11 Small Happinesses Only Dog People Truly Know

I reblogged this article from Barkpost because I related to it so strongly and thought you might enjoy it too.  You will notice that not all the pictures are the same as the original post.  This is because I couldn’t get them to copy over, so I picked new ones.  Look at the original pics — they are superb.  Copyright belongs to the individuals named.


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2. Watching your adopted pup grow from a pup who will eat anything as fast as possible into to a picky lil gal (seems like a bad thing – but feels good to know she isn’t scared and hungry anymore).


Source: @rebeevans

3. Seeing your pup make friends at the dog park, and feeling like it’s your own personal accomplishment.


Source: Four Paws Pet Ranch

4. Getting out of places early when you want (a.k.a a built-in excuse to leave lame social gatherings).:)


Source: Sarah Says Read

5. When they lock eyes with you like they are talking to you with their eyes.

“I GET you, Mommy.” (Photo credit: SOMMAI | FreeDigitalPhotos.net

6. Inhaling that freshly groomed dog smell….

“I had my bath. Don’t I smell good?” (Photo credit: posterize | FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

7. Their sleepy eyes when you turn on the lights and they were sound asleep, and suddenly are like, “Whaaaaaa….?”

Tilly Tot:  “Whaaaa...?.”

Tilly Tot: “Whaaaa…?” (Photo credit: Sandra Bell Kirchman)

8. When they groan because you shifted a little and interrupted their nap on your lap.

Mommy: Say goodnight, Oreo. Oreo: Good...*yawn*...night. (Photo credit: Sandra Bell Kirchman)

Mommy: “Say goodnight, Oreo.”
Oreo: “Good…*yawn*…night.” (Photo credit: Sandra Bell Kirchman)

9. When you get home from a weekend out of town and they actually trip over their own feet trying to get to the door as fast as possible.

Dog's absolute joy when

Dog’s absolute joy when “Daddy” came home from Afghanistan. (Photo credit: You Tube – watch video here).

10. How in the midst of playing they stop and look back, just to check you’re still there.


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11. When you take shower they sit outside the bathroom to make sure you are ok.
When you come out, they lick the water off your feet, as if to say, “There there, you will be dry in no time.”


Featured Image via @dingoaday


Chow Down – Eating Habits of a Princess

Volume 14-1.3
January 11, 2014

Eating Habits of a Princess

In Dog Names, Part 1 and Part 2, I introduced you to our Shih Tzus, Ling Ling, Oreo, and Tilly, and how they got their names.  Now we’re on to the various eating habits.  As the name indicates, this one is about the Princess.

Ling Ling - the Princess pose.  Photo credit: Sandra Bell Kirchman

Ling Ling – the Princess pose. Photo credit: Sandra Bell Kirchman

A Brief Tale of the Royal Background

Now, Ling Ling was our first “baby” (don’t let the Dog Whisperer know I said that).  But truly she was.  I am now older than dirt, and my somewhat younger hubby is simply not interested in having children.  We both love dogs, however, and he especially loves Shih Tzus.  So, it was true that she was our first baby.

We were allowed to see her when she was one day old.  There’s something completely touching about a 6’4”, 275 lb. man who has melted at the sight and feel of a tiny puppy blindly curled in the palm of his hand.  I mean, it was a complete meltdown.

I believe that Ling Ling remembered that shower of love she received barely 24 hours after she was born.  And she liked it.  Thus, when we brought her home, her attitude accused us with “what took you guys so long to come and get me?”  She has blindly adored Ernest ever since.

Doing the Right Thing

So when it came to feeding her, I wanted to do the right thing.  I have two grown human children, so I know about babies, but I don’t know that much about dog babies.  I was as nervous as a new mother.  We got her these adorable, stainless steel dishes (sanitary and durable), Shih Tzu-sized, and fed her softened, mashed kibble of the best quality, and little bits of boiled rice or skinless chicken.  She seemed to like it all right, but simply could not be persuaded to eat or drink water.

Beautiful stainless steel dog dish - very sanitary, very rattly.

Beautiful stainless steel dog dish – very sanitary, very rattly.

Monsters in the Kitchen

Okay, what was wrong with our little dog?  It took a while, but I finally figured it out.  She was afraid of her shiny bright new dishes that rattled evilly on the marble-tiled floor in the kitchen.  By the time I had the answer, she was so terrified of them that she wouldn’t even eat from them if I put them on the carpet.  So, to avoid her wasting away entirely, I caved and put her meal on an ordinary china saucer…on the carpet.  She ate like she was starving.  It didn’t take her long to plump out again.  However, she has been afraid of rattling dishes ever since.


So, if your dog isn’t eating, try to figure out what’s wrong.  He may not like the food.  He may be afraid of something in the kitchen or the spot where you feed him.  If you brought home an older dog, something about your feeding system may go against previous training.  Of course, don’t delay taking him to the vet.  But a little brain work might clear things up.

 (Next week watch for “Chow Down – the Oreo Gobble – Part 1”)

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