Saturday, June 29, 2013

Black and White Sunday #50

Wow, it’s hard to believe that we have completed 50 weeks of Black & White photography!  I don’t know
about you, but I have fallen in love with it. Since starting the B&W photography hop I have learned to pay more attention to composition, lighting, perspective - and I have found the creative thought process with black and white images to be fun and artistic. I would love to know if you have learned any new insights
when it comes to shooting in B&W. Do you experimented much with it, or do you prefer shooting in color?
We are teaming up with You Did What With Your Weiner and Dachshund Nola to host a Black and White Sunday blog hop. Want to join the hop? Just follow the rules below.
  • Link up your blog name and URL using the Linky Tool below.
  • Follow your co-hosts and follow as many other blogs on the Linky
    as you’d like.
  • Please only submit a few photos with minimal or no text, and
    make sure it’s in BLACK AND WHITE.
  • Grab the “Black and White Sunday Blog Hop” button below and
    include it in your Sunday Blog post.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Build A Sign Review & Giveaway

Have you heard of  They are the really neat company that allows you to customize your own signs, banners and stickers.  I was contacted by BuildASign to try out their site and customize a few products of my own.   They have a banner maker, sign maker, and a business card maker, all dedicated for making your designing experience easier.  You can check out this video to learn more about the company, or visit their facts page to read about their vision and all of the wonderful ways they give back to the community. If you are a member of the Military (like we are) then you will definitely want to check out their Troops Program. 

I knew exactly what I wanted to customize for myself – new business cards of course!  We all know how important business cards are to your personal branding, especially for the purpose of promoting yourself in your online market.  I just ordered new business cards (from another vendor) for my Pretty Shiny Object site but didn't really care for the way they turned out, so I was very excited to get another chance to do it right
this time.
The site is pretty easy to navigate through, and once you are in the business card section you have a multitude of pre-made templates available to choose from, or the option of uploading a pre-made
design.  I decided to use a pre-made template and it was fun adding all of the elements available in the editor along with my own logo.  I was able to manipulate and move all the elements around with full control, which made my design possibilities endless.  I ended up designing a set of business cards for this blog, along with my Pretty Shiny Object website.  I have included a video of the process so you can see how easy it was using their business card maker.

Here are my new cards!

What do you think?  I really like my new business cards and I’m happy that BuildASign made it happen. These cards are high quality and beautifully printed. Best of all, they are affordably priced. To give you an idea, one set of 100 business cards with a 2"x 3.5" size (matte) would only have cost me $11.99 each, and if you have ordered business cards before, you know that price is pretty great! The best part is that BuildASign has offered to giveaway one of the following great prizes to one lucky reader: 
- 25 Bumper Magnets
- 50 Bumper Stickers 
- 250 Business Cards 
- A 3' x 6' Vinyl Banners
We have provided you ways to enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway begins on 06/29/2013 at 12:00 AM (Eastern Time) and ends on 07/06/2013 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) .  The winner will be notified by email - good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received these product free from BuildASign. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own. I only recommend products or services I use personally
and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bark and Bites - Dogs and Weddings

Wedding season is in full swing this month and I get really excited seeing all of the different trends on the internet. One trend that does not seem to be going away is dogs and weddings; whether that means including
your furbabies in your magical day, or actually hosting a dog wedding. Whatever you decide to do, you will want to make sure to do plenty of research before the big day.  Here are a few articles on the subject that might come in handy for you.
  • The Knot shares with you 7 ways to dress your wedding dog.
  • You can read here on how to host a dog wedding.
  • Here is a list of pet safe wedding decorations.
  • I love this idea on incorporating your dogs into your wedding if they are not able to attend.
  • I found great tips here on including your dogs in your wedding.
  • Pet Pointers: How to Include Your Dog can be found here.
  • I always appreciate Real Simple’s guide to wedding planning.
We are joining up with Newfandhound to bring you this weeks Bark & Bites links.  Hope on over to see what links she has for you!
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #133

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Black and White Sunday #49

We are teaming up with You Did What With Your Weiner and Dachshund Nola to host a Black and White Sunday blog hop. Want to join the hop? Just follow the rules below.
  1. Link up your blog name and URL using the Linky Tool below.
  2. Follow your co-hosts and follow as many other blogs on the Linky as you’d like.
  3. Please only submit a few photos with minimal or no text, and make sure it’s in BLACK AND WHITE.
  4. Grab the “Black and White Sunday Blog Hop” button below and include it in your Sunday Blog post.
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Dog Theme Slumber Party

I have never been to a dog themed slumber party, but it’s always fun to look the part.  Here are just a few of my favorites in the slumber party genre.
Dog Theme Slumber Party

Dog Theme Slumber Party by elizabeth-bergesen featuring ted baker handbags

Paul Smith crew neck t shirt / River Island , $23 / Ted Baker handbag, $59 / Urban Decay eye shadow / Jan Constantine Cream British Bulldog Cushion, $140 / Zhu-Zhu Furry Animal Slippers Puppy Dog, $7.56 / 1928 JEWELRY Vintage Labrador Dog Pill Box / NEW PLUSH SOFT TOY MINKPLUSH Lazybones Bandit Beige Brown Dog 50cm... / Ted Baker Dorin Dog Print Large Washbag , Powder Blue, $30

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bark and Bites -Dogs, Picnics and Barbecues

What is the one thing that can make every picnic or barbecue better? Dogs - and I don’t mean the kind that you eat. For this week’s Bark & Bites we've rounded up some fun dog inspired items that will make for great conversation pieces at your next picnic or barbecue.
  1. Spice up conversations in the kitchen or around the BBQ with this tasty-looking apron.
  2. This lunch box comes packed as a small place mat which lays flat and wipes clean with a damp cloth. It’s also super cute!
  3. Enjoy your tasty beverage in this drinking glass and don't be caught with a disposable red cup again.
  4. The Mega Mat multi-purpose blanket/seat cushion cover combines a 100% waterproof PVC backing with a padded lining to keep you and your dog comfortable and dry.
  5. We thought these napkins would make for a cute addition to any picnic or barbecue that you would be hosting.
  6. Of course no hot dog would be complete without a pair of Dachshund corn holders to hold onto.
Need some tips on how to throw a dog themed picnic? You can read tips here. eHow shares a few tips will help you bring dogs to a picnic without ruining everyone’s fun. Pawnation decodes some of the most common concerns when it comes to bringing your dog outside with you. Here are 8 foods commonly found at picnics and barbecues that must be kept away from your pets at all times!  We’ve teamed up with Robin from Newfandhound so hop on over for more great links!

Someof the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click
on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe
will add value to my readers.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #132

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Strawberry Margarita Yogurt Ice Pops

Last week I made the dogs frozen yogurt berry bones which were a big hit! This week I wanted to make an adult version of that fun strawberry treat, so I infused it with a little bit of alcohol.  I approached the treat like I would make a strawberry margarita, making it a cocktail on a stick. You could also easily adapt this recipe by including pineapple or blueberries or any other fun adult fruity beverage you might like.

  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 oz tequila
  • 2 oz agave nectar (or your sweetener of choice)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Combine the strawberries, tequila, 1 oz agave nectar and
    lime juice in a blender and purée until smooth.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large
    liquid measuring cup or bowl with a spout and set aside.
  • Combine the yogurt and left over agave nectar in the blender
    and purée until smooth.
  • Pour the strawberry mixture into your popsicle molds only
    filling about only half full. Add the popsicle sticks, if necessary, and fill
    the yogurt mixture on top filling the mold completely.  Place the molds in the freezer for at least
    24 hours.
If you try them let me know how they turn out for you!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Black and White Sunday #48

We are teaming up with You Did What With Your Weiner and Dachshund Nola to host a Black and White Sunday blog hop. Want to join the hop? Just follow the rules below.
  1. Link up your blog name and URL using the Linky Tool below.
  2. Follow your co-hosts and follow as many other blogs on the Linky as you’d like.
  3. Please only submit a few photos with minimal or no text, and make sure it’s in BLACK AND WHITE.
  4. Grab the “Black and White Sunday Blog Hop” button below and include it in your Sunday Blog post.

Slow Feeding Bowls

We all know that dogs who inhale large amounts of food too quickly can develop serious problems such as vomiting, bloat and even death. As of late, I’ve noticed that Luna and Penny are both eating a little too quickly for my comfort.  I have separated them in the kitchen during feeding time, hoping to alleviate any rushing, but I’m also considering getting them both a food bowl that is designed to force slow eating. I have
been checking out the so called "slow down" bowls on the market and thought I would do a round-up of what's out there. Here are some options I came across in my search.
In the meantime I have actually flipped Penny’s bowl upside down when feeding her because the design of her current bowl actually produces the same design and result as a slow feeding bowl. I am actually quite
surprised how many seconds have been added onto Penny’s consumption time.  Luna’s bowl is not shaped the same way, so I am not able to test this out on her, but I can only imagine that having a bowl designed to slow her down would actually do just that. Do you have any experience with a slow feeding bowl?  If you do I would love to know how it works out for you.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bark and Bites - Father's Day Gift Ideas

Some dads are easy to shop for: coffee mug, tie, power tool - but what about gifts for the Dad who is a
devoted dog lover?  I tend to think these kinds of Dad’s are easier to shop for as we already know what they love – dogs!  Need some suggestions for these kinds of gifts?  I've done some digging for you, and here are a few really unique finds that are all handcrafted from Etsy.

  • Cattails Woodwork takes beautiful fiddleback maple and transforms them into pretty objects like this Farmers Desk Organizer
  • You can find this fun dog daddy key-chain from Bff Gifts.
  • John W Golden specializes in whimsical dog art print, along with fish and other animals.
  • Ialbert has iPhone cases, pillows, and fun cuff links with Dachshund prints on them.
  • The Silver Diva specializes in all sorts of hand stamped jewelry like this Best Dad Ever Riveted Keychain.
  • Reclaim2fame makes sculptures with personality, like this comical robot dog.
Make sure to hop on over to NewandHound to see what kind of Father's Day gift ideas she has for you!

The Kong Dental Chew Giveaway ends tomorrow, so make sure to get another entry in before it closes!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #131

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Happy Birthday Luna

They say that Golden Retrievers are slow to mature and can retain their silly, playful personalities for many years, while some can even keep their puppyish traits into old age. This must explain why - when looking at the calendar - I was shocked to realize that today is Luna’s fifth birthday! There are many things to take into account when calculating a dog’s age, such as the breed. However, for this post I am using the now-inaccurate rule-of-thumb and multiplying her age by seven, thus making her thirty-five in “dog years.”  Since I will also be turning thirty-five this following year, I am doing Luna a favor by not making a big deal out of it. 
I will simply quote Caryn Leschen: “Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.”  Or how about this: “Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.” ~Bob Hope. Not working for you? How about this: “Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”  ~Chili Davis. Do you have any wise birthday quotes you would like to share?

Monday, June 10, 2013

How To Find A New Dog Groomer

Having a great dog groomer is like having an awesome hair stylist; you never, ever want to leave them or put your hair in the hands of someone you don’t know. Whether you're looking for someone new because you are new to the area (like we often
are) or you just got fed up with your previous groomer, here are a few tips that might make your search a little easier.
Word of Mouth
I am a firm believer that the best place to find a great groomer
is from the people around you.  Run down that beautifully groomed dog and ask them (the human not the dog) where they go to get beautified.  We found our current
groomer by a poodle’s recommendation – yes that’s right – a poodle! Who better
to get a recommendation from then by a perfectly primed dog? 
Review Websites Such As Yelp
Yelp is the website to go to when seeking reviews and recommendations.  Reviewers are open, honest, and sometimes downright rude when leaving their opinions about services rendered. If people loved the service they received from a particular groomer, they will say so.  If they hated their experience and the dog left looking like who knows what, they will say so. I often take a look at reviews on Yelp, but know that a lot of them are sometimes false and untrue, however when a company has more negative reviews than positive, I probably won’t be taking my dog there.
Check out the facilities
Don’t be afraid to take your pet with you for a tour of the facilities before your pet’s first grooming appointment. This will give you an opportunity to have your pet become somewhat familiar with the place, and on this visit you can decide if you feel comfortable leaving your pet there.  Make sure to ask them about different styles, techniques and products used as not all dog groomers operate in the same way.
Communicate with the groomer
Ask them what experience they have with your particular type of dog. For example if you have a Golden Retriever, you will want to make sure the dog groomer knows how to properly groom their fur.  I was fortunate enough to find a groomer who specializes in Golden Retrievers, so I felt confident knowing Luna was going to still look like a beautiful Golden Retriever when her appointment was finished.
Give them a try
Sometimes when it comes to finding a new dog groomer you may just have to try them out to see for yourself how well things work out.  After the appointment you should always ask the groomer and find out if there were any problems during the service, and you will want to make sure there are no cuts or bruises on your dog.  Remember if you are not comfortable with the groomer than your dog will not be comfortable either.
When the time comes for you to seek out a new groomer for your dog, how do you go about doing it?

Don't forget to enter our Kong Dental Chew Giveaway! 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Black and White Sunday #47

We are teaming up with You Did What With Your Weiner and Dachshund Nola to host a Black and White Sunday blog hop. Want to join the hop? Just follow the rules below.
  1. Link up your blog name and URL using the Linky Tool below.
  2. Follow your co-hosts and follow as many other blogs on the Linky as you’d like.
  3. Please only submit a few photos with minimal or no text, and make sure it’s in BLACK AND WHITE.
  4. Grab the “Black and White Sunday Blog Hop” button below and include it in your Sunday Blog post.
Don't forget to enter our Kong Dental Chew Giveaway

Friday, June 7, 2013

Review and Giveaway - Kong Dental Chews

We are all about clean teeth and gums in this house, even more so now that Penny has had a recent cleaning.  Anything that I can do to help maintain her pearly whites is fine by me, even if that means using dog treats that will fight plaque and tarter buildup. Kong Dental Chews are supposed to do just that; fight plaqueand tarter buildup, and inhibiting bacterial growth to reduce chances of gum disease.  There are three different Chews to choose from all offering something slightly different from one another.
  • Chicken Dental Chews are their basic treats that inhibit bacterial growth and reducing gum disease. This vitamin-enriched chew is made with Real Chicken and healthy, human-grade ingredients.
  • Dental Chews Calcium is a treat enriched with extra calcium that also helps to fight plaque and tarter buildup.
  • Fresh Breath Dental Chews have added Parsley and Alfalfa, which are natural sources of breath freshening Chlorophyll.
All of these treats are wheat, corn, and soy free.  They do not contain any artificial colors, flavors, or byproducts.  They are naturally preserved and contain STAY-C®: a patent-protected, bio-available form of
Vitamin C.  These treats are available in a variety of sizes and are proudly made in the USA.  To get a full list of their ingredients you can visit their website and see what is included in each treat.

All three chews were a big hit with the dogs!  The chew does have a strong smell to it, but it is otherwise very firm and does not rub off into your hands.  The treat roughly measures around 2” in length which fits perfectly into a small Kong toy.  Since Penny can swallow things quite quickly, I felt more at ease breaking up the chew into smaller pieces, and by breaking I mean using my strong kitchen scissors to do the job.  It took her quite a while to consume the treat; as well it did with Luna too.  
Dental Chews are available in PetSmart and Petco as well as select Independent pet store retailers nationwide. Pricing ranges from $14.99-16.99.  You can get to know more about the Kong Company by visiting their social networks. 
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  • Twitter – (handle: @KONGTreats)
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  • Instagram –

Ready to enter our giveaway?  Kong will be giving away three bags of Dental Chews to three winners! We have several ways to enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below; as always, you can enter with as many or as few methods as you like.  This if for US residents only and the giveaway starts on June 7th and ends on June 14th. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received these products free from Kong. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Blog Feature - Canines and Couture

Hi friends! Today is my first blog feature and I am very excited to be interviewing Jules from Canine & Couture!  I recently had the pleasure of discovering her blog (only a few months ago) and instantly fell in love with it!  Jules and Rufus are super cute and her adoration for fashion, food, design, dogs, and all things pretty are evident once you visit her site.  I had Jules answer a few questions so we could all get to know her better.

First give me a little back ground history on how Canines & Couture came to be.
Canines & Couture was born in a Fashion Marketing class at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. I did a whole project on creating a brand and marketing campaign around the concept. I remember my teacher saying to me that Canines & Couture was something that I could actually bring to fruition and ended up getting an A on the project. Ultimately I decided that pursuing my Masters at AAU was not for me but the idea behind Canines & Couture stayed with me until finally I acted on it. Now I realize that even though I felt some guilt over quitting AAU, it was absolutely necessary for where I am today with my blog. I’ve truly found my passion and I didn’t need to spend $100,000+ to get there!

What type of reader would be attracted to your blog, and what can readers expect when they visit Canines & Couture?

Canines & Couture is a fusion of two of my favorite things in life, fashion and dogs. A lot of people think it’s about dog fashion when they hear the name but really, that’s only a small part of my content. I talk about women’s fashion and dogs in equal parts and some of that includes dog fashion. I think those who are most attracted to my blog are fashionable dog lovers and fashionable dog owners, as well as English Bulldog owners and admirers. I think my readers are people who pay attention to and covet the details in life.The great thing about Canines & Couture is that you don’t have to be completely passionate about both to enjoy my content. I have a lot of followers who just love fashion or just love dogs but feel a little indifferent about the other piece of the puzzle. It makes it fun and challenging for me to have two very different audiences at times. If you follow along religiously, you’ll notice I also throw in some other topics I’m passionate about, such as psychology, home décor, food, and the business of blogging.

I don’t think I have ever met an English bulldog before, so please tell me why Rufus is the love of your life?

Rufus is like no other dog I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with. He is a clown; a clutz; a drooling, slobbering, farting, sneezing, shedding, nugget ball of fur. There’s something so unfiltered and transparent
about his love. He loves me with reckless abandon, head butting me when he’s happy to see me come through the door; snorting snot all over my face when he’s really excited about getting fed; taking my knees out when he’s circling around me protectively over someone or another dog. He’s careless and goofy and
heart-meltingly cute. My heart literally aches from joy when I look at his smooshy face, 1-inch under bite and protruding teeth. And it doesn't matter how many times he throws up on the carpet or poops in the kitchen (which is thankfully few and far between now); I can never be angry with him. Never. English Bulldogs are part of my soul; my love for the breed comes from the deepest part of my authentic self.

Canine & Couture recently celebrated its one year anniversary. Did you know what you were getting yourself into when you started blogging?

I did and I didn't. I knew that if I really wanted to make Canines & Couture special; I needed to work hard. What surprised me was how much I loved it. How natural it felt. How much relief I felt finding something I was so passionate about. I was also surprised at just how much there was to learn and how willing and eager I was to learn it. There is SO much to take in about the business of blogging. I think a lot of people who don’t blog professionally think, “How hard could it be?” When in reality, blogging is not for the faint of heart, especially if you want to do it well and have another life-sustaining job.

They say that no outfit is complete without dog hair, but I’m sure you have some other thoughts regarding that subject. Can you give us any fashion tips when it comes to maintaining a stylish wardrobe while owning a dog?
What a great question. Avoid black! Haha Honestly, my biggest piece of advice would be to relieve yourself from the expectation that you will ever have or own anything perfect-looking again. This was a particularly hard notion to grasp for me because I’m a perfectionist and love beautiful things. I would fight it when I first got Rufus and every time he got hair, drool, snot, or even poop on one of my most fashionable possessions, it
would frustrate me so much. I started to feel unstylish! Now, I’ve accepted wholly that this is part of my life; the hair all over my bed and rugs; the drool on my black slacks; the chew marks on my shoes (from his puppy months); the dirt from his paws on my jeans. Once I stopped worrying about it, I actually felt MORE fashionable because I had this amazing animal by my side when I left the house. He gets me more attention than I ever would on my own wearing clothes that are dog hair-free. Don’t you just love her and Rufus now? Make sure to stop by her blog (to read our
feature) and welcome her to the dog blogging community!
 Interested in doing a blog swap? Send me an email and we can chat about it!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #130

I friends, just a quick note here.  Some of you have contacted me regarding ‘connecting’
issues when first viewing my site.  I
first want to apologize for any problems you may be experiencing, thank you for
taking the time to contact me, and also let you know that (unfortunately) there
is nothing that I can do about it.  I
have had my support team look at my site inside and out, and they say that everything
is linked, connected, and set up properly from the back end. So… after some
investigating of my own (and with the help of a few friends) it appears that
Google Chrome is currently the culprit. Squarespace supports the most recent
version of major web browsers, and it may just be that the newest update from
Chrome is not behaving well with Squarespace. 
At least that is the best answer that I can come up with.  I ask you to please don’t get frustrated with
my site, and maybe consider viewing it in another web browser if you are
experiencing problems. Hopefully this will all go away soon!  As always, you
can leave me a message or comments on my Facebook Page.  Thanks a bunch!

Tasty Tuesday - Frozen Yogurt Berry Bones

My dogs love ice cookies! Every time I am in the kitchen and the freezer door gets opened, I have two dogs at my feet begging for an ice cookie. While I think ice cookies are a great way to keep my dogs hydrated, I sometimes wonder if the constant crunching on ice can be damaging to their teeth.  Now that the weather is consistently remaining warmer, and lots of ice cookies will be handed out, I’m trying out new ice treats that should be a little gentler in their mouths.
I had some plain yogurt in the fridge, along with a few left over strawberries, so I decided to combine them together knowing that yogurt is good for maintaining a healthy digestive track. I poured some yogurt into a blender, added a touch of water, and blended until smooth. I took the two leftover strawberries and diced them up. I added the diced strawberries into the mold and filled it them with the yogurt blend.  The mold I am using is called Chillin Bones that I found at a near by pet store, but currently it's on sale at Amazon for only $6.99!  This particular mold is for small bones, which is a perfect size for Penny, but there is a larger one available as well. After a few hours in the freezer the treats were ready to go and my dogs were eager to try them out. My husband even commented that he enjoyed them, so now I’m thinking of making a human version for us to try.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Dog Bites and Bee Stings

Normally our Dachshund likes to greet my husband’s return home with a little gentle nibble on his nose, but on this particular occasion, when she heard the garage open, she couldn't wait for him to come through the door from the garage to the porch. Instead, she found the nearest moving object, and gave it a chomp.  Unfortunately it happened too quickly, and I couldn't stop her.  Penny caught, killed, and dismembered a bee right before my eyes.  She didn't cry in pain, instead she just spat the bee out and looked up at me waiting for approval of a job well done.
At first I wasn't certain there had been any trauma (to the dog that is – the bee was very traumatized… dead even), because Penny didn't even flinch - she just trotted alongside my husband as he finally walked in and set down his bags.  Then she shook her head a few times, which was a bit out-of-the-ordinary.  Knowing that bee and wasp stings can be dangerous for some dogs, I quickly examined the inside of her mouth to see if I could spot any type of redness or swelling.  Thankfully there was none, but I did spot the bee’s stinger lodged in the tip of her tongue!  

This bee mauling happened well after the vet’s closing hours, so I knew taking Penny in was not an option. I also knew that a simple sting can be safely left alone, but I still had to remove the stinger from her tongue.
Dachshunds are known for their long strong jaw and immense bite-and-hold power, and anyone who has ever owned Dachshunds knows that they don’t let you ‘hang out’ or mess around inside their mouths.  It’s a completely different story with Goldens - I can brush Luna’s teeth, play with her cheeks, and hold onto her tongue – and she lets me.  I can’t do any of these things with Penny, so I had to thoughtfully plan out the removal.
The tactic I chose for removing the stinger was simple – wait for Penny to fall asleep then slowly work my way inside her mouth.  It took a few hours and at least five different attempts, but I finally managed to work my finger inside her mouth while she was asleep, and quickly scraped the stinger out with a few flicks of my fingernail. I then startled Luna, my husband, and Penny by jumping up and down and screeching with joy after my amazing (to me) accomplishment.
Treating bee stings in dogs is not much different from treating humans for the same issue. The first priority is to assess the ‘victim’ for signs of allergic reaction. If you see any, then a trip to the vet is absolutely necessary… unless it’s a human, then the hospital would be a more natural fit!
Here is a treatment plan from webmd -
  1. Identify the insect.
  2. If the stinger is found (a small black sac), remove it by scraping it out with your fingernail or a credit card. Do not squeeze or use tweezers, as this can inject more venom. (Only bees leave their stingers behind.)
  3. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it directly to the sting.
  4. Apply an ice pack to relieve the pain and swelling.
  5. Apply calamine lotion to relieve the itching.
  6. Your veterinarian may prescribe an antihistamine.
  7. If the dog exhibits signs of hypersensitivity to the venom (agitation, face scratching, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, collapse, or seizures), take him at once to the nearest veterinary facility for treatment of anaphylactic shock.

Have you ever had to deal with dog and bee stings before?  What was your experience like?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Black and White Sunday #46

You should check out this 60 second video from Photoshop Elements to see how you can achieve splashes of color in your black and white photos.  It's pretty fun!  Can you guess which is the original black and white photo?We are teaming up with You Did What With Your Weiner and Dachshund Nola to host a Black and White Sunday blog hop. Want to join the hop?
Just follow the rules below.
  1. Link up your blog name and URL using the Linky Tool below.
  2. Follow your co-hosts and follow as many other blogs on the Linky as you’d like.
  3. Please only submit a few photos with minimal or no text, and make sure it’s in BLACK AND WHITE.
  4. Grab the “Black and White Sunday Blog Hop” button below and include it in your Sunday Blog post.

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