Posts Tagged ‘Seasonal stuff’

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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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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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 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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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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Back to the beach!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Hey, y’all!  This poodle’s headed back to the beach – finally. (Enough with the rain!)  I hope your weekend & summer are as good as mine’s shapin’ up to be.  Wooftastik!  ~Rusty~

PS — Dawgs, if you’re afraid of fireworks, ask your humans to stay home with you this weekend. Stay inside, maybe in the most insulated room in the house, with some background sound on so you can’t hear the fireworks as well.  Dig into a special, yummy chewy.  Or play fetch or tug with your people.  I know fireworks can be ruff for some of you, but you’ll be ok.  And, keep your cool:  Hit the beach or a pool!

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