Is your Yard safe for dogs to play in?



This is the time of year when we worry most about our dogs, getting flees and ticks. We should also be concerned with many more hazards of spring and summer. Just like the autumn and winter. Changing seasons pose many environmental hazards for dogs as well as us. Young children and animals alike can be curious of many attractions of dangerous plants chemicals etc.


 Smelling and tasting a poisonous plant. An appealing chemical stored in the shed or garage. (Such as antifreeze) which has a sweet taste and most appealing to dogs. Antifreeze swallowed has proved to be fatal.


I once witnessed a dog that suffered and died from this. I wrote an article last year on

Health Hazards. And another in February. Contaminants in water.


The list of poisons goes on and on. We should be quite vigilant to the activities of our pets and children, to avoid serious accidents!


 Here you can find just a few of the many poisonous plants, indoors and out. Chemicals, medicines, lead poisoning, berries, bee stings, foods, Fungicides, and again, the list goes on.

Shop around for safe products for your pets. There are many products pet friendly such as weed killers, and more.

Treat and enjoy the effects of your yard and garden, while feeling assured that your pets and children can safely enjoy the outdoors too!

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It is with great regrets that I had to turn Nathan back over to the rescue in which I got him from. (please refer to Nathans story here )

Although I encourage adoption, it is through this experience that I discovered adopting a pet is more involved than just taking one home to love and be loved.

Wouldn’t it be nice if every new member of a family, (two and four legged ones) could come with a guide on How to raise a well behaved child?  Sounds good to me 😉

Before adopting, get the facts: know both good and bad traits and habits your dog may have. Be willing to work with him, but give both yourself and your dog a period of time to adjust to the changes in your home and hopes to be his home too!

For this reason I have created a list of issues and resolutions I have observed and entailed with Nathan in just one week. I’m calling them:


(Please note:  an explanation of these steps (that follow at the bottom of the page) pertain to just Nathan and I and are not intended to be a solution for just any dog. We are all individuals with good and bad habits alike! Enjoy reading and use as just a guide if you will. )

1.)  Nathan is lovable and playful on a one on one. He does not know how to interact with other dogs. This I discovered by having two other dogs of my own.

LESSON:  Needs to adjust to his surroundings and siblings.

SOLUTION:  Give only an applicable time for adjustments. Much needs to be considered as well as the consideration and actions of other dogs in the household.

2.)  Though Nathan loves to sit on my lap, this has become a problem. When some one approaches me he will growl.

            LESSON:  Possessive.

            SOLUTION:  immediately put him down, turn your back to him and ignore this bad behavior.

3.)  Before Nathan came to our home, it was known that his previous owner would give him a Kong (a rubber toy that holds a treat inside for them to work at getting it out of it’s center.) the treat may have been difficult for him to get, so he would chew at the top and snap it off in a minute. She continuously bought him new ones to tear and rip apart. This action became an obsession with him. When left alone with his Kong, he would growl and snap at anyone that would come near him.

LESSON:  Again, Possessive and aggressive behavior.

            SOLUTION:  NO KONGS or any resemblance to one. (He has torn apart a small tennis ball while staying with me, and growled and snapped when I tried to take it from him.) This is not a behavior that should be tolerated. His previous owner would allow for this to happen, and just leave him alone until he wanted attention. NOT!!

4.) Nathan has been potty trained to use potty pads rather than be encouraged and brought outside. He waits till I bring him in from outside and looks for a place in the house to eliminate both his bladder and bowels.

            LESSON: for more than 4 years, this dog from a puppy at 8 months till now was left to do his thing in the house whenever convenient for him!

            SOLUTION?  I could not come up with a solution for this without having more time and patience! This issue along with his possessiveness led me to the decision to give Nathan back to Rescue.

5.)  Marking:

            LESSON: This is typical of a male dog (this I could deal with)

            SOLUTION: Belly band (at least, temporary)

6.)  Barking:

            LESSON:  This too is typical for most dogs. If not excessive there are ways to deal with it.

            SOLUTION:  A quick squirt of compressed air close to but

NOT ON THE DOG will startle them into quieting down. Let them see the can afterwards and they will eventually stop barking at just the sight of it! (I have used this method with my little Chi weenie just once. Now she just see’s the can and backs away. I tell her “quiet down or I’ll get the snake after you” because of the hissing sound it makes 😉

7.)  Nathan goes out side with the other dogs. I thought he would pick up on their scent and eliminate, but that so far is not too frequent. I feed the dogs in the morning and evening and take them outside ½ to one hour with the command to “Go Potty”! Nathan does not know yet what this means.

            LESSON: does not eliminate outdoors due to the fact he is trained and set to use potty pads indoors.

            SOLUTION:  Though I have not had enough time to work with Nathan on this, I believe keeping him outside for longer periods of time till he has no choice but to potty outside, will work. Rewarding him when he does.

8.)  Nathan is accustomed to come in and out of his crate as he pleases with toys, treats etc.

            LESSON: This ability to bring his treasures to his domain at his convenience has led to his possessiveness

            SOLUTION: No toy’s treats or anything should be brought into the crate on their own accord. Not only do they feel the need to protect them, a dog is at risk of choking when left unattended. My dogs have a soft cushion, a blanket, and a large stuffed animal only. I did not put a stuffed animal in Nathans crate in fear that he would tear, pull it apart and choke.  (“Little man, you were a handful”)

9.)   Nathan has been the ruler and leader of his time alone. He has had the run of the house and trained his owner to back off when he wants to be left alone and in charge. 

            LESSON: Nathan thinks he is the leader of the pack (in which he has been)

            SOLUTION:  another difficult one when a dog has been the only one and the leader of the pack as well. Nathan could not figure out just who was the leader in my home. He has determination to be the pack leader.

10.)  He has been sleeping with us in bed with no problems. I have chosen however in the past two nights before going back to rescue, to put him in his crate alone with no toys or treats. I give him only a tiny treat before going into his crate. He does well with this and sleeps through the night.

            LESSON:  Nathan is comfortable and accustomed to sleeping alone in his crate.

            SOLUTION: Leave well enough alone!

11.)  Nathan should be the only dog for awhile. He needs lots of discipline. He has been left alone to do his own thing for too long and is set in his ways. He needs an owner who will be the leader and has the time to train and break his many bad habits.

            LESSON:  Undersocialized

            SOLUTION:  given time to adjust to his surroundings, and forced to socialize with other people, dogs and activities, he will become more sociable.

12.)  He does not know basic commands, such as sit (though he has recently learned this one) off, down,come,go potty,stay,give,drop it, leave it, and other words of authority.

            LESSON:  knows words that please him, but none of which he needs to learn in order to be an obedient dog.

            SOLUTION:  teach and train to know the basic commands. This is the form of true communication to a dog and his owner.


 What are the 12 steps to rescue?

 First off, know that rescue here refers to both you and your dog. If a dog that comes into your home cannot adjust to the rules and regulations, then who needs to be rescued. You or the dog?? !!

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1.)  Give a rescue dog a determined time to adjust.

2.)  Know if the dog is possessive of people and or certain things. Be willing to correct this habit. Possessiveness can be dangerous for you and your dog.

3.)   If a dog is obsessed with something TAKE IT AWAY! DO NOT let him have it at all.

4.) Potty train your dog to go outside. Do not use potty pads for an adult dog, unless of course there is a medical or physical need to do so. This is an issue you should discuss with your Vet.

5.)  Most male dogs will mark their territory. This most of the time is temporary. If you catch them when raising their leg you can make a quick sound or use a single word such as STOP, and they will soon get the idea. For a short time you can use a belly band in order to protect the furniture and surfaces in your home as well as others.

6.)  If continuous barking is a problem, squirt a quick spray of compressed air close to but NOT ON THE DOG. They will jump away from the sound and stop barking.

7.) Keep a strict feeding schedule and learn your dog’s potty habits. My dogs go outside in the morning before breakfast and a ½ hour to an hour afterwards. The same schedule is in the evening and one more time outdoors before bed. This of course is different for every one. The important thing is to be consistent with a routine.

8.) No toys or treats in a crate while unattended

9.) You, not your dog is the leader of the pack. This will be instilled with them if you let them know from day one, you are the boss!

10.) Just like a feeding schedule, your dog should have a sleeping at night routine as well. My dogs sleep with me but don’t have a problem with sleeping in their crate as well. This is something you can determine what will work for you and your dog. Again though. You are the boss and your dog needs to know this!

11.) It’s important that you rescue a dog that will adapt and join in with the family and other dogs in the household. After all, it is your domain and your choice to give a rescue a forever home. Make it comfortable for all. If the family is not happy, you are not doing the rescue dog a favor. He needs to find another home.

12.) Train, don’t spoil your rescue. Teach him all that you would teach your children and other dogs what they need to know to be safe, comfortable, happy, and loved.

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Does your dog lick your face?


Is your dog a licky face? My Austin gives me licks whenever he is happy. Usually that’s all of the time. When I walk through the door he gets excited and wants immediate attention. Licking my face is telling me just that. “Your home now so pay attention to me” Lilly on the other hand will lick in submission. Both dogs I find have a different reason for licking my face. Austin is out of affection and Lilly is more like a lick and a cower, a lick and a cower. Almost as if to say, I’ve been good, right? Lick lick, cower down and lick again until I tell her she is a good girl. Once I have her convinced, she wants down out of my arms and runs off to play.


We like to think that our dogs lick our faces out of pure genuine love. In reality, there is much more behind that wet slobbery kiss. As puppies, mother dogs would lick them to clean. Pleasant feelings and memories of their mothers grooming grows with them and they relate that feeling and show that positive feeling towards us when they greet us.


Another factor is the survival instinct to protect. Wolves and wild dogs will lick each other to remove debris and food from one another in the effort to protect them from prey.


It’s also nice to know that although some people look at dog licking in disgust, it is actually a respectful notion to ones owner. Most say “ do you know where that tongue has been?” Come on people, it’s no worst than kissing your partner with morning breath! Do you love your partner? Do you love your dog? Deal with it!! They love you.

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(And your two legged partner 😉 )

Do pets go to Heaven?

I began my website last year in May of 2012. One of my first articles was about whether or not our pets went to heaven. It never ceases to amaze me how many people do believe that they do. I of course have no doubts, but there are those who do.


I have recently posted that I am closing down my site. Mainly because of the lack of interest and traffic I need so much in order to keep it going. So today in my email I found some messages I believe came from a higher source than myself or any other Human. Call me crazy, but I do believe in a Higher Power. That power is God. One of these messages (among many that I have received) made me wonder if maybe I should still chase after my passion. That passion for the past year has been to   research, write, and gain knowledge in the best interest of my Best Friend, Austin, my buddy, my pal, my loving Dachshund.


Though I haven’t yet decided on whether or not to continue working here on my site, I felt I needed to share this inspirational message that was in my email box today. If you have read this article this far, then you really need to go here to read my very first website post. If you love your dog as much as I love mine. (Which by the way I now have two little fur babies) then you will take relief in knowing that there is indeed a heaven for our pets. They will be the first to greet you when you yourself leave this earth.


So for now, thank you for reading and maybe I will continue to write. Right now I am just taking ravish in knowing I can rest in peace in heaven with all of my loved ones. This of course means my Best friends, Missy, Mouse, Smokey, Lady, Austin, and Lilly. These best friends of mine and for all animals have been the passion of my site here at:

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Contaminants in water

Spring time is just around the corner, or I hope so anyway. Its difficult walking the dogs along side of the snow covered banks.  Once the snow starts thawing the roadways will be more assessable.



However the melting snow and all of the roads still covered with salt and chemicals can pose a danger for your dog. Did you know that if ingested, salt that is used to treat roads in the winter time can create havoc in your dog’s digestive system? The ice melt in your driveway should be pet safe.  Many stores carry it. Prices vary from store to store, but when it comes to our pets, it’s worth the price.

Worst of all, antifreeze many times can be in puddles of water in which a car may have been parked or broken down. With the melting snow and water drainage from driveways and garage’s, it is difficult to recognize a poisoned puddle of water. So when walking your dog in very wet areas, never let them drink from a puddle. Antifreeze ingested is fatal. An animal will drink it because it smells sweet and inviting.

I posted an article last year in May about the dangers of antifreeze. Within that article I write how one dog died shortly after ingestion of antifreeze.

Since then a law has been passed to add a bittering agent to deter an animal or child from drinking it. This law will be in effect next month. Read more….

If your dog becomes sick and lethargic after drinking from a water source you think may have been contaminated, quickly get him to a vet. Time is crucial, and damage is already in effect.

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Abused and Rescued

Was your dog abused? How does your dog respond when he or she is called? Does your dog cower to the ground and become submissive? Is he or she afraid of the firm tone in your voice, and approach you cautiously?

This is how many dogs react after being abused.

I adopted my little girl from a rescue back in November 2012. The foster mom had her for 5 weeks only, but did an amazing job fostering her for the short time that she had her. Lilly is a tiny little chi weenie who gets soooo excited with the least little attention you give her. She is loving and sweet. She is however still cautious of people she has not been acquainted with but warms up to them very soon.

Lilly is even still cautious with me at times. She is still not confident when I call her to come. She will however come on the first call. But by the time she gets within two or three feet of me she cowers and crawls to me on her belly,peeing a little as she does and  looks up sideways to me as if to say, “don’t beat me, please” my heart just hurts knowing she is still so afraid. She is getting better with trusting me to praise and or reward her though. Instead of her tail between her legs when she crawls over to me she is wagging it but unsure yet why she is. I am making it a habit now to raise her head and have her sit up straight and proud in front of me when I call her. Sometimes I have a small treat for her and other times I will just raise and pat her little head reassuring her that she is in fact a good little girl. She is beginning to realize that the tone of my voice when I call her is not a threat, and she will actually look up at me in excitement instead of fear.

When we first brought Lilly home, she had soiled the carpet. When I discovered it, she tried to hide in fear. I called her to come to me in which she did (on her belly) and picked her up gently, and brought her outside with the command to go potty. Of course she cowers to the ground and shook. Once I brought her back inside, she avoided me because she was still not sure what I would do, which was nothing more than bringing her out and then back in to the house with no reprieve.

For a while I could not raise my voice to her for any reason, because she would just shiver when I did. I only had to raise my voice to her when she barked. This poor little thing is such a good girl; there is no other need to raise your voice at her. I can’t imagine why anyone could abuse such a well behaved little dog. There is no excuse for any abuse what so ever, so why neglect and or beat a dog that behaves? With a question like that, I’m not sure I even want to know. It is pretty scary when you know there are people out there that have no respect for life. These are usually the ones that put a label on a dog’s reputation, and blame the dog when it fights back for its life.

When children ask about why people are cruel to animals. Here are 3 different reasons to which you might explain. Keep in mind that the third on the list may be too difficult for your child to understand. This is the one that I mention it scares me’! When you read this, I think you will agree that it is very scary.

If for any reason you become irritated with your furry little friend. Stop, think and realize. We all need work when it comes to patience and discipline.

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Cold Weather and your dogs dry skin


With the cold weather now upon us I have noticed very dry flaky skin on my dogs. Much like myself, their skin has become very dry from the dry cold weather. It is always good however to first rule out more serious reasons for your dog’s dry skin.  Here you can find some of the more serious conditions of dry itchy skin.

Unless your pet has not suffered with dry itchy skin till now, it would be safe to consider it is in fact the dry cold weather conditions that would cause this. Always check with your vet before treating your dog for any aliment you might be concerned about.

Changing your dog’s food
for the winter can aid in restoring a shiny, healthy coat. A diet rich in proteins, and fatty acids will reduce the dry flaky skin. You can be assured also that your dog is still getting the nutrients required for good health.


Reduce the times you bathe your dog. A dog that lives inside during the winter months usually does not need a bath as often as in the warmer months. When your dog however requires a bath, I have found that using an oatmeal based shampoo and conditioner reduces the dry itchy skin and it smells great too! I actually use it all year round. Because I have a pool that the dogs enjoy swimming in, their skin can dry from the chlorine.

If the air in your home is dry. Try running a humidifier. I have a wood pellet stove and keep a heavy pot filled with water on top.


Brushing your dog daily is important to keeping their coats healthy and shining. My little Chi weenie has a very short coat but she actually has more dry skin than my wired hair Dachshund .In between baths, I use a spray conditioning Detangler that controls dander on her and a less matted fur on him.


Remember to check with your Vet before treating your dog or changing his diet. Your vet knows best what is good for your dogs well being. Do this:

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Trimming your Dogs nails

Do you have a hard time cutting your dogs nails? Austin will let me touch his paws, but when it comes to trimming his nails, nooo way!! He is petrified (or just plain stubborn like all dachshunds) He fights, squirms, and tries to jump out of my arms. So at an early age even, I started bringing him to the vets every 5-6 weeks for nail clipping. I thought by now at 6 years old he would be comfortable with it. But it has only gotten worst. It takes three of us to have his nails cut. One to hold him( or try too, to say the least.) another to cut his nails (again, with much effort) and myself standing by to reassure him that he will in fact go home with all of his toes! This is one area however he has no faith in me what so ever.

PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer - As Seen on TV - PetSmartI even went out and bought the pedi paws nail file a couple of years ago. Well that didn’t work, he was afraid of the sound. Even though I introduced it to him slowly, he wanted no part of his toes being touched.

Now I have Lily, my little 9 lb chiweenie. She too is not too keen on having her nails trimmed. Though she is a lot smaller and easier to handle, I am afraid of cutting her nails too short. So now it’s off to the Vets with two dogs for nail clippings at the expense of $22.00.

“I don’t have my own nails done for this price!”

I decided to make an attempt with the Pedi paws nail trimmer again. This time introducing it to the two of them at a much slower pace, and rewarding them each time.

I started with my most difficult little guy. For the first couple of days each morning, I would simply stroke each paw with the trimmer turned off. Once Austin realized that this thing was not a threat, I would reward him with a tiny little training treat. This in itself is not something I enjoy doing however. Austin and I are still struggling to get his weight down, so using treats to reward him is not the best thing. I have to admit though, it is working.

On the third day, I turned the trimmer on and introduced it to him by touching his nails in the way I would eventually file them. I did this for another two days. Rewarding and praising him each time.

Now for the real test! I turned the trimmer on and stroked his front paw with it. Then I held firmly on one nail and inserted it into the file opening. He at first pulled away, as I had anticipated, but without rewarding him I took it back and calmly reassured him in a tone he understood and trusted. He already knows by now that the vibration on his nail is not like the pressure of having the nail cut. I successfully trimmed one nail, and rewarded him. I’m not going to push the issue now. I’ll wait another day and work on one, two, or three nails till he is comfortable with it.

One and a half weeks later, Austin’s nails are finished. Yea!

Now it’s Lily’s turn. OMG! She is worst!! LOL. I laugh when I say this because she actually jumped out of my arms and cowered under the coffee table.
Here we go again! I used the same tactics I used with Austin. Now I have two dogs with neatly trimmed nails. Maybe now I can afford to get a manicure for myself.

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Brushing your dogs teeth

Brushing Austin’s teeth has always been a hassle. It took me two years before I realized it was the toothpaste he didn’t like. I started with beef flavored toothpaste and he refused to even smell it, let alone taste it. So I have to admit that I simply gave up on trying to brush his teeth. (I Know, Bad Mommy!)

I started buying the greenies for him, in hopes that it would substitute for brushing. That didn’t work at first because he would take the treat and go hide it somewhere in the house. Every now and then I would find him chewing on one, but they really weren’t his favorite treats.

Six years later I’m still trying to brush his teeth with a little less effort now that I switched to poultry bastes toothpaste. He really doesn’t like it but tolerates it for the most part. Unfortunately he has gone too long with his teeth not being brushed frequently. The vet tells me that the tarter on his teeth is very little but I should still have them cleaned before tarter builds up. The cost to have a dogs teeth cleaned can be very expensive. Dogs need to have Anesthesia in order for the teeth, gums, and bones to be thoroughly scraped and cleansed. There are methods where a vet can clean without anesthesia, but I read an article about the myth of no anesthesia cleaning. Though it may reduce the cost for cleaning, it in fact sets up more harm for your dog for many reasons stated in this issue.  anesthesia-teeth-cleaning-myth.

It is essential that a dog’s teeth be maintained to prevent serious ill effects on their health. you

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Once your dogs teeth are cleaned and maintained you can also use additives to their food and or water, to help prevent tarter, and leave their breath smelling fresh. I started using the Arm and Hammer Advanced Care dental water additive. Only a month later have I noticed an extreme difference in Austin’s breath. It is still important  to brush your dog’s teeth, but you can have comfort knowing that your dogs water bowl is fighting tarter every time he drinks.

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