Bath Day

My humans decided last Saturday to give Rosie and me baths.  Why they do this is still a mystery to me.  They say I get stinky (that’s a lie, by the way) and insist on doing it.  So, since they seem to be obsessed with it, I resign myself and get drenched.

While I was getting a bath, Rosie moseyed up to the open door and outright laughed.  She was terribly rude!

After the water, my human brushed and blow dried my curls.Viola!  A marvelous bouffant!Then (ha, ha!), my humans took Rosie outside for her bath since it was a nice warm day.  Rosie doesn’t mind outdoor baths very much as there are at least interesting things to smell and look at.  I, however, detest them and insist on indoor ones.Rosie still doesn’t like to be soapy, so she begs with those puppy-dog eyes for mercy.And, as usual, the humans did not listen to any pleadings but turned on the water.

We at Doggy Times are tail-wagging excited to announce our new, free e-magazine!  It has articles on training, fun activities, different dog breeds, and doggy interviews.  If you have any suggestions or questions for future magazines, please drop us a comment!  We’d love to hear from you!  Enjoy!

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DG Magazine April/May 2018

Rosie’s New Toy And Tag

Today, the humans went to Petco and bought Rosie a new toy: a Tire Biter.  It’s a rope toy in a durable plastic tire, and the humans are hoping that it will survive Rosie’s chewing!

For those of you who were wondering, the Tire Biter is a perfect pillow (according to Rosie :) ).

Rosie also says that it is a wonderful toy because it has a hole in the tire to stick your nose through.  For some odd reason she loves to stick her nose in a cupped hand and the gaps between the couch cushions!  Because of this, toys with holes are paw-some choices for Rosie.

Rosie’s favorite playtime position is on her back.  She uses her paws like hands to put the toy in her mouth!

A few other toys have withstood Rosie’s jaws.  One is a lizard toy made out of fire hose, which I believe has lasted a whole year.  The cheap Wal-Mart rope toys are also very durable, but they probably won’t last for years.  Rosie recently took one apart with some determined chewing, but she thankfully did not ingest any.  Rosie is never allowed to play with her toys when the humans are gone because she believes everything is safe to eat!  Another of Rosie’s super tough toys is the KONG.  Rosie has had this toy since puppyhood and has yet to make a tooth dent in it.  It still bounces very well despite being accidentally left outside in the rain.  Also, it is Rosie’s all-time favorite toy.  However, she usually isn’t allowed to play with it inside.  When she does, she coats it with slobber and pushes it into people’s laps!  Ew!  Therefore, it is an outdoors-only toy, which makes it all the more special.

Rosie mysteriously loosened her ID tag and lost it in the yard.  She liked to scratch it with her hind feet, so her sharp claws probably pried it loose.  My humans bought her a new one and secured it with two steel rings this time.  It shouldn’t be able to fall off now, and Rosie will have identification if ever she should get lost.

Rosie loves her sparkly new tag!

The Cone of Shame

Poor Rosie  was sentenced to the cone of shame by the vet last week.  She was recently spayed and had to wear it when the humans were unable to keep an eye on her.  If they didn’t watch her, Rosie would lick her wound and take the staples which hold it out.  We all know from past experience how much Rosie loves staples!  She had to wear the cone to bed, which upset the doggy very much.  The cone was very bothersome and always bumping into things!  Rosie couldn’t run or jump and was starting to feel cooped up.  She would have the “zoomies” inside and start racing through the house, grabbing anything she could!  Today, though, my humans brought her to the vet to get the staples removed, and one of the first things she did when she got home was run!  She is so happy to be back to normal after her surgery and can now run and jump to her heart’s content!

You’ve probably heard the advice of never letting a dog know you’re afraid of him.  Often, dogs mysteriously know when someone fears them, and some guess that canines can smell it.  Can they?

Dogs have about 300 million olfactory receptors in their nose, while humans only have 6 million.  That means that your dog could possibly smell a stinky trash can from a mile away!  With their amazing ability, dogs could be smelling something to give them clues to a person’s fear.  A fearful person sweats and releases certain chemicals in their bodies.  A dog can certainly smell sweat, and it is possible that he can detect those chemicals, too.  However, your dog cannot differentiate the smell of fear sweat from, for example, heat sweat.  If dogs can detect those chemical being released, he can smell fear, but this has yet to be proven.

While it is still unsure whether or not canines can smell fear, dogs do seem to be very wise on the matter.  Dogs do not have smart phones, TV, or books, so they spend a lot of their time watching their humans.  They learn humans’ reaction to stress, happiness, grief, fear, etc.  Therefore, when they meet someone fearful of dogs, they use their past knowledge and put two and two together.  A quickening pulse, stiffness, prolonged eye contact, and heavy breathing are all clues to fear.