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Monday, October 24, 2016

Tiny Dog Loves BIG Slide! #MondayMotivation

If the joy this little pup exudes doesn't propel you into Monday with energy and glee...well Happy Monday anyway!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Does Your Dog Lick Your Face?

Well, I certainly give Parental Unit a kiss on the nose now and then. And when she comes home from work, I'm right at the door to lick her hands, even if I have a toy in my mouth.

So what's so bad about that? According to this article in a recent New York Times, it comes down to...well, germs. It seems that canine saliva carries lots of bacteria and viruses that the human immune system may or may not be able to handle. This recent article explains why some veterinarians are adamant that we should avoid dogs' saliva whenver possible.

On the opposing side, there appears to be little risk of transmitting disease if both the person and dog are healthy, and the human skin does not have cuts or abrasions. There are dog lovers aplenty who are willing to take that risk, and Parental Unit is one of them. Of course, she avoids direct contact with my mouth, but kiss my snout she does, and she appreciates my kisses in return—why she even asks for them!

Let us know what you think about slobbery dog kisses—yay or nay?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop: Celebrate Vet Techs!

This week, our good friends at BlogPaws are celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week...and we are, too! Check out this week's BlogPaws post for great information about the role of Vet Techs—and while you're at it, may we suggested giving your veterinarian's technician a big thank-you this week, and every week!

Meanwhile, back a the Ohio ranch...

Do I look a bit stunned to be sitting in a shopping cart @PetSmart? No need to call a vet tech, I'm fine!

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to visit with our blogging friends—roll me on over, Parental Unit!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The 5 Signs of Wellness For Your #WellnessPet!

This post is sponsored by Wellness® and the BlogPaws TM Pet Influencer NetworkTM . I am being sponsored to help share the availability of Wellness Products at PetSmart, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Wellness nor PetSmart is responsible for the content of this article.

We're thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you some first-hand information about one of our favorite pet food brands: Wellness! Parental Unit fed this food to my predecessor, the ornery Wire Fox terrier, Carson, and now she's in the process of transitioning me to Wellness. We'll be sharing my progress over the next few months, and we'll look forward to chatting with you about the Wellness brand and any thoughts you might have about transitioning your pooch to a new food. 

Since I've gone "grain free" for nearly seven years, we chose Wellness® Complete Health® Line, Grain Free to sample. Parental Unit played it safe with my taste buds and chose chicken as the primary protein source since I'm a big fan of poultry. Of course, the first ingredient is deboned chicken, followed by primarily fruits and vegetables, grain free carbs and no artificial colors or flavors, fillers or preservatives!

We paid a visit to our local PetSmart store and posed in front of the Wellness display to show you the wide variety that is the Wellness brand. And they're all available at PetSmart, both at your local store and online.

 And we were fortunate to have a nice PetSmart employee help us out. Can you tell that I want a "taste of the GOOD LIFE", too?

                           Can we take home one of each?

You already know that Parental Unit is what folks used to call a "health food nut" and continues her own quest for "wellness" by eating fresh, healthy foods and exercising — with me by her side! What we particularly love about the Wellness brand is their proactive approach to your pets' health, meaning their focus is on helping pet parents create and maintain health and wellness rather than simply treating disease after it occurs.  

In fact, they've developed what they call the "5 Signs of Wellness" to help pet parents assess the health of their four-legged companions: 1. Skin and Coat; Digestive Health; Eyes,Teeth and Gums; Energy; and Immunity. Just substitute "hair" for "coat' and these are the same markers humans typically use to assess their health!

Will you stop yer yackin' and get me out of this cart, Parental Unit?

But wait, there's more to learn! These 5 Signs of Wellness reveal how your pup looks, acts and feels every day, and they're all interrelated. For example, making sure your beloved dog gets the highest quality food and lots of physical and mental exercise contributes directly to achieving the highest marks for each of these five signs of wellness, just as it does for humans. 

Uh, am I going to get to try my new Wellness Complete Health Grain Free food, or are just going to stand there taking pictures?

Update: Parental Unit has been slowly adding some Wellness to my current kibble and I'm lovin' it! Stay tuned...

In the meantime, visit @wellnesspetfood on their social media channels to learn more about them: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wellness. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Canines Smell The World!

Or at least their part of it. And as it turns out, their sense of smell has direct connections to other familiar doggie traits—even tail wagging.

But before we get into the details...does this picture make my nose look big?

Anyway, this recent New York Times interview with Alexandra Horowitz, author of "Inside A Dog" explains just how much different a dog's sniffer is than our own, and exactly why our four-legged friends would enjoy "nose work" classes. Ms. Horowitz has a new book, "Being A Dog: Following the Dog Into A World of Smell", where she explains " the elegant engineering of the dog's olfactory system and how familiar canine behaviors — licking, sneezing, tail wagging — have associations with smell."

What surprised Parental Unit is that tail wagging is associated with smell via the dogs' anal glands: "dog's wag, basically dispensing their personal odors from their rumps," says Horowitz. Hmmm, the light's finally coming on for Parental Unit about all that canine butt sniffing I engage in...

Have any of our readers enrolled their dogs in nose work classes? Let us know!

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