Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Let me tell you how to spell fun - it's C.U.Z! That's the best dog toy EVER! It makes a great quacking noise, bounces crazy and stands up to the toughest chewers (me and my dog mom). Nothing gets me more excited than when my human dad quacks the cuz. Princess runs back and forth from where dad usually throws it to where dad is as he walks (Waaaaaay too slowly!) to the yard. She always runs back to him just as he's going out the back door and pokes him right in the bellybutton with her nose. She's hilarious. Princess and I go berserk chasing it and seeing who can get it first. But I always steal it from her if she gets it (Princess screams, "You do NOT!!") Do too. Well, maybe not always. You can see video of us competing here:
But we get much more crazy than that sometimes!
The CUZ gets an aroo woowoo woowoo!
Toy rating scale:
snif mild interest
snif sniffffffff interesting
Aroo woo woo The ultimate
Hello doggies! Tank here to tell you how much I loooooove being trimmed down in the summer. My dad has done it twice this year to keep me cooler. You should see my happy dance when it's done. I feel soooo much better. Princess and I are much more frisky. My dad wants to clear up one misconception a lot of people have so I'm going to turn things over to him. He's really boring when he gets a bee in his bonnet like this so skip past it if you don't care :)
Dad here. Summer haircuts on thick coated dogs are controversial. To shave or not to shave is a personal decision. By âshaveâ I mean a close trim. No skin should be visible. I use a #7 blade and leave about ½ inch of hair. The main reason I wanted to discuss this is to lay to rest a popular myth. When people talk about a summer trim and someone says âthe coat insulates in the heat as well as the coldâ that betrays a lack of understanding of the heat balance of mammals, people and dogs included. Mammals create heat. Mammals must lose some of that heat or they die. In cold weather that's easy. In hot weather mammals have to have a way to cool off to survive. Dogs cool primarily by panting and by sweating on their pads. Even though they don't sweat on the the skin of their bodies, there's still heat lost through their skin. Insulation slows heat loss. In cold environments that's great. In hot environments, that can be deadly. A big, thick coat will slow heat loss and thus the animal has to pant more and move less to maintain a reasonable temperature. Your thick coated dog will not be as comfortable as one with a thinner coat on hot days. But guess what? Your newf will still want to be in the air conditioning in hot weather! So shave or not, it's totally up to you, but know the truth so you make the best decisions possible.
If your dog is overheated, letting it drink is good, running cool water over it is good (this will be more effective with a short coat than a long one), but rubbing alcohol may not be the best choice. In people they've stopped using alcohol to cool because it cools so fast that it can cause seizures. There's no reason to think it's any different in dogs.
OK, Tank, back to you!
Monday, June 18, 2007
links to find out more about us.
And some Kansas City Newf Links:
Heart of America Newfoundland Club
Autumn Acres Newfoundland Rescue
Some great Newf links, in order of greatness: