Living with a dog is a weekly overview of the posts published in the last week on this blog, and some of the discussions prompted in the comments or thoughts that I had as a result of hindsight later on.
Warm regards and Thanks to Jodi Stone [heartlikeadog] who hosts Follow-up Friday, the blog hop that let’s you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend. Her co-host this week is Dawn @ Pet Auto Safety. Please visit them to check up on the other participating blogs.
The following list gives you a quick idea of the main topics covered in this issue, before the full article:
- remembering Nutty
- is it safe to leave the dog alone in the balcony?
- beach safety for water dogs
- how to produce an image where the colour appears washed out in parts of the image
- Which is your best photo of the week?
- Thunderstorm phobia and the thundershirt
Without further ado…
I don’t know much about guinea pigs but now I am learning that they also can have thunderstorm phobia and they grieve when their mates die. Taking this moment to remember Nutty.
Canine health and living
This week, we took a closer look at how safe balconies are for dogs, and should we leave them there alone. While I tried to make the post informative, I suspect the humans who actively seek/read such information usually are well-informed already. :P Nevertheless, I thank you folks for being so encouraging :P
hutchagoodlife: I didn’t think about anything to do with balconies as I’ve never had one but I have one piggy with an extreme fear of thunderstorms to the point where it could hurt itself.
weggieboy: People are alarmingly ignorant of their fuzzy friends’ needs. Even simple things like leaving a pet in a hot apartment can be dangerous. I always leave the air conditioning on if I’m not here to judge how hot it is in terms relative to my Persian cats, with their long hair.
Sonel: People don’t realise that pets are like small kids – they can’t think for themselves and react to their instinct. As their ‘parents’ we should do everything in our power to keep them safe and healthy and by just giving them food and water just doesn’t do it.
Let’s take a drive to Changi Beach Photo Series
Alas, here at weliveinaflat, we also have lapses in our judgement and “don’t think” enough as Pat(ricia) says! *repents*
While enjoying the photos of the dogs running around and Mikki the Golden Retriever “sticking” to her guns and refusing to leave the water until she gets to complete her important mission of retrieving, please also bear in mind these kind words of caution from 1stWorldDog:
…(ps. suggest to owner of little dog if you see them again to take the leads off. Their dogs and also Donna, if they can catch her, might get there paws tangled and hurt themselves. Better to take leads off and have treats (or whatever motivation works) for a recall. (Apologies if getting a bit preachy… Just little things to keep the pups safe)
Just as lovely as those gundogs are out in the water… don’t throw them a stick.
For more horror stories about sticks, this post has the links.
Links to the continuing series of beach photos: The waves… they be too loud | Three dogs | Grainy dogs running on a sandy beach | Mikki only plays with humans | The one about the cute puppy | Let’s take a drive to Changi Beach
Photography and image editing
Janet @ Sustainabilitea said: I like the photo with the cat in color and everything else washed out. How did you do that?
Answer: Primitively :P For the picture in the post – What lies under the bushes – I made a copy of the coloured image in black and white and layered it over the colour. And then I erased the parts of the black and white where I want the colour to show up. Setting the eraser to e.g. 20-50% allows the lighter wash of colour which makes it look wash out. Setting the eraser to 100% reveals the cat and the warm texture and structure of the surrounding dried leaves on the ground. It was all done in Photoshop.
Next, you are all invited to join the MBPOTW challenge. A weekly photography sharing event that shares your favourite picture taken/edited/posted for that week with others.
This challenge hopes to find people who:
- would like a more structured weekly process of reviewing your total output for the week and re-feature your favourite that week, so it may be better appreciated on its own
- want to share photos that do not fit with existing themed challenges
- no restrictions on subject matter or format. Only criteria is to just post 1 photo of your own that you would love to share for that week.
- For details, http://weliveinaflat.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/my-best-photo-of-the-week-mbpotw-challenge-week-2/
I would like to thank Bodhi, the 1stWorldDog for being so sporting to take part!! :D Melinda is just so super awesome in all ways, including training advice.
If you have any questions about this activity, please do ask. :)
Thunderstorm phobia and the Thundershirt
We introduced the Thundershirt to Donna, rather haphazardly but it was fine since she was pretty used to having the pink T-shirt on her already.
Here’s a collation of the comments about the Thundershirt on this blog so far:
Thundershirt worked for me
- Crazy Dog Lady @ Run A Muck Ranch: Someone gave us a Thundershirt for Willy. It worked great in moderating Willy’s constant battle with Crabby, at least until the Idiots got it off him and used it as a tug toy.
Thundershirt did not work for me
- Dawn @ American Dog Blog: Pierson tried the Thundershirt for his recent visit to the vet. It didn’t help.
- Sue @ Talking Dogs: We had 9 days in a row of wicked thunderstorms and poor Rudy quaked. Thundershirt does not work for him. Neither do natural remedies.
Recommended the Thundershirt
- Ruby the Black Labrador: …Putting the teeshirt on is a great idea – our pet shop sells weighted jackets …to treat nervousness generally and one of ruby’s friends wears one out in the park because he is very nervous (and he’s a lab)…
- Kristen @ Well-minded word: I have done a few posts about the ThunderShirt and have seen a lot of positive results.
- Linda @ 2BrownDowgs: I have heard really good things about Thunder Shirt.
Unsure about Thundershirt
- Completely Disappear: I’m not sure my dog will let us use the shirt for her because we used to let her wear another piece of cloth but she always try to remove it.
Thundershirt looked stylish
- Jo @ The Sundog Drift: We tried a “Zendog” for Nevada. It did not turn her into a Zen dog is all I can say. The Thundershirt looks much more stylish.
- Ku @ Haiku by Ku: Donna, your thundershirt is very stylish! Wooooowooooooo, Ku
And then the discussion diverted to the topic of a dog’s colour vision :P
- Ruby the Black Labrador: interesting – now I know why Ruby always hated her red rain jacket – and I thought it was the colour!
- Weliveinaflat: :D that is an interesting thought though… do dogs have preferences when it comes to colour or is it all the same to them?
- Ruby the Black Labrador: think they only see in b+w…
- Weliveinflat: Hmmm… according to this – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2374872/Dogs-CAN-colour-Scientists-dispel-myth-canines-black-white.html – they are colour blind but see more than B+W
I have never thought dogs would be colour blind or see monochrome! D: I just assumed they saw same as humans!
That’s all for now, remember to join MBPOTW-Week2!!
Have a Great Weekend!
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