Category Archives: Dogs

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Doghouses for the tech-savvy

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For many of us our dogs are like small furry alternatives to actual human babies, until we feel old and responsible enough to actually procreate.

Sure, our hairy children might chew things and take up all the room on the sofa and not let you know when they need to go out so leave little presents in the middle of the kitchen floor for when you come downstairs in the morning, but you love them all the same and only want the best for them.

Perhaps you won’t follow in the footsteps of Paris Hilton, whose dogs enjoy their very own doghouses with two floors, a chandelier, a balcony and upholstered leather chairs – it’s probably kitted out better than your own home – but you might have been looking for that perfect dog house to enhance your pooch’s every day life.

For the tech savvy dog owner (and dog) Samsung has got you covered with its high-tech doghouses that was unveiled at this year’s Crufts show. This house will set you back $30,000 (£20,469) but hey, it offers an electronic feeder, a treadmill, a hydrotherapy pool and a Galaxy S tablet so your dog can enjoy browsing the web while you’re at work. Oh and don’t forget the ‘sleep chamber’ with its plush bed for those afternoon naps.

AR Design Studio, an architect practice based in Winchester, has designed a doghouses for two Great Danes which features retina scan entry, temperature controlled beds, automatically dispensed chilled, filtered water, dog vision web cams so the owner can keep an eye on them and an outdoor play area with climbing ramp.

Okay let’s face it, you’re not going to fork out thousands of pounds on a dog house for your pup but if you really want to enhance their living space talk to a specialist such as The Underfloor Heating Store and have some underfloor heating installed to ensure their paws are always nice and toasty. It could be that simple if you want to get techy about it.

So why do people spend thousands on homes for their pets? After all, doesn’t a simple cushion bed and stainless steel food and water bowls offer just the same comfort a dog needs, plus your company?

Many people feel protective of their pets because they see them ‘as part of the family’ and so go out of their way to treat them like a human as much as they can.

However, a dog honestly doesn’t need all this pampering and it definitely doesn’t need a touch screen tablet in its tiny house to keep it entertained. Throw it a chew toy and it will be just as happy.

We need to take a step back and look at how we treat our animals, because too much love can leave them fat and lazy. Instead of spending thousands of pounds / dollars on a dog house they probably won’t appreciate, take them out for longer walks, try to leave the office on time to spend time with them, don’t feed them too much cheese, only Organic and Healthy Treats  and we promise if they don’t have the latest fancy dog bed they will turn out just fine. But they do need a comfy pet bed that fits their size and sleeping habits.

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Dog Harness, What’s New For Spring & Summer.

Dog harness, what’s new for Spring & Summer.  After a long cold snowy season, we are welcoming the warmer weather. Spring’s  brilliant colors of renewal and blossom influenced the new designs of the dog harness.

The new design of the dog harnesses has 3 color types.

Neon Sport Dog HarnessesThe “Neon Sport” features a unique Overlay Pattern that is applied to a Special Color Blended diamond soft mesh, with brilliant color tones. This harness is perfect for jogging or walking with your dog. Step in Mesh Choke Free harness fits dog sizes from XXSMALL  up to size XXXL (approx 90 Lbs.)

 

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Chocke Free Harness In Rainbow Colors

 

 

 

 

The “Ombre” used special color blending technique to create a beautiful Palette of Rainbow Colors. Step in Mesh Choke Free harness fits dog sizes from XXSMALL  up to size XXXL (approx 90 Lbs.)

 

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The “Top Stitch” feature 7  New Brilliant                                                                              Colors that are the first of their kindDog Harness Spring 2015. Also created a Special Top Stitch Pattern that matches the color of the Soft Mesh body.  As with the other designs, the Step in Mesh Choke Free harness fits dog sizes from XXSMALL  up to size XXXL (approx 90 Lbs.)

 

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If you love patterns, sea and summer,Cool Dog Harness with Sea Themes there is a harness for you..:)

All these harnesses are for extra small dogs – chest of 10″ – 12″ and up to large chest 19″ – 21″. They are cool and lightweight, perfect for hot summer days. They feature quick and easy that  will not open!! Velcro neck and chest closures, making it very easy on and off, and a D-Ring.

We offer embroidered Applique of 9 sea and summer fun:  Flip Flop , Fish , Green and Pink smiling Frog, a Mermaid , Blue Octopus for him, and Pink Octopus for her, Blue Pirate Octopus, Yellow Submarine, and Cute Pink Black Sunglasses.Harness wih Sunglasses AppliqueSunglasses-Pink-and-Black-Cool-Mesh-Velcro-Harnesses-with-Matching-Leash-l

The exciting new line of the spring & summer harness has it all and with so many colors and appliques everyone can find his preferred style.

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Traveling with Your Dog Abroad (Max the Maltese).

When you plan on traveling with your dog abroad, There are some preparations to do ahead.   Max is one of 3 dogs we adopted along the years. He is the smallest Max the Maltese Traveling Abroadvery spoiled because of his health.  So when it came time to go and visit our family I knew that whatever it takes, Max is coming with us.

With any overseas travel you need to check what the destination country rules are and the airline rules.

Tests and Vaccines

To find our destination demands, I searched the internet and found it to be quite confusing and not clear enough . It’s good to have friends who already went that road and willing to help you. In addition, the vet was a good place to clear things up.

So Max needed his vaccine again, even though he had a few months left before the 3 years ends. Then we had to send to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine  blood for a special DNA rabies test which they are the only vet laboratory in North America doing it .   After our vet got the results (and they are good) he did a full body checkup and a lot of paperwork!! With all of that, we went to the agriculture office to have them authorize the documents.

All the above need to be done in a limited time frame, and the cost  depends on your destination.

 

In The Airport

We did it all in a month and a half and paid more than the tickets cost. At the airport, on both sides,  we’ve been asked to show the documents, so bring it all with you.

After landing, we had a long walk. It’s not easy if you need to carry luggage in addition to the pet carrier. We also had a wheeled carrier/  backpack.  Bringing it with us was one great decision. We got  OK in places where pets are not allowed, if we kept him in this carrier, he used it to sleep while we were busy with our things, he was covered when it was raining and was very comfy when we needed quick move.

After we landed hubby walked the wheeled carrier and Max enjoyed it very much, but at the same time he was checking to see that I am behind.

Pet Carrier

The next step is checking with the airline’s in-cabin pet carrier rules.  The carrier dimension is quite the same for most airline companies, and it should fit under the sit in-front yours. The best choice is a soft carrier, so you can bend a bit the frame if it’s not a perfect match under the seat.  In addition, you want the bag to be comfortable for your pet. After all, he will be spending the whole time in it. For Max we had his blanket in his carrier and  a sweater ready to put on,  so he’ll be comfy while feeling safe and warm for the very long trip ahead.Max in His New Carrier

 

 

 

 

Packing for Max

1. Documents – Done

2. Carrier – Done

3. Extra Wheeled / backpack – Done

4. His drugs (plus a few extra just to be on the safe side)  – Done

5. His beloved blanket and toy for better chance he’ll stay in the bag and go to sleep – Done

6. Bag of treats – Done

7. Some dry food for the few first days – Done.

8. If you use and weather depends – raincoat / sweater etc. – Done

9. Poop bags – done

10. Toothbrush, shampoo, etc., depends on your visit length.

I am sure I forgot something. That is why I start my list way ahead and each time I remember some new stuff, I’ll add it.

 On The Plane

Max is not use being in a closed carrier, although I let him try it a few Max and Me In The Planetimes during the last month. So the truth is that I was holding him most of the time.  I did have to hide him under the blanket when an attendant was in the area… Shhhh, no telling :)

 

The Destination

Traveling with your dog means you have to go with him anywhere you go, unless of-course you have someone to take care of him when you are going places dogs are not allowed. It was a nice surprise, seating for afternoon coffee,  Max, Hubby and me, and that is what I was served with. (See the image)coffe-doggie

There were places where people don’t like pets. You may feel offended, but you shouldn’t.  The best is to ignore and move on to another place.

Conclusion

It was fun having Max with us. But it also was extra work like walking a lot of stairs up and down for the walks. Finding places to have him when going to a show (or any place where pets are not allowed),  food (did I mention how spoiled he is?  Only cooked by mommy food at home and now mommy pays the price).  But I will do it again next time!!

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