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Man’s Best Friend

16 Jun

In honor of Father’s Day, we can’t forget the important role a human dad plays in a dog’s life – especially one as active as the Labrador. This sporting breed, or better known as a gun dog, is a certainly a man’s type of dog. They’re athletic and love to swim, run, play catch and retrieve. And, Bailey certainly has the energy for all the above in one day! She is an active family member and a trusted companion. Its no wonder dogs are known as man’s best friend.

Old Drum, the dog who inspired the catchphrase “man’s best friend,” might have been a Foxhound, but he was a sporting breed all the same. Thankfully, times have changed since 1870, but the relationship between man and dog have not. Below are the top ten reasons Bailey loves spending time with her master.

Top 10 reasons Bailey loves her Dad

  1. He is the one who feeds me dinner during the week when mom is at work.
  2. He doesn’t count how many treats I get a day.
  3. He plays tug better than mom.
  4. He runs faster than mom.
  5. He roughhouses with me.
  6. He gives me belly rubs & knows exactly where to rub my ears.
  7. He gives me kisses on my nose. (I really like those.)
  8. He doesn’t use a baby voice – I’m 3 now.
  9. He treats me like a dog, not a baby.
  10. I don’t hurt him as easy as mom.

While Bailey is definitely a mama’s girl, she is devoted to both her masters. And let’s be honest, sometimes she just loves being a crazy Labrador with her dad.

Bailey and I wish all the dad’s out there with furry babies a Happy Father’s Day!

Doggie Days During Winter

3 Dec

This past week was non-stop rain here in California.  Not only was the rain pouring down so hard that the streets were flooded, but the winds reached 40+ MPH, leaving it near impossible to brave the weather for quick walk – and by Bailey’s standards not even to potty. As each day past this week, we patiently waited for a break in the clouds, but our four-legged princess absolutely refused to get her paws wet in the rain (and yes, she is a Labrador who loves water). Bailey stubbornly glues her body to the indoor funground and struggles with all her might, refusing to take one step in the rain.

Needless to say, cabin fever has set in for both of us, which left me thinking what will I do with princess Bailey for the next several months to make sure she gets enough exercise and stays stimulated during these wet dog days of winter?

Below are a few ideas that have worked in the past and that we’ll be taking advantage of this season – actually, as soon as later this week when the next storm is expected!

  1. Doggie Daycare: Several pet hotels have indoor areas for small and large dogs and offer a day pass for up to eight hours of play. On average these cost $20 – $40 per day. You’ll need to call to make a reservation and ask about drop off hours. You’ll need to provide proof your pooch is vaccinated and conduct any temperament screenings needed. However, this can be a great option for your pup to burn off some energy.
  2. Use Your Garage: If you want to create your own indoor play area, turn your garage into a safe space for Fido to romp around.  There will be lots of new smells and a good size area for your pooch to run around.
  3. Have a Doggie Play Date: There’s nothing better than another dog to help burn off some energy. Have a play date at your house or a friend’s to change-up the scenery for your dog. This of course greatly depends on your dogs size and manners – I fear Bailey would never be welcomed back!  However, I’d gladly take her to our dog walker’s house for a day sit.
  4. Go for a Drive: Our Bailey loves the car. She gets so excited and exhausts herself looking out the window, wondering where she’s going. Whether it’s letting her come along to run errands or just to get out of the house, a simple car ride works like a charm.
  5. Visit the Pet Store: A guaranteed pet friendly place is the pet store! If you’re looking for an easy way to get your pup out of the house and to meet some friends, go shopping.
  6. Pamper your pooch with a spa day: Whether you send your furry baby to the spa, or create one at your house – grooming and pampering your pooch is a great way to keep them entertained. Even though Bailey hates the rain, she loves a warm bath and quality time lathering her up!
  7. Play “Find It”: Exercising the mind is a great substitution for physical play. Nothing gets Bailey thinking harder than a good game of “find it.” We make sure she’s not peaking, and hide treats throughout the living room for her to seek and find. Thankfully, this game never gets old and can be hours of fun!
  8. Tug o’ War: Tug is one of Bailey’s favorite games. Although it might take a toll on your arms, it’s a great workout for you and your pooch.
  9. Smash Ball: We’ve recently started playing smash ball in the house. If you try this in your home, you’ll want to make sure there is nothing breakable nearby. We use a regular tennis ball and throw it against our living room wall. Bailey loves chasing after it and trying to catch the ball in her mouth after it hits the wall. I think we came across this game by accident. 🙂
  10. Head to the Snow: If all else fails, head to the snow and let your pooch have some fun. We’re looking forward to introducing Bailey to the snow this year! Thankfully, the two-hour drive will be enough to tire her out if our first attempt isn’t successful.  Until then, we’ll be using many of the tips above to burn off some of her endless energy!

We hope you and your furry babies stay warm and dry during these wet winter months ahead. Let us know if you have any other tips to try.

Saturday Morning Walk

15 Sep

Bailey and I went for an hour walk this morning on the River West Trail. It was so beautiful, we had to share. She’s gotten so much better on the leash and has become a great walking and running buddy. I can’t wait to take her out on more hiking trails this fall. Take a look!

Whether walking or running, here are some pictures of Bailey’s new favorite spots around the American & Sacramento River.

Let us know what you’re up to this weekend! We hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday.

Fashion On The Go

6 Sep

Whether you’re headed to the dog park or out for a weekend getaway, there are a few essentials every furry baby needs – and why not make sure you both are hitting the town in-style. As active (and destructive) as Bailey is – I never leave the house without a few staples, just in case we run into trouble.

Here are a few of our favorites to make sure we are both fashionable and prepared on the go.

  • Eco-chic b. Happybags:  This adorable bag is large, comfortable and good for the environment. It’s made out recycled water bottles, which makes it extremely durable and soft. It’s machine washable and comes in a variety of colors and designs.
  • Excel Ear Cleansing Pads: These pads are compact and easy to use. Bailey is not always cooperative with her ears, but doesn’t seem to mind these small wipes. You never know when water, dirt or slobber at the dog park might come into play.
  • Neosporin: Too much rough housing during playtime, hot asphalt, or a nip at the park can happen anytime. We always carry Neosporin with us.
  • Gentle & Tearless Vanilla Milk & Honey Wipes: A good wipe down after playing outside keeps everyone clean before getting in and out of the car – or entering the house.
  • Cynthia Rowley Towel: If there is water around, Bailey will find it. Whether diving into a mud bath, pouncing in a puddle or rolling on fresh dew – she’s there.  Thankfully, our Cynthia Rowley towel is highly absorbent, quick drying and lightweight.
  • Pinch Collar & Leash: We never leave the house without it! This is the ONLY way we can walk Bailey – it’s a lifesaver.
  • Extra Collar: You never know what Fido might get into… and a quick collar change might be needed if there’s mud or water involved.
  • Long Lead Rope Leash: Bailey’s not off-leash ready just yet. Our long lead rope gives her a little extra freedom if we find a quiet and open space (and Bailey is in her calm state).
  • John Paul Pet Full Body & Paw Wipes:  No one wants a smelly doggie around. Bailey is notorious for following her nose and rolling around in scents. Body wipes are a great quick fix.

What are your essentials that keep your pooch happy while away from home?

Summertime: Water Safety Tips

17 Aug

Summertime is here – and so is the heat! There’s no better way to enjoy the sun than to cool off swimming. And, if you have a Labrador, they might be the first in the water!

Enjoying a beautiful summer day wouldn’t be the same without your K-9 companion, but you might be surprised how quickly things can go wrong.

Labradors are natural born swimmers – but, they may need some coaching before they’re comfortable with large bodies of water. We recently took Bailey to grandma’s house for her first swim in an adult pool and realized that her swimming instincts were a little shaky.

Whether you’re headed to the lake, beach or backyard pool – here are 10 water safety tips to consider so that everyone has a good time:

  1. Baby steps: Even though Labradors might love the water, if they’re like Bailey, they might be unsure in new situations. A good first step is to slowly introduce them to water. Maybe start with a baby pool, or just be patient while they explore their new environment. If you’re taking them on a boat, you should let them get familiar with the boat and turn on the engine before getting on the water.
  2. In and out: Several trainers don’t recommend throwing your dog in the water to learn how to swim. Bailey’s Uncle (also a Lab owner) made sure we showed her how to get in and out of the water. With all the excitement, this took awhile before she caught on – but with any puppy, practice makes perfect.
  3. Bring friends and family: If your dog is hesitant to get into the water, they might be more willing to follow others. You’re bound to get wet anyway, so play along or bring another dog to lead the way. Just be careful of those paddling webs – they don’t stop when you get in the way.
  4. Make it fun: Labradors are retrievers and instinctually want to fetch in the water. They might not dive in the water at first (Bailey was too scared), but they will be driven to swim and play fetch. Bring a ball or other toys and have fun. 
  5. Use caution: if it’s not safe for kids, it’s not safe for dogs. Pay attention to warning signs that indicate unsafe water and areas. If conditions in the ocean, rivers or lakes are too dangerous for kids, it’s probably unsafe for dogs too. Dogs can also slip from running around wet pool areas just like kids. Always supervise your pets and use good judgment. Here are more helpful tips on pet water safety.
  6. Use a doggie vest or k-9 float coat: Even though Labradors are good swimmers, they are big and heavy dogs. They too can use a little help if you’re planning a long day in the water, or you’re on a boat. Consider using a doggie vest so they don’t get too exhausted – and swallow too much water trying to stay afloat.
  7. Dog proof your boat or pool area: A day out with the family = exploring. Whether its the new environment, an exciting day or lack of 100% attention – your furry baby will find something to get into! The last thing you want to ruin your day is a backyard remodel or chewed seat on your boat, so think about creating a safe place for Fido or keep them on a leash. For more information on dog proofing your boat, click here.
  8. Provide shade and water: A long day in the sun can be tiring and dehydrating – even when you’re swimming. Make sure there is a shaded area for your dog to cool his paws and drink fresh water.
  9. After sun and splash grooming: You never know how your dog’s skin will react to chemicals, algae or other goodies in the water, so it’s important to rinse them off after a swim. Labradors are also highly prone to ear infections – so remember to clean their ears to evaporate any access water.
  10. Take your time: You want your dog’s first experience in water to be positive, so take your time. Bailey’s first attempt at swimming wasn’t exactly how we’d imagined. But eventually, she’ll get more familiar with water and become the Splash Dog we know she’s born to be!

For more helpful information about Dogs and Water safety click here.

Man’s Best Friend

15 Jun

In honor of Father’s Day, we can’t forget the important role a human dad plays in a dog’s life – especially one as active as the Labrador. This sporting breed, or better known as a gun dog, is a certainly a man’s type of dog. They’re athletic and love to swim, run, play catch and retrieve. And, Bailey certainly has the energy for all the above in one day! She is an active family member and a trusted companion. Its no wonder dogs are known as man’s best friend.

Old Drum, the dog who inspired the catchphrase “man’s best friend,” might have been a Foxhound, but he was a sporting breed all the same. Thankfully, times have changed since 1870, but the relationship between man and dog have not. Below are the top ten reasons Bailey loves spending time with her master.

Top 10 reasons Bailey loves her Dad

  1. He is the one who feeds me dinner during the week when mom is at work.
  2. He doesn’t count how many treats I get a day.
  3. He plays tug better than mom.
  4. He runs faster than mom.
  5. He roughhouses with me.
  6. He gives me belly rubs & knows exactly where to rub my ears.
  7. He gives me kisses on my nose. (I really like those.)
  8. He doesn’t use a baby voice – I’m 2 now.
  9. He treats me like a dog, not a baby.
  10. I don’t hurt him as easy as mom.

While Bailey is definitely a mama’s girl, she is devoted to both her masters. And let’s be honest, sometimes she just loves being a crazy Labrador with her dad.

Bailey and I wish all the dad’s out there with furry babies a Happy Father’s Day!

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