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Smile with your tail

A blog for dogs, by dogs

Sunday, 14 December 2014

A cold day up the Fells



Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Sultry Sana

He makes for some good photos!


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dog Health

Did you know that it is only 5 weeks until Christmas this year. Comes up quick doesn't it? This is the time of year that our humans eat, drink and be merry. They also seem get a big rounder round the edges too!
Being healthy and in shape is really important for humans,  but it is also incredibly important for us doggies too- a healthy dog will live a longer, better life than an unhealthy one.
There are many ways to keep your canine friend in the best condition they can be and Swell Pets does a fantastic range of dog health related products. 

Lets face it, us dogs love getting out into the great outdoors. Be it walking, running, swimming, jogging, chasing a ball, chasing squirrels etc; dogs just love to be out doing something and physical simulation contributes greatly to our over all health. BUT it is not the end all or be all of dog health, we need other things too.
Dogs need their a good work our for their minds as well as their bodies. You can do this in the shape of interactive toys, such as kongs and food puzzles. But training sessions are the main way to tire our big old brains out.
You can work on basic obedience or  learn new tricks in a few short (no more than 15 minutes a session) each day, bur remember to keep it enjoyable for both parties!

Parasites, Internal and External
Worms, fleas and ticks, YUCK! Make sure your humans keep your treatments up to date, the last thing we want are any of these disgusting little creatures.
First Aid 
Because life always has it's little emergencies it is good to be prepared with your very own dog first aid kit for those minor scrapes.
Joint health & Supplements 
Regular readers are probably well aware of Dante's constant joint pain and without his glucosamine supplements he would have a very poor quality of life indeed. Supplements can help dogs with all kinds of ailments and some just give them a healthy boost!
Teeth, eyes and ears 
They don't do doggy dentures, so it is important to keep our pearly whites gleaming! You can condition your dog to enjoy getting their teeth brushed, or there are plenty of alternatives such as chews or rope toys that promote good dental health. Similarly keeping your dogs ears and eyes clean of debris through the use of wipes gives you a very happy and healthy hound!


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Happy Birthday Baird!

We love you to the moon and back.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sunset over Coniston, Beacon Fell

Sunday, 28 September 2014


Looking so very grown up  now, where did the time go?

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside!

Taking photos is always easy when you have a ridiculously photogenic model! 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014



He is always smiling!


Monday, 8 September 2014

Dog Beds

After a long hard day of running, sniffing, rolling and other general dog stuff, it is always nice to come home and stretch your paws out on your very own bed.
In Baird's case, all of the beds!
We have a selection of dog beds in our house, but they come in all shapes and sizes. 
Swell Pets do a fantastic range on their website.

A few tips for picking and placing a dog bed
Consider the size and shape 
A bed that fits a big Great Dane like me isn't going to be the same size as one for a smaller breed of dog. 

Consider the material of the bed
Do you need a soft fleecy bed or a rugged durable one? Baird has a habit of dragging his bed round in his mouth...

Consider the placement of your bed
For example we sleep on our bed right next to Mums, try to keep the bed away from draughts in winter and hot spots in summer!

Make sure your dogs bed is a positive thing! 
Never send your dog to their bed as a punishment, your four legged friend thrives on a nice safe spot to call their own, some where they want to be. Always associate their bed with positive things.

Teaching doggies like us to 'Settle' or 'Go lie down' on their bed is a very valuable tool in your human's doggy command dictionary. Settle can be used for a number of different reasons, to help your dog relax, to place your dog on their bed when visitors come round etc.

Hope everyone has a great week


Monday, 25 August 2014

My Sana.

He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.)

When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself.

He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.

His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever—in case I need him. And I expect I will—as I always have. He is just my dog.

Gene Hill