Right now I’ll have to say, “Guilty as charged!” I am one of those pet owners who lavish their furry babies with so much love, affection, toys, treats and anything a furry baby can possibly have and need.
My Millie epitomizes the meaning of a spoiled dog. She acts and behaves like a dog but with a certain touch of divaness. She loves sleeping with us on our bed. She has various pet bowls for certain kinds of food served to her, she doesn’t enjoy walking but loves car rides instead and she never, ever eat cheap dog food. I wonder why.
I adopted her when she was about 4 or 5 years old from a British family who treated her like a royal canine princess. I thought, I would be different but I ended up consenting and being one spoiler as well.
My daughter rolls her eyes whenever I baby talk my Millie. She would often tell me that I never did that baby-talk to her but now I was doing it to the dog. I just have it in me that my Millie is my youngest baby since I never had the chance to conceive again. Millie took that empty place reserved for another baby.
I buy her treats and clothes on all our travels and she loves the attention given to her without being snarky and all. I just adore my pooch. I don’t think I will stop spoiling her. As long as she knows where to do her business, she’s all good! I can spoil her the whole day.
Are you like me who spoil her dog rotten?
For pet owners, it is a common practice to ensure that our furry pals are also protected during the long summer months. If you are now familiar with this info, then equip yourselves with the proper know-how on how to protect your dogs this summer as their temperature can go high faster than human does.
Here are simple and easy to remember tips to ensure your pets are safe:
- Be wary of their pants because it may indicate heat exhaustion. If you’re dog is heavily salivating and panting like crazy, go to a cool place quickly and hose off your dog with a luke warm water.
- Have regular vet check up so other problems can be taken cared of like parasites, gastro-intestinal problems and even prevent Lyme disease.
- If you have a balcony, refrain from leaving it open for your pooch to wander into. It can get very hot at midday and your dog can fall off or even be left there unsupervised scorched under the heat of the sun.
- Avoid outdoor activities if the weather gets too extreme.
- Have enough water for your dogs to access. Fresh bowl of water here and there is a good tip.
- Give your pet a summer shave if advised by the vet or professional groomer. Some breeds with long hair will have difficulty cooling off because the breeze will not easily reach their skin.
- Do not let your dog run over sandy areas as the sand can get very hot. This will burn their paws.
- Do not ever, ever leave your dogs inside an unattended vehicle even if you leave a gap. A stalled car under the heat of the sun can also get hot like an oven. Imagine how it feels like for your dog to sit in there, trapped and heated extremely beyond their body’s capacity. Be wise! Leave your pets at home if you have to go for an errand.
I got the photo from Facebook and give credit to the owner. I think, we should do this if there is an irresponsible pet owner out there who leaves their dog inside a hot car and not be guilty about doing so.
Photo credit: yahoo images and I added the text
When you’re about to take that vacation and you need to leave your dog behind, your best option is to find a kennel. There are a lot of kennels in Los Angeles, and you want to be sure to find one that you can trust. Your dog needs to be comfortable while you are gone and you need to be relaxed on vacation rather than worrying about how your dog is doing. To find a quality kennel, look for the following things:
Finding the Perfect Kennel
When you go looking for a kennel, you will need to keep your budget in mind. Find the highest price that you are willing to pay and find kennels in the area that offer their services within your budget. You can call around to find out what the prices are for your dog’s stay. Find a few kennels that you are interested in and take your dog in to visit each one. The people there should be friendly and helpful. They should give your dog a warm welcome. This shows that they care about each dog that comes into their kennel. Ask for a tour of the kennel. The conditions should be fairly clean – dogs should be in cages that are comfortable and large enough to roam. Ask what exercise and food your dog will get each day. Your dog should get some time to run around and play each day, and should have proper water and food. Some kennels even offer grooming or other services. Ask to see where your dog will spend most of his or her time. It should be in an area where your dog will not be antagonized by other dogs.
After you have taken your vacation, ask about how your dog was during the stay. You can expect your dog to whine or be generally unhappy the first time you leave because he or she may be confused. However, if you really like this kennel out of all the kennels in Los Angeles, use the same one each vacation you take. This will give your dog some regularity and he or she will get used to it over time.
The weather in the Middle East during summer months can be unforgiving especially to our four legged pals. It becomes hot, humid and very sticky so imagine the condition of your furry pals when summer comes. Their furs will mat or become clumpy, their paws can get burned from the heat of the sidewalk and sand or the weather can pose other health risks just like the humans’ reaction to the extreme weather.
I want to spare my pooch from the intense heat outside and overheating so I consulted a professional pet groomer whether to have her coat shaved. I trust their professional opinion and have sent my little dog for a shave-down.
Not all shave-downs are great for dogs depending on the breed, type of coat and lifestyle. Since my Millie normally stays indoors and we walk her in a covered parking lot, it is okay for her to have her coat shaved. I also want her coat to grow back again without the stain from her urine, food and tears around the eyes area. She is a Bichon so I want her coat to be like that of a Bichon, white with a small patch of peach fuzz.
See the before and after of my Millie. She looks very different but at least she won’t be feeling very hot due to the extreme temperature here.
(Photo borrowed from my other blog)
So, if you are considering to have your pets shaved for the hot summer months, consider the factors I have mentioned above and speak to your vet or professional groomer if this is advisable.
Each time we go on vacation, Millie has to be left to a relative who will watch, feed and take care of her while we are away. I do feel guilty leaving her behind but we cannot take her to our long trips abroad because it is just not practical.
I think, Millie knows when we are going for a long vacation. Every time we pack our luggages, she will watch intently, gazing on the clothes we are putting in the luggages and she will sniff like crazy. I know and feel that she will be left again to the care of someone not her “mommy and daddy.”
I am sorry to do that but we need to go on our family trips too. If there are no regulations about taking pets to long haul flights without being subjected to quarantine policies, I will definitely take her with me in a heart beat.
So, when we came back from leave, our little “diva dog” was whimpering and sounded hoarse when she greeted us. I can feel the love and longing that she had bottled up for 10 days. She jumped and hugged our legs and even slept next to us, as if to make sure that we will not leave her again or at least, not soon.