Category Archives: Scooby
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?
And if your name is Scooby the elderpin, accidents happen a lot.
I’ve written about the elderpin’s incontinence before. His piddles are half old body problems and half stubbornness problem.
Proof of stubbornness: Our electronic Plexidor doggy door has helped us somewhat in our battle against yellow puddles. But the elderpin seems to more enjoy exiting through a people door and coming back inside through the doggy door. (Luke follows an opposite pattern.)
Recently, I’ve attempted to counteract Scooby’s old body problems with a product that is supposed to contribute to better urinary tract health.
Tinkle Tonic by Animals’ Apawthecary is a liquid mixture of herbal extracts that can be used on dogs and cats. It contains couchgrass root, dandelion root and leaf, echinacea, horsetail and marshmallow root.
The bottle comes with a medicine topper. I have been drizzling the elderpin’s breakfast and dinner with Tinkle Tonic for a couple weeks now. While it’s no miracle cure, and many factors contribute to the little dog’s overall health, I feel like he’s having fewer accidents. The Tinkle Tonic definitely is not having a negative impact on him, anyway.
This late in the game, the best I can do is manage Scooby’s issue. I pay attention to his subtle signs that a pee is coming on:
- Just waking up from a nap, elderpin? Outside you go!
- Are you hanging around the door, nose to the ground? Out you go!
- Did you just slink off into a different room? Out you go, if I catch you in time!
What signs does your dog give you when it’s time to go outside?
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As a toy breed, Scooby the elderpin is not classified as a working type of dog.
But he has almost always had a job.
In fact, he’s worked in a wide variety of industries. You might call the old miniature pinscher a pup of all trades.
Here are a few of the things Scooby the elderpin could put on a resume.
Security Guard (2006-2007)
Back when he worked in a screen printing office, Scooby performed the very important task of guarding the office, including the proprietors’ stash of potato chips. OK, maybe he stole some lunches, but that was his way of showing everyone that he was a tough guy who meant business. And you can bet he made a big point of demonstrating his intimidation power to delivery guys.
As the most prominent canine in a newsroom, Scooby fulfilled a variety of duties. Perhaps most importantly, he comforted young journalists who had stayed out too late the night before chasing down stories.
Home Office Assistant (2009-2012)
This position, which Scooby performed from the comfort of his own home, was not unlike his role as a security guard. He made sure to alert all members of Reliant Media Systems of the arrival of any delivery personnel. He also ensured that the facility’s carpets were regularly cleaned – by giving the business owner a reason to clean up. (Can you guess what that was?)
Product Tester & Professional Model (2011-present)
As my constant companion, Scooby is not only expected to bring joy to my life. He has to earn his keep! Scooby is an eager worker when it comes to trying out the treats, food, clothes and general pet supplies we review here at WaywardDogs.com. He is also a photogenic model for other companies, including my brand Beer Paws.
Pet Resort Greeter (Present)
Scooby goes to daycare at Kennel Creek Pet Resort nearly every day. And he is such an eager beaver that he recently offered to assist the staff at the front desk. From his perch on the counter, he monitors the phone, helps check in guests and keeps the employees company between tasks. He has been caught sleeping on the job, however.
Although I have told the elderpin that he is free to retire at any time, I think he will be one of those guys who always has a job.
Is there anything special on your pet’s resume? Share your story in the comments!
When you’ve been on the Earth as long as the elderpin, you’re kind of a dinosaur.
That’s all I could think about when I slipped him into a Halloween costume I got for cheap at an after-holiday sale.
Rather than transforming him into a dinosaur, though, the ensemble makes him look more like he has a dinosaur on his back.
That metaphor is quite apt.
Although on his best days, he’s still a little T-rex when it comes to food, age is catching up to my sweet Scooby dog. You can see it in his ever-whitening face, his slowed gait and his utter confusion anytime the lights are too low.
Cataracts are making the elderpin blind.
He runs into glass doors and mirrors. We had to put a gate across our back stairs last night because he doesn’t always realize they are there.
Rather than signs of the dinosaur taking him down, I’d like to the think of the gated stairs, the extra sweaters purchased because he’s cold all the time and my cheering him on at dinnertime just more ways I get to show my extreme affection for the little dog love of my life.
Also, I’m not so sure that costume is a dinosaur, anyway.
It looks more like a frog.
And that’s better.
Frogs are transformative creatures. They grow out of one body and into another, and they’re comfortable in two worlds – land and water. Which setting just depends on the season.
Yep, that’s a better metaphor.
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month.
Scooby put on his old rooster costume for a Halloween party at Queen of Paws Boutique last Saturday.
But he walked out of the shop wearing something else entirely.
In addition to advocating and celebrating dogs, blogger Terri G. also makes beautiful pet accessories by hand. Her knit bandanas and more are sold right alongside my Beer Paws merchandise at Queen of Paws.
Scooby and his friend Roxy patiently allowed their mamas to slip them into various pieces from the Sophia & Niko line.
Scooby looked so handsome in his new salmon-colored bandana that we didn’t take it off until last night!
Head over to Time for Poodles to see a great portrait of him wearing it!
You can also see more highlights from the Bow Wow Ween party in today’s post at BeerPaws.com.
At Halloween time, women get away with dressing scandalous.
And dog mamas finally have a genuine excuse to put our pooches in adorable little outfits.
Costumed pups have been prevalent at nearly every pet event I’ve attended this
I’ve seen chubby beagle fairies, dachshund dinosaurs and more.
One of my favorites so far is this simple yet totally cute Rufferee outfit we spotted at last Thursday’s Yappy Hour at Coffee Girl’s Cafe.
Luke and Scooby aren’t totally sure what they’ll be for Halloween this year.
Luke tried on a DIY
Dog Duck Dynasty outfit last week.
He looked pretty good, I think.
And the outfit only consisted of two pieces – an orange hunting dog vest that we bought a long time ago at Cabela’s and one of Zach’s camo fishing hats.
Scooby might pick up a new costume this Saturday during the 2nd Annual Bow Wow Ween Costume Pawty at Queen of Paws Boutique in Prairie Village, Kansas.
The event includes a costume contest, pet portraits, free treats and a discount on everything in the store.
What is your dog going to be for Halloween?
Facebook friends and fans know by now that Scooby the elderpin was made famous yesterday.
A large photo of him standing on his tippy toes appears in the The Pitch newspaper’s annual Best of Kansas City issue, which hit news stands yesterday.
As you can imagine, the attention is going to his head. He likes to hang out near his photo spread and keeps demanding extra treats. Last night, the little prima donna tried to steal a steak bone from Luke.
I sure hope his little ego doesn’t get him into trouble with the other dogs when he goes to Kennel Creek Pet Resort for daycare.
I can just see him hustling some other dog’s girl out in the play yard. “Have you ever snuggled someone famous? Wanna go back to my private suite?”
At least I can say that on the night of the actual photo shoot, Scooby was a gentleman.
In fact, as the oldest gentleman at the studio, he got to be photographed first.
Camera man Chris Mullins and Pitch Art Director Ashford Stamper recognized the little old guy’s star quality as soon as he began dancing for snacks. (Dude got so excited over Beggin’ Strips he danced right off the prop box at one point.)
Because I had to help the elderpin pose, I don’t have any shots of him being shot. But I did snap a few images of the other cute pups in attendance that night.
Not all of the dogs who appear in the Best Of issue were part of our shoot.
Our friend and cover boy Dusty Rhodes was part of a previous session.
You can read more about him – and how he’s rocking my products – in yesterday’s post at BeerPaws.com.
If you live around Kansas City, I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Pitch’s Best Of issue.
In addition to the adorable photos, it is packed with great writing and is sure to turn you on to some new places and faces unique to the metro.
It’s worth looking into even if you aren’t from Kansas City. You can view it online.
And if you really want a hard copy, let me know. Maybe I can get Mr. Famous Elderpin to put his paw print on a copy that I can mail.
Do we look cute or what?
As promised, here’s a gallery of Luke, Scooby’s and my recent photo session with Fido Fetch Photography.
What’s your favorite picture from the collection? (Click on the image to enlarge.)
Have you ever had a portrait session with your pets? Tell me about it in the comments below!
If you are in the Kansas City area, I highly recommend booking a pet portrait session with Fido Fetch Photography!
Several times every day, a brief, soft, electronic hum emanates from our laundry room.
It’s a sound of domestic luxury, of human convenience, of canine indepedence.
This special new entrance to our home is no ordinary pet door. It’s an American-made, high-tech device that offers peace of mind to people while empowering their pets.
What’s so awesome about the electronic pet door?
Mainly, the fact that this door won’t open for anyone but your pet – as long he’s within a few inches and wearing the special RFID collar tag that activates the door panel.
When I found out that PlexiDor was offering to install pet doors for 50 bloggers around the country through a special BlogPaws campaign, I actually squealed with excitement.
I’ll never forget that night. Zach and I were out shopping. The announcement of the opportunity popped up in my email as he was trying on shoes. Right there, in the shoe store, I started filling out the application on my smartphone.
In addition to sharing stats about my blog and how many people follow me on social media, I had to explain why my family could really use a pet door.
My reasons were many, and if you have dogs, I am sure you can relate.
Why the Wayward House really needs a dog door:
- Scooby the elderpin has incontinence problems, and so he needs to go outside a lot (or else he goes inside).
- Scooby the elderpin knows that he should go outside, but sometimes I don’t realize he’s jumping up and down at the door.
- Scooby the elderpin’s issues also mean he often wakes me up multiple times throughout the night in order to be let outside.
- Although Luke has a bladder of steel, he’ll soon be in his elder years.
- Zach and I both work away from home during the day and are not always able to get home for the boys’ midday potty break.
- Due to our work schedules, the boys now go to daycare at Kennel Creek Pet Resort almost every day. That works out great and is part of my Kennel Creek brand ambassadorship, but there are still some days when I’d prefer to leave them home.
- Because I don’t want to stress my dogs out or make them uncomfortable, for years I have been afraid to leave the house for more than four hours at a time without experiencing serious guilt. This has cut short many date nights and across-town adventures.
To my serious surprise, the PlexiDor decision makers smiled on me.
Not only was I selected to receive a pet door to review, but I was able to get the electronic version. When I learned about this, I squealed again. A dog door – especially an electronic one – is a luxury I may never have purchased on my own.
So, how is the PlexiDor working out?
I’ll be honest. I was nervous in the beginning.
Our door is designed for dogs as big as 85-pound Luke, but he still has to duck to get through the opening. Conversely, I worried that the large size door panel could come down on the elderpin and hurt him.
Fortunately, the PlexiDor has a sensor so it knows if there’s a dog or something else blocking it. I tested the door with several objects, including my own wrist. It doesn’t press down very hard, and if it hits a foreign object more than a few times, it freezes open and beeps like crazy. That made me feel better.
Ducking to get through the door hasn’t been a problem for Luke. He seems to have fun with his newfound freedom, and goes in and out much more than Scooby.
The PlexiDor represented two changes for Scooby – a new way to get outside and the need to wear a collar at home. The elderpin had not worn a collar regularly in years but needed one for the RFID tag that opens the PlexiDor. Luckily, his new custom Beer Paws collar by waggiwear arrived just days before the PlexiDor installation (by Four Paws Fence) was completed.
The RFID tag is a little clunky but not heavy. I attach Luke’s to the very bottom of his chrome Beer Paws bottle opener, which seems to help the sensor recognize it.
The elderpin hasn’t completely embraced the new entrance and has made a few messes since the installation.
However, he’s getting used to his new reality, and seems to understand that if he jumps up and down really close to the door, he can get back inside after doing his business. I say that’s pretty good for a ghostfaced dog of indeterminate antiquity!
The Overall Verdict
Allowing free access to the backyard would not be an ideal situation for all families, including ours in the recent past. However, I feel comfortable allowing our current pack the privilege to come and go freely into our backyard that is surrounded by a privacy fence.
I would be curious to know if there is a difference in the learning curve for the non-electronic doors. However, from a pest and personal security standpoint, I am glad we have the electronic version.
Although our dogs are still getting used to having their own special entrance to the house, I now never want them to be without one.
I feel proud every time I hear the whirring sound of a dog coming in or out of the PlexiDor unprompted. This experience proves that you can teach old dogs new tricks and reinforces my belief that they can manage their own needs well if you set them up right.
Luke and Scooby will continue to go to daycare regularly, but the door is great for evenings, weekends and those mornings when I’m moving too slow to get them to the kennel before work.