Dogs Are People Too!

This blog is dedicated to our four-legged friends-everyone's favorite pet-the beloved dog. Here we can discuss anything and everything related to dogs. We can share stories, photos, health and training tips, grooming tips; anything and everything related to the canines in our lives. Welcome and please do not hesitate to comment! I love to read other's stories and this blog was created to share. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back often!
ABOUT MAGGIE-We decided to get a puppy and began scouring the local online market places in the beginning of July in 2005. We answered an ad that was advertising small, mixed breed pups, made an appointment and drove an hour north to NordingrĂ¥ to visit the puppies. The breeder had the puppies out in her yard in a small enclosure. The pups were 8 weeks old. She told us that the mother was a Papillon and that the father was a Yorkshire Terrier. Both parents were there. One of the puppies looked very much like a Chihuahua, as he was short-haired and black and tan colored. I questioned the owner, because the father of the puppies did not look like a pure bred Yorkie to me, but she insisted that he was.There were four puppies in the litter. One had been sold already. Beside the one that looked like a Chihuahua, there was Maggie and then another female that had the same features as Maggie, only she was all brown with a black stripe running down the middle of her back. We decided that we liked the coloring of little Maggie and her sweet disposition, so we happily bought her and took her home that day.I have heard of so many names of this mixed breed. They can be called Yorkipaps, Papiyorks or Yorkillons! Maggie has the Yorkie face with the Pap ears and coloring. So many people that meet her have said what a perfect combination of breeds she seems to be!One of the neat things about Maggie is that we will never forget her birthday. She was born on May 5, 2005, so it's 5/5/05! So I suppose you could say that her lucky number is 5!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Help Your Dog to Lose Weight

Dogs are not that different from human beings in that if they eat too much of the wrong kinds of food and don't get enough exercise then they put on weight.. having put on weight they are even less inclined to take exercise and so put on even more weight.

Some dog owners like to give their pet snacks and treats to help in training, and some just to show their love for their dog. Too many treats of the wrong kind can upset a dog's natural dietary inclination towards high protein foods like neat and direct them increasingly towards an unhealthy diet that's high in carbohydrate.

An unhealthy diet and lack of sufficient exercise conspire to make a dog overweight with the same kind of health risk that overweight humans run. These risks include furring up of arteries leading to heart trouble, diabetes, joint and ligament problems, and premature death. If you over feed your dog with the wrong kind of food you will certainly shorten its life span and make its latter years miserable.

Dogs, like humans need a balanced diet with plenty of protein for growth and maintaining muscle mass, and also vitamins and fibre. They get energy from both fat and carbohydrate in their diet, although can even convert protein into energy if required. A healthy dog, like a healthy human, should have a diet as natural as possible with a minimum of processed food.

For the sake of convenience and practicability, it may not be possible to feed your dog on 100% home cooked food of course, but there are plenty of good quality dried foods that are available that can be mixed with meat to provide the right diet. Relying on canned dog foods is not a good idea because they often bulked out with too much carbohydrate, or are made from the lowest quality meat sources including animal organs.

If your dog is all ready overweight then you need to instigate a plan to gradually alter its diet to make it less reliant on carbohydrate and more protein rich, coupled with a gradual increase in the amount of daily exercise. Special weight reduction dried foods are a little more expensive than the ordinary but are higher in nutrition and lower in calories, so are worth the investment. A good idea is to cover kibble for ten minutes with hot water before serving, as this causes the food to swell and makes the dog feel fuller and be less likely to overeat.

In -between meal snacks should be curtailed as much as possible, and should be protein, not carbohydrate based. Do not allow your dog scraps from the table or any human junk foods like biscuits or cakes, as these are a sure way to put weight on your dog. It is a good idea to feed your dog first before sitting down to dinner yourself, as that will help minimise begging at the table.

Exercising your dog more can be fun and shouldn't be seen as a chore, although as a pet owner from choice, you do have the responsibility to see that your dog gets enough exercise. Provided you have a nearby open space, a medium or large dog can run up and down to fetch a ball or stick, a pastime that most dogs love. Some owners will jog with their dog, reaping the benefits of exercise for themselves as well. Unfortunately many people, when thinking of getting a dog, underestimate the amount of exercise that they need. If you doubt that you can walk or run a couple of miles a day, it is better to go for a smaller breed of dog that you can cope with.

It is all too easy to "kill with kindness" if you are a dog owner, but by sticking to a sensible healthy diet, and giving your dog the daily exercise it needs you will be rewarded with a fit animal that you can be proud to be seen with, and you will be giving it the quality of life that it deserves.

The author is a dog owner who wants to improve the lot of dogs generally. There is much more information about weight loss and nutrition for dogs at


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