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A new gig for me!

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Hey, dawgs.  I missed you all!

I hope your 2013 has been pawesome so far.  Mine has been amazing.  My “mom” asked me to help her with 2 new projects.  I get to write for her new blog, The Soulful Pet, and her new FB page for the blog.  It will be a blast because I’ll get to talk about food, toys, travel, squirrels, cats, pugs & tons of BOLs.  So if you’ve been enjoying my blog, don’t worry – I’m not straying far.  Just catch me here:  Follow The Soulful Pet by email or on Facebook.

Lookin’ forward to welcoming you to our pack, pooches!  ~Rusty~

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Fun with friends!

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Hey, I hope you’re lovin’ summer as much as I am.

I’ve been tearing it up with my pals, Bruno the Havanese & Elliott the corgi.  It’s a blast when I hang with my boys!

Good friends, good times, dawgs!  ~Rusty~

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Beat-the-heat treats!

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Whew, it’s hot here!  Fortunately, my mom’s a creative cook.

She made these perfect summer snacks to please all of us guys, and she made them bone-shaped!  Even my pal Bruno, a super picky eater, chowed down on these tasty-icy morsels.

When us pooches get together, it’s always big fun.  (More on that in my next post!)
Dawgs, these snacks did not disappoint!  ~Rusty~

(Left to right:  Bruno, Elliott and me!)

(Well worth the sit-stays!)

(Me, licking my chops, & Elliott)

Yum!

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Lovin’ life!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Fidos, if you follow me on Facebook, you already know I had a ruff go of it a few weeks ago.

Seriously, pups:  I put my own spin on sick-as-a-dog.  After almost checking into doggie-heaven & scaring the heck outta my humans, I’m just fine now.   Big woofs & wags to all the people who saved me, especially my Auntie Tina.  (She rocks & here’s why!)  Pooches, if you haven’t licked your vet & her staff lately to say thanks —- what are you waitin’ for?!

My peeps & I are glad to be soakin’ up the sun together.  Each day’s a blessing, dawgs.  Make the most of it.  Woof, yeah!  ~Rusty~

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Spring fling!

Monday, March 5th, 2012

I have a serious case of spring fever, pups. 

It all started when my humans took me on a road trip to Mendocino, CA.  I had a blast taking in the views, smelling the flowers & the ocean.  I met amazing animals, including llamas & geese.  (Dawgs, I had no idea there were birds bigger than me!)  Then I slept in a huge bed by a fireplace & an ocean breeze.  Perfect for a princely poodle like myself.

Yeah, I said it.  I’m not hatin’ this sweet life one bit.  ~Rusty~

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I workout!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Hey, no New Year’s resolutions required here, dawgs!  I’m stayin’ in shape through the holidays.

It’s easy ‘cuz it’s fun!  I eat healthy foodsnacks & chewies.  I go for walks on the beach and family adventures.  Sometimes mom puts my food in toys, so I have to eat slower & exercise while I eat – cool!  I play with friends whenever I can.  Fetch & catch are always awesome.  I even hopped on the treadmill to show you dawgs how I roll!  (There are treadmills for dogs.  Your humans can help you use one safely:  read here, here and here.)  It’s all good ‘cuz I get plenty of R&R and vet care, so I stay happy & healthy.  And my humans love meAwwww…..

Happy Howl-idays, hounds!  See ya’ next year!  ~Rusty~

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Who moved my cheese?!

Monday, November 21st, 2011

I just got another new chewy, but this one is really different.  And I’m embarrassed to say, I lost it.  But you should have smelled it when it came out of the bag:  CHEEZY!  That’s right, dawgs.  It looks & smells like a huge chunk of cheese, ‘cuz IT IS!  I was so excited I couldn’t even stay in a sit to get it.  But that’s not the worst of it.  Once I did get it, I tried to bury it because I couldn’t eat it all @ once.  That didn’t work.  So I stared @ it…. and stared @ it.  Dawgs, I was tense, watching my humans out of the corner of my eye to make sure they didn’t touch my cheese.

Fortunately, “mom” knew just what to do.  She didn’t get upset with me; I was already upset enough.  Instead, she showed me that no one was going to take the chewy away and that I didn’t have to hide it just because I couldn’t eat it right away.  We played a great game:  She got bits of boiled chicken breast (yum!) and asked me to sit/stay.  As I watched, she put several bits on the floor, then released me to go “find” them.  I had to move away from the chewy to do it, and I was happy to!  When I came back, she had the chewy in her hand.  She asked me to sit again, and then gave it back to me!  So cool!  We did this a couple more times.  Then, she had me sit while she touched the chewy on the floor next to us.  If I looked @ her on my own, instead of the chewy, I got surprise chicken!  Then, she picked it up.  But I didn’t really care because I just wanted to look @ her for more chicken.  We played the game in a few spots in the house, and then I didn’t care about guarding the chewy anymore.  And that was a relief!

Words of wisdom:  My mom’s a professional trainer who uses dog friendly training techniques.  If you’re tense over a chewy, have your humans call a qualified trainer with experience helping aggressive dogs.  There are some folks out there who think dogs should be hurt when trained.  Ouch!  That’s sad & scary.

So while you’re enjoying cheese & crackers over the holidays, I’ll be relaxing with my cheezy Himalayan chew.  It’s long lasting, and it’s healthy;  it’s super low in fat & salt, and it’s packed with protein.  And, I’m proud to say, I can take it or leave it.

It’s OK with me if someone moves my cheese!  ~Rusty~

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Spooky monkey

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Hey, dawgs.  Are you all dressing up for Halloween?

Last year I was Count Dogula, & I described how “mom” helped me like my costume.  This year, my people broke out a monkey suit for me.  Yeah, an actual monkey suit.  But chin up –  a cool toy & boiled chicken breast were on hand, so I was one very happy monkey!  I hope your Halloween is sweet, not-so-spooky fun.

Boo! ~Rusty~

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Sayin’ goodbye to summer

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

I had a blast @ the beach, bidding ado to summer. (Yeah, I said “ado”.)  I used to run away from the waves, but this time I chased the birds right into the water!  And, I went in style:  Check out my new harness, dawgs; it’s uber comfy!  So it’s on to a fab fido fall.  Woof, yeah!  ~Rusty~

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A refreshing plunge

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

How does a foodie fido stay cool? Bobbing for Ice Pups, of course!

I had a blast playing this game that “Mom” came up with.  Behind-the-scenes recipe tips:  Ice Pups made with water float.  If they’re made with non-fat, plain yogurt , they sink, so they’re harder to get.  Either way, they flavor the water.  So too many in the bowl, and I just drank the water.  But I bobbed for them if there was only one in the water @ a time.  Dawgs, don’t try to swallow the ice cube whole.  If you’re tempted to chew it rather than lick it, ask your human to make it out of yogurt instead, to be safer.  Keep your cool.  ~Rusty~


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