Tag: Corgi

Baby wipes help reduce allergic reaction

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A simple box of unscented baby wipes could help reduce your dog’s allergic reactions.

Spring is showing itself on most of our lawns and on some of our dog’s skin. As the small flowers, grasses and weeds start to bloom, you may also be seeing red patches on your dog as they lick one specific area.

Diagnosis: Allergies

Both of my pups are showing signs. Buddy twists to chew the area from hip to hip, and the hair around Kodi’s tail nub is getting thinner and thinner.

Both are now on medication to relieve the itching and hopefully reduce the desire to chew.

Chewing is one of those things that can start out as relief for the dog and turn into a habit, something I don’t want.

When I picked Buddy’s medication up at the vet a couple of weeks ago, my vet’s wife told me to get baby wipes. Unscented baby wipes to wipe on each paw when they come in from outside.

I had never really given much thought as to how the allergic reaction occurred. I contributed it to airborne pollen or perhaps when the dogs rolled on the grass. But her explanation makes a lot of sense.

The allergic reaction can be from the dog licking the paws when they come in from outside. When I started to think about it both dogs do lick their paws after being outside. Doing this they ingest the pollen, or whatever is in the grass that they have an allergy to, and voila! the allergic reaction followed by chewing.

A pop-up plastic box of baby wipe, the store brand, now sits next to my front door. As soon as we come in, before the leashes come off, each dog get his paws wiped. Buddy isn’t too bad about it, but Kodi doesn’t like his paws being touched.

The process should be quick and easy. Just rub the cloth under each paw making sure to separate the toes a little and get in there. One cloth per trip outside.

Nocturnal ramblings and Buddy’s Chapter 3

Buddy has a talent to sleep just about anywhere and loves the dirt in sun!buddy

It’s the wee hours of the morning, 3 a.m. at this moment, and my sleep has been smacked awake, making this the perfect time to catch up on overdue blog time.

Buddy is asleep on top of a stack of pillows on a small couch in the bedroom. Not a care in the world. Kodi is stretched out on his side on the floor. Neither stirred when I got up to come into the family room. Hopefully I will be able to slip back in without the “dog alarms” being activated.

Back to Buddy’s travels:

Buddy returned to Florida full-time in January 2016. He had been here before but even our little Jack Russell knew this time was different – this time it was his home.

Traveling cross-country which included stopping in Texas to see our eldest’s family and one more stop in Daphne, Alabama before our  home on the East Coast of Florida, the dogs tolerated each other.

Well, Buddy tolerated Kodi sitting on him in the back seat!

When we got home it dawned on Kodi that we weren’t just giving this other male dog a lift. He had joined Kodi’s “herd” except Buddy isn’t all that fond of being herded. Adjustments had to be made.

In the beginning there were scuffles and we didn’t feel comfortable leaving them out when we weren’t home so the crates were set up in the family room.

It soon became evident that when we are not at home they worked things out. The scuffles and “fights” were only when we were there. Little by little we left them out for longer and longer periods of time. Now we really don’t think about it – everyone seems to have come to terms with the new arrangement.

The only time we have to be on alert is when food is involved. Both are adept at catching treats in the air and Buddy swoops in to scoop up any ice-cube that drops from the refrigerator.

Kodi used to be our “ice shark” and had lost interest, but now that Buddy wants the ice – the interest has rekindled.

The only time we have any issues is if we mess up and a treat bounces away. Then there’s a minor “free for all” as the dogs both try to claim it.

For the most part Kodi has been pretty understanding and I think having a younger dog around keeps him active.

Buddy has blossomed. He has grown out of  just falling over on his side when we have him out walking.  No longer do people have to ask, “Did your dog just faint?”

Storms still make his bones shake and once in a while I still get this incredibly “sad” look for no reason. It makes me wonder what thoughts go through his mind.

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He may be smaller but I have no doubt that when he sees his reflectionhe sees himself as a much larger dog, and hopefully he sees himself as a permanent member of this family.

Adult puppy: Chapter 2

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After my son moved out of his old apartment he returned to find Buddy just staring out the window, sitting in the imprint of the area where the bed had been.

Travels with Buddy

After his all but strange adoption in Orlando, Buddy took a road trip across country with his new family – Florida to Arizona, OK one state short of across the country.

During the next year there were more changes for this little dog. His owners divorced and he stayed with my son. Then he was moved into an apartment where there were other dogs. As far as I know things went smoothly.

Another move to another apartment, which was fortunately in the same complex so at least some of the outside smells should have been familiar, marked yet another change in less than 18 months.

Then came the baby and a new family. Oh and a second dog was adopted.

The baby was the big change. No matter how much you trust your dog, or how well you think he is trained or behaves, they should be watched around babies and small children.

At first when the baby cried Buddy was right there checking to see if things were OK. It was cute. When she started to crawl things started changing. Buddy would growl at anyone including my daughter-in-law and the baby.

It was agreed that Buddy should come home with us. So to the confusion of Kodi, my husband and me, and of course Buddy himself, we left Arizona with one more dog than we had arrived with.

Kodi was about as welcoming as could be expected. He basically ignored Buddy on the trip back, when he wasn’t actually sitting on top of him or scrunching him against the door.

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Change is difficult for our pets to understand and for us to explain to them Family pets
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One moment when the boys were sitting nicely in the back seat on our cross-country trip

A stop in Georgetown, Texas to see our eldest son and his family, found us at a very understanding and helpful Best Western Plus http://bit.ly/2n0Qai2. I have had wonderful experiences staying at Best Western’s when we travel. The ones that allow pets have a very caring and animal-friendly staff in my opinion.

I received a call that one of the dogs might be in distress. The front desk man wasn’t upset, he just wanted me to know. I assured him that both dogs were in separate crates if someone wanted to enter the room, but I was near enough that we were on our way back.

When we returned all was quiet. We took the dogs out and Buddy did indeed really have to go out. After loving on them a few minutes and turning the TV on low we left. We never heard the sound until months later when Buddy started wailing at home. It’s unnerving and I am really not sure when he decides it is necessary.

Next: One more stop in Alabama and Buddy is introduced to his new home.

Pets like routine

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Bend the rules just a little if your pet is undergoing change or stress.

I don’t know about your pets, but our canine, feline and avian members of the household thrive on a schedule.

They are fed at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily and for at least those two times of day they seem to be able to tell time.

Our pool cleaner comes on Tuesday and Kodi is stretched out in that flat to the floor Corgi stretch, watching the pool deck.

Last week the schedule changed drastically when the leader of the pack, my hubby, had to be admitted to the hospital. I would leave every morning and spend most of the day at the hospital.

So the 6 a.m. feeding was on schedule, but the treat times (Oh yes, there are designated treat times during the day) and the evening meals were delayed.

Typically I get up earlier than my husband and after breakfast Kodi returns to the bedroom and stays with him, while Buddy is with me in the family room. While my husband was gone, Kodi was totally out of sync and didn’t know what to do.

The other adjustment was not being able to go out all day—Our dogs are spoiled. We both work from home so they are rarely alone. All of that changed last week and I have to brag on my pups—They were fantastic.

I put down puppy training pads for the long days. Some days I came home and the pads were clean and dry—It isn’t healthy for them to hold it all day—so I was actually happier when I had seen they had used it.

Things are getting back to normal, hopefully.

Stress can be caused by a number of events in your pet’s life, a life-long friend going off to college, divorce or separation, illness, and vacations — even when you take them with you!

Tips if you have to change your pet’s schedule:

1. Extra time – I cannot stress this enough. My dogs didn’t know what was going on, only that someone was missing. When I was home I made time to sit with them, cuddle and comfort.

2. Potty breaks – Puppy pads or someone to check on them during the day. I prefer the pads because I don’t want to have to worry about them getting away from someone, just they way I worry. They are adult dogs and while I am leaving a pad out they aren’t using it.

3. Treats – I didn’t want them to put on weight, but wanted to give them extra treats for being so good so I cut the treats in half.

4. Schedule – Return to a normal schedule as soon as you can. Dogs (and even the cat and bird) like to have control over their environment and a schedule is an important part of that.

Shelter from the storm

Dogs, but generally not cats, often have a fear of storms, making States like Florida a tough place to live.

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Our household is hoping for a quiet hurricane season. On June 6, Tropical Storm Colin rolled through our section of the state with some wind and rain. Certainly no Hurricane Frances or Charley – thank goodness.

The Estes dogs were not impressed with Tropical Storm Colin. This is especially true for Buddy, the Jack Russell.

Buddy was adopted in Orlando but was moved to Arizona almost immediately. Arizona doesn’t have hurricanes, and not that many thunderstorms . 

He came home with us last December because he was not adapting well to our granddaughters’ new found mobility. He liked her fine – if she stayed in one place.

So to keep the peace, and the dog, good old mom and dad brought him back to Florida. A place where there are thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes.

As the bands of rain from Colin passed through the area, both dogs were quite upset, even while wearing their ThunderShirts. Buddy curled up on the bed, curtains drawn, and Kodi went to a favorite spot by the couch. They are where they feel safe, and that’s all that matters.hurricane

Tropical Storm Colin was a weather nudge. We are into hurricane season, and we need to be prepared.

If you live in an area where you might have to evacuate; this include wildfires, hurricanes, or even into your own tornado shelter, your emergency preparations need to inlcude your pets. Preparing an evacuation bag now for your pets will only take a bit of your time. It will be time well spent.

The kit isn’t just for those who live in evacuation areas. It’s for those inland, who may lose power, or be unable to get out for a couple of days.

Here are a few items to gather for your pet: Veterinary records for proof of vaccinations (put these in a zip lock bag. Tags are not recognized as proof of vaccination); pet medication; two, 2-liter plastic soda bottles for water; zip lock bags of dry food or extra cans of pet food; plastic food and water dishes; cat litter and disposable pan; crates for each pet and blankets; extra leash; doggie bags; one or two favorite toys (these can be tossed in at the last minute); ThunderShirts (if your dog uses them).

If you need to evacuate, or if you are sheltering in place, fill up the 2-liter bottles when you fill up your family’s water needs – before the storm.

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The dog is scanned for a micro chip. Like most dogs that come into shelters. this one did not have a micro chip.

Now is also the time to verify that your pet’s ID is up to date on their collar or their microchip.

The best crates I have found are the open wire style. These allow for more ventiation than the hard side, airline-style crates. Select one that is large enough for your dog too stand and turn around in. Too big is not better. When scared, most dogs prefer a smaller “cave.”

This is also a good time to find out where the emergency shelters that are pet-friendly are, in your area. These are last resort, for survival, shelters. They are not like sleeping in a hotel far away from the disaster or hunkering down in your, or a friend’s, home.

Don’t look now — you’ve been adopted

Reprtinted from the Palm Coast Observer

The best pet isn’t the one you adopt, it’s the one that adopts you.

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I have written columns, had my own pet blog, and worked with humane societies for more than 20 years, and there are certain things I know to be true.

First: Puppies and kittens are adopted first. Litters come into shelters with moms, and the kids go first — mom is left behind.

Second: Everyone is looking for a dog or cat of a specific breed or age.

I don’t blame them. I too have my favorites. Right now it’s Pembroke Welsh Corgis – only because that is what my son adopted from the St. Augustine Humane Society nearly 10 years ago.

My first two dogs were given to me, they were both purebred breeds –- with papers. I never really found a need for those papers.

The last dog type I would have gone into a shelter looking for, was a Labrador/chow mix with a squinty eye – but that’s what my Shadow was. She was joined by Luna, a golden retriever/chow, and the two became my “girls.”

I have learned that letting the animal adopt me works out quite well. Oh I would love to have another corgi – absolutely – but if my pet adoption history has taught me anything, I need to be ready for the unexpected. Buddy, the new shorty Jack Russell in our pack, certainly meets that critera. Now there’s a dog I definitely never thought we would have. Now I can’t imagine the household without him.

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Another group that gets overlooked are those with special needs. No one wants shelters to euthanize animals, but what if no one wants the animals? Are the animals supposed to live in cages their entire lives? No, they are supposed to be surrounded by a loving family.

The Flagler Humane Society has two special needs kittens up for adoption.

Natalie and Stephanie came to Flagler Humane Society together. They are only a couple of years old, but Natalie tested postive for the feline leukemia virus. Stephanie is negative for the moment, but, since they came in together she has already been exposed. They have also bonded and are unhappy when separated.

FHS is hoping to find someone who wants to open their heart and home to these kittens. If there are cats in the home they would need to have to be feline lukemia positive. No one wants to infect a healthy cat. If that person is you, please go to FHS and meet these beautiful kitties.

Another National Scoop the Poop week almost over

It wasn’t on my calendar, no one mentioned it on Facebook – no, I had to learn about National Scoop the Poop Week from a fellow blogger.

How is it this is not an official holiday? You know, a holiday where the banks are closed, the kids are off from school and we all stay home to scoop poop.

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Gifts of doggie bags and long-handled scoops could be exchanged – and greeting cards! I drove down to Publix and in the greeting card aisle I found birthday cards, get well cards, anniversary cards, graduations cards – and more than a month early – Mother’s Day cards. But not one solitary Scoop the Poop Week greeting card. Hallmark you are missing out on a “gold” mine; watch your step.

According to my sources, which can’t agree on anything, this vital week-long observance either starts on April Fools Day or on April 4th. Either way it lasts a week. To be on the safe side I will celebrate through next Monday, April 11.

In all seriousness, this shouldn’t be one day, or one week. It should be celebrated every day, every time you take your dog out for a walk.

Doggie doo is more than an unattractive nuisance. It’s bad for the environment, as the poop not scooped, leaches into the soil and eventually runs off into water supplies. This makes it a health hazard for you, your pet and the fish in the sea. You know the fish you’re having for dinner tonight? It is one of the leading sources of Parvo in dogs, a potentially fatal disease, and of E. Coli, bad for the rest of us.

So as you celebrate this holiday, please bend and scoop, and encourage others to do the same.

Next holiday I need to remember – Hug your cat day on June 4.

Beach Buddy

Buddy the shorty Jack was interested in taking a walk on the beach, unlike Kodi the Corgi who is quite firm about not getting anywhere near water.

Buddy Beach

Sadly Buddy couldn’t enjoy sand between his pads since our beach in Vousia County doesn’t allow pets on the beach. Why? because most of our residents and visitors are not responsible. So sad. It works well in other areas of the state and country, including Flagler Beach just to the north of us, and parts of St. Augustine Beach, north of Flagler.

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Check back for a list of dog friendly beaches in Florida.

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Ways to make your hotel love you — and your dog

Traveling with dogs has become easier in recent years. Many, many years ago we stayed in a hotel in North Carolina, no mention of our wire haired terrier, we were only staying the night, we were exhausted, and no one would take us in.

We had a crate where Buttons would stay the night, we would be with him the whole time, and there was a discreet place to walk him.  As we were settling in my husband read the information on the back of the door. You know that white piece of paper some hotels post that no one reads. Well he read it, and apparently in North Carolina at that time, it was against the law to have a dog in a bedroom, or even to pass through the bedroom, with a dog, like on the way to the bathroom where we put his crate.

I do not recommend sneaking a dog into a hotel. As I recall we did not sleep well, and it just isn’t necesary any more. All La Quinta’s allow pets at no extra charge, and many Best Westerns welcome pets, though they charge usually about $10 a night. Best Western has the better breakfast, sorry La Quinta, so it’s worth it to us.

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These two seem to be confused, but you get the idea. This was taken right after we arrived, so Kodi’s crate hadn’t been set up with blankets. Notice how I placed the crate in the far corner of the room next to the sliding door. We were on the 2nd floor. This was the Marina Best Western in Corpus Christi, Texas. Excellent place to stay with pets.
  1. Walk your dog into lobby and  introduce him, especially if you are staying a few days, and will be leaving him alone in the room. Of course the staff likes dogs, their hotels encourage pet owners to stay. In my experience, most of them remember Kodi’s name.
  2. Let the housekeeping staff know that your dog is in a crate. This helps them when they want access to your room. I don’t know about your dogs, but mine are going to bark if you knock on the door (which they do).
  3. Some hotels do have size and breed restrictions – ask when you make the reservation. We have stayed at a LaQuinta in Daphne, Alabama several times and I have seen all breeds and sizes. So I am guessing this chain doesn’t have restrictions. Best Westerns vary, some — like the one in Daphne, do not allow pets – which is why we ended up at the LaQuinta across the street. It’s up to each individual Best Western.
  4. These two are not the only pet friendly places to stay. Choice, Marriott, Holiday Inns, Extended Day, and others often offer this option. http://www.BringFido.com is a good site to check on accomodations in the U.S. and Canada.
  5. Keep your dog on a leash at all times. Even if you have the best behaved dog on the planet, follow this advice. There are too many unknowns while traveling, including other dogs, and your well behaved dog may bolt.
  6.  Clean up after you dog. You know those security cameras at the front desk? They can see you and your pup. They probably aren’t going to say anything, but they are going to be far more attentive if they see you being responsible.
  7. Don’t leave your pup all day. Try to arrange activities so that you can pop in every couple of hours and let him out.
  8. Leave the t.v. on low. Kodi likes kid shows. It’s basically company for him and helps to buffer outside noice.
  9. Leave them a safe toy and make their crate as comfy as possible with blankets from home that have familiar smells. It’s a good idea to remove their collar when they are in the crate, and you are out of the room. This eliminates the chance off them getting it caught on the crate.
  10. Set their crate up in an area away from the door and hallway traffic. This will help reduce the barkig. Placing a second blanket or towel, (yours, not the hotels) over the top of the crate so it covers two sides can offer comfort in a strange place.

So there are some of my tried and true tips. More to follow.

Next installment: What is it about corgis?