animals will have the opportunity to compete in a wide variety of events! 

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There is an amazing lineup of events, something for all four-footed, slithery and feathered folk, although it seems to me that mostly dogs will be competing.

The Pawlympics was invented in Blogville, a community of cool animals who have Blogger blogs. I only recently found out about them and I’m looking forward to being a part of their pack. I even created a little Blogger blog called Louisdog’s Life! This blog that you are reading now is on WordPress. I don’t think I can very easily follow the animals’ Blogger blogs from here. That is why I have the Blogger one; I want to be close to my new friends.

So far I have signed up for four Pawlympics events. These are Munro Bagging, Smileys, Stuffy Deading and Freestyle Napping.  If you want to you can read about these events on my Blogger blog.

I plan to register for a few more events. There is swimming, digging, sitting pretty and boxing just to name four of them.

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I have been training for the Pawlympics!

 

If any of the peeps reading this know of an animal who would like to participate, or any of the  animals reading this would like to join in the Pawlympics, you have until July 15th to enter the events.

You can see the list of all the events as well as directions on the Dory’s Back Yard website. That is the Blogville address where four hot dogs named Dory, Bilbo, Jakey and Artie can be found.

As you can probably tell, I am totally woofed about my new community! After all, I felt a bit alienated before. I didn’t know any other dogs with blogs. The Blogville dogs make me feel like I’m not alone.

Well that is all for now. I’ll be back soon and in the meantime I wish you all every possible woofiness!

Louis Dog Armstrong

Louis the Blogging Dog, or

 Just plain Louis for short!

 

 

Mindfulness in Dogs

Six Big Things Humans can Learn from Dogs about Mindfulness.
     By Louis the Blogging Dog
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Mindfulness is natural for dogs.

Mindfulness in Dogs

A lot of the people I know like to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a form of meditation or therapy that focuses on awareness and acceptance of incoming feelings and thoughts and not reacting to them. Mindfulness is popular because it is so good for peeps. It is meditative and it brings a sense of inner peace and serenity. There is more to it than that, however. When I was researching this article I learned quite a bit from the Berkeley University website. Yes, I AM a smart dog, aren’t I?
Dogs could teach people a lot about mindfulness. After all,  there isn’t a therapy called mindfulness for dogs because we dogs practice mindfulness naturally. We do it all the time.
There is a whole lot of mindfulness in dogs!
Dogs live in the present moment.  We are completely engaged in the here and now. We also have feelings and dog style thoughts.

Here are a few of the things that peeps could learn from dogs when it comes to mindfulness:

  1. Dogs accept themselves. For example, as a dog I don’t have an inner critic. I accept myself automatically and I never judge myself. In fact, it is very rarely that a dog will  judge any thing or any one. For example, I could judge Hazuzu, the kitty that I live with, but I don’t. I just accept him as he is, even though he can be extremely annoying in his own feline way.
  2. Dogs never hold a grudge.  They don’t hold onto negative thoughts and bad memories.
  3. Dogs practice forgiveness. They have a very forgiving nature that peeps could learn from.
  4. Dogs never obsess over what they don’t have or what might be lacking in their lives. In fact, all dogs are “cup half full” beings. They never feel that the cup is half empty.
  5. Another thing about mindfulness in dogs is that we never worry about the future. Why concern ourselves with what might never happen? We are never anxious and worried about tomorrow.
  6. A dog is always himself or herself, whichever the case may be. We never pretend to be something we are not. In other words, we are completely authentic and real. With a dog, what you see is what you get!
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Dogs live in the present moment, no matter who is watching.
So, if you are looking for a mindfulness teacher or if you simply want someone to hang out with in a mindful way, think about choosing a dog. Dogs practice mindfulness all day long every day. Mindfulness in dogs comes naturally and we would love to pass some of it on to you!
Signed in Wet, Slobbery Kisses,
~Louis the Blogging Dog

Dangers of Dogs Eating Cat Food

Dangers of Dogs Eating Cat Food

 The Biggest Dangers of Dogs Eating Cat Food

Does your dog eat the cat’s food?  This is dangerous! Here are the reasons why you should not allow this to happen!

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I won’t be woofing back any more kitty food!

As my loyal readers know, I am a small dog who lives with a gigantic three-year-old orange kitty named Hazuzu. Hazuzu eats dry cat food. He runs around outside for hours on end doing who knows what and he is very lean and muscular. He seems to always be hungry so there is usually a bowl of his food available to him. This kitty food was kept on the kitchen floor. so I would just help myself to it whenever I felt like having it, but not so anymore.

What happened is that I mentioned on my Facebook page that I had been eating cat food with hairball control. It was the hairball control part that had me worried. Several of my fans responded. They told me that cat food can lead to kidney failure in dogs. This freaked me right out! It also freaked out the two peeps in our pack. They felt quite bad for letting me have something that is so bad for me!

My peeps immediately started to place Hazuzu’s food up high where I can’t reach it. They knew that I wouldn’t listen if they simply told me not to eat it.

Mimi made up for depriving me by cooking some awesome healthy food for me, along with some peanut butter dog treats. I’ll share these recipes with you sometime soon.

Dangers of Dogs Eating Cat Food

My pack family did some research about the dangers of eating cat food. After checking out the most credible websites, this is what we learned:

  1. When dogs eat too much cat food they are likely to suffer from vomiting and diarrhea. These digestive problems are from the higher fat levels in the cat food.
  2. Dogs that eat too much cat food will probably become overweight. Like me. My ideal weight is around 10 pounds but sometimes I go up o 12 pounds. Until now, nobody knew why!
  3. Dog food contains important vitamins for dogs. These are not present in cat food
  4. Cat food is not balanced properly for dogs with respect to fiber, which is important for digestive health.
  5. Cat food contains more concentrated protein than dogs should have. If this extra protein is not eliminated quickly it will become urea in the dog’s body, where it can accumulate and create serious kidney problems. This can ultimately lead to kidney failure.

Why Do I Eat the Cat’s Food?

  • It tastes better than my dog food. Some think this is because it has so much protein but all I know is that cat food is delicious! I’m licking my lips just thinking about it!
  • It’s in my genes to forage around and eat different things.

What Can We Do About It?

Mimi and Eric handled the problem by moving the cat’s food to a high place that I can’t reach. It is now on a table, which is no challenge for the kitty. For us, this was the easiest way of stopping me from eating something that is dangerous for me.

Dog With a Mission

Louis Dog Armstrong is a dog with a mission and he wants everyone to know it!

I am a dog with a mission. In fact, I am absolutely passionate about it. I think about it early in the morning and long into the dog day afternoon. I know you are wondering what it is, at least I hope that you are. So I will tell you.

Mission Statement

My mission is to make this a better world for animals by educating humans and  encouraging them to have positive, healthy relationships with members of the animal kingdom.

By the animal kingdom I’m not talking about all nine to ten million species because I’m just taking baby steps here. After all, I am only one little white  dog and I don’t get any help, especially from the big orange cat I live with who ought to care more but he doesn’t.  He just reaps the benefits from all my hard work.

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Hazuzu, the Kitty I live with.

But enough complaining. By animal kingdom I mean the furry ones, the winged ones and the other ones like frogs, snakes, fish, dragonflies and butterflies. I am a passionate dog and I want to share with the human world some of the things that I know. I’m also a fun dog so I hope to have fun while I do it. I don’t want to be too serious. Some dogs are always serious, like Clancy, a Scottie dog that I know, but that’s not me.

When I first started this dog  blog it was more about how peeps could come to understand  dogs by first understanding a dog like me. It was after William Faulkner who said, “To understand the world you must first understand a place like Mississippi.”  Being a logical dog, I just thought it made sense to say, To understand dogs you must first understand a dog like me.”

By the way, most dogs don’t read William Faulkner and neither do I. But my peep loves the guy and she talks about him sometimes while I am lying around and listening.

Well, the Faulkner bit is why I first started blogging but I’ve learned a lot since then. I want peeps to understand dogs for sure, but I want to include the other animals as well.That’s the education part.

The relationship part is also important. I want to encourage humans to have positive, healthy relationships with animals.

So you see, I truly am a dog with a mission. Woof!!