Hey Poochy!

Helpful tips for happy paws.

Car Break-ins Are Now Legal to Save the Life of a Dog — April 21, 2018
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Do you agree? — February 1, 2018
Bad day? Check this out. — January 23, 2018
Happy Halloween! — October 31, 2017
Simple Rules for Naming — September 25, 2017

Simple Rules for Naming

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

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.

Purebred vs. Mixed – Which is better? — September 18, 2017

Purebred vs. Mixed – Which is better?

When it comes to purebred, you can look up dog’s size, personality, temperament and appearance ahead of time. The description usually matches purebreds. If you love surprises, than mixed breed is for you. Sizes and appearance are harder to predict. The same litter of puppies can be quite different in color, size and in the inheritance of their parents’ traits. Mixed puppies are usually unique as no 2 dogs are alike.

There are many debates, weather mixed breeds are healthier/better. This is not so. The puppy may inherit some genetic imperfections from its parent, regardless of purebred or mixed. Some breeds have genetic illnesses. Mixing breeds is used as a tool to repair the genetic deficiencies. For example: Bichon poodles are prone to seizures. Mixing Bichon and Maltese, produces a higher chance of a seizure-free dog. Since mixed breeds come from at least 2 breeds, there is a chance they will not develop breed-specific disease. Doing some research before choosing a breed, will help you understand the complexity of each breed.

Once again, all dogs are amazing. I am yet to meet a dog I didn’t like. So this preference is entirely up to you. When you treat your dog like family, they will grow up to be gentle, playful and affectionate.

Hot Summer Days and Your Poochy — August 15, 2017

Hot Summer Days and Your Poochy

It’s another scorching, summer day. Another heat wave in Canada. I went to a park with my Poochy. I always remember 2 main items to take with me.

  • Booties: Dogs can’t sweat through their skin, like we do – they sweat through the bottom of their paws, and by panting. So I always remember to put rubber booties on them. You can get these booties at any pet store. These booties protect doggy paws from hot pavement, mud and rain. Love them!
  • Water: I always bring a bottle of water and a portable cup. I make it a rule to offer water to Poochy, every 15 minutes, or even sooner if I see signs of dehydration.

*** Good To Know ***

Dogs can’t sweat through their skin. They sweat though the bottom of their paws. So always remember about booties, booties and booties.

They also sweat by panting, so always bring water, water and water. Dogs that are overheating will start excessively drooling. Look out for signs of dehydration.

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Now keep in mind that we went for a quick 10 minute walk. Usually, if I know it’s going to be a hot and humid day, I like to take Poochy for walks early in the morning and late in the evening. If the pavement is too hot for you, than it’s too hot for them. A quick way to check if the pavement, is to do a palm heat test:

  1. Put your hand on pavement that you are planning to walk on with your pooch.
  2. If you can’t hold your hand still for 3 seconds, then it’s too hot.
  3. If it’s too hot for your hand, it is too hot for your pooch’s paw.

*** Good To Know ***

– darker coats absorb more heat, than lighter coats

– overweight dogs are at a higher risk for dehydration

– different breeds deal with heat differently

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The Dog’s Diary — July 31, 2017

The Dog’s Diary

  • 8:00 AM – Dog food! My favorite thing!
  • 9:30 AM – A car ride! My favorite thing!
  • 9:40 AM – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
  • 10:30 AM – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
  • 12:00 PM – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
  • 1:00 PM – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
  • 3:00 PM – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
  • 5:00 PM – Dinner! My favorite thing!
  • 7:00 PM – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
  • 8:00 PM – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
  • 11:00 PM – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!