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July 21, 2009 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

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July 17, 2009 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

A Greyt Inspirations Giveaway!

Be the first to take advantage of a rare Greyt Inspirations Giveaway!

From now until end of June, with every order of $50.00 or more,
you get a FREE carabiner.
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* While supplies last.

May 15, 2009 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Green, Recycled Sweater Dog Toys, Earth Friendly

I was “just browsing the net” this morning and came across a recycled sweater dog toy. What a great idea, especially for dogs, such as our Rowdy Roo, who are very hard on toys.

They are created from thrift shop finds, these recycled sweater dog toys are beautiful and earth friendly! If your dog loves to tug and pull, this is the perfect toy for you. Braided and knotted yet perfect soft for hours and hours of play and fun.

Information from: http://greatgreenpet.com/
Purchase at Bark for Peace

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January 3, 2009 Posted by | General | , , , | Leave a comment

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December 24, 2008 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

A Christmas puppy?

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when you start hearing all of the cautions about not getting a puppy for Christmas. And that’s good advice. It’s hard to introduce a new pet into the household during the holidays. If you think this time of year is stressful for humans, just think how you would feel as a puppy coming into a new household.

Yet, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, 53 percent of American pets are acquired during the holidays. So, obviously, someone is ignoring the advice.

Before you bring that puppy home consider carefully:

Christmas Puppy * Puppies cost more than the purchase price. Even if you are getting a “free” puppy, your new pet will cost you in vet care, license fees, dog food, toys, and so many other ways. It is not cheap to keep a pet. Many pets are being surrendered to animal shelters right now because people can’t afford to keep them in this economy. Can you really afford to get a puppy right now?

* How about the rest of the family? Are they all on board with the idea of a new puppy? A puppy affects every single person in the family. When he eats your husband’s shoe, you will hear about it. Is everyone in favor of getting a puppy?

* Do you have the time to commit to a new puppy? Not only will your puppy live for the next 10, 12, maybe even 15 years, but for the first few months he will need an intense time commitment from you to learn housetraining and good manners. Otherwise he may develop behavioral problems. Do you have the time it takes to train a puppy?

While some shelters and organizations have said they will not adopt any pets during the holidays (which puts these animals at risk of being euthanized), Iams pet food has taken a more proactive approach. I suppose they figure that if people are going to get a pet during the holidays anyway, they should encourage them to adopt. Iams is sponsoring the Home 4 The Holidays http://www.iams.com/iams/en_US/data_root/html/Angel/home4theHolidaysLanding.html adoption event. They are hoping to help get one million pets adopted this holiday season.

Last year they helped get 491,612 animals adopted during this time, so they have raised their goal considerably, but it seems like a worthy project. There is information on their Web site about adopting a pet, donating to the program, volunteering, and for shelters.

So, if you still want that puppy for Christmas, and you are in a position to get one, financially, with your family, and time-wise, perhaps you should check out Home 4 The Holidays. Or, go down to your local shelter and see if they have a nice dog available that might suit you.

The most important thing is that you have thought through getting a puppy. No impulse decisions. You don’t want to get a sweet (or wild) puppy and have to take him back to the shelter in a few days or weeks. That’s not fair to the puppy. Consider carefully before you get that puppy for Christmas.

December 24, 2008 Posted by | General | , , , | 1 Comment

Winter Tips

Winter is really beginning to hit hard in many places. It’s been cold here where I live (22 degrees this morning — brrrr!) and there was a big power outage in parts of New England this week. It’s a good idea to think about your dog’s needs when it gets this cold, whether he lives indoors or outdoors.

Make sure you keep fresh water available for your dog at all times. You can’t depend on snow or ice as a water source, and you really don’t want to encourage your dog to drink too much from these sources. Your dog needs as much water in winter as in summer to keep from becoming dehydrated.

Your dog may need extra calories in the winter, so consider increasing his food amounts. This is especially true if your dog lives outdoors or works or plays outdoors a lot. it takes a lot of energy to keep the body warm in winter so those calories will be used.

Take care of your dog’s paws. Snow and ice both present hazards to your dog’s paws. They can accumulate between the toes and ball up on the fur causing cuts and cracks. So, dry your dog’s feet off after he’s been in snow or ice. You can protect your dog’s pads with either petroleum jelly (vaseline to most of us), or with products made for paws.

Keep your dog groomed in the winter. Grooming helps keep the dead hair removed so the body can insulate itself. Towel dry your dog or even blow dry him if he gets wet outdoors this time of year.

Keep your dog warm and out of drafts. Use blankets or pads on the floors in areas that may be tiled or uncarpeted. If your dog sleeps outdoors make sure he has good shelter, such as a doghouse with layers of warm, dry bedding.

Dogs are susceptible to the same winter problems as people. They can suffer from cold and get frostbitten, and snow and ice can do a number on them. Many dogs love to play in the snow but they can slip and slide in it and on ice and injure themselves, so try to supervise them when they’re outside. Watch out for antifreeze poisoning, too. People use a lot of it this time of year and the taste is very enticing to dogs.

There are fun things to do with your dog this time of year. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean your dog has to hibernate until spring. I know a lot of people who find ways to let their dogs be part of the holiday festivities. One friend likes to get her dog’s picture made with Santa. She also takes her dogs out, wearing their reindeer ears and other Christmas things, to visit people in nursing homes and kids in school. I know someone else who belongs to a caroling group and who takes her dog with her (in costume) when they go singing through the neighborhood. Her dog is always a big hit. Other people have dogs that play a role in their Christmas plans at home, playing with guests, entertaining everyone.

Your dog can even motivate you to get out and get some exercise this time of year. A couple of years ago one woman http://www.wpxi.com/health/9268925/detail.html used her dog as a way to lose weight. She even wrote a book about this weight loss method. On her diet she said she couldn’t eat anything that smelled good or made noises — if she did, it would make her dog come running to get some, too. You can put your dog to work this winter to start your own diet, if that’s one of your goals. (It’s always one of mine.) All the exercise is good for your dog, too.

December 21, 2008 Posted by | General | , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Much to Feed?

I belong to way too many dog e-mail lists. If I’m not careful I can spend all day long just ready e-mail about dogs: puppy antics, dog legislation, dog cartoons, dog breeding, Setters, gossip about dog people, etc. But But there are a lot of people who obsess about dog food and who can’t wait to try every new food that comes out. Well, that’s their choice. But then they write e-mails to the chat lists talking about how their dogs have gastro upsets and diarrhea and they don’t understand why. They blame it on the food and they decide to try something else. It kind of drives me nuts.one useful discussion recently was about whether or not people fed their dogs the amounts of food recommended on the labels of the dog food bags.

Now, I am the first to admit that I am a stick in the mud when it comes to dog food. I hate to change foods. I am firmly convinced that changing foods all the time messes dogs up. This is just my opinion, and I’m sorry if it offends anyone, but it seems to me that when people talk about having finicky dogs it seems like the dogs are finicky because the owners are always offering them different things to eat. I think you find a good food that your dogs like and you stay with it. Why would you change if your dogs are doing well on a food?

But there are a lot of people who obsess about dog food and who can’t wait to try every new food that comes out. Well, that’s their choice. But then they write e-mails to the chat lists talking about how their dogs have gastro upsets and diarrhea and they don’t understand why. They blame it on the food and they decide to try something else. It kind of drives me nuts.

Anyway, that’s my theory about dog foods. You can ignore it. It’s just my personal opinion. But as for how much to feed, have you really looked at the amounts recommended on the dog food labels? For most foods, if people feed their dogs the recommended amounts, they will turn into porkers. There will always be some dogs that you have to try to make gain weight, but by far the bigger problem in this country is overweight-obese dogs. Maybe that’s because people are feeding their dogs what the packages say!

If you Google diet and dogs, or overweight dogs you will get more hits than you can possibly look at. It’s estimated that about 40 percent of the dogs in this country are overweight. It’s true that some of that is from people who feed their dogs too many treats and tablescraps, and from people who think their dogs are picky and try to tempt them with special foods, but I think a lot of it is simply from people who are feeding their dogs portions that are too large.

It’s a good idea to look at your dog and evaluate his overall condition. Scales alone don’t tell the whole story. If your dog is well-muscled and in good condition you must be feeding him the right amount of food, regardless of what the scales say. But if he’s round where he should be lean, if he’s a butterball, think about cutting back a little on his food amounts. If your dog tells you he’s still hungry you can add veggies, like green beans to his diet. They are healthy and filling but don’t add a lot of extra calories. (Don’t cook them in bacon grease, either.)

I have no idea how much I feed my dogs or what the label on my dog food says. Years ago I bought a big scoop from a pet catalog. I put one big scoop in each of five pans and it’s up to the dogs to sort out who eats how much. All of my dogs are in good weight and condition except one — Beau is a little overweight. But even he has lost weight in the last couple of years since I switched to free feeding the dogs. I leave their food down all the time and they can eat all they want when they want it. Nobody rushes, nobody fights. They tend to nibble throughout the day when they get hungry. I just let them outside this a.m. and there is still dry food sitting out from yesterday afternoon. Of course, this really only works with dry kibble. I have to do things a little differently when I give them canned food or something homemade.

Anyway, after that rant, look at your dog and see if you think he or she could lose a little weight. Consider if there are some adjustments you can make. Obesity will shorten your dog’s life so it’s really a good idea to cut back on portion size if your dog is overweight.

December 17, 2008 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

Vet Visits

All of my dogs are now up-to-date on their shots. Blue already had his and I took the other four to the vet this week. Yes, it was expensive, but it had to be done. I am happy to say that they all passed with flying colors. No worms, no heartworms, no bad things. Except Taylor has a bad tooth. He has to go back soon and have it removed. That’s going to be something to worry about. Taylor is 12 years old and I worry about a 12-year-old dog having surgery and getting anesthesia. But the tooth is abscessed and probably causing him pain, so it needs to come out.

I like my vets. They’re a husband and wife team and they have a little boy, probably 3-4 years old with white-blond hair, who is usually running around in back. He’s very cute. Sometimes he comes in to pet the dogs.

I’ve only been going to these vets for about a year. I was using another vet before that when, right in the middle of treating one of my dogs for a tumor (she has since died), he up and left. Between appointments. One week he was there, the next he was gone. It was strange. So, I’m still getting to know these vets. I feel like they’re getting to know me, too. I think they like me, but they seem suspicious of me because I breed dogs. I think it’s odd that they ask me about every female dog whether or not she’s been bred. I have a three-year-old girl and a 19-month-old girl. Nope, not bred either one. But they act like they suspect me of having a litter a month. In fact, I went nine years between litters. I breed dogs for ME. I can only keep so many dogs so I can’t breed very often.

I have always loved dogs, horses, all animals. I wish I had the land and the money to be able to breed horses. But I have settled for dogs instead. I’ve always thought it was exciting to not just breed a litter of puppies, but to do all the planning for it — to study pedigrees, to carefully choose the parents and try to improve the next generation. And, even though there is so much work involved, I love nurturing and raising a litter of puppies. Until you have raised a litter of 9, 10 or 12 big puppies in your house, you don’t know what work is! They’re like a herd galloping around. With teeth. LOL It’s so sad when they start leaving to go to their new homes. But I have always kept one or two for myself. That’s why I can’t breed very often. It doesn’t take long to have a house full of dogs when you do that.

I know many people prefer to adopt dogs now or go to rescue. That’s great. I used to help rescue. I did it for years until I took in a rescue dog who attacked my own dogs and tried to bite a child. I decided I couldn’t risk it anymore after that. Adoption and rescue help many dogs and they’re a great pet solution for many people. I just wish there weren’t so many people who seem to want to stop all dog breeding. People have been purposely breeding dogs for thousands of years. We wouldn’t have most of the breeds we have today without people who dedicated themselves to developing and breeding dogs. There are thousands of wonderful dog breeders in this country who live and die for their dogs. No one should be forced to adopt a dog when they want to go to a breeder, or vice versa. We should certainly have choices about something as personal as choosing what kind of dog we want.

I’ve had Setters since 1974. As much as I love dogs in general, there’s really no other dog for me. There never has been. When I was five years old I saw a picture of a Setter in a coloring book and that was it. It was love on the spot. I’ve been hooked ever since. Isn’t it funny how something so unexpected can change our lives? How could I know I would grow up to devote my life to them?

December 15, 2008 Posted by | General | , , | Leave a comment

A Fabulous Find!

A few weeks ago, I was looking through one of my favorite online stores – Etsy.com – and came across some Whimsical Lampwork Beads. I fell in love with the animal designs and ordered some for Greyt Inspirations. They came in a few days ago and I was oooh-ing and aahh-ing over every single one. They are soooo adorable!

I now have them on the Greyt Inspirations website and just had to show you. Here are a few of my favorites.

Biscuit the Pound Puppy Lampwork Bead Calliope Cat Lampwork Bead donkey lampwork bead Owl Lampwork Bead

You can use them for any bead work, for a necklace pendant, earrings, or a decoration…use them for anything you can think of.

These would make a fabulous Christmas for the pet-lover on your list.

You can see the rest of our collection here.

Happy Shopping!

November 28, 2008 Posted by | General | Leave a comment