Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Street Etiquette for Dog Walking

My friend Kristine's awesome post on Rescued Insanity two days ago hit hard on "ignorant dog owners" who, among other things, let their dogs run loose, don't give other dogs space on the sidewalk, don't supervise their dogs at the dog park, use extendable leashes on unruly dogs, and dominate their dogs instead of working to understand them. Her sentiments received kudos from many, and riled a few.

Sidewalk etiquette has become a hot topic in the news lately, too. Last week the New York Post reported that a street fight erupted when a man stepped over a dog on the sidewalk. The dog walker became angry when a passer-by stepped over his chihuahua, instead of walking around. He exchanged words with the man, who responded by landing a blow to the face, which knocked the dog owner out cold.

The dog walker is in serious condition with contusion, brain swelling, and fractured skull.

Obviously there are hotheads everywhere who yell insults and throw blows to resolve problems. Which is not what we want. So what are the rules for proper pet-iquette on our sidewalks?  How should we respond when an irresponsible dog walker creates a situation that is annoying, frustrating or even dangerous? If we say something, could we even put ourselves in danger of being assaulted? The Post published their tips on  How to Not get into a Fight with a Dog Walker.

Here are a few of my own rules for Street Etiquette for Dog Walking:
1. Don't assume that every dog you pass wants to play with your dog. Some dogs, like Kelly, feel threatened or afraid when approached by other dogs.

2. Please keep your fence in good repair. It makes me nervous when I walk my dog by your house, and your dog's teeth are snarling at me from behind a giant hole in the fence.

3. Don't let your dog run loose. It's stressful to try to take a nice walk while keeping an eye out for loose dogs who might run up and set my dogs off, or even worse start a fight.

4. If we do pass by on the sidewalk, please keep your leash short, and keep your dog on the opposite side of you. I'll do the same, and we should be able to pass without a problem.

Do you have some rules of your own to add?

*Thank you Kristine for inspiring this post.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Family Portrait

This weekend we took all three dogs and decided to get a picture of them together. Sounds easy, right?

The new member of the family isn't quite on board.

Zeke: "Is this what you wanted?"

It's hard work being a puppy.

Zeke: "I'm outa here!"

Finally, we got a reasonable one- Not perfect, but not bad.

 Now, maybe a change of location.

Someone's sleeping on the job.

Close, but a little too much leaning.

Again, not perfect, but here's the family!

1. Get on their level...don't shoot down at them.
2. Watch your background. Make sure there's not distracting clutter behind them.
3. Get the shot early before they get tired or bored.
4. If it's outside, it's really hard to avoid having the tongue hanging out.
5. Use a squeaky toy to make a sound to get their ears up. We use a squeaker that Kelly removed from a toy, and we can easily hide it in our hands so they won't get overexcited at the sight of the toy.
6. Act fast!

Good luck getting your own family portrait!

Friday, July 18, 2014

K9 Kamp Rrrrroundup

K9 Kamp is over! We just completed 3 weeks of Kamp fun and fitness, brought to you by Slimdoggy, To Dog with Love, and me, The Writer's Dog (surprise! Peggy's Pet Place relaunched with a new name and a new look half way through Kamp! Same blog, same features, same Kelly and known as The Writer's Dog.)
We hope you had fun in your backyard, park, or someplace outside with your dog. Running, tugging, jumping....we can't wait to see how you spent your days at Kamp!

Now for some announcements:
K9Kamp is over for this year, but we'll all meet again one more time:
K9Kamp Around the Kampfire blog hop- FRIDAY JULY 25th!
You have one week to gather your results and prepare your post to share your K9Kamp results. Link up next week and see how all the other Kampers have done!

We'd also like to announce our winner for the K9Kamp amazing prize package!

The package includes: Drinkwell pagoda fountain (donated by Petsafe), Collarific dog bandana (donated by Collarific Dog Bandanas),Kyjen dog agility obstacle course starter kit (donated by Petco), K9FITbone balance gear (donated by DogTread), 1 pkg 100% natural Omega dog treats (donated by SmartCookee), 7 inch center bone (donated by Jones Chews), handmade porcelain dog bone pendant (donated by For Love of a Dog),  K9FITvest weighted vest (donated by DogTread).
and the winner, chosen by random draw, is:

Jan at Wag n Woof Pets!

Congratulations Jan! We can't wait to hear how all those prizes help keep your dog a FitDog!

See you 'round the kampfire!
Join the FitDog Friday hop! Sponsored by Slimdoggy, To Dog with Love, and (the new) The Writer's Dog.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blog the Change for Animals- Less Adoptable Pets

Years ago, when we were looking for a dog to add to the family, we arranged to meet an adoptable Basset Hound. We figured a Basset pretty much fit our lifestyle--laid back, slow moving. But when we met her, we couldn't help noticing that her teats pretty much dragged on the ground. She was sweet, laid back, friendly--and yet, we couldn't get over the site of those uh, unattractive teats. Sadly, it wasn't a match. I hope she found a great home.

Now, years later, I've learned that those teats were most likely a sign of overbreeding, and that she'd had too many litters. Probably a puppy mill dog. And I feel sad that we didn't give her more of a chance. She deserved a loving home just as much as any other pet. She is just one example of a Less Adoptable Dog. Here are some more:

Chart from Petfinder,com.

We've since adopted many less adoptable dogs, and I've learned what makes an attractive dog:

Big, deep eyes, that look into mine and make a connection.

White whiskers, that tell me she's been through a lot in life, and is wiser because of this.

Four furry paws that willingly walk toward me--or sometimes three, or maybe even two. 

A wagging tail, whether it's a whip, or a snip, or a bushy mop, or a curly nub of a tail.

A smile, even if it's crooked or missing teeth.

Less adoptable pets are seniors, handicapped, sick, or somehow considered homely. Black colored dogs are adopted less readily than other dogs. Special needs animals. Blind or deaf animals. Petfinder says that less adoptable pets sometimes wait for more than two years to find a home.

If you're looking for a great pet, consider one of these sweeties (or a less adoptable pet near you.)

Big feet, big heart!

Wearing the inflatable collar is his fashion statement.

She's in therapy, but there's no shame in that.

He thinks they took his summer haircut a bit too far.

Young at heart

15 years young and feeling good.

So sweet, you can't call him a Bully.

Join the hop! Blog the Change for Animals.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ike takes Zeke to the Ball Game

Friday was Bark in the Park at our local minor leaguebaseball park. Ike decided that it was a good time to take Zeke to his first baseball game. Here are the highlights of their night.

Ike loved watching the game!

Zeke was a little more restless.

He enjoyed tine with his dad, however.

Zeke met a new friend who gave him some love.

Here's Tim, our pal who babysat Ike when Mike was in the hospital.

Ike checked out a cute golden in the stands.

Ike measures up!

Zeke has room to grow.

Does your community or professional team have Bark in the Park? If so, check it out, and have a pawsome time, like Ike and Zeke!