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The Easiest Way to Have a Well Groomed Dog!

A Trip to the Dog Spa

What is the easiest way to have a well groomed dog?  Let somebody else do the grooming. This is what my peeps discovered today. Usually my big peep bathes me, which is not so easy because she has some trouble bending into the bathtub.  Also, I don’t like it when she messes around with my feet.  She is always concerned about the cost of things, however, so she has done all of my grooming herself for at least three years.

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This is me when I was a scruffy dog

Today it all changed. I woke up scruffy and I’ll go to bed looking like a dog from a magazine. This afternoon I spent about three hours at the Spa Dog Organic Dog Spa. I now smell delicious and I have the best furcut I have ever had. It’s awesome!

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A good philosophy for the planet

If you know me at all you will remember that I am usually a very scruffy dog. Yes I am loved to pieces by my peeps, but my bangs have mostly always been crooked and my fur is usually shaggy and uneven.  Although my big peep cuts them out when she finds them, I often have a mat or two.  However, big peep has been reading what I wrote about wanting to go to a doggy salon on my Facebook page and she finally realized that my looks are important to me, especially now that I am a little bit famous.

I know that what is in the inside of a dog is more important than the way a dog looks on the outside, but that shouldn’t mean that I can never spend an afternoon at the spa. A bit of pampering is good for a dog.

So this afternoon my big peep took me for a car ride to the spa. As soon as we arrived I felt comfortable with the place. Nice calming music was playing and I could tell that it was a safe spot for dogs. I also liked the fact that it smelled good in there.

The first peep I met there was Hilary. She held me and felt my fur while she and my big peep talked about me. I could tell that Hilary likes dogs, so I trusted her and didn’t try to get away. Then I met Kalee, the one who actually looked after me.

Kalee is good at dog grooming. If she was a dog you would give her a treat, but since she is a peep all you can do is say “thank you!” She gave me a bath with organic geranium and lavender shampoo that is specially made for dogs. Then she blew me dry, cut my nails, cleaned my ears and brushed my teeth.  She told me how good I am about 100 times!

My peep had asked Kalee to buff my nails but when she started I hated it and tried to make her stop by acting all stressed. Kalee understood and stopped, so I was happy. My peep was happy, also, because she never likes me to be too upset, especially is she is not around.

This is Kalee holding me before my grooming:

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I know that I am still cute when I am scruffy!

Here is a photo of Kalee and me after we were finished. What do you think? I feel so good about myself.  My fur is silky soft and I smell fresh and yummy.

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I’m the same dog on the inside but I sure look different!

Now you know the easiest way to have a well groomed dog. You go to the spa. The only hard part is paying for it, but if you ask me it’s worth it!

Before we left my peep noticed a petition on the counter, asking the government to stop the trophy hunting of wild animals in BC. She signed it because she says that killing animals just for their heads or their fur is barbaric.

By the way, I have no special relationship with Spa Dog  Organic Dog Spa. They did not give me anything except love and a great furcut. I did tell them that I am a blogging dog, partly because I needed Kalee’s permission  to put her photo on the internet (she is nice and did not mind).  However, I was treated exactly like all of the other dogs.

Spa Dog Organic Dog Spa is in Vancouver.  You can learn more about them here. My big peep says one main reason she chose them is because they use sustainable practices. For example, they have a refill program for shampoo bottles and they compost all of the dog fur that falls on the floor.  My big peep also likes to support independent local businesses.

 

 

 

 

The Saddest day of the Year

The Saddest Day of the Year

by Louis the Medicine Dog

The story of a beautiful love between a girl with leukemia and her dog and how Louis became a true medicine dog.

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Autumn with me at the Beach

December 3rd is always the saddest day of the year. The sadness overshadows everything,  It is the anniversary of the day when Autumn Rose left this world.

Autumn had a way with animals. She was about eleven years old when I was just a puppy, in fact she was there to comfort me on the day that I was taken from my mother.  I trusted her from the very first.

Autumn taught me some tricks, like “stay” and “leave it”.  She  ran as fast as she could with me and she would talk to me about all kinds of things, as if I were a human. We had a strong bond.

When she was almost 14 years old, Autumn was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia. She actually had two types of leukemia at the same time. However, she was strong and she fought it for four years.

Autumn spent many months, off and on,  in the children’s hospital.  Between these months, however, she spent time at home.  Whenever she was home, I was by her side every minute.  Everyone said that I was good medicine. In fact, this is how I became a true medicine dog.

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Autumn and I spent a lot of time together.

I would snuggle up with her when she was in bed or on the sofa. We would watch TV and movies together.  Most of the time Autumn was not strong enough to go for walks with me, but I didn’t mind. She loved me and I could feel it in my being. I knew she was not well because dogs know these things and I made it my business to make her happy. This is how dogs are with the peeps they love.

Three days before Autumn left this world, her cousin Brianne gave me a bath, blowed by fur dry and took me for a car ride to the children’s hospital. Normally only therapy dogs are allowed there, but as they considered me to be Autumn’s medicine dog they made an exception.  The doctors and nurses and the others who worked there treated me like part of their team. Autumn was in a hospital bed and she was hooked up to a lot of machines.  I could tell that her little body was badly hurt, so I was quiet and gentle. I loved her so much, as only a dog can! I think she was sleeping but it was a strange sleep because she knew that I was there.  Me being there made her happy inside even though she couldn’t show it. She wasn’t strong enough to open her eyes or move her head.

I lay beside her for a few minutes and I felt the presence of her love.  She was beyond using words but I understood from her that she will see me again, in another world.

That was exactly three years ago.  As a dog, I am proud that I had the chance to love Autumn and help her when she was sick. Everybody says I did a good job. Now that she has gone (for now), I do my best to help to help the peeps she left behind. I know when they are sad and in times like these I snuggle up to them and give them my best woofy kisses. Love will get us through it.

Rufff to All,

Louis Dog Armstrong

– Medicine Dog & Blogger

 

 

Bond with your Dog in Just 10 Minutes per Day!

Bond with Your Dog in Just 10 Minutes per Day!

You can bond with your dog in just 10 minutes per day. It’s easy.

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A much younger version of me. Wasn’t I cute?

 

I know that most of my readers would like to have better relationships with their dogs. Most of you probably have good relationships already, but they can always improve.  Let me explain to you how just 10 minutes each day will really make a grrrreat difference.

Dogs always love their peeps but we function better all around when we know for sure that our peeps love us as well. We are a lot like human children.  We need our peeps to spend time with us in order for us to feel 100% secure. After all, dogs have emotional lives, too.

Ten minutes each day is not a lot, but it can make a huge positive difference to your dog. But it is important to maximize this time.

To bond with your dog, this is all you need to do:

  • During the 10 minutes, commit to your dog.  Do not play with your phone or watch TV. In fact, you should turn off the TV and put your devices away.  Don’t answer the phone.  Focus on the dog only.  Dogs are smart and they love it when you are paying attention to only them.
  • Talk to your dog and announce something like “this is our time!” or “Play time for dogs!”  Find a phrase that suits you and your dog and stick to it. Repeat this phrase numerous times during your ten minutes and use it every day. Soon your dog will understand the phrase and will associate it with this wonderful part of the day.  Talk to him (or her) in a friendly voice. Most dogs hear very well so there is no need to shout, just make sure that you repeat your chosen phrase often.
  • Never use this chosen phrase outside of your 10 minutes special time.  Otherwise, the dog may become confused and it will take longer for her (or him) to learn exactly what the words mean.
  • Choose two or three activities that you know your dog will enjoy. Personally, I like to play squeaky toy. I also like to show off how I can “sit”.  I don’t know a lot of traditional dog tricks (I’m the independent type) but I like it when my peep tries to teach me, especially with dog treats. I suggest two or three activities because we dogs have short attention spans and we want this 10 minutes to be fun.
  • Don’t use this time to let your dog eat a meal. Giving a dog treat or two is OK but if he (or she) is eating, the dog won’t be focusing on you. It’s important that you concentrate on one another during this time because bonding is taking place.
  • Similarly, you should not take your dog out for a walk during this 10 minutes. This is because whenever we are out walking, we are more interested in the neighborhood smells and in doing our business than anything else. The 10 minutes has to be free of distractions.
  • the 10 minutes doesn’t always have to be running around playing.  If possible, some of it should be, but cuddling is also good.

My Own 10 Minutes

My peep tries her best to give me 10 minutes of bonding time every day.  Other than squeaky toy and tricks, which I already mentioned, here are some of the activities we both enjoy:

  • Belly rubs – she rubs my belly; I don’t rub hers.
  • Photo shoots – she takes photos of me while I pose in different places inside the house.
  • She carries me around and tells me how I am the best dog ever and that she loves me.
  • We play with a tennis ball.  No throwing it in the house but we can roll it.

To bond with your dog,  pretty much anything goes. Just do whatever works best for you and your own best friend.

By following my easy steps you will definitely bond with your dog in just 10 minutes per day. I guarantee it!

Well that’s all for now. You can always contact me if you have a question about this post or anything about dogs. Woof!

Love & Squeaky Toys,

Louis the Blogging Dog

 

I Love Liver!

I Love Liver!

It’s no surprise that I love liver. After all, I’m a dog.

Every once in awhile and not often enough to suit me, Mimi brings home  a package of chicken livers from the grocery store. She says that liver is good for both Hazuzu and me and she likes to feed us well.
She bought some a few days ago and decided to cook it yesterday. Her cooking method is easy; I’ve watched her many times. There is something about the smell of liver simmering on the stove that thrills me no end.

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Love your dog with liver!

This is how Mimi cooked yesterday’s chicken liver:

Ingredients

1. Package of liver (either chicken or beef);
2. Oil to cook the liver in. This could be something like safflower oil, although Mimi used olive oil.

Directions

1. Warm a frying pan;
2. Pour on some olive oil;
3. Cut the chicken liver into small pieces;

4. Fry the livers until there is no pink color;
5. Let the liver cool;
6. Feed any dogs and/or cats that happen to be around;
7. Save leftovers in a container with a lid. Refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Mimi makes enough for the kitty and me to have about 1/2 bowl every day for a few days.

A Day in the life of a Dog

A Day in the Life of a Dog

by Louis the Blogging Dog

They say that every dog has his day. The truth, however, is that when a dog wakes up in the morning he never knows what the day will bring. It could go one way or the other.  So I am happy to say that today was an all-round good one.

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A day can go either way.

The Life of a Dog

Mimi, Hazuzu and I slept in because we didn’t get to sleep until after 2:00 am. After Mimi got herself ready for the day, the three of us went downstairs to find that a note had been placed through the mail slot. It was from a neighbor we had never met. Mimi read it out loud to Eric, so I know exactly what it said.

This neighbor, who also lives in Killarney Gardens, wrote that she has two children, Lizzy who is nine and Nathaniel who is six. They want to have a dog but the mom works full time and doesn’t think they are home enough to be good companions for the dog. They were hoping that they could meet me and maybe take me for walks from time to time. I snorted at that one. Little did she know that if there are any walks to be taken that I’d be taking the peeps, not the other way around.

We had never met these peeps before because they are relatively new here. They heard about me from another co-op member. This place is like a little village.

I was open to the idea. I usually like kids because their energy often matches mine. Mimi also likes kids and she told Eric that it would be good for all of us if it worked out.  It seemed like an opportunity to go on more walks and I love my walks!

Mimi called the mom, whose name is Carrie, and arranged for them to come over in the afternoon to meet me. When they arrived, I was so happy.  I gave them kisses and they stroked me. Nathaniel gave me a belly rub while Lizzy rubbed that place above my ear where it feels so good! Then Lizzy, Nathaniel,  Carrie and I went for a walk around the swimming pool and the co-op office.

I was on my best behavior and so were the kids. I didn’t bark or pull on the leash and they didn’t complain about picking up my poo.  These are good kids. I have a feeling that they will be easy to train!

Carrie plans to return with Lizzy and Nathaniel on Wednesday for another walk. I have three new friends. In a dog’s world, anything can happen in a day in the life of a dog.

 

 

 

Five Things Dogs Hate!

Like people, dogs hate a lot of things. However, there are a few things that all dogs hate a whole lot. It’s universal, so if you have a dog in your family please keep these five things dogs hate in mind.

Five Things Dogs Hate!

1 Being Left in a Hot Car

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This really scares me.  Pleeeze  don’t ever take us on car rides if you will be leaving us in a car when the weather is hot.  Don’t get me wrong – we love car rides as much as tummy rubs,  but we can’t breathe and can quickly become dehydrated and die if left in a hot car.  It’s horrible.

2. Rubbing our Noses in Poo

Some peeps do this to dogs. They rub our noses in our excrement if we have an “accident”.  They don’t realize that a dog’s sense of smell is 100 times stronger than a human’s.

The humans who do this actually think  they are training us to be better dogs but it’s just not true.  Mimi says that people did this a lot when she was a kid but in these days most know better, just like they know not to beat their children.  However, I know for a fact that some people still do it.

I just want all people to know that rubbing our noses in our poo doesn’t teach us anything other than to be afraid of our humans. If we have an “accident” it’s not our fault. Maybe you haven’t trained us properly  or we are sick. Another possibility is that you need to take us out earlier or more often.    Just don’t blame the dog!

3. Being Tied Up all the Time

What can I say? People who do this don’t understand dogs.  Dogs need to be part of a group and it is a crime against our nature to isolate us and chain us up so we can’t move around and explore.

4. Yelling at us

Dogs don’t like being yelled at just like people don’t want to be barked at.  We respond best to people who are assertive and who speak in a calm voice.  Speaking for myself, yelling seems aggressive and I just won’t listen. Most dogs will agree.

5.   People we Don’t know  who Come up to us too Fast

This is especially upsetting when the person who rushes toward us also is making  eye contact. Dogs hate this because it makes us feel threatened. You see, the most aggressive dogs in the dog world rush toward other dogs while making eye contact. When a peep acts like that we become defensive, just as if it was a mean dog.  Sometimes we will bark or snap at someone who approaches us this way. A few of us will even bite.  To avoid bad experiences,  approach dogs you don’t know slowly, without looking them in the eye.

There are definitely more than five things dogs hate, but I wanted to mention these ones because they bother me so much. I hope that none of my readers do any of these things. You probably don’t. However, if you ever see someone abusing a dog in any of these ways, please enlighten them. If they want to know how you think you know so much, tell them you heard it from a dog.

When peeps can all be kinder to animals this world will be a better place.

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Louis the Blogging Dog

Louis the Blogging Dog!

by Louis the Blogging Dog

I have wanted to start my own blog for quite awhile and I’m finally doing it. I hope to blog about my life in this neighborhood and what it’s like to be me. The little things as well as the big things. All from a dog’s point of view.

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Blogging gives me purpose.

I am Louis the Blogging Dog.  I am a small dog but I am strong for my size. I fear nothing. Even Hazuzu listens to me, although Hazuzu is a lot bigger than I am. Hazuzu, in case you don’t know, is the cat of our pack. Mimi and Eric call him the  family cat. They are always going on about his magnificent tail and how he reminds them of a lion. I don’t mind though, because everyone knows that I’m the boss. I’man alpha, through and through.

I asked Hazuzu if he wanted to blog with me, but he declined. He likes to do his own thing. He refuses to play ‘squeaky toy’ with me  and he goes off alone, roaming the neighborhood all by himself for hours on end while I stay at home with the peeps. So it didn’t surprise me that Hazuzu didn’t want to work on this blog with me.
At some point, however, I’ll try to talk him into writing a post or two as a guest blogger.
We really are good friends.
Here is a photo of Hazuzu:

hazuzu's eyes match his coat.
Hazuzu’s eyes match his coat.

Thanks for reading my  first time hello. I like it that you are there. Do come back because I expect to post frequently. Also, if you like my blog, do “like” my page on Facebook.  Woof!