Saturday, November 20, 2010

Morning Has Broken

My favorite photo . . .

This was one of those times when I tackle the dogs very early in the morning. I bathe the spunky critters and spend the rest of the morning in the garden. I groom them on top of the grooming table for hours, enjoying the cool fresh air of the morning, saying a little thanksgiving prayer while taking a glimpse on one of the bonsai trees.

I am left with the dogs for the children go to school to earn a degree and the hubby to the office to earn a living for us and the additional members of the family, the hairy critters.

Friday, November 19, 2010

This or That in Pet Care

Have you ever been caught with a decision on how to care for your pet but choosing between what's the "supposed to, but poor pet" and the "let it be and give the pet the fun and comfort"? Well, I do.

Look at this water feeder. It's a great way to keep the dog's beard dry when drinking. Wet beard means stained beard, that's it.

However, I really "feel" for the dog. At a younger age, it's okay, but as he grows, he drinks more quantity of water. Using this paraphernalia seems like giving him trickles of water when he is thirsty. Oh wow!

What to do?

Out with the feeder. Let him drink all he can and just deal with the stained beard separately. Note however, that other pet owners are successful using this.

Just sharing that as pet owners, we do face these predicaments. What's important is that when we do come to a decision, we know the consequence and how to deal with it.

In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
Edward Hoagland

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Dog and I

Joaqui and I were alone at home today. I decided to let him play after his bath. I wanted him to have fun with something new. I found this red neck pillow, free from a local food chain store for a single purchase of a certain amount.

True to my expectation, Joaqui had a festivity of his own with his new-found toy. He tosses it and catches it with his mouth.

Guess who was the other one in the house having fun, just watching the dog having fun?

You guessed right . . . ME . . . or should we say "I".

Thursday, November 4, 2010

To The Batcave? No, To The Dog Show

"Come on, let's go. Hurry, hurry." These are but the famous last words, as we prepare to leave for the dog show.

Dog shows are challenging (and a bit tiring too), for both the pets and the owners. Packing, grooming, nagging . . .

At the end of the day, it's cool to have participated. If you lose, you gain learnings and if you win, you learn how to gain from your hard work. Yo!

Dog Show Information

Dog Show Awards

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Puppy Show

"Come here Jasper, come."

You have to tie up the command with a simple action and tone of voice for better recall. That's what I got from one of my readings.

Jasper is a fine dog, though a bit aggressive for my standard.

While still a puppy, we knew he would do well in the dog shows. So how old should a pup be for him to enter an official dog show?

In our case, the dog should have the necessary vaccines, at least the "anti-rabies". This is a requirement.

Then, the dog should have the courage and the ability to walk inside the ring. This can be done with some training and practice. It should also be able to mingle with other dogs and people.

It must allow the judge to open his mouth without the threat of biting. If possible the dog should also be able not to pee or otherwise inside the ring while he is on show.

Seems like grooming is not so much a factor at a young age, aside from the basic of having a clean dog.

Usually, to get the above skills, the dog is about 4 to 5 months old.

The puppy category is for puppies up to 6 months old. Beyond that age, the dog enters the adult dog category.

Dog Show Information

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wet Feet

The rainy season is here.

The grounds are wet. The doggies feet are wet. What to do?

Got those tiny dog shoes for the hairy footsies. Problem solved for the moment for those "watery" days.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fun . . . Funny

Teemee is supposed to be "dracula". What an adorable vampire!

Well, that's what pets are for, to care and have fun with. They may keep you young, with the right pet-owner formula.