I believe she deserves a medal purely for having the patience to sit all the Dogs down to photograph them. How on earth she managed to get a photo of Nelly sitting down I will never know. Well done Angelique and please see the fabulous pictures below.
If anyone has any updates on how much money was made for The Animals In Need Foundation or would like to send some of their pictures please feel free to comment or send the piccies.
It’s that time of year when we all get festive and want to enjoy ourselves over Christmas. There are office parties, kiddies parties and all sorts of wonderful events happening. Outside, we have Christmas Lights, Carol Singers and Christmas Markets. There is shopping to do and of course the buying of presents.
Just because we are going to be busy, busy, over the festive period it, doesn’t mean your furry friend should miss out. In fact, it’s his Christmas as much as yours, so you should be enjoying it together. I have therefore put together my top 10 tips on celebrating Christmas with your Dog.
Include Your Dog in Your Christmas Outings
Whether you are shopping in the Hight Street, or stomping through the fields looking for a real Christmas Tree, take your furry friend with you. Dogs love nothing more than being outside and being with you. When my wife and I are shopping in town we always take our little one’s with us. If shops do not allow Dogs, then you can take it in turns to stay outside. It really isn’t a sacrifice and your Dog will be far happier than being stuck at home waiting for your return.
Get Silly and Dress Them Up
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but dressing your Dog up certainly brings a smile to most peoples faces. There are hundreds of outfits you can buy which will make cracking photos of your festive season. Below you will see a picture of my Nessa who unfortunately passed away a few years ago. This photo brings back so many happy memories which makes it completely worth it. I know she looks grumpy in the photo but she really was such a happy Dog.
Always remember how to choose outfits for your Dog. Make sure they are a good fit and they don’t get stressed out wearing them. They should not be wearing it for too long anyway. For further info and fitting please check my previous article at Do Dogs Need to Wear Coats andjumpers?
Go Christmas Caroling
If you are lucky enough to be able to go Christmas Caroling then when not take your best friend with you? Just think of the entertainment value !!! I’m sure my Hudson would love it, but little Nelly would be an absolute nightmare. Her yapping is enough to put any seasoned carol Singer in their place. However, she does sound better than me lol.
On the serious side, if you are out in colder climates in the evening don’t forget that its not only your warmth you need to think about but your Dogs too. The above link applies as well.
Bake Some Doggy Christmas Treats
There’s nothing better than a warm kitchen with the aroma of baked goodies. (Even if it is liver treats for your loved one’s ha-ha). It is much more fun baking your own treats than buying them off the shelf. However, if you haven’t the time then off the shelf will still keep your furry friend happy. At the end of the day it is Christmas and he deserves it.
If you are having visitors over or are going visiting then make sure your Christmas pooch has had plenty of exercise. After you have opened all your presents, and your furry friend has run amok in the hoards of wrapping paper, take him outside for some more Christmas mayhem. Play fetch or have a good run around. Your visitors will appreciate it more if he is relaxed, and not running around the house like a maniac because of the intrusion.
It can be very exciting for your Dog on Christmas day. With all the hustle and bustle of opening presents, going for a run around, having visitors and skillfully begging scraps of Turkey, it can all be too overwhelming for him. Some Dogs can keep going all day, but many will need a place to have a lie down and a rest. If your house is full of people, make sure there is an area put aside with his food, water and bed, so that he can get away from it all and have a well deserved Christmas nap.
Buy Some Christmas Gifts For You Best Friend
If you are anything like us then you will spend more time with your furry friend than you do anyone else. Surely then they should receive gifts from us to show them we care !!! It takes a Dog takes quite some time to grow to love a person and to trust them 100%. Surely that should be celebrated. Anyway, since your last Christmas shopping spree I’m sure their toys are starting to look a bit rough round the edges or they have lost their squeak lol. Go on. TREAT Them.
We all want to enjoy ourselves over Christmas but we must be aware of the dangers that are ever present. That last thing we need is our loved one to get hurt or injured over the festive period. Here is a guide to some dangers:
Christmas Dinner – I know it’s Christmas and our furry friends deserve a treat, but too much can seriously injure them. Remember, during the rest of the year your Dog is on quite a controlled diet. Whether it’s too many home baked, or bought treats, these can really upset their digestive system. If everyone is sat around the table is dropping Turkey tit bits then this over indulgence can really make them sick. Just use common sense and keep an eye on them AND your guests !!!!
Poisons – There is a vast array of food and drinks that can poison your Dog. These are certainly in abundance at Christmas time. For example: Chocolate, Raisins, Holly and Ivy in decorations, Alcohol, Batteries (God forbid your loved one swallows one), Unbaked bread dough, Coffee, Blue Cheese, Garlic chives and onion found in stuffing, and Macadamia nuts.
Snow Globes – Some imported versions can contain antifreeze. Deadly to Dogs, Cats and us.
Candles – Yes they are very pretty and make a nice and cosy atmosphere but can also be deadly. If you leave candles on in an unoccupied room your Dog could brush against them and knock them over. Also, if they are inquisitive they could burn their nose or burn their paws.
Fairy lights and Tinsel – Dogs are very curious, so be careful if they go anywhere near the Christmas decorations. A chew through the fairy lights will electrocute them, and a swallowed piece of tinsel can cause a serious blockage in your Dog’s stomach.
It is only a few weeks until Christmas, and most people are already making plans, and getting ready for the festive period. I hope you have enjoyed my article on how to enjoy Christmas with your Dog. Common sense goes a long way to helping your enjoy the festive season, and I hope none of the dangers I have mentioned raise their ugly heads and spoil your special time.
Now is also a great time for Shopping. Black Friday starts tomorrow at amazon.co.uk where you can but lots of great presents, not only for your furry best friend but for your family and friends too.
Please see below some best Christmas dog gifts I have sourced from amazon.co.uk.
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Once the nights start drawing in and the temperature drops we must consider that it’s not only us that feel the difference, it’s our furry friends too. It is inevitable that you will not spend as much time outside as you would in the summer. However, just because we don’t want to go out so much it doesn’t mean our Dogs don’t want to too. My Hudson doesn’t care if it’s 100 degrees or minus 5 he will go out whatever the weather. As for Nelly, as soon as it gets below 20 degrees she wants to curl up and hibernate ha-ha.
So here are a few tips to bear in mind for protecting your Dog during winter.
There are two things every dog owner should be wary of come the winter. These are Frostbite and Hypothermia.
Frostbite – Frostbite effects Dogs just as it does us humans. When the body gets cold it draws blood from the extremities, to the core of the body, to try to help it stays warm. Therefore, your Dogs ears, paws and tail can get seriously damaged when ice crystals form in the tissue. Unfortunately this is not immediately obvious. Only when they start to thaw out does it become extremely painful. Also, in serious conditions, the skin can turn black and fall off.
Hypothermia – If your Dog spends too much time in the cold and wet he can easily develop hypothermia. This is particularly prevalent in older Dogs or Dogs that are in ill health. You will notice he starts to shiver and his ears and feet will get cold. As it gets worse you may see signs of lethargy, weakness and depression. These are all signs he needs to get back indoors in the warmth. If it gets really bad his muscles will stiffen and the heart rate will slow down. This can be life threatening so you must be able to recognise the symptoms early on.
Just because it is cold outside it does not mean you should not be taking your dog out. If you have small breeds and sort haired breeds then a coat is ideal. You must remember though that a coat will not protect your Dogs ears, paws and tail from the cold.
A great tip for winter walks is to think about the time you are going for a walk. If you can then take your Dog out later in the morning, once the temperature rises, then all the better. Try to avoid the last thing at night when the temperature has dropped. If it is sunny during the day then try to go out in the sun. Just a little bit of sun can make a massive difference to the walk. It will also give you both some well needed vitamin D.
Plan your Walks
Walking in winter can be a lot more hazardous than it is in summer. For example, if you live near a pond, river, or the sea your four legged friend may love jumping in the water. Of course, during the winter this can be extremely dangerous. The cold water can cause hypothermia and there is the danger of falling through ice.
You may need to trim his fur between his paws. This will help prevent ice balls forming which can be really painful.
Think about the footpaths. Are they icy? Have they been treated? if they are icy there will be slip hazards for both of you. Also, if it has been treated with chemicals or salt, this can get between his paws and can irritate his foot pads.
Think of where you are going. If it is dark, try to keep to lit up areas and wear bright or fluorescent clothing so that others can see you. We used to have a small light on our Nessa’s collar so if she was running in a nearby field then we could always see where she was.
Food and Health
During winter you and your Dog are likely to have a lot less exercise. Therefore, it is a good idea to cut down on BOTH of your food intakes !!! ha-ha. Water is just as important in winter as it is in summer. Ensure your furry friend gets plenty of water when exercising and keep him hydrated.
As for health wise, if your Dog is getting on a bit and is suffering from arthritis then he may feel the cold in his joints. If he starts to feel a lot of discomfort, a trip to the vet should be arranged.
A good moisturiser is useful to help prevent skin cracking on his paws, ears and tail. There are various types available. You can also get supplements you can add to his food that keeps your Dogs coat healthy in the winter.
Think about where your Dog will be sleeping at night. Try to keep his bed in a familiar area but away from any drafts and doors that keep opening and closing. Extra blankets on his bed can help, and raise it off any stone or tiled floor. You may even find that during cold spells he will be more determined to get on the sofa with you or even try to get on your bed. This is only because he wants extra warmth. (Or he is just spoilt ha-ha).
If you have an open fire in the winter this can be extremely dangerous. Make sure you have a suitable fireguard so he cannot get too close, or if the fire “spits,” he will not come to harm from rogue embers.
During winter it will be a lot easier for your Dog to get wet and filthy. They really don’t care about how they look and if they are wet and covered in mud. However, as previously mentioned, you need to look after their coat to look after their health. Make sure you bathe them and ensure they are dried thoroughly before letting them outside again. Don’t over do it with the washing and shampooing as this can also damage the fur and lead to skin conditions. Speak to a vet or professional groomer for advice on how often to bathe.
Looking after our loved ones in winter should not be a chore but should just be a change of routines. A little more thought needs to go into your daily activities, but it really should not cause any issues. As long as you stick to ensuring you are getting adequate exercise and think about your pets health then you shoud not go far wrong.
Please feel free to drop any hints or advice you want to share.
We live in a Mediterranean climate, and even though the days are getting shorter, it’s still warm, and a fleece is only really needed in the evenings. However, I have already seen a lot of Dogs out an about wearing thick winter coats.
When we lived in England our Schnauzer Nessa had a warm coat for winter. This was because it often snowed and she loved playing in it. So my question for today is “Do Dogs need to wear coats and jumpers?”
Not all Dogs Need a Winter Coat or Jumper
Obviously where you live and your breed of Dog are very important factors. Just because us humans are beginning to feel the cold, this does not mean your loved one is too.
Larger long haired Dogs do not need to have an extra layer. Examples of these are Malamute’s, Saint Bernard s and the Siberian Husky. These are perfectly happy in cold temperatures. For them an extra layer would be extremely uncomfortable and would most likely result in them overheating. There are also large breeds that might need an extra layer to keep them warm. For instance, a Greyhound is a large Dog, but with very short fur and little body fat. An extra layer will definitely be suitable for these animals.
Small short haired breeds will often need an extra layer in cold spells. Also, older Dogs, puppies and poorly Dogs can benefit with some extra warmth. If it is cold outside then put the jumper or coat on for when they are outside and doing their business. Once inside, where it is nice and warm, take it off. You do not want your Dog overheating.
If, you live in a warmer climate you do need to ask yourself if any Dog needs a coat or jumper. Yes, I know they look cute, and it’s certainly a conversational piece when all the Dogs are together running around in their woolly jumpers. However, they do have fur, so do they need a coat?
A Jumper will Not Always keep your Dog Warm
An important thing to remember is that we are a lot taller than our four legged friends. Where it is comfortable for us to walk around in a Jumper it might not be the same for our Dogs. If, you are walking on wet grass or there is dew on the ground the jumper is going to get wet. This will act in the same way as it would for us. Wet means cold and uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter how cute they look, their health and happiness is your priority.
Personally, I would only have my Dog wear a Jumper if it was really cold and the ground was dry. Also, if it’s really cold in the house, then I would recommend a jumper for a smaller short haired breed.
If it’s wet and cold then a fleece lined waterproof coat is the best idea. This will keep him warm and dry. Once home you can remove the coat and you will only need to dry his paws and face.
Not all Dogs will Become Accustomed to Wearing a Jumper or Coat
Some Dogs take to wearing outer garments like a duck to water but others will never take to it. If, you leave it until the last minute before you walk out the door your Dog may dislike the idea and “freeze in place” or go absolutely bananas. You can try to calmly “dress” him and let him wander around the house first to get used to it. NEVER force your Dog to wear an outer garment and then drag him out of the house. You may just have to deal with the fact he won’t wear it. Then you may need to come up with another idea.
Our Hudson has a waterproof jacket for when it’s tipping it down. He has no qualms whatsoever wearing it. On the other hand our Nelly hates it with a vengeance. Although she hates the rain, she would rather get wet than wear her coat. Luckily she only weighs 3 Kg so it’s not too much to dry her when we get home.
Quality not Quantity
When choosing a Jumper or Coat remember it’s quality not quantity that counts. A thick coat does not mean it’s going to keep your Dog warmer. It is more likely to be uncomfortable for your Dog and could impair his movement resulting in him getting stressed out and possibly overheating. Technology these days provides lot lighter garments that are lined adequately, therefore presenting a more suitable warm garment.
Even when buying Jumpers, make sure you do the research first. You must make sure it is a comfortable fit and doesn’t have bits hanging off it that could get caught in bushes or furniture. These include zippers, buttons, tags and hooks. All these can get caught or chewed off and swallowed. Make sure it is easy to pull on and off and it does not cause your Dog to struggle. The most common mistake I have seen is jumpers that are too tight which cause your Dog to act like a fish on the end of a line when they are being removed.
Think about the material, a wool jumper may be warm but how often will you need to wash it? Will your Dog be comfortable with wool or will it cause him to itch? A good blend of wool and cotton is a great idea. Make sure it has a tight weave so it is more durable and will last longer.
Measuring for a Jumper or Coat
Make sure you know the measurements of your Dog before you go to the shop or order online. Make sure your best friend is standing up and measure from the base of his neck (where the collar should sit) to the base of his tail. Also, measure his chest and waist. The majority of clothes use these measurements. If unsure go for the larger size as comfort is paramount. Never make him wear tight clothes that impairs his movement or breathing.
Once you have your garment and he is wearing it, check he has plenty of movement around the neck and the armpit area and he has plenty of freedom of movement. If, you are happy with his fit then he should be too.
It can be a confusing time once winter arrives on our doorstep. Does my Dog need a Coat or Jumper or is it just a fashion thing? It really does depend on where you live and the breed of your Dog. Just because your neighbour has a Yorkie with the latest trendy dog coat it doesn’t mean he needs it. He could be overheating and dehydrating quickly in his coat.
On the other hand you maybe in your house and your toy poodle who is shivering uncontrollably. There is only so much curling up they can do to keep warm. Get a blanket to cover him and he will let you know when he is too warm. Alternatively put a pretty jumper on him to keep him warm. He won’t care what design or pretty pattern it has. As long as he is warm he will be happy.
I hope this article has helped with any misconceptions as to whether or not to go and buy a Coat or Jumper for your loved one this winter. Please see a few of my favourites on amazon.co.uk.
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