Poodle Bed Time Story-Doggitude!

During one of my Blogpaws chats,
 I won a book called Doggitude
I thought cool , sounds like a book for me. 
It arrived and I couldn’t wait to read it.

I got a signed copy and a Blue Ribbon! 

 Of course my ma wanted to see what I was reading. 
Ok ma, you are really cramping my style. Please just let me read.
Do you mind I am trying to read here! 
Gosh ma go away

I like this ribbon

Ok I will let you look at it.

Doggitude is the creation of  Carole Pivarnik. She wanted to express what dogs think using Haiku poetry. Only 17 syllables to say what the eyes think. She painted the dogs and added the poetry to the photos and this combination turned out pawsome. Reading about how she got started, what she did to get her idea published and finding the right dogs was so fascinating! 

Then, there is the paintings of the dogs. The portraits are wonderful. It’s like you can see inside the dogs soul. She captured the thoughts of each of the dogs that were chosen. I could stare at the portraits all day. They speak to me. 
Elli- “I don’t mind sharing mouthfuls of water with you. You wear it so well”

There is even some poodle blends in this book! There is one named Jackson. He is a standard poodle blend. Yes, he even thinks like a poodle. 

Jackson- “Not sure why we stare at the picture box  but the snacks are good”
Most of these dogs that are featured in the book are my friends on Facebook too! There are so many more in the book but you have to get the book to see for yourself.
 I highly recommend it. 

I enjoyed this book and reading the backgrounds of the dogs that were chosen. Some are known as “old souls” some are “the happiest, sweet natured” dog. They are all different and they are all intriguing. You can even send your dog’s photo in to be considered for the next book. 

You can buy Doggitude on Amazon.com . They also have a Kindle version that can be purchased for $2.99. You can find Doggitude on Facebook and on Twitter @Doggitude
This book is great for all ages. I look forward to the next book. Who knows , maybe I will submit my photo. As Carole says “Bark Well, Play Often and Wag Much” 


In 2013 Teach Your Pet This One Life-Saving Thing

This is a guest post from Protect Your Bubble Pet Insurance but because I believe in Emergency Recall and I also have a Emergency word , I support this article.

Protect Your Bubble identifies the most important command every dog (and dog parent) should know
Every year we set new goals for ourselves – lose weight, get healthy, land a promotion, find that special someone. But what about our dogs – should we set goals for them? The folks at Protect Your Bubble pet health insurance brand say yes! And they’ve narrowed it down to one very important thing. In fact, it’s one of the most important things you can ever teach your dog – it could save his or her life one day.

It’s called emergency recall and most pet loving families have neglected to teach Fido this command for a number of reasons – it can be tough to train, it can be boring (for your dog) to learn, and it’s not used very often. But boy will your tail be wagging when you need to use it and your dog listens.
An ‘emergency recall’ command is very different from a ‘come when called’ command, according to pet behaviorist and certified dog trainer Kate Jackson with Jabula Dog Academy. “Dogs are used to hearing the word ‘come’ and often there are strings attached – they’re in trouble, they’re leaving the dog park or they’re headed to the vet. Because the ‘come here’ command is used so often, many dogs decide to ignore it to avoid the consequences it may bring. That’s why teaching an emergency recall is so important – it’s the ‘drop everything you are doing and come running back to me immediately’ command.

Watch behaviorist Kate Jackson discuss this command.

This command should be reserved for emergencies ONLY – your dog is running into traffic or headed towards a dogfight or an aggressive or dangerous situation. “It’s extremely important not to overuse this command so your dog doesn’t become conditioned to ignore it,” says Kate. “He or she should come immediately when this command is used, no questions asked. In the event of an emergency, it could be the difference between life and death.”

“As a pet health insurer, we see many injuries that could have been avoided,” says Stephen Ebbett, President of Protect Your Bubble. “Believe it or not, ninety two percent of pets will experience a severe accident or emergency in their lifetime. We believe that an emergency recall command can save our pet-loving customers a lot of heartache. It’s not a very well known command, so we want to spread the word. It’s a great goal for 2013 – teach your pet this one life-saving thing.”
If you don’t already use an emergency recall command and you’ve trained your dog to do other tasks, this command can be taught by using positive reinforcement and repetition. If you’re not comfortable training your dog, Protect Your Bubble recommends searching for a certified trainer in your area and finding one with whom you and your pooch are comfortable. And remember, for those with a Protect Your Bubble pet health insurance policy, behaviorists can be covered under certain policies, so give us a call to find out (toll free 1-855-792-7387). Training this command will help ensure a healthy and happy year with your beloved furry family members.
About Protect Your Bubble
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Protect Your Bubble is available online, via mobile app or phone, and allows consumers to understand, buy and protect what’s most important to them. The insurance company offers the following types of insurance plans: Pet, Car Rental Insurance, Travel and Gadget. Pet plans provide up to 90 percent reimbursement for covered vet charges for eligible accidents, illnesses, hereditary conditions and behavioral treatments and alternative therapies. They allow owners to visit any licensed vet in the country. Additionally, annual deductible options start at $100 which only need to be met once per plan year.

This is a guest post from Protect Your Bubble Pet Insurance. 

The Masked poodle

What no Beads? 

B/W Sunday

This is a blog hop so be sure to click on the other links below. I have found many of wonderful blogs from Blog hops!

#WW Scooby Finally got Lips!

Scooby sad with No Lips 
Scooby Happy with Lips 

Goodbye Little Grey Kitty

Last week was a ruff week. 
  Ma had taken one of my fur friends, Daisy a kitty, to the vet because she had a bump on her lip that needed to be checked out. Daisy got a boo boo shot and was released to go back to the Humane Society. The doctor said it would be fine. Ma stopped by the house and asked Scooby and me if we wanted to ride with her to take Daisy back to the Humane Society. She didn’t have to ask twice. We jumped in the car and enjoyed our ride.  When we got to the Humane Society’s parking lot , there was a car driving away. We  thought it was just someone who had signed up for spay/neuter clinic but it wasn’t. 

Daisy waiting to see the Dr. 

    It was 2 ladies who had dropped off a sick,sick kitty. Ma had the lady who was working to call the president of our humane society to tell her about the kitty. As soon as she heard about it said “Get that kitty to the vet NOW!” The lady called the vet to tell them a kitty was coming in as a emergency and we thought maybe it had been poisoned by the way it was acting. Ma already had the crate in her hand and out the door we ran. She put the kitty crate in the front seat and Scooby and I got in the back seat and after we got off the property , ma put the pedal to the medal. I don’t think I have ever went that fast in a car but this was serious. This kitty’s cries were so heartbreaking, it was beyond words. I put my head on the crate and ma talked to the kitty all the way to the vet’s office. I couldn’t touch the kitty but I hope it knew I cared. 
   When we got to the vet’s office , ma jumped out the car said “I will be right back” and grabbed the kitty and was gone. She came back out of the office and got me and Scooby. We went in to the office  got a seat and we waited. We waited and waited then waited some more. The vet came out and told us he didn’t know what was wrong with the kitty but they were doing test and trying to warm the kitty up. Its really cold here in Ky. He went back to check the kitty ,so we waited some more. Then he came back out and said that the kitty needed to stay there for a while but he would call when he knew more. 
   We came home. Ma said we would know more the next day but we would say a prayer for the kitty. I kept thinking about that kitty and I couldn’t get the sound of it’s cries out of my head. Only thing I knew was that if it could be saved, it would have a home at the Owensboro Humane Society where it would have food, a warm home and the love of the staff and volunteers. 
   Late that night we found out the kitty didn’t make it. The vet did everything he could to save it but the body temp had gone to low and the kitty didn’t have the strength to fight. Poor kitty. I so sorry we couldn’t get you help in time. We did what we could but it wasn’t enough. 
   The ground here in Ky has been so frozen that we couldn’t dig the dirt but because of the warm weather we have had the kitty got the proper burial today. The president had asked the vet to put the kitty in a proper box for burial. The vet’s office could have thrown that kitty away in the garbage but that kitty meant more to the Owensboro Humane Society than that. Today the kitty got laid to rest in it’s forever home. I am so sorry kitty. We really tried. You were just a baby and should have had a long life ahead of you but something happened that took you away. After the kitty was buried, I wanted to go say goodbye. 

Why did kitty have to go to kitty heaven? 

I sniffed the freshly dug grave and then I sat down. I said a prayer to the big dog in the sky to take care of the kitty and I knew that kitty would never be neglected, hungry or cold again. 
My fur friend Jade, who had been helping me be a door greeter at the spay/neuter clinic today  came over and I told her about kitty. She sat down with me. We wanted to show our respect for the life that was lost. 

   The last time I sat by a grave it was the grave of my human papaw. I thought of him while I was there. I know that when this kitty went to heaven  that my papaw welcomed it and it is probably sitting on his lap because he loved kitties and all animals. This weekend ma and I are going to get something special to put on the grave. She says grave markers are important because they mark those who should never be forgotten. I agree.  

Dear Little Kitty,
I am so sorry you had to go. 
I am sorry you had to feel the pain that you felt
but I want you to know that you meant something 
 to me , ma ,my fur friends ,volunteers and staff
all of the Owensboro Humane Society,
 You were important to us.  
Run free little kitty 
 Say hello to my papaw and give him a purr too 
we just wish we could have saved you

I want to thank my humane society and the vet’s office for trying to save the little kitty’s life. I am proud to be a spokesdog for the Owensboro Humane Society.
 The Owensboro Humane Society cares about the well being of animals. They are a true NO KILL facility but this time the big dog in the sky decided to take this little kitty to live with him. I don’t know if this little kitty was a girl or a boy and it didn’t have a name but I will call it “Heaven” because that is where it lives now.     

The following is the mission statement of the Owensboro Humane Society: 

“The Owensboro Humane Society operates on the belief that all of mankind has a responsibility to respect the creatures on this earth. To that end, we strive to improve the life, health and habitat for the rejected, abused and neglected animals in our Owensboro-Daviess county area.”

Please hug your fur kids tonight and tell them you love them. This is something I don’t think this kitty never had the pleasure of feeling. This is a shame. Every animal should know what it is to be loved. 

#WW- Cool Carma

Sunday B/W -Scooby doo

Does What You Feed = How Much You Love Your Pet?

Recently on Facebook, one of the sites that I follow made a comment on how they went to a big name pet store to buy a dog sweater but cringes each time they walk in there knowing those big name pet stores sell nothing but junk food. A huge amount of comments started pouring in. Some agreed , some didn’t. A few even started fighting about which big brand store was the best and it turned bad. 
I asked her why she would even say that knowing that these stores did carry high quality food like the higher end brands and I told her what I ate. She politely told me I was eating a sub par food that she would never recommend. Boy my ears perked. I asked why she was against it and she said because it only got a 3.5 rating. With that being said I asked where she got this rating and she said http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ so I went to the site and I started reading. One thing that got under my fur was the fact that they don’t even test the food themselves. They look at the label that is on the food to come up with their rating. There are hundreds of sites like this one and if you go to them they will all probably have a different rating. 
Then she made the comment to me that if you are going to own a dog then you need to feed it only the best food that is available. Of course me being the inquiring poodle I am, asked what brand she fed. She told me, Yes it got a 5 start rating on this site, yes it got raved reviews from people who used it but the price was a little steep. 

The ingredients are listed has having:
Fresh deboned wild boar*, fresh deboned lamb*, fresh beef liver*, fresh deboned pork*, lamb meal, peas, salmon meal, russet potato, herring meal, fresh whole eggs*, fresh deboned bison*, potato starch, fresh deboned salmon*, pacific whitefish meal, fresh deboned walleye*, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), sun-cured alfalfa, pea fiber, dried organic kelp, pumpkin, chicory root, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, apples, cranberries, blueberries, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium. * DELIVERED FRESH, preservative-free and never frozen. No dry dog food on earth can match the quality, quantity and freshness of our fresh regional poultry, fish and meat ingredients.Made with great care and pride in our award-winning factory here in Canada, free range chicken, wild caught fish and free range red meat. Its all safe for humans to eat according to Canadian standards.

How much does this amazing food cost? a 29 pound bag is $117.00 but if you buy two bags its only $112.00 a bag. Are you ready to order? 

Now I am all for a quality food, I like a lot of the ingredients but I don’t know what Canadian standards are or if I like the fact that wild boar and others are being killed each day. I have tried a sample bag of this food before and like a lot of other food it got thrown to the birds and our possum. Yes I am a picky eater, I will admit it but I found a food that I really like and it has made a difference in my health.
 I eat Nutro and in just a month I have seen a difference. I have more energy, my anal gland problem is improving and even though I have a few spots still on me I don’t have anymore appearing, My spots have nothing to do with my diet its what some older poodles get. I am 7 now so I am a older poodle. Doc says that it could have been something that ran in my family. 

The next day the site I followed made a post that said that because of the fire storm that happened on that topic and the fact she lost some followers by her comments about feeding only the best, she deleted the whole post. She made a statement that she knew everyone could not feed food that cost over $100 a bag but that didn’t mean that people didn’t love their pets any less. 

Sometimes with social media, we have to watch our words. I have found this out a few times but it doesn’t stop me from speaking my mind. I just try to word things different. 

#WW wuv