Boarding Your Poo

April 27, 2009 at 11:28 | Posted in dog, yorkie poo | Leave a comment
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mailgooglecomThis weekend I couldn’t take Otto with me to the beach so I left him with my roommate. Had she not been available to watch my little baby, I would have had to board him.

I really enjoyed having my roommate watch him because he was already comfortable in our apartment, she could call me anytime with questions, and she sent me tons of picture messages of Otto and what they were doing!

But I did do some research when I got back from my trip this weekend, just in case that situation should arise when I had no one to watch him for me and he couldn’t come.

Here is a google map of the places to board your dog. As a pup owner you have many options, and are not required to put your dog in a kennel while you are away. Places in the Maryland area range from pet spas and luxury boarding to staying at the home of someone.

Summer Products for Your Poo!

April 27, 2009 at 11:10 | Posted in dog, yorkie poo | 1 Comment
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This week’s tips were about keeping your poo cool in warm weather. So I knew there had to be pup products that are designed just for this purpose and I found Dog Shade and Dog Summer Cooling Productp_7769_fs8730zs

Personally, the only product I could see myself utilizing would be the crate fan.
It is powered by a battery and attaches to almost every crate. It has two speeds and lasts up to 100 hours of use.

I think it would be very useful for driving Otto around in the summer if he is in the backseat in his crate.

It only costs $12.95 so I think for the amount of time Otto and I would be using it it would be worth the investment.

Check out some of the other products such as the dog boots and the pet fountain, maybe your poo could use a summer surprise!

Your Poo Tip of The Week!

April 27, 2009 at 11:00 | Posted in dog, yorkie poo | Leave a comment
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Well it seems as though winter has left and summer has begun with out any kind of spring. My tips this week are going to be about keeping your poo’s cool in the warm weather.

  • Make sure your pup has plenty of water. This is especially important for young or small dogs because just a little time spent in the sun panting can cause them to dehydrate.
  • Try to keep your poo in the shade as much as possible when outside. The temperature may not be too hot but the sun on their coats can create a lot of heat.
  • Homemade frozen dog treats! They are easy enough to make by placing small pieces of fruit in an ice cube tray and freezing, can definitely make an sweltering day better for your Poo.
  • Putting sunscreen on your pups nose, especially if it’s a light color can help prevent their nose from getting a burn!

Otto is more of an indoor dog, but when it is this warm out and he goes out he needs a lot of water. Which then causes him to go have to go out more, so be aware of how much water they are taking in and putting out to keep them healthy.

Your Poo Tip of The Week!

April 20, 2009 at 13:01 | Posted in dog, yorkie poo | 2 Comments
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While home over spring break I taught Otto how to run on a treadmill.

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It is important for Poo’s to get enough exercise and there is a facility in Crownsville, MD called the Canine Fitness Center that offers swimming and other fun ways to keep your pup in good health. Other services include acupuncture, massages for your dog, and an underwater treadmill! I have never heard of this kind of exercise for dogs but I guess there is everything for everyone these days.

According to Country Pups, “The Yorkie Poo does not require a lot of exercise. Most of its exercise requirements can be met through indoor activity, but Yorkie Poos love going on walks with their owner and regular play time outdoors, and have enough stamina to come alongside for a longer jog.”

Otto loves to go on walks, especially when he is in New Jersey and can go with my parents two labs. He gets very tired afterward and is a great way to have him expend some energy.

Don’t Make This Mistake*Part Four

April 20, 2009 at 12:55 | Posted in dog, yorkie poo | 1 Comment
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mms1 My Poo can hear the sound of M&Ms hitting the floor from miles away, he can sense when your hand reaches into the bag. If you asked Otto what his favorite food might be, granted he could talk, he would say M&Ms. So why does my Poo know what those candy coated chocolates are? My roommate. I really shouldn’t be calling her out so much on here (Part Three), but she is a huge helper with taking care of Otto so her mistakes are mine as well.

Otto will beg for anything close to resembling food, he doesn’t care what is it, he wants it. He’s been infamous for stealing underwear and bringing it out into the living, one shoe of each pair – mostly left feet, and even the bottle caps off water bottles so check your possessions at the door.

Anyway, Otto is somewhat of a circus dog. He can balance up on his back two legs for a long time, an abnormally long time and in our apartment there is always a bowl of M&Ms on the table. It was easy for Otto to do a trick such as balancing or jumping from the back of the couch to the front, he’s got a good vertical too, and be rewarded with the closest treat, an M&M.

CHOCOLATE IS TERRIBLE FOR DOGS! Large or small. According to the Dog Owners Digest, “Chocolate contains theobromine. A naturally occurring stimulant found in the cocoa bean, theobromine increases urination and affects the central nervous system as well as heart muscle.”

Do not ever feed your pup or Poo chocolate.  I know how hard it is to resist his little beady eyes and button nose but it can be lethal.

Poo Webcams!

April 20, 2009 at 12:38 | Posted in dog, yorkie poo | 1 Comment
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I originally got a webcam to keep in touch with my deployed Fiance, although we only used it once while he was in country.   Apparently Charm City Networks could read my mind and developed a Dog Webcam that allows you to keep an eye on your pup at all times!

All you need is computer with Internet access and a browser and your separation anxiety from missing your Poo will forever be eliminated!

Chris Whong is the president of Charm City Networks and developed the technology to combatant a problem of his own.  In an article by the Baltimore Dog Magazine Whong states, “This webcam service came out of a personal need. I had a brand new puppy, a Puggle [a Pug-Beagle mix] named OP, and I worked too far to come home at lunch. I set up a webcam that kept me a little entertained at work and let me know if he was upset, or sleepy or happy and what to expect when I got home.”

Whong is creating a voice activated feeder as well.  It seems technology is affecting the Poo world as well!

Don’t Make This Mistake*Part Three

April 20, 2009 at 12:10 | Posted in dog, yorkie poo | 3 Comments
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As a first time pet owner, I make my share of mistakes. One of the biggest mistakes or accidents involving my Poo was not done by me but by someone close to me who shall remain nameless, or also known as my roommate!

It was purely an accident, but do not allow anyone to eat a fried chicken breast in your living room and leave it on the coffee table. The second you turn around your Poo will eat it, bones and all.

This was the situation I was faced with around 10 pm on a Saturday night. Do NOT react the way I did, by panicking and crying and hyperventilating unless your Poo is showing signs of pain. If that is the case then they need to be taken immediately to an emergency pet hospital.

So, after a hysterical phone call to my mom at home in New Jersey, I went to the store purchased some bread and milk and tried to save my Poo from his chicken bone fate.

My vet at home recommends dipping bread in milk, and feeding it to your Poo so if or when they try to pass the bones the milk dipped bread will coat the sharp ends of the bones. According to The Fun Times Guide to Dogs, “Cooked rice (that’s completely cooled first) is ideal, because it is gentle on a dog’s stomach and digestive tract. You could serve up a small helping of plain white rice alone, or mix some cooked rice in with your dog’s normal dog food.”

And just in case you were wondering, Otto survived!

Does Your Poo Like Treats?

April 14, 2009 at 19:20 | Posted in dog, yorkie poo | Leave a comment
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Looking for a bakery in Baltimore? A homemade dog treat bakery?

Lucky Lucy’s Canine Café is located at 1126 South Charles Street, in historic Federal Hill.shapeimage_2

Lucky Lucy’s is a gourmet, dog and cat bakery that specializes and continues to carry on the tradition of baking homemade treats on the property.

Lucky Lucy’s is not only a bakery but a pet boutique that carries designer leashes, collars, and other accessories for not only your dog but your feline friend as well.

I would most definitely encourage you to stop by the last Saturday of every month and meet an adoptee from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.

Lucky Lucy’s also participates in many local fundraisers and March for the Animals is the next upcoming event on Sunday April 19th at Druid Hill Park for the Maryland SPCA.

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I am really looking forward to the event this Sunday and I hope my schedule works out so Otto and I can participate in some of the fun.

Adopt a Friend for Your Poo

April 10, 2009 at 18:51 | Posted in dog, yorkie poo | Leave a comment
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Looking to adopt a new friend for your Poo? Starting April 11th the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter is waving all adoption fees for pets five years or older and all other adoptions are only $40!

The event is called “Get Showered with Love” and runs from the 11th through the 25th. You can visit BARCS at 301 Stockholm St or view over 300 animals on their site.

I would love to get a friend for Otto, he loves to play with my parents two Labs but I do not have the space in my tiny apartment. My Fiance,  who got me Otto, wants to get a Husky maybe another adoption event we can look into it.

Your Poo Tip of The Week

April 6, 2009 at 11:46 | Posted in dog, yorkie poo | Leave a comment
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This post will be similar to last weeks about Training Your Poo, except this week I will give you some tips from eHow on how to crate train your Poo. Otto is crate trained and believe me, I am thankful for that.

  • Get in the habit of putting your Poo in their crate every time you leave. (If your Poo is under 12 weeks, don’t leave them in there for more than three hours at a time.)
  • Take your Poo outside right away after you return.
  • Make your Poo as comfortable as possible inside their crate. Maybe leave them a toy or a bone to chew on. (I cover Otto’s crate with a towel and he just sleeps the entire time I am gone, or so I think.)
  • Don’t punish your Poo by putting them in their crate after they have done something wrong. This leads them to believe every time they are going in there you are mad at them, and that’s bad.

I am a big advocate for crate training. Otto would rather be out of his crate but doesn’t mind lying in there. It’s perfect for long car rides and while I am doing things outside of my apartment I don’t have to worry about him tearing everything apart.

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