Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
New years resolution idea: Fitness Unleashed!: A Dog and Owner's Guide to Losing Weight and Gaining Health TogetherA book by veterinarian, Marty Becker, and weight loss expert Dr. Robert Kushner, Fitness Unleashed!: A Dog and Owner’s Guide to Losing Weight and Gaining Health Together (Three Rivers Press), shows how a dog can give an exercise program a shot of confidence and exuberance. Working out together is certainly a lot more fun than working out alone...
As Seen On: Fetchdog.com
As you are well aware Mugsy and I are total closet geeks. Well really it's me more than Mugsy but he is my sidekick and is guilty by association. Anyway we stumbled across this new website guide on web hosting, domain names, and web design. We work on a few sites a year and think this is a great resource. We will be using this for our next project where we need to buy a domain name or hosting service since it will help you determine the best solution for functionality and price.
Out favorite part of the site was the Learning Center, located on the left side of the page. A useful tool, you can find information like a Quick Start Guide and with so many options out there it is nice to have an non-biased directory (we hope) to help you make an informed decision.
Hopefully you will find this site useful too! http://www.webhostingchoice.com
Naomi & Mugsy
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Mugsy went on a road trip with us for the holiday weekend. He did pretty good in the car on the way up to the cabin. After we arrived the weather turned bitter cold - below 0 degrees! Brrr... Since it is mostly a summer destination it is a great place to let dogs run around off leash and do a little exploring in the woods without getting into too much trouble. The cold weather kept him close to the cabin. During our stay Mugsy made many short trips outside to pee--unfortunately on the deck. We have this problem at home but kinda rude on someone else's deck. We'll have to work on this. Mugsy did have a doggy friend there - Taz the Golden Doodle - so they played a bit in the snow and inside. Taz and Mugsy have only played a few times with our other dog present. Azia was not on this trip so it was good for Mugsy to learn boundary's with a new adult dog.
The next day we drove to a resort about an hour away and checked in with Mugsy. Of course he was a hit with most resort visitors and family. I had some apprehension having him with since he howls at the top of his lungs when he is alone and in his kennel especially. Of course he started to do this at the first opportunity so he had to be at my side for gifts and the dinner. He was bored but I had a Kong with to keep him entertained and we had bones from dinner at the cabin so those helped. He didn't have any accidents while at the resort and did a great job. I would recommend staying at Thumper Pond with your pet if you are in area. They have an indoor water park that looked really fun - sorry, no pets allowed in the pool.
One more stop before we headed back to Minneapolis and that was to Grandma's apartment building where pets are not allowed in so Mugsy stayed in the car while we visited. The trip home was three hours and about the last hour he started to cry - he'd had enough. I tried to let him out but that was a terrible idea considering we were packed to the brim in the golf and he didn't want to sit still. I got a nice scratch and back in the kennel he went and eventually he napped the rest of the way home. He tends to cry before he naps - not always but something like a toddler I guess. All in all it was a good trip, and a good test run for possibly taking long trips.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
MUGSY: I want to go out side and play.
NAOMI: Okay out you go...
MUGSY: "Whine, cry, hooowllll"
NAOMI: Okay, it's too cold out to stay too long, back in you go.
MUGSY: Ugh, I am sooo bored, lets go back outside [whine at the door]
NAOMI: You just went out!
AZIA: Grrr, let him out, yeah! I can play toss a Mugsy in a snow bank.
MUGSY: Azia play with Mugsy. Azia play with Mugsy!
NAOMI: Okay, out you both go.
MEANWHILE *CRASH, BANG, THUD* A GAME OF TAG IS BEING PLAYED IN THE YARD.
MUGSY: Back inside please, or I'll cry at the top of my lungs!
NAOMI: Okay, Okay let me drop everything and open the door.
AZIA: Let me in I need a nap now.
MUGSY: Naptime! That sucks I fight sleep at all cost - what if I miss something? No way, I'll sleep with one eye open!
Repeat this cycle for 4 hours.
NAOMI: I need a vacation, in the Kennel you go, I'm going shopping!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
I am reposting this article from Animal Radio's December 2007 Newsletter. For fun I highlighted all the the items I have rescued out of Mugsy's mouth. For some reason he likes to swallow whole items. Mostly I have found because there is a daily eating competition going on between him and Azia.
Top 10 Items Surgically Removed from Pets
If you thought your dryer was eating your socks, guess again! It seems the number one item swallowed by dogs that had to be surgically removed are socks.
The top 10 list is as follows:
3. Panty Hose
6. Chew Toys
7. Corn Cobs
9. Hair Ties/Ribbons
Other items that animals have ingested are nails, sewing needles and nipples from baby bottles. But let's not forget remote controls, pagers, hearing aids, drywall, snail bait, batteries, rubber bands, toy cars, and sand with bacon grease poured on it.
Some of these items will pass through their digestive system naturally, but others can become lodged in their intestinal tracts resulting in pain, vomiting, or internal injury. In those cases, surgery may be a necessity.The best thing to do is to make sure these items are unavailable to our pets. Make sure there are plenty of items available for your pet to chew on. And, you can always spray something on the items to make them taste bed such as "Bitter Yuck No Chew" spray.
Mugsy and I hope none of you have had to have emergency surgery on your pets, it wouldn't be any fun at all!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
This is from an email that was sent to me...
The photographer was sure that he was going to see the end of his huskies when the polar bear materialized out of the blue, as it were:
Obviously it was a well-fed Bear...
The Polar Bear returned every night that week to play with the dogs.
Mugsy, Azia and I just had to share this amazing story! If the pictures didn't exist I wouldn't believe it. I love the expression on the dogs face - like they can't believe it either.
Here is a link to another similar story and image from a different incident.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
FetchDog.com is a new site launched by celebrity husband David Close, married to Actress Glenn Close. Glen recently stared in the FX series Damages. The site is a fresh and clean with lots of whitespace for a clutter free shopping experience.
Look for new innovative products like the Paw Plunger(tm). With eight feet to clean 4-5 times a day during the winter months, this could be a time saving product at my house.
The sites blog is split up into eight blog rolls on various doggie topics. For instance, Glen and her dogs Jake and Bill, talk about the site and their lives together. It's interesting to see what kind of dogs pick celebrities to live with. Other topics include; every bodies favorite, puppies, a resource for good dog books, and a few other general topics. The one that I really was surprised by is the Cinematic Dog. This blog rates movies by Presence of dogs, Respect for dogs, Canine star quality, and Family friendly on a four movie reel rating system. Subscribe to this feed today!
FetchDog.com allows you to create a user page where you can share pictures and write notes on your white board. See other users and pets profiled on pages they have recently visited. Besure to browse the photo gallery where lots of awesome pet are showcased.
We'll be back to shop and read up on movies we can snuggle to!
Last Christmas I was given a Stylus 720 SW underwater camera, waterproof camera, shockproof camera. The one I had was great, but older and delicate for taking pictures when we are snowboarding or out on the town. We were headed west to Colorado to visit family then on to Sundance Film Festival a few weeks later. I immediately ran to a local Camera Store, they sell digital cameras in the twin cities like this new model the Olympus 790. I wanted to pick up a silicone skin so I could use it on the digital camera while on the mountain for extra grip and protection from the elements. It is similar to ones you see on a iPod nano.
The performance of the of the digital camera so far has been great, I do have a bit of trouble remembering which menus to find certain features like the panorama setting, but it does stand up to its name of point and shoot. For panorama shots you'll need an xD Memory Card like the one sold here.
I think the biggest improvement over my old camera is click to process time, it is fast! Especially handy for celebrity photo opportunities like at Sundance Film Festival. It is small enough to fit in my purse and is not too heavy so I carry it often. My cell phone has a 1.3 megapixel digital camera on it too so do have a lighter, smaller option but the pictures are as good as you see in the last post titled New Picture.
I most recently have been using the digital camera here on Mugsy's Blog. It takes great photos like the one here in the garden. I love the art of film but this blog would not be possible with out the digital camera. In fact the professional shots here are taken with a Professional Nikon Camera at Savvy Photography. They are pretty fancy but if you are into SLR technology it is the only option.
I think the BEST feature of this camera is the ability to do this...
...I have to admit I was a bit skeptical but it worked, no damage to the camera. The photo quality is as clear if not better than any other disposable underwater camera I have used. Poor doggy has a tough time swimming but jumped in to save me anyway after every dive - until she figured out I was doing this for fun. Agghh... Mugsy was too small to swim that day but enjoyed a nap in the sun and a quick dip of the feet.
-Mugs and Me
Thursday, November 29, 2007
He's really a handsome little guy, he is very, very active right now. He will be 6 months old on the 4th. We are finishing the next level of puppy class next week and will have a home trainer start with us after the new year for both dogs. Meanwhile I will be working on some basic commands like heel and leave it--we need that a lot. I'll have to post a picture of my shoe he munched up, dumb me left them out. I'd almost he rather chew on those than our underwear...yuck!
Mugsy and the kitty cat are learning to get along this week and the big one is Mugsy goes to the door and whines to go out to pee/poo. We still have a little accident here and there but, he is learning. We opened up our back lot for the dogs to play so they have a ton of yard to play in. Now I can't see if they escaped but so far so good. Azia does like to take Mugsy out back and beat him up so I have been diligent in watching how annoyed she is with him. In class last week I learned that the face biting is aggressive behavior so I am trying to teach Musgy to not play so ruff and face bite or he can't play at all--if we can stand the howling he'll get a timeout.
Until next post...
Naomi and Mugsy
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
It could be Mugsy's twin with those markings. Enjoy!
Hey You! Recently Mugsy and I decided we'd like to get involved with more word of mouth advertising via our blog. We have a modest but awesome following of readers that may enjoy some of the same things we do and it means we'll get to blog more (yeah!). So we signed up for PayPerPost.com and were recently accepted. So from time to time you may see something we are helping to spread the word about.
PayPerPost has been really easy to use so far and fun because you can see other successful blogs and bloggers using the system. Then if you have any trouble you can contact PPP's Customer Love Department (great title huh!). If you blog you should definitely look into the service. It is win-win for both the blogger and the promoter. I found out about PPP when I was looking into the Blog World Expo that took place in Las Vegas earlier this month (yes, I am a geek). So now Mugsy and I are official 'Posties' and are looking for great stuff to share with our readers.
Note: Be sure to look at the rules before you do so you know how to qualify, not every blog will. Also read word of mouth ethics for more information.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Men's Health magazine published a fabulous article for anyone looking to relocate to a dog friendlier city. I was very excited to see one of my favorite places I want to move someday top the list. Colorado Springs, Co. was number one and Denver, Co. made number six.
Denver's ranking may surprise a lot of people since Denver has a bad rap as far as breed specific legislation. It has made me think twice about moving there. A few years ago Colorado legislators passed a law making it impossible for cities to ban breeds. The Denver City Council had to revoke its ban as well as a few other cities. The ASPCA has a lot of great information on this if you are interested in learning more about Breed Specific legislation and alternative solutions for dealing with irresponsible dog owners.
Here is a link to the Men's Health article on the Best Cities for Dogs. You'll learn more about how each city is ranked and some interactive maps if you want to see how your city ranked on the individual criteria .
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Roundhead Kennels (Mugsy's Dame) and Wired Kennels (Mugsy's Sire) in conjunction with the IOEBA operate a chat board dedicated to preserving and developing the Olde Boston Bulldogge.
This site provides a high quality, family oriented chat like the IOEBA already has in existence, but specifically for Olde Boston Bulldogges (OBB). You will find postings and files regarding the history, training, frequently asked questions, and promotions of/and for the OBB. Look for literature, websites, and other key information to enable you to be an active participant in the OBB community.
Mugsy and I frequently visit here; okay I am somewhat stalking the sight for anything new! There are some new pictures out there so if you are interested in seeing more click here and it will direct you to the site. Enjoy!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
My mom found this little guy in an antique shop. I'm not sure if he is worth a whole lot but he is market JAPAN on the bottom. I tried to see if I could find a similar one for value online and I have found pieces that range from $10.00 USD to $325.00 USD like this one. They say that one is a French bulldog, but I think he looks a lot more like an OBB. There are quiet a few items for sale on eBay that look a lot like the breed but are named as Boston terriers or French bulldogs too. It could be the start of an obsessive collection for me! Happy online shopping.
As promised here is a scoop with the rug. If you feed your dogs treats on a rug and only allow them to eat them on the rug, they will not muss up your house. It proved to be a bit more difficult with two dogs, even with two rugs but it is a nice training technique and they do love to go sit on a rug now. Training the trainer is difficult sometimes so we are trying to be diligent. I guess people eat at a table during dinner and this has helped them keep the dog away from the table. Note to self...dinner table, hmmm.
So next week Mugsy is graduating from puppy class and we get to play puppy poker. Everyone bets dog cookies on your pups ability to do the assigned command, and they have to vote before you do. He is very focused at class, more than at home, which is odd but I think he will do well. I'll let you know after Monday. UPDATE!!! Mugsy Passed and is on to Good Manners II.
One last thing, as far as OBB temperament. Mugsy is a growler much like a French Bulldog or Pug, he talks and A LOT, especially when things are not going his way. For example when he's sleeping all cozy on our bed and we pick him up to put him in the kennel. When we first got him he was nasty, but he has grown out of that. The trainer suggested giving him a cookie while picking him up so he identifies getting picked up as a good thing. Soon we may not be able to pick him up since he is getting heavy! It is very interesting to see the difference in training techniques and while I started using corporal punishment when we first got him I am getting much better results with the positive reinforcement and food incentives. Mugsy is very intelligent and now that we trust each other we are able to communicate. He is starting to know right from wrong. Our trainer mentioned the comprehension of a dog trained with corporal punishment versus positive reinforcement is about 70-85% to 95%. Training has been wonderful! If you live the in the western twin cities, puppy good start is awesome! I have read a few disturbing posts out there in cyberspace and thought I should share my experience.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
A: Okay you're right, Mimi is Mugsy's sister. Isn't she sweet!
Too bad we live so far away or I'd take a picture with them all at the same time, especially since Mugsy is 22.5 pounds and Mimi is 14 and their bodies are the same shape. Kent must be having lots of fun with three puppies at home, hopefully they wear themselves out.
We're off to puppy class tonight, if I learn anything extra special, I'll pass it along. Oh! I did forget to tell you all about the magic rug. Full report later after tonight's class.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The article also linked to an Animal IQ Test, I will have to try it once Mugsy turns one next June. I can try it on the big dog now - I'll update this post with a score when I have one.
Someone on the OBB Development Board posted the grading scale below after the recall fiasco awhile back and I dug it up to share with you. I'm not sure where is originally came from but I think it is handy and it points out some of the undesirable things in dog food. You may have noticed the grocery stores are filling back up with new and improved 'labels' on familiar brands claiming natural ingredients and some there are some new comers to the pet food and snack aisles as well. I will print this out and bring it with me to the store to see how the improved measures up or if they are taking advantage of the situation. I hope they are truly improving the quality of the food they manufacture so people on all budgets can afford to feed their pets the best. My dog pal Delilah is a English Mastiff going on 13 and her keeper swears it is from feeding her Canidae. He thinks its worth every penny--lucky girl! I have noticed the better quality of food I give my dogs the less I am cleaning up in my yard--BONUS! We are still using the Merrick brand and I am fine with Nutro Super Pet Food *wink* in the Natural Choice version even if it scores lower than human grade food. Huge improvement in the dogs skin and coat after I switched from diamond brand foods. I have talked to many people who use it and agree. You can't beat the price but you will have to clean up a few more piles in the yard on the Nutro in my experience.
Giving Dry Dog Food a Grade: Start with a grade of 100
1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points
2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points
5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewers rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
8) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point
1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points
3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
8) If the food contains barley, add 2 points
9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point
94-100+ = A
86-93 = B
78-85 = C
70-77 = D
Some additional links:
ASPCA PET FOOD RECALL RESOURCE CENTER they are continuing to update any new issues coming up. The most recent post is about chicken jerky and safety for dogs--dated the end of September. If you have an issue with a food here is the list of numbers by state to call to place a complaint with the FDA Consumer Complaint Center.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Mugsy likes to sit as close to Azia as possible, sometimes on her, Azia permitting.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
My dogs never seem to get the Kong thing. I go to other dog homes and get jealous when they tug and chew quietly with their kongs in a corner. I still buy them in hopes it may provide a source of entertainment for at least a little bit. When I tried one with Mugsy and it was fun for maybe five minutes or so, then it was like ...next toy please. At puppy class the other day they showed us a little trick and it opened up a whole new world of kong-ideas!
Fill the kong with kibble almost to the top and then fill the end with a soft food some chopped up Natural Balance Roll stuff - another new great thing I learned about at puppy class. So far we have tried the lamb flavor and both big and little dog love it. We do need to get two kongs however as it can be a resource issue having only one kong now. Then give it to your pup and they will work really hard to get the soft stuff out and then the kibble will fall out as they play with the kong. Cute and it keeps them working for their kibble.
So for more awesome ideas and yummy recipes visits Kong's Site.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
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Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I found this site, Vintage Dogs, that offers great vintage dog stuff. Mostly books and ephemera and postcards/illustrations. I didn't find a ton of Boston Bulls but the site appears to be updated as they acquire items so check back often.
I was particularly intrigued by the Leeds Castle Replica Collars pictured above and featured on their site. These 18 and 19th century collars, originally worn by dogs of the English aristocracy, are repoussé and chased sterling silver. You can have one made for your dog for a few G's, engraving is included (see images below), jewels extra.
If you happen to be planning a trip to england be sure to visit Leeds Castle's Dog Collar Museum. Nearly 100 collars and related exhibits in the Leeds Castle Dog Collar Museum trace the history of canine neckwear from medieval to Victorian times. The page has a brief history of dog collars you may find interesting, especially if you ever wondered how spiked collars came about.
UPDATE!! Check this site out for more collar pictures.
Or see it here: