Littler Dogs and Photography

Mr Peanut drive school busLittler Dogs and Photography go together like french fries and ketchup

When you have the world’s most adorable dogs times three it makes it very easy to want to take loads of pictures of your pup pack. Imagine that multiplied by up to 7 times more dogs at a dog meetup and you have a situation of Photography Nirvana.

We try to have a monthly meetup in the warmer weather but some years we have had weekly mini meetups ( limited to 6 or less members and their dogs.)  Many of our members have 2 dogs and some have 3 or more dogs. We have had up to 21 dogs attend the meetups!

It is just too easy to take a hundred pictures…which makes editing and keeping track of the pictures a real challenge. I plan to post tips and tricks to use to get the best possible pictures and ways to edit and organize those pictures.  I easily have 6 thousand pictures but I am (usually) able to find the perfect picture to add to a scrapbook.

Looking forward to sharing!

Nancy

Littlerdogs.com

38 BRILLIANT TIPS FOR DOG OWNERS

I’m baackkk….After a hiatus I am now back to hosting and posting. Littler Dogs and Fans of Littler Dogs Unite!

THANK YOU  BUZZFEED STAFF for these 38 brilliant tips for Dog Owners.

Take what you like and leave the rest.

HUGS,

Nancy@Littlerdogs

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38 Unexpectedly Brilliant Tips For Dog Owners

Here are some tips and tricks to make the rewarding task of caring for your dog just a tiny bit easier.

1. If you have a hard time brushing your dog’s teeth, squeeze some enzymatic doggie toothpaste onto a Nylabone or rope toy and let your pooch go to town on it.

If you have a hard time brushing your dog's teeth, squeeze some enzymatic doggie toothpaste onto a Nylabone or rope toy and let your pooch go to town on it.

2. Make your own pill pockets when you need to feed your dog some medicine.

Make your own pill pockets when you need to feed your dog some medicine.

This is a copycat version of the kind made by Greenies.

3. Learn how to make your own chicken jerky.

Learn how to make your own chicken jerky.

It’s a healthier alternative to the store-bought kind. Get the directions here.

4. A carabiner is a quick and easy way to leash your dog.

A carabiner is a quick and easy way to leash your dog.

5. Got a lot of studying to do? Here’s how to read and play with your dog at the same time:

Got a lot of studying to do? Here's how to read and play with your dog at the same time:

Put a rope toy around your foot.

6. Use baking soda to get dog urine out of carpet.

Use baking soda to get dog urine out of carpet.

If you don’t happen to have a product like Nature’s Miracle on hand (maybe you’re traveling or at a friend’s house), pour some baking soda over the spot, let it sit, and then sweep or vacuum it up.

7. Put a ball in your dog’s food bowl if he or she eats too fast.

Put a ball in your dog's food bowl if he or she eats too fast.

They’ll be forced to move the ball around to get to all the food.

8. For a dog who loves to tear apart stuffed animals, make a durable activity ball with a Hol-ee rubber ball, scraps of fabric, and treats.

For a dog who loves to tear apart stuffed animals, make a durable activity ball with a Hol-ee rubber ball, scraps of fabric, and treats.

Once your dog has removed all of the fabric from the ball, you can stuff the scraps right back in!

9. If your dog isn’t feeling well, add some low-sodium chicken broth to the drinking water.

If your dog isn't feeling well, add some low-sodium chicken broth to the drinking water.

10. To remove pet hair from upholstery, dampen a rubber glove and run your gloved hand over it.

To remove pet hair from upholstery, dampen a rubber glove and run your gloved hand over it.

The latex/rubber will attract the hair.

11. Use a teapot to rinse dogs off in the bathtub without getting water and soap in their eyes.

Use a teapot to rinse dogs off in the bathtub without getting water and soap in their eyes.

12. A shower caddy makes a great storage solution for all your doggie stuff.

A shower caddy makes a great storage solution for all your doggie stuff.

13. Use a plastic pitcher to store and dispense dog food.

Use a plastic pitcher to store and dispense dog food.

It takes less time and keeps the food fresher. I use the MUJI rice storage dispenser, which comes with a handy measuring cup.

14. If you’ve got a teething pup who loves destroying cords, spritz bitter apple spray onto a paper towel and wipe the cord with it.

If you've got a teething pup who loves destroying cords, spritz bitter apple spray onto a paper towel and wipe the cord with it.

This covers more surface area and wastes less product than simply spraying the entire thing.

15. Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold.

Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold.

16. Invest in an escape-prevention harness if you have a small dog and a fenced-in yard.

Invest in an escape-prevention harness if you have a small dog and a fenced-in yard.

A little silly looking, but it’s safer than risking a runaway dog. Buy it here.

17. Run a dryer sheet over your dog’s fur when there’s a storm — chances are, they aren’t freaked out about the storm but the static electricity built up in their fur.

Run a dryer sheet over your dog's fur when there's a storm — chances are, they aren't freaked out about the storm but the static electricity built up in their fur.

According to Martha, this should work at least 50% of the time.

18. On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice.

On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice.

19. Make a dog-walking station for the entryway if you have more than one dog.

Make a dog-walking station for the entryway if you have more than one dog.

See how this is done here.

20. Dilute your dog shampoo to make it last longer and easier to apply.

Fill the bottom of an empty shampoo bottle about ¼ inch. Fill up the rest slowly with warm water.

21. If you have a small dog, cutting up a lamb roll into tiny pieces is a cost-effective way to make healthy, bite-sized training treats.

If you have a small dog, cutting up a lamb roll into tiny pieces is a cost-effective way to make healthy, bite-sized training treats.

A 1-pound roll costs $6.98. Cut it up into the desired size, store most of it in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and leave the rest on the counter for immediate use.

22. Make your own hammock-style car seat cover.

Make your own hammock-style car seat cover.

The hammock style keeps the dog from getting hurt if he or she falls during any sudden stops or starts. Get the pattern here.

23. Print out and keep this handy chart of what foods your dog should NOT be given.

Print out and keep this handy chart of what foods your dog should NOT be given.

24. Make your own flea shampoo.

Make your own flea shampoo.

1 cup Dawn, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water. Massage in and let it sit for five minutes. According to one testimonial, “The fleas just floated in the water and died and best of all little Libby did not have any reactions at all to the process.”

25. For easy tick removal, apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball and swab the tick with the cotton ball for a few seconds.

For easy tick removal, apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball and swab the tick with the cotton ball for a few seconds.

The tick should come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you remove it.

26. Remove pet hair from carpet with a squeegee.

Remove pet hair from carpet with a squeegee.

27. An inexpensive and easy summer treat for dogs: Cut up apples in chicken broth and freeze in an ice cube tray.

An inexpensive and easy summer treat for dogs: Cut up apples in chicken broth and freeze in an ice cube tray.

28. If you have an older dog with tooth troubles, add a little water or chicken broth to his or her kibble and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.

If you have an older dog with tooth troubles, add a little water or chicken broth to his or her kibble and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.

This softens the kibble and makes the food much easier to chew.

29. Teach your dog to file his or her own nails by attaching sandpaper to a piece of wood.

Teach your dog to file his or her own nails by attaching sandpaper to a piece of wood.

Apparently, dogs can be trained to use a scratching post just like cats! Get the directions for how to build a giant dog nail file here.

30. Read your dog’s body language.

Read your dog's body language.

31. Sprinkle parsley on your dog’s food for fresher breath.

Sprinkle parsley on your dog's food for fresher breath.

32. Here’s an ingenious leash that has a built-in waste-bag dispenser and a compartment for keys, cards, phone, and treats.

Here's an ingenious leash that has a built-in waste-bag dispenser and a compartment for keys, cards, phone, and treats.

$39.99 from Fozzy Dog.

33. Instead of buying special Kong stuffing, stuff a Kong with cheese cubes and place in the microwave for five seconds.

Instead of buying special Kong stuffing, stuff a Kong with cheese cubes and place in the microwave for five seconds.

The cheese will melt just enough to stick to the inside of the Kong.

34. Turn an empty pancake-syrup bottle into a portable squirtable water bottle.

Turn an empty pancake-syrup bottle into a portable squirtable water bottle.

Use a carabiner to attach it to a belt loop for a long hike.

35. It’s certainly unpleasant to take your dog outside when it’s snowing or raining, but don’t forget that dogs’ paws are just as sensitive to heat as human skin.

It's certainly unpleasant to take your dog outside when it's snowing or raining, but don't forget that dogs' paws are just as sensitive to heat as human skin.

On hot summer days, walk your dogs before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m. — or walk them only in shady or grassy/dirt areas.

36. Have an extra kitchen drawer? Use it as a dog food holder.

Have an extra kitchen drawer? Use it as a dog food holder.

37. Print out this guide and bring it with you when dog food/treat shopping.

Print out this guide and bring it with you when dog food/treat shopping.

38. Possibly the best use of old jeans ever: a lap pillow.

Possibly the best use of old jeans ever: a lap pillow.

Stuff an old pair of jeans with stuffing to simulate a human lap that smells just like you!

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Today is World Animal Day! — FACE Foundation

October 4th has been designated as World Animal Day. According to the World Animal Day website, the mission of this awareness event is: “To raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilizing it into a global […]

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DESIGNER DOGS-PLANNED MUTTS

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ALMA JOY THE HAVAMALT

THE LOOKS OF AN ANGEL THE VOICE OF A BANSHEE

Since the 1950’s I have been aware of Cockerpoos. Cockerpoos are a cross breed of one purebred Cocker Spaniel and one purebred Poodle.  I have never known a Cockerpoo that I have not loved.

Listed below are the names of ten popular Mixed-Breed Dogs. Recently the mixed breed dogs have been called Designer Dogs. Designer Dogs are puppies of two pure bred dogs.

What are the pluses of Designer Dogs?  The cost a designer dog is a fraction of the price of a pure bred dog. Just be aware that the AKC never recognizes Designer Dogs. If you have allergies then cross breeding a favorite dog breed with an non shedding breed may produce a dog that does not trigger allergies.

This is not always the case. As we all know in a family of brothers and sisters even if both parents are natural red-head, that does not guarantee that all siblings will be red-heads. I feel sorry for people who put a deposit on a crossbred dog and expect the puppy to have the qualities that they think the dog SHOULD have.

It’s like a very ugly, brilliant, billionaire marrying a beauty queen who has below average intelligence with great expectations. The shopaholic, trophy wife and the CEO of Google, may have kids who are dyslexic and in need of a nose-job and a chin implant.

I have a wonderful Designer Dog named Alma Joy. Alma my Joy is a beautiful, happy dog who’s whose parents were a 5 lb Maltese dad and 12 lb Havanese mom. The Havanese is Cuban dog, a member of the Bichon Family. The Maltese (also a member of the Bichon Family) is a more high strung,  gorgeous tiny, powder puff of a dog that wants nothing more in life than to be carried around all day and often nervously screeches when left home alone.

The Designer Breed is called (embarrassment) HavaMalt. Why didn’t they call them MaltaHave. The name HavaMalt makes me want to get a malted milkshake. The breeders were hoping for a toy 5 lb dog with the gorgeous, white fur of a Maltese and the calm, patient personality of the Havanese. My Alma Joy is the size of the Havanese with absolutely beautiful, silky hair and a wonderfully sweetheart of a personality who screeches like a banshee when she wants to get my attention (which like a good trainer Itry to ignore not reward.)

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susie the HAVANESE

Would I want a different dog with different attributes?  Alma Joy is my beloved little dog and I am sure that no other dog would be more wonderful to have in my household. I know that I am the lucky one who is just the right person for my Joyful Alma! Viva my Havanese Maltese Mix!

HUGS,

Nancy@Littlerdogs

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THE 10 MOST POPULAR MIXED-BREED DOGS  ByDogTime Staff

The DogTime Breed Center is one of the most searched areas of DogTime.com. In addition to purebreds, we also cover Mutts and various popular mixes, but which ones are the most popular? Here are the top 10 most-searched dog mixes on DogTime.com in 2013 (so far):

THE 10 MOST POPULAR MIXED-BREED DOGS    ByDogTime Staff

The DogTime Breed Center is one of the most searched areas of DogTime.com. In addition to purebreds, we also cover Mutts and various popular mixes, but which ones are the most popular? Here are the top 10 most-searched dog mixes on DogTime.com in 2013 (so far):

  1. Cockapoo: A cross of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, the joyful and endearing Cockapoo is the original “designer dog.
  2. Maltipoo: One part Maltese, one part Poodle, yields a dog with a fun-loving and affectionate nature.
  3. Labradoodle: An intelligent and friendly dog, the Labradoodle is a Labrador Retriever–Poodle hybrid.
  4. Goldendoodle: Another “designer dog,” this pooch results from breeding a Poodle with a Golden Retriever.
  5. Maltese Shih Tzu: One of the few “designer dogs” who isn’t one of the “Poo” or “Doodle” hybrids, as he’s a cross between a Maltese and Shih Tzu.
  6. Puggle: Cute looks, fun-loving personality, this Beagle–Pug combo seems to have it all.
  7. Schnoodle: Cross a Poodle with a Schnauzer and you get a lap dog, a family dog, a therapy dog, or a performance dog8. Peekapoo: Loyal and affectionate, this Pekingese–Poodle cross can be quite protective of the people he loves.

  8. Peekapoo: Loyal and affectionate, this Pekingese–Poodle cross can be quite protective of the people he loves.

  9. Yorkipoo: A cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature Poodle, this dog is especially suited to apartment life.

  10. Goldador: Get ready to get some exercise with this good-natured working dog who’s a mix of Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever.

 

 

To Bark or Not to Bark….Don’t Ask!

I Bark, She Barks, He Barks, We All Bark  – Nancy@LittlerDogs

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When I first got Angel, my Bichon, over 10 years ago, from the Humane Society in Boulder. In 2 days I never heard her bark. I took her to a Vet for a check up and asked him if Angel was mute. Why? He asked…Because she never barks..Don’t worry he said when she has something to say, she’ll let you know.

Angel was a very well-trained little Bichon. To make a long story short, in time, she not only made her needs known, but now I have the opposite problem. As my canine family grew and I added fosters and adopted new dogs, Angel must have felt that she wasn’t being heard. Now, I’m embarrassed to say that I have 3 screeching animals in my household.

I have used all the tools that I know and that are listed below in the article from THE HUMANE SOCIETY. I can get my dogs to stop barking but I freely admit not well enough. My dear Dog Sitter, Pat gave me a great tool that I have not only used with great success, but I have shared with many of my friends.

The product is called “Pet Corrector.” It is small, red, cylinder can of compressed air that makes a very high-pitched sound that reminds the dogs to stop their barking, jumping, or most any behaviour that you have tried to correct without success.

Like with everything else, tools are only as good as  how they are used. I recently bought a holster to carry”Pet Corrector” on my belt. At this point I usually just have to hold up the spray can and they will stop barking.

I wish that dogs copied good behaviour as well or better than copying naughty behaviour, but alas, this is not the case. I HAVE A 4 LB rescued CHIHUAHUA…Need I say any more…  God Bless you little Mr Peanut!!!

I say..Live and learn… I know for a fact that my dogs get bored more than I would ever like to admit. The truth is that before you can adequately discipline and teach your dog, make sure that you adaquetly discipline and teach yourself.

Here’s to Peace, Quiet and Loving your pets, Nancy@LittlerDogs

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Tools to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking

Six ways to control your dog’s barking  by The Humane Society

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    While all of these techniques can help stop your dog from barking, don’t expect results overnight.

Here’s a list of six techniques that can help stop your dog from barking. While all of them can be very successful, you shouldn’t expect miraculous results overnight. The longer your dog has been practicing the barking behavior, the longer it will take for him to change his ways.

Some of these training techniques require you to have an idea as to why your dog barks. We can help you get some insight into what is behind the bark.

Always remember to keep these tips in mind while training:

  • Don’t yell at your dog to be quiet—it just sounds like you’re barking along with him.
  • Keep your training sessions positive and upbeat.
  • Be consistent so you don’t confuse your dog. Everyone in your family must apply the training methods every time your dog barks inappropriately. You can’t let your dog get away with inappropriate barking some times and not others.

1. Remove the motivation

Your dog gets some kind of reward when he barks. Otherwise, he wouldn’t do it. Figure out what he gets out of barking and remove it. Don’t give your dog the opportunity to continue the barking behavior.

Example: barking at passersby

  • If he barks at people or animals passing by the living room window, manage his behavior by closing the curtains or putting your dog in another room.
  • If he barks at passersby when he’s in the yard, bring him into the house. Never leave your dog outside unsupervised all day and night.

2. Ignore the barking

Ignore your dog’s barking for as long as it takes him to stop. That means don’t give him any attention at all while he’s barking. Your attention only rewards him for being noisy. Don’t talk to him, don’t touch him, and don’t even look at him. When he finally quiets, even to take a breath, reward him with a treat.

To be successful with this method, you must wait as long as it takes for him to stop barking. If he barks for an hour and you finally get so frustrated that you yell at him to be quiet, the next time he’ll probably bark for an hour and a half. He learns that if he just barks long enough you’ll give him attention.

Example: barking when confined

  • When you put your dog in his crate or in a gated room, turn your back and ignore him.
  • Once he stops barking, turn around, praise him, and give him a treat.
  • As he catches on that being quiet gets him a treat, lengthen the amount of time he must remain quiet before being rewarded.
  • Remember to start small by rewarding him for being quiet for just a few seconds, then working up to longer periods of quiet.
  • Keep it fun by varying the amount of time. Sometimes reward him after 5 seconds, then 12 seconds, then 3 seconds, then 20 seconds, and so on.

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3. Desensitize your dog to the stimulus

Gradually get your dog accustomed to whatever is causing him to bark. Start with the stimulus (the thing that makes him bark) at a distance. It must be far enough away that he doesn’t bark when he sees it. Feed him lots of good treats. Move the stimulus a little closer (perhaps as little as a few inches or a few feet to start) and feed treats. If the stimulus moves out of sight, stop giving your dog treats. You want your dog to learn that the appearance of the stimulus leads to good things (treats!).

Example: barking at dogs

  • Have a friend with a dog stand out of sight or far enough away so your dog won’t bark at the other dog.
  • As your friend and her dog come into view, start feeding your dog lots of very yummy treats.
  • Stop feeding treats as soon as your friend and her dog disappear from view.
  • Repeat the process multiple times
  • Remember not to try to progress too quickly as it may take days or weeks before your dog can pay attention to you and the treats without barking at the other dog.

4. Teach your dog the “quiet” command

It may sound nonsensical, but the first step of this technique is to teach your dog to bark on command. Give your dog the command to “speak,” wait for him to bark two or three times, and then stick a tasty treat in front of his nose. When he stops barking to sniff the treat, praise him and give him the treat. Repeat until he starts barking as soon as you say “speak.”

Once your dog can reliably bark on command, teach him the “quiet” command. In a calm environment with no distractions, tell him to “speak.” When he starts barking, say “quiet” and stick a treat in front of his nose. Praise him for being quiet and give him the treat.

Example: someone at the door

  • When the doorbell rings, your dog alerts you to the presence of an “intruder” by barking wildly.
  • Once you’ve taught your dog the “quiet” command in a calm environment, practice in increasingly distracting situations until your dog can immediately stop barking when asked to, even when that “intruder” arrives at the door.

5. Ask your dog for an incompatible behavior

When your dog starts barking, ask him to do something that’s incompatible with barking. Teaching your dog to react to barking stimuli with something that inhibits him from barking, such as lying down in his bed.

Example: someone at the door

  • Toss a treat on his mat and tell him to “go to your place.”
  • When he’s reliably going to his mat to earn a treat, up the ante by opening the door while he’s on his mat. If he gets up, close the door immediately.
  • Repeat until he stays on his mat while the door opens.
  • Then increase the difficulty by having someone ring the doorbell while your dog is on his mat. Reward him if he stays in place.

6. Keep your dog tired

Make sure your dog is getting sufficient physical and mental exercise every day. A tired dog is a good dog and one who is less likely to bark from boredom or frustration. Depending on his breed, age, and health, your dog may require several long walks as well as a good game of chasing the ball and playing with some interactive toys.

Canine Cuisine: Homemade Pet Food

GOOD TIPS FOR HOME COOKING FOR YOUR FUR BABIES

Enjoyed and learned some new tips about cooking for canines. Thanks for this, Lily!  Nancy@Lirrlerdogs

AUGUST 30, 2016

WHAT’S COOKING….My ‘cooking for dogs’ hack : meat+vegetables+herbs. Grains are optional, brown rice is better than white, wheat is not the best choice (it’s been modified too much through history). Cook till it’s cooked. Serve room temperature rather than hot (adjust to the elements: on a cold day serve warmer, on a hot one: colder).

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Charlie prefers to eat from Lily’s bowl

The longer version:

Meat should be as fresh as possible, from reliable sources if possible. Odd cuts are welcome, though liver shouldn’t be eaten too often. Opt for leaner meat most days (game, rabbit, poultry, fish) but beef is good, so include it, too. Some beef cuts aren’t fat either: ox tongue is lean and my dogs (and cats) love it. Pork can be eaten occasionally as it tends to be quite fatty. Pig trotters (yes, I know) are a great source of collagen and are great for joints, coat and skin. I make broth (it turns into jelly), freeze it in small containers and use as broth cubes. If you feed your dog any bones, please supervise. Seriously, be there and watch, from the beginning to the end, dispose of the bone after it’s been sufficiently stripped of meat. Beware: the process can take hours and many dogs wish to bury the sad remains ‘for later’. Never give chicken bones to your dog. Chicken feet are less of a threat if they are cut close to the claws/toes? (without the longer, brittle bone) and the hard, nail like claws themselves have been removed. Surprisingly, turkey necks are reasonably safe (still, the ‘supervise’ rule applies here, too). And they are cheap. And dogs love them.

Vegetables can be frozen (cheap and convenient). I use lots as my dogs eat very little grains. Most green, leafy ones are fine. In fact, most vegetables are fine (check the ‘unsafe foods’ list, or if in doubt, just don’t use it- I don’t use garlic as it seems to be controversial).

I use lots of herbs, mostly dry, but because I grow some in my garden, some 30 -40%would be fresh. I never use salt.

Fruit is mostly safe (again, refer to the list), so if you have a fruit lover, snacking on fruit is fine. Just remember: sugar needs to turn into energy, so exercise your dog.

I disapprove of the term: ‘superfoods’. Most unprocessed food could be called that. But I do use foodstuff that I believe is particularly beneficial for my dogs: fish oil, flax seeds, coconut oil, turmeric (and the bone broth).

The dish in the bowls in the photos is chicken stew.

Ingredients:

2 chicken quarters

one pound/ half a kilo each: chicken livers, chicken stomachs, chicken hearts

about 300-400 grams of diced carrots, peas, string beans (frozen)

1 parsley

a slice of celeriac,

half of a small broccoli

basil, oregano (dried)

parsley (fresh, a generous bunch)

optional: ground flax seeds, turmeric and fish oil (added after cooking and mixed with the meal)

Method:

fill a big pan with water, turn the hob on

chicken tights go into the pot first

bring to boil and simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes

add frozen and fresh vegetables, herbs, chicken hearts and stomachs, bring to boil and simmer  for 10-15 minutes

add chicken livers, bring to boil and cook for about 5 minutes, then turn the hob off, when cooled, remove the chicken bones and cut the meat into chunks

Optional: add a pinch of turmeric, half a teaspoon of ground flax seeds and half a teaspoon of fish oil to each bowl

Freezes well🙂 You can even freeze the excess liquid and use it as your broth next time.

Unsafe food lists:

fruit and veg

more general and this one

herbs

If in doubt ask your vet🙂

Source: What’s cooking?

HAPPY 13th SECOND TIME AROUND

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR ANGEL THE PUPangel-happy-birthday-princess-final-edition-copyI am teary eyed. Today is my Angel’s adoption day Birthday.

Since I was not sure how old she was when I adopted her in 2006 she can be either 13 or 14 years old. I decided to in good faith make her turn 13 instead of 14 years old. Since it’s all debatable why not?

Happy 13th Birthday Little Angel. Today I did what she loves best, I took her different places all morning..She is one very Happy Doggy Camper! Tonight nitrate free roast beef and sweet potato to share with her Bro and Sis!

Happiest Birthday  Ever Little Angel!

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God Didn’t Make Little Green Apples? Dogs and Food Aggression

DOG AGGRESSION AND MR PEANUT

Roger Miller sang something about LOVE and Little Green Apples. Which is perfect for my Blog about Food Aggression in Dogs and what to do to correct this behaviour. 

And if that’s not lovin’ me
Then all I’ve got to say
God didn’t make little green apples
And it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime
And there’s no such thing as Doctor Seuss
Or Disneyland, and Mother Goose, no nursery rhyme
God didn’t make little green apples
And it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime
And when my self is feelin’ low
I think about her face aglow and ease my mind

Read more: Roger Miller – Little Green Apples Lyrics | MetroLyrics

My backyard is full of trees. Trees line my backyard  Wagon Train style. I’ve been told by tree experts that where the trees were planted prevents them from baring full-sized fruit.This year, we currently have a bumper crop of very ittle green apples on our dwarf apple trees. The apples grow to about 2 to 3″s and then fall off the tree. What happens next is  that the wild bunny family (who lives under my garden shed), the squirrels and last but not least tiny, 4 lb, Mr Peanut, my Chi, have a feast and make merry.

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Yesterday, Mr Peanut walked into the house with his mouth completely stuffed with a little green apple.  Mr Peanut then walked to my bedroom, climbed up the fake sheep skinned, covered dog stairs,  lay down on my bed and started munching his organic fruit treasure. He had served himself breakfast in bed.
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At first I wasn’t exactly sure what he has eating  and tried to check out  what he had. Mr Peanut let out a long, low growl and bared his sharp teeny teeth. At least I knew he didn’t have anything that was posioness, but Mr Peanut was showing very Alpha behaviour. I wanted to make sure he didn’t think that was okay.
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What I did was,  I shook my head and said “No.”  I talked  calmly and gently to him and told him “I’m not taking your apple”
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I did not want to challenge him when he was demonstrating aggressive behaviour. I did not back away.  I kept talking quietly and with a smiling face, kept repeating  “Mr Peanut, I’m not  taking your apple.”  Very slowly, little by little, I put my hand nearer and nearer to him while shaking my head, yes. . When he growled I slowly took my hand away I said a firm “ugh, ugh.”  while shaking my head, no. When he calmed down I said “Good boy, Good boy Mr Peanut. I kept this up until he let me touch apple. I was happy that Mr Peanut had passed this first step.


I think it is wisdom to not test a very angry little Chihuahua and take away his food.  I plan to continue to work with him until he is able to give up food,

I love the following Cesar Millan article.  He gives very good advice.

ps: I think God did make little green apples but while writing this I couldn’t get the song out of my head.

Be Well,

Nancy@Littlerdogs

 Food aggression and what to do about it By Cesar Millan

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My 33 Fav Stores that Allow Dogs

Thank you to all the Businesses that allow dogs to come in. Cars are no place to leave your pet when the tempreture gets moderately hot or extremely cold.  Hope many other businesses follow in these great footsteps.

Hugs,

Nancy@Littlerdogs

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33 Stores That Don’t Ask You To Leave Your Dog Outside While You Shop

33 Stores That Don’t Ask You To Leave Your Dog Outside While You Shop

*Note: If your dog is not a service dog, do not bring them into a store that is not dog-friendly. Additionally, many chain stores (including ones on this list) leave it up to the manager to decide whether their individual locations allow dogs or not. The best way to ensure you can bring your pooch inside is to call ahead and find out that specific store’s policy.

The leaves are turning, the mulled wine is flowing, the marshmallows are toasting. While the change in season signifies the start of many wonderful and time-honored traditions, it also means ’tis about to be the season for lots and lots of shopping.

The daunting task of checking every box on your list can seem a little more manageable when you’ve got your trusty sidekick in tow. More and more stores have adopted a dog-friendly policy, check out our roundup of 33 national stores that making the holidays a lot less waggravating.

1. Half Price Books

“Look! I’m a lab-rarian!”

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2. Gander Mtn

“I’m basically a wolf.”

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3. Academy

“New friend, please gimme a ball…”

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4. Abercrombie and Fitch

“All those long walks have paid off!”

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5. Michaels

“Left! LEFT! DIY dog treat kit!”

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6. Hobby Lobby

“Too big, or just right?”

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7. Ross

“Ross has a snack aisle?! I love Ross!”

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8. Sephora

“Beauty school drop out? More like beauty school knock out!”

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9. Anny Taylor/Ann Taylor Loft

“Put the pants in the bag, and I promise I won’t eat them.”

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10. Tiffany & Co.

“I’m a diamond, a diamond in the ruff.”

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11. Bath and Body Works

“Spritz me.”

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12. Hallmark

“Shop till you drop, or down-stay, I always say!”

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13. Lowe’s
***UPDATE 5/29/15*** According to their Facebook page, Lowes is no longer a dog-friendly store.
“No I will not help you put together that lamp, but I will judge you for trying!”

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14. Home Depot

“Please choose the blue paint, it will look great when I step in it and walk all over the house!”

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15. Pottery Barn

“My tail has broken 63 things in here today… is that a new record?”

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16. Macy’s“Is this where you disappear to on the weekends while I have to pee?? Smells weird”.

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17. Bass Pro Shops

“Are those real fish??”

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18. Barnes and Noble

“Not sure if green floor is grass or not, will pee on it anyway”.

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19. LUSH Cosmetics

“Is this stuff edible? It smells like I can eat it”.

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20. Restoration Hardware

“I mean… if I’m going to jump on the couch as soon as you leave anyways I might as well make sure it’s comfortable”.

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21. Gap

“You…look… FABULOUS!”

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22. Bloomingdale’s

“Those better be real diamonds! I’m allergic to peasant jewelry”.

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23. Urban Outfitters

“Woahhh look at that guy’s mustache!”

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24. Anthropologie

“Mom that dress looks great! Can we go now?”

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25. Free People

“That. Does. Not. Fit. You”.

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26. Foot Locker

“Are these the kind that make you jump higher? I need mad ups.”

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27. Bebe

“My outfit still looks better #AuNaturel”.

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28. Nordstrom

“We’ve been here six hours, I’m hiding in the basement next time I hear you say Half Yearly Sale”.

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29. Old Navy

“Day 16, Humans still think I am part of display”.

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30. Saks Fifth Avenue

“I always wear pearls while shopping at Saks… duh”.

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31. Tractor Supply Co.

“I need 100 bags of dog food! No questions please! Oh, and throw in all that Turkey Jerky”.

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32. The Apple Store

“Dude. The iWatch is laaaaaaaaame.”

33. Strand Bookstore

“Please. I’m far too old to read picture books anymore.”

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Looking for something a little more local? You can look up local shops, hotels, restaurants, and all sorts of other attractions here

h/t to I Love Dogs Site and I Love Dog Friendly Feature Image via Getty Images