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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

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

How to Safely Greet a Fearful or Anxious Dog

I have a lovely neighbor down the road who just got a 2-yo Dachshund from Rescue. It’s her first dog since she’s been a child and she couldn’t be more excited or in love with this lucky dog. And… she’s a little out of practice on how she needs to be introducing her new family member to strangers. Especially, since this dog is prone to fear aggression.

So when we met on the road and she asked me to say hello to Pixie, it gave me the opening to ask if she’d mind if I helped her work with Pixie.  She was very appreciative of the offer, adding that most of the neighbors didn’t want to take the time to help […]

By |2019-06-08T08:15:28-04:00July 28th, 2019|Dog Training, Dogs in General|0 Comments
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