Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ike's Halloween Costume

It's a bird....
It's a plane....

Happy Halloween!

What costume is your pet wearing this year?

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface Book Review

October Book Review

The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface--Terribibble Twos
by Catherine Pickles
ISBN 978-845849-31-3
published by Hubble & Hattie

Would you like to know what's going on in a dog's mind? Do you like books told in the voice of a dog? Well, here is a book told in the "quite very actual" voice of Worzel Wooface. And I have to tell you that Worzel's voice is both unique and hilarious. Worzel is a Lurcher living in the Suffolk, England. (For those of us living in the U.S., a Lurcher is a mix of greyhound-type breed and another breed, in Worzel's case a terrier.)

The Terribibble Twos is the sequel to The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface, Worzel's  diary of his first year of life. At ten weeks old he was surrendered to a rescue group, after having suffered abuse by his owner and another dog. His new owner, Catherine Pickles and her family--including five cats--nurture, love, and help smooth out Worzel's issues.

Here is an exerpt from the new book, where Worzel is learning to stay home alone:

"January 8
Mission Home Alone: Stage One
Mum's had a word about Mission Home Alone with the man who lives next door, and letted him know wot we're practicing, and sorry about the noise if it happens. Fred is a saint, Mum says, for puttering up with being our neighbour. He's also A Bit Deaf, which helps, happarently. Stage One for Mission Home Alone is that you should not do making a song and dance about going out. ..I was a bit confuddled about this at first."

If you're looking for a sweet, funny and insightful look at a rescue dog "with issues," be sure to check out Worzel Wooface!

Full Disclosure: We were provided with 2 copies of this book for our review. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Do dogs have nightmares?

The evening was peaceful and quiet, just like most every evening, with my husband and I relaxing in the livingroom and our dogs napping on the rug. Suddenly our rescue golden retriever, Ike, started twitching and crying, a soft yelping sound. His paws moved. When we called to him, he awoke, looking around like "What are you waking me for?" Then he seemed fine.

Was Ike having a bad dream?

Research suggests that dogs dream.
1. Scientifically speaking, dog brains are similar to our brains. So if we dream, it seems likely that dogs dream.
2. EEGs indicate that dogs enter a deep sleep stage, just as we do.

Sometimes we surmise that our dog is dreaming about running in a field or chasing a squirrel. Ike's dreams, if that's what they are, seem like bad dreams. Usually not terrifying, but he cries and yelps. He is not a nervous or anxious dog otherwise, so other than gently calling his name to ease him awake when he cries out, we haven't needed to do anything.

We always awaken Ike, but experts suggest that you don't wake up your dog if he seems to be having a nightmare, in case he awakens confused and becomes agitated. I guess you just have to know your own dog and how he/she responds.

Apparently dog dreams are common. Does your dog have dreams? What do you imagine he is dreaming about? Do you think he's having a good dream, or does it seem like a bad dream like Ike?