Friday, February 5, 2016

Why My Dog Loves Starbucks

Wherever you travel you can almost always count on finding a Starbucks.  We've visited lots of different Starbucks during our cross country trips.  It's the ideal place to stop off if you happen to be traveling with your dog, which we always do! 

I love Starbucks because:

** I met my wonderful husband at a Starbucks *SWOON*
** They're dog friendly (outside on the patio)
** They are all too happy to provide a delicious Puppuccino for my adorable pooch!

Wherever you travel in the US you can ususally find a Starbucks

My dog loves Starbucks because:

** They are all too happy to provide a delicious Puppuccino for my adorable pooch!


My dog loves a Starbucks "Puppuccino"!
Oh Yay!  Mama brought me a Puppuccino!

My dog enjoying a "Puppuccino" at Starbucks!
Slurp!  Slurp!  Mmmm... this is so yummy!

Don't give dogs too much, just a small amount of whipped "Puppuccino" at Starbucks

WHAT?!?  What do you mean it's all gone!??  I was just getting started!

Have you ever treated your dog to a Starbucks Puppuccino?  Leave us a comment, we love hearing from you!


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Girl Scouts Learn About Pet Care and Therapy Dogs

Teaching kids how to properly care for and be kind to animals is important, not just for the animals but for the children themselves. Sure we want our children to grow up to be nice people, but there's an even bigger reason

Teaching the Girl Scouts about responsible pet ownership
It's important to teach kids about being kind to animals
There is a strong link between mistreating animals and violence against people.  Teaching kids how to properly care for pets and be kind to animals helps build compassion and empathy.

Recently, a fellow Therapy Dog handler and I were asked to speak to a local Girl Scout troop about how to properly care for pets and about how Therapy Dogs help people.  The girls were about 10 years old.

Therapy Dogs help kids build their reading skills
We talked to the girls about how Therapy Dogs help kids improve reading skills
I always find it interesting to hear the questions the kids come up with.  I must admit, whenever I talk with kids about dogs they come up with at least one question that throws me for a loop!  I thought I'd share some of the questions the girls asked us in our meeting with them, and the one question I had a hard time answering!

** "Does your dog help blind people cross the street?"  We said no and explained the difference between a Service Dog and a Therapy Dog.   I told them about the volunteer work Icy and I do as a Therapy Dog team like Children Reading to Dogs and College Stress Busters.

** There were lots of questions about how they can convince their parents to let them have a dog!  It sparked some really fun conversation when we asked them to think about what they thought was stopping their parents from saying Yes to a dog.  Apparently, none of them want to clean up a dog's poop, which I'm guessing is a key reason for their parents' reluctance!  We explained why it's important to clean up after your dog.

** "How do you know if a dog is sick?" and "What do you do when a dog gets sick?"  We asked them how their mom knows they are sick, other than telling her so, and explained that a sick dog has many of the same signs as a sick kid; vomiting, diarrhea, or not wanting to get up and play.  We discussed the importance of taking your dog to the Vet quickly if he looks sick.

** I was talking about the responsibilities of owning a dog and got around to discussing that a shelter or rescue is a great place to get a dog because it saves a life.  I talked about puppy mills, how they are hurtful to animals, and why people want to Adopt not Shop.  Suddenly, one of the girls raised her hand and asked "Is (she named a specific puppy store in our town) a puppy mill??  I wasn't prepared for a question like that, I really had to think about the appropriate way to respond! 

I explained the difference between a puppy mill breeder and a puppy store, and that many people believe puppy stores sell a lot of mill puppies.  I didn't want to make any kind of accusatory statement about the specific puppy store, that wouldn't be right and could land me in a world of hurt!  

The Bideawee shelter invited Girl Scouts to talk about Therapy Dogs and responsible pet care
The Bideawee animal shelter invited us to speak with a local Girl Scout troop about Therapy Dog work and responsible pet care 

I told the girls I couldn't say whether or not a specific puppy store bought their puppies from puppy mills but that many of them do.  That's why it's a great idea to get a puppy or dog from a shelter or rescue and save a life.  The girls seemed to understand and agree with that. Whew!

We talked to the kids about how Adopting vs. Shopping can save a shelter pet's life!
It was a lot of fun talking with the Girl Scouts about responsibly caring for pets and how Therapy Dogs can help people.  Talking with kids like this is a great way to lay the foundation for kindness to animals, the proper way to care for pets, and the beauty of the human-animal bond.

NOTE: We were not permitted to take photos of the children for privacy reasons.

Have you ever talked with a group of kids about animals?  What points would you stress when talking with kids about caring for animals?  Please leave us a comment & share, we love when you bark back!

 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Favorite Read Friday

JUST THOUGHT WE'D CATCH UP ON SOME OF OUR IMPORTANT READING TODAY!

Adorable dogs reading!
I just love all these heartwarming dog stories.  *Sigh*

THIS BOOK IS OUR FAVORITE, IT'S A TOTAL CLASSIC!


Adorable dogs
This story about a hero dog is fascinating!
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: DON'T HATE ME!

DON'T HATE ME BECAUSE I'M ADORABLE,


I WAS A MATTED MESS WHEN MOM BROUGHT ME HOME FROM THE SHELTER!


HONESTLY, I WAS!  YOU DIDN'T EXPECT ME TO POST A PICTURE OF ME BEING A MATTED MESS, DID YOU?!?



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Monday, January 25, 2016

Bathe Dogs Naturally With BVH PET CARE Premium Dog Shampoo & Conditioner

It's bath time for Phoebe again!  She's a pretty active dog and loves to explore the outdoors.  Dirt, mud, and grime easily get lodged in her wavy white fur, which means frequent bathing! 

BVH Pet Care's Dog Shampoo & Conditioner contains all natural ingredients

Phoebe isn't always too happy about that, and I worry about bathing her too often.  Frequent bathing with most shampoos for dogs can really dry out their skin.  With dry skin comes itching and scratching, which can lead to "hot spots", sores, and infections. 

I think my frequent dog shampooing worries are over though!  I just tried a great dog shampoo, BVH Premium Dog Shampoo and Conditioner.  It contains all natural ingredients with no harsh chemicals, so I can bathe Phoebe as often as I want without worrying about irritating her skin! 

BVH Pet Care's  Premium Dog Shampoo & Conditioner is safe & gentle

It's a safe and gentle formula that cleans, conditions, moisturizes and deodorizes your dog's fur.  I'm so happy about that deodorizing part because Phoebe has a habit of rolling in all kinds of "stuff" we encounter on our walks and hikes!

BVH Pet Care Premium Dog Shampoo & Conditioner is Cruelty-Free, Soap-Free, Chemical-Free, and Won't Irritate Or Redden your dog's Skin. It's pH balanced specifically for dogs so it won't cause skin irritation and those nasty rashes, bumps and dry flaky skin. 

These are the ingredients in BVH Pet Care Premium Dog Shampoo & Conditioner: 

  • Purified Water based formula
  • Coconut extracts
  • Palm extracts
  • Citrus extracts
  • Rapeseed extracts


  • That's IT!  Nothing but gentle, natural ingredients in this dog shampoo and conditioner!


    The shampoo lathered up beautifully and rinsed off easily. I like that it's not a heavily perfumed shampoo, it has a light clean scent.  It contains a moisturizer to replenish the natural oils in dogs' skin, and a fur conditioner to help control mild matting and provide a soft shiny coat.  It left Phoebe's fur feeling so soft and easy to comb out.  Her fur looked really shiny and bright too!

    BVH Pet Care's natural Dog Shampoo moisturizes and conditions

    I love that BVH Pet Care Premium Dog Shampoo and Conditioner is:

    > CRUELTY FREE
    > MADE IN THE USA
    > BIODEGRADABLE
     
     

     We know you'll love this shampoo, but BVH Pet Care offers a Money Back Guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with their product!


    BVH Premium Dog Shampoo and Conditioner is For use on dogs 12 weeks and older.
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    Sunday, January 24, 2016

    Hollywood Glam

    PHOEBE DISPLAYS A LITTLE HOLLYWOOD GLAM WITH HER "DIAMOND" NECKLACE AND "FUR" TRIMMED SWEATER!


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    Friday, January 22, 2016

    Therapy Dogs Helping Kids

    My favorite Therapy Dog days are the ones where I get to read with the kiddo's!

    Therapy Dogs help children improve reading skills!

    I love meeting all the little kiddo's that come to the library. Mama says I'm helping them be better readers!

    Therapy Dogs help kids be better readers!

    This sweet little girls' voice is so soothing..... I think I'll close my eyes, just for a moment.

    Therapy Dog helping kids with their reading

    SNOOZE,  SNOOZE, ZZzzzzz......

    If you want to learn more about it, read my post on Why Children Should Read To Therapy Dogs to improve their reading skills. 


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