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…

 

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Fact or Fiction?

Big Scary German Shepherd? Not so much...Photo: Joe Nicora
Big Scary German Shepherd? Not so much…Photo: Joe Nicora

 

I came across this description of the German Shepherd breed and it made me think about how many stereotypes about dogs are out there (and what is really true)….and to be fair to the website…it’s not the first time I’ve read these types of comments.

I think our gal tends to break some of those stereotypes (for better or worse). She borders on being a couch potato by choice (I don’t know how many times  when she was young that we had to pry her off the step go for a walk..she would have been perfectly content to just watch the world go by), requires daily grooming, isn’t particularly affectionate (although considered where she started…there’s been an improvement) and left to her own devices would stay outside in the cold.

As expected she’s a bit hesitant to meet people but is friendly (most of the time) compared to other GSDs. Although these breed guides can be helpful as a starting point..I think more emphasis on individual personality and the effect good training…needs to be made.

What do you think? Does your dog live up to the expectations of their breed or (within reason) do you think “standard” personalities are just made up?

 

Nutro Crunch and Fruitables Dog Treat Review

It’s been a while since I review dog treats so I thought now was a good time…

First up is Nutro’s Crunchy Treats (peanut flavor). Nutro makes all their food in the USA (although they don’t seem to specify where their ingredCrunchy treatsients actually come from) and don’t contain any “artificials” (flavor/color/preservatives) or corn/wheat/soy.  They do contain relatively simple ingredients (ie. you can actually understand them): rice, oatmeal, chicken meal, peanut flower, ground peanuts, peanut oil, natural flavors and rosemary oil.

The treats are relatively small…about the size of a dime but much thicker. They would make good training treats for a larger dog as they only contain about 6 calories a treat (less than others we’ve tried). cookie2Unfortunately for us, they were a bit too rich for our dog (who has sensitive system at times). Therefore, I would be a bit wary of these treats if your dog has a similar constitution. They run about $6 for a 10 oz bag and can be found at most pet stores.

Next, is Fruitables Crunch Pumpkin Blueberry treats. I found these treats to be more expensive than some other brands but worth the price. They are also free of corn/wheat/soy/artificials and made in the USA…ANblueberryD they smell amazing. The ingredients are: pumpkin organic oatmeal, pearled barley, potatoes, oat fiber, canola oil, brown sugar, blueberries, cinnamon, natural flavor, vanilla, mixed tocopherols. These treats have slightly more calories than the Nutro ones at just under 9 calories but they’re also a bit bigger.

Thecookie 1se cookies are great at keepin our gal regular (not always an easy feat with a German Shepherd) and she just loves them. I highly recommend them. The only downside is the price…a 7 oz bag is just over $6 but worth every penny in my opinion.

Puppy Love: One month into our new adventure

We’ve had the dog for nearly a month now and not surprisingly…has she grown….and so have we. All the books we read and we were still on a huge learning curve (a lot like having a new baby…except this one follows you and can bite!). From vomiting bile in the morning (a  bit of hydrated kibble at midnight fixed that one) to nipping (run by nipping was particularly “fun” apparently..and well..we’re still working on this one) it’s been an interesting month. Although there were some days where the sleep deprivation and feeling like you were a human chew toy started to get to us, a wagging tail and warm body on your feet made it all worth it (usually anyway).

I saw this on someone’s facebook page and it’s so true:

Old, soft, warm, well-loved nightgowns weren’t meant to last forever.

– Getting enough sleep is over-rated.

– An energetic, curious puppy is conducive to weight loss.

– Having a soft, warm puppy beside me for one millisecond makes up for all of the nips of the past hour.

– Napping when the puppy naps renews energy levels.

– There is nothing like puppy love.