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Who Wants Diamonds?

Who needs diamonds when you can have puppies?

It has been almost a year since losing my sweet Finley. She was a St Bernard cross and I got her a few months into moving into my house. I had never lived alone before and after the first month, I wasn’t a fan. It was nice to be able to leave all day and not worry about rushing home, but I am a home body anyways. I lost Finley beginning of December last year. It was hard. I cried for weeks. And for months after, I would wake up because I thought I could feel the weight of her jumping onto the bed. She knew I still needed her.

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A few months of healing later, I still felt that I couldn’t live alone. I just don’t like being home without a dog. I am a dog person. But I couldn’t bring myself to buy a puppy. I just couldn’t commit to one because, what if it wasn’t the right one for me? When I got Finley, I found an ad and there were only a few puppies left. There was a gorgeous all white one and that’s the one I was going for. When I got there, all the puppies were so excited to get out of their kennel and play with each other that they didn’t even notice that I was there. And then this shy little puppy walked from the blanket, over to me, and rolled over for a belly rub. And I took her home. I didn’t pick her, she picked me. So I have been very cautious about picking the right one.

Then I met Emily. She is actually a puppy to the family dog we had when I was in high school and she belonged to an aunt of mine. I went to see my auntie one night as she had fallen quite ill and when I was there I petted Emily, she was all matted up and desperately needed some tlc. I looked at her and we instantly bonded. I took her home with me. I had to shave her nearly to nothing to get all the mats and smoke smell out. She was given a regular bath and I rubbed coconut oil into her skin every day. She is never far from my side. You won’t find a sweeter dog than my Emmy.

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As I started working longer hours and with Emmy being quite anxious every time I leave the house, I thought again about getting another dog. I was always looking out for the ‘right one’. But again, would never commit to getting one.

It was last month and I was turning 24 in a few days, I had been terribly sick with a cold. I never take a sick day but this had me knocked down that I decided to take the next day off. That night, Mike said he would come over and take care of me since I was going to be home all of the next day. I was upstairs when he got there and I didn’t really want to leave my bed. But I managed to get downstairs and when I turned the corner, there he was, holding a box that contained a puppy. The same mix as what Finley was. I was in tears I was so happy.

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So I have been busier with puppy training than getting crafty for all of you so I thought I should explain why I might not have as many posts coming up.

Choosing a name is very important to me. After a day of bouncing off ideas with each other, we decided to name her Eleanor, after Eleanor Roosevelt. We call her Ellie.

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Puppy, it’s cold outside!

I know it’s a general stereotype that Canadian’s love the snow and that it is winter here all year long. Though it is winter for most of the year, having 30 cm of snow by October 7th, is not my style. I don’t care for being cold and playing in the snow. Most are excited because they can go snowmobiling, snowboarding and skiing. Me, I lock myself up in my craft room until spring. Since the weather has turned this way rather abruptly and caught us off guard, I thought I would share some tips on keeping your dog happy and healthy throughout the colder season. My dogs are my entire world, so their safety and comfort is one of my top priorities.

Bundle up!

Leave your dog’s fur longer in the winter to keep them warm. If you have a puppy or a short haired breed, consider an adorable winter coat or sweater.

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Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between his foot pads.

Make sure to wash and completely dry your pet’s paws after time outside, especially if they have come in contact with any kind of road or sidewalk ice melt. Leaving this chemical on their paws can cause dryness and cracking. I would suggest a pair of dog boots or rubber sock when out walking.  Not all salts are animal safe and can cause a burning reaction and trip to the vet. Make sure when you are buying and spreading ice melt that it is in fact, pet safe.

In buying ice melts, it is important to look at the ingredients, veterinarians say. Some products contain blends of urea and salt, so they could still be toxic and irritating to paws. Others contain magnesium chloride, a salt which is less irritating to paws than regular rock salt.

Safe Paw™ is the only 100% salt-free ice melter on the market and it is 100% safe for pets, children, surfaces, and the environment. Safe Paw’s pellets are green to make it easy for consumers to distinguish it from rock salt and salt-based ice melters. Safe Paw benefits include:

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  • Environmentally safe
  • Won’t harm decking of any kind
  • Safe on asphalt, concrete, and pavers
  • Safe on plants and shrubs
  • Proprietary traction agent (helps prevent
    slips and falls)
  • Won’t stain or destroy flooring

Safe Paw ice melter can be found in most pet stores, I picked mine up at PetValu. Because of our long winters, I got 35lbs of it and paid $89.99. So yes, it is significantly more expensive, but is safer for your pet. And that is really what our goal is here, to stay safe during the harsh season.
Once a week I like to apply my homemade Pet Paw Balm to her paws and put on a little pair of socks overnight. It’s nourishing, moisturizing and soothing and all natural. You can purchase it in my Etsy store, or make it yourself following my recipe!

Pet Paw Balm
  1. In a small pot – or double boiler – over low heat melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.
  2. Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes and/or tins.
  3. Let them cool on the counter until hard.
  4. Cap and label.
  5. Keep away from extreme heat.
  6. Use within 1-2 years.

I also add in a little bit of Lavender Essential oils as it does add a calming effect to irritated skin and has a calming scent which is perfect to put on just before bed time.

Nutrition

If your pup spends most of the time outdoors, they are going to need a few extra calories to keep warm. Consider increasing the amount of food you give them, especially if they are getting lots of exercise. My little darling is spoiled, she is 9 and only 20 pounds and she loves running around in the snow. But other than going out for a little run in the yard and to do her business, she doesn’t get a lot of exercise in the winter, so I decrease her portions just a little. It is very important for them to keep hydrated, always have plenty of water available for them. If water freezing is an issue, look into a warmer like this one below.

https://www.amazon.ca/Manufacturing-96-Ounce-Thermal-Bowl-Outdoor-Feeder/dp/B000Y8GQ56/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1475857009&sr=8-4&keywords=heated+dog+water+bowl

 

Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

 

Sources
http://www.mypet.com/pet-care-tips/winter-pet-safety.aspx
http://pets.webmd.com/features/pet-winter-safety-prepping-your-pet-for-winter-weather