Posts Tagged ‘Health & safety’

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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Wig Wag!?

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

I’m tryin’ out a cool, new-to-me toy!

I love its shape ‘cuz it’s easy to grab.  Words of warning, though, dawgs:  Before you play with a new toy, ask your humans to wash it well for you with soap & water.  (Be sure to rinse the soap off well.)  As much fun as this toy is, it tasted funny @ 1st.  You can see I made a few “ick” faces in the video.  It was all better after “Mom” washed it several times with animal-friendly Dawn dish washing liquid.  But overall, I agree with Mom:  We’re gonna stick with the heavy duty, inert Zogoflex plastic toys made in America (not China like this toy!) by West Paw Design.  And you should, too.

Only the best for us, pooches!  ~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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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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A pup-lic service announcement

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Let’s face it, dawgs.  We all poop.

And, we need our humans to pick up after us so we can keep going to fun places like parks & beaches.

Tell your people to pick up these bags so they can pick up your poop.

Dog Doogity!  ~Rusty~


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