Hey Poochy!

Helpful tips for happy paws.

Dog breeds that match your Zodiac sign. — April 21, 2018
Do you agree? — February 1, 2018
Bad day? Check this out. — January 23, 2018
Heaven on Earth — January 11, 2018
Canine Influenza in Canada — January 10, 2018
Happy Halloween! — October 31, 2017
The story of Lola — October 17, 2017

The story of Lola

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.

Warning Signs — September 22, 2017

Warning Signs

These are the signs to look out for when getting a new puppy from a breeder. If you come across the following, do not purchase the dog:

  1. Breeder doesn’t encourage you to visit puppies before selection one of two.
  2. The dogs don’t appear to be cared for or look sick
  3. The parents or mother in particular is aggressive, shy or anxious
  4. Puppies are kept in dirty environment, scared to ply and shy away from touch.
  5. Breeder doesn’t ask you about your living conditions and doesn’t have knowledge of dogs. Seems eager to sell.
  6. Breeder refuses to show you parent dog i.e. a mother, and refuses to show you their environment.
  7. Breeder doesn’t provide any medical records or history of a puppy.
  8. You are not given a certificate of vaccinations, deworming or micro chipping.
  9. Breeder raises a few different breeds of dogs and doesn’t seem competent.
  10. The price is extremely low, compared to other breeders.
  11. The dogs have lived without intensive human contact, and are scared when held.
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.

Tips for Leashes — September 15, 2017

Tips for Leashes

Since I live in the city, leash is a necessity. And with huge selection from the stores, how do you know which leash to get? It all comes down to preference.

I prefer nylon leashes. They are durable, don’t easily stretch and are easy to clean. When choosing the right leash, consider the following:

  • Does it feel comfortable in your hand?
  • Does it slip out of your hard easily? If yes, than this is not your leash.
  • If the dog were to suddenly pull, would the leash cut into your hand?
  • Are the clips durable and easy to open/close?

For city dwellers, the leash shouldn’t be more than 4-feet long. It should be long enough to keep your dog close to you and out of danger, yet let it feel unrestricted. If you live in a more remote location, than you can give your dog a little more wiggle room, as you aren’t limited by space