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Who said Frenchies can't swim?

November 6th 2013 9:01 pm
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Most people think that swimming is a skill that all dogs naturally have, just as barking is (for the record, I never bark). Whoever first coined the term doggy paddle was very misinformed, dogs do NOT swim. Maybe, some dogs are naturally amphibious, born with a set of fins and lungs able to breathe in water . . . I have yet yo see that at the pool. I think most dogs will sink like a sack of bricks when tossed into the swimming pool . . . just like me!

All knowledgable scholars have announced that Frenchies do NOT know how to swim!!! For some reason my family still insists that I learn how to swim!

My first swimming lesson involved me frantically kicking and making splashes 10 feet high. I thought I had done something bad that is why my family is torturing me!

Fast forward 3 months . . . I am able to swim!
I would like to add, I can swim - I do NOT like to swim!!!

Check out my swimming video (above my page at My Video)!

 

Dogster Dog of the Day: October 10, 2012

October 10th 2012 6:31 am
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I've been chosen as today's Dog of the Day !!! I feel so honored, privileged, and proud! Thanks Dogster and all of my wonderful paw buddies for reserving high bestowed admiration for me!

Paws xx Licks xx

 

Turning the Terrible 3!!!

May 1st 2012 9:54 am
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It's my birthday today!!! I am turning 3!!!

As puppies grow, they are eager to explore the world on their own that when they come up against a barrier, whether it's the family's concern for their safety or their inability to be dependent, they may react with intense negativity. That's fueled, too, by their identity, which encourages them to test their limits and define their wants and desires. So when puppies age to 3, they may become frustrated, throw a tantrum, hence the label "the terrible three's."

The three T's to coping with my Terrible 3:

Teamwork: There is no I in the word TEAM. My family has learned, we (meaning, they) must work together. Instead of always telling me what to do (Zoe do this, Zoe do that, Zoe come here, Zoe ...), they have realized if I get yummy treat rewards or showering of complements I will do the task with no objections. Remember to complement even the simplest of accomplishments!

Taking Turns: We play a game: whoever doesn’t get to make the decision this time around, will have first picks next time. Instead of always getting my turn (during my Terrible 2: I get my way 10 out of 10 times), I have tricked my family into believing the score is now 9 out of 10 times.

Time-outs: I don't like this one!!! Supposedly there are standards of behaviors (good manners and patience) I must conform to ... if not I get put in time-out.

Engage, communicate, interact, and challenge your 4-legged family members on a daily bases!!!

Paws xx Licks xx,
Zoe

 

Happy Lunar New Year 2012: Year of the Dragon!

January 23rd 2012 8:37 am
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Since I am only part Frenchie, I would like to share a little heritage of my other ethnic half, Vietnamese.

There are 12 Vietnamese Zodiac Signs:

Legend has it that Buddha invited all the animals on New Year's Day/his last day on earth to come celebrate with him BUT only 12 animals showed up. Cat and Rat were the worst swimmers in the animal kingdom; although, they were poor swimmers, they were both quite intelligent and conniving. Cat and Rat decided that the best and fastest way to cross the river was to hop on the back of Water Buffalo. Water Buffalo, being good-natured (that's me, my Zodiac sign is the Water Buffalo: dependable, calm, patient, logical, resolute, tenacious) agreed to carry them both across. Midway across the river, Rat pushed Cat into the water. Then as Water Buffalo neared the other side of the river, Rat jumped ahead and reached the shore first. So he claimed first place in the competition and the Zodiac.

Following closely behind was strong Water Buffalo who was named the 2nd animal in the Zodiac. After Water Buffalo, came Tiger, panting, while explaining to Buddha how difficult it was to cross the river with the heavy currents pushing it downstream all the time. But with its powerful strength, Tiger made to shore and was named the 3rd animal in the cycle.

Suddenly, from a distance came a thumping sound, and the Cat arrived. It explained how it crossed the river: by jumping from one stone to another in a nimble fashion. For that, it became the 4th animal in the Zodiac Cycle.

Coming in 5th place was the Flying Dragon. Of course, Buddha was deeply curious as to why a swift flying creature such as the Dragon should fail to reach first place. The mighty Dragon explained that he had to stop and make rain to help all the people and creatures of the earth, and therefore he was held back. Then, on his way to the finish, he saw a little helpless Cat clinging onto a log so he did a good deed and gave a puff of breath to the poor creature so that it could land on the shore. Buddha was very pleased with the actions of the Dragon, and he was added into the Zodiac Cycle.

As soon as he had done so, a galloping sound was heard, and the Horse appeared. Hidden on the Horse's hoof was the Snake, whose sudden appearance gave the Horse a fright, thus making it fall back and giving the Snake the 6th spot, while the Horse placed 7th.

Not long after that, a little distance away, the Sheep, Monkey, and Rooster came to the shore. These three creatures helped each other to get to where they are. The Rooster spotted a raft, and took the other two animals with it. Together, the Sheep and the Monkey cleared the weeds, tugged and pulled and finally got the raft to the shore. Because of their combined efforts, Buddha was very pleased and promptly named the Sheep as the 8th creature, the Monkey as the 9th, and the Rooster the 10th.

The 11th animal was the Dog. Although he was supposed to be the best swimmer, he could not resist the temptation to play a little longer in the river. Though his explanation for being late was because he needed a good bath. For that, he almost didn't make it to finish line.

Just as Buddha was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little Pig. The Pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast and then fell asleep. After the nap, the Pig continued the race and was named the 12th animal of the Zodiac Cycle.

That is how the 12 Vietnamese Zodiac Animals came about!

Happy Lunar New Year 2012: Year of the Dragon!

 

Happy 2nd Gotcha Day: July 10, 2011 !!! List of Things- Found in My Tummy ...

July 10th 2011 10:30 pm
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Foreign Object Ingestion: List of Things Found in my Tummy
#1: GRASS (not when I have stomache-ALL the time, every chance I am frolicking in the grass, mouthful of grass)
#2: bark
#3: kumquat = visit to the ED Vet
#4: Nylabone = visit to the Vet
#5: saw dust pellets = overnight stay in the ED Vet
#6: bag of raw peanuts = visit to the the Vet
#7: egg shells: digging in the garbage after the family made Easter eggs
#8: crate zipper: to squirm my way out
#9: bark-again
#10: kitchen wooden double doors: gnawed my way out
#11: iPod/iPhone earphones ear-piece (countless, lost count after 6)
#12: table legs-kitchen table, dining table, coffee table

This was just in the first puppy year . . . Mommy thought I would stop now that I am TWO and more mature, hmmm ... she is so WRONG!

Continue

#13: Half bottle of olive oil
#14: Bag of dried banana chips (+the plastic wrap) = visit to the Vet
#15: Quarter bottle of olive oil (AGAIN)

My house is child/puppy proof, ALL cabinets and drawers have a child-proof safety lock but I am clever ... sometimes I can unlock the latch ...

Even with all my woes, my family still loves me (they can't remember or imagine life pre-Zoe)!!!

Happy 2nd Gotcha Day!!!

 

Reverse Sneezing

February 15th 2011 10:28 pm
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I gave my family a big scare ...

Last Friday, in the early morning of the hours (three in the morning to be exact), I suddenly awaken in a spasm, stood up on all fours, bulged eyes, chest expanded, extended my head and neck, grasping for air I produced loud snorts and gagging sounds as I rapidly attempted to force long inspirations through my tiny nares-for two minutes.

Repeat again of above episode in the early morning of the hours on Saturday, twice.

Repeat again of above episode during my midday nap on Saturday.

No episodes on Sunday night.

Worried Mommy-of course, made me go visit my Vet first thing Monday.

It turns out, nothing to worry ... brachycephalic dogs (a.k.a flat faces, such as ME-the Frenchie) with elongated soft palates occasionally suck my elongated palate into my throat while inhaling, causing reverse sneezing. Although it is very disturbing to witness a reverse sneeze that mimics a suffocation episode, reverse sneezing itself rarely requires treatment.

On a disturbing/rude note, my Vet told Mommy "Zoe is CHUBBY". Rude!!! I tip the scale at a mere 21 pounds (net gain of 2 pounds from my previous Vet visit). My Vet told Mommy she would ideally like to see me weigh on average 17-19 pounds. Rude!!! I would be all bones and no meat at that weight!!!

 

Walk n' Wag UPDATE

October 13th 2010 9:16 pm
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In late August I accepted the challenge to HELP raise funds to support my local humane society, Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) to HELP animals!

On October 2, I walk n' wag for 5K in support of HSSV ... I was tired but it was well worth it! (I was the first 10 pawticipants to cross the Finish Line!!!) A record number of participants turned out for HSSV Walk 'n Wag walk-a-thon, over 800 people accompanied with their companion dogs!!!

As promised, I wanted to give updates on our achievements.

HSSV Goal = $125,000 vs. Achieved = $109,393.61
My Team Goal = $3,500 vs. Achieved = $3,665
MY Goal = $500 vs. Achieved = $580

Every dollar counts:
$1 Will feed a dog for a day
$5 Will provide a vaccine for a shelter animal
$25 Will help foster a litter of kittens
$50 Will educate 5 students on animal kindness
$100 Will provide emergency medical care for 1 homeless animal
$250 Will neuter 8 male cats
$500 Will vaccinate 100 animals
$1,000 Will feed 30 dogs for one month

In 2009, HSSV:
Found loving homes for 3,425 animals
Reunited 224 lost pets with their families
Saved 900 animals from being euthanized due to lack of resources or space
Fostered 800 kittens/cats and puppies/dogs needing a little love and time
Spayed/neutered, vaccinated and/or microchipped 5,600 furry patients

Thanks to your support, 2010 and 2011 statistics will increase!!

Thank you to all whom have contributed to my fundraising goals. Please know that your support, your contribution makes a positive difference to the many animals, and they are appreciative!

Kind regards.

Paws xx Licks xx,
Zoe

 

Please donate-Walk n' Wag (7 days remaining ...)

September 25th 2010 11:05 pm
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Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, nonprofit organization; not governed by or affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) or the American SPCA (ASPCA) and receive NO funding from these organizations.

Just wanted to let you know that Walk 'n Wag is almost here. Thank you to all whom have contributed financially to my fundraising goal and if you have not yet, there's still time for you to donate … Know that your support, your contribution makes a positive difference to the many animals, and they are appreciative!

Approximately 4,132,231 dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year in the United States alone. Extrapolating from California statistics, 39% dogs and 61% cats, (Social Compassion in Legislation, 2009), the total numbers would be about 1,611,570 dogs and 2,520,661 cats euthanized in the U.S. each year.

HSSV was established in 1929. Since that time, HSSV has found loving homes for more than 500,000 animals.

Please support my fundraising challenge/efforts by contributing generously to my HSSV Walk n' Wag efforts. Please do so by visiting Zoe's Walker Page. (please scroll to automatically link to page)

Every donation, regardless of size, makes a difference!

Please help me, help HSSV, help the animals ...

Paws xx Licks xx,
Zoe

 

Please donate-Walk n' Wag (Part II)

September 2nd 2010 4:02 am
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Annually, 6-8 million animals enter shelters, of this 3-4 million shelter animals are euthanized. In 2009, approximately 4000 companion animals in California suffered from neglect and abuse-beating, choking, strangulation, suffocation, kicking, stomping, poisoning, and etc. (USA Animal Abuse Statistics)

In 2009, Humane Society Silicon Valley, HSSV:
Found loving homes for 3,425 animals
Reunited 224 lost pets with their families
Saved 900 animals from being euthanized due to lack of resources or space
Fostered 800 kittens/cats and puppies/dogs needing a little love and time
Spayed/neutered, vaccinated and/or microchipped 5,600 furry patients

HSSV was established in 1929. Since that time, HSSV has found loving homes for more than 500,000 animals.

Please support my fundraising challenge/efforts by contributing generously to my HSSV Walk n' Wag efforts. Please do so by visiting Zoe's Walker Page. (please scroll to automatically link to page)

Every donation, regardless of size, makes a difference!

Please help me, help HSSV, help the animals ...

Paws xx Licks xx,
Zoe

 

Please donate-Walk n' Wag

August 24th 2010 11:56 pm
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Dear Pawbuddies & Pawrents,

I recently accepted the challenge to raise funds to support Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV), located in my hometown: Milpitas, CA, and the many animals they save and care for every day.

Please support my fundraising efforts by contributing generously to my Walk n' Wag efforts (event date October 2, 2010)!!! It is faster and easier than ever to help many animals by making donations (tax-deductible), please do so by visiting Zoe's Walker Page. (please scroll to automatically link to page)

Every donation, regardless of size, makes a difference!

I greatly appreciate your support (as do the animals!) and will keep you posted on my progress!

Kind regards.

Paws xx Licks xx,
Zoe

 
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