Day 1 ~ Transition to New Food

I’m making the change for 2 reasons only.
(1) Price ~ Fromm 26 lbs. $62.99 vs. Victor 30 lbs. $49.99
(2) Allergies ~ Excessive Paw Biting/Licking

I was able to find Victor at a Feed Store 25 – 30 minutes from where we live, and they sell it for the same price as the Feed Store in Oklahoma City. This is great, since Victor is made in Texas and is hard to find in Washington.

This is an excellent choice for dogs that may be allergic to grains, glutens, or other poultry or meat-based ingredients.


I hope I made the right decision. I’ll know in 8 weeks at the end of the food trial.

Age and Reflection


As we approach the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, here’s an article that sums up Casey & me. Hmmm . . . So, I’m the cause of his “Wild Man” behavior. All this time, I thought I was more like Jake or Tessie . . . a little pms’y at times, lack of patience at other times, & stubborn.

People say that dogs and their humans start to resemble each other after a while, and you’ve probably known or seen examples yourself — the woman and the poodle with the same curly hair; the man with sagging jowls like his bulldog’s; the owner and dog who always have the same confused expression.

Part of this may be that humans just tend to pick dogs that resemble them physically in some way. But what no one realizes is that no matter what you look like, your dog resembles you in a far deeper way than just the outside…



This Is How I Still Feel Sometimes

My Dog Died a Week Ago & I’m Doing Fine

by Robert Pregulman – Seattle DogSpot – and as published in the November/December 2014 edition of Pet Connection Magazine North Edition

Before reading, you might want to have a box of Kleenex handy.

We had to put our 13-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever down last week, because he couldn’t overcome his third bout with pneumonia.

While Dylan’s death devastated me, it happened just over a week ago and I’m doing really well. The only time I break down is when I see something that reminds me of him, and that only happens when:

* I see his picture.
* I read a condolence card or email.
* I drive past Dog’s Day Out where he went for daycare.
* I drive past the Queen Anne Animal Clinic, his Vet’s practice.
* I drive past Sunset Hill Veterinary & Rehabilitation Center where he walked on an underwater treadmill to build strength in his hind legs.
* I see his leash and harness hanging by the front door.
* I see his blankets in the back of my car.
* I see his dog bed that I just can’t bring myself to donate to the Seattle Animal Shelter yet.
* I take food out of the refrigerator (or do anything in the kitchen really), and he doesn’t magically appear.
* I see his tennis balls in my car.
* I drive past an off-leash dog park.
* I drive past Rogers Park (we took him there when he couldn’t go to off-leash parks anymore).
* I see someone walking a Chocolate Lab. Or any Lab. Or any dog really.
* I go to a pet store.
* I feed only one dog now instead of two.
* I see his favorite people food – butter, cheese, carrots, and bananas.
* I don’t see him greet me when I wake up.
* I don’t see him sleeping in his bed behind me while I work at my desk.
* I don’t spend time petting him before I go to bed.
* I don’t see a blanket on ‘his couch’ anymore.
* I don’t see him sleeping on ‘his couch’ while we watch TV.
* I realize we have more space to stretch out on the couch.
* I see his picture on the label of home-brewed beer made by his former dog sitter.
* I see one of his secret swimming spots on Lake Union.
* I see pictures of Cannon Beach, OR, his favorite vacation spot.
* I see our other dog Miguel looking around the house for him.
* I see my wife cry.

Based on this list, I estimate I only think about him about 18 hours or so a day.

The other 6 hours I’m asleep.

That’s pretty good, right?

Are Your Pets Holiday-Ready?


Are social graces causing your doggie to behave badly?


Are you talking about me?

Many owners comment that during the busy holiday season, they must keep their dog confined because he or she is unruly. We hear stories of begging, food stealing, jumping up with muddy paws, barking, and other woes. These behaviors should not be acceptable in any holiday house. They are an indication not only of lack of training, but of poor socialization.

Is stress causing your kitty to act out?


Who are all these people invading my space?

Many behaviors cat owners deem ‘problematic’ may actually be caused by mental or emotional stress. Cats are intelligent animals, sensitive to their physical and emotional environment. Aggression, elimination problems, or unwanted scratching are just a few examples of ‘bad’ behavior that may be triggered by stress.

Are your pets child-friendly?


Hey Little Buddy, time to go beddy-bye.

Socializing dogs to children is best done when the dog is between 5 weeks and 5 months of age. Unless you have a dog that just doesn’t like kids (and there are some out there), it is never too late to train him to be child-friendly.

To begin the socialization process, encourage your children to gently play with the puppy or dog and to bring over peers so he or she learns to get along with youngsters. If you do not have children, invite neighborhood kids over to interact.

How do you translate your doggie’s body language?


© Dogs For Defense K-9

If a dog is wagging his tail, that always means he’s happy, right?

And if he’s standing totally still, that means he definitely wants to be petted, correct?

Housebreaking Not Just for Puppies


When most people think about housebreaking a dog, they imagine an adorable little scamp that fits in the palm of their hand and plays with toys all day — in other words, a puppy.

But what if you have an older dog that isn’t housebroken because she’s a rescue? The rules for training adult dogs can be a bit different. First and foremost, you want to determine two things:

☆ The issue isn’t due to a medical problem.
☆ The soiling isn’t a behavioral issue.

The Cookie Game

Like a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the leash-aggressive dog is calm, cool, and downright polite when walking among people or around dogs off-leash. But hook on a leash, and he lunges, barks, and snaps at the sight of another dog. Sound like your dog?

Try a training game called ‘Cookie Dog.’