The Adventures of Bitey Dog!

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Happy Tails

August 6th 2012 8:20 pm
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A while ago, I read an article that said that dogs only wag at things that are alive or that they think are alive. (For instance, they may wag at a leaf blowing across the lawn if they think it is really a chipmunk.)

The other evening, Geordie was pestering me for a bite of my dinner, and I gave him a really long green bean that I had cooked. As soon as I lifted it out of the pot and moved it toward him, he started doing an excited, happy wag. It made me wonder, did he think of the green bean as alive? Or, were the scientists wrong, and dogs do wag when they are happy and anticipating something good?

 

On Flea Protection

July 27th 2012 2:58 pm
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Like many people, I used Sentinel to keep my dog safe from heartworms, fleas and other pests. After the temporary closing of the Novartis plant, I had to make a choice about which alternate product(s) I wanted my dog to use.

Ever since the commercial campaign started for Trifexis, I felt uncomfortable about the product. I got their pamphlet from the vet and read it cover to cover, including adverse effect that were reported in the back. Then, just for fun, I looked at reviews from ordinary people whose dogs weren't part of the test group. There was a significantly higher number of reported side effects with warnings from people that said things like, "If you love your dog, don't give him/her this pill!" A particularly nasty problem with the pills was painful sores on the dogs' backs. In general, I don't like to take new medications. I prefer to wait until more is known about them, so I decided to have the vet switch Geordie to Heartgard instead of Trifexis, which my vet was pushing.

Pushing is the word for it, too. I felt as if I had asked her to give up her firstborn instead of a simple prescription for a well-known and safe heartworm medication! (Long story short, I am now on my vet's Poopy List for bucking the trend.)


One reason I chose Sentinel for Geordie was that I didn't like the idea of the topical insecticides that you put on a dog's fur. I have a lot of chemical sensitivities, and I was afraid that I might have a reaction to it. At that point, it would be difficult to get it out of the carpet and off of any furniture where it may have touched. (Even though Geordie is not allowed on the furniture, I could transfer it there by touching him, then touching it.)

I read the Dogster article about using neem as an alternative to topical pesticides, and I looked at other sources as well. In the end, I chose a topical treatment that included neem, lemon grass, cedar and other aromatic oils. (For safe measure, I have diatomaceous earth, and I comb a little of that on his fur in case a bug gets on him.)

What I wanted to share was the happy side effect I have found from stopping using an internal flea protection for my little guy. For years, Geordie has had increasingly bad skin allergies. He would actually cry for me to use topical sprays on him to alleviate his misery. Since stopping Sentinel, his allergies have improved about 95%. Occasionally he will lick a paw, but that is normal. This isn't a scientific study, but if you like anecdotal stories, I will say that I have observed a marked improvement in my dog's allergies after stopping those pills. And how do the oils and DE work? So far, great! I was a little nervous when I first made the switch, but I am happy with the results. "What about the scent?" you may wonder. I have found that it dissipates in just a few minutes. It is strong enough to keep the bugs away, but I don't smell it on him.

In case you are considering making a change in your pet's prevention routine, let me encourage you to give it a try. If you are uncomfortable about the risk with ticks, there is a Lyme's Disease vaccine you can get for your dog. It is a once a year shot, and it is effective 99% of the time. I do this for my dog. He is good about telling me when there is a tick on his fur (he absolutely hates them), but in case one sneaks past us, he shouldn't get the disease.

 

Geordie Names Things

May 11th 2012 4:47 pm
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Ever since Geordie was little, he liked to make up rules for things and then teach me about them. When it comes to his vocabulary, he is no different.

(I will preface this story by saying that I have taught Geordie to nod his head to answer a question with a "yes", and to turn his head to the side to mean "no". In this way, I can hold conversations with him by asking yes/no questions.)

Last night as I was cooking, Geordie kept squeaking and nudging me to let me know he wanted something. When I asked what he wanted, he pointed with his nose at the microwave. (He didn't realize that I hadn't heated anything up yet.) What made me laugh was his word for microwave. He thinks of it as a "Beep, beep, beep"!

I had told my Mom about some of Geordie's words before, and she asked me how I know what his words are. I explained how we go about those sorts of things. An easy example is soup. One evening, he wanted to taste the soup I was making. Wanting him to learn and respond to a word, I asked him, "Do you want some soup?" while pointing to the pot. If he would have nodded "yes", I would have given him a taste. He did nothing. So, I asked, "Do you want some broth?" Again, no response. Then I asked, "Would you like some chicken water?" (thinking to put together some words that I knew he was familiar with), and he gave me a big nod and got all excited. OK, Geordie's word for soup is chicken water! I used a similar process with the microwave. It is funny because I asked if he wanted "hot food" (He knows hot and cold), but he wouldn't say yes. He wanted food specifically from the microwave (or the Beep, beep, beep). He is such a funny guy. He decides these things and insists I learn from him. Of course, I wouldn't have him any other way!

 

Didn't They Talk About This in Animal Farm?

October 18th 2010 8:03 pm
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Yesterday, I was changing the linens on the bed. After I took the old sheets off the bed, I tossed them in the corner while I put the new ones on. Geordie was in the room with me, and as quickly as he could, he ran over to the sheets, arranged them in a nice bed, and went to sleep on them. A very sound sleep that I could barely rouse him from. Hmmm...what's next? Four legs good, but two legs better?

 

Stinky Mac Pooperson At the Halloween Party

October 30th 2009 3:52 pm
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Last weekend, I took Geordie to a Halloween party at the local pet store. I dressed him in his tuxedo kilt, and he looked like a perfect little gentleman. When I look at him loke that, I don't see a dog, but a little person.

I guess that's why this incident struck me as so funny. We were walking past a kiosk at the store when I felt a tug on the leash. I looked back and saw Geordie standing up on his hind legs, holding onto a shelf with his hands and pooping. I have no idea what made his do it that way, but to see a guy in a tux do such a thing got a lot of attention. Leave it to my dog to be such a goof.

 

How the Geordie Weordie Woo Got Its Name and Other Stories- Not By Rudyard Kipling

August 5th 2009 8:11 pm
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When I (Geordie's Mom) was just a baby, my mother tried to teach me manners at the table. One day when I burped, she prompted me, "What do we say when we burp?" I thought for a second then threw my hands in the air and yelled, "Piggy Wiggy Woo!" My Mom said it was very difficult to keep a straight face around that kind of answer. In the years since, in my family, if someone burps, you say "Piggy Wiggy Woo" instead of "Excuse me".

If you have a terrier, then you know how they love to burp. If Geordie eats the slightest thing, even a piece of kibble, he lets out a good one. This has earned him the nickname, "Geordie Weordie Woo". In case you've ever wondered when you read his nicknames on his pet page.

 

Happy Birthday to Me!

April 6th 2009 10:20 pm
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Geordie celebrated his 3rd birthday on Sunday! I found a "dog cake" at the store (by Canine Cuisine), and I mentioned to my Folks that I was going to give it to him for his birthday. They came to the party with candles and a camera. We all sang "Happy Birthday" to Geordie and got pics of him standing next to his cake. He was thrilled because he likes to be the center of attention, and he likes food. He got a new Loofah dog to play with, and he got to eat the whole cake by himself. He had a bit of a tummy ache that night, but he's all better today. In all, I think it was a winner of a birthday for a 3-year-old of any species!

 

Geordie and the Rottweiler (Don't worry; it has a happy- ending.)

February 25th 2009 11:09 pm
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As all my stories start...

Geordie and I were out for a walk when we met a friendly Rottweiler. I waved and yelled, "Hi, pup!" , and since I've been teaching Geordie to say "Hello" when I say "Hi", he called out "Hello!" to the Rottweiler! Oh why isn't there ever anyone around to hear these things?

 

Guess What We Found?

February 6th 2009 4:11 pm
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For the past week and a half, I haven't been able to drive anywhere because my truck has been stuck in ice. I'd like to go out tomorrow, though, so I took Geordie with me while I checked on the ice situation. When we got to the front of the truck, he start barking and yelling and making an unholy noise. I know what that means: he found a critter. So, I popped the hood, and what did we find inside? If you said 66 pine cones stuffed in my engine, you're right!!! I let Geordie walk around on the engine while I pulled them all out. I'm hoping his scent will deter the critter from coming back. And I thought it was bad when I found a dozen walnuts in there a couple of years ago!

 

Puppy's Potty Mouth

January 24th 2009 9:48 pm
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I don't have kids, so perhaps I don't watch my language as much as a parent would. Still, I didn't think I had a potty mouth until this incident.

As I mentioned, I am teaching Geordie to say "Hello" when I wave and say "Hi" to him. One day, we were practicing, but he wasn't doing a very good job. I didn't want to reward him until he did better, but he was starting to get frustrated. Finally, I said "Hi, Geordie!" and waved to him. He waved back and said, "T ' He** with you!" Oh gosh, isn't this just like a little kid!?! They pick up all the things you don't want them to!

 
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