Here again, a few irresponsible dog owners and a few dog-hating people manage to get an ordinance passed that will make it difficult for ALL dog owners in Los Angeles. As a lawyer, the first thing I look at in a new law is the language. In this ordinance, the first glaring red flag is … Continue reading L.A. Imposes Stiff Fines for “Excessive” Barking
A few weeks ago, my Papillon Riyo and I ran our first agility course in front of a small audience, and the way I performed is a perfect example of why I titled this blog “an idiot’s guide.” My dogs are the geniuses, while I, on the other hand, often look like an idiot. If … Continue reading At the Fair: Attempting the Agility Course
Even those of us who don’t ordinarily put clothes on our dogs can’t resist a little bit of fun come Halloween! I think this year I am going to bring back my favorite, the blue haired Nimbus “Things” from Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat! I went to Orland several years ago with a group … Continue reading The Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Dog Costume!
I actually did not know what a bully stick was until a couple years ago when someone explained it to me at a dog show I went to watch. One of the vendors was selling “bully sticks,” and I had to ask what it was! If you do not know, a bully stick is, simply … Continue reading What is a Bully Stick? It’s a GREAT dog chew!
Today when I let the dogs out to do their business, I watched as little Papillon, Riyo did his dirty business in Lizzie’s favorite barking corner. Even though I witnessed his transgression, instead of going to pick it up, I figured, “he’s a 4 pound dog, how big of a mine could it really be?” … Continue reading Ever feel like your dogs just taught you a lesson?!
Now that I am out working in the coal mine all day, toiling to feed the four hungry, furry mouths waiting at home, I do wonder…do they miss me? Ok, so I’m dramatizing a bit. I’m sitting in an office chair with all-you-can-drink coffee and snacks doing title opinions. Though I may not be … Continue reading Do dogs miss us when we’re gone?
Thinking about getting a dog? Consider the responsibility first. Dogs are living, breathing, feeling, animals with many needs. They are not toys, a backyard fixture, or temporary cute-factor entertainment. People often underestimate the amount of work a dog can be. They expect dogs to be naturally well-behaved, well-mannered, and not cause any problems. I have … Continue reading Is a dog right for you? Consider the responsibility FIRST.
There was an article in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram some time ago about Industrial Chemicals found in pets, especially dogs, from licking up more than a snack when table scraps fall on the floor. That plus drinking out of the toilet (I sometimes FORGET to put the lid down!), one can see how toxins can … Continue reading Household Cleaners Poison You and Your Dogs!
In a previous post, I went over the full flea destroying plan that I used and that worked, but I think a more detailed review on the oral flea preventative is merited as these are the new generation miracle in flea prevention. They also avoid the whole issue of skin irritation as I mentioned in … Continue reading Review: Oral Flea Preventative Comfortis & Capstar
Today I applied my last dose of Frontline on my large mixbreed dog Carmina. I had already stopped using it on my Papillons because one, it did not work, two I was concerned about skin irritation. After today, however, I will never apply spot-on treatments on ANY of them again. Contrary to the instructions, I … Continue reading Review: Frontline, Advantage, and All Spot-On Treatments
Sadly, HB1451 did pass the house and the senate. I would like to thank Senator Dan Patrick for strongly speaking out against the bill and urge everyone to remember that he had the fortitude to call this bill “a crock.” It is disheartening that some politicians cannot, for the good of helping animals in need, … Continue reading Dear Rick Perry, Veto HB1451
I felt compelled to write this post after seeing so many people violate what should be basic rules of dog etiquette, and also hearing so many people express their opinion that dogs should basically tolerate pretty much anything short of a beating without reacting negatively. Many really do believe that they should be able to … Continue reading 10 Dog Safety Rules for Children and Adults
The Kong Air Squeaker Donut Toy gets a four paw up rating from Lizzie! Lizzie, like many dogs, loves squeaky toys. But being a German Shepherd with jaws of steel, squeaky toys just stop squeaking after a day or two. They either rip or the squeakers break and Lizzie is left with a non-squeaking piece … Continue reading Kong Air Squeaker Donut Review: The Squeaky Toy that Lived
Today one of our obedience club members posted this warning on our facebook page. This merits being passed on to warn all pet owners. I would go as far as saying this product should NOT be sold for any use in flowerbeds as many people won’t know the risk despite any warnings, and cats could … Continue reading WARNING: COCOA MULCH DEADLY TO DOGS & CATS
At last, it seems I have gotten the upper hand in my battle against the fleas and my little Papillon’s hair is growing back! I have a full multi-front attack that has worked! Controlling fleas when you have multiple dogs is a challenge, but this method has worked for my sensitive Papillons as well as … Continue reading Get Rid of Fleas! How I won the battle…