Going Green: Skin Care for Dogs

Jana Ballinger over at care2.com lists recipes for a variety of healthy, holistic dog shampoos tacking a variety of skin conditions for your pup from dry skin to flea and tick repellents.  Here’s the concoction for itchy skin and dogs with allergies.  See the full cookbook here.

Skin Soothing Shampoo for Dogs with Itchy Skin and Allergies

  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 6 drops Rosewood
  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Roman Chamomile
  • 2 drops Carrot Seed
  • 1 tablespoon of finely ground oatmeal can be blended in to provide further relief.


8 Days Trapped in Rubble, Dog Survives

A Springer Spaniel named Lucy was thought lost after an explosion at her owner’s snowboarding and dog sledding business left behind nothing but a pile of rubble.  

The AP reports her owner, left critically wounded in a Denver hospital was happy when friends brought Lulu for a visit.  She was found laying in a crawl space beneath 15 feet of the demolished building.  Veterinarian Christine Murphy suspects the pup survived by drinking melting snow.  Full story here.

Xylitol Warning

My local news last night reported on a pet ferret that got into a pack of sugar-free gum and died from eating the Xylitol it contained.  This seemed kind of far-fetched to me, so I checked it out.  Turns out this very common sugar-substitute is indeed fatal to animals.  I know my dogs have gotten into my purse to pull out gum before, but they are so big, I guess it wasn’t enough to hurt them. 

The Knowles Animal Clinic in Miami has this to say on the subject:

“Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is used in sugar-free products such as gum and candy, as well as for baking and is used in the production of certain low-carbohydrate products now on the market.

As early as the 1960’s, experiments indicated a link between the ingestion of xylitol
and hypoglycemia in dogs. However, it has only been recently that the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has begun to receive reports of xylitol toxicosis in dogs. It is believed that this recent rise is likely due to the increased use of products containing xylitol in the United States.”


When a dog eats Xylitol, it causes a huge insulin rush, throwing the dog into a coma similar to how a diabetic ends up when his blood sugar gets too low.  In as little as 30 minutes, your dog may begin to show the symptoms such as : 

    • Weakness

    • Vomiting

    • Ataxia (uncoordinated movements)

    • Depression

    • Hypokalemia (decreased potassium)

    • Seizures

    • Coma

    • Liver dysfunction and/or failure

                              Pretty scary stuff!


So, until next time, keep that sugar-free candy and gum away from all of your pets.


Good day, and good dog!

The World of Dog Fashion


This is Baron, all dressed and ready for his close-up, but he’s not exactly what I had in mind when I thought I’d write about dog fashion.

I remember when it used to be considered humiliating to dress your dog up, but now dog fashion is big business.  No more homemade knit sweaters from Grandma!  You can buy everything from jewel-encrusted collars to hoodies to holiday gear to hats for your favorite four-legged friend.  And really, who doesn’t look good in a hat?

Below are just a few of the over 1 million pages dedicated to the dog who has the right outfit for every occasion (and the owner who has way too much disposable income!)





Most of these sites have figured out that no wedding is complete without dogs (perish the thought!).  With June fast approaching, they are featuring tuxedoes, veils, and even gowns for Your Big Fat Greek Wedding.  No word yet on matching shoes.

If you aren’t planning a walk down the aisle anytime soon, maybe you’d prefer some “everyday” clothes.  My favorite pick?  The rose and lace biker dress that all the girls will be wearing in Sturgis, featured here:  http://www.kooldawgtees.com/images/BlkLeatherDress_1_.jpg


Now, I love shopping as well as the next girl, but I really never knew I could spend this much money dressing my dogs!  Live and learn.

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

The Ups and Downs of Being a Dog

Can you imagine the roller coaster of emotions a dog goes through on a daily basis?

Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Bacon! It smells so good! I just know that plate’s for me!

Wait! What’s she doing giving it to him? And he put it on the table where I can’t reach it. That is absolutely not fair!

There goes the squeak of the back door! Must be time to go outside! Smell those good smells! I smell a bunny! Where is he? Where is he? There he goes across the neighbor’s yard! I know I can catch him this time!

What is this metal thing blocking my way? Here, bunny, bunny, bunny. Damn! He’s going the other direction.

I’ll just lay here in the sunshine and wait for him to come back. Loving the hot sunshine!

Where’d it go? The sun was just here a minute ago. What’s that fluffy white thing in the sky?

Where is she? I’ve been scratching on this door forever! Or at least for 3 whole seconds. Why can’t she let me in? I know she loves me! She must be making a big surprise breakfast for me!

Dry kibble again. Thanks for nuttin’.

Nap time! I’ll just lay here in my cozy bed and wait for the kid to come home from school. Such a nice dream. I know I’m going to catch up with that squirrel this time!

What is that awful noise? Can’t a dog get a little shut-eye around here? I hate that thing. Every week it’s the same – she tries to suck up my tail in it, and I have to hide under the bed until she puts it away. Even if I just back up, she keeps chasing me across the carpet with it.

What’s that I hear? Is it my leash coming off the hook? Oh, boy! A walk! I can smell the whole neighborhood! I love walks! There goes the squirrel! I’m getting up to a good run!


What is this thing squeezing my neck? Why can’t I go see the squirrel? He went up that darn tree again!

Oooohhhh! What’s this building? Boy does it smell good. Let’s see, Rex has been here, and Spot, and maybe even LuLu, that silly-looking poodle from down the block. Oh, boy! She’s opening the door! We’re going in.


No way! This is that guy who stole my manhood! What is it this time? Does he want a leg? And what is that long skinny silver… OUCH! What was that for? I didn’t tell him he could have some of my blood!

Glad to be out of there! Just get me home. Can’t even enjoy my walk, I’m so upset.

Good! Here comes the kid! He always spills some of his snack! I’ll have me some good eats today!

What? Yogurt! What kind of a snack is that? It’s just not my day.

Finally, supper time! Smell that canned food! I love canned food! Can’t wait! Here it comes! Lower, lower, there! Finally on the floor. GULP!

Where’d it go? I know she gave me some food, but I sure didn’t taste anything.

And so it goes in a dog’s life.

Good day, and good dog!

A sad tail…er…tale

Have you been following the news of pets that are being abandoned at record rates due to the economy?   Seems that those who have lost their jobs can’t afford to keep their pets, which makes sense, but boy what a hard choice to make.  I know, you have to feed your kids and pay your electric bill, but it sure would be hard to have to give up Fido just to make it through.  Continue reading A sad tail…er…tale

New Blog Editor

Hello, readers!  My name is Beth (a/k/a The Dog Lady), and I have been asked to begin blogging on doggies.com, so I  thought I’d start by telling you a bit about myself and the dogs I have known. 

I grew up with a beautiful tri-color collie named Lady.  A sweeter dog has never been born.  We got her when I was about 6 years old, and she passed after I had left for college, so I cannot imagine any part of my childhood without her.  Even though I have 5 human brothers and sisters, Lady was my best pal.  Seems like I was the one she always woke up at night when she had to go outside. 

Now that I’m grown and have my own kids, we have developed quite a menagerie.  In addition to three kids and two cats, we now have four dogs!  My oldest is Maggie, a 7-year old golden retriever.  When we got Maggie, we already had 2 or 3 dogs, but I really wanted a golden – the quintessential family dog.  One day, while we were driving through Amish Country in Ohio, we found a sign for a breeder, and stopped in, just to see what he had.  He met us at the door with, “I’m sorry – we don’t have any puppies right now.” 

“Perfect,” I said.  “We just got new carpet.  Would you happen to have any older dogs for sale?”

As it turns out, Maggie (then four years old) had been bred twice, but had never been able to bring down enough milk for her pups, so to a breeder, she wasn’t worth much.  So, we loaded her into the car for a bargain basement price and took her home to meet the kids.  She is so patient with them, and believe me, my kids are wild!

Next in line is Kayla, a mixed breed (probably shepherd and either chow or huskie – she’s got the curled tail).  She is five years old, but we’ve had her since she was a pup.  We got her the day BEFORE we found out we were getting a new foster infant.  I’d never do that again!  Kayla was my “out of mourning” dog after we lost our foxhound Molly to cancer.  We got her from a lady who takes in strays and had Kayla’s mom as a pregnant drop-off in the middle of the night. 

Third in line is 2-year old Cooper, a beautiful Vizsla from a breeder in Southern Ohio.  We drove about 5 hours each way to pick him up because we just had to have a Vizsla after being introduced to the breed at a relative’s house.  He is very active, and his best trick is holding down the picnic table whenever he’s in the back yard.  It’s his favorite perch – he can see the whole neighborhood.  No doubt mapping out his route for the next time the kids leave the gate open.


Last, but certainly not least, is my baby Beagle, Penny Layne.  She stands up pretty well, considering all the other dogs in the house weigh at least 3 times more than she does.  My middle son, who is autistic, has really taken to Penny.  I think we will train her for agility so Jimmy can work with her – it would be good for both of them!

So, that’s a little bit about the craziness that is my life.  I hope to share lots of stories with you through this blog.  I’ll be doing about five posts a week, so check back often.  I’ll do the surfing to find all the wild, wacky, funny, serious, and helpful information you need to know.  Between this blog, the rest of doggies.com, and breeders.net, you’ll have a full resource for everything dogs!

Good day and good dog!


Best Friends

Are you really taking good care of your dog? Let’s not forget that they’re totally dependent on us for their food, shelter, health and well-being. We took them away from nature and made pets out of them, and in doing so, we let them forget how to survive on their own. Let’s never forget that a dog is like a little baby, needing us through their entire lives. Continue reading Best Friends

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