The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

As we approach the Christmas season, let’s take a moment to be thankful for one of our greatest gifts, our dogs. There’s simply no other animal on earth that we love as much.

Dogs are unique, in the position they’ve taken in our hearts and minds. From that mythical wolf club thousands of years ago, who captured the imagination of that Neanderthal by the fire, dogs have grown to be an integral part of our lives. And for that gift, we’re truly thankful.

He’s the funniest little guy I’ve ever met. The way he picks up random objects and tries to hide them, physically sits on a kitchen chair and eventually makes his way up to sitting on the table. He just does the funniest things.

Humans domesticated dogs and dogs domesticated humans.

Rock art depicting man hunting with dogs. Tadrart Acacus, Libya. An early cave painting in Libya of dogs chasing a deer in the Akakus Mountains. Photo courtesy of Peter Boekamp and the Bradshaw Foundation.

Why are humans and dogs so good at living together?

According to Psychology Today, dogs have a special chemistry with humans that goes back many tens of thousands of years. Researchers investigated this special evolutionary relationship from a number of different angles. Their results are surprising.

Domestic dogs are descended from wolves so recently that they remain wolves in all biological essentials, including their social behavior. Wolf packs have some intriguing parallels with human families:

They are territorial.

They hunt cooperatively.

Pack members are emotionally bonded and greet each other enthusiastically after they have been separated.

Dogs are extraordinarily attentive and have an uncanny ability to predict what their owners will do, whether getting the dog a meal or preparing to go on a walk. Experiments show that dogs and wolves can be astute readers of human body language using the direction of our gaze to locate hidden food a problem that is beyond chimps.

Dogs also seem attuned to the emotional state of their masters and express contrition when the owner is annoyed, for example. Otherwise, the capacity to express affection – unconditionally – makes the dog a valued “family member.”

Dogs acted as human’s alarm systems, trackers, and hunting aides, garbage disposal facilities, hot water bottles, and children’s guardians and playmates. Humans provided dogs with food and security. The relationship was stable over 100,000 years or so.

I have never felt forever love like this before. He makes me feel like his favorite person in the world every single day. Just the look in his eyes and his excitement when he sees me always makes my heart happy.

When humans pet dogs, their bodies release oxytocin, a hormone associated with not only happiness, but bonding and affection as well.

  • from a study conducted by J.S.J Odendaal in 2003

10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me – it is crucial to my well being.

4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.

5. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I only have you.

6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understands your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me.

7. Be aware that how ever you treat me, I will never forget.

8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.

9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate,or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting too old and weak.

10. Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death. Remember that I love you.

Funny dog costumes for your Morkie

Funny dog costumes for your Morkie

Here’s one of the best dog halloween costumes for your Morkie, and you can make it yourself in about an hour.

Make your Morkie a beanie baby costume – it’s a perfect for adorable little dogs like Morkies.

Looking for funny dog costumes?

There are lots out there, from the tried and true hot dog costume …to the #1 dog costume, the pumpkin.

More funny dog costumes

 

Dog Costumes from Pinterest

As you can imagine, these are super-imaginative and fun. And perfect for small dogs.

Turn your Morkie into a Beanie Baby

 

The Simplest Funny Dog Costume: a Beanie Baby

All you need is a Beanie Baby tag. You can download the instructions here free, and all you need is a colour printer and some light card. Add a ribbon and you’re done!

The Beanie Baby Dog Costume!

Halloween beanie baby costume

Is it live or is it Beanie?

Here are the free downloadable directions: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

 

 

 

Morkie lovers: how to stop a dog from barking

Morkie lovers: how to stop a dog from barking

Do you love your Morkie to bits – until he’s barking like a maniac? What if you knew how to stop dog barking? Once you know WHY he’s barking, you’ll see HOW to stop it.

Dogs bark. It’s what they do. But excessive barking can be a real problem. It can cause problems with the neighbours, not to mention get on YOUR nerves. Crazy barking all the time isn’t OK – it means your dog is stressed out, and so are you. Here are some solutions to stop dog barking when it’s over the top.

“Dog barking turns into a problem when the barking becomes loud, unwanted, inappropriate or excessive.”

4 main reasons why dogs bark too much

When you figure out WHY your Morkie is barking too much, you can figure out HOW to resolve it. The main reasons dogs bark too much are:

  1. Territorial barking – distract your Morkie to stop this
  2. Nervousness – address whatever’s making your Morkie anxious. Could it be Separation Anxiety?
  3. Fearful response – work to build your Morkie’s trust. If he’s nervous of something else, remove him from the situation.
  4. The dog is bored – exercise, exercise, exercise. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog.

Dog barking is a problem when the barking becomes loud, unwanted, inappropriate or excessive.

 

problem when the barking becomes loud, unwanted, inappropriate or excessive.




Try a time out

When your Morkie is really wound up and barking incessantly, speak in a calm, quiet and controlled way, telling him to sit and stop. 

Put your hand gently but firmly on his back.  Get his attention in a calm and quiet way and assure him he’s a good dog. 

Still not working?

It’s time for the old favourite we use on the kids: a time out. 

Firmly lift your Morkie and place him in another room, away from your attention.

Again, don’t give eye contact and now, stop talking to him.

Breeds that bark the most

These dogs bark a LOT!

Beagles
Fox Terriers
Yorkshire Terriers
Miniature Schnauzer
Cairn Terrier
West Highland White Terrier

Also high on the list – 

Pekingese
Chihuahuas
Poodles
Doberman Pinschers
Lhasa Apsos
Maltese
Pomeranian

Right:  according to Pethelpful.com, small dogs kept in groups tend to bark more.

Breeds that bark the least

Basenji and Shiba Inu dogs don’t really bark; instead they are yodelling and other unusual sounds, not common to most dog breeds. More quiet breeds –

Whippet
Italian Greyhound
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Golden Retriever
Borzoi
Saluki

These huge dogs could bark, but seem to rely on their size instead, to get their message across:

Mastiff
Bernese Mountain Dog
Great Pyrenees
Saint Bernard
Great Dane
Newfoundland
Bull Mastiff

What NOT to do when your Morkie is barking too much

Don’t shout. To your dog this means that you’re barking too. He’ll only bark MORE.

Don’t ignore single, high-pitched barks. They can indicate your dog is in pain.

Do practice positive reinforcement. When your Morkie is NOT barking, praise him and show love. When he’s barking, immediately walk away, and avoid eye contact.

Sounds strange, but teach him TO bark or “speak”. Then you can teach him to STOP.




In 101 Dalmatians, the dogs explain the Twilight Bark

The Twilight Bark

Many people must have noticed how dogs like to bark in the early evening. Indeed, twilight has sometimes been called “Dogs’ Barking Time.” Busy town dogs bark less than country dogs, but all dogs know all about the Twilight Barking. It is their way of keeping in touch with distant friends, passing on important news, enjoying a good gossip.

— Dodie Smith, The Hundred and One Dalmatians

How do you handle excess barking? Any tips?

What is chelated silver for dogs?

What is chelated silver for dogs?

Chelated silver is a great product to have on hand for your Morkie. What is chelated silver spray and what are some benefits of using it?

Chelated silver is a powerful germ and virus fighter; it’s strong enough to fight pathogens, germs, fungus and bacteria with very few side effects.  And yes, it really is made of real silver!

 

“Silver: The Mightiest Germ Fighter!”

– Science Digest, 1978

Chelated silver is a great product to have on hand for your Morkie. What is chelated silver spray and what are some benefits of using it?

Chelated silver is a powerful germ and virus fighter; plus, it’s strong enough kill off germs, fungus and bacteria with very few side effects.  And yes, it really is made of real silver!

 

chelated silver as a medical treatment

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Medical research has shown that “silver promotes rapid healing”

 

Chelated silver, as opposed to just plain silver, means that submicroscopic silver particles are suspended in a liquid base. Because the silver particles are so tiny, they can penetrate cells and kill pathogens.

In fact, these particles are small enough to destroy pathogens of all types, including bacteria, fungal spores, parasites, and viruses.

It is highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms, even when they’ve become resistant to antibiotics.

It looks like that there are no pathogens, germs, fungus or bacteria that can develop resistance to this miraculous silver solution.

history-of-medical-uses-of-silver

Silver was used by ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, sailors, and then by American pioneers. They didn’t understand it, but Ancient Greeks and Egyptians knew that silver had amazing powers to heal. It was one of the original medical treatments that actually worked.

More than two thousand years later, silver ion is still used as a highly valued healing treatment.

 

It is a liquid antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal that has been touted as treating and preventing an assortment of conditions in both humans and animals.

Research proves it

In 1978, Science Digest reported the results of extensive research and clinical studies into the uses of silver. These studies proved that silver is a potent killer of 650 live tested organisms.

More research, this time performed at UCLA Medical Labs, verified these findings, and supported just how effective silver is against a variety of live viruses.

Where to buy Chelated Silver Pet Spray

People meds for dogs with diarrhea

People meds for dogs with diarrhea

If your Morkie has mild diarrhea lasting a day or two, or has an upset stomach, you CAN give him Pepto-Bismol as a good dog diarrhea treatment. The American Kennel Club (AKC) says Pepto-Bismol for dog diarrhea is safe, and it’s just one of our own products that is a safe diarrhea medication for dogs.

Indigestion, gas, occasional constipation, diarrhea… or as that song-you-can’t-get-out-of-your-brain says –

 

Simple dog diarrhea treatment*

Pepto-Bismol, Imodium AD and Kaopectate are 3 of our medications that work well as dog diarrhea treatment. Given carefully, they can provide relief to your Morkie who is suffering from temporary diarrhea or upset stomach .

These 3 over-the-counter medications can be given to your Morkie to treat diarrhea or upset stomach:

medicine syringe for dogs

Special needle-less syringe to measure and give  medicine to babies and dogs; you can buy these at any drugstore.

1. Pepto-Bismol for dogs

  • this popular drug is bismuth subsalicylate and most Vets consider it safe (although don’t substitute no-name brands; they’re not all the same)
  • Dosage:  1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds, offered to the dog every 6-to-8 hours — so most morkies would get about 1/2 teaspoon
  • use an empty (no needle) plastic syringe to give to your dog – open his mouth, place the syringe toward the back of the tongue and push the plunger, then hold his muzzle for a second to make sure he swallows it
  • Not for: dogs with bleeding disorders; dogs who are pregnant or nursing; dogs taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as Rimadyl and Deramaxx
  • Danger: toxic for cats

 

2. Imodium AD (liquid or tablet) usage for dogs

  • Imodium AD works by reducing the intestinal muscular spasms and secretions that cause diarrhea in dogs.
  • Remember it quiets the symptoms but does nothing to help the cause of diarrhea
  • Dosage: you can use caplets for big dogs, but smaller breeds need the liquid form (I use an eyedropper to give the medicine, slipping it between the dog’s gums and mouth).  0.1 ml per pound of your dog’s weight, every 8 hours. Do not overdose.
  • Too much: will cause constipation and bloating
  • Not for: pregnant or nursing dogs; dogs head injuries; dogs who are also vomiting

3. Kaopectate usage for dogs

  • Uses: For diarrhea
  • Dosage: 1ml per pound, every 2 hours
  • Too much: will cause constipation and bloating
  • Not for: pregnant or nursing dogs; dogs head injuries; dogs who are also vomiting

 

* My Big Disclaimer:

This site provides general information and should not be considered medical advice. You should always check with your Veterinarian prior to choosing a treatment option for your pet.

QUICK TIP: HAVE THE MEDICINE ON HAND, LABELLED AND READY TO GO

 

TIP FOR PEPTO BISMOL FOR DOGS

I keep a small bottle of Pepto Bismol on hand in my dogs’ first aid kit, with the dosage already printed  on a label. (Check expiry dates for these and all meds from time to time.)

Pepto Bismol is a handy and safe diarrhea medication for dogs

If your Morkie’s diarrhea last more than a day or two, or if he seems in pain or also vomiting, contact your Veterinarian right away.

The AKC has a free booklet you can download called Emergency First Aid for Dogs. Good info to know.

PEPTOBISMOL is a trademark of The Procter & Gamble Company.

Imodium A-D is a registered trademark of Janssen/McNeil Consumer Products.

KAOPECTATE is a trademark and brand of Chattem, Inc.

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