A Necessary Evil or A Sell Out?

Photo: ttarasluk
Photo: ttarasluk

In an age where businesses can inflate their popularity by buying Facebook “friends” and Twitter “followers” is it really surprising that companies can buy reviews? The less scrupulous ones pay for a positive review by someone who has never even tried the product or service…but what about blog reviews?

I have never been paid (or at this point even given a product) to review and after this post I doubt anyone will ask me either. I only review things we already picked up for our pets with the intention that they might enjoy them…and perhaps that’s one reason why I am not able to post regularly. It can be time consuming to buy, test, and write a review. So it is really all that surprising that many bloggers (and not just pet ones) accept “jobs” to review products?

Perhaps the bigger question is does it even matter? Continue reading

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Sunday Round Up

C & K Pet Designs
Photo: C & K Pet Design

If you’re looking to so some shopping and help out a great cause check out C &K Pet Designs, they’re donation a portion of all their sales this month to the Manitoba German Shepherd rescue.

 

 

Photo: Uptv
Photo: Uptv

If you’re looking for an amazing dog themed movie be sure to watch Suzie’s Hope. It’s based on a true story about a woman who had been attacked by pitbull yet finds a way to overcome it and rescue an abused pitbull 10 months later. Needless to say it’s a tearjerker. If you want to learn more about Suzie the pitbull and Donna (her rescuer) visit Suzie’s Hope.

 

Finally, you may have heard of the “cat cafes” in Japan well now if you happen to live or plan to visit Montreal or Vancouver you can visit a cat cafe closer to home…

 

In the news…bloat myths and the human walking project

We usually talk about taking the dog out for a walk but a shelter in Australia decided to change things up a bit and created a program to get people out of the office and walking…with their awesome shelter dogs. The program allowed people to interact with shelter dogs in a nontraditional way..changing how people saw the dogs.

On a different note, apparently there is a new myth floating around the internet about not giving your dogs ice water for fear it could cause bloat…well it’s a myth and you can read more about that here.

Free dog training video tips

Although I am a huge fan of dog training books, sometimes it can be more helpful to see a technique in practice rather than just using your imagination.

Here are a couple of videos from The Dog Mentalist (dog trainer) that could help you tackle some common issues owners face…
Dogs rushing to the door and barking when someone arrives?

Does your dog pull on the leash when walking?

Why you should consider adopting an older dog

So you decided you’re ready to add a new furry family member…that’s wonderful. But before you start searching for a new puppy here are a few myths and facts about adopting an older animal.

1) MYTH: Older dogs are harder to train

Actually, it’s often the other way around…puppies can be more challenging to train. It’s a bit like trying to teach a toddler v.s school age child there are big differences in their ability to concentrate and understand what is being asked of them. Not to mention that in many cases, older dogs are already housebroken and know basic commands.

2) FACT: Older dogs are great because you already know their size, their temperament, etc.

Unlike young dogs where you only have a rough idea of how big they will become and what their personality is like…older dogs are generally “what you see is what you get”.

3) MYTH: Older dogs will cost more

This is not always the case. While some older dogs may have health issues (any responsible rescue will make potential adopters aware of a dog’s health status and any cost associated with treating these conditions, allowing you to make an informed decision) many do not or they are easily managed. Don’t forget, the first year of owning a puppy can be rather expensive since they require vaccinations and to be spayed/neutered.

4) FACT: Older dogs have to wait longer for their forever homes than young dogs

Even with all the wonderful things an older dog has to offer they still wait on average four times longer to be adopted.

So when you are searching for a new companion…please don’t over look an older dog, they just might be the perfect fit for your family.

(This was originally posted on C & K Pets)

Owner of A “Stubborn” Dog?

Not all working dogs want to work... Photo: Centurion
Not all working dogs want to work…
Photo: Centurion

German Shepherds are supposed to be hardworking dogs…if they don’t have a “job” to do they’ll often exhibit problem behaviors…and this is common among many working breeds. Unfortunately, our German Shepherd didn’t get that memo. She’s the closest thing to a couch potato as you will get with a German Shepherd. Unfortunately, this makes things like training particularly difficult.

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It’s in the mail…

Photo: .girl ferment.
Photo: .girl ferment.

I’m a bit like Mr. Bean. By that, I mean the scene in the xmas episode where he sends himself letters and is super excited to see them arrive. I always thought shopping online was a bit like that…you know it’s coming and what you’ve bought…but it’s still a bit exciting to wait for it to arrive. And that’s why I find monthly subscriptions for pet stuff so exciting. Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds at the moment for a proper review (but if anyone wants to send me one to review haha) so I have found a few good compilations of some of the companies currently out there.

Subscription box talk covers most of the options out there.
Canadian Subscription Box Addict reviews BarkBox
And finally, You Did What With Your Weiner has a handy comparison chart (also…great title for a blog)