A Portuguese Water Dog Wins Obama’s Heart

Ever since President Obama told the nation that he was going to get his daughters a dog, everyone waited to hear about their choice. It had to be a breed that was known to be hypoallergenic because one of the girls was allergic. The Portuguese Water Dog won and Bo joined the Obama Family.

Portuguese Water Dogs have short hair that does not shed and is considered a working dog. That usually refers to a breed that was bred to work but now refers to a dog that needs to stay busy. Traditionally used to assist in fishing expeditions, the Portuguese Water Dog is now kept as a house pet.

This breed is considered a hypoallergenic dog. While this breed is not as common as other breeds, if you want to dog that is hypoallergenic, lively, and enjoys companionship, then this breed may be the one for you. The Portuguese Water Dog is not as common a breed as other breeds of hypoallergenic dog. You will have to search for a breeder online, in the newspaper, or by calling breeders in your area until you find one.

Generally happy dogs, the PWD needs to stay busy or it will get bored. You should have plenty of toys for it to play with and you may want to consider crate training when you are not at home. This means that the dog will stay in a crate when you go out so it does not destroy your home. When the PWD gets bored or lonely, it will chew on anything it finds.

Crate training should begin right after you bring the dog home. By placing a blanket, toys and water into the crate, you will make the dog comfortable while you are away. You should not use the crate when punishing the dog or it will not want to go in it when you leave for the day. After training the dog, you will have to keep up the routine. This will give the dog structure and will also keep your possessions safe. Keeping the dog in a crate when you are not at home will also reduce allergens.

Portuguese Water Dogs need to be groomed every two months or so. There are two patterns that most groomers follow, the retriever cut and the lion cut. The retriever cut means that the hair is cut evenly on the body. The lion cut leaves that front half of the dog’s body covered with hair, while hair on the hind legs is cut short. You should take the dog to be groomed if you are not comfortable grooming it yourself.

If you are considering buying a PWD, you should be prepared to have a dog that wants to be your constant companion. This is a breed that needs to be walked and entertained throughout the day. If you need to travel on vacation or for work, you should board the dog so it will not be lonely.

Portuguese Water Dogs are easy going and get along with children and most adults. If you are looking for a breed that does not shed and will fit in with your family, then the PWD is the breed for you. While most Portuguese Water Dogs are black, some are white or a mix of both. Their hair is curly or wavy and similar to that of the standard poodle. Portuguese Water Dogs typically live between twelve and fifteen years. You will have a great companion to love as long as he is alive.

Christmas Gifts Cats will Love

Have you ever watched your cat play with a toy? They really get into it. It is so much fun to watch them play that you can spend hours doing it laughing the whole time.

Did you know that buying toys for cats is like buying toys for children? You have to make sure that they are age appropriate? Cats are like children they go through stages and sometimes need age appropriate toys and can get bored very easily. Some suggestions for toys include the cat towers, stuffed mice, small amounts of catnip, stuffed animals, ribbons, and plastic balls.

From an early age, kittens learn to pick up things in their mouths. It is an instinct, just like using their claws. When a cat plays, they like to grab and bit their toys. Let us look at the toys listed above. A cat tower is a great way to teach you cat where it is appropriate to climb. It will keep them off the blinds or curtains while giving them hours of fun. There are many styles of cat towers from the two story towers to the ones rising to the ceiling. The more levels they have the more fun and enjoyment they will receive out of a cat tower. A cat will use the tower for play as well as sleep.

They like to bat at ropes and other items dangling off the tower as well as going through little tunnels up to the next level. If you have two cats you will have fun watching them give chase to the top often trying to knock the other off. A cat tower can be practical because they will scratch at it rather than your couch.

Stuffed mice are also important to any kitty’s playtime. Not all mice are the same; most cats prefer the small leather mice with the multi colored fur and long tails. These mice come in twelve packs or three packs, and believe me if they are anything like my kitty they will tear them apart. Cloth mice are typically second during playtime. If you find your kitty to be uninterested in mice you might want to check the type of mouse you have bought them.

Catnip toys are very popular. Catnip will cause your cat to be more rowdy, which can be a plus because they wear down faster. Catnip before bedtime is a great way to get your cat to sleep for quite a while and leave you to slumber. Catnip should be given out sparingly. You do not want to give your cat catnip everyday because it can have adverse affects to their behavior. They can start to depend on it and have mood swings.

A stuffed animal is also a favorite toy when a cat is ready to play and loves to have stuffed animals in their toy basket. There is nothing more amusing than watching a kitty bring a stuffed animal bigger than they are and proceed to toss it in the air and pounce. A stuffed toy will always make a good gift for a cat.

Cats like the feel of certain things in their mouths that is why they chew on paper, plastic and even your blankets. The feel of the material in their mouths allows them to clean their teeth or when they are teething help reduce the pain. The stuffed animal can work in much the same way and keep them away from other more harmful items.

You do not have to go to great expense to entertain your cat, however when you spend a little on toys you keep your kitty from getting bored. You may even decide to hide a few toys and reintroduce them after a few months to keep from purchasing new ones all the time. Just make sure it is not the favorite toy of your pet or they may find other ways to entertain themselves that you do not find amusing. Holidays are a great time to introduce a few new toys for your kitty.

Cats–Feeding my Favorite People

Just call me the crazy cat lady! My husband does. It is true because I have never been able to get enough of cats. When I go to the market to buy cat food, the clerk always asks me “How many cats do you have?” I really only have 3 but I feed a few others. They have chosen my restaurant over their owners.

Here is a few hints on feeding your cat. I feed both canned food and dry food. They can nibble on the dry food almost anytime of the day or night. And, yes, I leave out clean water for them to drink. Of course, my cats also drink out of the swimming pool if it is handier.

Feeding your pet will depend a great deal on the age of the animal. Older cats require two small meals or one large meal for the day. Kittens on the other hand, require several feedings a day until they get around the age of 12 weeks. Cats that are between three and six months of age need to be fed three times a day. Canned food can be fed to cats, although any food that has been left out longer than 30 minutes need to be disposed of. I find that feeding them a can twice a day is very satisfying to them. They love the gravy and eventhough they are willing to share the meat, they will race to see who gets the gravy. The big boys do not mind sharing a can, but I have to feed the girl her very own can. Cats have a pecking order and she gets pushed out.

Canned food can get expensive fast, and you should always keep in mind that some may need to be thrown away when you buy it. Sometimes I end up throwing out what the girl cat doesn’t eat because the boys are full by then. Cats love canned food, although it doesn’t have any benefits to their dental health like dry food does. The canned food seems to satisfy them more and the dry food is more like a snack.

PhotobucketAs an alternative plan, you can always leave a supply of dry food out for your pet. When you give your cat dry food, you should always make sure that he has enough water. Dry food costs less than canned food, and it can also help to prevent the buildup of tartar on your cat’s teeth. When you buy dry food, you should always look in terms of health and benefits, and read the label carefully and choose very nutritional food. Even though some generic food may be cheaper, it may not offer the nutrients your pet needs so it is better to pay a little more for a more nutritional one.

If you own a kitten, you should only give you kitten food designed for him. You’ll also need to clean and refill his water dish every day. Even though kittens and adult cats like cow’s milk, you should avoid giving it to them as it can cause diarrhea. Treats are fine on occasion, although too many of them can cause your pet to get fat. Feeding your kitten human food is good on occasion, although you may have to mix it in with his cat food.

Don’t forget to give your cats lots of love daily. They can have too much food, but they never can get too much love.

Pet Cats are to Pamper and Love

dj sugarPeople often say that they are cat lovers or dog lovers. Why can’t you be both? Cats and dogs are very different and there are qualities in each of them that make them unique and fun to love. Why wouldn’t you want to have both cats and dogs around? Of course, there are some dog lovers that the thought of owning a cat is the last thing they want to consider. Here are some cat characteristics that you should know.

First consider where your preference for dogs may have originated. You may have been influenced by your family members, especially your mother and family. Perhaps you just adopted their preferences. Maybe once you give it some thought, you will realize that you have never really given cats a chance.

...non fidarsi è meglio - my scared cat / gattoYou may discover that cats are not the evil creatures as you may have heard them portrayed. Have you heard one of the old wives’ tales about cats. Many of these myths have no basis in scientific fact. A black cat can cross your path without your experiencing any undo harm.

Cats are curious creatures. Maybe you have heard that they love their homes not their owners. When something changes in their surroundings, they are curious to inspect the area to make see what is going on until they decide if what is different is o.k. They like to keep up with what is new in life. Cats are creatures of habit and when sudden changes occur, they take their time adjusting to the change.

Walking his wayMost dog lovers have been encouraged to make fun of the independence of cats. Cats not dogs are the most independent. Contrary to belief, cats can be trained as well as dogs. Because of their size, you do not see cats being trained to be police cats or rescue cats, but they can be trained, nevertheless. If you have the patience and technique, you can train your cats to walk on a leash, play fetch, walk on balance beams, beg, play dead, roll over, and many other tricks that are normally associated with dogs.

Cats are extremely loyal to their master and their family. They are also very sensitive to mood changes within the family and will respond to them. If their special person is sad, cats will try to comfort you by showing you a lot of attention and staying near you. They will lick your hand to caress you and stay very close. They also react to angry and high stressful situations. As you can see, they are very affectionate.

Cute catPeople love the way dogs jump around and get excited when you come home or when they see you. It is true that cats do not do that. They will however greet you when you come home and rub and purr to get your attention. These wonderful soft bundles of love want to love and be loved in return. There are many ways they show it.

GarfieldCats talk to you in many ways. After you have lived with a cat for a while, you really grow to understand what they are saying. Meowing a certain way may mean “Hey! I need your attention. Will you do something for me?” If they start to make noise–”caterwauling” as it is called–you can take it to mean that they are warning you. Despite their size, they may also be trying to chase something they fear away from you.

Then there is purring. Ahhhh! that soothing, contented sound. The purr communicates with you that the cat is happy and is enjoying your stroking and petting. No other animal makes a sound like it. It is music to your ears. Soon you will become accustomed to all the ways the cat talks to you and what they mean.

the beast yawning - my lazy cat / gatto / chatCats do not require a high degree of care. As a pet, they can become a very wonderful addition to the family who wants a pet to love. Cats and dogs can also learn to coexist very nicely as well.

Pet Dogs Deserve to become Pampered Pets

All American Dog, a female mutt, needs a forever home...If you are thinking about bringing a dog into your home, there are may things that you need to know about and consider. The new pet will become a member of the family, so you have to select wisely so the dog will fit in nicely. In fact, the first question is: “Are you sure you want a dog?” It is true that dogs make great pets, but you really have to be sure that you are prepared to take care of one for a long time. Are you being badgered by your children to get a puppy? Have you ever cared for a dog before? Do you want a dog because you had one as a child and remember fondly the companionship that it gave you? The last thing you want to do is to get a dog on a spur of the moment whim.

Nice guysHave you thought about getting a dog that is grown perhaps from one of the dog adoption programs or are you more inclined to start with a new puppy? Puppies are so cute and everyone loves them when they are little, but you have to consider the dog they will become. Puppies are fun to watch grow up and they can grow up with your children and just like your children they are going to go through stages. Grown dogs have the advantage of being more calm and you can readily see what temperament they have already.

Whether or not you want a female or male dog is also important. Male dogs tend to grow bigger than their female counterparts. The males are more dominant in their behavior and are more aggressive in some breeds. If you do not plan to have a dog that has puppies, then you will also have to take care of the neutering or spaying.

Balou (our new dog)Temperament is one of the most important factors to think about in selecting your new dog. If you have a purpose for this dog other than as a companion, then you need to take that into consideration. Would you like a guard dog who patrols your grounds? Dogs have many ways of showing whether they are more docile or rambunctious even as a puppy. Pick up the puppy and cradle it in your eyes.  If he wiggles and squirms excessively, this pup will probably require more training. On the other hand, if he lies in your arm calmly, then he probably is mild tempered and has a much calmer nature. When interviewing your dog, clap your hands and make loud noises and sudden movements to see how he responds.  With children, you do not want to end up with a shy or nervous dog who is easily startled.

When doing your research, read about the behavioral traits and maintenance requirements of various breeds.  A lot can be explained about how a dog will behave based on the background and history of his breed. Some breeds require more grooming and some more exercise and some both. You will want to know these things in advance. There are breeds that are very independent and others want to be considered a member of the family.

I thought three was a crowdHave you decided from where you are going to get your dog?  Puppies can be purchased from breeders, but you will want to be sure that they are respectable and dedicated to maintaining the standard of breeding itself. The puppy you purchase should be healthy and well socialized and not one that has been treated roughly or deprived of human companionship.  Local pet shops can be a good place but you want to be sure that you speak to someone that has done business with them before and will recommend them to you.

threeOnce you have selected you new dog, whether it be a big dog or a small dog, the research and thought that you have put into its selection will prove to be worthwhile. By taking care in selecting your new dog, you should be able to find the perfect one for you and your family. Look forward to a lasting and loving relationship with your new pet dog that is sure to be fulfilling for you and your children to spoil and pamper all you want .