Have you ever wondered what dog works best, with your zodiac sign?
Can’t wait for Friday night cuddles, from my munchkins. Good book + wine + 3 dogs = TGIF
Keep your dog safe from Canine Influenza.
Yes, I’ve been missing for 2 weeks – all thanks to an adorable, little furbaby, that I’ve adopted 2 weeks ago. She comes weighing at 4lbs and 1 ounce. A pure bread pug, named Lola. As any other puppy, she is full of energy, loves to sleep, eat and run around the house like a possessed puppy.
She does this thing, when she starts running from one end of the house, than runs around a piece of furniture, and then she is off to the other end of the house. I call this “Pugmonium”. It’s best to get out of her way when she decides to go “Pugmonium”. And because she is a puppy and isn’t potty trained, and sometimes pees on the floor. Sometimes I don’t see the pee… before it’s too late.
Which brings me back to being absent for last 2 weeks. While running around the house, Lola peed on the floor, and I didn’t see it. Oh boy did I not see it! By the time I saw it, I was flying across the room, just before falling and breaking my arm.
Get a dog, they said… It will be fun… They said…
Fun… is not the word I would use… but this has definitely been a learning experience. I’ve learned to slow down and look where I step. And if you have a puppy in potty training mode, you should slow down too.
Otherwise, you may end up like me, flying across the room, before falling and you know the rest…
At first I was furious with Lola for peeing on the floor, but suddenly I’ve realized that she is still learning. She doesn’t understand what she did was wrong. So instead of yelling at her, I chose to pick her up, with my one good arm, hug her and give her a kiss. Then I placed her in her playpen, and went to emergency room for X-rays.
Yelling at Lola wouldn’t have solved anything, except traumatized her… and that is not something I want to share with my dog.
*** NOT A GIFT ***
Dogs should never be given as a surprise gift. If the recipient isn’t ready for a dog, that most likely, the dog will be surrendered.
Giving a surprise gift to an unsuspecting person, who is not prepared for a dog, is never a good idea. Dogs are a lot of work – from training, to walking, to giving it enough attention. Getting a dog should never be a “spur of the moment” decision. If your gift recipient is ready for a dog, have them take this quiz to finding the right dog. Also have them read this blog, so they have an idea of what’s to come 🙂
Should you get one puppy or two?
Puppies are demanding. They are active, curious and full of life. They chew anything and everything. They explore the world around them with a zest, therefore requiring constant supervision. Teaching commands can be done one puppy at a time – one puppy is playing, while the other puppy is being taught. Teaching 2 puppies at the same time is difficult, as they are usually focused on one another.
You should choose 2 puppies only if you have enough time to dedicate to them. For beginners, its best to choose one puppy, and once they first puppy is used to you and its obedient, you may get another one.
If you are reading this, you are probably a few weeks again from getting a pooch. I love you already.
Every dog is unique and I usually have a selection of names to choose from. I never choose a name ahead of time. I make a list of names that work, I wait until I get a dog and sense it personality, than I choose a name from my list.
So what are the rules of a good dog name? These rules aren’t set in stone, but they are here to help you call your dog faster:
- Short names are best
- Easy to call
- Two-syllable i.e. Fido, Tofu, Zulu, Kiki
Long names such as Isabella, Thunder or Sunshine are too involved for calling. By the time you are done pronouncing it, the dog has moved on to the next project.