Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Is the Flea medicine working?

Last month, I tried Advantage plus but it only lasted 2 weeks at best. My poor "always inside" dogs started suffering from fleas nearly 2 weeks after application of the flea med. My dogs never go outside, unless of course, I carry them out in my arms. Flea season is in full swing this summer and even if your pets are never outdoors, they can still get fleas. My darling daughter asks me how this is possible. Well, when you walk outside you can always pick up those darned pesky things on your clothing and when you walk inside, bing bang boom, there they are. And they multiply quickly. I went to the pet store and talked to the veteranarian folks and this time we purchased k-9 advantix. I put it on the 21st of this month.. we are 10 days and counting this time to see if it is actually going to work longer than the last medicine did. Here are a few quick tips that were given to me for fleas. They say that bathing your dog in Dawn dish detergent, the original blue one is good for fleas. Another tip is, if you have linoleum or tile floors, mopping them with pine-0-pine really helps to kill the fleas. Now, I don't mean pine-sol. There's something in that pin-o-pine that is supposed to be potent on fleas.Remember here torinse it good with clear water and keep your pets away until the floor is throughly dried. If the fleas are really bad in the carpets, the best thing I have heard is to have your carpets steamed cleaned and that takes alot of them away. Just remember, once you have had one round of killing the fleas, you must repeat it because they hatch out pretty quickly.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Faithfulness of a Dog

I am totally amazed by the faithfulness of my chihuahuas. My dogs are so wonderful. For the past couple of weeks, I have been sick. My dogs have stuck right to me. As I go out the door to take care of errands and come back home, those sweet little paws are right there pawing at the storm door waiting anxiously for me to open it. They let me get inside and once I sit down, they proceed to lick me and wag their tails. To be quite honest, I would love to be greeted home this way by a person. A family member. For somebody to let you know how much you are wanted and appreciated is such a great thing. Sometimes in life, we get all too busy and don't take the time to show our family how much we care. Maybe we need to stop and take an example from our dogs. Give your little chi an extra hug or scratch today and show them your appreciation for always being there for you.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Silly Shorty and the lengths he goes to for a good scratchin

Now I ask you, what will a dog do to get a good scratchin? Shorty loves to have his back legs and his hiney scratched... he loves it so much that he is willing to go to all sorts of measures to have it done. This silly dog is such a sweetie. Shorty is very calm, laid back and loves getting attention....but don't they all? He is wearing a male belly band, just in case you are wondering what's on him. He thinks that he needs to "mark" his territory EVERYWHERE in the house and has done so way too many times until I made this for him and he wears it while we are gone at work. He is a very patient dog and will stand really still for me to put it on him. You can have a belly band for your male dog if you like by visiting my website at http://www.barking-chihuahuas.com

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Does your Dog know any Words?

yes, I know that sounds funny, but they are very smart. Chihuahuas are so smart and they learn so quickly. Although they can be very stubborn at times, they actually can learn a few words. My chis understand the word "hungry" because before I feed them, I ask them if they are and they have learned to know the meaning of hungry. I have also taught them "night-night" for their bedtime. When I tell them to come, I tell them "right here" and I point at the area in front of me, and they have learned that. Yes, that's right, I use those words instead of come. However, you can teach them just about anything if you take the time to teach them. However, don't get too upset if they become disinterested quickly. They are mostly interested in eating, sleeping and playing. My chis still have not learned "roll over" or "play dead". They just look at me like I 'm silly. Teaching them how to learn a few words can be simple, it just takes time and patience. Also, a small treat after they have done what you asked is a real treat.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Shorty's Hiding

Have you ever seen such a silly site? Shorty just absolutely loves being covered up...Just so happens, his bed was being washed, so he took it upon himself to sandwich in between the sofa pillows. This dog is so tiny that you really have to watch where you sit. He weighs about 2 pounds. It's funny how one litter of chihuahuas can be so different within the same litter. All of his brothers and sisters are much larger than he is. He has such tiny paws and legs. His siblings do not. Chihuahuas can have a litter that has many different color patterns as well. The parents were tan and brown colors. Funny, isn't it?

Friday, July 06, 2007

keeping your chi comfortable

Alot of chihuahuas probably sleep in their own bed at night, some find a warm corner but mine have their own crates for night time only. Their crate is a kennel, which I have bought big enough for them to have plenty of space, yet not way too much. Shorty does not like his kennel, because he would rather sleep in our bed with us....not a good idea, as he is way too small. I would be too worried about one of us rolling on him. So, I have tried to make HIS space more inviting. Now, they do use the dog napsacks during the day to snuggle inside of, however, at night, I have laid down a pee-pad first, then I layer the front part with an old rug, and 2 extremely soft blankies that I have made out of fleece material. Now, all this is great, but I also take those blankies and rug out weekly to wash them. This makes for a comfortable chi. What do you do to keep your chi comfortable at night?

Monday, July 02, 2007

I made a new dog napsack and I am so happy with it. I love the beautiful vibrant colors that is in the fleece material inside. I made this with the hopes of selling it, but I almost gave it to my own doggies. They really don't need it though, as they have alot of beds and blankies to sleep with. Right now it just seems so hot for them, but with air conditioning in the house, I still see them shiver. If you are interested in this dog napsack, I only have one and it can be found at my website.http://www.barking-chihuahuas.com