Sunday, April 26, 2015

12 puppies sleeping in adorable positions!

It’s the best time in the dog’s life, the puppyhood, when you see your dog exploring the world and do things for the first time. They do everything in their own cute way, and in those amazing photos you will see puppies sleeping in the cutest positions ever. you won’t stop smiling while seeing this!
1.”I like stretching my legs up, and never letting them down!”
2.”My stretching stops with my legs up, and then I take a nap. I’m too lazy to put them down again.”
3.”Who said sleeping must be with your legs down?”
4.”Part of my exercise, is taking my feet under my head. But I’m always too tired to put them down again.”
5.”So I saw my human sleeping in this position once…”
6.Another pup that was too lazy to put his legs and hands down from stretching!
7.He likes putting his paws on his feet in his sleep.
8.LOL! Sleeping like a true lady.
9.”Cover me up like a human would!”
10.That belly though!
11.She is the cutest!
12.He loves his daddy’s shoulders!
Big dogs like Saint Bernard and Mastiffs, sleep for about 18 hours, which is very close for cats that sleep for 16 hours. All dogs sleep more than humans which affects the activity level in their day, also the more activities they do, the more sleep they will need. Mostly dogs are sleeping about 50% of their day, and 30% of the day resting, they will be awake but without doing any activity and they are active only for 20% where it is time for exercising and playing, so dogs sleep about 12 to 14 hours, but for puppies, you will also find that they sleep about 18 hours. So if your pet is sleeping more or less than the average, don’t panic, it will be different from every pet to the other

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

7 Things Your Senior Dog Would Like to Tell You

Having a dog is one of the best things in the world, but it isn’t without its downsides. One of the worst aspects of having a dog as a family member is watching them age relatively quickly. Most dogs enter their senior years at around 7 years old, a little sooner for larger dog breeds. They begin to slow down, they may gain weight more easily, their senses start to dull. An older dog’s behavior will give you plenty of hints as to what he needs, but sometimes it helps to put it in words. If your senior dog could talk, here are a few things he or she would most likely tell you.

'I can't see as well anymore. I can’t hear as well either.'
If you think your dog is starting to ignore you, you may actually find that he simply doesn't hear you calling, or he can’t see the ball you threw in what you thought was plain sight. Often, owners don’t notice the signs that a dog is losing his sight or hearing until the loss is severe. One of the signs may initially look like aggression — if a person comes up and touches the dog without the dog noticing the approach, the dog may react out of defensive surprise. This could also be because the touch caused pain in arthritic or sensitive areas, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

In the case of hearing loss, one of the ways you can prepare for a smooth transition to deafness is to start training with hand signals early. When your dog knows hand signals well, it won’t matter as much that he can’t hear what you’re asking of him. And many dogs who are hard of hearing can still detect vibration, so you can get your dog's attention by using hand claps, knocking on a hard surface or some other noise-making strategy.

Vision loss is another problem with subtle signs. If your dog becomes more clumsy, can’t find food or water dishes, doesn’t want to move around as much, or is easily startled, a loss of vision could be the culprit. If your vet determines that the behavior changes are indeed due to weakening vision, there are some work-arounds that might help your dog. The ASPCA recommends clearing clutter from the floor, marking different rooms with different scents or with differently textured rugs so your dog recognizes which room he's in by smell or touch, blocking off dangerous areas such as pools, and keeping familiar things like furniture and food and water dishes in the same place.

'I am a little more anxious now.'
Senior dogs often have a harder time handling stress. Things that weren’t issues before may become so, such as separation anxiety (even to the point of being anxious at night because you’re asleep and not alert to them), visitors entering the home, interacting with new dogs, new noise phobias or simply acting more irritated or agitated than usual. Some dogs might become more clingy while other dogs might want to be left to themselves more often.

Though much of this can be chalked up to dulled senses and increased pain, it's important to rule out medical issues for anxiety. If you notice anxious or more aggressive behavior, visit your vet immediately so your dog gets a full examination to make sure there isn’t a pressing medical issue at the root of the changes.

If it is indeed simply the effects of aging, you can help reduce your dog’s anxiety by keeping floors free up clutter, taking more frequent short walks or playing games or food puzzles to increase his mental stimulation, allow him extra space away from strangers or stimulation when in public, keeping a consistent routine so he knows what to expect during the day, and continuing to work with separation training for when you’re away (or asleep!). Most importantly, you want to be as patient as possible, since your dog can still pick up on your mood and that can add to his anxiety.

'I get cold more easily now.'
There's a reason why older dogs like warm cozy beds — it's not as easy to regulate body temperature. A dog who could handle hanging outside all day on a chilly day will likely need a sweater when out and a bit more time inside with a bed close to the heater. Helping your dog keep his body temperature up will help minimize joint and muscle stiffness, and even help him stave off illnesses since his body won’t be focused entirely on staying warm. Closely monitor your pet’s environmental temperature and watch him for signs of being chilly. If your dog needs a little extra help staying warm, there are of course a huge array of sweaters for when your dog is outside. When indoors, you can help by putting the dog's bed close to a heat source, or providing a heating pad that can be plugged in to provide consistent warmth. Watch, though, that your dog is not getting too warm, especially if you're using an electric heating pad. Carefully monitor that the blanket is warm, not hot.

'I can't move as well as I used to because my joints hurt.'
Arthritis and joint pain are common problems for aging dogs. Whether it’s an old injury that begins to flare up more often or arthritis that continues to worsen, joint pain can cause a number of problems for an older dog from difficulty getting into the car or down the stairs to being able to move around in cold weather. To stave off joint issues for as long as possible, it’s a great idea to give your dog chondroitin and glucosamine supplements starting early, even as young as a couple years of age.

When joint pain sets in, anti-inflammatory pain relievers prescribed by a vet could be helpful. You can also provide ramps where a dog needs to climb stairs, take shorter but more frequent walks, provide opportunities to swim or have other non-impactful exercise, provide him with an orthopedic bed and elevated food and water dishes, and even simple measures like not calling him to come to you when he's lying down unless it’s necessary.

'I may have the same appetite, but I can’t burn calories like I used to'
Obesity is one of the main health issues for older dogs, and it can cause myriad other health problems from exacerbating joint pain and breathlessness to causing heart or liver issues. The reason older dogs tend to become obese is not only because their energy level and activity decrease, but also because their general caloric needs shift.

When humans age, our metabolism slows down and we need less food to maintain a consistent weight. It’s the same with dogs. Though they may act just as hungry and treat-crazed as ever, their body isn’t burning the calories the same way, so they gain weight. You may find it’s time to shift to dog foods designed for senior dogs, which have fewer calories, more fiber and less fat, and extra nutritional supplements. You may find that you need to minimize the treats that you dole out throughout the day.

'I get confused sometimes and may forget some of our old rules.'
A loss of cognitive ability is common with aging. Your dog may forget simple things like how to navigate around an obstacle or even get lost in areas he's not familiar with or not recognize people he knows. He may have a harder time performing tasks or learning new tricks. In fact, he may forget behaviors he's known for a long time such as being house trained. Bathroom accidents may become more common. No matter what, if your dog starts to act strangely or has behavior changes, have him checked out by a vet to be sure of the cause, which could be more than simply aging. But if it does come down to getting older, you can help your dog with medications and supplements as well as simply being more patient with him and helping him when he gets confused or lost.

'I need a little extra care in grooming these days.'
Older dogs often experience changes in skin, coat and even their nails. Their skin can become dry and their coat more coarse. A supplement of coconut or salmon oil with meals can go a long way to solving the problem. But the dog's skin can also become more thin, so injury may be more likely. It’s important to take extra care when the dog is playing or out on a hiking trail that he isn’t hurt. Meanwhile the dog's nails can become brittle. Your dog will need more frequent nail trimmings since he isn't filing down his nails through activities, so it’s important to take extra care with pedicures.

Because an older dog might not be as likely or as able to do his own grooming, you may need to increase how many times a week you brush out his coat and help him to stay clean. It’s a great opportunity to bond with one another, as well as a chance for you to check for any new lumps, bumps or pains your dog may be having that might need to be checked out.

There are many more things to keep an eye out for as your dog ages, including good dental care to avoid gum disease, a diet that fulfills all of his unique nutritional needs, and watching for other common issues of aging from liver disease to diabetes to more difficulty fighting off illnesses. Though it may sound like a lot of work to care for your dog as he hits the senior years, such devotion has its own special rewards, including knowing that you’ve done everything you can for a companion that has been dependent on you from day one.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Strawberry Dog Treats

Strawberry Dog Treats Ingredients:

  • ½ cup diced strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Strawberry Dog Treats Directions:

    Mash bananas and strawberries.
    Add in flour, oatmeal, and yogurt. Stir until well combined.
    Turn dough out onto well floured counter, dough will be sticky.
    Flatten to 1/4” with your floured hands or rolling pin.
    Cut shapes with cookie cutters or use a small cup for circles.
    Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
    Bake in oven preheated to 350° F for 15-17 minutes until golden and still slightly soft.
    Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. 


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Once Called Gargoyle This Dog Is Deformed From Living In A Small Cage. Now He’s Got A Second Chance.

This dog was called Gargoyle because his body is deformed from being forced to grow up in a cage that was too small for him. But he’s now got a second chance and a new name – Landis.

The young Pit bull was rescued by Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs after they received a plea from a shelter.

“Heartbreaking” doesn’t seem an adequate word to describe what happened to Landis. The rescue group saved him in mid-December, 2014 and wrote on their Facebook page about how they reacted upon first taking him:

“With all the horror stories we have seen and shared this year, words like “heartbreaking” don’t seem to mean much anymore. It’s really sad, as we shouldn’t have to use them so often.

“That said, there really is no better word to describe “Gargoyle” who we received a plea on from a GA shelter last night. This sweetheart of a boy is said to be 1-2 years old and as you can see, he is dwarfed. He is emaciated, his legs are basically, folded in half and his spine is curved. To look at him, you would guess he’d been forced to grow up in & live in a small cage. Well, guess what, you’d be right!! Where do these monsters come from that walk among us?!

“After feeling heartbroken, the next normal response is anger. How could anyone do this, how could this possibly have been allowed to happen?! And, it makes one feel even worse because this boy is a complete mush. You’d think he’d be angry and frustrated and difficult, but he’s not. Like most abused dogs we meet, he just wants to give and receive love.

“Sadly, we cannot spare him the pain he’s already lived, but we can get him the medical attention he urgently needs and help him have the best future possible!”

Landis will have a long recovery ahead, but he is surrounded by love and care. He visited an orthopedic specialist who noted that Landis’ legs have improved already from the time he was rescued and the doctor believes his legs will continue to improve.

The  specialist’s recommendation was to not proceed with surgery at this time because the surgery is very painful, and Landis is regaining muscle tone in his legs on his own.

Landis’ legs have begun to improve.

“His legs will never be perfect, but Landis is happy and not in pain and that is what is most important,” wrote Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs.

Instead, Landis needs a home where he will not be forced to walk on concrete or hard surfaces, which has a backyard with lots of soft grass. And Landis has found that perfect home!

Landis’ muscle tone continues to improve.

Landis has been adopted and his new home sounds ideal. Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs  let everyone know, “He is going to Mass, near Cape Cod. He is minutes from the beach (sand will be great for his legs), has a large fenced in back yard & will immediately start hydrotherapy 5 minutes from his new home! He will have 2 rescue siblings and a new mom who is home to tend to his needs.
Landis has found the perfect forever family.

Landis and his forever family.

“I have made great progress today. I’m getting the hang of potty training in just one day and I love to sit in my Mom’s lap and chew on my toys. I’m even learning how to play ball!”

After 3 months with his new family, Landis is walking “all the way up” on his paws and his limbs are getting stronger every day.

He’s made remarkable progress and looks so good now!

Landis before and after

I’m so happy for Landis! Thank goodness there are kind-hearted, compassionate people in the world to help save dogs like Landis from such terrible abuse!

Please share Landis’ story with your friends and family.