I’ll tell you why Brick and Mortar are DOOMED!

October 12, 2013

Today I went looking for a good quality ear wash for my dog.

I did research online. Many, MANY dog forums recommend Zymox or EpiOptic by Virbac.

Can I find it? NO! You know why? Because PetCo only carries their own brand and a bunch of unknown brands that are probably crap as I’ve never heard of them and they weren’t mentioned online EVER. So I got to PetSmart and they only have ONE, not Zymox or Virbac and they were OUT.

So I’m going online and I’m buying it from AMAZON. In the meantime, I’ll flush his ears with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and lukewarm water.

FUCK PetCo (who just bought out Pet People so I couldn’t go there anymore either) and PetSmart. This is the result of big corporations pushing out the little Mom and Pop local stores. If PetPeople was there, I’d try there. But the small stores are being driven out of business by the likes of PetCo and PetSmart and then they only stock their private labels and crap brands that are worse. And we the consumers end up with very little to choose from. What happened to protections from monopolies?

If you want to get the BEST for your dog, you have to order it online.

So let the Brick and Mortar stores scream about losing business to the internet. As far as I’m concerned, they can all go bankrupt and it won’t bother me a bit. They don’t carry what I want, why should I pay them any money for what I don’t want?

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Pet treats

February 8, 2013

You can make these for cats, horses, whatever. Just change the size and shape of the cookie cutter.

 

Home Made Doggie Cookies

 

2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 cup Non Fat Dry Milk Powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 TBSP Butter

1 egg

1 cup cold water

1 tsp nutritional yeast

3 tsp Wheat Germ

 

Cream butter and egg until well blended. Sift flour, milk powder, salt, yeast and wheat germ together. Add flour mix and cold water alternately to butter and egg mixture. Knead 2-3 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Dip cookie cutter in flour and cut out dog biscuits. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

 

 

Whole Grain Doggie Cookies

 

2 cups whole grain flour- whole wheat, rice, 12 grain, whatever you’ve got

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 tsp salt free herbal seasonings such as Mrs Dash or 2 TBSP parsley, chives or pet’s favorite herb.

2 gloves garlic, minced

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup liquid- water, milk, vegetable, chicken or beef stock.

1 tsp bonemeal – NOT from garden supply! Get it from a health food store.

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, cornmeal, bonemeal, garlic, herbal seasonings and/or herbs together. Add the beaten egg, oil and liquid. Mix well ( a food processor or an electric mixer works well here). If the batter is ever too stiff, add a little liquid. For dog treats: roll out on a floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes using any cookie cutter, a dog bone-shaped one is nice. Place the treats on a cookie sheet about 1/2″ apart. Bake the treats for 1/2 an hour or until golden brown. When finished baking, turn the oven off and leave the treats in the oven another 1/2 hour to harden.

Makes about 4 dozen 4″ dogbone shaped treats.


Petting for dummies

January 21, 2013

How to pet your cat. Or as cats would refer to it: Petting for Dummies (or humans).

Dogs are another story. To them this is being blessed by the gods.

Credit goes to Huffingtonpost. 


The intelligence of dogs.

July 24, 2011

We dog owners know the truth. Dogs are intelligent. They’re sneaky. They’re manipulative. If you’re stupid you’re not likely to feel guilty over doing something you know you shouldn’t have done. Dogs wear their guilt on their sleeves. Any dog owner who has come home from work has just to take one look at their dog’s face before they *know* and go looking for the damage.

I was unloading the car today and set some things inside the gate, going back for another load.

When I was bringing things in I noticed the plastic bread bag my Mother had given me was torn and lying in the back yard. It had contained beef rib bones for my dog. The little sneak had stolen it. He had two bones out already. I took the rest back, rebagged them and put them in the freezer. I told him he could have the two dirty ones he had left in the dirt.

He spent the afternoon working on them. Not just any old chewing. No sir. My dog has learned to use “tools”. He picked the bone up and laid it on the rim of the fountain. (Dry because the pump needs replacing. ) He then held it with a paw and with the bone hanging over the edge, proceeded to gnaw on it. This was not by chance but by design. He held it with his left paw, gnawing on the right. He then switched to his right paw and gnawed on the left. He even slid it over and held it to the sides with the bone sticking up to chew on like a lollipop.

Now he may not have built the fountain, but he recognized a use for it for a specific purpose. It was just the right height so he could chew while standing up.

I used to think my dog was pretty stupid, being part Afghan Hound and they score pretty far down the dog intelligence scale.

But now I’m not so sure. I think he’s a lot smarter than I give him credit for. He’s certainly got me trained.


It’s Hachiko Day.

April 8, 2011

Today is the day many dog owners make a pilgrimage to Tokyo’s Shibuya station to honor Hachiko, the most loyal dog of Japan.

hachiko

Like Greyfriar’s Bobby and Shep, Hachiko waited faithfully for his master to return for over a decade. In honor of his loyalty a statue of him was erected outside the station. It is a popular meeting point.

statue

Today is the day set aside to remember Hachiko, a most loyal dog.


Musings on dogs

August 10, 2010

I’ve been sleeping in this summer. My dog, who sleeps in the bed with me, loves this. He stays until I’m awake, looks to make sure I am awake and he has caught my eye, then he rolls over and exposes his belly for rubs.

I rub his belly, which he loves. He tilts his head way back and I rub his neck from chin to chest. He’ll also head butt me wanting head hugs and for me to rub his face from nose back and forth, across his eyes to his ears.

I got to thinking.

Dogs can’t do these things for themselves. They also don’t do it for each other. Not really. Not like a person can.

I also got to thinking about skin hunger. It’s something humans have; the need for touch. They’ve done studies. Babies deprived of cuddling, fondling, touching fail to thrive. If you don’t die from skin hunger, it certainly effects your well-being and mental health in a negative manner.

Could animals have skin hunger too? I see them rubbing and cuddling on TV. Cows lick their calves. Cats lick each other and rub the legs of their slaves, er, owners.

Could skin hunger be one of the reasons dogs became domesticated? Along with all of the other reasons, could it be that dogs found that the touch of humans relieved their skin hunger in a way that their fellow pack could not?


Everyone could use a smile.

May 9, 2009

bulldog_smileI found this today.

This is the best smiling dog I’ve ever seen. Granted nature helped this bulldog along. But only so you can see his great smile.

This is one of many pictures submitted to and used by Imtiredonline to produce an anti-animal cruelty video. They decided that, rather than show sad, poor, mistreated dogs, they’d show happy dogs and remind us to be kind.

They’re making a second video and if you have a smiling pet, you can submit the photo for consideration. You can also vote for your favorites.

You can also view their first SMILE video.