In the Garbage?

Dogs in the garbage? Ya right that doesn’t really happen…..right?!?

It happens more than some may think. If you have a four legged fur ball friend, you’ve probably experienced this on at least one occasion…. amiright?

We had a petrified reader reach out with her scary experience. Her two dogs devoured the garbage. Not only was there a huge mess, but some lethargic pups along with it. Let’s hear from Jamie.

Oh my gosh, I was totally freaking out. My boyfriend and I left for a few hours. Thinking he was doing good, he got the garbage ready to take out…but left it downstairs tied up when we left. We cam home to a torn up bag and chaos spewed across the kitchen floor. What was also on the floor was the plastic container that the remains of a whole chicken was left in… but no longer existed.

So we compost the majority of our left over food and food waste. We do not compost our chicken bones, with the primary reason is that our compost sits in our backyard and our curious dogs sometimes find their way into it. We all know no chicken bones for dogs…bad, bad, bad. So we threw the old chicken bones away.  Well good that did us! They ate every last scrap of bone!

They both were a little nervous cause I was mad, but they seemed additionally quiet. We have a small Bijoun/terrier, and a large Pitbull/bulldog mix. Grace, our bigger dog, was a little better than the little one.

I went into panic mode, especially after googling dog ate chicken bones. I began to think her breathing sounded different. My boyfriend called the emergency vet (it was like 9pm at night). They said watch for diarrhea, or constipation, and vomiting.

That we did, we slept horribly, “checking on her” throughout the nite, and smelling what the chicken bones (that were old)  did to their systems. Yes, our dogs had horrible, horrible gas. I apologize as it’s somewhat gross, but we were seriously surprised at the stink.

Morning comes and they seemed a lot better…thank goodness!  I came across, and read the last hot tub post. I was praying that the would be the least of my worries!

My advice to everyone is to

-remember that tied up trash bag before you leave your house if you have dogs

-don’t panic. Watch for lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea. Call an emergency vet with concerns or questions.

-be prepared to keep all windows open!

My boyfriend assured me they would be fine that dogs are tougher than we think. Maybe they are, but I’m not when it comes to my dogs, they are my babies!!

Keep your pup warm in the cold

As the winter months near, we thought it would be a good idea to provide some great information for new dog owners, or offer a refresh to those of you that are seasoned pros.

It’s easy for us at humans to take all of the necessary precautions to prevent us from freezing or suffering from hypothermia. We can layer our, purchase warm socks, drink a cup of hot joe or cider, and curl of next to the fireplace.  It is not quite as easy for man’s best friend. What this means for us is that we need to be aware of what keep are pups warm and healthy.

Whether you live in a warm state and need to take precautions from overheating and dehydrating, or you live in a winter wonderland and need to take precautions of hypothermia and keeping your dog warm, the bottom line is we need to be aware of a few things.

A dogs body temperature is higher than that of a humans. On average it is about 101-102 degrees. That means they can overheat fast and withstand cooler weather a bit better. However, like humans there is to cold for them as well. If their body temperature drops below 99 degrees,  or over 103 degrees, it can be very dangerous for their health. It make it our responsibility as pet owners to keep their body temps in a safe range, between 99.5-103 degrees. Below or above that is very unhealthy for your animal. You should seek immediate professional assistance and take them to a vet as soon as possible.

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Your Pup and the Hot Tub…Is it Ok?

hot-tubs-and-your-dogWe had a reader email us and ask, “Is it ok to Let my dog chill with me in my hot tub?  I reside in Colorado and just recently purchased a new Hot Tub.  I really want to know about the safety of my dog soaking and swimming with me in my spa.

We decided to reach out to the experts. We contacted Rick, a Colorado native, and owner of Patio Splash Hot Tub & Spas to ask him his opinion. Rick has been in the industry for many years, and to our advantage happens to be a dog owner.

Rick offers the following knowledge and advice to pet owners.

Although it may seem that your dog can do all that you do, sometimes they just can not or should not. A hot tub may be one of those things that you should think about and take a few things into consideration before allowing the fun begin. Let’s talk about why.  There are 3 things to take into consideration. The safety of your pet, you, and your hot tub or spa.

Here are a few factors that may affect the safety of both you and your pet….and your hot tub.

Heat. (be cautious for your dog) A hot tub can be just that…hot. The average temperature a hot tub is kept at is 102 degrees. A dog’s body temperature is higher than a human’s and they can easily heat up and quickly overheat.  Be mindful of your animals current condition and the temperature of you spa. Do not let your dog overheat.

Chemicals. (be cautious for your dog) Chemicals are used in both pools and spas to keep them clean and sanitary. These sanitizing chemicals can prove to harsh for your dogs eyes, skin, and ingestion. They may easily want to lap the water up and especially if they begin to over heat or dehydrate.

Cleanliness. (be cautious for you and your Hot Tub). Dogs are not always the cleanest, unless you bath regularly.  They can create additional dirt, residue and hair in your hot tub. This may agitate your skin, as well as your hot tubs cleanliness. Be careful of hair build up that can potentially and easily clog drains.

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What To Do With Hard to Train Dogs?


Regardless of how much we love our pet friends, a stubborn, hard to train dog can be extremely frustrating. It may seem like a a natural, easy fiet at first, being dogs are trained all the time, but then the frustration sets in.

First of all it’s important to realize that what may work for one breed of dog, may not work for another. Specific breeds tend to be more stubborn and harder to train, although that doesn’t mean that they can’t be trained. They may just need a bit more consistency and perseverance.

So what do you do?

The way you communicate with the animal and the consistency of communication are two big aspects to proper training. It’s easy to get lazy and lax with training, but when it comes to these adopting these two errors, be open to “untrained” possibilities.

Realizing that it’s not the dog, it’s what you do or haven’t done, along with mastering a few key concepts will make you and your pooch both happy.

  • Consistency. It’s easy to begin to teach your dog basic commands or even more advanced training. When it seems like they get what’s going on it’s all easy to go on autopilot.  This can begin to show in the response times of your commands. It’s important to continue with consistency, even the most basic of training principles.
  • Training Session Length. Training your dog takes consistency. Training to long or to little can both have negative impacts on your goal. Training to long can undo any positive responses, while training to short may not develop the action trying to be taught. Action, success, reward. Repeat a few times for consistency, and then end the session. Repeat throughout the day.
  • Balance Praise and Treats.  Communicating with your dog through praise and appreciation is essential for long term success. Treats are a great way to begin training, but relying on treats only will actually begin to defeat your success. A dog can become so fixated on what they are getting that they lose focus of what should be done. Develop a balance.
  • Create Calm. Being overly emotional when in training mode can prove to be emotional…for both you and your dog. Often as humans we will train or pets in the moment of frustration or anger, when we are fed up. Or if they do or don’t listen we immediately become abundant with positive or negative emotion. Setting the tone with a calm, neutral demeanor plays a big role in training ol’ fido.
  • Be Confident.  Your dog understands energy more than you may think. Exuding confidence is a very big part in gaining and keeping authority. It also prepares you for handling situations. Remember confidence does not mean aggression.  Make sure you are confident in both what you do and what your dog will do.

Patience and consistence or very important when you are training your dog. Remember that you are the one in control of the situation. You are in control of developing the responses and actions you want. Although it’s easy to blame the dog, you are the human who opted for the animal and is setting the tone of actions.  Set the right training tone with your pup!

Remember to train safely and be mindful of heat exhaustion, dehydration and over heating in your dog.

Overheated Awareness

A dog over heating is more common then you realize. Over heating is a condition that can quickly become life threatening for your pooch.  As humans we often push ourselves beyond our own means.  We can communicate in language what’s going on and how we feel, but remember dogs cannot. Dogs internal body temperature is higher than ours and their ability to cool down, is less than ours. The lack of sweat glands like humans have leaves dogs only able to pant to cool down.  That can prove to be not enough and over heating can easily happen.

The first thing of importance is to be aware of the harmful potential of overheating.The second thing of importance is what to do to prevent it from happening. We have put together a list of ways to prevent overheating in your animal.

Don’t leave your pet in a hot car or a hot room. May seem obvious, but many people still do this.  On a hot day (especially in some states ex: Arizona, the temperature outside is already hot. The interior of a car can quickly add another 10-30 degrees to the ambient temperature. That means that even in 85 degree weather, the temperature can quickly rise to dangerous numbers.

Don’t walk your dog on outside on hot days. They can both burn their feet and quickly overheat. remember that if it’s hot for your feet, it’s hot for your dogs.

Always have fresh water on hand.  Dogs can easily become dehydrated and this can add to heat exhaustion and over heating.  Always have water available for your dog. This will help ensure they do not dehydrate.

Pay Attention. Some dogs love to run until they are exhausted. Although it may seem good for them and harmless, they can quickly over heat or experience heat exhaustion. If you are on an outdoor excursion and there is a body of water nearby, encourage your dog to submerge into the water. This will help them cool down. It is important to pay attention to signs and symptoms. Below will give you what to watch for.

Signs of Overheating or Heat Exhaustion.

  • Panting
  • Disorientation
  • Fast, Loud Breathing
  • Collapsing
  • Vomiting
  • Bright Red Gums

Signs of Dehydration. The loss of water and electrolytes can easily happen to your animal too. Dehydration, if left untreated, can be extremely dangerous and create a host of sever problems. Watch for dehydration in your animal.

  • Dry mouth, gums, and nose
  • Poor elasticity in their skin
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Lethargy

Although summer is nearing and end, dehydration and over heating can still easily happen. Use caution and awareness to help prevent these issues and keep your dog healthy and safe.

Always contact us with questions, comments or concerns!

Dog Health & Home Health

It’s great to enjoy the company of our four legged friends, but there are a few things to keep in mind for the overall health of your home and your pet, especially when it comes to plumbing.

From puppies teething to animal anxiety and pet hair, there are many things that can affect the plumbing of your home, as well as keeping your animal safe from harmful objects and toxins. These easy suggestions will help keep you home and pet healthy. We would like to say thank you to Cure All Plumbing, a dog loving, plumbing company in Arizona, for writing in and suggesting we cover this topic. They have tended to many animal related plumbing problems and informed us that a few simple precautions can make a difference.

Key things to help keep your home pet proof and your dog safe.

  1. Strain Your Drain. Do you bathe your pooch in the tub or sink? Pet hair easily begins to build up and can quickly clog your drains.  It’s important to get a drain strainer to collect pet hair from clogging your plumbing. *If you happen to use a chemical drain de-clogger (not recommended), be careful that your pets (dogs & cats) do not get into it. Close off the area you are de-clogging.
  2. Protect Your Pipes. Exposed PVC pipes can look like a fun thing to chew if you are a teething, bored or anxious pet. If you notice exposed pipes, providing a protector or barrier can save your pipes from becoming a chew toy, and any future headaches. Also watch for your dog digging in the back yard. A pipe that was once not expsed can easily become exposed!
  3. Toilet Lids Down. Many pets love lapping up toilet water. They may even drink out of the bowl unaware to you. Keeping the toilet lid down protects your pet from toxins and harsh chemicals used to clean your toilets. Residues left over from these cleaners can pose a threat to the health of your pet if ingested.
  4. Sprinkler System Security. Yep your loving pooch may also love a good chew on your irrigation system. So what can you do? Well you can bury the system, making it out of sight (just make sure it is not dug up), you can monitor all outdoor trips your dog makes (a bit of a headache), you could possibly keep them leashed from reaching the system, or you could invest in some doggie training.

Although the above suggestions are not guaranteed to keep our furry friends out of mishchief, these tips offer a few easy, preventative measures to apply to keep both your dog and your home your healthy.  It is easy to overlook simple things that can turn into situations that can pose a threat to your animals health, create big disasters, as well as unwanted money spent.

We hope you’ve enjoyed todays post! of you have questions or suggestions for a future post, please contact us! We love feedback and ideas:)

Best Family Breeds

Do you want to find the right dog for your family? A dog is a friend and soon becomes the family friend. Your dog joins you for all the family holidays (including all the dinner table disagreements), family vacations and more. It’s important to pick out the right furry four legged canine. So what breeds are best for families? Of course we also think adopting a pet from a shelter is the best way to go. However, shelters and animal welfare leagues cannot guarantee the breed you seek.

If it’s time to find the families next best friend, we have put together a list of five breeds that are great for moms, dads, kids, and family fun. Please remember every dog is unique and these are recommended breeds. Always do your research and make sure if you have other animals, your new dog will be compatible.

Five breeds that families will love

  • Golden Retrievers– Bet you guessed these golden beauties. Retrievers are loyal, dedicated and friendly. They are great with kids, love to play, love the water and wear Santa Hats well.
  • Collies– Does Lassie come to mind? For most of us Lassie is the iconic Collie. Collies are beautiful and graceful. They offer a devoted friendship to the whole family. They love activity, but can also loved to good long rub on the couch.
  • French Bull Dogs– These little guys are not only cute, but can cuddle on your lap as well. They have a moderate amount of energy, but being they are smaller they are more manageable. They are playful and quickly adapt to the whole family.
  • Beagles– Small and energetic, beagles have enough energy to keep up with the kids.  Although at times they can be a little stubborn, they quickly bond and become the families best friend.
  • Irish Wolfhounds- Wolfhounds are larger breeds and need a bit more exercise. If your family loves to be outdoors, these dogs make great companions. Don’t worry, they love being lazy too. So a day at the park and a nigh ton the couch watching movies, make these breeds great. Being easy to train, a great exercise pal, as we as a loyal couch potato, make Irish Wolfhounds are great family dog.

As with any dog, each animal has their own personality. It is important to understand this. Although these breeds are recommended, each dog is different. Love, training, attention, environment, and exercise all always important in rearing any dog.

Thanks for reading!

A Dog is a Friend

Often times people ask me why it is that I love dogs so much. To be honest, this is a silly question in my opinion, because there is so many things to love about dogs and it’s weird to me if you do not see that. That’s at least how I feel. However many people are not dog people, and I respect that. But it seems impossible to resist the lovability that dogs are constantly throwing at you. It’s literally like having a little kid want to play with you and just brushing them off. For me I cannot just brush that off, and in fact I constantly adore the love and attention of dogs (and kids, but we’re talking about dogs here). They have this genuine desire to love and be loved, without all the contingencies and emotions of a human relationship. Humans are complicated and sometimes just being friends with another human is overly complex. So many ways to interpret the way someone said something, or how they meant it, and an overload of un talked about feelings and emotions. Where as with a dog it’s like everyones only got short term memory. If the dog disobeys you and makes you angry you don’t hold a grudge against your dog, you deal with your frustration in the moment and then get over it, and vice versa. If your dog is upset you disciplined them or yelled at them, they are still ready to play and cuddle immediately after you forgive them. Of course there can be some long term frustration with a pet if they constantly disobey you, but most often times all these frustrations subside.

I like to say that dogs are the embodiment of unconditional love. They can turn the worst of days around, and will love you even when everyone else doesn’t. They are loyal, and just yearn for your attention and love.

I say, if you are looking for a friend, then rescue a dog, that’s at least what I do.

PS. I do have real bipedal friends too…they’re just not as fun lol.

Try & Rescue

We understand that certain people love specific breeds of dogs, for example me, I love dachshunds. However what I have found over the years is that there is so much to love about every single breed of dog. It’s easy to get caught in the specific traits of one dog breed and thing you can’t live with out it, such as the weiner shape of my little dachshunds. But what I have found over the years is that it is equally easy to love specific traits of just about any other dog. The only parameters I can see someone put on what type of dog to choose would be size, since certain living spaces such as apartments wont allow big dogs. However I have seen strict small dog lovers become big dog lovers once they were exposed to the lovability of a big dog, and vice versa. In my opinion you shouldn’t put any sort of labels on what types of dogs you like, because chances are you can fall in love with just about any dog.

I bring this up because I think it is important for people to consider rescuing or adopting their next dog. There are thousands, if not millions of dogs throughout the United States that do not have homes and are either struggling on the street, or in the pound waiting to be euthanized. Most of these dogs have never been given a chance and are waiting to be part of a loving family. The gratitude and love felt by these dogs is incredible, and the bond they form with you is unbreakable. And you would be surprised by the quantity and variety of breeds that are in shelters and pounds just waiting to be taken home.

There are tons of great resources online to help you find your next rescue. In addition to local adoption agencies that preview pets once a week at your local pet store, there are also websites like

& more to find your next rescue.

People have gotten carried away with breeding and profitability it offers, andmany times negligence leaves those puppies that did not sell to be abandoned and picked up by animal shelters. Stop by your local shelter today and meet all your potential best friends. Many of the dogs are timid or anxious because of the circumstances, but with training any dog can become obedient and well behaved. Perhaps you may fall in love with a breed of dog that you have been overlooking all your life, and better yet, maybe you’ll change the life of one lucky dog.

We love Dachshunds

We love all dogs, but there is nothing quite like a dachshund.

From their roots as a hound, they have a distinct personality to sniff things out, and are quick to chase any moving objects. Bred to be miniature hunters and chase out badgers, prairie dogs, and other burrowing animals, they are useful, but also cute. They are rambunctious and full of life, but also easy to train and discipline. They are great listeners and can be taught an indefinite amount of tricks, and are a truly intelligent dog. Even in old age, dachshunds are sharp and quick to learn new tricks, and still full of energy. In groups they cannot resist the urge to play and will offer hours of entertainment for friends and family. We love all dogs, but there is a special place in our heart for Dachshunds.