For the Dads who love Dogs

For the Dads who love Dogs

Happy Father’s Day from the dog!

Seems like Mothers Day is just over, and now we’re looking after Dad with a Father’s Day from the Dog present. So what DOES the Morkie-Dad-Who-Has-It-All want?

You can never have too many t-shirts, so take a look at some of these cute ones. The perfect Father’s Day gift from the dog, the MORKIE DOG! And much more original than a tie.

There are dozens and dozens of other fun sayings too, so check them out.

Fun Morkie T-shirts for Dad for Fathers Day!

fathers day from the dog; a great t-sgurt

Gifts from the dog

Have some fun with the man in your life this Father’s Day (Sunday June 17th) and order him a Morkie T-shirt from Amazon. Still lots of time to oder.

These shirts are all well-made and screened so the image lasts, but any problems, and you know Amazon – send it back!

Buy at Amazon - gifts from the dog
Beer and Pet Morkie T-Shirt for Morkie Dog Mom

SUPER EASY IDEAS KIDS CAN MAKE FOR FATHER’S DAY BREAKFAST!

pour  D-A-D letters from pancake mix (hint: make more than one of each letter in case they break. Put oven on at 275 to keep pancakes warm while you make enough for everyone)

I love you egg – drop a heart shaped cookie cutter into a well greased frying pan, and crack egg into it. Serve on toast.

hugs & kisses toast – cut a big X and a big O from several layers of tin foil folded over (about 2″ high) then place on toast and carefully spread jam around the cut outs.

happy father's day card

More gifts from the dog – great gifts for dog lovers (Morkie dogs that is)

All I need is my Morkie and a coffee

Fathers day from dog; Morkie and coffee t-shirt

World’s Best Morkie Dad

My Morkie and I talk sh*t about you

fathers day from dog - sassy Morkie t-shirt

card that says happy fathers day from the dog, the Morkie dog.

Best Morkie Dad ever

happy fathers day from the dog - Best Morkie Dad ever t-shirt

World’s best Morkie Grandpa

gifts from the dog, World's Best Morkie Grandpa t-shirt

It’s not drinking alone if your Morkie is at home

It always comes down to dogs 🙂

L. B. J. with beagle dogs

Father’s Day took a long time to catch on

According to Wikipedia, the idea of a Father’s Day celebration goes back to 1907, when a memorial service was held for a large group of men who died in a mining accident in West Virginia.

From there, a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd ran with the ball; her inspiration was her Civil-War-veteran father who raised 6 kids on his own.

She officially launched Father’s Day in 1910, but the idea fizzled out until many years later.

FINALLY, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

Left: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson holds his dog “Her” by the ears as White House visitors look on, April 27, 1964, on the White House lawn, Washington, D.C. At left is President Johnson’s other dog, “Him.” This picture raised criticism from dog lovers. (AP Photo/Charles P. Gorry)




Cutest Small Dog Breeds

Cutest Small Dog Breeds

Of all the cutest dogs in the world, which ones do you think are the cutest SMALL DOG breeds? That’s a hard question, given there are at least 339 dog breeds in the world (the number varies a bit, depending on who’s counting). Plus all the cross breed possibilities of those 339 breeds. Phew!

I’ve known and loved a lot of dogs, but I still can’t make up my mind. But I’m down to three finalists for cutest small dog breeds:

Yorkie

Morkie

Maltese

What about you? Which do YOU think are the cutest dogs ever?

Why are these the cutest dogs?

Yorkie ♥  Morkie ♥ Maltese 

Each one of them is known as an affectionate dog breed.

From my experience of them, I’d have to say, I can’t even pick which of the three is the MOST affectionate.

It seems that the male of each breed is even more affectionate, but that could just be my experience.

If you don’t believe me, just google it.

google cutest small dog breeds
google cutest dogs

Or check Wikipedia for 12 Cutest Dogs

or check these Photos if you don’t believe Wikipedia 🙂

Cutest small dog breeds - Yorkie Morkie Maltese

What else makes the Yorkie, Morkie and Maltese the cutest dogs ever?

Long fluffy coats. They’re soft as can be, perfect to pet and you don’t get covered with fur! Like Morkies – and other small dogs – that don’t shed

As much as I love short haired dogs like Chihuahuas, I’m not crazy about being covered in short, spiky hairs that have anchored deep into the fabric of my clothes.

Or huge clumps of soft, long hair, like from a Golden Retriever.

Yorkie Morkie Maltese are not only the BEST, they are among the Longest living dogs too!

Small dogs that don't shed

Hair stays ON THE DOG, where it’s supposed to be!

cutest dogs don't shed

If you agree these are the cutest  small dog breeds around, you might like these Morkie Mom Ts – available from Amazon.

13 Dog Facts You Probably Don’t Know

13 Dog Facts You Probably Don’t Know

A Yorkshire Terrier's nose very close up, illustrating idea that a dogs sense of smell is far, far greater than ours.

1. The “smell center” of a dog’s brain is 40 times larger than yours.

Dogs can smell thousands of times better than humans. Their noses have millions more scent receptors—for example, a human nose averages 5 million while a Dachshund’s has 125 million—making them useful in sniffing out drugs, dead bodies, bed bugs, explosives, and more.

 

2. No two dog noses are the same.

Nose prints are like our fingerprints – unique!

 

A little Yorkie and a Morkie dog sleeping together.3. Dogs dream like people.

If you’ve ever noticed your Morkie twitching in her sleep, this probably means she’s dreaming. Researchers found that dogs have similar sleep patterns and brain activity as humans, and that small breeds tend to dream more than large ones.

Psychology Today suggests they’re probably imagining familiar activities like playing outside or chasing their tail.

4. Dogs are as smart as a two-year-old baby.

According to canine researcher and author Stanley Coren, your toddler and pup are about on par when it comes to brains.

He also contends that man’s best friend can count, understand more than 150 words, and even trick people or other dogs to get treats. Intelligence varies based on breed—Border collies are the smartest.

5. Dogs only mate twice a year.

This little Morkie leaning on a heart shaped pillow is all ready for love.

Unspayed females only go into heat twice a year, so dog breeders need to plan carefully.

6. Tail wagging = happy dog?

If your dog excitedly wags his tail, it means he’s happy to see you, right? Not necessarily. According to Discovery.com, dogs wag their tails to the right when they’re happy and to the left when they’re frightened. Wagging low means they’re insecure; and rapid tail wagging accompanied by tense muscles or dilated pupils can signal aggression.

 

7. Puppies are born blind and deaf.

Newborn dogs are still developing, according to Psychology Today, so their ear canals and eyes are still closed. Most puppies open their eyes and respond to noises after about two weeks.

Little Yorkshire Terrier dressed as a gypsy fortune teller, waiting to to tell your fortune.

8. Dogs have a “sixth sense.”

In a 2010 poll, 67% of pet owners reported their pets acting strangely right before a storm, and 43% said their pets acted funny right before something bad happened.

The top clues? Whining, erratic behavior, or trying to hide in a safe place. There are even reports that dogs can sense illnesses, like cancer.

9. Dogs have sweat glands only in their paws.

Dogs have only two ways to cool down: sweating through the pads of their paws, and panting.

 

10. Your Morkie’s feet can smell like Fritos.

Dogs feet can smell like the popular corn chip, Fritos. Picture shows puppy paws and bag of Fritos.

 

Some pet owners might notice the scent of corn chips or popcorn lingering around their dog. This is called “frito feet,” and it happens when sweat and bacteria builds up in the paws.

 

11. “Dog breath” is actually unhealthy.

You might expect your dog’s mouth to smell like, well, dog. But persistent bad breath can actually be a sign of dental disease or other health problems. If you don’t already, have your dog’s teeth examined by a Veterinarian every year.

 

12. It’s not unusual for dogs to eat poop.

It’s no secret: dogs often eat their own poop (and other fecal matter). But though it might seem gross, the ASPCA says it’s perfectly normal, stemming from their pre-domestication days thousands of years ago.

More common in puppies, older dogs usually grow out of it, although some do it into adulthood.

 

13. A dog’s unique scent is secreted in its glands.

And yes, those scent glands are located in their backsides (called ‘anal glands,’ on either side of the tail). Dogs are notorious for sniffing one another there; it’s how they identify others and also what they use to mark their territory.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Your Morkie and Spring Fever

Your Morkie and Spring Fever

Have you had a long, hard winter? Then you’re probably glad that yesterday was the first day of spring. What about your Morkie? Can he get spring fever?

Absolutely! Most dogs are more energized and eager to get outside when the weather warms up. They’re even more interested in sniffing everything outside, and in extending their walks.

A couple of things to be aware of — always keep your Morkie on a leash and be vigilant that he doesn’t dash out of your house onto the road. It’s a sad fact that every year in the U.S., cars kill 1.2 million dogs each year and 5.4 million cats. Your pets might be more eager than usual to get outside, so watch the door.

 

 

It’s also the time when seasonal allergies start up again. If your Morkie has runny eyes or is sneezing, that could be the problem. Other signs of allergies are itching, and biting at paws and skin. Talk to your Veterinarian, because dogs CAN take Benadryl. Yup, the over-the-counter medication that we take. Be sure you get the CHILDREN’s liquid version, WITHOUT artificial sweeteners or alcohol. And do check with your Vet first.

Some people recommend that you:

  • wipe down your dog’s coat every time he comes in, to remove excess pollen
  • soak his feet in epsom salts to reduce swelling and wash away pollen

And then there’s mud…

Britain’s Daily Mail asked readers to share their best pictures of muddy dogs. I think this one wins! Believe it or not the pup was all cleaned up after just an hour in the tub.

 

 See more muddy dogs on the Daily Mail website.

 

P.S. Another tidbit: Blogger Paul Janson – link – reminds us that “Spring Fever” used to be a real disease, thanks to a long winter with little in the way of fruits and vegetables. Back in the 1700s, spring fever was probably really scurvy – the lack of Vitamin C, and it was a serious, often fatal illness. Read more of Paul’s writing here.

 

10 Ways to Spoil Your Morkie

10 Ways to Spoil Your Morkie

Yay! It’s the weekend! Time for you and your Morkie to have some fun.

 

1. Is there anything a dog loves more than a walk? They don’t seem to care if it’s cold, raining or snowing. They just wanna walk, so grab that leash and off you go.

 

let's go for a walk

 

2. Grooming can be a fun and bonding time if you’re super-patient and gentle. Use grooming as a way to really get to know your Morkie, and throw in a bit of massage too. Use a good-quality metal comb with teeth that are ‘medium’ spaced. Comb a very small part of the hair at a time if it’s matted. To get your Morkie used to you combing him, run the comb all over his body on the “other” (non-teeth) side.

 

 

3. Play Fetch! Call out the Terrier in your Morkie, and get her involved in an active game of indoor fetch. Since Yorkies were originally bred to catch rats and mice in factories, they’re keen to chase down any little toy you throw… try it, your Morkie will love it.

 

 

spoil your morkie

4. Be sociable. Visit friends and family who also own small dogs and get your Morkie socialized. Being with other dogs is a great way to ensure your pup stays centred and happy, and helps reduce that Diva Dog attitude that many toys get.

 

 

5. Bake! There are lots of recipes for healthy dog biscuits online and you can make them Morkie-size. Use quality ingredients and you can cut calories too: the average commercial dog biscuit has more than 80 calories.

 

 

6. Cuddle. Grab a great book and get snuggled down in your bed with your Morkie. That “dog den” feeling is one dogs really love, and if your Morkie doesn’t sleep with you, it’ll be an even bigger treat.

 

 

sleeping morkie

7. Go for a car ride… and not to the Vet’s. Sometimes the only time we take our dogs out is to go to the Vet or groomer’s and then we wonder why they’re not so keen on cars… take a little drive and see if your Morkie doesn’t come to love the car. (Don’t forget to secure your pup in a small kennel carrier or with a doggy belt)

 

8. Add some more ‘stuffing’ to your Morkie’s bed... preferably one or two of your old t-shirts. The bed will be softer, and your Morkie can dig around and make a nest to his delight. And if it’s your old stuff, so much the better!

 

 

9. Sing to your Morkie! What’s cuter than seeing her head turn in puzzlement as she listens! Silly songs with lots of high and low notes, will keep your Morkie amused and engaged.

 

 

10. Praise, praise, praise! Look your Morkie straight in the eye and tell him how’s he the smartest, most handsome, best dog ever! Use your Morkie’s name a lot. Keep talking in a low, warm voice and watch your Morkie lap it up!

Hallowe’en Morkies

Hallowe’en Morkies

It’s that time of year – are you and your Morkie ready?? Once again, the lowly PUMPKIN is the most popular pet costume this year – come on people, can’t we be more creative 🙂  Also on the list, the devil, a hotdog, bee, cat, witch bow tie and pirate.

 

morkie halloween costume

 

morkie dressed as a pumpkinBy the way, here’s how costumes rank for Halloween for people. (This is adults and kids). The favourites are —

  • Witch
  • Princess
  • Pirate
  • Vampire
  • Zombie
  • Batman
  • Cat
  • Ghost

 

If your Morkie is like most dogs, he doesn’t really like wearing a costume, unless you’ve accustomized him to clothes from puppyhood.

When dogs are dressed up and not liking it, they simply freeze. They won’t take a step, won’t look  up, won’t do a thing. Here are the signs your dog is hating his halloween look.

 

Signs your dog is stressed:

  • Head down
  • Whale eyes (open wide, can see the whites)
  • Ears back
  • Turning away
  • Single paw raised
  • Freezing / refusing to move
  • Flattening to the ground

In that case, better to go with a festive collar, or  ummm, a festive collar.

 

Big runaway night

Even if he’s not afraid of his costume, your Morkie might choose October 31st to run off in the night. (The biggest runway night of the year is July 4th thanks to fireworks), so keep doors closed or better still, keep your Morkie in a quiet, closed off room or in his kennel cage.

Here are some handy safety reminders:

 

Safety reminders halloween dogs