Keep Your Dogs Happy this Christmas

This is a guest post from my friend Laura in the UK.
Laura is doing some work for Vet Medic Pharmacy, and has been looking for opportunities to write a guest post on a relevant blog, and in her words “thought my blog would be perfect”.
I am honoured that Laura chose my blog, and because we are
Passionate About Pets, we are more than happy to oblige.
Over to you Laura.

Christmas is a wonderful time for the whole family, however, you may have one family member who may not enjoy it quite as much as the rest of you. The holiday period can be an overwhelming and even potentially dangerous time of year for your pet dog, so it may be a good idea to take some measures to make sure that your dog enjoys the festivities with you all, and stays out of harm’s way.

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Keep an eye on what they eat

It’s the time of year where we all like to indulge ourselves, but many of the festive foods we’ll be consuming can be really dangerous for your dog, so make sure you are clued up on what human treats your pet can and can’t eat. Some of the worst things include chocolate and raisins, so avoid giving him a piece of the Christmas cake. Instead, treat him to a good dog food like Iams dog food from suppliers like Vet Medic, and he’ll soon leave your selection box alone.

Make sure they have a quiet space to relax

Anywhere will do!

This box will do!

Christmas can be an overwhelming time for man’s best friend, as although they are generally sociable animals, the sheer volume of visitors the holiday brings may alarm them. They may get over excited or even scared, so it’s important for them to have somewhere quiet and peaceful where they can relax away from the noise and commotion. Maybe move their dog bed if it’s usually kept in an area that will be a high communal point during the celebrations.

Invest in a reflective collar

Road traffic accidents greatly increase at this time of year, so it may be wise to buy a reflective collar for your dog when you are out and about together, or in case it gets out into the road when greeting guests. These can literally be a lifesaver for your dog, as they will allow motorists to see them as they step into the road.

Ensure your dog is always warm enough

Temperature during Christmas will always be very low, and whilst you and your family concentrate on wrapping up and getting cosy, it’s essential that you help your dog to remain warm as well. Reducing the time they spend outside can be helpful, and you could even buy your dog a coat if it has very short fur, or if it is very small.

However, not all of us will experience a white Christmas, and those of you that are lucky enough to be spending the festive season on the beach may want to think about the best ways to keep your dog cool. Invest in a good dog friendly sun cream, because yes, dogs can get sun burn too! Avoid taking your four legged friend anywhere extremely warm where you are unsure there will be sufficient shade for him, and make sure he gets plenty to drink throughout the day to keep him hydrated.

Keep harmful things out of reach

Dogs will be very attracted to the bright and colourful Christmas decorations, but it’s vital that they don’t get the chance to play with them. Baubles, tinsel and lights are all potentially really dangerous, so make sure your pet is supervised when around the tree. Also, if you have a real Christmas tree, make sure you clean up the dropped pine needles regularly, as it can be fatal if your dog eats them. You could even look into getting a mini fence around your tree.

Supervise your dog’s interaction with children

Dogs are very popular with children, and vice versa, and as it is the season of socialising, they will more than likely come into contact with one another. However, it’s important for the safety of both if interactions are supervised, no matter how mature the child is, or how gentle the dog is.

The Festive Season is almost upon us, so thank you for the timely advice Laura, I’m sure my readers appreciate it.

We all need to be reminded at this time of year to make sure our pets are safe and happy, before we get swept up in the season’s festivities.

The Singing Pug that couldn’t Run

Loca the Pug suffers from a mild brain disorder which affects her co-ordination.

Surgery is possible, but it comes with high risk and the owners of this gorgeous little dog have been told by the vet that she can live a long and healthy life without it, so they have chosen to leave her as she is.
The vet said Loca doesn’t even realize there is anything wrong with her – she thinks she is just like every other dog!

Loca the Pug

Have you ever seen such a happier little dog?

In spite of her ‘disability’, she enjoys life to the full – a lesson for us all, I think.

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in pictures

The Photo Challenge this week “My 2012 in Pictures” is an awesome way to put my whole year, month by month, into twelve photos.

It’s been quite a year, much has happened, but I will try to keep it to twelve pictures using the tiled gallery option.

Come and look back on 2012 with me and click on any photo for a full screen view.

Dog inter-acts with Downs Syndrome Boy


The tenderness shown between dogs and children never ceases to amaze me,

and this very touching video says it all . . . click here

A must watch – but have the Kleenex handy!

Loving Lab

Loving Lab


The little boy is wary of the dog at first, but the Labrador keeps trying  and her patience is rewarded in the end.

The tenderness shown by the Labrador is intense, she just wants to mother the little boy.

Amazing and so beautiful.

Animals seem to understand, don’t they?

No wonder I’m so Passionate about Pets!







As Christmas is almost upon us, I’m re-blogging one of my own posts from last year as a reminder about keeping our pets safe during the festive season.

I hope my newer readers find this post useful; those who have been following me for a while will have seen it before, but it’s always good refresh our memory!

Originally posted on Passionate about Pets:

My post yesterday was about not buying a pet as a gift at this particular time of year – and the reasons why.  

However, what about those of us who already have pets in our homes?

There are a few things we need to watch out for at this time of year, to keep our four legged member of the family out of harm’s way.

I know, I know, I can hear you say “Here she goes again” – but I wouldn’t be a caring pet owner if I didn’t take the time to bring these things to your attention, would I?  Besides, we all need reminders from time to time!

Here are some of the dangers to be aware of with an accompanying solution for each one:-

1.       Wrapping Paper, Ribbons, Bows, Empty Boxes

Christmas as a great time for kids; as they unwrap their presents one by…

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Peacock in Full Flight

Have you ever seen a peacock in full flight?

I guess I never thought of peacocks flying.
They’re always on the ground, strutting around!
They must have strong wings… and a lot of determination!

We never imagine that it could be so magnificent  . . like a phoenix in a fairy tale!!!

Another amazing aspect to the regal peacock.

Did you ever see anything so stunningly beautiful?


Never Argue with a Woman

Not only am I Passionate About Pets, but I am Passionate About People too!



NEVER Argue with a Woman


One morning, the husband returns the boat to their lakeside cottage after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap.

Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out.

She motors out a short distance, anchors, puts her feet up, and begins to read her book. The peace and solitude are magnificent.


Along comes a Fish and Game Warden in his boat.

He pulls up alongside the woman and says, ‘Good morning, Ma’am. What are you doing?’

‘Reading a book,’ she replies, (thinking, ‘Isn’t that obvious?’)

‘You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,’ he informs her. 

‘I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.’

‘Yes, but I see you have all the equipment . . . for all I know you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.’


‘If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,’ says the woman.

‘But I haven’t even touched you,’ says the Game Warden.

‘That’s true, but you have all the equipment . . . for all I know you could start at any moment.’

‘Have a nice day ma’am,’ he said, and he left.



Never argue with a woman who reads.    

It’s likely she can also think.

F is for Frilled-Neck Lizard

Today in my A-Z of Australia series, I want to share another one of Australia’s unique animals with you – the frilled-neck lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) – King’s Cloaked Lizard.

The frilled-neck lizard is quite an unusual looking lizard – but I think he is quite pretty in his own way.

He’s quite a looker!

These little guys can be found in tropical rainforests from the Kimberley region in Western Australia across the Northern Territory to Cape York in north eastern Queensland.  They are also found in southern Papua New Guinea.

The “frill” lies folded against the neck and is used in a spectacular display to deter rival males and would-be attackers – but it’s mostly bluff, using it to look bigger and scarier!

Can’t catch me!

He makes a hissing sound with his mouth whilst running upright on his two back legs towards his predator – it’s quite a funny sight to see!

Watch this frilly-neck display

If his scare tactics don’t work, they usually run away, heading for the nearest tree to bolt up, but in spite of their ferocious appearance, they are quite harmless, eating mainly insects and spiders.

They range in colour from olive through greyish brown to almost black and the frill has a variety of colours from yellow to jet back, with bright orange and red scales.

Adults weigh about 500grams (17.6oz), reaching 70-95cm (27-37 inches) overall.

Hatchlings are 5-6cm (just over 2 inches) long.

Mating occurs around September and the female can lay up to three clutches of 8-20 eggs in a season.

The eggs are laid in November, in a hole in the ground and the tiny hatchlings start appearing early February. The temperature at which the eggs are incubated determines the sex of the baby frilled-neck lizard, but it does much more than that – the temperature affects things like the size, shape, behaviour and the running speed of the hatchling.

Once the eggs are buried, maternal instincts run out and the shallow nest is abandoned to incubate for 8-12 weeks. As soon as they hatch, the youngsters fend for themselves immediately.

They have quite a few predators – hawks, eagles and owls; also pythons, large snakes and goannas, dingoes and quolls – and sadly, humans (many being killed on the roads).  However, if they survive into adulthood, their lifespan can be anything from 6 to 20 years.

He is such a unique, interesting little lizard, and quite the character - 

and I’m happy to say that he is not on the endangered list.  

Weekly Photo Challenge-Today

This week’s Photo Challenge is about TODAY.

 This day. The day you’re reading and reacting to this post.
No rules or guidance on what to post other than the photo must be taken today!

Here is my offering.

In spite of the wet weather, (believe it or not, it is not always hot and sunny in Oz!), we enjoyed a BBQ outside today with some friends.

Chicken Kebabs on a skewer with salad and potato salad – yummy!

The Chicken Kebabs

The hub made his special chicken kebabs – chicken, mushrooms, onion, tomato, red, green and yellow capsicums, fed onto a skewer. I marinated the kebabs overnight in a recipe given to me by my friend, consisting of
plain yogurt 
juice of one lemon
 grated lemon rind

Oops – caught out!

The Potato Salad
No decent pic except the one above where the hub is helping himself to some.
You will have to use your imagination! 

I made my famous potato salad which is always very popular with my friends.
I say ‘famous’, because when friends invite us to a BBQ,  they always request that I bring one.
They say “it’s to die for” and I’m sure it will be brought up in my epitaph!

Here’s how I make mine:
Red skinned potatoes cubed & boiled al dente
2 hard boiled eggs chopped finely
wholegrain (seeded) mustard
cooked pieces of bacon
red onion chopped small (raw)
dash of Italian Salad Dressing
Mix together & dress with a little parsley or chopped shallots

A Birthday

Also, TODAY was a canine birthday celebration.
My friend’s dog Sheba reached the grand old age of 14, 
and she enjoyed her special day with our dog Poppy.

Happy Birthday Today, Sheba!

Tired Old Dog


Tired old Dog – a story to touch your heart!

Re-blogged from Magx2′s Blog

Originally posted on Magsx2's Blog:

This story and picture was sent to me by a friend (Thank You John A.) and I thought it was such a beautiful story that I would share it with everyone.
This is told as a true story, however I do not know for sure, Regardless I am sure you will be smiling after you have read it. :)

Tired Old Dog

An older, tired looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, and curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in…

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