Mix’n it up – Cross-breeds

So, I have friends who know I’m obsessed with cavaliers. It’s good to have friends… but friends who feed my obsession are even better friends. So, a friend sent me a link on cavalier cross-breeds.

While I’m not really a designer pooch kind of guy, I have to admit, if I saw these two faces at a shelter, I’d be sunk…

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It’s something about the ears. Plus, I think that a cross breed might shed less. I swear, since Bitsy came into my life, no shirt or pants are safe. Black, tan and white… I’ve given up trying to not look like a crazy dog dad.

Anyhow. That’s what’s on my mind. Oh! Another thing… Bitsy is not nearly as excited for the reindeer costume my sister bought for her as my sister is… I may have to try to get a picture of her in it. It’s better than the cone of shame… right?

P.S. the link for all the cross breeds was http://pinsit.com/10-unreal-cavalier-king-charles-spaniel-cross-breeds-you-have-to-see-to-believe/ in case you wanted to have a look too.

 

How to Keep Your Dog Happy

For me, I’ve been fortunate to have one of the happiest dogs on the planet. Bitsy is a bundle of love and affection and seems to thrive on simply being around me.

I was reading an article in my facebook news feed the other day – http://www.eukanuba.com/dog-articles/puppy/happy-puppy – and while I’d never use Eukanuba (we’re a purely organic household) – they had some cute ideas.

The things I’ve come to find make my dog happiest are:

  1. Spending time with me — sometimes I call her my little shadow.
  2. Going to Home Depot – they let us shop together. And she doesn’t rush me through the hardware section… so that makes both of us happy… especially when I can’t find what I’m looking for.
  3. Going on roadtrips — the wind blowing back her ears and all the fun smells really seem to make her tail wag.
  4. Learning — she’s a really smart pup – so when I play games with her and teach her new words, like “frisbee” instead of “ball” and we play fetch, I know she’s fully engaged.
  5. Leaving the lights on when I’m not home — it could be that it’s this time of year, but she really does better when I’m out later and leave on a few more lights. I know they say dogs have great vision, but I feel like leaving on a few extra lights makes her calmer when she’s home alone.

So, that’s all for today. What do you think makes your dog happiest?

Do’s and Don’t for Dogs

I’ve always been an ardent “no people food for dogs” advocate… but sometimes those “but Daddy, don’t you love me??” eyes get the better of me…

If you’re like me, and you like to indulge your dog every now and then, it’s better to do so knowing what can be harmful. I was talking to a woman the other day who said she fed her cav carrots. When I gave Bitsy some, she chomped on them a little and then spit them up… which prompted the google search “are carrots safe for dogs” – (yes they are)… but apparently, she doesn’t like the taste.

With the holidays approaching, I know my family won’t be able to resist her big brown eyes either… so, in case you want to break the “no table food” rule – you know what you’re doing.

I didn’t realize how many of these foods are on my holiday table… so make sure it’s a MERRY Christmas with healthy pets!

House Breaking…

I write today as the frustrated father of a finicky pooper… Bitsy was doing so well, and then I had a lot of friends over for Thanksgiving and now she’s completely forgotten all of her house breaking… She’s gone inside since Thursday… What do I do???

I found several articles on how to house break a puppy, but they all talk about small bladders, etc. I did learn that putting her nose in it is not good… thanks a lot Dad…

I know that Bitsy CAN hold it, she’s just NOT holding it… And before I get messages about her being sick, she’s not sick. All of her “business” is normal.

I went through this once with a foster dog but I just couldn’t handle it, so I gave her to someone at the rescue who is still struggling to have her 100% housebroken… Suggestions??? Please someone tell me that this is just a phase!

I’ve gone through so many rolls of papertowels…

#TongueOutTuesday

I have to confess, I think I read almost every article out there that talks about Cavaliers… It’s a problem… Well, this week, I came across “19 Reasons You Should Never Adopt a Cavalier King Charles” and, despite knowing it was “click-bait” – I clicked… because, who can resist funny pictures of dogs. The top pic is of a blenheim.

Here’s Bitsy, back this summer. We’re both celebrating #TongueOutTuesday… because apparently, this is now a thing…

Tongue Out Tuesday

Naming Your Dog

Sometimes I’m at the dog park and I hear the most ridiculous names. My veterinarian said that the two most popular Cavalier names she hears are “Bentley” and “Teddy”. I came up this article – http://pinsit.com/10-best-cavalier-king-charles-spaniel-dog-names/ – and I have to say, these are some of the most ridiculous names I’ve ever heard… or seen for that matter.

When I named Bitsy, I thought “She’s just a bit of a thing” and I thought it was a cute nickname for a more preppy name, like Elizabeth.

I wonder what other people think when they name their dogs. If you rescue, do you keep the same name that the rescue gives them? If they’ve already been rehomed a few times, does the dog get confused because he’s named Bear Oreo Bandit Sir Wiggles McLovin Roofus?

Just some thoughts for a gloomy Wednesday.

On another note, does anyone’s cavalier hate getting their paws wet when it rains? I swear I’m playing the negotiator when it rains here with her to get her to potty outside… *first world problems…*