My formula for cold winter days is cuddling with Jacob with some lemon tea and reading a good book! We dream about California, the sun and the beach. We read and read and hug and hug. Winter seems to go by faster but we are counting the days. He is so bundled up and PAWS balloon booties are a must in NYC.
Here are some dog books we have been reading lately and highly recommend:
1. Ambassador Dogs by Lisa Loeb
Dogs are ambassadors to the world and our own local communities. They come to serve and love us as only they know how. Accompanied by 175 color images, discover the remarkable connection between dogs and humans through the inspiring stories of 24 dogs and the owners whose lives they have made better. Meet Paddington, the official greeter at Thorncroft Equestrian Center, and Cody, a search and rescue dog. Learn the story behind Pals for Life, an organization that provides therapy animal visits, and Francisvale, a safe haven for abandoned dogs. The stories range from service dogs that make life easier for those in need to much-loved household pets that offer love and companionship each day for family members. Dog lovers everywhere will delight in these wonderfully witty and entertaining stories.
2. Inside of a Dog – Alexandra Horowitz
The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human. Horowitz introduces the reader to dogs’ perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to be a dog. What’s it like to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time? How does a tiny dog manage to play successfully with a Great Dane? What is it like to hear the bodily vibrations of insects or the hum of a fluorescent light? Why must a person on a bicycle be chased? What’s it like to use your mouth as a hand? In short, what is it like for a dog to experience life from two feet off the ground, amidst the smells of the sidewalk, gazing at our ankles or knees?
3. Help Your Shy Dog – Deborah Wood
Fifteen to twenty percent of dogs are born with a tendency towards introversion and fearfulness, leading to behaviors like uncontrolled submissive urination, fear-aggression, and inability to bond with humans. With understanding and the right training, fearful dogs need not be condemned as bad pets; rather, they can become some of the happiest and most deeply bonded dogs around the epitome of great pets.
National Dog Day is on August 26 but for dog owners, dog day is everyday! We were so lucky to get a car for the summer from Tai’s mom and we have been fully taking advantage of it. The seats are leather and we needed something to cover the seats properly. I have tried different things like fitted bed sheets, towels and canopy type plastic ones and nothing has worked as well as the Sure Fit.
There are quilted padded parts and the straps are sturdy and will not move. In the past I have used ones that have velcro and it never held when the car or the dog moves. The Sure Fit cover is also waterproof! This is important when it comes to grass stains, mud, water etc… If you take your dog to the beach, camping, hiking or park – protect your car seat with this! It looks way better than an old bed-sheet and can be machine washable as well.
Extend the practical and stylish solution of waterproof suede to your vehicle to protect upholstery. Laminated backing and bound seaming prevent leaks, while all-over 4” box quilting and lofty 5 oz. polyester fill add cushiony comfort. The bench seat cover extends over the sides and front and is held in place with an adjustable horizontal back strap and vertical sliding straps. The bench seat cover is available in two sizes to fit automobiles, SUVs and vans: Medium (48”-54” seat back) and Large (58”-64” seat back). 100% polyester with 100% polyester fill and 100% polypropylene backing. Machine washable.
Get more info on http://www.surefit.net
…better crib, better food better automobiles…! Jacob just turned 8 this year but he is still often mistaken for a puppy by people we meet. His energy level, health and attitude is still playful and happy and I attribute this to his diet and also some great supplements and all natural human-grade food we feed him!
If 60 is the new 40 in human years, then why shouldn’t 15 be the new 10 in dog years.
Recognizing that dogs – like their human companions – are indeed living longer and more fulfilling lives than ever before, a new brand of delicious vet-recommended soft chews called Gray Muzzle has just been introduced specifically to enable senior dogs to retain or recapture levels of heart, joint and cognitive health which they enjoyed in their youth.
The most comprehensive senior-specific remedy products of their kind on the market, Gray Muzzle is the result of years of research into the specific formulations best able to help turn the canine clock back on the physical and mental effects of aging among all breeds and sizes.
Unlike other products labeled “for senior dogs” that in reality feature re-purposed and re-branded non-senior formulations, Gray Muzzle very specifically addresses such vital age-related concerns as joint discomfort, heart function, cellular metabolism, blood flow, and canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD).
A standalone brand created by all-natural pet product leader Ark Naturals, Gray Muzzle is sold exclusively at independent pet and natural product stores, as well as via select etailers, at a MSRP of $13.50. Manufactured entirely in the U.S. in USDA-APHIS approved facilities, all Gray Muzzle products are free of wheat, corn, yeast, and soy, as well as artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
- Old Dogs! Happy Joints!for improved mobility and flexibility. Ingredients includeGlucosamine HCL (a shellfish source) to help build synovial fluid that creates space between the joints and keep cartilage from rubbing bone on bone; Fish Oil (Omega-3) components to help reduce joint discomfort; and Turmeric, an Ayurvedic herb from India used for thousands of years to help reduce the pain caused by sore joints. Contains 90 bite-size soft chews.
Jacob loved this one! The chewy pieces were easy for him to eat and he was excited as soon as the package opened. The ingredients make this product great and since we live in a walk-up apartment and duplex, Jacob’s joint health is very important for all the stairs he has to climb up and down everyday!
- Heart Healthy! Wags Plenty!for improved heart health. Ingredients include Taurine, an amino acid that has beneficial effects on the heart and cardiovascular system; L-Carnitine, another amino acid that benefits the heart and has been shown to have a remarkable effect in the cellular metabolism of dogs; and Egg Albumin, which contains excellent sources of vitamin B6, B12 and riboflavin and helps regulate blood volume. Contains 60 bite-size soft chews.
This heart one he chewed, spit out and ate again. He was not quite sure about this one but I told him it’s yummy you should eat it and he ate it anyway! Heart health is important for dogs, especially when living in an exciting city like New York 😉
- Brain’s Best Friend!for improved cognitive function in older dogs evidencing signs of CCD such as confusion, pacing, anxiety, staring into space, or inability to recognize family members. Ingredients include Fish Oil (Omega-3), which helps brain function; Vitamin E to protect cells and prevent free radical damage; Resveratrol, containing antioxidant properties that promote healthy brain activity and function; and Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), which plays a significant role in making proteins and neurotransmitters that carry signals between the cells more effective. Contains 90 bite-size soft chews.
Jacob was really excited about this one. He gobbled them up in 2 seconds no problem and wanted more! Since the package advise to feed 2-4 a day for a dog 60 lbs he had his samples this morning and will have to wait until tomorrow for more!
A dog is a forever friend! Make sure you take care of them and give them what they need so they can age gracefully.
Susan Weiss, President of parent company Ark Naturals (and a founding member of the National Animal Supplement Council), said, “As a result of advances in pet care, many dogs are living well past the average life expectancy for their breed. Gray Muzzle was created to benefit those dogs who may chronologically be considered senior, but who aren’t at the end stages of their lives. The response to the brand among retailers and pet owners has been extraordinary, and we’re very proud to be helping dogs and humans alike get the most out of life every single day they’re together.”
About Gray Muzzle – An Ark Naturals Company
Introduced in 2013, Gray Muzzle is dedicated to keeping older dogs healthy so they can enjoy many of the activities they enjoyed when they were younger. GrayMuzzle offers exhaustively researched formulations to help senior dogs regain their youthful physical, cognitive, and emotional health and well-being. A pioneer in creating the natural pet category in the 1990’s, parent company Ark Naturals today is the leading manufacturer of premium-quality health, remedy, and lifestyle solutions for pets from head to tail. For more information, please visit www.arknaturals.com or www.gray-muzzle.com.
Kingdom Pets, an established favorite in dried meat dog treats, is proud to announce expansion into the Northeast. Their best selling chicken jerky treats are now available at Costco Wholesale locations from Virginia to New Hampshire. Kingdom Pets products are 100% natural ingredient, lean meat treats that dogs love.
“The expansion of Kingdom Pets dried meats is a testament to pet and pet parent satisfaction,” said Kingdom Pets product marketing manager, Benjamin Wu.“We pride ourselves in producing treats that are made from wholesome, natural ingredients and offer the real meat taste that dogs love. We’re looking forward to continuing the Kingdom Pets expansion and making these simple, savory treats available to pet lovers throughout all of the US.”
Kingdom Pets dried meats are made from human grade chicken grown cage free. These treats are approximately 93% breast meat, which is high in protein, low in fat and low in calories. The only other ingredients, both natural, are vegetable glycerin and a bit of salt. Kingdom Pets contains no artificial ingredients, animal by-products or grains.
Created for adult dogs of all ages, treats come in a re-sealable bag to maintain freshness for a minimum of 18 months from the production date. Kingdom Pets treats are available in the following varieties: Duck & Sweet Potato, Chicken & Sweet Potato, Chicken & rawhide, and Duck Jerky.
Kingdom Pets can also be purchased online at Amazon.com and the Kingdom Pets website www.TheKingdomPets.com.
If your pet eats their kibble way too fast or seems to be bored all the time – Get him/her a game! The Aikiou feeder is a game that challenges the minds of your cats and dogs! They have different styles that have levels of challenge – It is a LOT of fun to see your pet try to figure it out. My neighbor has 2 cats so I gave him this one to challenge them. They are having a lot of fun while he is at home I’m sure.
This next dog one has a spinning wheel and a switch that goes back and forth. Great for hiding bigger treats and is a ton of fun too! This one I gave away to BIGGIE because he is such a smart pup who loves to eat. He will learn to use his nose playing this game. He is just around 1 so this is perfect for him!
Last but not least, another neighborhood puppy Pocky was so nice to test out one JR feeder. She is so smart and loves to play with it! Look at that tail.
It’s Toronto and Tokyo Fashion Week right now and fashion is on everyone’s mind. Here are three easy ways to update your pet’s wardrobe before the Spring Equinox in a few days.
Givebones has the most adorable and colorful collars for a good cause and a good price. National charitable pet company Givebones helps decrease the number of homeless and euthanized pets in the United States each year. Purchasing just ONE Givebones collar saves THREE dogs by keeping them warm and fed in a shelter for one extra day, rescuing them from euthanization. Givebones gives back 10 percent of sales to shelters and rescue groups across the country. They come in 4 sizes XS, S, M, L and in 6 fun colors.
This is my favorite! The Funny Bones Turquoise. It is sturdy, comfy, and stylish!
2. FrostyBowlz – frostybowlz.com
Dogs like to drink cool to cold water. Once water sits out all day, it gets lukewarm and your dog won’t want to drink it. This is a handy bowl that you can start using in spring all the way through the dog days of summer to keep your pup hydrated and cool. It is made of high-quality, heavy-gauge stainless-steel bowl with freezable, nontoxic core provides icy cold refreshment for 8 to 12 hours, even on the hottest days. Plate rim can be filled with water to form an ant barrier too! The bowl can also be used for food. Both plate and bowl have nonskid bottoms. Dishwasher-safe, awesome!
3. Dog Portrait – http://www.etsy.com/shop/MaritzaHernandezArt?ref=seller_info
Why not get a custom piece of art work for your dog and you to enjoy? There are numerous Etsy artists can whip up a really cool collage that looks just like your pup. With all your spring cleaning, throw out the old junk you don’t need and add a piece of art!