So the other day, my people put a pile of boxes on the floor & told me they were mine.
Wow! It was like poodle Christmas in June! So I opened them up (with help….’cuz I don’t have thumbs), and picked out my fave things. I especially loved the Jumpin’ Ginger Snaps, the HoloBal, and the Bully Stick ring. Watch me try them out…..
Dawgs, beg your humans to get these boxes. They’ll need to know how much you weigh so you get the right size toys & treats, so ‘fess up. After that, you get a box full of fido surprises every month for however long you want. Your humans will like that the shipping’s free. I love that they donate 10% profit from each box to a local shelter or rescue!
The best part? I didn’t even tell you about my new favorite toy that I pulled out of the last box. More on that later….. Woof, yeah! ~Rusty~
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~
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~
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.
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~
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~
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~