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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.

How to Bath Your Dog

 Top 12 Tips for a Stress-Free Dog Bath

Make your dog’s bath a positive experience for you and your dog.  Here are 12 tips for the best bath time.

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White dogs need a lot of baths so it is no wonder that my peep and I have found some ways to give me a good bath without causing a lot of stress for either of us.  i decided to share what we have learned about how to bath your dog so your dog can have a safe and happy bath time that is free of stress.

Most dogs don’t need as many baths as I do, but they do need them. After all, dogs get smelly and dirty. Here are a few tips for how to bathe a dog.

How to Bath Your Dog

  1. Make bath time a positive and calm experience. If your dog doesn’t like the bath, speak in a quiet, reassuring voice and say things like, “What a good dog!” “Thanks for putting up with your bath!” and “You are going to smell so fresh and clean!” I always like it when the person bathing me talks to me this way.
  1. Before placing your dog in the water make sure everything you will need is within reach. What we use are:
  • Towel
  • Scissors (in case I have matts)
  • Dog shampoo
  1. The water temperature should be warm, unless the day is really hot. Dogs don’t really like hot water, but warm to cool (not cold) is fine.
  1. I don’t personally eat treats during my bath, but this is because I am a little nervous in the water and I only like to eat (even treats) when I am relaxed. However, many dogs love their treats in the bath and this helps them to have a happy bath time.
  1. The size of your tub depends on the size of the dog. The bigger the dog, the larger the tub you will need. I am a little guy, only 10 pounds, so I can bathe in a kitchen sink, but that might not work for your dog. The human bathtub is often the tub of choice for dogs, and when the weather is warm a dog can use a child’s wading pool, a baby bathtub, or many other larger containers outside in the yard, on a balcony, or a patio.  A garden hose can also be used outside to rinse a dog off on a warm day.
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Dog paddle, anyone?
  1. When the dog first gets into the water, make sure he or she is wet to the skin, all the way from the face to the end of the tail. You can pour water on the dog with a plastic container or a small pail.
  1. Once the dog is wet, wash him or her one section at a time with the shampoo. You can place an appropriate amount of the shampoo directly on the dog’s fur or you can pour it onto your hand and wash him or her that way. My peep washes my face with the shampoo on her hand, but then cleans the rest of me by putting the shampoo directly onto my coat. If you don’t want to put shampoo on your dog’s face you can just wash it with a soft cloth and water.
  1. It is best to wash the dog’s face first because the water will be clean. Then shampoo the chest, the back, the tail, the stomach the four legs and finally the rear end. If the dog is really dirty you might have to change the water part way through. Dogs can accumulate a lot of dirt! The water is easy to change if you are using the kitchen sink or the family bathtub.
  1. Make sure that you rinse the shampoo completely off of your dog because the residue might irritate the skin.
  1. After the bath, wrap your dog in a towel and begin to pat him dry. I like this part a lot because I get wrapped up all cozy and carried like a baby. After a few minutes, though, I start to wiggle around and I escape the towel. Then I run around the house for awhile until I get tired and fall asleep. I like my naps!
  1. Many people use a hair dryer to blow dry their dog’s fur. There is nothing wrong with this, but if you do it make sure that the dryer is set no hotter than medium and you keep it at least 10 inches away from the dog. I run away if they try to use this with me, but my friend Buddy likes the hair blower method and he looks really great afterward. It’s all up to the dog.
  1. It is a good idea to brush your dog’s coat after a bath. It will look so good! But be gentle!

These tips about how to bath your dog are based on my own personal experience as a dog that has been bathed many, many times. This is what works for me and I hope it will help you, too.  Woof!!

 

 

Calculating Dog Years

Calculating Dog Years

I spent some time this afternoon surfing the net. I came across what they call a “dog years calculator“.  Curious critter that I am, I took a look at it. Oh My Goodness!!!  I  am 8 years old in human years, but according to the dog years calculator I am 48!  And it gets worse. At 48, I’m considered to be a senior. Dogs don’t have long lives like their human companions.

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I’m a Maltipoo, which is a mixed breed, and a beautiful breed at that.  However, as a small mixed breed dog it is estimated that I will only live between 10 and 15 human years.

I don’t feel old now but I know that I am slowing down. I don’t bark as much as I used to. There was a time when I drove my family crazy, standing at the living room window and barking at everyone and everything that walked by. I just couldn’t help myself.

Another difference is that when I was a puppy I would sometimes try to run off. This worried my human family because  I was placing myself in danger. Once I jumped out of the car and ran across a busy street. Another time I ran all over the parking lot of a busy mall. Not good.

Now that I’m getting older I never do those things any more.  I have lost interest in exploring every single place.  Even so, my human pack insists that I be on a dog  leash for my own safety. I accept the leash because I love them,

Time passes fast when you’re a dog.  This is because dogs live in the moment and moments are never slow. I want to help make this world a better place for dogs while I still have the time. I have work to do.

In the meantime, if you want to know your dog’s age in human years, just try the dog age calculator.   Calculating dog years is interesting and fun. The years of a dog are definitely not the same as the years of a peep. Woof!

Signed in Meaty Dog Bones,

~ Louis the Blogging Dog

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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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