Category Archives: A Note From TD

The Top Products For Green Dogs

There’s a new publication in town.  It’s a quarterly zine put out by the Green Party of Saskatchewan.  It’s editor, and one of it’s three columnists, is none other than yours truly.  That’d mean me!  😉

My column is called Pawsitive Ecology, and it deals with being a green pet person.  Making choices that benefit your animal family members AND the environment.  It’s not always easy being a green animal lover.  Having pets often means our ecological PAW print is higher than we’d like.  Pawsitive Ecology is about finding balance, and learning to keep that foot print down while still enjoying the love and companionship our pets have to offer.

Check out my first offering today.

There are a lot of “green” pet products on the market today, but not all of them are truly green or eco-friendly.  This article outlines my top picks!

http://www.puregreenius.ca/pb/wp_894bc12c/wp_894bc12c.html

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Dog Show Season

I’m well-known as a bad blogger during dog show season.  My mind is occupied with ring training, travel plans, and ribbons.  This year has been a nice quiet year (mostly by choice).  We’ve scaled back quite a bit, and I’ve only accepted a very few dogs for training or handling.  We hit two shows in April, and two in May, but are only planning on one for each remaining month.  It’s just been too long away from home when I have a wee girlie (who’s now 22 months old) waiting for my return.

In a couple of weeks we head off to Nanaimo.  We’ll be flying to this show, which will be a new experience for me.  Normally my assistant, Jewles, and I drive everywhere.  This one is a 20 hour drive, and I’m only taking two client dogs – so it’s looking like flying will be the most cost effective way to get there and back.  Wish us luck.  🙂

Here are some candids of Sunny (Hileigh’s Blazing Sunshine) and I in the ring at a few different shows, and one of him relaxing in one of our many hotel rooms with Jewles.

Sunny in the ring at his first show, in Battleford Saskatchewan

Sunny in the ring at his first show, in Battleford Saskatchewan

Sunny at the HCKOC show in Saskatoon, SK

Sunny at the HCKOC show in Saskatoon, SK

Sunny, self-stacked, in the group ring in Regina, SK.

Sunny, self-stacked, in the group ring in Regina, SK.

Enjoying some off time at the Tropical Inn with Jewles.

Enjoying some off time at the Tropical Inn with Jewles.

Sunny is now sitting on eight points, and has already earned his first major – all as a Junior Puppy.  Also accompanying us to this next show will be Claire, a lovely black and tan girl who has earned four points being owner handled.  Wish us all luck as we head off to B.C. in June.

Dangerous Dogs – Warning

If you own, or are considering adopting or purchasing a dog from your county, city, province, or state’s “dangerous dogs” list and also have children, be very careful. It only takes moments for tragedy to strike. When it happens, there is no going back. No way to undo what’s been done. Please, never leave your children alone with your dog – even for a minute.

The picture below is proof of what can go wrong.

You’ve been warned.

Take care… for everyone’s sake!

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Tragedy for Bull Terrier

Tragedy for Bull Terrier

Just think how embarrassed this poor dog will be at the park…

This kind of tragedy can be avoided.

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This post was done in good humor… but the truth is, dogs and children should not be left alone together. It really does only take a moment for things to go wrong. Regardless of the breed, be watchful. Children hurt dogs, dogs hurt children. Neither understands one another really well, and the results can be scary. So be aware. Be safe.

There are no bad dogs, only bad owners!

Stolen Dog Alert – American Cocker Spaniel in Saskatchewan

On Monday February 23rd, Max was taken from his backyard in Warman Saskatchewan. His family let him out to potty in their fully fenced and secure yard, to discover only minutes later that he was gone. Max is a five month old black American Cocker Spaniel puppy.

Here is a message from his breeder:

Hello everyone,
I am asking for everyone in the Warman,Saskatchewan area to be on the lookout for a black male American Cocker Spaniel puppy,5 months old,his call name is “Max”. On Monday night,Feb.23rd he was let out to go potty and 5 minutes later he was gone.This was a fenced yard.There were footprints in the snow leading out the gate,but none from the puppy.The people who own him got a hang-up call at 3 am and 6 am on the Sunday evening,which they thought was strange,then Max disappeared the following morning.Please,if you hear or see this puppy,we need him to come home.If you know of anyone who just got a black puppy and are the least bit suspicious,anything,please let me know!He is wearing a red collar with his name and address.He has a beautiful little girl named Sarah who is only 4 and they are best buddies.Being his breeder I am beyond worried!
Kim Hartz
kimhartz@sasktel.net
www.tanahillcockers.com


Please, if you’ve seen this boy, or have any information on his possible whereabouts, contact Kim. I know she is terribly worried. I’m always happy to post this type of alert for anyone who has a dog go missing, but this particular alert is of personal importance. Kim is a member of my extended family, and is deeply worried. So please, any tips or leads are appreciated.

Feel free to share this url with anyone who may have any information. Pass it on far and wide. Lets help get Max home!

MaxMax

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (or) Chihuahuas are Small but Mighty!

As a dog lover in general, and a Chihuahua fancier in particular, you knew I’d eventually have to see Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Well… not much I can say about this stinker of a movie except PEEEE-U. Wow. It was really THAT bad. I thought, if nothing else, it should be cute. But no. I can’t even say that about it. The story was lame, the acting was bad, the voice overs were dull, the CGI was horrible. Aye Chihuahua!

The only redeeming part of this movie, was the scene in the Aztec ruins. “Small but Mighty”. I’ve been saying it for years.

Chihuahuas are not the yippy, shaking, fufu dogs that some people seem determined to turn them into. They are a lot of dog. They are incredibly intelligent, and run circles around any novice human cohabitants. There is a reason people talk about them as if they are “bad dogs” – it’s because the outsmart their people on a regular basis. Love, love, love these dogs. They are MY breed… but they are SOOOO not for a novice dog person. They really do require someone who knows dogs, understands dog language, and can give them the credit they are due.

I’m a Chihuahua lover, and like any devotee of a particular breed, I’m the first in line to tell you all the reasons a Chihuahua is the wrong breed for you. Still sticking around after that long list? Then maybe you might be ready for one.




Click the following link for an FAQ on the Chihuahua – http://www.noselicks.com/pb/wp_9f6619e0/wp_9f6619e0.html

Or visit my site devoted to these incredible little dogs – http://www.chihuahualovers.com/

Is This a Hint?

Not too long ago I was sitting on the couch in the living room with my baby girl Lily-Ann.  She was having a bit of quiet time.  She was by my side, my arm around her, her head on one of my legs, having a nice cuddle

Normally I insist Roo stay in which ever room I happen to be in.  She’s an adolescent Chihuahua, and as such, is prone to mischief.  However, this afternoon I was rather lax.  I was enjoying the cuddle time with Lily, and so allowed Roo to wander a bit.

Roo had been out of my sight for a couple of minutes – it really hadn’t been long or I’d have called her.  She was being nice and quiet, which should have been my first tip-off.  Whenever a toddler or puppy is out of sight and quiet, a person should ALWAYS check in on them.

Well, Roo came bounding into the living room where Lily-Ann and I were cuddled up.   She pounced onto the side of my lap that was unoccupied, and dropped my clicker on my leg.  Think she was hinting at something?

So, our tiny “she-chi” had to get my treat bag from off the counter in the kitchen, then fish the clicker out of the pocket before bringing it to me.  Smart little bugger.  Obviously our ten minutes of clicker time earlier this afternoon hadn’t been enough.  Little fart cracks me up.

After inspecting the counter and the treat bag, which was then resting on the floor.  I have no idea how she got up at it.  Dinky little thing is a half a foot at the shoulder (guessing), and there are no chairs or stools near by.  Yet there’s the treat bag on the floor.  Sans clicker.

Guess I should go cut up some more treats.  😉

Itty Bits & Nico’s Necklaces

Itty Bits - a new etsy shop

Itty Bits - a new etsy shop

I’d like to take a moment to invite you to my new etsy shop.  Eventually it will host a plethora of products for babies, toddlers, and small dogs – your itty bitty family members.  Currently there are six listings for Nico’s Necklaces.

Nico’s Necklaces are something I’ve been working on for some time.  I started a few years ago working with leather and beads, while pretty, the leather had safety limitations.  Then, a couple months before Nico (my heart dog) passed on, I struck upon the idea of using elastic cord.  It worked perfectly!  Beautiful, and safe!  Unfortunately Nico never got the opportunity to wear the finished version.  He left for the Rainbow Bridge while I was working on his.  You can read Nico’s story at http://www.chihuahualovers.com.  I named the necklaces, designed to allow small dogs to safely wear tags without fear of getting caught and choking, after Nico – as he was the reason I designed them in the first place.

I do hope you’ll stop by Itty Bits and have a look around.  Nico’s Necklaces were born out of a need for a safe way to identify small dogs, and born out of my love for my own Chihuahua and heart dog.  I’m proud to finally be able to offer them to you.

http://IttyBits.etsy.com