A Classic Christmas Song “O Christmas Tree”

Cody and Sierra last night seemed to be in a particularly good singing mood so we decided to do play a Christmas classic “O Christmas Tree.”  I think they both did a pretty good job, what do you think?

Remember if you have a suggestion for a holiday or Christmas song please leave a comment on Singing Dogs and let us know.  You are also welcome to shoot us an email.  We already fulfilled the song request “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and we are happy to play what our fans want to hear.  However please keep in mind we can't fulfill all song requests but we will certainly try our best.

We hope everyone enjoyed the Singing Dogs version of “O Christmas Tree” and wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy New  Year, and a great holiday season.

How to Wash Muddy and Dirty Dog Paws

If you have dogs, battling with dirty dog paws is probably not one of your favorite activities.  You know you don't want all that dirt and grime in your house.  Here, we show you how we like to wash Cody and Sierra's paws.  It takes a little time and effort but it's well worth it in the end.

With all the extra time you are NOT wiping muddy paw prints off your floors and furniture you can sit and read that great novel you started.  Or maybe take a nap.

When Cody and Sierra come inside after playing outside, their dog paws can be pretty filthy.    We say, “Wash your feet!” in a happy voice  and they know to come in and not go beyond the small area just inside the back door.

dog washing

You don't need to buy any special gadget to wash muddy dog paws.  Gather the following materials:

-A “tall” transparent plastic Starbucks cup or other large cup, like Royal Farms.  For a very large dog you might need a “grande” or “vente” cup.  (Of course opaque cups are fine too…I just like to see how dirty the water is getting)

Two plastic painters buckets: one for the clean warm water and one for the dirty water.

Microfiber cloths: which can be easily handwashed after every use.  You can use regular towels or washcloths too, but these work better.  We got ours at Home Depot but these from Amazon should work fine.

Note: We buy full size and we cut them into smaller washcloth sizes.

Dog Treats:  Optional but highly recommended.  We like to tell our dogs, “Wash your feet, get a treat!” (We store our dog treats in little wild rice containers in case you didn't notice.)

Step 1 – Fill Buckets with Water

Fill one bucket with warm clean water. (See red bucket)  Put the warm water bucket next to the empty dirty water bucket (yellow) and grab the plastic cup.

Step 2 – Fill the Plastic Cup

Fill the plastic cup up to the top line (about 2/3 full).

Step 3 – Dip Dirty Dog Paws

With a calm, happy voice pick up your dog's paw (we like to start with the front paws) and dip her or his dog paw into the warm water.  Remember the water should be warm and not really hot or it will be uncomfortable for your dog.

Hold your dog's paw just above the joint of her foot and tilt the cup at an angle if necessary.

Step 4 – Massage the Paws

Now your dog paws get a massage. Only if dogs could massage our feet. 🙂

Gently massage the dirt off her dog feet while it is dipped in the plastic cup. This helps release more dirt rather than just dipping it. You will definitely notice a difference and depending on how dirty your dog's feet are you might need to repeat doing this 2-3 times.

Sometimes with dog paws is really muddy and dirty under the claws, so you can gently massage under the claws too.

Step 5 – Empty the Plastic Cup

When the water in the cup gets really dirty pour it into the second (yellow) bucket.

Step 6- Refill

Refill your plastic cup and continue washing since if one dog paws is dirty your still have three others that are. We usually like to do other front paw, then both back paws as these are harder.

Remember to praise lavishly and give your dog some treats during the washing process.  Handle her or his dog paws gently and carefully.

For extremely muddy paws, do all four paws a second time.  You'll know when you've done enough when the water in the plastic cup is pretty clean after dipping and washing the dog paws.

Step 7 – Wipe Your Dog's Feet

Wipe your dog's feet off with the Quickie microfiber cloths. We use small washcloth sized ones which makes drying and wiping the feet easier.

Voila! You are all done and hopefully should have clean dog feet that won't track dirty and mud into the house. The dogs paws at this point might still be wet bu Iif the floor gets wet we use larger cloths and just wipe the floor with our feet.

Step 8 – Muddy Water Disposal

Your not quite done, as you still have a bucket of dirty water. Pour the dirty water into the kitchen drain carefully into the drain so it doesn't splash everywhere. Alternatively you can use a bathroom toilet and make sure to flush after you've poured in down. Probably the best used of the dirty water though is on any plants in your yard, if you have any plants. They don't mind dirty water since they live in dirt.

After you are finished washing your dogs' paws you can take one of the empty buckets and hand wash the dirty microfiber cloths with this Washboard you can use in a sink. You will need a bucket to clean the washcloths in with the washboard.  Once in awhile we will throw them into the washing machine if there are enough dirty clothes but handwashing is ideal for one or two clothes.

Wring them out, hang to dry, and you and your dog are READY for your next Muddy-Dog-Paw Adventure.

Hope you find this post useful and helpful.  If you did please leave a comment below and let us know.  If you have any other suggestions and tips for cleaning and washing muddy and dirty dog paws please share with the community.

Cody and Sierra Lying Together


Cody and Sierra

I thought this was a cute picture of Cody and Sierra lying together, so I thought I would share.  Sometimes they sit next to each other closely but don't touch like this.  I thought it was nice the dog siblings could be so close.  I haven't really seen Cody and Sierra do this except when Sierra was a puppy and liked to cuddle in Cody's belly.  Nice to see they still like old habits.

Cody and Sierra on “Anderson” with Anderson Cooper

This was posted on Adam's Auto Advice on December 27, 2011 but I thought I should share it here. 

Yesterday Sierra, Cody, my Mom and I appeared on Anderson Cooper's new daytime talk show, Anderson, on national TV! It was quite amazing to see ourselves on TV with Anderson Cooper. It was sort of surreal, “Was that real?”

Then I flashed back to when we actually went up to New York City for the taping and remembered talking with Anderson Cooper. That was real!

When you see yourself on national TV though, you realize a lot of people will see this! My immediate thoughts when I saw myself on TV were, “Is that really me?” You tend to have an outer image of what you think you look like. When you see a picture of yourself you are not crazy about you rationalize, “Oh well, nobody will see this!”

I was pleased with how the whole segment turned out. You are kind of afraid that maybe you did something odd or stupid, and did not realize it. Then it will be shown on TV! I thought my playing was good, and Sierra's singing was wonderful. It looked like Cody was going to sing, but I guess he wasn't in the mood. He had such a stoic and proud look when Sierra was singing. He's got a great voice as well, but maybe he just wanted Sierra to have the spotlight.

At least I was happy I able to keep my composure. I was also happy that the dogs behaved and that they looked very nice on TV. The baths definitely helped!

When the segment aired Cody watched intently like he usually does when dogs are on TV. However, this time he was watching himself. Sierra did something pretty hilarious. When she heard herself on TV, she vocalized softly while lying down on the bed through the entire song. It was great!

If you missed the Anderson segment yesterday, don't worry. It has already been posted on the Anderson website. Click here, to watch it. The segment did not show our full Auld Lang Syne video. Check out the SingingDogsRock Youtube Channel for additional videos.

In Baltimore it was on NBC at 2pm, but other people told me it was on Fox and CBS. People also wrote emails saying the show aired at 9am and 10am in some parts of the country. I don't know how TV works these days!

I hope this leads to more opportunities for us. I have consulted with Sierra and Cody and they would like to use their musical gifts to help animals in need.

Please visit National English Shepherd Rescue (NESR), if you want to learn more about English Shepherds. Maybe you would even like to adopt one to love and cherish.


Central Park, after taping Anderson


DogFest 2012 benefiting the Baltimore Humane Society – October 6th, 2012

The Baltimore Humane Society will be holding the dog extravaganza known as DogFest 2012 this Saturday, October 6th 2012.  It will be a fun filled day of activities for both humans and pets and will help raise much needed funds for the Baltimore Humane Society.

Contests will be held for Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Dancer, or Best Owner/Pet Look-Alike.  There will be a few celebrity judges from local TV and radio stations like WBAL-TV's Jennifer Franciotti, MIXX 106.5's Maria Dennis, WYPR's Sheila Kast, or MAGIC's 95.9 Lolo and even other celebrities are expected to come by.

Kids will enjoy the crafts section, Moonbounce, face painting by Fantasy Faces, and Shakespeare animal scenes acted by The Shakespeare Factory.

Let friends, family, and neighbors know about DogFest. You don't even need a dog to come by!

There is Free Parking on-site and remember to avoid traffic by checking the alternate driving routes on the DogFest website.  To save time and standing in what will definitely be a long line, you can buy tickets online too.

What: DogFest 2012!

When: Saturday, October 6th 2012 / 10am – 5pm

Where: Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Cost: $10

For more info visit: http://www.dogfest.org/


My Endless Supply of Free Tennis Balls

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.