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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Who Is That Doggie In The Mirror?

And can I sing to him? Enjoy this pittie who discovers "someone" in the mirror and wants to chat with him!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Playing Games With Your Dog Is Fun For Both Of You!

               You do play games with your pooch, don't you?

Over the years, we've written quite a bit about the importance of regularly engaging with your dog through games. It's a great way to interact with your dog and allow him or her to burn off some physical and mental energy.

Speaking only for me, I'm up for any game either Parental Unit or I can come up with, but so far we've stuck with the basics: fetch (inside or outside), tug-o'-war and "nose work-lite" where she hides my treats and I find them. Parental Unit also has what she calls her "terrier game" which she played with her first doggie, a miniature Schnauzer named Benjie. She pretends she's an alien from space (or something like that) and walks toward me with outstretched hands while making a funny whistling noise. (She claims this "alien" is from a Twilight's Zone episode). I start barking and spinning around and trying to play-bite her, exactly the way Benjie did. Believe me, I know this is only a game and I stop when she stops. Please don't try this with an aggressive or powerful breed dog!

Anyhoo, this blog post from The Whole Dog Journal touts the fun both human and canine can have playing "hide and seek". We've never tried this game, but have long heard how much fun it is and Parental Unit vows to try it with me. Her one concern: I might not be interested enough to try to find her!

Let us know what games you play with your dogs, and if you've tried "hide and seek". All stories and tips are welcome!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Don't miss this very special edition of the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop: It's dedicated to all of us pet bloggers and has loads of great information about how we can become "brand influencers".

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...

  We're gearing up for fall! (Did I say "gearing"? I meant digging!)

While we're waiting for the official first day of fall (that's tomorrow!), why not head on over to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and meet our fellow brand influencers...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Yes, Dogs Understand Humans!

I've been trying to tell ya for years I understand every word you're sayin', Parental Unit!

This information is hot off the press: Dogs really do understand human language. Well, maybe not every word, but...apparently a few scientists in Hungary conducted a study and found that "dogs understand both the meaning of words and the intonation used to speak them." The venerable Washington Post reported these findings a few weeks ago. And this witty blog for The Huffington Post "explains" the implications of this study and lots more.

But we think the real question for humans is whether they understand us. Do you think you understand your canine companion? We'd love to hear what you think!

Vet Approved Ways To Cut Down On Pet Care Expenses

Yes, we cost a good amount of money to keep healthy and happy!

As you all know, one of our favorite veterinarians is Dr. Karen Becker from Mercola Healthy Pets, and we've brought you much sound advice from her over the last few years. One of the reasons we like her is the level of detail she provides in her articles—they're way more than tips!

In this recent article, Dr Becker discusses several ways you can cut back on pet expenses (and a few areas where you should splurge!) and still ensure your beloved pets are both healthy and happy. According to this article, humans in the United States are expected to spend about $62.75 billion on pet care in 2016, 4% more than the 60.3 billion spent in 2015. In fact, records kept by the American Pet Products Association show that pet care spending has steadily increased each year since they began collecting this data in 1994.

Areas to splurge are on high quality food and routine preventative veterinary care, including oral health. And you can save money by learning to do most, if not all, of grooming chores yourself, including baths. By the way, Parental Unit does all of my grooming herself...and as you can see, I was just meant to be a scruffy dog!

Let us know what you do to slash your pet care bills—we'd love to hear your cost-cutting strategies.
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