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The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Happy Valentine’s Day! Special Valentine Activities for the Pooch in Your Life

BIG Valentine hugs to all our online friends and visitors! 🙂

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

I’m slowly surfacing from my week-long bout with the flu and I want to thank everyone who sent me such warm messages for a quick recovery. Your positive thoughts definitely helped and gave me some big smiles!

If you’re looking for something special to do with your pet on this Day of Love, here’s a fun list of 10 activities you can do with your pet on Valentine’s Day, featured on Yeepet.

Whatever you do, enjoy the day, show your loved ones how important they are to you, and give your pets – who always give you their unconditional love – an extra bit of attention and an extra hug or two!

Have a great Valentine’s Day everyone, from all of us and our littlest Valentine, Daisy!

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Valentine’s Day Goes To The Dogs….

….but we mean that in a good way….

How can we resist this little face??

We were just wondering – do you do anything special for your pup on Valentine’s Day? Any special treats? A special outing?

I found some interesting ideas online, like Homemade Valentine Pupcake Treats – a canine version of Red Velvet cupcakes!

Or how about a posh heart-shaped bed or carob-covered sweets that are safe for your best bud?

Going to a Valentine’s Day Doggy Party? Well, your little one simply must look chic! Take a look at these cute doggy fashions from The Distinguished Dog Boutique.

This will be Daisy’s first ever Valentine’s Day! Special Valentine treats and lots of cuddling are definitely on the agenda – what special things are you planning?

PS- What I thought was a nasty cold turned out to be the flu, so I probably won’t be around for a few days. Hope to see you all soon – this is one brutal strain!

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Date Bait – Dogs as Matchmakers!

My family says every heart on my blanket represents a different reason they love me!

Valentine’s Day is next week, so I was wondering – have you or has anyone you know ever met that “special someone” because of your dog?

Oh yeah, dogs can definitely find love  for their owners- they’re the ultimate matchmakers, in a sense!  We’ve all heard about guys and girls who use their cute dogs as “magnets” to attract potential dates.  BUT – did you know that there are dating sites specifically for dog lovers?

Date My Pet is an online dating service for pet lovers – it even has a catch line of “Date Me. Date My Pet”. 🙂 Funny, but for true pet lovers, their significant others’ acceptance or rejection of a dog or cat can make or break a relationship!

Plenty of romantic comedies include scenes of a new lover tossing a dog or cat out of bed, or getting completely intimidated by a dog staring at them during a love scene. My guess is that it happens in real life too!

Must Love Pets is another online dating service for pet lovers – they describe themselves as a service for “singles looking for a partner who understands your pet is your baby.”

You get the idea! I’d love to hear if anyone has used these types of services!

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Sniffle…Cough…ACHOO! Can Dogs Catch Our Colds?

I’m sitting here sniffling and sneezing with a nasty winter cold. Ugh. Not surprising, though, since I always seem to be around lots of people who don’t mind sharing their cold germs. Very generous indeed!

Ack! Keep those cold germs to yourself, please!!

I got concerned that Daisy could catch this thing – it’s a strong one, and from what I’ve heard, they’re lasting anywhere from 2-4 weeks this year. Now THAT’S something to look forward to…{said with extreme sarcasm}.

Anyway, from what I’ve read, it seems that neither colds nor the flu can be transmitted from human to dog, or vice versa. Dogs can catch their own kind of cold, but they can’t catch ours.

Thank goodness.

There was an exception, apparently, with the 2009 H1N1 flu, which was transmitted to some dogs, cats and ferrets(!). Since we don’t know what flu strain will actually be prevalent each year or whether it can be transmitted to our pets until it’s too late, here are a few precautions you can take:

~ Don’t shower your pet with germs. Cover coughs and sneezes.

~ Wash your hands frequently (a good practice anyway).

~ Make sure to keep your pet out of the garbage where he could get hold of  your tissues (yuck).

~ Restrain from close cuddling during the flu’s most contagious time – while you still have a fever.

Essentially, you just give your dog the same consideration as you would anyone else. Pretty simple.

I’m gonna go lie down now. Stay well everyone!

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Monday Morning Chuckle: Stupid Dog Laws

Where do legislators find the time to think up all these crazy laws?!

Good thing this is only an empty bottle of sparkling apple cider, or I could be arrested in some states! 🙂

Here’s a bunch of crazy, funny, and yes – stupid – laws concerning dogs from right here in the good ol’ US of A. I know some of them are antique and have actually been repealed, but some are actually still in existence!

Colorado: The dog catcher must notify dogs of impounding by posting, for three consecutive days, a notice on a tree in the city park and along a public road running through said park.  (umm….maybe just badly worded?)

Illinois:

It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets. (Who on earth did this??)

It is illegal to give a dog whiskey. (Darn!)

No person may keep a smelly dog. (Actually reads: No person shall keep or maintain any animal, poultry or fowl in such a manner to cause inconvenience or disturbance to other persons by reason of noise, odor or other cause.)

It is against the law to make faces at dogs. (HAHAHA – we’re sunk!)

Michigan:

It is illegal to kill a dog using a decompression chamber. (But other means are okay???? Yikes!)

North Carolina:

In one town, fights between cats and dogs are prohibited. (Do they have a drug to quell this natural instinct? And I guess dog fights are condoned??)

Ohio:

It is illegal for a dog to urinate on a parking meter. (Apparently this is from a particular town, where supposedly there are no parking meters.)

A policeman may bite a dog to quiet him. However, the reverse is not true, even if it’s a police dog. (I really hope this is misquoted…)

Oklahoma:

Violators can be fined, arrested or jailed for making ugly faces at a dog. (LOL!!)

Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property. (Or else the neighborhood will go to the dogs…. Sorry, I just had to say it.)

Outdated or current, the fact is that these laws do or once did exist. I’d love to know how some of them came into existence!

 

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Announcing Destructo-Pup Toy Reviews!

It’s Wimps vs. Warriors. We’re talking about dog toys.

Don't underestimate the power of those Destructo-Pup teeth....

Forget “ultimate toy” claims – we have the “Ultimate Toy Tester” – Daisy, aka “Destructo-Pup” – our 15 pound Havachon.

The ultimate toy bully.

Got a toy-tough dog? Are you like us – spending more money on dog toys than food and treats combined?

Daisy puts toys through their paces better than those corporate “spokes-animals” –  tigers, German Shepherds, Dalmatians.

They claim their toys are tough? We’ll see how they stand up to a real-world toughy.

Visit our Destructo-Pup Tested Dog Toys tab on this blog for the straight poop… scoop.

We’ll give you the real low-down without any of the advertising hype.  What toys pass the Destructo-Pup Torturous Teeth Test and which ones succumb without a struggle?

Find out how long it took Destructo-Pup to do this to a Level 9 Tuffie toy:

A picture is worth a thousand words.

And follow along as we separate the Wimps from the Warriors!

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Swiss Cheese Puppy Blanket

Daisy’s first puppy blanket has held up better than any “tough” toys we’ve given her, but now – 8 months later – it’s finally succumbed to the effects of her toothy brutality. It now looks like a piece of pink Swiss cheese…

Holy blanket, Batman!! (Sorry about that, it just had to be said...)

This silly pup not only enjoys racing around with her blanket and playing tug-o-war with it, she also likes to chew her bone through the blanket! I’ve never seen a dog do that before – it’s like she’s trying to have a cushioned gnaw!

I’m afraid this blanket has almost reached its last day. I hate giving it up, though, for sentimental reasons – it was the first thing she became attached to as a new little puppy. They gave it to us when we brought her home because she loved it so much.

She now also has a fleece blanket she likes too, but the pink one just means so much. ::sigh::

But I LOVE my little pink puppy blanket!!

Oh, the heartbreaks of pet ownership! 😉

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Northeast Ice Storm

Today’s a day when a picture is worth a thousand words – I took these photos this morning of our ice-covered world here in the northeast:

Icicles hanging from the bird feeder look like holiday decorations

Ice encased car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iced tree branches

 

 

Icicles even hang from the planters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I'll stay warm and cozy.

 

 

Daisy watches her squirrel buddy under the bird feeder

 

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Love of Shoes – A Havachon Limerick

There once was a dog named Daisy

Who sometimes acted so crazy~
She’d cuddle with shoes
And take in the views
Just languishing and being lazy.

Ahhhh....shoes....

 

Sooooo comfy....

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