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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!

1/16 Wordless Wednesday: It’s All in the Nose

16 Jan

They tell me my nose is my best asset!

nose

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1/9 Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Toys

9 Jan

christmas toys

Wordless Wednesday 12/26: Naughty or Nice?

26 Dec

This year Bailey was on Santa’s “Nice” list! She got lots of presents to celebrate. 🙂

christmas tree

Merry Christmas Everyone!

25 Dec

Wishing all our friends and family a wonderful Christmas Day! Stay warm and cozy fur friends, Love Bailey

Merry Christmas

Four Legged Fashionistas

3 Sep

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 is here and just because our furry friends can’t watch the runway trends, doesn’t mean they can’t trot in-style. However, it feels like little diva dogs seem to get all the attention. What about our big and beautiful furry babies? Large, XL and size 18-inch neck is hard to dress – especially when looking for a fashion statement!

Now, Bailey would never let me dress her up (yes, I’ve tried) – but there are a few fashion secrets I’ve found that she’ll tolerate. If anything, it brings out her sassy personality, keeps me happy, and helps strangers know she’s a GIRL.

Trends for Fall 2012 are highlighting bright and bold colors, sequence and crystals, and mixing fun prints. Here are a few of Bailey’s top favorites she’ll be sporting out this season.

Here are some other styles Bailey has her eye on!

Coco Swarvoski Crystal Dog Collar

Red Glitter Dog Shoes

Dog Collar & Flower

Check back all week for fashion tips to make your dog strut in-style from the street to your home. There’s nothing too much for these four-legged fashionistas.

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!

Video: Bailey’s Chewing Time Lapse

12 Jun

Nothing makes Bailey happier than settling down with her rawhide retriever rolls. It provides at least 30 minutes to an hour of stimulation for her and quiet time for me!

Rawhide Rolls provide several benefits:

  • They help prevent and remove tartar build up
  • They massage your dog’s gums
  • They help prevents destructive chewing by satisfying their need to chew

It’s important to always supervise your dog after giving them a hide, or any bone. Small pieces should be taken away to prevent choking and should not be swallowed.

Video: Water Babies, Or Not

25 May

Do all Labradors love water? Well, if you if have a Labrador… you know the answer is YES. However, this water baby may not always be so quick to jump in at first, or sit patiently for a bath.

Bailey loves the water – on her terms. She finds pure joy rolling in the mud, lying in a puddle or biting the spray from the sprinklers. In fact, as a puppy we would find her laying in or around her water bowl. She still drowns her entire face in the bowl when she drinks!

But…when it comes to bath time, the thought of standing still outside or sitting in the bathtub becomes a challenge. She would never sit patiently in a “grooming bin” to let me wash her.

We quickly learned to make bath time fun, and she would be more willing to play along!

Here is our latest video of how we make bath time fun for Bailey in the summertime.

It’s not always possible to give Bailey a bath outside or let her play in the water for an hour. So, here are five tips to make bath time fun (and manageable) – even inside.

  1. Take your time and let your Lab play in the water with safe grooming tools or toys they can chew.
  2. Use a spare collar and leash to hold onto.
  3. Make lathering and rinsing enjoyable with lots of belly rubs and massaging.
  4. Let them air dry. Bailey hates the blow dryer, so why fight it. Once Bailey’s dry, we always brush her with the Furminator to remove any dry hair.
  5. Use waterless shampoo or tearless puppy wipes for intermediate cleaning.

Grooming is definitely easy with a Labrador Retriever vs. other breeds. They do shed often, but usually don’t need regular bathing.  Excessive grooming can actually dry out their coat and remove essential oils that keep their skin healthy and repel dirt.

However, don’t be surprised if you find yourself rinsing your Lab off more than you’d like because they found yet another puddle to pounce in.

If you have videos of bath time fun with your dog, let us know! Here is one of Rufio taking the plunge.  We want to see yours! Post your link in the comments section and we’ll add them to our blog.

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