Not too long ago, I teased The Herd about not walking in the rain. I egged them on and told them to go get their human's rain gear and make them take them out on a walk. The shoe is on the other foot. I have wussy dogs. Neither one will brave the rain to go potty. They have a dog door, so it's not like I will open a door and lock them out. They can come and go as they please. But they refuse to go out in the rain even after a 10 hour night of sleeping. So I put my gear on and egged them on to go out and go potty. For the record, we went for a long soggy walk yesterday.
This morning, we woke up to a thunder storm. And a repeat of yesterday.
"This is such a bad-jodhpurs day. I need to move to a climate more conducive to floofy jodhpurs."
"Mom, are you getting this request? This climate is unsuitable for optimum jodhpurs floof."
"Yes I see that dog door to my right. I'm a Princess. I use Princess high doors when they are available to me."
"Oh Princepessa! I'm so happy you are inside. That storm is no place for a lady!"
"Cupcake, your jodhpurs make a perfect pillow!"
'Retardo, watch where you put your paws or I'll give you a knuckle sandwich. And not the kind mom gives us on Thursdays."
For the record, there are TWO beds in my office. SomePup is a wussy pup. I'm just sayin.'
"Princess! Did you hear that scary noise? Oh My Dog! I'm so scared! Hide me from the monstah!"
"Retardo, your brains are loose. Ain't nothing but a little thunder. Shut your yapper and go to sleep."
Yes, that is a tick collar on Loki. I use them on the dogs now. I no longer use Advantix or Frontline. Last year, I had made the decision to not use the products for fleas and my dogs never get fleas. I think some of that has to do with the raw diet and some of it has to do with them being in-door dogs who don't lay in dirt or mud all day. Yet they do go to public places where there are dogs and people and you'd think they'd get fleas but they don't. I barely bathe them either. I probably bath both dogs two or maybe three times per year. (I do towel them down after muddy walks though! I'm not crazy.) Both dogs are so clean in their coats and in their mouths. Raw diets rule.
Ticks on the other hand are another story. They are seasonal where I live, November-February and I made a decision to use Advantix during those months only. Shortly after I used it on them, Juno got sick in November. Not knowing if she has autoimmune disease or if it was bacterial infection, I decided I would not chance it and never use the products, that I believe are poison, again. Yes, the tick collars are poisonous as well and you have to wash your hands, but they seem so much less invasive. I use one recommended by my integrative vet, called Preventic. That collar rules. We've been in heavy tick areas during search training and I've been crawled on and bitten by ticks and neither dog has yet to get one since wearing their collars.
What did I say about rarely giving my dogs a bath. Well "rare" just popped up! By the looks of her tongue, that probably needs washing too. Though note how shiny white her teeth are. Raw knuckle bones rule!
Well apparently rain isn't good for the jodhpurs but mud must be.
I must have forgot to check the box "does not dig in mud" when looking for a dog to rescue.
Yesterday, a few of you commented on the Chase it toy not lasting very long with your dogs. I whole-heartedly agree that it is a toy that can be destroyed in 35 seconds by most dogs. What I don't understand is why anyone who buys a toy for their dogs let them have the toys permanently, 24/7. Part of playing with toys with my dogs is the novelty of the toys. Except for one or two very low-drive rope tugs I leave around the house for them to play with each other, I put all our toys away. And yes, during play they will destroy the toys. I accept that they will de-stuff stuffies. I rarely buy stuffies. Occasionally I will (Christmas, case in point) and let them have it. But the toys that are really fun get put away and taken out to play with by me. It's a great way to train dogs too, with toys that they do not have 24/7 access to. And yes, eventually that Chase it stuffy will be destroyed. The nice thing about Chase It, is you can pretty much replace the toy with a new stuffy, a stuffless skunk or squirrel (those things are awesome) or even a rag and still make the game really fun. So I challenge all of you who tell me a toy won't last. Take their favorite toys away and pull them out when you play. Then you'll find out how long toys can really last (except for stuffies).