By Katy Cable-TWR
A 3 min. Read
If you're like me your heart melts over the Pugs (and/or Frenchies, Bostons, Bullies, Shihtzus, etc.) You dote on their darling wrinkles while spending a king's ransom on Botox to remove your own. Their bulging eyes, curly "cinnamon bun" tails and soft folded ears that feel like rose petals make your day! I bet you can't imagine life without these special creatures.
We "smooshy-faced" dog lovers are not alone. Look no further than your TV and you're bound to see a Pug or two promoting products. They are adored by some of the biggest celebrities. Jessica Alba, Robin Williams, Hugh Laurie, Gerard Butler, Paris Hilton, George Clooney, Andy Warhol, and Valentino, are Pug lovers. While Lady Gaga, Madonna, Hugh Jackman, Reese Witherspoon, Micheal Phelps and the Beckham's own Frenchies. They have replaced the Scottie dog and Poodle gracing everything from T-shirts to gift wrap to decor. Doug the Pug is currently one of our most celebrated pug-lebrities.
In Great Britain, the French Bulldog replaced the Labrador Retriever as the most popular dog breed. With Pugs and English Bulldogs not far behind.
However this popularity does come at a price and in the case of Pugs, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Shih Tzus and other Brachycephalic** dogs, it can be an extremely high one. -Enough to leave you with both an “achy-brachy” heart AND pocketbook.
When it comes to pugs and other brachy (smooshy-faced) dogs, it's buyer beware. What many are surprised to learn is these breeds come with a laundry list of common conditions that can be astronomically expensive. And, due to their exploding popularity, irresponsible breeders hoping to cash-in, are perpetuating the problem. We currently have an epidemic of suffering, compromised pets and heartbroken owners facing financial ruin.
In fact, veterinarians in Britain are going so far as to run huge public campaigns urging people to stop getting this breed due to their plethora of costly, serious health issues.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) president, Sean Wensley sends a strong warning that flat-faced (brachycephalic) dogs typically come with numerous debilitating health problems, and "breeding them just encourages more pain and suffering."
Due to their altered facial construction, flat-faced breeds have what is called brachycephalic respiratory syndrome to varying degrees. These pets often have very small, tightly scrolled nostrils that are so narrow it can be hard to move air in and out. We would liken it to us as humans having to spend our entire life breathing through a drinking straw.
Brachycephalic respiratory issues are often progressive conditions, so breathing problems tend to worsen over time leaving many older dogs in complete respiratory distress. Because of all their respiratory issues, they are at severe risk when needing anesthesia and many are banned from airplane travel. They also overheat quickly and easily develop serious heatstroke.
They also have an elongated soft palate, which is a flap of skin at the back of the throat that causes the characteristic snorting and other respiratory sounds often heard in "brachy" breeds. Another common problem for these breeds is collapsed trachea, which also causes breathing issues.
The Pug also has a "highly desirable" double-curl tail, which is actually a genetic defect that can result in paralysis. Other breed-specific issues include: high blood pressure, heart problems, low blood oxygen levels, dental issues and skin fold dermatitis.
If you own a Pug, Frenchie or Bulldog and have ventured into social media you have no doubt experienced the backlash of haters. Calling your precious fur baby everything from ugly to wanting to kill you for owning a dog they feel is suffering.
So is the beloved Pug soon to be extinct? Thankfully the answer is an overwhelming NO! With their enormous popularity and appeal, the darling Pug is in no danger of going away anytime soon. However, I do feel the need to raise awareness and stress more responsible breeding.
For an example of how this crisis is transpiring, one needs only look at pugs over the years. Since the early 1900's pugs seem to have gotten shorter legs, larger heads, smaller nostrils, double curled tails and more exaggerated barrel chests. Carolinе Kisko, thе Kеnnеl Club sеcrеtary, said thе problеms with brachycеphalic dogs are bеing perpetuated by in reputable puppy farms.
“Brееds such as thе Frеnch Bulldog and Pug havе sееn a suddеn incrеasе in popularity in rеcеnt yеars, lеading to a hugе dеmand for thеm. This has providеd a rеady markеt for unscrupulous brееdеrs to еffеctivеly churn out puppiеs for profit, outsidе of any rеgulation or umbrеlla of influеncе, with no rеgard for thеir hеalth and wеlfarе." She adds,
“It’s likеly that thеy’rе dеlibеratеly brееding еxaggеratеd dogs in thе hopе that thеy’ll appеar ‘cutе’ to puppy buyеrs. Rеsponsiblе brееdеrs will brееd with hеalth as thе top priority, and thе Kеnnеl Club brееd standards makе it clеar that еxaggеrations in any brееd should bе avoidеd.”
Sadly, what I see all too often are well-intentioned pet owners who can no longer afford the astronomical costs associated with these dogs and they’re relinquished to shelters and rescues in their senior years. Unfortunately, it’s not only happening here in the USA!
According to a headline in the UK's Telegraph, "While the purchase of flat-faced dogs in the U.K. is trending upward, dog parents are also reportedly abandoning their brachys in alarming numbers." The reason? Owners can't cope with the health problems associated with these breeds.
At the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in South London, the number of older Pugs, Frenchies and Shih Tzus entering the shelter almost tripled in just five years. And the rescues I work with here in So. Cal are also over-run with sick, older Pugs who have expensive conditions to treat.
Here’s what you can do to help:
1. First and foremost, educate yourself on the breed of any dog you’re considering. It will give you indicators on energy levels, temperament, lifespan and possible health issues.
2. Always consider rescuing or adopting a pet from a shelter. Many times shelters have pure-bred dogs and certainly rescues can be an amazing resource and support.
3. Only use responsible breeders. Responsible breeders thoroughly interview perspective owners and take the utmost care and selection in breeding.
4. Whatever you do: DO NOT SUPPORT backyard breeders, pups being given away, sold or “re-homed” on Craig's list and other sites. Stay clear of that neighbor who has a cousin that is breeding his cute pup.
5. If you are the parent of a brachycephalic dog, it's important to understand that breathing difficulties can prevent your furry companion from enjoying the very simplest things dogs naturally love to do, like eating, sleeping, play and exercise.
6. It's important to know the difference between normal and abnormal breathing sounds, and to make an appointment with your vet if you notice any unusual breathing or other signs of respiratory distress.
7. It’s vital to keep a “brachy” dog fit and trim. Overweight and obese pugs have much more serious respiratory difficulties ANYWAY but keeping them at an ideal weight is imperative.
8. Keep your Pug dog out of hot, humid environments is also crucial in order to prevent overheating.
9. Stress exacerbates virtually every health problem, especially breathing difficulties, therefore keeping your brachy's life as stress-free as possible is a must. It will do wonders for their health and quality of life.
I’ve said many times that I poured more money into my dogs than a vacation home or luxury car and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. However, I do want people to be well informed before they’re blind-sighted by these irresistible, yet sensitive/expensive little creatures. Heck, it’s one of the main reasons I do this blog. Thanks for reading, and please pass this on to any new “smoosh-faced” pet parents that may benefit from the info. Pugs & 😘 Kisses! -Katy
**Brachycephalic dogs: "Brachy" is a Greek word meaning short, and "cephalic" means head. Brachys are short-headed, short-muzzled breeds. Other examples of brachy dogs include the Boston Terrier, Boxer, Shih Tzu and Pekingese.
By Katy Cable-A 3 min. Read
😎Here in So. Cal it seems we get more clouds, drizzle and chill in summer than we do in spring. Still, now that the summer (and the pandemic) is in high gear, people are more excited than ever to get out to the beach with their dogs. I’ve also unfortunately witnessed a few tragedies that could’ve been easily avoided. Therefore, I felt it was important to share tips on how to help your dog keep their cool at the beach.
I live a short walk from one of the most popular beaches for DOGS in Southern California, Rosie’s Dog Beach. Long stretches of fine white sand, gentle waves, easy parking, drinking fountains, restrooms, showers and a snack bar make this a popular destination for people and their pups. -Rain or shine! And, as with most popular spots, I always manage to witness a few incidents that could have been easily prevented. So, in addition to safety tips, during warmer weather, it’s also very important for everyone to be aware of the signs of overheating.
Pugs and other brachycephalic breeds (dogs with flat faces and short noses, such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Pugs, Pekinese, and Shih-tzus), older pets, dogs that are ill or have a chronic health condition, and dogs not used to warm weather are extremely susceptible to overheating so be mindful of the following signs:
Heavy panting or rapid breathing
Elevated body temperature
Bright or dark red tongue and gums
Increased pulse and heartbeat
If your dog is exhibiting any of the above symptoms you need to to start cooling them down immediately and keep close watch on their behavior.
Take your pet to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic IMMEDIATELY if you notice any of the following SIGNS OF LIFE-THREATENING OVERHEATING:
Weakness and collapse
Now that you’re aware of the warning signs here’s how to keep your pup from getting overheated in the first place.
⛱ BEACH SAFETY 101 ⛱
Before you head out for the beach, I recommend bringing an umbrella, tent or Easy-Up so you have a shady spot for your dog to retreat from the sun. You’ll also want to bring 2 large towels or blankets. It's good idea to have one for your dog to lay on as well as one you can soak and use to cool your dog off if they get overheated.
If the sand, or pavement is burning your tootsies, you can bet it will burn your doggie's paws. Make sure you put them in booties or socks if they’re too large a dog to carry across the hot surface.
Fresh drinking water and a bowl are MUSTS! Always have fresh water to keep your doggie hydrated and also so they are not tempted to drink seawater or from pools of standing water which may be filthy. Also communal water bowls can provide a lot more than hydration in the form of parasites and nasty doggy germs. Have your own bowl of water handy.
Many people don't realize dogs are susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer. The most sensitive dogs are:
and if course hairless dogs.
For those breeds, I recommend staying OUT of the sun on extremely hot days and during peak hours (10AM-3PM). The best protection is to dress your dog in a T-shirt, sun-shirt with UV protection or a cooling vest which shields from harmful rays and keeps dogs from overheating.
I also advise getting a sunscreen for your dog. Please note, make sure the sunscreen is a formula safe for dogs. Human sunscreens can contain ingredients (such as zinc) which are toxic if ingested. Be sure to cover your dog's nose, ears, belly, and inside hind legs.
Along with sun safety, you'll need to be equally prepared to keep your sweetie safe in the water. Surf Gidget the Pug, makes it look easy but Pugs, and several other breeds are not strong swimmers (actually they're genetically designed to sink like stones!) I would recommend a life vest if you're out at the beach, in a boat or on open water. Even with a life vest you must supervise your dog in the water. An unexpected wave, rip current, rapids or even stepping on a dead bee, sharp coral or jellyfish can be major hazards.
It goes without saying if your dog may be sick, is lethargic, has the runs, or is in heat, do not visit the beach, dog park or any other public dog area.
Hold off on visiting a dog beach or park until your dog is trusted to obey commands. If you are dog sitting, have a new shelter or rescue dog, this may pose too much risk until you are more familiar with your pet. Many people love letting their dogs run around off-leash (I'm one of them) but it can be a major hazard. If your dog isn't consistent with following your commands, I recommend you wait or keep them on a leash until they’re better trained. It can extremely dangerous if your dog is racing down the beach and not aware of a potential threatening situation.
And finally, just a few “Golden Rules” for the dog beach. Remember beaches depend on all of us to keep them safe and clean. Bring waste disposal bags, -and maybe a few extras for those who may not be as conscientious. Be the bigger person who picks up and takes care of keeping the beach safe and clean. So many people don’t.
Be attentive to your dog. This is not the time or place to relax with a good book or your nose in your IG feed. Be on the lookout. A fun run down the beach chasing a ball can quickly turn to an aggressive dog fight. If you notice play getting a bit rough and you’re concerned, call your dog and distract them with some one-one-one play.
Also, be mindful of how much time you spend in the great outdoors. Too many hours can result in dehydration, overheating and other problems.
If everyone adheres to some basic safety precautions we can cut down on a lot of injuries. Let's keep dog friendly beaches a fun place to make memories. See you at the beach.⛱
Pugs & kisses 😘
-Katy Cable & Olive
By Katy Cable-TWR / A 4 min. read
With CoVid19 wrecking havoc on all our lives, I thought I’d reminisce on happier times. Just before the pandemic put everything in lockdown, “Pug-aholics” from around the globe gathered in Las Vegas. What began just three year’s ago has now become our annual pilgrimage.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but in THIS girl’s case, PUGS are! Feeling horribly depressed as my 53rd birthday hit me like a slap in the face, my amazing husband gave me the gift of a lifetime and agreed to accompany me on: Pugs Take Las Vegas. -A weekend adventure equivalent to Coachella for Pug lovers!
Pugs from the around the globe including social media “PUG-lebrities”: Minnie & Max the Pugs, (@minniemaxpugs)Surf Gidget the Pug, (@surf_gidget_the_pug), Milo & Otis the Pugs,(@otisthepugwalsh) and the new baby sister to the late Chubbs the Wampug, (@chubbsthewampug) Ms Worldwide, converged on Las Vegas for a “Pug-a-Palooza” of their own.
Typically having a child or pet with you in “Sin-City” will make you as welcome as a rash, but we found a comfortable base camp at the all-suite Platinum Hotel right off the strip and invaded Sin City.
The weekend kicked off with alfresco dining at Maggianos Italian restaurant where we enjoyed a family style dinner and perfect spring temps. Pugs were dressed-to-impress from head-to-tail, many sporting matching coordinated outfits with their human family members.
And what could have been “dog-gone” madness, with crazed dogs running amuck and lifting legs with abandon, was instead a group of purrrrectly behaved Pugs. Unlike toddlers throwing temper-tantrums, there were no screaming-crying melt-downs with our fur babies. The Pugs were quite happy flopping around as food tidbits fell to the ground like a spring rain.
The following AM we rose at the crack of dawn to brave the sweltering heat for a hike at picturesque Red Rock Canyon. Pugs aren’t known for their hiking agility. These stocky, bowling-ball shaped dogs are more likely to tumble down a hill than climb up one. With temps soaring in the high 90’s, most pugs preferred sleeping like rocks in their comfy, luxurious, all-terrain wheeled strollers.
Friday night’s “Pugs, Pizza, & Pajamas” party was a sell-out with over 165 pugs invading every square inch of the hotel lobby. Tripping over pups romping in the festive pug-jamas was the cutest thing I’ve ever laid eyes on! Pugs had the option of indulging in pizza or could stick to their “summer-body diets” and enjoy grain-free, low-carb, lamb, beef & turkey “aPAW-tizers” sponsored by Nulo with organic, GMO-free, pizza toppers from Shake&Wag!
Guests were treated to sWAG bags filled with amazing pet products including organic pet shampoo, designer poopy bags and CBD treats. The evening concluded with a champagne toast to Chubbs and other pets who have left us for the bridge.
Early Saturday Olive and I headed to the “Pugs in the Park” playdate while hubby took off for a much needed-round of golf. Hundreds of pug-obsessed locals joined the “Pugs Take Vegas” weekenders at a beautiful, dog park for “mutt-mingling” and photo-opps with their favorite “pug-lebrities!”
We had the pleasure of hitching a ride on Surf Gidget’s pimped-out tour bus. Complete with plush carpet, a mini-fridge, toilet, designer beds and even her own convertible parked inside, her ride was nicer than many apartments.
Later that afternoon, back at the hotel, a raffle was held with “must-have” “pug-para-FURnalia!” Proceeds from both the weekend event and raffle raised nearly $20,000 for several pug rescues.
The weekend’s main event was Saturday night when nearly 100 pugs boarded a fleet of party buses and caravaned downtown for a private rooftop soirée. It was nothing short of “Pugs-Gone-Wild” as they had us crying in hysterics with their version of “lap & pole” dances.
Following dinner, we headed to the Bellagio and the infamous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign for group pictures. It takes a lot to stand out in Vegas but the controlled chaos caravan of pugs parading down the strip in strollers and canine contour was definitely the talk of the town on that night! The pugs put the superheros and showgirls out of business and were by-far the most sought-after photo-opp!
The next AM everyone was “dog-tired” for our farewell brunch at the appropriately named, Lazy Dog restaurant. The patio was a buzz with the surround sound of snoring pugs sleeping soundly in their “Sunday Brunch Attire” -That is until the candied bacon and eggs hit the table.
With tears in our eyes (partly from Visine and no sleep) we said our goodbyes and promised to keep in touch on social media. S
I can honestly say I don’t know when I’ve had so much fun or seen a better organized adventure in my life. My depression melted away faster than a snow cone in July as I realized wrinkles are an adorable Pug trademark and age is just a number! -Heck in dog years I’d be long gone! Now, my birthdays are highly anticipated and celebrated by attending the Vegas Pug Weekend.
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By Katy Cable, TWR
A 3 minute read
Sunday I ran into a woman who had just found a darling little Pug roaming on a busy street. She was relieved when I informed her of my background working with Pugs and relinquished him to me to help.
It’s not surprising. Did you know more dogs and cats go missing and/or get injured over this holiday than on any other day of the year. With that in mind, I had planned to write about what steps to take should your dog be lost and ironically life imitated my editorial calendar.
Shivering, skinny, banged up and dirty, I fell in love with the little Pug the second I saw him. I picked his boney little body up and promised him he would be safe. He wasn't wearing a collar and his back was covered with infected wounds. The poor little pug was so infested with fleas that after 30 minutes of continuous washing and five flea baths, the white grooming tub still looked like someone had spilled black pepper all over it.
The woman who found him said she had been asking around the neighborhood to see if anyone recognized him. There were no "lost dog" signs posted or notifications on social media so I assumed he would be in need of a loving new home once he was healthy.
I'll be honest, this little Pug, reminded me of my beloved Raisin. He was a fawn Pug with the same perfect smoosh little face. A big part of me wanted to say, "finders keepers!" and take him for myself. After all, he was in deplorable condition so I assumed he was either a bait dog used for dog fighting or a breeder stud since he wasn't fixed.
Once he was cleaned and dried I put him in a darling harness and whisked him off to the vet to see if he was micro-chipped, and make sure he didn't need any urgent care. My first instinct was relief when they found no chip. In my mind whoever let a dog live in this kind of condition didn't deserve to have them.
The vet was swamped with critical emergencies and said the pug was in no immediate danger and could be seen first thing the next morning. He armed me with potent heavy-duty flea meds since those relentless pests were still having a field day in his freshly cleaned coat. I dressed his wounds then cleaned his ears and yeasty wrinkle folds. He then looked and felt like a new dog.
I immediately called one of the rescue groups I work with, Pug Nation Rescue LA and asked for their assistance. This pug was in bad shape and needed veterinary care. His wounds were infected he was covered in yeast. He had a painful ear infection and he was skin and bones. I assumed he must have parasites as well and didn't want to expose my own Olive to a possibly sick dog.
While Pug Nation prepared an isolation room for Louie, I called my family and asked them to secure a safe spot since I was bringing home a new addition. My daughter instantly fell in love with the little pug and named him Louie. We shot cute pics and posted notices on social media, -not tipping my hand with too much information. I fed him a healthy dinner of turkey & sweet potatoes which he devoured in a New York minute, then I took him out for a nice walk around the neighborhood. Louie was happy and enjoyed all the love and attention.
A few blissful hours later it was time to turn my new friend over Pug Nation. I was sad because I had now grown very attached to sweet Louie. Pug Nation assured me they had a foster home waiting with a volunteer who could care for Louie until he was available for adoption. They had a long list of hopefuls who were waiting for a darling new pug to adopt. As much as I wanted to put my name at the tippy-top of that list, I had Olive. I will never forget how desperately I wanted a pug and how thrilled I'd been when I got the green light to adopt my pugs. I wanted to "pay it forward" and give somebody the same opportunity. I knew Louie would be treasured and that's what mattered.
At the crack of dawn the next morning, I got a call from Louie's (real name Leroy) owner. They had been worried sick. Her young son had not shut a door securely when they left for the day and Leroy had snuck out. He had just been given a bath and wasn't wearing his collar. When they returned home and couldn't find him they went immediately to a shelter and were so relieved to see the posts and know he'd been found alive. They made a donation to Pug Nation and collected their baby Leroy.
I will admit, as mad as I was with their negligence, I've done the same thing myself on more than one occasion. My hands were full and I raced out the door without checking if it had been securely shut. Thankfully, in my case, I've noticed my Velcro pug Olive right on my heels and she's micro-chipped so I've avoided a lost dog.
The best eat advice I can offer is to try and prevent your pet from going missing in the first place. Here's a few important steps you can take:
✅First and foremost. Get your pet micro-chipped. Have it scanned and checked periodically when you visit the vet to confirm it's reading.
✅Confirm ID tags have correct contact info and are easy to read. Make sure dogs are wearing ID tags and collars before leaving them home alone.
✅Keep records on in a zip drive and carry updated photos of your dog. Use a close-up, full body and a full body next to another object to gage the size of the dog.
✅Double (and over the 4th) TRIPLE check all doors, windows, gates and "escape-routes" are secure before leaving the house.
✅Remind children to be diligent about closing doors, windows and gates.
✅Take your dog to a boarding facility or hire a pet-sitter if your dog exhibits severe separation anxiety. -Or if you cannot be with them during stressful times such as Fourth of July. If dogs are fearful they can scale a 16ft wall and accomplish other miraculous feats. Don't take chances.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG IS MISSING:
If your dog has gone missing, quickly make up a flier showing good, clear, recent pictures of your pet. Don't use the shot with funny costume or glasses. Have one picture with another object by the dog to get an idea of their actual size. Leave tear-off strips with your contact # at the bottom to post around nearby neighborhoods. I would use bright yellow or neon paper. Free fliers can be made and printed as well as shared online. They are available in both English and Spanish at: HeLP (www.helpinglostpets.com)
🐾Include the Pet's Name
🐾Where/When it Was Last Seen
🐾Any Identifiable Markings or Characteristics
✅Notify Animal Control Services
✅Contact the Police Station
✅Post flier on all your social media platforms. Here's a few good ones:
🐾 Facebook: Lost And Found Dogs in your community.
ROMP (Return Our Missing Pets)
Community/Shelters/Rescue Groups in your area
✅POST FLIER and INFO on:
🐾Craig's List (both "Lost" and "Found" sections) *(Be cautious about posting any type of "reward" if found. Lots of scanners looking for a quick buck of someone's misfortune.)
🐾Any local/community papers in your area.
Check sites often to look for postings.
✅Post a large sign in your front yard. Put signs in the windows of your cars.
✅Canvas your area posting and handing out fliers. Give fliers to your neighborhood postal worker, Amazon, FedEx, UPS delivery drivers, dog walkers, groomers, vet's, realtors and your neighbors. Post fliers at all major intersections, post offices, police stations, fire department, pet stores, CVS stores, Target, grocery stores and all places people frequent often.
✅Enlist the help of the TV news
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A DOG:
✅Use caution Approaching: Fearful, anxious, neglected dogs can be aggressive. You don't know this dog so be extremely careful. The dog may not have been immunized and could have parasites, fleas or other problematic conditions.
✅Call Animal Control or 9-1-1 if it is a large or aggressive dog or if it is in immediate danger.
✅If the dog is mild tempered, and has no ID, take them to the nearest veterinary clinic or animal shelter and have them scanned for a microchip. They will direct you from there. They will take your name and contact info. if you are relinquishing the dog to their care. They may have additional questions if the owner comes forward. Or, you should get the first option to adopt the dog should they not be claimed. All shelters/rescues have slightly different protocol on holding periods, fees, adoptions, surrenders, and other timelines.
✅If the dog has not been turned over to a rescue or shelter, or if you are waiting for their owner to retrieve the dog, keep them in a secure safe place away from other pets and children.
✅Check neighborhood for signs and ask the people listed above to notify you if they hear of anyone looking for a missing dog. Make them aware and provide your contact info.
✅Photograph the dog and post on social media using the sites/steps listed above under: lost dog.
Hopefully we can get lost pets returned safely! Have a SAFE and wonderful summer. Pugs and kisses😘🐾
By Katy Cable-The Weekly Runt
A 4 minute read
It’s that time of year again! Time for celebrations, outdoor living, beach day's, BBQ's and of course...What may be the WORST DAY OF THE YEAR for many dogs...The 4th of July!
When it comes to the 4th of July, I’m right there with most dogs and like the holiday as much as I like a parking ticket. Huge crowds of drunk, disorderly people invade my little beach community and it becomes a loud, crazy, “RED, WHITE & BOOZE” war zone. Even with the pandemic canceling many activities and closing bars, the beach and parks are still going to be packed!
Good news! Here are my SURE-FIRE, “tried & true” “red white & blue” tips for surviving the 4th! Hopefully these suggestions will allow YOU AND YOUR PUP to enjoy a stress-free “Safe & Sane” holiday.
Did you know more pets go missing or end up in shelters during the 4th of July holiday than at any other time during the year. It’s crucial to check your dog's ID tag and micro-chipping (your vet can scan and confirm your contact info. is up-to-date and it’s working.) If your dog's collar is loose or getting worn or the contact info is hard to read, -get a new one! That way, God-forbid your dog goes missing, your chances of being reunited are much more likely.
Let's start with your dog. If they have exhibited "off-the-charts" anxiety that would be more than even Cesar Millan could conquer, -PLAN AHEAD! I recommend if you can't stay with your dog, you consider making a reservation to board your dog overnight in a sound-proof facility. I know PetSmart has a great program with fun ice-cream socials and play-times. After a fiull day of fun, the dogs can rest peacefully in sound-proof kennels. The price is reasonable BUT they book quickly for this holiday (many are booked a year in advance!) so call NOW!!! Maybe you’ll get lucky with more people staying home.
If boarding isn't going to work, look into hiring a pet-sitter to stay with your anxious dog. Be safe and either take your dog to their home (preferable somewhere that has minimal firework activity.) Or find someone in your “quarantine group” to dog-sit.
Whether you’re staying with your dog, boarding them, or getting a pet-sitter, I recommend a few tips: Begin looking in stores or on-line for items that help with anxiety. The very best defense I have found for firework anxiety is CBD. These treats, oils, and capsules have been a game-changer for fearful dogs. Since not all products are as potent or sourced as rigorously, check my site for companies I use and trust. (Plus receive a 10% discount on your order!) CBD works MIRACLES on a variety of issues including firework anxiety and has ZERO side-effects.
Next, grab an arsenal of NEW toys/treats. I like to buy all-natural (free-range/grass-fed with no hormones, antibiotics or steroids) buffalo ears or, if I can supervise, bully-sticks. I give these out when the firework festivities are beginning. Often the dog is so focused on their stress-relieving chew, they forget about the fireworks. Buffalo ears dissolve and are suitable for even the tiniest of pups. Also they don't run the risk of being a choking hazard. Be sure to choose brands that use free range, grass-fed meats with no hormones, antibiotics, or steroids.
Another good idea is fill a Kong with some canned and dry turkey dog food (I use Nulo which is grain-free, human-grade quality and contains a powerhouse probiotic, GanedenBC30.) I mix the two together then pop it in the freezer if it's a hot day. The tryptophan in the turkey acts as a natural sleep inducer and will help relax your anxious dog.
Other great options are rope and chew toys made of hemp and/or calming herbs. Most pet stores have a great selection of “calming toys” to chose from.
When fireworks begin, distract your pet from the “Bombs bursting in air...” noise by engaging them with interactive play. Many people baby and pamper their frightened pet. This only encourages fearful behavior. Instead, snap them out of this state by grabbing a toy and playing chase or tossing a toy and telling them to go fetch.
Set up a "calming zone" in a quiet place with your dog's bed, a covered crate, a diffuser containing lavender oil and pheromone (a hormone found to reduce stress and anxiety.) Compression THUNDER®️ shirts can also be a help for some dogs. Others, like Pugs and flat-faced breeds, may get too overheated. Some dogs get more anxious getting in and out of the restrictive garb. If you purchase a shirt make sure you can return it if it doesn’t work well for your dog. Add a few new toys. Don't let your dog have access to this area until the evening gets going. Toys will be new and exciting and a good distraction from fireworks. Try and drowned out firework noise with the TV or music but if it’s still too loud, maybe move this spot to the bathroom and run a warm bubble-bath. (Never leave a pet unattended around a tub of water!)
If you must leave your dog, and can't hire anyone to pet-sit, put your pet in their calming area and put on classical music which has shown to reduce stress in dogs. There are several great stress-relieving music sources for canines if you search online. I love doing Houndbath/Soundbaths and have some great recommendations on my website. Try and stay with your pet until they are relaxed and calm.
Make sure pets are left in a secure place and can't escape. Before leaving: always double and triple check all windows, doors, and gates. (When in a state of panic dogs can scale 16ft walls and achieve other miraculous feats.) If possible use a camera to check on your dog while you’re away. It's not an ideal time to leave them alone and depending on the stress level, I would only do this as a last resort for a very short amount of time.
Lastly, start the day with lots of exercise. It will no-doubt be crowded but try and get out early before the heat and craziness kick into high gear. Even an older dog can go for a nice, long, albeit SLOW, walk. Or, for less mobile dogs, a long stroll in a wagon will get them out in the fresh air. This will get their adrenaline going, get their heart rate up, and best of all, tire them out. Hopefully they will sleep like a baby later on.
Ironically, my little Olive, who's frightened of her own shadow, has no problem with fireworks. I'M the one who will be under the bed eating CBD treats, wearing my noise-cancelling headphones chilling out. Be safe and have a fun holiday! 🇺🇸Pugs and kisses! -Katy. 🐾
By Katy Cable/A 3 min Read
If there’s an upside of the pandemic and the “stay-at-home” orders, it’s that the shelters have quite literally been cleared. The It’s just wonderful to see all the new dogs out and about in my neighborhood. With that being said, I see a lot of problematic behaviors. Most often, it isn’t the dog, but the negligent OWNER that’s to blame. Many people are uninformed of the breed requirements, as well as the expense and time commitment to care for a pet. A huge part of that comes in the form of proper TRAINING.
Many dogs get dropped off at shelters more than once, because of problematic behaviors that haven’t been corrected and continue in the new home.
The top issues include:
A majority of these issues can be resolved but I do want to warn you, they may take a bit of extra patience and time.
When a dog is surrendered to a shelter, it brings a tremendous amount of stress to the animal. Here are tips to help them make the transition from rescue dog to family pet much smoother!
It’s so important for adoptive pet parents to understand what their new dog may need in order to reach his full potential as a beloved family pet. A rescued or adopted dog will react a bit differently when introduced to a new home, but common behaviors can include:
This conduct may or may not linger as your dog adapts to their new family and living situation. You should keep in mind your new pet’s personality and temperament may not emerge on his first day home, or even during the first week or two. Heck, I feel like it took me 2 years to get Olive out from under the table after I rescued her.
Before bringing your dog home, be sure you’ve puppy proofed it for safety. Even an older or seemingly well trained dog will be curious of their new surroundings and needs to be kept safe from harm.
Set up a crate with a few toys in a slightly out of the way spot of the room. Find a place where your new pup can still see and hear his new family, but from a safe distance. Leave the door off or open so they can use this as a quiet, safe retreat. NEVER force the pet into the crate. Keep in mind, some dogs may be extremely fearful of them after possibly living exclusively in this type of quarter.
When it comes to attention, affection and new experiences for your dog, set a slow, consistent pace. As difficult as it is, lavishing too much attention on your new pup can result in major separation anxiety behaviors when you must leave. After all you’ve probably just saved them and watching you leave is extremely scary.
Some dogs will be very uncomfortable with too much affection. Hugging and snuggling may be a way off. Start slowly and let your dog lead the way as they get to know you better.
In the beginning, less is more. Aim to have a slightly bored pup. The worst thing is to over-stimulate them from the get go! Try and get them on a regular routine that works for you. Perhaps start with a few short walks and tossing around some new toys. This fun interaction will help their physical and mental state.
If your dog doesn’t walk well on a leash or has anti-social manners, consult with a positive-reinforcement dog trainer immediately. Don’t delay beginning to work on forming new, appropriate socialization skills. Most dogs that act aggressively towards other dogs are simply feeling scared and trying to protect you and themselves. It’s necessary to practice proper socializing skills ASAP!
Mealtimes may also be a challenge. While some dogs, live for food, others might not have much appetite in the first few days at home. Try to keep their diet as familiar as possible, slowly adding more nutritious, fresh foods. Feed them in a calm, quiet setting. After an appropriate amount of time, pick up their food dish and get them on a regular feeding schedule. Don’thesitate to call the vet if their appetite has not improved after a day or so of adjustment. -Or if anything seems off!
Building a strong bond with your new pet is a process. Expect some resistance at times. You are building a whole new relationship with a pet that might have severe trauma and trust issues to overcome.
A dog learns desired behaviors through positive reinforcement. There are dozens of techniques you can learn to effectively control your dog. Not only can you eliminate problem behaviors, you can build and reward good ones! In the beginning, I would carry small treats at all times and reward EVERYTHING they do correctly. Even looking at you when called is a great skill!
Physical punishment should never be part of the equation. It’s not effective long-term, and it backfires by terrifying your pet into submission. It rips away at the still-fragile bond you’re trying to form. There are a million great training videos on YouTube or ask for references from your vet or pet store. Ditto if you discover your rescued or adopted dog has a deep-seated behavior issue you can’t resolve on your own. Remember to INTERVIEW and get a feel for perspective trainers. They are your coach and you and your dog need to feel comfortable.
The keys to successfully transitioning most dogs from a shelter to a forever home are:
By being aware and practicing these skills you and your pet can make a much smoother and happier adjustment. Here’s to a wonderful experience for both you and your pet! Pugs and kisses!😘🐾💕
By, Katy Cable- TWR
A 2 Minute Read
Several years ago after a fabulous visit to Hawaii, I began swirling a heaping spoonful of organic coconut oil into my morning cappuccino. Wow! Suddenly I had a delicious cup of ALOHA! I also rubbed it into my dry, peeling, sunburned skin for immediate relief. It worked great when in a pinch I needed some hair conditioner. I also found swishing it in my mouth gave me shiny, white teeth and relieved canker sores or swollen gums. When my pug Olive began feverishly licking it off my fingers, I rubbed it on her coat, peeling nose, wrinkle folds and dry paw pads. It made a perfect moisturizer. Imagine my excitement to learn this tasty, healthy fat was the new MIRACLE CURE-ALL!
I’m a HUGE fan of coconut oil and buy jars of it by the caseload! It’s by far my most viewed video blog. When a trusted friend sent me an article by the American Heart Association warning of the dangers of coconut oil, my own heart stopped! As I began looking into their claims, I was hit again with another viral crackdown on coconuts.
Dr. Karin Michels, adjunct professor at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, gave a lecture that quickly went viral. She urgently warned, “Coconut oil is pure poison and one of the worst foods you can eat!”
OMG! My super cure-all was not just a bunch of hype but POISON! I suddenly felt as if I had been hit over the head by a coconut.
There it was! First eggs were bad, then it was butter, now coconut oil! I looked into this with a vengeance. After reading dozens of research studies then discussing my findings with trusted professionals, I finally got my hard head around what was going on. So here are the hard facts in a nutshell. -A “COCO” nutshell that is!
First of all, Michel’s big issue is that coconut oil is extremely high in saturated fats. 80% to be exact. Pure lard, by comparison is only 39% Saturated fat raises bad, artery clogging LDL cholesterol. And that’s a bad kicker for your ticker!
The next issue is that coconut oil (like most fats) is extremely high in calories. At 117cal per TBS, every “TBS” I’m swirling in my lattes should result in more “LBS” than a Weight Watchers dropout! -Hardly the WUNDERKIND weight loss tool it’s been touted to be.
What Michels failed to mention is that coconut oil is a MCT (medium chain triglyceride) which melts fat like a snow-cone in July. It also contains Lauric acid which make it a powerful antioxidant.
Coconut oil also produces ketones which seem to EAT cancer and fuel the brain! Coconut oil is a big staple in anti-cancer ketogenic diets. It’s also being used in some of the most promising new experimental Alzheimer’s drugs. And the list goes on and on!
In addition to the issues, I received loads of comments that Michel’s claims could not be supported by cited research and she has special interest ties with big pharma. Whether that’s true or not, I know the drug companies sure don’t want us ditching our expensive RX drugs in favor of a $7 jar of coconut oil.
But, the astounding feedback I received was the HUNDREDS of comments on how beneficial coconut oil has been for so many people AND their pets. It’s used for everything from- swishing it in mouths (oil pulling) to rid canker sores and whiten teeth to diabetes control, lowering cholesterol and weight management. (See tips below)
The reason I became a blogger is to take all the hype and hoopla, test things out and share my experience with you. I have nothing to gain. I don’t own coconut trees or stock in coconut oil (but I may look into it😜!) This is what I personally use and it’s saving me lots of $$$! I’m healthy, my cholesterol is great and my weight has remained the same for 21 years (give or take a few pounds after those Hawaiian vacays!😎)
And the same holds true for Olive. Her teeth are white, her gums are healthy. Rashes, hot spots, ear fungus even FLEAS all go away quickly when coconut oil is used! Olive’s fit, trim and athletic. She’s healthy. And she’s also COO-COO for coconuts.
Next time you visit the grocery store, grab a jar or two* and start indulging. I think you’ll be amazed at the health benefits both you AND your dog can receive!
(*I recommend only buying organic cold pressed coconut oil and not imitations!)
20 Amazing Uses For Coconut Oil🥥
FOR THE SKIN/COAT:
1. Coconut oil makes a wonderful lotion that increases tolerance to harmful sun rays. -A safe, natural sunscreen.🌞
2. Gives your pet a glossy, shiny, healthy coat.
3. Helps heal minor skin abrasions and irritations.
4. Kills topical yeast and fights candida.
5. Reduces itching, redness, irritation.
6.. Soothes eczema & psoriasis.
7. A perfect moisturizer for paws, nose and ears.
8. A great anti-aging facial moisturizer.
9. A simple, natural flea repellent.
10. Natural anti-bacterial skin cream.
When ingested daily coconut oil:
1. Reduces hair balls & shedding.
2. Can help relieve allergy symptoms.
3. Can help regulate/improve insulin levels.
4. Boosts energy
5. Protects the liver from toxic antibiotic drugs.
6. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism and speeds weight-loss.
7. Improves digestion
8. Can be used externally and ingested to speed recovery time from UTI's
9. Speeds healing of fungal infections.
AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST:
10. There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil and the beneficial fats it contains can help prevent or reverse: Alzheimers/Autism/Cancer/Depression/Arthritis
So Dr. Michels, put that in your cup and swirl it! Now who wants to grab their dog and come join me for a coconut-capp???
🌴Pugs and 😘 kisses!
🐾Katy Cable is a former actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick and her rescue Pug, Olive.🐾
By Katy Cable-TWR
A 3 min. Read
August is typically: “The most wonderful time of the year!” -BACK TO SCHOOL! After months of crowds at all my neighborhood beaches, I’m always excited to have them all to myself. This year with CoVid, things are very different. Nearly every school around the country is either utilizing a partially or entirely online schedule. Many jobs are also being done from home or possibly gone completely. For some of us, myself included, after months of being home, we’re heading back out the door to work.
A new routine can be extremely traumatizing to any pet. Especially a new rescue or shelter dog that has grown accustomed to having you around. ALL THE TIME! Even pets you’ve had for years may not take too well to your leaving all the time for work. Just this week I realized how codependent my little pug Olive had gotten. I made a quick trip to the grocery store while my husband was also out at a doctors appointment. I returned 2 hours later to a frantic, howling Pug that had chewed through her bed and every trash can in the house! Whether you’re returning to work or school, or there’s a change in your routine, the following tips should be a big help to getting your pup adjusted.
1. EASE YOUR PET INTO THE NEW SCHEDULE BY STARTING WITH SHORT TRIPS AWAY FROM HOME. Gradually increase the amount of time you’re away. Your pet will learn that you leave but you always return.
2. CREATE A SPECIAL AREA FOR THEM THAT CAN ONLY BE UTILIZED WHEN THEY’RE LEFT HOME ALONE. I put a crate with the door open inside the bedroom I leave Olive in. Inside the crate, I put special toys and a pillow with my scent. I add some lavender
essential oil to the pillow and toys. I leave the door of the crate open. Before I leave, I put on some soothing meditation music and my Olive knows it’s ZEN time.
3. SET ASIDE SPECIAL TREATS & TOYS. My Pug Olive is OBSESSED with a little duck that makes real-life quacking sounds. I also have a little stuffed bear that is filled with lavender essence and pheromone which keep her calm. Before I leave, I open up her “special space” and give her a bully stick or extra-special treat. Pick out some favorite treats that require lots of chewing. Gnawing on a King or bone does wonders for relieving stress. Find some interactive toys so your pet won’t get bored. Treat release balls and games are great.
4. GET IN SOME EXERCISE BEFORE YOU LEAVE. If you can get your dog out for an extra long walk, hike or run, you’ll have a worn out, content dog while you’re away. A bored dog is a problem dog. Exercise will also help with their anxiety. You can also throw a Frisbee or play some catch. Anything that gets the heart pumping and provides some fun before you head out the door.
5. GIVE YOUR DOG CBD WHILE THEY’RE ADJUSTING. The first week or two will be much less stressful if you can calm your dog down with some CBD. This will keep them balanced and relaxed. Many brands offer CBD treats that are perfect! If you need ideas, check my website for specials on CBD I personally use.
If you have to be out more than 4-6 hours, I highly recommend having someone come in to give your dog a short walk and a potty break. Holding their bladder for hours on end can be very dangerous not to mention uncomfortable. Plus, dogs are social creatures that need human companionship. They don’t thrive being alone all day. Right now, loads of people are out of work and would probably welcome a little extra cash to give your dog some love and attention.
Another idea is a play-date or doggie daycare a few times a week so your pup can have some social interaction.
During the pandemic, many people rescued new pets that may have gotten a RUFF start. If this adjustment is not going well, ask your vet to recommend a positive reinforcement trainer to help your dog overcome more deep-seated issues.
While many of us will have the luxury of more time at home even after the pandemic, getting your dog used to being alone is extremely important. By addressing separation anxiety issues in a fun, timely manner, most can be corrected and not turn into bad habits. Remember:
A GREAT DOG IS MADE NOT BORN!
Here’s wishing all of you health and safety as things open up and we head back out of our homes.
-Pugs and Kisses!🐾🐾💕
🐾Katy Cable is a former actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick and her rescue Pug, Olive.🐾
By, Katy Cable-TWR /A 4 min Read
Any day now I will be the grandmother of TWINS! I have babies in the brain! But that’s not all, with the pandemic forcing us to shelter-in-place, I know so many people who made the best of the situation by welcoming home a new “bundle-of-joy!” Most of my followers are PUG-OBSESSED like I am, but regardless of the breed (or none at all!) I want to share all the facts about your special new addition.
Believe it or not I never originally wanted a dog. I actually dreaded getting one and then I was introduced to PUGS! Now I know why people who love pugs say, "Its not just a dog, it's a PUG!" They’re darling. They’re hysterical. They tug at your heartstrings and all of the sudden you’re hooked and HAVE TO HAVE ONE!
First of all, no two pugs are alike. Don't assume that magical, snuggle bunny Pug on your neighbor's lap or that comical Pug dressed up singing on YouTube is what you’re going to get. Pugs, like all dogs can vary greatly in their temperament, energy, intelligence and independence ranging from go-with-the-flow to I'm-in-charge-of-everything. That being said, there are some gross generalizations that tend to be SPOT ON:
PUG PUPPIES: The best part of my job is having the opportunity to help out new pet parents shopping for their first puppy. Usually the puppy is cuddled in their arms dozing in and out of sleep. Just like a new sleeping baby, that in the blink of an eye turns into a high energy toddler on the move, the same holds true for puppies. Warn as I do, these parents are usually astounded when all too quickly that same puppy is a whirling dervish of energy who snuggles for 30 seconds (if at all) and then is off again to race around the house, leaving a trail of destruction in his or her path. Pug puppies are no different from any other puppy. Expect nipping, chewing, gnawing, jumping, pulling on your pant legs, shoe destroying, and lots of mayhem.
Here's the reality. The only puppy that’s a couch potato is a SICK puppy. Most are bundles of non-stop energy. You likely won't have a couch potato pug until at least the age of three and your pug may NEVER be a couch potato. Pugs from reputable breeders are more likely to have the pug temperament eventually, but they’ll all be little spitfires as puppies. If your pug is from the internet, a pet store, a newspaper ad, or rescue, then it's up for grabs what kind of temperament you may end up with. You might luck out and get a pug that has the solid and stable temperament that is the signature of the breed, but you might also end up with a pug like my Olive who has deep-seated issues stemming from horrific abuse. It may take diligent, loving, consistent, training to transform. -If ever!
One of the best ways to wear a puppy out (or any busy dog) is to engage them in activities that make them work and think. This is why I cannot say enough about obedience classes! It will be money and time very well spent. One short hour of training can do wonders for taking the edge off of a busy new pup! To be safe, I personally would hold off on indoor group classes until the pandemic is under control. I would invite a trainer to your backyard, well-ventilated room or another safe, controlled, outdoor area. Until a puppy has had their shots, it’s best to avoid exposing them to too many other dogs.
A High Maintenance Breed: Don't get me wrong. I love pugs, but they are, without a doubt, a high maintenance breed. They need and want a lot of attention. Pugs are and were bred for the sole purpose of being companion animals. They need people. They are often referred to as “VELCRO DOGS" so if you don't want a pet that is going to be wherever you are all the time (including in the bathroom!) then rethink getting a pug. If you’re going to be eventually be gone for long periods of time and/or be too tired to engage with your pug when you get home from work, or if you need to travel extensively and cannot bring your dog, then a pug likely isn't the dog for you. And puppies are developing and learning. They need stimulation, guidance, time and attention. Any pup left crated for eight to ten hours is going to be absolutely manic by the time you get home and will need you to devote the remainder of the evening to them.
House training: Pug puppies will not be house trained in a month two months. Or possibly even six. Some pick it up quickly, but most take much longer before they are completely consistent and reliable. And most pugs won't ask to go out. Pugs generally will not just go outside and do their business while you relax comfortably on the couch enjoying a cappuccino. If they’re outside, you'd better be outside with them. Most will not potty outside without your company and encouragement. (Actually the only thing they probably will do without your fanfare is EAT!) They ALWAYS prefer a lovely rug, pillow or blanket to going outside to do their business (especially in extreme heat or inclement weather.) Be aware of this!
PUG-ALICIOUS PUGS: Pugs have a variety of unique quirks that drive some people bonkers. They can be nosy, inquisitive, and often right under foot. Most are tremendously and dangerously food driven and will consume things that you don't consider edible. I'm not kidding. They will eat poop, grass, rocks, coins, sticks, basically anything they can get in their mouths. They ESPECIALLY love Kleenex and toilet paper And other contents of the trash can. It is your most important job to PUG PROOF your home to avoid tragedy! I never trust any pug around any food source, garbage or even cabinets that they can reach. Trash cans sit up high on countertops, gates are installed, locks are placed on cabinets and chairs pushed away from table tops because even a sedentary pug will muster up the energy to "table surf" if they can get FOOD. -I have many ER vet bills to prove it. Things I never knew lived under the bed and old food left in a jacket pocket or a backpack have been devoured in a NY minute. When I do home-checks for rescue groups this is my most important issue!
Pugs can be quite vocal barkers, criers, howlers, moaners and grumblers. As a breed, they have the widest assortment of noises I've ever heard. You may have watched videos of them singing and saying, "I love you". Mine all cry and howl with joy when I return home after time away. With the pandemic, that may have only been a 15 minute trip to grab take-out! And most snore louder than a 400lb man with a head cold.
Pugs are referred to as “multim in Parvo” meaning “A lot of dog in a small space.” Pugs are tough little dogs that pack a lot of punch in their compact bodies. They’re confident and have no clue how small they are. Most will not initiate a fight, but many will vigorously defend themselves or others TO THEIR DEATH if a fight starts. Often they are hopelessly outclassed in the fighting department and can get seriously hurt if owners aren't careful. To say they are a food driven breed is a huge understatement. Be prepared for issues with food aggression and resource guarding. Especially if you have black female pugs and other dogs in your pack.
Pugs are not fans of inclement or any extreme weather and will resist venturing outside in the cold, rain, snow, extreme heat or wind. And they can be prone to over-heating extremely quickly due to their "flat-noses.” Keep your environment in mind before getting a pug.
Pug Smarts: While many people perceive pugs as dumb dogs. They aren't. In fact, most are extremely smart. Their outrageous food drive usually makes them fairly easy to train. They make amazing therapy and service dogs and you won't find better sports about dawning costumes for photos and videos. And while they are so much fun to dress up and take out, it's often easy to forget they’re DOGS. They need to do dog things such as go to parks, meet other dogs, play and have fun. Because they’re smart, positive training, setting rules and boundaries is critical or you can end up with a problem on your hands. Pugs are very adept at figuring out what you will and won’t tolerate and just watch how they test the limits. You don't need to be a dictator, but all dogs want to know what the routine is and like a predictable world.
Pug Energy: While pugs aren't ideal running partners or known for being athletic, sporting or water dogs. There are some, like Surf Gidget the Pug, that excel at surfing, swimming, agility, run like Greyhounds and are fit as fiddles. Most pugs would consider running to the food dish as the day’s high-intensity workout. They are much happier flopped on the couch with you all day! However, that isn't good for either of you! One of the health benefits of dog ownership is that you both get outside for some fresh air and regular exercise. Which brings me to the next important point...
PUGS CAN EASILY GET FAT. As cute as they look with their square, barreling shoulders and chest, and the way they always act like they haven't eaten in a week, it is really easy to let them get dangerously obese! Pugs in particular need the right amount of food for their activity level. You significantly shorten their lifespan and quality of life by letting them get obese. (-See my blog on “Dog Pounds” )
PUG HEALTH: This, more than any other issue is often the undoing of many a pug owner. As with any pure breed dog, a plethora of expensive health issues may crop up. DO YOUR RESEARCH on the breed and especially on where you are getting your pug. Rescues generally have a good idea of the health issues facing a given dog--don't assume that a rescued pug is going to be a health nightmare. You do put yourself at risk for expensive health issues with pugs from pet stores, internet ads and the newspaper. Even reputable breeders who have genetic testing going back generations offer no guarantee that your pug won't have a problem.
Pugs have a very high rate of allergies—food being a big one—grains and bad carbs in particular. Pugs need a high quality diet. Grocery store kibble won't cut it and you can avoid a host of future problems if you start off feeding your pug a healthy, low-carb diet moist, raw-food diet. Check any of my food-related blogs for suggestions.
New Pug owners are always surprised to learn that fawn pugs shed like CRAZY. It's downright astonishing how much fur comes off those little bodies! They don't need extensive grooming you can't easily do yourself but they get enormous eye goobers and need regular cleaning of nose folds, ears and eye areas. And MY GOD they’re notoriously fussy about having their nails trimmed. You can see some real dramatic behavior around this. I've known several pugs to start screaming as if they were being killed at the slaughter before the nail trimming even started...
They also do a horribly scary thing called “reverse sneezing.” It sounds just like they’re gasping for air and are going to die. I ran my first pug, Raisin to the ER, TWICE, convinced he was suffocating and was politely told it was just a reverse sneeze and all pugs do it.
Pugs are one of the most affectionate, funny and overtly loving breeds you can ever own. To me, they’re worth every bit of effort, expense and time they require. I promise you these little clowns will provide hours of entertainment and completely melt your heart. But, in order to have a positive experience with this breed, I don't want anyone blindsided. As you can now see, a lot of time, and care must go into these amazing little creatures! My blog will be a great help keeping your new addition happy and healthy so I hope you’ll sign up. Feel free to message me if you have any questions or want additional resources. Pugs and kisses! -Katy 😘💝
🐾If you are interested in getting a pug, I hope you will consider rescuing one in need of a loving home. Message me for rescue groups in your area or check out the following rescues I work with here in So Cal:
The Pug Queen
Pugs and Pals
Pugs and Roses
Pug Rescue of San Diego
🐾Katy Cable is a former actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick and her rescue Pug, Olive.🐾
By Katy Cable -A 4 min Read
Right now I feel RAW! I’m so heartbroken and frustrated with the current events taking place in our country I can’t think straight. Writing a piece on caring for your dog or profiling a Pug seemed grossly insensitive.
2020 has been apocalyptic. In our nation we have over one million people infected with CoVid 19. 100,000 plus souls claimed from the virus, 40 million people unemployed, and these numbers are growing as fast as seconds scrolling on a stopwatch. We’ve been holed up at home watching small mom-and pops and local retailers forced to close their doors while big box chains are “A-OK!” to be open for business. We can’t get a haircut but you’re welcome to roam around PetSmart and get one for your dog! It’s too dangerous to attend an outdoor graduation ceremony wearing a mask and staying 6ft apart, but your welcome to gather with all your closest friends and share a picnic while you kick it on the beach.
It seems like there’s a disconnect between all this support and assistance being promised by our leaders and what’s really happening. But there is some hope and good news. And to find it you need look no further than your dog.
My pug is definitely my Spirit Guide. It’s no accident G-O-D spelled backwards is D-O-G. There’s so much we can learn from our dogs right now. Plus, they’re the most loving, patient, gentle teachers in the world. I can’t imagine trying to get through my life without one.
The pandemic has cleared the shelters. The second I bring this up people say, “I hope they won’t all be returned once the pandemic ends and people return to work!” No doubt, a few will, but many, many, more will drastically enrich the lives of their owners and change our world for the better. For starters, these new pets will be remembered as the silver lining of this pandemic. The very thing that gave people joy and got them through a scary, difficult season.
They will also be our greatest teachers. If you’re blessed with a new dog right now or it’s your first dog you will quickly see you have been given a very special gift from heaven. This little creature is put in your care for the sole purpose of loving you unconditionally. They demand nothing in return. They will put their own lives at stake to defend you. You can use and abuse them, yet they forgive. Right now, you are absolutely perfect to your dog and all they want is your love, time and attention. -And a few bites of that turkey sandwich.
On Sunday, the recent news of looting and destruction had taken a toll so I grabbed Olive and went for a stroll. While out walking I had a major "Ah-Ha! Moment". I ran into neighbors joining together to help clean and protect our community. I witnessed brothers and sisters walking side-by-side, risking their lives to take a stand and a knee against horrific misuse of power and injustice.
What resonated with me was, even with everything going on during such a heated time, nearly everyone I passed stopped to comment on my adorable little Pug Olive. I saw the sheer magic of a dog, watching people get happier at the mere sight of her. Anger and tension quickly melted away and was replaced with ear-to-ear smiles.
Just as I was basking in the glow of this unity and love, something else struck me. Olive got all riled up by another dog coming our way. The owner was embarrassed and trying to calm their dog who was up on hind legs, barking and going ballistic. This pup was ready to take my face off. As we crossed the street to give them some space, the owner apologetically said, “I’m so sorry, she’s a new rescue!”
While it was unnerving and scary, I immediately saw the similarity to what’s happening in our nation. So many people out walking their “new additions.” Many, recently rescued from the gated community of the animal shelter. Along with them they bring a parting gift of fear and anxiety. Do we discard this creature? Do we throw it in a shelter to die because it’s barking for love and attention? Or, do we give it the time and attention it needs to thrive and make a difference in the world?
The shelters have cleared and we’re waking up. Possibly on the wrong side of the bed, but there’s fuel in all this anger and pain. It’s absolutely essential in order for us to take action. Just like that barking rescue dog coming unhinged, it demands we take notice! Pay attention! Wake up!
For far too long we’ve all been asleep at the wheel. Running to our jobs to earn the almighty dollar we need to survive. Returning home to numb out with Netflix and a few beers. (Or in my case, Haagen Dazs.) We’re all being used and abused to varying degrees. Corporate greed has taken over. We’ve been sold a counterfeit bill of goods.
Our priorities and values were out of whack! We have animals filling every shelter to capacity, yet many order a new puppy on Craig’s List. It’s returned a few months later when it isn’t potty trained and the novelty has worn off.
Nearly every American is in jeopardy. Our ability to earn a living wage, retire, afford a college education, receive basic healthcare, own a home or car are being ripped from our grasp. For minorities, their very freedom and safety is gone. And for what? To make a few even wealthier and more powerful. When people are stripped of everything they get angry and desperate.
Corporate American Greed is hanging us upside down. We’re being shaken by our feet until every last cent falls out of the pockets of our designer skinny jeans. The pandemic hit and we were forced to stop and wake up. And wake up we have. Just like that ballistic dog, using the only tools they know to protect themself, we too are uniting and joining together against the same enemy.
Change is hard! Change is scary! Disrupting the status quo often takes balls the size of church bells. But there’s strength and hope and beauty to be found. The shelters have cleared and our dogs are the spirit guides. Just follow their lead.
Instead of seeing only anger, rage and injustice, witness a rare opportunity to unite, take a stand and fight. We all have the power to change and make a difference or go right back to sleep because it’s easier. Ignoring the barking dog doesn’t stop the barking. It only makes you more irritable.
Our dogs have the super-natural power to change us for the better. They bring out the very best in us during the very worst of times. They’re warming our hearts and uniting us! Most importantly dogs are gently teaching us lessons we need to learn to make our world a happier, more loving place. 🐾
By Katy Cable,
A 4 minute read
There are few things more fun than taking my Pug Olive to the dog park. She just loves racing around like a Greyhound and socializing with other dogs. In Olive's case, she was so badly abused and fearful when I rescued her, taking her to the dog park has strengthened our bond and healed her anxiety issues.
As a former organizer for several “meet-ups” groups in So Cal, I continue to attend several events every month. Plus in Long Beach, CA where I live there are 14 dog parks as well as the popular Rosie’s dog beach.
While it's always fun to meet new friends and watch our fur babies play, disasters can occur. Unfortunately, sometimes when you visit a public dog park, there's that ONE DOG with a delusional owner who ruins everyone’s time. I'm sure you've seen it. The owner is typically lost in their own world, obliviously chatting away on their cellphone while their dog is stealing toys, humping any leg they can find, knocking over anything in their path and pooping with reckless abandon. In order to best prepare yourself AND your dog, the following "Do’'s and Don’ts" are a must-read before heading out with your furry friend
Dog Park Etiquette and Safety Tips:
Before You Go:
When You Arrive:
If you have a new dog that's come from a shelter or rescue, I recommend some basic obedience training and some smaller "meet-and-greet" activities before hitting the dog park.
Fearful dogs often act aggressively and a new unfamiliar dog might make life miserable for everyone at the dog park. Again, the dog park isn't the best place for every single dog. A timid or traumatized pet is often better off having play dates with one or two familiar, friendly dogs. Dogs can come along way after some successful meet-ups and play dates and you can always give it a go at a later date when your dog is more socialized.
Don't put others at risk. The safety of other dogs and people is just as important as your own safety and the safety of your pet. Be respectful! This is a great time for you to interact and play with your dog and others. Don't turn a blind eye on your dog and if they are misbehaving, stop it. My little Olive will hit any food treat she can get her mouth around and if she doesn't mind my command to "leave it" or if she's taking another dog's toys after their owner throws it, it's time for me to take Little Miss Olive HOME!
⚠️Although many parks and beaches have re-opened, it’s still very important to take extra “Pandemic 🦠 Precautions” These tips should make your trip to the dog park as safe as possible:
1. Wear a mask! No doubt lots of people will be out and social distancing may be impossible at times. Keep everyone safe by covering up.
2. bring wipes, gloves and a blanket to sit on or cover the bench where you sit. Don’t pick up other people’s dog toys or pet their dog without permission. Always wipe or sanitize your hands after petting another person’s dog.
3. Bring your own fresh water and bowl. For YOU and your dog. Water fountains and bathrooms may be closed or out of soap and towels. It’s safer to bring your own.
4. If the park is overly crowded, try another time. It’s best to avoid being around too many strangers right now. Remain 6ft (or more) apart. Be mindful of young children who may not understand.
5. Put your dog in a T-shirt or harness, when you return home from the dog park, give your dog a thorough wash. I recommend showering and popping the clothes worn into the wash machine.
Now that summer is almost here, and we’ve been cooped up for so long, I hope you’ll get outside in the fresh air and have some fun at the dog park. I’m sure excited to go!
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By Katy Cable-A 3 minute Read
Imagine being able to go to a huge concert, or a major sporting event without any worry of catching Coronavirus. That day may be coming quicker than you think. In addition to having your backpack or purse checked by security guards, you would also need only to allow a quick sniff by a working “CoVid detecting Canine” Before long we may be able to enjoy our favorite crowded pastimes without having our fingers pricked or permitting a stranger to shove a 12” swab up our noses until it tickles the back of our eye sockets.
Currently, dogs are being trained to “Sniff-Out COVID-19.” As you know, dogs have a highly developed sense of smell that is nearly a million times more sensitive than humans. There are several very special anatomic features of the canine nose that give dogs the ability to detect even infinitesimal amounts of a particular odorant. They can already detect human health problems like cancer and low blood sugar so we’re hoping the same could be true for COVID-19.
The team at the London School of Hygiene & Topical Medicine (LSHTM) is testing to see if dogs can locate a person with the virus. They are working alongside specially chosen Medical Detection Dogs and Durham University to complete this study. Three canines on the team previously worked together to detect malaria.
“It’s early days for COVID-19 odor detection,” said James Logan, the head of LSHTM’s Department of Disease Control. “We do not know if COVID-19 has a specific odor yet, but we know that other respiratory diseases change our body odor, so there is a chance that it does. And if it does, dogs will be able to detect it. This new diagnostic tool could revolutionize our response to COVID-19.”
Once they’ve found a way to safely get the odor of the virus from a patient and bring it to the dogs in training they could be ready to start sniffing for COVID-19 in as soon as 6 weeks.
How Will This Affect the Pandemic? If all goes as planned, each trained dog could sniff up for 250 people per hour. If the virus is spotted on someone, those people can receive further testing for confirmation. This would make the process of finding patients much faster and more efficient. It would also cut down dramatically on accurate test kits which can be in short supply.
“The aim is that dogs will be able to screen anyone, including those who are asymptomatic, and tell us whether they need to be tested. This would be fast, effective and non-invasive and make sure the limited testing resources are only used where they are really needed,” said Dr. Claire Guest, CEO and co-founder of Medical Detection Dogs.
Additionally, these dogs may be the ticket to opening up highly populated areas such as large events, shopping malls, amusement parks, and mega churches. Trained canines could quickly and inexpensively sniff out infected people in these crowded areas, and the coronavirus risk could be decreased dramatically.
Ever since this pandemic started, there have been many fears about how it affects dogs. Can they catch it from us? Or worse, can they infect us? If dogs are sniffing out this deadly virus, many will worry were putting them at risk. Luckily, the World Health Organization found that COVID-19 doesn’t pose a threat to pets. This work would not put the dogs in danger.
And it’s not just CoVid 19, the keen canine sense of smell also has the potential to be helpful in detecting other diseases in humans that have characteristic odors, including:
Urinary tract infections
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders
Endocrine disorders (e.g., Cushing's syndrome)
It's possible that one day soon, while visiting your doctor's office you'll be asked to undergo a full “body sniff” by a four-legged, fur-covered physician's assistant! Wouldn’t that be great! These exciting new studies show that beloved dogs could actually hold the key to resuming “life as we USED to know it!“ They may help put an end to this horrible pandemic much sooner. In the meantime, we must remain hopeful while we continue social distancing and staying as safe as possible.
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By, Katy Cable - A 4 min. read
Growing up and now living at the beach in So Cal, surfing is a staple of our lifestyle. Pandemic or not, young and old jump on their boards, before, after (and sometimes even DURING 😜) the school or work day. The Wedge in Newport is as crowded as Target! Here at the beach even our dogs get in the action! And while it’s not uncommon to see a Lab riding on a surfboard, a little Pug surfing, -that’s a phenomenon!
Surf Gidget the Pug, does just that! If you’ve been lucky enough to witness this wonder-pug shredding the waves, you’ll likely never forget it! Known as “the pug in pink” with her custom pink surfboard, matching wetsuit, life vest and hat, Gidget defeats the law of gravity (and her Pug DNA) that dictates she sink like a stone in H2o, and has become a world champion SURF DAWG!
I had the thrill of a lifetime accompanying Gidget on a whirlwind trip to Galveston, Texas where she appeared as the celebrity guest at the Ohana Surf Dog Contest and surf clinic benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society.
I could put a bone-in rib-eye steak on the end of a surf board and my pug Olive wouldn’t go near it, so it was hard to believe any Pug would actually ENJOY surfing. But that is exactly the case with Gidget.
I was absolutely amazed! Through flight delays, sweltering heat, late nights, early mornings and a full schedule of appearances, Gidget was a perfectly mannered Pug. It wasn’t until she was kept at the water’s edge for photos instead of getting to surf with the other dogs, that she began to wail at the top of her lungs like a pig being slaughtered. Once released, she began jumping on any board she could find in an effort to get out in the waves and surf.
And surf she does! Gidget rides waves forward, backwards and sideways effortlessly. She’s relaxed and happy walking the length of her board, turning, shaking her cute curly tail, and cruising in to shore. Once there, she quickly jumps back on the board wanting another go.
The beautiful long beaches of Galveston, with fine white sand and gentle waves provide a perfect setting for beginning surfers. -Both human and canine. And who better to demonstrate and give a few pointers than Surf Gidget The Pug herself. Most who came out for a lesson, took to the sport quite easily and were riding waves in less time than it takes for me to find my car keys.
Gidget was thrilled demonstrating to those teaching their dogs how to surf. She enjoyed riding tandem (with both humans and dogs) and always remained calm even when they lost their balance and wiped out!
In just a few years, this 7 year-old pug has become a worldwide surfing star. She holds a room full of medals and trophies for wins at top surfing events including the Purina Pro-Plan®️ Ultimate Surf Dog Challenge where she competes with dogs double her size and weight.
Gidget was originally living a calm, quiet life in Maine but her family realized they couldn’t care for this darling spit-fire puppy. Alecia Nelson, Gidget’s pug mommy, literally JUMPED at the chance to adopt her!
In an effort to bond with Gidget and release all her excess puppy energy, Nelson, an avid athlete herself, immediately started training her in dog agility. It worked! Gidget flourished as an athlete.
Nelson, who herself grew up surfing the beautiful beaches of Malibu, put Gidget on a SUP board when she was just 9 months old. Gidget’s agility and balance made her a natural and she loved being out on the water.
Nelson returned to her hometown of So Cal, when Gidget turned 2. The first thing she did was take Gidget to the famous Del Mar Dog Beach, put her on a surf board and see what she thought.
It was love-at-first-wave, and the world ADORES Gidget! She’s been featured in dozens of magazine articles and TV shows. A favorite was having Cesar Milan’s son Andre, teach his pug, Sugar how to surf, for a special on Nat Geo Wild! Gidget has waddled the red carpet at many film festivals and rubbed noses with some of her own surf idols such as: Kelly Slater, Bethany Hamilton and Belinda Carlisle from “The Go-Go’s” She can be seen teaching Doug the Pug how to drive her convertible at the Beverly Hills Dog Show (airing this Sunday, May 17th on NBC.)
And while watching Gidget is certainly fun, she is doing so much more than just entertaining fans and leading the life of a PUG-lebrity. Gidget’s using her fame to do an ocean of good for “underdogs” by surfing and appearing at events. A book of her life story was just released. She also has a video game where kids can help Gidget pick up trash and keep the oceans clean. Proceeds from “Gidget-Gear” (her line of holistic, natural pet products and apparel) and her book benefit various dog rescues, environmental and social causes near and dear to her heart.
Although the pandemic may have washed up the surfing events this summer, you can probably catch Gidget training and surfing at the beach in her hometown of San Clemente, CA. Look for her custom-wrapped “Surf Gidget” Sprinter van complete with her own electric convertible car, cruising down PCHwy. Or, you can order Gidget’s new book and read all about her life and surfing adventures.
Gidget is always just a click away on social media, (@SurfGidgetThePug) where her nearly 100K followers see her surfing, hanging at the beach, chillin’ with her friends or favorite chew toy.
Not many people can say they learned to surf from a champion surfing Pug, and I will never forget my exciting weekend with Gidget. She’s one very special little Pug who put a smile on the face of everyone she met, and melted their hearts. -Especially mine💕🐾
Nelson, who runs a doggy day care and training facility (ItsADogsLifeAcademy.com) offers some excellent tips to pet parents thinking of trying some surfing with their dog:
🐾🤙🏻Surf Gidget’s Surfing Tips:🤙🏻🐾
1. While some breeds are natural “water-dogs”, pugs and brachy (flat-faced) are not. Dogs should begin familiarizing themselves with SUP boards in pools or calm waters before ever trying out waves.
2. Dogs can get sunburns and cancers. -Especially short coated, light dogs. (Gidget is a rare white Pug.) The best protection is to stay out of sun during peak hours and on extremely hot days. Always cover your dog with rash guards, hats, goggles and pet-safe sunscreen.
3. Always use a life vest with a chin support at all times!
4. Use good judgement. Waves and conditions can change as often as Donald Trump tweets. Stay out of the water if surf, rip-currents, jellyfish, etc. are taking down the pros and the lifeguards are working OT!
5. Make sure you have a well-trained, obedient dog who has agility and balance before attempting surfing. Make sure you train with someone knowledgeable. Surfing can be an extremely difficult and dangerous sport.
6. While Gidget loves the water and waves, some dogs, (like my Olive,)-DO NOT! If your dog puts on the brakes the minute a ball goes into the water, chances are surfing will not be a good fit. Start with a kiddie pool and work your way up.
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Katy Cable is a former actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick and her rescue Pug, Olive.
By Katy Cable -Thrive Global
A 5-min. read
In honor of Mother's Day, I'd like to dedicate this blog to those special, often over-looked women whose “children have paws.”
My heart goes out to all those women who are going have a difficult time on this holiday. The current pandemic may keep you from seeing your mother or your family from personally visiting you. There may be awkward family dynamics and unmet expectations making "Martyr's Day" seem more apropos. I hope sharing my story and survival tips will help make it a SPECIAL day!
Mother's Day just a few years ago my daughter was graduating high school then heading off to college. If that wasn’t enough, my beloved Pug Raisin, made his final departure for Rainbow Bridge.
I was approaching “empty-nester" status, wondering what I would do with my life. For the last 18 years I’d been consumed as a stay-at-home “MOM-ager” to my daughter who had been acting professionally since infancy. Very soon I would be putting her on a plane to attend college clear across the country. The time had come to get off the runway and let her take flight.
I sat in my quiet, clean, empty house battling severe depression while firing out job resumes through a waterfall of tears! I missed my daughter who hadn’t even left yet and I missed Raisin. I even found myself missing things I'd always complained about like: dog hair covering everything, dirty dishes left out, my daughter “borrowing” my favorite clothes, and endless booster meetings.
In an effort to keep busy and get out of the house, I checked my ego at the sliding glass doors of PetSmart and took a part-time job consulting pet parents. My job no longer required high-heels and designer attire, but sneakers, yoga pants, a name tag and lanyard. Gone we’re the days I was taking meetings with top brass managers. The managers I was working side-by-side with now, were the same age as my daughter.
Ironically the company I represented was a new pet food company called “NULO” and at that moment I truly felt I had hit a "NEW-LOW" and my best days were behind me. I doubted I would last through the first pay period.
Much to my surprise, I was having the time of my life at my new job. Working with pet owners fulfilled me in ways no other career ever had. It did nothing however to quell my desire for another dog. -Just the opposite. I was so desperate to fill the huge hole in my heart Raisin left, I began obsessively searching every rescue and shelter. Had my husband not threatened divorce if I took in a dog without his approval, I would've snatched up any three legged, frothing-at-the-mouth, rabid beast needing a home.
The more I searched, the more frustrated and disappointed I got. My husband quickly grew tired of my insanity so I agreed to call off the hunt until after the holidays and join him on a business trip. -Something I hadn't been able to do since complimentary meals and free checked bags were still offered on flights.
No sooner had we pulled up to our hotel when I received a text alert. It was a photo of a pug who was the spitting image of Raisin as a pup. Strangely enough the pup was in a shelter located not two miles away from where we were staying. I was just certain it was a sign from God! -Kismet! I pushed hubby out the door for his meeting and proceeded to race over to the shelter.
When I arrived, his cage was empty and he was listed “unavailable!” -It was yet another disappointment! As I went to leave I heard yelping from another cage. I was sure a dog was injured and rushed over to help. When I arrived at the scene, I noticed a tiny black pug sticking her paw through the kennel bars yelping for me. My heart melted. I knew then and there she was my new dog. I pet her and assured her I would be back to take her home.
As luck would have it, I was able to pull some strings and adopt what was a very sick little pup. It was apparent, though just a puppy herself, she had just had a litter. The shelter said she'd been found on the side of a desert road and was likely a breeder dog who had never been out of a crate. She was just terrified of everything. I named her “little black Olive” and promised her that life was about to drastically change.
For me, the cure for depression was this new dog. Olive made me happier than I'd been since everyone had "flown-the-coup". I was having the time of my life getting to know this darling new (and previously abused) pug.
No sooner did I find my perfect new pug, I got offered the "dream job" I’d applied for a few months prior. With Olive at my side and the ability to work in Nikes, I passed on the 80 hour work weeks and non-stop corporate demands. -And not for one second have I regretted my decision.
The takeaway of my story is: KEEP THE FAITH! Be optimistic and hopeful. And most importantly, don't rule out something that involves wearing comfy shoes, a name tag and lanyard. You might find you’re happier, healthier and far more fulfilled if you fall off the corporate ladder and try something completely new.
So if this Mother's Day, has you feeling down, consider this, most mother’s claim “CHILDCARE” is the #1 thing they want on their official holiday. 🤣 Here’s a few other things you can do to feel better:
1. Indulge in a 5 minute pity-party. Cry, scream, throw something, and feel sorry for yourself.-YOU GET 5 MINUTES!
2. Get out and count your blessings. Write or think of 20 things you’re grateful for. Over-achievers or severely depressed, go through the entire alphabet and find a blessing for each letter. Extra credit: Call ANY mother quarantined at home with young toddlers that had to cancel all their childcare help during the pandemic.
3. Treat yourself to something nice. Better yet, treat yourself to a special day. If you’re quarantined, order your favorite take-out meal. Buy yourself a present online. SPLURGE on YOU! Buy yourself flowers, candy, a nice bottle of wine, how about a pair of cute “pet mom” socks with a picture of your beloved fur baby? Whatever makes you happy. Start a new tradition honoring what a wonderful “Dog Mom” you are!
4. Honor special woman who are mothers to PETS! Why not plan your own little party. Not up for a big production, there are some fun, unique gifts for pet moms. I love running around in my personalized “dog mom” socks. Or how about a unique “quarantine mask with a cute design honoring your pet? Dog is Good has lots of darling Dog Mom products that will make you happy. If you're short on cash, offer to dog sit or walk their dog once “Stay at Home” orders have been lifted.
5. Don’t have family or friends with pets, how about volunteering some time to an animal shelter or rescue. Call ahead and find out about their Covud19 policies first, but many shelters and rescues are allowing temporary fostering and adoptions.
Getting out and doing for others or spending time with an animal will definitely make you feel much better. (-If it doesn't I will personally refund your misery!😜) Who knows maybe you'll come home with a new "fur baby" of your own. A dog will love you unconditionally in ways a mother or child never can.
Happy Mother's Day! -Whether it's to a child by birth, blood, or choice. And Happy Mother’s Day to those special moms whose children have paws! 🐾Pugs & Kisses -Katy
By Katy Cable-TWR
A 5 minute “healthy” read
Attention Pet Parents: The Cure For Many Minor Health Issues May Be Right In Your Cupboard. If you've gone to your local pet store or vet's office looking for medications to treat common conditions you know the creams, supplements, pills, and medicated washes are pricey. So before you shell out lots of dough, here are a few tried and true home remedies that may do the trick. I recommend all dog owners keep these essentials in their home.
1. 100% Canned Pumpkin: (organic if possible)
Canned pumpkin is wonderful for treating diarrhea, constipation, or an upset tummy. It's a gentle, soothing, soluble fiber that also can be used as a healthy, tasty, treat. I always stock up during the fall when all the markets have it on sale. It's hard to find and much more expensive if you need it during the month of July. You can put a few servings in the fridge and put the rest in an ice cube tray. Once it’s frozen, pop cubes in a freezer bag, thaw and use as needed. Give your dog 1 tsp. for every 10lbs of body weight, 1-2 times a day.
2. Ginger: A car sick dog can sure put a damper on an otherwise fun road trip. Next time, try giving your dog some tiny bits of fresh ginger an hour before your journey. Use 1/8 teaspoon for dogs 10lbs. and under, 1/4 teaspoon for 10-20lb. dogs and 1/2 teaspoon for 20-30lbs. Dog's over 30 lbs. can manage 3/4-1 teaspoon. Ginger is very strong so your dog might find it more palatable if you mix it in some cheese, peanut butter (make sure it doesn't contain Xylitol as a sweetener) or a little ball of canned food. Use this 1-3x's a day if needed.
3. Plain Kefir: Kefir is a fermented food that's loaded with active probiotics. It can be found in the yogurt section of most stores where the yogurt drinks are stored. Opt for the plain variety since others may contain high amounts of sugar. This makes a great meal topper or tasty little "smoothie.” During hot summer months, I pour Kefir in ice cube trays, add blueberries, then I pop it in the freezer and make "Pupsicles". Kefir is great for any dog (or cat) but can provide a big boost to those with sensitive tummies or digestive issues. Kefir also gives the immune system a jump start. Use the following as a guideline for serving amounts:
4. Coconut oil: (I recommend 100 percent organic, cold-pressed) Coconut oil is SO amazing, I’v written an entire blog with all the great benefits and uses for it. I keep huge jars of it in my home. Not only do I add this to my Olive's meals, (I swirl it in my coffee) it works wonders on minor skin problems. Pugs, especially older ones, can get crusty noses, paw pads, nails and skin patches. Massaging coconut oil on the problem area heals and moisturizers it quickly. It smells great and again, if they lick it, -no problem! If your dog has a dry coat or flaky skin, bath them with a gentle shampoo and while they're still wet, massage their coat and belly with oil. Let it absorb for a few minutes then follow with a quick rinse. Use it as a salve on hotspots, blemishes and rashes.
5. Apple cider vinegar: (Organic)
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is great for repelling fleas. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts ACV and water and give your Puggies a good spray before they race out the door. You can also spray furniture and bedding if you notice a flea problem. During peak flea season, you can add 2 cups of ACV to your dog's bath water or pour it over your freshly bathed dogs body (not head) massage in and dry. ACV is also a great solution to dip a cotton round in and clean your pup's ears. It kills yeast and bacteria and best of all it's non toxic.
Although these aren't "farm grown" I highly recommend keeping these two items in your cupboard as well:
Don't let the big name and color scare you. This very gentle disinfectant is perfect for any skin problem. It kills staph, yeast, and a host of other nasty bacteria. The best part is: IT WON'T STING and it's completely safe if your pet licks it. You may have seen this used to treat wounds at your doctor's office or the vet's. I use this to rinse cuts, hot spots, and scratches. Simply pour some Betadine in a dish and add water until it's the color of iced tea. Dip a clean cloth in solution and wipe or dab over your pet's boo-boo. Pat it dry and give lots of love and praise. If your pet suffers from allergies, or drives you crazy licking their paws all night, I recommend washing their paws in the diluted Bentadine solution after returning home from walks or playing outdoors. You can either dip your sweetie's paws in a bowl or wipe them clean with a cloth dipped in the solution. Tons of allergens are collected in a dog's paws and those go straight into their mouths when they start licking. Rinsing off your dog's paws will go a long way towards keeping allergies at bay.
* Hydrogen Peroxide: There's quite a few uses for good old hydrogen peroxide. I clean my dog's ears with this by dabbing a cotton round in it and gently removing dirt and oil. It can also be mixed with Dawn dish washing soap (or Pure Castile Soap) and baking soda if your dog gets skunked or encounters something that requires a much stronger shampoo. In a bucket, mix 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda and 2 teaspoons dish-washing liquid. (If you have a large breed dog, you may need to double, triple or even quadruple the mixture.) Apply the mixture to your dog's dry coat, massage in until the smell, oil, etc. starts to dissipate. Use a washcloth for cleaning the face and ears being extremely careful to avoid getting this in your dog's eyes. Once the smell has gone away rinse thoroughly. Use a clean wash cloth to gently rinse the face to avoid getting this in your dog's eyes. Make sure to completely rinse the solution off your dog. It may take several rinses with a cloth to thoroughly clean your dog's face. Follow-up with a final gentle shampoo and coconut oil conditioner (see above) when finished.
Hydrogen Peroxide to induce vomiting: If you find your dog has eaten a no-no, HP can also be used to induce vomiting. DO NOT EVER INDUCE VOMITING without first calling your veterinarian. DO NOT EVER INDUCE VOMITING if your dog has ingested harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaner which can severely burn if swallowed and also if it comes back up. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING if more than 2 hours have passed since your dog has eaten something harmful. Also hold off if your dog is already vomiting, seems extremely sick or isn't able to walk around. Use 3% percent hydrogen peroxide and give 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of your dog's weight. This isn't a tasty solution so you may need to get a syringe to get it in their mouth and down the hatchet. Or you can use some ice cream, honey, or Kefir to mix it with. Then get your dog up and walking around for a few minutes and wait for it to work it's magic. If your dog doesn't vomit after 15 minutes, give them a second dose. If after another 15 minutes passes and they still haven't vomited, race them into the emergency vet. I think it's smart to take a small sample of the vomit (if possible) and don't delay in following up with your veterinarian.
Again. it's always better to error on the side of caution and with any health issue. If things don't improve, and certainly if they take a turn for the worse, always consult with your vet.
Here’s hoping these easy, inexpensive remedies save you enough dough to splurge on something fun. For more great tips and ideas, please follow me on social media and check out my website: www.weeklyrunt.com Pugs & Kisses! -Katy 🐾😍
By Katy Cable-A 5 min. Immunity Building Read
While CoVid 19 continues to dominate the news and is wreck havoc on all of our lives, statistics show that MOST people who catch the virus recover without incident.
It’s easy to forget that when everyday the news shows thousands of people crowding testing sites and hospitals. There’s always a few stories of those unfortunate people whose lives were cut short by this deadly pandemic. It’s a scary time. Most of us are entering our second month on house arrest and forced to wear face masks when we step outside.
Whether you’re immune compromised, over age 60, or required to work with the public, here are some excellent ways to build up your body’s immune system to keep you healthy. If you do get sick, you can recover much quicker. And it’s not just CoVid19...These steps should help you stay healthy during flu season or other high-risk times.
Dr. Rupa Marya, a physician working on the front lines of this pandemic in San Francisco shares what she does to stay healthy. With a husband and two young sons at home, she doesn’t want to take any chances. Also included are tips from several other front line doctors. Some suggestions are based on medical evidence, some are holistic, some are just good common sense:
1. SOCIAL DISTANCING: Stay away from sick people. Avoid crowds and busy places. It’s much easier to catch ANY bug in an airport, amusement park, busy hospital or even putting makeup samples all over your hands and face at Sephora. If you’re high risk or it’s a bad flu season stay out of dense, heavily populated areas.
2. COVER UP: When going out to the store or crowded areas, wear a mask or bandana, gloves, eyeglasses, a cap or hat. If you have long hair, wear it in a bin or tuck it under a hat. Cover your body with long sleeves and pants. When you return home, take off your shoes and leave them at the door. Peel off all outer layers of clothes and place them in the laundry. Wash gloves, rinse glasses, spray hats with sanitizer and thoroughly shower and wash your hair.
3. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN: 20 seconds with soap. Use wipes or sanitizer after touching any community surface, door handles, money, cell phones, and restaurant menus.
4. Swap out contact lenses and wear glasses during this pandemic.
5. DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE
6. No get-togethers with anyone outside your household.
7. Get a MINIMUM of 8 hours of sleep each night. This is so important for your body to repair and fight illness. Consider taking 5mg of melatonin or CBD at bedtime. This can help you get a more restful night of sleep and also help fight inflammation.
8. EXERCISE for 30 minutes everyday. Take a walk. Do a Zoom workout. Move your body. This will help you sleep better and improve your mood.
9. STAY HYDRATED: Drink 8 glasses or HALF your body weight in ounces of fresh clean water. Add some mint, lemon or an orange wedge if you want to dress it up.
10. Open a window and get some ventilation and fresh air in your home.
11. Spend 30+ minutes out in the sunshine. Getting sunshine ON YOUR SKIN is an ideal way to get the Vitamin D you’re body needs to fight illness.
• Don’t Smoke
• Eliminate Alcohol (Depresses the immune system)
• Eliminate Sugar, Gluten, Processed Foods (These wreck havoc on your body.)
• Eliminate stress with meditation, exercise and short breaks throughout the workday.
*Begin each day writing a few pages in a journal and express/vent your emotions.
*Close your eyes and meditate. Focus on all the things you’re grateful for. Do this for a few minutes several times during the day. Or take a walk and find one thing you’re grateful for with each letter of the alphabet.
*Call your loved ones and tell them you love them.
*Check-in on elders or those in need. Shop for them or give them a hand.
*If you are challenged by the stress and isolation this pandemic is causing, call your support system. If you are in distress, reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline: 1–800–985–5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1–800–846–8517).
*Dive into art, music, plant a garden, do a house project read a good book, work a puzzle. LAUGH and sing out loud! Or blow up 15 balloons! It expands lung capacity and can calm your body’s overdrive from stress.
*Hug your kids (even big ones) and loved ones.
*Walk your dog, pet your dog, play with your dog. If you don’t have a pet, foster or adopt one.
IF YOU START FEELING SICK:
* Let a fever run it’s course. It is your body fighting the infection. If you must bring it down, use Tylenol as opposed to Ibuprofen. Try and keep your body HOT! Sit in a sauna and sweat to help your body fight the infection.
*MEDIATE. Check out the free app Insight Timer and listen to uplifting HEALING meditations. Visualize your strong body healing and fighting viruses.
* Do A Breathing Treatment 3-4xs daily with a nebulizer and hydrogen Peroxide. Even 3% store strength has shown great results for killing viruses attaching the lungs. Or put it in a tea kettle and breathe the stream.
*Up your Vitamin C and Zinc intake. Try eating or taking Vitamin C supplements every 4 hours. Good sources of zinc are almonds, cashews, chia seeds, chickpeas, lentils, and oatmeal.
*Take Ashwaghanda (unless you’re pregnant or have thyroid issues.) This healthy herb is great for healing lung issues.
* Consider adding Elderberry Syrup which may shorten the duration of an illness.
* Eat immunity boosting foods such as garlic, turmeric, ginger, onions, leeks and bone broth.
*Call your healthcare provider if you have difficulty breathing, blueish lips, chest pain or shortness of breath.
Practicing these tips will greatly reduce the odds of getting and staying sick. Your body is designed to fight illness and heal itself. By taking these actions, you can strengthen your immune system and protect yourself from the most serious viruses.
By, Katy Cable/TWR/A 5min. “HIGH”
Several years ago, I wrote a blog about the astounding results I was seeing in dogs using CBD oil to keep them calm during 4th of July fireworks. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. Arthritic pets, pets with seizures, anxiety, psychosis, depression, end-of-life issues, trauma, even cancer and metabolic diseases were all seeing unbelievable results from CBD oil.
In a very short amount of time CBD and hemp products have gone from underground to the hot new thing! What was once only a handful of established companies selling CBD pet products, it’s now a booming market with everyone from Martha Stewart and Snoop Dog in the CBD business.
If all this “buzz” (-pun intended 😜) about CBD/Hemp products has you confused and apprehensive, let me clarify all the important things you need to know.
When I first heard the words “HEMP”, “CBD” & “CANNABIS”, the thing that came to mind was getting “high” and I got scared. I would never want to turn my little pugs into "pot-heads" and have these CBD's become the new “gateway" drugs for further excessive sleeping, binge snacking followed by opiates and heroin. I was extremely reluctant and apprehensive about using them.
Once I turned to my trusted holistic/integrated vets for some clarification, I realized I was way off base. These vets have been using CBD's successfully for some time and straightened out my misconceptions.
What is CBD anyway? All mammals have an endocannabinoid system which is located in the brain and central nervous system. It’s crucial for establishing and maintaining health. Among its many functions are regulating memory, metabolism, immunity, sleep, mood, appetite and pain sensation. CBD’s (short for cannabinoids) act on any imbalance in these various receptors in the body. They create balance and provide the support needed for relaxing, repairing, or restoring any deficiencies in the body.
There are many varieties of cannabis plants with hemp and marijuana being two popular ones. These plants contain, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is a "psychoactive" cannabinoid that produces the "high.” Dogs naturally have an abundance of receptors in their brains and are therefore extremely sensitive to THC. So much so that should your pet get into your stash of edibles it could make them gravely ill.
That put the fear of God into me about ever giving my pet CBD’s until I was informed these CBD’s were NON-PSYCHOACTIVE, meaning they contain NO THC. They are 100% non-toxic and safe. So, you get all the relaxation without the intoxication. And now they’ve become a mainstream health-boosting miracle worker.
HOW CBD’s CAN HELP YOU & YOUR DOG! -THE ABC’s
ANXIETY: CBD Has Been Extensively Studied For Its Amazing Effect On Stress, Anxiety And Noise Phobias. I couldn’t believe how great it worked on dogs who would typically go off the charts ballistic on the 4th. With CBD they were calm and content. It also worked miracles on Olive. Although she has no issues with the 4th of July, car and airline travel were another story. These caused such extreme stress and anxiety she would vomit, drool and shake even after trying nearly every anti-anxiety drug and natural supplement. Now after taking CBD, she relaxes and actually enjoys travel.
I have also witnessed amazing results with frantic barking dogs in shelters or suffering separation anxiety.
It’s the perfect remedy for anxious dogs visiting the vet, having nail trims or dental procedures! And it’s not just for your pets. CBD’s can be a tremendous help for those suffering from panic disorders, PTSD, and anxiety. Best of all there are NO SIDE EFFECTS.
APPETITE: I know many cancer patients taking medical marijuana to increase appetite and now CBD’s are found to also work wonderfully. Not only with cancer but for many illnesses and aging. So if you’re having trouble getting your pet to eat, try some CBD to help stimulate their appetite.
ANTIOXIDANT: With natural antibiotic properties, CBD is shown to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins C, D and E. CBD protects the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins. It’s a great anti-aging supplement.
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES: CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies and a wide range of autoimmune conditions.
CBD Can Help With Neurodegenerative Diseases:For dogs suffering from spine and nerve issues, CBD shows a lot of promise. CBD’s fight free radicals that cause aging and help repair dying brain cells.
CBD Can Treat Seizures And Epilepsy: I know so many pugs (and other breeds of dogs) suffering from seizures. Most dogs are put on strong drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases. CBD has been working well in about 15 dogs I personally know. Dogs went from such frequent seizures they were considering euthanizing until the CBD’s cut the frequency from hourly to monthly! I am SO excited about this and hope more people will look into this option for their pets suffering from seizures.
CHRONIC INFLAMMATION/PAIN RELIEVER: CBD inhibits the production of inflammatory macrophages and decreases chronic inflammation. I've seen over 20 dogs unable to walk without assistance or limping after an injury or over-exertion, bounce back quickly after using CBD's. They work so well for pain that scientists are considering them a new class of drug for the treatment of chronic pain. Studies show CBD to be very effective for:
CANCER: With it’s anti-tumor effect, CBD has even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increased tumor cell death. This is HUGE! Cancer is the #1 threat facing our pets with 2 out of 3 dogs getting cancer in their lifetime. How exciting to have this promising new option which is affordable and doesn’t have the horrible side-effects of most conventional treatments.
CBD’s Are Legal, Safe & Non-Toxic: Because CBD oil for pets is derived from hemp oil and contains no THC, all 50 states have now approved the use of hemp-based CBD for human and animal products. With so many studies showing the health benefits of CBD, the most encouraging result is that CBD is completely safe, even when taken in high doses and over extended periods of time. CBD is non-toxic and animals don’t appear to build up a tolerance.
Choosing A High Quality CBD Oil
I’m sure you’re excited to race out and purchase some of this magic CBD oil but I urge you to do your research first! With any product that has this kind of interest, you must be very mindful. Not all CBD oils are the same and with minimal regulation you must be extremely careful. Here are a few things to look for:
I now enjoy CBD myself when flying (no anxiety
and no hangover!🤪) and I give them CBD to Olive all the time as a healthy snack. I also give them to friends who are trying to use more natural pain relief methods for everything from chronic pain management to mensural cramps. I hope if you try it out you’ll keep me posted on your own results. Pugs and kisses! 😘🐾💕
🐾Katy Cable is an actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick and her rescue Pug, Olive.🐾
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By, Katy Cable - The Weekly Runt
A 3 min. Read
FINALLY...I have some great news to report! While CoVid 19 is wrecking havoc on our lives, it’s had a remarkably positive influence on shelter cats and dogs! With the nation ordered to “shelter-in-place”, many made the smart decision to foster, and or adopt a pet in need of a loving home. At the same time, lots of interested people have been surprised to find CoVid19 has “cleared the shelters” and It’s easier to find a package of toilet paper than a pet to adopt.
Riverside Country Animal Shelter cleared their shelter last Wednesday showing every single kennel and cage opened as all the pets had been adopted. And it’s not just here in Southern California. Thanks to CoVid19, from New York to Nevada animal shelters are as empty as restaurants and bars.
In a TV news address, Los Angeles Mayer, Gil Garcetti stated that in March— as officials scrambled to create more space while the pandemic worsened — 2,232 animals were moved out of shelters and into foster homes, homes of their own or reunited with their owners. This allowed two of LA’s 6 busiest shelters to be closed. Shelter personnel relocated to the other locations.
During the last month of quarantine, I’ve have had the pleasure of doing “virtual” house-checks for Pug Nation LA and some of the other rescues I volunteer with. In the midst of this terrible pandemic, I need to look no further than our pets to see a bright, positive side. Social media is filled with hysterical stories of families engaging with their pets. Families that typically haven’t had time to walk their dogs, are now enjoying the one allowable opportunity to leave the house for some fresh air.
For so many of us, our pets provide a huge sense of comfort and support. They’re helping us get through a very difficult time. They remind us what’s important. They’re happy just spending time with us and they stay in the moment. Something we all need to do right now.
Another huge dividend of having a pet is all the health benefits they provide. It seems every dog is a “therapy dog” right now. Whether it’s a dog who prompts us to get outside for daily exercise, or a cat who provides cozy company for a shut-in, animal companions have a tremendous positive effect on human health and happiness.
In 2016, the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) sponsored an online survey of 2,000 pet owners to learn more about the health benefits of having a pet. These were their findings:
If you can open your home to a pet either as a foster or certainly to adopt, check with your local shelters or rescue groups. Find out how they’re accommodating adoptions during this time. Caring for a needy pet is sure to help your well-being as much, if not more, than theirs.
If you’ve adopted or are fostering a new pet during this pandemic, I’d love to hear your story and see pics/videos if your new friend. I’ll even send you a gift. I hope you’re all staying healthy and looking after yourselves during this scary time.
Thanks for reading! Pugs and kisses! 😘🐾❤️
Katy & Olive
🐾Those who would like to adopt a pet can go to Laanimalservices.com/adopt, or call 888-452-7381 and have an animal ID# ready. For PUG Adoption’s, msg me for rescues in your area.
By Katy Cable,TWR
While the whole world is in the throes of a pandemic, now more than ever, anything you can do to keep your pet from an expensive and possibly dangerous trip out to the vet, should be a priority. One of the most common problems I “hear about” is ear infections. If you know what to look for and what to do, you can prevent a lot of bigger, more expensive problems.
My first pug Raisin was plagued with ear infections throughout most his life. Ironically they began coming on about a year after I switched him from homemade organic dog food to a crappy, expensive "prescription" food used to treat his urinary issues. As time went on, and I kept filling him with processed corn, wheat, grains, gluten and poultry by-product meals, the infections got much worse.
After a few years of misery and living on pricey antibiotics, Raisin underwent an extensive surgery where a small hole was drilled under his jaw and a tiny tube was inserted deep in the canal of his inner ear allowing it to drain and heal. It was a traumatic, painful ordeal for the poor little guy but it was successful. However, not too long after, he began having problems in his other ear and eventually the infections returned with a vengeance.
At age 13 he got another painful infection, deep in his inner ear. Antibiotics were no longer effective and he was not in any condition to undergo another exhaustive surgery. We made the heartbreaking yet humane decision to let him go. I wish I had known then what I knew now because I truly feel I could've avoided most if not all these chronic ear issues.
If your dog is experiencing persistent ear problems or is a breed predisposed to them, -read on. These simple tips should save you a lot of expense, hassle and heartache because preventing ear infections is actually quite easy.
Ear problems in dogs are the result of inflammation and/or infection. Any untreated inflammation can lead to infection. If your dog's ears are warm to the touch, red, swollen and/or itchy, but there's little to no discharge, chances are the problem is inflammation. However, if one or more of those symptoms is present along with a brown, green or bloody discharge, that can be anywhere from thin and runny to a thick sludge, chances are it's an infection.
The most common reason for ear inflammation in dogs is allergies. An allergic response to food or something in the environment can cause inflammation anywhere throughout your pet's body, including the ears. A dog with allergy-related ear inflammation will shake their head a lot and also scratch incessantly at their ears. It is also common for them to butt their head along your legs or furniture in an attempt to relieve their discomfort. If you notice your dog doing any of these things be sure to check their ears for any signs of irritation, redness and/or swelling.
Another cause of ear inflammation is moisture. This is commonly known as "swimmer's ear." Although it is very common during the warmer months when dogs are playing in the water more, if you live here in So Cal, where we enjoy outdoor beach weather year-round, or you live in a rainy or humid area, your dog can be at higher risk. Wetness and moisture in the ear canals coupled with a warm body temperature can create an infection quicker than President Trump can send out a heated tweet. It's extremely crucial to thoroughly dry your dog's ears each time they come out of the water or are groomed. -Particularly if you have a high risk breed!
The third major reason for ear problems is wax buildup. The presence of some earwax is healthy and normal, and, just like humans, different dogs have varying amounts. Some dogs, like my sweet Raisin, needed his ears cleaned 2x's daily and little Olive has rarely needed a cleaning. 😀 Certain breeds, such as English & French Bulldogs, Pugs, Cocker Spaniels, Basset Hounds, Poodles, Labradors and Retrievers, in general produce more earwax. If you have one of these breeds, you should get your dog accustomed to having their ears cleaned regularly from the time they’re a puppy.
Ear infections typically involve the outer canal, which is actually very deep. The medical term used for these infections is "otitis externa." An infection that frequently recurs or never really clears, is termed, "chronic otitis." There are a number of things that can cause these infections including:
If your dog has an ear infection, it's very important to identify whether it's a bacterial or a fungal infection, (or both), in order to treat the problem.
Bacterial Infections of the ear are the most common. They can either be pathogenic, which is a bacterial picked up from a source OUTSIDE the body, such as contaminated ocean water, or non-pathogenic which is a bacteria that are normally inhabitants of your dog's body, such as staph. Any bacteria can become overgrown and quickly cause an infection.
Fungal Ear Infections in dogs are most commonly caused by yeast. This is the type of ear infections that constantly plagued Raisin. Some yeast is always present on the bodies of animals, but when the immune system isn't in prime condition, (or they are eating a diet high in starchy carbs, as was also the case with Raisin), the fungus can grow out of control and cause an infection. Most dogs prone to yeast infections need to have their ears cleaned and dried frequently. I would also recommend a grain-free-low carb diet, fresh or moist diet. I could always detect a yeast infection since Raisin's ears would either smell very sweet or horribly rancid. In any case, there was a distinct odor.
How To Prevent Ear Infections in Your Dog:
Unfortunately pugs are much more prone to ear infections than many other breeds. If you’re a pug parent (or have another susceptible breed) YOU MUST BE DILIGENT and check their ears daily. Any dirt, wax, or whatnot, left in the ear canal can bring on a raging infection quicker than norovirus spreads on a cruise ship.
If your dog's ears aren't squeaky clean, CLEAN THEM. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a TON of cure! There are many ear solutions available in pet stores and your vet May recommend an anti-fungal rinse but this is an all-natural, inexpensive one you can easily make at home for far less money and can be used regularly:
Apply a generous amount of solution on a cotton ball, round, or sterile gauze. (Never use a Q-tip inside the ear canal as it can damage or rupture the eardrum) Gently wipe the ears clean. You may need to repeat and use several cotton balls to adequately clean the ears. Once the cotton is clear of any dirt and wax, you are finished. This should do the trick for most dogs, but if you have a dog with heavy wax buildup, like my Raisin, I would do the following ear cleansing routine and I would ask your vet for a stronger medicated rinse until it’s under control.
***If you suspect your pug might possibly have an ear infection, Make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately! -DON’T WAIT! *** Should your sweetie be suffering from an infection they may require antibiotics and/or special medicated cleaning solutions. Letting an infection go untreated can lead to rupture of the eardrum and further complications.
If your dog is being treated for an ear infection its even more important to keep their ears clean. Adding topical medication to dirty, waxy ears filled with gunk will just be adding fuel to the fire. Extra moisture and warmth will allow the bacteria to grow like wildfire. Also the medication will not easily reach and penetrate the infected tissue.
If your vet diagnoses your dog with a bacterial ear infection, make sure they determine the EXACT STRAIN and course of treatment. This will be extremely helpful if your dog has re-current infections and/or develops a resistance to certain antibiotics. And, just like with humans, it is extremely important to finish any medication your veterinarian prescribes. Don't try and save a few bucks by stopping the course of treatment early and stashing the extra medication, your dog's infection clears. This can lead to regrowth of resistant organisms and eventually make them completely ineffective. Currently there are many strains of bacteria causing ear infections which are resistant to many (if not all) conventional medications.
I also recommend adding some probiotics to replace the healthy bacteria being destroyed by antibiotics. A few tablespoons of plain Kefir is ideal and can be found where milk and yogurt drinks are sold. Also, Nulo pet foods offer low-carb, high-protein jerky treats with patented probiotics resistant to antibiotics. Olive loves the soft salmon jerky.
If your dogs ear issues are driving you nuts, I HEAR YOU! These tips should be a game changer. If you’d like recommendations on products I like please watch my YouTube videos or reach out to me. Pugs and kisses!🐾💕
By Katy Cable-A 3-minute read
If dealing with the Corona Virus isn’t bad enough, for the past two weeks nearly every dog owner I know is complaining about their dog's relentless scratching and itching. I too, hear the incessant licking and tap-tap-tap-tap-tap of the dog tag as Olive attacks her own itch in the middle of the night. That starts me itching my own dry skin and you get the picture. Did you know your dog can suffer from seasonal allergies just as you do? Good news, these are a few tips that should get the problem under control and most of you are probably doing a lot of washing and cleaning ANYWAY!
Over half of all pet owners aren't aware their fuzzy family members can be feeling miserable thanks to allergens. Now lets take a look at what type of allergy it might be and how you can offer some relief for your sweetie.
There are two main types of allergies: food allergies and environmental allergies. Food allergies frequently cause diarrhea, vomiting, bloat and sometimes irrational behavior due to your pet feeling uncomfortable and having no way to get relief. Later, itching and irritation can follow. If your pet gets itchy during winter, spring, summer or fall, and there isn't a bout of vomiting or diarrhea first, it's most likely a reaction to a seasonal allergens. If symptoms continue year-round, it's more likely a sensitivity to something in their diet.
There are a several exceptions to this rule. For example, living in So. Cal where we don't get snow, a hard freeze, or, with the exception of this year, RAIN!😜environmental allergens can build up and cause year-round issues. And, without extremes in our temperatures, seasonal allergies can persist or worsen year-round.
Most humans who experience seasonal allergies, suffer from dry, red, itchy, puffy eyes. Sneezing, and a dry persistent cough. Dog allergies more commonly take the form of skin irritation or inflammation – a condition called allergic dermatitis.
If your dog has seasonal allergies, their coat will become very itchy. You'll notice them scratching excessively, and they will most likely bite or chew their paws or other areas of their body. If your pup is rubbing up against you (especially if you don't have food in your hands) or if you notice them rubbing against furniture or rolling their faces into plush rugs or carpeting for relief, most likely they’re desperately trying to relieve uncomfortable itchiness as best they can.
If this continues long enough without relief, their skin will become red, inflamed, warm and tender to the touch. Other signs of allergic dermatitis include patches of hair loss, open sores on the skin, and scabbing. If left untreated, hot spots can develop. A hot spot is raw, red, inflamed, infected skin that occurs when your dog's natural bacteria overwhelms an area of their skin. Typically the skin will be very red, and often there’s weeping, bleeding, and hair loss.
Pugs, English Bulldogs, Basset Hounds and Irish Setters with allergies can also suffer from ear problems as a result. Their ear canals may be hot, red, itchy and inflamed as part of a generalized allergic response, or they may grow infected with yeast or bacteria. If your pug's ears are giving them problems you will notice them scratching at their ears, and shaking their heads frequently. Often you will notice anything from a hint of a sweet smell to a horrible foul odor in their ears. Upon cleaning their ears you may find a brown discharge that can be thin and runny or a thick clumpy sludge.
While respiratory symptoms aren't common in pets with allergies, they do occur. A running nose, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing and that scary "back-breathing" in flat nosed, brachy dogs, can also attack four-legged seasonal allergy sufferers.
Another tell-tale sign of an allergy is redness. Allergic pets often have puffy red eyes, red gums, a red, possibly bumpy blemished chin, red paws and even a red anus.
Seasonal allergies can worsen or turn into year round problems. Allergic reactions are produced by your pet's immune system, and the way his immune system functions is a result of both nature (his genetics) and the environment. The more your pet is exposed to the allergens they're sensitive to, the more intense and long-lasting the allergic response becomes. In order to build up your pet's immune system and tolerance try to first identify the culprit and eliminate exposure
Helping a Pet Suffering From Environmental Allergies. As someone who has been plagued by allergies all my life, my physicians recommend a few simple things which you can also do for your pet. We all need to enjoy the great outdoors but limit exposure during peak readings for pollens, ragweed, etc. During a rough season, it's important to shower both at night and in the morning to remove allergens. I recommend you do the same for your dog if they are symptomatic. Also use an air purifier and close windows during windy days and the peak pollen hours from 2-8 AM.
A strong immune system is YOU AND YOUR DOG’S best defense against colds, allergies, illnesses, even THE CORONA VIRUS. Now is a perfect time to build up you and your pet’s immunity with a healthy diet. I hope these tips put an end to some of your fur baby's suffering this season. For great tips each week, please subscribe to my free weekly blog by clicking the link below. ❤️STAY HEALTHY❤️ Pugs and kisses!
🐾Katy Cable is a writer and actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick and her rescue Pug, Olive.🐾
By, Rick Cable
A 3 min. Read
I rate Soups - tips on storing non-perishable foods and surviving.
First off, I am not a survivalist but am a survivor. Prior to the COVINA-19 pandemic I would eat out at restaurants eight days a week.
The pantry was bare except for red wines and chips while the fridge served as a repository for my restaurant leftovers, salsa and choice beers. The freezer was for ice cream in various forms and shapes.
Times have changed. Below is some advice to eat safely and inexpensively during the ongoing pandemic apocalypse.
First - Soups — usually nutritious with a shelf life of 1.5 years.
1. Progresso Chicken Pot Pie -
STARS - 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Store purchased- Ralph’s
Yummy yummy in my tummy - good on the palette - claims white chicken meat and no antibiotics ever - potato, carrots and celery — along with dried peas and what looks like carrots. Could be monkey brains and turnips but I still recommend it!
2. Dole Sesame Asian salad kit (no relation to what the former Leader of the FREE WORLD renamed COVID-19 the Asia Flu)
STARS - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Store Purchased- Ralph’s
Yes, who would have known store salad ingredients could be placed into the refrigerator. My wife has made a salad believer out of a culinary heathen. Bagged Asian Sesame Salad complimented with roast chicken, fresh sliced tangerines and extra almond slices - add some chia and hemp seeds which bulks up the protein and VOILA! - A fantastic and nutritious lunch time treat.
By, Katy Cable-
A 3 Minute Read
Hello Friends! Welcome to the couch! It seems like just when I get my head wrapped around our new “soft apocalypse” normal, things drastically change AGAIN! -And not for the better! Therefore, in addition to my regular: Weekly Runt blog posts, which I will modify to be the most helpful, I will be doing Katy Cable “Quarantine Edition” with ideas, tips, links and other resources during this time. Just think of me as your friendly “quarantine camp counselor.”
FUN THINGS TO DO WHILE STAYING HOME:
COOKING! That’s right! Good nutrition is our first line of defense against this virus (and others). With the ability to leave our homes and dine at our favorite restaurants “off the table” we’ll have to get creative.
By now, most of us have stockpiled enough canned food to feed an entire homeless population. Each week we risk our lives venturing out of home quarantine to fight crowds and grab whatever can be found on grocery store shelves. Crowded markets, with hoards of people grabbing whatever they can find with their germ-infested hands, have become a bio-hazard on par with hospitals.
From someone who eats 90% of her meals out of a box or bag through my car window, I’ve included a guest blog from my hubby on some cheap, easy, healthy meals you can make with those grocery store RATIONS! In the meantime, practice daily meditation by closing your eyes and enjoying an “imaginary” meal out at your favorite restaurant. Don’t forget to tip your server. 👍🏼
CRAFTS: Make a “Couldn’t SHUT THE F! UP About The Corona Virus” Jar. Every time someone mentions CoVid19 they have to make a donation. With all the money you save, when the quarantine is lifted you go to a concert or sporting event that was rescheduled.
GAMES: With the stock market falling like a lead balloon, let’s anti-up and play some CORONA VIRUS BINGO! For cash and prizes. Just like traditional bingo, have a creative member of your family make a traditional B-I-N-G-O card with the center square being FREE! Line the card with every symptom you can think of associated with the Corona Virus. Then hand everyone in your family some of the dried beans or macaroni stashed in your cupboard as Bingo card markers. The next time anyone on TV or at home mentions one of those symptoms, the first person to notice and call it out can mark that square. Another option is fill a bag with Post-It’s! listing each symptom and draw them out. First person to fill their card gets to scream “CORONA!” and wins!
HIDE AND GET SICK: Practice your improv and acting skills in this fun game suitable for all family members. In this game, place all the symptoms of CoVid19 in a hat. You can borrow them from the B-I-N-G-O game! Bonus points: get creative and add a few new ones. Each person takes a turn drawing a symptom out of the hat and has 30 seconds to act it out until someone guesses correctly. This provides wonderful practice for when we must call own physicians and best describe our symptoms using “telemedicine”
In all seriousness, the Corona virus is making all of us sick whether we’ve tested positive and show symptoms or not! It’s infecting our livelihoods. In this time of uncertainty and influx, I love this great way to deal with FEAR written by Nikki Bruno. For more great tips, articles and even private sessions you can reach out to her on LinkedIn.
I want to thank everyone for sharing your great tips, videos and suggestions. They’ve been so helpful! -Keep ‘me coming! I’m starting on next week’s blog.
Please reach out if I can be of any help! Stay well, stay CLEAN! Go wash those hands!
Love, Katy Cable
By, Katy Cable
A 4 min. Healthy Read
It seems the Corona Virus is making everyone sick, whether you’ve tested positive or not! They say our dogs can detect our stress, fear and anxiety, and I believe it’s true. Ironically, even in the midst of this “soft apocalypse” which has many of us in a state of panic, our pups seem to be fairing quite well! Case and point, I’ve been on the brink, scrubbing my hands like Lady MacBeth, fighting with my husband over which movie we watch and who gets to pop out to the grocery store! In an effort to feel some sense of control, I’m obsessively taking inventory of our canned goods and toilet paper.
Yet, for my pug Olive it’s “business as usual!” She’s flopped on the couch in a vegetative state, raising the roof with her snoring. The second I wave a morsel of cheese or chicken in front of her nose, she jumps in the air and dances. Any stress or anxiety is gone faster than the last roll of toilet paper at the market!
While many of us are stuck at home and practicing social distancing, this is a great time to stretch your dollar while improving your dog’s diet AND overall health with a few easy tips. Remember: When adjusting your pet’s diet, or introducing new foods: GO SLOWLY, and GO SMALL! Avoid making too many changes at once. If you notice oily or runny stools, you’ve gone too fast and you need to cut back. Also see my blog with FOODS to AVOID!
1. CHOOSE A HIGH QUALITY KIBBLE: First if all, DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE BAG! That cute dog and delicious meal You see pictured on the bag tells you NOTHING! It’s important to choose food that’s free of artificial preservatives. You can recognize these by the names BGS, BHT, or ethoxy. There are numerous reports that these are carcinogenic and can cause a host of damage to vital organs. Stay clear of foods containing: corn, wheat, soy, or dyes. These ingredients, unless otherwise stated, are genetically modified (GMO). Wheat is high in gluten. These undesirable ingredients are shown to cause allergies, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer.
Next, choose a kibble with meat as the first and second ingredient. Less expensive kibble is filled with starchy, high-carb protein like corn, peas, potatoes and rice.
2. USE A VARIETY OF FOODS: Just like you wouldn’t want to eat the same bowl of corn flakes for every meal, you dog doesn’t either. Not only is it boring, it’s risky. Should that particular food be sold out, discontinued or there’s a recall, your pet won’t be as vulnerable if you rotate varieties. Plus, you can help your pet avoid food sensitivities by introducing a variety of foods. If your dog is running low on their usual BEEF or CHICKEN kibble, try LAMB or TURKEY or another protein, adding a small amount in as you run out of the current variety. If your dog is sensitive, stick to foods with one single protein (limited ingredient formulas) and not a cocktail of meats. Also, watch my video on reading a food label and choosing foods that don’t contain harmful additives preservatives and rendered meats. I extensively research pet foods and would be happy to answer specific questions or provide recommendations. I look at recalls, lawsuits, change of ownership and many variables that can’t be found on the label.
3. Add FRESH, LIVING WHOLE FOODS: Lets face it, even the top-of-the-line kibble is highly processed food! It’s equivocal to eating fortified cereal for every meal. You can drastically improve you pet’s health by adding in fresh living whole foods. No, not your nachos and pizza, but yes to a bit of your fish, chicken, beef, fruit and veggies*. So save those trimmings and organs. Chop things up in small pieces and freeze them so you have healthy toppers to add to meals or use as healthy treats. Many companies offer varieties of bone broths, and meal toppers but it’s much less expensive to use your own. Be mi Dudley to avoid adding seasonings and sauces which are not good for your pet.
4. Add PROBIOTICS: Some kibbles contain probiotics. But they’re not that effective … because the live bacteria don’t survive high processing temperatures or long term storage. Nulo is one kibble that uses a highly sustainable probiotic in their kibble and treats but you can also use healthy fermented foods such as: plain kefir (1-2TBS) goat’s milk kefir, plain Greek yogurt, and fermented veggies. The good bacteria in probiotics help balance the gut … and crowd out the harmful bacteria! Adding probiotics will support your dog’s intestinal flora boosting good digestion and immunity!
5. OMEGA 3’s, 6’s and Fatty Acids: Most kibble diets don’t contain healthy fats. Even if they’re on the ingredient list … they’re lost with heating and processing. Kibble-fed dogs need to eat more healthy anti-inflammatory foods. Not surprisingly …. a carnivore best uses the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils. But there are some things you need to watch out for … Fish oil is very unstable and its quality varies tremendously. And rancid fish oil is worse to eat than no fish oil at all.
Don’t believe that fish oil already contained in kibble can be fresh. I personally use fresh salmon, or human grade canned salmon, anchovies, or sardines and feed one or two small fish a week to provide a yummy topper and a good source of these omega fatty acids.
By following these 5 easy recommendations, you’ll vastly improve your dog’s quality of life and health! I guarantee you’ll be thrilled with the results. Don’t be surprised if you find they have more energy, shinier coats and much more excitement at mealtime.
Now...your dinner is another story!
Pugs and Kisses,
-Katy & Olive
*In the case of diarrhea, try cutting back on new foods and adding 1-2Tbs canned pumpkin.
By Katy Cable
A 4 min immunity-boosting read
Remember way back last week when we were all rubbing our eyes, groggy from the daylight savings time change? Sitting pissed-off in stopped traffic catching up on emails, calls and texts and noticing Friday the 13th was coming and what doom could that hold?
Overnight, the CoVid19 pandemic has become, for nearly all of us, the most unprecedented event in our lifetimes. Not only do we have a rapidly spreading, highly contagious pandemic to contain but the financial devastation may be an even more deadly side-effect.
Two weeks ago, my blog covered the unfolding Coronavirus crisis in Italy. Since then, the number of reported cases worldwide has more than doubled. In my blog I stated that most of us will be exposed to the Coronavirus and the chances of catching it or carrying it are likely. The chances of dying from it are much, much lower UNLESS...You’re at high risk due to old age or an underlying condition. Some of those being heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and weakened immune systems.
OHHHHH NOOOO! That’s 90% of Americans. We’re ticking time bombs stuffing our faces with processed junk, drugs, alcohol, sugar, and Vape pens. We spend every waking hour picking up any “gig” or “side-hustle” we can find in an effort to cover rent, medical costs, student loans, and hopefully eek out a little fun. We are overworked and under-insured (-if insured at all.) Most of us are either small business owners or independent contractors with zero benefits.
In the last week, this pandemic has shut down restaurants, bars, events and pretty much ALL SOCIAL ANYTHING. The stock market is falling like a lead balloon and people are in a complete panic. I too was in a panic. I have no income while events are cancelled and stores closed. I‘m worried about my neighbors and friends many of whom work in travel and leisure industries. I’m worried I’ll go CRAZY with cabin fever. My husband and I might drive each other NUTS and get so SICK OF EACH OTHER after being housebound, we may kill each other long before CoVid 19 🤪!
In all seriousness, I have learned. I had a serious condition last summer that brought me to my knees. I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune disease that attacks my thyroid.) I was able to heal myself and bounce back with a whole foods diet, limiting carbs and sugar, meditation and 8 hours of sleep and meditation. So, after my tips on what NOT TO DO, I will share a plan of attack to keep you healthy and out of fear. Lastly, you will find helpful links and information specifically for dog owners. plus, common questions answered.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this crisis. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Pugs and 😘 kisses!
-Katy & Olive
FIVE SURE-FIRE WAYS TO CATCH
Lock your dog in quarantine in another area of the house since they carry germs.
Call every last one of your scared, “doom-and-gloom” “glass half-empty” friends and discuss this situation at length.
Count every last dime, double check your investment portfolio and retirement fund value which is melting line a snow-cone in July.
Stay under the covers watching TV news all day, flipping channels to make sure you’re informed and “on top of this crisis!”
AND THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO CATCH CORONAVIRUS:
Stand in long lines for several hours at Cosco, Walmart, TraderJoe’s (or any other grocery store) in the cold pouring rain, (or worse, in the checkout line) with a death grip on the handle of the filthy grocery cart you were fortunate enough to snag. Try to avoid contaminated air droplets while fighting for the last can of SPAM or “bargain bin” fruitcake leftover from Christmas. Try not to go into a full blown anxiety attack as you realize you don’t have enough food to get through the week much less this pandemic.
FIVE BEST THINGS TO DO TO STAY
💪🏽STRONG and POSITIVE:😃
1. STAY HEALTHY. This is the reason we have immune systems. TO FIGHT ILLNESS and HEAL. Broken bones heal, chipped nails grow, hair grows, blemishes clear, we recover from colds and flu. Keep your machine in top running condition. Our bodies are just like luxury automobiles. Treat them as such! You wouldn’t give a prize race horse mac-and-cheese, put high octane fuel in your tank too!
There are so many vitamins and minerals in fresh, whole unprocessed foods. Eat more salads, veggies, fruits, nuts, fish and lean meats. Probiotics and fermented foods such as pickles, yogurt, goat’s milk, kefir, kombucha, kimchi, & sauerkraut flood healthy bacteria into the gut to fight illness.
2. HYDRATE: drinking water flushes your entire body and allows it to function. Don’t leave germs stagnating in there. Set your Apple watch to remind you to sip water throughout the day.
3. GET A PET. This is a perfect time to CLEAR THE SHELTERS. Having a new pet to love and care for will fill your heart with love. It will give you a purpose. If you can’t adopt, foster. Just call ahead since most shelters have adoptions by appointment only. Getting out in the fresh air walking a dog plus training/caring for a pet will be one of the best things to cheer you up and boost immunity.
4. BE MINDFUL. Attitude is everything. During these stressful times be careful about what you put in your head. Stress, panic and worry tax your immune system. At the same time, a good belly laugh, petting a dog, reading a good book, calling a friend and doing a kind deed for another will build up your morale and immunity. Are there some fun things you have wanted to do but never have time? Take an online course, write your memoirs, paint, clean out your closet, plant a garden.
5. Make a routine and a daily plan. I begin each day with 30 minutes of meditations on the app: Insight Timer. I then vent my feelings by writing 3 pages in my journal. followed by writing 3 pages of gratitude. I limit my social media to 30 minutes with uplifting, positive friends and PETS. I then go out on one of many walks with my dog RAIN or SHINE and go through the alphabet finding something I’m grateful for with each letter.
FEAR IS REAL but stay in the here and now! I almost had a nervous breakdown when the President said this “shelter-in-place” may last well into August. After a panic, I stopped and realized today I’m fine. Today I have what I need. Today I’m healthy. I can get through the next hour and I can worry about tomorrow later. We’re all in this together and we will get through this. I would imagine we will probably have learned a crucial lesson about how we want to live our lives.
IMPORTANT TIPS AND RESOURCES
🐾FOR DOG OWNERS🐾:
While many of us are anxious and worried, dog owners have the comfort of knowing there is no evidence our pets can spread COVID-19 or become infected by it. That fact comes from the World Health Organization. Just because our pets are spared from COVID-19, doesn't mean life isn't changing for pet owners. Here are some things dog owners should keep in mind until coronavirus is no longer a threat.
What if I HAVE BEEN exposed to or have COVID-19 and I have a dog?
First, know that it's highly unlikely your dog will become sick, but as a precaution, limit your exposure to your pets. If possible, let another family member care for your dog. If that's not an option, limit your interaction with your dog and always wash your hands before and after touching and feeding your dog.
Even if you haven't been exposed to coronavirus, practice social distancing and handwashing when meeting with veterinarians, groomers, trainers and dog walkers. No hugs, high-fives or handshakes for now.
Please reach out to me if I can be if any help and I invite you to join me on social for daily posts and connection. Take care of yourself! ❤️
Pugs and 😘 kisses!
-Katy & Olive
By, Katy Cable/ 3 minute read
It's time for a change! Did you remember to "SPRING FORWARD" and turn your clocks ahead? I was completely confused when last Saturday night my commute home from a fashion show in LA began at 11:44pm, the next thing I knew it was 1:38am when I walked in the door and glanced at my phone! Traffic had been a breeze and I thought I was losing my mind. This morning I was again thrown off when my phone said one time but my wall clock said another.
Unless you’ve heard the news reminding you or checked your calendar, it’s very easy to forget the time change. As much as I love the extra hour to sleep in and putter around in the fall, forgetting the time change in the spring means you’re running an hour LATE! This time change got me thinking...What about our dogs? Can your dog tell time? Many people claim that their pets know, to the minute, when it's mealtime, time for a walk, or time for their owners to arrive home. Is it true? Can dogs tell time? As research shows, the answer is an overwhelming YES!
We know that every year of our "human" time equals about 7 in dog years. Therefore a day in dog time equals about a week. A week equates to roughly a month, and every 4-6 weeks round out to nearly a year. That means a 3 year-old pup would actually be an adult of legal drinking age in dog years. Wow! I didn't think anything could age quicker than an ingenue in Hollywood! So, when it comes to time, instead of measuring in hours and minutes, dogs differentiate between long and short time spans as well as schedules. -As my Olive just recently demonstrated.
In 2010, a group of Swedish researchers used hidden cameras to find out how dogs reacted when their owners left for different lengths of time. The research team wanted to know whether dogs behaved differently when left alone longer and whether they seemed to miss their owners more during longer periods of time.
The dogs in the study became much more excited when their owners returned after 2 hours compared to when they returned after just 30 minutes. Researchers reported more tail wagging, attentive behavior, and overall energy from the dogs after longer periods of time apart. This indicated that dogs knew that time had passed, and that they seemed to care. Interestingly, the researchers didn't observe a significant difference in the dogs' reaction to a two-hour separations verses a four-hour separation. And that's good news for those of us who feel bad leaving our fur babies at home alone for several hours each day.
It seems clear that dogs are aware that time is passing, but many pet owners are amazed by how well pets are able to learn household routines. Dogs are highly adaptable and able to tell time well enough to stick to a schedule. They can also quickly adjust to a new one.
Dogs, in particular, have evolved to be very skilled at picking up social clues and reading human behavior. You may not realize that your body language sends subtle cues about your mood and intentions, but your dog certainly does. Maybe you always grab the leash or your commuter mug before you venture out on your afternoon walk. Perhaps you stand up and walk toward the kitchen just a little more purposefully than usual when it's feeding time. If your dog is paying attention, they may be able to convince you that they're anticipating your every move in advance.
Most dogs are also quite good at figuring out associations between events, so your dog probably knows that when you pick up his leash, it's time for a walk, and that when they hear a can opener or the pitter-patter of kibble, it's mealtime. And those are the easy, “no-brainer" cues. They also seem to know when you're preparing to travel long before the luggage appears. The stacks of clothes, the way things are being organized and you're general demeanor is a dead giveaway to your dog.
Internal Clocks: Like most living things, dogs derive most of their time sense from their circadian rhythms. Earth takes approximately 24 hours to rotate once around its axis and experience a full cycle of night and day, so most life on the planet has evolved to wake, eat, survive, and sleep on that 24-hour schedule. Scientists have observed this in humans, dogs, cats, insects, fungi, and interestingly enough, even some microbes.
An animal's circadian rhythm is governed by its genes, but these cycles are also very dependent on light and dark. Your dog's circadian rhythm probably plays a big role in when your dog thinks it's time to play, sleep, or eat. This was very clearly demonstrated by my dog Olive, waking at the exact same time of the morning even though the time had been changed. It also explains why as the daylight hours get shorter they will adjust to the new time and sleep a bit later. This internal clock along with aligning to the circadian rhythms is what gives all of us, including our dogs, the sense of time.
If your dog is having some trouble with the time change, or if you’re traveling and need to get them on a new schedule, I advise a few easy tips: Begin slowly adjusting feeding and walk times by 10-15 minutes the week PRIOR to the time change. They should be adjusted within the week. Since, in this case you didn't get the memo until AFTER the time change, you can still slowly adjust time their schedule in 10-15 minute increments until your dog has transitioned. Then, in the FALL, start a week prior.
⏰Daylight Savings Time Ends on Sunday, November 1st)
What I personally do is keep my feedings & walks not at a specific time but within a 1-2 hour time window. I get up and walk Olive between 8 & 9am, then feed her when we return home. I have the same 1-2 hour window for walks. This makes it an easy adjustment not just for time change, but also when we travel or have unexpected delays that throw off our schedule. Another easy tip is to tire your dog out with more exercise to help them sleep and adjust to transitions. I have also found CBD* products, can drastically help a pet having difficulty adjusting to the new time or a schedule change.
Happy SPRING! 🌷☘️🐣Here's hoping you and your dog can enjoy longer days outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air. If you’re looking for fun events and activities, check my website homepage and follow me on social media. Pugs and kisses!😘🐾💕 -Katy Cable
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