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Wireless Pet Fence creeping in my mind again

May 11, 2011 9:38 pm
Sniped By Sun

Seems every Spring I start thinking about how awesome it would be to take the hounds out to my parents place and have them round around the house like they do here. The only problem of course is that they would not only run around the house, but they would also run right out into the woods and never be heard from again! I don't think my wholesale insurance for pets would cover me if I just lost my dogs.. Umm.. not acceptable.

So for this reason when I've started hearing about the wireless pet fences, it really starts to get me excited to perhaps try it out. I'm in a bit of a different situation however as I already have an in ground system which works perfectly for them her at my house.

My question? I wonder how easily they could adapt to the new system? Would they be able to at all I wonder? I've yet to be able to find a good solution or answer/question online - so if you know of anyone that's had both, or has both.. please let me know.. would love to take my hounds out to the woods in my car (with the system) and let them run around.. it'd be fun!!

The Hound Routine

March 30, 2011 10:18 pm
Beagle

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You know, being a dog owner myself - it's easy to just go through day after day and not even realize how lucky we are to have the pets in our lives that we do. I know that I look forward to seeing my little waggy-tailed beagles every time I walk through the door .. to me, they make our house.. a home.

That said, it's interesting how much these dogs are creatures of habit.. and now that they're 5 years old - they are really coming into their age and people ask me all the time 'How are your dogs?".. I always find that I say the same thing nowadays.. "They're perfect".

They have reached the age where they are ok if they don't get a whole bunch of attention, but really love it when you give them some.. and they're starting to get lazy so when we go to work - they just curl up and nothing is a mess when we get home (unless we leave bacon scraps somewhere....hey, I'd make a mess trying to get them too!).

In the morning, they are the first ones up.. pretty much at 6:50 AM flat - they're up and ready for their food.. then it's out they go to do their business. Back in, and then it's under the table and on the mat to where they're hoping to get some of Liz's extra milk she leaves in her cereal (yeah, not the best calcium supplements out there, but whaddya do?). They then almost always head back to bed.. (yes.. I'm very jealous of this..).

They have their afternoon excitement of barking like crazed mad-dogs at the mailman, and another out-time.. then you know, back to bed... waiting for their owners to come home for their 2nd feeding of the day.. supper!!

Lately we've been trying to add some excitement to their food by giving them shaved carrot, turnip, heck the other day I gave them leftover spaghetti squash - they love it! Why wouldn't they? These are good for them!

It's after dinner that we usually head for a walk now that it's nice enough (and light enough) to head outside again.. and then they're content to go back to bed, and wait till the morning in order to do it all again..

Not only do I love my dogs unconditionally, as they love me... I'm also a little jealous of their great little routine :P

Need A Little Inspiration Today??

April 16, 2010 10:16 am

Always try to help a friend in need

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Believe in yourself

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Study hard

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Give lots of kisses

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Laugh often

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Don't be overly concerned with your weight, it's just a number

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Always try to see the glass half full

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Meet new people, even if they look different to you

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Remain calm, even when it seems hopeless

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Take lots of naps..

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Be weird whenever you have the chance

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Love your friends, no matter who they are

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Don't waste food

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RELAX

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Take an occasional risk

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Try to have a little fun each day.
......it's important

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Share a joke with friends

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Fall in love with someone..

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...and say 'I love you' often

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Express yourself creatively

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Be conscious of your appearance

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Always be up for surprises

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Love someone with all of your heart

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Share with friends

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Watch your step

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It will get better

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There is always someone who loves you more than you know

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Exercise to keep fit

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Live up to your name

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Hold on to good friends; they are few and far between

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Indulge in the things you truly love

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Cherish every Sunday

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At the end of the day... PRAY

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.......... And close your eyes

And smile at least once a day!

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How Can You Train Your Dog If You Don`t Have Much Time?

March 20, 2010 11:07 am

This is one hell of a 'play dead' :-)

While I`d love to train my dog as much as I possibly could, the fact is that I work 8-5 every day pretty much, do a lot of photography work, play rec hockey a few times a week and still try to find time to love and take care of my dogs as much as possible. The question is, how do I squeeze in some good training time and time for them to get their brain stimulated

While reading some maggwire.com magazine articles today – I came across an article at bark.com which held some interesting tips on how to squeeze in some training time:

  • Do a couple of repetitions of sit and down each time a commercial comes on TV. (For people with TiVo, it is still possible to work in a sit or two while you are skipping past the commercials.)
  • Ask your dog for a stay each morning while you are brushing your teeth.
  • Have your dog wait at the door each time you go outside, even when if you are just going out to get the paper or out for a walk together.
  • Practice a trick or two while you are out on a walk.
  • Do a minute of heeling practice when you are in the back yard for any reason such as to water the flowers, dump your compost, or to have a cup of coffee on the back porch.
  • Call your dog to come when you are about to go on a walk. (It's one of the easiest ways to teach your dog that good things happen when he responds to the cue "come!")
  • Have your dog heel with you each time you head to the bathroom.

Aren`t these great ideas? If you wanted to learn more of these, I suggest you read the article and certainly follow along in the comments as I`m sure there will be lots of tips in the coming days from readers.

Anyone Have Suggestions As To The Best Way To Exercise Your Pet in the Winter?

March 5, 2010 10:29 am

Can anyone tell me the best way to exercise their pet in the winter? Unfortunately, I work all day and when I get home - especially in the cold months - the last thing I want to do is head outside for a walk. Now I know that I'm supposed to, but that's the benefit (to me anyhow) of having the invisible fence.. they can go out for a walk anytime and I don't have to worry about them running away on me! Plus they get a little bit of exercise.. a real, little bit!

What I'm wondering is if anyone had any alternative ways of getting their pets exercise in the Winter months? I know that there are lots of day car entertainment centers which pop up like Camp Bow Wow which will keep your dog all day long while you work, and they will monitor your pet - plus your pet plays and interacts with other dogs all day! Fantastic idea! Unfortunately, they're pretty pricey for the most part.

Anyhow, I was wondering if any of our awesome readers out there had any good ideas?