Thursday, 31 July 2014

Thursday Barks And Bytes | Walkies

In the summer, long country walks are definitely on the agenda. Today we decided to visit a local attraction Trentham Gardens, it has things for all the family to enjoy including a shopping village a garden centre but most doggy friendly for us is a mile long walk around the lake.

If you are anything like us we make the most of the great weather. So we packed up the car and set off ready for our new adventure around the lake. Doggy free, we have been several times before but have never taken the plunge to include Lottie. She did not let me down one bit and was extremely well behaved and walked to heel right around the lake. She meet some great doggy friends (and humans) and was loved and admired by many.

Waiting in the queue patiently
This is just one of the new doggy friends we made. This super cute little chap is called Mush he was so much fun.

My little legs are so tired, time for a sleep.

Who else loves a long summer walk with their dog?

Jessica and Lottie

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wordless Wednesday | Puppyville

Jessica and Lottie

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Pet Parade | Summer Safety Series Part 2 - Know your worms

I have a regular subscription with the top dog magazines here in the UK. In one of their latest issues I read an article about dog worming and how important it was that a monthly treatment was given to prevent against fleas and worms. This got me thinking. If Lottie actually had worms would I know? Do I actually know the main symptoms? The answer shamefully was no. After some research I decided to pass my newly found knowledge on to you guys.
These are the worming tablets we use.
Now summer is here, Lottie will be spending a lot more time in the garden, on long summer walks and coming in contact with lots more dogs. As a result of this it can cause your dog to be more susceptible to worms.
There are five different types of worms and below I will summarise each one along with the symptoms that your dog could display when they have the infection. Your dog will display different symptoms depending on the type of worm infection they have so it's really important to recognise the signs and apply the right dog worming treatment when necessary.
Tapeworms looks like flat ribbons and are made up of small segments. These segments can break off and be passed in your pet’s faeces. If you suspect your dog may be suffering from tapeworm, look closely at their faeces as these small segments can be visible and could look like grains of white rice.
Signs your dog may have tapeworms include:
  • Gradual weight loss
  • Itchy bottom
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dull coat
  • Extra licking of anal area
Roundworms are the ones that look most worm like in their appearance compared to the other four. They can look like a piece of cooked spaghetti and can grow up to several inches long. A warning is that roundworm can actually be passed between dogs. It is quite common for puppies to be born with roundworms as they contract them from thief mothers.
Signs your dog may have roundworms include:
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • A ‘pot belly’
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness
Hookworms are similar in appearance to roundworms, but have teeth at one end. The teeth allow them to ‘hook’ onto your dog’s intestine. Hookworms are parasites which survive by sucking blood from your pet, which could put your dog at risk of anaemia.
Signs your dog may have hookworms include:
  • Constipation
  • Dry cough
  • Dull coat
  • Weight loss
  • Stomach ache
As the name suggests, heartworms affect a dog’s heart. They are transferred to dogs by infected adult female mosquitoes. In most cases, by the time your dog displays any of the symptoms associated with heartworm, the disease has progressed to a very advanced stage. Fortunately, the infection can be picked up in routine blood tests.
Signs your dog may have heartworms include:
  • Tiredness
  • Weight loss
  • Breathing problems
  • Dull coat
  • Enlarged abdomen
Like hookworms, whipworms are bloodsucking parasites. However, these are particularly difficult to identify as they can’t be seen like the other types. Your dog is most likely to contract whipworms by coming into contact with other dogs’ faeces. This could be as simple as your pet licking his paws after walking on ground where infected faeces lie.
Signs your dog may have whipworms include:
  • Blood in faeces
  • Weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • Licking of stomach area
  • Gas
Although not as widespread, lungworms can also affect dogs and are emerging as a more common problem in many dogs, particularly in the UK. Dogs get lungworm by eating larvae found in infected snails, slugs or frogs. They can also accidentally eat infected tiny slugs if they are on a toy or their fur. The lungworm larvae then grow inside the dog and the adult lungworms move through their body to live in their heart and blood vessels. Dogs can’t pass the disease directly from dog to dog but they will pass the larvae in their waste. This then infects more slugs and snails who are eaten by more dogs, so the disease can rapidly spread within the dog communities.
Signs your dog may have lungworms include:
  • Coughing
  • Breathing problems
  • Reluctance to exercise
  • If a dog gets a minor injury, like a small cut, it might bleed for longer.
  • Abnormal blood clotting.
The best way to prevent your dog from worms is treat your dog with veterinarian approved medication every month starting at eight weeks old. (Note: puppies need worming too but at a different time scale to dogs).
If you suspect your dog is suffering from any type of worm infection it is important to seek professional advice from your veterinary surgeon.
It's also advised that a monthly flea treatment is given to prevent your dog from contracting fleas.
This is the flea treatment we use.
Jessica and Lottie
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wordless Wednesday | Wait, wait, wait...

Jessica and Lottie

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tasty Tuesday | Kong Quest Review.

Lottie loves food. What dog doesn't? So for her birthday which was the 12th July I decided that most of her toys would be food orientated as that's what she seemed to like best.

After much debating in our local Pets At Home store I settled for a Kong Quest Bone. We love the Kong brand in this house and Lottie nearly has the full collection. From our experience they are durable, fun and can really come in handy when us humans are not around. Lottie is very used to a stuffed kong either frozen or unfrozen. So when we saw another product that can be filled with treats I just had to buy it. Boy am I glad I did.

Over the weekend we had some really high temperatures with some parts of the UK reaching 30 degrees. Dogs and heat are just not a good combination and Lottie really suffers as the heat rises. Luckily her frozen treats come to rescue and I only have to open the freezer and she knows exactly what she is getting.

On Saturday morning I decided to use Lottie's new Kong Quest to see if it reached up the normal standards we expect. Needless to say it reached them and higher

To fill the Kong Quest I used the wet variety of the food Lottie's normally eat and a few strawberries (Something which Lottie had not tried before). The holes at the end of the bone are surprisingly big and I fitted at least two spoons of food in each one. I popped it in the freezer and waited for it to set.

About two hours later I looked to see if it has frozen, and it had! As soon as I opened the freezer door Lottie came bounding through in excitement. Once I actually had the toy in my hand she rushed outside and waited patiently on her bed until I came through. After I few photos she could finally do the taste test.

Her normal frozen Kong will last her around 20 minutes depending on what we stuff it with. The Kong Quest however lasted her a good 45 minutes and even once it was virtually empty she kept going back to it to empty that tiny little last bit (Something she doesn't do with her normal kong, often there is some still left at the bottom).

As you can see Lottie had great fun with her new Kong toy. It definitely gets 5 out of 5 in our woof rating. It's a great toy with so many advantages it's easy to use, durable, reasonable priced, stimulating and dishwasher safe making cleaning really easy! The only thing I would say is that if you do decide to use wet food or something similar it may be best to give your dog the toy outside as it can become quite messy once the food starts to melt. For an indoor version I would just swap it for dry treats or biscuits.
Jessica and Lottie

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Monday's Mischief | Pool Time.

Well summer is officially here so that means only one thing. It's pool time! As I mentioned in my Summer Safety Series one great way of keeping your dog cool in the hot weather is a small paddling pool.

Lottie's having her summer groom tomorrow so we thought its best she gets some pool time today (We tend not to let her in after she has been groomed).

Come on mum fill it up!

How does this thing work?

Previous times when Lottie has been in the pool she hasn't been 100% sure. She goes in for a few seconds then jumps out. This time I decided to place a treat inside the pool and here's the results.
Don't worry guys the thing floating in the pool is just a treat!
She spend at 20 minutes trying to get the treat out which she eventually did do. I highly recommended this for dogs that are not sure of water. It sure has worked with Lottie and she even kept going back for more long after the treat had gone.
Jessica and Lottie

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Shine On Award!

Wow we have been nominated for our first award! Thank you to the lovely Your Designer Dog and A Spaniels Tails for nominating us you really need to check out their pawsome sites! Lottie and I are so honored to be nominated, it's great to hear how much other people are enjoying reading about our adventures! 

So the rules of the Shine On award are as follows:

  1. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for a Shine On Award, provide links to their blogs, and notify them on their blogs
  2. Visit and thank the blogger that nominated you.
  3. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back
  4. Share 7 random things about yourself.

Here are my seven random facts: 
1. I have a disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones) it just means my bones break more easily than normal. 
2. Due to my disability I have broken over 100 bones unbelievably that was the total count when I was 13. I'm now 22!
3. I had already chosen Lottie's name before she was even born. 
4. I love peanut butter and it is the only thing I will eat on sandwiches. (Lottie loves it too)
5. Lottie is my first dog but I have had lots of other furry friends including 2 rabbits 3 birds 2 hamsters and a Chinchilla called Holly who is still living at the age of 18. 
6. My middle name is Louise (Original I know, blame my parents). 
7. I have a slight obsession with our local Pets at Home store and will normal visit once a week. 
Lottie has so many play toys she even has an indoor and outdoor toy box. 

Now on to the nominations. I really enjoy the following these blogs. They all have such great content and we love finding out what they all get up to in their doggy lives! 
1. Slim Doggy
2. Rubicon Days 
3. Come Wag Along
4. Crazy Dog Life 
5. Spencer the Goldendoodle
6. Confessions Of A Rescue Mom
7. My Kid Has Paws
8. A Spaniel's Tail 
9. My GBGV Life
10. Sassy Schnauzer
11. It's Dog Or Nothing
12. Pawsitively Pets
13. My Brown Newfies

I follow all these fantastic blogs and encourage you to go and visit them too!

Jessica and Lottie 


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Summer Safety Series Part 1 | 7 tips to keep your dog cool this summer.

I live in the UK and we are currently in the grip of a heatwave which could see temperatures reach up to 30 degree this weekend. You may think looking after dogs in summer is common sense but with so many dogs suffering unnecessarily it really does not harm to go back to basics.
Dogs are great at many things but keeping themselves cool is certainly not one of them. So it's best us humans give them a helping hand. Here's how: 

1. Keep them hydrated. 
I know you are thinking, yeah obviously dogs need water. But it's really important to keep their water bowls topped in the summer with clean cool fresh drinking water. Especially as it's goes down quicker! During the really hot days we also like to add some ice cubes to keep it cooler for longer. I know there has been several suggestions of the possible harm ice cubes can bring to dogs. Personally, Lottie loves them and we feel they are just a myth. There is however always this handy Rosewood Cooling Bowl which needs no ice cubes what so ever. We also like to use our travel water bottle to take some with us on those summer evening walks.

This is great for travelling and we don't leave the house without it. 

2.  A child's pool for your furry children. 
It's definitely summer in this household when Lottie's pool comes out. She loves it and it's a really cheap fun way to keep her cool. It's doesn't need to be anything fancy just a cheap children's one will do fine (Ours was under £5!) I am aware you can buy proper doggy pools but personally feel they are over rated and definitely over priced!

Lottie loves the hose pipe. 

3. Make some yummy frozen doggy treats. 
If your dog is anything like Lottie they will love eating more than anything on earth! Until this summer we had not tried frozen treats, needless to say we are hooked. It's a great way to use your dogs love of food to your advantage by feeding them treats that are cool, high in water content or both. Lottie's favourites are a frozen Kong stuffed with lots of yummy treats, frozen Popsicles, peanut butter ice creams and an easy no need to prepare treat of frozen cucumber which has the added bonus of been full of water. 
Lottie's favourite frozen Kong. 

4. Provide a nice cool spot. 
Whether it's indoor or outdoors don't forget to provide your dog with somewhere nice and cool to lie. Lottie will often be seen sprawled across our kitchen floor tiles. We also leave the curtains and blinds shut in one room all day so it's keep it extra cool, we both then have the option of going and cooling off in there if the heat gets to much. If you don't have a cool flooring or your dog is outside soak a towel in cold water and let your dog lie on that instead. It's also handy for cooling your feet on too!

Cooling her belly on the kitchen floor tiles. 

5. Don't forget the shade. 
We have a lovely back garden but unfortunately not many shady spots. If your dog is outside don't forget to provide a shady spot so they can escape the hot rays! We like to set up a few umbrellas or a table which makes a shady spot underneath. There is also the option of a little pop up tent which could provide the ideal spot. 

Here's Lottie favourite shady spot! 

6. Less hair is not always best. 
As tempting as it may be to have your really furry dog cut extremely short in summer, DONT!. Your dogs furs is actually providing a barrier which stops them getting sunburn and acts as an insulation against the heat. This does not means your dog won't benefit from a summer cut (Provided by a professional dog groomer) the undercoat is actually there natural cooling system, if left it can become matted and prevent air flow to your dogs skin. 

7. Never leave your dog in the car! 
It's sad to have to keep repeating this, but time and time again people just don't seem to listen and more dogs end up suffering! Only last week a dog had to be saved from a hot car in our local are when the owner decided to leave the dog for the day whist at a theme park. Many people will response with I left the windows down. In fact leaving the windows down has very little affect on the overall temperate of the car. I always live by the motto of "if your dog can't get out at your destination don't take them'. It's much kinder to leave them at home than leave them in a red hot oven! 

These are just a few ideas to keep your furry friends cool this summer. Do you have any others you would like to share? 

Jessica and Lottie. 

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