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When do you start your Christmas shopping?

It’s that time again where we start to think about Christmas shopping…..4thedogs.com has lots of good ideas for animal lovers and their pets.

As I make my list of who I need to buy for, I like to look through catalogs, the Sunday paper and peruse web stores….why not take a look at our pet web store to get unique ideas for the pet lover in your life….practical gifts like a new leash or collar….Fabuleash matching bling leashes and fashion collars are a unique gift that lots of people won’t buy for themselves but cherish as a special gift.

How about our best selling Lion Mane….turn your tiny cat or Yorkie into a roaring lion…or shock people in the park as you walk your golden that looks like a real lion….plus it will help keep them warm during the harsh winter months!

If you have a pet issue and are looking for something to solve a problem, please let us know…we go to the shows and keep up with the latest and greatest new pet products.  Mention you read this blog in your order notes and we will take 10% off your order received by December, 19, 2015!

Happy shopping!

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Favorite Find from Global Pet Expo!

It’s been a little over a month since I attended the Global Pet Expo in Orlando and I’m just now finishing up the long process of going through about 200 pounds of literature!

I promised to tell you all about the cool things I discovered at the show and today I’m sharing with you about my absolute favorite product from the show.  There are many that I love but first is first.  It is the CritterZone Air Naturalizer.

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I took one home the first night and it did exactly what they said it would do!  Actually, it worked even better than expected.  What does it do you ask?  It cleans the air and eliminates odor.  Having a family of four Yorkies qualifies me to be a tough customer when it comes to cleaning the air.  I know Yorkies are small and don’t shed and really don’t stink very often, however, they do have accidents at times. 

There were all kinds of products at the show to remove odor.  This was the best!  At the show I met a pleasant woman who demonstrated it for me.   She took a cloth and squirted some very heavy ammonia on it and let me smell it…I got a little too close (or enthusiastic) and it just about knocked me over!  Then she took the small hand size machine and held it up to the cloth.  Within about 30 seconds she had me smell the cloth again and….NOTHING!  Not a trace of ammonia!  Needless to say I took one home that night.

Upon returning from a 10 hour day, 2 of the dogs were locked up comfortably in our bathroom.  After a whole day in there it smelled like….well just like “DOG”.  No accidents or anything, just that stuffy doggie smell.  I ran to my bags of goodies and picked out my CritterZone, plugged it in and told my hubby, “We’ll see if this really works!”  About an hour and a half later I went to check it out…No doggie odor!  The room gave off a very clean fresh smell.  The air felt so oxygen rich, fresh and clean!  I was surprised on how well this tiny little box worked.  They say it only takes 2 or 3 to totally clean the air in a 1800 sq foot house.

 Here’s is why I like CritterZone Air Naturalizer so much.

    It really works well!

    It works fast!

    It actually cleans the air instead of putting chemical sprays in the air.

    It doesn’t need a filter to change!

    It comes with a cord or direct plug in the wall…no batteries!

    It also has a car adapter available for stinky cars!

    It removes pollutants from air such as bacteria, mold, Salmonella, Listeria +!

    It offers virtual germ control for your air, surfaces and fabrics!

    Compared to electronic Hepa and Air filters, it is cheaper and much quieter!

    It takes up space the size of your coffee mug!

    It uses a process called Bi-Polar Ionization & Plasma Conversion to clean air.

    It actually PREVENTS germ & mold growth!

    Prevents airborne Illness!

    Cleaning is very easy and not very often!

    Breathing clean air can extend live expectancy!

    You don’t need a pet to use one! 

I could go on and on about the CritterZone but you really just need to try it yourself.  They have a 30 day money back guarantee. 

Who needs a CritterZone Air Naturalizer?  Anyone who:

    Has a litter box!

    Has pets!

    Has allergies!

    Wants a fresh smelling car!

    Smokers definitely need one!

    Has a boat!

    Has an RV!

    Has a musty basement!

    Has a vacation home!

    Has kids!

    Has someone sick at home!

    Realtors for Listings with odors!

   Travels…great for hotel rooms!

Likes to breathe fresh, health clean air!

The CritterZone makes a fantastic gift!  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.  You can give it as a gift for healthy air, without insulting them about the odor that they are probably used to! 

We travel a lot with our dogs so that means we stay at hotels that allow pets. Sometimes we will get a non smoking room that clearly had a smoker or smells just plain musty. It is a great little gadget to take along to purify the room.

I recommend getting the one with the removable cord instead of direct wall plug in.  That way if you ever want to use it in the car or boat you can get the plug that fits into your lighter.  You can also move it to a stubborn rug or furniture odor spot.

I offer my readers a $10 discount off the retail price of each unit.  Order online and enter “4TheDogs” in the promo code area and it will apply your discount.  It’s also available in the 4thedogs.com store but you need to go thru the direct link above to save the $10.

Let me know how much you love yours when you get it!

 

Stay tuned for my next blog about cool products I discovered at the Expo and our store at 4TheDogs.com!

Can You Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?

As I was going through my oodles of phone pictures, I was very surprised to see that over 80% of them were of my dogs…and some other dogs I encountered.  As I went through the photos, I noticed that more than half of them were of the dogs sleeping.

Stop right now and look at the pictures on your phone.  How many are of dogs?  How many pictures do you have of sleeping dogs?

It got me thinking back to all the people I’ve encountered over the years who are quick to pull out their phone and show me cute pictures of their dogs.   Sometimes I get the comment, “I guess I should have more pictures of my kids!”  Since I came to this realization about the amount of sleeping dog pictures, I started to pay attention to the pictures that people e-mail me or put up on Facebook.  A large percentages are of sleeping dogs.  Cuddled up next to a baby, in a cute dog bed, or just on the floor.  What is it about sleeping dogs that draw us in?

I think most people are attracted to sleeping babies and animals.  Maybe we are attracted because they depict peace and contentment.  Sleeping dogs portray a comfortable state that we are longing for.  When these pictures are viewed, it is not uncommon to hear “ahhh!” or `“Oh, how cute!”

I think we are also amused by the sleeping positions that we find dogs in.  They contort into all shapes; curl up into tiny balls that seem impossible for their size.  Some sleep on their backs with all fours sticking straight up, some with their heads hanging upside down, some love to burrow deep down under the covers while others pull the covers over themselves.   I even came across the cutest little disabled Doxi sleeping half in his bed with his back end stilled attached to his wheelchair!

Lots of people allow their dogs to sleep with them in bed.  Most professionals say it’s not a good idea because of the pack hierarchy.  It make sense and I can see why they advise against it.  I just can’t give up that cuddle time with 4 adorable warm bodies every night.  At night they are as quick to cuddle right up against me as they are during the day following me everywhere.

Can you let a sleeping dog lie?  I think not.  Throughout the day they follow me and if I’m still in one place for more than 3 minutes, they fall asleep on me or right up against my feet.  How many of you put off getting a drink or visiting the loo because you don’t want to disturb your sleeping beauties?  When I finally have to get up or move, I try to do it so quietly and carefully as not to disturb them.  It never works!  I tell them to stay but they don’t listen.  They dutifully get up and follow me everywhere.  It always makes me feel bad to disturb them.

I’m sure some of my sleep issues come from not wanting to change to a more comfortable position through the night because I know it will wake them.  This also used to happen when I had a cat who faithfully slept on top of the covers in the middle of my knees.  I did master the art of slightly lifting the covers with the pet while quickly shifting my legs underneath.

I’d love to hear your comments about your sleeping dogs!

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Summer’s On It’s Way! Keep your Dog Safe!

Now is the time to prepare for summer fun with your best friend.  Whether you will be boating, beaching, hanging out on the dock, or by the pool, keep Fido safe with this comfortable and attractive life vest.  These vests are lightweight, comfortable and also make a fashion statement of your choice.  Several styles and colors to choose from.

Yes dogs can swim, however, they can get panicked, tired out, and even disoriented in the water.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.  We have tried several types on our dogs and find these the best.  Not only are they the safest, but also more comfortable for the dog, especially if there is a need to pluck her from the water by the handle.  Other vests only have 2 belly straps which can make uneven weight distribution causing discomfort.  These two strap models also are easier for a wriggling dog to slip out of.

The design of the Paws Aboard vests have a full hook & loop underbelly giving more support and also a feeling of security to tyour pup.  The pricing is very reasonable and affordable.

Better quality at a better price for your priceless pet!

DESIGNER DOGGIE LIFE VEST by PAWS ABOARD

Starting at $24.99

Comes in 6 sizes.  XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL

Paws Aboard Pet Life Jacket and Designer Pet Life Jackets provide  ultimate buoyancy and high visibility to keep pets safe on the water.

Constructed to provide buoyancy, along with a cozy secure fit, the Paws Aboard  Pet Life Jackets features:

An advanced breathable mesh underbelly for proper  draining and drying, which provides your dog more comfort

and healthier conditions than traditional pet life jackets, which can cause heat exhaustion  and chafing.    

  • New reflective  strips for maximum visibility,
  • Bright colors  and unique designs
  • Handle on top  for quick and easy grabbing.
  • Adjustable nylon  straps,
  • Quick-release  buckles,
  • Heavy-duty yet  more comfortable Velcro® fastening system around the belly and neck to keep  securely fastened.

Check out this direct link for more info and to purchase your lifevest.  Be sure to look around at some of our other summer fun products for your pet. Pool steps and boat ramps and ladders for easy exit from the water, Chilled water bowl, water toys, summer apparel and more!

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Itchy Scratchy Earth Day Solution

We recently have been staying in South Florida for business.  Upon arriving, the dogs became very itchy and uncomfortable.  We tried all kinds of things.  First, we did some topical anti-itch cream, but it didn’t seem to make a bit of difference to the dogs.  I guess placebo effect doesn’t have a chance with Yorkies.  We watched their diet, gave them extra omegas in their food, but they were still eating themselves raw.

I felt so bad for them but everything we tried was a failure.  Within about 10 days of this, their hair was gone and down to bare skin, I started looking into other things.  I did not want to take them to the vet for cortisone because I had a Lhasa once whose skin was never the same when we moved to the Florida Climate.  He was on cortisone and it worked like a charm, but he also blew up in size and the vet told us it could affect his heart.  Whenever we tried to wean him off, he lost weight but also scratched 24/7.  It was a vicious cycle.

 Since I only wanted to use drugs as a last resort, I sped up my investigation into all the new products and info I got at the Global Pet Expo.  We decided to try a sample of all natural dog shampoos and conditioners from the show.  The Organic Oscar Oatmeal Shampoo and Organic Oscar Aloe Vera Conditioner were amazing!

The pups were bathed only using a tiny bit or product because we needed to spread it to cover all 4 dogs.  As soon as they dried, the results were almost miraculous!  Not only did they smell great and feel softer and silkier then I ever remember, they were NOT itching!  Over the next few days, they rarely scratched, their hair remained very soft, and I knew we would definitely offer Organic Oscar in our store 4thrdogs.com.

Hair has all grown back, they are calm and comfortable, and were just groomed again yesterday with Organic Oscar. It is amazing how little of the product we need to use compared to the previous shampoos and conditioners.  The pump bottle also adds to ease while bathing the dog. The softness of their hair adds an extra benefit that I hadn’t counted on.  They feel so good to touch they are getting lots of extra attention from Dad and I.  We are addicted to touching their soft coat and they love it!

In honor of Earth Day, check out Organic Oscar in our American Service Paws Store…  http://www.4thedogs.com/organic-oscar-oatmeal-shampoo-for-dogs/

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What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?

When Pirate had his eye injury, I was totally unprepared for it.  Luckily, I did do the right thing.  I stayed as calm as I could, put him in his little kennel and took him straight to the vet.  I was fortunate that I was not alone and had someone there to help me not only stay calm but find the keys, and drive.

Now that the days are getting longer and the temperature is getting warmer, our pets will be enjoying the outdoors with us.  Great time for fun, playtime, and bonding but also prime season for injuries.  Are you prepared in case of an injury?  What would you do if your pet got stung by an insect or bit by a snake?  Broke a limb?  Fell in the lake or got an eye injury?

Knowing what to do in advance will help your pets’ survival and recovery.  It is important to know what to do and what NOT to do.  How do you protect them and yourself from further injury or transport them safely to the vet?  People have fire drills, hurricane preparation etc.  Now is the time to prepare in case of emergency for your pet.

Do you have the proper first aid kit for your pet?  Know how to preform CPR for your best friend?  Do you have a safe transport solution and muzzle for your protection?    Here are just some web sites that have first aid instructions for your pet:

In my next few blogs, I will cover specific emergencies and solutions to help prepare just in case.  If you have specific situations you would like me to cover, just leave a comment.  Check out http://www.4thedogs.com/med/ for fully supplied first aid kits with instruction cards.

Eye for an Aye or A Pirate’s Life For Me!

Well, I guess am healed enough to get this off my chest. I have come thru the worst trauma of my life.

It all started on day a few months ago when everything was good….all 4 of us were laying around, chewing on sticks and well, doing just about what we always do…laying around…when, this wild gang of roving escapees showed up at our door.

Mom got the brilliant idea to help them find their way back home…there were two of them to be exact (does that qualify as a gang? or maybe a two pack?) there was a big one and the other I call Shortie, looked like someone sawed his legs in half! They were sniffing around the front of our house all morning…Mom was working in the office and very distracted by them so she took me out to pee and see what was going on. They came over friendly enough, we smelled butts, the usual stuff, and then they ran away.

I came in and went back to my bear rug. They came back. Mom brought them into the screen room and read the big one’s tag. She called the vet and they gave her his address. She was in the process of getting a leash to return that one to confinement when the rest of us heard them barking on the other side of our front door.

Well, we all were incensed that these scoundrels were that close to our carefully guarded den and all four of us, Skipper ( my main squeeze and mother of my pups) and Maui and Buoy all started giving them what for by barking, yipping, growling ” Get away from our territory! Can’t you tell we peed here and that means this is our turf?”

We worked ourselves up into such a frenzy, I don’t remember a lot after that….everything is kinda fuzzy like it happened in …s l o w.. m o t i o n… Next thing I remember was Lisa and Mom yelling at us! I mean really yelling very loud. I came to my senses a little and realized I had my son’s muzzle in my mouth…and he was furiously biting my face!   What????  How did this happen? A moment ago it was us against them….not against each other!

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Next thing I know Mom is yelling at Lisa while she is running towards us ” Pick them up! Throw them in the pool!”

What??  I didn’t want to go into the pool!  Buoy my son must have also heard this and I don’t think he wanted to go into the pool either so we both let go of each other at the same time……..That’s when it hit me….Mom started saying “Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!”

She put me on the porch table and asked Lisa to look at my eye. She actually asked her if it looked like it was hanging out!

What?????????

I was still in shock…Mom and Lisa started rushing around, mom put me in my box and was yelling to Lisa to get the keys…they opened the door and the two hoodlums came running into our house. Mom was upset trying to get me to the vet while chasing these two creeps around our house trying to get them out.

Finally, she got them out and we sped to the Mcabee clinic. Mom was trying not to throw up, and I could see with my one good eye that Lisa was visibly upset but trying to make my mom feel ok. She did really good but I knew she was upset too….”It must be real bad”, I thought even though they keep telling me, “you are Ok Pirate, You are ok!

As soon as we hit the vet doors I forgot about my eye, I smelt that familiar vet smell…that’s when I started shaking… Mom kept telling me I was going to be ok but she couldn’t look at me.

Within minutes, they put me in a small room. A guy came out and said “OH!” when he looked at me. He  ran and got the vet right away. I think her name was Dr. Seelhoff or something. She was nice. She did not seem to be upset at all! She was calm and acted like I was normal….at last she wasn’t trying to hold back vomiting like mom was.

She told mom that this stuff happens all the time, and she has seen this many times and knew exactly what to do. She said she would need to rush me back to surgery in order to try to save my eye. She said they would put it back in, sew it shut for a few weeks….

“What???? Sew my eye shut?”

And after about 3/4 weeks she’d take the stitches out and see if I could see…Well, it was tough at first only using one eye. They put this big plastic cone around my head and drugged me for about a week. I was afraid to even take one step, but with Mom and Dad’s help they coaxed me and carried me a lot. Within a week I was soon running everywhere, but couldn’t help notice Mom telling everyone how crooked I was running. I guess because I had to turn my head back and forth to see where I was going with the good eye (Left) it made me look kinda like a snake when I ran,

Oh yea, I remember just before going back to surgery when the doc had me in her left arm, she asked mom what my name was…..Mom told her “ Pirate”….The doc burst out laughing! (I think that was uncalled for considering my condition…nothing to laugh at!) She asked mom,

“No what is his REAL name?”

Mom said. “PIRATE!”

The Doc then quickly apologized saying she thought mom was kidding. Then…Mom started laughing! Can you believe it? Here I am waiting for who knows what and they are laughing!

Anyway, Mom told the doc that it was ok and she appreciated the brief moment of humor over my name being Pirate and having one eye or something I still don’t understand, but I saw mom was feeling a bit better so I guess it was ok.

Several weeks later, they took the stitches out and “Praise God! I could see!” Mom’s and everyone else’s prayers must have worked! (I heard her asking everyone to pray that I would be able to keep my eye and see again)

I have full vision and Mom and Dad said I even look better. They said they can’t even see the scar or anything…Life is good…except…

I miss my son Buoy, ever since this happened, Mom and Dad won’t let us play anymore. One of us always has to be locked up or separated. So we get to see each other through the cage doors…..and don’t tell mom but sometimes whoever is out of the cage lifts his leg and pees on it right through the door…..she would get mad, but that’s is a special ritual we have with each other…….Father son stuff you probably wouldn’t understand……

Life is good, don’t know if we will ever play together ever again, but who cares…I have 2 eyes!

Oh by the way, if anyone reading this can fill me in on something I don’t understand…..There is this joke going around my family…..about my name……They say my name fits and I have true Pirate tendencies…. I sit on shoulders. (that’s where my nickname Parrot Dog comes from) They accuse me of raping Skipper…. pillaging everyone’s bones and toys , and now this one eye thing………Mom said things come in 3’s and from now on I should be ok….then dad throws in this one thing…”PEGLEG!”

“THE EYES HAVE IT” Part Two

I left off yesterday giving you a little background on Buoy the Service Dog and Nan.  Nan has been working with Buoy since last summer 2011.  He has brought great joy into her life.  He is by her side at all times and usually sleeps on her head, (yes I said head) and licks her forehead and eyes as she falls asleep. Her eyelids of course.  Licking eyeballs would be gross!  It’s like he immediately knew she couldn’t see and he is trying to clear them for her.

As I mentioned in our first blog we were at the Southern Pet Expo in West Palm last Saturday.   Mom called in the afternoon and was concerned that Buoy was injured and in pain.  We were about 4 hours from home and just entered the Expo.  I asked about a million questions:

“What’s wrong?”

“I felt his head, the top of his head feels hot…hotter than usual.”

“Maybe he was just playing in the yard with Ginger and overheated a bit…is he

otherwise ok?”

“No, I feel this large marble size lump on the side of his nose.”

“Mom, could it be something stuck in his beard?  See if it comes out, maybe it’s a

group of those stickem seeds that they pick up sometimes.”

“No, it’s not anything attached, it is under his skin.”

“Do you have him with you right now?”

“Yes, he is on my lap right now.”

“Feel around and tell me is it on top of his nose or on the side of it?”

“It’s on the side of it.  I think he is in pain, he whimpers whenever I touch

it.”

“I wish I was closer right now….do you think he might have gotten stung  with

something or bit by a snake?”

“I don’t know, it feels really big…like a big marble.”

“Darn, I wish I was closer.  Let me think of who can look at it.  He may need to

get to the Emergency Vet…Call Erin, she may be home.  Ask her to come take a

look.  If it is an emergency she could take you to the vet.  How is he   now? Is he

eating or drinking?”

“I don’t know if he ate but I could hear him drinking.  He seems ok as long as I

hold him.  He definitely doesn’t like me touching the lump.”

“OK Mom, poor baby, just comfort him and love on him till I can think

of someone to come check on it.  I’m saying a prayer now that it isn’t anything

serious or expensive.”

Buoy was on our mind as we explored the pet expo.  I felt helpless being away and worried that if something happened to Buoy it would crush my mom.  The sound of her voice has so much laughter and happiness since they became a pair.  We prayed through the day for the little dog to be ok..

After the expo and a quick stop by the beach, we met up with my other daughter and her friend in Del Ray Beach for dinner.  I also asked her to pray for Buoy at dinner.  After a great meal on the water, we walked down Atlantic and came across an outdoor Elvis show.

 We went by his show for a few songs when Erin called.  It was very loud and hard to hear her.  I asked about Buoy.  She had just come from Nan’s and told me she didn’t know what was wrong with him.  She said she checked him out and thought maybe he had a problem with his tooth.  She lifted his lip and saw his gum could have been a bit swollen by his tooth.  She said she couldn’t really see anything that looked like an emergency but it probably was his tooth.  She was almost home and didn’t feel confident it was an emergency.

At this point, I was worried out of my mind and assumed he must have a bad abscess.  Poor dog, suffering, I felt so helpless.  I called Mom told her what Erin said.

“Mom, Erin didn’t seem upset but was not sure what it was.  She said she looked

him over and couldn’t really see a lump but lifted his lip and saw  hat part of his

gum stuck out around his tooth.  Maybe that was it.  She said it didn’t look

definitely swollen, you know how things always feel bigger than they actually

look.  But she said she wasn’t a good judge of how it should look.”

“It must be an abscess…and it’s infected.  That’s why his head felt hot.  He has

a fever.  I wonder If I can give him an aspirin?  When will you be back home?”

“Not in time to get him to the vet if this is an emergency…It’s very loud here…Let

me get to the car and call you back.”

It was about 9:15 pm. I called Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital and asked about their emergency hours.  They said they were there till midnight but it was super busy.  I explained the injury the best I could and she told me they would be opened Sunday night from 8pm till 10pm.  She said not to give him aspirin because it could make him bleed and make things worse.  Just keep him comfortable till he could be seen.

By now, my imagination was out of control and I was trying to think of how to get Buoy help immediately.  I called mom back and told her not to give him meds.  Then brainstormed who could come over and take her to the vet at 9:30 on a Saturday night.  Maybe her friend Katie could drive.  I said, “If it’s bad mom, just show up and they will look at him if it is really serious”.   Mom didn’t want to bother her; she had her grandchildren with her that night. I thought about calling my neighbor…then mom thought of her other friend…who also is her groomer.

“Great idea Mom, call her now and call me back!”

“I’ve got good news.  Janine will stop by tomorrow morning at 10 and look it

him.  But she has a 10:30 appointment and is busy.  If he needs a vet, we’ll have

to find someone else to drive us.”

“Great!  I feel a little better.  Since she works with dogs and knows him, I  trust

her judgment.  I will pray tonight that whatever it is healed by tomorrow and

she finds nothing. Call me as soon as you know.”

I did pray throughout the night that Buoy would be ok.  The next morning Mom called.  She was crying.  I misunderstood and thought she was crying.  Crying about poor poor Buoy. She was laughing!

“What’s the matter Mom?  What is it?  Is Janine there?”

“She just left…you are never going to believe this.  It wasn’t his tooth, it’s his

eye!”

“Oh no!  An abcess in his eye?  Is his eye still there?

            (I will post another story sometime on why I asked this.)

“ Yes, he is OK.  It’s his eye!”

“What’s wrong with his eye?  What happened?  Is he going to the vet?”

“Nothing is wrong with his eye.  She said it was his eye I was feeling…do me a

favor, close your eyes and feel on the side of Saylor’s nose…do her eyes feel like

big marbles sticking out?”

“WHAT?…You were feeling his eyeballs?  You said on the side of his nose.”

“His eyes are on the side of his nose.  He has a tiny nose.”

“Mom, were you feeling by the tip of his nose near his teeth or by the top of his

snout on top of his head?”

“His snout is so tiny I can feel the tip and his head at one time.  Do these dogs

have bulging eyeballs?  I’m not kidding these things feel like those giant marbles!

Tell me what you feel on your dog’s face with your eyes closed.”

“No they don’t have bulging eyeballs but if you press on their eyes compared to

the top of the head and snout, they do feel like they stick out but it doesn’t look

like that.  Mom, feel both sides, do they feel the same size?”

“Yes, two huge marbles sticking out from the side of his nose!  I can’t contain

myself…this is the funniest thing…I have a totally different picture of what these

dogs look like! Hahahahaha! The tears are coming out of my eyes this is so

funny!  I can’t believe I was feeling his eyeballs!”

“Mom, didn’t you think to feel both sides?”

“He felt hot, and I was worried, so I started to feel him all over until I found  the

bulge.  I had no idea you could feel their little eyeballs like that!”

“Oh Mom, no wonder he whimpered and didn’t like you touching there…you

were pushing on his eyeballs!”

At this, my mom started laughing hysterically and couldn’t catch her breath.  I was relieved, and a bit shocked at the same time, but couldn’t resist joining in on her contagious laugh.  In the background as she started laughing, I could also hear Buoy laughing!  He mimics her every sound.  I’ve heard him bark, growl, cry, talk, complain, howl, but this was a first,  now I heard him laughing…laughing at all of us!

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Mom is totally blind and has a little service dog.  A Yorkie named Buoy.  He is NOT a Guide dog for the blind but a service dog.   When she is out with him and using her white cane, people … Continue reading

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4 THE DOGS & AMERICAN SERVICE PAWS

I hope to make this fun, entertaining and uplifting for the readers.  A little bit of pictures, a bit of doggie stories, some great training, advice, remedies, product reviews and ?  Let me know what you want, I appreciate feedback.

My first blog is about the Southern Pet Expo last Saturday, March 24, 2012.  I could have gone on and one about what we saw and experienced but thought this little poem said it best.

THE SOUTHERN PET EXPO AT WEST PALM BEACH

March 24, 2012

 Copyright 2012 Carol Dougherty All rights reserved

There were dogs being rescued

And hot dogs barbequed

There were puggles puddling &

Mutts muttering.

There were tiny Chihuahuas, Maltese & Yorkies

Brussels, Shihtzus, & even a Porkie!

There were big dogs, Large Poodles, Shepherds

 Afghans, and  Giant Schnauzers.

 Newfoundlands, Great Pyreneesez, even a

Great Dane with a towel for his sneezes!

Vets, first aid, good advice and treats.

Bones, and toys and good food to eat!

Grooming and manis and pedis galore,

Even a bling blingity bling blingy store!

There were discount shots and micro-chipping

A few “accidents” thank goodness no one was slipping!

Dog strollers, on rollers and costumes and more

Everything you’d get for your pet at the store!

Dogs jumping, and bumping and of course humping,

Swimming, and racing and agility training.

 A turtle, some hurdles, artificial turf and some fencing

Collars, leashes, harnesses not to mention…did I say Strollers?

Pet radio side kicks, a few birds, a pet psychic,

Three kissing booths, no ticks but lots of free licks!

There were Beagles and Goldens and a Yorkie named Roxy, a Skipper and Brutus and even a Doxie!

There were costumes  and speakers and raffles  and classes

There were too many to count dogs wearing sun glasses!

There were tall ones and short ones and long ones and bald ones,

Old ones and young ones and spoiled ones by the batches,

Oodles of Doodles you mix’em and match’ems!

There were bundles of Pit Bulls, Staffordshires and Mastiffs, Shorty Rossi, and Hercules and Service Dogs with patches!

There were many that bear resemblance to their owners, A parrot, a cockatoo and Huge bunnies with carrots.

The day was fun, enlightening and grand, but when we were done, stopped at the beach and soothed our feet in the sand!

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