Thursday, January 28, 2010
If you have not seen this one yet, check it out! Even though I already have two of my own dogs, I still need a puppy fix from time to time. This is the perfect place to get that... and if you're in the market for a new puppy there are links to breeder sites.
Enjoy! And, if you wind up getting a new puppy of your own, please email me a photo so I can share it with our readers.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Understanding Bad Behavior
Today was one of “those” days. The phone didn’t stop ringing, the hours passed much too quickly and before I knew it, the clock read 8:00 p.m. and I was just getting home.
Unlike normal evenings, my little guys didn’t seem too pleased to see me…. they were oddly distant. I was about 2 hours off schedule at this point, and they were ready to get out of their gated room, get outside to “do their business” and settle in for some serious playtime. Unfortunately, because of my tardiness in arriving home, I was unable to give them the attention they wanted, immediately when they wanted it.
Instead, I took them out, let them prance around the yard and brought them back inside. To my utter shock and horror, they BOTH then went into my daughter’s bedroom and defiled her belongings and carpet!
Why did this happen? What did I do wrong? Both of my boys have been potty trained for, what seems like, forever, and neither one has had accidents in the house since puppyhood. Clearly, they were trying to tell me something.
As I thought more and more about it, I realized that they were merely using their only tool of communication. While their actions were unacceptable (and they were appropriately reprimanded), they were intended to get my attention, express their dissatisfaction and make themselves heard. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty certain that they must have made some sort of pact while I was running late!
As we coast through our lives, juggling parenthood, pet ownership, jobs and more, it’s important for us to remember that the little voices (or barks) need to be heard. If your animals are used to getting dinner and attention at a certain time each evening, any little adjustment may not be so easily comprehended by them. If all they want is a little extra attention when you’ve disappointed them, is it really that hard to give?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Protecting our Precious Pooches
Ever since a coyote was first spotted around our suburban Detroit neighborhood last year, all of us pet-owners have been understandably concerned. Around the same time the Grosse Pointe coyote sightings were becoming a frequent occurrence, pop star Jessica Simpson’s dog Daisy was taken by a coyote from her LA home. The national headlines sent a wave of fear through all of us, as our awareness was certainly raised by the horrible story.
I used to allow my “boys” to go outside and play for hours on end, with little supervision (our yard is fenced). Once reports surfaced of dogs being snatched in areas blocks from our home, we ceased this playtime. In fact, we do not let them outside without one of us present on the back porch standing guard.
While I wish there was a way for us to have more “control” over this situation, the best thing I can do is to protect my little guys. I researched safety tips to keep our pets safe from coyote snatchings. I hadn’t ever thought of some of the suggestions I came across – and I always figured that because our yard is fenced they would stay safe. Not necessarily true.
Below is a collection of web pages I found that offer the best solutions for keeping our little furry friends free from harm. The Humane Society article provides additional insight into why coyotes are more prevalent in urban areas these days.
I encourage you to read these articles and follow the suggestions. You’ll find it actually takes very little effort to prevent a tragedy.
Humane Society – Solving Problems with Coyotes
411 for Dogs – Protect your Dogs from Coyotes
Dog Tipper – Keeping your Dog Safe from Coyotes
Monday, January 25, 2010
New Year... New Beginnings
As owner of two adorable bichon frises, I can tell you it’s hard to find anything that melts my heart like O’Reilly and Finnigan. As mischievous and feisty as they can be, at the end of the day I know all they really want is my love and attention. And, lots of it!
The thing that strikes me the most about my dogs, especially my older one O’Reilly, is their total and complete (and sometimes reluctant) acceptance of change. I wish humans were as easygoing as these two! I bought O’Reilly from a breeder in Ohio back in 1999, my first year out of college. Having recently lost my childhood dog, Dylan, I was yearning for something or someone to fill the void Dylan left.
I wasn’t exactly at a good point in my life to take on a pet, because my life was rapidly changing. But O’Reilly stuck with me through career changes, apartment and house moves, getting married, getting him a canine brother and then our family welcoming our first (human) child last year.
While my attention and focus shifted from one thing, to another, to another, the only constant I’ve had these past eleven years is O’Reilly…. there with his tail wagging, anxiously awaiting a hug or walk from me. He really doesn’t need much, as long as he can simply be near me.
When I reflect on what it means to have this little being at my side, I’m left with one conclusion: We can learn from our animals. We can limit the demands we place upon others, we should show our loyalty on a daily basis and we can “be there” for people by simply being there… no matter what the situation is someone is facing.
I’m so proud to be part of a company dedicated to giving back to our loyal companions. And, I am a person that doesn’t just love feedback and ideas, I thrive on it! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
I look forward to the year ahead, and to getting to know each and every one of you!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Happy New Year from DoggieDeliveries.com
We're looking forward to a great year, and as always, want to thank our loyal customers for making us one of the internet's longest running dog gift websites. We can't believe it, but in February we will be celebrating our 7th Anniversary! We couldn't have done it without you, thank you so much.
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