Category Archives: Dogs
All kinds of dogs end up in animal shelters.
Black dogs, white dogs, purebred dogs, mutts.
Some types of dogs seem to wind up homeless a little more than others. This is why talk in the rescue community is often focused on pit bulls.
But did you know there’s a Chihuahua problem, too?
The world’s smallest dogs also crowd the shelters on both coasts, according a recent article in the New York Post.
A lot of Chihuahuas also seem to pass through the shelters here in the Midwest, where I live.
As the devoted servant of a very small dog who is often mistaken for a Chihuahua, I appreciate their plight.
Very small dogs take special care. They get cold. They get scared. They can get annoyed people’s propensity to want to pick them up all the time.
But due to their size, and consequent ability to go just about anywhere with you, I think the closest dog-human relationship possible is with a tiny dog. At least, that has been the case for me.
So, if that sounds good to you, go out and adopt a Chihuahua today. (Especially in this case, I urge you to adopt not shop.)
Here are three Chihuahuas I would really like to see adopted soon. Click on their names for more information.
Are you a Chihuahua person? Share your favorite Chihuahua story in the comments!
One of the best-behaved dogs I know used to be wild.
Dulcinea is a mutt.
Her mom Adriene Norton guesses she might be a part doberman, part corgi and part lab.
Adopted in 2012, Dulcinea was at one time living on the streets, totally feral.
Now, she’s working toward a career in Hollywood.
Dulcinea knows all kinds of things. She sits, stays, lies down, fetches and climbs on things on command. She’s so eager to please that she’s a perfect candidate for posed photo shoots, including the session she did recently for my company Beer Paws.
All photos in that shoot were taken by Jessica Corsi of JeMoCo Photography. You can view the whole collection on the Beer Paws Facebook page.
You can check out more photos of Dulcinea being cute in her photo portfolio on Facebook.
Says her mom: “I’m just building her portfolio for when we move to LA. She is training to be a print photo model and eventually be in movies!”
I guess I’m a sucker for marketing.
The Trader Joe’s seasonal dog biscuit offering got me again. I picked up this box of turkey and cranberry dog treats a couple weeks ago.
There is no pit bull on the box this time, but there are a lot of other dogs.
My favorite part of the Thanksgiving-themed packaging is the clever way it incorporates the actual size of the turkey leg-shaped biscuits into the image.
Once again, if wheat and soy are an issue for your dogs, Trader Joe’s biscuits may not be the way to treat your dog this holiday.
However, the overall ingredient list is short. Turkey comes first, and the hardest thing on the list to pronounce is the natural preservative – mixed tocopherols.
I have no problem feeding these to Luke, who loves them.
Also, these festive biscuits are a much safer alternative for pets than many of the food likely to fill your table tomorrow if you are celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S.
Here’s an infographic originally shared by Dogster that will help you remember what table scraps to your dog can and cannot have this holiday season.
My pack and I will be enjoying family time, right here in Kansas City, at my mom’s house. If you are celebrating, what’s your plan?
You can come meet me at the following events this weekend:
It was only a matter of time before we made it official.
Over the past few months, I have been working closely with my friend Chris Sailors, owner of Kennel Creek Pet Resort, to find new families for several dogs.
In addition to working directly with some dogs, we have also networked (with your help!) other animals on behalf of individuals and other rescue organizations.
At some point, Chris and I decided we were spending so much time figuring out which dogs we could help, how to help them and how to promote the efforts of others in animal rescue that our project ought to have its own name!
That’s how the Wayward Dog Foundation was born.
The Wayward Dog Foundation is a non-profit organization based in the state of Kansas. It exists to connect pets and people through adoption and to support the efforts of other animal welfare organizations.
In order for our Foundation to be a success, we will also need help from people in the Kansas City community and beyond.
I have consistently been amazed at the encouragement and support my blog readers have demonstrated for any project on which I have embarked. I hope that you will find this endeavor worthy of the same.
Right now, I just ask you to help me spread the word about the Wayward Dog Foundation and also share the stories of the people and pets we seek to help, as I share them with you.
Our website is not finished just yet, but you can like Wayward Dog Foundation on Facebook!
If you are located in the Kansas City area, you are also invited to attend the Foundation’s very first event.
Beer Paws and Kennel Creek are holding a “revenge party” for Kansas City Chiefs fans next Sunday. You can help us root for our hometown team, enjoy free halftime snacks and enter a raffle benefiting the Wayward Dog Foundation. Admission is free.
The food and treat market for pets is trending away from products made overseas and toward boutique brands made, right here in the United States.
It’s an exciting time, with many creative recipes being rolled out.
Lincoln Bark is a new company based in Chicago that makes cat and dog treats in small batches, by hand. The products contain no wheat, soy, corn, preservatives or additives. But the dog treats do contain an unusual ingredient – Chia.
Chia is a plant in the mint family. It is the same plant that sprouts on Chia Pets.
In human health food circles, Chia seeds have been quite in vogue over the past few years.
That’s because a lot of folks consider Chia to be a superfood. Health guru Dr. Andrew Weil says Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, other vitamins and are a source of fiber.
Apparently, savvy farmers have already begun adding Chia seeds to chicken feed to boost the omega-3 levels in eggs. In foods for people, I have seen Chia advertised in baked goods, energy bars and even kombucha.
Although Dogs Naturally magazine recommends adding Chia to your dog’s diet, Lincoln Bark represents the first time I have noticed the seeds touted specifically in a pet product.
A PDF on the Lincoln Bark’s website lists a range of good things associate with Chia, including improved digestion, better joint function and mobility and better cardiovascular health.
While I can’t speak to the validity of those claims, I can say that my dogs Luke and Scooby the elderpin have very much enjoyed their Chia-powered Sweet Little Butterpup™ and Treat Smart™ snacks from Lincoln Bark over the past few weeks.
The Sweet Little Butterpup are small, round baked treats, about the size of a dime. They come in a variety of flavors, including Chicken Liver, Salmon, Oatmeal and Pumpkin.
The Treat Smart treats are about the same size, but more square and chewy. These come in Chicken Liver, Salmon, Roasted Peanut and Duck & Pea varieties. I have been especially impressed by Treat Smart because it is something savory and easy for the elderpin to chew.
In fact, a few weeks ago, when Scooby was having digestive issues and refusing food, the first thing I was able to get him to eat was Treat Smart. From that day on, I have fed him one or two Treat Smart snacks each night.
While I can’t conclusively link his good health streak directly to the treats, I can say that he has no issues digesting them. That is something I cannot say for all foods at this point in his life.
Lincoln Bark treats are definitely a hit with my pack.
If you want to try them out for your dogs, check out LincolnBark.com.
Have you or your pets ever eaten Chia?
This post is sponsored by Lincoln Bark. I received treats for my pets to sample in exchange for helping spread the word about Lincoln Bark. WaywardDogs.com only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers, and this post reflects my honest opinion. Lincoln Bark is not responsible for the content of this article.
Who couldn’t love a face like this?
Boris the boxer mix is a stately gentlemen who is currently interviewing potential candidates to become his new best friend.
Don’t be fooled by the look of gray around his muzzle. Boris’ pearly white teeth confirm that he’s just a naturally distinguished looking guy. He’s about three years old.
Boris loves people. He is working on his leash skills, and he already knows how to sit and shake.
Last night, I met Boris for the first time during a Beer Paws event.
Boris volunteered to greet guests as they arrived, and he looked great in his turquoise Beer Paws bottle opener.
I was so impressed by his calm demeanor and the gentle way he interacted with everyone, including children.
Boris is available for adoption through State Line Animal Hospital in Leawood, Kansas.
However, he is currently taking a break from the shelter environment and spending time at Kennel Creek Pet Resort, as a guest of the Wayward Dog Foundation. (What’s that? I”ll tell you more about it this weekend!)
Please share Boris’ story with your network! If he looks like the right dog for you or someone you know, check out his Petfinder profile.
Your Chance to Meet Boris: Unless he is adopted by the time the Kansas City Chiefs take revenge on the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 1, Boris will stop by the Tavern at Mission Farms in Leawood during the game. Kennel Creek and Beer Paws are hosting a watch party there for the game that day. Click here for more details.
“The dog’s agenda is simple, fathomable, overt: I want. ‘I want to go out, come in, eat something, lie here, play with that, kiss you.’ There are no ulterior motives with a dog, no mind games, no second-guessing, no complicated negotiations or bargains, and no guilt trips or grudges if a request is denied.”
- Caroline Knapp
Have you ever put your dog in a pooch pouch?
I used to carry Scooby in over-the-shoulder, purse-style carriers.
We did that to the point that he still sometimes tries to hop in purses left open on the floor.
Over the past few years, though, Scooby has mostly traveled on leash or under my arm.
However, in the span of one recent week, he received two of the same Outward Hound Pet-a-Roo carriers from friends.
I call them pooch pouches because they are backpacks you wear in the front, and your dog sticks out of the little pouch.
The Pet-a-Roos we got are identical except in color.
One is black, one is blue.
I’m not an ace at adjusting straps on products like this, so I waited to try out the pouches until Zach was home and could properly fit them to me. There are a lot of straps.
You have two adjustable shoulder straps, plus one strap that threads through those and goes around your waist. There is also an optional strap you can clip to your dog’s collar or harness.
Other than that, the only way to secure him into the pouch is by tightening the mesh top of the pouch – you just pull the strings and tighten like you would a cinch style bag.
The idea is for these pooch pouches to make the person able to have their little pet close without tying up your hands.
While I wouldn’t put enough faith in that cinch-to-secure mechanism to actually bend over without a hand on Scooby, I can see how the Pet-a-Roo would make walks with Scooby more ergonomic for me once he hits the point of tired feet.
From his perspective, though, I think the Pet-a-Roo could have an ergonomic improvement.
The base of the bag, on which the dog perches is not as wide as my body. It makes a great seating pad, but the design does not allow for a dog Scooby’s size to lay down.
From experience with an improvised knap sack-turned-pooch pouch, I know that while Scooby enjoys sniffing the air (and seeing as much as his cataract-filled eyes will permit), there comes a time on every walk, when he would rather duck down and snooze. This is especially true in cold weather.
With that said, my evaluation of the Pet-a-Roo is this. It’s a novel item that I would consider taking on warm weather walks with KC Pittie Pack, as an alternative to holding Scooby under my arm when he wears out. In these cases, the Pet-a-Roo would actually be far preferable to his wool knapsack. Also, the front-carry design is more comfortable for me than over-the-shoulder messenger-style pet carrier.
Big thanks to my friends Kathy and Heather who gave us the Pet-a-Roos!
Now, if I can figure out how to convert one into a secure doggy seat for the car, we will really be in business!
How do you carry your pet around when he or she doesn’t walk?
Yesterday, I asked you all to help me decide what to write about today. The pretty little Princess won by a hair!
The first time I met this little peapod of Princess, I was shocked to discover she was not Scooby.
I had gotten into a car. In the backseat was a small kennel, and I could just see bits of a black and tan muzzle.
When I got close enough I realized this was no elderpin.
Princess is a young thing – a Chihuahua mix, possibly Chiweenie.
She’s about a year old and came from a home where she did not receive the royal treatment.
That’s a pity, because what she really wants to do is be your cuddle buddy. When she isn’t doing that, she likes to explore. At just about 5 pounds, she also happens to be so tiny, she’d fit perfectly in a pooch pouch, a pet accessory I plan to write about tomorrow.
Princess is currently staying at Kennel Creek Pet Resort, hoping to meet her new family any day.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Princess, check out Kennel Creek’s adoptables page.
Confession: I need your help.
Topics and products I need to address on this blog are piling up, but I don’t know where to begin.
So, I’m letting you decide.
With a comment, let me know which of these things you want to see me write about tomorrow.
1. The Pooch Pouch
2. EzyDog Shock Absorbing Leash
3. Lincoln Bark treats
4. Pretty, pretty little Princess
I’ll do what you say! Vote with a comment by 10 p.m. CST time.
Whichever topic gets the most votes will be the thing I write about on this blog tomorrow!
In the meantime, take a moment to enter my Diamond Pet Foods grain-free giveaway!