Thursday, May 26, 2016

Missing my Hairy Boy Jeffie


It took me about a month to run the vacuum.  I couldn't bear to vanquish all the stray Jeffie hair.

There's still a spot that hasn't seen the vac.  Just a little slice between the bed and the window wall in my office.  It's where Jeffie liked to nap stretched out.  There he could easily keep an eye on me, yet be handy to the window and his security duties.  

I'd often glance over and see him watching me.  If something upset me while I was working, he'd immediately come over, put a paw on my knee and rest his head against my arm. After comforting me or making me laugh, he'd head back to his spot.

It's full of Jeffie hair.  On the carpet. Stuck to the wall. Clinging to the bed's dust ruffle.

Today marks 6 months since Jeffie died in my arms.from Leptospirosis.

  

When I awake each morning there is no longer a soft furry head sharing my pillow.  

As I head to the kitchen to grab a cup of coffee there is no doggy head pressed on the outside of my right knee.

As I dish up the dogs' breakfast, there is no longer a pup who can't contain a little woof of excitement.

In fact, there is a whole lot of silence in my house. No one barks at the UPS and FedEx guys. No longer does anyone care that the trash service is stealing our trash.  Coyotes in the pasture? The current crew just watches.

Not only is there a hole in my heart, but there is a very large hole in my life where Jeffie used to be.  By my side and with me like an extra limb.


I know.  I know.  I cannot collect enough of the fur Jeffie left behind ...  but sometimes wild hope, though bittersweet, can be a joyful thing.


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dr Google by Kelsey Beth Carpenter | Dog Song Saturday


We've all done it: headed to Google to check medical symptoms. And now, thanks to Kelsey Beth Carpenter, we've got a song about it!

Today's feature at Dog Song Saturday is Dr. Google and it's a barking good original dog song!  

Carpenter is a Registered Veterinary Technician, a singer/songwriter, and the creator of the clever mime series Things Heard at an Animal Hospital.  She's at home in California with her soulmate, a 6 pound Chihuahua mix named Birdie.

Though the song is a bit silly and a lot funny, Carpenter notes:
Did you know that many animal hospitals have advice lines? Veterinary hospitals like the one I work at allow you to call and speak with a technician with any questions or concerns you may have. Not sure if your pet is experiencing a medical emergency? Call the vet! Wondering if you should use the alternative treatment your friend recommended? Call the vet! Heard a certain pet food was better than another? Call the vet! I think you're getting the idea... We want you to ask questions, to have discussions, and to do research. The more you understand about the problems your pet is experiencing, the more you can be a part of the solution. However, not all advice is good advice, and Google can be a dangerous place when it comes to medical information. We just ask that you check with your vet before making any major decisions about how to care for your pet! :)
Sit. Stay. Relax and get ready to laugh as you enjoy Dr. Google by Kelsey Beth Carpenter.  We've provided the lyrics just in case you'd like to sing along.  Then fetch some more genuine dog song music videos at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised at how many we've collected over the past few years.
Dr. Google Lyrics ©Kelsey Beth Carpenter

My breeder told me
Not to vaccinate
My neighbor said that
We should never spay
My groomer doesn't
Recommend flea meds
She read about them
On the Interwebs

You didn't go to Vet School
Nobody even asked you
It's too bad you don't have to
Take a test to have pets
Cause you're giving out advice
But maybe you should think twice
Cause we're dealing with real lives
Just ask your Vet, don't search the web with

Doctor Google, Doc Doctor Google

Down at the pet store
They were telling me
Not to feed byproducts
And always choose grain free
Then my dog trainer
Warned me not to buy
Treats made in China
Or else my dog would die

You didn't go to Vet School
Nobody even asked you
It's too bad you don't have to
Take a test to have pets
Cause you're giving out advice
But maybe you should think twice
Cause we're dealing with real lives
Just ask your Vet, don't search the web with

Doctor Google, Doc Doctor Google

Would you trust
The Internet
To perform surgery
On your beloved pet
I didn't think so
But didn't you know
That you can call us on the phone
To verify what you've been told

You didn't go to Vet School
Nobody even asked you
It's too bad you don't have to
Take a test to have pets
Cause you're giving out advice
But maybe you should think twice
Cause we're dealing with real lives
Just ask your Vet, don't search the web with

Doctor Google, Doc Doctor Google

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Laissez les bon temps rouler with Blue Buffalo Bayou Biscuits #ChewyInfluencer


I bet you didn't know that Rosie dreams of taking a trip to the Louisiana bayou.  Yep.  Especially because she thinks alligator and catfish sound pretty tasty.

Well, Rudy must have told her pals at Chewy because they sent her just what she needed! A bag of Blue Buffalo Wilderness Bayou Biscuits.



Laissez les bon temps rouler!  (Let's get this party started!)  Click to play some party music. It's sure to get you in the mood.




Rudy was glad Rosie shared her Blue Buffalo Wilderness Bayou Biscuits with Alligator and Catfish Grain-Free Dog Treats because they're good! 


Your pup can fais do do with with the exotic flavors of the bayou with Blue Buffalo Wilderness Bayou Biscuits with Alligator and Catfish Grain-Free Dog Treats, too. These crunchy baked biscuits will satisfy their love of meat and natural chewing instincts with the taste of real alligator, a nutritious high-quality protein.  

For a truly complete bayou blend, these treats are also loaded with catfish and shrimp. They’re 100% grain-free and full of protein for a uniquely healthy treat.


Key Benefits
  • Delicious real alligator, catfish and shrimp
  • Filled with high-quality unique proteins
  • 100% grain-free and gluten-free
  • Crunchy baked biscuits
  • Made with the finest natural ingredients
  • No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
  • No corn, wheat, soy or chicken/poultry by-product meals
Ingredients
Alligator, shrimp meal, potatoes, chicken fat, flaxseed (source of mega 3 and 6 fatty acids), catfish, salt calcium carbonate, preserved with citric acid and mixed tocopherols, oil of rosemary.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein  17% min
Crude Fat  13% min
Crude Fiber  5% max
Moisture  11% max

Calorie Content: 3,400 Kcals/kg;  One biscuit = 28 Kcals 


All paws up for Blue Buffalo Bayou Biscuits! 

So, Bon ami, head over to Chewy and pick up some of these tasty treats!  An 8 oz bag at Chewy is regularly $6.99, but on sale now for $4.79.

Ca c'est bon!

There are lots of reasons we love Chewy.com
  • Fast shipping to our front door (free if our order is over $49)
  • Hundreds if brands to choose from in pet food, treats, and supplies
  • Great prices and frequent sales
  • Easy to navigate web site and terrific customer service
  • Chewy.com gives back via their Shelter and Rescue Network

* We were given one 8 oz bag of Blue Buffalo Wilderness Bayou Biscuits for dogs from Chewy in exchange for our honest opinion.  We only share information like this that we think you'll appreciate.

* Music credit: Jambalaya by The Mudbugs Cajun and Zydeco Band ©Carter Green/Greenjeans Studios



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Elsa's Lullaby by NEeMA | Dog Song Saturday


For today's feature on Dog Song Saturday at Talking Dogs, we've got a lullaby.
Elsa's Lullaby to be exact.

Folk / pop singer songwriter NEeMA was on tour in Canada - with her dog Elsa - when a young fan gushed: "You must have so many songs about your dog!"   At the time NEeMA had none and decided to do something about that.

The result is Elsa's Lullaby which the musical artist describes as a song about love, a woman, and a dog.  You'll find it on her Watching You Think album which was released in 2010. 

Add Elsa's Lullaby to your dog music playlist with a purchase from iTunes, Amazon,  and other popular music outlets.

Sit. Stay. Relax and enjoy Elsa's Lullaby by NEeMA. Then fetch more dog song music videos at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised at how many we've collected over the past few years!