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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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Demo dog!

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Big fido foodie-fun here.  “Mom” asked me to test two new feeding stations, and let you know what I thought.  So here we go!

The first one is meant to slow little dogs down when they eat.  (Seriously, pace yourselves, pups!)  If you’re looking for a puzzle toy that will keep you busy for awhile, this isn’t for you, dawgs.  But it will make meals last longer.  If your nose is bigger than mine, you’ll have trouble getting food out of it.  (I don’t mind sayin’ that I weigh 12#.  So you judge if you’re too big for this bowl.)  Human advantages:  It’s easy to take apart, and it’s dishwasher safe.  Watch me use the bowl for the 1st time, after Mom loaded it up with chicken.  Yum!

Next up is the cat version.  I hated this one, pooches.  But I tried it for you.  Mom made it harder for me by making some of the tubes deeper.  Since I don’t use my paws much to get to stuff, I couldn’t reach in far enough with my nose.  Not even for chicken!  I tried pushing it around & pulling the tubes out with my teeth – no go.

I couldn’t figure it out, but I’m not taking it personally because…………….  I’m — not — a — CAT, AM I?!!   Grrrr!    ~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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A cool chew

Monday, November 21st, 2011

I’m a lucky poodle!  My humans just gave me a new, gigantic chewy:  an antler!

It’s long lasting and way healthier than my old bone.  If I do scrape anything off of it, it will be packed with good-for-me minerals, like calcium.  Tip from my “mom”:  If you get an antler & it doesn’t smell much (so why bother chewing, am I right?),  have your humans sand the surface a bit to release some smells.

And keep it safe.  Only chew antlers from the USA.  Here’s some grrreat advice from mom’s fave place to buy antlers:

Supervise your dog. Do not allow your dog to attempt to break the chew in half with his back teeth.  Do not allow your dog to consume more than 1/2″ to 1″ per day.  If you need to get the antler away from your dog and he doesn’t know “drop it”, you can trade him for a tasty treat such as a piece of meat or cheese.

Best part, dawgs:  No Rudolphs were harmed.  Woof!  ~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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Spooky fun!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

My humans surprised me with a really weird toy.

It moves a lot, all by itself, and it’s loud.  I wasn’t so sure about it @ 1st, so I barked @ it.  But then “mom” got on the floor with me to show me it was OK.  She held it, so I knew it couldn’t be that bad because she wasn’t scared of it.  And then we played tug with it, so what’s not to love?!  I quickly figured out that it was quieter if I kept it on the rug, rather than the hard floor.  By the time I played with it outside, I was shaking it to get it to go.  Big fun!  Ruth has some advice, so listen up, dawgs:  This isn’t the toy for you if you’re easily scared or another animal in your family is fearful.  It’s not the toy for you if you shred your toys.  You’ll like this toy more if you start playing with it outside so it’s quieter.  If you play with it inside, play on carpet.  Make sure your humans are there to help you have fun.

Dig it? Now fetch The Doggie Bag! ~Rusty~

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Poodle scores!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

My humans spent some time in Seattle last week while I was @ doggy camp. I missed them, but it’s all good now.  It seems “mom” found an amazing store in Seattle with lots of goodies for dogs.  (She’s almost as sad as I am that we don’t have one of these stores in CA.)  I scored yummy new noms made out of sardines & carrots, and a new toy!  I love my boiled wool ring because I can fetch it & tug on it.  It’s soft & light, but strong.  And since I don’t chew thru my toys, it’s perfect for me.  My humans play tug with me because I’m happy to drop my toys when asked.  We play it safe & smart.  (I know – good boy!)  Dawgs, I hope your humans visit their favorite pet store soon, too.  If they pick up the treats or toys I mentioned above, part of the proceeds goes to charity.  Woof, yeah!  ~Rusty~

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Ridiculous rover

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Rusty, here.  Hey, remember when I mastered catch? No small feat for me.  Well, check this act out:  it’s amaze-balls and ridiculous!  I’m not aspiring to master this any time soon.  Treats are meant to be eaten asap, dawgs!  ~Rusty~


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