Posts Tagged ‘Chew’

It’s Sqwuggie time!

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Remember when I got those cool boxes full of surprises?

Well, the bestest toy ever was in the bottom box.  It’s light but tuff, just like me.  Bowwow bonus:  It squeaks & floats!  I’m not ashamed to say, I lost my poodle mind over it.

Check it, dawgs!   ~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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Celebrate “Pet Dental Month” with me!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Big things to smile about here! My vet cleaned my teeth.  (I told you about that already.)  Now “Mom” helps me keep my teeth & gums healthy.  She brushes my teeth every day with chicken-flavored doggy toothpaste (yum!).  I get big, crunchy biscuits.  And, I just got this cool Bristle Bone!  It has rawhide discs between bristles.  When I chew the rawhide, the bristles brush my teeth & gums.  (Ruth said she might even put my toothpaste on the bristles.)  Big fun – and no doggy breath here!  ~Rusty~

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Birthday wishes come true

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

I hope your holidays were awesome! I had a blast, beginning with my B-day on 12/20.  (I’m 4 now!)  I got a Socktopus for my birthday!  It’s perfect for me because I can drag it around, shake it & play tug with it.  (If your pup chews toys up, this wouldn’t be the toy for him.)  Ahhh-woo-woo-woo!  ~Rusty~

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