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Monday, January 23, 2023

Winter care tips for dogs

January 23, 2023 0 Comments

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 winter?

Some dog breeds are blessed with thick fur that keeps them warm naturally, even in very cold temperatures, but dogs with thin coats may need to wear a sweater or coat when out for walks. However, coats will not prevent frostbite on the ears, feet or tail, so even with a warm coat, don’t keep your dogs with short/thin hair out too long in cold temperatures. Try to walk your dog/s in the late morning or early afternoon hours when temperatures are a little warmer, and avoid early morning or late evening walks. Don’t leave them outdoors for long periods

Rascal on a winter walk

Place your dog’s bed in a warm spot away from drafts, and add some blankets. Additionally, make sure you have pet-proof heaters and fireplaces to keep your pet out of harm’s way.

Just as we tend to develop foot cracks in winter, dogs can also suffer from cracked pads. You can massage coconut oil on your dog's paws and, you could also apply paw balm, such as this DIY vegan paw balm.

Enjoy the winter weather and pay attention to your pets' well-being by keeping them warm and safe.

Talk to you soon!


Sunday, January 01, 2023

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

January 01, 2023 0 Comments

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.

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 you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger A. Caras

“They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” – Jerome K. Jerome

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the centre of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” – Roger A. Caras

“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.” – W. Bruce Cameron

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner

“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman

“The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.” – Michel Houellebecq

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”– Orhan Pamuk

“You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” – Jill Abramson

I hope you enjoyed this post.

Talk to you soon!


Saturday, January 01, 2022

How to celebrate your dog's birthday | Rascal turns 3 today! 🐶🎂

January 01, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone, Happy New Year!

Today, the 1st of January is Rascal's third birthday! For those of you who do not know, Rascal is my stubborn Maltipoo. He is my first dog, and to be honest, I never thought I'd be one of those pet guardians that celebrate their dog's birthday. But, since Rascal is a New Year's pup, and my family and I always celebrate at home, we don't pass the opportunity to also celebrate his birthday. My father's birthday is on the 30th of December, so it's a three-day celebration at our house! My dad is Rascal's favourite person; it might have something to do with the fact that they are both Capricorns!

photo of @rascal.the.maltipoo

Birthdays are celebrated to make someone feel extra special on the anniversary of their birth. Dogs don't get it, so any birthday celebration is only for our amusement. Our dogs are part of the family, so when it comes to their birthday we want to make it special. There are plenty of fun and easy ways to make your dog’s birthday unforgettable. Here are some ideas:

Host a birthday party.

Invite some of your friends and family over, along with their furry friends. Make sure the dogs get along before inviting them to the party.

Let your dog pick out a gift.

If you are getting your dog an extra special present for their birthday, try letting them pick it out themselves.

photo of @rascal.the.maltipoo

Make a dog-friendly cake or treats.

You can show your dog some extra love on their birthday by making them a special treat. You can find plenty of recipes on the internet.

Prepare a homemade meal for your dog.

Rascal is a very picky eater but, he devours every meal I cook for him! Most dogs will prefer a home-cooked meal over kibble or wet food any day.

Explore a new trail with your dog.

You can make your walk extra special on their birthday by taking them somewhere brand new. Explore a new hiking trail together or take your dog to a new park. 

photo of @rascal.the.maltipoo

Pamper and spoil your dog.

Spoil your dogs and give them some extra love and attention on their birthday. Give them a nice homemade meal, an extra-long walk, a new toy, a relaxing massage, and extra cuddles.

On his birthday Rascal gets some presents, a homemade meal, a long walk and lots of cuddles! 

How do you celebrate your dog’s birthday? 

Monday, November 29, 2021

Holiday gift ideas for your dogs

November 29, 2021 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Since the holiday season has officially started, I want to share a few gift ideas with you. This year, I'm starting with holiday gift ideas for your dogs!

I always buy Christmas presents for Rascal and, I know that the majority of dog guardians (I don't like the word owners) do the same for their pets.
Rascal at Christmas 2020
Rascal - Christmas 2020

I always dress Rascal in cosy sweaters during the colder months, so a warm outfit is always number one on my list! Dogs can get cold, just like us! Small dogs, as well as dogs with short coats, feel the cold more sharply than larger dogs or breeds with thick coats. These dogs may need a sweater or coat when outside for extended periods during the winter.
Maltipoo in sweaters
Check out my picks:

Collars and accessories are a perfect gift for dogs that do not need or want to wear clothes.

Toys and treats are always good gift ideas that your furry friends will surely enjoy.

These are just a few gift ideas I wanted to share with you today. If you have pets, let me know if you buy them Christmas/holiday gifts?

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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

November 17, 2021 0 Comments

 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:

dog resting its head on a pillow

  1. Stay calm and give treats. Start with short sessions and reward your pet with praise or high-value treats. 
  2. 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 healthy. Use a dog hair detangler, if needed.
  3. Bathe regularly. You should bathe your dog about once a month unless it seems smelly or dirty.
  4. Do not skip the conditioner. If your dog has long hair, then a dog conditioner is a must. Long coats can quickly become tangled and prone to matting, so conditioning will make brushing easier.
  5. Remove tear stains. White dogs are more likely to have visible tear staining on their faces because the pigments in their tears can easily dye light-coloured fur. Also, dogs with long hair on their faces may be more prone to excessive tearing. I use a cotton disc to wipe Rascal's tear stains with Optrex Eye Wash. I tried tear stain remover wipes and pads but found that Optex is just as effective and less expensive. And it's perfectly safe to use on your dog.
  6. Trim nails regularly. Regular walks on cement roads and sidewalks can help wear down your dog’s nails. However, when you can hear your dog’s nail clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trim. Start by handling each paw and rewarding your pet with treats or praise when they remain calm. Then begin to touch the paw with the nail trimmer and follow with a reward. Work your way up to trimming a single nail. Then gradually trim more nails as your pet allows. 
  7. Use a scratch board. A scratch board is like a giant nail file for your dog! It's a flat board with sandpaper glued to it. Most dogs are comfortable dragging their nails across 30-40 grit sandpaper, which files down nails fast. This can be an alternative for dogs who are afraid of nail clippers!
  8. Avoid the quick. You’ll want to avoid cutting the quick, it includes a blood vessel and nerve and is easier to see on light dog nails. If your pet has dark nails, trim the very tip of each nail and continue making small cuts until you see a black dot in the centre of the nail. If your dog is using a scratch board, keep the sessions short to keep the dog from accidentally quicking his nails.
  9. Use ear hair powder. Shih Tzus, Poodles, Maltipoos and Bichon Frises are just some of the breeds that grow thicker hair inside their ears. Unfortunately, hair growing inside the ear can impede the flow of air that is needed to keep the ear passages dry. It can also trap excess ear wax, dirt, and debris. All of these can increase your dog’s risk of infection. Dog ear powder is used to make the removal of excess hair easier, by making the hair inside a dog's ear easier to grip. It can also help control ear odour and keep ears dry, helping to prevent infection.
  10. Do not neglect oral hygiene.  Not all dogs will accept a toothbrush in their mouth. Rascal hates his dog toothbrush and toothpaste, he runs away as soon as he sees them. As an alternative to brushing, rubbing coconut oil on your dog’s teeth and gums can assist with reducing plaque-causing bacteria. I use a finger toothbrush for dogs to massage the coconut oil on Rascal's teeth. Do not use human toothpaste!

This is a photo of Rascal before grooming!

And this is a photo of Rascal after grooming! He looks like a different dog!

Do you have a furry companion as well? Leave a comment with your pets' names below!

Talk to you soon!