#52Snapshots – “Winter”

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Thank you to The Lazy Pit Bull for hosting the #52Snapshots of Life challenge.  Are you joining in the fun?  Photos can be shared via blog or social media, just use the hashtags #52Snapshots and #PBSG.

 

 

After my whining last week about how difficult this challenge was, this week I was given a gift….even Mother Nature cooperated in making capturing the theme of “Winter” much easier!  With a potential blizzard on the way I knew I’d have plenty of different ways to share what Winter here in New England is like.  Then I had to narrow it down!  I chose this photo as my official photo for the challenge, but then I wanted to share just a few others as well.

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The worst of the blizzard hit just south and east of us, so we only ended up with 6-8 inches of snow, but that was enough to keep the dogs happy!  It was still pretty cold and windy, but we got out and played in the yard in spite of that.

During the "blizzard".

During the “blizzard”.

Of all the dogs, I think Cricket enjoys the snow the most.  She’s not afraid to dive right in there to find her ball, or to get covered in snow.

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One day after the storm, and the yard already looks like this.  There are only a few areas left that haven’t been run through!

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#TheLucyBowl – Full Commercial!

We are excited to share that the full commercial for the #TheLucyBowl is now available for viewing before Super Bowl Sunday!  If you have missed our previous posts about this ground breaking commercial aiming to raise awareness about pet overpopulation and the importance of spay/neuter, you can read those posts here:  The Lucy Pet Foundation, and #TheLucyBowl – A House Divided.

The early release of the commercial was unexpected, but I was very excited to get a chance to see it.  After viewing it, I have to say it was not what I expected!   It left tears in my eyes, and the one word that came to mind to describe it is “powerful”.  I hope this commercial will be shared far and wide and get the attention it deserves.

Were you as moved by this commercial as I was?  All of the dogs and cats used in this commercial are rescue animals!  I also still look forward to viewing it on The Hallmark Channel during the Kitten Bowl (Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st, at noon), to get the full effect of the amazing state of the art/CGI special effects.

Disclaimer:  This post was brought to you in an effort to raise awareness about Lucy Pet Foundation’s upcoming ethical pet population campaign.  Lucy Pet Foundation provided all images and information about the commercial, and will be entering our site into a drawing for a chance to win $500 for a 501c3 rescue of our choice!  We were in no other way compensated.  If you are a blogger interested in spreading the word about this campaign, while also enjoying the chance to earn a donation for your favorite rescue, contact bloggers@lucypetfoundation.org and request more information.

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Wishes Come True – Tasty Tuesday

We have a couple of goodies to share about today!

First of all, Chewy.com sent us some treats from The Honest Kitchen to try.  Talk about your high value treats!  These are high value not just to the pets, but to me.  The ingredients list is something I look at first of all with treats.  What is in The Honest Kitchen Wishes?  Dehydrated Haddock.  That’s it.  It’s 100% wild caught haddock from Iceland.

Chewy is known for their speedy shipping and their quality customer service!

Chewy is known for their speedy shipping and their quality customer service!

WishesThat means these treats are grain free, free of additives and preservatives, high in protein, and low in fat (haddock is naturally low in fat).  These are good size fillets, but they are crispy and easy to break into smaller pieces for training.  What else do I love about these?  They are for both dogs and cats!

I recently put them to the test when training with Luke, and when doing a photo session with Samantha for our #TeamCat  #TheLucyBowl photos.  They were a hit with both of them, and my photo shoot with Sam went much better than they usually do!

Hmmm....let's try these out!

Hmmm….let’s try these out!

I'll go wherever these Wishes are!

I’ll go wherever these Wishes are!

I worked with Luke on his “roll over” and these treats made a great lure.  (We’re not doing so well with his roll over, I can’t get him any further than lying on his side.  I’m not sure he’s going to be comfortable rolling onto his back, even though he often sleeps that way.  We’ll keep working on it, and maybe try something else too to build his confidence more.  I’m going to try to get his Dad to work with him as well, because he sometimes does better than I do!)

These look good!

These look good!

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Come on, let’s give ‘em a try, Momz! I’m ready!

The only downside to these treats I could find was that, as expected, they are very fishy smelling!  If that bothers you, you might not like working with them.  I don’t mind it, I just wash my hands afterwards and the smell doesn’t linger.

*Disclaimer:  We received one bag of Honest Kitchen treats from Chewy.com, but were in no other way compensated.  Wag ‘n Woof Pets only shares products we feel will be of interest to our readers; our reviews are honest, and all opinions are our own.

What is Cricket wishing for in this photo?

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Wishes 6She’s wishing that it would hurry up and be supper time so she can try some of this Merrick canned food!  We want to say a huge thank you to Jessica and her beagle Luna at Beagles and Bargains.  We recently won this food in her Stocking Stuffer giveaways over the holidays.  The dogs love Merrick and I love all the different fun flavors, and the fact that it looks like real food.  It’s not a pile of mush….it’s whole pieces of meats and vegetables in gravy, that looks good enough for even humans to eat (no, I didn’t try it though)!  They had the Carver’s Delight the other night and loved it!

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#TheLucyBowl – A House Divided

In this post:

  1. Are you #TeamDog or #TeamCat?  Have you entered the contest yet?
  2. Teaser video for the commercial everyone is waiting for – you don’t want to miss this!
  3. A House Divided – How does a household of dogs, cats, and humans line themselves up for #TheLucyBowl?

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Lucy pet 3If you missed our other post about The Lucy Pet Foundation and their ground breaking TV commercial airing on Super Bowl Sunday during the Kitten Bowl, you can read all about them by clicking here.  This commercial, featuring stunning visual effects, is going to be exciting and aims to raise awareness about the importance of spaying/neutering your pets, and to draw attention to the 80,000 pets euthanized in shelters each week due to overpopulation.

3 Tyler frontline1.  You can enter The Lucy Pet Foundation’s photo contest by sharing a photo of your own pet with their #TeamCat or #TeamDog photo via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Just include the statement:  “The biggest Bowl commercial this year may be #TheLucyBowl on Kitten Bowl” along with the hashtag #TheLucyBowl and @LucyPetFdn (Twitter/Instagram) or @LucyPetFoundation (Facebook).  You have a chance to win one of two iPad minis and Team jerseys, or one of four #TeamDog or #TeamCat sport packs.  Digital manipulation of photos is allowed; click here for full details and other ways to enter.  Hurry, you only have until February 1st!

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2.  Don’t miss this sneak peak commercial video teaser!

Lucy Bowl Teaser from Lucy Pet Foundation on Vimeo.

3.  With a household of 3 dogs and 2 cats here at Wag ‘n Woof Pets, how are we to divide ourselves?  Since the cats are outnumbered, I offered to join their team, showing this old photo of myself and my cat spirit:

Cat WomanWhat was our cat Samantha’s reply to this? Um, Momz, what happened in the 80’s really should stay in the 80’s!  I mean, the hair, really?  It’s OK, I got this.”  Apparently, she didn’t need my help, or even the help of her elderly feline brother, Conrad, who isn’t much into sports (unless you consider eating and sleeping sports).  She got her own team together.

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The dogs were not to be outdone, and had their own little scrimmage to demonstrate their spirit.

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They didn’t want to be outnumbered by Sam’s team of four though, so tried to recruit the Dadz to their team.  Um, he was busy….and apparently, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

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Snooze time for all.

So there you have it, we’re a house divided but there will be plenty of cheering during #TheLucyBowl!  Don’t forget, it’s on Super Bowl Sunday airing during the Kitten Bowl which starts at noon on the Hallmark Channel.  Hope you’ll be there too!

Disclaimer:  This post was brought to you in an effort to raise awareness about Lucy Pet Foundation’s upcoming ethical pet population campaign.  Lucy Pet Foundation provided all images and information about the commercial, and will be entering our site into a drawing for a chance to win $500 for a 501c3 rescue of our choice!  We were in no other way compensated.  If you are a blogger interested in spreading the word about this campaign, while also enjoying the chance to earn a donation for your favorite rescue, contact bloggers@lucypetfoundation.org and request more information.

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Sam’s Sunday Self(ie) Portrait

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Hi everyone!  You’ve probably seen recently that the Momz has been sharing these “portraits” of each of the dogs that she was all excited about taking when they were playing outside.  Now she wants to frame each of them to put around the house!  If you haven’t seen them, you can see Luke’s here, and Cricket’s here.  Sheba’s will be coming soon too.

Really, Momz?  What about us cats?  It’s not our fault we can’t go out and play in the snow and get our photos taken out in the nice sunshine!  OK, well, maybe we wouldn’t even if we could, but still…..  Anyway, so I had to take matters into my own paws and do my own portrait.  And I’d say I did pretty well.  Look at this, Momz, I didn’t even use flash!  You’re always complaining about trying to get good indoor photos without flash!

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It’s all framed and ready for hanging!  Guess I showed her!
Love, Sam

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Clicker Training – A Positive Experience (Part 6) – Training Mistakes

In Part 5, I laid out our goals for 2015.  As I was working on one of those goals today, I was reminded of how easy it is to make mistakes!  So it seemed like a good time to cover that subject.

Mistake #1:  When we started Luke’s private training lessons, one of the first things we did with the trainer (after discussing our goals) was to give a demonstration of what Luke already knew how to do.  It didn’t take long for Dave to point out one of our first mistakes!  We were overusing Luke’s name “Luke, do this, Luke, do that, Luke…Luke….”…you get the idea.  He felt it was to the point where he just wasn’t listening to us when we said his name.  That can be made worse if you are following their name with “no” or something negative all the time, or with just nothing.  Why look at you when you say their name, if nothing good is going to come of it?

Mistake #2:  Repeating commands.  It’s kind of on the same idea as overusing the name.  It’s our tendency when Luke doesn’t do what we want him to, to keep repeating it, over and over.  Sit, sit, sit.  When you do that, the command starts to lose its meaning.  Or they think they don’t have to listen until you’ve said it multiple times.

I have to tell you that these are two of the hardest habits to break, and we’re still guilty of doing it.  Even my hubby, who I think is better at training than I am, does it a lot (and don’t I enjoy pointing it out to him….).   I have to stop myself if I’m doing it, and then try to get Luke’s attention in a different way, like giving a sharp “hey” (raising my voice does work with him), or just getting his attention by moving right up to him.

When we started training with Luke, we had already overused “come” so we trained him to the word “here” instead.  The girls are used to “come” so we still use that as well, and it does sometimes work with him, especially if he’s with his sisters and sees what they do.  But if it’s just him, I’ll use “here”.  But I’m sure it’s much better to stick with one word if you can.  I have in my mind that I need to train the girls to the word “here”, but their training is coming much more slowly.

Your wish is my command....really.

Your wish is my command….really.

Mistake #3:  Moving too fast.  I had just started working on a new trick for Luke, and had decided on “roll over” for his first one that’s just for fun.  I looked on the internet for instructions, but they really had me doing it all wrong.  They had me doing everything at once.  It didn’t go well (but I did remember to not get frustrated….we just practiced some of his other commands and ended on a high note).  I went back on the internet and found a YouTube video that gave a much better demo doing it in steps, we had one more short session and he was starting to get the first part.  Honestly, I just expected it to be easy and for him to catch on right off, and he didn’t.  So we’re breaking it down into steps and he did well on the first step and we quit when he was just starting to get the second.  It doesn’t pay to be impatient and just use the first instructions you find.  If I’d looked further in the first place I could have saved myself some trouble!

Mistake #4:  Letting them form bad habits.  I have written about how we’re training Luke to go to his bed when I’m working in the kitchen.  He’s the first dog we’ve done that with.  Our beagle Kobi was constantly under my feet in the kitchen, and I let him do it.  For some reason, the girls were never bad about it though…they will lie just outside my work area most of the time.   When Luke started his counter surfing, I came to realize that I needed him out of the kitchen for his own safety (he licked a hot pan when he was a puppy, not that it phased him any).

Kobi showing Luke his bad habits!

Kobi showing Luke his bad habits!

I’d be guilty of giving everyone a piece of cheese when I was making a sandwich, and then wonder why they don’t stay out of the kitchen when I’m in there.  So I no longer do that, and we also moved their treats to a cabinet on the edge of the kitchen, where we also keep their food.  They can still get nibbles when I’m cooking, but they have to sit outside my work area to do so.   Luke is getting really good about going to his bed without even being told now, though it’s still a work in progress.

I'm in my bed, Mom, whatcha got for me?

I’m in my bed, Mom, whatcha got for me?

Just today I screwed up.  We got these yummy new treats to try, that are for both cats and dogs.  They’re pure dried fish.  I gave the dogs some, and then broke a few pieces to give to Samantha on the counter.  Now, imagine my shock when Luke jumped up on the counter to steal her treats!  Just kidding, I wasn’t shocked, I was just telling myself how stupid that was!  I believe that’s what they call “management” when it comes to training.  Dogs are going to be dogs, and you can’t expect miracles.  Sometimes you just have to keep temptation out of their reach.

Training is an ongoing process, for both the dog and the trainer!  I’ve discovered that bad habits are hard to break, but you have to just keep working at it.  What mistakes have you made, or what bad habits do you find difficult to break when training your dogs?  Also, can anyone recommend a good book on clicker training to save me from wasted internet research (or at least direct me towards one good website)?

Disclaimer:  Any and all advice shared here is my own opinion based on our own experiences.  I am not a professional trainer, and you should always consult one for serious behavioral issues.

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#52Snapshots – Impossible “Dream”

Can I just say that this 52 Snapshots of Life photo challenge can be difficult?  It has definitely been a challenge for me so far!  I especially had a tough time with this week’s theme of “dream”.

I didn’t want to do the obvious photo of one or more of the pets sleeping and maybe dreaming.  I tried to think of something the dogs might dream of having….maybe a pool in the yard, or living on a lake.  I couldn’t think of any way to photograph that!  I ran through songs in my head “Daydream Believer”, “Dream On”, “All I Have to Do is Dream” (I had to look that one up because all I could remember was that it went “dream, dream, dream”).

Being the week of Martin Luther King Day, of course I thought of his famous speech, “I Have a Dream”, but I couldn’t find a way to relate it to a photograph of my pets (it doesn’t have to be about pets for this challenge, but I am trying to keep to pets as much as possible).  I tried looking up other quotes about dreams but nothing was inspiring me.  Maybe I’m just not feeling creative this week?

I did take this photo the other night, and I’m not thrilled with the quality of it…I took it inside in the evening with no natural light, and with my cell phone.  But here it is.

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It did, however, bring to mind something other than the thought that I wondered what they were all dreaming of.  (Perhaps that they were lying in a warm sun puddle instead of in front of the warm wood stove, and they are longing for summer?  Or was I just projecting that because it’s how I feel?)

When we adopted our cat Conrad from a shelter almost 16 years ago, he spent his first two weeks with us hiding under a bed.  The first time I introduced him to our dog Shelby, it was a disaster, and I ended up with a shredded t-shirt.  So all those years ago, and for many after, it was an impossible dream to imagine that he would ever be sleeping with the dogs.  It took a lot of years, he’s really only become this social over the last couple.  He even hangs around when company comes over!  So even though I’m not very happy with the photo quality, I am happy with the sentiment behind it.

52 SnapshotsIs anyone else struggling with 52 Snapshots of Life this week?  Don’t get me wrong, I am really enjoying it….and being challenged is the point of it!  You can join in and challenge your own creativity too.  You don’t have to be a blogger, you can share via social media using the hashtags #52Snapshots and #PBSG. Bloggers can join the hop which goes up on Fridays on The Lazy Pit Bull (I’ll add the code when it’s available tomorrow).  Here is the list of themes:

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Wordless Wednesday – Cricket

On Sunday I shared a photo of Luke that I thought was frame-able, and that I plan to put on display in the house.  Today is Cricket’s turn!

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Tail Waggin’ for Wag Lifetime Joint Care (& Giveaway)

Last week we shared a guest post from Wag Lifetime Joint Care about what age you should start your dog on a joint supplement.  Before our golden retriever Sheba got diagnosed with arthritis just over a year ago, I never thought much about joint supplements, or any type of supplements for my dogs.  I’ve never been convinced of the need for them, for my pets or myself.  That’s all changed now.

wag-bottleWe had tried two different supplements with Sheba before deciding to try Wag.  With the first we didn’t see any real results, and we have been happy enough with the second.  But it was a powder we added to her food, and she started to be fussy about eating her food with the powder on it.  We didn’t like the pill version of that supplement.  So when we got an opportunity to try Wag, it seemed like a good idea to try a change.  Just because one works good doesn’t mean another won’t work equally as well or even better.  I don’t like to have all of our eggs in one basket; so to speak, I think it’s good to have more than one option.

 

I had read that others who used Wag for their dogs were happy with it.   I searched their website to learn more about it, and here are some of things I found out:

  • It protects not just joints, but bones, ligaments, and tendons.
  • It is effective for dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
  • Made in the USA.
  • It is fast acting (works in 7-10 days), clinically proven, and safe.
  • The ingredients are all natural, high quality, not generic.  These ingredients consist of Natural Eggshell Membrane (which won an award for new product innovation and is 5 times more effective than glucosamine), 2 all natural botanical extracts, and chelated minerals.  There is no glucosamine in Wag.
  • Pet Research, the company that manufactures Wag, is a young company made up of actual dog owners who consider their dogs family and even take them to work with them.
  • There is a 30 day full money back guarantee.

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That’s all great but the bottom line here is:  Does Sheba like it, and how is it working for her?  Wag comes in tablet form and the dosage is 2 tablets daily for dogs 41-134 lbs.  Sheba weighs 67-69 lbs so we decided to start her on two tablets for one week, and then reduce her to 1 since she’s on the lower end of the weight scale.  She loves the tablets and will take one whole, but most of the time my hubby just breaks it into pieces and adds it to her supper.  They break very easily.

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It wasn’t long after we started her on it that we went outside and I saw something I hadn’t seen in a very long time:  Sheba running across the yard for no apparent reason….she wasn’t chasing a ball, she wasn’t chasing her siblings, she was just running for the sheer joy of it!  Now I have to point out that this was after a spell of bad weather and yard conditions when we hadn’t been getting outside as much, but still.  I remember it so clearly because it was at the time Luke was in his recovery period for his knee, and of course he started running after her, and I felt so bad having to stop them!

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However, a couple of weeks ago my hubby and I had both noticed that Sheba was having some difficulty getting up from a lying down position, especially in the mornings.  I also thought she had been licking her paws more, which can be a sign of pain.  We discussed it and decided to up her dose of Wag to 1 ½ tablets per day to see if that helped.  This was also at a time we weren’t getting outside a lot again, and one thing that can help arthritis is to keep moving.  Since we upped her dosage, and she has been a bit more active, she is no longer having difficulty getting up!  I think it’s a combination of the two factors.

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I got it!!

We are all pleased with Wag, and we will be keeping Sheba on it.  It was just after starting Sheba on the Wag that Luke was diagnosed with his luxating patella.  Since we had plenty of Sheba’s old supplement left, we decided to try him on that.  We thought it was helping a lot at first, but now we’re not quite as sure and we are either going to switch him to Wag, or we have another product we may try as well.

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Cricket is also on joint supplements, as a preventative measure.  She has no joint issues, but she is 10 years old and very active, and we realize now we should have had her on some all along.  Of course it’s a personal decision for us to do this, and you should always check with your own vet if your dog is showing any signs of joint issues themselves (such as limping or difficulty rising).

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A happy crew!

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Monday Mischief – Déjà Vu

 

Sometimes I miss the old days of photography….there was a time when I experienced the magic of watching a photo appear while swishing it around in a chemical solution.  It was not so magical having to wait a week to pick up your packet of photos from the local drugstore, however, or waiting for them to come in the mail.  But the surprise of what you got was still fun.  Now it is still fun and magical to download your photos onto the computer.  I don’t always look at what I’m doing as I go when I shoot a whole bunch of photos, I’ll just shoot them off and wait until they appear on the computer to see what I’ve got.

The other day I got a pleasant sense of déjà vu after viewing some of my latest photos of the dogs.  This photo popped up on my computer, and as soon as I showed my hubby he knew exactly what I meant.

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The photo below has been on a table in our bedroom for years now, it’s always been one of my favorites of Sheba and her brother Moses.  They often posed like this….with him lying down and her standing next to him.

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I think sometimes that perhaps Luke is channeling his brother Moses from the Rainbow Bridge.  I’ve written before about the things that Kobi taught Luke before he left, but Moses passed on months before Luke came home with us.  So how else could he know these things would make us smile?

When playing in the yard, the trees are the perfect place to hang out and stay cool” (we never see the girls doing this).

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“It’s OK to lie down and rest every so often, and let the girls do all the work.  You can jump up if you need to!”

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“Don’t forget to get in the game and give it all you’ve got though!”

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And Moses must be whispering in Luke’s ear that it would probably be fun to keep the toys away from his sisters.  Moses always gave the ball right to Cricket after he had caught it….with a smooth pass from his mouth to hers so that the ball never even hit the ground.  Perhaps Moses’ one regret in life was that he never did just take that toy and run with it and try to keep it away from his sisters!

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“Make ‘em work for it, little brother!”

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I can just see a Golden smile on Moses’ face in heaven, watching his brother enjoy the mischief that he never quite had the nerve to try.

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