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I’ve Created Two Monsters

Because both Wink and Finn need to take (multiple) pills twice a day every day, and opening their mouths (especially Finn’s) to get said pills down their throats is a nightmare, I’ve resorted to hiding the pills in whatever (safe) people food is left from our meals. I know. I know. Slippery slope. Yes, I now have two merciless beggars.

cat and dog sitting at table

I cannot lie; Wink was already world-class. He learned it from Kiera, my Aussie who I had to retrain and use some tough love on. Or was it her who retrained me…?

Anyway, it’s not as common for cats to beg as it is for dogs. It may […]

By |2021-04-12T09:46:25-04:00April 7th, 2021|.My Dogs and Me, Finnegan the Coon Cat|0 Comments

How Old is My Dog in Human Years

Wink is fast approaching his 13th birthday and someone was asking how old that was in human years, since, for a Cavalier, anything over 8 years old is considered impressive.

dog years to human years chart

The old rule of thumb was to simply multiply the dog age by 7 to get the equivalent human age. Not so anymore. They’ve figured out a more precise formula through factoring DNA changes over time. Though the general rule that bigger dogs age faster than smaller dogs still holds true.

An Inside Science article explains, “Scientists concluded that every 4.4 pounds of body mass reduced a dog’s life expectancy […]

By |2021-03-13T09:14:09-05:00March 24th, 2021|Dogs in General|0 Comments

Heads Up! “Sportmix” Pet Food Recall

sportmix pet food bags in recallMidwestern Pet Foods company expands voluntary recall of dry food products.

After more than 70 dogs died and 80 others became ill, possibly from ingesting fatal levels of a toxin that is produced by mold, Midwestern Pet Foods is conducting a recall, the Food and Drug Administration said.

Pet parents: do not feed the recalled products to your pets or any other animals.

Destroy the products in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them. Wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups and storage containers.

Contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800-474-4163, ext. 455 from 7AM to 4PM […]

By |2021-01-15T08:52:43-05:00January 15th, 2021|Dogs in General|0 Comments

The Better Question is What is Duct Tape NOT Good For

I’ve been hard at work trying to make it so Wink can continue our walks even in cold, snowy weather. It’s been a process, to say the least. But I’m determined.

The latest problem to solve has been how to keep Wink’s feet protected.

I started off with these waterproof, skidproof booties from Amazon.com EXPAWLORER Waterproof Dog Boots Reflective Non-Slip Pet Booties. They get 4 stars, and for a lot of people, they seem to do the trick.

Here’s what they look like on Wink. So far, so good. 

But here’s where the trouble starts.

bootie walk

Notice how his […]

By |2020-12-30T17:26:44-05:00December 30th, 2020|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|0 Comments

Genius Dog Challenge

Need a break and looking for something fun?

From the Guardian: “The search for the world’s smartest dog kicks into gear Wednesday  1PM, as contenders compete in a live-streamed event to be crowned top of the canine class.

Researchers in Hungary have spent more than two years searching for dogs who could recognize the names of their different toys, advertising for owners to come forward on social media. Now the canines they have discovered are set to take part in a series of live-streamed experiments, called the “Genius Dog Challenge”.

Dr Claudia Fugazza, of Eötvös Loránd University, one of the scientists behind the project, said they have been hunting for a rare […]

By |2020-11-11T15:01:27-05:00November 11th, 2020|Dog Training|2 Comments

Dog Stroller Review: No-Zip Expedition Zipperless Entry Pet Stroller

Without Graidy as Wink’s point person, he has become even more attached to me, if that’s possible. Which means he doesn’t do well when I’m not in his immediate orbit.

So I stopped going for walks because Wink, at 12 1/2 years old, can’t walk as far as I like to go. Then I thought–that’s silly, there must be a solution. And sure enough…

I found this No-Zip Expedition Zipperless Entry Pet Stroller on Amazon

cavalier in dog stroller

REVIEW

The details:

  • NO-ZIP, push-button entry; quickly lock and unlock doors without fumbling with difficult zippers
  • Dual-entry, pet can be loaded from front or rear entry, does not have […]
By |2020-09-24T13:42:35-04:00September 24th, 2020|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|6 Comments
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