Archive for January 2013

Sleet, Snow & the Secret for “Paw Protection Par Excellence”

January 30, 2013

Hello from Diana!  This is never my favorite month, but Cookie certainly has been enjoying her first January…

Want me to pull you first?

Want me to pull you first?

Here in Katonah not only has it been quite cold outside, but all of us humans in the family, including myself, have caught colds or been sick this month.  All of our pets have been comforting companions throughout.  Cookie is always one to come lie down nearby when we rest and periodically “check” on us as we do.  I have been woken several times from a deep sleep by her cold nose grazing my cheek.  If laughter is the best medicine, Cookie certainly generates a lot of that on a daily basis.  Plus she doesn’t shy away when you cough or sneeze.

Whether we are sick or not, and no matter how cold it is outside, Cookie still needs her walks, and substantial ones at that. This is when as a dog owner you will yourself to leave your warm house and remind yourself of the commitment you made to your dog when you adopted them (on a much warmer day that seems so long ago.)  And so I bundle up, sometimes wearing two sets of gloves, and head out.  If the temperature is below 20 degrees, I will put Cookie’s puffer-coat on.  But I have learned this is really more for me – she is absolutely fine without it.  The snow and cold don’t phase or tire her out at all.  Being wet from cold winter rain is another story.  So the coat also goes on in that instance, too. 

Given the choice, Cookie always prefers to walk on the snow or on some land as opposed to a sidewalk or  street.  But that’s not always possible, and these days, there’s a lot of rock salt and other snow-metlers on the ground everywhere, and these can hurt the pads of a dog’s feet.  So we were happy when our friend Ray (The Papa of Cookie’s B.F.F. Maggie) told us about this wonderful stuff…

Musher

It’s a non-greasy, pleasant smelling salve you can apply to to the pads of your dog’s paws.  It creates a barrier for all the corrosive things on the ground out there that could hurt your dog’s feet.  And somehow, it doesn’t get all over your house and everything in it.  And, it c Cookie’s feet to boot.  Plus if you have horses you can use this for them too (sadly we don’t but someday!) In my area you can find it at Wipe Your Paws in Mount Kisco (the official Doggie Daycare of Cookie of Katonah.) 

When I watch Cookie eat snow, deliberately choose to walk on ice and then skid, and lie and roll around in the cold snow, just it reminds me of something a kid would do.   And just like with my own kids, after I’ve been outside for awhile, I get really cold, and then I need to cajole Cookie to come inside.  At first there is a disappointed whimper from her, but ultimately there is acceptance.  Later, as I sit at my desk working and Cookie lays at my feet, the cold has disappeared, and I feel very warm inside.  Stay warm & well, Diana 

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Blanket Drive for Animal Shelters this M.L.K. Day

January 18, 2013

Cookie here!  I am one lucky puppy…but there are plenty of pets in need in my area, and yours, too.

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Animal shelters everywhere always need used linens, towels and blankets to help keep their residents warm and well.  Here where I live, in Northern Westchester, the Putnam Humane Society is currently holding a blanket drive, seeking donated comforters and blankets.  Visit http://www.puthumane.org for more information.  Other shelters in Westchester currently seeking blankets include The Hudson Valley Humane Society in Ramapo, wwww.hvhumane.org and the New Rochelle Humane Society, http://www.newrochellehumanesociety.org.  

My family here in Katonah is currently collecting used blankets and comforters.  Local friends, if you have any you’d like to donate, please let us know or drop them off on our front porch.  On Monday, 1/21, Martin Luther King Day, we will be taking them to the Putnam Humane Society for all the animals there.

No matter where you may live, consider saving and donating your used blankets and linens to your local pet shelter or your vet – they are always needed!

Enjoy the holiday and thanks for supporting the Shelters!  Woofs, Cookie

Splish Splash!

January 16, 2013

As an Aussie, I have an awesome, low-maintenance fur coat that always looks great.  But even I still need an occasional bath!

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These winter days, with the snow, salt, sand, silt and mud, my baths have ben more frequent.  When I go outside to walk and play, all these elements from outside get kicked up into my coat.  Towelling off and brushing help, but after about two weeks, it’s time for the tub.  My Daddy Brian fills the tub about a third of the way full with warm water and adds some suds…I like Earthbath Totally Natural Puppy Shampoo.  It is tearless and extra gentle, and has a nice cherry-almond scent that is not overpowering to me or my humans.  Then Daddy puts me in the tub and the washing begins!  For this bath, Sophia was also a helper.

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My coat is thick and pretty water-resistant so it takes them awhile just to get me wet.  I look so much smaller when I take a bath.  I like my spiky mohawk-look here.   After a good sudsing, Brian drains the tub, fills it with fresh warm water, and rinses me off.  It is hard to be patient but I do my best.

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After rinsing I get out of the tub and, you guessed it, give some great big long body shakes to help get some of that wet off.  After that, my people lovingly dry me off and tell me how nice and clean and beautiful I am.  It usually takes 4 large beach towels to get the job done.  It is all so exhausting as you can see.  But also so worth it because…

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…after my bath, my family just wants to cuddle up and love me, and nothing makes me happier than that!   Woofs, Cookie  

Guest Blogger S’More Cat: Bad to the bone!

January 10, 2013

..Meow!  S’More Cat here.  

No, I don’t have my own blog yet.  But I do have a hidden camera in the kitchen.  And I caught this beast looking for a feast…

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Everyone loves Cookie, but we don’t love her behavior in the house.  Quite simply, Cookie is a thief.  She jumps up and leans on the kitchen counters and tables, looking for food to snatch.  One day, she somehow opened up a paper bag filled with bagels and ran off with one, without pulling the bag off the counter. She’ll do this  sort of thing even when our family is RIGHT THERE in the kitchen with her.  Every pet knows you don’t do that, right?!  But not Cookie.  So, these days she is getting a lot of corrections and a lot of puppy time-outs on her mat by the kitchen door.  She also wears a leash and correction collar 24-7, so that she can’t scoot away after she’s been naughty.  Otherwise, it all becomes a big game to her.  She loves to run circles around the dining room table, because it’s almost impossible to catch her there.  When you do catch Cookie in the act of being naughty, and correct her, you usually get a look from her like this…

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…as if to say, “What?  Did I do wrong?”  My people-parents say she is very stubborn and wants what she wants but she will have to learn.  To help them they have hired an obedience trainer to work with Cookie on “her issues” which these days include not coming reliably when called, barking her head off when the doorbell rings, getting up on the couch (strictly forbidden for her, but OK for me, ha!),roaming around the kitchen and snatching whatever food she can, and most disturbingly, CHASING ME!  Progress is being made, but it is slow.  Her trainer is great and says that Cookie is a very sweet, and strong-willed dog, but at just a year, Cookie is still very young yet.  We all do notice that she is well trained now to go to one of her mats or by the people’s feet and chill out in the house.  But she still chases me every chance she gets.  Hiss.

The good news is, my stock in this family keeps on going up.  They are constantly telling me how great I am and how I never destroy anything or give them a moment’s trouble….

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…not to mention how gorgeous I am.  Who am I to disagree?  Peace, love & tuna fish, S’More Cat

 

Under the Weather

January 5, 2013

Cookie is looking forward to a great 2013…and not having to wear this cone anymore!

   Cookieoutsidesidecone

Why the cone you ask?  I shall tell you the story.  For awhile, Cookie has been wearing a head-collar on her walks to discourage pulling.  It was effective, but she never liked it, and often she would flop to the ground at some point in her walks and paw at her face, as if to say “Take this thing off of me!”   Early in December, we switched to a new collar for our walks…and probably just in time, because we noticed there was now a little “hot spot” on Cookie’s snout where the fur was worn off.  We figured that it would just heal on its own.  Well, as the weeks went by, she pawed it and rubbed at it (in her crate at night, when we didn’t see) and now what was just a “little thing” turned into a “thing.”  It didn’t help that during the month amid the Holiday Hupla we kenneled her twice, I’m sure adding to her anxiety and pawing more as a result.  Now, she had developed a much bigger cut, and what was just a little thing was now a “thing.”  Our little pup was looking ruff…I mean, rough. I called Roosevelt Vet in Brewster, NY – the official vet of Cookie of Katonah – and they advised me to put her in a cone, keep the cut clean, and apply some anti-bacterial topical ointment if I could ensure it would not get into her eyes.

So Brian went to the pet store and purchased a medium-sized ProCone Soft Recovery Collar, made of blue canvas with a nice reflective piping on the ends of the cone, with velcro closures and an adjustable collar for a good fit on the dog.  Here it is on our model:

Cookinsidecone

This is a good quality collar – only one problem: after a few days Cookie figured out how to get her back foot around it and onto her snout – thus re-opening the cut again.  So, Brian went back to the pet store and bought size large….now “Cookie Ingalls” (as in Laura, of the “Little House on the Prairie” books) as Sophia has nicknamed her during this ordeal is FINALLY starting to heal-up this cut – and little white hairs are growing in…so hopefully in a week or so she’ll be ready for her close-ups again!   Until then, we’ll have to settle for a long lens:

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Hope your New Year is off to a Warm and Fuzzy start!  Diana

Thank You World! And welcome 2013!

January 2, 2013

Cookie Here!  Warmest Woofs to You & Yours for the New Year.   Thanks to YOU, Dear Reader, my 2013 is off to a very exciting start…

Remember we when?  Me and the blog have sure grown!

Remember we when? Me and the blog have sure grown!

My puppy-mama Diana just received a lovely annual report about my blog from the good people at WordPress, our hosts.  Both of us are jumping for joy, because not only did we have THOUSANDS of views in 2012, we also had readers and followers from SEVENTEEN COUNTRIES including the United States, Germany, Canada, France, India, Sri Lanka, The Phillipines, Iraq, The United Kingdom, Nicaragua, Italy, Australia, Turkey, The Russian Federation, Panama, Kuwait, and Argentina.  For a little Aussie like me, that is nothing short of amazing.  THANK YOU WORLD!  And I paw-mise you all that there will be more big adventures and fun the whole year long.    Thanks, woofs, and more news from me soon!  Love, Cookie