Exercise is Not Optional

Stella_02072013_2In the last week my husband Donnie and I began walking our neighbor’s little nine month old puppy, Stella (pictured here in the photo), a Border Collie/Terrier mix. WOW we were stunned to discover how much harder a workout is when you have a motivated and energetic dog to “walk” with, LOL! They told us today that they have noticed Stella being calmer which is good. They love her and know what a great dog she is going to become. Exercise just is not optional with us or our dogs – it is one of the eight laws of health. Continue reading Exercise is Not Optional

Sisco’s Sun Prairie to Santa Fe

Sunbathing_11-19-2011_1This blog post was written in “first dog” by Meshach the Great Dane puppy:

This week it is my pleasure and honor to share with you my readers someone VERY special – my Aunt Georgia also known as Sisco’s Sun Prairie to Santa Fe! Her human, Crystal, says, “She’s named after the painter Georgia O’Keeffe. She was weaned onto raw food. Everyone who meets her comments how sweet she is. She loves everyone.”

I’m the same way as my Aunt Georgia, I love everyone! She is quite the elegant lady too. Besides being a winner in the show ring she’s a winner outside of it too bepaws Continue reading Sisco’s Sun Prairie to Santa Fe

Three Fuzzy Four-legged Furries

Num_num_footThis blog post was written in “first dog” by Meshach the Great Dane puppy:

You know, as soon as Mom gets more caught up on all the courses she and Dr. Jeannie are working on at the American Council of Animal Naturopathy, then MAYBE she’ll be able to do my typing for me here on Bark N Blog more often – meaning more blog posts woof! I mean I have LOTS to share – all my relatives for one and other growing up DOG adventures for another!

Today I want to share with you my three little furry featured friends of the week, Toby (Monster) is the white Westie mix, Kona (Nutty) is the middle possible Tibetan terrier mix, and Zoe (Gizhum) is the Yorkie mix. They are all rescue dogs who were fortunate to be rescued by Leslie bepaws she is very into natural health for us animals! She is a certified animal acupressure technician. You can learn all about Leslie and the bodywork for canines she offers in San Diego, CA by going to her website at www.fuzzypawswellness.com. Leslie has curly hair (like my Mom) so hence the name, “Fuz“. Continue reading Three Fuzzy Four-legged Furries

Play is an Important Part of Growing Up

This post was written in “first dog” by Meshach the Great Dane puppy.

In the following video, you can see how I play AND how I’ve grown, woof! I’m as big as some full grown large breed dogs and yet I’m just a tad over 4 months old.

I’m always going on about the laws of health bepaws a whole health approach to our care, with a species appropriate raw diet as the cornerstone (nutrition is the primary law of health and the foundation!) is critical to having a truly healthy puppy and dog. Lots of factors go into helping us live a healthy life in this chemical-laden world. Continue reading Play is an Important Part of Growing Up

My Raw Fed Great Dane Dad and Friends

Sunbathing_and_trumpet_vine_heavenThis post was written in “first dog” by Meshach the Great Dane puppy.

Recently I got to have a reunion with my dog Dad, Dalton! He and his human (my former human) Barbie came through NM on their way to a dog show in TX. I remembered him RIGHT away wiggling all over happy to see him again – although he wasn’t as thrilled with me at first but then as time went on, it was all good. You can see him and his human Barbie in the photos and me laying down in the background close by. I kept trying to get up on him and kiss his face too.

We met at our friend Chryssa’s house so I could get to hang out with my pal Dane pal, Dahlia. Her dog roommate, Dawson (he’s a Corgi-Heeler mix) doesn’t like other dogs at his house so he didn’t get to hang out with us. But he and Dahlia have been coming to go walking with me in my neighborhood and he is at least tolerating me now, woof! I like him bepaws he reminds me of my Aunt Dixie. She is a Corgi who lives with my Dad, Dalton, my sister, Cleo, and Barbie. She was like our nanny who helped mom raise us pups. Continue reading My Raw Fed Great Dane Dad and Friends

Bringing Home a New Puppy

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What you need to know

©by Kim Bloomer, VND

Puppies are so cute but it does pay to know what you’ll need to do in advance of ever bringing your cute little furball home

You’ve done your homework and figured out which breed, even if it’s a mixed breed, what puppy will be right for you and your lifestyle. Before you bring your new puppy home however, you’ll want to make sure you have some things in place before you do. For me a puppy is nearly the equivalent of bringing home a new baby, because they are dog babies who need love, attention, care and the security of knowing they are safe. Let’s cover a few things you’ll want to before the day you pick up your new puppy: Continue reading Bringing Home a New Puppy

The Nature of a Breed

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©by Kim Bloomer, VND

So many dogs end up in shelters for the simple fact that the owner didn’t understand the breed they brought home

I was talking with a friend today about specific breed natures. I felt I no longer had wonderful Golden Retrievers and was handed a Neapolitan Mastiff because I personally had to learn something about my own nature – actually he is such a blessing and a gift I’d have it no other way. Neos are a rather stubborn breed while Goldens are typically obedient and sweet. I know that sounds so philosophical and it is in a way. For me it’s deeper and more spiritual than that but I won’t go there in this short blog post.

More to my point my Golden Retrievers were always two things: Continue reading The Nature of a Breed

Choosing the Right Breed

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A perfect dog for your lifestyle

©Kim Bloomer, VND

It’s great when we see those cute puppies or amazing dogs in the movies and on TV but those dogs are highly trained or it’s Hollywood magic…

So, you’re looking for a new dog or a puppy? If this is your first time ever owning a dog, the best place to start to look is in your bookstore, library and the internet. That’s right because bringing home a dog is no small thing and it will take research on your part so you will begin to know and understand the nature of the animal you are bringing home to live with you and your family. Before you even choose a specific breed, you will need to know all you can about what it means to own a dog otherwise your new puppy might end up being another statistic in a shelter somewhere. Visit dog shows, shelters, dog sporting events, etc. so you can get a feel for the ways people interact with their dogs and the nature of individual breeds.

Continue reading Choosing the Right Breed