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Hedgehogs Mr. Pickles and L’il Monster Have An Epic #BarkBoxDay With Their Pittie Brothers

Hedgehogs Mr. Pickles and L’il Monster Have An Epic #BarkBoxDay With Their Pittie Brothers

This month, some prickly ~puppies~ doggy paddled into the ocean’s unexplored depths, where a menagerie of crustacean curiosities and phantasmagoric fish lurk in the shadows.

Our friends from @picklesandpits took to the “water” to show us how they celebrate #BarkBoxDay with the best of ’em. It’s time to dive in and embrace that wet dog (hog?) smell!

Above water, canine rescues Tember and Okja are part of a diverse family of creatures. They share their home (and BarkBox) with two smaller, sharper siblings.

Li’l Monster is unusually fond of snorkeling–ahem, bathtime, but his humans tell us that having a toy to use for support and comfort is a great help. Even jellyfish are good company among the “bubbles.”

Mr. Pickles here can’t say no to a deep-sink excursion! At least the glow-in-the-dark eyes of his deep sea friends light their way through the shadows.

The family that plays together, loves #BarkBoxDay together. Grab your goggles, bathtime just got a little less scary.

Huge thanks to Maria and her whole family for staging a #BarkBoxDay photoshoot with bubbles and bathtub balloons! Maria is a huge pittie advocate and rescue supporter. You can follow Mr. Pickles, Li’l Monster, Tember, and Okja over at @pricklesandpits. <3 <3

Take a peek below the waves at the rest of the toys in the Sniffs From The Abyss collection!

Flippable fish, fuzzy jellies, and glow-in-the-dark eyes are just a few tell-tale signs you’ve found these creatures of the deep. Ready to dive in? You can expect more fun, crazy, innovative toys like these in your dog’s BarkBox! Each month, get two toys, designed in-house, two full-size bags of all-natural treats, and a meaty chew! Sign up here and receive a free extra toy every month. <– This deal is worth up to $120 in value if you sign up for a 12-month subscription!

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Why Do Dogs Nuzzle? 5 Things Your Dog Is Trying To Tell You When They Rub Their Nose Against You

Why Do Dogs Nuzzle? 5 Things Your Dog Is Trying To Tell You When They Rub Their Nose Against You

There are few things better than the feeling of a dog nuzzling up against you. And until dogs figure out how to maneuver those ridiculous little arms, nuzzling is like a pawesome head hug from your best buddy!

However, looking a little closer, and taking a step back from the irresistible urge to anthropomorphize our pets for a moment…

(Never!)

…we find that when it comes to our dog’s nuzzles, oftentimes there is more than meets the nose. Those little prodding puppy nudges can have a handful pawful of different meanings.

1. “Hi!”

Dog’s are very social animals. And as all dog owner’s know when coming home to their pup, dog’s are big on greetings. Nuzzling is just one of the sweetest ways they like to say, “Good to see ya!”

2. “Im the boss.”

Excessive nudging, that mimics prodding, can be a dog expressing dominance over another dog, or even a person.

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3. “You’re the boss.”

When a dog rubs his face around another dog’s muzzle, almost like a face massage with a few licks thrown in there, that’s a dog’s way of giving respect to another dog, or showing submission. Sort of like they’re saying, “Hey we’re cool. I’m no threat, pal.”

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4. “Pay attention to me!”

Let’s be honest… subtlety has never been known as a dog’s strong suit.

5. “Where’s the food? Are you holding out on me?”

This last one may seem like the most obvious, a dog wanting food!? You don’t say! However, a study done at the Institute of Zoology at the University of Zurich, proves that our dogs “need for feed” is more sophisticated than we realized.

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Dr. Stanley Coren does a great job of explaining the study in an article he wrote for in Psychology Today, and I’m going to break it down in a similar fashion:

You’re in a hypothetical room with two hypothetical dogs, first give them hypothetical belly rubs, then, name one dog Thelma, and the other dog Louise. Someone takes Thelma for a quick walk, so it’s just you and Louise.

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Have Louise sit still and watch you place delectable doggy treats around the room. Afterwards, put a dog-sized screen in front of the treats, obscuring the noms from view. After seeing this and given the go-ahead, Louise is going to go behind each screen gobbling up the goodies. Now lets say you do this a couple of times, but occasionally pull a fast one on Louise by only making it look like you hid a treat behind a screen.

Thelma comes back from her walks and will watch Louise run behind screens all around the room. After this, the two girls finally get to interact with each other.

“Hey, girlfriend! Let’s nuzzle.”

The pups nuzzle “hellos” to one another per usual. And here is the interesting part, if Louise just came from successfully finding and eating a treat, Thelma is much more likely to go run behind the screen she saw Louise go behind and try her luck. If Louise was duped with the ole fake treat hiding act, Thelma isn’t going to really give a hoot why her buddy came out from behind a couple of screens.

“That’s yo’ business, Louise.”

Basically, a greeting between two dogs is not only a friendly hello, it’s also an opportunity to smell each others breath ask one another if they’ve eaten anything lately. As Dr. Stanley Coren puts it, “This confirms what everybody who knows dogs suspects. Dogs are naturally sociable and friendly, but much more so when there is the possibility that some food might be involved.”

“I just ate a steak, son!”
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H/t via The Nest
Featured image via @doginnewyork

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Off The Beaten Path

Off The Beaten Path

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Sometimes, I really struggle with coming up with titles for Charlie’s pictures. This was one of those – I simply could NOT think of a good title for this photo.

Mike came into my office and I said, “I need a title for this! What is the title?!”
And he said, “Off the beaten path.”
And I said, “But… is it really? He’s only like a foot off the beaten path.”
And we both started laughing because we are sleep deprived.

And then I thought about it a little more, and realized, in this culture that desperately wants/needs us all to keep in line and tries to coerce us to stay on a path prescribed by others, being just a few steps off the beaten path can be an accomplishment. And that is worth celebrating. And thus, the title was decided.

photo taken April 2019

What Dog Breeds Are Good For Apartments?

What Dog Breeds Are Good For Apartments?

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What dog breeds are the best for apartments?

The majority of dog breeds can adapt to any environment as long as they’re getting properly exercised. But when you’re living in an apartment, an overactive dog can make the space seems SUPER small. Sometimes it would be nice to come home and not be immediately greeted by an overactive pup that jumps all over you and just wants to PLAY PLAY PLAY. Fortunately, there are some breeds whose size and energy levels make them perfect for apartment dwellers.

***Note: Regardless of size or energy levels, ALL breeds require daily walks & daily play.***

    1. English Bulldog
    2. Shih Tzu
    3. Chow Chow
    4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
    5. Basset Hound
    6. Pug
    7. Miniature Pinscher
    8. Boston Terrier
    9. Bull Mastiff
    10. Tibetan Spaniel

1. English Bulldog

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Weight: 45 – 55 lbs
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: These short, compact breeds might look like they mean business, but inside they’re just big, sappy babies who want to curl up with you on the couch. These dogs get hot and tired easily and prefer the indoors. They’re also just stocky and intimidating enough to ward off would-be thieves. With a short-haired coat that makes grooming practically unneeded, the Bulldog is the best roommate you’ll ever have.


2. Shih Tzu

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Weight: 9 – 16 pounds
Grooming: High
Why they’re perfect: Don’t be fooled by the Shih Tzu’s, dare we say, “yappy dog” reputation. The Shih Tzu is actually a friendly and alert dog that can be the perfect pet with proper training. Small and not very fond of the outdoors, these dogs are perfectly content with following you around the apartment all day as their daily exercise. However, their long hair means they shed a lot and will require daily brushing. But hey, it takes effort to look this cute.


3. Chow Chow

Weight: 45 – 70 pounds
Grooming: High
Why they’re perfect: This dog, best known for its unique blue/black tongue, will spend more time on your couch than your unemployed roommate. Notoriously lower energy and sensitive to heat, the Chow Chow prefers lying around in the cool indoors to running around and playing. However, their aloof nature means they might come across as too cat-like for some dog owners. But if your apartment is bigger than a closet studio, it can probably handle this dog’s 70 pound stature. Also: Chow Chows are great cuddle buddies.


4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Weight: 10 – 18 pounds
Grooming: Medium
Why they’re perfect: These happy, intelligent dogs get along with everyone, even your annoying neighbors. Unlike other small breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is naturally quiet and is only prone to yapping if not properly trained. Its energy level only requires brief playful romps around the living room before collapsing into your lap to take a long nap.


5. Basset Hound

Weight: 45 – 65 pounds
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: Unlike other breeds on this list, the gentle and laid-back Basset Hound is only lazy when he’s inside. Once outside, this breed can easily run and sniff for hours. After all, this breed was bred to hunt, and it wouldn’t be fair if they weren’t allowed to fulfill their primal instinct. However, as long as they get that daily walk, they’ll remain quiet and calm while inside. They also get along well with other animals.


6. Pug

Weight: 13 – 20 pounds
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: Playful and always hilarious, the Pug doesn’t need much activity to have fun. Sensitive to extreme temperatures and prone to breathing problems, the Pug is happiest when frolicking around indoors. But beware — this breed is sometimes prone to overeating, and getting an overweight Pug to lose weight can be as hard as getting your landlord to fix that leaky faucet.


7. Miniature Pinscher

Weight: 8 – 10 pounds
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: Although not quite as low energy as other dogs on this list, the Miniature Pinscher’s small size is perfect for apartments. After zipping around the living room a few times, this dog is ready to curl up in a corner and take their eight-hour nap. Relatively healthy and easy to groom, it’s no surprise why the Miniature Pinscher is so popular with apartment dwellers.


8. Boston Terrier

Weight: 10 – 25 pounds
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: Similar to the Bulldog, the Boston Terrier is a short, compact dog who’s friendly and easy to train. Indoors they stay pretty inactive, releasing all their energy outside during their short daily walks. Their small size also makes them perfect for tiny studio apartments.


9. Bull Mastiff

Weight: 100 – 130 pounds
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: Contrary to popular belief, these massive dogs are massively laid-back. Naturally quiet, calm, and yes, lower energy, this dog doesn’t require much activity indoors. As long as they have a place to nap, they’ll be happy. Plus, their huge size makes them the perfect guard dog. The only downside? Convincing your landlord to accept a 100+ pound dog.


10. Tibetan Spaniel

Weight: 9 – 15 pounds
Grooming: Medium
Why they’re perfect: Although not lazy per se, these dogs are alert and curious but don’t require tons of activity. Naturally born lap dogs, this ancient breed is happiest when in cool, indoor spaces or while napping at your feet. Additionally, their small size means they can feel comfortable in just about any living environment.

 

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Recipe: Making Bone Broth for Dogs

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In veterinarian Judy Morgan’s new book, Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs, she makes a compelling case for looking beyond the claims of the commercial pet food indus- try when it comes to providing optimum nutrition for our dogs.  A practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which relies  on the healing powers of whole foods, Dr. Morgan provides a thorough primer on how to apply its principles for the benefit of our co-pilots’ constitutions.

Bone broth is all the rage these days. As Dr. Morgan writes, “It is  a strong rejuvenating potion high in minerals, amino acids, glucosamine and many more valuable nutrients. It can be served alone or mixed with meals.” She also notes that it can be used to cook grains and vegetables, or rehydrate freeze- dried food.