We like to feed Cody and Sierra vegetarian dog food. We don't have anything against meat eaters or people who give their dogs or pets food with fish, meat, chicken or other animal products. We eat fish and chicken too (not much red meat though).
We have noticed that our dogs breath smells much better when we feed them vegetarian dog food as opposed to dog food with meat or animal products in it though. As well as their mmm… dog excrement (poop) smells much better too. It makes a difference when you have to pick it up you know! 🙂
However, if we have leftover chicken, fish, pasta, etc. we like to give that to the dogs to vary their diets. We feel it's a good use of leftovers which otherwise would be wasted and gives the dogs a variety of food, even if it's meat. I personally think “real meat” we give them is much healthier then any processed crappy dog food.
I was wondering if other people share the same feelings about dog food? What type of dog food do you feed your dogs or pets? Do you give them people food?
We got the new Eddie Bauer catalog this morning and I noticed something interesting on the cover and first page, an English Shepherd puppy. Take a look!
Not only I am fairly sure it is an English Shepherd but it looks lot like Cody did when he was a puppy. Sable coloring with a splash of white here and there including the “white socks” as we like to call them. While this Eddie Bauer catalog puppy is cute, we obviously think that Cody was a much cuter puppy. I guess Cody should have done some dog modeling! 🙂
UPDATE: The puppy featured in the Eddie Bauer catalog is NOT an English Shepherd. It is actually a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. A lot of people actually think Cody is a duck toller so it's not surprising I think they look like English Shepherds. Even Eddie Bauer got it wrong as this was in the catalog:
Darwin is a New Brunswick duck tolling retriever. He's enjoying a break in his training to become an avalanche rescue dog at the Crystal Mountain ski area near Seattle.
I noticed the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever community is a little upset since there is no such thing as “New Brunswick duck tolling retrievers.” I am sure there some duck tollers live in New Brunswick though.
Tennis Balls always seems to get lost and wear out quickly at the dog park and our backyard. We seem to be running to the store every other week to get a new set of tennis balls. The other day I was able to snag some Free Tennis Balls though. How and Where? Our local tennis courts!
I noticed our local tennis courts always have a lot tennis balls outside of the fence. Usually people knock a few out of the courts, it's inevitable. I assumed that most go get the tennis balls after they finishing playing. However, walking by the tennis courts with Cody and Sierra over and over, I realized this was a wrong assumption.
If a ball goes over the fence it seems most tennis players don't bother to pick-up the balls. It's too much hassle! This means my two English Shepherds very happy dogs.
As you can see we got quite a lot of tennis balls. I will keep walking by the courts once in awhile to see if there are more tennis balls.
Seems I have hit the jackpot and now have an endless supply of tennis balls. Just a good tip if your dog (or dogs) keep destroying or misplacing tennis balls.
A few weeks ago our pool, the Mt. Washington Swim Club, closed for the season since it's starting to get cold.
The pool people decided the last day would be a “Dog Day.” They invited members to bring by their dog (or in our case dogs) for a swim. We took Cody and Sierra to the pool but they were not to keen on getting into the water. Sierra kept jumping on us nervously and Cody seemed a little nervous too. They saw the other dogs swimming and thought “Do we have to do that?” We didn't make them get into the water but did encourage them to try to get in to no avail.
As you can see other dogs were having a blast in the pool though. I hope they do the Dog Day at the pool again since it was a lot of fun bringing Cody and Sierra by even though they didn't go swimming. Hopefully they will do it again next year and let dogs stay in the pool a little longer.
It was sad to see the pool close! Don't you wish Summer could last forever?
Cody and Sierra were getting a little bit stinky and smelly, so we decided it would be a good idea to take them to get a dog bath. Instead of doing it at home we sometimes like to go to a place called Scrub-A-Dub Dog Baths in Mt. Washington.
It's a lot easier using a DIY dog bath then attempting to give your dogs a bath at home. A dog washing facility like Scrub-A-Dub provides towels, a blow dryer, aprons, and a you get to use a dog bath tub. This saves time and makes the whole process convenient, less messy, and faster.
I took some pictures of Cody when we were giving him a bath and as you can see he seemed to not mind too much. Sierra is a bit difficult when getting a dog bath and requires two people. I couldn't get pictures of her but she might prefer that. We try not to get their heads wet since they don't seem to like it.
You do have to bring your own Dog Shampoo to Scrub-A-Dub, so you might want to keep that in mind if you go over there. It's $15 for each fresh smelling dog (after they have dried off of course) which we feel is well worth it. Do you really want stinky dogs on your couch or bed?