Category Archives: Dogtography
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?
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out yesterday’s post and enter to win a big bag of Diamond Naturals Grain-Free kibble and more!
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.
Let me tell you a little about my friend Gayla.
She does amazing work for animals around the community where I grew up. Last year, Gayla founded a non-profit organization called Voice for Companion Animals.
The group’s mission is to improve the lives of pets, particularly those whose owners are facing financial hardship.
Right in my hometown of Beatrice, Nebraska, VCA operates the Critter Cupboard, a food and supply pantry for family pets in need.
By the end of 2013, the organization will have distributed more than 16,000 pounds of dog food and cat food!
But that’s not all.
“Along with food, we hand out new and gently used toys, coats, sweaters, dog houses, crates, brushes, collars and leashes, and just about anything a dog or cat can use,” Gayla says. “We have a couple other programs we run, one being an annual free shot clinic, and we also sponsor free straw for animals living outdoors– feral cats and chained/penned dogs.”
Before starting VCA, Gayla was active in rescuing dogs who spent their lives penned or chained.
“Mostly they were very large breed dogs and it became difficult for me to handle them as I got older and had more health problems,” she says.
Feeling unable to help left a void in her life, but starting Voice for Companion Animals has provided a way for Gayla to give back that works with her abilities. “Personally, I don’t take rescue dogs,” she says, “but I’m always helping to place dogs and get dogs to safety when they are on death’s door. I think once you have been in rescue, you never truly leave. It has an enormous hold on you!”
That is true for Gayla’s family, too. Son Jake is on the VCA board; daughter-in-law Kendra and husband Terry are active volunteers.
VCA works in cooperation with rescue and foster groups to either help pets stay with their people or get into better environments, as needed.
Lucky the yorkie is a great example of the kind of work VCA does.
He was living with two other dogs, two cats and a human family in a six-foot camper. The situation was not ideal for anyone, and so VCA stepped in to help.
Gayla says, “They have no running water. VCA vaccinated all the animals, provided food for months, treats, coats, leashes and collars. But that was not going to help a family living in chronic poverty, so I gently asked them to let me rehome some of the animals. I was able to get two of the dogs to Hearts United for Animals, where they reside waiting for adoption.”
Lucky the yorkie wasn’t in great shape when Gayla transported him to the HUA campus.
“His skin was badly infected from flea dermatitis. His ears were horribly infected, and he was very underweight because he was fed only cat food for the last year. He had a heart murmur and a host of other problems,” she says.
But just look at him now!
Gayla still jokes that Lucky could win an ugly dog contest, but he has become the “campus sweetheart” of Hearts United for Animals. And he will always be one of Gayla’s favorite VCA success stories.
Does Lucky look like the right dog for you? Apply to adopt him through Hearts United for Animals.
If you would like to help support Gayla’s community outreach efforts, you can make a tax-deductible donation through the Voice for Companion Animals website.
You can also support VCA by purchasing Beer Paws online anytime this month. I’m donating at least 10 percent of proceeds from all online sales this month to VCA.
Luke and Scooby are taking a break from dressing up this year.
Technically, our photo is up for an award in a contest over on the Queen of Paws Facebook page.
We’d love your vote, but since we’re the only entrant in our category, I really want you to vote on another picture.
Former foster Minnie and her sister Pan are in the running for the title of Cutest Halloween Costumes. If they win, they’ll get an array of goodies from Queen of Paws – and affirmation that they are adorable girls in their outfits.
To help Minnie and Pan win, simply LIKE the photo album called Bow Wow Ween Costume Contest 2013 and then LIKE their photo.
Are your dogs dressing up this year? Let me know in the comments and feel free to post a picture on the Wayward Dogs Facebook page!
This weekend, my friend Wendy and many others will walk two miles in solidarity.
They will walk for their best friends, human and furry, who have been lost to cancer.
2 Million Dogs is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping pets and people by finding the common links between canine and human cancer. It all began with a man who walked 2,000 miles from Austin to Boston to honor his dog. Now, pet lovers all over participate in Puppy Up! Promise Walks to raise money to find a cure.
The march in my area begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, Missouri.
Wendy helped organize Liberty’s Puppy Up! Promise Walk. She’ll be there. And she’ll be walking for Patrick.
Wendy’s heart dog was handsome German Shepherd. They met in 1997, and for 12 years he was her companion, her confidant and her guardian.
Although full of energy, Patrick was a favorite playmate of all the kids in Wendy’s neighborhood. He seemed to know when to be gentle.
On her donation page, Wendy, who is diabetic, writes about how Patrick watched over her: “When a new insulin was making me drop dangerously low in the middle of the night, he began waking me up when I was so low I wasn’t doing it on my own.”
Patrick bore his own illness with such stoicism no one knew he was sick until his rear leg suddenly snapped in two on a potty break. Wendy rushed him to the vet and learned her beloved dog was dying of bone cancer. He kissed the vets, anyway. And she helped him across the Rainbow Bridge.
That was in 2009. Wendy has other dogs now who she loves dearly, but she will never forget Patrick.
This Sunday, she will walk for him. She invites you to walk, too.
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.
A few weeks ago, I called on you to help me help a friend.
Augie, the three-legged blue heeler mix, had lost his best friend and was overcoming some cosmetic health issues that made him appear less adoptable.
However, the readers of this blog and Wayward Dogs fans on Facebook could see what I could see – and what the family of his late owner could see: Augie is a beautiful soul!
Lots of you shared Augie’s picture on social media and email. In fact, I could hardly believe the wonderful response from so many people interested in trying to get Augie into a safe forever home.
And now he has one – with a grandma, a cat and a basset hound. He also has an extended family of dogs who come visit him often.
Just look at how happy he is!
Thanks again to everyone, especially the family who took in Augie!
Happy Monday, animal lovers!