Hi guys, Frankie here. You can call me Frank for short. Or Frankfurter for long. Or Stankles if we are close. You've probably seen me before. I am a small (but mighty) yorkie-bichon mix, have jet black hair with a little white goatee, and my mom owns Dog's World Walking. So I get to hang around the packs a lot! My mom said i HAD to include a picture (moms.. can't live with them, can't live without them), so don't make fun of me too much!
I am going to be a recurring guest blogger for her, so I guess you need to get used to me. My blogs will be called "What does the Frank say", and unlike the fox, I have more to say than just ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-tata! I will be talking often about doggy events, as well as some of my favourite hang outs in the city. Today though, I have a pretty important thing to talk about - because I just went through a little medical issue and had my mom pretty upset and worried. I wanted to share my story so that if it happens to you, you can show your human this post and maybe they won't worry and cry like my mom!
Starting on Sunday morning, I became a stress case. I wouldn't stop panting and shaking.. and my mom was very sad and worried. She took me outside, where I became more calm, but once I was back inside and just sitting around I would continue to shake and pant. It was my way of saying "MOM! something is wrong with me!".
Even though I am 4 years old and am totally in love with my mom, I have been known to act a little on the anxious side... Sorry we can't all be cool cucumbers like my sister Sadie... My mom initially thought I was being anxious because I just had a month long vacation with my Grandparents and their 4 dogs and that I was sad to be back in Toronto. With this, she went and got me a pheromone. Admittedly, it did help me feel relaxed, but it didn't help solve what was really going on with me.
After talking on the phone to some people, she told me that I was going to go see my favourite Vets in the world - Queen West Vet. When my mom told them that I was anxious, and not eating, they told her it was my way of letting her know I was in pain, and that I needed to be seen ASAP!
So my mom took me to the vet today. Sadie and Winston tagged along for moral support. The vet told my mom that when a dog is acting like I was (anxious, shaking, panting, not eating, refusing treats) that it is likely one of the following 3 things:
I am not going to tell you what happened in the back room, but I will tell you it was NOT pleasant. Turns out, my anal glands were the size of quarters. I am a small dude... They should be the size of lentils. Let's just say they took care of them... and they are not longer impacted.
I was so happy that the vet found the issue right away, because I don't want my mom worrying any longer than she needed to. When the vet told her the news she was SO happy she cried AGAIN! Who would have thought impacted anal glads would be happy news!
I am going to be in pain for a few more days, but by Friday I should be a new man. I am feeling better already though, just knowing that my mom has that peace of mind.
So anyway, guys, show this to your humans. That way if you have something wrong - and display it like I did, your humans might not worry like mine did. Thanks for reading, and I hope all your bums are healthy :)
As my mom always says, "it's a dog's world, we're just living in it!"
As per my last blog post, I recommend using PAWZ dog boots for the salt in the winter. However, I know putting them on can be a challenge. As I put on literally dozens of booties on dogs a day, I have become a pro. Here is a video showing how I do it, and how easy it can be.
Thanks to Sadie, WInston, and Frankie for being such great sports!
Alright humans. You asked, and I shall deliver - what are some tips and tricks to helping our fur babies survive the winter? As a professional dog walker, and a dog mom myself, I have seen and used many different items - and I can tell you which work, which don't, which work but I don't recommend, and all that fun stuff.
And yes, I know, why am I even bothering while we are having a TROPICAL winter here in Toronto (today was a balmy 0 degrees). I am just being realistic. And also, even if it is only cold for one day this year.. you still need to protect your dog and make sure he/she is safe.
There is a lot of information to cover, so over the next few weeks I will be releasing different posts with different topics. At the beginning of each post I will be included the chart below, which is a good guideline for understanding the appropriate time amount a dog should be allowed outside based on temperature before it becoming dangerous. Be extra careful to note that this is the WINDCHILL.
Dog's can indeed get frostbite, and this is what it looks like (thanks to famouschihuahua.com for the picture). Always check for this. If you even suspect your dog has frostbite, call your vet. Again (I see a theme forming) WHY RISK IT! Now that that's covered, let's get on to my opinion on which boots are best and why.
As you saw from the chart above, when it's cold out - you shouldn't (and your dog walker shouldn't) keep your dog out for extended periods of time. So with that in mind, I want to compare PAWZ to some of the other popular brands to just emphasize why I believe PAWZ are the smartest choice.
PAWZ are clearly the cheapest at first glance.. but some people argue that PAWZ are disposable and are not made to last, whereas the other brands are.True, this isn't an argument at all. PAWZ do deteriorate after time, sometimes within just a few uses.. but, they come in a pack of 12! If one breaks, you have more to select from. So yes, MUTTLUCKS and WELLIES are not likely to deteriorate, but you know what is likely to happen? They will fall off. You won't notice. And now you only have 3 booties. They only come in packs of 4, so now you either have to put your dog through the pain of having 1 bootless paw... or you have to buy ANOTHER 4 pack. The cost is huge. I cannot even count the number of booties I have seen go missing... and even if you think you have a good eye and will notice immediately if the boot falls off (sure you do....), if you send your dog for dog walking, especially group walking, it is nearly impossible for a dog walker to monitor each and every boot from each dog at each moment of the walk. So, if you are dead set on the higher quality booties, I still suggest you buy a pack of PAWZ for your dog to use while being walked by someone other than you.
Have you looked at a dog's front paws compared to their back paws? The front paws are circular with very little "ankle" and there isn't much of an angle to the leg (when comparing it to the picture I provided of the wellies, you can see that the design should fit the front paws). But the pack paws? They are like double as long and have a much higher angle and there is a lot more paw before it becomes leg than there is with the front paw. How could these booties adequately fit both the front paws and the back paws? I can tell you from experience... they don't. They sit awkwardly, and you can tell they aren't designed with much thought about dog paw shape in mind.
So, to summarize
To sign off.. here are a few adorable pictures of dog's world pups in booties.
It is insane to think that a year ago YESTERDAY I officially started walking dog's as Dog's World Walking. Within that year my business has grown from 3 dogs, to around 50 - and it went from being just me, to me and Anita (with the lovely Meg helping out when needed). Not only that, but a lot of things shaped and changed for Dog's World as a business. As incredible an amazing and 2015 was, I am ready to make 2016 EVEN better! And so far I have a few ideas to kick start that.
The idea that I am posting about today is, well, obviously... this blog!!!
I am a former blogger, and thought that I should take that experience and apply it to my business. This blog will be focused on the following:
So... I know you are excited. But just remember. This is only one of the new things that 2016 is bringing for Dog's World. Stay tuned and I can't wait to share more soon!
In the meantime, drop a comment below and let us know what you want to hear about!
It's A Dog's World... We're just blogging in it!