Monthly Archive for January, 2013

Squeaky Cells and Such

I admit it, I like buying doggie toys for my Beagle Babies. Nothing beats a nice ball or a tug-of-rope, and there are so many cute designs that a person could buy completely unique and interesting ones until the end of time. Not that your dog would probably care – they just want to chew and play.

But we went into one of the major American pet store chains and noticed a trend that just has to stop. What am I talking about? Making supposedly “cute” toys out of real things that you wouldn’t want your dog chewing on in a million years.

Want some examples? Okay. How about this:

Cell phones. Cellulars – especially newfangled smartphones that store our entire lives in them – can be insanely expensive. I’m not saying they aren’t worth it, but still – expensive. Do you really want to see your smartphone with all ... Click here to read more....

Dog Ice Cream!

Most of us know that we’re not supposed to give our dogs human food – or at least that’s true for the vast majority of human foods. But that doesn’t mean that we haven’t had a moment of weakness where we’ve “spoiled” our four-legged friends or had them take advantage of a time when we were distracted and get in a good lick or chomp of our food.

And, in what should come as no shock, it’s usually not a big deal. Even though their digestive systems aren’t meant to handle it, a handful of shredded cheese or a few licks of your ice cream cone most likely won’t hurt Fido. Unless he eats a full meal of stuff he’s not supposed to, the worst that will probably happen is some softer stools or a tummy ache. Not fun, but also pretty easily handled.

Americans, however, are apparently not quite ... Click here to read more....

Accessory Overkill or Reasonable Protection?

You know that scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where he’s riding on the motorcycle and Sean Connery is in the side car wearing goggles? No, this isn’t about me finding motorcycles (or sidecars) designed for dogs. I have one word for you:

Doggles.

Yes, that’s right, doggles. Goggles for dogs. I spotted a Chihuahua riding along in a motorcycle in a basket behind his owner, and she was completely dressed for the part. Not only was she sporting Doggles, but she also wore a leather motorcycle jacket and a helmet.

But it turns out that Doggles aren’t just for biker pups – they’re also used as general sun protection and can be spotted on pups at the beach, at the dog park, or out for a stroll.

Not only do Doggles (make sure to capitalize; it’s a brand name) feature 100% UV protection, they are ... Click here to read more....

Run, Fido, Run!

Then for the other side of the story after the Dog Strollers.

On Dog Whisperer, I’ve seen Cesar Millan use many human treadmills to help calm dogs with excessive energy so that they can focus and be better behaved on the walk or get over a specific fear. But in the U.S., they also have treadmills specially designed for dogs, and now I’ve seen one in action! A doggy daycare I visited here uses them to help calm the more hyperactive pups – and it does seem to work.

I’ve been keeping an eye out for them when I head to the major pet stores here, but I haven’t had any luck. So I asked about it – how do you find one? It turns out that you can’t find them at the major pet stores here. They are actually a specialty product, even here.

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Kiltix Tick Collars Video: Product of the Week

Protect your dog against ticks with a Kiltix Tick Collar!

Kiltix protects dogs against Deadly Paralysis Ticks
Kiltix controls Brown Dog and Bush Ticks
Kiltix not only kills ticks, it repels them
Kiltix controls paralysis ticks for 6 weeks

Check out this interesting video about paralysis ticks and we will see you in store at Paddington Pups for your tick collar:

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Pimp my Pooch

The idea of grooming your dog is simple and normal enough.

We all need baths, so why should our dogs be any different? If anything, even though I know you don’t need to bathe your dog more than once every few weeks, my little barkers should probably bathe more than I do, what with all the rolling in dirt and shoving of noses into rear ends and dead things.

Nail-trimming is another essential practice – unless you’re walking 5 to 10 miles each day with your four-legged pal! It protects not only your carpets and flooring, but also keeps them from getting injured by snagging a nail. Plus, almost all vets will tell you that walking around with long nails just isn’t very comfortable for Fido.

And if your dog has long hair, eventually it’s going to need to be cut. Who’s going to do it, you? I’m sure there ... Click here to read more....

Because Family Dinners Are Important…

Oh, boy. Okay, America, I know that you love your dogs, but can you please stop treating them like your children? While doing some silly things for special occasions is fine, generally speaking dogs don’t need clothing, they don’t need strollers for you to push them around the park, and they certainly don’t need to be sitting at the dinner table with you. Tell that to the popular American retailer Wal-Mart, which is now selling high chairs… for your dog.

No, you didn’t read that wrong. Someone out there apparently believes that it’s just too hard for you to make your dog eat separately from you and has created a set of clip-on high chairs for dogs that attach to your table. Yes, that’s right: now Fido can be a part of the family and eat with you during mealtimes.

Thankfully, they also include straps to hold your dog ... Click here to read more....

Your Pup May Be Your “Baby,” But…

Pet strollers? Really, America?

If there’s one thing that dogs are built to do, it’s walk. And yet they sell strollers for your pet here not only at the aptly named PetStrollerDepot.com or pet stores like Petco and PetSmart, but also major big box stores like Target and Wal-Mart.

The box art features images of people “strolling” their best friends down snowy streets or through parks. Again, really? Unless those dogs are sick or disabled, there’s no excuse for that. Dogs need to walk not only for exercise (dog stroller users had better not complain if their dog becomes overweight), but also because it shows them their place in the pack and teaches discipline. Here’s a hint: ideally, you should be the leader of this pack – and your daily walks.

I couldn’t help but think of how I’d read things about many Americans treating their dogs as if they ... Click here to read more....

Sentinel Video: Product of the Week

If you would prefer an oral treatment for fleas on your dog, with SENTINEL Flavor Tabs one tablet provides protection against the most important parasites.

SENTINEL Flavor Tabs kill flea eggs and larvae before they become adults, and combine flea prevention with heartworm, roundworm, hookworm and whipworm protection in one tasty, beef-flavored tablet.

For more information check out the video below and come in to Paddington Pups to purchase Sentinel.

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Did you Know?

  • It is a myth that dogs are colour blind. They can actually see in colour, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.
  • The dog name “Fido” is from Latin and means “fidelity.”
  • The Basenji is the world’s only barkless dog
  • Different smells in the a dog’s urine can tell other dogs whether the dog leaving the message is female or male, old or young, sick or healthy, happy or angry
  • The inner nose is compiled with olfactory receptor cells to process scents.  Humans have 5 million olfactory receptor cells, a German Shepherd has 220 million, a Dachshund has 125 million, and a Fox Terrier has 147 million
  • Prehistoric cave paintings in Egypt show figures doing what appears to be the dog paddle.  It was the first swimming stroke used by ancient man, believed to have been learned by observing animals swim.
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