June 21st 2013 1:07 pm
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Hey all! So the months of April and May are usually quite rainy; so are the autumn months, September and October. Since us doggies need to go out rain or shine (or snow!), it's always a challenge for the humans to find ways to keep us comfortable and dry on those rainy walks.
I used to not mind the rain, when I was younger I liked going out on the rain and running in puddles. I don't think my humans liked it very much! But now I'm older and I'm not so fond of the rain anymore. I get all wet and cold and I just want to go back home.
Due to my size, it's usually hard to find good rainwear for me. I've been made to wear a human jacket, but since it has the arms at the sides (not both pointing down, who designed these crazy humans?) it wasn't a good fit. I've also been known to wear (oh the shame) a giant plastic trash bag, which my humans affectionately call my "derelicte". I don't like it because it's very noisy and gets in my way while walking.
Luckily for me, my humans decided to splurge and bought spiffy new rain slickers from Chilly Dogs for Mathias and myself.
After a gruesome measurement-taking session, these were ordered online and promptly arrived via mail. I got an orange one that looks great! They have good coverage of our backs, sides and belly, though our paws, legs and heads still get a bit wet. Still, mom & dad say it's easier to dry 25% of a dog than an entire, wet dog! and we're much happier since we don't get so wet and cold.
And of course, as a girl, I always like getting and showing off my new clothes :)
November 8th 2012 8:45 am
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First I want to thank all my friends who left me birthday presents. I really appreciate it, thanks!
Let me tell you how I spent my birthday. All alone :( haha!
So a few days before my birthday, mom & dad started making sneaky travel preparations. They were going away! They've done this before a few times, and it's usually for a couple of days.
So as usual they prepared some bags (for them and us), then a car came do pick us up, and they took us to the dog hotel. After they said goodbye, Mathias and I prepared to spend a few days in the dog hotel.
But this time it was longer than we thought! it turns out they went to this far-away place called Europe, so instead of a few days they were gone for almost a whole week. And unfortunately that meant that both Mathias and I spent our birthdays in the dog hotel! But hey, it wasn't bad, we kept each other company and other doggies staying in the hotel did give us best wishes those days.
After a few days mom & dad came back to pick us up. When they arrived we were ecstatic! we barked, ran around and generally were very happy to see them. Then we rushed outside and as soon as the car arrived to pick us up, we jumped inside. Then we got home and slept until the following day! it's so good to be home.
Now winter is coming, we're all waiting for some snowfall and I'm already growing my winter coat! here's to many winter adventures. See ya'll!
August 20th 2012 11:30 am
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Hi all! I'm all clean and shiny now! let me tell you how it happened.
Back in Mexico we always had a walk-in shower, so it was as easy as getting me in there and giving me a bath. I learned to do it pretty easily.
However here in Montreal we only have a bathtub, and it's really scary for me to get into; I'm afraid to slip and hurt myself. So mom & dad's first idea, to get me into the bathtub, failed miserably. Also, because of my back problems, they can't just lift me into the tub.
So last year, I only had one bath, at a pet store where they were able to give me a bath since they had a drain on the floor. Seems pretty simple but not a lot of places are able to bathe a big dog like me! However, this pet store closed down and so they were unable to take me there again. It's a big city and I'm sure other places could accomodate me, but since we don't have a car, it would have to be within walking distance.
As you can imagine, bathing once a year means I was already somewhat dirty. So mom & dad started looking at ways to give me a bath. First they asked in other nearby pet stores. Some refused, and one of them said they could accomodate me, but when dad looked at their bathing facility, it turned out to be just a large sink about 4 feet above the ground. Ideal for bathing small dogs, but I would have been hysterical if they'd tried to put me there.
Next they tried to coerce me into the bathtub again. This also failed because I refused to go in there; it's too scary for me.
So they were pretty worried by now. Then they had a weird idea! They bought a small kiddie pool, it's basically a large but shallow pan (4 feet in diameter, about 8 inches high). They put this over a large plastic sheet to collect any splashing water, put *me* in the kiddie pool (something I had no problems with, as it's really shallow!) and gave me a bath with warm water from a bucket!
It worked like a charm, I obviously stayed very still and they were able to really soap me up and give me a good scrubbing. I came out all clean and shiny, and I don't smell of dirty dog anymore!
We're all very happy and we can now recommend a way to give baths to large dogs if you don't have a shower or a patio where you can just let the water go down a drain: use a kiddie pool!
Well I'm off to enjoy my cleanliness! See ya!