We all buy Christmas gifts for our dogs. In fact, a new study by VetStreet.com shows that 96% of us get at least one doggy present. Dog owners even buy dog gifts for other people’s dogs! The #1 gift for dogs is treats, followed by toys and clothes.
Who can resist the joy of a squeaky toy?
Dogs really love squeaky toys, and scientists think they’ve figured out why.
One reason is that to a dog, the squeak sounds like a frightened small animal, or a small animal in distress, so it brings out the hunter in our little dogs. (Remember, Yorkshire Terriers were bred to find and kill mice and rats in Victorian England.)
The other reason, is more simple: the squeak sounds really good to dogs and it’s an instant reward. Bite – squeak – bite!
Squeaky toys can turn your sweet Morkie into wolf!
Tip for the Holidays
Take your Morkie for a good long walk before company comes. He’ll be happy, tired out and will probably bark less.
Remember, a tired dog is a good dog.
According to WagWalking.com, tinsel can wrap itself around your dog’s tongue or get stuck in the stomach so it cannot get through the intestines to be expelled through the bowels.
Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/condition/tinsel-poisoning
Squeaky toys made by ZippyPaws are available in stores and on Amazon.com They are very well made, safe and durable.
Soft and appealing, these fun characters are powered by high quality, loud squeakers or crinkly material. Some sets, like the hedgehogs, are dog puzzle games; you put the little critters in the burrow and your Morkie figures out how to get them out. To find out more, just click the image to go to Amazon.com
A Special Stocking For Your Morkie
Resist the already-filled stocking
Sure, it’s all done and is cheap… BUT.
This one from Walmart, for example, looks fine but it’s loaded with bad stuff…. the toy Santa head is stuffed with who-knows-what and is easy for any dog to chew open. There’s a plastic bone, but it’s not the reliable nylabone. Plus any treats are probably made offshore, and can’t be trusted for clean ingredients.
Dog Treats and Snacks
In the past year, at least 200 brands of dog snacks – mostly jerky treats – have been recalled by the Federal Government (FDA) because they’re contaminated with salmonella, E. coli or even pieces of metal!
Dog treats made in China can’t be trusted because there are no regulations or inspections. (In 2007, more than 3,600 dogs and cats tragically died because Chinese ingredients, used by North American pet food manufacturers, contained poisons like Melamine. The result was one of the biggest recalls ever – 5,300 products.)
That’s why it’s so important to look for treats that are entirely made in the USA or Canada. Some products say “Made in the USA” but unknown to consumers, the ingredients have come from China.
These two brands, Blue Wilderness and Loyal Paws, can be counted on for integrity of ingredients.
Blue Wilderness Trail Treats
Available in a wide variety of flavours including salmon, venison, and duck. 100% grain free.
The perfect crunchy treat for your meat-loving Morkie.
Loyal Paws Dog Jerky Treat.
This product is made with 100% chicken breast meat – nothing else. No preservatives, additives, artificial flavors or coloring, steroids, growth hormones, or other harmful ingredients.
RAWHIDE CHEWSTICKS – not a great treat for your Morkie. First, they are made with chemicals including paint and bleach. And, they’re often contaminated wtih salmonella and E.coli. Once your dog starts working on a chewstick, it gets slimy and slippery — a choking hazard.
Reversible waterproof coat, available in 6 colour combinations
Polyester fiber fill and water-resistant outer layer.
Easy to put on and off. Blocks the wind.
Elastic chest design.
Button hole for Collar & Harness
Alpine Extreme Weather Puffer Dog Coat
- Made with a waterproof exterior, this coat is perfect for keeping your dog warm and dry
- Lined with thick fleece and filled with warm fiber insulation, your pup will be ready to take on the trail ahead
- Simple design that slips over the dog’s head and a quick snap of the adjustable buckle over the back
Warm, waterproof coat for your Morkie.
- Outer layer is waterproof terylene material, the inner layer is fleece and cotton.
- Washable, easy to clean and easy to put on your dog.
- Reflective edge tape for extra safety.