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Winter care tips for dogs

Hello everyone! Winter weather is finally here. This week is forecasted to be yet another cold, windy and stormy one, here in Malta. I previously published articles about  preventing and soothing dry winter skin   and, I also shared  tips for staying hydrated during the colder months . Today, however, I want to focus on our beloved four-legged friends. Winter care tips for our dogs are fundamental to keeping them safe this season. Many dog owners mistakenly believe that because their pets have a coat of fur, they can tolerate the cold better than humans. This is not always the case. Like us, our pets are used to the warmth of indoor shelter, and cold weather can be as hard on them as it is on us.  If it’s too cold for you to stand outside without a coat, it’s probably too cold for your dog too, so pay attention to their behaviour while they're outdoors. If you notice your dog whining, shivering or appearing anxious, it’s time to bring them in. So how can we protect our dogs in wint

It's my dog's fourth (4th) birthday! 🎂

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Today my fur baby turned four! He was his usual happy and playful self and had 2 portions of a delicious home-cooked meal. Today Rascal was pampered by all his favourite humans and had a fun-filled day. He loved being the centre of attention! I loved this little creature from the first moment his round brown eyes met mine; almost four years ago. I brought him home at only seven weeks old. He will forever have a place in my heart, my house, and my bedroom, where he sleeps in his crate (next to my bed). And now, he also has a place in my room decor, with a few portraits. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rascal (@rascal.the.maltipoo) Humans and dogs have had a special bond for thousands of years. In fact,   human–canine bonding can be traced back to at least 15,000 years ago. For centuries, dogs have been considered  man's  best friend.  Here are some quotes that highlight this unbreakable bond: “If yo

Canine beauty routine | DIY tips for grooming your dog at home

  Hello everyone! All dog guardians know that our pups need a  beauty routine  too. Dogs are more than just man’s best friend; these furry companions are members of our family. And what proud pet guardian wouldn’t want their family to look their best?   Grooming consists of   several tasks . Rascal (my Maltipoo) needs regular grooming! I brush his coat daily, and at least two or three times a week, I need to clean his teeth and remove tear stains. He hates having his face touched, so this is a nightmare every time! Then, once a month, I bathe him, trim his nails, clean his ears and give him a haircut! Keep reading to see Rascal's before and after pictures... Here are ten (10) tips to help with at-home grooming: Stay calm and give treats.  Start with short sessions and reward your pet with praise or high-value treats.  Brush your pet regularly.  Just a few minutes of brushing helps remove dirt, excess hair, tangles and mats while distributing oils that help keep the skin and coat he

DIY: Vegan dog paw balm 🐾

Hello everyone! Today’s post is a little different then what I usually write about.  If you are a regular reader, you know that last year I became the proud guardian of a handsome Maltipoo!  Today’s post is a DIY recipe for our four-legged friends.   If you want to see more of him go follow  rascal.the.maltipoo on IG . If you are a dog owner or guardian , as I like to call myself, this is a DIY recipe just for you.    What is a paw balm: The term paw balm describes the category of skin care products designed with your dog's foot health in mind.  These  balms , creams, waxes, butters, and lotions protect, and in some cases, help heal your dog's dry, chapped, or cracked skin.   They form barriers and moisturise the feet .   A paw balm  can help prevent damage to the skin on your dog's  paw  pads, but it can also help to soothe and repair sore, damaged and cracked pads with its healing and moisturising properties.   When to use a paw balm: Dogs that go outside in