This last month has brought some exciting changes here at Dog Milk headquarters: we’re in the process of selling our house and moving to Portland, Oregon! It’s t-minus 3 weeks before the big “load-up-a-U-Haul-and-say-sayonara” day, though we’ve been slowly packing things up over the last few weeks. This whole process seems to stress Wrigley and Smash out (much like when we’re packing our suitcases for a trip; they just know something is up). So, that leads me to our Bark Out Loud question this month:
How have you helped your dog adjust during a move? Do you have tips for before, during, or after the move?
Please share your suggestions and experiences below!
And just for kicks and giggles, here’s one of my favorite comics on this very subject.
I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan. I’ve read all the books, watched the show, and even have a (totally awesome) hoodie emblazoned with the names of all the dire wolves. A time or two, I’ve even jokingly expressed a desire to have a dire wolf of my own, knowing that that was a fantastic impossibility (they’ve been extinct for some 10,000 years, after all). Well, turns out I was wrong — sort of.
Shaving designs into hair isn’t a new idea, but applying the technique to dogs? Now that’s something I’ve never seen before! According to groomers Jessica Allegri and Amanda Marshall, who came up with the idea during a quiet day at their shop Groomers on the Green, these temporary “tattoos” or “pooch patches” do not hurt (except your dog’s pride, maybe). The whole process — shaving the design with clippers — takes about an hour and lasts up to 14 weeks. Of course, this leads us to our Bark Out Loud question this month:
Would you give your dog a “pooch patch” or temporary hair tattoo? If yes, what design would you choose?
[via Daily Mail -- thanks to Jen for the heads up!]
Sooooo…. this has been making the rounds on the Interwebs this month: French photographer Erwan Fichou‘s 2007 portrait series of “dogs and their masters wearing coats or sweaters carefully knitted from lovingly gathered dog hair”. This isn’t a new phenomenon by any means (have you seen the Crafting with Cat Hair book? *shudder*), but it does pose an unavoidable question:
Would you, dear Dog Milkers, ever wear a sweater made from dog fur? Why or why not?
Bark out loud in the comments below!
[Thanks to Jen for sending this my way!]
We’ve been getting super hyped for Halloween over here (costume roundups and zombie feet — oh my!), but as the holiday gets closer it has me thinking of survival strategies — for my dogs. You see, they’re not super fond of the doorbell. More precisely, they’re not fond of a steady stream of masked strangers ringing the doorbell over and over for hours. We’ve ultimately resorted to just not participating in the Trick-or-Treat tradition, but a few still see a dark porch, void of pumpkins, and think there’s a chance some candy awaits (wrong).
So, Dog Milkers, I wanna know:
How do you keep your dog(s) calm and stress-free on Halloween night? Any ideas for keeping them happy and still handing out candy?
Photo: “Pug in a Pug Costume” by DaPuglet
There’s a new Tumblr blog on the block called “Dog Shaming” (wait, wait — it’s not what you might think), where people post photos of their dogs’ embarrassing confessions and “crimes”. It’s all in good humor, of course, and will no doubt elicit a few knowing laughs and head nods. Think of it as a place for dog owners to commiserate and celebrate all those weirdo things our dogs do on a daily basis!
If you follow Dog Milk on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you may have noticed a little brown and white dog named Smash has emerged on the scene. We recently adopted a second dog from a local rescue group and have fallen deeply, madly in love! Wrigley is also pretty excited to have a friend, cuddle buddy, and someone to steal toys from. But it wasn’t always fun and games. Smash was pretty reserved and disinterested in us and Wrigley the first little bit, which made me wonder if we’d made the right choice. With time and patience, he’s come around and his happy-go-lucky personality is shining bright! So, this leads me to our Bark Out Loud question this month:
Do you have more than one dog and if so, do they get along?
How long was the adjustment period for the new dog(s) and the old? I’d love to hear your stories of bringing an additional dog into the family — successes, frustrations, and how you helped either dog cope!